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Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 6:54am On Apr 10, 2015
Bulk SMS business is one of the online business that Nigerians are trooping into. A quick search for “bulk SMS in Nigeria” on Google will ascertain that fact. The truth is that most of these people only have a bulk SMS website. Only few really make a business out of it and hence only few are really making it from bulk SMS.

Notwithstanding, the wonderful thing about bulk SMS business is that it offers a good source of reoccurring passive income making it a perfect model for those who believe in multiple streams of income. They are a lot of posts on Nairaland about students asking what kind of business to do in school, or people asking what type of business to start with a small capital. Bulk SMS business fits into these categories well. But if you feel that bulk SMS business starts and ends in you creating a bulk SMS website, then permit me to say that you will never make money out of it.

Am not here to sell any ebook to you or to tell you to drop your emails or phone number, what am here for is to guide anybody using my research and experience in the bulk SMS to set up a profitable bulk sms business the right way and turn it into a source of passive income. I want to make this thread a free information guide for all those interested in the SMS business. Those who are struggling in this business will also be able to learn one or two things from it.

For those that need to download the bulk SMS business guide free, go here: http://bulksmstutor.com/bulk-sms-business-guide/ if you have any issue, you can contact me on 0706235925

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Jackieriel(m): 7:12am On Apr 10, 2015
sccofield:
Bulk SMS business is one of the online business that Nigerians are trooping into. A quick search for “bulk SMS in Nigeria” on Google will ascertain that fact. The truth is that most of these people only have a bulk SMS website. Only few really make a business out of it and hence only few are really making it from bulk SMS.

Notwithstanding, the wonderful thing about bulk SMS business is that it offers a good source of reoccurring passive income making it a perfect model for those who believe in multiple streams of income. They are a lot of posts on Nairaland about students asking what kind of business to do in school, or people asking what type of business to start with a small capital. Bulk SMS business fits into these categories well. But if you feel that bulk SMS business starts and ends in you creating a bulk SMS website, then permit me to say that you will never make money out of it.

Am not here to sell any ebook to you or to tell you to drop your emails or phone number, what am here for is to guide anybody using my research and experience in the bulk SMS to set up a profitable bulk sms business the right way and turn it into a source of passive income. I want to make this thread a free information guide for all those interested in the SMS business. Those who are struggling in this business will also be able to learn one or two things from it.

You have say it all. Notin to add again. Raid on kiss
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 11:07am On Apr 10, 2015
I started my research into BulK SMS November 2013. I had just finished my degree exams from the university of Nigeria, Nsukka and the ASUU strike was then tacking full-fledged giving signs that we won’t be defending our projects anytime soon hence NYSC will be delayed. I decided to use that period to start up multiple business that won’t put much stress on me, but will be able to put some money into my pocket. Bulk SMS business was therefore one of the business I came up with and that’s how I started my research and journey into the land of bulk SMS.

I won’t say am a guru in this business but am quite knowledgeable now. I came into the business to see lots of other SMS business that are still waxing strong right now but I also met lots of SMS websites that existed in 2013 when I started my research but are no longer alive right now.
I will be using this thread to share my experience and research in the bulk SMS business and I hope it will serve as a guide for those who want to start up their SMS business. Those who are knowledgeable in the business can also give their inputs but please let’s not turn this thread into an advertising room.

Stay tuned
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 6:51pm On Apr 10, 2015
The wrong approach to bulk SMS business
One of the reasons that make lots of bulk sms website fold up so fast is the wrong mindset and misinformation with regards bulk sms business. Most people believe that bulk SMS business is a rich quick scheme, where you can make 1 million naira under a month of starting out. I don’t blame them because that’s what they are made to believe by SMS marketers. I once saw a post on an SMS website telling prospective clients to partner with them as resellers and start making 450k in profits every month. I just laughed because I knew, it will take a special miracle to reach that amount in your first month.

Therefore if you are interested in the bulk SMS business, you need to know that bulk sms is not a get rich quick business, instead it is a passive source of reoccurring income. It pays very well in the long run and the demand for it keeps increasing.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by raphexitc(m): 9:37pm On Apr 10, 2015
Cheapest, fastest and most reliable sms gateway provider. Buy sms unit @90Kobo and send at 1naira. Visit http://www.raphexsms.com

Also get spc3 high earner component @ #5,000 naira only and full reseller right @ #20,000 only. Call 0816 695 3573
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 10:03pm On Apr 10, 2015
Please this thread is not a place to be advertising your bulk SMS websites. For some very good reasons which I will expose latter I will advise everybody to avoid all this over cheap bulk SMS websites for your own good. And If you need to buy the SPC3 SMS component please contact Afrisoft's "www.smsportalcreator.com" they are the developers of the software and its only from them that you can get the original SPC3 SMS component from. I would discuss the ills of using all this cracked SPC3 component on your websites later but the most important one is that you wont be getting updates if new updates are released. That makes your website vulnerable to some security risk. Software developers here will know the ills of using outdated softwares.

raphexitc:
Cheapest, fastest and most reliable sms gateway provider. Buy sms unit @90Kobo and send at 1naira. Visit http://www.raphexsms.com

Also get spc3 high earner component @ #5,000 naira only and full reseller right @ #20,000 only. Call 0816 695 3573

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 10:28pm On Apr 10, 2015
The most important aspect of a bulk SMS business is the business and marketing plans. You should be able to have a good and profitable business model that will attract good paying customers and a clear picture of your business in the long run.

I will get into the details of the marketing plan latter, but right now. I want us to dwell in the technical part of creating a bulk SMS website for your bulk SMS business.

One of the first and important things you need to do in creating your bulk SMS website is choosing your domain name.
The domain name is the name of your website. In simple terms, it is the online address of your bulk SMS business.

Here are 5 tips to take note of when choosing a domain name
1) Try as much as possible to go for a .com TLD. I usually insist on a .com domain because it’s the most popular TLD, and the average Nigerian still believes that all websites end with .com and so if you use a different TLD, you might loss some customers
2) Make it short and memorable so that people can easily remember it.
3) Try as much as possible to avoid dashes and other symbols
4) Make it unique as much as possible and avoid names that are prone to spelling errors
5) And finally, For SEO purposes, it would be nice to use a domain name that has your keyword. Note that its not only domain name that matter in SEO, but it does have a role to play. Looking at the bulk SMS business, the focused keyword to optimize SEO is “bulk SMS” or “SMS“. Using this words as part of your domain really helps.

In my next post, I will give step by step directions on how to buy your domain name.

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 5:05am On Apr 11, 2015
nice one! ryd on sir

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 9:37am On Apr 11, 2015
Thanks @osina1414 really appreciate.

How to search for and buy your domain name
After carefully thinking and selecting the name you would like to use for your bulk SMS website, it’s now time search for it to make sure it’s available. I will advise you have about 5 different name suggestion ready.

They are lots of domain name registrars you could use to purchase your domain name, but for this tutorial, I will be using goddady and varonhost. If you are not comfortable with these ones, just google “domain name registration” and you will see lots of registrars to choose from.
When I started I was advised by my mentors in web development then to make use of godaddy so I used them and never had any issues with them. I finally got my own domain and hosting service (www.varonhost.com) running so I now use it instead of godaddy.

If you’re using godaddy, you will need to make payment with either a visa card, master card, paypal etc because it’s not a Nigerian base company. The price for their .com domain is about 14 USD.
With varonhost, you can make payment with your credit cards or pay into the bank details on the site. Their prices are in Naira and not dollar which make it comfortable for some people.
N/B I am the owner of www.varonhost.com add you are not bound by any obligation to obtain your domain name from the. Chose a domain registrar that you are comfortable with. Google will help you.

Steps in registering a domain name with godaddy.
1) Go to www.godaddy.com
2) Type the name you want in the search box and click on search domain
3) It will show if the name is available or not. If its not available, it will show you some suggested name based on your search. If you don’t like any of those names you can search again using another name.
4) If the name is available, you can then click on submit and proceed to cart where you can then add your payment details

N/B Godaddy tries to make you pay for other extensions by giving some discounts. Decide what you want and go for it. Don’t be swayed by their discounts, you might never use those additional domains

Registering with VaronHost is almost the same with godaddy above
1) Go to www.varonhost.com
2) Type the domain name in the search box and click on search
3) It will show you if the domain name is available or not and you can proceed to check out.

If you have any difficulties in any of these steps, you can let me know.

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 10:50am On Apr 11, 2015
following....
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 3:01pm On Apr 11, 2015
After getting your domain name, the next logical thing to do is to get the hosting for your website unless, you intend to design your site offline and later transfer it to your host using FTP or any other means. But I will advise you do the design of your website online on the host at once to prevent complications when installing your bulk SMS component.

The host is basically the place where all your web files are stored for it to be access whenever the URL is called up.
I will want to skip the hosting part for now and talk a little about the structure of a bulk SMS website first of all.

Most bulk SMS websites in Nigeria run on Joomla CMS, although I have seen a few that runs on wordpress, Matter of fact one of my mentors bulk SMS website pluralsms runs on drupal.

Joomla bulk SMS websites are the most popular in Nigeria because most of the SMS component (the main component of your bulk SMS website) found in the market work with only joomla websites.
The SMS component is what makes a developer to be able to finish your bulk SMS website design in two days, because most of the work and functionality of the bulk SMS websites has already been done on the component.

For the course of this thread, I will be concentrating on building a bulk SMS website using Joomla and Afrisoft’s SPC4 SMS component.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 5:59pm On Apr 11, 2015
For all those interested in this bulk SMS business, i will advice you take time to follow and understand this thread first before you start
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Activityj(m): 7:19pm On Apr 11, 2015
Thanks op for the write up!

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Ayofresh4u(m): 7:45pm On Apr 11, 2015
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 11:19pm On Apr 11, 2015
am always here sir, ryd on!
this is very timely for me, coz i've been planning 2 get a functional bulk sms website b4 d end of next month.
@Op, u're indeed God sent
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by barnabas91: 12:21am On Apr 12, 2015
Bro u are God sent. I was planning on this. Infact I think I need ur number so we could talk more on this, its personal. U can go on with the tutorial, I will follow up to d end. Gud work
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by khassy(m): 8:02am On Apr 12, 2015
grabs seat


following this thread like "Arrows"
ride on bro
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by 2ndking: 4:53pm On Apr 12, 2015
Sir
Thanks a lot so far.
Still following...
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 10:58pm On Apr 12, 2015
Thanks to everybody for the encouragement and special thanks to Josephphilip. We need people like you who are experienced to help contribute on the thread.

@barnabas91 my number is 07062359125 you can give me a call or chat me on whatsapp. For people that do have questions or need more explanations, pls you can ask your questions here so that other people can benefit from it.

For this post, we would be choosing a host and then installing Joomla on it in an easy way. I won’t be forcing any host service provider on any body. You can do your research and use the wants that fit you best. I personally use my own web hosting company for all my web developments need. Am comfortable with my services and am in partnership with a renowned host company in the USA where my servers are being taken care of.
Before you choose a web host for your bulk SMS website, I would like you to consider the following features.

Tips in choosing a host for your bulk SMS website
1) Chose a provider that uses cpanel. Cpanel is a linux based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tool designed to simplify hosting. With cpanel, lots of things are done easily and they are lots of resources on it online in case you get stuck.
2) Choose a host that has auto script installer such as fantistico, simple scripts, etc. These will help you to install joomla on your host easily with a click
3) Chose a host that supports php and mysql
4) Chose a host that supports cron jobs that could be set up to run every minute and not have impact on the server. This is vey important for bulk SMS websites, especially if you want to enable scheduling of SMS to be sent later and for other operations
5) Access to your htaccess file
6) Money back guarantee
7) Domain emails
cool Good support at no extra cost
9) Ability to bill monthly without contracts in case you need to switch host
10) And finally good up-time record
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 11:43pm On Apr 12, 2015
@OP, what will be d estimated cost of hosting, developing and geting d sms site up and running?
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 8:08am On Apr 13, 2015
@OP don't stop this magic u r performing ejiajor, I yam interestd may d gods kakanbilize and bless ur knowledge, I'm landed
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 12:40pm On Apr 13, 2015
@osina1414 let me give a breakdown of what it will cost you to get your bulk SMS website up and running

Domain name: .com domain name goes for 14USD at www.godaddy.com. You can also get it at N2500 at www.varonhost.com

Hosting: A good host that will fit your bulk SMS website well can be gotten at N5000/yr from www.varonhost.com you can check out the prices for other host providers on Google.

Webdesign: The design of your bulk SMS website can be done by you even if you are not tech savy by downloading free joomla templates and customizing it by your self free of charge. I will soon treat that.

SMS component: This is the most important part of a bulk SMS website. They are different one in the market but the once I recommend is Afrisoft’s Bulk SMS component which can be gotten from www.smsportalcreator.com
Prices from the site is as shown below:
SPC4 goes for N14,790
SPC3 goes for N8,990

There are cracked version of this component online at cheaper price. In fact most bulk SMS websites in Nigeria that advertise building bulk SMS websites for you at cheaper rate do so using cracked versions of the component. Some of them even use SPC2 which is outdated, so backward and doesn't receive support any longer.

I don’t advise serious people to use the cracked softwares because of the following reasons.

1) You won’t be encouraging our software developers by using a cracked version
2) Some of the cracked softwares have scripts hidden on it that can track ur sms website or create backlinks back to their site
3) And most importantly, you can’t receive updates from a cracked component. This is the most important because technology keeps advancing and there is always need for updates on softwares to make it better and close security breaches.

For those conversant with the drupal CMS there is also another bulk SMS framework https://www.drupal.org/project/smsframework actively maintained by another Nigerian software guru. The software is free the but using drupal is more technical than using joomla
This a summary of the main cost of setting up a bulk sms website. If you have more questions pls let me know. My contact is still 07062359125
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 1:54pm On Apr 13, 2015
tnx Boss.... @OP, i'll surely give u shout.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by ayescopy: 2:58pm On Apr 13, 2015
nice job OP, fflg u bumper to bumper, am also an sms reseller under a particular sms site, I would want to take it to a higher level, as I speak I ve only one customer that buy on average 30k monthly, I want to expand d buz. so I'm wit u, nice job.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by nawebco(m): 4:40pm On Apr 13, 2015
in this age of spc4 and joomla3? why not try a better and updated one http://onetimesms.com/sendsms/index.php/reseller-plan
JosephPhilip:
@OP,

Spot on analysis above.

I had an issue with a client whom someone referred to me.

His site was set up using the cracked version of SPC2 if I remember quite well. He wanted to upgrade to SPC3 but couldn't because by the time I told him the nitty-gritty of the cracked version of the sms portal component that was installed, he now understood what I meant.

I also had to upgrade the site from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 but couldn't upgrade the sms component. The site is till running on joomla 1.5.

Why?

After effect of a cracked sms portal component used by the person who set up his site.

It is best to have things properly done in this business.

Keep up the good work OP.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 5:15pm On Apr 13, 2015
thanks for the good job so far op. I am following keenly, let it keep coming!
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 10:19pm On Apr 13, 2015
Installing Joomla on your host using softaculos

After paying for your host, The host account will then be setup for you and you should be ready to start using it immediately.

If you bought your domain from the same company with your host provider, ie you paid for the domain when you were buying your hosting services, you are good to go. But if your domain was bought from another domain register different from your host, you will have to go to your domain settings and change your default name server to point to that of your host. Tutorials on how to do that differ with Host Company, so I wont be talking much on it. You can contact your domain administrator or give me a call if you have any issues.

After changing the name servers, it takes 0 to 24 hours to resolve but sometimes take as much as 48 hours to fully propagate. So I will advise that after changing the name servers, you can use the whoishosting tool to know when the domain name is fully propagated.

After that is done, its then time to log into your site cpanel and install the joomla CMS. To do this, you could follow the steps outline below.

1) Log into your website url. Just type your website url with a slash and cpanel eg www.mywebsite/cpanel.
2) Type in your username and password and click login
3) After login, a popup with the title “ Welcome new user” will show. It’s a kind of tutorial to make you get familiar with the cpanel structure. You could click on “get started now” to start the tutorial or “ No I’m fine thanks” to skip it.
4) Scroll down until you see the softwares/service tab
5) Click on softaculous or any auto scripting tool found under software/service tab
6) On the softaculous page, you should see joomla on the the top scripts section but if you don’t, click on portals/CMS on the left menu and then click on Joomla.
7) A new page showing the overview of the joomla CMS will be displayed
cool Click on install menu on the top and fill the following info

Choose version you want to install: Version 2.Bleep or 3.Bleep is okay. 1.xx is no longer supported
Choose protocol: leave that option at http:// since you wont be using any SSL
Choose domain: Leave that option to be same with your domain name.
In directory: leave that option blank since you will be installing on your root directory
Site name: put your site name
Site description: put your site description
Table prefix: leave blank
Import sample data: None
Admin Username: Put the name you want to use as your administrator username. Please avoid using common names like “admin”
Admin password: Put a strong password for your admin account
Real name: Your real name
Admin email: the email you will be using as you admin email
Select language: English
Then put your email in the “email installations details to” and click on install

After some secs, joomla CMS will be installed on your host account, and you will be able to start using it immediately.
To view your site front end, jut type your website url.
To vew your site backend or administrator section, just type your site name with a slash and administrator e.g www.mysite.com/administrator

These steps are very simple and not very technical so anybody should be able to follow it comfortable. If you have any issues or comments, drop your questions here or give me a call.
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by Nobody: 11:48pm On Apr 13, 2015
this unbelieveable, never knew web development can b dis easy wt joomla.
@OP pls what abt installing logos n other pop ups?
Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 7:57am On Apr 14, 2015
osina1414:
this unbelieveable, never knew web development can b dis easy wt joomla.
@OP pls what abt installing logos n other pop ups?

What we just did was installation of the Joomla CMS on our host. Normally Joomla come preinstalled with some themes, but these themes don't have wonderful aesthetic so it wont be wise to use them. Since most of us are not tech savy, I wont be going into deep web development with codes, instead i will be showing you how to get joomla themes free online, how to install it and how to customize it to suit your needs. Its in the customization that you will be able to upload the logo and set other settings. You will also learn how to install components, modules and plugins that will make your joomla site function more properly

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Re: Steps to Create a Bulk SMS Business And Turn It Into A Source Of Passive Income by sccofield(m): 10:19pm On Apr 14, 2015
Sorry for not continuing with my tutorial today. Had a very busy day will continue first thing in the morning.

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