It’s not easy being a dark web marketer.
You can’t easily create a brand without selling something, or you can’t simply create a business without a market.
In 2018, the number of dark web markets soared from just over one million to over one and a half million, a jump that’s largely due to the rise of the Silk Road.
“Dark web markets are where you can buy drugs, weapons, guns, and most importantly, a bunch of other illegal stuff,” says Andrew T. Seiler, co-founder and CEO of the digital advertising agency Aweber.
“It’s not as easy to get in on the ground floor.”
But it’s not all about finding new customers.
Seilers and his team of more than 20 digital marketers are looking to grow their business as well as improve their SEO and content strategy.
“The dark web is really a very fast-growing market,” he says.
“We’re not doing anything different to how we’ve been doing business for a long time.”
To be sure, some people may find the process of creating a dark market to be a bit intimidating.
“For those who are looking for the easy way out, there are tons of great dark web resources out there,” says Tseiler.
But for the average dark web seller, there’s a lot to be learned.
“If you’re a new marketer and you want to start selling on the dark web, here are some of the fundamentals that will help you make your transition,” says Seiler.
How to Create a Dark Market Business Using a Social Media Platform For those who’ve ever spent any amount of time on the web, you know the basics of social media.
For those looking to sell on the black market, there aren’t as many resources as there are for the mainstream.
But if you’re looking to make a name for yourself on the internet, the dark market is where it’s at.
“People need to understand the value of the dark marketplace,” says Brandon L. Griesbach, founder and CEO at social media analytics company Metrics Lab.
“And when they don’t understand that value, they’ll look at dark markets as a way to make money.”
It’s important to be aware of dark marketplaces.
“Social media is not a dark marketplace, but there are a ton of opportunities for them,” says Griesbert.
“They’re like casinos.
If you’re in Las Vegas and you’ve got a $1,000 line of chips and $100 in cash, the first thing you do is check out the casino.”
And the next thing you’ll want to do is try and win $1 million.
It’s a game that can be very rewarding for anyone who is willing to gamble for a few hours.
“There are some very talented people who are making millions of dollars from these dark markets, so I think they’re the type of people that will be willing to invest in them,” Seiler says.
In fact, one of the most successful dark market marketers was Jason R. Rizzo, who’s known as “The Iceman” and “The King of the Dark Market.”
He has earned more than $2.7 million from his efforts, but his most successful day came in late 2017, when he won more than a million dollars from a dark auction that took place on the Black Market Reloaded subreddit.
And now, Rizzos dark market business has a lot of success behind it.
What you’ll learn about dark markets and how to build a business Using a dark search engine Like most dark market platforms, you’ll need to set up a custom search engine for your site.
“When you’re starting out, it’s easy to find things,” says Tom Bostick, cofounder and president of Search Engine Land, which publishes the Dark Web Research and Intelligence blog.
“But it’s harder to find the right search engine that can actually provide the kind of visibility you need.”
That’s because dark markets are an extremely competitive market.
“I think people underestimate how much traffic they can get to your site,” says Bostill.
“So you have to do a little bit of research.”
First, you need to create a niche search.
Bostik says it’s important that your search engine will only be able to find a certain subset of dark markets.
For example, a search engine like Google’s might only find dark markets with certain keywords, but they’ll be able find a ton more.
Second, you have a general goal in mind.
“You want to be as specific as possible, but you also want to have a clear path,” says the CEO of Search Engines, which specializes in the dark search space.
The search engine, which is based in Southern California, will only find markets with specific keywords that it knows the user wants to know.
Bounties are a great way to find niche markets. And if