Assuming you have a product (or ideally multiple products), and you have researched the market to ensure there is a market for the products, (a whole subject by itself) you will then need to build a website and drive traffic to it.
If you don't already have a product made or available, there are still many other ways to make a business for yourself on the Internet. There are many products that have affiliate programmes attached to them, so you can make a simple website from a template and promote other peoples products and services. When a sale is made from your website affiliate link, you get paid.
Every website needs traffic. Traffic is simply people looking at your site. If they don't know it exists they cannot possibly get to see it, of course. To achieve more traffic to your website then Search Engine optimization (SEO) needs mastering. This is a subject in itself, and there are even whole books dedicated to learning this skill.
The challenge most new people find is there is a wealth of information, yet it is all from many different places. What follows is a short version of How To Build a Website.
The factors you need to make a successful website are listed below.
1/ Domain name. One that describes what you do is clearly vital. Take time on choosing your name and take advice.
2/ Hosting account. This is where the domain name points to, and where the website information is stored.
3/ Content. Assuming you know something about the subject of your website, you can probably write something yourself. Or you can find someone who knows to write about your particular subject. With WordPress you can have a blog that will add content by the people who see your site. Google and other search engines like unique content, and they will down-rate articles that are seen on other sites, so it is always best to create unique content that makes your site more Google friendly.
Content or products. One of the best places to find superb instant download products is at Clickbank. You can then promote the products with affiliate links and banners on your website. Clickbank Sign up is free. There are also electronic e-books to be purchased with full reproduction rights, and can be re-labelled and resold. All it needs is a download page or an auto-responder account.
Physical products. Amazon is perhaps the largest site that sells just about anything, with an affiliate programme that you can join. Most companies with an online presence also have an affiliate scheme.
You then need a website to be designed and built. Many websites are built using an HTML programme such as Dreamweaver, and this is not perhaps for the faint-hearted or newbie. There is also other free software available that can build a website. There is also software from such as WordPress that has pre made templates to choose from. The user simply uploads it to the hosting company and then enters their website words and pictures. Many WordPress templates are free and this is a great way at making a website and blogs.
4/ Taking money and Getting Paid. Clickbank deals with all the money side if you have a product from there, and there is also PayPal.
5/ Landing pages. These are vital, as they are the first page your customer sees. The Landing page show the prospective customer all about your product, and will have a response button for them to buy.
6/ Squeeze pages. Squeeze pages are a great way to capture your website visitors' names and email addresses to get the chance to follow up with them later. This is instead of letting them leave your site without buying or you knowing who they were. An autoresponder works with the squeeze page and will take a record of your customers name and email address from the details left. It will then automatically send information at pre-determined times.
7/ You will, at some point need to make banners or resize photographs on your site. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard, with a price tag to match, and also a cut down version called Adobe Photoshop Elements. Corel also have their Paint Shop Pro X4 programme as well, and this is also an excellent programme for a smaller price than Photoshop. That's all for now.
FTP. This is basically an interface that enables an upload from your computer to your website. It is simply a case of drag and drop the content onto your hosting account. Your website is then live. I use FileZilla, which is free.
There is plenty more to learn - this is just the surface skim... That's all for now. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
If you have ever wondered how you can make a full time income from affiliate marketing and even make a good income to boot, listen up: you need training. Not just any training, but the right training.
You can't just promote your affiliate links, you need your own website or newsletter. Preferably both. And you need to have your own newsletter and build your own list. In short, you need to treat it as a business, because that is what it is.
The hardest part of being an affiliate and owning your own website is getting traffic to it. If you don't have traffic to your website you may as well give up now, before you have even started. Right up there with the best traffic generation methods is search engine optimisation. This is why having your own website is important. The company you sell for has affiliates as part of their marketing plan. What is your marketing plan?
So you need to learn how to work WordPress, about search engine optimisation, other traffic generation methods, email marketing, article writing and other aspects of internet marketing. You need to learn about testing your marketing to see if it converts, and you need to learn about split testing.
And if you're asking if it is really necessary to learn all this, the answer is a resounding "YES!" Not only will it help you make sales, but it will determine the quality of your sales success. It will give you valuable skills, and it will grow your online paycheque.
Where are you going to learn all this? There are many online courses that cost from a one off $27 payment to a monthly fee of $67. Which one to get would be the problem.
When you look for an affiliate course, you should look for a course that gives you a system. Systems are excellent, because once you learn it, you can't go wrong, and you can apply it to almost everything.
Here is the checklist of what you need:
Good Morning Everyone,
Owning an opt-in email newsletter is something that you will definitely want to invest in for your online business. You see "opt-in" referrals are to people who willingly enter their contact information so that you can email them with more tips and advice. This is not the same as buying an email list and marketing to this list that way.
When you purchase an email list, you're losing money instantly. Some of these email addresses people don't have anymore, don't check anymore, or they will simply land in your list's spam folder. Even if you successfully land in your prospect's inbox folder, they've never heard of you, and will more than likely delete your message instead of opening it.
Plus, email lists that you purchase convert horribly. If you want to experience a 2% to 4% conversion rate from your email newsletter, you will want to build it the old fashioned way. Don't waste your money on a list that is wrought with bad names and email addresses. And anyone who tells you to do so should be ignored.
Once you've made the decision to go with an opt-in email newsletter, you will want to get an autoresponder. You can use a service such as Aweber or Getresponse to automate your email marketing efforts. Both of these services are great for automatically sending messages and emails to those people who subscribe to your list.
You will also get lots of recurring traffic to your website using opt-in email marketing. The more subscribers you get, the more people who will come back to visit your website looking for more information. So this is something that you will definitely want to do. Let's take a quick look at something that you could be doing to improve your email marketing profits rates right away.
- Have good content
This is one of the most important things that you need to have if you're going to have success with email marketing. The reason people sign up to your list is to receive information that can potentially impact and change their lives for the better. So the more good content you have, the more likely people will want to buy your product. Here's another email marketing tip:
- Email every 3 days
You never want to email to your list everyday. This is the quickest way to be perceived as a pest. Instead, email every 3 days so that you can give your leads a chance to "miss your emails". So the next time you appear in their inbox, they will be quick to open up your message and buy from you.
This is the general gist of earning money with email marketing. As you can see, both of these tips aren't hard to do, and can be implemented within the next 30 minutes. Make sure to have good content, and to deliver this content around twice per week. Emailing everyday (spamming their inbox) won't get you anywhere, and will only cause people to ignore your sales message. So take these tips to heart, and begin to use them today.
Good luck with using email marketing in your online business today. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
There are quite a number of ways to generate business opportunity leads yourself. You can use tried and tested direct offline marketing means such as telemarketing, direct mail marketing, advertising, distributing flyers, community marketing and advertising. You can use online marketing campaign such as social networking, email marketing, video advertising, search engine marketing, paid ads, etc.
But then there aren't many businessmen who know how to do each one of them, has the time to do each one of them, or would want to be doing each marketing campaign.
Many would rather spend money on hiring an agency that will generate business opportunity leads for them so that they can concentrate on other important aspects of their business. If you are this kind of person, then hiring a business opportunity leads agency would probably be an excellent option.
Actually, all businesses can benefit from hiring agencies to help them generate business opportunity leads. This is because through agencies, businesses can connect with different networks of people beyond their reach. Also, businesses can only lead up to a certain point that they have to seek help from other businesses to continue selling and expanding.
On the part of start-up businesses, agencies that sell business opportunity leads should be utilized right away to reach more people and expand quickly.
Lead generation plays a crucial role in marketing success regardless of the kind of business you have. The equation is simple: More leads equals more prospects; more prospects equals higher rate of conversion; and higher rate of conversion equals more sales and more money for your business. Basically, this is the reason you are doing business. Why not utilize whatever help you can to generate more sales?
Essentially what I'm really talking about here is leverage. If you are able to assign opportunity lead generation to an entire agency, obviously this will allow you to concentrate on any areas of your business that may have been neglected or areas of your business that you feel you have better expertise in.
Of course before picking an agency to find leads for you, make sure to do your due diligence as there are thousands of business opportunity lead agencies out there online and off. All clamouring for your business, although not all with the best intentions. Finding a reputable one shouldn't be to difficult though since there are millions of people on various forums and in various chatrooms that you can query. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Hope everyone's doing okay. I'm just back from a weekend trip with a couple High School Buddies on a Golf Course in Montgomery Alabama. Turned 51 on Saturday, don't feel any older, just know that I am. We'll talk a little today about paid traffic, and the advantages and dis advantages with it.
Like all traffic techniques you employ, there is going to be a learning curve to mastering paid traffic resources. Tactics that are paid can be costly when done incorrectly. In most cases you should wait on these until such time as you can actively afford to lose money during the trial and error stages.
There are some traffic generation tactics out there which can be considered extremely effective for bringing targeted traffic to you, however they will cost you. These traffic creation techniques below are all paid advertising methods.
Many new marketers will try out these options without understanding precisely what they are up against with paid traffic sources. Beware of paid sources until you have mastered other traffic strategies.
PPV - These are Paid Per View ads. This type of advertisement is commonly seen as a pop-up or pop-under window. These are almost never thought of by many marketers. They can be extremely effective in driving considerable niche traffic to your offers. These can be at a considerable savings over other paid options as many marketers are not implementing this strategy the costs to advertise are not excessive.
Most vendors offering PPV advertisements will have the means for you to target your ads to specific demographics. This means that your offers are being seen by those people who are highly interested and searching for topics in your markets, as compared to people who simply "Came across your market".
SOLO-ADS - Solo advertisements are similar to emails ads or ad-swaps, with the exception that you are paying someone to send out your e-mail advertisement to a known list. Also referred to as Safe-Lists, these ads are sent to users who have agreed to receive e-mails that knowingly contain advertisements.
Because these lists are maintained based on specific niches and often include those who are highly interested in that topic, these can be a great traffic source. The only drawback is you must have a compelling offer and use a responsive safe-list. Some lists could have abused or worked-over so much as to decrease their effectiveness. Find a good safe-list is key to this tactic.
CLASSIFIEDS - Another tried and true method of traffic generation. Classified ads appear everywhere. Just look at any magazine's back section and you will likely find at least a few pages for classified ads. People reading those publications search those ads to find topics they are in need of. These can be targeted to online and offline publications which means you can gain a good foothold in many households with a single classified campaign. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55