There is a new trend in entrepreneurship - starting an online business. Finding top online business ideas to suit an individual's income needs, aspirations and personal skills is a sure-fire first step to success. Choosing an online business that is backed by personal passions, experience and a marketable skill set is a recipe for success for wannabe internet entrepreneurs. Below are three low-cost online start-up ideas to kick off a profitable online business.
1. Provide a service.
Those with an interest in writing, graphic design and social media, among other skills, can transform their marketable skills into an online service business. Building a portfolio showcasing the quality and capability of work is essential in helping potential clients make an informed hiring decision. A professional website is a crucial asset in attracting clients. Marketing one's services and steadily applying to relevant projects through online job boards is a necessary component of starting and maintaining a successful and profitable online service business.
2. Flip Blogs.
Starting a blog flipping business requires a multitude of skills, making it a perfect business opportunity for a jack-of-all-trades. Those that dabble in website design, online marketing, writing and SEO are generally able to experience the most success in this line of work. The first step in creating a blog flipping business is purchasing existing blogs that have potential but are under-monetized and are in general need of a rehab. Then several months of continuous work is required to bring the blog's income, design and traffic up to par with expectations. Finally, the blog can be sold to an interested buyer through an online marketplace or private sale. A successfully flipped blog can generally sell for up to 10 times the current monthly income.
3. Sell Handcrafted items.
Nearly everyone has a hobby that can be turned into an income-producing online business. Crafters that make items such as quilts, cloth diapers, jewelry and other handmade items in their spare time can create a business by selling their handmade goods to online shoppers. Indie marketplaces can help place handcrafted items in front of thousands of hungry buyers daily. In order to increase the chances of success, sellers should educate themselves on online marketing methods, taking quality product photography and shipping practices. Learning these seemingly mundane skills is often the difference between success and failure.
There are thousands of online business ideas to choose from - some with a higher start-up cost than others. However, the most profitable online business ideas will generally be the ones that are centered on a personal passion or an enjoyable skill. Building an online business requires countless hours of work and enduring frustrating learning curves, therefore choosing something enjoyable will make the hours pass by faster than plunging into foreign waters for the simple sake of profit. That's all for now, "Enjoy Your Coffee"
It is an open secret to every blogger; website owner as well as internet marketer that driving traffics to his/her website/blog is a must if he/she wants to make sales. Usually the targeted traffic could be paid for or obtained free. The free or organic traffic could be achieved by ensuring that your site is optimized to come up on the first page of search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN etc. Unfortunately, most marketers and bloggers alike are not getting it right when it comes to optimizing their websites for attracting quality organic traffic.
Consequently, I intend to share with you in this article tips that can assist you to get your website or blog to the top of search engine listing as well as increase your sales tremendously.
1. Optimize Your Home Page To Rank Well On Search Engines
The first step you might want to consider is to optimize your home page right from the onset to ensure that your site or blog can rank well on the search engine listing by coming up on the first page where your targeted visitors can see and access your site or blog instantly whenever they carry out a search of the terms or keywords that you are ranking for.
You must avoid the temptation to choke your home page with keywords in your quest to get to the top position on the search engines. It is necessary that you maintain a balance between what the search engines are looking for and what pleases the human visitors that come to your site, otherwise you might get top listing on the search engine and still fail woefully to make money or sales from your website.
You should also realize the fact that putting up a scanty 100 words or so on your home page would definitely lead to poor search engine positioning of your website. The best word counts to have on your site to effectively appease the search engines and also satisfying the yearnings of your human visitors would be between 300 and 400 words.
The truth of the matter is that getting your website to come up on the first page of search engine query results need not necessarily be a difficult task if you are willing to put additional efforts into learning simple website optimization techniques and also take necessary actions. You should endeavor to provide clear, concise and useful information to your site visitors.
2. Give Clear and Unambiguous Information about Your Products To Attract Human Visitors To Your Website
When you optimized your home page following the tips given above, you are guaranteed between the 1st to 10th position on the first page of the search engine listing, provided you do it right.
However, occupying any of these positions does not guarantee that you will sell or that the visitors would be willing to buy your products unless you get the visitors interested enough in whatever products or services you are offering. The question then is how do you get the visitors interested in your offer?
Without mincing of words, what you need to do is to ensure that the visitor stick long enough on your website by providing quality content, giving clear and unambiguous information about your product/services, what your website is all about in such a way that it would assist the visitor in making an informed decision.
Similarly, ensure you provide functional and visible links to your product page and don't forget to give a clear call to action; let the visitors know what exactly you want him to do while on your site.
3. You Must Understand Your Prospective Customers Enough To Offer Relevant Products
If you don't understand who the customers or would-be-visitors to your site are, it would be difficult for you to come up with the appropriate search terms or keywords that you can rank well for on the top search engines as well as offering relevant and appropriate products or services.
It is equally important that you design your website for your visitors and not yourself, otherwise you won't make any sales or at best you might make very poor sales. You cannot just design your website hoping it would attract customers without proper understanding of who your target visitors are; how they use your site as well as what attracts or put them off.
You must provide a feedback system on your site that would enable you to find out what your site visitors want in terms of product offering, customer service, pricing, policy terms, and conflicts resolution and so on. You need to know what are their buying patterns and taste preferences and how they navigate around your site.
4. Increase Your Sales By Allowing Customers And Visitors To Your Site To Communicate With You Easily
You must realize the fact that nothing annoys a customer than his/her inability to communicate with you, especially when he/she needs additional information and support in order to effectively make use of your product or service, due to non-availability of effective feedback system or communication channel. You will not only lose such customer but also lots of referrals that could come from him.
Consequently, it is expedient that you provide your contact information such as mailing address, telephone number, and email address that you access often, preferably daily on your website for easy access by your visitors and customers alike.
That is all, I have just provided you with proven tips that would ensure your website and blogs rank well on search engine listings whilst also ensure that you increase your sales. This list given here is by no means exhaustive but it would get you going on a good note. That's all for now, Enjoy Your Coffee"
Website promotion is important to attract large population of prospect buyers. The company should interact with the market for it to be known. Some businesses misinterpret the fact that putting the business online means that they will not venture anymore to any form of promotion. No, it is wrong. It doesn't stop there. Companies should always find ways on how to make their websites known to the world. How is it possible then?
Promotion can be done through search engines. By registering the business to the search engines, there are bigger chances of seeing it by the audience. It is also very helpful in gathering new prospects. The internet has 24/7 availability. Putting the website in the search engines such as Google and Yahoo can optimize the business availability online. All the customer has to do is put the product he is looking for and the search engine will provide the necessary details to choose from. The company has to make sure that they are selling a specific product, for example, coffee maker so that if the customer will type it, their website will be included by the results generated by the search engine. It is important because it will further create confusion on the part of the customers if not applied appropriately. Also, it will lessen the chances of getting the customer.
Another way to promote website is through banners and links in other sites that points back to your own. This is actually a partnership of two companies exchanging links and banners. Social networks are playing a major role on this one also. This is very effective because many people around the world are members of Friendster, Facebook and Twitter so there are bigger chances that they will click the company's banner. Links and banners are very popular so the more creative the promotion is; the more noticeable it will be to the viewers. It will obviously entice the prospect to see the company's website and the product it offers.
Articles, blogs and reviews are also effective in promoting the company's website. Write-ups are considered as one of the most efficient tool in influencing other people. Companies should participate in article distribution websites. All write-ups must be positive and full of encouragement so prospect buyers will be enticed to check the website for themselves. It is also important for a business' website to have its own blog. It will be helpful on the part of the customers and prospects to gather information about them. Furthermore, it can increase the number of visitors in the website so there are many more prospects to entertain.
The first priority is to direct all measures towards growth in sales. The growth in sales should be greater than the average industry growth. The internal and external communication networks are to be developed step by step. Website promotion is the way to generate sales and making customer. All forms of promotion should be compatible with online environment and has to be updated continuously. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55