Starting an online business is a great way to make extra income. It’s also a great way to make full-time income, and it is completely possible if you have the right tools, the right information, and a desire to succeed!
Point 1 – Time
I realize that there is a lot of information out there about how to start an online business. You would think you could just open a website, join some magic program, and boom – traffic and money come flowing in! Well, it isn’t quite that easy, but it isn’t hard either. The main thing is that it does take time. It takes time to create the website, write the articles, get affiliate agreements, market the products, and write more articles.
Please don’t expect to start a website and then you’ll immediately be able to quit your job because you’re making $10,000 every month. If you listened to some of the ads out there, you would think it was that easy.
How much time you devote is how fast your website will start producing income. You have to invest your time into building the content for the site, sharing great information on your niche. The more time you have to invest, the quicker you will see a profit.
Point 2 – Money
Ok, so how much is this business going to cost you to 1) start up, and 2) going forward monthly.
There is no free ride when it comes to starting a business, but I do have some great resources that are totally free and will definitely get you started with no money out-of-pocket. You can set up two affiliate websites, get free lessons on exactly how to set them up, get mentoring included, and all for no money. It’s the Wealthy Affiliate platform, designed exclusively to assist affiliate marketers grow their businesses, and you can read the 4-part series about that program here:
Start with the free membership. I do recommend, however, that once you complete the training that comes with the free membership, that you upgrade to the Premium membership. You will get amazing training going forward, as well as access to the community, website comments and review, and of course Jaaxy!!
Point 3 – Education
I expressed to you that it is not difficult to set up an online business, but you really do have to know what you are doing. If you don’t choose article titles that are keyword optimized, and if you don’t get traffic to your site and comments on your posts, you won’t score high on the search engine ranking, and you won’t make sales.
So what education am I talking about? Training on how to do this business. Affiliate marketing is a business. It is an online business. You need to be trained in it. This article here will give you a basic understanding of Affiliate Marketing:
|INTERNET AFFILIATE MARKETING – DEFINITION & ILLUSTRATION
Point 4 – Support
I know you don’t want to struggle to figure every aspect of this business out, or handle every problem alone (you know problems arise with everything in this life). If your website goes down, isn’t functioning properly, or you have other issues or questions, it is important to have a support system so you don’t lose your mind. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of writing a great article, and something happens.
That’s why I love the Wealthy Affiliate platform, because you have 24/7/365 support. You never have to worry that your site isn’t working or some other issue, they are there to help, and the community is there also to help and answer any questions. You get the ability to chat with the other members for the first 7 days of the free membership. You then get access to the community back if you join as a Premium member. The free membership does provide you technical support for your website, though.
Point 5 – SEO Optimization
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it means that your website is optimized to get the most traffic and rank high in the search engines. Google, Bing and Yahoo rank each site according to their view of the relevance of the site as it pertains to certain search terms.
As an example, if someone is searching for “best coffee in Troy, NY,” the search engines will go through the internet and come back with results for the searcher. The sites the search engine displays have the highest ranking, because the search engines want the searcher to get the best results, the most relevant results, the most trusted results.
If you want to appear in the results, you must optimize your site, and using optimized keywords that meet a certain criteria is key in order to rank. If you want to read about keyword rich posts and ranking in Google, read this:
Point 6 – A niche
Your niche is what the website is about – the subject of your site. So your niche could be “Restaurants in Troy NY” or “picture frames” or “engine oil.” No kidding – whatever floats your boat – your passions – your interests – are what you want to set as your niche.
To come up with a good niche for your website, you can read this article here all about it:
|WHAT IS A NICHE AND HOW TO CHOOSE|
Point 7 – Quality Content
If you are thinking of starting an affiliate website, it requires content. Content is the articles you write to give your readers information. The content is what Google and Bing and Yahoo grade you on when it comes to ranking your posts. If you want to get ranked for “Best coffee in Troy, NY,” there are certain steps you need to do to rank, and writing great content is at the top of the list.
So how do you write great content? First of all, you need fresh ideas. I have a great article here on how to come up with fresh content ideas for your website:
You also need accuracy in your spelling, grammar, sentence structure and punctuation. The search engines do not look kindly on websites that have poor grammar. How do you make sure your content is prime? Through Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, again with the Wealthy Affiliate, but they do provide a content development program that checks spelling, grammar, sentence structure and punctuation.
You write the content, and then it goes through line by line and lets you know of any errors. Amazing!
Point 8 – Competition
I get this all the time – I can’t compete with all those other websites out there. Well, you’re right, you cannot compete with ALL those other websites out there, but you can compete with other websites who are vying for the same keywords as you. With the Wealthy Affiliate program which includes Jaaxy for keyword research, you can make sure you have low competition keywords for your articles, so you can rank them against other sites.
Sometimes the competition is 0 or 1 website for a certain keyword phrase. With the Jaaxy keyword tool through the Wealthy Affiliate program, there is no guesswork. You know exactly how many searches a term gets and how many other websites are trying to rank for that keyword. Genius.
Point 9 – Affiliate Products to sell
The products you sell will, obviously, depend on your niche. You want to start thinking about what types of products you can sell that will provide an answer to a need with your readers. If your readers are clicking and going to your website, something has caught their attention or answered a question or need. Now you need to have products in front of that reader that will fit their need.
You will need to search out your products, and then simply Google the product with the words “Affiliate Program” after the word. So, as an example, let’s say you want to market watches. You would google “watches Affiliate program.”
See the screen capture below. Do this search for any product you are interested in marketing on your niche affiliate website.
Point 10 – Attitude & Patience
Affiliate Marketing is a viable form of income, but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Quite the opposite. Time and patience are necessary, as well as diligence in providing that quality content, before you will show a profit.
So just keep working hard, pump out those quality articles, use keyword rich titles, promote your affiliate products, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor before you know it. Don’t get discouraged. If you join Wealthy Affiliate, take a look at the success story page where members post their success stories. Very encouraging!
I welcome all comments and questions on this and any other article on my website. I am here to help you as you start your online business, and I am here for you as you gain success. If you need anything, please reach out to me.
If you would prefer to contact me personally, email me at Babs@CoachingforInternetMarketers.com.
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Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.
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