This checklist will give you all the steps you need (with full instructions) to start your online business! I will not only show you how to do it, but I will show you how to set it up 100% for free. Be sure to subscribe to this website to get alerts whenever new information is released to help you grow your business! You can do that over on the right sidebar.
Please note that within this training, I will be referring you over to other articles on this site that will clarify points I am trying to make. I suggest that you take the time to click the links, read those articles, and then come back here. It will give you a more in-depth training experience to make sure you really have all the steps down.
So here it is: STARTING ONLINE BUSINESS CHECKLIST:
[X] 1. Choose your niche
Your “niche” is the subject of your website. What do you want to do for your business? Your niche should meet these requirements:
– It should be something you love, want to learn about, or know a lot about
– It should be something that has products associated with it that would be of interest to your readers
– It should be something that you can write interesting content about on a regular basis
I have written an article all about this subject, and I recommend you take a few minutes now to read about this process in this article because it is one of the most important topics you need to consider as you begin your online business!
[X] 2. Get training
This is a good start to your training, but setting up an online business has a lot of moving parts and many components. I suggest you subscribe to this website first, and then you want to sign up with a reputable organization to get full training on exactly step-by-step how to run and maintain this business.
My number one recommendation is the Wealthy Affiliate University. I have been marketing online for many, many years, and it was not until I found the Wealthy Affiliate that I took my business to the next level. It’s not only the education you receive from the Wealthy Affiliate, but it is the programs and tools they provide that are invaluable.
I wrote a series of articles about the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and I highly recommend you take a few moments now to read through these articles and bookmark them for future reference. This series will give you an overview of their entire program, the benefits of joining, and how you can grow your business by joining.
(SPOILER ALERT: It’s 100% free to join their Starter program!! No credit or debit card required!!!)
Here is the series:
[X] 3. Choose your domain name
Your domain name is like your company name. It’s called the URL or web address. My domain name is CoachingforInternetMarketers.com. My company is Coaching for Internet Marketers.
Choosing your domain name is extremely important. You want something that is easy for people to remember, easy to type, but search engine optimized. That means that you want a lot of people to be searching for keywords in your name, but you don’t want to have a lot of other websites with those keywords in them.
When I chose my domain name, I researched various names through the Jaaxy keyword tool provided in the Wealthy Affiliate platform (you should have read about that in the Part 3 article above). My website name has about 144 monthly searches (I like to be over 50) and only 21 competing websites (I like to be under 100), so it was perfect!
Here is an article all about choosing your domain name with the free Jaaxy tool you get in the Wealthy Affiliate program. Take a few moments now to read this before you continue:
[X] 4. Set up a website
There are a multitude of ways to set up a website, and I’ve tried many of the free and paid platforms during the years. My absolute favorite, by far, and the one that 95% of online marketers use in this day and age, is WordPress! The WordPress platform is user-friendly, and there are so many choices when it comes to themes and plugins.
(Don’t worry, you’ll learn all about themes and plugins in the Wealthy Affiliate training, and exactly step-by-step how to use them!!)
Setting up a website is 1-2-3 in the training. It couldn’t be easier. You get two free websites right through the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and they walk you step-by-step through the process of setting them up.
Take my advice and set up just one to start and focus your energy on that one. Once it is up, running and ranking on Google, you can go ahead and add a second one. You want to enjoy your new business, not feel overwhelmed.
Here is an article I wrote about setting up your free website through Wealthy Affiliate. Go ahead and take a few minutes now to review this article before you continue.
[X] 5. Start writing content
You’ve built the foundation, and now it’s time to create the meat of your site, your content. These are the articles you write to help your readers solve their problems in your niche. That’s right, your job is to solve problems and answer questions. Your readers are searching for information, answers to their questions and solutions to their problems.
If you want to be successful, you will provide them with the information that they are looking for. Weren’t you looking today for information on how to start an online business? You landed here, and I am providing you with information on exactly how to do that, right?
I know this can be a challenging part of this business, but it can also be the most exciting and rewarding part as well. Once you get rolling with the program and learning how to write excellent content, you will enjoy it as well.
Here is an article I wrote that might help you in this part of the business. Keep in mind, also, that you will get a lot of help with content creation inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform. There is a content editor that will assist with punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and spelling, so relax!
Take a look now at this article on content:
[X] 6. Market your site
There are so many different ways to market your site, but this website and my teachings focus on generic traffic. That means getting your content to rank in the search engines which will drive people to it from searching online. I know there are many strategies with Facebook ads and Google ads, but for someone starting out, that can be extremely expensive and is never guaranteed.
You can get your posts in front of a lot of people through social media, and that is how I recommend you build your audience. I want you to take a look at my social media sites to get a feel for what I am doing with my posts. Every single time I write a post, I spend quite a bit of time posting the article on each of my Pinterest boards, on my Facebook business page, on numerous Facebook groups, on my Twitter feed and on Google Plus.
Here are the links to my pages. If you want to like any of my pages, that would be great, and I will, of course, return the favor for you:
[X] 7. Get website comments
The search engines rank your site based on many criteria, and comments is one of the important ones. When you become a Premium member of the Wealthy Affiliate platform, you can get unlimited website comments (and hence traffic) to your site through the program. This community offers so many benefits, that I do highly recommend you upgrade to their Premium membership for $49 a month as soon as you are able to. To run an entire business for only $49 a month is a dream, and you will be amazed by the benefits this program affords.
For now, you can join for free and get started. Here is an article that goes into detail about the comments area of the program for you to read:
I hope this article gave you some food for thought and the courage to get started! I know new things can be a bit scary, but I want you to know that I am right here if you need any advice or encouragement along the way.
If you want to leave a comment or a question for me below, I will be happy to get back to you. If you prefer to email me privately, you can do so anytime at Babs@Coachingfor InternetMarketers.com.
I look forward to hearing from you, and I wish you much success as you begin this journey. There are great things waiting for you on the other side! Welcome to your new beginning!
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.
Thanks for visiting my page!
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