Review: #Affiliate Marketing – How To Be A Successful Internet Marketer Working From Home With Your Own Online Business
If you have browsed through the other pages of this site perhaps you now have it in mind to start up on your own with Wealthy Affiliate. Although you will have a great deal more help than this article of mine to work with if/when you do join WA, as a taster, on this page even if you don’t know the first thing about Internet Marketing I will try and set out the basics of starting your own business working from home.
You can perhaps use the information contained in this page as a check list/reference to help you stay focused and it should make it easier to set up your own work from home business.
To help you begin your internet marketing career, I have set out the ‘Must Haves’ you will need, and to know about if you are starting from scratch.
Internet Marketing In A Niche
Find a market (Niche) before you decide on a product. Also try to find an area that you are personally interested in. If you can find something, it will be easier to stay motivated and focused.
Use Google to search different keywords (Jaazy is much better). Do some researching with Yahoo to see what else is selling. Check eBay and Amazon for all their different categories. And use the big Internet Networks to look for interesting markets.
After your first project is up and running, you can start looking for your next one. Remember it is very easy to jump from one project to the next before the first one is finished. So try to find a project that you like and stay with it until its making you an income.
Choosing A Product To Promote On Your Website
After finding a market you will need to find a product to sell or promote. You could search the internet to see what other people are selling to get some ideas. Maybe you can sell or promote a product as an affiliate or another affiliate’s product.
If you get stuck on this aspect of marketing Wealthy Affiliate has its own program you can promote and you receive lots of training on how to achieve success.
Whatever you do try to be original. If you are an imaginative person you could find a product someone else is selling and make it a little better, or different, and cheaper.
If you choose to promote a digital product you will find many extra benefits such as, no shipping or handling fee, low start up costs, your profit margin will be close to 100 percent and your customer will receive the product almost immediately.
Buying Your Own Domain Name
Even though you can create your own website name with Wealthy Affiliate and it will be hosted on WA’s Hosting Site (Rubix) absolutely free its usually better to get a domain name of your own. Before you do this, spend a little time thinking up different names because your first choice may not be available. Its usually best to choose a short name because its easier for people to remember. You should also try to get a name to match your product. And use a good keyword in your domain name to get a better listing with search engines.
Hosting For Your Website
As I said above, Wealthy Affiliate will host your websites with or without your own domain but a short explanation about hosting wont go amiss.
The purpose of a hosting company is to keep your website running properly. They will make sure everything is in working order so your customers can navigate through it and buy your product or service. This is very important. If your website is not working properly then you are sure to end up losing money.
You may find some free hosting companies, but you really do get what you pay for. Therefore it’s much better to use a paid hosting company or if money is tight, a free one will do to start you off, and pay for upgrades once you start making an income. Although there is absolutely no pressure for you to do this as a member of Wealthy Affiliate, this is how you can start off.
Create Your Own Website
Again, Wealthy Affiliate gives you 2 free websites and unlimited sites if/when you upgrade, but a brief explanation will give you an idea what’s required.
A personal website such as the ones you can create with WA is your personal online real estate where your potential customers visit to buy the product(s) you’re promoting on it, and preferably is accessible 24/7 – 365. You will be competing with lots of other website’s so try to make yours stand out.
When building your website try not to saturate it with too many graphics. If your site takes a long time to download (5/7 seconds max) your potential customers will go elsewhere. Remember its Words (especially Keywords) that sell products not graphics.
To get ideas for your website search the web and look for sites that catch your eye (if they catch your eye there’s a pretty good chance they will do so with other people). Although I will be updating it all the time, take a closer look at this one of mine, and I hope I’ve done a good enough job so far to give you a good idea what’s required.
One small but important tip. Put a translation function on your site such as the one I have on this site because you will want to make money from all over the world so you will have to make sure your potential customers can actually read about what you want them to buy.
Apart from WA paying you for promoting their system you will want to collect money from your customers for other products/services you have on your website(s), and for that you will need a payment processor such as PayPal. Make sure that you can accept all payment methods. The more ways you can collect money the more sales you will make.
If you’re selling a digital product you may want to use one of the big internet network companies anyway as they usually take care of that side of things for you.
Just like any business, you will want your internet business to run smoothly, and to achieve this you will want to automate as much as possible by using an auto-responder. Again just like WA does you can automate a lot of your every day business tasks leaving you to concentrate on more important things.
Here are a few examples:
Send out email ads to everyone on your list at regular intervals
Send out emails automatically whenever someone buys one of your products
Have all your digital products sent out automatically
And with an auto-responder you can collect names and email addresses and add them to your list of customers.
If you click on the above image you will be taken to a free auto-responder but Google has at least three that I know of:
Google+ Autoresponder Service
How to Make Gmail Into an Autoresponder
The Pro’s And Cons Of Advertising On The Internet
This may be a good place to start if your funds are limited. But this will be slower than paid advertising and will take a lot more time. If you are spending a lot of time with free advertising and not getting the results you want, then you may have to try paid advertising.
Please keep in mind that when you use free advertising other people can place their ads with yours and this is not very professional. Also when you use free advertising sites it usually means everyone on that site can send free advertising to you. So you will receive lots of unwanted emails.
(a good idea is to set up separate email addresses just for those Ads)
With paid advertising you will get better results. At first you may think posting your ad(s) to as many sites as possible will make you the most money. But this is not a good idea for a couple of reasons. A lot of people will not have any interest in your products and will probably not even read your ad. And you may be accused of spamming which is something you never want to do. So always try to place your ad(s) with specific targeted group(s).
Compiling A List Of Potential Customers
This gets a big thumbs up. Start collecting a list of names and email addresses as soon as possible, add to your list often because it will make you money over and over again. Whenever you need extra money you can send an email promoting a product to your list. Therefore you could collect names and emails addresses by offering free stuff and by having them join or contribute to a newsletter. Also send out an email whenever you make a sale (auto -responder task).
I mention a Newsletter above because it is a good idea to publish one to keep potential customers up-to-date with the product(s) you are promoting. It’s also important to promote yourself whenever and wherever you can, and invest part of your profits for good information that will help expand your business. Remember to take the time to take that information on board and use it effectively.
Feel free to browse the other pages of this website and I’m sure you will come to a decision soon about what road you want to go down. You could do a whole lot worse than sign up with Wealthy Affiliate. At least with them you’re guaranteed support all the way to your online marketing success.
Whatever you decide to do I wish you all the success in the world, and I hope to see you soon getting started on Wealthy Affiliate. If you have the time, please leave a comment and I will try to answer asap.