So, you want to learn how to start an online business for free? O.K. well, we’ve got a lot of work to do. So, let me ask you a few questions.
1. WHY do you want to start an online business?
Here’s why it’s important to think about this question. Building an online business is not a cake walk and you if you don’t have a big enough why, then all the know-how in the world won’t help you. If your why is big enough that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, then this is something you can do.
2. What is the purpose of your business?
Have you ever been to a website and asked your self: “What is this site supposed to be?” I see them all the time. If you want to have a successful online business, your visitors need to know what your business is and how it’s going to help them.
3. Are you stubborn enough to succeed online?
I’ve always had a reputation for being kind of stubborn and that is definitely a virtue in this business. You need to be too stubborn to give in to those doubts that creep in. Make a decision that are going to get it done no mater what it takes!
4. Can you practice delayed gratification?
People tend to get discouraged too quickly in the early phases of their online businesses. They want their business to “show them the money” in the first month or two. You need to prepared for the fact that you may not see any money for months. Keep in mind that you are building a business for the long term and payoff comes later and often, forever!
If you made it through those questions, you’ve got a shot at building an online business. Now you just need to decide what kind of business you are going to build. Are you going to sell other companies products for a commission? Are you going for advertising dollars? Maybe even a combination of the two?
Finding Your Niche
What is a niche you ask? A niche is basically a group of people looking for stuff. It could be information or products. For example; I am a working musician and I need to buy equipment and accessories several times per year. I like to look online to see what’s new in the industry and read any reviews I can find. If I find a piece of equipment I want and can’t find it at a local store, I’ll order it from the website and whomever owns that site will earn a commission from my purchase.
This is known as affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing has become so popular, that you can find an affiliate program for almost any kind of product you can imagine. If you have any hobbies or passions, chances are other people also share those hobbies and passions. By learning the right skills, you can turn your passion into a profitable online business.
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Become An Authority
If you want a thriving online business that makes lots of sales, you’re going to want to build what is known as an authority site. You do not have to actually be an authority on a subject to build an authority site. You just need plenty of quality content. Having a lot of content on your site will give visitors the impression that you are an expert in your niche and will think of you as a credible source of information.
Finding Quality Content
People who are new to this business often ask where they can find quality content for their sites. The problem is, you don’t find it, you have to create it. Don’t freak out yet! It’s not as hard as it may sound at first. All you are doing is helping someone understand something. Imagine if you where trying to explain something to friend during a normal conversation. It’s really that simple.
What Should I Write About?
This is another common question. Your content ideas will come through keyword research. Keyword research will help you determine what people are looking for by showing you what words people use when doing a search query. When you know how people search for information within your niche, it’s much easier to help them find exactly what they’re looking for.
Finding Great Keywords
I have written fairly extensively on keyword research in other articles so I won’t go into this topic too much here. If you’re not sure about what keyword research is or how it’s done, you can see my latest article Guide To Keyword Research (will open in a new window).
The keywords you choose to base your content on will depend not only on your niche, but also on how you plan to monetize your site. For example: if you plan on building an Adsense site, you would likely choose keywords based on cost per click (CPC) rather than using keywords that might attract buyers for particular products.
Building Adsense sites can bring in some easy money when you have a lot of traffic but it does have challenges. With so many other people are competing to get ranked for those keywords, it can be tough getting traffic to your site with little or no experience. You also limit the number of good keywords you’ll find by focusing on high paying keywords.
The Best Way To Get Started
The better way to go if your just starting out would be affiliate marketing. You’ll have a much better chance of learning to drive traffic to your site and you can always place ads on your affiliate site if you choose. You may not earn as much money from ad clicks but, you will have many more opportunities to earn.
Get The Help You Need
If you’re going to build a business for free, you will probably have a million questions along the way. You will probably do what most people do and look online for answers. The problem is, there is good information and terrible information out there and it’s up to you to figure out which is which.
If you want to get the best possible information on getting started, I would highly recommend taking a look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review. Yes, this is a premium membership site but they also have a FREE membership level that never expires. You will learn more from this free membership than you will with most paid courses. I know that sounds like promotional BS but I am telling you from personal experience. You will thank me later.
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