Ever since I retired in 2012 I’ve toyed with the idea of starting some sort of an online business. Prior to retirement I did begin selling on eBay which has pocketed me a little extra cash. But the older I get the more of a pain it is to go out and buy product and when it sells have to pack it up and ship it. Driving to the post office several times a week takes time and gas.
A few years ago I started looking into online business and I’m sure when I say there are a lot of different programs out there you know what I mean. The headlines, or selling points, of these programs make a whole lot of promises of easy money for very little work. Just set up a web site and the money pours in while you vacation on the beach and or sleep at night.
Since you are reading this blog I assume you have a desire to make some additional money each month. Well I’ve discovered the formula that will give you the best chance for success along with all the tools and training necessary. Read on and see if you agree.
Affiliate Marketing. What Is It?
Thousands and thousands, if not millions, of people are making a pretty good income with affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing is where you join affiliate programs (free) and on your blog or website you place relevant affiliate links to products you promote that are related to your chosen niche. When someone clicks on your affiliate link and buys the product you make a small commission from the sale.
To begin affiliate marketing all you need is a website to host your blog and you can soon become an affiliate marketer.
But wait a minute, you might say. I have no idea how to build a website or find a place to host it. What will I blog about? I’m getting there so read on and the pieces will fall together.
Basic Training or Learning The Ropes
What is a niche? A niche is just a certain part of a market or more simply expressed a niche is an audience. When determining your niche pick something that is an interest or a passion of yours. Perhaps a hobby that you know something about or maybe a topic you wish to learn about. You do not need to be an expert in this particular niche because as you progress through the training and do your research and writing you will become the “expert.”
The training will quickly have you building your own website and it is entirely possible to have your own website on the first day of your training, FREE. It may take a little time finding your niche but how to choose a niche is explained in detail in the training. You are also taught how to find a domain name. You can use the free domain names available with your training or you can purchase your own .com if you wish.
Writing Content For Your Blog
You might be thinking here that I am not a professional writer how am I going to write articles. It’s easy as you do not have to really be a writer. All you have to do is be able to communicate and that is something we do everyday of our lives. We communicate our thoughts to family, friends and co-workers all day long every day. Writing a blog is no different. If you can carry on a conversation you can write a blog. I had my blog online within three days and was writing content on day three. If I can do it, anyone can.
You will learn keywords and keyword phrases that will guide your readers to your online blog as they search out the information you write. Basically, a keyword is something you would type into the Google search box when you are looking for information. An example might be “How to build a house”,” How to fix a leaky toilet”. You type keywords everyday whenever you search for something on the internet and those keywords will take you to someone’s website where they write about the subject you are searching for. Keywords are what Google uses to index and rank your site and that is what will take a little time as you will have to gain Google’s trust by writing content a couple times a week.
It sounds more complicated than it really is and you are taught step by step how to research keywords and you are given keyword research tools to assist you in finding the perfect words to use.
The Elements of Good Content
Each blog post you write should contain these four elements. In each post you will want to:
- State the problem (or what your reader is searching for).
- Offer a solution.
- Tell your reader the benefit of this solution.
- Tell them what to do or “call to action” (guide them to your product or solution)
If you do this in each blog post you will be providing value for your reader. If you do this on a consistent basis then google will begin to recognize you as an authority and thus rank your pages higher in the search results. A higher Google rank will mean increase traffic to your website thus more people buying the products you are promoting.
You will need to develop good work habits and dedicate severalhours a day to working on your blog. Success will not come without effort on your part so you need to treat this as at least a part time job and not as a hobby. The more work you can put in on your blog the faster you will see results, but do not expect it to happen overnight. Realistically it could take you 6 months to a year to get to a point you are seeing good results. But the GOOD news is once you have made your blog a successful money maker you can start another one and see results come faster. You can start as many as you like and keep multiplying your efforts, so the possibilities are endless and your earning potential will only be limited by what you put into your efforts.
So, What’s The Catch
The catch is there is no catch!
I’ve just barely scratched the surface here so let me conclude by letting you in on what I have found.
If I told you that you could could build your own blog (two as a matter of fact) and be up and running in a matter of a day or two. Go through ten detailed lessons where you are taught how to build a website easily (a matter of minutes), learn basics of keyword research and content writing. Have full access to one on one help for a full seven days as you get your website up and running. All for a cost of $0. You read that right, there is no cost to get started at all. You do not even need to enter a credit card number to get started. Would you be interested in investigating further?
You can even keep your free websites as long as you want!
If you want to continue from there you can join for a very reasonable monthly or yearly fee. With your membership you will have hundreds or hours of more lessons and instructional videos on every topic imaginable to further your new online business. You will have unlimited support from the millions of members already online at Wealthy Affiliate. You can host free up to fifty websites and that cost is included in your membership. The only additional cost you would have is for domain names which run about $15.
I’m positive once you take a few days to examine Wealthy Affiliate you will see the benefits available and want to become a premium member. So, what are you waiting for? You really own it to yourself to at least check it out. Remember it is free to try. Follow this LINK to join me and take a few minutes to kick the tires on what I think is the best system for building your very own online business.