Working from home is a real possibility with an online business. You can make your own hours, no long commutes and more time to spend with your family. If this sounds good to you, then take the necessary steps to make it happen. In this post, I will discuss Affiliate Marketing and how to get started on your dream of owning an online business.
Start By Picking A Niche
Well, that sounds simple enough, but what is a niche? Think of a niche as a group of people with a problem looking for a solution.
The options for Niche ideas are endless. When you pick a niche, make sure it is something you have an interest in. You will be writing content for your website, so you want the niche broad enough to be able to write a post at least once a week or every other week.
One key to success is solving a problem someone has on the internet. Let’s say I am a potential visitor to your site. It is the new year, and as most people, I start thinking about diet and exercise. I may be searching the internet for ways to lose weight or find a great exercise program. Well, if you can solve that problem, chances are I will buy the product you are promoting.
How Do I Build A Website?
You’re probably thinking to yourself, I don’t know how to build a website. Well, that is exactly what I thought when I started my quest to build an online business.
Being a Doubting Thomas by nature, I obviously did lots of research. I came across many outlandish claims of making $10,000 a month while doing nothing. If you hear something that sounds too good to be true, guess what? It probably is too good to be true. There are a lot of people trying to scam you out of your hard earned money with their get-rich-quick schemes. So be wary of any such claims.
Like anything in life, you have to work hard to be a success. If anyone tells you otherwise, it simply is not true.
What is My First Step?
In my quest to find out how to build a website, I found a great program that helped me get started. The program is Wealthy Affiliate. You will see their name plastered all over the internet. There is a reason for that, they are the real deal. Trust me, if the training at Wealthy Affiliate can help me get 2 websites up and running, they can do the same for you.
They offer a free membership to get started, which is a great option to play around. However, if you are serious about an online business, I would definitely go with the premium membership.
You have a community of like-minded people with the same focus that you have. There is always someone there to help you out if you have a question or get stuck on something. You have beginners, intermediate and seasoned veterans all working together.
Keywords are basically a word or phase someone would type into a search engine to find an answer. Let’s say I am looking to find a new exercise program. I might type in “exercise program”, or even “what is the best exercise program”.
When doing keyword research, you want to go after low hanging fruit. What exactly does that mean? It means a keyword that does not have a lot of competing websites. When you are just starting out, your website won’t have a lot of authority, so the less competition the better. As a rule of thumb, the keyword should have at least 100 searches a month and 50 or less competing sites. That way it will be easier to rank in Google so people will be able to find your website.
Finding Products to Promote
In order to make money with an online business, you will have to join an affiliate program. With that being said, there are numerous affiliate programs for you to join.
Keep in mind, it is free to join an affiliate program, so if a company wants you to pay to join their program, run from them. You will be promoting that company’s products, thus earning a commission for each sale.
Some Popular Affiliate Programs:
- Amazon Affiliates
- Commission Junction
Next Step Is Writing Great Content
Once you have a website up and running, you will need to add content. When you are writing content for your site, make sure you are solving a problem. Don’t just write to have content on your site. If you can write with the intent of helping someone, you’re going to get visitors.
- Write to solve a problem
- Have the solution
- Tell your reader how the product will benefit them
- Call to action (Buy Product Now)
There is much more to building a successful online business, but following these beginning steps, you will be well on your way to success.
I think the reason some people succeed while others fail, is the willingness not to give up. Success does not happen overnight. You will have to put in the work, but the end result will be well worth it.