One of the most common questions I get on my internet marketing blog is people asking me for the secret, they want that one internet marketing tip that will help them make money online - more money and more quickly.
The cool thing is that for most of them I do have a great tip, it's just not what they expected. The truth is that internet marketing is a business and as long as you treat it like a business you will have success.
Think about it for a minute, if you were starting a business in the offline world what would be your first step? Would you just throw open the doors and hope for the best? I doubt it, unless you had a lot more money than sense. You would probably learn a lot about the business you were starting, long before you actually set foot in the building. I'm sure you'd learn the skills necessary for success in your chosen field, wouldn't you?
That's one of the things that has always amazed me about an online business, it seems like there is something about the internet that encourages people to throw common sense to the wind. If you want to be successful online learn the basics before you start your business.
For most people the basics would include:
1. What type of business do you want to run? Beginners tend to do well with affiliate marketing because it's cheap and easy to start.
2. After you've decided what type of business you want to start, what product or service do you want to sell? Hint: most people do this backward, they pick the product they like and then they hope to find a market. Instead find the market and than pick a product that they can't resist.
3. Your next responsibility is to learn how to get traffic to your website. Don't let this freak you out, it's actually quite easy to do and in many cases, it's free. As a matter of fact, for right now only stick with free methods like article marketing and SEO techniques.
4. Build a list. This is vital, easy, and often overlooked. You see the fact is that most of the people you get to your website won't make a purchase the first time they visit, and most won't ever visit again. To get the most out of your visitors you want to be able to build trust with them so they will buy from you at some point.
The only way to do that is to get them to opt in, or sign up, to your email list. That way you can contact them over and over again for as long as you want and eventually they will learn to trust you and they will buy from you.
That's it, that's all you should worry about right now. It's all the basics you need to get started and you can start making money while you learn and expand on your knowledge. Don't ever stop learning when it comes to your internet business. There are always new methods and techniques you can use to grow your business even higher.
That's the one internet marketing tip that can truly have a positive impact on your online success: learn the basics and then get going. Don't hold off doing something until you know it all, you'll never know it all. Just get started once you have the basics in place and you can add to your knowledge over time.