The economy may be hurting but Internet Marketing is not. Our local UPS has maintained its business level (where I live) despite the fact that businesses are going under. People can buy on the Internet without spending ridiculous gasoline prices. Free shipping and discount prices are common on the Internet. So while things are getting tougher, many of us turn to the Internet to earn some extra money. In my case, I’m retired and on a fixed income. Inflation is killing me, or it soon will. I need to protect my income. Like many in this business, you can earn as you learn.
I think that the best thing for a person wanting to do Internet Marketing to do is to join a community with people of like interest. Forums are good for that. Just stay away from the gurus that take your money and give you little or nothing in return. Don’t believe their hype like, “I made 37,789.89 in less than 23-hours.” I’m not saying that such a guru is lying. Maybe he actually did just that. But he did it by mailing an offer to the humongous list of suckers he has enticed to his site. He didn’t build this list overnight. He worked like heck to generate that precious list.
The bottom line is that the gurus are our competition, not our friends. Stay away from them.
New Internet marketers, and that is what you may become, often ask the question, “But what will I sell?”
That is a very good question.
The Gurus generate e-books and courses to sell to their site visitors. But they also sell affiliate products, products that are not their own but which they can sell to earn a commission.
Selling an affiliate product is a good way for a new Internet marketer to start.
E-books are easy to sell, or at least easy to try to sell.
Just go to Click Bank.com or a similar site and pick up your affiliate links.
You can sell real products too which you will not have to handle yourself. Try Commission Junction and other such sites. Amazon.com runs one of the most effective affiliate programs, at least for Amazon. They sell just about everything.
You can usually get a higher commission on e-books sold through Click Bank. Look for a commission of $20.00 or more.
You don’t need a website of your own. You just need to drive people to what is called the pitch page of the vendor. You can start by sending your friends to the pitch page if you send them an email describing what you are selling. Or, you can just add a signature to your email with a link to your product.
Driving sufficient traffic to an affiliate link to make a sell is the problem.
You can use pay-per-click (PPC) but I don’t advise that for beginners. You could lose your shirt without some good instruction.
Instead, use Bum Marketing techniques. The best of these in my opinion is by writing articles. There is no use placing ads on the Internet. They usually don’t work. The exception is that ads in newsletters directed to your market can pay off. You should test a small ad, see if you get results, then purchase a better ad (larger or better position) to get more customers.
Find the information you need for your article at Wikipedia.org and other sites providing unlicensed content. I like to glean information from government sites. NIH, DOA, etc., have tons of good information.
Don’t copy other peoples content word-for-word. Write your own copy. When you write, pretend that you are writing to your friend, Bill. Correct your grammar and spelling. Maybe your sister can help you do that.
Some article sites allow affiliate links in the body of the article, others do not. A source box is sometimes provide where you can place a blatant ad for your product. Just follow the site rules.
I’ll be back on this topic with more specific information. Meanwhile, get started to earn as you learn.
Fly Old Glory!