The invention and widespread acceptance of the internet has provided, without a doubt, the greatest opportunity to earn a life-changing income from the comfort of your own home. With some time, determination, and knowledge, you truly can set your own paycheck.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The easiest way to get into Internet Marketing is to sell other people’s products. The vendor or publisher develops the product, you do the marketing, and they pay you a commission on every sale that you refer. This is called Affiliate Marketing and it can pay anywhere from 1% of the sale price all the way up to 90% or more.
2. You must have your own website. Without a website, your only real option for marketing is paying for traffic and “direct-linking” to the publisher’s site. This forces you to rely totally on the vendor or publisher to convert your leads into sales. Several marketing methods are available to buy traffic, but buying traffic for a direct-linking campaign can quickly get prohibitively expensive, In fact, some search engines have made a concerted effort to ban direct-linking.
3. Choose a reliable web hosting company. The last thing you want is to have stable income from your marketing efforts and have problems caused by your web host failing to keep your site running properly. Or worse, shutting their doors and taking your website with them.
4. Your website must be search engine friendly. In order to build a long term, stable income, you need to depend on “organic” traffic. If you search for something in Google, you will notice at the top and along the right side of the page links labeled “Featured Listings”. These links are paid using Adwords. You can get a lot of fast traffic this way, but long term income should be based on the rest of the search results. These are the organic results and they have two major benefits. First, they tend to be significantly more reliable, and second, they’re free.
5. Research your keywords. Use a tool like WordTracker or Google’s keyword tools to research your keywords. Every page on your site should be optimized for one main keyword, with two or three lesser keywords. Don’t overuse your keywords. Your writing should sound natural. Use “long tail keywords” when possible – someone that searches for “weight loss for teenage girls” is going to be a much more qualified prospect than someone searching for “weight loss”, assuming you’re marketing weight loss products to teenage girls, of course. 😉