Affiliate Marketing has evolved over the last few years to become a multi-billion dollar industry.
It certainly is an industry that has the attention of online merchants, publishes, networks and programs, as the projection for the next few years is astounding in terms of growth.
Now I am going to show you how to build your online business in just 4 simple steps and become an authority in the industry.
Step 1: Choose an Interest
So what are you interested in? What do you have a passion for?
I have noticed that when I ask people what their passion is, 98% of the time they say they have no passion. To give an example, I was speaking with a colleague and the topic of online business and websites came up. When I asked her what she was passionate about, of course she said ‘nothing really’.
Whoa! You spent so much time discussing event management with me, sharing how you intend to develop more skills in this area so you can market yourself successfully, spent thousands of dollars to become certified, stressed yourself for months trying to meet strict deadlines and never gave up.
And even now you are still spending lots of time and energy on event management and enjoying it.
I call that passion!
It may not be something that intense for you, but here are a few ideas to jump-start your thinking engine.
- What are your hobbies? Gardening, dog training, playing a sport, cooking, decking out cars and SUVs?
- What about your own lifestyle? Do you enjoy shopping for new shoes and the latest dress in fashion? Do you like dining out? Do you travel a lot?
- What do your friends always turn to you for advice on? Relationships with the kids or the spouse, money management, an encouraging word, to help plan an event?
- Is there something you love to do but never considered it as a paid job? Like telling your friends about the great experience you had on your last Caribbean cruise. Or about the thrilling book you read in just one day.
Any and all of the above can be turned into an online business, using the steps I provide here. It just has to be something you are interested in, and would enjoy writing about and sharing with others.
I am a strong believer in enjoying your work. Years ago I heard hotel magnate Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, owner of the Sandals Resorts Couples-Only Caribbean hotel chain say he has never worked a day in his life because he simply enjoys what he does so much.
So be sure to choose something that is intriguing to you. This is what you will be sharing online and presenting to your niche market. You want them to realize, through your writing and other communication, how much enjoy the subject area. You will build lots of trust with your readers, and create some valuable repeat visitors.
Don’t be concerned at this stage because you are not sure if you can make money in your area of interest. I will show you how to get the conversions (from visitor to buyer) a little later.
Step 2: Build a Website
To maximize your earning potential online, you need a website.
This is the one ‘condition’ that deterred me from starting my own online business sooner. It always seemed like ‘a catch’ in whatever opportunity I was considering.
Now I can build a website, FOR FREE, in less than one minute.
The number one reason for having a website is to provide quality, original content for your visitors, which will sufficiently inform them to make a purchase decision.
However, when writing content, you should just focus on the quality of the content so that your visitors understand that you are familiar with the product, service or concept, and they trust the information that you provide.
This may lead to a purchase or a decision not the purchase if you were expressing dissatisfaction with a product. But the idea is to be honest and but the necessary trust.
Your website will be the backbone of your business, so you want it to be easy to use, attractive, fast and reliable. It should always be accessible and easy to navigate, with relevant visuals (images, videos, charts).
And all of this is easy to do today, and I will show you how.
For example if you want your audience to know about the latest pair of heels you added to your shoe collection, or the must-have accessory you just fitted onto your spruced-up car, you may want to upload a video of you enjoying your big-girl swirl or big-boy toy.
Most times your visitors would rather see it than read page after page of descriptions. It will not always be possible, but when you can show it, go ahead and flaunt it.
Remember that quality content is crucial in this business, so along with the videos and images, a write-up is still required.
Step 3: Get Rankings and Visitors
Google. Yahoo! Bing.
These are your three managers when you have an online business. They pretty much control how you do things when you are at work.
But they can also become your best buddies, and you will soon be having drinks they paid for!
Always keep this very essential formula in mind:
Website Rankings + Targeted Traffic = Revenue
When you have your own website, people need to know that you now have an online presence. And they find your website through the search engines.
The idea is to get visitors to your site so you can engage them with your own experiences of the products you have tried (which are the same products they are looking for based on their own keyword search in the engine).
You are simply providing them with an honest review of the item, so they can make an informed purchase or no-purchase decision.
If they decide to purchase, you earn revenue.
Your goal is to make your website SEO ready so that Google, Yahoo!, and Bing can find it. (By the way, SEO means Search Engine Optimization).
Google now owns just over two-thirds of all search traffic, and more than 95% of mobile searches, so you need them on your side.
There are several different elements the search engines look for when crawling the web to rank websites (pages), and much of it happens behind the scenes of your site and is not visible to visitors.
However, there are a couple elements that will make a huge difference to your visitors and your business so pay close attention to them here.
Webpage Comments Section
Ensure that every page on your website has a Comments section.
Google especially loves websites that are interactive and updated regularly, so encourage visitors to leave you a comment. A comments section is like having visitors update your web page for you and this will improve your ranking.
So be sure to respond to every legitimate comment that is posted on your site, and you will experience some Goooogle looooovve.
Keyword Tools and Searches
Keywords are mega important to getting visitors to your site and getting ranked in the search engines. The content on each of your web pages must be built around a particular keyword.
This keyword (which is really a string of words) is what internet users type into the search engines to try to find what they are looking for.
But how will you know what users are searching for so you can capitalize on it!
The answer is the awesome Jaaxy Keyword Tool which is sophisticated yet super easy to use, and delivers accurate, current results every time.
I encourage you start your own Jaaxy account right now and do your own keyword research. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.
The Jaaxy Keyword Tool tells you:
- the average number of persons searching for your particular keyword each month (AVG);
- the number of visitors (Traffic) you are likely to get if you are ranked on the first page of the search engine results;
- how many other websites are competing with that same keyword (QSR)
- the quality of your keyword (KQI);
- how likely you are to rank on the first page of the search engine for your keyword (SEO).
That is really awesome, and no other keyword tools is as sophisticated.
Step 4: Earn Revenue
Now all that is left for you to do is earn revenue.
Continue to build out your website with quality, engaging content, relevant visuals, and with keywords that convert.
And when you start making money with this website, you can start the process all over again, with another website, while the first one continues to make money.
Doing what you love to do, and establishing multiple streams of income as you do it.
It is amazing.
Your Next Step – Start an Online Business For Free Now
Now that you know how easy it is to start an online business and actually make money from it, you need to take action to get your own business up and running.
I started my online business for free and I will now help you do the same.
Everything you need to get started is provided at the state-of-the-art Wealthy Affiliate platform:
- internet marketing business ideas
- training on every aspect of internet marketing
- website building and hosting
- domain information
- a helpful community to interact with
- access to industry experts
- unmatched service and support
I am certain that you will absolutely love your experience at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s the online all-inclusive space for building your successful internet marketing business, and thousands of people are continuing to use this platform to succeed.
Check out my very thorough Review of Wealthy Affiliate where I provide in-depth information on many different facilities offered there.
I would love to hear from you. If you have any comments or queries about You Choose Your Income, or would just like to share your online story, feel free to drop me a comment below, and I will be sure to respond.
Here’s to choices!