Author: Gen Wright
When I first started out with Internet Marketing, I didn't know where to begin. And I bet if you are just like me back then, trying to make your first sale online, you may be feeling lost. Here's a complete startup guide to give you some direction to make your journey easier, and more enjoyable.
Step 1: Identifying a market that you want to go into.
No matter how good you are, you cannot succeed if you are not in the right market. The right market here means that there is sufficient opportunities for you to make money online. If you are in an inactive market where there are very few partners, very few products, and very few customers, then you are in deep trouble – no marketing magic can save you here.
So how do you go about finding a good market?
Competition is the first sign. Don't be afraid of competition. The fact that there is competition shows that there is money to be made. You just have to go in and compete. Do it better than anyone else!
Check out some online ads. Look at what others are advertising to get a better feel of the market.
Also, when choosing a market, don't just choose based on the market potential. It's not all about making money. It has to be something that you enjoy doing as well. So try to choose a market that you are passionate about. You will enjoy your work more, and be more motivated to take action.
Step 2: Taking that first step – setup a website.
I'm not going to beat about the bush here – you have to learn how to setup a website in order to build your online business. Of course, you can sell someone's else product and try to avoid having to setup a website. But eventually, you find yourself limiting yourself. In other words, if you don't learn how to setup a website, you are not taking full advantage of the opportunities on the Internet. You don't have to learn programming or coding. Just learn how to setup some static html pages and learn how to post links. Usually, if you require a more complex tool, there are free or paid tools out there that are available. So all you really need to know is some basic html knowledge.
Now that you have a website, it's time to see some action. Everything up to this point is preparation. Now you want people to come and visit your website. You are trying to sell something, and your web visitors are your prospects. Nothing ever happens without traffic, so you have to be really good at this.
There are many ways to drive traffic to your site. If you are just starting out, my advice to you is to use some free method so that you get a sense of how things work online. Make your contact page as visible as possible so that visitors can email you and ask for more details about what you have to offer.About the Author:
Darren Chow is a full time article marketer and SEO specialist who has helped hundreds of clients promote thousands of websites. Join the article marketing newsletter to find out more about how he gets sites to rank well in the search engines.