Starting an online business has become very popular among many people of all backgrounds throughout world. It doesn't matter if you are a high-school graduate, or you're completing your third trimester of your second year in Chiropractic School. Any person with desire to work from home can start an online business. Especially now more than ever with all turnkey websites, "all-in-one" marketing solutions and such, one can literally have a business up and running within 24 hours.
It's well known that nearly 95% of all online businesses will not succeed. So what exactly "makes or breaks" an online business? Simply put, type of marketing used.
Internet marketing is as hard as you make it. It can be very hard getting past "learning curve", but once you do, nothing will stop checks coming in month after month.
We'll begin our internet marketing lesson with 7 small, but very powerful forms of advertising that can yield tremendous profits for you if used correctly!
1) Article Submission
Writing articles are one of oldest forms of advertising on internet. Whatever kind of business you do, write about it! Most articles written are between 500-1000 words. The way you advertise through articles is by having a "byline" or "resource box" at end of article. For an example, please look at bottom of this article to see what one looks like.
After you have written an article of your business topic, you will then want to submit them to Article Directories or Websites that will publish article you wrote. Here are some good submission sites:
http://www.stickysauce.com/wanted.htm http://www.webpronews.com/submit.html http://www.boconline.com/sub-art.shtml http://www.powerhomebiz.com ermsofuse/articlesubmission.htm http://www.promotionworld.com/pop/feedback/submitarticle.html http://www.businessknowhow.com/newsletter/articleguidelines.htm
These should get you started, but if you would like more, or these aren't towards your business, simply do a search at your favorite search engine for "submit article".
2) Participating in Active Forums
In most forums or discussion groups, they allow you to include a little "signature ad" following every post you make. If you are fairly knowledgeable in your business area and post good answers to help people, more readers will be curious about you and will click on your link and be directed to your website.
Some great forums dedicated to internet marketing are:
http://www.ablake.net/forum/ http://www.howtocorp.com/forum/ http://www.williecrawford.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi
3) Pay Per Click / Google Adwords
If you're not familiar with this type of advertising, please don't be completely turned of by title. Yes, you do need to pay for some advertising. And using pay per clicks (ppcs for short) allow you to drive very targeted traffic to your website. With a PPC, you literally "bid" on whatever keywords your potential customers will search for.
Another great way to grab traffic before you have to shell out your money is by utilizing Google Adwords. TO learn more about this, please visit Google Adwords tips at:
https://www.adwords.google.com <-- Quick Reference https://www.adwords.google.com/select ips.html <-- Tips & More
4) Search Engine Optimization
Let's face it.. The best kind of traffic is free traffic, right? There are a ton of ways to get traffic to your website, but in my opinion, this is most cost effective. After all, it's free! Search Engine Optimization requires a great deal of knowledge of how search engines work, but it's definitely not an impossible feat by any means. The basic rule of thumb is to create a website in such a way that your visitors will want to come back. Also, create a website that will make others want to link to your site, without any required link back to theirs.