How To Start A Small Business Online – 5 Simple Steps THAT WORK!
Hello everyone, my name is Kris and I believe that you are looking for advice around how to start a small business online?
well, my friend, you are in LUCK!
There is a tried and tested, PROVEN, NO SCAM method that you can use to not only start a small online business for FREE but also GROW that business, so much so that it will enable you to become your own boss, work from a laptop from ANYWHERE in the world and have a significant income in the process.
How about myself thrown in as your personal mentor also – FOR FREE? Read on!
This DREAM really can come true!
Just not in five minutes!…. This will take some hard work and commitment on your part, but the potential is massive!
What I am offering here is NOT in any way some kind of ploy to get you to part with your cash, this also isn’t some mickey-mouse gimmick or scam!
The proven tried and tested method I am about to introduce you to is very real indeed.
What other small businesses do you know of that you can initially start with ZERO capital and ZERO risks that could see you in a reasonable amount of time, working when you want, how you want and from wherever you want?
Correct, I don’t know of any either!
If you are interested, this article can be the stepping-stone allowing you to achieve the above and more!
The Best Online Career That You Can Start WITHOUT ANY OF YOUR OWN PRODUCTS OR SERVICES!
Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, or however you choose to coin the phrase is something that people are finding excellent online success with, literally making their dreams come true!
Wikipedia likes to state affiliate marketing as ‘Performance Based Marketing‘ have a look for yourself, it’s actually a very interesting read, check it out – here
Affiliate Marketing is a real career opportunity and just like any other career, it comes with hard work, there are sacrifices that you will need to initially make, but the long term return on your ‘time investment’ can see yourself basking in success just like so many have done before and are doing so today!
So What Exactly Is This Internet Marketing Game All About?
Not to complicate how this works, I’d like to explain the end to end process at a very high level and as we go through the steps below, everything will become clear. So in a nutshell….
Millions of people every second of the day are searching online for goods and services, I’ve done it, you’ve done it, we all turn to the internet when looking to solve our problems.
Perhaps somebody is looking for a new appliance or looking to purchase a new painting for their home, maybe they are looking for the best advice on how to lose weight quickly?
Some people might be looking for the brand new health vitamin to hit the market, while others want to find cheap video games.
You get the idea, we buy absolutely everything online these days, it’s just how we now consume products!
When someone is looking to buy products online, they go to the Google search engine and type in a question with hope Google can help.
Such as the below example
Google will then provide a list of results based on the search.
This is where the Affiliate Marketer comes in. The person in the above example is looking for ‘The Best Affiliate Marketing Training’
What we do is provide advice to the reader via our (free!) website, and give sound, trustworthy recommendations on products and services related to what the customer is looking for, in this case, affiliate marketing training!
By helping people to solve their problems we are able to build a lasting relationship with them and this is when you can create a very lucrative business indeed!
When someone clicks on a link from your website (website A) and makes a purchase from the retailer (website B) YOU make money on that sale!
So how does the retailer know the buyer came from our website?
This is done by the use of ‘Affiliate Programs’
When you join an affiliate program, which you can do so for free (Amazon Associates for example) you are given a special ‘link’ which you place on your website and when a user clicks that link and makes a purchase, Amazon will immediately know that customer came directly from you!
For more information on making money with affiliate programs such as Amazon click – here
For more information on starting a home business click – here
IMPORTANT – Remember In Order To Sell To people, We Need To Help Them First!
The more we can educate and assist customers with our website content recommendations, the more likely it is that the customer will take our advice, so the goal is to create comprehensive and informative content on your website to aid your potential customers purchasing decision!
A product ‘review’ is a great way to draw attention to your website’s content, as reading reviews is one of the first things people do when searching online for help when making a purchase!
We might give the product an overall rating out of ten, include the good points about a product as well as the bad and we can inform around the cheapest place to buy the product etc.
The key thing to remember here is to be GENUINE with your content and your product reviews, we have to remember that there is a human being reading our articles and the better educated they are around a potential ‘buy’ the more chance you have of them making that purchase!
To reiterate – when a purchase has been made by a customer that YOU have pointed to the retailer which could be Amazon.com for example (who we know have MILLIONS of products) YOU make CASH on that sale! Bingo!
So it all sounds very simple and straightforward and it really is, but where this gets really exciting is that the more people who read your one review on a product, the MORE potential customers you have!
Let us not forget, that is just around one product so what about it you reviewed ten products in the same category? Laptop computers for example?
I am hoping now you understand just how lucrative affiliate marketing can be!
But for just one moment, keep your feet on the ground, to get to that stage we have to be patient!
As I have said already, this is not some scam or false promise pyramid scheme.
You have to WORK for this. Google and your customers must trust your website, but we are not talking years here, with hard work, commitment and PATIENCE you will start to see traffic to your website within a few weeks but even if you do not, you MUST push on, people only fail at this by giving up!
BONUS – I am looking to broaden my network of followers within my network, so when you sign up, I will be positioned as your PERSONAL MENTOR to help you get settled in, help you with any initial questions you have.
I am also able to help pass on all the extra invaluable advice, tips, hacks and encouragement you’ll need upon joining!
It is so important to ask questions, this is where you’ll get ahead of the game and bring your success closer and quicker!
Do not forget to ask questions, there are no stupid questions at all!
So without further ado let’s look at the steps involved in this life-changing opportunity!
Step 1 – You HAVE To BELIEVE In Yourself – You Can Do This!
You are entitled to enjoy the freedom and successes just as anyone else in life can!
You CAN do this, anyone with a laptop and internet connection can be enjoying financial gain and personal freedom!
Keep this in mind you MUST believe in yourself, there is no other way! Have confidence in your ability as anyone can become an affiliate marketer – you are no different!
As I mentioned before, this is NOT an overnight millionaire scam, it just takes a little time to build your business.
This is a legitimate online business opportunity with THOUSANDS of people who were just like you and me, they all started somewhere!
There is real work involved here, lots of it but if that hasn’t got you running scared, let’s take a look at what else you need to make this work!
Patience – We all want things to happen instantly and it would be nice to be an overnight sensation, but you must allow the process to work.
The main reason people fail with this approach to starting a small online business is that they just give up because they haven’t seen success in two months…..How many businesses do you know that take off in two months?
If you can push through, work hard, this WILL work, there is no other outcome, just be patient and work hard!
If you imagine planting a seed, for that seed to grow, you must nurture and look after it, you need to give it time to flourish and grow and if you are willing to succeed willing to have the patience to succeed, then you are already on the road to success!
So that is all that is required in the first step to having a prosperous internet business! Faith in you and faith in your abilities!
Step 2 – Sign Up To The Best Method That is PROVEN TO WORK!
Step 2 in the process is to join somewhere that can take you from complete BEGINNER in online business to someone who is able to run multiple SUCCESSFUL online businesses!
The problem is, with so many fake, scams, schemes, pyramid type CONS out there, how is it possible to get started on the right track with something that will MAKE YOU MONEY?
Have a little read of the first part of my journey to find out EXACTLY how this IS possible!………
I was introduced to a platform known as ‘Wealthy Affiliate’ after being a victim of an internet ‘Get-Rich-Overnight’ scam.
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I had parted with hundreds of dollars and was promised overnight success, only to then be constantly upsold and told better things were ‘just around the corner’
So many videos of the owner of the company drinking cocktails on beaches bragging about his success, but I wasn’t interested in his success, I wanted to know how to do it FOR MYSELF!
The process was just handing over more money after more money…. for nothing but more videos of big houses and beaches!
What a JOKE!
Before long enough was enough, I cancelled my account and gave up on the ‘entrepreneurial Dream’
A few weeks later, I got chatting with someone online who had also been through the same experience with the same company I was conned by and we became friends.
He understood my situation and he suggested I join a community (wealthy affiliate) that he had found success with!
Being initially sceptical and a little reluctant, I followed the link he provided and (so glad I did!) I stumbled upon a platform that I could join for free with a starter membership, have a look around and receive TWO FREE websites in the process to get me started!
I couldn’t believe it, the fact I could conduct my own due-diligence with the free membership was incredible, this way if I found it to be another scam I could just cancel the account!
I got my free account and decided to see what all the fuss was about as the guy I had met online had nothing but good feedback to report and he had also said that he was now making a good solid income from everything he had learned, and this is what really sparked my interest!
So what I discovered just prior to signing up at wealthy affiliate was that:
- I could join with the starter membership for FREE
- I received 2 FREE websites with the above membership
- The premium gives you access to host 50 websites!
- I could start learning STRAIGHT AWAY!
- If I liked what I saw I could opt for the ‘Premium Membership’ was so cheap compared to what I had been paying!
- I didn’t need ANY of my own products or services to start earning money online
- I didn’t need ANY prior sales experience OR technical skills to build these FREE websites!
To say I was excited was an understatement, In fact here is the banner below that I was presented with about wealthy affiliate and its sign up options.
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So yes, I dived straight in and got started. I completed my profile, uploaded a pic of myself and couldn’t believe I didn’t have to do anything further before starting the training as the company I was scammed with, wanted phone calls and forms to fill in, all complete nonsense that didn’t help me AT ALL!
In fact the time I was with the scammers, I didn’t see ONE training session or anything that could help me with getting my business up and running and here I was, ten minutes into my new platform and I was getting somewhere, achieving and learning about my new ‘home’ I remember feeling so excited!
Within the very first day, I had my website up and running and ready to go with all these amazing ways to make money online.
By day 2 I had literally fallen in love with wealthy affiliate and decided I wanted this for LIFE and opted for the Premium Membership, you even get the first month for just $19 if you opt for premium within the first week!
I have a feeling you will do the same, the sheer volume of help, training and support you get alone is the worth the premium membership, let alone the FIFTY WEBSITES you get with the premium, this by itself is enough to have a multi-million dollar enterprise! WOW!
So to complete step 2, sign up to the Wealthy Affiliate platform – here and then update your profile
You can, of course, save yourself a day or two and dive straight into the premium membership – here
If you scroll to the bottom of that page you will see just a handful of members who are earning some INCREDIBLE salaries from taking the exact steps you are about to!
If you are still unsure you can also read my most recent in-depth review of the wealthy affiliate platform – here
I guess the most important part of step 2 is taking action. If you are serious about starting an online business, for FREE I urge you not to procrastinate and check out wealthy affiliate.
Even if you are selling your own products and services, the training you will find around how to catapult your business to the big time is second to none, you have nothing to lose here!
OK, with step 2 done, let’s move on to possibly the most EXCITING aspect of getting your business up and running!
Step 3 – Choose Your Niche – What Do You LOVE?
OK welcome on board! You are already on the way by signing up with wealthy affiliate, I personally know many members who are long timers and not only do they fully support wealthy affiliate as the BEST affiliate training enterprise out there, they are also working as their own boss and have financial freedom!
HOW EXCITING IS THAT!?
Back to talking about ‘Niches’
Your ‘Niche’ selection is something many people have lots of questions about.
So what exactly is a niche?
Your niche is basically going to be your audience via the online world!
The niche you choose is going to be what you base your online business around, from there you will write about or ‘Blog’ around your chosen niche by recommending products and services and make money from doing so!
There are now close to 4 BILLION people using the internet. What a staggering number considering in the grand scheme of things, the world wide web, hasn’t really been around that long!
With that number in mind, have a think about how many millions of people are using the internet to buy products and services online? Again, BILLIONS!
There are thousands upon thousands of niches out there but if you can choose something personal to you, this is going to give you a head start when it comes to making money online. It is so much easier communicating on things you already have experience in
Are you tech guru? Are health and fitness your thing? Maybe you want to make money from household products? The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Even if you do not want to write about your hobbies, no problem, you can research into a niche of your choice and become the expert in your chosen field!
There is money to be made in ANY niche so don’t be overwhelmed by the process of choosing your niche
The idea here is to write about things that INTEREST you, this is what I believe makes affiliate marketing the best career in the world!
It really isn’t like having a regular 9-5 job, you can have FUN and earn an income at the same time!
The best approach to deciding on a niche is to write down what you enjoy doing, make a list of all your hobbies and interests and then from that, decide what you would enjoy writing about, promoting and sharing information around the most.
Remember you will be helping people in your niche, what are you able to help them with the most?
Once you have done this, you’ll have a good idea in mind of which direction you want your business to go
Another idea is to check out Amazon.com for inspiration, they group all their products into niches, there are so many niches, they are everywhere!
As I have mentioned, money is to be made with any niche, so it really is impossible to choose the ‘wrong’ niche!
This is also just the start of your journey, so what you choose now to start you off may change in the future as your progress with, and grow your business out.
Step 3, In my opinion, is so exciting and motivational, this is where it all begins for you, take in every moment and ENJOY it.
Step 4 – Write, Write And Write SOME MORE!
Well done on everything you are achieving right now, you deserve a pat on the back for being proactive, getting your sign up and profile sorted, choosing your niche, this is an excellent milestone!
Now here comes the work!
The reason not everyone and his aunt are taking on a career as an ‘Affiliate Marketer’ is because a lot of people are distracted by the process not working immediately if it hasn’t happened in four weeks, that’s it, they just give up!
But if you can keep in mind that this is a process, remember the seed analogy?
You will be in a better position to be successful should you give it time and focus on content. Content is KING with affiliate marketing
we must help people FIRST, don’t fall into the trap of thinking about your income within the first few weeks, this is a business so you must treat it as such by developing your foundation and carving out your brand.
Within the wealthy affiliate environment, you will get access to the ‘Site Content’ platform. This makes writing your blogs a breeze, it is actually what I am using to write this article now.
Have a look at the process of starting your own business below
Action 3 in the process ‘Get Rankings Visitors’
I want to now pay particular attention to action 3 in the business process flow diagram above as it is fundamental to our Step 4 in ‘How To Start A Small Business Online’
If you can grasp this concept earlier on, not only does it put any doubt around the process in your mind to bed but also have a solid understanding in this area is what is going to help propel your website, your business, your brand and make your income stable for a long time to come!
So to get into it, the only way people are going to buy from you is by reading your content, trusting your advice, following your affiliate links and making purchases, but with so many websites online, how will they get to see YOUR site?
With the above in mind. Think about the last search engine query you made.
You probably typed in your question and scrolled through the first few pages of the results to find your answer.
That is your goal, for your content to be listed ideally on page 1 of search engine results, such as Google, Bing & Yahoo.
But for that to happen you need to grow and mature your website. It is not rocket science, just again, patience is what is needed here.
The more helpful, engaging content you can create via your website, the better the search engines will reward you for it, and you’ll find your posts, your reviews, your ‘brand’ will climb higher and higher on the search engine results, until you start seeing real traction from visitors landing on your website!
The more visitors to your website – The money there is to be made!
When you start receiving traffic to your website, the key is to work HARDER, do not take your foot off the gas for a second, producing further content will eventually see your website become an authority in your niche, you’ll find it hard NOT to succeed!
So we know that content is KING and more content will get us higher in Google’s result page, but how do we ensure our website is ‘visible’ to the world?
Read on to find out!
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Easily Understood – Targeting Your Niche
SEO is the art of tailoring your content that makes Google, Bing, Yahoo and potential consumers of your affiliate links hungry for your excellent articles!
This is what separates a website, from a highly competitive, customer engaging, money-making machine of a website!
You will be lucky as a wealthy affiliate member by receiving top-notch training on how to make your website ready for action.
When creating your website. You need to include interesting elements to keep your readers interested in what you have to say!
This is done by the use of engaging images throughout your blogs, captivating article headlines. You will also want to make your content easy to read, having short paragraphs and using bullet points to illustrate ideas is another way to break up large chunks of text and keep the eyes of your followers on the screen!
The above is what we call ‘On Page Seo’. There is also work to be done in the background to make sure users are able to actually find your articles and blogs. Its no good having amazing content with excellent advice if nobody can find it!
With wealthy affiliate, you will quickly learn the tricks of the trade to help you understand and deploy ‘SEO’ techniques to your website.
Step 5 – Enjoy The Process – The Best Career In The World!
Your personality will shine through your writing and website. Enjoy it!
That is the main reason I encourage you (although it isn’t mandatory) to write about your hobbies and passions, what can be better than working with parts of your life that you enjoy!
There is nothing quite like watching your website grow and having fun is a very important part of the process, you will meet some amazing people along the way, listen to them, they really can provide you with invaluable advice to keep you motivated with your online business success!
Becoming an affiliate marketer is unlike any other career. The fact that you are creating your own business and making your own money brings a huge element of pride along with it.
The time you spend within wealthy affiliate is also unique in itself. The passion, motivation and encourage shared by the members is something that wealthy affiliate is also very proud of.
In Closing – Don’t Ponder – Take ACTION!
As I have mentioned, please do not be under any illusion that affiliate marketing with wealthy affiliate is a get-rich-quick scheme, you need to get into the mindset that wealthy affiliate provides genuine online business start-up opportunities, that if stuck to, can lead to significant business and revenue growth.
This does take some time to work, be patient, work hard and concentrate on help people and then the money will come!
So many people are finding success from wealthy affiliate and there is no reason you cannot join them
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The last thing you want to do here is procrastinate, instead, do as I did and join wealthy affiliate if you are serious about making massive changes to your life. You have NOTHING to lose and THE WORLD to gain!
I encourage you to join wealthy affiliate and by doing so I will be on hand and ready to help.
Once you have signed up, add a pic and update your profile and make yourself at home, this is going to be one excellent journey!
Please add comments below if you have any questions and I will answer the minute I can.
Founder – earnmoneyinblogging.com