There are so many different ways to make money online, but the only general area that I believe is a long term business model is that of selling products online. Now these can be informational products like ebooks and how-to manuals, but nevertheless, those are products too. Any business model that involves recruiting and getting in first and get-rich-quick or anything else like that is basically a scam, in my humble opinion. The only differences in the online market versus the offline market are those of vehicle and scale. By vehicle, I mean the means used to advertise and set up business.
And scale, of course, indicates the size of the market, which is considerably larger than for most offline businesses. Just like in the offline market, something has to be sold for any income to be made. Whether you are selling gasoline or groceries, houses or cars, or even services like accounting and dog grooming, you must sell the item for a profit to be made. So the first step to online business is deciding on a product or set of products to sell. You can choose one product, several products (a family of related products) or a large array of products (like a catalogue).
Get online and search out some of your favorite topics. What would you LIKE to sell? There are so many objects for sale online, and so many people more than willing to buy just about anything online, that you might as well sell something you will enjoy selling. Once you have determined what you are going to sell, you need a web site to sell it from. In some cases, you may initially choose to sell someone else's product. In that case, you will be given a special affiliate link to their site, so theoretically you don't need a web site at all.
I prefer, however, to have my own site, so that I can route the customers my way first. That way I can offer them a newsletter and keep their name and email address on file. This allows me to market additional products to them if they don't buy at the first site they go to. If you are going to collect names and email addresses, then you will also need an auto responder service so you can keep in touch with the people who visited your web site.
It has been said that the average purchaser buys after an average of 7 follow-up calls or letters. No sense in losing track of the person who will buy on the seventh email! The next thing you need to do is send traffic to your site. Obviously, there are many ways to do that, some more effective than others.
Some of the most effective are press releases, articles, classified ezine ads, and JV email partners. Give each of these methods a try and see what works better for you. Keep in mind, any form of advertising you do will need to be tweaked some before it will become profitable. Once you have all of those things in place, you must track and test everything you do. You must know who bought what product and when they bought it.
Which advertising sources are producing a profit and which are not? Make adjustments. You can only make your online business successful if you are willing to work at it and make the necessary adjustments. One thing that is important to remember when you are starting out online is that everyone makes mistakes. There is no perfect way to make money online. If there were today, someone would sell the idea to a million people, and then that market would be saturated. You must just innovate and develop, and become good at promoting.
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