Yesterday we talked about how to get started with your own internet marketing business. Remember, it starts with adding value and continues with your passions.
Today I've got 7-steps to an internet marketing business. If you've ever asked "what do I do first" then print this out and paste it on your wall. Your business begins now.
1) Put up a blog.
Use the WordPress software on your own hosted website. You can upgrade and change the design of your blog for free, and the software is well supported — and FREE — so you can have an easy start to your business.
Begin by writing about your topic. If you've been sending and receiving emails to people about your topic, look there for ideas for your first posts. Or go look at other blogs on the topic and write your posts on the same subject. (Blogging for Marketers was the number one topic in the survey. It's almost completed, so watch for it's release soon)
2) Build a List
Once your blog is up and running, add a subscription form to your blog so that people can be notified when you post new articles to your site. Use Aweber (http://www.AweberAutoresponder.com) to do this because they have a system that will automatically email your list each time your blog is updated. Sweet! (http://www.LandingPageCashMachine.com/listpower for more info on building your list.)
3) Write Articles
Actually, don't write articles, but take some of your same blog posts, reformat them as articles, and then post them to article distributions sites like http://www.EzineArticles.com and http://www.GoArticles.com
(See http://www.MarkPrefers.com/7dayebook for Jim Edwards excellent book on writing articles.)
4) Plan a Free Teleseminar
Plan a teleseminar or do an interview on your topic. Invite the people on your mailing list to attend for Free. Have the recording edited and converted to MP3 files and posted for download. (Teleseminars were number 6 in the survey results, so expect my step by step teleseminar guide soon, too).
5) Set up your store
You can use www.Clickbank.com if you don't have a merchant account, or even Paypal.com to cashier your sales. Both are a good match and work well with Aweber. And you'll need a website, too. You can get templates for all of the web pages you'll need in the Million Dollar Template (http://www.theMillionDollarTemplate.com).
6) Reuse and Repurpose
Have your teleseminar transcribed, and then take 1-2 page chunks of the transcript and turn them into more articles, blog posts, and autoresponder messages. One simple question and its answer are enough content for any of those.
Post the articles and blog posts, and add some to your post-sale autoresponder messages to encourage your buyers to get the most value out of your teleseminar.
If you've been growing your list, once your sales page is up and running, an email to your list announcing that your audio product is ready will attract pre-qualified buyers who already know and like you. Kaching!
If you're stuck, those are the steps I'd recommend — in that sequence — to start your first online business. It's easy, and will result in your finally having your own online business.
It's not hard. . . but it does take persistence.
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