WHAT WORKS – What Really Helped Me!
If this is your first visit to my blog, I encourage you to read my previous posts about my journey on the road to building an online business.
I’m excited to be writing this post because I have finished telling you about my past, and can now start sharing some ways that will help you on your road to building your online and home-based business.
I remember how overwhelming it was when I first started my journey. There is a lot of noise on the internet about building an online presence and making money. Some of the ways that people are successfully building their business is through Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, creating videos, blogging, offering learning centers, E-commerce, Multi-Level Marketing MLM (no, that doesn’t have to be a dirty word), Network Marketing and it goes on and on.
Much of what is out there claim that you can make big money with little or no effort. Please don’t fall for this hype.
The truth is that you can make a good income online.
It is NOT true that you will be rich overnight or that it is going to happen without any effort on your part.
The good news is that anybody can learn how to become successful online. I’m going to share some ways that work.
You must commit yourself to put in a lot of time and effort to build your business. You also need to be prepared to spend some money along the way. We’ll discuss why you need to spend your hard-earned money later.
If you’ve been looking around the internet about how to be successful online, you’ve probably heard something like; “The Money Is In The List”.
That is a true statement. If you have a following of people, your list, that know, like and trust you, then you can promote to your list and you’ll have recurring sales from them.
I might even say that marketing to your list is one of, if not, the very best ways to build your business and make a good income online.
That being said, building your list has a lot of moving parts that need to be integrated together to make it work. Please don’t be discouraged by this. I’m sure you know that anything worth doing is worth doing right. We also know that for most of us, we are not served the good things in life on a silver platter, we have to work for them.
You also need to understand that building your business will take a combination of imagination, thought, forming a plan and using some technology. Don’t be afraid of technology. It is merely a tool for you to use. You are using technology right now because you are reading this on a computer or some sort of mobile device.
Let’s briefly look at some of the moving parts you’ll need to build your list.
You will need to have some method of getting your product/service in front of people who need it. No matter what your business is, you have to get people to walk through the door and be ready to buy what your offering. There are 2 ways to drive traffic. Free and Paid advertising.
Let’s look at some Free traffic, but before we do, you need to know that free traffic will cost you something. It will cost you your time and energy. I feel I must also tell you that Free traffic generally takes more time to get traffic moving towards your business. That being said, Free traffic methods are a good option, especially if you, like me, find yourself with little or no disposable income to put into Paid traffic.
In fact, I believe it is a good idea to not rely on just one source of traffic. It is a good idea, if you can, to have one Free and one Paid traffic source.
No matter what you are doing, internet marketing, affiliate marketing, videos, blogging, they will all need you to drive traffic to your offer. These Free traffic methods can be used. You will need to be dedicated and consistent working them.
- Banner Ads
- Other Social Media
Before you start any of these methods, it’s important for you to know what their policies are on the platform. If you don’t abide by their rules, they can shut down your account. Free traffic is often referred to as organic traffic.
As we move on to Paid traffic, you will notice that some of the platforms have both Free and Paid options.
- Facebook Ads
- Solo Ads
- AdWords Ads
- GDN Ads
- Native Ads
- Twitter Ads
The same is true with Paid Ads, you need to understand and abide by their policies so you won’t get your account restricted or shut down.
You can find lots of content on all of these traffic methods. Some of these platforms make changes more often than others, so whichever method you decide on, make sure you keep current on their policies.
Each platform will provide some training and guides about using them. It is often the case, that you can find third party training will have more in-depth training than that offered by the platform.
The key to traffic is to do your due diligence and research them. I suggest that you narrow it down to one Free and one Paid traffic method. If you begin with too many methods, you can quickly become overwhelmed. As I said earlier, with Free traffic, you will need to invest your time and energy to make it work.
Both methods are going to take time to learn what works for you, so don’t get discouraged if it takes you some time to get them working for you. Don’t fall into the trap of giving up too soon and jumping on to another method.
We have only talked about a few of the moving parts it takes to build your business. We will continue talking about other parts or building blocks that are needed.
Peace and Success,
PS: Please come back soon to discover what other building blocks I feel are needed to build your business.
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