“I want to become an Internet marketer”
That’s what I said as soon as I found out what Internet Marketing is. But let’s take things from the beginning.
I was just out of college and I was searching for a job related to my studies. The problem is that it was kind of difficult because almost everyone was asking for work experience – relevant to my studies. It baffles me how I’m supposed to have any if no one hires me first. Anyway…
Having to deal with this, I decided that I don’t want to live like this my whole life. I don’t want to depend on people who get to decide if I’ll have a job and how much money I’ll earn.
Not knowing how to start something on my own and not having the money for it, in any case, I thought to check if I could find anything online. I was getting a little desperate, to be honest. Because I didn’t believe, then that I could make money online without having to invest crazy amounts of money, first.
Let me tell you at this point how paranoid I am about anything online. I call it being careful; my friends call it overreacting when I tell them that I don’t want them to upload any photos with me online. Whatever… 😛
The first thing I found was online surveys. Which is the first “job” you’ll find if you search online, too. It seemed easy and there are some trustworthy sites out there. The problem is that the money is just not enough for the time invested and there aren’t usually enough surveys for a full-time salary.
Next thing I found was affiliate marketing. Or to be more specific I found Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a platform that teaches you how to start with affiliate marketing and make money with it.
This is the platform that taught me what is internet marketing, how to become an internet marketer and how I can start my own online business. I definitely recommend you to check it out. Because not only does it have detailed lessons on it, but also provides you with the tools you need to succeed in it.
Anyway, moving on, let’s see how you can become an internet marketer. Not only in theory but applying this theory to your own site:
1. Choose a Topic
First of all, you need to choose a topic for your site.
Think of things you’re passionate about. Things you know a lot about or things you want to learn a lot about. Things you WANT to talk about with others.
And it’s very important to want to talk about it. I was talking the other day with a woman that she had a serious illness and she chose that as the topic. A few weeks later, she realised that she had to change it.
Why? Because she realised that even though she knew a lot about it, she really hated talking about it.
There are a lot of topics you can choose from. If it’s difficult to narrow it down to one, just choose one that scores the highest to these criteria:
- You like it
- You like talking about it
- You want to help others that have questions and/or problems on this topic.
Helping people on this topic is another important prerequisite for this job. Internet Marketing is marketing, after all. Don’t forget about this. It’s all about the “clients”.
To give you some topics you may want to choose:
- Arts (e.g. music, painting)
- Sports (e.g. baseball, football (whichever you prefer), basketball)
- Hobbies (e.g. jewellery making, reading)
- Skills (e.g. programming, languages)
2. Build a Site
Yes, you’ll build a site about your niche. Don’t worry; it’s easier than it sounds. For example, Jay – one of the coaches on the platform I told you about showed us how to do it in 30 seconds. 😀
It may take a little more time if you do it on your own but it’s no big deal. I’d recommend you start a WordPress site. WordPress is a free content management system you can use to build and work on your site. To put it simply, it’s an online program that allows you to have a site without having to write code.
For some reason, building a site seems the most difficult part of it, but it’s not. All you have to is:
1. Find a name.
2. Choose a domain no one has before.
3. Choose visual thingies, like themes, colours, etc.
Personally, I believe writing posts is more demanding. Because it takes time, patience and consistency.
3. Write Posts
Now, this is the step that you need to practise a lot to become a good internet marketer because the most important method you need to learn is SEO.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, meaning optimising your posts so they rank first in search engines. It’s a free method that lasts for a long time if done the right way and that’s why it’s the #1 method an internet marketer should master.
Therefore, learning how to optimise your posts for SEO is one of the first things you need to learn. It’ll take time to master it, but then, don’t all worthy skills do?
4. Promote QUALITY products.
After a while, your site will start getting regular traffic. People will be coming to your site for information. The exact amount of time depends on several factors, e.g.:
- How much you work on your site
- How fast you learn
- The quantity of your content
- The quality of your content
- How much you promote your site
After you start having people coming to your site, you can start monetising it with affiliate marketing.
In a few words, affiliate marketing is when you promote some products or services and if people buy them through your recommendation, you get a commission from the company that sells the product. Kind of like real estate services
A very important note here is that you should promote QUALITY products. Advertising low-quality products, just for the money is one of the worst mistakes you can do as an affiliate marketer.
We’re not trying to scam people. Please remember this. We’re trying to help people find the best product/service they can.
Let me know what you think about internet marketing and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
And if you liked this, check out some tips on starting your own site.
See you next time!