Before you do anything more, learning how to start business online is key. Don’t run off and subscribe to a system that “does it all for you” or fall for the hype of some scam that is too good to be true. It’s actually quite easy to do this, I know of thousands of people who have. This is why I say you should learn the basics first, so that you are able to understand what is the real deal, and what is just plain garbage.
With me so far?
I’m going to explain about how online business works for me, so that you can judge for yourself how to go about it. I’ll even point you in the right direction. The following steps are the ones I take when starting out a new website. A website that makes me money.
How to Start Business Online Step One: Choosing Your Niche
It’s very hard to compete with some of the bigger fish in the pond when it comes to the Internet, which is why I recommend you find a “niche” instead. Something smaller that there is much less competition for. This doesn’t mean there will be small money earned though, because on the Interent you can still find many people willing to buy something in even the smallest of niches. Not only that, but it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond and than a small fish in a big pond.
Your niche can be anything. It’s best to start with something you are interested in. My first site was a quit smoking site, sinc ethat is what I was interested in at the time. Unfortunately I didn’t narrow it down enough and really find a niche, so I couldn’t compete with other, more established sites.
If I had narrowed it down like “quit smoking naturally” or “quit smoking with e-cigarettes” or something even smaller, like a particular brand of e-cigaretes, then I might have enjoyed more success.
Here are some examples of niche and non-niche ideas.
Break it down:
Niches: Cheap laptops, best tablets, software for X purposes, troubleshooting problems, etc etc
Break it down
Niches: Fishing in freshwater lakes, Fishing in spring, how to trout fish, etc
Starting to see the bigger picture?
Step Two: Building Your Site
Once you’ve chosen a subject to talk about, and you’ve found your niche, it’s time to put the frameworks in place and build a website. There are lots of free places to do this, and some of them provide excellent training too. You absolutely don’t want to head over to one of the places that claims to do it all automatically for you and charge you an arm and a leg to do it. This just isn’t necessary. You want to have 100% control of your own site anyway.
Don’t worry about not knowing anything about web design or building sites. The process is very easy and straightforward now, you can actually have your own site set up in 30 seconds just by following the right instructions. Check this video below to see what I mean.
how to start business online
If you can write an e-mail or use Word, then you can make a website.
Step Three: Growing The Site
Once everything is in place, your home-page, blog-page and more, you are going to have to build the site. While some people prefer to just pay for advertising to bring visitors to their site, I think it’s always better to get free, organic visitors that are coming from Google and the other search engines.
This takes a bit of time, maybe three months to see real huge numbers come, but you can get visitors a lot faster. You just have to keep adding content.
Either you can do keyword research, or just choose your own topics to write about, but over time, as you add nice content to your site, the search engines will notice you, and start to give you some good rankings. You have to earn their respect, but that is easy to do as long as you are just focused on writing good helpful content relevant to your niche topic.
Let’s say you chose trout fishing, you can write about different subjects related to trout fishing, giving people advice and answering any questions they might have. Make your site a useful resource on that subject.
You can also share your content with Google plus, facebook, twitter etc, to get some extra awareness of some visitors to your site!
Step Four: Monetize It!
Once you are getting visitors to your site, getting some “Google love”, and demonstrating to your visitors that you are worth listening to, you can start to earn money. There are countless ways of doing this.
Maybe you can refer somebody to a great fishing rod, bait or tackle that is excellent for trout fishing. If they buy it via your referral link, you receive a commission from the vendor (known as affiliate marketing)
Or maybe you sign up with Google Adsense and stick some adverts on your site. When someone clicks an ad, you get paid. Easy!
Step Five: Keep Testing and Improving
Your website will always be evolving and in need of improvements, so the work is never finished (just like any business). Over time, you will learn to analyze data and tweak your site to suit the needs of its visitors even more, resulting in even more income.