Over the years my web sites have developed into highly informative and well received documents that can be easily referenced. The thrill of putting up my first site, however, is still with me. Putting words into the computer and sending an e-mail has got to be admired but when you can put some coding with them and send them into cyber-space and see the results come back that everyone in the world can read it is incredible.
When my first site went live it was in 1997. While there were books and hundreds of pages telling you how to do it, it wasn’t until you actually accomplished it that the power of the web hit home. It was hard and took a lot of learning to understand the code and how simple errors could take ages to pinpoint and fix.
One had to know about the heading and the myriad of instructions that one has to include in order for the site to work properly. Then the style, font, colour, columns, and such, all had to be known. They still trick me after all this time but generally they are under control.
Now all one has to do is use a program, which most web providers put at your disposal. But knowing the coding system enables me to be unique in my style and most of my sites are different to anything else on the Internet. In some cases, you can type directly into the spaces provided and it’s instantly published.
The number of sites that are live and flourishing is amazing and to think that my sites are also there is very rewarding. The Internet is truly a touch of magic in a world where such is now becoming an everyday event. The question is how far can we go with technology of this type.
Whether you are looking to make a sustainable income or some fast cash, there are plenty of ways to earn extra money with the wide-ranging opportunities offered online. However, it is necessary to be disciplined in your approach to making money. Also, it can help to enter an area that interests you to help stay focused and interested.
Here are four ways to make money online:
Start a blog
One of the most sustainable and easiest options to make money online is by starting a blog. A well planned blog that is based on the right niche with plenty of useful and unique content that targets a specific audience has the potential to make passive income over the long-term. Many think the process of setting up a blog is difficult, but in fact the learning curve isn’t too bad. There are several website building tools available to make creating an online presence quite straightforward. In the process of building a blog, you need to think about the offers or ways to make money, such as selling e-books, full-blown training, mini-email courses, or similar.
Email marketing is certain to appeal to anyone interested in online marketing. It starts with creating a website, setting up email software and then to develop a sales funnel that targets the right audience. The marketing material send out to your list must deliver value and cannot simply be marketing related. Without a regular supply of high-quality content that engages your audience, it can be difficult to keep members subscribed to your list.
There are several ways to get subscribers signing up to your list. A typical method is to use lead magnets like cheat sheets, checklists and e-books. Also, there is the option to convert an article into a PDF to add extra resources such as audio files and video training courses.
A very potent way to make money online is with webinar training. But, this is only an option for those with in-depth knowledge on a particular subject that others want to learn about. Also, a website with a decent online presence and a product or service to sell is necessary.
Learning to become an app developer is certain to appeal to many people. While it will be difficult to compete with the major brands and apps, there are still plenty of opportunities to think up a niche idea that can meet the needs of certain people. This can be something like a podcast organizer, a list and illustrations of yoga poses, a tip calculator, or anything that interests. Also, for those with a unique app idea, but without the programming know-how to build an app, there is the option to hire someone to build it on your behalf.
Having the ability to create or find quality content is a definite asset when developing a business online! Making useful information freely available to readers is a great way to earn trust and is therefore a highly effective sales and marketing strategy!
To get the most out of this strategy here are 3 components your content needs to have when using it for developing a business on the internet!
Whether it’s first hand experience or research, presenting something that delivers accurate information is ALWAYS a good start! By publishing anything containing erroneous information or is otherwise misleading only serves to discredit you and obviously will NOT earn trust with your readers! The truth is it’s much easier for these people to lose faith in you than it is to build an image of credibility with them!
The passion or inspiration you have for what you write tends to draw your readers deeper into what you composed! In many cases this is in fact how you get people to read what you wrote! Your enthusiasm is infectious and is easily detected and transferable to those who view the material you’ve written! The core of this particular sales and marketing strategy is to ‘connect’ with readers and in doing so build relationships as well! To better ‘connect’ with them you must first get readers to take the time and view what you’ve composed therefore the more passion you ‘project’ the greater the chance it will be read!
Good Topic Selection
‘Quality’ per say is in the eyes of the beholder and in this case it’s your readers! If what you composed is not a popular subject or of relevance to those who view it, your efforts are mostly in vain! As important as it is to be passionate about what you’re writing, do NOT assume your passion is shared by the general public! Objectivity must be used in selecting the topics you write about to ensure the topic is a popular one with readers! When developing a business your focus needs to be on what others want and the same is true for selecting any topics you intend to write about!
The use of quality content plays a very important role in developing a business online! In order to be effective marketing on the internet the need to earn trust must first be accomplished! This is why offering useful information to those who comprise your target audience works so well as a sales and marketing strategy! Obviously the quality of what you offer can therefore make or break the amount of success you experience when using content for developing a business! Being mindful that the information being used contains the 3 components suggested above thus serves to boost the effectiveness of this strategy! Remember your top priority is to earn trust since without it, your marketing effectiveness will likely suffer as will both your sales and income!
Blogging is great primarily because it’s free if nothing else. But more than that, it’s one of the most consistent ways of getting traffic. Blogs have been around for years and is probably the most stable engine on the internet. Out of all the trends and all the programs out there, blogging is still considered out there doing what it does best; supply reliable service to internet marketers and regular bloggers alike.
Now when it comes to Cost Per Action companies, you have to ask yourself, why wouldn’t want to start out blogging these companies. With so many different types of CPA programs out there, it’s really easy to slap a program on the blog and just start writing about it. If anything you will be able to gain some experience promoting something online as well as learn how to promote blogs online as well.
There are three tips you should keep in mind when blogging about CPA programs:
1. Stay On One Topic/Niche
When it comes to blogging, most marketers feel like they need to write about everything dealing with a particular industry. This is not true. It is imperative that you stick one topic niche at a time. You can set up different blogs to support different sub-niches but you don’t want to just cram everything in one blog.
For example, if you are talking about photography, it is good for you to narrow your blog down to a narrow niche like wedding photography, or modeling photography, etc. This will get you the best results with your blog.
2. Only Promote One CPA Program On Your Blog
Again, staying on topic will increase your chances of exposure and increase your chances of readership and respect online if you are using a particular CPA program to feature on the blog. You don’t want to try and stuff as many programs as you can on the blog. This will look seriously tacky. Just choose one topic per blog.
3. Keep Writing Content
The purpose for a blog is for content purposes. If you don’t write enough content, then you will lessen your exposure and you won’t be able to consistently rank on Google or any other search engines consistently. You will go from getting little traffic to no traffic at all if you write a couple of blog posts and walk away from the site forever. You must keep writing in order to get the traffic you want.