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A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing

A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing or How to Earn an Income Online

A Beginner's Guide to Internet Marketing or How to Earn an Income Online

Grandma Missing in Action?

Two things have kept me from regular posting to Grandmas Internet Marketing Blog. The first is the writing of a book called “How to Earn an Income Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing” and secondly I had a nasty fall at the end of August. The fall put me out of action for a bit and then catch up from the other areas in my life took time.

Grandmas Internet Marketing Blog was meant to be and still is a journal of the struggles and successes I have had in learning Internet marketing. As a Senior working from home with no prior Internet skills it has being a steep learning curve, very interesting and engaging but never the less very challenging. I started this blog to make a record of this journey.

Why Write “How to Earn an Income Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing”?

Because at times this has been a very confusing learning process I decided a good way to sort it all out for myself and for other Internet marketing Seniors and Beginners was to write a book. This book is called a “How to Earn an Income Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing”.

When I started and someone said FTP I did not have a clue what they were talking about. How to pick a niche, get a domain name and set up hosting were complete mysteries to me. I can honestly say with hindsight that I started down the wrong road. I don’t regret this as I met some wonderful people in the process but if I had chosen a different beginning course I might have understood many things better.

The book is directed at anyone who is just getting started. I think that the title is maybe a bit misleading. It was chosen because the final goal is to use the information to earn an income online; however the book deals more with the process of understanding how to get started.

It covers such things as the many options there are in making an income online. Things like niche sites, authority sites, or newsletters. It talks about content management systems. When I started if you suggested that you were going to use WordPress as your content management system veteran Internet marketers said “no no” that is only for bloggers. Nowadays it is the content management system of choice.

The book touches on basic HTML, link building, SEO, landing pages, redirects, list building, and many other basic topics.

This a “How to Earn an Income Online: A Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing” will get “newbies” started down the right path to Internet success. For anyone who wishes to unravel the mysteries of Internet marketing this book will help.

Learning to Publish to Kindle

In writing this book it was my intention to clarify in an orderly way the steps that I have been learning and just maybe to help some others along the way. As part of this process I have been spending a great deal of time learning to publish these books to Amazon’s Kindle. This is a whole new venture for me and I will be sharing my adventures with you as I go along.

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Developing Your Blueprint

Affiliate Marketers Super Bootcamp 2012 Session 5 –Developing Your Blueprint

James Martell's Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp 2012

Carrying on with Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 , James Martell starts off with a quick review of the two previous sessions – Choosing a Topic and Finding a Niche. He helps define how you can map out what your web site should be about. The great thing about this session as well as the previous ones, you can use this plan for any web site that you have in mind.
Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 Session 5 –Developing Your Blueprint
A great deal of the focus in Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 Session 5 –Developing Your Blueprint is centered on your visitor. James helps you to think not about the information that you are dying to create but about what the visitors to your site might be seeking. He discusses whom these visitors might be, what they might be feeling, why are they landing on your site, what are your goals for them. In total he out lines the 8 big questions that you need to answer to aid you in building a visitor profile.

Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 Session 5 –Developing Your BlueprintJames teaches some interesting avenues that you can use to help answer these 8 questions and to develop whom the visitor to your site might be. After spending some time “digging in” to these resources you will know who your visitor might be and how you should build your web site to appeal to them. James uses Arlene’s process as an example that can be followed carefully for any niche.

For success this is probably the most important step in planning your web site. If the visitor is not able to find a solution to their needs they will immediately leave your site and chances are they will not return. Far too often when a new website is being developed too much emphasis is placed on the graphics and design and not enough on are you solving a problem.

This process will allow you to set goals for both your visitor and for site. In the next session of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 James Martell spends time discussing the structuring of the actual pages for the site.

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Affiliate Marketers BootCamp 2012 Session 3

Affiliate Marketers BootCamp 2012 Session 3

James Martell's Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp 2012

Now that you know how to get organized and have all the tools in place, this week at the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 Session 2, James Martell was covering how to find the right niche for you. This is a beginning step for starting as an affiliate. Because you plan to be doing this for a long time it is important to pick a niche that works for you.

James started the third session of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 talking about how many web sites that you need to have to be successful as an Internet marketer. You will be very surprised to find out what he recommends.

He then went on to discuss how you can pick a topic that will work for you. There are so many products online and there are so many affiliate marketers it is easy to get confused as to where you should start. James Martell has a blueprint for this process and he is more than willing to share this with you.

If you are going to devote the time and effort that it takes to make a success then your topic must have some relevance to you. At the same time there must be interest from others about the topic. In this session James covered how to evaluate your interest in a topic and how to discover if anyone else has a curiosity about it. James will reveal to you some free tools that you can use to find the answers to these factors.
Affiliate Marketers BootCamp 2012 Session 2
He then spent a long part of the session discussing the ins and outs of the affiliate side of the equation. If you are going to be an affiliate marketer you need to be paid for your efforts. He outlines what exactly this process is, how to evaluate the affiliate programs in your niche, and what you should expect from the merchant. He answered the question – what if the merchant doesn’t have an affiliate program, should I get him to start one? What types of creatives will you need to make your site work with the merchant’s products? How you can judge if the merchant will be supportive of your efforts?

He raps the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 session 3 up by asking the students to give some serious though to how much they know about the niche that they are about to select. Your web site is going to need ongoing content to be successful. No doubt you can outsource the writing but to be able to appraise it you must be very familiar with the subject.

The homework for this session of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 session 3 is to work on finding this niche. You will be very surprised to find out how James Martell has you start the process.

As this is so vital to your success he will continue to devote next week’s session to this –Picking Your Niche!

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Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp

Review of the Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp

James Martell's Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp 2012

Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 has just begun. Ten year’s after Jams Martell launched his first Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp, he has completely revamped the course. For those of you who follow this journal of a senior learning Internet marketing you will know that I started with James Martell’s Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp 2008.

Knowing absolutely nothing about Internet marketing his was the first course that I took. I think that I have been quite frank in stating that with hind sight I am not sure that was the best starting point for me. However it has made me a complete fan of both James and Arlene Martell. They give freely and wholly of themselves to help Internet marketers.

The Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012 is just beginning so if you think that it is for you, it is not too late to register. It is being offered at a mere $47.00U.S. per month, making it affordable for everyone. This amount offers so much more and we will discuss what the other benefits are later.
Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp

Who Is Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp 2012 Aimed At!

This course is a great way for anyone who is interested in Internet affiliate marketing. Because James teaching style is so inclusive and uses what he calls “baby steps” it is easy to follow. This makes a good starting point, while at the same time helping those who have existing businesses to online success.

For many affiliate marketers who have started and now find themselves a bit stuck in a rut this course will help to get them back on track.

What the Course Covers

Since this course is aimed at a large range of “newbies” and experienced marketers, it starts right at the beginning and proceeds through to a complete website construction. It is a twelve week course that begins with a “meet and greet”. After the first session, James uses the second session to spend time going over the 12 steps necessary to getting organized. It covers such things as:

  1. Shopping for Supplies
  2. Setting up a Google Account
  3. An Internet Start Page
  4. Establishing a Business Address
  5. Hosting
  6. User Name and Passwords
  7. Form Filling Service
  8. Outsourcing
  9. Up Dating your Browser
  10. Affiliate Organizer
  11. FTP Client
  12. Mind Set

Affiliate Marketers Bootcamp
For Internet marketers who have been doing this for a while this may seem like very basic information. I can tell you from experience if you are very new this is all very valuable. If you follow this direction you will be ready to start taking in the real meat of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp 2012

What is Next

After you have digested and put into place both the physical and online tools, you will be ready to tackle next week’s session – “How to find a Topic that Is Right for You.

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Methods of Successful Internet Marketers

Methods of Successful Internet Marketers – Part 2

Membership Sites

Not everyone likes membership sites but if the material within these sites is valuable they are well worth joining. Both James Martell and Martin Avis have membership sites. Interestingly they are quite different from one another.

James Martell of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp runs a membership site that students of his courses join. This is a wonderful support system where the students can pose their questions and have them answered by both James and other students. Members pop in to share finds and tools that they have found. They discuss various Internet news items such as the Google Panda slap. As members they are eligible to take all the additional courses that James has created at no additional costs. As a method of how successful Internet marketers make money this method gives James an ongoing monthly income.

The video courses that are available to Bootcamp members are:

  • Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp
  • Outsourcing Essentials
  • Site Critiques
  • Facebook How to
  • Conversion Clinic
  • Twitter Tutorials
  • Web Video Workout
  • Drills for Skills
  • Daily Traffic Blueprint
  • Podcasting Profits
  • List Building 101
  • WordPress How to
  • Backlinks Workshop
  • Prebuilt Site Trainings
  • Organizational Strategies
  • Copywriting Basics

As well as the courses there is a schedule of upcoming events. James has question and answer session almost every two weeks where he and students meet in online classroom. This time is used to present new material and to help students with some of their challenges.

A great deal of the site is devoted to the forum where students can post questions, give answers to others, talk about Internet news, and share tips on useful tools. James comes in to help and to also report on new things but the students themselves are very supporting to one another.

The cost of this site is $47.00 per month and is offered to all students of the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp. The bonus to this is that all other features and courses are free of charge to the members. This means that you can study and follow them at your pace. I have already highly recommended the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp and once you become one of James Martell’s students you will wonder why you did not do this sooner.

Martin Avis also runs a membership site but his is entirely different. His membership site is a PLR site. Martin and his wife Delia post new PLRKickstart PLR Exclusive Private Label Club is a mere $27.00 per month. As well as the more than useful tools you get 10 articles in 3 different niches. What a bargain!

Review of Products

All three of these successful Internet Marketers review products and tools in their own way. Tiffany Dow a mentioned already picks a product and goes through it step by step. She implements it herself and lets her readers know the pros and the cons of the product. She is extremely frank about what she thinks about these products and usually engages the producers in the process. As a result of her candid approach her followers trust her and she is able to make affiliate income in the process.

James Martell interviews other marketers and in doing so reviews their products. Also in the course of teaching his courses he will recommend or suggest both products and tools. Of all the marketers James Martell is the least in your face trying to sell you products.
Martin Avis reviews products in his biweekly newsletters. He only recommends products that he believes are of high quality.

All three of these marketers create their own products and promote them to their followers.

PodCast

James Martell has the longest running affiliate podcast. It is call the Affiliate Buzz. On this podcast he interviews other marketers, talks about Internet news such as the Google Panda slap, reviews affiliate summits, and shares his ideas.

The great thing about a podcast is that you can play it as you work and if you miss something you can replay it.

Video Marketing

Both James Martell and Tiffany Dow use video presentations as part of their marketing. I for one like the idea of being able to see how things are done. I like the ability to revisit these videos. They have both used YouTube to host their video. Unfortunately for some reason Tiffany had almost all her video’s removed from YouTube. It appears that for some reason the idea of posting videos to show people how to make money online came under fire. The really hard lesson to learn from Tiffany’s experience is to be sure to have backups of this material.

In conclusion these three Marketers – James Martell, Tiffany Dow, and Martin Avis are ethical, honest marketers who are all earning good livings online while helping other people succeed at Internet Marketing.

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Methods of Successful Internet Marketers

How Successful Internet Marketers Make Money- Part 1

As a senior Internet marketer you are wise to try to learn from successful Internet marketers. There are many so called “gurus” who rave about all the money they are making. They indicate that if you just buy their recommended silver bullet you too can live a luxurious life in no time. Is it really so easy? In most cases the answer to this is no.

After chasing down many blind alleys I have settled on just the following three successful Internet marketers. They all some things in common while going about it in different ways. These three marketers are James Martell, Tiffany Dow, and Martin Avis. I will tell you a bit about why they are so successful and how they do it.

The types of methods employed by them are:

  • Courses
  • Blogs
  • Newsletters
  • Podcasts
  • Video lessons
  • Membership sites
  • Reviews
  • PLR

Courses –Sharing and Teaching

Each of these successful people is very generous with their time and their knowledge. They are willing to share with others those methods that have led to their success. In doing so they make money along the way.

James Martell has developed a number of wonderful Internet courses. The major of these sixteen different courses is his Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp. This is a 28 week course held on a weekly bases in a video classroom. In this weekly course James teaches and illustrates the material and students can ask questions. Each of the weekly courses is backed up with written transcripts and videos. I found it more than useful to be able to both read the course material and visually review it. The ability for students to be able to view the material over and over again is a great learning tool. Because many people relate to the written word more than to a visual presentation the transcripts are a bonus not often offered. For me it was definitely a reinforcing part of learning the material. This is where I started and I can highly recommend the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp.

Once you have taken the Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp and joined James and his followers you will have free access to all his other courses. I cannot begin to tell you all the information that is available in these courses. James and Arlene Martell give of their time constantly. They talk on a personal way and share their family life with everyone. They are a wonderful support system.

Blogging

Tiffany Dow posts a blog on her site daily. She talks about things that she is learning. She answers questions sent to her by followers. She reviews products. She makes announcements about new eBooks or PLR material that she has created. She also responds to the many comments left on her site. Sometimes she presents her material in video form as well as giving a written presentation of it. I like it when she does the video because often I can listen to her and work on something else.

Tiffany allows her followers into her life and talks about her husband, her mother, her children, and her dog. She lets her Internet friends share her ups and downs.

Because she is generous with her knowledge and open about her own trials and errors people trust her. The relationships she builds helps to sell the products she promotes.

Tiffany Dow uses her daily blog to help other marketers solve on going problems they may have. The comment section of her blog allows marketers to pose questions and make suggestions.

As well as the blog Tiffany offers a number of eBook courses that she has written. They are all very through and very reasonably priced.

Newsletters

Martin Avis teaches through his twice weekly newsletter and if you happen to be lucky enough to live in the U.K. he often speaks at Internet educational seminars. Martin has written several eBooks to help Internet marketers while making him an income.

Martin Avis’s twice weekly newsletter is a way to teach, inform, and chat with his Internet Friends. Like James Martell and Tiffany Dow he shares his family life, his health problems, his home improvements and his garden with the subscribers.

The thing that I like about the newsletter is that it is quick to read, informative, and a soft sell. Martin only promotes things in which he believes. If there is nothing of value in a product he says so.

To be continued……..

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Information Products

Information Products -To Attract Buyers

How do you make money online? What is one of the ways that will work for you? From article marketing to affiliate marketing to email marketing to ghost writing there are a variety of avenues that you can pursue to earn an income online. For many seniors working from home the need for a steady cash flow to augment their retirement savings is an urgent need. Being a service supplier to others is a basic step to starting to see some cash flow however having you own information products will give you control. There is no end of buyers looking for information and willing to pay top dollar to get it. 

What exactly is meant by an information product? Do you have to be an expert in something to produce one?  The whole idea of producing an information product scares many people and prevents them from following a path to income. Once you really understand what goes into creating such a product you will see that you are up to the challenge. 

Most people use their computers to find out something or to solve a problem. This is why the Google search engine is so used. 

Some of those questions are about mundane things and can be answered very easily. But some questions are more complex, more important and more pressing. If the latter is the case it is much easier to purchase an answer than spend hours going down blind avenues looking for the solution. 

The more pressing the need, the more willing one is to buy the solution. 

The difference between online and offline information products is that offline everyone has a view as to how much a ‘book’ or a ‘magazine’ is worth and will rarely pay more than the accepted norm. Online, the buyer is seeking a quick answer to a problem or a perceived need and is willing to pay top dollar for the answer. It is one of the interesting facts that people are willing to pay more for an online solution than an offline answer. 

Information products come in all shapes and sizes. A few to consider are: 

EBooks – Usually PDF files formatted to look like a real book, but with fewer pages. A typical eBook is between 70 and 100 pages, but can be a lot less, or a lot more. EBooks can sell for anything from a few dollars to hundreds. A price point of $67 or $97 is not unusual. Good instruction on how to produce your own eBooks can be found at Your Own eBook Business or eBook Secrets Exposed My favorite resource for this is Tiffany Dow’s Building an Ebook Empire

Special Reports – As with eBooks, special reports are normally supplied as PDF files, but they tend to be much shorter. 5-10 pages are typical. Special reports are usually focused on answering a single problem or teaching a specific method for something and have a lot less fluff and filler than eBooks often do. 

White papers – Sometimes the answer to a question can be contained in a page or two – a list of resources, for example. 

Videos – with the ease of use of hand held video cameras such as the Flip, and screen capture programs it is very easy now to produce short videos to answer people’s questions. Buyers seem to like video products and are often willing to pay a premium price for them. 

Audio – spoken word information products – often called podcasts – are popular with people who regularly use MP3 players and Smartphones as they allow folks to learn while on the move. Sometimes it is quite easy to simply read out an article or short report into a program like Audacity to make an audio info product that will sell well. 

Membership sites – When information can be delivered over time, in installments, it can be very profitable to do so from within a membership site. This gives the vendor an ongoing income from subscription fees as well as a frequent opportunity to offer members other offers. 

Creating your own information products has one very big advantage. When you sell it, you determine the price and you keep all the profits. And as the cost of creating, producing and supplying digitally downloadable info products is virtually nil, the potential profits can be enormous. You can literally start a real business but with no overheads. 

In addition to sales you make yourself, you also have the chance to attract and recruit other people to sell on your behalf. In Internet marketing these people are called affiliates. They will promote your product to their lists, and if they incur any advertising costs will be entire responsible for them themselves. You simply pay them a commission for each sale they make. 

Typically, you will pay them 50% – 75% of the sales price, which may sound a lot, but consider the sale one you wouldn’t have otherwise had, and it has cost you nothing. You may ‘only’ make 25%, but that 25% is 100% profit. It is a great deal! 

Not all info products are created to be sold though. 

Sometimes it is better to offer your product as a free gift in return for somebody’s email address. Building up an email list is a vital part of online marketing and can massively increase your profitability. It is an effort to attract new traffic to your offers, but if you have already got a list of 1000 people to tell about a new information product you’ve created, you can really boost your launch results with no extra effort. 

Creating free information products as giveaways to attract subscribers is very effective and easy to do. It should be a part of all marketers’ routine. 

Online marketing is, at its heart, about selling. Information is one of the most valuable commodities we can sell. While it is great to be an affiliate for other people, producing and owning your own info products is the best way to secure your personal success into the future.

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Internet Marketing

What is Internet Marketing?

As a senior learning to work from home on your computer, many people including your family won’t understand what you are doing. You may find that your family is resentful of all the time that you are spending on your computer. They may think that you are wasting your time.

Others will think you’re nothing more than a spammer – just because you work on the Internet. You might even run into people who automatically assume you’re into promoting porn, because they think that’s all the Internet is used for!

You need to be prepared to deal with people like this who are simply ignorant about the various marketing uses for the World Wide Web.

The first thing you need to explain to people is that very few people who work on the Internet are spammers. Spammers actually make up a very, very small minority of those who make money online.

If you do any sort of email marketing, you should explain that every single person you send email to has signed up specifically to your newsletter, and clicked a link to confirm that they really want to be on your list.

Explain to them that subscribing to your newsletter is a lot like signing up for delivery of the newspaper, or a magazine subscription. People sign up to your newsletter, and then you send them valuable information, not just advertising.

If you sell eBooks online, you can explain to people that you’re a bit like a book publisher, but all of the books you publish are in digital format. You can tell them that instead of paying a lot of extra money for the printing, binding, marketing, and shipping of a physical book, you eliminate those costs by selling all of your books as downloadable products.

If people still don’t understand, you could even show them what an eBook is by letting them view one on your computer. If your main business is advertising affiliate products, you can tell people you’re in advertising.

Explain to them that you run a website (or websites) and you place advertising on that website. Every time someone clicks an ad and purchases something, you receive a commission. If you make most of your money through AdSense or selling advertising on your sites, you can simply tell people that you place advertisements on your websites, and you charge advertisers for that ad space.

If you want to, you could show them some of your sites or blogs to illustrate the point. Some people feel more comfortable just telling people they design websites. If you’re a decent website builder, this will probably really impress people, but be prepared to get requests from people asking if you’ll make them a site, too.

If you don’t want to deal with all of the questions about spamming and porn, just telling someone you design websites will usually be enough to throw them off your trail. If people are particularly persistent with their questions, you can start to point out some examples of people who have been very successful making money online.

Don’t just use examples of famous Internet marketers like John Reese or Yanik Silver! Use some examples with verifiable “proof” in mainstream media. For example, the famous “make money” blogger John Chow has a number of stories out there about him.

There’s also teenaged entrepreneur Ashley Squalls who has made mainstream news in a big way by making over $70,000 per month with advertising on her site that gives away MySpace layouts. And of course, the infamous Perez Hilton – a celebrity blogger who cashes in on the ad space his blog has.

You should try to realize that some people will just never understand what you do. Try to explain it the best way you can, and if it doesn’t work, accept it. Some people just won’t get it. If the in-laws or your spouse are nagging you because your money isn’t yet streaming in, and you feel pressured, put together a simple presentation that answers all of their questions and puts their minds at ease.

You may find that as a senior it is taking you longer than you or your family expected to see results. Don’t despair just keep at it. Every day you will learn something new and get closer to your goals.

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Overwhelmed?

Overwhelmed and Don’t Know Where to Turn!

As a Senior trying to learn Internet marketing are you just plain overwhelmed? Are you wondering which direction to take next? There is so much to learn. There are so many new skills to grasp. Everywhere you turn another course promises to deliver the secret to success. Welcome to information overload. There is so much data out on the web these days no wonder we seniors can’t find a clear path to learning new skills.

One “guru” recommends you try ghost writing, another suggests writing your own e-book, a third says the way to go is to become an affiliate marketer. You find yourself running between one system to another and losing focus.

These “gurus” tell you it is a must to build a list and that you must get traffic to your site. They sell you courses on article marketing, article spinning, submitting articles to article directories, and writing articles for others. They tell you to get on Twitter, Facebook, and My Space. They suggest you should build Squidoo lenses and Hub pages. They inform you the fastest way to get traffic is to launch a pay per click campaign. They neglect to tell you that you might also lose your shirt on this. You don’t know who to trust or which method to believe. As a ‘newbie” Senior Internet marketer you don’t have the background to make sound evaluations of these different options.

Start by taking a deep breath and relaxing. Remind yourself that in spite of the sales pitch that suggests you must act immediately all this material is here to stay. All these methods and materials are going to be available whenever you are ready to deal with them.

Take one step at a time. Start by following a program that interests you and that you understand. Follow it in baby steps until you have mastered it. Focus on this method until you see results. Delete all those emails trying to sell you the latest and greatest.

Unlike many of the things that we learned at school there is no exact starting point. Learn one skill first then move on to the next. It doesn’t matter if you learn to create content before you learn about social media.

Each step you take will give you the understanding to build on the next. Internet marketing is a continuous process of education, rinse and repeat.

Like all learning there are some things you need to know before taking the next step. The building of a very basic web site and how it all goes together is a very good place to begin. There are a number of very good courses for this. I have just been going back over Michael Jones Affiliate Code program and being remind how very appropriate it is for a ‘newbie”. Initially for me Craig Kaye’s Info Product Killer opened my eyes to how a web page is constructed. Either of these programs are so through that anyone can follow them.

Now a days everyone needs to blog about what they are doing. Craig Desourcy’s Idiot Proof Blogging is an excellent product on how to set up a blog. This is something you can do without having your own web site however he does outline the steps to set up your WordPress site. Taking everything in bite size bits of information and working with it will help you avoid being confused, discouraged and totally overwhelmed.

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Online Costs

How Much Does It Cost to Make Money Online?

With no money at all you can get started making money online. This is important to many seniors that are just learning about the world of Internet Marketing. If you are thinking about investigating this way to make some money it is safe to say that you already have a Computer and an Internet connection.

The strong advice from the “gurus” is to start by providing a service such as writing articles for others, doing graphic designs, setting up pod casts, or producing videos. The second way to make money is to produce your own product. However if you are not ready for this yet, affiliate marketing (selling other people’s products) is a great place to get your feet wet and to learn about how this business works. Without any money at all or with a small outlay you can find some profits by selling third people’s products.

Set up accounts with Amazon, Shareasale, Commission Junction, LinkShare, ClickBank, or PayDotCom. Spend some time researching these sites and studying their products. Then look for sites such as Squidoo or HubPages where you can do product reviews at no cost to you.

For a very few dollars you can register your own domain at GoDaddy. or NameCheap and set up a hosting program at HostGator or Bluehost. In this way you can control your own destiny.

To be able to post your content you will need a content management system and a free one with endless possibilities can be found at WordPress.

There are a number of tools that make working online much easier. One of these is a keyword tool. This helps you to research what words people are using to find products. Again you can use a free keyword tool – Google Adwords: Keyword Tool. Or you can pony up and invest in Market Samurai. For a nominal amount of money you can get a full keyword search tool based on the four principals of relevancy, traffic, competition, and commercial value.

If you have plenty of time and just want to go slowly into this new venture you can research how to do the many tasks required to be successful. Or depending on the knowledge that you already have and your income resources you can sign up to a course that will show you the way. If you have no knowledge at all I recommend that you buy the Infoproduct Killer program. Developed by Craig Kaye of the UK it will give you a step-by-step guide in setting up a web page. For me it was an “aha moment” in understanding what a web page was all about. Craig Kaye has outstanding support. To reinforce this instruction I recommend Michael Jones’ “Affiliate Code” that teaches how to start, get a domain, hosting, construct a web site, adding content, getting traffic . If you are interested in setting up a large community site with huge amounts of content there is no better instruct thanJames Martell’s Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp. I cannot speak highly enough about James and Arlene Martell and their willingness to help others.

Working online is a constant learning experience. It is not a get rich scheme so be wary of those products that advertise over night riches. Find one program that suits your style and stick with it until you have made some money.

If you can find a good mentor this is an excellent way to succeed. Follow his or her advice until you see results. Stay focused and don’t buy every new gadget that promises you six figures.

As you make some money plan to put back some of the profits into useful tools and find ways to increase your success.

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