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Where To Start And How Long To Get There

Written by Chris Johnson  · March 24, 2008

Guest Post by Chris Johnson

In keeping with George’s idea of helping newcomers to the make money online club, I thought I might give what little advice I can on the subject.

1. Choose what you’ll do.
This seems harder than you’d think. The trick is to pick a vehicle that you know you’ll enjoy, so that promoting and working on it will be a labor of love. Whether it’s blogging about a subject you know, setting up lenses and hubs on Squidoo or Hubpages, writing articles on Helium or selling items through eBay or another webstore like Zlio, make sure it’s something you enjoy.

2. Choose what you’ll promote.
If you have your own product, that should be primary. If not, then choose products from sites like Paydotcom.com, Clickbank, and Commission Junction. Make sure to position them so that you have them in strategic spots, but that they don’t have the effect of disrupting your content. Speaking of content, in-text advertising like Kontera (who has a decent payout) will help you to monetize your everyday content.

3. Choose how you will promote your site.
Social networks are key for this, but developing relationships with site owners who support your content is also key. Reciprocal links are almost a must, and cross promotion on your site shows you care about their success, too. Don’t forget to include a link to your site in your emails, on any articles you write, and every profile page you have.

4. Control costs.
Choose your hosting service carefully to insure the quality of service they provide is worth the cost you pay. Make sure your merchant processing software’s fees are competative and that they have monthly fees that are reasonable. Go with cheeper variations of your site’s name when you register a domain name, but try to stay in the .com standard.

5. If you know something about a niche area, like horse training, make your own site about it and charge a reasonable fee for your expertise.
One option to definately explore for the non-HTML’ers out there is the Seamonkey Project at www.seamonkey-project.org. This is a great program for building professional looking web pages. It is a little limited in what you can do, and some HTML will be needed, but hey, it’s free so you can’t go too far wrong.

6. It WILL take time to get off the ground, so keep your head up.
I’ve been doing this for a couple of months and I am just starting to see what could be construed as “income”. Every post on every blog by every make money online guru I’ve ever read has said it takes time. But once you get off the ground and get some readership, the possibilities are endless.


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Comments

3 Responses to “Where To Start And How Long To Get There”

  1. Joseph on March 24th, 2008 6:18 pm

    Setting up an online business really takes time but in the end it’s all worth it.

  2. Christopher on March 25th, 2008 5:13 am

    That’s very true. In the type of business we are in, I think the main reason so many sites don’t make it, is because the creators stop trying. I know I often get discouraged trying to promote my sites with the limited amount of time I have to myself, but I keep on truckin’.

  3. Jonathan on April 15th, 2008 11:46 am

    Controlling costs is very important and that’s the great thing about online businesses, because you can now buy a domain name and create your own site for a few pounds per month. I think that the key to a good site is excellent content and a good link building strategy.





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