So you’ve always wanted to have an online business that you can run from home in your pajamas.
- You don’t know any programming language
- You don’t have a huge budget
- You don’t know if you can commit a lot of time
- You don’t have any support from friends or family
- You don’t even know if an online business even right for you
You’ve probably seen tons of banner ads and SPAM that tell you that they can give you the “secrets” to setting up an online businesses… for a small fee.
Well, guess what? Iâ€™m going to give away this information for FREE.Â Save your money.Â No need to give me your personal information either.Â Best part is, it should only take about an hour (give or take), depending on your tech skills.
Here’s what you’ll need to do start your first online business:
- Pick a topic you are interested.Â I mean you could write 300 to 500 words everyday for years and years of material on this subject.Â For the sake of time, let’s say you really love dogs.
- Run an Internet search to see if there are any affiliate sites that sell something related to your topic, even if it’s only slightly related.Â An affiliate program that sells premium dog food as an example.
- Pick a name for your business.Â Make sure the domain is not already taken (along with social media identities).Â Don’t worry about being too committed to the name; you might change the name later anyway.
- Set-up a free Gmail account with that name. And don’t forget Google Analytics, and Google AdWords.
- Check Google AdWords to see how many people look up your topic. It’ll give you a good sense of what your final name should be, and what topics to write about.
- Once you settle on your final name, lock down all social media accounts including Twitter, WordPress.com, Tumblr, MySpace, Google+, and Facebook Fan Page.
- Set-up accounts with other free services, like MailChimp,Â SurveyMonkey, and CafePress.
- Buy the domain (along with vanity email). I’d recommend using a hosting company that can install WordPress automatically, like DreamHost.
- Install WordPress onto your host server.
- After tinkering with your themes for a few minutes, publish an introductory blog post introducing your new company and what it does.
- Sign-up for the affiliate program you searched for earlier.
- Start writing blog posts related to your topic (like dog nutrition). If you can, relate it to a product in your affiliate company. You should continue to write a blog post once a week (minimum)
- Begin following other users in your social media that might be interested in the same topic you are.
- Share your blog posts through your social media network, and your email newsletter (please don’t SPAM).
- Sign-up for Google AdSense to include in your blog.
- Set-up a few Google AdWords campaigns to drive even more traffic to your site. If you write your blogs well, you may not even need Google AdWords setup
- Start having conversations with people in your social media network.
You now have an online affiliate program up and running.Â And, yes, it’s possible to do this in an hour, depending on your level of familiarity with some of these tools.Â You can always tinker with the WordPress themes and all the different widgets, and perfect your Google AdWordsÂ algorithyms.Â However, the steps above are enough to just get your started.
This doesn’t mean you’re on your way to become a billionaire.Â On average, a good affiliate site can bring in about $10,000 to $60,000 a year.Â There are sites that can make seven figures, and sometimes eight.Â But those are black swans.Â It really depends on the payout of the affiliate sites, the popularity of the topic, the focus of your niche, and how well you write.
If you have ever wanted to dabble in running an online business, or affiliate marketing program, the steps above are enough to get you started. I would encourage you to experiment.
If you have trouble coming up with specific ideas for your online business, I’m always available for a FREE consultation.