The internet has transformed the way we lead our lives. It has revolutionized the way we shop, communicate, socialize, connect and how we work. It has also changed the way we make money.
Some people use the internet as a side business for making a little income, while others have made it their primary source of livelihood. You too can get a slice of this giant revenue cake called the internet. Here are proven tips for making money online.
Have a website
Think of the internet as one massive country, and websites as the real estates. I am sure you are aware of how valuable real estate properties are in the world we live in. Websites also work in the same way – by building one, you get to be an important online ‘landowner’.
How you fill this ‘land’ is your choice: you can build your own brand of online business. However, you will have to promote it through social media and other marketing avenues so that you can build traffic to your website. Once you have significant traffic, you can start converting it to sales by convincing your website visitors to buy what you are selling.
Building a website is ridiculously easy! Select a template system such as WordPress which is very popular because it is easy to use and it is also free. Once you customize it, get a domain name and a hosting plan and voila! You are good to go.
Take advantage of social media
As mentioned above, social media networks are a must for any online business. Small and upcoming businesses as well as billion-dollar Fortune 500 companies have a presence on social media. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great ways of generating a buzz around your website. If you have several websites, make sure that each has an account on social media that is kept up-to-date. Social media advertising is a large topic that we can’t fully exhaust here, but luckily there is a lot of free content on the internet.
Focus on one niche
Since starting websites and blogs has become very easy nowadays, it is tempting to have many of them covering many categories. The downside of this strategy is that it may over-stretch you, such that you won’t have enough time to optimize them fully. Start with one niche and focus all your efforts on it until you become an expert, then you can diversify from there.
Sustain your efforts
The internet doesn’t sleep, neither does it take a break. If you start your online venture, don’t take a hiatus for a few months or weeks. While your website will still be there waiting for you, your customers won’t. If you are running a blog, make sure you update it as often as you can, possibly daily. Respond to customers’ emails and enquiries promptly, keep your content fresh and relevant and you will be on your way to greatness.
As you probably know, the internet is littered with many unscrupulous people who will promise you big pay checks for doing virtually nothing. If something is too good to be real or true, it probably is! Just work on your ideas patiently and you will reap the rewards in due time. Patience always pays.