When it came to online marketing, I guess you could have referred to me as a "newbie" when I first started. That's the term I see used over and over again online for folks that are just beginning their quest to start a new venture on the web. Where does one even begin?
I had the yearning to promote my business online for quite a long time and have gathered a lot of information over time. Talk about information overload. There's a lot of information on the internet, but you really have to weed out the good from the bad. Problem is, there is not very much information out there that shows you what to do and how to do it. That's a huge obstacle for most folks.
So where do you start? Will you need a website? Most people automatically think they need a website to start an online business. I did. Actually you do not need a website to start. It would be great to have one, but you will need to know how to build one or you will have to have someone build it for you. It would be expensive to have someone build a website for you and if you want to build a website yourself, you will need guidance as to how to go about it.
I would recommend you start out with writing a blog. Having a blog will get you online immediately. There are two main blog communities. Blogger and WordPress.com. I would recommend Blogger.com if you do not have any experience in blogging. It is more user friendly for a beginner. WordPress was a bit complicated for me just starting out, but it is also an excellent one to use.
You will need to set up an account on which ever blogging site you choose. It's free. Once you set up your account you can start blogging right away. I would advise that you watch the tutorials first to get comfortable with the blogging site. They have templates and a lot of other tools you can use to make your blog look nice. Your blog will look like a website if you use all the tools available. Do not know what to write about? Start out with something you're passionate about. The words will flow nicely for you if you begin blogging about something you have knowledge of.
You can actually use your blog to advertise a product or service you want to sell or you can sell someone else's products. You can sign up to become a affiliate to sell someone else's products and receive a commission from the sale. I would recommend using either Commission Junction or ClickBank. Commission Junction has physical products to sell and ClickBank offers digital products to sell. You will need to set up an account with them and you will be given an affiliate ID. You will use this affiliate ID to advertise the products you sell. You should choose a product that goes with the theme of your blog.
There are, of course, many other facets to being successful online, but what I have given you will give you a quick start and help your confidence grow. So, start blogging and establish yourself online.