Archive for December, 2010

Making Money Online With Little Or No Money!

Does it take money to make money online?

The short answer is, “No.” You can conceivably launch an Internet marketing career without a single dime. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection, which does cost money, but we’re assuming you have those two components already.

Many a marketer has gotten his or her start as an affiliate marketer. Aside from shuffling around in your attic to find something you can sell for a profit on eBay, affiliate marketing is your best bet for a zero-dollar start-up business in the Internet marketing industry.

All you need is a free ID that you can get on PayDotCom, Amazon, Commission Junction, LinkShare, or ClickBank (to name a few), and the ability to learn about free traffic sites like TrafficStacker that can help you begin to generate an affiliate income without investing a penny of your own money.

That said, it’s best if you save a few dollars here and there to invest in some tools that are going to make your Internet marketing efforts a whole lot easier. For instance, you could sit around and brainstorm for five days to get a list of keywords – or, pay for a one-day subscription to WordTracker and harvest thousands of keywords in less than an hour.

You could also use nothing but web 2.0 social sites that are free, such as MySpace or Squidoo, to host your content and affiliate links. Or, you could pony up the $8.85 one-time fee for a domain name and $3.99 a month for hosting and have your own business presence up and running right away.

You can also spend days and weeks searching for information about how to do a task that will help you make money as an Internet marketer – such as how to master pay per click advertising.

Or, you can invest in a step-by-step guide that can shorten your learning curve. What most marketers suggest is to take a look at your budget and see what you have to invest. If you have to start out with nothing, go for it – but set aside a few of your profits to pour back into your online efforts.

You should apply an important criteria when deciding on any online purchase for your business. Everything you’ll invest in should ease your workload and hasten the procedures, so your income will increase faster and with less input from you as you learn to wield these tools in your favor.

Watch for more marketing tips real soon, and good luck with your online marketing efforts!

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Learn How to Find Profitable Niches

Finding profitable niches can be difficult. Discovering one that isn’t extremely saturated can be intimidating when you’re just starting out as an Internet marketer. The key to finding niches that are profitable without a lot of competition is to drill down through a top-level niche to find profitable sub-niches with fewer competitors.

For example, let’s say you’re interested in creating a site that is in the beauty category. You can drill down into several different sub-categories. You could choose hair care, skin care, fitness, organic beauty, cosmetics, or any number of niches related to beauty.

But these categories are still too broad to be profitable with small numbers of visitors. You need to drill down further. Let’s say you decide to tackle the skin care demographic. Sub-categories of skin care might include eczema, acne, blackheads, wrinkles, age spots, psoriasis, and dry skin.

Now you have a list of smaller niches that you can begin to narrow down. Acne might still be too broad. You can drill down even more by targeting teenage acne, infant acne, and adult acne.

While you want to find niches that are narrow enough for you to dominate, you don’t want to choose niches that have too little traffic available. To figure this out, it may be helpful to spy on your competitors.

Go to your favorite search engine, like Google, and search for things like “how to get rid of acne.” Try to really get inside the mindset of your target prospect. However, if you drill down too much, like targeting “blackheads,” it may not turn out to be profitable.

You should verify that your possible niche gets a decent level of search volume by using a keyword tools like WordTracker or Market Samurai. When you search within the niche using Google, see if there are plenty of AdWords ads on the right sidebar of the screen.

If so, this means people are almost surely making money in this niche. The key is to take something that’s already working and make it better. Any time you can come up with an original slant on an idea that’s already churning profits online, you’re in a good position to achieve success.

For example, if you want to get into the online auctions niche, don’t go after a broad subject area like “eBay for beginners.”
Instead, target something more focused and unique such as “eBay Success for Baby Boomers.” Pick a specific target audience and then cater to their needs instead of approaching the masses with too broad an idea.

Watch out for another marketing tip post real soon, and good luck with your online marketing efforts!

To your online success,

Rupert Mamby

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