Make money with your own website.
Now you have your own website you need time to plan and understand how websites generate traffic.
Choose a niche.
You need to choose a profitable topic, ideally something you are interested in.
You should spend time in this area – not researching and narrowing down a topic is a big cause for failure.
A good topic is one that has a lot of searches and not many sites offering this topic.
From your topic you must find a niche. A niche is a group of people searching for a specific subject. For example your niche could be dog training but this is still a little broad so you should narrow it down a little more to training your dog not to bark or training your dog to attack. The more focused your niche, the easier it will be to get some targeted traffic from Google to your site.
You need good content.
You need to think about how people will find your site. They won’t just stumble upon your site, there are millions of sites out there. Your site will be found with the search engines, social media or word of mouth.
Whatever kind of website you plan to create, you have to think about providing valuable original information. That’s because it’s much easier for a site with good content to get ranked in Google. Search engines like websites that are content rich and so do people. If you build quality content the buyers will come.
Providing valuable free advice is one of the best strategies for making money online because it builds up credibility and trust. If you start by putting up ads for the products you want to sell you will not have the trust, so getting a sale will be much harder. Where as if you take the time to build a website that informs and educates your visitors, people are much more likely to buy your products because they trust you.
So before you become preoccupied with making money, you should: build trust, show your readers that your priority is to help and you’re not there just to make money.
Now you need traffic.
There are several ways you can get traffic
- Get ranked in the search engines (this comes from content)
- Create videos
- Paid traffic
Once you have the traffic you can start to make money. Here are just a few opportunities:
- sell affiliate products
- sell Amazon products
- sell your own products
- sell advertising space
- put ads on your site (Google AdSense)
For a more detailed step by step method of setting up your online business, it would be good to start with Wealthy Affiliate, its free to join and this way you will avoid the scammers. Hope to see you there!
If you have any questions or comments about building your online business, I would love to help! Please leave them below.
Good post Peter! Building an online business is a really great experience because it allows you to be your own boss and financially independent. Like any other venture, it starts with the right steps, such as choosing an interest (passion), a product, building a website and finally it requires a proper education. Once you’ve passed all these steps successfully, you get your chance to become another success story. As you mention, content is extremely important because it’s the content that makes or breaks your online venture. If you know how to write it properly, you will be able to drive free, massive traffic to your site and make money. The best place to get trained is Wealthy Affiliate and I love this program because the founders never make false promises to anyone while producing excellent results.
There are a few steps to complete when building your own online business, but once you get there, it’s a great feeling when you make your first sale. Personally, I think receiving some good training it most important. Without this, when you start you will be a little lost and make many mistakes. The small cost of a training platform like Wealthy Affiliate will definitely speed up the process of becoming successful online. They also provide many of the tools you need like hosting, a keyword tool and excellent support.