When I first got started online, I didn’t have someone tell me the exact first steps I needed to take – as in, “You’ll need to do this, then that, and this other thing in order to set up shop.” Knowing the essentials of what you’ll need in order to get started with an online business is a huge relief because it gives you sort of a checklist of what needs to be done and when, so let’s get started…
- Decide what market you want to be in.
You can do this by analyzing your interests – simply observe what your activities are for an entire week. What are you knowledgeable in? What are you passionate about? What are you super interested in and enjoy so much that it could sustain you during challenging times?
There are four main markets, and of course, many various sub markets or sub niches. Internet Marketing/Make Money Online, Religion, Health and Fitness-Wellness/Weight Loss, Relationships/Dating. An example of a sub niche would be “weight loss for single moms over 40.”
- Don’t neglect the research stage!
Spencer on Fiverr does a great job at doing extensive research for a particular market. Give him the keywords you’re thinking about and also let him know which countries you want to focus on. You could say, US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada for example.
His Fiverr gig is here: http://fiverr.com/spencer_/do-keyword-research-for-your-nichebusiness
- Now you are going to need a domain name.
I suggest you take a look at this blog post where I talk about domain names. I register all of my domain names with NameCheap, as I want them all neat and tidy in one company OTHER than my hosting company, so that they’re separate. Very important tip that you should follow for security reasons as well as convenience.
How To Find And Buy A Domain Name
How To Buy Affordable Web Hosting
For Your Online Business
How To Connect A Domain Name
To Your Web Hosting Account
- You’re going to need hosting, and a blog.
Once you’ve registered your domain name and have hosting, you are going to need a blog. My blog is the main hub of all my Internet activity, and I chose personal branding, using my first name and last name as my site name. There are pros and cons to personal branding, but I’m finding many more pros.
To install a new WordPress site, go to the cPanel on your hosting account, and navigate to the Fantastico software. Here with a few clicks you can create a new WordPress installation on your new domain.
How To Install WordPress Automatically Using cPanel
How To Manually Install WordPress Via FTP
How To Change The Permalink Structure
For Your WordPress Site
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- You’ll need a professional autoresponder.
I recommend AWeber because they are an excellent professional autoresponder company for my email marketing. List building is the foundation of my business.
- Set up a squeeze page. 3 things happen simultaneously when someone signs up:
1. Email is added to your list in AWeber. 2. They are automatically sent Welcome email you make with link to free gift. 3. They are redirected to a CUSTOM thank you page where you thank them for subscribing, AND have an affiliate offer/or your own product, for them to look at in the meantime while waiting for email. Monetize this page – it’s your best real estate – they’re in ‘action-taking’ mode!
- Then you can Start Driving Traffic to your squeeze page, build a relationship w/ your subscribers and finally offer your subscribers products of increasing value and price.
With a WordPress blog you have all the flexibility in the world, plus it’s integrated with all the other platforms out there and been around forever…
However, there are certain things that a lot of people miss and aren’t aware of when they set up a blog…
And there are some themes that are great, and some themes have spyware in them.
Having someone that’s walked before you with knowledge and experience is a great potential help.
I’ve found that a lot of folks want a quick and easy way to get up and running as fast as possible, so I’ve created a service where I take care of it all – Blog Creation Service.
I certainly wish I had this when I was starting as it took me MONTHS to figure everything out, and only then could I concentrate on content and building my list.
This will free you up to hit the ground running with a site you can be proud of right out of the gate.
Hope to help.