Start An Internet Business
7 Tips To Starting An Internet Business
Think you'd like to start an internet business? The start up costs for an online business are next to nothing compared to the
offline world of business start ups. In fact it is a lot more simple to start
and grow a business on the internet.
Of course you need some knowledge to begin your internet business enterprise.
But you don't need a college degree to do business on the web. All you need is some computer knowledge and some internet marketing basis and
a good dose of determination.
Here are some basic tips on how to start an internet business.
1.Write Your Business Goals
It is important to set goals and objectives and then take action to
accomplish them. This will be your Business Plan.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Why do I want to start up an Online Home Business?
- What product or service can I provide?
- Do I have the knowledge and expertise to provide this service?
- Do I know enough about the competition?
- Where will my customers come from?
Take the time to write down your questions and answers and thoroughly
research your chosen market.
2. Choose A Product or Service To Sell
On the internet you can find hundreds of product or services to sell.
You can sell your own product by creating your own, or purchasing resale
rights or being an affiliate with a good internet company.
Don't put your personal gains first. Make sure that the product will deliver
what it promises. When you promote a product that leaves the buyer dissatisfied,
you' ll only be ruining your business. So sell solutions and the money will
3. Business Domain Name
One important first step is to choose the best domain name you can. Keep it
as short and simple as possible.
Think of domain name like " Google " or " Yahoo ". They are short and easy to
I know that some people say to use keyword in your domain name. But if you
choose " Internet Business " there are millions of sites with this term.
So are you going to use for example "AprofitableInternetbusiness.com" it
might be a nice name but it is too long and not simple.
4. Web Site
Having a good business website is essential to succeed with an internet
Here is the thing you have to plan to build your website:
A) Decide on the website design (color schemes, buttons, special effects
etc). However, you may have a preference for a certain color or look. To help
you choose a design, you may wish to check out other people's websites or work
with your web designer's pre-set templates.
(b) The content. There are many items you may wish to include on your
website. The most common ones include:
- Products And Services
- Contact Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Resources & Articles
- Refund Policy
- About Us
- Site Map
- Useful Links
- On-line store
5. Choose a Web Hosting Company
What is a Web hosting Company?
A Web host is a company that provides server space for your website. You can
think of a web host as a commercial building. The web host provides space for
your website just as a commercial building provides space for your shop or
What are some of the things you should look for when choosing a web host? The
criteria for choosing a free web host and a commercial web hosting solution are
slightly different although they do overlap.
A) Web Space
Does it have enough space for your needs? If you envisage that you will
expand your site eventually, you might want to cater for future expansion. Most
sites use less than 5MB of web space. Indeed, at one time, one of my other web
sites, thefreecountry.com, used less than 5MB of space although it had about 150
pages on the site. Your needs will vary, depending on how many pictures your
pages use, whether you need sound files, video clips, etc.
B) Bandwidth allotment
Nowadays, many free web hosts impose a limit on the amount of traffic your
website can use per day and per month. This means that if the pages (and graphic
images) on your site is loaded by visitors beyond a certain number of times per
day (or per month), the web host will disable your web site (or perhaps send you
It is difficult to recommend a specific minimum amount of bandwidth, since it
depends on how you design your site, your target audience, and the number of
visitors you're able to attract to your site. In general, 100MB traffic per
month is too little for anything other than your personal home page and 1-3GB
traffic per month is usually adequate for a simple site just starting out. Your
mileage, however, will vary.
C) Reliability and speed of access
This is extremely important. A site that is frequently down will lose a lot
of visitors. If someone finds your site on the search engine, and he tries to
access it but find that it is down, he'll simply go down the list to find
another site. Slow access is also very frustrating for visitors (and for you
too, when you upload your site).
How do you know if a host is reliable or fast? If you can't get feedback from
anyone, one way is to try it out yourself over a period of time, both during
peak as well as non-peak hours. After all, it is free, so you can always
experiment with it.
6. Promote Your Business Website
Write an article promoting your site or product. Write an
article on a hot topic many people would like more information on and submit it
to various e-zines. How do you find out what's hot? Visit a few of the message
boards and see what questions are raised often.
search engines exist on the Internet. But, you should only be concerned with the
top eight or ten. You should manually submit to the top eight: Alta Vista,
Excite, Yahoo, Hotbot, Lycos, Northern Light, Infoseek, Webcrawler, and use one
of the FREE automatic submission services like *SubmitPlus* to handle the
smaller search engines.
List your site here too. Directories organize sites into
categories. Good examples of Directories: Yahoo, Magellan.
If you have an e-zine to promote along with your site. Why
not list it with one of the many e-zine services on the Internet. E-zine Library
is a good one to start with.
You will have to submit to a ton of FREE classifieds to get
any significant traffic. Why? You are competing with thousands of other Ads.
Remember to work on your Ad copy and make it attention grabbing. Go to one of
the popular search engines, type in Free Classifieds, and surf to the top 20
classified sites for beginners.
Often, these sites will lead you to several other Free Classified Sites. In
response you'll get a stack of e-mail thanking you for listing your site while
barking their promo. Best to get one of those free email accounts. Hot mail is a
good one. So is Yahoo mail.
Free For All's are worth a try. Be prepared for a avalanche of
e-mails from FFA web site owners. If your title is attention grabbing you will
get a few clicks. Good Attention grabbing headlines, FREE, Limited Time, Limited
Offer, Proven, Secrets, and many more if you brainstorm. Check out the sales
literature delivered to you by regular mail. Check and see what headlines grab
your attention. And why? Incorporate them into your Online Ads.
Tell Friends And Family
If your friends, family, acquaintances, have an
Internet Connection, e-mail them telling them about your new website, and ask
them to visit often. Offer a FREE incentive if they tell a few friends to surf
over. Perhaps, a FREE Ad in your e-zine.
Business Cards or Flyers
Leave these promo pieces with small businesses in your community. All relevant
contact information; email address, URL, telephone number, should be included.
Offer a freebie to anyone who visits your site such as a free e-book or report.
7. IN CONCLUSION
Think of your first six months primarily as a training period. Don't expect
large earnings until after you've educated yourself.
Even the most dynamic, highest-earning entrepreneurs in the industry took
MONTHS to begin seeing an income of any real significance.
Don't be a negative thinker and don't let the negative attitudes of others
(even if they're family members, friends, or peers) influence you.
All the great men and women in history had to overcome the naysayers who said
it couldn't be done--and then went out and did it. Think for yourself!
As long as you think positive and focused on your internet business target
you're on the right way to a rich life, which is directed by you and it will
lead you to tremendous success and personal satisfaction.
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