To help make money online today we have:
More kinds of traffic
More channels of marketing
More options for delivering content
More options for creating products
More types of web sites
More of everything than we have ever had before
As it turns out, because we are now flooded with so much more, it appears that we may be drowning in options and information overload. For the online entrepreneur, the Internet marketing process can often be confusing, overwhelming, or even downright paralyzing.
Many people who have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to gain success as online marketers have only experienced frustration and depleting savings accounts. There is a huge amount of information to process, tons of how-to products to choose from, and so much to learn and implement to be successful.
In fact, for most hopeful Internet entrepreneurs, it seems the more effort invested, the more complex the experience becomes. Can you relate to any of this? Why is this happening?
In order to make money online there is an entire of list of things you need to know about and do. Here is a partial list of those things. You must . . .
know how to do research, choose the right market and product.
have a hosting account and design a web page or an entire website.
have opt-in forms to collect names and emails on an autoresponder.
offer a free product in exchange for a name and email address.
write sales copy for an opt-in offer, sales letter, exit offers and more.
write a series of effective email autoresponder messages.
create download pages, figure out HTML, FTP, cPanel and more.
setup a shopping cart and merchant account for credit card payments.
develop other products for the backend sales.
set up an automated sequential sales process.
generate traffic to the website through multiple free and paid sources.
test and track to improve conversion throughout the sales process.
With a herculean effort, expendable time, and ready funds all of the above can be accomplished. Out of the thousands of people who have taken on this admirable effort there are a handful of super successful million dollar Internet marketers. Some have been just plain lucky and others are to be applauded for their genius and repeated successes.
The bottom line is this: you need to know what is really involved when getting into online marketing. If you decide to go for it, then you need to determine if you want to do all the steps required or hire others to do them for you. For the entrepreneur who is equipped to fulfill all the necessary functions and also willing to take on the unique risks that accompany online marketing, the rewards can be enormous.
There is also another alternative. That is, you can become part of an already successful marketing program where you devote your time and energy to one specific task (rather than attempting to do everything). That one task is usually a commitment to generating traffic to a website. For many individuals, by focusing on that single element, time and funds may be more effectively utilized toward gaining income (a commission).
The field of Internet marketing is wide ranging and more involved than most people realize. It is best to carefully decide the level of involvement and financial investment that is best for you at the outset. Also, it is wise to research all your options and figure out where your interests and the markets needs match.