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How To Build A Successful Online Business

There’s a lot that goes into building an online business. Here I’ve narrowed it down to steps and also provide you with free training you’ll need that takes you step by step how to build a successful online business.

Step 1: You Need A Website

The first requirement of an online business is the creation of an attractive and easy to navigate a website.  It will be a source of information and content and present you with the ability to eventually monetize it. 

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There are tens of thousands of niches online. You’ll want to choose a specific niche that excites you and that you love to talk about. The reason this is so important is that you will be spending many hours building out your site with unique content over a long period of time.

So having a niche that your passionate about makes this so much easier to stick with it over the long haul. Keep in mind, the goal of your content is to engage the reader. Get them responding to your content and sharing it!

Step 2: Provide Lots Of Helpful Content

Your focus should be to create helpful content that educates the reader and creates a dialog that others can benefit from. It’s important to invite comments with each of your blogs because this catches Google’s attention and helps your rankings. 

The more social avenues you can easily provide to the reader, to talk about and share the greater brand awareness your building that’s outside of search engines. This is often referred to as “diversifying” your traffic.

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Utilizing social media sites such as Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc., is a great way to generate buzz about you and your products or content that will build your online traffic.

You can easily provide social media avenues to your readers through social plugins that provide common social media buttons at the top, bottom or sides of each of your posts.

Step 3: Build Traffic & Rankings

As you start to build up your build out your content you slowly gain more authority on the topic. 

You’re going to start getting rankings. It’s not an overnight thing but something you need to work towards. If you can get ranked on the first page, will generate a good deal of traffic. 

As you continue to build out your website and your online traffic, you can begin to generate revenue from it. 

The more you understand about researching keywords and index each of your blog posts quickly. Then the more you’ll be able to cherry pick specific low hanging fruit keywords that generate a lot of traffic to your site with the added benefit of showing up on page one of search engines for that specific keyword phrase.

Step 4: Monetize It

Once you can generate a steady stream of traffic to your website, the skies the limit for monetizing it.

If you plan to generate your own product such as some kind of video or online course, then you’ll definitely want to build a subscriber’s list. 

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If they buy from you once, they are much more likely to buy from you again. So that list is worth gold to you and the success of your online business. 

Even if you don’t plan to sell your own products, you can definitely take full advantage of affiliate marketing. That is promoting other people’s products for a commission. On the low end of the commission scale, are sites like Amazon and Shopify. They pay up to 6% commissions on every dollar sold through your affiliate link and offer thousands of products.

There are all kinds of affiliate products and services you can promote. Some pay $100 per sale or more. These are often referred to as Top Tier products. It’s always a good practice to have a variety of price points from which to choose from.

Also, don’t place all your eggs in one basket. What I mean by that is, choose more than just one affiliate provider.  I can’t emphasize this enough, stay tight within your niche when choosing which products/services you will offer.

Just make sure not to go crazy and flood your blogs and website with a bunch of affiliate links. Doing this will essentially kill your site in Google’s eyes. Above all, Google values content and interaction.

Only promote specific products that relate to your specific niche. This also gives you the opportunity to write up reviews on them which is a great way to rank. 

This Is How I Got Started A Year Ago

I tried some of the popular training courses such as John Crestani’s affiliate training and MOBE. They were expensive and didn’t last. I found Crestani’s training overwhelming and somewhat confusing at times. I needed something simpler, step-by-step that was easier to understand. Initially,

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So, I started with Wealthy Affiliates because it was free with no time limits which gave me the opportunity to really look under the hood.

I really liked the short lessons, each with a video that demonstrates step-by-step how to accomplish the task at hand. I also liked the assignments because in completing each one, I was building up my site and felt like I was actually making progress. That felt really good!

Below is a video from my buddy Brian that really does a good job of demonstrating Wealthy Affiliate platform and training. You can easily sign-up for a FREE account here.

The free account has NO TIME LIMITS, lets you choose from two awesome online training course and gives you two free WordPress sites hosted on the WealthyAffiliates platform.

These courses take you step-by-step to building the foundation of your new website, getting it ranked on Google, building content, monetizing it and so much more. Watch the video below for a peak inside…

Click here to get started with Wealthy Affiliate FREE

What You’ll Learn

Unlike most other programs out there, Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t bait you with all kinds of wild promises of earning thousands of dollars overnight. Neither does it try to sell you on all kinds of “extras” to nickel and dime you along the way.

Wealthy Affiliate is a training center focused on taking you every step of the way towards discovering your specific niche, building a WordPress site, attracting visitors to your site and growing your online income step-by-step.

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#1 Pick A Niche

The temptation here is to avoid choosing a topic that your website will center around simply because you think it will make money. Any niche can make money!

Building your site to the point when it does finally start to generate some income will take longer than you think it will (depending on how much time you can devote to it). So choose a topic that you are absolutely in love with and won’t get bored of six months down the line. Avoid being too general. The more specific your niche is, the better!

#2 Build Your WordPress Website

Wealthy Affiiliate is also a hosting platform. When you start your website WA instantly gives you a big leg up! It provides your site with All In One SEO plug-in. You may not understand it all now, but as you start to understand how SEO works, you’ll really start to appreciate what it’s all about. Essentially, it sets you up to succeed by addressing all of the major elements of an effective SEO system. It makes it super easy to set up your meta titles, tags and description so search engines can find your content.

There are well over a thousand different WordPress themes you can choose from for your website’s look and feel. So I’d suggest you do some online research and find the one you love the best.

#3 Grow Your Traffic

Once you’ve got the foundation of your new website in place. WA takes you right into how to write original content. This is the fun part! This is where you get to show off your knowledge about your favorite topic (which should be your niche). There are templates available to you to use that will help you organize your blog as you write it. After a while though, you won’t need them.

WA shows you how where and how to index each of your published blogs so that search engines will take notice sooner rather than later. They’ll also show you all about researching keywords and identifying the “low hanging fruit” keywords that will attract more visitors and get you ranking higher.

In WA you’ll learn how to leverage each of your blogs through various means including, but not limited to, social media. They cover the different methods of free traffic vs paid traffic and everything in between.

You’ll get to know, Jay. He’s the main sites trainer and he does live demonstrations every Friday. They are all recorded and easily accessible to you as is a HUGE library of other e-courses, trainings, etc.

#4 Make Money

The main component to generating income is to build and retain steady traffic. No bones about it! That’s the biggest hurdle we each must learn to overcome.

You’ll also learn of all of the different ways you can earn income. When and where to use affiliate links. How to set up your own e-commerce store. As you go along and build your site day after day, the income generated will come.

Try It For Free

The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate’s free training courses (see below) is that you can go through the entire course for free! No time limits! This will give you a really good opportunity to “look under the hood” and determine if its right for you.

Another great thing is that Wealthy Affiliate gives you free hosting for two websites. You can create a new domain or transfer one you already own. They walk you through it.

Every lesson inside of Wealthy Affiiliate comes with a video demonstration that lets you follow along step-by-step. There’s also written explanations and instructions along with assignments you can check off as you complete each one. Once you’ve completed the assignments, you can then move on to the next lesson.

Tasks are always things that will cause your website to grow, such as “Write a new review blog” and “set up your Google account”. Personally, I love this format. Each time I completed the tasks I knew I was building out my website and it felt good to know I was making progress every day.

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Below are the two FREE Wealthy Affiliate e-courses that Brian went over in the video above. Each will take you from nothing to a fully functioning website with your content. Choose from the Affiliate Bootcamp if you plan on mostly marketing products/services as an affiliate marketer. Personally, I’ve completed both of them as they each have a lot to offer.

Affiliate Bootcamp

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affiliate bootcamp training breakdown

Each course listed above is broken down even further into bite size lessons that you work through with written explanations and instructions as well as a video demonstration.

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The Entreprenuer Certification

The Entrepreneur Certification takes the approach that you will have your own products/services to sell in addition to affiliate marketing. So if you want to set up your own e-commerce site, this is the training that walks you through from start to finish. Just click on the image below to get started for FREE.

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entrepreneur certification training free e-course

Below is a screenshot of the lessons that make up the “Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website” course listed above.

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WA Community

So, you know how some places have a private Facebook group where members can reach out for help. Well, at Wealthy Affiliate you have an entire community right there. No need to leave the site to go looking for answers.

The WA community is built on the premise of “give and take”. Advice is given freely to each other. There are thousands of members and many of the most successful are sharing and teaching you.

WA has a 24/7 members chat right on the same platform. Premium members have this right on the dashboard and can easily jump in and out of it. I took a screen shot so you could see that members are always chatting and having conversations and willing to help.

In addition to the other members, you’ll also have direct access to the founders Kyle and Carson plus direct support from me! Look me up on there as AnneDreams2 and follow me. Yes, you can follow members to stay in touch with their posts too. Posting on WA is easy and encouraged.

Ask lots of questions! It’s expected that you will have lots and lots of questions as you go along. I know I did. Whenever I asked a question, I got answers from several members. If I still needed more help, I asked Kyle or Carson. Oh, and they are really good at responding fairly quickly. I love that!

Leave Your Comments

Hey, I know there’s so much information out there. Tons of shiny objects to distract you. Been there, done that too! Let me know if you have any question. Which e-course did you choose? Share your thoughts and questions here and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours if not sooner.

2 Replies to “How To Build A Successful Online Business”

  1. This platform you introduces looks quite comprehensive. It seems like there are a lot of content there.

    So much so that I doubt it is going to be totally free. Can you talk about membership options? And what are the restrictions on free account?

    I might give it a try after I do a bit more research. But thank you for sharing this and bring this to my attention.

    1. Wealthy Affiliate has a free membership option that gives you an all-access pass to start two online business courses. There are no time limits to the free membership and you also get free hosting for up to two websites so you can immediately implement what you learn. As you progress through the training, you’re building up your website each day.The paid membership is called Premium and it’s $19 your first month and then $25 thereafter. However, most folks who go Premium use the annual plan instead of the monthly because of the significant discount offered. No extra charges or fees and you’ll get full access to live events, 24/7 live chat, training library and so much more. You could pay much more for far less out there. But don’t take my word for it. I encourage you to take full advantage of the free membership and check it out for yourself.

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