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Welcome to Day 4 of How (and Why) To Start A Profitable Blog E-Course, even if you’re a baby boomer like me!
If you missed anything in Day 3, you can access Day 3 again here.
Creating Your Blog
Yesterday we covered how to figure out what to write about in your blog. By now you should have spent some time thinking about that and you should have some idea what your blog niche or topic is going to be.
Today I’m going to walk you through the basic steps to creating an online business.
It’s a pretty simple process….these are the steps in their most basic form…
5 Steps To Creating An Online Business
- Choose a product or service you’ll be selling
- Build a blog to showcase whatever you’re selling
- Create blog content around your product/service
- Promote your content
- Earn money when a sale is made
Let’s talk about these in a little more detail.
And before I even get into this discussion, let me address an issue I can almost hear you thinking about. The word SELL. It’s scary for alot of people. Don’t worry! I’m not suggesting that you have to go out there and “sell” stuff.
But FACT: In order for someone to make money in a real, legal business model, some sort of transaction must take place. This simplest way to accomplish this is through the sale of products or services.
Choosing A Product Or Service – Once you’ve identified your “niche”, or the topic that your blog is going to be about you’ll need to find a product or service within that niche that can be promoted and that people will ultimately want to buy. This can be a physical product, a digital product of some sort or a service. This is referred to as “monetizing” your blog.
Now, it’s true that some people may actually create some sort of product of their own to sell and that’s fine…but the truth of the matter is that most of us do not have a product of our own, nor would we have any clue as to how/what to create in a product.
So what products/services can you promote if you don’t create your own?
Have you heard of Affiliate Marketing? It basically means that you sell other peoples stuff. Brilliant!
Why is it brilliant?
Because you don’t need to research, develop, fund and create a product of any kind. Someone else did all that for you. All you need to do is promote the “other peoples stuff” that fits in with your blog niche and earn a commission when someone buys something.
Did you know that there are thousands of companies out there that are using the Affiliate Marketing business model? Here are a few that you might recognize:
Virtually every major retailer on the planet has an affiliate program along with lots of other companies that offer services and digital products. The list is endless.
This one single fact is why, in my opinion, the very best option for an online business is Affiliate Marketing. This business model offers so much opportunity yet it has none of the risk involved with starting a traditional business.
Build A Blog – Once you have decided on your niche and the initial affiliate programs that you will use to monetize your blog, it’s time to actually create the blog. This part can get a little geeky, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Your blog is going to be the foundation of your entire business. It’s going to be your home on the internet.
While I do talk mostly about affiliate marketing in this course, I want you to know that the skills you will learn in starting and monetizing your first blog will later allow you to do much more if you want to.
Once you learn how to get a blog up and running, how to create content, how to optimize your blog content for the search engines like Google so that your blog can get traffic….you’ll have the skill-set required to not only start your own online business but also to do freelance work in many other fields of online business and online marketing.
It’s always good to have options!
Virtually any type of online business requires some sort of web presence in the form of a blog. A blog is just another name for website. It’s all the same thing.
So now, back to the geeky part of actually getting the darn blog created and online where people will eventually be able to visit it. There are a few different ways to do that. A DIY method that will require alot of geekiness and where you have to figure everything out on your own, or a more 1 Stop Solution that is perfect for newbies to blogging. My suggestion is to go 1 Stop Solution for now, because you can start off with a couple free blogs and some training to get you started in the right direction.
Here is where you can go to get your free starter account. It’s an online community of entrepreneurs that are doing the same thing as you and me…..blogging and online business. Not only will you get access to free blogs, web-hosting and training, but you’ll also be able to interact with this amazing community of like-minded entrepreneurs for support and advice during your journey.
Create Blog Content – Creating your blog content should be easy if you choose a niche that you are very interested in. If you’re already very familiar with the niche you chose then you’ll be able to come up with content easily and quickly. If it’s a niche that you just have a huge interest in but aren’t necessarily very knowledgeable about just yet, then you’ll enjoy the opportunity to research the niche more thoroughly while you create your content.
Promoting Your Content – This sounds scary if you’re not familiar with online marketing of any kind! Don’t worry, you’ll learn the most effective way of doing this so that visitors are coming to your blog on auto-pilot.
Earning Commissions – This is what will happen when your visitors click your affiliate link and purchase a product or service.
So these are the basic steps involved in an online affiliate marketing business.
The training available to you here in the online community I mentioned above will walk you through this process step by step so there won’t be any guesswork necessary on your part.
Day 4 Action Steps
1. Get your Wealthy Affiliate free starter account here. This E-Course follows along with the training that is available to you here for free, so be sure and get your free account set up before moving on to Day 5 of the course so you can follow along as I take you through the steps of starting your blog/online business.
2. After getting your free starter account here, upload a Profile Image. (It can be ANY photo, and there are some default ones to choose from as well).
3. Write a Profile Description inside your profile.
Here is a link to my profile inside Wealthy Affiliate. I’m known inside Wealthy Affiliate as Mary-Elle. I’ll be there to greet you as soon as you get your free account so watch for my “welcome” message on your profile. And you can also ask me questions if you need any help on setting up your profile.
Day 4 Bonuses
As a bonus for using my tutorial to create your blog, I’ll promote your new blog on my social media accounts as a thank you. Just connect with me when you have your blog ready for prime time and I’ll let you know how to send me your blog info.
And, as a new member at Wealthy Affiliate you have several bonuses available to you if you decide to go premium within the next 7 days.1. You’ll have a 59% discount off of your first month at Wealthy Affiliate!
2. You have access to me and other members who have completed the Certification Courses as well as Affiliate Bootcamp with my own websites and can help you through any places you might get stuck. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message and I will get back to you quickly.
3. Specialized training resources to teach you to choose a niche for your website, find good keywords, generate traffic, and more.But these bonuses are only available if you decide to go premium within the next 7 days. That gives you plenty of time to look around at all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer and see that there really is no better resource out there for learning the skill-set that you need to get your blog and online business going.The training at Wealthy Affiliate is the fastest way to get a good quality website up even when you have no prior experience. You’ll also find that the community here is like no other! I’m excited that you’re now a part of it!
That’s it for Day 4 of How (and Why) To Start A Profitable Blog E-Course, even if you’re a baby boomer like me!
You’ll be receiving an email with a link to Day 5 of this course, but if you’re the kind of person that just wants to get it done, you can access Day 5 here now.