Thursday, March 19, 2009
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There has been a tremendous amount of hype and ballyhoo over the past several years about starting a home based, Internet business.The advantages are well known and include the rapidly expanding Internet market place and the variety of products and services one can find and purchase there. What isn't well known or widely discussed are the numerous pitfalls and hurdles to developing a successful Internet business, for the individual entrepreneur.
The negatives start with the fact that there are literally thousands of offers and services, to chose from, some of them sell very well, most of them don't. In order to chose a successful sales niche and be able to turn around and sell products profitably, requires a great number of skills.
Skills needed, include website and or blog building and development. This may also include some basic knowledge of HTML, php, and wordpress, among others. You'll likely also need to learn about marketing systems online, such as using pay-per-click systems such as Goggle Adwords, or developing organic traffic through SEO (search engine optimization) etc.
For you see, you can't make sales unless you drive MASSIVE amounts of traffic (visitors) to your site, so that they can purchase what you're selling (hopefully). It doesn't matter if you have the greatest product in the world - if no one knows about it, you don't make sales. Traffic on the Internet rules.
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Ultimately, your success will depend on learning a great variety of skills and abilities over a period of time. If you choose to go it alone, it could take literally years, trying to learn through trial and error. It will also cost you something, as most successful Internet businesses need to purchase web domains, web hosting and advertising, software etc., the list goes on.
One way around the learning curve is to obtain the needed information and step by step training from a successful online marketer and trainer. Hopefully this will be a reputable training service, or website/blog, that has your interests at heart. Regardless, it may cost something, but the good news is that there are some excellent programs available.
The bottom line is that there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to riches - buyer beware! It will eventually boil down to a matter of your time, or your money or realistically, some degree of both. The really awesome thing is that you really can make lots of money with an Internet business once you know what you're doing and if you possess the determination and perseverance to deal with increased competition.
The author is a successful affiliate marketer and writer with over 10 years experience with online business operations.
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