“If you were a complete newbie to internet marketing where would you recommend starting?”
I understand that you may get numerous emails every day asking you the same thing. But part of my New Year's resolution is to ask (I can only be ignored) and if I get a response – bonus !
I've looked at so many Internet ‘opportunities' (many of which have come from your emails, which I enjoy) but when you run these through Google with the “scam” search added there's usually countless warnings about the “up sell”, needing basic skills, basic rip-offs…etc It is really difficult to take the plunge with some level of confidence.
So my question is, if you were a complete “newbie” to Internet Marketing and wanted to start somewhere and would be happy with just $3-500 / month (to begin with), where would you recommend starting ?
Thanks for your time Jon.
I'd like to step in and field this one if that's ok with you.
I want to jump in because on the weekend we ran a survey to find out where most of the people who read Jon and my emails are at… What level they are at with internet marketing.
What you express in your email is really representative of where many people are at and with so much information out there about this subject it's very hard to know where to start.
However your question asked where would I start…
This is a huge question with no clear answer. Many people think that they can “make money online” for free and with all the hype around that subject many people forget that no matter what you do it is going to be a business.
This is one of the main reasons I believe most people fail online. Because they do not treat it like a business from day 1.
If you were to start a business in your local high St you know that you would be up for rent, stock and probably $50k refit to your shop…and people are willing to do this to start their business…
Yet they won't spend a few thousand bucks to start a proper online business. (you don't actually need that much).
Yes you can start a business online for free but you either need time or money and if you choose not to spend the money then you need time, and lots of it! And it's going to take you a long time to build your business to the point where it supports you.
It took me years of trial and error to learn this so I am very passionate about this subject. (call me a bit thick but I just didn't want to accept the truth of it and after all we are a country of DIY-ers).
So here's the deal. If I was to start again today (and I do regularly because I am always coming up with new ideas) I would :
1-I'd do my research to make sure I am choosing a niche that I can actually make money in.
2-I'd make a big list of competitors, blog sites, products that I could promote (and collect affiliate commissions), keywords and other relevant data that will help me develop an information business.
3- I'd build a website with a squeezepage and a free gift or report that I could give away…
4- I'd write or outsource the writing of the report and a few emails to be plugged into the autoresponder.
5- I'd set up split testing on that squeezepage so I can tweak it to get the best conversions
6- I'd pay for traffic… slow at first until I'd proven the numbers and then ramp it up to as much as I could afford to build my list as fast as possible.
7- then I would focus on writing great content and building a great relationship with those people.
8- I would start to develop my own products and promote those products to my list.
Yes there is much more that can be done – this is just the tip of the iceberg, but the question was “where would you start”.
Well, this is exactly where I would start.
This keeps the business model very simple, keeps the set up to a minimum and allows you instant metrics so that you have a baseline from which to improve your results.
I love metrics and testing.
Of course each of these steps does require some knowhow and can be time consuming – or you can outsource much of this and get it all done very quickly but this is the framework that I would use.
Going back to the survey we ran on the weekend it was very clear that most people who answered the questions needed help with this so what I am going to do is take this answer I have given you here in this email and flesh it out in a webinar for you to help you understand the process better and hopefully get you started.
Look out for the webinar invite in a week or so.
Until then give some thought to your niche and start making a list of possible niches you could work with.