Becoming an ‘online entrepreneur’ is the easy part. These days you can have a website up in minutes and filling it up with adverts or setting up affiliate deals (depending on which way you want to go) is a pretty straightforward process.
The tricky part is getting traffic to your site and then monetising that traffic. Tricky but not impossible – in fact very do-able.
As well as your usual menu of reviews, hints and tips I’ll be dedicating a selection of upcoming Insider’s Edge articles to helping you create a successful and lucrative online presence.
The first step is to evaluate your specific goals so that you can decide on the right blogging/website platform for you. It’s an important part of the process. To help you decide I’ve come up with a simple quiz. Go through the questions to see which bracket you fall into.
Let’s start with the basics:
1. What would you like your website to do for you?
a) I want a fun, hobby based website which I can update from time to time for my own enjoyment. I’d like to be able to share it with family and friends and maybe some online communities but primarily this is not a money making venture.
b) I want to have a website that I enjoy posting content to but I also want to make money from this. I’m prepared to make some investment (£20 – £30 a year on hosting for argument’s sake) and I’m willing to put a couple of hours a week into this to attract readers and build up my brand.
c) I want to be Donald Trump rich! I want a juggernaut of a website which will have the likes of Amazon quaking in their boots. I can dedicate a significant amount of man power and invest a considerable amount of time and money to fulfill my dreams.
Now for the science bit…
2. Where are you on the technophobe scale?
a) Anything to do with computers sends me into a blind panic. I can just about work out how to log into and read my emails once or twice a day but beyond that I’d really rather have nothing to do with computers. They’re metal aliens and they deserve to be treated as such.
a) Anything to do with computers sends me into a blind panic. I can just about work out how to log into and read my emails once or twice a day but beyond that I’d really rather have nothing to do with computers. They’re metal aliens and they deserve to be treated with contempt.
b) I know my way around some of the more basic functions of my PC or Mac. For example I’m comfortable doing Google searches and using word processing software. I’m also happy using Facebook and Twitter.
c) I write html code in my sleep. In fact if I was to write down my dreams they would appear to the untrained eye as a kaleidoscope of 1’s and 0’s. I frequently order drinks at my local pub in Morse code.
All done. Hopefully that wasn’t too taxing.
Ask yourself where you fall in the scale for both these questions (there are no right or wrong answers here). Did you answer mainly A’s, B’s or C’s?
Now follow the link to see what your scores mean and find out which website/blogging platform is best suited to you:
As I said over the coming weeks I’ll be showing you exactly how to set up a site, step by step… and then monetise it.
I can’t wait to share this stuff with you.