Summer is coming. Do you have an extra stash, ready to withdraw for that vacation you’ve been dying to take?
If not, then you should develop a plan and initiate action as soon as possible. The sooner you start earning an income, the sooner you can start doing more of the things you love.
One way to get started is to try building a website. It’s relatively easy to get your feet wet, but you must learn how to do it right if you expect to tap into the income potential, without getting stuck on the nickel and dimers.
Here is a straightforward guide to having a profitable website.
Step 1 – Set up your blog or website
Sounds like cake, but you must know how to do it right. A properly built blog or website is one that fills a visitor’s needs, and broadcasts their purpose with clarity.
If you have expertise in a field where people need help, you can turn that expertise into a business. If you can promote a product people love, you can spin your online words into gold.
If you don’t have an immediate expertise, build one. Find a place where people need you, then service that need.
Make a list of all the things you love and love to do. Then, search Amazon for book reviews in that area. Look for one-star reviews – these are the people who aren’t getting their needs met. You can step in and help.
When you provide a service or publish information that people need and want, you establish credibility.
Step 2 – Earn their trust
Start by making a name for yourself. When people know you want to help them (and you’re not just out to make a buck), they’ll repeatedly return to hear your advice.
Meeting their needs makes you their hero, and makes them want to help you in return.
Step 3 – Find products you love
Look for products that your readers need and can use. If you love it, tell your readers all about it. High quality products are useful and will pay better in the long run. Yes, there are plenty of sites where you can go and sign up for any and every available product, but you won’t be passing quality links to your readers, or earning anything close to the income you wanted.
Once your readers see you shuffling whatever you can over to them, they’ll stop wanting to come and eventually never return to your site.
The goal is promote what you love.
Step 4 – Promote sparingly
Once you’re a credible blogger, you must be smart about what and how you promote. Never inundate your readers or come across as a beggar. You want your readers to know they can trust your opinions, so you must post them with wisdom, and sparingly, so you don’t lose readers.
You must also always let people know when you might be compensated by promoting a product (it’s FTC regulation, anyway). Post a disclaimer to tell your readers they should naturally assume that any products you talk about could potentially bring you income. This is smart, honest business.
When promoting, make sure you’re promoting products or services you’re familiar with, and can fully stand behind.
Step 5 – If you use it, you can back it
Your readers will come to trust that you will lead them in the right direction. Maintain that credibility by affiliating yourself with systems or products you’ve actually used.
You should be able to sell your reader on the products you want them to buy. But you can’t do that, unless you’ve tried it yourself first.
Make sure you know all about the item you’re promoting in case your readers have questions before the sale. This continues to reinforce their trust in you
Your website, done well, can bring you a nice income. Enough to thicken your savings, or help you earn that vacation you’re longing to take. But you must invest your time. Rather than sitting in the evening with nothing to do, start building your affiliate empire instead.
Idle time is wasted money.
Use your time well and earn additional income you can be proud of.