Go to Google, type in “automated marketing systems” and sign up with one of the sites on the first page. Automated marketing systems are websites designed to make you money. Essentially, you just sign on and then sit back and watch while the website makes you money.
In case you are interested in doing what I just said, don’t! I just put that in for fun and to illustrate that advice is cheap, and that anybody can give advice.
So seriously, what is the best advice that I can give you? What is this one piece of advice, above all others, that will equip you for a great start in starting and running a successful online home based business?
Find A Reliable Guide
You can always start from square one, but it will be so much easier if you have somebody who has already done it to coach you. Make sure you take your time and find somebody you can listen to and work well with.
Nobody can argue with that. Web surfers might not be the most intelligent bunch of people you can find, but I’m going to bet my bottom dollar that they can smell crap a mile away. They have the luxury of millions of other sites, so really, anything other than great content is just not going to do.
Invest Your Time In Building A Mailing List
A mailing list has been touted to be the way to riches on the web. While this might not be true in all cases, a mailing list with highly targeted, responsive prospects is a great asset to any business.
Talk is cheap. The advice that you get out on the Internet is probably worth even less. It is like reading a book on martial arts and expecting to be a master after you complete the book.
Most advice you encounter is generic, run-of-the-mill advice. It has probably made somebody, somewhere a lot of money. What you must be concerned about is whether that advice is suitable for you and your site.
Consider article marketing. There are many different ways to carry out this technique, but the common thread would be that you have to write a lot of articles within a short period of time.
A few articles a day is not easy. And I will say that it’s mind numbing work. I think it is doubtful that an average person can carry on at this pace for months, and still produce good quality articles. But I’m sure that some have done it successfully.
Other advice that you get will have their focus on other skill sets. Joint venturing would need some networking skills, or something to do with building and selling websites might need some graphics expertise, or some copywriting skills might be required for successful affiliate marketing.
You have to assess all advice in the light of your business, your skills, your interests and your passion. Just because somebody had made good money selling trinkets on eBay does not mean that you should or even can do it.
Your business is about you, your website, your talents and your resources. By all means listen and learn from all the advice that you get out there. But when all is said and done, it is just advice. You and you alone will have to decide how to put it all together for a successful business.