February 5, 2011 · Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is not always easy to understand if you are a beginner. There are a lot of things to learn about online marketing to the point that sometimes you might feel overwhelmed or confused. This article will look at some of the early processes required for you to start marketing either your own or someone else’s products or services online. Once you know the basics, everything really does become much clearer.

Before you begin to market any products and/or services online, you really should set up a central point of contact for your online business. Therefore the first step in online marketing should really be to set up your own website, or blog with squarespace.com as a good example. Remember that as well as including all relevant information about your products and services, you must also supply information about your business such as an ‘about us’ page. It’s also a good idea to be able to capture customer data such as name and email address with an auto responder like Get Response.

Once you’ve set up your website or blog, you need to make it easy to be found for someone who is looking for the products or services you offer. To do this, you must know the basics of SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. It is a strategy used by all online marketers to make your website rank higher in the search engine results. There are many strategies for SEO. The basic pillars of any SEO strategy are keywords, link building, and quality and unique content.

Keywords are the words that people enter into the search engines such as Google, when they are looking for something. To learn more about popular keywords that are relevant to your business, try the Keyword Tools from Google. It is also very important that you include relevant keywords in strategic places on your blog or website. Places where you should insert the keywords are the first paragraph of the page, the content, the header, title, and subtitle.

The next step is to fill your site with high quality articles with good keyword placements. These articles need to be relevant to your products and services. If you think you are not a good writer, you can hire freelance writers very cheaply to produce the content for you (fiverr.com is a good example). Although keywords are important, avoid stuffing the keywords in your articles.

SEO is an on-going process. You should always tweak and improve your SEO strategy over time. Some people hire professionals to optimise their websites such as IneedHits.com, which can be done cost effectively.

After your website is set up, you need to consider how to advertise your website. With so many websites, products, and services online, you have to find ways to attract customers to your website and to make it stand out from the crowd. There are many places where you can place your ads depending on your budget and your target customers but a good place to start is Ad Land.

Some people find social networking sites very helpful to promote their business. These sites are also free to use, unless you place ads on their sites. You do need to invest time and money to make any strategy work, but with a little patience a significant income can be earned online.

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