All of these sites, as well as other third party sites out there, really are a very easy way to get started selling online, although you do have to pay fees to the provider.
A few pro tips: use clear, high-quality photos of your products; keep your product descriptions detailed and specific: and look at what your competitors charge to help determine pricing.
By providing valuable content on a regular basis you attract like-minded prospects who are interested in information and products related to your niche. They want to keep reading to find out more and buy. These are folks primed to buy the products you offer up either through ads, affiliate links in blog posts, or whatever. Why? Because you’ve been providing useful free content. They come to know, like, and trust you. And that’s just exactly who you want to be reading your blog and seeing your marketing messages too.
But, importantly, you also make your website, your online storefront, very attractive in the eyes of Google when you frequently and consistently add useful information in the forms articles, video, and more. That means you appear higher in the search engine rankings (most people don’t go beyond the first page). And that means more people, prospective buyers make it to your site.
One thing to keep in mind with a blog: make sure you focus on a specific niche and stick with it. That will make it easier for you to create content, for the search engines to find and rank your site, and for your prospects to stay loyal.
4. Your Own YouTube Channel
The top “YouTubers” can make millions each year. Take PewDiePie who’s made more than $15 million in the last year filming himself playing video games among other things. There are so many niches that the millions of people who visit YouTube every day are into. So how do you make money with YouTube?
- Set up your YouTube channel. This is where your videos will live.
- Upload videos consistently. Keep a schedule so you can build an audience. Be sure to describe the content specifically in your video description. Make sure your videos are of good quality and contain good content your audience will enjoy. That doesn’t mean you need a fancy camera a smartphone will do at the beginning.
- Put the word out on Twitter, Facebook, to your email marketing list, and beyond. You can even share the videos on social media or embed them in your blog or website. You want to build up those views.
- Be sure to respond to comments from viewers. Stay engaged to create fans.
- Monetize by allowing YouTube to include ads on your videos. When viewers click on an ad, you get paid (you split that with Google). The more views = more revenue for you.
5. Selling Ebooks
The internet has blown apart the traditional publishing world. Along with every other type of information, this medium has revolutionized the distribution and selling of books. These days ebooks, electronic books, are where it’s at. They can be purchased online and then instantly downloaded to a computer, tablet, or ebook reader. Ebooks in just about every genre sell in the millions each year. And ebooks represent about 20% of all book sales in the United States. The best part is you don’t have to be a big name publisher with deep pockets to get in on this action. As a solo internet entrepreneur, you can sell ebooks directly from your own website as well.
You can sell your own words or sell a public domain work. Ebooks can be novels, nonfiction works, how-to guides, collections of blog posts or essays… the sky’s the limit really. Once it’s ready, you simply upload it to your website or seller account on Amazon and start promoting it. The search feature in Amazon will help. But you also want to hype the book on your social media, to your email list, on your blog and website all with a link to buy the book on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing.
These internet business opportunities should give you plenty of ideas for making money online in 2017. Keep that momentum going. Take what you’ve learned, start testing your own ventures, build on small wins to create a viable business, then start driving massive amounts of website traffic. It will take some hard work. But it’ll be well worth it when you find yourself on the road to financial freedom this time next year.