Most new article marketers start on the fly without any internet marketing plan. This short article will guide you to ask yourself a few questions to help you develop a plan.
Newbie article writers does this sound familiar:
“Well, the first thing you have to do is find a product. No wait, you have to determine who it is that you are going to sell to. Find out who your customers are.”
“No, you have to find a niche first. What are you passionate about?”
“And don’t forget, you need a Domain Name Server (DNS) for your domain name and a hosting service to host the domain. You need a website. No, no, wait, you don’t even need to have a website.”
One other thing, “You need traffic. So, you have to socialize, tweet, bookmark, and post at forums. And, oh yes, there are some other marketing methods to consider, but we will visit them later.”
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Have you experienced this? I have. It is very frustrating. Your brain is attacked. It is overrun by guru advice and overwhelming amounts of information.
Hitting the Target
Imagine being a novice target shooter. You have never done it before. At first, you try a bow and arrow. After a few attempts, you come close to hitting the bull’s-eye, but not quite.
A friend offers you a slingshot. You try that. Another friend interrupts your shooting and offers you a pistol. You try that. Still another friend says,”No, you need a rifle, try this.”
Get the picture? It sounds not too unlike newbie article writers stumbling through the maze of guru advice.
Anyone of those weapons can hit the target. It takes focus (effort), consistency (a plan), and practice (work). Once you have hit the target with one, you can try a new weapon.
So what is the best way to do article marketing? There is no one way to do article marketing. Nevertheless, like any other business venture you should have a plan, a map, to make money writing articles online.
Effort, Planning, Work
Read many of the guru sales pages and most of them promise you unbelievable sums of income. While many of those incomes may be real, those sales pages fail to tell you the back story.
It takes effort, a plan, and work to make money writing articles online. It’s a business. It takes focus, consistency, and practice. Nothing you don’t already know.
Develop an Internet Marketing Plan
Starting an internet marketing business is easy. Anyone can do it. Why, then, do 95% of those Internet marketing hopefuls fail to make money with their home based internet marketing business?
Some will say that it is because of our need for instant gratification. We want to make money and we want to make it now.
That may well be part of the story, but I think the reason is just a bit more unimaginative and a bit more practical. Would you start a business without a plan? Well, you might, but it would be ill advised and probably doomed to failure.
Let us call it a marketing plan. An internet marketing plan is the big picture.
What product or niche offer you the best chance of profitability?
How much money, time, effort are you willing to spend promoting your product or service?
How much competition do you have?
Are a blog, website, or squeeze page best suited for your product promotion?
How will you distribute articles: ezines, article directories, blogs, offline?
These are just a few questions you should ask yourself.
Home Based Internet Marketing Business
The beauty of writing for the web for profit is that you can work at home. You have no payroll, no inventory, and in some cases, no customer interface. Online writing is a perfect home based business, but it needs an internet marketing plan.
With a road map, a plan, you can maneuver through the maze of guru mumbo-jumbo. You contribute the focus and the work, follow the plan (be consistent) and you will be on your way to making money. Not to mention, enjoying the pride of owning your own home based internet marketing business.