New internet marketers will certainly find the many bumps in the road. There are ways however, to avoid the many mistakes and you can take a lesson from those of us that have already been in your shoes. We all started at the beginning and you can use the following checklist to be sure you don’t make the same mistakes we made.
Three Must-Haves You Can’t Avoid
1. The Domain Name
So many new internet marketers try to avoid spending the small amount of money it takes to get their own domain name. Even if your first domain name never makes you a dime or you sell it a few months after starting it, you have to start with your own domain name. If you don’t own the domain name you are working with, you simply don’t own your business.
Sure, you can start with a free blog or website, but what happens when it starts making money? You can’t just transfer everything to your own domain name because the traffic is not pointing there. The total cost for your own domain name ranges from $2 a year to around $20 a year (assuming you purchase a new domain with no age to it yet). This is a very small price to pay for the full ownership of your website or blog.
2. Real Hosting
Another thing new internet marketers skip over because it cost money, is real hosting. Again, you can start with free hosting, but you simply cannot take it to the next level when your site starts making you money. This is one of the biggest mistakes the new internet marketer will make and it is not a good way to start your online business.
Free hosting gives you only a limited amount of space, usually requires you to work from a sub-domain name of their main domains, and most free companies display annoying ads on your site. If you want to see the true potential of your website idea it is important to get at least shared hosting when you start online.
3. A Plan
The final of the must-haves is a plan. Those new to internet marketing often forget to plan their marketing, budget, time, tasks, and most importantly, their goals. Without a plan, you will most likely fail. Start by doing the necessary research and put together a plan for at least the next few months before you start your online journey.
Three Road Blocks New Internet Marketers Stumble With
1. Taking Action
If you are new to internet marketing, you have probably already heard that you have to take action to be successful. This is a common sense mistake and many new internet marketers make this mistake more than any other does. If you don’t take action, you will never develop the online income you desire.
Even writing one article, building one backlinks, buying a domain name, or getting a hosting account is taking action. Start with the first small thing and work your way through all the small steps. Don’t believe those that say “don’t sweat the small stuff”. The small stuff is exactly what will help you achieve your larger goals.
2. Program Hopping
Many new internet marketers buy at least a couple different programs. These can range from guides meant to teach you a specific marketing method to what we all know as the get rich quick scheme. Some programs are very good for making money online, while others are simply garbage.
The roadblock however, is not choosing the wrong program or guide, but hopping from one to the next before you give even one a chance to worry for you. It is important to set up your plan with the right marketing methods and stick to it. If you don’t stick to your plan, you will never find out if it works or not.
3. Expecting too Much too Soon
Probably the one roadblock that is caused by other internet marketers for the new marketer more often than any other one is the fact that all new marketers have higher expectations than what is possible. Expecting to quit your job or make thousands, your first month is a roadblock that claims many new internet marketers every month.
Your expectations need be backed by patience. Most online marketers will not make much money at all until they have been at it for at least a few months. It takes time to build up traffic to a website or blog and you have to work with your plan for longer than just a week or two before you can expect to make money online.
If you are trying to make money online with internet marketing, then you need to plan for success. The plan you put together has to be well researched and you have to take the “baby steps” to achieve success. There is an old question that has been asked by many, how do you eat an Elephant? The answer, one bite at a time.
This question is very powerful and shows us that if we take one small step at a time we can achieve our goals. If your goals include creating a full time income online, you must first build your website or blog, and then you have to create traffic to it. Only after you have a website and traffic can you possibly make money online.
Your first dollar is the hardest and having your first $100 day is not going to be easy either. However, the struggles you experience to learn the necessary lessons for internet marketing success will lead you to exactly what you are after, a full time online income.