Sunday, November 1, 2009

Eat Your Veggies: The Serious Side of Working at Home

When I first started being online, it was as an adventure gamer. Later, my curiosity expanded and I found that I could use my online experience to make an extra income. There are some skills that come with running an online home business and I really just want to talk about 3 aspects:

Writing articles
: Writing articles is a way getting people to come from your site by writing and giving them information that is covered more in depth by the content they find on your site. Product recommendations, how to information, site reviews and opinion posts are all examples of the use of articles to further your business. You can use them to attract traffic, make sales and they can even be a source of extra income. How do you get good at writing articles? You can practice and do it yourself or use the talents of a freelance writer to do it for you.

: This is where you come up with ways to profit from the visitors who come to your site. If the theme for your site is well fitted to your audience, monetization will work great if you use products that are attractive to your visitors. Google Adsense is one form of monetization that many site and blog owners use. Another form of monetization is marketing to your opt-in list from your site. You can back end products via email and with special offers with this method. Affiliate sales (like are also another way to monetize.

Recruiting and sales: Depending on what your product or service is, you will want to recruit customers/partners and conduct sales of your primary product or service. How do you do this? Advertising of course. You don't have to spend a mint to make advertising work and the best way is through free advertising on forums, back links to other sites, submissions to search engines and (surprise) people who come to your site from articles you've written. Google and Yahoo are also good places to advertise but be careful to keep the ads you set up there within your budget. The most important part of the sale is follow up and that means email, phone, snail mail or other means within your disposal. Make sure you do permission advertising by signing up prospective customers and partners through an auto responder and you won't run into any problems.

Yes being serious about your business may sound daunting like eating your veggies, but its really simple. Do things the right way the first time and you will find it easy to do. All the pieces will fit together like the pieces of a puzzle and give you a complete picture of your business.