Starting an online business maybe easy and inexpensive, but it definitely needs time and dedication. You also need to keep a number of things in mind before starting a business online such as:
Find a need and fill it – Most people who are just starting out make the mistake of looking for a product first, and a market second. To boost your chances of success, start with a market. The trick is to find a group of people who are searching for a solution to a problem, but not finding many results. The internet makes this kind of market research easy: Visit online forums to see what questions people ask and what problems they’re trying to solve. Do keyword research to find keywords that a lot of people are searching, but for which not many sites are competing. Check out your potential competitors by visiting their sites and taking note of what they’re doing to fill the demand. Then you can use what you’ve learned and create a product for a market that already exists and do it better than the competition.
Write copy that sells – There’s a proven sales copy formula that takes visitors through the selling process from the moment they arrive to the moment they make a purchase: Describe the problem your product solves. Establish your credibility as a solver of this problem. Add testimonials from people who have used your product. Talk about the product and how it benefits the user.
Design and build your website – Once you’ve got your market and product, and you’ve nailed down your selling process, now you’re ready for your small-business web design. Remember to keep it simple. You have fewer than five seconds to grab someone’s attention, otherwise they’re gone, never to be seen again. Some important tips to keep in mind: Make your navigation clear and simple, and the same on every page. Make it easy to buy–no more than two clicks between potential customer and checkout. Your website is your online storefront, so make it customer-friendly.
Use search engines to drive targeted buyers to your site – Pay-per-click advertising is the easiest way to get traffic to a brand-new site. It has two advantages over waiting for the traffic to come to you organically. First, PPC ads show up on the search pages immediately, and second, PPC ads allow you to test different keywords, as well as headlines, prices and selling approaches. Not only do you get immediate traffic, but you can also use PPC ads to discover your best, highest-converting keywords. Then you can distribute the keywords throughout your site in your copy and code, which will help your rankings in the organic search results.
Establish an expert reputation for yourself – People use the internet to find information. Provide that information for free to other sites, and you’ll see more traffic and better search engine rankings. The secret is to always include a link to your site with each tidbit of information. Give away free, expert content. Create articles, videos or any other content that people will find useful. Distribute that content through online article directories or social media sites. You’ll attract new readers. But even better, every site that posts your content will link back to yours. Search engines love links from relevant sites and will reward you in the rankings.
Increase your income through back-end sales and upselling – One of the most important internet marketing strategies is to develop every customer’s lifetime value. At least 36 percent of people who have purchased from you once will buy from you again if you follow up with them. Closing that first sale is by far the most difficult part–not to mention the most expensive. So use back-end selling and upselling to get them to buy again: Offer products that complement their original purchase. Send out electronic loyalty coupons they can redeem on their next visit to increase their visits to your site.
The principles of how to start and grow a successful online business hasn’t changed at all. If you’re just starting a small business online, stick to this sequence. If you’ve been online awhile, do a quick review and see if there’s a step you’re neglecting, or never got around to doing in the first place. If you need any help to start your business online, contact us at Globbering. Globbering provides all the services a business needs to get started up online. Whether our clients want to start a new venture entirely on the web, or just want to reach more customers through the internet, we offer everything they need from strategy to execution.