Every move in life needs a sound strategy to succeed. Now that you are keen on making some serious money on the Internet, what you need is the right strategy to help you attain your goals. Although the Internet has opened a whole New World of opportunity for even the smallest home-based business owner, it takes the right start and a perfect execution to make it work. Countless numbers of self-made millionaires started their Internet businesses from the ground up, found a niche and built their success a day at a time.
You need not be an Internet guru to really make it big on the net. What you need is a little passion, a decent amount of effort and lot of strategic thinking to succeed. A solid Internet marketing plan will include everything from your ad to your thank you and follow-up letters. Each process in your plan must perform a specific task.
1. Your short-term marketing strategies will drive traffic to your web site in intervals. Each time you place an ad, your traffic will increase. After a few days, your traffic will drop off.
2. Your long-term marketing strategies will drive a steady stream of traffic to your web site. Your traffic will continue to increase over time.
3. Your ad must draw your potential customer’s attention and create curiosity. It must lead them to click through to your web site.
4. Your web site will then take over and provide further information, while leading your potential customer to your order page.
5. Your order page will be packed with all of the benefits your product has to offer and call for action.
6. Your marketing plan will continue to be implemented by closing the sale with a thank you letter.
7. Your final step will be to send follow-up messages in the future to provide good customer service and introduce new products.
To take your business online there are a few ingredients that the gurus feel are a must for success. These are:
If you get into the business just for the heck of making money, we are sorry, it won’t take you a long way. You need to enjoy whatever you do. And put your heart and soul into it. Commitment and passion will give you the requisite drive to succeed.
Own Domain (www.yourdomain.com)
Identity is very crucial when it comes to doing business on the net. If you host your site on a free server, not many will take you seriously. It also reflects badly in terms of your professionalism and seriousness in conducting the business. A Company with its own domain name and a professional web site will have a much higher rate of success.
Intelligently designed Web site
A web site reflects the company’s mindset. A professional looking web site may take some time to create but it will add miles to your success graph. The site must also have relevant, customer-oriented and fresh content. This will drive ample traffic to your site. Remember that the freshness of the content needs to be retained on a continuous basis.
Even if all the above criteria are fulfilled, success cannot be guaranteed if you fail to drive the right audience to your web site. A million irrelevant hits are nothing compared to a few hundred precise audiences visiting your web site. To drive relevant traffic to your site you have the options of purchasing advertising, advertising on bulletin boards and registering with search engines. On a long-term basis, you can opt for constant customer interaction using tools like Ezines, Freebies and Fresh Content.
One of the major ingredients of online success is an in-house magazine. The ezine will be a direct link with your customers and enable you to promote products and services with ample ease and credibility.
The right product/service
Internet is a time saving medium. Users will throng to your site if you offer them in-demand or unique product/service without time lags. Once you have the products/services in place, you should ensure that they are deliverable over the Internet instantly. That means you should have the relevant payment gateway in place so as to accept payments instantly. Pay pals and credit cards are great ways to make your site e-com ready.