Want to learn internet marketing

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Hi, I have decided I want to learn internet marketing. I have been laid off so don't have any extra money. I am still looking for a regular job but want to learn internet marketing for the long term but don't think I will have extra money. I am willing to volunteer for someone or company to learn and was wondering if you guys have any thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author uktrader
    Firstly, you're in the right place for that. Just spend time on this forum and learn.

    Your volunteering idea is good, maybe I would tweak it a bit and try going the freelance route, at least while you'll learning (you can do some freelancing in the evening while having a normal job). If you have a skill which other people would be willing to pay for, it's only a matter of finding these people and convincing them you're good for the job (aka internet marketing, so you'll be learning by doing). Examples of such skills are writing, website development or other programming, research, being a personal assistant etc., but also think about offline/traditional skills like accounting, it really depends on what you know. Places where to find customers are the freelancing sites, like the owner of this forum or its competitors. But you may also start local and use more traditional forms of advertising in your city, such as ads, flyers, or the old fashioned walking or calling people. This way you will learn more about marketing than from any IM educational product.

    If you are new to internet marketing, it is much easier to promote something of substance and directly related to you (you already have a product!) than promote a weight loss ebook that 2,000 other people are promoting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Freelancing is a good choice because you can turn it on and off.

    Volunteering to work for someone else without total commitment isn't a good idea for either side. You land a job and Poof! you're gone. I've seen it happen.
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  • First, focus on getting a job because learning internet marketing takes a lot of time and you will need to be able to support yourself while you learn.
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  • Profile picture of the author mchambers93
    Thanks for the freelance advice. Also I am not looking at this as a regular job right now. Just something I can do when not at a regular job.
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    • Profile picture of the author johnbert

      If you want to make some quick money then you will have to join some affiliate programs such as:
      Hosting Related affiliates:

      Hostgator affiliate program
      Dreamhost affiliate program
      Godady affiliate program
      Phi 9 affiliates

      Shopping Related:

      Amazon affiliate program
      Walmart affiliate program
      and etc...
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      • Profile picture of the author uktrader
        You can also combine learning + volunteering/freelancing + johnbert's idea.

        1) Learn how to set up WordPress + change its settings, install plugins, install themes, customize widgets; learn the basics of cPanel (the interface you use to manage your websites in your hosting account), learn to set up an email account on your hosting. A lot to learn, but these are essential skills which you will need in the future, as well as for this plan.

        2) Join some webhosting affiliate program. Hostgator, Bluehost, WebHostingHub...

        3) Find small businesses or sole traders in your city who don't have a website or have that kind of 1990's looking inactive website. There are many obvious ways to find them, I won't go into that.

        4) Call them or visit them in person. Offer your service: You will set up a simple nice looking website/blog for them for free, using the skills you've learnt in 1); you will have to prepare and practice your pitch - explain how a small business must have website/blog these days, how it will bring new customers and more money to them etc. You may also offer additonal services (perhaps at extra cost) and set up social media account, website traffics analytics etc. If you don't know how to do these things, learn them first, it's not hard. You're learning internet marketing.

        5) The cost of your free website setup service is that they will have to get hosting (they will need that anyway) from the provider for which you are affiliate (one good selling point is that most these hosting companies give you a free domain name when you sign up). This is how you will get paid (the hosting aff programs typically pay like $50-150, often the pay per sale is higher if you bring more volume). It's a win-win-win situation for all 3 parties.

        6) Keep their contacts and stay in touch with them. Maybe they will need other internet-related services in the future. Maybe you will be able to recommend other affiliate products to them later. This can be a foundation for a future business of yours, which can be as small or as big as you like, from 2 hours per week to full time. Take advantage of the companies being local, so you can see them in person and build a closer relationship.

        7) Another potential advantage - by talking to lots of local companies, you may actually get your next job through this! Because you will be demonstrating the kinds of skills and personality traits that employers are looking for in these days, regardless of your profession.

        Note: This is not an idea I have invented. It has been around for a long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igman
    Welcome to the internet marketing world!

    Since you are a complete newbie with no money,
    here's my plan for you to start with:

    1.Go to the Classified Ads Section of the forum.

    2.Start browsing the treads. You need to look for

    -Free Method,
    -Free WSO
    -Newbie Friendly types of threads.

    3.Download a method you think might be interesting,
    and start implement it step by step until you get
    stable results (traffic or income)

    4.If you don't understand something or experience
    difficulties with the chosen method, just ask the vendor
    a question directly on that thread

    5. Be persistent and you will succeed.

    Good Luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author cashinpro

    1. Blogging

    If you're a passionate closet writer who wants to be published but can't find a way to do so, make each keystroke your way to wealth by penning your own blog. Starting a blog doesn't require extensive technical skills but it's important that you have expertise in the field you are writing on. This will attract visitors to your site. Building a large following will enable you to earn profit by luring advertisers, writing paid reviews or getting commissions for promoting other people's products.

    2. Paid Writing

    If maintaining a blog is difficult for you but you still want to indulge your passion for writing, you can jot down articles for other blogs or sites such as Weblogs, Helium or PayPerPost. Writing an e-book can also be a good option. E-books are investment free, with no cost for printing and shipping. If you have a strong command over languages, you can become a copy editor, where Webmasters will pay you to read articles and correct grammatical errors, sentence fragments, etc.

    3. Affilliate/Reseller

    For those who have the knack of selling, one of the best ways to make money online is to become an affiliate/reseller. An affiliate is a person who gets a commission for selling every product that he promotes, whether on his Website or through any other avenue such as eBay. You don't have to own the product. You only need to sign up for an affiliate program with a company and start selling its products under your referral link. Firms such as Commission Junction or Click Bank have a large pool of products.

    4. Buying/Selling domains

    Buying and selling domain names is another way to make money from home and requires very little investment or time. You can buy domains at their registration prices or even cheaper and trade them at a profit. However, always research on sites such as sedo.co.uk, afternic.com, ebay.com or other domain auction sites to get an estimate of the hottest selling names. The best way to find good ones is to use terminated domain lists, which contain several expired names that are back in the pool.

    5. Selling photos

    If you enjoy photography and are good with a camera, you could be sitting on a huge reserve of revenue. There are people who will be interested in your collection of images. Nowadays, it's easy to take your photos to the public, providing a convenient way to build a secondary income stream. Many stock photo agencies, such as Fotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock, offer incentives for people to earn from their photos.
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  • Profile picture of the author mchambers93
    Wow thanks for all the advice. Like I mentioned at this point I am not going to support myself with this. This is something I have wanted to learn for a long time. So I will read this thread throughly and do a little each day after work, well when I find work.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Google and Youtube can be your best friend!

    Internet marketing is using the ability of the Internet to reach a world wide audience to help serve supply and demand.

    Once you have a demand and a quality product to supply then as an Internet marketer your job is to find where the idea prospect is hanging out online and go and step in front of that traffic. There are tons of free methods but again it first comes down to understanding who your target market is and where online they are hanging out.

    Facebook for example gets over 500,000 sign ins per day from over their 1 billion userbase. Again the key here is to find where on facebook are your ideal prospects hanging out and when you find them remember you are on a social network. People don't like to be sold to and they do not like to get interrupted with a tv commercial when they are watching their favorite program. Social media is no different!
    Working to achieve higher results...
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  • Profile picture of the author epicstate
    In a way you are already ahead of the game and you have "time"! I would agreed with EPoltrack77 the internet and youtube is your friend, most of what we all know is out there for free, many of us just get paid to bring that information together in a smaller easier to understand pieces for people who want to shorten the learning curve.

    Depending on what area you are looking to get into (working for someone or selling products online), what I would do to start with is learning how each social media platform works (in detail). Then google how to build followers on each platform so you can watch (free) videos. Look at all platforms (as best you can) as a marketer and how you can use it to sell to people and understand the native style for content each platform has.

    If you don't have spare cash be careful as there is fantastic marketing out there that is targeting you and as you research your find yourself wanting to buy. Resist and keep your wallet in your pocket, instead look at the emails and sales pages they send you, if it makes you want to buy then understand why. That sales content is really where the value is, it's using human triggers to make you want to buy, which is what marketing is all about.

    I've got a free blogging for profit course I created that you may get some interesting insights from which I'm happy for you to work through here.

    Otherwise look into marketing books on buyers psychology and understanding what sophistication level they are in for a product. Then you will be able to sell anything. You may feel information overload but this can be a good thing as it will click at some point. remember you can then outsource any skills you require along the way filling any gaps you may have such as web-design, so you don't need to be an expert in everything.

    As uktrader said you're in the right place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adamw
    There are not many businesses you can start for free, but internet marketing ventures are the exception. If you have the right skills and are willing to do some hard work up front, an internet marketing business takes little or no start-up costs.

    I would start with a niche you are interested in and passionate about, then you won't mind putting in the time and effort into content creation.

    Also try not to put all your eggs in one basket and set up multiple income streams using different methods, e.g, amazon, ebay, youtube, facebook, email marketing, SEO etc etc
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  • Profile picture of the author aby2maria
    Originally Posted by mchambers93 View Post

    Hi, I have decided I want to learn internet marketing. I have been laid off so don't have any extra money. I am still looking for a regular job but want to learn internet marketing for the long term but don't think I will have extra money. I am willing to volunteer for someone or company to learn and was wondering if you guys have any thoughts.

    I guess you reached here , googling "How to make money online" , most of the people reached here the same way. My advice to you is Don't go and buy all the WSO and courses which promises BOAT LOAD of money , like i did when I started off. . Work consistently on one thing and get good result.

    I have some experience in affiliate and Forex. You can PM me if you want
    I don't sell anything don't worry .. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Eagle07
    Originally Posted by mchambers93 View Post

    Hi, I have decided I want to learn internet marketing. I have been laid off so don't have any extra money. I am still looking for a regular job but want to learn internet marketing for the long term but don't think I will have extra money. I am willing to volunteer for someone or company to learn and was wondering if you guys have any thoughts.
    Find a job first while you learn how to do internet marketing because this can take time.

    I would recommend you start signing up with Clickbank.com as an affiliate then learn free ways on how to promote products from there for commissions. Once you understand how to promote affiliate offers make some sales, learn how to set up your own website and start building your list.

    Just get started now and do one step at a time. Learn as you go so that you will be able to accomplish a thing at the end of the day rather than reading as much information that you want without accomplishing a single step.
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  • Profile picture of the author mchambers93
    Eagle07 thanks I like that advice. When I read I tend to get blown away like what we call a deer in the headlights.
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