I'm entirely new to Internet marketing. I've been reading posts and articles here and in other places for some two weeks now to get informed on the topic and i feel decently prepared except for some few things:
First up: Keywords and search engine ratings. How important are good keywords really? I understand that getting a #1 rank in google for a common search will do wonders for my traffic rating, but if i chose a keyword with heavy competition and never move past page 10, will it then really be that significant? Especially as i'll have articles and forum posts and whatnot that direct traffic to my blog which may have much better visibility than anything not on the first page of a google search.
Second: Hosting options. I'm as of currently having my landing page/product blog on blogger and I've read some mention here on this forum that it may be labled as spam and deleted if it's too obvious and/or aggressively promoting a product. This should perhaps not be a problem as i'm rather knowledgeable about the product I've picked and can actually write informatively about it. The product is actually a service which require significant skill and knowledge to use effectively which i will try to explain in multiple posts which will probably end at some 5000 words at least in total. I'm however worried that if i push the affiliate link too much i could still get removed.
I should obviously simply lease a domain and hosting service, but I don't know anything about getting that up and running, except for recommendations for host(hostgator/bluehost) I've found quite sparse(read none) information as to the technical details of how to get a page up and running.
Third: Roadmap. Except for the affiliate plan I've just started formulating I've also got a half-baked prototype for a product: an application I've been coding as a hobby which I have now realize may be transformed into something with decent business value. I do however realize that there is quite a gap between coding something that works on my desktop and actually getting it sold on the net, and I have no idea whatsoever as to how large that gap is, and what amount of time I would have to invest to both keep developing this product and doing the affiliate marketing at the same time, given that i'm a student also I'm already rather short on time and think i might be attempting too much to do all at the same time.
I'm not necessarily looking for absolute advice or how to guides, opinion or advice from you own experience as to the viability of any part of my approach is welcome.
First post btw