Am I going about this right?

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I am new to internet marketing and I want to know if I'm going about this right. My game plan is outlined below:

1. Keyword research/Find a niche
2. Become an affiliate with the merchants that sell your product/products
3. Design and develop a website - automate what can be automated
4. SEO
5. Drive traffic
6. Maintain

What am I missing?
  • Profile picture of the author PTaubman
    Those are certainly steps you need to take.

    First of all, I would ask you, "Why do you want to get involved in Internet Marketing?" What are your reasons?

    Knowing those will help direct you.

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    • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
      Thank-you for your reply PTaubman. I am interested in internet marketing because it gives me the freedom to create my own path to success. My efforts are rewarded and I don't have to answer to anyone but myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author run
    Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

    I am new to internet marketing and I want to know if I'm going about this right. My game plan is outlined below:

    1. Keyword research/Find a niche
    2. Become an affiliate with the merchants that sell your product/products
    3. Design and develop a website - automate what can be automated
    4. SEO
    5. Drive traffic
    6. Maintain

    What am I missing?
    That's the way to go! Start taking action before any frustration came and prevent you from your feeling of taking action.

    Just to add:

    1- Researching the niche that you have passion about
    2- Researching the keywords that have low competition and have potential benefit
    3- Researching the affiliate products or services that is related to that niche to affiliate with
    4- Building, Designing, Developing a well professional site
    5- Giving valua to the readers not just for making money purpose with valuable content
    6- Giving proper standard on-page SEO. It's not hurt.
    7- Make some effort to build high quality backlinks in order to increasing ranking
    8- Make another effort to promote the site via another plateforms such as related Social Site, Forum, Q&A, Video, DOC, PDF, and many more ...
    9- Make more effort for the maximum monetization.
    10- Split test, which works and which doesn't!
    11- Rince and repeat!
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
      Originally Posted by run View Post

      That's the way to go! Start taking action before any frustration came and prevent you from your feeling of taking action.

      Just to add:

      1- Researching the niche that you have passion about
      2- Researching the keywords that have low competition and have potential benefit
      3- Researching the affiliate products or services that is related to that niche to affiliate with
      4- Building, Designing, Developing a well professional site
      5- Giving valua to the readers not just for making money purpose with valuable content
      6- Giving proper standard on-page SEO. It's not hurt.
      7- Make some effort to build high quality backlinks in order to increasing ranking
      8- Make another effort to promote the site via another plateforms such as related Social Site, Forum, Q&A, Video, DOC, PDF, and many more ...
      9- Make more effort for the maximum monetization.
      10- Split test, which works and which doesn't!
      11- Rince and repeat!

      Great breakdown. The only thing I would include is getting those email addresses and building a mailing list. Other than that, fantastic info.

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      • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
        Originally Posted by JoeMack View Post

        Great breakdown. The only thing I would include is getting those email addresses and building a mailing list. Other than that, fantastic info.

        JoeMack
        Yes! From what I have read it's all in the list! This is definitely something I will be including in my site.
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    • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
      Originally Posted by run View Post

      That's the way to go! Start taking action before any frustration came and prevent you from your feeling of taking action.

      Just to add:

      1- Researching the niche that you have passion about
      2- Researching the keywords that have low competition and have potential benefit
      3- Researching the affiliate products or services that is related to that niche to affiliate with
      4- Building, Designing, Developing a well professional site
      5- Giving valua to the readers not just for making money purpose with valuable content
      6- Giving proper standard on-page SEO. It's not hurt.
      7- Make some effort to build high quality backlinks in order to increasing ranking
      8- Make another effort to promote the site via another plateforms such as related Social Site, Forum, Q&A, Video, DOC, PDF, and many more ...
      9- Make more effort for the maximum monetization.
      10- Split test, which works and which doesn't!
      11- Rince and repeat!
      1. I have researched a niche that I am passionate about.
      2. The keywords I am going after appear to have high competition. I am creating a store that blankets an entire niche and does not focus on a single product. I guess what you would call and authority site?
      3. Done and done.
      4. This is in the works. I currently have a site where I pull in multiple datafeeds and display them on my site. Next step is price comparison, that is where the problem lies. As you know, multiple vendors use different product names for the same products. I also need to make the site look more appealing.
      5. Value will lie within the price comparison charts and reviews.
      6. SEO is something I have yet to touch, have not indexed my site yet.
      7. No idea how to create backlinks but I will look into this.
      8. Will definitely promote the site as mentioned above.
      9. It's all about the effort!
      10. I agree, must test what works and what doesn't.
      11. I plan on using what I learn on this test site and use across different niches.

      Thank-you for the helpful advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakynan
    You sound like you are on the right track! I do have to say though, make sure you write for the reader not the search engines! Honestly, I have a site that I started out aiming at a specific keyword which NEVER ranked for the specific keyword I was going for and now brings me in over 10k unique's all from long tail keywords every month (I have not touched this site in over a year).
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    I think it's a good start. Run has a good break down of the things that you need to do so keep those list and make things happen. I believe that in the middle of you IM journey you'll learn a lot of new things. So welcome any mistakes that may occur and make those mistakes to be a good lesson for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

    2. Become an affiliate with the merchants that sell your product/products
    You want to be able to work with programs that can pay you residual income. If you do create your own product, you want to have that product earn you residual income.

    Originally Posted by PTaubman View Post

    Those are certainly steps you need to take.

    First of all, I would ask you, "Why do you want to get involved in Internet Marketing?" What are your reasons?
    You have got to know the reason or reasons as to why you want to get involved in internet marketing. Knowing your biggest reasons, this will keep you in the game when you start to lose faith.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dragone
    Yeah that is a good way to get started. Pretty much the way I went, just got a bit stuck initially with setting up all the technical aspects but once I figured that out it became easy to duplicate.

    Remember to spend time writing content, maybe an article everynight initially, and setting up an email list from the start.
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  • Profile picture of the author MackSell
    Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

    I am new to internet marketing and I want to know if I'm going about this right. My game plan is outlined below:

    1. Keyword research/Find a niche
    2. Become an affiliate with the merchants that sell your product/products
    3. Design and develop a website - automate what can be automated
    4. SEO
    5. Drive traffic
    6. Maintain

    What am I missing?
    Build A List too!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

    What am I missing?
    Mostly the part where you go out and do it instead of asking a forum what you forgot.

    If you need permission, there it is. You have a direction and a series of steps to follow. That is more than most people start with. Go, follow the steps, see what happens. Ask the forum what to do after something goes wrong, not before.

    Most people in IM are stuck in "analysis paralysis" where they are constantly spinning their wheels and doing nothing because they are just sure the next cheap product they buy will have the missing link that convinces them to go out and do things.

    The missing link is to go do them. No product will make that happen. You have to get off your lazy arse and go do things. If they don't work, then do different things. It's that easy. Just keep doing different things until you find things that work, then keep doing them.
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    • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
      Thank you to everyone who replied to my thread. I appreciate your insights and I look forward to putting them into action!
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    Sounds like you have everything down. Building a list is important and finding products with lifetime residual income is good too.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmin7b5
    I agree with a lot of the other comments. Marketing is indeed a learning experience. Making mistakes, learning from them, and moving forward is part of the process. This stuff requires tenacity, and having a good mentor to teach you can speed up your progress.

    I consider learning from someone that is actually doing what you want to do to be key. The blind following the blind can lead to frustration.
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    it looks like you are starting it right. just remember that internet marketing is not easy- you may fall down many times and get frustrated after everything that you have done. be ready to face those situation and learn from every mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

    What am I missing?
    The part that actually produces sales for you rather than for your hundreds of competitors.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6123982
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    • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
      Originally Posted by dmin7b5 View Post

      I agree with a lot of the other comments. Marketing is indeed a learning experience. Making mistakes, learning from them, and moving forward is part of the process. This stuff requires tenacity, and having a good mentor to teach you can speed up your progress.

      I consider learning from someone that is actually doing what you want to do to be key. The blind following the blind can lead to frustration.
      Thank you for your reply. Just wondering if you could recommend someone to me that you think may be a good fit?

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      The part that actually produces sales for you rather than for your hundreds of competitors.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6123982
      Thanks Alexa! I guess I am going to be making money for my competitors but wouldn't the only way to make money for myself would be to create my own product or service?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

        Thanks Alexa! I guess I am going to be making money for my competitors
        Sorry - my wording could have been clearer.

        I didn't mean to imply that the vendors (for whom you also make money) are your "competitors" - I see them more as business partners.

        I was trying to say that all the other affiliates (with whom you really are competing) who have any real success worth talking about are doing so by list-building, and that the potential customers to whom you promote products are often on their lists, and that if you don't build lists and communicate effectively with your subscribers, you're putting yourself under such a huge handicap that it's highly unlikely that you'll sell many ClickBank products.

        Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

        but wouldn't the only way to make money for myself would be to create my own product or service?
        It isn't, for me. And actually I think that for many people - perhaps even for "most" people - it's far, far easier to make a full-time living as an affiliate than it is as a vendor (contrary to what 95% of people here will tell you!), and here are ten of my reasons for thinking that.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by sedlre01 View Post

        Just wondering if you could recommend someone to me that you think may be a good fit?
        If you have $599 a month - me.

        If you don't, then not me.
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  • Profile picture of the author badlimey
    Just understand that 4 and 5 don't produce results overnight. Look for some solo ad providers on here and do some due diligence before picking one to drive traffic to your funnel.
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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    Yup, you are on the right path. Here are my suggestions:

    1. Build a list. I know it's a lot of work, but it'll really help you in the long run. Even 10 subscribers are better than none. You say that you're building a store, then you can really benefit from return customers. You can send your subscribers products related to what they bought already so they'll come back and buy more. That's the most targeted traffic you can ever get.

    2. Diversify your traffic. I saw that you plan to drive traffic from SEO. That's good, but try other methods in the mean time too. You don't want to rely on Google traffic alone and lose all your income one day because they decided to bring out another animal as their update!

    3. Make sure your content is top notch. This is a must. First of all, you'll be doing SEO and Google loves high quality content. But, the main point is, your buyers need to believe that you are a reputable company/store and you can't convince them with content that does not speak to them. Your product descriptions and articles are going to convert visitors to buyers, so make sure they are the best there is.

    Good luck with your venture.
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    • Profile picture of the author sedlre01
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Sorry - my wording could have been clearer.

      I didn't mean to imply that the vendors (for whom you also make money) are your "competitors" - I see them more as business partners.

      I was trying to say that all the other affiliates (with whom you really are competing) who have any real success worth talking about are doing so by list-building, and that the potential customers to whom you promote products are often on their lists, and that if you don't build lists and communicate effectively with your subscribers, you're putting yourself under such a huge handicap that it's highly unlikely that you'll sell many ClickBank products.



      It isn't, for me. And actually I think that for many people - perhaps even for "most" people - it's far, far easier to make a full-time living as an affiliate than it is as a vendor (contrary to what 95% of people here will tell you!), and here are ten of my reasons for thinking that.
      Alright, I get what you're saying now. I agree, I think I'm gonna go the affiliate route at first and then later diversify with my own product later.

      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      If you have $599 a month - me.

      If you don't, then not me.
      Sorry John, I'm looking more for someone I can just bounce ideas off of and get advice.

      Originally Posted by Portlandrocks View Post

      at some point you will want to develop your own product.

      Not JUST so that you make 100% of the profits, but so that you can exponentially build up your audience/profits. Because when you have a product that others will sell on your behalf, you then create an army of traffic getters, people busting their butts to get YOU traffic.

      It pays to be on the top of the food chain.
      Yup, gonna look into this next after I have created multiple affiliate sites.

      Originally Posted by aarthielumalai View Post

      Yup, you are on the right path. Here are my suggestions:

      1. Build a list. I know it's a lot of work, but it'll really help you in the long run. Even 10 subscribers are better than none. You say that you're building a store, then you can really benefit from return customers. You can send your subscribers products related to what they bought already so they'll come back and buy more. That's the most targeted traffic you can ever get.

      2. Diversify your traffic. I saw that you plan to drive traffic from SEO. That's good, but try other methods in the mean time too. You don't want to rely on Google traffic alone and lose all your income one day because they decided to bring out another animal as their update!

      3. Make sure your content is top notch. This is a must. First of all, you'll be doing SEO and Google loves high quality content. But, the main point is, your buyers need to believe that you are a reputable company/store and you can't convince them with content that does not speak to them. Your product descriptions and articles are going to convert visitors to buyers, so make sure they are the best there is.

      Good luck with your venture.
      1. Definitely going to be creating a list!
      2. I plan on making sure I've got SEO aligned first before I begin marketing through social media, forums, etc.
      3. I agree! I am going to be doing reviews on my products and comment on the latest news in my niche.

      Thank you to everyone who has commented! What's really strange is that my site sold over $6,000 worth of products last month and earned me $537 without even indexing it. The site isn't even close to being finished and I've only told family and friends?? It was funny because I haven't had time to work on it recently and just logged into CJ for fun and saw that it made some money! Weird. But it gave me motivation to finish what I started!
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