Is it possible to be successful on the Internet?

With the Internet, it is possible to make money today right from your own home computer, with little or no investment, no costly marketing, and no product inventory. You can earn considerable commission fees on a variety of products and services on a one-off and even recurring basis through a series of highly effective internet marketing techniques.

Did you ever stop to consider why so many ‘big players’ don’t make it on the internet? Dreams of huge e-companies with a desire to ‘go public’ and make it’s founders millionaires overnight have been shattered as the Internet loses it’s holier-than-thou reputation and is finally acknowledged for just was it is – a modern communications tool.

If you want to make money, the online world is the place to be.

Whether you want to work or put up your own business, doing it online will give you great opportunities. In fact, you’ll have lesser risk when you start a new business online than to invest your dollars in a downtown office or storefront.

Since your business is based online, you’ll also reach more potential customers and work from virtually there. With just basic website knowledge and communication skills, it would only take you days to have your business up and running.

Do you think you’re ready to make some money online?

Everyone on the Internet is looking for the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme. At least that is what the people selling the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme would like you to believe.

Which one is the ‘ultimate’? Well, if you hear them tell it, theirs is, of course. I like to believe that we’re smarter than that. We realize
that the only way to truly become successful at anything requires a lot of hard work, motivation, persistence, and luck.

Now let me explain each of these points.

Hard work –
This is a no-brainer. You ARE NOT going to be able to turn on your computer, walk away from it, and expect to end up with a successful business.

You have to work at it. The more productive work you put into your website and your marketing efforts, the greater the rewards.

Notice that I said ‘productive’ work.

It is easy to spend 20 hours a day on the web and not do anything constructive for your business. You have to focus your efforts to make the above statement true.

To put it a different way, if you spend 20 hours a day adding content to your site, refining the design, promoting it, testing and retesting to learn what works and what doesn’t, you WILL see the results.

Many websites fail not because the owner didn’t work hard enough,  but because he didn’t work smart enough.

Motivation –
How do you stay motivated to enable you to survive the months and months of extremely long days and nights glued to your monitor?

Is it the lure of having a successful web business someday?

The idea of eventually being able to quit that job that you hate?

Believe me you will hit low points, you will get frustrated, and probably even utter the words “at this rate I’m never going to make it”.

So how do you stay motivated? The above questions can help, but I think the absolute most important motivator is to pick a topic that you love. When you are working on a subject that you totally enjoy the low points will be far less frequent, and have far less impact on you.

Your mind will be in the places it is supposed to be instead of constantly watching the bottom line. If you are trying to create a successful business with something you have absolutely no interest in…you are setting yourself up for failure before you even get started.

Think about this idea for a moment. Let it sink in as to what I’m telling you here. What is your favorite pass-time? What is your hobby?

Do you get burnt out when you are spending time on your hobbies?

Does an auto enthusiast watch the clock at a Saturday afternoon drag race?

Does a knick-knack fanatic get bored at the world’s largest flea market?

Do sports fans wish football season was much shorter?

If you develop your business around a topic that you love, that you enjoy spending time on, that you can’t wait to get home and fire up the computer to work on…

motivation becomes a non-issue.

Besides…isn’t enjoying what you do one of the key factors to success? I hate to be the one to break it to you, but true happiness isn’t all about money.

Persistence –
You have to stick with it. You can’t quit. Don’t lose faith.

There will be bad times, but you have to keep going. You won’t make as much money as you wanted to one month. You won’t get quite as many subscribers or visitors out of that advertising campaign. The ‘killer ad’ that you just knew was going to pull like crazy…won’t.

These setbacks are a fact of life. Accept them and deal with them accordingly. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

If you keep the right attitude during the bad times, the good times will be that much sweeter.

Luck –
Yep, its going to take a little luck as well. But if you follow the above guidelines, you can make your own good luck.

Luck is being in the right place at the right time. Luck is making the right decision at that crucial moment. Luck is buying low and selling high. Luck is realizing that you made a mistake and correcting it right before everything crashes.

The more knowledgeable you are about your subject matter, the more time you spend educating yourself about it, the more you work at becoming an expert in your field, the more luck you will have!

When you know the ins-and-outs of your industry, you WILL be in the right place at the right time. You WILL know when to buy and when to sell. You WILL know what decisions to make, and when to make them.

Correcting a mistake? This is nothing more than testing an idea and dumping the ones that didn’t work.

Don’t sit back and leave it to fate…

make your own good luck!

So, whenever I’m asked how can you become successful on the Net, I tell them to work hard, pick a subject that they totally enjoy, learn everything they can about that subject, stay strong during the bad times, and stick with it!

Online Presence and Making Money Online

The coming of the Internet has changed the playing field drastically. This is because this new information medium has given small and big businesses alike an additional marketing strategy that is not as expensive as the traditional ones. In fact, it is so effective, most marketing and promotion strategies of many businesses are now concentrated on this medium, all exerting their effort to build a massive online presence.

The Internet has changed how consumers shop and interact. Almost everyone has access to the Internet. In fact, almost all consumers now use the Internet is some way to shop locally. As a result, using your online presence to advertise and promote yourself and the products and services you offer is more important than ever.

Creating a professional career online is now possible, thanks to the convenience the internet provides. One can easily start a career in buying and selling stuff online or by simply creating a blog or engaging in freelance writing. There are many careers available online. Here are some of the following careers you can look into online.e

Indeed, building an online presence definitely offers businesses the needed boost in terms of advertising. Here are some of the reasons why building an online presence can be very advantageous to companies:

If you sell products or services, you must get your business listed on as many search engines, social networks, business directories and mobile platforms as possible. Creating a website and Facebook page isn’t going to do much to improve your online presence in the Internet world of today.

If you don’t have a strong online presence, a large segment of potential customers may never even have the opportunity to consider purchasing anything from you, because they don’t know you exist.

It allows businesses to become more accessible to its customers. Online presence has allowed businesses to reach its target customers. In the same way, it has made it possible for customers to easily access businesses for possible services or goods that they would need without having to leave the comforts of their homes. This has changed the landscape of consumerism and most people would prefer transacting with businesses that can offer this kind of off-site service.

The online space can become a business’ office space. Instead of spending for rent or purchasing a physical office space, the established website and other social media sites can become an avenue where customers can go and inquire, purchase goods, or avail of services.

The Internet expands the reach of a business’ market. The physical world has so many limitations. A small business in a small town can only cater to its immediate locale. However, establishing an online presence has allowed small Asian stores to sell their goods to people in America without having to spend so much on advertising. Online presence literally opens a portal where business has become boundless almost surpassing geographical limits.

A Strong Online Presence Promotes Brand Recognition and Trust

Your online presence can define your brand. People identify with brands. Developing your online presence helps convey a uniform quality, credibility and experience. It will help you define who you are, what you do, and can differentiate you from the competition. Your brand is your identity; it helps you convey trust and develop relationships that lead to customer loyalty and more sales.

Ensuring that your website is relevant

By now, you probably have a brand that is well-developed and quite sophisticated. One thing that you need to understand clearly is that your brand, which you have made such an effort to develop, must be relevant at all times. If that doesn’t happen, you won’t get anywhere in business.

If your online presence content isn’t relevant, there are many other businesses who have relevant content and other people will choose to connect with those businesses instead of with yours.

Interestingly (and, perhaps, sadly) relevance seems like a vague, unobtainable concept to many people. However, one thing that is certain is that it is critical to your business’s success.

Relevance is not something that you are either born with or not. It is something that you can work to build and achieve. There are certain specific steps that you can follow to achieve relevance for your business if your brand and offerings are not relevant at this point.

Another extremely important side effect of relevance is how you will hopefully rank in the search engine pages. For all of those reasons, you should give some serious thought to making your business as relevant as you possibly can

Create an online portfolio

Before finding clients and trying to land a job online, you need to create an online portfolio. It can be your Name.com or a blog under a free hosting platform like Weebly, Blogger, or WordPress to begin with. Include credentials, training, sample works, and a few details about yourself in this page. This can be a simple website with a few pages attached where potential clients can download and read samples of your work. A contact page is also essential.

Build your connections

You have most likely met a colleague who also happens to work online. You can include him as one of your references on your online portfolio. You can also add your past managers and supervisors as references. Be sure to inform your colleagues about them being one of your trusted references online. You can also include testimonials from past clients as well as their contact information to be able to provide your potential clients a reliable source of firsthand information about you and your performance as a professional online freelancer.