Don’t know how to start an online business?
This step by step tutorial is going to show you how to start a thriving online business the best part is everyone can do this, even if you don’t have any knowledge about the internet marketing.
An online business is an opportunity to make lots of money online, but it takes time and lots of hard work to give shape to your website.
You don’t have to own any product or any skills to start your website, all you need is hard work, motivation and some little money to invest.
There are two ways to starting a website; you can do it on your own, or you can join a community where you can learn everything steps by step, from choosing your website niche (topic), finding keywords, writing articles, getting traffic from Google to finally monetize it to earn commissions.
The best communities that will help you build a serious online business are Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama
I prefer and use the first one as it offers more and costs less.
Without losing any time let’s get started with the crucial steps to creating your own home business.
Step 1: Choose a Niche
A Niche is simply a topic or what your site talks about, there are lots of niches but it will be best to choose a niche from your interests, hobbies, a problem etc.
Anything can be a niche and any niche has an audience.
When you choose a niche you are going to write articles within it, and promote affiliate products within it.
If you choose a niche that you have no interest in, it will be hard to stick to it and produce content with authority.
Click on the picture to see the third lesson which is about choosing a niche by Wealthy Affiliate.
Just to give you an idea, I choose the make money online niche (this website) because I have tried a lot of money making programs online some worked for me well while others were scams.
If you read my older posts, you will see how many articles I have written about legit and scam programs online.
Since I am a football player, I’m thinking about starting a new site soon about football boots, because I have tried many and had lots of interest in them.
Another thing that might be a niche for me, is my shy friend, she had confidence issues and was extremely shy and nervous around people, to help her I have done lots of research on Google to give her advice.
I have learned lots of stuff about that topic, and that can be a niche, of course, I am not an expert in helping people with self-confidence issues, but I have a kind of interest about that and my friend Google can help me anytime with her wealth of information to come up with great articles about any of my niches 🙂
Choosing a niche is a simple thing you only need to write about what interests you and let Google be your research tool to help you gain more information about your niche.
Step 2: Build Your Website
Now that you have picked up the main topic of your site, now it’s time to build that website, you need to find a place where you host it a hosting service.
Godaddy and Hostgator are two good options, but I would recommend you to host your website on Wealthy Affiliate because you will save lots of time and money and your business is super protected and backed up daily for you.
There is free and paid hosting since you are thinking about starting an online business you shouldn’t even think about free hosting unless you just want to use it to see how things work.
Wealthy Affiliate offers you 2 free websites as a starter member, those would be great to try thing out.
Now that you have chosen a place to host your website, you will need a domain name for it, again you can have a free or paid domain name.
Again it’s needless to say that you need your OWN domain name, it usually costs a few dollars per year.
Let’s say your niche is football boots, your own domain name should look something like this: Footballboots.com a free domain name would look like this Footballboots.siterubix.com (assuming you have created it with WA)
You need to spend some time to find a domain name that is available since domain names are like girls the one you like is always taken.
If you host your website on Godaddy or Hostgator or any hosting service, you will need to install it on WordPress by yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
In Wealthy Affiliate, everything is with a push of a button and on your site manager, you can see your site health and other details about your site.
this is how it looks. 😀
That’s absolutely the dream platform of every website owner.
Your website is up and running, now you want to customize your site and add a great looking theme. 🙂
Make sure you install the most important plugins like all in one SEO, if you have created your website with Wealthy Affiliate you will find the important plugins already installed.
Step 3: Writing Keyword Rich Articles
Your website now looks great, at this point, you need to fill it with quality content, content within the niche you have picked.
Since your niche is something you care about, it will be easy to write articles about it.
Before writing articles, you need to do an extra step which is finding keywords relevant to your niche.
Keywords are simply words that people type into Google to find answers or solutions for their problems.
In order for people to find your articles, you need to target keywords with low competition and a fair amount of traffic.
You should use one keyword per article.
To find keywords you should use a good keyword research tool, Wealthy Affiliate has a great keyword tool included in the premium membership which I use all the time.
A free option is Google Planner but it’s very limited and doesn’t show you enough details you need, but it makes sense since it’s designed for AdWords advertisers.
If you are not a WA member, there is a great keyword tool that shows you all the data you need about a keyword including the traffic and competition.
You can try it out right here.
Keywords with less than 200 competitors and more than 50 of traffic and searches are the ones you need to target.
On Wealthy Affiliate, you will find a great lesson about keywords wish you can reach here
Once you get familiar with keywords you want to start writing articles about them.
Just use one keyword per post, then do the required research to get the information you need about a particular keyword.
To write great articles here’s a post that will show you how.
Don’t forget that you need to regularly write content on your site, at least 2-3 posts per week 😉
Step 4: Promoting Your Content and Building Traffic
Traffic is simply visitors or readers without them you can expect to make money, traffic is very important and you should work hard to generate it.
The first thing you want to do is create social media profiles where you share your latest posts.
I recommend you to use Buffer an online tool that automatically shares your latest posts on all your social media networks.
Facebook groups and Google + communities are also good ways to promote your posts.
I have written two posts about great ways to generate instant website traffic for free the other post is this one How to Get Traffic to your blog for free
Remember that you are writing content while targeting keywords that’s a great way to get the best traffic you could get, the organic traffic from Google and other search engines like Yahoo/Bing.
Step 5: Monetizing Your Website
You have done an amazing work building your website, writing content and bringing traffic to it.
Now it’s time to monetize your site! 🙂
There are many ways to monetize your website, but I recommend you to go for Affiliate marketing which is absolutely the best and most profitable way to make money by just selling other people’s products.
Remember that you should promote affiliate products that are relevant to your niche, for instance for soccer boots niche I would obviously promote football boots, Amazon has a lot of products you can promote and earn commissions from.
Google AdSense might be a good option for you, you need to place relevant ads and earn from clicks, people make good money with this one too.
But Affiliate marketing remains the best money making method.
Your website is up with some great content and traffic, now you need to keep finding keywords and writing fresh content regularly.
Usually, you start getting a strong consideration from Google in four to seven months, therefore have lots of traffic from their popular search engine.
When you have traffic you can enjoy the conversion and your hard work that is starting to pay off.
I hope you know how to start an online business with this step by step guide.
I highly recommend you to join Wealthy Affiliate because they are the best place to start an online business that is designed to succeed, I have written a review about it to show you how amazing is.
If you have any type of question don’t forget to drop a comment below, I will be more than happy to help you with anything 🙂
Great info here! Have always wanted to start my own Internet business and finally I can see the Process clearly!
Glad you liked it John! Thanks for dropping by 😀
Hey Anis, great guide! It’s simple and easy to follow and covers a lot at the same time. There’s so much detail, especially in explaining Jaxxy. Sometimes I forget how to use it to find the good ones. lol
I had to share to Twitter and g+.
Keep it up man!
Glad you liked it, thank you so much for sharing man! I really appreciate it 🙂 Jaaxy is an amazing keyword tool! Thanks for dropping by Seth 😀
Thanks for this detailed map of how to start your own online business! You have laid everything out, we just need to fill in the blanks. I can’t wait to keep reading your posts, and I really enjoy all of your reviews. You are a great guide!
Thank you Katie for your kind words, glad you liked it and have a great day 🙂
OO a fantastic post mate on how to start an online business. It is rammed full of useful information that I think will help me and many many others decide what it is exactly that needs to be done. Thanks for this post!
You are Welcome Simon! 🙂 Glad you liked it
Great post mate on how to start your own business with WA, I am currently in the process of starting my own business on WA myself. This is a well-structured guide and for anyone looking for a future in this should follow this step by step guide.
Keep up the good work mate
Hey Joshua thank you and wish you success in your Wealthy Affiliate adventure! 🙂
Such a great guide for people getting started! Must have taken so much time and effort to put it together. It is clear that you care about the people who become your referrals. They are lucky to have you on their side! – Joy
Yes Joy, it was not very easy to put together, hopefully people will find it useful 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day 🙂
Thanks for the information Anis. Very well done! I wish you luck in your efforts!
You are welcome Adam, Thanks for dropping by 😀