So you want to be an online marketer, but don’t know where to start? Believe it or not, there’s an easy way to become a freelance web marketer without having to struggle through hundreds of poorly-written tutorials, crashing web design platforms, or wasting countless hours trying to figure out what tools and technologies you need to become successful.
In this article, we will teach you the steps to take to become an online marketer so you can focus on generating revenue and building a successful business instead of having to worry about the day-to-day operations of running a business.
Set Your Budget
To start your own online marketing business you’ll need to set a budget, but not a particularly large one. It’s preferable to have a budget between $1000-$2000 depending on how many months you plan on running the website. Having a small budget will help you avoid overspending and give you the freedom to experiment and try new things.
Decide On Your Niche
Now that you have a budget in place, you can focus on selecting a niche. Your niche will be the subject matter of your blog or website. It’s a good idea to do some research about the topic you’ve chosen before committing. Think about what are other marketers, experts, or competitors doing and whether or not your niche is a huge market with lots of demand for your product or service.
Pick A Web Hosting Provider
After you’ve chosen your niche, it’s time to choose a web hosting provider. There are several hosting providers that offer one-click installation for WordPress and other easy-to-use content management systems (CMS). Some web hosts offer additional features, such as free backups, which make them a little more cost-efficient. It’s also worth looking at the support they offer, as good web hosts will usually have skilled support teams standing by to help whenever you need them.
Once you’ve chosen your web host, it’s time to install WordPress. Installing WordPress is a one-click process, which you can do from your host’s control panel. From there, you can navigate to the WordPress directory and install the software. Once WordPress is installed, it’s time to set up your blog or website.
Domain Name And Website URL
Now that you have a WordPress install, you can register your domain name and create a website using the WordPress dashboard. To create a website, you’ll want to enter a memorable URL that reflects your brand. If you’re installing a one-click WordPress install, the domain name and URL will be pre-filled for you, but you can still edit the text.
Choose An Email Marketing Service
After you’ve set up your blog or website with a memorable URL, it’s time to choose an email marketing service. Your email marketing service will be the email software you use to send mass emails to your audience. There are several good, affordable choices available, such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, and HubSpot. If you’re looking for a free service, check out these email marketing tools.
Set Up Your Accounts
Once you’ve chosen your email marketing service, it’s time to set up your accounts. You’ll want to have a separate email account for your marketing activities and a separate PayPal account to receive payments for your work. Set up these accounts by following the instructions provided by your email marketing service.
Launch Your Website Or Blog
Now that you have all your accounts set up, it’s time to launch your website or blog. To do this, you’ll want to create a small blog post that contains the following elements;
- A compelling headline
- A short but sweet introduction to your blog post
- At least three compelling reasons to read the blog post
- A call to action in the form of a button, link, or some similar trigger
- A quote from someone important to support your argument (optional)
- An image of something relevant to the topic (optional)
- A conclusion
Once you’ve posted this article to your blog, it’s time to promote it. You can do this by sharing it on social media channels and letting your friends and followers know about it. You can also promote your blog post on forums like Reddit and Quora. And don’t forget to add your blog or website to your portfolio for employers and future co-workers to see.
As you can see, setting up a blog isn’t difficult. You just need to have the will to do it and a way to fund your initial activities. Once you get started, the benefits will become apparent. Not only will being a content creator give you the freedom to be as creative as you want, but you’ll also be able to generate more traffic, earn higher revenues, and achieve more success as an entrepreneur.