Previous articles have given an overview of the things you must consider before you even begin your career as an internet marketer. It may have seemed a bit overwhelming. So many options, so many business systems, so many methods to explore, so much to learn. I have emphasized that you must have a plan. A fully laid out plan that leads from A to B to C and builds upon itself as you complete each task.
It is here that many an internet marketer fails before they start. They figure they will learn as they go along.
This is very true. You do learn as you go along. You learn all sorts of terms that are specific to internet marketing. Keywords. Traffic. Domains. Hosting. PPC. PPV. CPA. The internet is replete with acronyms. And they all fit somewhere into your internet marketing strategy. But where?
As you begin on the internet it is easy to be distracted by each new, bright thing which is sent to you in your email. I can guarantee that once you start searching the internet for ways to create passive income in your life, you will begin to receive emails from friends you didn’t even know you had. All offering you access to the newest, most powerful internet marketing system you will ever find.
I have spoken of this inter-relatedness among websites and marketers previously. Buying their products is a learning experience. They will all teach you something. At the bottom end, they will teach you not to buy products from, or believe anything this person tells you, ever again. At the top end, they will expand your useful knowledge and give you strategies and methods that enhance your online efforts. The thing to ask before purchasing any sparkling new internet promise, is whether it is helpful to you, right now, in your present position. Buying a product that promises truckloads of traffic to your website doesn’t help if you don’t yet have a website.
This is the problem that breaks many a new interent marketer. A haphazard approach that takes a bit of this from here and a bit of that from there and hoping they fit together somehow. It is a learning experience. A slow learning experience. But internet marketing, in all its many shapes and models, has been done successfully by many people all over the world. Many of them offer to help you, (for a price!) to achieve similar success. Be aware of where you are on your journey. If you are brand new and just beginning, a product that integrates your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, blogs and websites into one awesome online presence is probably a bit advanced.
I keep saying it. You need a plan. And you need to follow the plan. Take action. Complete tasks. Build an online, passive income brick by brick.
In these articles, I will commence at the beginning and we will work our way, brick by brick, through a simple internet marketing plan. If you are already a genius at this, then these articles will not be for you. If you are just starting out and would like some guidance, perfect. If you want to skip ahead and see the entire overview, click the link in the author’s box at the bottom and download the free plan immediately.
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To begin at the beginning.
Keywords. What are keywords and why do I care?
The easiest definition of keywords to understand is that they are the search terms which people use to find information on the internet. Keywords range from very broad terms, such as “diets” to very specific terms such as “diabetic diets for children under ten”. Keywords are used to discover what sort of traffic is searching for these terms each day or month. Lots of searches equals lots of people looking for these keywords. This is good. However, the other side to the coin is, in many niches, the competition jostling for these keywords is huge.
For example, you are considering selling / creating a product that targets internet marketing. Google those two words and you find there are around 187,000,000 sites that respond to that keyword. I hope your little site is going to be awesome to compete with gurus with massive audiences, massive reach and massive marketing budgets, who have been doing this for years.
To get a feel for keywords and what they tell you before the next article, I suggest you think of some of your hobbies, interests, needs and desires and write down words that relate to them. Then add more specific words to these broad categories. For example: