Education – Learning is everything.
Do you want to learn all about building a website to make money online as well as content, email marketing, and affiliate marketing?
There are many ways to do this. There is the hard way or the easy way.
Whichever way you choose, please bear in mind that there is no way to get rich quick. The internet is a huge marketplace and to be seen takes a lot of time and darn hard work.
The Hard Way
The hard way to learn, completely free takes a lot of time and effort. You can read every blog that you can get your hands on, read books, join email lists, scour YouTube and Google, follow influencers on social media, join social media groups and forums.
You will need to make a lot of notes and will often forget as quickly as you learn as there is so much information available, old and new, and it can become overwhelming.
You can test theories and find out from trial and error which path will give you the best results.
While it is advisable to do a little research this way, just to give you some different points of view, it can also be helpful to know who to listen to if your time is limited.
The Easy Way
You can follow the path that other successful people have taken. The challenge is discovering whether that path will work for you too.
It is easy to create something and talk about making it big. You can even photograph yourself in front of a big house or a fancy car – but does that really make someone successful?
Many online entrepreneurs will quote gross income figures, but not tell you exactly what expenses they have incurred and how much is left over to spend as wages.
Turn over is not left over. Always have an open mind when considering the path you should take.
Let us start with the hard way
Tip one -find free information?
There are many places to find free information. Some of it is old and outdated and you do need to keep looking at the date the content was created and compare with more recent content to ensure that the advice is still relevant.
The rules of the internet are continually changing and if people do not regularly update their content you could be following the wrong path.
I suggest that you join some Facebook groups on the subjects that you are
It is one-way people can get their offers in front of potential customers. This is fine, but be aware of the purpose of these advertisements. It is to attempt to get people to buy into the proposed offer.
I do recommend that you join every list, get every free book or report offered and attend some webinars.
The first trick
Do not pay for every course you come across. Remember most information you will come across has been created for the purpose of making money for the creator. This can be through affiliate links, email marketing, courses, and other digital products. Research every suggestion and when you have a better idea of what courses are available that can benefit you – only then consider purchasing.
Tip 2 – Haunt YouTube
Next step is to head over to YouTube.
There are so many people constantly putting out content.
Two excellent channels that I have gained a lot of benefit from are Neil Patel and Income School. The later has a course called Project 24, which I believe is an excellent choice for a step by step education to teach you to create a website.
You can find my review of Project 24 on this page. Yes, I am an affiliate for this course, please bookmark it for consideration later.
YouTube is also a sales channel. Webinars are mostly for the purpose of promoting a product or service. It does not mean that this is bad, just be aware that every business online or offline will try to sell their product or service to make money. A business needs to make money or it will wither and die.
Tip 3 – Do sort through all the information.
A lot of information is repeated, and some of it is out of date. Be careful to always look at the date the video was produced. Sometimes the information is good but could be a little out of date.
This is why you should find out everything that you possibly can then sort through it later. Every so often someone will give you one idea that changes the way you see things.
You will soon discover that there are heaps of people all selling this week’s ‘great idea” – be it getting an email list, some new piece of software, promoting a book or seminar, or perhaps selling an idea to a business outside of the internet. If you don’t take up the option this week, they will try something else next week.
Always remember that the purpose of an email list is to help guide people, and make money from recommending options. Whilst it is no different to advertising a product on television you must remember that you will be marketed to.
I was watching a free webinar and the presenter was showing how to market to a list. This includes upsells, down-sells, cross-sells and any other sell you can think of. The larger ticket items are the seminars and courses available.
Most webinars are designed to sell you a particular software or course. However, they often give you some general tips that are helpful to a newbie.
When I first started I was looking at Amazon as a means of selling products I joined every Amazon list I could on Facebook, followed similar people on Twitter and other social media platforms.
I decided to move away from that idea and into blogging. As a result, I extended my criteria to include blogging, websites and all types of internet marketing.
Tip 4 – Consider this.
How many entrepreneurs are successful marketers rather than successful businesses?
If you were earning tens of thousands of dollars a month, what would you do?
My thought process on most of these products is that if I was earning $10,000 a month or more online – I wouldn’t be selling a course, or doing seminars every couple of days – I would be out enjoying the proceeds of my earnings and employing others to sell my product for me. Wouldn’t you?
I know that there are some internet millionaires who sell personal coaching and programs because they are workaholics and love what they do. However, sorting out the successful from the pretenders is also a big task.
Always search on Google for information on every such leader and remember there will also be affiliate marketers who are ‘selling’ their course. Be sure to find plenty of information on each leader or program.
Some people do create a course and advertise, but look at the way they promote. Analyze whether you think this person is helping or selling. Remember anyone can take a photo of a mansion, it does not mean that they own it.
Now for the easy way.
Tip five – Education is important.
There are some programs that I recommend as they offer the basics of education and business building,
I recommend that you take your time learning, maybe get a website up and running then see what you need. Marketing yourself and your website can be done in many ways.
Don’t be too quick to join every new you-beaut way to make money. Chasing shiny objects can lead you down the garden path quickly.
In order to get my website built, I chose Wealthy Affiliate and have used this to rebuild the websites for my offline business. The website I paid good money for three years ago was fine for my needs until now, however, it costs money every time I want to make some structural changes. Also, the hosting and security charges were twice that of Wealthy Affiliate which will host 50 websites for me for one fee. Being a member of Wealthy Affiliate saves me a lot of money.
Wealthy Affiliate not only teaches you to build a website, but it also hosts it for you and teaches you to market your website.
WordPress has a lot of advantages and it is easy to use.
With a WordPress website which Wealthy Affiliate is an education website for, I can easily get a free plugin to make the changes I need or adjust the design and layout of my website. Today, for example, I added a ‘contact me’ page to my website. It took a whole 5 minutes to learn how and apply the training.
So easy. Here is a link to how to build a website in 30 seconds. This will show you how simple it is. You will need to supply your email address to look at this, but no credit card details.
Watching this video will help you understand what this educational site is all about. Just sign up for a free account, no obligation and have a look around.
As a free starter member, you get access to the first level of training to build a website. You also have access to member blogs which provide a lot of information about a host of topics relating to websites and marketing.
I have done a complete review of Wealthy Affiliate. When you have watched the video, please have a quick look at my review. I’m sure that you will be impressed.
Go slow and don’t rush the learning process.
I wrote a post about my learning process and how I continue to rework my training. You may find this helpful.
As I find more options and courses to consider I will share them in future blog posts.
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