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Low Cost Ideas To Start An Internet Based Business

May 22, 2008
So many people these days are on a tight budget and are searching for low cost ways to start an internet based business to earn extra income. For those with very little money available starting a business online is certainly possible.

There are so many internet based business ideas to choose from so it is recommended that you spend some time doing research to find the low cost or free ways to get started, then searching for products to sell and promote your website using the free, yet highly effective internet marketing methods.

Those who are prepared to put in the time and work to start their own internet based business, even if they are on a tight budget, can turn it into a profitable venture. The internet abounds with free information. It is just a matter of searching for what you need on sites, forums, in e-books and articles.

1. Getting started

Firstly, it is recommended that you get your own website if you are going to start your own internet based business which means you will need to find a hosting company. You need to find a very reliable one so it is not something you want to skimp on. A free host is not recommended. You can also acquire a domain name at minimal cost.

An auto-responder is important to enable you to capture the email addresses of the visitors to your website who subscribe to your newsletter and in turn build your list. An auto-responder can be obtained free or on a monthly/annual charge.

Search on your favorite search engine and you will find that there are plenty of free templates available to enable you to build a website and also free e-books on search engine optimization that will show you how to select your keywords and optimize your website.

If, however, building a website is something you do not want to tackle at this stage then you could always start a Blog. Just do a search for free blogs and you are bound to find one.

A few internet based business opportunities provide you with a website that is set-up free on your own domain with a pre-installed auto-responder as well as the products ready to sell, so this option is well worth considering if you have no idea how to build a site, find a hosting company, install an auto-responder or locate products.

2. Choosing products or services to sell on your website.

By joining affiliate programs, most of which are free, will provide you with many products that you can start marketing by simply placing a text link or banner on your website. Some programs will pay you a higher commission on the sale of the products if you upgrade to a paying member. You can always wait until you start making money before ugrading.

A very popular site where you will find a huge selection of products to choose from is Clickbank and it is free to join and market the products. The commissions you receive vary from product to product.

Also another free source of products is the lead generation programs, which are free to join and offer a variety of programs that you can choose to promote. They pay you a few dollars for leads generated from the links and banners you place on your site.

3. Marketing your internet based business

The following internet marketing methods are highly effective and free so you will not have to buy leads or use the pay per click programs to attract customers.

Posting constructive comments in forums is not only a free way to advertise but also a way to make yourself known as an expert in your field. When you set up your forum signature be sure to add a link to your blog or website.

A great way to build back links to your website is by submitting your site to the free online directories. There are thousand of directories available and you just need to aim to submit to 10 daily.

Try and post on your own blog daily and comment on posts on other blogs too. Blogging is free it just takes time like any other internet marketing method.

One of the most highly effective methods of marketing online is article marketing, which will not cost you a dime if you are prepared to write your own articles and submit them to the article directories yourself.

An effective free way to drive traffic to your website is Social Networking.

4. Take action and get started

Being on a tight budget should not deter those who are willing to put in the time and work, as one can see from the above low cost ideas that it is possible to start, build and market an internet based business without having to spend much money at all.
About the Author
Cynthia Minnaar works full time online from home and invites you to visit her internet based business where she will share low cost start-up ideas with you. Find out more about the low cost internet business start-up idea that turned into reality for her.
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