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Steps To Earn Extra Income From A Legitimate Online Business

May 26, 2008
All you need is a computer and internet connection to start a legitimate online business, but building a business to the point that you earn extra income is where the challenge, work and excitement begin.

Disillusionment often sets in when they have not made any extra income after a few days or weeks of starting their legitimate online business, but that is mainly because they are unaware of the steps to take to actually market the business and the time that it takes to build a business online.

The business building process never stops and if you can appreciate that you will need to be continually building, learning, applying and marketing your online business then you will be well on your way to making extra income.

Building A Legitimate Online Business:

The whole building process is geared to attracting vast numbers of targeted visitors to your online business as you need to get your website in front of as many people as possible who are looking for what your business has to offer.

To earn extra income you need to make the presence of your business felt on the internet and this is the process of building that we will talk about here.

You need to have a means of building your list. You can do this by installing an auto-responder on your website and offering a free email newsletter. Your visitors will be able to subscribe to your newsletter and so you start the list building process. This will enable you to also send your list members broadcast messages from time to time.

An important factor is to ensure that your website is optimized for the search engines with your chosen keywords so that you can start building back-links to your website and achieve good rankings in the search engine resulting in free targeted traffic.

It is advisable to use a variety of proven internet marketing methods to make the presence of your legitimate online business felt on the internet.

Building back-links to your website is what is needed to give you better rankings in the search engines and a very effective way of achieving this is by writing and submitting articles to the article directories on a regular consistent basis, using the author resource box to anchor your keyword phrase to your website.

Article marketing can be totally free if you have the time to write and submit. If you are short of time you can always hire a ghostwriter to write your articles and invest in an article submitter or submission service for submitting your articles.

You can also exchange links with other websites to build your link popularity as well as submit your website to the online directories. Constructively posting in forums with a link to your website in your signature will add more back-links to your site.

Social bookmarking and blogging are quick ways to spread the word about your business. Pay per click advertising is another way to get almost instant targeted traffic.

Add Unique Content To Your Website:

As far as your actual website or blog is concerned it is important to continually add new and unique content, not only to please the search engines but to add interest to your site as well. You can continually expand your website by adding new pages which target different keywords, thus attracting different visitors. Monitor your rankings in the search engines for your chosen keywords and keep an eye on your competition and make adjustments to your site where necessary.

As the presence of your legitimate online business starts to be felt on the internet the volume of traffic to your website will steadily increase and if this is not happening, you know that you need to do more of the above disciplines.

Maintaining Your Website:

Be sure to regularly maintain your website by way of checking that all your links are working. Keep your website current and add more up-to-date features. Check your download time. Remove unnecessary links.

Tweaking Your Website:

There may come a time that you are receiving a lot of traffic to your website but you are still not making an income online. What now?

This is when you need to take a serious look at your website. Are you offering what you promised in your adverts? Is your website displaying offers or adverts from other websites that are distracting your customers? Do you have a call to action section? Can your visitors easily find what they are looking for? Is your website easy to navigate? Do you have irritating flashing banners on your site? Are you asking your visitors to fill out too many forms or lengthy surveys? Are you offering too much information or non-relevant content? Are you giving your visitors too many options?

Some forums have a section where you can submit your website for a review. A good idea would be to go back to the forums where you have been posting and submit your site for a review, explain the problems you are experiencing and request honest feedback to help you solve the problem. You could join an SEO forum as well and submit your site for a review from a more specialized point of view.

Earning extra income:

As you can see from the above, there are many factors involved in building a successful online business, but once you have reached the stage that your website is being viewed by a large number of people on a daily basis who are in the market for what your legitimate online business has to offer and your website is clear in its offerings, that is when you will start earning extra income.
About the Author
Cynthia Minnaar invites you to visit her legitimate online business where she will share extra income ideas with you. Discover the internet business start-up idea that enables her now to work full time from home.
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