A lot of people do not know what to do when they first start out in Internet Marketing. The beginning in Internet Marketing is something you'll end up repeating over and over again as you get more ideas and want to do another site. So you've just gotten a great Internet Marketing ebook or other book on it and want to jump right in. Where do you start?
There are a couple of ways to actually start, depending on what you're aiming to do. The best of these, in my opinion, is to get your own domain and have it hosted. There are some great hosting companies out there. DreamHost and 1and1 are some good ones out there. Some reason why you need your own domain is that you have full control over what happens there. You can change things to your liking and try new things if certain approaches prove to not work.
The other site alternative is to get a free Weblog and use that to make money. Since you do not need to know how the codes work, just type and submit updates become much easier. It's at a cost of versatility even if the blog service allows for everything to be changed. The purpose of getting the blog is typically to promote an affiliate's product while starting out, until you are comfortable enough with the process to start selling your own things or moving into other avenues of Internet Marketing. Blogs are probably the cheapest way to go in the beginning. MoneyForBlogging provides a more detailed course and ways to go that I will not cover here.
The idea here is that you need a "base of operations" of sorts. Somewhere you can promote a number of things, try new approaches and advertising, and test your site again and again until you find the best possible version that connects more customers for you most often. It gives you a home base to try new things from and tweak what you're working on. If you decide to create an ebook you can sell it off your site, or promote an affiliate product there, you could use it to build your own mailing list. It is not a "free" step in Internet Marketing, but it does not take long to see with a brief search on the search engines for this field shows all the experts, gurus, and even normal people succeeding online bit the bullet and got their own domain. Now, all you need is an idea of what to promote.
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