Stefan’s Guide on How to Become an Internet Marketer

How to become an internet marketerIn this article, you will learn how to become an internet marketer. But before You keep on reading, let me ask you an important question.

Are you patient and hard working? If so, you are in the right place as both personal attributes are crucial to your success.

Now, if you are not, then I hope by the end of this article you will have the motivation to change your mindset and do whatever it takes! After all, this can be your only chance to fire your boss and live life on your OWN terms.

So, let’s get moving!

This is what I’ll be covering in this guide:

  1. Why Become an Internet Marketer?
  2. What is Internet Marketing?
  3. The Process to Become an Internet Marketer (4 Essential Steps)
  4. How I Started – My Training, Support, and Tools

By the end of this article, you will have understood how to set up the foundation for your online business, how internet marketers make their commissions, and how to give your first steps.

You will be surprised how straightforward the process is!

However, I must begin this article saying that it will take commitment and hard work. You will not earn $3000 next week, not next month and most probably not next year. After reading this article, however, I truly believe you will have enough motivation to get all the benefits of working from home.

Believe me, if you don’t give up, you WILL succeed!


1.Why Become an Internet Marketer? Freedom!

 

Most internet marketers will tell they are in search of freedom.Woman with backpack in forest

Freedom, in this context, means the possibility to earn money without:

  1. Working for somebody else
  2. Depending on a brick and mortar business

The power of internet marketing comes from these great advantages:

  • It is considered one of the most inexpensive ways to build a real business
  • You can reach millions of people all over the world
  • People can access and buy from your promotional efforts 24/7
  • You don’t need to deal with customers, stock, suppliers, employees, expensive equipment or inventories
  • You can work whenever and wherever you want – All you need is a computer with an internet connection.

The best thing is that you can create your online business dedicated to what you are truly passionate about! So, it doesn’t feel like work at all.


2. What is Internet Marketing? 

 

In short, Internet marketing is the process of using a website, email or social media (Facebook, Tweeter, Youtube) as a platform to promote or advertise brands, products or services.

When I turned 30, I discovered the power of internet marketing, and I knew it could change my life forever!

I found out that instead of acting like a user or a consumer all the time, I could be the author of the information people are looking for.

By creating an informative website, I could recommend and advertise quality products to earn high commissions!

Articles that I wrote months or years ago will continue to generate revenue for years and years. I call it passive income!

So, how does it work? Check out in the next section!


3. The Process to Become an Internet Marketer

The process is simple as you can see below:

Infographic - process to become an internet marketing
Infographic – The process to become an internet marketing

You will build a website and write content focusing on one particular audience. As there is always a product that your audience is interested about, you can use the space on your website to promote it.

Next, I am going to show you each step in detail.

STEP 1 – Choose an Interest 

 

The first step is deciding the type of audience you will be helping. Are they looking for baby food, video games, healthy diets, guitars, ways to make money online? You got the point. In other words, you will decide on your niche market.

When choosing a niche, ask yourself these question

  • Does it relate to me somehow?
  • Is it linked to a hobby?
  • Can I incorporate my talents, experience, and skills?
  • Can I really help people?
  • Am I going to feel comfortable writing regularly about it?
  • Can I recommend related products that I think are awesome?

Every niche is profitable! But I always encourage people to start with something that they enjoy. You don’t want to spend hours researching and writing on a topic that makes you feel bored to death. It won’t work for you!

Don’t be put off if you are not completely sure right now. You can still create a subdomain website and change your website’s topic later on. The important thing is that you start placing your foundation and start learning, as explained in section 5.

 

 Step 2 – Build A Website

 

The starting point for the majority of internet marketers is a website. It is, to date,  the most efficient platform through which you can connect with your audience by proving valuable content and answering questions. Consequently, it is the most effective and long-lasting way to earn money online!

Your website is your business, a platform to help people and your unique piece of art! All in one place.

In order to build your website you need three components

  1. DOMAIN: This is the URL or the web address of your website. It also represents your brand. You can buy a domain for as low as $10/year at Namecheap.com
  2. HOSTING: This is a place where all of your website’s content will be stored. You can find cheap hosting services at Hostgator and GoDaddy. However, Wealthy Affiliate offers a much better value for money because it includes necessary tools, training and community that will certainly benefit your business.
  3. PLATFORM: A website builder software, such as WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Weebly among others.

Owning a website gives you an online presence! That’s how you get noticed by thousands of people that are searching in Google, Bing and Yahoo.

In section 5 I explain exactly where you can build you website for free.

 

Step 3 – Get Rankings and Visitors

 

Being found in the search engines is crucial. If you have no idea what this opportunity represents, this is a number to remember:

5.000.000.000

This is the number of searches performed in Google in a single day! Every time someone performs a search it is a chance for your website to be found.

Now, pay close attention to what I am about to say.

If your articles get ranked on the first page of Google, you can experience a high volume of visitors (traffic) to your website. More visitors mean more opportunity for people clicking your affiliate links and generating commissions for you.

A big challenge for every internet marketer is to get ranked in the top positions!  Everyone wants to be on the top, but not everyone deserves to be there.

You have to prove to Google your articles deserve, right? How?

There are many factors involved, but these are keyvital factors that you need to understand for now.

1.QUALITY CONTENT: You need to provide the answer your readers are looking for. But giving a partial answer is not sufficient. You need to give your unique perspective about the topic, be as thorough as you can and strive for creativity. Additionally, maintain your pages optimized for SEO and always check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

2.CONSISTENCY: Google will not start ranking your articles on top positions until he recognizes your commitment in offering quality content. This means that you need to add content on a regular basis. The minimum I suggest is once a week. However, if you want to see quicker results, try to post at least twice a week. But remember, don’t let quality goes down the drain just for the sake of quantity.

 3.KEYWORD RESEARCH: Choosing good keywords (words people look for in the search engines) is essential for higher rankings. A good keyword has a relatively low competition and a decent number of searches per month. These are numbers that you really need to go after before start writing.

 

Step 4 – Earn Revenue

 

There are many ways to earn money with your website, but affiliate marketing is the best way according to many experts.

Most companies that sell products online have what we call affiliate programs. Some examples include huge companies like Amazon, Wallmart (US), Argos (UK), Microsoft, Canon, Sony Best Buy and even small, start-up companies.

Imagine any product that you can buy online! YES, you can find an affiliate program for that!

So, when you have your website up and running, you can apply to be an affiliate. You will receive a link (a particular type of URL) that is unique to you. Every time someone clicks that link, the person will land on the companies’ website, and if they buy something, you earn a commission.

 

Here is an example: 

You set up a website about cycling as it’s your hobby and you can promote a broad range of products. So, cycling your niche market, perfect!

You know there is a real demand for fitness gadgets nowadays, not just for cyclists but for anybody who wants to track their heart rate, calorie burn and exercise performance. So, you decide to do a review, let’s say Microsoft Band 2.

Your reader enjoys what he reads, clicks on your affiliate link and is directed to the Amazon store.

Example of commission using the Amazon affiliate program
Example of commission using the Amazon affiliate program

As Amazon pays an average of 6%, you will earn $12 if the person buys the product! Do you think this is not that much?

If you make seven sales per week, that’s $336 per month.

So, it is $336/month for writing one piece of article that may have taken 2 hours to write.  I think it is not that bad at all! Remember that this money can go to your bank account every month. Essentially, you have built an ASSET that is paying you over and over again.

You can repeat the process as much as you like and write hundreds of reviews.

Other ways to make money

Later, you can take your business to the next level with email marketing, sending informative emails to your subscribers together with your affiliate offers. But it is imperative that you build a website first. That’s how people will know and trust you!

Other two traditional ways are:

  • Using advertisement – you get paid every time people click on your ad banners. As the payment is usually very low, you need to have a huge number of visitors to your website to see a decent result.
  • Creating and selling your own digital product – This is powerful because all the profit goes straight to your pocket. Again, most people start with a website and sell their creations at a later stage.

 


4. How I Started!

 

All The Training, Support, and Tools in one Place!

 

I know there are too much information and too many paths to follow from here. But there is a platform that can provide a well-structured training, support, and tools to succeed online. It is called Wealthy Affiliate. 

So here is what I did!

1. Signed up for FREE with Wealthy Affiliate – No Credit Card was required.

Wealthy Affiliate sign up page
Wealthy Affiliate sign up page

 

2. Added a short description about myself and uploaded my least ugly picture 🙂

 

My profile inside Wealthy Affiliate
My profile inside Wealthy Affiliate

 

3. Started the FREE Step-by-Step Entrepreneur Certification Course – This course is essential for a strong foundation in internet marketing.

 

10 lessons of the online entrepreneur certification
The ten lessons of the online entrepreneur certification

 

4. Built my website completely FREE of charge: subdomain, hosting, and website builder included. 

 

Simple process to build a website
Simple process to build a website inside Wealthy Affiliate

Starting with a free domain is superb because you can set up your website, start writing content and play with ideas before purchasing your a permanent domain.

If you decide to become a premium WA member, you can then transfer all of your work with a simple click!

As a free member, you can build to 2 subdomain websites for life! Which means you can work with them for as long as you wish, get rankings in the search engines and earn commissions.

 

5. Set up important plugins as instructed and created my first three pages with WordPress: “Who is Stefan,” “Privacy Policy” and my first article entitled Welcome to My Room is My Office.”

 

Screenshot from WordPress
Screenshot from WordPress

 

6.Received fantastic support from the owners Kyle and Carson as well as from many helpful people, including highly successful internet marketers.

Screenshot of live chat, private messages and questions
Different forms of support and interaction

 

Not sure if Wealthy Affiliate is the right place for you?

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As you could see, becoming an internet marketer is not that complicated. I need to highlight that this is far from a get rich scheme. Building a website and turning it into a profitable business requires a lot of dedicated time and effort.

However, I consider that all the benefits mentioned in this article make the internet marketing an attractive business model to pursue.

 I hope this article clarified the process to become an internet marketer. If you have any questions or thoughts, just leave me a message below.

Your friend

Stefan

14 thoughts on “Stefan’s Guide on How to Become an Internet Marketer”

  1. Becoming an internet marketer has great appeal. First, the cost of entry is low, almost zero if done properly. Also, anyone – I mean anyone can do it. As you say in this post, weave your internet enterprise around your passions, then it won’t be work – it’ll be fun.

    1. Hi Mike! Thanks for the encouragement. It is really great the idea of making money while talking about something you enjoy. I can say for myself. I truly like explaining and showing people everything I learn about internet marketing. When I am writing, the time goes by so quickly that I wanted the day to be much longer. Indeed, it doesn’t feel work at all. Specially because I am in the comfort of my home and there is nobody to give me headaches. Thanks for your comment and I wish you all the best!

  2. Hi Stefan

    I really like that picture that Steve took of his office. Maybe one day we both can have an office like that LOL.

    I am also a member at Wealthy Affiliate and the training is great. It is hard work, but it works. I also follow the same guide as what you are explaining here.

    1. Hi Viljoen, Indeed, Steve’s picture is very inspiring. For me, the biggest motivation is to earn money without depending on any employer and also the possibility to work from anywhere! I am living in a very expensive city because of my job now and I would love to relocate to a cheaper place, even to a different country. Becoming an internet marketing is choosing a highly flexible lifestyle. It is not only about the money, but also about the freedom to choose what to do with your time. I am also Glad I found Wealthy Affiliate because it gave me a solid foundation to become an internet marketer, and I keep learning stuff every single day! Thanks for your comment and I wish you good luck with your business!

  3. I really love the potential for freedom as an internet marketer. I really like the thought of being able to work from anywhere in the world! This is a great opportunity for those who want to break out of the traditional 9-5 work schedule and also, you can do something you love!

    Thanks for the motivation!

    1. Being able to be anywhere is what motivates me most Philip. I feel like I will never give up from this possibility, because it is worth more than any money in this world. It means power to control your life.I am glad you are following the same dream. I can assure you that being a successful internet marketer is something achievable for anyone with determination. It just takes time. Keep doing a good job in helping your audience and give one step at a time. Good luck Philip!

  4. It seems like everyone has a website these days. I feel like the market is saturated with websites and affiliate marketers. Going online and browsing a topic is often information overload for me. Wealthy Affiliate looks like a great tool to help but how do you stand out from the competition to get your message heard?

    1. Hi Shannon, It may look like the internet is completely saturated and that there is no more space for newbies. However, in every niche market you look, you will see great opportunities untapped. The number os internet users is growing day by day and people are more inclined to buying online. When you are deciding on a topic to write about, you first need to perform keyword research and see the number of competition you are going to face on the search engines. The idea is to find a keyword with a good number of monthly searches and low competition. You will stand out from the crowd by offering quality and unique content. You need to see what gaps you can fill that other are not covering on their articles. If you are consistently adding valuable content, over time you will build up more and more authority to rank high on the search engines. At the end of the day, it a combination of persistence, diligence, personal touch and creativity. Strive for them and you will increase significantly your chances to succeed. Most importantly, never give up! I hope that helps

  5. Hey Stefan!

    I am definitely hard working and patient, so becoming an internet marketer would be my ideal career path 🙂

    I really do love the thought of freedom because we shouldn’t be tied down to a job. Steve’s office is simply amazing and stress-free at the same time. And I’m sure many people would love an office like that!

    WOW! The process for becoming and online marketer and starting up a biz really does seem so simple. It’s about time somebody made a step-by-step guide on how it’s done because I finally have a real direction.

    Thanks!
    Neil

    1. Hi Neil, thanks for your comment. In the beginning what we do in our him office will be very little compared to our 9-5 office. The big difference is that every time we sit down to write an article, we are working for ourselves and creating a business from scratch. This business will grow and pay js residual income, which is completely different for our day job. Our online business will pay us not for the hours we work, but for the quality content we made in the past… It will keep paying for years! the freedom it provides is amazing, I have to agree. That’s the biggest motivation for us internet marketers. All the bestStefan Hkkj

      1. Hey I just have one issue that I see as a potential obstacle to being a successful internet marketer. Don’t you have to be somewhat famous to have an audience? I mean I feel like with the large selection of websites to choose from, even on one specific subject, how would I stand out and draw attention to myself?

        1. Hi, Jackie! I had the same thought when I started. I always thought that I should be somewhat famous and influential so that people would visit my website. That’s not the case.

          Most people have no idea who wrote an article. Yet, they find these articles on Google or Yahoo, read them, and eventually purchase something that will generate commissions for the internet marketer.

          SO, let me explain briefly how you will become a successful internet marketer.

          First of all, everybody starts from Zero… I had no more than 5 visitors/day on my website during the first 5 months. That’s when most people give up, but I kept going and my audience increase from 5 to 300/day during the last 7 months!

          What have I done differently? Nothing, I just kept writing content as my training guided me.

          When you type something on Google and press enter, what do you do afterwards? Most likely, you will just focus on the first entries and give preference for the first articles, am I right? Why? Because you trust Google will pick the relevant and reliable articles and show them right at the top.

          When you visit that article, you probably realise you’ve never seen the website before, nor you have any idea who the author is.

          So, you don’t need to be famous, you just need to write engaging and helpful content on your website AND target low competition keywords (terms/phrases that people search on Google). In time, Google will place more trust (authority) to your website as a whole, and as a result, your articles will jump to higher positions for those specific terms.

          This is a gradual process that really works!

          The more articles you have on the first page of Google, the more your number of daily visitors.

          I have many articles on the first page, and they are far from a masterpiece. I just try to write thoroughly and choose terms that people search but don’t have too much competition. That’s the key strategy!

          If you want to put in practice everything that I explained to you, I highly recommend the step by step course and website builder at Wealthy Affiliate. WA is also a great community where I keep learning internet marketing and helping other people on their journey as well. Click here – the link will take you to the free sign up page.

          I hope that helps, and please, feel free to ask me any other question you might have.

          All the best
          Stefan

  6. I like how you take the straightforward approach of telling people what they should expect before building an online business. A lot of internet marketers like to hype things up and promise great profits from the get go, but you take the honest approach.

    Financial and location freedom are the reasons I started to work online, and I’m well on my way to achieve real financial freedom. It’s reassuring when you know you have another income source even if you unfortunately get retrenched.

    1. I am glad internet marketing is helping you achieve your dreams Edward. I also started with the dream of working remotely and free from the 9-5 grind. Considering all the positive aspects of building an online business, I think it’s worth every time spent on it. Earning passive income from the computer is something really powerful, so I encourage everyone to follow this opportunity.

      Thanks for your positive feedback on my approach. My mission is to lead people in the best direction possible when it comes to making money online.

      All the best
      Stefan

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