Make Money Online – 10 Essential Skills You Need to Master
Many internet marketers sell the dream of make money online while having plenty of time to enjoy life with family and friends. Hundreds of products are released which teachers one how to achieve this kind of financial freedom. However, customers are disappointed after finding out it's not as easy as it looks.
That's because there's no "ONE" secret formula to achieve this. You need to master a lot of skills – which means work.
Here are 10 skills you need to know to successfully make money online. If you make the effort to master them, there's no way you can fail.
1. Get A Business Planned
Instead of trying every trick in the book to make money such as creating a Squidoo lens to drive traffic to your affiliate program and creating a niche website to get an advertisement, get a business plan.
Decide what online business you want, what market it targets and then go all out to make this plan work. Do not get distracted by other opportunities such as the latest software, the latest social marketing technique, a new business model or the hot looking neighbor who just moved next door 🙂
Planning is essential for you to succeed. You need to plan your daily tasks as well as the overall business.
2. Create Your Offers
With your online business, create a main offer to sell to your prospects. Make this offer something that appeals to the majority of people and is affordable.
Then continuously create new offers which you can sell to your customers in the backend. If you have an offer which is better than your main offer, then try testing it.
By regularly coming up with new offers, you may hit one which sells like a Transformers 2 movie.
You definitely need this skill if you want to run a business online. You need to write with every chance you have. In forums, your own blog and other people's blogs, your report, your eBook etc …
If you can write and write well, you're halfway there to succeed online.
Writing well means content which is grammatically right and is interesting to read with good information. As the saying goes … "The keyboard is mightier than a billboard".
There are many tasks in running an online business. You can not do them all by yourself. You need to find good freelancers who you can outsource the work to.
Tasks like, updating your website, hiring a superb ghostwriter like me, monitoring your sales conversion and generating traffic.
The more you outsource tasks and free up your time, the more time you can spend on coming up with new offers, improvements and how to annoy your parents.
5. Building your list of subscribers
The majority of your tasks should be focused on collecting email addresses from prospects. You need to master the skill of creating squeeze pages, pop-ups, slide in pop ups and any other annoying ways to capture the visitor's email.
The bigger the list you have, the more chances of people buying from you via the emails you send them.
You need to know how to test everything on your website. For example, how well the offer does, the response to your sales letter, your headlines, the images you put on your website, the location of your optin form etc …
Test the essential things in your business because they make a huge difference to your sales. You may have an image that distracts the prospect from buying. Removing this image may increase sales by 10%. You will not know if you do not test.
Needless to say, you have to be good at marketing. This involves accepting that you are a salesman and that you're not afraid to market your business and sell.
Every chance you get you should market your business and yourself. Tell everyone about it. Come up with interesting things that will get people's attention.
Learn tricks like pay per click, blogging, buying solo ads etc .. Ask yourself before going to bed, have you annoyed enough people with your marketing today.
Running an online business does not mean you have to be a nerd alone behind a computer. You need to skillful at building relationships with other online business owners.
When you want to promote a product, you can leverage these relationships by asking them to be your affiliate or ask them for advice.
Get online in forums and blogs and develop some relationships. Help each other out. This is the fastest way to success, depending on who you know of course. Scratch their backs and they'll scratch yours.
You need to continue motivate yourself. The more motivated you are, the more work you'll get done and the better quality you'll produce.
You also need to motivate your staff or freelancers. Without motivation, the quality of work dies. Your freelancer half way across the globe needs stimulating as well. Send them a funny YouTube video now and again and tell them how fantastic they are even if you do not mean it.
10. Being Modest
Always be modest with your business. Never think that people's decision does not matter. Take all advice and think about it. You will never know everything. Admit that there are many people who are smarter than you.
If someone tells you that your product sucks, do not ignore him. If someone says your marketing is boring, ask them for more details.
If you master these 10 basic skills, it's only a matter of time before you will make money online (lots of it) and live the life which hard working people will hate you for.