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3 Simple Ways to Start Your Home Based Internet Business Right Now
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    2004-08-25

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    3 Simple Ways to Start Your Home Based Internet Business Right Now
    by Andrea Hayhurst

    So, you've finally decided to take that giant leap of faith and
    start your very own home based internet business. You've decided
    that it's finally time to step up to the plate and claim your share
    of all those internet riches you keep hearing about. Only problem
    is, now that you've finally made your decision, it seems like a
    pretty daunting task deciding what to do next. Using the term
    "information overload" to describe the problem seems like a huge
    understatement.

    Well, if you're really serious about starting your own home based
    internet business, the next step really doesn't have to be that
    difficult at all. There are 3 relatively simple ways to start making
    an online income and one of them is sure to fit your particular idea
    of what it is you would like to do. So, just relax, take a deep breath,
    and peruse the following list until you find something that strikes
    the right cord.

    1-Join One or Several Affiliate Programs

    This is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to get
    started making money online. The internet is full of products that
    have affiliate programs you can join and most of them pay generous
    commissions. When you join an affiliate program, you are simply making
    an agreement with the owner of a product that you will receive a
    commision in exchange for referring a prospect to that person's product
    (usually a sales page that you have sent the prospect to via your
    affiliate link) if that prospect ends up making a purchase.

    Start by choosing a product or service that you're interested in
    and then visit some of the websites which have achieved top rankings
    for the keywords which describe that topic. You're sure to find the
    top affiliate programs for that industry relatively quickly. Or, try
    visiting one of the many affiliate program directories (you can find
    them quickly enough in Google) and scan their listings and
    recommendations until you find something that appeals to you.

    This is a good one for newbies since you don't even need your own
    website to get started. You will, however, need to learn how to use
    the pay per clicks so you can get some targeted traffic to your
    affiliate link. Once you start generating some income from the pay
    per clicks, you can then start reinvesting some of your profits and
    get yourself set up with your own website. By that time the prospect
    of getting set up with your own website won't seem so daunting.

    2-Join a Residual Income Program

    Residual income programs are somewhat similiar to affiliate programs
    in that you typically get paid for referring a prospect to the
    program's website if that prospect decides to make a purchase.
    However, the difference lies in the fact that with these programs
    you also have the opportunity to earn a monthly recurring income if
    the prospect you refer becomes a paying member of the residual income
    opportunity program. For example, I belong to one of these programs
    myself. If a prospect comes to my website and clicks on a link which
    takes them to the sales page for the product and they buy, then I get
    a commission. However, if that prospect also decides to become a
    member of the residual income opportunity program, then I get a check
    every month as long as that prospect remains a member of that program.

    People tend to be skeptical of these programs and get them confused
    with pyramid schemes. The way to tell if one of these programs is a
    pyramid scheme is to simply determine if the company in question offers
    a real honest to goodness product or service. If so, it cannot be
    classified as a pyramid scheme and you should be okay. Don't be scared
    off by the fact that you will most likely have to pay a monthly fee to
    participate in the residual income opportunity. If you can build a
    downline for yourself in one of these programs, the monthly fee will
    be negligible compared to the potential residual income you could earn.
    Alot of these programs will provide you with your own cookie cutter
    website, which is okay if you are just getting started. Again, use the
    pay per clicks to start generating some traffic and then work on getting
    your own site up so you can start to build your own opt in list.

    3-Sell a Hard Good or Downloadable Infoproduct

    Okay, okay, I know this one doesn't sound so simple or easy, but to
    be honest, it's really not as hard as it might first appear. Selling
    a hard good entails offering a real physical product (like fishing poles,
    for instance) for sale in your own online retail store. If this idea
    really appeals to you, go for it. Brainstorm some products you would
    enjoy selling, then do some keyword research in Wordtracker to develop
    a targeted niche within that market (deep sea fishing poles?).

    After that, you can use a drop ship source directory or the search
    engines to find manufacturers or distributors who will drop ship the
    merchandise for you (meaning they ship it directly to the customer and
    you don't have to carry any inventory). Then go to Ebay or Yahoo and
    sign up for one of their stores. I know from personal experience
    that Yahoo has some merchant hosting packages that are great and
    super easy to use. They'll even provide you with a shopping cart feature
    and help get you set up with a merchant account (so you can accept
    credit cards). Plus, you'll get some traffic already built in since
    millions of people are using their shopping directory to browse for
    products every day.

    As for the website itself, don't worry. Most hosting companies today
    have some type of site builidng solution available for those customers
    who wouldn't know an html code from a java script. Believe me folks,
    if I, a completely technically useless and html challenged technophobe
    can do this, ANYONE can.

    Now, as to the infoproduct. By the way, I mean YOUR OWN infoproduct.
    Everyone on the web and their mother will tell you that this is the
    best way to make the really big bucks online. Write about something
    you know and/or love. The topic of internet marketing seems to have
    been way overdone. Unless, of course, you are a true expert on some
    niche internet marketing subject, then definitely do it. Just don't do
    it because everyone else is.

    As for the actual writing, you don't even have to do that if you
    really don't want to. You can check out a site like elance.com and post
    your project and have writers bid on completing the project for you!
    And there are so many easy to use PDF ebook creators available that
    formatting the book should pose no technical challenge whatsoever.
    Set up a simple little one sales page website with a link for payment
    processing, optimize the site for the engines, use the pay per clicks,
    find some JV partners, and you're in the money!

    By the way, I know of some guys who have about 10 or 15 of these
    little mini sites set up selling little reports on niche topics and
    raking in an average of $2,000 a month from each site. And they're
    incredibly easy to set up and practically run on autopilot once you
    do!

    Well, there you have it. Just a few relatively simple ways to get you
    started on the way to raking in YOUR share of the internet gold mine!
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    Andrea Hayhurst is an internet marketing professional and
    publishes "How to Succeed Online", a fresh and
    informative newsletter dedicated to supporting people like
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