List building is the first and most important step in internet marketing. Everybody says the money is in the list. What this means is that you have to have an audience to sell to. That audience is your list.
List building happens when people subscribe to your list by responding to one of your ads or give aways, or products. You have to use an opt-in form to capture the name and email address of the person. This is very important. Even if you are selling someone elses products, you should always use a squeeze page with an opt-in form, so that you not only sell the product, but you capture the information of the buyer who then becomes your subscriber on your own list.
This list becomes your most treasured possession in internet marketing. These are the people you are going to promote to over and over again. You can promote your own products if you have them, you can promote someone elses products as an affiliate, and you should also send them content and great information that will help them in their online business. This way they will be happy to stay on your list and will probably continue buying from you.
To start list building, there are a few simple things that work. You can sell your own product, if you have one. If you dont, you can buy a product that comes with private label rights or resale rights, and you can sell it and keep 100% of the profits. This is a very easy way to have your own product that you can start list building with.
If you can join giveaway events and contribute a product to give away, that will help you get sign ups. Sometimes you get products that have giveaway rights, and you can make a squeeze page and a download page to give them away at these events.
You can also go to Clickbank or PayDot.com and start promoting products as an affiliate. You sign up to their affiliate programs, and you get your affiliate link to promote any of their products. Or you can sign up to affiliate programs directly through the website of any vendors who pay affiliate commissions for the sale of their products.
A great way to get sign ups is by giving away something. At the beginning when people dont know you yet, you need to get their attention, and if you give out some good content for free, you will probably get people to sign up and they will return to buy from you, provided it is really good content.
You have to start with tiny steps, and be patient. It might take a little time to start seeing results, but the more content, links and products you have out there, the sooner you will start making money. As you know, the Internet is very viral. This means that content spreads on the Internet like a virus. You put your links out there and they will be distributed by others in many directions all over the Internet. The more content you build up and distribute, the more viral results you will have.
A lot of people wonder why they are not making any money online. Many of these people do not have a list. Well, that is really the first step. It is very good to have your own product, but if you have no one to sell it to, you will not make any money. So list building should be your number 1 priority. Once you amass a list of hundreds or thousands, you are in. Then all you have to do is keep your list happy, make them great offers, and enjoy the ride.
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