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Where to Begin is probably the most overwhelming question ... because there just so many things one can do. You may have heard or are already familiar with "Affiliate Programs" . This would probably be the easiest place to start as most affiliation programs already have tools and structures in place to assist you in promoting their products .

1) So, I would say, start by asking yourself what you want to promote...

  • Do you want to promote affiliate programs and earn commission?
  • Do you want to create your own digital products such as ebooks and promote that?
  • Do you want to specialise in a certain area and only promote relevant products or do you want be a sort of jack-of-all-trades?

2) The next thing would probably be to decide how you will promote it...

  • Online promotion with a website (or several websites), Email Marketing and Online Ads
  • Offline promotion only with Classifieds Ads, Flyers etc.
  • Both Online and Offline promotion

3) Then, how much money should you invest to start off with. Ultimately, you will need to invest some money. The old principle of "money makes money" applies. I would suggest initially, to start of with getting web hosting first to give you a basis to work from . Promoting your products online is probably the more economical choice as Classified Ads and the likes can become expensive in the long run. With Online Ads you will target a bigger audience, quicker...

4) What tools to use . There are many tools and utilities available to assist you with your efforts. Some of the tools you should consider investing in is:

a) an Email List Management and Campaign tool . With this you can start collecting email addresses of prospective buyers. This is also better known as an "Opt-In List". Getting valid email addresses to send promotions too is probably one of the most valuable parts of your marketing effort and will prevent legal action against you for sending spam. A Good tool will provide you with means to compose emails, send emails in HTML format and most of all - TRACK which campaign produced the best results. We suggest "Vertical Response" an easy-to-use web-based tool that gets you up and running with opt-in email campaigns in minutes!


    • FREE OPT-IN Tool -- Get new subscribers by creating a sign-up form using our wizard. With just a few simple steps, create your form and visitors who sign up are automatically added to your email list
    • EMAILS Created in Minutes -- Easily create an email campaign in just a few minutes: Choose a template from over 50 that we offer, type in your copy, select your lists and schedule the mailing. If you have your own creative simply copy and paste in your HTML and iBuilder builds your email so it's ready for launch.
    • MANAGE your lists -- Add and manage members by entering a member's information directly or by uploading an existing list.
    • REAL-TIME Response -- See responses from your campaign in real time. See WHO is clicking links, opening email, bouncing or unsubscribing. Then download that information to put back in your database or do follow up campaigns to your responders.

Read more about this tool - Create, send and track email!

Whatever you do, do not ever send out unsolicited email!

b) Another consideration is joining a Membership site that constantly stays up to date with the latest trends and has tools to help you with your Internet Marketing Efforts. For this we suggest joining up with the Internet Marketing Centre .

c) Thirdly we suggest taking an Internet Marketing Course . The best course we know of is  the "Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business on the Internet". The #1 best-selling Internet Marketing course online for more than 7 years running! The course package contains 2 beefy three-ring binders, 3 CDs, and 4 guides containing over 1,300 pages packed with the exact tested and proven fast-growth strategies!

5) Now make a list of answers to the above questions. This is your basis to work from. The secret is to work methodically, goal-oriented . Write things down. Don't rely on memory. a Good method is to start a spreadsheet with MS Excel, but don't just leave it on your computer, print it out so you can "see your thinking" and make additional notes on paper.

At all times, keep your faith! PERSERVERE!!  If something doesn't work, try something else. Try and Try again until you succeed! Again, I stress, whatever you do online, be honest and sincere. Research your products thoroughly. Don't promote something unless you are yourself convinced of it's value...

To kick start this process, let's look at products you can promote .