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How to Start an Online Business

Five steps to starting your online business

Many aspiring entrepreneurs look to the internet as their gateway toward starting up a successful business. But launching a profitable online business is not something that will occur overnight. Laying a solid foundation for your business comes through creativity, a strong work ethic and attention to detail. 

Here are five basic steps you need to know if you want to form a successful online business: 

1. Find your niche. 
If you want to succeed, the best approach is to base your business around something you are passionate about. Your service or product should be more than simply a means to an end. If you care about the product or service you want to offer, you will naturally create better website content and invest more time in building your business. 

2. Study the market. 
How is the product or service you want to offer marketed? Who are your competitors? What is their level of success or failure? You need to answer these questions to see if your potential business will be viable. Once you have determined there is a market for your product, you need to find ways to make your business stand out from the crowd. Offer discounts or free trial periods to attract new customers. Do promotional events to draw in new visitors. It is a good idea to observe how competitors approach things and find ways you can improve upon what they are already doing. 

3. Know your customer. 
Your business will not go too far if you don't understand who your customers are and what they want. Building your website correctly requires identifying your customer. You will likely be targeting a different audience if you are selling books than if you are offering bicycles and bicycle gear. Tailor your business to meet their needs. Knowing who your customer is can help you build and design a better website because you will better understand what appeals to them. 

4. Optimize your website.
The goal of every online business is to bring in web traffic. One of the best ways to do that is through effective usage of SEO keywords. Keywords are the words or phrases people type into search engines. The right SEO keywords can help your website rank higher in search engine results, which will cause more potential customers to notice your website and click on it to check things out. You should actively research which keywords are most connected with whatever product or service you offer, so you know what SEO content will work to attract attention to your business more quickly. 

5. Market relentlessly. 
A recipe for any successful business starts with exposure. Get your brand out there. Be active in social media like Facebook or Twitter, promoting your brand on a consistent basis. Start your own blog. Any content you put on your site -- whether it is text, photos or videos -- should exist for the sole purpose of driving increased traffic to your site. Do everything in your power to forge an unbreakable connection between your business and whatever product or service you offer in the minds of your customers.

 

Nicole Rodgers has been in the tech industry for 3 years; she currently advises companies on their marketing budgets and recommends split testing every marketing campaign to yield better results. 

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