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10 Steps to Creating an Awesome Online Course

Have you always dreamt of creating and selling an online course? 

As we progress into 2019, we're seeing a growing number of professionals transform their expertise into creating an online course. Not only are online courses a great way to make money, but they're also incredibly popular amongst students and professionals today.

While online courses were once the rarity, students today favor how flexible and all-encompassing online education has become. In fact, 79 percent of students believe that online education is “better than” or “equal to” traditional education. 

With the rise of internet marketing, it's never been easier to market your course to prospective students. 

If you've been wanting to create an online course, you're going to want to read this. We've put together a step-by-step guide that will have your course up and running in no time. 

Not only is this ten step guide simple to follow, but it's also designed to work for any subject or niche! 

1. Choose a Profitable Topic 

First and foremost, you're going to want to begin by choosing a profitable topic for your course. 

The name of the game is to discover topics that are currently being researched by the public online. You're also going to want to select a topic that you have profound knowledge, skill or experience with. 

For example, if you are working as a freelance writer, you may teach a course on how to transition from a traditional job into a freelance lifestyle. If you are an accountant, you may teach a course on how to better manage your finances and understanding taxes. 

It's especially beneficial to choose a topic in which you have a solid educational background. This is what is going to allow your future students to envelop their trust in you to lead this course. 

2. Test Your Course

Before you exert all of your energy into creating your course, you're going to want to start by testing your topic. 

This is where you are going to determine if prospective students are interested in what you are teaching. After all, there's no sense in spending your time and money creating a course in which there is virtually zero interest. 

To determine this, you are going to conduct some market research tests. A simple way to do so is sending an email to your network as well as advertising your course on social media. 

Some professionals will also choose to “pre-sell” their course to get an idea of numbers. This involves summarizing your course objectives and encourage people to sign up. To create a sense of urgency, many professionals will choose to establish a “maximum” number of students that will be accepted into the course. 

3. Create a Course Outline

Now that you have established a generalized idea of interest, you can now move on to creating a course outline. 

This is a simple and general layout of what your expectations are for the course. This should clearly outline for students: 

  • Topics expected to be covered
  • How long the course will run
  • What is expected of the students
  • Whether or not the students receive anything for “passing” the course
  • Whether or not there are homework assignments or tests 
  • Lines of communication

While you have yet to establish any course content, this outline will be shared with prospective students. This will give them a clear idea as to what is being covered in the course and whether this course appeals to them. 

4. Establish the Course Content 

Now that you have your generalized outline, you can begin to focus on creating the content of your course. 

Here you are determining the content itself as well as how you plan to share that content with your students. You can determine whether your content is summarized by slides, videos, interactive calls, etc. 

Many professionals get overwhelmed in creating their content. While you may feel pressure to share as much information as possible, it's best to resist this desire.

Remember, this is the first course and you don't want to overwhelm your students. Only share content that is going to directly answer the questions that your students are likely to have. 

5. Structure Your Modules 

This is where you're going to take the entirety of your content and divide it into different themes. 

Each of these themes will become their own individual chapters that eventually make up the course. Be sure to arrange these themes into a timeline that makes sense for the topic and for your students. 

Remember, each chapter should bring your students closer to achieving their goal and answering their questions. With each chapter completed, your students should feel that they are becoming experts on this subject. 

6. Create Tests or Assignments

It's now time to determine whether your course is going to be followed by assignments or tests.

Some professionals have each chapter of their course accompanied by an assignment or a test. On the other hand, some will choose to eliminate official tests or graded assignments from this course. Instead, the course work will encourage students to “take action” after completing each chapter. 

For example, a course on freelance writing may encourage students to cold call prospective businesses for writing opportunities. While this is not a graded nor overseen assignment, it is encouraged for the benefit of the student. 

7. Determine Your Delivery Method 

Now, it's time to channel your focus on how you're going to deliver your course to your students. 

For this, it's best to select the most simple and accessible means for your students. You want to avoid all delivery mishaps from taking place and having to refund any monies.

Many professionals will choose to release the course to students through email once payment is received. This method is the most simple and least problematic. From here, the students will have to use their credentials to sign in and access the course. 

For many online classes, all of this content is released at one time and students can take their time reviewing the content. This will allow students to move through the coursework at their own pace and avoid feeling rushed.

8. Establish the Reward

Before a student signs up for your course, they're going to want to know ahead of time if they will receive anything for completing the course. 

Some courses may reward students a new title or an honorable mention for completing the course. Others may offer students specialized opportunities once that course is completed. For example, a freelance writing course may offer students access to a job board that is exclusively for course students. 

On the other hand, another course may not offer a final reward to their students. These are courses that the student is taking for their own personal benefit and the reward is simply the information being released. 

9. Launch Your Marketing 

Now for the fun part! 

Too often, online professionals believe that their work is complete once enough students sign up for the course.

If you really want to ensure that your course is profitable, this is where the work truly begins. To make the absolute most of your course, it's essential to continue marketing it to prospective students. 

Remember, you can use the same general coursework on a number of different students. This means that there's no need to invest your time into creating another course. Instead, use the course that you have spent so long creating to appeal to an entirely new group of students. 

You can also encourage your students to submit testimonials for your course. These testimonials can be incredibly effective at reaching new students and encouraging them to sign up for your course.

Let's consider that 88 percent of consumers trust online testimonials as much as recommendations from friends and family. The goal with these testimonials is to build confidence in prospective students that this course is worth the investment. 

Try advertising your course on the various social media platforms. Outlets such as Instagram and Facebook make it simple and relatively affordable to advertise your products. 

You can also do an email blast to your immediate network and offer friends and family discount codes. 

10. Establish an Online Community 

Last but certainly not least, you're going to want to create an online community for your students. 

For many, this will come in terms of a Facebook page or Slack group that is exclusive to course members. When it comes to online communities, people enjoy interacting with likeminded people and feeling as if they are part of an inner circle. 

This is a place where your students can interact and communicate with yourself and other students. In many cases, this will end up functioning as a question and answer forum as well as a base for communication. 

It's also a great way to stay connected to your network and even offer free coaching to your students. 

Internet Marketing and Your First Online Course

If you're an expert in your field, why not share that expertise online?

Today, more students than ever are choosing to enroll in online courses. In fact, 28 percent of higher education students are currently enrolled in at least one online course. 

While online courses were once limited to professors, it seems now that anyone and everyone can create an online course. Not only is creating an online course relatively simple, but it's also a great way to make money in a short period of time. 

As internet marketing continues to rapidly expand, it's never been easier to market your online products. This means that finding students to sign up for your course doesn't have to be so intimidating. 

If you've been hemming and hawing over whether to create an online course, it's officially time to bite the bullet! Allow this guide to serve as a basis for how to create and sell your first online course. 

Do you need help marketing your products or ideas? If so, be sure to check out this free course to learn more!

5 Brilliant Ways Smart Marketers Use #Hashtags

Meet the hashtag (#), formerly known as the pound sign. This symbol is the common denominator between all social media channels and is a powerful tool when used right.

It can help people find you, help you connect with like-minded businesses and streamline your social media marketing.

The hashtag is a way to keep your social media content categorized, making it easier for users to cut through the clutter and reach the content they’re most interested in. It’s also proven to increase engagement. In fact, a post with hashtags averages more than 10 percent engagement than posts without them.

Hashtags are used to make your posts found by those who are searching for that hashtag or a particular keyword. For example, #smartmarketing. You’ll also be visible to those who don’t currently follow you, opening the door for more followers. They can be used anywhere within your post.

Here’s how to use hashtags to catapult your Internet marketing.

1. Drive Engagement


One of the ways to use hashtags for business is to drive engagement. This works by using hashtags that resonate with your audience, either through current events or trends. Find what’s popular and if it fits with your brand, start building posts that use that hashtag. If it resonates enough with them they’re more likely to share your content.  

Using hashtags not only drives engagement with your current followers, but it also exposes you to other people who don’t currently follow you. You’ll be seen by their followers and the followers of anyone else who shares your content. When done well and thought out this engagement is what leads to a post going viral.

Your business has a lot to say on social. However, it may go unnoticed if you aren’t doing something to draw attention to it. Engagement hashtags allow you to reach other companies and people who are interested in the hashtags you are using and encourages them to take action on your post, whether by liking it, sharing it or commenting.  

You can also create a unique hashtag that aligns with your brand and can be used in your wider marketing efforts.  One such tactic is called User Generated Content (UGC) and it works by having social media users promote your brand for you by sharing your hashtag in their posts.

One great example of this is Aerie’s #aeriereal campaign. It encouraged users to spread body positivity and discourage the use of photo editing apps by posting unedited photos of themselves. To take this a step further the company also donates a dollar to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for every post that included the hashtag.

2. Use Trending Hashtags

A trending hashtag is a hashtag that is already very popular. When you piggyback off of what’s trending, you’re already a step ahead. Trending hashtags are already popular and in front of your target audience.

If you see an opportunity to use a hashtag that’s trending for your business, if it’s relevant, it can be exactly what you need to get that increased visibility.  

Regardless of how popular a topic is, if it doesn’t fit your business it won’t do well for you. Keep an eye out for trends that fit your niche. When using trending hashtags in your marketing efforts it’s important to move fast because trends are always changing.

A successful hashtag campaign is one that moves fast before the buzz dies down. Keep an eye on what’s trending and if it fits, move fast.

3. Tell a Story

Tell a story. And keep them wanting more. Hashtags will let you get your story in front of a wider audience. Storytelling is an important part of marketing–it helps you connect with your audience and lets them into the more human side of a brand.

This connection is what generates brand loyalty.  If they feel like they know you, they’re more likely to keep coming back to see what you have to say.

Social media is an ideal venue for telling stories. You can use hashtags to promote this by creating a hashtag related to the topic and using that every time you post. It will keep your stories organized and easy to find.

One brilliant example of this was Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign, which urged females to not be influenced by society’s expectations of them. It encouraged the use of the phrase “like a girl” to symbolize strength rather than weakness.

When you share your story, think about what emotional connection you want to make with the audience and what makes you unique. If you can stand out while nurturing a real connection, you have the makings of a successful storytelling campaign.

3. Target Your Audience

The more specific your hashtags, the better. To attract the audience you’re looking for you need to do some research and figure out what they’re searching for. Once you know that, you can use targeted hashtags that you know your audience will see and is more likely to interact with.

You can also look into what your competitors are doing. Hashtags will give you insight into who they’re targeting so you can do the same.

To hone in on the audience you’re looking to target, you'll need to make your hashtags as specific as possible. If it’s too broad it will get lost in the sea of other hashtags.

4. Run a Contest

Holding a contest can help you grow a larger following on social media. A contest with a simple incentive will get people involved and entice them to share your post in front of their audience.  

To make this work you’ll create a specific hashtag for your business and ask your audience to share it in exchange for a chance to win a prize. You can use additional hashtags to target the groups who are more likely to not only share your content but to stick around after the contest is over and turn into potential customers.

Promote your hashtag across all your social media channels and create blog posts around your contest along with email marketing efforts. Make it fun, and relevant to you.  

In one example of great marketing hashtags, the Empire State Building’s Instagram account ran a photo contest that asked people to post an image of them “holding” the top of the Empire State Building. The winner received $5000. 

A hashtag contest is easy to set up but to be successful you have to outline the goals of the contest, determine the audience you’re trying to reach, whether a broader or niche audience and then you can come up with an effective plan.

Bonus: Hashtag Marketing Dos and Don’ts

When using hashtags for marketing purposes, there are some key things to remember to make sure they don’t work against you. 

  • Do follow trends: During a major event, piggyback off of the success of a popular hashtag and become part of the conversation.
  • Don’t repeat hashtags in a single post: You won’t do yourself any favors by being repetitive, and it could render your post unreadable.
  • Do keep a list of your company’s effective hashtags:  Social media is a lot of trial and error. When you find a hashtag that works well for your company, add that to your marketing arsenal and keep using it. If it’s not working, toss it.
  • Don’t use hard to read hashtags: You want your hashtags to be read easily. So you’re going to want to #avoidhardtoreadandrunonhashtagsbecasuetheyretoomuchwork. Don’t make it hard to decipher your hashtag. Rather, #keepitsimple.
  • Do listen: To stay on top of the always shifting and something that was popular yesterday is already old news. Look out for the trends and when you find one that aligns with your brand, move fast so you don’t miss out.

Hashtags for Internet Marketing Success

Hashtags make your content discoverable, makes you stand out and encourages engagement with your brand.

By using these tips to improve the way hashtags for businesses are used, you’ll see an improvement in visibility, engagement and if used correctly, you’ll see an increase in your followers.

Remember, social media is a conversation. You don’t want to talk at your audience you want to talk to them…and ideally, you want them to talk back. Effectively using hashtags will allow you to communicate with a broader audience than you typically would, exposing you to potential clients and growing a loyal follower base.

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Instagram Marketing: How to Use the Social Site for Your Business

Instagram boasts of 500 million daily users on their platform. Influencers and users alike use Instagram to share their favorite products and give a glimpse of their daily lives.

People even use Instagram to find new products to try. This makes the platform useful in your internet marketing strategy. To get the most out of the Instagram platform, you need to understand how to use it. 

If you take the time to learn the tools and tips available, Instagram can turn into a cost-effective option to promote your brand. 

How to Use Instagram for Internet Marketing

Before you get started with any social media platform, you need to do your research. This includes research into marketing trends, platform trends, and customer demographics.

It's good to know who you're connecting with to make the most of the platform. For instance, Instagram users are 68% female. 59% of those are between the ages of 18-29.

While this doesn't mean you can't target other demographics, it's important to know how to target the audience you want. You also need to know how to use the tools available to target them.

Visuals Lead in Instagram Marketing

Before you start posting, you need to find good tools to create appealing visuals. Instagram offers some editing tools for your visuals, but you'll get the best results with content that's already polished. 

You want branded content along with snapshots to engage more users. With the right visual editing tools, you can create consistency between the different content.

Make sure your visuals create a clear message since Instagram deals with visual over written content. You want your pictures and videos to tell a story.

Create a Business Profile

If you don't already have an Instagram profile, you can start with a business profile. If you already have a personal account, you can easily change it to a business profile.

A business profile offers easy access to contact info for your business. This also allows you to publish ads and access analytics tools. These marketing tools are not available with personal profiles.

Keep in mind, you can't make a business profile private. This means you want to take care with personal info you share on your profile.

Make Use of Those Analytics Tools

Your business profile gives you access to measurement tools, and you should make use of them. These analytic tools help you fine-tune your marketing strategy. This gives you access to important information about customers and content.

You can use the tools to check out the demographics of your followers and those that access your content. You can also check out the success of different posts. This includes learning the times when your content proves most effective.

These analytics tools also help you track ad success. This will help you determine which content to use for ads and how they're converting.

Determine Peak Posting Times

If you post too often, you'll annoy followers. If you don't post often enough, people will forget about your brand. If you don't post at the right times, your content can go ignored.

You need to do your research to determine which days and times when you'll have more engagement. You can use the analytics to help you determine this.

Make your posts on the days with the most engagement. Keep your posts to one or two per day at peak times.

Make Hashtags Part of Your Instagram Marketing Strategy

Almost every social media platform makes use of hashtags, but Instagram corners the market on hashtags. People can search or even follow hashtags to keep up with trending topics or topics of interest to them.

This means it's helpful to know the most competitive hashtags for your niche. Pay attention to the tags that prove most popular. Then, mix and match the hashtags to better target your market.

You can even set up a hashtag for your brand. You should be careful with this option if you don't already have a large following. It doesn't hurt to get something set up though.

Become a Team Player

Collaboration provides opportunities to reach a wider audience. Collaboration can take the form of working with others in your industry or working with influencers. You can also take advantage of user-generated content for a wider audience.

If working with others in your industry or with user-generated posts, make sure you ask permission to use the content. You can create contests to create excitement around user-generated content. Have them post to a brand hashtag, then use the #regram hashtag and tag the user to share the visuals.

You can also partner with influencers to share your products. Seek people with a large audience to share pictures and/or videos of your products. This will both get your products in front of more people and increase your Instagram following.

Take Advantage of Contests

Contests can generate enthusiasm for your brand and increase your following. You can offer a simple, appealing prize to those who participate. You should also encourage followers to share the contest with others.

Make sure you provide a short time to participate so people don't lose interest. You should also make the contests easy for participation. For instance, likes for a chance to win.

Contests can take on many forms. You can do a hashtag or selfie contest for instance. This provides an extra marketing tool that people get excited to participate with.

Make Use of Video

Video has taken over the internet. This includes Instagram marketing. Videos prove easy to make and watch and hold attention longer than written content.

When creating videos, make sure your brand comes out clear early on in the video. Provide a clear call to action with your video, and make them short and sweet. You should also look into multi-media options.

Video works great for ads. They're also good for stories. You can play around with your options to find what works best with your audience.

Create Sponsored Ads

Sponsored ads are one of the benefits of a business profile. You can use your most popular content, or create ad-specific content, to reach a larger audience. 

Sponsored ads allow you to set a budget, and set up the preferred demographics for your content. Since Facebook owns Instagram, and the interaction rules are similar, you can combine the ad with Facebook to get more out of the money you spend. 

When creating ads, you want to use teasers to get the most out of Instagram ads. Don't push sales, but tease products and offers with good-quality visuals.

You can even create a shopping ad so people can purchase directly from Instagram. In fact, 72% of Instagram users have purchased a product they've seen while scanning the platform. If nothing else, teaser ads make it easier for people to share your content.

Make Use of Stories

Instagram stories are posts that last 24 hours. You can combine several visuals to share for limited access. These get posted at the top for mobile-users, making your post easier to find.

These work well for limited-time offers or sneak peeks. You can also use stories to try out new content. You can even tag other followers for collaboration opportunities.

Use Content Managing Tools

If you use social media for marketing purposes, you'll want to set up a content management tool. These tools allow you to schedule posts, including appropriate hashtags, so you can plan ahead.

You can pre-schedule contests or promotions with management tools. You can also mix your content among several social media profiles to get the most out of your marketing materials. These tools also offer their own analytics tools so you can better monitor your content progress.  

Link Your Website

Instagram gives you another opportunity to promote your business website. Not only can you share content to this platform, but you can provide a direct link to your website in the bio.

This provides another way to determine what content generates the most interest. This also offers another way to provide ease of contact so customers know how to find you.

Make Use of Keywords in Your Bio

Your bio should tell people who you are and what you do in simple but interesting terms. Make sure your brand is easy to recognize in your bio and make sure you use keywords that will make you show up in searches.

Just as your website makes use of keywords, so does your social media bio. With the right keywords, people can find you when searching for products or services that you offer. You also want to make them stand out so you don't have too much competition.

Social Media to Other Online Marketing

Instagram and other social media platforms provide one way to take advantage of the internet for marketing purposes. These sites should take part in your overall internet marketing strategy, but you need to take advantage of all the platforms.

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Internet Marketing: How To Build an Income on Autopilot

Have you ever dreamt of working for a few hours a day and spending the rest of the day how you please? How about making money while you sleep? The industry of internet marketing, known as affiliate marketing, made over 12 billion dollars in 2017.

Affiliate marketing is used by both big companies, small brands, and individuals looking to receive passive income. Let’s dive into this comprehensive guide on successful affiliate marketing.

The Guide to Successful Internet Marketing

Affiliate marketing has been a buzzword in the online world for the past few years. So, what is it and why is it so popular? This type of marketing is a marketing model where advertisers or merchants send their products to affiliates to promote.

These affiliates host the advertiser’s products or services in a number of ways on their site. They have agreements with the merchant to receive a percentage of each sale that is made from their unique hosted product link.

The History of Affiliate Marketing

William J. Tobin, an American entrepreneur, visualized and developed the idea of affiliate marketing in 1989. He owned his own business, PC Flowers and Gifts. He rolled out his concept of internet marketing to his business, and within two years, they made over six million dollars.

In June of 1994, Lou Montulli created computer cookies. These cookies allowed computer programmers to implement a reliable and trackable virtual shopping cart that remembered the user’s data. That was not their only function. Cookies also allowed them to see who had visited their site previously, store login data for the user, personalize the user experience, and track web analytics.

There was much controversy around the release of the cookie because it was not known to the public. The introduction did not notify users of its existence and perceived to be a huge privacy concern. It was determined that only third-party cookies posed a threat.

The use of cookies provided a way for affiliate marketing to take place. Businesses could now track specific URLs that their affiliate marketers promoted and see how many leads and conversions resulted.

The Big Players

In 1996, big companies like Amazon Associates, Rakuten, and BeFree joined the affiliate marketing game. These players formed the golden standard for the affiliate marketing world by setting their products up in an affiliate marketing structure.

A few years later, ClickBank, the first affiliate network began. Since then, over 81% of brands use affiliate marketing in their marketing strategy mix. That’s over 15% of all digital marketing revenue and it’s still on the rise.

What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?

The best way to describe affiliate or internet marketing is by comparing it to a referral service. Affiliates have a website set up where they promote advertisers' products or services, and whoever they refer, they get rewarded for.

The link the advertisers provide the marketer is a unique link because it is tracked. The business can then see who referred leads and how many leads they sent.

When a lead comes in and makes a sale or converts, the marketer receives a commission. These commissions vary in value depending on the company and the product, but some marketers make over $50,000 a year.

The best part about this is if you have a steady flow of traffic to your website or social platforms, you set it up once and let it run without your maintenance. The traffic to your site increases the chance of users clicking and purchasing from those links.

Businesses do have a right to change their affiliate terms at any time. If this happens, it can directly affect revenue, but being aware and having multiple affiliate partnerships can alleviate this blow.

Creating an Affiliate Marketing Strategy

Having affiliate marketing and an auto-pilot income sounds great, but how do you create a successful marketing strategy? It’s pretty easy to sign up and get approved to become an affiliate marketer, but driving people to your site and building a following is tricky.

Affiliate Marketing Audience

First things first: determine who your target audience is. Are you a mommy blogger with a huge following of other moms? Maybe you have a platform where you write a bunch of software reviews or perhaps you love search engine optimization. Whatever your niche is, think about which products or services your audience would show interest in.

The best way to use affiliate marketing links is to promote products or services that make sense for your style. For example, if you write a lot about household cleaning products, be an affiliate marketer for cleaning products.

Choose items that make sense for your mission and items that you truly believe in. Your lack of authenticity will show if it isn’t a product you trust.

And, if you have no idea what it is your audience likes or is interested in, ask them! Be creative and create a poll or analyze your website data to see your most visited links.

Be Authentic

If you start affiliate marketing, it’s important that you’re upfront with your readers. Let them know that you’ve started affiliate marketing and you’ll receive a commission for items on your website. By telling your readers, they will trust you more than if they happen upon it and you haven’t disclosed it.

It’s best practice, but it’s also required by the Federal Trade Commission, so it’s something you must do.

Creating Your Affiliate Marketing Website

Now that you know who you’ll be marketing to, it’s important to have a site that you drive people to. Whether it’s on a current blog or website, you’ll have to implement specific internet marketing pages.

The main focus of your entire website is your blog, and your goal is to make sure it's updated regularly. There are other pages you need to have on your site, however, that are necessary for affiliate marketing.

About Page

You need to have an about page to tell people who you are, what you're about, and why you have a blog in the first place. Share a captivating story about your life and what drove you to blog. Make it relatable and personal so your readers are able to engage with you.

Contact Page

Your site also needs a contact page. Know that whatever information you put on this page will be available to all the internet. Have a work specific email address, P.O. Box, and work telephone number to protect your real inbox from spam. People use your contact information to contact you about advertising, marketing, or partnering.

Disclaimer Page

You must have a disclaimer page if you're monetizing off your website. On this page, you'll explain your terms and conditions. You'll go into detail about how you're monetizing. Your disclaimer needs to tell your audience what products and services you make money off of, and who you're partnering with.

Terms of Service Page

This page states legal information regarding the misuse of services or information on your site. It limits your legal liability. If someone wants to use the information on your site, it outlines the copyright and trademarks guidelines they must follow. 

Anything regarding legal documents or guidelines must be on this page.

Advertising or Marketing Page

One of the most important pages to have on your site is an advertising page. This page shows users how to advertise with you. The cost of advertising and available advertising spots are available for a user to see.

Including your website's current analytics such as demographics of your viewers and how many people come to your site is also useful information a user wants to know.

Lastly, this page needs to have a contact form for people to get a hold of you if they want to use your site for advertising. Make it simple and straightforward, and have it sent directly to your business email.

Website Content

Once you've set up your site, you'll want to create a content strategy. This strategy outlines all of the upcoming content you're going to feature on your site. For your site to be high quality, you'll want to mix organic content with affiliate marketing content. 

Having just affiliate marketing will send your audience running. Provide them with valuable information that's relevant and helpful to them. This requires strategy and quite a bit of thought, but as long as it's tailored towards your audience, there is success.

Leave them with content that keeps them coming back to your website again and again by adding value or providing a unique perspective.

Affiliate Marketing for the Win

Follow this comprehensive guide to get set up with your internet marketing network and see the money start rolling in! Choose a niche that fits your target audience and features products that make sense.

Remember to keep your content high-quality and fresh, and mix in your organic content with your affiliate content. 

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Internet Marketing: How to Harness the Power of Youtube

Did you know that people around the world watch up to one billion hours of YouTube every day? 

Just as with any other online platform, YouTube marketing is about optimizing your strategy to reach out to as many users as possible. You just need to settle on your marketing goals before you get started.

Do you want to know more about how you can make the most of internet marketing on YouTube? Discover more below!

1. Regular and Consistent Video Posts

If you want users to regularly watch your videos, you've got to give them regular and consistent video posts.

You should be clear and specific about when you're going to post your YouTube videos on your channel. Don't keep your schedule to yourself. You need to publish it for everyone to see. 

But, when you make a commitment to post your videos regularly, you should make sure you can meet expectations.

After all, you should remember that the regular creation of YouTube videos is time and energy intensive. Make sure you're up to the task.

Say you announce that you're going to post videos each week. That doesn't mean you have to create a brand new video every single week. You can create the content all at once. So you can prepare a few weeks before with several videos, then post them at the relevant times.

You should also consider posting at the optimal time to get the most views. The best time is weekday afternoons to get the most traffic.

2. Establish Your Video Production Strategy

If you're going to meet the commitments you've made to your subscribers, you've got to establish a strategy for your video production.

Any tactics you can develop to streamline your video production should be grasped. Can you set up a template for editing? Can you hire an assistant to help with production?

You may need to invest in a video production studio to really save time. This way whenever you've got to create new content, you're ready to go!

3. Start Your Videos with a Hook

This is bread and butter stuff for marketers.

You've got to hook the viewer with something extra interesting or engaging to start off your video. Just because a YouTube user was convinced to click on your video, that doesn't mean they're going to stick around for long.

You've got to retain the attention of the viewer. The hook helps you keep the viewer on the side throughout the video.

Your hook can do anything from showing the viewer what happens at the end of the video without showing how you got there. Or, by leaving the viewer on a cliff hanger, before they can't stop watching to find out what happens next.

You could also hook the reader with a personal story of how you were inspired to create this particular video. This will help to convince the viewer to discover more.

4. Short and Sweet Title Opener

You don't have to include a title opener for your YouTube videos. But, they're definitely a nice touch. 

It's also important to impose your brand on the video. When your video gets shared by users on social media, you'll still have your brand all over it.

However, don't go overboard with your title opener. That means avoid The Game of Thrones titles blueprint, which takes up to 90-seconds to run.

Just add a quick and engaging title sequence to remind the viewer what they're watching before you go ahead with the main content.

5. End Screens Before the Video Finishes

Once the viewer is on your YouTube channel, you've got the opportunity to keep them watching your videos over and over.

A great way to keep them knocking around your channel is by adding end screens to each of your videos.

The end screens can last up to roughly 20 seconds. Make sure you include the end screen before the video finishes up.

You can continue to engage the viewer while highlighting other videos which they might enjoy. You can also use the end screen to encourage viewers to either subscribe or visit your website for more.

6. Tempt Viewers With Your Thumbnails 

While YouTube recently announced that custom thumbnails won't be a thing as much anymore, they remain an important part of attracting viewers to click on your videos. They actually have the ability to make or break a YouTube channel.

You need your thumbnail to stand out from the crowd. You can do this in a number of different ways.

Bold fonts and bright colors are always helpful. However, you may need to go more subtle to appeal to your target audience.

But, don't just create clickbait. You'll alienate your audience with tempting thumbnails which don't deliver as promised. 

This is also an opportunity to market your channel to users. You need to learn to make unique thumbnails with a consistent look and feel. 

7. Collaborate With Other YouTubers

If you to expand your audience quickly, why not work with other YouTubers. You're not in competition with other YouTubers since people can watch multiple videos.

You can learn from others each about how to increase your audience and market your brand through your YouTube channel. 

If you can exchange support with an influencer within your niche, you can reach out to an audience which you wouldn't normally be able to. When you return the favor you both benefit.

You should also work with YouTubers with a similar audience with different content.

For example, you could be a healthy food recipe YouTuber. You could collaborate with a Yogi YouTuber or an eco-lifestyle consumer vlogger.

8. Give Viewers What They Want

You don't want to push your video content on viewers which doesn't actually appeal to your audience. 

You need to learn from your success rate with different types of videos. If long videos don't work with your audience — stop making them!

You can also take advantage of trends in the most popular content. For instance, there has been a growth of 70 percent in “How To” videos. 

9. Direct Viewers to Your Store 

You can take advantage of the power of YouTube to direct your viewers to your online store.

Around 80 percent of YouTube viewers watch videos to learn about a product or service. This is the start of the shopping journey for many people.

You can direct consumers to your products and services through your video. You can do this by providing explainers about your products and services. 

If your products or services are new and innovative, it may require a brief description of what exactly you're selling to consumers. 

10. Write an Engaging Title 

You need to optimize your YouTube video title as well. You want to encourage people to click on your the video without simply giving them clickbait.

Make sure you consider keyword optimization. That means that you include keywords and phrases which are searched on YouTube and other platforms, such as Google or Yahoo. 

You can achieve this by including half a sentence to persuade users to click through to discover more. For example, “This is the best photograph ever by…” or “The most incredible touchdowns from…”

11. Make it Mobile Friendly

YouTube has a bigger audience among adults on mobile devices than any cable network during an average week. 

Moreover, over three-quarters of Americans watch YouTube on their mobile devices. You've probably noticed everyone streaming content on their phones. 

If you're not creating content which can be enjoyed via a smartphone or tablet, you could be missing out on your audience. 

If you want to hold the attention of your audience with advertising for your business, you're going stand a much better chance on YouTube. YouTube video ads are 84 percent more effective than television equivalents. 

You can optimize your mobile-friendly videos by including captions and subtitles. Many mobile users want to watch videos without sound.

Don't go on too long either. Shorter video lengths are much more popular on mobile devices since people are usually on the go and don't have time for a feature-length movie.

12. Include a Call to Action

The call to action (CTA) is an essential part of YouTube marketing. You've got to keep the user coming back for more next time. 

You've provided free content for their enjoyment. It's only fair that you would ask for something in return.

You can encourage viewers to subscribe below to your YouTube channel. You can indicate this before the end of the video and in the description.

You can also take the opportunity to engage with the viewers via comments. While the comments below page is not always a space of pleasant conversations. It's a means of interacting with your audience. 

Internet Marketing on YouTube

YouTube is an important platform for any business looking to market to their target audience. With so many people streaming video content via YouTube, it's an essential place to reach out to your customer base. 

However, marketing on YouTube isn't always easy. You need to follow the tips in our guide on internet marketing on YouTube to optimize your efforts. 

Do you want to know more about making the most out of YouTube marketing? Check out our tips on how to hack YouTube's algorithm. Don't forget to take a look at our Free Training Course!

Internet Marketing: A Complete Guide

Why does internet marketing matter? There are more than 4 billion internet users worldwide. Those internet users make billions of searches. Google alone has more than 3 billion searches per day.

With the increase in mobile use, people depend on the internet to find the products and services they want and need. This means you must have an internet presence for your business to succeed these days.

Before you jump into an internet presence, it's important to know how to use the available platforms wisely. This includes understanding what internet marketing is and how to take advantage of this marketing tactic.

What is Internet Marketing?

Internet marketing takes in any online marketing efforts. This includes:

  • Search engine marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Paid advertising
  • Networking

These marketing platforms use content and interaction to create brand awareness. This allows you to reach leads and customers at each stage of the sales process. The internet provides an economical way to educate and create an emotional response to make people want to work with you.

Types of Online Marketing

Online marketing combines free and paid strategies to reach your preferred audience. To make the most of these opportunities, you need to understand who you want to reach. You also need to understand what your audience will respond to. 

You should create a buyer persona before implementing any of these strategies. The buyer persona will answer who you want to reach, their wants and needs, and how and where to reach them. Once you understand your potential customers, you can determine which online platforms will work for your brand.

Search Engine Marketing

The best way to reach new leads involves ranking high in searches. This includes search engine optimization (SEO) onsite and paid advertising on search engines.

SEO seeks to increase your website's ability to get noticed on search engines. You can optimize your website with keyword research and link building. 

You want to find high-ranking, low-competition keywords to use in your website content. These keywords, combined with internal and external links help you create authority and rank higher in searches.

Social Media Marketing

You can also create brand awareness through ads and posts on social media sites. Once you determine the social media platforms where you can reach potential customers, you create business profiles on each one.

It's important to stay consistent with brand information and design on each platform you use. It's also important to engage with your audience on a regular basis.

This engagement involves sharing your own content and content from other industry professionals. You also want to share personal info about the company. Make sure you respond and interact with relevant info to keep your brand in front of potential customers.

Email Marketing

Every marketer needs to build an email list. You can create a lead magnet to capture these contacts and reach out to each lead based on where they are in the sales process.

You want to create autoresponders to welcome new leads. You can also provide incentives to new and current customers, send reminders, and introduce new products and services. Each email should provide a call to action, clearly stating what you want them to do with the information you provide.

Paid Advertising

Pay-per-click marketing involves paying for clicks, conversions, or impressions on search engines or social media sites. These paid ads or promoted content helps you rank higher and engage more people.

You set up the demographic information for the people you want to reach, and determine keywords to activate your ad in searches. Once everything's set, you pay, based on the ad metrics.

It's important to know what you want from the ads you set. If you create ads without a clear plan, you'll end up wasting money. 

Internet Networking

Networking involves relationship building rather than outright sales. This proves important to create new opportunities for partnerships and interaction.

Internet networking involves using online groups to build these relationships with others in your industry. This opens doors for collaboration opportunities.

You can also join groups to interact with customers, answering questions and sharing information. These online groups include social media groups, industry forums, and Q&A forums.

Content Key for Online Marketing

Each of the internet marketing platforms revolves around content. It's important to publish content online to create trust and authority. With valuable content, you can draw in new customers and establish your brand's online presence.

While a good content strategy proves important, only 39% of marketers have a strategy in place. This strategy includes

  • Blog posts and guest posts
  • Ebooks and PDFs
  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Infographics
  • Videos

The content provided should answer real questions. Content also needs to remain engaging so people stick around for more and share the content with others. You should create content on a regular basis, but with a specific goal in mind.

Internet Marketing: How-to

Now that you understand what's included in internet marketing, how do you put those platforms together to create a strategy? You need to understand how the different internet platforms work together to get the most out of them.

It's not just a matter of throwing content out there. You want to strategically combine platforms to get the most out of each one.

It Starts with a Website

Your first step in internet marketing is creating a website. You want to create a site that's easy to navigate and runs smoothly. When creating a website, you also want to keep mobile users in mind.

Make sure you create pages for ease of use. The pages should include contact info. You should also include a blog to provide content for sharing.

Use your blog to build up internal and external links. The internal links send people to other parts of your website and external links provide authority. Both types of links, when combined with keywords, build up your SEO.

Capture Emails

Once you have your website in place and you start to build up content, you want to start capturing emails. You can create a lead magnet to capture contact info as people visit your site. Lead magnets can include videos, ebooks, and case studies.

Create email campaigns to welcome and follow up. Set up autoresponders for welcoming emails and follow up for the different stages of the sales process.

Interact on Social Media

To get the most out of social media, you want to start small. Determine the platforms where your potential customers hang out and get active on those sites.

You want to do regular posts with a mix of interaction and content. The rule of thumb on social media involves 80% content and 20% personal interaction. Break up content with 50% from other authorities, and 30% brand content.

Forum Profiles

Once you start to generate content, you should look into different industry and customer forums. Groups and forums will help you learn what others in your industry are doing. Some forums allow you to learn more about potential customers to help you build up your buyer persona.

With some forums, you can even share content specific to the questions or concerns addressed. This gives you another opportunity to get your content in front of more eyes.

Include PPC Marketing

You want organic traffic, but that doesn't mean you should ignore the paid traffic. You want to include PPC marketing on search engines and social media sites to reach new leads.

Determine your best content to share for PPC marketing. Determine whether you want more traffic or better conversions for paid ads. This will help you determine how you set up each ad. 

Analyze Internet Marketing Results

None of these internet marketing strategies will do any good unless you measure your results. You need to find the tools that will help you analyze and measure the results from the different platforms you use. 

This includes website and social media analytics tools. Most social media sites have analytics tools provided with your page to determine your results. Some website providers have their own analytics tools included.

You can also use tools such as Google analytics to measure your content success. These tools will help you determine which platforms offer the best results for your efforts.

You can also measure what content works best with your audience. This will help you determine what type of content to offer and where to share it.

Digital Marketing Success

The means to succeed with internet marketing changes often due to changes in algorithms for the marketing platforms. This means it's important to have the tools to keep up with these changes. It's also important to have the tools to adapt your marketing strategies to meet these changes.

The tools you need for success depends on whether you need help getting started, or you need help nudging your internet marketing strategies to the next level. Wherever you are in the process, check out the marketing bundles available to push you towards success.