Internet Marketing Training : My Personal Journey
Now that I have joined a program with excellent training and have my own domain, it is no problem now for me to save the banner to my hard drive, upload it to my hosting control panel, create the code and add the banner to my site!!! This may sound so simple to some, but for newbies to the net, who are over 50 and were not brought up with a mouse in one hand and a cell phone in the other, this is quite an achievement!
I guess the message here today is that it is never too late to learn if the desire to succeed on the internet is there. I have learnt more in the last 3 months than I have in the 4 years that I have been working on the net. But it is important to find a program that will provide you with excellent training, ongoing support and a forum where you can ask anything without feeling ashamed and receive advice from the top gurus in internet marketing who are prepared to share their knowledge and expertise in order to help others succeed.
Within 3 months of starting the training I have optimized my site myself and am enjoying top positions on Google, Yahoo and MSN (and other search engines) with some of my keywords. I have learnt some basic html and manage to make changes to my site as and when I want to. This sometimes takes time, but I am learning daily as I go along and seeing the results of my efforts in increased hits to my site and sign-ups, resulting of course in me generating web income.
Targeted web site traffic is the lifeblood of any online business and I have really had my eyes opened to the methods used by the top gurus. When I look back on how I used to try and generate traffic to my site, I sigh and realize why I could not generate enough traffic and sign-ups!
I have learnt the importance of one-way links, back-links, link exchanges and have a very user friendly linking program installed on my site. You soon see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from other sites. A major prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or content as the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the providing of service and information to what interests your target traffic. Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking in search engine results.
I have learnt to write articles as well! This may seem daunting to some, as it did to me initially, but when you are learning so much, seeing the results of your own efforts and your confidence begins to build, it is not so hard to put pen to paper! There are many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself. Be sure to include a resource box at the end of your article that can link them to your site. Write a little about yourself and your site. If you provide a light, information-laden and interesting article, they will go to your site for more.
Another interesting thing that I have managed to do is add Syndicated Content to my website, this was quite a challenge as I had to learn the difference between .php and .html pages, but with persistence and patience I now have continually updated Syndicated Content on my site which the search engines love!
Visitors to my site can subscribe to my really interesting and informative Online Home Business and Website Marketing Secrets Newsletter with Income Generating tips and tricks. I also use a top Auto-responder to take care of the subscribers and to ensure they receive all copies of the Newsletter and should they wish to unsubscribe they can do so with one click. The auto-responder was even set up for me with preloaded messages!
I have to mention that I have also learnt to set up my Blog and edit it as I please.
I have barely touched on all that I have learnt in the last few months and it truly is an exciting journey at the moment, knowing that each day I will become more knowledgeable and tech-savvy. I hope that, by relating my internet marketing training journey so far, I have been able to pass on some tips and give hope to those just starting out on the internet.
About the Author: Cynthia Minnaar is the owner and webmaster of www.cyns-home-biz.com, the site for online home business opportunities, internet income training, web income ideas, ideas to start an online home business, online home business tools, ebooks and articles. Start your own online home business with a money-making site complete with 400 day pre-written email autoresponder campaign.