This Article Is All About: How To Sell Online And Make Money!
In life, we all need some extra cash to help pay our bills. Sometimes we need a little bit of money to help pay an unexpected bill, sometimes we need to make enough to earn a full-time income.
What ever your goals are for earning a few extra dollars on line, learning how to sell something online will definitely help you out when you need it most.
The internet has made things super, super easy to reach out and attract website visitors from every corner of the globe. It literally has never been easier to sell things to customers in far off lands.
With an audience all over the world, the secret to getting enough “cut through” to stand out from the crowd and attract people to your website is to either drill down and really specialize in something OR hitch a ride on an already successful website selling things online and hope that your products can get sold as well.
There Are Two Main Categories of Products and Buyers Online
When selling products online for the first time, you will most likely fall into two distinct groups.
1) People wanting to buy and sell old / unwanted things online
This category is mostly second-hand goods or unwanted gifts.
2) People wanting to promote and help sell other peoples brand new goods
This category is dominated by people doing affiliate marketing.
Let’s look at some great ideas for both of these two categories.
1) Unwanted Gifts or Second-hand Items
This option is great for people who only have a few items to sell and don’t have the time or patience for a local garage sale or “flea market”.
There are literally millions and millions of people online and connecting with them over the internet has never been easier.
If your primary goal is just to “de-clutter” and you don’t mind answering customer service inquiries and you can take your time selling things, then this is a great option for you.
Option #1 Advertising Channels
1) Amazon Seller
Amazon is a great place to sell second hand books and any unwanted gifts that you might have. You can list the items for sale one by one.
Amazon has a HUGE database of regular Internet shoppers (customer base) who might be interested in what you are offering.
Some people might be on Amazon for product #1, but then they see your product advertised for sale and they grab that item as well. This is because of their giant product catalog and skills with upsellling / cross selling other products to their customers.
Amazon got started by selling books online, if you have books or other items that post really well then this could be a great option for you.
Hopefully if you use this channel then your item will be picked up really quickly.
2) EBay Partner Network
EBay has been the regular “go-to” for selling second hand items for a long time now. Lots of parents sell their second hand baby goods and baby clothing.
You can list all of your items one by one and hopefully you will be able to ship them out via standard post quickly and easily as well.
Both Amazon and EBay offer you access to a HUGE database of potential customers plus they can offer you privacy and peace of mind that the transaction will go through smoothly (most of the time).
Option #2 Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you promote other people’s goods or services and if one of your website visitors clicks on one of your special links, then you receive an affiliate commission as part of that sale.
In order to be successful with affiliate marketing you have too
1) Create a website to promote your products / services through.
2) Pick a topic (niche) to talk about so that people can find your website and know what to expect.
3) Create content talking about products and services that help your clients.
4) Apply to join different affiliate programs to get special cookies or unique ID’s that link back to you.
These cookies are what gets traced so you can get paid your commissions.
5) Work on different ways to get traffic to come and visit your site.
Let’s look at these steps in more detail.
1) Create a website.
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2) Pick a topic (niche) to talk about.
This is because the internet is just so, so, so big. Website visitors today expect to see websites that are a great match for their needs and special interests.
Think about yourself and how you use search terms on the web. If you type in the word “basketball” you don’t expect to get search results back for a website that also talks about travel destinations or socks do you?
When you drill down to only a single topic you gain more authority in a niche and your website visitors will trust you more.
If you need some help and tips on how to pick a niche, please click here.
3) Create Content
This is the part you have been waiting for. This is where you start typing and you create different articles and product reviews to help your website visitors make buying decisions.
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4) Apply to Join different affiliate programs
When you know that there are great products / services out there that would really help your clients, you can apply to join these affiliate programs to get “special cookies” or unique ID’s.
For some great tips on how to get a YES! from every affiliate program that you apply to, please click here.
5) Website Visitors (Traffic)
Just like in the real world, websites need a steady stream of visitors to find your shop and buy your products in order for you to earn enough money to meet your goals.
Some people only have very modest goals and so they only need a little bit of traffic.
Some people have amazing goals and so they need an amazing amount of traffic.
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