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Everybody has a story and very briefly, this is how I started my Internet based home business. It is probably a fairly common story, but never the less, here goes!

Working from home on a part time basis, I had been involved in various forms of offline marketing through the ‘80s and ‘90s. I have always been interested in marketing, promoting, sales and writing.

I connected to the Internet in the mid-90s mainly so I could communicate more effectively with upline and downline members in the Network Marketing opportunity I was promoting at the time. …

By the end of the ‘90s, that company had faded away, like so many other such companies, and I couldn’t find another one that I liked as well. I think I was just tired of the whole multi-level marketing scene.

For a few years, while working at a day job, I focused on developing my writing abilities. By 2007 I was ready to further develop my growing freelance writing business and pursue online writing markets.

Well, once I started researching online writing opportunities, one thing led to another and the next thing you know, I’m back into the marketing and promotion business, this time with an Internet based home business!

I signed up with a program that gave you a ready-built, affiliate-based, fully monetized website. The package included a training program designed to teach members the basics of Internet Marketing.

Here are a few of the key points that I still recommend to newcomers to the business:

Internet Based Home BusinessFirst of all, if you are going to be in business today, you need to be online and you need to have a plan.

This means choosing and registering a domain name and getting a professional website set up. When you have your own website, you have complete control over what goes on it and how you want to change things from time to time. It also shows your targeted market that you are in business to stay and that you take it seriously.
==> Your own Domain and Website: very important.

Next, make certain your website is properly optimized for the search engines. Do it at the start and save yourself a whole lot of aggravation later on. If you can’t do it, find a service that will do it for you or find experienced mentors who can coach you.
==> Search Engine Optimization (SEO): very important.

The next thing you need is an autoresponder service, like GetResponse, so you can set up an email opt-in form on your web pages to capture the email addresses of your visitors. You will then use the service to send regular messages to your subscribers, providing them with a good balance of useful information and recommended products and services to purchase.
==> Autoresponder service: very important.

My final recommendation in this brief Internet primer is Traffic. You need to learn and apply as many ways as you can to drive targeted visitors to your website. In the early days, it might have been easier, but now, with so many millions getting involved with online marketing around the world, getting traffic to your site has become one of the biggest challenges.

Popular traffic methods include blogging, guest blogging, article marketing, social networking, traffic exchanges, advertising and more. Learn from others what works and why it works, and then experiment to find the traffic methods that work best for you.
==> Traffic Plan: very important.

That is the strategy I have followed since launching my online business:
==> Website, SEO, Autoresponder, Training and Traffic development.

And that is how I started my Internet based home business. I have found it to be a process of continual learning and development, and it is enjoyable and rewarding in a variety of ways.

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