How do you get the idea for a product? You may be saying to yourself that yes, selling something on the internet sounds like a great idea, but what do I sell?
One way is to keep an eye out for products that you yourself use but either have trouble finding, have trouble finding in the size, color, flavor, (or whatever) that you want, or that you use often and it’s inconvenient to get from the store.
Don’t let physical products scare you. There are businesses that will fulfill orders for you, either as an affiliate or drop-shipping. Or, if you want, you can stock and ship the items yourself.
Affiliate means that you simply send traffic to the web site selling the product and you get a commission. Drop shipping means that you take the order and then turn around and place an order with the distributor or manufacturer and they ship the product directly to your customer – you don’t have to stock it or ship it. Light Peak
You may not make a lot of money doing this at first; however it can generate a small regular stream of orders. It’s a perfect way for someone to get comfortable running a home-based Internet Business.
Here are the steps:Identify a product. One product idea of mine came out of a book I was reading. The book mentioned an item, and the use for the item, and I wanted one (or actually a few). When I tried to locate it, I had trouble finding a web site that sold it. So I knew that I was not the only person that would want it. You can do the same thing by staying current with trends and new books, etc. If you find something that you want, but have some difficulty finding it, or finding it exactly like you want it, start thinking about filling that void. It may be a situation like mine where you end up packing and shipping the product yourself (low volume only) or you may find that you can drop-ship it from the distributor or manufacturer, or sell it as an affiliate.
Get a PayPal account. Very simple. Just go to Paypal.com and signup for a merchant account. In my case, I already had an order system in place that I plugged in, but, you can just go directly to Paypal from your order page, they have all the tools you’ll need to accept money from people.
Setup a web site. You’ll need to purchase a domain name, and a hosting account. You can do both at most hosting providers. I use 1and1.com. These days, most hosting accounts come with a ton of features and options, but stick with the basics. You can learn about making web-sites with several free courses that are available, or hire someone to create a basic web site or blog for you.
Setup a Google account (if you don’t have one) and setup your site in Google Webmaster Tools.
Link to your new site from your other sites (if you have any). Post some valid comments on blogs that allow you to leave a URL with your name. This will help get your site indexed by search engines.
Write some articles about your product and put them on your web site. You can create a blog if you want to and add it to your site or you can just add more pages to your web site manually and put an article per page. You don’t have to do this, but it will help get traffic from search engines. I’m not going to go into all the whys in this post, but just trust me, it helps.
Optimize your site for Search Engines. There’s a lot of information on this, just do a few searches for Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
The above 7 steps will get you going and get your feet wet. From there, you will be much more comfortable selling other peoples products as an affiliate, or selling “virtual” products that you never see, touch, or handle.
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