online home businessAre you thinking of starting an online home business or busy trying to build one?  If so, in order to achieve success with an online home business there are some steps you need to follow.

It is very easy to get caught up in all the hype of the thousands of products that are offered online to help you with your business. Also they all claim to be the best or have the best formula or system that makes everything easy. Obviously, firstly you need a product or service to sell and that is actually often the easiest part of starting an online home business.

In reality there are really only three steps you need to master in order to grow your online home business.

1.  Get your business in front of as many people as possible who will be interested in buying your products or services.

2.  Build a list of all of the people who take a look at your business, even if they don’t buy from you initially.

3.  Build a relationship with the people on this list so that they become buyers or repeat buyers in the future.

In summary, you need lots of targeted traffic, a list and communication with your list.

We’ll start off with how to get targeted traffic. For those on a tight budget there are many highly effective low cost online marketing strategies you can use. You can also make use of the many free or low-cost traffic generating tools out there such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, Craigslist, USFreeAds and YouTube, etc. These are highly effective places to let people know what you are offering.

If you have some money to spend you can also do some paid pay-per-click advertising on some of the major search engines like Google, Bing,  Yahoo and Facebook. However, if you do not have experience in pay-per-click advertising be sure to educate yourself first otherwise you can lose a lot of money. You can download a copy of Adwords Made Easy to help you with this method.

Now let’s take a look at List Building.  An autoresponder is an essential tool for building a list for your online home business.  An autoresponder allows you to place a form on your blog, website or whatever web page you are using to create interest in your product. It is a good idea to offer something free like a newsletter, free ebooks, a sample product or partial service, in order to get the people to subscribe and fill in their contact information.

Their information is then added automatically to your list of clients/potential clients in your autoresponder. This enables you to email them with updates, relevant information, new products or whatever you want to communicate with them in order to help you build your relationship with them.

The personal touch is becoming more valued simply because it is less frequent in this day and age. This is because everything is automated including customer service, sales, telephones and emails. Adding a little bit of personalization to your automated efforts will go a long way in establishing trust with your list and clients. You can do this by sending out cards every once in a while for holidays, communicate with them on Facebook and even make some phone calls.

Make the effort to show your subscribers and customers that they are important to you and ask them to give you feedback as this will open the communication channels.

If you can master these three simple tips you will achieve success with your online home business.

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