There’s no PhD you can strive for to be in the Internet marketing industry. You have to learn as you go – on your own – soaking up information along the way. The first thing you need to know is what it means to be an Internet marketer, because it isn’t always clear to everyone.
Let’s start with what Internet marketing is not. It’s not being a con artist. It’s not being a spam king. It doesn’t just mean selling on eBay or having your own website and products.
In reality, Internet marketers can pick and choose from a whole host of options available to help them make money. Opportunities are virtually endless, and include one or more of the following:
- Selling digital downloads (information products like eBooks)
- Promoting other people’s products for a commission (affiliate marketing)
- Selling on eBay or other auction sites
- Running a membership site
- Selling your online services (writing, graphics, etc.)
- Owning a website that sells dropshipped or wholesale items
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Being a newcomer to Internet marketing, you might be worried that you don’t have anything to sell. That’s okay – most people don’t start out with anything, and you never have to stock a tangible inventory if you don’t want to.
Internet marketing creates no gender or age boundaries for you. There are teenagers who have launched multi-million dollar companies as budding Internet marketers whose ideas sprung to life and catapulted them to instant success.
You don’t have to do anything unethical or shady to succeed at Internet marketing, and in fact, launching a respectable business with a solid reputation is the secret ingredient that will allow you to hatch an empire on the ‘net to fulfill all of your dreams and those of your family.