Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Setting Your Sites on Netpreneurship

Building a home business takes several key factors in order to make it work. One crucial factor is Internet marketing that works to drive traffic to your site and customers to your virtual or brick and mortar door. There are several types of Internet marketing that can help grow your home business. These include affiliate marketing, advertising on other sites and newsletters, search engine optimization and writing articles for the Web. Your home business Internet marketing has to start with a great Web site, however. Your home business Web site is the focal point of all other Internet marketing you do. Without a Web site that promotes your home business and perhaps is even e-commerce enabled to take payments for and arrange delivery of your home business products all the other Internet marketing you do is just about worthless.

The first thing you should focus on, then, as you start your home business, is building a dynamic Web site. Lets look at the basic ingredients of a business Web site that works.

First you must have a business plan and that home business plan will be the guide youll use for your Web site. The site must have a purpose and that purpose should be to promote your home business. Without a home business mission and business plan, therefore, you wont have a Web site that succeeds. You also must know if your Web site is driving your business. More often than not new netpreneurs will set out with all the right equipment and ingredients such as bookkeeper, business plan and staff, but wont take the time or install the software that lets them track the progress their home business is making on the Web.

Thats always puzzling. Why go to the trouble of setting your home business up, making all the right moves to get started including Internet marketing and not put in place the programs and products that will let you know what worked? Sure, you might look at the bottom line and see that its gone from red to black and think you have no need to track further. But think about all the time and money youre spending. Would you and should you not want to know if the affiliate marketing is paying its way, or if the search engine optimization is the best place to put your money?

Yes, tracking the results of your Internet marketing is crucial to your marketing strategies and your expenses.

Your Web site design is crucial. You dont have to have the snazziest site on the Web unless of course, your business is selling snazzy site building services. But you do need a site thats attractive to look at, easy to navigate and offers a clear look at your products and service. You must identify yourself and provide easy to find contact information that includes physical address. Folks who come to your Web site from a distance cant come to your brick and mortar location to meet you. You might not even have a brick and mortar location. You must ease their trepidation about giving their money and personal information to strangers by personalizing yourself as much as you can.

Once you have your clear, attractive and easy to use Web site in place you can begin to promote through Internet marketing.

Peter Ris has a back ground in Economics. After working for 20 years in foreign exchange trading at major investment banks in a few of the main financial centers of the world, he retired to Spain back in 2001. Since then he worked as an investment consultant, web entrepreneur, and hotel manager http://retirewithpeterblog.com