Remember the episode of South Park when the "internet ran out" and people were travelling to California because they'd heard there was still some internet there? Cartoon Yes, but essentially, not far from the truth. Stay away from your computer for a full day and see how strange it seems. No internet and it seems like the world is cut off.
This incredible growth and the increasing dependency we have on the internet have opened up virtually limitless opportunities for making money online. An endless stream of potential customers and an almost endless supply of products to promote and making money online has become easier than ever before.
Starting your own online business isn't complicated or overly expensive. You don't need to make any hefty investments. What it boils down to essentially is having a website, which you can build using inexpensive or even free tools, a domain name and a hosting plan to host your website online. Domain names are a dime a dozen nowadays and hosting is rarely more than a few dollars a month. The whole package certainly won't break any banks.
So if you're not investing a lot of money in your online business, what are you investing? Simple question and the answer is simple as well. Time. The biggest investment you'll make in your online business is time.
Making money online requires time. Time spent in developing your websites, time invested in promoting your websites. The life-blood of any business is a constant stream of customers. Without customers a business will fail, regardless of what that business sells. In the online world, a constant stream of customers means driving large volumes of traffic to your websites.
It's that promoting and getting exposure for your sites that takes up the most time. The internet marketers making money online are those who have mastered the art of driving traffic. It's time consuming and if you don't manage your time correctly, your chances of success are limited.
The steps to promoting any website aren't really that complicated. Tried and tested methods that you can fine tune to suit your own marketing style, but overall, pretty much the same from website to website.
Writing articles and submitting these to online directories is one. Setting up and maintaining a blog about your products is another. Creating short marketing videos yet another. Nothing too complicated but they are time consuming.
Learning what to do when is the key to successful time management and, as far as the internet is concerned, the key to making money online. Learning how to streamline your article writing for example and how to use simple tools to submit your articles is a huge time-saver. Learning the ins and outs of blogging and how your blog can be fully automated is another excellent time management technique. Why spend hour after hour writing blog posts when a simple automation technique can run your blog on auto-pilot?
If owning one website or blog can have you making money online, how much more could you make from five websites or ten blogs for example? Online marketing is about mastering some simple, repeatable, effective techniques. Learn these techniques and you can be making money online in a matter of weeks. Learn how to manage your time and your earning potential will be magnified.
The biggest investment you will make in your online business is time. Time really is money. Hone your time management and your internet business will be profitable and making money online for you 24/7.