Information marketing is the simple process of driving traffic to a website, converting traffic to subscribers, building a relationship with those subscribers and then selling them products or services. If you think about it, that’s a pretty simple business model to follow. But what if you don’t know what step 1 is? What if you don’t know how to get the foundation built, like getting a squeeze page up, so you can start driving traffic? Well, in this article, I’m going to give you the steps you need to follow in order to complete the technology requirements for your information marketing business.
Step 1: Get a domain name – The first thing you need to do is get a domain name. Honestly, if you are just starting out, don’t spend more than 15 minutes buying a domain name. It’s not really important at this point. As you build your empire up over time, you can go back and buy the perfect domain name, but it’s important that you just get started.
Step 2: Get web hosting service – There’s a lot of good companies out there to help you with this need, so do some research and choose the right one for you. I recommend spending a little more money up front to get hosting with unlimited domains and unlimited bandwidth, plus access to a cPanel. That’s just what I recommend, but you can do whatever you want.
Step 3: Get FTP access – FTP, or file transfer protocol is the process of getting your web files uploaded to your web hosting service. If you don’t understand what I just said, don’t worry. Just save all your emails from you web hosting company because you’ll need that information for your FTP access. When you research FTP clients, find one that has lots of good reviews and is the right price, most likely free.
Step 4: Set up a squeeze page – If you are a beginner, just Google squeeze page templates and find one you like. Buy it if it costs money or grab it if its free. Remember, the point here is not to worry about having a multimillion dollar site. You want to get started, and you can always change it up later. More than likely, you’ll need a template that is in HTML or maybe a WordPress theme.
Step 5: Get or create a free gift – To entice people to become subscribers on your squeeze page, you’ll need to give them something of value in exchange for their name and email address. You can create an ebook, an mp3 recording, you can put together articles you’ve written after you’ve edited and changed them for ‘ease of reading’ purposes, whatever. Give them a gift they want that has great value and great content.
Step 6: Get an email auto-responder service – Once someone becomes a subscriber of yours, the next step in the process is to build a relationship with the subscriber. You do this with an email auto-responder campaign. Just Google email service providers and you’ll find some good quality companies to choose from.
These are the steps you need to complete before you start your information marketing business. Without these steps, you’ll run into roadblocks and your business will suffer.