As a beginner, learning this new skill of online entrepreneurship, internet marketing and affiliate business can be very daunting to say the least. This is especially if you a not only a beginner, but also not familiar with the internet landscape.
Vast community of online entrepreneurs
The best thing about the internet is that the marketplace is full of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. So there is a lot of places where you can learn things to do and not to do.
Reviews done by others
Many of internet marketers write reviews of the products that they promote. They do a lot of research from various sources of information. The content they write is very useful in educating you on the topics covered, the content, the structure and other pertinent elements. You also get to read about different opinions and angles of coverage of the subject matter that can be useful in your process of doing the same thing.
Communities of experts
It would be wise to find communities of experts in your field. Sometimes this comes at a price because the experts know the value that they give and form exclusive forums and groups. You may be lucky because some of the forums only require you to be referred by one of them in order for them to accept you. So it would be useful to make individual contact with some of the members say befriend them on Facebook and start engaging if they accept. With time you can then bring in the subject of your interest in joining the group.
Learning in groups
It is good to join a group or community that share the same objectives or interests as yourself. This may be on social networks like Facebook or niche forums on a specific subjects. There are many forums that are free to join where you can find a wealth of information. This can accelerate you learning as you find out what others are doing and more importantly what issues they are dealing with and the solutions to them. This way you learn ahead of time such that when you do your own work you already know the issues that you may encounter and you know the solutions. Sometimes you may not know the solution but you know at least who to ask when you get stuck.
I would not recommend jumping into outsourcing too quickly. However, it can be very handy in a subject area that you are not too clued up about. Do not make it too much of a habit though. There is a lot of value in doing things yourself as you are starting out. That is a quick way to get you upskilled and knowledgeable about the area you are covering. When you then outsource with some knowledge, you can have control of the content and message that you want to push out. You can also tell when the outsourced work is up to scratch or not. There are many chancers out there and you do not want to be taken advantage of.
Some good practises to keep in mind
Write as naturally as possible
Even when you learn other people’s strategies and ways of working or writing, it is always advisable to have your own flavour of it. You can pick some elements and some features but always try and do something that you feel comfortable with. Your visitor will experience what you give them. If it is a justa carbon copy of someone’s character and method it turns to come out as flat, boring or mechanical.
Guard against plagiarism
It is unavoidable that there will be some content duplicated when you cover a certain topic or product. Some information is going to be the same. Try as much as possible not to copy other people’s work. One way I find very useful whenever I use facts from other people’s work is to then give an account of my personal experience or my personal opinion about the matter. That is the originality dose I add to my content.