Creating Your Own Online Product

There are many ways to make money online. Gurus are always selling their own techniques. If you listen to one piece of advice you’ll go in one direction. If you listen to another you’ll do something different. And of course, each teaches that the other person is wrong. But there is one thing they all agree on. And one thing they all engage in.

If you want to create real income you need to start by creating your own online product.

But why?

Why do you need to go to all the effort involved in creating your own online product? Not just once but many, many times? That’s a heck of a lot of effort. So why?

There are a number of other ways to make money online. You can:

1. Sell physical products

2. Sell other peoples products as an affiliate.

3. Sell ClickBank products.

4. Sell advertising space.

And that’s just a few of the major methods.

So why would selling online products be so profitable in comparison?

Let’s start by examining the other methods. Selling advertising space is one way to make a few extra dollars. But to make real big money you need a great deal of traffic. And traffic of that magnitude is difficult to get and expensive to service.

So what about affiliate and ClickBank marketing? In both cases, you are getting paid for your own efforts. And that’s it. Effectively, you aren’t running a business you’re a commission salesperson. And you’re being paid like a commission salesclerk. You can’t leverage other people’s efforts. At least with affiliate marketing you are typically supporting a high ticket, high commission product. With ClickBank you’re not even selling that.

That leaves physical products. Typically physical products are other people’s products — you’re just the retailer. And like most retailers you get a portion of the sale — and only a portion. But even when the product is your own you’re faced with two problems. Fulfillment and shipping. You either need to pay someone to handle fulfillment for you. Or you’re going to have to take the time out of your own busy schedule. And the product still needs to be shipped. So the costs to you are very high.

Your own online products on the other hand don’t have these issues. Yes, you have to create them. But you control the process. In fact, that’s the byword for online products — control.

You control the marketing. So if you want to sell all by yourself you get to keep all the commissions.

On the other hand, if you want to sell through affiliates you determine how much commission you will pay them for sales. Not only that but you get to decide what constitutes a sale. And you get to leverage other people’s efforts to enhance your income.

Traffic also isn’t the issue that it is with advertising. Yes, you need to attract traffic but it’s a reasonable level not an extremely high level as it needs to be with advertising.

Online products don’t require any effort or cost for fulfillment. Basically you put the product up on the web, connect your sales process and you’re done. So shipping and handling costs are a thing of the past. And the occasional decision to create a physical product from an online product as a marketing shake ’em up. And unlike physical products there is very little cost involved in packaging or keeping an inventory.

Online Products to Make and Sell

Imagination is the limiting factor when it comes to creating online products. When the attention is turned to selling these products, the ultimate purpose is to do so successfully and this means starting an internet business. A PDF (Portable Document Format) on ‘How to Cure a Limping Ladybird’ may well make interesting reading, but it is unlikely to have a large audience, and thus result in the desired amount of sales. Therefore it is best to concentrate on developing a product for which there is demand, and preferably to which we can apply our knowledge.

People buy all kinds of things whether or not they need them. Creating a product that people both want and need would be ideal. One may want to focus on a popular niche, e.g. Improve Your Golf and Take Your Opponent by Surprise, How to Reduce Scars from Spots, Feeding Your Dog to Optimize Its Health, etc. All the former involve popular niches. The key to marketing a niche related product successfully is to focus on a product which has little competition, but which is still popular.

For those new to selling and particularly selling online, starting with a digital product would make sense. There are a number of these to choose from. The largest market place for digital products to check out is ClickBank (ClickBank.com). Getting familiar with the site makes it easy to find out answers to important questions, such as how popular a product is, how many are selling, what it is about, average percentage per sale, etc.

Selling a digital product makes the rest of the process easier than selling a physical product for several reasons. Once it has been purchased access to the product is effectively immediate. This removes packaging, visiting the post office and mailing, and the normal associated time and monetary costs of these activities. In addition there is no need to keep stock, and to have or rent additional space for this purpose.

Selling a digital product can be done single-handedly, thus keeping further costs down, as well as remaining more independent when it comes to running a business by not having to rely on anyone else. Selling somebody else’s product is advantageous in that it does not involve Customer Care, thus making it possible to concentrate primarily on selling and marketing.

There are two types of online products – digital and physical. EBooks and PDFs are the most common digital products. In them links to Affiliate Products can be included. This has the potential to increase earnings beyond the price of the book alone. An example of this would be including a link to a cream that reduces scarring with regards to acne, a book on foods for beautiful skin, etc. Individuals desperate to get rid of acne are willing to acquire things that could free them of it. Getting rid of acne, becoming slimmer, healthier, more beautiful/attractive, salvaging a relationship, etc. are all topics that sell. Everyone can identify with this scenario, i.e. searching for a solution to a problem.

In eBooks links to YouTube videos, or anything else that can benefit the reader can also be included. To take this one step further, it is an idea to accompany an eBook by an audio that can be listened to whilst ironing, driving a car, etc. Many people like to do more than one thing at a time. To fully grasp any information it needs to be repeated several times.

Video is the most popular way of obtaining information. Seeing how something is done makes it a whole lot easier than translating text to the required actions. YouTube alone is living proof of how popular this kind of information is.

EBooks, audio/music, and videos all form digital products. Some are made of a combination of two or three different formats, so offering the user more flexibility and choice.

To summarise there are various kinds of online products to make and sell. They fall into two main categories either digital, or physical. It is possible to start selling someone else’s product pretty much immediately with marketing knowhow. The returns are bigger when selling one’s own product, as is the potential work load. Selecting the right market is one of the most important keys.

How to Market Products Online

When it comes to making money online your success is dependent on how well you learn how to market products online. Whether you have chosen to market the newest electronic devices, or products that will make a pet owners life easier, the sales will not come if your potential customers cannot find your product. Here we discuss some of the key elements to marketing products online so you can get yourself on the right path to profiting online.

First, select which product niche you want to market. In order to learn how to market products online, you need to determine what product you want to market since your other steps will be based on this decision. When you choose your product, you will want it to be something that you believe customers will be interested in. You can choose a product you know a lot about, or a product that you yourself have searched for but have found very little information about. Odds are if you have searched for it, there is a good chance that others have been searching for it as well. It is your knowledge of a product that will cause a customer to trust your recommendations, increasing the chances that they will purchase a product from you.

Second, choose a domain name that is related to your product niche. An important element in learning how to market products online is to choose the right domain name. Your domain name is the first element that tells your visitors what your site is all about and is key to a good search engine ranking. If you have ever searched for information online, you probably never realized that a sites rankings played into where the site fell in the search results. Why do we care about how a search engine ranks our site? Because the lower you fall in the search results, i.e., page 3 or beyond, the less of a chance there is that your customer will find you resulting in no sales no matter how much marketing you do.

Lastly, get content on your site and start marketing. The most important step in learning how to market products online is to create a site that is full of content related to your product of choice. Say you have chosen to market pet products, then you will need to fill your content with information and products related to answering all the questions a pet owner may have. Keep in mind the greatest content is the world will not do you any good if your customers can’t find it. Make sure you take the time to promote your site as much as you can using either article or PPC marketing. Just make sure you concentrate on one method, otherwise you may end up frustrating yourself with the lack of traffic.

These are just a few of the key tips to learning how to market products online. Choose your niche, and build a content rich site full of information related to your product of choice and you will be on your way to achieving success at making money online sooner than you ever thought possible.