How to Build an Online Business for Long-Term Success

Building an Online Business for Long-Term SuccessIf you’re like me you probably come across a product or service just about every day that claims to be able to make you loads of money online in just a matter of days. While there are some success stories of people who have been able to make a lot of money quickly, reality is much different for the vast majority of people who attempt to make money online.

Building an online business for the long run is typically a more realistic approach, provides a more stable foundation for a business, and in the end is likely to wind up being more lucrative than a quick burst that makes some money and then dies off just as fast.

If you’re someone who is willing to put in the work that is required to build a real online business, rather than relying on gimmicks or tricks to make some fast cash, you need to make sure that you are taking a long-term approach.

In this article we’ll take a look at some things that you can do to be certain that you are not sacrificing the long term stability of your online business in order to make more money right now.

For the first 5 years of my career in internet marketing I made the majority of my income from one website that I worked consistently to build over the years. Some of the tips in this article come from lessons I learned accidentally, others from things I did intentionally, and even some that I learned the hard way.

RELATED READING: If you want to see how I sold that website for six figures please see the Complete Guide to Selling a Website or Blog.

Now I’m going through the same process with a website in another industry and applying these lessons has allowed me to drastically speed up the growth process by making fewer mistakes along the way.

Here is a look at some keys for long-term success with your website or online business.

1. Take the Time to Understand Your Audience

Rather than forcing content, promotions, and products that your audience may or may not want, take the time to get to know your target audience and understand their needs and wants.

If you haven’t yet started your site you’re in a good position because you can do some research before you even begin. Niche or industry-specific forums are a great place to see what people in your target audience are talking about, what kinds of questions they are asking, and what they respond to. You can also browse other blogs in the niche and read comments on blog posts. You can observe the types of products that are being advertised and promoted in the industry.

If you have already started your site you can analyze your site’s stats to see what type of content attracts the most traffic, which blog posts draw the most comments from readers, and what content is shared the most on social media. You can also survey your readers to get more insight.

Know Your Audience

Crowd by Espen Sundve

Knowing your audience is essential if you hope to build a site that will continue to grow for years to come. Not only will you need to know what type of content to provide at your site, but you can also determine what types of products you could create and sell, what products you could promote as an affiliate, identify services that you could offer, and what type of format your audience prefers.

If you don’t have a true understanding of your audience you are basically just guessing. You may have some success this way, but knowing your audience will give you a huge advantage.

2. Don’t Create Your Site Around Any Topic That is Time-Sensitive

If you’re hoping to build a website that will continue to grow and be profitable for years to come, make sure to select a topic that will allow you to attract an audience well into the future.

For example, if you want to start a site in the gaming industry that will be around for years to come, don’t create a site focused around a popular and current video game console because it will be outdated in a few years and your audience will drift away.

If there is a product, topic, or event that your site relies on and the popularity of that product, topic, or event dries up, your business will dry up as well. Another example comes from my recent interview of Pauline Cabrera. When Pauline was a teenager she had a site focused on MySpace layouts. That site attracted 250,000 visitors per day at MySpace’s peak, but in just a few years the traffic and the site were gone.

There are certainly opportunities to make money for a limited length of time in situations like this, but if you have a long-term focus you should consider these elements before choosing a topic for your site.

3. Consider How Long it Will Take for Your Target Audience to Outgrow You

When you are thinking about the audience that you want to target, also consider how long these people will fall in your target audience and how quickly they will outgrow the need for what you have to offer.

For example, if I started a site that targeted beginner photographers the content of the site and any products that I created would be focused on basic principles of photography. Once someone has read through the content, practiced on their own, and learned the basics they probably wouldn’t have much use for my site because they would no longer be at that beginner level.

When you have a site where the target audience outgrows the need for your site very quickly, in order to be successful you will need to keep reaching new people to replace those that are outgrowing your site.

Now, if my photography site provided content for people in all ranges of ability and was broken down into different sections for skill level, visitors could progress from one section to the next as their skills and experience improved. Instead of losing that audience that was advancing I would simply offer them something more appropriate for them, and I can continue to keep them as a repeat visitor for a long time.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid websites or business models where your target audience will quickly outgrow your content, but it is something that you should consider. Will your target audience be large enough to sustain long-term success with the site? How will you attract new visitors/customers to replace those that are outgrowing you?

If you are going to select a topic where your target audience will be outgrowing your site fairly quickly I would advise monetizing your site by selling a product instead of focusing on a monetization method like ad sales. Selling a product will allow you to capitalize on that brief window of time when that person falls into your target market. Selling advertising or using AdSense will require a large volume of traffic in order to make a good income in the long-term, and if visitors are not coming back week-after-week, month-after-month it can be difficult to reach the level of traffic that you will need.

4. Don’t Focus on Quick Monetary Gains

One of the biggest mistakes you can make if you are working to build a website/business that will be successful in the long run is to make a sacrifice for the sake of short-term income.

For example, you may be able to make some quick money by promoting a particular product as an affiliate. But if the people in your audience that take your recommendation are disappointed in the product that they purchased, they are unlikely to ever trust your advice again.

Instead of looking to make money now, focus on building the trust of your audience and developing a relationship with them. This will take time and effort, but the long-term result is that they will be much more responsive whenever you promote a product as an affiliate or offer your own product for sale. (See 49 Ways to Gain the Trust and Loyalty of Your Audience.)

Another factor is how you use the valuable real estate at your site. You could sell banner ads at the most prominent locations on your site and start making some decent revenue from it. Or, you could use that valuable screen space to encourage visitors to subscribe to your email list. You may not make as much money right now by promoting your email list, but in the long run it is likely to be much more lucrative. The ad will make money for you today, but subscribes that join your list today could continue to produce income for months or years to come.

5. Don’t Give Up if it Starts Slowly

The biggest mistake I see people making in any type of online business, but especially blogging, is giving up too quickly. If you have a long-term focus it’s not really that big of a setback if things start off a little slowly. You may need to work harder or make some adjustments to your approach, but it’s not a crushing blow.

Starting Blocks

Too many people get discouraged when things don’t happen as quickly as they would like, and they give up. Stay focused on long-term success and you can see a slow start as a learning opportunity that you can build upon.

6. Be Willing to Invest in Your Business

As you start to make money with your website/business, be willing to invest some or all of it back into your business. You may want to use the money to get a new template or theme, to get a professional logo design, to hire writers, to upgrade your hosting, to outsource social media marketing, to run some ads, to invest in a tool or app that will allow you to work more efficiently, or any number of things.

If you view your site as a business you will be willing to invest not only your time but also some money. Wisely investing into your business can help to speed up the growth process and allow you to reach the long-term stability that you are after.

7. Make Networking a Priority

Building a professional network with others in your niche or industry is one of the best things you can do for the long-term health of your business. There are so many ways that a strong network can help you, including inbound links, social media shares, getting affiliates to promote your products, getting exclusive deals when promoting other people’s products as an affiliate, joint venture opportunities, guest posting opportunities, introductions to others, advice when you need it, and so much more.

Set aside time each week to work on building your network.

For more on networking see:

8. Build Your Email List

If there is one thing I wish I started doing earlier it is building an email list. I managed a popular blog with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month for several years before starting an email list. During that time I could have built a large email list with very little effort, but it just wasn’t something I pursued.

Now, an email list is an essential part of my strategy with just about any website that I start. With a list of responsive subscribers you can routinely send traffic back to your site through links in your emails, develop stronger relationships with your most loyal followers, easily promote products as an affiliate, and quickly rack up sales of your own products. An email list can benefit you regardless of what type of approach you take to monetize your site.

And if you have a long-term focus an email list is even more important. Start today and in a few years you could have a huge list that is an extremely valuable asset for your business.

For some tips on list building please see these articles:

9. Develop a Sustainable Traffic Plan

In order to achieve long-term success you will need to be able to attract traffic on an on-going basis. Many website owners and marketers place all, or most, of their emphasis on Google search rankings, but relying too heavily on Google is not a healthy approach. Google’s constant algorithm changes are capable of taking down any site that relies too heavily on their search traffic.

RELATED READING: 7 Ways to Decrease Your Dependency on Google for Traffic

Other site owners prefer to use social media as a way to get exposure. Social media is a great option, but spending a few hours per day on social media is not a sustainable plan.

A more sustainable plan involves focusing on building an email list that will continue to bring visitors to your site, networking with other bloggers and site owners in your niche, and working to get links that will actually send visitors to your site.

When the subject of link building is discussed, the focus is usually on increasing search engine rankings. However, links that actually send click-through traffic are easily as valuable as those that are gained for SEO purposes.

10. Develop a Sustainable Monetization Plan

There are a lot of different ways that you can monetize a website or blog, and if you’re focused on long-term profitability be sure that you are taking an approach that is sustainable.

One great approach is to create and sell evergreen products that will continue to be useful and relevant for months and years to come. Creating products can take a considerable amount of time and effort, but if you can continue to make money from those products for a few years it will be well worth the time.

Another factor is to only promote quality products and services if you are doing affiliate marketing. As I mentioned earlier, promoting poor quality products will do more harm than good in the long run.

One of the reasons why selling ads is not my preferred monetization method is because it is not very sustainable without a high volume of traffic. If you want to increase your traffic to start making some money from selling ads you could increase your publishing frequency.

Say you start publishing a post every day and your traffic increases. Then you start selling ads to make money from that traffic, but in order to keep that ad revenue flowing and not dropping you will need to maintain, or even increase your posting frequency. If you slow down your posts your traffic may decrease and your ad revenue will also decrease. Hiring other writers is always an option, and if you are selling ads it may be your best option, but if you want to be able to maintain the blog on your own I wouldn’t recommend using ad sales as a major part or your monetization plan.

11. Work Towards Multiple Streams of Income

The websites and businesses that will be the most successful in the long run will have more than one stream of income. This doesn’t mean that you have to start off with multiple income streams, but at least be thinking and planning how you can add new incomes streams in the future.

You could have a future goal of eventually making money from some combination of services, product sales (your own products), ad revenue, affiliate revenue, membership, etc.

If you are only making money in one way from your website you are almost certainly leaving money on the table.

12. Find Ways to Engage with Your Most Loyal Fans/Customers

One of the keys to long-term success is being able to take things a step further with your most loyal fans, customers, and followers. People who are extremely interested in what you have to offer are likely to be willing to pay for high end products and services, and they may be interested in exclusive access.

As you work to build your site and your audience you can make offers that will appeal to those who are extremely interested in what you have to offer. This may include memberships with exclusive access that will involve recurring payments, products with annual licenses or renewals (like many premium WordPress themes come with updates and service for 1 year), product upsells or higher-priced packages that include more, your consulting services, or anything else that would give your most loyal fans more access than the typical customer. If you have a product or service that involves recurring or repeat payments this will be even better for your long-term profitability.

By offering upgraded options to your products and services you can drastically increase the amount that you make, even if most customers choose the basic option.

13. Pay Attention to Your Branding

Long-term success will also require people to remember you and your brand. There are a lot of factors that are involved in branding, including your logo, color scheme, graphics, and your social media presence. Make an effort to provide an experience that visitors will remember.

One quick example of branding comes from Ashley of Mad Lemmings. Ashley’s blog posts always include a graphic that is ideal for social media sharing. They are typically vertical, which works well for sites like Pinterest, and they always include his domain name or branding. Social media users can see the graphic and know that it is from Mad Lemmings before they even visit the site. Here is an example graphic from his post WordPress Customization: 5 Ways to Pimp Your Website.

MadLemmings

14. Pursue Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships can come in many different forms. The idea is simply to find partnerships with others in your industry that will be mutually beneficial.

In many cases the strategic partnership could be an affiliate relationship that is taken a little further. For example, at one of my websites I sell digital products to photographers (hobbyists and professionals). Although I offer a range of different products I don’t offer anything in the areas of training or education. There are a lot of sites out there that sell e-books, video courses, and other types of training for people who want to learn more about photography. I’m currently starting to look for a site with quality products that I could offer to my customers on an on-going basis through my email list and blog. And if I found the right partner they may also be interested in promoting my products to their list of customers as well.

There are all kinds of opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships, you just need to take some time to think about the possibilities and to find ideal partners.

15. Make Yourself Replaceable

Ultimately, you will want to be able to step away from your business, even if it is just for a short period of time, without bringing everything to a screeching halt. If your business relies on you for everything it will limit your long-term growth potential, and will also limit the value if you ever want to sell the business.

Fortunately, you don’t need to have a large office full of employees in order to have a business that will run efficiently in your absence. You can take advantage of automated tools and scheduling tools like email autoresponders, social media dashboards, and post scheduling in advance to have much of the critical work done during a short absence, like a vacation.

Outsourcing work is also a great way to reduce the dependency on your own efforts. If your business involves a lot of blog content that is something that can be easily outsourced if you have the budget. You may also want to outsource things like social media marketing, customer service, and design.

You don’t need to outsource things right away, but as you begin to grow and increase your income you should have some money available for outsourcing. Getting others to help with daily responsibilities like writing content, social media marketing, and customer service will allow you more freedom to focus on strategy and big picture items. Also, if you need to step away it will allow the business to function without you, even if it is just for a while.

What’s Your Approach?

How do you go about building your online business with a long-term focus? Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments

  1. says

    Holy cow Marc, that is 3500 words!
    You certainly know how to write comprehensive articles. That alone is worth a blog post.
    “marc’s 101 on how to write amazingly helpful content that should be a book”
    Neil patel would be jealous!
    And thanks for the mention too. Great work
    ashley

    • says

      Thanks Ashley. I actually have a harder time write short articles than I do long ones (at least, on topics that interest me and where I have some experience). I thought this one might wind up being fairly short, but I guess I was wrong.

      • says

        LOL. Thus the curse we have Marc. I will actually try to write like back in the old days haha.

        I meet new budding entrepreneurs regularly so next time, before I go on and start talking about the exact same things you already mentioned here, I will just tell them to come here :D

        Found out about this on Triberr. Sharing it on Twitter in a few secs

  2. Sherine says

    Marc, your article is spot on. One of my main challenges is how to make my business Independent of me but having it still reflect me with a personal touch.

    • says

      Hi Sherine,
      Thanks for your feedback. Going from a one-person operation to having the ability to step away is a major challenge. I’m in that process right now with my most profitable website and it takes some time. With some business models it’s harder than others.

  3. says

    Hey man!

    Great write. I can’t agree more with the understanding the audience part. I think most people doesn’t really understand their readers. Even I do from time to time.

    But once you crack the code, you are pretty ‘golden’ then.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hi Reginald,
      Thanks for your comment. Understanding your audience is something many people overlook. Personally, this is something I am working on right now here at ProfitBlitz. I launched the site earlier this year and now I am looking at the feedback, types of posts that get the most attention, and other details to see what interests my readers the most.

  4. says

    Hi Marc,

    First off, thanks so much for mentioning my networking article. I appreciate you.

    Power points all around. The one that I vibe so much with, is refusing to focus on making a quick buck. Focusing on making fast profits moves your energies away from doing all the great advice you’re sharing about, so naturally, when you stop following great advice you flop miserably.

    Example; if I tried to make a quick buck I wouldn’t be networking as I am. So naturally, I’d have been featured nowhere, because few people would know about me, or care about me, because I’d be doing the stuff that greedy SOBs do, which makes them outcasts.

    I just want to take people with me. I want everybody to blog from paradise – or folks who want to BFP, or folks who don’t believe they can BFP, but will soon believe they can, because their inspired by my story – and by holding that intent, and not thinking much about trying to get money, or trying to reel in readers, all has fallen into place effortlessly.

    Long term pros teach us that creating something epic, frequently, and connecting with the pros in your niche by helping them out, are the key ingredients to long term success. Each tip you shared Marc fits nicely into those ingredients, to make for a sweet recipe.

    Thanks so much :) Tweeting in a bit.

    Have a fun week.

    Ryan

    • says

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for your comment. That’s a great example. Networking is definitely something that takes a lot of time and effort, and in most cases the payoff will be down the road. It’s definitely an important part of the process but requires some patience to see the results.

  5. says

    Marc,

    I LOVED this post. As a new business owner (I manage a team of freelance bloggers), I definitely feel like it’s true that we need to not try to make too much too fast. One problem I’m running into is that I’ve offered clients the option to purchase posts in bulk and I’m not yet equipped to handle the size of order we’ve gotten. The new plan is to offer subscription options where they’d get fewer at a time, so I can manage the workload better as we grow.

    I am amazed by all the links to other posts, I find myself wanting to click all of them and read all of them! You sure know how to create helpful, informative content. It’s no wonder you’ve been so successful!

    Talk to you again soon,
    Brittany

    • says

      Brittany,
      Thanks for you comment. I’m glad to hear that things are going well for you in your business. Issues related to scaling a business are definitely part of the growth process. I think your subscription option would be good not only for recurring payments, but it could also help you avoid some problems from feeling forced to grow the business too quickly (like having to add too many new writers before you are ready).

      Best of luck in your business.

  6. says

    Hi Marc,
    Building a successful online business for the long term is not easy but its necessary. The process requires huge sacrifices in sustainable promotion and efforts.
    This extract sums up the mindset that should be retained when building such business

    “Building an online business for the long run is typically a more realistic approach, provides a more stable foundation for a business, and in the end is likely to wind up being more lucrative than a quick burst that makes some money and then dies off just as fast.”

    I couldn’t agree more with this!

    Creating sustainable VALUE is a key process to achieving long term success with business blogging! Every marketer must adhere to this strictly and build a blog that would keep attracting success in the long term.

    This post was found in kingged where it was shared and upvoted.

  7. Henneke says

    Wow, Marc, This is super-comprehensive. You make some important points – like not focusing on quick wins. I think it’s still a common belief that many people think they can quickly turn a website into business, but I believe in long-term planning.

  8. says

    Hey Marc,

    This is an awesome, info-packed post! Your note about email lists…

    “If there is one thing I wish I started doing earlier it is building an email list. I managed a popular blog with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month for several years before starting an email list. During that time I could have built a large email list with very little effort, but it just wasn’t something I pursued.”

    …hit home. I made the same mistake as you. I had a popular blog with lots of traffic for several years, but I didn’t have an email list. Big, big mistake. And I’m having to work twice as hard with Be A Better Blogger because of it!

    Great stuff, Marc. I’m going to give this a second read later, just to make sure all of it takes.

    Have a great day, my friend.

    • says

      Kevin,
      I know a lot of bloggers were making the same mistake several years ago. Back when I started blogging no one had a separate email list aside from their blog subscription. And when people first started doing it I didn’t really see the point. So the end result was a big missed opportunity.

  9. says

    This is a really awesome post Marc (again!!).

    So many of the points here had me nodding. One of the things that really stuck with me were the fact that blogging is done at a slow pace and not to expect instant rewards,

    When I first started my blog I really did expect to see income a lot quicker than it came. I didnt have any understanding of the amount of work, connection and online branding that was required. When I started my latest blogging tips blog in January of this year, I had a much longer time scale in my head. I didn’t expect it to make me a huge income instantly as I understood the work required to get the blog off the ground and recognized in the industry.

    This has a huge impact on whether bloggers will run the race of fall at the first hurdle. I am not disappointed now with where my blog is at, as I have realistic expectations. I know that I am it in for the long haul and not for the quick bucks.

    Thanks for an awesome post!!

    • says

      Catherine,
      Thanks for your comment. I totally agree with your point about expectations. If you have realistic expectations it’s much easier to stick with it. Unrealistic expectations are one of the biggest reasons why so many people give up on blogging.

  10. says

    For me, long-term success is absolutely non-negotiable if you desire results in building your online empire. I have no question with your list Marc, they are important and basic things to mull over. A vision in online business is what I can put forward and it has something to do with your audience too, you must have a vision or a specific goal in mind for your enterprise.

    One blogger said, “Many of these successful business people have a clear outline that they keep in the forefront of their mind every single day of what they’d like to achieve and when they’d like to accomplish such goals.”

    Take the Time to Understand Your Audience – I must say, the starting point for all communication is becoming aware of the intended audience and approaching them on an appropriate level.

    • says

      Thanks for your feedback Metz. I agree that you need to have a vision or specific goal. There have been times when I didn’t really have a specific vision, and my results suffered.

  11. says

    Marc,
    You must know where you are coming from and where you are going. Your 15 points completely blew me away.

    when I got to point 2, I thought that was the core but as I kept reading, I found out there was more meat. It’s absolutely amazing how we learn very useful things online these days without going to any school to study business administration.

    2 weeks ago, I started a new business that’s surely going to be the game changer. My first approach was that I identified a problem. Then I tried to find out if someone is already trying to solve the problem online.

    Yes, there are platforms providing solutions to the problem. However, I came in tackling it from an almost unique angel. And of course, this is not time sensitive. I know my audience. I know their problem and I’m working on providing a long lasting solution.

    It will also be interesting to have you on board as a beta tester of the new platform Marc ;)

    Thanks for posting such a valuable post. Do have a splendid weekend

    ~ Enstine

    • says

      Hi Enstine,
      Thanks for your comment. Thanks for sharing some details about your idea with me through email. I hope it turns out to be a really great project for you and for others as well.

  12. says

    Hi Marc,

    Informative post.:)

    As we are all aware about online business and if entrepreneurs want to grow their business then they need to grow their customers.
    Bloggers should concentrate at their readers so that they can promote their product and can get more positive results.

    There are many bloggers who give up within few days. If someone wants to build a successful business then he/she should stick to their work. Consistency is always a positive point for every business.

    Bloggers should their audience. It’s a peak point to concern about. Bloggers should know about their readers, for whom they are going to write so that they can provide their content accordingly.

    Thanks for sharing.:)

    Enjoy your weekend.:)

    ~Ravi

    • says

      Hi Ravi,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, consistency is definitely important. I think it is kind of interesting that you really can stand out just by being consistent and doing what you need to do. So many bloggers give up quickly, like you mentioned, that if you just do what you need to do and stick with it, you will stand out.

  13. says

    Excellent post Marc!

    These are some power points for sure.

    Your point on considering how long it will take for your audience to out grow you is a huge point that honestly I have never considered before.

    I am fresh on creating a product for a new site I will be launching in the future and that point will come in handy for sure. That makes you point about building that email list so important.

    I also really appreciate your point on making yourself replaceable. I think most bloggers are solo. That does cause a problem especially for a part timer like myself. In life things come up and having a team etc to have your back is a huge asset for sure!

    I know a couple G+ communities that will really appreciate this. Sharing now!

    Have a good rest of the weekend Marc!

    • says

      Hi Steven,
      Thanks for your feedback and for sharing the post on G+. The idea of being outgrown by your audience is something that you don’t hear very much about, but I know it is an issue with some sites and blogs. I don’t think it’s always a bad thing, but you need to understand when it could be a potential issue and find ways to either attract more new readers or find other ways to benefit from those in your audience before they outgrow you.

      Personally, I’m not where I want to be with making myself replaceable either. I don’t have any interest in hiring employees or managing a huge team of freelancers (although I do work with a few freelancers). My goal moving forward is to take an approach with my sites that will allow me to automate as much as possible and to not be reliant on constant hours of work. I avoid selling products like WordPress themes and software because I don’t want high requirements for customer service. I avoid using ads for monetization because I don’t want to be dependent on publishing high volumes of new content. And I want to use things like autoresponders more effectively to increase passive income.

      Best of luck with your upcoming product and site. I look forward to learning more about that!

  14. says

    Hey Marc,

    Great post. I saw this post a while back and have been meaning to come back and read it in full and comment, but didn’t get a chance to do so until today. Very busy my friend.

    Anyway, “Rather than forcing content, promotions, and products that your audience may or may not want, take the time to get to know your target audience and understand their needs and wants.” Great statement.

    If you don’t know WHO your audience really is, how can you be expected to sell anything successfully online. Your business will go nowhere because you haven’t identified who your customer is. This takes time and is very important to do.

    “Instead of looking to make money now, focus on building the trust of your audience and developing a relationship with them. This will take time and effort, but the long-term result is that they will be much more responsive whenever you promote a product as an affiliate or offer your own product for sale.”

    This is the honest truth and some great advice.

    The mistake I made when I first started out was trying sell products when I wasn’t even known to people. Obviously that backfired on me and it took a while to learn that developing a relationship and building trust is the best way to go.

    I really like tip #11. This is something that all bloggers and entrepreneurs should work towards. I hera so much arguments about what’s the best methods to make money, Affiliate or Info Products. My answer is to do both if possible and strategically implement others (sponsorship, adsense, etc.) if they fit with what you’re doing.

    Like you said, “If you are only making money in one way from your website you are almost certainly leaving money on the table.”

    This is certainly an epic post to me and I know I’m going to be referring back to it many times in the near future and beyond that.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Hope you have an awesome rest of the week.

    – Andrew

    • says

      Thanks for your feedback Andrew. I’m glad that you appreciate this article.

      Thanks for sharing from your own experience with try to sell online. Taking the time to build your reputation and earn the trust of your audience takes time, but if you are willing and able to do that (like you are doing now) before trying to sell a product, it will generally be a lot easier. I’m sure you’ll have better results the next time you go to sell a product.

      I agree with you that selling your own products and using affiliate programs is a good mix for many people. At the site that accounts for the majority of my income right now I have always focused on my product sales, and right now I am in the process of finding the right affiliate products to promote and add some of those promotions into my autoresponder sequence so it will work on autopilot once it is set up.

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