Before you worry about getting people to see your website you need to have something to sell on it.
The system you use to engage your website visitors and present your offers to them is known as your sales funnel because it ‘funnels' your prospects through your online ‘selling machine'.
This sales funnel should always have the following components:
- a high quality product which helps people to solve a problem eg. improve their online income, get more website traffic, improve their fitness, train their dog or grow better vegetables. The product just has to match the target market or ‘niche'. Identify a common problem. Create or suggest a solution which, in the case of digitally marketed products, can be instantly downloaded or accessed via a password protected membership site. Get paid either 100% if it's your product or a portion of the sales value if it's an affiliate commission (usually about 50% for digital products such as software and ebooks).
- a lead capture page (aka. a squeeze page) for gathering email leads to whom you can email follow up messages for the product(s) in your sales funnel and any future products or affiliate promotions. If you want your online business to grow you must never send people who aren't already on your prospect list to an affiliate link.
- a sales page or a sequence of several sales pages which present your prospects with urgency driven opportunities to buy your product and 1 or more further products which compliment and add extra value to your main product presented as ‘upsells' and ‘downsells', usually in the form of ‘one-time-offers'. Purely for the purpose of example, lets say your main product is a video guide on how to install a WordPress blog. Your upsell product could be a professional WordPress theme to make their blog look good and a training video on how to optimize a WordPress blog for search engines. If they don't buy the upsell your downsell could be the training video without the theme.
- a series of follow up email messages which create more opportunities for your leads to buy your products.
Once you have each of these components in place you have a sales funnel.
FACT: Good sales funnels are the best way to make money online as an internet marketer simply because they convert more website visitors into leads and paying customers than any other type of online content.
However, before you start promoting your funnel you need to test drive it to make sure your visitors are redirected through your lead capture page and subsequent offers correctly. You also need to check that the affiliate links or payment processor links eg. Paypal buttons on your offer pages work properly.
Once you are confident that your funnel is ready for traffic it's time to send some visitors to it. This is where it starts to get exciting 🙂