If you own an online business or you are interested in making money online, but you are not a technical person, I have great news for you. I am about to show you how you can build a large online following.
I had to start off with my latest social media obsession. If you can type a message in 140 characters or less, then you have the skills necessary to become a star on Twitter.
Signing up takes all of 5 minutes and you instantly can begin “Following” the major experts in your niche. Twitter has a great “Find People” search function and you can follow people like Shaquille O’Neal, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and non-celebrities like the bagel guy down the block or your own co-workers.
How Does Twitter Work?
All you have to do is write tweets (what posts are called on Twitter) that stand out from the crowd. No, I am not encouraging you to write lewd tweets or provocative tweets.
What I am suggesting is that you point your followers to great blog posts, interesting (perhaps ones you have found on EzineArticles.com) or just great stuff you have come across in your everyday, offline life.
It really is that simple to quickly become an expert in your niche. Just provide great, outstanding value to your followers and help them solve their problem. Do these two things and you will build a strong list that you can leverage when you do finally get your own website and blog up and running.
I mostly use Facebook.com for my personal stuff, not the business side of things, but many peers of mine use it as a business vehicle. I am sure you have come across the 200 million member strong Facebook before, so I will not get into too much detail on how it works.
Just realize that you can set up Fan Pages on Facebook to create a separate page for your online business followers to follow your every move. This is a great way to keep your personal and professional lives separate.
Video has exploded over the years and it is much more powerful than sending a bunch of emails to your list subscribers. Creating video and editing it has become much easier with the introduction of the Flip Mino HD, the world’s smallest HD camcorder.
The Flip comes with built in software that you can use to edit your videos. You can record 60 minutes of video at a time. That is perfect for a site like YouTube.com where folks have a short attention span.
What will you record? I will leave that up to you, but some great ideas revolve around you using your product, how to achieve success on a topic within your niche or just whatever you want to record yourself doing that is tied to your niche.
Becoming an Internet Star Without a Website – In Conclusion
We have gone through 3 specific ways that you can become an internet star without your own website. I strongly suggest that you focus on one of the above resources first and master it before moving onto the next. Start with Twitter as it really is the easiest way to build a huge Following online.
So how do you make extra money with all this work and effort? First, it really is not that much work if you love your area of expertise. In fact, I will bet that you would be doing what I recommended anyway, even if you were not trying to make money online from your topic.
But to the point of how you can make money, you could promote affiliate products or your own products to your followers. I just strongly suggest that you read up on affiliate marketing and learn how to do it without turning off a bunch of people.
Bonus Idea: Give Before You Get – Remember, the idea is to provide outstanding value to your followers and position yourself as an expert in your niche until you get your website up and running. When your website is up and running is when you should be thinking of making money – first provide value (give) before getting paid for your efforts (get).