How To Sell Online For Dummies: Build A Strong Foundation


books for dummies


I am not referring to a particular group of people when I say How To Sell Online For Dummies. I would never call anyone a dummy.

There is a series of books out there that has had worldwide success, called For Dummies. You can find a For Dummies book on pretty much any subject that you can think of.

I was using it as sort of an analogy to the fact that anyone with a stable mental capacity (and even some with a not so stable) can learn to sell online.

Not everyone who tries to start an online business will be successful but it’s not because it’s that difficult to learn, but instead it’s because they don’t put the work, research and effort into it that is required for success.

There are so many different products and different ways to sell online that the list is just endless.


First Things First

If you want to start an online business you’ll need to set up a website, you’ll need to choose a niche or make a decision as to what your website will be about, choose a domain, choose a web host and put it all together.

Websites are fairly easy to create these days. They’re not at all scary like they were when I built my first one from scratch with code. Now that was scary, painstakingly slow and difficult. Thank you WordPress for making it so easy now.

Anyway, now that you’ve got your website done it’s time to get it optimized for the search engines and deal with deciding which plugins you need to make it function the way you want.

Once all that is set up you need to write and post some engaging and captivating content. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Content is King” No truer words have been spoken. Great content with rich keywords will bring visitors to your website and visitors become buyers.


Types Of Products you can sell online

  • ebooks
  • Online courses
  • physical products such as clothing or sunglasses
  • affiliate marketing programs

This is just a few ideas of things you can sell or promote online to make money. You can be an affiliate for Amazon products or Walmart products. You could also promote others such as Wealthy Affiliate. You can check it out here. Its free.

Affiliate Marketing is by far one of the easiest and quickest ways to establish an online business that is profitable and long-lasting.


Promoting Your Online Business

You can promote your business by making sure you have it optimized for all the search engines: Google Bing and Yahoo for sure. By optimizing your website for search engines you will gain traffic to your website. Traffic means you gain Trust and Authority which means converting to sales of your product.

Take advantage of social media outlets. They are easy to use and free to use. I have listed a few of the top ones below.

  • Facebook
  • pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Google+
  • Instagram

You can post on these sites as well as join groups to promote your website. You can also spend a few bucks to run ads on some of these media sites.

There’s also email marketing to promote your business. You can do email campaigns to bring visitors to your website.


Free Online Business Training For Beginners

If you are a beginner, the biggest favor I can offer you, is to give you this free training that will get your first website up and running without spending a dime.

It is a starter program but you can actually remain a starter member for life if you want, but you can also choose to go pro if you like, after you have had a chance to go in and look everything over.

After getting started, most people choose to go premium in order to use all the more advanced tools that are available with a premium membership.

The program is called Wealthy Affiliate. The Training is the most comprehensive training you will find anywhere on the worldwide web. It doesn’t require any prior knowledge. It is simplified so that a complete beginner can understand yet the most experienced can still learn from it.

  • Its training
  • Its hosting
  • Its social Media
  • Its a community


  • Keyword tool Jaaxy
  • WordPress quick/easy install
  • Site Content
  • Site Support
  • Live Chat
  • Community of Support
  • Affiliate Program (the best on the web with very high Commission rate)

If you are a beginner, you can’t do it alone. You just can’t, you need a community behind you that will be right there for you when you hit a bump in the road.

There is NOTHING so frustrating as when you have a problem that just stops you in your tracks and you can’t find help or answers. You know you need to keep moving forward but you can’t until you get things figured out.

I have been there so many times. I am not a patient person when it comes to my online business. When my creative juices are flowing I need to be working. If I have to stop in the middle of my creative time, I often can’t get back in the groove for days. If you’ve had this happen to you then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

You will not experience that at Wealthy Affiliate. There is so much support here that someone is always right there when you need them. Even the co-owners, Kyle and Carson, are available if you don’t get the answers you are looking for.


  • Live Chat
  • Training course to refer back to
  • Site Support
  • The entire community
  • The ask a question bar at the top of the page
  • Kyle and Carson

If you have always wanted to have an online business, work from home, have the freedom to work from anywhere, travel while you work, or any other reason, there will never be a greater opportunity to try it without spending a dime. You can try before you buy. How great is that?

I would be very grateful if you would take just a minute to leave a comment in the comment area below on this post or website.  Thank you!

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