If you want to start working from home by running an online business it is important to understand the ability to make money from your presence will depend on the amount of traffic you get to your online presence. To start working online you will need to first create a blog or a website. There are many places online that will allow you to create an online presence for free depending on what you want to create. For the writers out there you can start a blog. The reason you should chose a blog if you are a writer is blogging success depends on your ability to produce content on a regular basis. Now if you are not a writer you may want to set up a static presence or some simple web pages over at squidoo.com or hubpages.com. If you would prefer to set up a blog then head over to blogger.com or wordpress.com and for a static website you should go to 000webhost.com.
No matter what type of presence you create the only way to create an income is by building free web traffic and learning how to market a website for free. This will be the key to your success of your online business. When you begin your presence you should set it up so it will rank well in the search engines. The biggest factor that will help your web presence rank well is you knowing the top keywords in your niche. You can go to Google and type in keyword tool. This search will bring up the Google Adwords Keyword Tool you can enter the term and this tool will bring up how much traffic the term is getting monthly. The great thing about this tool is it will also show you how much traffic related terms are getting in your niche. With this knowledge you can create your web presence focused towards the terms with the most traffic. Place the terms in the meta title, in headings, and within the content.
Once you have your website properly optimized for the main terms in your niche it is time to start doing external marketing. This is going off your website and placing links on related websites within your niche. One of the easiest ways to do this is contacting other bloggers and webmasters within your niche and asking for a link exchange. You can also submit your website to free general directories at directorycritic.com and submit articles to article directories. Some of the article directories I use include ezinearticles.com, isnare.com, buzzle.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com, and articlecity.com. All of these article directories will let you put a short author bio and allow you to place links which will help your website rank well within the search engines. Once you have some basic internet marketing done move onto social bookmarking websites like digg.com, stumbleupon.com, and delicious.com. Submit all your content with a short summary if the community enjoys your content they will vote for it and it will rank better in the search engines.