Internet marketing is a perfect choice for seniors who may have developed disabilities – such as vision and hearing loss or limited mobility. Working from your computer at home lets you move and progress without hindrance from outside forces.
You can set up an office space at home with a computer and Internet connection and be up and running in minutes.
Years of experience in a job may have given you unique skills that will be valuable knowledge for others. All you have to do is start your own blog and build a list of email addresses to people who are interested in your topic. Then learn about social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and find ways to drive traffic to your site.
Internet marketing businesses grow with experience, so it may take awhile to grow your business to the level you desire, but it can be done.
If you don’t understand computers or know the intricacies of the ‘net, there are plenty of online eBooks and courses you can draw from. There are also classes at local colleges teaching seniors what they need to know to begin an internet marketing business.
Gain insight before you start your new online business by noting how websites are laid out and how sites such as Amazon attract and promote their merchandise. Email and social media strategies will be the backbone of your Internet business, so make sure you research and form opinions about what you like or don’t like.
Earning extra income – or much needed income – to supplement your retirement dollars is a necessity rather than a luxury for most senior citizens. They want to enjoy their retirement years without the need for pinching pennies or even going without food or medications every month.
Until the advent of the Internet, seniors (especially disabled ones) had a difficult time finding part time jobs that weren’t taxing and almost impossible to perform. Internet marketing can be done in the privacy of your own home or office and with a little effort, can make a huge difference in the retirement years.
One of the best things about starting a business online is the low startup costs. An Internet connection can usually be added for a small charge from your existing television provider.
The other costs are nominal – for domain names and hosting – or courses to teach you the ins and outs of Internet marketing. There are no hidden costs or contracts to worry about and you’re free to make your business as successful as you can.
Blogging is not a technical issue any more. The development of visual editors and WISYWIG (What You See Is What You Get) functionality has made creating blog posts and pages as easy as using a wordprocessor. And the same goes with uploading and adding pictures, videos and audio files to your posts or pages.
Of course, you still have to create the content for your blog, but you don’t have to create everything yourself.
By using a concept like content curation, where you find and publish other people’s content on your blog, and support this concept with a WordPress plugin like the Autoblog plugin we have already installed on the websites we create, you could have a fully automated blog that builds itself. But be aware – to make a concept like this work you still need to take care of the responsibilities as the editor of your site.
Another option is to use a video camera or even a smartphone and create video or audio content and post it to content sharing sites like Youtube and iTunes.
In short – content creation is not as challenging as it used to be, and is hardly an excuse for not starting a blog.
3. Easy content syndication
Have you thought about what to do when you have created a blog post and published it on your blog? My guess is, if you don’t have a blog already, you haven’t.
But if you want other people to read your post, watch your video, or listen to your podcast, you need to promote it. There are several ways to do this, like sharing content on social media, on other people’s blogs, submitting a news or RSS feed, and submitting a sitemap to search engines.
To make sure your content is promoted, your news feed or RSS feed will be included in the feed we submit for the main site. And we have done the same with your sites sitemap. It will be included in the siemap we submit to search engines.
Your blog posts will also be posted to our Facebook page. So, even if you do nothing else but create and post new content to your blog, it will be promoted. Nevertheless, we have included several plugins to make it easier for you to use sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, to promote your content.
It used to be that you needed a domain and web hosting account before you could even begin to think about creating a website.
And – if you wanted a blog, then you needed to set up a MySQL Database and upload and install a blog program like WordPress.
Or – another option was to create webpages with HTML and upload to the hosting account, one page at a time.
In short – you needed both the money to pay for the hosting account and time and knowledge to do the necessary programming.
That’s not how things work today.
At least not if you create a site with 101hobbies.
You can have a fully functional website automatically created and ready for you to start blogging, upload pictures, videos or audio files, – all in a couple of minutes.
You don’t need a hosting account and register a domain name.
But you still need to enter some information, like your name, the name of the site you want to create and an email address to send the login information to.
Create your WordPress website now – it’s easy and fast.