See you over at Step By Step Online Business

You may have noticed things have gone a little quiet on the Content Content blog. That’s because we’ve been a bit distracted with other things – but hey, what can you do?

Recently we’ve been spending a lot of our time on our new-ish Step By Step Online Business, which is a blog about setting up an online business for the first time.

There are thousands (if not millions) of websites out there on how to do this, but if you have ever spent any time looking at these websites, there’s a few things you’re probably thinking.

“Great. I’m more confused now than when I started. “

That’s why this website has been set up using a step by step, numbered approach. Most of what is out there is hard to follow or just downright confusing. So let’s try and fix that – together – with this website. If you read about something on this blog and you’re more confused than before, this website has failed. Tell us if we’ve failed. Preferably on one of our social channels. Seriously, go public. That way, we’ll be quick to act and try harder to solve the problem (which, incidentally, is what you should when you get feedback – of any kind – on your social channels).

Another thing you’re probably thinking is:

Can I really trust this advice or information because they appear to be selling a service

You should always query anything you read on a website. Literally everything. Especially when the website has lots of ads for e-commerce or marketing services on it. Always ask – what’s your angle? What are you selling?

Quite rightly, you should take anything you read on this website with a pinch of salt too, but know this – it’s intended to provide helpful, useful tips and discussion points around the questions people usually have when they’re setting up an online business for the first time. That goes for your first ecommerce website, your first eBay, Etsy or Amazon store. And remember, nothing you read on here is gospel. We’re always learning too. Granted, there’s some advertising on this website which helps with basic running costs, but seriously – given the financial returns on banner ads these days, we really aren’t in this for the cash (something like £0.02 per ad clicked, if that), so we’re in it for the love of sharing knowledge (also when it comes to advertising, we’ve added the odd promotional banner ad for ecommerce website tools like Shopfiy or BigCommerce or useful books, but we don’t always have control over the other ads you might see – like some of the strange dating websites we sometimes see on here).

Here’s another thing you may have been thinking about other online business’ or ‘make money online’ websites:

Why are there lots of pictures of fast cars, holiday villas and attractive people sitting on piles of money or sitting in a jet?

You won’t ever see any references to fantasy lifestyles on this blog. And if you do – leave and never come back. It would serve us right. That also goes for any posts titled ‘Make money from home’ or ‘Make money online’. Why? Setting up and running a new website or business is hard. We know that – we’ve built them. It’s takes graft. And most fail. Or they don’t make much money – at first. Any website or ‘entrepreneur’ or ‘sales guru’ that promises £/$10,000 a month after little or no effort should probably be avoided. But hey, that’s your call. You might just enjoy looking at pictures of nice cars.

Hopefully you’ll find this website useful.

If need help with your digital marketing, have a specific question about your email, social media or search engine marketing, get in touch. Even if you just fancy a quick chat. We’re nice like that.