How Will YOU Make Money Online?

Great question!

The reality is that there are many ways to make money online! The problem is that people often get distracted by the "latest and greatest" product or service and they are never able to build a successful (and revenue generating) business as a result.

Today I am going to run you through one of the most fundamental, yet powerful processes of generating revenue online.

It is a proven process, it is one that we use, and one that 100,000's of other Wealthy Affiliate members use. It is also the ultimate "making money" process that worked 5 years ago and it is going to work 5 years from now (and beyond). It is a process that will reveal as much opportunity in the massive online world as you are willing to work for!

It is called Affiliate Marketing.

But, just one thing before you get into the MONEY "stuff"...

The making money part of your business won't happen quite yet.

Before you earn money, you are going to first be focusing on creating your niche website (which will take place in the next two lessons) and are working to get traffic to your website. Without a website, without content, and without traffic, the MONEY part simply doesn't happen.

So don't look at this like a race. You will reach success and a great deal of it, but before you build your own personal SKYSCRAPER of a business, you must first have a solid FOUNDATION to build it on. That is going to be our first goal within the Getting Started training. Cool?

Alright, let's continue on! :)

Below is a video walk-through of today's lesson and the process of "How to Make Money Online - The Process Explained". Just click the PLAY button to watch it!


In the coming days you are going to be working through this process and by the end of this Level 1 training alone, you are going to have an awesome foundation in place that will lead you to much greater success.

Task #1: Understand the Make Money Process

There are MANY different ways that you can earn money online and many different ways in which you can build an entire business. The most lucrative and the one that we have been teaching here at Wealthy Affiliate for the past 14 years is Affiliate Marketing.

Below is a diagram outlining the process of making money through affiliate marketing.

There are now over 4 BILLION people online as of 2019 (YOUR audience) and these people are going to search engines, social media, or visiting websites for help all the time.

These people are looking for information, solutions to problems and to buy stuff.

That is where you are going to come in with your website and help these "audiences" by offering them information about what they are looking for. You will be "helping" these people, recommending products/services they can benefit from, and you earn affiliate commissions ($$) as a result.

There are over 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate marketer. The opportunity is incredible and it is only growing!

By Lesson 4 of this course you are going to have your very own "niche" website in place that you will use to connect with your chosen audience and make money with. You will have your very own slice of the internet opportunity.

Task #2: Create (Write Down) Your Financial Goals

You want to earn revenue right? That is great! In order to earn anything however, you need to have some goals in place.

In this task we want you to join in on a "money goals" discussion here at Wealthy Affiliate. You are going to be telling us what your goals are and going forward, we are going to be helping you achieve these very goals!

QUESTION #1: How much money would you be happy earning?

QUESTION #2: How much would you be ecstatic (ie, really excited) earning?

QUESTION #3: And how much TIME are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?

PLEASE make 100% sure that you do not skip this step and you revisit this post regularly when you are in need of some motivation. I can absolutely assure you that if you work hard at this and you are persistent towards these goals, you will achieve them. But ultimately it is UP TO YOU!

JOIN DI$CU$ION: What Are Your "Money" Goals?

In addition to this, it would be wonderful if you commented on someone else's goals they have posted within this thread. Aim to comment on at least TWO people's goals. You likely can network with many other "like minded" people here at Wealthy Affiliate and this is a good way to get your networking efforts rolling. We are a friendly bunch here at WA!

If you have any questions about any aspect of the make money process, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Awesome, off to the next lesson now where you will be "choosing your niche"!

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2. Understand the "The Process of Earning Money Online" Infographic
3. Join in on this discussion and add your personal "money" goals
4. Comment on at Least TWO People

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Degenerate44 Premium
So, I have a couple ideas for niches that I would like to work with. Ultimately, I would love to be an affiliate for EagleMoss Collectibles. I have a passion for building their cars and was wondering if they offer affiliate marketing. They are my endgame. To start though, I was thinking something smaller, like action figures through Amazon.
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say this; try this in Google; and go up to Page 5 for this. Try Affiliate Program + and your subject. Try that in Google.

I will say too; if you want? Try Affiliate Program + in Google.

Go up to Page 5 at least in Google.

Hope this helps and encourages?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, they do have an affiliate program. However, it is not recommended that you choose a niche based on the assumption that you will be approved to join their program. If you are turned down, then you will be stuck.
jghwebbrand Premium
You may want to check amazon,. I noticed they saell EagleMoss Collectibles and after you get 15 - 20 posts on your website you could apply to their affiliate program too if you choose.
mimishin Premium
Hi, I'm following Level 1 training for Online Entrepreneur Certification and currently on Lesson 5.
I'm building my first website and I think I made a mistake when going through the website back office causing I can't open them after that.
I was trying to change my website name in the settings from catamazinglife to catamazingcomfortlife. After I did it, I cannot access my website back office.
I'm sorry for my mistake but hopefully, you could help me with this.

Thank you so much.
SHeisey1 Premium
Hello Mimi!
Welcome to WA. You are making good progress.
I would suggest you contact Support, and Carson's team.
I believe they can help you, I lost my website once. It was my fault. I misspelled the They discovered my error.
mimishin Premium
Hi SHeisey1!
Thank you for your suggestion. I will proceed to contact them. Really thank you for your help. :)
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; click Help in the above menu; and ask Site Support and Live Chat. You can start with either.

Hope this helps and encourages?
mimishin Premium
Thank you for all your help. I just realized there is a 'delete this website' button on the bottom of the detail page of the site manager. I just click on there and remake my website. I'm sorry for the silly mistake and thanks for your help. :)
michaelw777 Premium
You are Very Welcome; glad I could help.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as you have found, you can't change the domain name of your website, so deleting it was the only action you could have taken.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - just for your future information, free starter members don't have access to Site Support.
jghwebbrand Premium
We are glad your issue could be resolved. We all learn things every day here. And we keep learning new things. That's what makes the WA community very special we can ask questions and get help..
I've been struggling with this niche concept for a long time, I'm not really passionate in any profitable concepts. However I think I have narrowed it down to pop culture/Science fiction or history. Those are two subjects that I am interested in and would be able to engage in. From a little research I think the former of the two has the most potential and could be narrowed down.

Very open to advice or suggestions.
PeterLove1 Premium
Hi, Drayl: Supposing you were to decide on pop culture as a niche . . . . You could possibly talk about "fads" or "crazes" people went nuts over, say, 40 or 50 years ago . . . things people collected ( maybe baseball bubble gum cards ) Well --- from there you would write posts about where to find these things though they're rather outdated . . . you could discuss why they were so popular and inform those who visit your site about where to find them NOW should there be stores or little memorabilia places in different cities , etc. . . . That could be a way to "get rolling" toward the direction you were pondering over. Good luck!
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; if you want to have more than one Niche; and more than one .com that is fine. It will take more work and time. But, you can have more than one Niche and .com if you want? It will just take more time, money and effort.

Hope this helps and encourages?
aviator141 Premium
I just purchased my domain and went into WP for my domain. The very first item on my dashboard says,

"This theme recommends the following plugins: Reveal Buttons, Social Share and Follow Buttons, Superb Helper and Tables (SEO Optimized with Schema Markup). Begin installing plugins | Dismiss this notice".

Do I need to install these plugins?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may add them to make your theme more functional, however I note them down, in case I didn't like the theme and I want to change it in the future I can do so and I'd know what to deactivate and delete.
jghwebbrand Premium
They are suggested by your theme author, but are not required.
You will need something for Social Share and Follow
The others look optional, but it all depends upon your design approach. You may want to find a demo (or Youtube) for your theme using a browser search to see if you would like the additional functions The least amount of plugins the better.
Angell70 Premium
Hi, listen to the masterminds.
On the other hand, maybe this will help you through
Many blessings&love; to you
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; just click Help in the above menu; and ask Site Support and Live Chat. You can start with either.

Hope this helps?
I'm absolutely loving the content so far. Not making things over complex or oversimplified it's simply brilliant. I now know how real affiliates operate their businesses online. And it all makes complete sense. Build a website, offer value on that website, and have affiliate offers on the website to which traffic will go through and make a purchase, when they do, you earn commissions, So simple.

Do wealthy Affiliates do something called a squeeze page, get the traffic to opt-in then retarget other offers to that email address. Because that is what most other people are teaching.

So most of these marketers are saying that their email list becomes their asset. But the way you guys are teaching seems way better, You are actually teaching us how to build a real asset (a website) and traffic will be going to that website via organic search methods or paid ads.
jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for your blog of impressions on the training so far. You do have a great knowledge of how affiliate marketing works. There are some great details yet to come.

Yes those who do the make money marketing niche do use "squeeze pages" . Each website owner decides how they want to handle this.

Yes, original quality helpful content is so valuable for growing organic traffic for a website.

We are excited for you and your online business.

We wish you much success.