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 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"!

Tasks 0/4 completed
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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I initially selected a theme but I realized it does not suit the type of product I want sell online. For the business I would like to get involved is selling products but theme heiro or preloaded options seem not appropriate for such. How do I change or where do I get a relevant template?
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Boni
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a free starter member, you only have access to a few themes, and actually, it is better to start with something simple, so you don't get confused during the training. Remember, it will be a while before anybody sees your site, so it doesn't matter what it looks like at this stage.

If you want to change, log in to your Word Press, and go to Appearance, then themes. If you see any you like, click install, then activate.
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Thank you Daine, I’m eager to build a relevant website with content and get going. The available themes don’t seem to match what I wanna sell, what should I do. I have gone through the tasks
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - people will find your website by the content you add, not by how it looks. There isn't anything you can do as regards your theme unless you are prepared to upgrade to premium when you have a choice of over 7000!

Have you tried customising the theme? You can usually swap the words and photos that were on there to start with, just to make it more relevant. Go to Appearance, then Customize.
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You answer my questions, even before i ask them. Thanks
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MartineB Premium
I'm going to be blunt as I am in the information gathering stage and deciding whether or not to purchase premium. If, for some reason at some stage one decides to leave AW I assume that you would not be able to continue with the website/s you have developed. Can someone advise? Also, can one cancel membership without penalty at any time?

Thanks, Martine :)
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ariesight Premium
You can cancel at any time, but you can't get your money back if you stop. For example, if you pay for a year and you decide after 3 months that you want to stop, you can't get your money back. On the other hand, this works as a great commitment device to keep working since you've paid anyway.

If you go Premium and you decide you want to cancel, you can't go back to Starter, but you can move your sites elsewhere.
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JKulk1 Premium
If your website is the free site-rubix one, it remains the property if WA. If you purchase any domains, they remain yours.
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ariesight Premium
Well, even if you have a siterubix site, you can move the site to another domain if you want to leave. :)

I think you have 30 days to move it.
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MartineB Premium
Right, ok. Thanks again.
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MartineB Premium
Mmmm ok, so it's a 12 month membership essentially. Thanks
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MartineB Premium
Right ok, so that is quite different to what someone else has said. That is what I thought. Thanks again.
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ariesight Premium
You can go monthly, or 6-month. I just mention the yearly, because it's the longest commitment you can make.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Not unless you make it. There are 12 month and 6 month options that you can get for substantial discounts, but you can also do monthly if you like.
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MartineB Premium
Oh thank you AJ......
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hi i want to know if i can be able to make money even if i never upgraded to premium membership.
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im not looking for huge profits but something that will keep me motivated in the game even 10USD
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Kyle Premium
Yes, you can earn money on the free membership. In saying this, generating money in the first week or month prior as a Starter is like having an your introduction course to becoming a surgeon and expecting to perform surgery within the first month.

The first month is typically your foundation building stage. In order to build a website that earns you consistent revenue, you need this foundation. After this, you are going to start seeing traffic and as you build this out, there are many different ways in which you can generate revenue.

Personally it took me into my 3rd month of busting my butt to make my first dollar online, by month 6 though I was making consistent income and by the year mark, I was almost full time.

But guess what would have happened if I quit during those first two "trying" months or had instant revenue expectations. I would not be where I am at today (going on 17 years full time!). Just wanted to put things into perspective for you.

I am in this journey with you, so is the community here at WA. If you want to jump in, work hard, take action, and persist.

You will have some awesome things accomplished by the time you finish just the first 10 lessons of the getting started training and you will be prepared to build a very successful business online within the Premium membership.

But do upgrade at your own pace and take action on the tasks. Action is what will lead you to success!
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MartineB Premium
Right here I go! I am a newbie. I have two questions and a comment :)

Q1 Can I run a website outside of the WA platform i.e. SiteRubix? I am not yet sure what it is exactly I have entered into here. More training required....lol

Q2 Do I have to obtain a domain through WA?

Comment: Years ago I purchased a wordpress site. It was a nightmare to work with (however, it was a while ago and perhaps things have changed and perhaps I have become much more techy too, nevertheless..........)
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ariesight Premium
You don't have to get a domain through WA. You can apply the training to another site if you have one.
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MartineB Premium
Thank you
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Martine

Welcome to WA - great questions, let me see if I can answer them for you:

A1 Siterubix and WA work hand in hand. Your 2 free SiteRubix sites come as part of your free membership with WA. Once you go Premium with WA you have access to 25 free SiteRubix websites - this is great for starting a new site, testing themes and niches etc..

A2 You can purchase your domain anywhere and redirect it to WA for hosting, or host elsewhere if you choose. I have kept everything in one place (within WA) because everything I need is here. I bought my domains through WA and host my sites here - the support is amazing.

In response to your comment: I am not techy at all and am finding the WordPress sites to be great to work with :-) You can make your site as simple or as techy as you choose :-)

WA is an awesome platform which is why everything I do online is kept within the platform.

Blessings
Louise
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JKulk1 Premium
The WordPress sites with WA are simple.
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MartineB Premium
Can you purchase a domain through someone else but apply it to your website via WA? (Appreciate your patience - I am somewhat clueless when it comes to this side of things)
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MartineB Premium
Thanks Louise, that's helpful.
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MartineB Premium
Great! Thank you:)
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ariesight Premium
Ask EVERY question you have. If you stick around, you'll see that the community here is great.
That's the #1 reason I love this platform. Most people love answering questions, so don't worry about that.

What exactly do you mean by "apply your domain to your website via WA"?
You can have a completely separate site. You can host it somewhere else without any connection to WA. And you can apply everything you learn here to your site.
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MartineB Premium
Hmmm...not sure I know what I mean...haha.
Yes, I'm finding out how helpful people are on here and I think I might have even helped others already which is nice.
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ariesight Premium
Yes, it's nice. :)
If you're not sure you want to go Premium, just stay on the Starter for now. Finish the level 1 training and then focus on writing.
In a couple of months, if you want to keep going, go to Premium then. It's better than going now and feeling like you made a bad choice.
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MartineB Premium
Yes, thank you
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Swangirl Premium
You can only use a SiteRubix site if you are a free member. Most members who pay for a premium account also want their own domain. You can buy one here at WA (which is often just 2 or 3 dollars more but it is much, much easier since you don't have to transfer it over), or you can buy one anywhere else. If you buy it here you get the hosting included however and there are no upsells unlike Go Daddy and other places.
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi lovely :-)
We can use SiteRubix sites as Premium members too. I see long-standing members here doing test sites that way before buying domains.
Great to see your gorgeous face again.
Blessings
Louise
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ariesight Premium
That's what I believed she was saying in the beginning. :P
But she means that if you're a free member, you can only use a Siterubix site, you can't host your own domain.
Kind of confusing when you read it, huh? I had to read it a couple of times before I realise it.
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PJooste Premium
Thanks Louise you have answered I question I also had but hadn't mentioned yet. My husband and I have a website we working on purchased through another domain (I'm a newbie here) so we can move it across and continue with it here. Great!
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Pamela
That's awesome - glad to help, even unintentionally, lol!
Blessings
Louise
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lrsnmlss Premium
Two ideas for my niche:
- Helping patients and families become more informed about their choices/options approaching hospital discharge before the day of discharge. The questions they should be asking and the questions they may want to consider before day of discharge. Thoughts? I am not sure how to simplify?

- Promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Thoughts? Too simple?
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MartineB Premium
I think you have simplified re your hospital discharge idea.
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lrsnmlss Premium
I think I can narrow down the “wordy” concept. Thanks for your positive feedback and look forward to supporting each other along the way!

Melissa
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MartineB Premium
Oh ok, I think I get you now. I thought your concept had been simplified, but you were talking more about the fact that the idea requires words i.e. asking questions upon discharge. If I'm correct in this assumption, my advice is to write it and then edit. It's amazing how much one can cull through repeated edits.
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lrsnmlss Premium
Regardless of my intent, your response is insightful and reflective.

Thanks,

Martine
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MartineB Premium
Thanks, you might also look at mp3, video and the written word to provide your advice. I should get back to my newbie training...lol
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waian Premium
I like the hospital discharge one. I don't see a need to simplify it; I would go all in and write everything there is to know on the topic. Make it the go-to resource for your target audience.

The eco-friendly lifestyle niche could definitely work as well, I'm just worried the competition is so stiff you might not have success for quite awhile. This is just a guess, I could be totally wrong.

If you need any more clarification/thoughts, just let me know!
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Hello, guys, I need your help which will need a creative way of thinking. I think one of the good ways to find your niche is a knowing on what you believe and with what you had actions. I mean not only interests, because it can be a fiction in our minds :) so I understood that I like adrenaline, its a skydive, diving, fast speed. But I don't have any idea how to connect all these things in some logical aspect. If you agree or also finding your niche, let's discuss:)
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I feel you on this. How about model airplanes, model cars both gas/electric. Also model airplanes and drones. Big this time of year in this last quarter till Christmas!!! For the skydiver in you add skydiving equipment for the true adrenaline junkie.
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Thank you, Joseph, actually its good idea, about drones:) but immediately is a new question about competitors. Do you find a niche for yourself?
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