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"!

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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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Kyle, I've been on this online training for a few days now, and am having a problem hearing this. I have my computer settings sound up to 100%, but still the sound on this site is very low. Do you know of a way to turn the sound up on this site?
RickHan Premium
I don't think its the site, I hear it fine on my computer. Perhaps its your speaker on the computer. May I suggest buying an amplified speaker for your computer. It doesn't have to be a big one but should be able to plug into the audio jack on the computer.

Hi I completed level 1
i do follow the instructions to build your own website. i think i kinda mess it up in the walkthrough videoi i notice in the the dummy site they create theres a "home" in above underneath your websites name but mines dont have it.

anyone help please?is it fine or i mess it?
feigner Premium
congratulations on getting your site up
i think the home bit will be in the menu settings - if you havent got to that bit yet then dont worry.
continue with the training and see where it takes you.
good luck Jester
yeah you're right found it and I can easily change it actually. thanks for the reply though.
nathaniell Premium
You can change the "Home" label on that menu item pretty easily! Here's how to edit your menu:
thank you
CWPinecone Premium
I already have a website that I started 3 weeks ago. It's a crafting site that I was thinking about learning a wide variety of different things using different mediums. Now after watching the video, it seems like my niche is too broad. My blog right now has an ongoing one with a crocheting project as I learn how do do it. Then another one today I posted was how to make the Valentines gnome that I have up as my profile pic. So my question is, should I narrow things down when talking about my "niche?"
suzieq Premium
Hi Carrie,
Do you have anyone in particular you're targeting? How do you plan to monetize your site in the future?
Answering those questions might help you narrow down your niche.
For instance, are you wanting to focus on budget friendly crafts, or seasonal crafts, etc.
Something like budget friendly crafts is narrower and could be a something a certain audience is looking for.
Try doing some research on Jaaxy to see what crafters are looking for. Look for those keywords that have a higher search number.
Hope this helps,
yopisuper Premium
in my opinion is your starting off good, and i would agree that the different mediums would narrow the SEO to a more defined search.
CWPinecone Premium
I am part of another group that teaches and has links to different companies to sign up to become an affiliate. I signed up to the broader spectrum of places like Hobby Lobby rather than a particular product. I was going to work on different project within my blog and advertise particular products within each blog that I use to make my product.
So as you can see, I'm a bit confused as to where I want to go from here.
freesablue Premium
I already have a blog that I started with the intention of using it as a platform for affiliate marketing. Since I am a senior and almost retired, this is directed at those like myself. I was planning on using this for promoting products, that those who are retired are almost retired are interested in. Is this a viable plan, or does it need to be more specific my blog:
Very good idea. My position is also like yours.
jan135 Premium
No, not necessarily, the title of your website is not as important as writing content that the search engines will love.

The products you want to promote must reflect the title of your website, for example, products that retirees use or want. Maybe like funeral insurance for instance. You can then promote funeral insurance on your website.

Hope that helps

It sounds like a very good target audience for two reasons: There are more and more people retiring every day and those same folks have the time to browse the internet and the money to spend on services and goods.
You should do well.
I have a quick question.
There is a COPPA rule on youtube to protect children. That applies to websites.
How do we apply that on our website? I guess we need to. I will probably have some content, which may be interesting to children too. I am afraid to be fined. :/
I looked into it, but their Q&A did not have a clear answer to that. No explanation of how to comply.
suzieq Premium
Hi Kat,
I did a little research for you, and wow! A lot of legal jibber jabber, lol. So I went on a hunt for something written in plain english. I think I found one that explains it a little bit better. Really, you just need to be very transparent...
Hope this helps,
you are amazing. Thank you. I definitely will have a look into it. usually these legal stuff is hard to understand and they explain everything but the one info needed.