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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If I make a website through WA, and eventually want to own the domain, I will have to get the premium experience, right?

If I want to take the same website and own the domain OUTSIDE of WA, will that be possible, or is my site completely owned by WA at that point?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a starter member, you are given 2 free websites, but they are known as subdomains, their name will end in These are not your property and cannot be transferred away from WA.

If you want to purchase the domain name, you will be buying the .com version of the name but would need to be a premium member to have it hosted here. Once you own the .com domain, it belongs to you, and you could move it away from WA.

If you start with the free site, then later purchase your own domain, it is a simple process to transfer all the content over, you don't lose any of your work.
Jeffreybs Premium
I am using Dream Host which I am very happy with and I have been with them for years, you can pay monthly less than 30.00 per month if this interests you.
Jeffreybs Premium
Why is the option to buy a domain name available before you start your training and building your website

JGregory1 Premium
I need some help please, I have a Domain name problem. First a little history… As I said in my profile I am not a very techie person. I spite of that I have been trying, for a very long time, to get something going in the Internet sales arena.

Joining Wealthy Affiliate is my fourth attempt at Internet sales program. I sincerely hope that the forth time is the charm. My last attempt I was working with a person that had an Internet Marketing business. The plan was that he would build me a website and take care of all the back office stuff and teach me how to do the marketing part. I would take over the marketing function as I was able. The problem as I found out was that he knew a little bit about Internet marketing but he didn’t know anything about being an affiliate marketer. The websites he built did not qualify for either Amazon or Rakuten so we basically wasted about 18 months. Then on December 17 th. of this year, I received an email from him telling me that he was pulling the plug and shutting down his business. He said that he would send me the links that I needed to take control of the Domain name and website. I have not yet received that information. As it turned out the only good thing I got from him was that he turned me on to Wealthy Affiliate.

So here is my problem, does anyone out there know if there is a way that I can take control of the Domain Name without the links that he promised to send? I can build a new website site. I probably needed to do that anyway, but I would really like to use that Domain Name. If that isn’t possible what options do I have?

I would appreciate any help or advice that I can get.
Thank you,
John Gregory
psalisbury1 Premium
Hi John, and Welcome to our community.

Is the Domain registered in your name? If it is it already belongs to you and you can use it as you please

JGregory1 Premium
That's an interesting thought. I'm sure it is in my name. How do find out for sure one way or the other?
michaelw777 Premium
Okay, and FIRST; I STRONGLY SUGGEST THIS! Sorry about that; but I strongly suggest you do this first; talk to Site Support. Site Support is under Websites; at the bottom; I Highly suggest you talk to Site Support before doing anything. And after that; you can contact Kyle and Carson too; they are Super Pros and should be able to help with any problem; just type Kyle in the Search engine here on Wealthy Affiliate; I suggest you contact them both; as they can be very busy. But, the first thing I suggest you do is to contact Site Support; they should be able to help.
DValentine Premium
John: go to and type in the domain name you want to check.
This should reveal the website owner's name and contact details (provided your website builder has not asked for the whois info to be hidden)
Jeffreybs Premium
The problem is the domain name is in this person's name and not in your name, so you actually would need him to transfer the domain from his name to your name to be safe.

Even with the links when the domain name expires they are going to contact whoever's name is with the domain name, so you really need to have it transferred into your name for the future
OriEdelman Premium
Hi, I have a technical question/problem.
I am at lesson 8, creating custom menus.
I chose the Ryan theme in WordPress for my first website, and when I go to menus, the "add menu items" section is unattainable, I can't click the checkbox or anything there (I add a screenshot).
Does anybody know what's the deal here?
Thanks in advance :)
OriEdelman Premium
Nevermind, I missed a step...
Jayoda Premium
I like to answer for your question. In first type the menu name at the related text bar. After you can click the Add menu items.:)
OriEdelman Premium
Thanks Jayoda :)
Jeffreybs Premium
Awesome you got it fixed on your own
I originally ended up here because I was planning on doing a personal blog and was hoping to monetize it. I planned on blogging about making changes in my life to make myself happier and just to journal and keep myself accountable then hopefully help others when I come across things that work. The changes I want to make however are far ranging - like from weightloss and fitness to becoming financially... mobile?,,, wanting to work from home essentially but travelling - oh yes and travel and learning how to put on makeup because it's sad how bad I am at that. This seems not very niche like, unless it will all fit into some kind of self help/improvement category - would that be doable or should I just forget this idea and pick a lane to stay in from all of those things mentioned.
PaulWatson Premium
I think that is extremely doable - if you can discuss your own journey with tips and advice I think you can build a good following in no time.

I wish you all the best with it

LoneWolf83 Premium
The good thing is, that if you want to divide those into individual niche sites, you have plenty of room to host them here without paying extra...
J-KWest Premium
There's definitely a time and place for blogging that way, but it's not necessarily the easiest way to get traffic and monetize.

The reasons are because,

1. People are searching online for solutions to their own challenges, and...

2. People are most likely (and happy) to spend money when (and if) they find a solution to that challenge or problem... whatever that may be.

If you think of it like an "offline" business whether it's a grocery store, restaurant, hair salon, movie theater, car repair or whatever...

... they make money because they are providing a definitive value to their customers (in our case, it would be our audience).

They are solving the problem their customer wants solved.

For example, is someone needs an escape or a place to take their family or a date... a movie theater can provide that solution.

If someone's car breaks down, a repair shop is the solution.

There are certainly influencers who have become famous with social media, YouTube, or their blogs who have turned their own stories into financial success so I don't want to discourage you from going in that direction. And without question it can be a lot more fun and easier to write about our own lives.

But from a making money standpoint, like an "offline" business, it's a lot easier when we can identify a specific challenge or problem that a particular audience (online they are often referred to as your tribe) needs help with, and then help them solve it.
thelungdoc Premium
I think this is a great niche! I would be interested in how you manage time, exercise, family.

Just think of some of the ways you could monetize - there are all kinds of YouTube videos of people even with much narrower focus like how to journal, time management, clutter in the house. Books have been written on each of these topics.

You could monetize with time planners, write an ebook about how hints to manage a household, what makes you happy, weight loss. The list is endless.

The hardest thing will be to get some good content into your site first. You have to have a good number of solid blogs to have some gravitas and show people you are an expert. It is hard to first figure out what really interests you and research and write.

I have found this to be a really great way to organize information. All your blogs will be searchable, and a good place to keep lots of information - like your favorite sites, sources, books, recipes, a source for help at home, etc.

Hope this helps.

Jeffreybs Premium
I started out with a personal blog many years ago, and as time went on companies started asking me to promote their products on my blog so follow your heart is what I recommend
avelinak Premium
Hello everyone,
In the video, as shown in the attached screenshot, on the homepage there is a space for a picture to the left of the About Kyle summary. However, on my website, as you can see in the second screenshot, there is no such space.
Can somebody explain why this is and how I should fix it?

ronnytan Premium
the themes you choose (might be) not support the featured image..

If you want to have the same like Kyle, you can change your themes to Hiero.

Hope it helps
avelinak Premium
Ok, thanks very much for your help!
ronnytan Premium
Welcome! All the best!
BvVugt Premium
Every theme has different layouts, or different ways to customize the layout. If you add a feature image, it might not be to the left like on Kyle's site, but above your post.

Try adding a feature image to your post and see where your theme shows it. You might even prefer it the way your current theme does it. If not, switch themes.
avelinak Premium
OK thanks, I'll try that and see.
Jeffreybs Premium
Very good avice
Jeffreybs Premium
Good Luck,
Play around with the theme and see if it works for your niche and your own taste