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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Raghunathan Premium
So, I really passionate about photography and am still a novice but pretty good at few of the basics, then I love my kitchen knives and all things kitchen related, even though I dont own them, I love seeing innovation, quality, etc and movies and philosophy and life skills. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I could spend and do spend hours on these areas...Are these really niches? Something people would really want to know more about?
bleumoon Premium
Yes..just figure out what you are more passionate about and then go for it.
TheCatherine Premium
My advice would be follow the money. Following your passion alone does not necessarily mean that there is profit in it. Photography is a great niche but a lot of people want to feel photographic equipment before they buy it. So a site recommending useful equipment might not generate sales of lens or cameras but you mat sell camera cases. How many people buy camera cases. Personal development is not a niche but concentrate on one aspect such as memory development There are a lot of high end products there to make money from
Raghunathan Premium
Thanks Catherine, I absolutely agree with you. And following passion in a lot of cases doesn't make money, that's why I want advise on niches. Ends up as hobbies or a diversion in a lot of cases.
But doesn't one need to experience the product or service before recommending them, for being authentic? Or at least believe in it? That's my conflict.
Hi, great advice @TheCatherine. Thank you
brendalewis Premium
Bit confused and frustrated at the moment.
Task 1: Creating your "About Me" POST
is this a typo? A couple of lines down it talks about creating a "page" and talks about pages from then on until it gets to actually publishing and it says "choose post not page"
saying the reason is because all posts allow for comments.
I did as instructed and mine is a post but i just read some other people's comments saying it should be a page.
So what difference does it make? The page I loaded for my privacy policy as a page (as instructed) does allow for comments.

So i can't see how it matters which one you use when they both allow for comments?
Which is it, page or post?

Also, sometimes when i am following the instructions the screen comes up and doesn't look the same as on the instructions. Could this be because I have gone premium?

Also, trying to make some changes to my "about me" and when push edit, make the changes and push update and then look at the site the changes haven't happened. Any ideas?

Another thing - at one point I read on screen that my website only allowed for one type of menu (when i was trying to add another one). That's useless - can you change the website template ?

Considering throwing in the towel and paying my niece to build my a website but i wanted to stay with WA because of all the benefits and training and plus i've now paid for premium.

SWhitley Premium
Hi Brenda, Not one of the pro's here and sometimes I cause more confusion but let me see if I can help. "About Me" can be either but is usually a Page. I think it was a typo saying choose post. The Page will be in your Menu, where posts are in the blog roll.
That should muddy the water nicely, LOL.

The screen looks different perhaps because of updates to the original sites being referenced. Usually the same links, buttons, instructions are just in a different format but the basic info is still valid.

I've found that sometimes I have to "Refresh" the screen before it shows changes. Chased that one for about a hour one night, no fun at all....

In your backoffice you should be able to customize and change templates, no problem.

Keep the towel, if I can build a site anyone can. Take it one step at a time, ask questions and get this experience. It is fantastic to build a site from scratch.

You are going to do fine!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
brendalewis Premium
thank you :) How do I refresh the page?
Hi Brenda,
I am sorry to hear about your frustration but I am glad you wrote about it. I am brand new as well (only a few hours) and I find myself frustrated as well.
I do not have the premium (like you do) as I wanted to test out my computer skills first so it must not be the upgrade is not the solution. I find the web site maker with WA (free accounts are not allowed to add links) is not very user friendly. It is lacking that intuitiveness that other programs have seemed to master. I have a friend who used wix and is delighted. I've spent an hour on WA's site and did manage to add some color to my page but I have not been able to personalize a side bar or write text on the page. I assume when I log out I will lose all I have done (but I get to keep the learning!). I too want the training so I am giving this venture 10 hours before I call it quits. Running into a roadblock this quickly makes me assume the issue is me. Hang in there a bit longer.
I am being recommended to Kyle and Carson and assume you should go there as well.
Until tomorrow night, I'm out for now (I have a long hard day on the docket for tomorrow with my high school students). Good luck to you.
SWhitley Premium
Your Browser refresh is the little circle arrow thing. Should be in the top left corner in front of the url address.
brendalewis Premium
it worked! thanks :)
SWhitley Premium
brendalewis Premium
Hey!I think I'm frustrated because I'm normally quite techy . At work I was the person who sorted simple IT issues and I'm the go to person in our family - at least I was until my daughters grew up! I asked one of them for help today and she is a mac snob and said i would be having problems because i wasn't using a mac and also wordpress was not the way to go (her opinion). Ironically my previous company was all Mac but i had heaps of PC experience before that (currently on a non Apple laptop trying to do this.) Also I used to look after the website in my previous job and it was wordpress.
Anyway, a nice man just answered a couple of my questions (above). Give yourself a few days i'm sure you (and I) will sort it out.

SWhitley Premium
Your work will still be here, no worries on that! Can pick right up where you left off. As a Starter you have 6 days to really get into the course, Think of it like having first year students, you have tio start with the basics and build from there. Kyle's training will take you from 1 to a million, just follow along and complete the tasks as presented. Lot's of really knowledgeable people here who will help if needed, Best wishes!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
Thank you for the response, SWhitley. Yes, you are correct, I am on a learning curve here. I appreciate you responding!
Thank you, Brenda. I plan to do just that.
SWhitley Premium
No problem, Barbara. Schools here in Iowa are shut down, you having classes or doing distance learning?
A little of both. Primarily distance learning but I do yearbook as well so I have two days this week at our physical address to get things handed out to seniors, along with cap and gowns for their virtual graduation.
SWhitley Premium
Lots more to being a Teacher than just teaching. Stay safe and do give WA a good trial! I think you will do great!
Now, back to work!
LRoller Premium
In the upper left hand corner, you will see two arrow for last page and next page. Then there should be a round almost circle with an arrow. Click the icon and that will refresh your page.
Hang in there, your doing great!
I believe I completed steps 1-3 without a hitch. However, step 4 is being illusive. I have a title and tagline and that is all I have been able to manipulate. I know this is a free version, but it's not a version at all if it cannot post. Can you provide a sample to view? What do the terms: Container, Header, Primary Navigation, Sidebars, Footers, and Blog mean if I can't manipulate them?
Why can I not put a picture or some type of color onto the page either? Is there a video than can help me learn this?
michaelw777 Premium
You know what; I am just going to say here; try Kyle and Carson; they should be able to help. Just type Kyle into the search engine here on WA; and then go from there; and do the same for Carson too; you should try both of them. Try Kyle and Carson.
TommyHarmony Premium
Hi ,

I'm only after joining your great company well for you today.

A friend of mine Catherine Ford s s me yesterday about you guys.

So I've gone the starter course and went through the different courses building your own website.

The problem I have is amount of spending a lot of money time energy and plugins to my WordPress membership website at the moment. So can I transfer this website domain name to your your system on on wealth affiliates can I link my website there or how does that work because I do not want to start build it all over again once I have another work and different things done in the back end of my WordPress alread.

Looking forward to your reply

Thanking you
ByronB2 Premium
When you are ready to go premium and switch from then all it takes is the push of a button and your site gets swapped over.

Misael712 Premium
The short answer to your question is 'yes'. You can transfer an already existing domain. However, in order to access the tools to be able to do it, along with the instructions, you need to get a premium membership. He goes over it in one of the lessons on premium.
TommyHarmony Premium
Yea Misael712

that's great thanks for letting me know about that and its in the premium lessons too.

cool :)
TommyHarmony Premium
that's great
Ola0420 Premium
So far so good. The lessons are presented in simple language and so easy to understand. I can build my my own niche website now.
Before building my website, i need a niche. I am yet to decide on the niche to use for my first website. I am stock at which niche is the most appropriate and the acceptability during website building .
EmakAmelia Premium

Talking about niche, it is better to focus on one and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Think of it like being a big fish in a small pond.

A niche is a tightly defined portioned of a subcategory. For example, think of the health and beauty category. This is a very wide category. A beauty salon can offer a wide variety of services, including tanning, waxing, facials, massage, etc. If, for example, we take one of these subcategories - let's say facials - this could be our niche. However, we could narrow it down even further by focusing on facials for business women 30 years old and over. That is a tightly defined niche.

When we target a specific target audience/target market, that means we'll have less competitions and can focus more of our efforts in building our business better. We won't waste time and energy rambling about so many stuff that will confuse our readers that visit our site.

Find something that you are passionate about because you'll write a lot of contents about it.

Hope this info is helpful to you.

Ola0420 Premium
Thank you very much for your answer to my question. Meanwhile, i have chosen a niche already and also use it to build my niche website. now, i don't know if i am right or wrong.
I registered a domain with my niche, nature help me. what do you think, please.
EmakAmelia Premium
What's your niche? Is the domain name nature help me?
Ola0420 Premium
the domain name is naturehelpme and my website is nature help me.