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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Chazz87g Premium
if I want to add a Landing Page, or a Sales Funnel, will I need to purchase an app like ClickFunnels, or does WA provide that functionality, within its membership? Likewise, if I want to add an auto-email responder, will I need to purchase an app like Aweber, or does WA provide that functionality, with the membership?
feigner Premium
there are plugins to collect emails - which you can then send newsletters or promotions via a plugin.
a landing page is just a page with only two options - to complete the call to action or leave -this can be done in wordpress on some themes or with a plugin....
the auto responder would need to be sourced externally - but there are some free otions for small lists.
just be careful with matching the autoresponder up with your niche - some don't like make money online niche....
good luck
i would put that off till you start getting traffic and concentrate on content
Chazz87g Premium
Just to be clear, are you saying, initially, I should just create and publish content, and NOT include lead magnets to capture email addresses?
feigner Premium
forgot to check that you are on a starter membership and cannot add in plugins to your site
i am saying that if you want to pay for an auto responder when no one is coming to your site then that is your choice....
but you obviously have a path you want to follow - i do wonder where your traffic wil lbe coming from with no other content on your site - unless you are paying for ads....
if you are going to pay for traffic then yes add the landing page and lead magnet to try to collect emails
but for most people at the start of their journey - getting organic traffic will take time - so concentrating on content wil be the best use of time....
Good question.
HectorCryo Premium
Okay, serious question. I have a couple big-time niches in mind that sort of share the top rank of my preferences:
- electronic music
- matcha
- self-education (online courses, ebooks, webinars etc.)

Because I need to pick one to start with, are there any other criteria I need to pick on, other than the list of things to do under the video? (like having to write content, communicating with the niche, choosing the right products / services to promote etc.)?

I hope this question makes sense to those reading this comment :) Thank you, regardless!
yevroma Premium

Self-education is quite a large niche and very competitive, there are some large companies already in this niche. If you'd like to stick with this, you definitely can but just expect a harder time. I'd recommend trying to narrow the self-education down into something more specific, like online courses in a particular field. That way, that you could also support the affiliate links, reviews, and sales with other engaging and relevant content that builds trust in you and your site.

Matcha sounds like a very solid niche if you plan to pursue it. A website for all things matcha is narrow enough that you would have a clear target audience rather than a broad range of people looking for self-help. You would be able to speak as an authority on matcha and of course get sales and visits from people keen to buy or discover matcha.

As for electronic music, I'm sorry I don't have much in the way of a recommendation for this as I'm not sure how you could monetize your website with it. Maybe some of the other more experienced folks on here would be give you some direction.

Best regards,
feigner Premium
i know one and three are huge topics you would have to narrow down to make any headway in but in google trends - which one would you pick
would you look into whether there are any groups - yep
any forums containing it - yep
go through a quick search in google and see if ads come up - yep
just follow your nose - nope
create a content strategy- yep
find what is related to this [roduct- yep
find out why people drink it- yep....
i'm starting to get specific now....
try answerthepublic dot com to see questions people ask relating to the topics.
or ubersuggest or
and have a good look at google - look at the questions at thetop and the related searches at the bottom.
come up with a few categories for your niche
so don't pick the product itself but why you would use the product and then you can promote this and other prooducts....
don't pick a too health related reason - you will have a hard time with google ranking....
good luck
lucbizz Premium
Pick the one you are most passionate about.
HectorCryo Premium
Oh wow, that's a freat deal of insights you gave! Will already start researching these aspects, because yeah - electronic muaic can be broken down into teaching it, or providing sounds, performance sets etc. Thank you for that, Phil!
HectorCryo Premium
That is very true. Given this, it is rather logical to tap into Matcha one first since it's narrow enough already! Thank you Yev :)
I hope if you don't mind..can I ask if how can you earn credits on this platform so that I can upgrade myself to premium? or how can I use my link to refer it to somebody I know? So that I can also help him. I hope you don't mind.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a starter member, you cannot earn any credits here. The only way to upgrade is to pay the subscription fee.

Your personal referral link can be found by clicking on the dollar symbol at the top of the page and clicking on links and tracking. You can email the link to your friend, and if they upgrade you can earn a commission.
littlemama Premium
Hi Princess, You can make money using other online opportunities first like on or (sell your services), an online job, or get a local job, and then come back to buy the Premium membership.

Or you can use your free account to use WA's affiliate program to earn by taking your affiliate link found on top menu under the $ icon > Links & Tracking, and go promote it on forums, social media, etc... However, you may find that most platforms don't allow affiliate links.

So, you'll need to put the affiliate link on your website, which you get one free with your free account. Go through the first 10 free lessons to get your free website.

Without Premium though, it'll be very hard for you to earn from your website as you won't know what to do with it to make it attract its own visitors, plus many other things you'll need to know about building this business.

I can tell you right now that this training is indeed worth it as I was able to have results like this recently: So, do as much as you can to earn $19 so you can pay for the first month here and earn more so you can pay for the second month which is $49. Building this online business takes time, so you need to have another source of income first before building this.

I hope this helps you,
That is what I wanted to do - earn the membership fee before applying for Premium. I do want to do Premium, but I don't have a lot of extra money to go Premium without earning it first.
Thank you, little mama. I will do exactly as that.. thank you very much. because of that will go for now and I will be back in a bit. Thank you again.. I hope you have a nice and blessed day ahead. ;)
littlemama Premium
There are tons of opportunities out there to earn Tyler, you can check out my YouTube channel that's linked on my profile to see all the different ways to earn online.
littlemama Premium
You're welcome Princess, just make sure you keep your account info to come back. :)
NicolaD1 Premium
Thanks for great video!

My website has an error, the 'e' didn't come out in the footer or the top left of my site, so it says, 'Th Age-Defying Vegan' instead of 'The'.

How do I correct this please? I can't find any 'footer modification' etc and I need to change the top left too,

Many thanks

feigner Premium
Hi Nikki - to change the title of your site go into the wordpress dashboard and click on settings general and you will find the title there.
the footer modification should be under appearance - customize and in there there should be footer...
but it may not be in that maybe in the site identity...or elsewhere.
the designers of these templates express their personalities in things they can alter and the customize menu structure is one of them....
best to look at the themes homepage for documentation on your particular theme
good luck
Diana124 Premium
Hi all, just a quick question regarding Jaaxy, not sure how it works, where is it getting this search information, from whole GOOGLE or USA or Canada only? I am in the UK and would like to target people in UK, will it show me relevant information for UK market? p.s. Thanks, great stuff to learn on here! :)
feigner Premium
carson created an article on where jaaxy gets its data from can you target just the uk...hmmm well as data is oming from then not really - but if you are going for local seo ou will be putting the town or city in
if it is general then i maybe would be looking at or other search engines that can change location - and if you are using google autocomplete then make sure to use = nd look at the related searches as well....
good luck
HildeRegine Premium
From many different search engines around the world. It covers 99,7% of all searches
ZayK Premium
Jaaxy gets the data from Google. I have found Ubersuggest to be better when I want to target local SEO.
Diana124 Premium
Thank you all, it's all so useful! 🙏