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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uknowx Premium
Hello, I sent message to Kyle but also want to get you guys'opinions!

So I am interested in traveling, and thinking to choose niche related to that. But I am not sure specifically what can be my niche because I simply like posting pictures and write from travelling.

waiting for your comments:)
I think you can write about different tourist destinations and the activities you can do in those places.
Jaspar8 Premium
I believe you just answered your own question when you asked your question :)
"specifically what can be my niche because I simply like posting pictures and write from travelling."
Your niche can be about the particular places you like to photograph, why you believe that particular place is good to photograph (reasons), and within that also relates to the places you are travelling to.

Hope that helps or puts some thoughts out there for you

boomergp08 Premium
Your niche can be about anything related to traveling. On page 2 of the following tutorial I list several aspects of travel that can be made into niches. And if you maybe interested in another kind of niche, I also offer dozens more like photography, cooking, sports, video games, weight loss, music, and many others.
PeterMinea Premium
Hello to everyone!

Would it be a good idea if I chose my niche site to be related to PC components (you know, stuff like CPUs, RAM memories, motherboards, disk drives, PSUs, cooling systems, and anything else we can use to build strong PCS)?

I am a programmer who really likes computers, and I am thinking about promoting articles belonging to this kind.

Absolutely go for it, I'm on PC gaming
AJTrimble1 Premium
Of course. If that is what you are passionate about and have experience, that would be a great niche for you. Having said that, think about your niche more as a "topic" and not necessarily about products. Yes, product is important, as the links to it is likely how you will make money; but think of the components you listed more as recommended solutions to problems your readers are experiencing. This will also help when you go to create content for your site as well because you will be writing helpful articles that they are searching for -- the product, then, simply becomes part of the solution presented. Make sense?
Kyle Premium
Sure, you can definitely head in this direction, just don't go too broad with your niche as you build out your website.

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
MartineB Premium
Hello, I have just listened to the video and I think I have messed up. I created a home page which appears ok and that seems to include the post that I created "About Us" (previous tutorial). However, as I had changed the name of this page from "About Me" to then "About my website name" and then finally to "About Us" I seem to have messed up the links perhaps or something. So, in the Recent Posts side bar it has my post title i.e. "About Us" but when clicked it takes me to a blank page. Likewise the top menu has a title "About Us" and this also takes me to a blank page....eek! I did change the permalink on my post.....eek again. Not sure what I have done but a little concerned. Plus, my site was just indexed apparently so I'm wondering whether messing with the pages, posts, links etc means this could be interfered with. Any help is appreciated. Thank you, Martine
AmberJoyful Premium
I thought this was going to be difficult, but really you just want to pick something you are already passionate about! I went through and built a website about creating passive income, but now I'm going in another direction. I'm excited because even though I don't know much about it, as I learn I can share the information, and in turn I will be providing valuable information to my visitors. Best advice I would give is to just pick something to begin and you always have the ability to start more sites. Once you get down the process from the foundation (beginning, with all the training) the second and so on sites will become easier.
Kyle Premium
Yeah, exactly. People have the tendency to make the process of creating a business online much more difficult than it has to be.

Very sound advice here Amber!
Marclar Premium
Hi all, I have been looking into the keywords training and been experimenting with this cool Jaaxy tool. My question now is following:
* Why would you add only one keyword to your post/page and not 20? Since I would think 20 keywords will generate more traffic then just one.

Sandy2019 Premium
Hi Marc
Keywords are definitely required for indexing and ratings through Google - You will come to the lessons that explain that using lots of different keywords over and over through you posts and pages to create income or links, rather that constructive and related comment can be unhelpful too ...
So Keywords and Keyword Phrases are a tool - they should be precisely related to the information you are providing and if that is the case then 20 in one will be fine.... Good Luck - Sandy :)
TheCatherine Premium
Marc the rest of the keywords are called latent semantic keywords and you are correct you cant write an article without using multiple keywords, but there should be only one you are ranking for
AmberJoyful Premium
That's a great question and the answer is that you don't want to be keyword stuffing. Google doesn't like when websites do that and it makes ranking your article to the relevant section.
My best advice would be to still tackle the low hanging fruit
Keywords with <100 QSR >30 traffic.
Long tail keywords:
"How to make money online with affiliate marketing" rather than
"Make money online"
Targets more than a couple keywords, naturally.
When creating content it's more effective to keep the human element in it. When stuffing your content with many keywords doesn't guarantee any ranking at all, and possibly losing trust while doing it because quantity and quality are applied differently