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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Great lesson. Q: 1. If I change the email in Admin, who sends the the confirmation of the change - Word Press and/or Wealthy Affiliate? 2. Who can see my settings in my website? 3. Can a custom password be made to get into my website?
Sorry, really new to all of this! :-)
opalrose Premium
Hi everyone,

I just recently rejoined WA. Very glad to be back here. I just finished the video about niches, My question is, let's say I'm interested in the health niche. Would I create one complete website that promotes various products in sub categories of this niche? Or would I make multiple sites? For instance, could I do dieting products and exercise equipment under one site? Or would I stick to dieting products under one site and then exercise equipment on a separate site? Thank you in advance!
JosephRebisz Premium
Hi Markeisha, Joe here. It is usually suggested to go with one site first, get it up and running and then start another. Health is a broad niche as I think you know. It can get complicated trying to do two sites at the same time. Get traffic built on one first.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the narrower the niche, the better. You need to be seen as an authority on your subject. So, even dieting products itself is too broad. You need to think of a target audience. So, dieting for seniors, dieting in pregnancy, dieting for diabetics, raw food diets, dieting for vegans etc.
opalrose Premium
Hi Joe
Thank you for the response! I appreciate it!
opalrose Premium
Hi Diane,

Thank you for the clarification! I appreciate you responding!
This is my niche as well and I pretty much had all the same questions/concerns. Would love to get some answers too.
dadjokes Premium
I have a question regarding niches.

I love dad jokes, and I own the domain

For my 'niche', since my site is related to dad jokes, and memes (obviously) I did a search on Amazon and only found a few dad joke books that would be for sale.

How else could I find products to build a niche around?

I also have a Facebook Dad Joke page that has around 6,100 followers, so I think I can honestly turn this into something. I am just not sure about how granular I should be, since there don't seem to be a ton of products for 'dad jokes' specifically.
DValentine Premium
Why not create your own book? You get all the proceeds and you have 6000 people you can market it to immediately.
EliseTAG Premium
I see that you are a Premium member! You could also get Kyle's opinion on that. Just send him a message! It's a benefit of the Premium Membership!
way2insane Premium
to name but a few things that pop into mind:
T-shirts, coffee cups, etc (aka make yourself (your company) very brandable and develop swag)...
Prank gifts....
For the poetically inclined you could have a good roasting service...
But beyond that, it could be a real issue to monetize the dad joke site. Any idea what kind of numbers you get when you run a search thru a keyword tool?
hirohurl Premium
Maybe Dad jokes could be a way into a parenting-related niche, or more specifically, a father or even father-son related niche. How dads and sons can hang out and do stuff together could lead into some more promising product offers... sports gear... games... Then there's also the merch angle. Dad jokes on coffee mugs - pairs of mugs with q on one and a on the other... etc...
Hello everyone, I am new to this platform just like many of you. I was looking for a way to create another source of income and figured this is worth a try. As I go through these lessons I am trying to come up with the right niche for myself. I’d love to chat and piggy back on ideas, feel free to follow me on Instagram @jenny_182 to keep up with me outside of the platform!
JosephRebisz Premium
Hi Jenny, Joe here. I read your profile, very nice. You are most welcome here at WA! You have all the tools, training and mostly support from a huge number of people here. As for your niche, what are your interests or passions in life. That's where you want to pick your niche from . Something you can write a lot of content about. You don't have to be a professional writer, I'm not and I have already published four articles because it's something I'm passionate about. Just following the lessons, step by step and if you have any questions along the way, just ask. We're here to help you.
DValentine Premium
Hey there Jenny

What are you passionate about? What do you talk to your gfs about all the time?

What do you do in your spare time?

What do you buy a LOT of?

What are you reading about right now? fact or fiction?

Do you like certain films / tv series / foods / bikinis / lipgloss / mascara / pizza topping

All of the above and so much more can be your niche
siju1 Premium
Hi JennyB182, welcome to WA community platform
EuphemiaD2 Premium
Hello everyone I am a bit stressed, when creating initial content for my website I omitted the titles for About Me post and Privacy Policy page as a result they are not appearing as they should on my website. The titles Sample page and About we as at are respectively appearing on my website even after editing under Site content. Is it possible to delete this website and start a new one because surely I have spent good 2 days trying this and that to no avail Please advise.
feigner Premium
once you have published content then you need to work on it on your site - not in sitecontent.
so if you log into your website by going to websites- sitemanager and login
you will be able to edit your content on your site and it will then change.
good luck
if you want ot delete it then go to sitemanager and click on more and scroll to the bottom and click on delete this site.
but you can always edit the content on the good practice
DValentine Premium
Stress not Euphemia :-)
OK, go to your wordpress back office
Select the tab on the left hand side called 'Posts'
Hover over your post that you want to call About Me and you'll see a small menu come up underneath it saying 'Edit' - among others.
Click on the 'Edit'
Your post will come up and you can edit your title.
Once you have done your edit - click the 'Update' button on the right hand side of the screen.
Yay! your post should now be titled About Me.
Repeat the same process for your Privacy Policy page but select the Pages tab in the ;left hand column.
Do your edit, click the update button and you're golden.

Hope this helps and shout out if not