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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cheridragul Premium
I’m trying to really hone in on my target market, I want to be very clear about how to proceed and would love some advice.

My husband has a rare health condition that is becoming more common by the day. It is a very underserved market. Things like these are still available:

(The health condition)
(The health condition)
(The health condition)
(The health condition)
...basically everything is available except for www.(The health condition).com

I can see the specific questions and concerns of these people in all the different Facebook Groups that I’m in, so I know what to write about and what products to advertise based on what they talk about.

I know the domain name isn’t a huge part of the overall marketing plan, but in this case I think it might be because the name of the rare health condition is hard to say, looks a little foreign and looks irrelevant to people unless they have it. (Maybe that’s why the domains are still available lol)

This health condition falls under the umbrella of a larger health condition, let’s just say that umbrella is chronic pain, for instance.

Should I get a domain like and use the rare health condition keywords within the articles I write so they’ll still get ranked, and as a bonus, chronic pain patients would know the site could also be relevant to them? If I use the rare condition in the domain name, I will likely eliminate chronic pain patients from stopping by.

kashkow Premium
any health is going to be a great niche. As to your question as to go general or specific to the condition of your husband, I would get the general domain and write the articles using the keywords for your husband's condition.

Before you buy your domain, take a look at my article I wrote on purchasing domains. I mite save you some headache's in the future.

good luck!
exgrosteve Premium
Hi Cheri, If you had an address like it would of course attract more than your target audience. However, you can drill down with your keywords in the posts you write. So, a keyword might be "Escape from MS" for example. It has a QSR of 73. The website address is important and great if you can get close to your target but keywords play a huge part. Often the keywords don't relate to my domain but I do get plenty of organic hits. Hope this helps, Steve C
I like your choice of domain name but to me that makes me think of products to relieve pain? Which I personally would go visit!! but if you are wanting to bring awareness to a specific ailment then is there not a shorter name of it? I have C.O.P.D. (you may know what that is) but obviously I would not use the full name in a domain x are you going to advertise products for his illness? or just general assistance to people who have it?
Jojoma14 Premium
Hopefully, Im understanding your question correctly. It's all about whom you are trying to target specifically. Is the biggest part of your husbands condition chronic pain? If so you should address this. Having a super specific niche is good. If its not a condition that is talked about alot of people will be looking for info. IMHO, why not write about both? You can address chronic pain and the specific autoimmune diasese you speak of. Just make separate pages within the site and direct people to the specific pages through your links. Use The keywords to target your specific diasease people and broader keywords for the chronic pain people. Autoimmune disorders are like a rubix cube and very individualized, and pain is at the core of alot of the disease, so you can really supercharge your site if you do it right! Hope this helps, good luck!!
steeph Premium
Be general but not too general. You want a website where you can speak about a lot of topics regarding your niche. If you only use one health condition as your niche then all your content should be targeted towards that condition.
cheridragul Premium
@Jojoma14 Thank you for engaging! I’m not necessarily trying to bring awareness to the condition, I’m more targeting the people who have already been diagnosed. I’ll be writing about products that may help them with pain relief, and hopefully brilliant product ideas they’ve never thought of before! Unfortunately, there is no acronym or a shorter word for the condition. It’s just one long, weird looking word lol! Sounds like it would be best to keep the domain name more general and use all the low hanging keywords under the chronic pain umbrella.
cheridragul Premium
Thank you for response! Yes, a major part of my husband’s condition is chronic pain. Chronic pain blogs, websites, product pages, etc are oversaturated. However, according to Jaaxy, there are 10,168 searches per month for the name of his condition (who knows what they’re looking for when they are searching that term though). The QSR’s for everything Jaaxy suggests for the condition is under 100, there are very few websites, blogs or products pages, etc for the condition.

It sounds like I might rank for his condition whether I use it in the domain name or not. The natural course of my writing will include both chronic pain and his condition just by the nature of them going hand-in-hand. It sounds like it would be best to keep the domain name more general.
Esengwa Premium
Health is a good domain because health care is worldwide so if you n get good affiliate you will hit it hard there.
nathaniell Premium
My advice would be to get the specific condition domain, since it has a specific name. People who have, or get that condition will be most familiar with the spelling and meaning of it, so your target audience is already focused and relative by the time they land on your site.

You can still branch out to broader topics related (like the chronic pain example), even if your domain is specific.
cheridragul Premium
What if I bought the relevant domain names with his specific condition and created basic, but informative, landing pages that pointed to my broader topic site?
cheridragul Premium
What if I bought the relevant domain names with his specific condition and created basic, but informative, landing pages that pointed to my broader topic site?
I have a question which is hopefully not a stupid one...
So how does my website get a better rank in google, respectively come to the first page of results as in our days hardly anyone goes to page two anymore^^

if that part comes later in the training I am sorry for the question.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that is precisely what this platform teaches you! Essentially, you will learn how to find the keywords which people are using when doing a Google search. You add the keywords to the content on your website, and Google recognises that you have valuable information and ranks you higher.
ok, then i probably am just not yet at the point of the training thank you!!
Kelvin3310 Premium
Since I am manually building my own site, I found an excellent online tool that lets you know if your home title (page title) and home description (meta description) will be fully displayed in Google search.

Apparently, if your home title and description are too long, Google will cut them short but adding "...".

Here's the link. Just key in title and description.
wbmaxeiner Premium
Hi, I know this shouldn't be this difficult, but I am really stuck here at nameing the website and domain name. I am going to promote WA so what am I allowed to put in the name. Where do you go to see what other people are doing, where do you go to find lists of where you can go to research these things.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can call your website whatever you want, providing you don't use a brand name which is trademarked or copyrighted. If you search in Google for "Wealthy Affiliate review", you can see thousands of websites promoting WA, and you can get ideas from looking at their names.

You may notice, while in Google, that there are over 70,000 sites promoting WA. It is a very competitive market. You will need to write a lot of in-depth articles on the make money online niche. Some people find it easier to start with their own niche subject, something they are confident writing about.
Okay let's try this again. Forgive my skepticism but I have come across way to many websites and businesses that promise a lot and deliver almost nothing on those promises. I see I have to upgrade to keep getting support and before I invest my time and almost no money into this program, cause I really need the help me and my family are homeless. We both work just we dont make very much to really change thing so this has caused me took everywhere in finding another job that pays better. So does this really work and not just a good to be true thing, and does this company really deliver on its promises?
psalisbury1 Premium
Thanks for the clarification Travis. My suggestion is just stay a free member and learn all you can, you can even build two websites for free, no pressure to become Premium, just learn.

Also I would suggest just read about the members here, I do that quite a bit to see how well they are doing and how they achieved.

I have researched many online companies Travis over the last thirty years, and you are right, most are scams, but one thing I noticed here right away is that there is no hype, no boasting of earnings . NO UPSELLS either, all the training is included in your monthly membership cost.

But as I said, Just stay free for now and learn, start building a website for free, ask questions..

Hope it works for you. I for one know I have found my home here at WA .. the community here is extremely helpful and encouraging too.

tyranique Premium
Hi Travis!

your skepticism is very much understandable so I will be honest. I'm still going through the program (I'm currently on level 3 of the online entrepreneur certification course) and at this level, I am just getting to look at affiliate networks. So I'm still not at the stage where my website is making money yet.

However, I will tell you this. Your success is completely dependent upon you. Wealthy Affiliate is a training course that is designed to teach you the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and It is definitely a learning process. It may take you a few weeks to a month before you can make money. Maybe longer depending upon your reach and possibly the niche you choose.

With any business, you have to be patient and hard-working. So to answer the question on if it will work, it's completely up to you. I understand that you don't want to waste the little money you have so maybe talk to Kyle to see if you can get your first 3 months at a discounted price or something or give it a shot for the first month and try to do as many levels of the entrepreneur certification as you can within that first month (because if you sign up within the first 7 days you only pay $19 for the first month).

I hope this helps.
Thank you for the honesty. I have noticed a few things right out the gate that sets this apart from almost everything else.

I will do as suggested and take the advice, thank you.
psalisbury1 Premium
You are welcome, and welcome to WA

Phil by the way, we have the same enroller, Jack, He is making over 100K a year , ..
Omg I couldn't have said it no better.U hit the nail right on the head.Our situation is different.But pain is the same.Like is there ANYBODY out there or on social media r WEBSITEs that's not trying take are scam you.but actually do as said and have a suceesful out come.Its a LOT of people that spend they last dollar to they name because they stress broke having tough times..Real people that want to be able to make fast cash legit cash.The cash that Scam artist and promises n satisfactory or people JUST didn't live up to they end of the deal.I KNOW THERE'S PLENTY OF WAYS TO MAKE LEGIT MONEY THROUGH THE WEBSITE.BECAUSE IT BE FALSR PROTESTER SCAM ARTIST)ALL THROUGH THE WEB JUST TO GET PAID TO SCAM PEOPLE.LIKE NOBODY SHOULD STILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS UM PRETTY SURE THE SCAM RATE IS HIGHLY FUNDED.AND F IT WAS SO MANY PEOPLE NOTICE AS SCAM ARTIST THEN WHY IS IT THAT WEBSITES AND WIBERS KEEP COMING UP WIT MORE WEBSITE SCAMMING PEOPLE MORE DIFFERENT WAYS EITHER SOME ONE IS PAYING THE SCAMER TO SCAM PEOPLE OR PEOPLE THAT IS THAT SMART TO PREFECT SCAMMING TO MAKE A LIVING OUT OF IT.AND NEVER GET CAUGHT.UM ONE PERSON THAT IS TIRED OF GIVING MY HARD EARN DOLLARS THAT BE MY LAST TO SOME ONE THAT NEVER INTENDED TO HELP.BUT TAKE ..
boomergp08 Premium
First off let me be totally honest here. Wealthy Affiliate is not a job. Wealthy Affiliate is an education program. It is just like an online university and in order for you to earn any money you will have to invest money, fortunately not a lot.

However if you are seeking income within the next couple of months, you will not get it from Wealthy Affiliate. Again, Wealthy Affiliate is an online education program, a school, an online university, definitely not a job.

If you can manage it financially then you will have the best chance at success taking the WA training, it really DOES work. But you will have to study hard and be patient. Income may not start coming in for at least a year after starting.

You will learn how to build your own online business from the ground up, and like all legit successful businesses, making money takes time and starts out on the low end. You can do this if you are hungry to be your own boss.

However it will require you to invest in your education by becoming a premium member. You can stay a free member as long as you want but you will be limited in the information you will get and after 7-days you will not be able to ask questions like you are now.