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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Someone be completely honest with me, is this just a huge waste of my time?
I'm not being rude, I just want an honest answer and proof its legitimate and I'm not taking time from my family for nothing or just a few cents!
Proof as in screen shots of your progress or something along that lines. I'm not going to continue this if it's not going to help me take care of my family financially!
Not anyone that works for or is just commenting to get people to go through this....thanks, Cris 😁
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Woodsie1 Premium
I'll be completely honest with you! I haven't made any money yet! Mind you, I've only been here a week!
I reckon it's going to take: time, dedication, a lot of work, a lot of learning, tons of patience, a warrior spirit and complete belief that we can do it!
But I totally believe we can. I'm personally EXTREMELY excited to have found WA. The training is such high quality and the people are all LOVELY! There are just so many helpful people here, all wanting to assist in our success! How can you not be excited by that?!
I reckon we're extremely fortunate to be here, and I'm definitely going to do the training, stay involved with this amazing community, and see what happens. And I bet what happens will be awesome!
Wishing you the greatest happiness!

Woodsie
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Hey, I have been here one month and three days. This is not a get rich quick scheme so if you are not in for the long run you will not see the rewards. You will not start making money instantly.....you have to follow the training exactly and build your website, learn to monetize it and give it at least six months to see some results. see my blog from yesterday on some of my accomplishments so far: Also the following is the website I am still in the process of building. It is by no means completed but so far I have made 4 sales on Amazon as the blog says:

https://besthumanhairweavesandwigs.com

I understand that you have concerns, I did too but at this point I know that I am in the best place to make money online.

I hope you stay, finish your training and get started at a real chance to make an income online. My long-term goal here is to buy or build a house for my family. If you have any other concerns do not hesitate to let me know.

Claudia
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, this is a legitimate program, but it is not a get rich quick scheme and takes months of hard work. If you intend staying as a starter member, you will only have access to the first 10 lessons. This is enough to teach you to build a website but does not go in-depth into how to drive traffic or join affiliate programs.

Even if you were to upgrade to premium, you would be unlikely to see any income for at least 3 months, and more realistically 6 months. There is a lot of writing involved, which is the reason you are encouraged to pick a topic for your website you are genuinely interested in.

Having said that, if you take the attitude of realising this is a long-term commitment to building a genuine online business, then there is money to be made. I have added a link to some success stories for you to read, but do be aware that most people prefer to keep details to themselves. After all, would you announce to complete strangers what your earnings are?
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allancurtis Premium
Your success will be directly linked to your effort ... this is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes time, patience, perseverance to be successful.

Affiliate marketing is not a scam ... once you have your membership paid for, you are free to use the vast resources on Wealthy Affiliate to learn and implement your online business.

All the tools are provided along with rich educational materials and a community of thousands of members willing to help.

The beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that it runs in the background for you 24/7 and can generate revenues for years with little or no effort.

Selecting a niche and developing your website will take you weeks ... gaining traffic on Google and Yahoo etcl will take weeks to months ... revenue may not be generated for a month or so ... it really depends on so many factors.

Other people's success or lack of success has no bearing on your potential ... there are far too many variables to be comparative!

This is a business ... only you can make it successful!

Allan
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
I should also tell you that your website is not the only way through which you can make money here. If you promote WA and get referrals you will also be paid by WA
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AJTrimble1 Premium
You're not being rude. This is a common question. And, yes, this is legit. There are many members who are successful here; just do a search for success stories. But... there are also many who are not successful. And that's to be expected. It's normal.

You must remember that this is a business like any other. It's going to take time, effort, and even some financial investment. It is most certainly not a scam, but it is definitely not Get-Rich-Quick either. It's straight-up hard work, plain and simple.

The only real difference between an online business and starting a traditional brick and mortar store on the streetcorner is the overhead involved. For example, I run my entire business out of an office in my home. I don't have to pay for a building, and my morning "commute" is basically from the bedroom to the bottom of the stairs. But how you run a business is pretty much the same.

At the end of the day, the question isn't does it work. Many of us are living proof that it does. The real question is, will it work... for you. And only you can answer that.
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allancurtis Premium
Just to clarify, Ambassador's do not receive payment for their efforts ... they are volunteers just like all other members. There are opportunities for Site Reviews that may generate some credits but there is no payment for being an ambassador.
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Ok... thanks very much for the clarification! I edited it
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Lokhi Premium
If you're willing to put in the time and energy to do the work, then yes it's worth it. This isn't a get rich quick deal, and it's going to take time.

As for my proof, I work slowly and I didn't start with affiliate bootcamp (I put mine affiliate site up about 2 weeks ago and only have a WA review on it w/ the legal pages). I have my main site that I work on, and I'm not in a rush - which breaks down to, I haven't made anything w/ it bc I haven't made the effort to full on promote it.
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EjmMissouri Premium
No need to take time away from family to do this. Make it a family project. It will be more fun that way.
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Hi Cris. Nothing is a waste of time here and this process definitely takes time. Noting worthy comes without the time, effort, and dedication, and passion. Trust yourself, trust all the wonderful people here who are proving you every day that they can be trusted , as they are proving it to all of us.
You can trust them. You can trust the process. You can take the action to achieve all that you want to achieve. And I hope that this makes sense. Have a nice day/night!
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AndreiB Premium
Hi! I just joined yesterday. :) I think that like many businesses you don't really see returns until after a year. I've been in business before and attracting customers is one of the key considerations. I think it will take some time. I have family and friends that shop regularly online through places like Walmart and Amazon. I think through word of mouth, blogs and searches we may be get some kind of ROI.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - do be aware that you cannot purchase anything through your own links, or ask friends or family to do so. This will get you banned from Amazon's program.
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How do you go about promoting WA?
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How long have you been a member?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I have been here for 10 months. Have you chosen your niche yet?
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MichaelMars3 Premium
SITE this page I believe was made over a week ago. Any ideas?

when I click on my url from the website building page I get this: I also get the same when I click in "Log in now" for class lesson 5.

Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

We can’t connect to the server at howtospeakenglishconfidentlyandeffectivelyinthecareeryouhavechosen.siterubix.com.

If that address is correct, here are three other things you can try:

Try again later.
Check your network connection.
If you are connected but behind a firewall, check that Firefox has permission to

When I enter my url into google, I get:
Your search - howtospeakenglishconfidentlyandeffectivelyinthecareeryouhavechosen.siterubix.com - did not match any documents.
Suggestions:
· Make sure that all words are spelled correctly.
· Try different keywords.
· Try more general keywords.


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Choose a domain name for your website
I entered "Ardvarksareuswhackado" and also the above url, neither one showed up with "Awesome it's available"

Any help would be appreciated

Thank you

Mike
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Kyle Premium
You will be able to find your websites within the Websites menu under "SiteManager".

Here is the direct link:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Hope this helps you out! :)

And if you are having issues with your website loading, contact SiteSupport.

I suggest creating a hosting support ticket here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support

You can also find this within the Websites menu under the "SiteSupport"(to the left). This is where you should go if you ever have loading issues with your website, email issues, plugin/theme issues, or if you accidentally do something that adversely impacts your website.

This support is 24/7 and upon submitting your ticket we will look into it right away Kyle!
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lmunro Premium
In the video I just watched you said that you don't recommend that I do both the OEC training and the affiliate boot camp training one after the other. Is that just in the beginning? If I choose one now and get going with it, in the future can I do the other training too?
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Edilberto1 Premium
Yes. In the premium membership, you will have full access all the training.

Edilberto
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Of course.

The reason that it's not recommended that you do both at the same time is not that it's "forbidden" or because you're new. It primarily has to do with the fact that building even one site is very time-consuming.

You will be writing dozens -- or even hundreds -- of articles to get your site off the ground. And unless you are an extremely prolific writer who has the time and ability to crank out 3000-10,000 words per day, it would be near impossible to build two sites at the same time successfully. Focus is critical.

Thus, instead, think of it as either/or. If you have a topic (niche) that you are truly passionate about, go with the OEC and build a site around that. On the other hand, if you already have a lot of online business experience, or are passionate about affiliate marketing, then do the Bootcamp.

I must warn you, however. The make-money-online niche (i.e. what is covered in the Bootcamp) is EXTREMELY competitive, so unless you really know your stuff and/or have a ton of experience, I would suggest sticking with the OEC and choosing another niche. You'll have a better chance of success. Then you can always go through the Bootcamp later, build a business site, and share your successes.

Hope this helps :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You can do Affiliate Bootcamp after OEC, but it is recommended that you do not do so right afterward for the simple fact that it will take months before you start earning consistent money from a niche website.

Affiliate Bootcamp is solely for the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate. It has nothing to do with creating an affiliate marketing website in a niche built around a hobby, interest or passion of yours. The tutorial below explains why you should do OEC first.
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katcam Premium
thanks for asking the question Imunro that was on my mind too. As I am a complete Newbie i will start with the OEC training thanks
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kgesch Premium
After going on Amazon and thinking a lot about what I am interested in and passionate about, I came up with three ideas:

1) Natural baby food and recipes (I am a stay at home mom and make my own! We are a vegan family :) )
2) School Supplies and Props for ESL teachers (since I am currently an ESL teacher)
3) Natural Skin Care for Women with Skin Issues due to Inflammation, Microbiome Disturbance, Hormonal Imbalances, Oxidative Damage, Blood Sugar Issues, and Nutritional Deficiencies (I have gone through this personally and have a wealth of knowledge in the subject)

Which do you feel would be a good niche to build a website on that would be lucrative?
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Labman Premium
ESL has a huge opportunity
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boomergp08 Premium
All are great, but I fully agree with Craig (Labman). ESL has the greatest potential and is a huge opportunity.
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Eskazzie Premium
Household appliances
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Eskazzie Premium
I agree
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J-KWest Premium
I would agree that ESL would be a good choice, in part because you have an existing business in this niche and it allows you to create and/or promote digital products and courses in addition to physical products (and digital products have significantly higher margins than physical products).
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kgesch Premium
thank you everyone for your advice! My current position is with ESL but eventually I would love to do (1) or (3). They are both big passions of mine :)
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kgesch Premium
how would I create digital products and courses?
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kgesch Premium
what is the huge opportunity with it?
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kgesch Premium
how is it a huge opportunity?
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boomergp08 Premium
Millions if not billions of people all over the world would like to learn English as a second language.
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kgesch Premium
my challenge is distinguishing myself from the many thousands who teach ESL and who also coach and who may have websites as well :) I am not sure what kind of niche to go with ESL. I could go with school supplies and props but I really love to teach and coach.
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boomergp08 Premium
Supplies and props are great and you could even incorporate some teaching into it by explaining how the supplies enhance the teaching. How you approach it will have to be determined by you through research of the competition.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Kimberly, my apologies for the delayed response. An example of a digital product or course can be video lessons you create and publish on a site like Udemy or Teachable for example. You can also be an affiliate for existing digital products like Lingoda or Rosetta Stone.
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kgesch Premium
cool! I didn't even know I could do that and profit from that! I have made personally over 1,000 videos and just didn't know how to publish them. What is the benefit of being an affiliate for Lingoda or Rosetta Stone?
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kgesch Premium
I was curious watching the video on how we are taxed when making commissions. For example I have my own ESL business and I am taxed at a certain rate. Having an online business, how does that affect us around tax time and when should we make our accountant aware? Do we receive any tax documentation?
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Hackerist Premium
If you make $600 or more, you need to file a form 1099. WA will not send anything since you build relationships with the affiliate products companies, so such companies should issue a Form 1099 to you if your earnings meet or exceed that threshold.
Anyway, at the end of the day, the affiliates are responsible to pay their taxes to the IRS.
Tom
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kgesch Premium
got it! so going through an accountant would be the best way to go? Any commissions I make the affiliate program would just send me in the mail or I would need to file with the accountant? this is all new to me since I just started my first business this year :)
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