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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I am experienced Global Adsense publisher and am Global top 5% Adsense Advocate and have over 400 websites. I have a site that has over 1 million uniques a day and have never had success using affiliate programs (meaning anything remotely close to 1k more a week.) I've worked with Rakuten, ShareASale, and countless independents for years and I'll get trickles of income. The only success we had was in some of our overseas markets (we are in 192 countries) but nothing to consistently survive on. I worked Ebates, had internal affiliate programs with little results. I have a newsletter that has over 2 million subscribers and pushed affiliate programs in direct category and never made more than $100 in a month. So can you sell me on what on an advanced level makes your program effective?
phakacha8 Premium
What's it that I see here my friend. With so much of your experiences, making less than a 100 bucks monthly surprises me.

Are we all going to be on the wrong track?
sdawson Premium
WA does teach a lot about creating good content and Jay's webinars are awesome learning. Why not take advantage of this current special and try the training out for a year? $299/year is cheap (just $25/month). With that many unique visitors and no significant sales, something is missing - maybe you can figure it out from the training here. Just promoting WA its-self with that traffic should bring in a great income. -shirley
nathaniell Premium
With such vast experience, and such little results, my advice would be to rethink your current strategy. You're focused on the "advanced" stuff, but I think you should go back to the beginning and see how people are creating effective affiliate websites from the ground up.

Earning money online via affiliate marketing isn't about who's the most advanced, or who as the best tools. You can have a very effective, very profitable website with nothing but a blog and some high quality articles.

Since you are already familiar with affiliate marketing and are already earning some income (even if it's just a little), my best advice would be to throw down $19 and see the training for yourself.
Mehari2 Premium
Hi buddies,
Could someone make it clear for me about the website building, content's section. I am still working on it but one thing I am not sure with is; do I have to publish it even if I have not finished or still wait until I complete everything? I am just saving it but not publishing.
Thank you.
suzieq Premium
Hi Mehari,
Only publish it when you're ready to have people see it. If it's only a few tweaks you still have to make, then go ahead. But if you're still adding content to it so it makes sense, then just save until you can complete it.
Don't take too long though, haha. It won't get indexed in your drafts!
PCohen1 Premium
Hi Mehari.
From what I understand from your question. I believe you can publish at any time once you think you are ready to.
You can go back and edit at any time!!
Hope this helps.
PCohen1 Premium
One thing I do, just because I am not very good at websites is I open 2 windows, watch the training videos in 1 and when I need to do something to my site pause the training switch the window and apply immediately so as to avoid confusion later. Then just go back to the training.
MayMcDaniel Premium
I do the same thing.
Mehari2 Premium
thank you for this, I do the same. but my question is:
I am working on building my About Me. Your work will be saved automatically.
Do you publish the un-finished work? or leave it saved?
Mehari2 Premium
Thank you so much Suzieq, you answered my problematic question:)) I appreciate it.
PCohen1 Premium
Hi gang.
Hope you are all well.
Still struggling with Amazon. Marion, Kyle watched your videos.
Have no problem with individual products!! But with Native ads having nightmares.
I get the code, but when I try to link it in post it's just not happening. Do I need to install anything else?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - when you add a native ad in the text section, then switch back to visual, all you will see is a small grey square, not the products. However, when you view your actual website you should see the products.
PCohen1 Premium
Hi Diane.
Hope you're well.
Thats what I understand but its's not happening!
I'll go over the videos again tomorrow and see if I can work out what I'm doing wrong! It's not by perchance Amazon is it?
Take care
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I added a native ad earlier today and it works fine, so good luck with sorting it out.
Guitarded1 Premium
I am confused with myself already, lol. Trying to decide what should be my first Niche or direction to go. I have 3 areas that I feel could be possibilities. I have an interest in doing a website where I sell clothing for musicians and such. Good ole Rock n Roll attire. So would Clothing be my niche? And at the moment this is what I feel the strongest about.
I also am a big believer in the Law of Attraction, and how it works in all of our lives. So possibly something in this avenue.
And than there is my whole life of concrete construction. I have extensive knowledge and know how in the concrete field. Mostly flatwork , standard finishes and decorative finishes, ie, stamping, stenciling, staining, coloring.
My dillema is which of these directions I should start with while I am learning here in WA. I feel that getting to the point of making money online, there has to be a product to sell. So that leads me to the Clothing would be the obvious choice, but I see about writing all this content and I am not sure if I can come up with a lot to say about this. I could probably say a lot about my concrete construction and that makes me think about writing a book but I dont know how to write a book. Not really a writer. And in the Law of Attraction field there are already a lot of good books out there. So as you can see by this long winded question I am thoroughly confused. hahaha.
Anyhow, I am open to any input or guidance.
Thanks all and happy to be here.
KatrinaCurry Premium

Since I started my website, I've learned that it's easier to form the right content if you have lots to talk about. Meaning, if you go with the clothing niche, will you be able to write over 1000 words on it? If you went with clothing in general, then you can write about the quality, the fit, the possible guarantee from affiliates, etc.

With the concrete field, I'm sure there's lots to talk about, especially with laying it and the process. In that field, you have tools needed in sure, so you can recommend certain tools over others, better brands and link people to those.

Both have possibilities, it's all going to come down to what you can write articles on. In the content rich articles, it can be hard to form 1000 words sometimes.

Hopefully you're able to choose one that suits you in the end. :)

suzieq Premium
Hi Tony,
No worries, we were all there in the beginning, lol.
They're all great niches and have lots of possibilities.
Writing content is going to be the biggest thing towards getting traffic unless you're prepared to buy advertising. So if you worry about writing enough for clothing reviews, the other two might be easier.
And don't worry about not being a writer. Believe me, after a few months you'll be surprised how good you get. It's all about practice, and you'll be getting a lot of that, haha.
For concrete construction, do you find that many people search for solutions online? And if they do, are there other things you can promote other than tutorials? There are always many do-it-yourselfers out there, so maybe??
And don't worry about how many other books are out there in any niche. If they're selling, then people are looking. If they're not selling, then maybe that's a concern.
And if you start building an email list, your loyal followers will trust your books more than any other. That's what's great about building a relationship with your list!
I don't know if this was any help, lol. Start with your passion and if it doesn't work out after a few months, start another!
PCohen1 Premium
Hi Tony.
All I can say is do your research. Check out Google for all your prospective niches. read articles on all of them have a think if you can equal those articles.
And as said below by Katrina about the right content.
Research, research, research.
Good luck
EuphemiaD2 Premium
Hie I have tried to follow the instructions on how to create a Customs Menu but a comment is popping up stating that About Me is invalid and I must check for menu items to delete and it's appearing twice.Privacy Policy is also appearing twice. How can I rectify this