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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Ayo fam, kudos to kyle and the entire WA team for making Affiliate marketing look easy, could never get a broad picture at varsity. Could be of great help though, to the less priviledge who cant access the internet, if WA could allow its users to download some tutoriel vids in hopes to spread it further. Would be a step further for WA, or am i wrong? 🤔

Zincerely ya Frenchboi with a bit of crème brûlée on Zzzz side 😁
Hi everyone I have a niche, I also think I have a name for website. I am just going through the training to brush up on my skills. Would you continue to brushing up on your skills or get stuck in and build the website. I am an author at heart. and would i still be able to join in the discussions as my ability to ask questions ends in a days time.thanks
makmrkt Premium
Welcome to WA. If you have a short time, that does not matter. You will still have some access to WA. I would recommend that you upgrade to Premium and take advantage of the wealth of information here. Peace,Mark.
nicktheory Premium
If I understand correctly, you want to know if you should do this training or just make the website.

You can train and make a website at the same time. You should be able to find lots of people able to answer your questions here.
psalisbury1 Premium
Hello Mrs Gibb, and Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! You can do both, that is what I did. I would train, then pause and add it to my website.

I suggest you go Premium though, then you have access to ALL the trainings!

Jeffreybs Premium
Would the free tools on WA be worth you being a paid member, and if not there really isn't a reason for you to upgrade unless you want to stay in the community for networking if you don't really need the training here

Hi ☝
Emjaytd Premium
I am a newbie on making websites and I am feeling a little lost inspite of the video tutorials.
a. I can't seem to turn off the comments portion on my privacy policy
b. My about me post has an edit at the end. The other about me page in my other sample website doesn't have that.
c. The theme picture dominates the website
d. the side menu widget is not on the side but at the bottom.
I feel like giving up already. Oh no.
Joan39 Premium
I am just reading up on how to build a website. your scaring me. Lol. Did you get all your issues resolved? I need to do more research before I even attempt this. Good luck
fyre Premium
Go into your WordPress dashboard:

On left of this page click 'Websites'>then click SITE manager if you are using SITErubix & login or, click 'Login' to the website if you purchased a domain.

> Now, you are in your Dashboard >click 'Pages' in the toolbar to your left.
> Hover your mouse over the 'Privacy Policy' Page you've created and click "Quick Edit' that should appear directly under.
> On the left of that quick edit box, make sure the 'Allow Comments' box is not checked.

I attached a screenshot from one of my test sites so you have a visual as well.

I hope this helps!

Ps, keep asking the good questions!
fyre Premium
Even those of us who have been here for years still get stuck at times.

That's the beauty of this platform, we are never alone and, someone is always here to help <3

> You can ask questions anytime 24/7 in your lessons in the comments sections like this one.

> In Live chat <~~ located in the left toolbar of your page

> And, if you click to your profile page > in the top toolbar > Click the Questions TaB to ask questions as well.

A warm welcome to you as well :)
nicktheory Premium
Take it one step at a time.
select Pages in Wordpress Editor
hover the mouse over your Privacy Policy page
select "Quick Edit"
untick "Allow Comments" (on the right side)
click the blue update button

b. not sure what you mean. If you want to edit your aboutme,
In Wealthy Affiliate, open Websites>Site Content
click on your aboutme post
and make whatever changes you need to make
(I hope I understood your issue here)

c. this might be a setting related to the theme you chose. pick another theme, or learn how to reduce the size of the theme picture (maybe I misunderstood you issue here?)

d. you can edit where your widgets appear:
Wordpress Editor>Appearance>Widgets
drag and drop the widgets from footer to right sidebar (or wherever you want them

I hope this helps
Jeffreybs Premium
Very good step by step assistance, Frye

Jeffreybs Premium
Great point, Frye

None of us know everything no matter how long we are in this business and we all have our own special skills but lack the skills in other areas so that is how we can help one another

fyre Premium
Thanks Jeffery.

I've been organizing my notes and taking screenshots when I can. I know with my ADD/learning disability, I'm a full-blown visual learner.
Sometimes it helps the tired eyes and minds as well, including mine!

DConnection Premium
I can relate with how you feel to quit. But quitters don’t win.
My number 1 tip is that you get a pen and notebook , write down each process as you watch the video.
Aside the video, You need to read through the article. Very important!
Don’t be so bothered if your page doesn’t look like Kyle’s for now. Keep progressing. You will get better by and by.
Emjaytd Premium
Thank you for the encouragement. Will try again
Emjaytd Premium
Thank you for d assistance. Will try again
Emjaytd Premium
Thank you
Emjaytd Premium
Thank you very much
K808 Premium
Completed lesson 7 but am stuck with a problem I haven't shaken since lesson 5 - I can't view my site.

I completed the About Me and Privacy Policy, and when I try to view my site, I am directed to a new page that says:

Great News!

The hosting for this domain is all setup and ready to install an awesome website!

Login and build your website in just a few clicks!


Clearly I've missed something here. I'm able to get into the back office of my site but can never view it. When I tried to publish my Privacy Policy page just now, I got a 404 message -that the site doesn't exist.

Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong here?

I appreciate the help!!
Jewelia Premium
Hi Kris,

We can try to figure it out, but I think the best approach is to contact Support:
They will be able to help you faster and more efficiently.

~ Julia
K808 Premium
Thanks so much for the help Julia! I appreciate it. Will do.
Joo77 Premium
Hi Kris, have you gotten this sorted out?
Kyle Premium
Contact support and they will get this handled for you. ;)
K808 Premium
Hi Joo, thanks for asking.

Yes, somewhat. I did as support suggested but now I'm running into a problem where the page I'm trying to publish (Privacy Policy - my first one, I have nothing else published yet) looks crazy when I preview it on my site. Crazy as in, extra verbiage that doesn't appear on my editing screen, and even though I go through my draft to make sure the fonts are uniform, it doesn't look that way on the preview. I don't know how to fix this since there are sentences that show up on the preview that I do not see at all on my draft.
Joo77 Premium
Hi Kris, it could be something to do with the theme. Try a different theme to see if it helps? If not, you always have SiteSupport that you can fall back on.
K808 Premium
Thanks so much Joo. Yes, I contacted site support for a bunch of issues, and I'm sure I drove them crazy lol, but all is good now :)
Joo77 Premium
That’s great!!
I have my own domainname and own hosting in the Netherlands.I have my own website Wordpress and Woocommerce. I registered with this group because I wanted to know more about affiliation. Where and how should I register with different providers, Which plugins are the best, etc. Can I still stay with this group?
I now work with the Dive van Elegants theme. I better take a different theme that looks a bit more like your theme or e.g. switch to Elementor?
I would like to know if it makes sense for me to continue if I do not use your websites and hosting.
Kyle Premium
As you go through the training you are going to be learning how to PROPERLY create a business online. This includes which plugins you should and shouldn't use, and how to build out your website in a way that sets you up for long term success.

Do not use Elementor, editors like that will slow down your website and really start to hurt you. You ideally want to leverage the hosting here at WA, but I would recommend you keep your existing starts where they are at and start fresh with a new website, based on what we teach here at WA.