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 Wealthy Affiliate members follow. It is also the ultimate "make money" process that worked 17 years ago and it is going to work 17 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 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 you 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 5 BILLION people online as of 2022 (YOUR audience) and these people are going to search engines, social media, or visiting websites for help all the time. They are buying at a rate we have never seen, which means the opportunity is only continuing to grow for YOU!

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" business 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 the first lesson, you should have already added your goals to your profile. But if not I recommend you so now. Make some ambitious goals for yourself, because this is the Internet. The opportunity is vast, and there is no "upper cap" to your potential that we are going to help you harness here at WA.

You can add your money goals, and edit them at any time directly on your profile.

===> Add or Edit Your MONEY Goals on Your Profile Here!

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. Check Out the "The Process of Earning Money Online" Infographic (from above)
3. Add Your Money Goals (If You Haven't Already)

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Rtungol Premium
This video and instructions are very helpful, but in building my first website, I want to promote WA as a niche, but I want to start with Home & Office Electronics. I have an existing account on my FB page that promotes products from electronics companies in the Philippines. Can I hear some advice before I start to build my website? Thank you
TheAbie Premium Plus
If you are new to affiliate marketing, we always recommend starting out with your own niche vs the Affiliate Bootcamp (make money online niche) can be harder and more competitive. Plus if you are looking to earn sooner, your own interest niche is also better.

You may review below resource However, if you want to head to the Affiliate Bootcamp, the make money online niche you'd want to choose a target audience, folks who resonate best with you and you can build rapport and connect with through the creation of your content. Examples

Senior folks who are looking to make an extra income.
Students who want to fund their education.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche. And the recommendation is to focus on ONE site starting out as it takes lots of effort and work get it going, however once you know what you are doing, then the learning curve would be less steeper to scale up.
Rtungol Premium
Appreciate your advice. Thank you very much.
EricCantu Premium Plus
What you have there are two separate niche ideas. One niche promoting WA to people looking to make money online, and the other niche aimed at people interested in home office products and electronics.

You can absolutely go in either direction, but they both wouldn’t go together in a single niche website.

If you choose to go with home electronics, continue with the OEC training. If you choose to promote WA in the make money online niche, go with the Affiliate Bootcamp training. :)
Rtungol Premium
I decided to go with home electronics, and you're right that I need to continue with the OEC training because I don't know exactly what's the next move after I built my website. Thank you for your assistance.
EricCantu Premium Plus
No prob:)
jghwebbrand Premium
Looks like you have chosen to go with home electronics. Looks like you have a FB account too. Great! When you first start you website focus on helping people with content - information. answers to questions they have about home electronics, problems that exist and solutions. Help before focusing you selling products.. Grow traffic to your website first. The training will teach you all of that and more so follow it step by step for best results.
Hi there,

I'm proudly South African and here we love so many different things that makes us unique in certain ways.

On of these is "Biltong and Droë wors".
Is this a good Niche to get started with?

I'm unsure, as I haven't really come across anyone googling that before.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
JJ Potgieter
Aka Xenon5165
TheAbie Premium Plus
Any subject can be a niche, most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche,

You ought to discuss an aspect of Biltong and Droë wors to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience (that could be beginners or another group you have in mind), you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Have a look at Kyle's below resources to try grasp more
Great to hear
TheAbie Premium Plus
Most welcome!
jghwebbrand Premium
If you are passionate about it by all means pursue your passion.

You could do a google search and see what comes up. That way you will see if people are interested in it. One thing to keep in mind is that your website can be global but if you choose something unique to South Africa only those people will know what it is and be searching for it. To grow your traffic you will be writing a lot of informational posts. Would that be easy to do.

.Ideas to find a niche.
Do you have any hobbies? Sports? Problems you've solved? Problems you are looking to find solutions for? Products that are amazingly helpful? Something you talk a lot about? Something you wished you had learned earlier in life? Job skill? It is important you choose something you are passionate about. Something you enjoy researching and learning about. That way it will always be interested and enjoy it, and you'll have fun building it.

What ever you choose as a niche it is important that you are passionate about it and want to help people with it.
Thank u for the introduction
jghwebbrand Premium
You are welcome.
Dennis2022 Premium
What seems strange to me is why anyone would go to a unique, stand-alone website. It seems like a waste of time. When I am buying something online I go straight to the Amazon or Walmart website, etc., and would not even bother with any other website. Help me understand what are the reasons why someone would go to a website that is basically info only.
TheAbie Premium Plus
A lot of folks would, however some others are searching for reviews and would want to make an informed decision and that's where you come in. When providing your visitors a detailed top-notch analysis review, as a thank you token, they click your link go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

Also programs would want to hire affiliates to do the marketing for them and bring them customers, it is much cheaper for them vs having their own marketing team on site.

The geolocations are varied and broad. It makes sense to have an affiliate program in place for a business.
jghwebbrand Premium
Many times people have questions about something and don't know which product to rather than do research themselves they rely on product reviews.

Many times even going to ecommerce websites is not easy to find exactly what one is looking for but a niche website will have niche related products very well categorized. Once people get used to finding good help on a website. they will go there instead because they know the price is the same as the ecommerce and they get the extra help before buying.
garyrolka Premium Plus
Yes & No...
In some cases, you may be CORRECT......However in others, you may need to PROCESS more.....Different strokes for different folks.

It is like saying in baseball, a starting pitcher or a major RBI hitter may be more important....But during the playoffs, a closing pitcher or a key pinch hitter might end up making the difference.
hi my lovers <3

and the legal pages of the blog? what is the best law firm that takes care of the legal pages of the affiliate blogs?

I don't see any affiliate entrepreneurs recommending law firms. they only recommend privacy policy websites generators.

in the disclamer page of this privacy policy sites generators, that affiliate entrepreneurs recommend, it says that "they don't represent a law firm, that legal information is not legal advice."

so where can I hired a law firm to take care of the legal pages of my affiliate blog.

I want to work professionally.

TheAbie Premium Plus
You may reach out to templates section of site content for your privacy policy, a disclaimer if need be and an affiliate disclosure which would be included later in the core training.

You are not obligated a firm unless you want to, you may want to include few clauses that's needed for your business requirements.

Please note a disclaimer is not included in the template section.
Kyle Premium Plus
You don't need a law firm, you can use the privacy policy generators and we have a template available to you in level 2 of the training. These are standard documents, and all GDPR compliant.

So don't waste your time or money, you definitely DO NOT need a law firm to go over these documents or create them for you. They are very much standard.
jghwebbrand Premium
Like Kyle says there is no need for a law firm to create papers for you. If you plan on becoming an affiliate marketer you are not responsible for the legal. You do not inventory, handle, ship bill or handle customer service. if you do affiliate marketing you will be providing helpful information related to your website topic and providing product reviews for niche related products. Affiliate marketing has been around a long time and what WA is presenting is all that is needed for Affiliate Marketing.

Initially we thought like you too, but have been doing this over 13 years and there is no need for all of the "legal papers". We use what WA provides.
Hello Kyle

Today I wanted to start building a website
Unfortunately, it did not happen
I did not understand the reason.
According to the tutorial, I chose the free part, then the domain name was allowed, I also wrote the title, the next step, I clicked on the green button - Build my site.
A few seconds back and forth to the first page.
In fact, it did not work. I don't know what the reason is?
TheAbie Premium Plus
You can go to Site Builder

Choose a free domain, enter credentials and follow procedure.

Tutorial I hope this helps.
jghwebbrand Premium
So your website does not exist here?

As a starter member you get one free subdomain website. If none show up in the link above, Try again.

If you are prompted to pick a design (theme) make sure to do so.
Watch for any messages while the building process is occuring.
I will try again
Wow, that was great, I did it, I feel good, a little excited
Thank you, the good news is that with your tips, I did it.
I have a website now and tomorrow I will start designing the logo and header.
jghwebbrand Premium
That's wonderful.

Whenever you have more questions, just ask.