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 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 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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Sarikachang Premium
I had a website before but it was not really successful. I think the main reason is that I chose the wrong niche.
So now I re-pick a niche which is about damaged hair treatment. I don't know if it's good enough or I need to narrow it down even more?
lapr007 Premium
Excellent theme. Instead of narrowing, it can be expanded. You can open a "Beauty Salon"and post many things, not just damaged hair treatment.
It is a good niche Sarikachang. You can make your content rich and get the audience you need
VitaliyG Premium Plus
hair loss for women is a great niche. But here is how to select yours: Let me know if you have any questions!
Roybretton Premium Plus
Good morning Alice,

I'm sorry that your first website didn't work. I always say to people to go when their passion is, normally if you have a passion for something you have knowledge.

As other members have suggested you can probably broaden your niche into much more. Providing you have a sound knowledge on the subject, I would go for it.

Have a great day.

jghwebbrand Premium
I think damaged hair treatment is okay. After doiong some research you will discover all of the things it can cover.

We wish you much success..
paulorob Premium
I have a question about choosing a niche. I am interested in the self-improvement niche where I am planning to promote exercise and meditation courses. I also own a fitness e-commerce store where I would like to take some of the traffic from my posts by promoting the products. Would this be ok or too broad?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, that would be an awesome project. A blog directing traffic to your ecom store.

Niche is great too. You may want to consider drilling down more the exercise and meditation courses as that would include large crowds, thus targeting perhaps a specific group.

You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

That's Research top menu.

Couple more resources that may perhaps be of interest include Kindly let us know how you are getting along and anything you need help with.
Cyndes Premium
Hi. self-improvement is too broad to start with. Try to narrow it down using gender, age, demographics, etc.
You have a good plan.
Good luck.
paulorob Premium
Thank you for your reply, I see you joined back in August. Were you able to generate any commission already?
KeyToSuccess Premium
I agree with @Cyndes. You need to narrow it down. It's too broad. Ask yourself a question For Who? Men, or students, or work, or beginners, or introverts, etc. It will be easier to rank, especially when your website is new. Then you can diversify in the future.
Wish you all the best with your new niche.
paulorob Premium
Thank you for your thorough response. This is very helpful.
jghwebbrand Premium
Looks like you have a lot of things ready to go. You can use your posts and pages to promote your products in your fitness e-commerce store.

Health and fitness are always HOT niches.

We wish you the very best.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You are so very welcome.
Well said @keytosuccess. I also suggest narrowing the niche down. It's to broad.

Good luck wkth your new niche
Cyndes Premium
Not yet. I'm working on it. My website is up since Sept 7th.
Samanwaya Premium
Make Money - Lesson 2 :
Question: I have a Print on Domain store with TEEPUBLIC, if I build a website with WA and send traffic there, will it help? Or should I try to build something else and add an affiliate link to Amazon or some bigger site? What do you suggest?
jghwebbrand Premium
If I were in your situation,, I would buy a ,com website and build in in WA and then link to TEEpublic. Owning your website gives you more ranking opportunities and more freedom. A .com is your personal property. It looks like if you create a website withTEEpublic is it a website under their rules and control. Its probably a subdomain.

I did check on TEEpublic and found the following information:
On that note, we’re very excited to share these buttons we’ve made for you in a variety of sizes and colors to post on your personal website so that you can link your audience directly back to your shop (the hustle never stops).

This means you can own a .com in WA and link to TEEpublic.

Hope that helps.
Samanwaya Premium
Thanks for the reply. It was really helpful Just wanted to add that I've already a domain bought from GoDaddy for this, can I use that domain for hosting through WA?
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes you can have WA host it. the servers will need to be set in GoDaddy to point to WA hosting.
The following training should help you. We wish you much success.
Samanwaya Premium
Thanks a ton.
jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.

Remember, WA is a helpful community so if you have any training questions, please ask at the end of each training lesson.

Here's to your continued success.
Looking forward to success at wealthy affiliate
Hi Kyle

How exiting! I have my own website! Thank you!!

Just a question please - site name should have an apostrophy, but I can't use it in the URL. Is it okay if I use it in my site name, but it is not in the URL? I don't want people to enter my site, roll their eyes and say that I can't even spell because there is no apostrophy.

IvanBroz Premium
Hey there, I'm not Kyle, but I can answer your question with 100% certainty :)

You can't use an apostrophe in your URL. However, it's okay to use the name that contains one.

For example, one very successful guy in my niche (he's also a member of WA) has a site called I've Tried That and his URL is:

If you can come up with the name that does not contain the apostrophe, that would the best thing to do. But as you can see, everything works so it's really up to you.

Just remember, you can't use special characters in URL itself.
That's great. Looking forward to having my own too
jghwebbrand Premium
It is exciting to have your own website because it belongs to you. It is your personal property because it is registered and you pay for it.

We wish you success when you chose your domain name and build your website.
You are definitely my hero of the day @IvanBroz!
CrankyHank Premium
Hello Community -

Up to now, most if not all, make money online business props have been around attracting the 1st time buyer (to your site) & having them purchase. And yes that is the 1st step, but when it comes to "scaling up" your business \income - how do you do that?

Thought Exercise:
1) Need to always find new people - well that's good when the pool is big (which internet is) &only; need them to buy 1x - well that's a short term objective ignoring other approaches. Esp when soooo many good people are becoming unemployed.

2) Need to get the 1st sale - "Hello - I trust you sale" --but that's only the start -- how do you "build" a relationship of future trust?

Note: due to new online data privacy laws -- "cookie based" tracking will be retired. FB pixel will be obsolete - so think & develop a "relationship" with our clients so you don't need a ton of new clients, but rather you help our client community solve their problems with the insight, guidance & patience they are seeking in a "search engine" driven world. Sales are driven by depth not by width..

Please provide comments, thoughts to discuss & explore as a community - all the best pax.

rcb-enterpri Premium
Well I don't mean to sound "cut throat" but since this type of work, affiliate marketing, depends on a consumer purchasing something, we will have to look for indicators of those people that are able to work from home and those still employed, who may still be able to travel to work.

We would have to find out what that type of consumer would like to buy. If you have looked at Amazon in the news lately, they have hired more people and are extremely busy!! Which means that there are people indeed who are still spending money freely!!
DavidBoyd1 Premium
I agree people are spending but there a little more aware of what there spending there money on .
OCreations Premium
Thank you very much for your advice!
jghwebbrand Premium
In response to your second questions, trust is built on the content and advice you provide plus the dependability of the supplier of the product.

If you site addresses "everything about xxx" you can be come the "go to" site for people to return to.

If you search and shop online do you go to the same website for a specific product niche? If so why? Questions like this will help you to understand how visitors feel when they go to your site and why they return.

We wish you much success.