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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MarkF7 Premium
I am in the website building process. I have three questions.
1) When does my website go live for public viewing?
2) If it goes live for the world to see by default, can I block it from
going live until its completed?
3) Is there something in the training concerning Terms of Service,
Privacy Policy, Refund Policy, so as not to run afoul of GDPR
and FTC Guidelines?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - your website is live as soon as you create it, but it is not in the search engine until Google finds it. This can take a couple of weeks or more and you will get an email when it happens.

You can use a plugin to show that your website is under construction. However, until you have a lot of content on it, the site is unlikely to be seen by visitors anyway.

And a website is never finished! You need to maintain it by adding original, new content on a regular basis.

Yes, there is training on the legal requirements.
MarkF7 Premium
Thank you Diane! I appreciate your insights.
GeoffreyC1 Premium
This is all in the training. As soon as to hit publish it is live. You will set up privacy pages as part of the training.
I have an interest in making money online through different websites / apps. For my niche, I believe "make money online" / "work from home" would be too broad categories & I do not seem to find any profitable sub niche / category which fits with my area of interest / passion. Should I choose a particular website / app as my sub-niche or would that be too narrow. How should I go about it. Can you please suggest?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, we have an in house program the Affiliate Bootcamp promoting WA platform (make money online niche) You may want to head for Level one to learn more Please keep in mind the make money online niche is a lot harder and more competitive you'd need 300 - 400 original articles before you are able to scratch the surface. Primarily you are wanting to start off with a sub category niche and when your site starts gaining traffic, traction and authority you can then scale Keep in mind a niche a site.

That was indeed very helpful... Thank you!
LonnekeF Premium
For the past couple of months I have been so uninspired and zombie-like. But today something happened to me. I'm not a very outwardly emotional person, but I was SO inspired today that I thought I could burst with excitement. I even shed a few tears about it. I have an amazing niche in mind that can help a whole country as well as the smaller businesses inside of it. SO PUMPED!
Nedia Premium
Keep on going, wishing you all the best!

jghwebbrand Premium
We are so excited for you. WoW You are making us very curious too. Glad you have an inspiration for a niche. And do remember the important of us8ing Jaaxy for to get keyword phrases for your content post.

We will be anxious to see more blogs as you progress.
kingscorps Premium
Wow; Just finished choosing a Niche Section and am finally choosing Make Money Online/Affiliate Marketing Niche as recommended instead of being stuck since I already have a domain name i bought in the past dotnetempire; I just hope its a good domain for starting>

Please My question is should i leave the online entrepreneurship certification for now and start with affiliate bootcamp and then come back later to online entrepreneurship certification when am done with affiliate bootcamp?

Please if anyone can help me with this; am sorry if i asked wrongly
feigner Premium
are you sure about the mmo niche, it is very competitive ...if you have made money online then go for it...if you haven't then i would question how you can persuade others to make money when you haven't
personally if you are not promoting wa then stick t othe oec, if you are promoting wa then the bootcamp it is...
just for your may take upto 400 posts to gain traction in this niche....check out littlemama's road to vegas....
have fun
kingscorps Premium
Wow. Thanks. This is huge but I sure do know am not giving up now; I may find another niche down the line but I do know I want to promote WA so others can get these value am getting too. Thanks once again. I appreciate
Hi! I'm trying to figure out my first niche and I was thinking of specializing in filmmaking. More specifically filmmaking for beginners. It is my dream to become a master filmmaker so I felt like if I taught people while I learned about the trade: sharing my thoughts and lessons would be a major bonus. I was simply wondering if this was an actual good niche or not and if it is, what products would you guys recommend I promote?
jghwebbrand Premium
Okay you have decided your potential niche.

I am not familiar with filmmaking. What kind of supplies are needed? Can they be purchased online? (books, courses, camera?)

You could write an ebook and sell it on your site.

Go to and type in filmmaking you will see some ideas. Also check keyword-generator (not the 7 day free trial. just enter "filmmakeing" Also check out the questons tab.