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 4.75 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.

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's Goals

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JScoville Premium
strength training is how I lost weight, so my target audience would be people who would like to lose weight and I offer them a solution through strength training, though I haven't been hitting hard the last couple months I did consistently for 3 years so It is a passion. does this sound like a good niche?
Lose weight with strength training techniques for beginners?
TheAbie Premium Plus
You could run with that, adjust and adapt down the line if need be. You may start off with a subcategory, and once totally exhausted move on to discuss another, so on and so forth.

See example blog post below
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, that sounds like a great narrowed niche. And the best part is you are passionate about it, have experience and can speak from the heart. To start your site you will want to create informational posts to grow traffic. Resource you can use to find questions people may have: Posts are a great way to answer those questions.

We are really excited for your opportunity here.
JScoville Premium
I decided to narrow it down even more to resistance bands that's still going to help people who have either just started or fallen off and want to get started again, then I'll add more as time goes on and I gain trust. Thank you I'm so excited!
jghwebbrand Premium
So glad we could help. And we are excited for you too.
AAlsip Premium
I have already started my own website through Bluehost and word press and I have a domain already. If I wanted to not lose my website or domain but switch over to here for more guidance, and training how can I do that without losing anything from my website I already have. I know I will lose my money I already spent but it would be worth it. If you can get me further.
TheAbie Premium Plus
As a starter you get the one siterubix subdomain you can get along and for training purposes. Please be aware hosting is included with a premium subscription to the platform.
jghwebbrand Premium
It looks like your existing website is using WordPress. In that case you can transfer your website to WA if you become a Paid premium member. WA site support will help you MOVE your site.

The cost of WA Premium membership is $19 for the first month which is a discounted rate and then $49 every month thereafter unless you paid one years premium in advance which is $499 for a year.

Here is a link to more information about WA membership and their features. WA Memberships And Their Features

We are delighted to meet you and so glad your found WA.

The way to learn the online process is to complete the Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. After you finish each task make sure to check mark the box in front of the task. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

Here is the link for the training in case you need it.
RBlaze Premium
Ok guys, I have another question ..

Is the niche that we're choosing for a one product website that we're going to develop? Or are we coming up with a niche that we can have multiple products to sell on our one website?

Also, when we finalize our niche, are we going to end up having to join different company's affiliate program to upload products such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc? For example, will I have to make an account with all those companies as well as pay a monthly membership fee to get affiliate links to put on my own niche website?

Hope that wasn't confusing .. Sorry just trying to gain a better understanding of the bigger picture of what I'll be getting into after training is complete.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can promote as many products as you wish, providing they all relate to your niche.

Yes, you will need to apply to join affiliate programs, but they are free.
TheAbie Premium Plus
ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

It is a process, it first starts with choosing a focused niche site, onward building relevant content addressing issues in relation to your niche site, getting ready for affiliate programs.

There's subscription fees to use this platform, however no fees to joining programs, if ever there's a fee that would be reimbursed with the first commission check.
RBlaze Premium
thank you so much Diane :)
RBlaze Premium
Ahh, okay, I think I have it now. Thanks for your help! :)
TheAbie Premium Plus
You're very welcome! And good to have you here with us.
jghwebbrand Premium
A niche is a topic of interest, a focus on a topic for a targeted group of people to help them. A niche is not a product. For example essentials for beginning campers to have a safe and enjoying camping experience. The products included will be those that relate to your niche so can be many more than one product.

You will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later You are free to sign up with as many affiliate programs as you wish, but the more you join and use affiliate links from the more complicated it becomes to remember which affiliate program each belongs to.
LauraMcCrack Premium
I'm still working on setting up my menu page. I've managed to get my 'About me Page' and the 'Privacy Policy' onto the right side under Menu Structure, but now I'm told to go to 'Menu Settings'. and click 'Primary Menu' but my page doesn't look like that at all.
This is what I have under "Menu setting', I do not have "Primary Menu'

Menu Settings

Auto add pages-
Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu

Display location- Desktop Horizontal Menu
Desktop Expanded Menu
Mobile Menu
Footer Menu
Social Menu
jghwebbrand Premium
Each theme uses slightly different terms for the "primary menu".

So what is the name of the menu you created? If it appears at the top in your header that is the same as the "primary menu".

Based on your above description, your theme also allows for a footer menu and social menu. Plus it looks like you can set up a separate menus for desktop and mobile. That is different from the usual. If you have a mobile phone you can see what the Mobile menu would look like if you create one for it. The same is true fro the desktop menu.

Your menu will not look exactly the same. That is okay.
LauraMcCrack Premium
Hi again,
Thanks for helping, yes everything about all my pages does not look anything like the training videos or lessons, I'm having such a hard time.

Ok, I titled my menu 'Menu 1', so I guess you are saying that my title is the same as 'primary menu' I got that but under the menu settings should I be checking off all those choices? There is no option for Menu 1 or primary menu. Do I select all of these? I'm not computer savvy in the least.
1.Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu
2.Desktop Horizontal Menu
3.Desktop Expanded Menu
4.Mobile Menu
5.Footer Menu
6.Social Menu
I'm not computer savvy in the least.

jghwebbrand Premium
As a beginner it looks like your theme is too complicated.
Would you be opposed to changing themes. Generate Press may not be your favorite because it doesn't have a place for a header images, but it is a much simpler theme to use. Changing your theme will not affect your pages and posts. You cam have to create a new menu, but it seems that is best so you can follow along better with the training.

How does that sound?
LauraMcCrack Premium
Theme...Uumm, do you mean the photo I selected? I see 4 photos or themes I don't know why there are 4, I only selected one, it's the 1st one a photo of Italy to go along with my niche. If that's what you're talking about I'd love to get rid of the other 3. What's Generate Press?

I'd like to have an image.

I feel so lost.
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, the 4 that displayed (wordpress backoffice left hand side see appearance -> hover and see 4 images - those are themes They have features built into them. KEEP the 4 of them there so your site has a default one to use in case the one you have chosen has issues.

Yes, the theme you have chosen to "activate" has a complicated menu feature.

To understand the concept of "menu" and follow the training it really would be best to Activate Generate Press. Generate Press should be pone of your theme options.
LauraMcCrack Premium
Hey, I really thank you for your time. I never thought this would be so foreign for me. I've just been following the training and it all seemed cool to difficult, but suddenly I'm overwhelmed.

Ok thanks I'll check out and activate generate Press.
TheAbie Premium Plus
Can you give us a screenshot of what you have right now? So that we can work the issue and thank you.
LauraMcCrack Premium
Sure, I'd be happy for any help.
LauraMcCrack Premium
Hi Again,
I'm not sure what to do to find Generate Press. I've sent you a screen shot of my themes, 3 say activate and the one I originally chose says customize. Is Generate Press somewhere on this page. Thanks!
BLion Premium
Hello all,

I'm having trouble getting onto my starter website, when I try to login or do anything it tells me that "the site cannot be reached." I'm not seeing an option to scrap it and start from scratch as I literally just made it and wouldn't loose anything but I am not sure what to do to move forward and build.

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you!
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I wonder if perhaps you have tried to change the domain name, which you can't do. This will crash your site.

As a premium member, you can host up to 10 websites, so you could simply build another one.

Or, if you want to delete, click on Websites, go to Details, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Delete option.
jghwebbrand Premium
Can you see it listed here.
Do a browser refresh CTRL + F5

If not, I am not sure it was created.
You could try creating another one.

How to delete and build different free website.
Menu Bar -> websites -> Site manager -> find your website
Look in lower right hand corner for "details" click on it.
Then scroll down and look in bottom left hand corner for "delete"
Click it.
To create a new one
Menu Bar -> websites -> Build Website -> Free website.

That is the advantage of starting with the free website because it can be deleted.

Once a dot com domain name is purchased it cannot be deleted. You are the owner for a full year and can renew it for same length of time. To get a different domain name you must buy another dot com domain name. A purchased domain name cannot be changed because of industry standards for domain name registrars.
TheAbie Premium Plus
You may have to recycle your website. Here's what to do.

To delete a siterubix subdomain | or dot com if applicable, click details on subdomain in question in site manager, onward next page scroll all the way to the bottom and click delete.

Then you may go to Site Builder

Choose a free domain, enter credentials and follow procedure.