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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ChefMark Premium Plus
When we find an affiliate product that we want to promote on our website or ad, do the affiliate companies have videos that are already made, or do you encourage us to make our own videos? For example, I want to start promoting and do ads on Chef Knives; if I find a great quality chef knife set that I want to promote, does the Chef Knife company have a pre-made video (like a commercial) or do I need to do my own viceo ?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may check with the individual program or you could also make your own content. I'd also check on the small print, their terms and conditions of affiliation. Each program is different.

You may also find material on YouTube that you can embed in your blog, however you will not be able to edit a YouTube video that's not yours.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it's up to each individual affiliate program as to what they supply for marketing.

However, it would actually build up trust with your readers, if they were to see that you have genuine first-hand experience of the product. It's something that Google looks favorably on too.
jghwebbrand Premium
Many times manufacturers do have videos they have made which you can use. You can also go to Youtube and see if you find something you like and you can always make you own.

As you choose your niche, make sure your have a targeted audience in mine that you w8ish to help because you will be writing helpful content for them. When you go to Youtube you will see :"share" then Embedded. yo0u use the code found in the Embedded tab.

Make sure you have informational posts on your site before add affiliate product links. A website needs to help before trying to sell. Help leads to trust and trust leads to sales.
DennyH Premium
Ok, probably a bit of a newbie question, but I just wanted a bit of further clarification. Just watched training 9 on key word search.
So, once we identify key words to build content around I'm assuming we want to include those exact words/phrases into the body of our content too correct? Does it need to be the exact phrasing then? Is that accurate. Can you elaborate on that for clarification.
Thanks for you help.
jghwebbrand Premium
Use the exact same keyword phrase in your first paragraph. I use it also in the last paragraph.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Your found target keywords go in the title of your post and again in first or second paragraph then write freely. Some include them towards a conclusion if it conveys a message. I'd also make sure they are grammatically correct.

Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better. Starter sites SEO greater than 95.

For your choice of keywords, always do an incognito search on Google before settling on a keyword, to see who appears on Google Page 1

Or you may do in Jaaxy tool search analysis


DennyH Premium
This is helpful thank yoi
HI guys,
I'm a total newbie at this whole affiliate marketing thing and it would be easy for me to just search for the best niche or the best selling product online. but what I want to ask is. Through your experiences, What is a good niche to get into? and that is factoring in that right now I'm starting from nothing and wont be able to invest in good marketing tools till I actually see a profit or income
AbieAJ Premium Plus
A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

Vs profitable or demanding.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the first thing to remember is that you will be expected to write a lot of content on your chosen niche, everything original, nothing copied and pasted.

At least 2 or 3 articles per week, but preferably more. And a niche is not a product, it is a subject you can help a specific audience with

Therefore, it makes sense that it should be a subject you are genuinely interested in and have some knowledge of, or at the very least, would enjoy researching.
When you say I have to at least write 2 or 3 articles a week in my chosen niche. Can you expand on that? as I don't know why that is needed
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - if you were to just add a load of products with affiliate links, then you would be yet another shop among the millions already out there and nobody will find your site.

You need to attract Google's attention by writing articles that help people. That way, if people were searching for an answer to something, Google would see that you had some helpful advice and put your website on page 1 for that particular topic.

Plus, as well as writing helpful posts, you will write reviews of products you recommend, to help people to decide whether to buy them or not.

Take a look at my training on how to start a website about pets, to see if it makes it any clearer.
HI Diane,

Ahhh ok that makes sense, so basically writing these articles or reviews on the product/niche I have chosen would drive traffic to my niche/product/website.
Thanks for clearing that up for me. Now its time for me to think of a niche where I could do that. once I've thought of a niche, I'll move onto "Building Your OWN Niche Website". Once I have a niche, I'll definitely have more questions for you and the community. Hopefully you guys wont get sick of me by then and still be willing to entertain me.hehe
Thanks for Reply Diane

jghwebbrand Premium
Great question, The best place to start is to choose something you are passionate about. There are a lot of new things to learn so if you have passion and drive for your niche and want to help people with it you can handle the challenges easier.. You are doing this for the long haul. Without passion you can easily get bored or burned out with having to .write helpful niche related content. You can make money with any niche so choose what you are interested in.

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?

You can learn about a new niche if you are passionate about it, but it does help if you have knowledge about and experience with it.

A niche is not a product. It is focusing on a group of people you wish to help that have a problem that needs solving.
smellis Premium
hi, I just wanted to jump in here and I hope I don't sound too negative but I'm now on lesson 9 and this is the first time I have become excited! now I see the "how". Now I understand that through the use of "keywords" how I can get people to come to my website [and yes, I now know I have to write something] and by adding affiliate links to my site I can really make some money. If everybody else already knew this, then just call me slow. I just didn't know how this whole thing really worked. just wanted to share, got excited, I'll hush up now. You all have a nice day now.
jghwebbrand Premium
This is exciting to see how you have fit this together. This is what j makes the training so great., Everyone comes from a different background and experience and yet the training connects.

Thanks for sharing your experience here.

We wish you well.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Great insights and thank you.
Hey! Just wanted to say, after thinking about it for long, I have decided I would like to change my niche from belly fat loss to depression. I have suffered from clinical depression and know how horrible it is, and I also am passionate about it. I chose belly fat because I was chasing money not my passion, which I now see is wrong.

However, I wanted to ask, how do I niche down clinical depression?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Possibly causes, prevention and for effected folks their care is very important.

You may consult with - You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

Other sources include,,, YouTube search engine etc.

You may research other peoples work however all content must be originally written in your own words.

You may also like to read up on below resoruce
IvanBroz Premium Plus
those types of niches are a bit harder to narrow down. Maybe you can focus only on solutions to cure/treat clinical depression. I'm sure you can write quite a few good posts on this topic.

You can check out what people are typing into Google search related to this niche to get some good ideas...
As a professional counselor, here are a few thoughts:
1. target negative thinking
2. target daily exercise
3. target the pursuit of "joy" - lots of stuff on the web about this

Hope that helps!
Thank you, Ivan! I am jotting down people's ideas for subnicheing, so I will brainstorm which niche I think is best!
Thank you so much!
jghwebbrand Premium
That is hard to do. Since you are very familiar with this - could a focus be on how to get beyond depression. Essentials to get beyond depression.

Then you can use all of the things you did and are doing to stay positive.
Thank you! These are very interesting sub-niches! If you don't mind, could you please elaborate on 1 (targeting negative thinking) and 3 (pursuit of "joy")? I'm very interested in making content on 1 of these 2 but just want a better understanding of the type of content to make based on those 2.

Thank you!