Getting Started

Truth About Wealthy AffiliateThere is a wide variety of ways to make online income.  The key is picking the right method for you.   For several years I tried many different methods and ended up wasting a lot of time and money until I discovered an excellent way to make online home income.  


How do I make money online?

As I stated earlier, there are many ways to make money online, however if you just rely on doing a quick Google search for ideas you will end up spending a lot of time sifting through scams and low-quality programs.  To save you the time I will share a few pointers that are common to all legitimate online home income methods.


 What You Need

#1 Niche:  A niche is can be anything from a hobby, type of job, product, demographic group, or anything you are passionate about.   The possibilities are endless but unless you plan on trying to directly compete with companies like Amazon or Walmart, you need to settle on a specific niche.  It is best to pick a niche that is something that you enjoy and are passionate about.


#2 Website:  The only real way to make online home income is through a website.  If you are not experienced with building and maintaining websites, don’t stop reading now because this is actually a lot easier that you imagine if you have the right tools.


#3 Content:   Quality content is the key to generating traffic to your site.  Benefits of quality content are twofold: 1) it will bring in traffic from the search engines and 2) it will keep people on your website longer and keep them coming back.  The most common form of content is typed articles but can also include videos, audio, pictures, text, or comments at the bottom of your page.


#4 Generate Traffic:  As I already stated but cannot stress enough, quality content is essential for generating traffic to your site.  Other ways to generate traffic are social media, YouTube, search engine results, or paying for traffic.


#5 Monetize Your Site:  Bringing in thousands of visitors a day won’t do you any good unless you have a way to generate revenue from this traffic.  Different ways to monetize your site include selling your own products, selling affiliate products, selling advertising space, using Google Adsense, or sell your actual website.


#6 Training and Support:  If you are reading this then chances are that you are looking for a way to make money online but don’t know the best way to do this.  I tried to break down how to make online home income as simple as possible but the truth is that along the way you will need some help.  This is still true for me today.  The good news is that there is a website that acts as a support group for those aspiring to make money online called Wealthy Affiliate.

In the Wealthy Affiliate community you find everyone from beginners to people who do this for a living and have made a ton of money doing it.  There is training for virtually anything you will encounter and you can ask questions or seek help when needed.


Warning on Scams and Rip-Offs:  You will find many programs or offers that make all kinds of promises about making you rich with little to no effort.  You typically pay them money in exchange for training, a book, program, software, or secrets that no one knows but them.  I have learned to follow one simple rule to avoid getting ripped-off.  The rule is simple… don’t pay upfront.


If any company wants you to pay before you get to at least test their service then you are setting yourself up to getting ripped off.  I’m not talking about a 60 day money back guarantee, I’m talking about not paying anything upfront. I’m not saying everyone is out there to scam you, but there are many that will. That’s why the best programs let you try it out before they expect you to pay. 


This rule has saved me a lot of time/money and ultimately led me to Wealthy Affiliate.  Membership is free and you only upgrade if it is has proved its worth to you.  The paid membership has more features, however you can still make money off the free service.


I strongly recommend that you try out the Free Starter Membership at Wealthy Affiliate to get you on the path to making online home income.  If you join please send me a message with your screen name and I will help you in any way that I can.

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