Is it really possible to make money online? Most definitely. I have been doing it for almost 2 years when I was able to quit my job and become a full-time internet marketer.
The best part about it all is that the more you work on it, the larger it gets. All the work you do will be added in a cumulative manner which means that there is not limit to the amount of money that you can make.
There were a couple of steps that I had to take in order to succeed with this type of business model and I will discuss them below.
Step 1. Time to get real
Before having access to Wealthy Affiliate, I had the misfortune to get scammed by multiple programs. One of them was an MLM company (I am not saying that all MLM’s are scams) and the other 2 was an internet marketing course and a Forex “push button” system.
There are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind before trying out any new make money online opportunity:
- Making money online takes hard work and patience.
- Making money is not some get rich quick scheme as most people believe.
- Forget about the “done for you” or “push button” systems as they do not work.
- You can start your online business for less than $50 per month.
If some internet marketing program asks you to pay $2000 to have access to the program, then run for the hills. For instance, My Top Tier Business is one of those sneaky programs that actually asks you to pay $1997 for an upsell.
Some MLM programs also require you to pay thousands such as Empower Networks Mass Influencer formula that cost’s $3500 which is daylight robbery.
It is good to be skeptical about making money online, but there are some wonderful training programs out there that really works.
Step 2. Finding your Niche or Passion
This can also be defined as a group of people or audience that has the same interest or problem that you target within your online business. Do you know how many people there are within any niche that really needs help from someone that has already done the research?
Firstly, you need to know the most common problem that your target audience are having and if you can provide a solution to them, then you have a business.
If you can see yourself as a helper within your niche, then you have passed one of the largest hurdles that most affiliate marketers struggle with. Below are examples of some of the niches that you can find:
- Paleo Diet
- Home made beer
- Kettlebell training
- Smart watches
- Health juicing
- Affiliate marketing
If you can provide the solution to any problem that your audience might have, then you can make money.
Problem/Question: ” What is the best mattress for side sleepers?”
Solution: Here you can write a blog post or article on your website advising your audience that a Plush or Pillowtop mattress would be the best for them. You can also recommend some mattresses from Amazon and if someone buys through your link, you will earn a commission.
Step 3. Creating your Foundation – a Website
But Viljoen, I am not a coder or web designer so how the heck do you expect me to build a website? Here is where it might shock you. I am also not a website coder or designer either. A couple of years ago, you had to at least know the basics of coding if you wanted to build a website.
Today it is child’s play because, with technology on our side, the process of creating a website became much easier. You can also build your very own Siterubix website for free. Your domain will also be something like this www.mywebsite.siterubix.com.
Branding your business
You also have the option to buy your own domain name such as www.mywebsite.com which is better because now you OWN the domain name.
Your own domain name will also make it easier to brand your own online business. Do you already have an idea on a domain name for your business?
Step 4. Building out your Business – Creating content
Now that your foundation is in place, you can start to build out your online business through content. This very article that you are reading at this moment is an example of the type of content that you will be creating on your website.
Just remember that you do not have to submit your articles to a scientific journal which means that you do not have to be the best writer in the world in order to write content like this.
English is also not my primary language and at first, it was a huge hurdle that I had to overcome. The more you practice the better you will get.
It is also optional to hire writers from websites such as Fiverr or Textbroker after you start to see some money rolling in.
Step 5. Putting Your Website on a Busy Street – Getting Traffic
The internet has made it possible for normal people like you and me to create a profitable business from scratch. The audience that you can target online is growing by the day which makes this the perfect place to start selling products online.
Imagine that you have a hot dog stand trying to sell hot dogs for profit. It makes sense that you will make more money on the busiest street of London during lunch time than if your hot dog stand was somewhere in the middle of the Sahara desert.
So how do you get traffic?
I am glad you asked and this is where (Step 4 – Creating content) comes in. Creating content is one of the best ways to get traffic to your website because it is absolutely free.
The articles that you create on your website will have the ability to rank in Google for specific search terms that people type into their search engine. Most of the times these articles will stick on the first page of Google for years to come which will result in a long-term flow of traffic.
Step 6. Making Money – The Power of Affiliate Links (No Dropshipping Required)
When you get to the point where you start to get traffic to your website, you now have the ability to make money which I guess is the ultimate goal of this whole process.
Have you ever bought anything from Amazon or Ebay lately? Just think that if you can get people to land on your articles and then redirect them to Amazon they might buy something in order to solve their problem.
Have a look at the video below that will explain the whole process:
Here is where the process gets somewhat automated. Once you joined the Amazon affiliate program, you will receive a special tracking link that you can put on your website. Below is the process explained:
- Someone searches for something using Google.
- They land on your website.
- They read your article and decides to click on your affiliate link.
- They then land on Amazon and decides to buy something.
- When the visitor purchases a product through your link, you will make a commission.
This concept is actually very simple and proven to work.
Making my first $2.5
I can still remember the day when I logged into my affiliate account and discovered that I have made $2.5 for work that I have done a couple of months previously.
This $2.5 later led to more sales until I experience sales on a daily basis. It was not very long until I made $300 in just one day. This was the starting point of my journey because I started to see the big picture.
If I can create more articles on my website or even build more websites, then I grow this $2.5 to maybe $1000 per day.
Step 7. Warning! Do not try this Alone
This whole process of making money online really works and please do not go at it alone. It will be like trying to find your way through the wild west and it gets worse with all of the scams that you get online.
As I mentioned before, you do not need to spend $3500 in order to get started. Heck, you do not even have to take a loan from the bank to get your online business off the ground. With less than $50 per month you can have your own online business up and running, no questions asked.
So now that I have explained the whole process of making money online and how it all works, why don’t you come and join me 🙂