I’ve been doing this business for a long time, but I remember the feelings I had when I first started like it was yesterday. I had all these same questions swimming around in my head, just like you do.
I had such hopes. I was tired of working in a job I really didn’t like, and I wanted to spend more time with my family. I had heard so much about online marketing careers, and I had been around the internet a lot marketing for my other businesses, so I thought, why not? Why not follow my dream and reach for the stars?
So I did, and I’ve never looked back. I work my online business full-time, and I love every minute of it. That’s what I wanted to talk to you about next – loving what you do! Let me explain…
Choosing your niche
Perhaps you’ve already given this some thought. Your niche. What is a niche? Your niche is going to be the subject of your website. It is the group of people who are interested in that subject, and the products and services that go hand-in-hand with that subject.
Perhaps you have a love for dogs. You love all things dogs. You are at your happiest when you are talking about, reading about or learning about something to do with dogs. It would stand to reason that you are not alone. There are many other people who love dogs and want information or products related to their beloved pet, so you will probably have great success with a dog-related niche.
What do you love? What would you like to immerse yourself in and be at your happiest? Whatever that is, you want to start doing some research online and see who else is providing information on your niche and what their websites look like, especially the ones that pop up on the top of the search results.
This will give you an idea of what types of information you should be providing to your readers and what types of products people are searching for.
I can’t stress enough how much thought you need to give this area. Now, should you choose a niche and change your mind later, you can always start another website. I just don’t want to see you do a lot of work, have to start from scratch and get discouraged.
You can make a lot of money in this business, and my goal with this site is to guide you to the best programs and services to accomplish that!
How to get a website set up
I know this can be a daunting task. If you’ve never set up a website before, or if you aren’t particularly computer saavy, you may think it’s something you can’t do. I run into this a lot with my readers. People message me and tell me they’re scared to try affiliate marketing because they don’t think they can set up a website.
This is something that you do not need to fear. I remember my first website. It was so difficult, I had to get help from a computer-geek friend of mine to set it up and then to make changes to it. That was many, many years ago. Things have changed!
I found a program called Wealthy Affiliate. They host your website, and their free program comes with ten training classes (video tutorials) that walk you through the process step-by-step. Everything is pretty much done for you, and it takes about 30 seconds – literally – to set up your website.
Here’s an example of one of the videos in the free Starter membership of the Wealthy Affiliate program:
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
One of the questions I promised to answer was “Can I start my business with no money?” I’m here to tell you – YES! You can! That’s where the Wealthy Affiliate program comes into play.
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that was designed by a couple of affiliate marketers just for affiliate marketers. These two men were trying to run their businesses online, and they could not find a program that could handle all of the steps in the process of affiliate marketing. In order to have all the proper tools, they were finding they had to spend hundreds of dollars every month, and the tools they found were inferior.
They got together and created the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You’ll see that Kyle does the training in the above video. He does a lot of the training himself, and he and Carson, the other creator, are available on the platform to contact.
Here is a little about Carson Lim and Kyle Loudon:
This answers one of the questions I get so often, “How to make money legitimately.” This is it! Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate program. I have been a premium member for many years, and the platform has been around for over 14 years! Many of the members have been with the program for the entire time!
Here are some testimonials from members of the platform:
How does affiliate marketing work?
People hear the term, but they don’t always know exactly how affiliate marketing works, so I’m going to explain it to you in simple terms and then direct you to a couple of articles I wrote that will give you a more thorough explanation!
Affiliate Marketing is
- Step 1 – Choose a Niche
- Step 2 – Set up a website
- Step 3 – Become an affiliate for a merchant in your niche
- Step 4 – Market Products for the Merchant
- Step 5 – Customers click your link to buy the products from the merchant
- Step 6 – Merchant pays you a commission for the sale
There are many exciting reasons to become an internet marketer. I know, because I am one, and I thank God every day that I found this business. Let me tell you something, and I mean this. You can actually earn a lot of money doing something you absolutely love. Is that not the best news ever? It was for me!
When you do step 1 – choosing your niche, you want to choose something that you are passionate about. I know that making money is on your mind. Obviously. Do not, however, choose your niche based solely on what other people tell you about the “most profitable niches.” Nonsense! You can make a lot of money from just about any niche, so go with what you love.
You are going to be spending a large amount of time working on your website. You have to research and create a lot of content. Wouldn’t you rather do that learning about something you care about? Something that fires you up? You don’t want to be bored to death with a niche you couldn’t care less about. You will not be successful because you won’t have the drive necessary to do what you need to do to master this business!
Here are some articles on affiliate marketing
How to learn affiliate marketing step by step
I know it can be intimidating starting something new. If you have never done any internet marketing before, or if you’ve never set up a website, it can seem overwhelming. I get that because I have been there myself. I struggled when I first started! I wish I had a mentor to help me, but I didn’t.
You’ve got it made. Not only can you have free mentoring from me, but you can have a whole community of fellow affiliate marketers to learn from in the Wealthy Affiliate program.
If you took a look at the article on the right above, you saw a glimpse of some of the training that is included in the Wealthy Affiliate program.
Training is key for any new venture. It’s critical. You can’t expect to just jump in and start a business without learning how to do it, best practices, the proper tools and resources to perform the tasks needed to be successful.
There are things you’re going to need for affiliate marketing as well:
Tools needed to start affiliate marketing business
How much money do I need to get started?
Here’s the best part! You don’t need any money to get started in this business. I know that sounds hard to believe, but it is true.
My suggestion is you get started with the Wealthy Affiliate because you can join the program with the Start plan 100% for free.
There’s no catch. It is 100% free – no credit card information – no debit card information required! You just sign up and get started.
Now the Starter plan gives you full access to all benefits for the first 7 days. That way you can try all the features. Once the 7 days is up, you can keep the Starter plan for up to six months. You are not forced to upgrade, but if you really want to run a highly successful affiliate marketing business, you will want to upgrade to their Premium.
Here’s a comparison chart that shows the two plans and what is included in each:
As far as the other tools and programs, take it slow. You want to follow the steps as outlined in the program, so you won’t need to spend any money at all in the beginning.
If you decide you do want to upgrade to Premium, Wealthy Affiliate will give you a discount if you upgrade within the first 7 days! Instead of the $49, you only pay $19 for that first month! Pretty cool, right?
I have quite a bit of information regarding Wealthy Affiliate on this website. I floundered around until I found the Wealthy Affiliate program, and I am trying to save you the same aggravation! It’s a necessity if you are wanting to earn actual money online. Don’t skimp here. It’s critical to your success as an internet marketer!
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found the answer to your question: How to make money online in a website!
I’ve been marketing online for many years, and I pride myself in providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant information to start and grow your affiliate marketing business!
Please take a moment and leave me a comment below, or if you prefer to contact me personally, you can email me at Babs@CoachingforInternetMarketers.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.
Thanks for visiting my page!
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