Start business online! Get up and running for free!

I am going to teach you step-by-step how to get your online business up and running absolutely free. This is a legitimate program that does not require a credit or debit card to get going, so read on to learn exactly how to: Start business online!

I take you through the steps in a detailed fashion, so you will not be lost or anxious in the process. You will have a world-class, renowned university with video tutorials, and you will have me, your personal coach, to assist you in your new venture. We were all new at one point, and my goal is to make it as easy for you as possible and give you all the information I wish I had had when I began this venture years ago.

So let’s get into it. I will be referencing other articles throughout this post that I recommend you read. This process takes time, but with the proper instruction, you can get your website up and running today! That’s right, today!

What are your goals

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This is a very important question, because it will help you determine just how much time you are going to be spending on your business daily. You need to know this, and you need to schedule time daily for the many tasks associated with starting and maintaining an online business.

If you goals are you need to have extra income coming in within the next year because you are retiring, you will want to take this very seriously and devote larger blocks of time to the building of your site. If your goals are just to have some fun with this and maybe make a little money, you can schedule less time.

So figure out why you are doing this and what you really want to accomplish.

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Schedule your time

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It is important that you schedule your time for your business. Do you work full-time? Are you in school? Whatever your lifestyle, you probably have a schedule for it, and this is no different.

For me, when I first started my online business, I was working a full-time job. I knew what my hours of work were daily, and I scheduled, hard and fast in my calendar, the times I would work on my websites.

I treated this business just like a business from day one, and you should too. I would not deviate from my schedule just because a friend called up and wanted to get together. I would plan to see my friend when I wasn’t scheduled to work on my business, plain and simple.

Take it seriously from the start, be consistent and patient, and you will reap the rewards this business can bring.

Find a reputable training program

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The fact that you are on this website is your first step toward training. I provide a lot of great information on how to run your business, but I do direct you to my #1 choice for an Affiliate Marketing University. I am a teacher, and I am a coach, but I also know that you can get world-class training at an online university which will walk you step-by-step through the entire process.

The Wealthy Affiliate University is a must-have for anyone who wants to set up an affiliate marketing website and blog for money. I have tried so many programs over the years, and once I found the Wealthy Affiliate program, I’ve never looked further. It far surpasses the rest, and I am saving you a lot of time, a lot of aggravation and a ton of money by telling you this. This platform is 100% free to sign up for with their Starter level, so grab it now while it’s available for free. Get started with the free training now, simply click here:


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Here are a few testimonials about this program that I’d like you to read. These are actual posts by members on the site, not paid actors like many of the sites use, and I snagged these directly from inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform. These are real people, some of whom I know, who have written posts inside the platform:

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Choose a niche

Your niche is the subject of your website. You need to really think about this long and hard before you set up your first website. What do you want to write your blog about? What problem do you want to solve for your readers? People are searching for everything online, so the sky is the limit. (You do, however, want a niche that you can sell related products on that will solve a problem for your readers.)

Here is an article I wrote all about how to choose your perfect niche:




Develop your website

With the training on the Wealthy Affiliate platform, you will receive two free websites with the Starter membership. I recommend you just set up one of the websites and focus on that solely for now. You don’t want to overload your plate, right? This is a new venture, so focus on learning the process. There will be time and opportunity to set up another website down the road.

You will be given an option of themes. Keep it simple. You don’t need to worry as much about the theme. You can always change your theme down the road as well, and all your content will be transferred.

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Write content

You will be taught in Wealthy Affiliate University how to write content for your blog. Each blog post should be at least 1,000 characters long with at least five headings. You will want to keep your paragraphs short. (Don’t worry, you’ll learn exactly how to do it through the training!) Your content is king, and you want to remember one thing:

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This is where all your success will come from. You need to think of a problem your readers have within your niche and then offer the solution in your post. When people get onto the internet and start searching, they are looking for information that will help them. Maybe they have dry skin or are overweight. Maybe they want to set up an ice fishing hut but don’t know how to do it. Perhaps they want to invest in stocks but need guidance.

The people searching want an article that is going to tell them how to have more supple skin, how to lose weight, what type of equipment they need for ice fishing or a book on investing. Do you see how this works? It really is that simple.

Your content needs to be their answer, and the product you are recommending needs to be the solution. (See next paragraph regarding marketing products).

If you are not offering something they need, they are going to move on to another site that does, and that would not be good for you. Make your site their final destination!

Here is an example of an article that solves a problem. If someone searches for help because they are extremely low on energy and want to figure out what to do about it, this article gives them a myriad of information and various solutions they can try to help them get more energy:




Create affiliate agreements with merchants

Your first 10 articles should not contain any affiliate links (links to products) because you want to establish your niche website so you can present it to the merchants for review. Start thinking about what types of products you want to promote, and then write articles around those ideas.

You will have to give the merchant a link to your website, and most of them will want to review the site before they approve the agreement, so take your time on these articles and do a great job of following the rules and attaching nice pictures within the article.

You can get free images on several websites. Make sure you only use the free pictures and not the sponsored ones. You’ll see on this website,, that I’ve entered the search term “camera.” You’ll see the top results show the sponsored photos. You must pay a fee to use these photos. The free pictures are shown below. This is critical. You don’t want to get sued for using a photograph that you didn’t have the rights to use. You can certainly buy pictures if you want, but it’s not really necessary to start out.

Here is an example of my search for “camera” on pixabay:

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Other sites that also offer free (and sponsored) images are:

Once you have your first ten beautiful articles (blog posts), you can establish your affiliate agreements and begin to promote products. What you’ll do is write a new post with your new affiliate link (once the merchant approves you, they will provide a distinct affiliate link or links for you to market the products), and then you can link your existing articles to the new post that contains that link.

You never want to load up your website with affiliate links. You always want to link articles to other articles that contain links instead of putting affiliate links on all your articles. Google will look at your site like a spam site if you’re not careful.

Drive traffic to your site

You probably already have social media sites set up, so definitely start a business page on Facebook (free) for your website and start posting every article you write.  I’ve written a detailed article about driving traffic to your site, and you can read it here:




Comments Welcome

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I welcome all comments and questions. Please take a moment to subscribe to this website over on the right sidebar. That way, you’ll receive an email whenever a new blog post is made, so you don’t miss any information on this exciting business opportunity.

Grab your free membership to Wealthy Affiliate now (remember, it’s 100% free for the Starter membership, and you only upgrade if and when you’re ready).

If you would prefer to contact me personally, you can do so at any time by emailing me at

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you on this journey!

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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

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!


  1. Awesome article! I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate myself and can vouch for how great of a program it is! I personally think affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money online and can’t wait to reach success! Thanks for the great article, I really think people will be able to benefit from this!

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Kohl!  I’m glad you’re enjoying it and finding value from it as I am.  I wish you great success!  – Babs

  2. I am a big fan of Wealthy Affiliate.  One thing I’d really like to highlight about them is the Community you get to join.  All too often starting a website feels like a one man show.  Your trying to design a site, dabble in SEO, and fix things that break.  It’s easy to get stressed out when you have to stop what your doing and constantly Google answers to questions.  Not the case with Wealthy Affiliate.

    You’ll have access to community forums, question and answer sections, tech support, website design feedback, and many other benefits.  I never feel alone with Wealthy Affiliate.  I always feel like I have the support I need no matter what my issue is.  My website has grown must faster than it would have had I gone it alone.  

  3. thank you for this very informative and detailed post on how anyone can start an online business.

    Being a member of wealthy affiliate myself, I can testify that they are th real deal and if you put into practice What they teach that you will succeed and create a money making website.

    Now I know your title says for free, but you can upgrade to the Premium membership if you want to continue for more training and get more keyword searches.  I like that they don’t force you to upgrade at any time, you can stay in the Starter as long as you want, but once you get going on this, people mostly upgrade because it’s so extremely valuable.

    So thanks again for this awesome post, and again I urge everyone to listen to what she has to say.

    1. Yes, I personally upgraded within my first 7 days so I could take advantage of that $19 deal for the first month.  I tried so many ridiculous programs that really offered very little, when I saw all that Wealthy Affiliate offered, I jumped on it!  There really is absolutely nothing out there like this.  – Babs

  4. I can definitely verify that Wealthy Affiliate is a great program with awesome training and a community that really helps each other.  I have been a member for a year now, and during that time I’ve learned how to create successful websites, how to rank in Google, and how to run an email marketing campaign.  If anyone wants to start an online business, they need to check out WA with their free starter program!

  5. Hey Babs, I’ve been interested in finding out how money is earned online for quite sometime. This very thorough article has motivated me to finally knuckle down and start learning what to do to be successful in the affiliate marketing business.

    I am familiar with the website name for wealthy affiliate and I’ve been very curious because I have seen such great reviews as yours.

    Is it true that I can learn to build my first website for free?

    That’s awesome! There are so many things to learn about this business and I look forward to finding you there!

    Thanks for the motivation and for telling me so much more than I already knew about the wealthy affiliate website.


    1. John, it is literally 100% free to join and maintain two websites to get you going.  You can keep your Starter membership for as long as you want, but I do highly suggest you upgrade within the first 7 days because your next month is only $19.  You will have time to really see if this business is for you during that time, and there is no obligation to remain if it isn’t.  It is the only program like this.  Good luck to you and check in and let me know how you make out.  – Babs

  6. Hello,

    This is a problem solving post on how to to start up a business for those that’s seeking how to, it just helped me in particular. I already owned a blog which I achieved with the aid of Wealthy affiliate using their free training and supports. What i loved most reading this wonderful article is knowing about Pixabay because this is actually my first time of knowing about this photo site that will help me with photos on my blog.


    1. This is why I do these things.  I built this site to help people become successful online, to help them understand that in order to be successful as an online marketer, they really need to join the Wealthy Affiliate platform.  I’ve tried so many other programs that were just horrible, they didn’t have anything like what this platform has.  The keyword tool they developed, the community of members, all the video training, all of it is incredible.  I’m so glad you see the value – it’s an amazing platform for everyone who is serious about starting an online business.

  7. I always thought this type of thing was appealing, but also every difficult to pull off and be successful with – but this platform you have introduced here seems to be set up for amateurs like myself!

    You say the starter account is 100% free – I’m wondering if there is really enough info included in it to educate someone to the point of success?

    1. The free Starter membership will get your site up and running and give you enough information to begin writing content and building.  After a time, when the training runs out, because the Starter comes with a specific amount of training, you will want to upgrade to their Premium plan.  It’s only $49 each month, and it would really be your only main business expense.  That’s amazingly inexpensive for all that it provides.  They don’t require you to ever upgrade to the Premium, so it’s a personal choice.  I highly recommend it because it gives you the site comments, the community and all the amazing training inside Premium.  It’s awesome.

  8. Hello! I was recently on your article. I was impressed about your article writing and make money training online. I think Your site will help us to build our online  websites. I will keep coming to your website to check now updates. I have liked your article  but still I have a question for you before I go. i have seen many articles on your website. how much time do you encourage new comers like me to invest in writing blog posts.

    1. Oh great question, Atwabi!  Writing is a daily activity, which includes research also.  I spend at least an hour a day and many days I spend several hours.  It’s extremely important to create good, quality content, especially in the beginning, to get noticed by Google and the search engines.   Getting ranked is the first step.  I enjoy researching and writing for my sites (I have two going now), so it is a passion of mine.  

  9. Hi Babs – thanks for sharing this useful article. To be honest, you are preaching to the converted here, because I am already a member of Wealthy Affiliate. I just wanted to add my voice to yours, to reassure people of the effectiveness of this programme. I had my own website up and running in just 24 hours, and now, just two weeks later, it looks so professional. It’s not a scheme to get rich quick and requires a lot of time, hard work and dedication, but I have high hopes for 2019. All the best, Diane

    1. Thank you for your personal testimonial as to the legitimacy of this program.  It’s a one-of-a-kind, and what I love about it is that it provides everything one needs to be successful, and it never promises you’ll make thousands a day in a few weeks like most of the other scam programs out there (believe me, I’ve tried several and had severe disappointment that all they really wanted was more money to upgrade to this and that with still more promises).  Ugh.  This is the real thing!

  10. Hi,  Babs.  I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate my self and I can’t agree more to your statement.  Joining in WA is one of my best decisions.  It is a lot of fun in doing the WA activities.  The community is second to none.  None of my questions was unanswered by the community members.  We don’t have other possibility than gaining success if we do the training assignments consistently. It is great that you have added the success story in this post. Wish you get a lot success with your website! 

    1. Yes, I think people actually seeing other people’s success stories is part of it.  People want hope that if they spend the time needed to build their sites, that it will produce fruit, and from the testimonials,they can see actual results from right inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform.  Thanks for checking in.

  11. Internet marketing is becoming a great way to earn money nowadays but it is not easy as many people think.It starts by setting goals and courage to make the first step of choosing a great platform to work with.

    Without a good platform,success is not guaranteed.Wealthy Affiliate is the recommendable platform all over the world and I am sure that everyone can say the same.

    Training,support and community are very helpful within Wealthy Affiliate.

  12. What a totally excellent blog.  I enjoyed the way that you purposefully laid out the procedure step by step.  

    In setting goals, I’ve always thought that the money was more the reward for learning something and learning it was the goal, I know that it takes time to start something like that. If you build it, they will come. How long did it take you get where you are today? 

    BCNU Rod

    1. It takes much dedication and time to really get successful.  I’ve been marketing online for years, but this website is fairly new (a couple of months).  Each site takes a good year to be really profitable, so just get it going, work it every day, and success with be yours!  It’s well worth the work, believe me!  – Babs

  13. i’ve been searching for many hours on how to start an online business and many of the ideas i came across seemed time consuming and confusing.  Not only do you make it simple, you also show a rapid way to get started.

    I’m definitely going to check out wealthy affiliate for sure.

    Thank you so much.  This post rocks!

    1. Barry, you won’t be disappointed, and the fact that it is 100% free to join and to maintain in the Starter level makes it a risk-free way to get started to see if it really is something you want to pursue.  It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of hours to really be successful, and it takes time, but with Wealthy Affiliate, you get a total business in a box for $49 a month if you upgrade to Premium.  You really can’t get something like this anywhere else.  – Babs

  14. I have just recently joined Wealthy Affiliates and I have successfully created a functional website and laid a strong foundation for my online business in just a few days. Wealthy Affiliates rocks, and I totally recommend it to anyone. It has a very active supportive community and I am very glad to have stumbled upon wealthy Affiliates. Starring an online business was and is a huge deal, but thanks to the step by step training that WA offers, I have been able to achieve more than I thought I could. Thank you for this article 

    1. Thank you for your testimonial, Solomon!  It means a lot to the readers to hear from real people who are experiencing the success that this program offers, even from the beginning.  It’s no small task to get an entire website up and running, but Wealthy Affiliate makes it easy!  Glad you checked in.  – Babs

  15. Hi Babs,

    You have provided me with the most detailed and comprehensive advice for setting up an affiliate marketing website that I have ever received from anywhere else!

    I can identify with what you went through before you found Wealthy Affiliate.  I, too, have been through quite a few online websites that promised that I can get rich – almost overnight.  Since I am old enough to realize that this is an empty promise, my “scam” flag pops up – and, I back away from them.

    Based on what I read in both this post and in What Is A Niche – And How To Choose, I can see that it is not only important to have a niche in which I can problem solve – but, I should also have a niche that I am passionate about!

    Because, if I don’t have passion for my niche, I’m sure writing articles would get to be too much like work and, eventually, I would get tired of it.  And give up!

    I’m so happy that you have found online affiliate marketing success with the Wealthy Affiliate platform.  Hopefully, with a lot of hard work – and with help from Wealthy Affiliate – I can someday be as successful as you!



  16. Hi, I love how you’ve written this post. It’s thorough and engaging. You’re honest and upfront about the program you are promoting and have written it so well making it not only informative but also easy to read. Thanks for this. I’ve also learnt new information, even though I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for a while, you have taught me something new too :).  Thanks again. 

    1. You’re welcome, Kat.  I’m thankful I found the program and want to share it with everyone who wants to start up online so they don’t make the same mistakes I made when I began, chasing after dreams that were nightmares and sucked thousands out of my pocket.  Ridiculous promises that couldn’t even possibly happen, and all the time these companies are looking for more and more and more money from you with more empty promises.  I’m glad to be of help.

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