Many people are looking for ways to make money online. If you are like me, you want to see if there are free or very low cost ways to learn how to do so.
I have tried many “get-rich quick” schemes and scams and was left disappointed and no “richer”, but certainly a bit smarter each time.
After years of disolusionment and feeling that I would never find a way to supplement my income online and eventually earn a full-time income working online, I discovered the wonderul world of affliiate marketing.
In the simplest of terms and according to dictionary.com, affiliate marketing is: a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make extra money and even a full-time income without much overhead (you’ll need a device with which to connect to the Internet, an Internet connection and a website).
Another thing you will need is training. I believe many of us will agree that free training can be beneficial.
Today, I want to talk about the best way I have found to make money online that includes some powerful free training.
Building a Business Online
A lot of people don’t think about websites being a business in and of themselves. They either think of them as just a place on the Internet to shop, research or meet people or as an extension of a brick and mortar business (a “real” business).
But a website can be every much a real business as a brick and mortar one. In fact, many businesses today are web-based only, meaning they have no actual building, but are online/websites only.
Building a business online does not have to be scary or overwhelming. It takes work—don’t get me wrong—and unless you have a lot of money saved up, I wouldn’t quit your “day” job in the hope and expectaion that you will make a ton of money overnight from your new website. In fact, it could take several months to several years before you see a good and reliable income.
I’m not saying that to scare you away from building your own online business, I am merely pointing out the facts. Anyone who tells you that you can make a ton of money overnight is more than likely selling you a scam. You may get information and “training,” but I can tell you from experience, you won’t get money overnight and probably not ever.
For me, building a business online was easy once I had the tools to do so.
I knew about creating a website, but I didn’t know how to monetize it or how to make money with it.
I am fairly frugal when it comes to spending money. I work hard for the money I have and I don’t like to spend it frivolously (at least not as much as I used to!).
When I was looking for a way to make money, I knew I wanted it to be with a website that I could choose the topic for, but I had no idea how to turn that desire into a way to make money.
I did some research and I found American Writers and Artists, Inc. They had a decent course teaching a person how to write a money making website. Unfortunately, I didn’t make any money and I was again frustrated. They offered some free training, but it was not what I needed at the time.
I kind of gave up on the idea of finding anything worthwhile for free for a while. Then, one day I was donwloading free e-books from Amazon and one of them was how to make money on the Internet with free training included!
I figured if the training was free, I had nothing to lose. I went to site through a link in the e-book and stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate.
I know I have written about Wealthy Affiliate before, but honestly—the site, the platform, the training—has changed my life. With honest to goodness free starter training courses, a website can be created and be ready for monetization.
Do not get me wrong, there is a cost for further training on Wealthy Affiliate, but I don’t know of any “university” training that does come 100% free. In my humble opinion, the training has been well worth it.
Just look at what you get:The Starter membership is great if you just want to see what Wealthy Affiliate, building a website and affiliate marketing are all about. The Premium upgrade is for people who are serious and are ready to really take their earning potential to the next level.
Notice I said earning potential. Nothing is guaranteed at Wealthy Affiliate except for the fact that if you follow the step-by-step training provided you have a great deal of potential to earn a some-time, part-time or even full-time income through your own website.
Your Potential/Your Website
When we talk about creatiing your own website, I can see some people tucking their tails and running for the hills. But a website of your very own does not have to be a scary thing. In fact, if you have a passion, a dream, a plan, you can create a beautiful website with little to no technical skills. If you can read and follow video instructions, trust me, you can do this. Plus, there are thousands of other members of Wealthy Affiliate who are very willing to help in live chat, through blogs, question forums, personal messages and more.
In addtion to the practical training provided by one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate—Kyle—there are thousands of video trainings and tutorials provided by the members on hundreds of topics.
This is one of the most helpful online communities I have ever interacted with. It is a truly “pay-it-forward” community.
I have several areas that I have a great passion for. I have created websites to express myself on.
Each one is monetized and I make a little money each month. I have a lot more worjk to do on them, but the potential for great things is there! It can be for you, as well!
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has seven grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.