How to make money online [free training]

money on a computerMany 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, 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.

Free training

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.

One is titled Grandparents Second Story a site for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The other site is about my struggle with type 2 diabetes. It is called Diabetes Health Nuts.

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!

Click the link to access your free starter membership today!


Thank you for visiting my site. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please leave questions or comments below and I will get back to you very soon!

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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:


  1. Hi Karin! Twenty years ago this would sound as a dream. But today it’s a dream come true. I’m so happy I’ve come across your site. 

    I’m excited with the possibility of creating my own site and earning money online, just as you have. I’m not very technical, but if it’s not required to build a site, I would definitely like to create one. Could you imagine me inviting my friends: “Come to visit me online at…” I’ll give this platform you’re suggesting a try! Thank you very much for this post!

  2. Thanks for this great article… sounds like there are so many possibilities and ways to make money online that I haven’t considered. The affiliate marketing you’re mentioning sounds like a great way to go.

    And if there’s a way to get all that education and the benefits you’re mentioning  here that is most certainly a win. I’m going to take sometime and explore things further. Cheers!

    • Thanks for visiting my site, Judy. There is so much to learn about and explore at Wealthy Affiliate. The great thing is the free starter membership gives a good taste of what to do. It is so easy to get started, too. 

      If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 😁

  3. I am so glad I came across this site. I have been looking to have an online business but you just don’t know what is real. I love that I can try it out for free and really build a website. 

    I studied up on affiliate marketing and have found that there is real money to be made in that area of business. Thanks for your factual and concise way of bringing the information to me. It really helped me make up my mind.



    • Thanks for visiting my site, Lynda. Free training was what drew me to Wealthy Affiliate in the first place. It was so good I had to see what the rest of it was all about! 

      Affiliate marketing is such a good way to earn a good extra or even full-time income. Wealthy Affiliate provides the tools and training to make it. It takes effort, but if you are passionate about something, it can really pay off!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 😁

  4. Karin, I agree that programs that offer a free training first before purchasing are the best ones to get involved with.   In the comparison you posted of Wealthy Affiliate’s Free starter program and the Premium membership – I noticed that it said with the starter membership, under keyword research tool, Does this tool help with SEO? Does Wealthy Affiliate do any trainig on niches?  That is the hardest part for me is trying to figure out what is the best niche to get into. I know when creating a website that for it to get recognized on search engines you have to write a lot of blogs and make videos on it; this can be challenging – does Wealthy Affiliate have any tool to help with getting ideas about what to write or to check over what you write?  I have joined other programs , that say they train on how to build a profitable website, and charge a lot for it, and the it’s too complicated to understand for the inexperienced as myself.  Does Wealthy Affiliate help create a good theme for your website? I know this is important, because having a well organized and creative looking website helps to also get noticed.   The Premium membership really seems to show it is worthwhile going for as it offers a ton of value.  Is Premium the only upgrade, or once joining do you get pulled into a funnel that keeps asking  you to upgrade to this and that?  Wealthy Affiliate certainly sounds very promising and definitely seems like a platform to have the potential to be very successful.

    Thank you for sharing this article,


    • Thanks for visiting my site, Robert. You’ve asked some great questions!

      The Jaxxy tool can help with SEO because it will help you determine good keywords that can help with ranking on the search engines. I am kind of a newbie with SEO, but I do know that WordPress does have an SEO optimization tool that helps with SEO.

      Wealthy Affiliate does talk about niches. Niches are often a hard subject, but basically, start small and build out with a topic that you are passionate about. I have found that some of the top niches include: healthcare related and family. But a niche can be anything that interests you. I have one niche on sharing a daily thought.

      Wealthy Affiliate (WA) uses its own site content creation tool. It is a what you see if what you get tool that works fairly seamlessly with WordPress. WordPress is the website that WA works with that helps us host our sites and allows them to be found on the Internet. There are a lot of videos and lessons on WA that will help with ideas for things to write about. Researching your topic will be key. Site Content has a basic spell/grammar checker. You can also use an app like Hemingway to check your writing. Hemingway is much more thorough.

      WA works with WordPress and as a premium member you are able to access hundreds of themes for free. There are also themes you can pay for, but for me, the free ones work great and I think most people find that to be true also. There are also a lot of plugins and widgets that you can use to enhance your chosen theme. Just be careful not to overdo it because too many of those things can slow your site down.

      Upgrading to premium at Wealthy Affiliate is the only upgrade that I am aware of and I have been there for a year! I have been in those other kinds of courses, too. Once you get started it is one upgrade after another. With WA, it is just the one to premium. For me, the premium has been well worth the money. I have been with other companies that do indeed have one upgrade after another. I never made a dime with any of those places! I’ve made a few hundred since joining WA! It is not a lot yet, but the potential is there for a lot more! I feel that if I work, then Wealthy Affiliate does! You have to be willing to work. That is the first step toward success!

      Thanks again for your great questions, Robert! If you have others, please feel free to ask!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

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