How To Make Money With An Online Business

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Working from home is a real possibility with an online business. You can make your own hours, no long commutes and more time to spend with your family. If this sounds good to you, then take the necessary steps to make it happen. In this post, I will discuss Affiliate Marketing and how to get started on your dream of owning an online business.

Start By Picking A Niche

Well, that sounds simple enough, but what is a niche? Think of a niche as a group of people with a problem looking for a solution.

The options for Niche ideas are endless. When you pick a niche, make sure it is something you have an interest in. You will be writing content for your website, so you want the niche broad enough to be able to write a post at least once a week or every other week.

One key to success is solving a problem someone has on the internet. Let’s say I am a potential visitor to your site. It is the new year, and as most people, I start thinking about diet and exercise. I may be searching the internet for ways to lose weight or find a great exercise program. Well, if you can solve that problem, chances are I will buy the product you are promoting.

How Do I Build A Website?

You’re probably thinking to yourself, I don’t know how to build a website. Well, that is exactly what I thought when I started my quest to build an online business.

Being a Doubting Thomas by nature, I obviously did lots of research. I came across many outlandish claims of making $10,000 a month while doing nothing. If you hear something that sounds too good to be true, guess what? It probably is too good to be true. There are a lot of people trying to scam you out of your hard earned money with their get-rich-quick schemes. So be wary of any such claims.

Like anything in life, you have to work hard to be a success. If anyone tells you otherwise, it simply is not true.

What is My First Step?

In my quest to find out how to build a website, I found a great program that helped me get started. The program is Wealthy Affiliate.  You will see their name plastered all over the internet. There is a reason for that, they are the real deal. Trust me, if the training at Wealthy Affiliate can help me get 2 websites up and running, they can do the same for you.

They offer a free membership to get started, which is a great option to play around. However, if you are serious about an online business, I would definitely go with the premium membership.

You have a community of like-minded people with the same focus that you have. There is always someone there to help you out if you have a question or get stuck on something. You have beginners, intermediate and seasoned veterans all working together.

Keyword Research

Keywords are basically a word or phase someone would type into a search engine to find an answer. Let’s say I am looking to find a new exercise program. I might type in “exercise program”, or even “what is the best exercise program”.

When doing keyword research, you want to go after low hanging fruit. What exactly does that mean? It means a keyword that does not have a lot of competing websites. When you are just starting out, your website won’t have a lot of authority, so the less competition the better. As a rule of thumb, the keyword should have at least 100 searches a month and 50 or less competing sites. That way it will be easier to rank in Google so people will be able to find your website.

Finding Products to Promote

In order to make money with an online business, you will have to join an affiliate program. With that being said, there are numerous affiliate programs for you to join.

Keep in mind, it is free to join an affiliate program, so if a company wants you to pay to join their program, run from them. You will be promoting that company’s products, thus earning a commission for each sale.

Some Popular Affiliate Programs:

  • Amazon Affiliates
  • Clickbank
  • Commission Junction
  • LinkShare
  • ShareASale

Next Step Is Writing Great Content

Once you have a website up and running, you will need to add content. When you are writing content for your site, make sure you are solving a problem. Don’t just write to have content on your site. If you can write with the intent of helping someone, you’re going to get visitors.

  • Write to solve a problem
  • Have the solution
  • Tell your reader how the product will benefit them
  • Call to action (Buy Product Now)

Final Thoughts

There is much more to building a successful online business, but following these beginning steps, you will be well on your way to success.

I think the reason some people succeed while others fail, is the willingness not to give up. Success does not happen overnight. You will have to put in the work, but the end result will be well worth it.


13 thoughts on “How To Make Money With An Online Business

  1. The great thing about affiliate marketing is that it is a growing industry, and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

    More and more traditional retail operations are shutting down as people make the transition to shopping online. You’ve laid out the basics here nicely, giving people an idea of what awaits them if they choose to try their hand at marketing online.

    1. Hi Craig,

      As an online business owner that is both good and bad news to me. Good news that more people are shopping on line but bad news some of my favorite shops at the mall have closed. I know getting started was tough and I hope this simple blueprint helps potential marketers know where to start.


  2. Very well stated, Lisa. Hard work is the key, as is knowing the path you need to take to achieve your goals. I believe we will see a shift in how sales are made in the retail markets. In the next five years we’ll see this shirt coming into view. Watch the major players in retail and online shopping. I myself, am glad to be a marketer during this amazing time.

  3. I really enjoyed how thorough you were in discussing the path to hard work and success. It seems to be already happening our change in how we now spend. Less time in a store and more time on line. I know for me I have completely made that switch. So the future is already here. And Affiliate Marketing is the path! Great job, thanks!

  4. Hi Lisa.
    This is a great introduction to Affiliate Marketing using the Wealthy Affiliate platform, which offers an incredible opportunity to build a successful online business.
    You have given valuable information and the real deal on how to make money with an online business.

  5. Great points, Lisa.
    You have highlighted great points for anyone with an interest in starting their own online business to get moving. Affiliate marketing and content writing can be a great place to start. Using the Wealthy Affiliate platform is also another great start. There is a wealth of information, talent, community, and technical support that its reputation preceded itself.
    Thanks for sharing and much success.

    1. Michelle, Wealthy Affiliate has certainly helped me get started on my online business. I still have a long way to go, but I’ve come so far already. Lisa

  6. I think I need to go look at a few more affiliate programs. My site is still small so I just started with a few. I am working on building up my low hanging fruit keyword posts so that I can work my way up the rankings. Thank you for some great tips.

  7. I also am like Doubting Thomas. I really investigated a lot of online money making programs and was pretty much disappointed and non-trusting of them all. Until I found Wealthy Affiliate. Once I started looking around and talking to existing members my doubts faded away. It took me like three days to go premium. The really neat thing is when you decide to go premium they give you a really reduced rate for your first month so you get a month almost free being premium member so lots of time to really kick the tires. I do not regret my decision one bit.

  8. Hi Lisa,
    It is well-designed road-map for a successful online business. You have it all. I like your idea that never give up. Like do any things, it is not going to be simple, there are road blockers on the ways. We need to continuously solve the problem. As you mentioned: “Success does not happen overnight. You will have to put in the work, but the end result will be well worth it.” Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thinking about building a business is such a scary feeling, especially if you are new to the Internet. For me, I did not think it was possible, that is the reason I was a victim to all these scams online that you rightfully mention. I was looking for the easy way it even if it kills me. Guess what? I almost die. they drained my account and almost wreck my family.

    Wish I had fallen on an article like this, years back. It would have saved me the pain and my fallen bank account. you break down the process in such a simplistic form that anyone starting out, can easily grasp and understand the formula. Any business where you can start for free in the beginning tells you about the credibility of that company, and offer a training program as well, that is a win-win opportunity the way I see it. Thank you for enlightening me about this business.


    1. David, There are a lot of scams out there and it is sometimes information overload. I am so sorry you got scammed by an unscrupulous company. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the real deal. Lisa

  10. Dear Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing the detailed information.

    When comes to choosing our niche…. As you stated “When you pick a niche, make sure it is something you have an interest in.” Really thats the great idea in selecting our niche.

    And out of many scam programs I do agree Wealthy Affiliate is the very best I came across.

    Your Friend,

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