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Have you spent a considerable amount of time looking for a legitimate opportunity to build an online business and found a lot of conflicting information? Perhaps you have invested money and time only to find out that it was not what you expected, leaving you disappointed and skeptical?

Get ready! I will share with you how to get started on a journey that will render real results because I am seeing the results and many others have too!

First of all, know that you are not alone. For the last 5-7 years, I had asked myself,  “How can I learn to generate residual income online?”. My ultimate goal is to be prepared for my retirement years and have a supplemental income to continue to do the things my husband and I enjoy doing now.

My goal is not to quit my current job, that I have been doing for the last 10 years, but rather to develop an online business I can enjoy building no matter where I am.

With that said, there are many success stories of others that have worked hard and replaced their incomes with their online business.

It is my hope to help you see how you too can get started online for free in just minutes.

My search for building an online business that would not just generate an immediate income but would continue to bring in an income, as a result of my efforts, was how I decided on the Wealthy Affiliate process. On another post, I will cover all the other options I looked into and why I made my decision.


As a previous business owner, with a local business in a fixed location, I was limited to customers that drove by, word of mouth and/or as a result of expensive advertising efforts. I was competing with many other similar businesses in the local area and limited to the local population, which at the time was under 90,000.


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A 2015 report from The International Telecommunication Union stated that 3 billion people are now using the internet worldwide. That number was up from 738 million in 2000 which is a seven-fold increase in internet users. Most of the internet usage is via mobile web connectivity which according to the report is up 12-fold since 2007.

According to a website that tracks internet users by country (internetlivestats): the top 10 countries in order of most users are China, India, U.S., Brazil, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Germany, UK, and Mexico.

When you start to evaluate the potential number of customers that can visit your online business (website) you can see that even if only a fraction of those became customers there is a substantial amount of income to be generated.

Consider that 2 billion people in developing countries are online on a regular basis and it is up to you how much of that traffic you will need to meet your personal income goals. In other words, how much income or revenue will your site earn PER visitor? Based on how many of those visitors purchase via your website will determine the amount of income you will earn.
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There are various ways you can create an income that will continue even when you are relaxing with a martini in your hand on a sandy beach in the Caribbean.  You can do this by selling products or selling services or affiliate marketing, which is the path I chose and am very confident that, like many others, it will become very successful.

Perhaps you are new to the concept of affiliate marketing thus my goal is to help you understand the process. Simply put, affiliate marketing is having companies pay YOU a commission for driving customers to their sites to purchase products. What does that mean to you?

  • No inventory
  • Not limited to one product
  • No direct selling
  • No cold calling
  • No pressure selling.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  Rest assured this is NOT a get rich quick scheme nor am I saying it is something that will replace your income overnight. This is a real, legitimate online business that will depend on your effort and your determination to work hard to reach your goals.

To give an example of how Affiliate Marketing works, let’s say you sign up to be an affiliate with Amazon and you have a website that shares information about golf. On the website, you share a link to the Amazon website with information on a golf shoe that is popular. When people visit your website they might decide they want to look for PUMA sneakers or golf shoes. They click on the Amazon ad and end up purchasing that product or any other.

See my personal website as an example: https://mentalgolfsolutions.com

Amazon then pays you a commission on that purchase. It can be 5% or 10% but regardless of how much you are earning money based on someone making a purchase via your website. You did not have to call anyone to sell a product. You did not have to spend money advertising a product and you did not have to keep inventory and ship anything out.

Imagine that happening over and over again for many affiliate programs you might be a part of and sharing links on your website. The more traffic comes to your website (ie: visitors) the higher your chances of earning money, if and when visitors make a purchase through any of your ads.


There are many opportunities to work with companies that can train you to build a website and provide you with the information you need to get started. But not all companies are created equal. In another post, I will give some reviews on other programs that are similar but do not offer all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.

I do not know about you, but I prefer to try something BEFORE I pay for it to make sure it is worth the money.  I will share information about those companies or services that allow you to try before investing a penny. You will also see comparisons on how much you can do for free.

My recommendation to you is that unless you are given the opportunity to “test drive” a product then don’t waste your time on them. That is why I will also share information on known online scams you should avoid.


Some of the reasons why you might not proceed with or achieve online success:

  • Lack of proper training
  • Fear – due to having been scammed previously
  • Focus on customers purchasing vs engaging your audience with quality content
  • Unrealistic goal setting – only you know how much time you can devote to your online business. The less time you spend, the longer the period of time it might take to see income generating.
  • Unrealistic expectations due to the hype found online about 6 figure incomes promised by supposed “gurus”.
  • Too narrow or too broad a niche “website theme/topic”.

If any of these are your reasons I would love to hear from you.

I can tell you that not only will I show you an incredible training process but also a business that has integrity and prides itself on helping others, not scamming them.



  1. Asking for help when you most need it is so important. If you are like me, I need answers quickly and move on to my next task. I will show you how and where this is provided to you.
  2. You will need to build a website. Consider that your “business” location where customers come to you. Building a website is very easy and can be done without spending a cent over the next few minutes.
  3. Follow a proven training process and apply what you learn consistently and methodically. Taking advantage of the support provided you will, over time, learn so much that you will gain the confidence and the success you seek.


One of the advantages to starting your online business for free is that you get to use existing resources to explore and find out if it is the right path to take for you. However, to succeed there is a minimum of steps you need to take:free

  • Get the help you need
  • Build a website
  • Use all the training tools that are available to you
  • Make a commitment to learning, ask questions and take action when necessary to continue moving forward in the process.

You might wonder just how much you can possibly get for zero money. I too was skeptical and could not imagine there could be much offered. Having paid for college and expensive educational expenses I thought there was no way I could get much of value unless I paid huge amounts of money.

I was wrong because here is everything I got when I signed up for no money ($0.00) – and is available to you TODAY…in the next few minutes!

  • PERSONAL HELP & SUPPORT – (note: some of these are limited to 7 days with the free version)
    • The help will be there from myself and our community of 10,000’s of users
    • Amazing support via 24/7 Live Help; Private Messaging; Live Q&A sessions; Website Feedback platform and more.
    • Ongoing topical discussions
    • Fully functional WordPress Sites with all the tools you need (ie: keyword search tool; site builder – SiteRubix; Site Hosting; Site Domains)
    • Ready to make money online
    • Video classes
    • Tutorials
    • Certification Courses packed with information
    • Entire Classrooms where you find how-to answers for just about any possible question you might have


Put your credit card away! You do not need a credit card to get started building your online business. After searching for a few years I did not find anything else online with the vast amount of training and support that I found with Wealthy Affiliate.

You will see the option to start for free, as well as the Premium option. You can build a business without going PREMIUM, however, it does provide you with even more training opportunities and much more. Go ahead and test drive this opportunity for FREE by clicking the Create Your Account Today! blue icon below:


Should you have ANY questions please feel free to leave them below in the comment section.


13 thoughts on “Get Started

  • September 20, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Love this write up on Wealthy Affiliate! Makes me want to sign up again! I can also vouch that Wealthy Affiliate is the way to go for anyone who wants to start making money online! So much training and support, I don’t know how anyone can fail if they followed the courses there!

    • September 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Grace, thank you for visiting my website. You are right about WA providing some of the best training and support anyone can find online. A formula for success! Here is wishing you much success as well!

  • September 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Hello Carmen, I’m currently in the process of taking charge of my future. This article really hit home for me, I am currently a member of Wealthy Affiliate and can stand by this site 100%. The amount of help you can get here is priceless, I typically like how there is no direct selling, that is something a lot of people don’t want to do.

    Thanks for this helpful article!


    • September 28, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you. I agree that had it required direct selling I would not have even considered it as I do not like direct sales. I only wish I had discovered Wealthy Affiliates sooner. I wish you much success!

  • September 30, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for writing this article I really enjoyed reading it. My goal also is to create an residual income that continues wherever I am. I have learned so much at Wealthy Affiliate that my goals are so very close now.


    • September 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Suzanne: thank you for reading my post. I too am moving closer to my goal. My goal is to continue providing quality articles on both of my sites. Have a great day!

  • October 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    This is a great post and if I wasn’t already a member I would click on your link and check it out. Being able to work from home and learning how to build a business is awesome!

    • October 7, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Cat. I want to help others that are willing to put in the time and effort at such a great opportunity, especially with the expected growth over the next 4 years! Wishing you much success!

  • October 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    This was such a helpful article. I struggle with all the information out there and end up reaching for straws. I need step by step help because I’m not a computer person. Thanks!

    • October 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      I find myself spending time learning and wanting to know it all first but what I found works best for me is to do as I learn. Step by Step. You can always go back and work on improvements. I know that with the incredible growth projected over the next 4 years for Affiliate Marketing we are positioned to succeed with the training available to us. The amount of things I can now do that I had no idea how to prior to starting with WA is amazing. I wish you much success.

  • November 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Really simple yet very informative article to read about wealthy affiliate. I have personally have joined wealthy affiliate and i find everything you need to build an online business is provided. But like with most things success entirely depends on you and the amount of effort you put in.
    Great article and website 🙂

    • November 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you for your input. As they say “if it’s to be..it’s up to me”. While the awesome support and training is key to our success, our personal effort is ultimately what will get us the results we are looking for: a successful income generating online business.


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