A Beginner’s Guide To Making Money Online in 2021

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Welcome to a beginner's guide to making money online.

Here you'll find no scams, no hype – just simple, easy to follow advice.

I've been making full-time money online since 2014 and you can do it too.

Making money online doesn't have to be a big mystery. And it's certainly not beyond your reach.

I learned everything about how to make money online by following a free affiliate marketing course at Wealthy Affiliate.

Today I'll give a brief overview, but for more information I recommend the Full Wealthy Affiliate Review for full details and access.

Before we look at how to make money online, allow me to just need to tell you what making money online DOES NOT look like:

The Ultimate Guide To Losing Money Online

You'll never make money online if you fall for every make money online scam.

If you're not careful, you'll be buying the latest ‘short cut, sure-fire money making system' and losing money instead of making it.

Don’t get fooled by online money making scams that promise you the earth but leave you disappointed every time.

Red lights should start flashing in your brain when someone promises you make money fast, at the push of a button… overnight. No work required.

I know this'd be great. I'd love it too! But it's not reality.

Making money online may not be as risky as making money in the actual world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy and that you’ll earn money fast.

The truth is that making money online requires diligence, hard work and learning new skills.

I don't want to put you off – it is very, very possible to make money online and I'll show you how in this guide.

If you go through the training I'll give you access to, within a month you'll start to see your first sales come in. I just want you to have realistic expectations from the get-go.

Making Money Online Will Change Your Life

There are so many amazing benefits to making money online, compared to a traditional style business.

Making money online frees you from having to work in the office, from having to leave home for work, from waking up early to catch a bus or sit in rush hour traffic.

I love the fact that with online business – you put in the work once and get paid for it a hundred times over.

Today 300 people have read a post I wrote two years ago. I've done the work, and I'll keep getting paid for it.

It's not like this with a 9-5 job – you work ten hours and get paid ten hours.

That's it. 

What is the cost of starting an online business? Next to nothing. Maybe $13 a year for a domain and $20 a month for training, tools and support. That's it.

No rooms to rent, no storage costs, rates bills.

Making money online means you can work form home in your pajamas, in your own time, in comfort. You can enjoy your day and feel like you’re always on holiday.

Sounds cool, right?

My life has changed since I learned how to make money online. You can read my Wealthy Affiliate success story here.

In fact, right now I'm sitting in a hotel in Pattaya, Thailand. I just gave myself a couple of days off.

I've been living in Thailand and volunteering for two years now and I love it! I love my life. I have complete control over it, I get to decide what I want to do, when I want to do it.

I'm not teasing you – this can be your reality!

Whatever your dream, it is possible to make a passive income online so that you can live the life you want to.

Okay, are you ready?

Here's the simple, yet effective step by step guide to making money online.

After I show you these four steps, you can go ahead and join Wealthy Affiliate, take the free affiliate marketing training and start to see your first sales come through.

If you go through the free online training course and follow these exact steps, what happened to me will happen to you.

Today could be your turn.

Here we go…


1. Make a Website


You need a website to make any money online.

Spamming Facebook just isn't cut it here.

Don't let this put you off – Wealthy Affiliate's Site Rubix website builder makes creating your own website super easy and fun.

It'll take you about 3 minutes to have a beautiful and professional website up and running.

Here's a video showing just how it's done:

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Your website will be your online platform going ahead. See it as your online store that's open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Wealthy Affiliate will help you to choose what to start a blog about, choose a domain name and get it live. With the Site Rubix website builder it's never been easier.

Always remember a website serves as a window to the products and services you offer to your readers.

Your website should be easy to navigate with a simple layout. Think like your potential readers: “What can I get from this website? What value does it have to offer?” 

Most website visitors decide to leave or stay in the first five seconds. So make them count. Wealthy Affiliate will show you how to do this too.

Here are some guidelines to make a good website:

  • Use one to two plain fonts and a white background.
  • It should be easy to navigate and reader friendly.
  • It should not be bombarded with ads.
  • Make it neat and easy to read.

2. Create Useful Content

You'll be building on your online platform by adding high-value content.

A website is not a website without content.

And the content should not just be merely poorly written articles that are similar to other websites.

Good content helps your website in the long run because it's the major determining factor search engines use to evaluate websites.

Make sure that the content you make is useful and can help people. It's easy (and catastrophic) to forget that making money online simply involves people helping people.

Your blog content should be good enough to earn the trust and loyalty of your prospective customers. Your content should be so useful, easy to understand and practical that it keeps them coming back for more. 

Here's a great video from Google Webmasters talking about how good content is the biggest ranking factor:

3. Build Traffic and Get Readers

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Good content alone won’t get you the traffic you expect. This is where most bloggers get stuck.

You need to get off your blog and start looking for readers. You can do this by increasing the traffic to your website. But how can you accomplish this?

The free Wealthy Affiliate affiliate marketing training will show you exactly what you need to know about driving traffic to your website through social media like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

You'll also learn how to use keyword research tools to get your site ranked at the top of Google search engine results.

The higher rank your website appears in search results, the more traffic and visitors (and $$$) you'll get.

4. Make Money With Your Website

Once you have a thousand visitors each month, it's time to turn your engaged readers into loyal customers. Welcome to affiliate marketing.

Once you have done all the hard work building the foundation of your online success by creating a website, adding content and driving traffic, earning money is the easy part.

There are plenty of ways to monetise your website. You can sell digital products, offer your services, promote affiliate programs, generate revenue through advertising, to name a few.

As you complete the Wealthy Affiliate training, you'll go on to discover how to turn any passion into a profitable and successful online business.

Here are a few ways you can make make money with your website:

a) Selling products – You can make money online through your website by selling products. The products that work best are virtual products, such as audio, video, webinars, eBooks, courses.

You could also make and sell your own products such as merchandise, books, DVDs, etc.

b) Online advertising – You can make money by selling space on your website for advertising. This can be done by pay per post, text links, ad networks, sponsorships, job boards, and more. As more advertisers notice that your blog has a community of readers and great traffic, they will approach you and pay you to advertise their products.

c) Offer your services – You can make money online by providing different services such as coaching, freelancing, training, writing, consulting, event management, website design and more.

When you start looking for clients who you can write for, you can link your website and show them your writing skills.

d) Affiliate Marketing – This is my favourite way to make money online. In fact, it's the only way I make money with all of my sites across various niches.

Affiliate marketing is one of the main techniques  you'll learn at Wealthy Affiliate.

In a nutshell, it's when you link to a certain product to your website that is currently on sale on another site such as Amazon, Nike or Walmart.

If a reader clicks the link and buys the product, you earn a commission on that specific sale. Affiliate programs are free to join and some offer up to 75% commission.

Here's a quick video showing how affiliate marketing works:

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Are You Ready To Get Started Making Money Online?

Now is the best time to make your first step to making money online. Not tomorrow, not next week.

The beauty of this training is that you have daily assignments so you build your business as you go through the training.


Just take the first step and then one after that, than another one.

It will happen for you, it’s the accumulative effect of being bold enough to do something different.

If you’d like to go ahead and join me on Wealthy Affiliate just click on the link below or if you want to read more about about Wealthy Affiliate, see what other WA members who have gone through the training have to say here.

See you on the inside, this is going to be great!

I’ll reach out to you as soon as you join.

Today’s Assignments

1. Create Your FREE Training Starter Account at Wealthy Affiliate

All you need is a name and an email address to get access to the training program and start building your online affiliate marketing business immediately.

Today, your first assignment is to create your free Starter account.

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2. Complete Your Profile

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After you click this link and create your free account, you’ll be taken directly to the community.

The very first thing you need to do is add a profile picture and a short description about yourself. Let people know why you’re joining and what your making money online goals are.

Wealthy Affiliate is a very friendly and social community. You’ll want to have your profile filled out when engaging with the community.

After you set your profile up, I’ll come by to have a quick peek and say hi. You’ll see that I really DO use the program and your really CAN talk to me directly.

Then you can simple get started learning about affiliate marketing with the ‘Get Started Here’ training!

I look forward to working with You!

As you go through the training, as you learn and grow and start to see the results of your efforts, I’ll be with you every step of the way.

I can look you in the eye and say wholeheartedly that this training works, but ONLY if you take action on it. Start it now. It will change your life.

I joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2014 and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I login every single day to help others just like you to learn how to make money online. Now it’s your turn. 

It’s up to you now to complete your first assignment by clicking here and creating your free Starter account right now!

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Do you have a question before you start the affiliate marketing training? Leave me a comment and I’ll respond ASAP!

10 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide To Making Money Online in 2021”

  1. oh wow, this seems very interesting! I have always wanted to start an online business, but have always been afraid with all the online scams out there. It seems that wealthy affiliate is more about educating their members on the process of building a business rather than just making promises of how to get rich quick. I also like how active the members are which is always a good thing. Thanks!

    • Thanks Ralph – glad you’re enjoying the community at Wealthy Affiliate – I always try and tell people how friendly and helpful everybody is but I guess you have to see it first hand!

      I was so pleasantly surprised when I joined Wealthy Affiliate – no hype, no spam, no scams, no upsells, no huge promises – just substance, practical straight forward how-to and a supportive group of people all helping one another achieve success online. This is why, 3 years on, I’m still a member…!

  2. This is great, really interesting and so informative! I’m a big fan of WA so its lovely to read about a positive personal experience and you’ve definitely motivated me with your success!

    Can I ask how much time you initially dedicated to this? I currently work full time and have a small child so struggle to fit many hours in but really want to make this a success story like yours! 🙂

    • HI Claire, I’m so glad you found Wealthy Affiliate, it sounds like you’re already well on your way!

      I totally get the time restraints! The Make Money Online Blog is built as I volunteer here in Thailand 14 hours a day – I work into the late hours if I need to!

      Keep going Claire! To answer your question, something magical happens when your blog gets to the 50 post mark. This is assuming you’re targeting low-competition, high traffic keywords with every post. (Jaaxy is the keyword research tool I use, but the free one included within Wealthy Affiliate is just fine too.)

      It does take a long time to build trust with Google but as you keep adding helpful and useful content, though it might feel like you’re writing to yourself and working for free to begin with, the work you put in now will pay off for you time and time again.

      So be encouraged – my first ever site that I started in 2014 is now attracting 1000 unique visitors a day, mainly through Google… and I haven’t updated that site in over 6 months. But still I get paid.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hello, Simon!

    Great to see that you can match your advice with actual example of what you have achieved. I am also trying to make a living out of online money and just started to build my niche website.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. I am really glad to have found your website.


    • That’s great to hear Eduardo – it’s always fun learning new things, especially once you start to see the results come in. Let me know if I can help in anyway at any point along the journey and I look forward to hearing your success story very soon! See you around the blog!

  4. Thank you so much Simon, I just claimed my free starter account and started the training ok – i love what i see so far and you’re right, everyone in Wealthy Affiliate is very friendly and helpful.

    I’m excited about getting started and just going through the training. Really cool so far. Thanks again!

    • That’s great to Samira, things are only going to get better for you from here on in. Let me know if I can help at any point along the way!

  5. You have done a great job with this post! I too, belong to Wealthy Affiliate and I am so thankful that I found them and have stuck with it. You are right that making money online is possible, but it does require some effort. Wealthy Affiliate gives you all the tools you need to get your website up and running, and correctly, and with traffic. I definitely cannot say enough good things.


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