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There Are Many Ways to Make Money Online

I've listed the methods and tools I'm using for online marketing in this section of my website. The truth is, though, that there are many ways to make money online. 

The hardest part is learning how actually to do online marketing. If you have never done it before, then perhaps you think that all is needed would be a website and a few pages of content with ads. 

This approach may have been accurate at one time in the history of the internet, but today's environment is far more competitive, It's not simple, and it's not easy. Yet so many people think that because today, it's technologically simple to create a website, that the income comes easily as well.

My personal experience was that there had to be a big, red easy button, got success. I have a technical background as a software developer. Since the internet is mostly software, I figured there had to be a simple, software-based solution to making easy money.

I tried many different software products, some on the expensive side, but none delivered that easy money. 

I even tried developing a couple of different software products on my own. However, that is not as easy as you might think, even if you do know how to program. Assuming you develop a product people want and are willing to pay for, then there are the support issues that can consume all of your time.

The Two Keys to Online Success!

Two House Keys

I first joined Wealthy Affiliate, probably almost 15 years ago, when they first started. Back then, many private membership groups or private forums started by providing keyword lists. You could post almost any kind of content on a blog, and as long as you had these keywords in the content, the search engines would send you traffic, and you could make easy good money.

That wasn't easy enough for me, so I bounced on to the next "shiny object." Many years later, about ten to be exact, I opened a free account with Wealthy Affiliate again. I never did upgrade as much of the content sounded the same as so many other online "opportunities" I had tried.

Four years later, I finally upgrade this free account to a premium account. I took a closer look and realized much had changed at Wealthy Affiliate, from a platform perspective.

The community at Wealthy Affiliate is also amicable and helpful. I think some people join to make friends with other people around the world.

So I thought it time that I finally took it seriously and decided to do it right this time. I believe two principals or keys are required to make an online business successful. The tools and teaching methods may change, but not these.

The two keys to online success are:

1. You have to do the work.

With Wealthy Affiliate, this means creating content for your website. You create this content to attract visitors, which in turn will buy the products you are promoting, or click on one of your display ads if you have them on your site.

Many successful online marketers will tell you that starting an online business is easy. Many of them tell you this because they want you to buy their course or sign up for their membership site. Many people still fail, though once they realized the amount of effort success requires.

Another interesting fact is that many stories of success also include stories of initial failures, but they persisted until they succeeded. Doing the work and being persistent go hand in hand.

One of the reasons I like the Wealthy Affiliate platform is that they have different features that service to motivate you. One of these is their Site Content statistics. 

They have their Site Content Editor, which you can use to write your blog posts. It's nothing overly fancy, but keeps track of your content writing progress and also allows you to post directly to your website.

The cool thing about this, though, is that it keeps track of your total words written. It then compares that number with the rest of the membership. 

I started writing content, and by the time I reach 30 or 40 articles, I had written more than 98% of all Wealthy Affiliate members.

Think about that - A good website has maybe hundreds of posts. Many people trying to succeed give up way too early. 

I've recently thought that maybe only 1 or 2 percent of new online businesses are thriving. After seeing these kinds of statistics, I came to the realization that by just doing the work, that gets you into the top 2 percent. Only by doing the work, do your odds of success increase considerably.

Site Content Stats

2. You have to create quality content that people are interested in reading.

It's not enough to post words on a website. If you're writing product reviews, people need to trust you, or else they'll lose interest. If you're writing how-to articles, then be specific and helpful.

Creating website content also involves SEO or Search Engine Optimization. Wealthy Affiliate teaches SEO, along with many other websites, and it includes a lot of different things. 

The short explanation is that you need to write content that people are searching for reading. You can write tons of articles, but if nobody finds them, then it's merely a waste of your time. 

SEO helps you to match your content with those users who need answers.

Online Success is More than just Quality Content

While these two keys to success form the basis of your online business, you're just getting started. One of the reasons I've stuck with Wealthy Affiliate is that they provide everything you need to get started. Eventually, though, hopefully, as your business grows, you'll want to expand your online toolset.

As you become successful, you need to grow your business. Many different software applications and online services can help you do this.

Thrive Leads

Some of these tools are from people I've watched become successful over the years. One person is Shane Melaugh, with Thrive Themes. I purchased his first product called Backlink Battle Plan many years ago. He was just a young guy with lots of determination.

I continued to stay on his mailing lists over the years. I like his approach to online businesses. When he and his partner started Thrive Themes, I was the first to sign up. I didn't even know what I was going to use it for at the time, but I use it today, and it works great! Glad I signed up at the lower price back then.

WPX WordPress Hosting

Terry Kyle, with WPX Hosting, is another person whose goal is to provide the fastest WordPress hosting, with first-class support. I've been with them longer than I've been with Wealthy Affiliate, and have decided to keep my sites hosted there just because they are that good, and affordable!

Kyle and Carson, co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate, have also evolved their business over the years. Many of the online membership's back 15 plus years ago are no longer around. It's challenging to adapt your business to the ever-changing environment on the internet. 

Wealthy Affiliate Starter Plan

Wealthy Affiliate is extremely affordable if you upgrade to their yearly premium, and also consider the payouts from their affiliate program. Their hosting platform is also excellent. If that is all you used, along with Jay's ongoing weekly training webinars, it would be a great value.

You'll find that many online training platforms charge a high up-front cost, with life-time access. Wealthy Affiliate takes the opposite approach by giving you a low-cost option to get started, with a monthly ongoing membership fee. 

Wealthy Affiliate knows how many months the average new member stays premium, while many of the successful members continue to pay them for many years. Some have been with them ten, twelve years. It's in their best interest to see you succeed.

Tailwind Start Free

Tailwind is another service for Pinterest that I'm just getting started using. I like Pinterest and the whole concept of a visual search engine. So far, I like what Tailwind offers for promotion on Pinterest and have been very impressed with their training.

The bottom line, there is nothing wrong with tools if they simplify your work and help you to automate specific tasks of running an online business. The tools and companies that provide a quality experience, my second key to success, will be around for a long time.

The tools I review are ones that I use. Many of them offer generous affiliate programs. As a result, I see no reason NOT to promote them. Hopefully, they help you also on your journey toward success!

[quote] "Keep it Simple & Work Hard... Success WILL Happen!" - Kyle (Co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate)

You can read more about the history of Wealthy Affiliate at The Amazing History of Wealthy Affiliate.

“Keep it Simple & Work Hard... Success WILL Happen!”

- Kyle Loudoun (Co-Founder of Wealthy Affiliate)