How to Earn Money Through Affiliate Programs

Welcome! You found this post and that means that what I am learning about how to earn money by creating a website and participating in affiliate marketing programs is working! I’m only at the beginning of my journey, but I have learned quite a bit in a short amount of time. Continue reading to find out what I have learned through a program called Wealthy Affiliate and how easy it is to earn while you learn.

You Can Get Started Without Money

This was an exciting discovery for me! I tried to blog before but I didn’t know how to turn my love of writing into a lucrative business. I figured out how to place ads on my blog but never earned a penny! After only blogging for a couple of months, I was locked out of my website with no idea what I had done wrong or how to get back in. It was clear to me that I didn’t know how to work the program but I had no idea how to get started. Several years have passed and because of some physical limitations, I am being forced to learn new money-making skills. I don’t have a lot of money to throw at my education or my future, so I was very excited when I stumbled upon the training program at Wealthy Affiliate! I jumped right in and haven’t looked back! Here’s a quick overview of what I have accomplished in less than two weeks.

Free Websites

Wealthy Affiliate offers training that allows you to earn while you learn. Once you start the free training, you can have two websites for free! It’s unbelievable how easy it is to get started. I had my first website up and running within my first few hours of training! Did I mention that it was free? The program at Wealthy Affiliate takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know about making money online. Once you have your site set up, they walk you through how to create a privacy policy and an “About Me” page. Soon after, they teach you how to create content. I think if anyone follows the program, they can be successful!

Finding a Niche

Finding a niche is one of the first things you will learn with Wealthy Affiliate. At first, this was difficult for me because I wanted to write about health and wellness but found out almost immediately that I needed to narrow my topic way down. The training was very helpful in this area. Wealthy Affiliate has plenty of training on how to choose a niche. Even when I got stuck, they led me to more information and additional training until I understood what I needed to do. It took me several lessons to learn that if I held off on asking a question, I would probably find the answer in the very next lesson!

After I had my website set up and had chosen my niche, it was time to learn how to add content. Since I love to write, I thought for sure that this would be the easy part. Wrong again! I had much to learn in this area, too. Not to worry, however. The very next step told me exactly what to do.

Next up: Keywords

Wealthy Affiliate teaches us how to use keywords to get traffic to our websites and they provide us with the tools to find keywords. With the right combination of words, our sites receive more traffic and traffic leads to sales. Sales lead to money! It’s pretty simple, really. The only problem was that once I started to look up keywords for my niche, I became discouraged because the keywords I found were leading me in a direction that I didn’t want to go. I created my first post and turned away feeling like it was possibly the worst piece of writing that I had ever done; I hope no one reads it! Don’t worry, it gets better.

I’m so glad that Wealthy Affiliate gives us two free websites! I could have trashed the first one and started all over but instead, I was able to put my first website on hold for a few days while I started this second one. Since I had already been through the preliminary training, it only took a few minutes to get this one up and running and to start adding content. Now I am excited to publish this page and move back over to training. This has been so much fun, I have been canceling appointments and re-arranging my schedule to give me more time to “play”!

Sample Tool used in Wealthy Affiliate:


Making money online isn’t all that hard once you learn how. Wealthy Affiliate has the tools and techniques to lead us to success. The training is easy to follow, there’s plenty of support, and it’s fun! I hope to run into you at Wealthy Affiliate. There’s a wonderful community of people here and help is just a few clicks away. Once you are in, look me up and let me know. I’d love to follow you and see where you end up!

Wishing you success in your journey,







  1. I was thinking of entering the affiliate marketing business but I was a bit reluctant. Your article answered a great part of my questions. Thanks a lot!

  2. Very Brief and to the point article… Definitely explains the foundation of making affiliate commissions online…

    The principle of making money online from affiliate Marketing might seem complicated but it’s just a matter of choosing the right niche and focusing on providing valuable content in that niche.

    As long as you are aware of what persons in the niche are looking for which is where keyword comes if…

    Keep posting contents like these…

    1. Hi, Caleb:
      Are there negatives? Yes, you are right. I’m still so excited to have found this opportunity that I haven’t hit the negatives yet. I appreciate the feedback and will work toward a more balanced representation in the future. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

  3. I think affiliate marketing can be a great opportunity to earn some extra money and I wonder how can I determine the potential of my niche?

    1. Every niche has great potential if you are willing to work at creating content and following the step-by-step instructions given by Wealthy Affiliate. It doesn’t cost anything to get started with WA and the keyword tool is very helpful for getting a feel for topics that you can write about within your niche. Best of luck to you!

  4. Great information here for beginners hoping to get started in affiliate marketing. I have been in this business for a while now and I believe that Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to learn the business so you have landed in a good place. Wishing you all the best for your online success.

  5. very nicely written article Theresa, if I wasn’t already a member I would’ve joined Wealthy Affiliate, after reading your article. Great work.

  6. Great info. I too have struggled with the writing side of things on my blog. I always feel I have so much to say and then I sit down and it all goes black. Luckily with practice and time it has started to become easier.

    1. It’s encouraging to know that it gets easier! Sometimes I am bubbling with an idea and sit down to write but then I get distracted by notifications. I need to learn to focus on one task at a time. Thanks for stopping by!

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