Can I Make Money Online?

ID-10069365This is a question asked by many folks these days. Let’s face it, times are really tough out there. I know many people who are unemployed or struggling to make ends meet. People in the US and other parts of the world are going through real hardships. Things as simple as filling your gas tank is difficult these days.

With the economy as it is, paychecks just don’t go as far as they used to. These days, it’s not just about getting out of the rat race. It’s about surviving.

How Skeptical Are you about making money online?

There are legitimate ways to make money online, like with Affiliate Marketing. But there are also a lot of scams out there which make people very skeptical.

Hopefully I will help you realize that you can make money online without having to invest a penny. But I’m just curious as to where you are right now.

So many people are wondering if they really can make money online. And I’m here to give you an enthusiastic YES!


(Okay, you knew there was going to be a but.)

But, you need to understand these 2 important points….

  • You gotta do the work to get results. If you are going to do a legitimate business from home, then you need to understand that money doesn’t flow in over night. It takes time. And just like a job, you have certain activities you need to accomplish daily if you are going to be successful.
  • It takes time for results to happen. Unlike a job which pays you hourly or a salary, with a home business, you do the work first then down the road you get paid. For example, an affiliate marketer might spend a few weeks researching niche markets and doing keyword research before building a website. Once their website is up, they need to start adding quality content. And this take time. After a few weeks they may or may not begin to get traffic. And then it may take a few more weeks before they begin to get sales from those visitors. All of this, simply takes time.There are no shortcuts and if someone tries to tell you otherwise, they are lying to you.

So you could start a business and not get paid for six months (okay sometimes it is much sooner than that) or longer.

But the payoff is when you are getting paid again and again for work that you did 2 years ago. Now that is fun! I call that mailbox money!

Okay so that was the “but”.

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Mailbox Money

Let’s Talk About Mailbox Money

Mailbox money is a term I made up one day when I was talking with one of my teenagers. My son brought in the mail and said Mom here is a few letters for you and I told him, No they aren’t letters, their checks (mailbox money). Mailbox money is those fun little checks I get in the mail, and direct depot and to my Paypal account. It is the multiple streams of little incomes that end up being a nice amount of money.

I love mailbox money because it comes pretty unexpectedly yet very often. So it is just fun!

And this is why you are on this page right? I’ve answered the question, “Can I make money online?”.

So lets move on to the answer…

How to Make Money Online

There are lots of ways to earn money online. I’m going to share with you the one that worked for me. And that is Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Marketing works like this…

  • Choose a niche market. A niche market basically means the kind of products you are going to promote. For example pet stuff, baby stuff etc. The more targeted your niche is the better results you will get.
  • Build a website or blog within that niche. This may sound scary if you never did it before, but it is really easy. I can even show you how to do it in under 30 seconds.

Make Your Own Free Website

  • Monetize your blog or site by adding affiliate products. For example, if my blog is about dog toys, I could share my favorite dog toy that could be purchased at with my readers. If they click the link and buy a product, I get paid.
  • Rinse and repeat. Everyday, keep building pages, adding posts and over time you income will grow.

Okay, So there you have it! 🙂

Now you know the answer to your question “Can I make money online”. If you want to learn about affiliate marketing and how to earn some “mailbox money” then you should sign up for a free membership at Wealthy Affiliate. When you sign up, you will get all the training you need to be successful plus you will get 2 Free WordPress websites to help get you started in earning some Mailbox Money.

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    I have been searching for ways to make money online for years but I always ended up in survey sites, freelance jobs or programs that require me to pay more in order to know the ‘secret to internet marketing’ aka scams.

    I lost a lot of money in the process and have almost lost confidence in making money online until I discovered Wealthy Affiliate. I have never seen anything as legitimate as this program before.

    Affiliate marketing has changed the way I see business and I want to master the skills as much as I could so that I can have a more secured financial for my future.

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    One positive aspect of affiliate marketing is the low barrier to entry. With affiliate programs being free, it doesn’t cost much to get started. I think a lot of folks will find that aspect appealing.

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      That is a very good point David.

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    Without good guidance such as this page of info, and the likes of Wealthy Affiliate, it is very easy to get completely overloaded with shiny objects and misinformation from so called guru’s. As you have made clear, affiliate marketing takes some work, but having the step by step guidance and a passionate group of people to take your steps alongside, really does make it so much easier and ultimately this makes it more profitable. Thank you so much Wendy, this whole site is clear and focused. Makes the decision to work inside WA obviously the right one.

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      Thank you Val. Yes, WA make is way easier.

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    Hi, I stumbled upon this site, which is amazing I must say! Such a useful and quality content and site layout overall . Very good written and easy to understand, especially for beginners.
    I will definitely visit your site in the future, thank you very much for sharing this knowledge and good luck.
    Best regards

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      Thank you Kush. I appreciate it.

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    Hi Wendy, I love the writing you put into your content. You sound so genuine and like you’re enjoying what you do, which is great! It’s what people should sound like in situations like this, where you clearly enjoy what you’re doing. The content is fun, engaging, and easy to understand, while being incredibly helpful! Keep up the good work!

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    I always assumed that making money online is a myth because it was all the “so called gurus” who seemed to be making the big money, while everyone else was struggling!

    After reading this interesting article, it’s now clear to see that earning an income online is possible when approaching it from the right angles.

    Building my own website and Wealthy Affiliate seem like ideal starting points for me because I have always dreamed of having my own site and making money online from it.


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      It is very possible to make money online especially if you follow the steps in the training at Wealthy Affiliate.

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    Hi Wendy

    I would like to make e some mailbox money too…It sounds like such a fun concept and even better being on the receiving end of the mailbox.

    I have always been intrigued with computers so make money online, doesn’t sound like a bad idea, in fact it sounds like a good idea to me.

    Where do I sign up?

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      If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, I suggest joining Wealthy Affiliate. The training there is step by step and easy to follow.

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    Great article! Going online can be a scary thing, but you just need to know how to start and where to look for the right help. I totally agree that an online business takes work and lots of time to be successful. It is sad how many scams are online trying to catch people by telling them they can make so much money by just doing this simple thing. Earning money legitimately is never easy.

    Very encouraging and helpful information! Thank you!


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      You are very welcome Weston. Thanks for stopping by.

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