How to Get Started


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So how do you get started on your online business?

 

Well, the first thing you need to do is to come up with a niche, or an idea. Maybe your at-home business could be selling something. Maybe you could be a transcriber or do data entry from home. Perhaps you are interested in trying affiliate marketing. You need to start by asking yourself these questions:

 

  • What do you know about?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What kinds of things do you enjoy?
  • What is popular online?

 

These are all questions you might ask to help you figure out where to begin your journey. Should you decide that you want to get involved with affiliate marketing, you don’t have to be a great writer or a salesperson. Just come up with something that interests you or could be beneficial or popular with others, and you can use that to start a website. When you start your training, you will see that you even get help on coming up with ideas for your niche.

Next, You Need to Train

There is no magical way to snap your fingers and have a successful and profitable website up and running. You need to learn how to do it. To be very honest, it took me about two weeks, working four or five hours a day, to go through the first Wealthy Affiliate training course. But by the time I was finished with it, I had a functioning website, and it was all FREE.

From there, I decided that this was definitely something I wanted to pursue further, so I took the plunge, signed up for the premium membership, and have never looked back. This features page gives you an idea of what is included with your membership:

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The thing I really love the most about Wealthy Affiliate is the HELP….THE COMMUNITY. Every time I have been stuck on something I have either been able to search for related topics, or put a question out for the community and BAM…I received my answer! It truly is amazing to have that kind of support any time you need it. I even have the ability to send messages to Kyle and Carson (the creators) and they get back to me. How cool is that?

So what are you waiting for?  You can sign up here:

 

 

 

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12 comments

  • Anthony

    Hello,

    This website is a great resource for finding out how to start with online business. I appreciate you pointing out an actual legit opportunity. The reason I can tell its not just another scam is that like you said they let you get started for free. I have signed up for a lot of other “training” courses and the rest of them all charge an entrance fee and I believe this is because they are protecting themselves from when you inevitably quit. I am wondering in your experience have you met people within the community who have actually seen online success within their business? That is something I didn’t ever see any real evidence of in the other programs I tried.

    Thanks,
    -Anthony

    • Shannon

      I have known a few people who have had success in online businesses in the past, but with all of the changes that Google put forth like Panda, etc., it has really changed the landscape of the internet business scene. These days you have to be willing to work at it, but you can be successful. You just have to update your content and keep it fresh, and come up with something new that people will be interested in. Thanks for visiting my page. 🙂

  • Carmen

    Hi Shannon, I like the simplicity of this post. You do make the process of starting an online business sound very easy. I agree that Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to get your training, as it helped me get my blog up and running. What I haven’t figured out is how to set up a website to sell a product or service, as in an online store-front. Does Wealthy Affiliate cover this kind of business or is it strictly for affiliate marketers?

    • Shannon

      Whatever your blog is about, there could be products you can link to, that people can click on. Keep going through the training and you will get to the part where they will show you step-by-step how to set up affiliate links, and there are thousands of companies who offer affiliate programs. Thanks for stopping by my page and let me know if I can ever be of help to you. 🙂

  • Gina

    I like how you’re right to the point with this article. Many people want to start an online business but have no idea where to begin.
    If you want to have a successful website, find what your passion is and then TRAIN.
    Being able to start for free assures you that they’re not just trying to take money from you.

    • Shannon

      Exactly, right? You know something is a scam if they want some money up front without even letting you try it. That’s why I was willing to give WA a try, because I’m naturally very skeptical. My boyfriend calls me Scully and I call him Mulder because he believes everything and I don’t believe anything. LOL. Thanks for visiting a skeptics page and offering your thoughts. 🙂

  • Julius

    Hello Shannon,

    I really like your writing style. It’s very simple and straight to the point.

    I’m a blogger myself, and I can definitely tell that it’s not even hard. In fact, it’s fun! You just have to write about something you like. As the time passes, your site gets rankings in search engines and that traffic will convert!

    • Shannon

      Hi Julius. I really appreciate the kind words. I am enjoying writing and I never thought I would. I hope people can take something positive away from my articles. 🙂

  • Ralph

    I know that starting an online business can be risky, but I would risk it if i knew I could trust getting the right type of teaching. I researched many places, but was always afraid of being scammed. As I read your blog about wealthy affiliate, makes me wonder because this is not the first time I am hearing about them. I also love how you talk about the community, which is important to me. I need to learn more about this program. Thanks!

    • Shannon

      Hi Ralph. The great thing about WA is that it’s free to try so there is no risk. Good luck with your business pursuits! 🙂

  • Roberto Del Mastro

    Like the website . Plenty of content and interesting tips. Nice layout , like the graphics and colour.
    I’m in the WA community too and find it a great tool . Just a beginner so hopefully with time I’ll be able to build my own business. Will mark your site as favourite . All the best , R

    • Thank you so much for visiting my page and your comments. I wish you the best of luck with WA. I’m having great success and I’m very happy I signed up and have been with it for two years now. 🙂

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