Frequently Asked Questions

There are so many people who want to know how to earn an online income but are afraid of being scammed. Or they give up on the dream because it doesn’t happen fast enough for them. I’ve been asked a lot of different questions over the years about how to start an online business, can you really get started for free and more. Listed below are the most common questions I’ve been asked.

What Is An Online Business For?

An online business is for anyone who wants to generate income through online services or sales. Many people from all walks of life and in all different circumstances turn to online marketing for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Retirees looking to supplement their income
  • Empty nesters who want to earn extra money
  • Moms with kids in school who want to earn money with a flexible schedule
  • College students
  • People who have physical limitations
  • Unemployed people
  • People who hate their job and want financial freedom
  • People who make their own products and would like a wider audience


Do you see yourself in that list above? If so, you may be interested in learning how to earn an online income. There are many benefits to having your own business. People need extra money for all kinds of reasons.

As for me? I fall into the empty nester category. My daughter is now approaching her fourth year in college. I always enjoyed working with websites and always wanted to build them. I volunteered to build websites for friends for free just so I could learn. Then I found WA and that’s how my business was born. I work for local businesses helping them with their websites, writing articles, and more. I even have a few clients in the U.S. and Canada. So you can be quite creative in what you want to do.


Is Starting An Online Business Hard To Do?

It depends on a few personal factors such as your basic computer knowledge, your level of commitment and your willingness to learn. You don’t need to be of a certain age but you should be at least the legal age of 18.

Starting an online business can be made harder if you do not work at your business consistently. I’ve seen many people come and go simply because they were not willing to put the time into their business. Your success won’t happen overnight but it will happen if you work at it consistently.


Do I Need Any Experience To Start An Online Business?

In general, no. A lot will depend on where you get your training. There are plenty of training programs that will teach you how to get started making money online but very few of them are actually free. Wealthy Affiliate is actually free to join. To read more about Wealthy Affiliate check out my article here.


Is Wealthy Affiliate Really Free?

Yes. When you join Wealthy Affiliate, you have a free account. Your free account includes 2 free websites, free hosting, and two free training courses. You can remain a free member for as long as you like. You’ll also have access to plenty of additional training put together by members who have been with WA for years. You’ll get the benefit of their expertise for free.


Can I Do This Part Time?

Many people who join WA start working on their online business part time. If you already have a part-time or full-time job, you can do the training in your own time outside of your job. As long as you are consistently working on your business you will see success.


Will I Make Money Right Away?

There are many sites that will claim you can make money online right away but that’s not true. This is not a get rich quick scheme. You are doing more than building a website. You are building a business for yourself. You can’t create a website and think that you will start making money in a week. It doesn’t work that way. You are building a business and building a business takes time.


How Long Before I start Making Money Online?

It all depends on how much time you put into your business. The basic training will help you get your website up and running, customized, and with great content. You’ll learn how to set up your site, find keywords and how to write articles.

Your site will need to age a bit on the Internet before Google recognizes your site. To do that, you’ll need to put out a minimum of two articles a week that are helpful to your audience. For instance, if your site is about selling widgets, you would write articles about how to use widgets, where to use them, etc. Your site needs to be seen as providing good quality information to readers. Once you have decent traffic to your site, you can then start to promote products that will earn you a commission. I’ve seen people start to make money in 3 months.


Why Does It Take So Long To Start Making Money Online?

You have to earn the trust of your visitors. Your visitors have to get to know you and trust that the information you are providing them is genuine. Trust goes a long way in the online marketing world because there are a lot of scammers out there.

You’ll know that your site is doing well by the steady increase of visitors to your site. If you have added content to your site consistently for about 3 months, you should then be able to start promoting products and earning commissions.


How Much Money Can I Make With Affiliate Marketing?

That really depends on how long your site has been online, what products you are promoting and what the commission rates are. There are tons of affiliate programs you can join. In fact, Wealthy Affiliate has just added an Affiliate Program Search feature to its platform. This program allows you to find affiliate programs to join right from within WA. To find out more about it, read my article on How To Find Affiliate Programs to Join.


What If I Don’t Want To Do Affiliate Marketing? Can I Still Make Money Online?

This is actually my favorite question. Building an online business and learning how to earn an online income doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to promote products and do affiliate marketing. You can take your skills to the next level by creating a website and learning how to promote your skills to local businesses with your free WA membership.

There are plenty of people, including myself, who have learned how to promote their skills with a website that targets local businesses. So if you have skills you can provide a service to your local community by creating a website for your business. Within WA there are many website people such as myself as well as carpenters, holistic health, coaches and more who promote their services locally.

And finally…

Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam Or For Real?

Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam and it is indeed, for real. I have been a member since 2012 and there are a ton of members there who have been there just as long or longer. There are over 1.5 million members at WA who have learned how to create their own online income by completing the training programs available.


How Do I Know That Wealthy Affiliate Isn’t a Scam?

I understand your apprehension and I was just like you when I first landed on the Wealthy Affiliate site. I thought, no way can this be legit. I joined because it was free. I had nothing to lose except a little time. That was back in 2012 and I’m still there and I still love it and I still learn new things all the time.

If you would like to see some proof that it works, below are links to a few members who are doing quite well. Some have been with WA for years and a few for a very short time.

LittleMama – been with WA only 2 years. Read how she has doubled her income in the last year.

Nathaniell – has been with WA for quite a few years. Read how he sold a website for $30,000

Mcb247 – Martin has only been with WA since last October and he’s already making a splash!

Freebird2112 – Kirk has been a member since 2016 and is making his way toward being a Super Affiliate.


These are just a few of the success stories I found recently posted at Wealthy Affiliate. There are many members who are successful and are working on their businesses behind the scenes. They don’t post about what they make or how successful they are. They just quietly go about their business making money online.

There are over 1.5 members at Wealthy Affiliate and they are from all over the world. Every member has their own unique story as to why they joined but the most common thread throughout the member bios is financial freedom. There was a time when you could rely on a full-time job to carry you through to retirement age. That’s no longer the case. People lose their jobs for a variety of reasons and have had to rely on their own ingenuity to support themselves. And that’s why so many have joined Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, be sure to leave them below and I’ll be happy to answer. And if you’d like to get started with your free account, click here.

Hi! I’m Alanna Birmingham and I’m the founder of the Empty Nester Blog. This site is focused on helping empty nesters earn extra income in their spare time or full time. I’ve been making my own money online since 2012. I got started for free. You can too. Click this link to get started.


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