How to Earn an Online Income

There are many ways how to earn a legitimate online income. More and more people, from all walks of life, are searching to find a way to do this.

If you have already searched, which I am guessing you have, you will have already realized that there are numerous ways to do so.

You could sell anything online, from hard products to information websites, without leaving the comfort of your home.

Whether it be a full-time opportunity you are after or a part-time income to supplement the one that you have, you have come to the right place, so keep reading and I will fill you in on a few options, as well as my #1 recommendation.

How do You Know Which is Best for You?

You will find that if you are willing to dedicate some time and effort, it is possible to legitimately make an online income. Some ways, like taking surveys or testing Websites, provide only enough money for some spare cash each month.

Whereas other jobs, such as publishing a niche website or doing freelance writing, have the potential to earn you a full-time income.

But, even with well-known business models like eCommerce and affiliate marketing, it can take a long time to even make one small sale online.

Let me reassure you that you are already on track, if you have come this far, as you are researching, which is where I would advise you to start. There is a world of information out there and it can become very confusing and overwhelming.

With that in mind, though, you will need to decide what it is you are looking at achieving in the way of online income. How much time you have to put into your venture, and how much money, if any you wish to make before moving forward. So with all that in mind.

How to Earn an Online Income Confused

Here are some ways to make money online

Complete tasks online

  • Take Surveys
  • Test Websites
  • Test Apps
  • Watch Videos
  • Tutorials
  • Search the Web

Create a niche website

  • Understand how a niche website works
  • Find a profitable niche
  • Set up a site
  • Create content
  • Monetize your site

Writing Freelance articles

Preparation for selling your stuff online

  • Find items to sell
  • Learn the selling guidelines
  • Research selling prices of items similar to yours
  • Consider selling in lots
  • Write a thorough description
  • Add high-quality pictures of the item
  • Provide excellent customer service

Other Legitimate way include

As you can see there are numerous ways to make a legitimate income online. Unfortunately while you are out there searching for profitable ways to make and honest start of it, there are those out there that are conjuring up ways to Scam you out of your hard-earned money.

It is knowing how to identify an ‘Online Scam’ to ensure you are not losing money time and time again as others have. That is why I have put together this website, to forewarn others of the potential and what to look for, but doing reviews on Legitimate and not so Legitimate ventures available online.

Once you have decided on your niche, I must say, You Need a Website and Your Own Domain Name if you want to be seen as an expert in your field. If it is just a hobby you are after then that is a little different, but I am assuming you are here because you are looking at making some serious money online, not pocket money.

Just like everything else, you have choices on how you want to go about setting up your own website. If money is no object, then you could always have one designed for you, but I am guessing that because you are reading this, you want to be in control of your website and therefore look into designing your own.

This is an avenue I have been down before, many years ago, and in turn, I have WordPress websites. I have built this website myself through Wealthy Affiliate and also have my hosting with them. For me it could not be easier than that. For you, new to this, I will explain further.

I am going to briefly explain how I set up my website and you can to, along the same lines or in your choice of niche.

How to Earn an Online Income

How to Set up a Niche Website

When closing a niche make sure it is something you are passionate about as that will be your focus while you build out your website. The three top niches are health, wealth and relationships which are quite broad so finding a niche inside a niche is more ideal. Here are also a few suggestions to help you find and refine your niche.

First, Choose a topic you enjoy

  • Weightloss
  • Health and fitness
  • Recipes
  • Pet care
  • Hair accessories
  • Cake decorating
  • or, an option from above…

Most find this to be the most difficult step, so be patient, do your research and it will come to you.

I found the easiest way to find a niche was to solve a problem online or moreover do a post on the solution to the problem (niche) of choice.

Purchasing a Domain Name and Web Hosting

As indicated earlier I am personally using Wealthy Affiliate for my web hosting, domain names and training. This I have found to be the most cost effective way for me to learn and earn, as well as have my Websites hosted and supported by them with built in SSL giving you a secure website making it way more credible for your visitors at a glance. I have found this to be the easiest platform for me to work with as well as amazing help and support.

Although there are many other options out there for you to chose from, I have yet to find any that give you FREE membership with all the support I have just talked about with Wealthy Affiliate, so I must say I do need to share with you my #1 recommendation to give you the same opportunity starting out as I did.

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Start Building Your Website

This is not as hard as it has been in the past. WordPress is my favorite as it is so easy to set up and use and Google likes it… what a bonus, especially if you are planning on your website being ranked.

Begin Writing Content and Articles About Your Topic

Content is King! I don’t know how many times I have heard this, but it so true and constant reminders of this help keep me on track. Keep it informative, clear and on topic. Writing content need not be as hard as you think, especially if it is something that you are passionate about. You just need to let it flow naturally.

Make Sure you Monetize your Website Before you Start Promoting it.

You could promote an affiliate product related to your site’s topic, or you could use Google Adsense. Your goal is to get your site to make the most money possible, so if you have lots of ways to make money on your site, then you will most likely make lots of money.

Start promoting and advertising your website now that it has great content and money-making tools.

Create social network sites online with your niche. Write keyword rich articles about your site and link them to them. Post flyers and create business cards. In simple words, just get your site out there and talk about it when out and about.

Watch the Money Start Rolling in.

Just be patient, there is no time frame, depending on the promoting and keywords you have used. It is important that you keep promoting your site and keep adding articles, to keep your readers interested enough to come back and buy.

To Summarize How to Earn an Online income.

As I have shown you it is possible to make a legitimate online income with the right information and support. My knowledge and support have come from the amazing community at Wealthy Affiliate.

The training and community outweigh any I have ever come across before, full of like-minded people helping others to succeed and much, much more.

If you are looking for a simplified way of how to get online, choose a niche, create a website and how to monetize your website

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Check it out for yourself today, as not often you get to try before you buy.

my #1 Recommendation sign up If you have any questions about getting started with a legitimate online income, I would love to help! You can leave a message below or, come and find me at Wealthy Affiliate, user name Nakijo and I can help you in there.

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11 thoughts on “How to Earn an Online Income”

    • Thanks Lesley
      Freelance is an area that I am still looking into and I am not too familiar with. I will be looking into it in the future.
      Sorry I cant assist you with that right now, but I am sure someone within the would be able to assist you in that area. If you are not already a member, check it out, its a Free community.

      Cheers Jo

  1. I totally agree with what you have written in this article, there are many ways of making money and it takes time, you just have to be patient. Nothing comes easy and definitely any websites that says you will get your money back instantly will have to be researched.

    • So very true, and there is something out there for everyone, I do believe the internet will never be a saturated market in any area. Stay with evergreen ideas and you are onto a winner.


  2. I’m always looking for ways to make money and your article points out many ways to do that.
    I’m wanting to build a drop shipping website. What type of website do I need for the products to be shipped?

    • hi there

      Dropshipping is a great option. You will need to set up an eCommerce website.
      There are a lot of website builders out there for if you have not coding knowledge or alternatively you could build one from scratch. My #1 Recommendation to achieve this is with Wealthy Affiliate as it is an All-in-one platform.

      I hope this helps.


  3. JoAnne,
    I really appreciate your longer list of ideas.
    Often I find when I check out a post about how to make money online there are only ever a few options to learn about.
    Your ideas are a little more broad and easy to read.
    Currently building a niche website but would love to find a couple more streams of income to pay allll the bills! hahah

    • Thank you Molly,

      I am pleased it has been of help. It is always good to be checking out extra options and increase your streams of income online to broaden your opportunity to rake in the money, so to speak.
      It is great that you have your own niche going, but yes, always look at ways to expand your audience and increase your income options.
      All the best with your success with your website, I am only too happy to help out with ideas.


  4. Thanks Jo for your detailed information and list of possibilities. It is true there are a lot of scammers out there who want your money claiming the get rich quick theory but it is for them because they scam you with hope. I have also been thinking of dropshipping but wasn`t very keen on it. I guess i will have a look.

    • Hi there

      Thank you for sharing. I too have thought about dropshipping, but upon further research, I decided it was not for me at this stage, but will definitely dabble in it, in time.



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