What Is The Secret To Making Money Online? – It’s Not What You Think

What is the Secret To Making Money Online? – SHHH, Don’t Tell Anyone!

what is the secret to making money online

You maybe wondering, “what is the secret to making money online?”

I’m sure you have seen many products for earning money online. Often they have some Huge Claim, stating they have the secret to untold wealth online.

The truth is there is only one secret. The secret is: THERE IS NO SECRET!

Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda? The secret to the secret ingredient soup is… There is no secret ingredient. Most so-called Gurus will shoot a video of themselves in a huge house, maybe a yacht and a swimming pool. Usually the person speaking will ask a question like wouldn’t you like to know how to earn an income like this? Then they will go on to explain how easy it is for you to make the kind of money they make.

All you have to do is follow their secret recipe. I can save you a lot of time and money. If you are looking for a shortcut… quit looking.

There are no short cuts to success online. You might as well keep working your day job and hope you can earn enough to retire. The good news is, since there is no secret that means success is obtainable by everyone!

The Not-So-Secret Secret To Earn Money Online

what is the secret to making money online

If there is no secret than how do I earn money online?

This is a very broad question with virtually infinite answers. For the purpose of this page I’m going to stick with one “secret” to making money online. As I said previously, there are no secrets but this method is very versatile and can be used by virtually anyone. It’s called Affiliate Marketing.

The premise for affiliate marketing is pretty simple. Affiliates are people who sell products or services on behalf of someone else.

Companies and individuals have products and services they want to sell. So they create advertisements for their products and services. Now they need potential customers to see their advertisements. (This is where you come in) As an affiliate marketer it’s your job to get those advertisements in front of as many potential customers as possible. With the advent of the internet, this is now more possible than ever before.

Affiliate Marketing Simplified

Virtually every large company from Walmart to Amazon uses affiliates to market their products. Almost anyone can sign up to be an affiliate for one of these companies.

Let’s Look At Amazon For Example. It’s very simple to become an amazon affiliate. If you look at their site you will see there is an affiliate link at the bottom of the page.

Click On “Become an Affiliate” and it will bring you to a page where you can sign up.

Here you will click on Join Now and you can answer a few simple questions and you become an affiliate for amazon!

What that means is you can send people to products that are for sale on Amazon and you will earn a percentage of each sale. Amazon sells billions of dollars worth of products and they are just one of many companies that allows you to sign up as an affiliate.

Once you become an affiliate you will be given an affiliate link to any product you want to market. Anyone who purchases through your link will be credited to your account and you will be paid a commission.


The Secret Sauce


what is the secret to making money online

Since there are no secrets, I guess I can give away the steps necessary to start making money as an affiliate marketer. The “secret sauce” so to speak is the strategy that you would use to get your affiliate link in front of potential customers. While the methods may vary the steps are typically the same.

1. Post Your Link Online

2. Get Others To See Your Link

3. Get Others To Click Your Link

4. Get Others To Buy.

The steps are simple and I’ll give you a very simple way to accomplish these steps.

First, in order to have a place to post your link you will need to build a website. It may sound difficult, but trust me, if you can post to Facebook, you can build a website.

After that, in order to get others to see your post you will need to have traffic to your website. This is done by creating content on your site. The content will be articles and posts similar to this one and will contain certain keywords related to the affiliate product you are marketing.

In order to get people to click on your affiliate link you will want to write compelling content that will interest your readers.

Finally, once you have good content on your website and you have traffic to your site, your readers will be much more likely to buy if you have given them honest thorough information.

One Final Secret

Kinda funny, how my article about no secrets is full of secrets. Seriously, though the most important secret is consistency. I have found that the best way to be successful online is to make a plan for what you are going to do.

Each day find one thing on that plan that you can accomplish and work on that. Each of us will move at a different pace, but if you are consistent and stick with the plan you will earn money online.

If all of this seems a bit to complicated for you, I would recommend you take a look at this video. It really makes things simple and shows you how to get started. This is the plan that I use and it keeps me very focused and organized. Take a look at the video below.

I hope this page has helped you get an idea of what you can do to make money online.  Remember, there is no secret to making money online, anyone can do it!

Please leave me a comment below so I know you were here. I look forward to hearing from you!


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  1. This is an informative and educative article. You have thoroughly put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post to understand the points. Another challenges is that most people wants to make it overnight,they are not ready to go through vigorous steps of making money online but not ready to undergo proper knowledge. This is an eye opener and I hope newbies can read this alongside

    • You are correct Ola!  People do want the quick fix.  However, if they will take action and be patient, success will come.  Thanks for your comment.

  2. I like how you demystified the word SECRET. Most of the times, these so-called gurus, use the word SECRET to play into the minds of people. To get them to believe that they know something no one else knows, and can profit from it.

    However, keeping it simple will always be the best, especially for newbies. Truly, the secret to becoming good in any field is consistency, if you keep working everyday at the same task, you will surely get more results with lesser efforts.

    • Thanks Louis.  Like you said consistency is the key.  I have found that if I will do something, just one thing everyday towards working online, I find success.  It’s not a destination, it’s a journey.

  3. Hello Hans,

    you wrote a really interesting and insightful article and I really enjoy it, especially because I have recently joined the Wealthy Affiliate community and your advice would help other dicover what an amazing place WA is. As I am just beginning, reading your post helped me to give working on my own website in order to accomplish my goals. I would also recommend anyone who is thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate, they should definitely do so! Everyone at WA are friendly and willing to help each other. 

    Thanks again for telling other about Wealthy Affiliate.

    • Thank you for your comment.  I am glad this helped  you work towards your goals.  Never forget that being consistent and working hard will get you where you want to be online.  

  4. Dear Hans,

    Thanks a lot for the informative & helpful post. 

    Being a full-time Affiliate marketer & making money online, many people ask me “What is the secret to making money online?” thanks a lot for addressing this million dollar question. I got great insights from your post and I totally agree with you there is no secret all we need to do is stick to the basics, focus and work hard consistently.

    Indeed affiliate marketing is the best way to make money online. Bo Bennett quoted it very well… Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions and Ordinary People Millionaires. 

    You have given a lot of value from your post and I am going to implement what I learned from your post.

    Much Success!


    • Thanks Paul.  I just want people to stop chasing the carrot and do the work.  I’m afraid some people think they can find a short cut and some “secret sauce” and they waste time they could be creating content and ranking in google.  Hopefully, some people will hear the message and get on board.  There is a lot of money to be made out here.



  5. The secret is that there is no secret. While I do like that slogan I think there might be some secrets that only a few people use to consistently make money online. Anything a lot of people are not aware of can be considered a secret and I can assure you that some people killing it online have been able to come up with methods they can use to easily make insane profits. These secrets are probably out in the open but the fact is that not everyone is able to see and identify it as a money-making secret.

    • You are correct.  There are many little known ways to make killer money.  My point is, anyone who is consistent in following the steps in Wealthy Affiliate can and will make money online.  It will take time and effort, but if you don’t give up you will make money.  Thanks for your comment.

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