How To Start Your Own Online Business

There has never been a better time to start an internet business. In this short post I will show you the basics of a profitable website business, selling other peoples stuff! I know you’ve  been looking for help. Well here it is.


how to start an internet business with no moneyDid you know there are 150 billion people online, right now!

They are shopping, learning, connecting, sharing, searching and being entertained. Stories, pictures, videos and good times. The internet audience is insatiable. They are searching for all this on websites.

On the internet there is no closing time and no better time to start a business.

Many are searching for a breakthrough.

Like you,  thousands of people are searching for a way to make money online.  No one wants to risk money on scams. It’s hard to get a business started unless you get some training.

Let me give you a taste of running a website for profit. I believe the best way to start is for free. Yep, no money, zilch…put away that credit card! Let’s go!

Six quick steps to start an internet business for FREE!

Follow these steps to build your very own business on the web. As with all businesses, you must be prepared to keep working at it. This is not a press button scam to instant millions. This is the beginning of a real internet business. Good luck.

1. Choose a topic for your website.

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A website niche can be about anything at all.

A niche is your field of interest or something you are passionate about. Think about what it is that you can share with the world, your audience, your customers.

Do you have knowledge about a particular subject like Ukuleles or Motorbikes. Do you use a  range of products that you think are awesome, like Lego or Swiss Army Knives?

Everyone has a passion, no matter how rare or weird,  and there are many others who share your passion.

2. Get a website.

Click here to get a free website now,  no domain name cost, no hosting cost, TOTALLY FREE.
The best way to share your knowledge on the internet is to have a website that deals with all the ideas around your niche. With a website you can show your range or describe your ideas. You can teach with stories or ‘how to’ videos, or discuss the pros and cons of products.

3. Add pages and stories to your site.

This takes time but you want to showcase your niche to best advantage. You will need to create

  • Make an About Me page. See mine for ideas.
  • Add a Privacy Policy page. Click here for a free privacy policy page. You can copy, paste and edit this page to suit your website.
  • Write a few pages about the theme of your site based around your niche. Let’s find some examples.

eg; The First Ukulele players came from a beautiful paradise known as….How to tune a Baritone Ukulele in 2 minutes using this tiny app…What are the Ukulele chords for “You Are My Sunshine?”

eg; Lego has changed a lot since my mom was a kid, but she still wants to play with ours!….Why every child over 8 will love the new Star Wars Lego…..How to interchange Lego pieces from Battle Front and Castle Mania to make insane warrior dragons!

Write up some posts making them informative and helpful. The  content of your post should use relevant keywords, like  I did in in the examples…Lego, Ukulele.

Good keywords and interesting content is what will get you ranked in Google . This is how your audience finds you on the internet…just like you did when you found my page here. My keywords were ‘how to start’ and ‘online business’.

To get help with keywords, read my posts How To Find Top Keywords and  What is a Free Keyword Research Tool.

4. Add great images.

Add an image to keep your reader interested and better informed

Readers like to see clear images  in a post. Adding quality images and the most relevant videos to your site helps the audience better understand your story. It also holds them on your site longer, which improves your rankings and your chance of making a sale. Images will make your page look better than if you only had words.

Get free images;  and

Learn how to embed youtube videos for free.

5.  Publish your work.

Each time you create another page or post for your site, press publish and get your work out there.

You can come back at any time to make changes. It is important to continue to add fresh info and stories to your site on a regular basis. Google loves fresh content.

6. Monetise your website.

Writing reviews about products is a great way to earn money from your website. Have you used a product that you would love to tell your audience about? Are there items related to your niche that you can report on and recommend?

When you promote an existing product or service it is called affiliate marketing. Thousands of retailers are using affiliate marketers to boost their online sales. Affiliate Marketing is now a huge industry because online shopping is popular. Affiliate marketers help buyers  make informed purchases and choices.

To become an affiliate you need to sign up to affiliate networks, so they can pay you when your reader buys a Ukulele or some Lego or whatever your niche products are. It’s free to join. Set up a PayPal account or similar secure account to receive your payments. There are hundreds of Affiliate networks who each offer a different range of products to promote

Who hasn’t heard of Amazon?

Start an Internet Business with No MoneyWell Amazon and many other sellers have affiliate programs that works like this example…

Mary is a stay home mom with 2 little kids.  She has a popular website all about caring for those kids.

She makes money from her website by blogging about different products she has tried or heard about. She has a favorite kid’s clothing brand which brings her a steady stream of income.

Mary also writes about outdoor furniture and playgyms that is safe for toddlers. Sometimes she includes recipes and gift ideas for kids.

Mary is an affiliate with Amazon Associates. She has links and ads on her site to some of their products. When someone buys an item from Amazon through the links on Mary’s blog…shazam ! She gets paid a commission.

Consider how many commissions Mary can make if she has 10 products to recommend. Her target audience might be in the tens of thousands or more. Every time they make a purchase, Mary gets a cut. As her audience grows, Mary’s website becomes more of an authority. People trust her recommendations, they leave lots of comments which helps her Google rank, which helps her make more sales.

OK, now you have the basics of an internet business start up. You have;

  • a free website,
  • a free privacy policy template
  • links to free images
  • a free lesson on how to embed youtube videos on your website
  • links to free affiliate programs

Get some training.

If you follow through and develop an authority site like Mary with affiliate links, you are on your way to making a recurring income stream from one website. Once you get the hang of how it all works, it is completely possible to work more than one niche and create multiple income streams with affiliate marketing methods.

Want to learn the right way to start an online business?

(One Step At A Time – No Pressure!)

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Find out more about the free training at Wealthy Affiliate.


Do you have a question about starting your own online business? Please drop it in the box below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Go really well,

from Janelle    Founder of   You Can Earn Your Freedom Online



  1. Angel said:

    Dear Janelle,

    I simply love this Intro: Are you tired of waiting for the stars to align? Will it ever really be the right time to start? You know in the back of your brain that the internet is the juggernaut train that you need to jump on to. A successful internet business will carry you comfortably into the future. You don’t want to risk any money but you know that the longer you put it off, the longer it is going to take to get there.

    I couldn’t have agreed with you more on saying that images are needed within each piece of Content because who would want to read a Blog Post Article where it is just simply words all the way through, as we are visual creatures by nature, we rely on pictures to help us relay the content being presented.

    Thanks for such a great fascinating read of a Blog Post Article. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best with your online success above and beyond the horizon,


    August 10, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks for stopping by Angel. It is hard for a lot of people to take that first step in a new venture. This one at Wealthy Affiliate is less risky, because of the low cash outlay. Go well from Janelle.

      August 10, 2015
  2. Neil said:

    Brilliant article on starting an online business, and this is exactly what I’m looking for, since I’ve been searching for ways to make money online.

    WOW!! I didn’t realize that I could get an online business up and running in only 6 steps, and now I’m really excited!

    I’m about to click on your link and start my new biz 🙂


    August 14, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Go for it Neil. I will be happy to help you along the way if you need it. Go well from Janelle.

      August 17, 2015
  3. Simone said:

    I have been interested in starting an online business although I have no experience in this area.

    I have small children at home and I don’t want them to have to go to daycare.

    I figured the start up costs with starting an online business would be a lot. But according to the information you have provided I could get started for free.

    Perhaps I will give this some more thought.

    August 14, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Good luck Simone. You can go a long way at WA with the free starter account.

      August 17, 2015
  4. Joan said:

    Hi Janelle – great website. Its always a good feeling to help others attain what worked for us. I was never a fan of mystery shopping, but I am going to give the one you recommend a try. I need to make money while working on my affiliate marketing website.

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to keep coming back.


    October 16, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi. I’m pretty sure I did not recommend mystery shopping in this post. I don’t think I have mentioned it anywhere on my website.

      October 19, 2015
  5. Alex said:

    Hi, it does look like online business is gaining its popularity. The earning potential is really huge just by looking at the number of people going online every now and then.

    Thanks for outlining the step by step. I have a question here for you. How to maintain the number of traffic to my site? Do I need to do any special tricks other than publishing new content regularly? Is that enough to increase traffic to my site?

    Do you know if there is anywhere I can get this information in detail?

    November 14, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Alex, publishing fresh unique content regularly is what content marketing is all about. The use of psitive SEO techniques and social sharing also plays a big part in driving traffic to your site. The best place to get all of this information in detail is Wealthy Affiliate

      They have it covered.

      November 14, 2015
  6. Daveking71 said:

    Hi Janelle

    Great advice! You have hit the nail on the head, and given anyone who is looking to start their own business the heads up on exactly what is needed, its the work they put into it that you get out of it. WA is fab and I cant believe the support I have got starting my own business…and it really is as easy as your fab info on here 🙂
    Great site

    March 14, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks for visiting my site. Go well and let me know if you think I can help You.

      March 14, 2016
  7. Italian Brave Heart said:

    Hi, great post. I’ve been looking at ways to make money online but there seem to be so many scams out there. Finally it looks like we have found something. It looks you have found a little treasure here in this Wealthy Affiliate. I’m looking into it now. It appears that the resources and tools are great and that there is s wonderful community. Is this your perception?

    March 17, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Bonjourno. Yes, I would say WA is the best training available…and inside are a community of people who are helpful but also excellent at describing the training in their own words. I have found that different people have different styles of learning and grasping concepts. That is why the WA community works so well for all levels, because you can discuss aspects with more advanced users. You can ask questions whenever you need to.

      March 18, 2016

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