Creating an Online Business

Create your own online businessIf you’re like me you’ve spent hours on the internet trying to learn how to create an online business, as I’ve always known the internet was the best place to make money I just didn’t know how. Unfortunately, every time I searched the term ‘creating an online business’ I ended up coming up against scam after scam. I found myself having to check and double check everything I looked into, just in case, they were just out for some quick money from me and then do a runner.


This is why I created this site to protect everyone else like me and show them the best ways and safe ways to make money online while exposing the scammers and preventing them from scamming others.

Well, I can finally share with you the best way I have found to get you started online that will help teach you how to make your very own successful online business, the right way. What I love about them is the training is so easy to follow but go into incredible detailed that anyone can do it and as long as you follow the step by step training anyone can be successful. They even use video tutorials within each lesson to make it even easier to follow.

Wealthy Affiliate UniversityI can hand on heart say joining Wealthy Affiliate was the best thing I ever did. From signing up for free to the end of the first 24 hours I knew I had finally found the best place to help me be financially free. The bit that really caught my eye is they genuinely say as long as your willing and motivated to do it, everyone can be successful. That to me was a breath of fresh air.

I always knew to be successful I would have to work hard at it but it’s funny how every business I came across before always told me otherwise. I was tired of hearing get rich quick, say free then continuously ask for money and send up sales or telling me just click and they will make me rich. Well, this fantastic community is free to join and you can stay free if you like. They are honest about the effort you need to put in and it’s a community full of like-minded people.

Well If you take the time to read my post you be really glad you did. I know I was when I first found them.

Why I Was Looking Online

Make money onlineThe reason I was looking online was its the only other place I could go to find more money that didn’t involve picking up a second job or additional part-time work. The internet offers a world of opportunities from ways to save money while shopping to various levels of earning money. The more I researched the more I found blogging was the best was to create additional residual income.


Residual income is money that keeps flowing after the original effort has been completed. In other words, its continues to build up without you doing anything else.

I began to look into the potential of blogging and how you can turn a website into an income. This is where Affiliate Marketing kept coming up. This is where you create a blog that is rich with content, in other words, quality pages that people want to read. You then create a site people can trust and keep coming to you for information. The next step is to monetize your site with affiliate marketing adverts. You then get paid a commission for every product that gets purchased.

Earn commission from every sale

See my post How to create a business from a website to see a summary step by step way to do this. This got me excited over the years and encouraged me to search and search for some way to learn how to do it.

Unfortunately, over and over I struggled with trying different schemes and businesses. I had all sorts of issues from not fully understanding how to successfully set up a site or having to keep jumping onto google to find the answer. I bought loads of books but I still kept hitting stumbling blocks.

Then when I finally did get a site up I wasn’t getting any traffic or had coding issues. It was just one big stress I didn’t need. I even considered going to a night course to learn HTML. Well, the beauty is you don’t need all that and now I know how I’m going to show you how absolutely anyone who is determined can make a successful online business.

As I said this isn’t a get rich quick scheme it will take time and effort but as long as you have the drive to succeed you will be amazed at the potential at your fingertips. I’ve always had a strong gut feeling about companies offering easy ways out. Offering untold riches just for signing up and using fake claims by celebrities.

I’ve even had one company that did seem really legit that I stupidly put my mobile number into that called me for days and days after trying to talk me into it. I’m sorry but ALARM BELLS, anyone who is desperate for you to sign by hounding you is screaming dodgy. Thank goodness for block call on a mobile.

Why Didn’t I Succeed Before?

Why I didn't succeedHere are some of the reasons I think I went wrong with all my previous attempts before at running my own business.

  • Little to no training given even though they had my money
  • Lack of knowledge of where to start
  • Little to no support when things went wrong
  • Continuous up selling for things I was told I needed.
  • Little to no traffic and no understanding of why?
  • No income coming in even after I had the site up for years.


I then thought back to what held me back from getting through all these issues. Stress and frustration were continuously going against me and the lack of understanding? There was also the fear of the unknown. They were all reasons why I haven’t achieved success back then. Several times I went through months of searching and working on something to then have it die out and I go back to just working more hours at work to make more money.

Now it’s your turn to take back control of your life!

Time to start your online business!

There are just 3 things you need to create a successful online business.

1 – Have the determination to succeed and the willingness to study and work at it.

If you have the determination to succeed and willingness to do all the training you be well on your way in no time. It won’t be long before you get your first site up and running and best of all you’ll understand how to drive the all-important free traffic straight to your site, the right way!

2 – Continuous support and help from others who are already skilled.

It’s always best to work with someone who has already learnt how to do it and been successful. They can save you the time of making the same mistakes they did and give you the heads up. This way you are able to gain success even faster and you’ve been trained how to do it. You also don’t struggle alone, the slightest hurdle and myself and the rest of the community will be there with support.

3 – Own your own website and support to drive performance and growth.

Setting up the website and creating the traffic is the biggest challenge. There are systems set up that can take care of most of it for you. You just need to bring your creative side to create the traffic creating content.

Get started with wealthy affiliate

Sit on your sofa grab your laptop and get learning how to unlock your potential!

Does this sound good to you?

Then it’s time to get started and it’s Free to get started!

So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

It’s FREE to join the community and you even get

2 free websites.

So what else do you get for free starter membership

Fantastic Help and Support:

  • Continuous help and support any hour of the day from a wealth of knowledge.
  • Ability to even get personal help from the two founders of the company Kyle and Carson.
  • Help and support from a community of thousands of like-minded individuals
  • Live Chat Support anytime you need it
  • Ongoing discussion groups for you to take part in

2 Free Websites:

  • Fully Functional WordPress sites
  • All the support and feedback on your site to help you create a fantastic income.

The Incredible Amount of Training:

  • Continuous weekly video classes and archives of every class to study at your leisure.
  • Video Tutorials galore.
  • Courses.
  • Entire classroom running continuously.
  • 10 years of experience is training others
  • Continuously updating the training in line with current market changes and search engines adaptions.

All this is free when you sign up and gives you the chance to test drive it yourself.

You will honestly blow your mind at what they have thought about to help create the right support for you to be successful. I know I did! Their sole motivation is to help others do the same as they did and help you create your own business that brings in a monthly income. Like I said, it’s like minded people who have already been where you are, wanting to share how they succeeded and guide you along the same journey.

You will know if this is what you are looking for and if it’s is, your journey begins today!

If you are, then get ready to start working towards creating £1,000 to £20,000 a month in residual income!

That is the reality of Affiliate Marketing!

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Graham Hodsdon Wealthy Affiliate Profile

Graham Hodsdon


I’m Graham, I hope you find Wealthy Affiliate as amazing as I did for creating an online business and if you decide to join hook me up on this link Graham Hodsdon. Also please ask me if you want any advice by leaving your comments below or share your thoughts.

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  1. I like the way the site is set up. You have a step-wise progression in your headers…and you bullet point key points within the body of each section.

    This format makes the page very easy to follow. It also makes the page easily read by people who don’t have a lot of time. The can read the headers and the bullet points and get the information that they need.


    • Hi Sean, its always great to get great constructive feedback about my site. I’m really glad you found it easy to follow and read. I’ll keep following this same style. Thanks again.

  2. I must admit it was the freebie plus the member count and their positive review rate which got me involved with Wealthy Affiliate and this has been my best decision online.
    Their free entry they provide for members to get rolling offers anyone an open door to check out what the step-by-step program involves as well as give the company Wealthy Affiliate a full inspection.
    Yep, I’ve found WA the most legit and well respected company that offers help and support for every member.
    Couldn’t ask for anymore,

    • Hi Simon, that’s was one of the reasons i first dipped my toe in. The free entry helps you to see for yourself what it’s really all about. Once I’d started going through the first few lessons I was loving the detail Kyle was going through and the video step by steps make it so easy you don’t even need any previous experience either. At first I thought this is for me but still kept looking just to be sure. Once I had got to the end of the first lesson I knew for definite and have been loving it ever since. My suggestion to everyone, dip your toe in and have a look. Costs nothing to look and see for yourself if it’s for you. You’ll be glad you did.

  3. “Have the determination to succeed and the willingness to study and work at it.” – This was what captured my attention the most in your review. I was drawn by the Wealthy Affiliate’s open doors offer, I knew that the program was legit – but I was lacking determination. Until I got myself to take consistent action, I always preferred the easy way out (If you know what I mean 😉 ) And that was my hardest lesson to learn.
    Keep up the good work,

    • Hi JT thanks for commenting, glad you liked it, it’s okay I think we all go through looking for an easy way at some point. I always hoped I would win something but my luck was never great lol. I think deep down I always knew If I was to be financially successful I would have to work hard and earn it. I found so many opportunities of people offering me quick wins, it was great to finally find a company that wanted to teach me how to do and support me all the way. I finally found a way to create a future for myself. Wish you all the best with your business.

  4. Hi Graham
    Having read your review of Wealthy Affiliate, I was very interested to read this post.
    Having had a website for a while, I have been experiencing exactly the difficulties which you describe, which basically amount to not really understanding what I am doing or how to do it!! Everyone needs help at some time, and if Wealthy Affiliate can provide that, it is certainly what I have been searching for. Your website looks so good that it is very obvious that you have really been benefitting from your training. Have you completed your training yet?
    I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I need training such as you describe, and that I need to join Wealthy Affiliate.
    Very many thanks for sharing this information 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie so glad you decided to read more of my posts. I am still only part way through the training, there is so much training you will be amazed. You are so right though about needing support. This was where I went wrong so many times before, I was just fumbling my way through. I thought I knew what I was doing with all the time I spent studying online and in books. It’s only from being here at Wealthy Affiliate I realised that I was barely scratching the surface all those times before. There is so much more to it that all the other companies out there don’t tell you. There is no wonder I never gained any traffic on my old sites. As for support, there isn’t anything you ask that cannot be answered from the community as there is so much experience within the community. As for technical issues I’ve had one issue so far and support fixed in it 15 minutes, I was amazed. This is because all the hosting and support is here at Wealthy Affiliate you don’t have to worry about anything apart from spending the time working through the step by step tutorials making sure you ask for help when you need it and being creative with your content. Look forward to working with you if you decide it’s for you.

  5. I can attest to what you say about creating an online business and not getting the traffic. As a programmer, I was good at setting my website up and the shopping cart – all this was done manually, not with plugins as you have these days 🙂 but I was lacking the knowledge on how to get traffic.
    What was missing for me back then and are two of the points you have highlighted are: “Continuous support and help from others who are already skilled” and the “support to drive performance and growth”. I paid someone £500 to get traffic to my site and I didn’t make a sale!!. When I queried it he just said flippantly that it worked for his other sites. Now I know if I join Wealthy Affiliate, I will get a much better response than that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Jackie, you certainly will. It is amazing how many companies out there say they have shortcut ways of doing it. I am amazed daily by the fantastic ideas the community have and they share this daily. We have member rankings based on how much they support others and I follow some of the community members with the top 200 successful members. The blogs they send are awesome and motivate me daily. The niche was where I struggled before I thought I had a great idea but I was sitting there with no traffic for a few years, it was very frustrating. At WA they go into so much detail about creating an authoritative site full of great content that the search engines love. This then drives the traffic to your website because people can find you. They also teach you how to create campaigns to advertise your site and draw in more traffic. You will love it at WA by sounds of it. Good luck and I hope you decide to give it a test drive, you won’t look back I’m certain of it. Send me a message anytime I will get back to you.

  6. Hello there, Graham,
    Yes, you sound like you have ‘been there, done that’ in the world of trying to make a living using the online vehicle. I am quite interested in the organization you have referred. They seem legit. It is true that there are A LOT of scammers out there trying their best to take your hard-earned money and give you nothing tangible or worthwhile in return.
    Yes, you ‘hit the nail on the head’ when you say that each person needs to ‘Have the determination to succeed and the willingness to study and work at it.’, this is so true. We ALL can have the tools for the trade and if we don’t use them, the end result will always be the same…ZERO, ZICH!
    I have gone ahead and Google+’ed this article as I think a lot of readers will benefit from this information. Thanks so much for sharing and much success.

    • Hi Michelle I really appreciate your sharing my article. The one thing I can say for sure is that Wealthy Affiliate is the most Legit business I’ve come across. The success stories I’ve read over and over prove time and time again of this. The focus of each message is that you really do have to work at it, go through all the training and put the effort in to be able to reap the rewards later on. I was so relieved to find them after all these years I just wish I had found them sooner but this is the hand dealt me and I am now making the most of every day for my business instead of someone else’s. I wish you all the best for your online business and please message me anytime if you need some support. Have a great 2017!

  7. Hi Graham,

    Thank you for this information. Creating an online business is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I have always shyed away from it because there are so many people who promise things but don´t deliver. I certainly have the determination and patience but I lack the technical know how.

    I loveto write about “effective communication” and other related topics and would really love to get some online engagement on this. Everyone is talking about lists, lists and lists and my email contact list is low, so it´s somewhat daunting.

    Best regards


    • You were just like me I spent years looking but I was amazed at the quality of training and how much detail Wealthy Affiliate go into. It kind of blew my mind at first because of how much I learnt from even the first training certification. Email lists are a great way to build traffic and I have been learning about ways to utilise this. Setting up something to give them for signing up works well like creating a short ebook and giving it away for signing up. I’ve seen this spoke about a lot in the WA community. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the place to set up your online business and then take the time to work through all the training while making sure you utilise the wealth of knowledge from the community by asking questions and following the blogs of the high ranking members for best tips and techniques. It’s free to join so take the plunge and test drive for yourself you will be amazed.

  8. Yes, this wealthy affiliate site definetly looks good. I wasted my money on so much things, what wasn’t worth it. I hope I can earn the money back from my previous failures, if I do what this site tells me. It would be so great. Your site looks so nice, and you write so nice in English, I wonder, if I can’t do the same, how I can have a chance to earn with this. But hope dies last.

    • Hi you definitely have the potential at Wealthy Affiliate to make money online in Affiliate marketing. You have to be willing to put the time and effort in and yes if you follow the training thoroughly you will succeed. There is software available to help you with your typing I will be writing a post on this soon. There are so many ways you can make it work, you could even write your site in your own language. The possibilities are endless. You just have to be willing to work at it and also use the support available at Wealthy Affiliate. Hope this helps.

  9. Like you, I have spent many hours trying to find credible sites and information about making money on-line. I like the fact that Wealthy Affiliates has a free period. So you can try before you buy. Most sites ask for a lot of money up front with nothing but promises and wild claims. You have laid out their offering in an easy to follow and interesting way without all the hype and the GET RICH QUICK that too many sites seem to offer. You have definitely piqued my interest. I will certainly give them a long hard look. Thank you

    • Hi Glad you like my post. It was the free sign up that helped me dive in and test drive it out. I hadn’t seen any other business offering completely free sign up as there was always some purchase or set up fee. Have a look around for yourself and don’t hesitate ti link me up for support at

  10. I like the sound of free! So glad I found this page and will be able to start my online business for free. I also like the sound of not having to have any prior experience… I have a little bit of experience but I’m looking for a place to really train me to do this right. I don’t think I know of any other platforms that have so many things you mentioned. I’m glad I stopped by.


    • Hi Grace, I had some experience but it didn’t matter because the training is excellent and actually taught much better techniques than I had learnt before. You really don’t need any experience at all. You learn everything from scratch and the step by step video walkthroughs make this so easy anyone can do it. The challenge for everyone is being motivated to get stuck in and do it. Glad it’s caught your interest, I can certainly say they is nothing out there like Wealthy Affiliate. I spent years looking and never found anything even close to it.

  11. Hi,
    an interesting story you tell here. Something online without a price, and seems to work. I did, of course check this out before I got to this point, (sorry, not you’re fault, but you seem to have some of the same experience as me).

    The dedication for success, as you mention is not far from what everyone dream of, but the hard part is to keep up the work and study the material. I’ve seen some of these free websites, and they are free. They also have a tendency of being free of information about what to do and what you need to study before you start. This means it takes more time, than it takes to keep a dream alive.

    You mention that you get training and support, in here. What kind of training is it? And the support looks fantastic, are you serious that you can get help around the clock?

    I found that everyone seems to be quite pleased with Wealthy Affilliate, which makes it even more interesting. I’m searching for serious solutions online, and if what you say here is true, well, I don’t see why I shouldn’t check it out.

    • Hi, Yeah it’s almost a recurring pattern for everyone who is trying to find a way to be successful. You end up trying everything you find in the hope it will work. That’s one of the reasons I started this site, I found so many over the years I want to share people the pain of going through it all themselves. The training at Wealthy Affiliate is extremely easy to follow and goes into great detail and structure. They focus on teaching you how o create a great quality site full of content before you think about trying to make money from it. This was the best advice I was ever given and completely opposite to what al the scammers were trying to get me to do. They were just saying put the adverts on and you’ll make money, there was no training on how to build a quality site or any reference to it. The best thing about WA is not just the training it’s the community full of thousands of members of different levels of experience. Anytime you have a question you will get a response within no time at all, hence why I say 24/7 support because we have people all over the world. I’ve been awake at 4 am before because my baby was awake and my questions were still being answered and promptly too. There is always someone willing to help. You will be amazed yourself how great this all is.

  12. Hi,
    This is a very interesting page. I even learned a lot reading the comment thread. I’m already a member of Wealthy Affiliates. Like you said, it is a great way to build an online businesses. As a real estate broker, I have participated in a big real estate blog/online community that got lots of comments and in turn got us a lot of business. Until signing up for the Wealthy Affiliates, I could not figure out how to duplicate what I was able to to do through the major real estate blog.

    I agree with you, Wealthy Afflilates gives us the tools to create a successful online business if we are willing to invest the time. Not only is there the step by step instruction that you talk about, the community is what makes it really work – similar to the real estate blog community that I was referring to.

    Best wishes for continued success.

    • Hi Sondra yeah there is definitely no other place like it for learning how to build a successful website that can create you an income. The community is amazing and still surprises me every day with great ideas for my site. The ranking system for helping others is geat too.

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