Steve's Guide to Making Money Online in 2017 & How to Get Started for FREE Today.

I want to first thank you for signing up for my course. I just sent you an email titled "Let's Keep it Going!" Be sure to open it after you finish this page.

By: Steve Razinski on August 15th 2017

I really appreciate you for taking the time to visit my site and signing up to receive my instructions. I've been running my online business for over 10 years now and I have a lot of knowledge to share.

I'll be helping you over these next few days to understand real, legitimate ways of building a business online.

I have personally helped thousands of people get their starts online. Some of my students have gone on to build six figure businesses. (My best student regularly makes over $100,000 in revenue per month. You will meet him later in the week.)

Each day, I'll send you a new email filled with information and steps to take that WILL get you on the path to building your very own business, regardless of your experience online.

Follow along with my instructions and complete the assignments at the end of each lesson. Only you can make it work from here on out. I'll guide you along the way, but it's up to YOU to take action.

Today, I’ll walk you through what I’ve found to be the best way for beginners to get their start online.

I've broken everything down into a short, easy-to-follow guide.

Today's lesson is going to cover the following topics:

Stick with me. By the end of this page, you'll learn something new and you'll be ready to start building your very own online business today.

Day 1: Building the Foundation & Who is Steve?

Before we dive in, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I do think my backstory will help you realize the kind of lifestyle that’s waiting for you.

I want to first start with sharing some of my latest adventures.

Here’s my beautiful wife Amanda and I whale watching off of Maui, Hawaii…

And here’s Amanda in Monterey, California...

And here I am at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland…

I’ve chosen these three pictures for two reasons.

The first, is to showcase our love for travel. We want to see as much of the world as possible. We both know time is our most finite resource and we want to get around the planet as many times as we can.

The second being, these pictures were all taken less than six months apart.

Building our businesses online has granted us the freedom and flexibility to do pretty much whatever we please. We’re not bound by 40 hour work weeks, incompetent “I’m going to need you to come in this weekend” middle-level managers, or depressing-as-all-hell cubicles.

We are both in control of our own lives.

I started I've Tried That back in 2007 after I lost $50 to a data entry scam. It promised the world for easy work and I bought into the hype.

I felt horrible losing money to blatant lies. How could that even be legal? They were clearly misrepresenting work in an attempt to steal money from people.

I wanted to make sure no one else ever had to go through that experience and thus I've Tried That was born. It's now 10 years later and running this site (among others) is now my full-time job.

Amanda has recently quit her full-time engineering job to work alongside me and build her own business as well.

I've been blessed to live a lifestyle most people can only dream about.

The next section will show you exactly how I've done it. By the end of this page, you'll see how you can start building your very own business alongside myself and thousands of other successful, like-minded entrepreneurs.

Here's How I Make My Money Online

This is what you came here for.

Information on how to start making money online.

I create content online that connects people with the information they're searching for. And I get paid to do so.

I create websites (And by the time you reach the end of this page, you'll see that yes, even you, can create your own website within seconds.) People find my sites through Google or Yahoo read what I write and if they click on one of the ads on my website, I make money.

Here's a look at the process...

It can be very lucrative or it can simply be used to earn a part-time income depending on how much time and effort you are willing to put into it.

You could make $10 a day or $1000 a day or anywhere in between doing so. There aren't any limits (but do remember that this is hard work and will take time to build to that level.)

It’s really up to you.

There are tens of thousands of companies out there that are BEGGING for people like you to come work alongside of them. Companies you know of and are familiar with. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. They offer programs called affiliate programs and when you join them you become their affiliate.

Your goal as an affiliate is to send visitors to their website. (Some companies pay just for the click!)

If one of your readers buys something, you get a commission.

It really is as simple as that!

Proof it Works: Here's an Example

This can be hard to visualize so let me give you an example.

I wrote a post on I've Tried That a few months ago where I reviewed a "wake-up light."

The product was a Philips HF3470 Wake-Up Light.

At the bottom of that post are two links that link to the light for sale at

Any time someone clicks on one of those links and buys ANYTHING (not just the light, ANYTHING) at all at, I receive a commission.

Very cool, right?

A lot of people have read my review. In fact, my website shows up first in the Google search results for 'Philips HF3470 review'

That review accounts for about 7 sales of wake up lights a week on average! I usually earn about $50/week from that one review alone!

That's an extra $200 a month for a post that took me maybe 45 minutes to write. This isn't even accounting for any other items sold at Amazon that I may have received credit for. That number may actually be much higher!

Below is just a screenshot of one month of orders on just the wake up light alone. I highlighted the last column because that is how much I was paid per order.

And this doesn't even include other products that may have been purchased at Amazon that I got credit for!

The Best Part Is That I Don't Sell Anything.

I help people find the information they're searching for online.

I deliver quality information that helps people make decisions and then send them over to a store like Amazon who handles the rest.

Think of how many trillions of searches that are done at Google or Bing or Yahoo and how many billions of dollars are spent online.

Starting to see the value of all this?

This is very powerful stuff!

There are affiliate programs in almost every imaginable niche.

Nearly every major company out there has an affiliate program. You can partner with companies like Walmart, Amazon, Target, Nike, Best Buy, eBay, Apple, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Samsung.

The list is really endless.

Your goal is to find your own little niche on the web, partner with a company, and incorporate their ads on your site.

Here's How to Get Started

What I outlined above is called affiliate marketing. In short, you will be setting up websites (relax, these days it’s as easy as filling out a form and clicking a button), writing articles, and sending the visitors you attract to advertisers websites.

Every article you write and publish can get picked up by Google and remain in the search results for years, if not indefinitely, leading you to a years of potential income.

Here are a few more examples of my own income earnings:

I mentioned above that when I started building my business, I had absolutely zero guidance.

Lucky for you, I spent years figuring this out. My experiences are yours to gain. I have reviewed about a thousand different work at home opportunities for this website over the past 10 years.

I can count on one hand the number of products that are actually helpful.

At the top of that list, one training program stands alone and has been my #1 recommendation since I became a member back in 2009.

It holds the top spot for one simple reason: you can join and test drive the entire system at absolutely no cost to you.

All you need is an email and username to sign up. No credit card required.

My #1 recommended training program to learn how to build a real, income generating business online?

Wealthy Affiliate.

The best part about Wealthy Affiliate is that they let you test-drive the entire system FOR FREE.

It's much more than just a program or a service. It's an online business community that was designed to give beginners step-by-step instructions on how to build an business that will generate an income online.

I attribute 100% of my success online to the training, support, and connections I've made while a member at Wealthy Affiliate.

Everything I've shown you above is a direct result of my time spent at Wealthy Affiliate. Instead of just telling you about it, I wanted to give you a quick tour of just a few of the features offered.

Here's What Wealthy Affiliate Offers

There are A LOT of features included with a membership at Wealthy Affiliate. Here are some of the most important I've found.

Step-by-Step Training

The training was designed specifically for beginners. It's broken down into actionable step-by-step tasks to help you go from knowing nothing about affiliate marketing to having your very own website up and running within a few minutes.

Every lesson of every course is explained in full-detail. Each lesson comes with a discussion section as well. If you find yourself stuck at any point in the training, you can quickly get an answer that will help you move forward.

Super Easy to Use Tools

I said above that building a website is as easy as filling out a form. Now, I want to now SHOW you just how easy it is.

Here's the entire website creation form:

People write to me all the time saying they are interested in building an income online, but don't have the "technical know-how" to get up and running.

It's literally as easy as clicking and pointing. All that you need to do is write content and that's no different than sending an email or typing out a Facebook status update.

The fact that you're here now reading this page is proof enough that you're more than qualified to start building your own website.

24/7 Instant Support

There are multiple support channels at Wealthy Affiliate.

You can ask questions, create blog posts, participate in discussions, send private messages to other members, and join in on live webinars.

Best of all, there is a live-chat feature that you can use to get instant support from knowledgeable members within seconds.

It is active ALL hours of the day and the community is ALWAYS willing to help. If they don't have an answer for you, they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

It's 24/7 Live support and it's by far, the best feature Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.

Best of all, you get unlimited help from me personally.

I stand 100% by my recommendations.

I'm not going to give you a recommendation that I don't use myself.

I am on Wealthy Affiliate every single day of my life helping members develop their ideas, create their websites, and get traffic to their content.

To prove this, here's a screenshot of my current Wealthy Affiliate profile...

You can see when I joined and my current rank within Wealthy Affiliate. The better the rank, the more active you are. To achieve a rank in the Top 50, you need to be on there every single day.

Just below that is a list of messages people have written to me. Here is a small sample of just a few of the messages I've received from people who have taken my advice and created their own accounts at Wealthy Affiliate.

Here are your first 3 assignments:

Don't forget that I just sent you an email titled "Let's Keep It Going" and that will have a copy of all of today's assignments for you there as well.

Keep an eye out for my daily emails as they will guide you on your path to building an income online.

1. Create Your FREE Starter Account at Wealthy Affiliate

The real training begins at Wealthy Affiliate and you can get started, today, at absolutely no cost.

All you need is a name and an email address and you can start building your business immediately.

Your first assignment is to click here and create your free Starter account now!

2. Fill out your profile & Say Hello!

After you click this link and create your free account, you'll be taken inside the member's area.

The very first thing you need to do once in the doors is to add a picture and a short description about yourself to your profile. Let people know why you're joining and what you wish to accomplish.

Wealthy Affiliate is a very friendly and social community. You'll want to have your profile filled out when engaging with the community.

We are going to be working closely together over the next week. I want you to see that I am a real person and I am willing to help you, answer your questions, and point you in the right direction.

After your profile is setup, click here to see my own profile. Leave me a comment on my wall and say hello. I want to meet you and get to know you!

3. Start Your Training

The main course at Wealthy Affiliate is going to give you a step-by-step walkthrough on how to get everything I described above up and running.

It all starts with Lesson 1.

Start your training and explore the community for today. I will send you another email tomorrow that will help answer one of the biggest questions you will soon be asking yourself.

I look forward to working with You!

I only recommend products or services that have made me money.

I've reviewed hundreds of programs for I've Tried That and can count on one hand the number of programs that have actually lived up to their claims.

I joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2009 and it's held my #1 recommendation for over eight years now. I login every single day to help others, grow my own business, and learn something new.

My success online is directly attributed to everything offered at Wealthy Affiliate. I own my own business, I get to travel the world, I spend every day with my wife, and I'm not a slave to the 40-hour work week.

Here's Amanda and I in Hawaii if you need one last kick of motivation.

I'll be available every step of the way.

That's it. Wealthy Affiliate is free to try and you can connect with me directly within the platform.

Do yourself a favor and at least create a free account to look around.

Introduce yourself to me and let's see how we can work together.

Questions Before You Join?

If you have any questions regarding my case study, Wealthy Affiliate, or anything in general, leave me a comment below and I WILL respond to you as soon as possible. Remember, it is free to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate and you can create an account and ask me questions there as well.


  1. Larry Strickland says:

    Thanks Steve for offering this opportunity!! I look for to learning the system and putting it to work for me and my wife. We are retired on Social Security and extra income would be a real BLESSING to us Can not wait to get started!


  2. Thanks, just read your profiling. I am retired now, and on a very low pension, do you think this could be for me, taking my situation into consideration…


    1. Hey Mike-

      The good thing about all of this is that I don’t have to decide for you. You can instantly gain access to the member’s area of Wealthy Affiliate at no cost. You can get inside, view the training, meet the community, and use your experiences to decide if Wealthy Affiliate will meet your needs.

  3. Hi Steve
    I came across ur site tonight and found it quite interesting. I have tried making money online with surveys and what have you and look forward to the next 7 days! I do truly hope we get to know each other as for me this is more than about me and my young family. Cheers mate Tristan

    1. Nice to meet you too Tristan! Wealthy Affiliate is about building a long-term business online. The amount of money you are making from online surveys will pale in comparison to the potential profit you can see from affiliate marketing. Your time is absolutely better spent building your business at WA.

  4. Hi Steve! I came across your site I’ve Tried That while looking for reviews on a Work at Home program that turns out to be a scam. So… relieved I didn’t sign up for the scam for $67 (instead of the $97 regular membership fee)!

    I’m very interested in joining WA and as you may understand and get quite often, I am looking to understand how WA would work for real. If there’s no cost to get started, are there fees down the line? I mean you and your team offer all these amazing tips and coaching to get started. Just like your wife, I left my corporate engineering job 3 years ago and have been searching since then for a way to make a living without being “enslaved”.

    Thought I’d reach out to you first to better understand how this works, and find out more before I sign up for WA.


    1. Wealthy Affiliate does have a Premium level that you can decide to join later on if, AND ONLY IF, you like the training, community, and tools that are provided. It is completely free to test out the system, interact with people, receive help from me personally, etc.

      I have never seen another system offer so much at no cost. That is why I recommend WA above everything else.

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