Does Making Money Online Really Work? – A True Story

does making money online really workI will give you the straight answer now.

“Does making money online really work?” – YES

You need to understand that there are many layers to online success. If you are interested in making money online, you must have already searched the opportunities before you came across my site. You must have encountered all those fancy lines such as “Easy money online!” or “get quick bucks!” haven’t you?

They are tempting, aren’t they? Do you think they are truthful? You don’t have to answer my questions but let me answer the questions you must have instead. As searching for opportunities of online income, these lines must be circling in your head.

Does making money online really work? – YES
Can anybody do it? – YES
Is it quick and easy to make money online? – If you are a beginner, NO.

The answer to the last question may have disappointed you. Especially if you are in need of money immediately, you must have lost your interest here.

Sure, you may make a few bucks right now by participating in something like an online survey. If you don’t mind investing a few hours here and there, you may even make $20 or $30. And if that’s the kind of money you are after, go for it. Earning money online is similar to earning money offline. If it is easy to do, the payoff will be small as well.


It Can Produce a Full-time Income

The kind of money I am talking about here is full-time income. You launch your own online business (website) that creates streaming income for many years to come.

Think about this, the internet appeared only two decades ago.

Just 20 years ago who thought we would read papers online, watch videos online, seek information online, and do most of our shopping online? We are yet at the very beginning of this digital world development. How do you think things will be 20 years from now…?

does making money online really work

Without a doubt, the online world will be the place where your financial opportunities lie.

Of course, financial success won’t happen overnight. There is no such thing as you launching a new online business today and starting to earn $2000+ next month. If any program or anybody ever promises you that, bear in mind that it most likely is a scam.

All of us wish that “get rich quick” schemes are a real deal online. But I need to be honest with you, it is not.

Remember I said business on the internet is the same as a business in the real world. No easy money without hard work and dedication. Many people choose to ignore this common fact and easily fall for those scams that try to rip them off. Sadly, there are more and more scams online than legitimate programs that truly educate you as an online entrepreneur. If you are just starting out online, keep this in mind and beware of those scams.

So, is making money online unrealistic? Should you entirely give up on the idea to begin with?

NO, not at all.


Live Off Your Website

does making money online really workNow, imagine this.

You worked really hard to build your website for three years. You established an authority site and it started attracting tons of visitors. As a result, your website began producing a monthly income of $7,000, $8,000 or even more. How do you feel about this? At this point, you can practically live off your website.

Is this possible?


And that is not the end. Your website will continue growing even after that and keep producing more revenue.

If one website can become such a strong source of income, is three-years of hard work worth it for you?

If your answer is YES, read on.


Earning $10K a month – Dom’s Story

Today I want to share with you a real story of a real man, whom I met at Wealthy Affiliate University. His name is Dom.

He was someone who knew nothing about online business three years ago. Wishing for financial freedom through online income, Dom joined Wealthy Affiliate University to learn how to go about it. Recently, in his blog within the program, he shared with us his story as to how he began making $10K/month.

does making money online really work


Here is his story:

In August 2012, Dom joined Wealthy Affiliate hoping to learn how to make real income online. As I said, he was a complete beginner.

He started taking lessons at Wealthy Affiliate. He networked with other members, received help and support when needed, and launched his own website called “”

Here is his website.

does making money online really work
I know what you are thinking. His website looks fantastic and totally professional, doesn’t it? No wonder he now makes $10K a month. But you have to understand that his website didn’t look like this from Day 1. What you see today is what Dom has built over time through constant efforts and perseverance.

In fact, he mentioned in the blog that not much happened during the first three months. But he didn’t give up. He kept writing content (articles) on his website and tried to provide helpful information for his visitors who are also seeking ways to earn income online.


At First, It Was Only $50

does making money online really workDom’s first income finally came three months after he launched the website. It was only $50 in January 2013.

Another $50 came in February. $100 in March and $120 in April. Gradually, the revenue that he receives from the website increased. It was not a steep curve but steady increase. He ended 2013 by making $750 in December.

In 2014, his battle continued.

Dom kept adding more high-quality content to his website. He also began utilizing other techniques as he got educated at Wealthy Affiliate and became more competent as an online marketer. He had his first $1000+ month in May 2014. In November, it expanded as much as $2700, but then it suddenly dropped to $1500 in December. He said he was very disappointed as he had aimed at reaching $3000/month by the end of 2014.

But, things were just about to take off…

Surprisingly, Dom’s 2015 started off with $4500 in January. And it is from this point that his income began showing a steep curve. His monthly revenue kept climbing up to $6500, $8500 and finally surpassed $10,000 in July!

It was roughly 3 years since he joined Wealthy Affiliate University.

Dom’s exact words:
“As you learn more and go through the stages, stuff gets a lot easier, and when it clicks for you (and it WILL), boy does it click.”

This is Dom’s success story, and I shared a brief summary of it. If you want to read his entire blog, click here. [AL]

There he gives a breakdown of his monthly income since January 2013, and you can see the growth of his website in actual numbers for each month. He also shares in more detail how he felt at each stage of his journey. It truly is inspirational to see that his hard work did pay off in such a big way!


If He Could Do It, Why Not You?

I believe you are already a very hard working person who is devoting every single day to your current job. Many of us have lived our lives working hard, which I believe is something that we all should be proud of. But think about this for a moment. If you keep working hard at your current job, is it going to double or triple your income three years from now? Is it going to happen if you work your butt off?

Very unlikely, isn’t it?

does making money online really workIf there is one skill that will support you financially for many years to come, even after your retirement, it will be online marketing.

As I said, the internet is not going anywhere. Currently, there are more than 2 billion people converging online every single day. It literally is the biggest marketplace on earth, and it is growing faster than ever with all the mobile online devices appearing in our lives.

The possibility is unlimited.

Making money online does really work. And anybody can do it. But not everyone achieves the tremendous success as Dom did. Why not? Because people don’t continue. They give up in the middle. If there is one critical ingredient to your success, it will be perseverance. A huge amount of perseverance, as there are no short-cuts to online success.

Dom said, “I am not a genius, I just didn’t give up.”

He also said, “Three years is nothing in exchange for financial freedom.”

Just like Dom, you will be a novice in the beginning. You will feel confused, frustrated and lost at times. But everyone will be a novice at any new profession, right? So feeling lost at times is perfectly natural. Don’t let it discourage you.


You Don’t Need To Struggle All By Yourself

Your website does not have to start out perfect. You will learn how to improve it over time. And you don’t even have to do all the learning by yourself either.

Dom, I and many people are getting the proper instructions and support at Wealthy Affiliate. You can try out the program for free. Read my full review as to how Wealthy Affiliate University works and what you can get from the program.

Does making money online really work?

Yes, definitely.

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After reading about Dom’s journey, now you must have a better understanding of online business and what to expect on the way. It may not be easy in the beginning, but you will achieve success as he did, as long as you are determined to work hard at it and never give up.

Do you want to stop working for others? Do you wish for financial independence? Do you wish to send your children to college as a single parent? Do you want to provide better for your family or do you hope to live worry-free of money even after retirement?

If your answer to any of the questions above is YES, then let’s get started  today.

I hope this post was helpful for you to get motivated to shift your financial future. I always felt that life could be unfair that most hard working people are the ones who are suffering the most in the society. But the internet can completely shift these social dynamics that lasted in our world for centuries.

If you have any concerns or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂


30 Comments on "Does Making Money Online Really Work? – A True Story"

  1. Your article is great! You use a lot of documentation as well as an actual story example, which shows how possible anything is! I find your site to be very uplifting! WHY NOT ME?! LOL Thank you!

    • Hi envlizard, (Cool name by the way)

      This story was so inspirational that I had to share with my readers 🙂 I am glad you liked it. Yes, why not you!
      I feel online business gives everyone a fair opportunity. The success is not based on their age, gender, race, educational background, or anything of that sort. It purely based on the efforts you make.
      I really hope as many people take the advantage of this opportunity to financial freedom. You are going to make it too, envlizard! Thanks for stopping by and I wish you best of luck with your online journey 🙂


      • You are right. This is a game of long struggle, but the payoff could be tremendous. Thank you for sharing an inspirational story.

        • Hi Sajjad,

          I’m glad you found Dom’s story inspirational. It inspired me a lot too. I guess the key to success is not giving up, as they say “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”


  2. I enjoyed reading your article! I am happy to see someone finally being honest about building a business online. You are right, it will not happen over night but it can absolutely happen with hard work and determination. I have seen far too many scams online and was losing hope! Thank you for the heads up on where to go for a real education and a team to support my efforts!

    • Hi Camile,

      I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. It truly is inspiring, isn’t it? I too appreciated Dom’s honesty and willingness to share his journey with us in such detail! We all can learn so much from his experience.

      I know Camile, it is getting harder and harder to find a real legitimate program online that are not scams. I assure you that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam-free space where you can learn all about online business with peace of mind. Hope to see you there!



  3. Hi,

    Making money online is possible! The only thing you have to do is to invest time. Sure there are things to know about when starting your online business. With some time and work you will see results!

    I really like the way to make money online. There are so many possibilities.

    • Hi Sirio,

      You are right. There are so many ways to make extra money online. I guess you are already in this field? I would love to hear how your journey has been thus far. The determination to invest your time and effort is a must. I also think getting proper guidance and support are crucial as well. I had a few burnout in the past, and the community of fellow marketers really helped me to pick myself up toward a right direction. I wish you a great success with your online business. Thanks for commenting!



  4. Hi Yuko. Imagine my surprise when you mentioned Dom in your post. That’s so amazing he’s making lots of money per month. Your article is friendly to read and full of useful information for people or newbies who want to make money online. I browsed around the rest of website, and will definitely return to read more posts that could benefit me.

    • Hi Tina,

      You know Dom too! When I read his blog within Wealthy Affiliate, I knew I had to share this with my readers on this website. I asked Dom if it’s ok and he kindly said “Sure!”

      Isn’t it nice that we get to connected with successful online marketers so easily in one place? That is what I really like about Wealthy Affiliate. And those successful people don’t place themselves on a pedestal. They actually mingle with you, reach out and try to help you. It’s amazing. I love this spirit of the community at Wealthy Affiliate. 🙂 I honestly feel the owners, Kyle and Carson are geniuses to come up with a program like this.

      Great to be connected with you as well Tina. Come again and let me know how you are doing!


  5. Hi Yuko. I read Dom’s story inside Wealthy Affiliate and I love it too! I’ve been with my site for a year this week now and I know it’s going to take at least another more to get some regular income of even just less than $100 in my pocket each month. But I know that it will be worth it because the foundation in this business is what carries the future.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts! I totally agree with you. What is priceless is the education and skills we acquire in this industry that carries us to a better future.

      With my full-time job, I had to be educated for three years at the graduate school. Boy, it wasn’t easy. Compared to that experience, Wealthy Affiliate is way more fun and less stressful as I can learn everything at home on my own pace. I am a paid member at Wealthy Affiliate and pay $47 monthly, but again it’s nothing compared to the tuition I used to pay to the university.

      In this current economy, there is no security with the company or institution that we work for. But the knowledge and skills we acquire stay with us for a lifetime. Let’s keep going, Sarah!


  6. Hi Yuko, this is a great article. People need to stop chasing the shiny ball and realize that it takes time to grow your business. People need to stick with one and work on it. Results will come and it’ll be nothing like the get rich quick scheme out there. Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome place to start. Keep writing these wonderful articles.

    • Hi June,

      I am glad that you enjoyed the article. It’s such an inspiring story that I had to share with people 🙂 Like you pointed out, sticking with your online business and doing your best bring you much more than investing in get-rich-scheme here and there. It does take a time to build a business, so it’s better to start sooner than later. Thank you for stopping by and wish you the best of luck with your online endeavor!


  7. Very great website. I am impressed! I like how very descriptive and you shared Doms story. I definitely read that article over at Wealthy Affiliate. He is an inspiration to us all. He just stuck with and kept making improvements here and there . Making money online is definitely a gradual process. I hope that people understand it is not a get quick rich gag, but most importantly it is not a scam.

    • Hi Brandon,

      So glad you enjoyed the article 🙂 Dom’s story definitely is inspiring, isn’t it?

      I share his story here on my website to let people know that this is possible for everybody, as long as they do not give up in the middle and stick with their plan. Making money online is a slow progress but the skills you acquire can support you for the rest of your life, no matter where you will be. I personally feel it is so worth your time and energy to learn if you wish to gain a financial independence.


  8. This is very inspiring! $0 to $10k in three years. I think it is doable. I have seen people give up half way because of their instant greed. Most of the people are big fans of fast cash scheme.

    Making money online is possible, as long as you invest your time and effort on your online “business”. There are still a lot of people though blogging is just a hobby, but they didn’t realize the experts are earning thousand dollar per day! Of course, it requires skills and proper knowledge to run their site!

    Good thing to know there is a platform where people can learn all this! Wealthy Affiliate, it does sound familiar to me. Do they have a lot of upsells though?

    • Hi Alex,

      It surely is inspiring, isn’t it? Especially due to the fact that Dom knew nothing about online marketing and could be this successful after only three years. I have been working in one profession for the past 15 years, and although I grew up lots as an expert in that field, it didn’t change much as to how much I would get paid for the professional work I provide every single day.

      What I love about online marketing is that, the more effort you put into, the more rewards you receive.

      I have been learning tons from the program “Wealthy Affiliate University” just like Dom, and to answer your question, No there is no upsells. Simply enough, there are only two types of membership you can join under: Free membership ($0/month) or Paid Membership ($47/month). That is it.

      I am currently a paid member ($47/month), and Boy, am I making the use out of the investment or what.

      You can read about my experience with other programs that required me to pay more than $47 a month and didn’t provide as much information as I have been getting from Wealthy Affiliate.

      I hope more people realize the opportunity awaits for them with Wealthy Affiliate to build a worry-free future financially.


  9. Great article Yuko. Thanks for the inspiration. You are so correct about persistence … this is perhaps THE most important quality to maintain. I am entering month #7 and only getting started … I will return again to read more of your excellent content … how do you stay inspired …

    • Hi Paul,

      I am glad you enjoyed the article. I am hoping this success story by Dom will inspire as many online entrepreneurs like you as possible.

      We all understand that perseverance is the key for success but it’s hard sometimes to stay motivated, isn’t it? There are days that I don’t even feel like turning on the PC. It’s not easy to balance between my online business and day job either. Feels like too much to handle sometimes. But I know I am the only person who can make changes in life and better my life, so I keep going 🙂

      And of course, encouraging feedback like your comment motivates me a lot too, so thank you! I am here to help myself as well as others, so I’ll keep writing and sharing.
      A slow yet steady progress is a lot better than not progressing at all, so let’s keep moving forward Paul. Best of luck to your online success 🙂


  10. Hi Yuko,

    You have done a great job of explaining that getting success is not something that is going to happen instantly. That if you work hard in the time, success will come. The story about Dom was a great idea. It showed that success is possible. Your article keeps the readers attention and they keep reading. Nice Job!

    • Hi Harry,

      Thank you for commenting. Yes, Dom’s example is the proof that success will come as long as we keep working at it. I hope his story inspires many others like it did to me and you 🙂 We are all responsible for our own lives and we are the only ones that can bring a change to it. There is a community like Wealthy Affiliate that helps us for the change, so why not try it right? I took an action and decided to learn and change my life. It started to get better and who knows where I will be three years from now? But if I didn’t take the action, I know I will be exactly the same place financially as I am now, three years later.

      I would like people to realize that opportunity is equally open to everybody. With proper education and perseverance, you can start out from zero and still build something fantastic like Dom did.


  11. Hi Yuko,

    Great site, you really know your stuff in order to be able to deliver it in such a clear manner. The stories are very encouraging for a beginner like me. I haven’t gone through all the material on your site, but I will definitely use your site as part of my own training because you explain all the steps so clearly. You have inspired me to soldier on! Many thanks!


    • Hi Albert,

      Glad you liked the stuff on my website and found them helpful. One step at a time and you’ll get there one day as long as you don’t give up.

      I was skeptical if making money online really works but with a proper guidance and training, you’ll make it. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. To your success!


  12. Hi Yuko,

    I love Dom’s story too. It’s really inspiring and encouraging! Every time when I feel unsure about the online business, I need some of these stories to get myself back to my work! Thank you for letting me come across to the story again, because I just needed it so much!

    By the way, I love the layout and all the tree images you are using on your site. They are pleasing to the eyes. Could you let me know how did you make the images? What kind of tools you are using? Thanks again! 🙂


    • Hello Vivi,

      We all need those inspiration once in a while, don’t we? Happy that the post helped to boost your motivation again!

      I created all of the images on this website using It is a free online graphic tool that enable you to create your own images. The tree images were free to use at their website and I just changed colors. I also explained how to use Canva in this post. You’ll get a hang of it quickly as it’s so intuitive and easy to use. Enjoy creating your masterpiece! 🙂


  13. Perfect representation of Wealthy Affiliate. I agree that ‘get money quick’ schemes just don’t exist. I have been working very hard on my sites and I see them developing and it is a kin to watching a child grow up I feel like. You get to see yourself grow every single day and that, in itself, is something very beautiful. It is an amazing opportunity when you find out that you can develop yourself and your own passions and not have to worry about being someone else’s slave. That’s essentially how I view low income jobs, They expect you to devote so much time to them because if you don’t you’ll go hungry or end up on the streets, but no body tells you that you can go it alone. It is possible to invest in yourself and your dreams, you just have to be willing to try at it and continue trying until something works.

    • Hi Hailey,

      I hear you and totally agree with you. I was just reading about things that people who are about to die regret most in their lives. Interestingly, over 70% regret exactly the same thing. Do you know what that is? That they feared failure and didn’t challenge things. Another common regret was that they worried about how others see them too much. We have nothing to lose by trying new things, such as online venture. If we succeed, it will drastically transform our lives and if we fail, we still exit the journey with lots of experiences and meaningful lessons.

      Let’s enjoy the journey. And basically, I am having so much fun pursuing this endeavor. 🙂


  14. Yuko, I really like the fact that right at the start you are calling this a business, because it surely is. Those that fail to recognize this will fail almost every time You also said what I have said and that is that it take a lot of time and hard work……but the rewards are sweet. Dom’s story is very inspirational, but he didn’t get there by magic. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

    • Hi Warren,

      Thank you for the comment! It has been a while since I started this endeavor and I am truly glad that I embarked on this journey of online business. It has changed my life. I am not as successful as Dom yet, but slowly getting there. Above all, it feels good to have assets (knowledge, skills, etc.) that would only be more useful in the future and serve me for many years to come. In this online industry, as long as I keep learning and striving, I don’t even have to worry about my life after retirement. The hard work we do in the beginning is well worth for the secure future. I hope many people notice this. 


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