People interested in starting an online business often have the same type of questions. Sometimes you need just a little more information on a subject, or a little more confidence in knowing that you haven’t just fallen across another internet scam website. It also helps to know that there is a real person you can contact.

After careful review and consideration of many reader questions and conversations, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that will hopefully answer some of the questions you have about online business, particularly with regard to any information found on this site.

Build Your Income Online FAQ Page

Use these links to jump ahead to a specific FAQ section:

  1. About BYIO
  2. About Wealthy Affiliate
  3. About Online Business (General Questions)
  4. About Orders Placed Through BYIO’s Website

About BYIO

Who / What is BYIO?

Build Your Income Online is a resource site that promotes the Wealthy Affiliate platform for building an online business, shares helpful online business tips – from website tools to blogging to online marketing – and provides information about online jobs to help more people reach their goal of working from home.

Is Cris even a real person?

Yes, I am real!

I am the owner and the primary content writer of this website. I utilize many of the tools mentioned, including Wealthy Affiliate as my writing platform and website host. I research and share many additional tools commonly used by internet marketers, that I have either reviewed for use or to use as a comparison product. I hope you find the information useful, and that my site helps you achieve your online business goals!

You can contact me at

How do I know that I can trust this site?

We take site security very seriously. You can check out our SSL Certificate (site security) for more information. Here is an article on site security, and how to view our SSL certificate: SSL Certificate Info

Here’s a site security tip: If you look to the left of any website address, and you see a little padlock, then that site owner has taken precautions to present to you a secure website. (Hover over the padlock now to ‘view site information.’) Site security is public information.

About Wealthy Affiliate

Who / What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is platform that consists of several tools including a personalized user dashboard, website builder, website manager, domain registrar, SiteContent writing platform, SiteComments platform, SiteFeedback platform, two training programs with user progress tracking, ‘classrooms’ with recorded tutorial and video content, a live webinar training calendar with previously recorded webinar access links, a keyword research tool (with list management, SEO metrics, niche discovery, trending topics, and competitor analysis), an affiliate programs platform, live chat community access, and full technical support through a Help Center.

In short, Wealthy Affiliate (WA) provides everything necessary to build a successful online business.

To read my Review of Wealthy Affiliate, click here.

Is Wealthy Affiliate the same thing as Wealthy Affiliate University?

Yes. Both names refer to the exact same business.

Is Wealthy Affiliate (WA) an MLM program?

No. Wealthy Affiliate is not an MLM program.

Does Wealthy Affiliate pay out commissions?

Yes, Wealthy Affiliate pays commission on referrals. If you refer someone to the WA platform, and they decide to start their own online business, you can receive a referral commission as a thank you.

Can I earn commissions as a Free Starter Member?

Yes! You can, and the commission doubles when you become a Premium Member.

If I already have a website somewhere else, can I transfer it to Wealthy Affiliate?

Yes. In fact, Wealthy Affiliate includes training on how to transfer a website from other hosts, such as GoDaddy.

I’m confused…are Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix the same thing?

No, but they are connected. Wealthy Affiliate is the training and building platform. SiteRubix is the hosting provider. They are owned by the same people, providing a unified goal of creating the best website building experience.

What’s the connection with WordPress to Wealthy Affiliate?

WordPress is the website builder used in the SiteContent platform of Wealthy Affiliate. Every website built through WA is a WordPress website.

How long will it take me to get through the Wealthy Affiliate training?

There are 2 training programs at Wealthy Affiliate:

  1. The Online Entrepreneur Certification Training (OEC)
  2. The Affiliate Bootcamp Training.

The OEC is a 50 lesson series on how to build a website in any niche.

The Affiliate Bootcamp Training is a 70 lesson series on how to target the MMO (make money online) niche with the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate.

The length of time to complete either training, or both, depends on how much time one has to commit. There are people who complete a program in as little as 2 weeks, and people who take months. You can go as fast or as slow as you’d like.

Is Wealthy Affiliate the next “get rich quick” scheme?

No. If you are looking for something to make you rich by next week. Good luck.

Wealthy Affiliate has been helping people across the globe create successful online businesses for over 14 yrs. It takes time and effort. There is no “easy button.” You will not make money just by joining.

Is there a side-by-side comparison chart available for the two WA memberships?

Yes, there is!


NOTE: You can get your first month of Premium for $19 when you sign up through BYIO’s links. We recommend signing up for the Free Starter Membership, then taking advantage of the discounted offers.

How soon can I make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

After you complete the training, and market your website using the techniques you’ve learned, you should see the commissions start to roll in. Everybody finishes the training at a different pace, learns at a different pace, builds at a different pace, and earns at a different pace. Most people report to have made their first dollar between the 3 – 6 month mark. Some report much sooner, and some report much later. Again, it depends on how much time and effort you commit to your business.

We recommend asking the community after you join the Free Starter Membership.

I’m a complete newbie. Will I really get results using the Wealthy Affiliate platform?

It’s very likely, yes! The Wealthy Affiliate platform was designed with newbies in mind. If you can follow instructions, then you’re likely to see the program work for you. Again, talk to the community after you sign up as a free member.

About Online Business (General Questions)

What are the steps to becoming successful in online business?

If it’s long-term, residual income you seek, then it all starts with a website.

1. Build a Website

2. Market that Website

3. Earn Money

Though that may sound over-simplified (it is), those are the main steps. There are, of course, a number of tasks within each of those steps that can be taken to ensure the process leads to income. You could spend years trying to figure it out on your own, or pay thousands of dollars to someone else to build it for you, or you can give it a go yourself with the Free Starter Membership at WA. Yes, Free. You have nothing to lose in giving it a try! (you will not be asked for a credit card)

To read my Review of Wealthy Affiliate, click here.

What’s the best way to get started in online business?

Since the first step is creating a website, you should go through a training course that teaches you how to successfully build one. The Online Entrepreneur Certification course at WA is our number one recommendation because nobody beats the quality of training you receive at the discounted price that you are offered for Premium benefits.

Do I need to buy my own domain name?

We recommend purchasing your own domain name at some point to establish and promote your Brand. If you build your website through WA, you have a domain registrar right on the platform. No need to purchase one in advance through a 3rd party (such as GoDaddy). However, if you do pre-purchase one, or already have an existing domain, you can transfer it over to WA. When you purchase a domain name, you own it. You may move it to whatever host you choose. Domains typically cost $10 – $15 a year no matter which provider you go through.

Who can succeed with an online business?

Anyone! There are people from all walks of life who build their own website to create an online income. Because it takes time to build, most people get started part-time until they are making enough to supplement or surpass their job income. Wise planning.

Can I do this if I don’t have much money to invest to start?

Yes, you can get started with minimal investment if you know which resources to use. There are many great website builders, website hosts, domain providers, etc, but if you individually select each tool or resource you need, you are likely to spend more money in the process. If you use our recommended source, Wealthy Affiliate, you have all the tools you need in one platform, and the Free Starter Membership is an excellent way to learn without any up front costs.

How much money can I make online?

There is no limit. You can build one website, or several. You choose what type of products or programs to promote. You increase your income by increasing sales. Set a goal, and go get it!

What exactly is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is simply marketing a product or service and receiving a small commission in return for the efforts. We’ve explained it all in this article: What’s Affiliate Marketing and How Does It Work?

Are Affiliate Marketing and Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) the same thing?


Affiliate marketing results in paid commissions for the sale of a product or service that you market.

Multi-level-marketing, or network marketing, results in the distribution of commissions over multiple levels of members, usually for both product sales and distributor signups. While this business model can provide a legitimate direct-sales opportunity, MLM has been the “black sheep” of online business for years due to illegal fly-by-night programs that have left people empty-handed, the ever-feared ponzi schemes, and just the overall slimy salesmanship that seems to come with a lot of MLM memberships. (“Make a list of everyone you know…”)

I speak from experience when I say MLM’s can be fun! You can make legit money. They are not all scams! Consider some of the largest and most well-known MLM companies to ever exist: Amway, Avon, Mary Kay, Herbalife, and Pampered Chef.

Or these more modern brands that you may be familiar with: Beachbody, Arbonne, doTERRA, and Scentsy.

However, affiliate marketing is a much simpler business model, with an almost non-existent scam risk, and you don’t need to talk your grandma into signing up.

After I build my website, how much will it cost to market it?

There are several methods of free advertising, which are not only great for getting started, but also for acquiring continuous traffic to your website. See these articles:

Learn Search Engine Optimization (the Right Way!)  – SEO is an important factor to the longevity of your website. (These methods are taught through Wealthy Affiliate courses)

How to Get Free Traffic to a Website (Updated Guide)

How to Use Social Media in Marketing (10 Benefits and Tips)

After your website is making income, or if you have the money to invest, you can research pay-per-click (PPC) options.

What do I need to know about taxes?

When you build an online business, you are eligible for certain tax write offs, and responsible for taxes due on any income you generate. You will need to discuss your business options with your CPA or tax adviser.

About Orders Placed Through BYIO’s Website

If I join Wealthy Affiliate through a BYIO link, how will I know that my information has gone through?

When you sign up as a Free or Premium Member of WA through any link on the BYIO site, you will receive immediate confirmation from WA by e-mail, and I will personally welcome you to the platform at my earliest available time. (Remember WA is global! And we all have to sleep sometime.)

If I order a marketing (or any other type of) product for my business through BYIO, how will I know that my order has gone through?

Any orders placed through links on our website, are processed directly by the product’s company. So expect to receive confirmation and subsequent contact through them directly. BYIO may or may not receive a small commission for advertising their product. For more information, see our full Affiliate Disclosure.

Is your site a secure site?

Yes. You can hover over our padlock (icon left of our website URL in the address bar above) or visit our website post for more information about SSL Certificates.

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