How To Succeed Online

Many people think that they need to invest big sums of money to learn how to succeed online.  I’ve read and heard so many true life stories of people who had been left feeling frustrated, disillusioned and broke after having paid large sums of money for books, tapes, videos, courses and personal coaching in an attempt to learn how to make money online. They ended up fretting about life from chasing that elusive dream.

The River of Life

As I was driving this morning, some images came to my mind. I saw the River of Life and each person in their boat going up against the current of the river. Some were ahead while others were all over the place. It made me realize that life is sometimes a bit like paddling up the stream.

Are Your Paddling or Sailing?

When I was young, I learnt to paddle. How to succeed online
Paddling is very tiring exercise but the more I paddled, I developed my muscles and they became stronger. I took awhile to master the basics through much struggle and hard work.  The problem is, the moment I stopped paddling, I would begin to drift downstream. As long as I continued to slowly or gently paddle I could still move forward but I didn’t feel so tired. At the same time I was able to enjoy the surrounding view of this River of Life.
I soon learnt that to depend on paddling alone was not the solution so I built a sail for my boat.  I can now use less effort or strength to paddle when there was a breeze to carry me along. However, there may be times when the wind dies down I would have to start paddling again.
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Now, I am building an engine so that I can cruise through the River of Life with minimum effort and have more time to enjoy the scenery of this river in the years ahead.  
So coming back to my online business…
Building a website is just like building an engine.  It takes hard work and a lot of time to learn how to build one that will be powerful and can run efficiently in the long run.

The Key to Your Personal Online Success

Uncover the Secrets to Making Money Online

The Secret is Out… Given the right training, with time, hard work and determination, it can be done!


~ the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.


~ intent on, bent on, dead set on, insistent on, fixed on, resolved on/to, firm about, committed to, hell-bent on, decided, settled, RESOLVED!
I set a goal for myself and I was determined to make it happen.  Now I have more than one websites running and they will only get more powerful as time goes by.
How determined are you to take that first step so that you will be able to stop paddling and start building the future you desire?
Are you ready to start building your engine today?
Stop Struggling To Make Money Online
This article was contributed by R Lee, a small business owner located in Melbourne, who has been self-employed for 10 years.
I would love to hear from you.
If you have any comments or questions for me, please leave them below:
Sue Tay


16 thoughts on “How to Succeed Online”

  1. What an interesting opportunity…and it sounds like it’s very much free for once!
    I think that finding any sort of education that works online these days is getting harder and harder, especially in the work online niche!
    Tell me, is this an English-based learning center and how advanced are the tutorials?

    1. Hi Chris, thank you for your interest about online training opportunity for affiliate marketing.

      Please accept my apologies for my late reply.  🙂

      Yes, the training is in English and is suitable for beginners to advanced online marketers.  New training material and videos are continually being added so the content is always up to date.

      ~ Sue

  2. I believe that success comes from locking into the right system and then working that system following the training all the way this alone ensures success. And wealthy affiliate has that kind of training, the community is great and the tools are just awesome, thanks for sharing and all the best to you.

    1. Thank you Norman for taking the time to read and comment on this post.

      You have made a very good point that it has to start with the right system and training. I actually should highlight those words in bold! There’s really no point in putting in your time, money, sweat and tears in the wrong system is there? 🙂

      I’m glad you agree that Wealthy Affiliate and its community is a place that offers training and tools for a proven system for online success.

      Thank you for sharing and all the best to you too!

      ~ Sue

  3. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online with the least initial investment. I host my websites on WA and as a member, I can say that the training is priceless on WA to build a sucessfull affiliate business. Thoroughly written explanation of WA, very helpful for beginners. WA has the best affiliate training in the world for free! Its unfortunate that so many miss out on WA. WA is really the best way to learn how to make money online through affiliate marketing. WA is truly the best way to succeed in the online business avoiding all the scams out there. Great review of a fantastic affiliate program. Cheers!

    1. Hi Cesario, thank you for your comments about How to Succeed Online.

      I agree with you that the training at Wealthy Affiliate is priceless and it has my no. 1 vote for best free affiliate marketing training for beginners. It is not a scam and we can learn to make money online through affiliate marketing, step by step. There is really no secret. It only takes determination and perseverance. 🙂

      ~ Sue

  4. Succeeding online is certainly not easy, but with the right training, tools, and support, it is most certainly possible. The biggest investment would be your time – would you agree? Because building a website isn’t all that expensive these days.

    What’s the #1 piece of advice you’d provide to a beginner in internet marketing?

    1. Hello Matthew, thank you for your comment and your questions!

      Yes, I absolutely agree with what you have said. It takes time to learn and it takes time to create content and to build your site… lots of time! 🙂

      So, the #1 piece of advice I’d give to a beginner after joining the right training platform/community (see my #1 recommendation) is to believe in yourself and remember your Whys. Because you may not see any results for awhile even though you have been putting in many hours (even months, in fact) of hard work, you need to have patience and determination knowing that you can do it. With persistence and consistency in pursuing your goals, you will eventually succeed. That is why being a part of a supportive community is so important to succeeding online.

      You might be interested to read another post I wrote “How to be Successful in Affiliate Marketing” and let me know your thoughts.

      Best wishes to you Matthew and feel free to reach out to anyone on Wealthy Affiliate if you would like any more advice.

      ~ Sue

  5. I like that the page is promoting WA but I am already on WA lol.

    I think that the article highlights an important point in that we should not work hard but work smart.

    YES! I want to build my engine 🙂 and cruise through life on my own pace and not work at a corporate job.

    I think the analogies were great!

    1. Hello, Ryan, thank you for your great comments! 🙂

      I’m happy to hear that you are already “building your engine” with WA. The opportunity is there for you to cruise later on and enjoy your life instead of paddling hard in a corporate job. I hope that others reading this will be inspired as well to do the same by starting their own online business with the training and support at Wealthy Affiliate.

      I wish you the very best!

      ~ Sue

  6. Hi, Sue!

    Nice post about how to get started in an online business!

    Everything you said is true and I love the analogy to trying to paddle upstream! That is exactly what life is like! Sometimes it is such a struggle!

    Like you said, most people simply continue to paddle until they are worn out! What we need is a sail, or better yet a motor, to aid us in our efforts!

    Wealthy Affiliate is exactly that! It will help you build a powerful engine that will get you up stream in a hurry!

    Of course, it takes a little while to build it! WA is not a, “Get rich quick overnight scheme!” It is a legitimate business building system! But, once it is in place you are on your way!

    I’m so glad I found it! I’m getting close to my later years,close to retirement, (I turn 57 in a few more days) and I had just about gotten worn out from paddling! Now I feel like there is some hope!

    Thanks so much for this post and the inspirational analogy!

    You have a great site! keep up the good work and have a great day!

    1. Hi Donnie, thank you so much for reading this post and for your great comments! 🙂

      You’re right to say that Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme but the hard work that is put in now will pay off soon enough.

      I’m happy to hear that you have started building your dream at Wealthy Affiliate and planning ahead for your retirement soon, and that you have found this post to be inspirational.

      I would like to wish you a happy birthday and also the very best for your success online.

      ~ Sue

  7. Hey Sue,

    I really like your style of writing and using metaphors and all to give examples. It’s true that the only way to succeed is determination and keeping that mindset.
    I’m sure your business is coming along nicely as I can see your determination on your site and your writing skills.
    Glad to have read your post and I wish you all the best and success for the future!

    1. Hey Esteban, thank you for reading my post. I’m pleased to hear that you liked it and that you agree with what I wrote about How to Succeed Online. I hope that it has inspired you in some way and that the determination within you will help you achieve your goals. Thank you for your well wishes. I wish you much success as well! ~Sue

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