Have you ever thought about how to earn money teaching online with your own business?
I remember thinking of the independence I could achieve in my location, in creating my own schedule, and in setting my own prices to earn from wherever I’m at in the world!
But I was so overwhelmed by the thousands of articles online each sharing a small piece of the overall puzzle for starting on my own.
Luckily, I found all the steps put together in order at Wealthy Affiliate.
By the end of this post, you’ll have your own site up and running for free!
While working for an established company online is often a good way to have consistent bookings and paychecks, we’re still limited in what we can earn from them and what our hours are based on their peak times.
Why not continue teaching for your company for security while starting your own independent program on the side?
Now, you might be thinking:
But I’m completely clueless when it comes to web design or programming! I don’t know anything about content creation! It’s all too difficult, and I don’t have time!
Let me tell you, I’m the farthest thing from a programmer. But you’re on a site right now I created by myself using the WA platform!
If you’re someone like me who wants the process laid out step-by-step in one place, you’re in the right spot.
In this post, I’ll show you how WA provides all the tools you need to get started, so you can stop wasting time and money sifting through the overwhelming amount of resources online. Not only did I launch Teach Nomadic with it, but it’s also what I used to create my site for IELTS students at Awaken IELTS, and it works!
Domain Name and Hosting
There are multiple steps to set up a site, promote your site, and earn money through methods like course creation and affiliate marketing you can learn from this training. In this article specifically, we’ll discuss the tools you’ll be given to set up a site.
WA: Build a website, create content, and learn to attract potential students, in one place.
You’ll need a domain name and hosting. You’ll eventually need to fill your site with content as well to provide value to your readers and build trust with potential students, but we’ll get there. Just know with WA, you’ll be able to do it all in one place!
When considering your domain name, it’s best to think of something easy to remember without symbols or numbers (i.e. learn-4-ever.siterubix.com…imagine trying to say that address to an interested student).
Let’s give it a try!
If you were going to create your own site right now, what would you call it?
Just type the name into the box below and see if it’s available!
Did you find one available? You can start building this site for free right now!
Just click ‘Build It Now’, ‘Build My Free Website’, and fill out the quick form:
You now have your own teacher’s website!
After you’ve learned more about the process of setting up and running your own site by following the simple steps, you’ll have the option to move it to your own personal domain. This is where you’ll get to remove the “siterubix” from your free account and choose a “.com”, “.net”, etc. (e.g. awakenielts.siterubix.com becomes awakenielts.com).
It’s best to go for the “.com” when you get to this step if the name is still available, but don’t jam in numbers or symbols to make it work-just opt for “.net” or “.co” instead. As a Teach Nomadic member, you’ll also get free 7-day use of all the premium content and a discount on your first month if you choose to upgrade.
But for now, I’m sending you a virtual high-five! (Anyone else love high-fives, throwing footballs, or literally any interaction through the screen with their students? Can’t get enough of it.)
You’re ready to take a few minutes to set up your site!
Creating Your Site
Hold on there…in just minutes?! I’ve already told you I’m not a programmer!
Like I said, I’m not either…so if I can do it, you can too!
For your easy and secure website creation, we’re going to use WordPress. This will walk you through inputting the site title and choosing a theme.
I’ll let the co-founder of WA take the reins on this and let him explain to you how he sets up a functional site in about 30 seconds. Plus, he’ll touch on the additional features included with hosting through WA:
In just minutes, you’re off and running with your very own functioning website!
Next, let’s talk about filling it with useful content to attract readers and potential students.
Providing Valuable Content
It’s time to build trust with the people visiting your site. If you’re worried about lacking the skills to be a “blogger or writer”, you can rest assured: you just need to converse with your audience in your own voice and while conveying concepts clearly!
Highlight what makes you different from other instructors and why they should take lessons with you specifically. Provide answers to common questions on your blog, give them overviews of subjects, and then show them how you can elaborate on those topics and teach them more.
Demonstrate your knowledge of the subject!
At WA, you’ll get to use their SiteContent feature, which helps you:
Check grammar and spelling
Improve the quality of vocabulary you choose when writing
Check for duplicate content already published on the web
Publish directly to your website
Set, reach, and track writing goals and accomplishments to stay consistent
Analyze SEO to help you improve ranking in search engines like Google (more traffic, more students!)
Properly structure your content using templates
Here’s a video demonstrating it better by showing you the creation of an “About Me” page as an example:
Suffering from writer’s block?
If I’m struggling to come up with ideas for what to write about, one of my favorite ways to overcome this is to jump into one of the Facebook groups related to my subject.
When creating Awaken IELTS, for example, I joined numerous IELTS study groups on Facebook. I’d search through for a question asked more than once, write a detailed blog post providing the answer to it, and then post a link to my page in the Facebook group the next time someone asked it.
I’d include a message saying something like:
Hi ______! I just wrote an article that should help you with [whatever it is they had a question about]. Here’s the link: _______
I hope you find it helpful, and please let me know if you have any questions about it. Happy studying!
You’ve provided useful information, you’re not being salesy, and you’ve shared a way this student and any others with the same question can click and check out your site. Plus, if publishing on social media makes you nervous, you can learn all about best practices during Level 4: Mastering Social Engagement!
If you have any interest in role-playing games, you can also try out 4thewords.com. It’s an online writing platform combined with an RPG storyline. It helps writers overcome writer’s block because you’ll need to write a certain amount of words in a set amount of time to progress the story, defeat monsters, and develop your character.
This has helped me to get my thoughts down for a first draft I’ll edit and rearrange later on.
Life Beyond One-to-One Classes
If you’ve gotten this far, and you’ve started going through the steps at WA, you are miles ahead of others in terms of working towards independence and adding levels of professionalism as an online teacher.
Once you’ve established yourself as a knowledgeable instructor in your subject, and your site as a wealth of information for students, you’ll start attracting students and teaching. Remember to collect testimonials from your students to incorporate on your website (like I’ve done at the bottom of the Awaken IELTS homepage)!
By using the training at WA and the information given at Teacher Indie you’ll be able to explore other avenues of earning income. These include course creation, group classes, and the main method taught at WA: affiliate marketing.
You’ll finally be able to break free as little or as much as you’d like from giving one-to-one lessons by earning from a scalable source, so you can spend more time with family and friends, or traveling to find new locations for Teach Nomadic!
It all starts with a professional and functional website and secure hosting.
It’s free to sign up: Click here to learn how to get your free bonus training videos!
You’ll see me in there!
What holds you back the most from starting your own online teaching website?
What big question do you want to ask about getting started? Let me know in the comments!