Make Money From a Rural Area

Make Money From a Rural Area

If you live in a rural area you may feel like you don’t have many job options. There are only so many local businesses and starting a business costs a fortune with rent, insurance, supplies, utilities and inventory. I finally found a way around this however. Especially post Covid, it seems everyone is ditching their regular jobs. So how do they do it?

There are so many gorgeous places I have seen and thought “I would LOVE to live here but how would I make a living?” You may want to live somewhere that has more affordable housing, is a place you love or maybe the place you grew up. I grew up in a rural part of Alaska and want to go back but I am tied to a job. Finding this opportunity to build my own website business has made that dream to go home more of a reality.

Even if I never move home, having my own income from a web business means I could move to an area with lover housing costs and be able to afford a nice piece of land without a long commute.

If you could start a real business online with little to no start-up costs wouldn’t that be amazing?

You can. I am not talking about MLM or any sort of selling to your friends and family. This is affiliate marketing. That might sound like some annoying online concept but it is surprisingly individual and unique.

Affiliate marketing means you write about something you are interested in and have links to those products on your blog. When someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase, you get a commission. You do not have to buy and hold any products and you never have to ship anything or process payments. You don’t risk buying inventory that you won’t be able to sell.

Share Your Interests and Make a Living

You could start a website to write about anything. It could be fishing equipment or pet supplies. It could be kitchen appliances or or cameras. Are you a photographer? You could turn that into a blog. You could review photography equipment, or write your own photography training guide.

Are you a home cook learning about a certain diet? You could turn that interest into a blog site. Review foods, kitchen products or cookbooks.

Do you love pets? That is a very popular topic with many blog opportunities. Are you into sports or more of an outdoor person? I have seen websites on everything from cars and sneakers to tents, boats and fishing gear. Everything from surfboards to perfume, gardening to cars could provide your next blog niche. There are endless topics for you to share information and make a profit.

Jessica and husband in front of lake in Alaska.
Do You Want to Live in a Rural Area like Alaska?

How Do You Make a Profit by Blogging?

1. Affiliate Marketing. There are a number of ways you can earn money from blogging. One of the best is affiliate marketing where you review something and have a link to a store on your site. If someone clicks the link and buys something, you get a commission. That is all. You do not buy, hold or ship anything yourself.

2. Advertising. Once you get established, you can make money by hosting ads on your website. This should not be your focus at the beginning but eventually this can be a great way to earn a profit with little effort.

3. Selling your own products. If you are crafty you may end up making and selling your own products on your website.

4. Selling e-books. Even if you can’t build a thing, you can write e-books and sell them on your site. This is another way to make money from sharing your thoughts or expertise.

5. Guest blogging. You can make money several ways through guest blogging. You can get paid to write for other people’s websites. Content takes time to create and large scale bloggers usually pay others to write some of that content for them. You can also get paid to host other bloggers posts on your site since other bloggers want to develop an audience. If you allow them to place a link to their website, you are letting them advertise on your site and they will potentially get traffic from your audience that clicks through to their site. This is a very valuable commodity.

These are some of the ways you can make money from your own blog website. Don’t worry if you don’t know how this all works. Nobody does when they start! That is why I suggest this platform to teach you how to start a blog site step by step. This is how I learned and I was amazed I was able to start a site so fast! I am not a techie nerd. I don’t know programming language. I was relieved that you don’t need to know any computer language to do this!

Get All the Help You Need 24/7 For One Low Price

If you want to take advantage of this amazing platform like I did, you will get:

10 Benefits of Wealthy Affiliate Membership

1. All training to build your website.

2. Web hosting included with no fees that pop up later or upsells.

3. IT Security. I have been a member for over 4 years and have never had a site hacked, spammed or threatened. These guys are good!

4. 24/7 Web Support. They support is amazing. I have only had a few issues over the years but each time they fix it in about 2 minutes…literally. I have never seen such responsive and fast tech support.

5. Ability to build multiple websites for the same price. If you want to build more sites, you won’t pay more for the web hosting, IT support, security etc. You will only pay for the additional domain name if you choose to buy your own .com but that is a very small amount. You can build free sites as well.

6. An amazing community of supportive entrepreneurs like you. People from all over the world are members so there is always someone online to chat with if you need help. You can always access the training, posts from other members and send them messages as well. The members are very friendly and share an interest in learning to build their own business online. Don’t worry about a social media type atmosphere where all the posts are about politics. Politics are a no no on the platform. People are free to post about their online experience, everything related to building a website and just whatever is on their mind. Many of us get to know others and consider them dear friends. We celebrate their accomplishments, know what their families do and love reading about their big life events. We enjoy connecting with people from all over the world who share similar interests.

7. Additional training added every day. There are sets of training videos and written instructions as well as live training which is recorded so you can play it anytime. There is also training created by members. You can get paid to create such training as well. Recently I went looking for training on local marketing for my Mom and her business and found dozens of live video trainings. There are thousands of topics to learn about and you could spend years going through all of them but you don’t need to! Not everyone pursues every aspect of this business. If you don’t have a local business you don’t need to learn about local marketing. If you don’t write e-books you don’t need to worry about that. The basic training does not go into detail about these types of specialty topics but the information is there is you ever want to branch off.

8. Unique web platforms that help your business dramatically. There are a number of unique tools that I love here such as Site Comments, Site Feedback and more. They are included with membership.

9. A high quality keyword tool to help you find the keywords that will bring people to your website. If you can find keywords and phrases that people are searching for and that other websites are not using, you will be guaranteed to get good traffic to your site. This tool allows you to quickly find these golden eggs and use them to your advantage.

10. These are just some of the benefits you will get with your membership. It is very hard to list them all since there are just so many. I don’t like MLM’s, I won’t sell a random product I don’t believe in. I do not promote any other program because this is the one I believe in.

If you are interested or just curious, you can sign up for full membership or a free membership just to look around. You can start learning and build a site even as a free member!

Can I Really Build a Website Business? What is the Catch?

You might wonder what the catch is. It sounds too easy. How can you really build a business based on any interest? There are some points to consider.

You will need to have decent internet. That does not mean you need the fastest internet out there. It does not mean you need unlimited internet.

You do not need to be online all day, every day to be successful. You could work on this several hours per day. That is one of the best parts of this business.

You don’t have to be working all the time to make money. I have had many sales overnight while I sleep or on days when I don’t even look at my site. Once you get it up and running (have added good content, established yourself and are ranking well), you can take a break now and then. You can take days off. You could even take a vacation. Everything is set up to make money even when you are not present. However, and this is a big however…this is not a get rich quick scheme!

You will not build a site and start making a living online right away. You will not get rich anytime soon and if you don’t work hard you never will. That is the difference with this program and so many others. There are a ton of sites online that promise riches and instant rewards. They make it sound like they have a secret formula for you to sign up and start watching the money pour in. Those are scams. It does not work that way. To build a sustainable business that actually works, takes some work. It doesn’t have to be really hard though.

You can do well with this business. I know many people making a full time income from their own website blogs. I also know many people who don’t make much or anything at all. If you give up and quit after a few weeks or a few months, you won’t succeed. It takes time. That is a good thing however. It means that if you are willing to stick with it and put in the time, you CAN and WILL make money.

No special skills are required. Anyone with decent internet who can read and write and sticks this out can be successful. There is no requirement to be a genius, a tech guru, a specialist in a certain field, have a degree, have lots of start up money or spend a fortune to buy in to the program. All you need is time and willingness to learn.

How Long Will It Take to Start Making Money?

That is a common question but there is no simple answer. There are a number of variables such as: what is your niche?, How much time do you put into your site? Do you choose high quality, low competition keywords? Do you focus on the training and stick with the plan or get distracted by ‘shiny object syndrome’? There are lots of potential ways to make money online. You can use social media to drive traffic to your website but if you aren’t careful it could be a waste of time and you could get distracted. There are many ‘experts’ out there claiming to have the secret to success. You could spend a lifetime checking out all their ‘secrets’. It will cost you a fortune too. This program is based on a proven method used by millions to build successful businesses. You don’t need to spend years and a fortune chasing rabbit trails.

I started making money within 2 months of becoming a member but it took longer to make a substantial amount.

What If I Have Multiple Interests and Can’t Choose Just One?

Join the club! Most everyone I know has multiple ideas for websites and finds choosing one to be difficult. The great news is that you can use this membership to run multiple websites for the same price. I recommend sticking with one to start with however. It better to learn on one and then quickly build up another rather than make all the same mistakes and changes to multiple sites at once. It is hard to keep up with multiple sites especially if you have a job, family, school or other obligations when you are starting out.

Can I Try This While I Still Have a Job?

Yes! I have a job and I think starting out while you have a job is smart. If you don’t have a job however, you will have more time for a website and therefore build up your business faster. Either way can work.

Please join me and take a look! I promise it will be worth your time.

Real Web Freedom makes use of affiliate relationships with merchants such as for monetization. This means when you click on links on this site and make a purchase, this can result in a commission that is credited to this site. This does not affect purchase price and you will not pay a penny more.

If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment below and I will respond!

See you soon,

Jessica at

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9 thoughts on “Make Money From a Rural Area

  • The joy of building an online business, is that you can literally work from anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection. And that includes rural and remote areas. With affiliate marketing, you don’t have to carry stock or worry about shipping products to customers, you just act as the go-between. 

    Building a website with Wealthy Affiliate, gives you superb training and support. And you have the pleasure of working for yourself, so choose the hours and times that fit into your schedule. Fit it around other jobs and family commitments and start living your dream. 

    • Yes, those are all true! That is why I love this business! Wealthy Affiliate has been great for me. 



  • Isn’t it amazing how the internet makes this possible?!  I live south of you in British Columbia, and although it’s not remote, it feels amazing to live the quaint and quiet life I do, while having this amazing earning potential of affiliate marketing.  I have tried it before on different platforms, and it wasn’t until I tried my free membership with WA that I found the training and support that made it all made sense for me. 

    It’s the coolest thing that people can make a living promoting products that they use and resonate with, and can enjoy the process of sharing their personal interests and passions at the same time.  I loved reading your article, Jessica!  Thanks for sharing. 😊

    • Hello Shannon,

      Thanks! I am truly grateful I found Wealthy Affiliate and believe if people follow through with the training and steps outlined they can build a successful business here. I have created several websites here and plan to start more in the future!

      Best of luck in all your endeavors,


  • Hi Jessica,

    What a wonderful review of how to make money in a rural area. 

    If your money-making is online, you will earn online, from anywhere and everywhere. All you need is a laptop and an uninterrupted internet connection.

    You have truly explained very clearly how you need to and how easy it could be if you know how to read and write. One has to learn how to take instructions and translate them into action because the training is online.

    You have succinctly described the capability of Wealthy Affiliate as a great training platform to teach you how you can build a successful online business. 

    You can work with your available hours, part-time or full-time. It is time and resistance that wins in the end. 

    You complete the training modules fulfilling your tasks at the end of each of module, and you got your business running when you graduate. 

    Your passion (niche) is used to build your articles or posts which help people get their solutions to the problems from your expertise. In turn, they buy products or services (you are affiliated with) you recommend to them. That can be a way of earning money for you as a commission without people paying extra for the product.  You have covered several other viable ways of earning money.

    There is a world of opportunities you can benefit from. 

  • Wow this really struck a cord with me as we have been thinking of moving to a more rural part of the country to get “away from it all” but our jobs keep us stuck here. It would be amazing to have my own business online so I can work from anywhere and Wealthy Affiliate as mentioned here really seems like a great place to start my journey! Thank you for the in-depth article and shedding light on this wonderful program!

  • Great tips for those who are looking to make money in rural areas. Indeed affiliate marketing is great since you do not have to worry about any inventory and stocking up.
    This is the reason I started it.
    You are right that it takes time to make money that can be passive for me it took 1 year and a half. My first website was a dud and the next one took 6 months to see profits.

  • I like your honest evaluation of what it takes to experience success online as too often people try to tell you how easy it is to make money online and con you with snake oil telling you if you only have this online marketing tool or that online marketing tool then you will become super successful overnight which we both know is certainly not the truth.

    I like the idea as you mentioned in this article that if you have an online business then you can even live in a remote rural area and it would not even matter. It is wonderful how technology has removed the physical barriers of being able to conduct business.

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