About Me

Your Online Business Mentor

Hi. Call me Roddie; I’m your online business mentor.

I’m an entrepreneur, educator, and online marketer; and the creator and owner of this website.

The Online Alternative is a platform set up to guide those who wish to start off online, whether they’re interested in online job or business, or simply want to get their business online:

  • youngsters wanting to take their destiny into their own hands;
  • employees in search of freedom and fulfillment;
  • retirees desiring extra income or wholesome activity;
  • artists, designers, business owners;
  • etc.

I was once where you are; let me be your mentor.



The Idea behind this website

Most new onliners have had the same ‘experience curve’ like me. Every now and then, you read accounts of how people spent a fortune on quite costly online business courses or trying to create a website, to no avail.

Many newbies spend so much, and find out later that their aspirations were not met – unfortunately.

Most of them move from one costly online platform or service to another with little or no hope of finding success. (I guess you can relate!)

Such is the ‘normal’ online newbie’s journey. Having had similar experience myself, I’ve created this website to help you avoid such unnecessary hassle in your online experience, and fast-forward your online education or experience.

The online world can be intimidating and quite confusing especially if you’re new to it. My experience has shown that a key factor for success for a newbie online is ‘meeting’ the right person: someone with experience, knowledge, know-how and the will to assist. Such a mentor usually saves you thousands of dollars as well as priceless time and effort. That’s the primary goal here!



What you’ll find on this website

Here, you’ll find guidance for the new onliner. My bad experiences, coupled with the training and guidance I’ve received over the years certainly empower me to handhold ‘newbies’ on their online journey which will result in a smoother online experience for you; you will not have to repeat the mistakes I made.

On this site, you’ll also find documented (in the form of articles) my personal experience online as well as solutions you can choose from based on your needs. I publish posts that are a source of online business education, inspiration, as well as guidance for starting off and eventually building a profitable business online.

Affiliate Disclosure

I am an affiliate of a number of affiliate programs (see definition here). As such, some of the links found in posts on this site are affiliate links leading to relevant products or services. Subscribing to (or purchasing) those offers by means of such links may earn me some commissions – at no extra cost to you – that help me to keep this site online.

My affiliation with affiliate programs however does not constrain me to make false claims or misleading statements. I remain objective when I endorse products and services, and only suggest tools and platforms that I believe will be of help to you on your online journey.

Having said that, here’s . . .

My Story (if you don’t mind)

I began my online business journey around four years ago. I had received an email from an online community I was a part of, inviting me to a webinar on how to make money online. It was first of its kind for me.

I got myself set for the event, then sat in front of my computer for over four hours, listening to accounts by various speakers concerning their experiences in the MMO (Make Money Online) space.

The webinar concluded with the invitation to sign up for a course which cost more than a thousand dollars. I didn’t have funds saved anywhere and would not attempt to borrow it based on experience; I therefore did not sign up.

  • Webinar Paves the Way

One thing I left the webinar with, however, was knowledge – not on how to make money online, but rather what search terms to use to continue my research regarding the MMO industry, as I previously didn’t have the slightest thought that such a sphere even existed on the internet.

  • My Pyramid-like Training Program Experience

A couple of weeks later, those ‘keywords’ led me to a quite flamboyant and appealing pyramid-like training platform where one needed to pay even more than what the webinar course cost, to have the chance of earning something.

Moreover, just remaining in the program – whether you were succeeding with it or not – required a monthly fee, which I simply couldn’t afford.

In that program, I was assigned an online coach whose role was to introduce me to MMO and answer questions I had as a newbie. But instead of doing just that, the coach insisted that I start promoting the program by creating YouTube videos. Imagine being asked as a complete newbie to make videos on something you have no idea about.

He was more concerned about me upgrading to a paid membership because – as I later realized – in doing so, he would have earned more commissions.

But once again, I still couldn’t mobilize the funds needed. I therefore fortunately withdrew from the program a couple of months after the trial period.

To tell you the truth, for the newbie I was at the time, if I had reasonable amounts of money available, I would have certainly subscribed to that ‘high ticket’ offer – and lose good bit of cash.

But thankfully, I didn’t have the amount required. So I continued searching.

  • Finding an alternative

Persistence led me to discover a quite reasonable business model, which I’ve since learnt, and which has propelled me into success online. That online business model is AFFILIATE MARKETING.

To say the truth, I had been so enticed by the platform and lifestyle of those supposedly succeeding in my previous pyramid-like program that I initially didn’t think affiliate marketing was a viable option. But with time, all that started to change.

I have since recognized the value affiliate marketing offers. Today, I own and run a successful affiliate marketing business which provides me with an income at a time of such global uncertainty and widespread financial difficulty.

There are other experiences I’ve gained in the process: training and guidance, website building and SEO, as well as communities I’m a part of. For example, I have been introduced to some of the best affiliate marketers. As such, I continue to stick with my current online business platforms, with no intention of unsubscribing in the near future.

You’re Welcome!

Your concerns are mine. If you have any questions or comments; or you just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line in the comment area below, or contact me at rodvies@theonlinealternative.com. I’ll be very glad to respond to you.

You may also fill out the form at the top right side of this page to get a 7-part introduction to online business, by email.

. . . or CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to join one of the online training platforms where I’m a Premium member.



There is a special feeling I get when I contribute to the success of others, and therefore will not mind pointing you in the right direction.

Thanks for your visit to theonlinealternative.com; you’re always welcome to do so.

To your success online!

– Roddie                                                                                                          Entrepreneur – Educator – Online Marketer                                                  @ theonlinealternative.com

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