When a new member to Wealthy Affiliate starts looking around the website they will see in the upper left corner - the menu area. Not knowing for sure where to start they may click the Green Get Started Here button of the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course. This would be the correct choice.

But there will be many others who will click on the Black Affiliate Bootcamp Course button because they may either be unsure of what to do or may think it sounds like the place to start. In my opinion and that of many other senior members, this is not the correct choice to make.


As I had mentioned on the previous page, when you have a passion or a great interest in something you can spend hours talking about it. By choosing your own niche, one you are quite familiar with, creating lots of content will be more fun than trying to think of what to say in a niche you know nothing about.

When all new member sign up to WA Kyle, Carson and whomever is the person who brought in the referral, will give them a link to the Green Get Started Here button of the Certification Courses. Why? Because this is the best and most logical starting point for the WA training.

The problem I see starts mainly at the end of Lesson 3 in the Certification Course. This may sound contrary to the training Kyle presents here but I believe it must be said and I know other members who promote WA who have said similar.

In the above image you will see what appears at the end of Lesson 3. Though I agree that it should not take more than 30 minutes to come up with a niche of your own, there will be many newbie members who will still not fully understand what is a niche and could also be overwhelmed by all of this knowledge.

To basically push these members to come up with a niche in a "Maximum" of 30 minutes and then quickly offer a solution to give them an already selected Make Money Online niche promoting Wealthy Affiliate, I feel is unfair. It does not give the new member time in their minds to choose their course.

Do not choose to get into the Bootcamp Course without first realizing that the niche you will be promoting is Wealthy Affiliate. Also realize that you will need to be confident in your consistent content creation about the benefits of how WA can make anyone successful at making money online.

How can you effectively promote something you have not actually experienced? You cannot. This is why I and many other members that do promote WA, took the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course first so that we could better understand the benefits of how Wealthy Affiliate works.

By taking the Certification Course you can choose a niche that you are more comfortable with, which in turn will make it more fun to create content for. You will also be able to learn how WA can help you to make money online and will lay the foundation for you to take the Bootcamp Course at a later date.

NEXT UP = What is the Certification Course and why I recommend it for starting out.

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sbhowmik Premium
First mistake of newbies are to chose niche quickly and start building website without doing much research on the subject. But I don't blame them for doing that ( I am a victim ) because that is how the WA is designed. Newbies want to start website within the free membership time period and complete as much as training they can grasp without being matured on that subject. Sorry to tell but there are lots of superficial advice on WA which does not help newbies much. Thanks for your article!
boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I agree and that is why I always stress to newbies, as well as try to help them, to take time and find a niche. Every single one of us are involved in dozens of niches and most times on a daily basis.

I can find niches for people just by talking to them for a bit, finding out what they like and what they enjoy doing. It is not hard to find many niches. But newbies want to make money quickly and that is just not how it happens.

They then give up on the simple process of finding a niche and just accept Bootcamp. But if being in the MMO niche is not a good fit for them, they will most likely fail. This is why they need to take their time and find a niche they like. Everyone has something they like doing or using.
sbhowmik Premium
Thanks for your reply! "Slow and steady wins the race" is the right phrase to become successful atWA in my judgement. But it needs regular work ,research and most important all those certification courses/bootcamp. Yes, you are right, because of your maturity you can find niche by talking to the person. I think every newbie will be like that after couple of years.
boomergp08 Premium
Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to anything one will build that will bring about success. But my point about not being able to complete the simple process of finding a niche one is into has nothing to do with my maturity.

When I joined WA I had no idea what a niche was really all about and then Kyle said that it is a group of people looking for a specific product or service. That is a very simple and easy to understand explanation.

Millions of people wear waterproof leather boots
Millions of people drive pickup trucks
Millions of people like traveling to Disney World
Millions of people buy baby clothing
Millions of people enjoy the movie Star Wars
Millions of people play video games
Millions of people use an iPhone
Millions of people want to live healthier lives
Millions of people love watching sports
Millions of people buy t-shirts
Millions of people wear athletic shoes
Millions of people enjoy flat screen TVs

The above twelve are all niche markets. Go to a newsstand and look at the magazine rack. Each of those magazines represent a niche market. So understanding what is a niche is simple. To find in oneself what a person enjoys should be a simple process too.

But many newbies, not all, wrongfully search out a niche that they feel will be the most profitable for them. Again like Kyle says in the training, every niche can be profitable and when it is a niche your have an interest in, you can create content that will convert.
TracyIrv Premium
Thanks and I agree. I felt as a new person to building a website I wanted to concentrate on that first, and social networks.
As a traveller ( I constantly travel) I actually found signing up to Affiliate companies a nightmare, as they all want an address, a phone number, a bank account....etc.
This is all very well if you are living in one home, but I don't. I have been on the road over 2 years.
Also, importing and exporting goods is a nightmare if in the cosmetics industry, which I am.
I am still struggling with that.
Amazon....only pay into a bank account if you have an address in the USA, otherwise it's a cheque! ...to a home address.
All these things have pushed me to leave the affiliate Bootcamp to the end, Lol.
I am glad I have been concentrating on the lessons first.
boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I can see how doing almost anything that requires an actual street address must be troubling, to say the least.
TracyIrv Premium
Nice image of lady on her laptop. Pixabay?
boomergp08 Premium
Yes. Pixabay is one of my two most favorite free image resource websites.
TaniaHersel Premium
Thank you for this. I started the certification course and rushed it which lead to me getting overwhelmed and still making mistakes. The best advice I got was to do the course step by step, slow down. Only this week I discovered what Boot camp was about. Once certification course is done, will then move onto Boot camp.
Thank you for this training it will help new members get on track.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Yes, always do the training in a slow step by step process. You can never rush success. Finish the Certification Course first and then going on to Bootcamp, if desired, is the correct way to go about having successful affiliate marketing websites in my opinion.
ladyluck2013 Premium Plus
Hi Robert,
I have been with WA since 2013 and I've never really understood the difference between the Affiliate Bootcamp and the Certification Courses--until now. I started with the Affiliate Bootcamp first because I did not have a niche. What you have said in this post makes a lot of sense, so I will start the Certification Course and see what happens. Thanks for explaining the difference between the two courses.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Deidre. I did this training because I see a lot of newbies starting with Bootcamp and then later on not seeing any results, with some of them quitting WA.

There is a reason Kyle, Carson and everyone eho promotes WA, will recommend a newbie start with the Certification Course first. Because it will teach you EVERYTHING.
MrKent Premium
Nice article Boomer. I started with the certification course about 9 months ago and build my first niche blog. Right now I just started my 2nd blog which is a WA affiliate site.

I probably shouldn't do this but I find that I'm flying through the bootcamp with no problems, even skipping some parts cause I already know how to do a lot of things. This could be a mistake though because my 2nd site has not been indexed by google yet and its been 10 days, had I missed something? If it doesn't get indexed in another week I'll have to go over everything again slowly... ah, should have just done that the first time.

I plan on having 4-5 blogs in the next year or two. diversification is the key to a reliable passive income, you never wanna put all your eggs on one site.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Kent. And yes, even though you know a lot of the things being taught in Bootcamp because you learned them in the Certification Course, you should NOT skip over them.

At the very least skim through them because there will always be some little thing you may have forgotten or that me be explained in a slightly more understandable way.

If you want to see right away what if any of your website has been indexed, just go to Google and do a site search by typing


Make sure your domain name does not have the www or the https in front of it.