Lesson 1, Getting Rolling!

First off, we would like to personally welcome you to Wealthy Affiliate. I am Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I am going to be the one walking you through the training and the process of building a successful business online.

Carson, the other co-founder works more with the technical team (close to 30 full-time employees) so you will see a bit less of him, although he is still very much active here within the community every day.

Here is a photo of us and our families below (me and my family on LEFT, Carson and family on RIGHT). :)



Our goal in the early stages here is EARN your trust and help you get moving in the right direction with your business. We realize that the industry is full of companies that are not all that trustworthy and it has been our mission over the past 16 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 16 year period we have helped close to 2.3 MILLION people during this time!

The community here is full of amazing people, with a lot of expertise. I know you are going to quickly realize that. In fact, you are going to be able to tap into this knowledge an expertise at any point as you move forward in the training.

I assure you that you have definitely made the right choice in joining the community here at Wealthy Affiliate, you are going to love it here and you are going to quickly realize we care about YOU and your success online!

In the coming days and weeks we are going to be showing you how online success works and we will help you realize your own potential within the Internet space to earn revenue and leverage the internet to grow a business.

Before we continue, we want to point out a few important things:

(1) Anyone Can Accomplish Success Online. There are now over 4.75 BILLION people using the Internet, regardless of the direction you head online there is a very large number of people there that you can connect with and leverage to create a business online. Members here at WA succeed at the highest rate out of any platform online!

(2) Anything NEW Can "Appear" to be Overwhelming at First. Like riding a bike, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and even "fall" a few times when getting rolling. Don't worry, you will quickly get the hang of things! Stick with Wealthy Affiliate and you will achieve, and far exceed your goals. We teach what works.

(3) No Technical or Prior Online Business Experience Required. If you have experience that is great, but it is definitely not a requirement here at Wealthy Affiliate. Everything related to online business can be learned here within your membership and you definitely do not need to be a "techie".

(4) Success is a Journey. Success is very cumulative by design. This means that everything you do now, and every step you take will contribute towards your personal success in the future. An exciting journey does lie ahead and the effort you put forth now will pay off later and often times forever!

A Quick Look at How YOU Will Be Creating Success.

Success online is very simple at it's core. There is a 4-step business building process that you are going to be learning here at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is a quick diagram breaking down the process.

Broken, down, the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose an Interest. This can be anything at all, any interest, passion or even something you have no personal experience with.

Step 2: Build a Website. Your website is your foundation and we have the most sophisticated and feature rich website and hosting platform here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Step 3: Attract Visitors. You are going to be learning all about how to get traffic and visitors to your website. The first focus is FREE traffic and there is A LOT of it out there.

Step 4: Earn Revenue. Once you have people on your site and traffic, you can earn revenue. There are over 50 ways you can monetize traffic online, and over 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.

As you go through the training, this is going to be covered in detail. As mentioned, absolutely EVERYTHING you need is here at WA to facilitate this process! It is a true "earn while you learn" environment.

Before we go any further...

We want to give you two simple pieces of advice within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Piece of Advice #1: Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are 100,000's of people here within WA at any given moment and many, MANY experts. If you need help, please ask! Go to the dashboard and leave a question, or you can contact Kyle directly here.

Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, so don't be afraid to reach out to me even if it is to say "hi".

Piece of Advice #2: Take action on what you learn! Action leads to success. You could read and watch the training until you are blue in the face, but if you never take action on it you won't achieve any success.

We don’t want to put any pressure on you and definitely do not want to overwhelm you as you get started, so we are going to give you three simple tasks to perform (as noted below). Spend a few minutes today and complete these tasks! :)

You are currently reading lesson 1 of a 10 lesson Getting Started course. This course is going to step you through the process of getting started. It will answer all of the questions that you have about earning money on the Internet, and will reveal exactly how to do it.

If you ever need to get back to your training, simply click the Training tab in the upper menu. This "smart" button will always take you back to your last completed task and you will also see your progress through the training.

Click the "Continue Here" to get back into your training at any time.

Your Current Tasks :)

In this Lesson you will become involved and immersed within the awesome community here at Wealthy Affiliate. We are a community that cares about your success, and one where you will create wonderful relationships within the industry. You will soon learn that you can SUPERCHARGE your learning and ultimately, your success by being active in the community, and immersing yourself.

This starts with uploading a picture, adding a few words about yourself in your profile description, and getting involved in a live chat with others. These tiny steps are referred to as your "Account Setup" tasks which we will discuss below in a little more detail.

Right now, there is no reason to delay your training, let's get started with your Tasks for today.

Task 1: Watch The Walk Through Video Below

Your first task today is to watch the "Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough - How YOU Can Benefit From WA" video. This video will walk you through Wealthy Affiliate, show you how to find your way around, show you how to get help, and ultimately show you how WA will help you succeed within the online world.

Click the video below to start watching.

 

At any time if you have questions as you are watching the Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough video, simply leave them in the comments section below the video and we will be more than happy to help you out. Remember, there is a TON of help available whenever you need it.

Task 2: Complete Your Account Set-up

Your next task is to set-up your Wealthy Affiliate account. Here is video walking you through the process it. It is fairly straightforward and only requires a few steps.

 


Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes three items:

1. Adding a profile image (can be anything you want, including one of the default options)

2. Add a profile description. Again, you are in control. Share something about yourself, your interests, and perhaps why you are here at WA (and your goals online)

3. Set Goals. Set some "money" goals for yourself here at WA. This is going to be great for motivation moving forward, but also will naturally lead to much more achievement.

You can also edit your profile at any time, by going directly to your profile page.

This may seem very simple (and it is), but there are definite reasons that you are going to want to complete the account set-up process. Here are some benefits to setting up your account:

  • Leads to better networking within the community
  • Your “followers” within the community will go up at least 5x (in some cases)
  • People are more willing to help you if you have a profile
  • Adds a level of credibility within the community
  • Shows others that you are serious about SUCCESS

Immerse yourself within Wealthy Affiliate and you are going to experience a lot more success. It is a rare day within WA when you don’t get to brush shoulders with millionaire marketers hanging out within the community, so take this serious and make your profile (people’s first impression of you) a good one.

Goals are important for achievement and success, so we recommend that you set these early on. And don't worry, as time goes on you can and likely will be setting new goals as you make progress!

One More Thing...

We want you to make us a promise today. We want you to give Wealthy Affiliate a chance first and foremost. We know that you may have had bad experiences online in the past and we want you to allow us to prove ourselves to you.

We care about YOU and we care about YOUR personal success more than you think.

Do we have a deal? :)

Again, we want to personally welcome you to the community and we look forward to helping you achieve success online, and far exceeding your expectations :)

Your friends,

Kyle & Carson

PS. When you are done your tasks, simply check them off below and then move onto the next lesson. And if you have any questions at all, please leave them in the comments below.

I also encourage you to take a second and jump into a live chat, even if it is just to say "hello". We are a warm, welcoming and vivacious community here at WA and it is always a good idea to connect with others in the early stages.

In the next lesson we are going to be talking all about Making Money! :)

Tasks 0/3 completed
1. Watch the Walk-through Video of Wealthy Affiliate
2. Complete the Account Set-up Process on your profile (image, description, goals)
3. Read Our Story, and Learn About the Premium Membership Offer


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Terli Premium
Sir,

Though I followed exactly what was thought in the lesson, the "ABOUT" Tab is not appearing left to the Privacy Policy Tab on the header bar (that is ) at the right top of main navigation bar of my Website. I am not able to find the fault. Please guide me.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Your about me is a post that goes in the blog roll. You may go to Appearance > Menus and add to your menu once you have created one. If you have it as a page you may change it using the Post type switcher plugin.

Resources
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jghwebbrand Premium
Sounds like you have created your menu.
Go back to your menu.
Wordpress backoffice -> appearance -> menu.
edit your existing menu. If privacy policy and about me appear you can drag their order in the menu so about is first.

.How to do menu
Go to Wordpress backoffice -> appearance -> menus
When in menus on right hand side do you see a menu you have created. If not create menu and save it.
Then on left hand side click page caret see your privacy policy -> add to menu. click on posts caret see your about me post.
> add to menu. Save menu on right hand side. refresh your browser and refresh your website.
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Terli Premium
Thank you Sir. I did it. In fact I did not refresh after creating the menu. That was the actual cause.
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Terli Premium
Thank you, I did it.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Wonderful!
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what would be the best paid ads platform to promote web hosting like bluehost? here is my landing page a1 varieties .com is it good and ive tried bing ads lost a couple hundred on this and several hundred on another campaign so that may not be the way to go.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You can host with WA here, however as and when you decide to become a premium member, as hosting is included with a premium subscription to the platform.

It is preferable to learn about ads first before investing in it. So I would follow up the SEO route starting out and when my website has made money you can then reinvest in your business from the proceeds vs your pockets.

As you have experienced you have lost money and didn't convert. And this is what WA teaches.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Super welcome to WA.

We are so happy to have you with us, and we know you are going to enjoy and benefit greatly from the Wealthy Affiliate training here.

For the first seven days you can test drive the Wealthy Affiliate platform limited premium access to see if it fits with your business needs and objectives.

The Wealthy Affiliate is a learning platform that teaches you how to build a progressive successful site for affiliate marketing. Please follow the Wealthy Affiliate training and apply what is taught all is explained within the lessons, ticking checklists at the bottom, tasks asked of you to complete in order to set up properly and guide you through the process.

You have access to Level One of OEC And level One of the Affiliate Bootcamp How to make money by Kyle Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
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jghwebbrand Premium
It looks like you are very new here.
Do you have a lot of traffic to your website and do you have a good landing page set up. That would be key. There are some good ad placement options, but some have a website traffic requirement. For example Mediavine I believe now requires 50K visitors in a month to a site.
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How much money per month would you be happy
earning?
I would be happy making around $1,350-$2,000.
How much money per month would allow you to live
the ideal lifestyle?
I'd say in order for me to live a lifestyle I can be proud
of, It would be about 4,550 a month. But I'm not going
to get carried away with dreams…
How many hours per week are you willing to invest to
achieve these goals?
I'm willing to put in 25-30 hours a week.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thank you for sharing your goals. They are very achievable.
Welcome to WA. We are delighted to meet you and so glad you are here.

As you build your online business remember the 4 Step Process. It is the successful framework for any online business.

Step 1: Choose your niche
Step 2: Build your website/content
Step 3: Get rankings in search engines (leads to traffic)
Step 4: Monetize your traffic (the make money part, through affiliate programs signing up for and adding affiliate links to your posts)

This is a very exciting opportunity and we wish you much success.

The way to learn the online process is to complete the Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. After you finish each task make sure to check mark the box in front of the task. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

Here is your link for the training in case you ever need it.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Excellent goals! It is so wonderful to have you here with us, and I know you will benefit significantly from the Wealthy Affiliate training here. And I look forward to seeing you attain your goals as you move along the core training!

If you ever need a hand along the way, there are TONS of help here within the community, including the co-founders Kyle & Carson; feel free to reach out! :)
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Awesome goals! Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. I’m happy to see you here. This is a great place to get you started with your online business. There is loads of support and excellent training, which is amazing!
Good luck!!!
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TamiMoore Premium
Hi. I wanted to use video gaming, either accessories or console and Pc games, as a niche. Do you think that is too wide of a category to be effective? I think I would enjoy testing games and or accessories and giving reviews while linking customers to products. Is this too competitive of a market or do y'all think it could be successful? I can also do something with plants but I am not sure how to narrow that down. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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alissss Premium
If you ask me, video gaming is already a good niche. I'm not an expert on that niche, but I know that there is always a debate about which one is better - Play Station or Xbox.

That's why, for example, I thought it would be a good idea for a blog post where you could explain the difference between these two and what are the pros and cons of both.

I think you can start with video gaming in general and over time you will see what suits you better or simply what the audience prefers to read, so you can narrow down your niche even more.
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jghwebbrand Premium
That is a popular niche. Essentials for video gaming would narrow your niche idea. One question, can you test video games without buying them?

You will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic. Resource for questions: answersocrates.com and google search "people also ask" section in search results page. The number of instructional posts would be 70% and 30% product reviews.

Here is some help regarding narrowing your niche.
A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later Your website must be more than just products because then you would just be yet another shop among the millions already out there and Google would not rank your site high enough to be found.
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I love video games lol, you’ve got my vote I think it’s a great place to start.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You can.

You ought to discuss an aspect of gaming to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience (that could be beginners or another group you have in mind).you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche
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TamiMoore Premium
Thank you so much for the information you provided me. I have taken the time to really go through and absorb it. I have decided to change my niche. I am torn between doing female hair loss and shrubs and trees. I am knowledgeable about both. I see a need that I can answer with both. I just don't know how I would get products to advertise unless I break down the niche more and do something like fertilizers for shrubs and trees. Anyway, I really appreciate the help. It really put things into perspective.
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jghwebbrand Premium
One thing you can do is see questions people ask about a niche. To do so, do a google browser search and look for auto suggest keyword phrases and the section below it "people also ask"

Does answering those questions excite you.
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lhyler Premium
I purchased a WP Website/template and am having a lot of difficulty editing it and removing things that I do not want like replies to my posts, etc.

Is there a specific course or some training to learn how to do this without having to keep going through trial and error trying to find where to do these things? I am sure there's a shorter way.

TIA
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TheAbie Premium Plus
I suggest you reach out to your themes docs, forum or developers support going forward.
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DIGGER12 Premium Plus
What theme is it ? I have found that WordPress has a HELP button. They usually have a search bar as well you can do a search on the theme. I am using GeneratePress, if you go to generatepress.com there is a Documentation section that I found a lot of information on. Alot of it was just figuring it out.
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jghwebbrand Premium
You can also use YouTube. Many times there are helpful videos.
Doing a google search for your purchased theme will also provide help plus your themes documentation.
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