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 15 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 15 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 me directly here.

PS. Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, 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. If you go to the Home button (your dashboard), you will be offered all sorts of things, including a "Getting Started" module where you can set-up your account.

Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes four 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 yoru goals online)

3.Start the training. If you are reading this, you have already started the training, so you will see this item already checked off.

4. 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.

Simply CLICK on these circles to initiate the set-up process for the corresponding item. If I want to add an image, I would click the first of the four icons.

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 achievemenrt 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.

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 (image, description, goals)
3. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer

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LaurelB2 Premium
I am thinking of a niche:

1. Reiki>natural gemstones for making jewelry. Amazon ACC Beads

2. Tibetan Singing Bowl set >Amazon Ohm Store

3. Amazon Basics multipurpose copy printer paper.

4. Space Pen Amazon > Fisher space pen.

Just questioning if I should look at best seller like # 3 & 4.
or i just be more specific like #1 and 2.

Also wrestling over what a good name is for website, suggestions are appreciated. Thank you
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi I would go with something that best resonates with me, which you can think can writes 10 articles on he fly.

Starting out with one subcategory niche and once site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can scale.

For example for your first choice. Relaxation techniques for beginners as in Reiki related niche.

You may want to consult with https://answersocrates.com/ A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

One niche, a website.

When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?
Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience.
jghwebbrand Premium
I am a little confused. Are you choosing one of the 5 for a niche?

It looks like all five are products. A niche could be something like gem stone jewelry making.

A niche is a topic not a product. When you have a topic then you talk about the definitions, how-tos, recommended & Product reviews, guldes.
Angell70 Premium
Hi LaurelB2 & ntmu. As AbieAJ said and my honest opinion is to go with what is your deep passion. where you can write write and never can stop writing because it is your profound passion.
I know what i am going to do now. Affiliate marketing is far too broad for me and i have spent a lot of time researching and i found something that i am passionate about and i need to change my title to how to be eco friendly at home on a budget. Thete are loads of affiliate products for this niche and lots of other sub niches i can write about too
Newme202 Premium
That's awesome that you now know the direction that you want your website to take

We are still here if you need anymore information or assistance
AaronKirk Premium
Awesome you have found what you want your niche to be! That's a huge part of getting started on the right food. Good luck to you and best wishes! :)
jghwebbrand Premium
Nice choice. You have a broad niche that you can use as your site grows in traffic.

When you first start your site it is best to start with one of your sub niches so you get a following. This way the search engines and your followers know what they can more specifically expect to find on your site..

How to narrow a niche down How To Scale Your niche
Angell70 Premium
Hi&ntmu; &go; for it my dear.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
HI affiliate marketing is broad, you would need narrow it down into what type you are going to talk about and who it would suit. i.e. Email marketing for beginners.

You can use nswersocrates.com to find a subcategory and once site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale. A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

One niche, a website.
When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?
Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience. Essentially you are writing informational and review posts for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

You would have written 20 - 30 posts and have some traffic to be able apply for affiliate programs as typically they will check your site for relevance and traffic prior approval.

For Amazon it is 15 - 20 posts.

Once accepted, they've give you material and special tracking code links you can share on your site.

Once they do, and in accordance to your affiliation terms and conditions how commission payouts are tracked and paid.

I would always adhere to your affiliate program terms and conditions.

Welcome to WA and our community.
shobhitgupta Premium
All in One SEO vs Yoast SEO
WP has another popular plugin named Yoast SEO. Does All in One SEO replaces yoast completely and performs all the tasks in a better way?
If not, can we use both plugins in our website? Will there be any clashes between their functionalities?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - since All in One SEO recently updated, it is now very similar to Yoast, so it's personal preference really. You can only use one SEO plugin, as they will conflict with each other.

However, as you are a free starter member, you cannot add any further plugins to your website anyway.
banestep Premium

I'm actually following along with an existing website and have both Yoast and AIO installed there.

Before I started the course Yoast was the one enabled.

However as I was following along (and updated plugins after a while) I noticed that AIO seems to have more functionalities.

Therefore I disabled Yoast and enabled AIO.

It can be a matter of personal preference and if you have premium account for either of those (I only use free versions of those plugins).

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,
jghwebbrand Premium
Thank your for your explanation. Very well stated.
And you are right. Only use one plugin for SEO.

We wish you continued success as you journey on here.
banestep Premium
Glad when opportunity comes to be helpful. :)

Thanks for your reply!
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi you may want to review below resource However AIOSEO had recently had an update I would head for Jay's webinars to check out the new trainings


You can also check the magnifying glass top menu to find relevant blog posts and discussions
great information, just starting out and will need all the help you all can give
shobhitgupta Premium
Hi @All
I have interest in providing IT training since I am myself a trainer and provide training in several programming languages. But I am not sure that I can write continuous content for that.
After watching video above, I fins baby care products and gym related products to be more productive for making money, but those 2 certainly doesn't fall in my likings, but I find them interesting.
I am from India and would like to keep Indians as target for now because reading Indian minds will be far more easy for me.
So, this is where I got stuck. What should be my niche? How to choose one to start?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi you'd wanting a niche a site, if IT training what would you think you would be promoting perhaps own digital products. Again baby care products are items vs a niche subject you'd perhaps wanting discuss what type of care products and what benefits and who would want to use for what purpose, who's your target audience. You're wanting narrow it down to a subcategory for starters, when site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you may then scale You can also try https://answersocrates.com/

So your niche should be something that best resonates with you.

A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

One niche, a website.
When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?
Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience.
shobhitgupta Premium
But as I said, I dont see myself really being able to write a lot of content. Regarding physical products, I havent used them then how will I be able to write about them? This is really a hard job to finalize niche, especially when i know I might not be able to write about it much.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You can read other peoples work and research however all content on site must be original written in your own words.

You can use https://Grammarly.com premium version of which would help you out with grammar and writing, an avenue for you to explore.
Disaster23 Premium
Maybe if you haven't used them you could maybe ask to use other peoples opinion
shobhitgupta Premium
but a large amount of article just showing my basic understanding and asking people's opinion will work for SEO?
jghwebbrand Premium
As affiliate marketers we are not experts nor have we used all products we recommend. But there are many sites with verified customer reviews that provide a wealth of insight into products.

We also use YouTube and the manufactures site to get a deeper understanding of the products features.

Here are some blogs that may help you.
How to Become An Expert in Any Niche How to narrow a niche down We wish you success as you choose your niche.
Rich0731 Premium Plus
One of the things that I am finding is that I seem to learn more easily through the text portion of the lessons rather than the videos. I have the lessons opened in one window and my site opened in another and can swith back and forth to complete the tasks.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's really awesome as long as practical and works for you.

Let us know when needing help or having further questions.
right sir
i agreed