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 14 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 14 year period we have helped close to 1.7 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 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 is 100,000's of people here within WA at any given moment and many, MANY experts. If you need help, please ask!

You will also notice that you have access directly to a coach within WA (see image below), either myself or possibly the person that referred you to WA. You can communicate here if you ever need a hand.

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 Get Started Here button within the side 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 "You Are 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. Under your profile image, you will see FOUR circles. These outline the steps to complete your initial Account Set-up.

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!

Task #3: Understand Your Membership

If you joined for FREE, you currently have a Starter membership . This is the starting point of your success online. You get a good deal of access with the Starter level membership, but you need to know that there is MUCH MORE to be found at WA.

There are huge benefits to going premium when you are ready. Your last task for today is to take a second to learn about our Premium membership and how it differs from the Starter program and will show you just why Wealthy Affiliate is the most trusted and respected platform in the affiliate marketing/internet marketing world and as been for the past 14 years.

Get All of the "Juicy" Details About Premium Here!

You are in good hands here at Wealthy Affiliate. :)

Make us a Promise OK?

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! :)

==> Premium Members at Wealthy Affiliate THRIVE Online. Learn More.

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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Jamzz4fun Premium
So I just went to Amazon and attempted to set up an affiliate account and man that become overwhelming. I didn't get it completed because they were asking questions we didn't know the answer too, like how many people come to our website a month. We don't have it up and going yet how can we answer that?
Hi all,
I have question regarding an area I’m confused about: What if your site is promoting products that aren’t part of major affiliate programs like Amazon? Should I go back to the drawing board? I’m focusing on c2c (cradle-to-cradle) products; This means products that are made to a stringent set of environmental requirements and that do not go to the landfill at the end of their lifecycle. It’s common for these to be sold simply from the manufacturer’s or company’s site, rather than on Amazon, for example. I like this niche because I’ve worked in this sector, and am trying to make it work with affiliate marketing. Thank you!!
mikebeatty Premium
Not at all. Almost every company has affiliate opportunities these days. If you can find some company or brand that promotes these kinds of products then you can reach out directly to them to see if they offer this. It may take a bit more research or work on your part but sometimes the rewards can be better in these types of niches
@mikebeatty thank you! I'd considered that too, regarding reaching out directly, so it's helpful to hear you say that. As a follow up: My understanding is that I would want to be promoting as many products within the niche as possible, and in going the route we're discussing, would I be potentially "shooting myself in the foot" by having a site that niche? (In contrast, I am thinking of the sites that were demo'd in the video: the snack helmets and the supplements sites, both of which appeared to be more like large indexes.) Any info/thoughts are very much appreciated! Thank you!
LiliB31 Premium
Oh wow Kyle, that was a really good video. I learned a lot. Thanks for explaining so well. Now, I have to think about what I’m doing with my website by narrowing down my specifics. One tip: If you ever upgrade that video training I would definitely put in the basketball 🏀 picture because everyone learns different and some people might prefer to see “how” you add it and what it looks like after its added - even though you did explain it. Just a suggestion. Otherwise wow I’m super excited to get started. You really make it simple to understand and I appreciate that. 😊
shazam5677 Premium
Picked my niche but am now wondering if it is still to broad? I picked "Painting Tools" because of my 27+ years experience in the trade. Should I narrow it down some more or even choose something different? I have to say I am not passionate about it and it definitely isn't fun. What do y'all think? Any advise or help would be appreciated! Thank you!
Jeffreybs Premium
Ask yourself will I be happy and content writing about painting tools for years to come, I think it is a good niche but if your heart is not it you might find it hard to stick with it
LiliB31 Premium
Yes definitely pick something you are passionate about because that is what will give you motivation to keep going. It’ll give you enthusiasm and excitement. Ask everyone you know what the number one thing they think you’re passionate about and pick the top one if there’s many. I’d bet you’d be surprised at the answers. 😁
LiliB31 Premium
Oh and still do that niche of painting tools but after the passionate niche. I plan on doing something different later but I have to follow through with nutrition because I can’t stop talking about it!!! 😅
Jeffreybs Premium
You know it is funny I tried all the things I was the most passionate about, but I ended up with a successful business with something I had no experience or interest at one time.

With years online I developed the skills I needed and it became an interest for me, and a way for me to help other people so that is where the passion eventually came in.

Sometimes your passions are not enough, you need to learn some skills before your true calling happens
DValentine Premium
Hey Steve - don't do something you're not going to enjoy - this new business of yours is something you're going to have to put a deal of sweat, tears and blood into it and, if you've no passion for the subject then you're going to run out of steam.

Do you have a hobby you like to talk about or a sport? Or is there something you want to find out more about - growing plants, taking vacations, fostering children, collecting fossils?

A niche can be anything at all - from tulips to mason jars, dishwashers to tailgating recipe ideas.

It's really up to you
Jeffreybs Premium
I am very passionate about the health field, but it just was not meant for me to earn a living doing that. I still have much knowledge about health and a passion for it, but it just for some reason was not the right niche for me
Jeffreybs Premium
If you could do anything you want to earn a living what would that be
shazam5677 Premium
Right on! Thanks! I totally get it now. Yea, painting tools might be for another day and time. And that's cool. I'm gonna re-think this for a minute or two. I think computer software for the gaming crowd would be lucrative but I wanna start with something alot simpler while I'm trying to learn this thing. I'll let you know!
shazam5677 Premium
Excellent! I appreciate it! I'm gonna re-think this thing a minute or two and go from there. I'll let you know! Thanks
LiliB31 Premium
Sweet 🤑🤩🥳
DValentine Premium
No problem bud - glad I could help in some way
LiliB31 Premium
Yeah that’s understandable. So true! Yes our passions can emerge from anything and sometimes when we least expect it.
shazam5677 Premium
That's a great idea, thanks!
DaveU Premium
Hey Steve, as an ex painter myself, I think painting tools would be an excellent niche because of your experience. To be honest, I think I would be passionate about any niche that has the potential to make money! But I'm new at this and hoping to learn from others too, so most definitely consider and value the comments of those with more experience at internet marketing. And Steve, one other thing....I bet my Purdy is bigger than your Wooster! (Haha, a joke for painters!)
GinaCook1 Premium
I have several ideas for my niche and not sure which would be the better option.. I have been making money using many avenues such as selling platforms Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, Macari and Poshmark. So thought it could be something those lines??

Or currently experiencing menepause problems so I find my self on google searching relief for these symptoms so feel this would be more profitable.. Just an opinion would be awesome.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - your first idea would be the make money online niche, helping others to find online types of income. This is very competitive, but you seem to have a lot of experience in this area, so it could work for you.

Menopause relief is a popular subject, and there is certainly plenty of advice you could give.

Ultimately, bear in mind you will be expected to write a lot of content, on your niche, so which one can you think of lots of topics about, and would enjoy writing about?
TJamerson-D1 Premium
What is the niche that you are making money on that involves Ebay, Amazon, Etsy etc.? Also I know that I am only 16 and I have quite a ways to go before I reach menopause, but I know a thing or two. I think it it is a great idea! There are many people who have no idea how to relieve themselves of the symptoms. I knew a lady who talked about using peppermint oil. I'm not sure how exactly I just remember it being mentioned. It may work for some and it may not. This is a fantastic niche because you are literally targeting every single older aged woman which is a smart move. That's my opinion
GinaCook1 Premium
Thanks for advice this was the niche I was leaning toward.. Ebay, Amazon I resell clothing I have a men's store and women's store and a hard good store. Amazon basically retail arbitrage and books and Etsy I do custom Vinyl T-shirts and all of these sites are money makers but was looking to shake things up for the New Year You can't grow if you don't change things up throughout your life.
TJamerson-D1 Premium
I love it! I agree you do have to change things up.