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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rjlamontagne Premium
Hi. I have already started work on a wp blog that is hosted by Blue Host. I already own my domain name, purchased through Go Daddy. I haven't gone live with my blog yet, but I've added pages and content. I guess I'm wondering if it's possible to just switch over what I've already done or is it necessary to start from scratch here?
Nedd Premium
You can back up your content from your other site and upload it to a site here if you want. It's a little bit of a pain, but a lot easier than rewriting everything.
rjlamontagne Premium
Thanks, Nedd. I truly appreciate the guidance.
bigbufahab Premium
This is somewhat new to me also, if you've already put together something, use it. Your already ahead of the game. Great stuff
skings Premium
Okay. So I'm building my first website, a siterubix one, and I'm trying to add a header image. I added a photo and successfully cropped it to fit, and hit the publish button, but when I viewed the page it didn't show up. I tried it several times, same result. So, trying something different before hitting the "Select and Crop" button I added a couple of words to the Alt Text box above. Now I'm getting the message, "There has been an error cropping your image." Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone help?
psalisbury1 Premium
After you add the image and hit publish, close the page out. Close out of Wealthy Affiliate. Then open a new page and your image should be there. If it is not, then try clearing your cache..

hope this helps

JimintheWeb Premium
Yea, Skings:
Psalisbury nailed it.
Each & every time you change something within the website, you gotta re-load the website that others are seeing. This is if you have 2 of your websites up @ the same time, one for editing & the other to see how it looks / how others see it. {personally, I prefer this way}
Bring it up on your mobile phone too. Way criticle here, seeing how e-commerce is running towards this direction.
If you are just using one window / one site & going back & forth between edit & view your site, then should work fine.
Yet still, if you are sort of new @ this game, don't go hog wild with the site you want out there. Take some time & go with a "practice" siterubix.com website. Mess around inside & post & look what changes what & how others see it. I'm telling you from experience, it'll save on the headaches.
rjlamontagne Premium
Hi! I'm really happy to have found this community. It's really reassuring that Kyle and Carson take such a personal interest in their clients. I don't think I've seen too many others do so. I just have a quick question. I've already begun building my blog, though I haven't "gone live" yet; still fleshing it out. It is a WP blog and it's hosted by Blue Host. Should I upgrade to premium, can I switch the hosting over and would I be able to get help in doing so? Thanks, and again very happy to have found WA.
psalisbury1 Premium
Hi, that's a YES to all of your questions my dear!

rjlamontagne Premium
Hi, Phil. And thanks for the answer, especially since it's the one I was hoping for.
psalisbury1 Premium
Sorry it took so long for anyone to help, that is VERY unusual. I actually do not think I have ever seen that. Usually you get an answer to a question in under five minutes.

If you have any other questions, I would be glad to answer them now, if I can, since I am online.

rjlamontagne Premium
I really appreciate that, Phil. Since I've already decided to join, but had already kinda started on my own, that was my only pressing question. I'm already pretty sure that I'll get a lot out of this initial training. I'm also looking forward to guidance and reviews, as I have a lot of ideas, but also a lot of uncertainty as to how to implement them. Oh, I've thought of one. What's the best move to make at this step 4? Should I just build the free website or build one under my own domain. I have to wait a couple of days before I can upgrade to premium, so which would you recommend?
Camille22 Premium
Hi, I'm new to this and just joined! I just switched my wordpress website on Godaddy yesterday to more user friendly platform. The technician at Go daddy said it would work better for someone who does not know coding, web design etc. I did this yesterday. Now I'm a bit unsure if I should have changed from wordpress. Does it matter what type of website we have in order to have an affiliate blog? With wordpress I know I have the option of many plugins. Anyone have thoughts or suggestions? Does it really matter what type of website we have? I would really appreciate any input/advice here. Thanks

merlynmac Premium
In the end, no. That said, some guidance you get here will be based on the assumption you're using a WordPress site. For example, a specific plugin might be recommended or someone may try to show you how to edit something or change a setting, again assuming a WordPress base.
Camille22 Premium
Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it! I understand now. 🤗
merlynmac Premium
Happy to help!
nathaniell Premium
The trouble with Godaddy websites is that they can only exist on Godaddy hosting. With WordPress, you can move your website between hosts. WordPress has more options to customize your website, and is also better for search engine optimization.

Long term, it's better to be working with WordPress in my opinion.
Camille22 Premium
Great, thanks so much for the advice on this topic. I really appreciate the input, Nathaniel!
skings Premium
How much is the premium fee after the first discount month? And, with the premium membership I can have up to 25 websites hosted on the WA server. Is that correct? And, can all of these 25 be sites where I own the domain, or do a number of them need to be whatever dot siterubics dot com sites? Thank you.
Nedd Premium
The fee after the discount month is $49 and you can have 25 sites with your domain PLUS 25 sites with the siterubix.com subdomains.
psalisbury1 Premium
its 49 dollars per month. Yes you get 25 Websites where you own your own domain after you purchase the domain, and also 25 Websites with the siterubics dot com site making a total of 50. All hosted on the WA server
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the payment is $49 per month, taken automatically. It is cheaper to pay upfront for 6 or 12 months but there are no refunds. You are given 25 Siterubix sub-domains, and can host a further 25 purchased domains.
apache1 Premium
If you take the first discount of $19 the monthly membership is $49 US per month recurring.

Which is taken out automatically from your chosen account you have selected.

As for No of websites premium members can have up 25 free siterubix websites plus can host up to 25 owned domain here in WA which is included in part of your membership.

This gives you a total of 50 websites a premium member can host here. Hope that answers your question.

But rather than focusing on having many websites best to go through the training as given and focus on having a solid foundation to one website and work on that.

Wishing you well
bigbufahab Premium
Thanks for all the help answers for everyone. Just going through some of them has helped my mindset a great deal. Keep up the great work in keeping us that are new targeted in the right direction.