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. 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.

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. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer


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lbholston Premium
So after this lesson and going through some of the searches, I think I've narrowed my niche to all things golf after 60. Does that sound too broad? My intended audience will be those at least 55 and older and I would be addressing things unique to seniors playing golf. It's definitely different than playing at 35 or 40!

I'd appreciate any feedback anyone could give on this direction, and thanks.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
If you can cover absolutely everything then it's not too broad. If you can't, then it is
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lbholston Premium
Reasonable. For the things I have in mind, I believe I can cover everything. I'm thinking health, equipment, and technique. Thanks for the feedback,
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DCaribbeanQ Premium Plus
I'd suggest that you start with one. For instance, health until you have exhausted that and pretty much establish yourself as an expert then move on to another (like technique) and so on. You can even group them in this manner.

All the best.

Candy Benn
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lbholston Premium
Thank you for the feedback. That also makes sense. Sometimes I tend to get a little too ambitious a little too fast. So do you think a reasonable topic (niche) could be maintaining fitness (health) or golfers over 60?
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jghwebbrand Premium
That sounds narrow enough and helpful.
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DCaribbeanQ Premium Plus
I do but don't take my word for it. Do your market research to find out if this is a viable niche.

Here is something I wrote recently that would help you to understand some things you need to know before you go into any new market. The point of doing research is to ensure your niche is a profitable one with lots of products and an abundance of customers.

Additionally, I suggest that if you do decide to proceed that you read daily about your niche in forums like Quora and Facebook groups,

You do this to find out what your potential customers are talking about or interested in.

Read books on the subject too. You want the ones that are selling well and has great reviews.

This also indicates their interest. You will need to educate yourself on what they want to know and keep educating yourself so you become the go-to person in your niche

All the best.

Candy Benn
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lbholston Premium
Thank you so very much!
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DCaribbeanQ Premium Plus
You are most welcome.

Candy Benn
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; you can cover all things Golf. You don't need to have an age limit. And you will have a bigger audience. Just suggesting; no Offense meant.
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amjadjudeh Premium
I don't think that it's broad. That's a group of similar people with similar goals and needs, which is what a niche means.
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Aparna155 Premium
That does sound like a good niche.
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lbholston Premium
Thanks, Michael. No offense taken, I appreciate any/all suggestions, advice, guidance, and recommendations. I'm here to learn from all of you, and really do appreciate the feedback.
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Hi guys, I'm new to the platform and I'm a little confused about the concept to narrow down the niche.

I don't understand why it is not recommended to create a website more broad, so that I can write easily and unlimitedly about different topics related to the main niche?

In my opinion, I consider that by segmenting the niche I will be in the situation of being limited to writing articles. Can anyone explain to me the benefit of segmentation? Thank you in advance.
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SpaceCowboy1 Premium
From my understanding it will be harder for your website to get indexed by google. By narrowing down your niche to a specific topic you can select keywords related to the topic making it index higher in google.

I was thinking the same when it came to generating content as you are. Hard to write multiple blog post on one topic. I chose NFL gear so I have a wide range of topics to blog about.

Someone with more experience may be able to give you better advice than me on this subject. I'm kind of new to this myself. Good luck of choosing a topic Indyra-Bs.
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Hi James, thank you very much for your answer. It could be a first point of view. But I have come across many websites where their domain does not give an absolute understanding of what niche it is. Only if you start browsing the website.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Narrowing a niche as a concept sounds counter intuitive, BUT
Here is something to think about.

There are millions of websites and lets' say my niche is shoes for the family. That would be a very broad niche. If I type that phrase into Google I get the following results About 1,250,000,000 results. )that's my competition and my site is new and not ranked.. If I narrow my niche to gym shoes for boys i get the follow results About 88,400,000 results (at least 40,000,00 less competition). If i type gym shoes for toddler boy I find .About 24,400,000 results (that's a lot less competition. If I type "gym shoes for toddler boy with wide feet" the results are About 0 results (there is no competition. That is used only as an illustration to show that if you narrow your niche scope to start with your site will not have as much competition and you have a much greater change to get Google to notice your site and get traffic. As your site gets established and you get traffic then you can expand your niche scope..

Niche examples with narrow scope. It is important to start with a narrow scope.

Camping essentials for beginners as a niche subject Computer essentials for beginners. Strength training for women over 40. I help women over 50 lose weight with yoga, help new Moms find the most important baby gear to cope with their first year as a parent

How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later Once you get into your niche you will be surprised at how many posts you can write. How to's, guides, comparisons, best ofs, reviews.

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.
https://www.usetopic.com/people-also-ask
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SHeisey1 Premium
INDYRA,
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliates. The process you are learning is specifically designed to help you build a website. Keep it simple, and once you get that down, they will lead you in adding on and expanding. If you can keep it simple at first, then you can focus on the site-building process. THEN add to that as they direct you. Otherwise it could become too complicated while you are still trying to learn the setup process.

Blessings and joy to you as you join in our chats and establish yourself in WA.

Shirley
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; in my opinion; if you want a broad Niche? That is okay. I am just going to say; and no Offense meant to anyone. I am just saying this; please no one take Offense.

From what I understand; the training is going to be updated soon. I just want to say; if you mention this to the right Members. You might get an answer on this. All I can say is; you might want to ask Members with Great Rank.

Hope this helps and encourages? And not meaning to Offend anyone.
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lbholston Premium
This is great advice. Is there a way to save a post so you can refer back to it quickly?
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michaelw777 Premium
I am not sure; other Members please confirm; but while you are in Wordpress; there should be an update button; if you are in Wordpress; you can use that. I am rusty though; Other Members please confirm?
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lbholston Premium
I'm sorry, I should have said comment. In these threads, is there a way to save a comment? I'm speaking specifically about your comment to Indyra-BS?
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MaryJohnson1 Premium Plus
So narrowing your niche down to specifics. Can you have many titles to the nitch. Like wemons shoes, boys sneakers or kids sandles
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Thank you very much for the answer and detailed explanations you gave me. There could not be a more complex answer and more understandable to all. I really appreciate the time and patience you offer.

Have an amazing weekend!
Indyra.
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Thank you very much Shirley, for your answer, but also for reminding us that keeping things simple will make our lives easier.😊
Enjoy your weekend!

Best Regards,
Diana.
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Thanks Michael for your recommendation. I'll take it into account. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards,
Indyra.
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Kennsiim Premium
Does my website have to target only one niche or can I create a general store with different products and links (sell related products to different interest groups) to maximize my earnings? For example, am thinking about getting into fashion (both men and women) and children's toys. Can I pull this off on one site or I would have to create different sites and promote them differently?
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dylanrieger Premium
That might be a little to broad.. it's best to pick something specific about fashion (like dress shoes).
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Kennsiim Premium
Thanks for quick response, much appreciated. Am persuaded that as I acquire more knowledge from you and many other kind hearted folks here at WA, it will become clearer to me how to approach my website.
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jghwebbrand Premium
There are too many ideas here.
A niche is something you feel super excited to write about, a skill you have attained, something that resonates with you. You will want to be focused on one niche. What is it that you want to help a group of people with or what problem do you want to help them solve (group could be age, gender, location, experience level, degree or type of need, etc.)

'i want to help ____(group) with ______(problem)'
Focus on one idea and one group of people to start your site with.
Say you are interested in children's toys.
A narrower focus to start could be Children's toys to improve motor skills

Why should you narrow your niche when first starting?
The key to getting started fast is to narrow your niche down to a specific topic. This way, you will eliminate a lot of competition and get results much faster.
Niche examples
Camping essentials for beginners as a niche subject Computer essentials for beginners. Strength training for women over 40. I help women over 50 lose weight with yoga, help new Moms find the most important baby gear to cope with their first year as a parent

How To Find Your Passion Once you site is established and receiving a good volume of traffic you can expand your niche scope.
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Kennsiim Premium
Wow! Thanks for the insightful response, it clearly shows that you know what you are talking about. You have unpacked it nicely for me. Am beginning to understand the power of a niche for an online business. If I don't focus on one particular niche, it's easy to get overwhelmed and lose focus as there are simply too many options out there.
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michaelw777 Premium
That is a great idea; you may have to ask other Members for help on this. But, in Wordpress. Look up WooCommerce. I think that is it; in Add Ons in Wordpress; just try that. And WooCommerce is an Online Store Plug In.

Hope this helps and encourages?
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Kennsiim Premium
Thanks a lot for that, much appreciated. I will sure give it a try as I learn and grow.
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FREESPIRIT79 Premium
Hello there, I've not been able to watch 2 videos in a row. This one and the one prior. There's no play button on either pages. I've had no issues with any other videos on this sites. Send help soon as my days are running out.. Thank you 😀
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

You'd see them middle or left corner bottom, you may have ad blocker on the specific browser you are trying to watch, you may want to try a different browser.
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FREESPIRIT79 Premium
Hey thanks. Still not working. I've downloaded fire fox. Think I'll restart my device. Appreciate your help
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jghwebbrand Premium
We used to use Firefox but changed to Google Chrome which works for us. Some WAers have also said Sarari works for them.
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Angell70 Premium
Hi Willow & ntmu,&earm; welcome.
Have you tried to get back from the first lesson then go forward w the arrow to the next until you rich the ones you wanted?
Please also, check the video the elderly members here give you as they know
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michaelw777 Premium
Just click Help in the above menu; and ask Site Support and Live Chat. For sure they can help. You can start with either.

Hope this helps and encourages?
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Degenerate44 Premium
So, I have a couple ideas for niches that I would like to work with. Ultimately, I would love to be an affiliate for EagleMoss Collectibles. I have a passion for building their cars and was wondering if they offer affiliate marketing. They are my endgame. To start though, I was thinking something smaller, like action figures through Amazon.
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say this; try this in Google; and go up to Page 5 for this. Try Affiliate Program + and your subject. Try that in Google.

I will say too; if you want? Try Affiliate Program + in Google.

Go up to Page 5 at least in Google.

Hope this helps and encourages?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, they do have an affiliate program. However, it is not recommended that you choose a niche based on the assumption that you will be approved to join their program. If you are turned down, then you will be stuck.
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jghwebbrand Premium
You may want to check amazon,. I noticed they saell EagleMoss Collectibles and after you get 15 - 20 posts on your website you could apply to their affiliate program too if you choose.
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