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 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 are 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 has been for the past 15 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.

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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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spat2020 Premium
Great lesson on building your WP website here. Just a quick question... if I get my own domain and am not going with the siterubix.com platform, does it mean I have to get separate hosting outside or will I continue to get hosting support here at Wealthy Affiliate? Was not quite clear in the above video.
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JosephRebisz Premium
It will be hosted here if you want it to, no need to go elsewhere.
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spat2020 Premium
Oh Perfect! This is awesome.
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spat2020 Premium
And thank you so much for your prompt response!
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JeanetteHall Premium
We get great support here from WA with our new sites. Love being part involved with this company!
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DDuncan67 Premium
I'm currently on lesson 6 of the training concerning writing articles and producing content. I'm wondering about my ability to produce articles frequently. I'm a good writer and all but I don't know if I can write compelling articles with enough frequency. I can certainly make art regularly but can I make that my business? also I was thinking of selling my t-shirts through my site.
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Jaz333 Premium
Hi .. Just to give you a friendly heads up, WA frowns on self promotion. Posting your links on the platform in any area besides the follow me on section of your profile can get your write access revoked. Here is Kyle's post regarding spam and self promotion: You can find more info on the follow me on section here: Good luck, Shannon
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DDuncan67 Premium
Sorry, wasn't trying to spam, I just wanted to get peoples opinion on my art to see if it could be profitable.
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skmorrow Premium
That is a challenge to continually pump out quality content on a consistent basis. Some folks say "published is better than perfect" and other people publish a few high quality articles per week. You will need to find a balance. Eventually you can hire a writer to help out, when you start making some $$.
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Traveller75 Premium
You have a head start on most people as you are already a good writer most of us are not good writers but as we go along with the training and writing posts or pages for our website we keep getting better and better along the way.

Make writing your articles steady but at your own pace, this is not a race so just pace yourself. You ca pick anything you like as your niche and that is all in the training and video's hope this helps.
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Thinking about a niche - I have in mind “children’s mental health” as this is what I do for a living and could write helpful articles targeted at parents. However, is this too broad ? Would I be better off narrowing it down - maybe focussing on post pandemic mental health?
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Jaz333 Premium
You're definitely on the right track in narrowing down children's mental health some. I think post pandemic mental health is an excellent idea.

Being in the health niche, it will definitely be helpful to include any certifications or diplomas you might have within your About Me page to show google and your audience that you are qualified to offer insights and suggestions regarding mental health.

Good luck, Shannon
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mikte2 Premium
That sounds like a wonderful topic to get into
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Hi Friends! Please, with a free starter Membership, one has access to 10 free courses on level 1 OEC training and choose to build a Niche Website. And 10 lesson of the Bootcamp training when you choose to build a make Money Online Website. What is the difference between the two? Can both be obtained together?
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi Kingsley, you may like to check this resource
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EmakAmelia Premium
Talking about niche, it is better to focus on one and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Think of it like being a big fish in a small pond.

When we target a specific target audience/target market, that means we'll have fewer competitions and can focus more of our efforts in building our business better. We won't waste time and energy rambling about so many different stuff that will confuse our readers that visit our site.

We need to build trust with both Google and our readers. We want to make sure Google see us as an authority in the chosen niche by consistently publishing fresh content (2-3 posts every week) that are helpful to your readers.

If you are following the Bootcamp Training (MMO Niche), then realistically, it will take about 400 posts to really make a serious amount of income from it. If you are publishing 2-3 posts per week, then you can expect to start appearing on Page 1 of Google around months 3-6. This can vary of course based on your keyword research and your content quality etc.

The MMO niche is very competitive so you may want to choose the OEC training, your choice. It will generally take 3-6 months before you see any real ranking/income though. It takes a lot of continuous hard work to get there either way.
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apache1 Premium
The Bootcamp is more focused on promoting WA. But you can benefit from both.
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Thanks, you have made my day.
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I appreciate you Sir & thanks.
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apache1 Premium
Most welcome just keep following the training you have enjoy and keep moving forward.

Wishing you much success

Andre
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Hi everyone, I have completed lesson 9, which is Understanding Keywords but I have been asked to upgrade to premium membership in order to access the next step which I am unable to do for now, but will definitely do as soon as I can. So where do I go from here as far as my training is concerned? Please I will appreciate your kind advice on what to do next.
Thanks.
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi Kingsley, have you chosen a niche and choice of keywords

Perhaps you may like to continue building out your website and content, site will remain valid for six months.

You can also do Level One -- Affiliate Bootcamp Additionally, you may like to browse classrooms: Getting started, Affiliate Programs and the WA Affiliate Platform.

Please be aware after the seven days, your communication with the platform ceases to exist, so if you have other questions or something else on your mind, do ask.

We hope you'd be able to upgrade to Premium in the near future.
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Hi, yes I have chosen a Niche and a choice of Keywords. That is where I am now Sir.
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Blessed25 Premium
congrats bro ... i just started my training :)
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Thanks & welcome! I wish us the very best.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi there,

Great job for reaching Lesson 9.

You use the keywords you found in your posts. Keep publishing fresh content to your website consistently (2-3 posts a week). Then when you're ready, you can upgrade to Premium.

Assuming you find keywords in Jaaxy (under Research on left menu) with BOTH of this combination:
AVG > 100 (good amount of organic search per month)
QSR < 50 (fewer competitions)

For example "how to train a dog to sit"

Then you will incorporate that phrase in your title, first paragraph, and then once again near the end of your post.

Title: "3 Easy Steps: How To Train A Dog To Sit" - Always add to the title to make it enticing and reason why people should click on YOUR post on their results page.

First paragraph (within first 160 characters, this is called Meta Description):
"When first getting a new puppy, you will want to learn how to train a dog to sit when he or she is 2 - 4 months old.
I have 3 easy steps below that I'm going to go through with you so you can teach your new puppy...."

In the body of your post: anything you want.

Last section of post somewhere:
"If you have learned how to train your dog to sit, then please comment below and let me know of your results!" - or something else, anything that will bring that keyword back into your article.

When researching keywords you need to beware of Stop Words like "what is" "how to" and words like "in" "a" "on".

If you'd like to add pictures, the Site Content has integrated with sites like http://pixabay.com, http://pexels.com, http://unsplash.com where you can get royalty free images.
Once you're done writing in the Site Content, click on the ABC icon next to the Add Image icon to check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.

It is also a good practice before publishing a content to check for plagiarism. You can use a free online plagiarism checker that I listed in my blog post here: You should have less than 5% duplicate content (I'd rather have 100% original content). If Google found you have duplicate content, your post won't be ranked.

Hope this helps,

Ferra
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Congratulations,
I'm excited to get where you are! Good luck!
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Congrats too! Lets keep on pushing!! We shall get there.
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