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.

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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Raghunathan Premium
So, I really passionate about photography and am still a novice but pretty good at few of the basics, then I love my kitchen knives and all things kitchen related, even though I dont own them, I love seeing innovation, quality, etc and movies and philosophy and life skills. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I could spend and do spend hours on these areas...Are these really niches? Something people would really want to know more about?
bleumoon Premium
Yes..just figure out what you are more passionate about and then go for it.
TheCatherine Premium
My advice would be follow the money. Following your passion alone does not necessarily mean that there is profit in it. Photography is a great niche but a lot of people want to feel photographic equipment before they buy it. So a site recommending useful equipment might not generate sales of lens or cameras but you mat sell camera cases. How many people buy camera cases. Personal development is not a niche but concentrate on one aspect such as memory development There are a lot of high end products there to make money from
Raghunathan Premium
Thanks Catherine, I absolutely agree with you. And following passion in a lot of cases doesn't make money, that's why I want advise on niches. Ends up as hobbies or a diversion in a lot of cases.
But doesn't one need to experience the product or service before recommending them, for being authentic? Or at least believe in it? That's my conflict.
Hi, great advice @TheCatherine. Thank you
brendalewis Premium
Bit confused and frustrated at the moment.
Task 1: Creating your "About Me" POST
is this a typo? A couple of lines down it talks about creating a "page" and talks about pages from then on until it gets to actually publishing and it says "choose post not page"
saying the reason is because all posts allow for comments.
I did as instructed and mine is a post but i just read some other people's comments saying it should be a page.
So what difference does it make? The page I loaded for my privacy policy as a page (as instructed) does allow for comments.

So i can't see how it matters which one you use when they both allow for comments?
Which is it, page or post?

Also, sometimes when i am following the instructions the screen comes up and doesn't look the same as on the instructions. Could this be because I have gone premium?

Also, trying to make some changes to my "about me" and when push edit, make the changes and push update and then look at the site the changes haven't happened. Any ideas?

Another thing - at one point I read on screen that my website only allowed for one type of menu (when i was trying to add another one). That's useless - can you change the website template ?

Considering throwing in the towel and paying my niece to build my a website but i wanted to stay with WA because of all the benefits and training and plus i've now paid for premium.

SWhitley Premium
Hi Brenda, Not one of the pro's here and sometimes I cause more confusion but let me see if I can help. "About Me" can be either but is usually a Page. I think it was a typo saying choose post. The Page will be in your Menu, where posts are in the blog roll.
That should muddy the water nicely, LOL.

The screen looks different perhaps because of updates to the original sites being referenced. Usually the same links, buttons, instructions are just in a different format but the basic info is still valid.

I've found that sometimes I have to "Refresh" the screen before it shows changes. Chased that one for about a hour one night, no fun at all....

In your backoffice you should be able to customize and change templates, no problem.

Keep the towel, if I can build a site anyone can. Take it one step at a time, ask questions and get this experience. It is fantastic to build a site from scratch.

You are going to do fine!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
brendalewis Premium
thank you :) How do I refresh the page?
Hi Brenda,
I am sorry to hear about your frustration but I am glad you wrote about it. I am brand new as well (only a few hours) and I find myself frustrated as well.
I do not have the premium (like you do) as I wanted to test out my computer skills first so it must not be the upgrade is not the solution. I find the web site maker with WA (free accounts are not allowed to add links) is not very user friendly. It is lacking that intuitiveness that other programs have seemed to master. I have a friend who used wix and is delighted. I've spent an hour on WA's site and did manage to add some color to my page but I have not been able to personalize a side bar or write text on the page. I assume when I log out I will lose all I have done (but I get to keep the learning!). I too want the training so I am giving this venture 10 hours before I call it quits. Running into a roadblock this quickly makes me assume the issue is me. Hang in there a bit longer.
I am being recommended to Kyle and Carson and assume you should go there as well.
Until tomorrow night, I'm out for now (I have a long hard day on the docket for tomorrow with my high school students). Good luck to you.
SWhitley Premium
Your Browser refresh is the little circle arrow thing. Should be in the top left corner in front of the url address.
brendalewis Premium
it worked! thanks :)
SWhitley Premium
brendalewis Premium
Hey!I think I'm frustrated because I'm normally quite techy . At work I was the person who sorted simple IT issues and I'm the go to person in our family - at least I was until my daughters grew up! I asked one of them for help today and she is a mac snob and said i would be having problems because i wasn't using a mac and also wordpress was not the way to go (her opinion). Ironically my previous company was all Mac but i had heaps of PC experience before that (currently on a non Apple laptop trying to do this.) Also I used to look after the website in my previous job and it was wordpress.
Anyway, a nice man just answered a couple of my questions (above). Give yourself a few days i'm sure you (and I) will sort it out.

SWhitley Premium
Your work will still be here, no worries on that! Can pick right up where you left off. As a Starter you have 6 days to really get into the course, Think of it like having first year students, you have tio start with the basics and build from there. Kyle's training will take you from 1 to a million, just follow along and complete the tasks as presented. Lot's of really knowledgeable people here who will help if needed, Best wishes!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
Thank you for the response, SWhitley. Yes, you are correct, I am on a learning curve here. I appreciate you responding!
Thank you, Brenda. I plan to do just that.
SWhitley Premium
No problem, Barbara. Schools here in Iowa are shut down, you having classes or doing distance learning?
A little of both. Primarily distance learning but I do yearbook as well so I have two days this week at our physical address to get things handed out to seniors, along with cap and gowns for their virtual graduation.
SWhitley Premium
Lots more to being a Teacher than just teaching. Stay safe and do give WA a good trial! I think you will do great!
Now, back to work!
LRoller Premium
In the upper left hand corner, you will see two arrow for last page and next page. Then there should be a round almost circle with an arrow. Click the icon and that will refresh your page.
Hang in there, your doing great!
I believe I completed steps 1-3 without a hitch. However, step 4 is being illusive. I have a title and tagline and that is all I have been able to manipulate. I know this is a free version, but it's not a version at all if it cannot post. Can you provide a sample to view? What do the terms: Container, Header, Primary Navigation, Sidebars, Footers, and Blog mean if I can't manipulate them?
Why can I not put a picture or some type of color onto the page either? Is there a video than can help me learn this?
michaelw777 Premium
You know what; I am just going to say here; try Kyle and Carson; they should be able to help. Just type Kyle into the search engine here on WA; and then go from there; and do the same for Carson too; you should try both of them. Try Kyle and Carson.
TommyHarmony Premium
Hi ,

I'm only after joining your great company well for you today.

A friend of mine Catherine Ford s s me yesterday about you guys.

So I've gone the starter course and went through the different courses building your own website.

The problem I have is amount of spending a lot of money time energy and plugins to my WordPress membership website at the moment. So can I transfer this website domain name to your your system on on wealth affiliates can I link my website there or how does that work because I do not want to start build it all over again once I have another work and different things done in the back end of my WordPress alread.

Looking forward to your reply

Thanking you
ByronB2 Premium
When you are ready to go premium and switch from siterubix.com then all it takes is the push of a button and your site gets swapped over.

Misael712 Premium
The short answer to your question is 'yes'. You can transfer an already existing domain. However, in order to access the tools to be able to do it, along with the instructions, you need to get a premium membership. He goes over it in one of the lessons on premium.
TommyHarmony Premium
Yea Misael712

that's great thanks for letting me know about that and its in the premium lessons too.

cool :)
TommyHarmony Premium
that's great
Ola0420 Premium
So far so good. The lessons are presented in simple language and so easy to understand. I can build my my own niche website now.
Before building my website, i need a niche. I am yet to decide on the niche to use for my first website. I am stock at which niche is the most appropriate and the acceptability during website building .
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.

A niche is a tightly defined portioned of a subcategory. For example, think of the health and beauty category. This is a very wide category. A beauty salon can offer a wide variety of services, including tanning, waxing, facials, massage, etc. If, for example, we take one of these subcategories - let's say facials - this could be our niche. However, we could narrow it down even further by focusing on facials for business women 30 years old and over. That is a tightly defined niche.

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

Find something that you are passionate about because you'll write a lot of contents about it.

Hope this info is helpful to you.

Ola0420 Premium
Thank you very much for your answer to my question. Meanwhile, i have chosen a niche already and also use it to build my niche website. now, i don't know if i am right or wrong.
I registered a domain with my niche, nature help me. what do you think, please.
EmakAmelia Premium
What's your niche? Is the domain name nature help me?
Ola0420 Premium
the domain name is naturehelpme and my website is nature help me.