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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Im not sure if this message is going public.

so im looking for feed back about a niche im thinking about.
Hiking and treking equipment for those on a budget.

Everything from backpacks to tents an cook systems.

is it a vaiable niche?
should i narrow it down?

JohnJStanley Premium
Sounds like a good niche.
Are you passionate about it?
I suggest you look on Google at a few websites in that niche and do a few different searches. You want to see if there are any small websites in the SERP's of page 1-2 of Google. If it is ONLY big authority websites that you can see, then it's harder for you to outrank those. Big Authority might include IREI in USA, Kathmandu, Mountain Designs in Australia
But try this for a few (>5) search phrases for products or searches in that niche that you think people would be looking for.

But otherwise, if you're passionate about this, it sounds good.
JKulk1 Premium
It's a great niche, if you discuss camping areas you could do reviews on cabin and camping accommodation as well. Jim
KerryRoddy Premium
I think it's narrow enough. I like that one.
That niche Is never going to die and it’s very good the only thing is that I personally think that because of COVID-19 situation and all it might be a little bit harder at the moment
I'm sure that's quite true world wide, it's a little bit the opposite here in Finland.

Very many people here are escaping the outdoors the forrest and wilderness places.

However with the language barrier I've no idea how to reach this limited audience.
That’s good for you than.you should go for it than after all soon or late it will change world wide as well i.and about the narrowing as long as it’s connected directly to your niche it will be ok
I would like to help you but unfortunately I’m just starting my self and I’m not informed enough yet
G'day Jim thanks for the feedback.
it's probably obvious i'm new here.
Having looked at your profile and bio I'd really like to hear about your time and experience here at Wealthy Affiliates.

All the best

Mijoru Premium
Isn't it bad if the traffic is low too?
The rule says that your keyword search should have an AVG over 30, and a QSR less than 100.
When I find keywords that meet that criteria; the traffic is often really low.
For example; if the traffic is 7; wouldn't that mean only 7 people a month would visit your site?
leoemery Premium
That is true - but the thing to remember is that it all adds to the overall total of your traffic.

Organic traffic is a long game.

I have no hesitations using a keyword with lower traffic numbers.
Mijoru Premium
Thank you.

I appreciate the help.
leoemery Premium
You're welcome
AparnaBansal Premium
Yes only 7, that too if u are on the first page of google
KerryRoddy Premium
That's just in the beginning, for new sites that are still getting indexed. After a few months you can go for a higher QSR.
JEBRAZ Premium
I believe I have done everything on my end to increase the
sound volume i.e. set my computer volume to 100%, set web site to 100% and connected my bluetooth hearing aid to my computer and I am still having issues hearing and understanding presenter's (Kyle) presentation.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Hello friends!
I have two serious questions and I would like to get some insight:

Why or how will the potential customers end up on my webpage instead of going directly to amazon and look for products there? That's what I do most of the time...

And how am I going to compete with other "10 best xxx" webpages that cover the same niche? Especially when often these "best such and such" articles are posted on famous and reputable webpages and I am just a somebody with one webpage and no reputation.


JKulk1 Premium
Hi Barbora. If you do the training these questions will be answered.
Ask yourself another question. Why are Amazon so eager to have an affiliate marketing program. If blogging didn't work, they wouldn't bother. As for competing with their bloggers. That's why you learn about keywords and use Jaaxy. You find those words and phrases that gave low competition. Jim
Hi Jim,
thank you for your answer, it makes sense. I am curious to learn more.
Dale123 Premium
Going to Amazon directly suggests that you already know what you're looking for... So, what if you don't know what you're looking for? What do you do?

You run a search in a search engine & figure out what it is you need to solve your problem :)

Example - a person might have hairloss but may not have any idea what is the best product to stop it... So they head to Google and search "how to stop hairloss" then, a niche website gives them the information they need & recommend they purchase a product from Amazon... And the creator earns a commission when they do.

And why would you want to compete with anybody?

There is SO much potential out there, so many new searches made every single day, there is no need to compete against others. You will learn here how to find low competition keyphrases to avoid competing :)
Seems a logical question you ask, but big companies do need us.
Am on first day,and learning ,making sense the more I watch.
We have nothing to loose.
All the best
I am a newbie. Just started in WA. I am looking for a niche.

I have an interest in piano playing, specifically teaching adults/seniors to play by ear. I dont want to try and write a course to sell as an info product right away. I want to develop an affiliate business associated with piano now and then add my course later. What do you think?
JKulk1 Premium
Sounds good to me, but you will need to narrow it down a bit. Eg. What style of music? Who are your target audience
Garin88 Premium
I think it's a great idea. The WA training will help you see the vision of how to do what you are describing. Your goal is to create a site with articles that discuss topics AROUND the concept of learning to play piano later in life.

My first question would be, "Is it too late for me to learn to play?" You could write an article about that question. "Do I need to have a nice piano, or can I just get a cheap keyboard?" Write about that. If you write about things I want to understand before I commit to taking piano lessons at age 47, then you will become an authority.

When I perceive you as an authority, I trust your recommendations: a piano teacher, a learning system, a specific kind of piano. Now you have value and I want to follow your links for my purchases.

If you can imagine yourself doing a lot of writing about piano training and other similar topics, then I think it's a great niche.
Thanks for the encouragement. I taught myself at the age of 55. I now play for at least an hour every day... If you are able to contact me privately I will tell you more. But I dont want to break WA rules.
Garin88 Premium
Sorry, I already play the piano. I was just using examples of questions people might have about learning piano later in life. I was brainstorming why your niche idea is a good one.

It's good you don't want to break an WA rules. That means you have integrity.
Yes a mature starter pianist has to limit his ambitions. Various genres of music will be open to him. And he will entertain friends and family. With my method he will have a good time but he will never get a job in a rock band .... or play Carnegie Hall ! Various genres of music will be open to him.
Thanks. Understood
Mitchb7206 Premium
Search anything relating to music or piano and see if they have an affiliate program.

Mitch B
Thanks Mitch.