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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JennMarie73 Premium
I'm completely new to this online world and not so great at marketing is it better I start with a free account first and then upgraded to a premium account later after I've learned a few things? I don't want to overwhelm myself because if I do that I won't continue on because I'll be frustrated and overwhelmed
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, of course, you can stay as a free starter member for as long as you want, but do be aware that after 7 days you lose all communication here, so you won't be able to ask questions if you get stuck.
Jaz333 Premium
The training is set up in a way that allows you to go at your own pace so you never need to feel overwhelmed. You can also go back to any lesson for review if need be.

If you ever feel like the training hasn't fully explained a subject, you can use the grey search bar at the top to look for more information and supplementary training.

Definitely ask questions when you have them! The community here is super helpful. Like Diane said though, you will lose the ability to communicate in 7 days if you have not yet upgraded to premium.

Good luck, Shannon
JennMarie73 Premium
Yes I noticed that. I just have a tendency to jump to soon into things especially new things and things I don't know much about
JennMarie73 Premium
Thank you. I'll probably end up upgrading before the day is over. LOL. I tend to also get nervous that I will miss some important information if I don't act now but in this case it would be beneficial to me and not just someone looking to get more money from me
Jaz333 Premium
I upgraded on my 7th day and I have never regretted it. I later went yearly so I wouldn't have to worry about that monthly payment.

They actually just started a deal on the yearly membership today! It runs through May 11th. If you upgrade to yearly premium before that day you will get the lowest possible membership fee locked in for life ;)
JennMarie73 Premium
I just upgraded a few minutes ago. LOL. I knew I wasn't going to be able to leave any valuable information on table especially when it's being offered to me. I did monthly. I can't afford the yearly right now but I will in the near future
Jaz333 Premium
That is exactly what I did for about the first 9 months I was here. When their Black Friday deal came up I went with it :)
sdawson Premium
Yes, you can upgrade later, but if you take the current $299/year MAY special, you save significant money. upgrading later will cost you much more. Another thought is if you pay the $299/year now and lock that price in, you have an entire year to take your time learning at a cheaper rate without worrying about a monthly payment. Your average monthly payment will be only $25 and it will be already paid for the year.
DianneSaw Premium
just a question, if you are going to have more than one niche, does it need to be in one category? like for example my niche is a bracelet for women and I have a couple of other niche does it need to be other jewelry niche? or I have to build another one for a different category?

thank you.
cbmercado Premium
Your niches can be totally separate or related. It's up to you. You should build a separate website for each niche. That's my take.
Jewelia Premium
Hi Dianne,

Start with one narrow niche and develop it until it gets you good traffic. Then, if you are going to promote, let's say, earrings then you can add it to the same website (broaden your niche because these goods are related and the same targeted audience that is interested in the bracelets could be interested in earrings). You can assign earrings to a different category depending on your classification.

But, if you are going to a completely different niche, let's say, skincare, then create a second website for it.

Good luck,

~ Julia
RinaNZ Premium
Hi Dianne

Great question! If the second niche is related to womens bracelets and includes say scarves and womens clutch bags then the niche is actually as in womens fashion accessories.

If the second niche has no relation to womens bracelets, say bambillo pillows, then having a second niche website for that makes sence.

But it's better to stick with one niche website and put your effort into building that out first, and once you get some experience behind you then it's fine to scale up and consider a second niche website.

How is the training going? Let me know if you want help with that!

DianneSaw Premium
thank you Julia. noted.
DianneSaw Premium
Hello Rina,

Thank you kindly for your reply. So far so good with baby in my hand. Multitasking as much as I can and if baby is asleep I can focus more. taking notes as well on the training. I am glad that everyone is ready to help and clarify the steps. I must say this is so far the simplest step by step training. easy to follow.

and oh, will let you know if I have more questions along the way.

EuphemiaD2 Premium
Hello I need your help How do I edit on my website I realized that I made few mistakes on my About Me post and Privacy Policy page Secondly my SEO plugin is showing a lot of comments about recent events is it alright or I made another blunder. Please assist.
EliseTAG Premium
To edit your post, go to SiteContent. If you wrote your article there. So go to Websites (menu on the left) and you'll see SiteContent, then click on the post you want to edit and you'll see a button to edit here.

If you didn't use SiteContent, just go to the back office of your WordPress and click on posts on the left menu.
EuphemiaD2 Premium
Hello Elise Thanks for your assistance
SueSundstrom Premium
Is 'personal development' good as a niche or just way too broad? I would write on topics like productivity, mindset, habits, marriage, parenting, faith, finance. I'm confused by the advice to select a product as a niche, as I don't know what I'd narrow in on and how to write endlessly about a product? I love planners and pretty notebooks and any shabby chic home accessory or furniture items. And books. That's all I can think of when it comes to products. 🤔 I would love advice, I'm feeling stuck still!
JosephRebisz Premium
I actually think it's a good niche. Plenty of room to write about and expand on. You have other good interests as well.
SueSundstrom Premium
Thank you.
JosephRebisz Premium
We're here to help:)
cramervod Premium
You will never find anything for personal development since people don't search for that.

Only bloggers search for that term. Real people have issues that are specific and those are the things to research...

General stuff like mindsets, habits, marriage, counseling will only cause you to struggle.

Think in terms of one issue at a time... What are the painful points of suffering for a segment of the market.

Then locate people who fit your demographics and focus on psychographics.

That group will hold the niche secret because you will learn from them what they have tried, what they know about, and what they would consider trying.

I have seen sites named "online therapy reviews" because the issue is finding the right therapy for a time period at night.
Ramco Premium
Hi Sue,

Personal development is not a niche it is actually a massive category that encompasses all kinds of topics and niches inside itself which makes it a bit more difficult to narrow.

So it is generally accepted there are 8 segments of personal development. You are going to find it difficult to cover one as I said before within one there can be several areas to cover and expand on within the one let alone the whole.

My 2 cents choose the one you are most interested in and even passionate about that you can write copious amounts on.

Do research with Google about competition in the different segments, searches and copious amounts of key words.

You will then have a much better handle on your direction.

Have fun;

DValentine Premium
Sue - you could make rage buggies your niche - (the dot com is available as of the time of me writing this)
SueSundstrom Premium
Hi! Thanks for zoning in on an interest of mine, great thinking! but what on earth would I write about rage buggies? I just like riding them, I'm not at all interested in how they are made up or different models etc. I'm trying to think of the next 6 months writing about something that will engage me and I will be willing to persist at.
SueSundstrom Premium
Hi Rami, this is interesting. What are the 8 segments please? Are you suggesting I should focus on one of the 8 segments and write about that?
Nloewen Premium
Hey Sundstorm..
I see it as an amazing niche..
But you could create a few websites from those ideas, you are having.. Dont make your website to huge of diffrent ideas.. When someone searches something in the internet..
People are looking for more detailed wisdom, wisdom is goold..

So i would suggest you take your time, and think about it a bit deeper which of those ideas that you are having you wanna focus on, with this Website..

for example= Marrige could be its own website .. But you could throw marrige and parenting together.. Which would make it a bigger niche.. And a lot more to write about..

Go details, but dont stress thinking about what to write..
Take your time, and make it simple as if you would talk to any other person..

Best of luck..
SueSundstrom Premium
Thank you 😘
Ramco Premium
Hi Sue,

That is exactly what I am saying!!

1. Career/Business
2.Finances and Wealth
3 Friends and Family
4. Fun, Recreation and Entertainment
5. Health and Fitness
6. Love Life
7 Personal / Spiritual Development
8 Physical Environment

The strategy is to take one Segment as you can see there are at least three or 4 inner routes if not more in each segment. So you narrow further. Start with one of those inner and once comfortable with that, take on another as you move along the one segment.

Once you have come to the end of one segment you can move to encompass another segment...if you ever get there...ha ha ;

sregrunified Premium
This info helped alot.. Thank you
SueSundstrom Premium
Hi Rami, this is great thank you. Where would for eg 'productivity' fit into the 8 and is it a niche? And what about mindset - where do you think that would go?
Ramco Premium
Hi Frazier,
Your very welcome!!

Ramco Premium
Hi Sue,

Your most welcome!! ;

That is what I meant in my first paragraph in my first reply to you.....

Personal development is not a niche it is actually a massive category that encompasses all kinds of topics and niches inside itself which makes it a bit more difficult to narrow.

Mindset and productivity can go under each one of them and actually do if you want them to. ;

Yes the most obvious for productivity (which can be a niche on its own) is Career/Business only are you not being productive in the least obvious Love life?.(you most certainly are) Mindset transcends over them all too.

I caught something when you were talking about products which you would do well to expunge from your thoughts.... at one stage in the past we differentiated between the two in the modern world there is no differentiation between a product and a service they are both now seen as the same.

Trust you are satisfied with answers!! ha ha ;

Have a good day!!

SueSundstrom Premium
I will change my thinking on products and services thanks. So productivity could be my niche. How do you prevent boredom from writing about just 1 thing? I crave variety. Am I doomed by my need/desire to learn about different things/topics at once?
Ramco Premium
Free your mind up Sue,

Turn it on its head how about productivity but encompassing many or indeed over all segments will that not relieve the boredom and satisfy your desire to learn about many things?

It's more about what you can handle....haha ;

kerrylee58 Premium
I was the same place you are at a week ago, I wanted to pick jewelry but it is such a wide catagory. So I am focusing on gemstones which is store pretty broad, but I intend on using keywords to drive traffic, which is the training I am doing today.
Hope this helps!