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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GAmberson Premium

How would I get my LEFT SIDEBAR menu selection to appear and how would I get my blog posts to show up under, say, "March 2020 blog posts"?

I have the menu section created for the blogs to ideally be stored under but I'm not seeing how I can get them to show up under that particular menu.
herhomestead Premium
For a sidebar menu to appear got to your actual site and click on Customize at the very top in the black bar. I'm not sure what theme you have but in mine I click on Blog Settings. You can pick the way you want your blog to appear there.

To choose what goes in that side bar you can go to your dashboard and click appearance then widgets. Customize a "recent post" widget if it's not already there.

On the actual site go to Customize, Widgets and add to the side bar you choose.

Clear as mud?
HildeRegine Premium
You must go to dashboard and menu in wordpress. From there you edit your menus as pages or categories or posts. Follow the training where kyle show how to do it.
I already own multiple domains, and I appreciate the sandbox of using a subdomain through siterubix. I would like to know, If I go premium, does the website CONTENT
-remain hosted on siterubix, and I am merely re-pointing my nameserver? or
-do I actually need to pass my domain to siterubix?
Ramco Premium
Your choice is the answer.
You can transfer in a WordPress website, is most easily transferred iin on WA platform.
Or leave your websites where they are
Or develop on siterbux and transfer into a .com domain purchased and hosted on this site the choice is entirly yours.
There are many following different options or combinations to suit them.
If you move to premium right away you will have a selection of 25 siterubix websites and 25 own domain but you have to take action because of new rules that is reduced to 10 - 10 of each...
Frank94 Premium
Welcome one and all. I hope you find this journey as captivating and rewarding as time goes on. I want us all to meet our goals, but we cannot do this without each of us playing a huge part in this process. I look forward to working and discussing any issues that i cannot solve , but that is why we have kyle to make sure we become the elitists that you all are.
Happy days ahead .,
Stake your claim and own it!!!!!
JoeFrancis90 Premium
Hi People,

Yesterday I was really peed off why because I've got stuck in navigations site creation at the point of you are els and all the rest of it could not make sense to me went to bed really upset got this morning still confused on where to go and then I sat down and looked at my notes again looked at the computer and looked at my notes and looked at my computer and then,......BANG!
Yesterday I felt like throwing it in at one point,...But this morning I dug deep and I've got the result I needed.

Happy days

Joe 90
cbmercado Premium
Hi Joe,

Being confused is part of the game of life. If you get stuck just ask for help. This is a great community that helps each other succeed.

Granted, I have only been here for almost 2 months, but every question I have ever had someone has tried to help me.

And like you I have had my AHA! moments.


JoeFrancis90 Premium

Do you know the feeling,when the problem is starring you right in the face?,...Well that's how I felt yesterday.
And,because I never had someone there at hand,..well I felt low.
But hey,..I sat down in the morning...got my computer going,got my notes out..had a REAL DEEP THINK..about my situation,..and it just all slowly came to me.

I am back on form now.
I had set myself a challenge with the days I had free on WA..and wanted to see how strong I was.

Thanks again for your concern

Joe 90
cbmercado Premium
Hi Joe,

I have been there my friend. There were times I was up till sunrise trying to figure a problem out.

I would be so exhausted that I would go to bed thinking about the problem.

And just as I slowed my mind enough to think more clearly I would get an idea of how to fix a problem.

Then I would sleep better wake up and do the fix I thought of.

You are strong, so be strong. Have at it Joe.


JoeFrancis90 Premium
Hi People,

After, finishing this last section on navigation and widgets I still have not been able to put my privacy policy page up the theme that I was working on never had a private policy page to put it on but in any case how do I put a privacy policy in any help thank you very much .

Joe 90
cbmercado Premium
Hi Joe,

If I remember right there should be a Privacy Policy template in Websites>Site Content. You should fill out the teplate and when you are ready to put it in your website click on the "Publish" button on top of the page on the right. It is a green button.

Hope this helps,