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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Andree3 Premium
Hello everyone... From my understanding, after we type our keyword(s) and click on Search, the results for the QSR should show. It did not for me (see picture attached).

Under the KQR I have to click on each one listed to get the QSR. That takes a long time. I clicked on the QSR, like it was shown in the video to rearrange them, but nothing changed.

How can all the QSR show automatically, like it was in the video?
kozakiv Premium
So it happened to me.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - we are given the Jaaxy Lite version to use which means you have to click the results manually. You would need to pay extra each month to get the version that populates automatically. To be honest, it only takes a few seconds to quickly click down the entire column, you don't have to wait for each one to load.
lyndonm1 Premium
Hi Andree3. Yes, I noticed the same thing when I started using Jaaxy. My understanding is that it doesn't auto-populate the QSR's with this level of subscription. I've however been clicking on each of the QSR's individually. It doesn't take that long to go through the entire list on the page. Consider it a minor hurdle to overcome on your way to success.
Andree3 Premium
Thank you very much lundonm1 - Greatly appreciate your answer.
Janine19 Premium
Is it necessary to upgrade my PayPal account to a business account to receive money from affiliates? I've seen on other groups people complain that their PayPal accounts get frozen if they have a personal account (granted this is from people who run drop-shipping stores, but I'm wondering if the same applies to affiliate marketing).

Any advice is highly appreciated.

Ramco Premium
Hi Janine,
Your Pal account is for limited amounts and is great for those. As you know they are normally frozen when transactions are disputed.
Once your business is up and running and you are starting to receive amounts from your affiliate(s) it may be sensible to then start thinking on a business account.
Costs are a major element in any business and there is no need to accrue costs unnecessarily.
There also the issues related to tax and a business account regarding all your transactions will be very helpful in gathering all your transactions exclusively to meet tax regulatory requirements.
For now so far as amounts are relatively limited staying with a pay pal account is sensible knowing you can upgrade to a business account when it is required by you.

Janine19 Premium
Thank you Rami.
Ramco Premium
Your most welcome my lady! ;)
StellaN1 Premium
I am not there yet but I will keep this in mind. Thank you
Ramco Premium
Hi Stella, your most welcome!
NatalyTeran Premium
I was on one of the lessons and kyle mentions how every niche is a good niche but how do i know that my niche is not over saturated making it even harder to be ranked?? B/c if alot of people do the same niche doesn't that make it almost impossible to reach the top ? im just a little confused
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - any niche can be profitable, but if it helps to know, the three most popular are health and wellness, making money and relationships. That makes them the most competitive.

You need to narrow your niche down to have less competition. So, not just a subject, but a target group too. For example, cruising for seniors, indoor gardening for students, vegan cosmetics for sensitive skin etc.
NatalyTeran Premium
can i message you my niche idea?
DianeScorpio Premium
Yes, of course. It is midnight here in the UK, so I am off to bed, but I will reply tomorrow.
very helpful answer !
That's good advice! Thanks...
Hi, I created a website with SiteGround last night. What will be the next thing to learn? I am having some issues coming up with 'good niches' that will direct my content on my website. Any suggestions and help will be appreciated. I do not want to go premium just yet.
TDomena Premium
As you go along in your training, you'll learn about how to build content, attract customers, make sales, find affiliate partners and more. The niche selection lessons are early on in the training. You'll see that very shortly.
Kyle Premium
I would recommend that you leverage that platform here to build and manage your websites. It is far more advanced than SiteGround and it will set you up for success as the websites here are fast, scalable and rank well in search engines.

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
Lesson 10 on the rocks... didn't say much about keeping up and running my website, just a review of what I've learned so far... so i have to find out a way again to bring in some traffic on my path with visitors... at this stage i'm only halfway toward make any profit. Thank you for all your lessons, but I'm not ready yet become a Premium Member. I thought that will be a guide to built up some categories for my website or something similar to start my trip, but not even a clue of how to get up and making my website work
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the key to attracting visitors is to add lots of valuable content, making use of keywords, and this is what you need to concentrate on during the early stages of building up your website.

Google views all new sites with suspicion for the first 6 months, so this is the period when you need to show your website is active. Ideally, you should be adding new content of a minimum of 1000 words, 2 or 3 times per week.

Affiliate marketing is a slow and steady process, and you are unlikely to make any income for at least 3 months, and more realistically it will be 6 months.
feigner Premium
have you tried the other level one and the two classrooms
you still have a lot of content on the site available for free from members
so use the search bar - click on the stars at the top of articles you want ot read in the future and recall them with the star at the end on the search bar.
good luck progressing forward
keep us updated how far you get and when you feel you have get as far as you can Cipriano.
Wow, i didn't knew are other lessons to follow... i'm going to go and check them right away. Thank you for the advice.
psalisbury1 Premium
Well Cipriano, for just 17 bucks more you can have access to ALL the training for the next month, well worth it IMO,,

feigner Premium
but after that month you either have to stump up $49 or leave......
so why not explore the rest of the free content and wait till you have a few months of money together before leaping in.
just my 0.02c worth.
LiliB31 Premium
You don’t have to leave. Just know that for $49 a month Kyle is giving this away. You’re just not going to be able to get more of what you need if you’re not prime. This value here is well worth it and much more! It’s invaluable information and you’re not likely to find its equal anywhere else. This is an awesome opportunity. Or go yearly and save!