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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I believe my questions, will aggravate ppl, n they’re probably saying “how dumb can this guy be?” I’m just trying to learn something different to make a living. I’ve been a heavy equipment operator for over 35 years n it was fun at first but now it literally sucks, I have a bad back n I’m tired of being in the snow n the heat n the rain etc...
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feigner Premium
it takes a lot ot aggravate us....
if you spam a link constantly then we can mark you as spam an you get removed....but we really don't mind answering question...reason ....we were in your place in the past...and others helped us...so why not help others....
if you want a long term solution then affiliate marketing is one that can take you forward...
as long as your expextations are realistic then you will do ok...
and yes ...most places on here are the right place ot ask questions - you may see a number start to appear in the bell - if you click that then you can click to be taken to the replies.
phil
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DianeScorpio Premium
It's fine to ask lots of questions. Let's put this in the most basic terms. You build a website. You write lots of articles for it every single week for years to come. You recommend products and if people buy them you earn a commission. Everything you write has to be original - nothing copied and pasted.

You are setting up a business and just because its online doesn't make it easier or quicker than starting a business in real life.
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iamgroot61 Premium
Hi Kyle/All, I just completed Lesson 8 (Custom Menus & Navigation). I should have commented/posted questions earlier (adjacent to earlier lessons) but here we go. I'm having multiple issues so far with my site. I don't think any of them are critical, but things aren't working quite the way I expect. I created my About Me and Privacy Policy pages, and thought I had designated them as pages, but both are showing as posts. Also, the theme I chose does not seem to be working. It looks nothing like the default layout I see for this particular theme. The site creation and initial pages creation within it were completed from within the WA site wizard (Websites>Manage Websites, etc.). More recent lessons were completed within the WordPress admin, so I'm wondering if there is some issue on the WA side of this. I don't think I'm doing a very good job of describing my issues here.

1. Is there a way to convert posts to pages within the WordPress Admin?
2. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get the template I chose to actually display on the website? WP admin says it's active.
3. My posts are displaying on the home page in a list. This may be related to the theme issue. I wanted to put custom content on the home page and then have folks be able to navigate to other pages from site nav or a sidebar menu (widget).

Thanks for any advice/guidance.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Dana,

1) Here is a good training for converting page to post and vice versa: 2) Are you talking about WP theme?

What theme did you choose when you built your website? Generate Press?

If you are looking for using another theme, on your WP back office, go to Appearance > Theme > Add New. As a Premium member, you have around 7K themes to choose from. Preview them first and read the description before you install and activate it.

3) If you don't want a blog roll on your home page and want a static page, on your WP back office, go to Setting > Reading > Choose Static.

Hope this helps,
Ferra
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iamgroot61 Premium
This is awesome! Thanks! Already working on #1.
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DerekMarshal Premium
1) the best and quickest way is to simply copy and past your posts into a page and then delete the post that you don't want.

2) a link to your site will help us see if the template is load.

3) this is normal, this is a blogroll on your homepage that is populating with your latest posts. This is normal. You can switch to a static homepage if you want to. To do that go to your dashboard and under settings-->Reading you will see the option at the top in a radio button to select a static page (which you must have ready) or latest posts. See the attached image.
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How do you make money, that’s the 64,000 dollar question for me? I heard on the first video you come up with something of interest to you? Like what? Something to sell? An instructional video of some sort? I just need to know before I pull the trigger to pay to learn something that might not be what I’m wanting, and is the information I’m seeking, is what I have to pay for? I just don’t want to get half way through this training to find out it’s something that’s going to cost me lots of money only to find out it’s been a mistake? I know this thing is about Traing to make money, but how? Do I have to pay to find out then it’s something that’s out of my capabilities? I originally found this site in the interest of the sale of impressions and now that I’m trying to find out through this site, it’s looking like it has nothing to do with impression sales but, only making a website of some kind? Like what on earth am I going to make a website of that’ll attract the numbers of ppl to make a decent amount of money?
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Wayne & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate starter!

Good questions and they are ones that many before you have posed already .... and indeed, all questions are considered good ones here ....

You've landed on an awesome learning platform where you can learn to build your very own online business to fruition.

Your good questions are answered as you progress along your journey to Success ....

Suggest you get rolling on the step by step training with Kyle, WA, Co-Founder here by clicking on the blue link > > > your interest & enthusiasm are appreciated,

all the very best to you .... :)
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AbieAJ Premium
Hey Wayne

First find a niche you're passionate about. To put it in perspective would you be writing about it in five years time.

You need to follow through the training step by step to learn how to set up properly. Here's a resource may be you'd like look at You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

https://my.jaaxy.com/search/keywords

SUCCESS STORIES
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DianeScorpio Premium
This is a learning platform that teaches you to build a website for affiliate marketing. You can earn a commission by referring new members here or by promoting products from the likes of Amazon.

So, if your interest is dogs for example, you write lots of articles such as how to feed a puppy and then promote related items. There is a lot of writing involved and it takes months of consistent work.
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Miguelito203 Premium
Wayne, as affiliate marketers, we make money by promoting a company's goods or services. We are given unique links called affiliate links that enable us to do so. We typically use blogs (that get ranked in the search engines), various social media platforms, forums, and things of this nature as promotional tools.

Whenever someone comes across our content, clicks on our link, and purchases something, we earn a commission. It's a lot like a commission-based job in the real world (like a car salesman) -- but on the internet. Affiliate marketing works within any profitable industry -- sports, finance, fashion and beauty, technology, self-help, food and cooking, pet care and so on.

-- Joey
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I know it sounds hopeless but I really don’t have any niche that I’m passionate abt? I’m a construction worker n sick of it n want to make money a different way bt to make a website, I have no idea, n it would have to be something someone else is interested in to make money rt? And the concept of a website isn’t something you create then let it set there forever rt? Won’t it take attention cuz the same thing for years would be worthless rt?
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So is it like piggy backing? Meaning someone or company etc... has a website n then whatever it is, let’s say or give it the name zebra, now a company or individual has this site called zebra n they sell or offer whatever, they make money off their product n also when ppl actually click on their site? And by piggy backing, I’m curious if I were to use or copy all their stuff n just put it under another names site, can or do you make money that way? Or is that illegal cuz sounds if not illegal, not very respectful?
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I’m so lost and have no idea how any of this works? To me when u say we’re an affiliate to others in different industries, it sounds to me like I must have an inventory of actual physical things to sell
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Chris737 Premium
Dude, it’s a type of online business. This is not get rich quick. If you happen to find one, let all of us know.

I can tell you that I haven’t written blog posts about my passions. People say that because it’s easy to start with. But personally I would be so sick of my passion if I was living and breathing it 24/7.

I have made 5 figures in an industry I had no f****** clue about. It didn’t even interest me but it has a lot of potential in things that people have money in and buy stuff. If you seriously want to do nothing at all then my recommendation is to write posts, put them up on your website and then turn on advertising. You know those annoying websites where there’s ads everywhere and you have no idea where the text is? Yeah do that.
You might make $50-$100/month. If that’s enough for you that’s great. 👍🏼

All the best bro.
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MLatincic Premium
I followed the instructions from the video(training 7) and went step by step and opened the content and started writing something about myself and as I was not satisfied and after some mistakes I deleted it.
Now when i tried to go again step by step and when i open content on my screen does not apper Streamline vou writing for ultimate efficiency,a page with templates appears directly on my screen and does not allow me to write again.
I need help?
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Cyndes Premium
Have you tried to log out ans sign in? Sometimes it's just a glitch. Otherwise you can try to create a new post from scratch, not from the template.
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Kyle Premium
If it is published, you can edit any content directly within your website back office at any time.

To edit posts or pages on your website, you will need to log into the back office of your website. You can do this through the SiteManager (Websites => SiteManager).

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Within your back office, you will have a tab for both Posts and Pages within your main menu. (see attached). You will simply want to click on either one of those, to see a full list and to manage your respective Posts and Pages associated with your website.

Upon going into the Posts or Pages manager, you will see a list of all of them. You can edit them by "hovering" over top of the post, and then you will click on the "Edit" button. (see attached)

You can Quick Edit, Trash or View them from this hover menu. You can also click the main post or page title if you want to go into the editor.

I hope this helps you out here!
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SannaW Premium
Hi. If I already have a domain name. Can I connect via this platform and create my webpage, get the plugins, optimize for google etc (if I have Premium) and run my site as normal?

Then further down the road if I need to move my site out of this platform for some reason, is this possible?
Thank you for your help!
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JGatlin3 Premium
Yes you can. Just go to "websites", then select domains, go to your domain provider and add ns1.mywahosting.com and ns2.mywahosting.com to your DNS.
Personal I use Ecwid site builders as a plug in so I can place it wherever I want. Woocommerce is also a good choice
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SannaW Premium
Thank you JGatlin3, seems easy enough.
But what happens if I sell my business in the future? Is it easy to "go back to" not being a part of WA?

Do I own my own domains in WA and have full access to them even if I am not part of WA in the future?

Kind regards!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Susanna,

WA will only keep a backup of your website(s) for up to 60 days, so if you return within that time, they can be restored.

If you think you will be gone longer than 60 days, or if you want to keep your website online, you will want to take your own backup and maybe find another host for your website and move it before your Premium membership expired.

You can move your website to ANY host you want if you were to ever want to move or cancel here. If you don't pay for your domain on an annual basis (ie, let it lapse), it goes back into the domain pool with the rest of the available domains out there.
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