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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just finished lesson two, and came up with an idea for a niche, which I am very excited about. Last evening I was concerned that I could never find a niche that anyone would be interested in, and that this venture would turn out to be a failure. I'm glad I stuck with it. Truly glad
Kiolashei Premium
Hello everyone! I still have questions on the niche. Not sure why this still confuses me, but hopefully someone can help.

My niche has to do with healing your heart through journaling after a toxic relationship. Do I need to specifically state what my niche is on the About Me article on my website? Or should my articles give away my niche?

Also, in the articles I’ve written, I’ll write about a specific topic like finding the root cause of your pain, and include some questions to ask yourself. The goal is to encourage my readers to journal after they’ve read the article.

I’m just not sure if this is a specific enough niche...or if I should leave the journaling part out and just have my site be about how to heal your heart after a toxic relationship, then provide a bunch of different ways to do so. Or should I focus on journaling right now and then later I can continue to branch out...?

Just needing some help and guidance as I stay in my head a lot. Hope this makes sense. Thanks!
Ramco Premium
Hi Kionna,
Well both actually. It would help in your about me to say something about your website, what it intends to do, more anbout how you are intending to help your target audience which is your niche,

A niche is a market segment in your case people who have had a bad experience in relationships and require to have their heart healed so really you are providing service but in the world of today a product and service are the same

The content you write is about what you think will get your audience engaged. So if you think that your audience would be happy to engage in answering questions then go for it you are doing the research so in the best position to answer that question.

As for whether to journal or not right now or provide them with how they can heal so do I take it that is how you plan to monetize? That is you are going to sell these people information to heal themselves.? you can for example use the journal to start to get them to know where the are within themselves in order to select the products or services that you give them as a choice to buy...

So you see how you go is dependent on the strategy or plan you are using to do business with your audience which only you as the website owner and boss can decide.
makmrkt Premium
I believe Ramco has said what is true. Close your eyes and concentrate on how you wish to target your audience. You can create your own journal of what you see to be helpful to others. That will be what you develop in the research and understanding of how you will write your posts on your website. Search the keywords as you continue your training. That is all covered in the training. Peace, Mark.
Kiolashei Premium
Hi Ramco! Thank you so much. This finally clicked for me. When you wrote, “ The content you write is about what you think will get your audience engaged,” that’s what really helped everything make sense. And yes, journals, books, and courses that I’ve used are what I plan to use to monetize.

But I have a much clearer understanding now. I should’ve posted my question sooner because I’ve been stuck in my head for a while. Thanks for the help!
Kiolashei Premium
Thank you!
Ramco Premium
Hi Kionna,

Your most welcome!!
Glad I made things clearer and helped ;

PS Don't beat yourself up! sometimes it has to circulate in our heads awhile before we can even formulate a question... you must admit yours was longer than normal and people ran away from it...lols Me I don't run away from anything..lols
VApaez2 Premium
I like this idea. To read and also writ.
Ok so I do understand that I need to create a niche site. I'm not lazy or anything but I just see that creating massive amounts of content might not be sustainable for me.

I found a niche site that only has 4 pages but based on the owner's story, it's generating him 1K USD a month.

Since I cannot post a link here you can just google "Fresh Affirmations" and the site is the first in the results.

Then to find the youtube video where he shares that site's peformance you can search on Youtube the keywords "4 page niche blog makes $1000" and again his video is first in the results.

My question is if that guy's small site's performance is a fluke? Or it's really feasible to attain such results without having massive amounts of content?
Sailorblue Premium
Online is a place to build a business, if you want it to work it takes effort, just like most things of value in life. Content is what gets you eyeballs on your site unless your going to build a funnel and buy advertising to drive traffic to your site. Even then, your going to need a good product and a good pitch. Its just business. Nothing comes for free.
Thx but i just wanted to know :)
I indeed plan on setting up funnels. I want to build massive email lists for each niche I get into.
Veronica101 Premium
Ok I answered my own question. I went and explored Jays site. Found some articles by clicking on the main website Title (Logo?).
This brought up another question. Is there a good reason he does not have a button at the top to take people directly to snack ideas?
Is it better to make them look for that info? so maybe they find stuff to buy before they ever get to reading about snacks to put in the helmet or how to clean it etc.?