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 here.

Carson, the other co-founder works more with the technical team (over 25 people) so you will see a bit less of him, although he is still very much active here within the community every day.

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 3.75 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. 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.

(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 at the core a 4 step process nothing more complex than this and this is exactly what 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 in SiteRubix.

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!

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!

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 is 100,000's of people here within WA and many, MANY experts. You need help, please ask!

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 at Wealthy Affiliate. This is 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 Walk-through 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.


DISCUSS THIS VIDEO HERE: Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough - How YOU Can Benefit From WA

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 final task for today is to set-up your Wealthy Affiliate account. I have created a quick video walk-through showing you how to set-up your account:


DISCUSS VIDEO: Setting Up Your WA Account is EASY

Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate account only includes two items:

(1) Adding a profile image (can be anything you want)
(2) Adding a personal description

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.

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.

Get All of the "Juicy" Details About Premium Here!

You are in good hands here at Wealthy Affiliate regardless of whether you are Starter or Premium.

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, check them off as shown below and click the "Next Lesson" button as shown below.


In the next lesson we are going to be talking all about Making Money! :)

Tasks 0/4 completed
1. Watch the Walk-through Video of Wealthy Affiliate
2. Watch the Account Set-up Video of Wealthy Affiliate
3. Complete the Account Set-up Process (description, image)
4. Understand the Membership Levels at Wealthy Affiliate


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MDeLeon1 Premium
Help! As I create my first website, I have 3 pages, with 3 tabs at the top (HOME, ABOUT THIS SITE and PRIVACY POLICY...Now, when I click on the title of my website at the top, or i guess my URL address, it takes me to the second tab ABOUT THIS SITE, I don't want it to do that, I want it to take me to the HOME tab...HELP?
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CowboyJames Premium
Do you have pages or posts. If a page you can set a static page, always front/first page. If it posts you can make a post sticky. A sticky post is always in front.
Hope this is helpful.
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I’m curious what you guys think; I’m currently on my iPad going through these courses I’m on lesson 1 pt 3 but I have a dilemma. I have not created my website yet due to the fact I want to build it on my PC. Is it a good idea to keep going through these courses and go back through them when I get home and start the web building process or should I wait and build my site while walking through each course?

Thank you all for your input!!
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@RICH. Premium
You can run through the courses first, but then go back and do them 'hands on', just don't try to build your site based on remembering what you learnt, it's important to follow along.
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Thank you for the input!! I will definitely be following along when I start the website process!
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MaryAJones Premium
hmm I think the link for the Affiliate Bootcamp on this page may be broken (or it only works properly for Premium members). I get an error message when I try to click the link. I see I can search for it & get to the same thing, but wanted to give a heads up.
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feigner Premium
Just clicked it and it worked - but i am premium.
Hope you can get it working, it is worth it.
Good luck
Phil
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Prinz Premium
Works well from my end. It should work for free members as well. I had access when I was a free member, but that was 2 years ago...I might be wrong.
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BarbraJones Premium
I have two websites. For the first one I already went through the lessons and created the website (but I didn't use templates). For the second one I am on this step of creating the About Me page. If I use the About Me template for my second website will it change the About Me content for my first website? Would I be better off just skipping the templates and building the pages like I did for the first one?
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Hughesy42 Premium
Hi Barbra,

There shouldn't be any effect on the first website as when you go to publish the post or page you need to select which domain it is going to which will stop it from editing it on the first website.
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BarbraJones Premium
Thank you so much! I didn't want to do all that writing only to end up messing up my first site. Now when I go back I can see that is mentioned in the lesson. That's what I get for trying to rush through it. :)
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naferezie Premium
Bonjour , je veux faire fortune sur le net raison pour laquelle je saute sur toutes les occasion que je trouve .Mais accompagnement et formation formation , je n'avance jamais . Je souhaite vivement avoir enfin le succès avec vous .Un autre obstacle , je suis francophone la compréhension des vidéos formation reste difficile .Merci
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I admire your language. It is French?
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(I am Chinese, English is not good, if you don't understand my question, I will try to change the way later) and I have a question, if I choose to xi 'an travel the word, then the associated with xi 'an attractions, the story is not my available niche, such as "xi 'an city wall" "terracotta warriors in xian" "xi 'an attractions", so if the results of these words is not ideal, so how should I choose?
Thank you for your reply.
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Kyoko817 Premium
What is xi'? Is it the part of the Chinese language and you try to use the part of language to find the keywords????
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(I am Chinese, English is not good, if my question you can not understand, I will try to change the way later) I have a question. In this lesson when it comes to the use of jaaxy search keywords, most I have clearly know all kinds of important indicators, I want to know, when a newbie to choose keywords, indicators of SEO score choose interval is more appropriate? For example, 70-80? Is it 80-85 or 85-90?
Maybe video, but my English is not good, I don't understand, thanks for pointing.
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georgejhaas Premium
Hi,

Thanks for sharing your concerns. For a newbie, the QSR score should be below 100, and the monthly searches above 300. I hope this helps.

By the way, you don't need to buy Jaaxy. The WA Keyword tool works just the same. You are looking for monthly searches above 300 and QSR below 100. The WA tool is FREE.

Best wishes,

George
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Cathy Ling Premium
I would choose an SEO score between 80 - 100, granted the keywords have some traffic and QSR is between 50 - 100.

Even as a newbie, you should strive to target long-tail keywords as much as possible from the beginning. It will make your writing and ranking much easier down the road.
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Copied from my Goals:
KHilliard a day ago
How much money would you be happy earning?
$50 or more a week

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$500 or more a month

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
As much as it takes.

I was trying to be realistic. So far I've spent a couple of hours each day, it seems this will take more time and concentration.

Are the Goals editable?
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I agree. It will be a slow process but learnig how its done will help in the long run. Wish you the best
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It definitely takes time and concentration but there no doubt you can do it
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MJLaupp Premium
And it does get easier. My first "keyword rich" post took some time. As future lessons called for more posts, I've gotten better/faster at choosing a keyword phrase to focus on and getting the posts written. I've learned to just have two or three keyword phrases picked so I can jump right in to creating content. (And I keep a saved list of phrases on the WA Keyword Tool so I don't have to search every single time!)
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I have a question. If I want to log on to my site directly rather than background login first WA member account, so if it is input a site address, so my the administrator password is how much? Because you don't need to enter a password to log in from WA background. Thank you
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MozMary Premium
you can log in direct from your browser, just put the name of your website in a new tab with yourwebsite.com/wp-admin

and a box will pop up asking you for some login details, these can be got at WA and stored by you outside WA for logging in any time

get your log in details in siterubix>sitemanager>details [that's directly across from the login button on the far right]

and in details it shows your login [usually admin unless you changed it] and your pw
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MBond Premium
Hi you can log in directly through wordpress but you will need to get your username and password from the WA sitemanager section. You can copy it from there and keep track of it.
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Ok, thanks, I look at the video has been learned, can be in Settings to change the password after the first into the background, it is simple, but I finally found my worry is redundant, because all the operation can be done through WA powerful management system, I don't even need to log in Word Press background can complete website management work. It's really great.
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Ok, thanks, I look at the video has been learned, can be in Settings to change the password after the first into the background, it is simple, but I finally found my worry is redundant, because all the operation can be done through WA powerful management system, I don't even need to log in Word Press background can complete website management work. It's really great.
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MozMary Premium
it's always good to know how and to have your details, as a standby, just in case you are on a different computer sometime and forget your WA password, have that handy too :)
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Quentil Premium
I think the best way to find a niche and please if I'm going in the wrong direction let me know. I have came up with some general likes and interest. Next I will break each of them down in to sub-niches and began to do research on the target audience and demand.
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Thank you, MelaniLukito, these links are helpful to all of us struggling to find the right first niche.
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Thanks for the links
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Pardon me if my questions lack in clarity as I'm a newbie to All of this.
Question 1: If I were to uprade to premium, would I be able to change the theme etc.. of my starter site without losing the content or would it have to be built from scratch?
Question 2: I wouldn't want to pay to own a domain name unnecessarily before testing the viability of the site. What would happen if I were to eventually buy the domain name? This is regards to the site originally being a sub domain of SiteRubix? Sorry I don't know much(anything
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NyssaB Premium
Question 1- Yes. When you have upgraded you will have access to more themes on wordpress and it is very easy to change from theme to theme.

Question 2- When you buy the domain, you can transfer your free site to the new domain with ease. You do not have to buy the domain right away. If you wish you can continue to use the free site till you think its time to upgrade. Just remember that free sites take longer to get indexed on google so it is recommended to get your own domain.

Hope that helps.
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Quentil Premium
I didn't know that it takes free sites to get a good ranking. Thanks for this information.
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Thanks for the clarification, all advice is greatly appreciated
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Maddy55 Premium
no, what NyssaB said is that a paid domain gets indexed better and quicker and therefore would get better ranking in the search results. A Free site is a Sub Domain, it essentially piggy backs off of the main Rubix domain. Premium gets you free hosting (parking) of up to 50 websites. You still have to pay for your own domain but it's generally only about $13-14 per year. That Domain is yours as long as you pay for the yearly fee. You will simply be 'parking' it here in WA. You can buy the Domains from different places like GoDaddy or NameCheap and others, but you can also buy them here in WA, which is much easier. I presently own 4 Domains but am only using 2 for now. I have two parked here, and will move one other over here soon as it expires at Weebly.com.
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Thanks for the reply
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MozMary Premium
yes, it is all straightforward, one click of a button on this platform, they are set up for that

you also have plenty of time to decide on getting an own domain, you are in the training phase now

the free sites will index perfectly fine, it may just take a couple of weeks longer...when you know your niche and are happy with a domain name then any work you've done can be transferred across, it is not lost
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MJLaupp Premium
You absolutely can change the theme. Just log in through the SiteRubix feature and then, once you are in the Wordpress Dashboard, you see "Appearance" on the left hand side. Under that, click on "Themes". You'll see the theme you've chosen plus a box with a plus sign that says "Add New Theme".

For both my niche site and my affiliate site, I chose a theme to start and then realized I didn't like the look as I started adding more pages and content and ended up changing the theme once I started!
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Thanks for the info
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GhostH1 Premium
How many more levels are there to your premium upgrades and what are the fees level one was free level two is $25 how much is level 3 and 4
Level 1 gives you the place to put idea and puts it on paper but it doesn't open any markets. No affiliates and no way truly to a effectively make money with that site.
So does the 24 95 take you all the way to the last class 2A functioning website or are there more upgrades. I don't mind paying for services rendered I just like to know what they are ahead of time
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Kyle Premium
It is $19 the first month, then it is $49 per month after the first month. This includes absolutely everything you need to create and grow a business online from the training, weekly live classes, he support, the tools, the websites/hosting, the mentoring, network, exclusive access to all updates...you name it.

This includes all 5 Levels (50 lessons of OEC), over 500 hours of video training, 1,000's of training modules, 10,000's of discussions, all 7 levels of Bootcamp, etc.

We also have a yearly option of $359 which is a big discount and that works out to be $29 per month. You can choose either or.

Hope this helps you out Daniel and if you have any further questions let me know.
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GhostH1 Premium
Thank you for the information is very helpful I've Been Told that my account should be visible on the internet after it gets set up in Phase 1 of the training if that's the case I'm having an issue with mine I cannot seem to find it on the internet anywhere
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SydThomas Premium
I am overwhelmed by the number of niches there are, since this is my first venture with affiliate marketing, I thought a good place to start is to market for Wealthy Affiliate. As I progress with other niches and offer products I assume that I need to become an affiliate with different companies in order to market their products. Is that correct? Any feedback would be appreciated and any help choosing a domain name and getting the first site up and running. Thank you! Sydney
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@RICH. Premium
I'd recommend you work in a niche you are truly passionate about, there's nothing more dreary than writing content year-after-year about a topic that bores you to tears!

The majority of members start affiliating with Amazon, as they accept "barely there" sites, have a global reach, and a high trust factor amongst visitors to your site, other affiliate programs often require an established site with traffic before they'll approve you.

I wouldn't worry about keyword rich domains or EMDs (Exact Match Domains). It's content that ranks these days, not domain names.

I'd rather have a brand such as http://www.boohoo.com than something as limiting as http://www.buycheapdesignerwomensclothesonline.com

Your domain name doesn't even have to be relevant, if it did http://www.amazon.com would sell river trips and http://www.apple.com would sell fruit! It can even be personal, http://www.craigslist.com :)
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krob1888 Premium
That's what I thought at first, but finding your own niche is much more fun. I'm a gamer and I chose my niche as Assassin's Creed. I really love the series, and have a lot to say and contribute to this niche. Pick something you love and can talk about for hours. From what I'm seeing here, to make money and be successful, you need traffic and to have a captivating audience for your site, choose something you love and can expand on. It's not something to jump in to, I haven't started the affiliate boot camp, but it kind of sounds boring, I'd rather research and write about something I love. From my understanding of how this all works it's a marathon not a sprint and you'll have more fun and success if you choose something your passionate about. Nothings wrong, as long as you know your stuff, you'll get people to your site, then you can guide them to things to buy and make money for yourself, through affiliates or advertising. I'm still learning myself, and I don't think either path is more profitable, just sounds like choosing your own niche is more fun. at least you get to write and expand on stuff you know and love.
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Jrcampa Premium
Thank you for your input, it really put picking a domain in perspective
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. you're most welcome! :)
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oanaelviso Premium
Dear community, I would like to know if, after building your content in your niche in the siterubix domain, I can transfer everything to my own future domain. It may be a easy question but I'm not too familiar with the subject.
In addition, is there any chance to get ranking with a siterubix domain and use it to make the first sales?
Thank you very much for your help.
Oana.
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@RICH. Premium
Yes, you can get ranking and traffic with a siterubix subdomain site. You can move a siterubix subdomain site to your own domain with a couple of clicks following this training
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oanaelviso Premium
This is very helpful! Thanks!
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. you're most welcome! :)
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jmvrico Premium
Yes, you can transfer it to your own domain. If you continue with the training, WA will give step by step guide on how you can do it. :)
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sukumarth Premium
How do I give the title of my website? I mean, I have written the main content that I want on my home page as "post". Is this correct? Should it be "page"? In my website, my home page content comes as a post with a title. But I want this title to be the main title of my website? Please help me. I hope I'm making sense.
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phakacha8 Premium
Hello Sukumar, pages don't change. They are static and do not move. If you want that content to be unmoved, you have to make it as a page so that every reads it in the first checking of your website.. Whereas posts will be hundreds plus and more. Hope this helps.
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sukumarth Premium
Just check the attached pic. How does one do that??
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EMYGrules Premium
You need to first create the content as a page. Yes. Then you should log into your site as admin. Then you need to click the button, "customize" at the top there. It should be next to a paint brush. Then from here, click,"site identity" and then"site title". Delete that default title and type in your new title. Then click the button save and publish at the top. Let me know if this is the answer you are looking for.
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phakacha8 Premium
Make that as your Home page.
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sukumarth Premium
The fault was all in my making the content that I had intended to appear on the home page as "post". So now, what I have done is change that to "page". And bingo! Now website looks okay and it has come with the title. The menus are also coming fine.
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sukumarth Premium
I have just done that. Silly me, I had to go back to lesson 4 to see what went wrong. I have moved the content in the trash and with the same content (and title), I pasted it on a blank page and updated it as "page". Now everything's coming okay. I have the website title too with the menus arranged perfectly. Thanks for the help! I'll continue building the site. I'm about to finish the front porch of my "home" :)
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phakacha8 Premium
Congrats my friend. keep moving.
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sukumarth Premium
A slight problem though. Now my website's title is coming and it's the same title which I had put as the title of the content that I updated as "page" like I said. Which is all fine and is appearing the way that I had intended. But I have noticed that once you put up the content as page, my name doesn't come whereas if I update a "post" my name appears with the date on which it was posted. So, if I want my name to appear on the home page itself, what do I do??
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I tried your program a couple of yrs ago if not mistaken but because of a lack of concentration(illness heart failure); i wasn't forced to quit!! I don't particularly like videos and much rather get written instructions instead which is old schooled i guess but it really works for me! Is this to much to ask for as a free member right now who hope that my health will allow me to learn and comprehend so i can upgrade as soon as possible! Lot of debt waiting on VA from 07/05/2007 til 10/12/2016 attorney fees took a lot of back-pay!
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Kyle Premium
Well there is parallel text training with every video. And all the communication here Wealthy Affiliate is textbased, so you'll be completely fine. :)
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Maddy55 Premium
The lessons are both video and written form, I find having both really helps to understand everything. Also writing notes as you watch the video also helps me. There is no rush,
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sbales43 Premium
Hi,
I have just rejoined WA as a Premium Member. Don't mind admitting that I became frustrated in August and quit. I am back, re-energized and ready to go. Question..I want to completely start the training over at the beginning and when I go into the site it shows the training level that I completed before. Can I clear this so that it shows me starting at "Getting Rolling"? Thanks.

Steve
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MozMary Premium
welcome back, have you tried unticking the boxes for the activities you already did, that should free you up

I had probs with those boxes before so actually stopped ticking them at one point, but now see the way it is all laid out there on the right, we can navigate really easy to whatever lesson we like this time, forward or back

yep it can be overwhelming at first, just keep asking tons of questions and give yourself time to succeed and absorb everything - it will all click at some point mysteriously when you least expect it :)
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feigner Premium
hey Steve - can you not untick the boxes to reset the levels?
Alternatively just go through the training again. Keep a track of where you get to and start from there next time.
Good luck this time - maybe pay yearly to keep your mind focused
all of us get a little frustrated - especially when things go so slowly, but follow the training and it will improve.
Don't forget to have a play with test sites to see if you can break them - then you know what not to do with your main site!
As i say good luck this time.
Phil
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appreciate your honesty it's an important step in overcoming problems
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billy947 Premium
Yes, just uncheck the boxes and start from the beginning.
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I am confused with the last sentence

"If you are REALLY STUCK at this point...we have an Affiliate Bootcamp dedicated to those that are interested in promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Go here if that is you."

I clicked on the "Go here if that is you"
but it says
"this content does no longer exist,it was probaby deleted"

I don't know what my niche will be and I want to choose from the Affiliate Camp but as I mentioned above the link doesn't work.
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NyssaB Premium
Sounds like a technical issue. Send a message to Site support and explain the issue. They should be able to fix it
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GGrier Premium
It's a good idea to report the broken link.

If you want to start Affiliate Bootcamp, just click the black button on the left and start the lessons.
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GhostH1 Premium
How often does this issue happen, ?
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Every time I click on the link
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TRPEng Premium
Hello Tj5. Welcome to WA and i hope you enjoy yourself here. Its a good place to be. Yes any thing can be a niche. It can be something you are passionate about. It will motivate you work passionately about your topic. Go through the course member bios and see what people are doing. My thing is cats. Use your imagination and follow the lessons. All the best Trevor
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I like the idea of doing phone cases but isn't that way too general and not really a good niche given all the major competition? How can I narrow down a niche?
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BMLMkes22 Premium
Can you please help me with 2 things
1. How can I unpublished my private policy because I published it as a post instead of page. Can I delete it or there is another way.
2. One of my site content and private policy's I published has no where for me to tick no-index and no follow. I don't understand why is that because my first site has got the tick boxes.
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MozMary Premium
1. delete the post that you created by accident and do a new privacy policy that is a page

2. so the site where you can't tick no follow - was the all in one SEO activated?
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Hi guys,

So I just set up my All-in-one SEO and tried to google for my site, but I don't see my website shows up anywhere even after I've typed down each and every single word of my website name in Google...

Did I not do it right?

Thank you!
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ADC909 Premium
Your website is probably not indexed yet. If you go to "site manager" and check your site health it will let you know if you have been indexed yet.
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JohnM68 Premium
I'm brand new here. I attempted online marketing twice--many years ago.

The first time, I bounced around a lot from idea to idea. The second, I tried building a business writing/creating content for others' websites (About two months). My work was very well-received. I write well, but I am VERY slow (perfectionist), so I wasn't going to build up my income enough to make it worthwhile.

Just earlier this evening, I had the idea to look into affiliate marketing again. I just started working at an Amazon warehouse one month ago; it's going quite well, but I'd obviously rather just make my money as an online Amazon affiliate. :)

WA looks great so far. You can understand that I am highly skeptical of affiliate marketing's potential...this is based upon past experience and the probability that niche markets are overly-saturated nowadays. They were already saturated a few years ago. But I am here (I wouldn't be if I didn't think it may be a good opportunity) and I am open-minded and want to give this a solid try!
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delroy2222 Premium
Hi John
It is great to hear that you will give Wealthy Affiliate a solid try.
Go through the training here step by step in the order that it is presented. Do not hurry. Take as much time as you need.
Best wishes. )
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I am in South Africa and have been thinking about starting a blog for a while now. What I am worried about is that all the ways to make money through a blog seems to not be directed towards the SA market.Especially as what I have in mind will be mostly for SA consumers. Am I wrong about this? Are there anybody from SA who are doing this successfully who can pipe in on this?
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@RICH. Premium
You don't have to target the SA market, for example your site could target the USA, Canada and the UK, affiliating with Amazon. and using their OneLink program, which would give you a much greater target audience. :)

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/node/topic/202165020
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Melanie

I am from South Africa, you clicked on my link on Kaboutjie :) Yes there are plenty of ways to make money online when you have a blog. There are South African websites that have affiliate programs, plus you can do sponsored posts, Google ads and sell ad space on your website. You don't have to worry about the country you are in, as soon as you have some traffic to your website you will be able to monetize it.
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Thanks @Rich, I understand I don't have to target the SA market but what I have in mind for my blog does target the SA market. So I need to know how workable this will be to create revenue from.
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LynneHuy Premium
Most of my website traffic to Kaboutjie is SA traffic!
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GeorgeK4 Premium
I know what you mean, as I'm also in SA. But I'm new to this game and don't yet have any experience to draw on in order to give you advice (yet!).
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Hi Guys, im also in SA just joined yesterday.. Im quite excited to see affiliate maketing in SA. Still new at this working through the startup training.
I found an interesting website with advice for South Africans here :) marketingchannel (.coza)
Hope we can all share some Success stories (like LynneHuy) on WA soon!
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Thanks Elaine, will definitely check out that website!
I am just about to start building my site - excited yet nervous.
Good luck to you, hope to hear your success story soon!
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LynneHuy Premium
Welcome Elaine :) It is so lovely to see so many South Africans here! Yes success is so possible and I can't wait to hear your success stories.
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Aledia Premium
I'm confused. I thought you said that by creating a page for the privacy policy, no one would be able to comment. When I look at the site, there was a comment box below the privacy policy.
I'm using a magazine template. If you know how to remove the discussion box, I'd like any advice you can give.
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NyssaB Premium
Some pages on themes will allow for comments. If your privacy policy has a section for comments then you'll need to disallow them in the settings. It is usually located below the text when you are editing it i.e go to your wordpress site- click on edit of the page- scroll down and you should see the disable comments box.
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Aledia Premium
It shows that I can disable SEO. But I guess it's a non issue really. I've got the comments set for approval only
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Hello everybody! I am new to this site. I have tried another one but they really didn't help at all. It was hard to get an answer out of anyone. So with that in mind I am really liking the site so far. I am doing this cuz I love being on the computer looking up different stuff all the time. An this would help my husband financially with the bills.
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MJLaupp Premium
You definitely will not have that problem here! I can tell you from personal experience that you will get as much feedback and help as you need! And don't hesitate to contact individuals with questions!
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phildora Premium
Your goals are definitely achievable as you follow the Wealthy Affiliate training modules.
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Thanks for letting me know. So far I can tell site is a lot better.
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MJLaupp Premium
Question - I have my first niche site up and running. But as I am doing the work to find keywords for that site, I keep finding keywords (with an AMAZING QSR) that are close but not an exact match. They are connected to an area that's closely related to my first site. It's an area that I toyed with focusing on for my first niche and now I'm wondering if I should go ahead and set that idea aside as a second niche. How soon is too soon to start a second niche website?!

MJ

P.S. If you are the type that likes details - I have a site called "Tots, Teens, and Theater" up and running. When I'm searching for good keywords for that site, I keep coming across keywords that would better fit a site focused on the use of drama in the church.
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Kayakhu17 Premium
If you've got the time to put into another niche ? I would go for it now.


Paul
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Kyle Premium
You will always want to make sure that your keywords make sense. You will also want to keep your keywords relevant to the theme of your websites. You don't want to be talking about dogs on technology site (unless you are talking about digital tracking collars, etc).
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MJLaupp Premium
That's what I thought. The other keywords work with a similar site - also a passion of mine - but they aren't an exact match. They need their own site to work on.
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MozMary Premium
two niches at one time is a lot to take on, most people won't master it while starting when they haven't yet mastered the training, some could perhaps, just make sure you don't end up overwhelming yourself
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MJLaupp Premium
That was my concern. Niche number one is working with kids and teens in the theater. Niche number two is using the theatrical arts in faith based institutions - churches, Christian schools, etc. I've worked extensively in both areas and doing research for one usually connects to the other. I'm hoping that will allow them to sort of grow together.
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lizelzeager Premium
I'm on Course 1, Lesson 8 on KEYWORDS.

I'm curious about what word/description differences are between Jaaxy and the Keyword Tool? Specifically in reference to the column names/titles Kyle is talking about in the training video...

I'm getting confused between what to look for in "traffic" and "searches" and "average" and "competition" for a new blog.

Also, on the Keyword Tool, what exactly am I looking at in the Article & PPC Power columns?? Is there something of importance in there?

Any clarification or links to other keyword explanations would be appreciated... I'm a visual/reading kinda girl and I think I may have gotten lost for a bit in the video I watched (twice!) today.

Thanks friends! :)
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@RICH. Premium
If you type 'keyword tool' in the search bar at the top, you'll see all the training that's available, ie.
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MozMary Premium
like Rich says, can't underestimate how useful the search bar is here

also look at Boomergp08 for extra training on keywords, and jvranjes

as for comparison between jaaxy and WA keyword tool, for keywords themselves they are both good, jaaxy does some extras that you may not need at this stage...again magistudios has some recent training on this
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lizelzeager Premium
Ahhh.. the search bar!! You mean that white space that's been hiding right in front of me in plain sight? LOL

Thanks so much Rich, I will definitely remember this for the future. Haha :)
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lizelzeager Premium
Oh this is great!!! Thanks so much for the suggested usernames and trainings, I will def look them up. Appreciate your tips!! :)
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. you're most welcome! :)
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ThomasTay Premium
Just re-watch the Walk-through video by Kyle. Realise there are ton of information and learning I yet to explore. There are so many things we can learn from here. It can really be overwhelming at first but do learn at your own pace and step by step if you wish to.
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NyssaB Premium
So true. I went back to the beginning to go through it all again and realised I missed a whole step! But all is good now :)
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It is overwhelming but Kyle really helps make you feel right at home. It is very appreciated.
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PLaw Premium
How do I get my posts to go on the website in the correct order. I named one post "home", but it is now in the middle of the page. I've added some posts since that time, but I would like them to be in the order that I've added them, not going on backwards.
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MozMary Premium
posts go to your blog roll, so either your entire blog roll is your home page and the posts tend to be ordered according to the date you post them, or you choose a page on your site to be your home page

pages go to the menu, posts go to the blog roll [as a rule of thumb]

there are ways around everything of course, but as long as you understand how it works in general, then you can decide things going forward

to set home page go to Settings>Reading and notice in there you have a choice between your front page displaying your latest posts or a static home page
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oanaelviso Premium
Hello all, this is a very interesting topic and helps me to be more specific in respect of the niche I would like to choose.
My question is: if I want to promote products within my niche in various languages (I'm from Europe,maybe this would be helpful to get more traffic) can I use only one website? Or is it necessary to build several websites in different languages? Thank you in advance for your help!
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jmvrico Premium
Good question. It depends on the niche that you want. But for me, I prefer English because your scope will be bigger. What is your niche by the way so I can have an idea?
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Yes
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Confused a bit with these Posts and Pages, i got a question. If i created a main menu and in it 1 of the tabs has sub-menus right, i can make the main tab a page and the sub menus posts....
e.g. the main tab with drop-down menu is called 'Life Lesson'(Page) and 1 of the sub-menus in it is called 'Tip of the Day' (Post)....but if everyday i need to add content to the sub menu 'Tip of the Day' how do i make it a new article but keep it under the same tab if i used a Post to make it?
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MozMary Premium
this sounds confusing, not fully sure what you are aiming for here...

in my opinion, you'd have a very long submenu if you are going to add a post 365 days of the year every year, so how about sending those to your blog?

you say 'tip of the day' is a post, so to create a new tip of the day would be to create a new post...so you are asking where that post goes now?
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im saying i want all those to go under 1 sub menu, all the 'tip of the day' posts to go under 1 'tip of the day' menu but different pages,understand?
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jam30mont Premium
Hello all,
I have more of a awareness question. Bear with me, in your privacy statement an email address is added. Fine I've created a new email to mirror the site. My question is in general how to people feel about listing their full name. I know we can but with security certainly a concern how do people feel about putting out maybe "too" much and yet still reach an audience without sounding robotic and cold. Thanks.

John
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mistia Premium
I personally don't use my whole name on my website. maybe when I hit it big and can afford identity protection etc. For now I have two standard emails I use with each website.
contact@myowndomain.com
info@myowndomain.com
I use the first for just about everything and the second for questions.
I cannot speak for anyone else though.
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jam30mont Premium
thank you, that makes sense to me. I hadn't thought of the generic email titles, info or contact, great idea. Thanks for sharing that
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GAudino Premium
Hi guys, I'm setting the "All in One SEO" of my first website. What do you think about this Home Title: "My Gym Bag - Find Your Best Gym Bag"? And what about the Home description: "At My Gym Bag we are focused on helping all sports people through our experience to find the most suitable bag for them" ?
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NyssaB Premium
If it reflects on what you want to post on your site then it sounds good to me :)
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KristenV Premium
Sounds good to me as well!
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jp230382 Premium
In reference to the above question you pose, I would say without quoting any figures, what would make me happy would be say the level of my traditional day job and what would excel that option would be anything more to give my financial freedom in life.

Currently I am looking to give 2+hours a day daily being proactive with my business, but hope to improve this over the coming future.
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Gguet Premium
when i visit other platforms i see the members show the earning they do in a screen short to encourage other become a member, but why there is no member in this platform does not do the same.
There is no income? i know the main reason of someone to become a member is to look for a way to earn some money.
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D-AnnTaylor Premium
The way I see it to answer your question, why do you need to post your earnings for the world to see, if they are in fact making money....mmm...I wonder.

Could it be the others platform way of pretending to make money by showcasing their earnings to lure you in to their platform?

Would you or have you ever posted your earnings for everyone to see that you have made from an employer who pays you weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly?

I certainly would not because for one it is not their business what my earnings are from my employer or my business. Not only that but also thats personal and confidential to for my eyes and my employer who pays me.

You know how they tell you in the traditional workplace, you should not discuss your pay with others in the workplace.....it;s kind of unethical.

So, ask yourself why are these other platforms in the online business world posting their earnings for the world to see?

Chances are, its probably fabricated lies. I'm just saying....don't be fooled by their marketing scams because that is what it sounds like to me. Oh yes, there are many out there!

I figure it like this, plain and simple - if an affiliate program goes as far as posting their earnings on their website for the world to see, that's a red flag to me indicating it is a marketing scam to lure people into their platform and once they get them, they will not live to their word of making you the kind of financial figures they advertised on their website.

My advice to you....DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!

You have arrived at the leading marketing affilate platform in the online business arena, that is, Wealthy Affiliate. They are providing their people with the best tools and and top of the line training to ensure we are successful.

WA have around the clock support if you are in need of assistance with anything and number 1 in my book, they care about their WA members! That's hard to find in the online world of business and more so in the traditional setting of business.

It is left up to you to apply what you learn at WA to attain success in this online business world consisting of 3.7 billion potential customers at our access.

So, I say run with it and aim high.

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. I wish you much success in your new endeavors here at WA.

Let's work!!

Deborah
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MozMary Premium
lots of people post their income all the time, especially when they have just begun to make serious income having joined a few months ago - but you are only here 5 minutes, so how can you know what happens?

But not everyone is going to show their income, just like anywhere else in life, especially if they make a lot. Everyone is different, and income is ultimately a private matter.

If you can't see the resources for themselves and realize what you can do with them, then nothing anyone shows you will make a difference, the issue is with you.

Also, if one person can make $2000 a month very quickly, it does not mean you can even with the same resources, it will always depend on how much work you put in and what level of skill and ability YOU have...
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jp230382 Premium
I agree all these parts related to our income our personal and only are based on our own action and success.
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boomergp08 Premium
There are plenty of us making a good amount of income here, but it is no one's business to know how much I make. Those other platforms showcase money earnings to trick people into thinking that what they are selling is going to make you tons of money.

But making money online depends solely on how much proper training you have taken and how you go about applying that knowledge. If you cannot learn the proper steps and put them into practice, you will not make money.

Look at it this way. Do any colleges broadcast how much money one will make if they graduate with a degree? Of course not, because how much you make depends on your personal work effort. Wealthy Affiliate doesn't broadcast earnings because it is just an online college of sorts and everyone will earn differently.
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VSinatra Premium
I don't jump ahead in the courses and I didn't mean to here but I found a link and it delved in much better to key word searches helping me to get past a wall I had been up against too many hours. Thank you and I will be to this point in no time now!
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V2usher Premium
Hi, I'm new to WA :)
Just a quick question..
I'm about to select a theme for my website in SiteRubix. Is there a way of changing the theme at a later date if at the end I'm not happy with it or would I have to start all over again?
Thx
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Dmorrow Premium
Themes can be changed. You can pick a group of favs that you might like to try so you don't have to go back and search for them too.
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V2usher Premium
Great stuff. Thank you ! :)
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Ambition1122 Premium
Hey man, welcome!!!! Great question - you can definitely change it and don't need to start over - I changed mine 2 times already.
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Hi
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Dmorrow Premium
Hello, how are you progressing, good I hope.
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Wednesday14 Premium
I have another problem : while adding the Privacy Policy in the process of publishing the Page, I missed to check off the Robots Meta non-index and non-follow. I wanted to correct it but I do not seem to find the exact setting that will enable me to do so. Any ides how to fix this ,please ?
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@RICH. Premium
Open up the Page and click on Screen Options, top far right of your screen and tick the box marked All-in-One-SEO. Then scroll underneath past the editor window until you see the AIOSEO panel, where you'll find no-index, no-follow options. :)
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LunaVC Premium
Go to your dashboard, select All Pages, select Privacy Policy, click Edit. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the things you want to tick off.
Hope that helps! Good Luck.
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Wednesday14 Premium
@Rich, I think it worked. Thanks !
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Wednesday14 Premium
Thanks !!
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@RICH. Premium
You're most welcome! :)
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I am having problems watching the video. First they would start and get stuck somewhere buffering.
Now they won't even Play! Now it just says, ''The video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.''
Funny thing, i am able to access other webpages and videos on other tabs. I am using Google Chrome and yes i have deactivated 'hardware acceleration'.

Anyone has any ideas or suggestions?
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Kyle Premium
Are you on a slower connection? Some of these videos are larger in size and can take a second to render. If you are on a really slow wifi connection, you might get this issue.

You could also try using the SD version of the video, instead of the HD version. The HD version are obviously larger files.
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It's saying the video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed, or because the format is not supported. But the videos worked yesterday so I don't think it is the format, and my internet is working fine for everything else. I tried refreshing with no success. Any ideas?
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fleurallen Premium
A temporary glitch perhaps? I had the same issue so am just thinking a temporary glitch
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NEH Premium
Video loading fine on my phone - maybe try again or via a different method, or different browser perhaps? Nat
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Good afternoon.

I'm really trying too decide on a niche, as an artist and photographer, I think that an art or photography niche would be perfect, but i also want to make an niche on wealth, firstly because I've been drawn to this site and since it's one of the most popular and profitable. Which one do you guys think would be better ?
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Chris Lee Premium
Go with what you know first. You can't really give advice about how to make money online if you have never made money online.

Plus, passion is a huge part of success so picking something you are passionate about will help you stay motivated till success knocks on your door.

Once that does, feel free to open up a make money online site and the many other ideas you will have.
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dalwhu Premium
Hi

If your going to do affiliate bootcamp first then do a wealth website but if your starting of with the certification. Course which is the green tab marked get started here as I did then do a niche website on art and photography.

After I finished the certification course and got my niche website up and running I started affiliate bootcamp where I am halfway through and have my wealth site up and running. I've been doing this for 9 months so I advise you to concentrate on one site at a time as there's no rush.

Best wishes

Darren
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MozMary Premium
either way you'd have to master the training, right now you are beginning the training so you have some time to test out things with your free sites before committing to a particular niche

always take a look at where your interests lie, whether you can write content in your chosen area several times a week, what the competition looks like, and what affiliate programs are there for you...when you try to build up a site in any one niche it soon becomes clear how far you want to go with a niche...and the free sites are perfect for practice
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Thank you for the advice chris, I'm finding myself burning with ambition and passion right now ever since I've started WA.
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Dalwhu, i really appreciate the feedback you've just given me, I truly think that for now, the art niche would be best for me right now, thank you.

And i hope you continue too rise on WA and earn ever more income.
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Thank you for the advice moz, I decided to start up an art niche once I've completed the first course.
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KimberleyR Premium
Hi,
I set up a Jaaxy accou t to do keyword and niche research. I am currently on the starter plan. I can search and see the first 8 or so reults, but the rest is blurred out and I getba pop-up window that tells me I have to upgrade to fully view my results. Is there a way to access this content in the free trial/ starter version?
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MozMary Premium
no, they just let us get the first 10 or so results with the free account
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KimberleyR Premium
Thank you!
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LyndaMorgan Premium
Hi WA community! I've just joined and am really struggling with choosing my niche. My interests are horses, dogs & crafts and my job is bookkeeping. I don't feel like I am qualified to advise people on these subjects. Can anyone give me some help as to how I can get started choosing my niche? Many thanks
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tommo1968 Premium
Its much easier to work on a niche if you are interested in it. Especially your first one.

I would pick one of your passions then look it and pick out a sub niche from it. As "Horses" is too broad, maybe something like "horse protective head gear" would be a good fit.

Its a personal choice but the more you know now the easier it will be to comment and post about.

If you have to research each post and answer the job becomes 2-3 times as long.

There will be some research in any niche as you need to source new products and review them and the industry but as a starting point the better you know the subject the easier it will be.

Hope that helps.
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CuriousEwa Premium
Hi Lynda, I think everyone here had this problem :-) if you type this question in the search bar above you will find a ton of advice. In short, the idea behind choosing a niche is that:
1. you need to like it and enjoy it, you will be producing lots of content in this niche (and don't worry, the posts ideas will come as you write more and more) so you better like what you write about.
2. you have "some" knowledge in the niche but do not think you have to be an expert. If you are, that's great but you can always research your niche (online, library, print magazines, YouTube, etc.) and you can write from a perspective of someone who is reporting rather than lecturing.
3. don't overthink it. It's is likely that your idea will shift one way or another as you learn more and more about online business. It's normal. Nobody had it right from the start.
4. Try to be narrow in your niche. You can always expand it later. If you start with a broad topic you may get overwhelmed and the competition might be too tough.

These are just a couple of things that pop in my mind but I do advise to search that question in the bar above.

Best of luck!
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feigner Premium
Hi Lynda - welcome to WA.
You say your interests are horse, dogs and crafts. And you say that you don't feel qualified to advise people on these.
What was the last thing you bought for your horse and why?
How did you get into horse?
why did you pick the horse/s you have?
what tack do you need to start with?
How do you care for the tack?
How do you care for the horse?
Do you see what i am saying - you have a lot of knowledge that someone who maybe looking to get a horse for the forst time would love to have. You have real experience with a horse, no-one can take that away. So if you decide that your niche is 'hobby' horse ( sorry i don't know the right word for everyday horses rather than show horse) You can start out researching those keywords, and others. You can pass on your experience about owning and riding a horse, caring for a horse , signs your horse is suffering and what to do.
Are you qualified? Do you need to be qualified?
Yuo do every day what people will have to learn to do every day when they get a horse.
Good luck with your niche selection.
Phil
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LyndaMorgan Premium
Thank you for all your advice. I have a better understanding now of where I might start.
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