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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Hi fellow affiliates

I am thinking of entering into the baby niche, specifically baby room equipment. This is because I have three kids of my own and know the importance of providing the convenience to baby and mother bear.

Alternatively I would like to be in the fitness niche, focusing on gym accessories. Having first hand exercise experience, i could not stress the importance of convenience, ease and comfort while exercising.

What do you think fellow affiliates? I appreciate any helpful criticism.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - nursery equipment is a great idea and your own experience will gain you trust with your readers. Fitness and health is one of the top three most competitive niches and therefore more difficult to be successful in.
TheCatherine Premium
I think the first one because you can show photographs of you using the equipmment yourself which immediately establishes trust
jake809 Premium
Hi, I would go with the one that you will enjoy the most. it should not feel like work. it should be fun and enjoyable to learn about it and write about it.
LouiseBT Premium
Hi Naeem

Great question. Definitely agree with the other response, go with the baby niche, the baby room equipment offers great opportunities with a range of products too.

Wishing you every success!

AshleyD3045 Premium
So very true if there is passion in what you do then the rest will come naturally.
Andree3 Premium

I'm super confused. I selected a theme and really liked the picture it had, but when I looked at my website, the image was not there. It looks so different. My image was called edulab (attached) and was supposed to be with the bus in the middle and my title above it. What I have does not look at all like this! What happened?

My webpage is successfulworldteachresources.siterubix.com
Larry88 Premium
The pictures on the templates are just to show what it can look like. When you upload the template all the pictures disappear. Then you can load your own pictures later.
Jewelia Premium
Hi Andree,
Look in the WordPress dashboard under Appearance -> Customize and then find among the options "Header Image" or "Header Media". Your image might be there, but not set as a header image. I've created a detailed video on YouTube, which shows how to customize (and change) a theme. What might be helpful for you is almost at the end of this video - 36+ minutes in. Start watching from there: https://youtu.be/55tWKZ73MoQ.
Andree3 Premium
Thank you very much Jewelia... but I do not see Appearance. Here is what I see:
cb59 Premium
Hi Andree,
I think that it is best to start with the following:
1) Check if the theme was installed successfully; then activate it.
2) You may need to resize the "edulab" picture with right pixel coordinates. Then upload that picture to your page or post.
3) Add and update contents afterward,

Hope this help to clear up your confusion.


Andree3 Premium
I am watching the video and, thanks again, it is very helpful!
Jewelia Premium
Oh, great! Did you find "Appearance"? :)
megawinner Premium
Jewelia got the answer!
Kyle Premium
Themes will not always look the same when you preview them (before you install them) versus when you actually start using them as there are features, images, etc. that can change the look of your website.

Not to worry at all here though, that is quite normal and as you build out your website, the design and look will evolve as you create content.
Andree3 Premium
Thank you very much. I actually starting on lesson 6 and it looks as all of these are covered there. I feel good with building websites and blogs, because I did it before, but I am not used to now see the background image. I'm hoping to be able to see it. One problem I had was to not be able to move my text, so it would go along with the image.
CashYoda7 Premium
Personally, I like having my website open on a separate page while I am watching the training videos within the WA page.

To do this - open a separate page on your browser(Chrome, Firefox, whatever).
-enter your website URL with /wp-admin at the end.
-example: www.awesomeketodiet.org/wp-admin

Then it will take you to the back office for your site on a separate page.

It's a much nicer way to work.
TobyHoof Premium

I just published the About Me and Privacy Policy for my website and noticed when I go to those pages, the titles of the posts (i.e. "About Me" and "Privacy Policy") are not bolded. This looks weird since I have headings in the posts that are. Is there a way to bold the titles or is this just the way the Generatepress theme is? Or is this covered in a later lesson? Or... did I mess something up already?!


jake809 Premium
Have you tried viewing the page from a different computer, browser or phone?
Kyle Premium
That is based on the theme that you are using. It is the way Generate Press' default settings are, and that is completely fine. :)
merlynmac Premium
You should be able to customize the typography for titles and what not by going to the Customize area of GeneratePress. You can also do it via CSS.
TobyHoof Premium
I just looked at it on my phone. It's the same. But I've noticed the title is actually a larger font than the headings in the post so I guess that is how the title is highlighted to stand out from the rest of the text. I guess if I don't like that, then I don't like the theme i.e. I think the titles should stand out the most on the post (more than the headings).

Thanks for the help.
TobyHoof Premium
Thanks, but it looks like that option is only available for the premium version of generatepress.

I may just have been (obsessing) staring at the posts for too long since they're my first two ever. It's starting to look okay now. Maybe they'll look fine once I step away from it for a bit.
merlynmac Premium
Ahh, I didn't think of that. I do use the premium version.
teduribe Premium
Hello Top Helpers
I have what I think is an issue. Do you think I am missing something my website has a sample page with privacy policy [ add your website] I cannot add it . I have been asking questions on this issue for the last couple of days.
I am going to have to leave it but I know it is not right.
I have to move on if I am going to get my first website up and running.
Any ideas? Do the top helpers ever call on the phone?
Thank you
Palatia Premium
If I remember right, you can just edit it to have your website name and your email address. You can just use that as a template. :) Hope this helps.
DValentine Premium
Hey Ted - I have always deleted the Privacy Policy that came with the theme and then filled out and published the Privacy Policy that comes as a writing template in SiteContent.
teduribe Premium
Thank you DValentine

How do I delete this?

Thank you