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 14 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 14 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 is 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 as been for the past 14 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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JamesDuck Premium
I am seriously getting started. I just finished Lesson 1 of my 10 free lessons. I also read ALL of the "Details About Premium" including ALL the testimonials which turned out to be a long read-but interesting and motivating. I plan right now to finish within 7 days and then sign up for Premium. Wish me luck my friends.
psalisbury1 Premium
Welcome to WA Mr Duckworth!

You are going to love it here. I have found that we have literally hundreds if not thousands of mentors here, even millionaires hang out here,, and the owners will even help you,, it is amazing

donramat Premium
good luck
wishing you success on the journey
Good luck
JamesDuck Premium
Thanks. I looking forward to it.
JamesDuck Premium
I am ready to learn more over the next week. I hope I have found an amazing place to love. Thanks.
DynamicSteve Premium
My friend it sounds as though you are serious, committed and have a vision of where you want to go, so here's the deal.

I WILL wish you luck as you've requested it but I highly doubt that luck is gonna be a factor, I think you've got this!

Like you I am working through my learning right now and I am viewing everything this side of 2020 as my practice and mistake making time.

Speaking of 2020 I hope it is magnificent my friend and filled with fun, friends and fulfillment :)

Best of luck ♥
Best of luck to you bro. I have zero experience with affiliate marketing but want to try it too.
JamesDuck Premium
Thank you. I'm loving this website. I look forward to a great journey.
JamesDuck Premium
Thank you. I love it so far.
JamesDuck Premium
Thanks. Can't wait to learn more. But patience is a virtue.
JamesDuck Premium
I am getting more excited everyday.
hello...honestly i feel overwhelmed now. a lot of valuable information to digest in the short period of time. just worry that i cant do it myself. What Im doing now just to watch all the video/information until its done. then start from beginning again ,and the same time start creating my website an so on. Is this the right thing to do? need suggestion folks. thanks
ShakeelM Premium
That is the right move to understand the overall business idea.
All the best.

AnitaManuel1 Premium
I want to encourage you to take a big breath in through your nose and release it through your mouth whenever you feel overwhelmed. I know the feeling. I have not been here that long and many times still I have to do my breathing routine. The beauty of this platform is that there is no race against anyone else to reach the $$. You work at your own pace and celebrate every win no matter how big or how small.

When I first began, I had a bad habit of comparing myself to others and each time that I did that I came up short and discouraged. When I learned that my pace is unique to me, I was able to relax and learn one lesson at a time. There have been days when I would not even look at WA because my brain had shut down; however, because this is such an amazing platform, I could not give up.

Don't give up and earn only regret! Keep going and earn some money!! Your pace is unique to you and with the help of our sisters and brothers of WA, we can reach our goals!

Good job for taking the most important step of faith when you joined WA. Always remember that if building your online business was easy, everybody would be doing it!! You have joined an elite and chosen community! We pray you become as proud of you as we are!!
Hi Team, after watching the "Choose your Niche", I'm left a bit confused.
I know my Niche is in Making Money Online (probably including WA but not limited).
According to the information, if that is my Niche, I should now move over to the Boot Camp Training. Does that mean I stop the OEC Training?
Thanks in advance for the feedback.
merlynmac Premium
Boot camp is a good option but it focuses on WA as your primary offering. OEC works for that and other stuff. I suggest OEC and then getting in on the next SAC.
Thank you, that is what I was thinking also. In the end, we're not limited to 1 niche, correct?
merlynmac Premium
Correct although I do recommend one niche one site.
I was researching WA and considering a free trial. Today I just wanted to create a free website using SiteRubix and I was surprised that by doing so, I actually enrolled in the Free WA trial (nice move @Kyle).
Anyway, I'm planning on doing this slow, so I might not go for the Premium before the offer expires.
psalisbury1 Premium
Good Job Oliver, just keep watching the training, it is very good, and Welcome to our community

megawinner Premium
That's what I did. I officially joined June 23 and bought my Premium on the 28th of July!
Thanks for your feedback, at least I'm not alone. How is it working for you?
Can I change my domain later from a free one to one I purchase? Or should I just start with a paid one so I know it is available. How much does having the free domain rather than a .com effect the success of the site as it's usually just a link in a blog or article etc.. ?

Thank you:)
Ex9to5er Premium
You can always purchase a domain later and transfer it to your siterubix site. My site name was pretty unique so I knew I could buy my .com when I was ready.

I saw a post not long ago where a guy showed he built a six figure business using a free site. But in all the training I've seen you will want to eventually purchase a domain.

I hope this helps, I'm still learning too. I wish you the best of success here!

Ummati Premium
Hi subua i am here to help you and i am glad for that yes you can change your domain name when you are moving from free to purchased website and it is good to have our own domain name as it is like a brand and real estate of ours so i recommend you that you should have your own domain rather than that siterubix.com site.
I hope if this help you

megawinner Premium
Hi, Suzie. I am delighted to meet you here!

You can start with both or either way. You should put your blogs to your own domain not the other way around. A domain may cause from$14 to $49. Whatever you feel. Before you buy read your training, there it will b taken up. So you would have more ideas what to do! Cheers!
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