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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Josko Premium
Hi all,

Few days here in WA, went into Bootcamp and started to make a first website (ever).
Now i am at stage to made a About Me page.
Any tips how to do it, considering i have no experience in affiliate marketing, yet i am trying to promote WA on my site?
I should write why and how i am capable to help other to succeed with affiliate marketing, lol.
Anyone went trough Bootcamp with similar condition as me?

Thanks
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Helen123 Premium
You may be better starting with the online affiliate certification course first, at least the first few lessons to get your website up and running and with more understanding of affiliate marketing, then you could swap over to the bootcamp and continue on.
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Josko Premium
Thanks Helen, well thing is in theory, i know what affiliate marketing is, just dont have any practical experience.
But with every day here, it gets easier, with all help i get.
I started with writing about me, will take it slow, i think that part will me the hardest for me as this is totally new area for me. Everything i did in my life wasnt even close to on line business so need to think of something from a scratch.
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Will our training lessons still be available after we finished the 10 sessions once we move to Premium Membership? I just asked because I am seeing about Menus and Widgets which will be more applicable later. We can try them now but I am not sure if I can remember the procedure later when more needed?
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michaelw777 Premium
Yes, from what I understand; they will still be available. All you have to do is go into training and sort of look at the lessons; and uncheck the ones you want and go over them again; and if you want to look again; leave them unchecked. If I am wrong; another Member please correct me?
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That would be fine for now. Anyway, there is a huge community and the founders are always available if we have questions. Just like now, I have seen that I have loopholes viewing the website that I created. I can always go back and correct them.

Thanks Michael!
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michaelw777 Premium
No Problem; I have not learned this yet myself; but if you are doing that? I suggest you learn to back up your website; and how to load the back up. Just in case? Otherwise; I suggest you mostly leave your site alone; unless you talk to Site Support, Kyle and Carson; hope this helps?
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indraneel Premium
Yes...Level one training will be available always... Lesson 2 onwards are only available for premium affiliates.

You can always come back and refer to them whenever needed.
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apache1 Premium
As a starter member, you have currently level 1 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification along with Phase 1 of the Bootcamp course that will always be available to you whenever you wish to revisit them.

Should you decide to go premium you have with the Online Entrepreneur Certification an extra 4 level of 40 lessons and with the Bootcamp 6 more phase lessons of 10 lessons in each.

They too can be revisited anytime as a premium member.

This does not include the many hundreds of Training Webinars that Jay (magistudios gives each and every week throughout the year. they are there along with the added courses and resources waiting for you.

Wishing you well along your online journey.

Andre
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thanks for the info, Indraneel.
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Thanks for a clearer info. It looks like you've stayed longer here.

Surely, I will join as a Premium member.
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apache1 Premium
You are most welcome Rose and you will see how much more you will gain along the way when you decide to go premium.

If you do there is currently a special Black Friday offer till May 11 where you can pay only $299 for the year and that will be locked in forever while you remain as a yearly member just wanted to let you know.

That is your choice to make how you want to go as premium but thought you should know to give you the best opportunity available while it is still there

Here is Kyle's post on this to give you further information.
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Ok, I will see budget allocation for that. I am just curious about what I've read from the community discussion last night, is it true that we will begin to get income from here in 6-12 months? Or are there ways to speed it up depending on the training that we are availing?
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apache1 Premium
Normally that is around the time it may take to see some money coming through remember this is a training platform to show you how to build a website from scratch with the niche of your choice,

The training is built in a way and in a certain order to learn how to do this right and that is why it is important to follow each lesson in the order given and complete each task at the end of the lessons.

This is done for a good reason for your to get the best out of the training and Kyle and Carson have had WA going for 15 years and still are going strong because they know what is the right way and what not to do.

You then need to get your website indexed by Google and the other search engines along with creating posts about the niche you have chosen and keep creating content.

That in itself can take time as you need to build up your website to attract visitors.

That is why it can take some time it is also dependant on how much effort and work you put in as well

There are many other factors that are covered in the training to monetize your website but working and putting in the effort and creating content is a crucial step to success online.

Online or affiliate marketing is passive income meaning there are no quick ways to succeed and note that you are building your own brand and business online.

Just like any brick and mortar business, they don't become successful overnight even with all the overheads they need to stay afloat.

There are many scams online promising you the world and making thousands in a quick time but the only ones making money quickly are the scammers ripping you off in the process.

WA is not a quick rich scheme but a steady process to build a solid foundation to your website and as stated above this is dependant on your own effort and why you put into it.

That is why many fail and give up because they don't want to do the work and expect to push a button and make money overnight. It doesn't work that way

Hope that gives you more clarity with this.
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apache1 Premium
As for your budget allocation the suggestion to go yearly is the cheapest way but that is only if you can afford it. Remember family and bills come first you can always upgrade to yearly later in need be its just that the $299 is and only will be available till May 11 but that is your choice to make
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Ok, I am willing too. In fact , I am working my way towards traditional business and have the same mindset but my family only permits me to do online works due to my limited physical capacity. Still a bit limp in walking, though stable anyway.
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Ok, hubby can answer that more depending on his priorities. I am still somewhat dependent on him
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apache1 Premium
I wish you well in whatever choice you make or need to make according to your family situation.
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apache1 Premium
Family comes first
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Ok, another topic anyway. How can I edit the " just another wordpress site sub title? I overlooked to remove or replace it. Also, I wasn't able to add a home page in the menu?
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Yes, as always. He is just currently using the cash for a small garment business.
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apache1 Premium
Log in to your site, click on settings on the left side of the menu at the bottom, and in general settings at the top is site title.

That's where you can delete and change the title.
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sdawson Premium
yes, as a Premium Member you will have access to ALL the training for as long as you are a member.
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Thanks. I was able to edit already.
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I intend to join as a Premium, just waiting for a little updating with my bank account. Thanks
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Great lesson. Q: 1. If I change the email in Admin, who sends the the confirmation of the change - Word Press and/or Wealthy Affiliate? 2. Who can see my settings in my website? 3. Can a custom password be made to get into my website?
Sorry, really new to all of this! :-)
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opalrose Premium
Hi everyone,

I just recently rejoined WA. Very glad to be back here. I just finished the video about niches, My question is, let's say I'm interested in the health niche. Would I create one complete website that promotes various products in sub categories of this niche? Or would I make multiple sites? For instance, could I do dieting products and exercise equipment under one site? Or would I stick to dieting products under one site and then exercise equipment on a separate site? Thank you in advance!
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JosephRebisz Premium
Hi Markeisha, Joe here. It is usually suggested to go with one site first, get it up and running and then start another. Health is a broad niche as I think you know. It can get complicated trying to do two sites at the same time. Get traffic built on one first.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the narrower the niche, the better. You need to be seen as an authority on your subject. So, even dieting products itself is too broad. You need to think of a target audience. So, dieting for seniors, dieting in pregnancy, dieting for diabetics, raw food diets, dieting for vegans etc.
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opalrose Premium
Hi Joe
Thank you for the response! I appreciate it!
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opalrose Premium
Hi Diane,

Thank you for the clarification! I appreciate you responding!
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This is my niche as well and I pretty much had all the same questions/concerns. Would love to get some answers too.
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dadjokes Premium
I have a question regarding niches.

I love dad jokes, and I own the domain DadJokesAndMemes.com

For my 'niche', since my site is related to dad jokes, and memes (obviously) I did a search on Amazon and only found a few dad joke books that would be for sale.

How else could I find products to build a niche around?

I also have a Facebook Dad Joke page that has around 6,100 followers, so I think I can honestly turn this into something. I am just not sure about how granular I should be, since there don't seem to be a ton of products for 'dad jokes' specifically.
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DValentine Premium
Why not create your own book? You get all the proceeds and you have 6000 people you can market it to immediately.
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EliseTAG Premium
I see that you are a Premium member! You could also get Kyle's opinion on that. Just send him a message! It's a benefit of the Premium Membership!
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way2insane Premium
hmm....
to name but a few things that pop into mind:
T-shirts, coffee cups, etc (aka make yourself (your company) very brandable and develop swag)...
Prank gifts....
For the poetically inclined you could have a good roasting service...
But beyond that, it could be a real issue to monetize the dad joke site. Any idea what kind of numbers you get when you run a search thru a keyword tool?
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hirohurl Premium
Maybe Dad jokes could be a way into a parenting-related niche, or more specifically, a father or even father-son related niche. How dads and sons can hang out and do stuff together could lead into some more promising product offers... sports gear... games... Then there's also the merch angle. Dad jokes on coffee mugs - pairs of mugs with q on one and a on the other... etc...
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