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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ehrzieg Premium
The sad part is that I am required to pay to resubscribe. I hope that there is a way to consistently access my account without paying monthly premium. I find it unfair since WA is not available in my country. This is actually the best affiliate that I know so far. I hope you can give me some advise :)
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I am not sure what you are saying? You appear to have been a member for nearly 2 years. If you were to cancel your subscription you would lose all access to this platform. If you have a purchased domain hosted here, then you are given 30 days to move it to another hosting service.
ehrzieg Premium
When I started here at WA, i have complete access of my acc for 6 months I guess. Later, i noticed that I can no longer access my account and I need to Pay for premium so I can access it again. I just Resubscribe an hour ago so I am here again.
feigner Premium
instead of paying monthly why not go yearlty - it really does cut the cost...
but why would you think that you can access this service for free - once you have bocome a premium member you cannot go back to being a starter member on that account.
if wa is not available within your country - how are you on here, or are you not in your home country.
as Diane says - very confused
ehrzieg Premium
Actually, Im using premium at the moment. I was just thinking that in some country WA if free, maybe in these country where WA is free you can access your account in a limited way without paying premium.
feigner Premium
there are certain countries that cannot start as free starter members - but to access all of thebenefits of premium membership everybody has to pay the premium fee.
the free starter account can access the first level of training and two classrooms - and they get access to two siterubix sites - after 7 days they lose the ability to write on the platform, but they can continue ot use their sites, until 6 months have apssed - when they need to make a decision to upgrade or have theri site deleted
ehrzieg Premium
now it's clear to me. Those 6months was part of the program. I find it hard to sustain the premium since I am not yet earning from this affiliate program. that is why i am curious if there is another way. thank you for the help, I really appreciate it :)
crushingyou Premium
I joined WA a few years back and didn't see any success. Not so much because of the program but my health was an issue. I am new to affiliate marketing but not the concepts. I firmly believe that Clickfunnels can be an integral part of my success. Is that covered in this course? Thank you.
GordonMcQue Premium
Hi Crushingyou,

I've considered Clickfunnels, but it is quite expensive.

My research advised that it was for people with an already established list, i.e. lots of people to send to.

crushingyou Premium
Thanks Gordon. I appreciate your input.
Kyle Premium
The funnel "first' approach is setting yourself up for failure, and an expensive failure at that. The reality is that you shouldn't consider "email marketing" (which is what building a funnel is), until you first understand your audience, how to convert them, and you have a solid base of traffic.

I don't recommend worrying about an autoresponder or getting into email marketing until you have a source of traffic no less than 100 clicks per day.

If you focus on email marketing before that, it is far too premature and you will end up spending too much time on managing your list, broadcasts, follow-up sequences, integration into your site, etc...without focusing on the most important thing first. Traffic!
please i have problems in the Site content tour page and i could not make a progress with my site building because the site content could not bring out a clickable create a new template so as to give me the 3 options i.e About me, privacy policy and affiliates disclosure. please what can i do?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - when you are in Site Content, there is a tab at the top of the page where the templates are found.
thank you i have searched several times for the tab but i could not find it
GordonMcQue Premium
Hi Yosorejorin,

Try and take it one step at a time and don't worry about the affiliate disclosure for now

Ramco Premium
Hi Yoso,

1. Go into site content
2. Go to top on right you will see Templates
3. You will see About Me and Privacy page templates
4. those are the only two you need at this stage
5. You do not click on create a new template because those are there in template form for you already.

Hope this helps!
sir, if i delete my current site and start all over again will it make a difference? because i can not find the template at the right top of the of the site content page, may be the page is corrupt
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you don't need to delete your site. Click on Site Content. At the top of the page, you will see your own photo. Above your photo are 3 tabs - My Content, Writing Stats and the third one is Templates.
GordonMcQue Premium
On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

JoanCastro Premium
I have a question before I start creating my website. I like the baby niche category which I know it is very popular since I use all the time because I have a daughter. For example if I get this niche i have to chose for example DIAPERING. That would be my niche? Or I have to narrow it down? Like changing table, diaper bags, etc. Thank for the help my friends.
GordonMcQue Premium
Hi Joan,

No-one could "tell" you what is right for you.

As a grandparent I would suggest breaking it down into stages and have your site titles reflect this, e.g.:-

0-3 mths

3-6 mths

6-9 mths

9-12 mths

12-18 mths

18-24 mths

24 mths +

Fit the requirements and affiliate ops into each title.

i clicked on the site content in order to bring out create a new template which will later bring out 3 options for me i.e About Me, Privacy Policy and Affiliate disclosure) instead, when i clicked on the create a new template it did not bring out any option for me so i could not proceed with my site content writing. so what can i do?
merlynmac Premium
You should be able to click on Websites > Site Content and then on Templates. There, you should see templates for various options including About Me, etc. Click on that to bring it up and start creating a post.
GordonMcQue Premium
Hi Detolajorin,

Don't worry about the affiliate disclosure for now

What stage are you at and have you done everything advised already?

GordonMcQue Premium
On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

i am on lesson 7
GordonMcQue Premium
On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

If you can't see the Templates box, what do you see?