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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MoniqueRich Premium
Hello my friends, I have chosen a weight loss nice, to lose weight in a healthy way, my passion was always helping others finding the big 4, mindset, soul set, hearth set, health set.
I just saw the video and have some questions. I have given the keywords to Jaaxy, what I found was a bid shocking,

Avg; 3290. Traffic; 560. QSR; 0. KQI; great. SEO; 86
Those numbers are not bad, right?
Is this possible, or did I've got something wrong here? I am a bit confused.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - did you actually click "get QSR" to see the full results? It would be unusual to see such high traffic with 0 QSR.
MoniqueRich Premium
Yes Diane, that was the same I thought, but yes I clicked the get QSR. But now I am unsure, I will try it ones again.
MoniqueRich Premium
Yes, I tried it again Diane, the same results, what did I wrong,?
DianeScorpio Premium
Do you want to send me the keyword by Private Message and I will have a look?
MoniqueRich Premium
Great I will write you a PM, thank you, Diane
paulash177 Premium
You should check the sentence if is correct, is usually like that when is not the right word
ericcantu Premium
Every once in a while you can get some results that are too skewed one way or the other, but even Jaaxy here is telling you with the grade of 86 that this particular keyword isn't as good as the numbers seem to suggest. What I do when I find results like that is change the keyword slightly to find a more "real world" return. Then I have a better idea of the keyword I'm actually working with. But don't worry, you can find almost limitless low hanging fruit keywords with data that makes sense. Watch Jay's "Using Jaaxy Like a Boss" webinar and you can see how he uses all of Jaaxy's bells and whistles to find the best keywords, going way past just the keyword search feature. It's eye opening! :)
MoniqueRich Premium
Thank you, Eric I will remember this, unfortunately, I didn't know this before I have chosen my website name and domain, I thought it was a logical sentence, but I am from Holland so maybe I was wrong, now I have to live with it and hope for the best.
MoniqueRich Premium
Unfortunately, I didn't know this before, I have chosen this sentence for my website name and domain, I thought it was a logical sentence, but I am from Holland so maybe I was wrong, now I have to live with it and hope for the best.
Kizz62 Premium
Hey guys,

Quick question regarding my niche... I'm thinking of ways to be most effective in driving my audience to my site. My initial thought was purchasing products within my niche myself to create videos/pictures/written word for review purposes for my audience. That seems like the best way to give authentic feedback on products. What are your thoughts on that and what other ways have you found effective? Thank you!
Jaz333 Premium
That is a great idea! Some people absolutely do that and buying the products is certainly is the best way to be well informed on them. Other people will research the product reviews and see what others who have purchased the products have said to inform themselves.

This thread has some great suggestions on how to research products you have not purchased: Good luck, Shannon
Kizz62 Premium
That's a huge help, Shannon. Thank you so much!
Jaz333 Premium
Sure, anytime! Happy to help :)
Dale123 Premium
Yep, that's always a good idea Ty!
Aurore13 Premium
This link will be very helpful. I cannot picture myself buying every single product I am goint to recommend.
Thank you,
Kizz62 Premium
Thank you!
boujib Premium
Our friend ARCCRI asked a question in French and it seems it needs to be resubmitted in English for the benefit of everyone.
The question is: If you upgrade to premium and after sometime you find yourself obliged to go back to free member is that possible or not ? I understood that for some reason a member finds it difficult to pay that month or for some months the monthly subscription so he needs to go back to the free membership. Is that possible>
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - no, it's not possible. Once you have been a premium member, you can't go back to being a free starter again. If a member cannot pay their premium subscription, then they would be locked out of the platform.
drivendad76 Premium
Hi TheaWolfe and welcome to WA. I would probably start with amazon products and amazon affiliate programs but its up to you at the end of the day. Selling your own products can be harder as you have to carve out a newer path. But like other's have said, choose a niche your interested in, that way writing about that niche will be easier. Having said that, don't try and re-invent the wheel. I've personally known people who have made their own products and be over the moon about it and thinking they've got the best product since sliced bread (and it probably is). But then they try and get it out there and they barely make any money. With products that are already selling, half the work is already done and that is the big advantage of affiliate marketing. You are providing quality advice and guidance to people who basically have a similar interest to you and who are a seeking a solution to their question.

You can also market your own products down the track once you know what you're doing and become more advanced. Also, be sure to ask for help as there is loads of quality help here at WA.

On a different note, I was going through keyword research with the Jaxxy program. This is just the start of the training but what a goldmine of keyword information, if only I had this before! The keywords I've chosen are quite competitive with competition scores over 100 but under 150, the next few days will be interesting. I feel another post coming on!
I am in the section about setting money goals. I has asked me to post my money goals. When I press add nothing happens. I am assuming it is because I have not upgraded to the premium membership. I am unable to do this until my job goes back to normal hours after the pandemic settles down. Reduced hours = reduced pay. That is why I want to start an online business so I do not have to depend on an employer to determine my income.
Likewise, new too, just getting started.
Warly10 Premium
Hey there,

You don't need to be a premium member to add your goals.

And as a matter of fact, I just visited your profile and you've already added it
JeffRios Premium
Keep your head up it will get better.