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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exswabie Premium
Did I jump the gun went to website builder ya'll recomm....ended and it lost me entirely. It described my online business as being in San Francisco when I listed my location as Phoenix, Az, showed pics of burgers etc. Where as I had more in line with snack accessories.
JosephRebisz Premium
Not quite sure about your question. What is it you want to know about?
Can I help you?
exswabie Premium
I guess when describing the business I want to endeavor in right now I didn't articulate what I wanted for website and domain name. I'll try again hopefully with different results.
I liked the training so far. But it looks like I will need to pay for Premium to continue.

I would like to continue but the cost is prohibitive at the start. Yes even with the first month discount.

If I could learn more for free and then started to make some money, Then I would be able to afford the premium.

I guess I will have to go more out on my own for now.

Thanks so far.
JosephRebisz Premium
You can keep your siterubix for as long as you want and continue to build on your website for 6 months and this will give the time to save for premium membership, but you won't have access to the platform for quesitons though.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can stay as a starter member for as long as you want and work on your free website for up to 6 months.

You have access to the first 10 lessons of each of the 2 training courses, plus 2 classrooms and some member created training. However, you won't be able to communicate with other members after your first 7 days.
Oh so you are saying that after 6 months. If I don't upgrade my membership my free site will be deleted?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, that is correct. It is considered that 6 months is long enough for you to decide if you want to take your business to the next level by upgrading.
Thanks. I will really have to think hard about this and see if I can come up with the fee before 7 days passes.
DianeScorpio Premium
Do be aware that after you have paid the first month at $19, then automatic, recurring payments of $49 per month will be taken. You can cancel at any time, but then you are locked out of the platform. You can't go back to being a free starter again.
Thanks for that warning. So if I jump on the $19 and I can't afford the $49 next month. Then everything will be lost? I can't just re-sub later when I have extra cash and just continue?

If so this is not for me, I just can't afford an extra $49 a month before seeing if this will work for me.
DianeScorpio Premium
Yes, you can come back if you are prepared to pay the $49, but your website will only be held for 60 days, so if you are gone longer than this it will be deleted. You would need to take a back-up of it before you cancel, so you have a means to restore it.

Why don't you just stay as a starter member for the time being and see how you get on with adding content to your website? I presume you have chosen your niche subject for your site? You need to write 2 or 3 articles for it every week. When you have enough articles, you can apply to join affiliate programs.
Okay 60 days is not bad.

Yes I have a niche chosen. I think I will say on starter for the time being and see how it works out.

Thank You for all your help Diane.
waltthewell Premium
Great trainings so far. Very informative!

It sounds to me that at this point, if you really want to take this business further, premium account is a must, correct?

Level 1 training is really about the basics of setting up your blog/website, but unless you have a premium account and can access level 2 and beyond, the basic trainings can only get you started and not having the skill set to monetized your online business.

Is this a fair comment?
JosephRebisz Premium
Yes, that's a pretty fair understanding, but going premium will open up a whole new world with the additional 40 lessons and will really help you expand on your site.
Dale123 Premium
Yes, that's a pretty fair comment. Starter membership is really just designed to enable people to get the ball rolling whilst they await their next paycheck to pay for Premium.
Rex10 Premium
Hey Walt,

Starter membership will get you up and running with your own website, but premium membership will give you access to the entire Training Headquarters. Hundreds of trainings on everything you can imagine in the online business world.

Starter membership is just that, let you get your feet wet and see if it's for you or not. I don't want to sway you one way or another. But if this looks like something you want to pursue, my suggestion is, if there is any way you can come up with the $19 for the bonus first months premium membership that you grab it.

Spend every available spare minute on the platform and get all the training an support you can over that month. You will know by then if it's for you or not and, if not, you got some great online business training that would cost you hundreds of dollars anywhere else.

Just my suggestions, Hope it helps.

Best wishes,

Hi! I am a starter but curious to learn all the pros and cons of affiliate marketing. I would like to know if there is a link between effort and time spent on one project i.e. developing a website. I seem to feel that unless we tune our effort to the time we spend on a project, it would be a futile exercise. In this case it would mean really knowing what to do and how to do it in the time we have allotted to complete a task. I have a goal of 20 hours. Spending 20 hours without targeted effort is quite a waste of time. Please share your experience with me on this. Thanks and much appreciated.
JosephRebisz Premium
I agree time without targeted effort is a waste of that time. You need to make a list for each day, prioritize it and follow through on each task.
Ivan88 Premium
I agree with Joseph. Make a lost of priorities and stick to your list every day. I have a list of a five things I do every day to grow my business. You may want to up those hours to at least 30 per week if you want speedy results.

The most significant con to affiliate marketing (or any other business) is that you'll have to go through pain of working for free until your business takes off.

On the other hand, your effort will accumulate overtime and results will follow as well. It's like a snowball effect. It's worth of effort.
JosephRebisz Premium
Agree 100 percent!!
The only way i could explain it
It ss the same aspect as starting a new job. Training is required. In-return, its not an hourly rate job. This is a business. Until you have become known you wont make much. Once that time comes, and you have gone through the flaws to success it will flourish.
JosephRebisz Premium
Nice Shawna!!
What is the purpose of the link address at the top pf each module? also if i sign up for the 19 euro can i leave one month and come back again after a momnth or two will i loose all my benefits? followers etc, jusy im not working at present and 49$ is a lot when you dont have it.
Cyndes Premium
Hi! The link address is to be shared with your affiliate ID. So if you share a post on your website or social media accounts and someone clicks the link and decide to join WA, when they become a Premium, you get a commission.
If you pay for a month and then stop coming for a few months and don't pay your subscription every month, you will loose your Premium benefits.
I think you can try Premium for a month and then go back to Starter account to get your website up and running, but I'm not totally sure.
Hope it helped!