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.

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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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hello how are you? im new here i have no skills nor experiance but i always wanted to try somthing new and make more money im a single mother of two beautiful little girls age 8 and 6 im really struggling i lost my job due to covid-19 having to stay at home and home school my children i got a month to come up with rent money and bills and also food for my children im so foward on to start here but i just dont know how please help me ☹ id be a blessing to me and my kids to a better future
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - this is a learning platform that teaches you to build your own business. The program does work, but you have to be aware that you are unlikely to see any income for at least 3 months and more realistically it will be 6 months.

You are in the first lesson of the training course. You need to read all the information, watch the videos and complete each task as you are asked to do so.
FrederikV63 Premium
Hi Clara,
Its like Diana says
But it is an amazing platform, full of all the training and support of likeminded people, who all need to survive.
But I would take a change.
And order the premium immediatly, so you can try and see for a month. Premium brings a lot for 19 usd in 1st month. Then decide.
jcrob Premium
Good afternoon,
So I do have a number of questions:
I understand the need to write 3 articles a week. How long are they usually?
I chose a niche that is very specific, so much so that I don't know if I can blog forever on it. So at this point, I am thinking of extending the subject, and maybe change the name of the website.
Basically I am thinking of going from Knives and Spatulas to cooking and baking utensils.
What do you think?
Now the other thing I would like to include in there is possibly cooking demos, or utensils use demo.
What are your thoughts on that?
It seems to me that one website could be a lot of work, and even though you offer the option of having several, how much time a day the successful members spend on their website a day?
Thank you so much.
Cyndes Premium
Hi. For the artiles, I would say between 500 to 1000 words. I think knoves and spatula is a good niche. There are many things to say. You could write about each kind of knives. Then you could compare brands, talk about the perfect knive, etc. Same with spatulas.
So you have a lot to talk about before you expand.

In a day, you can spend how many hours you have in a day to invest building your site. One hour to get started is good.
Good luck!
FrederikV63 Premium
Congrats, keep on persevering now nect level
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the recommendation is 2 or 3 articles per week at a minimum of 1000 words each. This will show Google that you are an authority on your subject.

Once you feel you have exhausted your initial niche, you can slowly expand to add other elements one at a time.

It's a good idea to have videos, but not too many as they can slow down your site.

Just spend as much time as you have available. I personally spend 3 hours per day.
FrederikV63 Premium
Hi Clara
Hello there it's Jon again! It's been a while since the last time I logged in. I want to ask some advice regarding affiliate marketing. I'm currently a member of one of the top network marketing company in the U.S. and the best thing here is that, the company allows promoting their products and even invite people to join under me thru affiliate links. Question: Can I do this MLM business using affiliate marketing approach?
JohnDenekar Premium
Are you talking about promoting wealthy affiliate? If so make sure that you use your own affiliate link so you recieve the credit for any referells.
No. I want to promote a network marketing company using their given affiliate link for me.
JohnDenekar Premium
ok, no problem, you can do that.
Please help me , I want to make a post (article) to get a rank on google, but I can not make it I have no idea how to make it , now I want to make a post about ( what is language teaching) the QSR is 44 and the traffic is 36 but I can not make it ??

How do you make articles (posts)??
ChrystopherJ Premium
What do you mean by you cannot make it?

Have you followed the training? Are you trying to create it within SiteContent? Are you getting an error message? Are you trying to create it directly within WordPress? Are you getting an error message there?
TheMarshaP Premium
Did you go through the training and complete the initial build out of your website? The first post you create is the "About Me" post. You would create this post the same way, and it would then be your second post.
Hope that helps.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you will need to write 2 or 3 articles every week for your website, eventually you will have hundreds of posts on your site.

Have you chosen a niche that you are genuinely interested in and would enjoy writing about? You can look at other websites who are covering the same niche so you can get some ideas, but make sure you don't copy and paste anything. You could perhaps write about the different ways of teaching languages.
I'm in lesson 9 and I have already published (about me) post , but not I want to write articles about what is language teaching but I have no idea what to write !!
Ok I published my about me post , but not I want to write articles on what is language teaching but I have no idea what to write!!
DianeScorpio Premium
As I said, look at other websites that cover the same subject such as this one.

What if you don't know!
DianeScorpio Premium
Don't know what? Anything about your niche subject? Why have you chosen it then? Your niche should be something you have experience of and can write lots of articles about. There are no shortcuts, Google will not be interested in your website until you have written lots of articles for it.
Is it okay if I find something in a book and publish in my site?
AparnaBansal Premium
Oh Boy! Hashim, you can change your niche to something new if you dont know what to write about in your present niche.
I'm interested in this , but have no idea how to write articles.
EmakAmelia Premium
Use sites like answerthepublic.com to generate ideas and look up similar kind of websites in the language niche.

Here is what I got as an example when I type in "language teaching" in answerthepublic.com search engine:
Is it normal if I find something and publish it in my website?
EmakAmelia Premium
If you find ideas from Google, other websites, you still need to write about it in your own words. Google likes fresh quality content that is original. If you copy and paste stuff to your website, your post won't be considered original, therefore Google won't index or even rank it.
DianeScorpio Premium
If you mean, can you copy it, then no. Neither can you use material from a book. As I said, there are no shortcuts, there is a huge amount of writing involved in this method of marketing and you have to write it all yourself.

I notice you have been here at WA nearly a week, and after your first 7 days you won't be able to ask any more questions. So, make sure you fully understand the process.

Basically, you need to write 2 or 3 posts every week, totally original and in your own words. After a few months, your posts should be indexed and possibly ranked in Google.
I can't write articles by myself , thank you , I'm gonna give up.
Good day, I am from South Africa and would like to enquire about affiliate website. Can I only promote products outside of South Africa because of shipping costs and long delivery times? This is for businesses like Amazon etc. And can I also add South African affiliated stores for local promoting?
JohnJStanley Premium
hi Anina,
If like most you are doing an niche website for affiliate marketing, your website will reach the 4Bn+ internet users.
So I suggest global affiliate links were possible (Amazon does have some country specific rules and multiple registrations needed - please search in search bar for how to do this)

- "Can I only promote products outside of South Africa because of shipping costs and long delivery times?" I suggest you promote global affiliate links. Then the shipping will be determined by whichever of the 195+ countries your audience lives in - determined between the seller and the buyer (normally affiliates don't have to deal with any of the shipping issues)

- Local SEO/Local promoting - sure you can do this also.
E.g. Keyword, "how to buy ___________ in South Africa", you could add South African affiliated stores for local promoting here

Does this help?
Yes thank you so much
Really appreciate your reply