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 14 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 14 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 is 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 as been for the past 14 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! :)

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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lmunro Premium
In the video I just watched you said that you don't recommend that I do both the OEC training and the affiliate boot camp training one after the other. Is that just in the beginning? If I choose one now and get going with it, in the future can I do the other training too?
Edilberto1 Premium
Yes. In the premium membership, you will have full access all the training.

AJTrimble1 Premium
Of course.

The reason that it's not recommended that you do both at the same time is not that it's "forbidden" or because you're new. It primarily has to do with the fact that building even one site is very time-consuming.

You will be writing dozens -- or even hundreds -- of articles to get your site off the ground. And unless you are an extremely prolific writer who has the time and ability to crank out 3000-10,000 words per day, it would be near impossible to build two sites at the same time successfully. Focus is critical.

Thus, instead, think of it as either/or. If you have a topic (niche) that you are truly passionate about, go with the OEC and build a site around that. On the other hand, if you already have a lot of online business experience, or are passionate about affiliate marketing, then do the Bootcamp.

I must warn you, however. The make-money-online niche (i.e. what is covered in the Bootcamp) is EXTREMELY competitive, so unless you really know your stuff and/or have a ton of experience, I would suggest sticking with the OEC and choosing another niche. You'll have a better chance of success. Then you can always go through the Bootcamp later, build a business site, and share your successes.

Hope this helps :-)
boomergp08 Premium
You can do Affiliate Bootcamp after OEC, but it is recommended that you do not do so right afterward for the simple fact that it will take months before you start earning consistent money from a niche website.

Affiliate Bootcamp is solely for the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate. It has nothing to do with creating an affiliate marketing website in a niche built around a hobby, interest or passion of yours. The tutorial below explains why you should do OEC first.
katcam Premium
thanks for asking the question Imunro that was on my mind too. As I am a complete Newbie i will start with the OEC training thanks
kgesch Premium
After going on Amazon and thinking a lot about what I am interested in and passionate about, I came up with three ideas:

1) Natural baby food and recipes (I am a stay at home mom and make my own! We are a vegan family :) )
2) School Supplies and Props for ESL teachers (since I am currently an ESL teacher)
3) Natural Skin Care for Women with Skin Issues due to Inflammation, Microbiome Disturbance, Hormonal Imbalances, Oxidative Damage, Blood Sugar Issues, and Nutritional Deficiencies (I have gone through this personally and have a wealth of knowledge in the subject)

Which do you feel would be a good niche to build a website on that would be lucrative?
Labman Premium
ESL has a huge opportunity
boomergp08 Premium
All are great, but I fully agree with Craig (Labman). ESL has the greatest potential and is a huge opportunity.
Eskazzie Premium
Household appliances
Eskazzie Premium
I agree
J-KWest Premium
I would agree that ESL would be a good choice, in part because you have an existing business in this niche and it allows you to create and/or promote digital products and courses in addition to physical products (and digital products have significantly higher margins than physical products).
kgesch Premium
thank you everyone for your advice! My current position is with ESL but eventually I would love to do (1) or (3). They are both big passions of mine :)
kgesch Premium
how would I create digital products and courses?
kgesch Premium
what is the huge opportunity with it?
kgesch Premium
how is it a huge opportunity?
boomergp08 Premium
Millions if not billions of people all over the world would like to learn English as a second language.
kgesch Premium
my challenge is distinguishing myself from the many thousands who teach ESL and who also coach and who may have websites as well :) I am not sure what kind of niche to go with ESL. I could go with school supplies and props but I really love to teach and coach.
boomergp08 Premium
Supplies and props are great and you could even incorporate some teaching into it by explaining how the supplies enhance the teaching. How you approach it will have to be determined by you through research of the competition.
J-KWest Premium
Hi Kimberly, my apologies for the delayed response. An example of a digital product or course can be video lessons you create and publish on a site like Udemy or Teachable for example. You can also be an affiliate for existing digital products like Lingoda or Rosetta Stone.
kgesch Premium
cool! I didn't even know I could do that and profit from that! I have made personally over 1,000 videos and just didn't know how to publish them. What is the benefit of being an affiliate for Lingoda or Rosetta Stone?
kgesch Premium
I was curious watching the video on how we are taxed when making commissions. For example I have my own ESL business and I am taxed at a certain rate. Having an online business, how does that affect us around tax time and when should we make our accountant aware? Do we receive any tax documentation?
Hackerist Premium
If you make $600 or more, you need to file a form 1099. WA will not send anything since you build relationships with the affiliate products companies, so such companies should issue a Form 1099 to you if your earnings meet or exceed that threshold.
Anyway, at the end of the day, the affiliates are responsible to pay their taxes to the IRS.
kgesch Premium
got it! so going through an accountant would be the best way to go? Any commissions I make the affiliate program would just send me in the mail or I would need to file with the accountant? this is all new to me since I just started my first business this year :)
kgesch Premium
I had a question regarding the first video for understanding how to make money online regarding the process for affiliate marketing. I am aware of the Amazon Affiliate Program but I thought with these affiliate programs you have to have a certain amount of traffic going to your website, a certain number of subscribers, and a track record?
webcash2us Premium
Some programs require certain stats, but not all of them. There's many that you could still join and promote products from that can earn income from your site. I created a training on affiliate marketing program types that might be of interest to check out. Hope it helps.
kgesch Premium
thank you!
JoanneSantos Premium
Hi Kyle,

I have a few questions.

1- I Can't seem to add my favorite post to the bottom footer

2- The About Me Page, and Privacy Policy Is on the right side of my page, how can I move it over to the right under my site name?

3- How do I get rid of the word sample page from my site?

4- On Word press the bottom shows main menu, (under appearance- menus) but my box shows primary menu, does that matter?

Thanks Joanne
Kyle Premium
Happy to help you out here:

1- I Can't seem to add my favorite post to the bottom footer

Not every theme will support this. So depending on the theme that you choose, you will want to do so accordingly.

2- The About Me Page, and Privacy Policy Is on the right side of my page, how can I move it over to the right under my site name?

You can manage this through custom menus. This is covered in the first level of the training.

3- How do I get rid of the word sample page from my site?

You can delete it, by going through the Pages. This is covered within the first lessons of the training as well so you will get there.

4- On Word press the bottom shows main menu, (under appearance- menus) but my box shows primary menu, does that matter?

Primary Menu is your top menu, that is the one that you will be able to adjust with your own custom menu that you will create.
JoanneSantos Premium
Thank you so much Kyle for answering my questions.

I completed all the OEC training about a month ago, now I am going back to the videos one by one while I create my website.
Although, I'm eager to get my website up and running quickly, I know I need to take my time :)

I'm at Level 2, so I may have to go back to address the questions that I asked.

Be Well,