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! :)

==> 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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Continuo Premium
we are on lesson 8 in the getting started portion. when I went to save my menu to a certain location it appeared differently than it looks in the video. instead of just main menu being an option for placement, i was given the option of primary or secondary menu. i chose primary. Is this best? what is secondary for? should I add anything to that? did i break it? lol
psalisbury1 Premium
This is a good question for site support my friend. Go to he Help Center in the left margin on the bottom

michaelw777 Premium
I am making the suggestion; try Site Support. And you can try Kyle and Carson too; if you want to? Just type Kyle into the search engine up above here on WA. I suggest trying both of them; they are more than Super Pros and should be able to help with any problem. But, as was said; go to Site Support first.
WandaSantiag Premium
Hi and again welcome. I suggest you do the training first. Gain knowledge and experience. Once you have your website up and running then communicate with your referrals. I believe you have to crawl before you walk then run with referrals. Referrals are a source of income in WA. You have to follow the process without skipping ahead or you will miss steps crucial to your success. I'm new to this just like you and have no experience in the affiliate marketing just like you but I'm learning because I am following the WA process. It works just take your time and go through all the training.
4cheryl Premium
Thank you. I will be sure to take your advice.
michaelw777 Premium
Well, that is great advice; but I will add something; try joining Amazon Associates; it is useful for later; and it comes up in the training too; and I learned something tonight. If you don`t make 3 sales within the first 180 days; they cut you off. So, once you go with them; it is a good idea to try to make some sales with them. But, as said; it comes up later in the training too; and it is good to get a head start.
suneel196 Premium
thank you for your input on this. Much Appreciated !
WandaSantiag Premium
Thanks for the cool advice. I will do just that.
Jackie61 Premium
Hey all! I'm confused and hoping you can help. Let's say I want to have a website with affiliate links to baseball bats found on Amazon. Don't I have to be approved by Amazon before I can be in their affiliate program? So I would assume that you would have to prove traffic to your site before you would be approved (or am I assuming incorrectly?). If you do have to have traffic then how can you pick a niche if you don't know if you would be accepted to that company's affiliate program? Something isn't clicking with me, so any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks!!
allancurtis Premium
The posting of links is the step that monetizes a website .. starts it generating revenue. To do that you need to create and post information on the niche you select to generate some traffic ... following the training talks about creating value and using SEO to attract people to your blog posts. Once you have people coming to your website you can then apply to Amazon and post links. The goal is to get your visitors to click your links and but from Amazon ... so you earn a small commission. It takes a lot of work and patience to build the audience and traffic to make this lucrative! Follow the training carefully, step by step .. it is all there for you and will lead you to success!
Jackie61 Premium
Thank you Allan. I appreciate your detailed response.
I have read about the premium membership but is it necessary to be a premium member? because at present I don't have sufficient money to choose for premium membership. without premium membership I will not be able to earn money via WA? And how can I build website? I do not have any experience to built any website? what is blog? what is tag? what is a title for the subject name?
keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Guarang & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate starter!

Good questions and all questions are good ones here!

Here's a post by Kyle on the benefits of the program for your information & consideration -- all the best ... :)
TheCatherine Premium
Y ou can still build a website without being premium. None of us had any experience when we started we just followed the training
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can stay as a starter member for as long as you like, and work on your 2 free websites for up to 6 months. It is possible to earn income, but will be much more difficult, as you only have access to the first 10 lessons of training.

If you follow the training step by step, you will have built your website by the end of lesson 4.
What is this first 7 day trial? After 7 days of training I have to pay money to continue with WA?
To continue with WA, I have to pay monthly charges?
At present I am not able to pay any small amount also, because since last 9 months I am searching for new job & at present my family situation is very critical. Also at present it is very difficult for me to manage my family daily expenses. I think WA is good link to earn money by attracting different customers for different products or earn money by marketing for different companies. But it seems like I have to pay on monthly basis to continue with WA.
Have I pay monthly charges to be continue with WA?
without monthly charges paid to WA, is it not possible for me to earn money by my self working according WA training?
RickHan Premium
I personally believe YES it is necessary to be a premium member. Not because you have to but because starting any business you need to dive straight into this and not just to try it. Those that commit fully have no choice but to make it work and will also find it working faster for them.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as I said in my previous answer, no you don't have to pay. The first 7 days allows you to ask questions, such as you are doing now. After 7 days, you won't be able to communicate, but you can continue with your website.

Do be aware that this is not a get rich quick scheme and takes time, hard work and patience. Even if you could afford to upgrade to premium for the full training, you would be unlikely to earn anything for at least 6 months. This platform helps you build a genuine long term business for the future.
Thank you for your guide.
megawinner Premium
Go for the Starter and get as many lessons as you can take. Study it and practice in Wordpress! If money is hard to come by. You need to save for the whole year. Monthly is not advisable if you do not know where to get the next monthly due.
This is helpful. I guess I should keep learning rather than jumping to build the website. I got a little too excited...lol
makmrkt Premium
I am in a similar situation as GauragSoni. However I do understand that it does cost money to make money. I am still working on gaining the funds to upgrade.
Are video streaming services a niche? Like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave + HBO, Youtube too name a few . . . . Plus now with the addition of Disney +, I think we will only start to see more and more. I know Netflix sort of started the trend, but now many others are joining in and people will more than likely find themselves joining one or more of these sites. I know that at one time or other I've used many of the streaming services and am always interested in where I can watch this or that.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it could be, but you would need to check if they have affiliate programs. Netflix definitely doesn't, so you can't receive commission from them for referring new subscribers.
Thanks, yeah I'll have to research that more. I read mixed reports on whether Netflix does or not. Did they used to? Is it different depending where you live?
DianeScorpio Premium
They used to have an affiliate program when they first started which paid $10 per new subscriber, but they stopped this a long time ago, as to be honest, they don't need affiliate marketers to persuade people to sign up, they can do it themselves as they are so popular.
I think this is becoming the case with most video streaming services as they rise in popularity. I believe I read that Amazon and Hulu are the same. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if Disney+ decides to to go the same route.