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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Hugo69 Premium
Hi guys.
I'm having trouble understanding the choosing between the free domain and my own domain part. Firstly, I would assume I would pay for my own domain and not the other one. Is that correct? If so, how much? Secondly, why is it ideal to own a domain? Why not just continue on a free domain?
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JosephRebisz Premium
Hello Hugo, Joe here. Yes, you do have to pay for your own domain, but generally they run about $13-$14/year. Owning you own .com domain will get ranked faster with Google as it shows more authority. You have to build up a lot of content before you start getting ranked in Google, but it's worth the time and effort, in my opinion.
Good luck and best wishes on your success. We're here to help in any way you need, just ask.
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feigner Premium
your assumptions are correct about paying
the free one is the siterubix one which are owned by wa - ll the content on your site is yours ...but you cannot move it to another hosting company - so if you decide to part company and want to move your site...tough.
now if you purchase a domain, it is yours for as long as you pay the yearly fee for it - you can now move it to a new hosting company and it stays yours....
the cost - well here you will pay about $14 per year.... elsewhere you might see them for $0.99, but look at the next year and you will be charged $25.00 or so....
then you have the hassle of changing te nameservers to have it hosted here and then transferring the registrar so next year you pay wa....or just buy from sitedomains and it is already in your portfolio of sites - you can then use the one click move button to move all the content from your siterubix to your domain - they handle all the redirections and you get to work on your site again.....
but you can continue on a free siterubix site for as long as you want, but some affilaite programs won't accept subdomains, and google apparently doesn't rank subdomains as highly ( although i really have never found this to be a problem...)
good uck
phil
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a premium member, you are given up to 10 free domains to use. They are actually subdomains, so they will end with the words siterubix.com, rather than .com.

If you wish to buy your own .com domain, it will cost $13.99 per year.

People are more likely to trust a .com domain, as they may not be familiar with seeing a siterubix website.

The siterubix domains are not your property, and if you ever leave WA, you can't take them with you, at some point they will be deleted. If you purchase a .com domain, it is yours to keep, even if you leave.

With a free domain, you can't have an email address associated with it. Some affiliate programs won't accept it, and Google AdSense definitely won't.

Most people start with a free domain, until they are confident they have chosen the right niche, because once you have bought a domain, its name can't be changed. Once you are ready to buy, it is a simple process to transfer all the content over from your free domain to the purchased one. You don't lose any of your work.
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Hugo69 Premium
Hi Diane, thank you for the reply. You really answered all my questions and more.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Phil.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Joseph.
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mikebeatty Premium
I think all the info you need is there Hugo! Glad you worked out how to ask questions, as you can see it really helps to get answers quickly from the community here (you can also use the live chat on the left if you have a quick question too)
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Hello WA. Please am just new here I have a problem. I just finished creating my new website and my plugins are all activated but when I search on Google I can't fine my website on Google. Please what could be the problem? Or do I have to be ranked first ?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

Unfortunately, yes. You have to wait until Google found you. You'll be notified and you'll also get a G badge here at WA.

Have you posted your About Me and Privacy Policy page yet?
You'd probably want to post your first article too so your website can get indexed by Google.
Follow the training and you'll get there.

All the best,

Ferra
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Yes Amelia I have done so both the about me post and my privacy page. It was very wonderful.

Thanks for replying.
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Hey guys I've decided to let my niche go in the direction of football/soccer. Not only because i love the sport but because not long ago i realised how big a part of the economy football is and that is genuinely one of the most sought after things in our time. Any tips on how to move forward from here?..
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Warly10 Premium
hey, first of all welcome to wealthy affiliate.
Soccer is a great niche. This is what my second website will be about...
You need to narrow it down into a specific targeted audience. Who is your targeted audience ? How do you want to help ? is it by giving information on latter news, players biography etc.

Answer those questions will help you define your sub niche.

Also, what products do you want to promote after etc ?

Once you have figured out this, then keep going with the training.

I hope this help.

Warren
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tassaace20 Premium
Already I feel a lot of comfort and confidence in seeing so many people interacting and communicating so freely and in a friendly tone. I know I've come to the right place. I still regard myself as a newbie at online marketing so I will be dropping in now and then to our gret helpers for this lesson. Again, a big "Hello" and great to be here
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Jewelia Premium
Welcome to WA, Paul! It's a very friendly and supportive place. You'll be happy here. :)
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tassaace20 Premium
Thaks Jewelia
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Astich Premium
Hello! I hope things go well!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Paul and Welcome,
you will love it here. There is no judging just a lot of helpful hands and great people to bounce things off of and to double check work.
I accidentally stumbled across WA and I have to say, this is the best decision I have ever made.
If you have any questions, just shoot them out there, you will be surprised how many people are eager to assist.
I love the fact that this is a PAY IT FORWARD place.
Many Blessings in your success
Stay safe
Sheryl
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I am a newbie to online marketing, too. We can only go up from here. With a community such as WA, our chances of getting up when we fall and going over the hurdles look encouraging and doable as long as we are doing our part. Stay the course and take one step at a time!
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yes that's great
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SGlade Premium
I just added my about me page and the privacy policy to my page.
So excited.
I would love if I could get some feed back on it though. I am not a writer, and I have been told that I am a piece when it comes to writing lol, so if you have a second, I would be so honored to hear your feedback.
Thank you so much for your time
Sheryl
camerasanaturesperfectshot.siterubix.com
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MikeKurtis Premium
Love your about page. Keep it up.
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chantelle032 Premium
I read your page and I love the content. It is really touching and got a warm feeling in my heart when I read it. The only thing you need to change are the headlines of each paragraph to suit the content of each paragraph. You should not leave the headlines as they are.

Instead of leaving it as "your story", you can change it to 'my life story", and same with all the other headlines. Instead of "why you want to help people" just change it to something like "my passion to helping people" if it makes sense.

Great job so far
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Brichard7 Premium
Honestly the content of your writing is very good, The way i would go about improving your writing is with compound sentences. Sentence structure is something that is very easy to learn,and once you apply it to your writing it will become second nature in no time.

Some Basic Ideas that you could go into further research on are these.
Compound Sentence: A sentence that consist of 2 or more independent clauses.
Complex Sentence: A sentence that consist of one or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

A clause basically completes a thought in a sentence.
Subject+ a Verb
A dependent clause is not complete on its own but adds on to an independent clause.
There a couple others and honestly they are pretty easy concepts to grasp once you've seen a few examples.
Also you don't need to worry about having perfect grammar or writing skills. Most people are not Masters in the art of Grammar and writing. These are just a few simple tricks that can take your writing to the next level.

I wish you luck, and hope this helped.
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Mike,
it has been brought to my attention, that it is showing correctly. So I am going to have to look into this.
thank you for taking the time to look at this for me.
:)
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Hello Chantelle,
Thank you for taking the time to look at and offer some fixes.
I forgot that part of the training, and when I went back, there was no sound. lol
Thank you so much, I really appreciate any and all suggestions.
Many Blessings, and stay safe
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Yes, indeed. I will change some things in there.
I want to thank you for your time looking into and offering up such great suggestions and fixes.
Many Blessings, Stay safe
Sheryl
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Astich Premium
Nice content, it's authentic which is good. People are drawn to that. Keep it up!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Aaron,
Thank you for the kind words. I am a virgin here at blogging and creating a website. Not to mention, my writing skills leaves a lot to be desired, but I am a work in progress. :)
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I applaud you for the strength you have inspite of the physical challenges you have and your optimistic atittude about life as evidenced in your love of capturing the natural beauty around you through your eyes and the lens of your camera. Just a couple of thoughts/suggestions on your post...: Did you mean "Pain" instead of "Paine"? Some apostrophes are not needed as in "father's" and "son's". I would suggest that you use "inexpensive" instead of "cheap"! Keep capturing the beauty of nature! Much success to you!
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Naomi,
I will fix this as you are correct.
thank you for taking the time to read and offer suggestions.
Thank you again for your inspiration.
Have a Marvelous evening
Stay Safe
Sheryl
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You are very welcome. Looking forward to more from you!
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I'm a writer but at times get writer's block a lot lol
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