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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Hello I do have a few ideas of a niche and with the year membership 25 can be created. I am thinking this way because once I complete one before the niche ear is out I will have the option to start another instead of changing it. I have a few niches already and it is what I feel great about. My question is I will be replying to comments from customers or just getting the attention and forming a pleasant approach to cause them to purchase. I will do one website with a niche and that one is done for as long as I carry the membership. Correct? Another thing, sorry so much, at any time can you go to the free membership while learning if the monthly plan is offered. I have two others I am motivating to do this with me.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as regards upgrading to Premium, you can pay monthly at $49 per month or 6 months for $234 or yearly at $359. Plus there is a Black Friday deal coming up for a year at $299. When paying 6 months or yearly, the lump sum has to be paid in full.

There are no refunds so ensure you are fully committed to the program before you pay. You can cancel at any time but you then lose all access to this platform and can't go back to being a free starter again.

Once you have upgraded to premium you are given 25 free websites and can host up to a further 25 purchased domains.
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steeph Premium
Hi!

When you start creating your online bussiness you will only be encharged ig providing your audience with the content you’re offering. If they decide to buy the product you dont have to deal with customer service. That company you’re affiliating with will provide that.
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I am very new and I am just finishing lesson 2 and I greatly look forward to the success. My goals are to make $30,000 per month online and this is a great opportunity for me. How it is broken down. Is the $290 us it for a years worth of support? I want to build my website for a non-profit wanting and for Affiliate Marketing. That will be two separate websites, yet I will work on one at a time. The video content will be in the non-profit and I want to actually build now the Affiliate Marketing part first. Once I learn how to do one and fully understand a Niche. What I want to know is do you build many pages in the website or is the Affiliate Marketing website is one niche. So you are offering 2 websites meaning I only can do one niche? Thank you all in advance.
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siamjerry Premium
The general rule here is one website per niche so as not to confuse your customers. Yes, you will be building a site with many blogs as content is the way to traffic. Go premium and you will be able to own up to 25 sites. The black Friday offer of $299 is valid for one year premium membership.
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CMKetay Premium
You will want to have one web site per niche. To have multiple focuses within one website will confuse your followers and hinder your success with any niche. Going Premium is the best way to work with multiple directions as it gives you the tools to do so in the most economic manner.
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Yes thank you focusing on one item or area of service per website.
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I do agree I will need to go premium to understand plus I have a 1yrs old with me. The focus is the learn the blessing is you can be blessed with a great return, income and just a new way of earning. So for every idea/niche I will have a different address.
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Rdwidmer Premium
I’m learning so much, and this has really been exciting! I’m curious for others who are beyond my training...how long did it honestly take for you to make any money. Also, how much money did you start making, and how long did it take for it to begin growing.
Thanks for all your help with these questions.
Rio
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Hello! Tu es à quel niveau toi?
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Shernette Premium
I am currently at the learning process where I look forward to a new and rewarding experience.
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Hey guys.. this website building thing is frustrating when you're starting from scratch.. I want to add menu's on my website but they keep on getting onto the wrong place. Here's an example:
HOME I BEAUTY I FASHION I LIFESTYLE I NAILS
and so people can click on those menu's . Can anyone help?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - this is covered in lesson 8. I notice you haven't chosen a narrow niche as recommended in the training, if you intend to have posts on all those different subjects. You are targeting a lot of different audiences, rather than being seen as an authority on a specific topic.
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feigner Premium
that maybe down to the theme that is on your site.
have a look in appearance customize at where you can place menus and whether it is what you want - if not you have a small selection to choose from.
don't forget to make each of these categories and add tose to create yur menu.
then each one will be clickable and show the articles relevant to the category.
have fun
phil
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cramervod Premium
You need 5 pages named for each of those things. Then, you go into menus and add each page to your main menu.

Or you can label existing pages by those names while inside of the menu, and that will allow you to move them into the order you want.
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Hi - thank you so much for replying as I have no clue what I'm doing lol, just following the step-by-step training but obviously I'm ahead of what I'm supposed to be doing as I'm only at lesson 5...
When you mention "targeting a lot of different audiences", is this a bad thing?
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Jodine1 Premium
I am frustrated too
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as an example, say I found your site through searching on Google for an article on beauty, perhaps "lipstick for older women". Having read that post, I then discover all your other articles were on fashion, nails etc which I am not interested in, so I would leave your website and then you have lost a potential customer.

If however, all your posts were on beauty for older women, I would have much more to read, stay on your site much longer and see you as an authority on that subject, and then, having built up that level of trust, I would be more likely to buy something through your links.

That is why it is recommended to have a narrow niche, which has less competition and doesn't confuse your visitors.
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Oh my god, wow, I haven't thought of it that way! Now I understand and here comes the million dollar question: Which niche should I pick? I have a huge interest in the beauty/luxury lifestyle world.
As in make-up and skincare from high end products.
Any thoughts on this or how I can figure it out?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - which would you most enjoy writing about? Think about a target audience, such as skincare for sensitive skin, organic skin products, moisturisers for women in their 30s, waterproof cosmetics, makeup for evening looks etc.
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SmokeyJoe71 Premium
Hang in there. You will get it!
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Hi - In that case I can see it clearly: skincare for dry/atopic skin.
So I will write about that! Another thing tho, if I start writing about it, I will most likely want to refer to a certain product I'm using.
So I'm promoting that product I guess? If I promote it now, and I'm not an affiliate from that specific product, I'm basically promoting their product for free? (as for now). Or am I seeing it wrong?
What are your thoughts/advise. Thank you so much.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, that's a good niche. Your site should be a mix of purely informational articles with no selling intent, plus product reviews which are where you will add your affiliate links.

So, start with general articles on your niche, such as what can dry skin be a sign of, why is my skin so itchy, do vitamins help dry skin etc. Once you have built up some content, you can apply to the affiliate programs and do some product reviews.
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Referring to your comment on starting with general articles on my niche, can these be articles I found on the internet? Bits and pieces of it? Is it okay to copy/paste etc.. Many thanks,
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - no, absolutely not. You can't copy and paste anything, not even a couple of sentences. Everything has to be original and in your own words.
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Hey folks,
I've been working on and off on a blog that helps parents understand (and conquer) the ins and outs and "behind the curtain" stuff of preschool/daycare settings for a while now.

To niche something like that into tangible products for affiliate marketing, would it make sense to then focus on like...teacher-recommended childcare items? Say, a section on things your kid needs in preschool in the winter months, another for what they'd need in summer, another for what's best for holidays? Or would that still be too broad?
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steeph Premium
That’s a good idea. You can also take some time to browse online for relevant affiliated programs that may incorporate your niche. When I first started I was so overwhelmed thinking that there weren’t gonna be any affiliate program for my nice, and guess what? I found over 15!
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