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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I am New here I come by mistake to join WA Because I tried To check in Google that what I do on internet for online business but when I saw a video about WA than I sign up for registration and I read some material in WA it's really interested can i continue to make online business??
LoriM5 Premium
Yes you can up to two if you are not premium. And if your a Premium member you can have 25 and host 25 here to make 50 sites here
Thanks loriM5
LenkaSophie Premium
You can. I came to WA also somehow by looking for something else but it has been the best thing I've ever been to. It so much stuff to learn you would never get anywhere else with such a helpful community, I just love it here and plan to stay here for a very long time :)
Simiao5 Premium
You are not lost my friend, try once to pay $19 to become premium, you will enjoy doing what you need on your business.
Thanks LenkaSophia
I really like this community very helpful what I was finding I think and i hope that i found it
Thanks DCW2000S
Thanks simiao5 I will pay its nothing $19 thank you so much
LenkaSophie Premium
Yeah, that's what I though, that this price is really nothing to what you're asked to pay in other programs. Many of them get-rich-quick schemes. This one is serious but be ready for a long journey :)
Ourtickledpi Premium
I have just started today! Just built my first website. Are you currently making money online?
MikaelM Premium
Yes, it is definitely possible to build an online income here. Just go through the training and take action on every step and ask whenever you have questions.

I shared a link with you to the training earlier and that really is the best place to start.
I too am new here and so far as I can see it's some of the best training you can get
Such an honest and inspiring reply.
JackieHouke Premium
I wonder if I might make a polite request... For those of you who have been working at this long enough to have created a website and began generating income, may I ask about how long it took before you were able to begin earning enough to cover the monthly cost of premium membership? Thank you kindly to anyone who'd like to answer! I am just getting started and am curious about an average time frame to help justify the initial cost to the hubby! ;)
Dale123 Premium
JackieHouke Premium
Thanks so much for that very informative and inspirational article!
cheridragul Premium
I’m trying to really hone in on my target market, I want to be very clear about how to proceed and would love some advice.

My husband has a rare health condition that is becoming more common by the day. It is a very underserved market. Things like these are still available:

(The health condition)treatment.com
(The health condition)relief.com
(The health condition)solutions.com
(The health condition)care.com
...basically everything is available except for www.(The health condition).com

I can see the specific questions and concerns of these people in all the different Facebook Groups that I’m in, so I know what to write about and what products to advertise based on what they talk about.

I know the domain name isn’t a huge part of the overall marketing plan, but in this case I think it might be because the name of the rare health condition is hard to say, looks a little foreign and looks irrelevant to people unless they have it. (Maybe that’s why the domains are still available lol)

This health condition falls under the umbrella of a larger health condition, let’s just say that umbrella is chronic pain, for instance.

Should I get a domain like www.chronicpainproducts.com and use the rare health condition keywords within the articles I write so they’ll still get ranked, and as a bonus, chronic pain patients would know the site could also be relevant to them? If I use the rare condition in the domain name, I will likely eliminate chronic pain patients from stopping by.

kashkow Premium
any health is going to be a great niche. As to your question as to go general or specific to the condition of your husband, I would get the general domain and write the articles using the keywords for your husband's condition.

Before you buy your domain, take a look at my article I wrote on purchasing domains. I mite save you some headache's in the future.


good luck!
exgrosteve Premium
Hi Cheri, If you had an address like www.chronicpain.com it would of course attract more than your target audience. However, you can drill down with your keywords in the posts you write. So, a keyword might be "Escape from MS" for example. It has a QSR of 73. The website address is important and great if you can get close to your target but keywords play a huge part. Often the keywords don't relate to my domain but I do get plenty of organic hits. Hope this helps, Steve C
I like your choice of domain name but to me that makes me think of products to relieve pain? Which I personally would go visit!! but if you are wanting to bring awareness to a specific ailment then is there not a shorter name of it? I have C.O.P.D. (you may know what that is) but obviously I would not use the full name in a domain x are you going to advertise products for his illness? or just general assistance to people who have it?
Jojoma14 Premium
Hopefully, Im understanding your question correctly. It's all about whom you are trying to target specifically. Is the biggest part of your husbands condition chronic pain? If so you should address this. Having a super specific niche is good. If its not a condition that is talked about alot of people will be looking for info. IMHO, why not write about both? You can address chronic pain and the specific autoimmune diasese you speak of. Just make separate pages within the site and direct people to the specific pages through your links. Use The keywords to target your specific diasease people and broader keywords for the chronic pain people. Autoimmune disorders are like a rubix cube and very individualized, and pain is at the core of alot of the disease, so you can really supercharge your site if you do it right! Hope this helps, good luck!!
steeph Premium
Be general but not too general. You want a website where you can speak about a lot of topics regarding your niche. If you only use one health condition as your niche then all your content should be targeted towards that condition.
cheridragul Premium
@Jojoma14 Thank you for engaging! I’m not necessarily trying to bring awareness to the condition, I’m more targeting the people who have already been diagnosed. I’ll be writing about products that may help them with pain relief, and hopefully brilliant product ideas they’ve never thought of before! Unfortunately, there is no acronym or a shorter word for the condition. It’s just one long, weird looking word lol! Sounds like it would be best to keep the domain name more general and use all the low hanging keywords under the chronic pain umbrella.
cheridragul Premium
Thank you for response! Yes, a major part of my husband’s condition is chronic pain. Chronic pain blogs, websites, product pages, etc are oversaturated. However, according to Jaaxy, there are 10,168 searches per month for the name of his condition (who knows what they’re looking for when they are searching that term though). The QSR’s for everything Jaaxy suggests for the condition is under 100, there are very few websites, blogs or products pages, etc for the condition.

It sounds like I might rank for his condition whether I use it in the domain name or not. The natural course of my writing will include both chronic pain and his condition just by the nature of them going hand-in-hand. It sounds like it would be best to keep the domain name more general.
Esengwa Premium
Health is a good domain because health care is worldwide so if you n get good affiliate you will hit it hard there.
nathaniell Premium
My advice would be to get the specific condition domain, since it has a specific name. People who have, or get that condition will be most familiar with the spelling and meaning of it, so your target audience is already focused and relative by the time they land on your site.

You can still branch out to broader topics related (like the chronic pain example), even if your domain is specific.
cheridragul Premium
What if I bought the relevant domain names with his specific condition and created basic, but informative, landing pages that pointed to my broader topic site?
cheridragul Premium
What if I bought the relevant domain names with his specific condition and created basic, but informative, landing pages that pointed to my broader topic site?
I have a question which is hopefully not a stupid one...
So how does my website get a better rank in google, respectively come to the first page of results as in our days hardly anyone goes to page two anymore^^

if that part comes later in the training I am sorry for the question.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that is precisely what this platform teaches you! Essentially, you will learn how to find the keywords which people are using when doing a Google search. You add the keywords to the content on your website, and Google recognises that you have valuable information and ranks you higher.
ok, then i probably am just not yet at the point of the training thank you!!
Kelvin3310 Premium
Since I am manually building my own site, I found an excellent online tool that lets you know if your home title (page title) and home description (meta description) will be fully displayed in Google search.

Apparently, if your home title and description are too long, Google will cut them short but adding "...".


Here's the link. Just key in title and description.