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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femicha Premium
Question please: Let's say I have an affiliate link on the snack helmet which took the customer to the amazon page if the customer/consumer decides to buy another product while on amazon? am I still getting paid? considering the fact that the customer got on amazon via the affiliate link.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, you get a commission on anything the customer buys within 24 hours after clicking on your link.
femicha Premium
thank you for the answer. That was helpful.
ChrystopherJ Premium
What Diane says is spot on, all I'll add, just in case this was a hypothetical question. If it in't an Amazon link, but instead for another Affiliate Program, then it might be longer than 24 hours. I.e. the Cookie Timeframe for WA is Lifetime. A lot of programs have 30, 60 or 90 days for their cookies.
I learned from your answer mam Diane...:)
i m intersted to your respense you look profissienal
RRossal1 Premium
Awesome ! You get a commission, the word everyone loves to hear ! I just started my training I know if I go to work that eventually I will get the results I want !! So will You! : )
Thank you friend, honestly I'm a complete beginner to this platform but the beauty of this medium was the inter-activeness of the community inside it and the support from the ambassadors and other premium members, mostly the support of the founder of this platform...:)
That's right friend, actions could lead to awesome results...:)
I have few questions
1) if i start a free web site and i want make it my own i need to upgrade to premium, lets say i have been upgrade it to premium the first month but i want to have the free membership the second month whats happens to my own web site? do i loose the web?

2) If i upgrade to premium i get it for 30 days from the day i sighed to premium or 30 days from the day i sighed to the free membership so it like 3 week because i get 1 week free
3) in the free web can i make my own design banners in lets say Photoshop and upload it to my free website/own website
4) this is the last question for now English is not my native languish i understand it perfectly but my grammar is not so good. when i'll start writing content to my website is there someone to help me with that?

thank you so much for your answers in advance.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - first of all, once you have upgraded to premium, if you then cancel your membership, you can't go back to being a free starter again. You would lose all access to this platform.

If you have purchased your own domain (which is not included in the premium fee, it costs an extra $13.99 per year), you would have to move it to another hosting provider.

If you have not bought a domain, but are using the free domain you are given, then this will be deleted at some point if you cancel.

The premium membership begins from the day you pay for it, and lasts for a full month. Remember, the first month is $19, and the payment for the following months is $49 and will be taken automatically unless you cancel.

You can upload any images you have created, to either the free site or your own.

If you use the Site Content feature when writing posts for your website, it has a spelling and grammar included to help you.

Overall, if you are planning just to upgrade for one month, then cancel, I wouldn't recommend doing this.
ok thank you for your answer its very smart "trap" once you in' you cant get out unharmed(the website and all the investment is gone) but you do give a lot of tools so it seems I'm tempted I'm not sure if i stick to the program for entire year or if this is the right place to invest my time and money and that why i thought to try for couple of Months
i know that there's a lot of other much expensive companies out there/
Suppose I'll want to do the premium three months from now what will be the cost for the entire year?
thank you/
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - there is currently a special offer available for yearly payment at $299. This runs to May 11. After that, it will be $495 but will include a free .com domain. Do be aware there are no refunds so make sure you are fully committed to the program.
hay im very interested in the ketogenic diet i practice this diet some time now and i know it can be very difficult to some people i know that this is the answer to a lot of health issues and of course loosing weight i realized that in order to triumph you need a supportive community or a mentor to help you stick this diet maybe ill be a mentor one day but today i think about promoting the diet through guides (other people diets) is this small enough niche.
you are welcome to write any respond to that and maybe help me get more focused
thank you in advanced
lucbizz Premium
Yep the keto diet is a great niche:-) I would say ,go for it !
Goganmweb Premium
go for it don't give it up for any reason.make it your niche and tell us about it .me too want to know what you know.!
brendalewis Premium
I've just completed my privacy policy and published it as a page (as instructed) so people couldn't post on it. However i've just looked at it and it has gone through as a post. How can i change it?

Also, how can i move it? its at the top of the website and i want it at the bottom.

thanks in advance!
EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Brenda,

First of all, great job in completing your privacy policy page.
If you would like to have it in the bottom of your site, first you should create a new Menu.
Log in to your Wordpress back office (Dashboard). Then hover to Appearance, click Menu.
If your main Menu is called Top Navigation (explained in the training), then you can create a new menu called Footer.
Then go to Widget. Add the footer item which is the Privacy Policy page.

Maybe you can try to copy your Privacy Policy, delete the post and on your WP Dashboard, Add a new Page, write the title "Privacy Policy", paste your draft, proofread, then publish it.

Hope it helps.

brendalewis Premium
Thank you! I will give it a go
Just joined for free...not even like an hour in and i'm overwhelmed with all the information...Probably not a good time to try and learn something new as its almost 11pm here in Florida when i should be getting ready to go to sleep but instead i'm on here trying to grasp as much information as i can. I should just call it a night and come back tomorrow with refreshed eyes to really focus here! I appreciate all the feedback and tips. I'm sure i will have many questions as i continue to move forward.
EliseTAG Premium
Hi, I am not sure why you copied the post below, but I will happily tell you the same thing.

Welcome to WA! The training here is step-by-step. There are tasks at the end of each lesson. As you perform those tasks, you will be building and laying out a successful foundation for your online business.

Take the training at your own pace. I found it helpful to take notes.