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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I'm not ready to take on another cost just yet to improve my site. Can I create content for my site before I register for another monthly bill? I have student loans, mortgage, car payment, insurance, utilities, etc. I want to create content first to see if I have what it takes with the information I've gathered so far. I feel like it's pressure to get the upgrade. In the Jaxxy the keywords were blocked out. Let me develop content for this site and create menu items to see if I've learned anything from the videos. I need time to decide to manage another monthly bill.
Jewelia Premium
Are you talking about an upgrade to Premium Membership? You can upgrade at any time when you're ready. However, the Starter membership is limited in resources (not in time, though). You can still work on your content, but you only have 10 free lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Certification course and 30 free Jaaxy searches for free. The only "pressure" is that you are receiving a $30 discount for the first month if you upgrade rather sooner than later. Other than that, nobody pressures you.
Calvinator63 Premium
HI Elvie,

Many Affiliate marketers have bills just like the ones you have listed. It is not uncommon in today's society to have a debt burden. If you are serious about giving this an honest try then you will become creative and figure out a way to make it possible!

You can remain a free starter member and start-up two different free siterubix.com subdomain websites to see if you can earn money by doing Affiliate Marketing.

However, after 6 months if you do not go premium you will lose those free websites and their content, so in reality, the only thing you have to lose would be your time.

By not going premium it will take much more effort to find out how to do certain aspects of the business model on your own through the search engines. Because the training as a free member is limited to only the first level in either training modular.

One of the biggest advantages in going premium is that you open the flood gates (literally) to so much more training that will help you succeed. WA can show you the way, but it will still take your hard work and efforts to make it happen!

The choice is yours,
Jewelia Premium
Calvin, this is the first time I hear that the Starter membership is limited to 6 months... Where did you find such information?

Thank you,

~ Julia.
Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Julia,

I am sorry but you read that wrong the free website(s) is/are limited to 6 months now (as of about 4 months ago).

The starter membership (as far as I know) is as long as they want to remain a free member (Might want to check with Kyle to see if they have not changed that also).

Jewelia Premium
No, I understood perfectly what you were saying, but limiting free websites to 6 months is the same as limiting Starter membership to this period because there is nothing else to do if one can't work on his/her site. I'm sorry, but I question whether this information being correct. Could you please point out the source of it?

Thank you,

~ Julia
Calvinator63 Premium
No limiting free websites is just that, limiting the use of the free website to 6 months. It does not, however, limit the free membership.

As far as I know, you can remain a free member for an unlimited amount of time. Now, if you can start another free website after the first expires (I Do Not Know) this is another issue that you might ask Kyle about also.

As I said this information was provided by Kyle.

He has mentioned this often in live chat, so if you doubt this as being true. Please, by all means, to assure your doubtfulness contact, Kyle, to confirm this to be true.

Jewelia Premium
You might be correct if a free website stays inactive (no new posts) for 6 months. But if a person works on his/her site, it can't be true. Otherwise, it would be specified in the Membership Comparison chart, but it's not - I just checked.
Calvinator63 Premium
As I stated, check with Kyle to confirm or deny.
Jewelia Premium
I will. Thank you.
Thank you for making it plain. I'll consider what you said. Thank you.
kjkerr Premium
Moving at a fast pace here. Completed watching the video for lesson three on niches. The question is this... What do you do if you have created a product that is general in its appeal? Specifically, this has always troubled me as an author. My latest book is designed to "Enlighten, enrich, and encourage people along the journey of life." However, every marketing guru says to "niche down." How do you find a niche target audience for a generalized book without going back to page one and re-writing the book? Do you forever try to market to niche audience after niche audience in the hope that you will find a group that responds?
megawinner Premium
Hi, Kenneth! I am delighted to meet you.

I go by my passion. As a rule, (at least for me) there will always be people who would be looking for similar passion like yours and mine. The bottom line is the content, its quality, relevance, and value. It should have proper references and useful data. And it must be engaging. What about you?


kjkerr Premium
Hello Florentino. Good to meet you also, and I appreciate your feedback to my couple of questions so far. I will follow you, and look forward to both learning from you, and perhaps contributing value to your life in return. I am sure in the process we shall find ourselves engaging in some interesting discussions. May we then encourage people with our collective and individual insights, and our writings. Regards, Kenneth.
PawSimon1 Premium
Hi Kjkerr,
I would like to read your book and i’m interested that you are the author. My sister is a writing a book about my dad right now. I wish the audience whom interested in reading and writing will probably be your niche as they know that you are an author. Wish you all the best and become a successful businessman
Now who doesn't like watches! You can get them for yourself, for others as a gift, you can even get your whole crew rocking the same watch. You can get a sentimental watch or you can get a beautiful watch to brag about all day! Just don't brag too much lol. When I create my website, go ahead and check it out, use that affiliation money and prize yourself some ice.
kjkerr Premium
Joined as a starter last night, completed lesson one just now. Maybe I am jumping the gun here with my questions, but I am thinking ahead. 1. I have several websites already, these were created in the past with Godaddy being used to purchase the URLs, and Wordpress itself being both the platform and host. As I progress in WA, is it possible to migrate these over to the WA hosting platform as a premium member? 2. Related to this, I have paid Wordpress in the past for sites to be free of their adverts. Can I assume that Wordpress sites on the WA hosting are similarly free of unwanted ads, and that this is all inclusive as part of WA premium membership? Thank you in advance for your answers. Best Regards, Kenneth
boomergp08 Premium
Yes to both of your questions.
allancurtis Premium
Hi Kenneth ... you have come to the right place! Yes, your Go Daddy WordPress sites can be moved easily to the WA hosting platform.

This PlugIn that does this very easily .. https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/

There is no advertising on your websites unless you insert ads yourself.

As a Premium member, you can have 25 personal url's that are yours do to do with as you wish ... as well as subdomains and all the training and support this platform offers!

Best wishes,
kjkerr Premium
Thank you. Much appreciated.
kjkerr Premium
Thank you. I will be making use of this information as my understanding of the WA platform grows.
Thank you@kjkerr, for ur questions, I just joined as a starter also. although u are alot farther along in and on ur business endeavor, I being a total newbie, but learning the "lingo" for a couple years, learned alot from ur inquisitiveness". I always lived by the moto that no question is a bad question and that if u dont ask, u dont, or wont, ever know!! Wanted u to know that u helped a newbie and that ur question wasnt jumping the gun.
Good luck on ur continued success and EVEN more-so GROWTH!!
Love it!! Great stuff!! Awesome info!!
kjkerr Premium
Nice to meet you. Glad my question helped you as well. I like what I see in this WA community so far. An open willingness to help each other. That is worth being in this already.
LatinNomad Premium
Advice on Healthcare Products Sought- Legal Aspects.
Greetings I hope you are having a great day.

One of the sites I am developing is healthcare related. The product is a niche food but it helps in the management of certain illnesses. I have plenty of experience in the subject and I´m obviously passionate about it. However, I thought it would be prudent to add a legal exemption saying I am not responsible etc., just in case ...

Can anybody point me to a form of wording in addition to the standard privacy page that I might add please?

Best Regards,

MLucas2020 Premium
Hi Trevor,

I think it's a good idea to look at successful websites in a similar niche as yours (benchmarking). Look what they do.

Personally, I wouldn't post your disclaimer as a page within your site. It would be too obvious and maybe not where you want the eyes of your potential customers directed. Maybe better would be to include the disclaimer as a short paragraph (couple of sentences) at the end of your blog post when you're talking about the health benefits of the product.

Better yet, look how the other websites use it.

Hope this helps.

psalisbury1 Premium
Hi TJ, I have a health related website too, Vitamins and such. Just put a disclaimer on it like this

Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. XXXXXXs products
are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

LatinNomad Premium
Thanks P. What are the XXXX for. Any chance you could PM me the full text from your site? Please?

Thanks so much.
kemhills Premium
I would write some info at the end of the info e.g. from where you
took your info and that you cannot give any guaranty of the result to achieve as this mainly depents on the user, but that quite a
number of persons have had acceptle results.
Just getting started this is awesome fedback. Having trouble finding a niche.
boomergp08 Premium
Yes, you should definitely include a Disclaimer and I would recommend that it not be a page, only the Privacy Policy should be a page.

I have a Cancer Cure website and the theme I am using does not have a side bar on the Home Page and actual Content Pages. So for all of my Content Pages I have the disclaimer at the very bottom as you can see at the link below.


On my Blog Posts there is a side bar and this is where I have decided to include the same exact Disclaimer, instead at the bottom of every post. See an example of my Blog Post at the link below.


If you want you can copy my Disclaimer and use it as a base template for your Disclaimer, changing it where appropriate.