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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KathyK2 Premium
Ok. Wealthy affiliates, I'm in the process of choosing my niche. I came up with "In Pursuit of My Best Life". I chose this because I as well as others are in pursuit.

I think I will be able to break this down into other niches, examples
Health & Wellness
Setting Goals etc

Let me know what you think! Suggestions please and Thank you
psalisbury1 Premium
It is pretty general, you may want to break it up into two niches or websites, IMO Phil
Excellent choice...
Will48 Premium
I've been stuck on "choose a website" theme for days now. I had some great advice last night, but as I'm not technical and do not know all of the plugins/widgets/capabilities that the different developers are showing, I cannot choose a theme. @Carson and @Kyle, the training needs to cover what these things are before I am able to "choose". For instance, what is a widget, or a threaded comment? Do I need translation? The details for the themes reference many, many other programs/plugins etc that I have no idea about. (What is a plug-in?)
Do I need to go through all of the training and then go back to the beginning to choose my theme?
The training is lacking because it needs to go through the basics and definitions of a website before telling me to choose. (Anal-retentive 0ver-planner with OCD) :)

What I need for my website:

-Blog with the ability for affiliate links (obviously)
-Ability to sell e-books (Do I need e-commerce to sell books I write?)
-Discussion board capable, for the users on the site and obviously comments to my blogs. (I'm sure this is standard)

Thank you in advance,
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a beginner, it is best to choose a simple theme to start with, as will make it easier for you to follow along with the training. Remember, nobody will see your site for quite a while, so how it looks at this stage should not be a major concern.

Once you have mastered the basics, and need to make it more personalised to your purposes, you can change themes at any time.
FlPenguinEnt Premium
you are not alone, am having issues also. i have just started also i am not comfortable with advising you. do not want to give you bad info. hang in there. do the training and rewatch the videos. i was stuck a couple of days ago and this help me
Will48 Premium
Thank you Charles. Great luck to you as well!
Will48 Premium
Thank you Diane. They say yo can change themes but for a non-technical person this scares me and seems daunting... So I (naturally) want it to be right the first time. But thank you. I'm trying to get over myself and move forward... LOL
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - don't worry, it's very easy, and as a premium member, you have access to over 7000 themes!
HeidiAnders3 Premium
I sent you a PM, my friend. I hope you find some useful help there! :) Keep me posted, please! We'll figure this out!!!

mgsurfer Premium
i understand the Premium memberships provides access to a million of images. What happens if you use those images in your posts, and then at some point stop using the Premium Service. Do I lose the ability to have those photos on my website if I stop using the Premium membership?
steeph Premium
There are some websites that let you use their free pictures whoever you want.

https://pixabay.com Is one of them.
boomergp08 Premium
No. Once the images are on your website they are there for however long you own the website no matter if you are a WA premium member or not.
Jacquie8 Premium
From what I can see, these images are all free stock images, and you could have found them yourself going through other websites.

So basically, anyone on the internet can use these images, it is just very handy that they are there for you to use without having to open another tab in your browser and go to the different sources to find them.

Best wishes,

mgsurfer Premium
Great, that's what I was hoping.
mgsurfer Premium
Thanks Steeph. I bookmarked that site for future use, in case the right image isn't available through WA.
ChrisTimothy Premium
Hello everyone. Can anyone tell me if I'm wrong. I thought it was possible to surround myself with a few businesses out of 3 or 5 activities that do not feel a heavy workload. I think that by working at the very beginning about 5 hours a day, it is possible to accumulate for example those activities that do not overlap and that leave time to manage them all by simply using the automation system (autopilot) namely:
- Affiliate Marketing
- ebook sales (PLR)
- Youtube content production
- Make Money Blogging
Don't you think it is possible to reconcile these few activities for example ?
LenkaSophie Premium
I personally think it takes a lot of time and effort to work on just one of the ideas, especially if you still have to work a 9 to 5 job until the new business starts getting you money.
suzieq Premium
Hey Chris,
Wow, you’re very ambitious! I’m impressed. I feel you might be taking on too much in the beginning though.
Personally, I would recommend one business to start with. It will take some consistent publishing of quality articles of 2000 words or so, to start gaining traction with google. YouTube videos, email lists, Ebooks, etc are all great ways to promote your business, and all take time to create.
I’m worried that doing all that with several businesses might result in poorer quality rather than focusing on just one and making it great. Once that one is earning you income, you can start the next.
Does this make sense?
mnreddi Premium
Good question, I have been asking same myself and after number of hours of research I decided to stick with Affiliate Marketing. Going after many things at once will dilute the focus and energy and we can never master anything. Best of luck
tomytiger68 Premium
"If you do a search and you don't see the full data, you simply need to click the "Get QSR" link and it will fetch the data for you. You will see that if that particular keyword has never been searched before".

I didn't see the full data for my keyword research. Perhaps this particular keyword has never been searched before, so I did the research with the same keyword that was used by Kyle in the video "Increased Vertical Jump" and same story: I didn't see the full data.

Is everthing ok with Jaaxy? Should I be worried about it? Thanks a lot for your support ;-)

HelenpDoyle Premium
Tomas, I just did a quick Jaaxy keyword search and once I clicked on Get QSR the full line of info was there. It might be an idea if you do an example and then take a screen shot so we can see what you mean.

Also thanks. The test keyword I searched is ideal for the current post I am writing!
tomytiger68 Premium
Thanks Helen!! I did it again and it is working perfectly...thanks you so much...

"Also thanks. The test keyword I searched is ideal for the current post I am writing!" ---------> Excellent!!! Good for you ;-)
Better ask kyle