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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LMcDivitt Premium
@Kyle and @Carson

This is fantastic training! I had a wordpress site a few months ago, but never really knew how to maneuver around it. I have made my website, and I am off to create content on it! Thanks....OH, and I WILL be upgrading this week when I get paid from my real life job!
It's kind of neat reading testimonials like this, as I am still so early in my training.. Thanks!
Kyle Premium
Awesome, so glad you are enjoying everything thus far and that you are off and running. I know you are going to love Premium and I really look forward to working with you!
Tracy2man Premium
I have been talking to my cousin about this opportunity and he wanted me to send him a link from my name so that i may earn credits if there was anything but i did not know what to send. can someone let me know how to do this please.

DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - click on the dollar symbol at the top of the page, and go to links & tracking to find your personal link.
allancurtis Premium
Click on the $ Icon and then Links & Tracking ... there will be four url's listed ... use any one of them ... (I like the Premium Promo one the best) Copy and paste into an email or private message and your cousin will be linked to your account.
Tracy2man Premium
thank you Diane
Tracy2man Premium
Thank you Allen
Christfer Premium
So the first month of the premium is $19.00 per month. Does the price change to $49.00 for the months to follow. Also, does the premium version discusses how to link the affiliate products to my website as well as my pay-pal account. In addition, does the videos discuss in detail as how to profit off of amazon as well as drive traffic to their website.

Best Regards

Christopher Ferrell
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, after the first discount month of $19, further payments of $49 are taken automatically on a recurring basis. You can cancel at any time but there are no refunds, and you can not return to being a free starter member again.

Level 3 of the training covers joining affiliate programs and adding links. Not all affiliate programs pay through PayPal, you would need to read their terms and conditions. Amazon is mentioned, but not in-depth in the main training lessons. However, there are other members who have written their own lessons on the subject. (Amazon pays by bank transfer or gift card, by the way).

You will learn how to drive organic traffic to your website, which is primarily through the content you add to it - informational articles and product reviews.
DCW2000S Premium
Trust me, if there were not enough lessons here to take you from Zero to Hero we wouldn't have 1.4 million members in 193 countries! Not bad don't you think?

By the way, I'm David, and I'm glad to meet you. You will have a website up and running in a few days at least. From there you will learn about niches, keywords, writing good content. After that

We have our own content editor with templates for your use in writing various types of content. The templates are merely outlines for you to use if you wish?

From there if your serious you will probably upgrade to premium which will unlock a whole new level of pretty much anything you can think of as long as it has to do with you learning to build a better website or websites, and build your online business.

There are literally enough lessons here to keep the average person busy for at least a year and most likely a lot longer then that. Plus, you have to remember that there are new lessons being made constantly.

I know because I see the email alerting me to them whenever they come out, and that seems like every few days?

Good luck, and I hope to see you at the top! By the way I am following you now so if you ever need me just send me a message!

ariesight Premium
You got the prices right. But I wouldn't recommend staying on the monthly membership. The yearly is so much cheaper.
When I started, I got the $19 deal and at the end of the month, I went yearly for $359 (about $30 per month). You'll actually have an even better deal because there will be a Black Friday deal for the yearly membership at $299.
The training mentions how affiliate links work, but not the step by step process, because it's different for each site. There's training for pretty much everything, though, so search on the WA search bar and you'll probably find a guide.
Also, the training is soon to be updated, so you may want to send a message to Kyle with things you'd like in it.
Have a nice day!
(I'm on my phone so I blame any mistakes on autocorrect. :P)
uknowx Premium
Hello, I sent message to Kyle but also want to get you guys'opinions!

So I am interested in traveling, and thinking to choose niche related to that. But I am not sure specifically what can be my niche because I simply like posting pictures and write from travelling.

waiting for your comments:)
I think you can write about different tourist destinations and the activities you can do in those places.
Jaspar8 Premium
I believe you just answered your own question when you asked your question :)
"specifically what can be my niche because I simply like posting pictures and write from travelling."
Your niche can be about the particular places you like to photograph, why you believe that particular place is good to photograph (reasons), and within that also relates to the places you are travelling to.

Hope that helps or puts some thoughts out there for you

boomergp08 Premium
Your niche can be about anything related to traveling. On page 2 of the following tutorial I list several aspects of travel that can be made into niches. And if you maybe interested in another kind of niche, I also offer dozens more like photography, cooking, sports, video games, weight loss, music, and many others.
PeterMinea Premium
Hello to everyone!

Would it be a good idea if I chose my niche site to be related to PC components (you know, stuff like CPUs, RAM memories, motherboards, disk drives, PSUs, cooling systems, and anything else we can use to build strong PCS)?

I am a programmer who really likes computers, and I am thinking about promoting articles belonging to this kind.

Absolutely go for it, I'm on PC gaming
AJTrimble1 Premium
Of course. If that is what you are passionate about and have experience, that would be a great niche for you. Having said that, think about your niche more as a "topic" and not necessarily about products. Yes, product is important, as the links to it is likely how you will make money; but think of the components you listed more as recommended solutions to problems your readers are experiencing. This will also help when you go to create content for your site as well because you will be writing helpful articles that they are searching for -- the product, then, simply becomes part of the solution presented. Make sense?
Kyle Premium
Sure, you can definitely head in this direction, just don't go too broad with your niche as you build out your website.

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)