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.

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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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santuna Premium
I might made mistake. I've chosen the Them FrontStore. There for I have 2 options or just clean up All Pages (Cart; Check Out; My Account; Privacy Policy; sample Page; Shop OR just change the Theme, cose As I was explained by my Mentor that is not going to be a Front web Store, but rather a blog. Therefor I don't need all that athributes of the online store in appearance or in the guts. Plz let me know what is the truth of the life?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you are not selling your own products so you don't need a store theme which has a shopping cart and checkout. You can easily change it.

Why are you doubting your mentor? He is very experienced and knows what he is talking about. You are lucky to have him. Some mentors don't help their referrals at all.
Calvinator63 Premium
Hi George,

You may or may not have made a mistake, that depends on why you chose the theme with the storefront.

If you were thinking of possibly, later on, trying to sell some of your photos or videos on your website, I would say, no you did not make a mistake.

There are individuals on the platform here that have what is known as a hybrid website a sort of a blog/e-commerce mixture, that surprisingly works just as well as a blog styled website.

The important thing to remember if you go with a hybrid website is that your primary reason for the website is still to offer content to help solve problems within or of a niche.

But if your niche is photography by chance I do not see how trying to sell a small portion of your photos or even offering photography services on your website would affect how the search engines will rank it.

As long as you avoid from the website becoming more of a store than a blog you should be good to go. If you do decide to go with the hybrid website you may also want to research how to get e-commerce stores highly SEO ranked.

Most e-commerce stores to attract traffic rely on pay for advertising not an organic generation of traffic like most blogs.

But if you can operate your website without having to buy high-cost advertising campaigns on platforms like Google AdWords, RevContent, or VigLink, just to name a few. This may help you reduce overhead expenditures later on down the road.

And then, of course, like Daine offered if you plan on just making a blog website it might e best to switch themes. You might want to discuss this more with your WA coach and figure out all your possibilities for the future growth of the website.

To me, that should be the main objective of which way you will proceed from here.

I hope this helped you,

Wynette1 Premium
Step 1 is confusing me. I am a premium member and I'm not sure. Am I supposed to use 'On a free domain" or 'On a domain I own' ? I have watched the whole video and pretty much understand it generally, however when I went back to go over it one more time and take my own notes, I ran into this. Help?
psalisbury1 Premium
Most of us start on the free domain. I did, Afterwards when you purchase your own domain you will be able to transfer all the information there

WA does it automatically, it takes about 15 minutes

DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the cost of your own .com domain is not included in your premium membership. It costs around $13.99 per year. Unless you want to buy one, you will have to start with a free one.
Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Wynette,

As Phil mentioned a lot of members, including myself, start and go through the training while using a free siterubix sub-domain.

This is just in case they mess it up they can simply delete it and start all over again (no out of pocket cost for doing it that way).

Then once they are happy with there website and the domain name (when you pay for a private domain name you cannot change it later after it is paid for) they will go and purchase their own domain named and then continue building it out with lots of content to attract traffic organically.

And as Diane mentioned website normally runs anywhere from 12-16 dollars a year and this cost is not included in the WA monthly membership.

I hope this helped explain it a little better for you,

Wynette1 Premium
Good to know. ;)
nikkifroese Premium
Hello everyone,

You could EASILY say I am one of many many interests. But I am having difficult finding a place to start, my head is spinning with the directions to head but I can't land on which I think would be most beneficial. I am highly focused on my opportunity cost and want to use the first affiliate launch to fund and excite the rest.

Some of my areas of interest include;
Plants, Sports, Cooking, Exercise, Fishing, Electronics, Health and Wellness.

Where do I begin?

Let me know all the advice you have, I look forward to hearing back!
makmrkt Premium
Nikki, begin at the beginning! Accomplish the lessons laid out for you here at WA. Then, decide what direction you wish to take. It's all up to you. Welcome to WA. Peace, Mark.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - they are all good ideas, but you need to pick the one you are most passionate about, and then narrow it down. For example, if you chose plants, you could narrow it down to hydroponic gardening, indoor plants, bonsai trees, growing your own veg, cultivating orchids etc.

Find a niche idea that you can instantly think of topics to write about for your first 20 articles.

Do be aware that this is a slow and steady process and it will take around 3 to 6 months for your first website to start attracting traffic.
Jukkah Premium
Well health, wellness and exercise are all so called evergreen niches. They are proven to be profitable but the competition is tougher. Go with the niche that you feel like you can write the most about. I you want to guarantee success, do research so that you have a clear plan for 100+ blog posts before hand. Then write those before changing niche or giving up.
Wynette1 Premium
I can totally relate to you, as I am going through the same thing you are going through. I am looking at all I have and trying to find that 'niche' in all the stuff I have to offer. If you like, check out my profile. I would like to grow with you so I'm going to follow you and perhaps you could do the same for me and we can learn from each other as we carry on in this journey. All the best to you. ;)
nikkifroese Premium
Awesome, thank you so much for the insight. I am trying to gather as much information as possible and this definitely helped narrow some options down.

Thank you!
nikkifroese Premium
This was a perfect way to demonstrate the idea of a niche in a way that instantly relates to my interests, I feel as though I have a more clear path to choosing my niche at this point.

I do understand that this process will take some time, so far I am about 2 months into the research and gathering/collecting as much as possible. Since I am 20 years old and not finished with my university education, I determined this would be a great place to start and truly put myself out there. I appreciate all of the encouragement!

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post, it helped greatly!
nikkifroese Premium
Thanks very much!

Loving all the warm welcomes, have a great week!
nikkifroese Premium
It is so nice to meet you! It is comforting to hear that someone is in the same boat, the world is full of opportunities and pin pointing a place to start can seem so far away.

I would love to keep in touch throughout this journey, I have sent a follow your way! I wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing back soon! :)
beachcat1 Premium
First, Welcome to WA!

Finding a Niche is your first step. Looking at your list, most everything is connected to the others.

Health and Wellness is very broad and can incorporate exercise, diet, supplements, weight loss, etc... Electronics is very broad, phones, computers, TVs...

Niche finding is important. Health & Wellness is quite popular nowadays. Maybe focus on beneficial foods and different diets.

What would you like to tell people that would help them change to a healthier life style? What foods to eat, supplements to take, exercises to do...

then you have the basis to go on and talk to people about how to maintain their healthy life style.

what to do when they need to get back to a healthier life style after an illness or some other event in their life.

Start with the basics.

And do the training!
And Most importantly...HAVE FUN!
nikkifroese Premium
The team of support systems and information on WA is truly outstanding. I am so encouraged that this journey will be one of hard work and dedication, it is encouragement and guidance like this that really does push me to work hard!

I definitely have a passion for proper/intuitive eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that is full of nutrients. I have struggled with this for many years and reached my goal of 50lbs lost just last year, while living the student, broke.. lifestyle! As this process can be incredibly frustrating, I am confident I do have immense knowledge and wisdom to share. As well as trusted products I have used for many years.

Thank you for the inspiration and getting my mind rolling! I love all the support and look forward to keeping in touch. Thanks again!
franklinpena Premium
All of these areas you mentioned have great potential, it depends on specific niche you pick within them. Above all pick something you feel very passionate about and you feel you would love writing about.

Welcome to the WA community,

nikkifroese Premium
Hello Franklin,

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement and recommendations, I am incredibly eager and ready to learn as much as possible. I am excited begin this journey and keep in touch with everyone else success along the way, this community is truly amazing!

Thanks again!
StellaChapma Premium
i think we r going to do great things together in the time to cme nikkifroese
nikkifroese Premium
Couldn't agree more!
Wynette1 Premium
Likewise. ;)
Hello Nikki,

You have some very good interests! Great starting points. I would weigh which one I am most passionate about by giving each item listed above a number according to my passion and or knowledge. Once you complete the list you should have a better understanding of which one you want to start.
Kingsking Premium
Hallo Nikki, there is always a starting point. If you follow the step-by-step structures as laid down here at Wealthy Affiliate you'll catch up with the fun and start achieving in no time, Please take the lesson. Best of luck
adminlfe Premium
Wow! I just completed the lesson on setting up SEO! I wish I'd known about WA last June when I started building my website! So much of the information I sweat blood and tears to learn in that process has been available easily in the few short lessons I've completed. I'm excited to be affiliated with a company like this! I am feeling more and more confident that I made an excellent decision when I joined!
psalisbury1 Premium
Hi Jeanette, yes, it really is amazing all the tech things they have for our websites, and all for such a low priced membership

MsJeanK Premium
I tried to set up a website a year or so ago and ended up giving up because I didn't have the skills and to pay for help would have been outside my budget. I just sent the link to o my blog to a friend last night and she was very surprised at how 'fresh and professional' it looks. Me too! WA is a great resource.
cbmercado Premium
Congrats on setting up your SEO. Now you have to build your content to get your SEO working for you.

adminlfe Premium
My personal money goals are great. In my profile I put down the goal of making $1,000,000 profit annually. I know that is high, and some might believe it is unrealistic, but I've been studying affiliate marketing for some time now, and I believe it can be done. I know it will take time, but my philosophy has always been to dream big and then work like H*!* to make it happen!
psalisbury1 Premium
That is do able here, I know one of the members here, his goal is to make a million a day

I hope this is as easy as you say it is
Kyle Premium
Building a business of any type, takes hard work. The process and the cost of doing business has been simplified with the internet, but don't expect to create a business of substance without working hard at it.

You have EVERYTHING you need to create and grow a business online here at WA David.