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! :)

==> 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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If I build a free domain website and later want to move it to a domain I own, do the followers I have on the free domain move as well? Will they still be able to find it the same as they did before? Does the Google rating/locator start over?
psalisbury1 Premium
Hi Chelsea, well that would be a Yes, Yes, No

everything is transferred safely and securely when you buy a domain name. Google will not punish you, in fact, when you buy a .com domain you will rank higher in Google

feigner Premium
the rankings will drop for a bit as with any major change, but redirection is setup to allow your previous visitors to find your new site - this is one reason for leaving your old site up for a month after moving.
if you go into sitemanager and click on details you wil lsee what you are getting with your site as a starter member
your site will be https - all wa sites are now - or have the ability to be secure.
good luck chelsea
Hey Phil, thank you so much for this information! I appreciate your response.
Jeffreybs Premium
You can move your website any place or any time, and it will not affect you with search engines or your readers
Excellent!! Thank you Jeff!

Jeffreybs Premium
Do you have plans for the holidays, I do hope if you do they work out well for you
somebody please help me out. I have chosen "baby clothing" as my niche, so i have a question here, since i will be making a collection of baby fashion how do I get all the clothing infos and display them on my website and since I might be choosing amazon, ebay or walmart. and since my affiliation would directly to them so, do I have to get their clothing images from their websites or is it the other way around. do I have to get my own images and still be able to match their fashion stores and direct traffic to them.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - all the images on your site have to be copyright-free. They will be difficult to find, if you want to promote branded products. You can't just copy and paste the images from Google or other websites.

Once you have applied to join affiliate programs such as Amazon, if you are approved, then they will supply you with images that you are allowed to use.

By the way, is baby clothing a subject you are genuinely interested in? You will be expected to write lots of articles on your chosen niche, as that is how you attract visitors to your website.
Jeffreybs Premium
why did you choose baby clothing, I just am not sure if this is the right niche for you.

Maybe you should take more time to think about your niche, you don't want to jump into a niche unless you really have an interest in the topic and the products

Just trying to help
So you have to apply to your chosen affiliate?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, they will inspect your website to see if it is suitable.
Jeffreybs Premium
You will find some affiliate programs accept you right away, but some like Amazon make you wait until they are ready to approve you

Whichever affiliate programs you choose I wish you the best
Jeffreybs Premium
Hi Diane
I see you are very busy again helping everyone, you do have a heart of gold
thank you for the tips, i really appreciate the help. and about baby clothing niche nahh I'm not genuinely interested in but its just for the time being I have other ideas though.
yeahh I should probably take more time to think about it, but i was just thinking about this idea for the time being.
Hello! I'm wondering if anyone else has experience setting up their website on another platform. I am familiar with creating websites with the Wordpress platform, and I would like to stay within that format. If I create with WA, will I still have the ability to modify the website's code, access my website database? I'm doing this while also following a web development course, so I want this to all make sense together.
psalisbury1 Premium
Hi Dari, and Welcome, Yes you can still edit your WordPress themes here, just be careful when you are adding and deleting code that you do not break your website
Thank you @Psalisbury!
psalisbury1 Premium
You are quite Welcome Dari, :)

feigner Premium
Dari - you get a very secure environment here for your hosting
with the siterubix sites you don't get ftp access - but one work around is to use the filemanager plugin - but only when you are premium.
with your own domain hosted here you get ftp access, but no cpanel. or limited cpanel.
with the theme you can easily create a child theme for you to experiment on - i would recommend the one by elementor - hello as it has the absolute minimum required and then you can style it as you wish.
you can always create your own theme and upload it and go on to create your own plugins as well.
good luck with your course and with your development wherever you continue it.
Could you establish an affiliate program your online store that you have or is planning to launch, in order to drive traffic and sales. I it is so what would I need to do to make this possible. For e.g. do I need to register an affiliate company to do so.
Jeffreybs Premium
I am not sure what you are asking, but if you are planning to promote an online store you would need products. You can join an affiliate program, digital products such as Clickbank, or you could add a dropshipping store which you sign up with a supplier but you do need to sign up with a company unless you have your own products to sell

Feel free to contact me if this does not answer your question
DValentine Premium
Hey Jermaine - if you're thinking of having affiliates selling your own products for a commission - I think that's a little out of the scope of WA - WA teaches you how to be an affiliate marketer for someone else - if that's the route you want to go and I applaud you for doing so - then you should contact your personal coach (top left of your dashboard screen) for further help - or reach out to Kyle and/or Carson for more help.
FranciscoDu1 Premium
Certainly it is easy to understand the facts and complete the lesson but when one starts applying it . But I think when One tries to do it might have some doubts but we have to use our ability to double check our lesson or particular video to start and make sure we are doing the right move , I love this method .Great!!!