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 2.3 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 4.75 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! Go to the dashboard and leave a question, or you can contact me directly here.

PS. Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, don't be afraid to reach out to me even if it is to say "hi".

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 Training tab in the upper 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 "Continue 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. Here is video walking you through the process it. It is fairly straightforward and only requires a few steps.


Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes three 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 your goals online)

3. 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.

You can also edit your profile at any time, by going directly to your profile page.

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 achievement 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!

One More Thing...

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 on your profile (image, description, goals)
3. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer

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LucyMurrell Premium Plus
Well I started. My domain "Beautiful books, art and things". Word press is a bit clunky to use- a wix site is much easier to set up. Hopefully I'll persevere and get through all the tech stuff. A big day- day 1. Thanks for the support so far. Great to have a supportive community. Fabulous actually.
jghwebbrand Premium
You will get used the WordPress. A great thing about WordPress is that it has so many theme options for deign and layout and plugin options for functionality.

Glad to hear you are liking the support here. When you have questions, please ask.

We wish you much success
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesome, we are glad you are enjoying the training here.

Kindly let us know when needing help or having further questions.

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
LucyMurrell Premium Plus
Yes hopefully it will get easier- I don't even know what a plug in is !
jghwebbrand Premium
That's certainly understandable. After doing this for so long we forget what is common. Don't worry about what you don't know focus on what the training is reaching you and you will do just fine. We started just like you many years ago with no background.
GeoffreyC1 Premium
Just follow the training as it is all very straightforward
michaelw777 Premium
If you have any questions? Please do ask? For sure you will get an answer. So, if you have a question? Please do ask?

Hope this helps and encourages?
Czl Premium
Hi everyone. I just recently created my first website appearance but don't know whether it's good or not. I'll just post it here n if any of u guys see it, pls leave a comment if u guys think any improvement's needed for my website appearance tq.

Title (website name's fixed): CHP Sports Shoes - The Cool, Hyped & Passionate SS Sales Web

Meta: In CHP Sports Shoes, we're selling various branded sports shoes from different websites to let consumers get the best deal possible.
Czl Premium
Was the title n meta I stated above good enough to be use? plz left a comment down here if u guys have any suggestions tq
AbieAJ Premium Plus

I'd leave a comment with the URL on below official thread

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jghwebbrand Premium
Looking at your meta description above I get the feeling that your website focuses on selling not helping.

As an affiliate marketer your goal is to help people NOT sell though selling is the ultimate goal. If I were looking for sports shoes I would click on a meta description that lets me know I can learn about them (reviews), see comparisons and know which ones are the best and why. This approach is important because you will want to get some organic (free traffic from search engines) traffic and organic traffic comes by writing something with your original ideas in your posts. That's where using Jaaxy becomes important. Jaaxy helps us find keywords people are search on with low competition.

Do a search on your niche and get some ideas about meta descriptions others use. (those that are not mega store sites)Then come up with your own original meta description..
michaelw777 Premium
That sounds pretty good; if it is fixed; I apologize; but I would suggest going for all types of stuff to put on your feet; you might include; boots and slippers and more; if your site is set; I apologize. I will just say; your idea seems sound; you should get lots of customers. I will just say though; it depends on your posts and links how successful you will be.

Hope this helps and encourages?
Czl Premium
ok thanks
BarbaraN Premium
Welcome to WA
What are your interests? Your niche has to be something you are really passionate about. Nobody can pick it for you. And in order to be successful, ie earning money , you have to be serious- not "just playing around."
think about your interests: sports, internet games, camping, cars, cooking,, etc. Then break it down to one topic within your big interest.
Example: camping--best tents for camping, etc.
Pick something that you will like to write about.
Good luck
AbieAJ Premium Plus

Thank you for your notes, appreciated.
Is this legit
jghwebbrand Premium
Great niche ideas for someone to think about.
michaelw777 Premium
I haven't fully tested it yet. But, I will say this; if you want? Put that question in Google; if you want to? And if you want? Read a few reviews.

Hope this helps and encourages?
So I've just set up my title and tagline on SEO plugin, is my site live yet? Just thinking if it is live and users visit it in it's current state (currently has no content) will it put those users off from visiting again?
Hope that makes sense, thank you in advance!
DianeScorpio Premium
Hello from Nottingham! Yes, it is live as soon as you create it. However, it has not been found by Google yet, so it is not in its search engine. This is called indexing and can take a couple of weeks. You will get an email when it happens.

Realistically, it can take a couple of months before visitors come to your website, you need to add lots of content first so that Google can rank it high enough to be found. Continue to follow the training. It is laid out in a specific order that will give you the best chance of success.
jghwebbrand Premium
WA will notify you when the search engine Google has found it and indexed it. Until them it will not be found by anyone unless your share your website URL. (address).

There is no need to be concerned because traffic does not grow that fast. Even if it does, people will come back if they are interested. They will see your site is a work in progress.

When we started we felt the same way, but now we realize this does not heed to be something of concern.
Hi Kyle Carson or Team Success

Building a certain niche "ideas" for website I can choose - to be effective and more profitable


Is there a free website or free tool that I can copy and paste niche idea into website or tool to see the amount of sales the niche is doing world wide in sales - High Volume or - low volume in sales for that month

find the best niches to make better profits and better habit from get to -need to be aware of this

so I can choose each niche wisely for better habits and for better profits even, if it is my first niche idea, moving forward better niches - I want to select wisely for better profit of awareness

What free tool or free website Can do this - Research to copy and paste each niche idea into free website or tool to do this research High volumes or low volumes so I will be more more profitable - short term and long term - moving forward - I can do research on my own if no one in team knows - this answer or if team is not aware of free website - together we all achieve more by knowing and being aware of better profits so no one gets left behind ..

Will you know any free website or tool can do this ? before move on properly

best wishes

michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; some of this sounds like Hosting questions? If I am wrong? Please do correct? But, if you have hosting issues? Try Site Support and Live Chat. For sure they can help.

Hope this helps and encourages?
jghwebbrand Premium
I do not know of any free tool that does what you are asking.
You can however do some web searches on your own and find some profitable niches.

The thing with niches is if you are just doing a website for making money you can burnout or get bored easily. A niche should be chosen based on your passion and interest. Our approach to niche websites is to help in the niche not just sell visitors something.
jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.