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 16 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 16 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 Kyle directly here.

Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, so 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.

I also encourage you to take a second and jump into a live chat, even if it is just to say "hello". We are a warm, welcoming and vivacious community here at WA and it is always a good idea to connect with others in the early stages.

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. Read Our Story, and Learn About the Premium Membership Offer

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If I was to pick a sport as a niche what are some ideas to write about? I was thinking that a top ten products you need for such and such sports pages would work well because of the number of links you could list. Has anyone else tried a page like this if so how did it go?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Sport is too broad.

What type of sport, who it would suit, who you benefit most from what you have to offer? The question is WHO would be your target audience vs Not what you are selling to an audience.

A niche is a subject vs a product.

Basketball techniques for beginners.

In the first instance, I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

You can write later a top ten product page, however first you need niche down a specific type of sport to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.
Hey yes, I would pick something like snowboarding I'm very passionate about it. I just meant sport as an example. I believe I could speak about snowboarding and the mountains that I prefer in Australia but I don't believe I could monetize it unless there was an affiliate thing for actual ski resorts and even then I'm not sure it would sell as most people already have a preference of there favorite resort.

Thanks for the response definitely shed some light, another thing I'm worried about is the number of websites I can do as I only get one in the free version, but if the first one doesn't kick off I won't be able to afford premium as I am a 15 yr old.
That is why I want the first one to hit hard quickly any suggestions that are better than a top ten products you need for the snow?
jghwebbrand Premium
It is important to choose a specific sport. It is very important that you are passionate about the sport you choose. Which sport is that for you? And it works best if you know something about and have played it because you will be writing informational posts for it (how to, guides, what is, tips) The purpose of the site will be to help people and find solutions for related problems. Product reviews will only be about 30% of your site info.

Who is is that you would like to help and how? .
AbieAJ Premium Plus
The recommendation is to focus on ONE site starting out as it takes lots of effort and work get it going, however once you know what you are doing, then the learning curve would be less steeper to scale up.

You could remain a Wealthy Affiliate starter indefinitely and your siterubix subdomain remains valid for six months from day signing up to the platform, giving you time to build content.

However the learning curve would be steeper as communications with the Wealthy Affiliate platform ceases up in 7 days from time signing up, you will not have access to coaching and sound advice. For the first seven days you can test drive the Wealthy Affiliate platform limited premium access to see if it fits with your business needs and objectives.

As and when you decide to become a Wealthy Affiliate Premium, your first month would be $19 then $49 monthly afterwards

Or $49 first month then $99 monthly afterwards for premium plus +

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bazboy247 Premium Plus
You need to be more specific than sport you need to narrow down to a particular sport
Nice to see all of you hear
jghwebbrand Premium
What is your specific niche. You will need a targeted audience so you gain a website following. It is important to start with informational posts for your niche. Not product reviews. Product reviews come after informational posts..
Toycannon619 Premium
When following along in lesson 8, creating menus, I do not see the default menus that are shown in the training video. I also do not see any pages listed in the pages drop down menu, even though I have created pages and posts.

I went through lesson 8 before and was not successful creating the menu. is there something that needs to be reset?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
In appearance > menus it is greyed out unless you first create a menu, name it and save it.

Then you can add items to it and update.

Unless you create a menu, you will NOT be able to add any items to it. You may need to empty the browser cache, refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

You can also empty servers cache.
Websites > Site Manager > Details > Sitespeed > Empty site cache
jghwebbrand Premium
Ok lets' check.
go to Wordpress backoffice -> appearance -> menus
When in menus on right hand side do you see a menu you have created. If not create menu and save it.
Then on left hand side click page caret see your privacy policy -> add to menu. click on posts caret see your about me post.
> add to menu. Save menu on right hand side. refresh your browser and refresh your website.
Did that do it?
Canadiens99 Premium
I am just wondering, it is good to have a low QSR but if the traffic is only 2 hits per month if ranked number one, then is that still a good keyword topic? Ideally are we not looking for high traffic numbers that have lower QSR numbers, but still need traffic right? A low QSR without much traffic, is that still good?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better. Starter sites SEO greater than 95.


For your choice of keywords, always do an incognito search on Google before settling on a keyword, to see who appears in the top 3 positions.

Or you may do in Jaaxy tool search analysis



. https://my.jaaxy.com/training Your found target keywords go in the title of your post and again in first or second paragraph then write freely. Some include them towards a conclusion if it conveys a message. I'd also make sure they are grammatically correct.

Sometimes keywords may not currently have potential however this may change in the future dependent context, you may want to keep it in a list and see its progress if you believe it may become a keyword goldmine.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - most people will tell you to aim for a keyword that has traffic over 30, but that's not necessarily the case. The results in Jaaxy are based on historical data and can change at any time.

And remember, eventually you will have hundreds of posts on your website, some will bring lots of traffic, some won't, there is no specific formula that will definitely guarantee results.
jghwebbrand Premium
It all depends upon what other keyword options you have.
But the ideal is avg greater than 30 seaarches; QSR less than 50 for a new site and SEO greater than 94 for a new site. Can you rephrase your title for something better? Are you starting with information posts about your niche?
Canadiens99 Premium
Hi everyone, I have narrowed my Niche down to 2 categories and some sub categories to go with them, I would appreciate a lot if anyone could help with what ideas may be more lucrative, easier to maintain and design, and maybe just a good start for a beginner? Here they are:

1. Investing : Day trading : tools and techniques, basically probably referring them to someones e-course on trading strategies.
2. Self Help : Becoming authentic self : This would be referring books, audio books, and of course e-courses on self help.

I would appreciate any and all help and suggestions or just advice, I am so new and a little bit of a fish out of water here.

AbieAJ Premium Plus
I would go with passionate and genuinely interested in vs profitable or demanding.

You need aim for ONE focused niche with a specific group of people, I'd go with what's best resonates with me.

You ought to discuss an aspect of a niche subject to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience. You are essentially in the business of helping your audience address their issues in your posts.

In the first instance, I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Both are great however, which one would you know the most in terms of knowledge and the know how.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer. Thank you for your notes.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as regards your first option, this falls under what Google calls a "your money or your life" niche.

In other words, your financial advice could affect somebody's life for better or worse.

And, as such, you need to show you have professional career experience or qualifications in the subject.

So, if this is not the case, then it is not a good idea to pursue this niche, you won't see any success.
Canadiens99 Premium
Thank you, I feel strongly now that self help will be my niche.
Canadiens99 Premium
Thank you, you make a good point, and feel strongly that self help will be my niche, it is my passion, and I already know a lot of good books and programs to recommend.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesome and so happy for you.

Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
jghwebbrand Premium
They both would work well. And basically the one you are most passionate will be the one to go with because you will be inspirited on with different ways to help people. You will be writing original content and content will flow easiest for the one you are most passionate about. The more you know and have experience with it also helps because you know how to solve related problems and present ideas.
I am very much interested in helping women especially stay at home mums get access to information about parenting, how to deal with abuse, how to earn, etc. I would love to like create a community where mums can be themselves . Stuck on how to narrow this down to a niche
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Parenting is a great niche however broad you may want to start with an aspect of parenting to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

Abuse sounds like a great subject niche.

Abuse prevention for teens.

In the first instance, I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer.
Thanks for this
I was thinking more of writing content for stay at home mums on how to just live a better life as opposed to just being stuck at home without dreams. Topics like hownto deal with an abusive partner , what to do of your child rebels instructons , ? I want them to read the content and not feel alone but most importantly I want to give them a place to sshre their thought and feelings via comments
AbieAJ Premium Plus
It sounds more like relationships vs parenting which is two separate niches. The more focused your blog is starting out the better chance it has to make a success. Also knowing your target audience well is super plus, then you can address the questions they are asking adequately.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
And you're very welcome!
jghwebbrand Premium
Welcome to WA.
We see you want to help women and you have listed a few ways. How about choosing one of those topics to start with. For example. Helping moms deal with abuse because even that is a broad topic. This will be challenging. Maybe you can also take advantage of many community resources available to help.
DMoneyOG Premium
Great goals, lord knows we could use more people really helping
people, Evan as a business prospective.
Great job
Matt44000 Premium Plus
Start with a basic idea, like the sort of thing you've said above, and the niche should evolve itself. I would think there's lots of people on here who start out with one sort of niche and it moulds into something a bit different. Sites take on a life of their own
Thanks alot for these
I really appreciate the feedback. I would go back to the drawing board to niche down
My target audience are mums (90% state at home mums, 10% working class mums). My major goal for them is help them access information that would grant them a good mental health.
jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.