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! :)

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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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Hello Kyle or anyone else willing to help. I am a recent new member of this program, and I plan on purchasing the premium program in a little while, after I explore some more around here and ensure that this is for me.
Before that, I just want to ask you for some insight into the niche I have chosen. Since I am training as a deck cadet on board a ship to become an officer, I was thinking of making marine equipment/accessories for pleasure boating my niche. Is this niche acceptable? Is it too broad, or should I narrow it down to things like marine radars, parts, GPS, etc.
Thank you in advance for your help, I hope to learn a lot from this program and further my progress with the help of you as well as the other members.
jghwebbrand Premium
Nice niche idea here. So the way to get a better handle on how to proceed, pic a targeted audience you wish to help and determine how you wish to help them. A great way to get traffic is to think of niche related problems and questions people have. And then write content to help them. Answersocrates.com is a site you can get questions from. This will help you to see the types of inte4rets people And how you could narrow and focus your niche. A niche is much more that products. It is helping people solve their problems and recommending solutions which are many times products.

You will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later We wish you well.
wrineberg Premium
My personal opinion would be marine equipment would be a good niche. All of the other narrowed down niches you mentioned could be good posts for your website. You can as direct as you want. You will learn this through training. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions. The Wealthy Affiliate family is here to help.
Julia39 Premium
Welcome Kober to WA ye I believe you are on the right track, you do what your expertise is. It's your knowledge, your talent, your experience that will help you with building up your content.
In otherwords, you will need to provide your public with eye catching interesting, information on you choice of niche.
You can have your own take on this, like a personal account on 'how to' and 'what to do' to become an officer. Explore this by taking relevant photos your own images, videos etc.
Easy, hey you can ride the waves so to speak!
By following training if you decide to go premium it will be come more clearer.
You can have sections, within sections. As an affiliate you can promote anything to do with your subject, when you choose the appropriate programs that tie in with your niche.
That's my take on this, plan how and what you want your website to be. Checkout similar websites and see what the competition is like, then you can do your spin on it.
Hope that helps a bit.
Sounds great though, good luck with it all and enjoy the process! 👍 😀
TheAbie Premium Plus
Firstly as a niche is not a product vs a subject you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

You ought to discuss an aspect of marine to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

Marine technology and for beginners as an example.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche
Dustin38 Premium
I am having trouble with the Privacy Policy. I am doing everything it says to do but when I hit publish it is not showing up on my website in the upper right corner like it does in the video Kyle made.

What am I am doing wrong or what is happening??
TheAbie Premium Plus
You need to add it to a menu you have created.

Appearance > Menus you can create a menu then add your privacy page to it to show, of course save changes.
Dustin38 Premium
thank you very much. I got it on there.
TheAbie Premium Plus
Awesomeness and you're very welcome!
jghwebbrand Premium
The privacy policy will not show up until it is added to the menu in Lesson 8.
AAlsip Premium
I know everyone is going to be reading my question. I am grateful for being here and this is an amazing opportunity. As I have mentioned before, I already started my own blogging website and I love to have a team to help guide me through the training I am missing and need. I know the money I spend on my own website and other things I paid to get it going? Does the monthly payment include everything I need here? I don't want to switch everything here and lose it? I see here after so many months I can do my own tutorial videos and everything which is awesome to gain income, something I been trying on my own but I been having trouble getting there with no team. I guess I just need to be insured this is the right thing for me
jghwebbrand Premium
Here's what your paid Premium membership costs:
First month $19 (discounted) thereafter the cost is $49 per month or $499 for one year. Every year WA has had a Back Friday special which offers Paid Premium membership for $299 for a year. Once you get the Black Friday special your yearly cost will always be that price which is a big savings..

Paid Premium membership includes hosting for 10 websites. The purchase of a domain name for the sites is your cost at $14.99 for one year for each one you buy.

You can use free WordPress themes and Free plugins. and it si free to sign up for an affiliate program.

You can be successful with only your WA paid premium membership and purchasing domain names. That is very doable.
The challenge will be to search on the internet and think there is something better and buy things you don't need.

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Well explained. Thanks
jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
TheAbie Premium Plus
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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Hi, I have two main ideas for my niche. Either earphones (Airpods, Bose ear buds, Low budget ear pods etc) or golf clothing & accessories. I'm just wondering which one sounds like a better idea.

I am passionate about both golf and music, but am not an expert on what golf clothing is best or what different types of earphones are best for their specific fields.
TheAbie Premium Plus
Firstly as a niche is not a product vs a subject you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

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 music or golf to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche 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.
jghwebbrand Premium
You will be writing a lot of content to grow traffic on your site. The content will include both informational (how to, what is, why, guides ) and product reviews. Which one would you feel most comfortable writing content to help people with? Which one do you know problems about and know how to solve? People use the internet for find help and solve problems. You can sue answersocrates.com to find questions people may ask about your niche idea.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later Your website must be more than just products because then you would just be yet another shop among the millions already out there and Google would not rank your site high enough to be found.
JScoville Premium
strength training is how I lost weight, so my target audience would be people who would like to lose weight and I offer them a solution through strength training, though I haven't been hitting hard the last couple months I did consistently for 3 years so It is a passion. does this sound like a good niche?
Lose weight with strength training techniques for beginners?
TheAbie Premium Plus
You could run with that, adjust and adapt down the line if need be. You may start off with a subcategory, and once totally exhausted move on to discuss another, so on and so forth.

See example blog post below
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, that sounds like a great narrowed niche. And the best part is you are passionate about it, have experience and can speak from the heart. To start your site you will want to create informational posts to grow traffic. Resource you can use to find questions people may have: answersocrates.com. Posts are a great way to answer those questions.

We are really excited for your opportunity here.
JScoville Premium
I decided to narrow it down even more to resistance bands that's still going to help people who have either just started or fallen off and want to get started again, then I'll add more as time goes on and I gain trust. Thank you I'm so excited!
jghwebbrand Premium
So glad we could help. And we are excited for you too.