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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Rafaelgng Premium
Money goal really starts for me is building this new skill and being able to implement it over and over. Building website, blogs, SEO is all new to me but ready to GO HARD and make this work. I have made money promoting offers on social media but I'm looking for that true passive income. So me and my famz can live the life we deserve
TheAbie Premium Plus
Super welcome to WA.

We are so happy to have you with us, and we know you are going to enjoy and benefit greatly from the Wealthy Affiliate training here.

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.

The Wealthy Affiliate is a learning platform that teaches you how to build a progressive successful site for affiliate marketing. Please follow the Wealthy Affiliate training and apply what is taught all is explained within the lessons, ticking checklists at the bottom, tasks asked of you to complete in order to set up properly and guide you through the process.

You have access to Level One of OEC And level One of the Affiliate Bootcamp How to make money by Kyle Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
Always a pleasure to be of assistance.
jghwebbrand Premium
Welcome to WA. We are delighted to meet you and so glad you are here.
Super practical goal here. Like it. Building and helping with content comes before earning. Its great to see you have some experience with social media. You will find building a website is the way to build a lasting "brand online" that continues to earn. A website is great because you control it.. And learning SEO and writing original helpful content will definitely build q lasting passive income.
fenram Premium
"Notice: Your ability to Ask Questions ends in 6 days."

So that means if we not upgrade to Premium we can not ask questions anymore ? That's not how you promoted WA in my opinion. maybe time to look out to another product... the more i am still waiting since 1.5 day for a solution for my problem that i described several times here...
TheAbie Premium Plus
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.

However occasionally you may get an extension at the discretion of the co-founders Kyle and Carson.
TheAbie Premium Plus
If you were unable to resolve your meta title and description

You can delete and start again, however I'd save my work in site content.


To delete a siterubix subdomain, click details on subdomain in question in site manager, onward next page scroll all the way to the bottom and click delete.


Then you may go to Site Builder


Choose a free domain, enter credentials and follow procedure.

I also ran it across and it worked like a charm.
feigner Premium
i take it your have searched with the spy glass at the top Patrick for a solution...
what is the problem - most members try to help...
but if you are unsatisfied and don't feel we support you enough as members then....
if you describe it once more then maybe we can resolve it...
fenram Premium
Thank you - i followed your advice.... meaning i deleted and started again with everything. My problem is solved so far, now i've seen what i did wrong in the past.

Sorry for my behaviour...............
fenram Premium
Thanks -- see the answer i just wrote to TheAbie....

feigner Premium
it can be frustrating - especially as you may be learning a new skill - and on a time limit to ask questions...
but most of the questions asked have already been asked and a search with hte spy glass will help sort out your problem...
i'm glad you have been able to move forward Patrick
fenram Premium
i will remember that of the Spy Glass !

jghwebbrand Premium
The purpose oft he free 7 day look is to give you a test drive or the WA platform to see if it fits into your business needs and objectives. You have access to Level One of the OEC
On a free account you are able to go through Level 1 of each of the core training courses, you have access to 2 classrooms full of training, and also have access to some member created training. You are able to build on a free siterubix subdomain for up to six months.

WA allows this time and free training so each person is completely sure this program is for them before they upgrade to premium to take their business to the next level with access to more advanced training and more tools/services.

You are free to make your own decision. Not sure what your unanswered problem is.

We wish you well.
One of the goals questions is, How much time am I willing to invest? I know the time I have after my regular job and side business, but I'm curious... for those who have been at this for awhile, How much time did you invest initially? Especially asking those who had full-time jobs, kids, or other obligations.
TheAbie Premium Plus
If you are serious about pursuing an online business the initial investments are premium subscription to the platform and a dot com domain name at $15 yearly privacy included.

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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Sorry, Abie, I should have been more clear. I meant how much TIME invested.
TheAbie Premium Plus
No worries.

There's no definitive answer to your question, as there are many elements to the equation; no two people or two niches are the same; it depends on the focused niche you choose, the content you write, the choice of keywords, and how well you understand the process. However, I have known folks to earn their first sale in two weeks, others in three months, and more so in a few more months.

You may read Kyle’s response on below thread
Thanks for your honest answer. Great article, too! I've really committed to working on my mindset around business and I am committed to my success.

I have an advantage in that I've built up an Etsy store and have some idea of what it takes to earn regular income online, albeit on a different platform. While it took me a few years (actually about 3 months of consistent, dedicated work of about 20 hours per week, once I got some coaching), I loved it because I was passionate about it. Still do!

I can definitely see how choosing a niche I'm passionate about -- in my case, spirituality (broadly, which has a ton of different subcategories and items I could potentially niche) -- can make a huge difference in taking affiliate marketing from unenthusiastic work to dedicated effort on something that I love to do!

Excited for the journey
TheAbie Premium Plus
Sounds like you have a plan, that's really awesome and glad to hear it, please feel free to reach out when you need help or have questions.

Wishing you success on your online journey and business endeavors.
Rafaelgng Premium
Personally it's what time can you put in. If your working on a blog ask yourself what days and what time will work for me to complete a blog on a weekly basis. Plan it all out and then commit to it.
Great answer! I appreciate your perspective. Makes sense.
jghwebbrand Premium
Each individual situation is different and there is no average. The key is to decide with your schedule what works for you. Only an hour a day will take a long time to accomplish much.

We started with a full time job too, but our circumstances were different from yours...We just knew that unless we put at least 3 hours a day in, we wouldn't get far. But everyone is different. So it is important to decide what is possible for you.
Hi. I think I've got it wrong but I searched for companies running affiliate programs and found about 20 good ones here in South Africa where I live.
1) When my program is up and running should I link up to their program or just add them to my website?
2) Can I find a niche market by clicking on "Pharmacies" as the health care facilities/hospitals here are not always accessible?
jghwebbrand Premium
When your site has content posts on it and is getting traffic, then you can think about affiliate links. To get affiliate links,, one must sign up to an aff9liate program. Sign up is free, but they program will want to look at your website so make sure it has content on it. No set number of 15 - 20 is good.)

As for your question regarding pharmacies, do you have medical credentials? To grow a website in such a niche without medical credentials, it will not rank well. .

You niche website will be global so anyone in the world can view it.
Rena251 Premium Plus
Hallo everyone,

I saw lessen two and loved how it was explained but what I really want to learn as well is how to rank up your website at any search engine like google for example.

Does any one know what should be done ??

Thank you in advance to all who is reading and who would answer.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that is precisely what this platform teaches you!

Essentially, you will be writing helpful, informative articles that focus on keywords that people are searching for.

Each individual article you write has a chance of ranking on page 1 of Google. They are ranked individually, not your website as a whole.
mariablanch Premium Plus
Hi Rana,

First of all, welcome to the WA community! :)

As Diane mentions in her comment, you will be learning all of this and more with Wealthy Affiliate.

It's all a step by step process and you just need to follow the lessons/tasks without trying to jump ahead too quickly. It's like baking a cake in the oven, you need to buy the ingredients and follow the recipe step by step; you can't jump ahead and want to eat the cake right after you've mixed the ingredients... they need to be blended together and then baked in the oven for the right amount of time before it is ready to eat.

I know that you can do this, Rana. I look forward to your progress.

Wishing you great success with your online business,

Maria :)
jghwebbrand Premium
This is the exact purpose of the training. It teaches you step by step how to set up your website and add content and get your content indexed and ranked.

Each training lesson builds on the prior one so it is important to do each one in order.

The way to learn the online process is to complete the Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. After you finish each task make sure to check mark the box in front of the task.

It does take time and effort. But it is worth it. We wish you well.
TheAbie Premium Plus
It is a process, it first starts with choosing a focused niche site, onward building relevant content addressing issues in relation to your niche site, getting ready for affiliate programs.

I would write quality succinct content addressing issues in relation to my niche with a good choice of targeted searchable keywords worthy of your visitors attention, onward sharing onto social media platforms for organic outreach.