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! :)

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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. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer

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jimero Premium

I am thinking about joining the training for WA. I have a company called SoccerProfs. I basically train kids in the community, but also offer performance counseling, motivation techniques and other psychological issues. Would this platform be a good fit for me to try to increase m business and income?

jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, this platform would be a good place for you and your business.
First of all, you will start as a free starter member so you have an opportunity to check the training, tools and support.

After 7 days you will be limited to Free Starter Member features unless becoming a Paid Premium Member. or Paid Premium Plus member.
Here are the Features for the Paid Premium memberships.

The training will teach you how to create and add content to your own .com website (WA is a domain name registrar). WA training uses both text and video. There is a 24x7 live chat and community forum plus a technical support group.

Here are some links to learn more about WA hosting, domain registration and websites.


You are free to develop your website to your taste and business goals.
You can set up classes and scheduling and payments.

The WA platform uses Wordpress which is a great content management system. There a free and Pro themes as well a free and Pro plugins. You will want to use plugins for your scheduling and sales.

Do take a look around and if you have more questions, please ask.

You will certainly want to meet the co owners - Kyle and Carson. Kyle is the marketing guy and Carson is the technical

So glad you found this website. We have been here over 10 years and highly recommend every part of WA.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may carry doing your current activities and perhaps include a blog on your site and promote affiliate programs.

Or you may start from scratch building up a new site round a niche subject which can be something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in soccer


When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience. Essentially you are writing more informational posts so that you do not sound so salesy to Google and if there’s a solution, a detailed analysis review post for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below Possible programs



You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Would be nice to hear how you are getting along. Much obliged and best wishes.
RobinSlater2 Premium
A silly question for today is:-
I am watching the training video of "Setting up your website" should I have my website open in the background and make changes to it as I go along ( pausing the video to do so?) or watch the training videos all the way through, then go back to the beginning and complete my website like that?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it is better to do the tasks as you go along, in my opinion.
Diana145 Premium
I read first, watch the video through, then I do it and if I get stuck, go back to the video again and again till I complete the task
RobinSlater2 Premium
Thanks Diana
Sounds good to me and it makes sense
jghwebbrand Premium
Did you get your your websites setup. It's exciting to learn that you are this far with your website.

Any questions, just ask.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi and totally.

I would do whatever works (practical) for me. We all learn differently.

And no question is stupid.

However ticking checklist bottom of lessons, tasks and activities asked of you to set up correctly and properly and guide you through the process.

Would be nice to hear how you are getting along. Much obliged and best wishes.
Hello Community,

I have been reading about how the premium membership on WA gives you a value for money that is unheard-of in the Internet marketing space, and would really really like to experience it however I don't have the budget for it for now.

So, I figured out I could ask if any of you would refer me to; or has a remote job I could do like, data entry, typing tasks, proofreading, virtual assistant jobs, or any micro jobs, I could do them and earn some money for my premium as I build my business. I have over 10years of working experience in administrative tasks and sales and marketing. I have tried most of the freelancer sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer but the competition was tight.

Kindly get back to me in case of any leads.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as I said in Live Chat, unfortunately, you are not allowed to offer paid services to other members.
Cwizden Premium
I would like to suggest something, but if I can find the money to start, anybody can. I carried groceries for the elderly and raked their yards for the extra cash. I am living in a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4 days a week and using the internet from Casey's to do the training; hoping to change my reality. Just putting it out there and trust me when I say, if I can do it, anybody can.

On the point of it being worth it. . . It so is!! I am learning so much and meeting so many new people. I just wish I had internet longer (they only let me sit in their parking lot for so long). I am going to make it work because they are so nice and helpful.
@Cwizden, wow this so touching, I am sure I will be able to make it. I am a stay home mother. I have to babysit my two sons. I am lucky that i have internet and am lucky to have found about WA because it has already started to inspire me.
jghwebbrand Premium
We are delighted you found WA.

You can remain as a free member as long as you wish, but we know you want to get going beyond that now. I am attaching some things you can so as a free member.

Links to 20 free training lessons OEC (Online Entrepreneur Certification ABC (Affiliate Boot Camp)

Success online is broken down into 4 basic steps. How to Create an Online Business - The 4 Steps It looks like this: Step 1: Choose your niche
Step 2: Build your website/content
Step 3: Get rankings in search engines (leads to traffic)
Step 4: Monetize your traffic (the make money part, through affiliate programs signing up for and adding affiliate links ete)

This applies in absolutely every niche and as you work through the training here at WA, you are going to be walked through this exact process. This is fundamental for ANY success online.

I have no money for premium some ideas WHAT HAPPENS After 7 days
this is where you will need to do all the work...
using the search bar by clicking on the spyglass you will need to ask your questions in there to see if anyone else has asked them and how they solved them...
or use google to refine the searches...
if you use
site:my.wealthyaffiliate.com [topic of question]
you will get all the results related to your question on this site only....
it will become more difficult but not impossible as others achieve success without even using wa....
try and see if the series by dvalentine is available for you to follow ..if it is then it is worth going through to see the process....
i wish you well with your online journey
Kyle Premium Plus
You are going to learn how to take the skills you possess and build a business online. You will be able to promote your services on your website, or use your skillset to actually grow a business in any niche.

I have spent some time breaking down the process in the most simplistic way possible. Success online is at the core a 4 step process and I have broken them down within this video: Broken, down, the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose your niche
Step 2: Build your website/content
Step 3: Get rankings in search engines (leads to traffic)
Step 4: Monetize your traffic (the make money part, through affiliate programs, etc!)

This applies in absolutely every niche and as you work through the training here at WA, you are going to be walked through this exact process. This is fundamental for ANY success online.

If you have any further questions let me know Sylvia. :)
Thanks Kyle, for now no questions but if any arise i will contact you and the community.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

Thank you for your notes.

I would run few pro bono jobs in exchange for testimonials, it is a start and a foot in the door.

However so, unfortunately we cannot offer our services on the platform.

For the first seven days you can test drive platform limited premium access to see if it fits with your business needs and objectives.

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

You have access to Level One of OEC And level One of the Affiliate Bootcamp How to make money by Kyle Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

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

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

You may start with a siterubix subdomain around a focused niche and build up content, down the line have your own dot com, as some affiliate programs do not work with a subdomain. Cost of which is $14 yearly each privacy included. You can then move your siterubix to your dot com applying the move feature found within the site manager, an easy process. However hosting is included in a premium subscription to the platform.

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Welcome to WA and our community.

Would be nice to hear how you are getting along. Much obliged and best wishes.
John731 Premium
QUESTION #1: How much money would you be happy earning?
4K a month
QUESTION #2: How much would you be ecstatic (ie, really excited) earning?
50K a month.... but thats more like my mind would be blown
QUESTION #3: And how much TIME are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
All my spare time.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You want to leave those on below thread
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's really awesome. All the best, wish you success in your endeavors.

Please follow the training and apply what is taught all is explained within the lessons. How to make money online video by Kyle As you go along the coursework, ask as many questions as you like to get clarifications, mark your question as community and someone will always be here to answer your inquiries. You can also blog your questions, that's the Pencil, top menu, choose Blog at WA. I believe there's a limit to blogging on the WA blog roll for the first three months.

Again you may like to post about why you choose WA, how you come about your niche, what are your goals for this week and the following, aspirations, etc.

Remember the WA community is no judgement. It is an open discussion. We help each other, we were all at one point where you are right now.

(The sky’s the limit however please be aware this is not a rich quick scheme however more like a long term commitment that takes months of consistent work.)

Welcome to WA.
jghwebbrand Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Great goals here. The training will help you understand how this works so you can gauge how much time you want to spend to achieve your goals. With your determination to do the training and to apply it, you will be amazed at how much you can achieve.

WA is a very friendly, helpful and active community. We like to help new comers achieve success. The Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

Now that you've outlined your goals, you can start working towards them. Remember that this is a journey and not a destination.

There is a lot of work ahead, so the more effort that you put in, the more you will achieve.

As Kyle (one of the owners) likes to say - success is very cumulative in nature.

Every action you take will add up to much greater success. I can tell you that when you earn your first money, it will all become very REAL and it will lead to much more success.

The more time you can spend working through the training here at Wealthy Affiliate, the sooner you will have the foundation that you can build upon.

We do wish you much success.
MelissaDani1 Premium
I must admit its quite challenging trying to do everything by yourself and not having someone in person to assist lol so being advised that i need to install sidebars , i do see classic widget exists on this system already, I downloaded Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Sidebar Widget Area Manager and it says that the widget downloaded is not compatible after installing it. i went back to the widgets and the page is blank, installed classic again or tried to but of no success. lol is there a way for someone to access the backend of my website and see whats happening?
jghwebbrand Premium
Look in your backoffice Plugins -> Hover to see installed plugins

You see Classic Editor. When it is activated you will see "deactivate which means that is it active".

Do you See Classic Widgets plugin if not Hover over Plugins then add new plugin.

Plugin name is Classic Widgets by WordPress Contributors.. Make sure it says Classic Widgets. Then install and activate it.

Relax. You will get this done. We have made many mistakes and have had a lot to learn but we wanted to do this so bad we kept trying.

Did the above work?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may install the classic widgets plugin


Initially you may download to your PC and then upload .zip files to your WordPress sites back office.

Or go to Plugins > Add new, input classic widgets, install and activate.

Settings > Reading and toggle between block and classic editors.

However in the standard view you may click the plus to add something or the three dots and choose to remove a block from the drop down menu.