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. If you go to the Home button (your dashboard), you will be offered all sorts of things, including a "Getting Started" module where you can set-up your account.


Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes four 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 yoru goals online)

3.Start the training. If you are reading this, you have already started the training, so you will see this item already checked off.

4. 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.

Simply CLICK on these circles to initiate the set-up process for the corresponding item. If I want to add an image, I would click the first of the four icons.

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


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OTEKA Premium
Hello all,

I am COMPLETELY green to setting up websites! I know it's easy for most, but for me..not so much. BUT, like every other challenge in my life, I WILL GET IT DONE (with your help..please?)

One question, will I be able to upload video content to this website and if so, is there a layout that's better suited for this? There are so many layouts to choose from I'm a bit overwhelmed as to which one to choose.

Thanks in advance
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I would say that probably most of the members here had no experience in building a website when they first started, but the training takes you through everything step by step.

Yes, you will be able to add video to your website, no particular theme is necessary for this. Try not to add too many videos though, as they can slow your website down.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, you will be able to upload videos to any WordPress theme. (layout).

A great way to find answers to your questions is use the search bar at the top. Type in your search. Several suggestions will appear.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, you may like view below link And don't worry we were all green at one point, we're in this together, plenty help is available whenever needed.
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Dale123 Premium Plus
You can add videos to your website, but you shouldn't upload them to your website - instead, you should leverage a platform like YouTube. You want to upload them to YouTube, then *embed* them into your website - that's the best practice :)
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OTEKA Premium
Good idea
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AMilliBilli Premium
I've been watching the video about Kyle but he doesn't really explain who he is going to use for the resources or for the content is it going to be amazon shoplifty click bank etc. etc. I would of like to know in the beginning so it can be a lesson to follow with my niche i am just going to go with amazon but hopefully he hits the topic soon but i like everything he is teaching I just am in the cloud i guess don't know if that was a great idea about letting us know who he is using but idk I'm just a beginner can't be judging Listening to others viewpoints may reveal the one thing needed to complete your goals
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that is covered further in the training lessons. Which affiliate program you plan to use will depend on the niche subject you have chosen as some will be more suitable than others.

As regards the content, you will be writing that yourself, everything original, nothing copied and pasted. When you apply to join an affiliate program, they will inspect your website first and expect to see lots of articles, to show that you are capable of attracting visitors.

Amazon will accept new websites, but they have the strictest rules and low commission rates. You will be expected to make 3 sales in the first 180 days, or you will be removed from their program. This is not easy to achieve until you are getting daily traffic which takes several months.
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lanierpat Premium Plus
where do we find the products to sale and where are you out of my debit card will not work for any place outside USA I also tried to upgrade with a credit card but it is not working either is there another way to up grade. I am wanting to build my website now but I dont want to have to do it over and over
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Warly10 Premium
Hi, for the products to promote there's so many platforms out there like Amazon, ClickBank, Sharesale...

I'm sorry you can't make the payment. Don't you have PayPal?

You can build your free website in the meantime if you don't want to wait.

You can also contact Kyle through his profile or private message. I don't know if you can send private message as a free member tho.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Do you have a PayPal account? A PayPal Account will work for upgrading your membership.

Products are found through Affiliate programs which you sign up for without any charge to you. This whole process is explained later in the training.

We wish you much success..
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Cmil Premium
Hi guys,
I'm struggeling with my niche. I'm looking for a way to make money while travelling. I had a (private) blog on Polarsteps for friends and family for more than a year and received some really positive feedback on my writing, so I would like to take that to a next level. The video really focuses on advertising products. Sure enough, I bought a backpack and some outdoor clothing, but the focus is much more on my stories, photos and my experiences. How would you guys deal with this? Do I simply have to accept that the way I had it in my mind isn't how this works or are there other ways to deal with this?

Many thanks!
Camille
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, it may be generalized and need breaking down to a specific audience for starters, by time your site start to gain traction and authority you would then scale.

Have a look at below link You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

https://my.jaaxy.com/search/keywords
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DValentine Premium
Hey Camille
The 'experiences' part of your Polarsteps blog sounds like something other readers would like to check out. They almost sound like reviews you've done on the places you've been to.

I suggest you create content and publish to your blog on a regular basis - 1-2 times a week seems to be the 'norm'.

Now, Google automatically puts new websites into what is called a 'sandbox' - while you're in here, you will get very little traffic to your site as Google runs through its ranking algorithm. This sandbox treatment last anywhere between 3-9 months and you'll start to see your visitor numbers rise as Google starts to trust your content.

Is there a way around this - no, not really; social posting and video publishing may help but it's really a right-of-passage thing - if you can stick it out then you get rewarded by the search engines in traffic flows.
I hope that helps
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Villageist Premium Plus
Interesting niche and focus, I do exploration vlogging and my passion is travel and visiting villages and small towns. May be you'd like connect, would love getting to know you guys.

I am also starting out one month in and learning the ropes.
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Cmil Premium
Thanks Abie, that's an useful post. I'll give my idea some more though and will try to narrow it down. For example to only focus on the best ways (and products) to travel as lightweight as possible as my focus is on backpacking and travelling by bike. This narrows down the audience to starters already.
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Cmil Premium
I'll take a look at the opportunities my reviews provide for linking to the activities or experiences I'm writing about. That could be interesting.

Luckily my motivation comes from sharing my experiences and not from reaching as many people as possible or earning money, so I'm not worried about that commitment. It's good to know that it can take a while though :)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
I commend you on your input, I really like your focus and you'll do great. Kindly let us know if needing anything else, more than happy to assist.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
The only other way besides affiliate marketing is selling your own products or making money off of displaying ads on your website. You usially can’t make money displaying ads on your website until you are getting a lot of traffic to your website.

If you don’t want to do full on product reviews, then maybe you can just casually link to Amazon when you mention your back pack or other item that you use? Or maybe have a link to a page that talks about your bike which in turn has a link to Amazon. This might be a little less intrusive than full on product reviews ob your website.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
You can definitely do what you want to do, if you just make one mindset shift IMO.

=> Everything you want to blog about, probably has a related search term which someone is typing into Google.

Worried about traveling to a cold country and feel underprepared? People are probably searching things related to best cold weather jackets

Got caught in the rain while camping and the water soaked through your tent? People are searching for the best rainproof tents or best foul weather tents

Took a photo of a mountain? What camera? What are the pros and cons? Would you recommend it? How do you process and edit the photos? What's the best place to print them? Can you put them on a Canvas and hang it in your living room?

All of these things you're doing related to things people search for. Some have a commercial product element, some do not. The key is to write in such a way that you can get found by people using search engines.
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Villageist Premium Plus
I love it, thanks Nathaniel. Really great info and would help me. Do you mind if I ask you sometimes some questions, you seem to know your stuff. Thanks in advance.
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Hi,
I tried to upgrade to premium but I get a message that says the transaction cannot be processed. Please enter a valid credit card verication number. I already entered all I was asked to enter there is nothing else to enter not sure how to address this issue

Jeanm2
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Hackerist Premium
Where do you live? If your country is not banned, you may want to contact Billing through
https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/contact/
choosing the Billing category.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - WA is based in Canada, and some banks see this as a foreign transaction and won't process it. Take Tom's advice first, to see if support can help. If not, you may need to contact your own bank and confirm you want the payment to go through.
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