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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TamiMoore Premium
I have my menu set up but my widget page is totally different than the one Kyle showed. Mine has HTML editing on it. I was able to remove the search bar and the categories widget though. Will we get more in-depth teaching on the widgets? Also, my homepage doesn't show my all-about-me post like Kyles does. It shows Add more posts and under that please publish more blog posts which is a link that takes you to some kind of blogging formatting. Is it because of my theme?
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You may have set up your page to edit html vs visual, is this the case? You can change between html and visual controls in the block editor.

I would keep the search bar, because eventually you will have a lot of posts and a search bar becomes handy.

On the widgets you may click the navy plus icon to add something and the three dots to remove a block.

It could possibly a theme issue, however you can change your theme at any time,

You can also organize your posts under categories.

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jghwebbrand Premium
You will be learning more as you go along.

When you get to lesson 8 you will learn how to add a navigational menu. That is when you add your privacy policy page and about post to it.

The difference you see can also be affected by the theme you chose, But keep following th3te training and your site will take more shape.
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TamiMoore Premium
I'm not sure if I set it up like that or if the theme did. I will try and go in and add the search bar back. Thank you for the tutorial. I will go check it out!
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TamiMoore Premium
I think you are right it is the theme. I may switch to another one and see if it is a bit easier to customize. I have moved on to lesson 9. I'm going to fake it til I make it. :)
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TheAbie Premium Plus
No worries, kindly let us know how you get along.
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Pro-mohammed Premium
Hello everyone, I have a question. If you choose any niche and search for it in Google, there are many people who already have sites with the same niche and they appear at the top of the results. If I choose the same niche, can I compete with them and appear at the top of the results
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RRiley4 Premium
That is the beauty of this endeavor, yes you can! As you go through the training videos you'll learn more about how google's, bing's, yahoo's algorithms and so on constantly re-evaluate websites to provide the best search results. The trainings, along with the WA community here, will definitely assist you of reaching that top page goal we all want to see for our websites.

That being said, any one can be successful in any niche, even the competitive ones as long as you can engage your audience, try to gear it toward creating personal connections as you can, have fun with it, and help your audience accomplish their goal. That may be in the form of a product recommendation, an informative blog, a trust worthy review. Work on a solid foundation from the teachings provided here and you'll be well on your way to that first page search result. Anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and what you are doing!

And never, ever hesitate to reach out with questions or help if you need it. We're all in this together for one another.

Warm regards,

Ryan
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jghwebbrand Premium
Every niche has competition. The key is to choose a targeted audience and purpose for the existence of your website. No two people develop their niche the same. The training teaches you how to choose keyword phrases for your niche that are not as competitive. It all works.

Ideas to find a niche.
Do you have any hobbies? Sports? Problems you've solved? Problems you are looking to find solutions for? Products that are amazingly helpful? Something you talk a lot about? Something you wished you had learned earlier in life? Job skill? It is important you choose something you are passionate about. Something you enjoy researching and learning about. That way it will always be interested and enjoy it, and you'll have fun building it.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Don't let other sites discourage you from pursuing your passion, we put our own spin and pulse on our websites, so they are unique to us.

Competition is healthy for business.
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Terli Premium
Sir,

Though I followed exactly what was thought in the lesson, the "ABOUT" Tab is not appearing left to the Privacy Policy Tab on the header bar (that is ) at the right top of main navigation bar of my Website. I am not able to find the fault. Please guide me.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Your about me is a post that goes in the blog roll. You may go to Appearance > Menus and add to your menu once you have created one. If you have it as a page you may change it using the Post type switcher plugin.

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jghwebbrand Premium
Sounds like you have created your menu.
Go back to your menu.
Wordpress backoffice -> appearance -> menu.
edit your existing menu. If privacy policy and about me appear you can drag their order in the menu so about is first.

.How to do menu
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.
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Terli Premium
Thank you Sir. I did it. In fact I did not refresh after creating the menu. That was the actual cause.
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Terli Premium
Thank you, I did it.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Wonderful!
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what would be the best paid ads platform to promote web hosting like bluehost? here is my landing page a1 varieties .com is it good and ive tried bing ads lost a couple hundred on this and several hundred on another campaign so that may not be the way to go.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You can host with WA here, however as and when you decide to become a premium member, as hosting is included with a premium subscription to the platform.

It is preferable to learn about ads first before investing in it. So I would follow up the SEO route starting out and when my website has made money you can then reinvest in your business from the proceeds vs your pockets.

As you have experienced you have lost money and didn't convert. And this is what WA teaches.
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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.
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jghwebbrand Premium
It looks like you are very new here.
Do you have a lot of traffic to your website and do you have a good landing page set up. That would be key. There are some good ad placement options, but some have a website traffic requirement. For example Mediavine I believe now requires 50K visitors in a month to a site.
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How much money per month would you be happy
earning?
I would be happy making around $1,350-$2,000.
How much money per month would allow you to live
the ideal lifestyle?
I'd say in order for me to live a lifestyle I can be proud
of, It would be about 4,550 a month. But I'm not going
to get carried away with dreams…
How many hours per week are you willing to invest to
achieve these goals?
I'm willing to put in 25-30 hours a week.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thank you for sharing your goals. They are very achievable.
Welcome to WA. We are delighted to meet you and so glad you are here.

As you build your online business remember the 4 Step Process. It is the successful framework for any online business.

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 to your posts)

This is a very exciting opportunity and we wish you much success.

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. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

Here is your link for the training in case you ever need it.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Excellent goals! It is so wonderful to have you here with us, and I know you will benefit significantly from the Wealthy Affiliate training here. And I look forward to seeing you attain your goals as you move along the core training!

If you ever need a hand along the way, there are TONS of help here within the community, including the co-founders Kyle & Carson; feel free to reach out! :)
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Awesome goals! Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. I’m happy to see you here. This is a great place to get you started with your online business. There is loads of support and excellent training, which is amazing!
Good luck!!!
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