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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RoxReyNel Premium
As an individual with healthcare background, I have alsways have an passion for helping people manage diabetes. I have several family members that are diabetic. OI want to know, though, how can I market diabetes lifestyle programs and products without having diabetes myself? Can I sell something I myself do not require on a day to day basis? How can I say it works if I am not the ideal candidate to 'test-run' such products?
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jghwebbrand Premium
If yu come from a medical background does that mean you ar3e educationally qualified? That is the kind of qualifications needed to have a site for personal health related issues and recommending treatments.

If you are qualified as a medical professional obviously no one has everything they treat. But it is the education and experience that make it possible to help others..
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RoxReyNel Premium
Indeed. Forgot about that perspective. Nice. Much appreciation.
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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 may search Programs

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https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs

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You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.
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Stevie10 Premium
Hi everyone, I was looking for advice please on Niche selection, I think that seems to be the stumbling block for a lot of people, certainly for me.
Looking at a lot of your articles and questions from other members I have finally (fingers crossed) picked a niche.

I was thinking about Camping, Camping guide for beginners, Basic / Essential equipment needed for camping.
I am from Scotland and love to get away as much as I can in the Outdoors so I thought this might be a good fit, my niche would focus mainly on Scottish camping.

Any thoughts or advice on this please?

Also I have found a domain name on Namecheap, can I purchase this and use it on my WA website?
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Great endeavor, you ought to discuss an aspect of camping to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

Camping essentials for beginners or some other group you have in mind.

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

So you can start with one subcategory and once totally exhausted scale out. See example blog post below 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 You can purchase however please be aware that hosting is included with a premium subscription to the platform.
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Stevie10 Premium
Thats great ,thanks for your time and advice again. I think I will try out the above as a niche "Camping essentials for beginners" I have to start somewhere. I am just unsure at this stage about picking a domain name ,
Do I pick one within WA ?or do I purchase a domain elsewhere without hosting?
For eg I seen a good fitting domain name on Namecheap, can I purchase the domain name itself and transfer it over to WA or would you recommend another idea?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hello from Nottingham! As a free starter member, you can only use the free subdomain that you are given by WA.

You cannot purchase a domain either here or elsewhere, and have it hosted here, that is not included in the free starter package.

If you buy a domain without hosting, it won't be live on the Internet.
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Stevie10 Premium
Thanks for replying Diane, so in Premium membership I can go ahead with the above question?
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, that is a very good niche especially if you choose your targeted audience as beginners because there is so much informational type posts that can be written. A great way to find questions to write informational post responses to is google search and answersocrates.com

Your paid premium membership covers the hosting of 10 websites. If you purchase your domain name from a 3rd party registrar the domain name DNS (data name servers) can be pointed to WA.

WA Name Servers for Wealthy Affiliate Hosting ALWAYS are: DNS settings
Primary: https://ns1.mywahosting.com
Secondary: https://ns2.mywahosting.com
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That sucks! They want you to upsell before you even get started!!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Congrats on becoming a premium subscriber.

You can use leandomainsearch dot com, you input a word and it gives you another

And a godaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name.

I'd also use this site namecheckr.com to check if the name is also available on social media platforms.

However nowadays domains are not so affected by SEO vs writing quality rich content with good choice of keywords, latter of which would rank you in the search engines.

I would always go for a dot com domain name vs dot net or dot org as people's perceptions when they start typing they would typically assume it is a dot com. And make sure it is spelled correctly as it cannot be edited once purchased.

I would not include dashes and check if the domain is copyrighted, trademarked and ' or registered to an established business.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You may transfer or point to WA servers (if transferring domain has to end in .com, .net or .org.

To update your domain DNS settings to point to WA. Here are the DNS settings.

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

These settings will be updated within your domain registrar (where you purchased your domain) after the transfer has taken place. To transfer your domain here you need login current registrar and fetch the EPP code, there's a one year charge of $15, privacy included. One year more will get added to your domain.

Also it has to have passed the grace period of 60 days.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can stay as a free member for as long as you want but can only work on your free website for 6 months. You will also be limited to the first 10 lessons of each of the 2 training courses.

WA is a business like any other, and of course, its primary purpose is to make money! However, I don't know of any other platform that gives you a free website with free hosting, security certificate included.

In effect, the free membership allows you to experience the platform and decide if it's right for you without even inputting your credit card details.
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Stevie10 Premium
Thanks for your help
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
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jghwebbrand Premium
WA has 3 membership types and they are posted on the wealthyaffiliate.com website with features.
WA Memberships And Their Features
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/join/
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solidbase Premium
Hi to everybody,
1. I need your expert advice and guidance please.
2. Unlike most other people, my website is not about just one single topic .
3. It is based on the broad niche "Heath and Fitness", with several categories in the top menu such as Nutrients, Weight Loss, etc
4. Under each of these categories there are several sub-niches in a dropdown menu, each targeting a specific Click Bank product
5. When I post articles about these products, I want them to appear on that specific :product page", not my home page.
6. Can it be done, and how do I go about it ?
Thank you in advance.
Theuns.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
I would choose either Health or Fitness as they are broad and need be niched down starting out, otherwise you'd confuse Google and your visitors.

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

For example yoga exercises for beginners or another group you have in mind.

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

Once a subcategory is completely exhausted you can scale out. See example blog post below 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 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.

You would for example have a reviews category which you can add to your menu, then assign posts to their respective categories, so when visitors click on a specific category they can see all posts related.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes. you could create a "pillar page" for number 5. Not exactly sure or your idea, but all of your post links could be combined on one page that could act as the "parent" page.

Before you go any further I would stop and choose only one of your subcategories and write several informational posts for it so that you get traffic. When there are so many broad subcategories your site will not get the ranking it may deserve. Board niches compete with all oft hose that cover the same topic. When you start with a narrow scope and choose a specific audience search engines will rank you more favorably provided you provide informational original helpful content.

Contrary to common thinking a broader niche does not get more traffic and sales.

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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Hi....im really passionate about soccer and i am thinking about soccer product....just think that this is the right time to start because the new season is about to begin. Any advise ?

And considering i choose soccer as my niche , I can do affiliate program for adidas/ nike / other brands right?
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You ought to discuss an aspect of soccer to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

For example soccer techniques and for beginners

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 You may search Programs

Promote tab top menu

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs

Or

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get
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Jan53 Premium
Hey!
I am also starting with my website with football content. I was also stressed at the beginning, but I decided to don't overthink and just do a niche that I am interested in. You could try to do some content targetting a qualified group, but I think it's not neccesary.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, you do have a lot of good brands.
Remember however, a niche is not a product.
A niche is an idea with a targeted audience you choose to help.
For example Essentials for beginning soccer players. The way to start with with informational blogs unrelated to specific products. What is , how do, why, guides, definitions . Look for questions people have about soccer and write answer posts to help them before you even think about products. resource: google search and answersocrates.com.

So who is the targeted audience you want to help and how and why.

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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kevinA3 Premium
hi there, there's always room to go into soccer because it's such a big market
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crandolph20 Premium Plus
I have thought about my niche. I want to promote lipstick but there are so many to choose from. How can I near it down too being one specific brand? Should l look up specific make up brands like Mac, Sephora, or Maybelle to see what lipstick pop out to me in order to use it as a niche.
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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 beauty to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

For example, Organic lipstick for vegans.

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
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jghwebbrand Premium
Okay, rather than focus on a product first like lipstick, why are you choosing it? Who do you want to help? What group of people do you wish to help? Choosing a niche is about finding a targeted group of people and helping them with problems. So maybe the reason you are choosing lipstick is to help young women choose a color that brings out the beauty of their skin.

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? 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. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic. Resource for questions: answersocrates.com.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Here are some resources to help.
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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crandolph20 Premium Plus
thank you this helps.
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crandolph20 Premium Plus
The reason why I am choosing it is because it is hard to choose the right color that goes good with my skin when bring out my beauty. Yes, I have hobbies. I swim, I do yoga, read books, run and eat.
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jghwebbrand Premium
It seems like you will be very limited and not make much money on marketing lipstick. To get traffic to your website you will be writing a lot of informational posts (100+) I see you are into swimming. Have you though about snorkeling? That would have a lot more ideas for writing informational posts and it is a good niche. What about yoga? Give it some more thought.
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