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 yoru 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 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! :)

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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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Desiree369 Premium
Ok question. What if we don't want to write a blog? I just want to market items simply rather than create a blog. I had thought about blogging previously, but I don't feel that it is really for me. Are there other options to just create a website with a funnel and market the desired items? Please advise. Thank you so very much :)
jghwebbrand Premium
Rich original helpful content is key to getting website traffic.
So if you are creating funnels, how will you approach that? They will need original rich content to get ranked.

The question to really ask is what is the purpose of your website? How are you going to help people? Helping people is answering questions regarding your niche, providing guides, and doing product reviews. Who do you want your audience to be?

You can use a funnel approach but make sure your visitors get real value from your site (that they learn something significant enough they want to return over and over. It takes time and content to build trust. Help first then get sales.

Have more questions, just ask.
Rex10 Premium
Go to the top of the Dashboard and click on "Training" then go down to where it says "Training HQ" on the next screen you will see a search bar. Try "ecommerce" you'll find a lot of training resources here on just about anything to do with online business and marketing. Hope that helps.

Hackerist Premium
According to Kyle, cofounder of WA, we must follow the 4 step process that is vital to any success online:

1. Choose your niche
2. Build your site and write content
3. Rank higher on search engines (Google, etc.) to drive traffic
4,. Monetize your site

Yes, there are other ways to make money online, but one that might bring 50% or more of the total income is affiliate marketing. If we don’t want to write posts, we wouldn’t be getting the second step done.

The following video will help: Tom
IAnum1 Premium
Most affiliate programmes will require you to have a website. Using only a landing page and funnel may mean using adverts, that target a particular audience. Hope this helps.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You can run your own ecom store however in every business we make we've got to think of marketing. How would your customers come to your store purchase the goods you are proposing to help them with their issues.

What medium are you going to use, what funnel / ads / campaigns would secure a good income selling wares from your store.

Technical stuff can be learned by installing perhaps a woocommerce plugin, integrate PayPal and do a funnel, build an email list once there's traffic market to the list and so on.

To have a funnel you've got provide value and an offer they cannot refuse to entice them to part with your business endeavor.

With a blog 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.

Instead of joining affiliate programs, you redirect your visitors to your online store. You can have the blog within your store. A visitor lands on you post, like what they see can make an informed decision they click link provided they visit your store, they purchase the focused offer.

Whatever you do , you've got come up with high impact content to tell your visitor you have what they need and you can help them, whether it is a blog, funnel, facebook, or any social media ad / campaigns, you've find the right copy that would make the cut.
BrianPayne3 Premium
Can anyone help me with a number of issues.
Firstly my title for Privacy Policy is appearing on the main picture on the main page.. even when i set up a separate menu for it.. the title still appears on the picture. but I want some catch phrase to appear on the picture.
I choose the privacy policy template. so why is the title appearing on the picture of the theme page

I am also getting 3 Critical issues message on the SEO
mostly about Files (Java and CSS files not being minified )

Anyone there with some experience of this...
My website is online shop / e commerce so its not exactly the same as in the tutorial video.

AbieAJ Premium Plus

That may be theme limitations, however uncertain without a screen shot? privacy policy is a page that usually goes in a menu.

Java and CSS files being minified actually helps with your sites load speed.
BrianPayne3 Premium
Hi A J
Here is a picture of the screen on my laptop.
Its even more confusing now that i looked at the website on my phone as it appears as Hello World.. Like I had not posted the privacy policy or about me posts.

Thanks for replying
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's a theme thing you can try Appearance > Customize see if you can tweak , if not you may want to change your theme .

If you do, you will not lose any contents vs some CSS styles and possibly social media icons a bit of tweaking and you are done.

We always recommend leaving a back up theme, you can do with the Twenty TwentyOne.
papri84 Premium
I am a bit confused about niche selection process. Is it ok to select a broader niche at the beginning like Keto Diet under nutrition or I should select a more narrow sub niche under it to avoid too much competition.

Will it take longer to get success with a broader niche?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

No you are needing a focused one subcategory niche starting out. And yes it will take longer if broad niche to get traction, traffic and ultimately authority.

A niche subject is 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.

Few examples
How keto diet affects cholesterol
Can keto diet cause headaches, high blood pressure
Keto diet for weight loss or vegans for beginners

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.

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

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
JoeRebisz Premium
Actually, as a starter, you want as narrow a niche as you can get it to avoid competition, then you can build it out later on after you start gaining traction and traffic.
IsaacArthur Premium
That means for starters its advisable to with a small niche
lanruse Premium
Hello everyone,
I've run into some sort of glitch on the Site content Editor. The thing is just stuck and the editor won't load as it should. The "loading editor" remains where I should be editing the site pages and I can't make any progress on my website as a result.
Please, what should I do?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

I clear browser cache refresh and try again. Or try in a different browser.
lanruse Premium
Thanks for the tip. Changing the browser worked.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesome.

Kindly let us know when needing help or having further questions.
Noted thanks
AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.
TiredCobra Premium
Hi again.

I have another question. I just registered domain. Once payment was approved a notice said it takes up to 24 hours to propagate through the system.

M question is twofold.
Will I get a notification when it has done so?
Should I wait until such notification to continue to build a webpage?

Thanks in advance
AbieAJ Premium Plus

If me I would check at a later time, usually takes even shorter than 24 hours.

Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
GeoffreyC1 Premium
It usually only takes a few minutes and then it will appear under your websites.
TiredCobra Premium
Thanks. :)