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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Hello, first, a big thank you for this lesson here. I am so new to everything here, but unh, I am scared about one thing: what if I discovered my nich but have poor knowledge of English language, if I don't have good grammar command, what would be my end result. Thanks.
jghwebbrand Premium
It looks like you can read English. And there is nothing wrong with your statements here If I were you I would not worry. What really counts is your sincerity to help people and share what you learn. You will learn some tips on how to do that in the training. Keep going.

We are so glad you are enjoying th4e training. It is so nice to have you here.

We do wish you much success.
Wow! Thank you for this response. One question please: could you explain deeper what you mean by this statement found in your response?: "It looks like you can read English. And there is nothing wrong with your statements here".
jghwebbrand Premium
I was able to read what you wrote in your comment above. That is why I believe you should not worry so much about your ability with English. I think you are capable to do this.

If you have a question when you do the training, let us know. You are learning some new concepts and they take time to understand. English is my primary language, but it still takes me time to learn the training. It is a new skill and it takes time to learn a new skill.

I hope that helps you.

Wishing you much success.
Thanks so much. I am glad to hear that from you.
jghwebbrand Premium
You are Very welcome.
We are here to help you.
Iam very gratefull to register me iwish you alot if happness inthis dzrkdzys
jghwebbrand Premium
Thank you for your well wishes during these trying times.
If you have questions while doing the training, you can ask them in the comments section below each lesson.

Just in case you need the training link at any time, Here it is.
Husam-89 Premium
Hi Friends,

Is "About me" post necessary ?
I'm still confused about it ! what if I live in a different country (amazon doesn't exist) , will the audience accept that ?
what if the niche is not my passion , how could I create a story like this ? can you offer more samples ?

feigner Premium
if you have no interest in your niche then this will come through
but an about me is part of the know like trust you need from the visitors
some will buy direct from an article, but a lot will take the time to have a look at the site and decide whether they trust it...as there are a lot of sites out there now then they have the choice....
so if there is nothing about the person/company running the site ...bye ...i will look for one that does....
so maybe start liking your niche and tell them the reason you want to help them solve their problems...
good luck
business is about helping people - if you prove your worth to others they will give back ...that's human nature...
if you go out to sell to others then you may stumble...
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I wouldn't advise having a niche you have no interest in. You will be expected to write a lot of content for your website about your niche. 2 or 3 articles every week.

Can you think of lots of topics to write about for the niche you have chosen?
jghwebbrand Premium
Your About Me page Tells those who visit your site a little about you, why you chose your niche, why you website exisits.
Check out Jays, our live Webinar Instructor's, websites About me Page the website address is footballsnackhelmets.com or check out Kyles website realdealaffiliate.com they will give you some ideas.

It is important to like your niche. You are too choose a niche you like not what someone else says. Need some ideas? Can you shop on Amazon yourself in your country?

Is your country listed?

Go into a search engine and type affiliate programs in xxxx (your countries name) Do you see any?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, yes absolutely. About me is about building trust and relationship with your visitors, who is behind the blog and the posts. You may review below resource for more clarification
Husam-89 Premium
Thank you for your great reply
Husam-89 Premium
I'll try ... I promise
Thank you so much
Husam-89 Premium
Great ! Thank you Mr. Abie
Husam-89 Premium
Unfortunately the affiliate marketing in my country is not so strong !
I mean no big stores offer an affiliate program ! & Amazon doesn't exist
Thank you for the references, I'll check them
jghwebbrand Premium
Do people shop online? It doesn't necessarily need to be a Big store that has an affiliate program. Many online websites give free shipping if the purchase price exceeds a certain amount. Does it work that way in your country too?
Husam-89 Premium
Yes they do shop online
But the online affiliate concept does not exist
So don't you recommend to target other countries ?
Nina64 Premium
I just watched how to make money on your website. Do I need to feature a product on my website? I already have a website on home decorating that I'd like to promote and a blog on empty-nesting that I'd like to somehow incorporate into 1 website. Is that possible and would that promote a sale of something where I could make a commission?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, eventually yes if it serves a purpose. You'd want write informational posts addressing issues related to your niche and if there's a solution / product that can solve their issue, you would write a review to help your visitors make an informed decision whether to click your links and go purchase the item / solution you have proposed. You'd have done your research well and outlined a plan.
jghwebbrand Premium
Home decorating is a very interesting niche.
Do you get traffic to your existing website? Or do you have a social following? As you do the Wealthy Affiliate Training, you can check your existing website and see if you following the WA teaching. The WA training gives some very important things that help a website rank and get traffic.

After you get traffic you can look for products that relate to your website pages and blogs.

Does your empty nesting blog give helpful information and ideas? Are there products related to any of your ideas?

Without visiting your websites I can't be sure, but it seems that both of them need to be separate websites because their focus seems to be completely different.

The cost of a domain name is quite reasonable. WA charges $13.99 per year. I don't know what your current domain registrar charges.

Just a thought to consider.
I don't know your situation at all, but one of the options you do have if you want to continue as a Premium member at $49 per month, you could transfer your existing websites to WA. This all depends on your long term goals and what makes sense for you.

We wish you much success.
BarbaraPiv Premium
Hi everyone,

I already built a website but since I became premium and I would like to redo it by using a great design. I am just wondering what you recommend , should I get a registered domain or use a free one?

I guess in the beginning while I am building website and blogs I cloud use free and when it looks better I cloud switch to registered?
What are your thoughts?

Wonderful day to you All
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, you may like review my notes on below discussion resource for mote info The majority here use GeneratePress theme

GeneratePress is extremely light, fast, well coded, SEO optimised, flexible, adaptable and customisable.

The premium version plugin is even better, and you get templates and more options to customize.

Hi how I start this website
cdubb25 Premium
Depending on what your site is based around, you can click through and add different themes to your website until you find one that works best for you.

My site is a blog, and I went with the "Bam" theme on wordpress. But I downloaded and tried 15 themes before I found the one that I liked.

I would also suggest that while you continue to build out your site, and learn/implement the training, you use a free domain. It might take a little while for your content to get indexed and for you to start seeing traffic coming in. Use the free domain until you get a feel for how to use wordpress and create content. You can always buy the paid domain later when you are ready and the site is up and running how you want it to be.

I hope this helps!

Best regards,

-Chris W.
BarbaraPiv Premium
Thank you so much for the advice :)
Would like to inquire which approach is most effective to begin with!

Is it better to search for a profitable affiliate programs at first, and if they would be interesting to myself - move to their direction?
To choose an interesting and actual niche and only afterwards to start searching relevant affiliate program.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, I'd figure out my niche first and write original informational posts and if there's a product / solution you can provide to solve a visitor issue , you then can write a review to help your visitor make an informed decision whether to click your link and go purchase what you are proposing.
Thank you! But were there cases when you have chosen a niche, wrote a lot of content, posted it to your website and afterwards, unable to find proper affiliate program?
Jaz333 Premium
You could do a little niche research prior just to get an idea of what types of programs are out there but in the beginning your focus should be on just getting set up and consistently publishing informational content.

Most affiliate programs are going to want to inspect your website to see that it has plenty of relevant content and a steady stream of traffic prior to approving you. So knowing that, you probably do not want to apply or be in contact with them until you have a good 20+ articles published to your website. This is why adding links comes a little later in the training.

Good luck, Shannon
AbieAJ Premium Plus
I would have assumed you would have researched your niche well and outlined your plan, however the primary goal is providing added value content first to gain traffic and traction and then instil the programs wanting promote. After all we are writing for humans vs search engines and you want your user experience top notch.