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. 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.

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


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Albert6011 Premium
Hello Kyle, I just finished publishing both my content and privacy policy, I followed your video to the letter, but they look so different.. Yours looks in a webpage in progress, and mine looks like a word perfect page.. My font is much bigger than yours, my web name is much smaller than yours, on the right hand side I do not have the same column listings, yet on my policy page I have comments etc..What did I do wrong.. Cant figure it out...
Thanks.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi this may change with themes, styles however the functionalities are same.

A privacy policy is a static page vs post and it goes in your primary menu via Appearance > Menus.
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countrylife Premium
Hey Roy
If you did a mistake with your privacy policy page and you made out a post, then you switch it by using the post type switcher I so happen wrote a blog about it But yeah fonts can be changed so is sizes I am hoping you would be manage
Wishing you well and a terrific day.
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Frognmecom Premium
good Question , Good to know
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jghwebbrand Premium
Font size, color, sidebars are set up in WP back office -'> appearance -> customize. Each them is different in the degree of flexibility they offer to modify various features. You could check your themes documentation to get a feel for what you can do with your theme.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.
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HosseinC Premium
Hello all,

Relatively new to the lessons, but I see a lot of talk about niche marketing. I am wondering, given the current situation with the pandemic still affecting most of the world, is there not a place for emphasis on more essential items to be sold online, like essential food and groceries, etc.?

I am asking this, especially since this is the experience at least I know of, that people's niche tastes have evaporated while they concentrate on more survival related basic items, even while they must order these often online.

Thanks.
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Newme202 Premium
Hi
A niche is anything that are you passionate about. It can be anything that you are interested in.

You can start this by writing down all the things that you are interested in on a paper on as a list on your laptop.

Look at your list and ask yourself

Are there any one of these that I love to talk about more than anything else?

Can I use this and write about all that I know to help people?

After you do this, if you have any more questions, ask me and I will help you.
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HosseinC Premium
Hello,

This I can do, but there is the issue of whether my passion corresponds to something marketable to the larger worldwide online audience, especially in these troubling economic times. (by the way, I am looking into online marketing in large part because I lost my regular job and do need a reliable source of income which I haven't found yet through job searches, so let me know what a good meeting point between passions and marketable business can be).

Thanks.
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Newme202 Premium
You need to have passion to make your business marketable
If your audience is searching for what you have to offer then you will have traffic to your website.
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jghwebbrand Premium
You can get some idea of market need by typing niche iceas into Google and see if ADs are present at the top.

Also you can check in out at trends.google.com
And to see if there are affiliate programs for it
do a google your niche name + affiliate program + (optional location)

Maybe home survival kit or something is interesting to you.
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VRobson1 Premium
I have found that although we are in a pandemic people still have money to follow their passions. Here in the UK a lot of people have been on furlough and haven't had the expense of traveling to work yet are still being paid. As Tony Robbins says its possible to make lots of money even in the downturn. (I'm paraphrasing)
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jghwebbrand Premium
Absolutely! There is a lot of opportunity now.
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I have noticed how I buy a lot more stuff online these days thanks to the pandemic
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

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.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/

Examples would be Hiking gear for beginners, Precision watches for skydivers etc.

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.
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Hi, at what point will I now talk about my site in detail and actually offer my help to my niche, who are football fans who are looking for fixtures that will update their next match dates and venues? Eg if Chelsea play Manchester utd next weekend how will I post that?
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Newme202 Premium
You can now write your post in site content and post it to your website.
You can talk about your content in detail
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Mine is more of a live situation, do I just do research and write on the games that will be played probably next weekend? Or how do I go about it? My domain is English premier League fixtures
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Newme202 Premium
You can do
But what if you do not get any traffic by now and next week?
Will you writing about your thoughts before the games are played or after the games are played.

We were taught that our content should be evergreen, meaning, even long afterwards, visitors should still be looking for help in whatever topic that we are writing about
Can you say that this is the case for you?
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
You need to start writing posts and give this information immediately. That's what it is all about.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi those are products vs a niche subject focused towards an audience, in this example they are football fans. Or these are like match notices vs niche subject. Please see below how to arrive at a subject that best resonates with football fans.

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.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/

Examples would be Hiking gear for beginners, Precision watches for skydivers etc.

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.
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JimenezJ Premium Plus
Hi I am confused with this whole process I’m sure this will all make sense in the end as with anything that you start out with my question is where it says all the best when your name do you put your private email under there or your website name
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Can you please elaborate thank you. Says where?

If dot com domain, I would create a webmail or forward to a mailbox

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/email

If siterubix then you cannot create a webmail, you'll have to go with your private email.
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JimenezJ Premium Plus
Ok thank you
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Here's another blog regarding WA email for domain in case you need it.
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Lialice Premium
Hi all! I am struggling with my niche. I have lots of ideas floating around and can't seem to find a niche that I can pin point or see as being profitable. One of my ideas that has stuck is "working from home", so organisation, productivity, ergonomic equipment, Office Feng Shui etc. Does any one have any advice on whether they think this would be a good topic or does it need to be more specific?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

I choose with what resonates most with me.

You can consult with http://answersocrates.com/ to find a ONE niche subcategory starting out. As soon as site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale

Essentially you are writing more informational posts and if there’s a solution, a 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. We highly recommend to focus on ONE niche starting out.

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.

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

Welcome to WA and our community.
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Aniakj20 Premium
I think this is an excellent niche. Especially now with the pandemic and a lot of people working from home. Keep in mind that you will be writing a lot of content so if you have a lot to say about that topic, then this is a great choice for you.
When it comes to being profitable, I know this is not what you want to hear but I wouldn't worry about that at this stage. Every niche can be profitable if you have a quality website and traffic.
The key is to start building quality content and start getting indexed in google.
Also, as you go through the lessons, and work on your website, a plan will start formulating in your mind as to how you can make money.
I have been here for almost a month. Only now, when I almost finished the training, started seeing a plan in my mind how this can work for me financially.
I hope this helps.
Here's a great motivational quick blog post from Kyle. Good Luck!!
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Michael501 Premium
I like it ....

There's a lot to talk about on this subject as well as products you can promote.

Just like you said ergonomic equipment etc...

Since I'm in Health and Fitness naturally I think about all the aspects of "Working from home and what that entails" from a health perspective but I think its a good one..Feng Shui alone is a Niche.

There's so many people working from home now the possibilities are endless of things to talk about.

Best!!
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Lialice Premium
Thankyou!
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Lialice Premium
Yes there is a lot to talk about. But in the lesson it say to make your niche specific. So, would I need to choose just one branch from the whole of the "work from home " niche - like you have said above that "feng shui" is a niche.Or can I talk about the different bits as I have stated above as there are quite a few branches to take from it?
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Lialice Premium
Thanks that is really helpful !
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