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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Autumn2208 Premium
Okay, not so sure that I joined 💯 knowing what y'all was about...I have been looking into starting online income, for I have no transportation options for the next year etc. I realize affiliated marketing is not a get rich quick, but I wanted to expand once getting my own websites to start on. I had hoped to have my brand, blog, affiliate market, start ecommerce in said niche and have all this linked from website. If I make a domain and start my website here, is this not going to be MY domain to keep if I cannot pay next months subscription? Also, am I going to be getting full commission pay through what I link?
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feigner Premium
if you buy a domain( typ $14 per year) then you host it here and build you site onto that domain...
but if you stop paying...then you stop paying for hosting and like stopping a mobile contrat hte service stops at the end of the payment period....so your site is offline...
and hte backup of your info will be held for 60 days before removal...so make sure you backup or move your site to anothe rhosting before leaving here....there are cheaper hosting but you need to learn a lot more to set it up and preotect your site....
if you stop paying then no commissions wil lbe paid as you are not a member...you don't drop back t a starter membership once you go premium....
have fun
phil
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Jaz333 Premium
If you purchase a domain it is yours to keep whether you stay with WA or not. I would however advise setting up hosting for the domain elsewhere before you cancel membership and leave WA, should that be the choice you make down the road.

Best, Shannon
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Autumn2208 Premium
My "plan" is not to leave WA, for I am sure I could benefit from a community of course, but if it comes time I am charged 50 and do not have 50, well I do not want to be screwed out of what I started for myself...this is my first time with creating a website so I am not sure how to move hosting of a domain or where to?? It's this kind of stuff that I get confused and worry on.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Yes you are needing have your own dot com down the line vs a siterubix subdomain, biggest advantage you own your dot com and can do what you want with it vs siterubix subdomain remains the property of WA.

Some affiliate programs may not accept you with a subdomain.

In case of cancellation

For any websites hosted here, you need arrange alternative hosting for your website before your subscription ceases as you would be locked out the platform, site support back ups are only available for 60 days.

You can never revert back to being a starter.

I also suggest you backup your sites, you can use the AIO WP Migration or Updraft plugins. UpdraftPlus is a premium and highly recommended.

WA affiliate program details and payouts, commissions as a premium member
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/share

Further info

WA is a learning platform that teaches you how to build a successful website for affiliate marketing. You need to read all the information, watch all the videos and complete each task as you are requested to do so. (source: Diane)

It is not a get-rich-quick scheme and requires months of consistent work. You are building a genuine online business for your future.

You'd need figure out your niche before you register your dot com

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. How to choose a new domain name

You can use Namemesh dot com - look in SEO & MIX columns

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

And godaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name.

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.

I would not include dashes and check if the domain is copyrighted, trademarked and ' or registered to an established business.

You can use Jaaxy fo find something suitable and along the metrics would also search if the dot com domain is available

Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.


https://my.jaaxy.com/search/keywords
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Autumn2208 Premium
🙌 Thank you for your direct answers! I needed detailed instruction. I think I understand here more now.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.
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CHind Premium
Hi, you awesome people I've got a bit of a dilemma. I rushed a bit, I've created a website called True tech king as I love tech but I think I may have gone too broad with the name, does this matter? can I still promote a more narrow niche within my webpage?

Thanks

Craig
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Newme202 Premium
Yes, you can
If your about me pages is about the content that you have provided so far, it is best to change it to reflect what your new narrow niche will all be about
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philmedia Premium Plus
You can change your name in settings Craig but not your less important URL. I think the process often is we start broad then have to a narrow, its all a learning, good luck, Phil
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feigner Premium
you can use your tagline and as Simone says your about me to further define the mission of your business...
have fun
phil
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Starting out you need a very specific narrowed subcategory with good choice of keywords. As soon as site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you would then scale

I would consult with http://answersocrates.com/ 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.

Further info

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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iyamed Premium
hello. can someone tell me how long will it take for me to earn through my website atleast the amount that i am supposed to pay this website for their training programme.as i am a student myself i am little worried whether i am risking my allowance money on a programe that i wont be able to pay every month till i reach my goals and give up halfway .i am happy to dedicate myself to reach my goals as long as i could afford my monthly payment through my newly created website
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DianeScorpio Premium
There is no average. It depends on what subject you have chosen, what the commission percentage is on the products you promote, how well you understand the process etc.

Some people might earn nothing for an entire year, others might earn $1000. After a couple of years, you might earn $100 a month or $5000 a month. No one can predict how successful you will be, and you can't compare yourself to other people.
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iyamed Premium
okay. thank u so much for your honest and straight forward reply. Means a lot
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
HI

It can take 3 - 6 months to see any income. This is a long term commitment and takes months of consistent work

WA is a learning platform that teaches you how to build a successful website for affiliate marketing. You need to read all the information, watch all the videos and complete each task as you are requested to do so. (source: Diane)

It is not a get-rich-quick scheme and requires months of consistent work. You are building a genuine online business for your future.

Essentially you are writing more informational original posts and content dependent how well you know your niche, how you understand coursework, how you apply. The training here works and it is second to none.

Anything is possible when we apply ourselves, you'd need to be organized, trained, have the right mindset, skillset and endeavor -

For the first seven days you can test drive platform full premium access to see if it fits with your business needs and objectives.

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

Welcome to WA and our community.
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Nikkidew2 Premium
The details that are pointed out about making yourself comfortable and welcoming everyone are very much appreciated. I can tell ya'll really do put care and time and effort into this program and that's amazing!!! I applaud all the hard work that goes onto making this the best experience for us
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Newme202 Premium
You're welcome 😁
Let us know if you have any questions or need clarification
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for recognizing the work that goes into creating a program like this. Kyle and a group of expert marketers in WA worked together on this.

It is most challenging to make the training doable and clear to everyone.

Your awareness of details will be a positive asset for you as you do our niche website.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

That's awesome, we are glad you are enjoying the training here.

Kindly let us know when needing help or having further questions.

Welcome to WA and our community.
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Mary613 Premium
Hi there!

I went through this 8th Step: Creating Custom Menus on Your Website. While following the instruction from the video, I did not find a menu on - the footer and other menus.Is there someting missing in my WordPress design?

I appreciate anyone's comment or response.

Thank you,
Mary
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi You need create them in Appearance > Menus. That's WordPress sites back office.

You can create a primary, top, footer and social icons menus.

Sometimes it can be in relation to the theme and what it allows however you would be able do at least a primary menu.



Tutorial
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jghwebbrand Premium
Not all WordPress themes have a footer menu.
When you log into back office ->appearance -> customize
click on menu then when in menu screen does menu locations show footer? If not your theme does not have a footer.

We use the free Astra Wordpress theme and it does have a footer menu capability.
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Greg2112 Premium Plus
is this one of my videos or Kyle's video?
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Mary613 Premium
It is Kyle's video. It looks like it depends on the WordPress theme design that we have chosen. The theme I've chosen doesn't have a footer...Anyway, it's okay.

Thank you.
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jghwebbrand Premium
If you are looking for a free theme with a footer menu, we use Astra.
We have used its for several years.
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