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.

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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I work in an office 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I enjoy moving around every once in a while in my office, I love to exercise and I know life can get away with you while working in an office setting. I have thought about maybe doing a niche website on small office equipment? Would this be a good niche to try and do?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi small office equipment are the products / items you would be promoting on your site vs a niche subject, you may wanting talk about small spaces and how those equipment benefit which target audience? Sourcing, maintenance, safety, repairs etc.

That's a great niche to be in however you may want to narrow it down to a subcategory starting out.

You may consult with http://answersocrates.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.
michaelw777 Premium
That's not bad; but some Members disagree with this; but this is what I encourage and I will say why.

Try to broaden your Niche; see if you can get a broader Niche. You will reach a bigger audience; you will have more potential Customers. You will also be able to help more People.

Also; some Members have said to me in the past; they run out of topics to make posts about. So, I am encouraging you to have a bigger Niche; so that you have more to post about.

I am just going to say too; your Niche should be something you Love and Feel Passionate about.

You will be doing about 3 posts per week; if you stick to what is said for that on here.

So, your Niche should be something you can talk about a lot.

Just to say too; your Niche should be something you really think you can market; and get potential Customers for.

Hope this helps?

And if this is not enough? Please do ask again?
countrylife Premium
Hey Carrie, I am Lula. Pleased to meet you at WA.
I think your niche is terrific but needing a bit of drilling it down you need start it with a subcategory and low competition keywords for site starts gaining traction and organic traffic, slowly down the road to become an authority site. You will do really great, as long as you are passionate about creating and writing lots of original content, set you apart from the competition to later ranking in the search engines.
Wishing you well, continued success and a terrific day.
GeoffreyC1 Premium
For sure, sounds good idea.
Newme202 Premium
Here's a training that helps you with making your niche more specific Let us know how you are getting on
I like that idea, especially with the current pandemic and for most office settings (especially at home) is convenient right now.
JFriel Premium
I have gone back to the start with the walk through videos and this my 2nd time here and now i am getting a better handle on now.
But now it's time for Zzzzz! looking forward to this tomorrow and maybe be a few steps further.
Thanks for the Lessons!
AbieAJ Premium Plus
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.
jghwebbrand Premium
Glad you are learning even more the second time around. That's great. And if you ever have questions, leave them here and we the WA community will respond.

here's to your new success.
Okay, my idea is to have a website about knitting. Best needles to use, how to follow a pattern, how to substitute yarns, etc. I understand that by having a website I can send customers to Amazon or Etsy for supplies and earn a commission. Knitting is something I am very knowledgeable about and I have many years of experience doing. How do I use this as my niche?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You would have written 20 - 30 posts and have some traffic to be able apply for affiliate programs as typically they will check your site for relevance and traffic prior approval.

For Amazon it is 15 - 20 posts.

Once accepted, they've give you material and special tracking code links you can share on your site.

Essentially you are writing informational and review posts 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.

Once they do, and in accordance to your affiliation terms and conditions how commission payouts are tracked and paid.

I would always adhere to your affiliate program terms and conditions.

Further info and as stated below

hat's a great niche to be in however you may want to narrow it down to a subcategory starting out.

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

Examples: crochet kit and yarn, crochet for babies, dog sweaters, doll clothes, knee warmers, pillows, lacy look cardigans, scarf oversized tees, crochet Christmas ornament patterns classes or groups for beginners etc

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.
jghwebbrand Premium
Really like you niche choice. It looks like you have already defined some post content you can include on your website: Best needles to use, how to follow a pattern, how to substitute yarns, Then you can write product reviews about the related products comparing them and recommending the best.

So you will write your posts and in them include related products links you receive when you get accepted into an affiliate program for which you register.

You will use Jaaxy to find the best keyword phrases to use average search volume >30 and QSR <100 and SEO >95 is best to start with.

We wish you much success.
YvonneBray Premium
Knitting is a great choice. Imagine passing on all your tips and tricks to help others on how to solve a problem. I, too, love knitting. I think you should do very well. It would be great if you were able to incorporate a video that shows people how to Knit.
Thanks Yvonne and everyone else for your replies!
I am finding it quite frustrating to try to narrow down my niche.

Maybe I am on the wrong track, about how to make this work for me. I need to take a break and think about all I have learned so far. It’s a lot of information to think about.
Barakat2 Premium
Slow and steady wins the race, isn't that a bit of time? A stitch in time also nine don't forget. Just be yourself and keep the ball rolling. Niche isn't something difficult or confusing. If perhaps you want to narrow down on your niche, just be You and enjoy
I love that idea for a niche website. I have no idea how to knit! I would be a frequent visitor to your site if I ever wanted to become more knowledgeable about knitting!
jghwebbrand Premium
You can cover as much of the topic as you want in time. What we are all trying to say when we suggest narrowing your niche is to find a segment that is smaller so you can cover it extensively and then expand. This way you will get visitors that are really interested in what you have to say because they are looking for something specific. When visitors don't find something specific they will leave the site. your goal is to capture a specific group so they become your followers for the topic.

After you take a break, how about doing a google search on knitting and crocheting. You will find several auto suggested segments. maybe one of those will be just the place to start. And then remember you can expand to cover more later.

Here's to your success.
YvonneBray Premium
What are you passionate about, maybe I can help.
Newme202 Premium
Use this training to help you narrow down your niche
DeborahFraz1 Premium
I saw that Premium Plus was only $30 a month and will that stay or will it change to $49 a month. The regular Premium starts out just for the month as $19 and than changes to $49. Do you have a discounted price for a yearly premium instead of month to month? Just curious to know.
Newme202 Premium
The first 7 days are free
After which you pay a discount for the Premium of $19 and then $49 monthly.

The Premium plus is $49 for the month initially and then $99 monthly

We have a yearly discount in November, which is our regularly Black Friday special

I also believe that there will be a yearly special next month, however, you need to listen for that announcement.
I hope this helps

Here's a comparison for all memberships here at Wealthy affiliate
Let me know how you get on
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, discounted prices may happen later in the year however as of now nothing is announced.

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

As and when you decide to become a Premium, your first month would be $19 then $49 monthly afterwards until you cancel

Or $49 first month then $99 monthly afterwards for premium plus + tier subscribers.

To learn more

Comparison Chart

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.

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

Welcome to WA and our community.
IvanBroz Premium
Premium Plus is $49 for the first month and then it changes to $99 per month.

Premium is $19 for the first month and then it changes to $49 per month.

There's no discount on Premium or Premium Plus yearly subscription yet. However, there should be a promotion maybe next month (according to Kyle). Once it starts, Premium and Premium Plus yearly options will be probably 30 - 50 % cheaper!
HI my name is Robert Rodriguez, I am looking for a mentor! I was not a great kid growing up I struggled in school from 6th grade all the way to high school, until I was diagnosed with a learning disability. My father was a seargent major in the Army we moved every 3 years. I am 28 yrs old and i have been in and out of college. The thing is I want to make my father proud. My sister is a computer scientist and makes great money. but i cant help but see that I am the Black sheep of the family. I ask my dad if he is proud of me, and he says he is always proud, but I know that he expects more from me. I expect more from myself. I want to make him proud!!!! I want freedom and to solidify my future. I am sorry for all the info, but I thought it was important to let you guys know how i feel. I want to break out of this bubble i pray a lot, and I ask to please bring me an opportunity. I have an obligation to my self and others that want to be my friend that wants to add value to my life. I dont have friends right now because i dropped them all got off social media. (Ill only open social medias to promote products and generate passive income through my affiliate link. i have my warrior plus set up for commissions, i need to set up a jvzoo account. I need to learn. I have a pHD. (poor hungry determined. I will be a millionare.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi if you click Help tab top menu, you can then see who your mentor is next to Kyle and Carson.

It looks like Dale is your WA assigned mentor.

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.
Newme202 Premium
Hello Robert,
Welcome to the platform of opportunity. I am so sorry that you had that experience but you have shown determination and perseverance in your message

Here you have an opportunity to change your life for the better. And yes I can feel your desire to do so.

Apart from your mentor, you also can ask this very helpful community for anything that you are unsure of or any clarification

As you are a starter you only have 7 days to do so.
Make very good use of those important 7 days

I wish you success on your way going forward
Kyle Premium Plus
You have lots of mentors here at WA Roberto, if you ever need anything at all as you move forward, just ask! :)