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 16 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 16 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 Kyle directly here.

Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, so 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 your 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 achievement 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.

I also encourage you to take a second and jump into a live chat, even if it is just to say "hello". We are a warm, welcoming and vivacious community here at WA and it is always a good idea to connect with others in the early stages.

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 your profile (image, description, goals)
3. Read Our Story, and Learn About the Premium Membership Offer

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J2PH Premium
Hello! I have 2 questions actually:

1. As I mentioned a few days ago, I have changed my niche from belly fat loss to clinical depression + treatments, but I already made a domain for belly fat loss. Would I need to create a new website? Because I do not know how to change that domain to something related to clinical depression.

2. I have been making a list of content to write for my niche, whilst also going through the WA training. But I wanted to know, should I just post informative, value-adding content (of course all the content will be value-adding) for my first few posts before promoting clinical depression products? I'm not sure how to go about it. Thank you!
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, you should have a new website for Clinical depression. Each niche must have its own website.

2. Yes, most definitely create informational posts first. Even 15 - 20 can be a great idea. Let your audience know you are here to help not sell. Also the search engines like informational posts as well. It will help your site rank better.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You need to be a premium before you can apply the move feature found within your site manager as hosting is included in a premium subscription to the platform.

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.

EJMAC64 Premium Plus
I am a Newbie, I believe if you have Premium Plus, you can just create another one. I also changed mine and it allows you to create up to 50.
Does that help???
Hello, I am from Taiwan. I am a beginner and interested in learning Affiliate. My target market is in Taiwan, China, Hongkong, and people arround the world who can read Chinese. I am interested in the Health (nutritional supplement) industry. How can WA communite help me? Any advise? Thank you very much!
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may read up on below resource You ought to discuss an aspect of nutrition to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer. For Programs

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You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get
Zenitsu Premium
Well firstly if you are interested in Affiliate, then you are in the right place as i knew nothing and have gained a lot of knowledge from WA, the training is simplified and caters to all. you can read the training aswell as follow the videos to find what works best for you... or both.

Following the training should help you target you're chosen audience and the fact you more or less have you're niche already is amazing... i spent a while trying to find one haha.

The community is supportive so if there is a class or something you don't understand you can literally comment/post and get a response the same day if not minutes later.

jghwebbrand Premium
You will want to decide how you are going to focus your niche idea because even nutritional supplements is broad. Are you looking to help people with a specific condition.

you will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic. If you don't know a lot about your niche and even if you do know something about it you will be doing a lot of research online so you can help people with their problems and related questions...

How to narrow a niche down
It's great to hear your goals and targeted demographics. I believe in you and your goals!
I have taken some time to come up with niche ideas. I have chosen 10 niches to explore, and tried to rank them in order of passion.
1. Amateur Radio equipment and accessories
2. Off-Grid living
3. Home Brewing: soda, beer, wine, mead
4. Self help/self improvement
5. Emergency Preparedness
6. DIY anything, but I am terrified with being on camera
7. Overcoming depression and anxiety
8. Modest clothing line
9. Health supplements and essential oils
10. Promoting Wealthy Affiliate

Please let me know what you think of my list of ideas.
DennisM4 Premium
What are you most passionate about?,something you can write lots of content about. Niche is a audience a group of people searching for stuff you have. So you might have to focus down to a specific group that you want to attract to your site your trying to build confidence in your group, trust.Everyone everywhere is searching for something you have, which one of these you pick is something you know more about then anything else.
Once you grow trust with your group then they will trust you with other things you can add to your pages or posts and cool articles of facts. And then one day add affiliate links . I hope this helped you out...but as I know your question will be answered by many of us here at WA.im still in training my self. We do have a confident bunch of helpers here.hang in there and never give up.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You need aim for ONE focused niche with a specific group of people, I'd go with what's best resonates with me.

The recommendation is to focus on ONE site starting out as it takes lots of effort and work get it going, however once you know what you are doing, then the learning curve would be less steeper to scale up.

I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer.
Thanks, Dennis. This has been really good so far. One question about the website I build is, will it be just a blog post your of web page, or will there be more than just one page, where I can have affiliate links, blog posts, photos/videos, etc.? Or maybe tabs that one can click on to find what they are looking for, and then click a link within that tab?
AbieOne Premium
What stands out for me 2, 3, 5, and 10. I am doing 10 I hope you can get to choose something you want to do. Good luck :)
DennisM4 Premium
Stick to the training, it will show you what and how to apply your content. From your free siterubix.com site to a paid. Com domain . To how to install posts, how to add links it's all here. So far I've had to down grade my site because it was way overwhelming. dennisautosupply.com, I had to downsize this because what is autosupply.its not parts it's not accessories. Its everything in between.

So I focused my niche to auto detailing.from here I can add any new content I need to attract the specific group of people wanting to learn how to detail your autos painted surfaces. Then I added other content of how to detail the inside to how to detail the engine compartment . And learned all this by sticking with the training.
Now im learning what keywords are and how to incorporate them into my posts articles.low hanging fruit keywords,and many more cool things.but once you get indexed by Google, then it's only a matter of time till you get ranked once that happends the 3 major search engines will know who you are and take you to the top of the page.Its all in the training. I hope this helped.
You can go check out what I have so far with what I have, just to give you an idea of what you have to do.
But for me I dont have everyday to dedicate myself to this place like so many others because I do have a 9 to 5 or rather a 545 am to 4pm job that requires alot of my time even after I'm done.anyways.if you have further questions, you can click the live chat button,or ask @AbieAJ shes an ambassador here has great knowledge.
jghwebbrand Premium
Your top 3 ideas have a lot of potential.
You can check trends (trends.google.com)
Do a search in google and see what auto suggests for each of them -
You will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic. If you don't know a lot about your niche and even if you do know something about it you will be doing a lot of research online so you can help people with their problems and related questions...
LindaMetz Premium
I have a niche and domain name, now trying to decide on a theme. Are all of the themes mobile friendly? Is there one better than another? I'd love some advice on picking a theme. The 30 second setup is taking a lot longer if I can't decide on one! Thx for suggestions.
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, all WP themes you can choose using your your wordpress backoffice will be mobile friendly. The default WA uses for starter is GeneratePress, More options are found in the paid version. We like to use the Free version of ASTRA because it has many more options in the free version and it is not necessary to buy the pro version.. Yu can check it out online doing a google search
Astra Demo to see if you like it. It has so very many options, is fast and very popular.
LindaMetz Premium
Hey, thanks so much, this is just the kind of info I was hoping for, much apprec!!! I'll definitely check out ASTRA. Thanks again.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
I test it first before buying in, because that can be expensive.

You want to make sure they are responsive, extremely light, fast, well coded, SEO optimised, flexible, adaptable and customisable

You may try GeneratePress or Premium where you can extend the theme and can have many layout templates.



Kadence WP with Kadence blocks




You can also review below resource about other options I hope this helps.
LindaMetz Premium
Excellent, hugely helpful, thanks so much!
Umario251 Premium
Hi! I'm making autism my niche but more specifically gift ideas or products for autistic people. Should I focus on one set of products for example only noise cancelling headphones or should I show a range of products as gift ideas to review and blog about like weighted blankets and stim toys etc?
jghwebbrand Premium
you will be writing posts for people to read on your website - so what kind of post content would your write? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.
Umario251 Premium
Thanks for the advice, I was intending to have content for both purely information to raise awareness as well as products that could benefit autistic people either to buy themselves or for as gifts for autistic people they know. My only question is then is my niche gifts/products for autistic people or would it be autism awareness?