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. 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 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.

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


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DianaLE Premium
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This is good yet a tad overwhelming. Choosing a Niche
I have multiple skill sets and talents. I'd love to start with my advocacy for autism...

I know what I want/need to be doing but my desire is far greater than my resources/knowledge of what's available regarding living with autism. (This is where I get stuck, not quite knowing how to pull my thoughts together to ask the right questions and get the help I need); do, ask away.

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In addition, I can go for a niche in sewing without patterns, freehand or repurposing (taking the old and making it new).

DIY on a budget @ household/home office projects in organization or decorations.

DIY jewelry and accessories.

There is more but these are almost effortlessly to make. I enjoy all of my gifts and abilities.
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jghwebbrand Premium
When you choose a niche,
1)be sure you have a strong passion for it, something you could work on 6 months or more and something that can be a long term business.
2) Are there related products and existing affiliate programs.. You can do a google search.
my niche + Affiliate program (optional: .location)
3) Find out about the interest level. you can use trends.gooigle.com
4) Find out what kind of questions people are asking. Is that something you want to help people with?
https://www.usetopic.com/people-also-ask

A niche is something you feel super excited to write about, a skill you have attained, something that resonates with you. You will want to be focused on one niche. What is it that you want to help a group of people with or what problem do you want to help them solve (group could be age, gender, location, experience level, degree or type of need, etc.)

Why should you narrow your niche?
The key to getting started fast is to narrow your niche down to a specific topic. This way, you will eliminate a lot of competition and get results much faster.
Niche example
Camping essentials for beginners as a niche subject Computer essentials for beginners. Strength training for women over 40.
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michaelw777 Premium
If you are willing to pay? You can make more than one .com on here. For your .com's; if you are willing to pay? You can have more than one website? But, it might be a Lot of work.

I will say too; if you are not familiar with a subject? That is okay. You can research 3 articles on the subject you want to post about.

After that; and you might take notes? After that; you can make your own articles; in your own Original words; and that are you own words.

Hope this helps and encourages?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

You need choose a ONE focused niche starting out, otherwise you will find it very hard to get noticed by the search engines and to compete with big authority sites. Target audience is important too, who would you be writing to, once you are able to identify them, you are closer to finding a focused niche.

So I'd say which one resonates best with you?

More 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. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in yoga
Yoga exercises for beginners

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.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
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My goals are to make somewhere between 10k-30k per month after a year or two. I am planning to work 4+ hours a day and about 4 days a week. completing this goal would be a major help for college. Is this enough work to reach my goal? Can I also get some ideas for my niche please?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

It cannot be quantifiable, because there's lots of elements to the equation, it depends what niche you choose, how you go about the coursework and your understanding, writing original content, good choice of keywords, consistency of publishing, etc

However WA is a learning platform teaches us how to build a progressive successful site for affiliate marketing. Please follow the training and apply what is taught all is explained within the lessons, ticking checklists bottom of lessons, tasks asked of you to complete in order to set up properly.

In relation to niche ideas

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. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in yoga
Yoga exercises for beginners

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.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
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jghwebbrand Premium
How soon you reach your goal is affected by a lot of factors. The more experience you have online working with websites and blogging the quicker you can reach your goals.

As for your niche, it is difficult to suggest a niche for another because it must be something you are passionate about, willing to spend a year or more on it, willing to write 100's of posts about it to help people.

A niche is something you feel super excited to write about, a skill you have attained, something that resonates with you. You will want to be focused on one niche. What is it that you want to help a group of people with or what problem do you want to help them solve (group could be age, gender, location, experience level, degree or type of need, etc.)

How To Find Your Passion If have no niche ideas here are some things to think about How to Become An Expert in Any Niche After 7 days you access will be limited. You will still have access to the free training and some videos.

OEC ABC Links to 20 free training lessons
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Ok so this is where i always start to get confused.. so lets say I choose Dallas Cowboy appearel as my Niche, then how would i word it for number 2 of build my website url?? wording things and picking names for domains and websites is where i have a lot of my trouble and frustration bc I have never been good at things like that ..ever
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Those are the products you would be promoting on your site vs a niche subject. You need figure out your focused niche before you name your site.

You may start of with a siterubix subdomain and run with the training, if you made a mistake you can delete and start again. However, with a dot com URL and you made a mistake, you'd have to purchase a new domain name, and as you are a starter, hosting is included in a premium subscription to the platform.

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. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in Dallas Cowboy Apparel may be cheerleaders, appropriate apparel for toddlers, stadiums nearby,


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.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
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jghwebbrand Premium
So it look like you are interested in football. Are you sure you are very passionate about it and are willing spend at least 6 months and write over 100 posts about football.

Here's how it works. You choose a niche for example
Football essentials for beginners. Your website will be all about foot ball and beginners. So your domain name could be something like beginnersfootball.siterubix.com then you will use Jaaxy the keyword tool to find keyword phrases with low competition and good ranking opportunity and write posts for them.

You can use http://usetopic.com/people-also-ask and Google search scroll down and find "People also ask section" to find questions people ask about it so you get more ideas for posts.

Most of us start out not knowing how to do this. Your free .siterubix.com website will give you an opportunity to practice and learn how this works.
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StarLight323 Premium
Hello, this is amazing and really easy to understand, thank you!
As I went through these steps, I noticed it asked me to install the additional plugins (Blossom themes), so it was a bit confusing. I don't know if this is explained in further lessons, but if you're like me, to click first and think later, I found a blog on this you can refer to, just to have a peace of mind that you did't do anything wrong :))
Hope it helps!
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

First I note them down.

They are additions to your theme for it to function better however you do not have to install them. if you do and have noted them down you'd know what they are in case you don't like current theme and wanting to change it.
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That one ita okay
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for including the required plugins blog.
Yes many themes suggest additional plugins for activation based on the purpose of the theme. WooCommerce plugins are really not needed for Affiliate marketers because we do not handle the product or do any billing.

Glad you are enjoying the training and finding it easy to understand.
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JeLLaw Premium
Hello, I realized in lesson 2 there are no affiliate programs through Jaxxy for my Niche's. I found affiliate programs on my own however. Would I be able to use the affiliate programs I found on the websites I am building on WA, or do they all have to be through Jaxxy?
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JeLLaw Premium
I apologize, I am still learning how to use this website I put this question in the wrong place here!
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the affiliate programs are just a suggestion. There is no problem with finding your own.
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jghwebbrand Premium
you can use the menu bar "promote" to find affiliate programs as well as a google search

your niche name + affiliate program + location
or your niche name + affiliate program

You are free to choose whatever affiliate program you want.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

No not applicable, you can choose what's relevant to your niche site from whatever sources your require.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.
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