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 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.

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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RobinSlater2 Premium
I have moved on to "Understanding Keywords" in lesson 8 but am not happy with how I have left " Placing custom menus in widgets"
I have a sidebar that is below my webpage but not on it. It is the sidebar that came with the theme I selected, it contains the following.
Recent Posts
Recent Comments
Favorite Posts

Have selected and installed 3 plugins recommended by a member, which are Classic Editor, Classic Widgets, and Custom Sidebars. These were installed because Kyles page was different from mine because Wordpress had an update making it different from Kyles. I am concerned that my sidebar is not on my web page. A final strange thing is when I click in my Search box there appears the following :
Swivel recliner chair
Pretty Links

Is this strange or am I missing something?
I am a little lost as I have never built a website before and is causing frustration and stress
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may submit a ticket to site support anytime have them check your site, I am not sure how Cookies
Swivel recliner chair
Pretty Links

Got into your search bar unless somehow you may have a plugin that's interfering with the process.

Site support


You may also consider the following.

Empty browser cache refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

You can also empty servers cache.
Websites > Site Manager > Details > Sitespeed > Empty site cache
jghwebbrand Premium
Did you refresh your browser.
barbbrenn Premium
I looked at lots of "Themes" andnot sure exactly what I should be looking for? My niche is brain health. Should I just be choosing a Theme that I like the layout of, and then I am going to add my own photos and copy? Not exactly how to use "Themes"/
AbieAJ Premium Plus

The majority here use the GeneratePress theme, however you may go to Appearance > Themes and add new.

Input what you are looking for, install and activate.

Themes can be customized, they do not have to follow your niche.

We always recommend leaving a back up, you may do with the Twenty TwentyOne

GeneratePress is extremely light, fast, well coded, SEO optimised, flexible, adaptable and customisable

AbieAJ Premium Plus
jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, the way to look for a theme is to look at the features you want.
For example some Themes have 2 header menus - top and main; some themes have footer columns and foot menus. Some have built in breadcrumbs (showing the URL path using title of page) to current page or post. some have more widgets than others.

And some are faster than others. Some are created by theme companies (those are more dependable). some are more popular (the more a theme is used the more pressure there is on the theme developer to keep in touch with trends. .

We have chosen a theme that is fast, very popular and has more features than some. We are using a free theme and chose not to use Generate Press because the free version does not have enough features for us. Our theme developer even adds features to the free version which doesn't happen to most free theme.
If you want to know what theme we use send us a PM.

You will add your own images so don't look for a theme with the right images. Unless you are selling your own products you will not want a theme with a store layout.

Hope that helsp.
barbbrenn Premium
Shall check this out tomorrow also. Thanks. It's so true about so many people giving me ideas, great, love it!!
Marcin8 Premium
I’ve got this msg coming up when I’m trying to activate widgets:

Your theme has 1 widget area, but this particular page doesn’t display it.

You can navigate to other pages on your site while using the Customizer to view and edit the widgets displayed on those pages.

I have tried a few things, like going to different pages, but it doesn’t help. Has anyone got any suggestions?
jghwebbrand Premium
I am not sure what theme you are using.
It could be a theme response
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may have the new widget update from WordPress.

You may install the classic widgets plugin and with the classic editor.


Initially you may download to your PC and then upload .zip files to your WordPress sites back office.

Or go to Plugins > Add new, input classic widgets, install and activate.

However in the standard view you may click the plus to add something or the three dots and choose to remove a block from the drop down menu.
Marcin8 Premium
Thank you. I did it, it’s easier to chose all the widgets now, but they still don’t appear on the site.
Marcin8 Premium
The theme is called Brite. There is a big photo and seems like a widget wouldn’t go there. I’ll explore a bit more to see if I can fit it somehow.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may contact BRITE theme support


Looking at demo, seems like it has a slider.

If this is not the one, kindly let us know.

ou may need to empty browser cache refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

You can also empty servers cache.
Websites > Site Manager > Details > Sitespeed > Empty site cache
jghwebbrand Premium
Another option is to choose a theme like Kyle used for realdealaffiliate.com (Hero) and create a static home page and insert an image at the very top of the page. And do the same with each post.
barbbrenn Premium
I think i set up my website, but not sure?? Im not sure if this domain is mine. When I first started to determine if my choice was not available in the free site it said it was not available, but when i clicked on the website that was premium it was available but when click on the premium (paid website) it said it was available?? Do I have a website yet?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

If you do it would be listed in your site manager


If unsure, you may always submit a ticket to support

jghwebbrand Premium
The websites you have are listed here.

If you click on https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites
Site builder -> domains I own does the name appear in the drop down box if not you do not own it. If it does you own it..
TimNZ Premium
An idea for my niche.
I have had some training in massage.
I have had clients in the past but now my wife is the only person I massage.
It is definitely something I enjoy doing even if the massage is not reciprocated lol
So I was thinking online massage courses.
Do you think this is specific enough.
jghwebbrand Premium
What a great topic. So very helpful.
Are there massage types? And are there multiple massages for each type? If no your niche i narrow enough.

You will want to identify an audience you want to help to you get targeted traffic. This will eliminate some of your competition and give your website a better chance to rank when it is just beginning.

A niche is not a product, it's a subject that you can help a target audience with. Remember, you are not setting up a shop (store), you will be writing lots of articles about your niche to help your targeted audience.

Kyles asks us to complete this statement.
'i want to help ____(group) with ______(problem)'

For example. I like camping and what to help campers buy the right equipment to make their camping experience more pleasant and safe.

Camping is a very broad topic with a lot of competition so to eliminate some competition in the beginning so the website has a chance to grow, the focus needs to be a smaller scope. For example essential camping equipment for beginners. Once the website is established and has a good volume, its scope can be expanded to include other things camping related. This is just an example.

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.
Use tools like the following to see questions you can address for your niche.
https://soolve.com https://answersocrates.com https://usetopic.com/people-also-ask and Google search scroll down and find "People also ask section" or use Quora.com
Why should you narrow your niche when first starting?
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. Once your site is established and you are getting traffic you can expand your niche scope.

Here are a couple of blogs on narrowing and expanding a niche.
How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later Here are some more things to think about when choosing a niche

How To Find Your Passion
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/villyviking/blog/5-questions-to-find-your-passion-and-purpose-in-lifeIf have no niche ideas here are some things to think about
How to Become An Expert in Any Niche Then when you have ideas compare them using http://trends.google.com to find out interest and trend.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

Online courses is cool, you may use the LifterLMS tool.

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

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

See example blog post below 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 massage

Swedish Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage.
Lymphatic Massage.
Sports Massage.
Oncology Massage.

Relieve stress
Relieve postoperative pain
Reduce anxiety
Manage low-back pain
Help fibromyalgia pain
Reduce muscle tension
Enhance exercise performance
Relieve tension headaches

Effleurage (Stroking)
Tapotement - Massage techniques for beginners

You may like review below resource for more ideas


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.

Possible programs



You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

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

Welcome to WA and our community.

Would be nice to hear how you are getting along. Much obliged and best wishes.
TimNZ Premium
Thanks for your welcome and all the work you put into your message
In narrowing down the niche I thought massage oil might be a good place to start.
Should I narrow this niche down even further.
Does it work to be region specific.
I live in New Zealand.