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! :)

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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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TMutim Premium
Hi fellow members,
Those who just joined the Wealthy Affiliate program, take advantage of a variety of topics available on this platform. Along with your Training, you can also access Classes by clicking on the top bar of the main page where you can find valuable information such as Classes series/Content-Creation/the Basics of the Content Creation and more presented by the expert Jay. Today I attended the above lesson which clear up all the doubts.

AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesome Teresa and great to know.

Feel free to reach out when you need help or have questions.
jghwebbrand Premium
This is really great to hear that the training helped to clear up your doubts. We would agree with you that Jay has some great classes They played a big role in your success too.

Continue to enjoy your online learning and doing journey.
Thanks so much
That's Good Advice
Trev01 Premium
I'm reading a lot of comments saying "it will take time to make any money" and "it's very unlikely to make enough money in the first month to pay for the second month" etc. which leads me to question does anybody actually make any money at all from the siterubix sites or do they all just run through the process, upgrade, port the site across to an owned domain and profit from there? That is a question that comes from fear (i guess) and what lies beneath it (but not far beneath) is another question. Does anyone learn enough from the starter membership to make money or does it just hook you into the potential of the possible existence of chance that you can do it and you upgrade and blow your budget learning and never quite have enough to make a go of it? I'm not sure these are real questions but I'm sure people have been where I am and been burned (gone away, recovered and come back to some similar effort to be burned again and again.) If the free stuff convinces me I need more but leaves me ultimately unsatisfied/unconvinced, does the paid stuff tell me I need more too? Sorry I'm reaching I know...
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Absolutely. There's many folks here who make money.

Well if you are serious about building an online business, it is no brainer to upgrade to a premium.

You can learn loads absolutely. For the first seven days you can test drive the Wealthy Affiliate platform limited premium access to see if it fits with your business needs and objectives.

As ask as many questions as you like to get clarifications exactly like what you are doing right now.

Other options are available too, you could remain a Wealthy Affiliate starter indefinitely and your siterubix subdomain remains valid for six months from day signing up to the platform, giving you time to build content.

However the learning curve would be steeper as communications with the Wealthy Affiliate platform ceases up in 7 days from time signing up, you will not have access to coaching and sound advice.

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

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

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DianeScorpio Premium
Hello from Nottingham! Well, you have obviously read some of my responses to other members' questions. And I prefer to be honest.

If you have absolutely no knowledge of building a website, writing content that converts to sales, and affiliate marketing, then it is practically impossible to make any money from the free membership.

One of the biggest hindrances to success is the lack of ability to communicate after your first 7 days, to ask questions and you have no access to Technical Support either if you have a problem with your website. Basically, you are on your own and will have to research everything yourself.

And another drawback that is not often mentioned, is that the free website you are given is limited to 1,000 visitors per month. That is nowhere near enough to make a sustainable, decent income.

As a premium member, you have unlimited support, and access to hundreds of lessons and hundreds of webinars. However, that alone is not enough to guarantee success.

The business model as taught here is not a "set it and forget it" plan. You will have to be prepared to write as much original content as you can on your chosen niche subject, with nothing copied. Every single week, even in years to come. Eventually, you will have written hundreds of articles for your website.

Most people give up after 3 months, maybe 6 months, as even with the premium membership, you are unlikely to see any income before then. Google needs to see you are in this for the long term and that you have established yourself as an authority on your subject.

Sorry, I have rambled on a bit! But what it boils down to, is the question of are you prepared to write article after article for the foreseeable future?
Elissa29 Premium
Hi Diane,

Well said!


Elissa29 Premium
Hi Trev,

Remember the definition of F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real).

There’s really no need to fear. Though, there is a need to work hard at anything, if you want to succeed.

Do you know of any successful businesses that were built overnight, or in one month, or three months, or even in a year? On average it takes at least five years to build a solid business foundation. In other words, every business takes time to succeed. For success is not a destination, it’s a daily process. The more you proceed to build your business, the more successful you become. It’s when you allow negative thoughts to intervene and block your success, is when you fail.

Remember too, I can’t and you can’t and nobody I know can spell success without a “u.” So, decide to dedicate yourself to a daily successful busy by setting daily goals, plugging into the WA trainings daily, and writing posts daily and, I’ll meet you on the other side of success!

Blessings to you & yours,

jghwebbrand Premium
Great questions here.
The real purpose for the Free Starter training is to let you try the Paid premium membership so you know what it offers without investing first. It also gives you an idea of who this works and if it is something you wish to pursue further.

How soon you earn money is dependent upon may factors. For someone starring with no experience it usually takes longer but then it also depends on how easily the training is understood and applied to your online business.

It takes work and doesn't happen magically.

Since you are still within your first 7 days, click on some of the menu tabs. see what's in them Do a search on some terms and see what comes up. There is both formal training and one weekly webinar by Jay, the WA training.

Until recently, now Premium Plus membership also exists with more training from those WA members who are Super Achievers, this is the learning system that we all have used. Many have made over one mullion already. Do a menu bar search "success stories" . There is no way to predict how you will, but the training, tools and support needed are here.
AnaNunez1 Premium
Hi Trev01.

I am new and cero experience within the affiliate marketing world. I understand your fear, I feel the same way some time.

This is the think, the $49 per month will be less than the monthly subscription of a gym membership. This will be like an investment for your future business.

If you don't expect unrealistic quick results you must likely won't be disappointed. I think we need to be patience. Realistically it will take time.

I wish you well and best of luck.
kizakovic Premium
Wow! Same questions I'm asking my self!
kizakovic Premium
The same questions I ask myself!
Great minds think alike. :)
Elissa29 Premium
Remember the definition of F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real).

There’s really no need to fear. Though, there is a need to work hard at anything, if you want to succeed.

Do you know of any successful businesses that were built overnight, or in one month, or three months, or even in a year? On average it takes at least five years to build a solid business foundation. In other words, every business takes time to succeed. For success is not a destination, it’s a daily process. The more you proceed to build your business, the more successful you become. It’s when you allow negative thoughts to intervene and block your success, is when you fail.

Remember too, I can’t and you can’t and nobody I know can spell success without a “u.” So, decide to dedicate yourself to a daily successful busy by setting daily no goals, plugging into the WA trainings daily, and writing posts daily and, I’ll meet you on the other side of success!

Blessings to you & yours,

kizakovic Premium
Elissa29 thank you for being realistic. I don't believe in big promises, in success overnight.
TheresaMc Premium
Greetings from North Florida to all of you on-line here today!
I am on Lesson One and about to start Task Three. I just wanted to jump over to the chat area and say Hi to everybody. I am loving it here already. Seems to be a very caring and supportive group of folks. Great environment to learn in.
......Okay.....Heading back to training now. ;)
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Super welcome to WA.

We are so happy to have you with us, and we know you are going to enjoy and benefit greatly from the Wealthy Affiliate training here.

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

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

You have access to Level One of OEC And level One of the Affiliate Bootcamp How to make money by Kyle Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
Always a pleasure to be of assistance.
HGrobler Premium
Welcome here at WA. I am also relatively new here. You will learn a lot, but it will also be very interesting and fun. If you stay dedicated to your goals, you will surely achieve your goals.

I wish you all the best for your journey ahead.

jghwebbrand Premium
So excited to meet you. Thanks for stopping and leaving a greeting. So glad you found the WA website with all of its training, tools and support.. WA has been around over 15 years now.
You may enjoy the website wealthyaffiliate.com contents.

WA is a very friendly, helpful and active community. We like to help new comers achieve success.

The way to learn the online process is to complete the Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. After you finish each task make sure to check mark the box in front of the task. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

We wish you well.
LindaMetz Premium
In choosing a niche, if I have a couple of great domain name ideas (and I already have a great short domain for dogs and a similar one that I see available for cats) does it work to build a niche around a great domain name even if it isn't researched for SEO, or is it better to find keywords first, then come up with a domain name? I guess I'm asking how important is the domain name.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the domain name is not that important, although it should bear some relevance to your niche. People will be finding your site by the keywords in your content, not by searching for the domain name.
LindaMetz Premium
Thank you so much! That's really helpful, apprec!
jghwebbrand Premium
A domain name is not the secret for a successful online business. Writing niche related original helpful content is key to growing a website. That is what search engines crawl, index and rank. Choosing a domain name that you like and that is easy to remember is nice.

I would start with the free siterubix.com subdomain first because if you decide you don't like it you can delete it and start over. Many times people buy a dot com and change their mind but once a dot com is purchases you own it for a year at which time you can renew it,

When buying a dot com domain name .avoid dashes in it and brand names..
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's great and thank you for sharing!

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.

Naming it can be relevant and at the same time, not. For example Apple dot com doesn't sell apples vs tech gear.

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

And a godaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name.

I'd also use this site namecheckr.com

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. And make sure it is spelled correctly as it cannot be edited once purchased.

I would not include dashes and check if the domain is copyrighted, trademarked and ' or registered to an established business.
LindaMetz Premium
Thank you, so helpful, all of you! Appreciate it.
LindaMetz Premium
Aha, didn't realize I should check copyright, trademark etc. Good tip there, thanks.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
No worries, Linda!

And absolutely, you do not want to build a business and few years down the line there's an issue. Just in case, better to be safe than sorry!

Kindly let us know when you need help? or have further questions.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
And you are so so very welcome!
jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
LindaMetz Premium
Actually, how do I check to see if my phrase is under copyright or trademark? Duh! Thanks for any tips/info on that.
Hi everyone,
I just came up with a new niche since my old one wasn't that efficient . This new one is about gym supplements and if they're good or bad for you and all the different sorts of it . I just want some opinions if this is a good niche topic .Thanks.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Those are the products you would promote on your site vs a niche subject you would address to a qualified target audience (group of people)

Gym workouts for beginners

In the first instance, 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.
jghwebbrand Premium
Okay so gym supplements for what? Who do you want to help and how do you want to help them? Build muscle? Or What.?

Do you have experience with this?

Some other questions you can ask yourself.
Do you have any hobbies? Sports? Problems you've solved? Problems you are looking to find solutions for? Products that are amazingly helpful? Something you talk a lot about? Something you wished you had learned earlier in life? Job skill?

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.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
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