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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Xavs Premium
Hello, I feel troubled. I already chose a template, but it doesn't resemble at all as the "offer template demo " let me call it that way. I know I can start building from almost scratch, so what exactly am I making out of choosing a template that doesn't already have some sort of preconfigured framework ? Am I doing something wrong ?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Totally and you are right, all templates are white canvas we add our own content.
jghwebbrand Premium
When using any theme you will rarely get images and already built in layouts. If you trying different themes what you can do install the free theme Astra. and then use this link (note dot com to be replaced with .com so link works) to find free starter site templates that use Gutenberg (the wordpress block builder) wpastra dot com/starter-templates/?type=free&page;-builder=gutenberg. See if you like any of those.

Is your free http://siterubix.com website available to try it. that would be an ideal way to see how this works.
Xavs Premium
Thank You , are You afiliate linking me ???? (Just kidding )!
jghwebbrand Premium
No absolutely not. What I have sent is entirely free. No affiliate links associated with it. We are not allowed it include affiliate links here. To include the link here I had to put dot com so you can change it to .com when you view it.
imbella Premium
Typically, free templates are blank. If you want the "demo" of the template you chose, you usually have to purchase it. Otherwise, you'd have to re-create it on your own with probably the help of another plugin such as Elementor.
Xavs Premium
Thank You
norman t Premium Plus
Can someone review and provide feedback on my About Me page. I need to know if It seems like I have the correct understanding about how to talk to people on this page. How is my conversational tone? What needs improvement? I would be most grateful for any help I can get. Thanks so much.
jghwebbrand Premium
You can use this link. Here is a blog you can look at.
About Me Page What To Say
norman t Premium Plus
I appreciate the links. Thank you. I will follow up on these right away.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may write as many words | paragraphs as you like on your “About Me” post. I would elaborate as much as possible. This is the first contact your visitors have with your site, they want to know the founder, what's the site about, can they establish rapport and above all can they trust the site and is it content worthy and user experience friendly. What would be your USP (unique selling point) - Think of it when you walk in a store, what would you like to see and what would your first impression be. If it doesn't hold to your standards you'd leave, same with your about me page, if the visitor doesn't feel at ease, they will click away.

You can also promote WA on your About Me post if you were to choose your own interest / hobby niche. You may then include a paragraph middle of page or towards end, adding few features about the benefits of joining the WA platform and there you can hyperlink your own unique affiliate link which you can fetch via the $ sign top menu. You may also ask for feedback here
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norman t Premium Plus
This a great help, thx
I understand for beginners we get one website to focus on a single niche. Realistically, how much can one expect to earn?

Best tips to picking out a niche that would be easy to work with?
Any niches to steer clear of?

Example of specific niche vs niche that’s too broad?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
There's no definitive answer to your question, as there are many elements to the equation; no two people or two niches are the same; it depends on the focused niche you choose, the content you write, the choice of keywords, and how well you understand the process. However, I have known folks to earn their first sale in two weeks, others in three months, and more so in a few more months.

I would go with passionate and genuinely interested in vs, profitable, trendy or in demand.

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
It is possible to make 5 and 6 figures from one website n after it has aged. For that reason the best niche is one that you are very passionate about because if you are not you can burn out or get bored. You truly need something that excites you and you would like to help people with

Ideas to find a niche.
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? We see you are interested in a good niche. Since 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.

How to narrow a niche down
imbella Premium
You get 10 premium sites as a Premium member but ideally, you should focus on 1 until you get value out of it. The amount you can earn is hard to gauge since this is dependent on your work.

A vague niche is something broad such as cooking, fashion, and automobiles. A specific niche goes deeper such as baking for cooking, women's clothing for fashion, or RVs for automobiles. You can still go deeper and be more specific such as vegan baking for cooking, maternity clothing for women for fashion, or Class C motorhomes for RVs.

They say to narrow in on a niche to start off and then you can expand later. I also would prefer to do that, but this will totally be up to you.
Darrenteed Premium
After watching the video for lesson 3, I am tinkering with an idea for a niche. Health and fitness is my passion but obviously quite broad. I’m trying to narrow it down to something like the single dad fitness life. As a single dad who works full time, it’s difficult to fit in all in sometimes so its a topic I’m definitely passionate about and can already think of like 20 topics to write about.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Workout or yoga exercises for single dads.

Sounds like this resonates with you.

That's awesome and solid, you may want to dive in doing the classes and start building content for your website.

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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
jghwebbrand Premium
the single dad fitness life is a great idea. You will definitely get a following for that.
What you can do is brainstorm on all things that come to your mind and then start with one focus and then to the next. You can also see questions people ask at answersocrates.com
NnurseBecca Premium
I like this idea:) health is very broad; you are right on the money there. The specific pocket you're aiming for also sounds even more evergreen. Kyle was talking about research slow and build fast. If you haven't nailed it down, I'd spend a few days researching and then just go for the gusto following our mentors here. Keep in mind it can always be edited after publication, but you can also reorganize everything before you go live with your ideas. You're going to get good feedback, so don't be shy. It's ok to even scrap and start from scratch at anytime, but do so early if you're still on the fence- I think it may save you time later. I'm not a guru, but these are educated guesses. Remember there is a learning curve with everything in life. Getting dad's fit seems very fitting. If I think of any good ideas, or if you'd like a guest blog ah lah Nurse Becca once you get a draft online, I'd be glad to and honored, really. Have faith in yourself, you got this.
Nurse Becca
Darrenteed Premium
For the Supplements Review site shown in the video, I think its a great idea but has the person running the site actually tested every single product listed on the site? Or does this person do research online for products and then sort of put it all together in one place on his/her site?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
I would not know if they've done or not. However you may follow on below resource. While it is ideal to try everything beforehand, it is not feasible. So you You may research other peoples work however all content must be originally written in your own words.
Darrenteed Premium
Thank you! That makes sense to me
AbieAJ Premium Plus
No worries, and super welcome to WA.
J-KWest Premium Plus
I'm not certain about that specific site either, but reviewing products is a lot easier as you become familiar with your niche. I certainly buy a lot of the products I review. If I can get a refund, even better, but that's not always the case, so I try to buy things I can also use.

But when you're familiar with your niche, say you're reviewing guitars and guitar equipment, for example, you don't need to own every guitar. You become familiar with particular brands, construction materials, design elements, etc.

You'll also find that you've run into certain things more times than you can count, and you'll learn what a majority of people have difficulty with and what they like and don't like. For example, all guitars under a certain price point might have something in common that people should be aware of, but maybe there's one brand or model that excels in that area for its price point.

Or, someone might want to know if a certain guitar is good for a particular style of music. Maybe they have large hands or small hands. Some guitars or amps are good in some situations and not for others, and so on...

These are all things you become familiar with as you learn your niche. Your experience and the information you have online will help you review products honestly and provide real value to your readers.
jghwebbrand Premium
As an affiliate marketer with an online website it is impossible to buy and test every product you review and recommend. So you can do research and watch videos and read reviews (amazon has a lot of product reviews) Also the manufacturers site gives you a lot of insight.