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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Hi....im really passionate about soccer and i am thinking about soccer product....just think that this is the right time to start because the new season is about to begin. Any advise ?

And considering i choose soccer as my niche , I can do affiliate program for adidas/ nike / other brands right?
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You ought to discuss an aspect of soccer to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

For example soccer techniques and for beginners

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche You may search Programs

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You can do a google search
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and see what results you get
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Jan53 Premium
Hey!
I am also starting with my website with football content. I was also stressed at the beginning, but I decided to don't overthink and just do a niche that I am interested in. You could try to do some content targetting a qualified group, but I think it's not neccesary.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, you do have a lot of good brands.
Remember however, a niche is not a product.
A niche is an idea with a targeted audience you choose to help.
For example Essentials for beginning soccer players. The way to start with with informational blogs unrelated to specific products. What is , how do, why, guides, definitions . Look for questions people have about soccer and write answer posts to help them before you even think about products. resource: google search and answersocrates.com.

So who is the targeted audience you want to help and how and why.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later .
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kevinA3 Premium
hi there, there's always room to go into soccer because it's such a big market
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crandolph20 Premium Plus
I have thought about my niche. I want to promote lipstick but there are so many to choose from. How can I near it down too being one specific brand? Should l look up specific make up brands like Mac, Sephora, or Maybelle to see what lipstick pop out to me in order to use it as a niche.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Firstly as a niche is not a product vs a subject you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

You ought to discuss an aspect of beauty to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

For example, Organic lipstick for vegans.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche
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jghwebbrand Premium
Okay, rather than focus on a product first like lipstick, why are you choosing it? Who do you want to help? What group of people do you wish to help? Choosing a niche is about finding a targeted group of people and helping them with problems. So maybe the reason you are choosing lipstick is to help young women choose a color that brings out the beauty of their skin.

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? 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. Resource for questions: answersocrates.com.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Here are some resources to help.
A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later
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crandolph20 Premium Plus
thank you this helps.
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crandolph20 Premium Plus
The reason why I am choosing it is because it is hard to choose the right color that goes good with my skin when bring out my beauty. Yes, I have hobbies. I swim, I do yoga, read books, run and eat.
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jghwebbrand Premium
It seems like you will be very limited and not make much money on marketing lipstick. To get traffic to your website you will be writing a lot of informational posts (100+) I see you are into swimming. Have you though about snorkeling? That would have a lot more ideas for writing informational posts and it is a good niche. What about yoga? Give it some more thought.
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I was wondering if skateboard ramps is a good niche. I feel like a lot of them are litteral scams and are not well made for the price. Maybe helping people to find exactly what they want at the right price aswell as making money is a good way to start. What do yall think?
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mitchellT1 Premium
hell yeah man after being here for a few weeks I'm starting to realize just about anything can be a good niche if you enjoy researching and talking about, which it sounds like you do.

Also just after typing one search "skateboard ramps" into jaxy It came up with little competing sites. Their seems to be lots of unanswered questions about it, so if you write good content it will be a great choice.
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wow! thank you mitchell :) seems like I have found something that could work. very much appreciated my man you answer questions like a pro!
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MikeGhibaudi Premium
Yes just about anything can be a profitable niche. Have you checked Jaaxy for possible keywords that you can write unique articles?

I’m not a skateboarder, but I can immediately think of many items I which you can do reviews on and hence create affiliate marketing possibilities.

Best of Luck Jean!


-Mike
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drjec Premium
I think it's a good idea. There are all kinds of products you could review. Plus, if you are a skater, you could give tips and instruction.
Jim
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, sounds like a great topic. So it would be good to define your audience. so an idea would be Essentials for Beginning skateboarders. Then you can present informational posts .on what is, who do, etc. I am not a skateboarder, but maybe there are other essential things to own that are important for slake
boarding as well. So potentially you could help beginner skate boarders. answersocrates.com is a site to find common questions people may ask about it.
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That is a great idea! It would create a broader audience than my original plan that's for sure ;)
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, the beginners will like your site.
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CJALLEN1 Premium
DO IT!!!

CJ "Super Cycled" Allen
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Absolutely, however firstly as a niche is not a product vs a subject you would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

You ought to discuss an aspect of skateboarding to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

Skateboarding techniques for beginners.

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche
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ParthaB Premium
Here's a completely different point of view.

Skateboard ramps is too narrow and too product focused.

Okay, every single niche has huge authority sites.

So, there will be many "skateboarding" websites that have say been around for 10 years and have 5,000+ articles.

Your aim when starting out is to completely avoid competing with them, you'll lose.

It would be like setting up your brand new burger stall outside McDonald's, it won't end well, LOL

Plus, many people come into this business thinking they'll write 10 articles and become a millionaire, eeerm NOPE.

In reality, this is a BUSINESS, and any business always takes years of hard work.

Realistically, you want to be that authority site in 10 years, with 5,000 articles on your site, and earning 6 figures a month.

Now, while it makes sense to start small, you don't want to go too small.

Of course, a website can be expanded into further Related subjects as it matures, but still again don't start too small and NEVER be specifically product related.

People HATE being sold to, therefore if you have a website that is solely based around products, you will only ever get visitors if someone is looking for a specific product.

Realistically, people go on the Internet for HELP, e.g. How do I fix my iPhone screen? Why is my brake light permanently on? Why do I feel ill whenever I eat pasta? you get the point.

So, realistically your niche is actually skateboard tricks (I'm guessing that's what ramps are used for).

So, your aim is find out what problems people have with skateboard tricks (don't write what you want, actually find out what real problems people in your niche have, and the write articles solving these problems) .

Sometimes, only sometimes, the solution will be a product, but the vast majority of the time the solution is simply about providing a good answer.

Once you establish yourself yourself as the "go-to" in your niche, who actually tries to help people rather than shove a product down their throat, people WILL trust and respect, and then buy your products happily.

I know nothing about skateboarding, but a problem could be something like:

"Why Can't I Bunny Hop Higher Than 12 inches?"

As I say, your aim is to find out what the people in your niche WANT TO KNOW.

Plus, the owner of the platform, Kyle, is an avid skateboarder and has been for years. Grab hold of him in Live Chat sometime, get his ideas too.

Partha
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Well i've been skateboarding for about 10 years and I think I could genuinely help people that are starting out. This ''business'' thinking is completely new to me and I appreciate the feedback that I got. It is very kind to share your entrepreneurship ways :) I feel like I am learning way faster than i'm supposed to and I thank you for that.
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Sooo, I am going through niche choices. I am leaning toward the vegan niche, not entirely sure how to narrow it down. Or do I keep it fairly broad in terms of diet, supplements, clothing etc. I have adopted the vegan lifestyle myself in the last two years and can testify of the many health benefits…. Any ideas welcome, I’m new to all this!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You ought to discuss an aspect of vegan focus to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience.

Specific type of vegan dieting and for beginners as an example

The more focused a niche website is starting out, the better chance it has to start having traction and traffic.

Please be aware you also need to create lots of content addressing issues related to your focused niche website.

Most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche
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jghwebbrand Premium
So what audience do you wish to write about vegan lifestyle for and for what purpose? It needs to be narrow to start so that search engines can rank you better. Otherwise the number of sites you are competing with is much greater.

You may want to check questions people have to help you narrow your scope with answersocrates.com. 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.

A niche should be for a targeted group of people How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later
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CHRISTOPH182 Premium
im having a hard time getting a pic uploaded, i have just aquired this acer aspire es15 laptop recently to use whilelearning marketing. i emailed myself a pic from my phone, but i cant seem to be able to get it from the email to this hard drive and then onto my profile
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You need click the navy plus icon where your profile image is and then you can upload a jpg, jpeg, png image.
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CHRISTOPH182 Premium
of course i realise that, lol, im not quite that computer illiterate, almost but not quite. lol. what i mean to say is that- I emailed a pic to myself from my phone, I opened my email on this laptop. I saved the pic. But when I click to add a picture and I have the opportunity to browwse for the saved picture, I cannot find it anywhere
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Oh okay may be your device doesn't show your formatted image, it has to be jpg, jpeg, png image.
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CHRISTOPH182 Premium
I got a pic of the gorgous moountains for a profile pic for now. That will do untilI figure it out, have a good night!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Yes and looking awesome.
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RaenitaK Premium
Hello! Maybe you can download to picture from your email. Have you tried that already?
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CHRISTOPH182 Premium
Yes to no avail. It’s embarrassing how long it took to decide to log off the laptop and log in on my phone. My pic is loaded. I hate it but it’s the best I have at this time. Anyway….SUCCESS!!!!!
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CHRISTOPH182 Premium
Goodnight I’m up at 04:30 for work so I gotta go. Thanks ya’ll, see you tomorrow
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jghwebbrand Premium
When you save your picture from your emails can you do a "save as" (right mouse click) that way one can control where it saves and find it later. We create a folder on our PC called WA and a subfolder called images. That way we know where to consistently look and drag them from to WA wordpress backoffice..
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