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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First time I've ever heard the word "niche" enunciated correctly on the World Wide Web.

Everybody insists that it is "Nitch" when actually it is "Neesh".

It is used technically to express an organism's place within the ecosystem and a business'/industry's positioning within the economy. It is now used in marketing a great deal too, as the word fits rather nicely.
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jghwebbrand Premium
That is the Canadian pronunciation.
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Thank you for posting.
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It was nice to hear the correct pronunciation. I’ve always said it as “Nish” not realizing it was a long E sound 😊
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jghwebbrand Premium
The pronunciation depends where you are from.
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lhyler Premium
Ooookay, so this is the part that I always struggle with. I started making my "landing page," which for whatever reason, WordPress does not call it that.

I am still not sure if the "Hello World," is finally gone. And, the theme that was suggested for my niche, has a band in the middle of the page that tells the name of the theme when I view the page. I can't tell if that is visible to only me, or to the public, but it looks like it is public.

I have never found WordPress especially easy to use. This is like my fifth try over the years.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Laura
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You can check trash in your posts tab for Hello World.

When you add content, this may go down as footer, You can try the URL in another browser to see, however most likely yes.
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Hi there.

So I'm very passionate about golf and want my niche to be golf clubs, helping my audience hit the ball more pure, straighter, more distance, etc.

I was curious if "golf clubs" is too broad or if it would be better to narrow that down to specifically drivers, or irons, or putters?

Any and all feedback/input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Solid niche.

You ought to discuss an aspect of golf to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience (that could be beginners or another group you have in mind). You would help people by giving them advice on an aspect, walk them through your journey and then promote products however relevant.

Starting out with a subcategory and once completely exhausted you can scale out.

See example blog post below 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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Thank you so much!! This is very helpful and greatly appreciated!
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TheAbie Premium Plus
Most welcome!
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Covers Premium
I personally don't believe that golf clubs is too broad because you can write articles to be even more specific. I'm not an expert like most of the community so lets what others think. I think its a great niche, I believe it was one of Kyle's examples in one of the beginning videos.
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Hair121 Premium
A great niche that can go off in so many directions so definitely if you have a passion for this subject.

You can cover so many areas and it’s very much a popular sport so it will help others.

All the best with your journey
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lhyler Premium
This sounds like a very interesting niche to get involved in! Good luck, and keep us posted!
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jghwebbrand Premium
I would not narrow it down. It is good as it is.

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 and google search "people also ask" section in search results page. Looks like you have some ideas already "helping my audience hit the ball more pure, straighter, more distance, etc."

Very nice niche,.
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JoshGodfrey1 Premium
Okay, I have been thinking about niches...

First idea is DJ controllers... Something I am interested in and quite popular.

Second idea... Home workout equipment, can have quite a few products on one website. Could also be divided by activity.

Third idea... Camping, specifically tents with option to grow in to accessories etc.

Any thoughts and feedback most welcome :)
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TheAbie Premium Plus
You need aim for ONE focused niche with a specific group of people, I'd go with what's best resonates with me.

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

Also 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 workouts or camping to a qualified group of people who would be your target audience (that could be beginners or another group you have in mind).

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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FashionDr Premium
I would do the website on either the DJ equipment or the camping equipment because they are fresh and new ideas.

And if later on you still want to do one on home workout equipment I would do it on the supplements and the work it takes to keep up the muscle mass that you achieve working out.

That is my suggest, I really don't see anything on DJ equipment and since that is your primary interest and passion if you will I would start with that one.

I would learn a lot of information on the subject because that will help you out with writing the content for the site then. You don't need to be an expert but you do have to be willing to learn about it so you can become an expert.

That is the fun of doing this business you learn as you go. Spreading your wings and broadening your horizons all at the same time.

I hope this helps you out and if you do need any help let me know and I will do my best in helping you out.

Best wishes
Mary
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jghwebbrand Premium
All 3 of those would work as an individual niche website.

Which of the 3 do you know the most information about and its related problems so you could help people. 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 and google search "people also ask" section in search results page.

Choose the one you are most passionate about and having experience can be a real plus. Also thinking of its future and how it changes would give a long term growing website.
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JoshGodfrey1 Premium
Thanks so much for taking the time come back to me with such a thorough answer. Glad to hear I have grabbed the idea of a niche and will consider what you've said to progress my thinking!
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JoshGodfrey1 Premium
HI Mary, thanks so much for your response. The feedback is so helpful in growing confidence with ideas. I will consider what I enjoy the most and make a final choice!

I hope your endeavours are going well :)
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.
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FashionDr Premium
I would like some input about my niche. I was thinking about working with clothes for men, women, and children also including babies too.

I understand that this is such a broad niche but my nickname is the Fashion Police because I have work with my dad and my husband. I help pick out their clothes and match them accordingly all the way down to the socks and shoes.

This is my passion is to help people with their clothes and they can make several outfits out of one because I have done it already.

I would like thoughts on this. Thank you in advance for your help on this.

Mary
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TheAbie Premium Plus
It needs be niched down to one subcategory starting out to a specific audience. and once totally exhausted you can scale out. All the best to you going forward.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Sounds like you like to mix and match and get the most use out of an outfit.

So could you write several posts (100 and more) that would not be product specific but how to choose and match etc. Your website would have to stand out as different than going to a online store. If you can come up with a way to do this it can work.
You can do a google search and see what questions people have about fashion and your ideas. Your informational posts can answer those questions. Not sure how it will rank. Your purpose and help will need to stand out..
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