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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drjec Premium
I think about how I relate to my niche. What I like about it and what I need to do participate in it. Then, thinking that I am typical, I offer products, at least initially that I would want related to my niche. Later, I branch out a bit. For example, my niche is fishing lures. Those are what I offered. Once in awhile I will list a boat or special rod. Hope this helps.
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LaraCro Premium Plus
Whew! :) Terrific :) Thanks for the :) ideas!
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for sharing you thoughts here about how you will go about your niche. I am sure there are plenty of questions people have about fishing lures so you can write some informational posts to grow your audience. Nice niche idea.
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How do I know if the niche I choose has affiliate programs linked to it which will allow me to join? I'm asking this because I have a niche in mind, the domain name I've chosen is available but I haven't created it yet just in case there are no affiliate programs for it, does that make sense?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hello from Nottingham! Search in Google, and type it as follows.

niche + affiliate program

product + affiliate program

Of course, there is never any guarantee that you will be approved by an affiliate program, as some of them have very strict criteria, such as how much traffic you are getting, etc.

However, if you follow the training and write lots of original, informational content on your niche, you can't go far wrong.
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Thank you for your response, I'll try your suggestion.
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jghwebbrand Premium
As Diane states you can do a browser search for your niche or product + affiliate program. WA also has some affiliate programs listed here https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs .

Make sure you have an existing website and some content posts on your site before applying to an affiliate program because your site will be reviewed when you apply. Applying does not mean automatic acceptance. Note different programs have different commission rates.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may look up Programs

Promote tab top menu

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs

Or

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

Let us know if you were able to figure it out. Thank you.
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Awedyssey Premium
Would it be more beneficial to do a broader niche or to get as specific as possible? Also, is there a point you'd say to leave a niche and move to another, or is it just whenever you feel like it? I would think eventually you're bound to make at least some money, but some niches are definitely more lucrative.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Broader does not work, your niche need be very focused otherwise you'd confuse Google and your visitors.

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

I would go with passionate vs profitable or demanding, something you are genuinely interested in.

And so, A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience.
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drjec Premium
My personal opinion is that the more focused a niche the better you will do. Of course, if you niche is very specific, you will need to focus on using the best keywords. The difference between something like "outdoor equipment" and "kayaking equipment" may seem to narrow the target audience, but you won't be competing with as many broad sites. Anyway, that's just my opinion.
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Awedyssey Premium
Thank you both! That's some good advice and it helps clear things up for me a lot! I was thinking Calisthenics fitness, would that be specific enough or do I need to go even further?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Sounds awesome and perhaps for beginners or some other group.

Programs

Promote tab top menu

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs

Or

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get
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jghwebbrand Premium
The real key to choosing a niche is to find one that you are passionate about. For example, .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.

Starting with a broad niche will not work well. Your site will not rank because there will be too much competition. For example broad niche shoes vs. comfortable shoes for women who stand on their feet all day.
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Alexandria01 Premium
so we can have more than 1 website?
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Awedyssey Premium
Thank you! That's actually really helpful because I had no idea where to start looking for programs
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Awedyssey Premium
Thank you! That'll help me think about niches a bit easier
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jghwebbrand Premium
So glad to read that this helped you.
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Awedyssey Premium
We definitely can! I think as a starter you can only have one, but with Premium you can have up to 15, and with Premium Plus+ you get up to 50! I personally went all in and got the Premium for a year which came to about $350. I've felt the knowledge I've gained has been very well worth it!
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jghwebbrand Premium
Here's a great link for you to use when it comes to membership features. Just so you can help others with additional info, You will note that Premium membership hosting website number is 10. Yes Paid Premium Plus is 50.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/join/

Glad to see you are active here.
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Awedyssey Premium
Oh that's perfect! I was looking for a way back to that page! Thanks for clearing things up :)
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
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fireguy171 Premium
On the SEO Training where you go into the settings of the SEO plugin in the title and the description, how do you delete the wording just another WordPress site? I need to delete that so I can put my information there because if that stays in there it will be too long with those words in there.Thanks.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Tutorials If you are on mobile, adding one or two characters, then delete you are able to.

If title and tagline (Just another WordPress site), settings > general edit and save changes.

The SEO framework
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fireguy171 Premium
Thanks I will try that.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You're very welcome!
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jghwebbrand Premium
You can delete it by going to WP backoffice then scroll down on left hand side find "Settings" (not SEO) -> general -> then see site description - change it; save changes, then refresh browser (F5)

It may also be necessary to refresh your website. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites
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LAFLEKA Premium
I have a site that is about dog/cat beds and toys and I would like to promote and review all of the products that I affiliate with, but I don't have thousands of dollars, nor do I currently want to spend thousands of dollars to purchase every item that I want to add to my site, especially since I am only a beginner, how do I provide an honest review? How do I find out if the products are even good?
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hirutbuddy Premium
Great question. I would like to know this as well.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
It would be ideal however you do not have to purchase any products. You may review other people's work and research however all content must be original written in your own words.
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LAFLEKA Premium
Thanks again for you great and quick response
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, a very great question. No you don't have to purchase any items to do a review.

You can learn about the product through manufacturers site, amazon reviews if amazon sells it, you tube and others who write reviews about it.

That is the value of doing good online research; y9ou can learn and feel confident about a product by learning from others.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You're very welcome!

Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
Always a pleasure to be of assistance.
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LAFLEKA Premium
Great reply and exactly what I wanted to hear. I'm not saying that I won't personally purchase and try the products eventually but I am not in a financial position to do so at the moment and even though I am moving along well with my content writing, I was about to give up because I didn't see how buying everything was feasible. You have given me the boost that I needed to keep going. Thank you very much
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
Also one thing you can do when you are writing a product review./ when you find a good video, copy the url (share embedded URL) and you can include it in your post for additional help for your viewers) We do it all of the time and it is recommended by Jay, the WA webinar instructor.
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