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 15 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 15 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 me directly here.

PS. Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, 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. If you go to the Home button (your dashboard), you will be offered all sorts of things, including a "Getting Started" module where you can set-up your account.


Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes four 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 yoru goals online)

3.Start the training. If you are reading this, you have already started the training, so you will see this item already checked off.

4. 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.

Simply CLICK on these circles to initiate the set-up process for the corresponding item. If I want to add an image, I would click the first of the four icons.

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 achievemenrt 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.

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 (image, description, goals)
3. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer


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Maulla Premium
Hello WA family, I just upgraded to a premium membership. I really have a problem with selecting a niche that meets my passion and that can earn me money as well. I love talking about agriculture production and also mentoring persons with disabilities. However, it seems there are not many affiliate programs in these two fields. Kindly help me with ideas, please.
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Angell70 Premium
Hi my dear&ntmu;. From my personal experience I've done my websites from my passion. Is ab what u love most in this 2orld, what s make your heart tremble and feel like you'll write over and over and never can stop.
Something to thjnk ab, this is a niche. My lapi this horrible Windows still update otherwise I'll send some niche inspiration many blessings xoxoxo
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Maulla Premium
Thanks very much. waiting then.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Did you try google search
agriculture products (may have to be more specific) + affiliate program
or agriculture products (may have to be more specific) + affiliate program + location.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
HI I would go with something that resonates with me most , however a niche a site, so either agriculture or mentoring so that you do not confuse Google or your visitors. As they are broad you're wanting narrow them down to a subcategory for starters. You can go with https://answersocrates.com/ try find a suitable niche subcategory. Once site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale 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.

One niche, a website.

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

Or click the Promote tab top menu.
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Hi I have a brick and mortar established business but wanting expand my exposure to online marketing by means of a blog and/or online store. My business sells real foods, herbs, organic herbs. I also have my own farm and make my own herbs. My brick and mortar had suffered the pandemic and now seeking expansion online. Can you help with how to approach such a proposal? I am planning to do at least $50k in the first year. Realistically speaking in your honest opinion is that possible? I am seeking sound advice from PRO mentors on the platform? Thank you.
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feigner Premium
you can get access to local marketing seo as well as global training on this site...
you learn how to aim for organic traffic from the search engines
ther are also modules on ppc for paid traffic...
as for the money ...no one can tell ...
what were you doing before the pandemic... if it was that much or more then those are the customers you should be targeting...are they local or global...
can you guarantee that amount...nope ..no one can...
have a look around and use the search at the top to see what articles you can view on local marketing....
i wish you success
phil
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philmedia Premium Plus
Learning to blog for a local business is an untapped market with some good opportunity to make it a global business if you choose- exciting good luck
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jghwebbrand Premium
As a business, it seems very important that you have an online presence. This training will teach you how to do that. Level 1 training will get you started, but a Paid Premium membership will provide the resources you really need for success. Because you will need a com website, hosting, a keyword research tool to help you choose the best titles for your blogs and then you will need support (this would include technical and community support).

A website should increase your sales because more people will learn about your business.

Here's some membership info.

You are a Free Starter member. You can remain that way forever; If you remain as a Starter Member, after 7 days your access to the Paid Premium program will become very limited. You will still have access to the free training You also get a free subdomain website which expires in 6 months. But access to this community and site support goes away.

For 7 days you have access to the Paid Premium program so you get a feel as to what WA has to offer. Please take a good look around. If you want an additional 30 day access to Paid Premium it costs $19 if you sign up for ii in the first 7 days. Once you sign up for Paid Premium you cannot go back to being a Free Member. Once you are a Paid Premium member it costs $49 per month or $495 a year.

The benefits you get with the Paid Premium are those needed to succeed. The resources include Level 2 - 5 Online Entrepreneur Training (weekly live webinars, guides and tips from the community members and so much more, hosting of 10 websites, unlimited usage of Jaaxy the keyword research tool needed to choose good ranking keywords for post titles, 24 x 7 support (community and Site Support) plus other things.

Membership comparison is found here.
wealthyaffiliate.com/join

We do wish you success.
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Thank you @feigner
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I'M SURE THIS IS A GOOD MONEY MAKING BUSINESS FOR YOU GUYS. TAKES TOO LONG TO GET INTO THE MEAT AND POTATO OF THIS BUSINESS. I'M OLDER AND BEEN IN BUSINESS 40 YEARS. I WOULD BE LOOKING FOR THE EXACT BULLET POINT PRESENTAION WITH FUTURE COSTS THAT GET ME THIS, ETC. JUST TO VAGUE AT THIS POINT. BUT, THANKS FOR THE INFO.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Welcome to WA.

Please follow the training and apply what is taught all is explained within the lessons. How to make money by Kyle
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ChrisJayyy Premium
You will need to write a good website with at least 72 posts.
This might take you 3 to 9 months of effort.
It's no get-rich-quick scheme here.
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I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A GET RICH QUICK SCHEME. WHEN I GET PRESENTED WITH A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, I NEED THE BASICS UP FRONT. WHAT YOU WILL DO, WHAT I WILL DO AND HOW MUCH WILL I PAY. FAST, EASY SIMPLE. BUSINESS OWNERS DON'T HAVE TIME FOR ALL THE FLUFF AND TRYING TO SLIDE INTO WHAT THOSE DETAILS ARE GOING TO BE.
I DON'T THINK YOU GUYS GET THIS. YOUR LESSONS ARE YOUR WAY OF SLOWING LEADING PEOPLE INTO AN EVENTUAL MONTHLY SERVICE, WHICH IS FINE AND SMART, BUT NOT FOR AN EXPERIENCED PERSON.
GOOD LUCK ITS A GOOD BUSINESS FOR YOU GUYS.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
It's not s walk in the park. If you have been in business you should understand that.
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HEY WHO SAID IT WAS A WALK IN THE PARK? SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE A LITTLE DEFENSIVE FOR SOME REASON.
NO REASON TO BE RUDE.
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jghwebbrand Premium
If you are looking for options and want to become a Paid member more meaningful training with your experience level, here is the link.

wealthyaffiliate.com/join

We have businesses that become Paid premium members because of the hosting, great site support, and training from the experts at a much higher level. Having been in business for so long I am sure you understand the approach here..
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banestep Premium
Hey guys! Enjoying the content... So far it's been really fun to follow along.

One question about "Setting Your Website Up for Search Engines" video.

In video, you suggest "post content" as meta description and it seems to be the default for you.

However, for me the default seems to be "post excerpt" and it also makes more sense to me. Page content always exceeds the recommended length for meta description and also excerpt is the one that is made to be short and motivate visitor to click on the post, so it seems like a better choice to me.

Is there an SEO reason I'm missing that would make "post content" a better choice here?
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countrylife Premium
Hey Branco
This may help Wishing you well and a terrific day.
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banestep Premium
A great tool. Thanks for sharing!
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countrylife Premium
You're welcome.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
Using "post content" exceeds the recommended length, but the alternative is that you'd need to create a custom excerpt for every single post. Google will naturally create it's own meta description based on your content this way. This setup is just easy for newbies.

That being said, if you want to make the effort to create a custom meta description for each post, I would do that.

With the All in One SEO plugin, you'll see three spots with "Meta" options.

You can leave the "meta keywords" section alone. It's not necessary.

The "title" and "description" is also not necessary, which is why Kyle usually doesn't have you fill this out. HOWEVER, it does have some benefits if you want to take the time to do it. Jay recommend you fill it out for every page on the site.

Here's a great training on how to fill it out properly: Also Jay has two, more details resources on how to fill out those two spots if you want to learn how to create excellent meta data (definitely worth your time IMO, but not necessary to learn right away). How To Fill Out The Meta Title And Description:

The Title should be the same as you post title, but you can change this slightly in some cases if your original title is too long/short. Usually you just make the meta title and the post title the same.

The Description is the little snippet that appears in Google search results when people find your site. This is also automatically generated by the All in One SEO plugin, but you can override what the AIO SEO plugin does by typing your own description in there.

A good meta description can increase your click through rate in the search engines, and good CTR means you'll get higher placement next time around.

It does NOT affect SEO directly, but those indirect benefits of more clicks can definitely help your website increase rankings and grow traffic over time. I like to experiment with different SEO titles and see which ones get the most clicks!
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banestep Premium
Hey Nathaniell,

Thanks for the in-depth answer and additional resources.
What you said really makes a lot of sense to me.

I actually enjoy writing excerpt for each and every post.

The way I think about it is, since I'm already writing an entire article, how hard is it to write one more (short) paragraph. Especially if it can help get people to actually click on your links.

Also, it kinda helps me practice writing short and to the point, compressing the entire idea into just a sentence or two, which I think is important copywriting skill to have.

Thanks once more,
Branko
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Eva6266 Premium
I published my Privacy Page but then tried to locate the boxes that I was told were on the bottom of the edit page but could not locate it. I copy and pasted below. They are different directions here in the training - the bootcamp where I copied it from verses here - it just did not copy the pictures. Can someone help me with this?
After you publish your Privacy Policy, you are going to want to log into the back office of your website (Wordpress Admin area) through the SiteManager or through SiteContent. When you are within the editor for this page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the following settings.

Check off the Robots Meta NOINDEX and the Robots Meta NOFOLLOW. These will make sure this page (which is all duplicate content) does not get indexed in Google. The Privacy Policy is the ONLY page you want to do this for as it is duplicate content.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
If you edited a document in site content and published it, future edits has to be done in WordPress. Site content and WordPress work independently.

I'd place my images in a document in site content and publish it to my site. it will be added to my WordPress media library.

You'd find a privacy policy in two places in site content which you need publish as a Page.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/content/templates

And there's also one default with every WordPress new installation, under Pages tab.

You're wanting it set to no follow, no index.
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Eva6266 Premium
Thank you - can you walk me through setting it to no follow and no index.
I do not need to edit just want to know where I check those boxes to set to no follow, no index.
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countrylife Premium
Hey Eva
Below pages can help you, I am assuming you are using AIOSEO
https://aioseo.com/docs/post-settings/
https://aioseo.com/docs/noindex-settings/
Wishing you well and a terrific day.
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