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 dashboare 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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btbameric Premium
There is so much to learn here. I know a little about making a website but I only am familiar with some of the tech part of this. I am really excited to learn how to make money online. I am all about getting as much knowledge as I can and I am open to all suggestions and feedback.
Kyle Premium
That is completely fine, just do know that you need to know very little to be very successful within the online world. There are many business models, many ways you can get traffic, many ways you can monetize your traffic, an many different niches.

You just need to have focus on ONE niche, work to become an expert within that following the training here and once you get the formula for success down it is just going to be a matter of scaling (doing more of what you are already doing) to grow your business.
Marilyn65 Premium
Thank you! I have one niche, and am studying the lessons, taking notes, and doing my best to do this. Your help is the BESTpart.
Like everything you will become more and more proficient with tech as you keep using it. At first it may seem like a lot, but focus on one part at a time and it's not so massive of an undertaking. Trial and error means you're learning something new.
BKackyrmol Premium
I don't understand the difference between a domain and a website. For example, if I am setting up my own domain, but I'm naming it based off of that niche, how would I go about creating a second website on a totally unrelated niche but still using the domain. There is something I feel like is not clicking for me. Can someone please help me to understand how that works?
AbieAJ Premium
A niche a site on a domain. Otherwise you'd confuse Google and your readership.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you can only have one website on a domain. If you want another website, you need another domain.

So, if your website was about dogs, you would build it on dogs.com. If you then wanted a website about cats, you would build it on cats.com.

You couldn't add your cat website to dogs.com, because it already has a website built on it.
keishalina Premium
hey hi Bryson & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

It's all ok to ask questions to clarify for better understanding and to confirm learning -- and all questions are considered good ones here.

I can see from your WA Profile that you're a learned person with a first degree in Sciences, same here! ... (last century grad! ... lol )

You've got a helpful reply from Diane and hopefully, it's become clearer for you?

Basically, you need to build one niche onto one website as you will be writing quality content for a specific audience with that particular interest.

All the very best to you for every Success, cheerio ... :)
cmallinson Premium
Hi All - Please direct me on something, and confirm what I'm thinking if I'm right.

There is a video in the SiteContent Editor called "How SiteContent Works." One available feature on the Toolbar is a "Lists" option. (The video is 31:27. At 11:31 there is a mention of a few thing about this Lists option, but very little about how to set up main or sub lists, and operate them). Now, some operating questions about the Lists feature.

The owner of the WA website SmellingSunflowers.com has what looks like an operating use of this Lists feature.

The owner has a Table of Contents including 21 main "Budget" headings. Then, there are 100+ sub headings divided between/among the 21.

If you click on any one of the 21 on the main list, the screen quickly scrolls down to the list of specific sub headings that goes with it.

Now here's three questions. Am I right in thinking that the 21/100+ lists are what Kyle is referring to in the 45 or so seconds he's talking about the Lists Feature on the video?

A second question is are there instructions elsewhere in WA training explaining the details of using the Lists feature, and how a website owner would use them?

Third, where would I look within the WA training to get the details on the Lists feature?

Hopefully, this lengthy detail stuff will make it easier for any one who might be able to help. (Maybe this should all go to Kyle).

Thanks very much to all.
Cyndes Premium
Following. I was wondering the same thing tiday as to create clickable menu in our posts.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the lists feature in Site Content is for adding bullet points.

If you want a table of contents, where you can jump to a specific subheading, you can use a plugin. Try Table of Contents Plus or Easy Table of Contents.
cmallinson Premium
Thanks much for the help Diane.
DavorCelar Premium
So once you've chosen your keywords, how are they applied? Am I supposed to write content using these keywords in the same way they appeared in the search? Or are they applied elsewhere? Not really sure where to go from here. Do I just start writing posts? Also, if you are just starting out would you stay away from any review-type articles since you have no affiliate set up to earn from?
Rex10 Premium
hey Davor,

Try to use the keywords just like they appear in search. You want to naturally place them within your post as you write it.

Don't worry about article type, you can always go back and edit a post later and add affiliate links. So, if you want to write a review, go for it.

It will all become more clear as you go through the training, You're doing great, keep moving ahead.

To your success,

EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Davor,

You use the keywords in your post (title, first paragraph, somewhere in the body or in the last paragraph). Write naturally and avoid keywords stuffing (adding too many), Google doesn't like that.

Assuming you find keywords in Jaaxy (under Research on left menu) with BOTH of this combination:
AVG > 100
QSR < 50

For example "how to train a dog to sit"
Then you will incorporate that phrase in your title, first paragraph, and then once again near the end of your post.

Title: "3 Easy Steps: How To Train A Dog To Sit" - Always add to the title to make it enticing and reason why people should click on YOUR post on their results page.

First paragraph (within first 160 characters, this is called Meta Description):
"When first getting a new puppy, you will want to learn how to train a dog to sit when he or she is 2 - 4 months old.

I have 3 easy steps below that I'm going to go through with you so you can teach your new puppy...."
In the body of your post: anything you want.

Last section of post somewhere:
"If you have learned how to train your dog to sit, then please comment below and let me know of your results!" - or something else, anything that will bring that keyword back into your article.

Check out this training as well: Hope this helps,
PhoenixFlame Premium
5 Important Aspects To Look Out For:
In order to choose the appropriate Keywords you want for your niche, be sure to generate results of Keywords that make grammatical sense. This means that it flows well enough to be a sentence. For example from my Saved List of Keyword Results: home remedies for kidney disease in dogs, natural treatment in bloating, natural remedy for arthritis would apply. The Avg which is Average Clicks per month should be roughly over 100 Clicks. In terms of Traffic, you want to aim for more than 20.
QSR should be closer to 0, since it is less competitive given the number of websites that were created using that particular set of Keywords.
KQI Color Indicator should be Green.
SEO should be within the range of 90-100.
Domain Category Column should give details on whether a .com, .org, and .net are available for purchase at a Domain SuperMarket like NameCheap.com.
DavorCelar Premium
Thank you all for your wonderfully thoughtful responses. It's much appreciated and I hope I can one day return the favor by helping others the way you have helped me. 🙏❤️
DavorCelar Premium
Is there a reason why QSR and SEO don't appear unless you click on "Get QSR"? In the video, the search revealed all columns. When I do it, I have to click each result separately. This seems to be a bit of a pain. Am I missing something or has the program changed since the video was created?
EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Davor,

As premium members, we get Jaaxy Lite where we need to click on the "Get QSR" button. Still, Jaxxy Lite enables us to get unlimited keywords search. That in itself is super helpful.

In the video training, Kyle is using Jaaxy Enterprise. If we want to, we can upgrade but it will cost $99/month.
Jaaxy Lite is sufficient enough to help us with our keywords search.

Hope this helps.

seanbennick Premium

Basically, it saves Jaaxy bandwidth and money in the long run. You can upgrade your Jaaxy account like Ferra said, but it's easy enough to deal with while you're just starting out.

DianeScorpio Premium
You dont have to wait for each one to load. Simply click down the entire column, it takes literally a couple of seconds.
DavorCelar Premium
thank you. I guess Kyle edited that part out of the video. :)
DavorCelar Premium
thank you for the info! Yes, I will NOT be upgrading to that option just yet. lol