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 17 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 17 year period we have helped close to 2.7+ 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) YOUCan Accomplish Success Online. There are now over 5 BILLION people using the Internet, spending $8 TRILLION dollars online (and growing). Regardless of the direction you head with your business, 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 community 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, and we provide you with help if you ever feel even the slightest bit stuck.

(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 is actually very simple and 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. As you progress through the training you are going to capitalize on this.

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 (Kyle) directly here.

Carson and I 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 5 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. It is fairly straightforward and only requires a few steps and this can be done directly from the dashboard.

You will see a module like this on your dashboard, that quickly allows you to set-up your profile image, description, and set some goals.

Simply fill these out, and you are good to go.

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.

==> Edit Your Profile & Complete Your Account Set-Up Here

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! :)

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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 FREE Domain Premium Upgrade Offer

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Hkaren Premium
i don't understand the "grades" here. I finished my profile some time ago and completed 3 tasks since then, but all I see is credit for having completed 8% of lesson 1. then I put check marks into the marginal area of each task, but as of today, the check marks were gone. Does anyone have a clue as to what's happening?
TheAbie Premium Plus
You may need to empty the browser cache, refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

Otherwise you may tick the ones you already finished.
jghwebbrand Premium
Did you see your prior check marks after clearing your browser
There are a total of 5 lessons for Level; 1. We see that you are paid premium member so levels 2 - 5 are also available to you.
Holidayfun Premium
So I started my website with the free one and have now upgraded to premium. Apparently I get a free domain which I own in the premium package and can transfer the other details from free website to an actual domain. I tried to do this and it is telling me I have to pay for it can someone help me on what I need to do please? Thank you.
TheAbie Premium Plus
At checkout, you may click third option (credits) you should have enough to pay for it using those and congratulations on your upgrade.
Holidayfun Premium
Okay I’ll give that a try thank you 😊
TheAbie Premium Plus
No worries I added an image to top comment.
jghwebbrand Premium
Did you get your issue resolved.
Yes, as a premium member you do get a free domain.
Holidayfun Premium
No it seems I have no credit… 🤔
TheAbie Premium Plus
Oh really if that please let Kyle know you may leave them a message on their profile space

jghwebbrand Premium
No sure when you went premium. Getting a free domain name because effective Nov. 2
mbouteiller Premium Plus
Hi Danielle,

I'm sorry to keep you waiting.. I have to go out for a bit today..

Yes, congratulations on going Premium! 🎉

About the free domain, can you please copy and paste this and forward it to Site Support? So to get access to Site Support (our technical support), please click on 'Help' at the top, click on 'Site Support', and answer the questions. They are 24/7 support. Their response will show up at the top right in the envelope icon.

Can you please let me know the result?

whyjay Premium
Hi again,

My problem was i think i jumped the gun a bit and tried to use the free domain which was part of my registration. I named the domain. It got a green tick and then the whole process went smoothly. However, I could not log in to the admin area. Is this because they need to register the domain first?
TheAbie Premium Plus
No one you build your website you should be able to login to it.

You may need to empty the browser cache, refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

You may also reset your password or synchronize if an option is available. However if issue persists please reach out to site support

jghwebbrand Premium
Did you website show up now after you refreshed your browser..

Yes, starting with the free siterubix.com website is a great way to go because it can be MOVED to a dot com later. With the free siterubixccom domain name you can delete it and start over if you change you mind on your chosen niche.

Level 2 lesson 7 shows you now to BOVE a free siterubix.com to a dot com website.
whyjay Premium
I launched the website using a new domain. Should i delete the site and recreate it on the same domain, as it is still not appearing or allowing me access to the back end admin panel.
sethlap Premium
I have some ideas for niches related to things I am interested in. Shouldn't I choose a niche based on what people are searching for? It seems randomly choosing something I like vs existing high traffic niches, isn't the best strategy. I am new at this, but these are my thoughts on this. Any advice would be appreciated.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you will be expected to write a lot of content on your chosen niche, everything original, nothing copied and pasted.

Therefore, it makes sense that it should be a subject you are genuinely interested in and have some knowledge of, or at the very least, would enjoy researching.

There would be no point in choosing a niche based on it having high traffic if you have no interest in it and would get bored writing about it after the first few months.
sethlap Premium
Thank you for that perspective. That is helpful. You are right, I would have a hard time writing about something I have no interest in.
That helps me narrow my choices down.
jghwebbrand Premium
It is natural to think that choosing high trafficked niched is a good for an affiliate marketer, but it can become boring or you may get burned out if you are choosing something only because of what you think it will do. It becomes hard to help people for a long period of time if passion is not there.

The more you know about your niche and the more passionate you have the better because you will understand the issues and problems people experience and you can provide in depth help.

You can get an idea of interest people may have in your niche by doing a google search and seeing the auto suggest keywords, people also ask section and ads placed for it. But that is not necessary to check now if you have a passion for your niche.

It is possible to make your niche a long term online business for many years and continue to earn income from it..
sethlap Premium
Thank you for giving me more insights on how to think about this part of the process.
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.
jghwebbrand Premium
You are so very welcome.
That seems like the right direction. Good advise.
"After you website is created then you will add content to it about your niche and later add affiliate links so you can make some money."
Gods2 had written that within his post to Jghwebbrand. I am curious as to what he means. he is talking about one's niche.
have you any thoughts?
this is the post so you don't go crazy trying to find it:
@Gods2 You will choose a niche first. What you are passionate about to share and help others with. After you choose one niche (its one niche for a website) then you think about a name for your website. Your domain name can be included in your niche idea if you choose.. After you website is created then you will add content to it about your niche and later add affiliate.
TheAbie Premium Plus
Super welcome to WA.

You may follow up the training step by step at own pace, I tend to do a bit of learning, a bit of implementing. Ticking checklists bottom of lessons, tasks and activities asked of you to complete in order to set up properly and guide you through the process.

You may click the training tab top menu and head to where it says Online Entrepreneur Certification. A direct link Anytime you feel stuck you may reach out to the live chat here, or ask your questions in the core training.

See also this resource from Kyle
jghwebbrand Premium
It is important to follow the training lesson by lesson so things make sense for you.

Here is your link for the training in case you ever need it. The following also ;explains the above.
How to Make Money Online. The Process explained
thank you kyle! i have to get caught up, and by that, i mean finishing my bio. i think i left off before i put in some goals. i will look at the film "how to make money online - the process explained" when i get done with at least that much.
jghwebbrand Premium
thank you!