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)
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Hi All,my question is regarding my domain. I came to WA already owning my domain name and I am enjoying the classes. What I want to know is if I build the website here is it possible to transfer it to the domain name I own and are there any restrictions in regards to moving it in this manner.
jghwebbrand Premium
You most certainly can MOVE your free http://siterubix.com website to the domain name you already own. This is taught in Level 2 lesson 7.

You can even point your purchased domain name to WA servers so WA servers is your website hosting service.

To do all of the above it is necessary to become a paid premium member. As of today Paid premium membership includes the hosting of 10 websites.

WA is a platform that offers so much training, tools and 24 x 7 support to grow and online business.

Do enjoy your free training and a test drive of the WA platform as you start as a free member.
TheAbie Premium Plus
You can indeed, however hosting is included with a premium subscription to the platform.
Rtungol Premium
This video and instructions are very helpful, but in building my first website, I want to promote WA as a niche, but I want to start with Home & Office Electronics. I have an existing account on my FB page that promotes products from electronics companies in the Philippines. Can I hear some advice before I start to build my website? Thank you
TheAbie Premium Plus
If you are new to affiliate marketing, we always recommend starting out with your own niche vs the Affiliate Bootcamp (make money online niche) can be harder and more competitive. Plus if you are looking to earn sooner, your own interest niche is also better.

You may review below resource However, if you want to head to the Affiliate Bootcamp, the make money online niche you'd want to choose a target audience, folks who resonate best with you and you can build rapport and connect with through the creation of your content. Examples

Senior folks who are looking to make an extra income.
Students who want to fund their education.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche. And the recommendation is to focus on ONE site starting out as it takes lots of effort and work get it going, however once you know what you are doing, then the learning curve would be less steeper to scale up.
Rtungol Premium
Appreciate your advice. Thank you very much.
EricCantu Premium Plus
What you have there are two separate niche ideas. One niche promoting WA to people looking to make money online, and the other niche aimed at people interested in home office products and electronics.

You can absolutely go in either direction, but they both wouldn’t go together in a single niche website.

If you choose to go with home electronics, continue with the OEC training. If you choose to promote WA in the make money online niche, go with the Affiliate Bootcamp training. :)
Rtungol Premium
I decided to go with home electronics, and you're right that I need to continue with the OEC training because I don't know exactly what's the next move after I built my website. Thank you for your assistance.
EricCantu Premium Plus
No prob:)
jghwebbrand Premium
Looks like you have chosen to go with home electronics. Looks like you have a FB account too. Great! When you first start you website focus on helping people with content - information. answers to questions they have about home electronics, problems that exist and solutions. Help before focusing you selling products.. Grow traffic to your website first. The training will teach you all of that and more so follow it step by step for best results.
Hi there,

I'm proudly South African and here we love so many different things that makes us unique in certain ways.

On of these is "Biltong and Droë wors".
Is this a good Niche to get started with?

I'm unsure, as I haven't really come across anyone googling that before.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
JJ Potgieter
Aka Xenon5165
TheAbie Premium Plus
Any subject can be a niche, most important is to be passionate and genuinely interested in your niche,

You ought to discuss an aspect of Biltong and Droë wors 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.

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.

Have a look at Kyle's below resources to try grasp more
Great to hear
TheAbie Premium Plus
Most welcome!
jghwebbrand Premium
If you are passionate about it by all means pursue your passion.

You could do a google search and see what comes up. That way you will see if people are interested in it. One thing to keep in mind is that your website can be global but if you choose something unique to South Africa only those people will know what it is and be searching for it. To grow your traffic you will be writing a lot of informational posts. Would that be easy to do.

.Ideas to find a niche.
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? It is important you choose something you are passionate about. Something you enjoy researching and learning about. That way it will always be interested and enjoy it, and you'll have fun building it.

What ever you choose as a niche it is important that you are passionate about it and want to help people with it.
Thank u for the introduction
jghwebbrand Premium
You are welcome.
Dennis2022 Premium
What seems strange to me is why anyone would go to a unique, stand-alone website. It seems like a waste of time. When I am buying something online I go straight to the Amazon or Walmart website, etc., and would not even bother with any other website. Help me understand what are the reasons why someone would go to a website that is basically info only.
TheAbie Premium Plus
A lot of folks would, however some others are searching for reviews and would want to make an informed decision and that's where you come in. When providing your visitors a detailed top-notch analysis review, as a thank you token, they click your link go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

Also programs would want to hire affiliates to do the marketing for them and bring them customers, it is much cheaper for them vs having their own marketing team on site.

The geolocations are varied and broad. It makes sense to have an affiliate program in place for a business.
jghwebbrand Premium
Many times people have questions about something and don't know which product to buy.so rather than do research themselves they rely on product reviews.

Many times even going to ecommerce websites is not easy to find exactly what one is looking for but a niche website will have niche related products very well categorized. Once people get used to finding good help on a website. they will go there instead because they know the price is the same as the ecommerce and they get the extra help before buying.
garyrolka Premium Plus
Yes & No...
In some cases, you may be CORRECT......However in others, you may need to PROCESS more.....Different strokes for different folks.

It is like saying in baseball, a starting pitcher or a major RBI hitter may be more important....But during the playoffs, a closing pitcher or a key pinch hitter might end up making the difference.
hi my lovers <3

and the legal pages of the blog? what is the best law firm that takes care of the legal pages of the affiliate blogs?

I don't see any affiliate entrepreneurs recommending law firms. they only recommend privacy policy websites generators.

in the disclamer page of this privacy policy sites generators, that affiliate entrepreneurs recommend, it says that "they don't represent a law firm, that legal information is not legal advice."

so where can I hired a law firm to take care of the legal pages of my affiliate blog.

I want to work professionally.

TheAbie Premium Plus
You may reach out to templates section of site content for your privacy policy, a disclaimer if need be and an affiliate disclosure which would be included later in the core training.

You are not obligated a firm unless you want to, you may want to include few clauses that's needed for your business requirements.


Please note a disclaimer is not included in the template section.
Kyle Premium Plus
You don't need a law firm, you can use the privacy policy generators and we have a template available to you in level 2 of the training. These are standard documents, and all GDPR compliant.

So don't waste your time or money, you definitely DO NOT need a law firm to go over these documents or create them for you. They are very much standard.
jghwebbrand Premium
Like Kyle says there is no need for a law firm to create papers for you. If you plan on becoming an affiliate marketer you are not responsible for the legal. You do not inventory, handle, ship bill or handle customer service. if you do affiliate marketing you will be providing helpful information related to your website topic and providing product reviews for niche related products. Affiliate marketing has been around a long time and what WA is presenting is all that is needed for Affiliate Marketing.

Initially we thought like you too, but have been doing this over 13 years and there is no need for all of the "legal papers". We use what WA provides.