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. 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.

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. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer

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mimishin Premium
Hi, I'm following Level 1 training for Online Entrepreneur Certification and currently on Lesson 5.
I'm building my first website and I think I made a mistake when going through the website back office causing I can't open them after that.
I was trying to change my website name in the settings from catamazinglife to catamazingcomfortlife. After I did it, I cannot access my website back office.
I'm sorry for my mistake but hopefully, you could help me with this.

Thank you so much.
SHeisey1 Premium
Hello Mimi!
Welcome to WA. You are making good progress.
I would suggest you contact Support, and Carson's team.
I believe they can help you, I lost my website once. It was my fault. I misspelled the siterubix.com. They discovered my error.
mimishin Premium
Hi SHeisey1!
Thank you for your suggestion. I will proceed to contact them. Really thank you for your help. :)
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; click Help in the above menu; and ask Site Support and Live Chat. You can start with either.

Hope this helps and encourages?
mimishin Premium
Thank you for all your help. I just realized there is a 'delete this website' button on the bottom of the detail page of the site manager. I just click on there and remake my website. I'm sorry for the silly mistake and thanks for your help. :)
michaelw777 Premium
You are Very Welcome; glad I could help.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as you have found, you can't change the domain name of your website, so deleting it was the only action you could have taken.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - just for your future information, free starter members don't have access to Site Support.
jghwebbrand Premium
We are glad your issue could be resolved. We all learn things every day here. And we keep learning new things. That's what makes the WA community very special we can ask questions and get help..
I've been struggling with this niche concept for a long time, I'm not really passionate in any profitable concepts. However I think I have narrowed it down to pop culture/Science fiction or history. Those are two subjects that I am interested in and would be able to engage in. From a little research I think the former of the two has the most potential and could be narrowed down.

Very open to advice or suggestions.
PeterLove1 Premium
Hi, Drayl: Supposing you were to decide on pop culture as a niche . . . . You could possibly talk about "fads" or "crazes" people went nuts over, say, 40 or 50 years ago . . . things people collected ( maybe baseball bubble gum cards ) Well --- from there you would write posts about where to find these things though they're rather outdated . . . you could discuss why they were so popular and inform those who visit your site about where to find them NOW should there be stores or little memorabilia places in different cities , etc. . . . That could be a way to "get rolling" toward the direction you were pondering over. Good luck!
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; if you want to have more than one Niche; and more than one .com that is fine. It will take more work and time. But, you can have more than one Niche and .com if you want? It will just take more time, money and effort.

Hope this helps and encourages?
aviator141 Premium
I just purchased my domain and went into WP for my domain. The very first item on my dashboard says,

"This theme recommends the following plugins: Reveal Buttons, Social Share and Follow Buttons, Superb Helper and Tables (SEO Optimized with Schema Markup). Begin installing plugins | Dismiss this notice".

Do I need to install these plugins?
AbieAJ Premium Plus

You may add them to make your theme more functional, however I note them down, in case I didn't like the theme and I want to change it in the future I can do so and I'd know what to deactivate and delete.
jghwebbrand Premium
They are suggested by your theme author, but are not required.
You will need something for Social Share and Follow
The others look optional, but it all depends upon your design approach. You may want to find a demo (or Youtube) for your theme using a browser search to see if you would like the additional functions The least amount of plugins the better.
Angell70 Premium
Hi, listen to the masterminds.
On the other hand, maybe this will help you through
Many blessings&love; to you
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; just click Help in the above menu; and ask Site Support and Live Chat. You can start with either.

Hope this helps?
I'm absolutely loving the content so far. Not making things over complex or oversimplified it's simply brilliant. I now know how real affiliates operate their businesses online. And it all makes complete sense. Build a website, offer value on that website, and have affiliate offers on the website to which traffic will go through and make a purchase, when they do, you earn commissions, So simple.

Do wealthy Affiliates do something called a squeeze page, get the traffic to opt-in then retarget other offers to that email address. Because that is what most other people are teaching.

So most of these marketers are saying that their email list becomes their asset. But the way you guys are teaching seems way better, You are actually teaching us how to build a real asset (a website) and traffic will be going to that website via organic search methods or paid ads.
jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for your blog of impressions on the training so far. You do have a great knowledge of how affiliate marketing works. There are some great details yet to come.

Yes those who do the make money marketing niche do use "squeeze pages" . Each website owner decides how they want to handle this.

Yes, original quality helpful content is so valuable for growing organic traffic for a website.

We are excited for you and your online business.

We wish you much success.
Question, what is good strategy in choosing a niche? A product or a hobby one?
For example for product, watches. Content ideas could be,
Best watch for kids, best watch for jogging etc.
For hobby, jogging,
Best jogging watches, best shoes for jogging etc.
Who has a lot more potential? A product focused? Or a hobby?
Thank you.
MAstuto Premium
Hi Nicole, do not make this complicated. Chose something you are excited about, and you have some knowledge in. It can be anything. You will need to write many blogs about your niche. Read my blog about how to chose a niche. I make it very simple.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/mastuto/blog/finding-my-niche.This should help you pick a niche. Let me know if you need anything else.
VirginiaRod1 Premium Plus
Hello, pick whatever you're passionate about, interest you, but most importantly you want to pick something you know a lot about. Something you know you'll be able to create content about. Hope this helps. Good luck.
jghwebbrand Premium
Find your passion first. (a niche that you will get excited about for years to come)
Define the audience you want to promote your interest too.
Kyles always asks us to complete the following

'i want to help ____(group) with ______(problem)'

Why should you narrow your niche when first starting?
The key to getting started fast is to narrow your niche down to a specific topic. This way, you will eliminate a lot of competition and get results much faster.
Niche examples
Camping essentials for beginners as a niche subject Computer essentials for beginners. Strength training for women over 40. I help women over 50 lose weight with yoga, help new Moms find the most important baby gear to cope with their first year as a parent

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.

trands.google.com my be helpful to understand int4erest.

Once your narrow focused niche is established and traffic grows you can expand it.

How To Expand Your niche later
Think of something you love doing? Something you have a passion for. Do you like swimming? or playing tennis? Or playing video games?

You could then build a website around these hobbies and interests.

Another tip would be to go to the google keyword planner, which is free to use and check to see if your "keywords" or "interests" have a lot of searches per month and how the competition is. If the competition is high it will be harder to for your website to get ranked by Google.

So ideally you want to go for a niche that has a high number of searches per month and has relatively low competition.

Hope this helps
michaelw777 Premium
Your Niche should be something you Love and Feel Passionate about; you will be making about 3 posts per week on it. So, it should be something you want to make posts about.

Not only that; but your Niche should be something you think you can market and sell; and it should be something that helps People.

Hope this helps and encourages?