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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hchance22 Premium Plus
I understand the initial portion of AM. But when you say develop a niche and website, you are using the adds the company you are marketing for correct? And you are driving them to your webpage. Then your are making a landing page for those who click on your add? When does the info from the customer purchasing come to your Webpage? Does the monthly dues for WA include a CRM? But I don't understand if you develop a niche for something and you are selling literally 100 different items from 100 different stores, you won't be making a different website for each product. I am missing that link there. Does that make sense? Sorry if it is confusing. However, I am confused about that portion. :)
jghwebbrand Premium
You choose a focus niche to narrow down your audience scope and related products.

For example. I like camping and want to help campers buy the right equipment to make their camping experience more pleasant and safe. (So I have a niche with a defined audience which also helps me to narrow my selection of niche products.

The example is a very broad topic with a lot of competition so to eliminate some competition in the beginning so the website has a chance to grow, the focus needs to be a smaller scope. For example essential camping equipment for beginners. Once the website is established and has a good volume, its scope can be expanded.

I sign up for camping affiliate programs.
Browser search camping + affiliate programs.

By signing up for an affiliate program I receive a special link code and the right to find products in that affiliate program that relate to my niche. I copy the product code with my link into my website. Visitors to my site will click on that product link (most of the time it includes a picture of the product. When they click on my link they are taken to the affiliate programs product page. When they buy on the programs product page, I get credit for the sale because the customer was directed from my site to the product they bought. I do not handle the product or the billing. The affiliate program does that

Since you are a Paid Premium Plus member you have access to many great Affiliate marketing training series. I recommend you complete the training OEC (Online Entrepreneur Certification) and the videos to get a greater understanding. Understanding comes by training and doing. Over time things will fall into place for you.

You can also use the menu bar search (magnifying glass) to find many blog on it.
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say this; in Jaaxy; you try to get excellent stats; then for your subject or Niche; when it shows up on Google; and other Search Engines; it will be near the top. And for those searching for what you are advertising; Potential Customers will click on it.

Hope this helps and encourages?
tjerrich Premium
I do have a few ideas but I can't decide! I love to travel and enjoy the adventures of the world. (When I can at least) I am also a graphic designer and I am learning UX/UI. I love to learn things every day. Traveling and experiencing different cultures is definitely interesting! Any suggestions??
JVong1 Premium
Hi Friend, That some great idea that you have.
tip #1 Answer this question, I want to help people with,,,,. That will be your niche.
From what you told about travel. "travel gears and preparation" , "how to travel and save money" or "how to travel and make money".
Graphic designer: you can teach other tricks to have great designed.
tip# when picking your niche is : Pick something that you will never get tired when talk about it.

Hope this help,

tjerrich Premium
That's good advice! Thanks!
JVong1 Premium
No Problem and welcome to WA
jghwebbrand Premium
I would make sure of your passion. I see you have said it is travel. I am attaching a blog that will help you to check your passion.

How To Find Your Passion If have no niche ideas here are some things to think about When you have confirmed your niche, it is important to define your target audience for your website. Travel is too broad.

Kyles helps us narrow a niche by completing the following statement.

.'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 starting with a narrow scope
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

Once your website is established and has good traffic volume you can expand your niche scope.

How To Expand Your niche later
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; it will take more work, money and time. But, you can have more than one Niche; and you can have more than one .com If you want? Ask how many you can have? I am not sure. But, I know you can have more than one.

Hope this helps and encourages?
I have a keen interest in the occult and am considering a niche in that genre. I know it is a very wide field and would like to narrow it down to tarot cards. I would like to know if that could be a viable niche and what you think of it's possibilities.
AbieAJ Premium Plus

I am not very familiar with your proposed niche however as you say it may broad you may want to narrow it down to a subcategory starting out, otherwise you will find it very hard to get noticed by the search engines and to compete with big authority sites. Target audience is important too, who would you be writing to, once you are able to identify them, you are closer to finding a focused niche.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below 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. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

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. Essentially you are writing more informational posts so that you do not sound so salesy to Google and if there’s a solution, a detailed analysis review post for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

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

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
jghwebbrand Premium
You can do a few things.
1) Type your niche word(s) in a browser Note if there are Ads. Ads mean they are being placed because there is money to make from them on this niche.
2) Do other word auto populate when you type your niche into a browser search
3) trends.google.com will give you an idea of interest over time.
4) ahrefs.com/keyword-generator will give you ides of related keywords and volume
5) WA's Jaaxy will talk give you ideas for keywords but as a free member you are limited to 30 free searches. .
6) Find out if people ask questions about it. http://soolve.com
7) As Abie has indicated find out iif there are affiliate programs you can join (although it is too soon to join yet.) browser search your niche word + affiliate program.
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; if you want to stick to your Original Subject? That should be okay. You would have a bigger audience. More Links to choose from. And you would have more material for posts.
I have a keen interest in the occult and am considering a niche in that genre. I know it is a very wide field and would like to narrow it down to tarot cards. I would like to know if that could be a viable niche and what you think of it's possibilities.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into narrowing and finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query.
HI, I as I am going through the training, I am wondering; Can I cancel any time after buying the membership?
I mean, if I am not earning enough to pay for the membership.
Do you charge a percentage of what ever amount I earn?
and lastly. I have not hear or seen anything related to taxes (how to report earnings, how often, etc.).
AbieAJ Premium Plus

Yes you may. No we do not, your affiliations are third parties that has nothing to do with WA. Affiliate Marketing commission payouts are subject to taxes, you need seek professional advice and again with your affiliations.
jghwebbrand Premium
1) Canceling at anytime - yes you can -click on your profile image -> account settings -> subscriptions -> scroll to bottom see "cancel". If you have a .com website you will need to find another host. for it.
2) If you earn from the WA affiliate program here's and idea of what you can make. https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliates/
When joining other affiliate program you will earn based on their commission schedule. WA does not take anything from that.
3) When you sign up with an affiliate program you will be asked to provide tax info so the affiliate program can associate your earning with your tax id. WA is a global community so you can check the internet for tax info. Many affiliate programs consider you a consultant when it comes to taxes. You are not an employee so you can search accordingly.
michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; if still confused? Click Help in the above menu; and ask Live Chat. That is it? If still confused?