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 16 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 16 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 Kyle directly here.

Carson and I (Kyle) 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 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.

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! :)

Tasks 0/3 completed
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 Premium Membership Offer

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HI guys,
I'm a total newbie at this whole affiliate marketing thing and it would be easy for me to just search for the best niche or the best selling product online. but what I want to ask is. Through your experiences, What is a good niche to get into? and that is factoring in that right now I'm starting from nothing and wont be able to invest in good marketing tools till I actually see a profit or income
AbieAJ Premium Plus
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.

Vs profitable or demanding.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

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.
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the first thing to remember is that you will be expected to write a lot of content on your chosen niche, everything original, nothing copied and pasted.

At least 2 or 3 articles per week, but preferably more. And a niche is not a product, it is a subject you can help a specific audience with

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.
When you say I have to at least write 2 or 3 articles a week in my chosen niche. Can you expand on that? as I don't know why that is needed
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - if you were to just add a load of products with affiliate links, then you would be yet another shop among the millions already out there and nobody will find your site.

You need to attract Google's attention by writing articles that help people. That way, if people were searching for an answer to something, Google would see that you had some helpful advice and put your website on page 1 for that particular topic.

Plus, as well as writing helpful posts, you will write reviews of products you recommend, to help people to decide whether to buy them or not.

Take a look at my training on how to start a website about pets, to see if it makes it any clearer.
HI Diane,

Ahhh ok that makes sense, so basically writing these articles or reviews on the product/niche I have chosen would drive traffic to my niche/product/website.
Thanks for clearing that up for me. Now its time for me to think of a niche where I could do that. once I've thought of a niche, I'll move onto "Building Your OWN Niche Website". Once I have a niche, I'll definitely have more questions for you and the community. Hopefully you guys wont get sick of me by then and still be willing to entertain me.hehe
Thanks for Reply Diane

jghwebbrand Premium
Great question, The best place to start is to choose something you are passionate about. There are a lot of new things to learn so if you have passion and drive for your niche and want to help people with it you can handle the challenges easier.. You are doing this for the long haul. Without passion you can easily get bored or burned out with having to .write helpful niche related content. You can make money with any niche so choose what you are interested in.

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?

You can learn about a new niche if you are passionate about it, but it does help if you have knowledge about and experience with it.

A niche is not a product. It is focusing on a group of people you wish to help that have a problem that needs solving.
smellis Premium
hi, I just wanted to jump in here and I hope I don't sound too negative but I'm now on lesson 9 and this is the first time I have become excited! now I see the "how". Now I understand that through the use of "keywords" how I can get people to come to my website [and yes, I now know I have to write something] and by adding affiliate links to my site I can really make some money. If everybody else already knew this, then just call me slow. I just didn't know how this whole thing really worked. just wanted to share, got excited, I'll hush up now. You all have a nice day now.
jghwebbrand Premium
This is exciting to see how you have fit this together. This is what j makes the training so great., Everyone comes from a different background and experience and yet the training connects.

Thanks for sharing your experience here.

We wish you well.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Great insights and thank you.
Hey! Just wanted to say, after thinking about it for long, I have decided I would like to change my niche from belly fat loss to depression. I have suffered from clinical depression and know how horrible it is, and I also am passionate about it. I chose belly fat because I was chasing money not my passion, which I now see is wrong.

However, I wanted to ask, how do I niche down clinical depression?
AbieAJ Premium Plus
Possibly causes, prevention and for effected folks their care is very important.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ - 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.

Other sources include https://Quora.com, https://Answers.com, https://AnswerThePublic.com, YouTube search engine etc.

You may research other peoples work however all content must be originally written in your own words.

You may also like to read up on below resoruce
IvanBroz Premium Plus
those types of niches are a bit harder to narrow down. Maybe you can focus only on solutions to cure/treat clinical depression. I'm sure you can write quite a few good posts on this topic.

You can check out what people are typing into Google search related to this niche to get some good ideas...
As a professional counselor, here are a few thoughts:
1. target negative thinking
2. target daily exercise
3. target the pursuit of "joy" - lots of stuff on the web about this

Hope that helps!
Thank you, Ivan! I am jotting down people's ideas for subnicheing, so I will brainstorm which niche I think is best!
Thank you so much!
jghwebbrand Premium
That is hard to do. Since you are very familiar with this - could a focus be on how to get beyond depression. Essentials to get beyond depression.

Then you can use all of the things you did and are doing to stay positive.
Thank you! These are very interesting sub-niches! If you don't mind, could you please elaborate on 1 (targeting negative thinking) and 3 (pursuit of "joy")? I'm very interested in making content on 1 of these 2 but just want a better understanding of the type of content to make based on those 2.

Thank you!
Ok so I have done the next lesson and made my site SEO ready plus done the homepage titles part. I have aimed towards getting new people into the poker world and also encouraging people to leave the computer and go play live! Am I headed in the right direction? feels good upto now.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
I would write quality succinct content addressing issues in relation to my niche with a good choice of targeted searchable keywords worthy of your visitors attention, onward sharing onto social media platforms for organic outreach.

Otherwise how else your target audience is going to find your site.

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.

However, great effort on your part.
jghwebbrand Premium
Have you addressed questions people ask about poker? Answersocrates.com. Have you checked other autosuggest ideas when you type your niche keyword into google.
Hey Everyone! Just joining WA and wanted to take time to say HELLO to all of the WA Community! Just completed Lesson 1 and began following the TOP HELPERS on this lesson to begin to make friends with all the help I can get to become successful in this new business venture for me! Grateful and already impressed with the arm welcome I've already received! Best Wishes to you all!
jghwebbrand Premium
Welcome. We are delighted to meet you and its exciting that you found the WA platform Enjoy the free training and the free siterubix.com subdomain name which you can create in lesson 4.

The way to learn the online process is to complete the Online Entrepreneur Training which is a self-managed program. You can do it at your pace. After you finish each task make sure to check mark the box in front of the task. When you have questions, you can ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

We wish you well.
AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesomeness and super welcome to WA.