Here’s What You Can Learn For Free At Wealthy Affiliate
As you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog, i’m a flag waver for Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform that teaches you how to set up a business (or businesses) online from scratch. It’s training and an over-the-shoulder approach to it.
Anyone can learn how to set up their own website online, build a little e-commerce store and start to sell their own products (as a vendor) or other people’s products (as an affiliate) online. The thing can be as big as you like, depending upon how much work you want to put in.
Why am I telling you this?
Because 3 years ago I was made redundant from my job after 36 years service. I was 55 years old and too old to really start another conventional ‘career’. To be honest I was also sick of all the office politics and corporate bull that had crept in (if you work in an office, you’ll know exactly what it’s like – there’s a David Brent in every company. Sometimes more than one!).
Even though retirement is great, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t just switch off. I was already falling behind in what was new in Social Media and like it or not, this is the way that life is heading. People like the Kardashians are streaking ahead, making ridiculous amounts of money, simply by knowing how to market themselves and how to leverage the Internet in their favour.
The everyday Joe just complains about these people earning money for apparently doing nothing. Well, why not learn a bit about it yourself and instead of bitching about these people, why don’t you learn how it’s done? Like it or not, if you don’t educate yourself in what does and does not work on the Internet these days, I think you may struggle to find employment in future because:
I predict that 90% of all retail will move online.
Work is changing. Employers don’t want to commit to long term contracts any more, they don’t want to have to contribute to expensive employee pensions or provide welfare and bonuses. It’s far better for them if they can harness other people to sell for them, without having to advertise as much.
That is exactly why you need to learn about how you can equip yourself to ‘work for’ any vendor in the World, in an industry that you choose, not one you are railroaded into by your careers advisor or because you didn’t get the right grades at school.
NONE OF THAT MATTERS IF YOU APPROACH THIS AND TAKE MASSIVE ACTION
That’s why i’m telling you this. I took the decision in 2018 that to carve out a career online, I needed to educate myself and found this training which I truly believe is the best online training to get you started in a career you might not have thought was for you, but once you get into it you realise what huge opportunity it is.
This is a 10-lesson course that is part of the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Certification. It will walk you through the steps of creating a successful online business that generates revenue. This getting started course (level 1) is your first step to realizing your potential as an online business owner.
Course Benefits & Learning Outcomes
Learn how to immediately get “immersed” in the awesome community here at WA
Discover the process of earning revenue online
Create and start working towards a list of new financial and non-financial goals
Gain instant access to over 590,000 niches
Choose your starting point NICHE for your business
Build your very OWN niche website
Learn how to optimize your website using WordPress
A simple and free way of making your site search engine friendly
How to create quality website content (that gets ranked)
Understanding the keyword research process
Quickly and easy creation of your own low competition keyword lists
Lesson 1 Getting Rolling
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 14 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 14 year period we have helped close to 1.7 MILLION people during this time!
Lesson 2 Understanding how to make money online
How Will YOU Make Money Online?
The reality is that there are many ways to make money online! The problem is that people often get distracted by the “latest and greatest” product or service and they are never able to build a successful (and revenue generating) business as a result.
Today I am going to run you through one of the most fundamental, yet powerful processes of generating revenue online.
It is a proven process, it is one that we use, and one that 100,000’s of other Wealthy Affiliate members use. It is also the ultimate “making money” process that worked 5 years ago and it is going to work 5 years from now (and beyond). It is a process that will reveal as much opportunity in the massive online world as you are willing to work for!
It is called Affiliate Marketing.
Lesson 3 Choose a Niche
What is a Niche?
A niche is a distinct segment of a market, in other words an “audience”.
When choosing a niche that fits you, you should be choosing something that is ideally an interest, a passion, a hobby, but it could be something that you would like to learn about. You don’t need to BE an expert, you BECOME an expert.
I personally enjoy many different things. I enjoy basketball, I used to collect baseball cards, I like to go skiing, I am really interested in men’s fashion, exercise, internet marketing, and I love everything about the online business world.
There are also many niches over the years that I have been very successful within without knowing anything about them before getting into them. Dieting, voice over IP, hosting…are just a few.
Lesson 4 Building your own Niche website
OK, awesome. You now have your niche, in other words, the direction for your brand & business. That is great and don’t worry about this not being “perfectly clear” at this point, as you move forward the pieces of the puzzle are going to come together.
Starting with a big piece today, your website. We are going to be taking our niche idea and turning it into a tangible business starting with your website.
Lesson 5 Setting up your website
In this lesson we are going to be walking you through the process of the initial website set-up. This includes the removal of “default” content that is installed with every website as well as a look around of the back office of your website.
Additionally, I am also going to be walking you through the activation of your “Plugins” and be walking you through the benefits of the plugins (feature extensions) that have been installed automatically with your website.
Below is a video walk-through showing you the process of setting up your website. Click play to watch the “Setting Up Your Niche Website – The Initial Steps” video below.
Lesson 6 Getting your site ready for search engines
We are now getting into the FUN stuff! Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO!
You have your website in place and now you want to make it SEO ready so that search engines can find it. Our goal is to get ranked in the BIG 3 engines, Google, Bing & Yahoo.
Do note that our focus is going to be primarily on Google though as they own over 70% of all search traffic, and over 95% of mobile searches.
But why do you want rankings in the search engines? Simple…
Lesson 7 Creating your initial website content
Search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo are after ONE thing. The most relevant content.
If you can build out your website in a way that is ready for SEO (as discussed in the last lesson) and create quality, relevant content, you are going to have a bright journey ahead of you within the online world.
The thing that most people stress about is being a “writer”, you DO NOT have to be a writer to be successful online.
You simply need to communicate with your audience, the same way that you would with a friend or a family member. And if you put the emphasis on helping people, you are going to be able to build trust, which is going to lead to long term and sustainable success online.
Lesson 8 Creating custom menus on your website
Today is going to your first introduction to proper organization on your website. One thing that we always need to remember is that we are building our websites for PEOPLE, and our visitors and how someone would view our content and our navigation is what should dictate how we present our content.
In other words, if your website is difficult to navigate, people simply won’t. The may read your content, and then just move onto another website. You can increase your website “page views” and overall website revenue if you understand proper navigiation
Lesson 9 Understanding keywords, the start of your content
You have likely heard the term “keyword research”. This is the act of finding keyword phrases that are relevant to your niche and deciding whether or not it is appropriate to build content around that particular keyword.
Keywords are going to be the “root” of all your SEO success.
First Off, WHAT IS A KEYWORD?
A keyword is simply a word or phrase that people search for in the search engines. Every time you do a google search you are entering a “keyword” into the search box.
Lesson 10 Congratulations and your next steps
We would like to congratulate you on your progress thus far and your progression towards success online! Your foundation has been built and you are ready to take your niche website and business to the next level.
First though, let’s look at some things that you have already accomplished in the first 9 lessons in Level 1 of 5 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification course.
You have already accomplished A LOT…
In just your first 9 lessons, you have already accomplished the following:
- Set-up your account profile here at Wealthy Affiliate
- Interacted with others fellow marketers and aspiring marketers via live chat
- Understood the process of earning money online
- Set your idealistic short and long term “make money” goals
- Chosen your niche from scratch
- Named and built your very OWN website using SiteRubix
- Set-up the website that is geared for long-term success
- Activated your website plugins
- Understand how to set-up plugins that maximize website efficiency
- Optimized your website for search engines (Google, Yahoo, & Bing)
- Created your very first page of content on your website
- Have created many relationships with others here at WA
- Have gotten timely help when you needed it
- Understood the process of keyword research
- Found a bunch of awesome, low compettion keywords
- Learn how to properly set-up your website navigation
- Learned a bunch of powerful stuff that is going to help lead you to SUCCESS
In other words, YOU have accomplished a lot in just a short period of time, imagine what you can accomplishing in the next 30 days, the next 60 days…IMAGINE THE NEXT YEAR!
Now this is just the start. This is just the first 20% Free of what is taught on the Online Entrepreneur Certificate section of the course. There’s much more, including weekly webinars, 1-to-1 mentoring, the Bootcamp and rewards for those who want to go further. That’s a good way off and you need to walk before you can run, but the future for all is online, whether you are a property investor, teacher, shop owner, poker player, vet or student.