What Kind of Free Training Do You Get With Wealthy Affiliate?
If you haven’t heard, Wealthy Affiliate is a premier online affiliate marketing platform that, along with its paid premium training, offers a free starter package for new members. If you’ve wondered what the Wealthy Affiliate free membership is about, this post will let you know. This package consists of ten lessons, and includes two free websites.
Are these free lessons any good? Do they have any value to you if you are starting your own online business? Or are they just a hook to get you to sign up for the paid membership to the site? These are legitimate questions that I hope to answer for you in this post.
I’m going to review the free lessons for you here, and let you make your own informed decision about their value.
Lesson 1, Getting Rolling
This lesson introduces you to the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson, and then points out some important points:
- Anyone can accomplish success online
- Anything new can appear overwhelming at first
- No technical or prior online business experience is required
- Success is a journey
This first lesson also provides a simplified overview of what you will be doing and how you will be building your online business. 4 steps are involved:
- Choose an interest
- Build a website
- Attract visitors
- Earn revenue
Lesson 1 also provides some advice for new members:
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Take action on what you learn
As with all the lessons, you are given certain tasks to complete before moving to the next lesson, and are provided with both video and text training.
When you complete lesson 1, you will have finished setting up your Wealthy Affiliate account, and will be ready to move on to lesson 2.
Lesson 2, Understanding How to Make Money Online
With this lesson, you will come to an understanding of how the business world works online and how you can become a part of it. Since the site is called “Wealthy Affiliate,” you should have had some clue that the major focus is on affiliate marketing.
You are taught how affiliate marketing works, and are tasked with writing down your financial goals, according to three questions:
Question 1: How much money would you be happy earning?
Question 2: How much would you be ecstatic earning?
Question 3: How much TIME are you willing to invest to achieve your goals?
These goals may be conservative, or they may be outlandish. The important thing is to think about what financial success you want to achieve. As in lesson 1, you are given video training to go with the text lesson, and 4 tasks to complete.
Lesson 3, Choose a Niche
Every business needs a direction. Finding a niche, or audience, that you are interested in becoming an expert on is a scary proposition for a lot of people. It’s a hard decision to make, because so much happens after you make your choice. This lesson walks you through the process and helps you choose your direction.
It makes the process easy to understand and takes a lot of the stress and anxiety out of possibly THE most important step you take in the beginning or your business setup.
Again, you get video training, and, while there are only 2 tasks to complete, this lesson is pivotal to your business, because you choose the path you want to take as far as your business is concerned.
Lesson 4, Building Your Own Niche Website
Now we’re starting to build our online presence by building our first website! Lesson 4 walks you through the steps of:
- Choosing the kind of website you want
- Choosing a domain
- Picking a name for your website
- Choosing a theme or design
Then SiteRubix, the WA website hosting platform, is explained to you along with the features it provides.
Are you seeing the value of these lessons yet?
Lesson 5, Setting Up Your Website
Now that lesson 4 has shown you how to choose your website, lesson 5 teaches you how to get it set up. In this lesson you learn about WordPress and initial website setup.
You learn how to access your back office and dashboard, how to activate your plugins, and are shown how to delete the default posts, pages, and comments that come with your website theme.
You have 4 tasks to complete during this lesson. As with all lessons so far, you get both the video training and the text lessons. After completing lesson 5 you will be able to work with your website as you add content.
Lesson 6, Getting Your Site Ready For Search Engines
It’s great to have a website, and to know how to use it, but it’s another thing to have it ready to attract visitors. Think of the millions of websites on the internet right now. Think of the times you have gone online looking for something, and have typed something into the search bar on Google or Bing or Yahoo.
When you got your search results, can you think of any times that you have gone to the second or third page of your search results to click on a website? Most of the time we stay on the first page, don’t we?
If your website, great as it is, is sitting there on page 27 of the search results, do you think that anyone will ever find it?
This lesson shows you how to get your site ready for the search engines to find it.
Lesson 7, Creating Your Initial Website Content
Your website’s content is critical to your success. The search engines use your content to rank your website among the millions of other sites out there. You are shown in this lesson how to complete two important pages related to your site.
- Your “About Me” page
Lesson 8, Creating Custom Menus on Your Website
Once your visitors find your website, they need to be able to find their way around. The menus you have on your site are the way they will do it. This lesson shows you how to
- Create a menu
- Your menu structure
- Customize your menu
Lesson 9, Understanding Keywords, The Start of Your Content
Keywords get you noticed by the search engines. When someone types what they are looking for in the search bar of google, those are the keywords to their search.
If your keywords in your content match the keywords that the person is looking for, your site will be pulled from the big basket of websites and added to the search results, and you have a chance for that person to click on your website.
This lesson gets you comfortable with keywords and keyword research. It teaches you how to target keywords with your posts.
You learn how to research keywords, the rules of a quality keyword, and how to use them in your content.
This is a very important lesson to master. The keywords you use are critical to your success in online marketing.
Lesson 10, Congratulations and Your Next Steps
This is the last lesson in the free starter level course.
Lesson 10 summarizes what you have learned and the progress you have made so far, listing the accomplishments already completed, which is a pretty impressive list.
It also reminds you of your progress within the Wealthy Affiliate Community, and invites you to continue your training by progressing to level 2, The Ultimate Traffic Training.
The ten Starter Lessons introduce you to Wealthy Affiliate, help you choose a direction for your business, help you get your website set up and running, teach you how to optimize your site for the search engines, and get you started adding content to your website.
That’s a lot to get for free.
So there you have it, my overview of the free Starter Level training at Wealthy Affiliate.
As you can see, there’s a lot of important training involved, and at the end of the course, you have your own website (2 if you want), and have learned how to add content to it and customize it. You’ve learned how to use keywords to rank with the search engines.
If you think that you’ve learned enough and can take it from here yourself, I wish you the best of luck. There’s no requirement for you to move on with the paid training.
You may not realize it, but your free membership with Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t expire. You can stay with the free program for as long as you want. If you do decide to upgrade, I can offer you some BONUSES that you might like.
I can offer you your first month as a premium member for only $19. The regular monthly cost is $49 per month, so that’s a $30 savings for your first month. This offer applies if you sign up for premium within your first month as a free member. You can get additional savings by paying yearly. $49/month for a year is $588, but if you pay yearly, the cost is reduced to $359. You save $229. That’s only $29.92 per month, only about $10 more per month than the $19 first month.
This bonus gives you unlimited access to me as your mentor with Wealthy Affiliate. You can send me a personal message anytime you want to or need to and I will be there for you. I’ll help you or point you to the help you need.
You Make The Choice
If you are truly interested in starting your own online business and earning that passive income you’ve always dreamed of, I’ve shown you how you can get a solid start for free. If you’ve been waiting to have a little extra income to invest, you don’t need it.
Wealthy Affiliate has made it easy for you to jump in and get started. Click on the banner or on the link at the start of this sentence and you will be directed to the sign-up page. I look forward to seeing you in the Wealthy Affiliate platform!
Disclosure: The FTC requires that I inform you that if you click on an affiliate link in this post and end up purchasing a product, I will be paid a commission. This commission does not affect the price of the product. Of course, if you sign up for the free Starter program, I receive no commission because you have not purchased anything. Only if you decide to continue your training with a premium membership will I get paid a commission.
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