Joining Wealthy Affiliate as a Starter member is the best free way to get educated in making money online as an affiliate marketer.
More than that, you also get to build your very own website on a topic that interests you and create the foundations of your online business.
A Starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate is completely free with no time restrictions, so you choose the pace at which you learn how to earn.
In this article, I’m going to draw on my 15+ years of experience as a Wealthy Affiliate member and show you how to get the most out of your Starter membership. Let’s go!
Create Your Starter Account
At Wealthy Affiliate
This literally takes under a minute and all you need is your email address.
Click the button below to create your Wealthy Affiliate Starter account and then follow along with my instructions below.
When you click the button, you will be taken to the page below (opens in a new window)
You will see a brief message from me, and all you have to do is enter your best email address and click the green ‘Get Started’ button on the right.
TIP: When you join using the link above, you automatically qualify for expert support from me at Wealthy Affiliate!
Okay, on the next page you have to add your name, select a username and create a password for your Starter account.
Then hit the ‘Get Started Now!‘ button and your Starter account is set up!
Essential First Steps
At Wealthy Affiliate
The first page you see as a Starter member is your Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.
This is the central hub for all of your activity within the Wealthy Affiliate community, but don’t be alarmed if it looks overwhelming at first!
It’s a very intuitive interface designed to fast-track your progress as a Wealthy Affiliate member. You will soon feel at home :)
The very first thing you need to do is complete your account setup.
In doing so you will increase your levels of interaction and support within the community.
This in turn will greatly increase your potential as a Wealthy Affiliate member.
In the image above of the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard, I have highlighted with red arrows the 2 areas where the option to complete your account setup will appear.
So let’s click on the first icon to select ‘Upload an image’. The following popup will appear:
This will create the profile image that appears beside your name when you become active within the Wealthy Affiliate community.
You can either use one of your Facebook images, browse for an image on your computer or choose a sample image.
This can be changed at a later date if you want to. For this demonstration, I’m going to click on the button to choose a cool sample image.
With the image selected, all that’s left to do is click the ‘I’m All Done’ button.
After just a couple of minutes, we only have 2 more things to do to complete the account setup process. Here’s what my profile looks like so far:
Next, let’s move on to the ‘Add a description’ icon, and clicking on the icon link opens this popup:
It’s entirely up to you how much detail you give here, but by being descriptive you will notice an increase in support and interaction with other members at Wealthy Affiliate.
I personally love hearing about current situations and aspirations from new Starter members on their profile descriptions.
This helps me to associate directly with them and better focus the help and support that I offer.
So don’t be shy…everyone at Wealthy Affiliate is very friendly and we all want to help you achieve success!
A quick look at our account setup progress and there’s now just one thing left to do – add some personal goals.
Clicking on the ‘Add your goals’ icon opens up the following popup:
Again, don’t be shy here.
Success is much more likely if you are driven by personal earning goals, so this is where you get to record what you want to achieve.
Don’t forget to also be realistic about your time commitment (Question 3).
If you only have a few hours a week to commit to the training then be honest about it!
The support and help you get will be more tailored to everything that you put in your Wealthy Affiliate profile, so keep it as real as possible.
With your personal goals added, hit the blue ‘Post Your Goals’ button to save your goals to your profile.
You have completed the setup of your Starter account in a matter of minutes! Here’s one final look at my example:
I will be notified when you’ve set your profile up. I will then stop by with a quick welcome message and give you further tips to start you off on the right foot.
With your Wealthy Affiliate profile complete, you are now in great shape to start learning!
Start The Wealthy Affiliate Training
Your first interaction with the training at Wealthy Affiliate is the 10-lesson Beginner Training Course.
This course breaks down the entire affiliate marketing process in a step-by-step fashion, so it’s therefore essential that you take each lesson as it comes.
TIP: Over the years I have seen many new members skip lessons thinking they know what each lesson will teach. Please don’t do this as you are learning the ‘Wealthy Affiliate way’ here, and it’s likely to be very different from what you might have read before. Don’t be tempted to jump lessons…it will harm your progress!
In the first lesson, you are introduced to the Wealthy Affiliate community.
It’s here that you learn about everything on your dashboard, the various tools included, and the many ways to get help and support.
The most important aspect of the training is the ‘Tasks’ section at the end of each lesson.
Here’s an example of the tasks for lesson 4:
All of the training at Wealthy Affiliate is task-driven, and this helps you to take action on what you learn.
Over the years this has proven to be the most effective way to teach people at Wealthy Affiliate.
It helps you to take the right kind of action and retain what the training teaches you.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to complete the tasks…don’t skip them!
If you take each lesson in order and complete each task along the way, you will have your own website and the foundations of your online business in place by the time you reach lesson 10!
That is a HUGE achievement!
And it’s one that will help you to decide if you wish to continue for free as a Starter member, or increase the potential of your online business further by upgrading to the Premium membership.
If you would like to learn more about the differences between Starter and Premium, take a look at my article below where I explain what you can expect to achieve with each level.
So to get your Starter membership up and running in the best way possible, you need to:
- Complete your account setup. This increases your levels of support and communication within Wealthy Affiliate.
- Take each lesson in the Beginner Training Course as it comes, and don’t skip any lessons! This ensures that you don’t miss any vital parts of the Wealthy Affiliate process.
- Complete the tasks at the end of each lesson. This helps to make the Wealthy Affiliate training stick!
The Cheapest Way To
Upgrade To Premium
If you do decide to upgrade to Premium then here’s how to save $30 off your first month as a Premium member.
First, join Wealthy Affiliate as a Starter member through this link or any other link on my Work From Home Watchdog website.
Then when you log in and complete your account setup, your $30 discount offer will automatically appear at the top of your Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.
This discount is valid for your first 7 days as a Starter member. Here’s how it looks:
In addition to this discount, I will also give you a couple of really helpful bonuses plus my personal support on demand when you go Premium :)
I will explain more about these in my welcome message at Wealthy Affiliate when you create your Starter account.