Getting Started

I want to show you the PROPER path to Getting Started Online!

Are you tired of trying and failing to find a REAL HONEST opportunity online?

If your answer is YES, you are going to want to check out Wealthy Affiliate.  I am going to do my very, very best to assist you and show you how you can get started online in the next few moments.

If you are like most folks, you have probably tried to achieve an online revenue but you have hit a brick wall.  You are not alone.  I was there too.  It is frustrating.   That is what happens for most people when they attempt to start a business online — they enter a state of frustration and confusion.

That is why I am here because I am just like you.

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Join Wealthy Affiliate for FREE

Programs Should Allow You to Try For FREE

I personally am a strong believer that you should be allowed to try a product for free before making a financial commitment.   That is why I recommend this program, because you will have a difficult time trying to find any other program that will offer you the chance to try it before you buy it.  Plus, you will not even be asked for a credit card!

Any program that requires you to fork over hundreds of dollars without even trying it out to see if this is right for you is probably a scam.  Wealthy Affiliate is most likely the only program that will allow you to try it out for FREE with no credit card required to see if starting an online business is right for you.  Plus, you will get to build two FREE websites – yes, FREE!

At I strongly advocate that you are able to try before you buy!

Now I am going to get into what YOU need to achieve success within the online business world.  But first, I want to ask you a question…..

What is the One Thing Preventing You From Trying to Earn a Living Online?

Is it the fear of failure?

Are you afraid to try out new things?

Are you reluctant to step out of your comfort zone?

I am willing to bet you have probably answered “yes” to one of the above questions.  I would love to hear from you on what you think is the reason for not having achieved success thus far.  Leave a comment below answering the question, because it will help me to determine how best to help folks on my website here.

Perhaps your lack of online success is due to the fact that you have been exposed to one horrible scam after scam online, and if that is the case I am so sorry that happened to you.  Nobody should be taken advantage of like that!   I am going to completely turn you around today and get you moving in the direction of an HONEST AND LEGITIMATE ONLINE OPPORTUNITY, hence, the name of my website.

In fact, whether someone achieves success online or not can be narrowed down to three things…..

Building a Business Online Requires These THREE Things

If you have never read my story, you can read it here.   I started working online full time earlier this year when family circumstances required me to stay home.

I have been within the online world since 2004 when I graduated with a certification in web design.  I used to do freelance web design and teach web design to high school students who were at-risk due to socioeconomic or lack of English skills. One thing I have discovered is that people create success in many different ways despite their background or circumstances.  We all achieve it a bit differently from one another, because we are all unique, but there is something that I found common with all people that earn money online.

Number 1: They Have Help

I don’t know about you, but I become anxious and frustrated when I get stuck on something.   There is only one thing that is worse than being stuck — Not having a single person to help you when you are stuck.

So where do you go to get help?

Number 2: They Have Their Own Website

If you have No website, you will have No success!  That is the bottom line.  If you are trying to break into the online world without a website of your own which you control, you are guaranteed to have short lived success.  VERY SHORT LIVED.  That is a promise I make to you….


Got you worried?  Please don’t me.

There is great news, because building a website is now very easy.  In fact, by entering a name for a website in the form above, within a few short minutes you can have your own website up and running online.   Yes, in a few short minutes from now…without spending a single dime of your own money.  Again, as I already promised, you will not even be asked for a credit card.

Remember what I said about being able to try something for free?  The same goes for not one, but two websites – totally for free!

Number 3: They Learn & Practice Regularly

If you do not learn something, you cannot move forward.  Without knowledge, there is no progress.  Do you remember when you were young and your parents taught you how to ride a bicycle?  They were probably diligent about making sure you got the proper practice you needed.  They probably simplified the process by putting on some “training” wheels that helped you to learn and get the feel of the bike.   This support and guidance most likely helped you to learn how to ride a bike.    You got the training you needed, you practiced regularly, you stay motivated and preserved and the more you did it, the more you felt comfortable and the more natural it came to you.

The process is identical to learning how to build a legitimate online business.  You get the training you need, you get the support you need and with time, patience and perseverance you naturally learn to feel comfortable with the idea of owning your own online business.

Get Started with $0

Here is what you are going to get when you sign up with $0.

  • Personal Support & Guidance
    • Ability to get personal help from me
      • My username on Wealthy Affiliate is Stephhill
      • You will find me listed within the Ambassadors
    • Help within a community of 10,000 plus members
    • Live Chat
    • Continuous communication from many contributing members
  • 2 Free Websites
    • Using WordPress, most common platform
    • Easily installed with a couple minutes
  • Training Galore
    • Video tutorials from the owners of Wealthy Affiliate
    • Additional tutorials from veteran members, including myself
    • Step-by-step instruction that is unbeatable
    • Discussion forum available to ask for additional clarification

All this for a big fat $0…no credit card required.   You will not find support nor training this robust anywhere.   There is a Premium option should want more, but that is only up to you after you decide that this is the best place to learn to build a legitimate online opportunity.

As shown in the diagram below, choose the Starter, $0 per month option and you will get immediate access to the community after you offer your sign-up details, but you do need to complete your FULL account information to include your name, address, etc.

You can read my full Wealthy Affiliate Open Education Project Review here.

If you have any questions about Getting Started online, I would love to help!  Just leave your questions or comments below! :)

Steph Hill

Greetings! It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Stephanie and the aim of this website is to help newcomers to the field of internet marketing by providing free easy-to-follow tutorials, product reviews and resources. I hope you find the information useful and down-to-earth. My background is in librarianship, technical writing, special education, software training and web design. Please leave a comment with your questions and I will be happy to answer them.

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43 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. Steph,

    I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for introducing me to Wealthy Affiliate. I have been looking for ways to earn money online for years with little to zero success. I have a website running now with visitors daily. Some of them have even been purchasing the products I review. Now, it does take hard work. You will eventually learn how to build a website since the training at WA is very comprehensive, but you will have to keep up and post new engaging content every week. The monthly payment is nothing compare to the value you will gain, We are creating our own business, our financial freedom. People invest thousands of dollars and have to deal with employees in their daily business lives, we only need to rely in ourselves. Thank you Steph for showing me the way.

    1. Hi Juan:

      You have stated it quite well. We should only rely on ourselves. We do spend thousands of dollars to work a 9 to 5 job when you take into account the cost of fuel, eating out for lunch, car maintenance, not to mention the time away from our families and friends. You cannot put a dollar amount on that. About 9 months ago, I made a move from one state to another to take care of my recently widowed mother after the sudden loss of my father and I at first tried to find work in a regular traditional job such as working 9 to 5, but was unsuccessful in landing a job despite the hundreds of applications and many job interviews. But, as you know, when one door closes, another two or three open.

      Many thanks again and I am happy to have introduced you to Wealthy Affiliate. Be sure to complete the form here and sign up to get started.


  2. Most trusted post I ever read. I think Wealthy Affiliate is the only platform which provides free membership and gives us a chance to earn.
    And about WA, according to me, it’s the only legitimate platform for earning money from home.
    Thanks for such a truthful post.

  3. Hi Stephanie! I just also became a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate last month, the community support is AMAZING!!!! This is the place to go for anyone wanting to learn about building websites and online marketing. I also liked the fact that is was FREE to join for 7 days while you are learning!!!

    1. Hi Kathleen:

      Many thanks for your comment. Congratulations to you on becoming a Wealthy Affiliate premium member. You have begun a terrific journey towards learning about affiliate marketing and how to design a website. Once you discover your niche, you will be able to brand yourself in our area of expertise. I wish you much success with your new online learning. Please let me know if I can help at all. I am highly visible within the Wealthy Affiliate platform as I am an Ambassador.

      Sincerely ~ Steph

  4. Thanks for the website! I can tell everyone from my own personal experience that Wealthy Affiliate pays off! It is not a scam! If you have an interest in building your own business, this is the way to go!

    1. Hi Kevin:

      Thank you for visiting today. Yes, absolutely, Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam unlike many of them that are currently out there. When I knew I had to find a way to work online, the first program I came across was Excel Cash Flow and it was a complete scam. However, Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate online opportunity. You will learn and succeed through this program.


  5. I have been thinking of doing something online but was never sure of what was legit and what is not.
    I like that I can try this place for free.
    Do you think this is a good place for someone who doesn’t know anything about doing things on the internet?

    1. Hi Dave:

      Thank you for stopping by today and leaving an excellent question. The answer is YES! I think this is a great place for someone who does not know much about how to build a website or anything about affiliate marketing. Beginners are more than just welcomed. They are encouraged to join. Unlike other programs where it is better if you are an intermediate computer user, Wealthy Affiliate is a place where anyone can learn no matter what your skill level is going on.


  6. Hi Steph,
    I am happy to see there are some really good sites left on the web. Wealthy affiliate seems to be the real deal. You have convinced me with proof. And yes, you are right we all want to be able to try something for free before we commit. Thanks for such great info!

    1. Hi Renelyn:

      Thank you for stopping today and leaving a comment. I hope all is going well so far. It is true that this website is the result of what you will learn from being a member of Wealthy Affiliate. I have learned many of the things demonstrated in this website such as the computer tutorials and how to write a good product review.


  7. Being a Wealthy Affiliate member myself, I can say with certainty that this is the best income-making website I have joined. If you are willing to put in the effort, then it has all the resources for you to start making an income online.

  8. Hi Steph, You did a great job of highlighting all the reasons to join Wealthy Affiliate. What a great idea to allow someone to create a website on the spot!! First of all it proves what you’ve been saying, and I’ve never seen that done before. Very clever! I joined in August, and although I hadn’t gotten involved in any scams per se, I never was able to find the help I need, until now. I am not technical, and paniced easily because I was in such uncharted waters.

    Honestly, you can find tons of help for free, online, but what you can’t find is the step by step teaching methods. You can’t find the hundreds, probably thousands of hours of training, live chat rooms for instant answers, support whenever you need it anywhere else. And if you’re like me and have no one to turn to for any kind of help, then WA is the answer. I stayed as a free member for about 3 days, but I knew what I had found and paid for an entire year up front. After 3 months I have a website with over 50 articles of quality content, almost 500 comments, and I’m only just beginning.

    1. Hi Hindy:

      Thank you so much for the kind compliment and yes, I hope I have done a good job of highlighting all of the important reasons for joining Wealthy Affiliate. I wanted to provide an honest and legitimate overview of why what it means to belong to a helpful and attentive community as WA. You can find help easily through a number of different ways, such as Live Chat, as you mentioned as well as submitting a question to the community at large and sending a private message to someone whom you know will help you.

      There are 25 Ambassadors with WA. I am one of them and it is nice to know that these people are there to help guide you through the process of building a website and creating a source of online revenue. I know when I first joined earlier this year, I was happy to have the Ambassadors available. And then when I was invited to become an Ambassador myself, I was more than honored to have the opportunity to pay it forward and help other new members who were in the same boat as me.

      Thank you again Hindy for visiting and I hope to see you again.


  9. Awesome review of Wealthy Affiliate with great visuals. You have hit all the main points of why this is such a great place to learn how to build an online business empire. Really well done!

  10. I like how how you gave the breakdown of how Wealthy Affiliate works. There are two statements that you made in your post that I really agree with . You should be able to try something for free before you buy it and no website equals no success. I really enjoyed reading your post.

    1. Hi Natia:

      Thank you for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading my post. I think those two statements that I made which you really like about needing to build a website in order to succeed and having the opportunity to try something out for free are probably the key elements that make Wealthy Affiliate stand out against it’s competitors to include Affilorama, Affiliate Blogger Pro and CLickbank University.

      Thank you again Natia and I look forward to seeing you return for future articles and updates I made on this website.


  11. Wealthy Affiliate is a good community. If you ever have a question, they encourage you to ask anything that comes into your mind and you’re sure to get an answer to anything that bothers you. It’s a very warm and welcome community where you are never left alone if you get stuck. I would definitely recommend it!

    1. Hi Matthew:

      I agree that Wealthy Affiliate is a helpful and kind-hearted community that is always willing to help whenever needed. I know when I first joined, I felt welcomed and it made a difference between giving up early and sticking it out.

      Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again soon.


  12. Hi Stephanie!

    Well as a fellow Wealthy Affiliate member, I can attest to the great level of training it offers. And yes never are you pressured to give your credit card number. They offer top notch training and the community is so supportive. I was stuck a few times and boy was it helpful to be able to ask questions. I think the premium option is the way to go though if you want to go further.

    1. Hi Emily:

      Thank you for stopping by today and reading about ways to get started with Wealthy Affiliate. Since you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I do not need to tell you the training and community is indeed second to none. You have an awesome community of great people who will be there for you every step of the way. In order to succeed as an online entrepreneur you need to be able to network with like-minded people and Wealthy Affiliate is a great place for that.


  13. Great page, Steph. You have taken Getting Started to the next level. Based on what you have presented here, I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to get started for FREE.

    May 2016 be your most prosperous year ever.

    1. Hi PJ:

      Thank you for checking out my Getting Started page. I like your idea of 2016 being my most prosperous year ever. I am hoping to help other people do the same.


  14. Hi Steph,
    I really like your review, and the approach you are using, by pointing out how we find excuses to avoid learning new ways to help ourselves. By using the examples, of trying to do something on your own without help, and showing how much easier it is to get all the help you need a Wealthy Affiliates makes for some strong selling points. I like how you have put your picture on the WA logo, and added a personalized message. You will have to tell me where I might go to find that training and instruction, as I need to get that done also. I think you did a great job here and should have a good response for your affiliate marketing.

    1. Hi Chas:

      We do definitely look for excuses to avoid learning new things. We say things to ourselves like, “I am too old to learn”, “Can’t teach a dog new tricks.” But the real truth of the matter is that you are never too old to or too young to try something new. I think it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to try and tackle a new career and be offered free training right from the comfort of our home.

      Thank you Chas for reading and I hope to see you again soon.


  15. Hi there! You got me hooked with the “Earn as you learn” feature, what is that? Could you elaborate a little on that one, seems very interesting!
    Thanks for your time!

    1. Hi Santiago:

      The concept of earn as you learn simply means that when you start learning a new skill, you will make positive changes and begin earning a revenue. And the learning never stops for anyone and therefore the earning will stop either. If you are willing to always be in a state of knowledge acquisition, your earning potential will continue to grow with it. Thank you for reading. I hope you decide to take the plunge and give Wealthy Affiliate a try.


  16. Your website is very appealing and informative. I love how organized it is.

    You have covered absolutely everything that is needed to know to start up your own business.

    So anybody is able to start up their own business by reading your site.

    Great Job!

  17. Very good post, Steph

    What strikes me the most about your post is how Wealthy Affiliate gives the individual the ability to learn at his or hers own pace.This is what had me Ship wrecked in past programs when I was a newbie! I could never keep up with the pack because of my lack of experience and technical ability.With a plethora of available resources, you can always find an answer to any issue.My only regret is not finding Wealthy Affiliate years ago.

    1. Hi Ron!

      Pleasure to meet you. That is one nice thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can take your time and learn at your own pace and your own time schedule. The beauty of working from home is you set your own schedule. Wealthy Affiliate is a great way to achieve success while moving forward at a pace that best fits you. Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon.


  18. Excellent Post Steph. I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for a little over two months now and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The training and support is amazing. It’s nice to find something that is real and not a scam. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi William:

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear that you have had a positive experience with Wealthy Affiliate. I too have been pleased with them.


  19. Hi
    I have never heard a bad thing said about Wealthy Affiliate, I have been a member for a couple of months and whilst i’m not ready to quit my day job just yet,

    I have two websites both receiving regular traffic and I’m about to monetize one of them.

    An awesome place to get started, and the only one I would recommend

    Thanks for this Steph


  20. Hey,
    I couldn’t imagine going back to my old job. I quit about a month ago and thanks to WA I feel more confident I can make this my personal source of income. I love waking up when I want and choosing my hours. I encourage everyone to read this and do the same.
    Great post!

    1. Hi Esteban:

      It is great to see you here. Thank you for your comment. I too enjoy the personal freedom offered through Wealthy Affiliate and getting online after making breakfast for my family and I and doing what I am. Congratulations on leaving that old 9 to 5 job behind. I hope you come back and visit my website soon because I have tutorials and other information resources to help you and others succeed online.


  21. Love your post. I agree Wealthy Affiliates is the best. I have never regretted joining this site. I am disabled and needed a way to make money. I have been through so many scams and actually lost a lot of money I really could not afford to. This was going to be my last time of trying, and thank god, it payed off.

    1. Hi Lureita:

      I am just like you. I have been scammed so many times as well and this too was going to be my last attempt. I cannot tell you how much I lost as well and yes, I too could not afford to. I needed a way to work from home due to my family situation and Wealthy Affiliate has given me that ability – at last. I hope you come back soon and read so many other articles and posts. Have a wonderful day!


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