Wealthy Affiliate How To’s – Full Instructions & Directions

This will be a full instructional article on the Wealthy Affiliate Program that will provide all the Wealthy Affiliate How To’s. This will give the entire sign-on process, and the making of your affiliate website to start generating income.

Throughout this article, I will be offering up other articles for you to reference to get a complete understanding of the process. You will have a full understanding of the Wealthy Affiliate How To’s when you are done reading this article and the accompanying links.

I will go through the process with you step-by-step, and I will link to other articles where I feel you might need more detail on a particular subject.

The Wealthy Affiliate program is a 100% free program to join. The Wealthy Affiliate company does offer a Premium membership as well, but this article will focus on the Starter Membership level which costs nothing to join or maintain. No credit card information of any kind is required to sign up, and you can keep your free membership and two free websites as long as you like.

Step 1 – Sign up for Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate How To's

Wealthy Affiliate How To's

You will click this link when you are ready to sign up. It should open in a new window. This will make it easy to go between windows to read these instructions and follow along in real time at the Wealthy Affiliate site.  So once you click the link above,  you will only be asked for your name and email and then you will be taken to a page that looks like this.  No credit or debit card informtion is required!

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Go ahead and fill in your email address and click on the “Get Started” tab.  Here is what the page will look like. You want to fill in your name, Username, email address, and a password. I have a screen capture of my son Ian’s sign-on process for illustration purposes.

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Getting Rolling

What I truly love about the Wealthy Affiliate program is the ease with which you can navigate through the system and the training program. There’s no guesswork, no trying to find where you left off. Whoever designed the program for the site is a genius and realizes that people with little or no online experience need that ease of navigation.

So when you sign up, you are immediately greeted and instructed as follows:

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Quick look at success

This is the process in a nutshell. This explains the process you will follow to earn a substantial income online. I will be going through this process with you on a step-by-step basis leaving no stone un-turned so you have a full understanding of the Wealthy Affiliate How To’s. By the end, you will be a pro!

Here is the overview of the process:

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Watch the walk-through video

The first video is the walk-through video. It will show you all around the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Honestly, it is one of the easiest platforms I’ve ever seen to navigate. Everything is completely spelled out for you, and this video will show you where everything is and how it works.

I suggest you follow each video in order, and you can always go back and re-watch any video at any time. The training you complete is always right there for you to watch at any time.

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Set up your account

This is an important step, because the community of Wealthy Affiliate is an integral part of your success in affiliate marketing. The community provides you with valuable feedback on your websites, traffic to your sites until your generic traffic picks up, and all-important website comments. Here is an article on the importance of traffic and comments for your success:

 Article on Traffic and Comments  

Therefore, set up your profile, with a nice profile picture and a write-up about yourself and anything else you want to share.  Everyone inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform will be able to see your profile.

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Choose your niche (your subject matter)

This is one of the most important steps you will make is choosing your niche. You get two free websites with the free Wealthy Affiliate membership, but you are going to set up one website at a time. Your niche is the subject of your site, and here is a description of the importance of your niche.

Here is an article giving you more detail about the importance of choosing your niche and how to go about it:

WHAT IS A NICHE AND HOW TO CHOOSE!Wealthy Affiliate How To's

Creating your website

With the Wealthy Affiliate free membership, you get two free websites. Focus on building one first so you can devote the proper time to it. The platform provides full step-by-step training on every single step as shows below:

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

It’s super easy to navigate around Wealthy Affiliate. Everything is labeled for easy access. So you just click on the Websites tab as shown below, and then on the Site Builder.

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You are then directed to set up your free website, or you can upgrade to Premium. My recommendation is that you maintain the free website through the training because you can always opt to upgrade if you are finding value and enjoying the process. (The one benefit of upgrading within the first 7 days is they give you the next month for $19.99 [the monthly premium membership rate is $49.99 normally]).

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Choose your Website Theme

Your theme is the design of your website. You will have 12 different themes to choose from as a starter (free) member. This is not critical, because you can change your theme as often as you like, and if you do opt for a premium membership, you will have access to many more themes.

So try a few out and see how you like them. When you change themes, your information is transferred, so you don’t have to start over.

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Benefits of the Wealthy Affiliate and Site Rubix Platform

When building your website, you want the security and the support for your business. If you are planning to place affiliate links on your site to earn income, you will need this as part of your business. That is one of the main benefits of the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Take a look:

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Building your website

In this step you will decide if you want to do the free site rubix website or a .com website. Here again, I do recommend you use the free site to start because you can always upgrade to a .com website and it will transfer all of the content right over with no worries.

I do want to stress that once you have decided that this business is for you, you will need to get a .com website, but I do recommend you wait until you have learned about keyword optimization before you choose the name of your website.

You just click on the free site:

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Then you will choose your free site rubix domain name. Again, you can change this in the future to your .com, so don’t stress this part! You will want to choose a domain name for your final .com that is keyword optimized, meaning it has lots of searches and low competition.

Here is an illustration of how Ian chose his domain name, and the full explanation of using the Jaaxy platform for keywords is in this article:


Below you will see the name Ian chose was Start At Home Business Ideas which has an average of 152 monthly searches (Avg) and 0 competition (QSR)!  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

Choose your theme

Next you choose your theme, and remember, you can always change the theme of your website as many times as you like, so try out a few and see how you like them. Once you get more versed in building websites, you will have a better handle on which themes work best for you, so don’t worry about that part of it.

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Once you have your theme chosen, you just click on the “Click Here to Build” button and you will receive this message while your website is being put together.

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Wealthy Affiliate How to's

Now it will tell you your website is installed and ready to go, and so you click on the login button to be taken to the site to start adding content.

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Wealthy Affiliate How to's

When it prompts you, you will want to install the classic editor. At this point, you will want to go with what everyone else has been using so if you need help from other members or have questions, they will all know because they will have been using the same thing.

Once you are up and going, you can always try the Gutenberg editor, but with it still being in the testing phase, it’s better if you go with the tried and true classic editor for now.

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Once you choose the editor, you will be given these options to begin editing your site!

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Editing your first post

On the left sidebar are all the options you have with regard to editing your website. I will be getting in much more detail about WordPress and the functionality of it, along with tips and tricks, as we go along. This is a general how-to article about getting started, so please be sure to subscribe to this website to receive alerts about any and all new posts.

On the left side of your WordPress back office will be “Posts” which is where all the posts are stored. So go ahead and click on that and then you will see the standard post that comes with every WordPress site. The title is “Hello World,” so go ahead and click on the title to open the post.

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When you open it up, it will look like this. (Remember, the Wealthy Affiliate training is going to go into great detail on each and every step necessary to set up your website with videos and written instructions. It’s super easy to follow, so no worries.)

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For Illustration Purposes

Personally, I never create my posts in the WordPress platform. Wealthy Affiliate has a post or page creation area that has an editor that checks for grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. I prefer to use the blog editor to write my posts, and then I transfer the post to the WordPress platform to add pictures and my affiliate links once I have had the system do the checks. (Google and the search engines are very particular about articles that don’t have good grammar, etc., so I double check it a couple of times before I transfer it.)

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

Wealthy Affiliate How to's

For illustration purposes, however, I am going to show you the edit feature and what it looks like in the website just so you can see it.

So here we edited the post (remember, above, it was titled Hello World, so we changed it to Start at Home Business ideas – Welcome!):

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To make words bold you simply highlight them and click on the B above (the i is for italics and the U is for underline). Here I’ve highlighted the words up to date and successful and bolded them:

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Adding Pictures to your post

Simply place the cursor where you want the picture to appear and click on the Insert Media button at the top:

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Click on “Select Files” to open your computer and then browse your computer for the picture you want to upload.

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In this example, I chose the picture of Ian’s signature to insert into the post. So I double click on the picture and it pops into the media library.

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Once the picture is uploaded, you simply click on the button that says “Insert Media,” and the picture will be inserted into the post.

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You can see the draft of the post here with the picture of Ian’s signature now inserted where I had my cursor. It’s that simple. You can center the picture, put it to the left or right of the text as well.

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To save any changes you make to your WordPress post, you must always click on the Update” tab on the right sidebar:

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Now to view your post as it will appear to the public, you simply go to the top and click on the View Post tab as follows:

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What the post will look like

Here is the post on the actual website:

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Comments Welcome

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As always, I welcome any and all comments and questions regarding this article or any other article on this website.  For more details on setting up your website and writing content, please review the menus above for other articles.

Once you join the Wealthy Affiliate platform, you will be given full training to get your business started.  Remember, the Wealthy Affiliate program is 100% free to join and maintain unless you decide to upgrade to receive the full benefits of the Premium membership.  There is no requirement to upgrade ever, but I do fully recommend you upgrade when you decide this business is for you!  The benefits of the premium membership are amazing, and it’s only $49.99 monthly!

So don’t delay, this free program is free to join now, so grab your free membership!  You can sign up here:

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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!


  1. I have to tell you that this is by far THE BEST article that I have read in so long. I usually check for new posts but your post has everything that someone that needs to know. You gave all the details that need be known before making the right decision, which is JOIN Wealthy Affiliate. I can assure your visitors that you took the time to provide the information that they need to know the best platform out there. GREAT job!

  2. Babs,

    Wanting to get into affiliate marketing for a very long time has been difficult to find a place to learn how and what to do.  I searched for years looking and trying to do this on my own.  Wealthy Affiliates offers the only training platform that is so simple to use with step by step video instructions anyone with even no knowledge at all can do this.  But the very best part is you can do it all for FREE even if you never want to join as a Premium member the free membership and websites are yours to keep and they even pay for hosting them.  I went Premium in two days did not need the free seven days to make up my mind.

    Thank you for sharing,


  3. Wow, you have shared a lot of great information here.  From what you say, most people should find it to be  really easy to build a new website using Wealthy Affiliate.   

    I particularly liked your advise about using the classic editor when given a choice.   As a photographer, I give very similar advise to people.  It is best for beginners to pick the camera (or website editor in this case) that the most people know how to.   It makes it much easier to help people that way.    I know how to use the classic editor myself but not the new one.   

    Well, you sound like a person that will be able to do a great job helping people set up an affiliate marketing business.  I would highly recommend interested people join Wealthy Affiliate’s program because there are so many people in the community there that can help answer questions if/when they arise. 

    Again, great advise.   

  4. I have been a premium member of WA for a few months now. I have learned a lot. The WA community is really helpful. I love Wealthy Affiliate platform because it’s got everything that you need to start your online business. You can improve your knowledge with regular training. I can see lots of earning potential in it. Thank you so much for sharing this great informative article.

  5. Wow, you laid the instructions out just perfectly on how to use Wealthy Affiliate! You go from the very beginning and say exactly the first steps to take in order to join Wealthy Affiliate and what to do after joining. Your pictures showing exactly what you explain is just perfect and this would put anyone’s mind at ease of what to do when joining Wealthy Affiliate. It offers so much and just like you said the ease of navigation at Wealthy Affiliate and the training leaves out the guess work of trying to find where you left off.

  6. Hi Babs,

    Thank you for the steps by steps instructions for joining and setting up Wealthy Affiliate free starter program. This is so helpful for anyone to get started.

    There are so much to learn from Wealthy Affiliate starter program. After the initial training, you’ll will know if affiliate marketing is what you want to explore further.

    Anyone interested to earn money from internet, should give Wealthy Affiliate starter program a try.

  7. Talk about step by step.  I don’t think you left any stone unturned for someones introduction into the Wealthy Affiliate program.  It is a comprehensive article and the fact that wealthy affiliate is a great place to learn affiliate marketing makes it all the better.  Thanks for putting this together, it really is top notch.

  8. This is an absolutely great review about Wealthy Affiliate.  I to am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and would never find myself anywhere else on my affiliate marketing journey.

    For people reading this who are on the fence now really is time to get off the fence.  Im here to tell you that if you put the tools and training to work you really will succeed.


    1. I totally agree!  I believe that most of the people who join Wealthy Affiliate stay with it.  There just is no other option out there that provides everything this platform has to offer!

  9. Thank you for this great review of WEALTHY AFFILIATE HOW TO’S  FULL INSTRUCTIONS & DIRECTIONS. I really recommend this business to the newbie out there who is still seeking legitimate online business. Why I love Wealthy affiliate? Wealthy affiliate doesn’t have an upsells not like others that they have expensive upsells.Wealthy affiliate is the real deal no doubt about it.

  10. I absolutely love Wealthy Affiliate!

    I think the first obstacle for me was choosing my site theme because I wanted it to be simple, yet elegant/ cute before I started creating content.

    My favorite part about preparing to write a new post is doing the keyword research. My creative mind goes into overdrive!

    What was your favorite part about starting your own online business?

    1. I have always loved teaching people. I’ve taught young children, running my own preschool, and I’ve taught adults a myriad of things as well. Now, through my website, I can teach people to make money online, and this is, in my opinion, a much-needed service. People struggle, and this is a way to earn extra income or a handsome full-time income. I am also a creative person, so the actual creation of the sites is enjoyable to me as well. – Babs

  11. Just wanted to stop by and say great article. I love all the screen shots I really feel like I know what I’m getting into. The platform looks really professional and modern from the images. I have been looking around at a few different options and being able to actually take this for a test run and NOT having to put in my credit card really appeals to me.

    You did say there was a Premium membership. I don’t like to be sceptical but I’m just wondering if you do at some point have to spend more money to be able to keep your two free sites? 

    Building a website doesn’t look complicated with your step by step instructions, but there does look like a lot of steps. Can anyone really do this or do you need to have some sort of computer experience to make it work?

    Sorry for all the questions, just want to make an informed decision. Thanks heaps.

    1. Absolutely no experience needed, and each step has video instructions so you do it a little at a time which makes it super easy to follow and do!  You do NOT have to upgrade ever if you don’t want to.  You can maintain your two free websites for as long as you like.  Premium has so many benefits that I do highly recommend it if you decide this business is for you!   -Babs

  12. Great steps on what to do when you first open the Wealthy Affiliate page. Step by step instructions will be helpful to a lot of people that want to test this out. All they have to do is leave your post open in one window and create actin on WA in another window.
    If people follow through with these instructions, you would think that they could make a money making website shortly. It does take a lot of wok though, what do you think is the hardest part of a money making website.

    1. Yes, that was my intention. People can be anxious when starting something new, so I knew if I guided them through the sign-up process, they might see just how easy it is, and how much support they will have. I provide support here, but there is also a ton of support inside the WA platform. Thanks for stopping by! – Babs

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