Got her done!
Here are some steps I overlooked while going through this module:
I suggest registering for a professional email from google right after registering your domain at godaddy, this will save time having to update all accounts later.
Also, be sure to clear the 2nd extension field of the url on your "opt-in or squeeze page" on systeme.io or your site wont load properly.
Finally, be sure to go through the "getting started" portion on active campaign to verify your email so that automation works when you do a test opt-in.
Hope this helps the next person, have a good one!