In the brutally honest Wealthy Affiliate review (2018 Update), I'll be exposing, disclosing and discussing this online business training platform in detail. I'm leaving nothing out. This review is not going to be 100% full of false praise.
Everyone gets super frustrated when trying to learn how to make money online because of all those time-wasters selling crappy products that don't work, plus all the blatant scams out there on the internet.
And my guess is that you’re “sick and tired of being sick and tired” with all the BS that goes on so that people can just put their hand in your pocket, take your money and run.
Am I right?
Then you'll definitely want to keep reading this review.
Wealthy Affiliate might just be what you've been looking for...
There is a 100% free account available for most people. (Subject to country of residence)
I've been where you’re likely to be right now, struggling, being side-tracked by shiny object syndrome and all that stuff that stops most people from succeeding online, like scams or methods that simply DO NOT WORK today.
And I've come out at the other end of that tunnel shining. I hope to help you do the same.
But first, I want you to read all of this review so that you can know it’s the right business model for you. It is long and very detailed, so with that in mind, I've included a table of contents which is clickable for your convenience.
I don’t want you to join Wealthy Affiliate if it doesn’t sound like the kind of “work” that you want to do as a way to give up your day job and start becoming financially free.
And before anyone asks...
Yes, you can generate HUGE, job-busting, ass-kicking, boss-firing profits with the affiliate marketing training you’ll have access to once you're inside Wealthy Affiliate.
But only if you’re serious enough about investing in yourself!
Read on for more details about the deal at Wealthy Affiliate and what it could do for you.
A Heads Up from James
Founder of Best Stay Home Jobs
To be completely transparent with you, I've been an active member of this online business training community since 2015.
So I am obviously going to be a little bit biased when it comes to Wealthy Affiliate.
But why is that a benefit to you?
Well, you see I have plenty of real experience inside of the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and that means I have been there long enough to really know what I’m talking about.
I'm not just some guy who tried Wealthy Affiliate out for a day using a free account and then wrote a quick review in the hope of plugging something else that I want to make money from.
Another added benefit is that because I have plenty of experience inside of Wealthy Affiliate, I can take you by the hand once you've joined and show you the ropes. I can fast-track you on your path to success.
I encourage you to ask yourself this one thing: "Why would James bother being a paying premium member of Wealthy Affiliate if the stuff being taught inside doesn't help him make money online?"
It's quite obvious. You're here on my website for a reason. And if I can get YOU to visit my website, via whatever channel I got you here, then the training must work.
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform made to train people how to make money online. The method taught is the affiliate marketing method. Affiliate marketing works wonderfully well, but only if you do it right.
If you’ve been struggling to build a website, create content, choose niches, do keyword research and earn money on the internet, Wealthy Affiliate is the place for you to turn all that around and start being successful.
In 2005, Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim, who reside in Canada, created Wealthy Affiliate as a keyword research site to help affiliate marketers with keyword research.
Since then, Wealthy Affiliate has evolved into a more complete suite of training and tools for bloggers, home business owners, stay home moms and dads, and anyone else wishing to learn how to do affiliate marketing properly.
To anyone who doesn’t know the definition of affiliate marketing, it can sound quite scary. But it’s actually very simple.
Picture this scene:
You’re wearing a new pair of shoes, or a dress, or pair of jeans, etc. Or you’re showing your friends a new hi-fi you’ve just bought. It could be anything, a new car, a new garden shed, a new mobile android or apple iphone. Picture it in your mind.
Your friends ask you all about what you have bought.
Now, what if you could tell your friends all about that item and get them to go and buy one for themselves?
What if you could get a commission of let’s say, 10% of the cost of that item if they do buy.
So imagine it’s a new iphone and they would have to pay $1000 for it if they buy one through your recommendation.
The only thing they have to do is mention that “you” sent them there and recommended that product to them.
So there they are, they’re in the shop looking at the iphone and someone comes to assist them. Your friend tells the sales assistant that “you” recommended they go shopping there.
Your friend then buys the iphone for $1000.
YOU have just made a 10% commission. That’s $100 for you out of $1000. Nice, right?
That is affiliate marketing in a nutshell, only it’s mostly online these days. Affiliate marketing also exists offline. But we’re here today talking about how to do it online.
To benefit most from affiliate marketing online you should have a website. And you should choose a niche to focus on.
You could choose a niche like Android phones or iphones. Or both.
There are HUGE benefits to doing affiliate marketing online. The main one being that you have access to the biggest possible pool of customers you could ever hope for.
Once you know what niche you are interested in, you make money by publishing helpful content on your website that tells your visitors about something you recommend.
You are then paid a percentage based commission into PayPal, a bank account, or by check and sometimes by gift vouchers.
The diagram below explains the process in easy to understand terms.
And this can mean massive profits when you do affiliate marketing the right way with a website of your own.
Your website is the central hub for your online business.
You need it!
It’s the engine of your business.
And there is a lot of other additional stuff that can help your website, like leveraging social media networks and email marketing.
You can also buy traffic, though I don't recommend this until you know what you're doing and you've got a good amount of quality content on your website.
Traffic is essential in any business whether it’s McDonald’s or any website business. You need people who want to buy stuff.
And Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to get people to your website. But you need to do it the right way if you want to earn life-changing revenues online.
And you can absolutely make life changing money with affiliate marketing.
Okay, so I am pretty sure you're wondering if Wealthy Affiliate is a good fit for you, right? Like I mentioned before, it's not perfect and it's certainly not for everyone.
The best thing I can do is list a lot of different types of people that it would be good for and then in the next section list the types of people it's not going to be good for.
The list of people that Wealthy Affiliate is suitable for is endless, really. I could probably think of another 20 or so with a little effort. But I know you want to move on to some more nitty-gritty, so let's crack on.
Wealthy Affiliate is not for everyone. Those looking to get rich quick can forget about it. It's not right for those who think that an online business generating real income is going to be created overnight. Success in any business takes time. If you want to create a bricks and mortar business offline how much would you have to invest and how long before you're in profit?
The greatest thing about the online affiliate marketing model is the super low-cost to start. I don't think there is a more affordable way to create a business online these days. Wealthy Affiliate will NOT work for anyone who is not willing to invest time and effort into themselves and their own business. People who expect to have it all done for them should avoid Wealthy Affiliate because it's never going to happen.
After signing up for a free account at WA, simply add a profile image and then write a short bio about yourself. Something like "Hi, my name is Joe Bloggs and I am wanting to learn how to create a website and make money with it!"
That's enough for the time being. You can always update your profile later on.
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 training courses and every niche imaginable is okay.
The two training courses available are the regular training, which covers every niche you could ever want. And then there is the bootcamp niche which shows you how to create a website around the "make money online" niche...
Wealthy Affiliate has a great affiliate program that you can leverage.
The bootcamp training teaches how to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself as well as many other products and services in the make money online niche such as autoresponders, WordPress themes, plugins, training providers.
You will also learn how to review products on your website so you can earn commissions from them.NOTE: Wealthy Affiliate has an affiliate program, but, it is not MLM. Also, just because you're a member of Wealthy Affiliate, it does not mean you must promote it to make money online...That's because Wealthy Affiliate will show you how to make money in any niche you choose, from dog training to vegan cooking and golfing to fishing.
As I mentioned before, you get to learn how to create a profitable online business in any niche you desire, whether it's juicers, health and wellness, fitness training, dieting, relationships, or whatever...the list is longer than your arm.
There is a free account for anyone wanting to test the waters at Wealthy Affiliate, but these free accounts aren't available in all regions of the world.
However, that doesn't mean people in those countries are exempt from being a premium member at Wealthy Affiliate. You just won't get the free trial in those regions. The reason, after discussing this matter with the co-founders and other members, is that many fraudsters from those regions were targeting Wealthy Affiliate.
To stamp out that problem, countries that were the source of most of the scams had the abilities to create free accounts removed.
In the free affiliate marketing course for beginners (called starter members) you'll get access to Wealthy Affiliate Live Chat for 7 days. You will have 2 free sub-domains that you can use to follow along with the training. You'll be able to access level 1 of two separate affiliate training courses. By the end of each course you will have a pretty decent idea about whether this business model, affiliate marketing, is the right kind of business you want to be getting into.
So, without spending a dime, you can access :-
You can give Wealthy Affiliate a try before you commit to anything. What many don't know is that once your 7 days of free membership is over, you do not get kicked out of Wealthy Affiliate. You will just lose the premium features that you had for the first week. (Like the live chat.)
You could upgrade to premium after being a free member for 6 months or more. No worries there.
You can still log back in to WA at any time after the first week is up and access many things like the level one training, including the 2 free sub-domains you created.
Not only that, but you can still make money by promoting Wealthy Affiliate using their affiliate program. You'll receive half the commissions that a premium member would receive.
If that sounds cool to you, go for it. The training you need to do is the bootcamp, which teaches how to promote products in the make money online, home business, work from home niche.
Starter Members will earn $4 for special offer referrals (this is the first month of anyone's membership being discounted down to only $19. Then you'd receive $11.75 monthly or you'd make $87.50 if a member decided to go for yearly membership. It's not a bad commission structure for free members to leverage.
You can double all the figures in the details above. That would be $8 for referring a brand new premium referral in their first month. Then, in month two you'll receive $23.50 per month for every member who stays with WA.
If one of your premium members upgrades to a yearly membership then you'd receive $175 per year for that member.
And that's cool, isn't it?
So, not only are you helping people out by recommending something awesome to them, you benefit financially as well.
At the time of writing this review it's a monthly fee of $49 which gives full access to everything inside Wealthy Affiliate. There is also an option to upgrade to yearly membership which is the best deal you'll get compared to the monthly membership.
Yearly Membership will cost you $359 per year. That's a saving of $228 per year. You'll save nearly $20 per month by going for the annual membership option.
That's less than a dollar a day!!!
Can you build a profitable online business in any niche of your choosing at any other place, online or offline?
And did I mention also that there is also another chance to save even more if you go for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal that Wealthy Affiliate always has in late November. They drop the price to a mere $299 for anyone, including current members, to upgrade.
So the cost then would be even less than it was before.
$299 divided by 12 months = $24.91 per month = just 83 cents per day. Wowzers! 🙂
Now all you have to do is to factor in the cost of your domain name (a yearly charge) which will be about $14 per year, and you're good to go. The daily cost of a domain name, if you're wondering, is less than 4 US cents.
Where to begin? A Better question would to ask "what DOESN'T premium membership include? You get access to everything and anything that Wealthy Affiliate has inside. That includes all content added to their site in the last 13 years since inception.
There are over 300 1 hour long webinars that were recorded and uploaded over the years. If you are a premium member you will get the allowance of hosting 25 Dot Com websites and 25 Sub-Domain sites.
I don't recommend if you're new that you try to build all those 25 sites simultaneously. That would be crazy because you're spreading yourself 25 times thinner. Your progress with the training and tasks will be 25 times slower.
Do yourself a big favor - focus on just one website to begin with. You'll thank me later!
I'm not going to just say "absolutely" without giving a reason why.
That wouldn't be fair.
What I am going to do instead is ask you to think about how much it would cost you to start a traditional business offline, such as a grocery store, or a hardware store.
It would cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that is just to get set up before you make any profits. Many new businesses will go under because of the high costs that are simply too overwhelming for new business owners.
Imagine the stress of setting up, bringing the business into profit, and the probability of up to a hundred hours a week working on the business (especially in the beginning).
Wealthy Affiliate is definitely worth it if you want to learn powerful online revenue generating skills. It's worth double what people are currently paying for the premium membership.
But don't tell the founders, they might put the price up, lol. So, Shhhhhhhh...alright?
I'd also like you to compare Wealthy Affiliate's education with that of a college or university.
How much does it cost you to go to college or to university for 4 years (or more in some cases) to get a degree in a subject which enables you to chase that dream job you have?
How much would it be in your country? Shall we guesstimate about $10k per year?
I'll bet it's pretty costly to go for higher education in most countries, right?
And with that said, after finishing college or university and even if you get that degree you wanted...
Are you guaranteed that dream job?
If you get the job, great stuff, well done.
Now you have a guarantee that you can enjoy the next 50 years working for someone else's dreams...
You might get laid off!!!
Is it just me, or does that SUCK?
There are no guarantees in employment these days. Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg could be fired tomorrow despite what they've created and despite being the geniuses behind billion dollar companies.
Steve Jobs was fired by Apple, the company he created.
So do you still feel safe in your job?
If you do, then that's fantastic.
But I know that most people do not feel safe in their jobs.
Which again begs the question...
Now I get to say "absolutely!!!"
But what do you think?
Is Wealthy Affiliate worth $49 a month for the premium membership? Is it worth $359 per year?
Compared to other ways to make money, such as getting a degree and then a job, or even creating a bricks and mortar business, it's incredibly obvious which is the best bang for your buck.
For $49 a month you can create an awesome, profitable, life-changing business on the internet. You get to learn affiliate marketing and you get to rub shoulders with others with similar passions.
You get websites, hosting, keyword tool, live chat, and oodles of training on everything from WordPress site building to email list building to social media marketing.
It's all included.
You can even get Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership for LESS than $49 a month.
It's worth noting...
There is NO LIMIT to what an affiliate marketer can earn online. NONE!
Want some proof? Here's a screenshot of Pat Flynn's website.
Do you see that? That's a lot of money made from a single website, isn't it? And I know what you're thinking...
You're thinking...."That sure is a lot of money to make PER YEAR with a website."
But I've got a bit of a shock for you, I'm afraid.
That's $167,000 for ONE MONTH!!!
Let me say that again...
That is over 167,000 dollars of income made on his website in ONE MONTH! No wonder he's grinning like a Cheshire cat on that image.
And I have seen his monthly reports many times. Sometimes he makes over $300,000 a month from his online business.
Are you stoked? You should be. Because...
Want some of that success for yourself?
You'd better get learning then, eh?
Now, okay, let's be realistic. You're not going to make $167,000 a month right off the bat, you know this, don't you?
Pay Flynn started out in 2008 and he struggled. He didn't make anything for a long time. He struggled to reach $1000 a month for a long time.
You're going to struggle too.
And many times you're going to want to jack it all in.
I know there have been times I've almost packed up and got a day job.
But I stuck it out and now I'm finally going places.
What's the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to make money with a blog?
Well, to be honest, it's quite simple, really. All you have to do is create content for your website and keep doing it over and over again. Eventually you will rank really well in Google and other search engines.
Then you'll start making some money. Maybe not a lot to begin with. But that money will make you realize that this stuff actually works.
When you realize it works, you'll start creating much more content and your income will rise even faster.
Now, the absolute BEST THING you can do is to skip the part where you're waiting for your first sales online to come. Skip that part and go to the part where you "know that it works, so you work really hard on creating more and more content".
You'll accelerate faster toward the real money.
Are you going to create 1 blog post a month?
I hope not....it's going to take you years to start earning.
Can you create a blog post every day?
In that case, the money will come a lot faster.
I believe $49 a month for education, tools, training, and a community to be a part of, is a fantastic deal. But if you're wanting to save even more money, you can go for the yearly membership option.
So, how much is the yearly membership?
It is just $359 per year to be a fully paid up member of WA.
That's less then a dollar a day.
That's freakin' amazing, isn't it?
Every Black Friday there is a further discount to those going yearly.
Late November every year is bargain time at Wealthy Affiliate and you can get in on the annual deal for only $299.
I can't do the math but that's gotta be less than 90 cents per day.
Build a business online for 90 cents per day? They're out of their minds at Wealthy Affiliate. This is huge value and nobody can deny it.
Let's move on to the next thing you need to know...
SiteRubix is the name of Wealthy Affiliate's website builder. It takes about 30 seconds to create a website with it. There are only about 5 steps to take to get it up and ready to start adding content to it.
Here's a quick video showing the 5 simple steps.
Every Friday afternoon, at 5pm, there is a live broadcast webinar training. The topics are very varied from week to week.
You can navigate to the scheduled webinars using the "Live Events" button in the left-hand side of your WA dashboard.
As well as upcoming Webinars, there are also more than 300 (and counting) recorded classes dating back for over 6 years.
As a premium member, you get access to all of these classes, at any time, and you can watch as many times as you like.
I often attend the live classes, as there's a lot to learn in them, and they're always quite fascinating. If I miss one, I catch the recording.
At the end of each live class, Jay takes questions and gives his answers via the live chat which can be accessed while watching the video.
In the image above there are 3 arrows showing 3 ways to get help when you're logged in to Wealthy Affiliate.
Additionally, if all else fails, there are other things you can do to get help. Contact the person you joined Wealthy Affiliate under. This is your "referrer". To find out who referred you, you can click on your profile image at top left and click "profile."
Scroll down your profile and you'll find the first person to comment on your page is the person who referred you. Help is never far away at WA.
There are hundreds of thousands of members in the Wealthy Affiliate community and they come from all walks of life. You'll find members there of 15 years old to 90 years old.
There seems to be an equal mix of male and female entrepreneurs from part-time students to retirees to work from home moms and dads.
You'll find complete beginners in there and you'll find people who've been there since the inception of WA in 2005.
Most people inside the community are there to learn and earn online. They'll also help others with advice and tips on what to do if you ever get stuck. You WILL get stuck from time to time, I guarantee it. Just ask someone for advice and you'll get unstuck. The only dumb question is a question not asked.
If you ever have technical problems with your websites, then site-support will help you out, often within minutes. You can find the site support section in the "websites" tab on the left hand side of the dashboard.
If you can illustrate your problem with a screenshot that'll help site support determine what your problem is. A picture speaks a thousand words.
If your problem is impossible to put into a picture using a screenshot, simply explain in detail what problem you're encountering and site support WILL save the day.
I've never had a site problem that cannot be fixed up by site support.
If Wealthy Affiliate were a scam I'd definitely not be a member, and not for over 3 years now (at the time of writing this). And if it were a scam I certainly would not be recommending it to others. I have a reputation to keep.
Wealthy Affiliate is legit just like McDonald's, Apple, Microsoft, or Adidas, Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.
WA was established in 2005, just a year after Facebook launched. So you can be sure it's built up a good solid reputation as a training portal for affiliate marketers.
I haven't yet discovered anything else in the space that comes close in all round value for money. You get a huge amount of benefits for the premium pricing.
The only people that will call Wealthy Affiliate a scam are those who've given up too soon, or those who are competitors.
Wealthy Affiliate is certainly NOT a scam. There'd be thousands of idiots there if it were, and they'd all be making zero dollars online while still plugging the platform.
People are making money with Wealthy Affiliate's training. Period.
You will be successful if you follow the training at Wealthy Affiliate. The only way to fail is to quit too soon. Yes, it takes time and yes it takes effort.
If you're brand new to this affiliate marketing method of making money online you're going to take a little bit longer.
But stick with it and you are a thousand times more likely to succeed than someone who isn't a member of Wealthy Affiliate.
Get your premium membership and dig into the training. Create content for your website and get it ranked using the SEO techniques you'll learn inside WA.
You can find plenty of positive Wealthy Affiliate testimonials inside the platform but just for good measure, here's a few I've had just recently from other members.
If you want to be successful online then you're going to need a website. Wealthy Affiliate gives you the easiest option to create a website that you can imagine.
It takes around 30 seconds to set up a website on their hosting.
The training teaches methods for building out your website and is kept up to date if there are any major shifts, such as google algorithm updates.
Follow this training to the letter if you want to earn faster.
Each training module has a task list with check-boxes for you to tick off when you've completed them.
Every Friday Evening (Canadian Time), there is a live webclass which is hosted by Jay Neill. Jay has been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2007 and was already very knowledgeable in the internet marketing/blogging sphere before that.
If you should ever need any help, or advice, or you simply want to drop in for a chat, there is a live chat feature which is rolling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is always someone in there when you need some tips.
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 different training sections. The first one is niche site creation and that training is geared toward anyone who wants to create a niche site that is NOT in the Affiliate Bootcamp.
Wealthy Affiliate itself has an affiliate program, which is the training you will take if you decide that you want to promote WA and other make money online related products - This training is the Affiliate Bootcamp.
Nobody but yourself can force you to be successful at Wealthy Affiliate. There is no hiding the fact that you will have to be patient with yourself and you will have to work hard and overcome your struggles.
Successful affiliate marketers are the ones who didn't quit. It's as simple as sticking it out and never giving up on your road to success.
Shall I let you in on the secret to success at Wealthy Affiliate?
There isn't one.
There is no hype, there are no upsells, just straight forward and honest training.
Kyle will explain to you when you begin watching the training videos that success doesn't come over night for anyone. You have to be patient and commit yourself 100% to the game-plan if you want to go from zero to making a decent income on the internet.
All the successful members at Wealthy Affiliate do differently to those who fail is this...
They do not give up!
They push forward no matter what struggles they encounter. They ask for help when struggling.
And you WILL encounter struggles.
But keep going and ask for help when you need it inside of Wealthy Affiliate. That's what's cool about the community and the co-founders - the ability to reach out and ask for help, either in the live chat, or in the forums or the comments sections under the training videos.
It took me months to make my first commission. I knew it would come eventually. Am I glad I stuck with it instead of throwing in the towel a few weeks in.
Even after I got my first sales online I still had to struggle to scale up. You will struggle, too!
But keep at it.
Because it is WORTH IT!
As I mentioned earlier, Wealthy Affiliate isn’t for everyone. Neither is it perfect in every way. There are things that annoy me about the Wealthy Affiliate setup, so I’m going to be totally transparent here and expose them all.
The same things might that bug me about the site and the community might not bug you, but it's best that you know in advance.
It could be better if they did away with some elements that seem to only be there to encourage members to spend a lot of time inside the site.
That's wasted time in my opinion.
However, as you will see for yourself, the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot!
You must be careful who you listen to. It won't always be apparent. Being ranked highly at Wealthy Affiliate does not mean someone is an expert.
I've been an Ambassador on multiple occasions since 2015 and I was at the time in no way what you'd call an expert. I attained a high rank simply by being very active within the community.
Some of the members in there will try to game the ranking, by being super active inside.
To do this, they will post 3 useless blog posts per day, sometimes about mundane things like how much housework they did today, how they've bought a new kitchen table, or how they bumped into a friend in town yesterday.
Some of it is utterly pointless stuff and in no way does it help you or I with our online business. It's a dumb distraction and clearly these people are wasting our time, their own time (and their money) doing things they can do for free on Facebook.
I believe Wealthy Affiliate's ranking system needs to be done away with because too many people get focused on what their rank is. No matter what your rank is at Wealthy Affiliate, it has absolutely no effect on your earnings. This is why it's a waste of time.
I've earned more while being ranked outside the top 200 than I ever earned when I was an Ambassador in the top 25. Why?
Simply because being ranked in the top 25 meant that I was spending LESS TIME on my own website, blogging, reviewing products, and helping people outside of WA. As soon as I started to focus MORE TIME on my own website, my ranking at Wealthy Affiliate went down to the hundreds, even thousands, but I was starting to make money online with my site.
Which do you want? Would you like a number displayed in pixels on your screen that says "TOP 25" ???...
...or do you prefer real money being put into your PayPal or Bank Account? I think I already know your answer. But to cut a long story short...Your rank does not matter and there is no benefit at all.
Most people at Wealthy Affiliate are pretty friendly and helpful. But not all of them. Some people can be rude, impolite, demanding and feel they are more "entitled" than everyone else.
There are hundreds of thousands of members at Wealthy Affiliate.
Just as in real offline life, you'll find you will come across some bad apples. It is best to avoid them like the plague because they'll drain you. You simply cannot please some people, no matter what you do.
DO NOT FOCUS ON YOUR RANKING at Wealthy Affiliate. It really is a huge waste of your time and you will gain absolutely NOTHING in return for a high rank.
Another thing is the live chat feature in WA. While being a good thing overall, it can be a big distraction. Sometimes people spend hours in there chatting away about business random stuff that is of no use to their online business.
They're wasting their time at the expense of their online success. If you really do want to be successful, don't be like them. They could do all of that for free on Facebook.
Avoid getting sucked into that trap. If you need help via the live chat, get in ask someone about your problem, get the solution, and then say thanks and get out again.
When I was new at Wealthy Affiliate I would spend up to 6 hours per day in there on the live chat. Helping out, chatting, you know...
While it's nice to get ideas, meet new people, and help others who are even newer than yourself, your progress will be affected. Just imagine how much work on my own site I could have got done in those 6 hours per day.
It's much more beneficial to take action and work on your business. You'll earn more money and you'll make it sooner rather than later.
I spend a maximum of 5 minutes a day now in the live chat and my income has improved a great deal because I've worked more on my own business.
Here's a lot of questions people often ask about Wealthy Affiliate. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments box below this post if you have any.
I'll always reply in good time.
The only people who will say that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam are people who've tried it for a week or two and not made money.
Of course, they're not going to make money as quickly as they expected. Building a real business online, as I've mentioned many times throughout this article, takes time and effort. There is no short cut.
People who call Wealthy Affiliate a scam just because they haven't been patient enough, are the same exact type of people who will never make money online, because they don't stick with anything long enough.
Some people don't do proper research about Wealthy Affiliate before they join and expect things to be as simple as sitting back and watching the money roll in.
But I know you're not one of those types of people.
You've actually taken a few minutes to read this review of the WA training program and that makes you way better informed than they ever will be.
There are others who might make claims Wealthy Affiliate is a scam. These are usually competitors using Wealthy Affiliate negative review techniques to suck people into whatever programs they're promoting. Wealthy Affiliate has been around the block a good few times since 2005 and isn't going anywhere soon.
If you're looking for something that really is a scam, try MOBE - My Online Business Education. Now there's a scam if ever I saw one. It's official, too. MOBE was found by the SEC in 2018 to be a scam. You can read about MOBE and why I think it's no good here.
Wealthy Affiliate is as Legit as they come. Period. It's lazy people who call it a scam.
No, you don't have to promote WA to make money. That's a common misconception with newbies. When you start your training at Wealthy Affiliate, you get to choose a niche. And yes, you can choose to go with the niche that is known colloquially as the "MMO" niche.
The Bootcamp training course, which is 5 levels al together, will teach you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate (but you also get to choose any niche you can think of if you don't want to do that.)
You DO NOT have to promote Wealthy Affiliate to make money. You can create a site about any topic you like such as cycling, golf, fishing, knitting, fashion, remote control drones, or anything you desire.
If I took you back in a time machine, let's say 10 or 15 years ago, I would have agreed with you on this. It used to be hard to make a website. But building a website these days has never been easier.
It's so simple an 8 year old could do it. Most of the time you'll only have to drag and drop, and point and click to design your site the way you want it to look.
The hardest part of creating a website is the content creation itself. This is writing blog posts, maybe making your own videos, adding images, and maybe even audio and ebooks to your site. Content is king in the world of affiliate marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate's Siterubix Website builder makes creating a website as easy as one two three. There are 5 simple steps involved and your website will be live online in less than a minute.
There's a video here on this page about building a website with SiteRubix where you can watch to see how simple it is.
Now the site foundation has been laid, you can begin creating content, which is the real meat and potatoes.
The training at Wealthy Affiliate will show you how to find products (and services) online that you can promote to your website visitors. This is the most amazing thing about affiliate marketing and it's why it's one of the easiest businesses you can start online.
You get to become an affiliate of a product creator/vendor and you get a percentage cut as your commission for getting customers who buy through your affiliate link. It's a 3 way win.
So Everyone's happy, and nobody's been ripped off.
Take amazon as an example. If you wanted to create a website all about mobile devices like Android tablets for kids, you could join Amazon's affiliate program and create reviews of all the different kids' tablets there. There are oodles of tablets on Amazon.
If you decide to recommend a certain Android tablet to your visitors on your site, and they like your review of it, they can click on your affiliate link land on Amazon's website. If they purchase the tablet you recommend, you make a commission.
Another benefit of Amazon is this - If a visitor to your website clicks the link to take a closer look at the product you recommended on Amazon but decides NOT to buy it, they can often buy something else. You still get a commission, even if the item they buy costs a thousand dollars. Bingo! Amazon isn't everyone's cup of tea, though. And that's okay. There are more companies you can use like BestBuy, Walmart, Target and many, many others.
Personally I think anyone who leaves Wealthy Affiliate is crazy 🙂
But, if you have a website which is hosted at Wealthy Affiliate and you decide you want to leave (not be a member at WA anymore) then you will have 30 days to transfer your website out of Wealthy Affiliate's hosting.
This is easy enough to do. Say you want to keep your website but you want to move the hosting to Bluehost or WPX Hosting, it's up to you.
Your website is YOUR website. Wealthy Affiliate does not own your site even if you bought it and built it there. Your website is 100% yours to keep, even if you leave Wealthy Affiliate. But I still think you're insane for leaving! 🙂
This is a tricky one and cannot be answered because everyone is different. No niche is the same, no two websites are the same, and there are lots of variables to keep in mind. It might take you 3 months, 6 months or more depending on how much content you put on your website.
If you're lazy, and you only create one piece of content per month on your website, it's going to be tough. But if you work hard and try to get content published every single day, you're going to achieve revenues a lot faster than the lazy guy.
More Content = More Traffic = More Sales.
Not all countries are able to get a free account at Wealthy Affiliate. I've listed these already in this article, but just for good measure, here they are again.
Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt.
People in these countries can join Wealthy Affiliate as premium members (which I recommend) but they will not qualify for a free account.
If I were you and you're in one of the restricted countries above, I'd take a leap of faith and go premium right off the bat.
This depends on what your niche is and what affiliate programs you're promoting. You could be promoting Amazon products and I know that Amazon doesn't pay affiliates using PayPal. Amazon will pay you by check or they will let you earn gift cards.
Clickbank, which sells a lot of digital products, will pay by check or by deposit into a bank account. But they don't pay via PayPal.
JVZoo, a digital marketing affiliate network will pay into PayPal. As will Warrior+, which is another digital marketing network with many products from many vendors that you could make money with.
If you do decide to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself, they will pay you into a PayPal account, which is nice and handy. PayPal is the way I get paid from WA.
I'm pretty sure they have other methods of paying their affiliates, too, such as check or bank deposits. As I've never been paid via a method other than PayPal I'm not sure exactly. You could ask inside once you join.
OMG - I cannot believe you asked me that one. NOOOOO. Wealthy Affiliate is NOT MLM. MLM is multi-level-marketing.
In my opinion, MLM sucks BIG TIME. I would not be involved in any MLM if you paid me. Wealthy Affiliate has an affiliate program just like Amazon has one.
But Amazon is not an MLM company either.
Affiliate programs are not the same thing as MLM.
MLM, in my view is way too shady (and too pushy) and most products that inside MLMs are not very good. Often times in MLM programs you only get paid to refer people under you and they have to refer people under them. Sounds like a pyramid (ponzi scheme) to me.
Thanks but No thanks!
WA is not MLM.
There are zero upsells within Wealthy Affiliate. Nobody ever pays more than the maximum of $49 a month for their membership. You do not join premium and then get told you need to pay extra for something else.
I despise those types of companies (like MOBE) who get you in cheap and then tell you that you've got to pay another $999 to access the next level, then another $3000 to get to the next. That sucks!
At Wealthy Affiliate everyone has the same access to ALL that's inside.
My answer to this one is similar to the question about WA being a scam. The negative reviews you're likely to have seen are usually competitors of WA and they will slander anything and everything else, other than what they are trying to make money from.
You will likely find people in the world who will label Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Target, Clickbank, and many other things as a scam just to get you to pay for something else they're recommending.
No matter what you do, you cannot please everyone. And you can't force everyone to be honest.
Yes. You can really make money with just Wealthy Affiliate. I also added an autoresponder to my online business to do email marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate doesn't include an autoresponder, but that's because it's not an essential. An autoresponder is for email marketing and that is a matter of choice as to when you want to include one in your business.
You don't need to worry about autoresponders at all until you decide you have to have one. Again, an autoresponder is NOT essential to your success, but an added benefit once you get to a certain level with your website.
Premium WordPress Themes and plugins are also NOT required for your website to make money online. Again, this is a choice. I use Thrive themes because it's awesome.
I don't HAVE TO use thrive themes for my website, I could use a free WordPress theme and still be successful. The same can be said of WordPress plugins.
You do not have to buy them. $49 a month plus $14 a year for your own domain name is all you will ever need if you want it that way. The rest is optional.
You don't have to be an expert at all to do the affiliate marketing training courses inside WA. Kyle, the co-founder, will take you step by step from the very beginning. Follow the tasks and tick them off using the checkbox below each training module.
If you've already got experience, that's fine, too. There may be a lot of things you've never learned and now is the chance to fill in some of the blanks you might have.
And if you're a super affiliate already before you join, then Kudos to you. You are going to be a massive asset to Wealthy Affiliate if you can help people out.
Wealthy Affiliate is a "pay it forward" type of community. Everyone helps everyone. Being a complete beginner or a seasoned super affiliate doesn't stop you joining the community.
It's completely normal to get overwhelmed when you're learning all of these new skills. It can seem like a gigantic mountain standing in the way of your success.
Here's the thing.
Do not let this stop you in your tracks. We are all affected by this problem and I'd be pretty concerned if you told me you never feel overwhelmed.
At first you'll be more overwhelmed than you ever will be. But all you need to do is stick with the proven training and you'll be fine. Don't let shiny objects get in your way.
I want you to imagine this training at Wealthy Affiliate is a big jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces are there in the box, but you won't know how many pieces there are. You also won't know what the picture is yet.
But as you begin taking the pieces out of the box and placing them where you're told to put them, things do start to make sense.
The longer you keep at it with the jigsaw puzzle, the clearer the picture becomes. There are fewer blanks to fill in and you can start to see there aren't too many pieces left before the puzzle is complete.
Eventually, you've put all the pieces in the right place and you're looking at something really cool. That's your online business and you'll be loving it.
Suddenly, you've got a beautiful picture and you cannot wait to put another puzzle together (another website, perhaps?)
When you get a feeling you're overwhelmed, contact me, or ask anyone at Wealthy Affiliate what you should do. They'll set you straight again.
Stop stressing. Enjoy the journey!
Yes but it's harder to do than with the premium membership. This is because in levels 2 and above in the training at WA, there are many more things you can implement on your website.
It's all about getting traffic at the end of the day and most of level 2 and above are geared toward getting that to your websites.
You can earn with the free membership but you're going to have to work much harder with no access to the advanced training beyond level 1.
If you've finished level 1 training and you're wondering what to do next, you should do yourself a favor and upgrade to premium so you can access all the other features that WA has to offer.
I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in July 2015 just to check it out for free. I had been looking for something suitable for me for about a year, as I had created a WordPress website back in 2014, but that was just for fun.
I knew that websites can make money for those that created it and I wanted some of the action. However, I didn't know of Wealthy Affiliate and stumbled on it by accident.
The words affiliate marketing didn't mean anything to me. I didn't have a clue what it was. I soon learned it's very simple. It's making money by recommending stuff to other people.
This is best done when you've got actual experience of a product. Hence, my Wealthy Affiliate review here today. Here I am recommending Wealthy Affiliate to anyone who wants to make money on the internet.
Way back in July 2015, I saw an ad somewhere in a forum and it simply said "Struggling to Earn Money Online? Click Here!"
And so I clicked because I sure was curious.
I landed on the home page of the Wealthy Affiliate website and thought to myself "Ooooh, what's this then?"
After creating my free account, which took a matter of 20 seconds, I got to the inside. It didn't take me long to realize that Wealthy Affiliate was what I had been looking for all that time.
I spent my time carefully there, and did level one of the training which is available to all free members. I set up my first SiteRubix website which was a sub-domain on Wealthy Affiliate's servers. I was just playing about and seeing what I could do.
Although the free account at Wealthy Affiliate is somewhat limited, I got more than enough of a taste of the training and the community, plus the live chat feature which gave me a real sense of what the premium membership would be like.
I asked my wife if I could join the paid premium membership and told her it was clearly the real deal. Of course, at the time, my wife wasn't keen on me spending any more money online in order to "make money online"...
I explained to my wife that it was an investment in myself. I was paying for training, hosting, tools, access to help 24/7, a Website builder and also the ability to rub shoulders with lots of successful people.
There is also a weekly live training webinar every Friday, I told her. I must have been quite persuasive because she said "okay."
As I knew it was such a "monumental" moment, I got my 3 year old daughter to click the mouse on the "pay now" button in PayPal.
I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. I struggled to get my head around a lot of concepts such as keyword research, SEO, and Social Media marketing.
I was overthinking these things because it's actually so simple a 10 year old can do it. Just do what the training tells you to do, even if you don't quite yet understand what it is you're doing. It will all fall into place later like a jigsaw puzzle.
When everything you're learning starts sinking in to your brain, you do actually realize the purpose of all the steps you have to take. You will also see that it's all dead simple really.
The hardest part about doing affiliate marketing is staying motivated and creating content frequently. You'll get where you want to be much faster if you can create and publish lots of content as often as possible. If you can publish daily, that's fantastic. You'll get more and more website traffic and you'll start making money sooner. But if you only publish once a week or even less, you're going to have to keep going for months and months and maybe over a year before you make anything. It really is a matter of 'content is king.'
I recommend you learn how to do this and then in the future, when you're making a little bit of money you can start outsourcing some of your writing jobs on sites such as wordclerks.com
The first few weeks and months are going to be the hardest of all. You're going to have to let your brain soak up a lot of new things and then naturally over time you're going to become more adept at everything you do in relation to your online business.
Blogging frequently may be the hardest thing about the training at Wealthy Affiliate, especially when you barely see any results for a long time.
It puts most people off. Which is a great shame, because when the money does start trickling in, it can build up nicely into more of a torrential river.
This will give you the motivation to keep going. I just wish people would be more patient with themselves. They give up way too soon. I've known people to quit in as little as a week.
However, it's the ones who refuse to quit that always seem to crack the code.
You will learn many skills at Wealthy Affiliate and you'll also see that they can be very useful to make some good money online with your website.
Here's a short list of some of the best things you will learn. I can't list everything, it would take a lifetime. Wealthy Affiliate goes back to 2005 and there really is a lot more to be seen under the hood.
In this section, which is where everyone new to Wealthy Affiliate will begin, you will be taken through how making money online works.
Kyle, the co-founder has put together a series of easy to follow videos explaining everything in detail.
When you've finished watching these videos you're going to have a much better idea of what is involved.
You're also going to be more confident that you can also make it work for you. Kyle wants you to be successful. And so do I.
In the Social Engagement & Marketing course you'll learn social media marketing.
You'll be shown how to leverage social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Linkedin, to name a few.
You name it, if there's a social media site then it's likely to be covered in this section.
Social media can boost your traffic a great deal, so it's best to learn one or two of the different platforms so you can then add more revenue to your websites by driving traffic from them.
I love Instagram, and don't really bother with Google+ and Facebook. It's best to choose a couple of them and learn them well than it is to choose all of them and not be very good at them.
Content is king, and you'll learn how to create the best content for your website.
This will focus mainly on blogging to begin with and then move on to video in later stages.
Ever wanted to learn how bloggers make money online?
Want to know how you can write better content?
WA will teach you all of this and much more, too.
In the keyword, niche and market research classroom you'll learn how to use Jaaxy, the keyword tool that is included inside Wealthy Affiliate's membership.
Keywords are going to be a big part of your online business. You'll learn how to leverage keywords that will rank your blog posts in the search engines.
This is awesome free, targeted traffic for your website.
Target low competition, low hanging fruit, long-tailed keywords to build traffic to your site and watch the visitors grow daily.
You will learn all you need to know about keywords and how to properly implement them on your website in this section of the training at Wealthy Affiliate.
It's not nearly as hard as you think it is, especially when you've got WA's own propriatary keyword tool, Jaaxy by your side.
If you're a bit of a geek, there is always the Website Programming and Development classroom where you can get really in-depth tutorials on tweaking your website design.
This training handles some of the nitty-gritty for those who are more inclined to get under the hood of their websites.
This training classroom is not essential if you're building a basic site and filling it with quality content, but useful if you really want to get stuck in to every single element of your site design.
I don't think I've ever visited this classroom in the 3 years I've been a member. I don't know how to code yet!!!
It just goes to show, building websites only needs to be as hard as you choose it to be.
If you're a complete beginner, you can skip this classroom until you're more confident. It'll still be there when you're ready for it. So, don't worry about missing out.
Wealthy Affiliate has its own affiliate program that pays recurring commissions for every member you sign up if you're promoting their platform.
If you'd like to make money via promoting the Wealthy Affiliate program, you can do so by following the "Bootcamp" training inside WA.
In this classroom, you're going to learn SEO. Does that sound scary to you?
SEO means Search Engine Optimization. And that is making your site "friendly" toward Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.
Good SEO techniques taught at WA will tell the search engines to index your site.
Once indexed, you get ranked in the SERPs.
SERPs simply means "Search Engine Results Pages." You want to shoot for page one of Google to get the most traffic.
Don't let any of these terms used in online business scare you off. I used to be scared to death of SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Keyword Research, WordPress and all kinds of other stuff just because of the wording used.
It's all much simpler than you're thinking! I promise!
In this classroom you'll be learning how to use WordPress. WordPress is hugely popular with content creators, bloggers and entrepreneurs.
You'll learn everything there is to know about WP itself, themes, plugins and how to control how your site appears to visitors in this extensive training section.
The Wealthy Affiliate Platform classroom is dedicated solely to learning how to use the WA website itself.
Wealthy Affiliate is always evolving, adding new features and improving things daily.
If you ever get lost within WA you can try this classroom to ask questions, leave suggestions and learn about how the WA website is structured.
You'll become a WA expert before you know it.
In the PPC (Pay Per Click) Marketing classroom you'll learn about PPC marketing. PPC is where you pay for traffic to your site (*if you want to)
You'll learn how to create ads on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Facebook among others.
If you could spend $1 on advertising and make back $2, would you do it?
That's what it's all about. If you could spend a little money to make much more money back, you'd likely want to do it all the time.
However, don't start this training until you've got lots of content on your site. It's best to get a feel for which content on your site "converts" visitors into paying cutomers first before paying for any traffic.
PPC, when done properly, is very powerful.
In the Local Marketing classroom you can learn LOCAL SEO, if that's your thing.
Local SEO is creating content and getting it ranked for location specific businesses.
Do you know of a plumber in your area who wants more customers?
If you could use your skills learned in this training you could drive online traffic to his/her website and he'd gain more customers.
The local business you're helping would pay you handsomely in return.
You can use local SEO to rank local businesses better. Learn this, and you could end up being paid by companies to get them better search results in Google.
A powerful element of an online business that most people want to leverage at some point, is email marketing.
In this training section you will learn how to collect emails on your website and other web entities.
You'll learn how to build a relationship with your email subscribers, and also how to manage your email list, and how to convert your subscribers into loyal buyers.
Email marketing is a huge benefit to your online business. You don't need to learn this right off the bat but you should be looking at it eventually to further your online success to new heights.
Email marketing can become the backbone of your online business and can make a big difference in your earnings.
Have you ever wanted to make videos and put them online on places like YouTube, Vimeo and other video hosting sites?
Did you know that your videos can help you make money online?
You can embed your own YouTube and Vimeo videos on to your website to help drive more traffic.
Your site will rank better in the search engines if you leverage video. People love watching videos online more than they like reading. And Google loves videos, too.
Wealthy Affiliate also shows you how to leverage other people's videos from YouTube and Other places and also teaches you how to create your own.
Nothing in life is perfect. That includes Wealthy Affiliate. The things that irk me sometimes about the platform might not be the things that bother you so much.
There are always brand new, inexperienced members in there who will try to look like they're experts. They'll often give bad advice via live chat, or via the comments under people's questions.
This could be detrimental to a newbie's progress.
If you're still in doubt and you're asking if Wealthy Affiliate really works, then I can assure you, I'm proof that it does. It works as long as you work, I like to add when people ask me.
Affiliate marketing takes time to get worthwhile. It doesn't matter how you learn it or where you learn, it's the same. When you build a website in any niche, you have to build your authority.
At first, say 2 or 3 months, Google will not yet trust your website. Google (and other search engines like Bing and Yahoo) wants to know that you're going to stick around and you're not a fly-by-night scam artist looking to make a fast buck.
Once Google and the other search engines start to trust your website more, they will rank your website better. This is where you'll want to keep on pushing with new content published as often as possible. The more you create and publish, the faster you'll gain trust with your readers, and of course the search engines.
The training at Wealthy Affiliate will work for you if you're patient with yourself. You have to "work" for free on your online business to begin with. And nobody can tell you when you will make your first dollar online.
Have confidence that you're on the right path when you stick to the Wealthy Affiliate training modules. Don't get bamboozled with shiny objects which will distract you and make you want to look for shortcuts.
Look at Jerry, Grace, and many many other successful members at Wealthy Affiliate if you want proof this stuff works.
Do you know what they did to become successful? There is no secret method or shortcut they took. All they did is to create content on a regular basis.
They had struggles along the way like everyone else does. They asked questions and got help inside WA. I want you to take this training at Wealthy Affiliate very, very seriously. It can and it WILL change your life if you give yourself a chance.
Everything you could need to learn how to earn money online is at Wealthy Affiliate and it will work for you if you work on your online business and do not quit until you succeed!
While Wealthy Affiliate isn't perfect and it isn't for everyone, it is still what I believe to be the most affordable way to learn how to create your own profitable online business in 2018 and beyond, period.
If you are willing to invest in yourself in regards to learning new things, acting on the tasks that come with each training module, and create content on your website, then there is nothing to prevent you being successful with WA's training and tools.
The community is over very helpful once you discover who is best to listen to in terms of advice for the direction of your business.
Internet marketing is easy, but it can be overcomplicated when you fall for the dreaded shiny object syndrome that can plague even the best of us.
At the end of the day, if you think you can create content on a regular basis and publish it on your website, then you're going to succeed. All you need to do is push beyond any frustrations.
Everyone is impatient to make money. Making money is the purpose of Wealthy Affiliate, after all is said and done.
Trying to learn affiliate marketing using random YouTube videos, and no action plan, is extremely difficult. But it can be done by those determined enough. It'll take longer, there'll be a lot more frustration and failure, but it can be done.
But why struggle like that when Wealthy Affiliate can make the whole process of making money online as simple as possible? There's no need to go it alone these days.
Thanks for reading my brutally honest Wealthy Affiliate review today. I hope you took away a lot of golden nuggets that'll help you to make some progress with your online business.
But I would like to help you even more by helping you once you've joined WA through my website. If you have any questions at all about Wealthy Affiliate, or online business in general, leave them below in the comments and I'll gladly reply to you personally.
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