Just to be completely transparent with you, we are not associated with Brand Marketer in any way. So, you can relax, we are not here to pitch or sell anything to you (unlike many other reviewers of this product).
We just want to make sure you have all the relevant information you need before making a decision on whether to purchase this or any other MMO product.
So, we are going to answer the questions you really need to know the answer to. Is Brand Marketer a worthwhile investment, is it a total scam or is it somewhere in the middle where many of its claims and promises are not as clear-cut as they are making out…
Let’s start answering those questions with a quick product overview:
I am going to guess that you have found tons of positive stuff written about Wealthy Affiliate, but there is still something inside your head asking the question – is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or not?
There are tons of scams out there, from bogus training platforms all the way to get-rich-quick schemes and they all lead to the same thing… No Money, or even worse losing a ton of money!!
There are definitely signs that you can look out for, when it comes to spotting a scam and as we go through them and then show you exactly what Wealthy Affiliate is, you will soon notice that the two do not describe each other. You will soon come to realise that Wealthy Affiliate is not a bogus training platform, the Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. It is the most supportive training platform that you could ever hope for, if you are willing to put the effort into achieving your goals of earning passive income online!!
Before we get into any more details, let me be completely honest with you. I have been a fully paying member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2016. I have not yet made my fortune, I have still got a long way to go before I can give up my day job, but that is in no way the fault of Wealthy Affiliate. That is down to how much time I can dedicate to my online business with a full-time job and family commitments.
There are a few reasons why people are going around and stating that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, but again that is because of their experience and not through a fault with the training platform that Kyle & Carson (the WA owners) have out together for you.
I am going to describe to you some hints and tips about how you can spot online scams, but also why it is your expectations and work ethic that will lead you to success or not.
I will also show you some awesome success stories from within Wealthy Affiliate and again that has come from the Wealthy Affiliate training plus the members hard work.
Let’s get started with how to spot these online scams.
What is a Scam Anyway?
Unfortunately, there will also be someone who is willing to take advantage of you to get your money. Even as we speak there are people suffering because of the Coronavirus pandemic and there are scammers knocking on people’s door to take advantage of them to benefit themselves. It makes me sick.
But in those cases, it can be easier to just not open the door. How do you protect yourself online?
Well, there are always signs to look out for with regards an online scam. First off, there are a couple of things they are after.
Most people expect it to be scammers only after your credit card details and for the most part it could be that.
But there are also scams that are only after you are putting in your personal details or an email address. Once your email address in a scammers list, they will sell to everyone. You will start to get junk mail in your inbox for all kinds of things, and that is because the scammers have sold your email address on to make a profit.
My advice is you second guess yourself before entering your email address or credit card details for anything these days.
But when it comes to making money online, there are clear signs that it will be either a low-quality product, one that is not going to fulfil their promises or ones that is an outright scam and unfortunately, they are because we typically believe their lies.
Think about why you want to earn money online? Is it because:
You Hate Your Job?
You Want to Work from Home
Want to Earn Easy Money
Want to Earn Passive Income
People Make it Sound Easy
Or is it because:
You desperately need cash, like now!
You are in debt
You are struggling to pay the bills
That is why these scammers produce products that, according to their sales pitch, will fix all of those problems. Many of them will have a video of a luxurious beach where they guarantee that you can earn passive income within hours or days so that you could be sitting on that beach not having any money problems at all… Sound familiar?
The other one is they will show you “real people” that have benefitted from these schemes to do just that, but in reality, they are actors paid to record a video stating that. They tend to spend as little as they can, so you can see that the actors are just reading from a script.
The stark reality is that these schemes are only there to line the owners pockets, you will not find success with them. They don’t care whether you make money or not, as long as you are lining their pockets with money by buying into their crap.
Once you know what to look for, these scams are quite easy to spot. Here are some tips to help spot a scam:
If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is – It is the simplest rule. If they are promising the world and yet they do not show you how it works, then it isn’t going to work the way it does. I have reviewed plenty of products where the sales pitch says it is a magical program that does all the work, but nowhere does it show you or tell you how the thing works. How are you going to be making money on autopilot? The reason they do not show you is because you would work out it isn’t going to work. There is no scheme online that can have you earning those kind of figures within hours, I am sorry to say they are telling you exactly what you want to hear, they are missing out the details that you need to know and then all of a sudden you have handed over $17 (now, that doesn’t sound like a lot of money) but you are going to get a system that does all this magical stuff. It is only then after you hand over your $17 that you realise that to do what it says it does, you need to spend anywhere between $100-$1000 to actually make it work like it is supposed. Even then, you realise it will not work overnight.
Too Many Positive Reviews, Even Before the Thing Has Launched – you get to notice this when you review as many programs as we do. It is a technique called “Launch Jacking”. The idea is the owner of a program will tell people about the launch of a product before it launches. They can then write a review, so if you are researching a brand-new product you will still find a review. They have even written the review before it has even launched. The problem with their review is the fact that they have no knowledge of how the program works, so they basically just reword the sales pitch. You can tell one of these reviews from a real one. We haven’t even scored Wealthy Affiliate a perfect ten, and yet these reviews will give a perfect score and even offer you a load of bonuses. But when you read the review, you do not learn anything about the product. These are not objective reviewers; they are out to earn money from promoting these so-called money-making schemes. They offer you the bonuses, so you fall for the trap. You end up out of pocket and the reviewer gets a commission out of it. If you find a review where they are offering loads of bonuses, but you learn nothing about how the product works, then you will know what I am on about.
Understand Timescales to Earning Money Online – these will lead into why people might think that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or doesn’t work, and that is because you have unrealistic expectations for how long it takes to make money online. These scams will promise you the world in a very short period of time. But this is clearly unachievable for someone just starting out. An expert affiliate marketer might get a website up and running and earning money relatively quickly for affiliate marketing, but that might still be a couple of months. These schemes make so much money because people believe that you can make money within an hour of signing up to these schemes. That is impossible. With the right training you might make money within 3 months, but there is no guarantee and it depends on a number of factors (mainly, how much work you are willing to put in).
Those would be my top 3, but you need to do proper and thorough research before you sign up for anything online, Wealthy Affiliate included.
There will always be someone out there hoping to earn money from your misfortune. But if you follow our advice, you will find ways to earn genuine money online.
But if you are ever thinking, I am not sure whether this is right or not… then you should go with your gut feelings. They are there for a reason, to try and protect you.
Any program where they expect you to hand over your money before learning what it is all about is questionable. Even some legit programs do that, and I do not agree with it.
You should experience something fully before deciding on whether it is right for you.
Let’s get into why People might think Wealthy Affiliate is a scam…
Why People Think Wealthy Affiliate is a Scam?
I will admit, there is a small portion of people who are promoting Wealthy Affiliate that are not following the guidelines set by Wealthy Affiliate themselves. They encourage people to sign up to this program and they may have set unrealistic timescales in people’s heads. It is as easy as claiming that they are earning thousands and that you could too, but missing out the part about how long it took them to earn that money. Jerry Huang is a super affiliate and did it within 12 months. People automatically assume everyone can do that. It doesn’t always work that way, but it could. The difference would be the honesty and integrity of the person who is promoting WA.
But that doesn’t make Wealthy Affiliate a scam, it means the website owner who is promoting Wealthy Affiliate is harming the WA brand.
Like I said earlier, I have been a premium Wealthy Affiliate member for a few years now and I have learned so much from their training and it has benefitted me in many ways, as well as helping transform my wife’s wedding stationery business. But the harsh reality is that there will always be someone that does not act as they should.
The other thing I notice about when people start blaming Wealthy Affiliate for them not making money comes down to a couple of factors. One of them is their expectations vs. the reality of the situation and secondly, people not have that entrepreneurial mindset.
I am going to go through these points a little more to help you understand why people start blaming Wealthy Affiliate. But more importantly, why they are not Wealthy Affiliate’s fault.
Expectations Vs. Reality
Let’s get it right out there, what is your expectation for how long it will take to make money online. Based on known scams, it is within hours. Based on Wealthy Affiliate’s training it could be within 3 months.
But people come out straight and go, WA has said it should be within 3 months so I should be earning within 3 months.
But it does not work like that. Affiliate Marketing is a great thing, but it depends on a number of factors, including:
What Niche You Have Chosen – some are more competitive than others
How Much Time You Have – can you spend an hour a day or 8 hours a day?
How Much Effort You Put In – productivity counts for a lot
How many posts you can write and the frequency that you publish them
The quality of those posts
Are you doing Effective Keyword Reseach?
There are a number of factors that could mean that in your given niche, it might be more realistic to say you could be earning money in 6 months, or even 12 months. But this is all given to you within the Wealthy Affiliate training. They talk about how to choose the right niche, what factors to consider and that there is no set time limit you should set yourself to be earning money.
They are also very clear that this is a business model and that you are building a business, not a money making machine.
But people do not focus on that side, they came to WA because they wanted to earn money and they (might) be able to do that within 3 months and it’s been 3 months and it hasn’t happened yet…
You have to be harshly honest with yourself before signing up to Wealthy Affiliate or any affiliate marketing training program. You need to tell yourself that this will not make money without you putting in a lot of time and a lot of effort. It might make you money within 3 months, it might take a year or more.
There are a lot of factors that Wealthy Affiliate help you overcome, but you need to keep going back to the fact that reality is not always as expected. The reason for failure will not be because of Wealthy Affiliate! The number one reason why people fail is, they give up too soon. That’s it. My advice is do not give yourself a deadline, if you do that will end up being your downfall.
I had a WA member ask for my help, she couldn’t understand why her website was not making money. It was not ranking in the search engines. What was she doing wrong?
So, I went and checked out her website. Her content was fine, but there was a huge problem. Her last post was over 3 months ago. She hadn’t published any new content within the last 3 months, and she wondered why she wasn’t making any money. I gave her the response, that she needed to create more content. Her content was good, she just needed to create more. You need to create a lot of content and keep creating it!!
But that is not the response she wanted to hear. She asked someone else who gave her the same response that I did, you need to write more content, but again that is not what she wanted to hear. So she quit WA.
But I bet she would be someone who started blaming Wealthy Affiliate for her not making money online. Yet, she went through the same training that I did, but it wasn’t quick enough for her and she couldn’t commit to it.
That is the harsh reality, if you want to earn money online you are going to have to earn it. This is all in the WA training. They help with training, they help with support, but ultimately you are going to need to be the one who puts the effort in.
I read a WA post from a member who had been working on their site for about 9 months, they hadn’t earned anything yet and was about to quit… but said, no I am going to give it another few weeks and the next day they received their first sale.
You cannot put a time limit on, otherwise you could miss out on your first sale, which leads to another and another…
That kind of leads into the next point…
Employee Mindset, Not Entrepreneurial Mindset
Have you got the mindset of an employee… or an entrepreneur???
It is the key defining factor that will lead to your success.
Let’s explain. If you are an hourly paid employee of a company, you will work an hour and get paid for that hour. Often, if you have to do overtime, you will also receive pay for that hour you have worked over your time.
That is how an employee thinks about pay vs. work. Work an hour, get paid an hour.
An entrepreneur will work for free, in the early stages of setting up their business they will not be earning money. They might even be spending money and still not earning money yet…
They work knowing that the income will come at some point further down the line.
Now, this is an alien concept to many – working for free? But it is an important step in making money with affiliate marketing online.
Now, there are thousands of proven successful business owners on Wealthy Affiliate. They have built their own niche websites up, they are now earning money online, they all tell you how good Wealthy Affiliate is.
They will all tell you that they were not earning any money for that first month, maybe two or three. They will also tell you that if they walked away after the first month. They would not be where they are today.
There is the other side of the coin, there are super affiliates within WA. They will tell you that they targeted the harder make money online niche and they typically didn’t earn anything for the first six months.
The difference between people who succeed at Wealthy Affiliate and those that are walking away is that the people succeeding were the ones that were willing to work for free in the early stages.
If I am honest, the main reason why people fail at affiliate marketing is because they walk away from it. They turn around and tell you that affiliate marketing doesn’t work or even that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam. But the honest truth is the fact that they walked away before it could become successful.
Getting trusted by the search engines and getting trusted by people to click on your affiliate links takes time. Time doesn’t mean an hour of work.
You need to remain consistent and work hard. As website owners we need to create content regularly, it needs to be in-depth and needs to serve a purpose.
WA talks you through this as helping people, rather than selling to people. Helping people with their purchase decisions rather than pushing a sale has a proven success rate.
Once you start earning money, you are still going to have to work on it to increase your earnings to be able to employ writers for your business, so you can start to take the foot off the gas. But if you want to be able to earn and travel or work from home and earn enough you are going to have to commit to at least a year of effort into your business and follow the training to the letter and not give up!!
You also have to factor in the time available to you. I have a full-time job, so creating content including the necessary research and then writing the content has to fit in and around my job. The WA training does not differentiate how much time you have, but you need to factor this in. If all you can spare each week is an hour, then your progress is going to take you longer than someone who can spare 40 hours a week.
But then again, if someone wastes a lot of that 40 hours a week, their progress will be a lot slower than the person who correctly spends their time on their business.
But these are all the failings of the individual and not Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is far from a scam, it is our opinion that it is the best affiliate marketing training on the market. But the training is only part of the picture. The training works, it has proven success stories. But the training cannot do the work for you.
If you write content for a week, then do nothing then you are going to see no results. That is not the fault of affiliate marketing or the fault of the training, it is solely on you…
There is the other side where you hear of people who have started to earn money through affiliate marketing and then decide to travel the world. But they do nothing with their website for 3 months, and then wonder why the money is dropping.
Affiliate Marketing needs to be treated as a business model, because it is a business model. Once you do start to earn money, you need to still work hard to increase the sales, then you are probably going to hire a team to keep up with consistently providing helpful content.
If you want to become the boss of a business, then you need to become that entrepreneur who strives to achieve and will let nothing get in your way. To do that, you are going to have to dedicate a lot of time to your business, you are going to have to invest in learning how to do this effectively, and you are going to have to do some of this without earning anything in the early stages. But remain committed that it will earn you money (and it will, if you follow the WA training).
It will not be Wealthy Affiliate who fails you, it will be yourself.
What Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer You?
If you have not yet taken a look around Wealthy Affiliate, then we have put this video together that walks you through the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.
Wealthy Affiliate started out as a keyword list provider back in 2005 but has since grown to be a one-stop shop for everything to do with affiliate marketing. Kyle & Carson are the owners and they are accessible to the members. Nowhere else will you find the owners of a platform dropping into the live chat to help people with their queries.
Kyle & Carson do not expect you to pay a dime to experience Wealthy Affiliate, their FREE starter membership is a full membership. It does have some limitations, but that is because it is designed to give someone an experience of what they have to offer without fully committing to the platform. Other platforms will expect you to pay and then ask for a refund if you are not happy. Wealthy Affiliate give you a free membership where you can decide whether WA and affiliate marketing is right for you.
Affiliate Marketing is not for everyone, not everyone can embrace that entrepreneurial lifestyle and they appreciate that. But instead of you paying a month and offering a refund if you are not happy, which is a pain in butt. They offer a full membership that is free. The trial features are actually features from the full premium membership.
The main reason they have done this is, they want you to make the decision on whether to upgrade to premium or not. This isn’t about someone telling you to pay for this make money online product, as they will be getting a commission from you doing this. What they want you to do is sign up for the premium membership from an informed position. You know what you are signing up for and how it can help you.
We have covered the 4 main features from Wealthy Affiliate below to give you an insight into what is on offer.
Even though there is a premium membership within Wealthy Affiliate, you will notice that you still get quite a lot for the free starter membership. I would also stress that the monthly price of the premium membership has not increased since 2005. Back then, all they offered was a monthly list of good target keywords to use. The price is still the same, and yet they know offer comprehensive training, a website hosting platform, keyword research tools and a whole lot more. Still for the same price…
Anyone who claims Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, needs to have their head examined.
Let’s break down the key features:
Wealthy Affiliate’s training uses a number of different medium’s to teach you, show you how to get started. It uses:
In each lesson, you will read about what you need to do and why you need to do it in that way. There will also be videos that break down and show you what you need to do.
It then includes some specific tasks for you to complete.
If I take the example of building a website, why tell you what to do when I can show you from step one to the last step how to do it. Then you can go and replicate it from what you have just done. Then I can tick of the task as complete, then move onto the next task.
There are two main courses for a starter to begin with. We will get into the other bits of training later.
There are a number of different training modules within Wealthy Affiliate.
Online Entrepreneur Certification
There are five levels of this course with ten lessons within each level.
The Free Starter Membership gains access to the first ten lessons, called Getting Started. You even gain access to a free website to be able to follow along with the training.
If you feel Wealthy Affiliate is for you, then you can access the remaining four levels plus 9 more full websites with a premium membership.
Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation
Each stage has ten lessons in, with supporting training, training videos and tasks for you to complete. Once you have completed the tasks, you can move onto the next module. That way, you can go at your own pace. My advice is not to rush through this, completing the training within an hour will not speed up your chances of earning money any quicker.
Take the training seriously and complete each task as Kyle sets out. It will mean you are on the right track throughout.
This is a course set out for those who want to promote Wealthy Affiliate to others. We have completed the affiliate bootcamp course and it will definitely help those in the MMO sector. But it does lead to a select few who are not following the training and hence putting a sense of doubt in people’s minds about WA.
But we are very clear that we fully endorse WA and would not be where we are today without them.
The free starter membership again provides access to the first ten lessons of this training, with the remaining 6 levels (60 lessons) accessible via a premium membership.
That is 70 lessons that cover targeting the Make Money Online niche. Now, that is a highly competitive niche and one that should really be left until you really have the knowledge to help you succeed. Complete beginners might not have the required knowledge to succeed in the timelines they wish to, and then they would be thinking it is WA’s fault. But again, it would not be.
My advice is if you are just getting started with affiliate marketing, stick with the Online Entrepreneur Certification course. Once you have a successful niche website up and running and can hire writers, you could then move onto a project to promote Wealthy Affiliate.
Then there are the other training modules that are available. Please note, most of these are for premium members. But WA are not here to rip you off, the price is low for what you are getting access to.
The additional training comes in the form of:
Live Webinars from Jay (Magistudios)
Member Created Training
There is a base feeling around Wealthy Affiliate, that you need to keep on learning. They also appreciate that members will have some value to add. They maybe experts at some things, but there will be people who have the knowledge in certain aspects and want to be able to share that with other members. After being a premium member for three months or more, you can create your own training courses to share on Wealthy Affiliate. It might be text based or Video based, and you will be rewarded with credits that you could cash out or use for other features. I learn a lot from reading other members blogs, they might only be sharing their experience from something. Or they might be sharing some success story. Remember, there will be new members who have never been online before and they have just created a website, how awesome is that. They might be getting their first website ranked in Google or even getting their first sale.
Whatever it is, there is a story behind how they achieved it and the common theme is hard work and striving to achieve their goals.
Training also comes in the form of 13 classrooms that cover a number of different aspects:
Authoring & Writing Content
Social Engagement & Marketing
Website Development & Programming
Search Engine Optimisation
Keyword, Niche & Market Research
The Wealthy Affiliate Program
WA Affiliate Program
Pay Per Click Marketing
You will find tons of useful articles or videos in each classroom depending on what you want to learn.
But the weekly Live Webinars by Jay are probably my favourite training within Wealthy Affiliate. Jay is a super affiliate; he has his own local marketing company and is a very successful affiliate marketer. He runs a weekly live webinar, where you can log on live and learn from the subject he is covering.
Please note, that these weekly webinars are for PREMIUM Members only, but are well worth the subscription cost alone.
He has a way of explaining stuff that makes it very easy to follow and adopt. It is a premium feature.
I am not trying to tell you that Wealthy Affiliate is a free platform only. There will be a fee if you want to unlock all of these features to benefit from their full training. They are offering you a lot to help you set up a business, but that is the most important thing you need to understand.
Affiliate Marketing is a business model, and you will be setting up an online business. To do that, you are going to need to invest in time, you are going to need to invest some money. No business was built without them.
The free starter membership will give you a free website, it will give you some basic training. If you are happy to go elsewhere and do a lot of research through Google, you could still go and make a business that makes you money.
But what Wealthy Affiliate is offering you is a paid premium membership that will give you full access to everything you will need to build an online business that will (given the right time and effort) profit you.
There are no hidden costs, there are only two memberships. Free Starter Membership & Paid Premium Membership which is $49 a month. The only additional cost that will present itself is the cost of a website, which is about $13-15 a year.
That is all upfront and apparent as you go through the training. But when you consider their website hosting could be compared to services that are $250 a month, you are getting all of that included with your training.
I don’t know how anyone could consider Wealthy Affiliate to be a scam. But I suppose it depends on how it has been introduced to you.
When I compare the training to other providers, they scrape the barrow and are charging a lot more than WA. WA training alone is worth more than the $49 a month mark, and yet to date they have not increased the price. This is because they are trying to help people.
You could even reduce the cost by paying for an annual subscription which is $359 a year. Basically for less than the cost of a cup of coffee every day you will have everything you need to start your own online business.
Let’s move onto to the other features WA has to offer you.
It takes a lot more than training to succeed, sometimes you just need an arm around the shoulder or help understanding a part of the training. This is achieved in a number of ways. The first one would depend on who introduced WA to you.
That is us in the picture. Gem runs a successful wedding business and I (John) am here to help anyone get online who needs help with affiliate marketing.
I will help anyone I can, I am often in the live chat or helping anyone who has asked a question. In my book, there is no stupid question. People might ask a question, even though they feel silly and yet they find that a hundred people turn around and say they were thinking the same thing.
My advice is if you are sitting there, not sure what to do, ask the question. I will respond to any of my referrals who has a question, I will respond to anyone regardless of whether they are my referral or not.
That is the main ethos around WA. You will get support from the live chat, the training, from Jay with his webinars. There is also the added fact that you will also gain access to the owners, Kyle & Carson.
When you log in, you will have a help centre button. There are times you need to get technical support with your website – they have a dedicated team that will be there to help you. A general question can be done via the live chat or in the comments section of any lesson you are in. But you will also see you have direct access to me from your dashboard. Just drop me a question and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
You will be overwhelmed by the response; someone will get back to you within a few minutes with an answer or point you in the right direction to the best training that will help you.
Wealthy Affiliate is an international platform, so regardless of what time zone you live in, you will get a response.
Gem and I live in the UK, so I tend to help whilst the US is still sleeping, then when it gets to my evening time, The US is highly active on the platform.
My point is, you will receive a high level of support no matter what it is related to really quickly.
But again, I see reasons why people question WA when it comes to support and that is because they are asking the wrong questions or pointing the questions at the wrong people.
I will give you an example, Kyle is superhuman, in my opinion. The amount of time he is active on the platform is ridiculous, but people are expecting him to respond to stuff within minutes. But they have not considered the time zone. He is good, but he cannot be active 24 hours a day. People need to be realistic. Personally, I would want any of my referrals to come to me before they go to Kyle. I am a little more accessible than Kyle is. There are over 2 million members on Wealthy Affiliate. He makes himself accessible to all of them, but we need to be a little more responsible ourselves.
If you ever need help, go the right person first. If you decided to join WA after reading our review, through our link, come to us with any of your questions. If we can help, we will, or we will point you in the right direction and get you the help you need.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a website hosting service through its SiteRubix service. A free starter membership offers you one free subdomain website. that means you will have a website where it has SiteRubix + the domain name you want.
If you have considered a free wix website, then it would appear the same “wix+domain name”. You will find that the wix website will have the wix branding everywhere on your website. The free website from WA does not do that.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a premium member, 10 full domains, all with SSL certification and a host of other premium hosting features all within that $49 a month price tag.
These websites will be a WordPress website.
If you are not familiar with WordPress, know that it is the most popular CMS or content management system online and is preferred by the search engines. Which hopefully makes it easier to get your website ranked and ultimately make money.
The Website Hosting at Wealthy Affiliate is a high-quality service. To find equivalent website hosting, you would need to join the following providers:
Pagely (5 websites) – $199 a month
WPEngine (10 websites) – $115 a month
Kinsta (10 websites) – $200 a month
They do not provide a training platform like Wealthy Affiliate does, they are charging what they are (quite rightly too) and yet Wealthy Affiliate gives you 10 websites, plus training, plus support, plus other tools and it is charging $49 a month.
There are a raft of features that they also offer that are all designed to support you with regards the speed of your site, the security of your site and the ease of using the website.
Kyle wrote a fantastic blog about the features, click HERE
to read it.
Jaaxy is Wealthy Affiliate’s keyword and niche research tool. To get your website ranking and in front of your target audience, there is a need to target the right keywords.
The free starter membership gives you access to this to be able do 30 keyword research terms. I must stress, the free starter membership is to see if affiliate marketing is right for you. It could be possible to earn money with it, but you would need to do a lot of research elsewhere, it is up to you.
Jaaxy is a standalone product but is included within the premium membership. But that integration allows you to do unlimited keyword research. Jaaxy is a powerful tool, and there may be a time where you pay to unlock features that improve efficiency. But the Jaaxy lite version I have access to as a premium WA member works fine for me. It would work fine for you too.
If you want to learn more about Jaaxy’s features, then click to read our full review HERE.
This is not an upsell, it is a fully functioning keyword and niche research tool that is included within the premium membership of Wealthy Affiliate.
For $49 a month, you get all you need to get started.
Why Wealthy Affiliate is Not a Get Rich Quick Scheme!!
Let’s get into another reason why people might not think Wealthy Affiliate works… if we go back to that employee thinking, people will work really hard on their website for a month. Now they will have achieved a heck of a lot in that time. They will have built up a fully functioning website, they will have completed some content and posted it on their website. The search engines will have ranked some of that content through the help of following the steps included in the WA training.
So, they will have achieved a lot, but they will be sitting there, and it will not have made any money. That is not the fault of yourself, WA or the search engines. It will be back to the point of expectations vs reality.
I am not saying this to put you off, but I am giving you a realistic idea of how long it really takes to make money with affiliate marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick scheme. They cover this a lot in the first few lessons. You will not be earning huge amounts of money straight away. That is because affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme.
Affiliate Marketing is Not a Get Rich Quick Scheme
But that doesn’t mean affiliate marketing doesn’t work, it has been proven to be a great and effective way of living the lifestyle you strive through helping others.
But I have yet to find a get-rich-quick scheme that does what it is supposed to do.
Think of it this way, you could spend the next year chasing either of these:
Keep looking for a scheme that will earn you thousands by doing very little – but the end result is that you will never find one. You will have wasted time, effort and money on stuff that never achieves any of your goals. Ultimately you lose out…
You sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, you work hard and follow their training to the letter. You start earning a little by month 3, you then carry on working hard and by the end of the year you are hiring more writers to help you build up your income to become a truly financially free…
See the difference in thinking about it for a year. If you are being realistic in setting daily, weekly and monthly goals you will be surprised at what you can achieve. But if you keep chasing the shiny magical object that will bring you immediate success (but does not exist), then you only really have yourself to blame for not achieving.
Even though Wealthy Affiliate is very clear from the onset about your goal settings, your expectations, there are still new members who sign up to WA and still think that they will earn thousands in a very quick time.
They will ask questions within the forum asking why it is not working. Yet, when we go to help them it is because they have not given it enough time. But this is not always what they want to hear.
This is not the fault of Wealthy Affiliate, this does not make Wealthy Affiliate a scam, it makes the member unrealistic.
Affiliate Marketing is not for anyone who is lazy, sounds harsh but it is true. If something is worth working your butt off for, then it is worth it. I strive to spend more time with my son, that is why I started affiliate marketing and why I strive to still put in the time and effort even when I do not particularly want to.
That does not mean that you will not find success, ultimately Wealthy Affiliate has and does bring success.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Bring Success?
This brings me onto a really important point – what does success mean to you?
I know you are expecting me to show you loads of Wealthy Affiliate members who are making thousands a month and that immediately means they are successful. There is an element of that, there are many successful members who are earning that kind of money and they will all tell you it is because of the WA training.
But in the early days, they were celebrating a different type of success. If I talk about myself personally, before I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate, I had never built a website. Didn’t even know how to do it. So, launching my first website was a success story, for me.
Earning my first earnings was also another success story, even though it was only $3…
There are going to be so many success stories along your journey to earning your monetary goals.
The biggest piece of advice I can give is to ensure you never give up. There will be an element of failure along the route and that it is more important to understand you will have them. In a sense, you will learn a lot more from your failures than your successes.
It might be you pick the wrong niche but learn so much from the experience that you launch your next niche in half the time and get results a lot quicker than you might have done if you stuck with your first niche.
Here is a screen shot of some success stories that were live on Wealthy Affiliate today:
These are success stories that are ranking highly within WA. 3 of them are to with earnings, one is a brand-new website that has started receiving orders. But sometimes you will it is just people celebrating the fact their website got noticed by Google.
The point is that you know that there will be goals you achieve along your journey that are steppingstones towards earning money.
It is easy to say your goal is earning money, I get that. But how are you going to achieve that? Well, creating helpful content is one of those steps. So, naturally research is a step to help you know what to write about.
Completing research and creating content is a necessary goal towards making money. Setting yourself goals will lead to these mini successes that have the desired effect of getting your website onto the first page of Google. That leads to traffic, which will lead to earning money.
Then you might be one of those members who is saying they have quit their day job or are travelling the world whilst earning or even become one of Wealthy Affiliate’s Super Affiliates…
There are a few examples below of people who have earned a considerable amount. They will all tell you they learned everything they needed to know from following Wealthy Affiliate’s training.
There is no magic formula, only the training. When you read the blog above, he will just tell you to work hard.
But with so many success stories, the odd few people who are calling Wealthy Affiliate a scam are because they gave up and not because of anything WA did.
Is Wealthy Affiliate for You?
I am hoping at this point you can see that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam, it is NOT a bogus training platform and is something that can help the right person.
So, I suppose the last question you need to ask yourself before deciding to join Wealthy Affiliate is whether Wealthy Affiliate is for you?
Wealthy Affiliate offers step-by-step training that if you follow it correctly, will lead to you writing your own success story within Wealthy Affiliate.
But the fact is, that whilst a horse can be led to water, only the horse can decide to drink…
What I mean is, that if you decide to sign up to Wealthy Affiliate and let’s say you decide to upgrade to premium, only you will be able to produce the success story. You will have to commit time to learning from the training. Taking that knowledge and putting in the time and effort to research and create the content you need to do to post on your website to get the search engines to trust you enough to rank it high enough for people to click on it.
The search engines are wanting to show their users the best content there is to provide them with the help they need. You write awesome content that helps their users and they will naturally rank you higher. But it all takes time for this to happen.
Wealthy Affiliate is for someone who is ready to commit to the next year of writing regular content.
Wealthy Affiliate is not for someone who is going to write content for the next two weeks and then expect results.
I don’t write any of this to put you off joining Wealthy Affiliate, in fact I am a huge fan of what Wealthy Affiliate offers. Their training is the best I have found online, and the huge support levels make this ideal for a beginner looking to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test. But I want to ensure that you know and understand what you are signing up for.
It is not a scam; it is not a bogus training platform. It is the best place you could join to start your own online business. But you need to be ready to commit to doing just that and not playing at it. Starting a business is harder than a lot of people think.
If you do sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, then you need to commit to yourself that you are going to build that passive income or financially free future you want. If you can commit to that, then you are definitely researching the right training provider.
If you think you are ready to build that future, you need to click on the button below and get started with the training. You will get our full support along the way, if you click via the link below.
If you are still reading this, then you could be the right person to benefit from this awesome training. If you join Wealthy Affiliate via the link below, you will get our personal help every step of the way.
But if you are not sure whether you can commit, then you are probably not going to find a better option…
The choice is up to you…
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Are you just starting out and want to make money online? Then you really need to know what the Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp is!
I will be straight; it is not a scam! It is not a get-rich-quick scheme either. But if you are truly serious about making money online and want to learn how to do this, then the Affiliate Bootcamp is for YOU!
But I do mean serious, you need to be dedicated to working hard, learning everything there is to know and have some patience when it comes to results. Like I said, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. However, this affiliate bootcamp has led to many people leaving their day jobs behind and seeing some serious money come in… In fact, some have become Super Affiliates, read on to learn more…
What is the Affiliate Bootcamp in Wealthy Affiliate?
The Affiliate Bootcamp is an online course for anyone wanting to start an affiliate marketing business in the Make Money Online (MMO) niche. It is mainly around being able to promote Wealthy Affiliate, who are the ones who have created this fantastic step-by-step course. You are free to promote any other make money online products on your website, as the course will also help you identify a number of products to review and include, but the focus of the course remains promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
They offer 2 main courses, one being the Affiliate Bootcamp – for starting an affiliate marketing business within the MMO industry. They also provide the Online Certification Course and that is for anyone wanting to start an online business within affiliate marketing but with any niche that they want to use and there are thousands of different options you could use. You can read more about the Online Certification Course if you click here.
Our website, Best Affiliate Marketing Tools is a result of going through the Affiliate Bootcamp course. Within a handful of lessons, you will have your own website up and running ready to start promoting Wealthy Affiliate and any other affiliate programs you want to.
You can join Wealthy Affiliate with a free starter membership or a Premium Membership ($49/month or $495/year). I recommend you start with the free starter membership and get a proper look inside Wealthy Affiliate. You will not need a credit card to register and like I said it is FREE!
If you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate and everything else, they have to offer on top of the 2 main courses, check out our full review HERE.
What Will You Learn in the WA Affiliate Bootcamp?
There are Seven phases or mini courses within the Affiliate Bootcamp:
Getting Your Business Rolling
Content, Keywords & Conversions
Giving Your Site Social Value
Get Visual, Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media
Knowing Your Audience & Catapulting Your Referrals
Bing, Yahoo & The Power of PPC
How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns
Each of these seven phases have 10 lessons, which includes text, video lessons and a number of tasks for you to complete. This is not about rushing through the training and not taking the right stuff away. This is written in a way that it will help anyone get the right information and walk them through the tasks that you can go at your own pace and, more importantly get those tasks done right. I have even took the time to go through the lessons a couple of times before actually going and doing the tasks to ensure I am getting them right.
It is entirely written in a way that even someone who doesn’t have any technical knowledge on the computer could still go and succeed with this training.
The courses combine written training and video tutorials. They have a number of tasks for you to complete. But you also get to ask any questions at the bottom and some of the top helpers in that course will jump in and give you an instant response to be able to get you on the right track.
The support at Wealthy Affiliate is one of the biggest benefits of being a Wealthy Affiliate member, as the community is so active and full of people with the right knowledge to help you. You might even get your question answered by one of the owners, Kyle and Carson as they are very active in the community and Kyle is the one who will be taking you through this course.
Phase 1 – Getting Your Business Rolling
This phase is all about getting your business up and running, but it also covers some great training on choosing a niche to target within the Make Money Online sector. Often people do not identify who their target audience is or the niche they are going to target and then they wonder why they are not making any money.
This course will help you do both of those steps before building a website. The MMO sector is huge, and when you are just starting out you need to start very niche and target a small sector of the MMO world and know your target audience for you to be able to be successful.
Target the right audience with the right product and you are onto a winner with this course.
Once you have completed this step, you are then taken through exactly how to build a free website and have it up and running within a couple of minutes.
The next part of the phase is around keyword research and creating proper product reviews to help you fill your website with some content.
Phase 2 – Content, Keywords & Conversions
No website will succeed with content but making sure your content is presentable and readable whilst leveraging keywords is where this phase gets you up and running. Creating content is easy, creating high-quality content that will help people requires some thought.
I recently went back through phase 2, as it is good to give yourself a reminder and go back to basics. It all came flooding back as to how good this course is and that there were a few things that I had let lapse. So I could get back on the right track.
It also covers the correct use and placement of affiliate links. Getting this wrong can have a huge impact on how the search engines see your website. Definitely a must for an affiliate marketer!
Phase 3 – Give Your Site Social Value
If you are not sure how much of an impact social media can have on your online business, then this phase will fill you in with all of the details. From taking you through how to sign up with all of the social media accounts, to how social sharing has a massive positive impact on your business this phase is immense.
They will also cover elements on how to optimise your website for the search engines (this will help with generating traffic to your website). They will also take you through how to use the free tools that Google gives you to make this easier. These include Google Search Console & Google Analytics.
You will also be encouraged to keep writing more content and how to use the keyword research tool, Jaaxy that is provided with a Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate.
Phase 4 – Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media
People are visual in nature, so making sure your brand, your content and your website are appealing to the eye is what this phase is all about. They will go through website design, how and where to use images to get your ideas over and video. Video is so huge right now and more people are using it as high-speed internet is getting everywhere.
Phase 5 – Knowing Your Audience & Catapulting Your Referrals
Knowing your audience is an important step in getting conversions and this training will lead to you having a better understanding of your audience and gaining improved skills in respect to converting a visitor on your website to an invite and then onto a referral.
Phase 6 – Bing, Yahoo & The Power of PPC
Whilst Google holds most of the traffic, many people forget that Bing & Yahoo hold the other 30% and this training will take you through how to get your content onto their search engines. Google is great at finding new content, we need to help Bing a little more. Learn how to use their free tool – Bing Webmaster Tools and get your content to more people.
You will also be taken through how to utilise paid ads, commonly known as PPC to get more referrals. Done right, this can lead to you making good money and this training will help you get it right.
Phase 7 – How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns
Once you have found success with PPC, the natural next step is to scale it up to increase your earnings and this phase will take you through those steps needed to do just that. But you need to scale it in a way that makes you money and not losing money and this training is a great way of understanding how to do this effectively.
How Much Money Can You Earn from It?
Wealthy Affiliate offers one of the most lucrative affiliate programs going. It also helps that their platform is awesome and something that people want to promote. Getting people to convert to a poor platform will not make you any money, but because Wealthy Affiliate has a proven success record with people doing both the Online Certification Course and the Affiliate Bootcamp, it makes sense that their affiliate program is as good as the platform itself.
As a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you will earn $23.50 a month for each premium member you introduce and $175 per year, if they upgrade to annual. That is $23.50 each month they stay a premium member on the monthly plan and $175 every year they stay an annual member. There is also the opportunity for referrals to take advantage of the huge discount if they upgrade to premium within the first 7 days ($19 for the first month) and that will earn you $8 as a commission if they do.
The Starter member can still earn referral commissions if any of their referrals upgrades to a premium membership. Although not as much, you can earn $11.75 per month and $87.50 for an annual upgrade and $4 for the first month.
From the image above you can that typically about 12% of people upgrade to premium from a starter membership, but some members have seen this go as high as 30%.
On average, you will earn $100+ from each premium member who signs up. This is because you can earn money from their membership, but also from if they buy a website. This will earn you a commission too.
Another great feature of the Wealthy Affiliate Affiliate program is the fact that the affiliate cookie is for life. If someone clicks on your link but doesn’t sign up straight away and they come back later or even years later, you will still get the referral credit.
If they leave Wealthy Affiliate but decide to come back later, you will still get the referral credit. It is a clever system they have put together.
You will find no better training platform or affiliate program than the one that Wealthy Affiliate has put together and if you are serious about making money online, this is the place to be.
It really sells itself; I have an annual membership which makes sense in the long run as it saves me over $229 a year and if you can get referrals coming in, it soon pays for itself.
They also have a great tool that can show you the earning potential, see the examples below of how much 5 referrals a day could earn you or even 50 a day and there are super affiliates who are achieving this:
So, if you can get to the point of getting 5 referrals a day with 12% upgrading to premium and staying on for 4 months you could be earning $1,458 a month. Push that up to 50 referrals a day, 12% upgrade rate and them staying a premium member for 6 months and that becomes $22,398 a month.
There is also a special bonus if you can get 300 premium referrals in a calendar year…
The Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference
Any member of Wealthy Affiliate will tell you that this is their ultimate goal. If you can introduce 300 premium referrals in a year, you will get flown out to Las Vegas (All expenses paid) to go and sit with Kyle, Carson (the owners) and other Super Affiliates. They also give you the chance to go if you refer 100 premium members between September and December, hence the screenshot above showing 100.
They will spend 3 days with you teaching you more tactics on how to get the best out of your business and learn from the other members. You will also get a 2-hour meeting with Kyle & Carson where they will share their knowledge freely to help you take it to the next level.
If you want to know more about this awesome conference, check out this post about last year’s conference.
This is definitely one of my goals!!
Does it Bring Success? Yes, See Some of the Super Affiliates Below
Look it takes hard work to be able to achieve this success, but that doesn’t mean it is not possible. If you checked out the link above to learn about the Affiliate Conference in Las Vegas you will see that the members that are there, all started from scratch. Look at the image above and you will see the members who have worked hard to achieve a full-time income from promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
They started with nothing and yet with the training that they went through, they achieved that success.
They are sitting with other super affiliates that all followed the same training – The Affiliate Bootcamp within Wealthy Affiliate.
Jerry Huang has really inspired me this last year. By working really hard at his website for 2 years, he is now a Super Affiliate. He spent every minute he had to escape the job he had as a plate cleaner in a restaurant and now I truly believe he will be a self-made millionaire before long. Check out his success story here, where he is creating his own Affiliate Marketing course in Mandarin and is set to earn $120k+. Very Inspiring.
Grace is another member who made it last year and is proof that hard work pays off. Check out her profile and her success story here. She has even created her own training to help other members reach Vegas…
Robert or Roope is a Super Affiliate who is travelling the world whilst being a super affiliate.
Benji’s Dad is another member who was at the Vegas Conference.
The list could go on, but these Super Affiliates will tell you the secret to their success is by working hard and following Kyle’s training. In fact, I highly recommend you read this blog post by Roope. It is a blog post about 99.9% of your competitors will fail. He is talking about the way to succeed at anything is to not give up. You will have stuff that doesn’t work out, but as long as you learn from it and ask for help you will find success, just like these guys.
It is definitely worth a read, click here to read it.
My goal is to be joining them soon and that is by following the Affiliate Bootcamp course.
What I have learned from these success stories is a consistent message of the fact that it will take time, determination and a lot of patience. The MMO sector is a tough nut to crack, but with consistency of those 3 things and following the proven formula that Kyle and Carson have set out with their Affiliate Bootcamp training, you can and will see results.
But my advice is to set yourself a target of a year before you see any results. It could happen before that point, but why set yourself up to fail. But because of how competitive this niche is, you must expect it to take longer to see results. You may earn a little throughout the year, but most start seeing the magic happen once they have been around a year.
Other niches could make you a consistent income and it could happen a lot sooner and if that sounds more appealing, you could go through the Online Certification Course at Wealthy Affiliate instead. You could always come back and do the Affiliate Bootcamp later on when you are earning from your own niche site and thinking out expanding.
WE all start from somewhere and if you can stick with it, stay patient and continue to apply everything that you will learn from the Affiliate Bootcamp course, then you will be onto a successful path. You will see just from going through some of the success stories, whether they are small successes or monetary successes, it is a great feeling when you do achieve them.
But one thing I will leave you with is the fact that the main reason why people do not make money online is because they give up too soon or they don’t have the right training.
With Wealthy Affiliate, you have the right training!! All you need to do is invest in yourself and believe in yourself that you will make this work. Whether you decide to go through the Affiliate Bootcamp or the Online Certification Course, you will succeed. You will also have a fantastic community of people behind you to help you too.
Seriously, you will find no better training platform and community online! If you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, read our review here. But if you are ready to sign up for free, just go HERE! I will see you on the inside!
Affiliate Marketplaces can be great places for affiliate marketers to get easy access to loads of affiliate programs from one dashboard. But is ClickBetter really the best option for someone looking to make money online? In our ClickBetter Review
Thanks for doing your research, it is the most effective way of avoiding scams and finding genuine ways to make money online but if you want the short story, ClickBetter is not the option for you. We will show you why we feel it is a marketplace full of scams or low-quality products.
Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and if you have been considering if CBD Oil might be a good niche to choose for it. Well, we have come up with a list of the top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs. We do not know a lot about CBD Oil, but we do know a lot about affiliate marketing. Let’s get into it…
Finding the right affiliate programs is essential to pushing your affiliate marketing business forward, but it is not actually that quick or easy to find the right affiliate program for your business.
Before we get into any detail about how to find the right affiliate programs, let’s just clarify your understanding of what exactly is affiliate marketing.
There are plenty of platforms out there stating they are teaching you affiliate marketing and yet, when we check them out, they are actually a MLM program or Multi-Layer- Marketing.
MLM is where your only focus is on recruiting people up the ladder, so you earn more money. They are typically associated with scams and are not normally offering any value. This leads you to believing affiliate marketing doesn’t work when in reality, it was nothing like real affiliate marketing.
Let’s briefly explain what affiliate marketing so we can then explain what affiliate programs are and how to find them like a pro!
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing & Email Marketing Video Course
Price: $47 + Upsells & Recurring Fees
Best For: Affiliate Marketers with a little more experience
BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 2.5/5
A Quick Commission Machine Summary
The Commission Machine is a video course teaching people how to write effective emails and how to promote affiliate products on JVZoo. But without any training on how to generate any traffic or tools to create your own landing page or funnel, it will not benefit a beginner looking for a way of making money online. Only those who already know how to generate traffic, etc will benefit from this video course.
What Exactly is Commission Machine & How Does it Work?
Commission Machine is a 7-module video training course with a focus on teaching effective email marketing and how to monetise your email list using Affiliate Marketing. Commission Machine tends to target affiliate products through JVZoo, which is an affiliate network.
How Does Email Marketing Work?
If you are a little unsure how email marketing works, email marketing works through the following:
Drive Traffic to Your Landing Page
Offer a Free Gift & Collect an Email Address
Follow-up Emails & Build a Relationship
Monetise Your List by Promoting Relevant Products
You will need to create a landing page to collect email addresses from your visitors, but whilst Michael touches on this subject. It is very brief, and he doesn’t provide you with the tools to create a landing page.
Once you have your landing page, you need to drive traffic to your landing page.
But again, Michael only touches on the subject about driving free traffic using Facebook, but this is not as reliable as you might think.
Michael also misses out key information about other forms of free or paid traffic too.
The third step, all around the following emails and converting emails is where Michael has put a lot of his focus, and the Commission Machine does offer a lot of value in this area.
But, know that you will need to invest in a 3rd party autoresponder, like Aweber in order to be able to send these automated emails.
The last step is where you send promotional emails to your subscribers with affiliate products from JVZoo, with the aim that they make a purchase and you earn commission from the sale.
Michael does teach you how to find profitable affiliate products to promote, he also offers email templates to sell them to your email list too.
That is the basics of how Commission Machine Works.
The 7-Module Course looks like this, with how long each module is too:
Module 1 – Introduction (3:11)
Module 2 – Research (28:28)
Module 3 – Angle (24:10)
Module 4 – Providing Incentives (23:24)
Module 5 – Messages (46:53)
Module 6 – Deploy (28:43)
Module 7 – No List Method (13:38)
I am not sure how much content you were expecting for $47, but I am certain you were not expecting a course that only lasted less than 3 hours?
If I compare this to our No.1 Recommended Training platform, Wealthy Affiliate offers over 50 core training lessons, which takes weeks to complete along with the tasks that are set out to complete – I know which a more comprehensive training for a beginner is.
Michael’s method for making money is called the R.A.P.I.D method, which stands for
Step One – Research
Michael teaches you how to choose profitable affiliate products from JVZoo to promote, but the thing I do not like about his training is that he recommends you promote Internet marketing & Make Money Online products, because he says they are the most profitable…
The reason I say that I don’t really agree is, that you should only promote products that you know are genuine and right for people and not base it solely on profitability.
There is also the fact he only promotes products available on JVZoo and doesn’t talk about any other affiliate networks either.
Step Two – Angle
This step is all about your positioning, how to position yourself and your offers to grab the attention and hook them into buying your offer. He will show you case studies and the email templates he uses.
Step Three – Provide Incentive
This step entails how to make your affiliate offer irresistible to stop them going elsewhere to but the products.
This is about getting them to follow your offers and not anyone else’s. Typically, with bonuses or incentives when they buy from you.
This is one of the good things about the Commission Machine.
Step Four – Deploy
This stage is all around taking actions and creating your own sales funnel.
This is also when you need to get your own tools such as your autoresponder. Michael recommends you get the autoresponder from GetResponse.
When you consider the concepts behind the Commission Machine, you will find these are very basic. More advanced marketers will find this very basic and not worth their time, they will not learn anything really from this training.
Beginners will get lost without a more detailed training in the overall affiliate marketing world.
Who Will Benefit from the Commission Machine?
This is the conundrum, who will benefit from this…
On a simple level, it seems like it is aimed at beginners as he offers a step-by-step training that is suitable for beginners.
But if you lack knowledge in some of the basics of internet marketing, you will not find this training course very beneficial.
The more experience marketers will already know much of what Michael is talking about, so again it is not really a benefit to them.
But there are the upsells to consider, and I think that is where the benefit is, but again an extra cost.
How Much Does Commission Machine Cost?
On the surface it looks like the Commission Machine is $47, but there are immediate upsells when you sign up and there are hidden costs that are not mentioned.
The Commission Machine Upsells
IN the Commission Machine they are sold as One-Time-Offers:
The Golden Ticket
This is a membership product which will cost you $27/month or a one-time lifetime access price of $197.
This grants you access to Michael’s monthly LIVE websinar, where you can see how Michael creates his commission machine live. This refers to his sales funnel setup for email marketing and affiliate marketing campaigns.
You will also receive a monthly done-for-you sales funnel, created by Michael.
This actually seems like a better deal than the main product, if I am honest.
If you pass this up, you will actually get what is called a downsell and it is again for the Golden ticket, but this time is only $17/month or $124 for lifetime access. The difference is you receive a recording of the webinar, and it is not live.
Regardless of whether you pass these up or not, you will then see their second upsell:
At this point you have not got to the members area, and you will need to see all of these upsells before proceeding and commissionology is a $97 done-for-you service.
These are 7 DFY sales funnels that are ready for you to put into action. You will also receive messages and email templates as well as some other bonuses.
Hidden Costs of Commission Machine
The hidden costs come from the fact Commission Machine does not provide you with an autoresponder, a tool to manage your email campaigns. They also do not provide you with the tools necessary to create landing pages or sales funnels.
What is Good About Commission Machine (PROS)
Here is what we liked about it:
The step-by-step training provided within Commission Machine is good and the concepts are really clear, so a beginner can understand them.
The video quality is surprisingly good, and Michaels presents himself well too.
Michael Does Know His Stuff
If you have taken a look at the Commission Machine Sales page, you will see Michael has bragged a lot about how he has won all the contests with well-known internet Marketers such as Anik Singal, Omar Martin and John Thornhill.
From what he teaches, he does show he knows his stuff about email marketing and affiliate marketing in general.
The thing that lets him down is the way he is selling it as a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme. Neither of these routes are going to earn money quickly like Michael says it is.
Truly, if you feel Email Marketing is right for you Anik Singal’s Inbox Blueprint is by far a better product, check out my Inbox Blueprint review.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee
As Commission Machine is a JVZoo product, you get backed by a 30-day money back guarantee
What Could Commission Machine Improve on? (CONS)
Here is what we didn’t like:
Too Much Hype & Testimonials
It is annoying when a sales page is constantly going on about how good it is, with testimonials coming out of our ears without a singly insight into how the program actually works.
He misses out the key ingredients about how his method works, and how you can benefit from it.
Michael uses this to his advantage to sell this product to people who are not entirely sure but believe the hype.
You Will Still Need a List!
From the start Michael mentions that even a complete newbie without an email list can still benefit from his course.
But, the sole focus of the Commission Machine is Email marketing. Michael teaches a little about how to start building your own list, but the training is too basic to really benefit a beginner.
Whilst his last module is called the No-List Method, it is only a 13-minute video. The focus of those 13 minutes is to utilise Facebook to get leads and sale. But I have found Facebook is not that reliable.
Commission Machine does not provide you with an autoresponder, so you will need to invest in one to utilise the training.
You will also require tools to be able to build a landing page and sales funnel.
You will also come up against upsells as soon as you pay the initial $47.
No Traffic = No Sales
Michael does not go into any kind of detail when it comes to driving traffic to your sales funnels. But traffic is the most important part of any online business.
If you have no traffic, you have no business or sales.
Whilst email marketing is effective, it is much better to have your own website, you can utilise email marketing into your website. But to have just a single landing page is a huge gamble for a beginner. If it doesn’t work, you are out of pocket.
Having a website, allows you to go down all kinds of routes to monetising your business.
High Refund Rate
The refund rate through JVZoo for the Commission Machine is surprisingly high and shows how this does not benefit the beginner. They are finding that out by paying for it and having to go and ask for a refund.
JVZoo does make this easier to facilitate, but either way shows this is not a quality training for a beginner.
My Honest Opinion of Commission Machine? Is Commission Machine a Scam?
Commission Machine is definitely not a scam, it offers some quality training and the strategies do work – List Building, Email Marketing and Affiliate Marketing.
The biggest problem with this product is that it is not detailed enough. It doesn’t cover some very important aspects of these strategies. You cannot miss out traffic generation and building landing pages, and say this product is comprehensive enough.
You will only really benefit from CM, if you purchase the upsells. But then there is still no guarantee it will work for you.
Michael only seems to teach you the theory and misses out the practical aspects that are so important for a beginner.
A more experienced marketer will know the elements required that Michael only touches on, but Michael treats it like everyone will know this stuff and that is clearly the mistake he makes with this product.
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing & Email Marketing Video Course
Price: $47 + Upsells & Recurring Fees
Best For: Affiliate Marketers with a little more experience
BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 2.5/5
Verdict: Not Comprehensive Enough to Benefit Beginners
If you really want to make money online, affiliate marketing and email marketing are really effective but not with this training. You could really benefit from a comprehensive training platform like Wealthy Affiliate. Within a few lessons, you could have your very own affiliate marketing website ready to drive traffic to your sales funnels and make some real money.
Wealthy Affiliate has helped thousands of beginners become affiliate marketers, and you can really benefit from their tuition.
If you have been thinking of joining Wealthy Affiliate or have recently joined and still wonder how is it possible to make money with Wealthy Affiliate? I am here to help you answer those questions… the Main purpose of becoming a Wealthy Affiliate member is to make money and their training is top notch, but how exactly do you make money???
In this post I will share with you the ways you can earn money from following their training and from outside sources. But also, how you can actually make money within their platform too. (Yes, you can make money within WA too!)
I have been a member since 2016 and know my way around the platform really well, and in total there are 8 different ways to make money with Wealthy Affiliate.
Like I said there are 2 main ways to earn money from Wealthy Affiliate, within the platform and from following their training. We will be focusing on the external sources of income first.
Ways to Earn Money from Wealthy Affiliate’s Training
Their training is perfect for people first stepping out of their comfort zone and looking to earn money online. The training focuses on building up an online business foundation, giving you all the tips and experience that Kyle and Carson (the owners) have built up over the years.
You will not meet a nicer couple of guys who really focus on paying-it-forward. The training is upfront and takes you step-by-step through the process needed to make a business that is built for the long run.
Going through building a website, creating content, building up traffic and ultimately monetising that website. You are truly in great hands with Wealthy Affiliate’s training.
Let’s get back to how you will make money from this training.
Affiliate Marketing is the primary focus and the way many WA members are earning money from following the training.
Affiliate programs are set up by companies who pay people commissions for promoting their products and making sales.
Most retailers are utilising this method as it is a much cheaper way to promote then multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns. Amazon, the world’s largest marketplace actually uses an affiliate program and is a common partner to many affiliate marketers across the world.
How it Works – you promote a product available on amazon via a blog, someone visits your blog and decides to buy that product, they get taken to amazon and buy the product. You have just earned commission.
Example – You create a health and fitness blog, and join an affiliate program like Webvitamins and promote a number of their products. You could always join Amazon too and promote relevant products on your blog. Any time someone completes a purchase, that is how you will be making your money.
There are literally tons of affiliate programs out there in any niche, meaning you can choose any of your interests or hobbies to earn from affiliate marketing.
As a rule of thumb, it is best to diversify your earning potential. Don’t just stick with promoting one product from one affiliate program. You want to ensure that if one product does disappear, you will not be affected as you will just rely on the other products whilst constantly looking for new opportunities.
Awesome for Beginners – Affiliate Marketing is a great way to get started in the online world, it is the starting point for many online marketers who can the progress into other ways of marketing. It is low cost and simple to implement (with the right training).
Low Cost – You do not need a lot of money to get started with affiliate marketing, you can even get started for free with Wealthy Affiliate. WA will provide you with a free website and some free training to get going. You will need to invest some money at some point, but that is only to realise the potential of affiliate marketing. Affiliate programs are typically free to join too.
The Premise is Simple – There is a lot of time and hard work to affiliate marketing, but it is a really simple premise to get your head around. Promote other people’s products and earn money from it. You just need the right training to ensure it works out for you
Once you are starting to get traffic through, you can start to see your affiliate marketing campaigns starting to take off. It also gives you another opportunity to earn money through having ads on your website.
The usual starting point is Google Ads, but when you reach a certain traffic point you can start using better higher-paying options like MediaVine and Monumetric.
But Google Ads is popular as you don’t particularly need a high level of traffic to add it to your website.
With Google Adsense, they ask you to insert a code into your website header and the ads will be displayed automatically.
The key to success with affiliate marketing and ads is to not saturate your website with ads, otherwise your affiliate campaigns might get lost in the mix. But this doesn’t mean ads aren’t good for your website.
The fact is, not everyone will visit your website and click on your affiliate links. They might be having second thoughts or are not ready to make a purchase yet. You can still earn from ads being on your website. But again, if your blog is written well and is engaging your audience, you shouldn’t have to worry about ads distracting from your affiliate promotions.
Cost Per Action offers are also an opportunity to monetise your website. Whilst they are not going to earn you a high amount, they can still be quite lucrative. Small amounts can easily mount up and CPA offers are something that you should consider once you have traffic coming to your website built with WA.
CPA offers pay you when someone completes an action, not necessarily needing to buy something. They just need to complete an action, such as:
Sign up for an email list
Register an account
Sign up for a free trial
Use a comparison site
They are normally easy to monetise, as they are normally free for the people to do. But they do not pay as much as affiliate marketing opportunities typically do.
There isn’t as much focus on ecommerce within WA, but you can still find member created training on ways to do it. If you have your own product or want to consider drop shipping, the training and the tools they offer are still relevant for you.
We used a lot of the training to launch Gem’s wedding stationary business which uses a combination of our own products, affiliate marketing and drop shipping all in one.
The website you create on the WA platform is run by WordPress, so all you would need to do install a plugin like Woocommerce, which again is covered in the training available on WA to allow you to sell products directly and process the payments.
Whilst most who join WA do not have products to sell and are more interested in affiliate marketing, we still get asked questions about whether you can, and the answer is always Yes!
You can definitely make good money using ecommerce, but there are complications with it in a way that you wouldn’t find with affiliate marketing.
The main is you are dealing with the customers direct, so you need to be great at customer service for a start. Affiliate Marketing, they deal with the seller and not you.
Ways to Earn Money Within Wealthy Affiliate itself!
There are also ways to earn money within Wealthy Affiliate, and we will share these options below.
WA Affiliate Program
WA has an awesome affiliate program, which many members like the look of if you want to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself.
Whilst it is available to members straightaway, it is honestly better to wait and promote it once you have already found some success within another niche, purely as it will help you have some proof it works before promoting it.
But having said, that it is one of the best paying affiliate programs out there and even free starter members can benefit from it.
Any member will earn a recurring payment for every new member they introduce that goes premium. If they stay premium, you will earn money each month they stay a premium member. There is also a recurring payment if they go annual too.
Even free starter membership can benefit from referring new members, whilst the commission rates are lower many use it to pay for their premium membership. They also run an incentive program for those that achieve 300 premium referrals in a calendar year. They fly you out to Las Vegas to meet with Kyle, Carson and other Super Affiliates to learn how you can better scale your business.
Earning Cash Credits & Affiliate Credits
Inside WA there are two types of credit, you can earn. These are called Cash Credits & Affiliate Credits. These come from actions taken from members inside WA, once they are already members.
These credits can be redeemed for real money deposited into a PayPal account, or can be used for the benefit of your website. For example, you can use these credits to request comments, buy domains, get feedback, etc. A recent change has also meant you can use these credits to pay for your premium membership with Wealthy Affiliate.
These are not just a currency within WA, each credit is worth $0.50 and can be cashed out for real cash.
Earn from Writing Comments
One of the best features of the website tools that WA provide is the Site Comments platform. If you are unsure of how important comments are on your website, let me tell you that they are so important to help build trust with the search engines and your audience. But a new website doesn’t have comments, and readers can be a little unsure of a blog without any interaction.
The site comments platform allows you to use these credits you earn to get high-quality comments from Wealthy Affiliate members. This is a great way of using your credits, but it also an opportunity to earn money from giving comments.
A change last year made it that once you had given 50 comments within a 30-day period, you started earning cash credits. You already earn credits for giving out comments, but this was another way of earning money within WA.
Earn from Creating Training
Member created training is something that is encouraged within WA, as there are all types of people with experience in different elements and sharing that experience with a well-written training is rewarded with cash credit.
The core training is built by Kyle (the co-owner of WA) and Jay does a live training video every week, but the majority of the other training has been created by members of WA.
If you are experience in social media marketing, or wordpress you can create a relevant training video that will benefit other members and earn these cash credits.
You can add video tutorials, written guides, etc. and depending on the interaction with your training will determine how many credits you can earn.
Please note – you need to have been a Premium Member for 3 months to be able to create training.
Wealthy Affiliate is also a domain registrar, much like GoDaddy is. This means that you can buy domains (websites) directly through WA. There are a lot of benefits to hosting a website on WA’s servers. You are getting a premium hosting service included in your membership, which would normally cost about $250/month.
The cash credits come in useful as you can use these to buy your domains and renew your domains.
But you also earn whenever one of your referrals buys a domain. You will earn 2 cash credits for this, valued at a $1.
There is not much you can do to earn this, but whenever your referrals do buy a domain, you will earn from this. This way of earning goes along nicely with the WA Affiliate Program.
Account Setup Credits
Whenever you introduce a new member to WA, there is a step that makes sure they are a real person. This is a stage where you add an image and create a description for your WA profile.
When they complete this step, you again earn 2 cash credits, valued at a $1.
This stage is all about making sure they are happy interacted with the platform and will definitely receive more support from us within WA.
Kyle & Carson are always looking at ways to improve the platform, and like the change with the Site Comments platform there may become other ways to earn money through WA in the future.
Making Money within the Platform vs Off the Platform
Let’s just clarify the ways you can earn from Wealthy Affiliate.
Here are the ways you can earn within WA:
WA Affiliate Program
Here are the ways you can earn from going through their training:
Other Affiliate Programs
Advertising (Google Ads, etc.)
What is the Best Way to Earn?
So, at this point you might be thinking which is the best way to earn online? Which path should you be focusing on? My advice would be to focus on Affiliate Marketing first. Most affiliates, including us are earning most of our money from affiliate marketing.
Without traffic, you will not earn anything from ads or CPA offers.
Affiliate Marketing will help you gain the traffic to earn from these additional sources of income.
The main focus of the training at Wealthy Affiliate is on Affiliate Marketing and ads, so you are in a prime place to be able to earn well from these 2 sources in the future.
Another key point of affiliate marketing is the fact that this is an easier path to explore than other forms of marketing and are a really good source of income too.
Pro Tips to Earn with Wealthy Affiliate!
I also want to share with you 3 tips to ensure you do earn from Wealthy Affiliate:
No.1 – Avoid the Shiny Objects and Stick to the Training! The training is set out in the perfect way to get you started on the right foot. If you gloss over things or miss something out you will feel the pain from it. It is so easy to try something that isn’t in the training because you think it will speed up the process, but it ends up being a waste of your time.
Follow the training to the letter!
No.2 – Choose a Niche You Actually Like: If you focus solely on earning money, you will normally find that it doesn’t end up working. Choosing a niche that you actually like will pay dividends in the long run.
If you go and choose a niche, solely because you think it is lucrative means you can end up being burned out and bored of the subject before you even make any money with it.
I have made this mistake and ran out of stuff to write about and wasn’t inclined to write anymore. This meant I had to start again from scratch.
No.3 Patience is So Important! You have to be so patient for this to work. Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way to earn money from something that you love, but it will not be a quick thing.
There is no other way around it, Wealthy Affiliates offers great training to achieve success with Affiliate Marketing, but do not expect it to pay back after a couple of weeks.
The concept of earning from an online business is different to a normal job. In a normal job you complete an hour work and get paid for that hour’s work. An entrepreneur will work for no return, but in the long run it will pay back 10x. A single article could and does earn affiliate marketer’s money for years. But it takes time to get to that stage.
First off, I must congratulate you on doing your research, as that is the best way of avoiding scams and finding genuine ways to make money online. I am not affiliated with Digital Experts Academy in any way, I just want to help people with my review.
Let’s crack on with the review so you can learn more about the Digital Experts Academy.
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing Training Membership Website
Price: From $2,500 to $20,000
Best For: The Owners & The Top 2% Members
BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 2/5
A Quick Digital Experts Academy Summary
Digital Experts Academy (DEA) is an affiliate marketing training platform with a lot of useful resources and training. However, the system is designed in such a way that you are forced to keep paying them money and buying upsells up to the cost of $20,000 to get the access you need to progress. This is an astounding amount of money, and is it worth it?
What Exactly is Digital Experts Academy?
Digital Experts Academy is a membership site, with training and resources relate to teaching you how to make money online with Affiliate Marketing.
DEA is also the parent company of another site I have recently reviewed call The Six Figure Mentors.
Jay & Stuart are owners of both Digital Experts Academy and the Six Figures mentors. They are linked, and ironically you have to sign up with the SFM program to actually become a member of DEA. Before we get into why I think there is a form of irony with this partnership, let’s check out an introduction video by Jay Kubassek, the co-founder of Digital Experts Academy and the Six Figure Mentors.
Who Does Digital Experts Academy Benefit?
This is a question I ask myself with any product or service I review, who is going to benefit from this DEA membership and being honest, the only people I can see that benefit from this would be the owners and the guys at the top of the pile within DEA.
I found the two products being related ironic, as you cannot join DEA unless you pay to join the Six Figure Mentors and this is where both the SFM & DEA platforms work more like an MLM scheme, than actually being about Affiliate Marketing. Let’s get to how the Digital Experts Academy works…
How Does Digital Experts Academy Work?
Before you even get to access or benefit from DEA, you need to join up with the Six Figure mentor platform. This has 4 membership levels, and you need to upgrade to the top membership level to gain access to the Digital Experts Academy platform, which again has a number of membership levels.
Six Figure Mentors
There are four membership levels within SFM:
Affiliate Access (Free)
Student Access ($29.95 +$25/month optional)
Essential Membership ($297 +$97/month)
Elite Membership ($2,500/year + $97/month)
You can learn more about SFM at my Six Figure Mentors Review. But know this, even if you want to join DEA straightaway, they will point you towards joining SFM first and you will still need to pay the SFM fees. You will also need to have the Essential or Elite Membership to qualify for the DEA membership.
Digital Experts Academy
This leads us to the four membership levels within DEA:
DEA Silver ($2,500): Is an e-learning program
DEA Gold ($8,000): 12-months Digital Marketing Coaching Program + 3-day Bootcamp
DEA Platinum ($11,000): a 3-Day Workshop + a website with social media profiles. It also includes branded training.
DEA Black ($20,000): Ticket to the annual Mastermind Retreat, which includes a meeting with Jay & Stuart.
I wouldn’t say that this program is not worth the money, but the reason I state it looks more like an MLM scheme than affiliate marketing is the pure purpose of the training.
All they teach you throughout both programs is how to promote SFM & DEA. They offer no real value when it comes to promoting anything other than these programs.
Another thing about the way they work is the fact, it is a clear ladder. You need to pay more to advance further through the training.
That is personally why I think it is more about making the people at the top earn money, and unless you can get yourself up to the top, then you are going to find this program difficult to recoup your invested money.
What is Good About Digital Experts Academy (PROS)
There is a lot of useful and genuine training and resources for you to learn from
The help and support provided from their consultants is good
There are elements of training that focuses on other key attributes needed, other than internet marketing. This include lessons on Leadership, Personal Development and Entrepreneur Mindset.
If you have a huge sum of money to invest, you can get some real good mentorship, help and support from their team.
What Could Digital Experts Academy Improve on? (CONS)
It is more like an MLM scheme. The main premise of both platforms is promoting only their membership
You have to join the Six Figure Mentors program and pay its fees, just to be able to join DEA. That is a big red flag for me
The way the membership works is the fact you will hit a roadblock every time and need to upgrade to the next level to get past it and progress.
Too many upsells, 8 levels across the 2 and a need to upgrade to progress and the high price make it only worthwhile for a select few.
They use videos and sales pages that are typically associated with scams – posing in front of a sports car or a luxury mansion. Making you instantly think this product will help you achieve it.
How Much Does Digital Experts Academy Cost?
When you think about the people who are achieving success from the Digital Experts Academy, it is those people who have paid the $20,000 and have a DEA Black membership, plus paying the SFM fees and they showcase what they are earning.
If I was able to invest $20,000 into something, I would expect a return on that investment.
But an everyday blogger just starting out, hasn’t not got that money and they would struggle in the lower levels of SFM getting nowhere with it and either feeling a need to upgrade or giving up.
If you can avoid the membership fees and want to promote DEA, then this might be a product for you.
If you cannot afford it, there are much better options without the high price tag.
What Is the Digital Experts Academy Support Like?
This is actually really good within the Digital Experts Academy; their consultants are really helpful and know their stuff.
My Honest Opinion of Digital Experts Academy – Is DEA a Scam?
Digital Experts Academy is not a scam and it does have some great training and valuable information. But I would not recommend it purely down to the high price tag. There are no promises and guarantees, and yet they expect you to hand over a lot of money?
The way the membership levels work to make you progress further up and hand over more money, which could be over $20,000 in the end is why I cannot recommend this program.
Their training might be the best out there, but can you really risk that kind of money with no guarantees?
Especially when you can start learning and building your own affiliate marketing business for Free. Why pay that kind of money for the same thing. All you end up doing is paying for their lifestyle?
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing Training Membership Website
Price: From $2,500 to $20,000
Best For: The Owners and the Top 2% Members
Verdict: NotRecommended, there are Better Options without the High Price Tag
Like I said, there are much better alternatives out there, where you can get started with your own affiliate marketing business for free. Non MLM schemes, just great training and awesome support. Follow the training that I have used to build an income online. Learn more with my Wealthy Affiliate Review. It is our No.1 Recommended Training Platform!
Thanks for reading my Digital Experts Academy Review, if you have any questions or have any experience with DEA I would love to hear from you. Write them in the comments below and I will definitely come back to you as soon as I can. Thanks, John.
With the changeover from Commission Junction to CJ Affiliate by Conversant, I can totally understand why you might be asking What is CJ Affiliate by Conversant About?
I have taken the time to research this affiliate network and want to share with you what I found out about this established Affiliate Network. I will also address all the bad press that has followed over from the change from Commission Junction too.