Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Not? Bogus Training Platform???

Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Not

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?

What is a scam - police man catching a scammer

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?scammers always show you a snazzy beach where you could be earning money whilst drink a cocktail.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3.  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…

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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

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…

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Employee Mindset, Not Entrepreneurial Mindset

Have you got the mindset of an employee… or an entrepreneur???entrepreneur mindset


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!!

Time Available

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?

Wealthy Affiliate LogoIf 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.

Related Post: Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners

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:

Training

Wealthy Affiliate’s training uses a number of different medium’s to teach you, show you how to get started.  It uses:

  • Text-based lessons
  • Video-based lessons
  • Task-based lessons

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.

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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.

Related Post – The Key Differences Between the Free Starter Membership & a Premium Membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

The five levels of the OEC training are:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
  3. Making Money
  4. Mastering Social Engagement
  5. 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.

Affiliate Bootcamp

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.

WA Affiliate Bootcamp - Getting StartedThat 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
  • Member Blogs

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:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Authoring & Writing Content
  3. Social Engagement & Marketing
  4. Website Development & Programming
  5. Search Engine Optimisation
  6. Keyword, Niche & Market Research
  7. Email Marketing
  8. The Wealthy Affiliate Program
  9. WA Affiliate Program
  10. Everything WordPress
  11. Video Marketing
  12. Local Marketing
  13. 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.

WA Webinar - Content Research Strategies

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.

Support

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.

John & Gem - We will help youThat 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.

Websites

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.

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.

Tools

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.

Jaaxy - WA Keyword Research Tool

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!!

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:

  1. 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…
  2. 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 set yourself daily, weekly and monthly goalswill 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?

what does success mean to you?

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:

WA Success Stories 1

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.

jerry-success-story-wa

wa - grace-success-storyWA - weird trick for successThere 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?

Question - 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.

Final Word

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.

free wealthy affiliate starter membership

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…

Thanks for reading our post.  If you have any questions or any experience, then please write them in the comments section below.  We would love to help you!!

AWeber Email Marketing Review – Features, Pricing, Still Useful?

An Aweber Email Marketing Review

To be effective at email marketing, you definitely need a good autoresponder… But is Aweber the best option for you? In our Aweber Email Marketing Review, we will show you how it works, why email marketing is still very effective at building trust and why Affiliate Marketers would benefit from Aweber.

There are plenty of autoresponders on the market, they all have their quirks and to be honest, the differences are often down to your preferences.  We use Aweber ourselves and wanted to share with you what we thought about it to help you decide whether Aweber is right for your business, as well as give you a few alternatives you could check too at the end of the post.

Read moreAWeber Email Marketing Review – Features, Pricing, Still Useful?

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

When you start thinking about it, it isn’t that difficult to make money with affiliate marketing.  But you need to know the following tips if you want to make some serious money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing can be a fantastic way of making money online or from home, but it can be a hard slog if you aren’t on the right strategy.  That is why we want to help.  Did you know that 99% of Affiliate Marketers fail?  That is why we want to help you become part of the 1% that succeed.

If you are still unsure on what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, then check out this guide and it will fill in all the blanks…

Read more10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

What is the Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp? & How to Make Money Online as a Beginner

What is the Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp_

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?

What is the Affiliate Bootcamp - 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.

If you are not too familiar with Wealthy Affiliate, let’s cover that first.  Wealthy Affiliate is an online training platform that includes affiliate marketing and online business training, a website builder and other tools, plus a huge community of members who are always there to help beginners find their feet.

Wealthy Affiliate - Learn More in Our Review

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 $359/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?

Wealthy Affiliate Affiliate Bootcamp

There are Seven phases or mini courses within the Affiliate Bootcamp:

  1. Getting Your Business Rolling
  2. Content, Keywords & Conversions
  3. Giving Your Site Social Value
  4. Get Visual, Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media
  5. Knowing Your Audience & Catapulting Your Referrals
  6. Bing, Yahoo & The Power of PPC
  7. 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

Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp - Getting Your Business RollingThis 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.

Earn Revenue by Referring People to Wealthy Affiliate

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:

Wealthy Affiliate Referral Earning PotentialSo, 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

Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference - Wealthy Affiliate

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 shoing 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

Wealthy Affiliate Super Affiliate Conference 2019Look 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.

Final Thoughts

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!

Free Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership

The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

You can spend years checking out all of the different training courses for affiliate marketing, but which one is the best affiliate marketing course for beginners?  Well, we want to help you with not only showing you the best training course, but also show you proof that following their training works.

Read moreThe Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

Want to know how to start affiliate marketing today?  Then know that by the end of this step-by-step guide you will have already taken the first few steps to making that a reality.

Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic option for making money online, it doesn’t require huge start-up costs and despite what some say, you do not need to be a technical know-it-all who knows computer coding to be able to achieve it.

In fact, you could get started with affiliate marketing today with expert help, support and training without any real technical knowledge and you will not need to spend a penny either.  Does that sound like a great deal…?  Then read on and we will first talk about what real affiliate marketing is, how it works and then show you a simple step-by-step guide into how you could get started today… Let’s get started…

What is Real Affiliate Marketing?

The reason I always start out with these posts with clarifying what real affiliate marketing is, is because there are plenty of scams or low-quality programs out there that claim to be affiliate marketing but are really not worthwhile, or are MLM schemes or are clearly there to just rob you of your money.  Real Affiliate Marketing is by far one of the best ways of making money online, but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

That is one of the first signs that it is not real affiliate marketing or is not worth getting involved with.

Affiliate Marketing is not going to make you rich overnight.  Even if you get started today, you will not see instant results.  Anyone who promises that is not your friend.

There are four key stages of affiliate marketing:

  1. Choosing a Niche
  2. Start a Blog Website
  3. Attract an Audience
  4. Make Revenue

4 steps to affiliate marketing

You will notice that the making money part is the last part and it will require a lot of your time and effort doing what I am doing now which is creating quality content to attract an audience.

Affiliate Marketing is a great passive income as you are not required to hand-hold any transactions, you do not need to keep stock.  In a sense, you are the middle person in-between the person who owns the product and the person who wants to buy the product but wants to know a little more about the product before buying.

That is your opportunity to be that person who offers an insightful post to highlight why you think that product is worthwhile buying or not and if your audience has trust in you, they will go and buy that product and you can earn a commission from that sale.

Let’s get into how affiliate marketing really works

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

There are 3 parties involved in affiliate marketing.

  1. There is the Person looking for help with a particular product to help them make a purchasing decision.
  2. There is you, the affiliate marketer.
  3. And there is the owner of the product (for our example, we are going to use Amazon).

You have someone who is looking for the best gaming laptop online (it could be any niche you want; we are going to use gaming laptops for our example.

They want help finding this out and go to a search engine such as Google.

They type in: best gaming laptop

The search results come up with:

best gaming laptop search results - Google

They go and visit the option at the top and read about the best gaming laptops on that page, which happens to be a blogger using affiliate marketing.

They read up on the best gaming laptops and decide that one of the options that the blogger has gone through in detail is the best option for them.

So, at this point we have a customer who is deciding on a purchase.  The affiliate marketer (you) has helped them come to a decision with that purchase with a helpful guide to what they consider the best gaming laptops for 2019 and our customer is ready to actually make a purchase.

The gaming laptop blog does not have any actual stock, but they are an affiliate with Amazon.  So, if the customer chooses to follow the link in the post to buy the Alienware m17 R2 laptop that they highly recommend.  They are taken to Amazon’s page for that laptop.

The customer has a lot of trust in Amazon, as I think most of us do and they decide to go through and purchase the laptop.

Your reward for helping that customer to that decision is a percentage of the sale price.

No, this affiliate actually has signed up with the Dell Affiliate scheme, but it works in the same way and you will find there are literally thousands of affiliate programs you could sign up with.

The laptop’s retail price is $1499.  If the affiliate program commission is 6%, that equals = $89.94 of passive income.

If you happen to help 10 people to a similar decision, that is $899.94. As you help more people, you will find your income can grow and that is just from one post that this blogger has written.

Not bad, when you do not need to be there for your reader to make the transaction.

Affiliate Programs do all the hard work of tracking this type of stuff, allowing you to crack on with the creation of high-quality content that gets you to page one of the search results.

Here is How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today! Take the First Step…

Affiliate Marketing is a great way of creating passive income, and the added advantage is that you could choose any Take the First Stepsubject you want.  We used Gaming Laptops in our example, but the same premise works for literally any topic you could think of – technology, sports, fitness, health and wellness, losing weight, homeware, coffee, knitting, pets, childcare, new parents, making money online, gadgets, cbd oil, art, etc.

Affiliate Marketing does not have to be just about products, you will find a lot of services also provide an affiliate program.  There are thousands of affiliate programs, Amazon is good for new affiliate marketers but as you progress you will soon find that there are programs with better commissions rates elsewhere.  But Amazon is a great starting point due to the sheer number of products they offer…

If you are serious about starting affiliate marketing today, then we can definitely help you with the first step.  If you follow our advice, you could have your very own blog set up and ready to go within a matter of minutes.  But the first step is to actually choose the topic you want to use for your affiliate marketing.

If you want a more comprehensive guide that involves training and support for starting an affiliate marketing business today, then we suggest you check out the free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate – it is how we got started and is a fantastic platform that provides everything you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

Choose a Niche

This can sometimes be the hardest decision to nail on, as it isn’t just as simple as picking a subject.  That is because if you Choose a Nichestart too broad, you will have a harder time of actually breaking into the market.  That is why our advice is to choose a nichea narrow or small segment of a broader market.

The more niche you go, the better chance of getting your affiliate marketing campaigns a kick-start and appearing higher up the rankings.

So, if you are thinking about a particular subject, try and narrow it down to as a small niche as you can.  You need to become an authority on this niche.  Once you have achieved this authority, you can then start broadening out into the larger market.

A great way to do this is to go to Amazon.  Go through their categories, and you will see they have done the hard work for you. You will see there are sub-categories and then sometimes they have dug down again to another sub-level.

It also gives you an idea of the products that you could review when you are up and running.

If you are not too sure what your niche could be, then you might find this training useful from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate.  It has helped a lot of people narrow down their niche…

Spend the next 30 minutes thinking about what your niche is going to be for your affiliate marketing business.  It is great brainstorming this and if you need any help, write your ideas in the comments section and we will help you narrow down your niche ideas.

Start a Blog

Once you have your niche nailed down, you can then start the task of starting your very own blog website.  Now, this is where most people do not believe they have the technical skills required to build a website and often walk away before they even get started…

But let me take that worry away!!!

You could have your very own website up and running and ready for you to create some content within a matter of minutes.

You do not need any technical knowledge, you do not need to understand html or coding, etc.  All you need to worry about is picking a domain name.

WordPress has made building a website really easy with a one-click install. Follow these 4 steps and you will have your own website up and running:

Step 1: Choose a Domain Name

First off you need to pick a name for your affiliate marketing website or a domain name.  A domain name is what you will see in the address bar.  For example, our domain name is https://bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org

Spend 30 minutes coming up with some good domain names that could match your niche and target audience and then you can use the tool below to see if it is available:

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This will give you access to Wealthy Affiliate’s training platform and access to 2 free websites.  All of the hosting is included, and you will also gain access to some awesome training on affiliate marketing too.

Step 2: Complete your sign up with Wealthy Affiliate

Create your free account with WA, and you will be one step closer to your own website.

Sign up for Wealthy Affiliate

Step 3: Customise Your Website

Once you are signed in with WA, you will be taken to the page where you choose how your website will look.  You have already chosen the domain name but give your website a title and choose from the available website themes to choose how your website will look.

Customise your website

Step 4: Click Build This Website

All you need to do know is to click to build your website.  Within about a minute you will have access to your very own affiliate marketing website ready for you to create content.

Build your website

Bonus Step: You Have Gained Access to Wealthy Affiliate’s Training

Not only will you have your own website, you will also benefit from the training available within the free Wealthy Affiliate starter membership.  Follow the ten lessons included within the starter membership and you will have all what is necessary to be successful with affiliate marketing.

Now you have access to a website, you can concentrate on the key step that is going to get you an audience to be able to promote your affiliate products to – Creating High Quality Content.

Create High Quality Content

If you have followed the steps above, you will have your own affiliate marketing website within a couple of hours including the research needed for picking the right niche and domain name for your website.

But what now???

Before you can even think about applying for an affiliate program, there is little point until you start creating some content to attract an audience.

No Audience/Traffic, No Sales…

Now I am going to assume you are looking for how to attract an audience for free and the best way to do that is through search engine optimisation or SEO.

SEO is about creating high quality content that targets a specific keyword that hopefully gets onto the first page of Google. Search Engine Optimisation The majority of clicks comes from the first 3 results of the search engines, so your primary target is to create content that Google likes and that anyone who clicks it likes to.

Often people make the mistake of creating content that only targets the search engines.  It might give you good rankings, but if anyone who clicks on it doesn’t relate to it and doesn’t find it helpful, they will not follow your recommendations leading to no sales.

The first step to creating the quality content is to understand who your target audience is, then you need to employ some keyword research too.

We use the keyword research tool Jaaxy, it is from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate and gives you a good insight into what people are searching for and what keywords you could target with your content.

Remember at this point your website is brand new and you need to build trust with the search engines, so they want to put your content at the top of the search results as the best option for their users.

They are desperate to provide the best answer to the question that someone is searching for.  If your content does that, then they will gladly rank you higher.  But if you were targeting really competitive keywords and were up against authority websites, then you will struggle to break into that crowd.

A keyword research tool allows you target less competitive keywords that get a little bit of traffic.  A little bit of traffic is better than no traffic, right?

The best thing to do is to show you what I mean.  I am going to go back to the best gaming laptop example we used earlier in the post.  Below you will see my Jaaxy dashboard searching the keyword “best gaming laptop

Keyword results - Jaaxy

In the screenshot you will see 10 keywords that have been generated that are relevant to our original keyword.

But if we targeted that original “best gaming laptop”, it is really competitive.  Let’s break down the headings, so you know what we mean.

  • Avg – The average number of searches for that keyword a month
  • Traffic – Visits to your website if you can achieve number 1 position in the search engines
  • QSR – The number of competing websites for that same keyword
  • KQI – Keyword Quality Indicator
  • SEO – A score based on traffic vs. Quality

So, our original keyword that we could target, “best gaming laptop” has got great traffic potential… but we would be up against 160 competing websites for that same keyword and we are only just starting out.

Now, if we looked at the other results and looked at “best gaming laptop computer” – it doesn’t get as many searches a month, but it has an amazing potential for a beginner just starting out as it only has 42 competing websites for that same keyword.

I would much rather get 21 clicks a month from a keyword like this one, then try to compete for the original one and get nothing.

Also, when you have picked up on a keyword to use, check out the other websites competing for that keyword, you might actually find you are more informed and can write a much better option for the search engines can.

If you have taken up our recommendation and joined Wealthy Affiliate, we have found that WA members tend to write the best content because of everything that WA teaches when it comes to writing high-quality content.

That is why you will need to do keyword research before writing any content.  Once you have nailed down a keyword to use, you can then start to identify who the target audience is for that keyword.

High Quality Content requires you to provide Help and not Sell.

If someone was to click on your post about the “best gaming laptop computer”, what do you think they want to see?

Option 1: a website that tells them this laptop is the best and that they should buy it.  It provides no in-depth information about why you recommend it.  You just tell them it is the best.

Option 2: an in-depth post about both the benefits and concerns of a certain laptop, that gives them good options for if they have a high budget or a low budget.  Gives them a look at what others are thinking about these types of laptops and a chance to see some good informed information about them?

If people had already decided which laptop they were going to buy, they would not need to search the internet to check out what other people’s opinions were.

People who are undecided need help, and that is what you need to provide.

I think at this point; it would be good for you to understand the customer purchase lifecycle.  As when you are writing content, you need to consider where people might be.  If someone is not ready to purchase, you cannot sell to them.  You might just help them get an understanding on a subject and not even recommend any products at that point.

If you would like to learn more about the customer purchase lifecycle, I recommend you check out this training.  If really helps you when deciding where you audience might when writing your content.

Target the right keyword, understand where your reader might be in the customer purchase lifecycle and write a really in-depth guide that helps, and you will soon see your search engine rankings soar to the top…

Gain an Audience

Getting to the top of the search engines is your goal with your content, because then you will start to see an influx of people starting to visit your website.

Once you start to see people coming to your website, it is now time to start applying for some affiliate programs.

You might be asking yourself, why have I waited so long to apply for an affiliate program, when I want to start affiliate marketing today.

That is because this is not a quick route to making money, it takes time to build up the trust with the search engines to put your website at the top.

This could take a month, or two or even 6 months depending on your niche.

But affiliate programs are in the business to make money and you will need to register some qualifying sales.  Without any traffic, how are you going to register any sales?

That is why we wait until we are starting to get some traffic.  Then as you begin your quest, you can apply to join Amazon Associates.  There are plenty of affiliate programs out there, but we feel amazon is a great starting point for when you are starting out and this purely down to the number of products you gain access to and your readers will trust the association between your blog and amazon.

Apply for an Affiliate Program – Amazon is Best for Beginners

The affiliate program at Amazon is called Amazon Associates.  It allows you to promote any product that is available on Amazon on your website.  You get an affiliate link that you can add to your website that tells Amazon that you were the one who referred this customer to their marketplace and if they make a purchase, they will pay you a commission.

Amazon Associates

Applying for Amazon is not difficult, but you need to have 3 qualifying sales within 6 months to stay in the program.  That is why we suggest you wait until you are starting to get traffic before applying.  6 months sounds like a long time, but it goes quicker than you think and if you do not get your qualifying sales you will be booted out and need to reapply again.

If you are ready to apply for the Amazon associates program as you are getting traffic, then you can follow the steps below:

If you already have an amazon account, then the first step is to login to that account.

Then you can scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you will see a link for the amazon associates program.

You can then apply for the Amazon Associates program; they will ask you for the following information:

  • Account Info – Personal Details
  • Website Information – your website and provide some details about it
  • Profile – complete your profile
  • Identity Verification – Depending on your country, they may ring you.

You will also need to consider where you are in the world.  We live in the UK, so signed up with the UK Amazon Associates program.  But if we noticed that most of our traffic is coming from the US, then we would need to create an Amazon.com account for the US and apply for that associate account, so we could benefit from earning commissions.

Write Product Reviews with Affiliate Links

Our advice is to not flood your website with affiliate links!! The search engines do not like to see affiliate links everywhere, so our advice is to centralise your affiliate links into review pages.  It is a sound strategy as most people searching for product reviews are in the buying stage of the customer purchase lifecycle.

Create high quality content about your niche that flows into product reviews and then they are more accepting of a promotion for a specific product and will follow your suggestions into making purchases.

Make Money

This is the part you want to hear about.  But it will not happen overnight.  We have showed you up to this point how youMake Money from affiliate marketing can get started with affiliate marketing today, but the point at which you are earning money does depend entirely on how much time and effort you are willing to put in.

I will not sugar-coat it for you, this is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme but done correctly can easily become your full-time income if you put your mind to it and work hard.

But as you create more high-quality content, and as your traffic grows and as you build up your product reviews you are going to see this becomes an awesome passive income stream.

One post you write could become an income stream on its own.  I know of many affiliate marketers that are seeing consistent sales from a post they wrote years ago.  You only need that trickle of traffic to become a flow and as long as you follow the right strategy you can see this become your perfect work from home job.

Never let anyone tell you that it is not possible, every affiliate marketer started out from scratch and by employing the right strategy you can too.

Want Expert Help & Support Through Your First Steps?

You can get started with affiliate marketing today following the steps we have laid out today.  The hard part, we found was going through it without any support.  That is why we want to offer our help and support and the help and support of experts available to you from Wealthy Affiliate.

Most people are put off by building a website, but these days it is one of the easiest tasks to complete.  WordPress is just a one-click install. 

But when it comes to keyword research, SEO, creating content that converts you need to understand what it takes to be successful at affiliate marketers.

You also require support to get you through those early stages where you are not getting any traffic.

But know, that most affiliate marketers fail, not because of their content or lack of hard work.  They typically fail, because they gave up too soon.

The only way you will fail is if you give up

The only reason you will fail at affiliate marketing is if you give up before you were going to make it.  The image below sums up why most fail.  They give up too soon and end up walking away and yet they might have only been days from it making them money…

What we can offer on behalf of Wealthy Affiliate, is there will always be support and expert training to help you achieve your goals.  They will not do the work for you, but they can help you work smarter.

If you accept our invitation to try out Wealthy Affiliate, you will always gain personal access to us via the platform where we can help you with every step.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – Conclusion

We love affiliate marketing; it is a fantastic business opportunity that allows you to literally pick any interest and hobby and earn money from it online.  But we have found the biggest factor to whether you will succeed or not is whether you receive the best help and support along the way.

WE FOUND THAT when we first got started through Wealthy Affiliate’s training.

You will find plenty of gurus claiming that you can earn thousands if you start affiliate marketing today with their program, but guess what… You will not!!  IN fact, you will have just wasted your money!!

Wealthy Affiliate is totally honest with you about the time and effort required, that it is not a get-rich-quick scheme and you will have to work hard to achieve success!

But then, they have helped thousands of affiliate marketers achieve all that.  They have proven success stories within their ranks, and we are so glad we found their training platform.

If you truly want to start affiliate marketing today, then you will find no better partner to achieve your goals.  Know that whether you start today or leave your decision a little while that the sooner you start and persevere, the sooner you will have those sales you are looking for.

If you think you cannot do it, then I suggest you think again.  Many members of WA will tell you they had no clue how to do affiliate marketing before they signed up.  Many didn’t know a lot about their computer and whether they could do this, and they are achieving great things.

Trust in yourself and put the work in and together we will can achieve your goals.  Trust in the training at Wealthy Affiliate and follow it to the letter, and you can be earning money from your own affiliate marketing website.

If you want to really start affiliate marketing today, the real first step is to click on the button below and join Wealthy Affiliate with a free starter membership and then crack on with the training.

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Have you found our post useful?  Have you any experience with Wealthy Affiliate that you could share with anyone who is still considering whether it is a good move or a great move?  We would love to hear your experiences, stories or any questions you may have.  Just write them in the comments below and we will g

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