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.

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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!!

The Wealthy Affiliate University Review – My Own Experiences

The Wealthy Affiliate University Review – My Own Experience

I want to share with you my own experience with Wealthy Affiliate whilst sharing with you all of the features of Wealthy Affiliate.  I joined their program 2 years ago whilst exploring ways to earn money online and honestly haven’t looked back.

I had tried and failed to earn money a few times prior to joining Wealthy Affiliate and one of the first things I liked was the honesty the owners had with an online business. I had been playing at earning money online, what I needed was some expert guidance.  I have now been employing their techniques for a couple of years, I have had websites that have failed, and some that are actually turning in a profit.

So, this review is my personal take on Wealthy Affiliate and why I would recommend it to those who aspire to their own online business from affiliate marketing.

Wealthy Affiliate Overview

Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate

Owners: Kyle & Carson

Product Type: Affiliate Marketing Training Platform + SO Much More

Price: Starter Membership $0, Premium Membership $47/month or $495/year

Best For: New & Struggling Affiliate Marketers

Summary: Wealthy Affiliate is a pay-it-forward platform where help and support is the key ingredient to its success. With close to 1.8 million users, it is a thriving community of internet entrepreneurs all helping each other to building an online business with affiliate marketing.

Their training is designed so that anyone can get started with an affiliate marketing and is ideal for beginners regardless of their knowledge in anything to do with an online business and is constantly updated to keep up with an ever-changing landscape.

Access to a personal mentor and the owners of the product (Kyle & Carson) are a welcome sign to a product that works and is our No.1 Recommended Product.

The tools on offer are second to none and put Wealthy Affiliate above the competition in many ways with a reasonable, monthly charge. But they also understand people want to know something before they buy it and their Starter Membership is ideal.  The starter membership is not a trial membership and is a full account.  You don’t even need to enter any credit card details

Rating: 98/100

Recommended? Definitely

What Exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a comprehensive platform for anyone who wants to get started in affiliate marketing.  It offers training, tools and support that when all put together gives anyone and everyone the opportunity to build a profitable online business.  Considering where it all began and where Wealthy Affiliate is today it is a huge compliment to the owner Kyle and Carson that now over 1.8 million people are benefiting from their training and their expertise.

Wealthy Affiliate began in 2005 and it was nowhere near what it is today.  Kyle & Carson were at this point offering a membership platform that gave people access to profitable keywords.  They specialised in keyword research and people paid $49 a month to receive reliable keyword information to use on their affiliate marketing businesses.

Today, Wealthy Affiliate offers pretty much anything and everything an affiliate marketer could want or need to be successful online.  With an integrated keyword research tool, website builder and website hosting, comprehensive training, website tools in which we will detail in this review it shows how much Kyle & Carson want to help people.

This is shown where they have not changed the price even though there is all of these additions since 2005.

Whilst the premise of Affiliate Marketing is simple, the amount of competition out there makes a tool like Wealthy Affiliate come into its own.  With comprehensive Training, Personal Mentoring, Website & WordPress Tools, Keyword Research & Website Analysis/Performance tools, A unique writing platform and engagement from Kyle & Carson – I have not found many products that can get even close to Wealthy Affiliate with what they offer.

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Kyle & Carson – Co-Owners of Wealthy Affiliate

Who Would Benefit from Wealthy Affiliate?

Many would suggest Wealthy Affiliate is only aimed at People wanting to get started in affiliate marketing

Their starter membership is indeed a great option for newbies wanting to try it out before investing in to it.

But standing still online is never a good sign and I have known people who think they know affiliate marketing and then they check out Wealthy Affiliate and they realise they haven’t been keeping up-to-date with the latest movements in affiliate marketing and are way behind the curve.

But for the purpose of this review and whether you are considering signing up with Wealthy Affiliate to learn Affiliate Marketing, it is definitely the right choice for:

  • People who are new to Affiliate Marketing
  • People who are struggling in Affiliate Marketing
  • Existing Affiliate Marketers
  • Affiliate Program Owners

But it does go deeper than that, their training will not only benefit the guys above but will also benefit anyone who has a business whether they own a website yet or not.  You will learn all about SEO, Online Marketing, Local Marketing, Website Building & Design, Traffic Generation, Social Media Marketing, Keyword Research and you can use these skills to grow your reach.  So, we can include the following groups to those who would benefit from Wealthy Affiliate:

  • Small Business Owners
  • Bloggers/Vloggers
  • Website Owners

Literally, anyone who is thinking of getting started online will need to know how to generate traffic would benefit from Wealthy Affiliate.

However, there is a key component in everything that is Wealthy Affiliate – You will only get out what you put in.  The training is excellent, the tools will benefit you immensely but this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Kyle and Carson are extremely honest about the fact that the only way you will make money is by putting in the time and effort required.

Following the training to the letter and taking action will lead to earning money.  But if you think this will earn you money straightaway, that is not the case.  You will also need to consider that you need to work hard.

There is no magic button online that will earn you money, but when you start going through the success stories that are as a result of Wealthy Affiliate you can see that it does work.  But you are the important part to earning money.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work

When you first sign up to Wealthy Affiliate, they take you through a system tour which is a great way of knowing your way around the WA dashboard.

It can seem a little overwhelming when you first log on, but the system tour is a great way of ensuring you know where to go to get help, how to get started with your training.

But know that if you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate after reading my review, you will get my personal help from the moment you log onto Wealthy Affiliate.  You will also be backed up with a huge number of members all there to help you too.

Below is a short video which will take you through the Wealthy Affiliate Dashboard, so you know where to find everything that is available on Wealthy Affiliate:

Here is an image of what the dashboard looks like for me:

Wealthy Affiliate Dashboard

Wealthy Affiliate is constantly being upgraded, but you can always access the system tour anytime by clicking on your profile picture and clicking system tour.

Primarily for a new member, the best starting point is the training.  The Online Certification Course will take you through how to get the best out of Wealthy Affiliate and then get you started with your own free website and working towards earning money.  We will get into the training shortly that is on offer.

Clicking on the Training option of the left hand menu will lead you to where all of the training is available:

online-certification-course-wealthy-affiliate

You have access to:

  • Online Certification Course – Ideal for getting started with Affiliate Marketing
  • Affiliate Bootcamp – Training Designed for Promoting Wealthy Affiliate
  • My Training Activity – If you start a training module, you can continue it from here
  • Training HQ – Access to other training
  • Classrooms – There are 13 classrooms within WA
Within each training, there will be:
  • Written Instructions
  • Video Tutorials
  • Tasks to Complete
  • Question & Answer Features

Wealthy Affiliate Training - Ideal for Beginners!

When it comes to the training available at Wealthy Affiliate, there is a lot to go through.  But know that whilst the training is highly detailed and constantly updated, it is written in a way that even someone who is just about able to get around a laptop will have their own business up and running by the end of the tenth lesson.

Wealthy Affiliate Online Certification Course

There are 5 levels to the Online Certification Course with 10 lessons included within each level.  50 lessons that will take you through every step that will be needed to have your own niche website up and running and ready to make money.  The key to any online business is not having a website, but it is getting it ranked within the search engines and traffic generation.

That is why the training is so detailed.  It will highlight how to target the right audience for your content.

Course Benefits & Outcome – WA Online Certification Course

  • Learning how to immerse yourself into the Wealthy Affiliate community
  • Discover the process of earning money online
  • Create & Start working towards a list of financial and non-financial goals
  • Gain Instant Access to over 590,000 niches
  • Choose Your Niche for Starting Out
  • Build Your Very Own Free Website
  • Optimise your website via WordPress
  • Learn about a simple and free way of making your website search engine friendly
  • Creating High-Quality Content
  • Understand the Keyword Research process
  • Learn how to quickly create your own low competition keyword lists. 

WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Training for the Affiliate Marketing Niche

The Affiliate Bootcamp is a 7 phase (70 lessons) step-by-step guide through the process of creating and establishing a business in a niche related to the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate.  Wealthy Affiliate has a great affiliate program (makes sense as they are all about affiliate marketing).  This is a great option for those who have gone through the online certification course and are ready for a bigger challenge.

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I personally feel this is a little more advanced and is more for people who have gone through the Online Certification Course and is ready to expand in the Make Money Online niche.

Live Weekly Classes

Wealthy Affiliate offers a live class every week on any given subject. Jay (Magistudios) has been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for 15 years and offers his insights as an expert in Affiliate Marketing with a live class including a Q & A at the end for anyone to ask him any questions.  

Being from the UK, this can be hard due to the time difference, but luckily the classes are available as a replay after 24 hours from the live class. 

Literally all subjects come up in the agenda and Jay is very good at pitching it so that anyone can understand it.  

Some of the more successful members of Wealthy Affiliate are often in the live chat during the session to answer questions too.

Community Built Training

It isn’t only Kyle, Carson and Jay who provide training.  After being a premium member for 3 months you can start creating your own training.

The Courses online are great but are designed to build a business from scratch and more importantly to keep it simple.  Wealthy Affiliate members are also able to build their own training based on their experiences and share it with the community. 

Marion (one of the ambassadors) has uploaded a catalogue of training videos all to do with WordPress websites.  If you needed to know how to do something particular with your website, niche research, etc. you just use the live search for a topic and checkout the training available.

In a nutshell, Wealthy Affiliate has training for any subject you could think of to do with getting a business started online:

  • Affiliate Marketing – affiliate programs, affiliate networks, etc.
  • Website Design – WordPress
  • Creating Content – Written, Videos, Images
  • SEO Marketing– getting your website seen by the search engines
  • PPC Marketing – Paid Advertising
  • Social Media Marketing – getting the best out of social media
  • Getting Traffic
  • Choosing a Niche
  • And much more

What Sets Wealthy Affiliate Apart? The Great Points

Let’s look at what is great about Wealthy Affiliate:

The Wealthy Affiliate Platform is all about making sure you have access to everything you need to be able to build your own online business.  Ease of use is a fundamental part of the make up of WA.  Here is a list of the key benefits of Wealthy Affiliate:

  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Training is written specifically for everyone to understand and is step-by-step
  • Weekly Live Training
  • The Community is helpful and supportive
  • They are honesty about the time and effort required
  • The owners are involved on a daily basis in the community
  • Constant updates – they keep the training up-to-date
  • Provides all of the tools needed for an online business
    • Website Builder
    • Website Hosting
    • Website Performance Tools
    • A unique Writing Platform – SiteContent
    • Free SSL certificates (Premium Members) for all websites
    • Website Engagement Tools – Comments & Feedback
    • Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool Included (Premium Members)
    • New Affiliate Program Platform (May 2019)
  • Excellent Support
  • High Paying Affiliate Program – including starter members

What Could Wealthy Affiliate Improve?

I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for over 2 years and my experience with Wealthy Affiliate has been excellent.  I cannot honestly state there is anything that would stop me recommending Wealthy Affiliate and it is the fact that they are constantly looking to improve what is a fantastic platform.

The only thing I would mention at this point is it is normally our expectations that led to a concern.  People expect to make money earlier in their business then is even possible and so the monthly cost could pile up if you are not expecting it.

So if you are looking for a get-rich-quick scheme or cannot commit to giving it the time and effort to build an online business that will make you money, then Wealthy Affiliate is not for you…

How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost

You might be expecting Wealthy Affiliate to charge a premium charge for what is a premium platform, but that is where you would be wrong.  Wealthy Affiliate started out as just a keyword list tool.  Kyle and Carson offered a service where you paid $49/month and you would receive ideal keywords to use in your given niche.  

That was in 2005 and the basic charge of the platform has not changed, but they have added so many different features to it and are constantly looking at ways of making is simpler and easier to use for anyone – whether you are new or experience, you can benefit from Wealthy Affiliate.

This shows again in their membership, they offer 2 and there is no pressure to go from the starter membership to the premium membership.

Starter Membership – Free (no credit card or time limit)

Kyle and Carson stay true to their ethics with this membership, they do not want anyone to have to pay to see what Wealthy Affiliate is like.  I must stress, this is not a free trial, this is a membership that includes 20 lessons, 1 free website and support from your personal coach.  

Some state this is a trial as you can upgrade to the premium for only $19 for the first month within 7 days.  But you do not have to do this.  You can stay a free member and utilise the 2 free websites, or you can choose to upgrade whenever you feel it is the right decision for you or not upgrade at all.

During those 7 days, you will find that some of the premium features are available, so you are actually getting a trial of what the premium membership offers.

Premium Membership – $49/month, $495/annual

After a review with members, they have made a couple of changes recently (Jan 2019).  For example, a starter member would have to upgrade to monthly before being able to take advantage of an annual upgrade.  Annual upgrade is the most cost-effective way, but you couldn’t go straight to that option, but now you can.

Here are the additional benefits of an annual subscription over a monthly subscription:

  • A Free full domain website
  • 100 community credits towards the use of SiteComments or SiteFeedback
  • Video Bonus
  • 2 Months Discount over a monthly subscription (A saving of $93)

 

The way you can pay has also been changed, before you could pay by either PayPal or credit card.  Now you can use your WA cash credits.

WA Cash Credits are earned through the Site Comments platform, referring new members and creating training for other members to benefit from.  So, if you are earning enough WA Cash Credits you could pay for your annual subscription easily through this, rather than using your own money.

Anyone truly thinking about building a profitable online business would really benefit from the premium membership due to all the tools, training and expert help and support offered.  Any online business needs to give themselves a year to reach their goals.

Let me show you the two Wealthy Affiliate options:

What Tools Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer?

Whilst Wealthy Affiliate started out as a keyword list subscription service, they have consistently added additional tools and features to give any prospective business owner the tools they need, and they are all accessible from your Wealthy Affiliate platform.

WordPress Website Builder

In four steps you could have your own website up and running in under a minute.

Starter Members get 1 free subdomain website.

Premium Members get 10 full domain websites and 10 free subdomain websites and access to over 3,000 WordPress Themes to get the look and feel you want for a website. [Updated – March 2020]

Website Hosting

Wealthy Affiliate have developed their own hosting called SiteRubix and all of your sites will be hosted on that system with all of the benefits it comes with including free SSL certificates for the full domain websites.

SSL Certificates (Secure Sockets Layer) has become a major factor for the search engines and it can actually help with your website rankings and the trust of your readers and they include it in their premium membership.  

I have seen the price of this to be $100 per website per year, and it is included for $49/month for all websites.

They also run live backups of your website to reduce the risk of your website being down.

They also include SiteSpeed & Site Protect to each domain, see the image above to see what is included for your website.

Website Performance Tools

Page Speed Insights is a feature that shows you any pages that are slowing down your website.  How many times have you clicked on a link and it has taken an age to load so you have not bothered??  If someone doesn’t read your post, how can they read anything on it?

SiteContent – Writing Platform with Access to a Million Images

I have to be honest, before the guys updated this to the latest version, I didn’t really use it. It was much easier to write it in Word and copy and paste it onto your WordPress site.

But the latest version makes it much easier to manage your blog, include links and even adding images.  Once you are happy with the look, you can even publish it to your website without even leaving the SiteContent page.

The Image library is a huge selling point for Wealthy Affiliate, as they give you access to 1 million stock photos included in the premium membership.  

This has benefit on a number of different points.  One is the fact that you are much more likely to find a highly relevant image for your website and the other is that the image will be perfectly optimised for your website using the powerful Kraken Image Plugin.  We will get into that shortly…

You can also set yourself targets for writing, this can be great if you are not that organised with your time – it can give focus.

Kraken Image Optimiser

You not be aware of how important it is to have perfectly optimised images on a website, but let me tell you it is extremely important.

Large or unoptimised images are going to slow your website down, if your website is slow your readers will probably leave your website.  Not traffic, means no revenue.

Wealthy Affiliate are in the process of migrating all users and their website over to their brand new servers and they come complete with a premium version of Kraken Image Optimiser included.

Anyone who creates a new website, including you if you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate will have their website built on the new server and include the Kraken Image Optimiser plugin.  No extra charge at all.

Read more about this fantastic plugin with a blog that Carson (co-owner of WA) wrote about the excellent features that Kraken gives your website.  Read it HERE.

Website Engagement Platform – Comments & Feedback

One of the key things you will learn when starting a blog or any online business – the more people interact with your website, the more likely you are to achieve your goals (with affiliate marketing, it is for them to buy something).  But when you have a new website, it can be very hard to get people’s opinions on your site or even comments on your post.  These are integral to building a trust between the reader and yourself.  Wealthy Affiliate has this covered, with SiteComments & Site Feedback.  By giving people comments or feedback on their requested post or website, you gain credits to use to get feedback and comments on your website.

Kyle calls it “Paying it Forward”, by helping someone else you get help back in the form of helpful comments or feedback from someone else on your website – they might pick up something you haven’t considered, i.e. a banner isn’t quite showing right, or a menu item isn’t working.  They will also give you insight into what your writing is like.  No one is perfect at the start, I definitely do not like some of my first articles.

Updated SiteComments Platform – What is New!

Any website owner needs to know how important the engagement side of a website is.  If you are getting regular comments on your post, it tells the search engines that the content is useful and engaging – this will lead to better rankings.

But as a website owner, I know how difficult it can be to get those comments when you are first starting out.

SiteComments is a feature for premium members that uses a Pay-it-forward system to get some high-quality comments on your posts.  You take the time to read someone else’s post and leave them a relevant comment.  IN exchange you get credits, which you can cash in for you to receive comments on your posts.  It has been a system that has really helped people getting started with Wealthy Affiliate to get comments in the early stages before the organic comments come.

But, WA has just brought an update to this system which has taken it up a notch.  You still gain credits for giving high-quality comments – but by completing 10 in any 24-hour period will push your requests to the top of the list, meaning you get them quicker.

But if you actually write 50 comments in a 30-day period (easy when you are doing a few a day for your own benefit) you can actually start earning money from any credits above the 50 mark.

Now you do need to give high-quality comments and not skip too many to qualify.  You need to have an 80% approval rate and less than 20% skipped.  But you can help this figure by making sure your interests are right and reading the article and writing a relevant comment.

This is just another example of ways that WA focus on helping people get started online, and also another way of earning money online.

Jaaxy – Integrated Keyword Research Tool

Keyword Research is an important part of any online business.  Being able to find keywords that are going to rank is going to really benefit you with your affiliate marketing business. 

Jaaxy is the keyword research tool that was developed by Kyle & Carson and goes back to the beginning of what Wealthy Affiliate offered.  This used to be totally separate to Wealthy Affiliate but is now fully integrated into a WA membership.

You can access Jaaxy from your WA Dashboard or work from the Jaaxy website.  Either way it makes keyword research really easy to do.

Here is my link to my full Jaaxy review

But in short, here are the features available to you with a WA membership and Jaaxy:

  • Keyword Research Tool
  • Site Rank Tracking
  • Search Analysis – Analyse Competition and Discover SEO Trends
  • Alphabet Soup – Great tool for exploring searches people do
  • Affiliate Programs – the basis for the latest WA Update (Read on for more info)
Jaaxy is a full featured premium keyword research tool, which is $49/month on its own – but is included for free with the Premium Wealthy Affiliate Membership.  This used to be separate and now comes together into one membership.

Finding Affiliate Programs Has Just Become Easy (May 2019)

Searching for Affiliate Programs isn’t the easiest task to complete or at least it used to be.  With this latest platform launch from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate they have made it easier than ever.

This feature is included within the Premium Membership and means that whatever your niche you can easily find decent affiliate programs, join them and also get some interesting details about the program too all from one place.

Consider how you would normally complete a search.  You would use Google or any search engine and type for your niche + affiliate program.

That would allow you to see relevant affiliate programs, but with no real information on whether it is any good.

With an easy to navigate dashboard you can get all of the information you require before choosing whether that affiliate program is worthwhile.

As a Wealthy Affiliate member, you can also see what other members have thought of the product and leave your own feedback.  As it has just launched, there will not be many reviews yet but either way the information you get access to phenomenal.

The Search Tool

You can use the detailed search tool to narrow down your search as much as you need to ensure you only get relevant programs shown to you.

You can search by:

  • Country Availability
  • Pay-out Options
  • Auto Approval (of Commissions)
  • Rating
  • Commission &
  • Network Fee

You can use the filter tab to specify your search:

You can type in the box your actual search term, be it the niche or products you are wanting to search for an affiliate program.  I have used wedding as an example. We have a wedding business, so this would show us relevant affiliate programs:

Or you can click on the All button and then you can search by category too:

WA Affiliate Program Categories

Following & Managing Your Affiliate Programs

So far, you could consider the information similar to that included with affiliate networks, but the next stage takes it considerably over the mark offered by any program or network.

You are going to be able to follow affiliate programs.  You can also organise them and you are going to be able to review and manage them all from your WA Dashboard.

Why would you want to follow them, it allows you to be kept informed with them.  If there are any changes to the program or any information that you may need to know will be shown.

You can also use the follow feature to store future ideas.

Ample Communication

Communication is such an important thing within business, and you are going to able to communicate in a centralised way with the WA Affiliate Program platform.

You will be able to share experiences, ask any questions.  You will also be able to offer reviews about the products and services that you have experience with.

You will be able to benefit from what others are saying about certain affiliate programs and you will also be able to offer your support with your thoughts too.

Direct with the Merchants

The merchants who are offering the affiliate programs will have direct access to this platform allowing you to have direct way of communicating with them.

Wealthy Affiliate is a known authority within Affiliate Marketing and having merchants combine with the platform it will be a great place for you to get started or grow your affiliate marketing business.

Wealthy Affiliate are working on a true way of having full transparency between affiliates and the merchants and this is a massive step in the right direction to having that.

Following & Managing Your Affiliate Programs

So far, you could consider the information similar to that included with affiliate networks, but the next stage takes it considerably over the mark offered by any program or network.

You are going to be able to follow affiliate programs.  You can also organise them and you are going to be able to review and manage them all from your WA Dashboard.

Why would you want to follow them, it allows you to be kept informed with them.  If there are any changes to the program or any information that you may need to know will be shown.

You can also use the follow feature to store future ideas.

Ample Communication

Communication is such an important thing within business, and you are going to able to communicate in a centralised way with the WA Affiliate Program platform.

You will be able to share experiences, ask any questions.  You will also be able to offer reviews about the products and services that you have experience with.

You will be able to benefit from what others are saying about certain affiliate programs and you will also be able to offer your support with your thoughts too.

Direct with the Merchants

The merchants who are offering the affiliate programs will have direct access to this platform allowing you to have direct way of communicating with them.

Wealthy Affiliate is a known authority within Affiliate Marketing and having merchants combine with the platform it will be a great place for you to get started or grow your affiliate marketing business.

Wealthy Affiliate are working on a true way of having full transparency between affiliates and the merchants and this is a massive step in the right direction to having that.

Wealthy Affiliate is Ready for the Mobile World!!

Google has recently announced that their primary search bot is the mobile version.  More and more people are using their smartphones or tablets to search the internet, so websites need to be mobile friendly.  Wealthy Affiliate has always made sure their websites (for us) are sorted, however their platform has not been fully mobile friendly before now.  With the launch of their mobile friendly website, it shows they are committed to helping people.

You may be reading this on a mobile device, and with Wealthy Affiliate now being mobile friendly it means you do not need to be tied to a computer like before.  A lot of the features can be done on your phone!

What Support Features do Wealthy Affiliate Have?

Getting Help & Support within Wealthy Affiliate is easy and will always mean you are in touch with someone who can help you out.  You also gain access to the owners too, which is not common.  I don’t mean an email address you can use, but real access meaning you can send them messages or even see them in the Live Chat most days.

Live Chat

The live chat facility gives you access to the community, those that are online at present.  Some other forums I have been on, they lack interaction whereas Wealthy Affiliate’s community is encouraged to get involved and there is always an experienced member online to help you answer a question.  But it does take a bit of getting used to, as sometimes there are people having conversations inside and you might lose the trail of your question.  But if you have a simple question and want it answered quickly, the Live Chat is a great feature.

Live Search Bar

Due to Wealthy Affiliate being around 15 years, it is very likely someone else has already asked a question based on what you want to know or a problem you are having.

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The Live Search Bar is for just those questions.  Just start typing your question and see content related to that questions:

  • A Questions with relevant answers
  • A blog someone wrote on that subject matter that helps you
  • Community training on that subject or experience

It is a great feature and I find myself using it regularly to do some research or see if anyone else has experienced something.

Ask a Question in the Community

AS part of your profile, you will be able to post articles to your wealthy affiliate blog, add training if you have some experience and want to share or ask a question.

This ask the question is an awesome way of finding out questions to your problem and the community will answer your questions – it might take longer than the live chat, but you can be much more detailed in your question to get the correct answer you are after.

It then also becomes available for anyone else who may have a similar question.

SiteSupport

Occasionally there will be an issue that requires technical support – Wealthy Affiliate’s team are on hand to support.  I recently had an issue with logging onto my website, so I logged it with Support – within 5 minutes they had responded with a private message saying try it now and I was back online.

Final Word on support – I have never experienced such a supportive network anywhere.  Members will support you, the team behind WA are awesome and always able to fix most problems within minutes.  You will find no better support!

Does Wealthy Affiliate Bring Success?

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There are many different ways to measure success, but the fundamental thing to remember is that Wealthy Affiliate will provide you with all the training and tools required to success – But it will not earn you money on its own.  You need to follow the training and know that it will mean hard work.

There are definite examples of where members have benefited from Wealthy Affiliate.  Below are a couple of prime examples

This people started out with nothing and have built up their very own business to a point where they are earning enough to work from home and actually employ people to do the work for them – but I stress that they were in a similar position to where you might be:

  • I haven’t got much computer knowledge
  • I know nothing about the internet or a website
  • I don’t know anything about social media
  • I have a full-time job, how can I do it…

To be honest, before I signed up I knew nothing about website design, affiliate programs (I didn’t even know what affiliate marketing was…) I was looking for a way to work from home. I had a full-time job easily doing 60 hours a week, a seven year old who wanted my attention.

There are plenty of barriers that will be telling you that this won’t work for you… But there are only two reasons as to why you will definitely fail:

  1. You DON’T Get Started!
  2. You Give Up!

I will be straight with you, you will need to invest some time and effort into affiliate marketing to make it work for you, but the main reason why people fail is because they walk away before it could make them money.

Some people will try something for a couple of weeks and then go, this isn’t working.

But if you are ready to invest some time in learning from the best in the business and are READY to put into ACTION what Kyle & Carson are telling you, then you are definitely ready for a Wealthy Affiliate FREE Starter Account.

Look, I am not saying that this isn’t going to be hard work, but you will only get out what you put in.  If you want a full-time income online, then you are going to have to pump in the hours to do it.

I find that whenever I felt like it wasn’t going to work (we have all had those moments…) what I like to do is to read some inspiring posts within the Wealthy Affiliate platform.  Below are some of those posts from fellow Wealthy Affiliate members.  They are a good read if you want to see what other members of Wealthy Affiliate think of this awesome platform too.

This are some inspiring posts that kept me motivated during that initial 6 months of not earning any money.

How Much A Single Review Post Can Make? – Five Figure!

$12,500 – Website Sold on Flippa

Wealthy Affiliate is truly a Pay-It-Forward system in supporting each other. They also reward you generously when you introduce someone who can benefit from their Training via their Affiliate Program.

A Generous Affiliate Program - Best on the Market

Wealthy Affiliate offers a very generous affiliate program.  Anyone who has experienced Wealthy Affiliate has a positive view of this awesome platform and they will also benefit from being able to promote WA and get 50% commissions for a premium member.  But the affiliate program is not only restricted to premium members.  Starter Members can benefit too.

Before understanding the commissions, you need to understand the membership.

A Starter Member who signs up for a Premium Membership during the Special Offer (7 Days) will only pay $19 for the first month, it will then be $49/month or $359/yr.

So the commissions are as follows:

Starter Member

Introducing a member who goes premium during special offer – $4

Each Month they stay Premium – $11.75

If they go Annual – $87.50

Premium Member

Special Offer – $8

Each Month they stay Premium – $23.50

If they go Annual – $235

They have a high conversion rate, as you should only recommend Wealthy Affiliate to someone who is right for it and can invest the time and effort to build an online business.

This is where the Affiliate Bootcamp I mentioned in the training is aimed at getting someone to this level.  For those who get serious around promoting Wealthy Affiliate, they also give a secondary target.

Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference

If you invite 300 premium members in a calendar year, you could be in one of those seats having an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.  You will get to meeting the other Super Affiliates and learn from the best in the business on how to grow and scale your business to never need a normal day job again.

Here is an image of the guys that went last year:

If you are someone who wants to target the Make Money Online niche, then you need to be promoting the best products and we firmly believe Wealthy Affiliate is the best training platform and business tool online.

If you decide to give it a go, you will hopefully see what we see too.

My Honest Opinion of Wealthy Affiliate

I’ll be honest, Wealthy Affiliate is not for everyone!

You need to be serious about wanting to build the lifestyle you wish for by investing the time and effort on achieving it.  It will not be given to you.  Wealthy Affiliate provides you everything you need, but they cannot do the hard work for you.

Ask yourself, can you stay motivated and focused on a project that might mean you are not earning something from it for a while.

I often see false promises online about “a system that earns you money on autopilot!”

Let us be honest, any program that tells you that is an outright scam and the truth is you will lose your money, your time and your patience and start thinking anything and everything is a scam…

Wealthy Affiliate is the best legit platform we have seen for people to make money online!

If you truly want to succeed at affiliate marketing, Wealthy Affiliate will give you everything you need to succeed at affiliate marketing – apart from the time and effort it requires.

There are 3 key elements that Wealthy Affiliate offers – Awesome Education, Websites & Expert Help & Advice.  It is written for someone who isn’t experienced with an online business, and it is pitched well.  The community is there to help at all times and there are experts always on hand to help.

It is also somewhere that a struggling affiliate marketer who has been given bad advice or the wrong training could pick up where they have gone wrong and rectify it before it is too late…

Put simply, if you can add the Time and Effort to the Education, Websites & Expert Support they offer – you will benefit from Wealthy Affiliate

Kyle & Carson and I are very aware that there are many scams out there and you may still not be convinced that Wealthy Affiliate is right for you.  

That is why they offer the Starter Membership for free (no credit card required). 

By signing up for a FREE starter membership, you are making no commitments.  You can sign out of your account at any time if you find it is not right for you.  you haven’t lost anything because you haven’t paid anything, but you might have learned whether affiliate marketing is for you or not.

Take the time to go through all the different features and the FREE training included in the starter membership and then you can make an informed decision.  

If you feel like you are ready to sign up with the best training platform for Affiliate Marketing training, then al you need to do is follow the steps below:

Step 1: Create a Free Starter Membership at WealthyAffiliate.com (Click here to join)Free Starter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate

Step 2: Go through the Getting Started Training

Step 3: Get back to me when I personally reach out to you (and I will)

Step 4: Have fun!

Upon joining you will receive some instructions via email about how to get started, but remember you get full access to me (John) when you join the community.  If you ever need to ask me anything after you create your account, you can find me at my profile page.

Direct Access: My Wealthy Affiliate Profile (John – jcross93).

Finally, if there is anything you would like to ask me about Wealthy Affiliate, offer your own personal review of WA, or you have any questions/feedback about affiliate marketing please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help.  I promise to get back to you as soon as possible