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 scammerUnfortunately, 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. RealityLet’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.

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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!!

How to Start an Online Business Today – Best Black Friday Deal

Start an Online Business Online with a Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday Membership Deal

Whenever you start thinking about Black Friday, you immediately start thinking about what bargains you can get.  Whether it be a great deal on a Smart TV, or something for the partner and kids ready for Christmas.  That is what comes first to mind. 
But I bet you never thought it might be the best time to build a future where you will have Financial Freedom earning a Passive Income Online…

What we are talking about is an online business opportunity where you will get everything you need to build an online business for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day.

Just Think About That for a Minute…

Why wouldn’t you want to build an online business where you are the boss, you have no one to answer to but yourself.  Work when you want to, Do something for you and reap the benefits of your own hard work.

Many people search for how to start a business, but they usually explore the Bricks & Mortar route.  But consider the costs associated with that kind of business:

  • Rent
  • Service Charges
  • Electricity, etc
  • Staffing Costs

Bricks & Mortar businesses can cost thousands before you can really get started and that is a scary thought.

Let’s Get Back to The Online Business Option

Now, we are not proposing any scary MLM business or anything that is profoundly difficult.  You will be building an online business where you help people and make money from that one principle.

This is a business that we have been doing for a couple of years and are finding it highly successful if you have the right training and support.

The Black Friday deal will also allow you to get everything you need to start this online business and it will cost you less than a coffee each day.  It will cost you only 82 cents a day to get this amazing offer.  But you will only have a limited time to take up this offer and we are not sure if they will be offering the same deal again…

The Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday Banner, with a 49% Discount

But What Do You Get for 82 Cents a Day?

Affiliate Marketing is the Business Opportunity that we are suggesting.  It is a fantastic way of making money where you are going to promote products, such as those from Amazon and earn a commission for every sale you make through your affiliate link.

What that 82 cents a day gets you is instant access to the most comprehensive affiliate marketing and online business training platform there is online.

You will get access to a full suite of training that will take you through every step from launching your own free website, to learning how to master affiliate marketing and getting your website to the top of the search engines.

You get access to the weekly live training that takes you through important and more advanced techniques to grow your sales and your commissions.

Get Access to Research Tools & Engagement Tools.

Get Access to a Personal Mentor, that would be us and we will always be there to help you on your journey.

Their exact methods and training plan have taken hundreds of thousands of people through every step needed to build an online business.  There are also some that have become Super Affiliates because of the training.

If you take into account the cost of many of these tools separately, you could be talking hundreds of dollars a month to run an online business but with this BLACK FRIDAY deal you are looking at paying 82 cents a day or $299 a year.

The website hosting alone is worth over $250 a month and they include it within your membership.

But the Offer Doesn’t Stop There…

This Black Friday Deal will save you a Huge 49% on the usual price and it might be the last time it remains at this price, but by signing up within the Black Friday time you will be “grandfathered” into that price so regardless of any future price increases, you will only ever pay $299 a year going forward.

Wealthy Affiliate offers the most fantastic platform for prospective online business owners and they are always working on making it even better.

Here are the improvements they have made this year alone, and there are also going to be some fantastic bonuses if you decide this is the right time for you to start an online business…

2019 Wealthy Affiliate Improvements:

  • New Email Platform – New & Improved Email Platform for Your Websites
  • Video Training 2.0 – Improved Video Training UX & Speed for WA Training
  • Kraken Image Optimisation – Industry-Leading Optimisation for all Websites
  • Affiliate Programs Platform – Search & Find the Most Lucrative Programs
  • SiteComments 2.0 & Accreditation – The Ability to Earn Through Commenting at WA
  • Super Affiliate Challenge 2.0 – A 12-Month Step-by-Step Training to Affiliate Success

You will get instant access to all of these improvements and be on the road to becoming a successful online business owner.

If you are still not sure what you would be doing to make money, then let us go through the stages you will be taken through to get started.

WA Black Friday Banner with 49% Discount

What Will You Be Doing?

WE said earlier, you would be building an online business with a view to harnessing affiliate marketing to make money.

The training will take you through the important steps to getting started like:

  • Choosing a Niche – picking an interest that you enjoy and can help people with, as your starting point
  • Building a Website – This is going to be the foundation to your online business.
  • Getting Visitors to Your Website – You will learn how to get your content in front of people to view your affiliate offers
  • Earn Money – Teaching you how to improve your conversions and ultimately make this a profitable business

But the training, tools and support don’t stop there.  You will also learn how to scale up your business, or you could explore the Super Affiliate Challenge.  But ultimately, this is the best place to be to start an online business.

Why is Black Friday A Great Deal for YOU?

The beauty of the Black Friday deal is that you have 4 days where you can sign up and get the fantastic Black Friday price.  But that also means that you can take Wealthy Affiliate for a test run by signing up for the FREE STARTER Membership.  It is a full membership, but what it gives you is a test run of all the premium features that are available within the Premium Membership.  If you love what you see, and we know you will then when November 29th comes around you can sign up for the Annual Premium Membership for only $299 and get that price every year!!!

It is a well-known fat that those who commit and go for the annual membership are serious about making this work, improving their lives and ultimately, they have a much higher success rate.

Ok, You Are Still Not Sure…

Let’s give you a more in-depth look at what Wealthy Affiliate Offers you.  These are the benefits of the Premium Membership:

  • Extensive Beginner Friendly Training, Step-by-Step Training, Courses & Live Webinars (with the ability to rewatch them anytime).  Tasks are set to keep you on track and focused.
  • You will be joining an engaging and positive community of over 1.4 million members
  • Access to a Personal Mentor, Super Affiliates and the Owners (Kyle & Carson) for help at any time
  • Excellent Premium Website Hosting, Fast & Secure with Free SSL Certificates included within the Premium Membership
  • A strict spam-free environment
  • No Upsells, ever – Everything is included within the Premium Membership
  • No advertisements or selling within Wealthy Affiliate
  • The Support is fantastic, with issues resolved within minutes (but we don’t get many)

Want Bonuses?

Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate has also recently announced the bonuses that we can expect for joining the Black Friday Annual Membership.  Let’s go through what the bonuses will be:

Bonus #1: The Path to Affiliate Stardom in 2020 – Kyle Goes AMA (Ask Me Anything)

Bonus #2: Building an Incredible Internet Business in 2020, The White Paper

Bonus #3: Creating a Thriving Authority Website in 2020 (5 Weeks of Live Training)

Bonus #4: Early 2020 Beta Access to New Platforms (Yearly Members Only)

We have been a member for 3 years now, taking part in the Black Friday event and the bonuses alone are worth the price of the membership.

If you want to start an online business and want the best training, support and tools out there… Then you need to be taking part in this fantastic offer.  At the very least, you need to check out the free starter membership.

Time is Running Out on this Offer

Wealthy Affiliate is our top recommended program for all of the reasons we have listed above.  If you want to take control of your future and destiny and build your own online business, then you are going to be in the right place with a Wealthy Affiliate Membership.

But there is another bonus that you will get by taking this opportunity and that is that I will be your Personal Mentor throughout this journey.  I will be here to help you, offer assistance, guidance and reassurance as you learn and help yourself grow.

You don’t have to wait until November 29th to get started, jump in and take action.  If you keep putting this decision off, you will never have the online business you crave where you are your own boss.  But time is running out to get this fantastic platform for this amazing price.  ACT NOW!!  By the 5th December, this offer will not be around and possibly not again at the same prices…

My only advice is to not to waste this opportunity, it only comes once a year.  By clicking the button below, you will be locked into this price if you take it up.

WA Black Friday Banner

If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.  Just write them in the comments below.

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.

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How Does the Wealthy Affiliate Really Work? – Get an Inside Look into Wealthy Affiliate…

How Does the Wealthy Affiliate Really Work_ – Get an Inside Look into Wealthy Affiliate…

How does the Wealthy Affiliate really work?  We absolutely love what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer its members.  From the beginner friendly training to the awesome website engagement tools you will find amazing support every step of the way.

Affiliate Marketing is a great way to earn money from home and many people are exploring that option, but they often come across poor imitations of affiliate marketing training when really, they can do no better than what is on offer at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate offers the best training that any beginner could want, and the reason you will typically only find positive words said about it is because of the successes that their members achieve.

We have been with Wealthy Affiliate for a couple of years now and are seeing our own successes with our online businesses, and we want to help others who want to get started online too.

If you really want to know what is inside Wealthy Affiliate, what is offers you and ultimately does it really work then read on.

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Is it Possible to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate? Yes!

Is it Possible to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate_ Yes!

If you have been thinking of joining Wealthy Affiliate or have recently joined and still wonder how is it possible to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?  I am here to help you answer those questions… the Main purpose of becoming a Wealthy Affiliate member is to make money and their training is top notch, but how exactly do you make money???

In this post I will share with you the ways you can earn money from following their training and from outside sources.  But also, how you can actually make money within their platform too. (Yes, you can make money within WA too!)

I have been a member since 2016 and know my way around the platform really well, and in total there are 8 different ways to make money with Wealthy Affiliate.

Like I said there are 2 main ways to earn money from Wealthy Affiliate, within the platform and from following their training. We will be focusing on the external sources of income first.

Ways to Earn Money from Wealthy Affiliate’s Training

Their training is perfect for people first stepping out of their comfort zone and looking to earn money online.  Wealthy Affiliate TrainingThe training focuses on building up an online business foundation, giving you all the tips and experience that Kyle and Carson (the owners) have built up over the years.

You will not meet a nicer couple of guys who really focus on paying-it-forward.  The training is upfront and takes you step-by-step through the process needed to make a business that is built for the long run.

Going through building a website, creating content, building up traffic and ultimately monetising that website.  You are truly in great hands with Wealthy Affiliate’s training.

Let’s get back to how you will make money from this training.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Marketing is the primary focus and the way many WA members are earning money from following the training.

Affiliate programs are set up by companies who pay people commissions for promoting their products and making sales.

Most retailers are utilising this method as it is a much cheaper way to promote then multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns.  Amazon, the world’s largest marketplace actually uses an affiliate program and is a common partner to many affiliate marketers across the world.

How it Works – you promote a product available on amazon via a blog, someone visits your blog and decides to buy that product, they get taken to amazon and buy the product.  You have just earned commission.

Example – You create a health and fitness blog, and join an affiliate program like Webvitamins and promote a number of their products.  You could always join Amazon too and promote relevant products on your blog.  Any time someone completes a purchase, that is how you will be making your money.

There are literally tons of affiliate programs out there in any niche, meaning you can choose any of your interests or hobbies to earn from affiliate marketing.

As a rule of thumb, it is best to diversify your earning potential.  Don’t just stick with promoting one product from one affiliate program.  You want to ensure that if one product does disappear, you will not be affected as you will just rely on the other products whilst constantly looking for new opportunities.

  • Awesome for Beginners – Affiliate Marketing is a great way to get started in the online world, it is the starting point for many online marketers who can the progress into other ways of marketing.  It is low cost and simple to implement (with the right training).
  • Low Cost – You do not need a lot of money to get started with affiliate marketing, you can even get started for free with Wealthy Affiliate. WA will provide you with a free website and some free training to get going. You will need to invest some money at some point, but that is only to realise the potential of affiliate marketing.  Affiliate programs are typically free to join too.
  • The Premise is Simple – There is a lot of time and hard work to affiliate marketing, but it is a really simple premise to get your head around.  Promote other people’s products and earn money from it.  You just need the right training to ensure it works out for you

Advertising (Google Ads, MediaVine, Monumetric, etc.)

Once you are starting to get traffic through, you can start to see your affiliate marketing campaigns starting to take off.  It also gives you another opportunity to earn money through having ads on your website.

The usual starting point is Google Ads, but when you reach a certain traffic point you can start using better higher-paying options like MediaVine and Monumetric.

But Google Ads is popular as you don’t particularly need a high level of traffic to add it to your website.

With Google Adsense, they ask you to insert a code into your website header and the ads will be displayed automatically.

The key to success with affiliate marketing and ads is to not saturate your website with ads, otherwise your affiliate campaigns might get lost in the mix.  But this doesn’t mean ads aren’t good for your website.

The fact is, not everyone will visit your website and click on your affiliate links.  They might be having second thoughts or are not ready to make a purchase yet.  You can still earn from ads being on your website.  But again, if your blog is written well and is engaging your audience, you shouldn’t have to worry about ads distracting from your affiliate promotions.

CPA Offers

Cost Per Action offers are also an opportunity to monetise your website.  Whilst they are not going to earn you a high amount, they can still be quite lucrative.  Small amounts can easily mount up and CPA offers are something that you should consider once you have traffic coming to your website built with WA.

CPA offers pay you when someone completes an action, not necessarily needing to buy something.  They just need to complete an action, such as:

  • Sign up for an email list
  • Register an account
  • Sign up for a free trial
  • Use a comparison site

They are normally easy to monetise, as they are normally free for the people to do.  But they do not pay as much as affiliate marketing opportunities typically do.

Ecommerce

There isn’t as much focus on ecommerce within WA, but you can still find member created training on ways to do it.  If you have your own product or want to consider drop shipping, the training and the tools they offer are still relevant for you.

We used a lot of the training to launch Gem’s wedding stationary business which uses a combination of our own products, affiliate marketing and drop shipping all in one.

The website you create on the WA platform is run by WordPress, so all you would need to do install a plugin like Woocommerce, which again is covered in the training available on WA to allow you to sell products directly and process the payments.

Whilst most who join WA do not have products to sell and are more interested in affiliate marketing, we still get asked questions about whether you can, and the answer is always Yes!

You can definitely make good money using ecommerce, but there are complications with it in a way that you wouldn’t find with affiliate marketing.

The main is you are dealing with the customers direct, so you need to be great at customer service for a start.  Affiliate Marketing, they deal with the seller and not you.

Ways to Earn Money Within Wealthy Affiliate itself!

There are also ways to earn money within Wealthy Affiliate, and we will share these options below.

WA Affiliate Program

WA has an awesome affiliate program, which many members like the look of if you want to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself.

Whilst it is available to members straightaway, it is honestly better to wait and promote it once you have already found some success within another niche, purely as it will help you have some proof it works before promoting it.

But having said, that it is one of the best paying affiliate programs out there and even free starter members can benefit from it.

Any member will earn a recurring payment for every new member they introduce that goes premium.  If they stay premium, you will earn money each month they stay a premium member.  There is also a recurring payment if they go annual too.

Wealthy Affiliate Referral ProgramEven free starter membership can benefit from referring new members, whilst the commission rates are lower many use it to pay for their premium membership.  They also run an incentive program for those that achieve 300 premium referrals in a calendar year.  They fly you out to Las Vegas to meet with Kyle, Carson and other Super Affiliates to learn how you can better scale your business.

Earning Cash Credits & Affiliate Credits

Inside WA there are two types of credit, you can earn.  These are called Cash Credits & Affiliate Credits.  These come from actions taken from members inside WA, once they are already members.

Wealthy Affiliate Credit System

These credits can be redeemed for real money deposited into a PayPal account, or can be used for the benefit of your website. For example, you can use these credits to request comments, buy domains, get feedback, etc.  A recent change has also meant you can use these credits to pay for your premium membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

These are not just a currency within WA, each credit is worth $0.50 and can be cashed out for real cash.

Earn from Writing Comments

One of the best features of the website tools that WA provide is the Site Comments platform.  If you are unsure of how important comments are on your website, let me tell you that they are so important to help build trust with the search engines and your audience.  But a new website doesn’t have comments, and readers can be a little unsure of a blog without any interaction.

The site comments platform allows you to use these credits you earn to get high-quality comments from Wealthy Affiliate members.  This is a great way of using your credits, but it also an opportunity to earn money from giving comments.

Wealthy Affiliate Site Comments Platform

A change last year made it that once you had given 50 comments within a 30-day period, you started earning cash credits.  You already earn credits for giving out comments, but this was another way of earning money within WA.

Earn from Creating Training

Member created training is something that is encouraged within WA, as there are all types of people with experience in different elements and sharing that experience with a well-written training is rewarded with cash credit.

The core training is built by Kyle (the co-owner of WA) and Jay does a live training video every week, but the majority of the other training has been created by members of WA.

If you are experience in social media marketing, or wordpress you can create a relevant training video that will benefit other members and earn these cash credits.

Wealthy Affiliate Training Platform

You can add video tutorials, written guides, etc. and depending on the interaction with your training will determine how many credits you can earn.

Please note – you need to have been a Premium Member for 3 months to be able to create training.

Domain Registrations

Wealthy Affiliate is also a domain registrar, much like GoDaddy is. This means that you can buy domains (websites) directly through WA. There are a lot of benefits to hosting a website on WA’s servers.  You are getting a premium hosting service included in your membership, which would normally cost about $250/month.

The cash credits come in useful as you can use these to buy your domains and renew your domains.

But you also earn whenever one of your referrals buys a domain.  You will earn 2 cash credits for this, valued at a $1.

There is not much you can do to earn this, but whenever your referrals do buy a domain, you will earn from this.  This way of earning goes along nicely with the WA Affiliate Program.

Account Setup Credits

Whenever you introduce a new member to WA, there is a step that makes sure they are a real person.  This is a stage where you add an image and create a description for your WA profile.

When they complete this step, you again earn 2 cash credits, valued at a $1.

This stage is all about making sure they are happy interacted with the platform and will definitely receive more support from us within WA.

Kyle & Carson are always looking at ways to improve the platform, and like the change with the Site Comments platform there may become other ways to earn money through WA in the future.

Making Money within the Platform vs Off the Platform

Let’s just clarify the ways you can earn from Wealthy Affiliate.

Here are the ways you can earn within WA:

  • WA Affiliate Program
  • Creating Training
  • Writing Comments
  • Domain Registration
  • Account Setup

Here are the ways you can earn from going through their training:

  • Other Affiliate Programs
  • Advertising (Google Ads, etc.)
  • CPA Offers
  • Ecommerce

What is the Best Way to Earn?

So, at this point you might be thinking which is the best way to earn online?  Which path should you be focusing on?  My advice would be to focus on Affiliate Marketing first.  Most affiliates, including us are earning most of our money from affiliate marketing.

Without traffic, you will not earn anything from ads or CPA offers.

Affiliate Marketing will help you gain the traffic to earn from these additional sources of income.

The main focus of the training at Wealthy Affiliate is on Affiliate Marketing and ads, so you are in a prime place to be able to earn well from these 2 sources in the future.

Another key point of affiliate marketing is the fact that this is an easier path to explore than other forms of marketing and are a really good source of income too.

Pro Tips to Earn with Wealthy Affiliate!

I also want to share with you 3 tips to ensure you do earn from Wealthy Affiliate:

No.1 – Avoid the Shiny Objects and Stick to the Training!  The training is set out in the perfect way to get you started on the right foot.  If you gloss over things or miss something out you will feel the pain from it.  It is so easy to try something that isn’t in the training because you think it will speed up the process, but it ends up being a waste of your time.

Follow the training to the letter!

No.2 – Choose a Niche You Actually Like: If you focus solely on earning money, you will normally find that it doesn’t end up working. Choosing a niche that you actually like will pay dividends in the long run.

If you go and choose a niche, solely because you think it is lucrative means you can end up being burned out and bored of the subject before you even make any money with it.

I have made this mistake and ran out of stuff to write about and wasn’t inclined to write anymore.  This meant I had to start again from scratch.

No.3 Patience is So Important! You have to be so patient for this to work.  Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way to earn money from something that you love, but it will not be a quick thing.

There is no other way around it, Wealthy Affiliates offers great training to achieve success with Affiliate Marketing, but do not expect it to pay back after a couple of weeks.

The concept of earning from an online business is different to a normal job.  In a normal job you complete an hour work and get paid for that hour’s work.  An entrepreneur will work for no return, but in the long run it will pay back 10x.  A single article could and does earn affiliate marketer’s money for years.  But it takes time to get to that stage.

If you would like to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, you check out my full Wealthy Affiliate Review.

If you feel you are ready to join Wealthy Affiliate, create your free starter membership account here (no credit card required).

Free Starter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate

If you have any questions or comments, then please write them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  All the best, John

Wealthy Affiliates Starter and Premium Memberships Compared

Wealthy Affiliates Starter and Premium Memberships Compared

If you are still unsure on what the key differences are between the Starter membership and Premium memberships available at Wealthy Affiliate, I am here to help.  I have been with Wealthy Affiliate since 2016 and could see no better partner in my Affiliate Marketing business.

Their training has a proven track record, and has helped many people take their first steps in to Affiliate Marketing and beyond to building up a profitable online business where you can leave the day job behind.

I personally have benefitted from the training and can see anyone with the inclination to spend some time and effort learning from them to have the same success.

So, I want to share some of the most common questions I get about the different memberships and also include some tips along the way of how you could benefit from the platform too.

Wealthy Affiliates Starter Membership

Let’s go through some of the most common questions with the Starter Membership.

Is the Starter Membership a Free Trial?

No, the Starter membership is not a free trial. It is a free membership for life if you choose not to upgrade to the Premium Membership.

It will not cost you anything for as long as you want.

The confusion around the trial is that you get to trial the premium features for 7 days. Take them for a test drive to help you understand them.

Who is the Starter Membership for?

The Starter Membership is for anyone who wants to get started in affiliate marketing and building their own business.  But is also helps you decide whether affiliate marketing is the right decision for you.

What’s included in the Starter Membership?

  • First 10 lessons in their online entrepreneur certification course for any niche
  • First 10 lessons in their Affiliate Bootcamp course for promoting Wealthy Affiliate
  • Access to 2 out of the 10 classrooms available
  • Build 1* Free Websites (Web Hosting Included)
  • SiteBuilder
  • Keyword Research Tool (30 free searches)
  • SiteContent with templates to use
  • Live Chat for instant support – limited use

[*Updated March 2020 – Starter Members will now receive access to one free website]

Can I Make Money with the Starter Membership?

You can make money with your free website, if you already know what you are doing with Affiliate Marketing.

But if you are new to Affiliate Marketing, then I would have to say that it will be difficult. Considering what I have learned from Wealthy Affiliate and my experience in the field, you need the right support to succeed.

There is just so much to learn, it isn’t as simple as just building a blog on a website and off you go.

There are many aspects of affiliate marketing that you need to understand to build a business which gives you the freedom to earn from home.

How Do I Close my Account if I Don’t Want to Upgrade to Premium?

You haven’t invested any money, just log out and go on your way.

Can I Get Coaching as a Starter Membership?

It does depend on who you sign up with.  I personally help each and every member that accepts my invitation, regardless of whether they go premium or not.

I know how difficult it is in the first few months when you are just starting out and not too sure of what you are doing.  If I can be of any help, I am there helping regularly in live chat or answering questions, my username is Jcross93 at Wealthy Affiliate.

What’s the Purpose of the Starter Membership if I can’t Make Money with it?

The Starter Membership was never meant for someone with no knowledge of Affiliate Marketing to make money.  If you are a beginner, how could you know enough to make money from your websites.

The purpose of it was to give you a way of experiencing the platform without having to hand over any money or commitment.  I have seen many platforms say you can try it but you have to pay up front, and claim a refund if you are not happy. That isn’t as easy said as done.

But with Wealthy Affiliate, you get to test out the premium features for 7 days, like Live Chat, Live Weekly Webinars, see that we are real people out there to help beginners start their affiliate marketing business without handing over any credit card details.

You can test it, launch your own free website and experience it for real.

I think that shows how much the owners behind WA care about making sure you know what you are paying for.

But there is no pressure to upgrade, and if you choose to stay a starter member, you keep your websites.

Is It Really Free for Everyone?

There are some instances where you will not be able to access the free Starter Membership

There are 10 countries, where the Starter Membership is not available. There are more cases of fraud and scams happening in these countries and WA wants to protect its members, so they are no eligible for the free starter membership.

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Egypt
  3. Ghana
  4. India
  5. Kenya
  6. Morocco
  7. Nigeria
  8. Pakistan
  9. Philippines
  10. Vietnam

However, this doesn’t stop people who are serious about Affiliate Marketing in these countries, joining through the Premium Membership – which is $49/month or $359/yr.

If you are in one of these countries, please sign up here.

You Will Not Succeed Without the Premium Membership

Some might say that I am making a bold statement with that, but it is true.  Many people miss a few key elements when starting an Affiliate Marketing business but following the complete training program with Wealthy Affiliate and following every step and task they set will ensure you succeed.  Those key elements are people do not commit to their business properly and they lack the support to get their business up and running and keep going until it succeeds.

Following their training allowed Gemma to give up her day job and work on her own online business and is allowing me to earn money every month from Affiliate Marketing, from home.

How Much Does the Premium Membership Cost?

It costs just $49/month or $359/yr.

If you are eligible to sign up for a free starter account first, I can then offer you a discount on your first premium month – saving you 61% of the cost.

This is unfortunately not available for those who are not eligible.

Who is the Premium Membership For?

If you are serious about building an online business and are seriously about learning every aspect that will allow you to succeed, then the Premium Membership is for you.

It is for those who are going to persevere until it is earning you your financial targets, but also reach your non-financial targets.  Mine was spending more time with my family.

Who Is Eligible for the Premium Membership?

At present only Nigeria is currently unavailable to join.  But anyone else is eligible to join.

What is Included in the Premium Membership?

  • All 50 lessons in the Online Certification Course for any Niche
  • All 70 lessons in the Affiliate Bootcamp Course for Promoting Wealthy Affiliate
  • All 12 classrooms are accessible
  • 10** free websites and 10** full domain websites = 20 websites
  • Fast & Secure Web Hosting for your websites
  • SiteBuilder
  • Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
  • Live Chat for Instant Support – Unlimited Use
  • Private Messaging for 1-2-1 Coaching
  • Weekly Live Webinars
  • SiteComments – Get Comments and Engagement for your websites and earn credit too
  • SiteFeedback – Get Feedback on your websites to push your business forward
  • SiteSpeed – Website speed can affect your rankings, this helps keep it fast
  • SiteProtect – Awesome Spam Protection
  • Free SSL Certificates for all websites
  • Access to thousands of tutorials created by other members
  • Your Own Blog on Wealthy Affiliate
  • Make Money through Wealthy Affiliate by creating training (after 3 months)
  • Help from the community at all times, I have really benefitted from this
  • Access to the Owners, Kyle & Carson – they are regularly online, and you can chat to them about your business.

[** The Premium Membership has been updated and now offers 10 Full Domain website]

When Do I Upgrade to Premium?

You can upgrade at any point.  The earlier you do it, the sooner you can start your journey to earning money online.

When Do I Upgrade to an Annual Subscription?

You can upgrade to an annual subscription at any point.  If you have just paid a monthly fee, it will be factored in when you buy your annual subscription.  So, you will not overpay!

Does WA Have Any Sales on Their Premium Membership?

They tend to offer a discount on their annual subscription as part of the black Friday weekend. The Annual subscription will drop to $299.

There is no guarantee, this will be available every year, but it has been the case for the last couple of years and I benefitted from it and now my annual membership is the same every year.

What If I Need to Take a Break from the Premium Membership?

No problem.  Just remember to note down your username and password, so you can log back in when you are ready.

Once you have noted that down, go into Account Settings and cancel your Wealthy Affiliate subscription.  When you are ready to come back, just resubscribe.

If you do not want to re-subscribe, then you will need to move any websites you have hosted at WA to another hosting provider.

Are There Any Refunds?

No, all of the information available is digital and you gain access to all of it as soon as you subscribe.

How Long Does It Take to Make Money with the Premium Membership?

That is a hard question to answer, everyone will go through the training at a different pace, everyone will put in different amounts of time and effort. So it is really hard to give you a definitive timeline for earnings.

There are too many variables to factor in, but what I can share is my experience.  If you are consistent in the training, follow all of the steps and do everything properly and correctly.  IF you can commit to spending an hour a day either learning or doing something with your business – you could start earning money from it within 3-6 months.

I started earning money after 6 months, but I could have been more committed and earned that earlier.

If you can get your website noticed by the search engines, as the training shows you how to do this, then you will start to see that month 3 is key and from that point on your earning potential will grow.

When you will make money will depend on you – your niche, your time and effort, consistency and persistence.

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Starter & Premium Membership

Here is a summary of both memberships side by side, for you to review

Success Stories Are Constant with the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership

The first thing I will say about success stories, is that success doesn’t always mean financial.  In my experience, the more I focused on my non-financial goals the easier it was to work towards my financial goals.

Success could be launching your first website, getting ranked on page one of google or even earning your first dollar.

Celebrating every success will definitely help you stay motivated before that first dollar comes in, once you have earned your first dollar – you just keep working on scaling that to a full-time income.

See some success stories from Premium Wealthy Affiliate Members below.

Success Stories at Wealthy Affiliate

Get Personal Coaching from Me

If you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate through the links below, you will also get coaching from me for free.

I understand the need for help when you are just starting out with Affiliate Marketing and want to offer help at every step of the way for anyone who accepts my invitation.

After you sign up, I will send you a welcome message with all of the information on it and you will also be connected with me on the platform.  You will be able to find me, look for me on there – my username is JCross93.

I am currently in the top 200 of Wealthy Affiliate and that is down to how many people I help on there.  Do not ever be afraid to ask a question, someone else might be thinking the same thing and we are all there to help you or anybody succeed.

So if you really want to start your own affiliate marketing business and earning money online, then you will not find a better platform than Wealthy Affiliate.

CHECK OUT THE BEST AFFILIATE MARKETING TRAINING OUT THERE!!

If you still have any questions around either the starter membership or the premium membership, or Wealthy Affiliate itself – then please leave them in the comments below and I promise I will respond to you ASAP with an answer.

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:

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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

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