Wealthy Affiliate Review (2017) & BONUS...


Wealthy Affiliate Summary

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Online Entrepreneurship Training Community

Features

Wealthy Affiliate offers more features than I can list (though I'll have a go below)

User Friendly

WA offers so much information it almost becomes distracting.

Price

Best FREE training on the net. Premium available for those that want it.

Summary: Wealthy Affiliate teaches people how to create a website that attracts visitors from search engines (Google etc). This is achieved by learning how to find low competition keywords that you can create content around.

Web sites can be monetized through many means but the most popular ones are promoting your own business,  allowing advertisers to place ads on your site (Google Adsense) and Affiliate Marketing.

WA has over 10 years experience in training these skills and has a thriving community of fellow entrepreneurs all striving to help each other... think Facebook for online marketers.

  • Unlimited Free Membership
  • 2 free WordPress sites
  • Free video and text training covering how to set your site up properly.
  • Free keyword tool
  • 7 Days of unlimited access to the WA community.
  • Premium membership option for those that want to learn more.
  • Premium includes full access to everything in WA. There are no up-sells or hidden charges.
  • Premium membership included free hosting for up to 50 sites (25 your own domain 25 WA free sites)
  • Plus so much more...
  • So much going on it's hard to remain focused.
  • Only 7 days full access to the community - could be longer.

Premium membership $19 discounted 1st month
$49 per month thereafter 

Can cancel at anytime and return to free membership​

Having been a premium member with Wealthy Affiliate for over 3 years now I wanted to do something a little different with my review update (Jan 2017)...

As you can imagine over this time I've built up a load of...

'Stuff' that I think will help you get started faster in Affiliate Marketing (with (hopefully) or without Wealthy Affiliate)​.

So without further ado...

My Wealthy Affiliate Bonus


All the goodies will be delivered by an updating resources page that you'll get access to with email notification...

Success With Wealthy Affiliate - Daily Action Plan

Keyword Research is fundamental to affiliate profits - Free software and training that'll help you find profitable keywords fast... 

Creating engaging content is another skill you'll be learning. For most content this means text, image, video and maybe audio...

I've found awesome free tools that'll help you make your content stand out whichever mediums you prefer.​

Targeted visitors are what all affiliates strive for. I'll hook you up with over $100 worth of the highest quality traffic on the net... 100% FREE.

Plus I share how I make money using the Wealthy Affiliate system, and all sorts of other cool stuff that'll help you profit faster...


What's New For 2017...

Having now been a member over 3 years. The point I can add now that I couldn’t have before is the continuous improvement and investment that Kyle and Carson pour into Wealthy Affiliate to ensure it remains the best affiliate training community on the web.

I’ve now seen for myself 3 years of commitment and achievement that Kyle & Carson can be rightly proud of.

This continuous improvement is in terms of...

Training updates to ensure the core training is always current with an ever changing online landscape – or – Take consistent action following the training and your success is only a matter of time (not if but when).

Community powered initiatives such as ‘Site Comments’, ‘Site Feedback’ and ‘Site Health’ that help ensure your site is on target (site comments and feedback are particularly awesome).

Ongoing improvement to navigation and look & feel. WA has so much helpful content the problem is how to file and access it elegantly… a continuous loop of test and feedback ensures this aspect is always improving.

Jan 17 has started with a 'BANG' of additional VALUE...
FREE SSL encryption for all WA hosted domains. Not only FREE but ONE CLICK set up!

Free SSL is a biggy (Google love secure websites)... well done WA.

What else will 2017 bring?

One of the things that makes WA stand out is that it offers people a 100% FREE membership option, that includes step by step video training and TWO FREE WEBSITES...

Can there be a fairer way of showing people your services?...​

Click here to check WA out for yourself FREE of charge...

What Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is an online training site and very active community of users.

The training teaches people how to make money online by selecting a topic or niche and then creating a successful website about that topic.

Getting Started - The 4 steps to making money online

Wealthy Affiliates Success Formula!

Follow the training and you’ll create a website that contains content that attracts visitors from search engines and can be monetized in a variety of ways​ (usually by allowing the placement of paid advertising or by promoting affiliate offers that are relevant to your audience)

WA offers both a free and premium membership.

Free members get two websites (free) that enables you to experience the training and community, whilst you build your first website with ZERO risk.

Premium simply goes a lot deeper within the training. I’ve covered the training in more depth later, but want to stress that there is no pressure to upgrade to premium.

The idea here is that you can try everything, and start seeing success before upgrading to premium

People ask when should they upgrade to premium. Remember you never HAVE to, but once you start seeing your site visitors grow, and your confidence increase your ‘gut’ is going to tell you when to upgrade.

The WA Community is simply awesome. Over 100,000 like minded people intent on encouraging and helping each other succeed!

The  community helps in so many ways, the kind words are simply encouraging, the effort people put in to helping is inspiring.

And on a practical level the visits and site comments really make Google take notice of our sites. Which in turn further fuels our success.

It really is like being a member of a club, with banter and friendships… hard to put a value on stuff like that.

Also the two founding members of WA Carson and Kyle are very active encouraging people and answering questions.

Free advice from real online millionaires!​

Founders of Wealthy Affiliate Kyle and Carson

Founding Members Kyle and Carson

Founded in 2005 WA also continues to evolve. The training is continuously updated to keep pace with changes to the online world.

In fact Kyle recently posted…

We have completely updated all the video and text within the training and it is geared towards marketing in 2014/2015. We are constantly working to improve the training, to simplify the process and simplify the way in which people can create successful businesses online here within the community at WA. This is just another measure to accomplish this!... Read Post

There have also been extensive updates to the Wealthy Affiliate platform and back office technology.

This is also HUGE… the value in having access to current techniques is vital in this fast changing online world.

Who’s Wealthy Affiliate For?

Who's Wealthy Affiliate for?

WA Really Is For EVERYONE!

Wealthy Affiliate teaches people how to create websites that attract targeted traffic and earn revenue.

This is a skill set that is potentially valuable to everyone...

  • Physical shop owner who wants more customers
  • A Student that wants to earn money to pay for fees
  • A retired person who could profit through their knowledge
  • A hobbyist who can help others and therefore profit
  • Or, someone like myself... an old goat who'd like to fund a freedom lifestyle...

The list could potentially be endless…

Who doesn’t want to know how to make extra money?

In terms of existing knowledge and ability, you don’t need any. If you’ve got a computer and can connect to the Internet your going to be fine.

It’s the whole purpose of giving people two free sites and training…


… to let people test if for themselves.

Why Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?

Most people that try to make money online fail... this is the Elephant in the room. Don't simply ignore it!

The elephant in the room with all this 'make money online stuff' is that depending on which reports you believe...

98% of people make less than $1000 per month from their online business, with most making nada!​

With that being said how can I hand on heart advise you to try your hand at affiliate marketing?

Because it offers POTENTIALLY very worthwhile rewards for very little risk...

If...

You try it out the right way.

So do more than 2% of Wealthy Affiliate members earn more than $1000 per month?

I wish I could answer this, but I can't, and won't guess.

But I will say why I think WA is better than the other courses that promise to get you started online.

The free membership option is fantastic for risk free, zero cost experimentation.

The community spirit seems to inspire and drag people through when they hit the roadblocks that befall most new endeavors.

And the core method is in my opinion is the easiest system for a beginner to visualize and implement.

Visualize?

Let me explain.

The core method that Wealthy Affiliate teaches is how to use tools to identify what information people are searching for online (keywords)​. Specifically information that is not currently well catered for already...

In other words these tools tell you exactly the subject matter (keywords) for your content (can be text, video, pdf, audio - text is the obvious one)​.

Your job is to simply create that content in any way you like (text, video, pdf, audio) according to the WA training.

Text and video are the main content delivery methods that people and search engines both love.​

So if I told you what you had to write about, how many words to write, gave you tips on style and ways to make it engaging, can you begin to picture what needs to be done?

You will already have done similar work at school.

It need not be more complicated than that.

Most affiliate training pushes folks to build email lists (excellent advice but difficult for beginners)​, or create their own products (again good advice) but is way to advanced for most people.

Wealthy affiliate simply shows you how to find ​the keywords, and how best to present it on your website so people enjoy it and search engines want to list it (gets you free visitors).

​So your journey will probably be something like...

Join WA... WTF! - Overwhelm.

Follow the step by step training - Still a steep learning curve... but is that  a light I see ahead...

End of the free training period (do this at your own pace) - You'll have a website ready to add content to and a notional confidence that you know what's required. You'll take action fulled by HOPE.

 This is the worst part where most people fail. Hope is a very combustible fuel that soon runs out.... unfortunately it often runs out before results start to build our confidence and replenish our hope.

Why do the results take so long?

Great question.

It sucks​.

But the deal is you have to put in the work before ​you see the results. Pretty much a rule for learning anything you care to consider...

I guess that's why folks that spend years learning to be doctors and lawyers earn the big bucks (eventually).​

There are ways to accelerate this...​

1. Get really good at keyword research.

2. Create awesome content​... so good people want to share it.

3. Learn how to promote your content better.​

​The good news is you only have to learn 1 of the above to have success. Average content and great promotion works fine...

As does great keyword research and average content.

When you manage to line all three up...  hang onto your hat!​

My free bonus is designed to help people with points 1 & 3. Not to ignore content, but in my opinion it isn't the content that let's people down it's because not enough people see it (pick keywords you can win, and don't wait for people to find it).​

So in my opinion the reason Wealthy Affiliate works is because it's a simple proven marketing system, that people can quickly visualize, understand AND IMPLEMENT.

Combine it with great training and a supportive community and you have the tools to bridge the lag between taking action and seeing results.

Is WA A Multi-Level Marketing Business?

Is Wealthy affiliate a Multi Level Marketing Company

ABSOLUTELY...

NOT!

Though I can see why somebody researching WA might thinks so...

WA has over 400K active members, and a community that is based on supporting and helping each other.

I've heard new members say about feeling almost freaked out by the warm welcome​...

Until they realized it was genuine!​

Something they simply where not expecting in the make money online space.​

Also if you look for bad reviews of WA, you can't find any (I can't).

Why's that?

Is it because like a network marketing or MLM company everyone is promoting WA therefore all reviews are bound to be good?

Again no, most members of WA don't promote WA. The focus of the training is to show you how to create a profitable successful website that​ is focused on the niche of your choosing. Not WA.

The option to promote WA is there if you don't have a niche, or like me your fascinated by the whole make money online journey, and want to write about it.​

And while we're on this point I would encourage anyone new to this to NOT start out trying to promote WA.

The reason?

Because it's 10x harder to make money in this space than any other niche you care to mention.

So just to confirm WA is an online service company, providing training, hosting and software services to it's members (both free and paid).

If you do choose to promote WA there is no complex commission plan like the ones used by the MLM's. You simply earn a commission from the people you refer as an affiliate whilst they remain a premium member.

There is no down-line, or pass-up commissions or any of the other shenanigans associated with multi-level businesses.​

Another tell-tale sign is that you can promote WA as a free member. No MLM could operate like this.​

The reason there are no bad reviews?

It's a fair offer...

Free trial, premium service discounted for the first month, $47 per month thereafter.

You're free to 'cram' your training into a few premium months, and return to a free membership... because that's fair... isn't it.

And yes, if you cancel premium to return to free membership, you can always reinstate premium membership again when your circumstances suit you.​

Also if you look at the WA sign up page...

What's missing?

Hype.

Images of fast cars, and easy money.

No countdown timers or other scarcity BS.​

WA is simply a company that has operated for over 11 years, and provides a value based service... no hype required.​

What Do You Get With WA?

WA Training

My Training Page lists some of the most popular of the training courses with a brief description of each lesson and a link directly to that tutorial.

The tutorials are usually both video and text with a simple set of objectives to complete at the end of each.

Each lesson also has a really helpful comments thread, where members and trainers ask and answer questions. This really makes learning easy and fun to follow along with. Example below…

Wealthy Affiliate view of the comments thread that follows each lesson

Also if you have any questions you can simply search the whole community.

I recently was interested in how members where using the popular bookmarking site Reddit.com to promote their sites… this is what I got…

Shows how you can search the whole Wealthy Affiliate community by keyword search terms. Reddit is the example shown.

The above screen shot shows that for my search term ‘Reddit’ I have the choice of various training tutorials as well as blog posts and q&a threads.

(Separate note: Reddit is a fantastic source of free traffic used correctly)

How awesome is that?

The community

Depending on your perspective possibly the most valuable aspect of WA (what price do put on friendship?).

Literally thousands of people, with most willing to help and encourage new members along the journey.

Kyle and Carson are not the only millionaires who actively help people everyday within the Wealthy Affiliate community!

Tools

Keyword Tools – A great free keyword tool to help you identify all those profit long-tail keywords as well as restricted access to the supremely powerful Jaaxy keyword tool(created by Kyle and Carson for there own heavy duty keyword needs)

Don’t be put off by free – The base keyword tool is really good.

Website Express – Build a fully function WordPress website with WA recommended plugins already installed in 3 clicks of your mouse and under 60 seconds of your time. With over 1400 Themes available to choose from getting your site to look the way you want is super easy.

Premium members get also get unlimited hosting services.

Wealthy Affiliate Membership Comparison Grid

NOTE: Upgrading from free to premium is $19 for the first month with a full money back guarantee.

Wealthy Affiliate Hosting

I must confess to taking WA's hosting services completely for granted.

It wasn't until I had a few sites hacked that I came to realize just how awesome Wealthy Affiliates Hosting Services actually are. The security is light years ahead of the other hosts, even premium hosting providers like WPengine.

To put matters right I created a post to go into the hosting side of things in more detail...

Click here to read about Wealthy Affiliate WordPress Hosting...

Does It Work?

Yes; if you follow the step-by-step training and take consistent, persistent action. Though success rarely comes overnight.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches proven online marketing principals leveraged through the use of your website and efforts.

Click here for examples of successful wealthy affiliates…

Customer Service

Wealthy Affiliate Customer Service and 24/7 Live Chat

The only query I’ve personally ever had was answered the next day by Kyle!

Pro’s and Con’s of Wealthy Affiliate

Successful since 2005 with over 100,000 members suggests WA must be doing something right.

Personally I think if you’ve got a great product / service / community you should simply let that product do the selling for you.

And that’s what the free membership does.

See for yourself if the training is all that you think it should be…

Follow the training build your own list of keywords, build a site, and see your first visitors.

Heck build another site you get two free!

And have fun!

Any cons?

Cons is the wrong word. I would warn people that there is such a mass of training and information that it can be a little overwhelming.

Especially with the social community, it is very easy to get sidelined.

I’m not sure what Kyle and Carson could do about this though…

Summary

If your looking at any form of learn how to…

  • Blog / Blogging
  • Build a Website
  • Make Money From Adsense
  • Sell Affiliate Products
  • Turn Knowledge Into Profit
  • Start a Business From Home
  • Profit From Amazon
  • Find leads For Your Business
  • Promote a Physical Business
  • Learn Paid Advertising / PPC
  • Understand and Leverage Social Media
  • Video and YouTube Marketing

You simply have to evaluate Wealthy Affiliate

Here's how...

Click here join WA as a FREE Member and give the tires a damn good kickin...

Why I chose WA over Affilorama

Personally I joined as a free member with view to compare it with the Affilorama training program offered by Mark Ling.

My objectives where to find a newbie / intermediate level training program I could both learn from myself and recommend to friends.

In terms of recommending to friends the program had to offer both great training and be completely transparent in terms of any cost that may be associated with the service down the line.

From my personal perspective Wealthy Affiliate beat Affilorama (just).

When I was researching WA I was looking for great, current intermediate to advanced level training, because I intended to both invest in my knowledge as well as promote that product (provided I loved it obviously).

To cut a long story short I shortlisted 3 similar (on face value) products, and quickly narrowed them down to two.

Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama from Mark Ling.

And I like both… still do.

I spent about a week evaluating both Kyle’s and Marks teaching (Videos) because I feel that often the learning or retention is more about the teacher than the content.

What swung me to WA?

Transparency.

Affilorama has lot’s of upsells. It’s proven marketing psychology that when people have bought something they’re never more ripe for buying a second something.

I think Mark’s a great marketer and stand up guy, but I just preferred the upfront straight forward approach taken by Kyle and Carson.

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