Wealthy Affiliate Review
Wealthy Affiliate Review - Update 2023
I've been a paying member of WA since 2013 and an active affiliate.
WA is one of the few training communities I promote because:-
- WA works for people that implement the training.
- The skill set you learn is timeless
- WA provides a free membership level to enable people to try without risk
WA will work for people in any niche. You'll learn and have access to (even as a free member)
- Niche research - so you pick ones with great profit potential
- Specific Keyword Research - finding keywords are like finding gold 🙂
- How to create content based on those keywords so that you attract visitors from search engines
- How to monetize the visitors you get and build a dependable business.
A Hype free, quality experience.
NOTE: from an affiliate perspective I used (2017 -19) to send Bing now Microsoft PPC traffic to this review. I now promote WA to my email lists which is more profitable.
Personally, if you're considering WA join as a free member and really test it out, as questions of the community, and see if it feels 'right' for you.
WA will work if you do.
The review that follows is a little out dated but still useful (I hope).
UPDATE 2018 - 2019
The year of the FTC takedowns (think BIG network marketing companies like Digital Altitude and MOBE)...
GDPR Compliance (a set of International regulations to essentially protect people online... with real teeth).
Makes you wonder what is a safe and proven business model to follow...
From the above I would suggest one that puts people first.
Meaning doesn't mislead, doesn't abuse.
Treat people right.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches people how to build a real long-term business that treats people right.
This review will help you decide if the Wealthy Affiliate way is right for you...
Wealthy Affiliate Summary
Online Entrepreneurship Training Community
Wealthy Affiliate offers more features than I can list (though I'll have a go below)
WA offers so much information it almost becomes distracting.
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.
This is a skill-set that once lerned can earn you money for the rest of your life ...let that sink in a moment.
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.
Does Wealthy Affiliate have 'real' success stories from ordinary people? ...click here to find out>>>
- Unlimited Free Membership
- 1 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.
- Allow at least 6 months before your site really starts to gain traction with Google
- 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
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.
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!
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…
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?
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?
One of my personal favorite WA success stories is Vitaliy.
Vitaliy inspired me to try some new ideas which have worked for me ever since (thanks V).
Anyway the Video below is Vitaliy take on Wealthy Affiliate (read a must watch)...
I hope you enjoyed Vitaliy's video.
Vitaliy is a straight shooter.
He tells it as it is.
He's also a really talented marketer and shares some awesome content on Vitaliy's WA blog...
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...
You try it out the right way.
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.
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 and earns you money).
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.
Expect it to take 6 months of work to see results.
Why do the results take so long?
It's because it takes time to EARN the TRUST from Google and the other search engines.
But results will come.
Read more Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories here. You'll notice the same pattern ...success comes to those that stay the course.
There are ways to accelerate this...
1. Get good at keyword research.
2. Create awesome content.
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!
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 all the tools you need (free) and you have the ingredients to bridge the lag between taking action and seeing results.
Is Wealthy Affiliate A Multi-Level Marketing Business?
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).
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.
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...
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?
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…
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…
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.
How awesome is that?
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!
Wealthy Affiliate Tools
Keyword Tools – 2018 update. The free keyword tool is now integrated with Jaaxy. Meaning a slicker free experience and seamless linking to Jaaxy (free or premium) for heavy duty keyword work.
Don’t be put off by free – The Free WA keyword tool is really good it's all I ever use.
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 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.
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…
The only query I’ve personally ever had was answered the next day by Kyle!
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…
Click here join WA as a FREE Member and give the tires a damn good kickin...
Is Wealthy Affiliate
A Scam Or Legit
For a program that's been running for well over 10 years you'd imagine there must be some skeletons in the closet...
And I guess there are some valid issues...
If you you really want to see all the Wealthy Affiliate complaints you should read this post >>>
The two biggest legit issues with WA are...
- The number of scam reviews posted by WA affiliates
- The time it takes for people to succeed with WA
WA does try to encourage beginners look outside of the make money online niche, but offers the option of promoting WA for people who cannot think of an alternative.
The Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp training does encourage people to write product reviews because they're easy to rank and offer so many new product opportunities.
The training shows people how to properly research and write accurate informative reviews. The problem arises because people tend to cut corners in an attempt to speed up production.
Hence we see a lot of poorly researched reviews that call competing products scams and offer WA as the alternative.
The other Wealthy Affiliate criticism is the time it takes for people to see results.
Unfortunately what WA teaches isn't any form of hack, or loophole.
It's a long term proven strategy (see WA success stories) and does take time to build momentum.
The problem with this industry is volume of 'shinny objects' which all promise fast and easy money...
Super compelling these lure people like flies to *@$#.
I know I've been caught so many times.
If only I'd shut myself off from this crap and concentrated on what I know works...
Wealthy Affiliate offers free membership and money back guarantees so why not try it and decide for yourself.
What's New For 2018...
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?...
Wealthy Affiliate Bonus 2018
So over the years I built up this long list of stuff I could give you as a bonus for checking out WA.
But though my intentions were true.
You don't need more marketing stuff ...in fact you need less...
- Stuff to learn
- Stuff to muddy the water
You see the system that WA teaches simply works.
And there are lots of ordinary people having success with this system to prove it.
The secret to success with this system is...
Do as the system tells you... practice makes perfect.
You're unlikely to succeed overnight.
But succeed you can. This is an ability you can learn.
It's not a gift your either born with or not.
Here's my bonus... It's a menu of affiliate marketing case studies, and a link to free mindset conditioning material from people like Tony Robbins and Earl Nightingale ...for me this is the secret sauce, and I would encourage you to build a little of this into your daily routine.