Wealthy Affiliate Review 2020 : 20 Irresistible Reasons to Join and Create a Business Online.
I bet you arrived here after searching for ‘Wealthy Affiliate Review’, or some similar term, trying to find out if it is too good to be true, or maybe you looked for other sources of making money online? Is it a scam like so many other seemingly lucrative ‘opportunities’?
This review of Wealthy Affiliate was originally posted in 2018, became the Wealthy Affiliate Review 2019, but I’ve now rewritten it with the benefit of another 16 months experience of the training portal, so here it is – The Wealthy Affiliate Review 2020.
I regard it as One of The Best Affiliate Marketing Training Programs out there and where MY business lives, learns and earns. Yes, you can do it too, you just need to follow what the training teaches you. More of that below. Please read all of this review as it will answer lots of questions and hopefully help you realise what an incredibly valuable resource Wealthy Affiliate is.
So, after joining Wealthy Affiliate in September 2018 and evaluating it for 16 months, I’ll tell you what I think and why I think it’s a great program for training yourself in how to make money on the internet.
My Wealthy Affiliate Review 2020
Training : 10 out of 10
Support : 9 out of 10
Website Builder : 9 out of 10
WordPress Hosting : 9 out of 10
Research Tools : 9 out of 10
Success Stories : 9 out of 10
My Rating : 9 out of 10
My Honest Review of the Complete Wealthy Affiliate Training Package
At first sight, the Wealthy Affiliate website seemed huge. It looked to be everything I needed to train me how to make money online, it was a COMPLETE training portal, but also had a great social network built in where all of the members are encouraged to contribute. I needed to learn all about my Achilles Heel that was Marketing. I was fed up of Facebook and it’s wide boys and negativity towards affiliates, so I signed up free to find out just what Wealthy Affiliate really is.
As I say, I’ve been a student and trainer at Wealthy Affiliate now since September 2018, so I think i’m now qualified to have given it an honest crack of the whip and an official Wealthy Affiliate Review, not just a first impression of a few weeks.
I often hear it asked ‘how can it be an unbiased view if you are already a member’?, but how can anyone who hasn’t joined and sampled everything Wealthy Affiliate has to offer ever offer a meaningful review? They can’t.
How Can Wealthy Affiliate Work For You in particular?
When you sign up, you’ll have a Starter account (everyone starts here) which is free so you can evaluate what exactly is on offer before you go further. This takes the pressure off and you can take a good look around without worrying about your free membership running out (it doesn’t).
After that you can choose whether to stay as a basic member (as I said, you can stay as long as you like for FREE) or upgrade to a full Premium account (the bulk of the really meaty content is then shown, some of the good stuff is just for members only).
Note: If you’re looking for ‘Get-Rich-Quick’ MLM schemes by the way, Wealthy Affiliate is not the place for you. I’d advise you to go elsewhere if you want to con yourself in this way. This opportunity is for those looking to build a seriously real business. It needs hard work and it needs application, but if you can provide these it will absolutely work for you going forward. Please continue to read this Wealthy Affiliate Review.
Features of Wealthy Affiliate Membership – The 20 Irresistible Reasons I mentioned in the title.
1. You Get Live Help – Your questions answered
From the Wealthy Affiliate Live Chat Centre you can get help from anyone else online in the Wealthy Affiliate portal at the time. Chances are your question will have been asked somewhere/sometime before, but you can ask for help at any time and normally an answer will be forthcoming in a few minutes, or maybe a few hours for more complex problems. The important thing is, just ask ok?
This works quite well and I found I used it a lot when i’d first joined. Live Help is available to Starters for the first 7 days, but for Premium Members it’s 24/7/365 support all the way – the first benefit of going Premium.
2. You Get Private Messaging – Easily contact your fellow Wealthy Affiliate students
This is another Premium Members only function. You can talk to any other member of Wealthy Affiliate (including the owners Kyle and Carson) completely privately within the community, as long as they are Premium too. This is great, because it’s natural to form friendships in the system and you’ll find you do this automatically anyway (as of July 2019 I have 1,423 followers and I follow 2,910 others). You’ll also be more confident that your conversations are private as you may want to discuss some personal stuff as well.
This is actually Networking at it’s best, but you don’t need to sell the system to them as they’re already members! They know just how good it is. Just get into a discussion and pick their brains with your questions, or indeed offer advice if they are less experienced than you and ask for your help. It’s all give and take.
3. You Get Hosted Websites – Your websites are hosted for you at Wealthy Affiliate
One of the prime purposes of the Wealthy Affiliate program is to learn how to get yourself a website built and up and running on the web. It is possible for Starters to have 2 free websites on the platform, but Premium members can have up to 50 hosted.
In reality, you’ll never reach that huge limit, so it’s an academic figure really. Website hosting is free as part of your membership (you’ll need to pay to host elsewhere). You’ll also get a free SSL certificate (the bit that makes your website secure with the little padlock). This can be $50-100 PER YEAR, PER WEBSITE with other hosts, and they’re notoriously difficult to install yourself. In Wealthy Affiliate it’s done simply on a toggle button and it is FREE with your account.
4. You Get A Website Security Package – All your websites are secured by default
Again, This is only available to Premium members that have hosted their websites with Wealthy Affiliate. It includes full Database Monitoring, Malware and Virus Monitoring, Filesystem Monitoring, Intrusion Monitoring and Site Performance Monitoring.
These things could cost you extra money if you bolted on these features at another hosting provider (and they all upsell them as extras to basic hosting). Nice to just set it and forget it.
5. You Get Website Backup – Websites are automatically backed up for you
Websites are automatically backed up if they are hosted at Wealthy Affiliate. This applies to both Starter and Premium Memberships. It is usually a feature that people overlook, just like they overlook backing up their PC, until disaster strikes and they lose all their important work.
At Wealthy Affiliate, backups are done by default so you’re never tempted to make that stupid decision yourself!
6. You Get The Wealthy Affiliate Beginners (OEC) Training Course – The fundamental training for Affiliate Marketing
The Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) training is a 5 phase (50 lesson) series of courses walking you through the entire process of creating and growing a business within absolutely ANY niche that you want. You’re taken through setting up WordPress (a site can be up and running in 30 seconds), getting your site indexed at Google, attracting traffic, writing content, keyword research, traffic growth, website plugins, e-commerce and much, much more. This is what people need to learn before they consider any of the more advanced topics, but the training is great. The first 10 lessons are available to Free Starter members, so you can see how it’s organised. If you want to access the rest, you need to go Premium, but the content will hopefully easily convince you.
7. You Get A Personal Wealthy Affiliate Blog – Track your progress at WA and tell the World about it
Wealthy Affiliate has a private blogging platform where you can document your successful journey in Affiliate Marketing. Again, this allows other members to comment and encourage both your output and also lets you report your successes and difficulties. It’s a brilliant way to focus on success and tell everyone else about it. Most prominent Wealthy Affiliate members are frequent bloggers here and regularly post great material you can use yourself to inspire and spur you on. They offer advice in their blogs and if they’re really successful you can copy their methods to your own ends.
Some members will also create their own training which can be used in addition to the training courses included in your membership. Here’s an early entry on my blog from October 2018, which as you can see was commented on by 18 other members (i’m now up past 50 posts and have started creating training too to teach other starters).
8. You Get Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp Training – Once you’ve done the fundamental training, take it to the next level
This is the intensive Wealthy Affiliate promotional training. Phase 1 is available to Starters, whilst Wealthy Affiliate Premium members get access to all 7 training phases (70 lessons in all). It relates to promotion of Wealthy Affiliate itself in the Money Making Opportunity niche. It is one of the most lucrative affiliate programs within the industry, but doing it right is vital to make it work.
Going Premium and following the Bootcamp training will catapult your earning potential and fast track you to the next level, but it needs to be well understood to make it work best for you. The really high earners at Wealthy Affiliate (some, like littlemama are earning $4,ooo+ per month) ALL use the methods covered in Affiliate Bootcamp to achieve their high income. If you follow the training you can do that too!
9. You Get Live Video Classes – Master affiliate marketing with Jay’s Weekly Wealthy Affiliate live webinars
Every Saturday there’s a Live Webinar highlighting important lessons in Marketing, hosted by a top Wealthy Affiliate Trainer, Jay (who sounds a bit like Kermit – Sorry Jay). This is a Premier only feature and is very, very valuable. It tends to be specialist stuff and Jay is very genial and funny, as well as incredibly knowledgable about his subjects.
Live Video Webinars can also be viewed in archive after the events, so you can catch up on any you miss too. Here in the UK watching live would be 1am for me, so the archive is invaluable to stop me sleeping when I need to concentrate! What i’m likely to do is feature audio from one of the webinars so you can sample the content.
10. You Get Video Walk-Throughs – Over the shoulder training by Kyle the owner
Sometimes the easiest way to explain something in a training module is just to show a video of the trainer’s desktop where he can walk through the points he’s illustrating. All videos are presented by the Wealthy Affiliate co-owner, Kyle. He tends to use at least one video per training module and his presentation style is easy to follow and understand.
If there are any questions you can ask them on the spot. Some lessons are text heavy though, if there’s any criticism to be made. Sometimes old training is slow to get updated too (eg. Google+ is still referenced, but will be retired by Google in April 2019).
11. You Get A Keyword Research Tool – Find awesome keywords and keyphrases to ensure you succeed
Wealthy Affiliate has it’s own keyword research tool, Jaxxy. (I know, it’s an unfortunate name). This can be used to research new keyword combos to base website posts around. It’s important to target keywords in your posts to attract traffic to your website. Starter members can perform 30 searches per month on Jaaxy. Premium members have unlimited searches (are you seeing a picture?).
When you are researching for a new website, the keyword research is something you can’t scrimp on. Again, there are tools here included in the membership that you’d have to pay many dollars/pounds for elsewhere. Another good value inclusion.
12. You Get Training Classrooms – Learn at your leisure
There are Wealthy Affiliate training classrooms you can join to learn more about important parts of the program. Starters get a choice of two classrooms, Premium members have 12 classrooms to help out. I haven’t really used these much yet, so can’t really say whether they add value or not, but they’re there if you want them to research problems.
13. You Can Earn From Wealthy Affiliate’s Own Affiliate Program – One of the most lucrative rewards platforms available
The in-house affiliate program is unmatched in affiliate training programs and is available to both Starters and Premium members, but any affiliate rewards are double for Premium members.
The second that you go Premium, you are also going to get DOUBLE THE COMMISSIONS AVAILABLE! Wealthy Affiliate Premium members get $23.50 recurring for monthly referrals and for yearly, you are going to get $175 recurring. A single Premium member joining, over time, can add up to several thousands in income over the years and that is the beautiful part about recurring commissions and Residual Income. However, promoting and nurturing sign ups is not easy and requires the Premium Bootcamp training to make it work properly. Jay also does a superb job of explaining this in his webinars.
As a Premium member you are also going to get affiliate credit for all domains that your referrals buy, as well as a $1 credit for all referrals that end up setting their profile image/description up. These can easily add up for you and you can use them here for things like buying Site Domains, requesting Site Comments, Site Feedback, or cash them out for real cash to add to your Wealthy Affiliate income (subject to minimum criteria being satisfied).
14. You ‘Earn While You Learn’ – Apply what you’ve learned as you learn it
You could start earning money straight away as soon as you join Wealthy Affiliate (and I did). The training allows you to use more money-making techniques as you move through the training, until the course is complete and you have learned all the available methods of earning.
There’s no need to wait until the end of the courses though. You can implement everything you’ve learned so far, as you go, at whatever stage you’re at. In fact, this is the best way to learn. This usually occurs from external affiliate programs such as Amazon, via product reviews, or maybe you fancy creating your own e-commerce site? It’s all possible.
After 18 months I now have 3 websites built with the knowledge gained here, all making me money.
15. You Get 1-on-1 Coaching – Learn from experts who know the training inside out
Members can receive face-to-face online coaching from other members. Wealthy Affiliate Premium members can also create training for other members (i’ve started to do that now too). As you become more proficient at this you can also earn money from it too. There are some really excellent trainers and superb tutorials that you just won’t find elsewhere, all included as part of the membership. I’m still learning this myself, others are far more proficient. I still ask a lot of questions.
16. You Get Private Access to The Owners Kyle and Carson – Where else can you ask the owners?
Through the Private Messaging system, you can contact the owners of Wealthy Affiliate (Kyle and Carson) and ask them anything about the system and how it works. It’s completely confidential. (but this is Premium Only). This is quite a unique thing. How many other companies give you direct access to the CEO?
17. You Get 24/7/365 Website Support – If you have any problems, the tech support is there for you
If you are a Wealthy Affiliate Premium member you can have round the clock support for your website(s). Any problems can be ironed out and any questions will be relayed to specialist IT personnel for a solution. This is vital once you establish a busy website and you don’t have to employ further people to keep you up and running.
This is probably the weakest part of Wealthy Affiliate however as the inevitable global time differences mean that some responses are less than instant and it can sometimes take up to 24 hours. It is the nature of the beast I suppose, but it will save you having to enlist expensive 3rd party services.
I used them recently however when I needed some work done and they did it overnight in about 2 hours.
18. You Get A Website Feedback Platform – Ask other students what they think. Provide feedback for others
Premium members can ask for and receive feedback on their websites. Wealthy Affiliate is a ‘pay-it-forward’ site, so feedback must be offered first to receive it in return. This is run on a credits system and you get to choose what kind of feedback you request – it might be the layout and operation of your site you want opinions on, or maybe the posts themselves (see below).
You’ll get honest and helpful opinions from the other Wealthy Affiliate members, and you can then discuss those findings within your blog comments system. This helps Google establish your website in it’s index and identifies it as a live vibrant place that is refreshed frequently.
19. You Get Website Comment Platform – Google likes active sites. Give and receive comments to/from fellow students
Similarly, for Wealthy Affiliate Premium members only, requests can be made for comments on website posts. The system promotes giving before receiving of comments, based on the aforementioned token system.
20. You Get A Website Analysis Platform – Everybody should be able to know how well their websites are performing
A realistic Example Timeline of a Business Built using this training (by co-owner Carson)
Wealthy Affiliate MONTH 1: Accomplishments
- Website Set Up
- SEO Set-up
- Initial Framework of Content
- Indexed in Google, Bing, Yahoo
- You have written 5-10 posts on your website
MONTH 3: Accomplishments
- Your Content Is Starting to Get Ranked
- Experience Some Big Breakthroughs in Search
- Have Made Your First Affiliate Sale or Two
- Traffic is Cumulatively Starting to Grow
- Search Engines are starting to give your site “authority”
- You have 30-60 posts written on your website
**Note: It took me 3 months to make my first wealthy affiliate sale online. Here I am 15 years later full time online, if I quit in the first month I would have never gotten to experience this lifelong and very fruitful business online. There is something to be said about being patient and not expecting “instant” success in business.
MONTH 6: Accomplishments
- Traffic is starting to flow, ideally 100 uniques per day
- Sales start to increase with consistency, several per week
- You are truly starting to gain some expertise and brand
- Google/Bing/Yahoo start indexing your site at a higher rate
- Engagement on your site starts to increase
- You have 60-100 posts on your site
ONE YEAR: Accomplishments
- Traffic is really starting to ramp up. You can expect 500+ uniques per day
- Google is granting your site with some serious authority
- Companies and other bloggers start to reach out and connect with you
- Your are making WA sales and other affiliate sales daily
- The Vegas Super Affiliate Conference is in your sights
- You have 100-150 posts on your website
TWO YEARS: Accomplishments
- Your business is truly starting to thrive
- You are definitely a noticeable force in the search engine world. Google ranks your new content within 24 hours of it being posted.
- You are earning a full time income online
- Vegas is yours, you have most definitely made it
- You have 200-300 posts on your site
5 YEARS: Accomplishments
- Your are a brand/authority in your industry
- You have a full time+ business online, possibly 6 figures plus annually
- Google, Bing & Yahoo love you
- You are taking earnings and spending it to drive your business through paid channels
- You likely have made several hires, including writers, design help, and a virtual assistant
- You made Vegas in the first 1-2 months of the year (with your sites on the 3,000 sales)
- You are in a position to double your business annually
Wealthy Affiliate Review – My Final Verdict on the Wealthy Affiliate Training
I hope you’ve learned a lot from my Wealthy Affiliate review. Affiliate Marketing is probably the best way to earn money online for (almost) free, or indeed as a full time job. The overwhelming type of ‘opportunity’ links posted on Facebook are Get-Rich-Quick schemes. I see loads of people drawn to these honeypot links every day. These people will get burned and earn nothing. The only person to make money will be the one posting the link and suckering all of those people in. Don’t be one of them.
I want to stop that happening to people. My advice is to invest in a proper training resource like this one, but it’s important to note that earnings won’t be instant and it could take 12 months or more to realise a decent revenue stream. It all depends how hard you work, how good your research is and what niche you choose to specialise in.
Building a business is not instant and Wealthy Affiliate will NOT provide that. What it will provide is the knowledge to advance pretty much any online venture for your benefit, and save you money on website build costs, hosting fees and allow you to do many things yourself that you would have previously had to pay for. It’s all transferable knowledge too, so you can take it to any future venture.
How Wealthy Affiliate is different to other systems
If you are serious about making an enduring living from Affiliate Marketing, or are just exploring the possibilities of how to earn money online, then you should definitely consider joining Wealthy Affiliate. The overwhelming feeling is the togetherness and mutual respect and the help you’ll get as a member.
It’s like Facebook without all the nastiness, politics and posturing (which seem to be getting worse on both sides of the Atlantic). The Wealthy Affiliate training guides the user through from a complete newbie to become a Marketing Expert. You also save tons of money on hosting costs, SSL, security, backup, support and maintenance as part of the membership.
Invest in Yourself to win
Serious business people aren’t afraid of hard work (you are you a serious business person, aren’t you?), and you’ll definitely have to put some hard work in to get the most out of what Wealthy Affiliate teaches for yourself, but if you do, it will pay you back in spades. The support is first class and 24/7. I’ve personally seen people who know absolutely nothing about building websites to have their own professional website online and with content in less than a week after joining. They learn how to write, gain followers and comments, get Google to index their work and then they start to earn, both from Amazon, Wealthy Affiliate and other 3rd party sources. They were complete novices, but they are now website owners, with the know-how to grow their businesses further. They learn how to setup their own e-commerce stores and sell online. Is that something that would benefit you?
Wealthy Affiliate Plus Points
- It’s a very engaged, community-centric platform
- You can Network with successful, like-minded people
- Comprehensive text-based and video training material
- Access to regular live training events and webinars
- Built-in affiliate portal for Wealthy Affiliate referrals
- Website builder (WordPress) and web hosting included
- Access to various market and affiliate research tools
- Has a free starter plan with no credit card required
- Live chat and other community support options
Wealthy Affiliate Negatives
- It has a lot of information that can be a bit overwhelming at first
- The Free plan has a limited content (and not available in all countries), but that’s the point of exclusivity right?
- Potential lock-in issues
- Must pay a monthly or yearly membership fee to maintain access
So, Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Legit?
I can’t speak highly enough of Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Training and the Bootcamp Course. I give it a 9 out of 10 as my average rating. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely not a scam. In my opinion, it’s a nearly perfect training platform, with just a few minor gripes, but Kyle and Carson are improving things every year. It therefore comes with a high personal recommendation from me. I’m probably biased a little bit, but I can only speak as I find, but i’ve been here for 12 months+, so I think i’ve tested things properly. To be a critic you need to have seen the movie, right?
I already have 3 websites now that i’ve built since joining Wealthy Affiliate and all are making me money now.
To be honest, there’s some real rubbish out there on the Internet, but Wealthy Affiliate is the exception to that. If you want to educate yourself well and ensure your affiliate marketing journey gets off to the best possible start, you should be in on this and give it serious effort. You can sign up for your account below. What have you got to lose?
Do me a favour and try it. You’ll be astounded what you learn.
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