Wealthy Affiliate Review : 20 Irresistible Reasons to Give it a Shot
This Wealthy Affiliate review was originally posted in 2018, but I’ve now rewritten it with the benefit of another 4 months experience of the product, so here it is – The Wealthy Affiliate Review 2019. I regard it as One of The Best Affiliate Programs out there.
The ultimate target with Online Affiliate Marketing is how to make money online, for free if possible, or by leveraging your costs to gain more loot. What are the best money making ideas? If you are searching for that too, this review will help you. I’d seen good comments on Wealthy Affiliate online, but i’d also seen questions by people doubting it saying ‘Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Legit?’, so I put my Sherlock Holmes hat on to investigate myself and produce my own review. Hopefully it will help you decide if it’s something you want to check out yourself to see how to make money with Wealthy Affiliate.
Affiliate Marketing is a massive subject and it was an area of web development that I had the least knowledge of. I knew how to create websites and upload content, i’ve even created websites for clients and got paid a bob or two for it, but proper Internet and Affiliate/Attraction Marketing was always a bit of a mystery to me, so here’s my take on it.
My first venture into Internet Marketing was with Clickbank. For those of you that don’t know it, it’s a Marketplace for especially digital products. As an Affiliate you can either promote someone else’s product for commissions of up to 75% (THAT’S why it’s so attractive), or else upload their own products and have other people promote and sell them for you. It can be quite a money spinner, but there’s a lot of crap on Clickbank too (see how to avoid scams here)
So, I started to look for something better in the same vein. Something that would train me how to do it right rather than promising I could earn thousands in ten minutes only to piss me off hugely.
What I found was a site called Wealthy Affiliate, so after joining and evaluating it for 6 months, I tell you what I think.
Website : Wealthy Affiliate
Training : 10 out of 10
Support : 8 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
Dkohara.com Rating : 9 out of 10
My Honest Review of the Complete Wealthy Affiliate Training Package
At first sight, the Wealthy Affiliate website seemed excellent, 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, and I could learn all about my Achilles Heel that was Marketing. I was fed up of Facebook and it’s wide boys and negativity, so I signed up free to find out just how good Wealthy Affiliate really is.
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.
How Wealthy Affiliate Can Work For Me And You?
When you sign up, you’ll have a Starter account (everyone starts here) which is free so you can evaluate what is on offer. This takes the pressure off and you can take a good look around. After that you can choose whether to stay as a basic member (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, including how to correctly implement the incredible generous affiliate programme!). Even under the Free Starter Account I could see that this was the place to be because it is all about building a sustainable business and isn’t a get-rich-quick MLM scheme. 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. This opportunity is for those looking for a seriously real business.
I went Premium at Wealthy Affiliate in 3 days and got a hefty discount on my first month of membership (only $19 for the month), which I thought was great. I’d decided I was ready to become a proper Marketer, ready to make money online but I needed some ‘skin in the game’ to motivate me. Being a ‘full member’ kind of commits you more to put in the effort. You may be different though, it depends what floats your boat. I was coming at it from the direction of educating myself, so didn’t mind paying to further my knowledge. I was/am training myself to be a better person. If i’d signed up for a full scale Marketing course at Uni i’d be paying thousands, so it’s good value at WA.
About a month later, I decided to upgrade to an annual subscription as this was substantially even cheaper than paying monthly. It drops the subs from $49 to around $30 per month, which is an absolute bargain in my eyes, especially when you consider that WordPress website hosting and SSL certificates come free with that membership as well. Those options will cost you $$ elsewhere. That’s less than the price of your coffee per day. (If you catch the Black Friday Offer in November, it’s even cheaper, down to less than $25/month).
Features of Wealthy Affiliate Membership – The 20 Irresistible Reasons I mentioned in the title.
1. You Get Live Help
From the Wealthy Affiliate Live Chat Centre you can get help from anyone else online at the time. Chances are your question will have been asked 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. This works quite well and 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.
2. You Get Private Messaging
This is a Premium Members only function. You can talk to any other member of Wealthy Affiliate (including the owners) 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 (as of February 2019 I have 810 followers). You’ll also be more confident that comms are private as you may want to discuss some personal stuff.
3. You Get Hosted Websites
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 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 with other hosts, and they’re notoriously difficult to install yourself. In Wealthy Affiliate it’s done simply on a toggle button.
4. You Get A Website Security Package
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. Again, these could cost you extra dosh if you bolted on these features at another hosting provider. Nice to just set and forget.
5. You Get Website Backup
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 it’s done by default so you’re never tempted to make that stupid decision yourself!
6. You Get The Beginners Training Course
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.
7. You Get A Personal Wealthy Affiliate Blog
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. Most prominent Wealthy Affiliate members are frequent bloggers here and regularly post great material you can use yourself. 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 Affiliate Bootcamp Training
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. It relates to promotion of Wealthy Affiliate itself in a niche. It is the most lucrative affiliate program within the industry, but doing it right is vital. Going Premium and following the Bootcamp training will catapult you and fast track you to the next level, but it needs to be well understood to make it work best. 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.
9. You Get Live Video Classes
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!
10. You Get Video Walk-Throughs
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 doesn’t get updated either (eg. Google+ is still referenced, but will be retired by Google in April 2019).
11. You Get A Keyword Research Tool
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. Starter members can perform 30 searches per month. 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 for elsewhere. Another good value inclusion.
12. You Get Training Classrooms
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.
13. You Can Earn From Wealthy Affiliate’s Own Affiliate Program
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! Premium members get $23.50 recurring for monthly referrals and for yearly, you are going to get $175 recurring. A single sale, over time, can add up to several thousands in income over the years and that is the beautiful part about recurring commissions. However, promoting and nurturing sign ups is not easy and requires the Premium Bootcamp training to make it work properly.
As a Premium member you are also going to get affiliate credit for all domains that your referrals buy, as well as well a $1 credit for all referrals that end up setting their profile image/description up. These can easily add up 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’
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. This usually occurs from external affiliate programs such as Amazon, via product reviews.
15. You Get 1-on-1 Coaching
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). As you become more proficient at this you can also earn money from that too. There are some really excellent trainers and superb tutorials that you just won’t find elsewhere, all part of the membership. I’m just learning.
16. You Get Private Access to 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).
17. You Get 24/7/365 Website Support
If you are a 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 take up to 24 hours. It is the nature of the beast I suppose.
18. You Get A Website Feedback Platform
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 get – 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 WA members, and you can then discuss those findings within your blog comments system. This helps Google establish your website in it’s index.
19. You Get Website Comment Platform
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 a token system.
20. You Get A Website Analysis Platform
A realistic Example Timeline of a Business Built using this training (by owner Carson)
Wealthy Affiliate MONTH 1: Accomplishments
- Website Set Up
- SEO Set-up
- Initial Framework of Content
- Indexed in Google, Bing, Yahoo
- You have 5-10 posts on your website
MONTH 3: Accomplishments
- Content Starting to Get Ranked
- Experience Some Big Breakthroughs in Search
- Have Made Your First Sale or Two
- Traffic is Cumulatively Starting to Grow
- Search Engines are starting to give your site “authority”
- You have 30-60 posts 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
- 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 ramp up. You can expect 500+ uniques per day
- Google is granting your site with some serious authority
- Companies and other blogger 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 with 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 the industry
- You have a full time+ business online, likely 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 – Final Verdict on the Wealthy Affiliate Training
Affiliate Marketing is probably the best way to earn money online for 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. 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.
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 look at 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. The training guides the user through from complete newbie to Affiliate expert. You also save tons of money on hosting costs, SSL, security, backup, support and maintenance as part of the membership.
Serious business people aren’t afraid of hard work (are you a serious business person?), and you’ll definitely have to put some hard work in to get the most out of Wealthy Affiliate for yourself, but if you do, it will pay you back in shed loads. 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 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 Wealthy Affiliate and other 3rd party sources. They were complete novices, but are now website owners, with the know-how to grow their businesses further. Is that something that would benefit you?
Wealthy Affiliate Pros
- A very engaged, community-centric platform
- 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 Cons
- The interface feels a little outdated (but an overhaul is coming)
- Has a lot of information that can be a bit overwhelming
- Free plan is limited (and not available in all countries)
- Potential lock-in issues
- Must pay a recurring membership fee to maintain access
So, Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Legit?
Definitely Legit! Well I can’t speak highly enough of Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Training and Bootcamp Course. I give it 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 more than 6 months, so I think i’ve tested things properly. To be a critic you need to have seen the movie, right?
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 Free account below.
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