Honest Opinion of Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is marketed like crazy online. But is it really that good? In this review I’ll be giving my honest opinion of Wealthy Affiliate, good and bad. Many reviews you hear out there make it sound a little bit “too” good.
Before I get to that, here is a short summary of what Wealthy Affiliate is
Wealthy Affiliate is an online business training platform. Once you are a member you have access to training, a large community of other online entrepreneurs, some helpful tools, and some other free stuff.
Wealthy Affiliate in my book offers the best affiliate marketing training anywhere but this doesn’t mean its great for anyone to join.
Most people that join Wealthy Affiliate FAIL to create a successful online business
This is true and cannot be overlooked. A lot of people join Wealthy Affiliate because it sounds easy, but its not.
It more than likely is going to take you months to build up your online business and start seeing earnings. Most people it seems to take anywhere from 2-6 months! This varies because it depends on a lot of things, such as the niche and the competition in that niche.
For me it took about 5 months. And I was working hard. I had recently been laid off from my job so it was a perfect opportunity to put a lot of time into creating my online business. For those 5 first months I was putting in anywhere from 3-5 hours per day. I almost gave up more than one thinking that it wasn’t going to work out.
Most people give up. They put in a few weeks of work, maybe a few months and don’t see any earnings. So they figure its not worth the time.
Wealthy Affiliate isn’t for everyone
Can anyone use it and be successful? Potentially. But I don’t think its well suited for some people.
At Wealthy Affiliate you are taught how to built a quality online business. One thats main goal is to provide quality and helpful information. And they teach you to choose an interest to base your business around.
An “interest” I said. That means you are interested in it. If you aren’t interested in what you are going to be writing about then it is never going to be a success in the long run. You will burn out and give up on it.
I’ve seen so many people make niche websites about things that are obviously just about the money. Its very hard to fake an interest in your content writing. Most people aren’t good at it, although some can do it.
If you don’t have an interest that you are passionate about, then you better go find one, or else Wealthy Affiliate isn’t for you.
My opinion on the community at Wealthy Affiliate
The community aspect of programs like this is VERY important, yet it is often not talked about that much.
When you have a large helpful community of like-minded people that help one another, it makes a world of difference. And the community at Wealthy Affiliate is honestly the best I have ever come across.
The fact is, the training alone, isn’t going to be able to cover everything. The community is going to be your best bet to get new tips and tricks as times change.
For example, after Google’s Panda and Penguin updates SEO changed big time. You couldn’t rank in Google using the same old methods that you once could. This was a big problem for a lot of people and hurt many online businesses. The fastest way to learn how to use SEO after these updates came from the community.
There are 10’s of thousands active Wealthy Affiliate members. And after the updates just about everyone was looking survive in the search engines. With a lot of members out there trying to find ways, you are likely to get a lot of answers. And thats what happened.
Why is the Wealthy Affiliate community so active compared to other similar programs?
If you have tried other affiliate marketing programs such as Chris Farrell Membership, Niche Blitzkrieg, etc. as well as Wealthy Affiliate, you will notice that the online community forum is MUCH more helpful and active at Wealthy Affiliate.
So why is community so helpful?
Its because at Wealthy Affiliate there are rewards for helping others out. There is an elaborate ranking system and every member there has a rank. Its based upon help (answering ?’s), creation (blogs, tutorials, etc), and activity.
And if you get your rank high enough you can get rewarded. So everyone in the community has incentive to help others, create tutorials, and be active. Its a great system that really works well.
Of course you then have the people that answer a bunch of questions without really helping, just to better their rank. But luckily many of these people are blocked. So there isn’t all that much of that.
How good is the training at Wealthy Affiliate
I can’t really complain here. They provide the best affiliate marketing training that I have come across.
It doesn’t “leave you hanging”. Its complete and is VERY easy to follow.
Simplicity is one of the great things you will find with the training. A lot of the training is walk-through videos, which are personally my favorite. With the videos you are shown exactly what to do and this is about as easy as it gets. If its not videos then its walk through tutorials, which are also easy to follow.
All of the training at WA is walk-through style. Its a guided process and I had absolutely no problem following it.
When I first started the training
When I first started at WA I hadn’t done much of anything online, other than search the web, watch videos, buy things, you know the usual. I never had a Facebook, Twitter, etc. But I had NO problem following the training.
Sure at first I started off slow. My website wasn’t that great. My content wasn’t that great. But I knew exactly what I was supposed to do from the training. And with time I got much better.
Is it too expensive?
Premium Membership at WA is $47/month or $359/year. For what it provides it is worth it. But of course it depends on your budget.
What Wealthy Affiliate offers that NO other program of this type does, is a FREE membership. Which I don’t see how it can get any better than that.
Their free membership is called the Starter Membership and its not a trial. Its an absolutely free membership that you can keep for life. Its not as good as the Premium Membership but it still has a lot of benefits and is without a doubt worth its price, which is $0!
Really its free. Can’t beat that.
Final thoughts on Wealthy Affiliate
Its an absolutely great affiliate marketing training program and community, but don’t go sign up just because of this.
This isn’t for those of you looking for quick money. Its about building a sustainable online business that actually helps people.
If you are serious about building an online business and decide to sign up at WA then you MUST NOT GIVE UP too soon. Its hard to say how long success will take because it depends on many variables. But give it time.
I will warn you, when you are selecting an interest to base your business around, there are ones that are “dead-ends”. Ones that just aren’t profitable. So I suggest you read this article about how to find profitable niches Here.
If you are interested in Wealthy Affiliate then read my full review HERE, in which I go over what exactly the training offers and other areas of Wealthy Affiliate.