Honest Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 – No Sugar Coating It
Its been a while, but I decided to write a new review for Wealthy Affiliate in 2018. It has changed a good bit and its important to get up-to-date info if you are looking into this program. This is going to be by far my most informative review yet.
I’m going to take a deep dive into Wealthy Affiliate and give you a look at all the most important features within it, this way you can make a very informed decision on whether or not you want to join. And don’t worry, I’m going to go over the goods and bads of it in this all-inclusive Wealthy Affiliate review.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? Should you join? What all do you get if you sign up? After reading this review you will know all that you need to know so that you can decide whether or not its the right choice for you.
And I’m going to keep it honest. This is as honest as you will find. Wealthy Affiliate is good but its no fairy-tale make money online system and I’m not going to tell you that it is. I’ll tell you how it really is.
Wealthy Affiliate Review
After thoroughly reviewing and testing out Wealthy Affiliate for over a year, I can confidently say that it is not a scam. Wealthy Affiliate provides the necessary tools, training, and support for individuals to create a successful online business of their own.
I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate for beginners looking to earn a sustainable online income.
As I mentioned, this review is going to take you on a tour of Wealthy Affiliate and give you a very in-depth look at it. What I’m saying is that its pretty long. However, I do suggest you read everything if you are seriously considering WA.
To Start Off, What Is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is an online business platform designed for individuals looking to start an online business. In particular, it focuses on building an online business using affiliate marketing to make money.
Affiliate marketing is when you promote products and earn commissions for doing so. Affiliate marketing with Amazon is the most popular of all because Amazon is massive and has lots of opportunity.
Here is an example of how it works.. You promote a laptop that is for sale on Amazon. When you refer someone to buy that laptop you in turn get paid a commission. With affiliate marketing you can promote pretty much any type of product imaginable and you never have to feel, touch, or even see the product.
At Wealthy Affiliate you are learn how to go about affiliate marketing legitimately so that you can build a sustainable online business that can make you money for the long-term.
Wealthy Affiliate provides training, tools, support, and a great community forum where you can connect with other online business owners.
Who Is Wealthy Affiliate For?
Wealthy Affiliate is for anyone that wants to earn a sustainable income online as well as those who already have an online business and are looking to expand. And it is particularly geared for beginners.
So whether you are a..
- Stay at home mom or dad
- Student looking to help pay for tuition
- Someone looking to supplement their income in their off-time
- Someone looking to earn a full-time income
It doesn’t matter. With what they teach you at Wealthy Affiliate you can mold it to your own personal life. You can work as little or as much as you want, work around school and around jobs, or work full-time 8 hour days if you wish. The freedom that comes with the flexibility of this form of online business is one of the beauties of it.
Wealthy Affiliate features step-by-step training that is very easy to follow. It is laid out in a blue-print style manner that makes it easy. Along with the training you are also provided with tools to get you started for free, including 2 free websites.
And the reason Wealthy Affiliate can also be a good choice for people that already have online businesses is because you will be taught how to expand your business. What you will learn will can help any existing online business expand their customer reach, get more traffic going to their website, and in turn make more money.
Who It Is NOT For
One thing that everyone needs to know about Wealthy Affiliate is that you WON’T get rich quick and you won’t be able to sit back and do nothing. What they teach you requires you to take action and make yourself successful. They provide you with all the resources necessary to be successful, but ultimately it is up to you.
The online business methods you will be taught will not make you money overnight, and probably not even the first week. What they teach will help you build a sustainable online income, but this takes time.
So if you are someone…
- In need of immediate money
- Looking to get rich quick
Then Wealthy Affiliate is not what you are looking for.
What You Will Learn at Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate’s training is broken down into 4 main steps. These 4 steps will take you from absolutely nothing, to having your very own money generating online business. They are as follows…
#1 Choose an Interest
The first step is choosing an interest. This is going to be what your website is all about. Essentially what you are doing is choosing a niche, which means you are deciding what audience you want your website to target.
So if you have a hobby, passion, or just something you are interested in you can choose that. There are literally a million things you can choose to base your online business around.
Just to give you some examples… you could choose basketball, knitting, gardening, parenting, nursing, camping, dogs, cats, veganism, treadmills, piercings, hoverboards, etc. Literally anything!
The training will help you find hundreds of good topics that are profitable. So if you aren’t sure what to choose, don’t worry.
#2 Build a Website
The second step is building a website which will be based around the interest you have chosen. And NO this is not difficult at all. It can be done in a matter of seconds (yes less than a minute).
Wealthy Affiliate has a state-of-the-art website builder that makes this as easy as it gets. There are absolutely no technical skills required and it is as easy as clicking a button.
I will cover the website building feature more later in this review.
#3 Get Rankings and Visitors
The third step is getting visitors to your site because without website traffic you cannot make any sales. Website traffic is the lifeblood of any online business.
At WA you will be taught how to get ranked in Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines and get unlimited free traffic to your website.
WA also covers other free methods of traffic generation.
This is why I say that WA is also a good choice for existing online business.. because every online business can benefit from more traffic.
#4 Earn Revenue!
And finally.. the fourth step is MAKING MONEY! Which is the whole point of all of this.
Wealthy Affiliate will help you find good affiliate programs that have plenty of products you can promote.
And if you are worried that there might not be products for you to promote, don’t be. Take Amazon for example. Amazon’s affiliate program is massive. They have over 450 million products in the US alone, products in every category imaginable that you can promote.
But affiliate marketing is just one way to make money. You will be taught multiple ways to monetize your website so that you have multiple streams of income coming from a single website.
The Training at WA
At the core of WA lies its training. If I were to sum up the training in one word it would be EXCELLENT. I don’t see how it could get much better.
The 4 main steps that I outlined above are broken down into many smaller bite-sized steps. WA takes it one small step at a time, which is excellent for beginners with little to no experience. Each part of the process is gone over and you are guided along the way. Most lessons within WA contain a full video tutorial that walks you through the entire lesson, which in my opinion is the best kind of training.
To keep everyone on track, at the end of each lesson there are actionable tasks that you are to complete. You check them off as you go and this keeps you from falling behind.
The core training at WA is provided in their courses. There are 5 courses in total and each course has 10 lessons. So that means there are 50 lessons total (in the core training alone)
And since I said this review was going to be all inclusive, I’m going to give you a sneak peak inside the training, all 50 lessons…
A Sneak Peek Inside The Training…
But as I said, these 50 lessons are not all Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
There are 13 classrooms inside WA. Each one focuses on a different aspect of online business.
And just to give you an idea of what to expect, I’ll take you inside the first classroom on the list, “Getting Started”
In this one classroom there are currently 5 courses, 13 training videos, 11 tutorials, and 22,223 questions and answers. These classrooms are pretty jammed packed with helpful info.
Live Video Training
Every Friday, WA has a live training webinar, or as they like to call it.. a WAbinar. I have sat in on numerous webinars and they are one of my favorite parts of the training.
In these webinars you can chat in real-time with the presenter, who’s name is Jay. He is one of the top guys at WA and knows just about everything there is to know.
These webinars cover any and everything that has to do with creating an online business, expanding it, maintaining it etc. Jay even conducts live webinars were he builds an online business right before your eyes. For example, the screenshot below shows you a 5 series case study webinar in which he created an online business from scratch. By week 5 it was up, running, and making money.
Case studies like this are usually conducted once a year in the live training.
As you can see from the screenshot I took above, the replays are available for these webinars. Every webinar is recorded so that if you miss it, you can go back and watch it later.
The Affiliate Bootcamp is for those that don’t have a hobby, passion, or interest that they would like to focus an online business around. It teaches you how to make money by promoting WA.
The bootcamp consists of 7 phases, each of which have 10 lessons.
In total, if you add up all the training, there are 1,000’s of tutorials, training videos, and lessons. With the amount of training provided here you don’t need to go out and find anything else.
There are a lot of people promoting WA and yes, you do get paid to do so. You earn commissions off of the members that you refer who pay for the Premium Membership.
Because of this you will find some people that promote WA in dishonest ways just to try to get people to sign up, but there are a lot of honest WA members too that give you the truth.
And like I said, this review is honest, so just to let you know I am promoting WA here as an affiliate. But I do this honestly. I know this is a great opportunity from the success I have been able to achieve from it and I honestly recommend Wealthy Affiliate.
A Look at the Tools Inside
Wealthy Affiliate provides a range of tools for your online business. These tools are everything that you need for your online business. Remember, WA is an all-in-one type of deal, they want you to have everything you need right here.
The first area of tools that I’ll go over is called “Site Rubix”. This is all about your website(s). It includes the website builder tool, a website comments tool, website support, and more.
I’m not going to go over every feature of Site Rubix, but I’ll touch on a few…
Here you can manage all of your websites that you have hosted at WA. You an see how they are doing, if there are any problems, and what you can do to increase their “site health”.
I wouldn’t worry about having problems with your websites here. Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting is very good. I have never had any of any kind. WA provides Database Monitoring, Malware and Virus Monitoring, Filesystem Monitoring, Hacking and Intrusion Monitoring, and Site Performance Monitoring. They go above and beyond to make sure your site is safe.
Site Builder… Website Building Made Simple
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, WA has a state of the art website builder. You can literally have a website up and running in a matter of seconds with this amazing tool. All you really do is click a few buttons, choose a domain, and name your site.
You can either choose to create a free siterubix website, or a website that you own.
Site Domains.. The Domain Registrar
Site Domains was developed by WA in 2016. And what it is, is a domain registration service. Just like GoDaddy and NameCheap, you can buy domains through WA. This is nice because since you will be hosting your websites at WA, you won’t have to transfer them.
If you purchase a domain through Site Domains you will get it at a competitive price. I would say that NameCheap and GoDaddy are still a bit cheaper, maybe a couple of bucks, but its not much. At WA you can expect to spend anywhere from $12 – $16 on a domain generally.
SiteComments.. This Is a Powerful Tool!
Getting comments from visitors on your website is VERY important. It can help you rank higher in search engines like Google and lead to your website getting more traffic, which = more money.
Comments and SEO seem to be linked more in recent years than they were in the past. So don’t underestimate comments!
The SiteComments tool at WA is one of a kind. I have seen websites that offer similar services, but this is much better.
Basically this is how it works. You use points to request comments for your website through the tool. And these requests are shown to other WA members. When the other members comment on your site they earn “credits”, which can be used as somewhat of a currency in order to buy a domain, request comments of their own, cash them out for money, etc.
As you can see you earn 1 credit for commenting on another person’s site. Currently I have 556 available credits, and this is because I like to stockpile them up and then just cash them out as cash via PayPal.
Support is a very important feature of WA. Most people don’t know what the heck they are doing when it comes to the technical aspects of websites, me included. Luckily for you, Site Support is on call 24/7/365 to fix the technical problems that you may have.
The tech people behind Site Support are great. They know everything there is to know and are very quick to fix your problems. Getting in touch with them is as easy as submitting a support request.
SSL Encryption NEW 2017
This was a huge addition to the WA website hosting that they provide for you. The WA SSL encryption makes your website more secure for your visitors.
I’m sure you have seen websites with the green padlock that appears in the URL box, that means they are SSL secured. Not only does this make your visitors feel more safe, but it also helps you rank better in Google and get more website traffic.
Oh ya, and buying SSL encryption separately can easily cost you a couple hundred dollars a year, but WA gives you it for free for your websites hosted there.
Everything that I just went over about SiteRubix is include under “Websites & Hosting”. But WA has even more tools to offer, including their Keyword Tool, Rapid Writer, Link Tracking, and Keyword Lists.
If you know what a keyword research tool is then you know why it is essential to online business. Good keywords rank you high in Google which means more traffic and more money making potential.
When you become a premium member at WA you will get full access to the Keyword Tool. This means unlimited use and no need to go out and buy any other keyword tool.
The creators of WA, Kyle & Carson, actually do have another Keyword Tool called Jaaxy though. There is no need to go out an buy Jaaxy, the WA Keyword Tool does what you need it to do. But I just thought I’d mention it.
Is WA’s Support Any Good?
When it comes to learning something new, getting the support you need is very important. There is nothing worse than joining a program and then getting lost, frustrated, confused, and not being able to get help.
So is Wealthy Affiliate’s support any good? I would say without a doubt, and I would even go as far to say that it is excellent.
I already mentioned SiteSupport above, which is 24/7/365 technical support for your website. But now I am going to go over other types of support you can get at WA.
#1 Live Chat
The live chat feature inside WA is as good as it gets when you need immediate help. You can type in the chat-box and get instant help, sometimes within seconds.
#2 Ask a Question
While the live chat is awesome, its better for short questions that need immediate answers. If you are looking to ask long in-depth questions then it is a better idea to submit a question.
When you submit a question you submit it to the certain topic the questions is about and it will be submitted to the appropriate classroom. So if you ask a question about social media marketing, your question will be submitted to the Social Engagement and Marketing classroom.
#3 Send a Private Message
You can private message anyone at WA, including the owners Kyle and Carson. So if you need help specifically from one person, this is the way to go. No one will be able to see your message except for you and the person you sent it to.
#4 Comment Sections
Below every training page at Wealthy Affiliate there is a comment section. So if you are stuck on a certain portion of the training, you can just comment below and get help from people doing the same thing you are.
You can also comment on peoples profiles for help, which would be similar to private messaging because you are asking one specific person, just if you do this other people can see your comment.
Whats The Wealthy Affiliate Community Like?
Communicating and working with other members is always helpful and it is something that should not be overlooked. The community aspect of programs like this one are often not talked about but I think it is very important.
Wealthy Affiliate’s community is pretty incredible. There are thousands upon thousands of extremely helpful individuals within the community that will go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping other people.
The community is extremely active. And to give you an idea of this, I took a screenshot of some of the activity right now. As you can see, a member named “pparadise” blogged just 14 hours ago and has already received 48 comments on their blog. And the person below that received 5 comments in just 20 minutes!
I know it is hard to believe that there are actually people out there that are willing to help others out like this, but its true.
One of the reasons that the community is so active and helpful is because Wealthy Affiliate’s ranking system that gives people incentive to help others so that they can improve their rankings and benefit from it.
Income Potential, How Much Money Can You Make?
And of course the question that everyone wants to know is how much money can you make!???
Well first let me make it clear that Wealthy Affiliate isn’t some secret money making system. Essentially what WA does, is provide you with all the tools and training necessary to get started and to create a sustainable online business that makes money via affiliate marketing as its main income stream.
So real question here is how much money can you make affiliate marketing?
And the answer to this is something that can be hard to wrap your mind around. Because you could earn $10 a month or you could earn $100,000 a month. And I’m not over-exaggerating here by any means.
Affiliate marketing is an incredible opportunity because of its unique business model. You can work however much you want to and whenever you want to. There are a lot of variables that go into how much you will actually make, but generally the more you work the more you will make, if you follow the same system.
What is really incredible about affiliate marketing is that you can create an affiliate website, drive traffic to it, and then just leave it sit there for years while it makes you money.
How Long Does It Take To Start Making Money?
Its important to know that the people that are making $20,000 + a month have been doing it a long time. They have experience and they have had the time needed to build up their online business. I made it clear at the beginning that the methods Wealthy Affiliate teaches you will not make you get rich “quick”.
What they teach you is sustainable, but not immediate. It takes time and work. You will start out making $0/day, and then you will grow that into $5/day, and then $10/day, then $20/day, then $40/day,….. up until who knows. I know fellow affiliate marketers that are bringing in over $1000 a day consistently but this is not a realistic short term goal.
How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 memberships that you can sign up for. They offer a free Starter Membership and a Premium Membership. The starter membership is the best choice for people just starting out, but once you get going and get more advanced, you are going to want the Premium. I’ll touch upon each below…
Free Starter Membership
The free Starter Membership is one of the many things that separates WA from similar programs. There just aren’t that many places that offer free memberships. And this is a membership (free for life), not a trial. You don’t enter your credit card info or anything to sign up.
The Starter Membership is great for complete newbies because it allows them to get started and create their own online business free of charge. With this membership you will get 2 free websites + hosting, access to course 1 of the training as well as phase 1 of affiliate bootcamp, access to 2 classrooms, 30 free uses of the keyword tool per month, and more.
This will give you kick start to get you going without any startup costs. If you like what you see and want to expand your business and unlock an abundance of tools and training to give you a big boost in doing so, then you are going to want to upgrade to the Premium Membership.
The Premium Membership gives you access to everything that WA has to offer. There are no upsells after this. Everything that I have went over so far is included in this membership.
If you are serious about making an online income then Premium is definitely my suggestion. You unlock all 5 training courses, all 7 affiliate bootcamp phases, weekly live video training, unlimited access of the keyword tool, unlimited website hosting, 1 on 1 coaching, unlimited support, all 13 classrooms, and more.
Premium is the one stop shop for success. You get everything you need. But on the downside its $49/month or if you pay yearly you get a discount. For me and many others this price is not a big deal because it pays for itself and much more than that. But I know that is a lot to start out.
So just to give you a comparison of the 2 memberships, here you go…
Free Starter Membership
- 2 Free Websites
- Free Website Hosting
- Course Level 1
- 10 Step by Step Lessons
- Phase 1 of Affiliate Bootcamp
- 30 Searches/month With the Keyword Tool
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Access to 2 Training Classrooms
- Unlimited Websites
- Unlimited Website Hosting
- All Course Levels 1 – 5
- 50 Step by Step Lessons
- All Phases of Affiliate Bootcamp
- Unlimited Keyword Tool Use
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Access to All 13 Classrooms
- 1 on 1 Coaching
- 24/7/365 Tech Support
- Weekly Live Video Training
- Website Security
- SSL Website Encryption
- Website Backup
- Step by Step Training
- Easy to Follow Tutorials
- Clear Plan of Action
- Top Notch Website Hosting
- Thousands of Like Minded Community Members
- 1 on 1 Coaching
- Great Support
- Everything “techy” Made Simple (Not Tech Skills Required)
- Can Join for Free (Starter Membership)
- Have to Upgrade to Premium to Unlock All Training & Tools
- Premium Costs $49/month
Most Common Reasons Why People Fail?
As with anything there is, people do and will continue to fail when it comes to making money with what Wealthy Affiliate teaches you. And what this leads to are complaints about Wealthy Affiliate.
It really gets annoying when I see people online saying Wealthy Affiliate is a scam. Is Law School a scam because many people fail and drop out? Or how about med-school? Or any school for that matter?
People fail, thats just the way it is.
But the fact of the matter is that Wealthy Affiliate provides the resources necessary to build an online business that makes money with proven methods like affiliate marketing. How can this be a scam? The training is up-to-date, its in-depth, its easy to follow, and its proven.
And on top of this, when have you heard of a scam that you can join for free? Scams steal your money, WA has a free membership where you can see how you like everything.., so saying its a scam doesn’t make sense. When you sign up for the free Starter Membership you get to sort of test drive the system. And then if you want to upgrade you can, or not.
But anyway.. the most common reason that I see people fail are these…
#1 Failure To Take Action
There are a lot of lazy people out there and failure to take action is going to cost you when it comes to this opportunity. You will absolutely have to put in time and work to make money doing this.
#2 Giving Up Too Early
I’m really trying to stress the fact that making money this way will take time. You absolutely won’t be making money overnight. It takes most people over a month. I see many people get discouraged and give up. But you have to keep pushing. Remember, people are making a lot of money doing this, and its not rocket science.
So my advice is to take action, be relentless and don’t give up!
My Advice To You
I strongly suggest that you give Wealthy Affiliate a try if you are looking to make money online. Whether you are a stay at home mom, a retiree, a college student, someone looking to replace their job, someone looking for some extra income, … it doesn’t matter!
Making money with an online business like Wealthy Affiliate teaches you can be done on your own time and it can be done around your current life. It doesn’t matter your background, what you know, how good you are at something. If you can take action and put in the work and time then you can make it happen.
Affiliate marketing is an incredible business model and there is no better way to learn the tricks of the trade than at WA. They provide all the resources you really need to succeed.. tools, training, support, websites, everything.
So sign up for the FREE Starter Membership today. You have nothing to lose. It is completely free and you won’t even need to enter any credit card info to become a member. You can test drive this for as long as you want. And if you like what you see and want to continue and are serious about making money online, you can upgrade to Premium.
Bonus Offer - LIMITED TIME
Right now Wealthy Affiliate is running a special promotion where you get free access to Premium member features when you sign up for your FREE Starter Membership. And on top of this, they are also giving out a first month discount of just $19 for people who sign up for Premium.
So there are bonuses whether you sign up for the Starter Membership or the Premium Membership. My suggestion.. sign up for the free Starter Membership while this deal lasts!Sign Up for Free Now & Get This Bonus
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