This is going to be a long review. So if you need to know only the basics before you try Wealthy Affiliate, here is a short summary.
If you want to know all about Wealthy Affiliate before you try it, keep reading!
Why I’m Extremely Biased
I joined Wealthy Affiliate almost a year ago.
At the time, I was trying to find legit ways to make money online. I was a total beginner and terrified that I would be scammed, so the one thing I knew for sure it was that I didn’t want to share data online. Personal information and credit card information were out of limits. With that in mind, I started looking for “how to make money online”.
The first way I found was completing online surveys. I tried to find sites that have a good reputation and I did sign in to a few of them. Unfortunately, from what I saw and a quick search online, I realised there is no real money there. You spend a lot of time with little reward. Too bad because I kind of liked some of them…
Anyway, while I was searching for survey sites, I read an article about someone like me, someone who was searching for survey sites, but he found something else to try.
Affiliate Marketing. But since he was a total beginner, he also found a place for training. Well, I was a newbie and I needed guidance, so I decided to check it out. But wait… what about my two limitations?
- Did they need personal data? No, I only had to give a name and an email address for verification.
- Did they want me to give them my credit card information? No. And why would they? This was supposed to be a free trial, right?
So I decided to check out the Free Membership.
Signing in is was pretty easy and I was glad for it. No reason to procrastinate here.
After signing in, there was a short – thankfully – tutorial and then I was directed to the training.
How The Training is Built
For every lesson, you get:
- The lesson notes, a step-by-step guide.
- A video (or more than one, sometimes), where Kyle (one of the two people that created the training) guides you throughout the lesson.
- A checklist, so you can check off the things you learned, one by one, after doing them.
After doing everything you learned in each lesson, you move on to the next one.
Level 1 Overview
Here is an overview of the first 10 lessons. You can access all these for free:
If you prefer a video walkthrough, check out this Wealthy Affiliate walkthrough.
How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?
Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to build a site – it’s easier than it sounds, don’t worry – about something you love. Maybe a hobby of yours or maybe something you always wanted to learn but you never did.
For example, let’s say you like making jewellery. You can start a blog and write tips about making jewellery, have videos of you making jewellery and review products about it:
- tools you use
- books about it
- training on it (you could even create your own training)
Or let’s say you like swimming. You can write about:
- techniques you can use to become good at it
- lessons you can follow
- the equipment you need to do it professionally, etc.
If people get these things after reading what you’ve written, then you’ll get a commission for each one. This is called Affiliate Marketing and I really like the way it works. Because one of the main aspects of it is helping people.
Just make sure you talk about QUALITY products so that you can help people make the right decision.
In Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll find the training and all the tools you need to become a successful affiliate marketer. I’ll tell you about these later. 🙂
But first, let me ask you a few things:
- Are you patient?
- Are you hard-working?
- Do you like helping others?
- Would you like having your own business?
If the answers to all of these are yes, then keep reading. If not, Wealthy Affiliate may not be for you. You can still check out the Free Membership if you want, though. Maybe you’ll change your mind. 🙂
What You Get
Now that you know a little more about how Wealthy Affiliate works, let’s talk a little more about what you get:
Main Training – Online Entrepreneur Certificate (OEC)
Online Entrepreneur Certificate is the main training you follow when you start. The training has 5 levels and each level has 10 lessons.
In level 1, you learn the basics and you build your site.
You learn what is affiliate marketing in detail, how it works, how Wealthy Affiliate platform works and how you can be successful as an affiliate marketer. You build your site and you add the basics to it.
By lesson 4, you’ll have your site ready to go!
In level 2, you learn how to get people to your site.
For better or worse, there are a lot of websites on the web. This means that you have to use the right techniques to help people find your site. You also need to have quality content so that you can really help them. You learn about all this in level 2.
In level 3, you learn how you can monetise your site.
After all, one of the reasons you started this is to make money. You learn how to put affiliate links and what are the correct practices so that you don’t overwhelm your visitors.
In level 4, you learn how to master your social media skills.
Slow but steady, you can use more channels to network with people, notify them of your posts and engage with them.
In level 5, you learn how to better your business in the long run.
You start using more advanced tools and thinking long-term. You also make a plan for your site and see how you can scale your business.
Every week, there is a 1-hour live training. Jay, our Live Video Training Coach – with over 10 years of experience in Affiliate Marketing – share with us ways to help us succeed.
While the live training is in progress, there is a chat going on, where you can ask about anything you don’t understand.
And what if you can’t watch it live? You can watch it at any time because it gets recorded and uploaded in 24 hours. Of course, that also means that are 400+ hours already recorded that you can watch whenever you want.
Some of my favourites:
- 7 SEO Strategies to Explode Your Rankings
- Elements That Build Site Trust
- Hello: Canva: An introductory training to Canva, a free online tool you can use to create awesome images, logos, infographics, etc.
- Build a Niche Site: A video series where we watch a site getting built from scratch.
- Hot Seats: Jay checks out some of our sites and gives advice so that we can make them better. (You can apply if you want but it’s not necessary.)
Other Members’ Training
Any member that has full access to Wealthy Affiliate and is on Wealthy Affiliate for more than 3 months can create training. And, have in mind that a lot of these members are affiliate marketers for years. So, just think about how much knowledge there is on these trainings!
Some of my favourites:
- How To Create a 6 Figure Website
- How to Drastically Speed Up Your Website? Here’s How I Did it.
- How To Write Captivating Headlines For Your Blog
As I said before, you’ll have your own site where you can grow your business. Do you know how to build one? Because I had no idea how to. Thankfully, WA (as we call Wealthy Affiliate, for short) has easy steps to do this.
Check out how easy it is to build a site in Wealthy Affiliate. Jay, our live video training coach, tries to do it under 30 seconds!
You can check out if the name you want is available here:
On the Starter Membership, you get a free domain you can use to build your site on. No extra cost. On the Premium Membership, you can host up to 10 sites – either on a free domain or on your own domains!
And as you can see, the hosting is really good even for starter members!
- From March 17, 2020, Premium members will have 10 websites and Starter members will have one.
SiteFeedback (Yes, it’s one word)
Well, no one is above feedback. No matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, you can always benefit from it. But I have to say, as a total beginner, it’s even more important. A little advice always helped me – and still does – improve my site.
That’s why Wealthy Affiliate has this feature on the platform. You can ask other members to take a look at your site and give you their honest opinion about it. And in return, you can give feedback to others’ sites.
Keyword Research Tool: Jaaxy
Jaaxy is the keyword tool we use at WA. You get 30 free searches on the Starter Membership and unlimited on the Premium Membership.
Keywords are a very important factor when it comes to helping people find your site. That’s why having a good keyword tool is essential.
Jaaxy is a great keyword tool and there is a lot of training on Wealthy Affiliate on how you can use it to get the most of it. If you want to check it out, just type a keyword here:
What I Love
But I got sidetracked a little bit. I was supposed to tell you why I’m extremely biased, right? Well, that would be because of the things I love in Wealthy Affiliate.
Number 1: The Community.
Yes, I’ll talk about the community first, because I believe it’s the most important thing you can find in WA.
No, not the great training or the 24/7 site support.
Not even the 1-to-1 access to the owners. Which I find really cool.
But the community.
Every time you need help, all you have to do is drop a question and you’ll get answers from a lot of helpful members. Or you can just ask in the Live Chat for a quicker response.
And when you start a new venture, it’s really important to have support from people who understand what you’re going through. It’s tough to start something new alone. But there are a lot of people in the world who are in the same situation as you. They are starting their business and they’re trying to do their best!
You Can Start Your Own Business Without Spending Tons Of Money
You can start on Wealthy Affiliate without having to spend money because you get the chance to start for free. You get the chance to start a freaking business for free.
And that’s important for me, because, you see:
- I want to travel a lot in my life and working 8 hours a day, all year round, won’t allow me to do this.
- I want to help my family have a better life and working for someone else won’t help me with this. A salary can’t give me the amount of money I need.
- I want to work wherever I want and working in someone else’s company can’t give me this.
You know what will give me this? Having my own online business on something I love.
Training For Beginners
The training is for beginners. For people who don’t have any experience. And since I was a total beginner when I started, that helped me a lot.
Access To Owners
The first person who sends you a welcome message is Kyle, one of the founders. When I first joined and chatted with him, I didn’t even know that someone with so much knowledge talked to me. He was really kind and considerate. Just a guy who wanted to help.
The other founder is Carson and you can find him around WA very often, as well. Both are members of WA and you find them every day in Live Chat, answering questions or talking about the news in the industry.
It Offers Everything You Need To Start
Kyle and Carson know that you’re a beginner, so they offer every tool you need to work with the training. You don’t have to go and search for extra tools elsewhere.
What I Hate
Well, everything has downsides, right? So let’s talk about what I hate about Wealthy Affiliate. Well, not really hate, but not like, anyway.
It takes time to build a business. And even if I understand it, it doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Too Many Features
WA has so many features that it can get a little overwhelming in the beginning. When you join, make sure to focus on the main training. You’ll learn about the rest of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer to you in due time.
Most Of The Training Is For Beginners
And yes, that can be bad, too. Since the training is for beginners, at some point, when you learn most of it, you may feel like you can’t find something else to learn.
Thankfully, we have the live training and the training from other members, so we search there for something more advanced.
It Doesn’t Cover Paid Advertising Very Well
Its focus is on free methods you can use to build your business, which is great when you start. After a certain point, though, you want to try paid advertising, as well. There is some training on it, but not much.
When I started on Affiliate Marketing, I liked to read motivational stories from people that were already successful. And, I still enjoy reading how they got successful and what their mindset is. Here are some of my favourite ones:
And here is a post from another WA member, Nathaniel. He made a post where he gathered a lot of income proofs from Wealthy Affiliate members. If you want to see real data, check it out:
Do You Need More Reviews?
Also, I’ve asked a lot of members in WA to leave their own opinion in the comments so feel free to check them out for more reviews and leave any questions you may have!
Is Wealthy Affiliate Legit?
Yes. Wealthy affiliate was founded 14 years ago. Most scams stay afloat for a few years at most.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?
Yes, yes, yes!
If there’s one thing I can tell you for sure, it’s that it’s worth it.
Who Is Wealthy Affiliate For?
Wealthy Affiliate can help you if you want to:
- work for yourself
- get rid of your 9-5 job
- be financially independent (let’s not kid ourselves, it’s pretty difficult to do it on a salary)
- work from anywhere in the world (including your home)
- start a new hobby
- start a side hustle that could turn into a full-time business
- promote your own crafts/products/services, etc.
- start affiliate marketing
- become an internet marketer
- improve the online presence of your existing business
Who Isn’t Wealthy Affiliate For?
Even though I believe that everyone should try the free membership to see if affiliate marketing is something they’d like to do, I realise that this is not for everyone.
- If you need money IMMEDIATELY, this won’t do it for you now. It takes time to make a full-time income.
- If you give up after the first month unless you have visible results, then don’t try it. You probably won’t make a lot of progress, especially if you invest little time on it.
Why Do People Fail At Affiliate Marketing?
Do you remember the questions I asked you before?
Well, a lot of people can’t answer “yes” to all of these. And let me tell you, affiliate marketing is something easy to start but hard to succeed in.
You have to work for months before you see any results. It’s hard not to feel disappointed and give up if you have worked for a long time but haven’t seen results yet.
That’s why I like Wealthy Affiliate’s community (Yep, I’m totally fangirling). The members not only share their experience, so that beginners know what to wait for, but also share tips to make success easier.
So, if you’re sure you can keep working until you make your business successful, give it a try!
What Do You NEED To Succeed?
A business isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. It doesn’t matter how fast you run, but how far you can go. So, don’t rush through it. Be patient, be consistent and work as often as you can on your business.
What Do I Get On The Free Membership?
You should start with the Starter Membership. This is a no brainer. And here are a few things – the most important to me – you get on the starter membership:
- 2 Free Websites & Hosting
- 10 lessons of Online Entrepreneur Certificate (Level 1)
- Access to 2 Classrooms
- 1-week Access to Live Chat
- Website Backup
- Jaaxy Trial (30 searches)
What If I Want More?
On the Premium Membership, you have full access to all the services. There are no upsells. The only extra cost you may pay is if you want to get your own domain ($13.99/year), which is recommended, but not necessary. In any case, you can start on a free website and move it to your own domain when you’re ready for it.
Let’s see the differences between the two memberships:
Here’s the pricing for the Premium Membership. If you go monthly, you pay $19 for the first month.
How Will I Succeed In Wealthy Affiliate?
Honestly, my personal opinion is that everyone should give Wealthy Affiliate a chance. I did and I never regretted it.
Get Started on the Starter (Free) Membership and see if this is something you’d like to try. Then, upgrade when you feel ready to get access to the rest of the features.
See you in WA!
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Hi there, I’m Jenny.
Blogger/Internet Marketer/ Occasionally Cool Person
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If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If you’re nice, I won’t bite!