The Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review [May 2019 Update]
THE ULTIMATE WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEW
Welcome to my Wealthy Affiliate review!
I already know what you're thinking:
"This review is dumb because Christina is a member and she makes money off of promoting Wealthy Affiliate."
I'm an honest person.
It's true. If you sign up and eventually decide to become a Premium Member with me, I will earn a commission. That's affiliate marketing, and what Wealthy Affiliate can teach YOU how to do too.
Here's the thing:
I can promote anything I want. (You will have that choice too. You can promote roller skates if you want. It's up to you.)
I choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate because it's a great place to learn affiliate marketing. My goal is to help YOU find legitimate ways to work from home. And Wealthy Affiliate happens to be my #1 recommendation for that.
But in this review, I'll give it to you straight. I'll show you everything you need to know about the system, and I'll answer questions that I've seen inside and outside the platform.
- Is Wealthy Affiliate a pyramid scheme?
- Does Wealthy Affiliate work?
- How does Wealthy Affiliate pay you?
- How much does the Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership cost?
- And many more
I will address complaints, and let you know if they are legitimate or not. (Some are.)
I want you to have all the information you need to make an informed choice about whether or not joining Wealthy Affiliate makes sense for YOU.
Let's get right into this Wealthy Affiliate review...ahem, Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate review.
WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEW SUMMARY
Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Starter Membership = Free
Premium Membership = $19 for the first month, then $49 / Month after that, or $234 / 6 Months, or $359 / Year
Owners: Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim
Quick Summary: Wealthy Affiliate is an excellent place for beginners to learn how to build a website from scratch and monetize it with their proven step-by-step instructions. Wealthy Affiliate's main focus is on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The upside of this is that this is you learn how you get free traffic. The downside is that this method takes time to get going, so you'll need to bring your patience.
Wealthy Affiliate is also great for more advanced internet marketers as there is more training and information shared by members and through weekly Live Trainings that go above and beyond most online marketing courses.
Recommended? Absolutely! If you can take action on the lessons, be consistent and have some patience, you have a great chance of ending up just like the success stories featured below.
(Join with me, and I'll personally help guide you if you get stuck!)
What Is Wealthy Affiliate About?
Wealthy Affiliate is primarily an educational platform. The purpose of Wealthy Affiliate is to teach people how to make money online from home (or anywhere in the world) by showing them a proven step-by-step method of setting up and monetizing an affiliate marketing website.
(We'll break down all of the training a little later in the review.)
The owners, Kyle & Carson, started Wealthy Affiliate in 2005. Back then it was a keyword list service.
They would research keywords and create lists for people to use for their affiliate marketing websites. Now, Wealthy Affiliate is so much more. Not only that, but Kyle and Carson continue to make improvements on the site year after year.
Their ultimate goal is to help YOU be successful.
Click on this image to read the full article, and to see how Wealthy Affiliate has changed over the years.
Here's a fun (and short) video that someone created to explain Wealthy Affiliate.
My Wealthy Affiliate Story
I started as a Wealthy Affiliate member in 2009. I don't even remember how I got started or how I found it.
I'm quite sure I was looking for ways to make money from home online.
I've always been interested in being online. I was the first of my friends to have a computer, and I even met my husband online in 1992!
Even though I went to school for advertising, I went back to get a webmaster certification. I also ended up working at a .com (HoopsTV.com, RIP) and eventually ended up as an Email Marketing Manager working with big brands like Dick's Sporting Goods, Modell's, City Sports and GNC.
The thing is, if you know one thing about me, it's that I freaking hate cubicles.
So I was always looking for a way to do things differently.
I got caught up in those "Make tons of money easily while you sleep" scams, and I bought into a couple of them. (That's why I do reviews now. I want you to avoid those kinds of products, so you can focus on the products and services that can actually help you succeed.)
Eventually I found my way to Wealthy Affiliate. I wish I could say it was bliss from the start and I made tons of money right away, but that's not what happened.
Like many people new to this industry, and coming off of these scam products, I expected big results quickly.
I got overwhelmed, confused and I quit.
THAT is why I'm here for you.
I don't want you to quit.
Because I realize now how far I could have gotten if I would have just kept going. Quitting just puts you right back at the beginning. It wastes your time and your money.
You don't need to do that. I want to help you avoid that at all costs.
I'm now back at Wealthy Affiliate (I rejoined at the end of 2017), and it HAS been bliss every since.
Now that you know my story, you also know that I understand the frustrations, skepticism and overwhelming feelings with this business.
I 100% get it.
The one thing I've learned in all of these years, is that quitting is the ONLY way to fail. It sounds cliché (and it is), but it's also true.
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - Training
There are two different training paths you can take inside of Welathy Affiliate: Online Entreprenuer Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp.
Online Entreprenuer Certification
This is the path that most people start with. Here you'll learn how to set up an affiliate marketing website for any topic of your choosing. There are 5 different levels, each with 10 lessons. The levels are:
Level 1 - Getting Started
Level 2 - Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
Level 3 - Making Money!
Level 4 - Mastering Social Engagement
Level 5 - Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation
If you are a Free Starter Member, you'll get the first 10 lessons in "Getting Started" free.
As you can see, you can learn a lot just from the first 10 lessons. You will have a website up after those first 10. These lessons are great because it gives you a chance to see the quality of the training, and it also allows you to know if affiliate marketing is something you truly like.
While you can stay a Free Starter Member for as long as you like, if you end up wanting to pursue affiliate marketing and want to turn it into a profitable business, then I HIGHLY recommend the Premium Membership. You will get everything you need to run a successful business. (We will talk about what you get with that membership in a bit.)
Once you do become a Premium Member, the other 4 levels will open up and you will have access to all of the lessons.
Affiliate Bootcamp is another training path that you can take. This training has a specific focus of learning how to promote Wealthy Affiliate.
Why promote Wealthy Affiliate?
Here are my reasons, since this is what I currently do:
1. I truly believe Wealthy Affiliate is an incredible platform that can help people make money online.
2. Since this is a membership site, Wealthy Affiliate provides a source of recurring income.
3. The have an incentive program where you can earn a free trip to Vegas, which I think is a lot of fun!
Why you might not want to promote Wealthy Affiliate.
The make money online niche is competitive, and it can take quite a while before you start getting sales. If you're not patient, this may not be the best option for you.
Promoting Wealthy Affiliate is completely optional and why there are two different training paths you can take. Here are the Levels in the Affiliate Bootcamp training:
Level 1: Getting Your Business Rolling
Level 2: Content, Keyowrds and Conversions
Level 3: Giving Your Site Social Value
Level 4: Get Visual. Get Asthetic. Get a Brand Through Media
Level 5: Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals
Level 6: Bing, Yahoo & the Power of PPC
Level 7: How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns
Each of these levels have approximately 10 lessons each. As with the Online Entrepreneur Certification course, the first 10 lessons are free to all members, and the remaining lessons open up when you switch to a Premium Membership.
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - Live Training
Because the internet changes so rapidly, Wealthy Affiliate needed a way to make sure the training stays up-to-date. This is why there is a weekly live training session with top Wealthy Affiliate member and trainer, Jay (@magistudios).
These trainings happen every Friday night at 8pm EST (unless otherwise noted). These are not your typical webinars where you listen to someone drone on for an hour and then pitch a product to you. This is a REAL training session where Jay will take you through the topic and SHOW you how to conquer it.
There's a "World Famous" (as Jay calls is) live Q&A session after in the Live Chat area so you can ask questions to Jay on that topic.
Don't worry if you can't make it. They are always recorded and available for you to view at any time.
Some of the live topics include:
- Introduction to Google Analytics
- Keyword Comprehension
- The Art of Dropshipping
- Strategies for Selling Websites and Domains
- Coming Up with Niche Ideas
And many, many more!
These Live Training sessions are included with the Premium Membership.
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - Site Building Tools
Free Starter Members can host 2 sites on the Wealthy Affiliate Siterubix domain free of charge. Premium Members can host up to 25 websites on your own domain, and 25 using the Siterubix domain. (That's 50 websites hosted at no additional charge!)
Let's go over the different site-building tools right within Wealthy Affiliate.
Site Manager = Access your websites hosted at Wealthy Affiliate. You can log in from here, check on comments, and check your site's health.
Site Builder = Build a website using Wealthy Affiliate's domain or your own domain in just minutes!
Site Domains = Purchase domain names. (These are an additional cost.)
Site Content = A powerful content-writing tool. Set goals, keep track of your word count and create templates.
Site Comments = A pay-it-forward commenting design. Request comments on your site from other Wealthy Affiliate members. Give comments back and earn "points" for more of your own comment requests.
Site Feedback = Similar to Site Comments, but can you request feedback on your site. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see something you can't.
Site Support - Have a technical issue with your site? You can get help here.
Reviewing the health of my site is something I do regularly, thanks to Site Manager. I can see how well my site is doing overall, plus review comments, see which WordPress version I'm on and see if I'm indexed in Google.
I can dig even deeper by hitting the "Details" button and see what areas I can improve on to make my site health even better.
This is where the real magic happens! You can build a website in just minutes. Actually, even less! You just connect your domain (or use a free one from Wealthy Affiliate), name your site, choose a template, and hit a button that says "Click Here to Build This Site". And that's it!
There are many registrars out there to purchase domains from, but I love using Wealthy Affiliate because:
- All my domains are together with my hosting and training in one place
- They give you free private registrations (many other places charge extra for this)
With that said, you can choose any registrar you like and still use Wealthy Affiliate hosting if you'd prefer.
This is a content builder inside of Wealthy Affiliate that can help you with your writing goals. Since having a website means you will be doing some writing, it's nice to have a place where everything is organized for you.
You can also keep an eye on your word counts. (You'll learn about this in the training, but you want to have quality articles with at least 1,000 words in most cases.)
I'm not going to go through the whole thing as I don't want to overwhelm you, however, I created a walk through for Site Content. Click the link below to get a closer look.
This is a really spectacular feature that Wealthy Affiliate offers. You will learn all about ranking and SEO (Search Engine Optimizaion) in the training, but one of the factors that helps you get ranked in Google (this is important for getting free traffic to your site) are comments.
Comments can hep boost the keywords you're trying to rank for, and it can make your article longer. More quality content = better in Google's eyes. Er, screen?
Wealthy Affiliate has built a system that allows you to give comments and receive comments. For every comment you give, you will get 1 credit. You can use 2 credits to request a comment.
This is set up in this way so that you're always giving more than you're receiving back. (Although, sometimes I can get up to 10 comments for my 2 credits.)
This is a pay-it-forward system. Everyone helps each other be more successful!
Site Feedback is set up in a way similar to Site Comments. However, instead of giving and receiving comments, you give and receive feedback on your sites.
Do you ever look at something so much that you can't really see it anymore? Sometimes it takes that extra set of eyes to see something that you can't.
Site Feedback can help!
Others can look at your site and see if there are any issues or errors.
You can offer feedback too and, like with Site Comments, you will receive 1 credit for every feedback offered. It takes 2 credits to request feedback.
Site Support is simply where you go if you are having technical issues with your site. You would put in a support ticket and explain what the issue is.
They will then communicate back via Private Messaging.
I have used Site Support a few times, and they are very, very fast and do a great job in my personal experience.
The main thing I'd like to point out to you is that everything you need for your website is right inside of Wealthy Affiliate. I personally keep my domains and hosting within the platform because I can easily manage my sites when everything is together.
Plus, Wealthy Affiliate has state-of-the-art hosting with SSL included. (Some hosting companies charge extra for this.) As mentioned, hosting is included with the Premium Membership.
NOTE: You do not have to have your domains and hosting with Wealthy Affiliate. This is just an added benefit for members who want to take advantage.
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - Keyword Research
One of the keys to getting your website found in the search engines is doing proper keyword research. There are plenty of training lessons inside Wealthy Affiliate about how to choose the right keywords that will help your site get found.
What's amazing is that Wealthy Affiliate has their own dedicated research tool right inside the platform called Jaaxy.
With Jaaxy, you can easily find keywords in any niche.
For instance, let's say my niche was about horses and I wanted to promote horse saddles. It took me about 1 minute to find this great keyword.
What this shows us is that the keyword term "horse saddle sale" will give us about 99 searches per month if we are in the #1 spot on Google. The competition (QSR) is low at 31, so we should be able to rank for this. The SEO is high at 92 (this is a good thing).
You can even search to see if that specific term has a domain name available to use. If you wanted to buy horsesaddlessale.com, you can! (And you can do that right in Wealthy Affiliate too!)
Jaaxy is a powerful, yet easy-to-use keyword search tool that is included with a Wealthy Affiliate Membership at no additional cost.
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - Affiliate Programs - NEW as of May 2019!
Wealthy Affiliate just did something really incredible. They have integrated affiliate programs right into the platform. Now you can run a search for affiliate products and programs without having to leave Wealthy Affiliate.
If your niche was diet, you could search that term to come up with ideas of products you can promote. You can learn all about the programs and sign up right from the Wealthy Affiliate platform!
In the future, Wealthy Affiliate will be adding a way to connect directly with affiliate managers - allowing affiliates and merchants to work together seamlessly to find the best opportunities for both parties.
This is not something you're going to find anywhere else out there. Wealthy Affiliate continues to improve their platform to make it as easy as possible for affiliate marketers to make money and have a successful affiliate business.
(And everything is included in one price. There are no upgrades here. They haven't raised their prices in 10 years!)
A Look Inside Wealthy Affiliate - The Community
This is my absolute favorite part about Wealthy Affiliate - the community. You are more likely to succeed when you have support. Wealthy Affiliate has over 400,000 members who can support you along the way!
You can ask questions, write blog posts right inside the community, send private messages asking for help (Premium only), or ask questions in Live Chat.
Here's a blog post I wrote asking about a new feature in Google. You see there are 54 responses! (Some of those are my comments back.)
What's more amazing about the community is that there are TONS of really successful members who offer training, advice and motivational blog posts.
Look at all of the trainings just ONE of our members made. 125! Wow!
The community is absolutely priceless.
This is a chance to learn from those who've gone before you. It's like a giant mastermind group of like-minded people. That is invaluable. Trust me.
How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?
As mentioned above, there are two membership levels:
Free Starter Membership - Free really means free! You can stay a Free Starter Member for as long as you like. The downside is that you'll have limited access. This is a good place to start to check things out.
Premium Membership - You'll get access to absolutely everything (with NO upsells. You get it ALL.)
- Monthly = $49 / Month. The most expensive, but gives you flexibility to cancel at any time if needed.
- $234 / 6 Months. That comes out to $39 / Month. You won't be able to cancel until after your 6 months is up.
- $359 / Year. That comes out to $29.92 / month. This is GENEROUS. This is my favorite way to do it, but you won't be able to cancel until your year is up. Honestly, it's good to give yourself a good, full year at doing this. You can make magic happen in that time.
Highest price, but most flexible option.
Yearly - BEST Price
Best price when you commit to a full year! No monthly bills to worry about.
Great price when you commit to 6 months. No monthly bills to worry about.
BONUS! If you join Premium within your first 7 days, you will only pay $19 for the first month! You can experience all Wealthy Affiliate has to offer and see if it's right for you.
After that, you'll automatically be billed $49 per month. Not right for you? Wealthy Affiliate makes it extremely easy to cancel. Send me a Private Message (PM) in Wealthy Affiliate, and I'll walk you through it.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform with training, tools and support built in. It only works if you take the information and apply it. If you're someone who, like I did many years ago, watched too many of those "make money fast" videos, you might be expecting Wealthy Affiliate to be the same.
The thing is, you want to move away from those videos if you ever want to really make money online. Those kinds of "get rich quick" products never work. You end up disappointed because they never do what they say.
Wealthy Affiliate is different.
It's a place where you learn how to build online income from the ground up. So as long as you follow the training and take action (do the tasks), then yes, Wealthy Affiliate works.
It's up to YOU to make it work.
Can You Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?
Here are just a few of the many, many success stories inside of Wealthy Affiliate. These people went through the training and made it WORK. Remember, they all started exactly where you are right now.
So, can you make money with Wealthy Affiliate? A big YES! If you follow the training and put the time and effort in to make it happen.
Frequently Asked Questions
I went around looking for as many questions as I could find related to Wealthy Affiliate because I want to lay it all out there for you and answer anything that you may have in your mind.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam? / Is Wealthy Affiliate legitimate? / Is Wealthy Affiliate real?
No, Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam, and yes it's real! I hope I've shown that to you with this Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate review. I wanted to give you a look at everything they have to offer so that you can see what it's all about.
Check out what new Premium Member Catherine has to say about joining. (You can read her full post by clicking on the image.)
Again, I completely understand the skepticism because it seems like everyone online is out to get your money and not give you anything in return. I believe Wealthy Affiliate is the complete opposite of that. They give you a TON of value for your money.
I think they could charge a lot, lot more. Yet they don't because Kyle & Carson truly want to help as many people succeed online as possible.
How to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?
Again, Wealthy Affiliate provides you with the training and tools to create a money-making website. But it's up to you to use that information and take action.
It does take time and patience to make money in this way. There are no shortcuts. If you're looking to get rich quick and you're not willing to give it some time (probably 6 months to a year before things really start moving), then you might as well shut this page down now.
I just want you to have the right expectations.
Affiliate marketing is a great business because you can set up multiple streams of income that can grow and grow and grow. This creates a lasting income for the future.
It's very much like a garden. You start planting the seeds in the Spring, but you know you need to nurture those seeds for a few months. And when you do that, you know you will be rewarded for your efforts with a bounty of vegetables.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Pyramid Scheme? / Is Wealthy Affiliate an MLM?
I recently belonged to an MLM and this is not the same. In the MLM, I had to buy at least $100 worth of products every month in order to be able to earn full commissions.
Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform only. You can choose to promote anything you like.
Yes, they do have an affiliate program too. My niche (topic) is make money online, and so I do promote Wealthy Affiliate. But you absolutely do not have to. I enjoy this, and it's my passion. You should promote whatever your passion is.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Safe?
Absolutely! One great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that they a zero-tolerance spam policy. That means no one inside the community is allowed to promote their own websites or products.
This is great because we are all there to learn. We don't want to be inundated with a bunch of ads. It is a very safe place. Any spammers are caught and kicked off immediately.
The web hosting is also very, very safe. I have had zero issues.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Really Free?
The Free Starter Membership is absolutely free. You don't even need your credit card to sign up. You just need an email address. Stay a Free Starter Member for as long as you like.
How Does Wealthy Affiliate Pay You?
This should be clear now, but Wealthy Affiliate doesn't pay you (unless you become their affiliate). They teach you how to make money with an affiliate marketing website.
How to Promote Wealthy Affiliate?
The Affiliate Bootcamp training will teach you exactly how to go about promoting Wealthy Affiliate. What's great is that if you did choose to go that route, Wealthy Affiliate has an incentive program where you can earn a free trip to Vegas!
There's also some advanced training for promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Send me a PM, or write me a note on my profile if you are interested in it, and I'll show you where it is.
I recommend going through Affiliate Bootcamp first though.
What Does Wealthy Affiliate Sell?
I hope this Wealthy Affiliate review has answered that question. They sell their platform which includes step-by-step training on how to set up an affiliate marketing website, plus web hosting, live weekly trainings, a community of like-minded people and so much more.
Wealthy Affiliate Complaints
No company is perfect and you will always have some complaints. That's to be expected and it helps Kyle & Carson stay on their toes and make improvements.
There are a couple of big complaints that I hear, and they are legit complaints, I agree.
1. People who promote Wealthy Affiliate bash other websites and companies to make Wealthy Affiliate look better.
I do see this happen when I'm out there doing my research. I saw one instance where someone compared Wealthy Affiliate with another program, saying that Wealthy Affiliate is the better of the two. The thing is, I'm a member of the other program too, and they shouldn't be compared at all because they are two completely different things.
This is not really a Wealthy Affiliate problem, it's a people problem. People are people and some of them do things that we might not personally agree with. This happens in all walks of life.
Note: Here is Wealthy Affiliate's official stance on how its members are supposed to conduct themselves when creating reviews.
With that said, I do reviews on this site, and I suppose sometimes it does seem I'm bashing some of the things I see. But that's when the sales videos are way over the top and promising too much. I do that so you know what to look out for and that making "$10,000 your first week while only working 1 hour per day" is NOT realistic.
My aim is to help make YOU more successful in whatever way I can, while helping you save money and time by only recommending products that I believe will help you.
Yes, I promote Wealthy Affiliate and make money from doing so. But I can promote anything that's out there. In fact, it would be easier for me to lie and say these "make money in your sleep" products are good. I would get WAY more sales that way.
But I choose to follow Wealthy Affiliate's stance on reviewing with integrity and providing information that can help you make informed buying decisions. My goal is to help you find ways to make money online, legitimately.
I 100% believe that Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform for most people to get started making money online, and THAT'S why I promote it as my #1 recommendation.
2. It's too overwhelming inside of Wealthy Affiliate.
Yes, there is a LOT going on inside the platform. If you ever get stuck or need help, you can PM me or send me a note on my personal profile and I'll try to help you get unstuck.
My advice to you is to do 3 things when you get started:
- Add a profile picture
- Add a profile so we can learn a little more about you
- Go to the training (whichever one you choose) and focus on doing the tasks there.
You can come out to explore the system here and there, but always go back to the training and the tasks. You'll want to follow the training exactly as it's laid out and not get sidetracked by all the noise. At least at first until you get used to things.
3. Only people who are promoting Wealthy Affiliate are making money.
I saw this one in Live Chat yesterday. This person mentioned that they're skeptical because it seemed like the most successful members were promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
There are plenty of successful members promoting Wealthy Affiliate, that is true. But there are many successful members in other niches (topics) too! In fact, the member RD40 (I posted his success story above) is in the health niche.
All of those most successful members have one thing in common:
They all started on Lesson 1 of the training.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?
Wealthy Affiliate is worth it if YOU make it worth it.
If you're going to come in, follow the training, take ACTION and learn all that you can, it is 100% worth it. If you're going to work hard, have patience while your garden (site) grows, then yes, yes, yes, it's absolutely worth it.
If you're going to not follow the training, not be patient and complain about how this doesn't work, then no. It won't be worth it. You'll just be wasting more time and money.
Part of being successful is having the right mindset.
There are incredible benefits to affiliate marketing. You can work from home, be your own boss, promote what you're passionate about, have a lot of fun AND make money too! #makemoneyonline #WorkFromHome #makemoneyfromhome
There are AMAZING benefits to affiliate marketing.
- Work when you want
- Be your own boss
- No income limit (the only limits are on your time, ability and perseverance.)
- No need to buy or hold inventory
- Promote what you're passionate about
- Be creative
- Learn all kinds of new things
But you also have to have the right mindset to help you get through the obstacles and the time when you're working and not seeing results. That time will come. Keep envisioning it. Be excited for it.
As I mentioned above, I originally didn't have the right mindset for this business, so I quit. And that set me back a lot. Please don't be like me. I had to start over and I lost a lot of time.
If you like this business, just keep going. You WILL be a successful because you will have ALL the tools, training and support you need right inside Wealthy Affiliate.
YES! It WILL be worth it.
I hope you enjoyed this Wealthy Affiliate review! I tried to answer as many questions as I possibly could, however, if I missed something, please let me know in the comments area. I would also love to hear your thoughts about Wealthy Affiliate. Have you heard good things, bad things? Let me know what they are so I can address them.