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.”

A picture of ChristinaA picture of Christina

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.

Questions like:

  • 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. 


Product Name: Wealthy AffiliateCost: Starter Membership = Free Premium Membership = $19 for the first month, then $49 / Month after that, or $234 / 6 Months, or $359 / YearOwners: Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim

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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. 

(No credit card required for the free membership.)

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.) 

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Wealthy Affiliate explains their training on their website.

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. 

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Click the image to read the full story.

Here’s my YouTube review of Wealthy Affiliate. In this video, I take you deep inside the walls of Wealthy Affiliate, and I reveal all the shocking truths.

(Dramatic, right? )

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.  

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Click the image to view my profile.

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 (, 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 Wealthy Affiliate: Online Entrepreneur Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp. 

Online Entrepreneur 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 WebsiteLevel 3 – Making Money! Level 4 – Mastering Social EngagementLevel 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.

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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

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 RollingLevel 2: Content, Keyowrds and ConversionsLevel 3: Giving Your Site Social ValueLevel 4: Get Visual. Get Asthetic. Get a Brand Through MediaLevel 5: Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your ReferralsLevel 6: Bing, Yahoo & the Power of PPCLevel 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. 

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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 1 site on the Wealthy Affiliate’s Siterubix domain free of charge. Premium Members can host up to 10 websites, which is such an incredible deal, if you ask me.

 Let’s go over the different site-building tools right within Wealthy Affiliate. 

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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.

Site Manager

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. 

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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.

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Site Builder

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! 

Site Domains

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. 

Site Content

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. 

Site Comments

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.

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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

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

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. 

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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.

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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, 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

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. 

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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! 

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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.) 

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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! 

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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. 

Not only that, but Kyle, one of the co-owners of Wealthy Affiliate, also takes the time to encourage the people within the community. Here’s an instance where I updated the community on the progress I’m making on a particular goal. 

Kyle (and many others who I am also grateful for) took the time to write a note of encouragement. 

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As you’re building a business, this is really, really helpful and necessary. You don’t want to go it alone.

What’s even nicer is that Kyle has taken the time to encourage me on a personal post on Facebook. Nothing that even has anything to do with his site: 

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How many busy owners of businesses take time to do THAT? 

Additional Wealthy Affiliate Updates (New as of July 2019)

Wealthy Affiliate is continually updating their platform, and I will continue to add updates as they come in. In July, they have made two significant changes: 

  1. All websites hosted at Wealthy Affiliate will now automatically be installed with the Kraken plugin. Kraken is the leading provider of image optimization. Read more about this update here
  2. All training videos hosted at Wealthy Affiliate have been moved to Wistia for much better quality. You can read more about that update here

All improvements that Wealthy Affiliate makes to its platform is included in the price. There are no additional costs for these upgrades. 

Coming Soon – Super Fast Hosting

Wealthy Affiliate is starting to phase in new hosting servers, and soon everyone will move to these servers. 

I was able to contact SiteSupport and asked that they put me on the new servers now, and they were able to do that. The speed of my website has improved dramatically. 

These were my Google PageSpeed results before the change: 

Before Wealthy Affiliate's super fast servers.Before Wealthy Affiliate's super fast servers.

And here are the results after I got on the new servers: 

After Wealthy Affiliate's super fast servers.After Wealthy Affiliate's super fast servers.

The cost of Wealthy Affiliate is worth it just for the hosting, in my opinion. For just $49 / month, you can host up to 10 websites. (Plus you get everything else, too!) That is an insane value!

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.  
  • $495 / Year. That comes out to $41.25 / month. 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. 

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Highest price, but most flexible option.




  • Cancel at any time
  • 24/7 Support
  • Access to everything
  • Host up to 25 websites
Yearly – BEST Price

Best price when you commit to a full year! No monthly bills to worry about.




  • Comes out to $41.25 / mo
  • Free .com domain name included
  • 100 Community Credits included
  • Host up to 10 websites
  • 24/7 Support
  • Access to Everything
  • Best for those ready to commit to creating a real online business.

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. 

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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?

(Success Stories)

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. 

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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. 

I also have a full list of Wealthy Affiliate FAQs here

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.) 

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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?

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 or 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?

Wealthy Affiliate sells 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. 

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: 

  1. Add a profile picture 
  2. Add a profile so we can learn a little more about you
  3. 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 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.  

Bonus: Free 5-Day Email Course

Just add your email below, and I’ll give you my free e-book, 4 Steps to Affiliate Success. You’ll also get my free 5-day e-mail course that will walk you through how to build your own affiliate website using the free training at Wealthy Affiliate. 

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. 

38 thoughts on “The Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review”

  1. Wow!  I’m truly impressed!  You are right, this is the Ultimate review of Wealthy Affiliate.  I have looked for many ways to make money on line and I have always come short but from what I have read Wealthy Affiliate are the way forward.  Your presentation of the company is very good.  I have confidence in your review and I will take a good look at them.  Thanks for the share.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Wealthy Affiliate review, Derek. I appreciate it!

  2. Never came across a review so well detailed and informative. Wealthy affiliates is a great platform unlike any platform on the internet that offers a basic to expert guidance on affiliate marketing. They provide a study course which makes it possible for beginners to learn and also offer an online community assistance in case of any issues or problems. 

    The site comments is also a wonderful feature of WA. If you haven’t joined wealthy affiliates, be quick and sign up.

    Great Review.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Wealthy Affiliate and my Ultimate review. I’m glad you’re enjoying your experience there. I’m alway happy to hear how others are doing with WA. 

  3. This is a great review on Wealthy Affiliate.  Several years ago I signed up with them.  At the time I had been scammed so many times and it seemed like I was getting a ton of emails from Wealthy Affiliate.  So Iumped them in with the rest of the scams and did not even give them a chance.  Now I am investigating them again, and reading all the reviews.  They are still around and they have great reviews, so this is positive!  I am wondering how long you have been with them and what has your experience been so far?

    • I’m sure Wealthy Affiliate has marketing emails like any other company. (I actually don’t even get very many so I’m not sure! haha.) But I would definitely not lump them in with other scammy sites out there that send you countless junk emails 

      Those are the products I’m trying to help people avoid and save their money! 

      I have been with Wealthy Affiliate off and on since 2009. I have only had great experiences. I only left for some time because I gave up. I don’t recommend doing that! I’ve been back since later 2017 and everything is going fabulously! 🙂 I am happy I came back. 

  4. Hi Christina

    I loved your Ultimate review of WA! It’s incredibly comprehensive, to the point and visually inviting and really easy to understand. You have covered everything there is to know about WA and the amazing community, support and development it has to offer.

    I started off with a free membership back in 2012, then I stopped for a few years as I became a mother so my focus shifted. I’ve rejoined WA again in 2016 as I knew of the benefits it had to offer and I’m now premium and haven’t looked back since.

    Thanks for this review and wish you well in your success.


    • Thank you for checking out my Wealthy Affiliate review and also sharing your experiences with the platform! I appreciate it. 

  5. Each time I think of how I joined wealthy affiliates, I always thank God because this platform is unique,  if you ask me. Starting from the training, down to site builder, site comments which is actually sustaining me now as I earn some helpful stipends while I continue with my training. I so much love this platform. 

    • I’m glad you are having such a positive experience with Wealthy Affiliate! 

  6. This is the most comprehensive and detailed review on Wealthy Affiliate I have ever read.

    I can vouch for each and every point being discussed in this review. I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate for over 4 years and when I had started out I was as green as it gets, meaning, I had no prior knowledge of what is internet/affiliate marketing.

    The training courses, the community itself, are priceless. The step by step walkthrough of each and every video is amazing and makes everything from the start much clearer; if you need to review a lesson you can always go back.

    Then the weekly Live Training, which is in itself a gem and yet, there is so much more which you have mentioned in your article.

    Thanks for sharing all the information, it is “Ultimate”. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts, Sylvia! I’m glad to have a member of Wealthy Affiliate share your experiences. I’m really happy they have been so positive for you! 🙂 

  7. I’ll tell you, the first that made me even consider registering with Wealthy Affiliate was the reviews I saw that indicated that the creators of the program were very active in the community and that it felt like a family in there. 

    There’s nothing as good as knowing that you’ve people in your corner who would cheer for you and encourage you as you go on this journey. Then, immediately I registered, I got. Personal message from Kyle and I told myself, yes!!!  I have come to the right place.

    it took me less than 3days to upgrade to premium because I wanted to get into this community and begin to reap the benefits of being one of the inner caucus. I’ve got no regrets…. Wealthy Affiliate is the way to go. Hard work hard work like putting lessons from the training into practice will make us this online income that we are pursuing. 

    • Excellent! I’m really happy that you found your way to Wealthy Affiliate and you could immediately feel the warmth of the community. There is no place like this out there, I’m sure of it! 

      You said it all so perfectly. Thank you for sharing! 

  8. Wealthy affiliate is a sure way of earning cash either as a side source of income or as a main source. I just registered and upgraded to the premium account. I have heard many testimonies of people that have earned from it and I look forward to earning from it. Great review 

    • Congrats on making a GREAT decision to go Premium. You will see that you’ll have just about everything you need to run a successful online business right inside the platform. I’m excited for you! 

  9. I really find this article so interesting from the beginning and it so full of information especially the one that can help newbie that is looking for how to make money online. 

    Let me start by saying I have been part of wealthy affiliate program for so times now and I can say with my consistence learning day by day I have been able to say to myself that I am making great progress as an affiliate marketer. 

    And I learn everything I know today about affiliate marketing business in wealthy affiliate.wealthy affiliate is a place to be. But is not a get rich quick only for those that are ready to put in there energy  and energy to work

    • Excellent! And you will do very well with the mindset that you have in place. Yes it takes work, but I don’t know about you, but I think it’s fun work! 

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it!

  10. It was great to read your review on Wealthy Affiliate Christina and remind myself once again what a great place this is to be. I see you have been a member there almost ten years, and I see so many other members that have also been there a long time, which goes to show that Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the place to be.

    My favorite part of being a member of this amazing platform apart from the incredibly helpful community is the great hosting that I get for my websites at a fraction of the cost of what other places are charging. The training is also second to none.

    • To be fair, Michel, I started at Wealthy Affiliate back in 2009, but left after some time, then came back. But, that just goes to show what a great place this is because it has been on my mind for the last 10 years. I was so happy to come back and be a part of the community again. 

      I regret ever leaving because I wasted time and money doing that. I had to start over again. The others who have been here for 10 years are KILLING it! 

      Lesson: keep moving forward and do not ever stop! 🙂 

  11. Wow, this is really an ultimate resource to visit about Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks a lot, Christina. I was looking for all informational resources in one place. You have done this for me. It will really help me for orienting others about this great make money platform. It will help me recruit new members to the site, who are willing to  make their own home  business and earn online. Thanks a lot again. 


    • My pleasure, Radeet! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 

  12. Hello there, this is your article and review is truly an Ultimate review of wealthy affiliate. I must commend your effort for taking your time to come up with an article like this explaining extensively about wealthy affiliate and also answering major frequently asked questions. I want to believe by now that anybody that have read this your article must know that wealthy affiliate is a legitimate ways of  making money online and also to build their own websites for their own affiliate marketing 

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate review. I appreciate it!

  13. What an in-depth and very detailed explanation of Wealthy Affiliate! I can imagine how much time you put into preparing this piece. I totally agree with you on the Wealthy Affiliate program, it is a sure financial route to success. With a lot of lessons and tasks, you’re sure to  learn the nitty-gritty of affiliate marketing. And with the Wealthy Affiliate community always on hand to help, you will never get stuck. 

    I am always happy to have joined this program, because I had a thousand people discouraging me. I can proudly say it’s the best decision I’ve made online. If you haven’t registered for the Wealthy Affiliate course, do sign up quickly, you can even sign up for free!

    • It took me a couple of days to put together, Louis! lol I really wanted to make sure I hit as many points as I could because if it were me looking into the program, I’d want to really make sure it was worth my time and money before signing up. 

      I’m really happy that you decided to join us and that you are now getting encouragement from the community. The community is the BEST and they have helped me SO MUCH in my own journey. 

      You will go far with your great attitude and perseverance!

  14. Hi Cristina,

    Wow what a review! I am loving my experience in WA, I am there just for 5 weeks, but I learned so much. I have been searching for ways to learn internet marketing, but never found a training like this.

    Wishing you great success,


    • That’s great to hear! I’m glad you’re enjoying Wealthy Affiliate and learning a lot from it. They taught me everything I know about setting up a site and creating an income online.

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    You know that Christina. People say never given up. But sometimes we given up. I think is the best option. Because we can realize how we wasting our time. I think it’s makes sense right?.

    • Well, I think that depends. I gave up on affiliate marketing years ago because I wasn’t successful enough. But it’s always been my desire to make this work, so giving up was a mistake for me. If I would have pushed through, I would be so much further ahead than I am now.

      But, you should give up if you’re not enjoying it and you really know that you never will. Of course, you don’t want to waste your time and money on something that you really don’t like!

      Even with specific websites that you create. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. And there is a point where it doesn’t make sense to keep going if it just isn’t going to work.

      So really, this question has to be answered by you and what you want to achieve in your life…

  16. Very legit also nice but I don’t have any money can’t join

    • You can join for free, and you get 1 free website. It’s certainly doable to work with that, but it is limited.

      You don’t need a lot of money to get started, but it certainly makes it easier if you have some. I also have this article about 50 Real Ways to Make Money Online, if that helps you.

  17. that’s an almost 9000 words wealthy affiliate review!
    I aim to finish reading this in the next 6 months. My eyes hurt.

  18. I am a WA member. I need no sales pitches. Please answer my question about why you will help me better than the website I tried to learn from and failed. I’m not stupid, but not good on computers, though I surf the net, go to my favorite sites, do legal research (49+ yeas a successful lawyer, but damned tired of being a lawyer. I want to do this, but I did not learn from WA’s program: too complicated. Shoud I try working as YOUR affiliate, or just hang it up?

    • Working as an affiliate marketer isn’t really any different from working at any business. In some ways, it’s harder because you don’t have to follow a set schedule or timeline. It can be hard to be disciplined to do the work. Whether you signed up under me or not wouldn’t really change that. I don’t have a magic wand where I can automatically make you successful. (I wish I did!)

      For the people who sign up under me, I give help when they ask me for it. I can help point people in the right direction. (I do that for anyone, not just referrals.) But the whole point of Wealthy Affiliate is that there are step-by-step lessons that are there to help you succeed. What you do with that is really up to you!

      I think anyone can be successful in doing this, but you have to want it enough. I can’t really make that happen for you.

  19. Pls reply. I am semi retired bi-vocational pastor. I would like to make money for the Lord and my family. But pls explain to me how this is better and different than having a store with Shopify and Oberlo. How is this different from other mlm or other e sites etc. I really don’t understand! Pls no offense

    • Hey Richard!

      Shopify is an e-commerce store. I don’t know a ton about it, but from what I understand, you would pay a monthly fee and you’ll get to host a store on Shopify. You then sell products and whatever the price difference is between what you buy the product for versus what you sell it for is your commission. I know that many people are successful with this, but you will have to spend money advertising, and you also will have to deal with customer service issues.

      I don’t know what Oberlo is, so I can’t comment on that.

      Here’s my post on MLMs vs Affiliate Marketing. You have a 99% chance of losing money in an MLM, which is why I don’t recommend them.

      There are many ways to earn an income online. I personally like affiliate marketing the best. It’s fairly easy and inexpensive to get started and once you get rolling, you can have income coming in on work that you did years ago. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time and consistent effort.

      I think it’s fun, but it’s not for everyone. Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform that will show you how to build an affiliate website step-by-step. You can join for free (no credit card required) to see if you like it.


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