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.
(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.)
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.