Wealthy Affiliate vs Income School Project 24. Which is better? I’m going to compare both for you to help you make a decision about which one to choose that makes the most sense for you.
While I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and have been for quite some time, I have recently been binge-watching Jim and Ricky’s YouTube channel and I have a great idea of what these two guys are all about, and more specifically, what Project 24 is all about.
I have to say, as soon as I started watching Income School’s YouTube channel, I couldn’t stop watching. Jim and Ricky are super likable guys who seem like great family men and just want to help people succeed.
If you get nothing else from this article, then have a look at their channel!
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an educational platform that teaches people how to create their own profitable affiliate marketing website(s) step by step. It was started in 2005 by co-owners Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim.
Wealthy Affiliate is a membership site and there are 2 levels of memberships:
- Free Starter Membership
- Premium Membership
I’ll talk about costs and compare both platforms a little later.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches users how to find a niche, research keywords and write quality content focused on those keywords. They primarily teach search engine optimization techniques (SEO) to grab free traffic from Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches about how to create smaller niche websites, as well as building up authority websites. They recommend and have trainings on using social media to grab traffic. (They recommend picking and focusing on only 1 main social media platform.)
They have over 1.4 million members.
What is Income School Project 24?
Income School Project 24 is also an educational platform that teaches you how to create websites that you can monetize. It was started just a couple of years ago and was originally called Niche Site School. It was started by co-founders Jim Harmer and Ricky Kesler.
Project 24 focuses on creating small niche websites that you can work on a lot upfront (when I saw a lot, I mean 30-60 days) and if done right, can bring in passive income for years to come Jim and Ricky both create these types of websites themselves and they have a process in place that works.
That’s what Project 24 is all about. They put that process into a course that we can easily follow. Of course, they can’t guarantee we’ll be as successful as them, but they say that if we follow all the steps correctly (60 steps, to be exact), we have a great chance to go from $0 to a full-time income by 24 months.
The goal of the websites you create in Project 24 are more heavily focused on getting lots of traffic and then placing ads and using affiliate links once that traffic is established.
This is slightly different from Wealthy Affiliate’s strategy, but we’ll discuss all the differences (and the things that are the same) below.
What Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer on Their Site?
With Wealthy Affiliate, you not only get training, but you also get a lot of useful tools. Let’s make this into a list so it’s easier to understand.
Wealthy Affiliate gives you:
- Free Starter Membership with limited access, but you can remain a free member forever if you’d like
- Premium Membership ($49 / month) which includes all the training, tools and support
- 2 different courses with step-by-step video and text training that will take you from start to finish with creating your own affiliate marketing website
- Free Starter Members can get 2 free websites hosted by Wealthy Affiliate (on WA’s domain)
- Premium Members can get hosting for 25 of WA’s websites (on their domain – great for testing) and hosting for 25 sites on your own domains. The hosting is fast, safe, secure and sis comparable to BlueHost, HostGator, WP Engine and many of the other popular hosts out there.
- Live weekly classes
- Hundreds of member-created trainings
- Live Chat
- Private Messaging
- 24/7 technical support for your websites
- A keyword tool (also used for checking your rankings and spying on your competition)
- Access to a community of over 1.4 million people hosted right in WA (this is NOT a Facebook group), where Kyle and Carson are personally interactive
To see everything Wealthy Affiliate offers, you can read my full review here.
The membership at Wealthy Affiliate is very comprehensive and even if something isn’t directly in the training, either the weekly live training has covered it (all past classes are available at all times to Premium Members) or a member has blogged about it or created their own training on it.
What Does Project 24 Offer on Their Site?
Income School Project 24 is also a membership site. The cost to join is $449 for the first year and $199 / year after that. Project 24 also has step-by-step training on their site that goes through setting up your own niche website from start to finish.
Project 24 offers:
- Step-by-step training
- A podcast for members only that has tons of tricks and tips
- A community of people to help support you, including Jim and Ricky who are in there often (this is within their platform and is not a Facebook group)
Their training covers topics like (this list does not include everything):
- Their 60-step process (which is their key to having a successful site)
- Search analysis
- Picking profitable niches
- SEO (we’ll talk about this in a sec. They do things differently with this than Wealthy Affiliate)
- Web Traffic
- Email Marketing basics
- Hiring & Training Writers
- Photography lessons for your site
- Monetizing your sites
As you can see, they also have a comprehensive list of topics that they cover.
In the next sections I’m going to tell you what’s different and what’s the same with Wealthy Affiliate vs Project 24.
Wealthy Affiliate vs Income School Project 24 – How are the Lessons Different?
In case I didn’t make it clear, I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate, but I am not currently a member of Project 24. (Although, I could be in the near future, as I like to learn different ways of doing things from different experts in the industry.)
But, as I mentioned, I have been binge watching all of Income School’s videos on YouTube, and these guys give out a lot of awesome information on there, and so I have a great idea of exactly what they’re teaching. (Because they tell you!)
Wealthy Affiliate vs Income School Project 24:
- Wealthy Affiliate focuses on both niche websites and authority websites
- Income School Project 24 just tackles small niche websites
- Wealthy Affiliate teaches the standard way of doing keyword research and suggest using the keyword tool in their platform, Jaaxy
- Income School teaches a more “common sense” (as they say) approach to keyword research and they suggest you don’t use any keyword tools
- Wealthy Affiliate focuses a lot on creating review posts
- Project 24 focuses on 3 types of posts: response (short posts that answer a question), staple (how-to posts), pillar (super long and in-depth posts – an ultimate guide, for example). They use review posts sparingly
- Wealthy Affiliate focuses on mostly affiliate marketing for monetization
- Project 24 mostly focuses on getting as much traffic as possible, then adding ads and some affiliate marketing for passive income
- Wealthy Affiliate teaches using social media, but only one so that you don’t get overwhelmed
- Project 24 teaches not using social media at all, but they say to use YouTube instead
As you can see, there are some differences between the teaching styles of both platforms, but they’re not hugely different.
Wealthy Affiliate vs Income School Project 24 – How are the Lessons the Same?
The two platforms do have some differences as mentioned above, but they are also similar in several ways:
- Both focus on creating high quality, helpful content
- Both websites have training that works if you follow it
- Both have thriving communities for support (although, I’ve been in both, and Wealthy Affiliate’s community is much, much more active)
- Both give you realistic expectations about how long it takes to make money from blogging
- Both are owned by stand-up guys who want to see people succeed
- Both are awesome for beginners
Now that we went over all of that, I’m going to give you my take on both of these platforms and what I personally like and don’t like about each.
What I Like and Don’t Like About Wealthy Affiliate
No matter what training you go with, there are going to be things you like and things you don’t like about it. Nothing’s perfect. It’s really more about which teaching style you like and what you’re willing to invest in a training.
Being a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I’ve had a great inside look into all the components of their site.
This is what I really like about them:
- The community is huge and thriving. It’s very, very active and helpful.
- Live Chat is great when you need an answer quickly
- Many successful members in the community, and they help give advice, tips, tricks and training
- Easy to connect 1-on-1 with people inside the platform
- Web hosting is included in the membership
- There are also tools to give and receive feedback and comments on your site for extra support
- Low monthly fee
- If you pay yearly, it’s $359, which equates to only $29.92 / month
- The training flows very nicely and you check off tasks as you go, which helps you learn while taking action
- Kyle and Carson interact with the community very often, almost daily
What I think Wealthy Affiliate can improve on:
- Some training could use some updating (although there’s usually a weekly training covering the same topic that’s more up-to-date)
- There’s a lot of content inside the platform and it can be overwhelming
- When you find good content, it’s hard to find it again (their search function isn’t great)
- They focus on writing reviews a lot, and it may not be the best, most up-to-date strategy (Although, for affiliate marketing, reviews do work well.)
While Wealthy Affiliate has its flaws, overall, it is the absolute best bang for your buck. They just include so much value that it’s hard to ignore. You can even give them a try as a Free Starter Member, and you don’t even need your credit card.
What I Like and Don’t Like About Income School Project 24
Again, I’m not personally a member of Project 24 right now, but I have seen enough of their videos and reviews from members that I feel I can give a non-member perspective.
What I really like about Income School Project 24 and Jim & Ricky’s content:
- They give away so much valuable content on YouTube
- Their no-nonsense approach to keyword research (some don’t like it, but I want to test it more)
- Their approach to creating backlinks (they don’t focus on it)
- Their approach to using social media (they say it’s a waste of time for small niche sites, and from what I’ve seen, I agree)
- The fact that they build out different niche websites themselves and show us their successes and failures
- The fact that they interact with their community and focus on helping people succeed
- Their niche case studies which help you learn what and what not to do with your own site
- The way they teach how to build up a site quickly, let it sit, then add monetization for passive income
I love Jim and Ricky’s no-nonsense approach to writing content and finding topics to write about. They actually completely opened my eyes about how easy it is to veer off course with a particular subject when you’re writing an article with this video:
Things I’m not a fan of with Income School:
- If you want to build an authority site, this is not for you
- Because it’s so new, their approach hasn’t yet been truly shown to be successful for more people than just themselves (so far)
- Their cost is more than Wealthy Affiliate (based on WA’s yearly commission), but they don’t include hosting
- They don’t have a live chat for those burning questions
Overall, Income School Project 24 is fantastic. I support Jim & Ricky and what they’re doing and you would not go wrong to sign up with their site. In fact, I’ll make it easy for you and you can go to their site right from here.
Results for Wealthy Affiliate & Income School Project 24
I just wanted to add a couple of reviews from people who are having success with both of these platforms.
To be fair, it’s not easy to find people in Project 24 who have had huge monetary success because it’s a newer program. They haven’t had time to build up to that yet. There are people having success with traffic.
Wealthy Affiliate has been around for over a decade, and they have lots of success stories. Let’s take a look at just a couple for each program.
Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories
Here’s a video from Caffinated Blogger about Wealthy Affiliate:
Here’s one from Chris (Benji’s Dad) who used the training at Wealthy Affiliate to earn 6 figures:
I also have more success stories posted on my blog.
Income School Project 24 Success Stories
Here’s a reviewer, Jeremy, who is having success with Project 24:
He even updated in the comments that his traffic has grown substantially from the time he made the video:
The only issue is that we don’t know if he’s monetized yet and how much he’s making from this traffic.
Here’s someone who started seeing great traffic results in his first 6 months:
This is exactly what Income School Project 24 teaches. Put out great content, let Google find you, build up your traffic and then worry about monetizing.
We’ll have to see if they have people successful at the monetizing part. Only time will tell.
After taking a look at both Wealthy Affiliate and Income School Project 24, you really can’t go wrong with either one. Both are geared toward people who are new to online marketing, but I know that Wealthy Affiliate has more content that goes beyond the beginner stuff inside their community.
Also, Wealthy Affiliate continues to be my #1 recommendation, because of:
- The community
- Hosting included
- Live weekly trainings
I wouldn’t hesitate at all to send someone to Income School Project 24, however. I know you can learn everything you need to create a successful website. You can click on this link to sign up if you’d like.
If you’d like to try out Wealthy Affiliate, you can click this link to start a Free Starter Membership. You’ll have full access for 7 days.
Leave me any questions or comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!