Ok, as you may know I used Wealthy Affiliate to start my online business and I still use it to this day. I've tried out a bunch of different affiliate training programs out there and this one is better than all others in my book (thats why I still use it). So without further ado, here is my review...
My Wealthy Affiliate Review
- Owners: Kyle and Carson
- Website: wealthyaffiliate.com
- Price: $0 for Starter Membership (FREE) & $47/month or $359/year for Premium Membership (no upsells)
"The Best Training For Online Success" - most complete training I’ve come across, outstanding support and community, and... its free to start (got to love that))
First off, let me go over what exactly Wealthy Affiliate is for those of you who don’t know.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an online community that was created over a decade ago to help people succeed online. It provides a wealth of training to help people start their own online businesses. To date it has helped over 1 million online entrepreneurs.
Its founders Kyle & Carson
are some of the best out there at what they do. They started Wealthy Affiliate by themselves, but it has since grown to a rather large online training center, with many people working behind the scenes to bring students awesome training material and great support.
Kyle is more active within the community and will even give you one on one help. Carson you don’t see as much, as he deals with more of the technical aspects of Wealthy Affiliate, making your time at WA as simple as possible (through website design…).
Wealthy Affiliate's number 1 training focus is on affiliate marketing and giving you all the information you need to succeed. There are 4 major steps that need to be taken to make this happen and you will be guided step by step through every little part. Here is an overview:
As you can see the whole process is rather simple. You earn money by promoting and helping sell other products. Everything is free to do. You can create your website for free, use free methods to get traffic to your site, sign up for an affiliate program for free, and so on.
One awesome part of this business model is that you never have to keep inventory or even touch a product.
But it gets more complicated than you think. Its not something you can just go out and do and become successful. You might think that you can just start promoting products on your social media channels and you will make good money. But it just doesn’t work like that.
You need training. And there is no better place to learn the tricks of the trade than at Wealthy Affiliate.
The resources Wealthy Affiliate provides you with make it do-able for any person regardless of their computer/sales/writing skills. You DON’T need to be an expert with anything. You just need to be willing and ready to learn and take action.
Why Wealthy Affiliate Works
The three main reasons why I think wealthy affiliate is so effective is because of its simplicity, its helpful community structure, and its extensive training in everything you can think of.
So Simple Anyone Can Do It
At WA keeping it simple is important. The Wealthy Affiliate website is set up so that anyone can navigate around and not get lost. When it comes to the training and tutorials it doesn’t get any better than this. All of the processes are broken down into easy to follow steps.
Its not that the information itself is that simple, its just that at Wealthy Affiliate it is broken down as simple as possible. Much of the training is provided in a video tutorial format, which I personally think is the easiest and fastest way to learn and get things done.
One of the biggest concerns that people have when it comes to building an online business is building their own website. Well let me tell you this couldn’t be simpler and in fact people as young as 8 and as old as 93 have done so successfully. You do not have to be tech savvy to do this. Just to give you guys an idea take a look at this very short video below that was created by Kyle (WA founder not me)
Even though Wealthy Affiliate is about as simple as it can be, you will still run into problems along the way. Maybe you missed a step or are having troubles with an affiliate program or just anything. This is where the community comes in, real help coming from real people who know what they are talking about.
The Community is a Big Help
Wealthy Affiliate is not just a regular website or an ordinary program of this type by any means. It is a community of affiliate marketers and has 10’s of thousands of members. The community aspect is so important and that is one of the main reasons that sets it apart.
Many of the members are just starting out or are semi-advanced (like you I’m guessing) and many are experienced and full-time affiliate marketers.
For newbies, having the experienced affiliate marketers help you out is a big bonus. There have been countless times that I have received help from members.
There are several different ways you can get help when you need it. Usually I write a question, which can be viewed by all members, and end up getting an answer shortly after. But if you are stuck for some reason and are in need of immediate help then you can also choose to chat live with someone that can help.
Here is a screenshot of my dashboard below. The interface of Wealthy Affiliate is well mapped out and easy to follow.
Its not a program that you download and then you are on your own with it. In fact you don’t download anything. You will access everything through your online account which is part of this large community.
The attitude at Wealthy Affiliate is something you would have to experience to believe. Its not your average online social experience. The people all work together and help others out. This is because there is incentive to help others out. There is a sophisticated ranking system in which you can climb as a member. And there are rewards for highly ranked members.
Another thing that is great about the community is that it is “clean”. There is a zero spam policy, which keeps things nice. Sure you will see the occasional spam, but generally they have it locked down and its nothing but good quality helpful information that you will find.
The Training Provided is Top Notch
The training is exactly what you need. You receive training in all areas, choosing a niche, building your website, driving traffic to your website, and monetizing this traffic. Just about every little step to building your online affiliate marketing business is covered.
There are 5 courses, each of which contain 10 lessons. This is the core of your learning. You go through each lesson in order and they all build upon eachother. They utilize videos very effectively. A lot of the lessons have a video to watch that takes your hand and walks you right through the process of the entire lesson. For someone like me it doesn’t get any better than videos.
There are 2 different memberships at Wealthy Affiliate, so the training available differs depending on which you decide to get. There is the completely free Starter Membership (which is free for life by the way, not a trial offer) and there is the Premium Membership, which is paid.
Of course you are going to get more training with the paid Premium Membership, but the Starter Membership is still pretty darn good, and the price of absolutely $0 makes it zero risk. Below I’ll go over the training courses you will get with a little sneak peak.
Sneak Peak Inside The Training Offered At Wealthy Affiliate
How good can a free membership possibly be right? Well what you will see will surprise you.
The Free Starter Membership Includes
Course Level 1 – Online Entrepreneur Certification
With the 10 lessons in course level 1 you can look forward to the following benefits…
And this is just in the course 1. Besides the course there are many other benefits and supplemental materials that are included in the Starter Membership. These include:
- 2 free, fully functional WordPress websites along with free website hosting
- Phase 1 of Affiliate Bootcamp Training
- Hundreds (literally) of training modules
- Access to 2 training classrooms
- 30 keyword searches per month
- Live support from experts in the community as well as the owners for the first 7 days
After just this first course you will have chosen your niche, you will have your website up and running, and you will be beginning to create content that brings in traffic for you to convert to paying customers.
The Premium Membership Includes
Course Level 1 of Entrepreneur Certification as seen above plus the following…
Course Level 2 – Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
Here you will be taught different ways to bring in relevant traffic in any niche. All of these ways bring in organic traffic and do not cost a penny.
Course Level 3 – Making Money
By this course you already have a website, content, and traffic. Now you just need to know how to best monetize that traffic. This course covers the best ways to do this.
Course Level 4 – Mastering Social Engagement
The social aspect of your business is a must. This course covers social media, social marketing, and social networks, all of which will increase the success of your business.
Course Level 5 – Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation
By this point you are already creating content. But there are ways to improve it. In this course you will learn about content layout/structure, how to create more social engagement from your content, and ultimately how to increase your conversions through content creation.
As I said above, the courses are “the core” of the training here at WA, but it doesn’t end there.
There are also 13 different classrooms that focus on a different aspect of affiliate marketing. They range from Getting Started, to SEO, to email marketing, to pay per click marketing, and so on. There are are also an insane amount of training modules, totaling at over 1,000.
Live Online Seminars
Another great idea that WA uses. Every Friday at 8pm EST WA’s training chief, Jay, does online training videos. He covers any sort of subject dealing with affiliate marketing. Any member can sign up and sit in on his live classes. You are even able to chat with him during the live training, asking questions in real time. The trainings are also recorded so you can go back and watch ones you missed.
Jay is an excellent teacher and a very, and I mean VERY, successful affiliate marketer himself. He actually runs his own business outside of WA in which companies hire him to increase traffic on their websites.
He is the best of the best and I strongly encourage anyone who joins WA to sit in on his webinars.
I find these live classes particularly enjoyable and helpful. Whenever you can ask a question and get a live response like that it just makes it much more personal than reading and watching pre-recorded videos, not that they aren’t great though.
How Much Money Can You Make??!!
The question that everyone wants to know the answer to. Well the answer is A LOT! In affiliate marketing there is enormous potential to make money. Once you build a solid foundation and get your online business going and growing, the sky is the limit.
Statistically speaking there are 2 billion people on the internet at any given time, and hundreds of millions in the United States alone.
When it comes to the world of the internet its amazing. Because of your ability to reach people with no geographical boundaries, you can make good money in even the smallest niche markets, ones that you would never be able to turn a good profit with if they were a brick and mortar business.
I know people that have made as much as much as $3,000 in one day, I kid you not. But this is not the norm. I also know people that barely make anything. It all depends on how good you are at it. And thats what Wealthy Affiliate helps you with. You will learn the little tips and tricks to make a good website, get high rankings in search engines, get traffic, and monetize that traffic. Anyone can make a website and sign up for affiliate programs but there is a lot more to it than just that and Wealthy Affiliate is the top place to walk you through the process.
I personally have yet to make $1000 in one day but I’ve come darn close. That is my goal for 2016. To make it to the $1000 mark.
There is plenty of money to be made and you aren’t forced to spend money at Wealthy Affiliate.
You Get to Choose Whether its Right for You
Like I mentioned above, there are 2 memberships at WA, the Starter Membership is free for life and the Premium Membership is paid.
The cool thing about WA is that when you sign up you get a free trail of the Premium Membership. And when I say a free trial I am not talking about one of those trials where you enter your credit card and get charged if you forget to cancel after the trial runs out. NO CREDIT CARD NEEDED here for the trial. If the trial runs out then nothing happens.
The free trial gives you access to the premium membership benefits. It lasts 7 days and gives you a taste of everything WA has to offer. If you don’t want to purchase the Premium membership at the end of the 7 days then you remain a Starter Member and still get access to a decent portion of training and other information.
Anyway, you will get to decide for yourself what you want. Give the free trial a try and see if its right for you. If not, then you still can be a Starter Member for free and for life.
Just to give you a visual of the differences between the premium membership and the starter membership, here is a screenshot.
Whether you are new to the online affiliate marketing world or a semi-experienced affiliate you should try the free trial at WA. Free is free, you don’t have anything to lose.
What I Don’t Like About Wealthy Affiliate
There is really not much that I don’t like about it. All in all its definitely the best affiliate marketing training you can find.
I guess I would have to say my number 1 compliant would be that I wish there was more training. I know right, I just talked all about how great and thorough the training is. But it can always be better and there can almost always be more.
Sometimes I’ll be searching around and reading things online and learn about a new tip or something that can help me with my business and I’ll think “man, why didn’t WA teach me that?”. But I guess thats just expecting too much. Because no place is going to be able to stay completely on top of every little thing you can do in the internet world to better your business.
Taking everything into consideration, theres not that much more you can ask for with a WA membership. I mean, the training is easy to go though and I maybe had 1 or 2 problems throughout the all of the training. But even when I did run into some problems I was able to get help quickly and it didn’t really hold me back or turn into something major.
I guess one other thing I would add in this section is that I don’t like how some people make it sound so easy to make money online this way. Its going to take hard work and consistency. But if you stay at it and be smart about it, it do-able.
I know when I started out I though it was going to be the most simple thing ever. But then reality hit and I was pretty discouraged at first because I wasn’t making money as quick as I had thought. Thats because I was given false hope.
Go in with the mindset that its going to take some time and it will take work on your part.
There is also an added bonus to reward people who go premium. Once you start your free trial, if you decide to go premium in a week then you get the first month for $19 instead of $49, which is a 61% discount.
But again, you don’t have to go premium. You can stay a startup member for life. You just won’t have access to everything that is offered.
I hope you find this review helpful and detailed. If you want any more information on this program leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.