Wealthy Affiliate Review: An Honest & Untold Message from a Successful Wealthy Affiliate Member…
Welcome to my Wealthy Affiliate review!
I know there are tons of WA reviews on the internet and I only have a few seconds to capture your attention.
So, very quickly WHY listen to me and spend your precious time reading my Wealthy Affiliate review?
- I've been a WA member since 2016 at the age of 18 and...
- I'm now earning a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income at 21 years old, thanks to the help of Wealthy Affiliate!
I understand there are two sides to this. Critics of Wealthy Affiliate will claim that this is another biased review by a Wealthy Affiliate member.
But I can guarantee you that this is one of the MOST HONEST & UNBIASED reviews online about Wealthy Affiliate.
How can I be so confident?
There's a reason for me to give Wealthy Affiliate a score of 90/100, unlike other WA members giving WA a score of 98/100 or even 100/100.
So, let's don't waste anymore time and let me uncover all the necessary things you need to know about Wealthy Affiliate.
Take Note! My goal here is to make critics of Wealthy Affiliate speechless because this is so authentic and unbiased that they have nothing to criticize about.
Wealthy Affiliate Review Quick Summary
Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Founder: Kyle Loudon & Carson Lim
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing Training Community
Price: Free Starter Membership & Premium Membership ($49/month or $359/year)
Best For: Affiliate Marketing beginners
Summary: Wealthy Affiliate, although not perfect, is my top recommended community for beginners to start their online journey creating passive income streams via affiliate marketing. The only problem is that it can take a long time to see results and it only focuses on organic SEO as the traffic generation method.
No credit card info needed & I'll guide you personally 🙂
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an active & helpful online community to help beginners set up their own niche websites and make money online via the business model called Affiliate Marketing.
Just to give you a quick idea, Wealthy Affiliate offers you:
- Step-by-step training on how to setup your website from scratch & learn how to build a profitable affiliate marketing business
- All-in-One Platform with essential tools & resources for your online business (e.g. website builder, web hosting, keyword research tool...)
- Comprehensive Support System in place for you to get help 24/7
- Amazingly Active & Helpful Community
This is not the most important part. But for those who are interested...
Wealthy Affiliate was founded by Kyle Loudon & Carson Lim (they brand themselves as "Kyle & Carson" or "K&C") in September 2005 in Canada.
It started off as a simple Keyword List Membership platform because back then Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing was very popular. Many people were eagerly looking for good keyword lists to scale their online businesses.
Over the decade, Wealthy Affiliate has now transformed into a holistic community with all the training, tools, resources and support for you to build a profitable affiliate marketing business.
Now, let's take a look inside Wealthy Affiliate's members area...
Inside Wealthy Affiliate
I've prepared a short video below to...
- Walk you through inside Wealthy Affiliate
- Show you how to build your website within minutes and
- Share with you the necessary information about this community
Wealthy Affiliate allows you to test-drive the entire community for Free. Click on the button below of claim your Free account!
Wealthy Affiliate has 3 main types of training:
- Official Step-by-Step training created by Kyle & Carson
- Weekly Live Training (Webinar) taught by Jay, WA's training chief
- Member-Generated Training
Firstly, the official training has more than 50 lessons and each of the lesson is organized in such a way that it's easy-to-follow and execute.
There will be tasks assigned for each lesson so that you'll know exactly what to do for each step.
Secondly, the weekly Live training is a webinar where Jay will teach you various topics related to internet marketing that's not covered in the main course.
For example, Jay has covered topics such as:
- Email Marketing
- YouTube Marketing
- Facebook Retargeting
Jay has even done real case studies before where he chose a niche, built a website and earned some real commissions from Amazon LIVE in his webinar. (Powerful stuff!)
Last but not least, WA members are allowed to create their own training inside Wealthy Affiliate if they have something valuable to share.
In return, Wealthy Affiliate will offer you credits for your training depending on the popularity and engagement of your training.
For example, I've created a training inside Wealthy Affiliate and they pay me 40 credits for that, which is equal to $20.
Let me list down all the tools provided in Wealthy Affiliate for your reference:
- Web Hosting
- Website Builder
- Website Domain Registration
- Keyword Research Tool
- Custom Business Email Address
- Website Comment & Feedback Platform
There are no additional charges to any of the tools & services apart from your own domain name.
To purchase a domain name (URL of your website), it only costs $14 to $16 per year.
If you have any questions regarding any of the tools, you can leave them in the comments below or create a Free account with Wealthy Affiliate and take a look yourself.
Just take a look at the number of support options in the screenshot...
Here's the full list of support options you can get inside Wealthy Affiliate:
- 24/7 SiteSupport - Help you solve technical issues for your website
- 24/7 Live Chat - Get quick answers for any questions you have
- Ask The Community - Submit something like a "support ticket" to the community for help
- Private Messages - Request help from other members
- Access to the Owners - A special feature of WA is that you can actually private message the owners, Kyle & Carson for help!
- My Personal Support - Most importantly, I'm glad to be your mentor and I'll assist you along your journey towards financial success 🙂
What I Like About Wealthy Affiliate...
1. ALL-IN-ONE Platform
When I say All-in-One, I really mean it.
If you have experienced other programs before, many of them are simply just courses to teach you the concepts. But you have to subscribe for other tools in order for you to run your business.
Let's take a look at a program which is pretty popular lately...
Currently, there are a lot of marketers promoting Internet Jetset / Super Affiliate System by John Crestani.
However, after I've taken a look inside their member's area, I found out that it's just simply a course.
Yes, you can learn valuable stuff but you can't build any websites unless you use John's affiliate link and sign up for Bluehost.
The reason why many marketers are promoting it is because of its lucrative affiliate program.
I can also promote it if I want to. But I'm not going to do that because I care for my readers more than just making money for myself.
On the other hand, Wealthy Affiliate is a holistic platform which offers:
- Web hosting
- Website Builder
- Keyword Research tool
- 24/7 Support
How amazing is that?
You don't have to invest extra money and rely on any 3rd party tools.
And Wealthy Affiliate is NOT charging you hundreds or even thousands of dollars for that!
This leads us to my next point...
2. Affordable & Cost-Effective
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 types of membership:
- Free Starter Membership - Absolutely free, No credit card information needed, No limited trial period
- Premium Membership - $49/month or $359/year, Full Access to the entire community and ALL the tools, training & support
To be honest with you, Wealthy Affiliate's website hosting & keyword research tool itself already worth more than the $49/month membership fee.
(If you don't believe me, go and check out the pricing of all the 3rd party web hosting, keyword research tool and things like that.)
If you pay yearly, it's only $30/month which equals to $1/day. It only requires you to invest $1 per day to build a potentially full-time business.
I don't want to be biased here but please tell me if you can find any other platform that's so affordable and cost-effective.
If you find one, please let me know in the comments below or message me. I need to check it out!
3. Strictly NO Upsells
This is another very unique "feature" of WA...
Over the past few years, Russell Brunson, founder of ClickFunnels, has successfully inculcated the concept & importance of a "Funnel" in online marketing.
When everyone is focusing on how to add more upsells to make more money for themselves, Wealthy Affiliate, on the other hand, doesn't have any upsells at all.
And they're always trying to add more value instead of upsells.
$49/Month Premium Membership fee allows you to gain access to everything you need to start your online business.
You won't be bombarded with sales pitches or anything like that. The membership itself is 100% educational.
As a Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador, I can guarantee that to you!
The only additional fee you have to pay is when you want to purchase your own domain name, which is pretty logical.
4. Amazing Support System
Wealthy Affiliate has a 24/7 support team on stand-by anytime to help you solve your website technical issue.
Again, when I say 24/7, I mean it.
I've tested it many many times. WA's amazing SiteSupport can always respond to my inquiry within minutes. At most, within an hour, confirm!
Can you find any platform that has a support team which can respond to your queries within a few minutes' time?
If you can find one, please tell me as well. I really want to check it out.
But I highly doubt there is any. Even big companies out there can't do that. Most of them simply use an automatic bot and reply you auto-messages/Emails, right?
5. Extremely Helpful & Active Community
Let me ask you a question...
How many programs or forums or FB Groups have you joined?
And how many of them are really active & helpful with lots of new contents every single day?
Last but not least, how many of them allows you to chat with other members 24/7?
Probably none as well.
Even if there is, it's probably those type of groups where people simply keep posting their own links, advertisements and stuff.
It's really hard for you to find a "Real Community" where there are thousands of people logging in daily to discuss and learn about a specific business - Affiliate Marketing!
That's why I always say Wealthy Affiliate is a REAL COMMUNITY which is very different from many other forums or groups.
6. Build Your Online Business in Any Niche you Like
This is a very controversial point...
There are many programs out there which requires their members to promote their own membership.
All these programs require their members to purchase their own high-ticket product and then promote it to earn commission.
For majority of such programs, the only way for you to make money is by "recruiting" more people into the system.
If not managed carefully, they can turn into a pyramid scheme and get shut down my FTC just like what has happened to MOBE & Digital Altitude.
On the other hand, Wealthy Affiliate has it's own affiliate program and yes there are many people promoting it.
However, that's not their main focus...
You can check out their platform using the Free Starter Membership yourself. You'll see that the training you receive once you are in focuses on helping you to choose your own niche and build a website around your own interest.
So, it's totally different from the programs I mentioned above. You're not "forced" to promote WA. Not only that, you're not even encouraged to do that as a beginner.
For me personally, I started my journey with WA in a long distance relationship niche. This really shows that you can build your online business in any niche you want.
7. An Evergreen Platform
If you take a look at majority of the programs today, such as MOBE & Digital Altitude. They were once very popular and it seems like many people are getting rich with such seemingly powerful program.
But in the end, their business model cannot last. MOBE was only around for about 6 years while Digital Altitude only stayed for about 2 years before they got shut down by FTC.
On the other hand, Wealthy Affiliate has been in business for more than a decade and it's still doing pretty well despite all the haters criticizing it.
You know what's the funny thing about MOBE?
They even sued Wealthy Affiliate before because WA members are criticizing them. In the end, they are the one to get shut down and now officially labelled as SCAM!
What an irony!
What I DON'T Like About Wealthy Affiliate...
Okay, enough of the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate. I'm sure many of you are interested to find out the downside of this program.
So, let me expose it to you without holding back anything, alright?
1. Only Focus on Organic SEO, Very Little on Paid Traffic
The training in Wealthy Affiliate is comprehensive but it's definitely not complete.
WA focuses a lot on organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as the method to drive free targeted traffic to your website.
The only paid traffic method that is officially covered in the training is Pay Per Click (PPC) for Bing & Google.
Wealthy Affiliate has some additional training on Facebook Ads as shown below:
They also have other training like YouTube video marketing, YouTube advertising, etc.
But I have to say honestly, Wealthy Affiliate is not the best place for you to learn paid traffic methods.
Instead, John Crestani's Super Affiliate System is a good course for that.
2. Lacks Training on Conversion Optimization
Wealthy Affiliate's training focuses a lot on helping you to...
- Set up a WordPress website from scratch
- Write content for your blog
- Optimize your content/website for SEO and ranking
- Choose the right affiliate program/product to promote & earn a passive income
But one problem I observe for many WA members is that they struggle with the design and conversion of their website.
For me personally, I'm always learning on my own from various resources, not just Wealthy Affiliate.
I'm using the themes and plugins from Thrive Themes to design my professionally-looking website.
Not only that, I learnt a lot about how to structure your website & content to maximize conversion rate.
To be honest, these are considered higher level skills. So I can understand why it's not taught in Wealthy Affiliate, despite I think it is necessary.
This brings us to the next point...
3. More for Beginners
Wealthy Affiliate markets themselves as "A Platform Designed For Affiliate Marketers Of All Levels":
But to be honest, it's mostly for beginners because all the training are geared towards helping complete newbies choosing niches, setting websites, things like that.
However, this doesn't mean intermediate or advanced marketers cannot benefit from Wealthy Affiliate.
Personally, I've connected with experienced internet marketers who joined Wealthy Affiliate just to tap on its affiliate program to create additional passive income source.
Many of them were already full-time internet marketers before they join WA. But they join Wealthy Affiliate to earn a couple of thousand dollars more per month.
Here's an example:
Wealthy Affiliate Increased My Overall Monthly Income by $7,900!
I've been a full-time affiliate marketer since 2005, and I discovered wealthy affiliate in 2012. Since then, with access to all the tools, training, resources and hundreds of online experts, Wealthy Affiliate has increased my overall monthly income by $7900. I can't say enough about wealthy affiliate.
Leo // Founder of NetWiseProfits.com
Advanced Modules for Experienced Marketers...
I joined WA already having some experience with affiliate marketing. My aim was to learn SEO with strategies to drive organic traffic. What I found inside the Premium membership really impressed me. There are advanced modules for more experienced marketers like me as well as step by step training for new aspiring affiliate marketers. The results of the community speak for themselves...
Ronnie // WA Super Affiliate
Also, experienced internet marketers can benefit from WA by hosting their websites there because WA offers Free SSL Certificates to all Premium Members.
4. Takes a Long Time to See Results
Since Wealthy Affiliate focuses mainly on Free traffic method from Google, it will definitely take a longer time as compared to using paid traffic methods. (But the good thing is that it's FREE!)
I've written a post here answering one of the most common question - How long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?
If you are curious, you can check out that post.
Basically, if you're a complete newbie, it can take you about 2 months to build up your foundation.
You can expect sales coming in from the 3 to 6 months mark.
Realistically, it can take around 2 to 3 years for an average working adult to replace his or her full-time job.
But this is given that if you're consistent with your effort in your online business.
To be honest, not many people have that patience and discipline to work and wait for so long. That's why there are many people who so-called "failed" and gave up on Wealthy Affiliate.
It's not because the system doesn't work. It's because people don't have the patience to persevere that long.
So we can't blame Wealthy Affiliate for that.
Let's face it...
Regardless of which program you join, there's no overnight success.
In order for you to make real money online sustainably, it takes a lot of time and hard work.
#1 Complaint Against Wealthy Affiliate
Many haters and critics of Wealthy Affiliate will say things like...
"WA members simply bash other programs just to promote themselves"
Being a successful Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador earning 4-Figure passive income a month, I'm very well aware of this.
In fact, I've come across many of such criticisms.
That's why I've written this post to address this issue.
I just want to say, Yes I agree that this is a problem, but it's only for some innocent newbies.
If you really go and study my website or other successful WA members' websites, we are very concerned about the legitimacy and authenticity of our product reviews.
You may say we are biased. But let me ask you...
Whichever product you're promoting, aren't you not biased?
There are both pros and cons for ALL products in the market. No product is perfect and no one is truly 100% honest.
What I believe is that Wealthy Affiliate is at least being more honest and authentic as compared to many programs out there.
This can be clearly seen by their system in place - it is so comprehensive yet they're not charging hundreds or even thousands of dollars like many programs out there.
Not only that, there's absolutely ZERO upsell in WA.
So, I'm proud to be a Wealthy Affiliate member. You may call me biased.
But hey! There's a reason why WA can be a sustainable community for more than a decade when other popular programs are being shut down one by one.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?
No, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely not a scam.
I'm a living proof that Wealthy Affiliate works for anyone, even for people like myself who has:
- NO College Degree
- NO working experience &
- Knows NOTHING about coding & programming!
Take a look at the growth of my income since Jan 2018:
My Honest Opinion for My Fellow Hustlers...
By showing you my income proof, I have no intention to create a false impression that making money online is easy.
I've put in countless of hours working from my laptop for the past 6 months. That's why I can start to reap the benefits from my hard work.
You can join any program you want to join. I'm not forcing you to join me at Wealthy Affiliate because I know WA is not the only way to achieve success online.
It's just THE way I've achieved my success at such a young age of 21 years old and I want to share with you sincerely. It may not be the right program for you.
Who knows? You never know until you give it a shot...
But I just want to urge you to be accountable for all the actions you are taking. There's really no shortcut to success.
No matter which program you are interested in, you MUST be committed, consistent and PATIENT!
Having said that, I've reviewed hundreds of programs before, even the very popular ones like:
- Digital Altitude
- Legendary Marketer
Which you should definitely stay away from.
Other legitimate programs which you can consider include:
But in my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is still the most cost-effective program for beginners who want to make money online via Affiliate Marketing.
To follow my footstep and discover how I managed to build this kind of passive income stream at just 21 years old, create a Free Account with Wealthy Affiliate by clicking on the button below!
I'll be there to guide you personally. No credit card information is needed to start 🙂