Wealthy Affiliate Scam Review - 5 Ugly Truths About WA

Wealthy Affiliate Scam Review – 5 Ugly Truths About WA

Let me tell you upfront, I'm a member of Wealthy Affiliate. This Wealthy Affiliate scam review is a post that I want to compile all the complaints and negative sides about WA.

There are so many positive reviews around the Internet ​praising and promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Some are fine because they have balanced review but some are just too one-sided and neglect the fact that everything has two sides, the good and the bad.

Don't get me wrong!

I love Wealthy Affiliate and I highly recommend it to beginners who want to learn how to make money online​, not because I'm an affiliate and a member of WA, but because its training, guidance and support have helped many people to quit their jobs and live the life they want.

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Don't waste anymore time. Let me tell you what are the things Wealthy Affiliate can improve on!


Wealthy Affiliate Scam Review - 5 Ugly Truths About WA

#1 WA Never Teach How To Build a "Conversion Focused Website"

​Wealthy Affiliate has one of the best courses to teach people how to build websites, write contents and start making money online. There's no doubt on this.

​But there's one very important aspect of making money with a website which Wealthy Affiliate didn't really talked about, and that is the design and planning of the website!

Let me explain...

​I love using the themes and plugins from a company called Thrive Themes. Thrive Themes focus a lot on building a conversion focused WordPress site so they have lots of tutorial videos and guides on this.

After learning a lot from them and applying those knowledge to my own website, I then​ looked at some of the websites that WA members built.

You know what?!

There are many websites which have a lot of potential but their website design and planning just pull them down. If they can make a few tweaks here and there, I'm sure their websites will convert better and thus earn more money for them.​

Since I study a lot on the consumers' psychology, websites' user-friendliness and conversion on my own, I can see a lot of opportunities for many websites that are being ignored by many.

My Suggestions to Wealthy Affiliate

​Kyle and Carson should include some lessons on how to design and plan better websites for conversion optimization purpose within the current courses.

It doesn't have to be a ton of detailed guide, although it can be, at least there must be some guidance on this important aspect of website development to help members build better websites and earn more money.

#2 Many WA Members Trash All Other Programs​

​This is a very serious problem for Wealthy Affiliate.

The Affiliate Bootcamp course in WA teaches people how to build websites in the "make money online" niche and promote Wealthy Affiliate membership.

They also teach you how to write product reviews on Wealthy Affiliate and other online marketing programs.

However, many beginners have the wrong mindset and they simply want to make money fast. They tend to write unbalanced, one-sided or very extreme reviews just to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

They often give some brief explanation on the product or program then call it a scam due to some vague and weak reasons. Then they spend a lot of time boasting the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate. This kind of act should be condemned.

I'm sure you can see what's the problem here. We, as online marketers, should provide information that is honest and balanced as much as possible. After all, that is the key to succeed online.

I'm not saying all or most WA members are doing this​, but there are many "beginners" doing it. This generally won't happen for the more experienced ones.

My Suggestions to Wealthy Affiliate

Kyle and Carson should put more emphasis on how to really write an honest and ethical review. They should clearly state in the course that members should not trash all other programs just to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

Members need to reminded that they should do their own diligent research for each of the products they review and it's even better to try the product themselves before writing the review.

In the courses, Kyle did mention about the benefits of writing a balanced review and giving both pros and cons about a product. But judging from the fact that this issue is still so prevalent, they should put more emphasis on this.

#3 Live Video Classes Are Too Basic Sometimes​

​If you're a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can get access to the weekly Live Video Classes or "WAbinar" as they call it, hosted by Jay, the live training coach in WA.

This is a really great resource for beginners but as one gets more experienced, some of the Live training seem too basic.

At first, I was very excited for every week's Live training. But after a while when I became more experienced and knowledgeable in this online marketing industry, I felt that some of the training are very boring simply because Jay is going at a rather slow pace and teaching stuffs that are more for the beginners.

jay's profile picture

Jay, the Live Training Coach at Wealthy Affiliate

I don't mean that the training has no value to me at all now. Jay is awesome and I can still learn valuable things here and there​ but sometimes I just feel it's not really worth my time.

I have the habit of reading marketing/business related books, reading articles online by successful marketers or listening to Podcast, etc. I feel I can learn a lot more from these kind of activities.

My Suggestions to Wealthy Affiliate

The Live Video Classes can be categorized into 2 or 3 expertise levels.

Let's simplify things and categorize into 2 levels for now. Jay can host training on level 1, the more basic training in week 1. In week 2, he can then host training that is classified as more advanced or level 2 and continue this in alternate weeks.

In the Live training replay page, members should be able to easily find training that are more basic or more advanced. This kind of categorization is more user-friendly for both beginners and more experienced marketers.

#4 Live Chat Is Hard To Use​

​Live Chat is a good feature for members to stay connected 24/7 because there are members from all time zones around the world. People can chat or ask questions in the Live Chat and there will always be people there to answer.

It has been quite beneficial for newbies to get immediate help.​

However, I never use Live Chat at all because it's really hard to use.

Let me explain why...

​There are no categories within the Live Chat to separate chats for different purposes. So the chat will just be keep on updating. All the messages will just be pushed downward as new messages come in.

Live Chat feature in WA

Live Chat feature in WA

If you've asked a question, it's really hard to keep track on who has answered your question, especially when there are many answers or there are many different topics being discussed at the same time.

Can you see the problem here?

That's why there are feedback from other members saying that Live Chat can really waste a lot of your time.

Although the concept of this feature seems great, the way it works should be improved to make it more beneficial. ​

My Suggestions to Wealthy Affiliate

I suggest to have different "chat rooms" or categories for different purposes and topics. This can make the Live Chat feature more organized and effective.

#5 There's Always a Confusion Between "Comments & Feedback"​

The meaning of the words "comment" and "feedback" are quite close and many people use them interchangeably.

However, Wealthy Affiliate makes a distinct difference between "comment" and "feedback".

In WA, comments are things that readers say ​at the end of a post or an article to add more value or ask questions for the content. They are the "comments" that the readers have for the content of the post itself.

Whilst, ​feedback are things that people can give about each others' websites or posts. It's the personal opinion from a subjective point of view talking about how well the website is or how it can be improved. It can be praise or criticism or anything that helps people to improve their site. 

Comments should be left directly on other people's websites while feedback should not. Feedback should be given within the community to help others improve.

(Check out this post if you need further information on the difference between comment and feedback.​)

The Problem

Although there are many experienced members emphasizing on the difference between comment and feedback in the community, there are still many newbies committing to this annoying mistake almost every day.

People are annoyed when they are requesting comment but they get a feedback instead. This just shows that this concept is still very confusing more many beginners.​

My Suggestions to Wealthy Affiliate

The problem is not about WA introducing this distinct difference between comments and feedback. The problem is about educating people about it. After understanding it, I do feel the need to have this difference.

Again, this concept should be emphasized within the courses itself by Kyle and Carson to make sure beginners are aware of the difference.

On top of emphasizing, I think it's a lot clearer if Kyle can demonstrate it in his training video. I'm sure it'll be more understandable for more people.


These are the 5 things that I honestly don't really like about Wealthy Affiliate. Most of them are more towards the training side.

Fortunately, Kyle and Carson may have predicted this way ahead and they know their training will never be perfect.

That's why they allow members to create their own training or tutorial inside the community.​ This has allowed WA to have a ton more value.

There are good training created by experienced members which complement to the existing training in the community because they cover some of the things that Kyle didn't cover.

(Check out this post to learn more about creating training inside Wealthy Affiliate and get paid!)​

These are just my personal opinion. But I hope Wealthy Affiliate can improve on these if possible.

UPDATE: Kyle's Reply!

I posted this post inside Wealthy Affiliate for people to discuss how we can all make WA a better place.

To my surprise, Kyle left a really long comment under my post answering me all the 5 things I brought up in this post.​

kyle's reply on my wealthy affiliate scam review

A screenshot of Kyle's really long comment

It's a really really long comment so let me summarize the main points for you.

​1. Conversion Focused Websites

Kyle said that currently they have lessons teaching people about "testing" and "refining" things on the website to make it convert better. 

I agree with that but there are more aspects to conversion optimization which can be taught and not just A/B testing things like that.​

He also mentioned a good point that the understanding of your niche and target audience is even more important than conversion optimization because understanding these can help you increase conversion dramatically.

Finally, he said there will be more training and lessons coming up soon in this area, so let's look forward to it.

2. WA Members Trash Other Programs​

Kyle referred to this as a "fake news" scenario. He said that they have no control on the contents members create but they will continue to educate and emphasize the importance of creating honest and accurate information in their training as always.

3. Live Video Classes Are Too Simple Sometimes

Kyle said that they need to have both basic and advanced classes beginners and advanced marketers. I agree with what he said but what I'm saying is that they need to put them into different categories so people can find the Training which are more suitable for them.

He also said that there are more and more selection of lessons that are coming out.​

4. Live Chat is Hard to Use

Kyle said they purposely didn't give Live Chat different categories so that people will not form their own cliques and destroy the purpose of Live Chat offering 24/7 instant help.

5. Confusion Between SiteComments & SiteFeedback

Kyle agree with the issue and they have been working on the solutions for this. 

They are working on some training before guiding people to use the two platforms and also educating people by sending Emails to those who get disapproved comments.

Again, this just shows that Kyle and Carson are constantly making Wealthy Affiliate better and better every single day!

But, take note!

Despite having these flaws, the value that Wealthy Affiliate offers has far outweigh its price. That's why I recommend it to beginners who want to make money online.

Remember, everything has both good and bad. What you need to focus on is "How are you going to benefit from the program and is the​ price justifiable compared to its usefulness?"

For you information, Wealthy Affiliate is FREE to join and has no limited "trial period". It's Premium membership costs $49 per month.

You can check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review page for more information!

Do you agree with my take? Let me know what's your opinion on these in the comments below! This post is supposed to be controversial. I would love to discuss with you :)​

Jerry Huang

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently a Full-time Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He actually achieved Financial Independence at the young age of 21. Read more about his story here!

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 18 comments
Jack - December 22, 2018

Thank you for a detailed review.
I have still some confusions about this program, I would be really thankful if you can answer these..

1) SEO : Does WA teach advanced SEO techniques to rank in search engines? (on-page + off-page with exact methods) or they simply give basic/rough idea about SEO?

2) Budget & Expenses : Since I am a student and doing blogging as a part time, I have a limited budget. I would like to know how much budget or amount in total should I have (or idea about amount in my mind before starting) to create a site basically for Amazon Affiliate & then start generating sales (limited budget so can’t go for paid Adds, will be focusing totally on SEO)

    Jerry Huang - December 23, 2018

    Great questions Jack!

    1) Yes. WA doesn’t just cover the basic stuff. I’m now making a full-time income online all because of the SEO techniques I learnt from WA.

    2) SEO doesn’t require you to spend money. It requires time. I didn’t have money when I started as well. That’s why I focus on free traffic method like SEO. What you’ll need to spend money on in the beginning is just your hosting and your domain name. In Wealthy Affiliate, your hosting is all covered by the Premium Membership. Each domain name costs $14/year in Wealthy Affiliate.

Loes - June 1, 2017

Hi Jerry, I know you from the inside of Wealthy Affiliate, and I value your opinion very much. I recognize the good and the bad.

I am hardly in the chatroom because it’s going too fast for me, you have there a point.

Also the live classes of Jay, I always use the replays, so I can zap through sometimes endless explanations of things I already know, but as you say, I always take some value home from the replays. Nothing bad about Jay! Where the chatroom goes too fast, the live classes go to slow;)

Then, the comments and feedback, there should indeed be a thorough training before people can enter these features, both very valuable, but often mixed up by new members.

Better conversion plan, I hope we will have our own Aweber, or something in the future, as Kyle and Carson their development plan is always growing and bettering the programs. I truly hope we get an amazing program like that.

Until now, and I have over 500 posts online, I have trashed 2 programs, and they really deserve to be trashed;).

Anyway, all I have learned about online business, I have learned between the save walls of Wealthy Affiliate. You cannot deny that it’s an amazingly safe and secure environment, where people can undisturbedly do all the training they want and need. And to talk about the training, they offer so many good value training, I can study there the next 10 years continuously without being bored for one sec.

Great review, and great advice to better some of the features, Jerry.

Have a great day! Loes

    Jerry Huang - June 5, 2017

    Hi Loes,
    First of all, thank you so much for checking out my post and leaving such a detailed reply about your own thoughts on this.

    Kyle has actually responded to me regarding my points. Here’s his reply.

    For Live Chat, what I came to realize is that it’s not for everyone. It’s mainly for beginners to get their questions answered fast. Read Kyle’s reply for their consideration on this.

    For Jay’s Live Classes, I will often wait for the replay as well because I not only can skip the parts I don’t need, but I can also watch the video at a faster speed. I’m sure you have to admit that Jay talks pretty slow sometimes, haha. Anyway, Kyle said that there will be more advanced training coming soon. So let’s look forward to it!

    For confusion between comments and feedback, they are pretty aware of this issue and they already have plans on how to improve on this. See Kyle’s reply!

    However, for something like Aweber, I’ve heard Kyle mentioned before that it’s quite impossible to have something like that in the platform because of the cost. The technical system and support needed is too costly. If they want to include that in the system, the price of the membership will most likely go up and this is something that they don’t want. Anyway, it’s just an explanation I heard a while ago. Wealthy Affiliate has always been improving and who knows what amazing things will come to the platform in the future.

    Finally, I totally agree that WA is a really amazing place to learn online marketing and making money online. There are many information, resources and training being added every single day, not just from the co-founders but also from experienced members. It’s not something you can “finish” the course/training then left.

    I am really excited and I really look forward to the bright future of this industry-leading platform+community.

    Once again, thanks for reading, Loes!

Paul - May 22, 2017

Hi Jerry,
I enjoyed reading this piece. It is a brutally frank and unbiased piece on Wealthy Affiliate.

I am a member of wealthy Affiliate myself and I am very happy with their service as a whole.

I have experienced myself some of the five points you talked about. For example, the comments and feedback confusion and the lacking of more advanced training.

I have Google Adsense on my site which wasn’t performing very well. But I couldn’t find much expert knowledge on the subject within WA so I had to look elsewhere online to help tweak things around.

But as a whole, WA is really great and I wholeheartedly recommend joining.


    Jerry Huang - May 25, 2017

    Hi Paul,
    There are definitely aspects of online marketing that are not included in Wealthy Affiliate because there are just too many areas in this industry.

    However, that means there’s always room for improvements and WA is indeed always trying to improve. Hopefully, there courses will slowly include more and more advanced areas.

    Thanks for leaving your thoughts:)

Glen - May 22, 2017

Jerry, this is a great post! Understanding the flaws helps make the product better. And it helps make us better business people.

Personally, I find most negative reviews worthless. Particularly, the reviews that deem a product a scam based on the price. Comments like this about pricing just tells me the reviewer does not understand product pricing or pricing models. Nor do they understand the products’ target markets.

    Jerry Huang - May 23, 2017

    Hi Glen,
    That’s a good point!
    Different products have different target audience and pricing models so that shouldn’t be the main point of comparison.

    However, there are many programs teaching beginners how to make money online which are charging ridiculous amount of money, from a few hundred to few thousands.

    Some of these programs can be easily identified as scams by more experienced marketers because sometimes high-ticket product is a sign of scam.

    The reason is that most of the information to help beginners can be found online for free. Unless the product is for more advanced marketers like some advanced tools, Conference, workshop, then charging a high Premium price is justifiable.

    So, regarding your point on pricing, I would say I agree and disagree to some extent. Sometimes price cannot be used to define or judge a product but sometimes it can be a sign of it.

Clyde - May 22, 2017

Great Review

It is good to hear the bad as well as the good.

As a newbie, I still don’t understand everything

Always looking for new information!



    Jerry Huang - May 23, 2017

    Hi Clyde,
    It’s alright! You’ll slowly get it. Good to be open to new info:)

    All the best!

Claire - May 22, 2017

Hi Jerry,

I agree with you on many of these aspects. It occurs to me that you could design a ‘conversion’ course yourself.

Being a pay-it-forward and very active community, I’ve noticed a lot of people providing their own courses within WA. Maybe you could help with that aspect and share some of your expertise?

And maybe you can include some of this on your website?

Despite its flaws (nothing is perfect), it’s still the best platform I’ve found so far.

Have bookmarked you!


    Jerry Huang - May 23, 2017

    Hi Claire,
    Good suggestion once again. I will consider that.

    Being able to create training courses and get credited for that is a really good way to encourage people with the knowledge to contribute more to the community and make it more valuable. This system is not found in any other platforms.

    And yes, nothing is ever perfect. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely one of the best platform out there!

Norman - May 22, 2017

Your post is always awesome with tons of good information. Wealthy Affiliate has a system that has proven to work over and over again. Many have and is having great success with the system that is offered here at the community. I would encourage anyone who wants online success to make wealthy Affiliate your first choice.

    Jerry Huang - May 23, 2017

    Hi Norman,
    Your words are always so encouraging. Thanks for the support!

Derek Smith - May 22, 2017

Hi Jerry,
Thanks for this interesting post. Good to see some improvement suggestions.

Would you consider adding some training yourself, about website design? I think that would be interesting and helpful to many members.

    Jerry Huang - May 23, 2017

    Hi Derek,
    That’s a good suggestion. I’m running on a really tight schedule but I’ll consider it:)

Arief - May 22, 2017

Wow. I feel the same.
I was totally excited when I first joined WA. They teach all the basics. They give all they could for us to have the proper foundation.

But as the business grows, I need more “conversions”. They still don’t have these “advanced” courses yet. But I heard they are preparing these. I hope they launch them in the very near future.

Jay’s last webinar is preparing this road.

    Jerry Huang - May 22, 2017

    Hi Arief,
    That’s the good side about Wealthy Affiliate – they always keep on improving and updating. Hope to see more advanced training in the future!

    And I’ve just noticed that Jay’s latest webinar was more on conversion optimization. That’s great. More good stuffs to come in the future 🙂


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