Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is the brainchild of Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim. They started the site in 2005 with the goal of helping others on the road to success in online business.
When coming to Wealthy Affiliate, one is immediately greeted by an intuitive, clean layout. It’s not hard to figure out what is where, and there is an entire community to help if you get lost. I actually joined WA years ago when I was on the hunt for some kind of learning platform. I was determined to make a living online, and this was one of the places I looked at and joined (hey, it was free). Unfortunately, I did not follow through at that time. I had to restart so I could take full advantage of the site’s potential. It has been only three days, and so far, I am kicking myself for not staying with this before.
The first 7 days are free. You get limited access to the site’s basic features, but full access to the first module in WA’s Online Entrepreneur Certification program (OEC) and the first module of their Affiliate Bootcamp, which deep dives into setting up your website for success.
Wealthy Affiliate never presents itself as a get-rich-quick or a fast money gimmick. There is no gimmick. It is step by step instruction given in bite-size chunks that you work through at your own pace. If you hit a snag, you can message anyone of the thousands of people on the site, live or submit a question to their knowledge base. You also have access to Kyle, who creates the training modules for the site and interacts with members daily.
Kyle walks you through setting up your profile, finding a niche for your business and building a website that WA hosts for you, even if you never upgrade. In fact, they have a site builder that lays down the basic framework of a WordPress site within a minute. No joke. In less than 60 seconds, you have a site ready to be filled with content. Content, incidentally, that Kyle teaches you how to create, post and polish.
Other benefits of the site include:
- Content creation templates
- Discounts on domain purchases
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization) software included with your sites
- A lite version of Jaaxy, a keyword search engine that helps optimize your content and site.
- An affiliate program that pays monthly whether you remain a Starter member or upgrade to Premium.
- A yearly, all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the Wealthy Affiliate Super Affiliate Conference (restrictions apply)
- 30 days of hosting should you decide WA is not for you. This allows you time to relocate your site(s) you built using their platform.
- A blog interface included with both Starter and Premium accounts.
- Badges for every milestone and accomplishment.
- Classrooms that cater to just about every aspect of running a business online
I found the restrictions placed on Starter accounts irritating. As a Starter member, you cannot include links or pictures in any message. You cannot send or receive private messages, and the most exciting aspects of the site builder and the SEO program are reserved for Premium members. The “Upgrade to Unlock This Feature!” spam became the bane of my life very early on the very first day.
The population of the site is well in excess of 1 million members. As a result, you can feel lost in the shuffle. I posted a question that could not be answered in the Knowledge Base and received answers that made me feel the responders did not actually read my question. I even had one member almost harass me when I did not click “Like” on his response. I would very much appreciate a way to block people I would rather not hear from again, and there does not seem to be a way to do that.
A lot of people are there to plug their gig, period. They want to get their content in front of as many people as possible and they appear to have tunnel vision when it comes to anything that does not forward their progress. The member I mentioned above stated he was just a few points short of being ranked in the Top 200, and that Likes on his posts would grant him more points. This, to me, felt so mercenary and short-sighted that I simply stopped responding to him.
Due to my limited experience with the site, I asked the gentleman that reintroduced me to WA if I could interview him to get the perspective of a tenured member. Chris M. posts videos on YouTube as BenjisDad with advice, tips, and tricks for aspiring online marketeers. He also offers insight into work from home jobs, programs, and gigs that are useful for filling the gap between starting and succeeding at online marketing. He plugs WA at the beginning and end of every video, so I wanted to pose a few questions to him to help me better understand his reasoning for sticking with Wealthy Affiliate and promoting it so diligently.
Unfortunately, he was not available, so I will just link to the video he did that made me go check out Wealthy Affiliate for myself.
You can watch it here.
The Starter membership is absolutely free. You are repeatedly encouraged to upgrade, but you get access to the basic site features and selected Premium features (Live Chat, Questions) for the first 7 days at no cost to you. They don’t ask for any payment information at all when setting up the account and profile.
The Premium membership is $49.00 a month*, and I believe it is on auto draft.
*Non-refundable, cancel anytime
What you get for the money
All the Pros listed above and so much more is included in the Premium membership. Even without upgrading. Wealthy Affiliate helps you create and build up to 2 websites that include SEO software and give you a choice of 12 templates. Hosting at WordPress is included, and you keep all the contacts you Follow during your first 7 days.
With the Premium membership you also get:
- Up to 50 hosted websites
- Access to over 3000 website designs and templates
- Over 50 thousand Website Features (Add-ons)
- Security, Speed optimization and ongoing monitoring for your site(s)
- Extended and Advanced training that continually improves your site & your business
- 2X payouts for referrals
- SiteDomain, that includes all the required features to seamlessly run and own a domain (WHOIS protections, Email accounts, etc.)
- Much, much more…
After 3 months, I now own 6 websites & 3 domains. My content has been ranked on all the major search engines. And best of all, I got my first commission in June.
It was small, but it was enough to boost me into starting that second website.
I have completed the OEC training and I am now working through the Affiliate Bootcamp training. I have affiliate links from multiple vendors that are getting clicks and with time, will be getting sales.
I have 3 referrals in WA, and more tentatively considering joining.
What does all of this mean? Wealthy Affiliate works if you are willing to do the work.
Take it or Leave it
Take it. DO take it. I’m taking it. I am extremely frugal (cheap, yeah, that’s the word), so I am squeezing every bit of my free week out of this. I have already decided -3 days in- that I am going to upgrade to the Premium membership, and I will do whatever I can to keep it active.
Wealthy Affiliate is the first and only site I have found in over 20 years of searching that offers the actual training required to be a successful online business person for a reasonable price. With everything they give you in the Premium membership, they could easily ask three times as much, and people would pay it. I honestly do not know why I did not follow through with this before, but I am grateful to Chris for leading me back here.
Did I mention Bonuses?
If you do decide to go Premium within the first 7 days, send me a Private Message or drop a note on my profile page, I will be delighted to give you these BONUSES:
- Unlimited access to ME as your Mentor.
- A 59% discount on your first month. You pay ONLY $19.00 to gain access to ALL the Premium features available here at Wealthy Affiliate.*
- Feedback on your content and your website. We’ll cover everything from syntax to social media!
- Access to the Diamond Traffic Program to boost your site.
*Bills at $49 beginning 2nd month. Non-refundable, cancel anytime.
But only if you upgrade to Premium within the first 7 days (this is my I-Want-It bonus).
If you have any questions or comments, I am always happy to hear them. Thanks for stopping by.