Wealthy Affiliate Review – My Home-based Business Guide
Price: $0 for a starter account (premium account: $47/month [$19 for the first month] or $359/year)
Support: chats, discussions & 1-to-1 support
Owners: Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim
Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10
I have been a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate (WA) since December 2013. This review will be on the premium membership since the starter membership is free and you can easily try it out on your own. With so many so called scam-free affiliate programmes out there, how does Wealthy Affiliate rank against it? I was very skeptical when I first tried the Wealthy Affiliate trial Starter membership.
Just a little background for you to understand why… I was skeptical because I spent about $3,000 learning from a super affiliate in an affiliate marketing course. It was a terrible waste of money and I did not agree with the values of the person. In fact, it did not go down well with the majority of my classmates too. We felt cheated. I thought, if a so-called super affiliate training was that lousy, how good can an online platform training be? I entered with that cautious and sick of scams mentality. However, Wealthy Affiliate took me by surprise. I will be sharing my unbiased views about Wealthy Affiliate with you in this review.
The first thing you should know…
Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a get rich quick scheme.
So what is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform where you can learn, develop and grow in the area of Internet Marketing (& make it big of course). It has training courses where you can learn the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and interact with a lively growing community of members through the discussions and live chat. (TL;DR infographic at the bottom)
Who should use Wealthy Affiliate?
Well, truthfully. I believe Wealthy Affiliate is for everyone, as long as you can read English and have access to the Internet. I have used it on my iPad mini, laptop and mobile devices and it works like a charm. That means you can build your business or learn anywhere, anytime. I travel 4 hours a day and being able to learn on the move is important to me.
The lessons start from the basics, all the way up to the advanced levels. You can be an absolute newbie or an experienced marketer or a budding entrepreneur, you will be able to learn something from the training and the community. There are members who are students in their teens, stay-home moms, entrepreneurs, super affiliate marketers, job seekers, regular employees (like me) and retirees.
You can benefit from Wealthy Affiliate if you are one of the following.
- Internet marketer/online merchant that wants to improve your affiliate sales or scale up your business
- Local business owner/marketers that wants to create a website for your business or find new leads for business
- Student that wants to make some extra pocket money
- Individual that is looking for an additional income
- Hobbyist who want to turn their hobby or passion into an additional income
- Product creator who wants to sell your products online
- Blogger or website owner who wants to improve or monetize your blog/site
- Individual looking for a trusted and stable hosting platform
- individual who wants to create your own website online
What training does Wealthy Affiliate provide?
Wealthy Affiliate has tons of training material in the platform. I will go through the various courses and classrooms you can learn from.
Certification Courses. There are 5 levels of Certification Courses that you can take. The course starts from the very basic and in each lesson, very clear tasks will be given for you to accomplish before moving on to the next. In this certification course, you will learn how to create your own website, choose a niche, pick keywords that will rank in Google, make money, engage people on social media and much more.
A Starter membership account will let you view the level 1 course. In the level 1 course alone, you will be able to learn and do the following.
One thing I really like is the short task list after each lesson. Follow the lessons, complete the tasks and you are on your way to building a successful website.
Live Video Classes. This is my favourite training in Wealthy Affiliate. Every Friday/Saturday
(depending on where you live), Jay, a super affiliate conducts live classes over the Internet. During the lesson, you can ask questions and interact with Jay using the chat function. Here’s a screenshot of some of the classes he had conducted.
Affiliate Bootcamp. There are 7 phases to the bootcamp. The Affiliate Bootcamp teaches you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate to others. It is quite similar to the Certification Courses and it covers topics like website creation, content creation, leveraging on “keywords” to create content that ranks, social media, strategies on Pay Per Click and many more. A Starter membership account will let you view Phase 1 of the Affiliate Bootcamp.
Tutorials by members, for members. This is one of my favourites. Premium members can create training packages and usually these are really useful. There are a lot of help guides created by members to answer queries that new members might have. For example, in the classroom, Everything about WordPress, there are 60 tutorials you can learn from. Here’s a screenshot of classroom.
Tools that are included?
Website Builder. The website builder, SiteRubix, is available to Starter and Premium members. The builder is extremely easy to use and I like the fact that some of the useful plugins have been installed by default. Starter members can create 2 free websites and Premium member can create unlimited number of websites. A review for SiteRubix will be coming up soon.
Hosting Services. All premium membership users can host their websites through WealthyAffiliate. Yes, it is included in your premium membership price. You do not have to pay extra. To get a comparable hosting service of Wealthy Affiliate’s standard, you will need to pay at least $75 per month. Kyle, the owner, gave a very good explanation and comparison of hosting services available in the market. Please click here to read more about it. So if you have loads of blogs to host, but don’t want to do the courses, it is still a good deal to sign up for premium.
I like the latest addition to the hosting services where you can view the health of your site. Below is sample of what you will see if you just created a new site. Those are just 4 out of 8 indicators provided.
Keyword Tool. The keyword tool is pretty useful for generating ideas for writing and finding out the competition of a keyword. I used this tool to find low hanging fruit that I can rank easily on Google. I will be writing a guide on how you can use the keyword to find unexplored keyword gems.
What support can you get?
Support is so important for someone starting out on this journey. Someone to encourage, reach out a hand, answer my questions and offer advice. It truly sucks when you have bought an item and unable to find owner (or anyone?!) to answer your questions. Wealthy Affiliate provides varied forms of support for members and I’ve listed them here.
- Live community chat (24/7/365)
- Classroom discussions
- Feedback on blog post
- Live Question & Answer sessions with Kyle & Carson when they are active in the chat
- 1-on-1 support with the Kyle & Carson through private messaging
- Private access to community experts (ambassadors) through private messaging
On a side note, I gave Kyle a few domain names I was thinking off. No prizes for guessing what I chose eventually based on his advise. 😉
The Pros & Cons
- A lot of support provided (private messaging and live chats are my 2 favourites)
- Friendly community that does not try to sell you stuff but are sincere in helping
- Step by step training in the Certification Courses, Affiliate Bootcamp and Classrooms
- Weekly live video classes by Jay
- Keyword research tool that’s useful when searching for low hanging fruit
- Free unlimited websites (on SiteRubix)
- Free premium hosting for personal domains
- Loads of inspiration from members to keep you going
- Overwhelming for new members because there’s just too much training material.
- Tons of emails from WA if you follow a lot of people (simple solution: change your email settings)
So what’s the price?
There are two main types of memberships in Wealthy Affiliate: Starter & Premium membership.
I started out with the Starter membership when I first joined Wealthy Affiliate. It is free for life and you do not have to enter any credit card details (so put your credit card back into your wallet). You will be given access to the WA community when you join Starter. Starter membership includes access to the live community chat (for the first 7 days), 2 free websites, 2 training courses and access to the keyword tool. The training courses will be enough for you to kickstart your online marketing journey.
Premium Membership. The premium membership is “THE” membership you need. There are no upgrades higher than premium. Whatever you need to succeed is in the premium membership. You will get the full suite that Wealthy Affiliate offers and don’t have to worry about paying more money to learn the “guru of guru’s” training.
I started with the premium monthly membership and eventually upgraded to the yearly premium membership because it made more monetary sense to me. If I use Wealthy Affiliate for a year using monthly payments, I would have to fork out $564 as compared to $359. So, why not, since I am in this business for the long haul.
I was really skeptical in the beginning . I did not participate in the live community chat until the last day of my 7 days live chat support. However, when I did, the community won me over. They were open and were very willing to share. I even spoke to Kyle over the live chat and he was sincere about helping me with the journey.
The cool thing about Wealthy Affiliate, “NO UPSELLS” and no crazy price slashing. I do not have to worry that I will be thrown with another $10,000 offer to learn from a multi-millionaire super duper affiliate and be skeptical about everything that they say.
What Wealthy Affiliate teaches would stand the test of time because it does not involve backlinking and other blackhat methods that might get you into trouble. Even when Google upgrades their algorithms you do not have to be afraid. In fact, it worked well for some of the members in Wealthy Affiliate because their ranking in Google rose.
My verdict for Wealthy Affiliate, it is not a scam at all but definitely takes work to succeed. The good thing is that everything you need to succeed is right there in Wealthy Affiliate. You just need to take action and put in the effort to do well and make it big. I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate and I give it an overall rank of 9.5 out of 10.
TL;DR version. This is a great summary if you want to recap or have no time to read through this review.
Have you tried Wealthy Affiliate before? I would love to hear your feedback on WA. Or if you have questions, feel free to ask too.