Im writing this Wealthy Affiliate review so you could make an informed decision if whether or not WA is the best place to start your Internet marketing journey.
Please take note that Ive said Internet marketing journey and not making thousands of dollars by next week or next 2 months. This is a strong reminder that making money online is not a get rich quick scheme.
Go and check out Wealthy Affiliate and you wont see any images of Ferraris, mansions, piles of money, girls in bikini, etc. The reason for this is very simple. Kyle & Carson (owners of WA) are not gurus because they dont sell dreams.
If you still have the get rich quick mindset and still believe that theres some secret money making method or software that will be the answer to making money online, then please dont waste your time in reading this Wealthy Affiliate review.
Wealthy Affiliate is where you learn how to build a profitable online business and its main focus is through affiliate marketing which is promoting products of other people in exchange for a commission.
Youll have access to training materials that will teach you the fundamentals as well as some advanced concepts that will take your business to the next level.
My favorite tool that I use inside WA is their free keyword research tool but one of the huge benefits of being inside WA is their supportive community.
Actually, I didnt join Wealthy Affiliate when I first saw them (early July 2009) because I was very skeptical when it comes to people claiming that they can teach you how to make money online.
As much as possible I wanted to look for free resources but in my experience its really hard to get any considerable progress by relying on free stuff. Its very difficult to find genuine answers because most of the time theyre only going to push the products that theyre promoting and you can even get flamed for asking stupid questions.
I had miserable results with my initial attempts (I even quit) and I knew that I had to do something different if I wanted to see some positive results.
So I searched for Wealthy Affiliate reviews (even looked for Wealthy Affiliate scam just to be sure) and it seems that the general feedback about WA were all positive. Of course there were some negative reviews but I still decided to join Wealthy Affiliate back in July 20th, 2009 to really check out what the hype was all about.
Even though I highly recommend WA, their training program is not 100% perfect. In this review, Im going to list down the pros and cons because I want you to be aware of these issues.
Im not worried if a few people arent going to join because its critical that youre aware of what youre getting into.
You can actually get free access to some of the training materials inside Wealthy Affiliate by registering a Starter Account. That way you can better judge the materials instead of me trying to pimp it for you.
I highly recommend that you check out theWA getting started course. There are a lot of programs out there that charge a high price for this type of training but you can easily get this for free inside WA.
DO NOTmake the mistake of ignoring and underestimating the value of this course just because its free. Your online success will actually depend on your understanding of it.
If youre looking for a training on a specific topic or have any questions, you might find the search bar on top very handy. Try typing website and a long list of topics discussing anything about websites will be presented to you.
These are only a few of the highlights when you talk about the training materials. There are also live weekly webinars, question and answer, real time chat, video training, etc.
I will continue to update this section to share with you some of the free training materials inside Wealthy Affiliate.
Inside WA you can access the following tools: hosting, keyword research tool, rapid writer, link tracking and keyword lists.
To be honest with you, the only tool that Im using right now inside WA is their keyword research tool. One benefit that I really like in their keyword tool is its ability to give you an estimate of the keywords competitiveness. You can actually figure out a keywords competition manually as you just need to put the keywords in quotes and click up to the very last page. With the WA keyword research tool, all I need is to do is just click a link and it will just pop a window out with the information I need.
Many members are using the WA hosting platform but Im not one of them. I do not use their hosting platform not because its not stable or anything but because I was already using Hostgator and Im already used to it. What I dont like about the WA hosting though is that you dont have access to your own cpanel. All of the admin work for your websites hosting will be done inside on your WA account which is very limited in my personal opinion. I believe one reason why WA made the hosting this way is for added security and I totally understand that.
Ive used the other tools inside such as the link tracking, rapid writer and keyword lists but only when I was just starting out. Eventually their keyword research tool and their hosting platform are the 2 main tools that youre probably going to use inside Wealthy Affiliate.
As you can see Ive been a WA member for quite some time now and I took advantage of this golden opportunity in every way I can. As of now, Kyle is more active than Carson. When youre inside, you simplygo to Kyles profileand send him a private message. Its just that simple. Usually it takes 24-48 business hours before he replies. I dont have any idea how he manages his time but Im thankful hes got time to answer my questions.
I got a lot of solid tips from both Kyle and Carson that I didnt find inside Wealthy Affiliate. In my opinion their advice alone is worth a hundred times of my monthly fees.
When I first joined them, I didnt actually think that they were serious about giving personal coaching but I guess I was wrong.
Get help from like-minded people Try telling your family and friends that youre going to make money online and 90% of the time youre not going to hear the most supportive response from them.
Theyll say things like making money online is a scam (thats what my mother said when I borrowed money for my WA membership), get a real job, youre only wasting your time, and many more negative comments.
Starting a real business online is hard but it becomes even more difficult when you dont have someone to ask for help or get inspiration from. And its very critical that you avoid the people that will only try to bring you down and keep you from achieving your dreams.
The community over at Wealthy Affiliate is the key to the success of my affiliate marketing business. The inspiration and the motivation that you can get from the community is something that you cannot experience from buying ordinary programs.
Heres a screenshot on my activity dashboard of the community exchanging some ideas.
Youll definitely get the support and assistance that you need to fuel your efforts in tackling your online journey.
Instant support This is actually one of my review updates for Wealthy Affiliate and I believe this is going to be a huge benefit especially for complete newbies.
Ive read some of the first few comments of this review from past members who canceled their membership in just 1-2 months. The reason for their quick cancelation is that they didnt have access to a phone support.
Well as of this moment there is still no phone support but Wealthy Affiliate implemented a fully interactive system for communicating.
The Live Chat inside WA enables you to chat with all of the members instantaneously. I believe this is the closest thing to having a phone support system because members of different levels are there to help you out in just a few seconds. Heres a good example of a member trying to help out a fellow member with some issues.
If you have any experience with using a live chat system for getting help with your problems and inquiries then you know how helpful the WA Live Chat can be.
Like Ive said earlier, you can also use the interactive search bar on top of your account. There will be a list of topics related to your questions that will drop down but you can also use the Ask A Question feature in case you dont find what youre looking for.
Upon asking your question, you will definitely get some responses from the community. This is all becomes like a pay-it-forward system. The screenshot below is similar to the one above and this is where your question will be seen and ultimately be answered.
Asking questions is critical to your improvement and Wealthy Affiliate made it sure that when youre inside youll be able to get the best possible support.
What I Do Not LikeOverwhelming Amount of Information
Unfortunately the amount of information inside WA is also their weakness especially for complete beginners. Most of them are simply excited to make money online that they forget to read and understand the basics.
I also experienced information overload but the key is to relax, stay focused and not get too distracted. Besides, youre not going to learn and fully comprehend everything that quickly.
Most of the time you can really get caught up into reading success posts and different marketing strategies inside the WA.
What I learned is that different methods will work for different people. What worked for someone else might not necessarily work for you. Just go back to learning the basics and dont be afraid to try things out.
I have some experience with building websites before even joining WA and Im sort of a critique when it comes to web design.
With that being said, I dont really like the design of WAs membership area. I didnt like it when I joined back in 2009 and I still dont like their current design this 2015 (even if they already made some huge improvements).
Transferring your site from inside WA to another hosting platform is going to be a huge pain in your behind as you dont have any control panel access. You will be asked to install a plugin in order to move your site but the process and details involved are really technical. One member had to ask for outside help in order to pull it off. It would be nice if the process in moving to another hosting is going to be as straightforward as setting up your site inside WA.
Everything that youve read is my own personal opinion about Wealthy Affiliate. They have their own strengths and weaknesses but I dont consider the flaws to be a major deal breaker.
Do I guarantee that you will become successful when you join Wealthy Affiliate?
Anyone making such absurd claims is just out there for your money. Your success will entirely depend on how much action youre willing to invest. If youre still looking for get-rich-quick programs then Wealthy Affiliate is not for you.
I hope this Wealthy Affiliate review was informative and helpful. I wanted to give you some of the major insights on how WA can help you.
If you have any questions about Wealthy Affiliate or if you want to ask me about anything related to Internet marketing then simply leave a comment below and I will reply within as soon as possible.
completely green and new to the field of Internet Marketing! Did extensive research on this field and came to the conclusion on joining Wealthy Affiliate.
If you have any questions regarding Wealthy Affiliate or affiliate marketing, feel free to drop me a line.
I am just beginning. How do it start? Should I join premium member or just free account?
Nice review of this affiliate marketing university Raymond, well done!
I just cancelled my membership after almost a month. I had just completed my 4th week Action Plan and found the courses very interesting. The tutorials are excellent and there is no shortage of information to read, study, take notes from and consider if it fits into what you would eventually like to do after completing the course.
However in my opinion the downside is the total lack of support from just about anyone there when you have a problem or question. Please dont tell me about the Forum where you can post a question. Again in my opinion there needs to be some sort of mentoring program or teacher/tutor available to help students especially newbies who dont have a clue! I would have even been open to paying more for a service of this type.
How can anyone really know if they are understanding what is being taught in each of the planned lessons if no one is there to discuss it with them, answer questions about what was just studied or even test their comprehension? I find the title, WA University very misleading .
Additionally the absence of a phone number is completely outside the realm of what Customer Service is all about. Apparently this generation doesnt think phone numbers, especially in a learning environment are important.
I agree with you 100%, there is a lot of information given out with Wealthy Affiliates. It appears to be a great University but for a baby boomer it is too much. I need a phone to pick up and ask questions. I am not a blogger. So I will be leaving as well next month. I learned alot but now I can go elsewhere with a company where there is human phone contact such as 3DCART.
I have been thinking of becoming a member of the Wealthy Affiliate. They have no telephone customer support looks like their is no trial period or any kind of money back guarantee before you sign up for the membership to try it out. They have lot good information on the Wealthy Affiliate website. The things they are lacking for beginner and moderate internet marketer is no customer support telephone number, the forum doesnt cut it for me. I have email them all my concerns 4 times every thing that I have talk about in this blog. I get the AWEBER auto responder at the same time at night about 9:00 pm looking for me to become a member. For me personally the bad things far out weigh the good thing about Wealthy Affiliate. Until they can have better way of communicating with me. Im going to remain on the sidelines instead of spending money to become a member until someone from Wealthy Affiliate can call me on the telephone.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts Denis. Let me know when youre ready to step out of the sidelines. Good luck and have fun. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on WA but I wish you didnt cancel your membership after being inside for only a month. Believe it or not everything you need to get started with IM is right inside WA but you really have to work hard for it. WA isnt a perfect but Im really thankful to have joined them in my early stages and I wouldnt have it any other way.
The learning stage is always the most difficult for every beginner and it can be so overwhelming. But I believe that taking action is the only way to get around the confusion.
Paid 1-1 mentoring and tutoring is good but I really doubt this is going to happen. Its really hard to explain but I just dont feel like its going to happen. But sometimes 1-1 coaching happens inside the WA forum and this alone is worth my WA subscription. I dont know if youve seen the thread where Travis Sago helps a frustrated fellow member start a campaign from scratch. Also there are many senior members who are willing to help others get over the learning curve.
I know Ive said in my review that sometimes questions are being ignored but you really have to ask the community. I suggest you search the forum first if you think your question has already been answered. The only way you can really understand what youve learned is by taking action and observing the results. Dont let the thought of starting things incorrectly freeze you from taking action because youre bound to make mistakes. Its from those mistakes that will make you more knowledgeable and experience more a-ha moments.
Again, thank you for chiming in your thoughts Bob.
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as you kwow, the fee to join WA right now is $97
WA now has a $47/month Gold option and all I can say is that I was a complete newbie when I joined them.
yeah, Ive noticed that after you told me
NicheQ is not sexy but its one of the most important keys to succeeding online and what Im talking about is RESEARCH. There are 8 niches and each will have its own detailed report on everything about a specific niche (eg. golf, dating, etc.). Youll also get PLR articles, SEO keyword angles, pre-written emails, giveaway guides, keyword lists and website templates.
You can then take the things that youve learned inside NicheQ and apply it to any niche that youd like to work on. The possibilities are just endless and it all depends on your creative inputs.
so the fee for yealy plan for join WA is not available anymore?
The yearly plan is only available for the Platinum membership and not for the Gold.Click here to read the full details of the new pricing inside WA
another question, what method will be teach by WA to make money? is it only teach us make money with clickbank only?
There are basically two simple ways to drive a good amount of traffic so that you can make money online. Its either you go the free route (article marketing) or the paid route (PPC). You can then apply these techniques not only to Clickbank but also to other affiliate programs like Amazon, Commission Junction, etc. The main reason why CB is so popular is because its so easy to get started with them. All you have to do is register for a free account and you can start promoting the products. The downside is that the competition is going to be fierce. You also have to weed out those products that are just not really good.
did WA teach make money PPC, CPA, adsense and etc?
Cool Report!!! I have started to use this my clickbank products
i just want to ask if this is legit or a scam? coz i have signed up and paid online jobs and its a scam.. so this time i want to make sure if its legit or not? thanks!!!
Wealthy Affiliate is 200% legitimate! Many people have the wrong definition on what a scam is. If you think that by joining WA, money will come falling down from the sky in a short amount without doing any work at all, then please go look for a different training course. WA is like a jump rope but you have to do all the jumping before you can see some results. In short, take action and dont give up no matter what if you really want to change your life for the better.
It sounds like a great program, but honestly, comments and phrases like 200% legitimate are probably not helpful in gaining the respect and online recognition of your peers. I have no doubt that your programs work (I run several affiliate programs as well), but honestly nothing can be 200% unless you are dealing in Economics or Chemistry, and the later is much more reliableAnyways, take care and hope everyone makes some money! Peace and care
My name is Darren I have sent you a message previously regarding making a choice between 2 companies. I havnt seen my message posted so i guess it hasnt been accepted i will send it again. to cut a long story short im tired of searching, frustrated but the good news is with your help i will get there i have narrowed it down between (wealhty affiliates as you know & the im advantage) so im stuck. please help.
I already replied to your message. Try to clear your cache and refresh the page and youll see my reply. Obviously Im biased but I definitely recommend that you join Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate, How this WA differs to the other Affiliate scheme offers?
If theres a secret in affiliate business anybody can share ideas here?
Wealthy Affiliate is a place where you can learn how to build a solid Internet marketing business. Theres no huge secret to being an online success Lecile. It all boils down to consistent and serious work.
Its a great post, I also spent a lot of time until Ive decided to join WA.
I really recommend it. its a great program, great place to learn.
I am completely new to IM and do not have a clue about anything.
I thinking of signing up to WA with a gold membership but do not know what I am getting. When it says i will get 3 web domains and 3 web site installations, what does that mean?
Thats in the Gold edition. It means that you can have 3 websites hosted in their system. But you still have to register your domains at a different domain reg service like GoDaddy or Namecheap.
kindly help me by replying as exactly what do we need to sell from WAU, will there be some product of our own that I will be selling or will WAU will provide or what is it? will I make a website on my own and launch it? then how? I dont have any idea about it.
and Raymond! is the charge $47 per month which I have to pay? then in that case I should be earning more than that too. but pls give me details about the website making and the product selling. I will be very thankful to you.
Mainly youre going to learn how to earn income by promoting products of other people which is also known as affiliate marketing. WA is a monthly membership but what youre going to earn will entirely depend on how much work youre going to put in. Internet marketing is a very hard business but I dont say this to scare you away. I just want to make sure that you have the proper mindset before you dive in because like Ive said, this is a business and not just any scheme.
I am very interested in starting an online business, and having already invested in some so called- Ill teach you a paint by numbers easy to learn take you by the hand type of business! well I guess you know the hype.
I thought it about time I tried to find someone that would teach me properly. Could I ask you what sort of investment, financially are we talking about to get started? other than the monthly payments.
You can actually get started without investing a single dime because you can start out using free websites like Squidoo, Blogger, etc. If you want to build your own sites (which I recommend), then you need to buy a domain name for less than $10 per year. WA can host your sites (up to 3 if you joined Gold edition) for you.
Great post Raymond. Really in depth and informative review of WA. I myself am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and can attest to the points that are mentioned above. Take action and treat this as a business, success will come if you do.
I have been a member of WA for almost 2 years now and would like to point out that the difference between the Wealthy Affiliate University and other courses is a deal breaker for me.
Id say that at least 9/10 courses claiming to teach you how to make money online will try to upsell other products after you buy their course. They will then make you buy a web host that costs a couple hundred dollars a year for a website, make their commission from you and be on their merry way.
When you join WA they upsell nothing to you. They offer you true unlimited hosting for Platinum Members which is priceless because I have over a dozen sites hosted there myself. They have all of the necessary tools provided to you along with the proper training.
The only thing you will have to spend money on after becoming a member is your domain name (website name) and you can buy a domain for $1.99 if you dont want to spend the $10 on a domain.
I hope this helps anyone out there who is indecisive about joining WA.
I joined WA a week ago and was really fired up to get started but once I got in I was very over whelmed. I bounced all over the site trying figure out where to start then I found the action plan and started with that. It started off good but right now I have to wait 5 days for the next lession they tell you to start writing articals, well like the guy above Iam not a blogger and I know you can pay some one to write them for you but that costes money witch I dont have alot of. I became unemployed a month ago and wanted to work at home. I think this is a good program to learn with BUT now I have to find a job to pay for it. and become homeless, soI will see what happens.
Its always a wise move to look for a job that will give you a steady income and work on IM on the side. Stay consistent on your online business and you will know when its time to fire your boss. hehehe
Very helpful and honest review.How much will it cost if I join,I am currently doing online marketing using ppc and affiliate marketing but need to know more before I hit on buying those informations!Do we have to pay it monthly?Hope to hear some reply.Good day .
Start with the Gold edition which is at $47 monthly. If you really want to go the PPC route then make sure you get the Beating Adwords for free.
I just signed up for Robert Allens Multiple streams of income course, unforutunatly paid for it then checked out Rober Allen, seems to be not what he advertises as through all the reviews I have read. Now I come across this WA and all sounds good, but still a litlle weary (once bitten twice shy). I read what Raymond says and all others, and the assurance from Raymond, again it all reads great (most of it)For those who decided to join and in a month opt. out was there a problem in cancelling your subscription and or refunds. All ready having problems with Robert Allens refund(beware of Rober Allen everybody). If all is up and up and opting out is possible without hassle and or refund I am in, I will try the WA. Thank you Raymond for your time.
Hello Raymond. I appreciate your straight forward comments. I am completley new at this With Wealthy affiliate would you be able to use something like aweber. I heard it is important to build your list and it seems like that is the best.
If youre interested in learning email marketing then I would suggest you get Inside The List as a bonus for joining WA. Its in my WA bonus offer page.
very informative site. anyway sir, I would really love to join the IM community but I dont know what to join, you see sir Im a newbie but very eager to make a success in this kind of business. can you help me choose which one should I join? (CWS? WA? etc.)
Try out Wealthy Affiliate and join their Gold edition. Make sure youre prepared to work because I dont want people joining WA for not the right reasons.
Im just starting a dropship/wholesale using a website and amazon.would I
Be able to do both?I know a nice amount of the dropshipping side,but dont know
Anything about what people are talking about in here(affiliate program ) pls help! Thanks
I believe Wealthy Affiliate is geared more towards the affiliate marketing business model.
I have been doing a lot of research about online jobs but havent entirely decided if Im ready to give it a shot yet. One question I had is if high speed internet is necessary because I have dial up. I know, pretty sad but I live out in the middle of no where. I was also curious how long it took you to really get the hang of this. Im a pretty quick learner and dont mind effort in the least, Im just curious so I have an idea what to expect.
Dial up connection is fine but obviously everything you do online will be slower like researching niches, keywords, topics for articles, etc. I think it took me 6 months up to a year to really have an idea of what to do and that involves a lot of trial and error. Today, Im still learning a lot of things as IM but Im not all over the place now. hahaha.
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this..i so relate to the parents ridiculing,negative commentsof do what you knowget a real job..its a scam etc=D
so if i follow through how long would it take me on average to see any incomecause that $50 a month seems costly..am i gonna stay a coupla months..not making anything untili figure it out?Would it automatically pull those 5o dollars everymonth or does it have to be with permission?and what happens if i dont have a bank account or visa?
i know there is human and situation variation and all and you cant exactly measure on others but i just wanted to ask how long after joining wealthy affiliate did you start earning money and how much.
i know its supposedly not a get rich quick scheme but i needed to earn money to buy soemthing in the short term (and hopeuflly continue onwards)..so i just wanted to know how long this process takes the average person to work
It took me 2 months after joining WA to get my first sale. But like youve said we all have different levels of learning. Maybe youll get it after 2 weeks or 2 years, nobody knows but you. If