Most Wealthy Affiliate reviews are out there to convince you to join Wealthy Affiliate and not to help you make an informed decision about joining it or not.
Those reviews will keep embellishing all the pros while trying to keep most of the cons under the radar in order to get the reader to join the platform.
This is natural because if you actually join Wealthy Affiliate through a person’s review, they might end up earning commissions.
In my 2 years as a Wealthy Affiliate member, I have realized that this “strategy” never truly works in the long run.
On the contrary, it usually results in unsatisfied customers, complaints about the product due to high expectations, and subsequently losing trust in the product as well as in the one who recommended it.
Also, I know that in order to keep a customer satisfied, you have to tell them everything about the product and its features, good and bad, in order for them to know exactly what they are going to be paying for.
Why Am I Telling You All This?
The reason that I am telling you all this is because I want you to know that I am not going to sugarcoat the pill during this Wealthy Affiliate review.
I won’t attempt to oversell Wealthy Affiliate simply because I don’t believe in overselling… Also, I don’t want you to get into the platform, take a look at it, understand that it wasn’t how I told you it would be and leave.
I want you to want to join Wealthy Affiliate and stay there for as long as possible and trying to trick you into doing so will definitely not do the job.
So I am here to tell you the truth according to my 2-year experience as a member of the platform.
No lies, no deceptions… I am going to tell you all about Wealthy Affiliate in order for you to be able to make an informed decision before even consider joining.
However, before I start telling you all about Wealthy Affiliate and its features, I would like to let you know about the thing that made me take the leap and join it in the first place; The Free Starters Membership!
Yeap, You Can Join Wealthy Affiliate For Free!
The opportunity to try out the platform free of charge is what really won me over with Wealthy Affiliate, leaving me no choice but to join it.
This way, I got to dip my toe into the platform, without spending a dime, before deciding if I were to go all in or not.
However, as a free member, I did not get access to all the tools and training available inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
Nevertheless, with the free membership, I got to take the first 10 lessons of the online entrepreneur certification during which I
- Fully understood what is affiliate marketing and how I could make money through it
- Learned what a niche is, how to choose it, and why it is important to have one
- Built, setup, and customized my very first website
- Created my first web pages
- Found out techniques to bring people to my website
To tell you the truth, you are unlikely to get much success as a free member as you will not be able to access Wealthy Affiliate’s most sophisticated features such as
- All the online entrepreneur certification lessons
- The Bootcamp
- The webinars
- The online classes
- The live chat
- Private Messaging
- Unlimited keyword searches
- Secure Socket Layer(HTTPS)
- Site speed
However, the free membership is a very good way to find out if affiliate marketing is your kind of thing, if it is actually worth the trouble as well as start building a solid foundation for your online business.
This way, you can make a well-informed decision before upgrading to a premium membership, which you will have to at some point if you would like to scale up your online business, as you will need to have full access to every single tool and training Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
So, let’s talk about the premium options and their prices(well, of course there is a price! Did you really believe that someone would teach you all you need to know about affiliate marketing for free?)
How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Premium Cost?
The premium Wealthy Affiliate membership offers you 3 options:
- The Premium Monthly Membership
- The Yearly Premium Membership
- The Black Friday Offer Yearly Premium Membership
1/ Premium Per Month – 49$
This premium membership is on a pay-per-month basis.
If you upgrade to a premium membership lets say on the 15th of May, your monthly payment of 49$ will have to keep taking place on the 15th of every following month.
You can cancel your payments anytime you want.
2/ Yearly Membership – 359$
You could also pay your premium membership upfront for a year.
This will cost you 359$ which means 29.9$ per month… That’s less than a dollar(0.98$ to be exact) per day!
Paying for a yearly membership, you are saving 229$ in total each year compared to paying per month.
3/ Black Friday to Cyber Monday Yearly Offer 299$
That’s basically the cheapest premium option.
You can upgrade to a yearly premium membership, paying just 299$.
This special offer is in place ONLY for four days, from Black Friday until Cyber Monday.
Let’s do the math:
299$ a year =
- 24.90$ per month
- 0.8$ per day
- saving 289$ compared to paying the premium monthly(almost half the money!)
Wealthy Affiliate actually offers a 4th premium membership option which is
4/ 19$ For Your First Premium Month
Wealthy Affiliate’s CEOs, Kyle and Carson, are aware that you might want to get a taste of the full potential of the platform before deciding to start paying for a full monthly premium membership or even taking the yearly one.
That is why you get to upgrade your membership to premium for just 19$ if you decide to do so within your first 7 days as a Wealthy Affiliate free member.
Sometimes, this offer might be available for longer periods of time such as 14 or even 30 days.
After your the first premium month ends, you can
- Keep paying 49$ per month to remain a premium member
- Pay for an entire year of premium membership(saving 229$ a year compared to monthly premium)
- Take the Black Friday offer is available(saving 289$ a year compared to the monthly plan)
- Go back to being a free member
Regarding the last option, please be advised that as a premium member who downgraded to a free membership, your access to Wealthy Affiliate’s resources will be limited again and you won’t be able to edit your website.
For such cases, Wealthy Affiliate states that your website will be deleted after a while so before downgrading to a free membership make sure that you back up your entire website in case you would like to get it online again at some point.
Free membership… Premium membership… Just for fun let’s start comparing them, shall we?
Free Vs Premium
I was actually thinking about making a list myself when I came across the ultimate Free membership Vs Premium membership list inside Wealthy Affiliate.
Go ahead and check it out yourself right here.
After the list, you will also find some testimonials from current Wealthy Affiliate premium members.
What Exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?
Basically, Wealthy Affiliate is one of the largest online courses on affiliate marketing that currently exists.
You can think of it as an affiliate marketing University offering all the
- Structured training
needed to create your affiliate marketing business from scratch and take it from zero to any height you’d wish.
The difference between Wealthy Affiliate and a normal University is that with Wealthy Affiliate you get to build a business of your own as you keep learning.
Also, it will take you 4+ years to finish any University and then you will have to start looking for a medium-paying job which might take 1+ more years and might not even be relevant to your degree.
4 years of serious training and consistent action in Wealthy Affiliate will most probably have a medium-sized online business offering you a full-time income and even more while working from home.
Taking a Look Inside the Wealthy Affiliate Platform
Wealthy Affiliate has so many things to offer that if I started writing about every single one of them right now, I would close this article at 20.000+ words.
However, because I don’t want to tire you with things that won’t probably matter to you right now, I will go ahead and let you know about those that have made a huge difference to me, as well as those which I am using the most.
Wealthy Affiliate’s training is one of a kind.
Kyle(Wealthy Affiliate’s CEO) has put so much work towards perfecting and simplifying the training in such a way that even if you don’t have the slightest clue about affiliate marketing, you will be able to follow, understand, and apply everything you are being taught at once.
The very basic training is comprised of 50 structured lessons teaching you literally everything you need to know about affiliate marketing.
Each lesson includes at least one step by step video walkthrough, created by Kyle, along with its script and some actionable tasks at its end.
Those 50 lessons, could make you a successful affiliate marketer by themselves.
Any further training can even be considered redundant.
Nevertheless, the training does not stop there…
Wealthy Affiliate offers you
- Weekly Live webinars
- Online classes(currently 13)
- The Affiliate Bootcamp training(70 more, in-depth lessons)
- Training courses created by other experienced Wealthy Affiliate members
A normal course, offering you way less than half of the quantity and quality of the training Wealthy Affiliate offers you, might cost somewhere around 500$-1500$(I am not exaggerating)… And of course, that money is going to be just for the training… No tools, no community, and no support.
Wealthy Affiliate gives me access to high-quality training which I am quite sure I would not be able to find anywhere else, for just a small fraction of that money… Plus the tools, the community, and the support which we are going to talk about shortly.
Pretty solid if you asked me!
Wealthy Affiliate offers a vast variety of tools which every affiliate marketer must have in order to turn their online business to success.
With the Site Builder tool, you get to create your own website(business) in no time at all.
Most people would have killed to have tools like that back in the day as coding a website was a very time and energy consuming matter.
As a free member, you are allowed to own up to two websites under siterubix.com subdomains. Also, you can host those websites on Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting platforms entirely for free for as long as you like, until you decide to become a premium member.
BTW, it took me less than 2 minutes to get my first website up and running.
SiteContent is the ultimate writing platform for affiliate marketers. This platform offers an experience that is chocked full of features that will help you simplify your writing, improve accuracy, increase efficiency, set and meet goals and organize all of your writing activities in one central place.
- Can perform 100s of critical grammar and spelling checks before publishing your articles
- Checks for duplicate content(duplicate content might hurt your search engine rankings and credibility)
- Analyze your content structure and let you know about improvements
- Suggest vocabulary adjustments for better user experience
You can watch a complete video walkthrough of the SiteContent tool right here.
SiteSpeed, Site SSL, and SiteProtect
SiteSpeed actually increases your website’s loading speed and overall response speed.
This results in better
- Rankings(Google and other search engines don’t like slow-loading websites)
- Engagement(the longer your website takes to load, the more likely that a visitor leaves before it even finishes loading)
- User experience(even if the visitor hangs through the 60 seconds that your website took to load, they will most probably leave when they attempt to load another page of yours.)
SiteSSL serves your website over a 256-bit encryption. This means that your website becomes safer for your visitors.
Additionally, search engines tend to favor websites with SSL.
SiteProtect is basically a spam blocker.
You could use a plugin to block spam but it would make your website slower and require time and effort on your part to separate spam comments which you would have to discard from normal comments which you would like to keep.
SiteProtect blocks all spam before they even hit your website.
Note: SiteSpeed and SiteSSL are exclusive to premium members only
Site Comments & Site Feedback
Site comments and Site feedback allow you to ask for comments and feedback from other Wealthy Affiliate members.
Comments are pure content for your website.
They also show that your content is engaging and that you are actually helpful and caring by answering back to them.
Lastly, search engines tend to rank content with comments better.
Feedback is as helpful as you get to hear the opinion of your website’s visitors and also even get some recommendations in order to improve it.
No other platform offers tools like those 2 but only premium members can use them.
And I saved the best for last!
The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool
This tool is going to be your best friend during your affiliate marketing journey.
What it basically does is let you know the average searches per month, the visits, and the competition of any specific keyword.
Based on those criteria you will be able to determine if a keyword is viable for use or not.
If you consider that keywords are one of the most important parts of your success, I say that the tool is pretty damn important.
For most members, including me, it is the most used tool inside the platform.
You will learn everything you need to know about keywords in specific lessons during your training.
As a free member, you get to use the tool for just 30 searches while premium members can use it indefinitely.
High-quality keyword research tools like this one, usually go for 50$+ themselves(ahref’s keyword explorer lite goes for 82$ if you pay in advance for a whole year, or 99$ if you pay per month)
Wealthy Affiliate gives you unlimited access to all of its resources plus the keyword research tool with just 49$ a month.
That’s an awfully sweet deal!
First of all, the live chat!
As a premium member, you have infinite access to Wealthy Affiliate’s live chat where you can get all the help you need, with any matter, 24/7/365 and almost instantly.
Check the chat captures below.
Then, we have private messaging where you can reach privately any member inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and even the founders, Kyle and Carson.
Below are some messages I once exchanged with Kyle.
Kyle even offered to take a look and give me feedback on my article by himself…
Lastly, we have the Blogroll.
This is basically just like a Facebook news feed but instead of just crap, you get to read and comment on other people’s blog posts and questions.
You could also post your own blog posts and questions and get answers and comments from various more experienced members.
Jim Rohn used to say
You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
In Wealthy Affiliate, you get to spend as much time as you want with hundreds of already successful members who are going to keep pulling you upwards until you become successful yourself.
As a premium member, you have infinite access to tech support.
Is your website down? Are you facing problems logging in?
Tech support is there for you anytime during the day.
I have used the SiteSupport for at least 6 times now on various problems and if I could rate it I would give it 5 out of 5.
It’s up to You!
Not everyone succeeds in this affiliate marketing thing.
As a matter of fact, only a small percentage of people will be persistent enough to see money coming through their online business.
Joining Wealthy Affiliate definitely increases your chances… Upgrading to premium increases them even more.
However, Wealthy Affiliate is not a miracle platform that guarantees your success.
It only helps you out by showing you the best possible way towards creating and monetizing your own online affiliate marketing business.
At the end of the day, it is up to put everything you learn together, experiment, find your style, what works for you and your online business, and keep rolling with it until you reach the amount of success that you desire.
Your success is in your own hands… It is totally up to you!
What I Have Learned in Those 2 Years as a Wealthy Affiliate Member
Well, the amount of knowledge that I have attained since the day that I first landed on the Wealthy Affiliate platform is ginormous…
And I am not just talking about the training but also about realizations and experiences on building and owning your own business.
The more you work on your business the faster it will bear fruit
One of the most frequently asked questions when someone joins Wealthy Affiliate is “How long will it take to make money?”
It goes without saying that the more time and effort you put into improving your online business, the faster you are going to see results.
Success won’t come overnight
Don’t expect that for today’s work you’ll get paid tomorrow.
It takes time to get traction online…
You need to keep creating keyword rich quality content consistently and persistently in order to give something to the search engines to make them trust you more and bring your website to higher positions of their results.
There are no shortcuts
Believe me, as a beginner, I have tried very hard locating them…
There are none!
The only way to succeeding online is to keep publishing quality content which helps your readers solve their problems.
Someone you helped out is more likely to eventually buy from you.
Instead of wasting your time and efforts looking for shortcuts, just invest them towards giving your readers the kind of content they need.
This is the only shortcut.
Don’t focus on selling, focus on helping
People can usually see through content which is too salesy and to tell you the truth it turns them off.
Being too desperate to make a sale will only push the customer away and even lower their trust in you.
On the other hand, when your visitors feel like you are genuinely trying to help them out, they are way more likely to trust you, buy the products that you recommend, and even come back for more.
You will never stop learning
Affiliate marketing never ends…
There will always be room for improvement for your online business.
If you want it to keep growing, you will have to keep learning either from external sources such as training modules or through your own experience and experimentation.
Going down this road means that you become a lifetime learner.
Follow the training precisely
As said earlier, Wealthy Affiliate’s training is one of a kind.
Its only objective is to turn you into a successful affiliate marketer.
Not following the exact steps, skipping ahead or leaving things for later will only hold you back.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
The fact that I kept applying only what I believed would work, held me back several months, not to mention that I had to take the online entrepreneur certification training a second time from the beginning in order to fill in my gaps in knowledge.
Make sure that you won’t make the same mistake as I did.
There is no one chasing you
Once again, I am referring to the training.
Make sure that you take your time with it.
Many people rush through the training ending up having knowledge gaps.
Then they go on the live chat and start asking questions.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with asking questions…
It’s just that if you pay close attention to the training, most of your questions are going to be answered anyway, sooner or later.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
On the other hand, do not be afraid of asking questions.
As a premium member, you can use the live chat, private messaging, your personal Wealthy Affiliate blog, or even ask the founders, Kyle and Carson for their help.
However, I encourage you to finish the first 50 lessons first, write down any questions that come up during it, and ask them later.
Chances are that a question that might arise during a lesson will have been answered by the next few ones.
Go after quality and not quantity
When I first joined Wealthy Affiliate, I came across a couple of articles which stated that the more content you produce, the faster you will succeed.
And so I did!
It didn’t work…
While there is some truth to their statements, a high quantity of articles will take you nowhere if their quality is lower than hell.
Also, a couple of very high-quality articles will most likely take you nowhere either.
I’ve tried that as well(taking me one month+ to compose the highest quality article possible)
The trick is to keep your quality and quantity in a balance.
Push yourself to create high-quality articles as fast as you can.
A high-quality article is one which is
- focused on a specific subject
- long, stuffed with useful information
- helps its readers find answers to their questions and/or offers solutions to their problems
Pay special attention to the lessons talking about keywords
Those lessons are maybe amongst the most valuable inside Wealthy Affiliate.
If you don’t master the employment of keywords you will have a hard time getting your articles to rank in the highest positions of the search engines.
This means lower or even no traffic at all for your website, which in turns means lower or even no revenue at all for you.
Kyle does an awesome job explaining the “low hanging fruit” technique towards catapulting your website in the first page of the search engines, faster and easier than ever before.
Those 3 lessons below can make a huge difference for you
- Understanding Keywords, The Start of Your Content
- Understanding the Low Hanging Fruit
- Low Hanging Fruit Case Study
Keep repeating those 3 lessons again and again until the information in them becomes embedded in your subconscious mind and you will then have better chances of succeeding than ever.
I have been in Wealthy Affiliate for 2 years now and I haven’t thought once of leaving it.
Wealthy Affiliate opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunity previously unknown to me.
Is it the perfect platform? Probably not…
But I know that it is among the best out there right now and if there is something I have realized in those 2 years as a Wealthy Affiliate member is that if someone can make you a successful entrepreneur, this is Wealthy Affiliate.
The only thing that I wish is that I had found it sooner in my life.
Since the sign up is free that means that you have nothing to lose.
This simplifies your decision so go ahead and
- Create your FREE Wealthy Affiliate account
- Set up your profile
- Get started with the Affiliate Certification Course
Until you finish with your first 10 lessons, you will have realized if affiliate marketing is your kind of thing or not as well as if Wealthy Affiliate is the platform to teach you.
If it is, you can keep going. If it’s not, you can leave at once, no harm no foul and not a dime spent.
I was way more skeptical than you before I decided to join Wealthy Affiliate but let me tell you that just 5 days after joining for free, I took the 19$ offer and upgraded to premium as I was convinced that Wealthy Affiliate was much more than what I had been looking for all along.
I kept saving 49$ a month for a while, in order to be able to keep paying for the premium monthly membership, which was really hard if you take into account that I was making less than 400$ a month at that point.
When the Black Friday offer came along, I took it, paying 299$ for the whole year and I am planning to do the same this year as well.
Again, you have nothing to lose since you can join for free and who knows… Maybe a year from now, you will be making money through your website and reviewing Wealthy Affiliate yourself.