Since you are here to find out more about Wealthy Affiliate, I will jump straight to the point and give you all you need to know.
In this review, I am going to leave no stone unturned about the platform in order to get you well acquainted with all its tools and features.
By the end of this Wealthy Affiliate review, you will be able to see clearly why Wealthy Affiliate is hands down one of the best affiliate marketing training platforms currently available.
The reason I decided to update this relatively old review is that Wealthy Affiliate went through a major update itself. A lot of new features were added and most of the old ones got enhanced. I thought that it would be appropriate to keep you up to date as well.
Note: Wealthy Affiliate is constantly growing and evolving so by the time you read this review, there might be changes and additions to the platform. I will try my best to be keeping this Wealthy Affiliate review up to date.
First things first.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform that can teach you how to assemble your own affiliate marketing business from scratch and start making money through it.
The platform was created back in 2005 by Kyle and Carson, two regular guys, who just like you and me, wanted to start making some money online.
After a lot of hard-earned experience, they became successful and they decided to dedicate their entire lives towards helping others to become successful affiliate marketers just like them.
Since then, they have become affiliate marketing specialists who have helped hundreds of thousands of other people create their own online businesses and turn them into a success.
You could say that everything someone needs(the education, the tools, the network, the community, the support, and the motivation) to start an online business from scratch and grow it to any level desired can be found inside Wealthy Affiliate.
Who is Wealthy Affiliate for?
Basically, Wealthy Affiliate could benefit literally anyone who wants to start earning more money such as:
- Those who want to find their way out of their boring or exhausting regular jobs
- Part-time employees in need of a supplementary income
- Stay at home moms
- People who want to conveniently work from home
- Still students
- Retired or unemployed
- People who want to make a living by blogging about their hobbies and passions
- Employees working in unstable jobs
- People being in between jobs
- Unskilled laborers
The reason that I joined Wealthy Affiliate was that I used to be a part-time worker and needed some extra money per month to move to a place of my own and be independent.
A few months after joining Wealthy Affiliate, I got promoted at my day job, started working a full-time schedule, moved in a place of my own, and at last became independent.
Despite achieving my initial goal, I did not give up on affiliate marketing.
Now my goal is to quit my boring, 9:00 – 17:00, soul-sucking desk job and be making a full-time living through my online businesses.
How to Make Money at Wealthy Affiliate
First of all, you need a subject for your website. Most people choose a hobby or interest of theirs.
Then you need to build a website. With Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteBuilder, you get to have your website up and running in less than 30 seconds.
After that, you must find ways to attract visitors to your website. No visitors=no money.
Lastly, you join affiliate programs and you start promoting other people’s products. Amazon, Google, Etsy, eBay, Samsung, Apple, and basically infinite other companies will let you promote their products, paying you up to 70% commissions each time someone purchases a product through your website.
Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to do all that stuff even if you don’t have the slightest clue on affiliate marketing.
A Peek Inside the Wealthy Affiliate Platform
Extensive, step by step training for absolute beginners… SiteBuilding and keyword research tools among others… Live Chat, Blog Feed, Private Messaging, and Coaching…
All those are just a fraction of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
Let’s find out about everything.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Training
1/ Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Training for Beginners
Wealthy Affiliate is here to teach you everything you need to know from creating a website to writing and publishing quality content, attracting more readers through search-engine and social media optimization and converting them into buyers.
Most of the training is created by Kyle (one of Wealthy Affiliate’s founders). He has simplified it in such a way that anyone could easily understand every single part of it even if having no previous experience at all with such matters.
I used to hate writing (because I sucked at it). Now I am composing 6000-word articles and not even in my native language! Wealthy Affiliate taught me how to do that… That’s got to count for something right?
The first 10-lesson course below is where it all starts!
You can access the training under the “Training” tab on the left sidebar inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform or by clicking this link.
The entire training is step-by-step and progressive. It is comprised of 5 courses which in turn are comprised of 10 lessons each. Every lesson is a succession of the previous one. You basically start from zero moving up to 1000 one by one!
Basically, the beginner’s training helps you build a solid foundation for your future successful online business.
Your online business, just as a house, can never stand on a weak foundation and even if it does manage to do so, it won’t be for long.
The beginners’ course won’t take you more than a couple of hours to complete.
By the end of it, you will already have
- created and fully set up your first website
- chosen your niche
- learned about the keywords you should use to get your articles to show in the search engines
- written your first few articles and pages
- discovered the whole process of earning money online through your website
- some people visiting your website
- and maybe made a sale or two
Always make sure that you pay your full attention to the training and that you follow and apply every single piece of advice given during it.
Go ahead and get started on your training right here.
2/ 13 Interactive Classrooms
Kyle and Carson wanted to make sure that they provided affiliate marketers with every single piece of information that they might possibly need.
This is why they have created a digital school with 13 classrooms.
Even if you have completed all 5 certification courses, by joining those classrooms, you can get your hands on even more training resources on various subjects such as
- Setting up your WordPress website
- Authoring great content
- How to get started
- Niche and market research
- SEO(Search Engine Optimization)
- Email and social media marketing
- General digital marketing tips for beginners
Each classroom is focused on a different subject and contains thousands of questions, thousands of answers to those question, dozens of tutorials, videos, and webinars.
Take the “Getting Started” classroom below as an example.
29.000 questions and answers, 11 tutorials, 13 video training, 5 courses and 1.13 MILLION comments are included in this classroom alone.
If this isn’t knowledge I don’t know what is…
I rest my case!
3/ Live Webinars
Every Friday, Jay, Wealthy Affiliate’s training chief, goes live and imparts great knowledge on several subjects.
The webinars are usually 1 hour-long more or less.
If you attend the live broadcast you can participate in a conversation with Jay and other members through the live chat and get many of your questions answered.
If for some reason you were not able to attend the live broadcast, you can access the replay a few days later when it becomes available inside the community.
You can also access every single of Jay’s webinars from 2012 until the present day(see image below).
Jay offers some of the most spectacular affiliate marketing live training available anywhere online.
There is no reason to ever stop learning. The skills you learn today could pay off forever in the future.~Jay
4/ Affiliate Bootcamp
Yeap, you got that right… More training!
The affiliate Bootcamp is basically a series of courses walking you through the process of creating and establishing a website in the affiliate marketing niche(kind of like this one).
On this website, you will be promoting affiliate marketing products and services, including Wealthy Affiliate itself which offers one of the most amazing and high-converting affiliate programs currently available online.
The Bootcamp is comprised of 7 phases containing 10 lessons each(70 lessons in total) and it is extremely detailed and highly accurate for a reason… The better affiliate marketer you become, the more people you will be sending towards Wealthy Affiliate.
That way Wealthy Affiliate wins since it ends up selling more premium memberships, thus gaining more money, and you win since Wealthy Affiliate is paying you commissions for every premium member you referred.
You scratch their back, they scratch yours and everybody is happy!
Nevertheless, the Bootcamp is not an asset only to those in the affiliate marketing industry but can benefit greatly all kinds of affiliates.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Tools
To build a new house you will need to stick to a plan as well as hold the right knowledge to achieve so, but you will be needing a set of tools as well to actually start building it.
The same applies towards building your online business.
You could have all the knowledge in the world to do so, accompanied by a foolproof plan, but you can do nothing without having the right tools.
To ensure that it makes your life easier, Wealthy Affiliate gives you access to all kinds of tools which every affiliate marketer should own.
First and foremost, we have the SiteBuilder.
1/ Site Builder
Back in the day, to get your own website up and running you needed either to spend months programming it yourself or paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars to get someone to program it for you.
Wealthy Affiliate has made it possible to jump start this whole process saving you lots of time, effort, and money with the SiteBuilder platform.
Through this platform, you can basically get your website up an running in less than 1 minute.
In this video, Kyle shows you how he created a brand new website in less than 30 seconds.
Many people tend to step back when they realize that to become an affiliate marketer a website is needed.
Believe me that you will be stunned when you realize how simple and effortless is to build your own website nowadays.
You could even build one without leaving this very page.
All you have to do is choose a domain name below, click the “Build it Now” button, sign up for free, and get your business up and running in no time at all.
2/ Site Content
Site Content is a relatively new feature of Wealthy Affiliate and it was created to make everyone’s writing as perfect as possible by simplifying your writing and improving your content’s accuracy and efficiency.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or not, through the Site Content platform you can optimize your content by:
- Checking your articles for spelling and grammar errors before publishing them
- Checking if your content is duplicate(duplicate content hurts your website)
- Monitoring your writing stats
- Setting writing goals
- Publishing content directly to your websites
- Analyzing your content structure
- Organizing all your articles
- Storing writing templates for later use
- Enhancing your vocabulary through the vocabulary suggestion tool
Site Content is of great benefit especially for those with no previous writing experience as well as people whose native language is not English.
Take a look at a complete walkthrough of the Site Content tool right here.
3/ Site Manager
The site manager allows you to keep track of different aspects of your website such as
- Google Index( if it has been indexed in Google)
- The number of published pages, posts, and comments
- Your publishing frequency
- Search-engine trust
- Last backup date
Moreover, through the Site Manager, you can manage your Site+ features such as
SiteSpeed 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.
4/ Site Domains
Here, you can manage every aspect of your domain names.
- You can buy new domain names
- Edit your website’s name servers
- Redirect all the traffic from one domain name to another
- Find out your FTP credentials a
- Add subdomains
- Choose if you want your domain names to be renewed automatically when they expire or not t
- Transfer your domain name to another registrar
- Transfer a domain name from another registrar to Wealthy Affiliate
It’s okay if you didn’t understand a word above.
While the Site Domains section can be quite useful at some point, you won’t be using it regularly. I have never used it for something besides purchasing a new domain name.
Nevertheless, if you need to make use of one of its functions mentioned above, there are plenty of guides inside the Wealthy Affiliate community.
5/ Site Comments and Site Feedback
Site Comments and Site Feedback are two of the most amazing features of Wealthy Affiliate.
Through those platforms, you give comments/feedback to other people’s websites in exchange for “credits”. Then you can use those credits to ask for comments/feedback on your website.
Comments are pure content from real Wealthy Affiliate members just like you.
Search engines love websites that get visitors to comment on their posts.
Comments show that your content is engaging and helpful and that’s why articles with comments are more likely to occupy higher ranks in the search engines.
All comments are checked for uniqueness, quality, and word-count before they are sent to you for approval. You will only receive 100% unique, spam free, pure and original comments.
Feedback can be a very powerful tool as it reveals to you how other people view your website.
People who give you feedback will let you know what they liked, what they did not like and what aspects of your website need improving.
This way you can proactively start adjusting those aspects in order to maximize the quality of your website’s user experience for your visitors, in order for them to feel comfortable inside it, trust you more, and thus start purchasing your products.
P.S – Site Comments and Site Feedback are unique tools that are available in no other platform besides Wealthy Affiliate!
6/ Site Email
Not much to tell about the Site email feature.
You can create, log in, and manage your all your email accounts in one place which is pretty convenient.
You are also able to forward your emails to another account of yours if you are more familiar with another email platform, in order to read them there.
7 – Site Support
Do you have a problem with your website? Are you having difficulties logging in? Are you unable to upload images in your content? Did any article of yours vanish?
Site Support will solve all your technical problems in no time at all; it has helped me dozens of times when being in need.
Their answers are accurate, direct and punctual and they are at your disposal 24/7/365.
8/ Keyword Research Tool, Jaaxy
Keywords are the root of all your success as an affiliate marketer.
Finding the right target keywords for your articles is the basis of all your search engine rankings and traffic and to do that, you are going to need a keyword research tool.
Luckily, Wealthy Affiliate has a built-in one, called Jaaxy.
The keyword tool will help you determine if any given keyword is viable for use based on some standard criteria such as
- the average searches per month it gets
- the number of visitors an article will get if it gets ranked on the first page of Google under it
- how many other articles are ranking for it(competition)
Everything about keywords and keyword research is going to be explained in detail during the training. Those are the lessons that you have to pay the most attention to.
Jaaxy performs a lot of other very unique and useful functions such as
- Monitoring your website’s rankings
- Analyzing your competition
- Coming up with keywords using the alphabet soup technique
- Locating affiliate programs and lucrative niches
Wealthy Affiliate’s Amazing Community
What holds Wealthy Affiliate together is its community. Over 800.000 members are constantly working together towards one common goal, to succeed in creating a successful online business.
You are able to interact with the WA community through many means such as
- Live Chat
- Private messaging
- The Comments and Feedback sections
1/ Getting Instant Help Through the Live Chat
The live chat can be one of the most powerful and helpful features of Wealthy Affiliate if used the right way.
Through the live chat, you can get any of your questions answered almost instantly by other more advanced members who are currently online at that time. Sometimes, you might even get answers and gain insights from the founders themselves.
Many people who are not getting along with all those technology stuff and have no experience in the online world, are claiming that the support they received through the live chat is what kept them going.
2 – Private Messaging
Besides the live chat, you can connect with other Wealthy Affiliate members through private messaging.
You could even connect with Kyle and Carson and get help, advice, and feedback directly from them.
In the image below, you can see that I asked Kyle for some advice.
He offered to further help me by giving me feedback on a post that I wanted to publish.
3 – Motivation; Success Stories
When I first joined Wealthy Affiliate, I was really skeptical… To tell you the truth, I didn’t really believe that this whole concept worked and that I would be able to make money online.
However, the countless success stories that I have read over the years, made me a believer and are still keeping me highly motivated to this very day.
Always be aware that if someone can do something, you can do it better, and someone else can do it better than you.
If someone is making 1000$, you could make 10001$, and someone else could make 1002$.
To make aware of the heights of success that Wealthy Affiliate could take you, below you can find some of the most inspiring success stories, shared by ordinary people like you and me
Doug had been in Wealthy Affiliate for 2 years before sharing this specific story.
He states that as long as you never stop learning, hustle hard, and build a good work ethic, you can build a successful online business around your passions.
Nathaniell succeeded in making enough money to quit his job and go full time with affiliate marketing, merely 3 years after joining.
James posted this, merely 6 months after joining Wealthy Affiliate.
Alex managed to be earning 400$ a day one year after joining Wealthy Affiliate!
It took Dom nearly 3 years and tons of hard work to start making 10k a month; he is most probably making way more right now since this is a 2016 post…
If you get started with affiliate marketing right now, in 2-3 years or maybe even less, you might be where those guys above currently are, sharing your own success story.
If you don’t, I guess, that you will never find out.
Please note that none of those guys even knew that they would end up successful… They all started just like you and me, clueless and unskilled.
Now that you know all you need to know about the platform, let’s talk about its membership options.
Wealthy Affiliate Membership Options
Wealthy Affiliate offers a number of membership options in order to serve a vast spectrum of people’s needs.
First and foremost we have the FREE membership.
1/ Free Membership
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.
“What the hell”, I thought to myself… “If it free to join, I don’t have anything to lose trying it out”.
And so I did, and I have been a member ever since.
The only downside is that as a free member, you won’t get access to every single of Wealthy Affiliate’s features.
Nevertheless, with the free membership, you get to complete the first 10 lessons of the online entrepreneur certification during which you are going to
- Fully understand what is affiliate marketing and how you can make money through it
- Learn what a niche is, how to choose it, and why it is important to have one
- Build, setup, and customize your very first website
- Create your first web pages
- Find out techniques to bring people to your website
To tell you the truth, the free membership is awesome towards getting a first glimpse of the whole affiliate marketing concept, setting the foundation of your online business, and finding out if it’s actually worth the trouble.
However, as a free member, it is highly unlikely to get that much success.
This is why, if you decide to start earning serious money through affiliate marketing, you are going to have to upgrade your membership to premium.
So, let’s start talking about the premium options and their prices.
2/ Premium Membership – Monthly Payments
The premium membership costs 49$ per month.
However, if you upgrade to premium within your first 7 days as a free member, you will only have to pay 19$ for your first premium month.
This means that you will get to test drive Wealthy Affiliate’s full potential for a month with only 19$.
After this month ends, you can
- Keep paying 49$ per month to remain a premium member
- Go for a yearly payment plan(we will talk about those plans later on)
- Cancel your premium membership
Important Note: Please note that after canceling your premium membership, you have 30 days to transfer your websites to another hosting platform in order to keep it online.
During that time you won’t be able to either log in or edit your website at all.
If you don’t transfer your websites within this time limit, they will go offline and no person would be able to access them.
Your websites won’t be deleted though. If at some point you come back and resubscribe as a premium member, your websites will be reactivated and you will be able to pick up from where you left off.
The only way to go back to being a free member once you have upgraded to premium is to create a brand new Wealthy Affiliate account.
3/ Premium Membership – Yearly Payments
You could also pay your premium membership in advance for a year.
This will cost you 359$ which means 29.9$ per month.
Paying for a yearly membership, you are saving 229$ (39% cheaper) in total each year compared to paying per month which would cost 588$ a year.
This means that with less than 1$ a day(0.98$ to be exact), you are able to enjoy the full potential of Wealthy Affiliate for an entire year.
4/ Premium Membership – Yearly, Black Friday to Cyber Monday Offer
That’s basically the cheapest premium option.
During the Black Friday sales period(Black Friday until Cyber Monday), you can purchase a yearly premium membership for only 299$.
This special offer is available ONLY during those four days.
Let’s do the math:
299$ a year =
- 24.90$ per month
- 0.8$ per day
- saving 289$ compared to paying for a premium membership on a per month basis(47% off, almost half the price)
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.
Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership Testimonials
If you are just starting out and you have no previous experience with affiliate marketing, you shouldn’t concern yourself with paying for the premium membership.
Just go ahead and join for free, get started with the training, build your first website, get to know how affiliate marketing works, and most of all see if it is what you are looking for.
You can decide later on if upgrading to a premium membership is something you need o do or not.
How Much Money Can You Make at Wealthy Affiliate?
It is very difficult to determine the exact amount of money that someone could make through affiliate marketing since there are so many factors and variables in play.
At the same time, I can confidently state that you can make as much money as you want!
As an affiliate marketer, you are basically a business owner, a CEO.
As you become more and more experienced, you will be discovering new and creative ways to further expand your online business and subsequently your income.
As you give, so you receive; the more you work on your business the more it will pay off.
How Much Time and Effort Does it Require?
Since I am here to help I really can’t lie to you.
It will most likely require a lot of time and a lot of effort on your behalf. The more effort you put into your business, the less time it will take for you to succeed.
Some people become very successful during their first year, while for others it might take up to 2 or even 3 years to start seeing any substantial results.
Truth is that the amount of success and the time and effort spent on achieving it, depends on a very large range of factors, but affiliate marketing is in no way a “get rich quick and easy” scheme.
I understand that you might be feeling a little disappointed right now because you don’t really want to work hard to make money right?
However, I have to ensure you that there is no such thing as a “get rich quick” program or course and when someone supports that they can offer you one, they are definitely lying.
If you are currently looking for ways to make more money doing nothing, you are wasting the precious time that you might as well be investing on creating your long-term and substantial affiliate marketing business through the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
There are no shortcuts to becoming successful.
Wealthy Affiliate is not perfect. On the other hand, nothing is.
There is no such thing as a perfect affiliate marketing platform or a perfect affiliate marketing course.
Nevertheless, I don’t know if I would have gone so far if it weren’t for Wealthy Affiliate as it made my life a lot easier with all those useful tools and amazing training it provided me.
The facts that I could get started for free and that it made it so easy for me to get my first affiliate marketing business up and running was enough to get me hooked.
Moreover, the fact that its founders keep improving the platform non-stop, go online on the live chat to answer questions, reply to our private messages, publish blogs regularly, etc makes me feel that they care about me and this make me trust them more.
There are many other options to learn affiliate marketing such as
- Attending seminars
- Joining digital marketing classes
- Buying books or online courses
- Watching youtube videos
Even if everything just mentioned were to be combined together, they could hardly reach the immense amounts and high quality of knowledge that Wealthy Affiliate could offer you.
Wealthy Affiliate might not be perfect, but in my opinion, it is amongst the best out there.
Get Started With Wealthy Affiliate Yourself!
Today, it is going to be the first day of the rest of your life!
Your very first steps into the world of affiliate marketing are very simple and basically effortless.
Step 2 – Set up your Wealthy Affiliate account(Having your Wealthy Affiliate account properly set up (with image and profile description), will lead to much better communication within the community and can actually lead to 5x more support and followers within the community
This is all you have to do for now. I promise that everything else will start falling into place by itself.
If you have any questions or need any further help or guidance from me, I encourage you to leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You could also contact me through a PM on my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.
Whatever the case, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
My best regards to you,