A QUICK REVIEW OF WEALTHY AFFILIATE
Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Founder: Kyle Loudon & Carson Lim
Product Type: Affiliate Marketing Community & Platform
Price: Starter Membership (Free – no credit card needed); Premium ($49/month or $359/year)
Best For: New Affiliate Marketers
What is Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate (affectionately known as WA) was started in 2005 by owners Kyle Loudon & Carson Lim. It is the largest affiliate marketing community and platform in the world with membership topping at 1,000,000! They must be doing something right.
It is best for new affiliate marketers although many successful people are still members, which speaks for itself. There is always something new to learn!
This started out as a simple keyword list membership platform for members to find good keyword lists in building their online businesses. It has since evolved into a huge community offering all the tools, training and education needed to own and run a successful and sustainable online marketing business.
How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work
In a nutshell, you are going to build your website and become an authority in your niche (passion). That may sound scary, but it really isn’t.
The easy part is building your website – this can be done in under a minute. The hard part is building it out so that you become the authority.
The best way to become an authority is by producing content – lots and lots of content.
Every lesson and video training is very thorough so you get a handle on doing what’s right from the beginning.
Your readers have a question or a problem. You are going to provide the solutions via your website.
Some of the things you are going to learn at WA along the way are:
How to get your website ranked in Google
Understanding SEO (search engine optimization)
What keywords are and how to use them
How to get traffic to your website
How to use affiliate programs and how to link affiliate products
How to use social media
How to scale your business for the future
As you can see, there is a lot to learn but there is no pressure to get it done quickly. You can take as much time as you need to reach your goals.
What Should A Good Affiliate Marketing Training Program Have?
As with any new business, there is a period of training. A good program should have the following components:
Free access to value training to see if it is right for you
A to Z training that will take you from beginning to end
Education – resources, videos, classroom training, webinars
Support that is available WHEN you need it
WA offers you all of this and more!
As a Starter Member With WA You Get:
Step by Step Affiliate Marketing Training (best for beginners)
2 FREE Websites
24/7 Technical Support
Keyword Research Tool
One-on-One coaching (first 7 days)
Since this is FREE (you will not even have to give credit card information), I personally recommend you start here if you are brand new. There is absolutely no risk and if you decide to walk away, you end up with two websites. Sweet deal, right?
When you go Premium there are even more added benefits:
Access to 7 Phases (70 courses) of Affiliate Bootcamp Training
50 websites total
Free SSL Certificates to all Premium members
Unlimited live video webinars plus access to past ones
Unlimited keyword searches
Earn money within the WA Platform by creating training materials
WHY I RECOMMEND WEALTHY AFFILIATE
Reason # 1 – FREE to join
Check it out yourself – no risk, no obligations, no credit cards and no personal info.
Reason # 2 – TRAINING
It is important to follow the training daily and consistently and do what is taught. Making money is your long term goal but focusing more on building a solid business will bring the results faster. This is NOT A GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME.
There are three sources of training at Wealthy Affiliate:
Step-by-Step training provided by the owners, Kyle and Carson
Jay’s Weekly Live-Training Webinars (premium members)
Training offered by Inside Members
The Online Certificate Training is comprised of 5 Phases (50 lessons in all) that will walk you through the steps of creating a successful online business to generate revenue!
By doing the online training first, especially if you are new to affiliate marketing, it will give you a solid base and understanding on how to build out your website and getting it indexed in Google. Think of it as the foundation to build your website.
There is even an Affiliate Bootcamp Training Course. As a Starter, you are entitled to check it out and complete the first Phase. This is aimed at those wishing to promote Wealthy Affiliate which is what I chose to do. But promoting WA’s products is NOT mandatory. You can take what you learn here and apply to any niche (passion) that you have.
WA’s affiliate program is amazing so it was an easy decision for me. As a Starter you do have access to WA’s affiliate program, but Bootcamp’s training is geared more towards it.
Reason #3 – The Right BUSINESS TOOLS
With any job or career the right tools are crucial and they make a huge difference. All these tools are at your fingertips:
Website domains registration
Keyword research tool
Business email addresses that you can customize
Website comment and feedback platform
Live Training Webinars
Reason #4 – COMMUNITY SUPPORT
The support of a community as large as WA can be invaluable. Look at all the support options that are available to you at WA:
24/7 support help for any technical issues regarding your website
24/7 live chat to get help quickly
Large community where you can ask for help
Private messages between premium members
Private message the owners, Kyle and Carson, if premium
Plus my assistance along the way
Reason #5 – TRANSPARENCY
I would consider WA very ethical. There are no hidden costs, no up-sells, no unexpected financial burdens. You know exactly where you stand.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WEALTHY AFFILIATE
Starter membership is FREE. You can be a free member forever or until you decide you want to go Premium. No pressure.
WA is truly an all-in-one platform – Everything you need to be successful is available here. You can expand on what you’ve learned without buying more tools.
Which brings me to my next point…
Absolutely No Upsells – Your premium membership inside WA is all you pay, whether monthly or yearly. You have access to everything available as well as new stuff as WA is always evolving.
Easy to follow training videos and tutorials to build your online business in any niche you choose.
WA does have its own affiliate programs and members find it very lucrative. But there is never pressure for you to promote WA’s products. It’s not their #1 priority. In fact, when you join the Starter Membership (which I recommend), the focus is all about helping you to build a website to promote your niche (passion)
Stability – Many companies come and go but WA has been around since 2005 despite others trying to bring them down. They continue to show integrity and transparency in all they do.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT WEALTHY AFFILIATE
This is a tough one. There is so much I like about WA. If I had to pick it would be:
The community is very large and as an active member it is easy to become overwhelmed: people asking questions, offering training, information overload. It is easy to get sidetracked and may seem too much coming all at once if you are new, but soon you will get the hang of what you need to prioritize.
Very little paid traffic – relies mostly on organic SEO.
Geared to the beginner. Having said this though, several ‘seasoned’ well established affiliate marketers have benefited from WA’s membership. For example:
Wealthy Affiliate Increased My Overall Monthly Income by $7,900!
“Affiliate marketing is by far the most successful business model you can use for making money online. I’ve been making a full-time income online as an affiliate marketer since 2005.” Leo joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2012 and his business is thriving!
(Leo: Founder of NetWiseProfits.com)
After a total of 18 months working on my website I was earning over $10,000 per month!
After a brief start to affiliate marketing while living in China, Nathaniell became a member of Wealthy Affiliate in 2010 and has never looked back.
“I started my first internet business in 2010 because I wanted to start every day with a relaxing cup of coffee instead of going to a regular 9-5 job. Now I work from home…but never before 8 AM! LOL”(Nathaniell: Founder of OneMoreCupOf-Coffee.com)
It could take a long time to see results.
As stated before, this is not a GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME. If you expect overnight success, then this isn’t for you. The qualities previously mentioned – perseverance, determination, willingness to work – are necessary. You need to lay the groundwork first and many people fail at affiliate marketing because they are not patient. This is a job and you have to put in the time!
When a company is as successful as WA is, there will be many naysayers and people wanting to bring them down. There are a few myths surrounding WA that I would like to address.
MYTH #1: WA’s mandate is to encourage its members to recruit other affiliate members.
FALSE. While WA does have its own affiliate program, its focus is on training anyone to be successful in their own chosen niche, whether in health, arts, pets, gadgets, you name it. You are NOT forced to promote their products.
In fact, I have a couple of websites that are not promoting wealthy affiliate but without this invaluable training, I doubt I would have created them.
MYTH #2: WA is a MLM.
MLM (multi-level marketing) is a system of selling goods and services through distributors and depends on downlines and uplines.
WA does not have any downlines or uplines. Our commissions come directly from our referrals. If our referrals go out and get their own referrals, we are not compensated. This is affiliate marketing!
MYTH #3: WA is a Pyramid.
According to Wikipedia – a pyramid is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services.
WA, in addition to promoting its membership, encourages members to create their websites around their chosen niche (passion) and doesn’t rely on only promoting its membership, thus it is not a pyramid. Some very popular niches that members are promoting successfully are: health, pets, dogs, travelling, beauty and skin care, non-traditional medication, best basketball shoes – the list is endless and only stopped by the imagination.
I hope I have left you with more answers than questions. Before you go, I want to share with you a brief overview of some real success stories in the community who have followed the Formula and all the training. I know you will be pleasantly surprised, maybe even encouraged.
Success Story #1 – Brok
Joined the 10K Per Month Club. January Earnings $13,481.39
Now it’s the end of January 2018 (I know it’s been a few months over a year) and I wanted to share my progress and how much your traffic and income can change if you work your ass off for one year!
Starting in November 2017 I’ve been making over $10,000 a month and in January I had my highest month ever: $13,481.39
Success Story #2 – Little Mama (aka Grace)
Aug’18 Results: $4.9K! This Online Business Amazes Me!
My August 2018 started off a doozie, faking me out in the beginning, making me think I was going to have a horrible month but it has pulled through with flying colors!
Success Story # 3 – Jerry Huang
Made $7,395 in a WEEK: First Black Friday Results!
Yea, you heard that right! I just made $7,395 in a WEEK because of the crazy Black Friday Sale!
And this hasn’t included all the other recurring commissions.
These success stories are happening every day. Take a look at this screenshot: