Wealthy Affiliate Review 2019
Wealthy Affiliate gives its members comprehensive affiliate marketing training along with hosting and tech support for WordPress websites. But is it right for you? If you're looking for a push-button, done for you, get rich quick scheme this is not it. But, let's face it, if it was that easy then everyone would be rich.
Welcome to my honest Wealthy Affiliate Review
Can you become a wealthy affiliate marketer? It's not going to be easy and it's not going to happen overnight. This Wealthy Affiliate review will introduce you to the pros and cons of this online learning platform so you can decide if affiliate marketing could be your stepping stone to the laptop lifestyle.
As always, I’m going to be completely honest and transparent in this Wealthy Affiliate review. I'll tell you about the good and not so good aspects of Wealthy Affiliate so you can decide for yourself if Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or not.
Wealthy Affiliate Overview
So what exactly is Wealthy Affiliate? It’s an online learning platform that gives its members comprehensive training in affiliate marketing and building out a WordPress website. And it provides the necessary tools needed to become successful online. But they’re not going to do the work for you. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme nor is it suited for everyone. Please read the rest of this comprehensive review before you make any decisions.
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Founders/Owners: Carson Lim and Kyle Loudoun
Product/Service Type: Online Affiliate Marketing Training
Price: Starter Member free (no credit card required)
Premium Membership $49/month, $234/6 months or $359/year
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
What I Like About Wealthy Affiliate
There's a lot to like about wealthy affiliate and I recommend their training to all budding affiliate marketers as it's the best training platform out there in its price range (in my opinion).
You may find more comprehensive training at a much higher price but some of the offerings out there don't offer value for money. Wealthy Affiliate definitely offers value for money, keep reading to find out why.
Online Affiliate Marketing Training
Whether you prefer to read, look at pictures, or watch videos, you'll find plenty of training to suit your style of learning.
The core niche affiliate marketing course comprises 5 levels, each with 10 lessons utilizing walk-through videos plus text and images. The first 10 lessons are included in the starter membership. You will learn how to choose a niche, build a website, write informative and engaging content, and earn revenue. You'll even get two free websites as a starter member so you can see if blogging for profit is for you.
The lessons are step-by-step with tasks to do for each lesson. As you progress through the courses you will realize that each lesson builds on the knowledge that you gleaned from the previous classes. My advice here is to take your time with the lessons to make sure you fully absorb the new knowledge and put it into practice. People who rush through the training or jump about in their learning can quickly become overwhelmed.
There's always a comments under each class so you can read other people's questions and the answers they've been given. And if your question hasn't been covered thoroughly then just leave a comment. Because the community is so active you're sure to get a quick response. There is also a live chat area where old and new members hang out, make friends, and help each other.
If your questions are not easily resolved by the community then, as a premium member, you can get private access to the founders, Kyle and Carson.
When you've been a member for a while and you see a question from someone who is less knowledgeable than you become you can answer other peoples questions. I find helping other people is such a rewarding experience.
If you want to promote wealthy affiliate to make money blogging there's another 70 lessons to teach you how to do just that. Again, the first 10 lessons in this course are included in the free starter member package. More on the affiliate program a bit later.
Promoting wealthy affiliate is not the main thrust of the platform. The court training is to teach you how to become successful affiliate marketer for many products and services in any niche of your choosing.
Members' Tutorials and Videos
Apart from the official training there are thousands of supplementary tutorials and videos created by some of the premium members. You'll even find over 100 of my own videos and tutorials there. Just look for training by Marion Black.
I feel it’s only fair to warn you that the member contributions vary in quality and even in accuracy. WA provides a showcase for budding trainers to share their work and get feedback. So take everything produced by the members with a grain of salt.
This is how I got my start with teaching online. Even though I’ve been an instructor for many years I discovered that teaching online is very different.
First I created some written tutorials which were well received by the members. Then I experimented with video. Video turned out to be much more fun than written tutorials so they’ve been my main focus ever since. Thanks to the feedback and encouragement I got from the WA members I’ve gone on to publish videos and courses on YouTube and Udemy as well as on my website.
Weekly Live Video Webinars
Premium members of wealthy affiliate have access to weekly live video webinars. These are recorded so you can access the past sessions at your own convenience. The webinars mainly cover SEO (search engine optimization). Each webinar lasts for around an hour and there's a question and answer section at the end. If you miss the live class then you can catch up later using the recorded version. There's heaps of recorded classes in the archives. Live video classes and recordings are exclusive to premium members.
I personally find the live classes take way too long and I may get interruptions at home so I wait until the recordings are available. Then I can use the pause button.
But it's not all about affiliate marketing. It's also about building a WordPress website; writing interesting, engaging, informative content; and making that website attractive to visitors.
You'll learn how to build a brand-new website in a matter of minutes. Yes, I know, they say 30 seconds. But by the time you look at some of the available themes and choose the name of your website, it's going to take a little bit longer. Let's keep it real.
Building a website is the start of your journey. You need a website host, technical support, community support, and encouragement. All of these are included in the premium membership. Starter members get a taste of some of the premium features during the first 7 days.
Premium Membership Pricing Options
Can a Free Starter Member Make Money Online?
Theoretically yes. As a starter member, you get two websites as Siterubix subdomains e.g. example.Siterubix.com. And you get 2 classrooms with 10 lessons in each. So if you already know what you're doing you can make money. But if you're inexperienced you really need the extra classes that only premium members can access. Wealthy Affiliate is primarily a learning platform. If you don't need to learn about affiliate marketing there's no point in being there.
And many affiliate programs require proof of ownership of a website before approving new applicants. Wealthy Affiliate owns the Siterubix subdomains, not the starter members. So you either need to be a premium member of wealthy affiliate with your own domain name or have your own website hosted somewhere else.
As I said, Wealthy affiliate is primarily an online learning platform. If you are looking for somewhere to host a free domain which is not going to earn money then try wordpress.com or blogger.com.
If you really want to make money and don't need the lessons then I recommend Bluehost, Siteground, Dreamhost, or WPX. These have excellent hosting packages at competitive prices.
Wealthy Affiliate's Affiliate Program
Wealthy affiliate has a generous affiliate program whereby you can earn revenue by referring people to WA. This is recurring income. For each premium member you refer you can earn up to $23.50 per month for as long as they stay a premium member. 2 premium member referrals can just about cover your own membership fees.
Free starter members earn half the amount that premium members enjoy. Yes, you can earn money as a starter member.
Super affiliates who attract 300 new premium members during the year get an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. They get to hang out with Kyle, Carson, and other super affiliates on an all paid private conference. And yes, they cover the cost of your flight from anywhere in the world.
You don't need to promote Wealthy Affiliate to benefit from the lessons. The main thrust is for you to learn how to make money in any niche that you are interested in. Whether that's dog training, golf, health, beauty, or anything else under the sun which you find interesting. If it's your passion, then there's sure to be a market for it.
Wealthy Affiliate started life as a keyword list back in 2005. Keywords have always been an integral part of the business and Kyle and Carson created a keyword research tool, as a separate business, called Jaaxy . They have recently added a Lite version of Jaaxy which is included in the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership package.
Every affiliate marketer needs to research keywords to improve their search engine results. So if your goal is to become a successful affiliate marketer then you'll love Jaaxy.
Starter members get 30 searches using Jaaxy. Premium members get unlimited searches using Jaaxy Lite version. There are premium levels of Jaaxy but most members find the Lite version to be more than adequate for their needs.
Hosting and Technical Support
Starter members can have 2 websites as Siterubix subdomains and premium members can have up to 25 websites on their own purchased domain names and up to 25 Siterubix subdomains. But why anybody would want 50 websites to take care of I'll never know. Even one website can be a full-time job.
Premium members have access to SiteSupport should something go wrong with their website. And how often do people have problems with their websites? When you consider that most Wealthy Affiliate members are fairly new to this whole shebang problems can occur often. Newbie mistakes abound and SiteSupport comes to the rescue to solve those problems, usually within minutes.
Wealthy Affiliate members can log into their websites, without leaving the WA platform, through SiteManager. Or they can just type example.com/wp-admin into their browser to log in the same way as most other WordPress bloggers.
Also included in SiteManager are server-side caching, free SSL certificates, website security, and a comment spam blocker.
But not all the problems are rookie mistakes. Because the shared servers are somewhat overcrowded sites can be slow to load and other problems can occur.
Wealthy Affiliate hosting has enough bells and whistles to suit new bloggers but more seasoned affiliate marketers will no doubt be looking for something better.
Wealthy Affiliate is also a domain name registrar for top level domain names. Price for a .com is $13.99 which includes privacy. And the original price is locked in for subsequent years.
Most other registrars charge a lot extra for privacy and the cost of the domain name increases after the first year.
I have all my domain names registered at Wealthy Affiliate because the renewals are cheaper there than anywhere else that I've found.
SiteContent is a relatively new editor, exclusive to Wealthy Affiliate, which still has a lot of teething problems. Members are encouraged to use SiteContent instead of the regular WordPress editor. Personally I prefer to go straight to my website and use the regular WordPress editor.
The best part about Site Content is the built-in image library of over 1,000,000 free, and free to use, images gleaned from a number of sources around the internet. Even though I don’t use SiteContent as an editor I can take advantage of the free images.
Comments and Feedback
Members can give and receive comments from each other on their individual website posts using a 2:1 exchange system. For people who are short on time comments can also be purchased. Comments are intended to be published under the post. Only websites which are hosted at Wealthy Affiliate can receive comments through this system.
Wealthy Affiliate also has a feedback exchange system. Feedback should not be confused with comments. While comments are intended to be published on the website and thus visible to the entire world, feedback is meant to be private.
New members who are unsure of themselves and their website can find out what other members think about their entire website. Feedback covers things like layout, design, and site navigation (menus). All the things you'd like to know about your website but don't want the world to see.
Wealthy Affiliate has a very active community which has attracted over a million members over the years. I'm not sure how many members are currently active but I'm sure that there are many thousands with some being a lot more active than others.
Whatever time of day or night you're on the website there will be someone else there too. Just pop into Live Chat and there will be someone there to converse with.
Live chat is unlimited for premium members and available during the first 7 days for starter members. In Live Chat you can ask questions, make friends, hang out, and have a bit of fun.
Wealthy Affiliate is a Spam Free Zone
No promotions of any kind are permitted within the Wealthy Affiliate platform. This is not negotiable and is strictly enforced. There are plenty of places on the Internet to promote whatever you're selling but the Wealthy Affiliate platform is not one of them.
This is to protect all members and anyone who disregards this rule may have their platform writing privileges suspended.
What I Don't Like About Wealthy Affiliate
While there's a lot to like about Wealthy Affiliate it's not perfect. But what is?
Wealthy Affiliate is not a dedicated website hosting company. So only current members can have websites hosted there.
They provide shared hosting on slightly overcrowded servers with no option to upgrade to VPS or dedicated servers. The hosting is fine for newbies to learn how to use a website without getting involved in all the techie stuff. But serious affiliate marketers will soon outgrow the hosting limitations.
Fully managed WordPress hosting should include daily backups and updates to plugins, themes, and WordPress itself. I don't recommend trusting anyone else to do your backups and updates. No one is going to care as much about your business as you do yourself.
Who is Wealthy Affiliate For (and Not For)?
What do a retired grandmother in Australia, a stay at home dad in Thailand, and a college dropout in Singapore have in common? Affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate.
Affiliate marketing is for anyone who is willing to do what it takes, for as long as it takes, to become successful. And the best place to learn affiliate marketing is at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you're unemployed, struggling to pay the rent, and put food on the table, then Wealthy Affiliate is not for you. At least not right now. Spend your time looking for a regular job which will bring in money quickly.
Affiliate marketing is not a job, it's a real business. And real businesses take time to build. Any business, online or offline, is not going to be profitable straight away (unless you buy something like a MacDonald's franchise).
But affiliate marketing doesn't require a huge outlay of cash. All you need is a website (about $14 a year), hosting, and the time and knowledge to turn that website into profit. And for that you need training.
Sure, you can probably find all the info you need for free by searching Google and YouTube, but you would waste a lot of time and effort doing it the hard way. And you would also find a lot of outdated and useless misconceptions along the way.
It's so much easier to have the training all planned out for you with easy step-by-step instructions. Training that's been proved to work time after time by people from all over the world and from many different backgrounds. People like me and my online friends in Thailand, Singapore, and all around the world.
It’s a Wrap
Well, that just about wraps up my review of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s not perfect, nothing is. But it is, without question, the best affiliate marketing training there is. Although I don't host my websites at Wealthy Affiliate, I plan on staying a member for the foreseeable future and I would like you to join me there.
To find out more just take a free test drive with my compliments. And I'll give you my one-on-one help to get you started.
About the Author
Marion is the founder and owner of Marion Black Online. When she's not creating "How to" videos, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and binge-watching an entire TV series in one day.