In this October 2016 update of my popular Wealthy Affiliate review, I’m going to show you why this is my #1 program for learning how to make money online as an affiliate marketer.
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Years Online: Since September 2005 (11)
Verdict: #1 Recommendation. With structured training and everything needed to build an online business, this is all you need to become a successful affiliate marketer.
Wealthy Affiliate beats other online marketing training programs based on training, additional resources, community, support, success of members and my own personal experience with the program.
What Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer?
Wealthy Affiliate started in September 2005 as a membership website offering keyword lists and training for affiliate marketers who wanted to make money primarily with Google Adwords.
Back then it was just a small site with a handful of members who communicated on a forum message board. You had to pay $29 upfront to join and you had to go elsewhere to buy whatever resources you needed to run your online business ie. web hosting, domains etc.
Fast forward to 2016 and the site has gone through lots of changes and now includes everything you need to succeed online.
Over the years, they’ve evolved the training courses, added top class web hosting, a web builder, you can purchase domain names, attend live video classes and get instant help when you need it.
This should be enough reason for anyone who is thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate, but you probably still have some questions.
- Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? Is it legit?
- Are people making money with Wealthy Affiliate?
- How fast can I make money with Wealthy Affiliate?
- Is Wealthy Affiliate an MLM?
- Is Wealthy Affiliate worth the money?
- How much do I have to pay to join?
- How do I get paid by Wealthy Affiliate?
All these are great questions and I’ll answer each of them at some point in my review. Read on to see why I’ve ranked Wealthy Affiliate as the #1 program you should use to make money online.
A Look at the Training Available at Wealthy Affiliate
The training is the cornerstone of Wealthy Affiliate. If this fails then building beautiful websites under a minute and hosting it on quality web hosting wouldn’t matter.
So what’s the Wealthy Affiliate training like?
There are a few ways to learn at Wealthy Affiliate:
- Structured, tasked-driven, text-based courses
- Live video classes every Friday night with replays
- User-submitted training
- Affiliate bootcamp
The structured training is called Certification courses. There are 5 levels beginning with the free Level 1 training where the basics are taught.
The training is generally very easy to follow and is supported by video explanations of what to do and how to do it. You are then given tasks for each lesson that you should complete before moving on to the next lesson.
At the bottom of every lesson, you’re given a check list that break down the tasks you should complete before moving on.
For support with the training, there’s a discussion area at the bottom of each lesson where you can ask questions and receive answers.
Having the training laid out like this makes it easy for users to follow along and take immediate action which makes the training very effective. Users who complete Course 1 for example, can look back at their progress and see that they have accomplished the course’s objective – to launch their first niche website online.
In addition to these courses, there is a weekly live video class taught by expert marketer Jay (magistudios). Classes run for an hour every Friday on a specific topic and if you miss it, you can always check it out in the live classes repository where all the replays can be found.
These video classes are effective for persons who are visual learners as they can see exactly how something is done and get support from Jay (magistudios) at the end.
Does the training work? There are many success stories on Wealthy Affiliate that prove the training works.
I’ve used it myself to build niche sites that make money, an Amazon site that makes money and even this very site which I made using the Affiliate bootcamp – a training course for people who want to earn commissions by telling others about Wealthy Affiliate.
I’d recommend the training at Wealthy Affiliate because it’s:
- newbie friendly – easy to follow and apply
- well structured
- multi-formatted (live video and text-based)
- evergreen and always updated
- easy to get answers fast if you have a question
- effective and you can see significant progress on completion
A Look at the Available Resources At Wealthy Affiliate
In order to build a successful internet business, you need things like web hosting, web pages, domain names, research tools and so on.
For the monthly premium membership price of $49, Wealthy Affiliate includes all these tools & resources at no additional cost. Other training sites give you the training but aren’t all inclusive – you have to purchase web hosting and other resources externally.
You have this option as a member but it’s nice to have everything included. Members only have to pay one price each month and this allows them to focus on their business.
Are the resources worth the price? How are they comparable to what’s already available externally?
Wealthy Affiliate offers quality hosting that is comparable to some of the top WordPress hosting web hosts online.
Hosting is fully managed so you won’t see a cPanel backend (you won’t need to) but there is a dashboard that has everything to check on your websites.
Some features that I really love about Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting include:
- daily backups
- 24/7 monitoring for stuff like hacking and intrusion, malware, site performance etc.
- auto-login feature (you can login through the dashboard using a secure password with one click)
- quick support (answers tickets in under 10 minutes)
- Spam-proof (your sites don’t need to run spam plugins like Akismet)
I wasn’t always a fan of Wealthy Affiliate’s web hosting but they’ve improved it significantly and I now host all my websites there. I couldn’t be happier because they’re always up and everything is way better than shared hosting with Bluehost or Hostgator (hosts I previously hosted with).
Site Rubix Website Builder
The Site Rubix builder is a WordPress based website creator built into Wealthy Affiliates hosting platform.
The builder allows you to build your website using a few steps in under a minute.
- Choose a domain
- Choose a name for your website
- Choose a theme (design)
Once you’ve done these three steps, you can hit the button to build your website and you’re ready to go in under a minute. This easy process is perfect for beginners who think that website building might be hard and is perfect for everyone so you can focus on content creation and not website design.
Site Rubix is more than just a website builder and includes hosting, support, email and two other features that can’t be found in any other website creator – Site Comments and Site Feedback.
Site Comments lets you use a credit system to leverage the Wealthy Affiliate community for getting comments to your website. Comments play an important part in getting your websites to rank in search engines and website growth in terms of traffic and social proof so it’s an important feature that I’ve used to boost my search rankings.
Site Feedback is especially useful as a guidance tool for beginners where they could use the same credit system to ask the community for feedback about their websites.
You can buy domains directly from your Wealthy Affiliate dashboard and have them instantly connected to your web hosting. No playing with DNS setup and you can move your free site to your domain with one click.
Domains have free privacy included which a lot of domain sellers charge for. Domain names though are the only thing that I pay for externally because of the price. I get my domain names for $8.99 per year while the price of a domain name (.com) at Wealthy Affiliate with the same benefits is $13.99 per year the last time I checked.
Jaaxy Keyword Tool
Jaaxy is a separate tool that isn’t available in the members area of Wealthy Affiliate but there is also a keyword tool in the members area that’s just about the same but with less features.
Keyword tools are important for checking search volume estimates on your target keywords. Jaaxy and the WA keyword tool also check competition and how easy it is to rank for a certain keyword.
A Look At the Wealthy Affiliate Community
One thing new members seem to agree on about Wealthy Affiliate is how friendly and supportive the people at Wealthy Affiliate are.
With tens of thousands of members, the Wealthy Affiliate community is extremely active and you can see this reflected by the activity feed on the Wealthy Affiliate homepage.
I’ve seen other internet marketing memberships where you can expect to wait hours before getting a question answered on their forum/discussion area but at Wealthy Affiliate, you can get feedback in minutes and in the case of the live chat, seconds.
There are people on Wealthy Affiliate from all time-zones so there is always activity on Wealthy Affiliate even when you’re sleeping.
Some of the awesome benefits to get from the Wealthy Affiliate community while learning affiliate marketing include:
- Support – for when you need a question answered
- Network – You can build a network similar to any social network where you have followers who receive notifications of any discussions that you might start, blogs you create etc, who you can actively interact with.
- Leverage – For features like Site Comments and Site Feedback, you can use the community to shape and grow your business.
On Wealthy Affiliate, you get your own profile and a blog so that you can share your thoughts within the community and have a place where people can always connect with you.
People can choose to follow you so that you can build your network and you can follow people just the same. You can see my profile here, and if you you scroll down to the comment area, you can see that I always respond to people, helping them whenever I can.
4 Reasons To Consider Joining Wealthy Affiliate
If you’re still thinking about it, here’s 4 reasons why it’s a no brainer to join Wealthy Affiliate and start building your business.
(1) It’s a No-Scam Zone
If you’ve tried program after program and have gotten scammed once or twice before, then Wealthy Affiliate will be the last program you try.
This is because Wealthy Affiliate believes in truly helping it’s members and doesn’t promote get rich quick type of mindset. Furthermore, the creators do not post promotions for other programs nor is it allowed for other members to promote any type of program within the community.
This provides a nice, clean environment to learn free from distractions of scams and get rich quick programs.
Is Wealthy Affiliate itself a scam? Is it legit?
Notice that their are no videos with actors in mansions, or fast luxury cars or yachts on the home page? Wealthy Affiliate is legit and I can tell you that because I’ve been a member since January 2007.
There’s no need for it to be a scam because the program simply works.
(2) The Training Works – Success is Inevitable
Obviously not everyone who joins Wealthy Affiliate makes money but it’s mainly because some people choose to deviate from the training and kinda do their own thing, or people don’t ask questions when they get stuck, or they don’t apply the training or they simply quit before the success happens.
The training works and I’ve posted some success stories that demonstrate the power of the Wealthy Affiliate training. You can be a success too – you just have to follow, stick to and apply the training consistently and wait for the pay-off.
(3) Access to Me – I Can Help
I love helping people. It’s the reason why I find affiliate marketing so gratifying.
When you join Wealthy Affiliate through my link, we’re instantly connected and this means I can help you get started and you can ask me for help anytime while doing the courses.
I’m always active and I’ve been this way since 2007.
If you have doubts about whether you’ll be able to do this, think of me as your personal trainer who will be able to guide you to the point where you’re making money (as long as you’re willing to put in the work and apply the training).
(4) Free to Join – No Credit Card Required – Try Before You Buy
I review a lot of programs on this blog and unfortunately not a lot of them get a good review. They aren’t free to try either and when I pay for them, they’re usually a waste of money because they promise something they can’t deliver and I can see why people end up being disappointed.
Wealthy Affiliate is free to try and you don’t even need a credit card. The free Starter membership lets you try the entire system without having to commit financially. If you don’t like it, there’s nothing to cancel and you won’t need to ask for a refund.
Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 recommendation for affiliate marketing training. I’m a member there so I know all about this awesome all inclusive training site. Questions, comments, doubts? Let’s talk about them in the discussion area below.