My Wealthy Affiliate Review (Updated Oct. 2016)

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.

wealthy affiliate homepageName: 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.

Questions like:

  • Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? Is it legit?
  • thinking-about-itAre 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

beginner training

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.

WA Live Training

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?

Web Hosting

hostingWealthy 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.

  1. Choose a domain
  2. Choose a name for your website
  3. 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.

Site Domains

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.

jaygumbs profile

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

$10,000 monthAs I’ve mentioned a couple of times before in this review – the training at Wealthy Affiliate works.

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.

Start Your Training Now and Become a Success

(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).

See My Profile Here – Join to Connect Instantly

(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.

Create Your Free Starter Account Today

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.


    • You’re welcomed. The lessons you learn at Wealthy Affiliate applies to the promotion of any type of business whether it’s an online affiliate marketing business, a brick and mortar offline business, a service you might offer or in your case, an MLM business.

      If you do MLM, I think you’ll be ahead of a lot of people when you really learn how to market your business.

  1. Thanks for this review
    I am a teenager trying to find a way to make money online and i’ve found afiliate marketing
    Do you have any tips for a beginner like me?
    Because I don’t know where to start or how to start

    • Well Paul, I would suggest that you take the beginner course at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s free and explains what you’d be doing when you become an affiliate marketer. It also has focused, step by step tasks that you can complete and check off as you go along. You learn by taking action which sets you up to make money while you learn.

      As a beginner by biggest tip is to ask a lot of questions as you learn. You’d be surprised to know how much people think that they can figure things out on their own. All they end up doing is confusing themselves more which results in failure and eventually quitting.

      In short: Take action and ask lots of questions as you go along.

  2. Hello Jay, I am a free member at WA and I just have one question for which I desperately ned an answer and I do hope you can help me. Suppose I have a website with just 1 article and I do onsite and offsite SEO for that article. And assume that I have done proper keyword research and that I am reasonably good at writing good quality content. With this background, is it possible for this lone article to climb the ranking ladder and hit first SERP all by itself? Or does it need support from related articles in the same website with internal linking etc? One of my posts is in page 19 in google, which I am certainly not proud of. Your help is appreciated.

    • I don’t think that one article can just climb the SERPS all by itself on a site that has no trust with Google. It’s more than just onsite and offsite SEO. Other factors like social engagement, page speed, bounce rate, domain age and so one play a part in your rankings.

      If you’re going to put all that effort into onsite and offsite SEO, you might as well just write supporting articles and make a niche site out of it. This is what is taught at Wealthy Affiliate and it works well for everyone.

      If you have a post at page 19 on Google, you could certainly optimize it to get higher rankings.


      (1) Rewrite the SEO title – put the main keyword you’re trying to rank for closer to the beginning of the title. Make sure that the title is no longer than 65 characters.

      (2) Use H3 tags for subheadings and put your main keywords throughout whereever it makes sense.

      (3) Add rich media to your article ie. video, images (add more if you already have), charts, etc where applicable.

      (4) Format your article for easier reading. Break up longer paragraphs, use bullet lists etc.

      (5) Encourage feedback by asking for comments at the close of the article. Ask questions that engage users eg. Do you think these suggestions will help your article rank higher?

      (6) Make the article a pillar article. Do about a dozen articles that all link to this one article as the solution. For example, my Wealthy Affiliate review here is a pillar article so that when I do reviews of other programs, I can link to it as an alternative to the program I’m reviewing.

      (7) Look at the articles that are ranking at the top for your main article keyword and see what they are doing different. See how they approached the topic and look at how users are engaging with the topic via comments.

      Offsite SEO shouldn’t be your focus at all when building your website but you should cover all your bases with onsite SEO which is simple enough to do.

  3. hi I receive an email bout the steal my system this my first time trying it I will let you know how it when or how is going cuz right now our family need help I got two kids and the bills over flooding.

    • Sorry to hear about your situation. As long as you realize that Wealthy Affiliate has nothing to do with Steal My System and that it’s not an immediate fix for your problems.

  4. Hello Jay, I am interested in learning online business that I can work from home doing some basic work online while I learn. I have developed a health issue that requires my immedate attention. I am interested in signing up free and learning more about online marketting. Are all the classes and resourses free ? I have very limited money of my own and I am not working right now because of my health issue and relocating to new area. Can you please recommend any safe and honest online work I could do from home programs you know please. I don’t need a lot of money just enough to pay basic bills. Also I need to afford keeping my salary low to keep my health care coverage for now. Also The money paid by the programs is without taxs taken out ? I would be greatful for your thoughts on naything you can recommend. Thank you Martin

    PS I know anything worth having takes effort and work. I just need a good starting place.

    • Martin, sorry to hear that you’re dealing with health issues. To answer your questions:

    • The classes aren’t all free, only course 1 is available to free members. After that you’ll have to pay for premium access.
    • Affiliate marketing, the way WA teaches it is free. You could also try Fiverr if you have a skill that you can use to provide a service. Browse and see what services are provided. Or Google freelance sites that you can join and provide a service.
    • If you live in the states then you’ll have to pay taxes if you make more than $600 from affiliate marketing. I’m no expert here. Check with a tax attorney.
    • At least try the free course. You never know what can happen.

  5. Hi Jay,

    Great review. You have covered every aspect of wealthy affiliate.

    Which part you like most about this site? Moreover, when you look at other similar platforms like Affilorama and Bring the Fresh, which things make WA much more superior than these sites.

    • Thanks khan,

      The answer to that question is easy. The community and it’s benefits (things like support and having the feeling of not being alone in your journey) is probably the biggest advantage Wealthy Affiliate has over sites like Affilorama and BTF. When you’re at Wealthy Affiliate you feel close to the community and when you interact with other members, it feels like you’re in a room with a bunch of people who are invested in not only themselves but in your success as well.

      The other sites also don’t have everything you need to succeed. WA has WordPress optimized web hosting, domains and a website builder, support and now SSL certificates. Some of the other sites have only some of these things (and you have to pay extra) but you have to go externally for the others. Although WA used to be like that, the growth and evolution of the site to gradually provide these tools shows that they’re focusing on member success. And they still haven’t raised their prices.

      For these reasons is why I keep saying that Wealthy Affiliate is the #1 place online to learn how to build an online business.

  6. Hey Jay,
    Congratulations on a well presented site with brilliant content.
    You have produced a blog site that goes way beyond the standard of the typical site in this field. You are an excellent writer. No wonder your site popped to the top for the keyword
    “affiliate sales or mlm” which is what I Googled.
    I have been online learning stuff for years but came across so many scams and false prophets that I had gone sour on the whole idea of the little person making money online.
    I even joined WA and I agree the training is excellent but I was too timid to upgrade.

    Over the years I have always seemed to be coming too late – after the pack have moved on to newer, bigger and better. Even this week I am looking again at setting up Amazon product sites and have got a place in a webinar to discover more, but maybe once again the little guy has been left behind. It is this pace of change that is the only thing constant about the internet and for an old man it can be daunting.
    Procrastination leads to permanent failure so I know I should take the plunge and not try and foresee every possible downside. I should just jump in (with a life jacket) and learn to swim then keep swimming like hell. The image of shark infested pools comes to mind for some reason!
    Maybe I have to accept that I need mentoring from someone who is more interested in their students than making a quick buck and see it as a wise investment and not an expense. Any suggestions?
    What alarms me is that so many “experts” do not even use the products they sell; showing little faith in anything except jumping from program to program while spouting some mantra about multiple streams of income. Believe me if you study this stuff as deeply as I have recently, you will be shocked by the contradictory advice they peddle. Their video channels bear testament to how many things they have ‘tried’. Any wonder I am a skeptic.
    Anyway your site neatly presents some useful tips. Well done!
    Thanks for letting me vent.

    • Rob, I’m glad you love my site. I worked hard to present the best content I can to readers. I really want to help.

      As I read your comments I’m nodding my head because I know exactly what’s holding you back. You start one method, you get excited but then along comes another one and it seems like that might work this time. You don’t want to be left behind. Then along comes another…

      I’m willing to bet that if you tried just ONE method for at least 6 months without getting distracted by any other method, you’ll see things clearer and you’ll be able to make some money and be able to say it works. Just one method for at least 6 months, whether it’s building Amazon product sites or a niche affiliate blog or something.

      If you had a tasked based plan like WA, guess what? The procrastination is going to go away because you’ll know exactly what to work on every day and every task completed will add something to your business building it up with each step. Do this for 6 months and there is no way you won’t make money. This is exactly what I did with this website. Even though I’m already successful, I still go back to the lessons when I feel demotivated.

      I hope things work out for you. The solution to your problem is to stop jumping around from program to program and just settle on one method – work that for at least 6 months and see what it produces. WA has an excellent plan and you’ll get more out of it if you upgrade. As you say it’s a wise investment and not an expense.

      There are other plans that can work too but I usually only recommend WA because that worked for me and I don’t really trust too many of the other guys. I’d hate to recommend something else to my readers for them to get ripped off or disappointed.

    • Make Money with Meghan is an old scam that I’ve debunked on here. I don’t think you’d want to get involved with that. You will only be disappointed and besides there are better programs that you can try that will guide you in the right direction.

  7. Hey Jay, this is all very interesting. I was wondering what websites did you create with WA and when and how much money did you start to make when you started?

    • I started with WA a long time ago – January 2007 to be exact. I can’t reveal my websites but the one you’re looking at right now is one that I created with WA about 4 years ago.

  8. Thank you for a thoughtful review, Jay. I read this after checking out a review for 700 profit club. I also recently cancel membership to online success marketing, and they’ve already contacted me offering to reduce their $3000 fee to 1500, which also raises a red flag. I am convinced there are thousands of people making money Online with legitimate systems. I have no specific product or service to market. Wealthy affiliates is looking good, do you have any suggestions for someone without a product or service .

    • That’s what affiliate marketing is all about my friend. When you’re an affiliate marketer, you don’t need a product or service since you’ll be promoting other people’s products and services for an agreed commission which is a split amount of any sales you help to generate for the merchant. For example, you can partner with Amazon and promote any of the tens of thousands of products on their site. When you send someone to Amazon and they make a purchase, Amazon will pay you anything from 4% – 10% commission for that sale. So you see, you don’t need to have a product or service and this is what Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to do.

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