My Wealthy Affiliate Experience
Overall Ranking: 95 out of 100
Price: $0 for Starter membership; $49/mo. or (discounted) $359/year Premium membership
Owners: Kyle and Carson
This is a review based on my experience with Wealthy Affiliate.
Affiliate marketing allows a business-owner to market products produced, inventoried and shipped by other businesses. In return for their efforts, the selling business pays the affiliate a commission on each sale that he or she sends to them. These commission can range up to 75% of the selling price of the product. It is free to sign up as an affiliate, and affiliates can generally have as many “affiliations” as they want, as long as they are careful to follow the affiliate rules set forth by the sellers.
Wealthy Affiliate has one of the largest and best affiliate marketing programs out there that I am aware of. This company was founded in 2005 and has grown to hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketers (>700,000 in 2016) all working together to help each other become successful. Most of them are actually EXCITED about what they are doing as well!
With the ability to start the program for free (including building your own website and marketing plan, with the available training videos and help from the WA community), this program is hard to beat. You determine IF and when you sign up for a paid membership (although most people do, within days of signing up).
The concept sounds almost too good to be true, and the catch is that there is actually some work involved to become a successful (i.e., “wealthy”) affiliate. The founders are clear that if you join Wealthy Affiliate with the idea there won’t be any work involved, or with an attitude that is not supportive of the greater WA community, then you will probably not have a good experience.
However, if you are willing to put in some effort, follow the step-by-step guidance provided by the WA experts, and allow yourself a little time to be successful, ANYONE can do this business!
- No cost to start – try out the program to be sure it is not a scam (and worth it!) before you pay anything
- Very large, active community of like-minded affiliates ready and willing to help you with anything you need
- Active participation (nearly every day) by the founders of the company
- Step-by-step training using video training sessions, weekly webinars, very large and growing Q&A database
- Set up your website within minutes with Wealthy Affiliate SiteRubix hosting
- Largest website development platform available (WordPress)
- Use your own niche ideas, or use a WA-developed niche
- There is SO MUCH community support available – the Wealthy Affiliate site itself can seem a bit daunting at first, until you are used to it
Who Is It For?
In a word, EVERYONE.
The Wealthy Affiliate program is set up to allow someone with virtually no knowledge of affiliate marketing, website development, running a business (or even a computer) to become successful. The tag-line on the home page is “Turn Any Passion Into a Successful Affiliate Marketing Business”, and they actually show you how to do this, step by step.
That said, someone with a lot of experience in each of these areas will immediately see tremendous benefits as well, particularly due to the big community of talent available to bounce ideas off of. The founders are smart computer website geeks and have developed an effective means of rewarding those more experienced affiliates that choose to provide additional support for others getting started with Wealthy Affiliate.
The tools are easy to use on their own, but Wealthy Affiliate provides detailed, easy-to-follow guidance that can be completed at your own pace. Examples are provided for each step of the process via both written text and video lessons. It is very easy to go back and review any portion of any lesson.
The tools and sites are very easy to use and to keep up with both on desktop computer systems, tablets/iPads, smart phones, etc., basically anywhere you have access to an internet connection. While I personally like to develop my pages using a normal computer keyboard, I normally monitor all of my sites, respond to comments, and view and respond to questions from the WA support community from my cell phone, and it works great.
Two professional-looking websites with access to many website templates and themes are included with a starter membership, along with tools that get these set up very quickly – a matter of minutes, if not seconds. You build out the content for one or both of these sites (and start to make money with them!) with direction and help from Wealthy Affiliate experts and from the Wealthy Affiliate community. More tools, training and website options are available with the Premium membership.
Once you are working with Wealthy Affiliate, the level of support available to you in developing your business is huge. As the program founders state, any time (including NOW) is a great time to start with Wealthy Affiliate – there is no saturation of internet business ideas and anyone willing to put in the effort can be successful.
I believe this is really due to the very well-developed and mature program available through Wealthy Affiliate (over 11 years of successful program development in 2016), and the exceptional amount of help and support offered by not only the founders and WA technical support people, but the thousands of members willing to help each other 24 hours/day to become successful.
The level of support is astounding, really. Due to the large, active and growing community of affiliates, answers to virtually ANY question you might have in building out your websites, working with the tools and training, search engine optimization (SEO), generating site traffic and sales, and affiliate program details are likely already available in the vast Q&A database. To see a question that I posted recently to the “Keyword, Niche and Market Research” classroom at WA, and how it works, click here!
In addition, there is a vibrant Live Chat feature that I regularly participate in. I use this source a LOT because it provides timely (almost instant!) support for ANY issue. Sometimes, to take a break I will just sit and watch the questions and answers posted on the Live Chat feed to learn things I had no idea to event ask! There are also forums where you can post questions to the various “classrooms” devoted to specific topics.
Further, you can contact the owners of the company directly – in the first couple of weeks of my membership I had several long email conversations with Kyle, and he and Carson are regular bloggers, webinar hosts, trainers and (daily) live chat participants.
Wealthy Affiliate has only two basic membership levels, the Starter (free) level, and the Premium (paid) level. The Premium membership generally provides more training, tools, websites and website flexibility than are available at the Starter membership level. The prices for these products are:
- Starter – FREE (many premium-level tools available for the first 7 days)
- Premium – $49/month, or $359/year (39% discount for yearly membership)
The only other costs that are required are for registering your website domain on the internet. This fee is not paid to Wealthy Affiliate, but generally runs <$15 per year depending on the type of domain chosen.
There is no requirement to upgrade to a premium membership – it is possible to run an affiliate marketing business without upgrading (and many affiliates do). This was a decision that I found to be easy, however, given the huge amount of additional support and available training provided, which I found to be invaluable when I was starting out in the business.
There are other affiliate programs out there, and even a few that offer some amount of assistance to would-be affiliates in getting started. However, few of those have been around as long as Wealthy Affiliate, and none are as good or provide the level of support for your business as that provided by Wealthy Affiliate.
For those willing to invest a little time and effort, Wealthy Affiliate is the best money-making opportunity I’ve found. It is the one I use every day and highly recommend!
Let me know what you think. Post a comment below – I’ll respond! Or, check out my Wealthy Affiliate profile page and leave me a comment there.