Several years ago, I was introduced to affiliate marketing through a training program called “My Online Income System,” and I did not have much success with it. So I pretty much gave up on that until I came across Wealthy Affiliate. I figured that since I could test drive the system for free, why not give it a try? Here’s what I found.
Price: $0 (Starter Membership) / $49 per month (Premium Membership)
Owners: Carson and Kyle
Update: The Wealthy Affiliate 2017 Black Friday Deal is officially over. Don’t worry if you missed it, though. You can still take a free test drive, and the regular price of $49 is still a bargain when you consider everything Premium Membership includes. And you will always get the first month at over a 60% discount if you upgrade to Premium Membership within a week of creating your FREE Starter Membership. So check it out.
The purpose of Wealthy Affiliate is to train you to be a successful affiliate marketer. If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, here is a really short synopsis.
- Set up a website.
- Promote products on your website
- Link to a website where those products are sold.
- If someone buys something after linking from your site, you earn a commission.
If you want some more detail about what affiliate marketing involves, you can read about it here.
In addition to training, at Wealthy Affiliate you also get:
- A social network with almost a million members
- A website builder
- Website hosting
- Free keyword tool
- Lots of help from other members
When you first sign up for a free starter account, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information on the site. I know I was. There are thousands of people, all with the same goal: to make money online and help each other do the same.
Now, the first thing you need to know is that Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme. You will eventually start earning a steady income, but it will not happen overnight. In fact, it may take a few months before you make your first dime. And you will have to do a considerable amount of work to make it happen. But face it, every business I know requires “sweat equity” at the beginning, and most require a considerable investment. With Wealthy Affiliate, you can get your business started for $0 start-up cost!
Pros and Cons
- Extensive amount of information
- Thousands of friendly helpful people
- Free access
- Easy-to-follow courses
- Welcoming atmosphere
- No spam whatsoever
- Can be overwhelming at first
Who is Wealthy Affiliate For?
- Intermediate online business owners
I believe beginners will get the most benefit from Wealthy Affiliate, but several experts discovered that everything you get with a Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate would cost a lot more if purchased elsewhere, so they stick around and help many of the new members going through the training. It’s a win-win situation.
Unfortunately, there are some location restrictions due to excessive hacking and fraud that occurs in certain countries.
Currently, the following countries are banned from joining Wealthy Affiliate as a FREE member:
People who are interested in joining from these countries may join by purchasing a Premium Membership.
Additionally, Wealthy Affiliate has unfortunately had to ban all memberships, both free and Premium, from the country of Nigeria due to excessive hacking, cheating and fraud. It is an unfortunate decision and one that was not taken lightly.
If you are from Nigeria or any of the other above listed countries, Affilorama and Solo Build It are excellent choices for those looking to start an online business. For everyone else, I think Wealthy Affiliate is the way you’ll want to go.
Tools and Training
Everything starts with the first course: Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1). In this course you will learn how to:
- Choose a niche (market segment)
- Build your own website
- Get ideas for content to put on your website
- Organize your website for maximum traffic
- Continue adding content and improving your website
- Make money online
During and after this training, you will have access to all the other members, including the site owners Kyle and Carson, ask questions, and even answer questions yourself. Yes, even within a few days, I was able to help a few members with questions they had.
Later on, if you want to continue with more advanced training and have full access to the site, you can upgrade to a Premium Membership, which I discuss below, but you’re under no obligation to upgrade. You can remain a starter member forever if you like.
Navigation through the site is very easy. It is set up very much like a social network. So if you are familiar with Facebook or Twitter, you will probably have no trouble finding your way around. And if you do have trouble, just ask. Unlike Twitter and Facebook (sometimes), everyone is always friendly and ready to help.
We’ve all been in that situation: you need help, you contact someone, and one of two things happens:
- You send an email and have to wait several days for a reply.
- You call and have to navigate through 500 recorded messages, only to be put on hold for two hours.
All my experiences with support at Wealthy Affiliate have been pleasant. If I need support with my website, they usually get back to me within minutes, not hours or days. If you need to communicate directly with Kyle or Carson, you can send them a message, and they will get back to you. It may just take a day or two… remember, there are almost a million members at Wealthy Affiliate, so Kyle and Carson get a lot of messages. Somehow, they manage to get back to everyone, so that’s pretty cool.
There are two membership levels:
- Starter Membership → $0 per month
- Premium Membership → $49 per month
With a free starter membership, you get:
- Live help the first seven days
- Two (2) websites
- Website backup
- Beginner training course
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Phase 1 of Affiliate Boot Camp
- Video walk-throughs
- 30 searches on the Keyword Research Tool
- Two (2) training classrooms
- Affiliate Program
- One-on-one coaching for the first 7 days
With premium membership, you get all that plus:
- Unlimited live help
- Private messaging
- Additional 48 websites (for a total of 50)
- Website security package
- Six (6) additional phases of Affiliate Boot Camp (for a total of 7)
- Live video classes
- Unlimited searches on the Keyword Research Tool
- Ten (10) additional classrooms (for a total of 12)
- Double payout on the Affiliate Program
- Unlimited one-on-one coaching
- Private access to the owners
- 24/7/365 website support
- Website feedback platform
- Website analysis
The following table compares the two membership levels:
Final Opinion and Special Bonus Offer
This is truly a risk-free proposition. You can join with a free starter account, and if you want to take it to the next level, you can upgrade to premium. You never have to upgrade; you can literally keep your starter account forever. However, if you decide to upgrade to premium in the first week, I have a special bonus offer, which includes 61% off the first month of membership, that I will tell you all about inside Wealthy Affiliate.
If you do decide to join Wealthy Affiliate, I would love hear your thoughts about it. Do you love it? Hate it? Post your Comments below. Or you can contact me through my profile at Wealthy Affiliate.
And if you have any questions that were not covered in my review, I would love to hear those too.
Have a great day!