November 24, 2015 Update
I’m writing this Wealthy Affiliate review so you could make an informed decision if whether or not WA is the best place to start your Internet marketing journey.
Please take note that I’ve said “Internet marketing journey” and not “making thousands of dollars by next week or next 2 months”. This is a strong reminder that making money online is not a get rich quick scheme.
Go and check out Wealthy Affiliate and you won’t see any images of Ferraris, mansions, piles of money, girls in bikini, etc. The reason for this is very simple. Kyle & Carson (owners of WA) are not gurus because they don’t sell dreams.
If you still have the “get rich quick” mindset and still believe that there’s some secret money making method or software that will be the answer to making money online, then please don’t waste your time in reading this Wealthy Affiliate review.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is where you learn how to build a profitable online business and its main focus is through affiliate marketing which is promoting products of other people in exchange for a commission.
You’ll have access to training materials that will teach you the fundamentals as well as some advanced concepts that will take your business to the next level.
My favorite tool that I use inside WA is their free keyword research tool but one of the huge benefits of being inside WA is their supportive community.
I Had Miserable Results!
Actually, I didn’t join Wealthy Affiliate when I first saw them (early July 2009) because I was very skeptical when it comes to people claiming that they can teach you how to make money online.
As much as possible I wanted to look for free resources but in my experience it’s really hard to get any considerable progress by relying on free stuff. It’s very difficult to find genuine answers because most of the time they’re only going to push the products that they’re promoting and you can even get flamed for asking stupid questions.
I had miserable results with my initial attempts (I even quit) and I knew that I had to do something different if I wanted to see some positive results.
So I searched for Wealthy Affiliate reviews (even looked for Wealthy Affiliate scam just to be sure) and it seems that the general feedback about WA were all positive. Of course there were some negative reviews but I still decided to join Wealthy Affiliate back in July 20th, 2009 to really check out what the hype was all about.
The Harsh Truth About Wealthy Affiliate
Even though I highly recommend WA, their training program is not 100% perfect. In this review, I’m going to list down the pros and cons because I want you to be aware of these issues.
I’m not worried if a few people aren’t going to join because it’s critical that you’re aware of what you’re getting into.
What I Like About WA
You can actually get free access to some of the training materials inside Wealthy Affiliate by registering a Starter Account. That way you can better judge the materials instead of me trying to pimp it for you.
I highly recommend that you check out the WA getting started course. There are a lot of programs out there that charge a high price for this type of training but you can easily get this for free inside WA.
Getting started course screenshot
DO NOT make the mistake of ignoring and underestimating the value of this course just because it’s free. Your online success will actually depend on your understanding of it.
If you’re looking for a training on a specific topic or have any questions, you might find the search bar on top very handy. Try typing ‘website’ and a long list of topics discussing anything about websites will be presented to you.
These are only a few of the highlights when you talk about the training materials. There are also live weekly webinars, question and answer, real time chat, video training, etc.
I will continue to update this section to share with you some of the free training materials inside Wealthy Affiliate.
Tools of the trade
Inside WA you can access the following tools: hosting, keyword research tool, rapid writer, link tracking and keyword lists.
To be honest with you, the only tool that I’m using right now inside WA is their keyword research tool. One benefit that I really like in their keyword tool is its ability to give you an estimate of the keyword’s competitiveness. You can actually figure out a keyword’s competition manually as you just need to put the keywords in quotes and click up to the very last page. With the WA keyword research tool, all I need is to do is just click a link and it will just pop a window out with the information I need.
Many members are using the WA hosting platform but I’m not one of them. I do not use their hosting platform not because it’s not stable or anything but because I was already using Hostgator and I’m already used to it. What I don’t like about the WA hosting though is that you don’t have access to your own cpanel. All of the admin work for your website’s hosting will be done inside on your WA account which is very limited in my personal opinion. I believe one reason why WA made the hosting this way is for added security and I totally understand that.
I’ve used the other tools inside such as the link tracking, rapid writer and keyword lists but only when I was just starting out. Eventually their keyword research tool and their hosting platform are the 2 main tools that you’re probably going to use inside Wealthy Affiliate.
Awesome Support from WA Community
As you can see I’ve been a WA member for quite some time now and I took advantage of this golden opportunity in every way I can. As of now, Kyle is more active than Carson. When you’re inside, you simply go to Kyle’s profile and send him a private message. It’s just that simple. Usually it takes 24-48 business hours before he replies. I don’t have any idea how he manages his time but I’m thankful he’s got time to answer my questions.
Screenshot of Kyle’s profile
I got a lot of solid tips from both Kyle and Carson that I didn’t find inside Wealthy Affiliate. In my opinion their advice alone is worth a hundred times of my monthly fees.
When I first joined them, I didn’t actually think that they were serious about giving personal coaching but I guess I was wrong.
Get help from like-minded people – Try telling your family and friends that you’re going to make money online and 90% of the time you’re not going to hear the most supportive response from them.
They’ll say things like making money online is a scam (that’s what my mother said when I borrowed money for my WA membership), get a “real” job, you’re only wasting your time, and many more negative comments.
Starting a real business online is hard but it becomes even more difficult when you don’t have someone to ask for help or get inspiration from. And it’s very critical that you avoid the people that will only try to bring you down and keep you from achieving your dreams.
The community over at Wealthy Affiliate is the key to the success of my affiliate marketing business. The inspiration and the motivation that you can get from the community is something that you cannot experience from buying ordinary programs.
Here’s a screenshot on my activity dashboard of the community exchanging some ideas.
You’ll definitely get the support and assistance that you need to fuel your efforts in tackling your online journey.
Instant support – This is actually one of my review updates for Wealthy Affiliate and I believe this is going to be a huge benefit especially for complete newbies.
I’ve read some of the first few comments of this review from past members who canceled their membership in just 1-2 months. The reason for their quick cancelation is that they didn’t have access to a phone support.
Well as of this moment there is still no phone support but Wealthy Affiliate implemented a fully interactive system for communicating.
The Live Chat inside WA enables you to chat with all of the members instantaneously. I believe this is the closest thing to having a phone support system because members of different levels are there to help you out in just a few seconds. Here’s a good example of a member trying to help out a fellow member with some issues.
If you have any experience with using a live chat system for getting help with your problems and inquiries then you know how helpful the WA Live Chat can be.
Like I’ve said earlier, you can also use the interactive search bar on top of your account. There will be a list of topics related to your questions that will drop down but you can also use the Ask A Question feature in case you don’t find what you’re looking for.
Upon asking your question, you will definitely get some responses from the community. This is all becomes like a pay-it-forward system. The screenshot below is similar to the one above and this is where your question will be seen and ultimately be answered.
Asking questions is critical to your improvement and Wealthy Affiliate made it sure that when you’re inside you’ll be able to get the best possible support.
Get your questions answered easily
And of course I will be there if you need some support… leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you within 1 business day.
What I Do Not Like
Overwhelming Amount of Information
Unfortunately the amount of information inside WA is also their weakness especially for complete beginners. Most of them are simply excited to make money online that they forget to read and understand the basics.
I also experienced information overload but the key is to relax, stay focused and not get too distracted. Besides, you’re not going to learn and fully comprehend everything that quickly.
Easy to Get Distracted
Most of the time you can really get caught up into reading success posts and different marketing strategies inside the WA.
What I learned is that different methods will work for different people. What worked for someone else might not necessarily work for you. Just go back to learning the basics and don’t be afraid to try things out.
Poor Website Design and Architecture
I have some experience with building websites before even joining WA and I’m sort of a critique when it comes to web design.
With that being said, I don’t really like the design of WA’s membership area. I didn’t like it when I joined back in 2009 and I still don’t like their current design this 2015 (even if they already made some huge improvements).
Difficult Site Migration
Transferring your site from inside WA to another hosting platform is going to be a huge pain in your behind as you don’t have any control panel access. You will be asked to install a plugin in order to move your site but the process and details involved are really technical. One member had to ask for outside help in order to pull it off. It would be nice if the process in moving to another hosting is going to be as straightforward as setting up your site inside WA.
What’s My Verdict?
Everything that you’ve read is my own personal opinion about Wealthy Affiliate. They have their own strengths and weaknesses but I don’t consider the flaws to be a major deal breaker.
Do I guarantee that you will become successful when you join Wealthy Affiliate?
My answer is a big NO!
Anyone making such absurd claims is just out there for your money. Your success will entirely depend on how much action you’re willing to invest. If you’re still looking for get-rich-quick programs then Wealthy Affiliate is not for you.
I hope this Wealthy Affiliate review was informative and helpful. I wanted to give you some of the major insights on how WA can help you.
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If you have any questions about Wealthy Affiliate or if you want to ask me about anything related to Internet marketing then simply leave a comment below and I will reply within as soon as possible.