The Wealthy Affiliate Review you are about to read is based on my own personal experience as a newbie. I joined WA in October 2016 after following a friend currently a high-ranking official in my other company – a biometric science company producing health enhancements at the DNA level. He vetted and was promoting WA as the ONLY place to have your own website. He was promoting it to both build a strong affiliate marketing business promoting WA as well as a support arm for his Relationship Marketing business. I have progressed well in the training, building my sites and getting them ranked within Google and Bing. I am taking it slow and spending a lot of time determining what I want to do with the content. I am excited to write about travel just for sharing my experiences and photos. I started a site for sharing ONLY products I have used and trust to offer others. And, I have this site which promotes starting your own business or pleasure website. I want to help people attain their dreams and learn “What they want”.
What is Wealthy Affiliate
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Price: Starter Membership, $0 (Join Here)
Price: Premium Membership, $49/month OR $359/year (Join Here)
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Overall Rank: 98 out of 100
Who it’s for: Newbie – Expert
If at any point you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate, be aware of the following:
- It’s Free to Get Started
There is no credit card needed as the Starter Membership is free
- I’m Going to Help You
I will become part of your huge team of personal mentor/coaches who will guide you down the right path of success.
- Dedicate Your Time
You MUST be committed to learning, asking questions and taking action.
In the Beginning
Back in 2005, Carson & Kyle started Wealthy Affiliate focused on keyword search help supported by huge databases of highly searched keywords for Pay-Per-Click campaigns. Carson & Kyle were successful in Affiliate Marketing prior to Wealthy Affiliate inception. They implemented the larger vision to help others learn how to be successful by following their model.
During the next 10 years, they developed “a huge hit” as people joined based on member’s feedback. The training was the biggest draw and continues that trend today. It is innovative and up to date – an uncommon trait in the internet marketing training arena.
Today, December 2016, Carson & Kyle have a stellar platform supporting entrepreneurs around the World. They are a Community Based organization that believes whole-heartedly in “Pay it Forward”. They do not sit back and count their money; they are active on the site. This is visible as you find them on webinars, chat sites and answering numerous questions directly in the forum. They are honest, dedicated and trustworthy business owners that are old enough to have experienced the numerous Scams and young enough to have the high energy and worldview to help everyone.
Since I never trusted any site advertising on the internet, I did not get caught in Scams. Later I tell you about my experience with my own website though and the significant extra charges. Many others have shared their horror stories. As you see on my About Me page, I did get caught in some MLM Scams.
I can tell you confidently that, Wealthy Affiliate has more tools, training and support resources than any other place online.
- Weekly Live On-line Training Classes
- Question and Answer Periods
- Organized Classrooms (on specific topics)
- Interactive Discussions
- Video Training, Tutorial Training
- Task Based Courses
Seems like a lot right? It is. There are over ONE THOUSAND (1,000) powerful training modules within Wealthy Affiliate, essentially each Classroom reveals a different online business model that could be used to generate a full-time income. More on Classes here.
Training is key, but….there is so much more. You also have access to ALL of the tools you need to run a successful business online
All the training is easy to follow; has tasks to complete before moving to the next lesson and has a comment section within the training for questions and feedback. All questions are answered by the vast member community or by the founders.
Let’s look at the Training Details:
Example of the Tasks within a Core Training Module
Immediately after signing in with a Starter Account (which is free), you are encouraged to begin your training. The 1st course is Online Certification – Getting Started (Level 1). This course has 10 lessons; the result is the immersion into the concept of Affiliate Marketing.
As you go through the Level 1 training, there are several action based items that are required to complete (shown above). This is awesome because it keeps you engaged and allows you to interact with the community.
- Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started
- Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
- Online Entrepreneur Certification – Making Money!
- Online Entrepreneur Certification – Mastering Social Engagement
- The Business of Content – Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation
Levels 2 through 5 are premium level courses which are developed in a similar format with several action based items that are required to complete.
All of the Bootcamp and Certification courses are awesome; I go back often to refresh a concept or learn again how to have Google recognize my site – I created five! Sometimes in the blog roll of the community, a question surfaces that has an answer within the training. This is an opportunity for you and others to share your experiences with implementing the technique or tool described in the training. Very powerful and the Best way to learn. Study, try it, ask questions, blog about it, implement and check your work. Great model that is working for me.
- The Level 1 Getting Started course is very thorough and has action based items
- Levels 2 through 5 are very detailed and really give you a running start with making money online
- Each level has 10 lessons included
- All training modules have an area where you can ask specific questions about the training which typically get answered within a few minutes.
To keep things up to date and engaging within the site, Wealthy Affiliate offers a weekly live video class. These classes have different topics each week. They are live and spontaneous in so many ways. They are engaging with the audience. And, they are enlightening and current to the moment. The instructor often uses examples from the community to explore a new concept or tool implementation. Last week he focused on our niche. Many of us thought we had that solved but he opened up several areas to make us think deeper. He enlightened us about looking for a marketing opportunity at each turn. How to stay true to our niche but let it branch out naturally with product offerings. He gave us home- work: to go to a store and pick out a product. Come up with a marketing plan. It is easier and harder than you might think. The live training caters to all skill levels; he incorporates beginner and advanced topics within each webinar.
I was selected very early on in my development career to be a Hot Seat Webinar participant. Jay looks at your site and makes individual suggestions to improve. This is done live for all to see. LOL I found it refreshing, educational and very helpful; plus FUN.
Each Live session is recorded. They may be watched over again or if one is missed, it is easy to find it later. A fantastic Program.
Note: At Wealthy Affiliate, there is NEVER an Upsell in the training or on the Live Webinars. So refreshing. The instructor gives us the tools that are free to use. If we choose later to upgrade that tool because we have found it so useful and want more, that is up to us. He does not even mention the upgrade features! Once you pay your monthly or yearly fee, you are not asked for a penny more.
The Wealthy Affiliate Community
One of the featured elements at Wealthy Affiliate is the Community. This is a >580k strong members of WA from around the World who are actively building their home-based businesses or hobbies with web pages and tools. Many of the members have been a part 5-7 years. Each comes with their own expertise, their own outlook on business, their own skill level but ALL come with a willing heart to share with the rest of us. As with all good companies, this starts at the top. Carson and Kyle epitomize the notion of help for all. The genuineness of the Community is unique to WA. There is never a sense of competition only appreciation and support.
As a premium member and with about 6 months of active experience in the community, we are all invited to create training to share with others. This may seem daunting but I have seen useful training that is made up of the training modules with just their personal spin on implementation. Their experience is a little different that Kyle or Carson and it adds a level of confidence for those of us on a steep learning curve. Some members are very successful, earning 6-figure incomes with Affiliate Marketing and they take the time to share with all of us as well.
For example, if you wanted to learn about how to create graphics for your blog; there is training created by a member. They use the same step-by-step format and provide answers to questions as well. We are asked to rate and review the training and often tell where it helped in our venture. This increases the benefit to others as well.
We are protected too. There is a strict no spamming or selling policy within the community training; it is monitored constantly to ensure the ‘rules’ are followed.
The tools of the trade in Internet Marketing include keyword optimization, building your website, protection, tracking your activity for Google statistics, backup, and much more. At Wealthy Affiliate, you have all these tools INCLUDED in your monthly or yearly fee. And,…. You have many of them with the FREE websites and FREE sign up. So if you are building your website for a hobby, not to earn a living you may stay with the free site and still be able to display a really well-created site. All the tools available inside Wealthy Affiliate are very easy to use and deliver awesome results. I want to provide a little detail for each tool to assist in your decision making.
WA Keyword Tool
The WA Keyword tool gives you the ability to learn what people are searching inside Google to find information. To get your website in front of those people searching, you need to understand the audiences’ search behavior. The WA Keyword Tool shows you how many times a keyword is searched in a given month and how competitive the keyword is in terms of other sites trying to rank for the same keyword. Keyword search and usage is a basic critical element in setting up your web page. As Google crawls the internet, they rank according to how much traffic you attain. If your keywords are the ones people are searching for, you will rank higher.
Site Builder (SiteRubix)
SiteRubix is the domain name assigned to all free websites within WA. Using the SiteRubix tool helps you build your website in a matter of minutes, literally! This is the so amazing to watch. You enter a few brief pieces of data, like site name and select a theme you want and voila, the software builds your site including some plugins for searching while you watch.
If you chose to sign up with WordPress on your own, you must perform many technical steps which can become overwhelming as a new website builder. SiteRubix solves this problem in 4 simple straightforward steps.
- What kind of website do you want to build? (Free or your domain)
- Name your website
- Choose a look for your website
- Build Your Site
Wealthy Affiliate has some of the best WordPress hosting; it is setting industry standards.
Here are a few features that come with WA Hosting
- WordPress optimized servers
- The most secure hosting anywhere
- Full redundancy
- Daily backups
- 24/7 website monitoring
- Fully managed
- Email & forwards
- Site Health analyzing
- Web site auto login
Site Builder and Site Hosting are available to both Starter and Premium members. Here is a quick breakdown of what you get with each.
Starter Members = 2 Free Websites (siterubix.com domain)
Premium Members = 50 Websites (25 free siterubix.com & 25 on your OWN Domains)
Wealthy Affiliate added the ability to purchase your Private Domain name via a trusted WA connection. This is as simple as a click and a name availability check. In your training, Kyle discusses the benefits of having your own domain whether it should be a .com, .net., or .org. The short answer is that some companies require you to have your own named domain to be an affiliate marketer for them. Your own domain names work seamlessly with WA Hosting and SiteRubix.
Several years ago, back in the days of using complicated software and HTML code to build a website, we started a business involving sublimated items. We created a website to further market our wares. We chose our name and ran smack into many roadblocks. Including upsells, technical realities, poor service, and unstable operation. Help? NO! WA purchased personal Site Domains takes away the domain name stress. My current domain name AgeAdjuster.com has email forwarding (so it appears my email is on my own site), backup, fast and everything I need. Here is a chart outlining the various elements. Please notice the pricing. Please know that the ones you see advertised for $.99 are a SCAM. Once in for the low start fee, you are hit will numerous charges making the overall cost exceed all others.
- All the tools are easy to install and use
- All website tools (domains, site builder & hosting) integrate with each other
- Hosting is powerful and provides single-click login to your WordPress site
Here is where Wealthy Affiliate dominates the competition. The support inside WA is without a doubt thorough, timely, current, quick, friendly and always uplifting. The support channel works equally well for the beginner to the expert in the field.
There is never a reason to become frustrated. If you do not understand something or a technique is not working for you, ask a question. There are many portals to ask a question. From the main page at the top, after each lesson, as a click near your profile bar. It is essential to have the help you need; it is the catalyst that helps you speed up your learning potential. There are some skilled Affiliate Marketers that sell their knowledge via webinars and books. But…those courses will leave you with head-knowledge that you cannot implement. They usually do not offer any kind of real support beyond technical issues you may be having on the webinar with their own website.
The Wealthy Affiliate support channels are on-demand. They help you with training, site issues, inspiration, tricks of the trade and advice on your progress.
Let’s outline each of the available support channels at Wealthy Affiliate
The Live support is the heart and soul of the Wealthy Affiliate community and provides everyone with instant answers to questions, personal help, coaching, and the ability to interact in real-time. The Live Support is available 24/7 so it doesn’t matter what part of the world you reside in – live chat support is there.
For even more of a personal one-on-one experience, you can contact any Wealthy Affiliate Premium member privately to discuss your online training or projects. You can even contact the owners Carson & Kyle for some private coaching or feedback whenever you need it.
I find this is the BEST way to get some individualized feedback for your campaigns or just need some advice on how to get started.
Live Q and A Sessions
As mentioned above, WA has Live Video Classes where at the end of each lesson there are question and answer sessions where you can get answers to your questions via a live video feed.
Website Feedback Platform
If you ever needed some crowdsourced feedback on your website or a specific page of your website, the Website Feedback Platform is a great way to get it. It works on a credit system where you give feedback on 2 sites in exchange for 1 site feedback request.
- There are a plethora of available support channels to help you within minutes
- The support comes in several different formats (chat, written & video)
- Creates a great sense of community whereas everyone is helping each other
Success at Wealthy Affiliate
To become successful, I think it is important to surround yourself with successful people and interact with them. Within WA, there are thousands of members who have had various levels of success ranging from learning how to build an awesome website to an increased income to the point where they quit their day job.
This is the opportunity where you can jump in and mingle with those successful people inside of Wealthy Affiliate (including me) all while you are learning to build and run your own online business. It is important to note that this is not a get rich quick scheme as it takes time, hard work and dedication to build your business and achieve any level of success. But if you really buckle down and work hard, your success will come.
My Personal Conclusion of Wealthy Affiliate
I have concluded this page with my history and attraction to Wealthy Affiliate. I have been a member since October 2016. I am a yearly member. I started with the Free Start-up, upgraded to Premium taking advantage of the bonus special for $19 for one month and then upgraded to yearly. I intend to continue building my Affiliate Marketing business and as time permits, spend more time on my Health, Overcomer and Travel Sites. I look forward to being able to move my Relationship Marketing business onto the Affiliate Marketing track. I am confident with the training, support, and community offered in WA, I will be able to travel the World with income from my online business.
So, Does Wealthy Affiliate work? YES
Whatever your business is, a website will only enhance it. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in affiliate marketing, SEO, local marketing or promoting your existing website or business – Wealthy Affiliate will help you get you to YOUR next level.
When you create your Starter account, you will be surprised and thrilled with all the people who immediately reach out to you via the message channels. I will be one of them! You will learn this in training, but be sure to create your Google, Twitter, Facebook etc. account and share your ID with us. We will follow you and you can follow us back. We all try to +1 each other to build Google awareness. I like to read people’s web pages and have found excellent resources around the World.
Everything you need to create and grow a business to any level online is included.
From the education, the tools, the support, the network, the websites and the community.
The only missing piece is you and your commitment to time.
My Final Opinion and YourSpecial BONUS!
Join the starter, it’s $0 (FREE). Upon joining, I will get in touch with you within the first hour. Will you please promise when you join…you will set-up your account. It is simple and you will be walked through it in the first training module.
I mentioned Bonus: How to Claim Your Bonus…
When you join your FREE Starter Account, I am authorized to offer you a bonus if you do decide to become a PREMIUM member in the first 7 days (including a 59% discount). When you create your account at Wealthy Affiliate, one of our co-founders, Kyle or Carons will personally contact you on your profile with a “hello”. They will include more information about WA, how to get help from them, and how to claim your bonus. Trust me, this is going to be some AWESOME stuff (hint: it includes Kyle’s FULL 10 years of experience and mentorship!)
You will never know what you have been missing all of these years until you step foot inside of Wealthy Affiliate.
~ Very Personal; Very Successful Story ~
My name is Patricia. I am a wife, mom, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. I love life and have traveled the world, been successful in business, have failed in business, been through heartaches, learned to LOVE, experienced abuse, lived life as an addict, embrace healthy eating choices, been exposed to unhealthy ugly politics, been loved unconditionally, have suffered with serious life-threatening illness, have friends in all walks of life, know Father God and His Son Jesus intimately and want to help others reach their dreams.
What official training do I have to qualify to speak to you about building your business? I graduated with honors from high school, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education along with the president’s award from Southern Illinois University, earned a full ride and graduated with Master of Science in Public Administration from The Evergreen State University, hold a 2 year degree in Data Processing from Ft. Steilacoom Vocational, member of Washington State Landlord Association, Member National Association of Professional Women, attended Trump University, participated on the Board of the YWCA, Treasurer of Clothing Textile Administrators and I have lived 76 years!
Throughout those experiences, I have always maintained and fed my need for change, for success, for adding value to mine and others lives, to ensuring integrity in all aspects of my life, to gaining knowledge in various trades, to try to experience life in a positive active way and to find new ways to serve, earn and eliminate all stress.
One major confession is I do not do well with injustices, abuse, control or entitlement. I believe in earning my own way, being responsible for my own decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions and accepting the consequences (good or bad), being respectful, honoring my word and be the first to volunteer to help.
More about me on my page About Me! LOL
Today I tried to offer you an honest approach to entering the business world as your own boss. The company is fully vetted and even trains on spotting and avoiding scams. My membership is so rewarding I want to help you. I have improved my own business success on several levels.
I recently dropped out of the real estate rental business and have opted into Attraction Marketing. This is so much fun, stress-free and rewarding. I now communicate with companies around the globe frequently as I promote their product on my pages. I am committed to only representing companies that I believe we can trust. That I believe have products worth our time and our hard-earned cash. Thus, I am growing slowly but with integrity, honesty and at my leisure. Just yesterday, I received an email from a European travel company asking me to join them in promoting their up and coming travel booking site for trains, planes and buses across Europe. I am uniquely qualified as I have been there, done that. I jumped for joy to be a partner – it instilled in me a hunger to return to Europe for more travel slowly among the locals.
But… having said that, I must admit the greatest thing I have going now with my new internet based online business is the community at Wealthy Affiliate. I struggle to make friends. That is one of the heartaches mentioned above. I have had friends over the years that have ultimately been users, abusers or takers. In the online community here at Wealthy Affiliate I can engage, share personal details while listening to their stories, I can actually feel closer to these ‘people’ than I do in person. This is strange I agree. But, online, I can stop following those I do not want to hear from (I have not done that in WA but have in /twitter and Facebook).