What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a step by step, task-based, online learning platform and community that is designed to teach you how to start and grow an online business and in this review, you will find out why it’s my #1 recommendation.
What You Will Learn
- Pros/Cons Of Wealthy Affiliate
- Who Is It For
- In-Depth Training/Tools Overview
- The Wealthy Affiliate Community
- Ways To Get Support
- What Comes With The Free Membership
- What Comes With The Premium Membership
- Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It
- What Wealthy Affiliate Is Not
- Final Thoughts
- My Verdict
My Wealthy Affiliate Review
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Price: Starter Membership $0.00
Price: Premium Membership $49 per month or $359 yearly
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Who It Is For: Newbie – Expert
Pros / Cons
Pros: Tons of step by step training courses, videos, tools and, support from the owners and thousands of helpful community members.
The quality of the training and support at Wealthy Affiliate is second to none and the owners are constantly updating and improving the platform.
Cons: The vast amount of information can be somewhat overwhelming unless you stick to the step by step training and don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked in live chat for too long.
The majority of user-generated content is extremely helpful but, some of the members have a tendency to occasionally post off-topic content which may initially give the wrong impression to newer members before they have had a chance to become familiar with the platform.
Who is it For?
It is for the complete newbie who is interested in getting started with an online business and, for more advanced users who wish to fill in any gaps in their knowledge and/or to network with like-minded, more experienced marketers.
Training / Tools Overview
In this review, we will be taking a look under the hood and kicking a few tires so you can see for yourself what Wealthy Affiliate offers and how it can be of benefit to you.
Upon logging into Wealthy Affiliate, you will be taken to your Activity Dashboard.
The Dashboard is your command center and the place you will be coming back to because from here, you will easily be able to navigate the entire site.
For this review, I have logged into a free starter account and, as you can see, even the free account is quite feature-rich.
In the dashboard, will be able to access:
- Both the Certification and Bootcamp Trainings
- Your Profile and Account Settings
- Live Chat to get support from community members 24/7
- The SiteRubix Platform which includes everything pertaining to your websites such as SiteManager, Email Accounts, SiteBuilder, SiteComments, SiteFeedback, SiteDomains, SiteContent and, SiteSupport for technical questions and issues. (top-notch support that usually responds to and resolves issues and questions within minutes, not hours or days)
- The WA Affiliate Program including stats, tracking, links and, creatives
- Notifications of responses to any of your questions and replies from comments you have made within the community
- The Top Search Bar– this is where you would do your research by searching for answered questions, tutorials, and training. There is an awesome amount of information here and this area is worth its weight in gold all by itself
- The Community Blogroll where you can see the current blog posts, questions, training and, tutorials that were authored by community members and the founders of Wealthy Affiliate – This is the area that will keep you up to date with everything going on in the community and within the industry
- Premium Tools such as The Jaaxy Keyword & Competition Research Tool
- Archives of all the past weekly Live Video Classes
As a free starter member, you have access to phase 1 of both the Online Entrepreneur Training Course and the Affiliate Bootcamp course with 10 lessons each.
By the end of the first 10 lessons, you will have your website up and running and will have built the basic foundation for a successful online business.
Let’s have a peek at what these 10 lessons consist of for the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course.
With this training, you will be able to profit from your passion by building a niche business in a subject area that interests you.
Do you have a passion, hobby, interest, special training, skills or, are an authority in a specific area that you would like to turn into an online business?
If so, that is great. This is the training for you.
If not, then the Wealthy Affiliate training will teach you how to choose a niche and, how to become an authority within your chosen niche.
Now, let’s move on to Phase 1 of the Affiliate Bootcamp Training.
This is the training you would follow to learn how to promote Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program in the make money online niche.
Perfect for those looking for residual income.
While the make money online niche itself is very broad, there are many sub-niches which can be targeted that would be a natural fit together with Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program.
The Affiliate Bootcamp Training is the one that will teach you how to do that.
The problem that I have found with most of the training and tutorials that you will find on the internet is that even the better quality tutorials may have lots of practical theory but, falls short in teaching you how to apply it and, most importantly when to apply it.
With any training, if your business isn’t yet at the point where it is ready to apply certain methods, it’s useless to you and can actually hurt more than help.
This is where Wealthy Affiliate’s training really shines in my opinion.
The task-based training takes you from the very beginning of creating your online business, assuming no prior knowledge, and walks you through each step of the process.
This helps you to stay on track and focusing on the things that are the most important for the stage that your business is currently on.
Simply read the lesson, watch the video walk-through and perform each task in order before moving on to the next lesson.
When each task is completed, tick off the checkboxes and the next time you log into the training, you will be taken back to the exact place where you left off.
Live Video Classes
Every Friday, premium members have access to a live video class that is presented in real time.
These classes are very popular with hundreds in attendance.
There is a different in-depth topic being covered every week as well as occasional multi-part case studies with a question and answer session at the end of each class.
Members can even make suggestions for what they would like to see in upcoming sessions.
Replays of all live classes are archived and can be viewed at your convenience.
Have you ever bought training or even joined a membership site and were then left to figure everything out by yourself with little or no support?
Were you able to contact the owners directly?
At Wealthy Affiliate, there are many ways to get ongoing support.
1 on 1 Support
You get personal 1 on 1 support from Kyle & Carson (the owners)
The Wealthy Affiliate community is made up of 10,000’s of members who are at various stages of their business development.
Many of these members have been earning a full-time income online for many years and make themselves available on a regular basis to help others.
Some of them regularly help out in Live Chat or by answering questions that have been asked within the community in question posts, blog posts and, in the lesson discussion threads.
Many also create their own training and tutorials and make them available to the other members.
Why would they do that? Because they want to!
One of the things that make the Wealthy Affiliate community so awesome is the atmosphere of a pay it forward mentality.
What this means is that they are willing to help others, as they have also been helped throughout their own online journey.
Again, think about that for a moment, that is powerful stuff!
There is nothing like that anywhere else online that I am aware of, especially at the level that it is being done at WA.
Often, when someone asks a question, not only do they get a response, they often get answers and opinions of many, as the screenshot below illustrates.
The above screenshot shows the type of activity that goes on every day on the community blogroll and is constantly refreshed every few seconds.
The number inside the light blue square to the right shows the number of responses that were received in the above blog and question posts.
Live chat allows you to ask a quick question and get a response usually within seconds.
It is also a good way to get to know and network with others in the community.
As Wealthy Affiliate is an international community, Live Chat is available 24/7 and there is always someone to help you, even at 3 AM!
Kyle himself is usually in Live Chat every day answering questions and offering advice to the members.
Members can ask a question in a specific classroom or browse each classroom for previously asked questions to view the responses given.
If you have a question, chances are that someone else also had the same or a similar question and has already received many responses which can save you time over having to post your own.
Quite often, these questions lead to an in-depth discussion on that particular topic.
You can easily access the classrooms from your main dashboard.
There are 13 classrooms available to premium members, including:
- Getting Started
- WA Affiliate Program
- Keyword, Niche & Market Research
- Everything WordPress
- Authoring & Writing Content
- Search Engine Optimization
- Social Engagement & Marketing
- Website Development & Programming
- Local Marketing
- Video Marketing
- Email Marketing
- The Wealthy Affiliate Platform
- Pay Per Click Marketing
In each classroom, you will also find training, tutorials and, videos for the subjects listed.
The Top Search Bar
This is one of my favorite features.
Inside Wealthy Affiliate, there are over 1000 training modules as well as loads of questions, answers and, tutorials.
Have a question or want to learn something specific?
Just type it into the top search bar
In this case, I typed a question into the search bar and came up with lots of valuable information that I can learn from.
You can also rephrase the question or simply use keywords to come up with many more possibilities and every piece of content at WA can be easily bookmarked for future reference.
Below every lesson, training, and, tutorial there is a comment area where members can ask questions or discuss the topic.
This is another great way to get support from the helpful community.
Premium members have access to the private messaging system where they can get private support from other members as well as Kyle and Carson.
That’s right, you can private message the owners and they really do reply.
Personal Profile Messages
Every member of Wealthy Affiliate has a personal profile page where anyone can leave you a message or engage in discussion.
Actually, at the very time of this writing, I received a notification of a message on my profile page.
It was from one of the owners Kyle, who was “just checking in” with me to see how things were going.
How cool is that?
Not only can you seek out support when you need it from many different sources but, one of the owners actually came to me to find out if I needed anything.
Now, that is what I call support!
Wealthy Affiliate Is Constantly Changing
As you probably already know, the internet changes rapidly so, tools and techniques that were recently cutting edge become obsolete in just a short period of time.
When you log into Wealthy Affiliate, you will not see some tired old outdated site with tumbleweeds blowing through it.
One of the most impressive features is that Kyle and Carson, the owners, are always working to improve the platform.
Throughout the year, they add new features and tools that are designed to help you grow your online business as well as thousands of community members who are always on the lookout for the latest industry trends.
What you get with the Free Starter Account
- Live Chat Help (first 7 days)
- Communication Within The Platform (first 7 days)
- Website backup
- Free Website Hosting For 2 Sub-Domain Sites
- Access To 12 Free Themes From The WordPress Repository
- Phase 1 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course (10 Lessons)
- Task-Based Training
- Video Walkthroughs
- Jaaxy Starter Keyword Research Tool (30 searches)
- SiteContent Article Writing Platform
- Affiliate Program
- 3 Classrooms
- 1 on 1 coaching (first 7 days)
- Phase 1 of the Affiliate Bootcamp Training (10 Lessons)
What you get with the Premium Membership
- Unlimited Live Chat Help 24/7
- Website Backup
- Website Security Package
- Site Health Website Analysis
- Private Messaging With Me & Other Industry Experts
- Private Messaging With The Owners Kyle & Carson
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Affiliate Program With 2x Higher Payout
- 13 Training Classrooms
- Affiliate Bootcamp Training (all 7 phases)
- Online Entrepreneur Certification Training (all 5 phases)
- Video Walk-Throughs
- State Of The Art WordPress Hosting For 25 Domains That You Own
- State of The Art WordPress Hosting For 25 Free Sub-Domain Sites
- Access To Over 3500 Themes From The WordPress Repository
- Access To Over 49,000 Plugins From The WordPress Repository
- Unlimited Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool Usage (lite version)
- Live Video Classes
- Unlimited 1 On 1 Coaching
- SiteContent Article Writing Platform (New)
- SiteComments Platform
- SiteFeedback Platform
- Free SSL Certificates (New for 2017)
- 24/7 Technical Website Support
See the graphic below for a side by side comparison of the 2 membership levels
Final Thoughts – Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?
In this review, I have tried to give you a very honest and thorough overview of Wealthy Affiliate so that you can see why it is my #1 recommendation.
In my opinion, after trying for many years to figure out how to start an online business, this is hands down the best training platform that I have found.
During that time, I have been scammed many times from buying into training that simply did not work or that only provided a small piece of the puzzle.
As I stated above in this review, even some of the better training assumed I already possessed a lot of prior knowledge that I just didn’t have, which of course, made that information useless to me.
This doesn’t happen at Wealthy Affiliate as the step by step task-based training is designed so that someone with absolutely no prior knowledge can learn and succeed.
There are 2 levels of membership available
- Free Starter Membership
- Premium Membership
Free Starter Membership
The free starter membership is not a trial. There is a vast amount of information that you will have access to and you can stay a free member forever if you want to, however, if you decide to upgrade within the first 7 days, you can get the first month for only $19.
What Wealthy Affiliate gives you for free, other sites would charge hundreds for.
With that said, the free membership is somewhat limited compared with what the premium membership offers and after the first 7 days, you will not be able to ask questions or communicate within the platform.
With the free membership, you are also limited to the first module in both the Certification and the Bootcamp training (10 lessons each).
After that, there is still a lot of information you can access by using the top search bar.
The 2 free websites are fully functional WordPress sites hosted on state of the art Managed WordPress Servers which are quite robust, however, as a starter member, you are limited to your choice of 12 themes and will not be able to install any plugins beyond the 2 that come pre-installed when you create your website.
These are also sub-domain sites and free members can not host a top-level domain name (TLD) that they own (ie .com, .net, .org etc.).
This means that the Url (website address) for your site will be something like yoursitename.siterubix.com instead of simply, yoursitename.com.
In comparison, a similar level of Managed WordPress Hosting elsewhere would cost you about $29 per month for 1 site and, that is just for the hosting itself.
To be fair, however, if you paid that per month, you would be able to use whatever theme you wanted, buy your own domain name and, install various plugins among other things so my comparison, in this case, was regarding server performance.
Also, while you are able to remain a free starter member forever, you will only be able to access the free web hosting of your sub-domain site for a period of six months.
So, you can make the call if all of that is a deal-breaker for you or not, after all, we are talking about a free membership here and of course, it is designed to give you a feel for the value of the platform and community with regard to the premium membership.
The premium membership contains all of the training that you will need to start and grow an online business with no upsells for $49 per month.
There is also a yearly option at $359 (that breaks down to about $29 per month) and is a substantial saving over the normal monthly membership for those who choose to pay for an entire year in advance.
Once per year, they also have a Black Friday event where you can upgrade to the yearly membership at $299 (the breakdown is just under $25 per month, paid annually) and you will usually have a 4-day window to take advantage of that offer.
As stated previously, I have been a member for quite a while and I feel that WA really over delivers for such a reasonable price point and, I know that I would never have gotten as far as I have without the step by step training and support that I have gotten at Wealthy Affiliate.
Once you upgrade to the premium membership, you will not be nagged to buy even more expensive training to complete the system like so many other learning platforms do, as all of the training they offer is immediately available for the cost of the membership.
Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t do that as the owners feel that everything should be included in a premium level membership.
If you choose to host your websites at Wealthy Affiliate, you are allowed to host up to 25 sites on their Managed WordPress servers using your own domain name and up to 25 sites using the Siterubix sub-domain name.
To be clear, if you choose to host a site with your own domain name, each name needs to be purchased. WA does not provide you with free domain names.
For your convenience, they can be purchased inside of WA or through any other domain name registrar.
Again, a similar level of Managed WordPress Hosting elsewhere would cost $29 per month for 1 website and $249 per month for 25 sites so, you can really see the value in what WA is offering.
Update: Since the original writing of this review, Wealthy Affiliate has kicked it up several notches with the introduction of SiteSpeed and Free SSL certificates for sites where you are using your own domain name.
The hosting platform also automatically takes care of website security and comment spam issues that eliminate the need to have separate plugins.
All of that makes them stand out even more with respect to what others in the industry are offering as you won’t find that anywhere else that I am aware of.
What Else Do You Need?
As stated many times in this review, at Wealthy Affiliate you are learning how to start and grow a legitimate business and, as you grow your business, just like in any other type of business, there will come a time when you may want to purchase additional tools.
So, let’s take a look at some of the most common ones to help you plan for your additional growth, however, this list of items will not be needed until your business is much further along and probably already generating income.
Within the WordPress platform, you have access to over 3,500 free themes from the WordPress Repository to help you design your website and many people use one of the free themes for quite a while or forever but, there are also premium themes created by 3rd party developers that you may or may not want to buy at some point.
Prices for premium themes usually range anywhere from $40 to $150.
There are over 10,000 free plugins to help you with site functionality within the Repository as well but again, there are also paid plugins offered by 3rd party developers.
Prices for premium plugins usually range from $5 to $100.
Autoresponders help you build, manage and, send automated emails to your mailing list and are an essential tool for email marketing.
There are some free ones available with limited functionality and subscriber limits but, the paid ones usually range from $15 per month and up, on a sliding scale depending on the number of subscribers you have.
What Wealthy Affiliate Is Not
So far, I have been spending a lot of time telling you what Wealthy Affiliate is and what you can do with it but, now I want to close this review by telling you what WA is not.
Wealthy Affiliate is not some push-button do it all for you get rich quick scheme.
You will also not find any cookie cutter pre-made templates or junky PLR crap.
If you noticed, nowhere in this review, or on the Wealthy Affiliate website, is a picture of a Mansion, a Bugatti, a Yacht or, a picture of me surrounded by bikini women.
If anyone offers you promises of quick and easy riches, run away fast because they are simply trying to scam you in an effort to separate you from your hard-earned money.
Wealthy Affiliate’s step by step task-based training is proven and has worked for many people but, it does take time and effort so, be prepared to be in this for the long haul and do some work.
There are many members who are making a full-time income from what they have learned at WA and there are others who are making considerably more than that.
How long will it take you?
Honestly, I have no clue.
Everyone is different, has different circumstances and learns and retains information at their own pace.
If you are in a situation where you need to make money quickly then, my advice to you is to look for a traditional offline job so you can take care of your immediate needs and look into doing this in your spare time, as a way of planning for your future.
Doing it in that way takes all of the pressure off so you can concentrate on learning things the right way while gradually building up your income to the point where you can be doing this full-time if you take action consistently.
Remember, when you join Wealthy Affiliate, you get a bonus if you do decide to upgrade to premium within the first 7 days, at $19 for the first month which is a 61% savings.
When you join, I will personally leave a message on your profile with more information on how to get help from me and within the awesome Wealthy Affiliate Community.
Trust me, this is going to be exciting stuff!
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Sales Page URL: http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com
Owners: Kyle & Carson
My Overall Ranking: 98 out of 100 points
FINAL VERDICT: TOTALLY LEGIT
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