Hi everyone and welcome to my overview of Wealthy Affiliate. Why overview and not review? well because a detailed review would end up being super long and if you are anything like me you really just want a nice concise summary. Once you have that you can then choose to dig in to the detail if it’s what you want.
Ah I hear you say, but Kevin you’re a member of Wealth Affiliate, of course you will give it a glowing review. Well yes, it’s true I am a member but that won’t stop me being completely honest. The fact that I am a member is because it’s a great community to be a part of but like everything in life nothing is perfect. You may well be sceptical, I know I was before I joined but I guess that’s just my nature.
Wealthy Affiliate, funny enough I wasn’t keen on the name itself, was it another get rich quick scheme? But wealth doesn’t just have to be financial. It can also be a wealth of information, resources, expertise, experience, diversity as well as financial and honestly Wealthy Affiliate offers all of those.
Ok so I’ve rambled on already, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Actually, I’m convinced that Wealthy Affiliate is many different things to many different people but if I had to sum it up in one phrase it would be “an online business university and community”. However, with this university you not only get the best possible training but also the tools to take your business to the outside world and make a living.
The training is suitable for anyone from complete beginners to seasoned professionals. I have met stay-at-home moms, retirees, college students and people from all walks of life who now earn a full-time income online thanks to Wealthy Affiliate.
Below is a short fun video that someone created to explain Wealthy Affiliate
So How Do I Make Money?
That’s all well and good I hear you say but how do you actually earn any money. Well in a nutshell Wealthy Affiliate teach affiliate marketing. Not sure what that is? Let me explain. Affiliate marketing is where you promote products or services and if someone buys them you get paid a commission.
The beauty is most companies offer an affiliate programme so getting started is super simple especially if you have a particular passion. So how does it work? Well first you need to pick a topic, ideally something you are passionate about but if not it doesn’t matter.
It can be literally anything, maybe you love fishing or playing basketball or perhaps hiking or mountain biking, there really are millions of topics to choose from.
You then build a website, write about what you like and what you don’t, engage with people, point them in the direction of products you like and earn a commission. The process really is pretty simple as you can see in the diagram below.
A Look At The Training
Ok, that’s all well and good but if I go to university I want to know what course I’m doing right? So, what training do you get at WA. Well this for me is what sets Wealthy Affiliate apart. Because you not only get detailed proven step by step courses to follow but also have access to an immense amount of member generated training.
In fact, I would go as far as to say, there is training for pretty much anything you will ever need for your online business. But let’s look first at the core training that WA offers.
Online Entrepreneur Certification: This consists of 50 lessons divided into 5 phases of 10 lessons each. This course will walk you through the steps required to build a profitable online business in absolutely any niche. Dont forget the first 10 lessons in the picture below are absolutely free.
Affiliate Bootcamp: This consists of 70 lessons divided into 7 phases of 10 lessons each. This course builds on the Online Entrepreneur Certification and teaches you the how to create and establish a business promoting Wealthy Affiliate itself.
Live Interactive Classes: Once a week Jay Neill of Magistudios, Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador, lead trainer and industry expert holds ‘Live’ interactive classes on various subjects surrounding affiliate marketing, SEO, WordPress and much more.
If you are serious about your online business then Jays webinars are invaluable. The beauty is it doesn’t matter where you are in the world because if you can’t attend live recordings are made available for you to watch at your leisure.
What Tools Will I Need?
The only thing you will need is an open mind, the willingness to learn and the desire to succeed. Why? well because again Wealthy Affiliate has you covered and supplies all the other tools that you will need. Let’s have a look at what they are.
HOSTING: Of course, your websites need to be hosted and as a member you get access to Wealthy Affiliates state of the art hosting, where you get fast speeds, daily backups and 24/7 support. As a premium member, you can host up to 50 websites all included in the price and the FREE WA STARTER MEMBERSHIP even includes two domains completely free for as long as you want.
Sites are built using the WordPress platform which gives unparalleled flexibility, offering countless options and features. It is the platform that powers some of the most successful websites on the net today.
Ok so that’s the hosting and site sorted, the training is detailed what else do I need? Well how about tools that will help you produce engaging content that gets ranked in search engines. Because after all if your customers can’t find you then you have no business. So, let’s have a look Jaxxy, Site Comments and Feedback and Site Content, more tools in the WA armoury.
JAXXY: Jaxxy is a keyword research tool that is included within Wealthy Affiliate. It is used for researching great keywords, assessing competition, insights in to niches and even site ranking. Doing your research with Jaxxy can be the difference between a page 1 ranking in search engines and appearing nowhere.
SITE COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK: The comment and feedback options are where you can ask Wealthy Affiliate members to leave comments on your website to boost engagement and ranking. Feedback is where members can leave you feedback to help you improve your website.
SITE CONTENT: This is a great tool where you can produce and edit your content. It’s super simple to use and keeps track of all the content that you publish together with a word count which is great if you have content goals. It also gives access to over 1,000,000 royalty free images for you to use.
Are There Any Negatives – Is It For Me?
Ok so I have tried to give you a concise summary or overview of Wealthy Affiliate and how it works. Now you may be asking are there any negatives or is it for me.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone wanting to be their own boss but who doesn’t know where to start
Stay at home mums & dads looking to work from home.
People wanting to spend more time with their family
Adventures who want to an online business that can travel with them
Retirees looking to create a new chapter in their career
People wanting to start an online business without products or services of their own
Anyone who really wants to succeed and is prepared to follow the training and work.
THOSE WHO IT’S NOT FOR:
Anyone looking for a get rich quick scheme.
Those wanting instant online success
Anyone who isn’t prepared to do some work
If you are honest with yourself you should realise that these options don’t really exist. An online business is not a magic shortcut to being rich. Like anything in life, it takes work and if you aren’t prepared for that then honestly its unlikely you will ever be successful.
AND THE CONS?
Well I have to say for me they are few. It’s true if you are completely new to anything online then at first lots of new information can feel overwhelming. We have mentioned the great community but sometimes I have seen a beginner give advice that wasn’t best practice. And finally, as I have said you need to be patient and be prepared to work, because there is no magic button!
So How Much Does It Cost?
Ahh now we come down to the nitty gritty. Well I have to tell you if it wasn’t for the options that WA offer I may not have joined. That is because there are two membership options and the first is completely free, so if like me you want to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY, well then WA have you covered. Let’s look a bit closer.
FREE Starter Membership
The starter membership is 100% free, and unlike many sites you do not leave any card or payment information. It allows you to explore the platform in your own time and see if it works for you.
For me this was a no brainer, the fact that no card details were required and I could play around and assess what I would be getting should I choose to upgrade. That really is the beauty of the starter package, you get to try it all out first, with absolutely no obligation for anything else.
In fact, it is entirely possible to build a successful business from the starter package. You get two free site rubix websites and sufficient training to get you up and running. The free starter package also gives access to two full courses of ten full lessons each, including step by step videos and instructions that will leave you with a fully functional website that has the ability to earn revenue.
I wholly recommend that everyone try the free membership before committing to premium. However, if you are anything like me and you can see the value and potential you will likely choose to go premium at some point. The Premium Membership allows you access the full suite of training modules.
In my opinion the training alone is worth more than the cost of membership and that’s without all of the other benefits we have mentioned such as hosting and support.
There are now 3 premium option plans depending on your budget and what works best for you. Monthly at $49 per month (you get the first month for $19). Six monthly at $234 which works out at $39 per month, or annually at $359 which works out to $29.92 per month
Free vs Premium Is It Worth It?
I absolutely recommend that anybody who wants to work for themselves and have the flexibility to say when and where, GIVE THE FREE OPTION A GO. With 7 days of free training and support and 2 free websites to keep and develop for me it’s a no brainer.
Most people once they begin very quickly see the benefits and sign up for the Premium Membership but that is entirely up to you. Let’s look at the options side by side.
The Proof Is In The Pudding
So can you really make money with Wealthy Affiliate? ABSOLUTLEY YES. I Could talk about my own experience and how I have the freedom to decide when and where to work. But what about other members.
Let’s have a look at a few who started as completed beginners. Remember these are people that decided to complete to the training and make it work. They all started where you are today.
Grace is or “Little Mama” as she is known at WA is an inspiration for stay at home mums. She joined Wealthy Affiliate and completed all of the training determined to be able to earn money while spending time with her kids.
You can see that by the end of 2018 she already has a $40k per year income and has recently posted an update to say she is on target for $60k in 2019. Click here or on the image to read her story
Jerry is a high school dropout who started with Wealthy Affiliate at just 21 with no experience but a lot of desire. He was working as a barista but spent his spare time learning all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
In just 10 months by October 2018 he had his first month of earning over $6k. He has since just launched his own affiliate course in Chinese and earnt over $100k in one week all thanks to what he learnt at WA. Click here or on the image to read Jerrys post
John is from snowy Sweden and in January 2019 he had ONE DAY where he earnt almost $4k. He writes in his post about not giving up and how it took him 7 months to actually earn his first commission. Click here or on the image to read Johns post.
There are thousands of other members with similar stories and if you SIGN UP FOR THE FREE MEMBERSHIP they are all inside to talk to, learn from and connect with. It really is just a matter of following the training and doing the work!
Wealthy Affiliate An Overview – Let’s Sum It Up
Wealthy Affiliate has everything you need to develop you own business and make a living online whether you are looking to earn $1000 per month or $10,000. The step-by-step training guides you through the process and is easy to follow even for a complete novice.
You have access to a support team 24/7 as well as from the community consisting of thousands of experienced online entrepreneurs. The additional tools that WA provide would cost more than the monthly membership if you would buy them individually from another provider.
My recommendation if you are serious about wanting to work for yourself and generate a great income online is to sign up for the free membership and get access to two free websites and the starter training.What have you got to lose, absolutely nothing and you never know it might just change your life.