Can You Really Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?
And just who or what is Wealthy Affiliate anyway?
Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.
Since that time, literally thousands of people have been able to become financially independent with the help of the team at Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
For the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.
When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”.
It’s as simple as that! Well….. maybe not quite that simple. Creating engaging copy is something that most people can learn to do with practice. You’ll also need to either already know the answers or be prepared to do the research. You’ll only have to do that research one time though.
Once your article is published it becomes a permanent part of the World Wide Web, and could continue to earn you a passive income for many years to come. All you need to do then is “rinse and repeat”. It can seem a bit daunting at first, but a little help goes a long way. That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in.
The founders of WA, (let’s call it that from here on) Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim, have put together an incredibly informative and helpful program designed to lead you step by step through the labyrinth of internet marketing.
Now let’s look at some of the Pros and Cons of Wealthy Affiliate.
.The Co$t: Let’s get this out of the way first.
You can become a WA member for free. You don’t have to provide credit card details or commit to anything except being prepared to give it your best shot. This is exactly what I recommend to anyone considering giving affiliate marketing a try. “Why”, I can hear you ask, “if their program is so good, would they give it away for free?”
Well, the answer simply is that Kyle and Carson believe passionately in the try before you buy philosophy. In my opinion any company offering a program like this should have no problem with making such an offer. If you aren’t happy after giving it a good ol’ College Try, as they say in the US, then we can all part on good terms.
The free membership gives you full access to all the resources for a trial period so you can then make an informed decision as to whether the program is a good fit for you. You have the opportunity to create two free websites of your own and you’ll be given full training and full access to the WA community support base. You also have access to ongoing training modules.
After the trial period you can stay on as a free member if you wish, and yes, you still get to keep the two free websites. (Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?) Another bonus here is that once learned, the information you’ve received can’t be taken away.
Should you opt to upgrade to Premium Membership the cost is $49 per month, (USD) but that’ll be reduced to $19 for the first month if you upgrade within 10 days. This actually represents great value, which you’ll see for yourself after you’ve dipped your toes into the waters. The $49 monthly membership includes web hosting for up to 25 of your own domains plus 25 shared-domain sites.
Website hosting alone can easily cost over $200.00 USD a year for just one site as an individual!
Plus, the Wealthy Affiliate website hosting server is one of the fastest servers (if not the fastest) in the world. Fast load speeds mean that WA members have a real edge over the competition when it comes to search engine rankings.
They also include secure https:// hosting and heaps of extra features that others will only supply as upsells. With WA there’s no such thing as upsells. All features are available to all Premium members. You even get free access to Jaaxy, one of the absolute best keyword research tools on the market.
There’s no compulsion to upgrade, though, so you’ve really got nothing to lose, have you?
One thing I’d stress here though, is that there’s no point in upgrading if you aren’t prepared to put in some effort. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme or a hands-off, autopilot, money-making machine.
Affiliate marketing will not make you a millionaire overnight. In fact, I’ll let you in on a secret. At the time of writing this (Dec 2016) I’ve been a WA Premium member for just under two months. Want to know how much I’ve earned so far from my WA websites? Zip. Zero, Nada. (See update below)
But you know what? I spend a minimum of two to three hours most days creating content and working through the training modules because I know this is what I’ve been looking for. I know that by putting in the effort now I’m building my future.
In time, and probably sooner rather than later, my pages will start to show up in Google searches and I’ll be able to incorporate ads and links that will begin to produce income. You work and learn at your own pace. There are no time limits on completing the modules or submitting assignments.
(UPDATE: After 12 months as a WA member, I now have six websites in total. I’m earning a small income from my efforts so far and look forward to increasing this as time goes by. As the song goes – The Only Way is Up!)
Aside from the moderate cost, the only possible downside (if you could call it that) of WA is the huge volume of training modules available. It can be almost overwhelming at first. The easy way however, is to start at the introductory phase and work your way through the courses step by step.
(Just to be transparent; yes, if you sign up via this link, I will receive a small commission. There’s no extra cost to you however, and who knows, it may be the start of a whole new career for you!)
You don’t have to just take my word for it though, here are some testimonials from others who have tried Wealthy Affiliate for themselves.
“This platform provides everything you could possibly need in starting an online business — especially if you’re a newbie. But there’s so much more, because seasoned marketing veterans can benefit just as well. For sure, Wealthy Affiliate is a thumbs-up proposition. Glad to be here. Looking forward to earning and learning.” Craig, WA member.
“Honestly speaking, I’m crazy about this community ever since I was exposed to unsuccessful online business and lost a lot money before. Wealthy Affiliate is the number 1 contender for me. I’ve got a successful website and domain through WA and I’m now only 2 months with the community but its like years now. I love simplicity, love and caring within the platform, more than help as requested and opportunity to explore online adventure.
Thanks to Kyle and Carson” Alfred, WA member
“I am so grateful for finding W A, I’ve struggled for 2 + years trying to figure out certain things and within days of being on here I’ve made my own website, understand about simple things like niches that didn’t seem at all simple before WA.
I Love the simplicity and how easy things are to understand and how everything is done in steps.
There really is NO way this wont work for you unless you don’t do something right yourself.
All the answers and help that I need are here and I will be around for a very long time. I love it.
Thank you Kyle and Carson for such a great site.” Nicky, WA member.
“There is no doubt in my mind. Had I found WA 5 years ago when I started looking into online marketing, I would definitely have a very well established online business by now.
Words can’t really explain how highly I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. It’s perfect to get you going with your online business journey.” Daymo, WA member.
A further update: If you follow this link you’ll see a post from within the Wealthy Affiliate site written by a fellow member, Eddy. He’s been with WA for quite a while now, and in this post he shares some details of his latest earnings. (As of March 2018)
So who can benefit from joining Wealthy Affiliate?
Well, the answer here is just about anyone who;
a) is currently involved in internet marketing,
b) has an established online presence. (Bloggers, reviewers, celebrities etc) or
c) is looking to set up some form of online business.
No previous experience is required. I knew almost nothing about websites or blogs before I started. I’m still a long way from being an expert, but I am being taught by experts.
Because of the way affiliate marketing works, it can be easily married with any sort of online presence, without detracting from whatever the main theme of the post/site is.
Let’s face it, if you visit a fashion blog or a travel site, are you really going to be put off by a few discrete ads or links? Especially if they relate to the online subject matter? Of course not!
Online support is yours whenever you may need it. Because WA is a global community, there is pretty much always someone online who will be only too happy to help you out if you happen to get stuck with something. I personally was blown away by just how supportive everyone in WA is. Members even have direct access to Kyle via his personal profile. (Let’s not forget though, that he’s a busy man and can’t always reply immediately) Rest assured, you will get a reply, which is more than can be said for most online organizations.
The Site Support crew are also incredibly helpful. Most queries are answered within minutes (24/7) and issues quickly resolved. Believe me, I’ve had occasion to call on them a few times. I knew almost nothing about websites before I started but the training and help make it all just soooo easy.
So, to answer the question posed in my heading: No, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely NOT a scam. What it also isn’t though, is a get-rich-quick scheme. Should you decide that WA is for you, you’ll need to be prepared to put in some time and effort. This is your future we’re talking about here, after all.
That’s not to say that you’ll need to work full time to be successful.
If you can, so much the better, though I’d be inclined to think that you might become a bit overwhelmed by all the training if you try to do too much at once. As I said earlier, I put in 2 to 3 hours most days. Actually, about 5 days per week. That’s less than 15 hours/week.
Another update: After seeing moderate success I’ve increased my workrate to about 20 hours per week. There’s nothing like results to give you motivation)
For an example of the training provided, Click Here and you’ll be taken to a page where you can look at the first of many course modules. In all, there are 60 modules in the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, and lots more training being added all the time!
If I had to give the Wealthy Affiliate program a score out of 100, I’d be giving around 98. No organization is perfect, after all, but as one with experience from “inside” so to speak, this is as close as any such scheme I’ve encountered. And yes, I’ve tried a few over the years. My biggest regret is that I didn’t find out about WA years ago!
And so now it’s over to you. Do you keep doing the same old things you’ve been doing, or do you grab the chance now to create a whole new career for yourself?
The choice is yours. Remember, Today in the First Day of the Rest of Your Life. Let’s make it a good one.
My recommendation for anyone wanting to earn money from home, or thinking about starting a business from scratch with minimal outlay, is to follow this link and check out WA today. Your future self will thank you!
I’ll look forward to seeing you on the inside.
Thomas. AKA BusyBee.