A Review About Wealthy Affiliate

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A Quick Overview

Is Wealthy Affiliate legit or a scam?

If you are looking a way to make money online from the comfort of your house and you are tired from all the scams out there you will find this review really interesting.

Wealthy Affiliate Review

Websitewww.WealthyAffiliate.com (affiliate link)

Price: $0 Starter Membership (no credit card needed)

Premium: $49 Per Month + FREE Domain – $41.42/mo billed yearly ($497)

Premium Plus+: $99 per month + TWO FREE Domains – $58.08/mo billed yearly ($697)

Owners: Kyle & Carson

Verdict: Legit (Try it, you will be positively surprised)

It’s perfectly designed for beginners who want to start an online business with free and easy to follow online courses. It also offers all the necessary tools to people that already have a successful online business and want to take it to the next level. So, is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? The answer is no. Basically, it’s the largest internet marketing training community out there today and it exists for more than 10 years. So you can be sure it’s not a scam.

(This post contains affiliate links. That does NOT mean you will pay extra if you buy anything mentioned here).  

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate above all is a community, a network of entrepreneurs that really help each other out and are ready to offer advice at any time. You can actually talk with the founders of Wealthy Affiliate (Kyle & Carson) and ask them for help. They offer a very good training course for beginners which is very well structured, organized and up to date with many videos and tutorials so everyone can create a functioning website really fast.

It’s a step-by-step process where everything is explained, from how to choose your niche and your domain name to how you can increase your website’s traffic and rank on the first page of Google’s search results. Of course, you can proceed at your own pace. There are no deadlines or extra charges. One of the best things that are offered to you is the Live Chat where you can interact with the other members 24/7 and have direct access to community experts.

The first 10-lessons of the Online Entrepreneur Certification. You can access them for free. 
Wealthy Affiliate training

So what else does Wealthy Affiliate offer?

Besides all the free access to classrooms and courses you also have access to a keyword tool at no extra cost, thousands of different features to add to your site, free hosting, and 1 websites for free. You also have access to thousands of templates and themes to choose from and unlimited support. You will never need to look elsewhere for extra tools for your website. It’s all there at the same price. No extra charges are waiting for you down the road.

But the best part is that you can start for free and stay a free member for as long as you like. There is no time limit. You will decide when and if you want to join. Of course, you will not have access to a number of tools and features that are only available to premium members. But if you really want to learn how to become an online marketer the Premium Membership is the place to be. 

Even if you can’t decide your niche and what your website should be about Wealthy Affiliate has created an extra training course for that. It’s called Affiliate Bootcamp. It will show you how to create a website about Online marketing. So, your niche will be online business and how to make money online. The training will teach you all the ways  you can money from your website. For example how to create and manage a PPC campaign, how to use social media, how to SEO your website, etc.

I strongly recommend you though to choose another niche for your first website. The reason i say that is because online marketing is very competitive niche and it can be very difficult to make money with it. Especially for beginners who have no experience in online marketing. 

At this point, i would like to talk about the hosting in Wealthy Affiliate. First of all, hosting is included in the Premium membership. But for $49 per month, you don’t just get hosting for one website. You can actually host 10 different websites of your own domains (yourwebsite.com) or 10 free websites at a sub-domain (yourwebsite.siterubix.com).

The only extra cost inside Wealthy Affiliate is the cost of the domain name. If you decide to buy your own domain of course. But owning your own domain name is a huge advantage. It’s like the difference between renting an apartment and owning one.

For $49 per month, you can get a lot more than what other hosting companies offer:

Pagely (5 Websites) = $199 per month

WPEngine (10 Websites) = $115 per month

Kinsta (10 Websites) = $200 per month

Wealthy Affiliate (10 Websites) = $49 per month! (included with Premium)

On average a domain name costs $12 per year in Wealthy Affiliate.  

Wealthy Affiliate tools and features

One of the things that make Wealthy Affiliate stand out from the rest is that they constantly update their platform. I joined them in August 2016 and during my first 12 months as a premium member they have rolled out a number of updates.

They updated their hosting service. For example, they released something called Site Speed. If your website is hosted in WA you don’t need a cache plugin anymore. They incorporated that inside their hosting infrastructure. You no longer have to worry about your site’s speed.

They offered SSL certificates to all their premium members for all their websites. That means your websites in Wealthy Affiliate will be HTTPS and not HTTP. Google has announced that when it comes to ranking HTTPS is a factor. Of course, enabling the SSL certificate in Wealthy Affiliate is not only free but it can be done with just one click. 

They updated their training. In 2017 they created and released new training courses and lessons. They removed lessons that were no longer relevant and replaced them with new ones. Their training covers all the latest developments that appeared in online marketing. That is something you don’t see very often in the other training programs.

The training is constantly updated and new material is always added. 

More Wealthy Affiliate features:

  • A website feedback tool
  • A website comment tool
  • Access to Live Webinars. There is a live webinar every Friday. The webinars are recorded and they are available for you to watch them anytime you want. 
  • Interactive classes where you can ask questions and receive answers
  • Website Analysis
  • Private Messaging 
  • Free affiliate program. WA affiliate program is available to the Starter members too. You don’t have to become a Premium member in order to have access to their affiliate program. 
  • Affiliate program search tool. You don’t have to search on Google to find affiliate programs relevant to your niche. Wealthy Affiliate has already done that for you. 

Wealthy Affiliate search tool feature

As a premium member you also have access to Jaaxy at no extra cost. Jaaxy is a keyword and research platform designed for affiliate marketers. You can try Jaaxy for free and find out if it is the right one for you. 

Wealthy Affiliate keyword research tool

In my opinion Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best affiliate marketing training programs. The fact that they keep updating their tools and services proves that. If you want to start your own online business and learn how to become an online marketer it’s going to be pretty difficult to find something similar for $49 per month.

Of course, no online training program is perfect. At first, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all the new information and lessons. Also, Wealthy Affiliate’s community is kind of addictive. You may end up spending more time interacting with other members than building your website. There are so much you can learn inside Wealthy Affiliate.

There is always the chance you might get distracted. Especially in the beginning. Their training is also more oriented towards beginners and marketers with a medium level of experience and expertise. 

Wealthy Affiliate is definitely a training program that is not going to disappoint you. If you take action and use everything it has to offer you can definitely succeed online. 

How much Wealthy Affiliate will cost you?

When you join Wealthy Affiliate there are two kinds of memberships offered to you.

Starter Membership: $0 (Join here) – There is no risk!

Premium Membership: $49 per month

Remember when you join as a starter you don’t have to provide any credit card number and you can remain a starter member for as long as you like. The starter membership is not a trial membership.

Final Thoughts 

I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and I don’t believe there is any other course out there that offers so much and it is so well organized. I would advise you to join us (after all it’s free) and check it out. You will know in the first couple of days if you found the opportunity you were looking for all this time.

Thank you in advance for reading my review and if you have any questions, an experience you want to share or if you want to know more leave me a comment below. 

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27 Responses

  1. Medu says:

    Hey there!

    A have a couple of quick questions: Is it possible to make money using the Starter Membership? If for some weird reason the website I build stops working, who do I talk to? Is there some kind of website support on Wealthy Affiliate? How do people actually make money on this program? Are there any additional expenses (upsells)? How long does it take before I start making money?

    These are some of the questions I have. Answering them will help me make a more informed decision. Thanks

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Medu and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. First of all, there are no additional expenses of any kind. The price is fixed and once you go premium you have full, unlimited access into everything the WA has to offer. So, no upsells.
      Yes, you can make money using the Starter membership. You can create, manage and promote two websites for as long as you like. If you experience any problems with your website there is 24/7 technical support to help you. You can ask for help and advises the most experienced members using the Live chat (Live Support) at any time. You can also contact the owners (Kyle & Carson) directly and they will offer you their help and experience.
      But you have to remember the live support and the direct communication with the starter membership is available the first 7 days.
      Now, as to how long it will take you to make money that also depends on you. You can’t expect to make thousands of dollars from the first month. An online business is similar to an offline. It takes time and you need to be patient and determined in order to succeed.
      Everything you will need to achieve your goals are already there at Wealthy Affiliate.

      • Ruth says:

        Can you help me with this. You havea website you promote right? I am still trying to figure this out.
        Thank you.

        • Nikos says:

          Hello Ruth,
          Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing course. They teach things like content marketing, content creation, SEO, PPC marketing, social media marketing, how to create a WordPress site from scratch and more. They also offer hosting, a keyword tool, technical support, etc. All at the same price ($49 per month). There are no extra costs.
          The best thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can join for free and see for yourself what the training is all about. If you don’t like it you can simply log out. No credit card is required to create an account or anything like that.

          You should not expect any miracles but in my opinion it’s a decent course and it’s affordable. After all, in the end it all depends on you, your content and how you approach your target audience.

  2. Reneea says:

    Nice walk-through of the Wealthy Affiliate program, sounds like a great choice.

  3. ChrisM says:

    I have only read nice reviews and positive comments about Wealthy Affiliate. I think i will try it. Nice review.

    • Nikos says:

      Thank you ChrisM for your comment.Wealthy Affiliate is totally worth it and the best part is you can start for free and build 2 websites again for free.

  4. Jerry Sexton says:

    I also have read nothing but good things about WA. Looking into joining/starting now.

  5. Maxie L Bennett says:

    Great review! I need help choosing what business to develop. Should i look for one that is in a less competitive field so as to stand out from the crowd? Is there info available that would help find such opportunities? Thanks for an honest, straightforward opportunity!

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Maxie,
      There is always going to be competition. That shouldn’t scare or stop you. It’s just how things are. If there is no competition the chances are that market is not profitable. The most important thing to remember is to choose a niche you are passionate about. Something you enjoy talking about. Perhaps something you already have work experience or you are an expert in. But it must be something you like.

      If you want to find out if a niche is profitable you could use a number of tools. Google Trends for example will tell you how popular a niche really is. You can also type in your search bar “yourniche + affiliate programs” to find out products/services available in that niche. Take a look at your competition and the products they promote.
      Go to Amazon and type your niche or product ideas in their search bar. If there are plenty of products and reviews about them it means your niche is profitable.
      Do a Google search of keywords related to your niche.

      You could also use Google AdWords Keyword Planner to find out the number of searches your main keyword receives per month. It is a free to use tool but you must sign up for AdWords first. Or you could use any keyword tool you like.

      There is also training inside Wealthy Affiliate about how to choose a niche in case you decide to join. Even as a free member you will have access to a certain amount of training lessons. You could take a look at this lesson for example.

      Hoped i helped

  6. Jean Claude Bien Aime says:

    Thank you Nikos for your valuable article and your great advocacy for WA.
    I really appreciate your thoughts.
    From my side, I’m very interested by the training program. How long the training program takes? Does WA deliver a certificate of completion to the participant at the end of the training?
    Thank you in advance for your answer.
    Best regards.

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Jean Claude,
      First of all, thank you for your comment. To answer your first question there is not really a specific time frame. That depends on the individual and the amount of time you have. Everyone has its own way of learning and doing things.

      The training program in WA is basically categorized in 2 courses. The Certification course that teaches you how to create an online business in any niche you want. That consists of 50 lessons and it covers pretty much everything. From content creation, social media marketing, keywords, WordPress tutorials, etc.

      The other course is called Affiliate Bootcamp and its for people who want to create a website in the Online marketing niche and promote WA. The training is pretty similar to the other course but focuses more on that niche. That training consists of 60 lessons.

      Ideally you should do both courses even if you have no interest in that niche or promoting WA. The reason why you should do that is because there are some things in the Affiliate Bootcamp that can be used in any niche.

      Then there are also extra training lessons (not included in the 2 Courses). The owners (mostly Kyle) publishes new posts/training lessons to address certain new developments and trends. There are also webinars (there is a live webinar every Friday) and training from other WA members. There is a lot of training.

      As for your second question there is not really a certification. There are badges but that’s more an internal thing. The answer is no. You don’t get a certification at the end of the training. A successful online business is the best certification you can get. There are WA members who eventually became web designers and work as freelancers building sites for other people. In case that’s the reason you are asking about that. Once you learn and understand how to build a profitable business online you can repeat the process in any niche.

      Hope that answered your questions.

  7. Buddy says:

    Is Wealthy Affiliate an affiliate program in itself? In other words, are you provided with an affiliate link and cookies to track others that may be interested in joining Wealthy Affiliate and if so, is there a compensation plan? Are you creating a website or a blog because if your blog is created under their domain you won’t get much ranking with Google. If you already have a website or blog, is Wealthy Affiliate worth the investment?

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Buddy,
      Yes Wealthy Affiliate has an affiliate program that is available to both premium and Starter members. Starter Members earn $11.75 per montly sale and Premium members earn then $23.50. In other words you can promote Wealthy Affiliate without becoming a Premium member yourself.

      Websites using subdomains can also rank. There is no problem there. It might take a bit longer for Google to trust such a site but it will rank in the end. After all, it is all about your content. Most people (including me) prefer to own their domain name because that means you are in control of your website. Subdomains always come with limitations no matter the host.

      Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate training program and in my opinion is worth the money. You can simply apply the things you wil learn inside WA to your existing site. You can also transfer your site to WA.

      Hope that helps.

  8. Ryan A says:

    The guys at Wealthy Affiliate are legit. I almost joined several months back but didn’t due to a lack of ideas for a website to create. But folks there were always there offering to help and extend a hand if I were to have needed them in the future. And what was cool about those guys is that they weren’t pushy whatsoever with me about joining. I know that I could be seen as someone that’s posting on their behalf but I’m not. I’m just relaying my experience with them from the past and I KNOW all to well how hard it is to find a good gig to earn some money online and they seemed very promising. I wouldn’t expect overnight results with them but in the long run, you should see sonething positive as long as YOU are putting forth the effort with your website that you develope. Anyway, good luck. Ryan A.

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Ryan,
      I am sure there must be something you like to talk about or something that interests you. There is niche for everything. Take your time and in the end i am sure you will find yours. A good thing with Wealthy Affiliate is that you can remain a free member for as long as you like. You can build 2 free WordPress website on SiteRubix.com (Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting platform) and try things yourself.

      After all affiliate marketing is all about great quality content and offering a good User Experience (UX). If you do that you will make sales.

      Thank you for your comment,

  9. Michael Harrington says:

    Looks like a good opportunity.
    Does it include capture pages and follow ups?
    If so, do you have any examples??

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Michael,
      Wealthy Affiliate is a complete affiliate marketing training course that provides all the essential resources that can help you build yoour own affiliate marketing business. In any niche you want. You don’t have to promote Wealthy Affiliate if you don’t want to. There is of course training about creating capture pages like this one

  10. emre says:

    I live in Turkey and when I tried to join, It says your country is not supported. Why my country is not supported in your website?

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Emre,
      Some countries (9 or 10) don’t have access to the free Starter membership due to previous attempts of fraud and spam. I did’t know Turkey was on that list but if you tried to join for free and it automatically redirected you to the Premium Membership then i guess you can only join as a Premium member. Nothing i can do it’s a company policy.

  11. Imelda says:

    A great article,

    I really enjoyed reading the information that you have put together about Wealthy Affiliate and you explain in great detail what this business is all about. You have been open and honest in your review which is what I like the most so that people can try and see if it is right for them.

    I enjoy being a member of Wealthy Affiliate especially as the community is full of like minded individuals.

    Thank you 

  12. Kolade says:

    Thanks Nikos for the amazing article.

    I will love to ask, is it a must to have website built on the wealthy Affiliate platform. What if I had an already made website on wordpress?

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Kolade,
      No you don’t have to build or move your site on Wealthy Affiliate. You can still follow the training and take advantage of all the tools WA has to offer. Hosting is just one of them. You can always move your sites to WA at a later time or move your sites from WA to another host anytime you want.

      My suggestion to you is to create a free WA account and take a look at WA yourself. WA training teaches people how to build affiliate sites using WordPress and how to use WordPress. Among other things of course. You can use that training to make your site better without having to move your site to WA.

  13. Alum Dawnfloy says:

    Thanks for the elaborate explanation.l am eager to make genuine money online in order to make ends meet.l hope that with your guide,l will be able to know how it works and what is involved.From Nigeria

  14. Diallo says:

    Super intéressant

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