Review of Wealthy Affiliate
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Price: Starter Membership: Free. Monthly Premium Membership: $49. Yearly Premium Membership: $495
Type: Affiliate Marketing
Overall Rank: 10 out of 10
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an Internet marketing company whose main products include website hosting, website registration, a stand-alone keyword research tool called Jaaxy, and an ongoing Internet marketing training platform.
What I Liked about Wealthy Affiliate
1. You can do it without giving up any payment information
I liked the fact that you can try it for free. Not only can you try it for free, they don’t collect any payment information at all until you’re ready to join so you don’t have to worry about anybody charging your card without permission.
You can also choose to promote the company without paying any kind of membership fees at all. Of course there are way more benefits to being a paid member, like more hosted sites, your own domain, free access to Jaaxy Lite, double commissions, and access to more training, but yes, you can promote this business without investing a dime.
2. It works well alone or as part of a team
Wealthy Affiliate can easily be the only business you promote because it has value, great services, and great compensation.
However, you can choose not to promote it and still make money by using the training and services to promote other businesses.
For example, I registered ComCapU.com to help people make money, but I also registered a fitness site to profit from the health industry. On top of that, one of my favorite hobbies is playing the Xbox One, so I registered a gamer site as well.
If I’d wanted to, I could’ve chosen to make money promoting fitness and video game products without ever mentioning money-making opportunities. Wealthy Affiliate makes it possible to make money from literally any industry you want to get into.
3. I didn’t need to learn a lot of technical stuff
Wealthy Affiliate did for website setup what Microsoft did for computer software. They didn’t invent it, but they made the user experience so easy that you enjoyed using their system over everyone else’s.
I was using Host Gator for web hosting before I joined Wealthy Affiliate. One of the most irritating things I had to do was set up WordPress on their server.
They had a web based method that was supposed to simplify it. It was too slow and confusing trying to figure out where to put all the usernames so I ended up downloading WS FTP Home to speed it up.
Faster, yes, but it could still be confusing at times, and it was hard trying to remember my password because WordPress has complicated requirements for their passwords to make sure no one gets hacked.
With Wealthy Affiliate, you literally just click one button and WordPress is set up for you. You also get the option of logging in through the system so you don’t have to remember your WordPress password.
4. It addresses the elephant in the room that no one ever talks about
Attrition is when the people you sponsor quit or cancel their memberships. It’s the biggest problem Internet marketers have to face, which is partly how I found Wealthy Affiliate in the first place.
I started noticing patterns after being in so many business opportunities over the years. I noticed that, regardless of what business I promoted, there were certain tools of the trade that I had to have.
I was in and out of about 10-15 businesses during my first 3 years of Internet marketing, but the one thing that remained constant during that time was that I needed a web site to promote whatever business I was in. The web hosting fee always got paid regardless of what business I was promoting.
I needed a way to register those web sites and then I had to find a way to do keyword research after Keyword Planner got taken off the web by Google.
I also realized that even though the Internet can be a great source of income, it can also be a quick way to lose money if you don’t know what you’re doing, so I needed steady training.
And finally, let’s not forget about the need to follow up with prospects.
Later, I had the bright idea to build a business around those products and services because I needed them regardless of what business I’m promoting. A few Google searches later, I found an article about Wealthy Affiliate and all my needs had been answered.
That’s training, web hosting, registration, and the best keyword research tool on the market, in one place.
Does this make sense to you? As Internet marketers, these services are must-haves. The only reason to ever cancel is if your client isn’t making enough money. So if you refer people and help them accomplish their goals, there’s never a reason to cancel their memberships regardless of whether they promote the same business for 10 years, switch businesses every two months like I used to do, or just run a personal blog that they have no intention of making money from. It doesn’t matter. Your income would just keep growing.
5. I get what I could never get from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media
The Wealthy Affiliate system revolves around creating content for a blog, be it written or video. This content is then used to generate traffic, which ultimately turns into sales.
Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great for generating traffic. The thing I don’t like is that you never get a break from it. When you stop promoting on social media, your traffic goes way down.
Also, everything you put on social media belongs to the owner of that site, so if you post a video on YouTube, it belongs to YouTube and they can close your account whenever they want without giving you notice.
A former business associate of mine lost his account because one of his competitors went through his account and flagged every video for no reason. YouTube closed his account. Every video was lost. I’ve heard horror stories of stuff like this happening with Facebook and Instagram as well.
With Wealthy Affiliate, every article you write is still yours.
Every video you upload belongs to you.
On top of that, you learn how to get good ranking on Google. If you can secure a good ranking for a good keyword, it’ll turn into a steady supply of leads from one piece of content, which doesn’t happen with social media.
Don’t get me wrong, social media is still great for traffic generation, but use it together with what you learn from WA to make things easier to sustain over the long run.
What I Didn’t Like about Wealthy Affiliate:
Wealthy Affiliate is only 1 of 2 money-making programs that I cannot think of anything negative to say about.
If I really wanted to nitpick just to have something to write is this area, I could complain that it isn’t network marketing.That’s a good thing for some people, but I like network marketing because it’s a great way to leverage your income, meaning you make money off your personal sales as well as your team’s sales.
But honestly, if I wasn’t just nitpicking for the sake of having something to write in this section, I really wouldn’t have anything to write. I have no complaints.
Who is Wealthy Affiliate For?
When answering this question, we have to start with the products they offer, which are web site hosting with a major focus on blogging, web site registration, training, and a keyword research tool. That being said, the people who would benefit most from WA are:
- Internet marketers
- Network marketers
- Affiliate marketers
- Unemployed people
- People needing part time work / extra income
- Anyone wanting to turn a hobby into an income
- People who want to get away from MLM
- Anyone needing website hosting
- College students
- Entreprenuers who have limited investment money
Wealthy Affiliate Products, Tools, Services & Training
The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool
The keyword research tool, Jaaxy, has it’s own review because it’s a stand-alone product that used to be sold separately for $49 per month. Then one day, out of nowhere, the owners decided they’d be serving us better by giving it to us for free since keyword research is a vital part of Internet marketing and some people couldn’t afford the extra $49.
That shows they really care about our success, and it was the moment when I decided to give Wealthy Affiliate my all. You can’t fail with that kind of leadership.
This is the main product. You get 25 hosted websites under the siterubix.com domain and another 25 websites that can be registered as their own domain name, which are probably more than you’ll ever need.
You can also expect certain features that usually cost extra to be included at no extra charge with WA, like SSL security, high speed, and spam blocking that actually works.
I was using Go Daddy before I found WA. I save about 50% on every registered website because domain privacy, which costs an extra $14 on Go Daddy, is free with WA.
There is a library of banners to choose from in whatever shape or size you may need.
Stats are kept day to day including a section for you to view all of your referrals and set the messages sent to them automatically upon joining.
This is most important out of the bunch because none of those other services mean anything if you don’t know how to use them. You get access, as a Premium member, to all the training you’ll ever need. Some of it comes from the owners, Kyle and Carson; and some from other members.
A word of caution though…
The owners are marketing geniuses. I highly recommend listening to whatever tips they give.
I’m a little skeptical about taking advice from the rest of the community unless I know what level of success they’ve achieved.
It’s nice having an army of entrepreneurs eager to help you, but some just aren’t qualified to help you so I’d recommend you start by referring to the training lessons when you need help. If that doesn’t work, contact your direct sponsor.
You’ll have access to an Affiliate Certification course that will teach you everything you need to know to be successful with affiliate marketing.
You’ll have access to an Affiliate Boot camp that’ll teach you everything you need to know to market Wealthy Affiliate successfully.
Once a week, usually Friday at 8PM EST, you’ll get access to a live training.
There are also virtual classrooms and live video classes that go deeper in depth about various marketing topics, like getting started, how to use WordPress, how to write content, social media marketing, email marketing, and SEO (search engine optimization).
Here’s a video I took of me asking the community a question. The answer I got kept me from making a big mistake that could’ve cost me rankings on Google if I hadn’t had access to this training system.
Wealthy Affiliate Support
Support is very fast. I haven’t had many issues, but when I do, someone always gets back to me within an hour.
How Can You Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?
The 1st way is to promote the company. The compensation plans are covered below.
The 2nd way is to become a Premium member and make money by creating training content. This option is available after you’ve been Premium for 3 months. Kyle and Carson can choose to pay you for quality training content that helps the company grow.
The 3rd way is to follow the 4 Step process (shown below) to create a website and use it to make money doing pretty much whatever you want to do.
Wealthy Affiate Compensation Plan and Payment Method
As a Free Starter Member, you get…
- 25% of all your Wealthy Affiliate sales
- 25% of all your Jaaxy sales
As a Premium member, you get…
- 50% of all your Wealthy Affiliate sales
- 50% of all your Jaaxy sales
- $1 for all Free members that you refer as long as there’s a 1:5 upgrade to paid ratio.
- $1 for all websites registered by your referrals
Payouts are made via PayPal once per month. You can set your minimum payout to anything from $10-5,000.
Wealthy Affiliate Price – Free vs Premium
Option #1: Starter Membership – Free (Click to join)
Option #2: Premium Membership – $49 per month (Click to join)
There are no up-sells but you do get the option to save 39% by getting a yearly membership.
My Final Opinion of Wealthy Affiliate
To be perfectly honest, when I first learned of Wealthy Affiliate, I knew I still wanted to make money online, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it in the money-making industry. After all, you don’t have to be in the money-making industry to make money even though a lot of network marketers try to make it seem that way.
At first, I was trying to decide between joining my friend’s MLM company, promoting a group-funded crypto-currency business, or promoting a fitness site. Wealthy Affiliate wasn’t even a consideration for a while.
As I considered each business, strange things kept happening…
- I registered websites to set up blogs for each business.
- I needed web hosting for each of the websites that I registered.
- I did keyword research for each blog post regardless of the business.
All roads kept leading back to Wealthy Affiliate no matter what I did.
That’s when the choice became obvious to put some effort into Wealthy Affiliate because I’m an Internet marketer, I need their products anyway, and it just makes sense.
And to help you get off to a great start, after you’ve joined, I’m going to give you access to the 23 Step Blog Post Checklist that Wealthy Affiliate marketers have been using for years to turn our sites into profitable authority sites.
Just send me a private message asking for it after you’ve created your free account.
FINAL RATING: 10 out of 10
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