Welcome to this article on WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEWS AND COMPLAINTS for 2018.
In this post, I aim to answer the questions you most probably have on your mind. I know I did when I was first looking:
IS WEALTHY AFFILIATE A SCAM OR NOT?
I’ll answer that question with a question for you: if it really was a scam why would they offer you FREE MEMBERSHIP with a whopping 20 Entry Level Lessons and free access to two Online Classrooms – with no time limit or obligation to commit further?
CAN I MAKE MONEY ON WEALTHY AFFILIATE?
Whether you are a net newbie or an established online business owner, affiliate or network marketer, or a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ small business owner looking to build an online presence, there is always room to develop your skills further.
Wealthy Affiliate is, if you like, a ‘one stop shop’ educational, website hosting and publishing platform which will give you all the skills, services and support you need to start, manage and grow a successful online marketing business or create a dynamic online presence for a ‘bricks and mortar’ business.
It is geared entirely around teaching and helping its’ Members – YOU – whatever your prior experience, to use the internet to grow your business and generate multiple passive income steams with the latest blogging and online marketing techniques, taking you to full self-empowerment rather than just self-employment.
At the end of the day, it’s not the amount of training OR the support that will determine your level of success. It’s what YOU do with it.
Before I go into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of my review, I would like to give you a brief statistical overview along with my own ratings out of 10 based on my personal experience as a Member.
Name: Wealthy Affiliate (Niche Marketing Inc.)
Address: Box 18 2354, Millstream Road, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V9B 6L2
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Year Founded: 2005
Membership: Around 1.5 Million Worldwide
Corporate Team: Around 25
Website URL: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
Website Building Platform: 9.5
Wordpress Hosting: 9.5
Research Tools: 10
Success Stories: 9
Price: Starter Member FREE / Premium Member US$49 per month or $359 per year
Learn-To-Earn-Online.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10 – OUTSTANDING
INTRODUCING KYLE AND CARSON
Kyle is the ‘Public Face’, if you like, of Wealthy Affiliate. He is a highly experienced and accomplished online marketer and he will be taking you through the training modules as you watch over his shoulder in the step by step, intuitive videos.
Carson’s background is computer science and he is the brains behind the awesome technology of Wealthy Affiliate. He is more ‘behind the scenes’ striving to keep Wealthy Affiliate at the pinnacle of technical excellence. He will happily help you with any technical issues you may experience at any time.
WHAT ABOUT WEALTHY AFFILIATE COMPLAINTS
There is some negative commentary out there, but in all honesty the biggest critics of Wealthy Affiliate are Kyle and Carson. They are the first to acknowledge that the system is not perfect – and let’s be honest, no system is perfect – and they are both constantly striving to improve the user experience and give us Members the best they possibly can.
To be blunt, the bulk of the gripes come from people in the following categories:
Former Members who joined with unrealistic expectations of being millionaires in a few months. They may have dabbled but were not persistent or consistent in doing the training and may not have actually applied what they learned. Some may never have even started the training in the first place…….we get ’em all!
Then there are people promoting other products and services who feel they need to use negative psychology and talk down the competition rather than talk up what they’re offering. Sad, but it’s a fact of life. Thankfully, they are the minority and usually pretty easy to spot!
Wealthy Affiliate makes no bones about not being a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. It takes focus, time and above all patience, and for those who stick with it and apply themselves consistently the results are evident in the many personal success stories from Members the World over.
Almost all of the most successful people in Wealthy Affiliates started part-time, working around job and family commitments. They simply know how to use what time they have productively and efficiently. These are the people who understand that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary!
WEALTHY AFFILIATE PROGRAMS – SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
Learning what works today and will work tomorrow is key to your success in the affiliate marketing space. At Wealthy Affiliate, you will get the most up to date and relevant training available, with new resources being added in the ever evolving online World.
There is a clearly defined 4 Step Process to building a business online which anyone can follow regardless of gender, age, background, education, experience or location in the World. The internet is the ultimate ‘leveller’ and success does not discriminate!
The most obvious, and most effective, thing to do when choosing an interest is to choose something which you yourself are passionate about, like a favourite hobby. For example, my Wife Raquel and I are both into natural health and wellness, so I could research and develop niches in any of the following:
• Vitamin supplements
• Chemical free home care products
• Organic skin care
• Healing with Essential Oils
• Natural energy boosting products for sports people
To name but a few.
To date, there are around 750,000 affiliate programmes out there in various niches offering over 500 million products online. With a little diligence, you could find one that resonates with you and learn how to monetize it with Wealthy Affiliate.
Are you blown away? You damn well ought to be, so go ahead – try us out FOR FREE!
Before I get into the specifics of the training at Wealthy Affiliate, I want you know that if you have any questions, please feel free to scroll down to the bottom and put them in the comments box, and I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.
So…..either write it down or scroll on and do it now before you forget what you wanted to ask!
THE BEST ONLINE MARKETING COURSES – STEP BY STEP AND EASY TO FOLLOW
There are two separate, task based courses in which the lessons are a mix of text and video tutorials where Kyle gives you an ‘over the shoulder’ walk through of everything involved. You can do either one or you can do both in whatever order you wish.
These are the
• ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR CERTIFICATION (50 Lessons)
• AFFILIATE BOOTCAMP TRAINING (70 Lessons).
Let’s look at each of these in turn:
THE ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR CERTIFICATION TRAINING
The Online Entrepreneur Certification course consists of 5 Phases each of 10 Modules and walks you through the process of creating and growing a business within absolutely any niche you like.
Phase 1 – Getting Started (Free and Premium Members)
Phase 2 – Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website (Premium Members)
Phase 3 – Making Money! (Premium Members)
Phase 4 – Mastering Social Engagement (Premium Members)
Phase 5 – Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation (Premium Members)
THE AFFILIATE BOOTCAMP TRAINING
The Affiliate Bootcamp consists of 7 Phases each of 10 Modules which walk you through the process of creating and growing a business by promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
Phase 1 – Getting Your Business Rolling (Free and Premium Members)
Phase 2 – Content, Keywords and Conversions (Premium Members)
Phase 3 – Giving Your Site Social Value (Premium Members)
Phase 4 – Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media (Premium Members)
Phase 5 – Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals (Premium Members)
Phase 6 – Bing, Yahoo & The Power of PPC (Premium Members)
Phase 7 – How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns (Premium Members)
AND THAT’S NOT ALL…..!
As well as the two courses, there are:
• Weekly live, interactive video classes which are archived so you can catch up if you couldn’t make the live class.
• Over 1000 video and text based tutorials from experienced fellow Members which you can access any time.
• 24/7 live chat forum within the community.
• 24/7 technical support with an average 5 minute response time.
SUPPORT WITHIN A CARING COMMUNITY
Wealthy Affiliate’s greatest asset is its’ Community – your fellow Members who all started out the same as you – from scratch, as you can do right here and now FOR FREE.
One of the biggest frustrations I had in other programmes I’d been in was having nobody to ask for help when I got stuck.
Many of the Ambassadors in Wealthy Affiliate (the highest ranking Members) have years of experience and are happy to give back the knowledge they have gained and the support they themselves received in their early days. This ‘pay it forward’ spirit within the Community is what makes Wealthy Affiliate both special and unique in the online marketing World and both Kyle and Carson spend much of their time in the Community helping people out in real time.
Where else would you get direct access to the CEOs without even being a paying Customer?! I don’t know of anywhere and I think it’s absolutely awesome that Wealthy Affiliate places that kind of emphasis on supporting and helping its’ Members.
BUILD, MANAGE AND GROW YOUR WEBSITES ON THE SiteRubix PLATFORM
Here at Wealthy Affiliate, we understand that your website and your online business are one and the same, and we know how vitally important it is for you to have the most advanced technology to keep your business fully operational 24/7.
SiteRubix is Wealthy Affiliate’s own platform for building, managing and hosting WordPress websites.
• Free Starter Members get 2 free SiteRubix.com websites. Simply CLICK HERE and you can be up and running in minutes.
• Premium Members get 25 free SiteRubix.com websites and 25 websites on their own domains.
There are so many advanced and exciting features available with SiteRubix, that to list them all here would take up too much of your time right now, but in a nutshell SiteRubix allows you to:
• Register your own domains ‘in house’.
• build a WordPress website in under a minute on any of over 2000 WordPress themes with no knowledge of the complex html programming and technical know-how that were required in years gone by.
• create content with Wealthy Affiliates own bespoke Content Writer tool.
• have access to over 800,000 royalty free images.
• manage your website 24/7.
• host your website ‘in house’ for free.
Some of the features included in SiteRubix are listed below
• Site Builder (Free and Premium Members)
• Site Content (Free and Premium Members)
• Site Domains (Free and Premium Members)
• Site Manager (Free and Premium Members)
Should you choose to upgrade to Premium Membership, you will also have available to you a number of EXCLUSIVE SiteRubix technologies to make your website secure from hackers and spammers and also lightning fast.
• Site Speed
• Site Protect
• Site SSL
• Site Comments
• Site Feedback
• Site Support
So, there you have the SiteRubix platform in a Nutshell, and your website will be officially up and running in a few quick, simple steps. As we help you move forward with your training, you will be building out your website content and learning how to get it indexed and ranked in the Search Engines for free, which will save you a fortune in paid advertizing!
By following the training, you will be able to build a WordPress website from scratch in under a minute, even if you have never done it before!
BEST FREE WORDPRESS HOSTING WITH WEALTHY AFFILIATE
Wealthy Affiliate truly specializes in providing you with a fast, secure and robust platform for you to run your website and the powerful hosting you have access to is unparalleled in the managed WordPress hosting industry.
Premium Members have access to managed and automated monitoring, 24/7/365 site support, virus and malware protection, and the most powerful servers out there – the equivalent of external hosting packages that would normally come in at $250-300 per month!
EXCEL IN ANY NICHE WITH THE PROPER RESEARCH TOOLS
Research is fundamental to the success of any business and Wealthy Affiliate uses an amazing Keyword Research platform called JAAXY which allows you to zero in on what people are looking for on the internet. So let me just give you a quick overview of the Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool.
Jaaxy is so incredibly functional, it is referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of keyword research tools!
Let me show you some of the awesome features of JAAXY
• Finds Keyword search volume
• Shows potential traffic volume
• Determines the difficulty of competition
• Finds related keyword data, effectively making it a Keyword discovery tool
• Alphabet Soup function which throws up an A – Z of related keywords
• Search Engine Results Page (SERP) analysis
• SERP competitive analysis
• Site rank check
• Domain availability
• Affiliate programme checker
• Auto rank tracking
• Keyword rank checker
• Keyword brainstorm tool linked to Google Trends – great for finding keywords linked to trending ‘hot topics’
• Keyword list facility where you can store all your researched high quality keywords
There are different membership levels of Jaaxy, and Lite membership is included in the cost of Premium Membership here at Wealthy Affiliate. JAAXY Lite gives you the following:
• Unlimited Keyword searches
• 20 Keyword results
• 25 saved Keyword lists
• 100 Site Rank scans
• 10 letter / alphabet soup results
• Manual quoted search result – the competition for that keyword
• Manual domain availability
• Affiliate programme search – to help you develop a money making niche
• Sort Keyword data
MEET ME AND THE LEADERS IN LAS VEGAS – AN AWESOME RECURRING INCENTIVE
Every year, Wealthy Affiliate send their top performing affiliates on a luxury, all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas on their 4 day Super Affiliate Conference!
Business is discussed during the day in an informal, fully catered ‘round table’ setting all geared around improving the Wealthy Affiliate user experience.
But it’s not all work and no play, as this picture of the happy 2018 Qualifiers shows!
The evenings are packed with entertainment from shows, the casinos, luxury dinners, craft beer and wine tasting, golf, bowling, etc. Not only is it ALL PAID FOR – you get spending money too!
To qualify, all you need to do is enrol a minimum of 300 new Premium Members between January 1st and December 31st and on New Year’s Day, the counter goes back to Zero. This applies to everyone who qualifies and not to a limited number. 2018 saw 15 Affiliates attend. More qualified, but family and other commitments can get in the way. Numbers are not limited – all who meet this criteria will qualify!
THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO JOIN US IN VEGAS IN 2019 – WILL YOU BE THERE?
THE BENEFITS OF WEALTHY AFFILIATE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
There are so many advantages to Premium Membership.
You can stay a Free Member of Wealthy Affiliate for as long as you like – it is not a Trial Period and you will never be put under any pressure to upgrade.
However, now that you have seen the comparison between Free and Premium memberships and the vast amount of additional benefits that come with Premium, I’m sure that once you’ve been with us a short while, you will wish to upgrade. TAKE A PEEK INSIDE to see the wealth of additional benefits of Premium membership.
Premium comes in at $49 per month (total over the year of $588) with your first month discounted to $18 if you upgrade within your first 7 days (down to $557 over the year).
You could save even more money by choosing to pay for your Premium membership annually for $359. That’s a saving of $229 or almost 40%!
You can choose to do this at any time after upgrading to Premium, you don’t have to do it straight away if you are unable or don’t wish to commit to a years’ membership.
Remember this is a BUSINESS and when you compare it to the cost of a franchise (equivalent to $60,000 in the UK), it is a bargain when you consider what it can give you without all the headaches associated with running a conventional ‘bricks and mortar’ business.
When I first started, I looked at it this way:
Monthly membership requiring a total investment of $588 over the year breaks down to $1.61 per day or $11 and a few cents a week which is roughly £8 here in the UK. What personal and non-essential luxuries could I sacrifice over the week to save that money and fund my own income producing asset which could make me very rich in a few short years?
Well, here is what £8 will buy me on this side of the Atlantic in 2018:
• Around 16 cigarettes out of a packet of 20 (I’m a non-smoker BTW, this is purely illustrative!)
• 2 pints of beer down the pub….or 1 pint and a glass of wine if I take the Wife with me!
• A bacon bap and a mug of tea at my favourite café in town twice in the week or…
• A latte and a blueberry muffin twice in the week at Starbucks if I’m feeling ‘posh’ and if it’s on special offer!
I’m sure, like me, you like to get the best deal. That $229 I saved myself by going annual will allow me to claw back an additional nice steaming mug of tea with a bacon bap at the café or a pint down the pub!
Upgrading to Premium membership is purely optional, there are people who have been in Wealthy Affiliate for years who are still on free membership and that’s fine. You won’t be pressured by any of those annoying upsells you get in the other programmes that are out there.
YOU CAN EARN AS YOU LEARN WITH WEALTHY AFFILIATE
In the early days whilst you are building your sites and waiting for your content to rank in the search engines and generate affiliate commissions, there are ways to use the knowledge and skill you will have built up so far to earn a decent offline income. Here are a few ways you could do it
• Become a Freelance Writer
• Build and manage websites for local small businesses
• Advize local businesses on SEO, social media marketing, analytics, etc
To name but a few. You will have the advantage here over other Web Managers working for local businesses. Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t only teach you the techie stuff, it teaches you marketing – how to write articles that get people to buy stuff and earn you or your clients money. It is a platform BUILT BY MARKETERS FOR MARKETERS.
IS WEALTHY AFFILIATE A SCAM OR NOT – THE FINAL WORD
Well, I went on a bit longer than I intended to there, folks, but there is so much exciting stuff going on at Wealthy Affiliate that I just got a little carried away! It is without a shadow of doubt the most innovative, forward thinking and cost effective online business building platform out there.
You can do your due diligence and check all of this out yourself FOR FREE and that is what I recommend you do before you part with any of your hard earned money.
Should you wish to upgrade to Premium at any time, you will have access to all of this for less than $1 per day if you choose to pay yearly. And I have no problem at all in sticking my neck out and saying what outstanding value that is!
So to wrap up, thank you so much for visiting my website and taking the time to read this review. I hope you have found it both informative and inspirational.
If you are still reading then you have proved that you have the mindset to create profound and positive change in your life.
Please, if you have ANY questions at all if you can think of anything I might not have covered here, do not hesitate to pop them below and I will be happy to help you. I would also love to get some feedback from any current or former members of Wealthy Affiliate who may be reading this.
I look forward to welcoming you on board with your FREE MEMBERSHIP
Your friend and mentor