Howdy! 😀 It has come to my attention that the web is full of “biased” Wealthy Affiliate reviews.
Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll let you decide.
But my aim with THIS (2020) review is not only to show you what’s behind the scenes.
But also share my honest thoughts and experiences as a fully-fledged member – helping you to reach your own conclusion.
Let’s start, shall we?
At a Quick Glance:
Name: Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
Co-Founders: Kyle & Carson.
Cost: Starter Member ($0), Premium Membership ($49/month, $234/6 months or $359/year).
Who’s it For?: Novice to Pro.
Neil’s Score: 8/10.
- Costs $0 to get started (+ no credit card required)
- Full in-depth (newbie-friendly) step-by-step training
- Amazing tools, services & features
- Awesome support from the entire community 24/7
- Kyle & Carson chime in every day
- New features & updates are regularly rolled out
- There are no hidden upsells
- The potential to earn a full-time income online
- BONUS: My personal help & support is also chucked in!
- Newbies will find it overwhelming to begin with
- Niche-selection training requires more depth (in my opinion)
- No real training on the important topic of “mindset”
- The keyword tool seems to display inaccurate SEO metrics
- It’s not for “get-rich-quick” seekers – donkey-work is required
Despite being in need of some improvements, WA is, without doubt, the #1 affiliate marketing training platform on the market for making money online, in my book.
Every aspect of the platform is top-notch: From the training – to the tools – to the community.
WA is exceptional value for money, and I bet a dollar to a dime that you won’t find this level of quality for the same price anywhere else on the web.
Final Verdict: Highly Recommended.
To get the FULL picture of WA, continue reading…
What The Heck is Wealthy Affiliate, You Ask?
As advertised on the tin, WA is an affiliate marketing platform catering for all experience levels and walks of life – no matter your age or circumstances.
Whether, you’re seeking a REAL direction for getting started as an affiliate marketer and generating a full-time income.
Or you’re already an online or even traditional Biz owner in need of new skills for growing your empire…
Then WA will fit you like a glove.
The most awesome thing about WA is that it’s an “umbrella” platform providing you with all the essentials for success in one spot.
Which, is a rarity in the digital marketing arena, I tell ya!
Inside the platform, you’ll gain access to 3 core elements:
- Step-By-Step Training
- Tools & Services
- Help & Support From a Community (24/7)
When you combine all those components, you’ll have a pretty awesome super-charged business on your hands.
How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work For The Dough
OK, we’ve already established the resources available at WA.
But let’s see how the “money-making” process works, yeah?
You’ll basically learn how to create an online business from scratch (around your hobby or passion) and earn a passive income.
The process works in 4 easy steps.
- Your potential customer does a search on Google, Bing or Yahoo
- They discover your niche website & click to read your content
- They buy a product/service through your affiliate link
- And BOOM, you make a commission!
But make no mistake, you will need to hustle your guts out for the 4 steps to actually work and pay off.
Which, brings me to the next part…
Who Wealthy Affiliate is “NOT” For
If you’re the type of person who’s a firm believer in all that easy-peasy “get-rich-quick” baloney.
And who’s also unwilling to get his or her hands dirty in the muddy fields of affiliate marketing…
Then jog the hell on!
Because, becoming a truly successful WA warrior is no picnic in the park.
However, working your socks off is one thing.
But what happens when you reach the 3 – 6 month mark and you haven’t made a penny?
The chances are you’ll either slow right down to the speed of a snail or hit that Top Gun fighter jet eject button, right?
So it’s important for you to know two things:
Firstly, Ancient Rome wasn’t built in a single day.
It can take a good 12 – 18 months before your online Biz really shoots for the stars.
Secondly, success is a NON-linear journey because you will suffer many knee grazes along the steep and rocky path.
So adopting an “iron mindset” from day one is crucial for success.
A Glimpse of The Wealthy Affiliate Co-Founders
Say hi to the cool duo, along with their families.
Kyle and Carson originally designed WA as a database providing tons of keywords for running profitable Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns.
But has since shed its skin to evolve into one of the best (in my opinion) platforms for peeps of all backgrounds to start and grow successful businesses.
Will WA’s Training Create The “WOW” Factor?
To cut a long story.
But with that said, there’s still room for improvement, which I’ll explain shortly.
First though, here’s a run through of what you’ll gain access to.
$0 Appetizer (Getting Started)…
As a free starter member, Kyle has put together a 10-lesson package called ‘Online Entrepreneur Certification’ – (Getting Started Level 1).
The free video lessons cover:
- Getting Rolling! (21.19 minutes)
- Understanding How to Make Money Online (13.26 mins)
- Choose a Niche (17.06 mins)
- Building Your Own Niche Website (21.35 mins)
- Setting up Your Website (21.53 mins)
- Getting Your Site Ready for Search Engines (13.37 mins)
- Creating Your Initial Website Content (27.32 mins)
- Creating Custom Menus on Your Website (14.34 mins)
- Understanding Keywords, The Start of Your Content (20.12 mins)
- Congratulations & Your Next Steps (text-based lesson)
All in all, I personally think the lessons are superb because Kyle shows you HOW to lay the foundations of your new online Biz.
Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a crucial area where a lot of ‘money-making’ products fall short.
I also love the fact that Kyle has created text-based lessons alongside the videos, as well as actionable checklists to prevent you from derailing.
My only concern about the getting started training is the niche-selection part.
Since, there are other ways of choosing niches besides using interests or passions.
Which, Kyle doesn’t discuss.
Main Course (Premium Training)…
If you’re happy to proceed with advanced training, there are 4 more modules to sink your teeth into (each containing 10 video lessons):
- Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website (Level 2)
- Making Money! (Level 3)
- Mastering Social Engagement (Level 4)
- Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation (Level 5)
The tutorials are jam-packed full of goodness.
And contain by-the-hand guidance on producing quality blog content that gets ranked in the search engines, monetizing it, and generally exploring other traffic channels.
But, however, some videos are a little dated and in need of a makeover – which I’m sure Kyle is no doubt working on.
Dessert (Jay’s Weekly Video Classes)…
The other cool aspect of the training is that Jay (an experienced WA’er) hosts a 1-hour live webinar every Friday, which is also recorded.
In my opinion, the webinars are a great way of supplementing your learning at WA because Jay shares plenty of golden nuggets.
Furthermore, Jay ends his webinars on a high with ‘Q & A’ sessions – allowing you to pick his brains.
So whether or not you’re painting the town red on a Friday, you can certainly brush up on your marketing skills at WA.
Affiliate Bootcamp, A Bit of a Sore Subject
If you find it tough to pick a niche following Kyle’s ‘OEC’ getting started training, then the alternative is to roll with WA’s ‘Affiliate Bootcamp’.
It pretty much offers the same training as both the free and advanced ‘OEC’ courses.
Except, Bootcamp shows you how to recommend WA itself for affiliate commissions.
While Kyle delivers plenty of insightful training for helping you earn from WA’s affiliate program (+ qualify for a free yearly Vegas trip)…
Most folks seem to struggle with Bootcamp for a whole host of reasons.
Unfortunately, some WA members’ (myself included in the past) have literally invested 100s of hours into their blogs for 18+ months.
Only to get minimal traffic from Google – equating to a measly part-time income.
Some have even quit Bootcamp as a result and chosen the ‘OEC’ path instead.
Whereas others thrive with Bootcamp – creating 5 to 6-figure businesses.
It seems to me that Bootcamp is a “luck of the draw” type of thing. Who knows.
Tools & Services, Just What The Doctor Ordered!
Inside WA, you’ll discover an array of tools and services to take advantage for starting and building out your online Biz into a monster.
But with so many to cover in-depth, I’ll just skim over the surfaces.
Is that OK with you?
#1: SiteRubix, Build it & They Will Come…
Firstly, there’s WA’s in-house website builder called SiteRubix.
As a starter member, you can quickly and easily build not 1, but 2 free WordPress websites with SiteRubix!
But as a Premium member, you’re allowed to build up to 25 sites.
Tied in with your sites, you’ll get:
- Ultra-fast & secure web hosting
- The option to buy & connect domain names (using WA’s domain platform)
- And a site manager for monitoring the health and overall progress of your sites.
Furthermore, there’s a content writing platform with free images to use, templates, the ability to set writing goals, and also a spell checker for efficient blog content creation.
#2: Jaaxy, Created by Affiliates “For” Affiliates…
The Jaaxy keyword tool (LITE) enables you to find the right keywords for producing content around and getting it ranked in the search engines for trafic.
Also, with the tool comes a great bunch of cool features.
Like, the ‘Alphabet Soup Technique’ for keeping keyword ideas flowing, and a tracker for keeping tabs on your Google rankings, to name a couple.
However, the LITE version has some feature limitations.
But there’s no real need to upgrade your Jaaxy plan (in my opinion) unless you want the full benefits of the tool.
But my beef with Jaaxy is that when you compare its SEO keyword metrics to other keyword tools like LongTailPro, for example.
The results tell an entirely different story.
Where Jaaxy tells you that certain keywords will generate you some decent traffic and are easy-peasy to rank for in Google.
LongTailPro usually states the opposite, unfortunately.
Jaaxy delivers some great keyword suggestions, don’t get me wrong.
But it seriously falls short in the SEO metrics department.
Which, is why I now rely on LongTailPro because it’s a more reputable tool.
No offense to WA, BTW (lol) – it’s an issue they must fix pronto.
#3: Affiliate Programs, an Affiliate’s Wet Dream…
My apologies for being so crude.
But WA’s newly-released ‘Affiliate Programs’ feature makes searching for the right affiliate programs to join a total doddle.
So instead of spending hours sifting through Google results for niche-related affiliate programs and products that are going to be your cuppa…
WA allows you to do it with speed and ease – also displaying all the affiliate program metrics you need to know before submitting your applications.
I’d say this is definitely one of my most favourite features inside the community – that will make non-WA members green with envy.
24/7 Support, Your Liferaft Keeping You Afloat
I won’t lie to you, the help and support from WA’s ‘Help Center’ is second to none.
And here are some VERY good reasons why:
First up, there’s ‘SiteSupport’.
If you have a problem…
If no one else can help…
You CAN hire the A-… (sorry, “Site Support” team!)
Joking aside, if your website breaks, there’s no need to get your knickers in a twist because you can simply shoot the support team a message.
And within minutes, you’ll find a reply sat in your WA message box – usually accompanied by a quick fix.
Secondly, you can ask questions inside classrooms, PM members’, and even pick the brains of members’ on live chat around the clock.
You’re always guaranteed to get plenty of assistance inside the community.
However, there is a small downside because at times you may not get the right answers you need – which can be frustrating.
Thirdly, you can reach out to either Kyle or Carson through Private Message.
However, you won’t always get a response because the pair are inundated with messages.
In spite of a couple of cons, you still won’t find the same level of support with any other affiliate marketing platform. Period.
The Cost of Wealthy Affiliate is a Drop in The Ocean…
To become a starter member won’t cost you a single cent.
What’s even better is that no credit card details are required until you decide to go Premium for WA’s full benefits.
The awesome thing about Premium membership is that Kyle and Carson won’t charge you a kidney (unlike most training platforms).
Plus, they offer 3 Premium membership plans to suit budgets of all shapes and sizes:
- Or $234 every 6 months
- Or $359 to go yearly
Obviously, the bigger the plan, the more you save.
But if you want to save even more dollars, WA’s annual Premium membership fee is reduced to $299/year every Black Friday.
So even if you join now as a Premium member, you can still take advantage of WA’s Black Friday deal come November time.
On top of those prices, buying a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain from WA for your website will only cost from $13.99 to $15.99 each year.
Lastly, if you want to upgrade your Jaaxy plan from LITE to PRO or ENTERPRISE, it will set you back $19/month or $49/month.
But it’s entirely optional because the Jaaxy LITE plan will suffice.
Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories – Show Me The Money!!
With WA being in business for so long and over 1 million community members’, success is definitely happening, baby!
But with so many folks making money from Kyle’s teachings and leveraging the tools, services, and support, I really don’t know where to start.
The success stories range from members’ making their first $ online to literally earning $10,000+ per month in a space of a few years.
Here’s a small bunch of stories from folks in various niches.
And as for me… you’ll see!
So if you have any doubts about WA, then knock them on the head right now because WA works 100%.
But only IF you do.
Drawing to a Close: Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth it?…
Pardon the expression, but does a bear sh*t in the woods?
While there are some aspects of the Wealthy Affiliate community that leave a sour taste in my mouth (as outlined in this review)…
It’s still one of the best, if not, the best damn affiliate marketing platform you’ll lay your hands on.
By no means is making money a stroll in the park, though.
The notion of “get-rich-quick” is nothing but an old wives’ tale.
But if you follow Kyle’s training to the letter, make good use of WA’s resources, and work your butt off as if your life depends on it…
Then earning a full-time income down the road as an affiliate marketer is 100% doable.
“How much can I earn at WA”, you ask?
Only YOU can answer that question.
Your buddy, Neil 😀
Got any further questions you’d like to ask or thoughts to add on WA? Please drop them in the comments below…