If you landed on this page, chances are someone has introduced you to Wealthy Affiliate or you came across their website and you are thinking – this is too good to be true! You are now wondering – is Wealthy Affiliate a scam or what?
What Exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an online learning platform fully dedicated to you (whether you are an internet enterpreneur or affiliate marketer) learning to create and sustain a successful online business. They fully focus on giving you all the tools, training, and support to help you become wildly successful. No experience or technical skills required.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is basically an online business MODEL whereby you can use a website or blog to make multiple streams of income.
This is the basic process that Wealthy Affiliate will teach you all about –
FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW OF WEALTHY AFFILIATE – Scroll down a bit
I Joined – Then Left Wealthy Affiliate – Only to Learn a Valuable Lesson!
You see, I originally joined Wealthy Affiliate in August, 2015. I came looking for a place to quickly learn WordPress and to learn how to manage my office website. I have a successful massage therapy practice in Beachwood, Ohio called Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy. (See our Google Business Page). Our office website used to be a regular website built on a standard hosting company page-builder, but several years ago, we knew we needed to add a blog. I also realized that most successful blogs were built on the WordPress platform. Turns out my hosting company, at the time, did not support WordPress and they could not help me convert my website over to a WordPress website. Great!
So, I ended up working with a new hosting company who would end up charging me $3000 to convert our old website over to a full WordPress website complete with blogging capability.
The problem was – I HAD NO IDEA HOW THE HECK TO WORK WITHIN WORDPRESS! I was screwed and I knew it.
My desperate search for help: So, I went searching online to find someone – some company – ANYBODY – who could teach me WordPress in a quick and easy way so I could keep updating my website. Up until this point, about 80% of the new clients who came into our office were finding us online. They were coming through directories and online searches or they found us (back then) through Groupon or Spafinder and went directly to our website. So, our website was our BREAD AND BUTTER!
Got help, then left: In my search, I found Wealthy Affiliate and I joined for FREE and instantly realized that I had happened upon some excellent training. It did not take me long at all to go PREMIUM because I was already able to go through the lessons quickly and immediately apply the stuff I was learning to my newly-converted office website! I went through the lessons and stayed with Wealthy Affiliate for months but then got distracted; had some health issues and other distractions steal my attention, and I quit Wealthy Affiliate.
Just walked away. Yup…
Stupid thing to do… Just shaking my head even right now…
While I was at Wealthy Affiliate, I never did HOST my office website at Wealthy Affiliate. I kept it at the other hosting company. In the meantime, over the next so many months I got to see how important having a blog was to my local business. The training I received from Wealthy Affiliate was INVALUABLE and it helped me to bring in a ton of local clients.
While I was away from Wealthy Affiliate, I began to realize that I needed more in-depth training on growing my blog and monetizing my blog (making REAL money from the blog ITSELF and not just from my local clients). I needed to learn more about Facebook and Google Plus and how to more effectively market online. I needed good training about doing affiliate marketing (because I knew other people were making a ton of money online with that business model). I also seriously needed to create another stream of income because of my goal to grow my practice but without incurring debt.
I Found Some Real Scams!
So off I went, searching all over the place online for good courses to learn these things. I paid for several programs that CLAIMED TO TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE. The majority of the programs I paid for would have one amount you paid up front, then they would teach you things UP TO A POINT, then BOOM! There would be more stuff you would have to pay for in order to get the ADVANCED TRAINING! What? I thought what I had paid in the beginning was IT! It was not. THOSE WERE SCAMS. They were designed to suck you in with one price, and then pull you along and just when you think you have found the right place to be – THEY HIT YOU WITH MORE FEES YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM!
I Can Now Appreciate What Wealthy Affiliate Has to Offer!
At some point, I realized I had made a really dumb mistake by leaving Wealthy Affiliate and brought my butt back. Since returning, I now have ALL our office websites here at Wealthy Affiliate. Now that I am back, there are 7 reasons why I will not leave again –
But, before I go into that, here is a brief overview of what I think of Wealthy Affiliate:
Wealthy Affiliate – Quick Overview & Rankings
Company Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Official Website: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
Owners/Founders: Kyle and Carson
Training: 4.9 out of 5.0
Managed WordPress Hosting: 4.8 out of 5.0
Website Builder: 4.9 out of 5.0
Technical Support: 5.0 out of 5.0
Community Support: 4.7 out of 5.0
Research Tools: 5.0 out of 5.0
Success Stories: 4.5 out of 5.0
Pricing: Starter membership (FREE); Premium Membership ($49/month or $359/year)
My overall rating: 4.8 out of 5.0
So, aside from all the above, these are the reasons I LOVE Wealthy Affiliate –
Reason #1: The Price is the Price – No Price Increase in Over 12 Years!
Unlike that crap I went through with the various programs I purchased, Wealthy Affiliate charges ONE price – either $359 per year or $49 per month – END OF DISCUSSION!
And that is CRAZY considering all the RIDICULOUS amount of training you get plus hosting of your websites and a great, supportive community. What you get for that price is actually a really LONG list but I will go into that a bit later. Just know, the price does NOT change.
Plus you get to test-drive the entire system FOR FREE with absolutely no obligation! RIDICULOUS!
Starter Membership: $0 (Join Here)
Premium Membership: $47 per month or $359 per year (Join Here)
With the Premium membership, you get everything you need to create an online business; grow your business; and take your business to UNLIMITED HEIGHTS – all in one place!
Reason #2: Fully Accessible Owners
I have a serious pet-peeve. When I go to any new website or company online I get VERY ANNOYED if I cannot find a way to contact the owner(s) of the website! I have actually joined a couple of programs over the years where you could never, ever hear from the owners. They hid behind their websites. I HATE that! I am learning to not deal with companies who do that.
The founders – Kyle and Carson – are very involved in the platform at Wealthy Affiliate. You will see them responding to questions in the community. A good portion of the trainings are done by Kyle and he is very good about responding to as many “student” questions as he can, following each lesson. Carson, is more a part of the technical team, but even he has taken the time to respond to a couple of my questions. I just think this is WAY COOL!
Reason #3: Hosting on Another Level!
Hosting on steroids – Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting is on some other level. We have a main website and then I have several websites that break out into areas we specialize in. So, we have one for pregnancy massage; one for couple massage, and our main website. One of the reasons I do this is so I can compete with myself online when it comes to getting on the first page of Google. For most of our main keywords, we appear on the first page of Google with at least two of our websites!
Managed hosting – You see, I have found out, that Wealthy Affiliate hosting is just more advanced. It is MANAGED WordPress hosting – sort of like having your own technical team in the background. They can handle technical stuff like doing automatic updates and backups, dealing with website security, etc. This allows for a better user experience ON OUR END so we can concentrate fully on writing blog posts and updating our websites or adding content.
Wealthy Affiliate hosting can handle everything from the smallest online business to a multi-million dollar online business!
My own websites got ranked – Between the training and the hosting – I found that when I created my pregnancy website and my couple massage website – they were both indexed by Google in a few days. Furthermore, I was ranking on the first page of Google in less than 2 weeks with both websites! So, to me, whatever Wealthy Affiliate is doing in the background is TOP-OF-THE-LINE. I do not need to understand it all. I just know that I like it!
Reason #4: Support
Ok, so I have TWO pet-peeves! I REALLY cannot deal with a company that (1) does not give you good support or (2) charges you EXTRA for support! Uuuugggghhh!!
Believe me – I have dealt with both of these scenarios and it is NOT fun!
Wealthy Affiliate provides great support on two levels: (1) you have direct access to the website admins and you can submit a ticket for website support any time – 24 hours a day; and (2) Wealthy Affiliate is also a community of over one million members, many of whom have vast knowledge and experience.
When I submit a support ticket because I need help with something pertaining to my website, I get a response very quickly. You can also submit questions at the end of any of the lessons or in the chat area whenever you like and folks in the community will help you. The reason for this is because Kyle and Carson have forged a community that puts an emphasis on giving back as you grow your business and learn – they want you to help others as much as you possibly can.
Reason #5: Wealthy Affiliate IS NOT a Get Rich Quick Scheme
Let me make something very clear – If you REALLY want to make some serious money online you have got to understand that the only GET RICH QUICK thing you can do is go to the store and buy a lottery ticket and win.
**If you are looking for a GET RICK QUICK SCHEME then click away from this website right now and continue your search elsewhere!
People who make excellent money online (the kind of money that will allow you to quit your 9-5 job) are those who are serious about creating a real, sustainable business online and they have the following characteristics:
– they are willing to invest in themselves and their future
– they believe in themselves
– they are teachable and willing to learn new skills
– they fully understand that to do something new and different and to run an online business you need to acquire some new skills and that takes a bit of time
Wealthy Affiliate is like an online university that teaches you everything you need to be successful with an online business.
Reason #6: Training that is up-to-date, ongoing, and straight-forward!
Beginner to Advanced – Wealthy Affiilate does a really good job of taking folks who are new to WordPress, new to marketing online, new to keyword research, etc. and taking you from GROUND ZERO to seriously skilled in no time flat!
Video-based Training – When I worked in Corporate America for almost 20 years of my life, I often ended up being the office “trainer” when it came to computer stuff, and I can tell you one thing I noticed – people learn MUCH QUICKER if you SHOW them how to do stuff rather than just giving them a book or just telling them what to do.
The Wealthy Affiliate lessons are set up where there is written teaching, but each lesson has an awesome video! However, even the written text is still VISUAL because the instructors always include LOTS of screenshots of what they are talking about. So whether you are completely new to doing stuff online or you already have skills, the training suits all levels. All training takes you step by step through everything you need to do to progress. The videos are also short and to the point which is great. I just love that!
I came in as a “ground zero” girl when it came to WordPress – As I mentioned before, I came looking for Wealthy Affiliate because I was basically forced to finally have our office website converted to a WordPress website. We needed to add a blog and I knew that over 80% of the successful blogs online are done on the WordPress platform. So, I knew I had some skills to attain if I was going to continue to manage our website. I have to admit, I was very intimidated with WordPress in the beginning. But, after a few short lessons I became very comfortable with it.
Weekly live classes – There are also weekly LIVE classes that you can sign up for that deal with more advanced topics.
Reason 7: Keyword Research Tool
Many online business owners and marketers quickly learn that the key to getting insane traffic to your website and creating a successful blog that actually earns you money is knowing what to write about. You need a way to know what people are searching for so you can write TARGETED articles rather than just writing a bunch of random articles that no one may ever see. When you write targeted articles (articles where you are using specific keywords) you pull in people searching online for those topics and this opens the door for you to make multiple streams of income from your website or blog.
Wealthy Affiliate has one of the best SECRET WEAPONS I have seen online. Their keyword research tool is called JAAXY and it is RIDICULOUSLY POWERFUL! To me – I would pay the $49/month just to have access to Jaaxy! It is just that good.
One of the most important traits of successful people is the ability to TAKE ACTION. Don’t just read this review and then do nothing. You have NOTHING TO LOSE. $0!
Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a scam at all.
Because of Wealthy Affiliate and all that I have learned I have been able to rock local marketing at a time when I have seen a lot of local massage therapy offices open then close – all because they are not able to get enough clients in the door. We have had our office since January 2011 and we have gotten rid of all of our original marketing tactics and now mostly rely on clients finding our websites through Google. This has resulted in us making thousands of dollars a month from new clients coming in and has almost completely eliminated certain times of the year when we barely have clients. We always have a steady flow of clients no matter what month it happens to be!
Every time I create a new website here at Wealthy Affiliate, we end up on page 1 of Google and our website gets indexed in record time! I never had that occur until we changed our hosting exclusively to Wealthy Affiliate and I also applied all the teachings I received here at Wealthy Affiliate! And, if that were not enough – I get calls all the time from SEO companies who want to charge me $250-500 a month to do search engine optimization of our main website and they always say that it will take up to 6 months to get us onto page 1 of Google for our main keywords! Six months?! We would go under by then! I happily turn them down…
I could go on and on but I will not. This is not about me. It is about YOU!
If you have any questions about Wealthy Affiliate or affiliate/internet marketing, feel free to leave your comments below and I will be sure to respond.