As anybody reading my “About Darlene” page, you will see that I have tried and been burned my quite a few on-line schemes out there. When I first read about Wealthy Affiliate it had all the earmarks of a scam as everything I read were glowing testimonials. This raised all kinds of red flags with me leading me to the question “Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam”.
So, I did further research. Trustpilot gives them a 70% trust rating and those that panned the site were inarticulate and did not give much (if any) of a reason for their negative reviews. Still, most of the reviews were from people that were already signed up with Wealthy Affiliate so I had a heck of a time finding an unbiased review. A finally went to my personal “go to” which is Reddit. All that I read there also reported well on Wealthy Affiliate.
So, I held my nose and took the plunge. After all, they give a free week to try it out so why not? Now, to be honest, I’ve been with them ever since and I will explain why. Both the good and bad.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?
The answer to this is no. Sign up for free, try it and if it’s not for you, walk away. It’s as simple as that. No money spent. On the other hand, you could STAY free and still succeed.
Having said that, is this a “get rich fast scheme” which, to me, is almost as bad as a scam. I’m sure you’ve seen these websites that promise something like, “Spend 10 minutes a day and earn $xx,xxx per month!!!”. Ever heard of anybody succeeding in such a business? Neither have I. That is because such companies charge exorbitant amounts and THEY are the only ones that profit. Many people spend 4+ years in university. WA offers the ability to work while you learn and it certainly doesn’t take four years to start making money. Now take the same scenario – what if you could make money in your chosen profession while learning at university? This is almost unheard-of. However, that is precisely what WA offers (minus the four-year commitment).
With Wealthy Affiliate, right up front they tell you that you will NOT get rich fast here. They plainly state that it will take effort and content development. After all, if you build a website with absolutely no useful information on it, who will want to read it, never mind buy your products? NOBODY (I hope!!!). WA honestly states that you will probably not earn until you have been at it for 3-6 months minimum. I think that is reasonable because, frankly, how can a person possibly create a content rich website with blogs containing useful information in a month or less? Frankly, Google will not even rank such a site. How long does it take to write a blog entry of say 1,000-1,500 words and do the research it requires to make it truly useful? Any blogger out there will tell you that it takes hours. So, unless you are uber-extraordinaire, it’s gonna take time.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an educational platform that has the training, tools and support you need to create a successful online business. This means that you get step-by-step training of how to create an affiliate marketing website – from start to finish.
You also get the tools you need like Jaaxy a great keyword research tool, the ability to create 2 free websites or 25 if you go premium, tons of training and a spot to buy domain names right in the platform which is absolutely the least expensive in today’s website market and the price will NEVER increase – it’s just $19.99! (Compare that to sites like GoDaddy that increase the price every year and have constant up-sells).
The biggest thing for me is the WA community. There are literally thousands of people who will answer your questions and these people are experts who have all done it before. More often than not, when I ask a question, I get pointed to yet more training that is completely free!
What is Affiliate Marketing?
When it comes to affiliate marketing, there are 3 parties. There is the affiliate (you), there is the affiliate program (the company/product owner) and there is the customer (the buyer).
As an affiliate, you choose to join an affiliate program (for example, Amazon) – this gives you the ability to promote a product or service via a blog (website) or social media.
When you join an affiliate program, they give you the ability to share products with a special link. This link is what tells the company who referred the customer to the product. It is like a stamp that says “I am the one that introduced the customer to that product”.
If the buyer follows that link to the website offering the product or service and they make a purchase, you then earn a commission. This commission is either a flat rate or a percentage depending on the affiliate program.
For example, pretend I am running a cooking blog. For a particular recipe, I use a spralizer or some other kitchen gadget. Now, I could do a whole blog on why I like this particular make and model of the gadget and point people to that product in Amazon (or some other affiliate) or even just note it in the recipe itself so that people can click on the link and go straight to the seller’s page and check it out there.
This is referred to as passive income. This means that you do not have to have a store front, inventory or all the other headaches of running a brick and mortar business.
What is Offered with the Free Version?
1. The Community
Yes, I already mentioned this but to me it is the life blood of WA. Without all the help, the constant encouragement and free training modules that the community provides, I wouldn’t have the impetus to keep going. Working from home is great but I can’t work in a bubble with just dry courses. WA is the opposite of dry! The community is positive, dynamic and post every day with new ideas.
2. The Courses
First is the On-line Entrepreneur Certification Course. This is a 10 lesson course that covers all the basics including:
- Getting immersed in the community
- How to earn an income online
- Create and begin working on your goals
- Gain access to over 590 thousands niches
- How to choose a niche
- Build your own website using WordPress
- Create content
- Learn Keyword research and Search Enginge Optimization
3. Affiliate Bootcamp
If you are totally stuck with finding your own niche, then the 10 module affiliate boot camp might be for you! It teaches you in a step-by-step method how to market Wealthy Affiliate itself – which just happens to have the highest paying affiliate program out there.
In my opinion this is the best online keyword and research platform available. It’s owned by WA and free to use. It’s indispensable to find those keywords that search engines are looking for and will help your site get on the FIRST page of a Google, Bing or Yahoo search. After all, how often do you click down to the 2nd or subsequent pages in a search engine? If your site or blog doesn’t show up there, all of that effort is for nothing.
5. The Library
Here you will find answers to any WA question plus specialized training. It is a vast database of knowledge available to all members.
Upgrading to Premium
After the free trial period you could stay with that and continue to build content and build your business. However, for only $19.99 you can buy the Premium program to trial for a month. This opens up a VAST number of courses and other premium features that are completely invaluable including:
- Live events – live training on a different subject every Friday night/Monday morning (depending on time zone).
- The full version of Jaaxy Lite
- And did I mention more training than you can imagine?
All of this to ensure that you are successful in your business dreams.
After upgrading to premium, the pricing structure is as follows:
Does it Really work?
Yes is the short answer but only if you are willing to put in the time and commitment. Would you go to university, take the first two courses and then expect to start earning a 6 figure income? NO!!! It’s not realistic.
There are sites out there that state that it doesn’t work because they are usually trying to sell a “get rich scheme”. As already stated, doing this right, takes time – just like taking a course in school. The benefit is that you will start earning while you are still learning. However, it won’t be in the first month or two.
People want a magic formula where you don’t have to do anything any you’ll bring in the “Big Bucks!”. Unfortunately, this is the real world, not Narnia. If anybody tells you differently then they are selling you something that will not be delivered on. Usually, these will be expensive products offering to do all the work for you with you reaping the benefits and it will come with a hefty price tag. Guess who benefits? It’s not you – it’s the one who sold you the load of crap. And that’s all it is – a load of crap. I encourage ANYBODY to show me proof that any such scheme has actually worked for them. I don’t know anybody, do you?
This is an online business model that requires you to work hard and will not earn you a return on that work right away. First you have to populate your site with useful blogs and then when you can show that people are visiting it, you can get affiliates to take you on.
DO NOT get sucked in by the get rich fast or online marketing “gurus”!!!
Wealthy Affiliates is awesome, but it is not:
- A Get-Rich-Scheme
- A Pyramid or MLM Scheme
What Affiliate Marketing Requires:
- Time to Learn
- Time to Invest into your Business
- Hard Work (and more Hard Work)
If you feel that you cannot wait for this to work, then affiliate marketing is probably not for you.
But if you want to invest into your future and think back in a couple of years, this was such a great decision (like we do).
Then Affiliate Marketing can be a great business plan towards working from home and working towards financial freedom.
I Finally Found a Site that DOESN’T Like WA!
OK! Now I have something I can sink my teeth into! If any of you haven’t figured me out yet, I love to find and debunk crappy sites. The Blog name is The Problem with Wealthy Affiliate and can be found at https://crajun.com/affiliate-marketing-articles/problem-wealthy-affiliate/. It is absolutely MIND BOGGLING how much misinformation and outright lies there are in this article.
1. He states:
Ummmm… so what is WA supposed to do? Are they supposed to put any new person through an exam before they are allowed entry??? Hey, WA gives out the training for free and then it is up to YOU to decide whether it is for you or not. I have never ONCE seen them make it sound easy (and neither have I if you’ve been reading this article). They very clearly state that it will take 3-6 months before you are able to earn and that the 6 month mark is the more realistic. After all, building quality content, as stated above, takes TIME. This is emphasized THROUGHOUT.
2. He further states:
Even with the boot camp, you STILL need a niche or nobody is going to read it. WA is all about creating a niche and filling a website up with articles that the public will find useful. How could you possibly do that if all you are doing is selling Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, it’s a GREAT platform but how many blogs can you write re-stating and re-stating that. Nope – you still need a niche.
The funny part about this dated article is that this person does not offer any kind of alternative to Wealthy Affiliate. If there IS a better affiliate program out there, he is obviously unaware of it. Why? Because there isn’t any. If you are aware of any, please do not hesitate to reply to this post and give details! I, personally, would LOVE to hear about it!
In the search bar in WA, I typed in get rich quick and it came up with this post which is basically the entire premise of WA and oh so applicable.
Yes, it takes time to write quality material. This is a LONG TERM project.
Here is another that outlines the realities of how long it takes:
The Bad about Wealthy Affiliate
Well, as you can tell, I’m pretty happy with Wealthy Affiliate but there are a few things I think it could do better.
Most of the training is geared towards beginners to intermediates. Since the vast majority of members fall into that group that’s rather understandable but more advanced training would be nice. Having said that, though, you CAN find that training outside of the training modules, offered by people that are interested and wanting to help. Also, the video training modules show screenshots that were obviously made quite a while ago and the format today has changed a little. Really, though, anybody with half a brain can still follow along and each video is so step-by-step that they are still extremely easy to follow.
I doubt that you will become a millionaire through Wealthy Affiliate but that isn’t what it is promising. Perhaps you could if you worked 12+ hours per day but for the average person, this wouldn’t be possible. Again, though, this is never promised. A decent and, in fact, above average income is but ONLY if you put the work into it.
Writers block – this is my own personal issue. NOBODY is going to do the wiring for you (and nor should they) but there are times when I stress for days before writing. Once I get into it, though, the thoughts just pour out. Again, one must have a passion for their topic and as I get more and more ideas, the writing is becoming easier and easier.
So who should sign up for Wealthy Affiliate? My gut reaction is anybody that wants to work from home, could use the extra income or would like to work while they travel. So, I guess that covers a lot of people! I just happen to figure that since a person can give it a try for free, why not try it? After the week is up, if it’s not for you, drop it and never look back.
Who should definitely NOT sign up for Wealthy Affiliate are those who expect to get rich fast cz it just ain’t gonna happen! I’ve seen people sign up because they are in dire need of money RIGHT NOW and are expecting Wealthy Affiliate to fulfill that need. Unfortunately, it does not and never will. Remember, it takes an average business 3 years to profit. Fortunately, it will not take that long with an online business, but it will take considerable time and effort. If you need an income source fast, Wealthy Affiliate is not the place to provide that. Instead, Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to build a real, sustainable online business over a period of time that will also last a long time.
So why not give it a try? Have enough money now? Don’t need any more money? Don’t need a retirement income?
Give Wealthy Affiliates a try and I don’t think you will be disappointed but it’s all up to YOU!!
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