What: Wealthy Affiliate
How much: $0 for Starter Membership, $49 per month for Premium Membership
Who’s behind: Carson Lim & Kyle Loudoun, Niche marketing Inc.
Company registration: USA
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is something that provides everything you need to get started with your online business. It’s a service based membership community with over 1,3 million members (updated 2018-05-04) that offers everything from live training to web hosting. WA also have a stand-alone product called “Jaaxy” that’s an advanced keyword & competition research tool (update 2017-12-12: Jaaxy is now included in the membership as a free version).
If you look up their domain you can see that it was registered and created as early as 2005-08-31 which is rare in the online business world. The domain has been paid to 2017-08-31 and that’s a good sign so you know that the owners investing in the business for the future. It’s probably also a good sign that the site won’t disappear tomorrow!
Another thing to look up is the “Alexa rank” that gives you a rough idea of how popular the site is and how it trends. According to this WA has a very high ranking and is trending upward for the moment.
It always important to look up the owners and leaders in a business before you join. Carson and Kyle are very active in WA’s own community and you can get in contact with them. They have updated pictures of them self and their family’s. As far as I can find out they haven’t been involved in any scams or doubtful business or have some kind of bad reputation. Their company seems to have a good reputation as well.
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What is included in the WA membership?
There are two membership levels you can choose from in WA. One is a free membership, called “Starter” and the other one is a paid membership, called “Premium”. This is a quick comparison:
WA has two membership price levels ($0 month or $49 month) and does NOT charge you anything else for the membership. The big difference between the two membership levels is that the one you pay for includes a complete hosting service, a lot more training and access to more tools and immediate help in different ways.
Wealthy Affiliate Starter
This is the FREE membership that actually has everything you need to get started with your online business. You get access to the “Getting Started Training” (more on that later in this review), a website builder where you can build 2 websites from different themes with hosting, live & interactive help (only accessible for a limited time) and more training like video training/tutorial training/classroom training and courses.
Wealthy Affiliate Premium
As you can see in the comparison table above the Premium membership includes everything in the Starter membership but a lot more and with no restrictions at all. You get access to over 2,400 WordPress website templates/themes so you can pick the one that really suits your needs and the ability to add over 30 000 different features to your site. You also get a complete and reliable hosting solution where you can host up to 50 websites (you really shouldn’t have more…) and mail accounts. Some of the other things you get access to is a tool to write content faster called “Rapid Writer” and a keyword & competition tool (not as advanced as their stand-alone product Jaaxy). To make use of all this you get to access to a lot of different sort and type of training as you can read more about below.
You get access to over 2,400 WordPress website templates/themes so you can pick the one that really suits your needs and the ability to add over 30 000 different features to your site. You also get a complete and reliable hosting solution where you can host up to 50 websites (you really shouldn’t have more…) and mail accounts.
Some of the other things you get access to is a tool to write content faster called “Rapid Writer” and a keyword & competition tool (not as advanced as their stand alone product Jaaxy). To make use of all this you get to access to a lot of different sort and type of training as you can read more about below. Some of the other things you get access to is a tool to write content faster called “Rapid Writer” and a keyword & competition tool (not as advanced as their stand alone product Jaaxy). To make use of all this you get to access to a lot of different sort and type of training as you can read more about below.
What does it look like?
When you log in to WA it will look like the screenshot below if you are a premium member but the only difference compared to a free member is what you can access.
You have a menu on the left with the functions you use for the most time at the top and highlighted. In the main part of the page, you have feeds from different areas inside WA and tabs to other feeds. On the top to the right, you have status icons from different functions. It’s easy to navigate but maybe it’s a little too much feeds on the login page. At the same time, you probably will interact more with others so it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Here’s my profile page @ WA:
The main training at WA is set up in two different modules called “Certification” and “Affiliate Bootcamp”. The Certification course will show you how to build up a website in a niche you’re interested in and earn money on it. The Affiliate Bootcamp will show you how to build up a website that promotes an online business, in this case, Wealthy Affiliate. The training is easy to follow and after every step in the training, you must make some checks in a checklist to confirm that you did that step. That feels very educational and it’s easy to see where you are in this training, what you were done and what’s left.
Beyond the main training, there are a lot of other training in a lot of different forms and topics. Here are some examples:
- Live Weekly Training Classes
- Question and Answer Periods
- Interactive Discussions
- Video Training, Task-Based Courses
- Tutorial Training
The training is working for those who just started and all the way up to those who have long experience.
The support in WA is extensive and they have their own support system. You have the ability to send support questions from inside your back office, use live chat or search for help in the 24/7 community and you can even ask the owners. I actually tried that by asking one of the owners (Kyle) about a website I did but didn’t expect much. Surprise, surprise…I got a quick answer and some feedback on my site. Together with other questions, I have asked (about my hosting etc.) I found that the response rate for an answer is good and the relevance to the question is satisfying.
How can you make money?
The main way to earn money in WA is to use affiliate marketing on websites you create in a specific niche by helping people find products or services they looking for. You can also become an affiliate for WA itself and promote it on your own website or other places. Once you have a website that gets traffic (visitors) you can also allow advertising on your site to earn more. There are also other ways to earn some money and one example is if (or when) your good at something you can create a training on that subject inside WA and earn money on it (depending on how many will click on it).
Well, it’s not always easy to find bad things, however, everything has it’s good and bad sides…
When you just sign up with WA you will get quite a lot emails to help you get started and tell you more about the Premium package. If you think that’s too much you can easily go to the account settings and click NO to those emails. As I mentioned above it can be a little overwhelming with all the feeds in your back office but you get used to it.
You can’t say much about the Starter membership because it’s free but you should know that it’s much more limited than the Premium membership and the help get restricted after seven days.
The Premium membership costs money but if you want professional products/service and good support/help it will always cost money. It is supposed to include everything you need. Yes, it does but if you want to take the full step to became successful online you may need some more. For example, you should get a “real” domain name for your site, internet tools for marketing etc. but as one big source for training, networking with like-minded, hosting and help it’s hard to find something this easy to work with, that’s also inspiring and affordable.
VERDICT: Very Honest
Score: 9/10 (Very Honest)
Recommended for: Just started, Medium experience, Long experience
This is an online business that’s been around for a long time and that’s constantly improving. The owners are well known, very active, transparent and visible. You can contact the owners and expect to get an answer. There are a lot of av reviews and testimonies out there that speak good about this company and there is nothing suspicious that I been aware of.
All this makes me comfortable to say it’s a very honest online business. It provides everything you need to get started with your online business and it’s FREE to try!
If you even a little bit serious about having an online business, or want to take it forward, I would recommend the premium package. The idea behind WA was to remove all of the other “stuff” you need to worry about during your day to day work. Things like searching for answers all over the web, trying to find a great website builder with great hosting, learn and use SEO, maybe pay others to get help etc. is no longer needed when you using the WA premium. I’m quite sure that if you are like me you will never buy another guru book or expensive online training course again and get better at avoiding internet scams if you join WA.
If you join the free membership it’s good to know that WA offers a bonus if you take the step to upgrade to a premium member within the first 7 days….you will get a huge discount on the first month of your membership!
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