Hi, I’m Brad Morgan. This page exposes the Wealthy Affiliate training, tools, and online community … including my take on some controversial questions that have been coming up about Wealthy Affiliate lately …
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Review of Basic Wealthy Affiliate Concepts
What is a niche market? A niche market is nothing more than a group of people interested in a particular thing (e.g. one of your areas of interest). Success as an Affiliate is strongly tied to picking a profitable niche market.
In fact, choosing an interest that lines up with a profitable niche market is such an important part of succeeding as an Affiliate, that I wrote a Free Guide called 659 Profitable Niche Markets:
Learn about the top 7 niche market categories to make money online. Then choose from 659 profitable niche markets organized by category.
What does it mean to be an Affiliate? As taught at Wealthy Affiliate, you don’t need any products of your own to sell. Instead, you use special “affiliate links” to link to popular products on other websites to earn commissions. To learn more, check out my post that answers the top 3 questions I get from aspiring Affiliates.
Before we get into my full Wealthy Affiliate Review, answer these questions to get the same tips I give friends and family (free):
Disclaimer: Results can vary from person to person. There is no guarantee you will make money or achieve any kind of specific result using the information presented here.
How can Wealthy Affiliate help you?
When income from my IT consulting business slowed down, I started an online affiliate business to bridge the gap.
However, what is right for me may not be right for you. This page is here to help you decide if the Wealthy Affiliate tools, training, and online community are right for you.
The best way to learn about Wealthy Affiliate is to try it for free. Dive in to the “Getting Started” training and begin interacting with the community. Create your first free website and start to put into practice what you are learning.
Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 recommendation for readers of my PURR Passive Income Power™ book. Why? WA offers my readers many benefits that you can’t get in a book, all in one place.
For starters, Wealthy Affiliate lets my readers try them out for free without having to provide any credit card info, a rare thing these days. Here is a sampling of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer:
- simple step-by-step affiliate training, including video training developed over the 10+ years WA has been in business
- free built-in tools including a keyword planning tool and a free internal website hosting platform
- helpful community of like-minded entrepreneurs all supporting each other with their online businesses
The Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership
This review of Wealthy Affiliate will cover many aspects of WA, including some solid reasons why it is not a scam. The only reason I bring up the idea of a scam is because all programs of this sort have people asking whether or not a particular program is a scam or legit. This can be verified by any keyword planning tool.
The definition of a scam is taking money up front and providing no real value. With WA, solid value is offered for free and with no need to enter your credit card, which is the complete opposite of a scam.
So the first and most obvious argument against the idea that wealthy affiliate scams people is that you can try out the WA platform for free. Unlike many programs on the internet, WA’s free starter membership does not require a credit card to be entered, and there is no time limit on your free access to the WA platform.
Wealthy Affiliate’s starter membership includes access to the free blog platform called Site Rubix. It allows you to create a new website completely free and in under 30 seconds. You may find that hard to believe, but that is just how the SiteRubix blog platform works.
You essentially just enter a website name and subdomain address, and choose a theme for how you want your site/blog to look. Then you click a button and WA’s Site Rubix platform does all the heavy lifting of creating a WordPress database-driven website for you.
The free starter membership shows you how. It also provides additional basic training to help you decide what your new website should be about, how to write effective content to post to your new site, how to get people to see your content, and how to profit from it as an affiliate for merchant websites.
What about Wealthy Affiliate Premium?
The WA Starter membership is sometimes referred to as a trial because, as with all programs that offer good value for free, there is a premium membership level that the starter membership gives you glimpses of.
The premium level continues in the spirit of only charging members after proving the value it delivers. Unlike competitors that charge a large up-front fee to get in, Wealthy Affiliate offers the first month of premium for $19.
Premium gives you access to absolutely everything in Wealthy Affiliate. Nothing is held back, as is the case with some competitors that have constant upsells to higher levels. After that first month you can continue paying $49 monthly for as long as it is helping you. You can also save a lot by going yearly, once you are convinced of the value it is providing you (I pay yearly now after 5 or 6 months of paying monthly).
However, the free starter membership will give you hands-on experience with the platform. It has a very modern look and feel. It is fun and somewhat addictive to use once you get the hang of it. You will get access to enough things with the starter membership to determine if going premium makes sense for you.
Wealthy Affiliate Community
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
The Wealthy Affiliate community is a major reason why I recommend WA above any other similar program out there. They are so kind and helpful and there are just so many of them! From what I have seen no question goes unanswered. In most cases there are multiple responses very quickly from members trying to help out other members.
Members also write helpful blog posts within the WA membership area that you can read and benefit from. People help each other out and enjoy being part of the Wealthy Affiliate community. It is a very positive atmosphere to be part of.
Jim Rohn said: “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
If you don’t have people in your life that are knowledgeable about online business, or supportive of your dreams and efforts, then consider getting the Wealthy Affiliate Community on your side. Spend some time with the folks inside WA and you will up the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Once you become a WA member you will gain access to all the WA blog posts by other members. You can follow your favorite members and be notified when they create a new blog post. Some members even create their own training modules within WA that you can benefit from. This is on top of the many hours of expert video training and other core training modules within WA.
They say the best way to improve yourself is to stand by the smartest person in the room, and if that person is you, then you are in the wrong room! The Wealthy Affiliate Community is a good room to stand in to soak up the knowledge of those that are a few steps ahead of where you are.
Controversial Questions about Wealthy Affiliate
Next, let’s address some of the controversial questions that have been coming up about Wealthy Affiliate lately. Below I provide my own personal viewpoints in answer to these questions:
Q. I heard Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t list the websites of their successful members as proof of the effectiveness of their program.
A. As far as I know this is true, and thank goodness for that. I for one wouldn’t want to spend time building a successful website, then have someone else advertise to my would-be competitors how successful it is. Privacy matters.
Q. I heard Wealthy Affiliate has many member websites that don’t get much search engine traffic (aka. website visitors).
A. If true, let’s review why that could be the case …
For starters, Wealthy Affiliate offers a free membership with 2 free websites and free training to set them up, something competitors don’t offer.
You get to see how easy it is to create a website. You get to see how it feels to have your own online business. At zero cost. This is a unique benefit of Wealthy Affiliate.
However, many people join Wealthy Affiliate for free just to try creating a website. Many of them aren’t that serious about sticking with it. Those websites of course won’t get much traffic.
Next, premium Wealthy Affiliate members are allowed 50 websites. As a result, you can create websites just for following along with the training, or to try out different niche markets or approaches.
The freedom to create many different websites is another strong benefit of Wealthy Affiliate.
For example, I setup a new website at Wealthy Affiliate many months ago, but haven’t had time to work on it yet. It just has a “coming soon” page and not much else. Of course it doesn’t get much traffic at this stage.
However, having multiple websites is part of my longer term plan to diversify and generate multiple streams of passive income. At Wealthy Affiliate, I just need the one premium account to support that vision.
It is also important to note that lots of website visitors does not equal financial success. If you focus on ranking your web pages in the search engines for keywords with strong buyer intent, as taught at Wealthy Affiliate, you don’t need a lot of website traffic to be successful.
Lastly, the only person that would know for sure how much traffic and profit a website is generating is the website owner. Unless they (e.g. you) choose to share that information, it is private and not available to outside parties for comment.
Q. Where can I find the most unbiased reviews for membership sites like Wealthy Affiliate?
A. From actual members inside the membership sites themselves. Since they are already members and so are you, they have nothing to lose or gain by sharing their experiences with you.
With Wealthy Affiliate you can join free and get access to other members via private messages, discussion areas integrated throughout the site, and via their Live Chat.
Other membership sites I have tried typically have old fashioned forum interfaces separate from the training, where the questions and answers are few and far between.
Wealthy Affiliate on the other hand has a modern interface with a constant stream of members helping out other members.
Member discussions are integrated into the many different sections of Wealthy Affiliate (e.g. at the bottom of each training page so members can discuss and clarify what they just learned).
Wealthy Affiliate also has a Live Chat feature where members can communicate with other members in real time. In my experience, you are likely to find members there to help you out any time day or night.
These are just a few examples of the community-building features found within Wealthy Affiliate.
Try Wealthy Affiliate for free, and check it out for yourself.
Wealthy Affiliate Founders
Any discussion of WA success stories should also include Kyle and Carson, the Wealthy Affiliate founders. Long before they started WA over a decade ago, they were already doing very well online using the principles they now teach others in WA. They have progressed to having their own flagship product which is the Wealthy Affiliate program you see today.
Just like Kyle and Carson, creating your own products is something you can try eventually. Imagine creating a website that gets website visitors every day. You can monetize that traffic by promoting related affiliate products for a commission. This can be great business strategy all on its own, and is what Wealthy Affiliate specializes in.
However, after you gain some traction with your website you can try what Kyle and Carson did. That is create or source your own product to sell to your audience instead of the affiliate product you are promoting.
You can take it a step further and setup your own affiliate program for your product. This means you can now get others promoting your product for a commission, in the same way you started out promoting other people’s products. You pay your affiliates a commission if and only if they make a sale.
The mechanics of this may sound difficult, but there are services out there that will manage your affiliates for you for a transaction fee. The world is already setup to do business this way, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
Disclaimer: Results can vary from person to person. There is no guarantee that you will earn passive income online, make money, or achieve any kind of specific result using the information or website described on this page or in my book.
If online business interests you, the main thing is to get started, however small, and see where it leads you. The steering wheel of a car only works if you have some forward momentum.
You will make some mistakes along the way, but on the other hand, you will never get anywhere unless you start moving. It can be a fun and very rewarding journey, especially if you avoid common pitfalls and follow some practices developed by others with real world experience, all laid out for you inside the Wealthy Affiliates program.
Wealthy Affiliate University Review
What is the Wealthy Affiliate University? From the free WA keyword tool I can see that people are searching on terms like: “wealthy affiliate university scam”. So this is a question that is on some people’s minds.
While WA is certainly not an accredited university and has never presented itself as such, it is easy to see why people might think of it that way. For one thing, Wealthy Affiliate has so many training options, such as:
Classrooms (each contains many training modules including video):
• Getting Started
• WA Affiliate Program
• Keyword, Niche and Market Research
• Everything WordPress
• Authoring & Writing Content
• Search Engine Optimization
• Social Engagement & Marketing
• Website Development & Programming
• Local Marketing
• Video Marketing
• Email Marketing
• The Wealthy Affiliate Platform
• Pay Per Click Marketing
• Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1)
• Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website (Level 2)
• Online Entrepreneur Certification – Making Money! (Level 3)
• Online Entrepreneur Certification – Mastering Social Engagement (Level 4)
• The Business of Content – Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation (Level 5)
• Websites & Hosting
• Keyword Tool
• Rapid Writer
• Link Tracking
• Keyword Lists
Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp:
There is also a WA Bootcamp training section that shows you how to promote the WA Affiliate Program. The bootcamp contains advanced affiliate marketing training, with many distinct modules within each Phase of the training:
• Starting Your Foundation (PHASE 1)
• Content, Keywords and Conversions (PHASE 2)
• Giving Your Site Social Value (PHASE 3)
• Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media. (PHASE 4)
• Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals (PHASE 5)
• Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC (Phase 6)
• How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns (PHASE 7)
Work From Home with Wealthy Affiliate
Another benefit of WA is you can work from home. Wealthy Affiliate training and the online business you launch during the training can all be done from home in your spare time. The only deadlines are the ones you set for yourself.
If you are looking for a job or have a job you don’t like, you can be doing this part-time at the same time. This isn’t a matter of quitting something to do this instead. In fact, I would recommend not quitting anything until you are sure the WA lifestyle is a viable option for you.
You can also scale your online business from home, by re-investing profits to outsource repetitive tasks to others. With sites like Upwork, you can find freelancers to do some of the work for you.
At this stage you could become more of a project manager managing the moving pieces of your online business from home. However, before you pay anyone to do work for you, learn a few things and make sure you are in a profitable niche that will allow you to cover the costs of the freelancers.
Wealthy Affiliate Membership
Wealthy affiliate members can choose between the free starter membership and the paid premium membership. The best would be to join for free, try things out for a while, then decide if premium makes sense for you.
Should you buy a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership?
Is wealthy affiliate worth it? Does it really work? After this Wealthy Affiliates review I hope you are closer to being able to answer that for yourself. In my opinion and experience, the premium training is really very good.
I believe it will save you time and help you avoid some wrong turns compared to venturing out on your own. In the end it is up to you to decide if you want to invest the time to see if Wealthy Affiliate can help you achieve your goals.
P.S. To join under my link and get a welcome message and tips from me within Wealthy Affiliate, click here just before you join.
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