Wealthy Affiliate University – SCAM? or SUCCESSFUL NEW BUSINESS?
So, I’ve talked a lot about Wealthy Affiliate here, because it is a major part of my life and my income.
So here is my official review.
While my opinion as a member may be a bit biased, I promise to be completely objective here, detailing the GOOD and the BAD..
The Free Trial Offer
The free-trial deal was supposed to include most of “bells & whistles” of Wealthy Affiliate University. Enough to try it out and make sure I liked the job before I committed to it full-time.
I initially joined for free, as promised. Registration consisted of name and email, no question of a credit card whatsoever! To prove I was a real person I had to confirm my email address. That was that.
Once I was in, I’m told to setup a username, fill out my profile to introduce myself to the community. I was immediately given access to the lessons—10 lessons for a 10-day trial period.
I jumped right in and found the lessons to be incredibly fascinating! Maybe most of you knew a little about affiliate marketing already, but it was mostly new information to me. I had no idea how so many people were making all this money online and how easy it could be for me to get in on it too.
My ten days worth of lessons were finished in two days! I was overly eager, I zoomed through the lessons without waiting.
Here’s the gist of the lessons and what I learned..
Online Entrepreneurship Certifications: 10 Lessons
During the first course, they roll out the Welcome Mat..
“We’re so happy to have you here.. Here’s how to complete your profile, add your picture.. Here’s how to ask for help, and here’s a quick tour of Wealthy Affiliate”, blah, blah, blah…
Now while this IS very interesting, you can skip it, or skim through it and move on to the good stuff.
THE GOOD STUFF..
Here’s all the SECRETS I never knew—how to actually make money online. How it’s all possible, how others are doing it. CREATE CONTENT on a website, use KEYWORDS and SEO to get visitors, and GET COMMISSIONS from other businesses when those visitors click on your links.
CHOOSING YOUR CONTENT TOPIC (Niche):
You pick a topic that interests you, and you start your website. Your “content” that is necessary for the entire process to work, can be writing on your blog or website. You can use your site to make an online store. You can create videos and learn how to make money with those.. Whichever way you go, you’ll be learning how to GENERATE your own INCOME with your content.
TWO FREE WEBSITES:
Here’s your two free websites. You get to design them, color, theme, etc.. You get to choose the names of both, and they’re widely available. You can add whatever you want to these sites, there are zero limits.
But, these are not custom domains—they are .SiteRubix.com sites (example: yoursite@siterubix .com). You can do whatever you want with these two, and they’re yours as long as you’re a member—for free or paid.
Your SiteRubix websites are LIVE, and reachable by the public. So, as soon as you publish your site, you are officially a webmaster with your own website online.
If you follow the lessons, you can make these sites successful. However, most people decide to choose a custom domain after they design their ideal website. This will be on your tab, as most domains cost about $10 to purchase, and as an annual recurring cost to keep it..
I was surprised by this, as it is not mentioned anywhere in the WA starter lessons. But it’s a small price to pay for your very own personalized dot com website.
SETUP AND DESIGN:
I used to think that you’d have to be a programmer, or be prepared to dish out hundreds of bucks a month to have your own website. I was so surprised to find out how easy and inexpensive it is!
The next few lessons show you in detail how to setup your website. You can choose from thousands of different themes, and design it to give it the specific look you want. You’re -shown step-by-step lessons of how to add categories, posts and pages, images.. It is all spelled out for you in text, and video walkthrough. It’s so simple, and a lot of fun!
And keep in mind, it is all still FREE at this point!
The FINAL STARTER LESSONS:
I was already shown how to make money with my website, but these final lessons focus on the different types of content (articles, posts, videos, social media, etc) you can add, and how to attract visitors and ultimately profit from your content.
This is where you learn about SEO and how to use it. SEO is “search engine optimization”, and it’s basically how to setup your website so that Google notices it..
Since it’s the search engines that will bring you the majority of your visitors (at least at first), you need to know what they people are looking for and what they like to see in a published website. It’s really just a few simple steps that will quickly become second-nature to any website owner.
In two days (by Lesson 10), I had TWO published websites, live for the world to see. Please keep in mind that both of these have changed in content and design many times over the years, as I continue to learn new things at WA on a daily basis.
Affiliate earnings and how much you can make.
Starting at Wealthy Affiliate, you’re given two sets of lessons. You can start with either one, but most WA members eventually study and actively practice both earning methods.
Affiliate Certification Training
— Certification Training teaches you how to make money from any niche, or topic of interest you choose.
Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp Training
— Bootcamp teaches you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate (if you choose).
No matter which training you start with, you are carefully walked through the entire process. The Bootcamp training is a fantastic advantage to the already beneficial membership. Wealthy Affiliate is it’s own affiliate program that pays its members very generous commissions for referrals.
As a Premium WA member, you get $22.50 commission payment for anyone who signs up under your link. And this is a recurring commission—meaning you get it each and every month as long as that person stays a member.
So even if you only get as few as three new members per week, that’s about $250 per month, every month.
And this is only through Wealthy Affiliate. You will be promoting many different products or services in addition to WA, which has the potential to bring in a lot of extra money.
For example, I promote an awesome survey site called FusionCash, because it was where I started with online earning and where I made the most money. Now, in promoting it, I make ten times more than I did without a website. It is one of my more profitable affiliate programs.
And all I did was mention FusionCash and post a link. Simply talking about my success at FusionCash gets people interested and they click on the link, which almost always brings me a commission.
With each FusionCash click, I earn $1 – $2, which is a tiny amount compared to many other affiliate commision programs. But this one little link brings in about $300-$400 per month all by itself.
And from my three websites, I promote about 200 different programs. It’s that easy.
Wealthy Affiliate brings in the majority of my income, but many, many other “free” programs add up to a lot of cash!
Now this may take a while of devoted blogging on your site to get to this point. It took me about 6-8 months to see a steady stream of visitors, clicks and signups.
But the niches I chose off the bat were highly competitive. Wealthy Affiliate gives you suggestions of very narrow fields which will bring in immediate traffic simply because of a lack of options. You just answer the people’s questions.
As long as my websites are active and I’m continually doing what WA taught me, Google automatically continues to reward me with more visitors.
WA taught me how to it all, and I’m still learning new stuff every day.
Keeping that big money in mind, let me tell you my Wealthy Affiliate complaint.
Wealthy Affiliate is not a free service. It comes with a hefty monthly fee.
But let me clarify–the free trial was actually free as promised.. The two websites also promised, including designing and publishing, really was free as well..
However, after the 10-day free Starter trial period is over, you’re required to pay the first monthly fee if you want to continue on with the lessons and keep building up your website and your content, and most likely you will.
I promise, it’s unexpectedly very addictive!
Okay, so the good news is that you’re offered a discounted rate for the first month of $19.
If you’re still there 30 days later, you’re billed $47 for your next month and each following month that you remain a member.
Okay so I know exactly what you’re thinking because I thought it too. If you could see profitable results immediately, then it would be a piece of cake paying a monthly fee out. But no, they tell you straight up that it will likely take a while before you see traffic and earnings coming in. It is very likely that you’ll get a few commission payments straggle through during your first month and your second month.. By the third month, again this depends on which niche you’ve chosen, you will likely get your first steady stream of income. Not enough to live on, and very likely it won’t be enough to cover your monthly payments yet either. But if you continue to follow the lessons, and adding content to your website or blog on a regular basis, the people (and the big money) will come!
Kyle, the WA owner hosts all the video lessons himself. As skeptical as I usually am, I believed him when he kept saying, “just keep working, it’ll happen”. He gives a time-frame for success somewhere around 3-8 months. And by the 12 month mark, you’ve got cash payments coming in from all over the place on a daily basis.
But still, just starting out with something so new, you really don’t want to pay a bunch of money on a promise that things will come back to you eventually. But that’s what I did. I believed in it, and honestly, I was having fun and I didn’t want to quit!
At about the six month mark at Wealthy Affiliate, I started getting regular traffic, and clicks, and the payments slowly started coming in. And mind you, I chose the hard “make money online” niche that everybody seems to be doing! Another niche probably would have made it happen in half the time..
But the point is that now my monthly payments going into WA are a tiny portion of what WA is giving me each month. I would be paying $47 on the 13th (or whatever day of the month that I happen to start my membership on), and I would get a $64 payment from Wealthy Affiliate send directly into my Paypal account on the first of the month. The next month it would be higher, and the next month even higher, and on and on… I quickly learned what a terrific value that service actually is. I could have easily taken my website over to a different hosting company for a little bit cheaper, and left WA for good, saving myself that outgoing payment each month. But not being a member, I lose my biggest monthly commission payment each month.
After a year, I had good money! I went ahead and paid the yearly subscription fee of $375, which cut my monthly payments down to $29 per month. And out of that $29 per month, I am getting $22.5 handed right back to me, per referral, for each and every month. Wealthy Affiliate is easy to sell–it’s worth it and people can see that for themselves for free.
Worst case scenario–quit when your trial period’s up. Nothing lost on your end, and a lot of new knowledge gained.
My favorite part about my new Internet business…
I recently had a family crisis which took all of my time and left all three of my sites completely neglected for about two months. I was worried about losing the income after being away for so long. But the flow of visitors, clicks, and commissions coming in never even slowed down! My business was running, and thriving without me.
Set it and forget it..
Affiliate marketing is not exactly what you’d call a ‘passive income’, because you have to put in the work. But once your content is published and your affiliate links are placed, it’s there forever. Set it and forget it! If I completely walked away from my websites today, the money would probably still be flowing in for about a year or two.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS at Wealthy Affiliate
Take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate Community to learn tricks and tips.
When I joined, I automatically assumed that these people are my competition. Why should I
turn to them with any questions or comments? I’m not a social person, personally. But there are no competitors there. They’re all friendly and helpful. It’s the strangest lifestyle. Everyone has one common goal, but very different methods of getting there. There are many successful people at WA, many of whom are owners of popular sites that you probably visit on a daily basis. Ask any question, anytime, and you’ll get professional answers or suggestions, usually within minutes.
Only promote products and services that you believe in!
You will come across plenty of affiliate programs offering you outrageous, hard-to-pass-up commissions just for mentioning them or linking to them. It is just bad business to promoting products or services or websites that you are unfamiliar with, or that you know your readers will not be happy with. It may earn you a commission, but it will probably lose you respect and credibility with that reader who trusted you.
Follow the instructions step-by-step and it WORKS!
If you complete each step of each lesson, you will earn money from your website. No limits.
And each step of the process was fun. Every little step or accomplishment gets you excited and you’re ready to do more and more!
You can actually see how Google notices your hard work and rewards you with better rankings, more visitors to your site, and ultimately, more earnings.
Depending on your devotion, the sky is the limit from there.
After a year of blogging, I quit my full-time job and worked solely from home, earning more than I was before.
I am now up to three websites total, which bring in three incomes.
I am my own boss.. I work my own hours. It’s a completely new lifestyle.
Wealthy Affiliate changed my life.
Get your new business started for free with Wealthy Affiliate.