Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 – SCAM ALERT?

Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 – SCAM ALERT?

If you’re trolling Google and YouTube looking for ways to make money online, you’re going to find an assortment of options and scams. You will no doubt stumbleupon many affiliate marketing programs. In this post we will chat about one them, Wealthy Affiliate review 2018 – Scam ALERT?

What you’ll find online with get rich quick schemes is a lack of transparency, training , community and support. These 4 pillars are something you want to have when you enter an affiliate marketing community.

There are legitimate ways to make money online and after this post you can decide if Wealthy Affiliate is legit or not. Here are some things we’re going to cover in this post:

Intro to Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate was created by founders Kyle and Carson in 2005. They have built a unique learning platform which continually updates and magnetizes new members. There is almost 1,000,000 members’ to date and more joining every day.

Kyle is still very active in this community considering it is so big and it feels like that WA was built by members’ for members’. It is a comfortable forum.

Wealthy Affiliate has been designed to teach you the in’s and out’s of affiliate marketing and ways to create income online. Their system has been created for users with any level of online experience, so anyone can get the benefits from their training.

Wealthy Affiliate has the same motto as me, helping people turn their passion into a thriving online businesses.

Training and what you can expect

From the get go on joining, you get tonnes of training, even if you sign up for their free no credit card 7-day membership, you have access to some training modules.

The are 4 types training environments you will encounter:

  1. Getting Started – 5 Level Certification Program
  2. Affiliate Bootcamp – 7 Phase Intense Program
  3. Community based Training where members’ provide training, tools and tips which are not on the above programs
  4. Live Webinar normally host by WA Ambassadors on special courses

Each program is lay out with clear articulated goals, videos, detailed content and support if you’re stuck. The system tracks your progress so you never get lost.

This learning platform is unique and leaves you wanting to continue to learn. Considering I hated school learning when growing up, if school was set out like this, I would have been an A grade student.

Just some things you will learn with these programs include:

  • Getting started with Affiliate marketing
  • How to build a website from scratch with no coding or programming required
  • Creating content and finding keywords that generate website traffic
  • Getting the most out of social media for your business
  • Building your audience and finding your niche audience
  • Power of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo
  • How to scale your business successfully

Here is an overview video of what the training platform looks like:

Community & Support

Nothing is built without community and Wealthy Affiliate has an enormous, friendly and motivating community. It is an ecosystem of knowledge and support which I believe has made Wealthy Affiliate so popular.

The community is so diverse and ranges from green beginners, common user to experts in affiliate marketing.

You are constantly in communication with your WA team via the following methods:

Live chat with members’ around the world: There is a live chat window where you can hang out. Here you can ask questions and get answers almost instantly. You can also help other and do your bit for the community.

Comment section in every lesson: Each lesson you will do has its own comment section which you are sometimes requested to participate in or you can ask questions related to the lessons. No question is to silly in this community as there is a compassion for novice users.

WA Mail Box: You get your personal inbox to chat one on one with WA members’ which is great for mentoring and working together on projects. You can build great strategic relationships which really helps with getting your business of the ground.

WA background support: If you’re not getting support from a community members’ (which never happens) or there is a system based problem like email not working, WA has their own background support team.

Free Website Hosting and Builder (No coding required)

With every Wealthy Affiliate account, you get free web hosting and free websites all built into the platform. As a Starter member, you can build 2 free websites and as a Premium member you can build up to 50 Websites.

The website hosting and building platform is called Site Rubix. It has never been easier to set up a website with Site Rubix, it only takes 60 seconds and your site is built and ready to start adding content.

The website is optimized by Wealthy Affiliate to run responsive and work best to engage traffic to it from search engines.

The website is based on WordPress engine and is extremely simple to use. If it is overwhelming at first, you will learn how to simply it is to add content in the getting started training.

As you saw from the video above, with a Starter membership, you only get access to 12 themes for your website, but as a premium member access to over 2700 themes.

Some other perks you get as a premium member are site email addresses, website security package, better support which can be 1 on 1.

I think it’s amazing that you can join for free with no credit card, have a website built in minutes and kick start your amazing journey of creating revenue from your passion.

Built in tools

Within Wealthy Affiliate you have some amazing free built in tools to help you succeed on your affiliate journey. Some of these tools would cost a fortune if you had to source them separately.

Keyword Tool – Keywords are an important part of getting your website ranked in search engines. There is a basic keyword tool included with in the WA dashboard, but you also get access to Jaxxy, one of the best keyword tools on the web with a whole host of features.

Search Database – Can’t find what you are looking for or need an answer quickly? WA has search bar where you can type in just about anything about website building or affiliate marketing and get recorded answers or pointed toward training videos instantly.

Internal Blog – You get your own blog within Wealthy Affiliate platform. Here you can communicate with WA member and the rest of the world.

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The good, the bad, the ugly

Are you pumped about what WA offers? Well here is a bit about the ugly.

When you first join, it can be a little overwhelming with so much community interaction when you just trying to get you head around the platform. There is great help from the community but it can be noise at first.

Once you are getting started and you want to get bum up, head down to website building, it’s easy to get distracted with so many new live video classes and community interaction. At the end of the day, you are here to build a business and there is work to be done.

The last thing that I don’t like, is that the website hosting platform doesn’t have any C-Panel access (background hosting access). This is for the website tech geeks like me who like to tinker with hosting settings.

How membership works and what are the different types

As mentioned above, you can sign up completely obligation free at no cost to have a look at what WA offers firsthand.

The benefits really make sense when you go premium $49 per month and you will get even better deals once you join for yearly memberships.

With the ability to host 50 websites, access to the best key word tools, 24/7 online community and support, $49 is peanuts if your business is going to make $500-$5000 per month. It’s a small investment.

Can you make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

YES! But this is is not a get-rich-quick scheme and making it in any online business still takes hard work, dedication and patience.

It takes a little time to get your website built and ranked in Google or other search engines. I have seen community members’ hit the $2K mark in their 3rd and 4th months. It really depends on how much time you want to dedicate to your business.

For me, the first few months I worked my face off trying to get my first niche website off the ground. I was almost deterred by the end of the third month. In the 4th I got my first commission and after that continued to snow ball.

I have had exponential growth each month and it doesn’t slow down. By my 9th month I had increased my online income by 600% and continued to grow which hasn’t stopped. What I like about this type of income is that ball was still rolling if I took a week off (not as fast, but still moving).

Here are some members’ success posts that I’d like to share

The final word on Wealthy Affiliate

This is a great place to learn and earn if you want to get started online or an experienced online user that want’s an alternate income.

The benefits out weigh just about any argument that I could come up with when I first joined and I’m so glad I did as it has completely changed my life.

The internet is truly abundant with income opportunities and Wealthy Affiliate is the key for anyone to make it and get the piece of the pie.

I rate this platform 4.8 out of 5 and think everyone should at least try it to see if they can turn their passion into a business.

Try it for FREE and build your website in seconds

If you have any questions or comments about your experience with Wwalthy Affiliate, please leave your comments below.

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40 thoughts on “Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 – SCAM ALERT?

  1. I’ve been debating between signing up for Wealthy Affiliate and for BulletProof SEO. I’m already a little bit experienced in building sites, but I’ve never done SEO work for another local company. I’d like to start my own business helping local brands get to the top of local searches. Would WA fit the bill? I know BP is dedicated to this, but it is far more expensive.

    • Wealthy Affiliate will definitely be a great place to learn some SEO and has much more support compared to BulletProof SEO. Although BP SEO has more targeted content to SEO which makes is it a tough decision.

  2. Hey Vince,

    I just wanted to say that as a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I am amazed at the level of training, and quality of information provided. I have learned more about self-employment online through this program than I have in my life.

    I definitely agree that Wealthy Affiliate is a great choice, and I would also recommend it to others.

    • Thanks for you feedback Isaya. It really seems like the members are so proud to be apart of this community and I love hearing all the success stories.

  3. Hey Vince, cool review..

    Wealthy Affiliate is awesome and the best part of it is you can even try it for FREE.

    Top notch support which makes learning even more fun, if you’re thinking of joining don’t hesitate.

    You’ll learn what it takes to succeed online and be surrounded by those just like you!

  4. Wow, I have never seen such a clean looking page. It is so professional in its’ presentation. The modern look flows Into the content like a glove. Moreover, as a member of the WA program I totally endorse all that this post says about the Wealthy Affiliate program .

  5. Hey Vince,
    Your headline initially confused me. I have read nothing but good things about Wealthy Affiliate. Of course there are the negative people that are negative for the sake of being negative. Yes there are scams out there but from all the research i’ve done WA is not one of them. You are definitely right on it requiring a lot of work and taking time to build.
    Didn’t know that they now have a keyword tool! that is awesome!

    • More great feedback from the WA community which is a great place learn. I can see how the heading can be confusing. I want to clarify that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam for those how think it is.
      Thanks for stopping by Barry.

  6. Hi Vince great review, You really hit the nail on the head, when you talk about Wealthy Affiliate. There is no better program on the internet for the money and learning a new occupation. Good job.

    • Thanks for your comment Fred and glad you find my review accurate. WA is really a great way to learn how to make money online selling anything.

  7. Great review on the Wealthy Affiliate. I like the support and the vast amount of helpful videos that this program offers. I was struggling for years trying to find something legit, then when I found WA I started earning income and am now doing it full-time. Thanks for the refresher 🙂

  8. Hello Vince,
    I really like that Wealthy Affiliate gives you the opportunity to build something long term. Some sites stay current and active for many years and continue to produce income if they have ‘evergreen’ content and are kept up to date. I like the point you made that you can take a week off and it keeps going. Once you build a really good foundation it will reap great rewards.

    I also like the fact you can build multiple sites and the hosting them is all included in the existing membership! You could make this your living (with time and effort) and not pay any more than extra domain fees since the WA membership already covers so much!

    • Great points Jessica. The long term aspect is not something that many look at when they browse ways to make money online. It great to hear that your long game is covered.
      Did you have any favourite lessons in the online training with Wealthy Affiliate?

      • It has been a long time since I did the Certification lessons but I love the new training added by other members continually. There are so many times I had a question or just stumbled on something brand new in one of these trainings. It is a really neat feature of WA!

        • I love it how I ‘accidently’ learn something new when I find myself looking through members post training videos. It’s so much fun.

    • I’m really hoping the videos can explain what is difficult to put down on paper.
      Appreciate your feedback Jerry and thanks for stopping by.

  9. Wow, that’s a very strong article! I read it till the very end and really loved it. I am a great supporter of Wealthy Affiliate and I agree with each point in your post, thanks a lot!

  10. I would like to speak out to the people who have considered trying online marketing but did not have a clue of where to start. I have been a member for a year now and I started knowing nothing at all. The training is very comprehensible and there is nothing left out to what you need to know to make it work for you. I recommend trying the free membership and you will not hesitate to become a Premium member. This is accurate and good information on the program.

    • Appreciate your sharing your experience Ronnie. It so great getting all this brilliant feedback from about this amazing learning platform.

  11. Being a member of the WA family, I can attest that the program is an awesome platform for selling online, and has so much offer to offer for the beginner as well as the season marketer. Great article.

  12. Hi and thanks for this review. I have been looking at a platform to join to learn affiliate marketing. This Wealthy Affiliate looks like a win-win program. I see that I can get 2 free websites to start with, are these subdomain sites? If so can u still make money on them or do you have to become a premium member first and get a dot com website? Thanks in advance for your reply.


    • Hi Carl, for the free website with free domain they are a subdomain but you can purchase a full domain if your like. When its a sub domain, it will be “YOUR_DOMAIN”.siterubix.com.
      Domains are very cheap and I believe they add that professional touch with makes your site more authentic.

  13. Great title haha! I agree that WealthyAffiliate is THE place to start if you’re making a website for the first time. I hope it’ll stay and even improve in the future with an even bigger community. But it’s already really good and huge anyway. Keep up the good work!

  14. Good post depicting review about one of the best affiliate marketing training platform. And for sure, It is one of the top online business learning platform, me too took several years to research about it.

  15. awesome wealthy affiliate review, you really nailed all the features and components with a great strategy of video and text!

    It appears that Wealthy Affiliate has it all…

    Just curious how long have you been with the program, and how is it working out for you?

    btw I booked marked your page so I can go over it with some family members!

  16. Hey Vince,

    Excellent post. Love the website to! It looks so clean and sharp. Brilliant. Sounds like Wealthy Affiliate is definitely not a scam and has some amazing tools.

    I do a bit of blogging and Youtubing and love that Wealthy Affiliate has its own keyword tool. Keywords are really important and can make or break a post. Your videos are great too. I can see you have put a heap of work into this post. Excellent job. For anyone reading this I 100% recommend giving Wealthy Affiliate a try. You will never look back.

    Keep up the great work Vince!


    • Thanks for the great feedback Kev, I appreciate your visit.
      Great to hear you’ve had success with Wealthy Affiliate and commend the platform.
      I really like your videos as well Kev and really enjoyed your book.

  17. Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome asset to my business. I have been using them since 2009. In the beginning, they were drastically different than they are today. But, it’s good to see that they have kept up with the times.

    Unlike other business opportunities like Empower Network that just file for bankruptcy and tell their clients, “sorry” when they go under. Really, what Empower Network did was really wrong. They got the trust of so many people and then let them all out to die on their own once they declared bankruptcy.

    Wealthy Affiliate, on the other hand, is much better. They let you host their sites there. 25 at once. They have weekly webinars. The training is amazing. Kyle and Carson’s one-on-one help are great. But, lastly, the community is great. People help you out all the time and it’s a wonderful business investment.

    • What amazing feedback Garen. Its great to hear that Kyle and Carson are so very active in helping members. Its this kind of feedback that make me proud of recommending such a great community and proud to be apart of it.

  18. Hi Vince. Your website is amazing and there is a lot of invaluable content here. I have been with Wealthy Affiliate, 2 and a half years now and all I can say is nothing less than amazing. not only you get amazing training on building online business from scratch but the community spirit who they can’t help you enough, even if you’re lost or stuck. they’re always there for help and support. all I can say is try out the 7 day trial, I promise you it be the best investment ever.

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