Wealthy Affiliate review, after 1 year of membership

I first joined Wealthy Affiliate (WA) almost a full year ago; May 2, 2014. At that time, I was researching everything about building websites, as I was looking to build a website to accompany my YouTube channel. I was also researching how to make (more) money online, because the ad revenue from YouTube at the time was only $10 a month.

I somehow stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate. At first, I just singed up for a free account, had a quick look, but didn’t really act on it at all. I was still looking for other resources, and I wasn’t yet ready to sit down and watch 20-minute long tutorials.

A week or so later, I  purchased a domain and signed up for hosting at Hostgator. I managed to install WordPress, but after that, I was left completely confused. Then I remembered where I could find tutorials; at WA. I quickly went through the free Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, which got me to set up my first WordPress website correctly. I had just, sort of, built my first website. But apparently, there was a lot more to learn. I decided to take the offer of $19 for a month of full membership, which unlocks the following courses, and more. I also really liked the ability to chat with other members, and to post questions. I knew that the training and access to others was going to save me hours of time, which would definitely make up for the membership cost, and it turned out I was right!

Also, Wealthy Affiliate introduced me to affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you promote products, software, or services for companies on your websites. When visitors click a link to the company, it’ll be tracked they came from your website. If the visitor purchases something, you’ll recieve a commission from the company you’re promoting.
I realized that it was the best opportunity to really start making money online. After building the website for my YouTube channel, I created a new niche website, in Dutch, and managed to get it to #1 in Google for it’s main keyword. This site is now, mostly passively, earning me money.

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Commissions I’m making with one of the affiliate networks (TradeTracker).

I was completely sold on the idea of building websites and making money with them, and Wealthy Affiliate is a great resource to help you do that. That’s why I’m still a member, one year later.

The advantages of joining WA

There are two types of membership at WA; the starter membership (free), and a full membership (paid).

Free membership:

  • First course of the two main training programs. The Online Entrepreneur Certification, and the Affiliate bootcamp. These training programs are split up in different ‘courses’, with a different theme for each of them. With a free membership you get access to the first course of both of them. A course contains 10 classes, almost every class has a step-by-step video tutorial.
  • Two free .siterubix.com subdomain websites. These are WordPress websites, and similar to free websites on wordpress.com. SiteRubix has one advantage though; whereas wordpress.com displays their own advertisements on your site, SiteRubix doesn’t.

=> Try out the free membership!

Full membership:

More training!

  • Access to all courses in the training programs. Access to all courses in the Online Entrepreneur Certification, and the Affiliate bootcamp.  The Online Entrepreneur Certification has 5 seperate courses, the Affiliate Bootcamp has 7. Every course is divided into 10 seperate classes. You’ll learn about WordPress, affiliate marketing, writing content for your website, SEO, how to build up a following in social media, and more.
  • Access to extra training courses created by WA members. Members at Wealthy Affiliate can create their own training modules, and they often do. These training courses can go into anything, like growing your social media following, or how to set up Email marketing.
  • Access to live WAbinars. These are one hour long webinars, that take place almost every week. You can parttake in them live, and ask questions. These webinars started back in 2010, so there’s a backlog of about 200 episodes.

Websites and Email

  • Unlimited free .siterubix.com websites. Once you go premium, the free .siterubix.com websites run a full WordPress installation, which means you can install plugins, and use ANY WordPress theme. This means it has more functions than a .wordpress.com website.
    Eventually you’ll want to use your own domains, but .siterubix.com sites are still very useful. For instance, you can use them to test out new niche ideas. I also use them for demonstration and testing purposes. For instance, tutorial.siterubix.com is my WordPress demo website that I use for my how-to articles.
  • Hosting for an unlimited amount of websites using your own domains. With the premium memberhip you can host your own domain names at Wealthy Affiliate.
  • Email. You can set up an unlimited amount of Email accounts for your websites; you@yourwebsite.com. It’s also very easy to set this up to automatically forward to any of your existing Email accounts.
  • 24/7 support. Something gone wrong with your website? You can contact support their 24/7 support. I’ve had to contact support twice, and both times, I got a helpful response within 10 minutes.

Access to the WA community

  • Live Chat. Live chat with other WA members, a very fast way to get help with anything you’re stuck with. Or just to discuss any ideas, get feedback, or just to talk to like-minded people. The live chat is also free the first week with your free membership.
  • Blogs. Keep up with, and learn from, other WA members. A lot of them, including me, frequently blog about their progress with building and growing their websites. As a full member, you can do so too. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated.
  • Private messaging. Send private messages to other members to discuss anything. This could be very beneficial. For instance, you can discuss guestblogging on each others’ websites.
  • Reach WA’s creators. You can easily reach out to the creators of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson, both very experienced internet marketers, with any questions you may have. This will guarantee you get very good advice. Also, they’re both very active within WA, and can often be found responding to blogs, or talkin in the Live Chat.

=> Sign up for a full membership

 

Interested? Read this first!

I want to stress a couple of points before you join up.

  • Don’t start out with the Affiliate Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is centered around promoting WA’s own affiliate program. Wealthy Affiliate suggest you do the Bootcamp if you don’t have any niche ideas. From what I’ve seen, about half of the people joining WA go straight into the Bootcamp. That means a lot of people start promoting Wealthy Affiliate when they have barely experienced it. Also, this means they are going to be in the ‘make money online’ niche, which is ironic, because most people at that point haven’t really made any money online. Also, this is a VERY competitive niche, so your chances of success are lower.
    My advice is to follow the Online Entrepreneur Course, and build a website in a niche you’re interested in. You can always start the Bootcamp later, once you’ve got some more experience. Don’t get me wrong; the information in the Bootcamp classes is still very good, and most of it can actually be used for any website, regardless of what you’re promoting.
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I’d recommend you follow this course – the Online Entrepreneur Certification

  • Don’t expect to learn any ‘secrets’, or have quick successes. Building up a successful website takes a big investment of your time upfront. Once it’s successful however, you’ll keep reaping the rewards. Also, don’t forget that the skills you’ll learn are also very valuable by themselves. You’ll learn how to build and market a professional website, something that a webdesigner usually charges anywhere between $300 and $2000 for.
  • If you’re planning on joining just for the training, I’d recommend to not host your websites at WA, but to use a seperate webhost (I recommend Hostgator), so you don’t have to go through the trouble of moving your sites if you decide to cancel your membership once you feel you’ve had enough training.
  • I recommend using PayPal to pay for your membership. This makes it very easy to cancel membership any time you want; just cancel the recurring payment in your PayPal account anytime, and you can never be billed again. I have actually done this before, as I didn’t have much time to work on my websites for a couple of months.

My recommended use of WA

First off, start with a free membership, to just try it out.

If you like the training you get as a free member, take the $19 offer for the first month of full membership to unlock the rest of the training material. In this first month’s time, you can learn A LOT. Take the Online Entrepreneur Certification instead of the Affiliate Bootcamp. If you spend a few hours every day, you can go through the entire Online Entrepreneur Certification course material in your first month.

After that, you should have all the basic skills you need to build a successful website that makes money with affiliate marketing. The amount of step-by-step training you’ll get in that course, all at one location, for just $19, is completely worth it.

After the first month, you can decide to go your own way, using the skills you’ve learned, or stay around for $47 a month. There’s also an option to get a full year of membership, for $359 (that’s just less than $30 per month). The main advantage of staying a full member are the additional training (for instance, almost 200 one-hour-long webinars), and to keep access to the WA community. Access to the WA community means you always have a way quick way to get your questions answered, and you have people to network with.

=> Sign up for a free membership!

16 thoughts on “Wealthy Affiliate review, after 1 year of membership

  1. John

    Hello Guido, Great site lots of links to sites and free offers, I like your story on your Discovery of WA, The site theme is clean and easy to read look forward to seeing more post and information
    cheers john

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  2. tim

    Hi

    Just popped by to say i think it is awesome the progress you have made in one year you are already sitting on a money making online career. I have been with WA a couple of months now and am starting to see my first trickles of cash but most importantly I’m learning the skills I need.

    I hope to be where you are after my first year.

    All the Best

    Tim

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks! I agree, the skills you’ll learn at WA are very valuable by themselves. I wouldn’t call what I’ve got going a career yet, though. I currently have a steady online income of a few hundred dollars (or euros) a month from multiple affiliate programs and Adsense. Hopefully I’ll be able to actually make a fulltime living from my websites in 1 more year. I’m working hard on making that happen. Wealthy Affiliate really helps me with that, it keeps me motivated and improving my skills.

      Reply
  3. jerry

    Hmmm, I am already a WA member, but your idea of going premium but hosting elsewhere is interesting. I understand where you are coming from on that. One would hope that at some point, we do not need to have our hand held while we are doing this. However, I must say that I would find it hard to walk away from the friendships I have created here at WA, unless for some reason I could just not financially afford it. Also, isn’t there a yearly membership option that gets the monthly price down under $30 a month if you pay one lump sum?

    Take care,

    Jerry

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Jerry,

      If you’re planning on staying a full member at WA for a long time, you can definitely host with them, no problem. Being a member at WA doesn’t mean you’re having your hand held, necessarily. There’s a lot more to it than just the regular courses. I mainly keep sticking around for all the advantages of the community at WA, and I try to attend as many weekly ‘WAbinars’ as possible. And even after over a year, there is still a lot of training I haven’t checked out.

      But I can definitely understand the mindset of learning as much as possible, and then going your own way. Just by finishing the main courses offered at WA, you’ll have the skills to be successfull online. If you can finish those in the first month, you have only paid $19, which is a steal.

      It just depends on what you want out of Wealthy Affiliate.

      And yes, there’s a membership option for a full year, for $359, which means it’ll cost just less than $30 a month.

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  4. Simon

    Hi Guido, thanks for the detailed info and for being so open with your own personal experience. I am really happy that you have started to realise your dreams of making money online. You are an inspiration and I hope some day I can have my own internet business too.

    I really believe the internet and the potential of it can change your life and give you the freedom to live the kind of life you want. My trouble is that with so many scammers and con artists out there, it’s really hard to know who to trust. Wealthy Affiliate sounds great but I’m very nervous about paying for anything…

    I’ve already paid out for 3 different ‘quick schemes’ and I followed every single step they showed me but it never worked. Now I’m just super cautious because of my bad experience… but it’s people like you that inspire me to keep going – I mean if you can do it then I see no reason why can’t too.

    Sorry for the ramble! Any advice?

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Wealthy Afilliate isn’t a ‘quick scheme’, and they don’t pretend to be. My advice is to just check out the free membership first. If you like it, get premium and pay monthly. It’s only $19 for the first month. Just start working your way through the courses immediately. If somehow you find that it’s not for you, you can cancel and you’ve only spent $19. If you’re using PayPal, it’s very easy to cancel if you’d want to, and you won’t be charged for anything after that.

      The amount of success you’ll have with what Wealthy Affiliate teaches, depends on how much work you put in on your website, and how well you apply what you’ve learned. Also, it’ll just take time, as that’s one of the important ranking algorithms for search engines. You just have to keep going, and everything will ‘snowball’ over time; your site starts to rank higher, it’ll get shared and linked to. Also, your own skills will improve over time.

      A common problem is that a lot of people give up way too early. I almost did the same; I actually thought about shutting down my sites and close my hosting account with Hostgator to save money, as I wasn’t seeing any sales 3 months after building my first niche website. I remember myself thinking it all wasn’t going to work. Just after that, I got my first sale with the Ebay affiliate program: €22,74. The month after that, I made about €80 without doing any work to the site. Now, the same site makes me about €200 a month, and I barely spend any time on it at all. I’m currently working on repeating that process, as well as building larger sites that I can scale up further. And it’s starting to work.

      So, my advice is to just try Wealthy Affiliate, work at building up your own website, and don’t give up early. While you don’t necessarily need Wealthy Affiliate to build a successful site, it’ll definitely help, as it’ll guide you through the entire process of building, marketing, and optimizing your website, step-by-step. Also, you’ll get access to the community; thousands of people with the same mindset, that can help you out with almost any questions you may have.

      Good luck! If you have any additional questions, let me know.

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  5. Stefanie

    Hi. This is a great post. It is very thorough, easy to read and easy to understand. I just started with WA and have build a website, but have not had any sales yet. Hearing from other people, that where actually able to make some money with the WA training is very encouraging. It can be hard to keep going when you don’t see any results.

    Thank you for the motivation.
    Stefanie

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Stefanie,

      Just keep at it! From what I’ve seen, the main reason people won’t be successful is because they give up too early. I still remember being at that stage myself, and it’s definitely frustrating. Just don’t give up too early. I was skeptical about affiliate marketing as a way to make money myself, until I made some sales and actually got paid. Once that happens, you’ll be convinced by that you can make it work.

      Good luck!

      Reply
  6. Marilyn

    You have proverbially hit the nail on the head with your post on WA. I have spent countless hours on the internet trying to find an online work at home job that wasn’t a scam. I was excited when I found WA. I have only been a member for a month and I am excited about the prospects ahead. I am a premium member and I think the membership is a fair price for all the training and help you get at WA. I think it is terrific that you are exceeding in your endeavor. One of these days when I need help, I am looking forward to you helping me. All the best to you.

    Marilyn

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Marilyn,

      Luckily, I never fell for any scams myself. However, it took me a couple of months of orientation to really understand how you can make money online, and why it’s a great idea to get into it (mainly for the residual/passive income, and the ability to really scale up your earnings over time).

      If you need any help, just ask!

      Guido

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  7. Ryan Low

    Hey, I have a question, recently I’ve started to have some doubts but people tell me to keep going forward. How do I keep up my motivation?

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Ryan,

      What are the doubts you are having, exactly?

      I remember being pretty skeptical myself, until I received my first payout from my affiliate marketing earnings. I struggled with motivation myself in the first months, which lead to me barely taking any action. But once I made some sales, and passively continued to earn money from the first site I set up, I was sold on the affiliate marketing business model. I now know that all I have to do is to replicate that process, to scale up over time. Knowing I can do that, and become financially free gives me all the motivation I need.

      Just remember it takes a while to get going. Most people just don’t have the patience, and will quit before having any success. Don’t be that person! If you follow the training on WA, and keep working on your site, you will eventually see the results you’re looking for. So, I agree with the people that tell you to keep moving forward.

      If you’re having any specific questions, you can always ask me or post a question on WA.

      Guido

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  8. Gin

    Hey Guido, nice post and I think you did a great job reviewing Wealthy Affiliate with such depth. I am much newer than you in my Internet marketing experience, but I agree with you that Wealthy Affiliate is the most beginner-friendly, authentic online business training program ever created. They even provide you with a free option to try out the program before deciding to pay for it. I have not upgraded to yearly membership yet, but I find your recommendation very tempting and persuasive. I can see you are making solid progress and tangible success with WA and I hope to achieve that level of success too. All the best.

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Thanks Gin!

      You can always start out with a monthly membership; that way you’ll have access to everything inside WA. The first month is just $19. In your first month, you should have enough time to figure out if it’s what you’re looking for.

      Guido

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  9. jack

    Hey Guido, This is a great post. It is very thorough, easy to read and easy to understand

    Reply

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