Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Type of business: Online Business Classroom and Community
Price: $0 Starter membership (Starter account), $49 per month (Premium) or $359 per year.
Owners: Kyle and Carson
My rating: 5 out of 5 (Highly recommended) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Before we get started on everything, I need to be frank you with you – That is not my airplane on the right.
It belongs to a client of mine and I got the opportunity to go there because of my business that grew thanks to Wealthy Affiliate which led me to a lot of calls and a lot of projects.
Long story short, Wealthy Affiliate is a course that teaches you to grow an Online Business of your own, or grow an existing one through Online Marketing, specifically through website content.
I’ll explain in greater detail as we go but it’s important for me to set your expectations straight.
WA is NOT a get rich quick scheme and it does not make you a millionaire – It does however, give you a considerable amount of income fulltime if you put in effort.
Hi, My name is Riaz Shah and I am an event planner by trade.
It is my own company which I’ve learned how to grow from the skills that I’ve picked up here at Wealthy Affiliate which I’ll be reviewing for you as we go.
On my free time, I write casually on this blog to help share my discoveries with everyone on how to build a second income stream as how I did.
I may be a corporate person but outside work, I’m still the normal everyday guy who loves Star Wars and video games and before you ask, No I do not live in a big mansion nor drive a Ferrari.
I don’t believe that it’s right to show off and prey on other people’s envy and jealousy to make money by scamming them.
It’s important for me to tell you this because there a lot of scammers out there on the internet and I’m just as normal as you are and everyone here who are looking for the same answers on building a sustainable future.
Now that we’ve got our expectations on reality, let me start off with how I ended up coming across Wealthy Affiliate…
3 years ago before this very website that you’re looking at had even existed yet, I was in another program called Dot Com Secrets X which I ended up losing all my savings and being scammed hoping I’d get a shot at making money online.
I didn’t get a single cent.
But after a few months, I began to muster up the confidence to find out what other people had been saying on Google and I found out that everyone said the same thing – That the DCSX was definitely a scam and everyone lost a lot of money to the so-called internet guru.
I went down.
Bent and broken with barely any cash left on hand, I read and read countless of reviews until I came across Wealthy Affiliate which has an insane amount of positive reviews but they never did any marketing of their own, no fast cars, no big mansions.
I decided to give it a try and joined their 7-day trial and from that moment onwards, I was hooked.
The lessons are on-point and my website looks amazing – My content-writing skills that I picked up makes Google love my site even more and after 2 months, I got my first sale.
I never looked back and I keep working on my websites to grow them even further and now, I’m earning at least $4-5k from my websites a month.
I learned the hard way that there is NO such thing as making millions overnight so if you are like me – believing that efforts will pay off, then Wealthy Affiliate is definitely for you so do read my review below to know more about this particular program.
What is Wealthy Affiliate? (And How Does it Work)
Want to make money selling other people’s stuff?
You’ve come to the right place.
WA is an Online Business Course which teaches you how to make money out of any passion you have, by building a WordPress website.
Here, you’ll learn how to become an Affiliate Marketer which means that you can make money through sales you make from affiliate programs and products which will give you a percentage of each sale.
You don’t need to sell.
You don’t need to create your own product.
You don’t have to even face people.
All you have to do is to provide information to what people are searching online. By doing that, people will be very thankful for giving them a solution to their questions – all you need to do is recommend them to Amazon which will do the rest.
Don’t worry about website building, it is actually easier today than several years ago as you don’t need prior knowledge at all.
I used to take 3 weeks to build a website but now, anyone can build one in a few minutes time! There’s absolutely no excuse to not build one because everyone eventually needs a website be it for their personal selves, for work, or research.
The website building is the easy part, driving visitors to your site is another which is why after you’ve built your website, your next task in hand is to drive traffic (Fancy name for website visitors) and don’t worry, because you won’t need to spend a single cent on marketing at all!
The only real way by ranking your website on the first page of Google which is a major part covered here at Wealthy Affiliate. Look at that image on your right… That is how my website looks like on Google and many other pages are ranking too and so will yours.
Admit it, even you will be proud enough to tell your friends of your achievements when you managed to get your website up there as it is no small feat. Once your website is on the first page of Google, it will stay there forever and that is how you’ll get endless traffic for free.
One last note that I’d like to add is that the amount of money you’ll be getting is dependent on the amount of people you can attract to your site because no matter how beautiful your site looks like, it won’t make money if nobody is there in the first place.
The higher your traffic = Higher conversions = More money.
You could easily make $10 a day or $1000 a day or anywhere in between with Internet Marketing if you put in effort to grow your business every day.
It is important to take note that you WON’T be making money overnight though, because Google needs time to know you are serious and that your website is a quality one which is why a new website will take a month or two to grow before Google starts unlocking your site’s true potential and give you a greater site exposure.
Don’t know how a website process works? I’ve got you covered! When I first build my website, I record everything from day one because I was excited and in the beginning, your graph will look something like this…
The first few weeks will be rough but in the end, hard work will definitely start to pay off and your visitor rate will shoot off the roof as how it did on my site as well.
Pros and Cons
There are lot of features that I will sharing with you later on but here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons within this program…
- Lessons are always updated
- Suitable for both beginners and experts
- Classroom-based learning – There are 13 full interactive classroom with tasks to complete.
- Suitable for any niche
- 10,000+ members within the community
- You’ll never run out of motivation
- Live Chat
- Spam-free community
- NO hidden upsells
- Free webhosting
- Free websites
- It will probably take you at least 2-3 weeks in order to get your first sale – Building a website may take time as Google needs to understand what you’re doing fist before you can rank of the first page. If you are looking for ways to make money overnight, I’m afraid this program is not for you but if you believe hard work will pay off, then this is perfect program for you.
- You won’t make millions – Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick scheme and it is important to have realistic expectations before you get started. On average, I have seen people earning around $300 – $700 on their first month. It may be a small amount but businesses start small and only after that will your website start snowballing and earn you more sales.
- Do not get stuck in the “Learning only” mode – There are some great knowledge to be learned from Wealthy Affiliate and I have seen many people (Including me sometimes) learn but not implementing. Knowledge have never been so sweet here at WA, especially if you have been looking for that answer all your life but what good is all that knowledge if you’re not doing anything with it, right?
Tools and Training –Everything You Need Under One Roof!
Want to know what you’ll get if you join? As an Online Business platform, Wealthy Affiliate has a lot of features for members and every year, there’s always something new that will surprise you. We’ll start with the number one feature here which is the…
Very Immersive Training! Classroom-based Lessons You’ll Never Forget!
The training is Wealthy Affiliate’s golden icon – People all over the world come to check out the astonishing secrets to building a high quality website the right way.
The lessons will teach you how to make money by choosing a niche which you really love, building a website about it, creating content to make Google love it, gain rankings on Google first page, and voila! You earn through conversions.
Basically, you will be taught Affiliate Marketing which is the art of selling other people’s products in exchange for commissions and this is very fun, very easy and very lucrative because there are billions of people using the internet every day.
Want a More Real-Time Class? Join Our Weekly WAbinars!
And that’s not a typo, WAbinar is our actual term because it stands for Wealthy Affiliate get it? Get it? Okay I’ll go.
Every week on Fridays, we have this video Wabinar covering all sorts of wonderful topics to help keep your edges sharp and updated on the online world. That’s right, you don’t have to look for news outside – we’ll bring it to you!
I’ve finished all those lessons myself but the weekly live training is something I never miss out on because it helps remind me of just how awesome the whole online experience is, especially when there are thousands of other members talking at the same time. Talk about power power of community!
Want to Rank on Google Fast? –Avoid Competition with our Keyword Tool!
Take a look at that photo of my Google Search – It’s on page one if you search “Totally Free Stock Photos”
Blogging is not my full time thing as I am also working a day job so I have no experience on how the whole internet works but if I can manage to rank my site on the first page let alone build one, then that definitely means that you can too. Perhaps you’l do even better than me since you can definitely put in more time into growing your site which will eventually be your full time business.
How I do this is pretty easy.
You see, Google has millions of websites on the web and each one is competing with one another but what makes us stand out more despite all those heavy competition, is that we know how to leverage keywords and how I managed to rank mine just now was by simply searching it through the Keyword Research Tool here at WA.
How you can utilize our keyword tool to rank any page on Google will be taught inside the program so I won’t spill much on this but just to let you know, it’s something that will definitely up your game even more 😉
Want a Reply Faster than Support? –Get Access to Member Threads!
Not that our support team is slow or anything. They do reply fast and when I say fast, I mean less than half an hour to be exact but sometimes, we just need an instant answer for a very short questions. Like should I do this or not, or even how to solve a problem on your blog.
When we’re working online, things tend to get pretty technical so we’re bound to have questions burning from time to time but worry not, you’re not alone! Other members are most probably asking the same thing when it comes to a website problem so while at WA, you can simply access their threads and get instant answers in a blink of an eye!
There are also other members who share tips and training every once in a while (Even me!) and we often share things that cannot be found within WA’s lessons (Golden knowledge!) so you’ll definitely get access to that as well 🙂
Oh, But I Don’t Know to Build a Website! –Introducing SiteRubix.
Not to worry, you can build one here easy with a click of a button and no technical terms!
At WA, you can build up to 25 free websites to test your game before deciding on buying a full dot com domain for your website and our site-building platform is made especially to help you speed up and rank easily within Google!
We have over 1,400+ beautiful themes for you to choose from and most important of all, they are all mobile-responsive which means that if you check your newly-built website, it adjusts itself right into phone-mode automatically.
This is very important because not only will your readers love you more, Google will also rank you better because in 2017, websites which are mobile-responsive will gain better rankings within search engines.
This also means that if you already have a website now and its not mobile-responsive, you’re screwed so if there’s any a time to jump into the WA bandwagon, there has never been a more perfect time than now.
Nobody Commenting on Your site? –Boost them with SiteComments!
Did you know that out of every 100 web visitors, only 1% will comment on your site?
If you have a website but no one is commenting on it, don’t worry because that’s pretty normal! A lot of people won’t even think of commenting if there’s no conversation within your page at all to begin with. But when you stumble upon a page with a lot of organic people commenting, you just have to join in or take a closer look, wouldn’t you agree?
At Wealthy Affiliate, we aim to change all that with a little something we call SiteComments.
How it works is that from your WA dashboard, you can request comments from other members to your site and before you start thinking of the quality, it’s guaranteed of very high organic quality because the SiteComments system is actually a give and take system.
This means that if you want comments on your website, you will need to contribute comments on another member’s site too so this way, everyone no matter how old or pro they are will need to comment on other sites and speaking of which, I’m one of the top contributors there too 😉
The SiteComments system is a feature unique only here at WA and you won’t find this anywhere else. Even if you ask others to comment on your site, it won’t be the same or as detailed as how we do it here because there are certain rules on the give and take system – Relativity and word length-wise.
For every article that I write, I usually request for 5 comments on my site and after that, other readers from the internet who were to come across my page will be tempted to comment too! Just scroll down the comments section below to see what I mean 😉
Out of the many features we have here, I’d say this is one of the very best benefits you’ll get because it makes your work so much easier and no other website building platforms have this feature – Truly a heaven for beginners!
If you build a site using other website builders like Wix or Weebly, you won’t know how your website is doing and whether or not it is protected nor is it good SEO-wise. With SiteHealth on the other hand, you can check what exactly are you missing out and how on earth do you keep your site on its top performance so that it can rank better in Google.
Never fear, you can host your website here free of charge!
To build a website, you need to have a webhost and nobody knows how to find the right one. When I first started, I was using Hostgator as my web host but I’ve stopped my subscription altogether because I realized that I was spending $15 a month which was very expensive not to mention the fact that it was slowing my site down in terms of page load.
I moved my website to host at WA and instantly, this is what happened…
My website speed increased!
This is because WA gives you a first-class dedicated web hosting as opposed to the cheap shared-hosting that we usually come across, which means that you have a whole server for yourself to host your websites!
Other companies like Hostgator (My previous hosting) and Bluehost are using shared server which means that they cramp all the other websites in their server which results in a very slow website loading time. But by doing so, they are able to charge a low monthly fee.
Still, is price worth the quality?
Wealthy Affiliate on the other hand, gives you a dedicated webhost which is a killer deal because if you try to get this outside, it usually cost you at least a hundred dollars per month but as member, you’ll get access to this free your entire lifetime – That’s how serious they are to help you succeed online!
Don’t Know How to Get a Domain? –Introducing SiteDomains!
Starting January 2016, Wealthy Affiliate started their own in-house domain registrar so you have absolutely no reason to go out and spend more just to get a domain elsewhere!
We want to provide the best for our members and we understand the cost is a burden so worry not because we’ll give the best rate for those interested in purchasing domains that no other domain registrar companies can beat! Sure there are others who charge lower but the upsells are what’s going to cost you much more in the long run.
This is an entirely new feature that I never managed to get hold of because this bit wasn’t available back then. I’ve been a member for 3 years now and by the time I’ve built this website, it was from another domain registrar instead. New members are so pampered with new features that I’m feeling kind of envious!
Want to Up Your Game Even More? –Introducing SiteSSL!
Have you noticed how my website URL starts with a “https” instead of the usual “http”?
You can get this too at Wealthy Affiliate, this is an entirely new feature that just started in November 2016 and it is something that will revolutionize the website world.
Whether it’s a brand new website or a site that has been around for a while, you can upgrade it either way to a https to instantly be on the same par as other established websites like Facebook.
Having SSL is usually used for websites with transactions going on because it makes your site more secure and if you implement this on your site, Google will recognize you even more as it shows how serious you are about your business that you are taking precautionary steps to secure it. This is also important because it knows that you are giving value to your readers.
Nothing Seems Right? I’ll Personally Teach You How!
I’ve been a member for 3 years now and if there’s one thing I want, it’s to see you succeed with your Online Business.
I’ll share everything you need to know about how to get an edge online, what you can do to get a boost on sales, and I’ll even check how your website is doing to give you feedback of my own.
From time-to-time, I also create training to help fix some issues that some members are facing so you absolutely have nothing to worry about as I’ll be there along the way to guide you through.
I love helping out people because when I first started online, the owners Kyle and Carson personally helped me out and I was touched that I began helping others as well after I started standing on my 2 feet so rest assured you’ll have me and the rest of the community to back you up 🙂
People Want to See REAL Content!
If you’re new to the online world, every beginner makes this mistake of wanting to succeed online without putting the effort.
It doesn’t work like that because this is now how business work. Similar to the outside world, people want to see how trustworthy you are and how good your business is and here at WA, we teach you exactly that through a little something called Content Creation.
Would you rather buy from a cheap-looking website, or would you rather check to see a website’s credibility before spending?
The reason why popular websites like Amazon and Hubspot makes crazy conversion is because of the content they have that makes them authentic and real and believe it or not, it is more important now than ever…
See the graph trend rising? That’s how important proper content creation is today especially in 2018!
There are so many scams today out there that build cheap websites with no proper content only to lie to people and steal their money so you should be happy to know that after Google’s updates, only websites with proper content can survive which means, those cheap low quality ones will die.
In fact, your website will be much easier to rank now if you do it the right way which will be covered here at Wealthy Affiliate within our lessons so if you believe in working hard, this is definitely the place for you.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Safe? -Introducing SiteProtect!
Safer now than ever.
Sometimes you get too busy with work that you won’t have time to learn how to do antivirus or how to protect your site from hackers… At least not until it finally happens to you.
You’ll get super frustrated and you’ll start to panick because when that happens, the hacker takes control of your whole website so you can’t even log in.
All your hard-earned money, your business… gone!
Scary experience, I know because it’s happened to me once and I lost everything because I was too naiive to believe that nobody would hack me.
Wealthy Affiliate understands this issue and created their very own security feature called SiteProtect exclusively for its members so if you were to join, you’ll get access to it free of charge!
I have a website already before I joined but even now, I’m experiencing better security than last time before I joined. And Its very simple to activate really, all you need to do is to just click the On Button and you’re good to go!
Their WA team will handle everything for you so you can take your head away from the technicalities and focus on building your business. What a way to increase productivity, eh?
The SiteProtect feature is something you will never find anywhere else because its unique and is made by their own technical team and its really going to impact your business in the long run because Google will notice how established you are with a high-end system.
As an Online Business platform, Wealthy Affiliate uses WordPress due to its speed, popularity and ease of use (You don’t need prior knowledge). Its quite a popular method for working on the internet because WordPress makes it easier to understand everything so you don’t have to worry this part at all.
The WA team strives hard to increase your overall security experience (Very important for business) and until now, I have never had anyone hacking me compared to last time when I was trying to do everything by myself.
They are always working on new features and to make sure it goes well with all of us users including you and me so they often share their updates from time to time with the community so you can talk to them freely about your issues or even how you feel towards the updates. So in a nutshell, they’re…
- Synchronizing your site with the WA platform
- Creating strong passwords for your account
- Saving your site account details so you can just log in from here.
- SiteProtect – Their own in house Spam blocker!
- Scanning your websites regularly to detect suspicious activities like hacks.
Can I Really Create a Website About Anything At All?
Of course you can.
Wealthy Affiliate applies for all types of interests that you have whether it’s gardening, meditation, or even a beer blog!
I’m more of a show person rather than telling one so here are some of my friends from Wealthy Affiliate who proved that you can take any type of passion that you have and make an awesome money-making website out of it…
Website niche #1 – Flats for women
VeryDressyFlats.com is a women’s shoe blog created by Carla who is a member of Wealthy Affiliate.
To be honest, I have no clue whatsoever on girls shoe fashion but Carla does and she proved that her passion for it allowed to make money out of it. Now let’s see if the website really is successful and ranks in Google…
Mamma Mia, it does!
As you can see Carla’s website ranks number 1 and she even beat Amazon.com which is a powerhouse company and is more well-known!
Carla joined Wealthy Affiliate on July 16, 2014 without having any experience on making money online but she quickly went up the ladder and become one of the most popular members there. Here’s a look on Carla’s website…
She’s inspired many members including me and oddly enough, sometimes I feel like starting a shoe blog for women myself!
Website niche #2 – Advice for mothers
Mosm.info is a website created by Angela which gives mothers advice from a real mother’s point of view.
I know what you’re thinking – “This website doesn’t look pretty! Therefore it’s not successful!”
Oh really? Let’s ask Google if being “pretty” can stop a website from being successful…
What I like about Angela is that she proved that content is more important than making your website look pretty.
Sure making your website look nice is great but remember that the main thing people come to your website is because they want information, NOT to just stare at pretty pictures.
Have you heard of Craigslist?
It is one of those websites which are successful because of the content that it has, not the visuals.
And did you know that Angela too, is a member of Wealthy Affiliate?
What is even more shocking is that Angela only joined Wealthy Affiliate on September 2014 but already she is in the top 10 Ambassadors which is pretty cool.
Angela proved there is equal opportunity for everyone to grow their business no matter what your background is because if a humble grandmother can become way more successful than her daughter, why couldn’t you?
Website niche #3 – Blog for beer!
This is one of my favourites – Brew7.com created by Nathaniel.
Nathaniel loves his beers and he proved that no matter how weird your passion is, you can make a website out of it and there will ALWAYS be a market who are willing to buy.
Now let’s see if Brew7.com goes well with Google…
By Odin’s beard! It’s on the first page of Google!
It is VERY successful in fact, that Nathaniel scored first position and he even beat other more established websites such as the popular Dummies.com which has books all around the world in every bookstore.
How cool is that?
Nathaniel is also a member of Wealthy Affiliate and is one of the oldest ones at that as he has been one since 2010 – That’s 7 years now!
So Who is Wealthy Affiliate For?
Everyone! – From newbies to experts alike.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, what qualifications you have, whether you are a work from home mom, whether you even go to college or not or even if you’re unemployed!
Here, take a look at this screenshot of ambassadorship within Wealthy Affiliate…
The list goes on for those ambassadors but what I wanted to point out to you is that the beautiful thing about being an ambassador is that anyone can do it!
You get the ambassador title randomly depending on your activities on Wealthy Affiliate, how helpful you are, how communicative you are, and how performing your website is.
When you join Wealthy Affiliate, don’t be surprised that most newcomers are fresh newbies of the Internet Marketing world (Like me!), meaning that they have no experience on making money online!
But as they go through the lessons provided, they develop and eventually surpass even the most established members (Except for Kyle and Carson because they are the founders after all 😉 ) there so yes, everyone is equal here.
Surround Yourself With Those in the Same Mission As You!
Getting stuck is the number one reason internet marketers fail.
You can join as many home-business programs as you want but if you don’t get help and direction whenever you’re stuck, you won’t get far but it’s different in here because as you join, you get to meet all sorts of people from various backgrounds welcoming you.
Look at the picture above, I was surprised when the founder Kyle was welcoming me the moment I joined Wealthy affiliate! Okay I was exaggerating a little bit, it was actually one day after I joined when Kyle started talking to me but he did!
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 founders – Kyle and Carson. And both of them really care about how the well-being of the users because no matter how busy they get, they will still try to find time to reply you (Although it may take 2-3 days).
And it’s not just a one-time support where other programs will tend charge you higher if you want to speak with the seniors, no. Everyone is equals here which is why we get a long pretty fine and you’ll get access to speak with anyone without pressure of paying more.
In fact, I ask for help a lot and although my questions are really annoying because I have no background in website building and even after a year, Carson still finds time to reply me…
Having the founder himself guiding and talking to you will really make you feel valued as it shows responsibility and trust because the person who created the program himself will always be there for you.
There are loads more benefits of having a community such as…
- Hope in dark times – When you’re feeling down or depressed, having a supportive community who understands exactly how you feel may be just the remedy to get you back in action.
- Faster support – The community can help you answer your questions faster than relying on support tickets which would take days to reply.
- Personal advice – You can even ask for advice from the senior members on what methods or tricks they are using to give you a powerful edge.
- Greater motivation – A community will motivate you to work harder as you will ultimately feel envious when others who start about the same time as you, are already achieving massive success.
- Expert feedback – What better way to get professional feedback from experts themselves? People pay for this consultation while we get it for free!
Starter membership: $0 (Join here)
Premium membership: $49 per month or $359 per year (join here)
Wealthy Affiliate may not be the hottest product in the market but after reaching their targeted goal of having 200,000 members, Kyle and Carson decided to open up the doors to more people by introducing the Starter membership which you could join for free.
So how long can you join for free? For as long as you like!
Unlike other home business programs which gives you only a few weeks to try out like Dot Com Secrets X (2 weeks) and Google Sniper 2.0 (7 days), the Wealthy Affiliate membership allows you to join for as long as you like until you’re ready to join as a premium member.
So do take advantage of that and experience the Wealthy Affiliate platform first-hand.
After you have learned everything there is to know about (And make some money along the way), you will want to consider joining as a premium member.
It’s designed to help you gain an edge in your online business by removing those pesky problems we tend to face like expensive hosting fees, pesky keyword tool fees, those website builder fees, searching the net tirelessly for answers, outsourcing people to help… all those removed with a low payment.
The membership contains EVERYTHING you need to know about making your first dollar online. You can look at the premium membership as a living breathing Wikipedia whereby people can just give you answers whenever you’re stuck or even give advice to boost your income.
Make Your First Sale and Share Your Stories!
Every day, there are hundreds of people who make their first sale at Wealthy Affiliate.
They share their happiness with the world and I really love reading their success stories as it warms my heart seeing how happy they are. It would really make my day if you were there too and I would do everything in my power to guide you into making your first sale as how these people have…
My Final Word + Bonus Gift
Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 ranked program on my top 10 list of legitimate home business programs and it receives my rating of 5 out of 5.
Bear in mind that it is also not a get rich quick scheme and to start making money on your website, you need time for Google to recognize it so only after that will you start and get your endless supply of visitors thus your income. I’ve been part of Wealthy Affiliate for almost 3 years now and still am so should you decide to join, my username within the community is “Riaz”. Do drop by and say hello!
I’ll also give you a bonus if you decide to join as a PREMIUM within the first 7 days (including a 59% discount). This is something i’d like to call an “action takers” bonus as I would really want to help you out by giving you you my personal guidance and some cool traffic building tips I have learned to build up my business from scratch.
Any questions at all that you have, please do leave them below and I’ll be more than happy to reply. Looking forward to meeting you and hope to see you there soon!