Wealthy Affiliate Review
Overall Ranking: 9.24 out of 10
Price: Free Account;
or Premium Account – $47/mo or $359/yr
Owners: Kyle & Carson
With Wealthy Affiliate you are only seconds away from starting your own online business! They provide absolutely everything you need to start, create, and grow a successful business through affiliate marketing and blogging. Plus they cater to all levels of experience, from someone with zero knowledge to someone with years of success online. How does Wealthy Affiliate work? With 4 simple steps: 1)Choose an Interest 2)Build a Website 3)Attract Visitors 4)Earn Revenue
Choose an Interest
What interests you? We all have a hobby or something that gets us excited and motivated when we think about it. There are millions of different ideas that you could potentially tap into online. The goal is to have FUN with what you are doing. When you choose a passion, success is much more likely to follow.
Build a Website
Building your very own website is SIMPLE within Wealthy Affiliate. The process takes less than 30 seconds to build a beautiful looking, revenue ready website. This is going to be the foundation of your business and what will ultimately lead to a successful venture.
Within the first few lessons at Wealthy Affiliate you are going to be learning all about the most current traffic techniques and how you can get an ABUNDANCE of relevant customers to your website through rankings in all the search engines. More People = More Opportunity!
Once you have an audience (traffic), you can promote products and services through special programs called “affiliate programs” which are free to join. These allow you to promote pretty much anything you can imagine without having to own or create the product yourself. No inventory. No shipping.
You’ll learn all about the proper techniques to build, and scale your business at Wealthy Affiliate.
Pros: This is the only business I know of that has no startup cost. Wealthy affiliate provides all of the base tools (website hosting & creation, education, etc.) to succeed. Their webhost includes anti-virus security as well as they can restore back-ups for you as needed. WA allows you to earn money very easily through following your passion and fulfilling your purpose in life. Depending on what niche you choose you can even earn lifetime or residual commissions.
Cons: The back-end navigation of the site is a bit odd to me, but manageable once you get familiarized with it. While WA does offer hosting with your account, they only allow a custom domain name (which you can purchase from www.Godaddy.com or www.namecheap.com) if you have a premium account. Also their hosting service doesn’t allow for a ton of server-side editing (like there is no access to phpmyadmin nor will they offer customization of mx records), which is no biggie if you don’t do any programming or try to setup a customized email system through your domain. They only offer email forwarding for that or a back-end built in email client which kinda sucks. Also bothered that they do not allow the installation of an ssl (this gives a site a secure connection) for most blogs that isn’t an issue but I had to find a work-around through vcita.com so that customers could make still make secure payments on my site.
Overall vcita is perfect for me and the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate FAR outweigh their downsides, though you can always eliminate all downsides and pay for hosting elsewhere and just take advantage of their training…but that will up your startup and operation costs.
WHO IT IS FOR
Those with a talent and flare for writing might find it easier but really anyone who is willing to be committed to adding value and being of service to others can find great success here. I remember I was so excited when I first learned of affiliate marketing.
I called up a friend who was on disability and struggling and told her I found a way for her to earn more money that she could do even with her health issues. I was almost speechless when she gawked and sneered at the idea of it and argued she couldn’t do it. I said “you can use a computer and type”, and her response was “yeah, but I won’t do that!”.
She was unwilling to change and grow and preferred to live a life where to this day she claims she is ‘stuck’. This is for anyone who truly wants to change their life. For those who want to build an income from home. Another entrepreneurial friend of mine named Dallin totally embraced it and runs leatherfacts.org and loves it.
You have two paths for building a successful revenue-earning blog.
- If you want to choose you own niche and build a site on whatever you heart desires then you can follow their free course one “Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1)” there are a total of 5 levels going this direction, in the first level which is free you go through a 10-lesson course that is part of the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Certification. It will walk you through the steps of creating a successful online business that generates revenue. This getting started course (level 1) is your first step to realizing your potential as an online business owner.
Course 1 Benefits & Learning Outcomes:
- Learn how to immediately get “immersed” in the awesome community here at WA
- Discover the process of earning revenue online
- Create and start working towards a list of new financial and non-financial goals
- Gain instant access to over 590,000 niches
- Choose your starting point NICHE for your business
- Build your very OWN niche website
- Learn how to optimize your website using WordPress
- A simple and free way of making your site search engine friendly
- How to create quality website content (that gets ranked)Understanding the keyword research process
- Quickly and easy creation of your own low competition keyword lists
- If you haven’t found your passion or specific niche you want to pursue then wealthy Affiliate also has an affiliate program for you to promote and build around. The “WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Starting Your Foundation (PHASE 1)”. Here instead of courses there are a total of 7 phases, each with its corresponding lessons.
With Phase 1 you also have 10 lessons designed as a 10 day course that is going to get you up and running with your own website. before you can even consider promoting Wealthy Affiliate, you need to have a website in place. This is going to be your place where you can engage people, help them, and ultimately bring them in as happy Wealthy Affiliate members.
Phase 1 Benefits & Learning Outcomes:
- Understand the WA Affiliate Program Opportunity
- How to Set and Reach Extraordinary Affiliate Goals
- Learn How You Can Meet Us in Vegas each year!
- How to Share Content Within Wealthy Affiliate and Earn
- Finding and Creating a Successful “Authority” Style Domain
- Creating a Massively Successful WA Affiliate Campaign
Both Kyle and Carson are very involved in running Wealthy Affiliate. Kyle seems to handle most of the interactive stuff in providing support, while Carson seems to handle the technical aspects and actual support tickets created. Both are usually very responsive and the same with the community itself. My only off observations here are listed under the “Cons” section.
This is one of the best parts, it is completely FREE to get your business rolling. Free membership includes access to their “Getting Started” training course as well as two word press websites with hosting, live help and support, and access to 10,000’s of community discussions. Their paid membership cost either $47 per month or $359 per year if you want to save $205 dollars. I started off with the free membership testing it out for a bit less than a month, then upgraded with the monthly one until I was satisfied with my results. Then I paid for the full year to start saving some money.
With the paid membership it gives you access to live weekly training on Fridays, replays of past ones, as well as additional courses,commenting, support, and higher commissions if you choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate. A premium account also allows for you to host unlimited websites with your own purchased domain urls. I do not suggest spreading yourself thin on the amount of websites you run and I personally think that purchasing your own domain name is essential. I have found it well worth it.
MY EXPERIENCE AND RESULTS
This site is a way for me to give back to the world and represents my cumulative results of following Wealthy Affiliate courses intermixed my life experiences and lessons. Although I have a niche and passion for helping people improve their finances through entrepreneurship, I chose the second path of WA bootcamp. It goes hand in hand with my niche and gives anyone and everyone an awesome place to start.
Starting a business through blogging is like planting a seed. It takes time with you cultivating it and nourishing it, for it to start to grow and bear fruit. It’s funny, affiliate marketing always excited me but for years I only made like one sale a year and that was through a friend. At that time I hated the idea of a blog, even the word “blog” bugged me. Although I thought I understood what one was I was clueless. The reality is they go hand in hand and build the success of one another. If you want to be successful with affiliate marketing, building a successful blog is the key.
Each month my, business here grows as more people hear of my blog, get engaged, and implement the value I share. My results are that life is always getting better! While I can’t legally make statements of actual earning, it is literally possible (though certainly not guaranteed) for someone to earn a very nice income finding and following your passion.