This review has been a long time coming. I’m a big proponent of trying something out before touting its benefits or lack thereof to others. Now that I have been with Wealthy Affiliate (WA) for several months, I’m ready to write the Wealthy Affiliate Review and answer the question “Is Wealthy Affiliate Legitimate?”.
As proof of my experience with Wealthy Affiliate, I invite you to visit one of my websites that was built following the training provided at WA. You can check it out here at https://mavicmaniacs.com. Please let me know what you think of the site as I’m always looking to improve the user experience. Much of this review will be based on my experiences as I was developing this site.
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This topic is actually hard to narrow down. There are many aspects of Wealthy Affiliate that I can say is an offering. Here’s a list of some of the more prominent features:
In a nutshell, Wealthy Affiliate teaches you affiliate marketing. There are two distinct routes of training you can follow: Online Entrepreneur Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp. They’re pretty much the same training but customized to focus on your intended path to either promote your own business or niche or promote WA itself. I actually followed both training courses starting with the Online Entrepreneur Certification as I wanted to validate that the training works before promoting it. Once I confirmed that my efforts were earning money, I became excited to share the program with you.
The basic training elements are:
Selecting a Niche – For lack of a better description this just means selecting your focus. A niche can be anything from your own products/services to things such as photography, drones, and so on. The niche can also be promoting a company or service such as Wealthy Affiliate.
Building a Website – This is the true bread and butter of the program. As you follow along in the training you’ll actually be creating your own website. It will be complete from head to toe when you finish. You’ll be amazed at how simple it actually is once you break it all down into its basic elements.
Generating Traffic – There are several ways to get traffic to your site. Advertising, promotions, word of mouth and so on. These all have their place but the best way to get traffic to your site is to offer quality content. WA will teach you what you need to know to generate quality content that will have your visitors coming back for more.
Monetizing – This is another multifaceted category. You can sell your own wares, become an affiliate with various companies to promote their products and earn a referral or commission fee, offer your services and much more. The training at WA will cover these topics in detail.
That’s really a subjective question. For me, it was a breeze. For my grandmother, maybe a small learning curve, as she’s not computer-literate by any means. That said, the training is aimed for the basic user and there’s always live chat and the comments section when you have a question or need assistance. Additional, more advanced training is also available once you have the basics down.
If you follow the training and don’t try to jump ahead, you should be fine. If you take shortcuts or run into a term you just don’t understand, reach out and someone will be happy to help.
Absolutely. You can’t get on Facebook without seeing some sort of make money online offer pop up. The question to ask yourself is which option is best for you?
I actually found Wealthy Affiliate by mistake. I clicked to join the free hour-long webinar for a competing program and found myself questioning it and the claims made by the presenter. I started exercising my Google-foo and within minutes found very unfavorable reviews (many of them) for this particular program.
Oddly a few of those reviews also had alternative suggestions and many of them suggested WA. This intrigued me so I did a bit more digging and actually became a little suspicious of WA. All I was finding were good reviews and nothing bad (that’s a red flag for me). After a few more searches I was able to find a few disgruntled WA members so that helped me to validate it was a legitimate program with pros and cons and not just all fluff.
A little more digging and I began to see a pattern with the disgruntled reviews. They either didn’t give the program a true try or were looking for instant gratification, skipping the training and just moving forward without knowing what they were doing and expecting the community to do it for them.
Rather than rehash what I wrote in the section titled “What Does Wealthy Affiliate Have to Offer?”, just go back up there, re-read the section and then come back here.
Now that you’ve re-read the offerings, here’s the reason to give them a try:
I totally understand how you can be skeptical of Wealthy Affiliate. After all when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That said, I can tell you wholeheartedly that WA is not a SCAM but rather an excellent source of training, hosting resources and an impressive community of members willing to help each other succeed. The best part is arguably the free membership option. Test the waters and find out for yourself. If its not your cup of tea, great, no harm done, but if it is, your opportunities are really limitless. I’ll tell you that on day 3 of my free membership I went premium. The features and training were well worth it to me.
One thing I can’t stress enough. You’ll get out what you put into your site(s). This is a business and requires you to put forth effort. If you’re looking for the get-rich-quick scheme or are of the “I want to make money but don’t want to work at it” mindset, this is not the place for you. With WA you can succeed but, just as in any business, you’ll need to apply yourself, follow the training and work your site(s).
So there you have it, the Wealthy Affiliate Review. Is Wealthy Affiliate Legitimate? Absolutely. Is it for everyone, no.
See if you can learn anything from them. If you’re already a self-made millionaire and know all there is to know about affiliate marketing, WA may not be for you, but, if you’re new to affiliate marketing, know that you don’t know everything, and can see a benefit from training, a community willing to help each other and excellent hosting then check them out, try the free account and say hello. Heck, if you’re just looking for a good hosting solution for your web site(s), check them out.
If you follow any of my links in this post and sign up, then your account will be associated with mine and I’d be happy to help mentor you on your journey. Join Wealthy Affiliate. If you don’t follow my links, that’s fine, follow someone else’s or go to the website directly and sign up. Just keep in mind that I won’t be your direct mentor if you don’t follow my link. In the end I just want to help you succeed and I truly believe WA is a great opportunity.
Update – 5/18/2020 – This post was updated to reflect the new Premium Annual Membership option, removal of the 6 month plan, and announcement of the bonuses for Annual Plan members.
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