From: Craig Smith
Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Re: My Personal Wealthy Affiliate Review
If you’ve been looking into working from home you’ve probably come across a business website called Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a well-known Internet Marketing membership site that’s helped 1,000’s of people just like you and me make a living working from home, not to mention it’s been online since 2005.
I’ve been an active member of WA since April 2007. However, when I joined way back in 2007 it was totally different from what’s included your membership today. Today they have everything you need all in one place.
With that being said, I wanted to create my own personal review of Wealthy Affiliate, to share my experience and go over some of the pros and cons. However, I will pre-warn you that I’m likely not going to cover everything included inside WA.
Why Did I Join Wealthy Affiliate?
I understand this was a long time ago and everything has changed since then. But if I was to join today it would still be for similar reasons: training resource, tools, services and to be part of the WA community.
During my second month at WA, I started to make money from a Google Adwords campaign I was testing using the learning material and techniques I’d discovered at Wealthy Affiliate. From that month on, I’ve been in profit and making money online, using my profit to expand and grow my online business.
In short, WA is by far the best investment I ever made during my online ventures. I owe a BIG thank you to Kyle & Carson for everything they’ve done and helped me with over the years, plus another big thank you to the whole community inside WA.
What Makes WA Different From Other Programs?
You can join Wealthy Affiliate for free by creating a Starter account and when I say free I mean you don’t have to enter any payment details. Free starter accounts are perfect for people who what to see what it’s all about, and perhaps build their first website, complete some of the provided courses and meet the community.
Help and support, this is often a key to success and at WA, not only do you receive help and support from Kyle, Carson and the provided training and resources, you can get instant help from the community of members. This can be done via live chat or posting questions or posts asking for help. (This is something you have to see first-hand to really understand).
Similar programs like Wealthy Affiliate do provide training, but none can compare to what’s available at Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate has several in-depth courses taking you from A to Z, showing and teaching you exactly what you need to know. The “Getting Started” course is perfect for everyone who’s just starting out, no matter what your experience level is.
Is Wealthy Affiliate A SCAM? I See Other Websites Calling Wealthy Affiliate A SCAM
If you’ve read over the above content, I’m guessing and hoping that you now know Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a scam. Let’s think about it for a minute, Wealthy Affiliate was first launched in 2005. Two years later I joined and have been a paying member ever since.
Want a quick peek at how the homepage/sales page looked back in April 2007 when I signed up?
This is the Way Back Machine, it captures cache screenshots of domains.
One reason you’ll see many people targeting the keyword phrase: “Wealthy Affiliate SCAM” or “is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam” is because they know people will search these phrases to prior to joining.
If you can rank for a phrase like that, then you can create detailed post, explaining that it’s not and then have people join WA under you. But I would like to add that you will still find a few negative reviews etc saying Wealthy Affiliate is a scam and they ripped me off etc, but keep in mind you’ll find this with everything that has a cost.
Someone was unhappy or misunderstood something and now claim they’ve been scammed. This is another reason they offers Starter Accounts, this gives you the option to see and understand it’s not a scam.
One reason some people may call it a scam is because they want to leave and cancel the account, but they create a post/message saying something like “Kyle or Carson please cancel my account.” This isn’t how you cancel your account and they then cry scam when charged for another month’s membership access.
- Easy To Follow Training & Courses. With several in-depth step by step courses, they take you from newbie to pro at you own pace, with all the help you need. Not to mention countless other training resources created by other members.
- Fast Userfriendly Website Creation. There is nothing hard about creating a website when you use the Wealthy Affiliate hosting platform. With just a few clicks, you can have a website up and running and ready for your content.
- Weekly Live Training Webinars. Every Friday you can attend a live 1-hour webinar training hosted by Jay (AKA Magistuidos). And no, you’re not sold anything during or at the end of the webinar.It’s all pure learning/teaching material with Q&A’s.
- One-on-One Support: You have the option to privately message Kyle & Carson and they’ll personally look into your message and respond. Keep in mind you can also reach out to Kyle & Carson in the live chat and have them answer your questions too.
- A Strong Supporting Community. Wealthy Affiliate is an active community or people all learning and helping each other.
- Information Overload: If you’re not careful you’ll likely find that you’re taking in too much information and not learning anything.
- Too Much Social Engagement: The main reason behind joining Wealthy Affiliate should be to learn, work and make money. But as it’s a very active community, you may find you spend far too much time in the live chat, or commenting on other members posts etc.
Tools & Services Available at Wealthy Affiliate
User-Friendly Website Platform & Quality Website Cloud-based Hosting
Not only does Wealthy Affiliate teach you step by step how to build, optimize and rank a website, they also provide you with a user-friendly website platform that allows anyone to setup a website with just a few clicks. The hosting at Wealthy Affiliate isn’t like some cheap shared hosting account you can get elsewhere, it uses top of the line cloud-based hosting servers. (please read my review on the Wealthy Affiliate hosting for more details)
You can host up to 25 domains/websites that you own, plus 25 free siterubix.com websites if you chose to use them. If you decide to become a premium member and already have websites, feel free to contact me if you’d like help moving them over to Wealthy Affiliate hosting. Or if you’re leaving Wealthy Affiliate and need help transferring them to another hosting company.
Quality Live Video Classes by Jay (plus Q&A’s)
As a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you gain access to everything that’s available and this includes the live webinars held every Friday. If you miss these live webinars you can access the recording once published. (generally the following day)
Not only can you access webinars that you couldn’t attend, you can access ever single webinar that’s taken place inside Wealthy Affiliate. The very first live training webinar that aired on November 10th, 2010.
These webinars are perfect for people just starting out with little or no experience and also great for people like myself who like to recap or discover new techniques. The webinar topic vary each week but let’s say you’re like me and work with local clients. You can use the search feature and type in “local”, it will return several webinars are covering working with local clients.
Keyword Tool: Wealthy Affiliate has had it’s own keyword research tool for several years now, it’s super easy to use and has a feature that will allow you to find the QSR (quoted search results) number of any keyword phrase. Keyword research is something everyone should be doing if they want to make any money online or drive traffic from Google.
knowing what phrases get searched often and understand the competition will allow you to target phrases that are going to drive traffic to your website and you’ll be able to rank easier as they’ll have less competition.
Kyle and Carson are owners of another premium keyword tool outside of Wealthy Affiliate called Jaaxy. Jaaxy has far more features and is often used in the training resources, but it’s not required.
Rapid Writer: To be totally honest with you, I haven’t used the Rapid Writer tool in about 2 years. It’s designed to help you write articles etc.
24/7 Live Chat
Members can access the live chat anytime they like to ask questions, help others or just chat about whatever. They do have a few rules, you’re not allowed to promote products or try to leech traffic to your website. In my opinion, the chat has its good points and bad points.
It’s great if you need someone to answer a question real quick or perhaps you need help figuring something out. Other members are always willing to offer help. This also works the other way too, you could be watching the chat yourself and see someone needs help with something you can help them with. Carson and Kyle can both be found in the live chat helping members too.
The only downside to the live chat is it can be very hard to keep up with what’s being said, sometimes you can have several people all chatting away and if you’re not use to this, it can get a little crazy. The other thing is its all public, so if I see Kyle in the chat and wanted to quickly ask him something, everyone viewing the chat would see what I ask.
How To Get Started With WA Today
Simply click the button below to create a free Starter account. Enter your name and email, then pick a username. Using the button below you’ll be automatically following me and be able to contact me for help and support whenever you need.
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