Now this question: “Is Wealthy Affiliate the real deal?” is something that I was pondering about for quite some time, because in my online marketing journey I went through a long season where I was suffering from shiny object syndrome and in the process I have wasted a lot of money and time. I have bought software and paid for so called useless quick rich schemes (that does not exist so by the way) and a lot of the things I spent money on simply ended up collecting dust.
If you read about my online marketing journey you will see that I gave up on online marketing for a full 4 years due to buying WordPress plugins from third party organisations that did not continue to support their plugins over the years. As a result these plugins started to break all over my vast amount of websites and as I was unable to update these plugins it caused vulnerabilities which hackers could easily exploit. Yes, you guessed it, I got hacked and all my hard work that I have built up over so many years was now simply gone and I did not have the strength to start over, until 4 years later.
So you can imagine that I am very careful to now buy anything, unless I buy from a reputable company which I know will continue to support their software/plugins etc. for many years to come. And in general, now that I have once again started to get back in the saddle, I realised how much money I wasted unnecessarily and that it is not necessary to chase shiny objects to create wealth online.
So How Did WA Manage To Get My Attention?
Just around the same time when I decided to start my online marketing journey once again from scratch, my brother decided to try his hand for the first time at online marketing. He found Wealthy Affiliate (WA) and after doing extensive research on WA, he decided to join as a free member and then soon after made the decision to go premium. Of course I was very skeptical at first, but because it was a recommendation from my brother (and I know he does his research very carefully before making decisions) I decided to have a look at it.
Now you probably already wondering whether I joined in the end. The answer is, Yes, I did, but I will tell you a little bit lower down in this article why I made the decision to join, as I do not take these kind of decisions lightly at all.
So What Is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate has more than 1.7 million active members and on this platform you will find the expertise of some of the most successful online marketers in the world. Wealthy Affiliate is an absolute dream for those that is just starting out with online marketing as WA provides you with absolutely everything you need to be successful online. I will now discuss each and everyone of the features that Wealthy Affiliate provides you with in order to be successful online.
Now this is the number one reason, although not the only reason, why I decided to join Wealthy Affiliate. I have made a lot of mistakes in my online marketing journey and wasted a lot of time, because instead of learning from online marketing experts I have tried to learn from free resources online, which is not always the best of ideas, due to a sea of misinformation that can be found online.
I have decided therefore that this time around I am certainly going to do things right and instead of being stubborn and follow my own path, I am going to listen to people that know better than I do and I am going to implement step by step what I have learned from them and then of course add my own unique personal touch.
So Wealthy Affiliate offers a training course that shows you step by step what you need to do to become successful online and it is a very practical course as you implement everything you have learned along the way.
On top of the main training course offered with inside of Wealthy Affiliate, there are more than 1,800 expert coaches that creates online marketing training that can be accessed by members at any time. You will find training on whatever online marketing topic you can imagine and if you cannot find training on the particular topic you are looking for, then you can request that one of the expert coaches create training on that particular topic for you and the rest of the community.
Websites And Hosting
As an online marketer you can of course not make money online if you do not have a website, unless of course you are one of those YouTube or Twitch celebrities thats able to make all of your online revenue via streaming and video creation.
Now one of the most complicated aspects of having a website is that it requires hosting and this can sometimes be a very complicated process for beginner online marketers to know how to set up their website with their hosting company. Wealthy Affiliate takes care of your hosting for you as they are also a hosting company and therefore if you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate you do not require any knowledge in regards to hosting and to get started with your own website on Wealthy Affiliate is literally as simple as clicking a button. Further to this you also need to pay for hosting whereas at Wealthy Affiliate you do not need to pay for hosting as this is included in your membership fee. However, saying this, as a free Wealthy Affiliate member you do have access to two free websites that you are entitled to which includes free hosting.
Further to this Wealthy Affiliate also provides you with a free SSL certificate for your websites. Usually this is a feature that you have to pay extra for and can be obtained from e.g. your hosting company, but at an extra cost. For those that do not know, the SSL certificate is what enables the https protocol instead of http which allows for secure connections from a web server to a browser. Back in the day SSL certificates were typically only required for sites dealing with secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, but has recently become a requirement by Google. If your site is not secure you will be penalised by Google and will not stand a chance to rank very high within the search engines.
The Power of Site Comments
We all know that Google loves to see activity on your website and the more comments you receive on your website articles the higher Google is likely to rank your website or website articles within its search engine. At WA you have a massive unfair advantage as you have a massive community that is willing to comment on your website articles on the condition that you return the favour.
Now I do know that some would say that this is not really ethical. Well, it certainly depends on how you go about the process. I am certainly not going to have my credibility shot by praising rubbish articles if no praise is due. At WA however you can make a selection of which articles you would like to comment on and of course I am only going to choose the ones I feel comfortable commenting on and the articles that testifies being of quality. I am then certainly not commenting for just the sake of commenting, but commenting because I really find the article interesting or enjoyable to read and can therefore submit an honest ethical comment, which really comes from the heart.
Due to the power of this massive community you surely have the ability to blow the competition out of the water.
Potential To Earn Money Via WA
When you reach a certain level at WA you are able to create training for the rest of the WA community. The more members that likes your training, ask questions regarding your training and the more members that utilise your training, the more you get paid by WA.
Some WA members are able to generate quite a bit of money by simply providing training to the WA community.
No Spam Policy
The absolute most fantastic thing about WA is that there is a no spam policy which means that spam is an absolute no-no and if it ever happens, it gets punished quite severely. There is nothing more liberating than simply being able to receive good quality training and to have positive and inspirational input from a massive community without anyone ever trying to market to you along the way.
What Are The Negatives?
Not everyone that is in the WA community are experts as there are also a lot of people in the community that are brand new to online marketing. This however I have not found to be a problem, because newbies are not going to try to answer questions you might have if they themselves do not know the answer to your question. Further to this at WA people are very concerned about their reputation and will therefore not provide you with incorrect information normally. If they are not a 100% sure, but very close to a 100% sure they will tell you that there is a small possibility that they might be wrong, but that you are free to take the information that they have provided and then investigate it further.
When site comments are exchanged there is sometimes the possibility that you will receive a low quality comment on your article and you might then have to make the decision to reject the site comment.
Despite the fact that there are very strict spam laws in place at WA, spam does still happen very occasionally, but whomever spams and gets caught are severely punished, eg. will not be able to post or comment for a period of two weeks etc. So spam is usually not a problem at all. Spam usually only happens via those that are new to the community and not fully aware of the rules of WA. Members in the community is very quick to correct such members and therefore in general this is not an issue at all and the reason why being a member at Wealthy Affiliate is such a liberating experience.
My Final Verdict
If you took the time to read the full article then you will realise that there is so much value that is offered here, that I cannot see how some can even refer to WA as being a scam.
I will tell you who these people are that calls Wealthy Affiliate a scam. They are the ones that are looking for a quick rich scheme, which WA certainly is not. From the very word go Kyle (one of the co-founders of WA) made it very clear that the only way that online success can be achieved is through a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.
For a long time I was looking for those shiny objects and I was listening to all these so called online marketing gurus that is trying to sell you their so called underground secrets (quick rich schemes that does not exist).
The truth to real online marketing success is hard work and dedication, full stop. So if you are prepared to work hard then I can tell you that you can be massively successful online. You do not have to be the best writer in the world and you do not have to be the best web designer in the world to become super successful online. All you need is a lot of dedication and determination.
Once you are empowered by the right kind of training and you have the right mindset, then there is nothing that can stop you from being a massive success online.
I can wholeheartedly recommend WA to you, as I myself am a Wealthy Affiliate member that had a lot of doubts whether I made the right decision when I first joined. It only took me a couple of weeks to realise that I am so in the right place and that with the support of WA and with this massive community behind me there is no other way than to be a massive success online.
The only regret that I have, is that I have not found out about WA when I first started doing online marketing as I honestly believe that the amount of money I managed to earn online in isolation is a drop in the ocean compared to what I could have earned if I had the right kind of training and support from the very beginning.
For me personally, WA is the best online marketing platform I have ever had the privilege of being a part of and this is certainly one of the best online marketing investments I have ever made. I am certain that as a result I will be much more successful online than I ever would have been should it not have been for this community.
So What If I Am Still Uncertain If WA Is Right For Me?
Well you are able to join WA for free and during the first seven days while being a free member you will have some of the privileges of that of a premium member in order to test drive WA for yourself to see if this is right for you. If you feel that it is not right for you then no harm done as WA does not require any payment details of any sort when you decide to sign up as a free member. So what do you have to lose? So simply give WA a go and then see if this is right for you.
How Much Will It Cost And What Is Included In My Membership?
Below is a breakdown of what is included in the Starter membership (free account) and the Premium membership (paid account). However, recently better (cheaper) payment plans were released and is now available.