This Wealthy Affiliate review has been re-edited to reflect all the changes Wealthy Affiliate underwent during 2022. Some things remain the same, but after 20-odd years there are some major changes including the establishment of a new tier of membership. This review covers the changes, and what you can expect in the new Wealthy Affiliate program.
The first thing to look at of course is…
- #1. Is Wealthy Affiliate still Worth the Money?
- #2. How much does Wealthy Affiliate cost?
- #3. Are Wealthy Affiliate students getting results?
- #4. What is the importance of affiliate marketing?
- #5. Affiliate Marketing is Performance-based marketing.
- #6. What is the structure of Wealthy Affiliate training?
- #7. Training additional to the above.
- #8. Who is Wealthy Affiliate for?
- #9. Is it Suitable for "Advanced" Affiliates?
- #10. Who owns Wealthy Affiliate?
- #11. Does Wealthy Affiliate have a Good Reputation?
- #12. Wealthy affiliate complaints...?
- #13. Is Wealthy Affiliate a Pyramid Scheme
- #14. Is Wealthy Affiliate worth it? Really?
- #15. Should I join Wealthy Affiliate?
- #16. How does Wealthy Affiliate help you make money?
- #17. The members are the best resource for making money in WA.
- #18. Wealthy Affiliate Controversies
- #19. What about The Wealthy Affiliate Lawsuit?
- #20. Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?
- #21. Conclusion: - Wealthy Affiliate Has Both Pros and Cons
#1. Is Wealthy Affiliate still Worth the Money?
Yes and… Maybe, depending on which level of membership you choose. Some benefits under the old Premium plan have been removed, like the ability to have 10 (ten), websites hosted.
This has been reduced to 3 websites. From a hosting cost point of view, it is an okay deal, but the value comes in when you combine all the training and video tutorials.
A new level of membership called Premium Plus was introduced in 2021, but the complete overhaul was not completed until late 2022.
Some of the benefits of Premium are now only available in Premium Plus.
The ability to have hosting for 10 websites included in the membership cost is one. Two others that have been shifted from Premium to Premium Plus, are the video tutorials by other successful members, and the Jaaxy keyword tool which give you 4 times the amount of keyword idea generation results of the Premium membership.
There is still a free membership option, and it basically hasn’t changed.
One other important thing is that Wealthy Affiliate members still have WordPress as their default platform.
Still, as I write this, there are a ton of other reviews making all sorts of weird claims about Wealthy Affiliate.
Some could be labeled jealous competitors.
Others are more genuine in their reviews, although they are not necessarily talking from experience.
One of the things I have in the back of my mind when looking at any program is, “Is it value for money, or is it just a con?” Most reviews show little research or experience with the product and are little more than fictional pieces.
You may have seen the headlines screaming scam, MLM, Pyramid scheme, so far out of date as to be useless, and more.
Just so you know I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and write this from experience.
All programs have their pros and cons, and none are suitable for everyone.
There is no one size fits all, and at the end of the day, it all comes down to you and your motivation(s).
I have completed most of the training and watched many of the training videos in Wealthy Affiliate.
Although I have not been through all of the updated training, this review will give you enough information to make an informed decision.
This review will also cover.
- Comparisons with other similar programs
- Is the training at Wealthy Affiliate out-of-date information?
- Information on its latest updates.
- What the benefits are
- What the complaints are
- Should you buy into it?
The new pricing was only finalized towards the end of 2022, so let’s take a look.
#2. How much does Wealthy Affiliate cost?
Here is a comparison with other popular platforms.
Platforms like Wealthy Affiliate, Solo build it, and Affilorama, have been around for over 20 years, and appeal to those wanting to get a good understanding (and make money), of how things operate in the online world.
|Program||Level of Expertise||Cost|
|Udemy||Beginner to some experience||$14.99 – $100.00. More for advanced courses.|
|Solo Build It||Beginner to advanced. Taught as a formal E-Business course at Colleges and Universities such as Arizona State.||$329.99 P/Yr. or $34.99 mth.|
|Affilorama||Beginner to advanced. A 100 free lessons for beginners, then various upsells.||$0 -$997+.|
|Wealthy Affiliate||Beginner to advanced. 7-day free trial of everything. Then a choice to leave, stay a free member or go Premium or Premium Plus.||7 days @$0.00, then $49.00 mth./ $497.00 yr.for Premium, or $99.00 mth./ $697 yr. for Premium Plus.|
By clicking on the links I included in the table (above), you will get a birds-eye view of what they offer.
Behind the scenes, the Wealthy Affiliate membership is very active, way more active than Solo Build it or Affilorama.
#3. Are Wealthy Affiliate students getting results?
Like all of these platforms, results are dependent on people’s efforts.
If you do nothing then that will be your result.
In other reviews of WA, I have seen, the authors have been suggesting hardly anyone makes any money within the WA platform.
Along with the usual name-calling. “Scam, nobody makes any money” (more on this below).
All the bad reviews become a little hard to believe, with over two million members.
Either there are a lot of suckers out there, or there are people making money.
The dude opposite is sending pics from Costa Rica (he normally lives up near the North Pole). He is only 29 and hasn’t had a “real job” for about 6 years.
For him, English is a second language.
I think he might be making a dollar or two. (I know he is actually).
Then, there is the guy who did well with homebrew kits, the woman selling E-books on Facebook, the guy promoting drones, the woman doing online yoga classes, etc.
There are all sorts of ways and means people have made money using the lessons taught at Wealthy Affiliate.
Pets, babies, sports, health, wellness, the stock market, sex, religion, things for tourists to do in your area, building websites for others, etc.
Regardless of what your interests are, if there are enough people with similar interests, and you are providing useful relevant information then the probability is that you will earn income.
How much is an indeterminable number, top up a pension, help with utility bills, buy the kids new shoes or take that exotic holiday you always wanted.
The best thing about some of them… they can be inflation-proof, do you think inflation bothers pet owners?
Nope, they still buy stuff for their pet(s), before they buy stuff for themselves, regardless of price increases.
With an active membership of around 2 million, you would expect a certain amount of ingenuity.
One of the best things you will find is their community. It is extremely diverse and knowledgeable, always supportive, and always ready to help.
Ask a question and expect an answer in a couple of minutes or so.
Those who are making the cash will give out advice to others, and post their methods on the site.
Even recently, Kyle (one of the owners), entered a discussion and posted tips showing his methods for finding keywords, selecting keywords, using their keyword search tool Jaaxy, to counter an argument from a member who disagreed and said we don’t need keyword “tools”.
So, it was a genuine debate with both showing their methods on the selection and use of keywords.
So regardless of what reviews you have read, and regardless of how many “screenshots of comparative success in the rankings” you have seen, there are a lot of people in WA making good money.
They are just not bragging about it.
#4. What is the importance of affiliate marketing?
Just to be clear, an affiliate program is a merchant wanting their product(s) promoted. They supply all the links and keep track of the sales and commission payouts themselves. An affiliate network Is a “middle man,” or to put it nicely “A third party platform” that connects merchants with affiliates. The network manages the relationships, commission payments, and tracking for the affiliate program. Rakuten is one such affiliate network.
- It is important for companies to get their products in front of many more people, outside of the normal brick-and-mortar concepts, and 30-second T.V. ads.
- A good review done by an affiliate will provide more information about a product for potential buyers to make an informed decision.
- Increases exposure with reduced advertising costs
- Provides a means for online entrepreneurs to earn income without stocking or becoming involved in the shipping of any product.
- Wealthy Affiliate provides lists for thousands of products along with links to the affiliate networks associated with those products.
- You can if you wish, market your own product(s), source independent merchants, or become an Amazon affiliate.
#5. Affiliate Marketing is Performance-based marketing.
Those affiliates who get good at it, earn good money by having an understanding of search engine optimization, and the use of keywords.
They are able to structure informational articles, focus on a particular area of expertise, or existing business, or develop an idea.
There are literally millions of businesses that rely on affiliates for part of their income.
With more people having access to the internet every day, the pool of people wanting to find information or solutions to problems is not going to slow down anytime soon.
#6. What is the structure of Wealthy Affiliate training?
In a nutshell, the “core training” comprises 2 parts, which are subdivided into learning modules.
This is still the same format as previously, but the lessons have been updated to reflect changes in the way affiliate marketing has changed, particularly over the past three years.
All the bases above are covered with the two core levels of advanced intensive training.
- Certification core training. Level 1-5 (50 modules)
- Bootcamp core training. level 1-7 (70 modules).
Ideally, you select one of the modules above and work through it, before jumping into the other. Some parts of them are relevant to the other, so completing one module first will make the next one easier.
Where it is required, modules are accompanied by a video showing detailed instructions on the lesson topic.
These include, among other things, a huge list of fine-tuning and optimizing your website using typography and colors, real-time demonstration on how to write an affiliate article for a product, and using Jaaxy, Google, and other resources for selecting keywords.
Premium members still have access to additional videos related to the core training.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the WA community, as well as the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, are always on hand to help.
In the Free lessons, you get basic insights on…
- Choosing your direction
- Selecting a niche using the niche finder tool.
- Building your website
- Keyword research
- Creating content
The free week lets you dive in, have a look around, and kick the tyres. After 7 days most of the benefits are removed.
Essentially you can go from not having a clue, to knowing enough to get started building a business, or it may be just enough information to get into trouble.
For those who move from free to Premium or Premium Plus, there is an enormous amount of tools available for you to get set up and make money.
Some of the important ones include the modules below.
- Generating free traffic: Getting your own domain, keyword-rich content, breaking down traffic, using visuals, and lessons on productivity.
- Making money: The basics of affiliate marketing, finding affiliate programs, how to leverage product reviews, how to insert Amazon links, and how to capture data.
- Social media: Setting up accounts, engaging with your audience, how to use each platform, posting within WA, and branding.
- Content creation: Overview of the industry, how to get indexed, improving readability, writing within a structure, and goal setting.
Kyle also does videos and has done most of the training videos in the default training section.
#7. Training additional to the above.
The screenshot below is just a small sample to give you some idea of the massive amount of affiliate knowledge, built up over years of finding out what works and what doesn’t.
A great number of these trainings are done by other members, showing the experiences that led them to have a successful business.
Many of these are available to Premium members, but Premium Plus members have access to everything.
Besides this, there is one more piece of the puzzle for people to become successful with affiliate marketing…
And this is probably the best learning of all. Networking within the membership.
Some of the information passed on by networking could pay for your membership many times over.
Here is some inside info for you.
- Any problems you may have with understanding concepts will generally be answered within an hour, or earlier.
- People form partnerships to promote e-books, or work on videos or podcasts.
- Others provide tips on publishing and links to other helpful sites
- Motivation is a big factor in any enterprise and there is no shortage of it in Wealthy Affiliate.
The tips and advice offered by other members are a perfect way of broadening other member’s knowledge.
So while the core content in the WA training needs to be evergreen, the additional info provided by other members keeps everybody up to speed, so they can build on the core lessons. Of course, it is all optional, you first need to build your foundation before tinkering around.
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#8. Who is Wealthy Affiliate for?
I have a lot of articles on this site related to getting away from “working for the man“. Either by setting up a home-based business or working online. Working online is not everyone’s cup of tea, but that is what affiliate marketing is.
So for someone looking to earn an income online and is not sure where to start, what the costs are, or how to start a website then take a look at Wealthy Affiliate. It costs nothing to look.
There are no special skills required, if you can read and write you are good to go. But there is a lot of writing involved, so it is definitely not for everyone.
It is designed to take complete beginners from 0 to profitable affiliate marketers by offering advanced affiliate training structured in an easy-to-learn format.
You will not be left to work it out yourself, expert help is always at hand. There is a large worldwide membership, so no matter the time of day or night someone is around to help.
You may have tried affiliate marketing previously and gave up in despair.
You are not the only one though.
Plenty of people have been down that road and came back a little wiser and richer for the experience.
Others were wiser but poorer. Perhaps that is a bit harsh, life is a big learning curve I believe.
What Wealthy Affiliate does, is let you build on that experience by clarifying the key concepts you probably never fully understood previously.
If you are totally new, then you are basically led by the hand to get set up and find your feet in the affiliate world.
This will include…
- Training on niche selection.
- A website builder and 1 million free +images for use in your content.
- Training Videos and written modules on how to bring free traffic to that site
- Training on how to master paid traffic Bing, Google, and Yahoo. If you are interested they will even do a PPE promotion for you.
- Your subscription includes all the necessary tools, including a writing platform showing how to set out your blog articles.
- Modules on affiliate programs so you can earn money from your traffic
- Coaching and a very helpful community so you get it right.
- Contacting merchants to promote products they have.
It provides a solid foundation for any new affiliate marketer, who (once started), can then top up their knowledge with additional information from other members, and weekly videos. I think I have mentioned that once or twice above. ?
There are others who love the fact that you can host up to 10 websites on WA (included in your Premium Plus membership fee), without spending a few hundred additional dollars a year on hosting for various sites.
If you already have a website, then you can transfer it across to WAs hosting and the hosting cost is included in your membership fee saving you dollars if you are hosting elsewhere.
#9. Is it Suitable for “Advanced” Affiliates?
And it is not unusual for members, to also be members of some other program.
I don’t mean the shiny object syndrome, I am talking about people who are already earning an income and are taking another program for a test drive.
To be honest, WA is not the be-all and end-all of affiliate programs.
There are members, who once they have a site earning money for them, outsource the work on that site, to try something different. Who knows perhaps they want to learn something new.
WA has good hosting, it is fast loading and reliable with good support, some members stick with the WA hosting and either integrate dropshipping with their blog, or set up a different site. I mean, why would you pay Shopify for hosting?
So, it is all about maximizing your income. Of course if you are new you are a long way from that, I am just mentioning what others are doing.
Partha, a WA member who has been an affiliate for about 12 years, has numerous affiliate sites in various niches from Drones to Health and Wellness.
Once they are built out and earning money, he will add perhaps one article a month to it (this is often outsourced), and set up another website in a different niche.
#10. Who owns Wealthy Affiliate?
Carson Lim and Kyle Loudon are the two guys who began WA in 2005 with the goal of helping others achieve the same dreams they had – live a life of freedom while earning money via affiliate sales.
They had started affiliate marketing while they were still at university in the late 1990’s early 2000.
You won’t hear much from Carson, he is more into the techie side of things.
He does occasionally appear to help with tech issues or clarify some information.
Kyle, on the other hand, is a bit nerdy, and does read and participate in blog discussions, he will make a blog posts addressing a problem someone may have or offering advice.
Another person of importance who is heavily involved in wealthy affiliate, is Jay Neill.
His online moniker is magistudios
He is the official WA “training coach”. Whether he has any say in how the business runs I don’t know, but as the training coach, I am guessing his expertise is called upon.
Actually what he does is the weekly video training, covering all sorts of things internet related.
The screenshot below gives you some idea.
This is his experience as shown in WA
Jay has vast experience in the Internet marketing world, from PPC, local marketing, content development, SEO, and website development (programming, wordpress, joomla, drupal).Jay Neill Bio on WA
They are the head honchos of WA, and no doubt have a team of minions doing work in the back office.
#11. Does Wealthy Affiliate have a Good Reputation?
As possibly the world’s largest affiliate learning program it has a solid reputation as a legitimate business.
Over the years there have been thousands of reviews of Wealthy Affiliate
It has been scrutinized by just about every competitor, who have rated it, as everything from a pyramid scheme to being useless for anything related to internet marketing.
I have more fascinating detail on this a little further down.
#12. Wealthy affiliate complaints…?
There are often complaints about the training in Wealthy Affiliate being out of date.
Hopefully, this upgrade makes that a redundant criticism.
The fact is technology is an ever-evolving thing, and while many things change the core basics stay the same.
Now that the lessons have been upgraded to reflect the current environment one thing that hasn’t changed at WA is the members involvement, and tossing ideas around.
Kyle (one of the owners), who follows the blogs, will usually chime in to give his own thoughtful opinion.
So it is a fluid process. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and share their knowledge freely.
That is one of the great things about it.
One example of a member giving his opinions can be seen here
What can I say… I am thinking of many of those who complain…
- Didn’t get rich overnight; or
- Haven’t been able to sit on their butts and watch the dollars rolling on in.
- Do have a legitimate complaint, that site support hasn’t been able to resolve? But I think that would be a very rare case.
The world is a rough place and we are well into the instant gratification and age of entitlement period of existence on earth.
#13. Is Wealthy Affiliate a Pyramid Scheme
One claim that has been doing the rounds for years is that WA is a pyramid scheme.
By any serious definition, it is not, and I have reviewed lots of MLMs.
A pyramid scheme is one where new recruits pay upfront costs to members at the top of the pyramid, under the promise of receiving payments when they recruit new members “below” them.
Basically, that just means you pay to get in and make money by enrolling new people – who then pay you.
WA is not even close. It does pay members if they refer someone, but that is as far as it goes.
There are no “downlines,” or precious stone rankings (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or diamond).
WA does have rankings for “helpers” though.
If you answer enough questions helping your fellow members, then you get labeled as an Ambassador.
I am not sure what perks you get, but there is no money involved so far as I can see.
Unlike MLM, where if you are a “Diamond” you are getting a bigger slice of the loot.
In MLM you are constantly on the hunt for new “members” to fill your downline.
Selling products to your friends and family, storing stuff at home, or maxing your credit card buying product to keep your Ruby status, and enrich the “Diamond“.
In affiliate marketing, you are creating a website, building a brand, and building a following (a business).
You pay for legit training, hosting, and a myriad of other tools, if someone signs up off your website you get a commission.
It is no different to say, someone clicking a link on your website for some Amazon product you’ve written a review about.
If they buy, Amazon will pay you a commission. And Amazon was not an MLM the last time I looked.
#14. Is Wealthy Affiliate worth it? Really?
Is it worth it? Let’s be honest, I have heard of people forking out up to $10,000, based on a promise that some Mastermind Guru’s program will make them rich!
So I guess the perception of value is arbitrary.
Value wise there is a lot on offer in WA (in my opinion).
You will see those details if you sign up for the free trial anyway.
In both the Premium and Premium Plus memberships there is a stack of training created by the wealthy affiliate community (I don’t mean to repeat myself, but there is).
There are a lot of wealthy affiliate success stories that share the secrets of their success.
The one is below from VitaliyG. who has training for the Premium Plus members (this is apart from the WA default training).
- How To Choose A Profitable Niche And Bank On It
- How To Find Countless Niche Ideas And Their Income Potential
- Case Studies Of Successful Niche Sites (10 Examples)
- How To Use WA Training To Maximize Your Niche’s Success
- How To Scale Your Niche Site Success And Online Business
- Introduction to Bing Ads and PPC and How It’s A Goldmine
- How to Build Landing Pages That Convert With Bing Ads
- Making Your First Bing Ad, Replicating Success, And Scaling
Another was by a well-known affiliate marketer called Nathaniell. He has been a WA member for about 10 years.
- Introduction to Popular Keyword Research Tools
- Social Media Research
- “Series Method Of Publishing”
- How To Not Cannibalize” Keywords
- Product Reviews
- Top 10 Lists
- Side By Side Comparisons
- Expert Roundups
- Improving Your Old Images With Snagit And Canva
- Improving UX and Add A Table Of Contents
- Optimizing On-Page Topics With Search Console
- Improve Internal And External Linking (GA).
Another for you by Tim McKinlay.
- The Foundation Of Hiring A Writer Successfully
- Attracting Talented Writers and Shortlisting Candidates
- Hiring Your Writer And Getting Them Rolling
- Providing Feedback, Providing ROI, and Amplifying Results
- Using A Niche Website To Sell Your Own Products
- Creating A Professional Looking Brand Website
- Adding Products And Attracting Buyers To Your Brand Website
- Increasing Sales And Revenue Through Email Marketing
- Creating Your 12-Month Super Affiliate Game Plan
- Increasing Sales By Optimizing Elements On Your Site
- Increasing Sales By Optimizing Elements Within WA
One more (the last one I promise), by BenjisDad. He seems to pop up everywhere.
- How To Do Market Research on YouTube
- Branding Your Channel And Creating Bumpers
- How To Become An Authority Channel
- Creating Your Channel Trailer
- How To Choose A Niche For Your YouTube Channel
- How To Plan Out Your Content
- Creating A Brochure Site Resource Page
- Getting Approved For The YouTube Partner Program
- Using Your Influence To Earn More Income
- How To Land Sponsorship
- How To Sell Merchandise
- Finding Profitable Affiliate Programs
- Creating Your Own Digital Product
- How To Go Full-Time On YouTube
Is it worth the money? I would say yes.
The only rider I would add is, you need to do work to have it work for you.
Do the learning and put it into action. So many people are just tossing money into the wind jumping from program to program.
If you are an “experienced” affiliate marketer $50.00 for 5 weeks is not going to break the bank. If you come across a couple of gems you never knew about, then it has paid for itself.
If you are new to all this, then it may be the best $50.00 you will have spent online.
You might even want to stick around and fork out for a yearly membership.
lets face it:- No one single system or platform has all the answers, and all the nitty gritty nuances that go into becoming successful. But there is a continuous exchange of ideas and info within WA, so it is always evolving, and often there are tips you can use to add to the core training arsenal.
#15. Should I join Wealthy Affiliate?
As I mentioned above, some affiliates have been members of other platforms More than one has said they found their Ahha moment within Within Affiliate which was a game changer for them.
I am only giving you a rundown of what it offers. If you have got this far, you would know it is not for everyone.
Then again, if you have got this far and have a problem making a decision, then my advice is to sign up and have a good look around in the 7-day trial period.
The free membership lets you dip your toes into the training, get familiar with affiliate marketing, and learn some basic keyword research.
All the updating and glitches have been sorted and Kyle and Carson are there to answer any questions you may have.
Think about this:-
- There is a lot of writing involved (particularly in the beginning). They have training in content writing and copywriting.
- A lot of reading (getting knowledge of what works)
- Lots of watching videos ( more expansion of knowledge).
- And research!, niches, keywords, researching competitors (more learning).
- Getting knowledgeable with search engine optimization
If you already have a blog and think you have a head start, you may find some of your methods turned on their head.
If you don’t have a blog and are thinking “It looks like too much work”, you are probably right to click away from this page now, and get the T.V. remote.
However, given a little time…
Once your site is making money, you can outsource the writing part and concentrate on research.
If you have that all under control, maybe it is time to book a flight to Costa Rica and spend a couple of weeks near the beach.
Or come visit me in Colombia, there are some nice beaches and awesome parties down here.
#16. How does Wealthy Affiliate help you make money?
All it does is provides the tools. You have basically everything needed to build a business and make good money.
The problem is, many people put it on the back burner, or worse, don’t even try.
The two things I keep harping on about here are, the training is up to date and there is always some new tip or information from the community.
You need to understand, there are always outside influences affecting the monetary return for affiliates.
So while training is one part of making money, the other is keeping your business visible.
Just today a guy put up his solution to a problem he was having with Google indexing.
I had one blog post on a particular site that Google just refused to index. It was a good keyword, all the content was original, it was quite long, all the SEO was set up properly, but GSC said the last crawl was back in mid-January (when the post was published) and it hadn’t been crawled since. The only information was the useless “crawled, not indexed” and “but not because of an error”. I had plenty of subsequent posts that had been indexed fine.Phil 1944
In that post, he detailed how he found a solution to the issue with Google.
Google algorithms are constantly changing. If your work is not on Google then you are not going to make money. The solutions to dealing with Google changes are an important part of affiliate marketing.
The site support and members sharing problem-solving tips is probably what sets WA apart from other affiliate training platforms.
Here is another tip.
Apart from the training, which is basically a step-by-step, hold-your-hand type process (to get you up to speed), there are other avenues in WA for earning money.
After a qualifying time (3 months I think), you can make money publishing training for the members within WA.
People with experience in IT, or experienced marketers who want to share some hack that works for them, (or one that doesn’t), are free to do training on things like “how to set up a course on Udemy” (for example), all make money from within WA and paid for by WA, without slugging the members any extra.
An excerpt from Chrystopher an I.T. guy from England.
A very short sweet post today as I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you all :-)I received a notification to say that some of my training has been approved for a payout, which equates to $65 :-)This is all down to you liking and commenting on my training material, which I am truly grateful for, and I am so happy that it is helping you with your websites and your online businesses, it means the world to me! It’s not huge money, but it is better than a kick in the mouth, considering I am just volunteering…Chrystopher. IT guy in WA
It generally isn’t much money, but it can build to a steady flow if you are consistent (the secret with everything).
#17. The members are the best resource for making money in WA.
Become involved within the community.
Some of the tips and tricks you can learn there are off the planet.
Like the person who created e-books, and sold them to Facebook groups using well-known bloggers as affiliates.
As I said there is a lot of ingenuity in the WA community.
Combine those tips with the training within WA, and you will be off to the races. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen.
#18. Wealthy Affiliate Controversies
There is no love lost between Solo Build It and WA.
For years they were at each other’s throats in the forums. Quora, Redditt, and probably a dozen others. I haven’t bothered looking at them for a couple of years.
Occasionally there are still WA vs Solo Build It reviews appearing on the Google pages.
All the controversies have been online where they fight like bad relatives.
Both are Canadian based so who knows, they may be related.
Personally, I take no notice of all the rock-throwing, much of it is commercial jealousy I feel, but you are far better to ignore it and doing your own research.
Apart from that and being labeled as an MLM which it is not.
#19. What about The Wealthy Affiliate Lawsuit?
Ok, that was about a company called MOBE. It sued WA for writing a review calling it a scam. WA won the court battle and donated the damages they received, to people who had been scammed by MOBE.
#20. Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?
The short answer is NO.
You get the 7-day free trial, so do your due diligence and check it out for yourself. Link Here
Other things you should know:
Wealthy Affiliate has its own writing platform from which you can write your content. From there you can export it to your WordPress site with a click of the key.
Alternatively, you can just write in WordPress.
WA has a “stable” of about 4,000 WordPress themes to select from. All are free versions, and not all are good.
If you go premium, make sure the WordPress theme you select has been recently updated. Like in the last six weeks or so.
What is hardly ever spoken about in the reviews of WA, are the initial steps to setting up a website.
I have spoken about some of the heavy stuff above. While that is all good to know, let’s take a look at the steps in getting started.
The updated training in WA makes this a walk in the park.
In this link is a walk-through of building a WordPress website done by Kyle. It includes a video as well. You might have to sign up to see it. It won’t cost you anything.
Other changes include: – They no longer use the AISEO search engine optimization plugin (a review here), which is now full of ads; instead, they use SEO Framework which is ok.
Some people choose not to use SEO plugins for various reasons. I sort of agree with them, but I find my SEO plugin is like a faithful pet.
I use Rank Math because I am essentially lazy. It has an AI feature that comes in handy from time to time.
#21. Conclusion: – Wealthy Affiliate Has Both Pros and Cons
The big question of course is can you make money with Wealthy Affiliate?
Obviously, you can but it is going to take a little work.
- The additional training offered by the members can be distracting.
- You will not see monetary results for at least 3 months or more (usually), and that’s if you have given up the majority of your social life, to get stuck into the training.
- The cost can sometimes be a stumbling block.
- The extra training provided by members is segregated. Premium can only watch premium, Premium Plus can watch anything.
- Some of the training between the default course, and that offered by members can be conflicting.
- Some of the claims made about it online are a bit outlandish.
- You will never gain enough traction to make serious money with the Free for life plan.
- All the default training is in an easy-to-follow format.
- Lots of videos in the default training so you can see the guts of what Kyle is talking about
- The videos are well presented. Kyle (and Jay), speak in a clear, deliberate tone. No umming or arring.
- Lots of additional training and videos
- Your website builder comes with image optimization and compression.
- Google page speed optimized, and site speed extreme caching.
- Dual server hosting redundancy. Free SSL and enhanced hosting security.
- Keyword research tool.
- 24/7 Site support.
- A very engaging and helpful community.
There is a lot more to like about it than to hate about it.
At the end of the day, it is your decision and your money. As the saying goes:- Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But for value, it is hard to beat.
One thing about WA is it never raised the price for Premium.
If you are serious about wanting to be independent and not reliant on employers, be able to work from home or anywhere that suits you, as and when it suits you, and still make a steady income to be self-sufficient/reliant, then it will be worth your while to take a look at this.