My Wealthy Affiliate Review Snapshot
There’s a lot of quality training material inside Wealthy Affiliate. They also offer some online marketing resources to make getting up and running a bit easier for beginners.
But…does the training go deep enough?
- Lots of content
- All-in-one platform
- Free trial period
- Very active community
- Hard to navigate
- Lacks depth in some areas
- Community could be better moderated
Are you thinking about signing up with Wealthy Affiliate for your affiliate marketing training?
Are you also getting a bit sick and tired of reading the endless identical Wealthy Affiliate reviews online?
Reviews that hook you into the click, by looking like they’re going to reveal the whole thing as a total scam!..Only to end up telling you it’s totally amazing and you absolutely must join?
I got so sick of all the B.S. reviews that I joined WA, initially as a Free Member, and then as a Premium Member for a few months!..
Just so I could rifle through what’s on offer and decide for myself whether I thought it was any good.
And it’s not bad, but it ain’t that great either!
On the back of my experience, I thought I’d write my own review of wealthy affiliate, because the world really needs another one!
So What Is The Story With Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate offer an all-in-one platform for people looking to get started in the highly exciting but also highly challenging world of affiliate marketing.
In WA’s own words…
A Platform Designed For Affiliate Marketers Of All Levels. Whether you are just getting started, have some experience, or are an ultra-successful affiliate marketer, Wealthy Affiliate is made for you!Wealthy Affiliate
Does the Wealthy Affiliate program deliver on that promise?
Well, as a Free Member there is a limit on the amount of content you can access as well as how much of the resources package you can get your hands on. Which is pretty usual for this kind of membership package.
But I found the free membership limits were set so low that I had to sign-up as a Premium Member to really find out exactly what Wealthy Affiliate teaches.
If you become a Premium Member, you get access to all of the affiliate marketing training modules via the WA training platform, plus web hosting, website builder software and a keyword research tool.
And that’s all good!
I see the attraction this might have for anyone just looking to get involved in affiliate marketing.
I totally see why someone new to affiliate marketing would want all of these affiliate resources within one membership package, because it makes getting out of the blocks all seem pretty easy!But…getting your hands on a bundle of internet marketing resources is not the key to affiliate marketing success!
And it never will be!
Becoming a successful affiliate marketer and establishing a long-term profitable website takes a ton of work.
It also requires you to learn some high-level skills in a few really important key areas.
Get these wrong and your website will be living on page ten of Google forever, at best!
Unless of course you choose to buy yourself onto the front page by paying for traffic, which is a cash burning exercise to be used with extreme caution and a lot of budget control.
Honestly, you wouldn’t believe how quickly you can burn through a thousand bucks with a PPC campaign!
Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?
I don’t think so.
Sure they do a bit of glossing-up of how easy (difficult) it is to get started in affiliate marketing.
And I think that people new to affiliate marketing get a bit seduced by the importance Wealthy Affiliate seem to put on how quickly members can get a website up and running etc.
Whereas in reality, this stuff is just fluff!
You can choose to join as a Free Member, so can’t see anything scammy there.
Or you can join as a Premium Member for about $49 per month (and you can leave at any time), so can’t really see anything scammy there either.
And they provide pretty much what they claim to provide.
Not a scam…in my opinion!
But I totally believe that there are much better affiliate marketing training courses out there.
How To Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate
WA’s online training is basically teaching two ways to make money online:
- Use what you’re taught to build your own niche affiliate site and earn affiliate commission from third-party affiliate programs;
- Promote Wealthy Affiliate itself and thereby earn affiliate commissions from the WA affiliate program.
What’s Inside The Members Area?
There’s a lot of training material to get through once you’re inside.
Here’s a brief outline of how the core training is put together:
Online Entrepreneur Certification (5 courses,50 lessons):
- Level 1: Introduction – 10-lesson introduction that takes you through the steps of creating an online business.
- Level 2: Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website – 10 lessons on acquiring no-cost traffic via search engines.
- Level 3: Making Money – 10 lessons on the different ways you can earn money from a website.
- Level 4: Mastery Social Engagement – 10 broad lessons on many of the aspects of social media.
- Level 5: Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation – 10 lessons on creating engagement through content.
You progress through each course by completing specified tasks, and then move on to the next lesson.
This is not a course you can fail, it’s put together to provide some basic knowledge and to get you building some momentum.
While the above material is all about internet marketing generally;
The following part of the training is all about how to build a business by referring others to Wealthy Affiliate…
Affiliate Bootcamp (7 courses, 70 lessons):
- Bootcamp Course 1: Getting your business rolling.
- Bootcamp Course 2: Content, keywords and conversion.
- Bootcamp Course 3: Giving your site social value.
- Bootcamp Course 4: Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media.
- Bootcamp Course 5: Knowing your audience and catapulting your referrals.
- Bootcamp Course 6: Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC.
- Bootcamp Course 7: How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns.
In addition to the core training, there’s a load more lessons available inside the member’s area.
A lot of this extra content seems to be put together by other Wealthy Affiliate members.
Each week, one of Wealthy Affiliate’s successful members hosts a live webinar on a variety of subjects all related to building an online business through affiliate marketing.
All of the webinars are both shown live and recorded.
So you don’t have to miss out on seeing them, just because you might have been unable to watch live.
Site Rubix – Hosting & Website Building Solution:
The Site Rubix platform is Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting and site building solution.
In here you can buy and host a domain, as well as host a domain that you may already own.
This is also where you come to build your new website.
If you’re not too confident when it comes to the technical side of things, this is probably a pretty attractive option.
It also keeps it very uncomplicated for anyone who is totally new to affiliate marketing.
A sound option if you want to test drive whether the whole affiliate marketing thing really is a road you want to go down.
It’s definitely not an option I would take up however.
I like to have full control over my websites.
I definitely wouldn’t want them connected to anything other than just my site hosting provider subscription.
The Wealthy Affiliate community is very active and lively, no doubt about that.
But…this can be both a good thing as well as a bad thing!
Sure, everyone on there is trying to be super helpful, but I’ve seen members clambering to answer questions, even when their own knowledge is clearly pretty thin.
Sounds a bit harsh I know, but it’s true.
Some people don’t seem to mind this, but it bugs the hell out of me.
Maybe some people enjoy asking questions and generating a whole load of chat around it, without worrying too much about getting an accurate answer.
There is every chance that I’m the oddball here and that I’m totally missing the point!
This is my review, and I think the guys at Wealthy Affiliate could do more to moderate the community and make sure people are getting quality answers to their questions.
My best advice to potential new members here, is this:
Be very careful who you listen to in the community area, make sure you figure out quickly who is knowledgable and worth listening to.
And there are plenty of WA community members that are very knowledgable and well worth listening to, I’m not questioning that for a second!
There is no shortage of successful affiliate marketers in the WA community.
Wealthy Affiliate Review – Wrapping It Up
Without doubt there is a lot of training content inside the Premium Member’s area of Wealthy Affiliate.
And a lot of it is good quality.
I would have to say though, that I didn’t find it easy to follow, the lay out isn’t great and for someone starting out I think it could get pretty confusing pretty quickly.
My 4 biggest problems with the WA training?1. Totally new members marketing Wealthy Affiliate
I think the training tends to lead people towards marketing Wealthy Affiliate itself, because it is kind of made to look like this is an easy option…a quick route into affiliate marketing.
I don’t think this is great on a few fronts:
- Wealthy Affiliate falls inside the ‘make money online’ niche. A very tough niche for a new affiliate marketer to get into;
- It encourages new affiliate marketers to start telling other people about how to learn affiliate marketing, like they’re seasoned pro’s;
- It discourages new affiliate marketers from selecting and researching their own niches, and this is a massively important part of affiliate marketing. Seriously, if you can’t find and analyse a new niche idea of your own, you’re done before you’ve even started.
Sure, nobody is forcing anyone down this route! I just feel it’s a route that’s made a little too easy to go down.
Personally I would advise anyone new to affiliate marketing to find and decide on their own niche.
2. Building an Email List: Very little content
I was really surprised how little training there is inside the WA core material on growing and maintaining a quality email list.
I think this is one of the most important areas of affiliate marketing and it’s one that is used by the WA guys themselves.
I cancelled my Wealthy Affiliate membership a few months ago…
But I still receive regular emails from the guys at WA, so it’s a strategy they fully understand and know the value of.
3. Developing a Content Strategy: Very little content
Developing core content for your site is critical, so that the search engines get to understand what your website is all about.
A content strategy needs to be developed for this to happen. If your site is confused, so will the GoogleBot be.
I’m staggered that Kyle and Carson, the WA program owners, haven’t got more modules about this on their training platform.
4. Backlinking Strategy: Very little content
Same as what I said above about email lists really.
There is very little inside the training about building high quality backlinks to your website.
This is another area that I see as completely critical for a new affiliate marketer to learn about, so I don’t really understand why it’s covered so briefly.
If you’re really keen on joining Wealthy Affiliate…
Make sure you sign-up with a real understanding as to the amount of time and work involved in becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
And please don’t go down the road of promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Unless you actually know about affiliate marketing already…just find another niche.
When it comes to providers of affiliate marketing training, Wealthy Affiliate is okay…
…but I feel it’s getting a bit dated now, and they don’t go anywhere near deep enough into a few key areas.
In my opinion there are much better affiliate training courses out there!
Sure, others may not offer the all-in-one style package that Wealthy Affiliate does! But this is not what will be the deciding factor in whether or not you turn into a successful affiliate marketer.
Niche selection, site structure/content, traffic generation through quality SEO and building a quality email list.
All of the above are in my opinion, the most important skills that need to be learnt by any new affiliate marketer.
In short, nothing scammy about the WA training, but it is thin in some pretty important areas.
It definitely would not be the affiliate training program for me, whether I was new to affiliate marketing, or already running an affiliate marketing business.
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