I am going to try and make my Wealthy Affiliate Review as unbiased as possible. This is a tell-all type of article. I’m going to tell you everything I hate about WA as well as everything that is good about it.
I will put my affiliate link at the bottom of this article, one time. If you want to click through it and sign up, I appreciate you. I know some people don’t like clicking on affiliate links, which is fine too. In that case, just open up a new tab and search wealthyaffiliate. First, I’m going to introduce myself very briefly, then get on with the good, bad, and the ugly. And there is some ugly.
- A Little About Me
- What Is Wealthy Affiliate
- What It’s Like When You First Join
- Core Affiliate Training
- Self-Centered Much?
- Affiliate Bootcamp
- Why I Think It’s Unethical
- Training HQ
- Free Membership
- Premium Membership
- Is It Worth The Price?
- My Final Thoughts
A Little About Me
My name is Karl and I’m an affiliate marketer. I am able to make a comfortable living through affiliate marketing, but I’m not rich. My income is slightly higher than it was when I was working in corporate America. I have a lot more upward potential with affiliate than I did with my old job. Working is enjoyable for me because I know my income is correlated with how hard I work, unlike in corporate America.
I joined wealthyaffiliate in 2016 and became financially free in 2017. Although I joined WA in 2016, I had been trying to do affiliate marketing for years. I had taken a lot of courses before joining WA, but didn’t have much success. Since I’ve only been successful at marketing for a year now, I still have a long way to go.
I’m not a guru at this make-money-from-home stuff yet. But I do have a little experience with Wealthy Affiliate, as well as several other courses, to share with you. Let’s get into it.
What Is Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is an online affiliate marketing course. It’s supposed to teach you how to make a living from your computer.
This is what WA is supposed to be. But what is it really?
Even though I’m an active member of WA, I’m going to be honest. It’s a tricky platform. Half of it seems to be designed to help you succeed, while the other half seems to be focused on promoting WA. I don’t like that, but I’ll touch on that more later.
The truth of the matter is, WA is a course on affiliate marketing. That’s true. But it also kind of feels like an MLM. If it was solely focused on affiliate marketing, it would be better in my opinion.
What It’s Like When You First Join
When you first get inside WA, you’re going to be bubbling over with excitement. You’re taking a step towards achieving location independent financial freedom, it’s exciting. You’ll also want to believe you made a good investment, so you’ll likely turn a blind eye to some things that aren’t okay.
When you first join, it’s really hard to stay focused on what’s important. Trust me, I know how hard it is. If you’re a social butterfly, it’ll be even harder because the community has a social platform built into it. You will be encouraged to engage with the community, which is both good and bad.
It’s good because being an affiliate can be lonely sometimes. You probably don’t have any friends who can relate to your struggles and triumphs. I don’t have any friends who have location independent income, much less passively.
They can’t relate to me wanting to travel for months at a time or the struggle of disciplining myself when I don’t need to work anymore to make money. It’s cool to be able to befriend like minded individuals, but it also has a downside.
It’s easy to become too social to the point where it’s hindering your success. Engaging within the community can be fun and socially satisfying, but remember, it’s not going to get you any closer to living out your dream. The only exception is when you’re engaging with the community to ask for help.
Core Affiliate Training
The most important training within Wealthy Affiliate is the Online Entrepreneur Certification. Kind of a silly name, but it’s the core affiliate marketing training.
It consists of five modules, each having ten lessons. Each lesson has at least one video and a write-up that supplements the video. Some of the more technical lessons have several tutorial videos, showing you how to do things like setting up a website or changing the theme.
Occasionally, you’ll come across a lesson that’s all text, no video. There are only a couple lessons like this in the whole course.
Each of the 50 lessons has several tasks at the end. These tasks are listed in a checkbox format, which allows you to check them off when you’re done. The platform saves your progress so you don’t have to keep track of it yourself.
The tasks are supposed to guide you to becoming a successful affiliate marketer. If you complete all the tasks associated with the 50 lessons, there’s a good chance you will have a passive income producing website by the end. This also depends on how fast you complete them.
Overall, I’m happy with the core training. It helped me go from a struggling affiliate marketer to a financially free one. But remember, I’m not some uber rich success story. However, I do make a little more money than I did in corporate America. I don’t know if the training is good enough to make me rich, but it’s good enough to replace my corporate income.
If you join WA, focus on this training and try to limit the distractions and side shows.
One of the things I don’t like about wealthyaffiliate is how they mix in unimportant tasks with the lessons. These tasks are designed for their benefit, not yours.
When you get to the second level of the core training, you’ll notice the last lesson has nothing to do with building your passive income. The lesson is called, “Boosting Your WA Ranks!” Seriously!? What is that all about?
Why should anyone care what their WA rank is? Increasing your WA rank will earn you respect within Wealthy Affiliate and increase member activity, but it won’t make you a dime.
I’ve seen people who’s WA rank is in the top 100 but they still have to work their day job to pay the bills. This is because they’ve put way too much emphasis on gaining social approval inside the community. It also presents another problem.
How do you know which members’ advice to trust if the WA rank isn’t correlated with their success? If someone who is in the top 100 gave me advice, I would assume it’s credible. But that’s not necessarily the case because the rank doesn’t mean anything except that you engage a lot within the community. It’s tricky, so don’t trust someone solely based on their WA rank.
Right under the Online Entrepreneur Certification, you’ll see a training called Affiliate Bootcamp. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to take an affiliate bootcamp course. Not so fast buddy!
I originally thought this course was designed to whip me into affiliate shape fast. It’s not. This specific training is all about promoting Wealthy Affiliate. It should be re-titled, “Learn How To Promote Wealthy Affiliate.”
I was sorely dissapointed when I realized what this training was. My hopes were that this course would be the more advanced supplement to the core training. Once I realized what it was, I decided not to take it.
I don’t need training on how to promote a specific product or course. What I need is training on how to become a legit affiliate. Once you know how to properly do affiliate marketing, you can promote any product in the world. This is my least favorite part about WA.
There is a huge emphasis on recruiting more affiliates. Let me put it in perspective for you.
The core training has five modules for a total of 50 lessons. The Affiliate Bootcamp training has seven modules for a total of 70 lessons. Doesn’t that seem backwards to you?
There are 20 more lessons teaching you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate than there are teaching you how to do affiliate marketing properly. That’s ridiculous. I also think it’s a bit unethical, but that’s my personal opinion.
Why I Think It’s Unethical
Think about this for a second. Should anyone who hasn’t had success with WA be promoting it? No.
Unfortunately, WA doesn’t have the same opinion as me. They are fine with you promoting their program, even if you have never built a niche site before.
What this means is there are potentially thousands of people running around on the internet, telling people to join a make-money-from-home course because it works. But they haven’t even been successful with it.
Their success is getting other people to sign up for it. This sounds like an MLM. Even though I don’t like this at all, I’ll admit that WA is not an MLM. You only get commissions on your direct referrals. You don’t receive any money from your referral’s referrals.
I’m trying to be as objective as possible, both ways.
There is a hidden gem within WA called the Training HQ. This area is where anyone can create training inside WA. Sounds crazy, right?
Even though it sounds a little weird, I have found it to be very helpful. My advice would be to dig around in there and keep everything in perspective.
When you are taking lessons in the Training HQ, you have to remember that you don’t know the credentials of the person who created the lesson. You will have to use your best judgement as to whether you trust the advice or not.
From my experience, I have found a lot of these lessons to be very helpful. When you think about it, why would someone teach a lesson that they haven’t gotten results with?
I don’t think it’s very likely that someone would teach a fake lesson or a bad lesson. I’ve implemented a lot of the stuff I’ve learned in there and it has helped my business grow. These lessons are often hyper-focused on one aspect of affiliate marketing.
They have some pretty advanced strategies in the HQ. I like it because I feel like WA is lacking in the advanced strategy category.
Within the HQ, you will also find the core lessons and other lessons from Kyle, the founder of WA. It’s essentially a place where all the training inside WA is stored.
There is a “Choose topics” category drop-down menu at the top and a search bar. You can use them to help you narrow down your search for advanced training.
Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam
No, Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. The reason some people think it’s a scam is because the heavy emphasis on promoting their membership.
I don’t agree with how much training they have for promoting their membership, but it’s not a scam.
Ideally, they would only let members who have proven their success promote the membership. That would eliminate the problem of having people run around promoting something they’ve never had success with.
Wealthy Affiliate has two different membership levels, free and premium.
The free membership is literally free. You don’t even have to enter your credit card. It never expires either.
With the free membership, you’ll get access to the first module of the Online Entrepreneur Certification. This module has 10 video lessons and 28 tasks to complete. I will put a screenshot below this text of what the first module covers.
Within the first module that you’ll get access to with your free membership, there are some useful lessons. The most useful lessons are learning how to pick a niche, build a website, write quality content, and conduct proper keyword research.
The module is worth the price of admission (free).
You will also be able to use some of the premium features for the first seven days of your free membership. Live chat and access to the co-founders of WA are the main 7-day perks you’ll receive.
Live chat is where you can go to ask other members questions. You’ll usually get an answer within minutes. Sometimes I hangout in live chat to help new members out. WA encourages senior members to do so.
The premium membership gives you access to everything inside WA. There is a lot of stuff, maybe even too much, that comes with this membership. It’ll cost you $49/month and there are no up-sells.
You might feel overwhelmed by all of the training and tools. Remember this, you don’t have to utilize every facet of the membership. If you ever feel lost, revert back to the core Online Entrepreneurship Certification or you can message me.
Here’s what the premium membership includes:
- 50 core video lessons
- 70 affiliate bootcamp lessons
- free web hosting for up to 50 websites
- free website backups and security
- access to the Training HQ
- your own WA blog (distraction alert)
- live interactive webinars every week
- access to Kyle and Carson (co-founders)
- ability to create your own training
- access to Live Chat
- access to advanced Classrooms
- unlimited usage of proprietary keyword research tool
I bolded the things that I think are the most beneficial to making money online. The advanced Classrooms might be good, but I’ve never used them so I can’t tell you for certain.
The things in bold are what helped me to become financially free and location independent. If you do join WA, focus on those.
Is It Worth $49/Month?
It’s easy to asses the value of the free membership, it’s worth it. The premium membership is the more difficult one to accurately asses the value of.
The only reason it’s difficult to asses the value is because I know a lot of people will get caught up in the WA circus and never reach financial freedom.
If I knew for a fact that everyone who joined was going to have laser focus on the core Online Entrepreneur Certification training and Training HQ, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. But in reality, that’s not going to happen.
Some people will get lost in the fray while others will have laser focus and succeed. It’s not your fault at all. WA is set up in a way that puts the onus on you. They could have set it up to focus solely on teaching you how to become a super affiliate. But they didn’t.
They set it up to half-teach you how to become a good affiliate marketer and half-teach you how to promote WA. That’s the reality of the situation.
My Final Thoughts
Here’s what I know. I know a lot of the Wealthy Affiliate reviews out there are from people who have never made a successful niche site. They have no business promoting WA until they have put the course to the test. That’s my opinion.
I have put the course to the test, and it does work. It has worked for a lot of other members as well. However, there are a bunch of pitfalls you’ll have to watch out for. If you do decide to join, take my warning and advice. Focus on the Online Entrepreneur Certification and complete the meaningful tasks.
Once you complete that, I’d recommend either checking out the live webinar archives or the lessons inside the Training HQ. You will find some hidden gems in both of those areas. That’s the best route to take inside Wealthy Affiliate, in my opinion.
Lastly, here is my Wealthy Affiliate premium membership affiliate link and here is the free membership link for anyone who wants to join as my referral. You can private message me in the platform if you ever need advice.
Thanks for reading my views on WA. I wish you all the success in the world.