Welcome to my review on what I consider to be the best online learning platform for entrepreneurs. There are so many things that I want to share with you, so let’s get on with it.
If you have come here from one of my other articles and just want to get your online journey started, then simply click on one of the banners below to go straight over to Wealthy Affiliate.
Firstly, at the outset I want to tell you that this will be a very positive review.
I can recommend Wealthy Affiliate with total confidence, as I am a member of the Wealthy Affiliate family. Before I found them I knew nothing about websites, or online business. However, their platform taught me absolutely everything I needed to know and gave me all the tools required to get online. So I can assure you that you will find absolutely everything you need on one platform.
I am therefore going to review them from my view point. I want to tell you what I have discovered and what they have done for me.
Just before I tell you what Wealthy Affiliate is, I want to tell you three things that it certainly isn’t.
Wealthy Affiliate is not:
a Get rich quick scheme
Wealthy Affiliate isn’t easy money either, it involves hard work, time and patience. It will be down to you to put the training into practice. They will give you all the tools you need. But at the end of the day, it is down to you what you do with them. Everything you achieve will be your own personal achievement!
Wealthy Affiliate will not make any guarantee of:
In return they won’t charge you any money until you have had a chance to check them out first. When you are definitely sure that it’s the platform for you, you can join their Premium, or Premium Plus membership levels. This will enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills and build a very successful business.
The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can access it anywhere there is an internet connection. So you could be like me and sit beside the sea, with coffee and a bun of course, while creating your posts. How could you call that work!
Who Is WA For and How Much Is It?
In this section of the review I will consider who Wealthy Affiliate is aimed at and how much it costs to join the community.
Product name: Wealthy Affiliate
Owners: Kyle Loudoun & Carson Kim
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Starter membership: $0
Premium membership: $49/month, or $495/annum
Premium Plus membership: $99/month, or $995/annum
Official rating: 98/100
My ranking: 5/5
Who Is Wealthy Affiliate For?
That is an excellent question to ask, as there is no point in you wasting your time reading the review if it isn’t for you.
It’s Not For Big Companies!
If you are a big company, with a big online presence, then it isn’t for you, as you are already sorted. You will have IT teams doing for you, exactly the same thing that Wealthy Affiliate offers everyone else.
The only difference is that Wealthy Affiliate members will be able to get the same quality and expertise big companies get from their IT teams, only for a fraction of the cost!
So big company, if you are still reading – so is your competition. They will see you on the web shortly! Only above you in the rankings.
It’s For You!
Right, now that they are gone, this business opportunity is for you and anyone else who wants to get online. This business opportunity is for people who want to –
- Sell their products or services online
- Sell other businesses products through affiliate programmes, or dropshipping
- Tell the world what they are thinking!
But at the end of the day, don’t take my word for it. The best way for you to find out if it is for you, or not, is to try it for yourself.
The online business process is simple to understand:
So if you are ready, my first exciting point:
Try Wealthy Affiliate for free for the first 6 months
One of the best attributes that Wealthy Affiliate have to offer over other similar opportunities, is that you can try before you buy! You will be able to try out some of the training and get a website launched before you have to decide if it is for you.
Who else offers a try before you buy option? – very few.
You might never decide to become a Premier or Premium Plus member, but even you don’t, no one will kick you out and you can stay around for as long as you wish. Unfortunately however, you will not have access to the remainder of the training and your website will be deleted after 6 months. But surely that is fair and reasonable.
Don’t worry about wasting all your hard work if you choose not to join one of the other membership levels, as you can move your website to another hosting company.
Step It Up In 2 Levels: Premium And
When you have had time to have a look around and have decided that this business opportunity is for you, then you can join Wealthy Affiliate Premium, or Premium Plus. This will allow you to progress your training and build your website further.
Some people might see this as a disadvantage and think that everything should be free. But it is a business after all and you are there to get skills and to make money yourself!
I personally see it as an advantage, as it means Wealthy Affiliate are committed to me and I am to them. It means that only people who are serious about this opportunity are involved and therefore willing to help each other.
When you access Wealthy Affiliate and see the tons of training, you will instantly see what you will get for your money and why it is an excellent investment.
One thing I can promise you about Wealthy Affiliate is that you will get far more value out of it, then you put into it, in relation to cost.
The great thing about being part of a community is that you are never alone. There is always someone about and that means that you can ask questions and there will always be someone about to answer it. It is suggested that no question ever goes unanswered for more than five minutes. You will find that quite often the answer is immediate, well, as quickly as the person can type an answer.
Another thing that is great is that you will find that several people will answer your question. They will each give you their own personal views and take on it. You will therefore have different thoughts and ideas to help you decide how you want to move forward.
Don’t be afraid to ask anything at any time, as you won’t be alone. Hundreds of thousands of questions have already been asked on different topics, so if you like to ask questions, then it’s the place for you.
Look at the number of comments that have been asked on the training topics above – 77,206 on one and 133,310 for the other and 7,891/16,820 questions asked. On just 2 areas!!
So don’t think twice about asking! But you can ask twice! Or 3 times, until you understand what you have to do. We are all one big community, all in this together, to help you and each other to achieve our online goals.
How Much Does It Cost?
The second main question of the day!
Once you decide to join the community you will be charged $49/$99 per month.
SPECIAL BONUS – Join Premium or Premium Plus within 7 days of commencing your starter membership, to get your first month for $19 or $49. That’s an incredible discount!!
More Time To Decide
Again this is a great bonus offer, as you might still be unsure if this really is the right business opportunity for you. You will get access to the full training and have a further month to settle in. This extra time will hopefully be enough time to let you prove to yourself that you can do it!
So many people are put off by the recommendation that all blogs should be of at least 1,000 words and that they couldn’t possibly write all that. This might sound daunting and put you off at first. So again, you have your free trial period and first month reduced rate to deal with this fear.
Choosing Your Niche
Kyle, in his excellent training will tell you to pick a subject that you are interested in, or have a passion for. This is called your niche. You will write lots and lots about your niche and cover it from every possible angle.
Write just as if you are chatting to your friends and tell them all you know about the area and the related products. You will tell them what you like and dislike about it and most importantly, give them the affiliate links, so that they can go and buy it themselves and make you some money! Or you might choose to sell via the dropshipping method. The choice will be yours.
It will always be your website and your business and that is how you make it your business.
But more on that later.
Back To Costs
At the minute we are talking cost. Isn’t it amazing how everything always comes down to cost and how much return we can get on investment.
As long as you avail of your special bonus within the first 7 days, you will have the first month for $19/$49, depending on the membership you choose. This will give you plenty of time to decide that this is definitely the right opportunity for you, before you automatically move to the regular monthly payment of $49/$99.
If you are really happy with the opportunity then you can pay an annual fee of $495/$995. This gives you a further reduction in cost and it works out at $41.25/$82.92 per month. In addition to this, you will get:
- 1 free .com domain (normally $14 per year) for Premium members,
- 2 free .com domains for Premium Plus members,
- 10 free siterubix domains for Premium members,
- 50 free siterubix domains for Premium Plus members and
- 200 internal credits for use within the community for Premium Plus members.
So that’s the price down even further!
You couldn’t call that extortionate, or a rip off, could you? And certainly no scam to rip you off.
Nor will Wealthy Affiliate tie you into anything. Your membership only lasts for each period that you pay membership for. It is definitely a pay as you go scheme with no tie ins. Would a scammer offer you that – I doubt it.
Well, I’ve told you that you can try before you buy and what it costs to join. But what exactly will you get for your buck, pound, euro, or whatever currency you use! After all, members live in absolutely every part of the world. It truly is an international platform.
The table below shows the difference between free and Premium membership.
That is the easiest way to see the difference between the two. So for the first week you have access to a lot of training and insight. Enough to get your first website live and to decide which membership level will best meet your needs.
Even after the first week is up, you will still have access to a lot of the Wealthy Affiliate site and your website will continue to be supported for 6 months. This is more than enough time to decide if the business venture is for you, or not.
Premium Plus has even more, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with information. The best place to find out about it, is at Wealthy Affiliate itself. However, the main extras are:
- An advanced Website and hosting package worth $500 per month.
- Jaaxy Enterprise for advanced Keyword research worth $99 per month.
- 2 free .com domains.
- 50 free siterubix domains.
- Over 200 expert classes.
- Priority expert private help.
So if you are serious about your online business then Premium Plus is definitely the membership level for you.
Get Ready To Work!
Don’t forget, you will only get out of Wealthy Affiliate what you put in.
This is very much a journey and not a destination. Nowhere in the site will there be any suggestion or implication that Wealthy Affiliate will make you rich overnight. Nor will they at any stage promise that if you follow their training that you will make any amount of money. Only rip off sites, or scammers will do that!
Wealthy Affiliate will simply take you by the hand and walk you through every step of the process, that if followed, will give you the best possible chance to make money online.
They are not responsible for the actions you take, or he products you choose to sell, so you are in total control of your business and answerable to no one other than yourself.
So one thing you have learned is therefore that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam, offering you the earth but delivering nothing. It is actually quite the opposite. It is delivering you top quality training to enable you to go away and find the ‘earth’.
Isn’t that the kind of organisation you want to be part of. One you can rely on to be there for you every step of the way, always pointing you in the right direction, with accurate business information.
This is only part one of my review. In my next review page I will go into the actual services that you will get through Wealthy Affiliate. It is these that let Wealthy Affiliate stand out from the crowd and makes them one of your top choices when looking for a programme to join.
What Are You Waiting For?
So have you heard enough and want to go see for yourself? If so, just click on the banner below.
Enjoy the journey and I wish you every success with your online journey, no matter who you go with.
Now we’ve dealt with the ‘big questions’; I want to tell you about some more of the great options Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
Now that we know the most important things about Wealthy Affiliate for someone considering joining are that you can:
- Try it out for free to make sure that it is the right business opportunity for you
- Get a special introductory offer for your first month’s membership
- Even if you go Premium or Premium Plus, you can cancel your membership at any time
So now that you know that you will not be caught out, or scammed financially, nor that you will get sucked into something that you can’t get out of. You will now be more comfortable and probably more interested now in exactly what Wealthy Affiliate can do for you.
I think that training is likely to be the next most important thing that you will want to know about. I am basing this on the fact that like me, most of you probably have come to this from a zero, or limited knowledge base.
Your teacher is ready to commence!
If I told you to set up a website for yourself and start selling your own, or other people’s products and services, you would probably say you:
- Haven’t a clue
- That is too difficult
- I wouldn’t know where to start
- Thanks, but I’ll not bother going any further
I know that, that would definitely be me!
Wealthy Affiliate Make It Easy
So one of the great things I can tell you then is, that Wealthy Affiliate is just for you to build your website.
When you join, they will assume that you know nothing about online marketing and will make the whole process simple and straightforward.
I can promise you that you will be shocked when you click ‘publish’, to get your first blog published on the internet and available for the world to see. You will be amazed and so proud of yourself.
If you have heard enough and don’t want to waste anymore time reading and want to get started just click on any of the links in part 1of my review.
So, like with anything else, knowledge is power and Wealthy Affiliate is dedicated to giving you the power to create and control your own online business.
So what do you want from Wealthy Affiliate?
Training that’s a shambles?
Training that’s disorganised?
Well I am very sorry, but you won’t get any of that at Wealthy Affiliate!
At Wealthy Affiliate you will feel like you are the only student and that everything is tailored just for you.
It will be like having your own personal trainer!
Wealthy Affiliate are not in the business of building mud huts. They only build skyscrapers, built on strong foundations!
Loads Of Training
There are different levels of training available to ensure your foundations are deep and sturdy. You can see below what training is available.
Above is a screenshot from the Wealthy Affiliate site. You can see from above that there are two main parts to the initial training, along with three other areas packed full of training and videos. Wealthy Affiliate not only provides training for the beginner, but also the intermediate and expert, on every aspect of running an online business.
So with a bit of hard work you rise to become a Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador in no time, then you will be the one giving advice and guidance to the newbies who come behind you!
You can see from the screen dump that it is recommended to start with the Online Entrepreneur Certification and that it has a ton of learning to get you started. You will then progress through to the Ambassadorship Program to become one of the experts.
How Much Training Is There?
Online Entrepreneur Certification
This is the first training programme that I would suggest that you follow.
- There are 5 courses
- 1st level – Getting started
- 2nd level – Building your own traffic producing website
- 3rd level – Making money
- 4th level – Mastering Social Engagement
- 5th level – Achieving maximum success through content creation
- These courses break down into 10 lessons per course = 50 lessons
- This course is aimed at the beginner who wants to sell their own products, or those of any other company with an affiliate programme.
This is the second training programme that I would suggest you follow.
- There are 7 courses
- 1st phase – Getting your business rolling
- 2nd phase – Content, keywords and conversions
- 3rd phase – Giving your site social value
- 4th phase – Get visual. Get aesthetic. Get a brand through media
- 5th phase – Knowing your audiences & catapulting your referrals
- 6th phase- Bing, Yahoo, & the power of PPC
- 7th phase – How to scale successful PPC campaigns
- These courses break down into 10 lessons per course = 70 lessons
- This course is aimed at the beginner who wants to build a website to promote Wealthy Affiliate primarily. However, the learning will just as easily transfer to any niche that you choose.
The next place you should visit is the classroom.
Within the classroom you will find:
- 13 programmes made up of –
- 61 courses
- 345 tutorials
- 242 videos
- 69 webinars
But you know what, by the time you read this it will be out of date, as additional training is added on an ongoing basis.
Once you get your knowledge built up, you will have the opportunity to add trading and earn in the process.
You will also find a host of information in the Training HQ.
The training centre is packed with:
So as you can see, there is a plethora of training, in lots of different forms, to suit everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge.
While this training is generic, Premium Plus members can also access:
- Private coaching
- Personal mentoring
- Private interaction with members of the community
You’ll Never Get Through It All!
I except that it’s fair to say that there is enough training to keep you busy for weeks and weeks, but I know that it’s what is in the training that’s important. In other words, you want to know what you will get from reading all this material and watching all those videos.
Wealthy Affiliate will provide you with absolutely everything you need to know to get your online business up and running.
What I think is great about the training is that everything you need to know is broken down into simple steps. Each lesson will build on the previous one. You therefore just need to put each step into practice as you get it and at the end of the training you will have a fully functioning website.
What Does The Training Involve?
The great thing about the training is that it takes you step by step through the whole process. If you implement the training as you go along, you will be amazed at how far you get in such a short period.
As I have said previously, I knew absolutely nothing about websites or online business world before I started the training. I found it simple to follow and had my first website launched in just a few hours.
It is brilliant when you hit the publish button and your first website goes live on the internet.
Training is delivered in both video and narritive format.
What Will You Learn
The main things that you will learn are:
- All you need to know about setting up your website in WordPress
- How to publish your website
- Guidance on writing a post
- How to build a brand
- Knowing your audience
- Everything you need to know about –
- How to make best use of social engagement
- How to make money
The list is far, far, far from conclusive, but it will give you an idea of what you will learn.
You will learn everything you need to know to succeed.
More Training Than You Can Shake A Stick At!
As I pointed out earlier, in addition to the two main starter training programmes, there is a vast amount of learning and updates in Training HQ. I started to count the number of training items available, but gave up half way through as there were just too many. And as they are being added to continuously, there is little point anyway, as it will be incorrect as quickly as I publish this!
To give you an idea of the rich content, I have just randomly picked a tutorial from Training HQ, to give you an idea of the depth of the training available.
The Diamond Traffic Program
As you can see, the tutorial I chose is called ‘The diamond traffic program’ and it contains training on all of these things:
- Google Core Updates & Real Time Google Results
- Why back-linking is not the best approach to getting rankings
- Google’s new disgust for Article Marketing
- Defining SEO requires an understanding of social
- The importance of domain ownership
- Finding out where you rank in search engines is POWER
- Why the future of Internet Marketing looks so bright
- How to “Double Down” on Traffic Rankings
- Why the latest Google updates doubled my traffic (overnight)
- Monetising Your SEO efforts to the MAX$$$
- How Keywords Really Work
- Getting “Side Effect” Keyword Rankings
- Google instant your way to a treasure chest of keywords
- Finding “local hybrid” keywords
- Using the news to acquire mass traffic
- Building a Following that eats up your content
- A simple model to get another 2,200 clicks per day
- How to outsource your work to automate traffic growth
So if that is just one article, then just imagine what is all in there.
What am I talking about! You don’t need to imagine, you just need to go and look. So what are you waiting for, click here to go back to part 1 and click on any of the banners to get started!
You’ll be learning immediately and an expert in no time.
Even if just to learn the skills it is worth it.
There Is Always Help At Hand
No need to worry about getting stuck, lost, or confused, as the community will be there to help you. With members being from all over the world, there is always someone to help you out. Just go to the Help Centre for:
- Live chat – here you will get live chat and discussion
- Site support – here you will get technical support
- Ask a question – here you can get answers to your questions
- Private messages – here you can communicate in private with other members
So, that’s the training you will get if you join Wealthy Affiliate. Where else will you get so much excellent training. It is absolutely everything you need to know to get your own online business up and running.