Last year, I did a review on Wealthy Affiliate titled – Is Wealthy Affiliate a real deal?
6 months into the program, I have no qualms that it is for real. However, I will also share the downside and set expectations right for anyone who is thinking of investing in this program.
I have no doubt Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best platform for affiliate marketing.
I say one of the best because seriously, I have not compared every other program out there. It is probably impossible to compare every option due to time and money.
My philosophy is thus. If you find something that works, stick to it until you succeed instead of running around in search of that silver bullet (Read: Shiny Object)
Thus, after 4 months, I decided to take it up with their annual membership. (In fact, I just renewed my annual membership in Dec 2018!)
Part of the reason for taking up the annual subscription back in 2017 was due to the irresistible Black Friday offer and the other reason is…
I wanted to give myself a reasonable timeframe to build my online business and a year seems credible since I have no experience in this.
Since I’m going to invest one year to build the website and business, I have little hesitation to go for the annual subscription which saved me some money.
I saved US 289 by going for annual subscription, which I think is a deal difficult to pass up if you are serious about building a credible site
In this review, I’m going to cover some topics which people are normally curious about.
Let’s start with the first.
Wealthy Affiliate Guarantees You Success On a Silver Platter.
Many people have envisioned Wealthy Affiliate as a quick way to become rich. After all, there are many successful entrepreneurs born out of this program and their testimonials are available on the internet.
However, quick success is not realistic for normies like myself. So if you are serious about succeeding, you have to cater reasonable time. At least a year of consistent effort is necessary to get some real traction.
I’m already a year into it and though it’s extremely tough at times, I’m beginning to see results trickling in. My first sale was less than a dollar (yep!) two months into my website and the subsequent sale was USD 4.90…
The results were slow but they are coming which ties in well with what most affiliate marketers are saying – that you need time to build this business (traffic).
Time is an important factor. The other factor is the right direction and instead of trying to figure out in the dark, getting the proper training can cut your effort and time significantly.
Who Should Join Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is really not for those with a 3-minute passion.
If you think you are, you have to change your mindset because you will waste your money by giving up too early or 3, 4 feet from gold.
The platform teaches a comprehensive step by step guide on how to build a real online business. The course is structured to lead you progressively and that’s what I like about it.
Instead of having to research information all over the internet, the Wealthy Affiliate course puts everything together in an easy to follow outline.
To top it off, there is the weekly webinar presented by Jay Neill, who runs a great site known as Affiliate Resources Inc. that helps people get started on building their online marketing business.
The webinars are very informative but frankly, for anyone who is starting, my advice is just take it easy at the beginning and try not to cramp too much into your brain.
The whole idea is to learn and take action. It’s not just learn, learn and learn.
Guaranteed: You will be able to build a website up from scratch and start sharing your useful content with others.
What’s Not Guaranteed? : Your website will look stunning in design and be filled with quality content, leading to massive results! Wealthy Affiliate will teach you the know how for laying the proper foundation of an online business. An aesthetically well designed website with quality content comes from individual efforts .
If you want to invest in your website to make it better in terms of design, this is an article I did regarding additional resources you can refer to.
Let’s say you have thought it through.
You want to succeed by building an online business no matter how tough it can be or how long it may take, then I say Wealthy Affiliate is a good starting point, every dollar for value.
First, I can assure you are starting on the right foot by learning the proper fundamentals. Fundamentals are important because if you build your business on the wrong blocks, you eventually waste all your time and efforts and may have to restart everything.
In most cases, people gave up after failing because it’s just so tiring to restart from scratch.
That’s very sad. No?
Wealthy Affiliate Is Resilient To Inflationary Pressure
I can’t guarantee pricing won’t go up but Wealthy Affiliate surprised me last year (2017) when they launched a SUPER DEAL over Black Friday Weekend.
Instead of paying $49 per month or $359 per year, the co-founders Kyle and Carson brought the price all the way down to $299 per annum.
Translated, it is less than a dollar per day ($0.83 a day) to learn about affiliate marketing, create your own affiliate niche site and start earning money in time to come.
Prices of goods are going up all the time. Wealthy Affiliate has managed to keep its price constant and even lowered it at times for the past few years. Kudos to that!
Update 11 Dec 2018: Wealthy Affiliate launches a new 6 month payment scheme, going at $39 a month which is $10 off the usual monthly subscription of $49. I think this additional option no doubt offers savings over the monthly scheme. But I would say if you can stretch a bit, go for the annual subscription and experience massive savings ($289!) a year.
Dynamic And Evolving With The Times
The Wealthy Affiliate team kept rolling out new features. Sometimes, it is just a layout redesign to make things look even better and then there are times when completely new features are added in without an increase in pricing and that is super rare in this modern era.
In most programs, if there is an upgrade, companies will not hesitate to slap on a higher premium and ask their customers to pay more for the extra features.
Free things are simply rare or in my opinion, non-existent. To pay for more features is normal.
Wealthy Affiliate supersedes market norm by constantly offering new features with no added cost. There were two such features in 2017.
Feature 1: WA Keyword Research Tool was upgraded to Jaaxy Lite. Jaaxy is a powerful keyword research tool I use daily for keyword research. With Jaaxy Lite, you get unlimited search + SiteRank which was not available on the native WA Keyword Research Tool. I’m a big user of Jaaxy and because it helps me produce blog posts that are ranking on page 1 of Google. Prior to Jaaxy, I was writing content but they seem to go nowhere. With real results, I upgraded to Jaaxy Pro in 2017 and it is a tool I use all the time.
Feature 2: Site Content which I’m using to write this blog post did not have the option to insert images. Again, as of 2017, it received a massive overhaul and now, users can insert images while choosing from a repository of over 1 Million copyright free images. I personally find this to be very helpful because I don’t have to add images separately using WordPress editor, which was how things were done in the past. The free images are sourced from websites such as Pexels, Pixabay and though you can also go to these websites, it is convenient to do an image search across these platforms all under one roof!
I don’t know what else is brewing for 2019 but I dare say it will be exciting. So don’t miss this opportunity to get started with Wealthy Affiliate if you want
good great value for money.
There Is Actually Outdated Content
The first few online courses I bought turned out to be disappointments. All I can say is that the marketing videos of those websites were really polished but unfortunately it is all downhill after that.
I am not in the business of dissing other programs but that’s my experience so far. Many a times, the content is outdated, and once I’m enrolled, there is no sound or sight from the owner/seller. I even had to try to find ways to contact the owners for a refund (which was promised at purchase) and when I eventually managed to do so, there was no reply for…months. At this point, I take it they will never reply me. It was clearly a rip-and-go.
Welcome to the world of online scams or at least what I call borderline scam-y websites. I don’t actively slam other websites and for that fact, I desist from calling out names but you have to be careful not to lose your money and time.
In a nutshell, Wealthy Affiliate is legit and safe to invest in. After paying for the monthly subscription which was heavily discounted (62%) for the first month, I have full access to all the resources.
It was wonderful but frankly, those resources were created by Kyle and Carson over a period of time. We are talking about years and therefore, some of these content are outdated as well.
As with any content, it gets outdated over time and that is not the problem. Allowing it to remain outdated is a real issue especially if you are able to do something about it. However, that’s the norm with many programs out on the market.
Thus, I was pleasantly surprised that Wealthy Affiliate has taken note of such concerns and they provide a way for users to inform and request an update to the training materials (should they find that it is outdated).
The update may not come in immediately but Wealthy Affiliate has created a very intelligent platform. While Kyle and Carson work at their best to keep all content updated, the greatest source of trending topics, cutting edge training and techniques comes from the community of members who help out one another in the true spirit of paying it forward and I have been…many times on the receiving end of that grace.
I am working to give back to the community as well and that’s not restricted to Wealthy Affiliate. Do leave me a comment if you need help and I will do my best to advise or help you.
Then There’s More…Super Affiliate Challenge 2018
When Kyle sent me an email saying he is working on a new initiative to help aspiring entrepreneurs to unleash their full potential, I was all excited about it.
Without a single hesitation, I opted in for the Super Affiliate Challenge. Over the next few days, I was hoping that I would be selected and then one day, I received an email from Kyle that I have been shortlisted together with other members to take part in this Super Affiliate Challenge 2018.
So what exactly is the Super Affiliate Challenge? It is a 12-month intensive program to help those who want to excel further. The basic training provided by Wealthy Affiliate establishes the core fundamentals of creating a website, building quality content and getting it indexed and ranked by search engines.
The Super Affiliate Challenge works upon that foundation and raises the intensity for bringing in even more traffic.
The Challenge will run for 12 straight months and bleary eyed as many can attest to, this is what we all sign up for, isn’t it? To become a SUPER Wealthy Affiliate.
The cost of this Super Affiliate Challenge is your effort and determination. Financially, it doesn’t cost a single extra dime.
Hey, I’m not sure what you think. Some may think this is way too stressful. If so, I ask you to reconsider your options for wanting to make an income online.
It ain’t easy no matter which route you take but your efforts will be satisfyingly rewarded in time to come and let’s not forget, while you are building up your site, you are helping millions of people around the world with your experience, your knowledge.
Let’s Go One More Round. Don’t Give Up!
When I started my website, I wasn’t expecting income to come flowing in. However 3 months later and with things crawling at a snail pace, I was unsure. All sorts of negative thoughts came.
Maybe I was doing it all wrong.
I am bad at content and people are not inspired.
I have no social media presence.
Limited network, limited friends.
I am old. This is for young people.
I started too late. I should have done it 3 years ago. Then it would have generated something by now.
It is too competitive and the customer base is too small.
There are too many Wealthy Affiliate members who are creating awesome websites. I can’t match them.
Google hates me and my posts are indexed real slow. What?! (This is not totally true but when you are negative, anything can be an excuse!)
If you allow negative thoughts to enter your mind and stay there, your business will be short-lived.
Everyone goes through ups and downs and it’s usually more of the latter. Wealthy Affiliate increases your chance of overcoming these temporal setbacks. There is always a community of people to discuss with, fall back on and to get advice from.
When I read up the successful case studies from Wealthy Affiliate, I draw strength and inspiration. I know they too went through the tough times, the days where nothing seem to work.
Yet by holding firmly to their plans and taking action one step, one day at a time, their efforts took flight and their sites turned out successful.
This is a rather long post and my aim is to share in detail what Wealthy Affiliate is, what it can do for you. My conclusion is that Wealthy Affiliate is a very well organised online course for affiliate marketers. You will learn a lot, get to know some amazing people who will never stop to inspire you, and in time, possess the fundamentals of building successful online businesses.
To turn your plans into reality, you need more than Wealthy Affiliate. You need the WHY (WHY you are doing this…does the internet need another site like yours’ and if yes, WHY). I recommend you check out Simon Sinek’s START WITH WHY to draw inspiration.
In addition, you need GRIT, FOCUS and CONSISTENT EFFORTS.
Lastly, you have to believe you belong to those who can and will make it because your content will help others find their success or solve their problems.