Review: Wealthy Affiliate


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 Wealthy Affiliate
Price: $0.00 Starter Membership
Owners: Kyle and Carson

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BLUF: Wealthy Affiliate is an online community membership site founded in 2005. It became the number one community for learning, creating and building successful online businesses. Members get to network with fellow members and learn from thousands of experts. Everyone receives websites based on the popular WordPress platform. Free members get two websites. Premium members receive 50 websites. There is enough training and daily step-by-step tasks oriented towards helping members build out their websites. I RECOMMEND Wealthy Affiliate for everyone, particularly beginners.

Bottom Line Up Front - I recommend Wealthy Affiliate Review


YOU want to start an online home business, but do not know how?

WA can HELP!

Wealthy Affiliate teaches how to create a successful online business. Just follow the FOUR simple steps.

  1. Choose a personal interest
  2. Build your own website
  3. Get visitors
  4. Earn money

Wealthy Affiliate has proven training such as videos and weekly live training. Training also includes a library, live chat and more. Wealthy Affiliate has a big affiliate community to help YOU create a successful business.

Is fear holding you back from building your own online business?

I have been building online businesses for almost 20 years. I have never seen anything close to what Wealthy Affiliate offers. I have spent years and big money to learn some of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.

Members learn how to build their own websites through a step-by-step process. Everyone can have their website up and running in a matter of minutes. As you go through the training, you will learn to add content and build out your website.

What I  like about Wealthy Affiliate

There are thousands of hours of proven training available to members. Classroom training, live video training, affiliate bootcamp, one-on-one training, community support and so much more. Members learn about selecting their online niche, designing and building their own websites, marketing their business, generating traffic through Search Engine Optimization, content marketing, just to name a few methods.

Much of the training is task-oriented. Each of the training lessons have several tasks that members should accomplish before moving onto the next lesson. The tasks reinforce the lesson material in the text and videos.

What I do not  like about Wealthy Affiliate

Let’s face it! There are no perfect programs. Consequently, Wealthy Affiliate is not perfect either.

My criticism with Wealthy Affiliate has more to do with how members promote Wealthy Affiliate than with Wealthy Affiliate itself. Specifically, many members promote Wealthy Affiliate by reviewing other programs or business opportunities as scams and then inviting readers to take a look at Wealthy Affiliate. Typically, they use words like “My #1 Recommendation.”

My other criticism is with members who decide to promote Wealthy Affiliate rather than promoting their own product. Whether they do not have a product/service to promote or are not doing well with it, they elect to promote Wealthy Affiliate program as an alternative. Consequently, if you do a search in Google, Bing, or your choice of search engines, you will see results like “Wealthy Affiliate Review: Does It Work Or Is It A Scam” or “Legit or Scam?”

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Training covers all subject matter related to online business. This screenshot shows the Getting Started Course.  All members including FREE members may take it.

Getting Started Training
Getting Started Training

This screenshot shows 3 of 13 classroom topics. Each classroom section shows recent questions and the trending training associated with each topic.

Classroom Training
Classroom Training

This screenshot shows one of the Online Entrepreneur Certification courses. Each lesson has daily tasks for members to complete before moving to the next lesson. The tasks are directly related to building out your website.

Certification Training Course Example
Certification Training Course Example

Live video classes are held every week for Premium members. Recorded copies are loaded into the members’ area for replay or for those members who missed the live broadcast. The following screenshot shows recent training. As you can see from the list, training covers a variety of topics including Search Engine Optimization, social media marketing, branding and website content promotion.

Live Webinar Training
Live Webinar Training

Community Support

I also like the strong member community. This takes out the fear of going it alone. From the screenshot above, you can see links to the Activity Dashboard and Live Chat in the left-hand column. The Live Chat button is showing a member wants help. The member also has the option to submit a support request to technical support, which is easy to do. My experience is, unless it is a technical issue related to hosting that requires a technician, other members will respond quickly to help out.

These are people like you who want to build successful online businesses. And they can do that by helping you. Wealthy Affiliate shows the concept of “Paying It Forward” works well within the community. Here is a screenshot of the Live Chat and lesson questions.

Live Chat
Live Chat
Training Questions
Training Questions

A BIG PLUS with Wealthy Affiliate is the owners’ interaction with members! It is not uncommon to see them participating in Live Chat (which is 24/7/365).

A number of Wealthy Affiliate members are military veterans. They have created some amazing online businesses and websites! To view some of the veterans’ websites, please go the the website showcase by clicking here. (Please note: If you are a “foodie,” check out Nick’s Favorite Recipes!)

Business Tools

Left Hand Column Tools Menu
Business Tools Menu

Wealthy Affiliate membership comes with 2 free websites (free members), hosting and tools to help members build their online business. the websites are based on the WordPress content management platform. Members can set up their websites in a matter of minutes. WordPress is one of the most popular applications in the world. WordPress allows a user, even beginners with limited expertise, to add, modify and delete content from a web site without requiring the use of a webmaster.

The screenshot to the right shows the tools available. The tools include hosting for your websites, website building tools, keyword tool, link tracking and more.

Keyword List
keyword List

The keyword tool is used to identify and create lists of keywords useful in creating website content. The keyword tool provides information about competition, amount of traffic and search engines searches. This information is useful in getting high search engine rankings.

The Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program

Wealthy Affiliate has one of the highest paying affiliate programs in the world. The WA affiliate program is optional for members as part of their membership. There are no hidden fees or charges.

For members who want to promote Wealthy Affiliate, they can earn commissions by referring new members. The following chart shows the amounts of commissions available.


Affiliate Earnings
Affiliate Earnings

The affiliate training is superb. The training goes step-by-step into creating an income stream from sponsoring new members into Wealthy Affiliate. Each course builds upon the previous course lessons starting with the construction of your foundation working through content development, promoting through social media, developing your target markets, learning the power of search engines and effectively using paid advertising. The following screenshots shows the affiliate bootcamp course outline and Course #1 outline.

Affiliate Training
Affiliate Training
Bootcamp Course 1
Bootcamp Course 1

Special note about the Wealthy Affiliate personal blogs

All members receive a personal affiliate blog. Our personal blogs are a great way to communicate with other members in the community. We let people know about our progress, our successes and struggles, and our experiences in creating successful online businesses. The following screenshot shows my recent blog posts highlighting my journey and challenges.

My Personal Blog
My Personal Blog

It is interesting to note that Wealthy Affiliate is an authority website. As such, Google looks favorably on WA. I posted my “Jim Rohn Inspirational” article in the morning. The following Google search using keyword “Jim Rohn Inspirational” shows my blog post on page 2 of the results!

Google search results
Google search results

A Wealthy Affiliate review is not complete until you see the costs!

The following chart shows a comparison of free and Premium membership. A good thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you may remain a free member. You do not even need to provide a credit card number! Only upgrade when you have a clear vision of your future success.

Upgrading was an easy decision for me to make. There is so much more to gain by upgrading!  Also, free members receive an incentive to become a Premium member.

Wealthy Affiliate Membership Costs

Note: Members who elect to purchase their own domain names will pay an additional annual fee of approximately $14.00 a year. Other companies, such as GoDaddy or NameCheap, sell domain names. As GoDaddy says, “Like a street address that tells people where you live, a domain helps customers drive directly to your website.”


Wealthy Affiliate Review Summary

Happy Wealthy AffiliateWealthy Affiliate is number 1 for a reason. They turn passion into profit. 

Wealthy Affiliate is more a membership and training resource than product. Members benefit from more than 1,000 modules of training. Training is from basic to advanced; interactive and live video. Members of all skill and experience levels benefit from the training.

People often ask “How do I make money with Wealthy Affiliate?” There are basically two ways.

  1. Follow your passion. Build an online business and website based on your hobby or personal interest. It could be anything. (Although an illegal business is probably not a good idea!) Whether it is about backpacking into the high country, traveling the world, eating healthy, ballroom dancing, self defense or martial arts, your choice is unlimited.
  2. If you have not identified a passion, promoting Wealthy Affiliate as a business is an option. The compensation is terrific and the affiliate bootcamp thorough.

The business tools are extensive. No experience is necessary. No technical knowledge is necessary. Complete web hosting including:

  1. WordPress Content Management System
  2. Access to over 2,400 website templates/themes
  3. State of the art, cloud hosting (for Premium members)
  4. Amazon c3.large hosting speed
  5. Thousands of WordPress plug-ins and features
  6. Rapid Writer for your content creation
  7. Keyword research tools
  8. Website backup, security, unlimited data transfer

There are thousands of people succeeding with Wealthy Affiliate. I hope you had the opportunity to visit some of our military veteran websites.

I am absolutely committed to changing our financial success together. If you have any questions about Getting Started online, I would love to help! Contact me at or fill in the form below. Or visit Wealthy Affiliate.  I love feedback!



  1. Wealthy Affiliate is full of nothing but lies!
    You are getting ripped off, don’t you realize that…Damn I feel sorry for you.
    Man… I truly hope you get wise to their BS! They also have you pay for a year’s membership after you are paying monthly, by sending you email after email, and than after 3 months, they revoke your privileges, so you pay for a year to get only 3 months, unless you are making BIG money for the company, they might let you stay on! That’s why they have the NO refund policy! They promote bullying by allowing it to happen, they don’t respond back, even when you ask them nicely to put a stop to the person cyber bullying! They use a little spam button the bully or anyone can use to click on 10 times on comments or posts if they don’t like you or a post or comment, even if it’s NOT spam! A button does the work for them! All you need is 10 spam clicks, according to Carson one of the owners, and your privileges are revoked! Than they don’t email you back so you can find out why! They are under investigation at the moment, so just a friendly warning!


    1. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, You Know. I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since May 2016 and am familiar with how they operate. I have always encouraged people to do their due diligence before joining or using any online program or service. I don’t know of any program that will let you remain a customer or member when their terms of service are violated. I do know that Wealthy Affiliate has a very good spam policy in place. The policy is clear as to what is considered spam on the WA site’s blog including sending affiliate links to other members using the private mail function.

      I have been marketing online for over 20 years and have seen many programs come and go. I have also been a member of many other programs that do not have anywhere near the same quality and quantity of current training as Wealthy Affiliate.

      Best of success to you with your online endeavors.


  2. Hello,

    One of the best reviews I have ever seen! Very well-written article. I’m a blogger, but I think I’m doing something wrong. I can’t attract enough visitors to my blog, and my income is really low. Maybe this training can help me out? What do you think?

    Thank you for the nice article.



    1. Julius, thank you for your comment and taking time to review and commenting. I believe the training will help you as it did me. I have been marketing online for a long time and thought I knew a lot. Through WA, I found out there is lots I don’t know. I applied my new knowledge and one of my posts was ranked on the first page of Google the same day I made the post. I want to see if I can duplicate this.


  3. Awesome review, I love Wealthy Affiliate and actually use it myself so I know what you’re saying is true. You used some awesome pictures and information to get your point across.


    1. Thanks, Christopher. Glad to see you are part of Wealthy Affiliate. I hope you are taking advantage of all the training offered.


  4. Hi Glen

    I love that ‘Bluf’ line at the start, you taught me something straight away.

    It also points to a fact that we are after that key information FAST. I have also began with Wealthy Affiliate and was very pleased with the level of support I have access to. I have tried this before and failed due to no support so this is important to me.

    Out of interest how long did it take you to get your website up and running?



    1. Thanks for commenting, Wade. I appreciate your comment about BLUF. It took me a week to get to this point with the website. But I have so much more to add. Thanks again, Wade!


  5. Indeed, fear is something that holds a lot of folks back to step into this line of business. Can you imagine that there are still many folks out there who are convinced that you can’t make money online? You & I know that this statement is completely false – It’s pretty much the opposite & affiliate marketing business is better than ever!

    “Beginner Friendly” is the keyword phrase to get you started – Wealthy Affiliate can be one of those places. I like the way you keep things clean, simple & get straight to the point. No need to spend a dime to get your project up & rolling.

    People often overcomplicate things. There’s absolutely no need for that. I’d encourage every newcomer to try Wealthy Affiliate. Even if you don’t like that place the upside will be that you won’t lose a penny & you still get valuable experience – In my opinion the most important asset of them all.


    1. Henry, thank you for commenting.Exactly right, if fear is holding someone back from starting their own business, then they may be better off working for someone else and helping them create a successful business.


  6. Great review! Very clean and well organized, great information. How did you get the screenshots to come out so large and clean? What do you use for your screen captures?



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