There are a few big differences between someone that is highly successful within the online world, and something that is consistently failing. Any guesses what that could be? The education that one has. The tools that one has. And support that one has. Does Wealthy Affiliate deliver on all of these levels, and if so, how?
In my Wealthy Affiliate review I am going to keep it REAL with you (hence my website name, RealDealAffiliate.com). I don’t benefit from beating around the bush or giving you half-truths, my goal is going to be to help you assess whether the platform and community at WA is going to be the right place for you to make your home base for your business.
I think you are going to be impressed, but there are also some things that I want you to be careful about. So please read on and if at any moment you have any questions or want to offer you own personal reviews/feedback, feel free to head to the bottom of the page and leave me any insights you have there.
The Company: What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform and community dedicated to affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs. Since 2005, the team at Wealthy Affiliate has been dedicated to helping people succeed online, which at the best of times, can be a difficult task consider how quickly the internet changes and how rapidly the affiliate marketing world can evolve.
The website, funny enough, started out as a keyword list website for affiliate marketers. Every week, WA would offer a new subset of keywords to help affiliates build successful pay per click campaigns. It worked. People loved the service, but then they started requesting new features.
- A way to communicate.
- Personal help and coaching.
- Training on how to build an online business (and the various facets)
- All kinds of tools
- The ability to network with others
And on and on. Here Wealthy Affiliate is over a decade later, 25 employees strong, over 1.4 MILLION members strong and growing at a faster pace than ever, and the platform is becoming ubiquitous with THE place for affiliate marketers to create and grow businesses online, but also to mingle with some of the most affiliate marketers in the world on a daily basis.
At Wealthy Affiliate you are going to learn the proper process to build a business online in any niche of your choice, without needing any requisite knowledge. It is actually very straight forward, and it is the process of building a business online that worked back in the early 2000s and that will work in the 2020’s.
Here is a quick breakdown…
So as you go step into the platform at WA, you are going to be given all the training, tools, services, and coaching that you need to build a business in ANY niche using this exact process. It isn’t complex, but of course, any successful business takes a bit of hard work (so please don’t think this is a get rich scheme, it simply is not).
I have personally worked within many niches over the years, from the dieting niche, to the hosting niche, to record look-ups and people looking for their ancestry.
Any direction that you head, there is an incredible opportunity and with over 550,000,000 products/services that you can promote as an affiliate and earn revenue, there has never been a better time to get rolling online (and do so with Wealthy Affiliate).
So that is a quick breakdown of the process and how WA started, now I want to give you a full and thorough review of the various aspects of Wealthy Affiliate, from my perspective.
The Community: The WA Family is the LifeBlood of Your Business
With over 1.4 MILLION active members, WA is definitely a place that you can hang out, get help, create friendships, and even business partnerships. There is something profound about being able to get up at 2am with an idea and being able to run it by others within the community and get affirmation. Or working on your website late at night and being able to fire out a question and get an abundance of help in a matter of minutes.
Wealthy Affiliate is not just a community, but rather one that cares. If you have hung out at Facebook, you know how negative the vibe can be there and it actually turns out to be a depressing experience. Hanging out within the platform at WA is simply different.
People are there for the right reason, they are there to help, and at any given moment there will be 1,000’s if not 10,000’s of people online that you will be able to interact with to help push your business forward in a positive direction.
The Education: What Can I Expect From the Training
Education Recommendations: Very Newbie to Very Advanced
Format of Training: Video, Text, Live Classes/Webinars, Instant Chat
Hours of Live Classes: Over 310 HOURS
The best way to learn, hands down, is to DO. If you implement what you learn, that is when the real learning takes place. This “applied knowledge” approach is the one taken within Wealthy Affiliate and as soon as you step in the door, even as a Starter member, you will realize just how interactive and hands on the training is within the community.
There are some very important features that are offered within the WA training environment, that maximize how efficient your path to truly learning this stuff becomes and ultimately speeds up the process of you actually creating a successful and sustainable business online.
There are several formats of training within Wealthy Affiliate that you will be able to harness to go from a complete newbie, to an expert within the affiliate/internet marketing space.
- Core Training Courses
- Video Tutorials
- Text Tutorials
- Live Classes
So whatever you’re learning style is, we cater to it. Within every training modules, there is a comment/coaching section where you can get help if you ever have any questions, or you can start a conversation about one of the topics discussed and get further insight into it. There isn’t a moment where an expert within the community isn’t available and offering support through the various training channels.
The Websites: An Elite Marketer Needs a Great Website Platform
Hosting: Managed WordPress Hosting
The websites platform at Wealthy Affiliates gives you the tools you need to create and operate a very successful business within the online world. A website is the foundation for your business, so it is very important that you have a website platform that can grow with you, one that is stable and efficient, and one that follows alongside the quick moving pace of technology.
Wealthy Affiliate provides you with this environment through the SiteRubix platform and competes directly with the most advanced hosting platforms in the Managed WordPress space.
I don’t want to confuse you with too much on the technical side, but there is certain things you need to look for when it comes to building a website. These are the “factors” that will contribute your success as they are requirements these days to run an online business.
To be the best, you need to expect the best out of your service providers and websites/hosting is no different.
- Website Speed
- Website Ease of Use
- Proper Encryption
- A Sophiscated Management Environment
- On Site Engagement/Communication
- Advanced Features/Plugins
- Timely Support
These are all very much focal points with the Wealthy Affiliate website & hosting offering. With each year that passes, you can come to expect innovations within the website platform at Wealthy Affiliate that push it far beyond any offering. To be great at online business, you have to have a great website and be confident in the company that is hosting your website. WA offers you this.
As a Starter member, you get 2 completely free websites (hosting included). As a paid Premium member, you can host up to 50 websites, including 25 on your own domains. The quality of hosting alone offered within the Premium membership (which is $49 per month), is comparable and superior to the $250 per month managed WordPress hosting packages out there in the industry. Just for some perspective.
The Toolkit: With the Right Tools, You Can Shape a Sustainable Business
We all battle a constant “time crunch” in our lives. There simply are not enough hours in the day and this has been something that I have been faced with during my entire time spent as an internet entrepreneur. I have always sought ways to add more efficiency within my business. This has typically led me down the path of automation and efficiency tools.
Some main tasks that you will be doing within your online/affiliate business are building websites, researching niches & keywords, creating and publishing content, and analyzing and assessing websites and your SEO campaigns.
Fortunately, these are things that are provided to you within Wealthy Affiliate, some of the tools allowing you to free up literally 100’s of hours of your time through the course of the year. I want to explain each of the platforms in a little more detail.
Efficient Keyword & Niche Research
Research is a big part of any successful online business. For example, one of the core task of getting ranking in Google is being able to effectively find low competition, high traffic keywords to target with your campaigns. This can easily be achieved through Jaaxy, a platform that you have exclusive access to through Wealthy Affiliate.
As a member of WA, you have access to Jaaxy, the world’s most powerful research platform for affiliate marketers. It offers you a large subset of tools that you can leverage to maximize your time when it comes to research.
Here is a sneak peek at the entire subset of tools that are included within the Jaaxy platform alone:
As you can see, you are well equipped from the research side of your business and you don’t have to go off elsewhere and buy (and manage) tools that are inferior to what you get within the state of the art platform at WA.
Estimated Time Saved: 12-15 Hours Per Month
Amplify Your Content Creation
Content is KING, as they say. It is part of any successful business, in particular within the online world. SiteContent is the marketers dream platform and it is included within the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
You also have access to features that will help you create a beautiful, high ranking site. This includes access to the SiteContent images platform that offers you over 1+ MILLION high definition images that you can use on your website, SEO tracking features that help you optimize your content, grammar and spelling checkers, image optimization, and the platform will even check all of your content for uniqueness before you publish.
You can set writing goals and track these through any set period of time. This accountability naturally is leads to a lot more productivity in your writing and you will be provided with reports of your daily/weekly/month writing achievements.
Did I mention that you can publish directly to your website from this platform, making content management and publication and absolutely breeze.
Estimated Time Saved: 10-15 Hours Per Month
Website Creation & Automation
Building a website in 30 days used to be MY reality when I started out online in 2002. It was a freakin’ headache. I had to learn how to program, I hate to create my template designs myself, and I had to basically manually create the code for every single page on my website. My first website I ever built was not only UGLY as sin, but it actually took me 30 days to build.
Faster forward 16 years later, and I can now create a website that is 100x more powerful, much more beautiful, has way more features, and is “success” ready in less than 30 seconds using the website platform at WA. You have access to over 2,800 different designs (see below), and you can build a website faster than you can pour yourself a coffee.
There has been a great deal of technical advancements that have led to this, but what this has done has allowed ANYONE to create a website and ultimately a business online. Gone are the days when you had to be a “techie” in order to create a successful business online.
Estimated Time Saved: 50-60 hours per month.
Website Analysis & Management
As you establish your website and your business, it is going to become imperative that you have some oversight into what is working for your, what isn’t, and what you can do to improve your website so it ranks better, so it gets more engagement and traction by your website visitors, and what you can use to amplify your overall website results.
There are two platforms specifically that will work hand in hand within WA that will help you with this. The SiteHealth Platform is going to offer you tracking and progress in terms of your overall “health” of your website, kind of like a maintenance and health dashboard. You can see what this looks like below.
It will monitor your website activities and tell you how you can improve them. This will led to your website being built in a way that appeals to search engines, more traffic, and WAY better results in your business.
The second tool, is SiteRank. This will track your rankings in Google, Yahoo and Bing and tell you if you are going up or down within the search results.
Ideally you want to land all of your rankings on Page 1 of search engines, and you are going to come to understand with this automated ranking tracking platform where you are ranked and why. This is a HUGE time saver.
Estimated Time Saved: 10 hours per month.
The more time you save, the more time you have to be productive within your business. More productivity, leads to more revenue for your business (the ultimate goal, right?).
As Wealthy Affiliate evolves and innovates, you can be sure that there are going to several platforms released ever year (without any additional cost) that will make your life more efficient as an affiliate marketers.
The Coaching: Need Expert Help, You Have More Than Just That
Coaching Types: PPC, Content Marketing, SEO Marketing, Social Media
# of Coaches: 1,000’s YOU Get Instant Access to
It takes a village to raise a child, but what if the same thing could be stated about an affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate is truly that village with the interactive and very hands on coaching elements that you have immediate and 24/7 access to.
With over 1.4 million active members, Wealthy Affiliate has become the place where newcomers go to learn affiliate marketing and create online businesses, but something that is very apparent is that it is also the place where very successful affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs pay forward their knowledge and skills to newbie to intermediate marketers.
Live Instant Chat Help. Within Wealthy Affiliate you have access to the live chat platform, which you can utilize to get instant help. This is a great coaching medium to use if you are looking for a quick way to get support, but it is also a powerful medium to connect with other fellow entrepreneurs, network, and build relationships with very successful marketers. At any given time there are 100’s to 1,000’s of people interacting or lurking on the chat platform and you can expect your questions or a simple to be met with a response very quickly.
Average Response Time: Less than 1 minute.
Training Q & A. As you move through the training, you are encouraged to ask questions when you have them. All training modules, videos, tutorials and live classes within Wealthy Affiliate have a comment area where you can leave any questions that you have as they pop up. This works really well because others that are involved in the same level of training and that have COMPLETED the training will be notified.
Average Response Time: Less than 10 minutes.
Ask the Community. There is a question platform within WA that you can utilize to ask a question about ANYTHING related to your business, or anything that you need help with. These questions get exposure from the entire community at WA and it is a rare occasion that you don’t have specific help and often times several people helping you within minutes.
Average Response Time: Less than 5 minutes.
Personal 1-on-1 Coaching. As a Premium member within Wealthy Affiliate, you have the ability to get private coaching from whoever you like within the community. That is why it is critical once you get in, to network with others and to “follow” those that interest you, these relationships will prove to be valuable to you down the road if you ever need anything. There is something to be said about having access to all the elite affiliate marketers in the world, which you do within WA.
Average Response Time: Depends on the member you contact, usually within 6 hours.
From ME directly. Yes, when you join through me, or through someone else, it doesn’t matter. I am there within the community to coach you, help you, and offering you accountability and motivation every step of the way. Even if you want to just stop by and say hi, I would love to hear from you. Or if you need a bunch of help, I also want to hear from you!
You can see my personal profile here at WA and see how active I am getting back to people, my goal is to try to answer everyone within 24 hours, sometimes on weekends if I spend time with my family it can take longer, but typically I am much quicker (sometimes within minutes!)
Average Response from ME Personally: Less than 24 hours.
You won’t find a day when I am not interactive and helping 100’s of people within WA through chat, through answering questions or offering personal support.
If you join through me, I am going to be offering you my support and personal coaching immediately. This is real, the CEO of the company will be someone you can access directly and I will be reaching out to you within the first few hours of you joining just to make everything is cool.
The Success: Are People Succeeding Within WA?
In a word, yes. Wealthy Affiliate has been in existence since 2005 and since there have been thousands upon thousands of success stories posted within the community. Everything from a newcomer posting an exciting story about how they made their first affiliate sale, to someone being successful enough to quit their day job, to people having their first million dollar years within the online world.
I want to share a few recent success stories with you, just to give some perspective as to what people are accomplishing. This is a fraction compared to what people are achieving, but it will give you a good idea!
What you will not find is that WA people is not a community where people boast about their success (and belittle others). Many of the most successful folks go quietly about their business. No differently than within the offline world, you have people that enjoy sharing their success, and people that share it private.
I personally, in my 16 years online haven’t ever shared how much $$$ I make with anyone and I surely don’t share income with people that I don’t have an intimate relationship with. Why? Because this to me is private information and I have no reason to share this. I rather focus on helping people create what I have, and offer the best help (and platform) in the industry to do so.
There is the tendency to see people bragging about MONEY, cars, houses, or other material things when they don’t have much of it. Wealthy Affiliate is a community of achievers and elite affiliate marketers, some people share their successes which is amazing, but for every one of the 1,000’s of success stories you read, there are 10,000’s of other quietly going about business and helping others at WA with theirs. 😉
You can be one of our next success stories at WA, I can assure you of that. You can set-up your account at WA and be rockin’ and rollin’ within 5 minutes from now. You really have nothing to lose and the Starter account doesn’t require a credit card, or have any obligation. Just free access to the Wealthy Affiliate platform, the community and me.
The Vegas Opportunity: Where Brilliant Minds Collide (And Have a Blast)
I also wanted to mention that there is a unique opportunity offered to EVERYONE within Wealthy Affiliate as well, the WA Super Affiliate Conference. As a member, you of course can build a business within any niche you want, but WA also offers a very lucrative affiliate program for those that are interested in promoting it.
If you can achieve 300 sales in a given year, you get an all-inclusive, 4 day trips to Las Vegas where you get the Royal treatment. This is fully paid for and includes a 3-day conference, amazing meals, entertainment, drinks and even some gambling if that is what you are interested in.
You are also going to be meeting with some of the top affiliate marketers in the world and have the ability to “talk shop” with these folks, gain new insights, and share some of yours. This is achievable by absolutely anyone, including folks that are just starting out.
The Oops: Sometimes Change Can Really Suck.
We will be the first to say it, not everything is perfect at Wealthy Affiliate. Nothing in fact in this world is perfect and can be improved upon, and that is what is so exciting to a technology company whether it is Facebook, or in our case Wealthy Affiliate.
Within any given year, we roll out 10-12 entirely new platforms within Wealthy Affiliate. These could range from something related to “content creation” a brand new website platform, a new way to community, or about every 3 years we will go through a completely different design.
Because of this, there can sometimes be too much and Wealthy Affiliate can have short spurts of being a bit disorganized. This I amount to growing pains, but it is a good position to be in. We not only are offering people new services within WA (at no extra charge) we are giving them tools to make them much more efficient in their respective businesses.
So as we grow and improve our offering, there will be slight growing pains, the odd bug to sort out, and then odd frustrating. But one thing we promise you, we are completely present within the community as the co-founders (usually within WA 10-12 hours per day), and we have team of over 25 programmatic geniuses behind the scenes to make the technology mesh and operate efficiently…and to fix these bugs before the average member even notices them.
We stand behind our service at Wealthy Affiliate being the BEST in the industry, but it will never be OUR BEST (if that makes sense). That is good for YOU, the end user. You can simply assume that there are going to be a lot of great updates that take place through the course of any year.
The Real Deal: WA Will Take You to the Next Level.
Of course, I have a bit of a bias because I am co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate. But that also gives you the reader unique access to me directly, and some unique insights into the ethos behind Wealthy Affiliate and the fact that we truly do care about you. Wealthy Affiliate is unique in that respect, we are not focused on how much money we can make off of members, rather how we can make members more successful within their respective businesses/niches.
WA has never been a business about making as much money as possible, if we were, it would be much more expensive. The price of the Premium membership is actually cheaper today, than it was back in 2005. That should say a lot about our mission to help people and in the process, offer the most cost-efficient, yet BEST platform in the world for affiliate marketers and Internet Entrepreneurs.
In fact, I don’t want you to spend a cent on a service until you have tried it. I also don’t want you to take my word for it as we just met, I would rather the community and platform speak for itself. Here are the next steps to getting rolling, to seeing what WA is all about, and to start your bright and very successful journey online.
Step 1: Create a Starter Membership at WealthyAffiliate.com (Click Here to Join)
Step 2: Go through the Get Started Here training
Step 3: Get back to me when I personally reach out to you (and I promise I will)
Step 4: Have fun!
Upon joining, you are going to be emailed with some instructions on how to get rolling, but I want you to remember that you have full access to ME (Kyle) personally when you jump into the community. If you ever need to reach out to me after you create your account, you can do so on my profile:
Direct Access: My Wealthy Affiliate Profile (Kyle)
And lastly, if you have any questions at all about WA, you want to offer your own personal review, or you have any other sort of feedback/questions about the affiliate marketing or online business world, please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help. I promise to get back to you quickly, so expect a response within 24 hours max.