If you hate your job and are looking for a fresh start, you’ve probably been researching a few items such as how to fire your boss, how to work from home, ways to work from home, be your own boss, etc. I get it, because I was there, myself. In March 2018, I stumbled across the Wealthy Affiliate University and neglected to buckle down and research the program until October 2018.
When I did research the program in October, I signed up for the free Starter Membership, test drove the program for a week, was sold from Day One, and ended up becoming a Premium Member.
But how did Wealthy Affiliate treat me?
Is it just another scam, like many make money online programs in existence these days or is it the real deal?
Hold tight, because I’m about to review to you the truth about Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
WA was founded in 2005 by Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim on September 10th, 2005 as a keyword list site for internet marketers at $29.99/month.
By December 2006, Loudoun and Lim added their first forum before providing further training for internet marketers on how to maximize traffic to their websites by utilizing keywords.
In 2007, the duo launched SiteRubix, WA’s site hosting platform and grew the service well into 2008, before launching WA Premium in 2009.
They launched Live Chat in 2010 and released the Jaaxy keyword tool in May 2012 and the free Starter Membership followed a few months later in October.
They have since enabled domain transfer from other hosts, launched SiteComments, SiteDomain, and in January 2017, offered free SSL Certificate for Premium members and have since released SiteSpeed.
In one sentence, WA is a platform designed to help internet, especially affiliate, marketers from all walks of life earn a full-time living online via affiliate marketing. The platform will teach you how to utilize keywords to drive traffic to your site, as mentioned above. The old forums are still here, but in newer, improved methods, and each platform such as SiteRubix has been continually upgraded throughout its existence.
No Experience Needed?
Honestly, we can’t succeed in any endeavor without experience, right?
Or so we’ve been brainwashed into believing.
Some might think they need to have some tech, marketing, or computers background to succeed at WA.
I’m here to prove you false.
No, really, I’m totally living proof that the notion of needing experience or education in this field to succeed is false.
I have a degree in Wellness and Fitness and I’ve only taken one tech class which was back in high school because the curriculum forced it.
As for marketing?
So, I did have a blog up and running but the traffic never came.
After nine months of frustration, I cried to the universe for help, and along came hours of research and nothing but “proven” make money online systems that were layered. In other words, so many of these systems contained a start-up package for between $19-$49 that did nothing but hype the next upsell. Many times, the final upsell was something in the four-figures.
And to add icing on the cake, I didn’t even have income flowing in.
Yep, that’s right. No day job, no hope, no…nothing.
Except for a vision.
I was down to my last $800 and something had to change.
Finally, I found the honest review on yet another “proven” system, which at the end of the article, recommended WA.
Hey, didn’t I come across WA a few months prior?
Looks like the universe gave me a sign.
Or, did it?
Let’s find out if WA is worth the hype.
Pros of WA
I’m going to be short and sweet on this one. At WA, you get the following pros:
*It has been around for over a decade, something few make money online sites can claim. In other words, it’s stood the test of time since 2005. Pretty remarkable.
*Free Starter Membership to test drive the product before buying. No credit card required. When was the last time you read this regarding a make money online system?
*Two levels of training, the Online Entrepreneur Certification plus the Affiliate Bootcamp, which will show and tell you via text and video how to best utilize keywords for your chosen niche sites.
*Access to the WA community, many of whom have succeeded in developing six and even seven-figure businesses. Like, one dude made one-hundred grand in a week. Yes, you read that right. It’s not a typo.
*Live Training hosted either by Kyle and Carson, or by some more successful WA members. I call this an extension of the regular WA training offered.
*Two (50 with Premium membership) websites hosted on the SiteRubix platform. If you have a couple-dozen passions and niches, definitely take this route.
*REAL user testimonials. This one is HUGE, in my opinion.
Cons of WA
*Some regular training can be a bit dated. For instance, their training still contained insistence on signing up for a Google+ account even after Google+ announced its cessation.
*The site can be VERY confusing and tough to navigate initially. In fact, this was one reason why I avoided the place early on.
*SiteComments can attract low-quality users, though the founders have stated this has changed. The good news here is you can always disapprove irrelevant comments.
*Their ranking system can take away from one’s actual goal of creating an online business. For instance, the more you participate in the community, the higher your rank, but there is zero monetary incentive for achieving such a high rank and as mentioned, you’re taking time away from your initial goal.
Truth About WA
WA is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme, so if you’re looking for a quick fix, WA is not for you. Kyle and Carson are very clear on this and will let you know up front that WA is a commitment you must undertake over the course of several months to a couple years before you see the fruits of your labor generate.
But there is no such thing as a get-rich-quick scheme in the internet marketing world, contrary to what the con artists trying to make a quick buck off their victims will claim. We’re not running a three-clicks-to-millions campaign here.
You need to have a work ethic and time allowance to succeed at WA.
Would I recommend WA?
For those who want to learn how to build and operate their own internet marketing business and realize the time investment needed, then most definitely. I will be the first one to tell you that within my initial two months as a Premium member, I learned more than I had the previous two years regarding internet marketing.
Again, that first blog took a nasty hit and sunk into the depths of the abyss because I thought I knew it all, but learned the hard way I knew nothing.