Wealthy Affiliate Review 2020 – What Others Don’t Want To Know

It takes a very specific technique to build a compelling website and monetize it without relying on paid advertising services. It also takes a winning website the right hosting environment - the speed, usability, and security.

My Wealthy Affiliate review will mainly focus on these two vital elements to make a success in work-from-home business. This membership site extensively covers both areas. The volume of training is insane, so I'll explain how you can make the most of it without being overwhelmed by it. I'll also explain the resourceful platform where the members can only concentrate on building their content marketing business without having to worry about certain technical aspects.

"Wealthy Affiliate method" is undeniably one of the most money-saving options before achieving your financial goals online. You just can't get this much of resources anywhere else for $30 per month (when paid yearly, or $49 if you pay monthly). But of course, not everything is perfect. If you ever join, there are a few things that I think you can avoid too.

Wealthy Affiliate Review

What Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Website: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
Co-founders: Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim

Price: Free, or $49 per month / $359 per year as a premium

Rating: I'd give 4/5

Wealthy Affiliate (WA) provides online business opportunities, WordPress-exclusive web hosting, advanced keyword tool (Jaaxy), training, webinars, live chat, and a big user community.

Why Should You Choose Wealthy Affiliate?

The latest statistics explain why affiliate marketing is the best way for ordinary people like you and me to make money online.

  • 81% of brands leverage affiliate marketing.
  • Every year in the US, the affiliate marketing spending constantly increases, and is expected to increase in the coming years.
  • 55% of affiliates are working from home.

The statistics also show that;

  • The top 4 success methods are SEO, social media, blogging and email.
  • WordPress runs 33.9% of the entire internet, and 60.7% of website builder (CMS) market.

Wealthy Affiliate provides WordPress, and teaches how to make money from blogging, SEO, the latest social media marketing and email strategy. Means it's equipped with all the essentials.

Sources:

'Hot' Affiliate Marketing Statistics (WebMarketSupport)

Usage of Content Management Systems (W3Techs)

The platform is made WordPress ready for everybody. So when you sign up, you can start building your website literally within minutes. It provides hundreds of training videos, thousands of text tutorials, questions & answers, and thousands of active members help each other on its community forums.

It also allows you to write blogs within your profile, which will then be indexed by search engines. It means any blogs written within WA site are visible to anyone, and good quality content will be ranked high in Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.

Whether you are entirely new to website creation, or you already have your business online but wish to expand your knowledge, it does give you an opportunity to reach your ultimate goal - to make money online successfully. Does that make sense so far?

Site Owners & the Background

Kyle and Carson Wealthy Affiliate

Kyle (Left) - Carson (Right)

Wealthy Affiliate was co-founded by two Canadian guys, Kyle and Carson back in 2005.

What we love about them is that they are REAL. They actively interact with us and help us.

Kyle has personally given me some marketing advice numerous times. I went on live chat to ask other members a quick question the other day, and it was Kyle himself who pointed me in the right direction. Kyle is an SEO/marketing expert who gives us pieces of training, tips & advice.

While Carson is a techie guy who manages all the platform developing and the site security aspects. He's helped me with my site building issues, and as far as I'm concerned he never sleeps. Wow, thank you so much but isn't it like 4am over there?

We are actually privileged by the fact that the owners are always hands-on, and that's probably the reason why WA keeps at the top of online business training platforms in the world.

Free Web Hosting and WordPress

For free members, WA allows you to create up to 2 x websites and have them hosted for absolutely free. Premium members ($49 per month) can create up to mighty 50 websites, and the price includes web hosting for all your sites.

WordPress, one of the most popular content management system, is pre-installed in the WA server, SiteRubix. There are thousands of website themes (designs) to choose from. With plenty of step-by-step instructions as well as tips & tricks to use WordPress, even a complete WordPress beginner won't need to worry.

And actually, this is makes WA stand out from some other all-in-one "make money online" platforms. Most of the others use their own in-house website builder, means you'll have to learn how to use it first. And when you leave the membership, your site will be gone, not transferrable.

Whereas WA, you'll get to learn how to build a WordPress site, which will mean a lot. For some reason if you didn't like the membership and left, you could take your website with you and have it hosted elsewhere, and not only that. Your website building skill "using WordPress" could be added to your resumé. In fact, some WA members have learned to build websites here, and sell them for a living.

Website Monitoring

What I like about the WA (SiteRubix) web hosting service is the strong site security monitoring system. How do I know it's so secure and 'which system' is being used specifically? I don't know, I've no idea. But we're continuously being assured that the database is monitored and the file system is protected from viruses & malware, also from hacking & intrusion (See "The Most Secure Web Hosting Provider")

Wealthy Affiliate Sport Cars

If you go elsewhere (i.e. have your sites hosted by another company), you'll be expected to have a lot more responsibility to protect your own site. You should back up your contents daily, and you need to have anti-spam comments plugin installed and monitor yourself. You don't need any of that with SiteRubix.

Spam/ virus / hacking incident is really, the last thing you want when running a website. Free from all that if you're with Wealthy Affiliate, that's an immense advantage.

Free SSL Certificate

SSL certificate (meaning https://) is set as a default on all of your websites for free. It means https:// instead of http//, your visitors' personal data is kept secure and encrypted, protected from hacking or malware being installed.

It's 2019 and still many other web hosting services offer SSL certificate as an additional extra and charge a lot for it. Whilst it's entirely free with WA, you don't have to think about it.

Domain Registration Service

WA aims to have its platform "all in one essentials", and the domain service is an optional one of them.

Wealthy Affiliate Create A Free Website

As a free member you are supplied with a subdomain prefix ending ".siterubix.com", and you cannot use your own domain. I'll explain it later.

When you become a premium member, you can either buy your domain elsewhere (Namecheap.com and Godaddy.com are two of the most popular domain name providers, cost around $10 per year). Come back to your WA web hosting and link your domain, which is dead easy.

But if you use Wealthy Affiliate's domain name service, you don't have to worry about linking. It will cost you $13.99 per year including whois (privacy) protection >>Click Here. A few dollars more than Namecheap but the good news is this price is locked in - once you pay this year, there'll never be future price increase.

Keyword Tool (Jaaxy)

Wealthy Affiliate Jaaxy Integration

Previously Jaaxy was a premium service only, now free access is granted to all the premium WA members. This is one of THE most beneficial features that the members can enjoy.

The keyword tool is integrated with WA platform, so you can open your websites, receive training, communicate with others etc, and also do an extensive keyword search from one dashboard.

Affiliate Program Search

As the name suggests - this feature allows you to find affiliate programs, which is extremely useful for you if you just joined and have no idea what kind of companies are looking for affiliates. The search can be;

  • Filtered by available countries, payment preference (PayPal, Wire transfer, Check, etc), commission rate (amount or percentage), or by user rating.
  • Sorted by program name, affiliate network, user rating, commission rate (amount or %), network fee required or not, or auto approval.
Affiliate Program Search

Once you find a good affiliate program, you can save your own link there, so that you don't have to go back to the company's site every time you use it.

The companies include from big brands to individual product sellers from ClickBank. If you're not sure (how to use it, or whether you should join a particular program or not), you can always ask us a question via community question, via direct message or on live chat.

Free Membership vs. Premium Membership

The chart below compares what you can receive between as a free member and as a premium member. You can continue to be a "Starter" member after 7 days and receive training (but not live help or 1-on-1 coaching), whilst the premium membership gives you a lot more advantages.

Starter

Free

Premium

$49/month

Live help

First 7 days

Unlimited

Private messaging

Websites

2 Websites

50 Websites

Website security package

Website backup

Beginner training course

Personal affiliate blog

Affiliate bootcamp training

Phase 1

All 7 phases

Live video classes

Video walk-throughs

Keyword research tool

30 searches

Unlimited searches

Training classrooms

2

12

Affiliate program

2 x higher payout

Earn while you learn

1-on-1 coaching

First 7 days

Unlimited

Private access to owners

24/7, 365 website support

Website feedback platform

Website comment platform

Website analysis

Best for

Getting started

Those ready to earn

Premium Membership $49 per month - is it worth it?

In my opinion it definitely is, especially if you're looking to make a living with your online business.

If you were to run your own website(s), decent web-hosting service would cost you $50-$300 per year, that'd be per site. Plus your domain name $12-14 per year per site. This would not include any training or tips & tricks on SEO, web trafficking and any other trends that any entrepreneurs should be constantly updated with.

With its "University" level of training and all your website running costs, I think $49 per month is a bargain. There are tens of thousands of premium active members. Many of us make a living online or at least make enough commission income to cover the premium subscription fee. Meaning the members all agree it is worth the money.

Discount Schemes (Pay 6/12 Months In Advance)

You can pay a reduced rate for your membership fee by paying in advance;

  • Pay 6 months in advance ($234) and get 20% off ($39 per month, save $60), or
  • Pay 12 months in advance ($359) and get 39% off ($29.92 per month, save $229).

Either of the two options is worth considering. You can start paying monthly, and whenever you feel confident that this is the way for you to make money online, you can pay for the next 6 or 12 months all at once. In fact that's exactly what I did. I paid for my first month's premium fee, and within that month I knew WA was right for me, meaning it's a good deal, and decided to "go annual".

Special Bonus

Wealthy Affiliate offers further discounts. If you become a premium member within the first 7 days you'll receive a 61% discount on first month's membership (=$19).

This excludes the first 7 days of free trial. It means if you decide to go premium after the first day, you'll still enjoy the remaining 6 days for free but have full access. And the $19 will be calculated pro-rata. 19 x 30 x 1/36 = $15.83...something like that. Good, isn't it.

Also as mentioned earlier, if you pay yearly (pay $359 for 12 months in one go), that works out $30 per month, further 39% discount.

Free (Starter) Membership - Is THAT Worth It?

Is it worth staying as a free member indefinitely? Obviously there are quite a few premium benefits that you cannot receive, as shown in the comparison chart earlier. But if you want to take things slowly, you can do that. The choice is yours.

The "first month $19" bonus is equivalent to about 18 days free, so after the first 7 days free trial, carry on staying free for further 3 weeks before you start to pay the full membership of $49, and that will be the same thing.

As a free member, you have to use a Siterubix subdomain. But that's ok while you're staying free, keep building your site, continue to publish blog posts. And then, whenever you decided to go premium, purchase a desired domain name and transfer all the contents from Siterubix to your domain. The transfer won't take a few minutes, it's very easy.

...do you see what I mean?

Create Up To 50 Websites

50 websites! I couldn't keep up with 5. Let alone 50! I think I have about 7, and this is extremely useful. If you want to test something - new format, new WordPress theme, installing a plugin that you're not sure about - you can create a test website whenever you want. And if you don't like it, delete the entire site whenever you want too.

Exactly speaking, Wealthy Affiliate (SiteRubix) allows you to have up to 25 x websites with your own domain, plus 25 x websites with a subdomain.

Jay's Webinar

Jay, The Training Chief

Jay Neill is the Training chief, who provides absolutely invaluable webinar every week. It's a live webinar that you can join and ask questions to Jay real time.

Sadly to this date, I've never been able to join live because of the time difference, but I make sure to watch the recording (available from the following day). Jay's webinars are packed full of tips, tricks, and advice as an expert include;

  • The Ultimate SEO Survival Guide
  • Ways To Get Your Content Noticed
  • Split Testing for Maximum Conversions
  • How To Bring A Site Back To Life
  • Power of Google Web Tools & Analytics
  • Niche Case Study Series
  • 2016 Website Ranking Blueprint
  • Generating Traffic With YouTube

...and many more. Remember, the essential webinar is on broadcast each and every week.

Just to be clear, already there are Online Entrepreneur Certification Course and Affiliate Bootcamp, both created by Kyle, containing text and video tutorials. The Bootcamp has absolutely everything you need to learn about affiliate marketing. Jay's weekly webinar is provided on top of that, as the latest and hottest tips, with no extra cost.

Site Comment & Site Feedback

Site Comment is a feature that Wealthy Affiliate members are truly privileged to use. Getting visitors to your newly built website is hard, imagine getting anyone to leave a comment - the odds are astronomical. WA members can visit other members' sites and leave a comment. You can't just randomly do this; you'll have to read the post carefully and leave an original, quality comment. The website owner has the right to approve or disapprove the comment they received.

Having a number of quality comments in your web post will increase the chance of higher ranking in search engines, so this is one of the most useful features that WA membership offers.

Site Feedback is another feature where the members can visit other member's sites and give their feedback. The feedback can be in general, about layout, about content, etc.

Probably useful for newbies, but it can be hit & miss. You're lucky if you receive constructive criticism from an expert member. But you could receive a low-quality "feedback" (such as "wow, what can I say? Your site is awesome, I love everything about it..."). Unlike the Site Comment feature, you cannot approve or reject, so you just have to keep requesting until you receive helpful feedback.

Become a Certified Commenter!

If you leave 50+ quality comments per month, you'll be given a "certified commenter" badge and be eligible to get paid by leaving comments. There are certain criteria to clear - check the detail from here.

This will give you a chance to get paid within a month of commencing your internet business. Your WA premium membership fee can be covered. It's a fantastic opportunity for those who are short of cash to receive all the training and benefits effectively at no costs!

What You Can Do To Be Successful via Wealthy Affiliate

Be Successful With Wealthy Affiliate

A lot of membership sites give you only limited access during the free trial period. But it's not the case with WA. There are some limited access areas such as the Course Level 2 onwards, but there are so many other contents to read. What you can do when you join WA during your 7 days trial can be;

  1. Create your profile on WA - you can edit it any time at a later date.
  2. "Getting Started" - follow the Level 1 course, lessons 1-10, consisting text and video tutorials.
  3. As you follow the course steps, your niche idea (what kind of products you'd like to promote) should begin to shape up. If you don't come up with an idea, we can personally give you some advice too.
  4. Once your niche is decided, start building your first website. It's all built-in, and you can publish your posts straight, publish them privately (not visible to anyone else) or just save as draft.
  5. Read other members' blogs and advice, or take a look at their websites.
  6. Post your questions and interact with other members.

How far you want to try is up to you, but hopefully by then, you'll see the benefits from the WA membership.

Where To Go First

When signed up with Wealthy Affiliate and you are in your dashboard for the first time, it's up to you if you want to take your time to explore all the features. But if you feel overwhelmed by it - many new members often will - I suggest that you just start taking the training lessons. (1) Click "Training" in the left-hand menu, then (2) Getting Started.

Where To Start

I also recommend you to follow as many other members and follow back whoever followed you. In this way, you can access to useful tips and advice, also get to know what others are up to; hear their success stories, struggles, scam alerts, all of which you can add your comment to (only if you want to!)

Membership Ranking And Ambassadorship

WA has a member ranking system, and your profile is ranked as soon as you join in. As you make engagements by writing blogs within the community, asking questions, replying to other questions and on live chat, your ranking goes up. There's a highly motivating factor in the ranking system, especially for new members. If you're in the top 25 of the ranking, you'll be given a Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador title.

...which means very little, because the ranking position does not get you any money, you see? Ambassadors don't necessarily give you technical advice but some of them only create a "buzz" by writing lots of blogs. The more blogs are written, the bigger the WA site itself will become, i.e. Wealthy Affiliate is forever-growing and continuously boosting its profile.

Don't "Drift Away" - Focus On Making Money Online

Make Money Online with Wealthy Affiliate

As a review of Wealthy Affiliate, my "advice" is to focus on learning and to make use of the platform to build your own business... Sounds like stating the obvious, right?

It does have an amazing community. Trust me, you'll be so welcomed and will receive an extraordinary level of support. It's a spam-free, bitching free (!) forum space where you're constantly motivated. But it's also a fact that some members use the space to socialize.

There are all sorts of people from all over the world. Some are rich, they don't have to work. Some are there purely to enjoy the camaraderie, and maybe to learn a little bit about the internet world. It's fine with them. But some are hugely distracted - I see regular members moan that they haven't earned money, and haven't even finished Wealthy Affiliate University course. They don't know how Google Analytics work (which is clearly explained in the training course).

You see how your goal - "make money online" - can be swayed and drifted by belonging to this fabulous, genuinely helpful community. So I'd like to say, always stay focused if you want to survive in the internet marketing world. Learn as much as you can and get your online income sorted first. Then return the favor by helping new members whenever you can. I believe that's what Kyle and Carson want you to do, too!

Wealthy Affiliate Referral Program

WA Referral Program

You receive a commission upon referring WA to others - receive $0.50 when your referral creates their profile, and when they become a premium member you'll receive $23.50 monthly recurring commission as long as they maintain their membership.

How Is It 'Cheaper'?

Talking about the premium membership pricing again.

If you're looking to start content marketing (blogging to make money), you need (1) to have your website hosted, and (2) a premium keyword tool.

(1) There are some cheap and fairly reliable web hosting companies, claiming to charge you as low as $2.95 per month. Try signing up with them and go straight to the payment screen - $2.95 is based on the 3-year contract, only for 1 website, and it doesn't include site security cover and backup cover. Anyway you'd have to pay for 3 years in advance, you don't want to do that.

You want flexibility and ability to create more than one site, transfer contents from one site to another in case you change your mind or mess up in the future (believe me, you will.) Then the cheapest option will be around $8-10 per month. Or more. But let's say $8 per month. You'd have to pay 12 months in advance.

  • Web hosting 12 months x $8 = $96
  • Site security 12 months x $2 = $24
  • Full site backup 12 months x $3 = $36

(2) Plus, a keyword tool. The cheapest and reliable tool is LongTail Pro (which I recommend) is $25 per month, if you pay 12 month in advance.

  • LongTail Pro for 12 months = $297
  • Total: $453.

Now Wealthy Affiliate will cost you $359 per 12 months including web hosting with full security cover, full site backup, premium keyword tool, and allows you to freely create up to 50 websites. You see what I mean by 'cheaper' because it literally is. And this is only a part of its services. Training, webinars and community support are all-inclusive.

The Negatives: Wealthy Affiliate Complaints

There are a couple of complaints that are typically made by some of the existing members and/or non-members.

(1) Everyone Else Is A "Scammer"

Many online "scambusters" are WA members or its graduates. We are trained to write fair & unbiased product reviews online. If a product or a scheme is in MMO (make money online) niche, we are taught to compare it to WA itself, because it's the place we know the best. Naturally that's the best way to promote something as an affiliate. 

Many (especially new) WA members are so happy with the help & support they receive, they tend to rate other MMO products lower than WA - whatever they review, nothing seems as thorough as Wealthy Affiliate by all means.

Another thing is, newbie members tend to see the Wealthy Affiliate method (=content writing) the only legitimate way to make money online. As a result they tend to call every other MLM or any aggressive network marketing a "scam".

...which can lead others to believe that the members may be specifically instructed to label every other product a scam and only promote WA. That's not the case, that's never the case.

(2) Site Support Incompetence

This, sadly I cannot disagree, and I'm only hoping it to improve.

Site support is very quick to respond. If the issue is simple & straightforward, they'll fix it for you very quickly. But when it's a little more technical, or the same problem occurs multiple times over a period of time, they only give you a quick solution and never explain or try to get to the bottom of it.

For example one of my sites has a loading speed problem - not the actual website speed but it's the WP-Admin (WordPress editor) that slows down intermittently. I have explained everything to the Site Support - what I think is causing the problem. Unfortunately every time, all I receive is a one-sentenced robotic answer, "Ray, can to try logging in again?" So I log in, and the speed is normal. I have complained about it but have received no solution.

So if there's a simple technical problem, the support desk will be fabulous. Even if anything catastrophic happens to your site, they can restore it for you. But if there's something a little more complicated, you won't receive a sustainable solution. That I think is a problem right now.

Two Types of Affiliate Marketing Methods

There are two types of affiliate marketing methods (roughly) - content marketing method and sales funnel method.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches the former method, content marketing. Affiliates are not sellers. We are here to genuinely help others by writing unbiased product reviews, so that users can get the most beneficial, value-for-money products. As an affiliate, you don't sell. You make recommendations. WA also teaches extensive SEO technique, so your websites drive organic traffic and stay close to the top of search engines. The advantages will be;

  • The organic traffic allows you to earn passive income in years to come.
  • The organic traffic won't cost you a penny.
  • By constantly making recommendations, you'll gain trust from users over time.

The disadvantages may be;

  • It will take time to build a trust relationship with users.
  • Be too honest by pointing out too many negatives, and you're missing opportunities to earn commissions.

Whereas many other affiliate marketing training courses teach the sales funnel method. So you learn 'buyers' psychology' from the marketer's point of view. How you can get people to click to buy, how to keep them in and the upselling technique. The advantages are;

  • Sales-focused, means you tend to make a lot more commissions in a short period.
  • You primarily use paid advertisements and traffic services, so you don't have to learn SEO technique.

The disadvantages may be;

  • You don't earn passive income - you only make commissions while your ads are running (unless you're selling a subscription-based service).
  • You need to monitor your spending to make sure you're making profits.

There's no right or wrong in between these two methods, as far as affiliate marketing is concerned. But because WA's ethos is to be a 'helpful, honest and unbiased' reviewer, many WA members tend to deny the sales funnel method just because a product has upsells (upselling is the way to make money!) or because you have to spend money on ads (spend money to make more money!)

Having said all that, I keep my websites for 4+ years to show my honesty and keep my sanity, that's why I prefer to stick with the Wealthy Affiliate method.

Wealthy Affiliate Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Generous amount of contents that you can access as a free member.
  • WordPress based - you'll get to learn how to use the most popular website builder.
  • The price includes web hosting, SSL certificate + extra security.
  • The price includes premium SEO keyword tool (Jaaxy).
  • 2 x websites can be created as a free member, up to 50 websites if you become a premium member.
  • Members interactions - awesome opportunity to connect with people worldwide.
  • 50% Referral commissions.

Cons

  • Site (Technical) Support is not great; often you need to ask the community to shed a light instead.
  • There's no FAQ and the search function is not brilliant because of the vast content.
  • Social space can be distracting.

My Wealthy Affiliate Review: Conclusion

I love the fact that Kyle and Carson are constantly on board improving the site and, anything negative that the members feel about is raised, considered and answered. If the site technical support is a little more hands-on help, it's near perfect in my opinion.


It's up to you to decide - if you'd like to make your affiliate marketing business a success, join free, create your own stunning website, go through the training and see if this one is for you - free to join, there's nothing to lose.

Are you already a member of Wealthy Affiliate? Or you have been in the past but no longer? What's been your experience, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts. Thanks!

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Ray Alexander

Hi! I’m Ray. Over the past 15+ years I have been involved with web designing, programming and online marketing. I work from home and have a passion for exploring new tools, services and programs in order to make money online. I’m here to help you succeed in building a profitable business by sharing my experiences. Any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Claude Wheeler

I’m surprised to see this scheme is praised by so many people. Definitely unique but what’s so attractive I don’t get it.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Claude, thanks for your comment. As you can see this is an extremely popular program but every marketing method is suitable for anybody. It’s important to go for whatever you feel comfortable with. I wish you all the best!

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Rene

All those scam reviews written by Wealthy affiliate members made so much damage in the past few years. It’s not as popular as it used to be Plus blogging is becoming obsolete being replaced by Youtube. Now 5G is being introduced, this marketing style might last for another couple of years but all the people are shifting to visual marketing style.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Rene, thanks for your comment. Product reviews are subjective, I have seen and read many ‘biased’ scam reviews written by non-WA members. Product reviews are not always trustworthy. Another point is, WA does not exclusively teach how to write reviews. As explained in the post, this is a content marketing course, web hosting and keyword tool in one. It doesn’t offer a video maker just yet, but it may do in the future because we all know how important video marketing is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Affiliate Legend HQ

Wow, your review is eye opening. It clearly stands out from the crowed when all others give excellent ratings. You know that nothing is perfect. It is one of the best reviews.
Affiliate marketing is one of the best internet business models. Wealthy Affiliate has many features the users make use of however it lacks some areas. The examples are sales funnels and PPC. But other areas we did not know are taught in this review. Everybody should learn from it.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Not every training program is perfect, but WA does cover sales funnels and paid advertisements too. Anything that’s new is covered by Jay’s weekly webinars and you can access the replay at any time, just so you know!

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James Scholes

This article should show how many of Wealthy Affiliate members falsify statements in their fake reviews to harm other businesses https://www.james-scholes.com/evergreen-wealth-formula-review

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Jax

You guys tell others to write unbiased reviews but don’t know you are most biased. Check out James Scholes’s system. He explains it. Be clear that you stop other peoples businesses that others start calling you guys scammers.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Jax, that sounds like what I explained about in my post. Thanks for your comment.

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Syed

I appreciate some good points. I see the ability to create good sales funnels is the most important part in affiliate marketing but people in your group don’t believe it that way. You also don’t like upsells but I suppose it’s neither right nor wrong.
You might learn a good technique to earn passive income that works if you get decent organic traffic but you don’t know how much longer it lasts. You cannot keep going free if you want to grow your business.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Syed, thanks for your comment. Like I said in the post, a lot of product reviewers from WA flatly refuse to acknowledge upsells, and I don’t think that’s right. If a seller upsells products one after another right from the start then that’s inconsiderate and ineffective for sure. But that’s not really an item to be listed in the “cons” section. I also agree with you about passive income – nothing lasts forever!

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Christine

I was almost forced to join Wealthy Affiliate by one member repeatedly send me emails. It was so much hype. I decided to give it a try myself about a year ago. I am still with them as a free member but find there too busy messaging and training altogether. Having said that your review is spot on, I have nothing against it personally. They have everything, ,it just that I think I will need to take time to really get into it.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Christine, thanks for sharing your experience with WA. I guess just like any other referral programs, some people tend to spam their link randomly hoping to get some hits somewhere, which of course is not the right thing to do. Any time you feel you are ready to start online marketing, I’m always here to help. Thanks for your comment.

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E Shervarian

Does Wealth Affiliate allow traffic exchange ? If so, how can I make a website ? I am looking for a website to call visitors without payment for advertising. Does it control T1 countries or every country ? I look forward to your advice. Thanking you.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Yes it is possible to create your own traffic exchange site, but no spamming is allowed. If you don’t know how to make a website, you can only join and learn from here. This is about content marketing and organic traffic. Good luck!

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Daniel

Is the live webinar really live, or mock live? they might rinse an repeat old contents.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Daniel, Jay’s weekly webinars are all genuinely live, starts every Friday night 8pm EST. The replay is available a few hours after each session. ALL the webinar videos from the past few years are available and there is NO old content. Any other questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your comment.

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      Don

      Damn.. dude. You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. If you are going to spend all of this time talking s***. Know your s***. Hell…

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arpad

Good review… Affiliate marketing is easy for every one to start.
If you need to do researching. this website will help you.
You can contact me.

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Sam

Hi, I think the keyword tool included in the price sounds attractive to me. I recently got my website hacked and shut down partly due to my own fault putting my foot in some risky promotions. I feel I need to learn from the beginning. I will keep in mind. Thanks.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Sam, sorry to hear about your recent experience. Yes the keyword tool is part of it, and it teaches all the “white hat” methods as well as the latest updates. You won’t be disappointed. Any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for your comment.

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lediyaya

hi I found you on lgbtq sanctuary. good to know that you can make up to 50 websites. can i make a website about discrimination if so can i separate my websites by country i’m from the uk then start with uk and usa. if not what is your advice . thanks

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my site. My advice is definitely to create just one site per niche, and make it globally. Because you’ll have a global homophobic issue to write about and you cannot copy content from one site to another if you build more than one site. Also UK-specific issues that you may write about will surely be other nations’ interest too. Let me know of the URL if you’ve built one, or any questions, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for your comment. All the best!

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Sophie Klaas

Hi Ray, I wonder if I can use Wealthy Affiliate just to market within the UK? I also wonder what it’s like to communicate with people from America and other countries, more specifically, how do you find the spellings and expressions? Do you or did you find it hard to adopt? Is there anything that I should be worried about, sorry for asking too many questions but I guess not too much to worry but just in case because I’ve only used UK based websites before. Thanks!

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Sophie, yes of course! My first site with WA was co.uk, targeting the UK audience. The members are from all across the world, many Brits, you don’t have to worry about it. WA is not an American company (owned by two Canadians!) I stick to my UK spelling when I communicate with others of course!
    Just join and see how you feel, seeing is believing – thanks for your comment!

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ama

How can it be cheaper now? It’s still 49 dollars per month or are you talking about a yearly cost? Still too expensive for me sorry..

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    Ray Alexander

    Hello, if you want your site hosted properly and securely, and have a decent keyword tool, then this is one of the cheapest options, as I said in the post. Thanks for your comment.

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Dex

Hi Ray, I was a Wealthy Affiliate member between 2015-2016. I found the training and some community help useful. But I also found it distracting. I spent all my lunch break checking other members blogs for months & months until I finally realized I wasn’t contributing enough time on my site.

But it was ok. The reason I left was because I wanted to see if I could develop my site cheaper. If it didn’t work out I could come back to Wealthy Affiliate hosting again. I switched to Bluehost then I managed my site until I sold it for just over $4 grand. The only tool that I was paying for was Jaaxy which was $19 per month. I know it’s now gone up.

I appreciate this is a good community. Great site security and all that. But you can maintain your site much cheaper. Especially if you want to run e-commerce site. Thanks & all the best.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Dex, thanks for sharing your experience, I find it so valuable. Yes WA provides a great opportunity to engage with other entrepreneurs and new hopefuls, but your time can get eaten up by it if you don’t consciously manage it. And Jaaxy used to offer great rates but now it’s free exclusively for WA members, which actually makes the WA membership fee worthier than before in my opinion. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

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Nicholas Young

Hi,
Thank you for the information. It is very useful and I’ll be following the information.

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Sal

Wealthy Affiliate members please can u stop writing fake reviews of call every product a scam without even using it. What u guys actually create is not reviews. Stop pestering people who genuinely want to check reviews.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Sal, thanks for your comment. Yes, that’s what I often witness particularly with bizopp product reviews. Some affiliates rate perfect 5’s for a commission which is biased, while WA members write reviews purely based on the product’s sales page and provide lower rates, which is also biased. But that’s now how we are trained to do. Those aren’t reviews, and the members are not helping end users. I wish they could stop that too!

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I thought 19 dollars if you go premium in the first 7 days meant 19 dollars every month. But from 2nd month 49 dollars was taken out my account. I quit because I could not afford it. I have doubts in affiliate marketing because I joined to learn about it. But Wealthy Affiliate itself was in the affilate system in itself.

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    Ray Alexander

    Thanks for your comment. You can always go back when you can afford it to pick up where you left off. Many people pay 12 months in advance to save money.

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Jahangir Kobir

Hi, I signed up with Wealthy Affiliate about 2 years ago then I tried to sign in again now it doesn’t let me in.
I did not carry on I gave up after about 10 lessons is that the reason. I now feel I’m in better place. I lost my job I want to start to work online again.
I tried a few training but nothing was good. I regret I did not continue Wealthy Affiliate.
Please advice. Thank you.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Jahangir, you can perhaps start all over again and sign up by using a different email address? Sorry to hear about your lost job but as you may know by now, that this is not going to let you start earning so soon. And you’d rather need some money to support your training cost. I wish you the best of luck! Thanks for your comment!

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Mike

Hello, is it possible to make multiple numbers of websites but each one with just a squeeze page? Does it allow Instabuilder and other funnel plugins like that?

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Mike, yes you can do that, no problem. And it’s WordPress, so any plugins including Instabuilder can be installed (I have used Instabuilder on WA hosted sites before). Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your comment.

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Premia

Hello again Ray! I tried to sign up but it doesn’t seem to let me, I don’t know why…..Maybe because I’m not using my own computer right now. Help !

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Zeno

Hi, great post. I have 2 brothers who are both interested in affiliate marketing. I will pass on your page to them later on today. They both work for the same company and will be made redundant, so they can work from home and start making a living by affiliate marketing. Sounds like a sensible thing to do. Cheers.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Zeno, thanks for your comment. As I mentioned in the post, it will take time to build a business, so this cannot be a substitute for their other job so easily. If you need any help, do let me know at any time. I wish your brothers the best of luck!

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Kevin

Hey, I just saw your WP Engine review. Looks like this one is definitely more value for money. What’s the catch? It’s not a web hosting company but it offers better hosting service?

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment. If you’re just looking for a web hosting service, there are two reasons why you might choose WP Engine over WA. (1) Cheaper and the price includes premium WordPress theme. (2) You don’t have to use WordPress on WPE, whereas WA doesn’t allow other platforms. But yes, as you say, WA is not a web hosting company but offers better hosting service than many other hosting companies. That’s one of the reasons I recommend it!

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Yuri Urev

Hi, I love this review. It’s been 5y of dreams and dedication since I decided 2 change my career path, things are finally happening to me. I still have a shortage of money, but what affiliate marketing creates a great perspective.

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    Ray Alexander

    Great to hear that Yuri, be persistent whatever happens, and your hard work will pay off. Good luck!

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Joey

Don’t join this one it’s overhyped. There are many other communities available, which may be smaller but the success rates are better than wealthy affiliate. More members actually make money using built in web builder other than WordPress.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Joey, if you ever propose “many other” availablities, can you please list them up (I’d say at least three) so that our readers can make their judgments. Thank you!

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Mary

Hi I love WA is very easy an instructions of course the affiliates goes with niches plus other things have to pay that mean Wealth Affiliate is not a scam also I’m very proud of Kyle and Carson their designers very great an sample for people to learning how make to successfully!
U can find me at WA “worldshops1”

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Mary, thanks for your comment. I absolutely agree with you. Thanks also for your ID, I’ll catch you up there!

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Buddy

Hey Ray! It’s Buddy from the park!
Good to see your site! Good to see Canadian guys doing awesome jobs!
See you soon!

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Buddy, good to hear from you! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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Shojun

Hello Ray, thank you for your advice. I was with Wealthy Affiliate about 10 years ago. I don’t know how to get back, because it was such a long time ago. I was working in my home country for many years. Now I am back in California, try to settle back again. How can I restart this?

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Shojun, you can get back to your account at any time. Are you having a problem signing in/signing up?

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Yolanda

Thanks for the suggestion, sounds like a good option. I’ll keep it in mind. I’m from Israel, can I make a website in Hebrew and can I join? Also do I have to pay in dollars?

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Yolanda, WordPress can take multiple numbers of languages and Hebrew is certainly one of them (Installing WordPress in Your Language). So you’ll have no problem with that. WA itself is an English-only environment and communications have to be in English, and yes the fees are in USD. Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your comment!

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wealthy affiliate is a scam. It is not value for money. I don’t recommend it. The members are brainwashed to promote it they get nothing for it lol

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No Cut

I was very annoyed I got disconnected before I could do something. I understand this is the best training platform however it’s very hard in the beginning because of the amount of information. Also you receive a lot of emails from the owners and other members. You say follow as many other members but the more you follow the more emails you will receive which can distract your day hugely. Once you are a member for maybe 1 or 2 years max you don’t have to continue because you learn a lot and also it’s a university, you can leave as if you graduate.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, sorry to hear that WA hasn’t worked out for you. You can turn off the email notifications in your settings though. I personally find myself learning continuously from this community and that’s one of the reasons I stick to WA. Another reason is the web hosting fee that I find reasonable. Many members stay for many years, believe me. Thanks for your comment, I wish you the best of luck!

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Gbenga

Hello, thank you for the email but I cannot log on…

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Gbenga, sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, some countries are excluded from membership availability and I suspect it may be the case. If you have any questions I will answer as much as I can.

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Cha66

Hey, what’s it all about being scam and all that. I thought it was affiliate marketing if it’s a scam then how can you trust that the scam company pay a commission from a scam product you sell for.

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