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Wealthy Affiliate – My Honest 2014 Review

 

A Review of Wealthy Affiliate University I Should Have Written a Long Time Ago.

Alex the owner of Extra-Paycheck.com

Hello, I’m Alex Sol.

When I first stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate in 2007 I had to pay the full price just so I could see what it looks like and what it really is. This program has changed a lot in the past 7 years and you can check it out Completely Free. The starter account is $0, no catch, no credit card required – so you could decide if it’s right for you without risking a single dime of your hard earned money.

Falling for scams and losing money is not fun at all. I have wasted over $1,000 when I was looking for a way to earn some money from home. I have bought every single hyped-up product that crossed my path and promised to make me rich, and I became very skeptical about the whole idea of making money on the internet. This is why when I found WA I swore to myself it would be the last program I ever try. I almost moved on with my life believing there is nothing but scams online.

 

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Whenever I talk to someone about WA – I always start by saying it’s not some money making scheme, easy system to riches or pyramid scam. Wealthy Affiliate University is first of all an online business community and a marketing training center. If you think that you will start making money by simply joining WA – I would suggest you walk away, it’s not going to happen. This is probably the biggest difference between WA and all the other online programs – Wealthy Affiliate does not sell hype and false promises, it doesn’t promise to make you rich overnight and it doesn’t promise you a shortcut to overnight millions of dollars. However, this program promises to teach, train, educate and support you. If you are willing to start and run a successful business – than keep reading.

Wealthy Affiliate Review 2014

 

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Clear Plan of Action
  • All levels of training – Beginner and Advanced
  • Video training, Step-by-step Tutorials and Courses
  • 10,000′s of community members
  • 13 Full, Interactive Classrooms with tasks to complete
  • Live & Interactive Help from owners and expert members
  • 2 Free Easy-to-Build Websites (you will also learn what to do with these sites)
  • State of the Art Hosting
  • A strict spam free environment.
  • No up-sells, ever. (except Premium, of course)
  • $0 Membership. Yes, completely FREE!

Cons:

  • Too much information and can be overwhelming
  • Sometimes I catch myself spending too much time on Live Chat – it’s addictive.
  • Not allowed to advertise/sell within WA. (This should be a warning for spammers who want to join WA just so they could try to sell something)

Is Wealthy Affiliate for You?

I must admit that WA is not a perfect choice for everyone. Wealthy Affiliate teaches people how to build a business, how to expand a business and take it to the next level. So in one word it teaches you Marketing. If you aren’t willing to learn and to take action then the whole concept of making money online isn’t for you. So who can really benefit from this program?

  • A person who wants to make an extra income to supplement their salary.
  • Stay at home moms who have some free time and are willing to spend it in front of the computer.
  • Students who want to make money to help them pay for their tuition, some college students built 6-figure businesses from their dorm, using Wealthy Affiliate.
  • Business owners who want to get more visibility online.
  • Retired folks who have free time and want to supplement their pension.
  • People who are fed up of 9-to-5 and want to start their own business. Many Wealthy Affiliate members have been able to quit their “day job” to do online marketing full time.

As you can see, WA is good choice for everyone who is seeking to earn money from home, however you must understand that you will have to invest your time and effort in order to make it work. This program will teach you how to BUILD a business – and any business, online or offline requires an investment of time, effort and usually money. The big difference between starting an online business instead of a traditional brick and mortar business is that you do not need a start-up capital to get started online. You do not even need any money to join Wealthy Affiliate, the basic free membership gives you all you need to get started: including 2 free hosted websites, training and all the support you need.

What Exactly Do You Get Inside?

Wealthy Affiliate only costs $47/month.

Update: Wealthy Affiliate is now FREE to join! (Join now)

Wealthy Affiliate Benefits

The program has two (2) different membership levels: the basic and the premium. This is really awesome because you can join without spending a single penny, look around, meet some people, create your own websites (hosting included) and see how it goes. If you love it like I do – you will join Premium for ever more benefits or you could still build an online business using your free starter membership, no strings attached. This alone makes WA so much better than any other program or opportunity – there is no risk of losing money to something that might not work. Put your credit card away and get a free membership!

What you get with your 0$ starter membership:

  •     Instant access to over 500 training modules
  •     2 free websites along with free hosting
  •     Access to 3 classrooms
  •     Live support from the owners for the first 7 days and support from many experts inside WA!
  •     30 keyword searches a month
  •     Phase 1 of the Boot camp course, teaching you how to build an authority website.

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What you get with your Premium membership:

  •     Live Video Classes
  •     Instant access to over 500 training modules
  •     Unlimited free websites along with free hosting
  •     Website Backup and Website Security Package
  •     Access to all 12 classrooms
  •     Unlimited Live support from the owners and support from many experts inside WA!
  •     Unlimited keyword searches
  •     All phases of the Boot camp course
  •    100% higher commissions.
  •    Private access to my support.
  •    … and a lot more!

The most valuable benefits of Wealthy Affiliate University (in my opinion) are the step-by-step approach to building a business and the support from Kyle, Carson and many expert members. Most other online programs are lacking the support and the clear action plan. I have tested dozens of different programs over the past 7 years and nothing comes close to the quality of WA.

Wealthy Affiliate Earning Potential

I often get this question from new WA members and people who haven’t joined yet: “What is the earning potential with Wealthy Affiliate? How much money can I really make in a year?”

There is no specific answer to this question. Some people make a few bucks a month; some make $100,000+ per month. Although there is no exact answer to this question I can tell you this: The amount of money you can earn is directly related to what you do and how you do it. The folks who are highly successful have one thing in common – they followed the training to the dot and they took massive action. Learning how to do something is great but you need to apply this knowledge in order to actually start earning. Don’t take this statement as a rule but if you do go through WA training and build your business the way WA teaches you I don’t see why you can’t make $50,000+ in your first year. Most beginner internet marketers fail online because they do not follow a plan of action, get distracted by new shiny products that promise millions overnight and because they do not take enough action. Wealthy Affiliate will help you with all of it: Provide you with a realistic plan of action, courses that you need to follow and tasks you need to complete. Stay focused and you will be successful.

Need more motivation? Check out some of my earning:

Wealthy Affiliate Earning Potential

Monthly Earnings from Wealthy Affiliate

I diversify my earnings so I get commissions from different companies:

CPA Marketing Earnings

Monthly Earnings from a CPA Network

Want to see more earnings?

 

Wealthy Affiliate Scam or Real

Daily sales from Clickbank

 

I am sure you can see the potential. I have never made millions of dollars online but that’s mostly because I am lazy and I prefer to travel and ride my motorcycle around town instead of working. The more effort you put in the more you earn, that’s the secret to success.

Make Money Doing What You Love

Although Wealthy Affiliate will teach you different marketing strategies that are very helpful for any kind of business, they do concentrate on affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing means that you get paid a commission whenever someone buys a product that you recommend. Most companies offer affiliate programs (Amazon, eBay, Target, Airlines companies, credit card companies, etc.).

Since more and more people buy things online instead of going to traditional stores (for obvious reasons) it’s only wise to claim your share of these sales online. What I always loved about WA is that they encourage you to do what you love – this makes running a business a lot more fun and profitable. For example, if you love video games – you should start a website that talks about video games and helps people make a purchasing decision. If you love motorcycles – you can start a website that talks about motorcycles, motorcycle accessories and parts to make your bike better. On this website you can tell people about all of those awesome products and tell them where they can buy these products (Amazon, etc.) and whenever people make a purchase – you get a commission! You do not need to take care of the warehouse storage, shipping, payments, customer service – you simply help people find the products they already want and you get paid for it. This is by far my favorite business model ever.

Make Money on the internet from home

Now, don’t be scared, Wealthy Affiliate will provide every single detail you need to know in order to do all of this properly. Once again, simply follow the step-by-step training and ask questions whenever something is unclear – the WA community is there to help you through every step.

 

I Am Living Proof Wealthy Affiliate Works

I already mentioned that I have been a member since 2007. In October 2014 I will celebrate 7th year with WA community. You might ask: “Alex, why remain inside the program for so long?  Haven’t you learned everything there is to learn about online marketing?” Well, this is another huge benefit of Wealthy Affiliate University – they stay updated! The online world changes fast. Kyle and Carson are extremely talented at keeping up with these updates and providing the most recent news,  and working strategies. If you research any successful millionaire entrepreneur you will realize that they constantly learn new things. They attend seminar, hire coaches, read books, meet experts in their field – they stay updated and learn something new every single day.  There hasn’t been a single time that I came to Wealthy Affiliate and haven’t learned something new – this is the reason I am still a member and still excited every time I log into my account.

Wealthy Affiliate Sneak Peak

Wealthy Affiliate Community and Support

The community aspect is also something that I really love and something other programs fail to provide. If you have difficulty with anything in the process, many members will able to help you instantly in WA Live Chat but what I love most is that people share their ideas and experiences. Listen to these experiences, learn from other people’s mistakes and brainstorm with others! Whenever I need an opinion on a new website I am creating or a new article I am writing – WA members are always there to share their opinions with me. The whole feel of an active community is simply amazing and Wealthy Affiliate is the only place where I have found such experience. There are many other online forums and programs that talk about making money online but whenever you ask a simple question many users will reply with: “Dude, this stupid question has been asked many times before – just google it!” – You will not get this kind of reply on WA. Wealthy Affiliate is a learning center so there are no stupid questions, every question is important and people will try to answer it as well as they can. However if you do not feel comfortable asking a question (don’t be shy, just ask!) you could simply look through the resources and questions other people asked – I can almost guarantee you will find your answer within minutes.

 

See You Inside Wealthy Affiliate!

As I am finishing up this Wealthy Affiliate Review I realize this is the longest review I have written for anything or anyone – I guess I truly am very excited about WA :)

At this point I would like to invite you to check out Wealthy Affiliate for yourself – it is completely free after all so you’ve got nothing to lose. Once you’re inside, don’t forget to pass by my WA profile and say hi :)

 

– Alex (a.k.a. canuck)

 

 

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40 Comments

  1. Hi Alex,

    Great job done with this blog! I’m very interested in joining WA as I’m a student and extra income will be just perfect to pay off these loans!

    My question is, can anyone from any country join WA or is it for US citizens only? Also, how does WA pay you?

    Thanks mate,

    Chris

    • Hey, Chris!

      Wealthy Affiliate works for pretty much every country out there. I am from Canada and I’ve met a few WA members (in real life) from as far as Ukraine, Poland and France. Now about the payout. With WA affiliate program you will be paid in PayPal (I think other options might be available as well). Most networks (Amazon, eBay, Clickbank, ShareaSale, etc) will often offer cheques and direct bank deposits, so it really depends.

      Hope this answers your question.

      • Thank you so much for your swift response Alex.

        I do have another question; If I start on WA with the Basic startup, do I have the option to later upgrade to Premium?

      • No problem, Chris :)
        And yes, you can always upgrade from basic to premium!

      • Hi Alex, may I email you?

      • Sure, Chris!
        Email: alex[at]extra-paycheck.com

  2. Mate great website, hopefully will be able to get that comprehensive, might have to pay a professional writer to get that good. But then again, I haven’t written that much to improve to your level.

    • Thanks, Andrew!

      I actually consider myself as a very average writer (at best). I laugh when I read my very first articles and blog posts but you only get better with time. As you mentioned yourself, practice more. Write more posts for your blog, write more comments on the blogs you visit, be more active within Wealthy Affiliate. The more you write the more you improve.

      Best of success ;)
      – Alex

  3. I’m pretty sure I’ve been working on my website for 1 1/2 years and Ive made $80 revenue NOT profit Well the two pairs of shorts together cost at least $60. I am willing to put in many different kinds of effort but I dont understand all the hype about how EASY it is to start a business online. I think Ill give WA a try. I hope I dont waste more time because most people refuse to affiliate with me based on principle.

    • Hi, Peter.

      I hope you didn’t get the “Easy hype” feeling from my blog because starting an online business is NOT easy. It’s cheap and actually can be FREE but it’s not easy. I’ve put in countless hours and lots of effort to succeed. I’ve put in even more hours learning all the aspects of online marketing.
      – Alex

  4. Hey Alex. Just joined today. I’m excited to get started I just want to know how much money you made your first year and how many hours you worked it? I am wondering if $1k a month is a reasonable goal if I work on it full time. Also do you have any tips on getting started?

    • Hi, Dustin! Glad to hear you’re inside WA ;)

      I honestly don’t remember how much exactly I made in my first year but the Internet earnings replaced my salary. I went on a nice vacation to Europe and had a good year in general. However the results aren’t the same for everyone. I was very persistent and I put in a lot of effort (and time) into it so it paid off.

      The first few weeks I was probably putting at least 12 hours per day, most of it was learning. Since I was a total noob I had to learn a lot of technical stuff as well (not only the marketing part). Right now setting up a website through WA takes a minute, when I was starting I had to do everything from scratch and that took days sometimes. Anyways, I was very very excited and I knew I couldn’t fail so I put in a lot of hours.

      $1,000 a month is a totally reachable goal. I personally know many folks in the online world who make a lot more than that. Some make $1k per day! (unfortunately I am not at that level… YET).

      And getting started? WA’s got great training and you can start with a big green button on the left of WA or (Get Started Here). See you inside!
      – Alex

      • You say you arent at that point..whos earnings are you showing at the top? cause it says 3-4k a day..Im so confused

      • Jacob, if you are talking about earnings screenshot in this very post (where you probably got the $4k figure) than it’s clearly stated on the screenshot itself and underneath it, those are MONTHLY earnings and not daily. I hope this clears up the confusion for you.

  5. hello Alex.
    I’ve been considering Wealthy Affiliate for a long time because I’ve been scammed more than once, just like you. I am glad I found your review, it made one thing clear. WA is not some magic system and that’s exactly what I need. I fell for magic money system and lost quite a bit of money. Now I understand that I need to learn how it all works. Thanks again and see you inside.

    • Hey, Jessica!
      I am glad you like my review and decided to join WA! Send me a message once you’re inside, I’ll help you get started :)

  6. Great review dude! I believe that to earn you got to invest first, whether in learning stuff to upgrade yourself or learning to use the proper tools.
    Mlm works too but there are lots of black sheep that screws around with morals.

    • True words! What I really like about working online is that the investment is minimal (and you can actually start a business without a penny, although it’ll be harder).

      And MLM… I really dislike the model and I don’t like the attitude of most MLM salespeople I have met. They are usually very pushy and start insulting you if you refuse to join their network.

  7. I have read your review… it is quite interesting and real. I am starting with WA and I am quite satisfied.
    Your review has been very helpful.
    Thank You

    • I am glad you’re a part of Wealthy Affiliate and glad to hear you liked my review :)

  8. your dreaming mate the only people who make money are those at the top, how much have you made compared to investment? you may be thrown a few referrals when you have paid in enuff.

    • I imagine you are talking about the Empower Network and other MLMs?

      • So without investing,putting 0 bucks and by making people find their products we can earn so much? :O <3

      • Rohit, the truth is – you don’t need any kind of investment to start an online business. However, as you start making money, you will often start paying for some services that make your life easier :)

        A lot of successful online marketers outsource tasks. For instance many can make a simple website but I’d prefer to pay someone for custom coding rather than spending my own time learning how to code.

      • wait what? they said you dont need to know how to code to make the websites..

      • Jacob, you do not need to know how to code in order to set-up a website. For instance most of my sites (including this blog) were set-up by me and I am not a coder. Platforms like WP make it easy to set-up a site. SiteRubix makes it even easier by automatically installing some of the best plugins. There are also thousands of free themes that look very nice.

        I might pay someone for custom coding when I want something extremely specific although it’s very rare.

      • hello Alex..

        I tried to join Wealthy affiliate for free. But I got totally disappointed that it says, The ‘free starter’ accounts are not available in my country. I’m from India..

      • Hi, Akshai. I just looked into this and it seems like unfortunately WA had to restrict “free membership” to 4 countries, India being one of them.

        Premium membership is still available but the starter membership isn’t.

      • Okay Alex..

        Then which kind of premium membership should I try?
        yearly? or monthly?
        Can I cover the amount paid by doing online business in WA??
        Is there anyone suffering loss from WA?
        :(

      • Akshai, at this moment WA is still running its Black Friday promotion so you can get a yearly membership for $299, that’s 53% OFF regular monthly prices. I think this is the lowest price WA ever offered but it will only last for the next 28 hours, then the price goes back to normal.

        I have been a premium member of WA since 2007, that’s a total of 75 months at this moment. I can assure you that I wouldn’t be paying for that membership if it wasn’t profitable for me.

        Now I’d like to be honest with you. I cannot guarantee that you will make money with Wealthy Affiliate. WA is not a “make money system” of some sort. WA actually provides amazing training which teaches how to start your own online business. Well, all the details are covered in my review. Besides the training you’ll also get access to the community, support, hosting and lots of other things. If you are totally committed to learning and working hard – then I don’t see why you won’t be able to start a successful online business with WA. There are thousands of members from India inside WA (and other parts of the world) so it must be working for them. It definitely has been working for me :)

        If you do decide to join, don’t forget to pass by and say hello inside WA.

        Best of success,

        – Alex

      • Thanks Alex.

        Will meet you inside WA. :)

        Lets have a chat there.. Will be expecting your help for a smooth start.. :)

      • Totally, Akshai!
        There are lots of members who will be able to help you out along your journey and of course I’ll be helping you out with any questions. I’ve been doing that for a long time and actually some of WA members became my friends in the offline world ;)

  9. I’ve been a member of that place for years and truth be told, nothing else compares. They don’t hype themselves up. They just give you the straight approach to doing things where as most of the other programs I’ve seen and unfortunately learned the hard way, were most of the time promising big but never delivering. Highly recommend WA.

    • Thanks for your comment, Vitaliy!
      As I mentioned in the review, WA attracted me their lack of hype. They always claimed: “We’ll teach you how to build an online business” without promising millions overnight. And with time we all learn there is NO way to earn lots of money in a few hours without doing any work ;)

  10. Love your site, images are great and the information about Wealthy Affiliate very detailed. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Thanks for checking it out, Pat!

  11. That’s a long time to wait to write a review but it’s a great review. It’s a very comprehensive review but I like the earnings screen shots. Hopefully, I’ll be making money like that soon and can quit my office job.

    • Thank you for your comment, Steve.
      I have often mentioned Wealthy Affiliate on this blog but somehow I managed to not write a full review since 2008 (when I started this blog)! It was about time ;)
      Good luck on your online ventures and I am sure the time will come when you’ll be leaving your job to pursue a full-time IM career. By the way, when you do that, make sure to do it in style.

  12. Wow this is a most thorough review. I reckon the free access to real content for free plus the immediacy of support make all the difference when you are learning internet marketing.
    Like you I have bought a lot of products in the past . Not necessarily scams but usually incomplete or assumed I knew more than I did.
    And the support was always inadequate.

    • Thank you so much, John! I tried to answer all possible questions in this review although I am sure I missed out on some things :)
      And yes, support can make or break a product!

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