In this post, I’m going to be writing a Wealthy Affiliate Review for 2018 and how to master affiliate marketing this year. In this review I’m going to cover my experience the last 2 and a half years with Wealthy Affiliate, why it took me so long to actually write this review, why I’m never leaving this community and hopefully offer you the most comprehensive overview of what Wealthy Affilaite actually is and whether it’s worth investing your time into.
The Reliable & Afforable Path to Residual Wealth
First, I want to start with the fact that Wealthy Affiliate, despite inflation and trends in the industry has not changed their prices in the last 12 years. And this is despite going from essentially a site to get keyword lists back in 2005 to where it is today, which – to give you a bit of a foreward glance – is essentially a university program wrapped up into a neat, organized little website.
This speaks volumes to how much this team respects the community, which is what makes the program work.
I’ll get into the details in a little bit but the highest price you can possibly pay for this program is $359/year (NOTE: the starter rate is free with no obligation to ever upgrade) for the Premium yearly membership, which includes hosting for all your custom-domain websites. You won’t find hosting alone cheaper than $250 anywhere else and the customer service will be non-existant in comparison.
The Dirty Business of the Internet
I’m telling you all of this up front because when I found Wealthy Affiliate, I was skeptical and anxious about anything online. If it had big flashy letters with an irresitable call to action, I had to click it and sure enough, there went a few weeks worth of pay just to be hit with ***insert number of your choice here*** upsells and another big pricetag.
I never thought anything would work for me. Embarassing though it is to say, I really thought something was wrong with me that I couldn’t make this “online thing” work – it was so frustrating! I felt super alone, trying to figure out the giant, overwhelming concept of internet marketing and building a residual income system online all by myself and my family.
I realize now that’s why I kept going invariably back to the promises of gurus who would teach me how to do it “step by step” and be there to answer all of my questions in “exclusive” webinars. Invariably that never happened and at the end of it, there would just be a higher pricetag to pay.
Wealthy Affiliate is Your Way Out
If you are even a little bit like me back then and you feel like you’re trying so hard and your wheels are spinning but you’re never actually moving anywhere, then I believe that this is your way out.
Going back to what I was saying earlier, the reason why it took me so long to finally write this review (2.5 years!) is because I didn’t have a mission when I first started out. I was not passionate about “making money online”, I just liked the idea of making extra cash for my family and to fund my dream of owning a ranch. My passion was horses and I was trying to reconnect with that passion and share it after a long toxic relationship with my ex so I was focused on building an online community around that.
It’s only recently, now that my online horse community and business are established and starting to really thrive that I’m realizing how much harder it was to get here than it needed to be. And then I started thinking that there might be other people like me who are struggling right now the way that I was.
So I’m writing this because I really want to help you get out of your rut and onto the path to making real money online. You honestly deserve it! Whether that means Wealthy Affiliate or something else, as long as it works, I want to help you get there. But I do believe that this program will get you there faster, healthier and saner than anything else so just give me a few more minutes of your time to lay it all out.
The last thing I’m going to say before we dive in is the reason I broke the rule that so many “gurus” follow and actually gave you the highest possible price of this program up front and why I’m saying I literally don’t want you to spent ANY money today is because I seriously (…like seriously though) want to help you. If you do choose to sign up, it’s $0 so breath, relax and enjoy!
Wealthy Affiliate – A Complete Breakdown
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Owners/Creators: Kyle & Carson
Website URL: wealthyaffiliate.com
Training: 4.8 out of 5.0
Support: 4.9 out of 5.0
Success Stories: 5.0 out of 5.0
Price: Free Starter Membership, $49/month or $359/year Premium Membership
Website Builder: 5.0 out of 5.0
Hosting Platform: 4.9 out of 5.0
Domain Provider: 5.0 out of 5.0
Research Tools: 5.0 out of 5.0
Our Final Rating
DontWantABoss.com: 4.9 out of 5.0
No-Nonsense Training on How to Master Affiliate Marketing
I was so overwhelmed by the information on internet marketing and residual income outside of Wealthy Affiliate that when I finally found this program, it was so calming to have everything I needed all in one place with no reason or desire to look anywhere else.
So although I did not personally have this problem, some members do say that the sheer amount of information you get and all the features of the website can be a little bit overwhelming.
Here’s a list of what you’ll get as training resources:
- Personal Mentoring 1-on-1 With Me!
- Mentoring from Kyle, Carson, Jay & Successful WA members
- Access to the Entire WA Community
- Training Courses, Step by Step with Videos and Notes
- Weekly Live Classes (and 100’s of hours of replays)
- Live Chat
- Access to Kyle & Carson (note that they usually don’t answer on weekends)
If you decide to try out the community and invest a little bit of time, you’ll be able to find me right away because I’ll reach out to you through the platform. You can also just search for my name easily using the search bar – here’s what my profile will look like:
I’ll be there every single step of the way during your journey to help and guide you through it. My goal for you is to be more successful than me and in less time. And I know that you can do it because I’ve been through all the training, I know the platform like the back of my hand and I can tell you exaclty what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Short cuts and planning tips that aren’t covered step by step (like how to structure the timing of your social media engagement long-term, how to leverage influencers in your niche, etc.) I know how to do and can teach you.
Although to be honest everything that you need to be successful in less than 6 months is build in already. But I found for me, it was really nice to have someone with me who really knew what they were doing. In my case, the person who referred me to Wealthy Affiliate never actually answered any of my questions and kind of abandoned me.
But thankfully there were so many awesome people in the community that I found my own mentors like Jay and Don. In fact I actually work with Don outside of Wealthy Affilaite and am a customer of his company because I outsource quite a bit of my writing now for other websites.
You seriously won’t just make money, you’ll make friends (and in my case confidence haha)
The only reason why I haven’t put 5.0 out of 5.0 for training is because I think the niche training isn’t as up to par as the affiliate training. So basically the training you will get is the most comprehensive, up-to-date training on how to be an affiliate but they break it down into 2 main categories depending on which website you want to start with.
You can either start by choosing your own niche (in my case I chose horses) or you can choose to be an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate if you’re passionate about helping other succeed online or you just don’t have an idea right now of what you want to do yet. I did not want to start with the latter because I had such bad experiences with people “helping” me make money online that it made me anxious just thinking about “trying to sell someone” like that.
Of course, I realize now that the program actually works and I just want to save you guys the emotional rollercoaster I went through haha. But anyways, my point is that I found that the niche affiliate training (where you choose your own niche) is not as robust as the WA affiliate training. Mostly because the focus is solely on SEO rather than on training you how to do PPC and other paid strategies so it is much slower if you’re a slow writer (like me!).
So that was my only trouble with that because it cost me a bit of time but otherwise, 5.0 out of 5.0 for me!
Unbeatable Customer Service Where Everyone is a VIP
Prior to WA, I was with another hosting service and I don’t want to name any names because the industry is really so small but if you’d like to know you can email me and I’ll tell you so you can steer clear. Anyways, this hosting service had the absolute customer service despite their horrendous rates and the upsells they would charge for having 1 domain specific email address!
I spent over 2 days setting up that email, whenever I had any sort of problem with my hosting, it would take me hours to get through and even when I did get through, they generally could not answer my question.
Going back to the beginning of this post, I mentioned that I’m never leaving WA. I can hoenstly say that even if the training didn’t work (which is does), if the community was terrible (which it’s not – it’s amazing!) and if the research tools didn’t work, I would never leave WA solely because there’s no upsells for additional websites, emails or anything like that and customer service answers within 5-10 minutes on average.
Usually they will answer in less than 5 minutes but I’ve had once so far since I started that they took 2 hours, which was weird – not sure what happened there!
The reason here that I did not give 5.0 out of 5.0 is because there has been one problem that I’ve had so far that they haven’t fixed yet and that’s the issue of having a subdomain. For instance “add-on.dontwantaboss.com” is a subdomain of “dontwantaboss.com”.
I have a Shopify store in my horse niche and I’ve been trying to add it on as a subdomain for the last 3 months and I haven’t been able to just for branding purposes but they assure me they are working on it! So I will keep you posted.
Real, Live People Just Like Who Have Succeeded
The success stories here are not just random pictures on a landing page somewhere with some testimonial or even a video. For absolutely no money, you can create a membership, go onto the platform and find hundreds of people with live affiliate websites bringing in income for them every single month.
And that’s not even the best part!
The best part is that you can direct message these people whenever you want, leave comments on their profiles or check out their websites and social media.
I could copy/paste a thousand testimonials here but that’s not nearly as powerful as just going and looking for yourself at all the real people who have “made it” using this platform and continue to contribute to the community. Anyone can forge some testimonials or pay off some people to say what they want.
I don’t know any other program that comes close to offering that so really gotta give it a 5.0 out of 5.0 on that one.
Here’s some numbers to give you a feel of earnings and when you create your account you can put in numbers that make sense for you to reach your goals:
When we’re working together, we’ll be using this often and keeping track of your progress using exactly this chart so that you can track how your income is increasing over time. We will also be using it to reverse engineer and figure out how much more work you have to do exactly in terms of ads, clicks and conversions to get to your goal!
It’s Free Because it Works – The Counterintuitive Reality
Most people think that for something to really work, it must have to be super expensive. And that can be true of some things but it’s not always true. If you have 1-on-1 mentoring with an expert making 50k+ per month, then that’s going to be extremely expensive because otherwise it would just not be worth his or her time, right?
But if you have a coaching program where the videos are tried, tested and in place and a functional system for hosting, providing domains, researching keywords and seeking support, you don’t need to charge a lot of money if you have a big community. To cover the costs of the operation, you don’t need to charge each member that much if you have even 1000 members, never mind hundreds of thousands of members like WA.
So why does WA charge nothing then? Why don’t they charge at least $10 per month or something?
From what I’ve seen, I beleive it’s because they want you to have 0 excuses or fears. They want you to see them for exactly who they are and if you don’t like it and it’s not for you then it’s cost you a little bit of time but nothing more than that.
I also think that it’s free becuase most people that are like me and want to make this “online thing” work for them will realize the value very fast, upgrade to Premium and never leave again even just for the hosting never mind everything else.
Scammy programs with “gurus” or whatever need to charge a lot of money up front because they know they can’t retain their customers. Their stuff just does not work long term or does not work at all so they need to charge a lot right away so they can make their money and move on to the next person, leaving each previous one anxious, self-loathing and bitter.
There are people who have been with WA for over 10 years! And I’ve been over 2 and can’t ever see myself leaving because the value is obvious, it’s consistent and it works!
The Tools You Need – All in One Place
No more overwhelm!!!! Yay!
The one thing that really frustrated me about online marketing is how annoying it was to have to go to a million different places to get what I needed:
- A hosting provider
- A keyword research platform
- A domain provider (usually not the same as my hosting provider)
- Somewhere to build my websites on
- A platform to get good quality comments that I can approve onto my website
- Somewhere (usually lots of different places) to learn everything that I needed to know
Now you don’t need to worry about that anymore. Everything is just nicely organized and packaged into one website for you.
Actually, WA even recently added a content writing software to the mix so you can even write your content more easily using templates! They give you some templates and you can also make your own which is awesome because it facilitates the process of writing so much and for slow writers like me, it’s just one less thing I have to think about.
Here’s all the perks that you get with your hosting as a Premium member:
Note that you will get 25 free websites as a free Starter member as well. Woowoo!
There is still a few small things that you have to go “outside” for or create yourself which basically fall into the realm of either content or Google:
- Google Analytics/ Webmaster
- Mailchimp/Aweber/ConvertKit (This is the one thing I think WA should implement next!)
Obviously WA can’t create your image/video content for you although it would be cool if they could partner up with Pixabay or something like that. And they can’t really be Google although they do integrate whether your website is indexed by Google and also how well rated all your pages are by Google.
The one thing that I do think should eventually be implemented is some sort of email management/funnel system becasue I think that would speed up the success process even more. And I personally would not mind paying extra for that service forsure!
Again, the only reason I put 4.9 out of 5.0 for hosting is becasue of the subdomain thing but I have been assured that will be fixed soon. Will keep you posted.
Let’s Wrap Up with a Bonus, Shall We?
Alright so bringing it all together, you’ve got all you need to succeed with a fast track success plan built into the 7-stage affiliate bootcamp program. You can ask all the questions you want to me, the owners, support, the live Q & A or any of the other successful members (or other members who are just starting just like you).
And of course, I’ll be with you every step of the way, just email me and we can even set your account up together and create a starter plan for you 🙂
What I really think you should do right now is try if at all possible to put everything else you’re doing, and trying and experimenting with (yes I mean all those other “get-rich-quick” programs too!) on hold for now becasue you really can’t do it all at once. Success comes when you immerse yourself in one thing and become an expert at it. And I promise that it’s not hard to do in WA.
So, if after you’ve looked around inside and you like it, commit to yourself that you will work hard for 6 months straight and try and make this thing work for you. Not just so you can make money but so you can build something that is your own, so that you can help other people out of the same mess if you want, so that you can reconnect with a passion that you used to have.
If you do that, I promise you will not regret it for a second!
Here are your options:
If you’re ready, let me know either via email or once you’re inside and let’s get to work. Otherwise, I’ll contact you once you sign up!
Lots of love,
P.S. I almost forgot!
I did say we were going to wrap up with a bonus. So what I shoud also mention is that there is an added incentive as part of the affilaite bootcamp. I’ll tell you the details when you get in touch but basically, if you do the work and finish the program and keep up with it to hit a target threshold, you’ll come with us to VAGAS next year on an all-expenses-paid exlusive trip with all WA’s successful members.
It’s an awesome chance to network, suggest changes or improvements to the platform and just to celebrate all your work. I’m obviously going to be putting in my two cents about the email autoresponder 🙂 So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to it!