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A Wealthy Affiliate Review for 2018 – How to Master Affiliate Marketing

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.

wealthy affiliate is your way out

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.

Me And DanteIt’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

Other Tools

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:

 

My Wealthy Affiliate Profile Picture

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:

Possible Earnings As An Affiliate

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
  • Etc.

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:

Included with Wealthy Affiliate Hosting

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:

  • Images
  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • 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,

Martina

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!

 

 

 

Martina

14 Comments

  1. I think you covered it all. I do enjoy the training courses Wealthy Affiliate offers. It is simple yet assuring. As a beginner I am still yet to see income but these things take time and patience Its definitely not a quick cash method and they don’t advertise it that way either which is honest.

    • Hey Arian, 

      This is 100% not a quick cash method and it’s not meant to be because quick cash is temporary. If I really wanted to make 5k today I probably could by emailing my list and promising riches overnight in some webinar or other and a few people might sign up. But that’s not true or honest – I can’t help anyone make millions overnight. 

      So I’ve made quick money but it’s not sustainable because those people will now not trust me, they’ll probably unsubscribe or even sue me. So in the long term I’ve just devalued my business. And that’s how quick cash systems work. They’re about making money upfront at the expense of loosing the customer long-term. WA is the opposite. We don’t want to make any money upfront because it’s all about the relationship long term and the value that comes along with that. 

      I’m not sure where you are but on average you should start making some solid profits around 2-3 months in, you should be able to achieve full income supplementation by year 1, and you’ll be set to retire without a care in the world by about 4-6 years. Some people make it work faster and for some it takes longer, it all depends how consistent you are. 

      If you’re well within this time frame and aren’t seeing results, I would recommend if you have not yet – go to the Affiliate Bootcamp section and power through all of the training. Once you’re done and you have a solid 25+ articles on your website, focus on PPC rather than SEO as SEO will come with time. Next check out my training on how to create superposts (you can find it on WA) and there you’ll learn how to drive a ton more traffic much quicker to speed up the whole process. 

      If you need additional help or support, Kyle will usually answer unless it’s the weekend in which case it takes him a few days. And I’m always around if you look me up, I’d be happy to set up a concrete plan with you 🙂  

      Best of luck! 

      Cheers, 

      Martina 

  2. Affiliate marketing has always fascinated me and seeing other people making so much money from it in the past, i actually got interested. How much do i need to invest in total on this program and how long will it take for me to make a good profit after i have covered up all the expenses incurred in joining the earning side.

    • Hey Anita, 

      Thank you for your comment! 

      So to get started, you don’t need to invest anything and I would strongly suggest that you don’t invest anything up front. You should keep with the free option for as long as possible where you can start the training and get a really good idea of how the whole platform and community work and also how to build out an affiliate site. After you’ve seen the training, talk to other members of the site and since I would be helping you – I would also help you with your article writing and building out your site. 

      Once you have built up your site to 50+ articles or so, at that point I would switch to a paid account (47$/month) so that you can take advantage of the more advanced SEO training, the PPC training and having your own domain. Your own domain costs about $15 per year or less. I would assume around here you’re at about 3-4 months in and should already be earning commissions. You could very realistically already have your monthly fee covered. By 6 months, you should be making significant profit and by 1 year you’ll be earning a full-time income. If done properly, there is no reason why you should be in a deficit. 

      Of course, some of the additional tools are super convenient so if you decide to upgrade to premium from the get-go than you’re looking at ~$200 invested prior to earning back that around month 4. 

      Hope this helps! 

      Martina 

  3. Hey Martina!

    Your Wealthy Affiliate story is amazing! I was also very similar–spinning my wheels trying to find the right way. I’m an author and I had written 15 books that I had listed online. There are many people who will tell you publishing books will get you affiliate income. I did that and got trinkles until I learned the full scope of internet marketing. Now, that I’ve joined WA, my affiliate income has increased, my book royalities have increased, and I’ve only been a member for two weeks. It’s crazy the results I’ve gotten simply by having good directions. It’s crazy how many people are charging to teach you ways to make money online that don’t work! Great review and great company!

    • Hey Tiffany, 

      Thank you for your comment! That’s awesome, I’m really happy to hear that everything is working out for you. That’s also impressive that you’ve been able to write 15 books, definitely keep writing those. And yes, you can have income from affiliate sale of books based on your recommendation and you can also have income from book royalties when people buy a book that you are the author of.

      Best of luck, 

      Martina 

  4. Hi Martina,
    Simply loved your write up of Wealthy Affiliate. I joined the club in July of 2017 and to be quite honest know absolutely nothing about affiliate marketing or building a website or SEO or any of that stuff. It is true that it is very much like a University course for less than $400. Plus the sense of community is amazing.
    I’d love to get your input since you’ve done such a fantastic job. I’ve been cranking on the content and am approaching 50 posts. I put up 2 per week. I need to slow down and go through and do some things like making the whole experience neater and cleaner. Plus I feel like I really need to start building up an email list. To this point I have not made $1 although I’ve got $40 built up with google adsense. What do you think would be good next steps for me?
    Thanks!

    • Hey Mat,

      It’s awesome that you’re just getting the posts out – I would say that’s the toughest part for most bloggers is to get out the content on a consistent schedule. 

      In terms of building an email list, I would definitely set that up. 

      You can set up a free account with Mailchimp in a few minutes and then add the plugin on your site so you can collect emails in the sidebar. I would put it at the very top of the sidebar so it’s super visible and give away a free gift that you’ll send out to people when they put their emails in. Good examples of free gifts are : “How I build websites in less than 5 minutes” or “How I get 50 keywords that will rank in less than 5 minutes”. Basically, make it something that you would have loved to have when you were starting out because you’re trying to help your audience get to the level that you’re at. Even though you’re not making money yet, you’re likely a lot farther than someone who is just getting started in the space. 

      Mailchimp now offers autoresponders in their free version so create a series of 3-5 emails and in the 1st give them their free gift and introduce them to your brand. Then in the 2nd, tell them your story. In the 3rd & 4th, add more value – so teach them stuff that you know that you wish someone had taught you early on. And then after that, you can send them back to your website and present them with the programs/softwares that you use that you think will help them and that you might earn commissions for. 

      Hope this helps! 

      Martina 

  5. Thank you for this informative and interesting article. I have been looking for something like this forever.

  6. Yeah, I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for some time now as well, and I would never leave this platform, because it’s just too good! Aside from the awesome main training, there’s so much tutorials, tips and tricks posted here every day by other members! It almost feels like there’s not enough time in the world to get through all that… And of course, all the great tools, support, hosting, etc… There’s so much value here.

    • Hey! 

      100% agreed – as I said, I would stay with the platform solely based on the hosting & domain services haha

      Cheers, 

      Martina

  7. Martina, I absolutely love this review! I don’t know what else to say. Not only have you nailed Wealthy Affiliate, but the way you write is fantastic! You are real! and your readers will see that. That is what we want to portray here at Wealthy Affiliate. Excellent job, and all the best to you with your ranch and your future!

    • Hey Christine, 

      You’re so sweet – thanks so much for the support 🙂 

      Cheers, 

      Martina 

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