Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth The Money?
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I admire you for asking the question, is Wealthy Affiliate worth the money? This article will provide you with my personal experience and an up-close look at what makes the platform invaluable to over 2 million Content & Affiliate Marketers, Bloggers, SEO experts, professionals and Online Entrepreneurs – new and seasoned. The community is a hub of 24/7 experience, support and sharing within a world of like-minded professionals and newbies around the world. Success will be whatever your efforts allow.
The Problem With Wealthy Affiliate
So here’s the thing.
This blog post will not be one of those standard pros and cons type reviews. There are thousands of those available on the internet and instead of reading through all of them, you can simply watch Nathaniell’s video below to learn about Wealthy Affiliate (WA) and what is possible.
What I am going to share with you is my personal experience with Wealthy Affiliate – affectionately known as WA.
The number one problem for many of the 2 million members of WA is that it is addictive.
Built by Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim and launched in 2005, WA is recognised as being THE leading platform on the internet to learn Content and Affiliate Marketing. Community support is, by far, the most invaluable aspect of the platform, providing the opportunity to learn, share, network, ask, teach and pay it forward 24/7, 365 days of the year.
What is not covered in the extensive training and live classes is covered by the members of the community, absolutely free of charge.
You will never be bored.
The Value For Your Money
There are 3 pathways to choose from at WA.
1. Starter Member (FREE No Credit Card or Payment Required)
2. Premium Member (USD $49.00 per month)
3. Premium Plus Member (USD $99.00 per month)
I began as a Starter Member in 2019. That was because even though it was FREE to join (no credit card or payment) I was still very distrusting. There are so many scams and unrealistic promises on the internet that it leaves you disillusioned.
Luck or fate landed me on the WA page and the opportunity to do 10 free classes AND build my first website were irresistible.
Within 1 week, I pulled out my credit card and signed up for Premium Membership. The training was super easy to understand and follow and I wanted more.
Premium Membership allowed me to build up to 10 websites, gave me more of Jaaxy (one of the best keyword research tools available), 24/7 technical Site Support, free SSL and daily backups.
The access to more of Jaaxy alone is, in my opinion, well worth the value of $49.00 per month. Keywords are the heart of your online content and being able to access a platform that offers unlimited keyword opportunities is critical for success.
Graduate From Wealthy Affiliate University
For over15 years, Wealthy Affiliate has been training Content & Affiliate Marketers around the world. Whether a newbie or seasoned marketer, there are thousands of tutorials, webinars and live classes that will satisfy every need.
As I understand it, WA set the standards in the industry. Everyone who came after either graduated from WA University or copied elements of the platform to start their own.
Do you want a degree in Content & Affiliate Marketing? Then spend at least 1 year at WA University.
Here’s a look at what is offered for the 3 membership categories when it comes to training, learning and development.In 2020, we experienced the start of many upgrades on the platform. One of the first ones was the introduction of the Premium Plus level of membership which includes live webinars and multiple expert classes every week.
Perhaps this is another “problem” with WA. You will not have enough time in your day to get through all of the training and learning that forms part of our community.
Premium and Premium Plus members also have the opportunity to do tutorials, webinars and training of their own. I launched my own Cassi Of Troy series in mid-2020. They focus on many of the non-technical but critical aspects of building a business that you tend to neglect.
I will be happy to share them with you when you become a member as they will be part of my development program for you.
Pay-It-Forward In The Community
It is hard to know where to begin when it comes to the WA community.
My business career spans 3 decades – over 30 years. I have worked in many industries, from finance to manufacturing and all over the world – from New Zealand to the Caribbean. The latter part of my career saw me working in the e-suite, managing and leading global conglomerates.
In all that time and in all of those places, I have never experienced the kind and level of support and unconditional help that I now enjoy at WA.
The community is formed by over 2 million members from almost every country in the world. If you want to learn about diversity, join Wealthy Affiliate and start communicating.
There has never been a time that I have not received the guidance, inspiration or motivation that I needed to achieve and succeed.If you cannot find what you need in the lessons or training, ask a question, post a blog, private message a member or reach out to Site Support.
Within minutes – if so long – you will have all the assistance that you need.
And if that is taking too long for you, then pop a message in Live Chat. The world never sleeps and WA doesn’t either. Experience is just a few clicks away.
Build Your Online Business Organically
There are as many scams to take your money promising to give you a lifetime of unlimited traffic for your content as there are promises to make you rich overnight.
If something is too good to be true, it definitely is and promises for “free, never-ending” traffic are guaranteed to leave you empty-handed.
Of course, you do learn about all the paid traffic methods out there – Social Media advertising, PPC, and so on – but your learning is centred around building organic traffic for your content with a thorough and expert understanding of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
You start by building your own website, as early as lessons 4 and 5 in the first level of your Online Entrepreneurship Certification (OEC) training course (50 lessons in all).
Premium and Premium Plus members, can build up to 10 and 50 premium websites respectively. SSL is free with your websites, as is daily backups and hacking prevention.
With so many websites available for hosting, you may well find yourself doing what I did and adding another income stream for your business.
I host and manage websites for clients, some of whom I also build content for. A few have accepted my offer to monetise their websites and are now enjoying an income stream that they never considered before.
Garbage In-Garbage Out
There is an age-old reference in the world of computers and technology called Garbage In-Garbage Out.
“It was popular in the early days of computing, but applies, even more, today, when powerful computers can produce large amounts of erroneous data or information in a short time.” (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
There is no doubt that our information technology advancements are taking us far and wide. The internet is a major player in these advancements and offers each one of us unimaginable potential to live, learn, earn, share and develop.
At the same time, the internet is a graveyard full of dead and destructive elements that can lead us into an irrecoverable abyss faster than we can blink.
Knowing how to navigate, where to start and what it takes to be successful in this almost 5 billion-member network can be intimidating. In my short time here, I have seen many people start their business with much promise only to burn out or lose their way as they are misled.
You need efficient, effective and trustworthy support to achieve anything of significance here and that is exactly what WA offers – and much, much more.
More Than An Affiliate Platform
Wealthy Affiliate is more than an affiliate platform. It is a cohesive, comprehensive, well-managed and supportive community that could mean the difference between success and failure for you.
For years, I stumbled around the internet trying to piece together what I thought I needed to start and build my online business. I grew tired of trying different things with very limited success.
It was not until I found WA and began my training there that I was able to really and meaningfully begin the journey in a profitable and unsustainable way.
Many of the members I met at WA have today become trusted supporters and friends who cheer me on as I invest my time and energy into pushing the envelope to take my business where I believe it can go.
Comments like the one below are commonplace and have served to propel me forward by leaps and bounds.
People root for you at WA. They have your back. If you are heading in the wrong direction, you will know with enough time to redirect BEFORE a disaster happens.
When it comes to measuring the value of WA that. for me, is where the gold is. There is absolutely no way I could have gotten where I am today, guiding you towards a pathway of success if I had not become a member of WA.
It All Depends On You
Content & Affiliate Marketing is a real profession. As a Publisher and Blogger, you have the potential to build not just a profitable business online but also a legacy that can withstand the test of time.
There is an important proviso that you must understand though. It ALL depends on you!
No one can do this for you.
What I can guarantee you though is that IF you get started and IF you follow the training at WA and consistently put in the time and effort required then you WILL experience success.
Your success is truly in your hands.
When I started this journey in October 2019, I was ranked over 300,000. Within my first month, have a look at the major things that I achieved.
By the end of my 1st year, I was an Ambassador at WA, attaining the highest rank of 11th place and earning a 5-digit income across multiple income streams.
My network had grown to over 2,000 members and I was welcoming Referrals to WA (and earning lifetime commissions) every month.
I am hungry for success though and am passionate about my online success. This is in my hands and there is no excuse for allowing myself to fail.
It truly depends on you.
About The Author
Founder, Cassi Of Troy
I currently live in my Birth Country, Trinidad, and I am the proud mother of a charming 11-year old. A very talented Dancer, Ballerina, Moko Jumbie and Swimmer. As an Entrepreneur, I have started businesses in New Zealand, the USA and here in Trinidad. I have lived and worked all over the world – England, USA, Africa, New Zealand, Central America, (to name a few).
We LOVE! to travel and explore cultures.
In October 2019, after drifting around the internet, I launched my Digital Entrepreneur Footprint with Wealthy Affiliate. Today I manage 3 profitable websites, coach other Digital Entrepreneurs, design training programs to strengthen the personal leadership required for business and, educate my daughter through travel and other human and cultural experiences.