Wealthy Affiliate Review 2015

September 9, 2015

WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEW 2015Wealthy Affiliate Super Hero
Score out of 10: 9/10
Cost: Starter membership – FREE.   Premium membership – $47/month or $359/year
Behind the scenes: Kyle & Carson
Website: www.wealthyaffiliate.com 

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

My aim with this review is to give you the inside track on the Wealthy Affiliate University. My intention is that, by the end of this post, you’ll have a complete understanding of the service, tools, community as well as all the bells, whistles, pro’s AND con’s that come from being a member. I hope that you will be able to grasp what Wealthy Affiliate is AND what Wealthy Affiliate isn’t.

Before you read the Wealthy Affiliate Review 2015, I think it’s important to be aware that this is a review from the inside.  I have been a member for a while before committing to a review.  I wanted to provide you with the most comprehensive facts & opinions, so everything I share here comes from personal experience.

SIDE NOTE – If you have never heard of Affiliate Marketing, it may also be worth visiting my other post – Affiliate Marketing – A how to guide.

What exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?wa_successful_business_160x600

Well first of all, here’s what Wealthy Affiliate is not.

It’s not a business opportunity, a get rich quick scheme or a business to join and make money.  You do not “Do Wealthy Affiliate” as a business.

Wealthy Affiliate is a building block for anyone wishing to create their own online business. It is a step-by-step university type project, a social community, an online school that walks you through every ‘How To’ that you’re likely to whilst trying to create your own online business.

The intention of the owners (Kyle & Carson), is to provide a system of education, backed up with a social community and supported with all the tools required, that allows anyone to create a business built around the individual’s own passion or interest.

For anyone unfortunate enough not to have a passion or interest, there is an additional 'Bootcamp' course which will help them to build a business as a partner to Wealthy Affiliate.

Once inside the membership area, a member is invited to

  1. Engage with the community
  2. Set out intentions/goals
  3. Take advantage of the free starter course, how to video’s and supporting articles whilst also:

If you were looking for the Wealthy Affiliate Review 2015, then some of the above may sound daunting.  Perhaps online marketing is something new that you are only just investigating? Well rest assured that the training within Wealthy Affiliate will walk you through step by step and you will not be learning alone.

Here is a screenshot of my membership profile. What you might notice is the notification bar at the top right corner? It’s also worth pointing out the ‘My Questions’ & ‘My Network’ tabs.  You see, in many ways, the Wealthy Affiliate platform is very similar to many of the social media websites that you will be used to.  It has a Facebook type feel but the content is there for one reason only…To create your success.

Wealthy affiliate screenshot

You are able to post questions, statements, blogs and ideas.  You are able to live chat with other entrepreneur and you are able to track your progress & training.

Once you have selected your course, you are walked through it step by step and the system logs your progress so that you are always returned to your last point, even if you don’t log back on for days.

Within the first week or so, you will have your own traffic generating website and the basic skills to build on that foundation and generate your own online income.

PROS and CONS

Admittedly, when I joined, I wasn’t fully aware of all that was included.  I simply followed a link from a website to a 10 day training course which had been created by, my now online friend and mentor, Steve.

His course walked me through the first few steps of signing up and plugging into the system. (That is another great benefit to the Wealthy Affiliate system.  You can create your own content and training WITHIN the platform.  That training can be used to help other members OR to help new members to join you in WA.) wealthy_affiliate_going_up

I’d been looking at Wealthy Affiliate for a few years before becoming a member but the number of benefits far outweighed what I expected.

Plus points;

The amazing thing is that it comes at no cost!  It comes with no need to use your credit card and with no ‘Upsell’.

The guys at Wealthy Affiliate have built something which offers genuine value and they know that you will upgrade to Premium Membership only when you are ready, only when your business needs it and only when you get absolute value for money! They don’t need to upsell or play games like many online businesses do. I really respect that.

Whilst talking about playing games…The platform does have an element of ‘gamification’ within it. As a member, you are rated on your interaction within the community. The ratings are based 3 main components;

  1. Creator – How much content you create on the platform
  2. Helper – How helpful you are within the community
  3. Activity – How active you are around the platform and engaging with people, training and other activity

The ratings are much like a Top Table with Kyle and Carson hold position 1 & 2.  New members start in the 400,000’s and reduce based on the value that the member is adding to the community. Additional benefits are attached to becoming a top 100 member or gaining an Ambassador badge.

Minus points;
WHO IS WA SUITABLE FOR

Here is the beautiful thing!  Wealthy Affiliate is suitable for everyone.  But let’s break that down and see why.

Advanced Marketers:-

Beginners:-

 

TRAINING and TOOLS OVERVIEW

You probably already get the idea that I rate the courses & training very highly. (Here is a list of the courses within the Premium Membership)Certified Course

 

 

 

As well as the online courses above (which are methodical, are in sequence and take you through the journey of finding your Niche, identifying your market, building a website and then launching your business) there are also a number of training resources which you can step in and out of as you choose.

There are video courses in a host of areas to strengthen your business:-Video Training

And interactive classrooms with question & answer boards:-

Classrooms

I mentioned that the system reserves your position within the coursework but also, for your convenience, there is a ‘Training History’ link for you to refer back to any other training resources which you have used in the past.

The tools and resources are also what you would probably have come to expect. In a nutshell…ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that you would need to start your own online business.

Once you are a member, you are unlikely to need to pay for a single online resource ever again. You have pretty much everything at your disposal.

(and the training to use them all)

SUPPORT

How many times have you got started in business or on a project and found that you are out of your depth? Too often people join an online business and are left to figure things out for themselves. The beautiful thing at Wealthy Affiliate is that NO ONE gets left behind.Support If you have a question, it gets answered. If you have a problem, it gets sorted. We have got your back!

I don’t know anywhere else online where you have access to 100,000’s of online entrepreneurs? To countless online millionaires yet still share the same space with fellow newbies. I believe it’s a genuine WIN WIN.

You also have access to the owners of Wealthy Affiliate. They are active members on the community and will gladly answer any questions that you might be struggling with.

I find this to be an incredibly important aspect when looking at making any business decision.  I’ve lived by certain mantra’s most of my life and my belief system appears to mirror that of Wealthy Affiliate.  Hopefully it mirrors yours.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question…except the one you don’t ask.”

“Together we win.”

PRICE

The pricing is very straightforward with Wealthy Affiliate.  The image below shows the variation between starter and premium membership.  (What it doesn’t show is your access to 100’s of training modules whilst still a FREE member).  Premium membership can be paid monthly or at a discounted annual payment of $359.  Click here to join.

I’ve been really surprised by the lack of pressure to upgrade to Premium. It’s a shame but so often, online businesses go in for the kill and attempt to plug you into a subscription as soon as possible.

Premium membership within Wealthy Affiliate is taken very seriously.  Once upgraded, you are flagged on your profile as a ‘Premium Member’ and you are seen as someone who is serious about their business and who has committed financially to their own future.

IMPORTANT – You cannot downgrade once you have become a Premium Member and this is another reason why no one is pushed into the decision.  If the additional services are right for the growth of your business, then do upgrade.  That may take 6 days, 6 weeks or significantly longer but it must be when you are ready.  I found that incredibly refreshing.


 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Wealthy Affiliate has surprised me from the moment I became a member. The owners are credible, transparent and have a genuine interest in supporting your progress. I think this is reinforced by the strap line that accompanies Wealthy Affiliate.

“Wealthy Affiliate – Turn Any Passion Into a Successful Affiliate Marketing Business”

It becomes obvious once you are a member…

They invite you to turn your passion into a successful business, because that is exactly what they have done.

Your passion might be Roller Skating, Camping, Swimming, Knitting? Whatever it is, Wealthy Affiliate are able to help you follow the blueprint which helped them build a successful business from their passion…A passion to help others succeed.

If you are serious about learning, committed to doing and ready to start, I really look forward to seeing you in the community.  Click here for the free membership that I’ve discussed.  Just promise me that you will follow the steps, set up your account & complete your profile. (In a community environment a complete profile gets a lot more help than an anonymous member).

Once you’ve done that, I’ll drop by to see how you’re getting on and give you a special bonus.

This bonus isn’t for everyone and so ignore it if it’s not for you BUT…

If you use your first few days wisely…If you get the maximum value from the courses, the tools and the resources…If within your first 7 days you just KNOW that making online income from your own Niche website is your future and that Wealthy affiliate is where you intend to do it, then I will send you over a one time discount on your first months membership!

59% off your first month to help fast-track your success. But you must set up your profile and drop me a message back when I reach out to you. I’m really looking forward to helping you get started.

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VERDICT

Winner

I’m giving Wealthy Affiliate 9/10 and I think it’s well deserved.

I hope this has given an insight into the inner workings of WA and that you have got some value from the Wealthy Affiliate Review 2015. Please, share your thoughts, progress or experiences by commenting below. I’d also love to hear from anyone who’s already involved in WA.

To your success.

 

4 Comments
Kel
September 10, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

Hey,

Thanks for your review… guess where I’m heading now?

See you from the inside, I hope.

Kel

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    September 10, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    Brilliant Kel. See you there!

    Reply
Andres Santos
September 10, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

Hey nice page. Lots of information. You explained it well. One of your images is not working though.

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    September 11, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    Thanks for the feedback Andres. Glad you liked it. I’ll go check out that image now.

    Reply

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