The Wealthy Affiliate program offers step-by-step affiliate marketing training, but. . .
. . . how detailed and comprehensive is the training it provides?
Affiliate Marketing is an excellent, low-cost way to build up a long-term income stream. But you need access to comprehensive, detailed training, state of the art systems and experienced support in order to succeed.
Does Wealthy Affiliate deliver? Let’s see. . .
Key facts of the program:
|Program:||Wealthy Affiliate – online affiliate marketing training program|
|What it is:||The tools, systems, training and support you need to succeed at Affiliate Marketing, all in one place. My findings are set out below.|
|Where to sign up:||Wealthy Affiliate|
Please assume any links on this page are affiliate links. An affiliate link means I will get a small commission if you decide to buy the product, but it will not affect the price you pay. The price you pay is the same, whether you buy it through my link or go directly to the site.
This is an extensive review of the systems, training and support provided by Wealthy Affiliate. It’s pretty detailed so if you’d prefer to jump to specific sections here are the links:
Hi! Let me introduce myself. . .
My name is Martin – welcome!
If, like me, you’ve been looking for affiliate marketing training, then you’ve probably looked at a number of different programs, right?
And if (like me) you’ve spotted some of the bait and switch tactics out there, I’m guessing you have some questions..!
I certainly did – here are some of the things I worried about:
- Is this a scam?
- Is this a bait and switch?
- Will I be trapped into paying for a ton of upsells?
- Will I be locked into some long-term commitment?
- Can I start this on the side while I continue my day job?
- Can I do this without needing to know any technical stuff?
You probably have other questions too.
Well, please relax.
This is not a scam and you don’t need to know any technical stuff.
Plus, there’s no risk because you can join the free Starter plan – and you do not need to hand over any credit card details.
So there’s no risk of being unexpectedly billed for something, and you can walk away at any time.
As you’ll see further down the page, you will have direct access to me (if you join by clicking one of the links on this page). You will be able to ask me anything, at any time – or shout at me if you’re frustrated..!
So let’s get into it. . .
Four step process to making money with affiliate marketing
Wealthy Affiliate provides all the training, tools and systems you need, and takes you, step by step, through the four stages of affiliate marketing:
- You set up a website, which you can do in less than 2 minutes with a few clicks. (You get the tools and systems to do that – watch the video lower down the page).
- You select products you like (you’re shown where to find those products – there are hundreds of thousands of them waiting to be promoted).
- You put your chosen products on your website (you’re taken through this process step-by-step).
- People visit your website (you’re shown how to get website visitors). If they click the links on the products you’re promoting and buy the product, you earn a commission.
It’s that simple.
Does it work?
Yes. I’ve been promoting different products as an affiliate since 2006 and I’ve made good money.
But don’t listen to me, see what others have to say:
“. . .Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires. . .” – Bo Bennet, PhD, Business Consultant
“. . . Approximately 15% of all digital media industry’s revenue comes from affiliate marketing. . .” – Business Insider Intelligence
And Wealthy Affiliate members are having success with affiliate marketing, thanks to the systems, tools and training it provides:
Affiliate marketing is a huge and growing industry.
How to start an affiliate marketing business
Wealthy Affiliate is a membership site that will take you by the hand and show you how to set up and grow an affiliate marketing business, starting from scratch.
If you have a specialist skill or a passion that you’d like to turn into a business that’s great.
If not, no problem. Wealthy Affiliate will take you through a process that will find a business niche for you. It’s the first part of the training.
From there you have all the tools, training and support you need to take yourself all the way through to earning a long-term, regular income from affiliate marketing.
What does Wealthy Affiliate offer you?
Here’s what is available to you:
- Tools to help you choose and find the perfect domain (your web address)
- A website builder that enables you to build beautiful websites in minutes with just a few clicks
- Hosting automatically set up for your website (up to 50 websites for Premium members)
- An extensive library of training videos and tutorials, with new ones being released each week
- Weekly live training webinars (recorded so you can view at any time)
- An article writing platform that includes a grammar and spelling checker and thousands of stock images
- Keyword research tools to help you write articles that do well in the search engines
- Two separate step-by-step training courses on affiliate marketing – 120 lessons in all
- Tools to help you track your earnings
- Personal mentoring (from me if you join us by clicking one of the links on this page)
- An affiliate program so you can earn money from day 1 (details below)
- Top class support for any problems that may arise with your website
Wealthy Affiliate provides absolutely everything you need in order to set up, develop and run a successful affiliate marketing business – whether or not you have done any work online before.
The systems and tools you get
Wealthy Affiliate has specially designed systems and tools that enable you to do absolutely everything you need to get going with affiliate marketing and develop a long-term income.
They take you by the hand and enable you to:
- Register domains
- Build websites in less than 2 minutes (based on WordPress, and hosting is set up automatically)
- Research keywords for your articles
- Write and publish articles
- Get feedback and support
As an example, let me show you how quick and easy it is to build a website within your Wealthy Affiliate membership:
Your website is automatically hosted by Wealthy Affiliate (on top class hosting – all included in your membership), and they take care of all technical support.
Everything you need to do to set up and run an affiliate marketing business is contained in one place.
The training you get
The breadth and depth of training available is, quite simply, greater than any similar membership site in which I’ve been a member.
There are 2 detailed, structured courses, focused on different aspects of affiliate marketing – a total of 120 lessons.
There is detailed, comprehensive training on:
- Email marketing
- Social media marketing
- Pay Per Click marketing
- Video marketing
- Local marketing
- Search engine optimisation
- Market and keyword research
- Writing content for the web
- Making videos for the web
In addition to those, there are 13 different forums (called classrooms) where you can ask any question on any subject and get answers quickly.
Further, there is a weekly live training webinar, run every Friday afternoon. These are recorded and permanently stored in the training area so you can watch them in your own time.
Finally, there are literally thousands of tutorials produced by experienced Wealthy Affiliate members that are available to you.
Everything is provided as part of your Wealthy Affiliate membership. No up-sells, no bait and switch.
Your personal mentor
Hi, I’m back – I hope you’re getting the information you need!
If you join by clicking one of the links on this page you will automatically be linked to me, which means I will become your personal mentor.
Whenever you ask questions in the forums I am notified and I can check in to see what you’ve asked and what answers you’ve received. If you’ve received the information you need that’s great but, if not, I will make sure you get it.
And, of course, you can contact me direct at any time – for example if you just need some help or advice on how to approach something (or if you’re frustrated and want to shout at me!).
Shortly after joining you will receive a message from me. It invites you to contact me and explains how to do so.
Do please take up my invitation. That will enable me to help you get settled in as quickly as possible, and stay with you as you get your business up and running.
I’ve been promoting different products through affiliate marketing since 2006 and I’ve made good money. I’m also a WordPress designer and developer, so I can give you experienced help in both the process of building your website and promoting it online.
Wealthy Affiliate culture – experts that care
The culture that Wealthy Affiliate’s owners have been able to create is one of the most supportive I’ve experienced – and I’ve joined a number of other membership training programs over the years. The Wealthy Affiliate culture is built on mutual support, integrity and honesty.
Everybody is willing to chip in and help – if you ask a question anywhere you will get lots of answers, very quickly, from experienced members. The average time is currently 8 minutes.
With well over 350,000 active members, who have been through the same process as you’re going through, there will always be quick and ready answers to any questions you have.
One of the reasons the culture is so supportive is that spamming of any kind is an absolute ‘no-no’ in Wealthy Affiliate.
The usual ‘visit my website’ or ‘try my product’ type posts, that pop up regularly in my experience of other similar membership sites, just don’t appear anywhere in Wealthy Affiliate. This removes the element of self-interest and contributes strongly to a ‘team’ environment.
Whether it’s the complete ban on spam of any kind, or the example set by the owners, the culture they have created in Wealthy Affiliate is incredibly supportive.
If you’re just starting out and feeling your way, this is a tremendous benefit.
No one is in competition – everyone is working together, helping each other, to make their businesses as successful as possible.
Money – how much does it cost
Cost – Free, or US$0.98 a day for the Premium Plan
There are just two plans:
One price for the Premium plan. Everything included. No up-sells.
The free plan gives you a solid taste of everything that’s available – more than enough to set up your website, go through some training, find and add products to your website and start earning money.
With the Premium plan you get full access to everything. For example, the free plan gives you 2 websites, the Premium plan gives you 50. The free plan gives you 7 days of personal coaching, with the premium plan it’s unlimited.
And you do not need to hand over your credit card details to join the free plan – so there’s no chance of being unexpectedly billed for anything.
This gives you the chance to test-drive the system while you decide whether the Premium plan is right for you.
There’s no pressure to upgrade, and you retain all the benefits for as long as you’re a member.
The base Premium plan costs US$49 a month (a good deal because everything is included – up to 50 websites, hosting, training, support, etc.), but there’s a special bonus price of US$19 for the first month if you decide to upgrade within your first 7 days of free membership.
Outside that bonus offer there are 2 upgrade options that give you a better deal:
- 6-monthly billing that will save you US$60 a year over the monthly billing option
- Yearly billing that will save you US$229 a year (making the investment equivalent to US$0.98 a day)
Premium unlocks the rest of the benefits. For example, it gives you up to 50 websites (including hosting), a website security package, automated website backups, access to the full affiliate bootcamp and online entrepreneur certificate courses, and many other features.
To see a full comparison of the two plans click here.
But it’s not all about cost – there’s income potential from day 1
Income – you’re eligible for the affiliate program from day 1
You can also earn while you learn with the Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program, which is excellent.
As a free member you’re eligible for the affiliate program from the day you join.
Free members get a recurring commission of 25% of the monthly fee paid by anyone who signs up to the Premium plan through your affiliate link.
Recurring commissions means that every month you get 25% of the monthly membership fee paid by every Premium member who signed up through your link, for as long as they remain members.
As a Premium member, that goes to 50%.
This currently works out at an average of US$121 per sale for existing affiliates. (Note: that is an average, it is not a guarantee..!).
Given that the Affiliate Bootcamp course is designed to teach you how to sign up people in the most effective way possible (remember: as a free member you get the first 10 lessons in this course), this represents an excellent earning potential from day 1.
Basically – if you’re a Premium member your monthly fee is covered once you’ve signed up 2 new members. As a free member it’s all profit.
My overall view – pros and cons
It goes without saying that, if you’re interested in learning how to develop another income stream, I recommend Wealthy Affiliate without reservation.
The tools and systems, allied with the breadth and depth of training that’s available, means that you can become a member with absolutely no experience of working online, and take yourself all the way up to earning a steady income from affiliate marketing.
Your monthly fee provides you with absolutely everything you need. No up-sells. No bait and switch.
The two certificated courses, the personal mentoring and guidance, the tools and resources, and the training mean that as long as you put in the work, you will succeed sooner or later.
I emphasised that phrase ‘as long as you put in the work’ on purpose!
On the money side, you can join for free (with no need for a credit card) and stay as a free member for as long as you like. There’s no pressure to upgrade until (or if) you want to, but remember the bonus that’s available if you upgrade within your first 7 days.
On the income side, the affiliate program is one of the best I’ve ever come across and you’re eligible from the day you join, either as a free or premium member.
Overall, the supportive culture, the training, the systems and the tools make for a very powerful membership site.
The flip side of there being so much training material available is that it’s a massive task keeping it all up to date – and in a number of places this has not happened.
So when you’re going through the courses, or selecting videos to watch, be sure to check the date on which the material was produced.
If it’s any older than a year or 18 months (and some date back to 2013) make a note to ask in the forums to see if there is any updated information. You’ll get an answer very quickly.
As your personal mentor, I’m always here to help too – whenever you ask a question I am notified and I will check in to see what you’ve asked and whether you’ve received the information you need.
The complete ban on linking to your pre-existing website (if you have one!) is something I chafed against initially.
I do understand that it’s easier to impose, and police, a complete ban on that, rather than leaving it to judgement on individual cases, but it does sometimes mean that information that could be useful to the community is blocked.
None-the-less, I can see that this ban is one of the things that contributes to the welcoming, supportive culture.
Everything you need to set up and build your new income stream. . .
All the training, all the systems, all the resources and all the tools – all in one place.
Hi, I’m back (again!). . .
Wealthy Affiliate has been in business and growing consistently since 2003 – that is 15 years at the time of writing.
That, alone, is testament to the quality of the systems, tools and training that it offers.
But it also shows that it has evolved and grown as the industry has changed, and that it’s here for the long haul.
You can get in for free with the Starter plan and stay as a free member as long as you like – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And since you do not need to hand over any credit card details there’s no risk of being unexpectedly billed for anything.
So – if you’re serious about learning affiliate marketing I do recommend you join me, and I look forward to helping you achieve your income goals – remember: you can join the Starter plan for free and I will be your personal mentor.
Owner – WealthyDragon.