The Wealthy Affiliate Program – Affiliate Marketing Training for Beginners

60-second summary:

I’ve expanded on all these points in the full review, which you can read below. This is a 60-second summary setting out the main pros and cons:

1. Pros

  1. One-stop-shop. Everything you need to start earning money online in one place
  2. The most comprehensive training on affiliate marketing for beginners that I’ve found
  3. The quickest and easiest way to get your very first professional website up and running
  4. Extremely helpful, supportive community
  5. All technical issues taken care of
  6. Excellent affiliate program that you’re eligible for from day one (Starter or Premium)

2. Cons

  1. A few of the training modules contain out of date screenshots and information. Contact me and I’ll make sure you get current information
  2. There should be more training on how to set up your WordPress website for maximum effectiveness. I’m a WordPress developer, so I can help you with this
  3. The messaging does not make clear the amount of time and work that’s required to be successful – this can create false expectations
  4. Incorrect information is sometimes given by well-intentioned members in the forums. Always double check information you get in the forums!
  5. The ban on linking to personal websites sometimes prevents useful information from being shared with the community

I’ve covered all those points in the detailed review below, and you’re very welcome to contact me with any questions.

But, overall, this is the best affiliate marketing training program for beginners that I’ve found.

Join for free right now, or read the full review below.

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This detailed Wealthy Affiliate review covers the systems, training and support provided by the Wealthy Affiliate program, along with the pros, cons, costs and benefits.

Here’s what I’ve covered:

Are you worried about your financial situation? Or your job?

If you’re one of the millions who are facing unemployment in the current pandemic, I can understand how you must feel.

If that’s you, here’s a way to relieve that financial pressure.

Back in 2006, when I was deeply in debt having been out of work for 9 months, I learnt how to make money online with affiliate marketing.

I had never done anything other than browse online before, but it worked out for me, and now I earn my living entirely online – free of the worries of unemployment.

Affiliate marketing growth trend

Growth trend of affiliate marketing 2015 – 2020

Affiliate marketing is a low-cost way to make money online, but it is a high growth industry – see the graph.

But you do need to learn it, and Wealthy Affiliate offers the best affiliate marketing training for beginners that I’ve found.

Here’s what you get:

  • Comprehensive training for affiliate marketing beginners
  • Personal coaching – someone you can turn to when you need to
  • An affiliate program that enables you to earn commissions from day one
  • Websites from which to run your new business
  • All technical stuff taken care of

It’s a one-stop-shop, for learning how to set up a website and make money online.

And you can join for free – no risk, and no credit card required.

Hi! Let me introduce myself. . .

My name is Martin – welcome!

Martin MaldenSince you’re looking for affiliate marketing training, I’m guessing you’ve looked at a number of different programs, right?

And if you’ve spotted some of the bait and switch tactics out there, you have some questions..!

I certainly did – and here’s why: I’ve been working online since 2006 and, since then, I’ve seen a good number of the scams, and bait and switch tactics that have been used.

And, back in 2006, I fell for, and got burnt by, a few of them.

I lost a lot of money, at a time when I could least afford to lose it.

But I’ve come through all that, and I want to help you to avoid the mistakes I made.

So here are some of the things I had in mind when I first looked at Wealthy Affiliate:

  1. Is this a scam? (No, it’s not – it’s a real, fully comprehensive program)
  2. Is this a bait and switch? (No, it’s not)
  3. Will I be trapped into paying for a ton of upsells before I get any good quality training? (No, you will not. There’s just one price for the premium plan and it includes everything.)
  4. Will I be locked into some long-term commitment? (No. But you can opt to pay annually rather than monthly, which will save you some money)
  5. Will I own the websites I set up and can I move them if I want to? (Yes, you’re not locked in. I moved mine to my own hosting)
  6. Can I start this on the side while I continue my day job? (Absolutely – that’s what I recommend)
  7. Can I do this without needing to know any technical stuff? (Yes, you can – all the technical stuff is handled by Wealthy Affiliate)
  8. I’m coming up to retirement – would this program work for me? (Absolutely! I’m a Boomer, and a very high percentage of the members in Wealthy Affiliate are in my age group)

You probably have other questions too.

That’s not to say that Wealthy Affiliate is perfect – it’s not, and I’ve covered some of the things that could be improved below.

But it is the most comprehensive affiliate marketing training program for beginners that I’ve found.

If you follow the training, you will end up with your own online business on your own website, and you’ll have the financial security and satisfaction that comes with that.

So please relax..!

Wealthy Affiliate no risk badgeThere’s no risk because you can join the free Starter plan – and you do not need to hand over any credit card details.

So you’re not going to be unexpectedly billed for anything, and you can walk away at any time.

As you’ll see further down the page, I will be your personal coach (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..!

My commitment to you: I will personally respond to any questions from you as quickly as I possibly can.

So let’s get into it. . .

Best way to succeed at affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online, and the best way to succeed at it is to work with, and learn from, people who are doing it, successfully.

And Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best places to do that.

Wealthy Affiliate is a membership site that was set up in 2003. Today it is one of the biggest affiliate marketing training forums online.

Through a combination of personal training, set courses, established systems and peer group support, you will be taken by the hand and shown how to set up and grow an affiliate marketing business, starting from scratch.

If you’ve never done anything online before except browse, do not worry!

I hadn’t either when I started in 2006 – and I didn’t have the benefit of Wealthy Affiliate when I started!

Wealthy Affiliate provides all the tools, training and support you need to take yourself from complete beginner right through to earning a long-term, regular income from affiliate marketing.

What does the Wealthy Affiliate program offer you?

Here’s a summary of what’s available to you, all included in your membership:

  • Tools to help you choose and find the perfect domain (your web address) – removes the worry about how to choose the best one
  • A website builder that enables you to build beautiful websites in minutes with just a few clicks. No technical stuff involved
  • Top class hosting (on Amazon Web Services) automatically set up for your websites – nothing to deal with, it’s all done for you
  • Top class technical support for any problems that may arise with your websites. Again, nothing technical to worry about
  • An extensive library of training videos and tutorials, with new ones being released each week. All the information you will need.
  • Weekly live training webinars (recorded so you can view whenever you want to)
  • Two separate step-by-step, structured training courses on affiliate marketing – 120 lessons in all, which you can review at any time
  • 13 different forums where you can ask questions and get quick answers. Help is always at hand
  • Personal mentoring (from me if you join us by clicking one of the links on this page)
  • An article writing platform that includes a grammar and spelling checker and thousands of stock images for you to use. No need to worry about searching for images
  • Training on how to create effective videos.
  • Keyword research tools to help you write articles that do well in the search engines. Makes keyword research so much easier
  • Tools to help you track your earnings
  • An affiliate program so you can earn money from day one (details below)

The Wealthy Affiliate program really is a complete solution to easing that financial pressure.

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.

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 and they take care of all technical support.

No technical stuff for you to worry about. You can focus purely on learning affiliate marketing and building up your income.

As you can see from that video, the user interface in your account area is quite dated. This can give a negative impression, but don’t let that put you off.

The tools work just fine!

I understand a User Interface upgrade is in the works, which is probably a good thing!

The fact is: everything you need to set up and run an affiliate marketing business is contained in Wealthy Affiliate.

The training you get

The breadth and depth of training available is, quite simply, greater than any similar membership site that I’ve been part of.

It’s delivered through a series on online videos, along with exercises that need to be completed in order to be able to mark the module as done.

While the training is comprehensive and certainly enables the beginner to get a WordPress based website fully up and running in a couple of minutes, it doesn’t focus strongly enough on how to make the best use of WordPress.

An example would be the lack of training on how to use the WordPress categories and tags.

This is a good SEO tool if done correctly, but it’s not covered at all. And, unfortunately, I’ve seen replies from members to questions on this topic in the forums that are not correct.

If you join by clicking one of the links on this website I can take care of all that stuff for you, because I will automatically become your personal coach.

That said, here’s the training that you get:

A testimonial from a Wealthy Affiliate memberThere 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 (current average is 8 minutes).

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, qualified Wealthy Affiliate members that are available to you.

There’s nothing else you need to do because everything is provided as part of your Wealthy Affiliate membership.

Your personal coach

Hi, I’m back – I hope you’re getting the information you need!

Martin MaldenIf 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 coach.

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.

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.

The 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.

Image of people holding hands in a team support gestureEverybody 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.

If you’re just starting out and feeling your way, this is a tremendous benefit.

Everyone is very welcoming. We’re all working together, helping each other, to make our businesses as successful as possible.

Money – how much does it cost

Cost: Free, or US$1.35 a day for the Premium Plan

There are just two plans:

  1. Starter (Free)
  2. Premium

One price for the Premium plan. Everything included. No up-sells.

Money in a bag with a dollar signThe 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 1 website, the Premium plan gives you 10. The free plan gives you the first 10 lessons of either of the affiliate marketing training courses, with the premium plan you get all 120.

To see a full comparison between the Starter and Premium plans click here.

You do not need to hand over your credit card details to join the Starter plan – so there’s no chance of being unexpectedly billed for anything – and there’s no time limit.

This means you can test-drive the system, absolutely risk-free, for as long as you want.

There’s no pressure to upgrade, and you retain all the benefits for as long as you’re a member.

Upgrade option

The Premium plan costs US$49 a month, 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.

Apart from that bonus, there is an upgrade option that gives you a better deal: Annual billing, which costs US$495 a year (equivalent to US$1.35 a day) and saves you US$93 (a 15% saving).

However, I would not recommend you go for the annual billing option until you’ve thoroughly tested the program with the Starter Plan first.

If you decide to go Premium, I would recommend you go with the monthly option initially.

You can always switch to the annual option to save some money, once you’ve seen what you get with the Premium plan, and you’re comfortable making a one-year commitment.

To see a full comparison between the Starter and Premium plans click here.

But it’s not all about cost – there’s income potential from day one.

How much money can you make with Wealthy Affiliate?

You can also earn while you learn with Wealthy Affiliate.

You’re eligible for the affiliate program from the day you join.

Lifetime earnings stampAs a free member you 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. There are no guarantees to what you might earn. Your earnings are entirely dependent on the time and effort you put in.

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 earning potential from day one.

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.

Again, though, let me set the right expectations here: you’re not going to be making a gazillion dollars from day one. Like any business, you need to put in the work to start earning consistently, and that takes time.

But you will be in control of your own income, rather then being dependent on others.

The bottom line – pros and cons

1. Pros

  1. One-stop-shop. Everything you need to start earning money online in one place
  2. The most comprehensive training on affiliate marketing for beginners that I’ve found anywhere
  3. The quickest and easiest way to get your very first website up and running
  4. Extremely helpful, supportive community
  5. All technical issues taken care of
  6. No credit card required for the Starter plan (no time limit and you won’t be unexpectedly billed for anything)
  7. Excellent affiliate program that you’re eligible for from day one (Starter or Premium)

2. Cons

  1. A few of the training modules contain out of date screenshots and information. You can contact me and I’ll make sure you get current information
  2. Insufficient training on how to structure content within WordPress leads to sites not being fully optimised
  3. The messaging does not make clear the amount of time and work that’s required to be successful – this can create false expectations
  4. Incorrect information is sometimes given by well-intentioned members in the forums, sending questioners down the wrong track
  5. The ban on linking to personal websites sometimes prevents useful information from being shared with the community

No training program is perfect, and Wealthy Affiliate is no exception.

But it is the best and most complete one I’ve found – especially for beginners.

As long as you put in the time and effort, and double check information you get in the forums, then Wealthy Affiliate can provide you with a rock solid, one-stop-shop base, from which to build a profitable online business.

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!), let me wrap this up. . .

Wealthy Affiliate has been in business and growing consistently since 2003 – that is 17 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.

It’s not perfect – I covered some of the cons above.

But, overall, it’s the most complete affiliate marketing training program, particularly for beginners, that I’ve come across.

Whatever your current situation, affiliate marketing is a well-proven, low-cost way for you to start making extra money online.

But please remember that it is not a get rich quick scheme!

As with any business, affiliate marketing requires work and time. If you need money quickly, affiliate marketing is not the way to go.

But, if you’re serious about learning affiliate marketing, and removing that financial pressure, then I do recommend you join me.

Once you’ve got that online business going then, whatever happens in your life, you know you can always make money.

Need a quick reminder of everything you get in Wealthy Affiliate? Click here!

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.


Martin Malden

Martin Malden
Owner – WealthyDragon.

Website owner: Martin has been working online since 2006 and focuses on two areas: 1) affiliate marketing and 2) designing and building websites based on WordPress. He has his own WordPress agency, and serves clients in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK.

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  • Linda Feb 25, 2019 @ 13:54

    Wow. Thank you for this detailed review!

    It is so true, Wealthy Affiliate has the best mentorship, training, tools, resources and 24/7 support on the web. Thank you for sharing these details and helping many folks out there to achieve their goal of running their own business.

    • Martin Malden Feb 25, 2019 @ 14:14

      Hi Linda,

      You’re very welcome – glad you found it useful 🙂



  • Norman Richards Feb 25, 2019 @ 18:51

    Wealthy Affiliate has the best training on the planet in my opinion when it comes to this line of work.

    When you look at the training, the tools and the community you know that you are a part of something great. Wealthy Affiliate is helping to empower people to have online success and to help make their dreams a reality.

    • Martin Malden Feb 25, 2019 @ 19:15

      Hi Norman,

      Absolutely – and it has been doing that since 2003!

      One thing that amazes and impresses me is that Kyle and Carson have as much enthusiasm and drive to continually grow and develop the platform as they had when they first started – truly remarkable people, both of them.



  • Bushra Feb 26, 2019 @ 7:15

    Hi Martin,

    There are so many benefits to starting an online business with WA. The training and the resources available are the best I have found on the internet. There are so many things, apart from the affiliate marketing itself, that you learn from Wealthy Affiliate that will benefit your online business – like how to use video, how to optimise websites, and so on.

    Website building, training, SEO and the other skills you learn at Wealthy Affiliate can open up other freelance opportunities that you can earn additional income from as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Martin Malden Feb 26, 2019 @ 8:27

      Hi there,

      I agree – the potential for people to create an additional income stream by offering training and consultancy is demonstrated by the training classes and videos that members put up in Wealthy Affiliate.

      There’s a huge market outside Wealthy Affiliate where people are looking for the kind of training that WA members are creating within Wealthy Affiliate. Hopefully members realise that opportunity and take advantage of it 🙂