In this post, we are going to talk about one of the most popular Affiliate Marketing programs out there. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005 and had
continued to grow every year. Basically, Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform that provides training, tools and support for Affiliate Marketing sites. The nice
thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that their “Free” version really is free, and you can get a real affiliate marketing website (that makes real money) without ever
becoming a Premium (paid) member. This is a great option if you are new to affiliate marketing or just not sure if it’s the right fit for you. Please note, in the
interest of full disclosure, I am a member at Wealthy Affiliate and I have an affiliate marketing relationship with WA.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work?
Signing up for your free account is quick and easy, no credit card required. Obviously the Premium (paid) membership offers more enhanced options, but for
those looking for an introduction to affiliate marketing I highly recommend starting out with the
free membership. Once you have made your account, you can login and literally start building
your own affiliate marketing website right away. As a free member, you will get website hosting
for up to 2 websites on a rubix.com sub domain (Premium members can have up to 50 websites
with their own domain names). So far, so good, but there are many platforms out there that give
you a free website in a sub domain, what makes Wealthy Affiliate different is the training you’ll get.
Click on the certification, or affiliate boot camp tabs and you will get step by step instruction on how to build an affiliate marketing website. Wealthy Affiliate uses
the popular WordPress platform as the basis for your website and it will be automatically integrated into any website you build. Don’t know how to use
WordPress? No problem, all that is included in the training. A quick word about the training, There are two training courses available, a certification course
and an affiliate boot camp course. Which one you choose depends on what your objective is. The certification course is designed for those who already have
a product or service that they want to promote. They have identified their “niche” and want to build a website around it.
The affiliate boot camp course is designed for those who may not know what they want to promote. With the affiliate
boot camp course, the product is included in the training and the training is specific to the product. Unless you have
already firmly decided on your niche, I recommend you build your first website using the affiliate boot camp training.
You can always build your second website according to your niche (remember, you get two free websites!). No matter
which training you decide on, your end result will be the same, by the end of the first lesson, you will have a fully
functioning website that is online! One more note on the training, as a free member, you will only have access to the
first courses in both the certification, and the affiliate boot camp training. All the additional training is reserved for the Premium members. Fair
enough, Wealthy Affiliate has shown you it’s basic process, given you two free websites, and shown you how to make money from them. All the Premium
member courses are designed to “fine tune” your website in order to maximize your profits.
KEYWORDS – Any successful website will make use of keywords. These are words and phrases that people
used to search for things on search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo etc..) Finding the right keywords for your website
is essential for getting traffic. At Wealthy Affiliate, all free memberships come with 30 free keyword searches per
month. Allowing you a better ranking in search engines and thus more traffic to your site.
Live Chat – In addition to the online training, free members also have access to the online chat feature at Wealthy Affiliate. Even the best online training can be
confusing, especially if you are new to the business. At Wealthy Affiliate, you are encouraged to ask questions in each training segment and the staff are extremely
helpful and very responsive to questions.
Personal Blog – This is a WordPress blog that is automatically incorporated into your website. This is where you will post
information, ratings and reviews of the various products and services you are affiliated with. In addition to information,
the blog allows for interaction between you and your audience. Engaging with your readers allows you to fine tune your
website according their needs.
Community – Probably the most helpful yet under-rated aspect of Wealthy Affiliate is the community.
There are thousands of like-minded people in the affiliate marketing industry. And guess what? They
were all new to affiliate marketing at some time. They all had help to get started, they all had questions,
they all asked for advice from time to time. And now they are paying it forward, through their experience,
advice and encouragement. If I had to pick one aspect of the Wealthy Affiliate program that would be the
most beneficial for the new affiliate marketer, it would be community. In my opinion, the collective wisdom
available is the most valuable thing on the site.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work: Membership Has it’s Benefits.
So what’s the difference between the free and the premium memberships at Wealthy Affiliate? Obviously they want you to become a premium member, as that’s
how they make money. And while there is never any pressure to become a premium member, (you can remain a free member indefinitely). Membership does
have it’s privileges.
Below is a comparison between the free version and premium membership.
Wealthy Affiliate is a smart, user-friendly platform for the beginner to intermediate affiliate marketer. If you are an experience affiliate marketer with a
website, blog, traffic etc. Wealthy Affiliate is NOT going to be worth your time and money. You would be better off investing in a good keyword tool like Jaaxy.
However, if you are new to affiliate marketing or are looking for online business ideas, I can highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate program. The training
offered is first-rate (although if you have experience building websites, you will find some information to be rudimentary). Having WordPress automatically
integrated into your website is very helpful especially for people with less technical experience. But the biggest advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate program is
your ability to build a fully functional affiliate marketing website completely free. This isn’t a “trial offer”, you can maintain this money making website without
ever paying for a membership at Wealthy Affiliate. Now, they are betting that once you see the power of their platform, you will become a premium member,
but that’s entirely up to you.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work: NEXT STEP.
“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. “Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’
Alice answers. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
-Lewis Carroll, – Alice in Wonderland-
Well, that’s the end of this post, and while I certainly didn’t get to all the products and features available at Wealthy Affiliate, I tried to hit the highlights. If you
agree or disagree with my review, I would love to hear from you. Also, if you have used Wealthy Affiliate I’d love to hear about your experience. In life, the
journey is more important than the destination. May your journey be meaningful.