My Wealthy Affiliate Review for 2018- It Just Gets Better All the Time
My journey with Website Building started in 2010 when I lost my job. I was looking for a way to make a living where I wasn’t beholding to an employer. A way that I could make a living on my own terms. When you are tied down to the whims of your employer, your life and livelihood can get ripped out from under you at a moments notice. It is devastating to have employment one minute and none the next.
I did find another job but I kept up my Wealthy Affiliate education in the background.
One thing is sure, life changes are inevitable. In today’s economy, it pays to have a backup plan. Something that will sustain you when life throws you a curveball. I found that Wealthy Affiliate provides that security for me.
The training at Wealthy Affiliate has given me the tools and education to make it on my own. Now I am able to generate enough income on my own without needing an employer.
I have seen many changes happen inside Wealthy Affiliate and on the Internet itself over the last 7 years that I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate.
It gets better every year.
- Wealthy Affiliate is constantly updating the services they provide. This keeps the training current and cutting edge. You won’t be wasting time with outdated techniques or bad practices that will get you nowhere.
- There are more success stories. You can benefit from their stories and find out what is working for others so that you can model your activities around what works.
- The community is active a helpful at all times of the day. With members in every country in the world, WA never sleeps. You can always find someone that is willing to help you in a timely manner.
- Weekly Live Training Seminars cover an amazing variety of topics that help you to succeed.
What is Wealthy Affiliate About
Wealthy Affiliate is primarily an Affiliate Marketing Training program. The goal of Wealthy Affiliate is to provide the training, in an organized and step by step manner, so that anyone (even a non-techy person) can learn to earn an income using Affiliate Marketing.
To top it all off, you are learning new skills. You will be able to create a website for your business and learn what it takes to rank any business. The training will give you marketable skills that you can add to your resume and are what employers need to help them get ahead.
Many members go on to start their own businesses helping small businesses in their local area with websites and Search Engine Optimization. If you have an established brick and mortar business, the tools and training found at Wealthy Affiliate can help you get more business in your door. It may even open up new possibilities for selling your products.
Along the way, you will learn to build a website, organize your site, attract visitors and ultimately earn income from your website.
What is Wealthy Affiliate Training
With the Premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate, you have full access to all of the training with WA. In fact, you have full access to all of the features that Wealthy Affiliate offers. The Free Starter Membership allows you to get to know the program and decide if you want full access to all of the features.
Initially, you will want to take part in the certification training at Wealthy Affiliate. This set of 5 Courses, each containing 10 lessons, will walk you through the basics. You will learn to choose your focus ( WA calls this your niche), build a website around your focus, learn how to reach your readers, and earn income while helping other’s to find what they need.
This is a place where you will learn how to build a business of your own and create the life of your dreams.
The first level of the Certification Course has 10 modules.
You can check these out for free!
This is a way that you can kick the tires at WA and see if this is something that works for you. You can get your feet wet with only your time as an investment.
The remaining courses in the Certification Course cover more advanced topics and are available to Premium members. To get the full benefit of the Wealthy Affiliate Platform, you will want to join the Premium Level.
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The formal training modules are just one part of the training available at Wealthy Affiliate. In addition to these training modules, members have created training to explain things in more detail. Many of these are available to Free members, all are available to Premium members.
How is the Wealthy Affiliate Community
The Wealthy Affiliate community is one of the best parts of this platform. Members share with other members advice, training, and stories of their successes and some of their problems. When you follow other members, you can view their postings from the notification window.
There is always a live chat active with other members that will provide help and counsel if you get stuck with something. Each member has a personal blog page (Here is my WA Blog) where they can share. Each training and post has an ongoing chat for questions and answers.
The membership is very active. Since WA has members in 195 countries and with 1.2 Million members, there is always someone available to help you with your site or provide assistance with whatever you need.
Currently, we have 3 new mentoring groups. Two are run by successful WA members the third is being run by one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate. Each has a group of hand-selected members that they will be helping to succeed. You don’t need to be in a mentoring group though. There is always someone that can answer any questions that you have.
Wealthy Affiliate Resources
Create Your Own Website
Wealthy Affiliate has tapped into the number one best selling website platform (WordPress) to create and optimize websites. An automated building process takes the installation process to a whole new level. You can have a website up and initialized in under a minute. Passwords are secure and saved where you can reach them to log in at any time.
Your website can be viewed on all devices. Not all of your visitors will be on a desktop, your site is always available to phones, tablets, and computers.
If you decide to leave Wealthy Affiliate, your website is portable and it belongs to you. Simply transfer it to another hosting service and you are good to go.
Website security is becoming more of a problem every day. Even Amazon was taken offline last year. Wealthy Affiliate has state of the art security behind their platform. Hackers are stopped in their tracks before they are able to penetrate your site.
A spam blocker is in the background as well. No need to have your site monitored and cleaned, the spam is handled at the server where it will never be a problem on your site. Web robots (bots) are not allowed access and the back office (password) attacks are filtered before they even occur.
WA is one of the safest platforms that you can choose.
Most hosting provides a security layer called https (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) for an additional charge. Wealthy Affiliate provides this free with your hosting package.
WA is a registrar and sells website URLs just like a plethora of the other hosting companies. However, with the WA Site Domains platform site security, WHOIS privacy protection, Instant set-up, and unlimited emails are all included in the price of a domain. Overall, you will pay significantly less when you purchase a domain through Wealthy Affiliate.
The hosting package at Wealthy Affiliate is the most powerful hosting that I have ever used. I have been a customer of Hostgator, GoDaddy and Bluehost over the years. Each of these other packages while they seemed good at the beginning of my time there, had serious problems in the long run. Support was horrible with some, others were just too darn expensive or provided a good price to start then upped the ante when it was time for renewal. Eventually, I abandoned all of the other hosting programs and moved all of my sites to WA hosting. I haven’t had a problem since.
The Wealthy Affiliate hosting package is fully managed both with automated checking for security and site speed and is also manually viewed to provide a human backup to the automation.
The managed sites include virus and malware protection, a site speed optimization feature and have a top-rated support that usually responds within minutes. I have actually had support tickets that were answered in under 1 minute with a full resolution to my problem within 5 minutes. It doesn’t get any better than that.
With my old hosting, first, you contacted them via the chat window. You would typically be walked through all of the basic troubleshooting even if you had told them what you had already done. The support team in the other hosting was clearly reading from a script. Often a follow-up phone call is necessary and even more often the support personnel are non-native English speakers who were difficult to understand on a good day.
Included with your membership to Wealthy Affiliate is a keyword tool called Jaaxy. Starter Members have access to a limited version of Jaaxy and every Premium member has full access to the Jaaxy keyword research platform and can track your Siterank for specific keywords. It is a huge benefit to be able to find and target specific keywords that are highly searched by your potential readers and are not highly competitive.
This means that you will reach the people that you are trying to reach. You aren’t writing for people that are lost in the weeds but the ones that are searching for your message.
Keyword research can be very powerful if done correctly. Using a tool that provides good data is key. Jaaxy is that tool.
Site Content Platform
Included with your membership is a place where you can create your own content in a centralized location. I have multiple sites. In the past, I have been using Google Docs to create my content. The Site Content Platform is a place where I can organize all of these into a coherent place.
Site Content provides:
- A distraction-free place to create.
- A way to add images free of copyright restrictions (over 100,000 images available for free).
- Posting directly to multiple websites.
- Grammar and spelling error checking.
- Duplicate content checking (plagiarism checking)
- A way to create personal templates to speed up content creation.
Overall, the Site Content Platform at WA helps me to be much more efficient and simplifies the process of content creation. After all, affiliate marketing starts with providing information to your website readers. The Site Content Platform makes this a pleasure.
When Craig first talked to me about giving Wealthy Affiliate a go, I was a bit skeptical. I’d been burnt in the past by shoddy groups in the form of eBay training courses, and I have to admit, I was afraid the same thing was going to happen again.
Thankfully, I decided to try out the free membership. Fast forward 5 years and I’m quickly approaching full-time income status thanks to the skills and relationships that I’ve gained from Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s a wonderful community of like-minded individuals. Day or night, there’s always someone around to bounce ideas off of and gain insights into how other people approach Internet marketing. From complete newcomers to seasoned veterans and everyone in between, the members of WA are more than happy to share their knowledge and opinions when asked.
I originally joined for the training, and I’m still there 5 years later for the ongoing support and camaraderie.
1.2 Million members/ 195 Countries Served
How much does Wealthy Affiliate Cost
If you have read to this point you should be congratulated! I’ve tried to give you an overview of what is available inside the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. This is a full-featured training and personal development course with all of the tools that you need to create an online business.
You might even have a physical store that can benefit from learning how to promote online. Wealthy Affiliate can definitely help you to create an online presence for your brick and mortar business.
The membership at Wealthy Affiliate is a bargain when you look at the resources that are available to you. The cost of just hosting at any one of the major hosting companies will run more than the price of Wealthy Affiliate.
If you look at many of the other training courses online, you will find price points that start at $1000 and often will climb to $10,000 or more to be part of their systems.
Wealthy Affiliate is a fraction of what these so-called gurus charge.
There is no charge for the Starter Membership.
You can use it for as long as you wish.
The Starter Membership is not a limited time offer.
$49/month or $359/year
Never any Additional Cost for the Membership
Try WA for Free
There are two levels of membership inside Wealthy Affiliate. The first level is called the Starter Membership. When you initially sign-up you will be a Starter member. Starter Membership is free. There is no charge to get started, kick the tires and see if you like what you see.
Starter members have limited access to the training but the first level is available so that you can get a feel for the training and see if it is for you.
Once you have your feet wet and have completed the first course you will want to join the Premium level. The Premium level of Wealthy Affiliate opens up all of the remaining training. This is the only additional level and costs $49/ month. Full access to everything Wealthy Affiliate provides is included.
Your only additional charge will be when you want to purchase a URL. These are only $14/ year and you can even purchase these with credits if you have built up a credit balance in WA.
If you decide to go to the Premium level within your first 10 days, you can get the first month of Premium for only $19. An annual membership is also available for $359/year, less than a dollar per day.
Starter Membership: Free access to the first training course, Starter Classroom and all of the non-premium training created in WA.
Premium Membership: $49/month – Access to all of the training and services available inside Wealthy Affiliate
I hope you will enjoy Wealthy Affiliate. I have created a full-time business from what I have learned here. I’m sure that you can too.