Wealthy Affiliate University Review (2018)
PRODUCT NAME: Wealthy Affiliate
Overall Ranking: 9/10
Price: FREE starter membership, PREMIUM member $19 for first month, then $49 per month afterwards.
Owners: Kyle & Carson
INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS WEALTHY AFFILIATE ALL ABOUT?
There are many people online and offline who have asked me what is the best way to start an online business. As I have been doing this for quite some time now, I know and believe that there is one main platform online that has everything you need to learn how to build a business online.
Wealthy Affiliate is an online community for internet marketers where members get to discuss and discover the latest best practices and trends necessary for achieving a sustainable business. Have all the tools needed to turn your passion or interest into a thriving, revenue producing business, built around a simple website.
Building a successful online business takes TIME & EFFORT, but unlike a boring 9-5 job, Wealthy Affiliate helps you automate almost every process of the way to ensure you’re still making income every minute of the day.
If you have read up this point, it means that you are serious about this. And I want you to be. This could change your life!
WHO IS WEALTHY AFFILIATE FOR?
Wealthy Affiliate is for anyone looking to generate an extra stream of income using a tried and tested model. Whether as a beginner or expert, there’s a package to fit into everyone’s need. Most of their services are ‘done-for-you’ and so you don’t have to know any form of coding whatsoever to be set up for success right off the bat.
VIBRANT ONLINE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The moment you log into the Wealthy Affiliate website, you’re introduced to a neat dashboard which provides you with the latest top 10 posts, quick access to Training materials, your websites, research and more. Members can also communicate with other WA members through live Chat, blogs & discussion.
STARTER vs PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
Wealthy Affiliate has two membership plans- starter and Premium. Definitely, they both vary in the features offered and I’ve got them compared below:
What Is Included with The STARTER Membership
- COST = FREE
- GREAT For: – Those new to internet marketing
- Live Help (first 7 days)
- 2 Websites
- Website Backup
- Beginner Training Course
- Affiliate Program (Earn While You Learn)
- 1 on 1 Coaching for the first 7 days
While it is possible to remain a free member with the starter membership and earn commissions in the process, the starter membership is really aimed for people who are completely new to Internet Marketing and want to try it out to see if it’s for them.
With the starter membership you can slowly be introduced to Wealthy Affiliate to see if the platform is for you, and if you want to make a real good go of it, then I strongly recommended upgrading to Premium.
What Is Included with The PREMIUM Membership
- COST $19 for the first month (if you take advantage of the discount during the first 7 days of joining) then $49 per month
- NEW 6 Months subscription option at $39 per month
- GREAT for:- Those who are serious about becoming successful in this business
- UNLIMITED live help
- 50 websites
- Beginner Training Course
- LIVE Video Classes (Weekly)
- 12 Training Classrooms
- Affiliate Program (Earn While You Learn)
- Private access to the owners
- Website Support
- 1 on 1 Coaching (Unlimited)
Wealthy Affiliate Is Constantly Evolving
If you are ready to earn, then Premium is the way to go. With the Premium plan, you’re given access to tools needed to earn a FULL-TIME income from your business. This is truly the best time to be involved in the affiliate marketing business, there are many new exciting features around the corner here at Wealthy Affiliate, and only a Premium Member can take full advantage of this. See below a recent snippet from the owner, Kyle:-
So, there you have it, these are exciting times for WA Premium members, and if you want to be a part of this, then take advantage today!
The biggest and most important feature in the WA platform is the training section. Wealthy Affiliate prides itself of the quality of the training provided, and when you follow the training section from start to finish and take action on what you have learned, you can expect to start earning money.
To access the Training section, simply click on ‘Training’. You will be then presented with the available courses and classrooms.
Online Entrepreneur Certification (5 Courses & 50 Lessons)
This course is intended for those who wish to build a website around a passion or interest, in other words if you want to earn an income within your own niche.
The Online Entrepreneur Certification course will take guide you step by step from deciding your niche, building your amazing profit ready website, and then learning how you can attract tons of traffic to your site. This is where the magic happens because Traffic = REVENUE $$$
As you continue your journey through this course, you will learn that you promote your niche from various well-known revenue sources, such as:-
- WA (Wealthy Affiliate)
Affiliate Bootcamp (7 Courses & 70 Lessons)
The Affiliate Bootcamp is a course designed for those who wish to promote WA and earn commission in the process – earn whilst you learn!
Again, a lot of the elements in this course are also found in the Entrepreneur Certification course but this course is best followed after you have completed the Entrepreneur Certification course.
IT IS VITAL THAT YOU COMPLETE EITHER OF THESE COURSES FROM START TO FINISH!
Both the Entrepreneur Certification and the Bootcamp courses are designed to be followed in a sequence. Skipping any sections would only mean you’ll have a lot more to catch up on.
Once you have successfully followed either or both of these courses from start to finish in the correct order then should be in a position to understand affiliate marketing more as a whole which will also make you quicker at producing content rich, traffic producing websites, thus earning revenue.
OTHER TRAINING RESOURCES – TRAINING HQ
Under the Training menu you will also find the Training HQ section. In here you will find:
- Various classroom training produced by members of WA
You can also filter the training content by category, i.e
- Writing Content
- Ranking in Google
- Creating Images
TRAINING – MY CONCLUSION
The training provided by WA is cutting-edge and pioneers a lot of trends in the Affiliate marketing community. Both courses are often updated as the Wealthy Affiliate evolves and they’re designed in an easy-to-follow step by step style which makes it fun and allows you to go through them at YOUR own pace.
As mentioned earlier in this article, it is VITAL that you follow any Training from start to finish, only then will you find more likelihood to run a successful business.
In this section this is where you can access the following: –
- Site Manager
- Site Builder
- Site Domains
- Site Content
- Site Feedback
- Site Comments
- Site Email
- Site Support
Here in Site Manager, this is the main place you would go to access your website once it has been built via ‘Site Builder’.
You can login to your website, view any comments & feedback that have been made, and also access the Details section.
Within this section you will find your login username & password for your website and also for the FTP service. With every site you host within WA, you will have access to SitePlus+
SitePlus+ is a cool feature exclusive to WA Premium Members, you can improve your SiteSpeed, enable SiteSSL (HTTPS) – this is website encryption which is the same technology that banks and other big organizations use to protect their site from hackers etc. SiteProtect is also included, this blocks SPAM.
You can also view your site speed statistics for various pages on your site too.
This is where the magic happens. This is where you can build your website.
You can either: –
- Build a website using a free domain (mysite.siterubix.com)
- or a domain you already own (mydomain.com)
- Register a new Domain
While it is possible to build a successful revenue, ready website using a free.siterubix.com domain, it’s always recommended to use your own domain. Within WA, you can search for and register your Domain under one roof. There is no need to register your domain with any other host. This is what makes the Wealthy Affiliate platform unique and sets it apart from everyone else.
Site Domains is where you view all of your domains you have registered at WA.
In here you will have access to your hosting settings, domain contact & privacy. Re-direct, name servers, transfer domain and also FTP Access.
- Transfer Domains into WA
You can also transfer any existing Domains that you have hosted elsewhere into WA, thus taking advantage of the benefits that go with hosting your Domain within WA. As with all hosting, this process can take a few days to complete. It’s also possible to point other Domains that are hosted elsewhere to WA, by updating your existing Domains DNS with the following name servers: ns1.mywahosting.com & ns2.mywahosting.com .
This will allow you to host your website in WA but not your actual Domain, as this will remain with your original host. A good example as when you would do this is if you have a domain extension that is currently not supported with WA Hosting, such as a .co.uk or .org.uk for example.
This means you can still enjoy the full benefit of hosting your website with WA. As always, there is no shortage of support here in WA, if you need any help with the above, fellow members are always on hand to help, there are tons of articles that fellow members have written about transferring Domains etc, and also Site Support offer an excellent prompt service too.
Site Feedback is a great tool where you can REQUEST feedback on your own website(s) and also OFFER feedback on fellow WA member websites(s).
When you request feedback, other WA members can select your site, leave you comments about your site and they earn credits in the process, and vise-versa. When you Offer Feedback, you will also earn credits. It’s important that when you do offer feedback you include as much detail as possible, as the person whose website you are writing about can decline your comments.
Site Comments differ from Site Feedback, because Site Comments are actually comments that visitors or in this case fellow WA members add to an existing page or post on your website.
Again, credits can be earned and any comments can be declined. Site Comments is great because any comments that are approved and added to your site, these are also ranked in Google, thus increasing your audience reach.
Site Content is a great way to keep yourself motivated when writing your articles.
You can set:-
- Template Goals
- Word Count Goals
- Published Articles Goals
Within Site Content, you will have access to several pre-made page templates, designed to help you speed up the website building process. All of these templates are a requirement for EVERY site you build.
- Affiliate Disclosure
- About Me
- Keyword rich content page
See an example of the Affiliate Disclosure below. All you need to do is replace YOURWEBSITE.com with your own URL or Website Address and click Publish. When you publish a post or page. Site Content links directly with WordPress and publishes your site. You do not have to use Site Content, you can just write your content directly into WordPress, but it’s recommended that you do use Site Content, as it keeps you focused, you can set goals and keep your content organized.
Any content you add can be formatted, you can add h1, h2 & h3 tags, Bold, Italic, Underline etc. You can also check and auto correct your grammar & spelling.
THOUSANDS OF FREE TO USE IMAGES AT YOUR DISPOSAL!
Another great feature of Site Content, is that you either import your own images from your computer or search the vast database of images from the Internet to use. All of these images are not copyrighted, which means they are free to use, and you don’t need to search through Google, thus avoiding any copyright infringements.
See below example screenshot of me searching for a robotic lawn mower:
I can then choose my image and insert it into my content:
And….Boom! There it is! Brilliant!
Every great Platform must include great support – and Wealthy Affiliate is no exception. Every member including myself, at some point will have requested help via Site Support.
You may need help on various things, like being unable to access your website, speed issues. plug ins etc.
When you ask for help in Site Support, you are automatically offered post suggestions, based on your question:
If you cannot see a possible suggested solution, click the X and finish typing your query. Then click ‘Ask Question’. Site Support is available 24/7 and typically it only takes a few minutes to get a response – amazing!
There is no other Internet Marketing Platform anywhere else online, that includes so much for your buck. Welcome to Live Events. Live Events is only available to Premium Members and are broadcast live at the end of every week, usually on a Saturday. Topics covered, are of course related to the WA Platform & Internet Marketing in general. Topics can range from how to rank content effectively, improving your reach to your audience and many, many more.
If you miss a live event – Don’t worry!
You can even search for past events, and there is a neat calendar view so you can see what days these run at a glance.
Every single Webinar is recorded, which means you can access them at any time from within the Live Events section. Any future events you can subscribe for, and near the time of the event commencing, you will receive an email reminder – great huh?
WHO RUNS THE LIVE EVENTS?
Almost every Live Event is run by a lovely Canadian guy called Jay, He is the Training Chief at Wealthy Affiliate.
When you join a live webinar, you can access the live chat interface and send messages to Jay, normally after the Webinar has completed when he asks for any questions. Jay is very knowledgeable in all things related to Internet Marketing and will happily answer any questions you have. You can also link directly to Jay within the WA platform here.
The all new research section is where you go to research your niche, from keywords, Available Affiliate Programs, Niche Keyword Lists etc.
All the above features are part of the Jaaxy system, which is the main system used by WA members to search for keywords and general other niche research. Initially, WA members only have access to Jaaxy Lite, so if you want to take full advantage of Jaaxy you will need upgrade to the Pro version. However, Jaaxy Lite is perfect if you are just starting out.
To find out more about what Jaxxy has to offer, you can read more about it here
When you are in desperate need for help, or if you just want to chat and / or help others, then head over to Live Chat.
Live Chat is great for just hanging out discussing all things Internet Marketing related, and in true pay-it-forward fashion, helping other WA members. We are all at different abilities and there is always someone who is more knowledgeable in specific areas. The owners Kyle & Carson regularly chime in from time to time to help out as well.
The Help Centre is where you can go to access all sections of help including:-
- Site Support
- Live Chat
- Ask a Question
- Private Message
Most of these I have already covered earlier in this article.
CONCLUSION & VERDICT
Well there you have it – I hope you have enjoyed reading through my review as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I know there are many Scams online – but Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a scam and is 100% legit. There are no upsells – once you go Premium you will have access to everything that the program has to offer.
To see how much WA has evolved, check out my old review here.
I would be very grateful if you could leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts, and feel free to contact me from within WA should you need any help or if you have any questions.
Here are what some successful members are saying about Wealthy Affiliate: