The buzz surrounding the Wealthy Affiliate University is much like any other supposed “make money online” program.
You can supposedly build a website, attain thousands of visitors, and tap into the nearly $3.4 billion in affiliate sales generated every year simply by following the program’s easy steps. The numerous Wealthy Affiliate reviews out their seem to be promoting much the same thing: easy money all done through one resource.
But is Wealthy Affiliate really worth all the hype? Can it really be as easy as following the program’s easy steps to start generating tens of thousands of dollars of income every month through affiliate sales?
These are key questions for anyone looking to make money through internet marketing. And answering them can be extremely overwhelming with all the supposed miracle (read: scam) products out there.
Having been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for close to seven years now, I feel like I’m in a pretty good position to provide my own in-depth Wealthy Affiliate review for anyone interested in the program. In this article, I’m going to drill down into every aspect of this program, both the good and the bad. I’m going to discuss what this program contains, how the revenue process works, and what works and doesn’t work within the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
And yes, you’re hearing it from me: this product is not 100% perfect.
By the end of this Wealthy Affiliate Review (current as of 2017), you should have a pretty good understanding of whether this is the right affiliate marketing program for you.
Generating Money Through Affiliate Marketing: The Backbone of Wealthy Affiliate’s Training
For anyone who knows how the affiliate marketing model works, you may want to skip this section. But for anyone new to internet marketing (or if you want a refresher with a small case study) then you may want to listen up.
The premise behind affiliate marketing is relatively simple.
- You build a website on a particular topic or product.
- You write content related to that topic.
- You provide a link to where the reader can buy the product.
- When the reader buys the product, you get a commission.
- The more people that read your content and buy the product you promote, the more money you can make.
So to give you a specific example, say you build a website about blenders.
On this website, you decide to promote the Vitamix Professional Series Blender. Right now this blender is selling for $672 on Amazon. It is a high end blender, so it’s quite expensive, but geared towards the high end market (which is exactly the kind of product you want to promote). According to Amazon’s commission structure, you get a 4.5% commission on this product. That equates to $30.24 for every sale you generate.
Now, every month people are searching for reviews on the Vitamix blender. To be exact, right now the phrase”Vitamix reviews” is generating about 2,900 searches per month in Google (not to mention all the other related keywords that are also generating thousands of searches per month, and Bing and Yahoo). This keyword has buyer’s intent. That means that people searching for this product are closer to buying it.
But let’s just focus on the one keyword “Vitamix reviews”.
Let’s say you eventually get your review onto the first page of Google for the search “Vitamix reviews” and a percentage of those 2900 searches are going to your page. If we were to make an estimate that 5% of those people (or 145 people) were to actually buy the Vitamix Blender through your affiliate links than 145 people times the $30.24 commission would equal $4,384.80 per month.
From ONE keyphrase.
That doesn’t include the money you could make from ranking with related phrases like Vitamix blender review, Vitamix blender, Vitamix Professional Series 750 review, and any number of other related keyphrases.
How do you multiply your earnings? Well you could write reviews on other high-end blenders. From that one website alone, you could be generating $10,000+ per month. The blender market may seem small, but it’s actually huge when you think of the number of google searches people do on blenders alone.
And once you’re done with that website, you just rinse and repeat with new websites and new products. The sky is the limit. You could have 10 or 20+ websites all generating affiliate commissions every month. There’s a reason why some of the top affiliates out there are making $20,000-$30,000 per month just from affiliate marketing. Some of the highest earners are making seven figures just through this very process.
How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?
Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform focused on helping you make money through affiliate marketing. It is owned by Kyle and Carson, two individuals who made a ton of money through affiliate marketing and have developed a platform to share their training and resources, and also connect people with other affiliates making money online.
Right from logging in, you will see just how comprehensive the training is.
If I were to focus in on the key features of the program, they would be as follows:
- Wealthy Affiliate Training Courses: actionable step-by-step courses from finding a niche to monetizing your website and generating income.
- Classrooms: Topic specific training that allow you to view tutorials, ask questions, and get help.
- Live Video Classes: Every Friday Wealthy Affiliate presents on a new affiliate marketing topic (hint: this is how you stay up-to-date on the latest ways of making money online).
- Site Rubix: You can host all your affiliate marketing websites through Wealthy Affiliate’s top notch hosting platform FOR FREE.
- Live Chat: Have a sudden question while you’re building your websites? Ask it in the Live Chat to get instant help from other members. Kyle and Carson also personally respond to questions when they are online.
- Affiliate Bootcamp: Exactly what it sounds like. Go through the bootcamp to take actionable steps towards building an affiliate website.
- Keyword Tool: Find low competition keywords to target for your website.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons more features in Wealthy Affiliate that add additional value to your membership there.
Sound like a lot of materials? Well it is. And that’s actually one of the drawbacks of Wealthy Affiliate.
There is literally so much information on the platform that you can easily get overwhelmed if you’re just starting out. I think Kyle and Carson could possibly have done a better job with initiating new members into the new platform: such as telling you exactly which training to take first.
But it’s also a difficult task for them, because people will be entering Wealthy Affiliate from a lot of different places. Some will be newbies whereas others will be intermediate to advances in affiliate marketing. There is useful information there for everyone, but when you first log-in to the platform, you can feel a bit overwhelmed.
However, if you sign-up for Wealthy Affiliate and find yourself overwhelmed, just send me a message and I will direct you to where you should go based on your skill level.
How Good Are Wealthy Affiliate’s Resources?
I have spent more money than I’d like to admit on online marketing products. When I was starting out, I spent money on the latest shiny object trying to make this whole affiliate marketing thing work. However, the only resource that has stood the test of time for me, is Wealthy Affiliate University. There is a reason why it has been around for so long, and has been linked to so many Wealthy Affiliate success stories.
Let’s go through a few of the resources on the platform to see how useful they actually are.
Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp
First of all, the Wealthy Affiliate bootcamp is probably one of the most comprehensive step-by-step resources to setting up an affiliate website I have ever seen. Here a snippet of what the bootcamp contains:
It will literally guide you through every step of the process of setting up a website: from finding keywords, to branding, to building an audience and (ultimately) making money.
In my opinion, this bootcamp alone is worth the price of the membership. If you follow the steps contained here exactly (and properly) you will have an affiliate website up and running and ready for affiliate sales. If you put in a bit more work and follow the additional strategies for marketing the website then you can be earning income within a few months. After 6 months to 1 year of work, if you stick with it, then you could have a serious money maker on your hands, from the bootcamp alone.
But there is so much more to Wealthy Affiliate worthy of mention.
Weekly Live Videos
Every Friday, an internet marketing expert by the name of Jay provides a live one hour webinar. In the webinar, he provides an in-depth look at one particular aspect of online marketing. These webinars are up-to-date with the latest information on getting your sites to your rank, and additional tips to earn even more money from affiliate marketing. Some of the topics that have been covered in the webinars include:
- Live Case Studies on how to build a niche website (from the initial build to the final monetization)
- Keyword Research in 2017
- Mobile Optimization of your websites (not as hard as it sounds)
- Powerful Youtube video ranking methods
- Growing an email list
- Increasing productivity in your online business
- Social Media Engagement for affiliate sales
- Re-targeting campaigns
- Facebook ads
And much more. There have got to be at least 200+ of these videos and more are added every Friday. If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest internet marketing knowledge and trends, this is the place to be.
However, this is also one of the downsides of the program, and it has to do with information overload. There is no organization to these videos within Wealthy Affiliate. You can visit the page where these videos reside but they are not grouped into categories or themes, and you have to scroll down the page to find a video that you want. Of course you could just search in the main toolbar if you’re interested in a specific topic. But having some organization to this section of Wealthy Affiliate would really help a lot.
Site Rubix Website Hosting
Of course if you’re serious about affiliate marketing, you’re going to need to have your own website. Traditionally this would require buying a domain name, purchasing web hosting, installing WordPress (the platform you would use for building your website), uploading a WordPress theme, and then developing your site (and lots of things in between).
One of the most powerful features in Wealthy Affiliate is the Site Rubix hosting platform. It is a streamlined hosting platform that basically allows you to set-up a website in less than 5 minutes. I’m not even joking. (This doesn’t include content of course, which you have to create yourself). It literally allows you to go from the initial domain name to a final WordPress website ready for your content all within the system.
However, this isn’t some B-grade web hosting platform either. Their webservers are super fast, they have constant security monitoring (to fend off hackers) and even have built in site audits to easily see how you can improve your website. As an added feature, they have free SSL certificates that you can integrate with your websites, to make your sites even more secure and give your sites a small bump in Google (Google favors sites that are more secure).
Not only will this save you money on hosting and security, Site Rubix is fast, powerful, and a premium web hosting platform in its own right.
Also FYI – this website, like many of my other websites, is currently being hosted on the Site Rubix platform and it has been AMAZING so far.
The Wealthy Affiliate Community
Probably the biggest asset to the Wealthy Affiliate platform is the community. I have yet to see any affiliate marketing resource even come close to the level of engagement, dedication, and help there is here. If you have a question, you can ask it in the live chat to get help right away from other affiliate marketers. Even the owners themselves, Kyle and Carson, drop by to provide personalized help when they are online.
Just the other day, someone was struggling with keyword research, and Kyle offered them personalized help on finding the right keywords to target for their niche. Where else can you find that level of support from an online marketing platform?
Some of the top affiliates at Wealthy Affiliate provide in-depth training on some of the strategies that they use currently to generate income online. Not only is this a testament to the community here, there are some serious nuggets of information you can get from others currently successful in internet marketing.
It is so refreshing to see an online community dedicated to your success.
However, this can also be a drawback. There is so much going on inside Wealthy Affiliate (which is great!), but it can also be a distraction from your own affiliate marketing campaigns. It is important to stay focused on what YOU need to do to generate money. Which means you should occasionally take a break from the online chat and focus specifically on building your websites, taking action, and ultimately generating income.
Other Wealthy Affiliate Reviews
One of the great things about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can see how average people (just like you and I) have eventually achieved incredible results through the platform’s training. I did a quick search through the numerous success posts and reviews on Wealthy Affiliate and was actually blown away by how much success there has been over the years. I’m not sure why I had never done this search before.
Here are just a SMALL sample of some of the Wealthy Affiliate reviews and success stories I came across:
These are all real people that have achieved great success through implementing Wealthy Affiliate’s training. If you go through their posts you will see they are just average people, who like most people, were newbies to internet marketing. They asked questions when they needed help, followed the materials, and dedicated themselves to achieving success. And eventually, all the work paid off for them because they stuck with it.
As you can see, some people are able to start making money within a month, others take a few months to a year to start making serious revenue. Often the difference is how focused you are with the training and how dedicated you are to taking action.
And the great thing is, many of these people posting success stories, are also the one’s offering training and help within Wealthy Affiliate so that you can learn from their strategies as well!
My Wealthy Affiliate Success Story
I was hesitant to include a section on this review about me blabbering on about how much success I have achieved from this program. Honestly, I hate seeing reviews that mostly consist of the $23,000 per month someone made through a particular program in just 2 months. Not only am I immediately skeptical of such claims, they can be easily faked. Even the supposed “screenshots” of someone’s Amazon account or cheque they’ve received can be easily photoshopped. I would rather a product review actually take an in-depth look at a program’s features, reviewing each aspect on its own merits rather than supposed “personal earnings” that one has achieved.
That being said, I understand that some of you need to hear about the money earned by other people, so I will include a little bit here about myself.
My online marketing journey began in 2010 when I was looking for ways to pay for university that didn’t involve working at some horrible coffee shop or boring retail store. I came across Wealthy Affiliate one day, but didn’t sign-up right away. I had limited money, was immediately skeptical of any “make money online” product, and honestly didn’t have much time.
But eventually I decided to sign-up just to see how it would work. I followed all the training, read as much as I could about affiliate marketing, and took a huge amount of action in the first few months. As I was a huge coffee drinker at the time, I chose to build a website about coffee where I would review coffee machines, espresso machines, and anything else related to coffee. My affiliate model was to link out to Amazon, where I would receive a small commission for any of the products I promoted.
After several months of taking action, I didn’t see any results. I was dejected and disappointed and began questioning whether Wealthy Affiliate even worked. But then one day I logged into my Amazon account and saw a small commission for $0.40 – I had apparently sold a very cheaper espresso machine cleaner.
While this may seem like a small sum at the time (could not even BUY a cup of coffee for that amount), it was everything to me. It meant that it was possible to make money online – it just required a bit more strategy, a bit more work, and a bit more time.
My Results Since Then
I went into affiliate marketing full swing after that and I’ve never looked back. I actually went on to sell that website 2 years later for $20,000 (I actually regret selling it now, as I could have built it up even more – coffee makers are a massive market!). In the meantime I built up an empire of about 10 websites all earning me affiliate money within two years. Not only was I making a full-time income online, I had more time to do the things I love, such as travel and play music (I’m a drummer btw 🙂 )
Needless to say, I am incredibly grateful to the Wealthy Affiliate community to the help they’ve given me over the years. It is a direct result of Wealthy Affiliate that I’m able to earn a great full-time income from home through affiliate websites where I am my own boss.
I say all these things not to brag, but to show you what is possible if you take action with Wealthy Affiliate’s training. It IS possible to see incredible results from Wealthy Affiliate, but you have to be willing to put time into learning the system, taking action, and avoiding other distractions and “shiny objects” in the process. If you’re looking to make huge money fast, this is not the system for you. But if you’re looking to make great money through making a long-term online business, than Wealthy Affiliate is quite possibly the best possible platform to achieve just that.
Pros and Cons
- Step-by-step courses that will help you go from building a website to generating affiliate sales.
- Scalable marketing solutions that can help you multiply your results and build an online affiliate marketing empire
- Cutting-edge live webinars that give you weekly updates on new internet marketing methods
- Unparalleled community dedicated to your success
- FREE 3 Step Website Hosting on secure and fast servers for 50 websites
- Live chat help for anytime you have a question
- Personal help from the owners Kyle and Carson
- Affiliate Marketing Bootcamp
- The most comprehensive online platform for creating a sustainable online business
- Free 1 month membership
- Can be overwhelming for new members due to all the resources available
- The Live Webinar section is not organized into categories or topics
- Easy to get distracted in the Live Chat
Conclusion: Will Wealthy Affiliate Training Help You Make Money?
Well that depends.
It really depends on your willingness to go through the training, take action on what you read, and STICK WITH IT.
But I’ve got news for you right off the bat. It’s not for everyone. It’s not a turnkey money solution (newsflash: those don’t exist). And it’s certainly not a program that will generate you thousands of dollars after only one month. Or even after 2 or 3 months.
This is about starting an online BUSINESS, not about getting involved with a fly-by-night “get rich quick” scheme. If you treat it as a business then the the sky is the limit in terms of what you can achieve.
So the next question you have to ask yourself is: is it worth it?
A monthly membership is $49 per month. That includes access to all the resources I have mentioned above including the free Site Rubix webhosting. You get access to thousands of resources, constantly updated content, a community to support you in every step of the process, and a cutting edge platform to kick off your online business.
In my opinion, $49 is a steal for all that you get. That’s basically a $1.60 cup of coffee (cheap, non-fancy) every day for a month. Even on the low-end of things if you pull in $1000 after a few months, you are still getting an insane return on your investment. The reality is, if you work hard for a year, you could easily achieve $4000-5000 or more per month and have a long-term passive income flow to spend more of your life doing the important things, whether it’s travelling, playing music, or looking after the kids at home.
The sooner you get started, the sooner you can be on your way to earning a great full-time income online. I’m just an average person and I did. There is no reason why you can’t too.
How To Get Wealthy Affiliate for FREE
So right now Wealthy Affiliate is offering free memberships to anyone interested in testing out the platform. It’s super easy to sign-up for a free account (takes less than 2 min) and you’ll be up and running in no time. You don’t even need a credit card.
With the free membership you get access to the following key features:
- Live help for 7 Days
- Hosting for 2 websites
- Beginner training course
- Affiliate Bootcamp (Phase 1 of 7)
- 1 on 1 coaching for 7 days
- Access to 2 training classrooms
- Video Walkthroughs
So if you’re still on the fence about this product, now is your chance to give it a try for FREE.