Theme imageWealthy Affiliate is a scam shield. For the beginner affiliate marketer, Wealthy Affiliate can be your teacher, your guide, your coach, and your protector. Having them at your side is much like having the perfect parent.

Like anyone in the business of helping people, unless they succeed in actually helping people they quickly disappear. The fact that Wealthy Affiliate is an organization that helps affiliate marketers from scratch, and is the biggest of its type in the world, speaks volumes about its effectiveness.

My aim here is to give an accurate and honest appraisal from an insider’s perspective and let you be the judge.

Hello from me:

During the clip, I say the words “one hundred percent discount”. This was a slipup I actually meant a $100 discount.

Wealthy Affiliate Review

Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate platform for affiliate marketers, and online business
Price: Premium$49 per month or $490 per year; or free – with limited access but no time limit.

At the end of this article, there is an appendix which lays out the details.

Owners: Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim
Overall Rank: 94 out of 100
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Kyle and kids

Wealthy Affiliate, Product Overview

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Wealthy Affiliate – WA – is a platform mostly for affiliate marketers. An affiliate marketer writes reviews and gives advice and directs people to goods and services that will be of assistance.

They provide assistance to people looking to train their dog, learn the piano, or find the best headlamp for camping, for example.

Essentially affiliates provide solutions and opinions based on research and experience.

WA provides affiliate marketers with a nice home from which to work. It is the largest affiliate platform in the world, yet it feels like a family.

If you joined you would be surrounded by successful people and a team that will potentially help you to build a  successful online business from scratch.

Since I became active almost 6 months ago I have encountered many similar programs to WA, and none of them come close to competing on price or effectiveness.

I guess I was extremely fortunate because before I joined Wealthy Affiliate I didn’t even know what a blog was, although I had heard the expression often enough.

As a former English language teacher and examiner, one of my jobs was to design assessment criteria. I’ve done the same thing with Wealthy Affiliate. The following provides insight into how I arrived at the overall rank I gave.


  • Price – 95/100
  • Training, niche ideas, and tools – 98/100
  • Business model and hidden costs – 90/100
  • Community, safe environment, success innovation – 98/100
  • Your Chances of Success – 90/100
  • Total 94/100 (Fair dinkum!)

$Price – 95/100

No other platform like Wealthy Affiliate allows people to stay on a free membership as ling as they like. this is because Kyle and Carson really do care about helping people.

Is it worth upgrading to premium?

Absolutely! It only took me 5 minutes to realize that.

Unfortunately, I got sidetracked for two years and didn’t do anything with it.

Boy, how I kick myself if ever I think about it, which I try not to do: what’s past is past. So there is one pitfall you’ve been forewarned about.

An aid to Donald Trump has a platform like this one. The first ten lessons were free. In the end, I had no website, (I already had several from WA) and it was going it cost me over $900 to continue.

Those ten lessons contained nothing much that was practical, it was mostly about mindset. Also, there was a constant sales pitch to buy stuff.

For a while, I was visiting both platforms but not anymore.

Another platform which sounded really, really, really exciting, dropped the bombshell after much “Hoo Hah“.


Forget about it!

Some Clickbank/Facebook model. No wonder he’s rolling in money! To me, it sounded too good to be true.

Training, niche, tools – 95/100

Training comes in the form of written text and video and is very practical and most impressive.

There is also a live webinar at the end of each week which is also excellent. There are laughs to be had, teaching from a very successful blogger, and you can ask questions throughout the lesson. The last webinar was on continuity of relevance – very important. There’s Jay below.

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Successful blogger Jay from Magistudios – live weekly webinar

Email Marketing

This month, for premium members only, there is a brilliant training course on Email Marketing on Jay’s weekly live webinars.

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Jay from Magistudios doing the first of a series of webinars on email marketing. Exciting stuff!

In that first lesson, Jay walked us through the way to go about setting up an email sequence. I imagine the course will run for another 4 weeks at least.

Jay’s platform Magistudios has an archive for premium members, so we can go back and watch the lessons as many times as we like.

For more details about Wealthy Affiliate head over to My Wealthy Affiliate Review, by clicking below.

Wealthy Affiliate Review What is free membership like at Wealthy Affiliate

The only downside is that most of the training was put together 15 years ago, so every now and then it is out of date.

There is, however, a team looking to rectify that at this moment, and you can always ask questions that are quickly answered.

People jump out of the woodwork to help – it improves their WA  rankings.

New members start at a ranking of something like 200,000, I’m currently ranked 67.

Niche ideas

Not a great deal of time is spent in this area. Mostly finding a good niche requires trial and error, its one of the more difficult things when you first start. Kyle – one of the owners – gives some good ideas about how to go about looking for one, but mostly it’s up to you.

At the moment I would stay away from health, everybody and their dog, at the moment, is online flogging all kinds of stuff.

Tools like Jaaxy

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The tools you get to use in WA are brilliant. You can;

  • Buy a domain at discounted prices: fourteen to fifteen dollars (Blue Host wanted much more than that)
  • Have WA build your website
  • Use Jaaxy  (above) and
    • Find out the number of competitors you’ll be up against – using the key phrase or keyword you have chosen
    • How many people are putting your keyword (usually a phrase or a question) into Google’s search engine
    • Your chance of getting high Google  rankings
  • Boost your rankings with a special feature unique to WA
  • Track the position of each article you write (like how far it is from the first page)

Business model and hidden costs – 90/100

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From a technical perspective, it’s brilliant. No overheads and there are billions of clicks out there waiting for you.

On the other hand, it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out, so it’s also a very popular business model.

WA is no place for the faint-hearted.

Hidden Costs

There are some.

There are many things you’ll be using that are free, but they all have a “Pro” version. Upgrading to “Pro” involves an extra cost, but it isn’t money wasted. You get a superior product that comes with a support service, but you have to pay for it.

Community – 98/100

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People call it a family. Only it’s not like a real family because there aren’t any fights. Not that I’ve noticed anyway.

It really feels good to be a part of it.

Safe Environment

No religion, no politics, no selling, no harassment, no abuse!

Success Innovation

Mostly this comes in the form of WA blogs (see below). You can pick up some very good ideas from this resource. A lot of it, however, is up to you.

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Chance of Success – 90/100

Some take longer than others, and not everyone succeeds, but in my opinion, 90% of those who didn’t make it, were either forced to stop for some reason, or just gave up (for whatever reason).

In the wider world, 80% of businesses fail within the first five years: because

  • They didn’t really work at it
  • They gave up when things got tough
  • They didn’t have the support they needed, or they didn’t reach out for help. (this should never be a problem at WA)

My father retired at the age of 48. He was an electrical engineer/chief engineer at North Mine in Broken Hill, Australia (opposite)

Several years later he started a pie shop from scratch. I worked with him. The first 12 months were very difficult, but after that, the business did well. It was called Larry’s Pie Cottage.

The business was sold after 5 years for the same amount it cost to set up; after providing employment for my brother and me, and scoring a Mercedes Benz for my father. It was in the tourist coastal town of Port Macquarie, NSW.

Money should never be a problem, if your membership lapses there is nothing to stop you operating as normal, even with the limited number of features available. You still have access to the training, for example.

Total – 94/100

It works!

I have begun to make money.

Success has been building steadily over the past four months (organic traffic to my websites).

Money has been coming in, the last two.

Conclusion: Is it for you?

This is not a “Get Rich Quick Scheme”, bit if you are prepared to commit at least a couple of hours per day, say six days a week to begin with then I would give it a shot.

Just stop watching television, it’s no good for you anyway and it certainly isn’t going to earn you any money.

If you try it out for free and still think it’s no good you can come back here and write me a nasty comment. I can take it.

Most start working much harder soon after they begin.

After all, it’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s exciting, has great potential to change your life forever, and it’s satisfying.

What is free membership like at Wealthy Affiliate

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After Word

I really hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like to participate by offering feedback or asking questions please do so in the comment section below.

Also below is a comparison of features and benefits between free membership and premium.

Thank you for reading.




Appendix: Free Membership vs Premium

There is a table of comparison via the button below.

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9 thoughts on “Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam or a scam shield?

  1. Garry, This is a really good review of the wealthy affiliate marketing system. You have done your readers a great service by breaking down all the different aspects and rating them accordingly.
    As a wealthy affiliate premium member myself, I applaud  the fact that you are ranked 77th because I realize how much time and effort it takes in your business to get to that high ranking. Wealthy affiliate is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme but I do believe you can make a significant income using this platform. If you are willing to treat it like a job and put in the required work.

    1. Thanks, Dave you sound like a nice fellow. I think the hardest thing in this business is standing out in the crowd.

      That’s a tough one.


  2. Hey there this is an amazing review you have got here. i am sure that the quality information in this post will be of great help to anyone who come across it. I love the way you break it down for us the readers.

    Wealthy affiliate is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme but I do believe you can make a significant income using this platform. If you are willing to treat it like a job and put in the required work. thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful and informative article with everyone. The main topic of this article is whether or not wealth affiliate scam. Wealthy Affiliate is a platform from which any business can be easily established by creating a website. From my actual experience, I have set up my own online business by designing my own website by joining Wealth Affiliate Platform and earning a certain amount of money per month.

    So I would say the Wealthy Affiliate Platform is a legitimate company. Those who want to start an online business anew should join this platform and expand their business.

  4. When I first started my journey of trying to make a living out of the comfort of my own home via the online world, I had never, in a million years thought that affiliate marketing was going to be my lifesaver along the way. When I first started in Wealthy Affiliate I had no idea what affiliate marketing was. I was so lost but within a week or less, I had already built my very first website. It took me some time to get the hang of it but I’m really happy I did and I am not going anywhere soon. WA is the only affiliate university I trust. 

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