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After six months of consistent effort and seeing the beginnings of success, I would have to say “not”. This my main website. Three months ago my Google ranking was over 100. Through search engine optimization (SEO) taught in Wealthy Affiliate training, my rank gradually climbed, Recently, I achieved an average Google search engine ranking of 10.6. Down from the one hundreds

The owners and trainers at Wealthy Affiliate do not make any wild claims that sound too good to be true but promise to teach you a way to build an online business that will last, and the financial outlay required is relatively small – around $500 yearly premium membership, or slightly more expensive if you pay by the month.




Free Membership

Furthermore, they have a free membership option (no credit card number required) that comes with enough training to get you well on the way; so if you think that affiliate marketing is something you’d like to look into, I recommend you take a look at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership

Do you want to earn $1,000 a day?

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It’s not so easy!

There are plenty of claims on YouTube of faster ways to success, and though I did not sign up for any of them there always seemed to be something false about them. In one instance the owner initially mentioned a joining fee of $999. I thought this was expensive but went for it anyway. It was something to do with ClickBank. When it came time to pay however he was asking for a heck of a lot more, 3 or 4 thousand dollars I think. That’s when I pulled out.

There was another fellow who was offering a free book on email marketing if I attended his live webinar until the end.

The webinar pretended to be live, but it definitely wasn’t, and after 4 hours, feeling very foolish, I gave up. I have no idea how long it would have gone on. He may have dropped some kind of amphetamine because he got louder and angrier insisting I just click on the button, limited places left, etc., blah blah blah.

I learned later that this organization’s fees are upwards of $10,000. They squeeze you for all you got.

Newbies in e-commerce

For the beginner affiliate marketer, Wealthy Affiliate can be your teacher, your guide, your coach, and your protector. Building a business like this can be a daunting challenge but you’ll never feel alone.

Like anyone in the business of helping people, unless they succeed in actually helping people the business quickly disappears. 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.

Wealthy Affiliate | Two features/benefits of joining

In this video, I give you a look inside Wealthy Affiliate.

I look at SEO training and the “Jaaxy” research tool.



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.

There is a new Premium Plus membership with many added features and training for around $83 US per month. There are discounts to be had for early upgrades.

At the end of this article, there is an appendix that 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, 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.

Affiliate marketers 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.


A complete newb

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 what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. 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
  • Accelerated progress – 90 /100
  • Total 94/100

$Price – 95/100

I became a premium member 3 years ago but got sidetracked for more than 2 years.

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

Earlier I came across a free affiliate marketing platform, a platform similar to this one. The were ten lessons, after which I still had no website, (I already had several from WA). To go further and it was going it cost me over $900.

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.

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

A few months ago, for premium members only, there was a brilliant training course, over 4 or 5 weeks, on Email Marketing on Jay’s weekly live webinars. The recordings are still available.

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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.

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.

New training material

Until recently the training material available was mostly 15 years old, but now all of the old stuff has been replaced. All those involved did an excellent job. It would have been a Herculean task.


There are always people available to answer questions quickly. People jump out of the woodwork with answers – it improves their WA  rankings. Answers that are incorrect are quickly corrected by someone else. There sure is a vibrant atmosphere.

 WA Rankings

New members start at a ranking of something like 300,000 if they are active. I’m told that WA has over one million members. I’m currently ranked around 150. At one stage I got below 50.

I have around 750 people following me.

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, it seems, 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)
  • WA will build your website in about 30 seconds; other sites take days (Blue Host)
  • The research tool Jaaxy allows you to
    • 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 for the article

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, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out, it’s also a very popular business model; so you will have plenty of opposition

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


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.


Accelerated progress – 90/100

You can,

  • Boost your Google SEO 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)



Does success come easily with all of these great features?

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There’s no crying in baseball!!!

Unfortunately no, otherwise everybody would be doing it.

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).

It’s just so easy to give up. Get a vision, and lock it in.

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, which has been a graveyard for many a small business that diddn’t survive the “off-seasons”.

Conclusion: Is it for you?

This is not a “Get Rich Quick Scheme”, but if you are prepared to commit at least a couple of hours per day, say 5 days a week, then I would give it a shot.

Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership

Just stop watching television, it lies to 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.

Hard Work

Many, myself included, 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


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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