Hey! I hope you’re feeling GOOD today.
In this post I’ll be sharing with you a Wealthy Affiliate Review. I’ve been a member/student there for 30 days now and to give you a little bit of a prelude, couldn’t be happier with it.
Here is one of their banners… This is how you know it’s going to be a good program.. When their banner has a COUCH in it!
Wealthy Affiliate Summary
Wealthy Affiliate is a community/education platform designed to teach beginner affiliate marketers how to get started with their online business.
It’s sort of a cross between reddit, Facebook, and an online University.
The community is tightly knit and doesn’t appreciate spam (reddit), the interface is easy to use and navigate (Facebook), and there is a training section for watching lectures and reading relevant online marketing material (online courses).
I already had my website up and running before I joined Wealthy Affiliate, but if you were to start completely from scratch, their courses would be able to get you set up from beginning to end while showing you ways to build content and make money.
Here is my scoring summary (with explanations for each metric further down):
- Initial Impression: 10/10
- Content: 10/10
- Delivery: 8/10
- Community: 10/10
- Price: 9/10 (Free = 10/10)
Total overall score: 9.4/10
Wealthy Affiliate Review
Here’s how I found it.
About 5 days into starting my first website I went to an internet marketing MeetUp where I met a guy named Dean who was cool enough to share a little bit of his time and tell me his affiliate marketing story.
He said that while he was in college the year prior he signed up for a program where they teach you how to do affiliate marketing.
After about 7 months, he hadn’t made any money with his site but then, he made his first sale. Over the next 5 months he was able to generate a few thousand dollars in commissions. Not a bad start as far as I’m concerned.
I’m pretty sure he graduated from college but hasn’t needed to get a “real” job. How cool is that!?
The obvious question I had for him was, “Where did you learn to do that?”
He casually mentioned that he had signed up for an education system called Wealthy Affiliate.
There was something about the casual nature in which he mentioned it that prompted me to write it down. When I feel like someone is selling me BS, I typically avoid them and this didn’t feel like that at all.
A few days later while I was sitting on my couch writing a blog post, reformatting my website, and trying to learn more about affiliate marketing, I remembered his recommendation so I went to check it out.
Free 7-day Trial
The Wealthy Affiliate homepage looks like the sign up page for any social platform you’ve ever been to.
It was a relief that there was no sales pitch video on the homepage and I went ahead and tried the Free 7-day Trial.
Honestly it’s hard for me to turn down anything FREE that has the potential to make my life better.
Initial Impression: 10/10
Once you sign up you are given the first course to complete within the first 7 days.
I was actually pretty surprised with the information that they were giving away for free. The course teaches you how to create your first website, generate content ideas, and narrow down a “niche.”
A niche just answers the question, what is this website going to be about?
Not only did I find the content helpful, but I enjoyed the rawness in which Kyle, one of the two founders, presented the information.
Once again it wasn’t perfect and didn’t come off as sales-y. It’s straight to the point with no BS and it’s completely transparent.
One thing I think they could improve is the WAY they present the material. It doesn’t need to get so amped up that it becomes sales-y, but every once in awhile the video presentations can get a bit dry.
The presentations might be a little more engaging if you could see the person talking. They are done in a voice-over format.
Within the first 7 days of being a free member you’ll probably be blown away by the support at your fingertips. The community is very engaging and will answer any questions you have including reviewing your web pages and giving you feedback.
In my first 7 days I met one girl, Madelaine, that gave me like a small essay worth of feedback JUST on my About Me page! It was great. Ask and you shall receive.
The only issue with communication during the first 7 days is that you aren’t able to send PM’s so the conversations are public which if you don’t mind, is fine. I still keep in touch with her.
Once your 7-day free trial is up, it’s time to decide whether or not you’d like to become a premium member.
At the end of this post there is a diagram that illustrates all the differences between free/starter and premium membership.
First Month of Premium at $19
The main benefits of the premium membership include more training, personal messaging, and increased support.
Need comments on your new blog post, there’s a thread for that. Need to amplify your followers on social media, there’s a thread for that too!
After The $19 Starter Month
After your premium starter month you’ll once again need to decide what kind of membership you’d like to pursue. You’ll have three options:
- $0 – Discontinue your premium membership and go back to the free edition
- $29/mon – $349 paid upfront yearly ($349 / 12 = $29)
- $50/mon – Month to month
I personally went for the $349 paid upfront and here’s why.
Currently I’m pursuing an online MBA through the University of South Dakota.
I feel like I’ve learned more practical knowledge in my first month with Wealthy Affiliate than I did my entire semester taking a financial management course online..
ONE COLLEGE COURSE vs. ENTIRE YEAR OF WEALTHY AFFILIATE
- College course = $1,600
- Wealthy Affiliate for the year = $349
In summary, you can get an entire year’s worth of online business training, coaching, and business networking for 22% of the price of ONE college course.
Firstly, I want to say that you may not need this training. If you’ve already got a great grasp on how everything works, that’s awesome! You still might learn something with the 7-day trial but in no way do I think this program is for everybody.
If you do think that some help and education might take you further than you think you can go by yourself, than I recommend going for the $349 yearly membership.
In my opinion, a year is a long enough time to see if it benefits you.
What you want to try to avoid is not taking the chance to make your business better if you have the choice. It’s much better to try it out and KNOW if did or didn’t help you, than to look back in a year wonder, “where could I potentially be if I had invested in some training?”
If you have any questions and/or found this review helpful please drop me a comment below. I’d like to hear what you decide to do!
Also I have a dedicated page with links that show the MANY ways you can use Wealthy affiliate to reach your goals.
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