This is my Wealthy Affiliate Review – Great for all affiliates? article. I happen to think that it is great for most if not all affiliates. I explain why I am of this opinion in this article.
Wealthy Affiliate is now a community of over 2,000,000 members. Yes, that is not a typo, over 2 million members strong.
Looking back to when we started in 2005, I would have told you that you were crazy if you said that one day Wealthy Affiliate would be a community 2,000,000+ members strong.
Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate on January 7, 2020.
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that is designed for affiliates of all levels, including those thinking about it, those who are already highly experienced and those in between.
If you are into affiliate marketing in any way, becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate is a good strategic move as the platform at Wealthy Affiliate is designed to help you in your affiliate marketing. This consists of affiliate education, affiliate training, affiliate tools, affiliate products and affiliate services. These are all designed to help you to build your affiliate marketing online business.
They have a number of core affiliate marketing training courses that they have has been put together by a highly experienced affiliate marketer who is also a great teacher and communicator.
The core training courses follow a learn and do approach. First you learn about the affiliate marketing lesson concept. This could be online text or online video or a mixture of both.
Then you do some related tasks on your affiliate marketing business to implement that learning which is a good way to learn, practice and in time master practical affiliate marketing know-how.
Knowing stuff without doing stuff gets you … nowhere.
This is why it is in my opinion important to do this at your own pace and only proceed on when you have done the related tasks after the learning. And of course you would only do the related tasks if they make sense to you in the first place and your way of doing affiliate marketing. Just make sure that if you do this that you do include enough affiliate marketing strategies that will bring you success.
1. My Initial History with Wealthy Affiliate
I myself first came across Wealthy Affiliate when I read a review of Wealthy Affiliate. They are in the affiliate marketing training business and have interesting membership packages. I was interested.
A Platform Designed For Affiliate Marketers Of All Levels.
Whether you are just getting started, have some experience, or are an ultra-successful affiliate marketer, Wealthy Affiliate is made for you!
I was curious and took full advantage of their free trial. This includes access to 20 free online training lessons on affiliate marketing as already mentioned above.
I was willing to spend some time to see what this was all about. I decided to do the first free course and see how I found it. I did the first one and then decided to do the second one. Then I did the second one and then decided to do the third one. And so on.
I did each of these 20 free online training lessons and knew that I found something valuable for me. The first 10 lessons I did were the 10 lessons in phase 1 of their Online Entrepreneur Certification course. The next 10 lessons I did were the 10 lessons in phase 1 of their Affiliate Bootcamp course.
There is some overlap between the lessons in both courses, however I found that acted as a refresher and cemented what I learned earlier. So all good there.
Of course, I did not have to do both sets of courses. Choosing one set is also okay. I was doing these lessons using my free trial. This was before spending any of my own money. I was doing as much as I could using this free trial to determine for myself if this was something for me.
I found the information in these free lessons to be interesting and practical. Thank you Wealthy Affiliate for helping me start my affiliate marketing business … lol.
Using the online training material within Wealthy Affiliate saved me tons of time in learning about affiliate marketing concepts and principles.
Using the free trial they even let me build two websites using their managed WordPress hosting. Try getting that elsewhere.
2. Other online offers for “decent” webhosting
Other online offers I seen for “decent” webhosting involves you spending money before you can host your website.
Some of them will even lock you in for up to 3 years with you prepaying in advance for the full 3 years at a special introductory rate BEFORE you have even used their webhosting. What do you do if that webhosting does not meet your needs? Good luck getting your money back in that case.
With your Wealthy Affiliate free trial, you will be able to determine if the Wealthy Affiliate Secure WordPress Managed webhosting meets your needs. If not, it did not actually cost you your money to find out.
Back to my initial history with Wealthy Affiliate, I decided at that time to explore this further and took full advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate free trial.
I am thrilled to report that it was a great decision as it led to great outcomes for me.
Here you will find my Wealthy Affiliate – Overview section. This is a high level bird’s eye view of what Wealthy Affiliate is about. You will also find out about some of my early experiences of Wealthy Affiliate which you might want to copy.
I include a brief overview of their offerings. The most important in my view is their detailed core Affiliate Marketing education and training which is designed to give you a comprehensive practical know-how on a number of different affiliate marketing strategies that work developed by a highly experienced affiliate marketers who knows how to communicate this effectively.
Very often it is practical education and practical training that separates people. Often if you can learn how a successful person does something step-by-step, you can copy that process for yourself and become successful doing that activity. This is one way that Wealthy Affiliate help affiliate marketers.
This is followed by some of the things I like about Wealthy Affiliate. Then to be fair, I also include some of the things I do not like, which in my view are very minor. I then conclude with my closing conclusion.
3. Wealthy Affiliate – Overview
3.2 What is it?
A platform for affiliate marketers, designed for affiliate marketers of all levels – including those thinking about it, those who already highly experienced and those in between.
3.3 What do they offer?
Tools, products and services that affiliate marketers need to build their affiliate marketing businesses. This includes Education & Training, Websites & Hosting, Keyword Research Tool and Tools to Help Create Content.
3.4 Who is this ideal for?
Affiliate marketers of all levels – including those thinking about it, those who already highly experienced and those in between.
3.5 Is this recommended for you?
Probably yes as you are reading this and if you are an affiliate marketer at any level. I include affiliate marketers of all levels – including those thinking about it, those who already highly experienced and those in between.
4. My experiences of Wealthy Affiliate
I want to talk about Wealthy Affiliate, about some of my experiences with them and why if you are into affiliate marketing at any level, why it makes a lot of sense to become a member. They have a number of useful tools, products and services that help Affiliate Marketers to build their affiliate marketing business.
You can start on the free trial to see if it is something for you. This is what I did when I joined first. At that time I did not know if it would be a good fit for me or not. Taking full advantage of their free trial allowed me to explore their offerings in more detail, allowed me to get familiar with them and to see if it was a good fit for me. It turned out that for me, it was and is a good fit.
The great thing about their free trial is that this is not a limited time offer. You can actually stay on the free trial for as long as you like.
I saw a screenshot of a member been on the free trial for over 500 days before that person decided to upgrade to premium membership. That is over 16 months before that person decided to upgrade to premium membership.
Not like other offers out there where the first 7 days is free, then your credit card gets hit. You decide with Wealthy Affiliate when to upgrade to premium if you do.
When I started my trial, during the first few weeks I well and truly took advantage of the free training that I was given access to. This after long work days in my full time day job. I took advantage of a special first month premium discount membership offer for $19. I took advantage of that offer before the deadline. And paid my $19 for my first month of premium membership and before that month was over I had decided to go yearly.
This for a number of reasons, including the fact that I saw the value to me in the affiliate marketing education and training that they gave me access to. Truly excellent and outstanding. Once I decided before that first month of premium membership was over, I decided to pay for premium on a yearly basis as that makes a lot more sense that paying for it monthly. That was an informed decision based on my experiences with them during the free trial.
5. Wealthy Affiliate Offerings
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, what can you expect? Well, they have a range of tools, products and services that all affiliate marketers will find useful in helping them to build their affiliate marketing business. Below I mention a few of these tools, products and services:
5.1 The Education & Training
The Affiliate Marketing Education & Training provided is excellent, especially the materials in both of the core courses developed by one of the co-founders. He has a good communication style and uses a mixture of online video and text in his well-structured relevant training courses. These particular courses have also tasks that you do after learning. This means that as you go through his courses, assuming that you are doing the tasks, you are also doing tasks to build your affiliate marketing business. Other members also develop education and training in different aspects of affiliate marketing, a lot of which is pretty good.
My advice is simple, focus initially on the education & training provided in one or both of the two core courses developed by one of the co-founders first and do the associated tasks first before looking at other education and training resources within Wealthy Affiliate.
5.2 The Websites & Hosting
The Websites & Hosting provided is excellent. They provide a secure managed WordPress based hosting solution. Using WordPress means that the websites you develop can be moved to other WordPress hosting solutions. This is an additional comfort thing should it become necessary.
The last thing you want to do is to develop websites and be “forced” to stay within a limited web host’s solution because it is difficult to move that one hosting provider to another because of incompatibles.
They have an easy to use website builder and provide video based step-by-step training that shows how to build a website in less than a minute on their platform. This website is then available on the internet when that process is complete. Pretty impressive. Of course, once the website is built, you do need to add your content. 🙂
My advice is simple: Open up your free trial and create one or two free websites using this. Of course, there are more premium functions & features available to premium members however you get quite a lot of functions & features on the free trial.
5.3 The Keyword Research Tool
The Keyword Research Tool provided is excellent. As an affiliate marketer, the content you create on your website is going to determine how successful you are. You create content, people read it, people take you up on your recommendations. For example, buy something using your affiliate link.
It is no good creating good quality content if no one reads it. So an important activity is to do keyword research. You want to determine good keywords to use so that over time, the search engines find your content and include your articles in search engine results. A percentage will click through to read that article and a percentage of them will buy from your affiliate links in that article.
My advice is simple. Spend time going through the training on this so that you understand these concepts very well. This may save you a lot of time later on in your affiliate marketing business.
5.4 Tools to help create content
The Tools to Help Create Content are excellent. They have a tool which is designed to help you to write content in an effective and efficient manner. You can design your own templates and then use these templates as you create content. This is a brilliant time-saver.
Of course, you do this writing after doing your research. I find that I can create content very effectively and with efficiency using this tool. I am also able to get images from a library of over 1,000,000 images for my posts. Thank goodness, there is a search function to look for suitable images. I also find images from other suitable sources that Wealthy Affiliate have educated me about over the last while.
My advice is simple. Spent time using these tools and see for yourself how effective and efficient they are for you.
5.4.1 2020 Update
At this stage I usually use the WordPress Editor to create my content. I am more comfortable doing it that way. I use the Wealthy Affiliate Content Creator Tool to find suitable images. I also use another online free service to create images after doing some related training in Wealthy Affiliate – a benefit of premium membership of Wealthy Affiliate. Nearby is an example of an image I have created.
6. Wealthy Affiliate Pros – What I like
6.1 The affiliate marketing education and training
The affiliate marketing education and training is excellent. Here I am talking about the training provided by one of the co-founders. He presents the material in different ways which usually involves reading some of his content, viewing an online video presentation where that topic is discussed in more detail. Each lesson usually includes some action steps for you to do, based on the material he has just shown you. By using a learn and do approach, your practical know-how increases.
Free Trial members have access to the first 10 lessons of both of these courses. After doing the lessons you have access to, you will have real-world practical affiliate marketing knowledge.
6.2 The secure managed WordPress hosting
The secure managed WordPress hosting is excellent.
A free trial starter member gets one website with their starter membership. This is a fully functional WordPress website, that can be used in any legal moral niche and it is hosted on Wealthy Affiliate’s state of the art Managed WordPress hosting platform.
The Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership includes 10 websites hosted on Wealthy Affiliate’s state of the art Managed WordPress hosting, and includes full 24/7/365 hosting support.
I have been using this state of the art Managed WordPress hosting since early 2015 and now host all of my websites here. Every time I opened a hosting support related ticket with them, they have responded in a timely prompt manner, usually with the ticket resolved at that point. I now take this support for granted. All other online businesses do not operate in this manner which is a real shame.
This state of the art Managed WordPress hosting associated with my Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership allows me to grow my affiliate marketing online business without worrying about web hosting or the costs associated with web hosting because it is already included in my premium membership deal.
6.3 The keyword research tool
The keyword research tool is excellent. Trial members can do 30 searches a month. Premium members can do unlimited searches a month. This allows members to do keyword research looking at the average number of searches per month, the number of competitors and a keyword quality indicator along with other great information.
This is not an exact science and the figures are not exact. This is a keyword tool used to help you to determine a good keyword to use. A keyword may be a phrase. I explain the figures in this example:
- AVG: This figure is the average number of visitors that used this keyword every month for the last 12 months.
- TRAFFIC: This figure is the average number of visitors that you could expect if you managed to get your post using this targeted keyword on the first page of 10 results. This is an estimate figure.
- QSR: This figure (QSR stands for Quoted Search Results) is the number of competing websites that use this keyword. Depending on your approach, you might want this to be less than 50, or less then 100, or less than 150, or less than 200. This can depend on how established your website is.
- KQI: This figure (KQI stands for Keyword Quality Indicator) – This is either “great” (green), “OK” (orange) or “poor” (red). If this is not “great” (green) I usually don’t bother with it.
There is little point in targeting a keyword phrase that has a lot of competitors because the search engines are not likely to send traffic your way. If you target a keyword phrase with little competition the search engines are likely to some traffic your way. If the search engines see that the traffic they send you stays on your website, they conclude your content is good and give you some “search engine juice”.
7. Wealthy Affiliate Cons – What I do not like
There are some things about Wealthy Affiliate that I do not like.
7.1 Off topic material
Off topic material is within the vast amount of material available. There is some material developed by Wealthy Affiliate Members that is way off topic in my opinion. By off topic I mean that the subject matter that they discuss is not affiliate marketing related nor is it business related nor is it self-improvement related. To each their own, I suppose. 🙂
7.2 The Wealthy Affiliate search function needs improvement
The search function within the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard need to be improved so that it is easier to find exactly what you are looking for. They need to include more than the first ten entries in the different categories, like the way that the Google search engine lets you continue looking really deep into something, like the search term I used in the following image. Each page in this case displayed 10 entries:
If this was a relevant search term in Wealthy Affiliate, I would only have got the first ten entries in the list, whereas in this case with Google, I am on page 22 and each page contents 10 entries, so I could have explored the two hundred and 10 earlier entries in this list before I came to this page (making 220 entries by the time I get to the last entry on page 22).
7.3 Members internal ranking system
This is distracting and takes away from the core activities of what you are supposed to be doing in my opinion. Depending on how active you are interacting with other members and answering their questions, and how you actually use the services and tools within the platform, you get ranked.
This is just an internal ranking system which has no bearing outside of the platform. There is also no direct financial gain from having a good number. In this case the lower the better.
Some members do get side-tracked with this internal rank.
My advice is simple, don’t get side-tracked by this number.
8. My Rating of the Wealthy Affiliate Free Trial
- Features: 10/10
- Quality: 10/10
- Value: 10/10
- Overall Rating: 10/10
*** The free trial is not time limited. The free trial contains a lot of affiliate marketing education and training, along with Secure WordPress Managed Webhosting, tools and services to help affiliates.
9. Wealthy Affiliate Review: My Conclusion
As you can see, Wealthy Affiliate offers a lot for its price point if you are into affiliate marketing. It caters for affiliate marketers of all levels, including those thinking about it and those who already highly experienced and those in between.
I find it very helpful that a lot of the affiliate marketing services and products I need to grow my affiliate marketing business I can find inside of Wealthy Affiliate.
The affiliate marketing education and training that they provide is exceptional. If you know little or nothing about affiliate marketing, doing the 10 lessons in phase one of the Online Entrepreneur Certification training and also doing the 10 lessons in phase one of the Affiliate Bootcamp training, will put you way ahead of many other affiliate marketers.
Highly experienced affiliate marketers are sure in my opinion to learn something new that they may be in a position to use straight away in their affiliate marketing business.
This includes access to the FREE Step-by-Step “starter” affiliate marketing training which includes:
- 10 lessons in phase 1 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification covers Getting Started.
- 10 lessons in phase 1 of the Affiliate Bootcamp training covers Getting Your Business Rolling.
Note that you can stay as long as you like on the FREE Step-by-Step “starter” account.