A Wealthy Affiliate Review – LEGIT, SCAM or Total RIPOFF???
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Initial Details & Breakdown of the Company’s Information
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Alias(s): Wealthy Affiliate University; Niche Marketing Inc.
Main Website: www.WealthyAffiliate.com
Membership Type(s) & Price(s): $0 Starter Membership (get a free account & review it for yourself); -or- $47 Premium Membership (see details on Free vs. Premium Here); -or- $359 Annual Premium Membership (same full premium membership access as the $47 Premium Membership but with a 36% discount for paying annually rather than monthly).
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ranking: “B+”
Better Business Bureau Consumer Rating: “4.00 out of 5 Stars”
See more BBB Info at – www.bbb.org
Overall User Ranking: “97 out of 100”
Current Total of Subscribed Members (as of the date of this article): Well over 400,000+ members, and growing substantially on a daily basis
Who it’s for?: Newbie or Expert – For all who seek to learn how to build a successful online business from start to finish (step by step video training included).
A Gift For YOU – 3 SPECIAL BONUSES INCLUDED BELOW”: Be sure to read this article in its entirety to learn how to claim the Bonuses inside…
“Please Note: This website contains affiliate links. This means if you click on such a link and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. This helps me maintain this website and provide you with ongoing valuable information. Thank You for your support.”
Introduction to Wealthy Affiliate – What the Heck “IS” Wealthy Affiliate & What do they Claim to do for YOU?
I have had a unique experience with Wealthy Affiliate within the last 90 days because the for the ninety days I have been personally testing this system out with the full intention to let the world know whether this is an actual scam, or whether it’s truly legit, or even if it’s a Total RipOff!
Now as a person who has had absolutely ZERO previous experience with online affiliate marketing (of any kind) prior to 2015, I’m looking at this and judging Wealthy Affiliate from a “Newbie Standpoint” and basically just putting it to a full 90 day test to see what can actually be accomplished (or whether they completely Rip me Off)!
Before you say that I am “bias” in any sort of way (since I am a current annual premium member and had to join this program as a Premium Member so that I could put the full system to the test), please let me explain in full detail as to why my review of Wealthy Affiliate will serve to be of benefit you in trying to figure out if Wealthy Affiliate is legit or scam or rip off.
!!!! ATTENTION PLEASE !!!! – NEW UPDATES HAVE ARRIVED !!!! – AS OF FEBRUARY 16, 2016
(PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING ON TO THE REMAINDER OF THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE)
This review was originally published on January 4th, 2016 and I have continued to test the Wealthy Affiliate System and have NEW INFORMATION to add to this review which changes some of the Results that originally wrote about below.
Once you’ve finished reading this review in its entirety (the 90-Day Review) please scroll back up to this section and visit the following links to learn about my latest (120-Day Actual Results) via these following links to get a better understanding of what kind of results you one can achieve within their first 120 Days at Wealthy Affiliate as a Premium Member.
I will soon edit this article so that it is up to date (without the need for the links below), but for now, here are the links:
Read My Full Bio: “WHO is Jeremy David Wilson“
OK, Now On To The Rest of My Original “90-Day” Review…
I have personally been “scammed” many times over throughout my life while in search for something or some system that would help me improve my life, my career, my lifestyle and my overall financial well-being and due to being scammed so many times (and losing tens of thousands of dollars in the process over this lifetime hunt for success).
Because of this, I have personally developed a very, very sincere passion for helping other people, just like yourself, in finding legitimate income options (especially those of you who have been fired or denied employment or have suffered the loss of a business and cannot seem to find a job that pays well enough to replace the annual income you once knew and became accustomed to.
This is how and why FiredOrDenied.com was born… to help save others the heartache, the financial losses, and, even more importantly, the time and friendships lost. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I did, so please read this article in its entirety and learn from my mistakes before making those same errors in your own life.
I am probably one of Wealthy Affiliate’s biggest critics due to the reason I just described above. I know that the Wealthy Affiliate training program nor any other program, product or service on this planet is perfect, simply because life has taught me (the hard way) that nothing is perfect and nothing ever will be.
The good thing is that the owners of Wealthy Affiliate are fully aware of this fact also and will not be shy in telling you so (one honest quality about them that I truly admire and appreciate). They know that they are never going to be perfect, but it gives them something to strive for and work towards and they’re more than happy to listen to suggestions, input, and feedback at any time, even from newbie members like me.
They honestly know where they lack, where they are great, and what they do well and they desire nothing but success for all of their members that are willing to put forth their own efforts in building a new future for themselves by following their own (or even your own) passions of building a successful business online that could be far more profitable than any J.O.B. or brick and mortar business that you could ever aspire to have.
THIRD & LASTLY (but definitely not the least),
I really do care about what You think and I honestly care about helping people, especially when it comes to helping them avoid scams. Because of this, I sincerely invite you to leave your comments below this review if you have anything (anything at all, whether it be positive or negative) to say about Wealthy Affiliate. In other words, let us know about both the good and the bad about Wealthy Affiliate if you’ve had personal experience with them yourself.
I also invite you to leave any questions you might have in the comment box below as well and I promise you that I will reply back to your comments publicly, here on this page, with honest, clear and concise answers…even if those answers cause to shine a negative light on the Wealthy Affiliate program, it’s owners or it’s members. have tough skin and I want to prove the realness of this review but putting this out there. You comment, I respond, period.
Before I get into “what” the WA program is about, I want to outline the Good and the Bad of Wealthy Affiliate for you below.
Why Being a Wealthy Affiliate Member Makes Sense…or Not!
Chances are you are here and reading this review because you are interested in a few new things and eager to learn. Learning how to create a successful online business and then actually being able to do it and succeed at it are two different things.
The training program, the unprecedented support community and the platform of online tools that are made available to you at Wealthy Affiliate are going to allow you to do BOTH, regardless of your ethnicity, your background, your technical knowledge or your previous experiences (whether those experiences be successes or failures).
If you can spread peanut butter on a piece of toast and you have a laptop and an internet connection, then you can build a business within Wealthy Affiliate.
Here are some of the most common “good/positive things” that people love and have to say about WA:
- Getting Started Training (the process is completely SIMPLIFIED, easy to use and the step by step video training courses are extremely helpful!)
- Video training (recorded video training courses allows you to access them 24/7 without having to “schedule a webinar” type training…Webinars available too)
- Tutorial training
- Classroom training and Courses
- Live & Interactive Webinars / Webcast Trainings on specific topics
- 100,000’s of HELPFUL community members (Over 400,000 active members and counting….how can 400,000 people be wrong? This in itself says it all!)
- 13+ Full, Interactive Classrooms
- Live & Interactive 24/7/365 Help from the massive Support Community (even at 3:00 AM in the morning!)
- 2 Free, Beautifully Designed Websites (hundreds and thousands of gorgeous website templates and types to choose from)
- State of the Art Secure and Fast Hosting (Free hosting for the two free websites you get with the Free Membership)
- Access to Industry Experts, Internet Millionaires, Successful Online Entrepreneurs from around the world & even direct access to the founders of WA!)
- A very strict Spam-Free environment. (spamming is not tolerated at all)
- Completely FREE for those who want to Get Started and “try it before you buy it” (with absolutely no catches at all…the only one of it’s kind)!
The last one is a big one for me and probably is for most everyone else as well. Not only do you get access to all of this, you get to do so for no cost. This is the only program in the industry that does this and there is a good reason for it….YOU WILL LOVE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT WEALTHY AFFILIATE.
Here are the most common “Bad/negative” things that people say about Wealthy Affiliate:
- There is literally so much training, classes, courses, lessons, webinars, and webcasts that it could take a normal, working person a year or two to get through it all. Then once you have finished the courses, you realize that it would be beneficial to go back through them all again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything the first time around (which is highly likely). It’s almost like going back to college or university but without the high college tuition bills and without having to buy extra books every semester!
- The community is so generous, personable, welcoming and helpfully engaging that you will very quickly realize that you are getting so many messages from helpful folks that it becomes nearly impossible to reply back to each and every one of them.
So it is important to remember to create a level balance of knowing when you need to be completing your training, when you need to be working on building your website, when you need to be creating content for your site and when you need to be socially active within the community and spending time to reply back to people as well as be helpful to others yourself. It’s a fine line, so remember…balance is key!
Now I can tell you this, and that is, if you don’t love it there even the slightest bit or if you do NOT find it highly educational, you are more than welcome to come back here and leave me a nasty comment of any kind and at any time.
What Exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is actually more of a service and community of over 400,000+ like-minded individuals from all walks of life, and far less of a just another product.
The community of members and support staff at Wealthy Affiliate is literally second to none and something that they pride themselves in very much. If you are a big jerk or a spammer, you are not going to like it there simply because you will not be welcomed within the community, even the slightest bit, and your account may be terminated for that reason.
If you are truly desiring to earn money online, network with fellow entrepreneurs (many of them having already reached great levels of success and income), help others and receive lots of help in return, and you want to learn a ton of useful tips and “how to’s” from the 1,000’s of experts at WA, it will be your new home and like many others, you will get to the point where you just can’t wait to get home from your regular 9 to 5 job so that you can get back to WA to work on your building your passions all while receiving constant inspiration and motivation from the community as well.
One thing that you will find unique about Wealthy Affiliate is that Kyle and Carson, the co-founders, are very active within the community on a daily basis.
You will even find them in there (sometimes even way into the early morning) helping folks in getting their websites and campaigns up and running, as well as even helping folks in getting their businesses rolling in the right direction.
In any other business or service (and I’m sure you would agree with me on this point), it is highly unlikely that you would EVER get to directly contact the owners or the founders or even the top earners in any hierarchy. Would you agree? This fact, in and of itself, makes Wealthy Affiliate one of the most interactive online training platforms in the world today.
Here is a VIDEO “Sneak-Peek-Insider’s-View” revealing the Wealthy Affiliate Systems, Tools & Trainings:
Who is Wealthy Affiliate For?
Wealthy Affiliate specifically caters to all levels of salespeople, stay at home moms needing to find a way to make money from home while raising their children, marketers, self-starters, passion folks who desire a better life, the “unemployable” and entrepreneurs alike.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a brand new “newbie” (as others may call “green”) or someone that is already running a successful business (whether it be a brick and mortar business or an online business) and is searching for productive methods to scale their existing business to a whole new level. When you get access to the members area you are quickly going to be immersed in the community as well as the activity within the community and you will soon be meeting like-minded individuals of vast differences in both backgrounds and experiences…and chances are, you’ll even meet many people “just like YOU!”
If you were to boil it down to just one word in an effort of describing just “Who Wealthy Affiliate is For?”…that word would simply be, EVERYONE!
The members within WA you will encounter will have many various levels of expertise, of all different ages, and in nearly any country across the globe. It is also very responsive and completely optimized to work seamlessly on iPads (I, myself, frequently use Wealthy Affiliate from my iPad!) as well as smart mobile devices.
Access to the system is available to you anywhere and everywhere that you have a connection to the Internet, and with the internet and your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, you can be building your business, getting training, or getting help within Wealthy Affiliate at any time, day or night, twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week and 365 days per year.
Wealthy Affiliate Training & Tools
The Training is strategically comprehensive, very well organized, current and actively updated within the Wealthy Affiliate system. You will find training for andy and all levels of expertise, including training for even the most advanced marketer and/or website builder. The training is offered in following various formats:
- Live Weekly Training Classes (scheduled webinars)
- Question and Answer Periods (also included in the live webinar training sessions)
- Organized Classrooms (on specific topics…virtually any topic that you can imagine possible)
- Interactive Discussions (live 24/7 chat room, public messaging, private messaging, and more)
- Video Training
- Tutorial Training
- Task Based Courses (which help you get to the point where you can earn while you learn)
- Community Discussions
- Questions & Answers Post Threads
- And more!
Seems like a ton of material and activity, right? That’s because it is, without a doubt! There are over ONE THOUSAND (yes, you heard or read that right, over 1,000!) powerful and extensive training modules within Wealthy Affiliate. Essentially each and every Classroom reveals a different online business model that you could use to generate a full-time income with just your laptop and internet connection.
Need more Perks? Well, those that were just discussed are only just some of the perks to being a member of Wealthy Affiliate. You also get access to ALL of the online tools you will ever need in order to run your own successful business online…and all in one single place…one central location. A “Hub” for all your online business needs one might say.
The Tools & Services within Wealthy Affiliate will arm you with a robust “tool belt” (I’m relating that to my previous experience in Construction and in having to wear a tool belt for most jobs…lol) to accomplish all of your learning, education, research, writing of content, website development, how to build a website from scratch with no experience, hosting applications for your website, and as a whole…your own online all-inclusive business, whether you desire to promote your own products and services, or to be an affiliate marketer which is essentially promoting other people’s products and services and getting commissions for doing so every time you make a sale (if you’re not sure what “affiliate marketing” really means, then read the following article for a clear and concise definition: “What’s Affiliate Marketing and How Does It Work – Online Income Secrets Revealed!“).
Included in the members area (the WA Community) are the following:
- Keyword Brainstorm, Discovery Research Tool
- Keyword & Keyword Phrase Competition Research Tool
- WordPress Express (a 3-click, simple and nearly instantaneous website builder)
- Low Competition, Cherry Picked Keyword Lists along with How To Create High Ranking Keywords & Phrases
- State of the Art, Unlimited Cloud Hosting (for Premium Members)
- Access to over 2,400+ beautiful and very appealing website templates and themes
- Ability to add over 30,000+ “features” of many various varieties and functions to your website
- Rapid Writer, which they like to call “your content friend”
- And more!
Once you take a look inside Wealthy Affiliate, you will soon see that you do not have to worry about trying to find tools and services needed to run your business. Why? Because EVERYTHING is included all in one central location!
It truly is the only “all-inclusive” online business platform in existence today….and especially the only one that I have ever seen or experienced…unlike the multiple scams that I’ve fallen for and wasted tens of thousands of dollars on…you know, those that have “never-ending-up sales” which continually ask for more and more money and at much higher amounts each time? Yep…that’s what I’m talking about!
It Takes a Strong, Active and Well Organized Community to Create a Success Story (Literally)
Have you ever needed help with something or have you tried to find a “How-To” video or tutorial to assist you in figuring out the steps you need to take to fix something or build something and then ended up going to Google and searching for help?
How much time did it take you to find what you needed while searching on Google?I know how you feel. When it comes to making money online and trying to create a successful business, it is nice to know that you can get help when you need it…and get it in a timely fashion.
Did you even find what you were looking for or have you had an instance where you were searching for hours before you found a solution to your problem?
I know exactly how you feel. When it comes to making money online and trying to create a successful business, it is nice to know that you can get help when you need it, plus, get it in a timely fashion AND in one central location so that you don’t have to waste hours of your time searching for it all over the web.
That is precisely what you get at Wealthy Affiliate: a Live, 24/7 community and total support system all under one roof. You will find that there are many different types of support offered within Wealthy Affiliate…
- Live, 24/7/365 Chat
- Daily Interactive Discussions on every topic you can imagine
- Live Question & Answer periods
- Live Detailed Webinar Video Trainings
- Private 1-on-1 support with the founders, Kyle & Carson
- Private access to community experts (thousands of vested and successful online entrepreneurs at your fingertips)
- And more!
When you join Wealthy Affiliate, you are never alone at any time and you will never feel like you are in the “left in the dark” like you have probably experienced with almost every other service or community out there today.
To this day, there are still some people who find it hard to believe that me in the fact that the CEO and founder actually makes a daily effort in taking the time that’s necessary to help people out on a daily basis.
However, it is a reality and a proven fact that within Wealthy Affiliate, both of the co-founders are there to help people and are very active in the community all the time…heck, they are usually the first one to send folks a “welcome letter” when someone first signs up to WA! Kyle has over 10 years of experience in the online business realm and he has a lot of success tips to share and a whole lot of insight that will definitely help you in speeding up your path to success online.
What Sort of Work Will You Be Doing at Wealthy Affiliate?
One question that is asked quite frequently from folks looking into joining Wealthy Affiliate is: “what will I be doing to make money at Wealthy Affiliate?”. To answer this question for you ahead of time, there are actually many things that you can do to earn revenue online. In fact, there are hundreds of various ways which are taught within Wealthy Affiliate’s training platform. However, I want to simplify things for you the best as possible, so in a nutshell, here is how it works.
When you first join, you are given two simple options. You can either follow your passion, maybe you like coaching football, woodworking, landscaping, electronics, gardening, book clubs or whatever, you can actually choose that as your own direction. This then will be your starting point and the initial “Getting Started” training course is going to show you how you can take your passion and turn it into a full-time successful online business. Now if that doesn’t get you excited, what will?
On the other hand, iff you do not have a particular passion or a niche you would like to pursue, or if you want Wealthy Affiliate to help you in choosing one for you, then that is absolutely OK also. Wealthy Affiliate has what they call an “Affiliate Bootcamp that has a “predefined” and specified topic that you will be building a business from.
This training is a complete “A to Z” walk through course that essentially takes you by the hand and walks you through, step by step, starting at the bare bones minimum starting place (and there is no experience necessary at all) all the way to then end resulting in a complete online setup of a fully functional and lucrative business that is all your very own.
In fact, every single person that has gone through the Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp training and has completed each and every step and each and every task within each course and each lesson is now making money online! But don’t take my word for it, go ask the founders this question to get the answer straight from the horses mouth…and you will begin to understand the “very real” opportunity that sits in front of you.
Basically, you will be learning to figure out your passions and then create an online business centered around those passions. It all starts with a niche website, and it is going to end up with you earning and income in many various ways from that website.
How? …you might ask?
Well, it can be through promoting a variety of different affiliate programs, earning from ads that you place on your site and many other avenues (of which you’ll learn about once you join and you get to pick which income avenues you want to pursue).
If you need a more in-depth explanation of this process, then go to my “How To Build a Website for Free and with Step by Step Video Tutorials – Promote Your Passions Starting Today!” post.
One beautiful thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that it has only two membership price points (with No high-ticket upsells at all):
Zero (or $0.00) may seem too good to be true, but that statement is completely wrong, so I will explain why. When you join as a Free Starter Member, you are going to be granted instant access and 7 days of full Premium Member access (so you can test the waters before deciding to upgrade to premium) to Wealthy Affiliate’s full support community which includes full-access to live chat, over Five-Hundred (yes, that’s over “500”) training modules, plus 3 classrooms, instant access to networking and commenting, plus Two (2) free websites, free hosting for both of your free websites, access to the keyword tools, and much more.
You can do your best to prove me wrong on this fact (you will not be able too but if you want to waste your time trying, then go for it), however, there is NOT another paid product in the entire industry that can compete with Wealthy Affiliate’s FREE Starter membership, other than…
Wealthy Affiliate Premium. This is the “end all be all” complete, all-inclusive package if you are even remotely interested in creating a successful online business of any kind. Wealthy Affiliate was literally created to remove all of the other “stuff & fluff” you need to be concerned about during your day to day activities. What stuff and fluff am I talking about? For example, like the aggravating hosting fees, the irritating keyword tool fees, the costly website builder tool fees, the very pricey notion of having to pay for hired help, the endless and ever so time-consuming searches online for “how-to-tutorials” and answers to your questions, and also attempts at getting access to the correct training. All those things have completely vanished within Wealthy Affiliate Premium into a single, very low monthly subscription fee.
One thing that I can truly say is that once you have the Wealthy Affiliate Premium access at your disposal, you will never buy into another internet scam, or massively expensive online success course, or hyped up false promises from a “Guru” ever again. I sincerely mean this and I am dead serious! EVERYTHING you need will be within the Wealthy Affiliate Premium courses, including the 1-on-1 expert help from very real, living, breathing, caring and proven experts.
I promise you this, you will never get scammed again online if you are an active Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate, I can definitely assure you of that.
My Final Opinion + Special BONUS!
Join the Free Starter Membership today, it’s truly Free ($0.00 out of pocket and absolutely NO Credit Card needed).
If you find this to be wrong (and I guarantee that you won’t) …or if you don’t like it even one bit (but I’m sure you will) then you can come back here and yell at me at the top of your lungs by leaving me a super nasty comment if you see fit…seriously…I invite you to do so!
And if you haven’t caught this fact yet, it’s free! So nothing to loose!
Upon joining either one of the membership levels (Free or Premium), you will receive…
BONUS #1 – I will make sure that one of the owners/founders, being either Kyle or Carson, will personally get in touch with you within the first hour of you doing just two things, and those three simple things are:
- Signing Up
- Completing Your Personal Profile
- Uploading your photo
…No Joke! That’s all you have to do to get a personal introduction and direct communication to one of the Founders of WA…and it’s all Free, meaning you will not have to disclose any Credit Card info at all (unless, of course, you are super serious and want to dive straight into the Premium Membership to begin learning like the Pros)!
YOUR PROMISE TO ME – I want you to make me just one promise if you do join…and that promise being that you will fully set-up your account and complete your profile. It is simple and you will be walked through it, step-by-step upon joining WA no matter what membership level you choose to begin with. It’s as easy as pie! If you can put on a pair of socks, then you can do this for sure.
Can you make that promise to me? Very good, then…
Here is How to Claim All of Your Bonuses…
BONUS #2 – When you join your FREE Starter Account, I am going to offer you a second bonus if you do decide to become a PREMIUM member within the first seven (7) days which will include a fifty-nine percent (59%) discount.
BONUS #3 – Directly after you create (and complete) your profile and your new account setup at Wealthy Affiliate, I will have Kyle or Caron personally contact you on your profile with not only a “hello & welcome” message from them, but I will also send you a message myself containing some additional information about WA including:
- “how to get help from the founders themselves (either Carson, Kyle or both)”
- and also, how to claim your bonuses.
SURPRISE BONUS #4 – Once you’ve signed up, I’ll be sending you a direct message that will unveil a New surprise bonus for you that will drastically help you increase your success rate with your online business…so look for this message from me and be sure to read it in its entirety to learn how to claim this additional bonus as well.
Trust me, you are going to clearly see that this is some really AWESOME stuff (hint: it includes Kyle’s FULL ten (10) years of success, experience, and mentorship!).
Can you say, “Extremely Valuable”?
I mean, what if you had an experienced, ten-year (tenured) online business coach/veteran actually available to you that is willing to essentially take you by the hand and show you what to do and what not to do to help ensure your success? Do you think this would be useful to you? I think the answer to those questions is obvious.
You will never know what you have been missing all of these years until you step foot inside of Wealthy Affiliate. See you on the inside! 🙂
FINAL VERDICT = TOTALLY LEGIT!
Want to “have a say” and have people hear your voice…hear your opinions…whether they be GOOD or BAD about WA?
If so, and you would also like to leave your own personal review or experience of Wealthy Affiliate, or if you have any questions at all, please do leave them in the comment box below. Your feedback will be highly helpful, not only to me but to everyone that ever lands on this page…so please leave a comment and let your voice be heard!
I wish you much success and all the best! Remember, I’m here to help You anytime.
OH>>>> ……and Don’t Forget to go back to the TOP of this post to view the links about my most recent “120-DAY RESULTS!”
Your “Online Scam Prevention Guy,”
Jeremy David Wilson
Founder & Executive Director of FiredOrDenied.com