Wealthy Affiliate Review- Share your creativity with the world!
Product: Wealthy Affiliate Membership
Where to buy: Wealthyaffiliate.com
Includes: 7 day free trial, first month @ $19, active community, help from owners/successful partners
Wealthy Affiliate Review
About 7 months ago, I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, besides write. But I had no idea where or how to start that, let alone make an income doing so. I figured I needed to have piles of journals and short stories written, and to have already been out on my own and living for x number of years. Living at home, having completed half of my first two years of college, I felt stuck, overwhelmed by the pressure to make a decision and have the next few years of my life planned out. I knew that writing books take years of work, which while I have started, will not do any good for financial stress until they are finished. After a month of looking all over the web for ways to earn a living, I found Wealthy Affiliate.
Another get rich, internet marketing scam? Not a chance.
Before stumbling upon Wealthy Affiliate, I spent about a month following several different internet “gurus” as they like to call themselves, and even filling out surveys for tiny amounts of cash. The other programs offered success in a few days, or their videos and webinars took me in circles, asking for email addresses and hundreds or even thousands of dollars up front. When I tried to message these programs, there was no response. Many did not offer free trials, and I started to genuinely doubt the stories of those who have made millions, or even a part time income through internet marketing.
Through trial and error, lots of worry, contemplation, and frustration, I went on a hunch and gave the free trial a try.
As soon as I signed up, I was messaged by one of the owners, Kyle, (Carson is the other) telling me about how he gets unlimited traffic using keywords. I immediately started the program and went through the first few lessons. I had trouble coming up with a site name, or how to incorporate my interests into a profitable site, and in those first seven days, my computer’s hard drive crashed. Here I was, excited to start what is now a huge part of my life, ( and the first tab in my bookmarks) and my computer ceases to work (granted it was going on 8 years). So I decided to use my free time in between classes to use the school computers to keep going. I messaged Kyle, telling him what had happened, and he extended my free trial for another 7 days. From this moment on I was hooked.
When this happened, I felt an immediate sense of trust. With that came the idea for my blog.
Once I upgraded my account to premium for the year($341 vs $558 if paying one month at a time) I started what has been one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had, let alone in front of a computer screen. You might think that $300-500 is a lot, but compared to the price of ONE college class or textbook, this is much more valuable. Wealthy Affiliate is set up similar to that of many social media sites, with an active community, a series of notifications, messages, search bar and your rank on the header, a live chat on the right side, and training, tools, and lessons on the left side. As I started to follow complete strangers all up and down the rank ladder (rank changes based on how active you are on WA), I started meeting many, many interesting people. I have made a few friends, and everyone within the community is helpful and kind. Every time I follow new members, most, if not all leave a comment on my profile thanking me for the follow, and wishing me best of luck. It really is a genuine and caring place.
The training is thought out, easy to follow, updated regularly, and broken down into manageable portions.
There are 5 courses, each cut into ten sections. Each section has 3-4 tasks, which usually has a video, a few instructions pertaining to outside sources that will help your site, (such as Google Analytics, Adsense, Amazon or other affiliate programs, plugins, etc.) and normally the task of writing an article. Wealthy affiliate focus’ around finding a niche that you love, and building a full income site around it using affiliate links. WA emphasizes on writing quality content around the products or services you are promoting. Too many times have people been scammed over the internet for various reasons. Sometimes this is the proficient skills of a hacker, but more often than not it is through lack of careful research by the one being scammed. With Wealthy Affiliate, creating a face for your site is the main goal in training.
Wealthy Affiliate uses WordPress, which is used by over 70 million people.
With one of the biggest website builders in the game, and partnered with Siterubix, a Wealthy Affiliate membership grants you with 25 free domain names and 25 owned domains (for a small fee). Members are given access to thousands of themes, plugins, help from hundreds of thousands of veterans as well as new members, access to keyword tools, an affiliate program for referring WA, and rewards when milestones are met. If a member refers 300 people to WA, they get a trip to Las Vegas at the annual conference. 3,000 referrals and you get a ride in a Bentley for the duration of the trip.
The biggest aspect of WA (and my favorite) is the SiteComments feature. With this, you are able to give and receive comments on your website, showing search engines your legitimacy and gaining followers in the mean time. The part that I love about this feature is that for you have to give a comment on 2 different sites to receive one comment. This way, you are always giving more than receiving, meaning that helping others becomes your main concern.
Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim have created an enormously generous as well as profitable website, which focuses’ on helping you express your loves through your own site. Their interactive, kind community, multi-faceted website building platform and wealth of knowledge really has given me great faith in pursuing my dreams, and helping me do just that. If you are interested in showing the world your passions, making a full-time living doing so, and meeting many awesome people, I suggest giving Wealthy Affiliate a try. 7 months into it and I know in my core that it is the smartest decision I have made to express my creativity as well as generate a stable income.