Wealthy Affiliate Review – Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work

Internet Marketing Training:
Kyle & Carson
Price:
$49/month - $359/year

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On April 20, 2018
Last modified:July 2, 2018

Summary:

Wealthy Affiliate is the #1 in Internet Marketing Training and provider of related services. I can recommend WA 100%.

 

Wealthy Affiliate Earned My All-Time Highest Rating of 98 Points Out Of 100

And Continues To Be My #1 FREE Recommendation.

 

Hi, I am John, and I am a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member for almost 5 years now. Before getting down to the ‘nitty gritty’ and the long overdue update of my Wealthy Affiliate Review, let me briefly tell you why joining Wealthy Affiliate was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In the early 2000’s, when the Internet was still called World Wide Web’, high speed modems at 2400 baud cost you a whopping $500, Amazon had NOT turned a single cent profit yet, and owning a flip phone made you a snob, making money online was something not many people even considered possible.

I bought my first PC in 1998, mainly for job related work, but also to play chess online with real people. It wasn’t until 2009 when ‘surfing the net’ became a daily routine, and blog posts about “how to make money online” piqued my interest.

You may call me ‘dumber than a box‘, but I prefer saying that it was my naivitè that made me foolishly believe that offers like Google Sniper, Success With Anthony and Empower Network would actually make my dream come true, start my own business and kiss the 9-to-5 rat race goodbye.

Make a long and sad story short…my stupidity cost me roughly $15,000 in 3 short years, and I still had not reached my goal(s). Giving up was not an option, but I’ve learnt my lessons:

These ‘Made For You, Out-Of-The-Box, One Fits All Systems, that Will Make You Rich Over Night, Even While You Sleep’, do NOT work. The only folks making money from them are the scheisters who make and sell them.

However, giving up was not an option, and the desire to have my own Online Business was greater than ever. I kept on searching the Internet, reading a lot of Internet Marketing related blogs and reviews, and couldn’t fail to notice numerous Wealthy affiliate Reviews in general, but the offer of a FREE Starter Membership in particular.

I took them up on their offer and became a Starter Member; it didn’t cost me a penny, and I didn’t even have to provide a credit card. This gave me enough time to find out exactly what WA is, but more importantly, the opportunity to start my online business without having to invest any money.

 

What Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate ReviewKyle & Carson, college buddies in Vancouver, Canada, were pretty successful running Pay Per Click campaigns with small niche websites. In fact, they were so successful that other affiliate marketers would offer them money for a list of the keywords they used to promote their offers. This gave them the idea to create a membership site and publish a weekly keyword list for their members. And with that, Wealthy Affiliate was born.

Their site became an instant hit among aspiring PPCers, and more members signed up every month. The keyword lists worked, the members loved the service, and requests for additional help started to come in. Members asked for…

  • Help with building their websites
  • A member forum where they can communicate
  • Training on building online businesses (besides PPC campaigns)
  • Support/Help in dealing with Hosting Companies
  • Keyword Tool(s)
  • and even personal coaching

…and Kyle & Carson listened. Of course, it didn’t happen over night, but today Wealthy Affiliate is the largest and most successful Online Learning Center and membership community for Affiliate Marketers and Internet Entrepreneurs.

Over the past 12 years many updates and additions kept Wealthy Affiliate up-to-date in the fastest growing and changing industry. More than 1,3 million members walked through WA doors, while 25 Employees make sure that the site runs smoothly, and remains THE place for affiliate marketers to create and grow their  online businesses.

Wealthy Affiliate is going to teach you how to create and grow your online businesses in any niche of your choice, even if you are a total newbie without any knowledge.

Here is the basic concept…

 

how to build an online business

 

…as it worked 13 years ago and still works the same way.

It is actually straight forward, and as you start, you will get all the training for these 4 steps, and any necessary components in between, including all the tools, services, and coaching that you need to build a business in ANY niche using this exact process.

It is 100% up to you which direction you want to go, and the fact that there are actually over 500 million products or services you can promote gives you the incredible opportunity to become your own boss AND earn a livable  income from the comfort of your home.

Wealthy Affiliate has come a long way, indeed. 13 years ago their members got a weekly list with the hottest keywords to run their PPC campaigns on Google, today Wealthy Affiliate offers a full service that includes…

  • Training and Education
  • Website Platform
  • Free Website Hosting for Premium Members (total of 50 sites)
  • Sophisticated Content Creator
  • Jaaxy Keyword and Niche Website Research Tool
  • 24/7/365 Support

I gave you a quick run-down how WA came about, how it evolved, and what you can expect as member. Now let me give you a detailed review of all the segments of Wealthy Affiliate.

 

Come on in and take a look…It is 100% FREE…You have nothing to lose!

Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership

 

 

Wealthy Affiliate Training & Education:

As a Wealthy Affiliate member you will get all the training you need to build a successful and sustainable online business in ANY niche of your liking. The training is extensive and, of course, there is a certain degree of hard work involved, as the Wealthy Affiliate concept is NOT a ‘get rich quick scheme’.

Having said that, here is the break down of the Wealthy Affiliate Curricula.

Wealthy Affiliate Certification

This is the basic course that practically EVERY WA member has taken, total Newbies as well as somewhat advanced newcomers. It consists of 5 levels, each with 10 lessons. The format of the course is ‘over-the-shoulder-video, text, and a live ‘discussion thread’, moderated by experienced WA members.

The course curricula is ‘Niche Neutral’ and covers ALL aspects of Affiliate Marketing. This includes the understanding of the industry, how to build a website, the importance of keywords and the use of the built-in keyword tool, creating quality content, applying SEO techniques, using social media to generate FREE traffic, and most importantly, ‘making money‘.

The best way to learn is to actually perform the task that is being taught. Although you are sitting by yourself in front of your computer, you are never alone. The live forum thread that comes with each course module lets you find answers to any questions you may have.

 

 

Wealthy Affiliate Training

Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp

The Bootcamp course was created for members that wish to promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn commissions for every new member. This course consists of 7 levels, each with 10 lessons, and covers every aspect of the Certification course.

However, the Bootcamp contains specific materials unique to the ‘Make Money Online Niche’ and the requirements to promote Wealthy Affiliate. For example, 2 levels have been added that are specific to PPC campaigns to drive PAID traffic to your site, in contrast to organic traffic from searches.

Let me make very clear that promoting Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a requirement and that it is the member’s decision if they want to do so.

And understand also that members taking the Bootcamp lessons are NOT required to promote Wealthy Affiliate. but still receive the commission for their referrals.

 

seven levels-10 lessons each

Weekly Live Webinars

Every Friday evening, rain or shine, you are invited to a live WABINAR, conducted by Jay, who joined Wealthy Affiliate some 11 years ago. Jay will cover EVERY, and I will repeat that, EVERY aspect of Affiliate Marketing and the related topics.

Conversation on Conversion Optimization, Finding Keyword Opportunities in Google Search, 10 Success Tips from Jay’s 10 Years at WA, Evergreen Strategies to Rank YouTube Videos, Let’s SEO an Article LIVE!, Adding your HTTPS to Google Webmaster Tools…are just some of the videos waiting for you to watch.

Wealthy Affiliate Premium members have access to a library of over 350 recordings of live Wabinars.

 

Live webinar recordings

My favorites are LIVE Niche Case Studies in which Jay shows step-by-step how to build a niche website to promote a particular product. Jay looks at everything he buys as a potential money making niche product. For example, he is a football fan and bought a few FOOTBALL SNACK HELMETS from Amazon.

He did some research, found that the domain ‘footballsnackhelmets.com’ is available, bought the domain and scheduled a live case study for his weekly wabinars. His site ranks in the No. 1 spot on page one, and he earns about $800 every single months (more during the NFL season).

 

website ranks No. 1 on page one

 

The second ranked website belongs to a ‘sneaky’ Wealthy Affiliate member using one of the FREE domains and copied Jay’s idea 100%. We are not supposed to do that, of course, but it is difficult to enforce. However, this proves that the FREE siteRubix websites DO WORK.

 

Training Created By Wealthy Affiliate Members

Don’t you agree that there is a lot of training available? But I have news for you. Hidden somewhere is another source of easily available training you can access.

On every page within the Wealthy Affiliate Membership site is a SEARCH BOX. Take a look at the image…

 

 

This search bar helps you to find members, but also information not listed at the regular menu tabs. Early January 2017,  just released from the hospital and recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, I completely missed the whole ‘Google mess’ of adding the “Not secure icon” to the URL bar of http – sites, and I needed to switch my sites from http to https.

When I finally got to it, I simply typed https in the WA search bar and it gave me several training sources that enabled me to catch up on that task.

Performing simply searches within Wealthy Affiliate will deliver solutions to many questions, and leads you to video or text training added by WA members.

 

Come on in and take a look…It is 100% FREE…You have nothing to lose!

Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership

 

 

The Wealthy Affiliate Community:

wealthy affiliate reviewI am certain you know the frustration when you are in need of support right now and, after you’ve sent off a request, you receive these ‘Thank you, blablabla…and one of our reps will be with you within 24 hours‘ reply. This is especially frustrating when it’s late at night, or on a weekend, and you you cannot continue with whatever you were doing.

Here at Wealthy Affiliate with more than 1 million active members, you will be able to shout out in the middle of the night and be assured to receive a response in less than an hour. I’ve been there, done that…believe me.

You see, they have this unique ‘follow system’ that lets you know whenever someone ‘liked’ your answer to a question and decides to be your friend. Of course, you ‘follow back’ and this then will trigger an email message if you call out for help, or vise-versa.

It’s not like on Facebook, for example. People here are there for a reason…being successful. And they are willing to GIVE the help they do expect when they are in need.

Website Platform & Hosting

Websites are the foundation for your online business, and it is of utmost importance that you have a platform that is stable AND able to handle the fast changing technology. I am not going to bore you with a lot of technical mambo jambo, but point out just a few important details you need to look for.

  • Starter Members (FREE and for as long as you wish) get FREE Hosting for 2 websites with xxx.siterubix.com sub domains
  • Free website hosting for Premium Members – 25 of their OWN DOMAINS and 25 siterubix sub domains
  • FREE SSL (HTTPS) 256-bit Encryption***
  • FREE SiteProtect (Spam Blocker). WA SiteProtect happens at the server level and blocks ALL automated comment spam before it even hits your site.
  • Website Tech Support: Guaranteed response time of less than 6 minutes 24/7 (including on weekends

I need to point out that Wealthy Affiliate hosting will automatically back-up your site every 24 hours. No matter what the reason, in case there is a problem with your site, or you suffer data loss, the back-up point will be no further back than 24 hrs.

***Cost for SSL at GoDaddy is $55 per year/per website

 

 

wealthy affiliate site rubix

 

What Tools Are Provided By Wealthy Affiliate?

Your online business will require you to do certain tasks on a regular basis. The main tasks are…

  • building websites
  • niche and keyword research
  • creating content

You will need tools to perform your work, and Wealthy Affiliate will provide these tools free of charge. I don’t want to waste your time with a bunch of technical jargon about the AUTOMATED WEBSITE BUILDER or the Wealthy Affiliate SITE CONTENT Platform, but don’t want to miss pointing out some details about a tool that is 100% essential for Efficient Keyword & Niche Research…

 

Jaaxy Keyword and Niche Website Research Tool

Getting your content ranked high in Google and the other search engines is of utmost importance, and in order to achieve this goal, you need access to a keyword tool that enables you to effectively find low competition, high traffic keywords for your content.

Jaaxy is a powerful research platform that offers you a large subset of tools which will help you to out perform your competition. Jaaxy is, in my opinion, the most efficient keyword tool available.

 

Wealthy affiliate review

 

You will not be able to find a keyword tool of this magnitude free of charge. I’ve found some that come close, as far as performance is concerned, but all of these will come at a significant cost.

 

How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?

Starter Membership: 100% FREE – no time limit

You can join Wealthy Affiliate at ZERO cost (they won’t even know your credit card details). Starter members will be able to take the 10 lessons of Level 1 of both WA courses and have access to the LiveChat room. They also can build 2 FREE websites, using SiteRubix sub domains, which rank just as purchased domains.

They can stay FREE members for as long as they wish, and can even earn affiliate commissions for referring new members to WA. (1/2 of the regular affiliate commission)

free starter member for 209 days

This person joined in September of 2017, started with the course lessons and website build. He got side tracked for personal reasons, then came back almost 3 months later, found the unfinished site the way he left it, and continued with the course lesson and used LiveChat and the open forum to find additional FREE training and finished his niche site.

His niche website earned over $250 in March of 2018, and he decided to upgrade to Premium Membership in April of 2018, and still got the ‘$19 First Month Discount’

 

Premium Membership: $49 per month ($19 first month)

Premium members get FREE hosting for 25 domains they own (.com, .net etc.) and 25 FREE siteRubix sub domains. In addition, Premium members will have Private Messaging privileges, which gives them private, direct access to any member, including Kyle and Carson.

 

Yearly Membership: $359

This amounts to a monthly cost of $29.92, and a saving of $229 per year

That’s it, my friends. There is nothing else to pay and there are never any Upsells or Downsells as is usual business with anything else out there.

 

Come on in and take a look…It is 100% FREE…You have nothing to lose!

Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership

 

Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work?

I will answer this question with a simple, but resounding, YES! How else could it be explained that Wealthy Affiliate will celebrate its 13th birthday this spring, and that there are literally thousands of success stories posted in the WA community.

What you won’t find is the boasting and bragging about ‘how many hundreds of thousand dollars‘ are being made’, and you won’t find the obvious photo shopped ‘earning statements‘ you can see in a lot of sales pages of ‘make money online‘ products.

Let me share with you just a few of the real success stories to demonstrate what people have achieved by applying what they’ve been taught at Wealthy Affiliate.

wa member

Meet Eddy with a Y. A long time member at Wealthy Affiliate, Eddy with a Y is the ‘King Of Multiple Income Streams’. He makes money with several websites, and also uses his smart phone and many of the ‘make money apps’ to make a comfortable 6-figure income.

 

This here is Dom W. He lives somewhere in the Far East and joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2012. Dom has built himself a nice business in the Niche Website industry that now has over 20 employees and recorded $1,067,286.00 US dollars in revenue.

 

 

Steve is a Premium Member since 2009 and became one of just a few WA Super Affiliates who get invited to an all-paid trip to Vegas every single year. I takes the not too easy task of referring at least 300 new members to Wealthy Affiliates a year.

 

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And then you have ME; I am in the 5th year, and I am successful, if I may say. I am one of the old folks that learnt not to brag, but go quietly about their business. You see, I measure my success with what I expected; which was to make enough money to pay my bills, can afford to buy what I want, when I want it, and be able to leave something for my grand kids when I walk off with the Grim Reaper.

But let me show you another way I measure my success with Wealthy Affiliate. November 9 of 2017 I underwent quadruple bypass surgery that went not quite the way the surgeon planned. I spent some extended time in the ICU, followed by a 16-day stay at a rehab center.

I suffered a slight paralysis in my left arm that rendered my left hand useless, as far a typing is concerned. For that reason alone, I have only published 3 articles since. However, the GOOD NEWS is that this website has almost maintained the level of visits as before the surgery.

 

Visitors and page views per month

 

My site still attracts an average of a little under 500 visitors per day, with an average page view of 2.35, and an insane low bounce rate of 3.51 (meaning that only 3 1/2% of the visitors leave  after viewing the page they landed on).

What that means is simple.

I MAKE MONEY, and I have to thank Wealthy Affiliate for it.

Let me wrap this up by answering a few frequently questions that pop up from time to time and you may also want to ask:

 

Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?

Far from it. WA is 100% legit and beyond reproach. Yes, I have read the article by one famous ‘Launch Jacker‘ (by his own admission), who calls WA a scam because the FREE Starter Membership is limited to 2 free websites, to Level ONE of the 2  courses, and free members cannot use Private Messaging or attend the Wabinars.

He also thinks that $588 membership fees (if paid monthly) is too much, and therefor WA is a scam. All the while HE promotes every bullshit product that has a large sales funnel and as many UPSELLS and DOWNSELLS as possible.

 

How Long Does It Take To Make Money?

This is one of the most asked questions, and I only can answer in one way. It depends on several factors. One is you, and the work and effort you are able to put into it. You see, most members join while working a job and can only muster a few hours per week. Naturally it will take them longer than it takes a person that can spend 7 or 8 hours per day learning and building websites.

Another factor is how determined you are. Again, I have to tell you like it is. Some people think that this is a ‘get rich quick scheme‘ which it is definitely not. And when they don’t see success in a few short weeks, or a couple of months, they simply quit.

 

how to avoid failure in interrnet marketing
What a pity! He gave up too soon!

 

Determination and believing, not giving up is sometimes hard, but believe me when I say this. If you follow what WA is teaching, you will succeed.

 

Does Wealthy Affiliate Have A Support System?

WA would not be what it is today IF a first class support system would not be of the highest priority for Kyle and Carson.

I already mentioned briefly their Website Tech Support which replies to support requests within 5 minutes, and the possibility to post questions in the open blog forum.

Support when you need it, and not 24 or 48 hours later, is one of the outstanding features of WA. It is fitting that Carson just now (April 20, 2018) announced an upgrade of the User Experience System (UX), which will be implemented within the next few weeks.

 

upgrade to the UX system

 

This update will combine the points of support on ONE screen. As you can see, there are 4 ways to ask for help:

  1. Website Support
  2. Ask a Question (in forum)
  3. Live Chat
  4. Private Messaging

If you need an answer ‘right now‘, jump in the WA Live Chat room which is as busy as it can get, 24 hours a day. And if you get there between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. you will be able to find either Kyle or Carson answering questions and giving advise (…and don’t be surprised when one of them shows up in the middle of the night!).

Private Messaging is also a great way to get support. As an active member, you will build a relationship with like minded people from all over the world. So, why not take advantage and prod them with your little (or big) problem?

If you wish, you can read Carson’s announcement about the UX upgrade by hitting the button below.

 

CTA BUTTON

 

 

The Most Important Question: Will It Work For You?

I cannot guarantee that. It all depends on you and how serious you take your Free Starter Membership. But if you are willing to put in ‘some axle grease’, are willing to learn, take action on what you learn, and be persistent, it WILL work for you.

Wealthy Affiliate provides you with everything you need to not only start your online business, but build it into a successful and sustainable business that will make you are livable income.

Wealthy Affiliate Is The Real Deal!

Since you made it through my rant this far, I assume you are really interested in taking this opportunity to start your own online business. You can be one of the members writing a great success story in the near future. that’s for sure. And you can get started for FREE, without any obligation. You have nothing to lose.

Here is what I suggest you do:

 

5 Easy Steps To Your Success – Take Them Today To Get Started!

(Absolutely Risk Free)

 

Step 1: Click the button below and (on the next page) enter your name and email address

Step 2: Pick a User Name and Password 

Step 3: Create your Free Account first (short form)

Step 4: Click on the green “Get Started Here” button

Step 5: Take Action & Build Your Business

 

Nobody Can Stop You Working From Home But You!

I gave you the lowdown on this truly fantastic program. Wealthy Affiliate not only ranks far and above all other online programs, it also gives you the opportunity to test drive it for free.

This is an offer you cannot, and should not miss.

The Path To Success Is Right In Front Of You………….

……..but you have to take the first step.

 

 

 

P.S. I almost forgot; when you arrive on the inside, I will personally welcome you with a note on your profile page. Click on the reply button and let me know you that you arrived.

In case you are still skeptical, I assure you that it’s absolutely risk free to check out the Wealthy Affiliate University. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

 

 

One last thing. I would love to hear your opinion about what you’ve read here today. So please, don’t be shy and chime in before you push the green button below.

 

 

114 Responses

  1. Lis

    Hi John,

    I am one of those unfortunate souls that just witnessed the affiliate company I had invested thousands in being shut down by the FTC. Earnings claims, tropical islands pics, and flashy automobiles can get you in a lot of trouble. I spent hours reading through the comments and article of KB because there was a rep that was egging me to join and promote it for months, and I really was not up for another rodeo. I have always wanted to build a portfolio of cash-flowing websites. So, I will check out the free version of Wealthy Affiliate. I had heard of them here and there over the years, but I never saw a review.

    • John Worthy

      Hi Lis, thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your bad experience with MOBE. Try out WA, it’s THE place to be if you want to become successful in Internet Marketing. I just got a notification that you joined us…I will be saying hi in just a little bit

  2. ray

    Hi John,
    with the free trial, can i add mail chimp auto responder? also if i want to upload a file is there any maximum file size?
    if not do you have tutorials on how to set up a free membership site and upload my files?
    do ineed three pages on my site or can i get positive results from one page per site (obviously depending on the quality of my material that i am selling).
    can i upload any videos on to my page?
    do i have to register my own domain name?

    kind regards
    ray

    • John Worthy

      Free trial and use of WA sub domain lets you upload your files and videos. Not sure about the files size restrictions, but since the membership is free, you can try it yourself.

  3. Dorothy

    Hi John. I’m so glad I came across your blog. This has really opened my eyes. I was going to joining DA but I did not have $2100! It’s just too much money. if I’ve never built my own website before would WA be a good place to start for me? I need to make some extra side cash outside my full-time job and just tired of all the scams out there selling pipe dreams. I would like to try the free membership ship.

  4. Misty Nakoa

    Hi John!
    Wow your information has been enormously useful. I am totally new to this world and will try to take it to the top! I am a Sociology graduate with a minor in Hawaiian studies. I live in Maui. Mother of 2 (college students) and married for 21 years. I have always been in the social work field as a counselor and I love giving advice. I would love to create a niche on Counseling whether it be for teens (I worked with Juvenile Courts for 20 years) or marriage or life in general. Could you steer me in the right direction?

  5. Kenny Hamilton

    Hi John loved your review and really glad that I stumbled upon it never thought I would find anything legitimate on the Internet so looking forward to actually making money.
    Thanks a lot

  6. suman

    Hi John,

    It is a very useful article. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. I registered for free program. But when i login, its saying there is no free option available in my country.

    Please help here.

    Thanks,
    Suman

  7. Suman

    Hi John,

    I am a web developer mom of 6 yrs old girl. I have left job to be home with my kid. I was going through DA training program since last one month. I was about to take serious step for the memberships. Then i thought of reading about the truth of DA and came through realty and there only i read your reviews about DA and WA. I must say all of your comments seems real. You are good at words. You have motivated my inner-self.

    It would be great if you can advice or channelise my business thought. I am a web developer having good knowledge of website development in bootstrap and wordpress. I am good at photography, drawing, sketching and paintings and crafting for kids. I am good at writing blogs too. I am a creative person.

    Please suggest me which area would be useful to earn money in online business.

    Thanks a lot in advance. Looking forward to your response.

    I am going to register for WA after posting this message :).

    Best,
    Suman

  8. Rick Roberts

    The biggest problem I have with Wealthy Affiliate is that it seems they teach all their members to go out and create blogs that trash all other systems and programs BUT recommend WA as the only real and legit program to be in. Seriously guys this is getting OLD-OLD-OLD

  9. Rachel Morrow

    Hi there! I’m a member of Digital Altitude, and I just started that program about a week ago. I’m on free trial.
    I hear that you aren’t supportive of the program. Can you please give me details why? I have such a helpful, encouraging coach, and I really want to make this work.

  10. AnthonK

    Hi John, thank you for your review on WA, much appreciated. I can’t agree with you more that this is a wonderful opportunity to get into creating an Online Internet Marketing Business. I am really looking forward to work through the educational material and get up and running as soon as possible. Thank you once again.

  11. Carole Bate

    Hi John
    Very good review and I have signed up and am very excited to begin. Like you have gone through the ropes and have wanted to learn all this but felt that the paying requests in others creates a pressure that I could not keep up with. I like this already and would thank you again

  12. Gabby

    Hi John,

    Wow! I read everything on your page about your review on Inbox BluePrint and then Wealthy Affiliates. Yeah! IF we are not willing to invest in ourselves, it’s a sure go that any investments made for us by others will not endure. So I read to the end and now I give your my comments. Thank you for your TIME to put this review together. I have been wanting and needing to get involved with Internet Marketing (IM) for a few months now and have watched a few videos on YouTube. It’s daunting… So many claims and people seem to be so sincere. I know there is no FREE lunch. I am the ultimate newbie to IM and don’t mind investing in myself but would appreciate the bare facts and truth that it most definitely takes time to learn the fundamentals to build a sustainable foundation for a successful internet business.

    Thank you again, John. I am looking forward to MY SUCCESS.

    Best wishes to you on your continued success.

  13. Robert Connor

    Hello john,
    Thanks for the review on WA yo are spot on its a great community. Also, read your other review about digital altitude(aspire) thanks!

  14. Walter Mau

    Hello John,
    I read your article on Digital Altitude and I believe you are absolutely correct. Only the top 2% of the income earners are truly successful. I believe it’s because they have so much money to invest in advertising that they just smash the competition to death! Now for my questions. First, how many websites did you have published within your Wealthy Affiliate account when you got your first sale? Was it more than 25 websites or was it one of the 2 free start-up websites or something else? Second, when you reach your limit of websites with a Premium Membership what happens? Do you have to work with another hosting company or do you pay Wealthy Affiliate more money to get more websites? I used to have an account that had about ten websites that some company helped me build, but I never got a single sale. I don’t want to waste my time because I’m getting to be too old!!! Great website you have here! I look forward to hearing back from you. Sincerely, Walter

  15. Reb Howell

    Hello John,
    My name is Reb Howell. Hope your having a great day. I’m currently at home watching the Arnold Palmer Invitational and reading about this great opportunity. I can honestly say, I almost was another person who considered trying Digital Altitude. After reading your opinion, and ALL the other opinions towards the site, there’s no way I will even attempt to even try that. I have been very interested in working from home for years but, have been to scared to take that step because, I didn’t want to get caught up in a scam. After reading everything about WA, I feel like I have finally found what I have been looking for to take that 1st step and change my future. I’m currently not able to access a computer or laptop to get myself started ASAP. I will be able to have access in a couple of weeks, so I will start then. I would like to thank you again for this opportunity John. Have a great day Reb!

  16. Gideon

    Hello Mr John,
    They said my country is not supported.
    Can you do something about it because I am interested.

    Thanks

      • Kura

        Hi John, I really want to work from home, and I have lots of interests from DIY, fashion, writing (I’m an ex English and Maori language teacher), food, marital relationships (depression and different psychological disorders; I hold a degree and masters in clinical psychology). I’m also interested in child development and parenting. So my question is, how does one choose a niche, or rather narrow it down to create a good website?

  17. Anthony

    I MUST give John a credit for this review. I actually ended up from this page via his digital altitude review in which I’m really so skeptical about it.

    John…you saved my day and may almighty God reward you for helping people. I don’t usually signup from any affiliate url or referral…but since I trusted your detailed reviews….then its ok and I’ll go ahead and register via your referral link.

    One more thing John, can you review CB Passive Income by Patrick Chan?

  18. Betty

    hey John!,am Betty from NIGERIA………..tried registering but was told my country is not supported.Am really interested…HELP!!!!!!!

    • Walz

      Hello Betty my Name is Wale am a Nigerian and lives in Kano state its easy to register with wealthy affiliate and enjoy the benefits they offer just as I am enjoying it right all u need is to email me on adecalms@yahoo.com and I will explain further.
      Thanks.

  19. Sanjay Kumar

    Hello John Sir,
    First of all I want to say thanks for helping innocent people who have already scammed by Internet shark, I really don’t know why these rascal do like DA because it is already known that nature never forgive anyone. Truth to be told I am also the kind of person who easily got scammed & after seeing your blog I totally harassed & confused whom to trust…I afraid to afford any other scam & truely I told that will be my day on this planet …I really tired from these rascalsellers. ..so please help me in this way I really give my 100% effort for WA

  20. Adeel

    Hi John, i read your views that seems to be convincing but i want to know if internet marketing is location specific (can it be done from any where in the world) as there are so many scam around us but don’t know whom to trust. i don’t have any means to earn these days please guide me i do want work on internet marketing.

  21. Phillip

    HI John

    What I have read so far has really caught my attention, the opportunity sounds really great!! I hope that everything I read is on the other side. Looking forward to a new adventure

  22. D A Dwerlkotte

    How juvenile can you be, if you want an automobile, you go to a lot and test drive one and figure out what you want and like in a automobile. Then you can make a deceision on what you want to pay for. You don’t know how many miles you will get out of it or how long it will last, that is all dependent on you and how you take care of it, or what you do!
    I like what I see, so as of today I am going to give this a test drive, no one has promised me anything except the opportuniity itself. If I crash it, well that’s on me.
    Thanks John for steering me in the right direction, it could have been ugly, Peace!

  23. Nick Pamment

    Hi John,

    One of my New Years Resolutions is to start my own Online Business for additional income. This seems like a great place to start. Thanks for your honest review and advice. See you on the inside.

  24. Brian L

    Hi John:
    I feel that you are a real down to earth person, I have heard of Wealthy Affiliates and would like to know more about how you can make this be successful.

    Brian. L

  25. Scott

    Hi John
    This sounds good to me. I’m not a rocket scientist. From what I see this seems to be in level I can understand if not I can ask. I like the idea of free to get started. I don’t have any experience doing this type of stuff. That last thing turned out to be a pyramid scheme too much money when I read about it being a scam. But I felt like I was getting an education felt good. Now I found this site. I think it safe. Time will tell

    Thank you for this opportunity

  26. Titus Job

    Hi John, Thanks for your review. I have been fooling around on the internet for over two years, investing in tons of scams. So I can relate to most of the things you mentioned. So I will try wealthy affiliate for a change!

  27. Mojack

    Hi John Thank you for a well-written review of the Wealthy affiliate. Straight to the point. This is not the first review I have read regarding WA. I am afraid of my own self. I have spent a lot of $ joining many programs but not following thru. I am afraid of my procrastination and of sabotaging my own success. This is one psychological problem that i myself has to solve first before I join. Thanks for the review. I am now working out my time table and clearing the cobwebs from my brain before embarking on WA

  28. Owen Turner

    About the ads and links that you get paid for when someone clicks on them… How do you receive the commission? Do you have to give each link (like say an Amazon, and some other product link) your bank account so they can deposit? Thanks

    • John Worthy

      Hi Owen, thanks for your comment. Amazon pays commission either by direct deposit, or check. Most vendors with affiliate programs, and most affiliate networks pay via paypal and/or check.

  29. Gordon

    Hello John,

    I am a college student who is interested in make extra money, is it open to students?

    Gordon

    • John Worthy

      Hi Gordon, it’s perfect for students. Come on in, and we can talk then. It won’t cost you a dime to take look around, build your first site, or 2, and start learning. Use the link in this article, and let me know when you arrive. I’ll be with you shortly thereafter.

      John

  30. Bishop Souls

    Hello John good work you are doing. I need to mail you directly on something important

  31. Robbo

    Love your style John – I am a WA member and have had friends promoting DA to me and went thru the first few steps – then the light went on just as you have outlined – it will be dead soon for sure!
    Thanks for a great site and No. 2 when you search ‘digital altitude scam’

  32. Jules Gagnon

    Hey John by any chance would you have any Success stories or proof that people are making money off of this program? I’ve just been scammed too many times and need a stable platform that is legitimate. thanks

      • Mandy

        Hi John, been looking at DA, and came across your site. I would like to see some stats and ‘real life’ current success stories. Also, how much time per day would you say you spend – I imagine even just answering all the comments and emails are particularly time consuming.

        Looking forward to your comment.

        Cheers, Mandy.

        • John Worthy

          Hi Mandy, thanks for your comment. Follow the link below and see some real success stories (click on the links within the article) Let me know if you have any more questions
          John

    • John Worthy

      Patrick, yes Nigerians can…and we have a lot of nigerian members. However, the FREE option is not available due to some fraudulent activities in the past. I will email you.

  33. Steven Wiley

    Hey john,
    I got an email from digital altitude and it sounded to good to be true, so I started checking into it. I could not find anything that they were selling except for a sales pitch. I stumbled onto a web page of yours and you seem to make a lot more sense. I am disabled and unable to do physical work and was looking into trying to make money online and your WA system has gotten my interest. I am going to sign up and see if we can make a go of it. Thank you for all of the good information that you put out there.
    Sincerely,
    Steven

  34. Jessica

    I’m not really seeing the difference here between Digital Altitude and Wealthy Affiliate besides DA having higher ticket prices. What are you selling with WA? Could you help me understand? Thank you

    • John Worthy

      Jessica, WA is a membership site where people learn how to start an online business in affiliate marketing. I am not selling anything with WA, I refer this learning center to folks that are willing to learn, work hard and then make money with their websites. I am getting a commission for each referral, but only for this particular person. There are no downlines or tier levels like in MLM and pyramid schemes.

  35. Lawrence

    Hi John,
    Lovely article. Wish I had read this seven years ago before I typed, “making money online” in Google. But then sometimes you learn the hard way. After 3 years of struggle and losses, I walked away from the so called ‘make money online’ world. I learnt that the more desperate you are to make money online the more vulnerable you get for sharks to scam you. Most of the people like me lost money because we didn’t realize that we need to first learn the ropes. We needed money fast and we thought that the internet was some kind of free-for-all reservoir for everyone to tap into and take their fill. The sharks knew it and preyed on us. Hence all those videos, promising a tsunami of cash with a press of a few mouse clicks. And like you were, I too am leaning and waiting for the dough. The most hilarious of all videos was one where the guy talks about how he went to some shady place in Russia to hunt down a genius programmer who had found a loophole in Google that made huge amounts of money with a software that he created. When I look back, all I can say is, “What was I thinking?” I did come across WA during those years, but I must have brushed it aside as some similar scam like others. But now I am much educated having done some certifications in digital marketing and some work for my company in online advertising. I came across WA while I was looking at some opp somebody sent me after years. I looked at youtube videos, one thing led to another and I hit upon your site. I know various things already. My interest in WA is to get the ability to stitch everything together in a logical way to monetize the knowledge in anticipation to my retirement. I am not in a hurry, but a year from now, I look myself working from home dictating my own work hours. My interest is not as much in affiliate marketing. I am more interested in consulting small companies in some areas of digital marketing. But hey, if I find along the way that affiliate marketing is more profitable, why not? Spent my life as a copywriter and graphic designer anyway. Maybe I can use that. As I said, I only need to know how to stitch everything together to make a decent retirement income from home.

    Long story short. John, count me in. Will go for the $19 deal straight off the bat. Today is 23 Aug. 26 Aug is my credit card cutoff date.

    • Mikke Marion

      Hi Lawrence, I too have a background in Graphic design. In fact I have a small business in desktop publishing. I have my certificate in desktop publishing after taking a 2 year course at the local college. Have you been able to use your knowledge in the field to help you in Internet marketing? Any hints will help me in one of my prime interests in life. I have helped publish 7 books for a friend of mine for inclusion on Amazon Kindle using the Create Space program at Amazon. I would love to promote that as an affiliate. I’ll talk to Amazon about that. What do you think. Many people want to publish their work on Amazon.
      Mike

  36. Barry Moon

    John you are full of sh**. You just wrote scam articles about other affiliateprograms just to promote your own….hahaha.

  37. Mélissa

    Hi John…
    My doubt resides on the fact that with WA we are suppose to learn how to create websites and to me that means learning to make it attractive… But as I followed the link to this page… I was concerned because, it’s plain and truthfully not very nice.

    • John Worthy

      Hello Melissa, thanks for chiming in. What link to what site are you talking about? And don’t forget, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

    • Lawrence

      Ok, I see what you are saying. WA teaches you to make beautiful looking websites, but you find this blog not at all beautiful, so your question is, What did John learn after all, if his own site is plain and simple. WA has beautiful templates of websites that you can use to sell affiliate products from clickbank, amazon etc. This is not that site. What John has created here is a simple down-to-earth no frills blog only explaining WA. Whereas the actual sites that John might be using to sell products sure must be different and appealing.

  38. Rhona Youngblood

    some people are passive reader, they read without really bothering to understand what they’re reading. it’s nice to come across reviews such as this one, makes me feel there’s still hope for people like me to find legitimate income online. too bad that WA is not available in my country though, but to those who can join i say it’s worth a try!

  39. kavya

    hi i created an account today. It says that there is no free access in my area and i have to buy the premium membership to access. I am from India but i now live in US. So is there any chance that i get to access for free taking this into account. Il like to first check for free before upgrading

    • John Worthy

      Hi Kavya, if you are in the USA, you should get free access. Let me check into this and have Kyle, the co-founder get back with you as soon as he can.

  40. Andrew

    I find it interesting that you would want to put pictures of an old white dude as yourself (though I actually understand why) yet you are actually a Kenyan from central dude.
    It would be prudent to warn people that quite a lot of the functionality (eg replying to comments and messages) is turned off after a couple of weeks under the free membership. This basically leaves free members pretty helpless as they can no longer ask questions. Pretty unfair when claiming ‘free’ I’d say because this chops guys off at the knees and basically forces an upgrade or else nothing.
    But, nice review regardless.

    • John Worthy

      Hahaha, funny Andrew. First off, look me up on my FB site, if you wish. I am old (69) and I do make pretty decent money with what I learned at Wealthy Affiliate. The FREE membership is a good way for people to see that WA is for real and not a scam. You, of course, are one of the deadbeat broke folks that think everything should be free. Even though some benefits are only for paying members, free members do not get their legs cut off under them. They still can work on their FREE website(s), use the search bar to find a ton of FREE training AND have their profile page to asked questions. ALL members will receive email notifications that a member (free or premium) needs help, and are willing to jump right in.

      Of course, according to your thinking, IF you rent a car for 5 days, you have the privilege to drive it for as long as you wish for free, right. Thanks for your comment.

    • Arthur Siew

      And how exactly do you think Kyle and Carson and many others able to teach you without earning a cents? Time is money, you know….. If we have to spend all day teaching you for free, we would not have the time to earn money in another area. No one wants to work for free.

  41. Jacqueline Mwendwa

    Hi i came across your site researching about karat bars. I love the review on WA and im interested in learning more. As afree member before upgrading can one earn?
    Thanks.

    • John Worthy

      Hi Jacqueline, yes you can. It will take a bit longer, but many members did upgrade only after they made some money.

  42. Richie

    Hi John,

    You wrote on this page: “Wealthy Affiliate offers a Yearly Membership at $359, which amounts to $29.90 per day.”

    I guess you would want to change that into “..per MONTH”. 😉

    Cheers,
    Richie

  43. James

    John,

    I am wondering if you make more money from commissions through people joining Wealthy Affiliate, or if you make more from the commissions through other website affiliates whether it be products or whatever else?

    • John Worthy

      Hi James, thanks for stopping by. With this site I exclusively promote Wealthy Affiliate. There are a couple of affiliate links for 2 other, similar programs at the end of the reviews, but that’s not really promoting. I have a few other sites where I promote different products, targeting very specific niches. If you are interested in more details, come and join me at WA and we can talk. It’s free and you can check out what’s going on there. Just hit the link at the bottom of this page, and I will get a message that you have arrived.

  44. gloria

    Hi john i recently join only cash surveys and i start feeling like they are a scam. i am at $29 dollars now but i don’t seem to qualify for more so i decide to check this review. thank you to share your experience. I have heard of wealthy affiliate before but never have paid much attention to it because I taught it was to difficult to learn. I think I will check them out

    • John Worthy

      Hi Gloria, sorry to hear that you have the same problems I had with this Only Cash outfit. However, put it behind you and check out Wealthy Affiliate. You’ll be surprised how great it is. Log in through my site, and I will guide you through all the course lessons.

  45. Cynthia

    Hi John,
    I came across your review while searching for home base jobs. Kind of tired of being at job interviews and be way more prepared and educated to end up doing not challenging or mechanical routine works. Very interested ting what you published, and since I’moved not generating any income right now, could you please tell me if I could generate any money joining the WA for free and then upgrade it?
    Thank you

    • John Worthy

      I laid it all out in my review. Yes, you can and you will make money. It will not happen overnight and it will take some work, determination and the will to succeed. Just join me there and find out what’s going on. Like I said, you can take the first 10 lessons of either one of the 2 courses and build your first website at the same time. Then you can decide if you want to continue and upgrade or simply give up.

      But let me tell you that we have many members who stayed as free members for 2 or 3 months, worked on their free site (which you can do as long as you wish) and then upgraded when they felt ready to buy their own domain name. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose

  46. Ralph

    Hi John; nice review. Can you explain a bit more about the hosting & domain part? For instance; If I have a site on a domain hosted
    somewhere else; will I be able to use the tools & info that WA has & apply it to that site; or would it have to be moved over to their hosting?
    Also; do I have this correct: its $19 a mo., up to 25 domains; if upgrading within 1st 7 days? One more John; If you have your domain on their hosting; are you able to set up sub domains; for use as categories; under the main domain?
    BTW; I was just thinkin; if everything was free; how would anybody make any money? Ha; just thinking, ya know; anyway; waiting for your reply; Thanks, Ralph

    • John Worthy

      Hi Ralph, thanks for stopping by. About hosting. Of course you could apply what WA teaches to your site that’s hosted some place else, as long as you have 100% access; meaning adding, removing, editing content, access to whatever SEO plugin there is. Joining WA is free and you will be able to take the first 10 lessons of any of the 2 courses WA offers, and they even give you 2 free websites, which are rubix.subdomains. Premium Membership gives you full access to all the bells and whistles. First month is discounted to $19, then it will be $47 per month. They have a yearly membership at $359 (that would be $29.50/per month) and if you take advantage of their ‘Black Friday’ offer, it would be $199 per year.
      What are the advantages of Premium Membership? Full access to everything, weekly webinars, 2 courses (1 is 5-levels with 10 lessons each, the other 6 levels with 10 lessons each) and Free hosting for up to 25 sites, even sites you may have elsewhere and transfer to WA hosting (which by the way is excellent). Come on in Ralph and take a look, you’ve got nothing to lose.

  47. Chad

    Thanks for the post on Karatbars, I also have worked with several network marketing companies . Although I made money at them I never made a lot of money. One thing I have learned is, if the major source of income from the opertonity comes from recruiting someone stay away from it. I will be staying away from Karatbars and looking into Wealthy Affiliates.

  48. Chris

    Hi John, i’m really sure that Kazeem is the funny man. The truth is there’s nothing free nowadays.

  49. WTRosado

    I signed up with wealthy affiliate.com and when I tried to log on it told me that there was no account with my name. So I signed up again and now it tells me that someone with my name is already signed up. And it continues to go round and round with the same song. Doesn’t show me much, so what is so great about it? WT

  50. Tonia

    Hi John,
    I’m just a starter member. Does this really work. I sincerely need something that works.
    Thank you!

    • John Worthy

      Yes Tonja, it really does work. But not by itself. It takes work on your side, dedication and commitment. Everything else you need is right there at WA. The best training and support.

  51. Elio

    Those comments were unnecessary…..WA is the best place to be at the moment….Kazeem and Roger are actually being quit stupid. The program is actually FREE, you decide if you want to go premium. Everything is correct about this review and im 15…If only you had a brain to try out a free system. Its worth it. p.s anyone with half a brain would obviously include a premium membership to get more money. I would atleast…Thanks John for your amazing review. 123cravid WA

    • John Worthy

      Thanks for stopping by Elio. Can’t please everyone. Kazeem can’t read or is not able to comprehend what he is reading. Yes, WA is the only program that really works.

  52. Phil L

    There’s no doubt in my mind that there are a lot of scams out there, probably as many as there are people that want something for nothing. In most cases, you get back what you put in. Wealthy Affiliate gives you far more back than anyone could reasonably expect. It is not however a one button click to instant wealth… it takes work.
    What a concept.
    Phil

  53. Roger Cote

    I was approached today by someone trying to get me involved in Karatbars. I was very excited until googling Karatbars to find out it’s a scam, then I went on to read your blog about Wealthy Affiliate. I have a question for you. Do you think that someone like myself who got scammed out of $6,500.00 with a company from Colorado to teach me how to build a website and got discouraged and gave it all up, is capable after that, to join WA and be successful. I need to make money now and not years down the road. Your opinion and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

    • John Worthy

      Hi Roger, thanks for your comment. I understand your skepticism and concerns because I was in your shoes myself at some point in time. But I did not give up and found Wealthy Affiliate. Let me be honest, it took me 5 months after joining WA to make the first dollar. Since then, I am making a full time income. WA is not a get rich quick thing…….they don’t work in first place. What I learned at WA, hard work and persistence paid off for me. You can do the same and it will not cost you thousands of dollars. Getting started is absolutely free, and there is no time limit for free members. It’s totally up to you if and when you upgrade to Premium Membership. Just give it a try and see if this is what you are looking for.

      • Arthur Siew

        ya, Wealthy affiliate only cost 350 dollars a year versus some other program that charge your $2000 per year !!!! It is not a get rich quick scheme if it is that easy, everyone would have done it in a heartbeat and quit their 8-5 job the following day.

  54. Zackerry

    Hi John,

    This is nice and informative post about WA which is about right but you failed to mention that it is $19 if they join within 7 days if I am not wrong. I used to be in WA but I stopped because I dont have to patient to wait for my site to get traffic. But now I feel like going back in again :).

  55. kazeem yusuf

    It is ironic that you blog about Internet sCAMS, WHILE YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU PROMOTE ,do exactly the same thing you accuse others of doing. WealthyAffiliate.com is NOT FREE and requires a $47 payment MONTHLY!!.

    • John Worthy

      Hi Kazeem, I really appreciate your comment. However, if you’ve read and understood my review, you should very well know that it is indeed FREE to join WA. I also stated VERY CLEARLY, and written in a way a 12 year old can understand, THAT WA offers a Premium Membership for $47 a month that provides a ton of great stuff which is not included in the FREE Starter Membership, like FREE hosting for up to 25 websites.

      What universe do you live in, I wonder? Is there really one that gives you ‘everything’ for free? I doubt that seriously.

    • Arthur Siew

      yes, no one want to work for free either. You are FREE to try out the program but if you want to get the same level of benefit as the other members, you need to pay for it. I seriously do not think that you understand what is Affiliate Marketing.

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