How Wealthy Affiliate Is A Scam (Uncover The Deception!)

How Wealthy Affiliate Is A Scam (Uncover The Deception!)

Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, claiming to be helping people with affiliate marketing for over 14 years. It is run by Kyle and Carson, two people who have themselves built sites and made money through affiliate programs.

Many people over the years have come to Wealthy Affiliate and for one reason or another came to the conclusion that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam.

But is this really true? And if so, why do so many others say that Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a scam?

Since we do our best to find out whether sites truly are scams or not, we took it upon ourselves to see if Wealthy Affiliate really was a scam.

And while the results aren’t as ‘scammy’ as some are hoping, what we found may surprise you. So come along as we delve deep into the world of just how Wealthy Affiliate is a scam!

What Is A Scam?

A magnifying glass lying on a book. This is to represent trying to find out just exactly what A scam is.

Before looking at how Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, we need to understand what a scam is, so we have something to compare the company to.

Here are just a few ways someone can define a scam:

A swindle or fraud; esp. a confidence game.

A dishonest or illegal plan or activity, esp. one for making money.

An illegal way of making money, usually by tricking people.

A fraudulent or deceptive act or operation.  

A fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value.

As seen above, calling a company a scam is something that should be taken very seriously, as in a scam, one can lose money, possessions, and anything else they hold as valuable.

How Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?

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Let’s go through each definition of what a scam is, and see how that directly relates to what Wealthy Affiliate is.

A swindle or fraud; esp. a confidence game.

It is interesting that this definition uses the phrase “a confidence game.” As I have used Wealthy Affiliate, I’ve noticed more and more that Wealthy Affiliate tries to boost your confidence in the realm of marketing and writing.

Does this make it a scam?

If you mean because they teach you to be confident, then yes. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Wealthy Affiliate is a fraud or a swindle because of this though.

A dishonest or illegal plan or activity, esp. one for making money.

Wealthy Affiliate does not do anything illegal, but one could call what they do dishonest.

Wealthy Affiliate is dishonest in the way they try to promote their premium membership for the first time. When you sign up for your free membership account, you are given a 7-day premium trial.

They market to you that you only have 7 days to go premium with their $19/mo deal, and make it sound as though if you don’t take it up within the first 7 days you lose it, which isn’t true.

Your first payment to Wealthy Affiliate will be $19, no matter if you take the offer in the first 7 days or the first 7 months.

An illegal way of making money, usually by tricking people.

Once again, Wealthy Affiliate does not do anything illegal. But, just because someone doesn’t do anything illegal that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a scam.

One thing I will say is that you can join Wealthy Affiliate for free, and get a lot of info and help for marketing with your free account.

So Wealthy Affiliate is going to have a hard time making money on free accounts, if it truly is a scam.

A fraudulent or deceptive act or operation.

We already look at how Wealthy Affiliate is deceptive. And I won’t disagree here, though I will say that other companies use the same strategies as Wealthy Affiliate, and you probably wouldn’t call them scams.

A fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value.

Wealthy Affiliate does try to attempt to get money from their members by having them going premium. They’ll admit that to anyone. It’s how they run their business.

Exploring Other ‘Scam’ Avenues

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Of course, a site doesn’t have to be the complete definition of a scam, so let’s look at what Wealthy Affiliate is and what they offer, to see if they actually show their true colors anywhere.

Who Is Wealthy Affiliate For?

Wealthy Affiliate's Main Page

Wealthy Affiliate is for those who want to learn more about affiliate marketing. In today’s day and age, people can be an affiliate to most any product. And they can do that through YouTube, vlogging, blogging, writing, etc.

While Wealthy Affiliate is geared towards someone who is going to write something, they also teach others how to make money through a YouTube channel or something similar.

And it’s not like you have to be good at writing either. From what I’ve learned while checking them out is that Wealthy Affiliate will help show you how to get better in your writing style.

You don’t need to have an English major in order to achieve success through Wealthy Affiliate. Or, at least, those who have had success didn’t have any majors or degrees.

As you will learn if you join Wealthy Affiliate, all you need to do is be able to convey something to someone through written words. And it’s not as hard as it sounds.

Ever wrote a lengthy email, giving your opinion about something to someone else? Have you ever wrote something on social media, and wrote it in a way to convey an idea or thought of yours to an audience? Have you texted someone directions on how to do something?

Wealthy Affiliate claims that you just need to be able to communicate – written or verbal – and you’ll do well with the training they offer.

Speaking of their training, Wealthy Affiliate does claim to have a lot that they offer to anyone who joins their program.

What Does Wealthy Affiliate Offer?

Some of the training the Wealthy Affiliate has to offer to their members

Wealthy Affiliate offers a wide variety of trainings and topics for you to pick and choose to learn from. These trainings were written either by Kyle or Carson, or members of Wealthy Affiliate who have a better understanding of a certain topic.

Wealthy Affiliate breaks all this stuff they offer into two different memberships – a starter membership and a premium membership. The starter membership is free for the taking, and gives you enough training and tools to start your business and get the proverbial ball rolling.

The Premium membership is $49/month or $359/year. With it comes with a lot more training, way more help, and a ton of other tools and features.

I personally went and tried both, to see whether or not Wealthy Affiliate was a scam. And I found that there is, unfortunately or not, nothing to joke about what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer someone who joins their program.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Starter Membership

When you first join for free, you join as a starter member. Wealthy Affiliate has built this membership to give you enough training to make sure you can see the potential in affiliate marketing.

With over several hours worth of videos, 30 searches on Jaaxy, and the first levels of their two main courses, a free starter membership is something that is worth having if someone is seriously thinking about making money online.

Starter Membership Includes…

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Course 1 in their Certification course. Course 1 shows you how to set up your blog (in 30 seconds or less!), explains the difference between a general niche or specific niche, how to use Jaaxy, and much, much more.

Course 1 in Affiliate Bootcamp. Course 1 pretty much shows a lot of the same things as the previous course, but this course has a specific emphasis on how you can be an affiliate of Wealthy Affiliate and make money promoting them.

30 Jaaxy searches. Jaaxy is a keyword and niche research tool, used to find low competition keywords for you to use to get traffic from Google from. A keyword is simply a phrase that someone types into Google to search for.

2 .siterubix.com domains. Wealthy Affiliate gives you two siterubix domains to use to start your own blog on, so you don’t have to use a different platform. For example, some people use wordpress.com, blogspot.com, wix.com, etc.

But with Wealthy Affiliate’s siterubix.com, you get your site completely integrated into the Wealthy Affiliate system, where you can add new posts, check the health, and login in, all from inside your Wealthy Affiliate account.

Any free training you come across. People inside Wealthy Affiliate will make trainings, and they can label it either for starter members, or premium members. If they label it for starter members (which many people do), then you will be able to take a look at it, and learn even more.

What can you make with a starter membership?

All members are different on how quickly they make money. For some, it takes a few months. For others, it takes 6-7 months before they get their first sale.

Affiliate marketing, and blogging, is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Understanding the above is critical to your success. It may take you several months before you make your first sale. But once you do, you will never want to stop, and your earnings will grow upwards from there.

Personally, I was a starter member for about 3 months before going premium.

During those first three months, I was able to find a relatively low competitive niche/topic that I was able to generate sales with in the first few weeks.

Starter Earnings


As you can see from the above image, I was able to become an Amazon affiliate and make over $13 USD from sending people to Amazon’s site. 10 sales, and $13, is pretty impressive for somebody’s first three months.

Joining premium was definitely an interesting experience. With premium, you really get down into the meat of what Wealthy Affiliate claims. With premium you learn just how Wealthy Affiliate is a scam – if indeed they are.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership

As you explore the starter membership, you will realize how great it is. And you see why so many people make such a hype about it.

But you will never realized how much better the premium membership is until you have tried it.

The Premium membership typically costs $49 a month (or $359 a year), but Wealthy Affiliate has a deal that you can try Premium for $19 the first month, to see if it is just as spectacular as it really is.

What are the Benefits of Going Premium?

The Complete Certification Courses. If you thought the first course was good, then you will be excited to learn about what to focus on when writing, how to use comments and feedback to your site to generate more traffic, and how to use social media to bring in referrals.

On top of that, you will also learn how to use ads on your site to generate income, what not to do with your site, and a whole bunch more.

The Complete Affiliate Bootcamp Courses. If you can’t find a topic to blog about, or want to start a second (or third or fourth) site, Wealthy Affiliate will take you step by step to help you make money promoting their site.

They teach you how to set up your site, what specifically you want to try to target and how to target that, helping you get into the right mindset to become fully financial, and how to use advertisements to generate traffic to your site.

An Unlimited Amount of Jaaxy Searches. With an unlimited amount of searches you can quickly find really low targeted keywords that will help you rank more quickly, and generate more traffic. Because you have an unlimited amount, you also can search for random ideas and not have to worry about not having enough searches (a problem for those only with 30 searches).

Also, Jaaxy doesn’t only do keyword searches. You can track different keywords you are targeting, and see where you’re ranked for those keywords. You can also check to see if you can buy a domain for a certain keyword if you want, and you can search affiliate programs with Jaaxy additionally.

25 .com sites and 25 .siterubix.com sites. Premium comes with being able to host your own .com sites (up to 25) right from Wealthy Affiliate. That is more than enough for someone blogging full time.

You get 25 siterubix.com sites that you can use to try out blogging on about various niches as well before you make it a .com site. The .com sites come with SSL, email, anti-spam, and also a support team to help you with any problems that you have.

It should be also noted that the hosting is free, but you do need to pay for the domain name. But you can buy that through Wealthy Affiliate for around $14-16 for a year.

Below is a simple grid to help show the options of starter vs. premium a little better:

What Can You Make With a Premium Membership?

This is really the crux of the matter – if you can’t make a dime with Wealthy Affiliate, then it’s definitely not worth it. And while it may not be a complete scam, it’s something that no one should recommend.

The answer to the ‘making money with Wealthy Affiliate’ question is not as easy as it sounds. You can easily earn just as much as you are now with affiliate blogging.

Well, unless you are one of those billionaires.

But seriously, there are several on Wealthy Affiliate that currently own business that make 7 figures a year.

Someone at Wealthy Affiliate tracked down as many stories as they could, and posted all of them here. If you are seriously asking questions about how long it will take, and how much you can make, those success stories will give you answers and show you some people (whether they are legit or not) and their results.

Take a look at this post, as there are not only success stories, but also posts on the straight hard facts of how much you can earn, and how quick/long it will take you to achieve it.

Wealthy Affiliate never sugar-coats anything about making money online or that it will be easy.

They seem to be honest in everything they say, and clearly tell most people that making money online/blogging/affiliate marketing/themselves aren’t get-rich-quick-schemes. It will take hard work and determination to get the amount of money you want.

But in the end, if the reviews above are worth anything, it is truly worth the hard work and determination.

Now, other people’s reviews are all find and dandy, but that doesn’t mean that we can always trust them. To be fair, there are many testimonials about how many people have been successful through Wealthy Affiliate.

But back to my experience.

Did I actually learn anything, or make anything that is of note-worthiness?

Experiences Are Worth A Thousand Words

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Personally, my overall experience of Wealthy Affiliate has been a pretty good one. It really, really has been a benefit to my blogging. Not only with writing, but being able to gain a wider audience.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Community

Wealthy Affiliate is a great bunch of wealthy affiliates. That’s really what Wealthy Affiliate is. The community, those who are part of Wealthy Affiliate, is very helpful, and most will give more than they get, advice-wise.

There is a live chat going 24/7 where many people like to hang out, so if you need help or something, people are always there to give you some sort of answer. Most of the time, if they can’t give you the answer themselves, they can send you to training that explains it more fully.

Speaking of training, the community has put up ALOT of training, all free for the taking and learning. I’ve taught myself enough local SEO with the training Wealthy Affiliate has that for a while I was looking for a local SEO, since I was able to prove that I was well qualified in that area.

The CEO Can Be Easily Reached And Talked Too

Kyle From Wealthy Affiliate's main page

As I have said before, Wealthy Affiliate is run by Kyle and Carson. Kyle, the CEO, can usually be found, if you need more advice.

He’s not like most CEO’s, hiding behind their status. You’ll find Kyle many times in the live chat, offering advice to different people, and just chatting with people there.

Kyle will also usually reply quickly to any questions that you have. I remember the first week that I was a starter member, and I had questions that I asked him, and he replied within 36 hours. And it wasn’t a short reply either. He took the time, and the words, to explain and answer every question I had.

Did I Actually Make Any Money?

Obviously, what everything really boils down to money (that’s what everyone seems to tell me any way.)

I could have a great experience with something, but if I didn’t achieve what that something guarantees, then it’s not really worth it, right?

As you already know, I did make some money before going premium – a little over $13 dollars. However, I can’t really count that, since that was what I made while I was on Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Starter membership.

While it took some time to achieve, I actually did achieve making money with Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium membership, and am happy where I currently am.

Money I earned through Wealthy Affiliate

As you’ll see in the above screenshot, those are just some of my earning from the past month (of writing this.)

What’s amazing about the above though is that I really didn’t do anything to get that money. I was actually away for several months from my site while this was all happening.

And what’s even more amazing is that this isn’t the only stream of money I’m making. Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to be able to have several streams of income at the same time:

Amazon Associates screenshot of money I've made from them over the months.

Above is another screenshot of what I’ve made with Amazon Associates, Amazon’s affiliate program.

It’s definitely not as much as the other screenshot, but the point is that Wealthy Affiliate’s training has been working (for me at least.)

Money I made from Google Adsense

And let’s not forget making money with ads, which is what the above image represents.

While I’m not a proponent of ads, Wealthy Affiliate’s teaching taught them, so I chose to try them.

The returns I made weren’t that bad though.

So, overall, there isn’t much I can say against Wealthy Affiliate and what they have to offer. It’s hard to call something a scam that worked, and still works, for me and others.

Through my own experience, I am currently able to make money through many different ways, all thanks to what I learned through Wealthy Affiliate.

How Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?

I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for a while now, and so I’ve seen firsthand how they do things and how they act.

And all I can say is that they try to help out whomever and wherever they can. They do it because they love affiliate marketing, and because they want you to love it too.

I personally can’t find any way that I can call Wealthy Affiliate a scam – and trust me, I’ve searched it and tried it to see!

Aside from the few things I’ve said in the beginning of this article, there isn’t really anything that I can use to say just how Wealthy Affiliate is a scam.

Which means they must be legitimate.

I realize that that will probably burst many people’s bubble by reading that. But if it’s true then that’s what I’ve got to show, whether it’s what people want to hear or not.

But Is The Premium Membership Really Worth it?

Wealthy Affiliate's Premium membership does seem to help you make more money in the long run.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium membership is something that I have found to be more than useful and beneficial to my blogging, and has carried me farther than I thought possible.

Premium has given me knowledge and the right mindset to be able to carve a niche out for myself and be comfortable blogging online.

I’ve learned more through it, and honestly made more then I ever thought I could through the online world (and I’m still making money!).

So Premium is something I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about blogging and affiliate marketing.

Don’t Spend Money Immediately!

In all honesty, if you really are interested in Wealthy Affiliate, and want to try them out, then check out their free starter membership.

I personally didn’t upgrade to the premium membership for several months, and would recommend you do the same.

Give them a try, and see if the training and tools they provide will work for you.

If so, great. If not, then no worries, because you didn’t lose anything.

What Will Your Experience Be?

So now I turn it over to you, the reader. What will your experience be of Wealthy Affiliate?

Do you have any experience with them? Or are the experiences you’ve found only from articles and blogs posts you’ve found online?

I would highly encourage you to just try Wealthy Affiliate and check for yourself. Use them for at least a week, and see what you learn and what you can do.

You know that the worst that happens is you just lose some time learning something new.

On the flip side, the best that could happen is that you find it does work, and make money online, right?

So, what are you waiting for?

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