Wealthy Affiliate Review Of 2018

Wealthy Affiliate Review Of 2018

In this article we’ll take an in depth look at a website that I’ve been a part of for some time now, and wholeheartedly recommend. Not only will we look at Wealthy Affiliate as a whole, but I’ll even give you my Wealthy Affiliate review of 2018. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy learning about Wealthy Affiliate!


Wealthy Affiliate Make Money

Company: Wealthy Affiliate (WA)

Creators: Kyle and Carson

Description: A site that helps beginners make money online, specifically with affiliate marketing. You learn to make a website and monetize it.

Starter Membership: Free ($0.00)

Premium Membership: $49 per month

Legit? Yes

Recommended? Yes!

Rating: 10 out of 10


Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is a company that has taught thousands of people the art of affiliate marketing, and they’ve been doing that for over 13 years now (as of writing this). WA is definitely no scam. And when it comes to learning how to make money online, they’ve got you covered.

WA brings you a vibrant community, as well as training that is spot on in making you money. On top of that, when joining, you’ll get to interact with the owners of WA themselves, Kyle and Carson.


Learn How to be an affiliate marketer

WA teaches you how to be a successful affiliate marketer. Not only successful, but wealthy as well.

Did you know that people will actually pay you to promote their products? Companies will give you a commission, a percentage of what the customer pays, if you’ll help get the word out about the certain products that those companies are selling.

That is essentially what an affiliate marketer is. You learn to promote products, and companies that you enjoy and like.

How hard is that?

If you can tell a friend about something that you enjoy, or tell family about a product that you use, then you’ll have no trouble being an affiliate marketer.

WA also teaches you how to build websites, how to find good topics to write about, and how to get traffic to your site, even if you don’t have a fan base.

And all of this is free for the taking. No up sells, no hidden expenses. You can learn all this, and more by becoming a free starter member on WA.


Building Websites

Have you ever been interested in trying to build a website, but were unsure on how to start? WA boasts of helping you set up a website within 30 seconds or less. Building websites has never been easier.

WA has made the process so simple, that it only takes three little steps to set up your website:

  1. Choose your domain name (what you want your site to be called).
  2. Choose the title that you want to be displayed on your website (like “We Get Scammed For You”)
  3. Choose the WordPress Theme you want to use.

After you choose those three things, you’ll be made a website immediately. You’ll learn how to quickly navigate your WordPress dashboard, which your website will be based off of. And most importantly, you’ll learn how to build a website that can be easily monetized.

Choosing A Niche

A niche is just a fancy word for a topic that you write about. You’ll learn why there is a difference between good niches and bad niches, and why choosing a specific niche is better than choosing a broad niche.

As you choose your niche, you’ll learn about what affiliate programs to choose based on what you’re passionate about. Niches are always fun to look into, as they contain many hidden ideas that await to be explored.

Bringing In Traffic

Traffic is always key to having a blog make money. And WA teaches you just how to do that. They teach you how to fine low-competitive keywords, that you can rank quickly on Google for.

The higher you rank on Google, the higher chance you have for more traffic to get to your site. More traffic means more money in the long run.

WA teaches you how to use keywords by using their own keyword research tool, called Jaaxy. All Jaaxy does is help you search keywords, and see how competitive they are.

My Wealthy Affiliate Review of 2018

I actually started learning about WA back in November 2017. As I continued researching about the site, and how much people were making, I was hooked.

Around that time, I decided to take the plunge, and sign up, for free, to learn as much as I could about this thing called affiliate marketing.

On the free membership, they give you 2 free website domains, along with the first part of their training. Not being one who likes training, I immediately jumped into making a website, and seeing if I could making a quick buck or two (my first mistake).

As the training reveals, to get people to your site, you need to find keywords that will help bring traffic from Google. Like the foolish guy I was, I ignored that, thinking i knew best.

Let’s just say that my first website was a disaster, and I closed it down within the first week or so of making it.

Two mistakes can be learned from this ordeal.

  1. Follow the training to the letter! If you want success, follow the training. Don’t skip ahead, or skip around, doing only what you want to do. That in the end will leave you with a site that doesn’t produce to it’s full potential.
    Ask any of those who are making a full-time income from affiliate marketing, and they’ll all tell you the same thing – if you want the same success that they they have, then follow the training, the whole training, and nothing but the training.
  2. This is not a get-rich-quickly scheme! I thought that I could throw up a few articles, get some traffic rolling in, and have a full-time business within a few weeks. It doesn’t work like that. If it did, everyone and their grandmother would be online by now. Be prepared to to spend 3 months pouring your heart into your website, and not see any results.
    Also, expect a year or two before you’re business is making a full-time income.It takes time, and consistency, for your business to grow and flourish. You might even need a year to learn how to correctly follow the training (as some people who don’t follow the training need, *cough* like me *cough*)

Starting all over again

So there I was, just got rid of my first website, and ready to start over. I decided to follow the training this time, and see what I could make out of it.

The training first picks up with helping you find your niche. Basically a niche is a very specific topic. You choose a specific topic because you don’t want to lose your audience or your traffic. If you blog to broadly, like for example blogging about health, and write about heart disease one day, and colon cancer the next, you’ll be losing a lot of quality traffic because of it.

You want people who come to your site, to stay on your site. But if they came to your site because of heart disease, they probably won’t want to stick around and read about colon cancer. That’s why keeping it specific is better.

In keeping with the spirit of the training (as I was supposed to do), I choose something that I dealing with at that time, and turned that into a blog. Specifically, my blog was devoted to bad breath.

Now before you start laughing at me for choosing something as weird as that, the site does help show what a good niche is. Bad breath is very specific, and on top of that, it’s a niche that not very many people want to get into, so there is less competition.

And so I started my online adventures writing about bad breath.

I, once again, decided to follow the training, and try to make money. The next part of the training that WA takes you through is learning how to find good keywords that you can use.

A keyword is a term meaning a phrase that someone looks up in a search engine, usually on Google. For example, ‘how to make money online’ is a keyword. If you used Google in the last week, and looked something up, you used a word or phrase when you searched for something. That is a keyword.

If there isn’t a lot of competition for a keyword, you’ll rank more quickly for that particular phrase. This is helpful, because, if you rank on the first page of Google, you’ll have a better chance of people clicking on your site and reading your articles.

There are good keywords and bad keywords. The above keyword, ‘how to make money online’ isn’t a good keyword. It has a lot of traffic coming to it, but a lot of people write about it, and so you, as a new blogger and website, will most likely not rank very well for it.

The reason you won’t rank well for it is because as a new website Google won’t quite trust you. It’s not until you’ve been around for a while (6 months or so), and have written quite a bit of a particular subject that you’ll rank well for harder-to-rank keywords.

While this all may sound confusing right now, the training at WA explains it very well.

In short, I found some good keywords for bad breath, and started writing. This is where I ran into two other issues.

  1. Success means to work harder! after a week or two of writing an article, I made my first sale, and in essence, my first money online. I was really happy, and saw (as most people do) the potential that is within affiliate marketing.
    Because of that, though, I slacked off on my writing, thinking that money would now start come pouring in. And, well, the opposite was true. I got some sales, but it wasn’t anything substantial.
  2. For success to happen, consistency is key! Writing regularly, week by week , is essential to having a flourishing business. It’s okay to slack off every once and a while, if there is need of that (like to help with a sick family member, or to attend a service for a loved one).
    But it is not okay to slack off for months on end, hoping that your 13 articles are enough to make a full-time income from. Continue through the hard work, and you’ll be rewarded with success, provided you follow the training and be consistent with your writing habits.

So there I was, again. Three months into affiliate marketing, a few articles written, and some money made. Below is a screenshot of my earnings for that time period:

Free Member Earnings

I don’t think I quite learned from my previous mistakes, because around this time, I decided to take the plunge and become a WA premium member.

The perks of being a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member

Before all this, I had been blogging on a free membership. So I saw the potential of affiliate marketing, but I also knew that if I was going to really make money, I would need more training, as well as the many other things WA had to offer.

And there is a lot that they offer, as you can see below.

The only problem was that I wasn’t quite using everything that I had already. That’s when I learned another truth:

  • If you don’t use what you already have, you most likely don’t need anything else yet. Don’t get me wrong. The upgrade did help in many different ways, and I’m actually thankful that I upgraded. But I thought that by upgrading I would make more money.
    And that’s was the problem. Upgrading doesn’t make more money. YOU make the money. Yes, it’s great to have more training, more 1-on-1 coaching, more encouragement. But if you’re not using all that you have available to you already, an upgrade in pretty worthless in the long run.

And so, with the upgrade, I went into the training quickly. Well, part of the training. Some of the training (again) I didn’t fully do, and thus, never fully utilized all that was given to me.

I blogged on and off the next few months. I didn’t really like the niche that I was a part of any more, and so I couldn’t really motivate myself to do much with my site. But, I told myself that I had spent so much money on all this, that I had to at least keep on trying.

Fast forward to September. In that month I made my largest monthly sales. Just under 15 dollars! I was ecstatic, seeing that maybe, just maybe, my blogging ventures would turn out great, and I would be that happy millionaire that I secretly dreamed of being.

September Monthly Commisions

A month or so before this, I had talked with my grandfather, and he told me, that, to make things really work out, I should write out a business plan, and then stick with it. And if it worked out, then good. And if not, then move on and try something else.

Taking the advice from my very wise grandfather, I wrote out a six month business plan. I was hoping to be able to put up so many articles to my site, as well as branch out to several social media platforms, and in the end, make more money.

I told myself that the month of October would be my test month. See what I could do, and if I could raise my traffic, as well as see if I could earn more than $15 in one months.

The first week of my business plan, I was able to put up 10 articles! The next week, I was able to put up 7 articles. Everything was looking good. My traffic was rising ever so slowly, and articles were ranking very quickly.

Due to something that happened within my life during that time, I stopped writing as much in the following two weeks, though I did a lot of reviewing previous articles, fixing typos, and adding images (which I never liked doing).

I was thinking that October would be my best month yet, with record traffic, and nearly double the articles I had on my site previously.

That’s when Google decided to update it’s algorithms.

Every so often, Google will update how they rank websites, and because of this, some websites will decrease in traffic, while others will increase. My site was just one of those that lost a lot of traffic.

Instead of finishing the month of October on a high note, I ended on a low note. Nothing was bought, and I was barely getting 10 people to my site daily. It definitely was a gut-punch to my stomach. Because of these things I learned a few more things about affiliate blogging:

  1. Never rely solely on one thing for all your traffic. I was relying heavily on Google for my traffic. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that if Google changes in some way, I may just lose traffic, thus losing income because of it.
    This is why it is so important for you to follow the training that WA has to offer. They help show you this in the training, and explain how branching out to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) isn’t a bad idea.
  2. Blog about something that you are truly passionate about. Bad breath just wasn’t something I was that passionate about any more. If it was, I wouldn’t have cared too much about the drop in traffic, and just kept on blogging.
    But it wasn’t something that I enjoyed writing about. Oh, I enjoyed learning, and making money, but that didn’t motivate me enough to keep myself within the bad breath niche.

Blog failing, life not working out like I wanted it to. The world seemed grim, and nothing seemed to be working out.

Thinking back through what I learned about myself, and what I had learned from the year, I decided that the next year, 2019, would be different. I would learn from my mistakes and make a website that made money.

And so here I am. This site is just that. I would love to say that I’m making money, and am killing it with affiliate marketing. But that’s just not happening yet.

But it will be something one day soon. As long as I’m consistent with my posting, enjoy what I’m writing, and don’t get discouraged by any lack of progress, I’ll make it.

Feel free to bookmark this page, as it will have links at the end, where I’ll give monthly updates on my progress, so that you can see just how hard (or easy) it is to make money online from affiliate marketing.

Why Join Wealthy Affiliate?

After reading all my disaster with WA, you might be wondering why exactly I’m still promoting it. The answer is simple really.

The disaster I had wasn’t because of WA, but because of my own ideas, and lack of work that I put in. If  I had followed WA to the letter, I can guarantee that I would be in a different spot than where I am right now.

On top of that, WA is free for the joining. So I would ask, why not join WA? You’re first week being a free member, you get a lot of what premium members get, so you can see what WA really is like.

I would recommend trying it for a week, and seeing how much you learn. If you don’t learn anything, then you can easily shut you account down and leave, never to return.

Another benefit of joining WA is that is were I spend most of my time. I invest heavily in each and every one of those who join WA through me. I will help give you advice on your niche, keywords, website, as well as share my mistakes, so that you won’t have to go through them.

So what are you waiting for? Join today, and start learning from a site that has helped pioneer an easy way to making money through affiliate marketing. Can’t wait to see you on the other side!

Updates On My Progress!

Month 1 update – and success story!

After working for a month on my site, I was able to get quite a few posts on to my website, and am hopefully ready so that in the following month or two, I’ll be able to make some income from this site.

Progress Update: One Month Of Work At Wealthy Affiliate

Also, after I made my update report, I read of a guy who also gave his 2018 end-of-the-year report. He’s been on the same site as I have for a little over a year. Just yesterday, his business finally became a 6-figure business.

Officially a Six Figure Business – 2018 Year End Report

Month 2 update – and a story of someone achieving goals!

Month 2 – Money May Be Just Around The Corner – Progress Update

5 Years On, I Reached My *Ecstatic* Income Goal! (2x $1.2K Days)

Month 3 Update – Plus a powerful story about sticking with it!

Progress Update Report – Month 3: Quora Traffic And Helping Others

Note: After writing that, I actually had an increase in Quora referral traffic, and cam currently getting about 150+ people to my site daily. Stay tuned for more info!

Increase Your Earnings By 5000% In One Year!

Month 4: Progress report Update & Some Cool Traffic Success!

Over 1000 Unique Pageviews In One Day!

Month 5 – Achieving Over three figures in one month!

Progress Update: Month 5 – Achieving 3 Figures In One Month

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