Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 Snapshot


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Great place for beginners to learn about affiliate marketing


Monthly costs can add up, but website hosting is included and training is constantly being updated.

Ease Of Use

Not very easy to navigate, and a lot of training is text based instead of video.


Lots of support available from WA staff and other WA members.

What I Like

  • All in one solution - website hosting comes with affiliate training
  • Training is constantly updated and new webinars are released every month
  • Comes with a free 7 day trial
  • Lots of official training modules plus TONS of additional training from other members

What I Don't Like

  • Monthly costs can add up
  • Can be difficult to navigate, starting to look dated
  • Doesn't talk in-depth about some important elements of affiliate marketing

Updated – February 15, 2018: Another day, another review of a service that all but guarantees passive income. If you have been looking for ways to make money online, I am sure you have come across one of the thousands of websites that recommend Wealthy Affiliate as the #1 way to make money online….

If your B.S detector isn’t going off, you better get it checked!

Well, this is one Wealthy Affiliate review that ISN’T going to say that it is the best way to make money online. To find out why keep reading…

(Get 60% discount on your first month of Wealthy Affiliate)

What is Wealthy Affiliate University (WA)?

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The basic concept is right there in the name: “wealthy” means rich and “affiliate” means partner. The idea is that you don’t have to actually manufacture socks, fidget spinners or whatever product.

Instead, you’ll be “partnering up” with a company that does and drive traffic to their point of sale through your website. For each customer that goes through you and buys something, you get a piece of the pie.

But, before you go out and buy a yacht for that trip around the world, there’s a lot of work to be done.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It the same thought process I go through whenever I hear claims of passive income…

Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?

You see, Wealthy Affiliate does not make any bold promises, but simply lays bare the workings of the affiliate system. There’s so much to learn here, going from SEO to website layout and all these different nuances that add up and make you a rich partner. Wealthy Affiliate gives you the blueprint and the tools: it’s up to you to figure out the best way to make money out of it.

The good news is that there’s no limit to what you can do once you grasp the basic concepts of affiliate marketing. You might have thought I was joking when I mentioned pegs, but you can actually become an associate for any conceivable product on  Earth.

Of course, some are harder to sell, but the commission for them is much larger. If you’re feeling ready for a challenge, choose a niche everyone’s avoiding and try to become a super affiliate.

In short: Wealthy Affiliate is most certainly not a fraud, and you’ll be getting your money’s worth when you sign up. 

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Ok So If It Isn’t a Scam, Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?

Wealthy Affiliate is a perfect stepping stone for beginners and even for people who already know more than just the basics.

By using some of the techniques taught in WA, it has helped me significantly increase the amount of money I earn from affiliate marketing. So getting Wealthy Affiliate was definitely worth it for me. Here are a couple of my most recent dashboards:

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September 2017 Jvzoo dashboard

If you’re new to affiliate marketing you’ll definitely want to check out this video:

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Key To Success: Mindset

If you are looking at Wealthy Affiliate as a get rich quick scheme, stop right here and close this review. This isn’t the right program for you.

I see a lot of people look at WA as the ultimate way to earn lots of money and quit their day job. While that is a good goal, you must have realistic expectations going into the program.

Having the right mindset is one of the most important things a good affiliate marketing can have. As the entrepreneur and author Marta Magdalena say’s in her excellent book Lifestyle Business Playbook:

I see people who buy an online course and hope that it will help them get rich right off the bat. They want a complete A-Z. In reality, it’s always going to be a process of trying numerous courses, filtering information, testing things for yourself and seeing what works for you. Courses and mentors will get you there faster, but you will need to put in the work and think for yourself.

Is Setting Up a Website The Only Way To Make Money?

Absolutely not! There are many people that are crushing it with only an email list. Check out this Anik Singal Inbox Blueprint 2.0 Review – this is a brand new course to help beginners learn about building an email marketing empire.


What’s Inside Wealthy Affiliate?

Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you sign up to WA:

First, here is the sign-up process

When you start the signup process, there’s the option of making your account a Basic (free) or Premium ($49/month) one, with perks of the latter clearly outlined and described in great detail.

Wealthy Affiliate Basic vs Premium account

This kind of transparency is a great business practice and goes a long way towards building trustworthiness of the Wealthy Affiliate brand as a whole. Still not sold on the concept? Let’s make a Basic account for free and see what happens.

After filling out the form with your essential information (name, username and e-mail address), you’re taken straight to the Wealthy Affiliate control panel, with the option to take a quick tour of the site.

The majority of the action happens in the left sidebar, where you have five options, from top to bottom: Activity Dashboard, Certification Courses (green button), Live Chat, Site Rubix and Affiliate Bootcamp. Let’s go through them one by one:

Activity Dashboard

This section is most akin to a forum, where you can ask questions and get answers, but mostly get reassurance about what you’re doing. At times, it will seem nothing you do brings about any results, and the most logical course would be to give up.

Instead, you should post in here and ask more experienced users for some encouragement or advice. This section of the website also has classrooms run by veteran users, which are simply forum threads centered around a particular topic.

The Certification Courses

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Clicking the green “Get Started Here” button will open up an overlay with available courses. The learning process is very “gamified”, as in, everything is made to give you a sense of accomplishment you would get from beating a video game level.

By doing certain “tasks”, you progress through each course and then move on to the next. An important thing to note here is that you cannot fail these courses. They are designed to give you some basic knowledge and encourage you to stay a member of Wealthy Affiliate, not beat you over the head with a compendium of knowledge that you need to absorb within a time limit.

An important thing to note here is that you cannot fail these courses. They are designed to give you some basic knowledge and encourage you to stay a member of Wealthy Affiliate.

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For example, the very first task is to watch a tutorial video on how to use Wealthy Affiliate and the second is to add a profile picture. There is a lot of text involved in these lessons. and this very first lesson has around 1,200 words with only two videos. So you better get used to a lot of reading.

This emphasizes that you’ll essentially be expected to do most of the learning on your own. You can also reach of for assistance from other community members.

Live Chat

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Just as the name suggests, this button opens a chat box. The chat is ongoing, i.e. “live”. Isn’t technology great? Joking aside, this is where you can ask a question about a feature you don’t understand or a problem you’re having.

The Live Chat can quickly become quite hectic and is not recommended for any kind of detailed discussion as messages get pushed down the screen far too often.

Other than that, Live Chat is extremely basic and is pretty much there just to maintain the sense of community participation: pop in, say something clever and get back to building your website using…

Site Rubix – Wealthy Affiliate’s Hosting Solution

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Clicking this button will show you a few options related to making your own website. If you haven’t made a website here yet, any option will lead you to a blue button marked “Build a New Website”. Clicking that will show three options: “On a free domain”, “On a domain I own” and “Register a domain”. Here you’ll be expected to make a lot of far-reaching choices that you won’t fully understand as you’re making them, and this will be the first one.

Simply put, there is no way to succinctly explain the nuances of any of these options – it’s simply something WA expects you to figure out on your own.

My personal take on using the Wealth Affiliate Site Rubix is that it is a good option for beginners looking to get their feet wet. I know when I first started my first website (this one) it was pretty scary and I had to watch a bunch of  Youtube videos just to get it live.

So the Rubix ecosystem gives you the confidence to launch a website and guides you step by step. However, if you are more technically inclined or if having more control over your property is important to you. I would recommend starting a website outside of the Wealthy Affiliate ecosystem.

However, for most beginners, Rubix is a great option as part of your membership includes website hosting. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about signing up with another hosting company as website hosting is free with Wealthy Affiliate. All you have to do is register a domain with a discount registrar such as namecheap.com or namesilo.com.

Social Networking Baked In

social network aspect of WA

Since the website is community-driven, make sure to fill out your profile and keep it current. If you’ve ever used any social network, you’ll understand how things work straight away, which will definitely help you with the learning process. On the other hand, if you don’t like dabbling in social networks, you’ll probably not enjoy how trendy everything is trying to be.

The website itself definitely reminds of other social networks, especially Facebook. You can even Like someone’s message, complete with an almost carbon copy of the Like icon. Be careful, though, since you can’t reverse your Likes.

There are other tiny clickable things all over the place, so take your time and explore them all. Referring 300 people to Wealthy Affiliate earns you an invitation to a Las Vegas annual private conference. That sounds great, but those 300 people have to actually become Premium users.

Wealthy Affiliate Complaints

Nothing is without its flaws, and neither is Wealthy Affiliate. The most common complaint is how difficult it is to do anything without buying Premium access.

As a Basic member, you’re restricted in all sorts of ways, including attending certain classrooms that are marked “Premium”. Also, you lose Live Chat access after 7 days of being a Basic member.

In some cases, even Premium members have had their chat privileges revoked, though this usually happens when they’re being abusive towards others or their account has been hacked.

Also, Wealthy Affiliate holds a zero-tolerance policy against promotion. If any member, Basic or Premium, comes into the community with the intent to promote a service or product, he is swiftly banned from the website.

Another common point of contention is the amount of learning one needs to do, usually on his own. Though there are plenty of community members eager to help, there’s no denying that you’ll be swamped with the training material at first.

Lacks E-mail Marketing Strategy

WA touches on e-mail marketing briefly, but it lacks real in-depth discussion. E-mail marketing can simply not be overlooked and can generate people a lot of money just by sending e-mails! If you want to learn about e-mail marketing I recommend checking out  Anik Singal’s Inbox Blueprint 2.0 Review here. It’s the hot new training that gives you what you need to know to make money with your email list. There’s no fluff or no B.S here.

Hit and Miss Customer Support

The quality of member support also varies wildly and you can often find yourself asking a simple question and getting a dozen of plausible but completely different answers.

There is some validity to this since there are so many different configurations that it’s impossible to get the right answer without asking an absurdly specific question, but a new member won’t know that.

And, as I mentioned previously if you happen to ask this in Live Chat, these answers will scroll off the screen faster than you can say “search engine optimization”.

Finally, people who have used the Wealthy Affiliate services say that it’s almost impossible to take your website outside their ecosystem if you decide to quit. In essence, since your website will be made using inbuilt Wealthy Affiliate tools, you’ll have a hard time separating the two.

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Note that I said “almost impossible”, which means that you can technically still do it, but you’ll have to start all over again.

The same problem will arise if you decide to downgrade your Premium membership back to Basic, a process so convoluted and cumbersome that allegedly even Kyle, the site co-founder, complained about it. You do get a 30-day grace period to sort your affairs after you quit, though, but that’s about it.

Promotes Review Articles

One of my biggest complaints with Wealthy Affiliate is that in their training, they encourage users to write reviews on other online marketing products to drive traffic to buy Wealthy Affiliate.

What ends up happening is people take this to mean that they must write negative review articles on competition so that they can encourage people to buy Wealthy Affiliate.

I think this is a bad look for WA, and even though they encourage people to write truthful reviews – the reviews turn out to be negative in nature.

No Real Backlinking Strategy

WA doesn’t really teach you how to get links to your site, other than some very basic ones that involve Google. As I mention in this video, backlinks are crucial to getting your site ranked in Google:

What Does The Wealthy Affiliate Teach?

WA is broken down into 5 certification courses, each designed to guide you through learning the basics of building a website and driving traffic to the website. Here is the breakdown:

  • Level 1: Online Entrepreneur Certification – A 10-lesson course that is part of the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Certification. It will walk you through the steps of creating a successful online business that generates revenue.
  • Level 2: Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website – 10 lesson training that walks you through no-cost traffic generation techniques that will allow you to capture highly relevant traffic in any niche.
  • Level 3: Making Money – 10 Training lessons that walk you through a number of ways you can earn money through your site.
  • Level 4: Mastery Social Engagement – This course is dedicated to all aspects of social. From social media, social marketing, and social networks. Ultimately any success within the social world is the result of social engagement.
  • Level 5: Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation – 10 lessons on creating high engagement through your content, effective techniques for boosting conversions, and scaling your content through proper goal setting and outsourcing. 

All of these lessons are proven white-hat strategies for making a successful website. That means there is nothing sketchy being taught in WealthyAffiliate. The main focus in WA is creating engaging content that will rank you higher in search engines.

There are also many additional training lessons available that are made by other Wealthy Affiliate members, so it can sometimes be information overload when going through the training.

I recommend sticking to the official training modules at first, and don’t get too bogged down in the forums.

Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories

If you are looking for other people that have found success with WA, make sure to check out the Wealthy Affiliate Success stories article.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Compare To Others?

To get a sense of real value WA offers you have to compare it to other courses on affiliate marketing. Thankfully over many months of research, I have a good idea of what courses work and what courses are complete rip-offs (here’s looking at you most affiliate marketing Udemy courses).

So let’s take a look at how they compare to some of the courses that actually provide some value.

Deadbeat Super Affiliate Vs Wealthy Affiliate


I loved Deadbeat Super Affiliate when I first started the course. It was engaging, funny and I felt it provided some solid actionable info. The issue I had with it was that it was made in 2015 and many of the techniques it taught were either outdated or could get your a penalty in Google.

Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t run into those problems because the content is constantly updated so you have the most up to date information. It also doesn’t teach you anything blackhat, so you won’t run into any problems with Google. However, this also means that it will be a lot tougher to rank your websites.

The content in WA isn’t as engaging as it could be, but there is a whole community built around the product. This makes it easier to stay on track and less likely to get frustrated when you hit a roadblock.

However what WA lacks that Deadbeat has is on making Youtube videos. I feel like this is something that Deadbeat has a lot of valuable information on and could really give your affiliate commissions a boost.

The entry price for both products is similar to Wealthy Affiliate costing $19 for the first month and Deadbeat Super Affiliate costing $17 for the base program. Of course, WA then costs $49 per month after the first and Deadbeat has a variety of different upsells.

Watch my Deadbeat Super Affiliate review on Youtube.

Affiliate Marketing Revolution Vs Wealthy Affiliate

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Luca De Stefani’s Affiliate Marketing Revolution(AMR) was the course I took that encouraged me to launch this blog and Youtube channel. Back then I gained a lot of insights from its teachings. But as with most things in life, the more I learned the more I learned what I didn’t know.

Affiliate Marketing Revolution doesn’t overlap a lot with the teachings of Wealthy Affiliate because AMR focuses mostly on creating Youtube videos. WA focuses primarily on creating a blog and making websites. Both courses specialize in different topics and excel in their own ways.

AMR used to have an active user base on Facebook, but it has all but dried up now.

Affiliate Marketing Revolution costs $75 per month with an option for lifetime access for $499 (plus monthly discounts) where Wealth Affiliate costs just $49 per month with the first-month cost of only $19.

To Sum It All Up

So we finally come to the first question…. is Wealthy Affiliate the #1 way to make money online?

No. There is no best way to make money online. It all depends on you the individual. Some people might be great artists, so making graphics be their best way to make money online. Others might be great writers so writing a book might be their best way to make money online.

So the real question should be, is Wealthy Affiliate a good way to learn how to make money online?

Yes. You’ll learn many useful things like how to drive traffic to your site, content writing, sales copy and how to rank in search engine results.

It provides you with a lot of content and a lot of peer support to help you get started. After that, it is up to you to keep working hard and try different things.

But because all the techniques you learn are “white hat” it will take more time and effort to start ranking on Google.

So if you are a beginner looking to get started, Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to start and get your feet wet. The whole WA ecosystem makes it super easy to start your journey, especially since web hosting is included in your membership for free!

That’s why I recommend giving Wealthy Affiliate a try, you can sign up free for 7-days or join for $19 on your first month.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Wealthy Affiliate University FAQ

If you have been searching for a way to make money online you know not every opportunity is what it seems. Scams are flying everywhere. If you have come across Wealthy Affiliate, you may be wondering if it is real. These FAQs will help you understand more about what it is and how it can help you earn money once you sign up.

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How much work do I need to do?

You have to do some work to earn the money you want. The people at Wealthy Affiliate do not promise anyone that they will make a fortune. They do offer all the components and training that you need to launch marketable websites and promote them so that you do earn commissions. It is up to you to do the work to see the money you hope for.

They offer you the basic concepts that you need to succeed at affiliate marketing. One aspect of it is that you can choose to market items that you have a true passion for. The more you enjoy what you are promoting, the more successful you are likely to be when you sign up.

How much commission do I earn on sales?

It varies. It depends on the type of commission the company you become an affiliate with offers. Typically, more expensive items like skis or exercise equipment will take longer to sell. You get lower commissions on items like clothing or health supplements, but you will likely earn money more frequently.

Who can I talk to once I join to get support?

Besides all of the training online at Wealthy Affiliate that you can get, you have access to lots of support from people who have already succeeded. One of the best parts of this program is you have access to working with highly successful individuals like yourself just by entering into a chat with them from your Dashboard. Anytime you need any help, just ask. When you work with successful people you are more likely to succeed yourself.

How much website design experience do I need to do this?

Absolutely none. While some people have experience designing and building simple websites, you really do not even need to know how to do more than post a social media message to succeed. You will get all the help you need on the platform and you will learn as you go.

Should I join for free or pay?

As you may know, you can get a free or Basic account. You can also opt for Premium access which costs $49 a month. There are perks to joining with Premium access because you can get much more from the program in terms of training and opportunity. For example, with the $49 a month subscription you get 50 websites rather than just two. You also get more training and the one-on-one coaching is unlimited.

How do I use Site Rubix to build a website using the Wealthy Affiliate program?

It is easy. Once you sign up you will see this on your Dashboard. You simply click on the drop-down menu, and you can have a website up and running in minutes. If you are a true beginner with building websites, choose to get a free domain. If you are more experienced, you have the option of setting your websites up for a domain you own. SiteRubix walks you through every step so you do not need to have any type of technical ability or previous website design experience.

How does Wealthy Affiliate compare to Affilorama?

I have an article that touches on all the main differences of Affilorama vs Wealthy Affiliate here. To sum it up, Wealthy Affiliate wins!

Will I be forced to do any Blackhat online marketing?

That is a good question to ask especially if you are familiar with marketing websites and SEO. The answer is no. Wealthy Affiliate does not teach blackhat techniques or those SEO techniques that can get your websites banned from Google or penalized.

What this does mean, though, is that because you will learn whitehat techniques you have to do the work to see the results. This makes it harder to rank any of your websites on Google, but this is a good thing. This just points more to the fact that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. What they teach you are real SEO techniques that even professionals use. 

How easy is it to follow the training?

It is very easy and fun. You just click the lessons you want and follow along. The program keeps track of your completed lessons giving you more of a sense of accomplishment.

How do I get a domain?

Think of the types of products you would be happy to be part of selling. Next, using your account on Wealthy Affiliate, you can scan for available domains in a matter of minutes.Your domains are fully protected, they come with e-mail accounts and you will not get bombarded with upsells.

What subjects are covered in the certifications I can get?

Just about every subject you need to build a website and get it the traffic it needs to bring in affiliate cash. You get online entrepreneur certification which will teach you how to create a successful online business. Then you can learn how to build your traffic-generating website. After this, you will learn how to make money on that website.

One course that will really help you is the course of mastering social engagement. Social media is the best way to succeed in affiliate sales. Once you take this course, you will learn how to get the most success by creating great content and conversions. You will also learn how to keep scaling your content so that it continues to bring in engaged visitors.

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About the Author The Lazy Plumber

Jeremy Harrison is a 30-something entrepreneur out of Toronto, Canada that is passionate about not getting out of bed, SEO and Affiliate Marketing.

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