Updated: July 11, 2019
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve joined Wealthy Affiliate (WA) as a free starter member, or you’re considering doing so. Awesome!
I introduce a lot of folks to WA, and I get asked a lot of questions each day as a result. So I decided to create this FAQ to answer some of the most common questions I get.
If there’s something you’re wanting to know, that’s not listed here, feel free to post a comment below and I’ll answer your question. If I get enough of the same question over time, I’ll add more to this FAQ page.
How do I know WA isn’t just another scam?
There’s no getting around it, the internet is full of low quality programs and outright scams.
I've fallen for many of them myself over the years, so I know first hand how damaging they can be. In fact, it's that bad, that many people are even very skeptical of the good programs.
I get it, and you're not alone. It's good to be skeptical to some extent.
Anyways, to answer this question once and for all, I first want to outline some of the most common traits I see across many online scams and low quality programs...
By no means is this an exhaustive list, but these are very common traits among scams I've seen over the years.
Here’s why Wealthy Affiliate is VASTLY different to this:
That being said, I am biased since I'm a member and promote WA! So I don't expect you to just take my word for it. As always, I encourage you to do your research and read as many reviews as possible before buying into anything.
I will show you some what I've found outside of my own experience though...
Here's what Ethan Vanderbuilt (AKA the nets most trusted scam buster) says about WA:
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) have accredited Wealthy Affiliate with an A rating which you can verify here. And there are thousands of positive Wealthy Affiliate reviews online.
For example, on this ONE page alone there are hundreds of positive reviews from real members who've actually gone through the training WA provides.
Does this mean WA is perfect? No way!
Like any great company, there will always be pros and cons and negative reviews from folks who didn't like it. Fair enough. I guess what you believe and what you decide, is up to you.
From my experience though, I can safely say that Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a scam. I would never in a million years promote a scam. My online business is just too important to me.
Do you call everything a scam just to promote WA?
No. Absolutely not.
This would have to be one of the most annoying misconceptions of all, and something I personally take real offence to. Why? Because I take the quality of my reviews VERY seriously. I put an enormous amount of freaking effort into my reviews! I really do.
So, unlike what some people claim on RipOff Report, this is not what WA is about. It's certainly not that way for me, and I make a full-time income promoting WA alone.
I review many programs on my blog, and I call legit programs legit. Regardless of what I'm promoting, I call it like I see it. Some are good, some are not so good. That's just how it is. Imagining every review will be positive is simply not realistic. Plain and simple.
To prove what I'm saying, here are some of the most popular reviews I've published so far:
- Internet Jetset (positive review)
- ClickBank University (positive review)
- Internet Selling For Newbies (positive review)
- AWOL Academy (neutral review)
- My Laptop Lifestyle (negative review)
- VidLyft (negative review)
- Profit With Jack (negative review)
I've purchased ALL of the above programs and provided a detailed and fair review of each. And I don't promote any of them, so I'm clearly not saying something is good or bad just to suite my own 'agenda'. I call it how I see it. Love it or hate it.
Can I make money as a free Starter member?
Yes. But to be honest, you’ll be hard pressed seeing much success without upgrading to Premium in my opinion. It would be nice if everything was free, but businesses cost money to build. Plain and simple.
As mentioned however, you get access to a free Starter account first, so you can ‘get your feet wet’ and see what it’s all about. And one of the great things about WA and affiliate marketing in general is, the cost to be in business is SO low compared to traditional business models, yet the rewards are just as high. If not higher when you consider it's passive income!
I would say close to 100% of the people that are really crushing it on there have have premium accounts. It obviously makes financial sense to them.
I’m stuck on choosing a niche, can you help me?
Yes. I will absolutely help you choose a profitable niche. I personally help ALL of my referrals and I provide resources exclusively to help you choose a niche.
You will never be ‘stuck’ or unsure what to do next, I am here to help you succeed.
Can you really choose a niche about your passion?
Yes. This is one of the most misunderstood things of all. People think you need to find the “perfect niche” when in reality, you just need the right training to identify the plethora of opportunities that exist within MANY niches.
I help my referrals by starting with a topic they are passionate about, and I ‘drill down’ from there to find profitable niche opportunities. This is how it’s done.
It’s not a case of “just follow your passion and hope for the best” nor is it a case of “just focus on the money niches”. There is a balance, and you can choose a niche you love. And there are MANY benefits to doing so as you will soon come to understand.
Should I promote WA?
You can, but you don’t have to, this is totally optional. Some people choose never to promote WA, some make money in an unrelated niche first and then promote WA, while others promote WA from the get go. Whatever works for you.
I made my first Amazon commission with a quirky little website about Zombie Lamps. It was only $1.17 but that was enough to skyrocket my belief in the WA training. I eventually realised my true passion was helping others build successful online businesses, so I chose to promote WA as a result.
How much money can you make and how quickly?
This is definitely one of the most common questions people want to know. But it’s also one of the most difficult to answer.
Why? Because how much money you make and how soon, depends ENTIRELY on you. It depends on your niche, the effort you put in, and a number of other factors.
Some people start crushing it very quickly, others it takes longer. It took me 3 months to earn my first commission, but I’m now making a full-time income online.
What I will say, is that the people who DO make money, are those who stick at it. Think about it like you are planting a tree. It takes time for that tree to grow and products fruit, right? Yep. It doesn’t give you much in the way of rewards at first, but when it does, it was WELL worth that initial effort. You can now reap the rewards (passive income) for many years to come. And all you need to do is maintain that tree (your business) to continue reaping the rewards. If you put more effort in, you will grow your business even more, and make even more money.
You really can wake up to commissions in the morning, you really can travel the world, and you really can enjoy the fruits of a business you LOVE. I do.
But it doesn’t start that way. At first, you need to hustle!
If you’re not willing to put some effort in, I do not recommend joining WA. You’re best off continuing your search for the “magic bullet”. And by all means, let me know if you find it!
Can I build my business alongside my current job?
Yes. Many folks start by putting in a couple of hours each day, and gradually build up their business from there. I won’t sugar coat it, the more time you put in, the better. Especially at first, but progress is progress. The more effort you put in now, the more free time you are going to have moving forward.
This business gives you passive income, which is the best kind of income. It’s freedom. So give it all you’ve got and see first hand how much time it will give you back in due course.
I suck at computers, can I really do this?
One of the biggest misconceptions I see, is people thinking they aren’t good enough.
This is SO very wrong folks. You ARE good enough. I promise you!
I was a construction worker before I started this. I had no college degree, no experience working online or anything like this.
If you’re reading this right now, you have what it takes to succeed. Everything you don’t know you will learn through the step-by-step training.
The truth is, those who succeed are those who take consistent action. It’s not the ‘smartest’ people, the most ‘tech savvy’ or anything like that. It really isn’t. It’s people who get knee deep in the training, and take consistent action on building their business that succeed.
I cannot emphasise this point enough folks. It’s ALL about consistency. Nothing more.
Is WA better than the competition?
There are many ways to create an income online, and many great programs out there if you look hard enough.
The reason I personally recommend WA, is because it’s the ONLY program that actually helped me create an income online after years of struggling.
You get EVERYTHING you need to succeed all in one place, for a very low price. This means that anyone willing to learn and take action can succeed. This is why I believe in WA and it’s why I promote it.
I could use my website (affiliateunguru.com) to promote anything, and maybe I’d make more money. But WA is a program I truly believe in, it’s something I know helps people.
So to circle back to the question, it’s better because you get everything you need to succeed all under ONE roof. You don’t need to spend tons of money on all kinds of different stuff. It’s all there. The tools, training and support you need to succeed.
Do you offer bonuses to your WA referrals?
Yes. I provide 6 months worth of exclusive bonus content for my Premium referrals.
Each month you continue on as a WA Premium member, you will receive a fresh new bonus that is tailored to where you are most likely to be in your business.
I've been where you are now, and built a successful business following the same WA training as you. I've seen my share of ups and downs too, so I know how to help you succeed when and where you need it most. Which is why these bonuses are going to be very valuable to you and your online business.
Got any other questions or Want to Learn More?
If there's something you want to know, or you're not sure about, please leave a comment below and I will answer you as soon as I can.
Also, be sure to check out my full Wealthy Affiliate review here.