If you’re reading this, you may have joined Wealthy Affiliate or are considering doing so.
If 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.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam?
Wealthy Affiliate is definitely NOT a scam.
But the internet is full of low quality programs and outright scams, so I totally get the scepticism and why many people tend to ask this question.
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.
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 said, I guess I'm biased since I'm a member of Wealthy Affiliate and actively recommend it. 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 joining anything.
Where do you start?
A simple Google search is where I often start.
But two websites I personally like to check when researching something are The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and TrustPilot. These are great resources.
At the time of writing, the BBB website has given Wealthy Affiliate with an A+ rating, which you can verify here. And out of hundreds of user reviews, Wealthy Affiliate has a 4.8 out of 5 stars on the TrustPilot website which is "excellent" in terms of ratings, which you can see here.
Of course, not everyone is loving WA.
Some call it a scam and others say it's not worth joining.
But from my personal experience, and based on thousands of reviews across multiple websites, it's clearly not a scam. I think those who call it a scam are either being too critical or expect to join and make money from day one, which is not realistic.
Do you call everything a scam just to promote WA?
This would have to be one of the most annoying misconceptions of all. Why? Because I take the quality of my reviews very seriously. I put an enormous amount of effort into my reviews and would never just call something a scam for the sake of it.
That makes no sense.
I can get just as much traffic, and make just as much money, calling stuff legit.
So, unlike what some people claim, this is not what Wealthy Affiliate is about. It's certainly not that way for me, and I make a full-time income promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
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.
To prove what I'm saying, here are some examples of reviews I've published on this site:
- Internet Jetset (positive review)
- ClickBank University (positive review)
- My Laptop Lifestyle (negative review)
- Recyclix (negative review)
The last review I listed above is of particularly note.
Recyclix was a (huge) ponzi scheme that I exposed back in 2016, at a time when many people were joining and promoting it, hoping to make money.
It was a very elaborate scam too, so I had to break it down piece by piece, and systematically explain why it was a scam, which took me days of research and analysis.
And even then, some people in the comments threw stones at me, so to speak, saying I didn't know what I was talking about or that I had some ulterior motive or something.
In the end, however, my review was proven right. The authorities ended up shutting the scam down and unfortunately many people who joined lost money.
I'm not saying this makes me right about everything lol.
Not at all.
At the end of the day, I'm just a guy with a blog who shares his opinion on stuff.
But I do take the content on this site seriously, and strive to provide people with real value. It's just that doing so has ruffled a few feathers now and then.
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.
Do you have to promote WA to make money?
You can promote WA, 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 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 can 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 enjoy. I do.
But it doesn’t start that way.
At first, you need to hustle hard - consistently.
If you’re not willing to put some effort in, I do not recommend joining WA. You’re better off searching 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 exclusive bonus content for my Premium referrals.
And 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. Which is why these bonuses are going to be very valuable to you and your online business.
Got any other questions?
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 if you want to learn more.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found this helpful!