My 1 Year Anniversary as a Wealthy Affiliate Member
~ A Personal Success Story ~
Hi, I am Sarah, and I am a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member and have just had my 1 year anniversary.
During this past year I wish I had spent more time when I first joined doing the training as I feel I wasted valuable time.
However, better late than never, I have now been able to build a successful and sustainable online business by applying the knowledge obtained through the training, and using the tools and support offered within Wealthy Affiliate and I can now say joining Wealthy Affiliate was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
In the early 2000’s, when the Internet was still called World Wide Web, making money online was something not many people even considered possible.
I bought my first PC in 1998, mainly for job related work, but also to play games on. It wasn’t until later years when ‘surfing the net’ (or online window shopping in my case) became a daily routine.
I didn’t come accross blog posts about “how to make money online” until I started searching for “earn money from my computer” and “work from home and earn money” and this was because of a few things, I was becoming unhappy travelling to and from work and hence, sorting out childcare so getting fed up of not being there for my kids when they got home from school, plus we had just refurbished a home we moved into and I just flipping well wanted to be in it more.
I tried all the ‘This Will Make You Rich Over Night, Even While You Sleep’, approach first meaning Multi Level Marketing promises, the first was Arbonne, well this was not get rich quick. The training was free, the products were expensive, you had to place a huge minimum order to get your ‘Consultant Account’ for free and purchase more products and samples to have enough to show people – Arbonne did not make me rich, I think I spent about £1200 on products about £150 of that I used myself.
A friend of mine introduced me to doTerra, now I love essential oils, have used them over the years and I purchased a lovely kit at one of her essential oil classes, there was a chat about ‘sharing’ the oils with others to make money and to be fair this was less of a hard sell so again I decided to try the ‘business’ side but as yet (a year in with doterra too) I make about £30 a month so although its something its neither going to pay any bills, replace my day job or make me rich any time soon!
However, giving up was not an option, and the desire to have my own Online Business was greater than ever. I kept on searching the Internet, reading a lot of Internet Marketing related blogs and reviews, and couldn’t fail to notice numerous Wealthy affiliate Reviews in general, but the offer of a FREE Starter Membership in particular.
I took them up on their offer and became a Starter Member; it didn’t cost me a penny, and I didn’t even have to provide a credit card. This should have given me enough time to find out exactly what WA is, but more importantly, the opportunity to start my online business without having to invest any money, but sadly like I say I didn’t start the training earlier!
SO another GET RICH QUICK promise came along this time in the attractive form of professional makeup and botanical skincare, it was NEW TO THE UK so if I signed up quick enough I would be guarenteed to be at the top of the company and be a millionaire within a year (she said) and so I joined Limelife by Alcone for £160 I got a starter kit, but again needed products to show people so I got the foundation in every colour, the lip glosses, the eyeshadows…………. you know I was going to be a millionaire within the year so what did the investment matter?…. £3000 spent and 7 months later I earnt £2.75! However, the website fee was £9 a month and the account to have your non existant commission paid into was £1.25 so I was in debt!
SO what to try next….. what was that….
Kyle & Carson, were college buddies in Vancouver, Canada, and were pretty successful running Pay Per Click campaigns with small niche websites. In fact, they were so successful that other affiliate marketers would offer them money for a list of the keywords they used to promote their offers. This gave them the idea to create a membership site and publish a weekly keyword list for their members. And with that, Wealthy Affiliate was born.
Their site became an instant hit among aspiring PPCers, and more members signed up every month. The keyword lists worked, the members loved the service, and requests for additional help started to come in like….
- Help building their websites
- A member forum where they can chat
- Training on building online businesses (besides PPC campaigns)
- Support/Help in dealing with Hosting Companies
- Keyword Tool(s)
- Personal coaching
Kyle & Carson listened and today Wealthy Affiliate is the largest and most successful Online Learning Center and membership community for Affiliate Marketers and Internet Entrepreneurs.
Over the past 12 years many updates and additions kept Wealthy Affiliate up-to-date in the fastest growing and changing industry. More than 1,3 million members walked through WA doors, while 25 Employees make sure that the site runs smoothly, and remains THE place for affiliate marketers to create and grow their online businesses.
Wealthy Affiliate is going to teach you how to create and grow your online businesses in any niche of your choice, even if you are a total newbie without any knowledge.
Here is the basic concept…
…as it worked 13 years ago and still works the same way.
It is actually straight forward, and as you start, you will get all the training for these 4 steps, and any necessary components in between, including all the tools, services, and coaching that you need to build a business in ANY niche using this exact process.
It is 100% up to you which direction you want to go, and the fact that there are actually over 500 million products or services you can promote gives you the incredible opportunity to become your own boss AND earn a livable income from the comfort of your home.
Wealthy Affiliate has come a long way, indeed. 13 years ago their members got a weekly list with the hottest keywords to run their PPC campaigns on Google, today Wealthy Affiliate offers a full service that includes…
- Training and Education
- Website Platform
- Free Website Hosting for Premium Members (total of 50 sites)
- Sophisticated Content Creator
- Jaaxy Keyword and Niche Website Research Tool
- 24/7/365 Support
I gave you a quick run-down how WA came about, how it evolved, and what you can expect as member. Now let me give you a detailed review of all the segments of Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate Training & Education:
As a Wealthy Affiliate member you will get all the training you need to build a successful and sustainable online business in ANY niche of your liking. The training is extensive and, of course, there is a certain degree of hard work involved, as the Wealthy Affiliate concept is NOT a ‘get rich quick scheme’ sorry about that.
Having said that, here is the break down of the Wealthy Affiliate bits and bobs.
Wealthy Affiliate Certification
This is the basic course that almost every member has taken, total Newbies as well as somewhat advanced newcomers. It consists of 5 levels, with 10 lessons. The format of the course is ‘over-the-shoulder-video, text, and a live ‘discussion thread’, moderated by experienced WA members.
The course curricula is ‘Niche Neutral’ and covers ALL aspects of Affiliate Marketing. This includes the understanding of the industry, how to build a website, the importance of keywords and the use of the built-in keyword tool, creating quality content, applying SEO techniques, using social media to generate FREE traffic, and most importantly, ‘making money‘.
The best way to learn is to actually perform the task that is being taught. Although you are sitting by yourself in front of your computer, you are never alone. The live forum thread that comes with each course module lets you find answers to any questions you may have.
Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp
The Bootcamp course was created for members that wish to promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn commissions for every new member. This course consists of 7 levels, each with 10 lessons, and covers every aspect of the Certification course.
However, the Bootcamp contains specific materials unique to the ‘Make Money Online Niche’ and the requirements to promote Wealthy Affiliate. For example, 2 levels have been added that are specific to PPC campaigns to drive PAID traffic to your site, in contrast to organic traffic from searches.
Let me make very clear that promoting Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a requirement and that it is the member’s decision if they want to do so.
And understand also that members taking the Bootcamp lessons are NOT required to promote Wealthy Affiliate. but still receive the commission for their referrals.
Weekly Live Webinars
Every Friday evening, rain or shine, you are invited to a live WABINAR, conducted by Jay, who joined Wealthy Affiliate some 11 years ago. Jay will cover EVERY, and I will repeat that, EVERY aspect of Affiliate Marketing and the related topics.
Conversation on Conversion Optimization, Finding Keyword Opportunities in Google Search, 10 Success Tips from Jay’s 10 Years at WA, Evergreen Strategies to Rank YouTube Videos, Let’s SEO an Article LIVE!, Adding your HTTPS to Google Webmaster Tools…are just some of the videos waiting for you to watch.
Wealthy Affiliate Premium members have access to a library of over 350 recordings of live Wabinars.
My favorites are LIVE Niche Case Studies in which Jay shows step-by-step how to build a niche website to promote a particular product. Jay looks at everything he buys as a potential money making niche product. For example, he is a football fan and bought a few FOOTBALL SNACK HELMETS from Amazon.
He did some research, found that the domain ‘footballsnackhelmets.com’ is available, bought the domain and scheduled a live case study for his weekly wabinars. His site ranks in the No. 1 spot on page one, and he earns about $800 every single months (more during the NFL season).
The second ranked website belongs to a ‘sneaky’ Wealthy Affiliate member using one of the FREE domains and copied Jay’s idea 100%. We are not supposed to do that, of course, but it is difficult to enforce. However, this proves that the FREE siteRubix websites DO WORK.
Training Created By Wealthy Affiliate Members
Don’t you agree that there is a lot of training available? But I have news for you. Hidden somewhere is another source of easily available training you can access.
On every page within the Wealthy Affiliate Membership site is a SEARCH BOX. Take a look at the image…
This search bar helps you to find members, but also information not listed at the regular menu tabs. Early January 2017, just released from the hospital and recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, I completely missed the whole ‘Google mess’ of adding the “Not secure icon” to the URL bar of http – sites, and I needed to switch my sites from http to https.
When I finally got to it, I simply typed https in the WA search bar and it gave me several training sources that enabled me to catch up on that task.
Performing simply searches within Wealthy Affiliate will deliver solutions to many questions, and leads you to video or text training added by WA members.
The Wealthy Affiliate Community:
I am certain you know the frustration when you are in need of support right now and, after you’ve sent off a request, you receive these ‘Thank you, blablabla…and one of our reps will be with you within 24 hours‘ reply. This is especially frustrating when it’s late at night, or on a weekend, and you you cannot continue with whatever you were doing.
Here at Wealthy Affiliate with more than 1 million active members, you will be able to shout out in the middle of the night and be assured to receive a response in less than an hour. I’ve been there, done that…believe me.
You see, they have this unique ‘follow system’ that lets you know whenever someone ‘liked’ your answer to a question and decides to be your friend. Of course, you ‘follow back’ and this then will trigger an email message if you call out for help, or vise-versa.
It’s not like on Facebook, for example. People here are there for a reason…being successful. And they are willing to GIVE the help they do expect when they are in need.
Website Platform & Hosting
Websites are the foundation for your online business, and it is of utmost importance that you have a platform that is stable AND able to handle the fast changing technology. I am not going to bore you with a lot of technical mambo jambo, but point out just a few important details you need to look for.
- Starter Members (FREE and for as long as you wish) get FREE Hosting for 2 websites with xxx.siterubix.com sub domains
- Free website hosting for Premium Members – 25 of their OWN DOMAINS and 25 siterubix sub domains
- FREE SSL (HTTPS) 256-bit Encryption***
- FREE SiteProtect (Spam Blocker). WA SiteProtect happens at the server level and blocks ALL automated comment spam before it even hits your site.
- Website Tech Support: Guaranteed response time of less than 6 minutes 24/7 (including on weekends
I need to point out that Wealthy Affiliate hosting will automatically back-up your site every 24 hours. No matter what the reason, in case there is a problem with your site, or you suffer data loss, the back-up point will be no further back than 24 hrs.
***Cost for SSL at GoDaddy is $55 per year/per website
What Tools Are Provided By Wealthy Affiliate?
Your online business will require you to do certain tasks on a regular basis. The main tasks are…
- building websites
- niche and keyword research
- creating content
You will need tools to perform your work, and Wealthy Affiliate will provide these tools free of charge. I don’t want to waste your time with a bunch of technical jargon about the AUTOMATED WEBSITE BUILDER or the Wealthy Affiliate SITE CONTENT Platform, but don’t want to miss pointing out some details about a tool that is 100% essential for Efficient Keyword & Niche Research…
Jaaxy Keyword and Niche Website Research Tool
Getting your content ranked high in Google and the other search engines is of utmost importance, and in order to achieve this goal, you need access to a keyword tool that enables you to effectively find low competition, high traffic keywords for your content.
Jaaxy is a powerful research platform that offers you a large subset of tools which will help you to out perform your competition. Jaaxy is, in my opinion, the most efficient keyword tool available.
You will not be able to find a keyword tool of this magnitude free of charge. I’ve found some that come close, as far as performance is concerned, but all of these will come at a significant cost.
How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?
Starter Membership: 100% FREE – no time limit
You can join Wealthy Affiliate at ZERO cost (they won’t even know your credit card details). Starter members will be able to take the 10 lessons of Level 1 of both WA courses and have access to the LiveChat room. They also can build 2 FREE websites, using SiteRubix sub domains, which rank just as purchased domains.
They can stay FREE members for as long as they wish, and can even earn affiliate commissions for referring new members to WA. (1/2 of the regular affiliate commission)
I started with the course lessons and website build. Then just like I said, got side tracked for too long, then came back almost 9 months later, found the unfinished site the way I left it, and continued with the course lesson and used LiveChat and the open forum to find additional FREE training and finished my niche site.
This niche website earned over $250 in March of 2019, and so I decided to upgrade to Premium Membership in April of 2019, and still got the ‘$19 First Month Discount’
Premium Membership: $49 per month ($19 first month)
Premium members get FREE hosting for 25 domains they own (.com, .net etc.) and 25 FREE siteRubix sub domains. In addition, Premium members will have Private Messaging privileges, which gives them private, direct access to any member, including Kyle and Carson.
Yearly Membership: $359
This amounts to a monthly cost of $29.92, and a saving of $229 per year
That’s it, my friends. There is nothing else to pay and there are never any Upsells or Downsells as is usual business with anything else out there.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work?
I will answer this question with a simple, but resounding, YES! How else could it be explained that Wealthy Affiliate will celebrate its 15th birthday this spring, and that there are literally thousands of success stories posted in the WA community.
What you won’t find is the boasting and bragging about ‘how many hundreds of thousand dollars‘ are being made’, and you won’t find the obvious photo shopped ‘earning statements‘ you can see in a lot of sales pages of ‘make money online‘ products.
Let me share with you just a few of the real success stories to demonstrate what people have achieved by applying what they’ve been taught at Wealthy Affiliate.