In this post I am going to review, what I believe to be, one of the premiere, if not the very best of affiliate business support models on the net today. It boasts over 2 million members and is growing daily, as it continues to support online business owners; from startups, to those that have been successful in digital business for years (and who probably started with Wealthy Affiliate which is the subject of this review).
Our WFHOL.com Ratings are:
Creators and Owners: Kyle London and Carson Kim
Website Builder: 5.9
WordPress Hosting: 5.8
Research Tools: 5.9
Success Stories: 5.4
Price: Most Popular = $49pm Best Value = $359 for 12 months (39% discount)
WFHOL.com Overall Rating: 5.7
What Is It
Wealthy Affiliate is essentially an online business support model, that has so many points of difference from its competition, that it is actually quite hard to keep track of the continual upgrades and improvements, that they seem to be delivering constantly, to their members, which impressively stands today at over 2 million.
It was established in 2005 by entrepreneurs Kyle London and Carson Kim, who still own Wealthy Affiliate today. From a modest start as a membership site (less than 50 members) providing lists of keywords to those who were engaged in internet marketing across a wide range of diverse niche interests and products. Over the course of the next fifteen years they added a social network, established web hosting infrastructure, developed and provided training and research resources and provided a mutual feedback and comments credits based facility.
The current membership model has a 2 tiered (free and paid) offering with greater access and support provided through the premium membership. Membership is offered over 4 price levels, with corresponding discounts for each level of member financial commitment.
Free: – limited access to support and training systems but able to host 2 websites for free and access building tools.
Premium: – Access to all tools and resources and hosting of up to 50 websites.
Monthly $49 ($588pa) for members converting to Premium from Free in the first 10 days the first month is $19
6 Monthly $234 ($39pm $468pa) 20% discount
Annual $359 ($29.92pm) 39% discount
As someone who had never even attempted to build a website before and knew absolutely nothing about affiliate marketing, I was pleasantly surprised to see just how easy it was to get started. Using the step by step guide, in the initial training offered, I had my website up and running with published content within an hour. It seemed like all the hard stuff was done for me.
I was taken through the concepts of indexing, ranking, keyword research, niche selection, site traffic and content creation quite quickly.
One of the things I really liked was that the training was not spent and gone. I could revisit the lessons over and over again, until I was confident that I knew what I was doing. The lessons remain available as long as your membership remains in place.
The other remarkable thing that surprised me about Wealthy Affiliate was the interesting, but welcome, community aspect.
It is a social network, in its own right, of 2 million members who exchange ideas and advice, mentor, coach and encourage one another, with some seriously successful entrepreneurs entering into the conversations and happily sharing their business development secrets.
Wealthy Affiliate promotes a pay it forward culture, where they believe that ‘a rising tide raises all ships’. Individual success is celebrated as the group (WA Brand) success, which in turn promotes even more potential for individual success.
I was intrigued to see that social activity is recognised with an incentivised rewards programme, which I believe is unique to this kind of affiliate programme.
There is a wee word of caution here. It is important to consciously balance your time between being productive in your business and participating in the social opportunities that this concept provides. To be fair this is pointed out in the training Repeatedly as you go through it.
The Tools And Technical Support
I had never used WordPress before but the guys at WA had me up and running in minutes, teaching me how to navigate the features and actually having me engaged in writing keyword content within an hour.
Having everything in one place with SEO, WordPress and a raft of useful plugins was great. As a person with an extensive training delivery background I have always liked the ‘see a little and do a little’ Method of training support. Again WA have mastered this and the mix of ‘chalk n talk’ and practical activity was really a comfortable and confidence creating experience.
Kyle and Carson either have a background in people development, a natural affinity for it, or they have parachuted expertise in to their permanent workforce to deliver a programme of this quality and effectiveness.
Even when I was left to my own devices and I, perhaps, pushed the wrong button, or forgot a critical step, or just didn’t know what to do next, I was able to get the information I needed, either by canvassing the membership at large (be prepared for the swarm of almost instantaneous help) or by raising a ticket with the support desk, who were prompt and really polite and helpful in their responses
Despite actually having been engaged in the IT industry for 45 years in various capacities, I have never bothered to know how to, nor was I particularly interested in, building websites.
I had done some reading in passing about affiliate marketing and the digital marketplace, but I had nothing other than superficial knowledge of the concept, what it involved, how to go about it, or where to start.
Wealthy Affiliates Gave me everything that I required in a ‘One Stop Shop’ to answer all of these personal inadequacies and I had a website with keyword rich content in place within hours.
The experience created interest and sparked the curiosity in me, to know more and acquire the necessary knowledge to build a serious portfolio.
In short, this looks to be the perfect vehicle for anyone, like me, who has never had any experience of the digital market before. The training, the tools, the support, both technical and social, coupled with the opportunity to test drive, or experience a free trial and then advance at your own pace, but not alone, is compelling. Overall I grade this vehicle as a 5.7 out of 6.0 having found it very difficult to pick faults and I was super skeptical, having dallied with many at home opportunities in past years. This is definitely the real deal.
In fact I was actually so impressed with my experience that I have had no hesitation in remaining involved, and full discourse, I am now building my own digital portfolio through my WA membership.
This may well imply a bias on my part, but I have been around training and development for 4 decades and this organisation has quite literally blown me away with its comprehensive approach to helping people build a business.
If your interest has been sparked and you want to take a look at the nuts and bolts or even better experience the Free trial then click here and you will be taken to wealthyaffiliates.com.
I hope you have found this useful.