WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEW 2014; OK what’s the catch?

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In this Review of Wealthy Affiliate, the Cashed Up Nomad is looking for ways to earn good honest money on the internet. No boss, no roster, no stock and no scams..So why does Wealthy Affiliate rank No.1 for training on how to build an online business?


Product Name; Wealthy Affiliate University

Website; www.wealthyaffiliate.com

Price; $0 start up / $49 per month

Owners; Kyle and Carson

Rating; 98/100

Overview.Wealthy Affiliate Owners

In 2004 two Canadian college men Kyle and Carson, created Wealthy Affiliate to teach others what they know about earning money online with affiliate marketing. Twelve years on and the training course is now available in 195 countries, with 100,000’s of students through the doors.

Who is Wealthy Affiliate designed for?

People who have the ‘desire’ to own an internet business, it’s a passion thing!. No previous learning is required, but you need access to the internet and basic computer skills like typing email and surfing the web. Even if you already have an offline business, you can learn how to increase your sales by getting a website that reaches out to a bigger audience online.

What skills do they teach?images for affiliate 005

  • How to start an internet business from scratch.
  • How to become an affiliate marketer
  • How to make your existing website profit
  • How to brand yourself or your website
  • How to create a platform for a not for profit organisation.
  • How to build websites for local businesses.
  • How to build and run your own website
  • How to use the power of the internet and social media to maximum effect
  • How to rank your web pages on the first page of search engines
  • Where to find affiliate networks
  • Where to find and use quality information, images, charts and videos to tell   your story for free.

What will you learn exactly?

You will learn in great detail the four steps to building a lasting online income.

  •  Step One;

Decide what subject your website will be about. It can be anything really. You may have an interest in Martial Arts, or Music of the Sixties or Organic Clothing or Hot Rods. You probably have skills or hobbies or interests that you know a lot about. The Wealthy Affiliate training will help you choose a niche.

  • Step Two;

Build your free website. Now, to a beginner this might sound a little scary. But it is easy enough to do and the training will spell it out and you can follow the video training. The video below is taken directly from the course file.

  • Step Three;

Send masses of traffic to your website through the search engines.  Wealthy Affiliate gives extensive training on how to produce quality content that gets ranked on Google and pulls customers to your site for free.

  •  Step Four;

Monetise your website. Wealthy Affiliate shows you how to make money from your website without needing your own product.

Is this what you are looking for?

Sign Up For Free

How is the course delivered?

The training  is quite simply presented as written tutorials, support by a brief video training. At the end of each lesson is a task checklist that you tick off as you complete the steps, then move on to the next lesson. Below each lesson is a discussion thread where members type in their questions or share their work and comments.

This video is a good example of WA training methods, this one is about setting up your website. It is from the ‘Online Entrepreneur Certification’ phase. You will see the whole tutorial here..


WA training video

Is it expensive?

The chart below sets out exactly what you get as a FREE member and compares it to the Premium Membership.

For Free Starter Members.

  • You get 2 free websites and access to classrooms with getting started tutorials and videos, just like the one above.
  • ‘Three click’ build a website feature. This will get you off and running and onto the internet in quick time.
  • Step by step instructions on how to build out a website, find a niche, create quality content, find quality keywords and drive traffic to your website.
  • A guide on how to manage a WordPress website;  write a  draft, add images and videos, add links into your content and publish it.
  • The free starter members also have access to  a large international community of members, who are willing to help and encourage you.  It is a sociable and helpful forum and they have a live chat room too,  for instant answers.
  • Lessons on how to be an affiliate marketer for many of the big networks.

For Premium Members.what is affiliate marketing about

 You get all of the above plus

  • Up to 50 hosted websites
  • WA Keyword Research Tool
  • Keyword lists that have been compiled by the owners and gives some great ranking keywords.
  • Choose from 2400 website themes to create your own unique site.
  • Access to 30,000 different features you can add to your site for superior functionality.
  • Rapid Writer Tool.
  • Unlimited Cloud Hosting for your websites.

Please see my post on the 2015 Upgrades to Wealthy Affiliate and their Cloud Hosting. You will be impressed.

The Annual Premium Members Fee

If you decide that Wealthy Affiliate is your thing, you can remove the hassle of monthly payments and save a few more dollars by going annual, at $359. per year.

PsstThe best value comes around each year during the WA ‘Black Friday’ Annual Membership  Sale. At the end of November, just after Thanksgiving you can get everything for a   heavily discounted price. In 2015 it was $299 for a whole year! (.82 cents per day!) Keep you eyes open for that deal, it is completely unbeatable.

What Qualifications do I need?

  • Complete beginners can start their internet marketing education at WA. If you know how to send and receive emails and search the internet then you can do this course. Start at the front end and work a steady pathway through.
  • Intermediate marketers will whiz through the initial training and benefit  from the mid training stages. Social media engagement, local marketing, email marketing and video marketing in the Online Entrepreneur Certification course. Learn to analyse the progress of your website with Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Console.
  • Advanced internet marketers can hone up with The Business Of Content Certification – Achieving Maximum Success through Content Creation, Pay per Click marketing and Adsense training, Mastering Social Media and further improve your search ranks with Structured Data Markup.

What do the Live Video Webinars Teach?

Everything in the training is elaborated on in the live webinars, in a relaxed style.Nomads online I joined in recently, to a webinar that covered ‘find free images’. Personally I like to use as many of my own images as I can because I enjoy photography so much.

Jay, the guy who runs the Webinars, was asked repeatedly ‘can we use ‘google free images’ and over and over his answer was no. Reason being you need to be 100% sure of the source and rights on your images because of  copyright laws. He offered some other websites that have real free images and also referred to an interesting site where you can craft up your own images, a bit like Photoshop.

I think the webinars are an extremely important part of the overall training.

Is it easy to get Help and Support?

For serious technical glitches, you can get help through a support ticket system. Most issues are fixed within minutes or a couple of hours…at most 24 hours over a weekend.

Wealthy Affiliate has some 250,000 enrolments per year, all linked to a member ‘follow’ system. You choose who and when you connect with other members. There is also a 24/7 chat room for instant help. You can have private contact with internet experts and even  get 1 on 1 support from the actual owner. You can also access live Q and A sessions in the webinars.

Unrivalled Community spirit.

So, yes, great support when you need it, but I must mention the amazing community of WA members.  At last count there were 580,000 active members across 195 countries. They are super supportive and friendly. They pop up by the dozens when you need a question answered. And , you know, they understand more than any outsiders about what you are trying to achieve. So there is a great rapport and friendship in the community, too.

How long does the course run for?

Wealthy Affiliate University is a self drive system. The courses are set up so that you can come and go as you please. As you complete each stage there are relevant tasks to tick off. The system keeps track of your progress, so you can take up where you left off and go forward as time allows.

Are people having success?

There are people  running fascinating websites about their own particular niche.The Cashed Up Nomad.com Some students have announced their first sale after only being in the training for a couple of weeks.

One young guy has a passion and a website about his home brewed beer. He’s been earning from that site for some time and he actually uses it as an example for others to learn from within WA. Another man is running a site dedicated to Beach Music..he sells CDs, tickets to concerts, promotes bands and festivals…it’s his passion and he’s been successful for a few years now. Read a real success stories here…. And here….And here.

These are normal people doing business on the internet. They work at it regularly. There is no magic buttons and no ‘get rich quick ‘ promises. You have to take all the steps and follow the training. You have to actually work at it! I believe over time you will earn your freedom.

What I like Best About Wealthy Affiliate.

Three features that make this training really valuable

  • Simple to follow tutorials just like the 30 second website build.
  • Up to fifty websites hosted at no extra cost.
  • Lets me work from home or wherever I travel to.
  • Free to test if it is really for you.

Claim your $0 membership now.

So what is the Catch?

Well, you are not going to make millions overnight. This is not a buy into type of scheme. It is not a get rich quick program, by any means.

WA is a training centre for anyone who wants to make profit through websites. You will have to work at it. The amount of training and information is vast.

I suggest start at step one and just keep walking. As with any self drive university course you will need some self discipline to stay on track.

I’m going to rate it 98 out of 100

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Product Name; Wealthy Affiliate 

Website; www.wealthyaffiliate.com

Price; $0 Free membership

             $19. (59% discount on first month Premium) Join here.

             $49 per month (Access all areas) Join here

Owners; Kyle and Carson

Rating; 98/100

This course meets the standard selection criteria for The Cashed Up Nomad.com.

Safe, honest and lucrative internet work. No boss, no stock, no warehouse, no big cash outlays and strictly NO SCAMS.

 See for yourself, for FREE, if Wealthy Affiliate is what you need. You decide if you want to be part of the billion dollar per year affiliate marketing industry.

WA Free Starter

 Bonus Discount..

Sign up to premium within 7 days and get a 59% discount off the first month.

Everyone gets 2 free websites, whether you are a member or not.

                              Collect your 2 free websites to play with right here, right now. 

                              Go on, have some fun with it. You can use the above training video to help you build a website now. Imagine the business you can create!

Do you have questions about Wealthy Affiliate or anything else within my website? Drop them in the box below and I will get back to you.

Have you had a bad experience with on-line learning? Report it here.

I am reviewing as many of these programs as possible…the safe and the risky…we want to know about it.

Want to know more about how Wealthy Affiliate works?

See my Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review – Can You Get Cashed Up.

Go really well from Janelle.

Founder of TheCashedUpNomad.com   “Earn Your Freedom Online”.



  1. You are very good at making your content very readable. The yellow background makes your site pop, but the black on white make your print more readable. Very cleaver design. Thank you for the post!

    December 5, 2014
    • admin said:

      Thanks Robert. Funny how different we all are! Another person commented on this style and they really didn’t like it. Hmmm

      December 6, 2014
  2. Luis said:

    Hi Janelle,
    Your review of Wealthy Affiliate is fantastic. I wish I had come across it sooner, before trying out so many scam sites. As a current student of the Wealthy Affiliate Program I’m learning so much about starting my own online business and being able to have the free time to do the things I really love.
    In a very short time, I’ll be saying goodbye to Cubicle Nation!

    December 7, 2014
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Cubicle Nation farewell party coming soon. Go well Luis.

      December 9, 2014
  3. Hello thank you for your glowing review on Wealthy Affiliate. I’m a member of Wealthy Affiliate and I’m so happy that I found them. The training is superb, the support is exceptional and it was definitely a smart investment.

    My advice to anyone who is serious about making money online is to check this company out. It is free to join, no catches and it is the best investment that you’ll have ever made.

    I’ve made more progress and have learned more in the following two months whilst with them than I have in the past year alone.

    Many thanks!

    December 7, 2014
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hello Melanie. Yes you can really learn a lot fast with the Wealthy Affiliate University

      December 9, 2014
  4. Robert said:

    Great review Janelle! Your description of Wealthy Affiliate was clear and easy to read thanks to the big font, which I like. I also like that Wealthy Affiliate is more of a training course than a scammy business opportunity and that there is no rush in taking the course. Looks like a quality opportunity to learn for a very attractive starter and monthly price!

    December 8, 2014
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Robert, yes I searched for a long time to find a program that didn’t break the bank for a starter.

      December 9, 2014
  5. Sandra said:

    Congratulations! It’s a great review. It’s very easy to read, you put it all the major points and give us a big picture. If I wasn’t a WA member yet I certainly would have become after reading your review. 🙂

    Best of luck!

    December 9, 2014
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Yes Sandra, I would buy this product over and over again too…good thing I signed up for the annual fee on black friday..I got a whole year for $299. Stoked.!

      December 12, 2014
  6. pete said:

    Hey Janelle.

    Hope you are well?

    Good to see another positive review about Wealthy Affiliate.

    I’d like to further reinforce your excellent review from me as a member of W.A.

    If your readers are searching to find a place to build an online business then please,I ask them to seek no further,they have arrived at the right place.

    I’ve been a member of W.A for over a tear now and with hindsight i can confidently recommend this to anyone who is searching how to make money online.

    Best of all, to start up it’s completely free, i urge you to try it out for a week and see what it can offer you.

    Nowhere else offers websites, safe secure hosting and the tools & training to get your business going. All along side a supportive community with it’s own live chat forum to lend extra help.

    Everyone at Wealthy Affiliate has started somewhere and it’s here you will gain every ones collective knowledge like a Mastermind Group.

    Take a look inside, go on

    You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

    Best wishes to Janelle & everyone with their success.


    December 9, 2014
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Like I said, I’ve been using the Wealthy Affiliate Platform for a year now and I really can’t find any negatives. Thanks Pete.

      December 12, 2014
  7. mark said:

    Hi There…
    I just love your site. It’s has a very clean look, and very pro. info. I glad to have had the opportunity of your enlightenment.
    Be well and stay well

    January 20, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hey, Mark. Thank you for your comment. Stay tuned because I have some useful posts coming up about the practicalities of running an online business and there are some revealing reviews of programs you need to avoid in 2015.
      Cheers from Janelle.

      January 21, 2015
  8. Patrick said:

    Very good information. If I was not already a member of WA. You would probably have convince me to give it a try. I would try the starter membership and see whats up.

    January 22, 2015
    • admin said:

      Hi There Patrick, I’ll see you on the inside …of WA.

      January 23, 2015
  9. Wow, you make me want to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate… And I already have! Very convincing and great insight into a product that could help many people. WA really is one of those sites that are too good to be true, except for the fact that it does exist and it does work.

    February 11, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hello fellow student. I’m glad to hear you are so happy with your experiences at Wealthy Affiliate University. Keep up the good work.

      February 16, 2015
  10. Yared said:

    Hi Janelle. Thank you so much for this informative post. In my experience with so many online opportunities (legit and otherwise), I’ve never seen a company that focuses so much on training and education than the Wealthy Affiliate. It’s truly a university of online business and you have presented the education side very well. I sincerely appreciate your work and hope to see more posts from you. Thanks again.

    October 23, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Yared. It’s all there laid out in step by step lessons.Anyone can follow this program. Thanks for the positive comments.

      October 25, 2015

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