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?
WEALTHY AFFILIATE REVIEW 2014
Product Name; Wealthy Affiliate University
Price; $0 start up / $49 per month
Owners; Kyle and Carson
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?
- 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?
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..
Is it expensive?
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.
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.
The 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. 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. 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.
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
Product Name; Wealthy Affiliate
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
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.
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.
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!
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