You probably have seen many, many times Wealthy Affiliate( WA) banners, (like the one above ) textual ads while surfing the net and wondering what is this Wealthy Affiliate all about. Who is it for? Why such a craze about WA? Wonder no more because I am going to reveal to you what is Wealthy Affiliate for or about?
Before we talk the “ For “ first we need to know the “ What” and then you can decide if WA is for you or not. Fair? OK, let’s start.
What Is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a marketing platform built to provide steps by steps guide in helping online entrepreneurs to create successful businesses online through various stages of training modules. WA provides research tools, services, and support to its members in realizing their goals as affiliate marketers or online entrepreneurs.
As a WA member, you are an independent affiliate member, not an employee of WA. You are in business for yourself but not by yourself. You have access to the support from the industry experts and the owners themselves 24/7. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or expert you’re never stuck with an unanswered question. With over 1.5 million members & counting worldwide, getting support and help is never an issue.
Who Owns Wealthy Affiliate?
The company founders are Kyle and Carson, extremely successful online entrepreneurs. They truly care about their members as evidenced with their daily presence on WA platform encouraging, helping and answering questions from WA members. There is nowhere else in the world that you can expect this A+ treatment, from successful owners with little cost. They have been doing this since day one.
How Long WA Has Been Around?
WA was established in 2005, almost 15 years at the time of this writing, which testify to its durability and credibility. It has over 1.5 Million members worldwide.
How Does WA Model Work?
Here is a picture outlining the process that will be taught to you in detail within Wealthy Affiliate.
4 Steps that you need to take to be a successful WA online entrepreneur.
1. Choose an interest or niche. Your interest could be anything that you are passionate about, your skill, work experience, hobbies, etc. If your passion is playing tennis, then choose tennis as your niche. Well., I am not passionate about anything, nor do I have work experience or a particular skill, I just sit at home and play video games, you might say. In that case ‘playing video games’ could be your niche.
You can also build a business in niches that you may not have any knowledge of. For example, you may know nothing about bird watching. WA will teach and provide research tools on how to promote ‘bird watching’ niche. There are literally millions of different directions that you can head with your business with the help of the research tools provided.
2. Build A Website. Website is important for your business though not essential. Website is like a piece of real estate. If you own a piece of real estate, like a house, that house is yours and no one can take it from you. Can you live without ever owning a real estate/house? Sure you can. You can rent a house, but that house is never yours, the landlord can ask you to vacate within a short notice. So it’s important to have your own website.
Your goal is to inform people by offering your opinions on various products/services, recommend and offer solutions to their problems through your niche. You get to be an expert on any niche the more you immerse in the niche, even though you started with no knowledge on the subject. So, worry not about what you are going to write on your website.
Creating a website is difficult you say? This can’t be further from the truth. Wealthy Affiliate provides FREE Starter members with two websites and 25 for Premium members. It literally took less than a minute to create a website with Siterubix.com. Oh did I tell you that WA also provides the website domain hosting, the hosting fees that never increase? I didn’t? Well, I just did.
3. Attract Visitors/Traffic. Traffic is important to your business, online or offline. To illustrate the importance of traffic let’s use a simple analogy. You decide to open a flower shop at a shopping strip. To keep it open what must you have? You need customers, right? How do you get customers? You could display banners, put up signs, advertise in the local media like radio, newspaper or TV, have an online presence and engage in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. That’s how.
Online business is no different. You must have traffic to survive. Your website must be indexed & ranked on search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo. The higher the rank, the better it is, enabling readers looking for solutions to their problems and your website providing them the answers. Hence, it’s important to write quality contents.
Engaging presence on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Forums, Instagram, YouTube, etc will drive traffic to your website and this will translate into people buying the products/services you offer. And I let you in a little secret, Wealthy Affiliate teaches traffic building too. They know the best strategies and techniques to get your website ranked. Cool huh.
4. Earn Revenue. This is the best part we have been waiting for. $$$$$. Money, money, money. Must be funny. In the rich man’s world. Money, money, money. Always sunny. In the rich man’s world (a tribute to ABBA).
Now that you have a website, you are thinking, I have nothing to sell. Wrong! There are over half-a-billion products that you can promote as an affiliate marketer through WA. No, you don’t have to deal with inventory, employees, credit cards processing, shipping and all the other headaches of a brick-and-mortar business. You simply link to companies such as Amazon.com. eBay, or Clickbank through your special affiliate links, and in exchange they give you a percentage of every sale you make.
How much are the commissions? It varies from pennies to hundreds even thousands of dollars (on expensive items ) for every sale you made. So yes, it’s lucrative to be an affiliate marketer.
Now you are thinking, what will it cost me to become WA member. As a Stater member, it’s Free. You get 2 free websites, free domain hosting, and 10 free training lessons. After that, you decide whether you want to become a Premium member or remain as a Starter member forever and build an online business on your own. That’s fine. No pressure.
If you decide to become a Premium there are fees as follows:
And there are several bonuses offered to you by upgrading to Premium member. Here are just a few of them.
- 60% discount on 1st. month membership fee
- A free keyword research tool, it’s called Jaaxy
- Direct access to the owners, Kyle & Carson
- Any many more, which you will discover when you become a Premium member.
You may want to take advantage of the yearly payment which is $359. Expensive you say? Compared to what? Let’s put this in a proper perspective, shall we?
I am currently a first-year student at a University in Northern California. Each year it costs me ( well my parents are paying them ) about $60,000. Granted there are other colleges that are slightly less expensive. I am using this as an example. By the time I graduated after 4 years, my parents would have spent close to a quarter of a million on my education. I’ll be lucky if I could land a $50K yearly job then.
Even if I could be so lucky to land a $50K yearly job, I’ll be slaving my way in a corporate world, dealing with douches in the office, kissing my boss ass, who probably is an asshole himself. Is that something you look forward to with great anticipation? Naah aah.
WA on the other hand only cost $359 yearly. With all the education, training, research tools and support available 24/7, $359 is really dirt cheap. $359 is not much money these days. $359 will only pay dinner for two, without the wine and tips to the waiter, in the neighborhood I live. So if you think education is expensive, try stupidity.
Do you have to wait 4 years to start earning with WA? Nope. Depending on the time and effort you put into your online business, you will start seeing Cha Ching $$$$ in a few short months. And as you continue to build your business, your income continues to grow and grow and grow. The potential is unlimited. Do you think your boss will automatically increase your pay every couple of months while working in a corporate world?
Who Is WA For?
The short answer is everybody!. Everybody who wants to make extra income online, or to replace his current income and quit the job he hates. It can be done part-time or full time and of course, your income is reflected with the time and effort you put into your online business just like any other businesses.
Students and I am one of them, could do this to earn extra income and help pay for the college tuition fees. And if you are serious in building the WA, by the time you graduate, you are already making a full-time income and never have to punch in the clock.
For low wage earners, WA can provide a way out of the 50-hour work week that enriches someone else instead of yourself. Yes, certain sacrifices have to be made to achieve financial freedom. WA is also suitable for high-income earners, those in the 6 figures bracket or more, who are spending 10 -12 hours a day, 6 days a week and with little time for themselves and their families. As a WA online entrepreneur, you can work wherever and whenever you want and have time to spend with your families which are precious.
WA is suitable for stay-at-home Moms and Dads, the empty nesters, who have few extra hours a day to devote to online business. Not only they can earn income but WA allows them to actively interact with WA community 24/7.
Retirees living on a fixed income and not sure if there’s still life after retirement will benefit greatly from their involvement with WA. Inflation is the culprit that keeps the cost of living going up every year. Retirees’ social security income or pension plan, unfortunately, remained virtually static. As years go buy they found their fixed income buys less and fewer products/service. That’s not good, not good at all.
WA enables retirees to supplement their fixed income, keep up and even beat inflation, so they can live the remaining years of their life with relevancy and some dignity.
My Final Thought on WA.
I have presented all the facts about WA and whatever stage in life you are right now, you decide for yourself if WA is for you or otherwise. You know what WA is all about now and you also know who WA is for. So take action, you owe it to yourself to at least check it out, a test drive for free and then make a final determination. What are you waiting for?
Take ACTION now.
Thank you for sticking all the way to the end. I can be long-winded sometimes, rambling on and on, but this is something I love to do, helping people who are serious in wanting to change their life, to make a right decision by providing a thorough analysis on the program, separating facts from fiction.
I love to hear your thoughts, comments, and critique. Leave them below and as always I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Ahearst is an author & creator of Affiliate Wizard, a website design to help online entrepreneurs & affiliate marketers to create a successful affiliate marketing business. Ahearst is currently in college majoring in business administration.