Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. The two forms of marketing are differentiated, however, in how they drive sales, where affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations, while referral marketing relies more on trust and personal relationships.[citation needed]
You can join these affiliate programs for free and they give you something called an affiliate link when you join. At the bottom of your review or article you insert your affiliate link and tell them they can buy the product by clicking on that link. If they buy the product through your link you make a commission on that sale. These can add up pretty fast after you get the hang of it.

But, after all the reviews I read, it seems that the only way to make big bucks from WA is through its own affiliate programs. This doesn’t sit well for someone like me who wants to do affiliate in other niches and still earn more than my last corporate job. And… I’m afraid that I would still need to spend a lot of money from media buying (i.e. solo, ads, pps) just to earn back and more.
In 1994, Tobin launched a beta version of PC Flowers & Gifts on the Internet in cooperation with IBM, who owned half of Prodigy.[5] By 1995 PC Flowers & Gifts had launched a commercial version of the website and had 2,600 affiliate marketing partners on the World Wide Web. Tobin applied for a patent on tracking and affiliate marketing on January 22, 1996, and was issued U.S. Patent number 6,141,666 on Oct 31, 2000. Tobin also received Japanese Patent number 4021941 on Oct 5, 2007, and U.S. Patent number 7,505,913 on Mar 17, 2009, for affiliate marketing and tracking.[6] In July 1998 PC Flowers and Gifts merged with Fingerhut and Federated Department Stores.[7]
Hello Scott, my comment and question is this; If I do not have a regular credit card but only a prepaid credit card, then I will not be able to join your company, correct? Or you will say I must pay for the full year, which obviously I can not do,in order to be an affiliate member, correct? I must say that your company sounds about the best of all I have researched but some folks,like myself,just can’t afford a regular credit card so we are precluded from offers like this. Your comment would be appreciated. Thanks
I was cruising the net looking for my next opportunity and was fortunate to find WA. It is a university level training course that lets you pick a business direction and supports you from the very beginning. I have never been in a business environment like the WA community. So many knowledgeable folks willing to help. I am very happy I am here now just to find more time to work on my project.
As a premium Wealthy Affiliate member you do get access to building up to 50 websites, this does include hosting. Domain names are not included as that’s something that’s not owned or controlled by WA. All domain names are created and controlled by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). You can purchase the domain names directly through WA or your favorite domain re-seller. Typical cost is about $12-$14 per year, per domain.
Your second question. Yes, there are people who created websites in a niche they have no interest in and they ended up making money. This does happen although very rarely. I always recommend working with a hobby or a passion simply because this will make everything easier and much more fun. Can you really keep creating content on a subject you’re not interested in? Probably not. You can however hire writers who will do it for you but that’s a different story.
It’s important to know where your traffic is coming from and the demographics of your audience. This will allow you to customize your messaging so that you can provide the best affiliate product recommendations. You shouldn’t just focus on the vertical you’re in, but on the traffic sources and audience that’s visiting your site. Traffic sources may include organic, paid, social media, referral, display, email, or direct traffic. You can view traffic source data in Google Analytics to view things such as time on page, bounce rate, geo location, age, gender, time of day, devices (mobile vs. desktop), and more so that you can focus your effort on the highest converting traffic. This analytics data is crucial to making informed decisions, increasing your conversion rates, and making more affiliate sales. 

You will also have me as your personal mentor and I will be there to help you get everything setup and guide you in the right direction. Also don’t forget about my exclusive bonuses that are available to you if and when you decide to join under me as a premium member. I actually had 0 knowledge and experience on how to rank websites when I first started but I have managed to get this review ranked on the first page of Google.
Hello, I’m very interested in getting into the Dot.com world not to get Rich but hopefully to try and make a little supplemental income. I honestly don’t have a ton of money to spend and I’m pretty new to all of this. I was gonna do the Mobe thing but did my research and OH MY GOSH!!! they are asking for a lot of money for no guarantee return.. I understand nothing is guarante’d but for that system it’s not for people who live week to week like me…. I came across Wa on a review stating it was fairly inexpensive with a monthly membership charge.

While these models have diminished in mature e-commerce and online advertising markets they are still prevalent in some more nascent industries. China is one example where Affiliate Marketing does not overtly resemble the same model in the West. With many affiliates being paid a flat "Cost Per Day" with some networks offering Cost Per Click or CPM.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways people make money online. It is a strategy where an individual partners with a business in order to make a commission by referring readers or visitors to a business’s particular product or service. But that really is quite a simple explanation. To be really successful at making money with affiliate marketing there is a little more to it.
Do they value and help their affiliates? Some affiliate programs do an exceptional job of communicating with their affiliates, notifying them of upcoming sales, offering marketing advice or tools, offering contents and prizes during promotions and more. These types of affiliate programs are a pleasure to be a part of. Ultimate Bundles is an excellent example.
There’s No catches or ANY risk involved whatsoever. You can get started for Free like I said above, and you’ll get the chance to see what you will be doing and if this is something you would be interested in making a career out of. You’ll also be able to check out everything they have to offer and then make the decision as to whether you would like to invest in their advanced premium training. I will also be there to help you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have for me. If there is something you don’t understand I will be there to explain it to you.
NO ONE! I asked and asked. Other trial members asked. But we got zero proof of anything. And confronted with my requests, all I got were bad excuses from the owners of WA. “People are afraid that you copy their website.” LOL :D) As if I anyone could simply copy a website and steal their business. Totally ridiculous. If this was possible then anyone could easily find a topranking website on Google, copy it and get rich. LOL. And all this “secrecy” totally went against their proclaimed ideology about a helping and sharing community.
This is more of a system for people who aren’t confident that they can create an online niche website due to lack of knowledge or no idea where to start. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this for veterans in the online marketing and blogging world, there is very little here that understanding Panda and Hummingbird can’t teach you, as well as a few misguided blog posts of your own and learning how to cater to your audience.
I just want to say what a great review !!I know I want to work for myself and I also know I want a online business so I have the freedom to work from any location. I have a young son and granddaughter who I want to be able to spend as much time as possible with without thinking about a 9 – 5 occupation. I have searched and read an abundance of information and now I have come across WA its time to take action to fulfil my dreams, having ultra successful online businesses which in turn will give me and my family the financial security and freedom to live life on my own terms. HIP HIP HURRAY 🙂
It doesn't teach you how to get on the first page of Google at all. That's a huge part of affiliate marketing. What good is it to have a well-built site if nobody sees it? No, it doesn't teach how to run ads either. It just teaches you how to look for niches, find keywords, and build a website. I had high hopes for this course but was disappointed after joining.
Although Wealthy Affiliate will teach you different marketing strategies that are very helpful for any kind of business, they do concentrate on affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing means that you get paid a commission whenever someone buys a product that you recommend. Most companies offer affiliate programs (Amazon, eBay, Target, Airlines companies, credit card companies, etc.). Since more and more people buy things online instead of going to traditional stores (for obvious reasons) it’s only wise to claim your share of these sales online. What I always loved about WA is that they encourage you to do what you love – this makes running a business a lot more fun and profitable.
The reason you got this notification is because the starter membership isn’t available in your country. It is in NO WAY a spam website as they have a very strict spam free policy that you must abide by when you join. You must live in either Nigeria or India as these are the only 2 countries that I know of where the starter membership isn’t available.
If you haven’t done so already I would get started by signing up for your FREE account by clicking on the “Become A Member” button above, fill out a few details and you are in. I will be getting in contact with you within your first hour to see how things are going for you and to answer any additional questions you may have getting started. I really am looking forward to working with you Adam and helping you build a business that you will be proud of.
So I was almost convinced to join ‘Ameriplan’ when I googled reviews for it and came across this website and started browsing… And I am so glad I did! I have a newborn baby, and want to work from home to avoid getting a sitter, and anyone with kids knows that you just dont have money to waste on a SCAM… diapers are expensive! lol But, I was reading this article and I would really like to know more about it… Do you have to pay the $47.00 before you start making money? And what exzactly are you getting paid for?
How many months/years did it take you to make your first $1000 at WA? What is a good niche to choose initially? Do money making/home business blogs make the most money? And is it advisable for a newbie to start at WA with a money making blog? Other than paying for the wealthy affiliate yearly membership, how much does one have to pay for other things like web hosting, autoresponder, themes, domain name etc? eg how much would you have spent on this website other than what you pay to WA?Is this site hosted by WA? If I already have a website-does it still help to join WA?
Highly competitive: If you can’t generate traffic, you don’t make any sales. This is the biggest challenge. When everyone can sign up for these affiliate offers for free (very low barrier for entry), now you have a situation where there is a boatload of competition for most affiliate opportunity out there. Unless you use paid traffic, most people get traffic from building a website and ranking it in Google, which is what Wealthy Affiliate teaches, but the problem is there’s only 10 spots on the first page of Google. & you have to compete for those spots with thousands of affiliates around the world.

I will also be there to help you out if you get stuck or you don’t understand something. I am looking forward to working with you Andrew and helping you get your website setup and ready to go so that you can market your products online. I hope this has helped answer your question and if you have any further questions please let me know and I will be glad to answer them for you.
I’m so glad that you are enjoying WA and I hope you are finding your way around the community. I have bought many programs in the past and they were all scams. Then I found WA and I absolutely love it. The training there is so easy to follow and everything is laid out for you. It’s a blueprint for your success if you follow it closely, and take action on what you learn.

I’m glad you are interested in learning more about WA and I can tell you from my own personal experience that if you work hard at this you WILL start to see results. I have been doing this for a little over 2 years now and I have grown my business quite a bit in that time. This is in no way a get rich quick scheme, but a legitimate way for you to build something up that you can be proud of.
Frank, my Girlfriend invested in a system called Digital Altitude some time back, not quite sure what that system consisted of as it sounded a bit strange to me a retired Automotive Tech of 40 plus years! Of course I invested in her hoping it was legal and something legit… Well they are being temporally shut down by the Federal Trade Commission while they’re being investigated… Was going to suggest Wealthy Affiliate! So has Wealthy Affiliate been checked out?
As far as writing content I would suggest that you follow the training and ask questions when you have them in the comment thread below each lesson. You would simply need to do some in-depth research on these other companies just like you did for WA. After you have compiled this information simply put it in your own words and write it in a way that it speaks to your audience.
I am really impressed with all the information you provided on the Wealthy Affiliate program.  I was reading through the testimonials, and it was really nothing but a lot of positive feedback!   The fact that the platform is free, unless you choose to upgrade, is fantastic, because it really gives people a chance to see if this type of business is for them.  That’s awesome!  Most affiliate marketing programs want money up front to sign up.  Great information!  Thanks!
Take advantage of marketing tools whenever possible. Many affiliate programs offer useful resources to their affiliates aimed at helping affiliates make more sales. These range from monthly newsletters highlighting upcoming sales, tips or affiliate case studies, Facebook Groups just for affiliates, private webinars explaining marketing strategies in depth and more. Ultimate Bundles does this exceptionally well.

Hi Scott. Well I must say, you certainly have made this sound very attractive. For the past year I have just been trying to figure out how all this works. ( I’m 49 ) I am not Tech Savvy!! Did not actually get my very first computer till a year & 1/2 ago( Don’t know what took so long 🙁 ). The Internet world, ( so I have heard it called ) is a scarry place :(, and if you want to become involved in it like I do, it’s hard to know where to start, who to beleive, who to listen to, very scarry. But I truly have to say that after reading your review of WA, I do feel alot more comfortable about finley finding someplace to start. I will be joing your program later this morning, after the birds wake up 🙂 (it’s only 5am right now). I would like to Thank You for the time you have put in to this review of WA, and giving me the sense of finally being able to say, I can trust this guy Scott. You have a nice day, and I do look forward to talking with you more down the road.


You get 2 FREE fully functioning websites along with all the tools, training and personal 1 on 1 help and support directly from me and many other experienced internet marketers when you join. You can get started for free and give WA a test drive before you decide if this is something you can see yourself doing before investing any money into their program. I recommend that you get started by signing up for your free account here and setup your profile.
Writing product reviews are an excellent way to enhance your credibility as an affiliate marketer. This is especially easy with information products like e-books which are relatively inexpensive. After establishing some steady income it may even be worth buying higher-end products, provided you get in touch with the product creator to work out a strategic marketing plan that takes you to the next level.
I googled a product provider like Amazon and saw how much It would cost me to actually make a partnership with them, I was surprise to find it was free for the first month but than I saw after that, it was $25 per month? And than I was horrified to read further down the email that was sent to me, Kyle, claiming it took him three whole months just to earn his first dollar! I would have lost $50 by the time I saw my first dollar, which would have been about 80p because I live in the United Kingdom.
As for where to place a disclosure, the guiding principle is that it has to be clear and conspicuous. The closer it is to your recommendation, the better. Putting disclosures in obscure places – for example, buried on an ABOUT US or GENERAL INFO page, behind a poorly labeled hyperlink or in a “terms of service” agreement – isn’t good enough. Neither is placing it below your review or below the link to the online retailer so readers would have to keep scrolling after they finish reading. Consumers should be able to notice the disclosure easily. They shouldn’t have to hunt for it.

I think you did a great job with this review of Wealthy Affiliate. You pretty much covered everything but what I like the most about your review is how you included not only your own testimonial but also those of other successful Wealthy Affiliates who are making money online. This just goes to show that you can really make money online by applying the training and lessons taught by WA.
Since you live in India, you aren’t going to see a “Create your Free Account” link to be active but instead you should see something that says starter accounts aren’t available in your country, but we would love to have you as a premium member. Another thing that you could try is to change your country to one where the starter memberships are available. I’m not sure if this will work or not, but it’s definitely worth a try at this point.
The ONLY way you will make money is by creating a 'practice' blog page (which becomes your sole purpose) that markets your affiliation with Wealthy Affiliates! In fact, so MANY pages have been created for this purpose that their SEO is AMAZING! It's genius really! They made it so that even if you look up complaints you will be hard pressed to find me, and instead only sites that are cronies just promoting themselves. It's the worst case of writing reviews for yourself that I've ever seen. 
Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. The two forms of marketing are differentiated, however, in how they drive sales, where affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations, while referral marketing relies more on trust and personal relationships.[citation needed]
He didn't want me to write, but I just felt the need. So, here I am. No, I wasn't dumb enough to pay for it, but it seems that, unless you want to be a Wealthy Affiliate robot you are not welcome, and will be coaxed VERY tenderly into paying for it. In fact, I was told that the core of what I wanted to learn was in fact in the premium membership, lucky me! If I was some poor beginning I would've fallen, green money hard.  

While you remain a starter there’s no limit to it. Just after 7 days you lose communication abilities, but you are still free to go through the training and build out your websites as much as you want. You can get your first month at an unbelievable discount of 59% off (Comes out to only $19) to give premium a test drive for 30 days to see if this is something you want to invest in before paying full price.


Basically, anyone who is looking to make money fast should stay away from Wealthy Affiliate. There are plenty of “make money fast” e-books and courses out there, and they are all a scam (trust me). While Wealthy Affiliate is legit, they will absolutely never claim that they teach you how to make money fast. Building a legitimate online business takes time.
There was one thing that I did have, and that was a desire to learn this stuff and become successful in this business. It doesn’t matter if you are 16 years old or 60 years old. If you have a burning desire to succeed here, and you would like to learn a new skill that could change your life for the better than I would highly suggest that you check out WA.
I came across many programmer like this but WA seems a little better. how you can help me finding a niche as I am confuse and not good at any thing. Maximum new WA members choosing to promote its affiliate programmer I don’t like this because I know nothing about how to make money online. First I will choose another niche and able to make $1000 per month then I will confirm that this the way for online earning(first I will prove it myself on further I will go to promote it). English is not my first language and before I have never written any content how I can write 1500 to 2500 words unlimited content, as we know content is the king in this business.
So a question I have, just because it didn’t jump into my eyes – does this Wealthy Affiliate Program also include knowledge about list-building? Because this is what i get so far – I should build a following by providing some kinda value to people that click on ads that I place on the internet.. I know – you can’t explain everything – but my question is – do you think I find “everything” here kinda “step-by-step”. Seen that you don’t call SFM a SCAM leaves me unsure, if I should go on a while – and just stay cirtical. What’s your opinion?

You could definitely use this as a starting point and take the knowledge you already have about outdoor water sports and expand on it. There are many different things you could discuss on your website. If there’s something you don’t know that much about you can always do research on the topic and have more then enough information to write about it. If you can help other people out in this niche(Topic) you can turn this into a full time business that makes full time money.


Now I work much less. I try to put in an 8 hour day but with distractions, hobbies, etc I probably do about 3-4 hours of hard work per day. I’m trying not to get too lazy though, because running an affiliate website does take consistent work to stay relevant. It’s not a total “retire early and do nothing” type of plan. You gotta work to grow your business!

Fantastic. I am floundering in information overload from WA. I am a premium member and have been through the gauntlet of being discouraged and quit. I went to another online marketing company and found that what I had was a hundred times better with WA. I went back and discovered things that I hadn’t found the first time I was there. Yes, I am not in the money game yet but with WA’s humbleness and wonderful help I intend to keep on trucking. Your site is the best motivation that can be had to people who are struggling with the learning process.
In the past, large affiliates were the mainstay, as catch-all coupon and media sites gave traffic to hundreds or thousands of advertisers. This is not so much the case anymore. With consumers using long-tail keywords and searching for very specific products and services, influencers can leverage their hyper-focused niche for affiliate marketing success. Influencers may not send advertisers huge amounts of traffic, but the audience they do send is credible, targeted, and has higher conversion rates. 

Hey Matthew, there are many scams out there that promise you the world but have little to nothing to offer you. I’m glad that you have decided to get started with the starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate and I look forward to working with you man on building your own online business. If you need my help or have any questions feel free to leave me a message and I would be glad to help you out.

Although there is no exact answer to this question I can tell you this: The amount of money you can earn is directly related to what you do and how you do it. The folks who are highly successful have one thing in common – they followed the training to the dot and they took massive action. Learning how to do something is great but you need to apply this knowledge in order to actually start earning.


Yes this opportunity is available nationwide and is open for everyone. If you are living in the US then yes you can sign up for your FREE account by clicking on the Big Blue Become A Member button above. Fill out a few basic details and you are in. I will be contacting you within the first 60 minutes of you joining to answer any questions you have and welcoming you to the community.

Hello Jan, IIU is one of those overpriced scams that I have reviewed in an earlier post. I know it’s kinda late for you now since you have been in for 8 months now with no success. If you would have joined Wealthy Affiliate you would have been well on your way to earning a nice income for yourself by this time. I would highly recommend that you at least check out their Free starter membership and try it out for yourself. I know that you will love it and find that it is the real deal.


I would recommend that you sign up for your starter membership here and see what WA can do for you. I will also be there to help you out every step of the way and answer any questions you may have. If you have any other questions for me or need a hand getting started please let me know and I would be more than happy to answer your questions and help you out.
I found Wealthy Affliate based on reviews by Affliate marketers on YouTube. ( not to mention they get paid a small fee for very one they sign up under them) Many had great things to say found very few bad things on this company. I wanted to earn extra cash at home. So I signed up. Only to realise it is A LOT of work you will need to do especially if your a beginner. I won’t recommend anyone with basic English/grammar skills even the tool they help supports isn’t Adequate enough. In order to see real results it will take months if not years before you see a real income. It’s subscription so even if your not putting in the work you will still need to pay up. Not to mention if you do decide to leave you will LOSE your domain name. It’s an requirement, they do offer a free one but recommend/ urge you to purchase one from them. I would suggest you really think about putting your money anywhere that sounds to good to be true. Nothing comes easy or free but most are Pyramid systems that can really have you believing your going to be a millionaire.

This method sort of takes you accountable. The most important thing you have to do is to take action! It is like doing your homework (I mean… when it’s fun) and your teacher giving you a good grade every time you show it to him/her. You feel you want to complete the lessons because you know you’ll get one step closer to making your dreams come true.
As you can tell from her homepage, all of Andréa’s posts focus on all-natural, high-protein, delicious recipes. She has a niche, and she sticks to it! Whenever she calls out an ingredient that’s associated with an affiliate program she’s involved in (such as a protein powder), she hyperlinks that word with an affiliate link back to product’s website. 
If anyone is claiming Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, I'm going to guess it's because of one of the following reasons: they are trying to convince you to join a different program or they didn't have success with Wealthy Affiliate. Being a successful affiliate is going to require you to roll up your sleeves and put in some hours. Nobody said it would be easy, and if they did they're lying to you.
Scott, I’m right there with you. Wealthy Affiliate is a great company if you want to work hard. And NO you WILL NOT get rich quickly. It is a process. And you HAVE to like to write because you generate the content for the site yourself. So if you are not interested in writing, then Wealthy Affiliate is NOT for you. One of the biggest things that I like is that you don’t have to pay a cent to start making money. Yes, they do offer a premium option and it is better in the long run, but you will have no problem making money with the free account.

Also, you wrote a review on WA and on your recommendation I joined them, did not do anything with it and re-joined them a few years later again! Some months ago i was reading your website again and came across your reviews in particular “Proven Amazon Course” by Jim Cockrum. Consequently, I purchased his book and shortly thereafter I purchased the ‘PAC’ course! (You should have received — I hope — some commissions from all of these!?)


There are two ways to approach affiliate marketing: You can offer an affiliate program to others or you can sign up to be another business's affiliate. As the business driving an affiliate program, you'll pay your affiliates a commission fee for every lead or sale they drive to your website. Your main goal should be to find affiliates who'll reach untapped markets. For example, a company with an e-zine may make a good affiliate because its subscribers are hungry for resources. So introducing your offer through a "trusted" company can grab the attention of prospects you might not have otherwise reached.
And finally, I find that it is almost too easy to communicate with people! I love helping people and meeting new people in the industry, but as a successful affiliate marketer, I do get bombarded with so many questions from people I don’t even know. For that reason, I try to keep my responses prioritised by always responding to those who I referred through my affiliate link. Heck, they helped me earn a few bucks, so why shouldn’t they get priority? While this system works, I do sometimes feel bad at my super late response times for many of those trying to get some help.
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