Great article, Zach. The one question I have is about hyperlinking the brand name with your affiliate link. Isn’t it a little annoying for the reader if the brand name is hyperlinked throughout the article? It may even seem obvious to the reader that the blog is promoting an affiliate product. In an article with 1000+ words, a brand name may be mentioned at least 10-15 times. Do you suggest hyperlinking the brand every time?
You will be selling other people’s products and you’ll be provided with all the marketing materials needed to sell their products as well as your very own affiliate ID. You will be given your very own personalized affiliate link and this is the link that pays you. You will need to put your affiliate link on your website, and when people visit your website, click on your link, and make a purchase, you make money.

You also will be able to use the Live Chat feature. Live chat is where members ask questions to other members. The community encourages people to pay-it-forward, so successful affiliates like myself, try to hang around to answer questions in live chat throughout the day. You'll get direct access to me and a host of other full-time affiliates for the first seven days of your free Wealthy Affiliate membership.
Great review Chris, I am a WA member and I love the training they provide.  I think that that the program offers good value for money and I love the community.  If I have a question I know there is someone that can help me in a very short period of time.  JohnHB mentioned there are no upsells within this program and It’s one of the reasons why I chose this training program.  You really covered this review well.  
I am thinking about joining but I am not sure what I am getting into. I would like to have an online business just what you state but I dont have any products to sell. You help set up a website but what would it include in the website. Will I be able to join for affiliate business programs that i can sell for the other business companies? I know you have tutorials but It sure will be confusing to me and can be frustrating. Will there be a do it for you for this business that i can lead what I want to promote or sell?
IF this is correct, I happen to disagree, personally (about Network Marketing being a poor choice) – and hence, I would be reluctant to bring fellow Network Marketers into WA. I am associated with an MLM (a Natural Health & Wellness company), and I see a great many aspects within WA that would “support” building an MLM / Network Marketing biz via their superb Educational Marketing Platform — “as well as” — building a successful AFFILIATE business. In other words, being a ‘combo’ Inter-Network Marketer / Affiliate Marketer.
If you actually use the product and get results with it, then sharing a case study or your personal experience can be one of the most effective ways of selling those products to your audience. As you build a more responsive list of email subscribers and buyers and your reputation, merchants may offer you “free” samples of e-books or other products.
And I always suggest people to be honest. I am not sure where you got the idea that you need to scam people or spamming people in order to make money online. In fact, I think honest reviews and suggestions work much better. Many of those low quality websites that spam people or publish a bunch of dishonest reviews fail within a few months. Honesty is the only way to go in my opinion.

But Keale’s AWOL won’t return my email, and I’m trying to get my “no questions asked refund” it has only been 6 days. Should I report him to my bank or say a few things to get him moving faster? Jack please, I’m begging you to help me. I really am interested in doing the affiliate and I’m not in a hurry, I have studied this SEO and do have a BA in business. Thank you in advance.


Wow thanks for sharing this great resource which is Wealthy Affiliate. I have joined as their premium member too, for just a few months now, definitely not as long as you’re in it. But I know right now already, that I’ll be there for the long haul. I have already set up my first website, and it’s starting to get some traffic from search terms. Next I’ll be focusing more on tapping on the traffic to generate some revenue. So I definitely have only good words for Wealthy Affiliate, what they teach there is superb stuff, and it works! 
Once you sign up and they approve you, then you will be given access to their back office area where you will be assigned a unique affiliate id link. What you will be doing next is creating product reviews that target a specific set of keywords. This should be keywords that are related to products and services within the healthcare industry. You should place your unique affiliate links at the bottom of your review pages and tell people that they can get more information and get the lowest price on the product by clicking on your affiliate link.
I just Google “[product type] + affiliate program.” So if you want to promote e-cigs. You would Google, “e-cig affiliate programs” or something of that nature. I like going with companies who have had an affiliate program for a while. Companies with new programs often times are late with payments and/or don’t convert as well as the well established companies.
There are 2 options you have when you decide to join the premium membership at WA. You can get your first month at an unbelievable discount of only $19 for your first month if you sign up within your first 7 days. This is a savings of over 50% and this way you can try out everything that is offered at Wealthy Affiliate and get the foundation of your business up and running for under $20.

Let’s say you have a promotions page where you’re promoting a product via affiliate links. If you currently get 5,000 visits/month at a 2% conversion rate, you have 100 referrals. To get to 200 referrals, you can either focus on getting 5,000 more visitors, or simply increasing the conversion rate to 4%. Which sounds easier? Instead of spending months on blogging, SEO, and social media marketing to get more traffic, you just have to increase the conversion rate by 2%. This can include landing page optimization, testing your calls-to-action, and having a conversion rate optimization strategy in place. By testing and optimizing your site, you’ll get far better results with much less effort. 
2. Finding the correct products to promote – If you’re promoting crap products, no one is going to buy them. No matter how good you are at marketing. Finding the correct merchant is one of the most important steps on your affiliate journey, you need to be promoting attractive products that people want to buy. That way, half the work is already done for you!
Hi there, The greatest thing about affiliate marketing is you don’t need your own products to be able to make money. Affiliate marketing is just one of the many ways that you can make money online. If you really are interested in a opportunity like this then I think you owe it to yourself to check out Wealthy Affiliate and see if this is something you are interested in doing. You can get started for Free and there is no risk whatsoever.

You are provided with 2 free websites to get you started and these are a sub domain and have the siterubix extension at the end of them (For example howtomakemoneyonline.siterubix.com) With the premium membership you get 25 of these sub domains as well as the ability to host 25 domains that you own on WA’s state of the art secure and high speed hosting that’s included with your premium membership.

The only other things I didn't like about OMG Machines is that the course is super disorganized, they promote tons of other programs, and one of their coaches berated me several times for asking what he considered to be stupid questions. The funny part is, he misread my question and went on the berate me about how I'll never be successful because I don't pay attention to detail. How ironic lol.

If your audience is looking to launch an online business, migrate their ecommerce platform, or simply interested in ecommerce content, we encourage you to apply for the BigCommerce affiliate program. Our team will carefully review your application. Once approved, you will receive access to support, tracking, reporting, payments, and have your own unique affiliate link to track every referral you generate. BigCommerce is committed to the success of our affiliate partners.
You see what I’m getting at? If you break these niches down like I’ve done for you above and gradually start to build your site out you can branch out into other target markets in the tattoo niche. If you haven’t already, I would sign up for your free starter account by clicking on the “Become A Member” button above in blue. This way you’ll be able to get a feel for what you’ll be doing and get to check out everything that WA has to offer you without spending any of your hard earned money.
Video games are in high demand and this is a multi billion dollar business which you could capitalize on with your website. You will get 2 free websites when you join and you can use these to promote anything you want. If you want to know how the whole process works I have explained it in detail here http://aworkathomebusinesses.com/how-to-become-affiliate-marketer/ This post will walk you through the entire process and explain how everything works. If you stick with the training that WA has and follow it closely, then take action on what you have learned you will start seeing a whole lot more then $60 a month.I look forward to working with you Stacey and if you have any more questions about how this works or need a hand getting started please let me know and I would love to answer your questions and help you out.
The entire reason I created this site is because as an affiliate marketer, I started getting upset with the lack of ethics and misinformation being spread from MANY affiliate marketers, especially as it pertains to the “make money online” niche. So many online marketers out there promise you quick easy money if you just sign up and pay for this or that. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. Growing an affiliate marketing business is just like starting any other business – it takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error. I won’t get into it here, but if you’d like you can read my honest article about how long it takes to earn a full-time living with affiliate marketing.
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Cookie stuffing involves placing an affiliate tracking cookie on a website visitor's computer without their knowledge, which will then generate revenue for the person doing the cookie stuffing. This not only generates fraudulent affiliate sales but also has the potential to overwrite other affiliates' cookies, essentially stealing their legitimately earned commissions.
This was, by far, the most detailed and thorough review of Wealthy Affiliate I have ever read. Personally, I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for more than two years. I spent nearly six months loitering on the free starter membership before jumping into premium and then, of course, on to yearly premium. In hindsight, I wish I had jumped in much sooner. 
2 - This is not just for beginners on the internet. There are a large amount of marketers that joined to learn more and love it. So the coaxing part you mentioned.... not really there. You can stay a free member but you just don't get the info that premium members get. You seemed to be outraged about that. Well how about you give your services away to anyone that does not want to pay and then charge the ones that think it's worth it. How soon before you are called out and you have no business at all. So that complaint is just non-sense. 

I agree that the internet can be a scary place when it comes to trying to find a legit place to learn how to make money online. It doesn’t matter if you have never touched a computer in your whole life or how old you are. If you can follow simple directions and have a determination to learn everything you can about Internet marketing, It will be impossible for you to fail. If I can learn this, I know that anyone can and I would love to take you by the hand and show you how to get started.
These videos would be free for all of my Wealthy Affiliate referrals since I get commission from those. If you're not a wealthyaffiliate members, I would charge a small monthly fee just to weed out the haters who might try to sabotage the site, and to compensate me for the time and effort of recording the videos and explaining each step along the way.
It is unfortunate to hear you weren’t able to make money online. Unfortunately I do not what kind of effort you put in and how you approached your own business so I can’t comment on the reasons why. I for a fact made more money online in my very first year than I made working a full time office job here in Canada. As you mentioned, creating a successful online business does take a LOT of work and time as well. If it was easy we’d all be rich. Building a business is a long term process and should be seen as such.
As search engines have become more prominent, some affiliate marketers have shifted from sending e-mail spam to creating automatically generated web pages that often contain product data feeds provided by merchants. The goal of such web pages is to manipulate the relevancy or prominence of resources indexed by a search engine, also known as spamdexing. Each page can be targeted to a different niche market through the use of specific keywords, with the result being a skewed form of search engine optimization.

My major concern is this. From what I garner, having great blogging skills in a niche area of your choice and wealth of knowledge (and hard work of course) is integral to having a successful business online. Thus, I will like to know how WA might help in honing those blogging skills for those that are newbies or don’t have the knowledge depth in their niche field to be confident on blogging about it. Like are there methodologies in place to take a newbie to a decent and possibly professional blogging level? Even if this might sound apparent; with your experience, will researching in the niche choice help to fill the knowledge gap to a level where you can start posting quality contents on the website/blog?
This was, by far, the most detailed and thorough review of Wealthy Affiliate I have ever read. Personally, I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for more than two years. I spent nearly six months loitering on the free starter membership before jumping into premium and then, of course, on to yearly premium. In hindsight, I wish I had jumped in much sooner. 
Starting your own home business has never been easier, thanks to the internet. With the help of the internet you have access to people from all over the world, right from your own home. While there are many types of businesses you can start, affiliate marketing is one of the best. It can give you an extremely large income and all you have to do is learn some new skills. If you can read and write you can have a very successful online business.

Hi Scott!Read all the questions & your sincere replies to each of them. I like your patient & caring attitude. I am free member at WA, but haven’t gone past the self profiling & 1st lesson. Reason: being employed doesn’t give me much free time for online learning..not that, having sufficient time to learn would make me an expert, as my ‘Net’ worthiness comes to nearly nothing..yes just web browsing, emailing & stuff like that. Much as I would like to be a Premier member to become very Net savvy with its technicalities, I doubt my own abilities at my age(yes i am 50)to do online business as an affiliate. But affiliate is what i want to be in future. So, Scott advise me.
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!?)

I see a few complaints here and I actually did the same sort of research before joining Wealthy Affiliate.  I even remember reading a report like this.   What I did find is that it was easy to make a decision on whether or not to try it after reading mostly positive reviews and reading a few negative reviews on here from what appears to be competitors and those that maybe had a bad experience for one reason or another.  I see some said their write access was cut off and I think that can happen if you get reported for spamming others within the community.  There is no spam allowed at WA which is nice.


Although it differs from spyware, adware often uses the same methods and technologies. Merchants initially were uninformed about adware, what impact it had, and how it could damage their brands. Affiliate marketers became aware of the issue much more quickly, especially because they noticed that adware often overwrites tracking cookies, thus resulting in a decline of commissions. Affiliates not employing adware felt that it was stealing commission from them. Adware often has no valuable purpose and rarely provides any useful content to the user, who is typically unaware that such software is installed on his/her computer.
Dear Scott, First thanks so much for your review on Ameriplan. I was about to join until I read your review. Thank you for being frank but not overly negative. It really came across as a realistic review. Then I followed you here and am intrigued. However, some of the other WA blogs state it is not an MLM but the way you make money is by selling the WA premium package. Is that the only way you can make money? And if so how is it not an MLM? I am still going to join the free program through you as you seem like a straight shooter and easy to work with.

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.
Thanks! by time I would finish reading your article i have made my conclusion of what to say about it. I say, it is because of your honesty that is your success in this field. You tell it like it is. You know, before starting to read your article, i was in kind of hurry to move on but every next words keep pulling me like a magnet until i read all of it. Great info, Great perspective, Great lessons to apply.
Hi Scott I found your website and basically loved what I seen. I’m just having a few issues, when I try to sign up it says it already have an account (which I do not this is my very first time). But I still took the step as if I previously signed up before and then it said I don’t even have and account with you guys, which is what I figured, so I’m a little lost and its not letting me sign up at all. 🙁 Please Help
When you sign up for Wealthy Affiliate I will be there to help you out every step of the way. I will be getting in contact with you within 60 minutes of you joining to welcome you to the community and to answer any questions you might have. When I frirst started down the road of Internet marketing it was tough, and I needed all the support and guidance that I could get. If you have any questions or need help getting started I will be there to guide you all the way.
Hi Scott I found your website and basically loved what I seen. I’m just having a few issues, when I try to sign up it says it already have an account (which I do not this is my very first time). But I still took the step as if I previously signed up before and then it said I don’t even have and account with you guys, which is what I figured, so I’m a little lost and its not letting me sign up at all. 🙁 Please Help
Hi Rajkamal, I’m glad you are eager to get started making money and my goal is to help you get there, but before that can happen there is a couple of things you need. 1. You need a website which you are going to get 2 when you sign up. 2. You need to have something in mind that you want to promote. 3. You need training on how to write content that is going to bring you traffic. This will lead to sales. So to answer your question yes you need traffic to get sales. The reason you didn’t get no sales by posting them ads is because this is a very ineffective way to go about marketing.
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. 
If you don’t like to write, do not sign up for Wealthy Affiliate. The business model that Wealthy Affiliate teaches revolves around producing lots of great content to attract website visitors from search engines. This means, as you build your business, you’ll be writing just about every day, just like I do on this very blog you’re reading. I’ve already written almost 4,000 words in this one post alone, and it’s not even close to being finished yet. Affiliate marketing takes work, and if you are unable or unwilling to write a TON of content, don’t even consider getting into this. Being a writer will end up being your main job.
Wow–this was extremely thorough. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain everything. I learned quite a bit!! It’s awesome that you have been with WA 6 years–that is quite the testimony and you clearly understand all of the ins and out and really love the program. You were very detailed and explanatory in this post and it was very appreciated. I now feel like I really understand what WA is all about. Thanks so much!
Now that I’ve read your article, it appears that what you’ve written makes since. I’m a truck driver, who’s just trying to make something different of his life. What makes you any different ? How can I be sure that you’ll offer the same support that SFM claims to provide, but for less money ? I’m not being skeptical, cautious at this point because I don’t have much money to waste, but I am looking to make a difference.

Some good tips. I fully agree that it’s all about trust and it is always good to recommend an affiliate product that you have actually used. Why risk your reputation on a product you don’t know if it’s any good or not? If people buy one dodgy product from your site, they will probably never make that mistake again. That it why my blog strongly advocates ethical affiliate marketing. It’s the best long term stragey for affiliate marketing success.

jack cao i am totally broke joining all shiny programmes and i am 4 percent since 4 months and got worried about truth. person posted link in the 4 percent fan page how i found you. i really need your guidance to build a profitable business online. i am committed to do what ever it takes to save my family from grief we are going through. a year back i had joined WA but that time i was completely new and didn’t continue and canceled for i couldn’t affording to pay but now i am ok . Wealthy Affiliate Review: A Skeptic no More! See my Results.
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