Adam Enfroy is the Affiliate Partnerships Manager at BigCommerce. With 10+ years of experience in digital marketing, ecommerce, selling online courses, and web development, he is passionate about leveraging the right strategic partnerships and software to scale digital growth. Adam lives in Austin, TX and writes about affiliate marketing and building your online influence on his personal blog.

The modus operandi of WA is ALL about pretending to be a friendly membership training site, with videos, personal support, comments and chats with experienced affiliate marketers. You get a sense of a great, encouraging and welcoming community, in the beginning, just long enough to last you through the trial and to have you sign up to the monthly program.

The biggest reason I love recommending Wealthy Affiliate to new affiliate marketers is because it literally provides EVERYTHING you will ever need. You don’t need to buy a domain name in one place then get hosting in another place while you sign up for training at yet another place. Everything you need is in one spot, for one consistent monthly cost. Plus, they don’t just provide the tools, but they give step-by-step training instructions on how to use all the tools properly. If you still don’t understand something, just ask the community or go into live chat, and you could get an answer in literally seconds.
Websites consisting mostly of affiliate links have previously held a negative reputation for underdelivering quality content. In 2005 there were active changes made by Google, where certain websites were labeled as "thin affiliates".[29] Such websites were either removed from Google's index or were relocated within the results page (i.e., moved from the top-most results to a lower position). To avoid this categorization, affiliate marketer webmasters must create quality content on their websites that distinguishes their work from the work of spammers or banner farms, which only contain links leading to merchant sites.
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.
Websites consisting mostly of affiliate links have previously held a negative reputation for underdelivering quality content. In 2005 there were active changes made by Google, where certain websites were labeled as "thin affiliates".[29] Such websites were either removed from Google's index or were relocated within the results page (i.e., moved from the top-most results to a lower position). To avoid this categorization, affiliate marketer webmasters must create quality content on their websites that distinguishes their work from the work of spammers or banner farms, which only contain links leading to merchant sites.
Some merchants run their own (in-house) affiliate programs using dedicated software, while others use third-party intermediaries to track traffic or sales that are referred from affiliates. There are two different types of affiliate management methods used by merchants: standalone software or hosted services, typically called affiliate networks. Payouts to affiliates or publishers can be made by the networks on behalf of the merchant, by the network, consolidated across all merchants where the publisher has a relationship with and earned commissions or directly by the merchant itself.
In 2 short months you would still be in your initial training period, so I don’t see how you can honestly say you found no use for it after 2 months. You need to slow down and take your time when you are going through the courses. That’s why most people fail online because they go through the courses to fast and they miss out on lots of valuable info.
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.
I’m glad you have found my review of WA to be helpful and let me take a few minutes to answer your questions about WA. When you join WA you will be learning how to build your own online business. You do this by choosing something you’re interested in or a hobby of yours and building a website around this hobby. There’s in depth training and task based lessons that walk you through everything from choosing products that are related to your interests to showing you how to apply to companies like Amazon, Target, Best Buy and many other top retailers online that sell these products.
Wealthy Affiliate is by far one of the best affiliate marketing platforms for anyone to use. I love all of their tools. I love the online community. I also love the potential for growth when it comes to becoming an affiliate marketer for Wealthy Affiliate bc it is based on a monthly recurring payment when you make a sale and bring someone into the site. It is a great way to go, and I recommend it to everyone!
I stumbled to this site as I was attempting to get even more information about a company that you seem to know by name all too well AmeriPlan. For me from the first contact from that company there was something in my head already telling me that this company was not for me, however it ALMOST seemed to me that they wanted you to do reseach on them since they claim to have a good review with the BBB. So with lack of my better judgement I put those feelings aside and put more of my time in doing some research on them. I went to the BBB site, and saw nothing but not so good all the way to simply terrible reviews there. At that point (which was approximately 2 weeks ago) I knew that that this company was just not a good fit for me. The emails kept coming, and to be honest I wrote them off, however did not advise them that I was not interested yet. Today I was planning to do just that simply respond to the emails and let them know, but before I completed that for some reason I decided to google their name review. I am the type of person that always beleives that everything happens for a reason, now so here I am on your page. I know this has been very long, but I wanted you to know how and where I came from. What you guys are doing here seems VERY interesting! I am not looking for some kind of get rich quick scheme that is simply not going to happen. When something sounds to good to be true it is, or illegal. I have 3 questions for you if you could answer if not well like I said earlier everything happens for a reason. Do you need to have GREAT writing skills? Social studies and Language was not my best subjects in school nor were they the worest just in the middle. I am not a gamer, I do not have hobbies such as fishing, golf, etc. How do people or did you figure out what was a good subject for a website? Lastly the handful of things that I am very interested about is completely overloaded in the “YouTube” community with so much of what I enjoy overloaded in the YouTube world do you think that a website would stand a chance against those guru’s of YouTube?
In the case of cost per mille/click, the publisher is not concerned about whether a visitor is a member of the audience that the advertiser tries to attract and is able to convert, because at this point the publisher has already earned his commission. This leaves the greater, and, in case of cost per mille, the full risk and loss (if the visitor cannot be converted) to the advertiser.

Hi there, I see where you just signed up today and I look forward to working with you inside of WA and helping you get started online. I have fallen for quite a few scams online as well and have lost thousands of dollars before so I can relate to your feelings about online marketing. I can assure you that you will no longer have to search for another program. WA teaches you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing and many other ways to make money online. Welcome aboard, and if you need any help getting up and running please let me know.
Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.[citation needed]
Mistake #3: Giving your friend’s product a glowing review without actually being familiar with your friend’s product. This happens a lot in the affiliate marketing (and book marketing) world unfortunately. It’s a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type of situation. By all means, give your friend a glowing review, but if you haven’t actually read their book or taken their course or tried their product, don’t talk about it as though you have. Readers deserve honest recommendations! (Here’s an example of me helping to announce the launch of my friend’s book while being clear I hadn’t read it.) Wealthy Affiliate Review - Members Area (Inside Look + FREE Trial)

There are a variety of different ways you can get paid. Depending on which affiliate programs you sign up with you can get paid through Paypal which is how I get paid and it’s the most common way. Lots of affiliate programs also pay you through direct deposit to your bank account. You simply enter your details when you sign up and after you start making sales they will deposit your earnings into your account. You could also choose to get a check in the mail if you would prefer to get paid this way.
Easy to start: The investment required to get into affiliate marketing is not much. Apart from the costs associated with buying a domain and hosting it, there is no other cost involved except for maybe a tool or two (such as benchmarking tools to test product performance, and the like) which would still not put a dent in your wallet. You can write the articles by yourself; if you think writing is not something up your alley, you can outsource the content to freelance writers.
The primary purpose of any review, including this review of Wealthy Affiliate, is to help you decide if you should or should not sign up or purchase something. For starters, since you can sign up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate, I think that is a no-brainer way to go. Don’t take my word or anyone else’s word for it, go see for yourself! There is no credit card required or anything like that. It’s completely free to try.
The first 10 lessons that you get with your starter (free) membership are not useless. They explain how everything works and they give a chance to someone like you to decide if this is something they want to do. Without actually asking you for any money. If you like what you see, than go ahead for Premium where you get a lot more training. If you feel it isn’t something you like than that’s that. Most “training” programs will charge you up to hundreds of dollars just to let you in – WA decided to do this for free.
Personally for me, I was able to go full time and I was able to quit my job within 10 short months of becoming a premium member by simply following the training, leveraging the premium tools that come with the premium membership, and getting the help and support that I much needed when I first started. My income has grown considerably since then and it continues to grow more each day. The question you should be asking yourself is can you really afford to not become a premium member?

Once you've protected your prospecting pool, maximize your affiliate program by working with the best and leaving the rest. As the old 80/20 adage implies, most of your revenue will come from a very small percentage of your affiliates. Because it can be time-consuming to manage a larger affiliate network, consider selecting only a few companies initially, and interview them before signing them on. Affiliates are an extension of your sales force and represent your online brand, so choose partners carefully.
And what about joining another company's affiliate program? It's all about extra revenue. Think about your customers' needs: What other products or services would interest your site visitors? Join those affiliate programs. Affiliate programs can increase your sales with no upfront cost to you. It just takes a little time to plan your strategy and select the partners that will have the greatest impact on your business.
Affiliates were among the earliest adopters of pay per click advertising when the first pay-per-click search engines emerged during the end of the 1990s. Later in 2000 Google launched its pay per click service, Google AdWords, which is responsible for the widespread use and acceptance of pay per click as an advertising channel. An increasing number of merchants engaged in pay per click advertising, either directly or via a search marketing agency, and realized that this space was already occupied by their affiliates. Although this situation alone created advertising channel conflicts and debates between advertisers and affiliates, the largest issue concerned affiliates bidding on advertisers names, brands, and trademarks.[34] Several advertisers began to adjust their affiliate program terms to prohibit their affiliates from bidding on those type of keywords. Some advertisers, however, did and still do embrace this behavior, going so far as to allow, or even encourage, affiliates to bid on any term, including the advertiser's trademarks.
What are the terms of the program? Is there anything I need to be aware of that would make a program not worth it for me. For example, Amazon Associates does not allow you to put your affiliate links in emails. If your main method of communication with your audience is via email, Amazon might not be a good fit for you. Wayfair, for example, does not allow their affiliates to post affiliate links on Pinterest or any other social media site. If that’s a strategy you rely on, Wayfair might not be a good fit for you.
I have recently joined this group of affliates.I was seeing so many promises of riches without any work in the online business areana that I had almost given up.In my research I found the group to have excellent reviews. I had started the free offers before many reviews I read from my own discernmemt of the group.The more reviews I saw,and after communication with one of the owners,kyle,I decided to become a premium member.I am far from educated in the realm of being a business owner,and certainly not familiar with the online atmosphere from my construction manual labor background.I am very thankful to sites like this to confirm my doubts on scam sites and the reinforced belief in the few honest people on the web.Thanks Jack,Your Opinion Is Priceless In This Area For Those Of Us Who Have No Experience.
If you did actually cancel your Wealthy Affiliate account before your renewal date and still got charged then I highly suggest getting in touch with WA support or emailing Kyle directly. Glitches happen from time to time and as far as I have seen WA always cancels these kinds of transactions. Also an account cannot be downgraded from Premium to Basic. You can however transfer your website away from WA if you wish to do so, even after you cancel your membership.

That was correct, everything is included all in 1 place so there is no need to go anywhere else. There have been several WA members that has had adult sites and they did good with them. This shouldn’t be a problem and if this is the niche that you would like to pursue I would advise you to do so. This is your business that you are building and you can choose anything that you would like.


What are some of your interests Scott and what are you passionate about? This is what your website is going to be based on and this needs to be narrowed down to a specific group of people. There are over 2 billion people online every day with this number constantly on the rise. The only thing you need to do is connect with these people and provide them with the information they’re looking for.
That was correct, everything is included all in 1 place so there is no need to go anywhere else. There have been several WA members that has had adult sites and they did good with them. This shouldn’t be a problem and if this is the niche that you would like to pursue I would advise you to do so. This is your business that you are building and you can choose anything that you would like.
Wealthy Affiliate has 2 levels of membership: Free and Premium. It’s explained in the review. You should join as a free member so you could see what’s inside and decide if you like it. You can remain a free member for as long as you want, however you won’t get access to all levels of training and private support will only be available for 1 week. However, you can build 2 sites and work on them for as long as you want, for free.
It doesn’t matter if you are a complete newbie to online marketing or if you an advanced marketer. Wealthy Affiliate caters to a variety of different categories of people. I’m so glad that you have made the decision to become a member of this awesome community by opening your free account. Let me know how things are going for you Mozie and if I can help you out in any way.
As a general best practice, you should always aim to create valuable and engaging content for your visitors – whether it’s a blog post, video, or email. This helps them trust you, and shows that you’re a reliable source for information. When you do that regularly, it becomes a lot easier to start promoting a product or service as part of an affiliate marketing program.

This usually happens when you are signing up from the same IP address as someone who currently has a WA account. This could also happen if you are trying to sign up from the same computer as someone with an active WA account. If neither of these situations apply to you then I would send Kyle an email Kyle@wealthyaffiliate.com (Co founder of WA) and explain whats going on to him and he will get your account setup for you.


They are a very clever marketing company, and are everything they say they're not. Beware, and please read. They are smarter than most, which is why they have so many followers. They claim to have the key to training a person on how to successfully create their own lucrative work-from-home blog sites. They do claim to be a lot of work, require a lot of patience, blah blah swoon. You almost had me. 
I will also be there to answer any questions you may have getting started.I would suggest that you get started by opening your free account by clicking the “Join Now” button above. Once you join, the first thing you should do is fill out your profile. You can do this by either uploading a picture of yourself or by using one of the images WA provides you with.
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?
Path #1: To build an authority site in a specific niche. Basically, you are building an entire online business from scratch, so you’ll learn a lot about Internet Marketing, and why people will take action on the products you promote. However, this path is long and tough, and a lot of people quit because they didn’t see the results that they want, even though they have put in a lot of effort for months. If you choose this path, you will not expect to see any results in the first 3 – 6 months, and you have to put in a lot of effort to it. The financial risk is not that much, but the time and effort will be wasted if you give up.
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.

Affiliate marketing is also called "performance marketing", in reference to how sales employees are typically being compensated. Such employees are typically paid a commission for each sale they close, and sometimes are paid performance incentives for exceeding objectives.[20] Affiliates are not employed by the advertiser whose products or services they promote, but the compensation models applied to affiliate marketing are very similar to the ones used for people in the advertisers' internal sales department.
I would suggest that you get started by opening up your FREE starter account here so that you can check out everything WA has to offer you and you get the chance to experience for yourself how awesome WA really is without risking any money. If you like it and you would like to continue on in your training I would highly recommend that you upgrade to the premium membership as it has the most value.
Also pyramid schemes require you to pay in order to be able to recruit. Wealthy Affiliate welcomes you with a completely free membership. This is done for the transparency reasons. You join for free and you decide if the quality of training and the level of support is good for you. You can stay on as a free member and build your own sites. You can move to Premium as well which will offer more support and more training but no one forces you to do it. Once again, you try it for free and decide if it’s worth it for you.
But you’d be surprised at the number of times I’ve visited a blog post or received an email that gives a glowing endorsement of a product or service, but doesn’t include enough links back to the company’s website. Sure, the brand’s name is mentioned throughout the content. Yet, that brand name is not hyperlinked with an affiliate link; instead, I need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page or email in order to find a clickable link.
You don’t have to pay the $47 to make money, it is possible to make money using your free account. However, it will just be more of a challenge to do so. I would suggest that you sign up for your Free account, check out everything that is offered and go from there. There is a 59% discount to all new members which makes it only $19 for your first month, but that is totally up to you. There is no pressure to upgrade to premium at anytime.
This Is Ok in my mind, because it is Your right, Im glad we can express ourselves. Im also glad You took the time for yourself, to look into WA.  I hope you will Understand my comment is on the otherside of yours. Im not a robot in any shape or form. I believe with all my experiance that its a good program and we both took our time here to express ourselves. We both deserve the respect for our opinion's. I respect yours You have a great life,my best wishes to your success JB
I’m really glad you are enjoying the reviews! I can totally relate to how you must feel about devoting months of your time to a business that you aren’t 100% sure if you will ever start making any money from. Believe me I was very skeptical about joining and wondering if I was wasting my time by building a website that nobody would visit or buy anything from me. Now that I look back, I am glad that I stuck with it because it is definitely paying off now.

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 don’t recall saying that I sold medical supplies from Amazon, but I do have a website that I sell gaming headsets and other gaming accessories from Amazon which I make money from. It’s actually not as hard as you might think, and I’ll explain how it works in a few easy steps. You just need to pick a hobby or interest of yours and build a website around this hobby. You then need to attract visitors to your website and promote products and services that are related to this hobby.
You may have heard of ClickBank, one of the oldest and most popular affiliate networks. A billion-dollar company, ClickBank specializes in digital products like e-books and software, as well as membership sites. If you are comfortable selling information and don’t want the management and administration hassles of “real” businesses, this may be a good starting point. Its commissions can be anywhere from 10% all the way to 75%.
In terms of coaching, my advice is to try to go it alone for a while until you have specific questions you need to ask, and specific things that are troubling you in your business. Having a coach as a beginner is often a waste of money in my opinion, unless you have the cash laying around and really want to make progress fast. Most people do fine bootstrapping, then get a mentor when the hurdles start to get higher and more frequent.
Now that I think about it, I never go to a restaurant that has one hundred 5 star reviews and not a single bad review – it’s impossible that every customer is 100% satisfied. My point is that out of 100,000+ members and 10 years in business Wealthy Affiliate only got 3 negative reviews from customers (at least I think they were customers). How much does that tell you about a company?
Thank you for your input and honest comments on this system, it is of great help to think about it. I’m exploring building an online business and it seems to me, a lot of the success depends on really being able to generate qualified traffic to your opt-in page to build a subscribers list to begin with. For some reason, this aspect of the business is somewhat skipped through and not much information is given about it.
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?
I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in June of 2016 mostly to just see what it was all about. I signed up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate but upgraded to their paid Premium membership the very next day. Now that I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for about 7 months, I decided it’s finally time to write a Wealthy Affiliate review with my findings on whether this is a good program to sign up with or not.
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