To be honest Wealthy Affiliate appealed to me when I first joined in 2007 because they also never promised any riches overnight. They never bombarded me with pictures of guys in rented mansions or driving rented Lamborghinis. They actually did a great job explaining that building a successful business online requires hard work and a time investment.

These are some pretty broad interests and we can work on narrowing them down now that you have joined WA. It also looks like we have quite a few things in common as I have many of the same interests as you. I’m also a huge gamer myself and I’m passionate about electronics. One of my very first niches was electronics and this ended up being a busted niche and I failed miserably at it when I first started.
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.
Want to know a little secret about this site? When I first started this site, I only planned on monetizing by selling my OWN affiliate marketer training course. About halfway through creating my course, I realized that I would never be able to provide the type of quality product I intended. Even if I could, it would become outdated so fast that in just a couple years, I wouldn’t be able to sell it anymore.

Before you get into the thick of things, you need to select a niche that you are comfortable with. It is best if you have some formal learning in it, but it is perfectly all right to be a newbie to the sector, as long as it is a topic that you like researching on and writing about. To be an affiliate marketer, you need your own platform – a website or a blog where you can post links and advertise your chosen products.
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.
A: No, You don’t! Wealthy Affiliate does provide an amazing affiliate program but you aren’t obliged to promote it to make money. Unlike MLMs and other “business opportunities” WA will never force you to annoy your friends and family by trying to push them into your “downline”. WA is mostly about teaching you how to set-up a real online business where you could sell any service or product that you can find in stores or online.
You can get started for free by clicking on the blue “Become A Member” button above. Simply provide a valid email address and create a username and password and you’re in. I will be getting in contact with you within 60 minutes of you joining to see if you are finding your way around the community OK, answering any questions you may have, and providing you with the link to your first training lesson.
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 don’t need to have any kind of experience in business. All you need to have is something you are passionate about or some hobbies. Wealthy Affiliate will show you how to take these hobbies and turn them into a full time and very profitable business. The training is broken down into step by step lessons and if you can follow these lessons and take action on them you can be very successful in the online world.

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?
I don't like Facebook groups because Facebook loves to shove ads in your face and distract you. I've gotten on Facebook many time to engage with an entrepreneur community only to get distracted by my news feed or ads. Wealthy Affiliate really got rid of the distractions by building the community into the platform. No ads, no dramatic statuses. Just pure business. I really like that.
Don’t get discouraged though because I will be there to help you 100% of the way if you have any questions or need a hand getting started. Feel free to leave me a message anytime and I will get back to you A.S.A.P. I would suggest that you sign up for your free account using the link above and fill out your profile. After that get started on your first training lesson. If you have anymore questions then I will be glad to answer them for you.
Thank you for the article! You really provided a fair explanation of how Wealthy Affiliate works. Since this is simply a guide on how to successfully create and run your online business, am I allowed to cancel my membership after a period of time? I know that you said that there’s no limitation to cancelling my subscription, but what would be the benefit to continuing as a member even after I have learned all I needed and I’m successful in my business? What will I be losing if I opted to cancel after I’ve been successful? I’m just trying to learn if they (the founders of Wealthy Affiliate) expect people to pay the monthly or yearly fee forever or until they’ve acquired the success they desire. I look forward to your response!
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.
That url you have here isn’t working so I can’t check them out. If you are a member of WA why are you going else where to find other tools? Everything you need to run a very successful business is at WA. There is no need to waste money on other tools you don’t need. I would just stick with WA and use the tools from here. When you go elsewhere you could buy some software that could hurt your site more then help it.
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.
Thank you for the article! You really provided a fair explanation of how Wealthy Affiliate works. Since this is simply a guide on how to successfully create and run your online business, am I allowed to cancel my membership after a period of time? I know that you said that there’s no limitation to cancelling my subscription, but what would be the benefit to continuing as a member even after I have learned all I needed and I’m successful in my business? What will I be losing if I opted to cancel after I’ve been successful? I’m just trying to learn if they (the founders of Wealthy Affiliate) expect people to pay the monthly or yearly fee forever or until they’ve acquired the success they desire. I look forward to your response!
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.
That’s nearly 60% off the regular price of $47 monthly. This discount is only valid for your first 7 days so you don’t wanna miss out on this. If you are interested in saving even more money I would highly suggest that you go for the yearly option of $359 for the entire year. This is a savings over over $200. If you can afford it this is definitely the way to go. Personally I would say that it would definitely be a worthwhile investment but this is totally up to you.
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.
Wealthy Affiliate is built specifically for beginners, which means that it will guide you through selecting a niche and building an online business from scratch. The training is well structured so you won’t feel stuck or overwhelmed. You don’t have to worry a bit about not having a niche or any experience, because the course will guide you through it.
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.

As for people viewing through comments, I know you many have quite a few questions. I know Frank has already clarified that it works! Many may ask if it is worth the money. I think you will be the judge of that! I encourage you to use up the first free days and then use the $19 a month deal for your first month. Only then will you really understand how it is worth it! You learn so much more, and it’s almost like being enrolled in a college class, without time limits, and with a HUGE community of support to help you! I remember that any time I got frustrated, there was always someone to go to! I had about 5 or 6 that I constantly went to! So if you afraid to join because you are totally new to any of this, DON’T BE! I was too, and I am very proud of what all I learned! There is no better place to start than WA!
Watch them. How are other content creators in your niche utilizing advertising? What types of ads do they use? What are they promoting? What do they talk about repeatedly (if you keep seeing the same affiliate product show up again and again, there’s a good chance they’re making good money from it)? If you see a product or service they talk about that jogs your memory and you can ethically promote it too, find affiliate information by the methods described above.
The community is positive and I see help being offered 24/7 at least she tried to help you. With that statment the readers will know we try to help with every question asked. The program is built around helping real people build a real business I am a member and I could say Im not dumb for becomming one. I Have been around  the online marketing business for eight years.
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.
Your next steps should be to get started on your first training lesson. I have provided the link to this in my welcome message I sent you on your profile.This is going to be setting up the foundation for your business and introducing you to the world of affiliate marketing. If you need anymore help or have anymore questions please let me know and I would love to help you out.
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.
Upselling is a sales technique where the salesperson encourages a more expensive purchase by a customer by persuading them to get an upgraded version of an item or to purchase add-ons. Remember our food processor example? That food processor could probably be best used with a book of recipes, which also can be purchased at the same company’s website.

You can actually get started for free with absolutely NO risk and NO catches. There is a starter membership which I have listed everything that you will get when you join as a free member in my review above. This includes everything you need to get started building the foundation of your website along with the proper tools and the right amount of help and support when you need it the most.
I am a new member to WA and was just checking out some sites that might be an affiliate of WA. Very nicely done and informative. Look forward to chatting and sharing ideas as time goes on. I have researched and bought numerous training systems and found nothing as good as WA. It will be nice helping other people to find the training their looking for to develop an online business, as the economy is somewhat challenging.

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.


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
Wealthy Affiliate saves my life and I can tell you I have been with them for 6 months and already generating income. Yes they say it does take time to work it but you have to make it work as well. Even those like myself never knew how to build a website I manage to make sells already and that's not just selling WA information, but other products I created as my own niche. The negative impacts or comments some.of you have shared about Wealthy Affiliates are wrong. You just dont give the time nor the effort to accomplish the training and materials provided. And as far as assistance online with WA, I got beyond the assistance needed. Wealthy Affiliate I referred over 80 people and they ALL love it!! So with that being said I have no issues with WA. Stop making it seem like they are SCAMMING you out of your money....
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.
I am very interested in WA. I have tried a couple other programs and worked very hard at one in particular with absolutely no results. I would like to retire in a few years and need something I can do at home as we travel. My question is simple. How much time per day do you feel is required to get this business off the ground as well as how much time per day do you feel is required to maintain it. I work another job and want to be sure I am not biting off more than I can chew.
Some advertisers offer multi-tier programs that distribute commission into a hierarchical referral network of sign-ups and sub-partners. In practical terms, publisher "A" signs up to the program with an advertiser and gets rewarded for the agreed activity conducted by a referred visitor. If publisher "A" attracts publishers "B" and "C" to sign up for the same program using his sign-up code, all future activities performed by publishers "B" and "C" will result in additional commission (at a lower rate) for publisher "A".
I saw where you signed up and that’s great man. Your next steps should be to get started on your first training lesson. I have provided you with the link to this in my welcome message that has been posted on your profile. There is also a big green button on your left when you are on the WA website that says “GET STARTED HERE”. If you need any help going through the lessons please let me know and I will walk you through them and explain anything to you that you don’t understand.
Now, to put things into perspective, anyone looking for a business online must first check the existing reviews of the members outside the WA community. Never believe any site that promises to earn a thousand dollar overnight. Because there is no get-quick-rich program on the internet. Anybody who tells you so is a liar. You have justified on that aspect too as you said that WA did not promise a quick rich.
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.
Thank you so much for answering my question! About the celebrity website I thought I could build a website about a celebrity and her fans who come to my website for the latest news about her might click different adds in my website if they are interested in sth. Since most of her fans are young I can advertise different products that young people want to buy. That was my idea. But since this won’t work I’ll try to think of sth else. But I have 1 more question. I’m a college student and I can’t spend a lot of time working for the website. Is it possible to make money if I work only 1 hour a day? I know it depend on how I work too and not only how much time I spend, but I just want to have an idea of how much I can earn a month if I work only 1 hour a day. Can I make like 100$ a month? I’m not trying to get rich with the website I just want to make some money online.

I really hope this has helped answer your questions Chris and if you have any other questions please let me know. If you haven’t done so already I would sign up for your FREE starter membership here. I will be contacting you within 60 minutes of you joining, to welcome you to the community and make sure you are finding your way around OK and answer any additional questions you may have as you get started.
Hey Elizabeth, I’m not sure if you can do this from a library because whenever you go to the library they seem to block access to certain websites. I’m not sure if Wealthy Affiliate would be one of them or not because I have never went to the library to use a computer, I have my own. If you have a mobile device such as a smartphone or Ipad that would work with this. You could go to the library and try and join Wealthy Affiliate from there and see if they allow you to or not. I’m just not 100% sure about this. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help and if you have any more questions I will do my best to answer them for you and help you out.
£0?! When you join as a starter as I did you will be granted instant access to the whole community including live chat, 500 training modules, 3 classrooms, networking and 2 free websites plus free searches on the keyword tool. Wealthy affiliate encourages you to stat for free as they would rather you see for yourself before you invest any money. I have to repeat myself here but I can think of no other site offering this service of a free starter membership to access to the whole website!
After about 3 and a half months I had made my first sale and that was probably one of the best days of my life, I was so excited. It also confirmed that this was real and that anyone no matter who they are or what their skill level was could learn to do this. By my sixth month I was making around a couple hundred bucks a month with it increasing every day. I now am making a full time living from doing this and I absolutely love it.
I have no marketing talent whatsoever, but, I am happy to know that I can learn marketing talent and skill from Wealthy Affiliate. I do have a desire to make money online, and according to the reputation of Wealthy Affiliate, it seems like a viable choice to enlist their services. However, I have not the slightest idea of what good or service I could market and I’m skeptical that whatever idea I may have has already been done and is more popular and of more use than whatever good or service I have in mind. In this case I like the philosophy “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I would add that I do have an interest in video games, making a website to encourage consumers on their purchasing decisions and increase their knowledge about video game software and hardware is an inventive suggestion, but isn’t there already many YouTube channels that do just this? Furthermore, even if I made such a website, I wouldn’t want to make money by scamming or much less spamming people with shameless product placements and advertisement placement populating the majority of such a website.
Hi Jamaal, Yes it is possible to do this on a smartphone or tablet but it might be a little harder then if you were on a PC or laptop. The great thing about doing this through a mobile device is you can work on your business from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. If you have any more questions or need help getting started feel free to hit me up man.

Thank you for the reply. I’d like as many members on WA to review as many of my articles as possible, specially when starting out. As technology and contents are changing constantly faster than ever, how difficult would you say is the update of new and fresh contents on the sites are? Can I get 1 on 1 help from as many members in WA as I could reach as premium member? Out of curiosity, how many hours a week would you recommend doing WA to be some income(Say maybe $1000/per month?), within 3 to 6 months? Also, what niches do you write about, if you don’t mind me asking?

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.
The implementation of affiliate marketing on the internet relies heavily on various techniques built into the design of many web-pages and websites, and the use of calls to external domains to track user actions (click tracking, Ad Sense) and to serve up content (advertising) to the user. Most of this activity adds time[citation needed] and is generally a nuisance to the casual web-surfer and is seen as visual clutter.[citation needed] Various countermeasures have evolved over time to prevent or eliminate the appearance of advertising when a web-page is rendered. Third party programs (Ad-Aware, Adblock Plus, Spybot, pop-up blockers, etc.) and particularly, the use of a comprehensive HOSTS file can effectively eliminate the visual clutter and the extra time and bandwidth needed to render many web pages. The use of specific entries in the HOSTS file to block these well-known and persistent marketing and click-tracking domains can also aid in reducing a system's exposure to malware by preventing the content of infected advertising or tracking servers to reach a user's web-browser.[citation needed]

Wealthy Affiliate offers detailed in depth training on how to do this and you can even get started for Free. If you haven’t done so already I would recommend that you sign up for your free account by clicking on the blue “Become A Member” button above. I really am looking forward to working with you Jackie and I hope this has helped answer your question. If you have any other questions for me or need my help please let me know.
Wealthy Affiliate is also very strict on spam, which in the end is a GOOD thing, but I have to be careful sometimes about promoting my sites or referencing them. Sometimes I do have valuable information on my site that I think could help people during live chat sessions or Q&A’s, but I don’t share because I don’t want it to look like I’m spamming. They do allow people to promote their sites in certain areas, but in order to keep the community from filling up with self-promotion spam, there are times when it is best not to share certain information from outside sources, especially my own sites.
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