This is a great question and it applies to anything and everything. For example you need hosting for your website and any place where you decide to host can shut down at any down. However, this is very unlikely. The same goes for Wealthy Affiliate, it has been only growing since 2005 and I can’t even imagine why it might shut down. Whenever it comes to websites I always suggest people to make backups so if somethign goes wrong for whatever reason you always have a copy of your site and can easily restore it.
Reading your post, it remind me that I began in WA and quit, I was also victim of scammer proposals, and it was very hard for me. After several month I enter again in WA and I am learning a lot,  hope money will come soon. Great post, I loved. You explain everything about WA and the videos were an excellent option to validate the truth about WA. Thank you for writing this post 🙂 
I promote the local marketing thing that changed my life, but I’ve actually built a multiple 6 figure business with it already (still building that biz to this day, with 4 full-time employees working for me) and no one in this coaching group is allowed to promote it like I am. I am just one of the few that is since I am literally one of the original success students (effectively killed my job in 2015 & became a full-time internet entrepreneur).
So actually, the reason I personally signed up for Wealthy Affiliate is likely much different than the reason YOU want to sign up. Chances are, you want to learn about how to make money online legitimately, learn how to build a website, how to blog, and more importantly, how to earn money from that blog. I wasn’t looking for that. I already knew how to do all that stuff. Instead, I signed up as a way to vet the training, tools, and resources provided by Wealthy Affiliate because I wanted to see if it was something I could promote on this very website you’re reading.
The premium Wealthy Affiliate membership is where you get access to absolutely everything. If you’re serious about building an online business, I have never in my 8 years in this industry seen such an amazing community full of help, tools, and resources. I’ve been a member at several other online marketing sites, but this one blows the rest of them out of the water.
So actually, the reason I personally signed up for Wealthy Affiliate is likely much different than the reason YOU want to sign up. Chances are, you want to learn about how to make money online legitimately, learn how to build a website, how to blog, and more importantly, how to earn money from that blog. I wasn’t looking for that. I already knew how to do all that stuff. Instead, I signed up as a way to vet the training, tools, and resources provided by Wealthy Affiliate because I wanted to see if it was something I could promote on this very website you’re reading.
If you research any successful millionaire entrepreneur you will realize that they constantly learn new things. They attend seminars, hire coaches, read books, meet experts in their field – they stay updated and learn something new every single day. There hasn’t been a single time that I came to Wealthy Affiliate and haven’t learned something new – this is the reason I am still a member and still excited every time I log into my account.
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?
Hi there Rajkamal, I’m very sorry to hear that you got confused last time when you joined WA and quit. It can be confusing when you are first starting out and that is why I am here to help you through the process and get you rolling here. I can assure you that if you sign up under me I will make sure that you understand everything and help you out as much as I possibly can. We have certification courses that are laid out so that you can follow them step by step. Each one has 10 lessons and once you are done you can check them off and move on to the next step.
You do need to have the knowledge in your niche and you need to be able to create good content in order to make money online. That’s true. However I haven’t met a single successful online entrepreneur who was born with such knowledge or skills. When I started learning about online marketing I was completely horrible at writing content. I was definitely not an expert in anything. I had absolutely no idea what “traffic” meant or “blog” or “keywords” or “affiliate”… The fact that English is my 4th language didn’t help either especially when it came to content creation. But I had to start somewhere. The analogy that I love is babies learning to walk. When you’re a little baby you don’t just give up on the idea of walking because you aren’t “an expert” on it. You try to make your first step, fall down, then you get up and try again. Then again and again and again. Eventually you can walk, then run and if you’re persistent enough you could potentially become an Olympic champion. The same applies to business.
You should also make sure you aren't competing with your own affiliates for eyeballs. Any marketing channels you're using, such as search engines, content sites or e-mail lists, should be off limits to your affiliates. Put marketing restrictions into your affiliate agreement and notify partners immediately. It's your program--you set the rules. Or, if you prefer, you can let your affiliates run the majority of your internet marketing.
Forms of new media have also diversified how companies, brands, and ad networks serve ads to visitors. For instance, YouTube allows video-makers to embed advertisements through Google's affiliate network.[17][18] New developments have made it more difficult for unscrupulous affiliates to make money. Emerging black sheep are detected and made known to the affiliate marketing community with much greater speed and efficiency.[citation needed]
I openly disclose the fact that I will receive a small affiliate commission if someone decides to join WA Premium using one of my affiliate link. There is no compensation for starter members. I often tell people that they are free to join WA without using my link but I encourage them to do so if they liked my review and the effort I put into explaining what it is and what it does. If someone thinks I don’t deserve being compensated, they can join directly through WA main site, without using my links, no hard feelings. The goal here is to answer all the questions about WA.
If you’re including affiliate links in your post, you’ll also want to include a disclosure so your readers know that you’ll earn a commission off of their purchase. If you’d like, you can set this up with Tasty Links so that a disclosure either follows each link or is inserted above your post content! Here’s an example of a blanket disclosure on Pinch of Yum:
You should see a screen that says something like “I’m sorry but our starter membership isn’t currently available in your country, but we would love to have you as a premium member”. Do you see anything like that on your sign up page? If you could tell me what’s preventing you from signing up I could help you solve the problem and get you signed up.

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.
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!

Affiliates are most successful when the products they promote match the interests of their followers and subscribers. In addition, many successful affiliate marketers advise recommending and promoting only products that the affiliate is personally familiar with. That’s because familiarity with the product, program, or service helps build trust between the affiliate and end-user.
Hey Kim, There is no such thing as a dumb question. You won’t know unless you ask and I’m glad you asked this question. When you join Wealthy Affiliate you can promote anything you want, I usually recommend people to start out with a passion or hobby. There are millions of different products you could sell on your website from places like Amazon, Click bank and many others. You can do this by signing up to their affiliate program which is free to join.
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.
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 usually get back to my referrals questions within 24 hours or less with a detailed response. When you sign up as a premium member under me this is one of the added bonuses that comes with your membership and I will be there to support you in any way I possibly can. I don’t want you to take my word for it though. I want you to experience this for yourself, Stephanie!
Since the emergence of affiliate marketing, there has been little control over affiliate activity. Unscrupulous affiliates have used spam, false advertising, forced clicks (to get tracking cookies set on users' computers), adware, and other methods to drive traffic to their sponsors. Although many affiliate programs have terms of service that contain rules against spam, this marketing method has historically proven to attract abuse from spammers.
2nd tier.  If you are an affiliate for a particular program and you refer others to sign up for that affiliate program, a 2nd tier program will pay you when the affiliates you referred make sales. For example, I am an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles. If you join their affiliate program via my 2nd tier affiliate link here. I will get a small percentage of any sales you make going forward.
Hi Taylor, If you are not a good sales person or you don’t like cold calling then you definitely wouldn’t fit in with Ameriplan. I joined them thinking I would make good money with them before asking what it is that I would be doing. This was a bad move and I regret it. Congratulations on your newborn baby! I can totally understand you wanting to work from home for many reasons. When you join Wealthy Affiliate for Free you will get 2 free websites that you can use to promote anything you want.
Hey Frank, I am writing to you because I have also been struggling with Inbox Dollars. As you mentioned they should have called it Inbox Pennies. After trying the inbox site and finding out that more than half the time I’m not qualifying for the surveys, I have become quite frustrated. Also the spinning billy is a barrel of laughs! Another reason I am contacting you is in the hopes that Wealthy Affiliate is on the up and up. I have tried a few other online money makers that I payed for, but backed out after learning more about them. I am disabled and in dire need of more supplemental income. Hoping this site is really legit. Hopes for the future, Duane.
So, first you select whether you want a free domain or a paid domain. As a second step, you select the domain name you want (be careful, this can not be changed!). Next step is to select a Title for your website (don't worry, you can change this at any moment). Final step, is to choose a theme layout for your site. This can also be changed whenever you want.
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.
The best way to engage and tie-up with affiliates is to build up a reputation by providing good content. Connect with bloggers in the same niche as yours, cross-promote your products, and build a relationship with them. You can find successful affiliates through forums and online platforms. Some of the most popular affiliate networks are Clickbank, Commission Junction, Amazon Affiliate Programme, and Linkshare, to name a few.

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.
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 technology we have available today allows us to massively automate many tasks that had to be manually done only a few years ago. This has reduced the level of technical ability required for people do things like build their own websites, set up landing pages and build lists of subscribers. You can literally build a website within minutes today, even if you have zero technical computer skills.
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]
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 already opened my free account. I should be under you. Once I get going with my website or sites will I be required to recruit people to WA? Do you simply make money from what you learned at WA or is it a combination of your sites and recruiting for WA? With my schedule I may only be able to get in 6-8 hours a week on training and For someone as dumb as me, how long do you think it will take before I start to see a few dollars coming from this? I most likely am going to become a premium member, I just want to feel totally comfortable before I take that step. Thanks for your help. Also, where do I search for you on the WA site?
On WA coaching material there is no separate indexing of the "lessons".  A point missed can be found again but not by going through any master index which would be crossreferencing ideas & locations...thus depriving us of a a way to get back to where ideas are first presented in the training. Without that we are forced to stumble through videos again and again which is very frustrating & time consuming activity or we must ask people instead. This flaw in the training presentation makes me wonder if the clumsier and slower learning which might result...is as "rewarding" to the CEO (in the form of longer lasting subscriptions) as is is "punishing" to the member?
There is no use of having the best content on the planet if people don’t visit your affiliate website. You need to drive traffic to your affiliate website if you need to make commissions by recommending products. Give away free content on your website, offer a free consultation, add subscribers to your newsletter, and produce videos that offer a lot of value to visitors to encourage people to visit your website.
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]
A: Unfortunately the whole industry of internet marketing has earned quite a negative reputation. This happened mostly because of dishonest folks who would scam people by promising to reveal a secret shortcut to millions for a simple fee of $197 (or $39, or $57, or $1,997). As I often mention throughout my blog and my podcast, there isn’t an easy way to riches. What makes Wealthy Affiliate very attractive is their starter membership. With this FREE membership you only get access to a small part of WA training but it’s more than enough to show you the tremendous value you will get inside, without risking a single penny of your hard-earned money. The simple fact of letting people in for free eliminates any possibility of Wealthy Affiliate being a scam.
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. 
Don’t feel bad though when I first started I did the same exact thing that you did. I posted ads and click bank links but I got no sales. I would suggest that when you join under me you use a new email and username that way you can start over fresh and I can get you started down the right path. To answer your last question, there really isn’t no answer for this because everyone is different.
Wealthy Affiliate has all the tools, training, and help and support that you need to build your very own online empire. It’s going to take you a whole lot longer then 2 months to do it in Daniel. I really do wish you would reconsider but that’s totally up to you man. Affiliate marketing isn’t for everyone. Especially if you aren’t willing to give it time and work hard at it everyday, then it’s not going to work.
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.
Yes, you can visit other websites that are in your niche to get some ideas and learn more about it. I actually still do that to this day and once I get my ideas together, I write my review on all the information I’ve researched and put it in my own words. This is perfectly fine and a great practice for you to get into when structuring articles for your website. I hope this helps you out and let me know if you have any other questions.
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!
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.
However, the biggest thing, that influenced my decision toward this company was the fact that,  they allow people to test drive (try them out) as a free member. As in free member for as long as one wishes. Also, they allow the more serious ones to take advantage of their premium membership which is the maximum learning, that's packed with tons of value and support.
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.
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.
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.
“It’s worth joining WA even only for the free hosting. While it’s not something many would even realise, the free hosting alone MAKES you money. I have 7 sites hosted on WA and at an average $10 per month, would be paying $70 per month elsewhere. I only pay $29 per month at Wealthy Affiliate (i’m on the yearly plan) and that alone is enough for me to stay there indefinitely. 
Wherever you have an internet connection this will work for you and you can receive payments from either Paypal or direct deposit to your European bank account. I have been doing this for a little over a year now and I absolutely love it. If you haven’t already done so I would suggest that you get started by opening your FREE account here and setup your profile by adding a picture and writing a little about yourself in the description. After you do that get started on your first training lesson. I will be there to guide you 100% of the way if you need help or have any questions.
If you do start building your website but decide to leave – it’s actually rather simple. Even after you cancel your membership you have a full month access to your website dashboard so you could move your website anywhere you want. WA keeps the back up of your site for 6 months total in case you didn’t move it within that first month but eventually decide to do it. Look at any other company – once you cancel your account they will shut your site down for good.
So actually, the reason I personally signed up for Wealthy Affiliate is likely much different than the reason YOU want to sign up. Chances are, you want to learn about how to make money online legitimately, learn how to build a website, how to blog, and more importantly, how to earn money from that blog. I wasn’t looking for that. I already knew how to do all that stuff. Instead, I signed up as a way to vet the training, tools, and resources provided by Wealthy Affiliate because I wanted to see if it was something I could promote on this very website you’re reading.
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