So, You Want to Know. is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or What?

I have looked at many reviews. Now it is time to really answer the question. Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam or what? Is that the question you are asking yourself? Have no fear I have the answer.

My Story…

My name is Patrick. I have been searching for opportunities to make money online for years. Like all of you I want financial freedom and more time to enjoy life. I am not there yet by any means but I have learned a lot and I want to share that knowledge with others. As we make this journey together I hope that my articles help you avoid some of the bumps along the way. I found Wealthy Affiliate by accident and decided to give it a shot. Within one week I decided to upgrade from free to premium. I have been learning and applying those lessons ever since. My results have varied but I am still sticking with it. I decided to share this article because I wanted to give you guys a better picture of the value and drawbacks of Wealthy Affiliate.

I have seen many reviews of wealthy affiliate. Most paint it in the best light possible. No Surprise there. Of course people are going to make it sound like the greatest thing ever. They want you to pay for a membership so they get the commission. I admit I did the same thing in my first post on this site. If you want to read it I’ll link to it at the end of this post. I stand by everything I said then but I have also learned some new stuff that changed my opinion slightly. So let’s first answer the question then we can delve into the explainations.

Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?

Is Wealthy Affiliate A ScamWell let’s define scam first. No dictionary definitions here just plain blunt speak if you will. A scam in this context means a product or service that claims you can make lot’s of money and then hides behind upsells and never really produces what is promised.

So does Wealthy Affiliate fit that definition? Nope, it sure doesn’t. Wealthy Affiliate does not promise any specific results except to say that you can earn a very good income online if you follow their training and apply it.

They also don’t have a bunch of upsells pretty much only 2 and they aren’t neccessary but maybe useful and they really don’t push you.

Ok the question is answered now so we can all go home…. Right? Wrong! It really isn’t enough to answer that simple question you need to know why Wealthy Affiliate is legit and how you too can use it to build your online business.

What IS Wealthy Affiliate?

Simply put, Wealthy Affiliate is a one stop shop for all your affiliate marketing needs. Or so they claim. Is it really true? Not really although they have a bunch of very valuable tools at a very low price. Call them the Walmart of Affiliate marketing tools. I mean where else can you get a keyword research tool, a pretty comprehensive training course, website hosting for up to 50 websites, and a pretty nice community all for $49?

Sorry I got caught up in the tagline there for a minute. It is true however that Wealthy Affiliate offers a lot for an Affiliate. Especially one just starting out. I would not however put all your eggs in one basket as the saying goes. I encourage you to join Wealthy Affiliate yes but don’t rely solely on them. I will explain why in a minute.

Can You Really Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?

The answer is yes. You can make money with Wealthy Affiliate. Although, it does not happen overnight. The method taught for making money is basically blog style. You build a WordPress website and fill it with content. Add affiliate links and work on building your SEO. This takes time and lots of effort. However if you can get your website built right and ranking on page one in Google then the ammount of free traffic you can get will put you into the win column in terms of affiliate sales.

There are faster ways to make money with affiliate marketing. For example Sales Funnels, Ads, and Even Youtube. That is why in my Ebook I am writing I call Wealthy Affiliate the foundation. By joining Wealthy Affiliate and setting up your website  you are giving yourself a stable platform to build on. Then look for training in the other methods and Use multiple techniques. That is what you need to do to really make the kind of money that will free you from your day to day grind.

What do You Get with Wealthy Affiliate?

Well, there are two levels to Wealthy Affiliate. The first is the Starter Membership which is absolutely free. There are limitations to the starter membership which you will se in the graphic below. The second level is Premium which costs $49 per month. This gives you access to all their many tools as outlined in the same graphic below.

So as I said before even if Wealthy Affiliate isn’t the best or fastest money making site online, they do have a lot of valuable tools.

What don’t You Get with Wealthy Affiliate?

As I said before I believe that Wealthy Affiliate is a great foundation on which to build an Affiliate Empire. They do not however have all the tools to build this empire. One of the fastest and easiest ways to make money as an affiliate is through the use of email marketing campaigns. For that you need a Sales Funnel with a lead capture page and an email autoresponder. Wealthy Affiliate does not provide those for you. That said you can get those things on another site that I found. I’ll leave a link for my review of that site at the end of this article.

Another thing that Wealthy Affiliate does not provide is the drive to make yourself succeed. For that you have to look inside yourself. If you have that drive then you will succeed and you will understand that the key to success is multiple streams of passive income. So, while joining Wealthy Affiliate is a great step towards success it is not the only step you need to take.

Why do I recommend Wealthy Affiliate?

Well here is the nitty gritty question. Why do I recommend Wealthy Affiliate? Sure, some of the training is a bit out of date. Plus it takes a long time to really see results. However, I personally believe that the Community aspect of it, coupled with the many tools that will aid you in building your business are well worth it. You will be hard pressed to find a better foundation for your business.

The site support team responds to issues in just a few hours usually. Plus, they have one of the most stable wordpress hosting I have seen. Put that all together and you have a winning platform that can help you launch your online business and provide stability for years to come.

Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth it

Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?

All of those previous questions lead to this big question. Is Wealthy Affiliate really worth it? The answer is most definitely yes. I was reading an answer to this question earlier today in which they stated that because you don’t get results right away and thereby have to pay $49 per month for several months that it is not worth it.

I beg to differ because think about this for a second. If you were to build a site somewhere else you would need to pay for hosting which at its cheapest is $7.99 per month per site. Then you need to find training to set it up and learn about SEO. On top of that, you need a keyword research tool and probably some other things as well. All this will add up maybe not to the $49 per month that Wealthy Affiliate costs but still with the support you get from the community and the ability to host 50 websites.

I would not only say it is worth it. I would say it is a deal and a half.

Final Thoughts

I hope that I have answered all your questions today. If not feel free to drop a comment below and I will answer it as quickly as I can. Remember in business it is not always about getting everything in one place. It is about value. I believe that Wealthy Affiliate has a lot of value. If you disagree that is fine. Trust me when I say that not everyone is going to believe in the value of Wealthy Affiliate. Your journey may lead you down another path.

I would however, encourage you to get a starter membership then decide for yourself if it is worth sticking with it. You risk nothing and even if you don’t upgrade you still get access to a ton of information. So you really have nothing to lose.

Check out the two links below. One is my first Wealthy Affiliate Review, the other is the site I was telling you about that will help with the email auto-responder and sales funnels. For now, I bid you a good day and I will see you in my next article

Wealthy Affiliate Review 2019

Builderall Review 2019

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20 Comments

  1. Ann

    Hi Patrick. I have been reading several reviews about Wealthy Affiliate but they all state good things so I was a bit suspicious. Is this a scam or is it really as good as everybody is stating? Your post has helped me very much and I appreciate that you give an unbiased opinion.

    • Patrick

      Thank You Ann,

      You touched on the reason I wrote this article. No training program out there is all perfect like they make it out to be. There are good things and things that need work with every system. That is why there are so many people online making money in so many different ways. The key is to find the one that utilizes your strengths. I am always going to tell people the whole truth that way they can make an informed decision.

  2. Jaye

    This article is thorough and I love how simple it is. Building wealth, however, is in fact a process and anything that is promoting that will be a scam lol. Wealthy Affiliate platform attached us discipline and patience to achieve our goals and as you have indicated in the blog, once you apply the knowledge given you can earn. I await the moment I am able to do so. Loving the process at the moment.

    • Patrick

      Thanks Jaye,

      I think the strongest point that makes wealthy affiliate not a scam is the fact that they never say “You can Earn Thousands in the next 30 days” which we all know is not possible unless you are lucky or a super marketing genius. Wealthy Affiliate tells us from the very beginning that it will take time and effort. The day that effort pays off is going to be a great day.

  3. Stephanie

    We have similar stories. I also ran upon Wealthy Affiliate by mistake and within 4 days I immediately upgraded to the premium version just to try out the valuable and necessary tools it provided me. I was fascinated, six months later I’m still here and I’m not planning to leave any time soon. This platform really is a life changer. It’s not easy, nor it will get you immediate results, but it will eventually give you what you have been desperately looking for; financial freedom. 

    • Patrick

      Hi Stephanie,

      I am glad to know that I am not the only one who realized how valuable Wealthy Affiliate was very quickly. I too have been with Wealthy Affiliate for six months so it appears we joined around the same time. You are right there is no easy button promised here just hard work and dedication. Which builds a solid foundation to make money online

  4. Ella

    Wow! So interesting to see your story here about your journey till you met with wealthy affiliate. Well! I joined wealthy affiliate just last year around April which makes it a year from now. I can only say that joining the platform is the best offer that anyone could get and it has changed my life drastically especially by helping me to focus on developing my writing skills and also focusing on what matters the most when it comes to affiliate marketing. Thanks

    • Patrick

      Ella you hit the nail on the head here. The vast benefits you get from wealthy affiliate helps you strengthen all the skills you need to become successful as an affiliate. 

  5. Lizzychris

    Wow! Nice article on wealthy affiliate!

    Wealthy affiliate is really a great website I must tell everyone because you provided with every information you need to be successful in the market. Well, opinions may differs but before anything just register for “starter membership”, the experience  you get will help you make your decisions.

    • Patrick

      The starter membership is one of the best things about Wealthy Affiliate. It allows you to start learning and sample the product to see if it is right for you. 

  6. Riley

    Yes,many people have been up and going talking about how wealthy affiliate is a very good platform and I have hardly seen any review that refered to the platform as a scam. The reason behind this is because it is truly not a scam. I am a meme we of the platform and I am very happy that I joined as well. The training is top notch and the tools are all very useful. I this time of lockdown, it is perfect to start learning all about affiliate marketing.

    • Patrick

      Hi Riley,

      Thanks for your comment. You are right Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. It is actually a great place to learn affiliate marketing.

  7. Sheddy Ovb

    Heloo, thanks for this article.

    One thing I know for sure is that Wealthy affiliate is not a scam, it pays very well. It’s a platform that I have been operating for some time now and I must confess my experience here has been an amazing experience, and as a matter of fact my brother introduced me to wealthy affiliate is currently working on his website now using the directives and help from wealthy affiliate. Thier packages are numerous and rewarding.

    • Patrick

      Thanks for the Comment Sheddy. I am glad to see someone with experience in Wealthy Affiliate confirming that it is not a scam and that it can be a very good place to make money online. 

  8. Eric

    Glad to know it’s not a scam, I have been thinking of joining Wealthy Affiliate. But then get a little hesitant as it is inexpensive, but still, because I’m out or work, I’m not sure if investing would be wise. But I like the program and will give a try to see if I can at least get started my own business online. 

    • Patrick

      Hi Eric,

      The best thing about Wealthy Affiliate is you can start for free. This allows you to start to build and see if it is worth investing in. In my opinion, it definitely is. Work through the starter membership and you will learn a lot

  9. Paul

    Great article about is wealthy affiliate a scam? I recently joined wealthy affiliate myself to see what all the hype was about. I have been an affiliate marketer for two years and I will agree with you that WA absolutely does not provide all the tools to become a successful business online. Simply becoming a blogger and linking affiliate offers is about it. Generate some traffic and monetize to the best of your ability. But I agree with you about the fact that they do not teach you anything about email marketing , re targeting, or even a sales funnel for that matter. i will tell you that getting involved with them has opened up my eyes though They have given me a comprehensive overview about blogging and a secure hosting platform. On a constructive side of things, I would proof read your articles better before you publish them. For example, in this article,   under the section that reads: Is wealthy affiliate worth it? The second paragraph down the sentence starts off ” I beg to differ because think about this….. you misspelled “FOR” . And then on the home page under “Reviews”  , the article: “Clickbank Unuversity 2.0 Review 2019 – Is it Really Worth it?” I copy pasted it as it reads…. See University? LOL  No big deal man, just proof read a little better. Trust me , I have had my share of bad spelling. One article I had written, “Why CLUCKFUNNELS is the best funnel builder” . Realy, CLUCK ? LOL . Good luck with everything Patrick! Here s one of my new log sites I just started “prounemployed dot com.”  See ya..

    • Patrick

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for pointing out those errors. We all sometimes miss things when we are working so hard to put out content. I will pay closer attention in the future though since that misspell in the title of my article about clickbank university has been killing my SEO. Wealthy Affiliate may not provide training on a lot of subjects that can help us become more rounded in affiliate marketing but there is no doubt they provide powerful training and tools for building a blog. Starting with that foundation we can then learn about other things to make us even more successful while building a stable base for some passive income.

  10. Perryline

    An article having this quality takes time and energy to develop. most especially when it has to help out people with useful information. i also commend the beautiful website that you have created with nice templates. the reliability that is offered by wealthy affiliate is second to non. thank you scresa

    • Patrick

      Thank You for your comment Perryline.

      I am glad you enjoyed the article as well as my site design. You are right wealthy affiliate offers great reliability and stability on which to build a successful online business

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