Wealthy Affiliate Review 2020 – Is It A Scam?

My name is Vic and I have been a Wealthy Affiliate member since January, 2017.

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Vic Ide | Owner, Beast SEO

This Wealthy Affiliate Review is based on my own personal experience and success as a member.  Prior to finding the Wealthy Affiliate Community, I spent a lot of time (and a lot of money) researching and trying out different programs that claimed to teach you how to build an online business.  Or, how to get rich quick online.  Then, I stumbled across Wealthy Affiliate and it all made sense.  The training, tools, resources, and support I receive from the team at Wealthy Affiliate, and from other members of the Wealthy Affiliate community, help me to continue building my online business success.

I have built 8 websites since starting with Wealthy Affiliate but it only takes one to be successful online.


What Wealthy Affiliate Is and Is Not

Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick scheme or an internet scam.  It is a site dedicated to teaching you everything you need to know about how to build an online business.  From understanding how to make money online to building your own money-generating website.  And, Wealthy Affiliate provides you with all the tools necessary to make that happen from a website builder to web hosting to driving traffic to your site.  Everything you need to be successful online.

Who Can Benefit From the Training at Wealthy Affiliate:

  • People wanting to earn some extra monthly income
  • Retired people looking for a hobbie or to add some income to their retirement savings
  • Marketers who already have some understanding of how to run an online business but need some advance training
  • People looking to quit their 9 to 5 job and start earning money on passive mode
  • People like me who wanted to downsize, get back to nature, and earn money from wherever I happen to be


You Need To Know This First

If at any time you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate you should know this:

  1. It is Free to Get Started the Starter Membership is Free!  No credit card needed and no risk. 
  2. I Will Help You I will be your personal mentor / coach to make sure you’re set up for success.
  3. Dedicate Time and Follow the TrainingThis is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  The training and support you receive at WA will provide a foundation for creating a wildly successful online business but you need to do the work.  Check it out for free and get started now.


Turn Your Passion Into an Online Business

Wealthy Affiliate was started in 2005 by two guys from Canada, Carson and Kyle.  Since the inception of Wealthy Affiliate their passion has been helping others succeed online. You will get to know these guys personally.  They are actively involved in the training courses and Q&A forums.  Their goal is helping everyone in the WA community be successful online entrepreneurs. .

Today, Wealthy Affiliate is the BEST training platform available for people who want to learn about internet marketing. It’s really simple in how it works.


How it Works

  1. First, you choose an interest.  What is it that you love doing or what are you passionate about?   I used to own an in-home senior care agency so I have a passion for seniors and caregiving, I also enjoy outdoor life, RV’ing, building small businesses, and helping others achieve success.  I’ve built websites on most of these interests and it doesn’t even feel like work.
  2. Then, you build a website around your interest (or niche). With the training and tools at Wealthy Affiliate, you can have a website up the first day you start.
  3. Next, you get people to your website.  You will learn a lot about traffic generating techniques and how to attract visitors to your site.  These will be people who are interested in learning about your passion and interest.
  4. Finally, you will start earning revenue.  You will learn how to make money online and how to earn money from your own website.  There are many ways to monetize your website and Wealthy Affiliate will teach you all of them.


The Training

All the training inside the site is easy to follow and is designed for people with different learning styles (with training provided as text as well as videos).  There is also a comment section right within the training to ask questions.  Your questions are answered by other members or by the founders themselves.

The training comes in several different formats and I will break each one down individually.


Core Training

With a Free Starter Membership you can dive in right away with the Online Entrepreneur Certification (Level 1).  This course will teach you the basics of Affiliate Marketing and how to make money online.  Make sure you complete all of the tasks at the end of each lesson because the training is cumulative and success comes from taking action.


Certification Courses (5 Levels)

The 5 Certification Courses (including Level 1) are listed below.  Once you get through Levels 1-3 you will have a money-making website built and on your way to success!

  • Level 1:  Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started
  • Level 2:  Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website
  • Level 3:  Making Money
  • Level 4:  Mastering Social Engagement
  • Level 5:  Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation

Key Points:

  • The Level 1 Getting Started course is extremely thorough and has action based items
  • Levels 2 through 5 are very detailed and will have you making money online in no time
  • All training lessons have a place where you can ask specific questions and they typically get answered within a few minutes.


Live Training

Everything in the online marketing world moves quickly so, to keep things up-to-date and fresh, Wealthy Affiliate offers weekly Live training seminars on various topics.  Most of the training is cutting-edge stuff and will keep you updated on what is trending as well as provide step-by-step instructions on various processes.

The Live training is recorded so you can watch them if you happen to miss them.


Community of Caring Members

One of the greatest benefits I see at Wealthy Affiliate is the community of caring members who are always helping each other out.  As a Premium Member, you will have the ability to create and add training in the members area on any topic.  Say, for example, you wanted to teach other members how to add a link to images on your blog post.  You can add training on that topic and other members will provide ratings so that other members will see how benefitial it was.

Key Points:

  • The community training creates a huge, diverse learning portal that benefits everyone
  • You also have the ability to earn income from your training based on the popularity of it
  • All community training course are monitored for spam and selling (that’s a no-no)


The Tools

No matter what business you’re in you’re going to need the right tools for the job.  Wealthy Affiliate is designed to be a one-stop-shop for everything you need to build a successful online business.  That means that all the tools you need are there including a Keyword Tool, Website Builder, Site Hosting, and Site Domains.  They are all easy to use and are included in the Premium Membership.  I’ll go into some detail about each.


Keyword Tool

One of the things you’ll learn at WA is that, in order for your site to get ranked in the search engines thus driving traffic to your site, you need to target keywords with low competition from other sites  The WA Keyword tool gives you that ability.  You can see what people are searching for inside Google to find information.  If you understand your audience’s search behavior, you’ll be able to get your website in front of them quickly.  It will show you how many times a keyword is searched in a given month and how competitive that keyword (or string of keywords) is in terms of other sites trying to get ranked for it.  See an example below.



Site Builder (SiteRubix)

The SiteRubix tool helps you build a website in a matter of minutes. This (for me), is the BEST tool I have ever seen when it comes to building websites.

When installing a WordPress site, you typically have to perform a bunch of steps which can become overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing. SiteRubix solves that problem with its easy 4 steps process:

  1. First, choose what kind of website you want to build? (Free site)
  2. Then, name your website
  3. Choose a look for your website
  4. Finally, build Your Site

No need to fuss with installing WordPress and the challenges that comes with.  SiteRubix can literally install and create your website within 60 seconds of adding your domain name.  And, how do you get a domain name you ask?  There’s another cool tool for that.


Site Domains

One of the newest tools in the Wealthy Affiliate toolbox is also the coolest.  Now, you can buy your domain names right inside of Wealthy Affiliate and it works seamlessly with the WA Hosting Platform and SiteRubix.

If you have ever purchased a domain name in the past (through sites like GoDaddy.com) then you know about the many up-sells or add-ons that are attached with a domain name purchase.  WA Site Domains takes away the domain name stress and is very competitive in terms of features and price.   Take a look at the table below that compares cost and features of domains purchased at Wealthy Affiliate and other domain name companies.


Site Hosting

People are Running Million Dollar businesses on the Wealthy Affiliate Hosting Platform.  Wealthy Affiliate has some of the best WordPress hosting around and is setting industry standards.  There is no need to deal with any other web hosting company as WA has made it easy and seamless.  It is super fast, reliable and integrates with Site Domains and SiteRubix.

Features of WA Hosting:

  • WordPress optimized servers
  • Site Dashboard Where You Build and Manage your Websites
  • Faster loading
  • The most secure hosting anywhere
  • Full redundancy
  • Daily backups
  • 24/7 website monitoring
  • Fully managed
  • Email & forwards
  • Site Health analyzing
  • Website auto login

The best part is that WA Hosting comes with your membership.  There is no added cost to host your website.

Starter Members = 2 Free Websites (on .siterubix.com domain)
Premium Members = 50 Websites (25 free .siterubix.com website and 25 on your OWN Domains)


The Support

If you look at the details of my review below you’ll notice that I give the Support at Wealthy Affiliate 5 stars out of 5.  In my opinion it is the BEST part about the Wealthy Affiliate community.  Now, I must say, without the other stuff like the training, the Site Builder, the Site Hosting, etc. I wouldn’t have a business.  But, the support I receive from the co-owners, the staff of WA and the other members of the WA community, is really what sets them apart.

The available support channels at Wealthy Affiliate include:

  • Live Help
    • The Live support is the heartbeat of the Wealthy Affiliate community and provides instant answers to questions.  They also provide personal help, coaching, and the ability to interact in real-time.  Live Support is available 24/7 so it doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in – the live chat support is there for you.
  • Private Messaging
    • As part of your membership, you can contact any Wealthy Affiliate Premium member privately to discuss your online training or projects.  You can also contact the owners Carson & Kyle for some private coaching or feedback whenever you need it.
  • Live Q&A Sessions
    • After each Live Training Course (discussed above) the trainer opens it up for Live Q&A where you can get clarity on topics discussed or specific questions answered.  A great way to accelerate your training.
  • Website Feedback Platform
    • If you’re looking for some feedback on your website or on a specific page of your website, the Website Feedback Platform is a great way to get it. It works on a credit system where you give feedback on 2 sites in exchange for 1 request to review your site.  Here is an example of some feedback I received on one of my websites.
  • Training Classrooms
    • The classrooms are similar to a forum where you can ask your questions and someone within the community will provide an answer for you.  New information is being posted by the minute and you can search within these classrooms for answers that may already exist.


Success at Wealthy Affiliate

Can I be successful at Wealthy Affiliate?  That’s the question I had when I was considering joining and I’m sure you are asking the same question.  Success, for me, comes when I surround myself with other successful people and learn from them.  Within  the WA community there are thousands of people who have had various levels of success and who have put various levels of effort in.  Successes range from learning how to build a website to earning extra income to quitting their day job.  Others have build million dollar businesses.  Here are two members having great success.

It takes hard work and dedication to build and run your own online business.  So, there’s no way for me to tell you how much money you can make.  What I can tell you is this…if you have the passion and dedication, commit to putting in the work needed, and follow the training, you will be hugely successful.


How Much Does It Cost

If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, please leave me a comment below.  Thanks and good luck.

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