NOTE TO READER: This is an archived review of Wealthy Affiliate that is no longer up to date. To check out the most recent up to date review click here!
This 2022 Wealthy Affiliate review will cover my experience over the last 5 YEARS with the WA platform that has 300+ classes & hundreds of training classes added each year. I’ll cover the training, short term and long term results, Wealthy Affiliate pricing, and more.
At dreamgrow.com there’s a 11,323 word review on Wealthy Affiliate based on LITERALLY 5 DAYS of research.
Oh by the way, that Wealthy Affiliate review promotes (and earns commissions from) another platform that costs $997 and has “over 24 hours of training”. As you’ll see in this detailed review based on my 5 YEARS with the platform, Wealthy Affiliate offers way more for way less.
This is how I make my money online. This is the platform that’s allowed me to travel this world.
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Wealthy Affiliate Review 2022 – Updated Classes, Debunking Scam Complaints, How It All Works, Pros and Cons & More!
New, updated classes, an inside look at the training, reviewing all tiers of membership, debunking common complaints and wealthy affiliate “scam” stories and more, this Wealthy Affiliate review for 2022 will be the most detailed you find online.
What is Wealthy Affiliate? How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?
First, let’s cut to the nitty gritty before I pick apart other Wealthy Affiliate reviews. Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training platform that’s been around since 2005.
If you’re not totally clear on exactly how affiliate marketing works, the easiest way to explain it is to show you. Let’s have industry leader Neil Patel explain how affiliate marketing works visually in less than 5 minutes here:
Special Note: Take note of what he says in the video above at around the 1:17 mark with regards to choosing your niche and how you should absolutely choose your niche based on what you love. More on that further in this review.
With over 120 step-by-step course lessons & video training in its core training, and over 300+ live classes yearly, you’re taught how to build niche websites in any niche of your choosing.
Think about how robust and thorough this training is. Other reviews of Wealthy Affiliate like the one at scamrisk.com try to paint Wealthy Affiliate as some kind of scam site, saying it has elements of pyramid schemes and MLM.
Not surprisingly, that review doesn’t even dive into the training to show what is ACTUALLY TAUGHT. (He did less than a week of research.)
Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005. It’s not a scam. It’s not a pyramid sheme. Trustpilot.com confirms this:
An Inside Look Into Wealthy Affiliate’s Core Training
The course training lessons at Wealthy Affiliate are divided into 2 major areas of core training: the Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) course and the Affiliate Bootcamp.
The OEC is focused on the beginner. It’s composed of a series of 50 training courses teaching how to build a niche affiliate marketing website that grows major traffic and revenue in any niche of your choosing.
You don’t ever have to promote Wealthy Affiliate if you don’t want to. Period.
The OEC covers the very fundamental beginnings from explaining how affiliate marketing works and understanding keyword research to building your very first website and content creation.
If you did want to take part in Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program and build a website in the “make money online” niche (MMO) promoting Wealthy Affiliate, the Affiliate Bootcamp curriculum is geared towards that.
Reading these other reviews they act like it’s unheard of for a training platform like Wealthy Affiliate to have its own affiliate program. Understand that this practice is COMPLETELY NORMAL.
This Affiliate Bootcamp training is composed of 70 lessons and includes more advanced concepts including Pay Per Click campaigns and more.
Currently, every single lesson within Wealthy Affiliate’s 120 lessons of core training is in the process of being updated to reflect the new, updated user interface.
In addition to all the core training, Wealthy Affiliate Premium members get weekly live classes (52 per year), while Wealthy Affiliate Premium Plus+ members get over 200 expert classes per year. (More on what is included in each tier of membership can be found in the next subheading.)
There is a constant daily influx of member training including live expert classes taught by seasoned members who have achieved success through Wealthy Affiliate’s training. They cover an extensive range of subjects from landing pages, email marketing, social media marketing, YouTube, building funnels, and more.
Here’s one of mine that was broadcast just over a week ago.
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How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost? Is Wealthy Affiliate Free?
Wealthy Affiliate has 3 tiers of membership: Starter, Premium, and Premium Plus+.
The Starter account is free. Wealthy Affiliate Premium includes all core training and costs $49/mo. or $495/yearly. Wealthy Affiliate Premium Plus+ includes all core training with many extras and costs $99/mo. or $995/yearly.
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With the Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Account, you have access to Level 1 (10 lessons) and Phase 1 (10 Lessons) in both the Online Entrepreneur Certification training and Affiliate Bootcamp training.
It includes a beginner website hosting package ($29/month value), 1 free website, free SSL, and 7 days of 24/7 support and the ability to ask questions in the members forum and live chat. You also have starter access to Jaaxy, Wealthy Affiliate’s built-in keyword research tool allowing 30 keyword searches.
With Wealthy Affiliate Premium, you have full access to Levels 1 – 5 (50 lessons) and Phases 1 – 7 (70 lessons) of both the Online Entrepreneur Certification training and Affiliate Bootcamp training.
You also have access to 1000+ training modules and 52 expert classes per year and the ability to build and host 10 premium websites.
Premium includes an intermediate hosting package ($100/month value), enhanced hosting security, free SSL, daily website backup, hacking prevention, SiteSpeed extreme caching for high speed responsiveness, 24/7 support, 24/7 access to live chat and forums, capability for 250k monthly website visits, and more.
One Wealthy Affiliate review that actually gets things right is the one over at highincomesource.com. They highlight Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting package stating “hosting at Wealthy Affiliate is the best deal in the market.”
You also have access to Jaaxy Lite ($19/month value) with unlimited keyword searches, keyword idea generation (390 results), 2000 SiteRank analysis scans, and much more.
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Wealthy Affiliate Premium Plus+ is the highest tier of membership Wealthy Affiliate offers. It includes everything Wealthy Affiliate Premium has along with many, many extras.
In addition to all the Premium training and classes, Premium Plus+ also has access to over 200 expert classes per year and the ability to build and host 50 premium websites.
Premium Plus+ includes an advanced hosting package ($250/month value), an advanced hosting security sweet, all the security and support features from Premium, capability for 1 million monthly website visits, and more.
Included with Premium Plus+ is Jaaxy Enterprise ($99/month value) with all its bells and whistles. This is the ultimate keyword research tool with resources that will make it the number one tool in your arsenal.
(Click on image above with membership packages for full list of Premium Plus+ features)
Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work? Does Wealthy Affiliate Make You Money? Did You Have Any Success at Wealthy Affiliate?
With every training platform, there is no guarantee of money or earnings. Have I had success with Wealthy Affiliate? Absolutely.
By following the extensive step-by-step training Wealthy Affiliate provides you can definitely find yourself earning consistent 4 figure monthly revenue even as an affiliate marketing beginner.
The following are my personal results with Wealthy Affiliate in my first 2 years. As a firefighter who runs into burning buildings for a living, I had no background in affiliate marketing at all. If someone like myself with no experience can do this, it speaks volumes to Wealthy Affiliate’s training and its ability to deliver.
For full transparency, it’s important to understand that I began my journey with Wealthy Affiliate in January of 2017. As you can see from the image above, my first commissions showed up in May of that year.
I didn’t earn any commissions during January or February, and earned my first commission in March. However, it wasn’t until May that my accumulated commissions reached the $100 threshold.
After May, as you can see, I reached the threshold every single month with very consistent and rapid growth.
Almost 5 years in, now in December of 2021, you can see my earnings for my last 7 days are still consistent and growing. That speaks volumes.
(For full context of the image below watch the review video at the top of the page as I show my current earnings live.)
And to be as current as possible for 2022, here’s my commission payout for the month of December of 2021.
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How Does Wealthy Affiliate Pay You?
You never have to promote Wealthy Affiliate if you don’t want to. This isn’t one of those platforms where you pay to become a salesman for the expensive training you just bought.
You have full freedom to build a niche website in any niche of your choosing.
However, if you do decide to take part in Wealthy Affiliate’s VERY lucrative affiliate program, you can get paid by Wealthy Affiliate in the form of recurring monthly commissions (almost 50% of each sale) and in WA credits that can be used towards paying for your membership and other features inside the platform.
All Wealthy Affiliate commissions are paid out via PayPal.
Additionally, through your niche websites and affiliate partnerships you can earn consistent monthly revenue through third party affiliate commissions, monetizing your website with ads, and outside revenue (YouTube, Instagram, etc.)
To be completely honest, Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
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Is Wealthy Affiliate a Pyramid Scheme? Is Wealthy Affiliate an MLM?
No. Wealthy Affiliate is not a pyramid scheme or any type of MLM (multilevel marketing) program or network marketing business.
If you read a Wealthy Affiliate review that says it is or that it “feels like one”, right there in that moment they’re demonstrating how little they know about Wealthy Affiliate.
You only earn affiliate commissions based on sales made through affiliate links from your niche website, through ads, referrals, etc.
You do not earn any commissions based on the sales of your “team” or any referrals’ earnings.
There are no downlines.
There are no uplines.
There simply is nothing about Wealthy Affiliate’s structure that has anything to do with network marketing or some hybrid affiliate marketing pyramid scheme.
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?
No. Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam.
Many high ranking Wealthy Affiliate reviews promoting other platforms will make false claims like this. Their common denominator is their lack of research.
The reviews from Trustpilot.com confirm Wealthy Affiliate is legit. Since its inception in 2005, Wealthy Affiliate has proven itself as an established affiliate marketing training platform with a robust training curriculum.
Membership dues you pay bring you 100% of the training Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. The training is extensive and thorough. There are no a la carte training modules that you are forced to buy nor any unrealistic promises of income. Earnings are never guaranteed.
You take home 100% of your earnings from Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate nor any other entity take any percentage of your earnings.
Who Created Wealthy Affiliate?
The co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate are Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim.
They started Wealthy Affiliate as a simple keyword list site and have expanded it exponentially since its start in 2005 while STILL CHARGING THE SAME FOR BASIC MEMBERSHIP.
Kyle is the face of WA responsible for the bulk of the core training with Carson being more behind the scenes responsible for interface, functionality and design.
They are quality, family guys dedicated to their craft. Anyone who calls them anything less simply does not know what they are talking about.
Are There Wealthy Affiliate Complaints? (I’ll Try Not to Rant Here.)
Yes. As with any training platform that requires membership dues or has competitors, there are always going to be complaints and scam allegations. Some can even come from disgruntled members.
This is inevitable when you have a very large community. They’ll create a Wealthy Affiliate reddit thread and rant. And that’s just fine.
There’s actually a Quora forum question about this with the top answer basically debunking all the member complaints one by one.
The most common complaints and scam allegations I’ll list below with an explanation of why they are either true, exaggerated, or completely unfounded.
- “All Wealthy Affiliate teaches is how to make reviews calling every other training platform a scam and only promoting Wealthy Affiliate…”
This is probably the most common complaint you’ll see by high ranking Wealthy Affiliate reviews and those who have never been through the training.
It is completely unfounded.
Wealthy Affiliate trains you on how to build a niche website IN ANY NICHE YOU CHOOSE.
This means you could have up to 50 premium websites across a variety of niches earning thousands per month and never once promote Wealthy Affiliate on any of your sites.
As an example, if you’re niche was travel photography, you would never be publishing content that had anything to do with affiliate marketing training platforms nor would you be promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
There is ZERO training inside Wealthy Affiliate that teaches you to bad mouth other products or platforms in order to promote one you have an affiliate partnership with.
Also, realize that you could visit a very successful niche website promoting any number of things and never even know it was built using Wealthy Affiliate’s training.
What’s bizarre to me is that when other Wealthy Affiliate reviews post that Wealthy Affiliate teaches its members to post negative content about other platforms, they are, in fact, guilty of the exact thing they are accusing Wealthy Affiliate of.
- “Wealthy Affiliate’s training is outdated.”
That 11,323 word review from dreamgrow.com I mentioned at the top of the article that’s based on 5 WHOLE DAYS of research makes this claim (while also recommending another $1000 platform with 24 hours of training that they earn a commission from. Imagine that.)
And unfortunately, another high ranking Wealthy Affiliate review from ebizfacts.com says the same thing.
That reviewer also admits to having less than a week of experience with Wealthy Affiliate.
So how are all these high ranking Wealthy Affiliate reviews getting it wrong? Is there a conspiracy against Wealthy Affiliate?
No. It’s just lack of research. With my 5 years of experience, I can touch on this point with a bit of authority.
This claim that Wealthy Affiliate’s training is outdated is highly exaggerated. I’ll try not to rant.
The core training at Wealthy Affiliate is updated regularly. As I stated at the beginning of this post, every single lesson within the core training is currently being fully updated in its totality.
Additionally, within each lesson there is “Request Update” so that members can let the founders know when a specific lesson needs updating.
Further, the live training and expert classes are literally coming in on a DAILY BASIS with new strategies and proven tactics so you can find success with HUNDREDS of brand new classes added yearly.
Take a look at the calendar for new classes this month. That’s about as current as current gets.
Is it possible that you could pull up a live class from 8 years back, as an example, that covered the now defunct Google +? Yes.
But this isn’t an example of outdated core training, it’s simply a past live class now catalogued and available to watch on demand.
None of the claims of “outdated training” made by other Wealthy Affiliate reviews actually show any outdated core training. Instead they cherry pick images that showed outdated interfaces found in previously aired live classes.
Is it possible that while watching a video tutorial the interface of the platform being covered in the video may have been aesthetically updated, so, as an example, buttons on your screen aren’t in the exact spot they are in the video? Yes.
Have I seen members take to their WA blog to complain that a lesson is outdated because it doesn’t look exactly like what they see on their screen? Sure.
I’ve also seen those members complain about how they haven’t made any money AFTER 7 WHOLE DAYS of training.
The fact is that you have to take member complaints with a grain of salt. Wealthy Affiliate’s active community is literally hundreds of thousands strong.
And more to my point (ok I’m slightly starting to rant) is that you REALLY need to take someone’s complaint who did 5 DAYS OF RESEARCH with a grain of salt as well.
And with respect to the live expert classes, as shown in the calendar image above, you can’t get any more current than LIVE. Replays are made available within 24 hours, and an extensive catalogue of past live classes is always available to watch on demand.
Other reviews also complain that Wealthy Affiliate is outdated because its training shows how to build a Website on Wordpress.
Wordpress is literally the #1 website builder online. This website you’re currently on right this second was built 100% based using WA’s training and is a WordPress site. Does this website look dated?
The bottom line is this: Wealthy Affiliate’s training is consistently delivering for its members and has been for over 15 years. You simply can’t do that with outdated training. My personal results speak to that truth.
- “Wealthy Affiliate teaches bad SEO practices that are no longer relevant…
Simply untrue. My personal revenue results over the last 5 years disagree and prove otherwise and I’m literally a firefighter who knew nothing about affiliate marketing prior to this training.
You can’t earn consistent commissions without traffic. You can’t build traffic if your content isn’t being seen and found by the search engines. You can’t be seen and found consistently by the search engines if your website is practicing bad SEO.
- “Wealthy Affiliate gives bad advice teaching members to choose their niche based on their interests instead of profitability…”
In my opinion, this is the worst complaint made by the other high ranking Wealthy Affiliate 2022 reviews. Many of the high ranking Wealthy Affiliate reviews list this as one of their top complaints.
If you watched the Neil Patel video earlier in this post, he COMPLETELY AGREES that you shouldn’t chase profitability and you should only jump into niches YOU HAVE AN ACTUAL INTEREST IN OR PASSION FOR.
The key to affiliate marketing success, especially as a beginner, is in creating consistent quality content. This is SO MUCH EASIER when you have a true interest in the subject you’re writing about.
With time, can you expand and use your knowledge and experience to build niche websites in other profitable areas as well? ABSOLUTELY.
But teaching a beginner to chase a dollar over actual interest is what leads to reviewers pushing high ticket platforms that don’t actually offer a benefit to the end user.
So listen to Neil Patel and Wealthy Affiliate. Choose your niche based on your interests.
And with new Wealthy Affiliate success stories showing up daily, guess what? Building a business around your actual interests actually pays off.
- “Wealthy Affiliate isn’t free like they claim. Once you get started you can only do a few lessons and then you get charged…”
Wealthy Affiliate’s free starter account has never been portrayed as anything more than a test drive of the platform. With it, you have access to the first 10 lessons so you can see what the training is like.
If you like the way the training is set up, great! Upgrade to the extremely affordable premium options. If not, you don’t even have to cancel as there was never any payment information taken.
You can’t be charged without permission when no payment information was ever taken.
Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It? Is Wealthy Affiliate Legit?
I can say without hesitation that Wealthy Affiliate is worth it and is absolutely legit. The straightforward, thorough training delivers.
Does it take work and consistency? Yes. But as you can see from my personal results, the numbers don’t lie. Now more than ever, work from home jobs like affiliate marketing are extremely relevant. Did you know there are several ways to get started affiliate marketing with no money?
The internet isn’t going away. Online businesses aren’t going away. Online shopping isn’t going away. Online research isn’t going away.
These are the pillars of what makes affiliate marketing work, and Wealthy Affiliate is nothing more than a true blueprint for affiliate marketing showing you how to be successful no matter your level of experience.
How Good is Wealthy Affiliate? What Makes Wealthy Affiliate Better?
In my opinion, as someone who started with no affiliate marketing experience, I can tell you that what makes Wealthy Affiliate better is its straightforwardness and its absolute focus on the end user LEARNING.
- There are no unrealistic promises of revenue.
- There is no low buy-in followed by a series of increasingly more expensive training modules you’re forced to buy to complete the training. (Trust me. That’s the model 99% of the other “training platforms” use, like this one.)
- There is no “guru” hype.
- Both tiers of premium training contain 100% of the core training.
- Even at its highest tier, Wealthy Affiliate is affordable. (Most people pay more for cable each month.)
- Wealthy Affiliate allows everyone to test drive the training first to see if it’s a good fit.
- The Wealthy Affiliate community is a very underrated aspect of the platform. It is a community spanning the globe in 193 countries with each member focused on the same goals and helping each other to improve.
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Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training platform without all the red flags most similar platforms have. Its training is straightforward, very robust, AFFORDABLE, and it actually delivers.
If someone like myself, a firefighter of 20 years, can be successful never having done anything like this before, then anyone can, and that’s a testament to this training.
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