Wealthy Affiliate Review 2015

Wealthy Affiliate is an online community of bloggers, writers, marketers and webmasters who eagerly welcome and mentor beginners into the world of making money online. It’s the one place you can honestly learn to build a successful online business based on rock-solid ethics and proven business principles.

If you can write a letter to a friend, you can build a successful online business with Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate gives you an easy to follow step-by-step plan, plus all the tools you need, plus abundant support, both technical support and warm, fuzzy, you-can-do-it, cheerleading support.

Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Website: www.WealthyAffiliate.com
Price: Starter Membership $0 (Get Free Acct), Premium Membership, $47/month
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Overall Rank: 97 out of 100
Who it’s for: Newbie to Experienced Pro (Extremely Newbie Friendly).

Click here to Join Wealthy Affiliate for free. No credit card needed.


Introduction to Wealthy Affiliate

I have a unique take on Wealthy Affiliate, I’m a member. If I’m bias, it’s for good reason.

You see, for years I struggled with countless make money online systems and programs. A few made money, but not much. Most didn’t make anything at all. Some exploited temporary loopholes in the search engines that were quickly closed, tanking the site I had spent months building. Many methods were simply outdated.

And, perhaps worst of all, some of these programs depended on expensive and complicated software that created a tsunami of spammy backlinks. Ultimately, I didn’t make money and I didn’t feel good about what I was doing either.

To read how others struggled before discovering Wealth Affiliate, go here.

Wealthy Affiliate changed all that. Wealthy Affiliate is an ethical community dedicated to helping people make money online. It teaches you to work with the search engines so all the power of Google, Bing and Yahoo is on your side. You also learn to profit from the natural dynamics of the Internet by giving people what they want. If you provide what people are searching for, you’ll be rewarded… and you’ll own a solid online business that will support you for a long, long time.

You can have everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.-Zig Ziglar

Is Wealthy Affiliate For Real?

Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal. Join for free and see for yourself.

Wealthy Affiliate is the one place you can honestly learn to build a successful online business, one you can be proud of. Yes, you can actually do it. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your experience has been in the past, you can succeed with Wealthy Affiliate.

If you can write a letter to a friend, you can build a successful online business with Wealthy Affiliate. The secret is to know what really works and then take consistent action.

Wealthy Affiliate will give you an easy to follow step-by-step plan, plus all the tools you need, plus abundant support, both technical support and warm, fuzzy, you-can-do-it, cheerleading support.

READ Wealthy Affiliate Personal Testimonies here.

The Pros:

Here are some of the things I like most about Wealthy Affiliate.

  • wealthy-affiliate-make money imageIt’s Extremely Newbie Friendly.
  • Absolutely free to start. No risk to you. You don’t need a credit card.
  • An ethical, upbeat environment dedicated to the success of every member.
  • Step-by-step, easy to follow training (the process is simple and logical).
  • Always up to date.
  • 100,000’s community members eager to cheer you on and help you succeed.
  • Live, interactive help at any hour of the day or night!
  • Professionally Designed Websites
  • Fast, Secure Webhosting with daily backups.
  • Manage all your sites from one central control panel.
  • Access to Industry Experts & Millionaires
  • A strict spam free environment.
  • The owners, Kyle and Carson, are intensely active in the community.
  • I’m proud to be a member and will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
  • Wealthy Affiliate is the only program in the industry that allows you to try it out for free. That’s confidence!

 The Cons:

  • It’s a huge site and can be intimidating for a newbie, but if you watch the introduction video and ask questions when you’re lost or stuck, you’ll do fine.
  • No hype. Making money online takes time. A newbie who believes the hype from so-called online marketing gurus might be disappointed that success requires sustained effort and patience.
  • Honestly, the scariest thing for me when I discovered Wealthy Affiliate was realizing that I had no excuse if I failed. Fortunately, Wealthy Affiliate has a wonderful way of alleviating that fear as well. I just keep taking action. I just keep following the training, one step at a time. You can easily do the same thing.

What are the values and priorities of Wealthy Affiliate?

No Jerks Allowed. Wealthy Affiliate is a community and learning environment that strives to nurtur success in everyone. If you want to know how to ethically make money online and are willing to network with fellow entrepreneurs, ask for help when you need it and reach out to help others, you’ll feel like you’ve finally come home when you join Wealthy Affiliate.

One of the many things that makes Wealthy Affiliate unique is that the owners are intensely active in the community. As a member, you’ll have direct access to them at any time. It’s common to see them helping members launch campaigns, resolve website issues or some other concern. They log in every day to answer questions and welcome new members.

The online success of each member through ethical business practices is the highest priority of Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate was built to make you successful. Are you ready?

Who is Wealthy Affiliate Best Suited For?

Wealthy Affiliate is for anyone who dreams of being financially independent.

When you join Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll quickly be immersed in a community devoted to your success.

Wealthy Affiliate caters to every skill level. If you’re an absolute newbie, Wealthy Affiliate will walk you step-by-step through building a website, making it profitable, maintaining it and more. If you’re an experienced pro, Wealthy Affiliate has the tools and support to take your business to a whole new level, while at the same time simplifying its management.

Wealthy Affiliate is for everyone eager to succeed online, regardless of their skill level, experience or age.

Training & Tools

As a Wealthy Affiliate member you’ll have everything you need to succeed online. You won’t have to worry about what tools and services you need to run your business. Other than purchasing a domain name, which costs less than $15 a year, you won’t have to buy other stuff in order to succeed. There’s no surprises,no nasty upsells, no OTO’s or hidden expenses. EVERYTHING you need is included.

classrooms-wealthy-affiliateWA Training is comprehensive too. It’s organized, and always up to date.

There’s training for all levels from the greenest newbie straight off the turnip truck to the most advanced professional marketer. You’ll never outgrow Wealthy Affiliate.

The training is offered in different formats:

  • Live Weekly Training Classes
  • Question and Answer Periods
  • Organized Classrooms on specific topics
  • Interactive Discussions
  • Video Training, Tutorial Training
  • Task Based Courses

Yes, it’s a lot. In fact, there’s over 500 powerful training modules inside Wealthy Affiliate. Each Classroom teaches a specific business model to generate a full time income.

You also get full access to every tool you’ll need to run a successful business online, including:

  • Keyword & Competition Research Tool
  • WordPress Express, a 3 click website builder. Building a website has never been easier.
  • Low Competition Keyword Lists.
  • State of the Art, Cloud Hosting for Premium Members.
  • Access to over 2,400 website templates/themes
  • Ability to add over 30,000 different “features” to your website

Community and Support.

If you’re serious about succeeding online… You can’t go it alone.

Really. You’ll succeed much faster and to greater heights when you’re part of a supportive community of experts. The online world is awash with information, much of it outdated or intentionally misleading. It can suck you in, waste your money and months of your life. It doesn’t have to be that way.

i-support-you-300x259When you’re part of the Wealthy Affiliate community you’ll get help anytime you need it…and you’ll get help fast.

  • Live, 24/7/365 Chat.
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Live Question & Answer periods.
  • Private 1-on-1 support with me.
  • Private access to community experts.

With Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll never have to go it alone.

How You Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate.

When you join Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll have two options. You can either build a business around a topic you are knowledgeable and passionate about, or you can choose the Wealthy Affiliate boot camp with a predefined niche. Either option is great.

If you just want to make money online and don’t have a niche in mind, the Wealthy Affiliate boot camp with a predefined niche is the way to go. In my experience, that option requires less writing and results in faster profits.

With either option you’re trained step-by-step, starting with the most basic bare bones video lessons as if you had no experience at all.

You’ll build a niche website that generates income from a variety methods like affiliate links, ads and giving away free stuff. There’s a lot you can do to earn money once you have a solid website that attracts visitors. All that’s covered in the step-by-step video training.

The Price.

Wealthy Affiliate has only 2 membership levels: Free Starter Membership and Premium. There are no upsells, OTOs, hidden expenses, tricks or gotcha’s.

Starter Membership, $0 (Join Here)
Premium Membership, $47 per month (Join Here)

When you join at the Starter Membership level, you’ll have instant access to the Wealthy Affiliate community. This includes more than 500 training modules, 3 classrooms, full networking and commenting, 2 free websites, access to the keyword tool and more…

If you’ve tried other online marketing training, you know nothing anywhere on the Internet compares with all the goodies you get with the Wealthy Affiliate Free Starter Membership except…(drum roll please)…The Wealthy Affiliate Premium Level.  

The Wealthy Affiliate Premium Level is the whole enchilada. The Premium Level streamlines your journey to success. This level saves you from the hosting fees others charge, ever changing keyword tool expenses, paying so-called experts for help, website builder fees or searching the net endlessly for the answer to some question when you’re stuck with hit or miss training some self-proclaimed guru has thrown together and managed to sell you.

Once you’re at the Wealthy Affiliate Premium level you’ll never have to buy another guru eBook, course or scam program. Absolutely everything you need in inside Wealth Affiliate and, as a Premium Member, it’s all yours, including 1-on-1 help from real life proven experts who are happy to help you succeed.

Once you’re part of the Wealthy Affiliate community, you’ll never get scammed again.

My Final Opinion, plus BONUSES.

Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal. It’s your greatest hope for making a full-time income online. Join. Take action. Follow the step-by-step training, ask for help when you need it, be patient and keep taking action, and you’ll have a valuable online business that pays you month after month and year after year.

Join at the Free Starter Membership level and set up an account. I’ll be in touch within the hour. Once inside, explore the community, visit member’s websites, you’ll be amazed at the success Wealthy Affiliate members are enjoying. Start the training. Test the support. Ask questions. Learn all you can. Kick the tires. Drive it hard and peek in all the corners. Reach out and make friends in the community. You’ll be thrilled you finally found the real deal.

Click here to Join Wealthy Affiliate for free. No credit card needed.

Once you join, set-up your Free Starter Account, that’s important. I’ll contact you with more information about Wealthy Affiliate and how you can get help from me.

You can stay at the free level forever if you want. There’s no pressure to upgrade to a PREMIUM account, but there are many advantages to upgrading. If Wealthy Affiliate meets your expectations and you’re ready to get serious about building an online business, you’ll know when the time is right to go PREMIUM.

When you upgrade to PREMIUM within 7 days after you join at the free level, you’ll get your first month of PREMIUM membership at a steep discount. Plus, you’ll also receive two bonus training videos which show you step by step how to quickly find easy to rank keywords and how to choose a profitable niche, build a website and get it ranked.

The Last Word.

GarysFacebookPictIII’m here to help. If you need me to hold your hand as you start your new adventure, I can do that. If you have any questions or concerns simply comment below. I’ll get back to you straight away.

All the best…

Gary Bold




  1. Great site, Gary! Plenty of white space and good content.
    Easy to read. As a fellow writer, I love your domain name and tagline!

    • Thanks Heather! I want every writer to know they are far more powerful than they realize.

      • Vishwanath P says:

        Wealthy affiliate is not free as you are claiming here..I joined thinking that it was free… but I have to pay the money to access any of your tools and training. Wherever I click, I get the message forcing to subscribe giving two payment options. How can you claim that it is free?

        • Hi, Vishwanath P.!

          Wealthy Affiliate has a free starter membership. This free starter membership is available in most countries. However, it is not available in the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Unfortunately, we had to exclude those countries from the free membership because of spammers. The free membership comes with two free websites and spammers were using automated software to make thousands of accounts and free sites, causing our servers to crash. The only way we can keep them out of our servers is to block the country. I apologize for the confusion.

          Thanks for stopping by,

  2. I love the title of your site.

  3. Great read, Gary! If I hadn’t already joined, the information you have provided and story you have shared would have made my decision easy.

    All the Best, Sir!

  4. Natalie Ivanov says:

    Great site and great review! I’m actually gonna send it to my brother as I think he could benefit from joining WA and your review describes it perfectly. I am already a member. Great job 🙂

  5. Gary,

    Wow! You certainly have a way with words! I was intrigued by your site. I’d sign up this moment, if I wasn’t a member of WA. I’ve book marked your site to go back and read again. I never thought of writing as though I’m crafting a letter to a friend. As for the image of your site, with the white background, it’s very easy on the eyes. Good luck with your endeavour.


  6. christian wijaya says:

    HI Gary
    Great and wonderful site. I have followed your site easily, but I am not IT Programmer, could you help me to build one website for free? Moreover, I have searched on Google about wealthy affiliate, and I have found no one write negative reviews, but the you have excellent written, so I can follow and read easily.

  7. Hi Gary,
    You have done an awesome job of explaining everything there is to know about the Wealthy Affilaite. I’ve been a member for a little over 4 months and have learned so much about building an online buisness through the use of a niche website. As a complete newbie to the website building world I have found the training very easy to follow and the community very engaging and encouraging. I think your your review is very thorough and should leave no doubts as to the benefits of joining.

  8. Wow this is a really comprehensive review you have here. I really like the sound of Wealthy Affiliate and it seems like legit place to earn money online.

    There are so many places that are scams online and it’s very refreshing to see a place that isn’t.

    ow long does it typically take to see monetary results of any kind?

    This is something i’m very interested in. THank you for bringing this to my attention.

    • Hi Dylan!

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you are so right, there are a lot of scams out there. Before I found Wealthy Affiliate, it seemed like they were all scams. It was very discouraging.

      You asked how long it takes to see results. It really depends on so many variables and I urge anyone who wants to make money online to commit to the process and be patient.

      I got discouraged after two months and did not work consistently on my website like Wealthy Affiliate teaches. Still, in spite of my slacking off I began to see results after 4 months. I think you can reasonably expect to earn a fulltime income in 12 to 18 months, but again it depends on many variables and it’s important to be patient.

      But, lets look at a worse case scenario. What if you joined Wealthy Affiliate and followed the training, but you did everything wrong and after two years you’re still not making a dime.

      If you’ve followed the training, you will know a heck of a lot about making money online. You’ll be in an amazing position to cash in. Plus, you can call on all of your friends at Wealthy Affiliate to help you understand precisely what you did wrong. Starting from that point, I don’t see how you can fail.

      It comes down to patience and commitment.

  9. Hey Gary,
    I loved the way you covered each and every aspect of Wealthy Affiliate website here. One thing that I’ve noticed is that you’ve listed both the free and the paid option setting the expectation straight and covered the program details really well.

    Being a premium member myself, the only regret that I have is not having joined this sooner.

    The training program is so awesome that I upgraded to premium as soon as I could. Thanks for spreading the word and letting others know of this.

    • Hi Josh!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Like you, I wish I had joined Wealthy Affiliate sooner. I’m reminded of the Zen saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

      All the best…


  10. Wow! What an accurate review of what I believe is the best and most logical place to go to learn about blogging and affiliate marketing. You have presented the plate form in the best way possible.

    I also love the look of your website. So easy to read and follow. You must have a great teacher. 🙂 If I hadn’t already joined WA I would be after reading this review. Great job!

    • Hi Melody!

      Thanks for stopping by and thank you for such kind words.

      I’m pleased you enjoyed my site and congratulations on being a member of Wealthy Affiliate.

      All the best…


  11. Tasos Perte Tzortzis says:

    Hey Gary-Elias , very interesting review as always Wealthy Affiliate is one of the subjects that keep me alerted for long.

    You described it very nice when you said extremely newbie friendly.Yes , I agree it is perfect for newcomers.Just like I was when I joined.Not exactly new in online marketing but in affiliate marketing yes.

    I was wasting much of my time too when I got involved in various schemes and organisations.Few dollars here , a sale then , but I was into the physical products category.Now with affiliate marketing I do not have to own products and to re sell them under risky situations.

    I can promote any product of good quality I want.

    WA showed me a genuine way , following ethical guidelines through a training that is comprehensive and keeps getting updates.The team behind the scenes are decent entrepreneurs and the live interaction with members all around the globe makes WA a top rated program in online marketing.

    Oh it is scary when you say you have no reason to fail.But yes , having in mind all these awesome tools WA offers … sounds logical , never thought of that.

    No jerks allowed , huh , that was funny but it shows that is a place for no spammers.

    What is the best thing you love in this community?

    Are you expecting something to be changed or is there anything missing from their platform?

    Nice breakdown , explained all the important aspects and features.Honest and original review.Thanks for a midnight read

    • Hi Tasos!

      Thanks again for stopping by. I’m still growing into Wealthy Affiliate and love it more each day. The global community it offers has really improved my life. Writing and online marketing can be a lonely occupation, but with the Wealthy Affiliate community I’m always connected. Plus, it has changed my world view dramatically.

      All the best…


  12. I like the article, I just have a few question, What about Traffic to my website? What do you offer for Website Traffic?
    What about Merchant Accounts, will I have get an Account Number ? and what the cost of Merchant Account?
    Can I use a Content-Base Website? If not what are you offering me?

    • Hi Karma!

      Thanks for stopping by. You ask some good questions.

      Wealthy Affiliate teaches many ways to make money online, but it begins with building an authority website. This is essentially a blog which you regularly write content for. It is the content that drives traffic to your site.

      You don’t need a Merchant Account and, honestly, I don’t know anything about them.

      The easiest thing to do, if you’re interested, is to join and start the training. It’s free to join, so you have nothing to lose.

      Thanks for such a good question.

      All the best…


  13. John Rico says:

    Hi Gary! I agree with you that wealthy affiliate is the best online opportunity that you can find. Actually I am already a member of WA and I want to testify that WA really helps.

    Two months ago, i have no idea on how to make a website or even write an article. But with the help of WA I was able to realize my true potential. Right now I am not yet earning since i am still on my early stage. But I know A month from now, i can already profit on my website. Thanks for this review Gary!

    • Hi John!

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate really makes it easy to get started and building a website is a snap. I look forward to watching you succeed.

      All the best…


  14. Hey Gary,

    This is a rigorous and in-depth analysis of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. You didn’t miss a thing. This post alone could have persuaded me to join if I wasn’t already a member. Personally, I joined WA because of the training and community. The fact that there is an ever-present community at WA ready to help wowed me.
    Great post.

    • Hi Medu!

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the conversation. I appreciate your comment.

      Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is simply the best. At first, I joined because I could check it out for free. That speaks volumes. Once I was a member, I found the training to be amazing and easy to follow. The fact that the training was based on integrity and solid business principles told me I was in the right place. And then, like you, I fell in love with the community.

      Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate, for the first time in a long time, I get out of bed each morning eager to get to work.

      All the best…


  15. Hello again Wealthy Affiliate,

    I posted a comment on the introduction site. As I stated I am training with AWAI. You mentioned you trained with them as well. To be ethical and truly ethical one must speak the truth. To train with a company one has to eventually pay for the services rendered. Do I have $500 or $1000 at my disposal to pay anyone, no way. But the fees I have paid AWAI, I have not regretted. At some point one has to say, now that I am trained, what value do I offer that will allow another to pay for my services? Yes, one must speak the truth because our Creator put in the bible, Thou shalt not lie. ONLY our Creator never lies and we humans should strive for the same. I want to check you out as a resource, but you leave a little distaste in my mouth by saying negative things about AWAI after you were trained by them. No one is perfect, that doesn’t mean unethical behavior should be sugar coated or allowed. I don’t believe in putting all my eggs in one basket but one shouldn’t bite the hand that fed/trained one in the past. I contacted AWAI once about an additional course and that person said not to worry about purchasing that course, I already had all that I needed. I think that AWAI is fair. If no one pays for their products then they go out of business. Nothing is really for free. You yourself know that most will opt to pay for upgrade because most people feel funny about receiving free stuff all the time. The ideas I’ve seen you state this far, it’s just recycled from AWAI and I did some research, those ideas have been around for decades and AWAI did not invent them. The market is filled with millions of people and each company/organization has the ability to service only a portion of the market
    Trashing another business model is not ethical. What is your BBB rating? I would like to see what you have to offer, but I am a little skeptical. Yes, I would like to have an income as I am currently not receiving an income but as you imply, I must ethically participate in generating income. No one is perfect. We all must speak the truth and when we don’t we all must get back up and strive to speak truth. It’s not easy in this economy to find work. Putting one’s eggs in one basket is not sound advice. Again, I would like to see what you have to offer and it’s not a matter of blind loyalty but sometimes too much information and spreading yourself thin puts you in a position of inaction.

    • Hi Regine!

      Good to see you again. Thanks for taking time to comment.

      Like you mention, it is a difficult time to find work. I understand. You mentioned that you are not receiving an income at the moment. I’d be happy to help you change that.

      Honestly, Regine, copywriting is easy when you are promoting a quality product that solves people’s problems or enriches people’s lives. I write more about that in my article How to Earn a Darn Good Living as a Writer.

      Here is what I offer: Free websites, free training and free membership in a community of people who would like to see you earn a comfortable income as soon as possible. There is a paid upgrade with added benefits, but it’s not required. You can make money at the free level.

      For this to work, you’ll need to build a website and write quality content for it. We show you how to do both.

      To get started, read How to Earn a Darn Good Living as a Writer and follow the links to join for free.

      Regardless whether you join our community or not, please remember I’m here to help you succeed online. You can reach me by leaving a comment anywhere on this site or through the contact page.

      Regine, I wish you the greatest success.

      All the best…

  16. Gary! I love your writing style! The way you write really gets me hooked. Keep on writing, cant wait for more posts!

  17. Gary…..I took a course with AWAI and have an interest in Writing for the Web, Doing Social Media Campaigns, etc. Is Wealthy Affiliate just about Money Making Websites, or would it teach writing landing pages, helping a business with their Social Media presence, etc?
    Thanks for your time

    • Hi Chris!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Wealthy Affiliate is comprehensive with several courses that cover all aspects of the internet. The initial training is focused on building a money making website and content creation. Additional courses build on this foundation to include Social Media, video, PPC and anything else related to an online presence.

      Plus, there are many experienced and knowledgeable members in Wealthy Affiliate who will help you one-on-one with any subject you wish. You just have to ask.

      Here’s what I suggest, join Wealthy Affiliate at the free level. It’s absolutely free. No strings attached. You don’t need a credit card and no one will ask you for money. Just simply join and set up an account. Once you’re inside Wealthy Affiliate, look around, ask questions and dig into the training.

      You can even build a website for free, write content for it and get feedback on what you’ve written. All for free and without risk. If you do this, you’ll know if the paid membership level is right for you.

      CLICK HERE to open a free Wealthy Affiliate account.

      Once you open an account, I’ll be in touch.

      All the best…

  18. Never mind replying……This is a scam. When you google Wealthy Affiliate there are all these people with pages just like yours. All this is, is recruiting people to do a page promoting Wealthy Affiliate and I’m sure you get paid for each person that joins. This is just a creative Pyramid Scheme. Have no interest wasting my time.

    • Hi Chris!

      What in the world makes you think Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or a pyramid scheme? No one is asking anything of you. It’s free to join. You don’t even need a credit card, just open an account and start the training. I don’t know of a more generous offer on the internet. You honestly get to try it before you buy it.

      Why not try it? It’s free. No strings attached. Join Wealthy Affiliate for free and see for yourself if it real or not. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

      Chris, I wish you the greatest success with your writing. I’ve taken several of the AWAI courses and have been writing professionally since 1986. I’ve written ad copy, grant proposals, web content, intelligence reports, training manuals, corporate video scripts and a novel (it’s on Amazon). However, now I’m cutting back on the writing I do for clients because writing for my own websites is less frustrating than writing for others and far more rewarding.

      If I can help you with your copywriting, feel free to contact me here.

      All the best…

  19. Good review, I’m already a member. Started the free website last March, went Premium in January. It’s still informative to read the reviews.

    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best things that have happened to me in a long time. Good to see you’re a member.

      All the best,

  20. Sounds like a pretty awesome place to learn your online trade but I am worried about this payment structure. You’ve mentioned the starter account (which is free I believe?) but how much does that let you do? Will I be able to gather enough info to learn how to set up a blog with just this starter account?

    • Hi, Chris!

      Great question.

      The Free Starter Membership will give you full support for 7 days, access to the Online Entrepreneur Certification course, two free websites, and access to the site builder that can build a website in about a minute. That’s all free.

      The Free Starter Membership will teach you to fundamentals of making money online, based on ethics, proven business principles, and online methods.

      With the Free Starter Membership, you will have all you need to create a blog. You will also have the information you need to determine if the paid membership is right for you.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  21. Hi,

    Thanks for your great and informative post. The video sure explain a lot about this wealthy affiliate program. I have heard about this program before but I think it’s just the same as other affiliate program. But, as I check for more review about this program, most of them really recommend this program. So, what to lose right. It’s free to join after all. Definitely going to join in later. Thanks again for the info.


    • Hi, Hadri!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I struggled to make money online for years and spent a lot of money on useless programs in the process. Wealthy Affiliate is the only ethical place I’ve found that teaches how to really make money online based on proven business principles. Before I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I had lost hope of ever understanding how to make money online.

      When I realized Wealthy Affiliate would let me get started without any risk, I had to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. Within a week of joining, I knew I had found what I was looking for. It took four months before I earn my first dime with what I learned from Wealthy Affiliate, but every month since then, the income has increased.

      Wealthy Affiliate is exciting and fun and it works. Like you mentioned, there is absolutely no risk to join.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  22. Hi Gary,
    I found your website while Googling a site that seemed too good to be true. Your site came up giving content about scams that helped me decide not to go that route. Thank you! Your site has tremendously useful information. I am very interested in starting my own blog site with the hope I can make a livable income, and already have much material to put on the site. This is very original material in terms of the perspective I bring to the process. If I join Wealthy Affiliate and set up the free blog as you have it on your site, do I own my own blog? Should I decide after a period of time not to stay a member, do I lose my blog? And final question, how do I get my writings copyrighted so it is mine and cannot be used without permission? Or are there bloggers who are Wealthy Affiliates members but have independent blogs? As you can see, I am very new to this.

    • Hi, Andrea!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you found my website and appreciate your kind words.

      Yes, if you join Wealthy Affiliate at the free level, you own your blog. It’s yours completely. If you build a blog as a Wealthy Affiliate member and decided to leave Wealthy Affiliate, you can move your website/blog to another web host. However, you could also stay a member of Wealthy Affiliate as a free member and keep your website/blog there for free. There is also a paid membership level which will dramatically enhance your success and your ability to earn a full-time income.

      Regarding copyright. When you post material to a website, there is an implied copyright and a digital record that you published the material first. When I post to my website, I also post the content on my G+ account, so Google has a record that I published the material first. There are other things you can do to establish yourself as the author.

      Also, the search engines reward original content and penalize copied content by how it is ranked in the searches. That said, content gets copied and stolen all the time. It’s the nature of the internet. There are strategies for countering this which I can explain later if you’re interested.

      Since you already have a large amount of content prepared, I recommend that you formally register it with the Copyright Office. You can do this online, and it costs about $35. If you are in the United States, you can register your work with the Copyright Office at: http://www.copyright.gov/
      You don’t need a lawyer or any special service to register a copyright. Just go to the Copyright Office website at that URL and click on the image that says “Register a Copyright.” From there, simply follow the prompts.

      Once you have registered your writing with the Copyright Office, it takes about six months to get the copyright certificate, but your material is copyrighted at the moment you register it.

      Wealthy Affiliate specializes in helping people succeed online. You have a tremendous advantage because you write and because you have material ready. At this point, I recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate at the free starter membership level. You don’t need a credit card, and there is no risk. If you join through this link or any link on my website, I’ll be in touch within the hour and will help you every step of the way. Join Wealthy Affiliate here.

      Andrea, thanks for stopping by,

  23. Rebecca Porter says:

    I don’t get it. So many comments praising you for your concise review, and I still have no idea how WA does anything other than teach me how to blog and set up a website, both of which I learned to do on my own.
    From what I can glean, I have 7 free days to figure this out before the monthly fees kick in. All in an effort to sell mystery stuff that other members also promote. I guess the old adage of it takes 8 times of hearing something before it sinks in is the business model.
    One last thing, Gary, do you receive the $47/month from everyone who signs up? You spend an inordinate amount of time hawking WA while trashing AWAI, neither of I am a member. Just doing my due diligence and finding my spidey senses firing on this.

    • Hi, Rebecca!

      Thanks for stopping by. Your candid feedback is very helpful. I’ll use it as I revise this article.

      There is much more to Wealthy Affiliate than just setting up an authority blog, but that is where the training starts. Wealthy Affiliate is a huge online community that teaches people how to make money on the internet. It is self-contained. In addition to the training, secure web-hosting and tools are included. Also, there is 24/7 support. The initial training is oriented toward absolute newbies, but there is training for advanced online marketers too and covers every imaginable way to legitimately earn money online.

      Wealthy Affiliate is built on integrity and transparency. There is no risk to join. No credit card is needed. The free starter membership is truly free. The monthly membership fees don’t kick in at all. You can stay at the free level forever. If you want to be a paid member, you must choose that. Otherwise, you will remain at the free starter level. I don’t know of any other place on the internet that lets you try it for free like this. You won’t find any hype about Wealthy Affiliate. It is what it is. Join for free and find out for yourself.

      With regards to trashing AWAI. AWAI deserves to be trashed. I’ve been a member of AWAI for several years and have gotten to know them very well. Their courses are outrageously expensive and do not fulfill the promises AWAI advertises with all its hype. Writing professionally is hard work and it doesn’t always pay, yet AWAI gives the impression that if you take their courses you can write leisurely by the pool and make six figures. This is misleading. To see how ineffective AWAI is, visit their forum and listen to the complaints and disappointment of the AWAI members.

      You can get a taste of AWAI’s relentless hype by joining their mailing list. Your inbox will immediately be spammed to death.

      If someone wants to make money writing, they can spend $50 for the three books I recommend in this article instead of spending thousands of dollars with AWAI. They’ll learn more from those three books than from a thousand dollars worth of AWAI courses.

      I’ve been a professional writer since 1986 and written everything from ads to corporate video scripts to novels. Without a doubt, the easiest, most lucrative, and least stressful way to make money as a writer is to write for your own website. And the best advice I can give someone who wants to succeed as a professional writer is to join Wealthy Affiliate and learn how to build a profitable website.

      A professional writer is essentially trading his time for money. Yes, there are rare deals where a writer can earn royalties, but it takes years to get established in that arena. With their own website/blog, a writer continually earns money on what she has written. If she stops writing, the website continues to earn.

      Thanks for stopping by,

  24. NannaGoosey says:

    I literally JUST joined WA through your link. (<30 minutes ago) : D

    I'd been researching WA since ~June 1, 2016. I'd read lots of reviews and been to WA, so I made sure to clear my browser cookies before clicking your link.

    You were the very best reviewer I found. I'd seen some of your recent stuff on WA, so I knew you were active there.
    As an American living in the U.S., I REALLY needed to sign under an American WA affiliate, so I could get advice on all the legal requirements for setting up a business here. I checked out your author page on Amazon (Grats on your book!) and saw you, too, are an American living in the U.S.

    You were the PERFECT mentor for me to join under!

    I'm looking forward to your guidance and building my business from the ground up.

    Now, I'm off to fill out my WA profile.

    • Hi, NannaGoosey!

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and kind words. I admire your thought process and look forward to helping you.

      I’m here for you,

  25. boluwalker says:

    It appears WA is meant for just a selected few in certain countries. I wonder why some of us who desire to join this class for the love of writing would be deprived of the opportunity. Several attempts to register my membership met the same response, ‘your country is not supported’. Please boss, kindly do something about this hinderance for i would hate to miss this privilege even to the point of premium membership. Your own method of involving people makes so much sense to me. But i would end up having more dislike for WA than AWAI if after offering me a meal with an inviting aroma hinders me from tasting of it. Please i’ll appreciate your kind practical and immediate response to this. Thank you.

    • Hi, Boluwalker!

      I’m sorry you can’t access the Wealthy Affiliate free starter membership. You can still join at the premium level.
      In the past, the Wealthy Affiliate community has been inundated with spam and fraudulent sign-ups for various countries. The problem was so bad, we had to block a few countries from the free starter membership.

      These are the countries that are blocked from the free starter membership. If you live in one of these countries, you can still join at the premium level and have full access to everything in Wealthy Affiliate. CLICK HERE to sign up as a premium member.

      1. Bangladesh
      2. Egypt
      3. India
      4. Nigeria
      5. Pakistan
      6. Philippines
      7. Vietnam

      Let me know if this works for you.
      I’m here for you,

  26. boluwalker says:

    I actually reside in Nigeria. This is quite pathetic for me. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses i do not play with honesty, trust and virtues we teach people from the bible. It is just so unfortunate that cheats and dishonest people make honest people lose privileges that should be enjoyed by the poor and unprivileged with utmost appreciation. The truth is that i do not even have the means to go ahead right now with premium membership. It’s late news for me. $47 is no small money for me at this moment after having borrowed and spent so much dollars on publishing my first novellete ‘BABATUNDE & THE WHITEMAN’ through ‘Patridge Africa’ with nothing to show for it. It’s the single reason i have hesitated joining AWAI ever since i read about it. My plan after reading about WA was to start the free membership, raise some money, and step up to premium level. But i felt hopeless after going through your response for it takes me back to square one. I wish their exist another helpful way out.

    • Hi, Boluwalker!

      You’re an excellent writer. Perhaps you can try your hand at writing for Freelancer or BlogMutt or similar websites. Admittedly, they don’t pay well, but they do pay. That could be a start. Then, you can leverage that into a WA membership and a profitable blog.

      All the best,

  27. Hi Gary, I really liked your review. It is detailed and honest.

    When I read the the “no jerks allowed”, it reminded me the places where I was looking for help before joining on WA like forums, FB groups, blogs etc. There were full of spammers or scammers who were trying to take your money.

    This is the greatest achievement of Kyle and Carson, they created a spam free community in the most spammy niche.

    We can enjoy this community and get real help when is needed.

    • Hi, Llias!

      I know what you mean. When I joined Wealthy Affiliate two and a half years ago, I remember I felt so grateful to find it. Before I stumbled onto Wealthy Affiliate, I had tried so many training programs and strategies, most were half-baked or total scams. 

      Once I even paid $300 for a marketing program that was pitched in English, but taught in Spanish! Crazy. When I found Wealthy Affiliate , I knew I had something I could build on. It’s been an amazing two and a half years. I now have two profitable websites and a growing local seo business. Plus, I spend my days helping people make money online. It doesn’t get any better than that. 

      Thanks for stopping by,


  28. Hey Gary,

    Do you have wealthy affiliate review for 2017?

    • Hi, Mohsin!

      My opinion of Wealthy Affiliate has only improved. I’m a member and have been for two and a half years. It’s the only place I would recommend someone learn internet marketing. It is a highly credible community where members help each other succeed online.

      There are only two membership level, free and premium. With the premium membership, you get everything you need to build a thriving online business for one monthly fee. There are no other expenses, no tricks and no gimmicks.

      Most people join at the free level and see if it’s right for them. There’s no risk when you do that way. (A few countries are blocked from the free membership because we’ve had problems with spammers in those countries).

      My friends and I have recently created the FREE Online Entrepreneur Certification Course which augments the Free Wealthy Affiliate membership.

      To enroll in the FREE Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, go to EnrollFree.org

      I’m here for you,

  29. Mohsin Khan says:

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your quick reply. I am glad to hear that you guys have created free online entrepreneur certification course. I have a question-I and my wife both can join wealthy affiliate program, right? Can you elaborate a little bit on this free certification course? Until now, I was concentrating on AWAI but as you said they are bit expensive so we will soon join wealthy affiliate program of yours. Why should I spend money when wealthy affiliate is there for us and Gary, I hope I can count on you for the help we may be needing!



    • Hi, Mohsin!

      It’s good to hear from you again. Yes, both you and your wife can join Wealthy Affiliate, but you can also share a membership and work together. Many couples in Wealthy Affiliate work as a team and share a single membership. If you and your wife join as individuals at the premium level, that would be two monthly fees. However, if you share a membership, that will only be one fee.

      The premium membership includes enough server space for 50 websites so you can each have your own online business with a single membership.
      The Free Entrepreneur Certification Course is ten lessons that cover the basics of building an online business, plus email lessons from me and one-on-one mentoring with me. If you go to EnrollFree.org, you will find detailed information on the course.

      When you enroll through EnrollFree.org, you will be sent a link to join Wealthy Affiliate for free. The free Wealthy Affiliate membership is not available in the following countries because of trouble we have had with spammers: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam.

      I’m also a member of AWAI, but have not been active in a couple of years. I fell out of love with AWAI for number of reasons, but mostly, I felt they were too focused on milking money out of their members. Also, the internet is constantly changing copywriting and AWAI is slow to adapt. I learned from AWAI, but I’ve done much better with Wealthy Affiliate.

      In my experience, people who can write succeed much faster with Wealthy Affiliate. So, as a writer, you have a huge advantage.
      Mohsin, I promise, I’ll be there for you. I take a keen interest in helping the people who join Wealthy Affiliate because of me. It is one of the most satisfying things I do each day. When you enroll in the free course, you’ll have my email address and once you’re a member of Wealthy Affiliate you will be able to contact me in there as well.

      I’m here for you,

  30. Hi Gary,

    Thanks a lot for those informative and encouraging words. We will soon join wealthy affiliate and we will be in touch with you thereafter via certification course.

    Thanks again,


    • You’re welcome Mohsin. I look forward to helping you.


      • Hi Gary,

        I need your advice to make a certain decision. I have faced several layoffs in my field of interest in a span of 20 years. Now, I am without a job and currently looking for one. I have applied to some positions in some companies but I did not get any success yet. But if I get a job, then I don’t know what would happen after about one to two years down the road? Another layoff? Maybe! So please let me know should I do wealthy affiliate on the side or should I go into WA full time?

        Your help is much appreciated!

        Best Regards,


        • Hi, Mohsin!

          I’m sorry to learn you lost your job. Unfortunately, that is a growing trend around the world. I gave up on jobs about 30 years ago. Certainly, if you had online marketing skills you would not have to worry about a job.

          Building an online business is extremely rewarding on many levels and is the greatest opportunity most people will have to fulfill their potential. However, building an online business is much like building a business offline. They are rarely profitable in the beginning and the first few dollars you make with an online business is best re-invested into the business.

          I know there is a misconception that it is possible to make money quickly and easily online, this might be true for an experienced marketer. However, for someone who has little experience or training, it can take months before you earn your first dollar and a year or two before your business earns a full-time income. That is the reality of building an online business.

          Here is what I suggest, make finding a job a priority and work on your online business on the side. Enroll in the FREE Online Entrepreneur Certification Course. This is a course my friends and I created to compliment the FREE Wealthy Affiliate training. Click Here to Enroll for FREE. When you enroll in the course, you’ll be sent an email with a link to join Wealthy Affiliate. When you join through that link, I’ll be your mentor. I take very good care of the people I introduce to Wealthy Affiliate.

          The free Wealthy Affiliate training will last a week. During this time, you can start building your business and you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade to a paid membership level for $19 for the first month. If you have the money, I recommend you upgrade to the paid level. After the first month of your membership, the monthly membership fee will be $49. There are no other expenses and you get everything you need to build and maintain an online business.

          If the membership fees are an issue, please let me know when you enroll in the course. We can discuss strategy.

          The short answer, Mohsin, is I recommend you focus on finding a job and supporting yourself in the short term. At the same time join WA and build an internet business in the long term so you will never again have to worry about a job.

          I’m here for you,

          • Hi Gary,

            Thanks a lot for the nice advice! Yes, I will look for a job to support myself in the short term and then work on WA to build my online business on the side. I think I am fortunate that I would have you as my mentor. This is very encouraging to know that an experienced person is there to help me establish my online business!

            Thanks again for the great advice!

            Best Regards,

          • Hi, Mohsin!

            You are welcome. I’m always happy to help. It would be my privilege to mentor you.

            I’m here for you,

          • Hi Gary,

            This is Mohsin again. I and my wife both will join WA soon. However, I have a few questions and I hope you will answer them. Can I and my wife both share free membership or should we have separate free memberships? Very soon, we will buy paid membership as well and share. Can we get a discount if we buy the paid membership in full for a year?
            Steve Slaunwhite at AWAI is providing training for the mastery of B2B copywriting for $2000. Can I buy this program and do it on the side while working at WA? Or is this an exercise of waste of time and money? Please let me know your thoughts!

            Best Regards,

          • Hi, Mohsin!

            It’s always good to hear from you. I suggest that you and your wife share a free WA membership to begin with and work through the lessons together. In Wealthy Affiliate, we have many couples who share a membership and work the business as a team. As a paid member, your membership fee pays for 50 websites hosted on WA servers. This is a lot of websites, so you and your wife could have separate websites if you wanted.

            However, in the beginning, I recommend you and wife focus on making one website profitable. The two of you working on one website will give you a tremendous advantage. One successful website is all you need to produce a full-time income and more. Later, if your wife wants her own membership, she can join WA through you which will save you money.

            One of the beautiful things about a successful website it that it will give you more free time to enjoy your life and the people you love. If you and your wife focus on just one website in the beginning, you will have half the work and succeed in half the time.

            You asked about a discount if you paid for your membership annually. Yes, there is a large discount if you pay by the year. If you pay annually, it averages out to about $29 a month.

            About Steve Slaunwhite and AWAI. Steve Slaunwhite is an excellent copywriter with a stellar reputation. However, $2000 is a lot of money. AWAI is very persuasive with their marketing. In my experience, they over-promise and under-deliver. A trademark of AWAI is to promise you can make big money fast. That’s doubtful and misleading.

            AWAI likes to leave stuff out of their training so students have to buy another course or product. Slaunwhite has an expensive coaching program too, my guess is you’ll be encouraged to enroll in his coaching program. At any rate, the B2B training with Slaunwhite is just the beginning. As a minimum, you’ll have to build a business after that and that will be a big undertaking. Finding and retaining clients is a huge job and it never ends.

            You don’t need to spend $2000 to learn copywriting. Incidently, $2000 will pay for nearly 7 years of membership with WA! If you have the $2000 to spend, you would get much more bang for your buck if you used the money to promote your website.

            Before you get involved with AWAI, be very honest with yourself about what you want. Success in any endeavor demands focus and commitment. I cannot emphasize that enough, you must be focused and committed. You cannot serve two masters. Pick one or the other and give the one you pick everything you have to make it successful.

            Do you understand what B2B is? Repeatedly writing to a deadline can get old fast and can lead to burn out. It has happened to me several times.

            Would you enjoy writing that kind of copy day after day or would it be another form of enslavement? As a copywriter, particularly in the beginning, a large portion of your time will be spent finding clients. Usually, the first few years of a copywriting business is feast and famine. The income is inconsistent because when you complete a project, you have to find another one and you’re not making money while you’re searching for clients.

            We teach copywriting for the internet in Wealthy Affiliate. It’s part of the training that comes with your membership. Also, I have over 30 years of copywriting experience and would be happy to mentor you in copywriting as well. Copywriting is persuasive writing. The easiest way to persuade someone is to be trustworthy. Trust is the rarest commodity on the internet. When you build your online business, you want to always be building trust. Not only is this ethical, it makes your job a lot easier, enjoyable, and rewarding.

            I get the impression you feel compelled to find an income stream. If you are considering the Slaunwhite course because you need to make money, I would caution against it. If you go that route, you will be spending a lot of money before you earn any back. If you spend $2000, you’ll have to earn $2000 back just to break even. In other words, you’ll be going backwards in a big way. Absolutely, DO NOT borrow the money to take the AWAI course.

            Here’s my suggestion. Take the free WA training, focus and commit to learning all you can from that. If you like what you see, sign up as a paid WA member and commit to making your online business profitable as quickly as possible. On the other hand, if you try WA for a month and decide you’d rather write B2B copy, Steve Slaunwhite and AWAI will always welcome you with open arms.

            If you go here and sign-up, you will be part of my private Online Entrepreneur Course. This course compliments the free WA training and also allows you to email me directly. After you sign up through that link, you’ll get an automatic email from me with a link to the free WA course.

            I’m here for you,

  31. Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your good advice and you seem to be a very honest man. I think I have come to the right home. We will devote our full time and commitment to WA. I’ll abandon AWAI for good. You are right with $2000, I can buy nearly 7 years of WA paid membership. You said very rightly finding 2 or more clients would be like having multiple bosses and one bad boss would be a nightmare.

    Keep up the good work!

    Best Regards,

    • Hi, Mohsin!

      That is so true about clients and the biggest reason I grew tired of writing for others. I look forward to helping you succeed with an online business.

      I’m here for you,

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