Is Wealthy Affiliate University Scam? This is today’s topic.
I’ve been a member for almost a year now, and I hope that my honest post will clear your mind!
Me & Wealthy Affiliate
I have been a member at Wealthy Affiliate for almost a year now. Don’t be afraid that I will try to pursue you into joining us.
Even though I am a loyal member, I will try to be as objective as one can be in this post, in order to offer you to offer the possibility to make an informed choice by the end of the post.
In this post I will discuss about WA being or not a scam. Therefore, I won’t put accent on its features or promotions or success stories or affiliate marketing. If you want to see a whole review, then click this link that it will take you to my whole 7000+ words review.
Introduction To Wealthy Affiliate
Before we can judge if the Wealthy Affiliate University is a scam or not, we need to understand what is Wealthy Affiliate.
The Wealthy Affiliate University is a community with over 800,00 registered members that is focused on Internet Marketing and in developing your own business.
As their motto states: Turn Your Passion into a Thriving Online Business, Wealthy affiliate helps anyone regardless their age or experience, to choose one of their passions, such as football, dancing, philosophy, astronomy and so on, and to turn it into a profitable online business.
They cover all the steps from how to properly choose your niche(passion), to how to build a website(don’t worry, you won’t need any coding skills), to how to develop your website and write content on it, to how to get traffic to your website.
All this theory will be presented to you in the form of Videos, done by Kyle, who applies the theory into practice.
Besides the theory, WA will also provide you features as Website Builder, Keyword tool, free website hosting(for 2 sites), 1-on-1 support, site support and many others. I will discuss all of them below, don’t worry! 😀
The Wealthy Affiliate Training
Wealthy Affiliate puts a lot of accent on teaching you how to create your own business. They know that most of the new members don’t know anything about Internet marketing or about other stuff such as Website development and in order to optimize their chance to succeed, Kyle&Carson&Jay spent a lot of time in creating tutorials that will cover all of the questions that one might have.
Now, what can you find at Wealthy Affiliate that will help you learn?
This is the main training at Wealthy Affiliate. It contains 5 levels.
In level 1 you will learn to choose a niche, to create a website, to understand keywords, to start and build traffic and many other things.
Level 2 covers how to set up a private domain and email, how to get advantage of the visual effects and a few notions about how to create content.
Level 3 is focused around how to earn money from your website. It starts with explaining the money cycle, a few things about affiliate marketing & networks, how to add affiliate links to your pages and other methods of monetization.
At level 4, you will learn to master the social media. One of the best ways to get traffic to your website is through Social media. Kyle dedicated a whole level to this in order to maximize your chance to get viral.
The last level, 5, is focused more on the business development. It puts accent on content and the search engines and also it concentrates around building a business plan for your future.
Now, take into account that this is just a brief description of what those modules contain. There is a lot of information which I haven’t mentioned simply because it would take me a week to cover all that is taught. 😀
The Affiliate Bootcamp is focused more in teaching people how to get referrals to different affiliate programs. Even though it sounds kinda shady, I personally believe that if you go through this course, you will master both marketing and knowing how to increase the conversion rate of any post.
It is pretty similar to the Certification Course, but it puts more accent on how to deliver outstanding quality content.
There are 7 levels on the Affiliate Bootcamp:
The first level teaches you about how to build your website, what plugins to add and how to create insightful reviews.
The second level is focused on how to create readable content and how to understand keywords.
The 3rd level is focused on Social media and Google analytics.
The level 4 is concentrating on Website design and on creating your own videos.
Level 5 teaches you how to create a customer profile and how to convert traffic on your website.
Level 6 takes Bing & Yahoo in-depth and teaches you a few things about ad campaigns.
Level 7 on the other hand is fully focused on ad campaigns and reviews.
Jay is our SEO GOD.
Jay joined Wealthy Affiliate back in 2007. Over the time, Jay has created more than 270 webinars in order to help all of us to create outstanding reviews that will rank on the #1st position in any Search Engine.
His webinars are primarily focused on SEO, but from time to time he also takes time to teach us about Amazon, Landing pages, FB ads, creating goals, email marketing and pretty much almost everything.
His webinars are around 60 minutes each. He currently has 271 webinars and 215 blogs where he discusses about EVERYTHING. He takes questions from the community members all the time. If only someone had enough time to go through all of his webinars… lol.
Each week he does a live webinar on different subjects. Whilst on the webinar, he takes questions from the whole community and makes sure that by the end of a webinar, no one will have any other questions.
Jay’s webinars are one of the most powerful assets of this community.
In the last 15 years, people had a lot of questions about creating and developing an online business. All those questions were categorizes in the following classrooms:
With over 24,755 answered questions, 11 tutorials, 13 videos and 5 courses, the WA community assures success to anyone who really tries to become successful.
There are literally thousands of blogs created by community. Now, all of those blogs contain tips on how to create content or reviews of different affiliate networks and other stuff.
They are created by community members that felt the need to give something back for everything they gained.
There are thousands of success stories where people share private data such as how much money they earned, how much it took them, what they are doing, how much traffic they have on their site, what plugins they have installed, what ad campaigns they use and a lot more.
This is among the most powerful features of Wealthy Affiliate. Just imagine that there is a place where someone can ask a question and get a response.
It typically takes 24 hours to get a response, right?
Well, at WA, in less than 5 minutes there are already 3 people that tried to help you out. Sometimes it is unbelievable how fast people respond.
The Wealthy Affiliate Features
Besides the unique training, WA offers to its members some great features:
How much time do you think that it takes for a website to be build?
Well, if we take the traditional way, it would take a week for us to start and learn how to code and then another week or a week and a half to build our own website.
At Wealthy Affiliate, building a website takes less than 1 minute. For real, I’ve actually tested this.
Usually, other services ask you for an amount of money to build your site. At WA it is free for both Free&Premium members
After you’ve built your website, the next problem is that you need to host it in order for other people from the internet to be able to access it.
Well, normally this costs from $5 a month and it tends to go to even $30.
Here, at WA, this feature is included in both free(2 sites)&premium memberships(50 sites).
The Keyword tool is another powerful resource which WA gives you for free.
I know that some of you might say that you have the Google Planner. However, lately, G planner tends to not show realistic results. Moreover, the WA Keyword tool, also shows you the number of your competitors besides the number of searches per month.
I am not sure if it is included in the free membership, but I know for a fact that in the premium membership you have access to unlimited uses.
In general, a keyword tool with unlimited searches per month would cost you around $20-$50 per month.
It doesn’t matter if you are new or experienced in having your own online business.
Whenever you have any questions, you can simply ask them over the live chat and the more experienced individuals will come and help you out.
As I mentioned before, typically in less than 5 minutes someone will answer your questions.
Don’t know if you’re doing good or bad? Why not ask the community?
WA has a feature called Site Feedback, where you can ask people to take an in-depth look at your website and tell you their opinion on your site.
Don’t even worry that they will leave you a short opinion. They are forced by the system to write at least a 500 word feedback. 😀
I’ve seen at a lot of companies that were providing hosting services that they will charge you $5 for site backup.
However, at WA is absolutely free.
How do you know that it is not a scam?
There are a lot of reasons why Wealthy Affiliate will never be a scam and below I will share a few:
1) Free membership
Every scam hates this. They hate to give people free access to the program because they will see that they are dealing with a scam.
Usually scammers will try to force you to buy the product before you are trying it.
Wealthy Affiliate let’s you test the system for free, for lifetime.
There are only a very few sets of rules such as: developing porn sites or illegal gambling sites, that will make them terminate your membership.
I’ve been member for a year and I haven’t heard anyone having their accounts terminated.
2) They don’t ask for credit card information upon registration.
This is another reason why WA isn’t a scam. Whilst registering and whilst being a free member, WA won’t ever ask you for your credit card information.
This means that if you keep your free membership for lifetime, they will not ask you to submit your card information. Not even after 3 months, a year, 3 years, 10 years, or when your grand grand grand grand children lives.
3) Live Chat
Now, if you were scamming people, how likely would it been for you to give them a solution to connect with each other and risk for them to spread the fact that this is a scam?
I would say that this would never happen.
Live chat isn’t limited by anything. Anyone can come and chat with anyone whenever they want.
4) We know a lot about the owners.
Well, you don’t know, but if you search for Kyle and Carson on google or anywhere else, you will see that there are a lot of articles and photos with them.
At Wealthy Affiliate, the most successful affiliates even meet with them once every year. They go to a convention in Las Vegas and they share lots of pics with us in order to make us work harder.
5) Communities’ success stories
Ok, maybe 4-5-50 people may have been paid to submit fake success stories.
But what about 100?200?300?500?1000?
Are all of them paid?
I think not… There are thousands of success stories within the community. You can check them all by clicking on the Activity Dashboard in the left sidebar and by clicking on the Success! tab. But don’t spend too much time reading them!!
6) Long-term members
There are a lot of members that are on premium membership(they pay monthly or annually fees) and have been with WA for 5-10-12 years.
Why would they continue to pay if all of this is just a scam? Sure you can be rich, but you could definitely invest your money in something else that is rewarding, right?
Why I hate Wealthy Affiliate
Believe it or not, but I hate them!
I am neither an antisocial nor a psychopath. Is just the idea that most of the time, I have some questions and I go on the Live chat and I ask them.
Most people don’t just respond. They keep the conversation on-going and ask how are you, how’s your day and stuff like that.
This is good at first, but after you’ve spent 3-4 hours on chatting with people, you will see that the day went by without you doing nothing to improve your business.
You won’t earn money by doing nothing!
WA has a membership rank. Now this rank doesn’t affect at all your chance of success. It goes from 1 to >800,000 and being as close to 1 it means that you are an active member within the community.
Now, the problem comes when people want to be more and more active. Therefore, it happened to me a few times that when I asked a few questions, either created a post or asked on the live chat, a few members that didn’t know the answer just commented in order to increase their activity.
In general they would comment things like good question or I am not sure either or crap like that.
Why does it affect me? Well, all the unanswered questions have a priority. When someone answers to your question, your question won’t be considered anymore as a priority and other people will believe that you’ve got your answer and they won’t take a look over your question.
Why other people call WA a scam
Well, many people fail to understand what WA does for them. They all think something like hey, I’ll join this community and somehow I will earn money.
This is because they have read a poor review before and they haven’t understood that you actually need to build a website and work at it in order to earn money.
Success never comes over night. Not in a billion years.
In order to see results you have to work for it and you have to work for months!
A lot of people that join WA have never encountered a long-term plan. I am part of those people.
I haven’t understood the reality of a long-term business up until I faced it. I was somehow thinking that yeah, I will work 2 months at it and by the 3rd month I’ll buy Apple.
It is never like this. You have to invest both time and dedication and work until you see results.
It takes in general 6-8 months in order to see results. This is due to the fact that Google and other search engines don’t trust your website.
However, if you will work and you won’t give up, you will eventually see results.
I’ve worked for 2 months and a half and I haven’t seen any results. I barely had 12 organic sessions by the end of my 2nd month. Now, in my 6th month, I had over 1200 sessions.
All people are lazy. This includes me, you and everyone you will ever meet.
In order to have success at something you will need to get out of your comfort zone and to work for it. The tragedy of our society is that very few people succeed to do this. As I said before, people somehow expect to just sit and do nothing and become billionaires.
This won’t happen. This is reality we’re living in.
An online business is not different than any other thing that you want to accomplish in your life. It takes the same amount of effort and dedication. Sometimes it might even take more.
You know, you want to get in the football team, you spend a lot of days/months/years to work for it and to finally get good at it and then you succeed.
You want to get promoted at your job. You do extra shifts, you work during weekend, you always come up with a new plan and then you succeed.
On the same principle works an online business. You need to work hard, to learn hard…lol… to go through lots of challenges and only after that you will succeed.
I’ve faced a lot of challenges in order to get where I am today. But I’ve got results!
The main problem is not that you have a lot to learn or that you have to build a website or pages or posts etc.
The main problem is when you work and you don’t see results. Now many people, tend to bend the ear to their relatives or friends who tell them that they won’t succeed and give up.
I’ve been there. For 4 months straight everyone I knew told me that I was insane. That it will never work and I’m just losing my time.
Well, this would’ve been the truth if I were to give up. However, I was stubborn enough to keep going and today I have Better REsults than ever before.
If you just walk away and give up on your dreams, how would you expect to accomplish something in your life? Do you want to be a sheep for the rest of your life?
Sadly, many people don’t possess this kind of ambition to keep going.
I want to become a millionaire like many WA members and not to waste my life in a 9-5 office job. This ambition keeps me going.
The only factor that makes the difference between success and defeat is the amount of determination that you possess.
Is Wealthy Affiliate University Scam?
The answer is no. Wealthy Affiliate is legit.
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