Is Wealthy affiliate scam or not? Well I am going to respond to this question for you in this post.
I am a Wealthy Affiliate member, I also have a community rank of 422 at the current moment, out of over 800,000 members. Now, I have been around Wealthy Affiliate for some time and before I began, I remember that I was looking for the same answer as you are.
Don't worry, in this post I will not sell you any "bullsh*t" like many people sell you in order to buy their program. In a few words, Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. However, I understand the people that claim it to be a scam and I am going to tell you why they might have that opinion.
Reason 1) People don't understand that this is a long term investment
As I tell everyone on my website, Wealthy Affiliate basically teaches you how to build a website, how to make money on your website and how to grow an authority in a specific niche. At the same cost, which is free, WA also provides you two websites along with hosting and support among other features.
The main problem that lot of people have is that WA will take care of anything they need and they will earn money by doing nothing. The harsh truth is that the WA is basically a Wikipedia version that teaches you how to make money by creating an online business. It doesn't create the business for you.
An online business is almost the same with a real world business. It takes time, devotion and persistence. It takes time for your website to be trusted by Google among other search engines. It takes devotion to be able to continue when you are not seeing any results. It takes persistence to not give up and to continue on creating more and more quality content.
This is a long term investment and if you are starting from scratch, chances are that you will not see any results until the 5th month. This is because the main source of your traffic(visitors) come from people that search on google for different things. It doesn't matter if it is google or yahoo. However, once you created your website, it won't show on the first page from the very beginning and it won't show even on the first 10 pages of search result.
Let me just ask you really quick, when it was the last time you went on the page 5 of Google to check for a result? I believe that the answer to that question will be "never". Your website won't be among the first 10 pages of results mainly because Google doesn't trust you. All the search engines will test you during your first 4 to 5 months in order for them to assure that your website provides quality content and that you are a serious website owner.
Why? Simply think to Google, Yahoo, Ask etc. as a company. Their customers are the users that search for different stuff. If they will provide them low quality products(search results), the customers will leave and they will go on other search engines and they will lose money. So in order to assure that this won't happen, the search engines will test your website in the first 4-5 months in order to see if you are a serious owner or you will easily give up. Therefore, in the first few months, you won't have any visitors at all unless you promote your website through Social Media.
This is why building a website and monetizing it will be a long term investment. It won't happen over night and whenever someone tells you that you will earn $5000 or any amount of money from having a website, you should run away as fast as you can because that is technically impossible. Except the case when you are a famous person or have a large network at your disposal or you would buy a website that already is trusted by Google and the other search engines.
Reason 2 - People expect to work less or not at all
You have probably seen some ads that suggest that you can earn over $1000 a day or $5000 a month etc. by working 20 minutes a day. Well this is not completely wrong, but is far away from truth if you decide to build your own website and not purchase an already built one.
Earning $1000 a day is plausible and there are many people online that earn over $100k a month. That's $3300 per day for a month of 30 days. And yes, they spend 20 minutes a day or even less, but the problem is that they spent a lot more. In fact, this is the result of usually 3-4 years of struggling. At the beginning, most successful people, that earn over $10k a month, used to work at least 30-40 hours per week and they did not earn almost anything at all for a few months.
As a website owner, your main interest is to create frequent content. For example, I am publishing around 3 posts or pages a week. The key is to post constant content in order to get ranked better in Google or other search engines. However, most of those successful people that earn over $5k a month, tend to hire freelancers that research and create content for them. In WA, for example, there are people that publish even 14 posts a week, every week, for years. But those people have over 3-4 personal writers.
If you start and pay freelancers to do your job, you will start spending less and less time working. The trick part is that you have to struggle a lot until your website will provide you enough income to afford those writers and other employees. Indeed, if you hire a team of a SEO, two writers and one social media specialist, it will be enough for you to spend 20 minutes a week to work on your website.
So basically, it is possible to earn $1000 a day by working 20 minutes, but it is a long road ahead until you will achieve this.
Reason 3 - Overwhelming information
As I said before, Wealthy Affiliate is similar to a Wikipedia specialized in online marketing. There are literally thousands of tutorials, blogs, questions, webinars and training. Sometimes, you might have the sensation to not know what to do next. Sure, Kyle's tutorials take you step by step, but what about after you finish them?
Building a website is like creating a presentation on an unfamiliar subject. You have access to all the information, but you don't know how to create the structure. This can be an end of the line for people that hate doing research. Anyway, that is why I have created my Build an Online Business section of my website.
Reason 4 - Community is too friendly
It is very easy to get lost in the live chat. The main problem is that each moment that you spend on the WA website keeps you further away from creating content on your website. Sure, you will get lots of knowledge, but try to avoid as much as you can to spend time browsing for other people's success stories, to chat with people, to write blog posts etc. This is good for your social life, but is a bad habit for your business.
There are many people that join WA and spend many months talking and browsing for different success stories. Then, after some time they start to wonder why their website doesn't bring them any profit... Why they don't have any results? When in fact all they did was to spend their biggest proportion of time browsing WA stories and talking to other people via Live Chat. It is like you are watching TV and you somehow expect to get paid for it. You will not earn any money by doing that. All you need to do is to spend the minimum amount of time learning stuff from WA and to focus more time on implementing it.
Reason 5 - Not seeing results
The key element of all successful Entrepreneurs is that they had an iron will. It may sound to you as silly, but when you will create your own website and you will spend 3-4 months, you will understand what I am talking about. Not seeing results is a serious threat to your psychic. There are many people that quit because of this and they claim that is a scam or that it doesn't work or that it is a loose of their time.
There are people at WA, such as Dom, that succeeded to earn only $50 per month by the end of his first year. However, Dom is now having his own online company and it has over 100 employees underneath him. I think that his website had a profit of over $650k for the last year. Check out his full story here. While you are reading his story, make sure to check all the comments too, there are a lot of valuable information there. Basically, everyone, including myself, asked Dom pretty much any question about his business and he takes time to respond to all the questions.
Once again, building an online business it doesn't happen over night. It is the same as building a normal business, but with less investment. Patience, devotion and an iron will are a must and without them you will probably fail.
This is pretty much the whole discussion on "Is Wealthy affiliate scam or not?"
Now, after you read my post, please take a look on my Wealthy Affiliate review, where I present you some of the main features and tools.
You can also click here to see my motivation page that contains some of the success stories of members from Wealthy Affiliate.
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