The internet can be a maze of information with ideas everywhere lots of suggestions on where to go, what to do, how to make money, it can be really difficult to make sense of it all and to take the best step forward for you and your circumstances. There are so many “get-rich-quick schemes” available and promoted online and if you are anything like me I truly believe if it seems too good to be true – it probably is!!
So what about Wealthy Affiliate? Is this just another scheme trying to take your money from you, promising you everything but then leaving you with nothing? Could I build something for myself and make money doing something I love? Earn myself the freedom to leave my “normal” job and make money online with Wealthy Affiliate? Is Wealthy Affiliate going to bring me success or is it a scam?
These were my thoughts this time last year. I had looked at many companies and ways of making money online including Beachbody and Shopify, and whilst for the most part I believed they weren’t scams, I was never sure enough to part with my money and to take the leap of faith required. I knew that all paths were going to require hard work and consistency but was I willing to commit to them.
Initially I wasn’t sure why Wealthy Affiliate was different, I read lots of information and reviews like this one and took a good few weeks before committing but I think in the end it was because of the free trial that I decided to give it a go, after all I could investigate it from the inside and see what it was about before committing to part with my cash. Personally am glad I did, I have joined a massive community of people with the same goal of making money online enabling them time and financial freedom, I have learnt so much and there is so much more available, and I can see how it is possible to build a brand and business online and I move toward that goal every day.
So let me take you inside Wealthy Affiliate and show you what is on offer.
Can I build a website and business? – yes you can
I am going to start with the aspect that made the biggest difference to me, the training. I wouldn’t quite call myself a technophobe BUT I had no idea how to build a website, or an online business. Things that had learned were you need a host for your website, security, shopping baskets, a way to build an email list, and it blew my mind, where do I even start!!!
At Wealthy Affiliate you start with the Online Entrepreuer Certification and Level 1, it’s that easy, this Level has 10 lessons in it and are all available without any credit card details. You are able to build 2 websites and have limited access to the other facilities, but actually you can be well on your way before paying for anything. This training has written information but also walk through videos showing you step by step the process to take to build your website in the first instance and then as you progress, there is more and more information on how this relates to building a business and also to grow your social media following.
If you do choose to upgrade, you then have access to Level 2, 3, 4, and 5, with them all having 10 lessons, this is a powerhouse of information showing you how to build a business online and what steps to take and the correct order so you do not miss anything out.
There are also weekly live training available to you that cover different subjects. They are held live in Canada so for me in the UK they are usually in the middle of the night, but they are all available as a replay so it doesn’t matter what time zone you live in. There are also thousands of training videos and posts available which have been done by other Wealthy Affiliate members too.
The training is comprehensive, available and requires no prior knowledge in website design or business development.
Do I have everything I need? – yes you do
The Wealthy Affiliate platform has everything you will need to build a website and profitable business.
Free members can build 2 websites. Premium members can build up to 50. Everything is available on the WA platform, you can purchase domain names, host your websites, site security is included as well as site support in case there are any technical issues (I’ve only contacted them 4 times and have always had a reply within 5 minutes or so.
Siterubix is the actual platform and gives you access to performance tools for your website through the site manager. This includes publishing frequency, visitor engagement, site trust, feedback, content quality and variety and also the technical side of whether your website and posts have been ranked by Google and the plugin usage on your site. So you can see in a snapshot the health of your site and the aspects that require some work.
Wealthy Affiliate is aimed at those wishing to blog about a passion of theirs and create content for other people. You do not need to be a writer or have an English degree or a degree in any other language you may wish to write in. It is mostly about communicating with an audience about topics which you have an interest in. WA has a writing platform included where you can create your posts, attach links, add in pictures or other media and then spell and grammar check the post before publishing on your site.
Jaxxy is also included for you which is a Keyword Research Tool. When deciding what your posts are going to be about, it is best to target a specific keyword that your audience may be looking for in Google. Jaxxy will provide you with information about how many times a month a particular keyword is being searches, how many clicks you are likely to get if ranked on page one of Google and how many other websites have also targeted that keyword. This enables you to make a decision on what to post that is likely to be ranked high in Google. High ranking’s means more visitors to your site.
So, as you can see from the technical side of things WA provides everything you need to build a business.
Am I surrounded by like-minded people? – yes you are
When I started on this journey, I connected with people on social media who are running businesses online, or teaching how to do it, but I didn’t personally know anyone who earned money online and I still don’t. So you could say I felt quite alone on this journey of mine at times.
At WA community is a massive part of the jigsaw and connects you with people doing exactly what you are trying to do. There is a strong sense of helping each other out. Like social media you can communicate within the WA platform through blog posts, where others can comment and like and give a yes I’ve been there nod! There is a live chat, where you can ask questions or get involved in a conversation to answer someone else s question.
Audience engagement on your website helps to boost your ranking’s on Google and in true community style there is a process available in WA where other members will comment on your posts and help to get the engagement started. Since it is all about community though, you need to give comments or feedback on other websites before asking for them on your own. This is fantastic as it opens your eyes to what other members are creating, can give you ideas for your own site or just provide some entertaining time away from your own work to focus and help someone else on theirs.
There is so much going on at WA that you do not feel alone on this journey and can see others hitting the same blocks and overcoming them and how you can do it too.
Should I take the next step? – yes, yes and yes!!
Why not? What do you have to lose? All the above available to you for $49 a month or £38 approx. for those in the UK.
BUT remember this is not a “get-rich-quick scheme”, this does require hard work and consistency The rewards for committing and taking the path less travelled are phenomenal and it feels so good building something for yourself rather than working a job, to earn money and build someone else’s business and dreams.
SO what are you waiting for??? Click here to see what it is all about for yourself. I look forward to seeing you on the inside.