"Making money online is a skill.
  But like any skill - it can be learned"
                                          ~ Chris Farrell ~

First and foremost, I'd like to thank you for visiting my site.
I know you're busy and don't have much time so let's cut to the chase right away.
Since you are here, I assume that you are interested in starting, or if you have one already, building and growing your own online business. Whatever your case is, I want to congratulate you because the very fact that you made this decision shows that you want to change something in your life. You know, any change begins with a decision.
In this post I'd like to present you a program, more specifically a training program, which I think would be very useful to you. It is called Wealthy Affiliate(WA). The image below is a screenshot of their home page.
You may have heard of it already or perhaps you've landed on this page exactly because you are actively searching right now for information to find out what is Wealthy Affiliate all about.
So now I'm going to give you an overview about the program, what it is, how it works, the available training and more. You know, the good old idiom: What's in it for me?
One more thing before I dive in. If you'd prefer to watch a video walkthrough of the program instead of reading, scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll find the video there.

What is Wealthy Affiliate... not?

First, let me tell you what Wealthy Affiliate is not.
It is not an MLM system. At WA you don't have to recruit prospects or your entire family and sign them up into the system to build any downline, upline or sideline to start earning money. You don't have to sell the WA training itself. You can, if you want to, but it is not a requirement.
It is not a get-rich-quick scheme either. At WA they do not promise you that you will get rich overnight just by signing up and doing nothing, in fact they do not promise you'll make any money at all. You have to understand that the success or the failure of your business depends solely and exclusively on you. They provide you with top notch training but they cannot take action for you. If you don't take action in terms of your business, who do you think will do it for you?

So what is Wealthy Affiliate then?

Wealthy Affiliate is basically a membership site whose aim is to teach anyone how to start, build and grow their own online business. You can be a complete newbie with no experience or prior knowledge, you don't have to have a website, you don't have to own any products because WA includes everything you need to create an online business from scratch, such as: domain(s), web hosting, training, tools, guidance, help and support. The training ranges from basic level, like how to choose a niche, keyword research, build your website, to more advanced levels like video marketing, email marketing, pay per click marketing and more.
WA has two membership levels: Starter and Premium. The Starter level is totally free and it is meant to be a showcase for what premium has to offer. The Premium level is $49/month but you can get your first month for just $19 if you upgrade to premium within 7 days after joining as a starter member. Further down the page you'll find a detailed comparison table of what a Starter membership offers vs a Premium membership.

Who are behind Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate was founded by two extremely successful online marketers, Kyle Loudoun & Carson Lim, back in 2005 and over the years has evolved into the number one online community for creating and growing a successful online business. It currently has 580.000+ members from 195 countries, which says something about how trusted and valuable this training program is. Every single day there are 10,000's of people networking within Wealthy Affiliate, creating businesses together, offering each other insights, and building their network.

How Wealthy Affiliate works?

The main focus of the training inside WA is on affiliate marketing. If you don't know yet what affiliate marketing is, don't worry, it is explained in great detail, starting with the basics. The concept of affiliate marketing is really simple, basically you send targeted(who are interested in what a company/vendor has to offer) traffic(visitors) to a company's website and if someone buys something you get a fixed amount or a percentage of the purchase(s) made by that person. This is the easiest way, especially for a beginner, to start earning income online because you don't have to have your own product to sell. There are two ways to generate traffic: free and paid. Both traffic generation methods are covered in the program. Below is the process broken down into steps.

Choose an Interest

What interests you? We all have a hobby or something that gets us excited and motivated when we think about it. There are millions of different ideas that you could potentially tap into online and we are going to help you come up with your very own “topic” within Wealthy Affiliate.

Build a Website

Building your very own website is SIMPLE within Wealthy Affiliate. The process takes less than 30 seconds to build a beautiful looking, revenue ready website. This is going to be the foundation of your business and what will ultimately lead to a successful venture.

Attract Visitors

Your goal before you try to make money with any website is to focus on getting actual people to that website. Without people, you have no business so this is a critical stage.
Within the first few lessons at Wealthy Affiliate you are going to be learning all about the most current traffic techniques.

Earn Revenue

Once you have an audience
(traffic), you can promote products and services through special programs called “affiliate programs” which are free to join. These allow you to promote pretty much anything you can imagine without having to own or create a product. No inventory. No shipping.

Training and tools

There is an absolute ton of training inside Wealthy Affiliate. It contains 12 classrooms in total. Each classroom deals with a specific topic from the very basics to the more advanced levels. If you'd like to see all the classrooms inside WA, click here. Presenting all classrooms would take too much space and time here but just to get an idea how comprehensive it is, I'll show you how a classroom is structured. As an example I'll take the Getting Started classroom. This classroom consists of 11 tutorials, 13 videos and 5 courses. And each course contains several lessons, up to ten. Below is an image of the first course in this classroom and the lessons in it.
The world of online marketing is constantly and rapidly changing. What worked yesterday may not work today. The search engines are constantly changing their ranking algorithms, social media and advertising platforms are changing their advertising policies and methods, new advertising and social marketing opportunities pop up overnight, the industry is in constant boiling. So at WA, in addition to the existing training, live video classes are held weekly covering the latest and working methods and techniques, thus ensuring that the training stays atop the current trends in the industry. The video classes are recorded so you can watch them whenever you want.
Included with your membership you get access to some very useful and indispensable tools such as website builder, keyword tool, article writing tool and link tracking. Even with the starter(free) membership you get access to two websites along with hosting and website builder so you can build the very foundations of your business without spending a dime. I'm not going into more details about the tools here because they are very self explanatory.

Video walkthrough - further down

The support

Whether you buy an online course, a software or join a membership program, one of the most important things for you is the quality of the support from the vendor/service provider. It probably happened to you too that you've worked on something, especially something new, and got stuck. If you can't figure out how to move on, you need help, and you need it right away. Otherwise you lose precious time waiting for your email or support ticket to be answered(sometimes days).
At Wealthy Affiliate, I can say it without a shadow of a doubt, the support is outstanding. There are three ways you can get help. When you log in to your account, you'll find a search bar at the top of the page. If you start to type in your question, answers related to what you're typing in will appear in a drop down list. The results are from the training, people's blogs and previously answered questions, essentially from the entire WA platform. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can ask a question(see the image below). This question will be answered by the community. WA has a staggering number of members(nearly 600.000) from all over the world, meaning that always a lot of people are online who are openly willing to help you out with whatever you need.
Another option is to submit a support ticket. This is very self explanatory, you submit a ticket with your question/problem and the staff at WA will answer it.
The third way to get help, and this is the most powerful, is the live chat. This is instant help from experts. You even have access to the owners, Kyle and Carson, which is quite amazing given the huge number of members that WA has.
So inside WA the help is always only seconds away from you, you just have to ask.

How much does Wealthy Affiliate cost?

I have briefly discussed this question earlier in this review article.
So inside Wealthy Affiliate there are two types of membership levels. Starter, which is free and Premium, which is $49 per month. The starter level, obviously, gives limited access to all the content, tools and services on the site while premium level members enjoy unlimited access to "all the goodies" WA has to offer. There are no upsells whatsoever except the premium membership but they do not put pressure on you to upgrade asap or to upgrade at all, you can stay as a free member for life if you wish. As an incentive to upgrade, though, you are offered the fist month of premium membership for just $19.
Now let's take a look at what is included with each membership.

In conclusion

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this Wealthy Affiliate review. I've tried to write it as concise as possible, focusing only on the essentials. So now that you know what it is, how it works and how you can benefit from it, you can make an informed decision whether to join this program or not. Actually, there is no reason not to join Wealthy Affiliate since it won't cost you a penny. But if you're really serious about starting your own online business, I would strongly recommend you to give the premium membership a try. I say this for three reasons.
1. You can get your first month of Premium for just $19, which is less than the price of two(or one) movie tickets.
2. You can take full advantage of everything that is offered. Think about the enormous knowledge base found inside WA.
3. Investing some money in your business creates a commitment on your part which will help you keep on track and focused.
The decision is yours but whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck and success.
And now, if you'd like to watch a video walkthrough of Wealthy Affiliate made by Kyle, click on the image below.

Final thoughts

In closing, I'd like to tell you my story, very briefly, to make one last point. I started my "making money online" journey back in 2010 knowing absolutely nothing about it. All I knew was that I want to change something in my life, to be my own boss and to be free. So I was looking for the golden key to richness. I jumped in with great enthusiasm and spent the first two years googling for ways to make money online, signing up for newsletters, doing ptc ads(paid to click), buying online courses(the cheaper ones), software, plugins, learning how to use wordpress, building websites, promoting affiliate offers and countless more things. The result? Nothing. I made a few bucks here and there but nothing consistent. I got to a point where I decided to quit. You know, it can be very disheartening to put so much effort and time in and not getting anywhere. A few weeks went by without me thinking about "my business" much, but still, one thought didn't let me rest. If I quit, what's the alternative? I have to work for the rest of my life? I will live paycheck to paycheck my entire life? And what about all my dreams, will vanish into thin air?... Nope, that's not going to happen! - I said to myself and I resumed my usual business related activities. One day I was hanging on Facebook and saw an ad. It was a well known online marketer offering his coaching program. I decided then and there to jump in because this could be my chance to make my dreams come true. So I applied to the program, rolled up my sleeves, followed the instructions, worked hard and in a matter of a few weeks things began to change for the better. Finally, I started making money. Not much, in the beginning, but the amount has increased steadily over the months up to a point when I was able to finally quit my job.
So the point I want to make here is that the shortest, fastest and even the cheapest way to succeed online is to find someone who teaches you how it's done(coaching program). I'm saying this because I wasted two whole years trying to make it on my own and spent more money(in total) than the price of the coaching(which I eventually bought) and failed to succeed. Look, I don't know you, it may well be that you can do it all alone and in no time, but the statistics show that only one or two people out of 100, who start an online business, will eventually succeed. The main reasons they fail are lack of guidance, focus and support. Coaching programs, on the other hand, are quite expensive, not everyone can afford them, especially a beginner. So what's the solution for a newbie with not much money to invest? The next best thing is a membership program(like Wealthy Affiliate) because you don't have to shell out thousands of dollars all at once but at the same time you get the training and support you would get with coaching. It is like a coaching program paid in installments.
Alright, I think I said everything I wanted to say and it's really time to finish this post. Thanks again for your interest and I wish you all the best! Take care!

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