We’ve all had tough times over the past few years and more and more people are searching online for ways to make money or add to their current income. I did the same in 2021 so I want to share my experience for others who have perhaps come across Wealthy Affiliate too.
Wealthy Affiliate review
Domain name: $14.99/£12.29 per year
My rating: 9 out of 10
When I first searched the web for how to make money online back in August 2021, I was surprised by how many companies there were.
It was a little overwhelming to say the least. When covid hit, millions of us were looking for ways to earn money whilst being stuck at home and with so many online businesses, how do we tell which ones are genuine and which ones are potential scams?
I glazed over several companies before I came to Wealthy Affiliate and something caught my eye and I was intrigued to read further into the online world of affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
The basics around affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is an online platform that has step-by-step guidance and tools to help you build an online business.
A platform where commission to an external website is paid through traffic, affiliate links and referrals.
Who created Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate was founded by Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim back in 2005. They remain very active members of the community and offer help when needed.
Where it starts
Finding a niche
Possibly the hardest part is finding a niche.
We need a topic to write blogs about. We are all passionate about something but we have to be so passionate that we can write articles for our website on a regular basis.
■ Weight loss
■ Art and crafts
The list is endless so there will be something for everyone.
Find a topic that you enjoy and build your website around your ideas. Once you have set up a website and started to publish articles, Google will find them and index them.
This means that they have been found online and over time, the more people that find your website and find articles that you have written that are helpful to them, the more traffic you will receive.
Over time, the more traffic you receive the more money you can potentially earn.
Adding affiliate links by companies that you have joined, which are relevant to your niche, recommending Wealthy Affiliate to others, and having adverts placed on your website can all earn you money.
Step by a step training at your fingertips
The training is easy to follow with videos to watch alongside reading information.
Tick boxes at the bottom of each page allow you to keep track of which tasks you have completed if you need to go back to where you finished.
Free to join
People like to know that they have the option to trial a platform before committing to paying money and this is definitely one of the reasons why I joined.
It gives everyone the opportunity to see how they get on, if working as an affiliate is actually suited to them and if they have the time to commit to it.
No direct product selling
We are all sales people yet most of us don’t realise it.
If you’ve ever recommended a film at the cinema, a restaurant or a holiday to your friends and family, you don’t commission for it. If you were to sell a product through an affiliate link on your website, you would be paid commission for that recommendation.
With Wealthy Affiliate, you advertise affiliate links to products that you choose relevant to your niche, so the pressure is off trying to get friends/family and strangers to purchase directly from you.
Full support from the community
We all need help and support when we start something new and this platform is exceptional for the help they give.
Every question is answered by other members of the community and they will link resources to their answer to assist you further if needed.
With so many members in every part of the world, (195 countries) there will always be somebody online to help with a question.
24/7 Site support
There is a designated site support if you have any issues with your website and they are very quick to respond to any queries, to keep your website continuously running efficiently.
Websites are monitored 24 hours a day to offer you the security to ensure that your website is kept at bay from hackers and spammers.
A little overwhelming
Like any new business, there is a lot to learn and do to get things rolling. If you’re a thing like myself, I want to learn everything all at once but it’s not possible.
Little steps and consistency are the perfect combination.
The hardest part is starting.
Basic computer skills are ideal
Although it does say that you don’t need to have any computer skills as you will learn everything through the training, I feel everyone would benefit from basic skills.
Having experienced it firsthand, I found it much easier to learn the different tasks with the knowledge that I already have of working with an ipad/ computer.
Upgrade option can be expensive
In any business, we need to pay out money before we can earn the money back.
Paying for a yearly premium is more cost effective than paying monthly but you do need to have the money in order to move forward with the training.
The free option allows you to complete 10 training lessons.
Once you have reached your limit with the free trial, you will need to upgrade to premium to access the site further.
This will benefit you and your business with all that the platform has to offer.
Training updates required
Some of the training is a little outdated but there is an option above all of the training lessons to request an update.
If you do come across any training that’s asking you to manually do something on your website and your device doesn’t have the option, an update can be requested or you can ask the community to assist.
Is it a scam?
Should I sign up for premium?
Most definitely if you’re serious about trying to make money online.
The free platform will help you to a certain extent, but in order to start seeing an income you will need to sign up to premium.
You will then have access to boot camps, online classes, unlimited support to name just a few of the benefits.
Within the premium amount you will get all the help that you need 24/ 7 and a keyword research tool called Jaxxy that helps you to find the best keywords to use when writing your articles.
Something I feel is so important in any online business as there is a lot of competition out there.
With Wealthy Affiliate, we can create an online business with a niche that we are passionate about.
Having so many ideas that we can choose, I knew straight away that I wanted to incorporate my love of fragrances.
I knew I could write lots about the topic and help readers with their queries when they search online.
What is premium plus?
Alongside being a freelance hairdresser, network marketer and a 1-1 support teaching assistant for a special needs boy, I felt the need to add another income.
Something to fall back on through my later years when perhaps my full time business in hairdressing would become too much as I grew older.
I had no idea what affiliate marketing was, so the nearest I had come to this kind of business was working in network marketing.
I was introduced to a company called FM World in 2016.
A perfume company that began in 2011, selling designer inspired perfumes and cosmetics.
As a lover of fragrances, I was sold and have built a small dedicated team who have the same passion for helping others as I do.
Being in the network marketing space for the past 8 years, lead me to connecting with lots of people online.
Those connections became friends. Through those friends, I have received many messages from those in my Facebook community who already work in affiliate marketing.
I shied away due to a lack of knowledge for the business. Besides, I wanted to find out for myself and in my own time without the pressure.
I decided to search online as it seemed that so many of my connections were into this new way of earning money.
I typed in ‘earning money online ‘ into the search bar to see what would come up.
Wealthy Affiliate stood out from their competition. The page looked inviting and I had the chance to join for free to test drive the platform and receive my first 10 lessons for free.
Unlike many affiliate companies, you don’t have to put any payment details in. Everything was broken down into small sections, so that I could take in all the information at first glance without feeling overwhelmed.
I wanted to know how much it would cost after the free session, what affiliate marketing involved, and what time I would need to put aside to allow for this new adventure.
I’m sure that most people sign up for projects, products, etc when we see the word FREE.
We have nothing to lose when something doesn’t cost a penny. Having a new opportunity to trial this new online business gave me the chance to find out if it really was something that would suit me. It had to fit around my other full-time work and self-employed business.
Get- rich- quick
Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme.
Some people may join an online company in the hope that they will earn a lot of money with minimal work.
Like any business, it takes time ( and money) to build.
Don’t join Wealthy Affiliate expecting to be paid hundreds of pounds in your first few weeks or even months of joining as you will be bitterly disappointed.
There isn’t any business out there that and you can earn quick money with minimal effort.
As much as we may want there to be, if you’re looking to earn instant cash, this kind of business isn’t for you.
The training is very easy to follow, albeit a little overwhelming if you try to take on too much in the beginning. Little steps are recommended so you understand what you are doing.
There is no rush. It’s taking things at your own speed and there is no pressure to catch up with everyone else. It’s your own journey. There are enough pressures in life nowadays so we don’t want to add to them.
If working online fits in around your family life, in between other commitments and you enjoy helping others by writing useful articles, then sign up for the free trial.
Surrounding yourself with successful people will improve your success. Truth.
You have nothing to lose and so much knowledge to gain!
By signing up and joining premium within 7 days, you will receive 3 bonuses!
Join today for free and become a part of a wonderful community that aims to help us all reach success in our own way and unlock your FREE bonus’ and potential!