If you’re on this page, you’ve either come from my Money for Writers page or you’ve stumbled across it while searching for sources of income for writers. This page is an attempt to answer any questions you have about the Wealthy Affiliate program and whether or not it might be a good fit for you.
To recap: Wealthy Affiliate is a comprehensive training site for anyone considering creating a blog or website monetized by affiliate links. The training is extremely thorough, and there’s a supportive community. The idea is that you choose a niche to write about. It should be something you’re interested in and have plenty to say about, something you could write articles about indefinitely. Pretty much anything could be a lucrative niche. You use your writing about that niche to attract readers and establish your expertise. Over time, you can offer, through reviews or other content, some related products you think your audience would like. When they click the link to the product and buy it, you get a commission.
The Starter Level
There two levels of membership at Wealthy Affiliate, Starter and Premium. The Starter level is free.
When you create a no-risk account on Wealthy Affiliate, you start with the free trial. It gives you access to the 10-lesson introductory course, free hosting of two websites, and unlimited support from the site creators (and me, if you sign up through the affiliate link) for 7 days.
The websites are siterubix.com sites, which means that instead of a .com suffix, they have a siterubix.com suffix. They’re not as professional-looking as having your own domains, but you can still achieve success with them, just like you can with a wordpress.com site or a blogger.com site. At the very least, you can practice with them until you feel ready to move forward with your own domain name. They’re free forever, as long as you’re a member at the starter level.
Once the 7-day trial is over, you lose the community support, but you keep your free websites and access to the 10 introductory lessons. You can stay at this free level as long as you want to.
(You can also apply the lessons to a website you host elsewhere, if you prefer, or if you already have one with your own domain name.)
They do send you information about upgrading, but it’s not a hard sell, and it’s not required. You get enough at the free level to create a successful affiliate marketing site, but since you only have 7 days of full support from the creators, you have to figure out some things for yourself. But since it’s free, you don’t have anything to lose.
What I advise is throwing yourself all-in for those first seven days and gleaning every bit of information from it you can. Then you’ll know whether you want to stay at free for a while or move up to Premium.
The Premium Level
If you decide to move to the Premium level, your first month is $19. After that, it’s $49 a month (or, if you pay it all at once, $359 a year). When you move up to Premium, you get access to ALL the training. I’m talking about a ton of it: how to choose a niche, set up a site, write good content, drive traffic, and find and apply for appropriate affiliate programs. It even includes the technical how-tos, which are the hardest for me. And tech support is both responsive and helpful.
The concepts easily translate to marketing your own products and services online rather than affiliate products. You also get up to 50 websites hosted on their site for no additional cost, and you can buy your own domain name for a reasonable price, usually around $14. Twenty-five of those websites can have your own domain names. The other half are siterubix.com sites. All this comes with the support of an entire community who will answer your questions, give feedback on your site, and more.
For me, going Premium is well worth it, but you want to make sure before you upgrade, because once you’ve upgraded to Premium, you can’t go back to the free level.
This is not a get-rich quick scheme. It takes time and work to start making a comfortable living. Some people even realize they’ve chosen the wrong niche and start over with a new site. So there are challenges, but also an unlimited potential for success.
If you think it sounds interesting but still have questions, scroll down to the FAQs. If they aren’t answered there, feel free to ask them in the comments, and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. Or contact me at my author email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re ready to jump in and see what it’s all about, I suggest trying out the free level and be really active during the ten-day trial to take advantage of the ability to ask questions. The affiliate link is here. Or you can click on this banner:
If you’d prefer not to use an affiliate link, the non-affiliate link is here. If you use this one and decide to join, I won’t have any way of knowing, so if you have questions for me about the program, you’ll have to contact me here. Or contact the owners, who are usually very responsive.
Now, on to the questions.
Is it really free?
Yes, there is a level that is completely free and is available to you for as long as you want to remain at that level. (Unless, of course, you do something so rude or horrible that you get yourself banned, but I know none of you would do that.)
Is it possible to make money with affiliate marketing?
Yes. Many people are making extra income every month with affiliate marketing, and some are making a comfortable or more-than-comfortable living.
Am I guaranteed to make money if I join Wealthy Affiliate?
No. How successful you’ll be–or whether you’ll be successful at all–depends on a variety of factors only you can control.
- Did you choose a niche for which there’s a market?
- Did you choose appropriate affiliate programs?
- Do you write reasonably well?
- Do you post consistently and with an eye toward serving your target audience?
- Do you keep learning and improving?
- Do you persevere even when it seems like nothing is happening?
These things are all within your power, and if you do them all and stick it out, you’ll be successful. How successful you’ll be and how long it will take depends on too many factors for me to predict. For example, should there be a zombie apocalypse, giant meteor strike, or other unforeseen disaster that renders online commerce obsolete, all bets are off.
I’m confused about the levels. What do I get with the free level vs. the premium level?
Here’s a handy chart that shows you the difference.
If I go Premium and decide I don’t like it, can I switch back to the free starter level?
No. Make sure you’re really ready before you go Premium, because you can’t go back to the Starter level once you’ve upgraded.
Is Premium worth it?
Yes, but I’d advise not jumping into it right away. Take your time, check everything out, and make an informed decision when you’re ready.
Okay, I’m ready to check it out. How do I sign up?
For the affiliate link, you can click the button above, the one that says, “Create Your Account Today,” or you can click on this banner. Look below the banner for the non-affiliate link.
The non-affiliate link is http://wealthyaffiliate.com. Just remember if you use it, you’ll have to ask me your questions here or via email, because I won’t know to look for you, and after the first 7 days, you won’t be able to connect with me there.