What’s so Great about the Wealthy Affiliate Community?

“The Wealthy Affiliate Community”

Image of people meeting around the world

Image of people meeting around the world

Here, I will share the reason for my online business success.  It all boils down to my becoming part of a great community of like-minded individuals who also wanted online success.  The Wealthy Affiliate (WA) Community is where I study and learn the skills and how to apply them to my online business(s).

I first learned of WA when I was once again searching the internet for possible ways to make money from home using my computer.  I had tried online surveys, polls, and even affiliate marketing before with little or no success.  Then, I ran across a website that talked about a place I had not heard or read about before, It was Wealthy Affiliates.

Since I am always very skeptical of scams and knew there are thousands of scammers on the net, I began researching the Wealthy Affiliate Program to see what was being said about it.  I found many, many positive reviews and only one somewhat negative review (which I now know came from a member who did not like dealing with the few rules).  As I read all the positive reviews, I began to get just a little excited, so I went back to the company page and clicked on the “How Wealthy Affiliate Works” link.  I read that information and found out I could join “free” for a trial period and get a thorough glimpse into the Community and training process.

“Going Premium”

I saw where I would be trained in choosing a niche (subject area) to work in, how to build a website, attract visitors to the site, and earn revenue from my site.  And I could go through the first level of training completely free and create two free websites and meet and talk with members of the community (of thousands) during my trial period.  Then I could decide whether to subscribe to the training and open up the entire rest of the detailed training program which would lead me step-by-step through the process.

After my first two days in the trial period, I knew this was a successful and complete program and a wonderful community full of people who wanted to succeed and were more than willing to help me succeed also.  I never talked to one grump or anyone who was not completely “SOLD” on the excellent training provided by owners Kyle and Carson. I read where many members had reached their financial goals, quitting their day jobs and working online full time.  This was exciting to learn.

So I joined and became a Premium member on my third day, paying $19 for the first month and then $47/month.  I began walking through the next level of training.  Within the first month I had my first affiliate website up and running, and I had a group of over 200 personal friends from the community that I followed and we all helped and learned from each other.  The community is made up of people like myself, who are interested in earning money online and are from all over the world.  Members share their ideas, problems, questions, and solutions.  I love it when members announce successes in making sales and reaching their financial goals.   I learned how to build my site using WordPress and WordPress themes and set it up to be optimized for search engines and directories like Google and Yahoo.  I learned how to write pertinent content to attract visitors, find appropriate Affiliate Programs to sign up with, and how to set up links on my site as well as how to capture and analyze my website tracking data.

Before my first month was over, many of my friends who had been members for just 2-4 months were happily announcing their first earnings.  This really pumped me up and encouraged me to continue to work on my website, building content and optimizing it.   I also began my 2nd website, the one you are visiting right now. And I am making plans for two more personal niche sites in just a few months.  In fact, as a premium member,  I can create up to 50 money-making websites with free hosting using the servers and tools provided by the Wealthy Affiliate Program.  I have had my own success in getting some commissions from two of my Affiliate Programs and also from building a website for a small business.  I’m now working on sites for a couple of my artist friends.  I’m finding this training is giving me more than one avenue to earn money with.

“Going Yearly” Membership

In my second month with WA, I looked at the difference between Premium ($49/mo) and yearly ($30/month) and decided it would be better financially to upgrade to Yearly and save $200 a year.  After a year, I then decided to take advantage of Kyle and Caron’s Black Friday yearly special and I now pay $299/year (or $24.91/month) and have that locked in.  That $25/month is basically less than a meal out for my husband and myself, so I can certainly pay this for all the things I get with my WA Premium Membership.

“Working on my Affiliate Websites”

Image of woman working on notebook

Image of woman working on notebook

For now, I am extremely happy when I am working on my websites.  When I am out of town without a computer, I actually feel some withdrawal pains from my site work and training.  It is so much fun and I love the challenge to create, without the stress of doing it all alone.  I enjoy the community and the new friends I am making and look forward to the positive changes in my life I can have through this affiliate marketing program.



If you are seeking a realistic way to earn money online, I highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate Program.  This is not a promise to become a millionaire in a few days or without any effort on your part, but a very doable and exciting method to create your own affiliate website(s) that are successful and allow you to earn money online.  I’m 64 and have been retired since I was 53, yet I feel that I’m still creating, using my brain and contributing extra to our monthly budget.

“Why Wait?  Get Started Now”

I have created a detailed review of the Wealthy Affiliate Training Program which you can read.



Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page.  I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.


3 thoughts on “What’s so Great about the Wealthy Affiliate Community?

  1. Jason Kang

    Hi, Shirley.
    I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate (WA). I joined WA about six months ago and currently working on my online business. Your review reminded me of what I went through with WA for the last six months.

    I also took very similar steps as yours before joining this community. Several potential programs/sites were checked. Most of them advertised that it was possible to make huge money by joining and following their guides. These sites asked for the membership payment of over a thousand dollars. Most likely, these amounts were after a 50% discount. 🙂 I checked the reviews of these programs on the web. There were a lot of negative reviews.

    I joined WA after I confirmed a lot of positive reviews. WA does not promise a rich-quick plan. Instead, the community asks for hard-working of its members while providing full support. I have nothing to complain about this community. Whenever I ask any questions, I can get a lot of relevant answers from its awesome members. There are more than 10,000 ACTIVE members. A lot of them are experts in some fields. WA’s technical support team is available 24-7-365. I have received its support within 20 minutes whenever I asked for help.
    With support from the community, I successfully built my site, and have been actively improving it for the last few months

    I also highly recommend WA to anyone who has any doubts. Thank you for your great review.

    1. Shirley Dawson Post author

      Jason, thanks so much for reading my post and your comments. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is the real thing and the best online training for Affiliate Marketing that I have ever found. The hosting platform is awesome too. My membership is dear to me and I will remain a member as long as I can. I’ve been one for over 5 years and still love the training and the community. Thanks so much for yoru comment -Shirley


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