Wealthy Affiliate Review

Wealthy Affiliate Training Program Review

Product:  Wealthy Affiliate Training Program


Cost:  $0.00 the for Starter Membership, $49/month for Premium, 6-Month plan is $39/month (Save $60)$359/paid annually is approx $25-30/month. Taking advantage of once yearly Black Friday Special of $299/year works out to be just under $25/month. (UPDATED 2019)

My Rating

Target Audience: Perfect for an absolute beginner or advanced online marketer who want to become experts at Affiliate Marketing and make a great passive online income.


Getting My Perfect Retirement

Image of next eggs and text on how to supplement your incomeI’m retired and love being able to do what I want-when I want.  However, I knew I would need some extra income to support the lifestyle I dreamed of in retirement.

As I am a retired IT worker, I first thought of online work.  I’m also in a wheelchair which makes working from home very attractive and much easier for me.

When I started looking for ways to make money online, I did a lot of research because I was so afraid that I would be scammed.

I spent years filling out surveys and doing little tasks on Amazon Turk, however, the earnings were so small for the amount of time, that I knew I had not found my answer yet.

I looked into transcription tasks, which did pay much more.  I even purchased transcription software and the foot pedals, software, and earphone devices to use.

But after trying to transcribe some really terrible audio, I found I’m truly not good with funny accents and garbled speech.  So I decided that doing lots of transcription is not my answer either.

I Discovered Affiliate Marketing

I knew something of what affiliate marketing is and downloaded several free books to read about it and learn how to do it.  While I love to read, I found I needed to have more hands-on training in creating affiliate websites, picking affiliate programs to join and how to market the products I wanted to promote to sell.

So I began to look at various sites where I could learn all about affiliate marketing.  There were (and still are) so many websites offering to help make you rich with affiliate marketing.  But I’m pretty much a skeptic on these “GET RICH QUICK” promises and my research told me most of these were just SCAMS anyway.


Then one day I ran across a website by a guy named Steve, who was promoting the Wealthy Affiliate Training Program (WA).  He seemed very straightforward about this being a program that offered wonderful training but did require lots of work and persistence to achieve success.  I read that WA offered a 7-day FREE TRIAL WEEK so I could check it out before expending any money at all.  I decided I had nothing to lose and signed up to see:

“Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?”

So, I signed up for the FREE STARTER MEMBERSHIP (I was not even asked for my cc) and logged into the WA community and training site and started looking around.  I checked out the training lessons and I found that the training offered was indeed very extensive and detailed, with both written and video instruction, live chat, and weekly webinars from a marketing expert.  It seemed like a wonderful way to learn about building websites and affiliate marketing.

The Training Provided would Show Me:

  • How to pick an area of interest (niche) I was very interested in and create a niche blog site using WordPress.
  • How to use WordPress and all its wonderful functions to create my first blog site in 30 seconds.  So cool! and I got two free hosted sites with my Free Starter Membership.
  • How to draw visitors to my blog site with SEO (search engine optimization) techniques
  • How to pick keywords and use them on my blog site and in my written content.
  • How to create written content that would bring visitors to my site.
  • How to pick affiliate programs to join and use their products and services to monetize my blog sites.
  • How to submit my site to search engines and how to use analysis and tracking tools such as Google Analytics and Webmaster tools.

I could go on and on about the training, but I’ll just say it is very extensive (it can even be overwhelming at first when realizing how much detail is provided – but I was assured that taking it step by step at my own pace would be fine), and it is constantly being updated to remain “state-of-the-art”.

The images below show outlines of the training in the first Certification Level:

Level 1 Training Outline image, copyright Wealthy Affiliate

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Level 2 Training Outline image, copyright Wealthy Affiliate

Level 2 Training outline image

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Level 3 Training Outline image, copyright Wealthy Affiliate

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Level 4 Training Outline image, copyright Wealthy Affiliate

Level 4 Training outline image

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Level 5 Training Outline image, copyright Wealthy Affiliate


Level 3 Training outline image

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As you can see, the training is extensive and covers all aspects of being successful at affiliate marketing.

A Massive Wealthy Affiliate Community

And then there is the WA Community, which has over 1,800,000+ members, sharing and learning together.  I must admit I have never been involved with a group that is so helpful and less competitive.  I have made some very nice friends and also those I consider mentors within the WA community.  They are always there when you get stuck and have a question.

My questions are responded to in just minutes from my posting them.  And if the community can’t help me, the excellent site support team always can provide me with answers and very quickly too.

I was so impressed that by the 3rd day of my trial membership, I decided to upgrade to PREMIUM Membership status.  That was in August of 2014 and I have never looked back or regretted that decision.


Wealthy Affiliate’s Hosting Platform

WA actually provides much more than just training.  As part of my PREMIUM Membership at WA, you get 10 paid or SiteRubix sub-domains hosted at WA.  You would have to pay extra for these normally at regular hosting platforms like Bluehost or Godaddy.  So I save money when I don’t have to pay for these hosting fees for my websites.

Make Money While You Learn

I’m finding that my membership and training allows me to make money not only through affiliate marketing but creating and maintaining websites for small businesses and individuals.  This is giving me multiple avenues to create revenue in my retirement.  And best of all – I am my own “Boss”.  I can choose when I work and when I play. And even when I’m playing, my websites can be earning money for me.

Other real advantages of hosting at Wealth Affiliates include:

  • A highly optimized and simplified hosting platform
  • The ability to MOVE websites from one domain to another
  • The Ability to fire up FREE Websites on demand
  • Full Redundancy (100% backed-up to the minute)
  • The latest and greatest hosting technology (your websites are always hosted on the highest powered servers available)
  • Free SSL on all sites hosted
  • Full Domain and Website Caching and the server level
  • Automated recovery processes
  • Personal website monitoring and maintenance
  • Removal of “rogue” plugins and themes
  • Comment spam management and behavioral assessment (so spam is caught)
  • Access and integration with SiteDomains (a domain platform exclusive at WA)
  • Daily back-ups included
  • Website integrity updates that continually improve how your WordPress sites function, based on the latest version of WP
  • Access to SiteContent and over 1 MILLION+ high definition images (completely free to use)
  • Resilient Bruteforce and DDOS protection
  • 24/7/365 SiteSupport

All this provides an awesome hosting value I’ve found nowhere else.

The cost of Wealthy Affiliate Membership

Trial Membership (7 days) is FREE
Premium Monthly is $49 per month ($1.62 per day)
Premium 6-Month discounted plan is $234 per 6 months (average of $39/month) instead of $294 for the year  – Save $60.  (ADDED IN 2019)
Premium Yearly Discounted plan is $459 per year (average of $38.25/month) instead of $588 – Save $129.  (Modified in 2020)

The Yearly price was changed in May of 2020 and this is the statement from co-owner Kyle:

The new Premium  Yearly Price is now $495 per year as indicated, but we are going to be introducing some additional new perks associated with going yearly. The Premium Yearly is going to include:

    • Free .com Domain. You get domain credits for a .com domain when you upgrade.
    • $50 in Community Credits. You can use these credits towards the SiteComments/SiteFeedback platforms at Wealthy Affiliate so you can get engagement on your website, and website audits.
    • $93 discount on paying month to month (Essentially buying 10 months, getting 2 months free)
    • My Video Bonus

Each year that you stay on as a Premium Yearly member you will get these perks when your membership recurs. This means that both domain and community credits will come with your yearly membership in an ongoing basis if you are at the $495 Premium Yearly price.

My (Shirley’s) monthly costs for WA Premium Membership with all it provides is around $25/month, (after I have taken several offered discounts), about the cost of a meal out for my husband and myself.  I save so much just by taking advantage of the free hosting available through my membership for all my websites.  I actually make money by not having to pay to host elsewhere – lol!

There may be companies that are offering a similar host quality that is offered to Premium members of Wealthy Affiliate but I think you would be surprised as to how much a service like this really costs.

But This is Just the Quality of Hosting You Get Here.

With other hosting plans you do not get the quality of hosting provided at WA:

  1. The Community and the Live Help
  2. Access to Industry Experts
  3. Personal Access to the Owners
  4. World Class Training (1,000’s of resources)
  5. Keyword Research Tools
  6. Weekly Live Video Classes
  7. Unlimited Access to our Website Builder
  8. One of the Most Lucrative Affiliate Programs in the World
  9. Ambassadorship Program (Ability to Pay it Forward)
  10. Incentive Programs
  11. Business Productivity Tools (Rapid Writer, Link Tracking, KW Lists)
  12. Access to ALL Future Updates

And this is all included in your membership. And this is EVERYTHING you need to create and grow a business. So when you put a “hosting package” alongside a business building and education platform like WA, there is simply no comparison.

With a Premium membership at WA, you can be assured that you have access to a business building platform that you can run a business off of, grow a business as a result of, and rest easy at night knowing that you are getting the absolute best service in the world which is constantly being upgraded to be state-of-the-art.

In Conclusion

I find that in researching and utilizing the Wealthy Affiliate Training Program myself for several years, that it is a true, quality training plus hosting option for all my learning, affiliate marketing and hosting needs.  Thus the 5-Star rating I have given it.  I’m convinced that one would not go wrong in becoming a Premium member of this Training Program.  NO, it is not a “get rich quick” program, nor does it claim to be.  But with work and persistence, you can definitely make money online using what you learn with this Program.

The Wealthy Affiliate University is definitely NOT A SCAM

I challenge you to sign up for the FREE starter week (click on the  “this little square can change your life today box” and check out this wonderful training platform.  Set up your account and I will be contacting you very shortly after it is set up to help you get started.  You will also be contacted by one of the Wealthy Affiliate owners to welcome you to the training.


More about Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliates, What is it? 

The WA Community

WA (Wealthy Affiliate) Testimonials



Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page.  Here is a link to my profile on Wealthy Affiliate, drop me a comment sometimes and I would also love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  I enjoy talking about my reviews and especially about my experience with the Wealthy Affiliate Platform and how much I am learning there. Feel free to share this page with your friends who might be interested.  – Shirley

8 thoughts on “Wealthy Affiliate Review

  1. Fernando

    I completely agree with you here Shirley. Being a member of Wealthy Affiliate myself has open new doors for me. The community is awesome and everyone is there to help. Not only is the community great but the mentors are always creating new content that will help you get the bigger picture of creating an income online. And yes the training is intensive and requires a lot of work but so does everything else in life if you want to be successful. Each training course you accomplish , each post/article you create, and each comment you get on your content will motivate you even more to move forward. I am very grateful that I came across Wealthy Affiliate.

    1. Shirley Dawson Post author

      Thanks so much, Fernando for your comment and agreement on the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate. I look forward to engaging with you in WA’s awesome community. If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact me. – Shirley

  2. Garen

    I have been with Wealthy Affiliate since 2008 and love them! It’s great that they have kept up with the times. Meaning, in the early days it was all about article marketing and posting on Squidoo and everything. As time went on that became ineffective and Wealthy Affiliate has certainly kept up with the time.

    I like how you get the following with Wealthy Affiliate:

    Supports 25 websites.
    Lots of support from members (Kyle and Carson, too).
    Weekly webinars.
    Messaging system.
    Get paid to put up tutorials.
    Recurring monthly commissions.

    Wealthy Affiliate is the best affiliate markeing community, training, and business to partner with. I love them!

    1. Shirley Dawson

      Garen, thanks for your comments. I am so in agreement with what you have experienced at WA. I can’t say enough great things about the value and quality of their training and their hosting platform. Thanks for checking out my website and my WA Review article. – Shirley

  3. Paul

    Welcome to “Earning money in Retirement” is a nice safe sounding title.
    These opening comments I have to mention: Maybe you are retired/ maybe you have lost your job/ maybe you are a stay at home mom or dad/ maybe you are a college student’/ maybe you are simply tired of working for someone else and the daily commute. Those are all great comments. Hits a nerve with me from each one. I am retired and broke. I did have to give up my job. I am a stay at home parent. I am a college student albeit part time. I am most certainly tired of working for someone else. The commute as well.

    I’m going to go your Wealthy Affiliate review now. Wow so very detailed. You covered everything it appears. I’m so glad you went into discussion about Wealthy Affiliate’s community and the support it offers members. It is truly a wonder. Getting that many people to help each other is a minor miracle.
    You got your premium on your third day, I lasted one addition day. I kept hovering over the link to sign up but something would catch my interest and I was off reading it. It will take me years to read and watch all that training. It’s truly a wonderful platform.
    You have it all here on your blog. Well done. I’m glad I came to read.

    1. Shirley Dawson Post author

      Paul, thanks for your visit to my site and your comments. I certainly cannot say enough good about the Wealthy Affiliate University and its excellent training and awesome community. Yes, the learning is so extensive and so good, it will take you years to learn it- that’s why I’m still a Premium member over 4 years later – there are still things for me to learn. I will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone needing to build a supplemental income – Thanks again. – Shirley

  4. Jack Taylor

    I’m getting ready to leave the workforce in a couple of months and I looking for a way to make money online and came across your site. I really like everything I read about Wealthy Affiliate and the online course inside the members area. After reading your review I decided to sign up for Wealthy Affiliates FREE rial and they gave me 2 FREE websites too! I can’t wait to get started.


    1. admin

      Jack, thank you for checking out my website and the Wealthy Affiliate Review.  You have made such a good decision in signing up for the tree trial.  Please take the opportunity to look over what’s in the certification training (click on green certification button on the left)  and the boot camp training (click on the black affiliate boot camp button on the left), read posts and go into the live chat.  The certification training shows you how to choose your own niche and build a blog site and monetize it.  The Affiliate Boot camp training shows you how to create a blog site to promote WA itself and earn money through WA commissions).  If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask them of me or anyone within the community.  This is the best community I’ve ever been involved with.  Seriously consider signing up for the Premium Membership.  It will cost you only $19 for the first month and then $49/month after that.  If you decide to pay annually, it will be even cheaper per month and in October/November, Kyle and Carson offer a Black Friday Special price of $299/year which makes each month cost about $25 – a wonderful price.  Meanwhile, you will be learning so much about affiliate marketing and creating your own blog site using WordPress and then how to monetize it.  I hope you find this training platform and community as amazing as I do.  Best wishes, Shirley Dawson. (WA member since 2014)

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