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Is The Wealthy Affiliate A Scam Or legit?

Wealthy AffiliateWhy is this program growing in popularity so fast? I will be opening the can of Wealthy Affiliate and  uncovering some of it’s features both good and bad. Is it really worth the money?

I will be walking you through the platform and taking a closer look at the money making claims. I will look at the training that is on offer to all the members.

Is the Wealthy Affiliate a scam or legit? I will let you know what I really think about the program towards the end and hopefully you will be able to make an educated decision on whether this is for you.

If you have anything you would like to add or any questions that you have please leave your comments below.

Overview & Ranking

  • Website URL:
  • Owner: Kyle Loudon & Carson Lim
  • Training: 4.8 out of 5
  • Support: 4.9 out of 5
  • Website Builder: 5 out of 5
  • Research Tools: 4.9 out of 5
  • Success Stories: 4.5 out of 5
  • Price: Starter member FREE, Premium member first month $19 then $49/month or $359/year
  • Rating: 4.8 out of 5


What Is Wealth Affiliates & Why All The Hype?

So what is Wealth Affiliate? Well to start with I just need to quickly tell you what an affiliate is for those that don’t already know. An affiliate is a person or an organization that promotes a product or service for the owner of that product or service and gets paid a commission for each sale that they make. The sales are tracked through dedicated internet links which are mapped back to the affiliate for payment.

Anyone can become an affiliate and start promoting products online. The main advantage is that you don’t have to hold any stock or provide any shipping. It is purely a marketing exercise. Everything else is handled by the supplier and once the sale has been made you get paid between 5% to 70% depending on the product.

Many people get involved in affiliate marketing but usually stumble at the first hurdle as they don’t really understand marketing and how to get traffic to your website. You can have the most amazing website on the planet but without traffic you are dead in the water.

So how does Wealthy Affiliates fit in here? Well back in 2005 Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim founded Wealthy Affiliates after having been in the business for some time. They spotted an opportunity and a market to help others get started in affiliate marketing and today the company is still growing at a rapid rate and gains in strength every day.

I have been involved in affiliate programs on and off over the years and like many others have struggled to get my websites noticed online and never really understood SEO and how to generate traffic.

There is a ton of free material out there, some good and some bad. You can learn most of this from YouTube videos these days. The only problem that I found was knowing what is good and what is bad.


Here are some main benefits.

  • Certification training, Learning how to write about any niche.
  • Affiliate Bootcamp training. Learning how to promote Wealthy Affiliates and other products and serices.
  • 24 hour live chat with the whole community of members.
  • Easily login to your websites and emails.
  • Dedicated content creation tools.
  • Live and recorded training.
  • Access to keyword research tools.

The keyword research tool that is used in the program is Jaaxy

You get the Lite version of Jaaxy when you become a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate which is pretty cool. That gives you unlimited keyword searches and the ability to create lists so you can store them for later use. This tool gives you the information you need to find keywords that will get you ranked faster within Google.

Below is my walk through video of the platform and some of the key features that are available.


How much can you earn?

Wealthy Affiliates is one of the most exciting affiliate programs available anywhere online and you can earn consistent revenue by simply referring others to the site! Here is an example of the kind of payouts you can expect.

Wealthy Affiliate Commission
Referrals is the key here and the training gets you up and running in very little time. I guess they have put a huge amount of effort and time into the quality of training as it’s in their best interest to get you moving as quickly as possible.

Here are a couple of examples of what you would be aiming for in referrals.

Wealthy Affiliate referrals


It looks pretty good but are these figures even remotely possible?

This is where people start to lose interest because my answer to this question has to come down to the individual.

  • Do I have what it takes to make a success in affiliate marketing? That would be a definite yes.
  • Do you? Well only you can answer that.


If you commit to the program and are consistent in everything you are taught then yes you absolutely can be successful. If you have read my About Dan page, you will know what I think about hard work and what is really involved in making a successful business.

So many people including myself a few years ago are looking for the shortcut to success and it rarely exists.

There is a massive market out there for literally any niche that you can think of. Kyle and Carson help you through the process in a very short time and teach you how to build a solid foundation for your business.


A Walk Around The Platform

You can join Wealthy Affiliates for free and stay as a free member for as long as you like. For a limited time they offer you the first month as a premium member at a discounted price of $19. This free period allows you to get a feel for the platform and see for yourself what is on offer. You get access to the first phase of the certification training which will take you through the process of setting up your first two free web sites.

The platform itself has just been updated to the latest version and here is what it looks like today.


Wealthy Affiliate Home


The latest release is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The quick link panel on the left-hand side has all the relevant sections of the site and the search function at the top will practically answer any questions you have. You just type in what you want and it will list related topics and trainings.

One of the great features of Wealthy Affiliates is that after you have been a member for three months you can then start to add your own training to the site for other members to see.

Each member has a home page where you can write about yourself and show pictures and links. You can also write blogs directly onto your home page to document your journey in your business.


WA Ranking?

Wealthy Affiliates has a ranking system which starts from day one. The more you get involved in the program so the higher you begin to rank on their platform. If you answer questions, write blogs, build web sites and stay busy so your ranking will increase over time. This is a great way to encourage people to stay active as you go through the training.


A Community of like-minded people.

It’s very evident that you are not alone from the first day you joint Wealthy Affiliates. People are encouraged to welcome others to the community and there are some amazing people online at all times. You can ask questions or just be polite and make new friends.

This part of the program blew me away and loads of people welcome you on board. You can follow people and they can follow you so you can easily stay in touch and chat online if you so desire.

There is a Post A Question function which goes out there for anyone to answer. I have used this on several occasions and have always had my answer in a few minutes.


How Easy Is The Site To Use?

The site has become even easier to use since the upgrade a few weeks ago. It is very intuitive and you can easily navigate around without getting lost. The training modules remember where you left off so you can return to the exact position later.

One of the greatest features for me is that each of your web sites are stored under the websites tab and I can login without worrying about forgetting passwords.

Wealth Affiliates uses WordPress for website creation and once you upgrade to premium membership you have access to hundreds of website templates. WordPress has becomes so much easier for me to use since following Kyle’s training videos.


Is There Hard Selling?

Seems to be non-existent here. I noticed this as I have joined a lot of different programs over the years and once you poke your head through the door you get bombarded by emails and offers trying to convert you. It’s a clever move of Wealthy Affiliate to allow you access to the live community chat from day one as you can ask people as many questions about the site as you like and they have no financial gain in answering you.

There are no contracts so you can join and leave at any point and it really is very affordable for the value that you are getting.

A point worth mentioning here is that you can buy all your domains through WA and store them all very easily in one place for ease of access and management but if you decide to leave the program then you have 30 days to transfer all your domains to a new host before you lose them.


Is The Training All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

The training is carried out by Kyle and each module is covered in great detail with supporting videos. At the end of each training there are tick boxes to confirm you have completed everything that you have been instructed to do. If you tick without having complete the instruction then you are only cheating yourself. This really gets you working hard.

Wealthy Affiliate Training

There is also a comments section at the bottom of each training so you can see questions and answers that the community have asked in the subject. Really helpful.

You can work through the training in your own time and pace and repeat sections as often as you like.


Will This Get You The Online Ranking You Need?

All the training modules are designed to get you ranked high in major search engines. You are taught all about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to use this to get ranked online with Google, Bing and Yahoo. Many people glaze over when it comes to this subject but I have to say, Kyle does an amazing job in training you how to work through it step by step. It’s not as hard as you might think.

Getting your first web page indexed and then ranked on Google is an amazing feeling and Wealthy Affiliates awards you different badges for all your achievements.

I struggled to get any of these things done when I was going it alone but today I have got through all these small steps and covered more ground than I ever did when I first started.

There are many sections and topics to the training and this is amplified by the fact that there are community members writing their own training for you as well. It seems to be and endless stream of training and support.


How Much Will All This Cost Me?

The cost of all this is free to begin and then to upgrade to premium membership is $19 for the first month (limited time only) then $49/month or $359/year. You can upgrade to the yearly plan at any point.

Wealthy Affiliate Prices

You can add your websites to Wealthy Affiliate or you can purchase domains through them which is so convenient. They cost around $13 per year and they come loaded onto WordPress and you can set up emails at no cost.

You get access to many hundreds of WordPress themes and although there are many free themes, some of them allow you to upgrade to include a lot of extras, this is purely optional and the cost varies from theme to theme.

Wealthy Affiliates allow you to buy credits. 1 credit = $0.50. You can use these credits to pay for other community members to review your new website and leave you constructive criticism and comments. This is a really valuable tool as the comments help you to get ranked on search engines faster.

You can earn credits buy reviewing and helping other members or you can buy credits. You can also earn credits for signing up new members and then sell these credits for cash. Another income stream.


So, Is The Wealthy Affiliate A Scam Or legit?

In my view this is one of the most legitimate affiliate training programs out there. I have been looking for something to trigger my scam alert but have not found it. The value is just staggering for what you get for your money.

Just having a huge community at your disposal is worth every penny not to mention all the training and extras they throw in. The cost of this program has not changed in years which just goes to prove how genuine these two people really are. They really are set on helping people and not ripping people off. Kyle and Carson are active member of the community and you can ask them questions directly through live chat or privately.

If I had to price this package up myself I would have set it a lot higher but I am so grateful they have not as it makes it easier for myself and others to get started.

I would highly recommend Wealthy Affiliates to anyone who is looking for a way to build their own online home business. There is a lot of work to do and I have never been so busy working from home in anything I have done before.

Seeing traffic flowing to your site is an amazing feeling. I continue adding to my sites every day and it’s so satisfying to watch them grow and grow.

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Here are the bonuses you will get:

  • 59% discount on your first month premium membership. That’s only $19
  • ‘Diamond Traffic Bonus Course’
  • You will get personal and private access to me! If you ever need help I will be there for you.


But only if you join in the first 7 days. This is what I call the ‘action takers’ bonus

If you have any questions or would like to check this out for yourself then just click the link below.

I have to tell you that you will find it an amazing and valuable experience.

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I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions or would like to know more then please comment below or email me directly.

All the best


  • Sharon Whyte

    What a comprehensive review of Wealthy Affiliate Daniel, that was brilliant! I am one of the converted to this wonderful program and vouch for all that you have written here. It is a great platform and like yourself, I had been online for a while and with hand on heart can say nothing exists like this online.

    Yes you have to back it up with hard work, but if you get the momentum going on your website after a year or two, the reward will be so worth it. What’s awesome about Wealthy Affiliate (and where other online platforms can fail), is you will have the support of the owners and the community every step of the way!

    • Dan

      Thanks Sharon

      Yes you’re right, the support of the entire community including the owners Kyle and Carson is just incredible. I have used lots of different platforms and resources over the years and this one rates the best in my mind. 

      You really do get the feeling that you’re in the right place.

      Good Luck

  • mrsjesse

    Very thorough review of Wealthy Affiliate, Dan, I started with the Free membership and quickly went Premium. The training, support, and encouragement is unheard of in this industry. I have paid more in one month and gotten less than the annual fee with WA with other like services, although that’s reason I am no longer with that community. Good job!

    • Dan

      Thanks, it is an incredible program and I’m glad you are finding it as valuable as I am. The value for money is incomparable.

      Good luck


  • Diana

    Hi Dan,

    I think the most valuable asset that WA has is the keyword tool. Using the keyword tool to create my content is how I’ve gotten so many of my posts indexed and on the first page of Google.

    The power that has is worth the subscription and then some.

    The training is also like none I’ve ever seen… it’s not just basic crap with upsells at the end. LOL

    I just started diving in to the weekly webinars and the information has helped my business grow.

    • Dan

      Hi Diana, 

      it really is an amazing tool in WA and the best part is, it’s included in the premium subscription along with a ton of other stuff. 

      Glad its working out for you. Keep me posted with your progress.

      Best wishes


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