Wealthy Affiliate – Scam or …?

Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Website: www.WealthyAffiliate.com
Price: Starter Membership, $0
Price: Premium Membership, $49/month OR $359/year
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Who it’s for: Beginners and Experts
Where to Learn Affiliate Marketing: Here

What on earth is a “Wealthy Affiliate”?

  • Wealthy Affiliate is a business building platform.
  • Wealthy Affiliate gives you everything you need to create, grow and manage your businesses online.
  • There are over 850,000 active community members to help you succeed.
  • Membership includes a state-of-the-art website and hosting platform.
  • 1,000’s of training modules, webinars, and courses.
  • Live Chat Support and technical support around the clock.

The community at Wealthy Affiliate is amazing. If you’re a jerk or spammer, you won’t be welcome. But if you’re looking to build a new business and earn money online, network with fellow entrepreneurs, get help and help other people, and learn a ton, it will be your new home. There is a strong “pay it forward” attitude and members are eager to help newcomers get started.

If you’re here, you’ve asked yourself how to make money in online businesses. Look no further: Wealthy Affiliate is the answer.

One thing that’s special about Wealthy Affiliate is that Carson and Kyle, the co-founders and owners, are personally active with community members on a daily basis.

You will often find them in there helping folks get their campaigns running, websites operating or getting their businesses rolling in the right direction.

The actual owners of this large, successful and established online entrepreneurship training will help you if you’re stuck, because they want everyone to succeed!

If you’ve ever asked yourself what is what real online entrepreneurs do to succeed, you can ask directly and instantly.

What Wealthy Affiliate Does Right – a Run-Down:

  • Getting Started Training (simplified and organized for complete beginners)
  • Video & Tutorial Training, Classroom Training and Courses
  • The 850,000 HELPFUL community members
  • 13+ Full, Interactive Classrooms
  • Your questions, answered live (even at 4am!)
  • 2 Free, Beautifully Designed Websites
  • State of the Art Secure and Fast Hosting
  • Access to Industry Experts & Millionaires
  • A strict spam free environment.
  • COMPLETELY free to get started – no credit card required!

The last one is big: not only do you get access to all of this, you get it at no cost. And without the hassle of using a credit card to unlock in a free trial that somehow auto-bills into membership.  Free means free.

This is the only program in the industry that does this and there is a good reason for it: YOU WILL LOVE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT WEALTHY AFFILIATE!  You will be welcomed and oriented and they will help you figure out what is what – real fast. Plus, they’re so confident in what they have to offer, they don’t require any financial commitment before showing new members.


Who is it for?

If you are still reading this review, there’s a good chance you’re interested in learning how to create a successful, money-making business. The platform at Wealthy Affiliate will set you up and show you how, regardless of your background, technical knowledge or previous work experiences.

Kyle, the CEO, and co-founder says, “If you can butter toast, you can build a business within Wealthy Affiliate as far as I am concerned.”

So, to answer the question, Wealthy Affiliate is for EVERYONE.  All levels of expertise, any age, any country worldwide. It works just as well on iPads and mobile devices.  Anywhere that you have a connection to the Internet, you can be building your business, getting training, or getting help within Wealthy Affiliate.

Training & Tools Overview – What’s Included:

The Training is comprehensive and organized within Wealthy Affiliate. There’s training for all levels of expertise, even including new information and training for the advanced marketer.  The training is offered in different formats:

  • Course 1 – the first step!

    Live Weekly Training Classes

  • Question and Answer Periods
  • Organized Classrooms (on specific topics)
  • Interactive Discussions
  • Video Training, Tutorial Training
  • Task Based Courses

Seems like a lot right?  Because it is.  There are over ONE THOUSAND (1,000) powerful training modules within Wealthy Affiliate.

Each classroom reveals an entire different online business model that could be used to generate a full time income online.

You get access to ALL of the tools you need to run a successful business online.

The Tools & Services within Wealthy Affiliate help you with all your research, writing, and website creating needs.

  • Keyword & Competition Research
  • WordPress Express (3 click website builder)
  • Low Competition, Cherry Picked Keyword Lists
  • State of the Art, Unlimited Cloud Hosting (Premium Members)
  • Access to over 2,700 website templates/themes
  • Ability to add over 30,000 different features to your website
  • Rapid Writer, your content friend

Once inside Wealthy Affiliate, you don’t have to worry about needing extra tools and services need to run your business. EVERYTHING is included, it truly is the only all inclusive online business platform in the industry.

What Will You Be Doing at Wealthy Affiliate?

In a nutshell, this:


When you join, you are given two options. You can either follow your passion, whether it’s dog breeding or gourmet cooking or ukelele or gardening or helping people with natural pain relief…There are MILLIONS of potential directions for a website, and your passion will be the starting point.

This initial training course is going to show you how you can take your passion and turn it into a full time business within the online world. Amazing, eh?

If you don’t have a strong passion or a niche, or you want us to choose one for you, that’s ok.  Wealthy Affiliate has an affiliate bootcamp with a “predefined” topic that you will be using to build a business.  This training is a complete walk through, starting at the beginning, with NO prior experience needed.

In essence, you are going to turn your passion into cash. It starts with a niche website, and it is going to end with you earning money in a variety of ways from that website, including affiliate programs, ads, and others.

Click to watch “Create a website in under 30 seconds”

OK, OK, You Sold Me…Now How Much?

There are two ways to start at Wealthy Affiliate:

1) Starter Membership, $0, no credit card required
2) Premium Membership, $49 per month / $359 per year

When you join Starter, you have instant access to the Wealthy Affiliate community, which includes access to live chat, over 500 training modules, 3 classrooms, networking, commenting, 2 free websites for you to create, and access to the keyword tool. This will give you time to look around and see if it’s the right thing for you.

In fact, you really should start out for free. I’d rather you see it for yourself before investing any of your money.

In all honesty, there isn’t another service or platform in the industry to compete with Wealthy Affiliate’s FREE Starter membership.

Wealthy Affiliate Premium is the true all-inclusive platform if you are even remotely interested in an online business, and monetizing your passions. You can have 50 different websites within the Premium account – and this is not an unrealistic number of businesses for you to own.

Wealthy Affiliate Premium was created to remove all of the other nickel-and-dime costs you typically need to worry about when starting a web-based business.

The pesky hosting fees, the pesky keyword tool fees, website builder fees, paying a mentor or authors, paying for writing tools, paying for domains, paying for training, searching for answers to your questions along the way… there’s no need to worry about any of that with Wealthy Affiliate Premium. You can focus on what’s important.

EVERYTHING you need to build your business is included in your WA membership, even the 1-on-1 expert help from real living, breathing, and proven experts.

What have you got to lose? Join Wealthy Affiliate today for $0.


  1. Hey Steph,
    Jeepers, what a wonderful review! I’ve heard so many good things about Wealthy Affiliate but after reading this, I’m definitely giving it a try.

    I’m considering between a program called Affilorama, but compared to that, WA has so many extra features besides the lessons. Can I join without any prior background whatsoever on internet business?

    1. hi Riaz, yes- you can definitely join Wealthy Affiliates as a complete newcomer. They will train you from the ground up. Give it a shot- it’s worth the time and effort if your goal is starting a business and making money online

  2. Hi, I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for over 3 years now and love it. With their premium, you get everything you need other than your domain. I believe for the price, you get a lot for your money, though I believe it’s more valuable if you pay yearly rather than monthly because you get a huge discount. I can testify that Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a scam; if you follow their training you will make money.

    1. Hi Sharon, thanks for the feedback and the insider’s perspective, and I’m glad you’ve been able to make money using their training! The yearly membership definitely makes more sense than monthly, I agree.

  3. Hi Steph
    Thanks for providing this amazing review of Wealthy Affiliate – Scam or ?.
    It’s not of course for all the great reasons you list.

    You have mentioned all of the major highlights as to why this is the best online training university one can find on online today. I really haven’t been able to find all this training, help and support anywhere else. Have you?
    The fact that they have a live chat program running 24/7/365 when you get stuck, is worth the monthly fee.

    You can certainly try out other online learning tools but I think you will eventually end up back at Wealthy Affiliate.

    Those people who are willing to work hard will benefit greatly here at WA.
    Thanks for this, really well done. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you for the great feedback, and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I’m also glad you agree with me and can attest to the value of Wealthy Affiliate. There’s really nothing else like it!

  4. Hey, Steph, I am a member of WA for years and what you mentioned here is very honest and well presented. You pointed out in a very systematic ways and easily absorb article. I just like it.

    I came to WA while doing research on online scams and I’m glad I found it. I never look back thereafter and focusing purely what has been taught inside the platform. The support is very very supportive. Good job to Kyle and Carson.

    1. Hi Maxx, thank you so much for the feedback, and I’m glad you agree with the recommendation! The support at WA is unparalleled and has helped me grow my businesses more than I could have made happen on my own (at least as quickly!).

  5. Hey Steph,

    Thanks for sharing about Wealthy Affiliate, I will admit that at first, I was very wary about what this while WA thing is about. But I signed up anyways, and wow, it has been a… crazy ride. I went from pretty much knowing nothing to being able to make money online on my own! It’s not easy though, nor am I filthy rich now, but it works, you’ll just have to work at it.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Ahn, thank you for the great feedback! I’m glad you’ve had such a great experience with WA, and I agree with you that it’s not some “get rich quick” scheme – it takes time and work to make a decent income. But it IS possible, and I’m just so happy I found this training.

  6. Great write-up!

    You are absolutely right about the community at Wealthy Affiliate; they are amazing. Thank goodness, too, because upon joining, you could pretty easily feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and training available to you. Fortunately, the community is incredibly helpful and they will offer all the help and support you need to succeed.

    There are so many scams online. I understand why people would be wary of trying any sort of program like this, but as you mentioned, there’s a free trial, which gives more than enough time to see what it’s about.

    1. Hi Craig, and thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you’ve also had a good experience at Wealthy Affiliate, and the community there is no short of amazing. And I completely agree about the free trial – what is there to lose?

  7. WOW, this is a thorough review on the Wealthy Affiliate. You answered all my questions and concerns I had just with this one article, great job! Even though I’m already a member of WA, I didn’t actually know they had SO many training modules, that is really impressive. I think I am not making the most out of this system, it looks like I can be learning a lot more than I already am.

    I like how you mentioned that we don’t have to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself, as we can actually create a business around our passion. MOST online systems require you to promote the system you just joined, but it is great that that’s not the case with this one.

    Thanks for the great review, I learned a lot 🙂

    1. Hi Brandon – thanks so much for the feedback. The training at WA is pretty mindblowing. I can pretty much always get immediate answers to my questions, either from existing training or from people kind enough to answer them immediately. I love it, and glad you’re benefiting from it too!

  8. Hi there Steph,
    This is such a great updated review of the Wealthy Affiliate program. I’ve been a member for months now, and I can agree with you about the really helpful tools and the supportive community WA offers you. I believe that this is by far the best place to start an online business and succeed as an entrepreneur.
    Thanks for sharing this review!

    1. Hi Carlos – thank you for the feedback, and for sharing your own experiences with Wealthy Affiliate! It’s definitely a great and supportive place for beginners, and I’m glad you also benefit from it.

      Take care,


  9. Hi Steph, I may be partial, as I am WAer as well, but I just wanted to throw my penny on this forum to vouch to each and every word you say about Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, it is free to start off with – otherwise I would never have joined it in first instance. And you can create and start your online business quite realistically on this basic membership. Yes, you can upgrade to the Premium membership for £359 a year, which buys you a total upgrading in accessing additional tools and more websites. And this is only extra money you you will want to spend, as the investment is worth every penny. But it is never an upsale- Wealthy Affiliate does NOT have upsales where you cannot move forward unless you pay, and then again and again and again. The one off (or monthly) fee pays for it all!!

    1. Hi Giulia – thanks for the great feedback! I’m glad you can second the review and I’m right there with you, I never would have joined unless they had a free trial. I tend to be skeptical about things like “making money online” but this really gave me the chance to try before I buy, and I agree that it’s relieving that there are no upsells! Makes it so much easier to focus on what’s important, which is BUILDING OUR BUSINESSES!

  10. This is a great review! The thing I like most about wealthy affiliate is that you can actually learn and get support from the whole community whenever you have a problem.
    I think the community and the courses are what make WA so good, because I can learn and then implement it into my own business.

    1. Hi Paulina, thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad you’re also having an awesome experience at Wealthy Affiliate!

  11. Very nice and organized review on what WA offers. I have been a member for less than a month and I really have enjoyed and taken advantage of the training and insights on how to acquire traffic to make money. Your review shows exactly the process that I have been through. See you around!

    1. Thank you so much for the great feedback, and I’m glad you feel your experiences are captured honestly in this review!

  12. Hi there! I think you covered the basic outline of your site very well. Whoever views the site will instantly know after reading it whether or not WA is a scam. You convinced me throughout it all which is super hard to do and is hugely important in terms of getting customers! Great job!

  13. I will say that I was sold once I got on here and seen that it was basically free to join. I just left a program that charged me $150 to get in and then $300 to get the premium version. It was a scam and a waste of money to be honest. I will let you know how my experience goes with this product. I will say that I have a good feeling about this one here. You broke it down to the T.

    1. Hi James, thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you found my blog! WA is definitely not a scam and as you know all too well, unfortunately, many opportunities are. Look forward to hearing back from you about your experiences.

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