How I Made $28,000 Flipping my First Blog

Catch your attention? Here’s proof of my sale:

Yes. I made what amounts to year’s salary from flipping a blog I created in my spare time.  I started the blog in Feburary 2017 and sold it in April 2018.

I did this as a total beginner. You wanna know how?

I joined Wealthy Affiliate as a free member. I took the training, and I followed the steps.

What’s amazing is that my success in this venture is NOT abnormal. You can do it too.

Keep reading for why you should join, learn, and find financial freedom making money online.

Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a scam.

Name: Wealthy Affiliate
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.

pile of moneyIf 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.

I was a total beginner, and I used the training at Wealthy Affiliate to build a blog that I sold for $28,000 in just over one year of part-time work.

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….you get to choose.

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 bootcamp 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.

Wealthy Affiliate – SUMMARY

Wealthy Affiliate is two things:

1) an education, and

2) a first-class business-building service.

Wealthy Affiliate gives you everything you need to develop a successful online business.

They provide website hosting, courses, 24 hour live technical support, and they literally train you every step of the way.

Meaningful Community

But it’s so much more than a business class. Wealthy Affiliate has a community of nearly a million active users. These community members have a strong “pay it forward” attitude, which means that people WANT to help you out, and are extremely welcoming to beginners.

What is meaningful community? It’s this: people with all levels of experience making websites and growing their businesses will help you – and help you quickly – when you have questions.

This level of helpfulness from total strangers is rare, to say the least, and it’s extraordinarily valuable.  And it’s why this is my #1 recommendation, right off the get-go.

Try It Free

One of the best things about Wealthy Affiliate is the free trial.

Online opportunities that want money down first, before they let you peek under the kimono, are usually scams. It’s a big wide world out there, and to be competitive, legit businesses will entice clients with free trial periods.

Scam artists promise the moon but demand cash up front.

A free trials reflects confidence in what they has to offer: Wealthy Affiliate knows it’s got something good. They have nothing to hide. And it lets you take a look absolutely free.

==>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.

  14. This is a really helpful review of wealthy affiliate and how it can help folks start and online business. I like that there’s no credit card details required to sign up and that it includes lots of features to get started. Sounds like a legitimate opportunity for those after a real shot at online business!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lace! I agree, it couldn’t be easier to sign up and as someone who’s used WA for about a year, I can definitely vouch for it not being a scam 🙂

  15. Wow! What a thorough and informative review of Wealthy Affiliate. This is one of the best ones I’ve seen. Being with WA since September, I can vouch for it. I’ve learned so much and the members are so helpful. I’m always looking at the activity feed for new training, inspiration and ideas. WA is the “best” platform for learning how to build an online business. I love what you quoted from Kyle “If you can butter toast, you can build a business within Wealthy Affiliate as far as I am concerned.” Love your site! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with Wealthy Affiliate! I agree, I went from a total beginner to making over $1000 a month consistently from my websites in less than a year…the system worked for me!

  16. Wow, this is such an amazing article with lots of useful information. Wealthy affiliate is an ideal platform to work online wit a lot of help and advises by other experienced members. I love the way you have written this review.I will forward it to others as well. than you so much for sharing.

  17. Great review on Wealthy Affiliate!
    I been a member for 6 months and so far i have enjoyed it, i must say, it’s a bit pricey but the lessons are a must for anyone that has no knowledge at all.
    If anyone wants to give it a try i can sat go for it.
    It might not be what you are looking for but you wont regret giving it a try!
    So thank you for sharing your insight so more people know Penelope!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience with Wealthy Affiliate. I agree that it’s a little pricey but the businesses I’ve built using their tools have made me so much money that it was easy to justify the expense 🙂

  18. Wow, this is such a great and informative read. Very useful, full of good knowledge. wealthy affiliate is such a great platform to build a business online. I really love al the informative advises you have shared with us here in this article. It is really easy to use and people who are not much aware of working online can also easily work. A great platform I must say…:)

  19. I love wealthy affiliate for its affordable teaching, community and wealth of resources which are at the users disposal! There is so much value on offer here to get you started and make a full time income from! Hard work is required though.

    Thanks for the review Penelope:)

  20. Hi Steph!
    Wow! I can seriously tell you are passionate about the training and support that you received at Wealthy Affiliate. You’re a true testimonial that if you follow the steps laid in in the training and put in the time and effort that the Wealthy Affiliate program can pay off in many ways. Thanks for sharing this absolute wonderful event! I’m sure there are man more to come!

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Steven! I am super passionate about this training, because being able to blog from home – and get paid for it – has totally changed my life. I think more people out there, especially those who are struggling, could really benefit from giving this program a shot 🙂

  21. Hi Steph,

    An excellent post.

    You have really given an honest and thorough review of Wealthy Affiliate. From your recommendations, it does sound like one of the best Affiliate programs to try out.

    I have tried out a few others and been scammed once or twice, but Wealthy Affiliate sounds like it could be worth while investing in thanks to you.

    Thanks for sharing and I’ll let you know how I get on with Wealthy Affiliate.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Tom – thanks for leaving your thoughts. I’m sorry you’ve been scammed before, and you’re justified in being cautious before joining any new program. Wealthy Affiliate has been eye-opening for me in so many ways – all this blog stuff was a mystery, and following their training, I was able to find some pretty incredible success in just a year. Definitely give it a shot if you’re wondering how to earn money from home online!

  22. Hi Steph!
    I read your article and I liked what I read. Having an online business has always been my dream, but there were many scams I faced down the road and it that feeling of uncertainty whether the next program is real or just another scam. Your article looks very informative and convincing. My question is: How recommended is it for someone with no previous experience?


    1. Hi Hekuran, thank you for sharing your feedback. It’s really important to be wary of scams and to do thorough research before joining anything online. I’m very happy that I joined Wealthy Affiliate and let them teach me how to make money online 🙂

  23. Hi Steph,
    great post! I recently just joined Wealthy Affiliate myself and can attest to it being the best training platform out there. I literally lost thousands of dollars trying out different programs that promised success and lacked in all that was necessary for success. I wish I would’ve found Wealthy Affiliate years ago. Great job in explaining all that it has to offer.

    1. Hi Ruby! Thanks for sharing your feedback about Wealthy Affiliate. You’re gonna have an awesome journey there! There’s a ton of money to make online as an affiliate blogger, and it’s the right place to learn how to do that!

  24. Hi Steph!
    This is definitely a supercool review of WA. Although I’ve been a member for a few weeks now, it is truly motivating to see Kyle ad Carson’s platform is changing lives and makes me even more proud to be a part of it.
    You have a beautiful blog also! I can see just how hard you worked to get where you are now and your blog shows that.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Tau – thanks for the feedback and sharing your experience with Wealthy Affiliate so far. Give it time! You’ll be amazed at how much help and support you get in building your online business.

  25. Really you had a sale:)? Great news! i think is a good think to be your own boss, your own rules…and is great to see your efforts to be payed back:) WA is really the best platform, i join it a few years ago and is wonderful. You wrote a great review here and i hope will make people to see the valuable help WA give us.
    I wish you a lot of good luck:)
    Did you try other platforms before?
    Have a good day

    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion, Cristina! And yes, I sold my first blog for $28K, which if you would have told me last January, before I’d even started the blog, I would have laughed in your face. Wealthy Affiliate is the first platform I tried to learn how to build online businesses, and I’m glad I picked the right learning forum!

  26. Hi there

    So I have been apart of wealthy affiliate for over a year, and for anyone who is thinking of doing, it JUST DO IT. This program is a life changer in every way, and the best part….IT WORKS 100%. Excellent review.

    1. Thanks for sharing your feedback, AJ! It’s always good to hear from other people who use Wealthy Affiliate so my readers can get multiple perspectives!!

  27. Amazing job on your sale first of all. It just goes to prove anybody can make a living off internet marketing. 13 months and that amount is crazy and it is possible. I’ve been a member at Wealthy Affiliate for sometime (almost a year). It is so easy to get a profitable blog up and running and Wealthy Affiliate teaches you all of it. Currently, I am making sales every week. Not as much as your income, but it is getting better each month. Thanks for your review! Love hearing reviews like this from people who have actually seen success.

    1. Thank you for the great feedback! I’m glad you’re having success with your online business and the Wealthy Affiliate training is working for you. I’m happy to share my story and inspire everyone!

  28. Wow Steph! Congratulations on the sale of your hair loss blog. That’s an awesome achievement and certainly inspires me to continue building my online business!

    Wealthy Affiliate certainly helped you do great things. It goes to show with the correct training and dedication one can be successful online.

    1. Thank you, Lace! I’m really happy that it sold and that I was able to achieve success so quickly and as a beginner. It gives me some optimism about my other blogs. I’m sure you’re on track for huge success with your business!!

      1. It’s an excellent achievement in such a short time. You’ll do well, you have a gift for writing blogs. I’m looking forward to seeing my own business grow too.

  29. It has been a great experience being part of the WA family. I have been part of it for a year already and what I learned, all the help I received is unmeasurable. You have described the process as is. What is wonderful about WA is that you can start for free and they give you time to go premium. If you are honest like I was and are not able to afford the premium at the beginning, they will give you the space to continue learning till you are able to join the premium group (which is awesome) and this is something I value a lot from them.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I also didn’t pay to join until about a month had passed – wanted to make sure it would be worth my money. And, as you can see, it totally was! Thanks for sharing your experience with WA, Dira!

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