Why I think Wealthy Affiliate is The Real Deal

By | April 13, 2020

A lot of reviews have been written about Wealthy Affiliate over the years, mostly about whether Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or not. Most are good reviews but there are a few that are, sadly, not so good. More on that later but, for now, I want to give you the reasons why I think Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal.

I suppose you could say that this is a review but I have already written a review about WA and you can see it by clicking HERE.  I’d rather you didn’t think of this as a review but, rather, my own personal thoughts on what WA is and how it has changed over the years.

You see, there doesn’t seem to be much, if anything, in the way of how WA has changed over the years, how they have grown and the changes the owners and their team of experts have made that Wealthy Affiliate one of, if not THE best Internet marketing business training program in the world.

That is the purpose of this post, to hopefully help you see and understand why I have made the previous statements because, when one makes a claim about something, one had better be ready to back it up with some cold hard facts.

So, to that end, I want to offer you my take on how Wealthy Affiliate has changed over the years and why I think it’s the “Real Deal”. If you like what you read and see, there will be a couple of spots where you can take advantage of the “FREE” membership and take a look for yourself. So, here goes and I hope you enjoy the read.


The Journey Begins

I guess the right place to start would be with how Kyle and Carson, the founders of Wealthy Affiliate, got their start in online marketing.

Kyle and Carson started their online journey back in the early 2000s, Kyle in 2002 and Carson, (Carson, got his first computer in 1994), around the same time, when they were going to the same College and were total newbies.

Boy, have things changed!They really didn’t know anything about internet marketing and there was nothing like Wealthy Affiliate out there to learn from so they had to learn everything from scratch.

In those early days, according to Kyle, PhotoShop and DreamWeaver were essential pieces of software needed to properly build and create an online business. These two items alone would have cost in the neighborhood of $300 – $400 dollars.

As you can see, they quickly found out that it wasn’t going to be cheap to start an online business because there were additional expenses as well. Things like:

  • Hosting Charges – $25 a month
  • $35 to purchase a domain
  • A budget for PPC (Pay Per Click)
  • They had to build their websites from scratch. That involved doing all the coding themselves or paying someone to do it for them.  You see, WordPress didn’t exist in those days so the first websites were not top grade by any means.

All totaled up it could have cost Kyle or Carson between $700 and $800, or more, to start an online business but they figured that the expense was worth it when compared to what the costs were to start anything those days, like a brick and mortar, would have been around $10,000. It would certainly cost a lot more than that now.


Changes In 2005

By now, things were going well with Kyle and Carson’s Internet Businesses and Kyle was able to quit his regular job and become a full-time Internet marketer. I’m not sure if Carson was able to do the same but I think he was doing alright for himself as well.

He, Kyle, also had an Idea in his head that he wanted to start an online business to help other people build there own successful online business.

So, he and his friend Carson joined forces and Wealthy Affiliate was conceived and born. Together they created a platform that other people who wanted to be Affiliate marketers, could learn to do it the RIGHT way, something that was truly unique in those days.


Beginnings of the Training Programs

In the beginning, Wealthy Affiliate was a website where Kyle and Carson would offer others a place where they could obtain lists of great quality “Pay Per Click” keywords and potential ad groups. Bottom line? It was a “Keyword list” website, starting with one member and growing from there.

People were really enjoying the service and what was happening and, they were willing to pay the annual fee of $359.88 and they were loving it.


Where Are They Now

Well, here we are and it’s 2019 and a lot of things have happened since those early days of Wealthy Affiliate University. I can tell you, this platform doesn’t look anything like those early days and, when you consider how much has taken place and all the tools and training that have been added, the cost for a “Premium Membership” has never gone up.  That’s right, NEVER.

In fact, at a yearly cost of $359 for a “Premium Membership”, I don’t think anyone can beat it.  That’s works out to 98 cents a day, less than the cost of a Latte.

To begin with, Wealthy Affiliate has grown from one member to over 1,400,000 members since it’s inception way back in 2005 and that number is still growing. I don’t know about you but I think that is absolutely amazing and I don’t think it could have been done without a lot of hard work by Kyle and Carson and the network of people working behind the scenes to make this the best platform on the planet.


WA Adds Training Classes

Wealthy Affiliate added even more training. There are two different training programs offered in WA. They are:

  1. Online Entrepreneur Certification Course – This training is composed of 5 different levels with a total of 50 lessons in all. Most of the training has been updated to 2018 making it more in tune with today’s marketing techniques so, there has been a lot of work done here. Free members have access to the first course of 10 lessons and, if you have an interest in checking out this training click here and sign up for a free membership
  2. Affiliate Bootcamp Training – This course has 7 Phases and a total of 70 lessons and, again, have all been updated for present-day teaching. This training course underwent a huge update in 2017 so, it is also very current for today’s aspiring internet entrepreneur. Free members also have access to the first phase which includes 10 lessons.

Check out what is offered in the first Entrepreneur Certification Training course here

Check out the Affiliate Bootcamp Training  course here


Another unique side of WA is that other members have also, over the years, created additional training which means that there are 1000s of training videos and tutorials available to all Premium Members. As a Premium member (after 3 months) you will also have the chance to create your own video training, text tutorials as well as courses and, if accepted, you will be paid for this.

The “Online Entrepreneur Certification” level 1 and the Affiliate Bootcamp phase 1 training are the only parts of the training that is available to those who sign up for the free membership. There is NO EXTRA CHARGE and no credit card information is requested.


Live Webinar Training

In addition to the “OnlineTraining Courses”, they also have “Live Webinar Training” each week,

In September 2012 WA started adding webinars. I’m not sure if they were live at this point but, today, every Friday we, in the community, are presented with a new “FREE” live webinar where Jay teaches us something new or reviews and updates other training from past webinars.

For the most part, each week’s training is different and, from time to time he will run 2 – 3 weeks on a particular subject. These webinars are live around the world on the WA network.

If you are not able to take them in at the time they appear live, you can watch them at a more appropriate time and at your convenience 24 hours a day. That means that there are over 300 hours of expert training available from all those webinars.

Some of it may be a little outdated now but just the thought of getting “Live” training every week? Well I think that’s pretty cool, (Does anyone use that word anymore?)

Jay also does a live Q & A at the end of each webinar. People type in their questions in the “Live Chat” and he responds.


But, That’s Not All

They have developed their own website hosting platform called “Site-Rubix.com” and offer each new free member 2 “FREE” websites to start as they begin their “Certification Training” course. Did I say “FREE”? Yes, I did and there is no extra cost for hosting on this hosting platform.

“Premium Members” can host up to 50 websites on the “Site-Rubix.com hosting platform.

Within the past year or two, Wealthy Affiliate has also developed a, (what I would call), regular web hosting platform that is accessible to all “Premium” members at no additional cost and you can purchase Website domains for as little as $14.00 which compares well with other hosting platforms.

You pay for the “Domain” but there is no extra cost for the hosting. I have written a post on other website hosting platforms like NameCheap, DreamHost and a couple of others and quite frankly, the cost for hosting on some of these can get expensive.  You can read about my best choice for web hosting HERE.

I should also mention here that I have never had any issues with WA’s hosting and their security is top-notch as well with a full range of tools to protect our websites.


Multiple Levels of Support

Wealthy Affiliate has also added different layers of support from 24/7/365 tech support to support at the community level.

  • They added a Site Support feature. They have technicians working in the background fixing issues different members may come across. When they receive a request for help they are usually on the spot within a minute or three and usually have the problem fixed in a short period.
  • WA backs up your websites every day, AUTOMATICALLY, so you never have to worry about losing your content. In the event that you do, Site Support can have it restored ASAP.
  • WA added Site Security. The “SiteProtect” feature at Wealthy Affiliate adds a three-point protection layer on your websites. This feature protects against Comment Spam, Back Office Hacking (passwords), and Website Load Speeds (Botnet Attacks).



The Community

This is another great part of the support platform incorporated into Wealthy Affiliate. As I mentioned earlier, there are more than 1.4 million members in the community and it is growing every day. WA has members in 193 countries.

  • Live Chat Forum. This live chat forum runs 24/7/365 with people all over the world in different time zones taking part. This means that you can get live help from anywhere in a matter of minutes or less or just talk “LIVE” to friends you have made in the community.
  • The WA Community. Nowhere else in other online training platforms will you find so many people willing to help at a moment’s notice. Everyone wants to see everyone succeed.

Another great thing about the “Community is that you can talk “one on one” with these other members not just through “Live Chat” but through “Private Messaging” which is much easier because you don’t have to sort through all the conversations that are going on in “Live Chat”

As a Premium Member, you can Private Message with anybody you are following.


Tools To Help Make The Creation Of Content Easier

Jaaxy – Keyword, Niche & Website Research Tool – Jaaxy has been around for about 5 years and both Jaaxy Starter, (available to Free members), and Jaaxy Lite became included in the WA membership price earlier this year.  Jaaxy allows you to check your site rank, develop and save Keyword lists, discover SEO trends, and much more.


Jaaxy - Keyword, Niche & Website Research


Jaaxy Pro and Jaaxy Enterprise are also available to WA members and also to the public. The prices are drastically reduced from when Jaaxy was introduced.

Site Content – This is also a recent addition that came about in 2017 and is where you can create your own content, add images (over 1 million free images), and links, and then publish it to your site all ready to go.  I used it to write this post.

WA added Site Security – The “SiteProtect” feature at Wealthy Affiliate adds a three-point protection layer on your websites. This feature protects against Comment Spam, Back Office Hacking (passwords), and Website Load Speeds (Botnet Attacks).


A Few More Additions

  • Wealthy Affiliate added a credit system that pays for participation in the community. Credits can be redeemed for cash, ($.50 for each credit redeemed), or used to receive comments on web posts from other members. You get one credit for every comment you leave and the cost is 2 credits for every comment you want to receive on your post.
  • WA added Site Security. The “SiteProtect” feature at Wealthy Affiliate adds a three-point protection layer on your websites. This feature protects against Comment Spam, Back Office Hacking (passwords), and Website Load Speeds (Botnet Attacks).
  • Last year, WA revealed a brand new promotional page that you can check it out right here.
  • April of this year saw WA launch a major update to the WA member’s area user interface. You can have a look at it here.
  • April also saw the release of a new sign up page for WA

I could go on an on because there are many other features that are part of the Wealthy Affiliate platform, too many to list here and keep your attention. However, if you want to get a full-on view of all the features just CLICK HERE.


2018 Has Seen More Changes

We are nine months into this year and there have already been 10 more changes and improvements to the WA platform.  They include:

  • Video Platform Updates (January 2018)
  • Full Jaaxy Integration & New Menu (February 2018)
  • New WA Blogging Platform (March 2018)
  • New UX Launch (May 2018) – improved the WA user experience.
    “the UX is absolutely seamless and users prefer that”
  • Brand New Homepage / Website Pages (May 2018)
  • Ambassadorship Updates (June 2018)
  • SSL for All (August 2018)
  • Site Speed Extreme (Faster loading Websites)  & Caching Improvements (August 2018)
  • SiteComments 2.0 was released in September 2018. 
  • Wealthy Affiliate Mobile Version was released in September 2018.
  • Coming Soon, New Platforms! (Fall & Winter) – What more could they be adding now?


2019 has seen even more changes and 2020 is going to be no different.  Kyle, Carson and their team continue to make improvements to the training, the website and other aspects of the platform in an effort to make it easier for beginners and experienced alike.  There is just no other training platform like it in the world.

Final Comments and “Call to Action”

Well, what do you think? I have said a lot of stuff here and there is a lot more than I could have said. As I also said, there is some negative stuff out there on the internet that is not very nice towards WA. I don’t think they fully understand what the platform is all about.

Everything I have said here is true. I have shown you where you can check it out and where you can try it out for free with no obligation to upgrade. They won’t ask for any additional information until if and when you decide to upgrade to the “Premium” membership AND you will never be asked to any further upgrading for anything else contained inside Wealthy Affiliate.

Some people have not been kind in writing their reviews about Wealthy Affiliate but I don’t think they truly understand what WA is or, perhaps they just like writing bad stuff about everything.

For sure it IS NOT, (no, I am not yelling. Just emPHAsizing), a scam or a get-rich-quick program. If you are looking for instant success you are in the wrong place.

However, If you are willing to go through the training and do the hard work, (which any true business owner would have to do), then you can and will be successful online.  Bottom line? You get out what you put in.

So, does this sound like something that you think you can sink your teeth into? Do you have a desire to be your own boss and start your own online business? Are you short on experience? Do you have experience online and want to take it to the next level? Did you like what you read, (I hope)?

If you answered “YES” to any or all these questions then it’s time to take action and you can do that by clicking on the link below.



As always, if you have any questions or comments, any at all, just leave them in the comment section below and I will respond within 24 – 48 hours. I want you to be successful so give me a shout out.

To your success and all the best,


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