Wealthy Affiliate Review 2017

Updated: 2017/03

With this Review, I would like to explain how Wealthy Affiliate can benefit you and if it is the right program for you or not.  If you are looking for a review that encompasses every aspect of WA then you landed on the right page.

First, allow me to give you a warm welcome. Thanks for taking the time to visit my website, it is much appreciated! Hope that your short stay will leave you with some added knowledge.

What is Wealthy Affiliate all about? 

Wealthy Affiliate is a membership site that will teach you everything about website development and internet marketing. Training comes in the form of video courses that is not only neatly organized, but also easy to understand. Apart from the training courses, the site also has one of the biggest and most active online communities with many skilled marketers sharing their knowledge. Wealthy Affiliate is basically an “All in One” when it comes to building an online business. It provides all the things you will need to start up, like your WordPress websites, a keyword tool, domains and many more. 

Feel  free to also check out: Wealthy Affiliate Review in 2017, An Open Discussion

Owners of Wealthy AffiliateWho are the Owners and how old is the program?

WA was founded in 2005 by two online marketers Carson and Kyle and it became the number one community for creating and growing a successful online business. 

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Who will benefit from Wealthy Affiliate University?

Although I highly recommend this program for beginners, WA provides training for people with different skill levels, from newbie’s up to skilled marketers. Wealthy Affiliate makes the program accessible for everyone, including those who cannot afford to pay high prices for training or have a limited budget. 

Here is some of the audience that benefits from WA:

  • Internet Marketers
  • Local businesses and companies 
  • Online merchants 
  • Local marketers 
  • People that want to build their own website(s) 
  • People that want to sell their products online 
  • Retired people, looking for an additional income 
  • Individuals looking a trusted hosting platform 
  • Students 
  • People who want to turn their hobby into an additional income
  • Bloggers and website owners that want to improve their web sites. 
The list is ongoing, but I am sure that you already see the benefits.


  WA IS NOT AN MLM program and you do not need to build a massive down line to make money from the program.  You are not required to sell WA itself. The platform teaches you how to make money online.

Unless you are a skilled marketer, you will not get rich overnight. WA is not a “get rich quick” scheme. The platform will help you to build a solid online business that will endure for a long time, along with active support that will be needed to subdue the “notion of doing it alone”

How much does it cost to join?

Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership – Free.

Premium Membership - $49 month or $359 yearly.

If you upgrade to the premium membership within 7 days your first month access will only be $19.00

Wealthy Affiliate General Overview 

WA TrainingTraining – There are various types of training that are available to members and it includes everything from email marketing,  list building, SEO, PPC marketing, article marketing, website development and technical training. The database has more than 300 training tutorials and each month more materials are added. When you become a member of Wealthy Affiliate, you will automatically be enrolled in the online Entrepreneur Certification level. This would be the “foundation building” course that takes you through the systematic process of building your own successful online business that earns revenue. 

The training is adjusted to suit every ones need and includes: 

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  • Video training 
  • Tutorial Training 
  • Classrooms on specific topics 
  • Question and Answers 
  • Live weekly training classes
  • Task based Courses 
  • Participate in interactive discussions

Coaching and Support – The customer support is responsive and helps members with any issues that they might run into. Carson and Kyle are actively participating along with members to answer questions. This is by far the most active community online and various methods to communicate are available like; a live chat box, questionnaire option, forum, active dashboard and micro blog communication. 

If you have questions, they will get answered!

Wealthy Affiliate and wordpress Website Builder, Hosting and Domains  WordPress became the most popular blogging platform with dozens of templates to choose from. You can choose to run the blog on a free siterubix.com domain or link it to your own. WA’s hosting has an awesome reputation and websites that are hosted on the service tend to do extremely well compared to other hosting companies. In addition, WA also has their own domain service that will enable you to buy your domain(s) without going back and forth between companies.

Membership Overview

As a Starter Member, you will have access to three of the 13 classrooms along with all the basic training and tools needed to start taking action. The premium membership  provides everything to start your online business and gives you access to use the advanced training courses and exclusive tools.

The Free Starter Membership includes:

  • 2 Free Websites along with free hosting. 
  • Phase one of the boot camp training course that teaches you how to build a website that has authority. 
  • Instant access to over 500 training modules 
  • Access to 3 of the classrooms 
  • For the first 7 days, you will have live support from the owners and other experts in the community.
  • 30 keyword searches a month.

The Premium Membership includes:

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  • Personal support from Kyle and Carson along with access to 1-on-1 mentoring and support from experts within the community. 
  • Four hours live video training classes that go along with full questions and answers every Friday that covers tactics and techniques that will help you to develop a successful online business. You will also have full access to all the replays just in case you had missed it. 
  • Access to hundreds of hours extra video training classes to help you in becoming an expert. 
  • Full access to take part in discussions with the experts and in addition you also have access to the 500 000 exclusive discussions within the forum. 
  • Instant access to the 12 classrooms that cover a wide variety of topics like PPC, SEO, video marketing, content marketing and affiliate marketing to mention just a few. Each classroom consists of well over 100 training modules along with a full discussion board. 
  • Unlimited websites with unlimited hosting 
  • Host unlimited domains of your own 
  • Unlimited keyword research 
  • Access to phase 2 and all the future courses in the boot camp training. 
  • 100% higher affiliate commission boost. 

Does Wealthy Affiliate have any Cons?

  • I had found that the site has a huge amount of information and new members get somewhat overwhelmed if they do not follow the 1st start tutorials first on arrival.  
  • The live chat can be addictive and cause you to become less productive and prevent you from concentrating on the training itself.
  • No Free memberships for certain countries - Due to the fact that some countries have a much higher fraud statistic, free memberships are not available. These include counties like Nigeria and India.

Questions and Answers...

How long can I be a free member?

You can stay a free member for as long as you want to. You will have lifetime access.
Are there any up-sales?  

No, the free membership does not require you to purchase any additional services or programs. The premium membership is fixed at $49 a month or $359 a year. This includes unlimited domains and access to all the training.

I do not have my own product, do I need one?

Absolutely not, WA will teach you how to find the right product(s) that will complement your site. WA is for total newbie’s and advanced marketers. You do not need to be skilled, you will learn how to become skilled.  


Here are some genuine success stories from real active members. Obviously there are many more, feel free to go check them out.

Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories

Any hidden costs?

If you are a premium member and want your own domain(s), this will be an additional cost. This is entirely up to you and not a must have. Domains are cheap and goes for around $10 a year. Nothing else is required.

Mobile Friendly?

The platform is mobile friendly and you can use it on most devices that includes your iPad, android device or Windows phone.

What is the risk of joining WA?

There is no risk – you join for free and make a clear decision if you want to upgrade or not. No card details are required and you will definitely receive NO PRESSURE FROM ME!  

Why do I promote WA?

The answer is simple, I strive to be a marketer who has pride and deliver quality. I do not want my name to be associated with a half baked product or scammy service that sell fairy tales and does not deliver quality. WA allows me to be that. 

Am I still making money with Wealthy Affiliate in 2017?

I Joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2013 and after almost  4 years, I have no regrets and definitely do not plan to leave soon.  Beyond awesome community that become somewhat like one big happy family.  Through the years, I made many friends, some needed help, others offered help, nevertheless a place with dreamers, but also those who are true ambassadors leading the way.  So yes, I still make money with WA but it has become more than just seeking an income, it is about climbing up the ladder, looking at the fruits of hard labor and patience.

Why Do You Need WA?

Due to my own experience with several programs, I know that new marketers need a structure to get them going and that would be:

Affordability – New and even existing marketers have limited funds. Most people start on a small budget and simply cannot afford to pay for expensive advertising or constant upgrades.  Wealthy Affiliate has a free option and members  can test the program without any obligations, especially if they are not sure about the direction they want to take in the online industry. The premium membership is at a fixed rate and that gives members the freedom to work on a budget without having to worry about working harder just to upgrade to another level. 

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All in one platform –  To become successful, we all need additional services like hosting, a website and various tools to run our businesses successfully. These services and tools can add up to an expensive amount when you put it all together, and new as well as existing online entrepreneurs struggle immensely to keep up when they don't earn from the internet yet. Wealthy Affiliate has done a great job to add the essential tools and services into one platform to give new marketers that crucial head start without breaking the bank.

Support – This would be the most important part for me since I believe that new online entrepreneurs are not able to get successful by themselves.  It has been proven that most successful online marketers had some kind of mentor or support program that  guided them into becoming successful. Wealthy Affiliate provides one on one support, making it easy for newbie’s to feel comfortable with the aspects of building their businesses.

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WA gives you all the building materials, but the rest will be up to you. Getting started is always the hardest part, but with the right motivation and positive attitude there is absolutely no reason to fail.

Like always, Wealthy Affiliate rewards hard work and this year was no different, feel free to read more at:


You are a Star and made it all the way to the end! Thanks for reading my Review.  Please leave your questions or opinions regarding the program in the form of a comment.

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  1. Janet Loubscher23 June 2013 at 10:55

    Thanks for a well written review Christene, like always you have provided a review that is based on facts and not a sales pitch. I had just joined up with Wealthy Affiliate and hope that it will help me.

  2. Thanks for the fruitful information to make a decision.
    Have a nice day.

  3. Thanks Shaukat - Dearly appreciated.

  4. Wow, thanks Christene, I have a better understanding now into Wealthy Affiliate and would like to join with you. I am still new to marketing and don't if it will work for me or not, I also don't know how to get leads or traffic, will it be worth to spend money to buy this?

    1. Building an online business does take some time, but if you stay focus and have the right mindset you will surely make it. Wealthy Affiliate provides all the training that you will need in order to get traffic and leads along with very helpful professionals to help out when you get stuck, the only reason for failing is the lack in taking action and not having a well set plan. You don't have to pay anything to join and this will give you some time to check out the program and community without feeling obligated to upgrade.

      If you have questions please feel free to mail me, on the right-hand side is a box especially created for those who are unsure or just want to interact with me.

    2. Hi everyone! Here's my experience with WA. I signed up as a free member. A week later I decided to go Premium for $19. I soon realized that I couldn't keep my premium membership which the second month goes up to $47. I wanted to go back to a basic membership (free) but I was told you cannot downgrade. On Feb 28 I was locked out of my account.

      I wish I had asked before I decided to go premium, if I can downgrade. Live and learn. I hope this helps you make a more informed decision if you decide to go Premium.

    3. Hi Gabriella.

      Yes, you will not be able to downgrade. This is for logical reasons. In the past many would grab the $19 discount, copy all the training and convert back to the free membership. This is unethical and not fair to the contributors who spend a great deal of time to create the learning materials. (I am sure that you have noticed the massive amount of information that is available)

      You may have noticed that the training, discussion and the platform in general is always kept up to date. This takes time and money and if WA has to "give away" all the premium training it will eventually have to close down.

      I am NOT accusing you of doing the same Gabriella, but merely want you to understand why the platform cannot convert you back to the free membership.

      You did not lose your WA membership and all your progress and your profile is still intact. If you return as a premium member it will be restored.

      Going premium is a big discussion and it is always wise to consider your financial status carefully before taking on the responsibility. WA is one of very few platforms that offers a free membership that does not expire for those who cannot afford to pay for training or hosting. I always advice members to keep the free membership until they are financially ready to upgrade.

    4. Hi Christene,

      Thank you for your reply. Yes, what you explained makes perfect sense. When I went premium I thought to myself; Wow, anyone could copy tons of information and go back to basic or simply leave. I also though, I hope people are not that unethical to do such thing. I see that they are.

      Now, while I find it absolutely correct and necessary for Kyle and Carson to take precautions, I submit to you that there is a way to make things fair to both parties. Let me go this route by quoting you.

      "Going premium is a big discussion and it is always wise to consider your financial status carefully before taking on the responsibility. I always advice members to keep the free membership until they are financially ready to upgrade".

      What you just said, should have accompanied Kyle's frequent recommendations and encouragements to us to go premium. You said "I always encourage people to consider ... why, I don't remember seeing that any place where going premium was offered. Seeing this here now, it's too late for me. So, Kyle in order to not give people a $47 value for $19, he protected himself by "failing" do disclose that once you go Premium, you cannot return to Basic.

      "I always advice members to keep the free membership until they are financially ready to upgrade" you said. ON the other hand Kyle and Carson pressure members into going premium by stating that the $19 introductory offer, will expire in seven days. How's that for cautioning people to make a wise decision? I wish I could have made an informed decision, but that would have required a disclosure from Kyle stating that upgrading is irreversible.

      So, what happens to me now since I cannot afford the $47/mo? I am locked out of my account. I continue to get notifications of comments left by other members to me, request for following, but how would they know I can't get back to any of them? Can you imagine how frustrating this is for me? I wish to cancel my account since I can't be there, but guess what? I CAN'T. I'm locked out. My account is being held hostage. I have never heard of a place where you are kept against your will and you can't delete your account. Does this seem fair to you?

      PS. I would have loved to stay as a free member and learn. I sincerely regret having had to "leave". It is what it is. Live and learn.

      Looking forward to your reply.



    5. Hi Gabriela

      Would it be possible to send me your profile link to WA. Would like to help.

      email: christene.swanepoel@gmail.com

    6. Hi Christene,

      If I join and pay for the full year. Would I be able to get on the payment plan the following year?

    7. Hi Sandra. If you join and pay the yearly membership your payment plan will automatically be set on "yearly". In your dashboard you can change payment settings and either cancel or change to the monthly membership when your next payment is due.

    8. Hi Christene and Sandra and Gabriella,
      I would love to finally get started after searching and reading months and months...
      Hopefully WA is the place to start as I am in Europe.
      But also, I need and search someone to just guide me and and someone that I could discuss with exactly what my goal is, my ideas, etc...
      Creating a blog and website is the priority...but will that work with WA?
      Also, I´m not expecting big$ and still keep my job for now, so I can´t spend hours\day. But when I see how Christene is writing, I would love to do that in the future :)

      sigh...just need some advise please...

      Thank you so so much


    9. Hi Rachel.

      WA can definitely help you when it comes to support. We have a huge community that is made up out of skilled marketers in every area of the online industry. Being a successful marketer does not always mean that you are skilled in everything like email marketing, strategic promotions, website creation, content generation, SEO and so forth. That is the beauty about WA, different marketers with different skills and if one cannot help with a certain problem there is another that can. We work together as a community to support each other. I am always active on WA and more than willing to share my amount of skills with others all you need to do is ask.

      I am glad to see that you know that it does take time to develop an online business, that alone will give you a good advantage. An online business does not differ much from a real brick and mortar business, first you need to learn the skills and implement it before you will see drastic results. I am sure that you can reach your goals with WA Rachel, I did, next week I will be with WA for a year and I do not regret joining the platform, I learned a lot and accomplished even more.

      For many people time is obviously a factor, the secret is to keep moving forward and avoid being idle at all cost. Even if you can only afford 10 minutes a day it will accumulate knowledge and get you closer to your goals.

      Feel free to connect with me if you have any questions or need advice.

  5. Thanks for the comprehensive review christene, i always find your reviews very informative and genuine. I went into another program after reading your review and never regretted. It was the best decision i made. You truly have a heart to help other people and i have a lot of respect for people like you.

    Thanks once again, keep up the good work christene:-)

    1. Thanks Anjum, I dearly appreciate the kind comment. With your kind of motivation and the ability to take action I know you will use the training and make the most of it.

      Keep up the good work and keep motivated, your day of success will come soon.

  6. What I great review Christene, normally I don't like reading long and boring posts, but this was well worth it. Would I be able to make money as a free member or will I have better changes if I upgrade to the premium?

    1. Hi Darren hope all is going well.

      Every person is unique and also have different levels of motivation, time and dedication. You can most defiantly start to make money within a short time with the Wealthy Affiliate free option if you dedicate all your attention into the training and follow the tasks given step by step. The main reason why people fail is because they lack the ability to take action in this unfamiliar online industry and therefore they struggle to get a head start. The second most common problem is the "Google sickness" for individuals tend to get distracted by all the fake online promises and then jump from one shiny program to another without getting any results except for a feeling of failure. I always advise anyone who wants to become successful to stick with one program and give it your all.

      Obviously you will have access to better training and support when you upgrade to the premium, but if you stick with the lessons that is provided in the free membership, you will be able to decide if indeed it is worth it to upgrade or not, without having an obligation to purchase, and that is the beauty of WA, we absolutely do not bully members to upgrade but rather help them to feel comfortable in the system whether they have a free membership or premium.

      Hope this answer your question, fee free to ask if you have any more questions.

  7. Wow, very impressed with the site you have going on here. Keep up the good work! :)

  8. Thanks Christene, after all the struggles I had with EN I feel more positive now in making success also I don't have to stress about paying those huge fees without making anything back. Still early days for me on Wealty Affiliate but I am making progress now. Thanx again for introducing me, one day I will return the favor.

    1. Thanks for the comment it is dearly appreciated and I am glad to hear that you feel positive for that alone will get you far. Remember to stick with the training modules and work through them at your own phase. Also remember my Golden Rule - Everyday you sit idle is a day wasted!

      If you have any problems, questions or just need a little support feel free to contact me so we can keep you on the positive road to success.

  9. Hi Chrstine I apologize if the answer is obvious to this question and I missed it, but does W.A offer video blogging tool suites and auto responders to its members as well?

  10. Thanks for the comment. No Wealthy Affiliate does not offer a video blogging tool or auto-responder for we give marketers the necessary tools like their blogging platform and keyword tools to name a few.

    Every skilled marketer should know that it cost a great deal to run an online business and if you add up the costs on all the different essentials it will quickly accumulate into a huge amount. WA have all the tools that would be necessary in order to start earning along with hours upon hours of training. The goal of Wealthy Affiliate would be to help those who struggle to build an online business and earn from it, to get a good head start with all the necessary tools and methods.

    WA can easily add more advance tools and along with that bump up the pricing, but Kyle had affordability in mind when he created the site and wanted to make sure that even those who can't afford to pay high prices will benefit and have a change at online success.

    Also most marketers prefer to rather use their own auto-responder for Aweber and Get-response is the leaders when it comes to email marketing. The majority of individuals rarely use unfamiliar responders and me myself will use nothing else than Aweber.

  11. Hey Christene,

    Great site! You're right when you mention that it takes focus and discipline.

    I try to write something every day. I know if I do, I will have 30 new blog posts or pages every month.



    1. Most Defiantly Stephen, the more content you add to your site, the higher it will rank and obviously your income will also increase.

      In the end all the hard work will pay off and it will all be worth the long hours.

  12. Learn to write English before posting this nonsense. The sheer number of grammatical errors gives you and your "friends" away.

    1. Aido, get a grip, we actually love reading Christene's posts and love the African accent.

      Keep up the good work Girl!

    2. Thanks for the kind words Eliash, I appreciate it.

    3. Only a dumbass people who are from USA or England likes to think their language is superior to others. Because of them, other countries are ruined and poor. That's why they will never understand us, but we will understand them, so in your face Aido whoever you are.

      Christene keep up the good work, I will be adding you to my friends list inside WA.

      See ya

    4. Thanks for the positive comment - dearly appreciated. I am looking forward to meet you at WA.

    5. Krchmarus, it is rather unfair to judge people of any group for any reason. You may have been defending Christene, however; The worlds problems are not the people of Americas problem. They are the worlds problems and we must all work together to bring down the corporations worldwide that are truly the ones who are destroying our world. I am an American with no faith in our system, but to say only dumbass people from America was wrong. I was considering joining, along with my wife and some friends until that comment.
      Christene, may I suggest that you correct people like him so that he or others do not drive entire populations away from what you are doing.

    6. Hi Thomas, thanks for leaving your opinion, I appreciate the fact that you stand up for your beliefs. However, marketing is my profession and skill, getting involved in a mud sling is something I avoid at all times (unless it is about scams or marketing LOL).

      Politics and religion are topics that motivates people to show their worst side. There is not one country on this planet that is perfect and unfortunately people will always find reason to differ and stir up unnecessary friction.

      My goal is to guide people in the best possible direction and help them to learn something valuable that could help them to become one of the 5% online success rate stories.

      Yes, it would probably be better if I just deleted Aido's comment along with the rest, but then again it will prove that I only keep positive comments and delete the bad ones. My intention is not to provide a sales page that lead everyone to join WA, but rather to give my readers the option to choose freely by seeing the good and the bad side.

      WA is extremely strict and no one is allowed to misbehave. The platform is open to everyone who wants to join, and we cannot pick and choose who subscribe or not. Those who break the rules and misbehave themselves will be kicked out anyway.

      "Bad people" are everywhere Thomas and some can even cause us to lose out on something that could have made a huge difference.

      I can promise you, that you would benefit from the WA free training and learn something new that "might" steer you in the right direction.

      You can have a look at my WA profile and the conversations I have with others (NO BAD COMMENTS): https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/christene9

      If you do change your mind and decide to give the free membership a second look you can do it from here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/

      I removed the affiliate link and do not want you to join under me. It is not about the $8 commission, but rather pointing someone in the right direction.

  13. Thanks for the comment Aido, dearly appreciated since you actually know me so well. Nope I am not near perfect yet when it comes to writing English, after-all I had to learn how to speak and write the language within a year. A negative comment like this will hardly have any impact on me, for I am proud of what I had accomplish within so little time. WA helps people to make something out of nothing without ripping them off and I'm proud to call them my "friends"

    PS: You might use some "learning" yourself since your blog "soccerindiana.blogspot.com" seems to be a little outdated without much traffic or a proper domain. Your excellent writing skills doesn't seem to do much for you.

    1. Christine, I came across your review site about an hour ago and have read with interest your views on EN (I won't be joining them) and BB (terrible experience with them as payments have completely dried up and support is non existent).
      I was so enjoying reading your WA review and your reader's responses until Aido's uncalled for and insensitive comment!
      I too (like everyone else, I guess) noted the spelling errors but with a name like Swanepoel, I took you to be Afrikaans speaking? and realised that you were writing in your second language - AND AIDO, DOING A JOLLY GOOD JOB AT THAT!!!
      Please ignore silly comments such as Aido's and keep up the fine, unselfish service you are providing to people like myself who are keen to succeed at online marketing but lack the skills that I hope to find at WA - thanks to your review I'll be joining and look forward to the journey!
      Take care

    2. Thanks for the comment Brian, it is always a pleasure to read positive feedback from my readers, it inspires me to do even better.

      You guess right, I am from South Africa and Afrikaans are my first language. English is a tough language to master correctly because you have a few "versions" I prefer US for now but really want to learn the UK English writing techniques next year and implement it in my writing.

      Please make a point to connect with me inside WA when you join, always great to have new friends in the platform and I will gladly help out with any questions or problems you might have.

      God Bless

    3. Don't worry about it!!!
      English is a hard language to learn. I am from Oklahoma and I failed English 3 times in collage. If you think I am stupid for failing English...think again. I made over 6 figures for over 4 years running and I saw the end before it happened. Now, after recovery...I am shooting for my income back! So, good for you!!! And me And I will use WA to get it back !!!!

    4. Thanks for the positive comment Dinah. Everyday is a stepping stone and we choose to give up or push forward. Nobody is perfect but it does not stop us from trying to reach for perfection. Hopefully someday I can shake the African accent and write like a "guru"

      You are absolutely right and I admire you for getting that far in 4 years - We are strong and negativity is not a factor. You will get there again.

  14. Thanks for the well written review Christine, I had joined up with Wealthy Affiliate some time ago, and even tho it's been hard work I can't describe the feeling of getting my first sale. I know that there will be more sales in the future as long as I keep up the hard work.

    I had been with Empower Network for more than 3 months and could not manage to make one sale, with Wealthy Affiliate I had managed to make my first sale within 1 month - not too bad for me.

    1. were you in the free membership when you made your first sale or with the premium?
      Sorry to bother you, I'm very interested and i have desperatly been looking at every making money online system possible but many of them had bad reviews.

  15. Congrats on that first sale Kevin.

    You have the understanding of hard work and how it will make you successful. Many more sales will come and you will feel powerful when you have learned all the skills - Knowledge is power and power equals success.

    Keep up the good work at Wealthy Affiliate and feel free to drop by and have a chat if you need some advise.

  16. Christene, I must say this is a great review. I have joined WA couple of days ago but not sure why i am not receiving any welcome message or follow up message from you. But, really enjoying reading your blog. Keep the post coming. Cheers!

  17. Hi Hendry, if you had signed up under me you should have received my welcome message.

    Wealthy Affiliate had implemented the new message box option just recently to help members in communicating with each other. It is quite difficult to keep track of everyone because some members will not complete their profiles. My offer will always stand - if you need help or advise feel free to send me a message through the message box, you will find it in the top panel next to my profile.

    Could you please send me your WA profile name I would like to check why you did not receive your welcome message.

    1. Christene, my WA name HendryK, just joined: July 23, 2013

    2. You had signed up under Scott (mcman187) and that's the reason I did not get a notification. Like I stated above - feel free to message me, as a community we are quite active and help anyone who have a question.

    3. I almost forgot to mention the important part Hendry, Don't post questions on your profile, rather go to the chat box if you want quick answers, there will always be someone that will answer immediately.

  18. Hello Christene,
    Are you familiar with a internet marketing system called "Instant PayDay Network"? There are a lot of reviews on YouTube. Most of them are positive just like the WA reviews. I feel that Wealthy Affiliate is more authentic than IPDN. It's a free program affiliated with Empower Network (which has quite a few negative reviews). What are your thoughts on this?

  19. Hi Cory hope all is going well

    I am not familiar with "Instant PayDay Network" personally, but I will surely have a detailed look at the system and see if I can connect with current members Physically to get a better understanding.

    I did a quick overview and the fact that they promise earnings is troublesome for me, because in real life no person is the same and you can't really tell if someone will have success or not. Another factor that bothers me would be the link to Empower Network like you had mentioned as well.

    I quote the steps:

    Instant Payday Network process overview
    Instant Payday Network back office resources
    Step 1: Express My Cash Freebies (mycashfreebies) sign up
    Step 2: Double My Cash Freebies sign up
    Step 3: Instant Payday Network sign up
    Step 4: Empower Network (David Wood and David Sharpe) sign up

    Empower Network itself had caused some negativity for members have to pay high prices to purchase the products in order to have the right to promote them.

    Wealthy Affiliate is the absolute opposite of these types of programs because of its reputation, believe me most reviews are positive for a reason Cory because they have a high success rate and a solid online reputation.

    No one can actually say that WA is a scam because technically you can't get ripped off by the free membership, if you like what you see then only you purchase. Empower Network does not allow you to test anything and they most defiantly don't hand out their blogging system for free.

    Wealthy Affiliate has strict rules and unlike Empower the Owners of WA, Kyle and Carson does not tolerate any abusive kind of marketing from their members in order to keep the reputation of the platform up to standard.

    1. Hi Christene,

      I wanted to reply because I market the Instant Payday Network (IPDN) system on Youtube. I realize step 4 is an optional step and includes Empower Network, which I know people are leery of. I'm in Empower Network (EN) and I completely understand the hesitation. I haven't made a ton of money with the IPDN system, however, since the beginning of June, I've managed to make $1800 so it IS possible to make money with it by marketing it to others. This income is solely from doing steps 1-3 which is signing up for free trials at Express and Double My Cash Freebies. I've had just one sign up for EN through IPDN. I am interested in Wealthy Affiliate because I too enjoy helping people who don't have money to do things like EN. I was laid off from my job, so things are tight for me as well. And I too have had misgivings about EN only because I've never been a fan of MLM's. That doesn't mean I'm against the company itself. EN is actually coming out with some big positive changes in the next month or so. Hopefully some of these changes will help us little guys/gals. But because EN has become so commonplace on the internet, I think to make the big big money with them, people coming in, now, may have to invest money with paid advertising, unless they're already seasoned marketers with a strong following. Nothing is impossible, but making money with EN is becoming harder and harder. I am not "all in" yet. Anyway, didn't mean to go off on a tangent about EN. I really just wanted to give you a positive testimonial about IPDN. The first 3 steps have been worth it for me. I create and upload 1 video a day and direct people to my site. If anyone is interested in it, they can look me up on Youtube by my sign in name.

      Thank you for this review site. It's been very helpful!

    2. Thanks for commenting. I agree that EN had become too competitive for new marketers and unless you have that huge following or pay for advertising it will be a struggle.

      The beauty of WA is not only the free option, but also the fact that you will learn how to build multiple streams of income with a wide variety of products and niches. Every single person in this world has different interests and skills, and that is the major reason why individuals have failed with programs like EN, because it basically gives no room for other aspects of internet marketing.

      I had found that if a person build his business based on his own interests, the success rate is much higher. WA will help you to choose a niche that is perfect for you and the classrooms will teach you how to develop the correct skills to build a legitimate business.

      Thanks for the positive reply about "Instant Payday Network" I will most defiantly make a point to check it out myself in the near future.

  20. Thank you for responding Christene. I was thinking about joining Empower Network, but decided not to after seeing and hearing so many negative reviews (videos and articles). I think WA is a better choice. I only saw three negative reviews about WA (the ironic thing about it is that two out of the three people said that they would still recommend WA to friends or newbies). The third one didn't like the $47 dollars per month and that's it so they joined Instant Pay Day Network instead. One of the people claimed that they received an email last month from a WA member who paid the annual premium fee but was put on restriction by Kyle for some reason. My guess is that individual must have tried some abusive form of marketing like you mentioned before or was rude to other members. I plan on giving WA a shot in the very near future. Have a great evening Christene.

  21. You are absolutely right Cory, If you spam, use abusive marketing or disrespect members, you will get yourself in trouble with Kyle, and that is the main reason why I recommend them above all.

    As marketers it is just as important to have a good online reputation then it is to just make money, and WA have strict rules against spamming or cheating the system for that exact reason.

    Looking forward to see you there in the future.

    Be safe and have an awesome day.

  22. Thanks for the review, I want to ask a question that you had failed to answer.

    Will Wealthy Affiliate be able to help me with training on various platforms?

    I am sick and tired of joining one training membership after another, some are only giving training on certain thing like keywords and how to get leads, then you need to join another program to learn how to write and blog, another to learn how to do seo for google.

    I have a limit budget and can't afford paying for so many programs but not make any money.


  23. Hi Tim hope all is going well

    I completely understand your frustration, I had been there myself in the past.

    With my review I had done my utter best to highlight all the training and classrooms to give readers a basic idea of what they can expect.

    The classrooms, boot camps and discussions cover such an enormous part about any topic that you can think of, it would be close to impossible to name all.

    Wealthy Affiliate focus on teaching individuals how to build their own blogs/sites - everything about Wordpress, article marketing, keyword research, Up to date SEO training, Traffic generation, affiliate marketing and so forth. However if you are looking for training that will cover the finer details when it comes to MLM, you might want to look elsewhere - WA focus on helping people to start their own blogs and all the techniques that is required to rank well and make money in a legit way while doing it.

    It had been proven that you need the following components to succeed online, and WA's main focus is on those with the training.

    A blog/site


    The right support system

    How to implement knowledge and training.

  24. Thanks for the information Christene. I want to give Wealthy Affiliate a try. You stated that Knowledge is power and power equals success. I want to know how do Kyle and Carson stay in business by giving away the knowledge, free memberships and all of the other tools needed? In a way it sounds to good to be true.

  25. Thanks for the comment and question

    Wealthy Affiliate has a premium subscription as well and they use part of those funds to provide those who can't afford the premium with a free subscription and training.

    Kyle and Carson had put together the most successful method of earning and that is by building a blog, getting traffic to it and so forth. People get better results with the methods that they teach and that is the main reason why WA have such a good reputation and loyal premium members.

  26. Wealthy Affiliate is a good place to start if you never made money. They helped me make my first clickbank money selling ebooks in 2007. Actually selling ebooks related to non money making niche. Many newbies think the only way to make money online is with MLM or selling money making products. Its not the case. But once you learn internet marketing you can use it to promote whatever you want. I once sold a ebook on how to build a chicken coop successfully. As I remember, My first sale online was for a clickbank ebook for child anger management. I haven't been with WA in a while. You do out grow them as you get too advanced. Had I been in the money making niche in 2011 I probably would be with them today. Their affiliate program is very lucrative and member retention is up their because it actually is a great product. But its something to revisit. My success today is directly related to my success in my WA days.

  27. Thanks for sharing a positive comment. I was actually joining up with one program after another to find something suitable that will help my readers without requiring a big investment. WA had caught my attention and I joined up to see if it was worthwhile - I have to admit that I was surprised and did not expect to find a membership site that contains such a vast amount of training and support. I had been in the marketing industry for some time and have to admit that I had learned lots of new things as well.

    I personally think if you struggle to make money with Wealthy Affiliate you will have a hard time with other more complex memberships especially those that focus on MLM.

    Keep up the hard work and have an awesome day!

  28. Great article Christene!I am definitely giving WA some consideration. I am currently in EN, but I am at a point of major frustration with the constant high priced monthly fees and trainings. I have been with them for a few months now and haven't received any positive results in return just yet. WA seems much more affordable and the great thing about it is I can receive those similar trainings like EN but without the hefty price tag. Now, the only thing that is putting me at a standstill at the moment is that I am unsure of what I would like to promote in this online industry. Does one need to already know and have a topic handy to blog about and promote when joining? I am trying to get my juices flowing, but I can't seem to think of anything.

  29. Hi Jasmine hope all is going well.

    You absolutely don't need to have a topic right now, most members join without knowing what it is that they would like to promote or write about. Once you have done the basic training you will have a good idea what it is that you want to promote. The training will help you to pick a niche that you will be comfortable with and also that will be the most profitable.

    I always advise those who want to start a blog to go sit down with pen and paper and write down all their hobbies, interests and life skills - your job skills or college education can actually make you money because you will provide valuable information. Every single person in this world has a skill that others are dying to read about.

    Within WA no one gets left behind and you will find lots of people who will be more than willing to give you ideas for a niche. We also have the "keyword list" that contains the hottest keywords and niches of the month along with their traffic stats and competing pages, that alone should give you tons of ideas.

    Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.

  30. Hi Christene,

    I wanted to ask you how do you feel about GVO autoresponder? Which autresponder do you think is the best to use with WA? Do you need a autresponder for the free account as well? If I were to join how would I join under you, because you give great advice and I want to be under someone like this.

  31. GVO have good quality but I personally prefer to use Aweber because it is a well known company and I just love their features more.

    You don't need an autoresponder when you join Wealthy Affiliate, it is a personal choice. Autoresponders cost money and there is no sense in getting one immediately if you don't have traffic yet. Normally people will concentrate on building their site first and then move over to using an autoresponder as soon as traffic starts to pick up.

    Email marketing is important but it is useless if you don't have traffic or a reasonable social following list. Too many programs get members to purchase unnecessary tools before they are actually able to use them.

    Wealthy Affiliate's training is more focused on building a blog and getting traffic to it. Once you have that you can use the traffic in multiple ways by direct selling, promoting and obviously building a list.

    At the bottom of my post is a link that you can use to join up under me.

    Always feel free to ask if you have any questions at all, I will be happy to answer them.

  32. HI Christene,
    I was looking for EN posts good or not to know more about them. You gave me a great idea to not do it. I was alo searching a way to have training for internet business so with you I have found .
    I am very happy. I will do the training for me it is extremely important to be trained and coached .
    I like very much the concept of WA . Simple and direct very clear in the goals and the best point is helping others really.
    Thank you so much for your work .

  33. Thanks for the positive comment - dearly appreciated.

    Training is the most important factor of every business and the online industry works no different. Too many people bounce around from one program to another without learning valuable skills, and without that, the struggle will be long and hard. If you follow all the lessons step by step there is absolutely no reason why you can't have success.

    Always remember to ask if you have any questions at all - I will help out gladly

  34. Hello Christene, thanks for your honest review. I tried registering a new account with WA, but I keep having errors. I think maybe their site has some problems. Don't really know what to do now, maybe will try again tomorrow.

    All the same, thank you
    Essang Victor

    1. There might be a few possibilities that keep you from signing up, normally an account created from the same IP address may cause difficulties.

      Feel free to contact Kyle directly at: kyle@wealthyaffiliate.com if you struggle.

  35. Hallo Christene,

    Als het goed is, is Zuid Afrikaans een beetje anders dan Nederlands.

    Thank you for your review, I enjoyed reading it. At this moment I like to start with an MLM program. Therefore I like to use the internet to generate leads, can you point me in the direction of a good program who can teach me?

    Me vriendelijke groet,


  36. Hi Martin - thanks for the comment.

    I worked with various MLM programs in the past and must admit that it was a struggle. I had bought a Clickbank product named; mlmwealthtraining some time back and it was the only training that I thought was worth the money.

    They have a free trial available, feel free to have a look.


    This is a recommendation and I have no affiliate link attached to it - rest easy

  37. Hi Christene,

    Thanks for the fast reply i'll check it out.



  38. Hi Christine, I enjoyed reading your review on Empower Network and must admit that I have to agree. I had spend thousands without making much, and then they tell me after 3 months that I am not blogging enough to make money. I am tired of these schemes that promise the world but deliver nothing.

    I am interested in joining Wealthy Affiliate but scared that it would be the same as EN. I just want to start my own business without been pressured to upgrade to all kind of products all the time.

    1. Sorry to hear about your misfortune with EN. There are so many aspects of marketing that they fail to teach to members. Blogging alone won't actually make you any money with Empower unless you can manage to get good page rankings, and that alone can take months with the EN blogging system.

      Wealthy Affiliate is the complete opposite of EN and you will only have two options on the platform; the free option that includes your 2 Wordpress sites along with all the training to set it up correctly and the premium version that will allow you to have unlimited websites and more advanced training.

      We have quite a huge amount of members on the platform that has managed to build themselves some awesome sites with the free option. No pressure or up-sells. The Wealthy Affiliate sites have some good reputation with Google and usually does not take long to rank well if you follow the training and implement it.

      Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

    2. Hello Christene,
      I just want to say Thank You so much for all your help, I was just about to join EN, but after finding your review blogs, I've decided to go with WA and join under you because I like and enjoy reading your quality content it is very informative. Keep up the Good Work you are such a Blessing to all of us.

    3. You are welcome Maria. Your positive feedback is appreciated.

      I am glad that you found your way to WA and friendliest online community. It is always a good feeling to see others succeed and reach their goals. I am sure that you will see results and make progress with WA.

      Remember to send me a Private Message or email if you have questions or need advice

  39. Hello Christene,

    Thank you for the brutally candid review (free of smoke and mirrors) with so many Marketing and Affiliate Marketing platforms out there, many of whom aren't there trying to help you (earn a dim) but rather after your (monthly membership fee) primarily. Thanks again..


    1. Thanks for the positive comment Howard. So true, many promise online riches and the support that comes with it but when you enter your credit card details all that promises goes out the door.

      People do not realize that if they truly help others to succeed, they will have success as well.

      God Bless

  40. Great Review Christine.

    I joined so many programs in the past and only lost huge amounts of money. I am not afraid to work hard and I am not greedy, but at some point I would like to see results and not only debit orders from my back account.

    How long did it take you to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

    1. I absolutely understand your argument. There is no use in spending money constantly without gaining success and profit. At some point all of us need to invest in our online businesses but when it is the wrong program or learning platform people eventually give up. Constant failing due to scams cost individuals dearly, because they not only lose money but also the hope of earning a real income online.

      I started blogging quite some time ago but only after I had my fair share of scammy products and individuals who promised the world without delivering much. Blogging was my own attempt and failure did come with it. Took me some hard learning all by myself to get successful. WA is hugely based on blogging for profit but you won't need to do it by yourself like I did. If you follow the training and keep consistent without giving up easily you can earn a good amount in a few months.

      Wealthy Affiliate was not my learning platform, but I wish I discovered them 2 years ago, it would have made my online journey so much easier. I earned my first commissions with WA within the first few days of joining, but you can hardly compare, because I have traffic and marketing experience. I benefit hugely from the training because fresh content is added daily and it helped me to even fix flaws in my own business.

      Never compare yourself to someone else Riaan, each person is unique and have different skills and motivation. As long as you are willing to give it your absolute best and don't give up easily, you will have success.

  41. Is it approved by the BBB?

  42. No WA is not approved by the BBB. Most online programs are not approved because of various factors.

  43. Thank you for your review of both EN and WA. I have been researching EN for about the last 1-2 weeks and was seriously considering signing up; however, as I researched, I realized that I was going to have to pay out a large amount of money each month that I don't really have right now.

    As I read your EN review and saw that you recommend WA, I realized that I have a WA account that I signed up with sometime at the beginning of 2012, but have done nothing with it. In fact, I forgot I was even a member! I will start the program right away.


    1. You should definitely put all your effort into WA, it will cost you nothing but dedication, time and effort. You won't be pressured to upgrade or purchase various levels or additional up-sells.

      Empower Network is costly especially for total newbies and without the right support structure it is virtually impossible to make success. You will have to pay the large amount a month for quite a few months without making much, and that can easily put you into debt or financial strain very quickly.

      Research proved that members who are under "billing pressure" fail to get successful because their focus is on money not success. With WA you don't need to stress about a huge monthly bill and this will help you concentrate on building your online business.

  44. I have a website and a niche and still not making any money. Will this still help?

    1. WA help with almost any training that you require to build an online business. The fact that you already have a website will make it easier and allow you to participate in the advance training. WA helped me to fix major flaws on my blogs and my rankings had improved since I joined. Most defiantly useful for any blogger or site owner who is struggling to profit.

  45. Hi,
    Thanks for all the information in this article and also in the form of the replies to comments.
    I have a few more to ask.
    1. I have no website and no product to sell. Will joining WA still be of any use to me?
    2. I do not live in US. I am in Asia. Will it be a problem?
    3. Do I need to write articles for a blog in order to make money at WA?
    4. How exactly does the website work?
    I am interested in joining. But a little apprehensive for I may loose money if I am unable to keep pace.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Alex, hope all is going well.

      Questions are always welcome and I will answer them gladly.

      1. WA is the home for total newbies and they teach people to build their sites and pick the most relevant product that will benefit you the most. You do not need a website or product Alex, you will learn to create your first site with the "Getting started" training.

      2. You can live anywhere in the world and join. I live in South-Africa myself and run a successful online business.

      3. Wealthy Affiliate teaches members to make money with their sites, there is additional training as well that will help you to earn in other ways, but yes you will have to write posts for your own blog to get traffic and make money from it.

      4. The websites at WA are Wordpress blogs. They work similar to keeping an online journal. Basically if you choose to create a site around Dog training you will write daily or weekly articles around the subject and publish it. The hardest part of starting a blog is not the writing but choosing a topic (niche). If you choose something that interest you, you will have no problem writing about it

      If you do not prefer to do writing, then I don't recommend that you join WA.

    2. Thank you, Christine. That was helpful.

    3. Hi Christine, it's me again.
      How exactly writing a blog translate into money?
      Thanks in advance.

    4. Easy Alex. Say for instance you have a blog about "dog care" you will add your own product, like dog shampoo or something relevant to your blog and make money each time someone purchase a product. If you do not have your own products you can then add affiliate products and each time someone purchase the product you will earn commission from it.

      Affiliate products or programs are other people's products and you earn a commission if you sell it on your blog.

      You can also add advertising from sponsors to your blog and earn from that. If your blog is about a specific topic that includes your personal services, you can advertise yourself and get more business leads.

  46. Just have to say that this is a very well written review, the best out of them all. Clearly you have a passion for Wealthy Affiliate and know they system inside out.

    I want to ask a few questions as well, hope you don't mind

    Why did you decide to promote Wealthy Affiliate? There are hundreds of other similar programs that promise to help new online entrepreneurs to build a business of their own.

    Does WA help you to better your current online business? I know that you are not a new to the marketing industry and does not need the beginner training at WA nor do you need the classrooms.

    Do you plan to stick with Wealthy Affiliate for a long time, or did you join for the purpose of giving a review?

    Thanks in advance for your reply. I know by now that you will respond swiftly.

    Keep up the good work


    1. Great questions Sasha - let me start from the top;

      Since I started my blogs I joined numerous programs to help people in making the right decisions. My main income comes from other means of generating money online, but these methods I use take a long time to perfect and they are not intended for newbies. I have a soft spot for new marketers because I know how easy it is to get scammed over and over again. Finding a program that could actually help individuals overcome most of the difficulties was not easy, took me 10 months of reviewing one program after another to find a platform that will suit all my requirements like trust, reputation, success rate and support. Wealthy Affiliate's training is up to standard and members success are measured by doing the work. Building an online business is not impossible Sasha, but if you have to do it by yourself, it becomes impossible. WA have the best Support structure I ever came across. I know that when I send newbies to this membership site they will be looked after.

      My own business had shown better results after joining the platform, the training and discussions is not just random but also targeted to improve any online business. WA's community is the best, and savvy marketers will gladly point out mistakes and then recommend a solution. Believe it or not, but I did learn a lot of new information from the classrooms not to mention the discussions. The online industry is ever changing and I like the fact that information is kept updated.

      Initially I joined Wealthy Affiliate to write the review but also in search for a platform that will be suited for newbies and advanced marketers.
      No business is perfect and that includes mine, I will benefit from this platform for a long time to come and not planning to go anywhere soon. WA enables me to correspond with my referrals directly and help them out whenever it is needed. No other platform has such an interactive community - Defiantly the place for me.

      Hope this answer your questions, feel free to ask if you have more.

  47. Hi Christene, I stumbled on your EN review through Google, that brought me here and I must say that right now, I'm totally stuck on WA. Just like Anon, I'm a total newbie to the online business and would need mentorship. I really wish to get started right away cos the only thing I have lots of these days is time.


    1. I am quite sure that WA will help you to reach your goals. Mentorship and quality training is the most important part to get you started. Just keep motivated and persistent. If you have any problems or questions just ask, all of us on the platform help each other to reach our goals faster.

  48. Hi C awesome blog! I have been been scam a few times but every-time it's been a big learning curve. I live in South Africa and my question is; will WA work in my country?

    1. Hi Lukas.

      Yes it will work in South Africa. I am from this SA myself and have huge success with the platform. WA have quite a few members from SA already.

  49. i am completely new to affiliate marketing..which website should i join to earn a decent income??? pls suggest me a perfect platform for me..i am at present getting offer from empower network,should i join them?? i just want a genuine & exact income...

    1. Empower Network is difficult to promote. They make it out to be easy to earn lots of money but it is not. Most newbies take months to get successful with EN and a big percentage give up eventually.

      The best way to earn an income is to build your own online business over a period of time because you will earn what you put in. If you work hard you will get success. Programs like EN have massive competition and the failure rate is huge when you are up against skilled marketers who do the exact same thing you do.

      By building your own blog in a niche that is not so competitive you will have a better change to get successful.

      WA will teach you to build your site, drive traffic and earn from various products that you can add to your site.

  50. I'm completely newbie to online marketing and hate writting articles I have already joined WA I don't have product or website how do I go about it? Please help.

    1. With WA you do not need a product or website because the training teaches you how to build your site and add affiliate products to it. Very few people add their own products. They sell other people's products and earn commissions when they make a sale.

      After joining WA, you should immediately get started by doing the "getting started" training and then the classrooms.

  51. Hi Christene!

    I stumbled upon your blog looking for info on EN and I'm glad I did! I have been thinking about joining mainly to get training and support on how to get started blogging and affiliate marketing. I honestly put signing up on the back burner the past few months because I'm a full time student (busy & short on cash). I will def look into WA but my question is about EN new blogging platform (EnV2) and how that opportunity compares to word press? I personally feel that like any new technological innovation other companies will just adopt the same process eventually? What are your thoughts on how they have changed the use of their blog, the option to have multiple blogs and different domain names (that are not EN)? I have been searching around for other marketers opinions but have seen non? I'm personally still on the fence because of the monthly fees (for basically just learning), but find the ease of setting up the blog tempting. You seem to be objective even though your not with them any more and promote a different platform, so whats your thoughts and advice for a newbie like me?

    1. Hi Sonja

      The new blogging platform from Empower Network is not actually new. They just developed an App that will allow you to blog from your phone as well. All hype but nothing major. The blogs are still branded with EN advertisements and the ranking is still non existent.

      Wordpress already created similar apps along with some of the most popular blogging platforms. This is not new technology and blogging on a smart phone comes as no surprise. Many WP bloggers integrated to this months ago. This technology is not commonly used because serious bloggers do not like to write out a 800 word post on a phone.

      The blog might be easy to set up Sonja, but keep in mind that blogs do not rank themselves and they do not fix their own errors or SEO flaws each time a Google update pops up. If you are serious about building a proper blog that will rank and have traffic, you need to learn how to manage a blog properly.

      EN blogs are limited and you are stuck with what you get. The only control you have is the control they give you.

      Wordpress is currently the most popular blogging platform and still growing. You can customize your blog to suit your needs and use it for any niche. EN blogs can only be used with the marketing niche.

  52. anything else that i can do online to earn money except affiliate marketing???

    1. There are plenty of things you can do. Affiliate marketing is the easiest and that is why most marketers take that route.

      You can develop you own products and become a vendor - Difficult but you can become successful if the products are in demand and set up well. You will have start up costs.

      You can buy and sell products on the popular classified sites. Also good method of earning if you know how to do drop shipping and handle sales.

      You can work as a freelancer and provide online services that meet your skills. For this you need experience in a certain field.

      Start a membership site that require a membership fee. Not easy to set up and it can take years to become successful if you do not have strong marketing skills and advance training in website design. You can also pay someone to do it for you.

      This is just a few suggestions out of the hundreds of methods.

    2. What is it that gets sold seems to be what I am missing unless the sale of the WA or EN system is what is for sale. Does WA teach me how to sell a product line I have in mind? I have a business idea and am looking for the best way to market it so I make money selling the product. Others selling on my site would be a plus but for now I need to learn how to set it up and run it. Is this something WA does or am I in the wrong arena?

    3. WA is completely different from EN and you DO NOT need to sell WA to make money. The learning materials are focused on setting up your site correctly and getting traffic. Many other learning materials are available that also help you to grow your business, like email marketing, social media and so forth.

      WA do not explicitly just focus on the "marketing" niche itself. You can basically set up a site in any niche you prefer and add your own products.

      May I add that the training is based on building a site with WordPress. If you plan to build your site using Drupal or Dreamweaver I would not recommend signing up.

  53. Hey Christine, I sell Thirty One and was wondering if this program would help me learn how to bring traffic and help my business?

    1. It all depends on your marketing strategy Nikki.

      Do you have a website yet? - Without one you will struggle to get targeted traffic. WA teach members how to set up a website correctly and give useful training that will help you to get the best out of your site.

      It does not matter what niche you promote, a website or active blog is needed to get organic traffic and targeted leads. Other methods is not always effective and can be costly. WA provides a solution for new marketers who do not have their own "online space" yet.

  54. Hi Christine, I would like to know how do i really get to earn money over the internet even if it is a 1000 $ per month. I know that these are not something which guarantees us enough money to survive for a month. Is it possible that i may not earn anything right at the beginning or after paying through my card. Eager to know thanks

    1. The changes are good that you will not earn anything in the first few months. Building up an online business unfortunately takes time like any other business. The failure rate is 95% and the reason why so many give up is because they do not see instant results.

      Many programs promise riches online and give people the impression that instant riches is possible. Without a website, traffic and a big social following you will not be able to sell your products or services. Paid traffic is another option but it will be costly and there is no guarantee that it will earn you enough.

      Building up an online business is one of the hardest things to do because it takes time and hard work. For those who push through the reward is great in the end and you can eliminate your day job and live financially free.

      It is all about your mindset and how you choose your long term goals. If you give up easily and do not have patience, you will fail. If you are willing to sacrifice time and effort to provide for the future and not the present you will have success.

      Programs like WA offers some free services like basic training and 2 free websites. You can basically create your online business for free and earns from it in a few months from now.

  55. Hello Christeene,

    I am PaulMarie and also a struggling internet newbie. Yes, I do Believe Helping Others
    To Be Successful In Ones Life, Is The Very 1st Step To Creating Ones Own Success In
    JESUS' Name . ! . I will be back tomorrow hopefully you'll have answered, I to would like to be on Your Team Dear as I've had alot of questions unable to get answers when needed, even if I write them down after a couple of days I do not know where they are so I continue in my newbie struggles alone in this venture. Thank You GOD BLESS You and Yours. Peace, Live, Laugh Out Loud, Love Always . payit4ward1317@gmail.com

  56. Hi PaulMarie

    You are absolutely right. By helping others, you also help yourself.

    You are welcome to ask as many questions as you like. WA have an excellent support structure that helps newbies to build up their first business.

    Many people think that they can become successful on their own and although it is possible it is a struggle because questions are not answered directly and flaws cannot be recognized. This is the major reason why I recommend WA because of the awesome support. Help is available whenever it is needed and the platform has many skilled marketers who are more than willing to answer questions.

    I am quite sure that you will enjoy the platform and eventually be able to help others as well with your learning skills. I am a Christian myself and WA was a God sent to me, because I get to help people in a legit way.

  57. thanks for the info. on WA, right now am over my head in other training, but will consider later, thanks also for the post on PlugInProfitSite, that was also very helpful

    1. You are welcome Eric. Always a good idea to finish training before you move on to the next. Keep up the good work and best wishes.

  58. HI Christene,

    I am a new WA affiliate and I want to say thank you for what you have shared =)

    1. You are welcome Michael. Feel free to send me a message at WA if you need any help or just need advise.

  59. Hi Christine,

    Nice reading your blog.

    Am actually a WA free member. Have yet to sign up as a Premium member due to financial constraints as i have 3 kids to support.

    Was wondering if i could start earning money with my free membership & later upgrade to Premium?

    Actually i was also looking for free ways to earn money online but most of those free ways/systems do not apply in my country, Malaysia. As i really need to have enough money to upgrade to Premium & subsequently pay monthly at $49 (which is a lot for me).

    Would really appreciate your kind advice.

    Thanks & God bless,

    1. Hi Cheryl.

      You can absolutely earn money with the free membership if you are dedicated to the basic training and building your blog. Many members had done that in the past and still do.

      Feel free to contact me at WA on the platform or just send a message to my personal email: christene.swanepoel@gmail.com

      I would like to see your progress so far, only then I can suggest the next steps that should be taken.

  60. Hi Christene, awesome website just started at WA, and have been looking for content ideas, your site rocks , if I can build a site 1/10th as good as yours I'll be happy , I almost signed up again it's that great , good going.

  61. Thanks for the good feedback Maurice. Glad you started at WA, the site will defiantly help you to build a website that you will be proud of. Feel free to get in touch on the platform and ask if you have questions or need advice.

  62. Hello Christene. I am considering joining a free company called Online profits for dummies. There appear to be no strings attached, however the presenter does ask you to consider Empower Network to create residual income. In researching Empower Network, I came across your site and you have "Peaked my interest" regarding WA. I will be in touch

    1. Yes Online profits are a free platform, BUT you will not earn much. In addition you will need strong leads and a solid social following to make it work. Basically it is just a diversion to get individuals to purchase Empower Network.

      Feel free to ask if you have any questions or just need advice.

  63. Hi Christene thank you for this review I am from south Africa I have been scammed a few times and lost confidence in being successful with online marketing. you are a God sent being in south Africa made it harder and lonely since most affiliates programmes are international and lack human contact. I'm definitely giving WA a try and I have so much hope that by this time next year I will be in a better position.

    1. Thanks for the reply Anele. Yes online scams are the major culprit that cause people to give up when it comes to online marketing. It is a vicious cycle because individuals will purchase all the shiny programs that promise lots but deliver nothing. Eventually they are broke and lose hope.

      There is no such thing as getting rich quick. It takes hard work and patience to climb the ladder to success and many programs and fake products fail to mention it.

      If you dedicate yourself completely to WA, follow the training and implement it, you will definitely be in a better position next year. We have quite a few members from South Africa and you will not feel alone.

      Feel free to send me a message at WA and introduce yourself. Always great to meet a fellow South African. Also feel free to ask if you have any questions or need advise.

  64. About the discussion part at bottom of each lesson.

    I had just found out that after 7 days, when I still watching and learning the video in each lesson, I can't complete those task which require me to write something at bottom of discussion because I am not a premium member.

    I can't even contact you at there.
    I though they should allow non-premium to complete the task at each lesson by allow them to do discussion at bottm part.

  65. Unfortunately discussions are only reserved for Premium members. Free members are allowed to use this functionality in the first 7 days to ensure that they communicate with other members to build up a "follow" list of people to help them when the 7 day period ends.

    Like I stated, you are more than welcome to send me an email whenever you need help.

  66. Christene I just came across your site few minutes ago when I was looking for honest review on EN. I thought it was a scam site considering the amount of money they required from people who want to do home business as an additional income to their merger earnings. Thank so much for enlightening me about this website. But I have another doubt concerning marketing site I subscribed to called Plug-in-Profit Site. Please do you have any idea about the website? The founder is one Stone Evans. I will be highly glad if you can review them too. Thanks and God bless you. Keep up the good works. I will join WA soonest and meet you there.

    1. Thanks for the comment and positive feedback Emmanuel. Yes, You are absolutely right. EN products are pricy and you can end up paying thousands without earning much in return. Most definitely not for new marketers.

      2 Years back Plug-In-Profit Site was a great option and many members made huge success. Ever since I left more issues came up and many members complained about the platform not being up to standard. I will make a point in the near future to go back and investigate again. Will keep updated.

      Looking forward meeting you at WA, you will have my full support.

  67. Christene, you may want to edit the paragraph in your closing section, which reads:

    "Wealthy Affiliate will most certainly not make you rich and it will not make you successful, in the end the decision to take action will all be in your hands and no amount of training or support can replace free will."

    I'm sure it was not your conclusion that no one can become wealthy or become successful with Wealthy Affiliates!

    1. No program or platform can make you rich or successful Elliott. Those who sit idle and do nothing will not make it no matter what. You are responsible for your own success rate and by working hard and keeping persistent you will pick the fruits.

      WA is the best learning platform that I came across. The support is outstanding and the members are helpful. Still, we get can not force some to participate and take action on what they have learned.

      WA gives you the tools to make YOURSELF successful and rich.

    2. Yes Christene, I now see what you are trying to say in the conclusion of your review, and I still think it would be better expressed if you'd edit your statement a little. For you are saying that by simply joining Wealthy Affiliates, but doing little in the way of further action, you certainly would not become wealthy or successful. I wholeheartedly agree, taking action is the key! But the sentence I quoted in your conclusion is put together a bit awkwardly in my opinion.

      I suggest something like "Simply joining Wealthy Affiliates with little or no further action will most certainly not make you rich and it will not make you successful..."

      The way it currently reads is not clear and could be easily interpreted in the wrong way, which is obviously how I first interpreted that sentence. Just trying to help you communicate exactly what you're trying to communicate. Thank you for your review.

    3. Thanks Elliott, your help is appreciated.

      English is not my first language and I am still battling to overcome the impossible! This post will be updated very soon. WA added some new features that will be added to the review. Will use your advice in the closing line.

      Have a great day!

  68. Hi Christene,

    Thanks for the reviews. Wow you really do work hard. It is very admirable to see that you make a genuine effort to help others and respond to everyones comments also. I was very close to joining EN but thanks to your reviews and the feedback from tue comments I feel it may not be for me. I feel the product is losing integrity and whilst I havent been offended myself, I have certainly experienced the forceful and bordering arrogant nature of some their team. You have helped me see it that way. I have spent a long time on myself and making sure I am able to help others with integrity and humbleness and I cant help but feel that buying into the wrong program may conflict with my sense of pride. I think I will be joining WA.
    Thank you to you and your followers. Keep doing what you are doing.

    1. Thanks for the positive comment Damien, it is appreciated.

      You are absolutely right, EN is losing integrity fast. I do not get this myself and frown upon many of their actions. A business, whether it is online or offline needs to be built up with trust and legitimacy. Calling a new customer a "wussy" is bad for business plain and simple.

      Helping those who absolutely have nothing to invest in their program is impossible Damien and that is the major reason why I left EN. I have a soft heart as well and I simply cannot take money from those who do not have it. Yes, as a marketer I need to make an income myself, but only from those who have the money to spend on training and find value for their money.

      WA makes this possible for me because they provide a free option for those who struggle and many created their online businesses without spending much. The owners of WA are professionals and treat all their members with respect. We do not judge those who cannot afford to upgrade, but rather help them to make progress.

      I am sure that you will enjoy WA, feel free to connect with me inside and shout if you have questions or need advice.

  69. Hi Christene

    I am so pleased I stumbled across your site. It is refreshing to find someone who gives an honest and unbiased opinion of a product. It is almost impossible to know whether a product marketed on line is any good and provides value for money.

    Like others I have been considering joining EN, but having read your review and the WA review I think I know which sounds like a fairer and better proposition. What I really need is a straightforward blueprint to guide a novice through the internet marketing hoops. I am well aware that there is no such thing as a free lunch in this life and I am more than prepared to put in the effort to get success.

    I have recently joined 'MyCash for Freebies'. This appears to be a legitimate product based on sound principles where you are offering leads to Fortune 500 companies and get paid for the introduction. What is your view of this product?

    Again thank for an excellent blog and best wishes


    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Peter, the positive feedback is appreciated.

      I am quite sure that you will enjoy the WA platform and the community. I always advise my readers to start with the free option first. You are not constantly pressured to upgrade and have the choice to stay a free member for as long as you like. Many free members managed to build a successful online business by implementing the training.

      This is the major reason why I choose WA. EN does not provide any free options, you have to purchase a level before you can test it.

      My Cash for Freebies is not a scam, but you will need to refer people to make money. Same scenario: Without leads, a social following or a blog with traffic it will be hard to make anything.

      I will definitely have a closer look at "My Cash for Freebies" in the future and keep updated.

  70. I really wanted to take part into WA community. I built my own system on the side, which had some relations with Empower Network. Kyle banned my IP address from WA because he's against EN and some of his customers complained that I was affiliated with EN. I didn't promote EN inside WA ever, nor his members, nor spam links anywhere. I just had my business name on my WA profile, no links, nothing that points out to EN. You can look me up as evogenx on WA and tell me what's wrong with it.

    I've been able to have a small chat with Kyle on FB (search by Kyle and WA), then he erased his FB profile the next day.... Kyle who? Carson who? I couldn't even find traces of their identities on social profiles... or their last names anywhere on their site. I've sent 3 support tickets to try to make sense of all this and reinstate my account, no news, no help. I believe all of this resolve from a lack of integrity from the owner's part in my opinon.

    Even tho WA looked promising, I had a bad experience with it.

    1. Hi Lindsey, would it be possible to send me your direct WA profile link. I would gladly check it out and pinpoint the problem.

      We have many EN members who participate in the training and build themselves successful blogs. WA is not against EN at all and many EN members use the blogging service to build their businesses.

      I do not know the reasons behind your situation and could only investigate if you send me the link to your profile asap.

      Kyle did not erase his FB profile and you can find it at:


      Hope to hear from you soon.

    2. Hi Christene,

      I'm Pierre Tremblay, Lindsey Rowe's business partner. I wrote the previous comment.

      Sorry it took so long to reply, I forgot about this comment until one of my facebook friends mentioned your article on EN.

      Anyways, the tickets are still unanswered, https://www.facebook.com/kyle.wealthyaffiliate does not exists. What is Kyle's last name?

      Here's my WA profile: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/evogenx/
      Let me know what you find.

      You can connect with me on FB at https://www.facebook.com/pierrevogenx



    3. Hi Pierre

      Kyle's FB Profile is still the same and working. I did test it on my own FB account and a few friends as well. Works just fine.

      It could be possible that you have been blocked. I made an inquiry and received confirmation yesterday. When a person block you on Facebook you are not permitted to see his/her page and it will show up as "page removed" or "page not found".

      You can ask someone else who have a FB account to check his page and it will show correctly.

      Unfortunately, my request to gain more information regarding the ban from WA cannot be answered because it is a private matter and incident happened before I joined WA.

      However, I know for a fact that WA is not against Empower Network, we have some members that use the WA platform to learn the technical side of marketing and also make use of the websites that is provided.

      A member can get banned for various reasons that includes spam, posting harmful or offensive content, using copy protected content and so forth.

      In addition, when I first did the inquiry it was for "Lindsey Rowe". The WA profile, however shows your picture and name therefore the account was in your name. Why ask someone else to post and contact Kyle if the account was created in your name. This might be the reason why you have difficulty to reach Kyle.

      My advice, send Kyle a direct message via email and ask for a detailed explanation.

    4. Indeed, I've been able to see Kyle FB profile..

      I had a conversation with Kyle when he asked me to change my profile because there were multiple complaints about me promoting Empower Network inside WA. (EN was a major subject of hate last year by some parties and many EN haters came to WA from a Kyle's review of EN. Glad to hear today that the situation has toned down and that some members can now freely admit they are EN members.)

      I did not.

      In fact, I wrote I am the CMO of Empire Network Alliance (NO links) on my profile (which is not entirely promoting Empower Network), added many people as friends on the network (which is a classic strategy when you enter a new social platform) and never did any call to action to join our business or even take a look at what we do... just mentioned our company name, position, shared some personal info and philosophy on my profile and added new friends... that was it. (pretty much what you see now on my profile, but without the actual company name)

      So my account has been temporary blocked for that reason and I was pissed. Who wouldn't be pissed of being accused of things they haven't done? Especially when there was not at that time a term of service (is there one now?) and it was mentioned that we could promote anything we want. (Like I said, I didn't even post links or did any call to action or talk about our company in the chat whatsoever)

      I changed my profile, told Kyle my line of thinking about the non-existing TOS, the false claims of spamming. I've tried to contact Kyle directly (obviously blocked me from FB) or support a few times after that to ask for an explanation and get support... nothing, nada.

      As for "Lindsey Rowe", she's the CEO of ENA and we work under her name with Google+ (couldn't name the profile to a company name only), thus, login to this WP platform with Google.

      Anyways, thanks for trying. WA looked like a very promising platform for our customers that wanted something free to get started with... so I'll resume our project to build our own free marketing system integration.

      The decision of Kyle to shut me out can only mean he got offended that I was unsatisfied with the ruling of his procedures (which seemed to be made on the fly since I couldn't even find a TOS at the time to quote his words). "A member can get banned for various reasons that includes spam, posting harmful or offensive content, using copy protected content and so forth." is common sense, but I wasn't guilty of any of those when I got suspended. But I might have been guilty of offending Kyle's pride by being rude about pleading NOT guilty to his spamming accusations.

      So FOR ME, no TOS, no Kyle & Carson full names, no reply from support, Kyle blocking my FB profile and getting banned for no valid reasons raised some warning flags about the integrity of this company. That's my own personal opinion.

      Look, I'm glad that it works for you and many other members, that's great and the community looks great.

      The reason I wrote all this is to serve as a warning that you cannot just go in there and write anything you want. If you've got a company and you're proud of it.. just stay low profile for a while and get in the flow of the community. I've also read from an ex-WA affiliate that once you go Premium, you cannot go back to free or your IP get's blocked until you start paying again.



    5. Hi Pierre.

      WA have a term of service. Personally, I will never join any program, service or affiliate program without one and I always recommend others to do the same.


    6. WA is indeed strict, maybe too strict at times but this is for a good reason. The sole intention of Wealthy Affiliate is to help people learn and build their websites without having to deal with spam or any interference that might cause them to lose focus. The chat box, private message platform, discussion board and post feature are only used for helping each other to build their websites and grow online skills. However, your website is your own and you can use it to promote any business and any niche. Okay, I apologize, almost any niche, adult, hate speech, abuse and malicious content will obviously not be allowed.

      My advice for everyone who joins WA, "Focus on the training and get your site up and running". I recommend WA for 2 reasons Pierre; The training is always updated and the support is active, meaning, there is always lots of people who are willing to help out via the live chat messaging system.

      Secondly, WA provides top class hosting. I compared it with loads of other hosting companies and when it comes to reputation, WA have the best. Kyle and Carson keep that platform clean as a whistle and that is the reason why the sites created with WA ranks so well in the Engines.

      Please allow me to explain why there is so much hostility when it comes to EN.

      Empower Network is a delicate topic. I have been with them in the past and still have friends who are with the company. I am not bashing them or think badly of any member who is associated with them. However, EN have 2 major flaws, first, some groups tough spamming techniques in the past and it was bad for business. You cannot command a bunch of newbies to post their links on any given platform without suffering the consciousnesses.

      Secondly, we know the stats, a very small percentage of EN members actually reach the $1000 level. It is an MLM and only the skilled will see results. When you promise people riches (a lot of EN adverts did) and make them believe that they will earn thousands by buying expensive products you are bound to stir up a few angry people at some point. Unfortunately, WA have a few of those "angry" people who got burned badly with EN and made success by using WA.

      WA is not the only platform that has ex EN members, platforms like DS Domination, Pure Leverage and many others became a second or 1st option and because people make money more easily with these platforms, they tend to look back at EN and have a negative response towards existing members.

      My point... You will get some negative feedback or even a few angry people who are bound to "bring you down" no matter what. MLM often get associated with pyramids and scams and thus you will have those who got burned and directly aim their anger at the nearest target. This is the major reason why I left EN and focused my attention on blogging, SEO and affiliate marketing.

      To answer your question:

      Yes, unfortunately WA does not allow you to go back to the free membership if you are a premium member. The reason is simple, once you join as a premium member you have full access to all the training, tools and video. Anyone can join the premium at the discount price, learn all the training, cancel the premium and then build their websites with the free membership. WA will go out of business and the support system will crash down. Similar like EN, you have to pay your membership if you want full access to the blog feature and inner-circle. You can stay a free member for life without the pressure to upgrade. The first 7 days of the WA free membership include premium features and this gives people a clear understanding what WA is all about.

      I am truly sorry to hear about your misfortune with WA. If you were my referral I would have fought hard to clear it up for you, but since you joined before me and I am not familiar with your case and it is hard to be more effective. I dearly apologize.

      If you ever have questions or need advice do not hesitate to send me a message, I will do my best to help.

  71. Hey, nice blog got some really good content i'm a regular visitor here now :) Great review of the wealthy affiliate program. I am member there now and I feel its a great place to learn and achieve. I hope to make a blog as informative as yours :)

    1. Thanks for the positive feedback Tejas. Glad to know that you are part of the WA community. I am sure that you will learn a lot and reach your goals. Feel free to send me a PM at WA whenever you have questions or need advice.

  72. Hi, nice blog, you seem like an honest person. But on average, how much someone on the starter and the premium membership are making? what is the success rate for people on the premium membership?

  73. Hi Carlos.

    To be honest, it would be impossible to answer your question. WA provides the training, tools and support the rest is up to you. We have free and premium members that earn a substantial amount of money from their blogs and have massive success with the program. We also have members who do not earn a dime and have no success rate.

    If you plan to follow the training and classrooms and implement everything that you learn it will go well. Hard work is required to build any online business. If you sit idle and expect easy money without much effort, then sadly you will not make it with WA.

    When you join WA you have access to the "Top WA Ambassador" page. All the top successful members are listed. You can view their blogs and read their success stories.

  74. Hi Christine, I am just a Lil curious. I have been reading a lot here. I actually found you from searching reviews for EN. But just as I thought I didn't like the reviews about them. However I am more so interested in WA. I have no experience at all with any of this and yes my funds are truly limited. What is the possibility of me being successful if I don't have no experience or nothing to sell. I am interested but really need more info and a mentor. Is that at all possible and can you send me more I fo. Thank you

    1. Hi Godrenia.

      WA's training is specifically structured for new marketers like yourself. You do not need to have experience or a product to sell. If you have the capability to learn and follow instructions then you have a good change at success.

      WA will teach you how to create a website from scratch and you will learn how to earn from it. Many marketers like myself do not have our own products but promote other products or services and earn commissions from those sales. We call it Affiliate marketing.

      Building an online business takes time Godrenia, and there is no get rich quick method. If there was, almost everyone would have left their jobs and get online. There is much to learn and a certain skill set needs to be developed. WA have all the training and courses that will teach you these skills. If you are determined and have the will to give it your all, then yes you will become successful.

      At WA you will have many mentors including myself. The support structure is listed as one of the best. All you need to do is ask for help and you will receive it.

      Feel free to ask if you have any questions. You can also contact me directly by using the mail box provided on the right side of my website.

  75. It is so darn hard to find really quality reviews online because so many of them are just people advertising their affiliate links. I run an internet marketing firm that handles Local B2B internet tactics, so I deal in website dev, seo, ppc, other local web tactics, and marketing strategy consulting... but no affiliate stuff at all... yet. I've always wanted to get into it but after spending a few thousand on a few different things (programs that turned out empty and similar to EN or much worse, and extremely expensive coaches that basically took my money and ran) I gave up based on a combo of info overload and being taken advantage of... and at a time where I literally started my business with a $2500 credit card and $400 in my bank account I just couldn't afford to gamble anymore. I lost motivation and interest in affiliate marketing and focused my efforts on my local business. Well, the local business is holding it's own and growing slowly now so I have some free time and have decided to spend it learning more about this area of internet business. To conclude my overly long point, your reviews have helped me narrow down my options and I send my thanks for the quality content. WA really seems to be the system I was hoping to find. My only frustration is that I haven't seen another one like it to compare it too. I like to have at least two options to evaluate and pick a winner before I make a major financial or time investment, soooo if you know another that I could compare WA to that would be great, if you can't think of one that's ok. I won't be upset :) ! I'm just happy that after two years I've finally found WA, a system that seems to be what I've been looking for. I'm not sure how I missed it in the first place!

    1. Hi Tyler. Thanks for adding your comment.

      Yes, the online marketing industry can be confusing and it is hard to make a success. The major reason is scammy programs and false promises. Many adverts make it seems easy to earn thousands without any hard work and dedication. People will try out one program and platform after another only to fail.

      The reason they fail:

      Without traffic, leads or a strong social following you can have the best product or service, but you will not make lots of sales, if any. 80% of all "Work at home" programs require you to sell either the program itself or the products. It is a continuous circle and the big marketers with traffic, leads, a long list and huge social following will obviously make more sales and "proof" that the program or service works. The newbie who does not have any of these will obviously make no sale and lose money.

      Many promotions will state that you do not need to have a website or any skills - This is a blunt lie. You have a business yourself, right? Think about it this way, If you do not have a store, how will people find your products each time they want to purchase something? Walmart, for instance, do not sell their products on the street, they have various stores and people know where to find them.

      An online business is no different. You build a store (website), get visitors (traffic), build relationships (social media) and sell your products.

      WA is all about teaching individuals how to set up their websites properly. Obviously more advanced marketing learning materials are also added to the platform.

      I also recommend the Chris Farrel membership strongly. I used it myself in the beginning of my online career and although I did not earn much from it, I got all my fundamental training from his platform. Hower, I only recommend it for those who have no skills and no basic knowledge.

      I am still looking for more platforms like WA myself, Tyler, and it is a huge struggle. Many programs offer excellent training, but lacks severely in support. I strongly believe that new marketers need to ask questions and receive instant results. It is frustrating to work by yourself through training and have no answers to questions. I can recommend many other programs that work just as well, but you will not receive any support from the owners themselves and you will be stuck with a forum or support ticket system.

      The Shoemoney program from Jeremy Shoemaker is excellent, BUT there is much up-sells. First, it is $47, then $34 and finally $67 again. Not much direct support. Feel free to have a look, but please do not blame me if missed to mention an up-sell, (I could have missed one or two).

    2. I have been in several different programs. EN, MOBE, The Internet Millionaire, JBudd's program, MLSP, PRO U, and others. All have taught me something and many have cost me more money than I have made.

      Since you have asked for something that might be comparable to WA, one program that stands out from the all of them so far is DMC (Daily Marketing Coach) with Ann Sieg. It might be one that you would like to take a look at since you are asking for other programs that compare to WA.

      DMC is not an MLM and the support is outstanding. There is every level in the program and while there are more expensive levels, you can learn everything you need at the basic level. They also have a $1 trial period for 7 days. They teach you how to build a business around what you are passionate about. There is wordpress, SEO, traffic and lots more and you own everything whether you keep paying or not. I have not tried WA, but have filed it to have a look at just for research. I am always on the lookout to see what is out there so I can help other people.

  76. Hi Christene,
    I’ve already seen your blog page and I’m amazed. I was searching for the “empower network” and the famous “Big Idea Mastermind Latino”, and then I arrived at your blog with your personal opinion about it, and then I saw your comments about WA and you really convince me. Just one thing… I read that you have 2 blogs, and none of them belong to WA, can you tell me where or how did you made them?
    By the way sorry for my poor writing English skills
    I’m about to create a free account on WA, I hope you can help me forward on that. I will fallow your blogs periodically and keep on touch. Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Alberto. Thanks for the positive feedback and for visiting my blog, it is appreciated.

      My blogs were created long before I joined WA. I have 2 blogs in the marketing niche that was created by Blogger. I also have blogs in various other niches that is created with WordPress.

      In 2014 my goal is to create at least one, maybe two blogs with WA. The hosting platform is excellent and have good authority with the Engines. Blogger will always be my favorite platform, I used it for a long time and developed the skills to manage it properly. However, I never recommend others to do the same.


      Blogger belongs to Google, If you violate their terms and conditions (sometimes unknowingly), your blog can be deleted. Many new marketers do not have the skills yet to spot crucial mistakes. I DO NOT want people to hunt me down if that happens to them.

      With WordPress your content and blog is save because it is on a private host.

      Feel free to contact me at WA whenever you have questions or need advice. Looking forward meeting you inside.

    2. Hi Christene, it's me again...

      I've just discovered this LibertaGia thing... can you tell me your personal opinion about it?
      This thing looks pretty good to be real, and i have my doubts about it... Anway, i have already create my libertagia account just to check it.

      Thanks in advice

  77. Hi Christene,

    I wanted to Know how do i Join WA with your reference? and Will you provide help and Guidance If I become a Part of WA with your Reference? Also how can this help Me building my MLM business apart from Affiliate marketing?

    Thank You

    1. Hi Yogesh.

      You can join from the link provided at the end of my Review. After you joined you will receive a welcome message from me.

      The beauty about WA is that we do not restrict help to "referrals only". My point; if you join under me, you will receive help from me whenever you ask for it. If you did not join under me it is fine as well and you will receive the same offer. We work together as a community to help each other.

      You are welcome to approach me with any questions you have regarding your MLM business. I will gladly give advice.

  78. Thanx Christene for your prompt Reply. Your Reply has been Helpful. I will use the link below your Review for Joining with WA. God Bless

  79. Hi Christene

    I just tried to Join through your link but it does not allow me to signup even with another email id and details, since I had already signed up before I asked you the above Question. So what do I do now?

    1. If you signed up on the same computer (IP address) that you had signed up previously, you will not be able to create an account. Your first account must be deleted and then you will be able to create another. If you lost the log in details of your previous account it would be wise to contact Kyle directly and ask them to remove the account.


  80. Hi Christene,

    I have signed up with another user name with ur reference id from a different computer. My new ID : eternity
    looking forward to work on this project seriously. Kindly guide me


    Yogesh Mansharamani

    1. Glad to hear that you made it to the platform. I personally hate the usernames myself, hard to recognize new members. I searched Hi and low and could not find the username. Could you please send me a message on my profile.


  81. Thank you Christene! I have recently been approached with three different offers. EN, MSLP, and Mentoringforfree.com. I have read your blog on EN and Matts blogg on MSLP. Do you have any information on the last?

  82. Hi Christene!
    I have enjoyed your honesty and humility in reviews and opinions.
    I'm signing on to WA premium today through your review page.
    First month at $19 is a no brainer!
    I have been intrigued with online marketing and I'm lucky to have
    come across your sight which showed me that there are alternatives
    to all the hype and traps out there. Being ranked #1 on google for
    WA review didn't hurt you a bit! Ha Ha!
    Thank you my dear! (I call you my dear
    because I'm old enough to be your Dad)
    God bless you and all your efforts!
    Sans in California

    1. Thanks for the positive feedback Sans, it is greatly appreciated.
      Glad to hear about your progress with WA. I assume that you find the training and community up to standard and that is the reason for upgrading.

      You are spot on, WA eliminates all the false promises and hype and only provides what is needed to get successful. I am learning from the platform myself and find the support from members to be the best. (Yes, even with first page rankings I still need to learn more LOL).

      I hope to hear from you inside WA. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions or need advice.

      Have a blessed day and keep up the good work.

  83. Hey Christene, Thanks for the honest & concise review! I am a new EN member and just not entirely comfortable with the reselling of the "recipe" formula. My goal is to use the blogging platform to sell a different product. I want to learn as much as I can about online marketing and SEO stuff. I thought I could possabily earn a little $$ by selling a few $25 EN accounts.This sounds like a better fit?

    Thasnks, Aaron

  84. Hi Aaron.

    Do you want to use the EN blogging platform?

    Keep in mind that the EN blogs do not rank well and do not have authority with the Engines anymore. Your content does not belong to you and if you decide to cancel your membership at some point, you will lose the blog and the content. The EN blogs are set up to promote the platform itself and you will have very little customization.

    My best advice is to build your blog with WordPress and try to promote EN from there. If all fails and you do not have success reselling EN, you can replace it with another product or service without losing any hard work.

  85. Thanks Christene for your in-depthl review and helpful tips in the comment section.

    Wealthy Affiliate kind of reminds me of Instant Superstore, which also involves affiliate marketing (eg Amazon and Google ads). I have tried it for a couple of years to gain some experience, before deciding to set up my own free Wordpress blogs, although I can no longer use Google Ads on these blogs, nor can I use the Amazon widgets since free Wordpress blogs don't have plugins. At the most, I can only post links in the blogs that link to products in Amazon.

    I wonder if you have come across turnkey websites such as Instant Superstore? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

    Also, since I already have a few free Wordpress blogs now, I wonder if I still need to sign up with Wealthy Affiliate and get two more free blogs plus training material? I have already learnt some basic information on SEO and affiliate marketing from Instant Superstore when I signed up with them several years ago, so I wonder how much value or help Wealthy Affiliate can offer me if I were to sign up for their free membership?

    Thanks for reading and I look forward to your reply at your own convenience.

    1. Hi Jimmy

      I took some time to research Instant Superstore to see what their program is all about.

      Their training and websites are completely different from WA. They offer turnkey websites (ready made) that is already loaded with articles and content to start with. The problem, these sites have duplicate content and will not rank well, unless you change the entire site and re-write all the content.

      WA teach members to build unique WordPress sites that rank well in Google. Basically you learn how to build it, rank it and get traffic to it.

      WordPress works more effectively with certain plug-ins. Some awesome plug-ins for SEO, spam, and marketing are available and WA help members to setup these with success. The free WP blogs do not allow these plug-ins as you have noticed already. The free WA membership has all the basic training of website setup, SEO and content generation.

      The free websites that WA offers have good authority with the major search engines and although they also have limits compared to the premium, they are still doing well in the Search. If you have free time and want to create another website, WA can help you to build a free website with a little more power. If not, the basic training can help you to fill the gaps.

      I am not sure how old your current sites are and where they stand in the rankings. Therefore, it would be hard to do a proper analysis and recommendation.

      Feel free to email me your links, I will gladly give you some honest advice.


    2. Hi Christene

      Thanks so much for your detailed reply to my queries. I appreciate your time and efforts to research Instant Superstore to share your thoughts on this program. It helps me to have a better idea now on how it compares with Wealthy Affiliate.

      Yes, as you have noted, Instant Superstore comes with preloaded duplicate content, and I had eventually decided to remove the existing blog posts and write new blog posts every other week or so when I first started my (now defunct) website in 2010. It was only several months later that my website was finally listed in the first few pages of Google search based on certain keywords. I was - and still am - finding my way around learning and applying SEO, and although I encountered some technical glitches along the way (such as the website was down for days), using that program has been a good learning experience overall for me for a start.

      I will surely email you the links to my current websites for you to do a proper analysis and recommendation soon, as I have been busy with work lately. I am planning to sign up for free membership with WA soon too, as I believe I can benefit from the free websites and basic training, which would be a good refresher for me as I am a bit out of touch with affiliate marketing by now.

      Peace and blessings to you.

    3. Looking forward to those links Jimmy. Send them when you have time. I am sure that you will benefit from the WA free training. All the basics are covered and that is usually, the training that we missed in the first place. I still learn something new everyday, with so many skilled marketers on the platform you realize just how much there is to learn about blogging and online marketing.

  86. Hola, he leído en muchos sitios que EN es una estafa, incluso leí tu Blog que es el mas detallado en la evaluación sobre EN, pero en verdad este WA es de fiar? Veo que no habla sobre tener afiliados ni nada de eso, entonces exactamente como se hacen las ganancias?

    1. Christeen, with your permision I will answer Gians question.

      Hola Gian, efectivamente WA no es un MLM. WA es una universidad para aprender a montar tu propio blog donde puedes promocionar negocios como afiliado. Es prácticamente tu negocio en línea y de ahí es donde tu recibes tu dinero. También WA te da una comisión por referir gente al programa, pero solo de tus invitados, no de los que ellos inviten ya que no es un MLM, es una universidad.

  87. Hello Christine, is it possible to bring someone into WA while a Starter membership and still earn a commision if the person I sponsored upgraded before me?

    1. Hi Franklin.

      Yes, you will earn a commission with the starter membership if your referrals upgrade. Many free members earn commissions by referring others to WA.

  88. Please let me know can I promote WA and earn commissions ? Without upgrading my free membership ? Do you provide promotional tools to promote WA to free members ?

    I am free member of WA long back but I lost my login ID. When I fill and submit form again for free membership I get message this email ID is registered. In mail search I am not getting history of my joining. What to do ? My email ID is speedexoffset@gmail.com

    1. Yes, you can promote WA and earn commissions with the free membership. You will find a huge variety of tools within your WA affiliate panel.

      You can email Kyle directly at: kyle@wealthyaffiliate.com

      He will help you to rejoin, using your old email ID. Alternatively, you can use a new email and create an account on a different computer. You can use your old computer again after you set up your account

  89. Hi Christene

    Would this sort of thing work for book sales?

    1. Yes, you can build a WordPress site that focuses on book sales. There are many plugins that can be used to sell your books. You can even create an online store.

  90. So, WA is basically a training site that actually helps you get started as well as helping you find product to sell? Is there an average cost a month to run great sites? You talk about the costs of doing this adding up to do it right, so I was wondering if you could quote me a number of that would be around. With premium membership being $47 a month and AWeber another $20 a month, what are some other costs you could make me aware of so that I can come in with what I need to instead of learning of each new cost as I go through. I want to take advantage of the valuable information at WA, I just want to come prepared.
    Thank you for your time and anticipated response.

    1. Hi again Thomas.

      Each and every online marketer have his/her own needs to build their online business. There are many tools that make life easier for you, but, they are not a necessity. Think about it this way, a small business that just start out will not need much staff, a huge financial output or capital. The coffee shop around your corner have a very low budget compared to the KFC branch.

      The online industry works in the same way. As a beginner, you do not need an autoresponder unless you have a way to capture leads. You will do most of the work yourself, therefore you do not need outsourcing or additional tools to make work easier. A normal brick and mortar business will only spend money if that expense can make them more money. You do not purchase a tool or service if it cannot produce a profit.

      Example: My blogs get around 500 000 page views a month. My social media sites like Facebook, twitter and G+ provides another 100 000 views and inquiries. Now if I build an email list it will pay for Aweber automatically right? I use a variety of tools and services that add up to hundreds of dollars a month because I can't do all the work myself anymore.

      For now, the free training is all you need, if you decide to go premium, you will have everything you need including your websites, keyword tool and support. With these you can build an online empire without spending another dime.

      Bottom Line: You only spend money if you can earn a profit from it long term. As your business grows you will have different needs.

      Please shout if you have questions or need advice

    2. I dearly apologize, I did not answer your first question.

      Yes, WA is a learning platform that will teach you how to create a website that will get traffic and earn you money. You do not need your own product, you will learn how to choose one that is profitable and complement your niche.

  91. Hi Christene,

    I would Like to join affilliate programs for purposes of making money but I have no idea which ones are the best. I thought I had found the ones I wanted (GVO, 7 minute workout and others) only to be told that my country (Uganda) is not elligible to transact with them. Do you mind recommending to me some programs (at least 5 where I can participate?)

    Meanwhile I am still having issues signing up with Wealthy Affiliate. The system tells me that I aready have an account which I have never opened.

    Kind Regards,

    D.B. Mwebaze

  92. Hi Christene,

    Here is Alex , from Brazil .

    I read your review and I am encouraged to experiment with this program . Well , I must say that I am online seller since 2010 . Prior to that , I was an ordinary employee . I worked for almost 17 years in the technology. After that , I decided that working at home would be better to have more quality of life .

    But , after four years working as an online seller, I realized that the factor of working from home is not such a big benefit. I have many problems with the treatment of customers , product inventory, logistics, call center and other things . Anyway, today my time is shorter than the time when I was employed .

    I believe that affiliate marketing may be the solution to reconcile a good income with time . Today , I have a 5 digit income as an online seller, but I have no free time and very poor quality of life .

    I have also looked at the business model with blogs and monetize them with selling advertisements. This is very practiced here in Brazil . Finally , I would like to contribute and learn from you . I want to put my experience as an online seller and leverage a new business , from participation in this community.

    Best regards,


    1. Hi Alex

      First, I completely get what you are saying, having an online business does not mean less work or more free time, it only free you from having a boss and restricted salary. Scammy products promise so many that they will earn thousands without doing anything and I think that is the major reason why the majority fail, they expect instant results. I am sure that you agree?

      Unfortunately, I am also struggling with the "time" factor myself. I have 5 blogs that generate thousands of views a day and my mailbox, social media platforms and online communication platforms are flooded with messages on a daily basis. I spend approx 6 hours a day to reply and catch up. (Lol, that is why it took so long to reply to your comment). I am constantly looking for ways to get more value out of my time and get my business on the level of self-sustaining. I have ways that work and some ideas that might work. Feel free to mail me directly at christene.swanepoel@gmail.com. It is always nice to have a talk with an experienced marketer.

      WA is an awesome community, I am not just saying this because I promote them myself, but because it is a platform that does provide exactly what it promise, no fairy tales or spammy actions. With your marketing experience you can help many others and earn a good income while doing it.

      Feel free to shout if you have any questions.

    2. hi christene,
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  93. This seems interesting so Ill give it a try. Huh work work work :), tnx for reviev.

  94. I have set up my website and am going thru boot camp now as a starter member, but I seem to only see how to promote WA and not other affiliates and am not sure about adding content. There was a video for your About Me and Privacy Policy pages, but I feel like I am lost and can't find the info to finish my site and begin to monetize it...

  95. Hi Sonya.

    It would be hard for me to advise you on the training because I have no knowledge about your actual progress with all the training. Did you finish the getting started, training first before you started the affiliate Bootcamp?

    You will find the training on content at phase 2


  96. Hi Christene,

    I have been looking at your posts for quite a while and I am very much impressed by your depth of knowledge. I am a WA premium member too and I too agree that WA is the real deal in an internet full of junk.
    Please check out my review of it on my new website:




  97. Thank you for the time you have spent on this . I am now going to try and go for it ...I am not IT trained , but here goes...Watch this space.

    1. Thanks Jon. Remember to drop by at WA and give me a shout if you have questions or need some serious advice.


  98. Great article Christene, thanks!. Patrick

    1. You are welcome Patrick. Thanks for the positive feedback, it is greatly appreciated.

      Have an awesome day!

  99. Is the free trial link at the top make you pur referer? I want to see what wa is all about soon. I would like to make sure when I sign up it is under you :)

    1. Hi Carrie. Hope all is going well.

      Some of my links are raw without affiliate codes. The link that leads to my own WA profile page at the bottom of my review have my referrer code.

      When you join WA I will send you a welcome message, please take time to respond to your questions. It is much easier to help if we know the concerns of new members.

      Hope to chat soon.

  100. Hey Christene!

    I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this article before joining EN. I am a recent college graduate and as you know, the job market is looking rough right now. I am currently living with my parents and working minimum wage. The pay is terrible and the hours are unstable.
    I was very impressed with what WA has to offer and I am willing to put in as much work as possible. Do you think it's possible to make a living off WA? Can I have this as my sole source of income? I know it's a very direct question... but I would love to finally move out and have the financial stability to quit my shitty job. I don't intend to become a millionaire (like EN promises) I just would like to be financially independent.

    PS: English is also my second language!! I love what you're doing!

    1. Hi Andrea. Hope all is going well?

      My apologizes for the delayed response.

      It is definitely possible to make a living off WA, I do it and so does many others on the platform. WA helped me personally to grow my online business and enables me to earn more than I did when I was working.

      Now, I do not tell fairy tales and hate to mislead. Some WA members have huge success while others give up and do nothing. The reason is simple, some understand that it does take effort and hard work, while others are just looking for a "get rich" quick program. If you follow the WA training and implement it, you will see success.

      WA teach members how to build successful websites and it provides all the tools that go along with it. In addition, you have the best support system that will help you to get ahead. If you use all these things and work hard you have a good change to make it big.

      Bottom line, if you are willing to work hard for the first few months and do not expect too much at first, WA is the best place to get started.

      Building an online business takes time because you have to get yourself noticed online and learn how to market properly. Similar like schooling, first you learn and then you apply the knowledge. Some people learn faster and implement what they learn immediately, while others sit idle and waste time. In the end it depends on your own actions.

      Please give me a shout if you have any questions, I will answer them gladly

  101. Christene,

    Great and informative post. I like how it flows. I wanted to ask you 3 questions, if I may?

    1) With the affiliate program for WA, do FREE members earn $11.25 per month when they refer a member who upgrades to the premium membership? Also do premium members earn $22.50 per month when they refer a member who also upgrades to premium status?

    2) I saw in one of your previous comments when you mentioned $8.50 in relationship to a referral commission (or $8'something). Where does this figure come from if the above amounts in question 1) above are correct?

    3) I like to view the page source of different webpages at random, just to give me some ideas and also to help me identify key patterns. Am I correct in thinking that WA members are taught to use some type of plugin to hide their keyword data in the page source?

    You're doing an excellent job. Keep up the great work Christene.


    1. Hi Cliff. Hope all is going well?

      You are welcome to raise your concerns and ask any questions.

      1. Yes, free members earn a recurring $11.25 commission each month if the member keeps his/her membership. Premium members earn $22.50 recurring commissions each month for as long as the member stay premium.

      2. If you refer a new member and they upgrade to the premium you will earn an instant $8 if you are premium, thereafter you earn $22.50 that is recurring each month as long as the member stay on. In addition, you also receive a $1 credit if the person completes his/her profile. Free members will earn $4 and then $11.25 recurring each month. Unfortunately, free members do not receive the $1 credits.

      3. Unfortunately, I cannot give much information about the type of plugins that is used (I am not a WordPress guru yet). I do know that the basic SEO plug-ins are recommended upon installation and setup, but WA has full tutorials on Keyword research, content creation for SEO and basic SEO setup. I never actually saw learning materials that taught members to hide their keyword data. The SEO training is up to standard and based on "Google"s rules and standards. The reason why these sites rank so high.

      I am not sure if I am permitted to share web pages publicly for this purpose and I do not want to step on toes. You can join the free membership (no need for credit card details) and browse through the websites created by members. Those who want to share their websites usually have the links on their profiles. Our WA Ambassadors are the most successful and their sites are ranked highly. Well worth checking them out.

      Last but not least, not every WA member joins WA with the intention to build a website, some already have websites but struggle to monetize them or earn from them. The training helps them to fix flaws, and also stay updated with SEO, marketing and social media related training.

      Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions.

  102. A very comprehensive review indeed! :)
    I decided to join WA (and recently did), but one question bugs my mind:
    Will I lose my website if sometime in the future I leave WA?

    1. First, your content will always belong to you whether you are a free member or a premium member. If you have the free membership, you automatically get a WA domain name included and therefore you cannot move the entire website if you cancel the membership. If you are a premium member and have your own domain, you can move your entire website and domain over to another hosting provider if you do decide to leave WA. Your site will be intact and no content or progress will be lost.


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