Most of us engage in Trading to increase our income levels.
But it’s a tough one right?
Trading is also an active form of income, for some even a very active form of income (hi there scalpers), requiring a lot of time and effort, stress and screen time.
On top of that, it is by no means a recurring form of revenue, unless you’re a dividend collector.
But then I wouldn’t call that plain Trading.
Only a small elite of traders manage to make consistent recurring monthly income, most others have wild swings, with significant drawdowns and occasional upswings.
So you’ll agree that most of us would favor a source of revenue that can be a bit more stable than trading (or as a complement to our trading income), and I have discovered one of the most interesting forms of more passive income => affiliate marketing.
In one word, affiliate marketing boils down to promoting someone else’s product(s) or services on your website and earning a commission when you refer someone to their website who then registers or purchases the product or service.
Most of us have heard about affiliate marketing before.
But how many times have you been discouraged or put off by all the online noise, the agressive youtube videos by guys claiming overnight success and limitless wealth? Well I certainly have, more than a couple of times… until one platform totally blew me away, and that’s Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
WA is actually much more than a platform, it’s a whole environment, a vibrant community, giving you real chances of making online affiliate revenue, with real and proven success stories.
But let’s start from the beginning.
What is Wealthy Affiliate ?
It is a platform giving you all the necessary resources to invent, create, launch, grow and nurture your online business. Whether a blog, an e-commerce site, a review site, … all areas are covered in a single one-stop shop.
The community at Wealthy Affiliate is about 850,000 members strong, so that’s staggering reach and it definitely counts as the number one affiliate marketing platform out there today.
But it’s not only about the numbers, it’s also the quality of the community.
Probably the most striking thing when you start out at WA is the language, the tone, the respect, the friendly spirit in which interactions take place. What a contrast to a lot of online communities!
Questions raised on the WA website are answered within minutes by tens of people ready to help.
And you get every encouragement to become a helper yourself, giving you a real sense of not being alone in your quest to becoming a “wealthy affiliate” yourself.
The services offered are all-inclusive, from the creation of your website, to the domain purchase, the hosting platform, Wealthy Affiliate also offers 1,000’s of training modules, taking you every step of the way.
The founders of this community are Kyle and Carson, and despite being very successful guys, both of them are still very engaged and active in the community.
What will being a Wealthy Affiliate bring you?
Basically, even if you know nothing about websites, SEO or online marketing, you are going to be taken every little step of the way, from A to Z, until you create a successful and profitable online business.
Success is of course never guaranteed, but if you follow the courses and stay focused and dedicated, you stand a VERY solid chance of making recurring online revenue.
And some people at WA are making more than a decent income, you get to be in contact with some people making clearly hundreds of thousands of dollars of recurring annual revenue.
Among the many benefits you will get from Wealthy Affiliate, the main ones are.
A full online training (video and tutorial based) starting from the basics to the most complex modules. The training is not theoretical, it actually guides you through the creation of your own website.
13 interactive classrooms, with 5 levels of certification broken down in up to 40 modules each.
Hundreds of thousands of members of the community ready to HELP, 24/7, either in Live chats or classroom forums
Secured and fast hosting platform (Siterubix)
Tech support answering literally in minutes
And the startup environment is TOTALLY FREE. So if you want to try it out, you’re absolutely free to do so without any commitment. I don’t know of any other website in the industry giving you access to so much at no cost…
Do you need to be an expert?
As I said, if you know nothing either about affiliate marketing, or website creation you will learn it all. So it’s ok to be a total newbie.
But if you have past experience, which was my case, you will find WA as a tremendous accelerator of success.
As a matter of fact, WA is also very well suited for people that have an existing website but want to take it to the next level.
It certainly worked for me, my traffic increased around 40% in the weeks that followed joining WA.
The training modules
I have learned things at WA that I hadn’t found anywhere else.
Simple SEO tricks to rank faster in google (and it works, I managed to get leading positions in google in a few hours!) integrating Woocommerce plugins, using images, writing tips to produce authoritative content, ….
The training at Wealthy Affiliate is organized and designed for all levels of expertise. It comes in different forms:
You will have access to:
-Video training and tutorial training organized in modules
-Weekly training classes
-Interactive chats and discussions
-Task based lessons
The number of modules available at WA is enormous.
There is a fully organized Online Entrepreneur Certification course, composed of 5 levels with 30 to 40 modules each.
And for reference at any point in time, there are also 13 classrooms containing tutorials, video content, and questions and answers from members on that specific theme. Here are the themes covered:
- Getting Started
- WA Affiliate Program
- Keywords, Niche & Market Research
- Everything WordPress
- Authoring & Writing Content
- Search Engine Optimization
- Social Engagement & Marketing
- Website Development & Programming
- Local Marketing
- Video Marketing
- Email Marketing
- The Wealthy Affiliate Platform
- Pay per Click Marketing
Wealthy Affiliate tools
Aside from the training modules, you also get access to a host of tools to build, host and drive your business and performance.
- A Complete Keyword Research Tool (free version of Jaaxy)
- A robust and state of the art hosting platform (for Premium Members)
- Ready made keyword lists with specifically low competition
- A WordPress 3-click website builder
- Access to over 2,800 WordPress Themes
- Access to over 40,000 plugins that can enhance your website
- A Content Writing platform unlike any other, with tools such as duplicate content checking, writing templates, automatic word counting, grammar and spelling checks, and access to over 1,000,000 images
The good thing is that once you’re in WA, every tool listed above is included, you don’t have to keep paying up to get access to new tools.
If you have already tried setting up a website and/or an online business, then you know the feeling you get at times when you feel stuck.
Sometimes, it is even a feeling of desperation at the idea that you are going to have to roam google and forums and videos and what have you … to try and find a way out of your problem.
Well at WA things are different. You just post your question / problem / doubt on any of the available support channels and you will get instant 24/7 support.
- Support with Kyle (yes, the owner, he will answer your questions !)
- Live 24/7 chat
- Interactive discussions in classrooms or in the chat
- Tech support
- Private Access to a Community of Experts
What process will you follow at Wealthy Affiliate?
You’re wondering how things are going to work until you start making money with your website.
Here is a representation of the process you will go through, step by step
The process is described in detail here.
There are two ways you can follow the process.
- either you have a passion, a topic you want to follow and write about, and you will be guided on how to make a website out of that
- or you don’t have a specific niche you want to follow, and then you will be given an alternative, which is to become a Wealthy Affiliate promoter, which is the second direction you can take. That will be done through an “”Affiliate Bootcamp”
How much does Wealthy Affiliate cost?
Wealthy Affiliate is giving you two options :
A Starter Membership which is free: $0 (join here)
A premium Membership at $49 per month / $359 per year (join here)
The free Starter Membership is fantastic because it gets you inside the WA Community, and that way you are totally able to judge by yourself of the numerous benefits the platform has to offer.
The free option gives you access to:
- Live Chat
- Over 500 training modules
- 3 Classrooms
- Networking ability
- Commenting ability
- Two free websites
- Access to the keyword tool
Admit it, not bad for a free platform! And you don’t have to key in your Visa card number or anything else, this is not a “try and commit to buy” scam, it is not time based and it is really free.
They even encourage you to start for free. And don’t take my word for it, just try it out!
I don’t think there’s any other platform on the web that matches Wealthy Affiliate’s FREE Starter Membership.
And if you’re interested in Wealthy Affiliate Premium, this is where you get the “All Inclusive Package”.
Personally I found it to be a no brainer in the sense that WA Premium includes a lot of costs you will have to incur anyway: a hosting package for example, or a good keyword tool, meaning that the actual cost of the membership is probably around less than half its asking price.
They also have had a policy at WA of not revising the price for a good number of years despite constantly enriching the platform and its features.
For me, WA has tremendously simplified things. I manage several websites in one single place, all my domain purchases are well organized and I don’t need to access tens of different control panels (I absolutely hate them).
I am reminded of auto renewals. I manage all my content in one place.
I really have time to focus on helping my visitors by writing new pieces of content instead of tirelessly shifting from tool to tool, website to website to get pieces of the puzzle together.
All of that in an environment which is rock solid and free from spam and scams.
A comfort that has totally changed my approach.
It took me 5 years to find them, and I can tell you I would have saved A LOT of time, efforts and money if someone had hinted at them earlier.
Then you can drop me a comment and tell me how you like it, and maybe maybe…. if you are making a more stable income than trading :-)?
Please also let me know what is your take on Wealthy Affiliate, you might have tried it and have valuable info to share with everyone. Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you!