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Hello Chris, I am planning to join Wealthy Affiliate as a premium. But I am a 33-yr old woman who does not have a common sense like I get from most people. I am also a woman who does not have that much intellectual capacity. So I’m not sure how much my brain can comprehend and how much my brain can take all the information from WA. Do you think I should just give it a try?
With that said, I want to fully disclose that I am indeed an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If you click on any of my affiliate links, like this one, I get credit in the event you sign up for a paid membership option. If you do want to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate, clicking on my affiliate link is actually beneficial for you, too. If you sign up after clicking my link, I get notified and we are able to have private 1-on-1 conversations within’ the Wealthy Affiliate community. This is a huge added benefit and all you have to do is use my affiliate link before signing up for your free account.

Most businesses require startup fees as well as a cash flow to finance the products being sold. However, affiliate marketing can be done at a low cost, meaning you can get started quickly and without much hassle. There are no affiliate program fees to worry about and no need to create a product. Beginning this line of work is relatively straightforward.
Although it differs from spyware, adware often uses the same methods and technologies. Merchants initially were uninformed about adware, what impact it had, and how it could damage their brands. Affiliate marketers became aware of the issue much more quickly, especially because they noticed that adware often overwrites tracking cookies, thus resulting in a decline of commissions. Affiliates not employing adware felt that it was stealing commission from them. Adware often has no valuable purpose and rarely provides any useful content to the user, who is typically unaware that such software is installed on his/her computer. How To Make $100 A Day With Amazon Affiliate Program (Even On A TIGHT Budget)
Focusing on relevant products makes it easier to make quality referrals because there’s a nice overlap between your audience and the product you’re promoting. If you’re a fitness blogger, for example, it wouldn’t exactly fit in with the rest of your content if you started promoting video games and electronics that aren’t applicable to your niche. Instead, you might find a company whose products focus on protein powders, vitamins, workout equipment, etc.
You sign up for FREE and never not once charge you a dime!! Unless you choose to upgrade that is your choice to do so! They never force or hassle money out of your pocket unlike other MLM companies online that try to make you scale up! Now that's SCAMMING ppl to not let them have the opportunity to have hands on access. WA they give you ALL ACCESS!! And people complaint about WA?? Are you kidding me!! I love Wealthy Affiliate and if some of you have issues about them them try to have myself and a million other followers and WA affiliates say anything negative... but that will suck because there is NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY ABOUT WEALTHY AFFILIATES. And as far as I know Kyle is NEVER rude!! Let's make that VERY CLEAR!!

I already opened my free account. I should be under you. Once I get going with my website or sites will I be required to recruit people to WA? Do you simply make money from what you learned at WA or is it a combination of your sites and recruiting for WA? With my schedule I may only be able to get in 6-8 hours a week on training and For someone as dumb as me, how long do you think it will take before I start to see a few dollars coming from this? I most likely am going to become a premium member, I just want to feel totally comfortable before I take that step. Thanks for your help. Also, where do I search for you on the WA site?


Jaaxy is the most powerful online keyword research tool out there, which relates to the affiliate online business model that Wealthy Affiliate teaches. Street Articles is an article directory that used to be a tool for WA members too. They could write posts there about the same topic their sites were about to create backlinks to them and boost their rankings. After Google changed its algorithm, backlinks started to be seen differently at Google’s eyes so this tool stopped being so important as before.
These videos would be free for all of my Wealthy Affiliate referrals since I get commission from those. If you're not a wealthyaffiliate members, I would charge a small monthly fee just to weed out the haters who might try to sabotage the site, and to compensate me for the time and effort of recording the videos and explaining each step along the way.

I read a lot of good comments from here. I guess WA is really a good instrument to earn money online. I just have a question. I would like to have my brother join this under you but he is located in the Philippines. He has a background of internet marketing. Is this open for internationals? And what would be the way for him to be getting paid? would that be through paypal? Check or bank transfer?? uhh.. im really confused.. Your answers to these questions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and May you have more blessings to come!

Here is my question: “What do you know about ‘Jim Cockrum’s Coaching Course?’ I was debating, if it does not cost me “an arm and a leg” to join the course but then I start reading a few negative reports/reviews on “Ripoff Report” (old ones ) which made me slightly uneasy! Also, I noticed that apparently Jim and/or the “Coaching Office” is located in Utah! This makes me kind of uneasy also, because many Internet operators, companies , etc., are located in Utah! I happened to deal with a few of them and they all left me with a bad taste in my mouth and/or ‘burned’, so to speak!.

You can do this all 100% from the comfort of your home or in your case the farm. The WA website is a training center that teaches you Internet marketing and I like to think of it more like a online college. They teach you how to market a variety of products and services online and you can even learn how to create and market your own products and have other people sell them for you. The training walks you through how to do all of this and you are provided with all the necessary tools needed to get up and running including 2 free websites when you join.


I don’t have a website yet, but there’s several I know that aren’t big bucks and I even heard Wix was decent. Anyway. I want to become an affiliate. I’ve desired it for over a year. I’ve been told it will cost so much per month. I truly believe if you know the basics you can do this. It may take time. I just attended Keale Keane’s webinar and paid $99.00.
The phrase, "Affiliates are an extended sales force for your business", which is often used to explain affiliate marketing, is not completely accurate. The primary difference between the two is that affiliate marketers provide little if any influence on a possible prospect in the conversion process once that prospect is directed to the advertiser's website. The sales team of the advertiser, however, does have the control and influence up to the point where the prospect either a) signs the contract, or b) completes the purchase.
You will be selling other people’s products and you’ll be provided with all the marketing materials needed to sell their products as well as your very own affiliate ID. You will be given your very own personalized affiliate link and this is the link that pays you. You will need to put your affiliate link on your website, and when people visit your website, click on your link, and make a purchase, you make money.
If you need some help building your first website and your communication priveledges have expired at WA I would be more than happy to help you get your first website up and running. I know how hard it is just starting out because I was in your shoes a couple of years ago. Feel free to send me an email at Scott@aworkathomebusinesses.com and I would be more than happy to help you out Carrl.

That was correct, everything is included all in 1 place so there is no need to go anywhere else. There have been several WA members that has had adult sites and they did good with them. This shouldn’t be a problem and if this is the niche that you would like to pursue I would advise you to do so. This is your business that you are building and you can choose anything that you would like.
The wellness and organic living could be a very profitable niche to get involved with. With the help and support of WA you should be able to get started in this niche with no problem. (especially since you said you were passionate about it) If you follow the training and take action on what you have learned you will find it easy to have a website setup in no time selling these kinds of products.
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People usually get this message whenever they are sharing an IP address with another WA member.(this could happen if you are using someone’s wi-fi) You are limited to 1 account per IP address due to the fact that many people try to commit fraud and game the system. Another reason why you may get this message is because you are trying to sign up to WA using the same computer as another WA member and the system is picking it up as them already having an account.
1.When you join their affiliate program you will be given your very own affiliate id which is called your affiliate link. You will need to put this link on your website. When someone clicks on your affiliate link on your site to Microsofts website, this will install a cookie on their computer which is what is used to track where people are coming from.

When people do a Google search for a review about the best Iphone 6 cases your review pops up and they click on it, read it, and want more information about it. You’ll need to apply to affiliate programs from reputable companies like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target just to name a few. You’ll be given your own special unique affiliate link when you join which keeps track of your clicks and whenever someone makes a purchase through your link.
The best way to engage and tie-up with affiliates is to build up a reputation by providing good content. Connect with bloggers in the same niche as yours, cross-promote your products, and build a relationship with them. You can find successful affiliates through forums and online platforms. Some of the most popular affiliate networks are Clickbank, Commission Junction, Amazon Affiliate Programme, and Linkshare, to name a few.
Though there are no phone number to call for support. I have always gotten a response from WA webhost support team within an hour. I think it is about preference when it comes to web hosting. Some might find WA host reliable while others would host their websites some where else. Wealthy Affiliate is more of an education program and community for me. Even if I do not host with WA, I will still continue to be a premium member because I see the value in it.
I would love to teach you everything I know about how to get started in affiliate marketing and how to grow your business a little more every day. I would suggest you get started by opening your FREE account by clicking on the join now button above. I will be contacting you shortly after you join to make sure you are finding your way around the community and answer any questions you may have when you are getting started.
Unfortunately, the starter membership isn’t available in India. This happens to be one of the countries that has a high level of fraud and it’s on the list of countries excluded from the starter membership. You can still join the premium membership and you qualify to receive 59% off your first month meaning you can try out everything WA has to offer without paying full price.
I am glad I stumbled on your site (was googling if Swagbucks was worth it and I saw your blog post about it). I thought you sounded reasonable so I checked out the rest of your blog and decided to sign up for the free 5 day course, which on Day 1 you suggest signing up for WA. It all sounds great, and I appreciate your explanation about the Amazon affiliate vs. seller.
This is how the magic happens. When you sign up for an affiliate program, you’ll be assigned a specific ID or username. You’ll use the affiliate program software to generate links to the products you are recommending. Any affiliate links that are generated will contain this ID or username. That way, the merchant knows who’s promoting their product and who to pay!
In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.[9]
I’m signing up!!! I swore I would find a solution and I’ve been hunting and trying all sorts of programs that did not work out for me or were scams, and I’ve spent the past two years….two YEARS…trying to figure this out because it’s a matter of survival for me and so I’m not ready to give up all that energy and time spent…there has to be something out there that is the right fit for me. I’ve lost many friends and family connections due to this journey so I’m gonna give this a shot and prove to everyone and myself that there is a way!
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I highly recommend it myself. I also agree that in order to derive benefit or results, one has to put in sufficient time and energy. But other than that, with the help of WA training and support, the sky’s pretty much the limit. One can have 0 traffic or 100,000 visitors per month depending on how well one follows the instructions or training. I admit I myself have previously not followed all the instructions closely and spent too much wasted time on things that don’t matter very much (at least not in early stage of game) such as obsessing over which WordPress template to use, but now I remind myself to stay on track more and follow instructions.

My major concern is this. From what I garner, having great blogging skills in a niche area of your choice and wealth of knowledge (and hard work of course) is integral to having a successful business online. Thus, I will like to know how WA might help in honing those blogging skills for those that are newbies or don’t have the knowledge depth in their niche field to be confident on blogging about it. Like are there methodologies in place to take a newbie to a decent and possibly professional blogging level? Even if this might sound apparent; with your experience, will researching in the niche choice help to fill the knowledge gap to a level where you can start posting quality contents on the website/blog?


How much you get paid would depend on how many sales you made for the month and how much commission the merchant is currently paying. When you get to the point where you start making sales, then you would be paid on a monthly basis. Also, the more traffic you have coming to your site would also play a factor in how much money you would initially make.
In 2 short months you would still be in your initial training period, so I don’t see how you can honestly say you found no use for it after 2 months. You need to slow down and take your time when you are going through the courses. That’s why most people fail online because they go through the courses to fast and they miss out on lots of valuable info.
i have looked at and tried similar systems and programs in the past, all without success. The web is full of false promises and scams, that it is difficult to trust any. Most follow the same design and claim ‘this and that’ but end up with tools like article spinners that dont work and clickbank banners that have no effect. What makes this system any different?
I have one more question. I wanna know how long does it takes to go through all those lessons once I sign up and also can I create our website right away after going through those lessons. I know it takes long to understand everything and be an expert like you. Since last two days I am going through all this website and getting more info about Affiliate Marketing. I have too many question regarding sales and how this exactly works but I will ask you once I sign up and I hope that many of my questions will be answered once I go through those lessons.
One of the best review I have seen online in recent years! It is so simply written and so motivating. I am planning to join the WA, but as it happens, being a bit scared if it will give a return. As I am living in India, there is no free program for us so I need to pay out $49 in first month. Let see what happens. Currently thinking of a Niche, and that I will start off! Thanks for the review
I’m glad that you found this review helpful and that you’re interested in learning more about affiliate marketing. I’m also glad that you’re interested in signing up for your free account and you can do that by clicking on the blue “Become A Member” button above. Fill in a few details and you’re in. I will be contacting you shortly after you join to see how things are going for you and welcoming you to the community.
You don’t have to promote WA if you don’t want to this is totally up to you and you can go with any niche that you want to. You make money from what you have learned at WA and by taking action and implementing this into your website. After you get good at this you could have 2 or 3 websites bringing in money for you. I think that if you can devote 6-8 hours a week to this that is a great starting point. You are not a dummy and I think that if you can work on this as much as you can and follow the training you should start seeing some money within 6 months maybe sooner. It takes other people longer so this is all pretty much up to you.
Wealthy Affiliate offers detailed in depth training on how to do this and you can even get started for Free. If you haven’t done so already I would recommend that you sign up for your free account by clicking on the blue “Become A Member” button above. I really am looking forward to working with you Jackie and I hope this has helped answer your question. If you have any other questions for me or need my help please let me know.

There is no use of having the best content on the planet if people don’t visit your affiliate website. You need to drive traffic to your affiliate website if you need to make commissions by recommending products. Give away free content on your website, offer a free consultation, add subscribers to your newsletter, and produce videos that offer a lot of value to visitors to encourage people to visit your website.


I won’t recommend you to Wealthy Affiliate if your intention is to promote your own products. Wealthy Affiliate is focused on teaching people how to promote other people’s products. For promoting your own products, I recommend that you learn specific skillsets like Copywriting and Facebook Advertising, and both of which Lurn provides (Click on the links above to read the reviews).
You do make an interesting point. However, whenever I start a new website I am basically starting from scratch. Posting links left right and center will not get you anywhere, it’s the hard work that counts. And to tell you the truth a lot of people do NOT want to do the hard work. This is why many give up rather fast which creates more opportunities for those who are willing to put in the effort.
You won’t get that at any job and I think that is just awesome. I would suggest you open up your Free account here and fill out your profile completely, then get started on the training lessons and if you get stuck or need any help along the way let me know and I will personally help you out and answer any questions you might have. I look forward to working with you Candice and if you have any more questions please let me know and I will be glad to answer them for you.
Affilorama – While I promoted Affilorama in the past, I no longer do for many reasons. It has simply become too outdated. Affilorama also lacks in some of the training. Instead, they focus on helping you get started quickly by designing a site for you and seeding it with content. Some of the optional training courses they sell are quite expensive and compares to an entire annual membership at Wealthy Affiliate, so that’s why I no longer promote them. Again, they are worth checking out, but I think Wealthy Affiliate is a much better buy.
I will still end up using other paid websites or services we need to create Promotions and promote our Products, But My REALY BIG QUESTION and I have searched everywhere For HOURS after HOURS, are you going to teach on how to generate Traffic and where to get it from, because everybody is talking about how you do it, find a product get traffic and get paid like it magically happens which I am curtain That the way most People explain it is just not true, so I am really hoping that your Program is actually teaching us all ins and outs, on how it works and how to do it and were to go,
Before you get into the thick of things, you need to select a niche that you are comfortable with. It is best if you have some formal learning in it, but it is perfectly all right to be a newbie to the sector, as long as it is a topic that you like researching on and writing about. To be an affiliate marketer, you need your own platform – a website or a blog where you can post links and advertise your chosen products.
Jack I am about to join WA as a PM. If I join now I will pay $19 for the first month. And for the rest of the month $47? How is it that you also mention it is $359/year? That is $29.92 / month. Please explain to me a bit even if you feel my question a bit stupid:) Shal I pay first the $19 for the first month or pay $359 for one full year? I would prefer to pay the full amount for a year.
 First and foremost, I found this while doing research on these on line work from home business. I am just kind of put off with your review because honestly they way you described your actions and attitude to the company in general, I would have reacted in much the same way but I would not have been as nice about it. Let's face it....you were rude. You know what they say, "you get what you give. I don't think anyone out there who has out the time and effort into creating such a training program would be okay with any one skipping ahead to what they think they need. You came off like a know it all and nobody likes that. So in my opinion, you tried something, it didn't work so, you didn't get your way and so basically this is your rendition of throwing a tantrum...grow up!!!!
People are your business. Without people, you have nobody to sell or advertise to. Within the first few lessons at Wealthy Affiliate you will learn all about the most current traffic techniques and how you can get an ABUNDANCE of relevant customers to your website. Wealthy Affiliate members OWN Google rankings, and own a huge share of ALL traffic online. That is a fact.
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