Two-tier programs exist in the minority of affiliate programs; most are simply one-tier. Referral programs beyond two-tier resemble multi-level marketing (MLM) or network marketing but are different: Multi-level marketing (MLM) or network marketing associations tend to have more complex commission requirements/qualifications than standard affiliate programs.[citation needed]

Take advantage of marketing tools whenever possible. Many affiliate programs offer useful resources to their affiliates aimed at helping affiliates make more sales. These range from monthly newsletters highlighting upcoming sales, tips or affiliate case studies, Facebook Groups just for affiliates, private webinars explaining marketing strategies in depth and more. Ultimate Bundles does this exceptionally well.
Hey Hugh, You definitely do not need to be a professional writer to be able to make money online. Writing has never been my strong point and I suffered with this all through my high school years and I pretty much hated writing. I didn’t let that stop me from achieving success online and I don’t think anyone should let that stop them from living their dreams. I am living proof that anyone can do this no matter what your skill level is or if you don’t know the first thing about this business. In the year and a half I have been doing this I have learned more than I ever have in my entire life. I owe it all to Wealthy Affiliate and their awesome training lessons and their willingness to help anyone setup a business online.
Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. The two forms of marketing are differentiated, however, in how they drive sales, where affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations, while referral marketing relies more on trust and personal relationships.[citation needed]
Affiliate marketing currently lacks industry standards for training and certification. There are some training courses and seminars that result in certifications; however, the acceptance of such certifications is mostly due to the reputation of the individual or company issuing the certification. Affiliate marketing is not commonly taught in universities, and only a few college instructors work with Internet marketers to introduce the subject to students majoring in marketing.[36]
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.

Hi Candice, There are many different forms of payment that WA will accept. These include PayPal, Electronic checks (It takes 3-5 business days for these to clear) Credit and Debit cards including Visa or MasterCard. You could also have it setup to be automatically withdrawn from your bank account as well. I look forward to working with you here soon and if you have any further questions let me know and I would be glad to answer them for you. Wealthy Affiliate Review & 4k/Month Results! How to Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate

I don't promote WA and the training pushed me in a direction to promote something else. The idea is that you can create a business online working withing a category that you have passion in.  For me that is woodworking, but for others this is likely soemthing completely different.  There are lots of directions you can head.  People that say that the training is all about promoting the same company obviously have not gone through the training.  I didn't get a sense of that.  
And I always suggest people to be honest. I am not sure where you got the idea that you need to scam people or spamming people in order to make money online. In fact, I think honest reviews and suggestions work much better. Many of those low quality websites that spam people or publish a bunch of dishonest reviews fail within a few months. Honesty is the only way to go in my opinion.

You should also make sure you aren't competing with your own affiliates for eyeballs. Any marketing channels you're using, such as search engines, content sites or e-mail lists, should be off limits to your affiliates. Put marketing restrictions into your affiliate agreement and notify partners immediately. It's your program--you set the rules. Or, if you prefer, you can let your affiliates run the majority of your internet marketing.
The thing that sets Wealthy Affiliate apart from all the other programs out there that are scams is that they teach you the proper way to start a business online. There is no hype or hidden promises that you will be a millionaire within your first week like 99% of all the other programs out there. The training program that walks you through all of this is Free to get started and your starter membership comes packed with everything you need to start making money online.
2 - This is not just for beginners on the internet. There are a large amount of marketers that joined to learn more and love it. So the coaxing part you mentioned.... not really there. You can stay a free member but you just don't get the info that premium members get. You seemed to be outraged about that. Well how about you give your services away to anyone that does not want to pay and then charge the ones that think it's worth it. How soon before you are called out and you have no business at all. So that complaint is just non-sense. 
Websites and services based on Web 2.0 concepts—blogging and interactive online communities, for example—have impacted the affiliate marketing world as well. These platforms allow improved communication between merchants and affiliates. Web 2.0 platforms have also opened affiliate marketing channels to personal bloggers, writers, and independent website owners. Contextual ads allow publishers with lower levels of web traffic to place affiliate ads on websites.[citation needed]
Basically, anyone who is looking to make money fast should stay away from Wealthy Affiliate. There are plenty of “make money fast” e-books and courses out there, and they are all a scam (trust me). While Wealthy Affiliate is legit, they will absolutely never claim that they teach you how to make money fast. Building a legitimate online business takes time.
I came across WA after looking into AmeriPlan, as I can see many across the board have also done. I am familiar with Affiliate Marketing, and even bought a kit from another company off a late night television promo many years ago, that I have yet to do anything with. The lure of making money online is pretty intriguing, but do have some questions/concerns I am hoping you can help answer. How do income taxes work with this company? Does WA take care of any of that, or would I be considered an independant contractor, or something similar? I will admit that taxes have been one of the major reasons stopping me over the years from doing a home based business. Also, I enjoy a lot of manly, & even not so manly things. I worry it would be difficult to narrow down a true profitable target audience. My passions include ATV’s, side by sides, products used in this sport, etc. Essential Oils, weightloss (I have lost 185 lbs), food, hunting, fishing, trucks, knives, music, toys, religeous items, survival tools, flash lights, and quite a bit more. What have you personally seen be the most profitable over the years? I have many passions, drives, and loves, that I could truly write about for years to come. Thanks so much for your help!
Use your personal words & experience with the product. Your own content, or photos & videos of yourself using the product are always the most effective. For example, many affiliate programs provide swipe copy to their affiliates which is pre-written emails, post material or social media posts. These can be helpful as a guide, but they often scream swipe copy, aren’t written in your voice (the one your readers know!) and if a lot of affiliates are using it, are overdone.
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.
The most valuable benefits of Wealthy Affiliate University (in my opinion) are the step-by-step approach to building a business and the support from Kyle, Carson and many expert members. Most other online programs are lacking the support and the clear action plan. I have tested dozens of different programs over the past 7 years and nothing comes close to the quality of WA.
It also helps to think outside the box. Pinch of Yum long ago set up a blogging resources page, which talks about which host to go with, what sort of plugins you need to use, which theme to use, etc. Because some of these products are recurring (eg. hosting affiliate programs), this page continues to bring in money over time, long after someone makes the original purchase.

4.You can earn anywhere from 4%-75% commission on each item that people buy using your affiliate link. Depending on if its a physical or digital product. Digital products usually pay a lot higher commission because they can be sent to customers email address instead of sending it through the mail. Amazon starts you out at 4% and you can work your way up to earning 10% commission on everything you sell from your website.

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.

Wow this is a really comprehensive review of Wealthy Affiliate and I have learned things I never knew even though I’ve been a member for nearly 3 months. I love the program though and agree with what you have said. I also love the testimonials you have and the evidence you have given that people can make a living online. My own income is small but growing and i know that I’m investing in my future. Thanks for such an thorough review.
The starter membership was designed to get you started and give you a taste of what you will be doing before investing any money up front into this business. I have seen plenty of people make money with only the starter membership, but it wasn’t a whole lot. You aren’t going to make a whole lot of money when you first start out, you just need to keep working at it and stick with it. Your income will eventually grow over time the more you work at it. You also need to keep in mind that this is a business and at some point you will need to invest money into the premium training, tools, and help and support if you want to make really good money with it.
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The thing that sets Wealthy Affiliate apart from all the other programs out there that are scams is that they teach you the proper way to start a business online. There is no hype or hidden promises that you will be a millionaire within your first week like 99% of all the other programs out there. The training program that walks you through all of this is Free to get started and your starter membership comes packed with everything you need to start making money online.

But Keale’s AWOL won’t return my email, and I’m trying to get my “no questions asked refund” it has only been 6 days. Should I report him to my bank or say a few things to get him moving faster? Jack please, I’m begging you to help me. I really am interested in doing the affiliate and I’m not in a hurry, I have studied this SEO and do have a BA in business. Thank you in advance.
24/7 Live Chat- Got a burning question that you need an instant answer to? No matter what time of the day or night it is there is always someone in live chat who will be there to answer your questions (Even at 4 in the morning) As a matter of fact, the owners Kyle and Carson are in chat several times daily to answer any questions or issues you may have.
For starters they make no promises that what you will learn will be able to work on a regular site. The premise behind what they do is based on how blog-style sites work and generate traffic. Yes they do this in a completely different method. You can get traffic easier in a blog than with your web site. But since you "know what you are doing" already, you must have known that. 
Wealthy Affiliate does concentrate on production of high quality content which in my opinion is the MOST important part of SEO and has always been. Learning “SEO tricks” is not a good idea as most of these things are temporary. However proper SEO (great and consistent content) is not a secret but a good way to get ranked. The websites where I produced high quality content are all ranking well and have been for many years. I am fairly sure it’ll stay that way.

Whenever someone purchases the product you recommended to them through your link you get paid a commission. How much you get paid varies from one company to the next. Some affiliate programs pay anywhere from 4% all the way up to 75%. It just depends on the affiliate program. You would just need to drive targeted traffic to their website and help them make more sales (All of this is covered in the training at WA)

If anyone is claiming Wealthy Affiliate is a scam, I'm going to guess it's because of one of the following reasons: they are trying to convince you to join a different program or they didn't have success with Wealthy Affiliate. Being a successful affiliate is going to require you to roll up your sleeves and put in some hours. Nobody said it would be easy, and if they did they're lying to you.

…and the list goes on! The main thing to keep in mind is that your first website doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't have to be a home run with your first try. I started three or four failed websites before I really got into the groove and picked a topic that worked for me. My very first websites was about horse care, and it didn't last long. My first successful website was about computer software!
I guess what my question is.? Besides the monthly membership payment what else is involved as far as paying out of pocket to become an affiliate online marketer.? What about Fee’s to post on social media sites? Fee for a domain name? Besides 47.00 a month am I looking at around 200 or 500 or a $1000.00 to get up and running after I finish the training and videos? I’m pretty gunho about wanting to do a start up business online. I’m always doing something online figured why not try to supplement my income and have my laptop and Kindle fire and iPhone work for me… If it’s possible can you give me some clarification on total investment before I go ahead and do this. And thank you for your honesty.. I know nothing is guarantee ‘d but I have the drive to try and make a dime or two…. Have a Great day…
When beginning your affiliate marketing career, you’ll want to cultivate an audience that has very specific interests. This allows you to tailor your affiliate campaigns to that niche, increasing the likelihood that you’ll convert. By establishing yourself as an expert in one area instead of promoting a large array of products, you’ll be able to market to the people most likely to buy the product.

Thank you for the article! You really provided a fair explanation of how Wealthy Affiliate works. Since this is simply a guide on how to successfully create and run your online business, am I allowed to cancel my membership after a period of time? I know that you said that there’s no limitation to cancelling my subscription, but what would be the benefit to continuing as a member even after I have learned all I needed and I’m successful in my business? What will I be losing if I opted to cancel after I’ve been successful? I’m just trying to learn if they (the founders of Wealthy Affiliate) expect people to pay the monthly or yearly fee forever or until they’ve acquired the success they desire. I look forward to your response!
When I first stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate in 2007 I had to pay the full price just so I could see what it looks like and what it really is. This program has changed a lot in the past 11 years and you can try it out completely Free. The starter account is $0, no catch, no credit card required – so you could decide if it’s right for you without risking a single dime of your hard earned money.
As you see above there are lots of people making money as a result of following the training at WA. I would love to see you as the next success story and I will be there every step of the way to help you out in any way I possibly can. The guy pictured above is only 20 years old. He was able to quit his job where he was working at a gas station and barely making $700 a month after just 5 short months of following the training and taking action on what he’s learned.
hmm. . . i am kind of new to online business and i got redirected to this post from your WARDCOPYCAT post. i read through and was developing interest until i got to the place where you listed countries not accepted and my country happened to be number on the list. That was heart breaking though. . . But still great job here keep it up. i will just keep searching for the right online job to do that accept my country.
If you have spent any considerable amount of time researching Wealthy Affiliate you might have realized there are virtually no bad reviews about WA online. Whenever you think of customer’s rant and feedback you realize that unhappy customers are a lot more tempted to leave a bad review online than the satisfied once. This is true for restaurants, dentists, car dealerships and of course online training programs. Well over 100,000 people have joined Wealthy Affiliate since 2005 and as you can see the vast majority is completely happy with Wealthy Affiliate and everything it has to offer. This is why it’s almost impossible to find any bad press about WA online.
The thing that is so different about Wealthy Affiliate is that they will show you the correct and proper way to get started in Internet marketing. Other education platforms are hyped up and they tell you that you will be making thousands of dollars within a couple of weeks which is not true. Wealthy Affiliate is unlike anything else out there because they tell you up front that this will take lots of time and plenty of hard work and they also let you get started for FREE. I would say that if you put in at least a couple hours a day doing this and work really hard at it then you should start seeing some money coming in within your first 3 months. You should keep in mind that you are starting a business from scratch and building it up so it will take some time.
This is a great question and it applies to anything and everything. For example you need hosting for your website and any place where you decide to host can shut down at any down. However, this is very unlikely. The same goes for Wealthy Affiliate, it has been only growing since 2005 and I can’t even imagine why it might shut down. Whenever it comes to websites I always suggest people to make backups so if somethign goes wrong for whatever reason you always have a copy of your site and can easily restore it.
Since I’ve been in the industry for 9 years I have joined countless training websites and not a single one came close to Wealthy Affiliate. I am not going to list everything within WA but just their Live Video classes are extremely amazing. There are now over 200 videos that train you on several subject. You can learn how to start and grow your email list in any niche, how to do social media marketing, how to run successful Facebook ads, how to do local SEO and find clients in your city, how to scale your niche websites and a lot more. Jay often does Niche Hot Seat series where people actually share their niche website and get a real live audit and suggestions on how to grow it, scale it and earn more money from it. Unfortunately it seems like you haven’t attended any of those closes and didn’t watch the previous classes which are all recorded. All of these classes concentrate on building a successful business outside of promoting WA.
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing – An easy to follow online course that teaches you the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. It’s written by Michelle Schroder who makes $100K+ a month from her blog. A genuine super affiliate that shares her success stories and affiliate marketing techniques with her community both on her private Facebook group and on her blog.

Take advantage of marketing tools whenever possible. Many affiliate programs offer useful resources to their affiliates aimed at helping affiliates make more sales. These range from monthly newsletters highlighting upcoming sales, tips or affiliate case studies, Facebook Groups just for affiliates, private webinars explaining marketing strategies in depth and more. Ultimate Bundles does this exceptionally well.


The most valuable benefits of Wealthy Affiliate University (in my opinion) are the step-by-step approach to building a business and the support from Kyle, Carson and many expert members. Most other online programs are lacking the support and the clear action plan. I have tested dozens of different programs over the past 7 years and nothing comes close to the quality of WA.

I would suggest that you get started by signing up for your FREE account and then filling out your profile by uploading a pic of yourself or using one of the ones that Wealthy Affiliate provides you with.Write a little about yourself in your profile description and let the community know what you would like to achieve and list some goals for yourself.
I have several blogs promoting all different products. The hardest thing I find about affiliate marketing is that once you’ve sold someone something you need to find a new product to sell them. I’ve found that promoting a subscription service where you sign up a customer is a great way to go. This way every time they renew or buy something you get paid. You only have to sell them this once.

Now I work much less. I try to put in an 8 hour day but with distractions, hobbies, etc I probably do about 3-4 hours of hard work per day. I’m trying not to get too lazy though, because running an affiliate website does take consistent work to stay relevant. It’s not a total “retire early and do nothing” type of plan. You gotta work to grow your business!
But Keale’s AWOL won’t return my email, and I’m trying to get my “no questions asked refund” it has only been 6 days. Should I report him to my bank or say a few things to get him moving faster? Jack please, I’m begging you to help me. I really am interested in doing the affiliate and I’m not in a hurry, I have studied this SEO and do have a BA in business. Thank you in advance.
I saw where you signed up and that’s great man. Your next steps should be to get started on your first training lesson. I have provided you with the link to this in my welcome message that has been posted on your profile. There is also a big green button on your left when you are on the WA website that says “GET STARTED HERE”. If you need any help going through the lessons please let me know and I will walk you through them and explain anything to you that you don’t understand.
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.

Once you decide to go premium you won’t be able to go back to the free starter membership. The starter membership is there to get you started and you aren’t able to revert back to it, but if you decide that the premium membership isn’t for you then you can cancel your membership at any time. To do this, simply go into your account settings and scroll to the bottom of the page and click stop billing and close my account.


WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!. I have never been so excited in my life. After years of trying to find a legitimate online marketing program, thanks to you, I may have finally found one. The many benefits you explained sound absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to start with my two free websites. The online community thing sounds terrific. In the past I have often been conned into paying a lot of money for something that was supposed to be free, but I’m willing to give WA a go. What do I have to lose, if I don’t like it I will simply leave. Thank you Chris for this incredible article on Internet marketing, I can’t wait to start. All the Best.  Jim


I openly disclose the fact that I will receive a small affiliate commission if someone decides to join WA Premium using one of my affiliate link. There is no compensation for starter members. I often tell people that they are free to join WA without using my link but I encourage them to do so if they liked my review and the effort I put into explaining what it is and what it does. If someone thinks I don’t deserve being compensated, they can join directly through WA main site, without using my links, no hard feelings. The goal here is to answer all the questions about WA. Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018 - The BIGGEST Scam? A BRUTALLY HONEST Look You NEED to See
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