I’m so glad that you are enjoying WA and I hope you are finding your way around the community. I have bought many programs in the past and they were all scams. Then I found WA and I absolutely love it. The training there is so easy to follow and everything is laid out for you. It’s a blueprint for your success if you follow it closely, and take action on what you learn.
I am very interested in WA. I have tried a couple other programs and worked very hard at one in particular with absolutely no results. I would like to retire in a few years and need something I can do at home as we travel. My question is simple. How much time per day do you feel is required to get this business off the ground as well as how much time per day do you feel is required to maintain it. I work another job and want to be sure I am not biting off more than I can chew.
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.

After about 3 and a half months I had made my first sale and that was probably one of the best days of my life, I was so excited. It also confirmed that this was real and that anyone no matter who they are or what their skill level was could learn to do this. By my sixth month I was making around a couple hundred bucks a month with it increasing every day. I now am making a full time living from doing this and I absolutely love it.

You should see a screen that says something like “I’m sorry but our starter membership isn’t currently available in your country, but we would love to have you as a premium member”. Do you see anything like that on your sign up page? If you could tell me what’s preventing you from signing up I could help you solve the problem and get you signed up.
Also, you wrote a review on WA and on your recommendation I joined them, did not do anything with it and re-joined them a few years later again! Some months ago i was reading your website again and came across your reviews in particular “Proven Amazon Course” by Jim Cockrum. Consequently, I purchased his book and shortly thereafter I purchased the ‘PAC’ course! (You should have received — I hope — some commissions from all of these!?)
The best way to think about affiliate marketing is quality over quantity. There are a lot of small websites that will promote your product, but the key is finding a small number of partners that will deliver conversions. For example, an equity management services firm has over 20,000 affiliates in its system, but only about 25 affiliates generate 85 percent of revenue.
The way I understand it, it is best to join WA if one has a business to promote. The business should ideally be one that he is passionate about or in line with his own interest. He can then use the knowledge and technology learned from WA to build a website concerning his product or service, drive traffic to the website and hopefully, generate sales from his visitors.

However, the biggest thing, that influenced my decision toward this company was the fact that,  they allow people to test drive (try them out) as a free member. As in free member for as long as one wishes. Also, they allow the more serious ones to take advantage of their premium membership which is the maximum learning, that's packed with tons of value and support.
Cookie stuffing involves placing an affiliate tracking cookie on a website visitor's computer without their knowledge, which will then generate revenue for the person doing the cookie stuffing. This not only generates fraudulent affiliate sales but also has the potential to overwrite other affiliates' cookies, essentially stealing their legitimately earned commissions.
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]

This includes 24/7 access to the live chat where you can get your questions answered instantly and get help from thousands of experienced internet marketers. You also get your own blog and access to 3 classrooms. After 7 days you will lose access to the help and support functions if you don’t upgrade but everything else will still be fully functional and there is no limit to this.
2. Finding the correct products to promote – If you’re promoting crap products, no one is going to buy them. No matter how good you are at marketing. Finding the correct merchant is one of the most important steps on your affiliate journey, you need to be promoting attractive products that people want to buy. That way, half the work is already done for you!
So a question I have, just because it didn’t jump into my eyes – does this Wealthy Affiliate Program also include knowledge about list-building? Because this is what i get so far – I should build a following by providing some kinda value to people that click on ads that I place on the internet.. I know – you can’t explain everything – but my question is – do you think I find “everything” here kinda “step-by-step”. Seen that you don’t call SFM a SCAM leaves me unsure, if I should go on a while – and just stay cirtical. What’s your opinion?

There’s also the fact that Wealthy Affiliate is not and never claims to be a get-rich-quick strategy. You will learn how to build a real, legitimate online business and one that can earn you some serious cash, but just like any other business, it is going to take a lot of time, effort, patience, and support along the way. If you have realistic expectations, are willing to learn from those who have succeeded before you, and you’re willing to put at least 6 months into your business before you see any profits at all, than Wealthy Affiliate is a good place for you.


Wow–this was extremely thorough. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain everything. I learned quite a bit!! It’s awesome that you have been with WA 6 years–that is quite the testimony and you clearly understand all of the ins and out and really love the program. You were very detailed and explanatory in this post and it was very appreciated. I now feel like I really understand what WA is all about. Thanks so much!


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.
If you decide to join the premium membership you can get your first month at a highly discounted rate of only $19. A 59% discount off the normal monthly rate of $47. After your first month the price goes up to $47 a month and you can cancel your membership at any time. There’s no obligation and no limits. We do have a Black Friday special running from now through Monday where you can get an entire year of WA for an insanely low price of $299. This works out to under $25 a month or 82 cents per day.
Hi there, I see where you just signed up today and I look forward to working with you inside of WA and helping you get started online. I have fallen for quite a few scams online as well and have lost thousands of dollars before so I can relate to your feelings about online marketing. I can assure you that you will no longer have to search for another program. WA teaches you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing and many other ways to make money online. Welcome aboard, and if you need any help getting up and running please let me know.
In April 2008 the State of New York inserted an item in the state budget asserting sales tax jurisdiction over Amazon.com sales to residents of New York, based on the existence of affiliate links from New York–based websites to Amazon.[40] The state asserts that even one such affiliate constitutes Amazon having a business presence in the state, and is sufficient to allow New York to tax all Amazon sales to state residents. Amazon challenged the amendment and lost at the trial level in January 2009. The case is currently making its way through the New York appeals courts.
For your second question, You only get paid when someone clicks on your link and buys something. For Amazon they don’t necessarily have to buy the item you are promoting for you to make a sale. If they buy anything at all when they go through your link you still get the commission for it. If you have Google ad sense on your website and someone clicks on your ads you will get paid every time someone clicks on them.
As far as how many articles you would need to get some good rankings this would depend on if you do in depth keyword research before you write the articles. From my own personal experience, I had around 30 articles before I started to see a good amount of traffic to my websites and started making sales. This would vary depending on how good of research you do and how well you follow the training.
There also appears to be a confusion about Amazon. Wealthy Affiliate concentrates on affiliate marketing, which means promoting products that are already being sold by other vendors. If you become an Amazon Associate (aka affiliate) you can promote every single product that is being sold on Amazon and make a commission on every sale. You can check out the associate program here. I guarantee you will not find a single mention of payment because Amazon Associate program is free to join. The first month, the second month, and always. Why would they charge you for promoting their products? It is completely free.
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!
The premium Wealthy Affiliate membership is where you get access to absolutely everything. If you’re serious about building an online business, I have never in my 8 years in this industry seen such an amazing community full of help, tools, and resources. I’ve been a member at several other online marketing sites, but this one blows the rest of them out of the water.

 First and foremost I do Buisness with Wealthy Affiliate and as the first time building my online business I have earned income by referring my friends, colleges and family member to WA and I had build my own sites afar from WA and selling products ALREADY!! They are NOT A SCAM!! Unlike other business like Aspire Digital Altitude or Counter Profits etc.... As my experience continues with Wealthy Affiliates they were the most inexpensive services provided and not just only that there are other people that already has online business thatg needed more training to have their business to drive more traffic through the search engines for cheaper price on the plug ins versus an outsource other than Wealthy Affiliate.
This Is Ok in my mind, because it is Your right, Im glad we can express ourselves. Im also glad You took the time for yourself, to look into WA.  I hope you will Understand my comment is on the otherside of yours. Im not a robot in any shape or form. I believe with all my experiance that its a good program and we both took our time here to express ourselves. We both deserve the respect for our opinion's. I respect yours You have a great life,my best wishes to your success JB
I have a question for you! But let me give you a little background info first! Some years ago I had a company in Utah make me a website; in the long run I was not overly excited with it, to say the least, and I cancelled them and by doing so I lost somewhere between $500-$750! I started to search the internet about some info pertaining to this company, of course too late! During searching I came ‘somehow’ across your website and your reviews! Lo and behold, in the various reviews, the company in question, you wrote a skating report on them and deservedly so! As mentioned before a company in Utah designing websites, you may recall whom I am referring to!?
Also, you wrote a review on WA and on your recommendation I joined them, did not do anything with it and re-joined them a few years later again! Some months ago i was reading your website again and came across your reviews in particular “Proven Amazon Course” by Jim Cockrum. Consequently, I purchased his book and shortly thereafter I purchased the ‘PAC’ course! (You should have received — I hope — some commissions from all of these!?)
You read that correct, this course costed me $8,388. If I would have paid it all up front, it would have only been $8,000. I didn't have eight grand sitting around at the time, so I struggled to make the 12 monthly payments of $699. I maxed out my credit card in the process and put the remaining payments on my wife's card (she's so supportive, I love her to pieces!). Now on to the contents of the course.

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.

With Premium Membership, you really get everything. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today if I haven’t sign up for premium. I was out of luck and out of cash when I first joined Wealthy Affiliate but I bite the bullet and focus on the things that really matter. Your chance of success increases tremendously with Premium because you get all you need to know and you get a damn quick response for all your questions.
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.
What are some of your interests Scott and what are you passionate about? This is what your website is going to be based on and this needs to be narrowed down to a specific group of people. There are over 2 billion people online every day with this number constantly on the rise. The only thing you need to do is connect with these people and provide them with the information they’re looking for.
But there are problems with the domain specific email address. For some reason I can only receive emails. If I try to send or reply it gets caught in a perpetual loop and never gets sent. Technical support says it doesn’t see the problem. But their tests only use local servers which are not filtered thru a network. Will moving the domain to a different webhost fix this problem? I can’t be sure, but I need to look for a solution somewhere.
By doing this, you will be setting yourself up for failure and it’s not a very good way to start out. If you really are that worried about the payments then you should wait until you are a little more financially stable and are able to invest in your education. You actually can be a starter member forever if you want to and make money, but going this route will take you much longer and your chances of being successful aren’t nearly as good as if you invested in the advanced training courses.
I see a few complaints here and I actually did the same sort of research before joining Wealthy Affiliate.  I even remember reading a report like this.   What I did find is that it was easy to make a decision on whether or not to try it after reading mostly positive reviews and reading a few negative reviews on here from what appears to be competitors and those that maybe had a bad experience for one reason or another.  I see some said their write access was cut off and I think that can happen if you get reported for spamming others within the community.  There is no spam allowed at WA which is nice.
For your second question, You only get paid when someone clicks on your link and buys something. For Amazon they don’t necessarily have to buy the item you are promoting for you to make a sale. If they buy anything at all when they go through your link you still get the commission for it. If you have Google ad sense on your website and someone clicks on your ads you will get paid every time someone clicks on them.
Be honest. Talk about what you like and don’t like. Be fair and build trust. It will serve you well later. For examples, check out my review posts about Elite Blog Academy and Self Publishing 101. I get emails frequently from people who tell me they decided to purchase one of those courses through my affiliate link because it was the most balanced review they found.
This is THE best website on the planet. Trying to research companies frustrated the hell out of me. So many fake reviews, so many trying to make their competition look bad. I had just about said to hell with it, until I found this site. Doing the Wealthy Affiliate free thing now but wanted to find out more info. before going premium, but so many bad reviews out there. I said to myself how much I was learning for free(and permanent) was too good to pass up. Thanks again, going full steam ahead with WA now. I love AWOL, just too pricey. Have been member of Beachbody for years. Great products but coaching little iffy. Thanks for this site!!! You beat the crap out of the BBB.
You put these links at the bottom of your review and every time someone click your link and makes a purchase you get paid a commission. This is the basic rundown of what you’ll be doing April and I hope this has helped clear up any confusion you may have had about this. I would get started by creating your Free Starter Account by clicking on the link above under where it says “Get Started Building Your Online Business Today”
In the case of cost per mille/click, the publisher is not concerned about whether a visitor is a member of the audience that the advertiser tries to attract and is able to convert, because at this point the publisher has already earned his commission. This leaves the greater, and, in case of cost per mille, the full risk and loss (if the visitor cannot be converted) to the advertiser.

What are the terms of the program? Is there anything I need to be aware of that would make a program not worth it for me. For example, Amazon Associates does not allow you to put your affiliate links in emails. If your main method of communication with your audience is via email, Amazon might not be a good fit for you. Wayfair, for example, does not allow their affiliates to post affiliate links on Pinterest or any other social media site. If that’s a strategy you rely on, Wayfair might not be a good fit for you.
If you do decide to go ahead and try affiliate marketing, don't give up when things get tough. When you feel like giving up, message me within Wealthy Affiliate first before calling it quits. Every new affiliate goes through the frustrating phase of wanting to quit. When you hit that phase, success is usually right around the corner waiting on you (assuming you followed the training).

If you are serious about starting up an online business and you are willing to work hard at this it will be impossible for you to fail if you give it everything you got. I would suggest that you get started by opening your free account using the “Join Now” button above. I will be getting in contact with you shortly after you join to welcome you to the community and answer any questions you might have.
Thank you for your reply. Does every one of my domains(free & purchased) must have some articles in order to make sales? Say, if I were to join Amazon Affiliate program for electronics, there also needs to be articles about electronics products display on my domain? Also how long does the articles(also how many words just about?) have to be to be ranked in the first page on google? Also, can I borrow from other articles about electronics and put it in my articles? I may be joining the WA in about 1 week, so I am trying to gather as much last minute information as possible. Please let me know. Thanks again.
If you join Wealthy Affiliate through my affiliate link (50% off first month), I'm going to post on your wall after I get a notification that you joined. After you see my post on your wall, you can direct message me anytime to get personalized advice. I am grateful that you took the time to read my Wealthy Affiliate review and might use my link, so the least I could do is personally see to it that you succeed.
File-Sharing: Web sites that host directories of music, movies, games and other software. Users upload content to file-hosting sites and then post descriptions of the material and their download links on directory sites. Uploaders are paid by the file-hosting sites based on the number of times their files are downloaded. The file-hosting sites sell premium download access to the files to the general public. The websites that host the directory services sell advertising and do not host the files themselves.
Focus on reviewing products that fall within your niche. Then, leveraging the rapport you have created with your audience and your stance as an expert, tell your readers why they would benefit from purchasing the product you are promoting. It is especially effective to compare this product to others in the same category. Most importantly, make sure you are generating detailed, articulate content to improve conversions.
Actually I’m writing this comment to ask you how do I join (to premium) wealthy affiliate through your affiliate link? I tried to find it from your article but can’t find it. Please let me know soonest because I’m currently on fire to start my empire with Wealthy Affiliate and I want my referral to be you as a credit of your beautiful writing on Wealthy Affiliate. 🙂
He will help you out and get an account for you. I really hope you get this issue worked out and please keep me informed as to how this works out for you. Once you get inside WA, I will be there to guide you as to how to setup your account and show you what your next steps should be. I really am looking forward to working with you and helping you get an online business up and running.
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.

Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.[citation needed]
I agree that the internet can be a scary place when it comes to trying to find a legit place to learn how to make money online. It doesn’t matter if you have never touched a computer in your whole life or how old you are. If you can follow simple directions and have a determination to learn everything you can about Internet marketing, It will be impossible for you to fail. If I can learn this, I know that anyone can and I would love to take you by the hand and show you how to get started.

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!


Hi Scott I found your website and basically loved what I seen. I’m just having a few issues, when I try to sign up it says it already have an account (which I do not this is my very first time). But I still took the step as if I previously signed up before and then it said I don’t even have and account with you guys, which is what I figured, so I’m a little lost and its not letting me sign up at all. 🙁 Please Help
Hey Penny, I am glad I was able to steer you away from Ameriplan and towards a real online business opportunity. The WA Affiliate Bootcamp is only a 1 tier program where as MLM programs are multi tier. This is what separates WA from MLM programs out there. There are many many, different ways to make money online the bootcamp is only one of them and WA teaches you how to do it all. I would suggest starting out with the free starter membership and see what you think of it. I would then at least sample the premium membership because it is significantly discounted 59% off on your first month. This is totally up to you though Penny whenever you are ready. Once you join I will be there to guide you down the right path and show you how to make money online from the thousands of different products and services out there. I look forward to working with you and I will talk to you soon.
Also pyramid schemes require you to pay in order to be able to recruit. Wealthy Affiliate welcomes you with a completely free membership. This is done for the transparency reasons. You join for free and you decide if the quality of training and the level of support is good for you. You can stay on as a free member and build your own sites. You can move to Premium as well which will offer more support and more training but no one forces you to do it. Once again, you try it for free and decide if it’s worth it for you.
I have just talked to Kyle(Co owner of WA) and he said that India is one of the countries where the starter membership isn’t available. The only other option would be if you could select a different country and try to join that way. If that doesn’t work then you would need to go premium from the start. You can get your first month at a highly discounted rate of only $19 for your first month.
Designed to create a huge amount of traffic at all times, these sites focus on building an audience of millions. These websites promote products to their massive audience through the use of banners and contextual links. This method offers superior exposure and improves conversion rates, resulting in a top-notch revenue for both the seller and the affiliate.
Thanks for the informative article! I’m just wondering since I signed up for some course in the past but they required more time time investment than I expected. As I have some other personals goals so I’m just wondering as you said it takes few weeks to get things up and running, but getting commission is different story. So what is required after having website done to get commission? and How long would that take? and how much time does it take to for regular maintenance? Thanks so much!
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.
At this point, you should already have content written on your website, you know how to generate traffic and you might be getting traffic. So, on this phase you will learn ways of converting that traffic into revenue. There are plenty of ways of generating income with your website, so pay attention carefully. As said before, Phase 1,2 and 3 are super important to your success.
I will also be there to answer any questions you may have getting started.I would suggest that you get started by opening your free account by clicking the “Join Now” button above. Once you join, the first thing you should do is fill out your profile. You can do this by either uploading a picture of yourself or by using one of the images WA provides you with.
Your next steps should be to get started on your first training lesson. I have provided the link to this in my welcome message I sent you on your profile.This is going to be setting up the foundation for your business and introducing you to the world of affiliate marketing. If you need anymore help or have anymore questions please let me know and I would love to help you out.
In my honest opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is the #1 place to get trained on how to build passive income websites. If there was a better course, I would have wrote a negative review and recommended you elsewhere. My personal recommendation is for you to join as a free member to test the program before buying it. Also, don't forget to pick my brain and message me for 1-on-1 mentoring.
This Is Ok in my mind, because it is Your right, Im glad we can express ourselves. Im also glad You took the time for yourself, to look into WA.  I hope you will Understand my comment is on the otherside of yours. Im not a robot in any shape or form. I believe with all my experiance that its a good program and we both took our time here to express ourselves. We both deserve the respect for our opinion's. I respect yours You have a great life,my best wishes to your success JB
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).

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.


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.
Wealthy Affiliate is also an excellent place for those who want to have everything they will need in one place. From market research tools to web building tools to domain registration, website hosting, website backups, site security, and much more, it’s all in one place. AND all of those tools come with complete step-by-step training videos as well as a support community that can help you if you’re having trouble. If you don’t want to pay 10 different companies for 10 different services you’ll need to run your business, sign up with Wealthy Affiliate to get it all in one place. Wealthy Affiliate literally provides absolutely everything you’ll need to succeed with your online business.
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