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Is Wealthy Affiliate Scam or Not?



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Star Rating: (10/10)
Price for Startup Members: Free
Price for Premium Members: $49/month or $359/annually
Owners: Kyle and Carson


What Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is home to a community of like-minded everyday people who desire to learn and apply the ethical principles of affiliate marketing and leverage that knowledge into a viable home-based business that consistently generates income. Just as that statement implies, the priority at Wealthy Affiliate is education followed by application/implementation.

It is easy to conclude that the emphasis is on education instead of money making. That in itself is one of the most attractive qualities of Wealthy Affiliate. In fact, there seems to almost be an air of discouragement from making an immediate goal of drawing income.

Of course, the goal is to make money.

But the emphasis is on knowing what you are doing: to make money ethically and consistently.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Instead, you learn everything you need to learn about affiliate marketing, networking with the people you will be working with and selling to, leveraging websites to educate the reader about your product, making your product interesting, presentable and desirable, then actively promoting your product while your efforts begin to bear fruit.



There are pros and cons to everything, I suppose. As for Wealthy Affiliate, there are a boat-load of pros that come to mind:

    • 24/7 access to the best internet training available
    • Classroom training, including exercises to do and blogging to write about what you learn.
    • Countless training videos and tutorials plus the opportunity to create and provide your own training videos.
    • Affiliate training, including an Affiliate Boot Camp


    • Access to the entire user-base of Wealthy Affiliate for help, encouragement and support. This includes access to the owners, Kyle and Carson and one-on-one training.
    • Access to Keyword Research tools, including training on their use.
    • Access to quick and easy website building and maintenance using Site Rubix. The servers are state-of-the-art and fast.
    • Access to the best blogging software available, WordPress®, over 2,400 WordPress® themes, countless plug-ins including a SEO
    • Access to the Wealthy Affiliate program. It is even possible to earn while you learn.
    • Emphasis on learning to identify and avoid scams.


No CONS come to mind. My one complaint is more of a personal peeve, so for that reason I won’t even mention it!



Wealthy Affiliate is an excellent program for all levels from beginner to advanced. The educational benefits alone are worth the time and small amount of money invested. The program benefits a wide range of people:

    • Those currently employed but seeking a way to earn additional income and/or a career that they can replace their current career with.
    • The unemployed seeking a new way to make a living.
    • Stay-at-home moms and dads who would like to make some extra cash or to contribute to the family income.
    • The retired seeking something to keep them busy while supplementing their retirement income.
    • College students seeking a way to earn money while they pursue their education.
    • Anyone wanting to start and run their own business at home.



In my opinion, the training and tools provided with Wealthy Affiliate are second to none. In fact, I consider it to be one of the strong drawing points of the program due to the fact that the earning of money takes second seat to the member’s education.

    • Classroom training, including exercises to do and blogging to write about what you learn.
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    • Countless training videos and the opportunity to provide your own training videos.
    • Affiliate training, including an Affiliate Boot Camp
    • Access to the entire user-base of Wealthy Affiliate for help, encouragement and support. This includes access to the owners, Kyle and Carson and one-on-one training.


Click Here To See What You Get With Membership In Wealthy Affiliate



Wealthy Affiliate offers premium quality support 365/24/7. The simple thing is: all you have to do is ask. You can ask the countless users that are currently online via Live Chat – someone will be there that can answer your question. You can post your question to the general public and get the same quality response, often accompanied with a link to a blog or article that specifically answers your question or addresses your issue.

Plus, you can always ask Kyle. Kyle is one of the owners and he is very approachable and always willing to help you out. This one-on-one personal attention is one of the big draws to Wealthy Affiliate. I once totally screwed my website (or thought that I had) by trying to FTP a file to the website. Whatever I did, the site began to throw HTTP 500 Internal Server errors. A quick message to HELP desk and within minutes I was back up and running.

I can’t say enough about the support of Wealthy Affiliate because, to be honest, I have never experienced this level of help online nor anywhere else for that matter. I have always heard it said of automobile shops that one can discern the quality of the dealership by the quality of the service department. Support at Wealthy Affiliate is no different.


In Wealthy Affiliate there are only two price points. A Starter Membership costs nothing. You can keep that for life if you want! Or you can spend seven (7) days to see what Premium membership is like.

The Premium membership costs $49 per month or $359 if paid annually which is a savings of over $220! Sometimes there are incentives to go ahead with Premium Membership. For example, after joining Wealthy Affiliate with a FREE starter account, if you upgrade to Premium within the first seven days you can receive the first month of Premium for $19. Plus you’ll get additional bonuses which I will get for you after you create your Premium account!

For Starter members or Premium members, the only outside cost is the cost of creating your own website when you buy a domain which is $13-$15, a bargain in the internet world.


In my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is the by far the best affiliate marketing product there is. The fact that you are not continually squeezed to spend money other than your membership fee coupled with their emphasis on you becoming thoroughly educated in affiliated marketing and the myriad of effective marketing techniques and know-how before focusing on making money is enough to convince all but the nay-sayers that this is one of the finest programs available, if not THE best.

Yes, it is free to join up, but the overwhelming best-of membership benefits in Wealthy Affiliate are in the Premium Membership. With all the scams out there that offer products too good to be true for free, the first thought is “here we go again.” Perhaps the emphasis should be that the potential member can take advantage of the limited free Starter Membership to get familiar with what is available from Wealthy Affiliate and Premium Membership.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! As of January 3, 2017, free SSL is available to Premium members!!! Sorry, it’s for Premium members only, but it’s as simple as flipping a toggle switch!!! SSL = Secure = Trust = Good Business!

If you are looking for a program that will help you reap the benefits of a home-based internet business, then this is the one. In no time at all I have:

    • Been introduced to the marketing concept behind Wealthy Affiliate
    • Found and honed down a niche market
    • Acquired the knowledge to use Keyword Tools such as and WA’s own Keyword Tool
    • Designed and constructed an attractive website that I have built out on using my knowledge of my niche market
    • Optimized my website with Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • Indexed my website for Google® and Bing® using Google+
    • Drawn internet traffic to my website
    • Building out creative and informative websites is a snap with the website tools and WordPress® software that come with membership. And the support is way above the norm The value of the support alone is invaluable.


My final verdict: Wealthy Affiliate is 100% legitimate and scam-free! The best value on the internet for Affiliate Marketing.


The bottom line is this: Wealthy Affiliate offers the best value! I’m inviting you to sign up for the Starter membership, take a look around, verify to yourself that everything I’ve told you about Wealthy Affiliate is true. Upgrade to Premium when you’re ready! Sign up here for your free membership. No credit card required. And guess what? I’ve got a special bonus for you! Details when you create an account!

Or get even more value and jump in at the Premium level, with up to 50 websites, unlimited email, free SSL, unlimited training, access to the WA membership and full access to the owners, Kyle and Carson. Come hang with us. We can help you get started. And yes, there’s an added bonus if you sign up for Premium membership within the first seven days! Create an account and I’ll fix you up!

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24 thoughts on “Is Wealthy Affiliate Scam or Not?

  1. Stephanie Seifert

    Spot on review Mike! I am fairly new to Wealthy Affiliate and have been amazed at the level of support, tools and encouragement. Hope you are very successful here at Wealthy Affiliate!

    1. Mike

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you for visiting my website and for dropping me a line! I think that WA is the best of the best and I hope you are successful as well!

  2. Richard

    This is a great review, Mike. Your assessment of Wealthy Affiliate is very thorough and informative. I have been an affiliate with WA for about two months now, and I have found everything you say about them to be spot on.
    Good fortune

    1. Mike

      Thank you for the review Richard! Your kind words give me encouragement and I wish you the very best as well!

  3. Tim

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have been looking at ways to earn a second income online, I am working full time at the moment so I only have 2 or 3 hours I can spend on it. Is this enough time to build a website business? or is Wealthy Affiliate only for people with more time than that.


    1. Mike

      Hi Tim,
      My name is Mike, but that’s okay. I’ll still answer your question, okay? I have found that Wealthy Affiliate is for everyone regardless of full time dedication or part time. There is no need or requirement to be at any income level.

      The key to success here at WA is to get involved in the classes, especially those first ten. You should be able to glean a good solid basic know-how if you get involved in the class, do the exercises and take advantage of every training opportunity.

      You should be able to work through your two or three hours and still make progress. That is because our minds will stay engaged. With all the support and encouragement that WA has to offer, your limits will only be set by you.

      Thank you for responding to my website. If you need any help getting set up, you can always reach me at my Wealthy Affiliate profile here or if you want to go ahead and make that step you can set up your free account here’s a shortcut to get you started.

      Thanks again, Tim. Wish you the very best!

  4. Garen

    Been using Wealthy Affiliate for several years now. I have been in business for 8+ years, now. One of the best investments I have made in my business. I like the following things about Wealthy Affiliate.

    Host 25 sites. A VPS is going to cost you about $600/year.
    Managed WordPress Hosting. Would cost $350/year with WP Engine.
    One on one support. Don’t have to look up information. A lot of times people get confused with all the information. If I have a problem, just ask Kyle or Carson.
    Great community. Everyone helps each other. Met lots of great people.

    I like to pay for it on Black Friday. Only $299. Well worth the money!

    1. Mike

      You are absolutely right, Garen! The 25 additional site.rubix websites provide playground for trying different things without having to burn a domain, too! I did a cost analysis for a post and came up with a minimal figure like yours – at least a thousand dollars!

      And paying it annually, Wealthy Affiliate is even cheaper, so that’s a well-done on you going with the Black Friday sale. There are quite a few of us that switched over from annual to the Black Friday price! It just keeps getting better!

      The education and support are, by far, the best value on the internet! Can’t say enough about them!

      Thanks for stopping in, Garen, and leaving a comment. Door’s always open!


  5. Kathy

    Hi Mike! I am a Wealthy Affiliate premium member and just recently got an annual plan. I think it’s on of the best investments I ever made for my online business. You are right when you say that the training provided at WA is second to none, and I would say that is both in terms of quality and quantity. When I first joined WA I felt overwhelmed at first at the huge number of lessons and resources available. I have been searching for THE training platform these past years and I think I have found it at WA. This is really value for money if you ask me.

    1. Mike

      Hi Kathy! I’m certainly glad that you found Wealthy Affiliate! It’s interesting that you mentioned the feeling of being overwhelmed when first looking at the classes – that was the trivial part I didn’t want to list as a con. However, once you dive in and find out how much fun it can be, that feeling soon disappears, doesn’t it?

      I agree with you – WA is a real value for the small amount it costs! What do you think about the free SSL that is coming in December?

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing, Kathy! Feel free to stop by any time!


  6. Neil

    Wealthy Affiliate sure seems like a phenomenal platform for leveraging to achieve our goals. 🙂

    WOW, it sure is amazing that WA offers such a lot, with tools, training, and support combined. There aren’t many legit programs that do that on the web. And the ones that do “claim” to give you EVERYTHING for success, usually don’t follow through with their promises or charge you high membership fees.

    WA premium level sounds AWESOME to me!!

    Thank You for your review and recommendation…


    1. Mike

      Hi Neil,

      It’s always a pleasure to recommend WA Premium because it has always been one of the most awesome things that I’ve done. The education, from web stuff all the way to marketing, is just like you say: phenomenal and you really can’t find it ANYWHERE else! The support from both the staff and the user community is unlike anything I’ve ever known!

      One of the things that amazes me most is that it is all genuinely fun. I look forward to getting into WA stuff every day!

      If you’re already a member, you’ve made a great choice. If you’re not a member, I’d encourage you to do so. And if you’re not a member and you haven’t come in under someone’s umbrella, feel free to create your premium account from my Wealthy Affiliate review page. Either way, I look forward to see you around WA!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  7. Chris

    I can’t believe these two guys offer one-on-one training in this day and age – there always seems to be a catch online with this sort of thing…but here they are doing it the right way!
    I’m based in the UK at the moment – is this open to people from all over the world or just centered at Canada and the US?
    Very interested to find out more!

    1. Mike

      Yes sir, they do! Everything that I wrote in the review is what I know and believe to be true about Wealthy Affiliate. WA is pretty much available wherever there is an Internet connection. Doesn’t hurt to try it out for free for 7 days to get a good look at what you get with Premium, too. Of course, Premium is best and the best value!

      All I ask is that you sign up using one of the links in my review! And be sure to let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck to you Chris!


  8. Marley Dawkins

    Thanks Mike, its always good to read a solid review of WA, i have only been involved since around September last year, but i have learnt a lot since then.

    Its good to see how you also pull this through in your review, because WA really is first class for learning the whole design of affiliate marketing and online marketing/business in general.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Mike

      Thank you, Marley! For dropping by and also for leaving your comments.

      I first got involved with WA around mid-summer last year and, as you say, I’ve learned a LOT! I truly believe that as an educational provider and host, it is the best and most powerful community on the internet today. I can recommend it without reservation.


  9. Kim

    Hey there Mike,
    I have read a little about Wealthy Affiliate recently and have been wondering if it is just another scam like so many that I tried out and lost money in doing so.
    One of the things I like about what you said is that this is not a quick get rich scheme and is more focused on learning the ropes.
    Now that I am retired I want a way to make some extra money to help with my limited income. I have a passion for computers and was wondering if that would be something to base a website around and make money off of?

    1. Mike

      Hi Kim! Thanks for dropping by!

      I’ve done quite a bit of research into Wealthy Affiliate, both before getting involved and afterward. And I can say unequivocally that it is not scam! In fact, a lot of the affiliate bootcamp certification is geared toward recognizing and warning others about potential scammer affiliates and programs.

      Wealthy Affiliate is a “go at your own pace” community that does place emphasis on learning good, ethical marketing while learning how to make that money on the side. The big thing, to me, is that the emphasis is placed on education first. You know how it is: some people have that “midas” touch; others have to learn how to acquire it.

      There are two paths within Wealthy Affiliate. One is geared toward monetizing a niche or interest of yours, and there can be more than one. Placing emphasis on growing out one at a time. Computers, software, etc., is one of those niches and I’m sure that you have many more. A lot of people get stuck trying to finger that first niche to focus on. I’ve got almost 35 years in the IT world and it was really tempting to make it my first niche. A little burnout helped me to decide to move it a little farther down the list.

      It’s still a target, but right now I focus on teaching guitar fretboard theory, cooking (for one) and a unique twist I have on that. Then I have a small project that gets my attention as I can get it there: photography.

      I mentioned two paths within WA. The second is Wealthy Affiliate itself, marketing the web hosting, the tremendous educational opportunity, etc. Outside the certification courses there are countless training videos and classroom training. One a week we have a live training webinar that I’ve gained invaluable knowledge from.

      I know I’m getting long-winded here, but if you think you might be interested in finding out what WA is all about, it is free to join and I’m extending a personal invitation to you to take me up on that free offer at Free Starter Membership! There is no obligation at all. In fact, you can always remain a free member if you choose. Or you can upgrade to our Premium membership. In the meantime, you can see what Premium membership is all about.

      I’m here to help in any way that I can. You can reach me here or by email at or once you have joined, find me at my Wealthy Affiliate profile.

      Looking forward to hearing from you, Kim!


  10. Anh Nguyen

    I totally agree with you with the 10 on 10 rating. When I first joined WA, I was very skeptical and in fact, I was just planning to skim around and review it instead of actually going through the courses. Then I remember talking to a guy on Live Chat and he said I made the right choice. I definitively did. I’m still surprised I was able to actually make money online, it’s crazy.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Mike

      Thank YOU, Anh, for sharing your experience with Wealthy Affiliate! The “choice” was definitely right for me, too!


  11. Rob S.

    There are so many scams and con artists out there today that it’s scary. I can honestly say this is not one of them. If we only had a lamp to rub or could predict things in advance. Sometimes it takes hard work and persistence to believe that you will actually find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Look no more. This is it! The only thing I disagree with is that while there are pros and cons, not everyone might say there are no cons to Wealthy Affiliate. But I personally agree that there are no cons other than it won’t work unless you follow the training. That’s it!

    1. Mike

      You are right, Rob, no one is going to hand us success on a silver platter. We have to work for it and anyone that says otherwise is either extremely fortunate or not quite being honest… My only cons were nick-pick things and I saw no need to include them or expound on them. What you said about the magic lamb is similar to something a few friends of mine and I joke around about: if we could only get that flying saucer to fly and land about 300 feet away, we’d be set! LOL

      Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by and dropping a comment in the box and also for affirming Wealthy Affiliate. Wish you the very best!


  12. Jacob Schilling

    Hi Mike. Thank you for this review on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I am a member too. It is, in my opinion, the best platform available. Even without the training, you are still getting access to some of the best WordPress hosting, SiteRubix truly simplifies the whole process of building a website, and you get a keyword tool as well. Adding in the training just makes the value go up another $200, but the whole platform is only $49/month, it is a steal!

    1. Mike

      Yes, Jacob, it’s a steal! Glad you’re a member of this vast gold mine of opportunity. The hosting, the educational opportunities, the WordPress platform, the tools, the FREE SSL and the super-fast page loading are worth much, much more than the $49 a month! 


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