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Below is a traditional-style layout page of Wealthy Affiliate FAQs and answers. Read what to expect. Bookmark and plan to come back often to read updates!

You may have seen my full review of Wealthy Affiliate. All of the basics and many of the questions are answered there in depth.  In almost every answer here on this page, I will include internal links to blogs that I have written in more detail on the subject.

For any questions about this at all, please comment on this page below or get in touch with me at the About Steve Cass / Contact Page.

 

The 5 W’s

Who Started Wealthy Affiliate?
What is Wealthy Affiliate University?
How Long has Wealthy Affiliate Been on the Internet?
Where is Wealthy Affiliate? How Much Does it Cost to Be a Member of Wealthy Affiliate?
Why Does Wealthy Affiliate Exist? What is its Mission?
What is the Wealthy Affiliate Community?

 

The ‘How Does it Work?’ Qs

Are There Any Known Wealthy Affiliate University Complaints?
What is the Secret Formula for success with the Wealthy Affiliate Method?
How Does the Wealthy Affiliate Method Work?
How Long Does it Take to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?
How Long Does it Take to Get Really Good at This?
Okay, I Get It: It’s All About Keyword Stuffing, Right??
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?
Why Would Wealthy Affiliate be Beneficial to Me?
Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth My Time and Effort?
Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?

 

The Philosophy Q’s

What Causes People to Fail with Wealthy Affiliate?
Who is Wealthy Affiliate For? Is Wealthy Affiliate My Cup of Tea?
I Don’t Know Anything About Website Building. Can Anyone Do This?
What if I don’t have a niche? Can I still benefit from Wealthy Affiliate?
Does Wealthy Affiliate Have an Affiliate Program?

 

The 5 W’s

Who Started Wealthy Affiliate?

Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim, who are both from Victoria, BC in Canada, teamed up to create WA in 2005. They met in college and began successful online marketing when the internet was something new to most people.

You’ll find Kyle and Carson both very active within the WA community, answering questions and giving training and encouragement.

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What is Wealthy Affiliate University?

WA is an online university for internet marketing. The information storehouse is spearheaded by personal how-to videos and blogs from one of the owners, Kyle, but also houses blogs and archives from staff members and other long-time successful WA marketers. It also features live webinars for members. Each webinar is archived and available for later viewing.

Below are the training modules. Free members can access the first module:

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All training modules consist of 10 or more blog and video lessons.

Here is the content of the free training module:

Wealthy Affiliate Level 1 Free Course

This is the only known online marketing university in the world.

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How Long has Wealthy Affiliate Been on the Internet?

Kyle and Carson founded WA in 2005. That’s 11 years and counting. For an internet business, that is an eternity. These guys must be doing something good here.

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Where is Wealthy Affiliate? How Much Does it Cost to Be a Member of Wealthy Affiliate?

The base of operations is in BC, Canada. But the vast Wealthy Affiliate community resides in countries and computers all over the world. The internet is a global phenomena and so is WA. There are people who are literally in every country on the planet as members of WA, close to 280,000 or so folks so far. The opportunity exists for anyone in the world with a computer to take part in niche marketing.

It costs 0$ to be a member of WA.  Read about the differences between a free and a premium member.

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Why Does Wealthy Affiliate Exist? What is the Mission?

WA exists so that it is possible for anyone in the world to learn how to become an authority on the internet. There are billions of connected people in the world hungry for information. Through proper training and guidance, it is possible for anyone to become a successful internet marketer. Whether a product promotion or a passion, success is a very certain number of steps away.

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What is the Wealthy Affiliate Community?

The WA community is a literal ‘army’ of highly successful and trained internet markets found around the world who are available to anyone for help, training and guidance. WA has an active Live Chat as well as the ability to send PM’s and read advice, blogs and training from top members.wealthy affiliate community

The top 200 WA members throughout the world are identified as such and are available for direct guidance. The top 25 members
are known as Ambassadors and are internet marketers with such great knowledge to share. The Ambassadors are mainly full-time marketers with a mission to help others members be successful.

Can you imagine thousands of people being literally on the same page? Amazing, but true.

That being said, there is always more than one way to do a thing. But the central formula remains. Read more below at How Does the Wealthy Affiliate Method Work?

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The ‘How Does it Work’ Q’s

Are There Any Known Wealthy Affiliate University Complaints?

Sure. No place is going to resonate with everyone. The complaints are very, very few and far between. WA is quite plainly up front with every single charge. And there are absolutely no up-charges or hidden ‘gotchas’. What you see is what you get.

The bottom line is that you could remain a free member of WA forever and be successful. The only charges are there so you can scale your success.

But here is a Vancouver Island BBB page that has both the good and the bad.

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What is the Secret Formula for success with the Wealthy Affiliate Method?

Time and Effort. There is no quick buck made here. WA exists to prove that their method works with proper time and effort spent.

If a person is looking to make a quick buck, they need to look somewhere else. But this is the beauty of it. Everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Sure, you can learn techniques that trick the search engine into ranking your pages, but that is not the WA way.

The WA way is to show you EXACTLY WHAT the search engines are looking for and for you to write content in accordance with the rules of the search engines.  You will win. Many have.  Learn the fundamentals and the passion of how to create a website for a business – YOUR business.

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How Does the Wealthy Affiliate Method Work?

The lessons taught by Kyle are a formula that can work for any online business. This is the great power of the lessons. The method is very simple:siterubix1

  • Create a Website
  • Build Traffic and Rankings Organically
    • By keyword usage
    • By using free social media promotion
  • Monetize Your Site
    • By the fruits of organic traffic, first
    • By affiliate marketing
    • By the fruits of paid traffic ONLY when organic traffic is proven

 

Why does this central formula work again and again? Because it is derived from the study and understanding of the search engines and knowing exactly what they are looking for.

The method is very simple, and it’s scalable. The difference between making $300 per month and $30,000 per month is a matter of amplifying what you already know.

Now that you know the secret, check in with Kyle and Carson for exactly how it’s all done. There are wrong ways to go about this.

**Note: There are many online marketing gurus and programs out there that would advocate the use of paid traffic and advertising regardless of your ability to generate organic traffic. Most of this is hype to get your money. Generally speaking, some quick paid traffic conversions might work, but the results are temporary. 

 

Building internet traffic organically creates a strong foundation for a stream of visitors and income generation for years to come.

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How Long Does it Take to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?

Typically, 3 months to 1 year is the time frame to begin seeing money. But so very much depends on you following the formula laid out by Kyle. So much also depends on you become an authority within your niche. See more information at Is Wealthy Affiliate a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme? section and Kyle’s personal blog post Success is More Patient Than You.

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How Long Does it Take to Get Really Good at This?

This is definitely not a get-rich-quick-scheme (see that question below). What DOES happen quickly is the ability for you to get the big picture. It’s very easy to see from what WA offers and how they offer it that they are not crooks and are offering a wonderful way for you to start your home based business right away. See more on the question, Why Would Wealthy Affiliate be Beneficial to Me?

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Okay, I Get It: It’s All About Keyword Stuffing, Right??

Absolutely wrong! Have you ever read an article or internet blog that just doesn’t make sense? It’s probably a keyword-stuffer. The search engine robots will sniff out the keywords and the article will be slated for ranking, but the page won’t rank as well as the well-constructed page that is designed specifically for the reader: you!

The search engines are looking for keywords, yes. But they’re looking for helpful and relative language surrounding those keywords.  The user experience also counts in their ranking formulas. This is important.

Learn why keyword stuffing is bad for your internet business. Learn the what, when, why and how of using keywords effectively. Learn the technique of writing that CREATES keywords!

 

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Is Wealthy Affiliate a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?

Oh, no, not at all. As you have read above this, there are people who are making income after 3 months, depending on their niche and how much of an authority they have become within that time frame, and people who don’t see any income until a year or so later.

This is all about sowing seeds and building a strong foundation. But WA isn’t advocating sowing seeds randomly, there is a definite pattern to sowing these seeds that have borne future fruit time after time after time.

Along the way, you learn how to tweak your website for maximum results. But you’re not going to get rich quickly, I can guarantee that. What I WILL guarantee is that you will be building a very fertile field where you will have a consistent harvest for many years to come. In essence, you are learning to automate your future income. But you’re not going to get there without a consistent effort.

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Why Would Wealthy Affiliate be Beneficial to Me?

Because your website is your business or your passion! This is your way to express your love for what you do! Or, this is a way to express your knowledge for the field in which you’re an expert! And the people that love what you love are gonna love YOU for this!!! You are well on your way to becoming the niche expert of your area on the internet. There are 3.5 billion people surfing the net as of 2016 and you can guarantee that there are people who love what you do.

If you are going to express yourself on the internet, do it in style. Learn to harness your energy so that your expression brings you the rewards you deserve because of your passion and knowledge.

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Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth My Time and Effort?


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If you’re the type of person who has decided that you want to be in charge of your work-life destiny, this might be a good fit for you. You can be very successful if you have the drive to follow the very well-lit path laid out by Kyle. The rational give by Kyle is this: Success is More Patient Than You (Kyle’s personal blog).

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Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?

The exact opposite. WA is a boon and has made countless people money and personal freedom. Although it’s not possible for WA to be a fit for everyone, the way that WA is offered is made very plain. Anyone can be successful and remain a free member for as long as they like. All pricing beyond free memberships are made completely up front. There are no hidden fees and there are absolutely no up charges.

If a person finds the need to have their money refunded, you will not find a better pair of owners, Kyle and Carson, to deal with directly to get your situation resolved.

You get a name and a face and an easy way to talk directly to the owners of a huge internet company. Have you ever heard of this before?

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The Philosophy Q’s

What Causes People to Fail with Wealthy Affiliate?

Impatience and not following the formula laid out in the training. Although WA is not going to be for everybody, ANYBODY can succeed if they don’t give up too soon. We read all the time where people have other things in their lives that take priority and, certainly family comes first.

But you and I both know that there is no such thing as success without effort. Be encouraged that you can do this!

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Who is Wealthy Affiliate For? Is Wealthy Affiliate My Cup of Tea?

WA is for anyone who has a passion, or is a content expert and has passion, and wants to create a website around that passion. The passion for the niche needs to show because this is a primary reason how you become an authority to people and to the search engines. Couple this passion with higher knowledge of the niche and higher knowledge of how internet marketing works and you have a strong cup of tea!!

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I Don’t Know Anything About Website Building. Can Anyone Do This?

Yes, but this is a two-part answer. First, the question that may be on your mind about the actual building of the website: yes, anyone can do this or learn how. Among the very first lessons for you (and they are ALL video and blog lessons created by one of the owners, Kyle Loudoun) is exactly how to create your very first website. Here’s a blog post that I wrote on exactly how easy it is to build your free website in under one minute.

Also see the description under the question, “What is Wealthy Affiliate?“.

This particular WordPress builder, coupled with the user-friendly dashboard, enables even a first-timer the ability to create and publish web pages with ease.

The next question on your mind might be, ‘can I build a website and gain enough knowledge to be monetarily successful with Wealthy Affiliate?’.  You must understand: this is an opportunity for YOU to create yourself as a niche authority on the internet (what is a niche authority, and why does that matter? See my article How to Become a Niche Authority on the Internet (under construction)).

It’s certainly not without work, but there is a certain formula that Wealthy Affiliate presents in their training. See the question, “What is the Secret Formula for Success with Wealthy Affiliate Method?

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What if I don’t have a niche? Can I still benefit from Wealthy Affiliate?

Oh yes. First of all, the methods taught at Wealthy Affiliate University can benefit any sort of online business. Eventually, you will find a great niche for yourself. If you don’t have a niche to promote, you have the opportunity to promote Wealthy Affiliate. The same exact learnings apply, but there is actually a separate branch of training that designed specifically for the task of promoting WA.

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This particular niche is well-populated, so this will accelerate your need to become an authority in this niche. But the rewards are staggering, and far above any other affiliate reward program on the internet. See the question on Does Wealthy Affiliate have an Affiliate Program?

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Does Wealthy Affiliate Have an Affiliate Program?

Yes. You can see from the graphic directly above this question the particular courses designed for WA promotion, called Bootcamp. The Bootcamp training is very similar to the regular WA training, but is specifically tailored for this niche.

WA has what is likely the top paying affiliate program on the internet.

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Even free starter members can earn commissions (exactly half of what premium members can earn)! The conversion rate at WA for people who go from Starter to Premium is outstanding (over 12%).

 

Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference

WA has a super affiliate conference annually in Las Vegas, NV in January for those who reach 300 sales per year. Read about the 2015 Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference (Kyle’s personal blog).

I plan to be there in 2018!!

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For What it’s Worth…

I hope that this has been a very thorough Wealthy Affiliate FAQ page and that you find it useful. If you’re an avid internet reader and a nerd like me looking for a way to harness your writing energy, it’s my hope that my being thorough speaks your language. But, I know that not everyone is like that.

 

Get More Info

For a description of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer, please read my full review. If you have any input or corrections, please let me know in your comments below.

Even though I like to read a ton, I still know the value of skimming information. I write in a manner so both skimmers and deep readers can benefit. Let me know in the comments below if you think I can do better at this.

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Steve Cass at createwealthonline.comAbout Steve. 

A working guitarist, guitar designer, songwriter, worship leader and online entrepreneur, I have discovered that the key to online success (and success is more than money) is simply to focus on helping people be successful.

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10 Comments

  1. Riaz Shah

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    Hey Steve,
    Wow this is very detailed, its the first time I’ve ever come across a WA Faqs section, you’ve definitely answered some of the burning questions beginners have before joining.

    I’m a member of WA myself and a lot of people ask me very similar questions on how things work, how they can earn without having prior knowledge or is there any hidden catch to the programme. I’ll definitely show them your article, thanks for taking the time to write this! Best of luck in your site 😀

    • Steve Cass

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      Hi Riaz–

      I’m really glad you like this and find the page useful. That makes my day!

      I just really feel that there are always a million questions. Rather than searching for twenty pages for answers, why not put them all in one place?!

      Thanks again,

      Steve

  2. Norman

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    Wealthy affiliate is so organized that it is amazing. The system that have been put in place has and is helping so many people world wide to find online success. Wealthy affiliate is truly making a difference in the lives of so many people and anyone from any back ground can have online success just by following the step by step training that this community is offering, I woiuld encourage anyone to become a part of this awesome community.

    • Steve Cass

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      Norman–

      You are so right. There is a lot of organization and a lot of people worldwide who are helping in the organization. The seeds that Kyle and Carson have sown are only the beginning of a large online business revolution, and I’m very proud to be a little part of it!

      If anyone you know needs a FAQ page like this one for WA questions and answers, please send them this way.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting,

      Steve

  3. Reply

    Hi Steve, this site is so informative. Thank you so much for all of the valuable information. I’m pretty new to WA and I’m sure this will answer alot of my questions. I’ll be sure to bookmark this site.

  4. Anna

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    Hi, Steve!
    Thank you for such a strong review! It’s like you looked into my head and answered all the question! Also, I really appreciate the visuals as they are easier to understand 🙂
    I’m thinking of going Premium with it… so what was your success like? How long did it take for you to see some results?
    Thanks!

    • Steve Cass

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      Hi Anna–

      Glad you found this useful! I love being creative, and especially when it can help.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to spend as much time on this as I should in order to make money. But I can taste it; I know it’s coming. I am definitely sewing the seeds, and it feels good. It’s a feeling of freedom and hope that I have trouble describing.

      Regardless of how long it takes, you and I have found a gold mine in how it’s done. I mean, the information on what the search engines are looking for is quite priceless and really has me excited. I’ve just had other life in the way.

      Go Premium, you will not regret it no matter how long it takes for you to get your $ back. In the scheme of things, it’s really small money (I know that this is a relative statement). You could go Premium now, or wait for the next Black Friday sale Black Friday Home Business – Annual Sale at Wealthy Affiliate.

      Here’s another article about keywords you might find useful, or at least you could share this with anyone who might need the info: SiteRubix: The New Way to Create a Free Website in the 21st Century

  5. Sethu

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    This is a one of a kind article. Wow, I can’t thank you enough for providing so much information in one article.

    I wished someone had written an article like this when I was starting out. It’s a must read and I’ll recommend all the starters of WA to go through these information to get the correct idea of what WA is and who is it for? I’ve read negative reviews of WA claiming that the members are over hyping WA. I think this article standout from those with clear and honest faqs.

    • Steve Cass

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      Sethu–

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. This is really my hope, that is that WA is properly shown members and prospective members.  I appreciate you taking the time to recommend it.

      Here is a related article, What About Wealthy Affiliate? Can it Really Help Me? that I hope you find interesting and worthy to also recommend.

      Steve

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