How does Wealthy Affiliate really work – is it really free?

If you’ve done any research at all online about how to make money, then you’ve most likely come across information on the Wealthy Affiliate program for affiliate marketers.  So now you want to know:  How does Wealthy Affiliate really work?  Is it really free?  In other words, what’s the real story?

As many of you know, I’ve been marketing online for many years, and when I search for new ways to make money online, Wealthy Affiliate pops up often. It’s no wonder, because it is truly an amazing find, and you will see outlined below why it is amazing, and how you can get started in their program without a credit card nor any payment at all!


There are so many programs out there, aren’t there? Well, I’ve tried so many of them only to lose a bunch of money and be completely lost and frustrated at the end.

I honestly didn’t even want to try Wealthy Affiliate, I’d had enough of the nonsense. The only reason I signed up for the Wealthy Affiliate program initially was because it is free. That’s right, no charge. I figured since I had heard so much about this program, and with no money required, no credit card or debit card, what did I have to lose?

Well, let me tell you, the difference is obvious immediately. Most of the programs give you some direction, but they leave you literally to waffle around on your own trying to figure it all out. Ugh!  No thanks. It’s so time-consuming and frustrating.

When I got onto the Wealthy Affiliate platform and started the process, it was literally all laid out for me. No questions. Wealthy Affiliate provides simple step-by-step instructions anyone can follow regardless of experience online. It’s like, “here’s what you do, and here’s where you left off doing it.” It’s that simple.

Everything you need is right in the platform. Everything! Each training module has a video to specifically walk you through whatever step they are teaching you. So building the website is a step-by-step process, and they give you everything you need, right on the platform, to do the steps. You get a ton of templates to choose for your site, and everything is hosted right on Wealthy Affiliate.

Here is a video from inside the platform that you can view to see what their training is like.  You get video training with step-by-step instructions, so you don’t have to worry that you won’t have any help.  I set up my entire business by following their proven process.

You might be worried, what if you can’t write very well. They’ve got that covered, too. If you want to write a post, they show you exactly how to do it. The entire structure is templated. No only that, but they provide a content builder that reviews your posts for spelling errors, grammatical errors, sentence structure errors and punctuation errors! It’s hard to fail with that kind of safeguard in place. So stop worrying, they’ve got you covered.

The other great resource is, of course, the other members. You can put your post or page up on the Wealthy Affiliate website, and other members will give you feedback on whatever you want.

If you aren’t sure it looks great, you can ask people for feedback on how to make it look better. If you’re not sure about the content, you can ask for feedback on your content. Whatever you want feedback on, all you have to do is ask. It’s genius.

The training is so in-depth. You learn why you’re doing certain steps, not just how to do them. You learn all about search engine optimization (SEO) and how to rank your content in Google and Bing. You strategically target specific keywords relative to your niche for optimal traffic.

If you don’t already have a “niche” (your interest – what you will focus your website and products around, i.e. fitness, sneakers, cats, etc.), Wealthy Affiliate will help you choose your niche. Once you have your niche, Wealthy Affiliate provides access to the keyword search tool called Jaaxy (read reviews on Jaxy as well), which tells you what keywords get traffic and which ones have competition. This, alone, is invaluable, and I recommend you read about all the benefits of this keyword tool.

Keywords and the proper use of them are absolutely crucial to your ability to rank your website in the search engines to get people to your site.  Don’t worry, I explain all about keywords in this article and how the Jaaxy tool will propel your business toward success!

There is no other program that does what the Jaaxy program does.  It is literally amazing.   The Jaaxy tool is included in your Starter membership, so read all about it here (and you can even try the keyword tool at the bottom of the article too!):




There’s just no risk when you don’t have to give credit card information in order to sign up. A platform as well-known and popular as Wealthy Affiliate really doesn’t need to give away information, but they realize that starting a business isn’t always easy, and people don’t have a lot of money when they are starting out.

That’s why they let you in for FREE. So you can get in, get your profile set up, start your training, build your website, and all for FREE.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Step No. 1 is to sign up and start checking it out. If you are new to affiliate marketing, or if you have been doing it for a while on your own, this is the place for you.

By the end of this article, you will see why I highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate platform for all internet marketers. There’s just absolutely nothing like it online anywhere.


One of the main things I always stress is the need to get yourself out there. In order to be successful online, people have to find you, right? If nobody visits your site, you won’t get many sales. If you are serious about making money online and if you’re like me, wanting to earn a full-time income from my efforts, then you need to be seen.

This starts with the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You will be learning all about the benefits of becoming involved in Wealthy Affiliate, but I can tell you the other members of the platform are who are going to be helping you to get credible online, make Google and Bing find you, love you, and rank you highly, which is the name of the game.

Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile includes adding a nice picture of yourself so people can see you, talk to you, and then help you be successful. It is also very important that you write a little blurb about yourself and what you’re trying to accomplish. This lets people get to know you. So once you sign up, get that profile completed right away.


You will immediately start to receive messages on your “wall” in Wealthy Affiliate, and in your “private messages” in your back office from the owners and from other members.

This is your first task to success. Start responding to the folks who have taken the time to reach out to you. Each of these members can help you build your business, help in your website design, assist with any issues or questions you have, leave comments on your posts (building that ranking) and a myriad of other things to make you succeed.

So go ahead and take a few minutes to thank the people who have reached out to you. Click their profile picture and you can view their wall. You’ll learn a little about them, see any posts they’ve made or any trainings they’ve contributed, etc. You also want to “follow” them back. By adding people to your circle, you expand your reach within the Wealthy Affiliate community. You want as many eyes as possible on your posts within the site. So get following everybody.


I recommend, personally, that you spend the $13 on a .com website, but it is not something you need to do immediately, and it is a good idea to wait a little bit before you purchase so you make sure the name you choose for your .com is the right one. This is where proficiency in the keyword search tool is important, and this will come with time.

So set up the free one for now, and you can always upgrade it to your own .com website name later. Wealthy Affiliate will walk you through the entire set-up process, from setting up your menu, the first pages, your posts, etc. They even give you templates for your affiliate disclosure, your privacy policy and your posts.  It’s a no-brainer.


I am the type of person that really needs instructions when it comes to doing something new. I’m not comfortable to flounder around trying to figure things out. I can do it, and I’ve been doing it pretty successfully for years, but it hasn’t been easy, and I don’t enjoy it. Working on the Wealthy Affiliate platform has been nothing but enjoyable because it’s easy, it’s fun, there is always help a click away, and it works!

The training is absolutely amazing. You can’t go wrong because every step is covered from start to finish.

The program interface is so super easy to navigate.  When you are doing training and get interrupted (isn’t that life?), if you have to close your computer and then log back into Wealthy Affiliate, the system shows you right where you left off and you can pick it right up at that point.

The training doesn’t stop with the modules. You can search any topic, and you will find hundreds of trainings on that topic; some by the owners, some by other members. It is literally a wealth of information on every aspect of affiliate marketing available no place else!

Here are the modules that you get with the free Starter membership.  The training is video and written, and you will get full instructions on how to set up your free websites.  You get two free websites in the Starter plan.  Here are the modules.

Want to see all the training that is offered in the Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership?  This does not include everything (they add new training daily), but it will give you an idea of the library of training available.



The cost to join Wealthy Affiliate is FREE. That means you do not have    to even give your credit card information. With your free membership you get free websites, access to Jaaxy, access to training, and access to the other members.  So yes, it is really free to sign up and enjoy Wealthy Affiliate.

There is a limit to the access for free members, however, and I found I quickly grew out of their free membership and wanted more. What is great about becoming a Premium Member in the first seven days is they give you a discount the first month.

If you decide in the future to upgrade to the Premium membership, there are a ton of benefits that I will go over in another article. The first month is only $19.99 and then if you want to continue, their monthly price is $49.99.  Your entire business operation for $49.99 monthly!

I can honestly say that it is worth every single penny, and as long as I am running my online business, I will be a Wealthy Affiliate Premium member. It is too valuable a resource, and I feel my online success is really dependent on it because of all it gives me. You can certainly continue as a free member for up to six full months, but as you get involved in the process, you will most like want to upgrade to take full advantage of all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.


Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!


  1. Absolutely love this review for Wealthy Affiliate. I love this community and the training is the best out there, period! They really do want you to succeed. The best way to learn how to market or even start an online business is Wealthy Affiliate. Cool review, thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m on my third blog now…and I’m still struggling like it was my first – is the training you covered here really free and will they be able to check out my blog and tell me where I am going wrong?

    I think it’s mainly down to SEO – a subject I know very little about, will the training at the Wealthy Affiliate be able to fill in the gaps on this subject for me?

  3. Providing the training, support, and the necessary tools in one platform is something that you cannot find easily. I think that is why the members of Wealthy Affiliate are super satisfied with the service.

    Wealthy Affiliate sounds too good to be true except that it is not. I think the free starter membership is the proof of the fact that they actually offer value before asking for your money.

    Thank you for your review. It’s very complete and gives a clear idea about this community.

  4. So since there’s nothing to lose I’ll be giving this a try for sure. I think the best part that you laid out is that the community is active and engaged. Practically all the training programs I come across are either lame PDFs or out-dated training courses with an inactive, defunct forum section that is of no use. As you say at Wealthy Affiliate, they even contact you through private message and there is even a 24/7 instant chat feature. The most important aspect of learning in my opinion is being motivated by other successful people and being able to get answers right away. Thanks for your recommendation.

  5. Hello and thank you for this great review on Wealthy Affiliate. I am proud to say that I am already a member. 

    I agree with you that the training has everything that you need and it is laid out in step-by-step format that people who are new to computers or internet marketing can still be successful using these strategies.

    The videos are great so that if you miss a step with the technical information then you can rewind it and watch it as often as you like so that you really “get it”.  I like your tip to purchase a .com domain. That is a great tip, but it’s not compulsory in the beginning. SiteRubix will get people off and running so they can figure out if they want this affiliate marketing path or not.

  6. Wow! What an incredibly well written article, made me want to sign up! Ha. The review is fantastic an very informative. It flows very well and is easy to read, although it is long but also very thorough. I like the first picture at the top and I think it is very powerful but it might look better bigger or without so much white space to the right of it. Overall, Great Job!

  7. Great review Babs – I am a very happy member of the Wealthy Affiliate commnity and was trying to explain it to someone the other day.  Your outline is perfect – I will lead them to it next time.  I have tried a lot of programs to help me get started in this space and this is the absolute best I have come across.  You are correct that you quickly outgrow the free membership however there is so much to it that you dont feel ripped off when you are led to upgrade.  The training and support is second to none.

    Keep up the great work and posts.


  8. Great review! Yes Wealthy Affiliate works, what we need is to be persistent, work hard, share opinions and ask for help to the friends community there. Wealthy Affiliate is a platform to learn and earn. With a good training through videos classes and the live training on Fridays. Thank you for your review

  9. I remember myself first signing up.

    It was also only due to the fact that it was for free. I wouldn’t had otherwise because similarly as you, I was just extremely tired of all the people trying to scam me instead of actually providing me with value and teaching online marketing. In fact this was the very reason I gave up the idea of becoming a blogger back when I first started out some 6 years ago.

    Then luckily though, totally by accident I came across the Wealthy Affiliate and decided to just give that dream of mine another chance. And now I can only concur to all of what you mentioned about the Wealthy Affiliate. I’ve been a dedicated member now for over a year and I’m absolutely loving it. I don’t think I’ll ever quit the platform. It’s that damn amazing.

    I appreciate you sharing and spreading the good word.

    Cheers, Have a Great One!


  10. It really is free to start.  You get to learn step by step.  One thing at a time so you are not overwhelmed and you will know what to do next.  This is the best place to learn all about internet marketing.  You get to check it out for free.  Free training and best of all, two of your own websites to start out with.  You can use your free websites for whatever you want.  If you do decide to go premium there is so much training and help from the community, and you get to host your own domains with no extra charge.  It is certainly worth it.

  11. I have tried multiple affiliate marketing coaching programs and each one have failed my expectation.  The last one that I’ve joined had me pay $99 to join only to find out that the initial training’s objective was to mind set you to pay more money to get into the “real training” where they guarantee that after it you will be earning $10,000 per month. But for those premium training will cost you $9,997! It doesn’t make sense! His argument was people are willing to pay a lot of money to go to college but after years of going to school and paying a lot of money the school does not guarantee you a job!  But with his company they got everything figured out and they guarantee your success.  This was too shady if you ask me! I am glad they did refund me! I did not give up and continued to search for the right program that can help me and that is when I found Wealthy Affiliate!   I am now on my 4 month with Wealthy affiliate and I have just recently upgraded to the yearly membership.  The progress that I have accomplished with Wealthy affiliate is really awesome! 

  12. Great post and good info. 

    Wealthy Affiliate is indeed free, but if you are a member you have so many more things you can do. 

    This platform is incredible, the community amazing and the owners are nice. 

    I’m a member for a long while now and I never regret it. 

    So, really join it. 

    Thanks for sharing it! 

    1. Absolutely!  Premium membership is the way to go, but I always recommend people get in, try the starter and see if it really is for them.  Then upgrade.  I love it, and everyone I know that’s a member does too!  Thanks!

  13. The first time I joined wealthyaffiliate, I started with the free starter membership plan and I was really amazed at the type of training they offered because they delivered a lot of value and so because of this I became really interested in the program and before you know it, I became a premium member and I have being since then and I have never regretted it.

    It is an amazing platform and anyone willing to succeed online would benefit a lot from the platform

  14. Babs,

     A more detailed post regarding WA.  I like it!  Great description/explanation as to what the Wealthy Affiliate Platform offers and the support it provides.  You are spot on with the information you provided in this post.  I would like to know how much success you are having with your websites and traffic?  I always like to hear positive stories from peers to keep the inspiration at a high level.

    Great job again, and I would love to hear about your successes and any other future posts you will be launching.

  15. Hi Babs I am one of those people who at one time in the pursuit of success online would chase after every new shiny object.  Some of those shiny objects would sometimes just disappear.  They also wanted much more than Wealthy Affiliate.It is nice to see a place where it seems that the really want you to succeed.Very few online programs let you try them out for free and then give you a discount to boot for your first month.I just might have to look into this.  Best of luck in your online adventure!

  16. I love the fact that there was no way for me to get scammed when I first heard about this program. What was even better was that the founders had so much belief in their program that they are willing to let people try it for FREE. I am not sure if I would do the same thing. 

  17. Great article: detailed, informative, honest, and comes from the heart

    Everything you mentioned is true. I hope that all your readers who are not part of our WA family get to find out that Wealthy Affiliate is real, not a scam, and truly effective. I sincerely hope that they get to click any of those buttons, join, and get to experience WA as soon as possible.

    I upgraded to Premium in less than a month because I found what I’ve been looking for. There’s none like WA.

    Thank you so much for a well-written article! May you and your family have a blessed new year!

  18. WA is one of the best programs out there. The main reason I stay.   Definitely a legit program. One could not go wrong for choosing WA. This is definitely worth anyone’s precious time and money. Lots to learn, but there are also a lot of help within the platform. Highly recommended.

  19. Amazing post Babs. If anyone is having doubts on the legitimacy of wealthy affiliate, just sign up for free and give a try, and believe me with the amount of things they offer to you free, you would not hesitate to go premium. There is no way you won’t earn more than you put in for premium at the end of the month. 

    1. Thanks, Nathaniel, for the great testimonial.  The small Premium membership fee, if you upgrade, is more than worth it.  I agree!  – Babs

  20. This a very great review on how wealthy affiliate works and in a nutshell I would say they are the best .why  would I say so from their training to hosting your website to Jaaxy the best keyword research tools to and the most great asset is the community that is their to help while and if you need help as you work your way up  all these  and many more to makes me to know how wealthy affiliate really works.

  21. Hi Babs, this is such a detailed explanation of what Wealthy Affiliates is all about. I joined recently, with a fear of how I would be able to manage all those computer processes that might be involved. The biggest plus for me is that there is always support to guide you through everything. There are many tutorials and videos explained in different ways and other members encouraging you on and showing your the next step. I can say signing up with WA was one of the best career decisions I have made. 

    1. You are so right about that!  Me, too!  The training is so detailed and step-by-step, it makes it easy even if someone doesn’t have much computer experience.  – Babs

  22. You are mentioning the right aspects of WA to get people’s attention.  They won’t feel they are going to be cheated if they are not asked for a credit card number right away.  Letting them know the training is easy to follow is good.  This information may primarily be for those people who have been frustrated with other types of training in the past but it is also a good message for those who have never tried affiliate marketing before.  I hadn’t before finding WA and those aspects did encourage me to try it.  I’m happy I did.

    1. I was in the category of trying so many other programs, it was ridiculous and so were the programs.  I was so tired of it, I honestly didn’t think there was any legitimate program out there until I found Wealthy Affiliate.  Now I”m in it for the long haul, and my business has taken off.  – Babs

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