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

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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!

WHY WEALTHY AFFILIATE?

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, 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!):

WHAT IS THE WEALTHY AFFILIATE ABOUT – PART 3 – JAAXY KEYWORD TOOL

 

SIGN UP FOR FREE

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.

SET UP YOUR PROFILE

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.

RESPOND TO FOLLOWERS

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.

SET UP FREE WEBSITE(S)

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.

TRAINING – TRAINING – TRAINING

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.

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT AFFILIATE MARKETING 

IS IT FREE?

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 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 as long as you like, 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.

 

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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.

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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!