The Wealthy Affiliate Personal Ripoff Report
Here is something I have been wanting to write for a while and now that I have explored this affiliate marketing platform for over 2 1/2 years I can honestly say I have the 411 on this. And no I am not going to push this platform on anyone in this blog. I just want to lay out the pros and cons and give you my personal Wealthy Affiliate Rip Off report for 2018.
What is the Wealthy Affiliate?
It is a platform that teaches people how to earn online through affiliate marketing.
It has a site builder, a keyword tool and the ability to create up to 50 websites using their ‘SiteRubix’ domain.
It also has unlimited tech support for if your site goes down and free hosting for your website.
It has a chat feature that runs 24/7 where you can ask questions on any of the training provided.
It has a blog feature where you can write blogs that anyone on the platform can read and comment on.
It has ten lessons with ten modules each that cover everything from building your site to marketing it.
It has videos uploaded weekly that offer tips and tools to building your website.
It is an all inclusive platform that is all you need to build and maintain an affiliate website.
With all of these features you may be wondering what the price is for this platform. The price for the Premium membership is $49.00 per month and that covers everything. The platform also has a free membership which runs for one week and then you are cut off from the tools you really need to keep building your website.
Sounds pretty good right. Well, like anything there is a down side to all of this. And I don’t want to sugar coat anything here. I have been a member for over 2 years and I will say I have seen my share of both pros and cons.
Let me explain the cons on the Wealthy Affiliate.
It is not a get rich program and many people who join get jaded rather quickly when they don’t make money quickly.
The chat feature and blog options seem more like a Facebook platform where people talk about anything from their cat dying to personal problems, etc.
Building the website does take time and you aren’t told it will take a good while to make some money. While some people do begin making money rather quickly, most don’t. There is a lot of work involved.
You are working on your own. Some people who don’t see success will call the Wealthy Affiliate a scam, a hustle and a few other choice words. And many people who join leave feeling unfulfilled because they thought it may be easy.
Initially the platform looks easy but the people who are successful go up and beyond the call to succeed. That means working on their websites for months and years.
Is The Wealthy Affiliate A Ripoff?
Honestly I think that depends on the individual perspective of this platform. If you use it like a facebook and don’t work the lessons and just build a site without really knowing what you are doing, you will leave thinking it’s a ripoff. If you listen to all the negativity and buy into that mindset, you will leave thinking it’s a ripoff. But if you work through the lessons, take it seriously and pay attention to detail you can be successful. Or not. And that’s what happens with a lot of people. They simply burn out when they are working too much and don’t see any success. And the monthly payment of $49.00 keeps coming month after month unless you cancel your account.
What do I think of it personally? I think it’s a great way to make some passive income but it doesn’t come easy. Depending on your niche there may be a lot of competition or none at all. But to think you will just build a simple website, add some products and sit back and wait for the money to roll in then you are fooling yourself. It won’t happen. You need to keep building your website, use Google Analytics to track your traffic and make changes when necessary.
How long did it take for me to make any money? A while. And that means it took me a full year to start making enough money to pay for my membership. That’s a long time without a paycheck! You can see why many people quit. They just don’t have the time or money to keep at it. And at six months I was ready to throw in the towel on the Wealthy Affiliate. I needed some serious motivation.
What did I do?
I contacted my sponsor who I signed up under and got some serious critique of my website. He told me what I was doing wrong and what to do to fix it. So I did. And then I started seeing some changes at about nine months. I started seeing some cool organic traffic and it kept building from there.
I don’t think for me the Wealthy Affiliate is a ripoff for me personally. But I can understand why some would think so. It takes time to learn affiliate marketing and the company teaches that well. It’s just that some people have other issues in life that need attention immediately and they need money quick. You won’t make it quick with this platform. It takes time and effort day after day and month after month.
I wish I could say this platform was an easy fix for financial issues. It isn’t but anything worthwhile in life does take time. And it took me a full year before I made any money and many many hours of work with little pay back. But in the end it did start paying me back and it gets better each month.
Would I suggest this platform for anyone? Absolutely not. I only say this because you will be needing to put time and effort into this and you won’t be making money at first. It will take time. But if you stick it out you can end up like me and break through the other side. I am seeing the results of hard work for over two years but that’s what it took for me to make it a successful venture. I could of quit within the first year but I didn’t. I kept at it and was stubborn and determined. I’m Irish, I’m a Marine Corps veteran. I don’t give up easy. And you shouldn’t either in whatever you do. Just know that anything worthwhile will take time or you will walk away calling everything a ripoff.
SEE MY WEALTHY AFFILIATE 2 PLUS YEAR REVIEW HERE
Here’s To Your Success.