Wealthy Affiliate Review: From The Inside

Hi, thanks for stopping by. You probably found me searching about Wealthy Affiliate ( WA), wanting to know if it is legitimate or a scam.

Wealthy Affiliate Reveiw: From The Inside

I wrote Wealthy Affiliate Review: From the Inside for you, with a different perspective than many other reviews. My goal is to give you an honest review, so you can make an informed decision on whether it is a good fit for you.

How is this review different?

I have been inside WA for nine years, and my perspective is different than someone who joins, looks around for a while ( mere hours most of the time), then writes a review.  

The overall feel of many reviews is that they are motivated by commissions.

  • Instead of writing for you and providing you with information, they are focusing on making a commission by convincing you that WA is bad and that whatever they sell is good.
  • They can’t say outright that WA is a scam or that it doesn’t work – if they are writing an honest review. But they can pick at it until they can zero in on something, make it negative, and run with it.
Quick introduction: 

A long story short: I joined Wealthy Affiliate (WA) in 2013 when I was tired of wasting time and money being scammed. I just wanted to find a legitimate way to make money from home.  I spent years looking but never quite got a hold of one. Then one day, I found one of those ‘ ways to avoid being scammed”  sites that came up in one of my Google searches and clicked on it.

What got my attention first was the > Try Wealthy Affiliate Free, No Risk, and No Credit Card Required.

If you have been searching for years, as I had, you know that this doesn’t happen – everyone wants to give you a “free” trial, but they want your credit card information first. 

That was just the beginning; I had finally found the ALL IN ONE PLACE I had been searching for.

Let’s get into it:

Name: Wealthy Affiliate

Website: www. wealthyaffiliate.com

Owners: Kyle and Carson

Special Offers:

*Free No Risk, No Credit Card Required 7-day trial

*First Month $19 ~ Regular $49/month Premium or $99/month Premium Plus

Overall Rating: 90 out of 100

Canadians Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim founded Wealthy Affiliate, and both were very successful bloggers and online entrepreneurs before they launched Wealthy Affiliate on September 10th, 2005.

Over the past 17 years,  Kyle and Carson have grown and expanded Wealthy Affiliate to be one of the most reputable and affordable platforms for building an affiliate marketing business. They have everything you need all in one place: Training, Hosting, Keyword Research Tool ( Jaxxy), tools, support, and much more.

Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or Legit?

First, I want to go through and take a look at the home page of Wealthy Affiliate.com ( I have included some of the training with the specific area of the homepage for easy reference); then, we’ll stop for a minute to talk about one of the claims I want to clear up, about WA forcing you only to promote Wealthy Affiliate; get back into the rest of the home page; lay out how much WA costs, some common questions; next WA Tools and Jaxxy; followed by Contact Us and Support, and ending with Wealthy Affiliate Ratings.

~ If you’re going to break something down to see how it works, it’s essential that you have the pieces.

Wealthy Affiliate Powers Affiliate Marketers Worldwide.

The Features You Need to Succeed.

Perfect for Beginners and Experts Alike.
“Absolutely everything you need to create and grow a successful business online is included at Wealthy Affiliate. We cater to all levels of experience.” (WA)

Keep in mind that you not only get all the training, tools, and support you need to create and build a business but that you can rinse/repeat, which means you can take what you have learned and create as many businesses as you want in any niche.

Even if you started WA as a complete newbie, with no skills and no experience, with an interest in making money online from home, and never thought about starting a business, ~ you can do both.

~ Home ~ Education ~ Websites ~ Hosting ~ Domains ~ Community ~ Success ~ About us

~~> Free Trial, with No Risk and No Credit Card Required!

Wealthy Affiliate is letting you try it before you buy it! If you have spent any time looking for affiliate marketing programs, you know that this is hard to find and hard to believe, but Wealthy Affiliate comes through 100 % on this promise.

Many people start looking for a Niche by doing a Google search; the majority are looking for a niche that is the most profitable

Search Results-Featured snippet from the web

These are the 10 most profitable niches on the Internet:

  1. Fitness and Weight Loss. P90X, Weight Watchers, the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Keto Diet… the list goes on. …
  2. Health. …
  3. Dating and Relationships. …
  4. Pets. …
  5. Self-Improvement. …
  6. Wealth Building Through Investing. …
  7. Make Money on the Internet. …
  8. Beauty Treatments.

Jun 4, 2020

The most profitable blog niches for 2022

  • Digital marketing.
  • They are blogging and making money online.
  • Health and fitness.
  • Personal finance and investing.
  • Recipes and food.
  • Personal development and self-care.

May 19, 2022

Everyone who is looking for the most profitable niche is going to be swarming to all of these results, making them highly competitive and very hard to get approval for affiliate programs.
This is where Wealthy Affiliate comes in ~ one of the thing that you will learn is how to find low-competition niches that you can turn into a successful online business.


~~ Free Starters members get the first part of the 2 core training’s FREE!
  • Level 1 of Online Entrepreneur Certification ( 10 lessons)
  • Phase 1 of Affiliate Bootcamp training (10 Lessons)
A couple of the pieces of training on “Niches”

Getting Started Level 1: Lesson 3 ~~> Choose A Niche

As a premium member, you have more access to the training…

Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) there are 5 levels in this training

~ Level 1 is part of the FREE Starter membership.

~ Levels 2 -5 are Premium.

WA Affiliate Bootcamp: We will cover this in a minute, but I wanted to lay it out together because these are the 2 Core pieces of training.

~ Phase 1 is part of the FREE Starter membership.

~ Phases 2-7 are Premium.

Wealthy Affiliate (WA) has been around for 17 years. Are you wondering how it is going to keep growing and improving?

They say you can’t build a website in 30 seconds ~ Let me show you they are wrong!
~ Websites ~ Hosting ~ Domains

~ 1000’s of Professional Designs (Themes) to choose from. You can change your theme anytime.

~ Responsive and Mobile Ready!

Wealthy Affiliate + SiteRubix + Free SSL

Starter and Premium & Premium Plus:

Premium and Premium Plus Only:

  • Site Speed
  • Site Protect
  • Site SSL
  • Access to Over 4,134 Themes
  • 59,447 Feature Extensions Plugins

~ Websites ~


  • Beginner Website & Hosting Package ($29/m Value)
  • Website Builder
  • 1 Free Website
  • Hosting Security Suite
  • Free SSL


  • Intermediate Website & Hosting Package ($100/m value)
  • Website Builder
  • 10 Premium Websites
  • Enhanced Hosting Security
  • Free SSL
  • Daily Backup
  • Hacking Prevention
  • SiteSpeed Extreme Caching
  • 24/7 Managed
  • 24/7 SiteSupport
  • Google Pagespeed Optimized
  • DDos Protection
  • Image optimization
  • Dual Server Hosting Redundancy
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Instant DNS
  • Host Owned Domains
  • 250,000 Monthly Visits
  • Website Engagement Platform
  • SiteContent Publishing Platform
  • Duplicate Content Checker


  • Advanced Website & Hosting Package ($250/m value)
  • Website Builder
  • 50 Premium Websites
  • Advanced Hosting Security Suite
  • Free SSL
  • Daily Backup
  • Hacking Prevention
  • SiteSpeed Extreme Caching
  • 24/7 Managed
  • 24/7 SiteSupport
  • Google Pagespeed Optimized
  • DDos Protection
  • Image optimization
  • Dual Server Hosting Redundancy
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Instant DNS
  • Host Owned Domains
  • 1,000,000 Monthly Visits
  • Website Engagement Platform
  • SiteContent Publishing Platform
  • Duplicate Content Checker

With SiteRubix, it is literally as easy as 1,2,3, all the technical stuff is taken care of, and that peace of mind lets you focus on building your site, and your business.

~ Some of the training on Websites includes:

  • Online Entrepreneur Certification – Level 1: Lesson 4 ~ Building Your Own Niche Website (* part of the FREE starter membership)
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Level 1: Lesson 3 ~ Building Your Website (* part of the FREE starter membership)
  • Training HQ: ~ “Websites”

Online Entrepreneur Certification:

Level 2: ~ Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website


Traffic regardless of the nature of your online business is the root of all success. If you can learn how to effectively get traffic to your website, you can accomplish an extraordinary amount of success.

This 10-lesson training is going to walk you through no-cost traffic generation techniques that w
ill allow you to capture highly relevant traffic in any niche.”

Citation: Online Entrepreneur Certification Level 2: Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website

Online Entrepreneur Certification:

Level 3 ~ Making Money


You have a website, you have content, you know how to get traffic…now what? Time for THE MONEY. Once you understand how to get traffic and you start getting traffic, there are many ways in which you can earn revenue. In this course, we are going to walk you through a number of ways you can earn money through your site.

Citation: Online Entrepreneur Certification: Level 3 Making Money

Under the Training Tab on the main menu ~ Click on the Traning HQ folder

Using the search bar you can find Classrooms, Training, and Tutorials…

You can also filter by the “Choose Topics” drop-down and you can dig deeper into the sections: ALL-Classroom- Events / All-New-Popular.

The Training HQ main menu . . .


I typed in “affilaite programs” into the search bar, and left the rest as default.

NOTE: Classrooms, Training, and Tutorials… are being added all the time

So you can see that every step of the way you have not only the training, that takes you step-by-step, you have other classes to take, tutorials, and videos to watch… ~ you have a whole system of learning at your fingertips.

The key is to always keep growing and learning.

Above I gave you examples of the training as we went through Niches, Website, Traffic, Making Money, and Affilaite Programs . . . now let’s take a look at the training in each membership.


Certification Core Training
Level 1 (10 Lessons)

Bootcamp Core Training
Phase 1 (10 Lessons)


Certification Core Training
Level 1-5 (50 lessons)

Bootcamp Core Training
Level 1-7 (70 lessons)

1000+ Training Modules

All Levels Core Training

52+ Expert Classes Per Year

Premium Plus:

Certification Core Training
Level 1-5 (50 lessons)

Bootcamp Core Training
Level 1-7 (70 lessons)

1000+ Training Modules

All Levels of Core Training

200+ Expert Classes Per Year

There is so much more to the training, classes, tutorials, and videos… I can’t fit it all in this review. If you do decide to check Wealthy Affiliate out, take a good look around at everything that it has to offer.

I think that if you are really interested in learning how to create and build an online business, then you will see the massive value that it has and that it is genuinely going to help and support you in your journey because the basis of Wealthy Affiliate is helping people like you and I succeed.

I want to stop here for a minute, and address one of the cons some people say, which is that,

WA forces you in some way or form to ONLY promoting Wealthy Affiliate.

I don’t agree with this, but I want to point out what Wealthy Affiliate does say, and you can come to your own conclusion.

The main training is on Online Entrepreneur Certification. Inside that first Level 1 training, there is a spot where it gives you the OPTION of switching to Affiliate Bootcamp.

Here is what the training says :

” There is NO SUCH THING as choosing the wrong niche.

Also, note that you can always change your niche down the road. Just because you are choosing a niche now does not mean you will be in this particular niche forever. Either way, please do not spend a week choosing your niche. Within the next 15-30 minutes (maximum) you should have your “starting point” niche chosen.

If you have any questions about your niche, feel free to leave a question below and we will help you out.

If you are REALLY STUCK at this point and you cannot decide on a niche, perhaps you may be interested in the make money/affiliate marketing niche. If you don’t have a niche at this point, this will be your niche and we have an Affiliate Bootcamp dedicated to those that are interested in promoting Wealthy Affiliate

Citation: Entrepreneur Certification: Level 1 Choosing a Niche

My take is that they are giving you an OPTION of switching to Affiliate Bootcamp, if you are stuck, and can’t choose one. I never felt any pressure to only promote Wealthy Affiliate, and I have not heard any rumbles within the community about it either.

Others may read that differently, and there are some reviews that specifically mention it. Again I want to give you information and help you decide if WA is right for you.

So while we are here, let’s take a look at Affiliate Bootcamp.

Affiliate Bootcamp

Affiliate Bootcamp

Phase 1: ~ Getting Your Business Rolling.

Description: Wealthy Affiliate has one of the most lucrative “recurring” affiliate programs on the planet and within the first phase of the training, we are going to get your business built on a solid foundation. All long-term businesses start with a vision and a brand and we are going to help you get this in place in the first phase of the Affiliate Bootcamp training.

This course is 10 lessons and by the time you have finished this course, you are going to have your foundation for a long-term and very lucrative business online set out!

Citation: WA Affiliate Bootcamp: Phase 1 Getting Your Business Rolling

Premium Members also have access to…

~ > Affiliate Bootcamp Strategy Sessions


These strategy sessions are complimentary to Bootcamp and they are going to help you advance your business through a broader understanding of the make money online niche, and how to most appropriate build out and scale a business in this arena.

Within these monthly strategy sessions, you are going to be getting full updates on the technology we have available to your business, but I am also going to be helping from a motivational and mindset side of things as well.

Citation: Affiliate Bootcamp Strategy Sessions

 An opportunity to Earn While You Learn ~ Free members can earn a commission

Affiliate Bootcamp is a legitimate way to Earn As You Learn then you can take that knowledge, and create as many niche businesses as you want. Rinse and Repeat.


It’s Worldwide.

It’s intimately Big.

The community is almost 1.5 million strong, which is huge, but it is made of people who want to you succeed. There is no competition here, it’s a very large, very tight-knit group.


Create Long-Lasting Relationships.

  • There is no place in the world like WA when it comes to walking in as a stranger, and being greeted and welcomed like a friend, creating relationships with people from all over the world.
  • There are 10,000’s people connecting and networking every day.

Instant Help:

You are NEVER ALONE in WA, there are many ways to ask for help, here are a few of them :

  • The Search Bar
  • Live Chat
  • At the end of the lessons, there is a question and answer box
  • Under the HELP TAB~ Help Center dropdown

  • The average time to get an answer is 1.8 minutes
  • Community interaction per day 32,000 +

The WA community really does have a personal touch, such a large community, with people who genuinely want to help you, and want you to succeed.

~ Success: 


Be a sponge, soak up all the experience, and bits of knowledge and advice, that those that have found Success with WA offer.

They are around, they are available and they are approachable.

I say you are never alone in Wealthy Affiliate ~ that is the truth.

Whenever I have had a question, been stuck, or was frustrated, …. someone has always been there to help me out.

Kyle and Carson make a bold promise, and they back them up all the way.

  • Noone fails unless they quit.
  • Everything you need to create and grow a business to any level is at your fingertips.
  • It’s simple the training works ~ If you follow it and put in the time and effort.

 ~Contact Us:

I have NEVER seen a program where you have as much access to help. To be able to reach out to the owners, and in my experience get replies no longer than 24 hours. With almost 1.5 Million ( and growing )members, that is something special, and it goes to show how committed to helping people Kyle and Carson are. I have sent Kyle messages over the years, asked questions on his profile page, and asked questions after a lesson. I have ALWAYS received an answer, and it has always been a fast response.

Wealthy Affiliate is not perfect:

There are always things that can be improved on, no one and nothing is perfect.

It’s not an honest review if you only talk about the PROs and don’t talk about the CONs.

  • No refund policy ~ They tell you upfront and you agree to the terms and conditions, it’s an automatic payment. People need to be responsible and cancel their membership, not use half of it then insist on a refund because they didn’t pay attention.

Wealthy Affiliate makes this very clear and does not hide its policy. 

“The Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership and Paid Services are billed in advance on a monthly or yearly basis (as per the option you have chosen when you purchased Services) and are non-refundable for the subscription period they are purchased for.

  • Outdated training ~ Agreed – there is some training that has not been updated in a while. I found other reviews that also agree it could use an update, but also point out that you still learn a solid base to grow from. Every training taught within WA is a long-term and proven strategy.
    • Wealthy Affiliate’s core training will be totally revamped and updated ~ if you want to check it out here is the link again Training our vision for the future
    • WA is always changing for the better. Kyle and Carson are active, present, and hands-on, they are always looking to improve and grow Wealthy Affiliate.

  • No Black Hat techniques in the training: these techniques ( black or gray) are those that teach you to break the rules, or skirt them, with link-building techniques, that can lead to your site being penalized by the search engines. ~ WA training is a completely white hat.

  • Forcing people to promote WA ~ I talked about this earlier and I just didn’t get that take on it. Other reviews state that the core training pushes you by saying, if you are stuck and can’t pick a niche you can switch to Affiliate Bootcamp and promote Wealthy Affiliate. I see it as an option, if you can’t choose a niche, here is something you can promote, and you can earn a commission as you learn how to build your own online business. I see it as a great opportunity, and how many other programs let FREE starter members earn commissions?

  • WA encourages people to choose something they’re passionate about rather than something lucrative. ~ One of the reasons people fail, is because they don’t care bout the niche they chose, they run out of things to write about, lose interest and quit. Focusing only on making money, their content suffers, they don’t gain authority and trust, won’t generate traffic, which means they won’t be successful. Once in a while, there might be a flash-in-the-pan success, but it will burn out.

  • Information Overload ~ Agreed – There is a lot going on, the blog roll is constantly changing, live chat is rarely not moving quickly, and it has a lot of moving pieces. It’s easy to get distracted and bounce from one place to another, getting lost and losing focus. But it’s also a PRO, the training and the classes, tutorials, and webinars are all part of the training, which is a process ~ stick to it and follow it. Part of creating a business is being focused, and putting in the time and effort in, if you won’t do that, then you aren’t going to succeed no matter what platform you try.

  • Irrelevant Ranking system ~ Agreed- One part of WA that I’m not a fan of either. The way it is set up you could be an Ambassador and be ranked in the top 25 Affiliate members – BUT not because of your knowledge, or experience, – but only because you comment on everything, and post blogs about whatever is on your mind ( related or not), overly active in Live Chat, and pretty much just take over, with the intention of getting a good rank. New members often get obsessed with rankings, often not giving out the best advice ~ It could use a better monitoring system and a way of seeing how members reach top rank and ambassadorship, and the base should be knowledge and experience.
    • I love the concept of Live Chat, it’s great to have people from all over the world to talk to, connect with, learn from, and share with. There are also many full-time online business owners there, members that have been with Wealthy Affiliate for a lot of years, and Kyle and Carson ( co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate ) are also on there, as well some of the expert trainers. It is one of my favorite things about WA, overall it is a positive experience and you can learn so much and get so much help and support there.

Wealthy Affiliate is not perfect, we can go back and forth all day ~ you can find cons in everything, and you can find pros in everything.

What it comes down to is doing your due diligence, checking out the platforms, testing them out, and deciding for yourself if it is a good fit for you.

To sum it up, the majority of the negative reviews have some variations, there is a lot not to like about them, but they are not a Scam, not MLM, and not a Pyramid Scheme.

How much does Wealthy Affiliate cost? 



~ We dipped into a few of these throughout the review, below is the whole comparison chart.

 When I started in 2013 they had 2 options Starter and Premium, they introduced Premium Plus in 2019. 

  • OFFER of  $19.00 for the first month then it goes up to a regular rate of $49 Premium or $99 Premium Plus / monthly.

  • There are NO UPSELLS AND NO HIDDEN COSTS ~ what you see is what you get.

Free Starter Trial, No Risk, and No Credit Card Required, you get 7 days to test drive, kick the tires, and access to the first level/ phase of the core pieces of training.

Endless Opportunity. Zero Risk.

Their Zero Risk -Zero Obligation with Free Starter Membership = 100 % True


There are so many SCAMS, and SCHEMES, You have to pay upfront ( hundreds, thousands of dollars ), the platform or service doesn’t work, the training is limited at best, there is no one to ask for help, and there is no support, and when you go to look, you can’t find any way to contact them. I have fallen for a lot of them, I’m sure many of you have too. You get skeptical, and you get frustrated, and sometimes it makes you want to quit.

Don’t Give Up ~ There is a place that is legitimate, and won’t fail you, the only way you can fail is if you quit.

( I am going to give you a button to go check it out for yourselfif you are interested. )

Common Questions:

Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam?


Even those that give bad reviews can’t say that WA is a scam.

It is not a scam, it is not MLM, and it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. 

There are ALWAYS  going to be negative people; they join up, don’t follow the training, don’t do the tasks, rush through the lessons, and skip ahead to get to the make money part. They don’t put in the time or effort – then blame the program and complain that it didn’t work.

Do you want to read some success stories?

~~> 29 Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories Make Money Worldwide

You can’t put in little effort and expect big rewards. 

Can you make money with WA?  


But again you have to put in the time, effort, and work into it. You are the deciding factor in whether or not you are going to succeed.  — > When Can You Expect Succes In WA?

You Get Out ~ What You Put In

Who is WA For?

Wealthy Affiliate is for everyone, from the Newbie to those with some experience, to the successful affiliate marketer.

I have seen people joining from teenagers –> to people in their 80’s.

From very tech-savvy —-> to just learning the basics.

One of the things that make WA unique is that there really is something for everyone.

Wealthy Affiliate: Tools and Training 


The World’s Most Advanced Keyword Tool!

Jaxxy Memberships:

Jaxxy is powered by Wealthy Affiliate, so you have access to all their Training, Tools, and Support.

On the Wealthy Affiliate main menu bar

~~> Click on “Research”

Jaxxy Homepage

~ Wealthy Affiliate training for Keywords and other lessons will use Jaxxy to do the research and will explain how to use “Keywords”, “Alphabet Soup” and “Brainstorm”, and how to save keywords to Lists . ..

  • You can also use the search bar in WA to look for training on Jaxxy.

~ Jaxxy has a “Jaxxy Help” tab

Do you want to earn a commission? Learn more here ~> “Earn Revenue by Referring People to Jaxxy”

Jaaxy is the Worlds Most Advanced Keyword Tool Built for Internet Marketers.

Wealthy Affiliate Support: 

*Free Starter Members ($0/a month)

  • 7 Days 24/7 Live Help
  • 7 Days Questions and Answers
  • 7 Days Personal Blog
  • Personal Blog & Profile

Premium Members ~ (First Month $19) / (Regular $49/ a month

  • Unlimited 24/7 Live Help
  • Unlimited Questions & Answers
  • Private Messaging
  • Personal Blog & Profile
  • Unlimited Community Communication
  • Feedback Platform

*Premium PLUS ( Regular $99/ a month)

  • Unlimited 24/7 Live Help
  • Unlimited Questions & Answers
  • Private Messaging
  • Personal Blog & Profile
  • Unlimited Community Communication
  • Feedback Platform
  • Priority Expert Private Help


Over the past 9 years I have only had minor problems and few of them, when I did have to reach out to Site Support, the response time was less than 30 minutes and it was fixed straight away. 

Wealthy Affiliate Ratings:

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Wealthy Affiliate Review: From The Inside

  • Overall Rank: 90  out of 100

Verdict: Legit!

Do I recommend WA? 

Yes, for all the reasons I mentioned and about a million other little things.

Final Thought + Special Bonus!

Although reviews are helpful,  I believe in checking things out for yourself, doing your own research and digging, and coming to your own conclusion.

Join the Starter it’s $0 ~~ with No Risk and No Credit Card Required, and did I mention it’s FREE!

Upon joining I will make sure to get in touch with you, I want to make sure you know that I am here to help you out. I want you to make me one promise if you do join… that you will set up your account. It’s simple and you will be walked through it upon joining WA ( Wealthy Affiliate).

Join Wealthy Affiliate $0 Membership Here!

How To Claim Your Bonus. . .

When you join your FREE Starter Account, I am going to offer you a bonus, if you do decide to become a Premium member within the first 7 days (including a 59% discount). When you create your account at Wealthy Affiliate I will be personally contacting you on your profile page with my “hello” and some more information about WA, how to get help from me, and how to claim your BONUSES. Trust me this is going to be some awesome stuff ( hint it includes my 9 years of experience and mentorship)

You will never know what you are missing all of these years until you step foot inside Wealthy Affiliate.

Marketing with Kerri is a site I created to help people navigate through all the Schemes and Scams out there and find their path to Success online. I am here to help you; whether you decide to join is up to you; there is no pressure.  If you don’t think it’s for you and want to move on, that’s cool too.  I want to say thank you for your time and good luck.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Until Next Time, Kerri

Email:  kerri.o@marketingwithkerri.com

Founder of Marketing With Kerri 

Member of  Wealthy Affiliate Since 2013

Member of Jaxxy Since 2013

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