Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam? – A Wealthy Affiliate Review

I have a feeling that lots of people who have tried to make it online at some point in time have heard of Wealthy Affiliate.

Honestly, Wealthy Affiliate is a lot of different things.

On one hand you could describe Wealthy Affiliate as a course but it is so much more than that.

Personally I have used Wealthy Affiliate as a course, hosting company, keyword research tool, a community of affiliate marketers and so much more.

Let me go over the training first because that is probably what everyone thinks of when they first think of Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate gives lots of great training around Affiliate Marketing. However, I need to be very clear on the type of affiliate marketing that wealthy Affiliate teaches.

Wealthy Affiliate specifically teaches content based Affiliate marketing. A great example of this kind of affiliate marketing is this blog post itself.

I am writing a review on a product and that is what has brought you here to this post.

Wealthy Affiliate Money Making Process

Wealthy Affiliate Money Making Process

Step 1. Person Searches for a product
Step 2. That person finds your website.Β 
Step 3. Person purchases product from a link on your website.Β 
Step 4. You Make Money

This is seriously the process and its not that complicated but everyone seems to muddy the water and make it a ton more complicated then it has to be.

They are not some fly by night course like so many of these other affiliate marketing courses or programs, I mean seriously Wealthy Affiliate has been around for 12 years.

That is an incredibly long time to have been teaching people how to make money online.

The program also wants to be very clear about how everything works, and with effort and time you will make money online.

Its a very straight forward step by step, or even task by task training. Every lesson has straight forward homework assignments like this one.

Wealthy Affiliate Lesson Tasks

If you thoroughly follow the steps I can virtually guarantee that you will see results.

I would say the biggest problem and uphill battle Wealthy Affiliate has to battle is the fact that all these people who are researching about Affiliate Marketing see all the other “gurus” promising fast fortunes. When sadly that is not the truth and something Wealthy Affiliate actually tries to avoid.

The course or courses I should say can take just about anyone from online newbie to full time income as long as they follow the training and take it seriously.

It starts from the very beginning of how to build a website to how to make that website profitable.

I have seen so many people get frustrated by not seeing returns immediately when they try to make it online that they just immediately call it a scam and quit.

What a joke that is, some companies out in the real world don’t even turn a profit for years.

It took Amazon roughly 14 years to finally have a profitable year and I mean they basically run half the world now.

Wealthy Affiliate is a Course

So here is the deal with Wealthy Affiliate, its a course. So yes if your a complete newbie, I honestly cant think of a better place to start because the course they offer practically holds your hand through the entire process.Β The only people who would fail are those who are impatient and want to cut corners and skip ahead. I am sorry but you cant do that and truly get to where you want to be, it takes patience and hard work, period.

The course truly does break everything down right to the simplest steps. I know lots of courses say this and I am pretty sure I already have but this is truly a Newbie friendly course.

Wealthy Affiliate is a Technology Company

Wealthy Affiliate is also a technology company. When you become a pro member of Wealthy Affiliate you also get website hosting for WordPress websites. This is also honestly some of the best hosting you can get and is probably worth what you pay for the pro membership alone.

I mean just check out this comparison chart and these numbers speak volumes.

WordPress Managed Hosting

Wealthy Affiliate Hosting Comparison Chart

This price difference is huge and what it offers is huge, you might be wondering how they can offer such a price difference. Well I might not be 100% certain but I am pretty sure it might having something to do with customer retention. I know more people who have stayed long term with Wealthy Affiliate then with any of the other options out their.

You also get an amazing keyword research tool that is intuitive and super simple to use.

Keyword Research Tool

Keyword Research Tool From Wealthy Affiliate

This is a super awesome keyword research tool, and how awesome is it that it comes completely free with with your Wealthy Affiliate Membership?

Wealthy Affiliate is a Community

Wealthy Affiliate is also an amazing community of like minded individuals. This is probably one of my favorite aspects behind using Wealthy Affiliate. This is probably one of the most active make money online communities that I have come across.

Everyone using Wealthy Affiliate is trying to make it online or has already made it online. Its seriously a great community of people. If you have a question about literally any aspect about affiliate marketing, making money online, web design etc…. someone on the platform is going to get you an answer and help you out.

I mean I might even be the one who helps you out because well I do like helping people.

Every step of the course has a comments section and actively encourages everyone to participate. I mean this is one of the first things they want you to do.

Wealthy Affiliate Tasks List

Look at tasks 3 & 4 those are literally forcing you to participate. I know you might be thinking that you don’t want to participate but I cant really think of any successful person who did 100% of everything by themselves. They all had help along the way in some form or fashion, Wealthy Affiliate knows this and is wanting you to build up that army of people around you, to share the burden with you and join you in your online journey.

So to answer that question from the very beginning….

Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?

100% NO, Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. Its several different things and depending on where you are on your online journey it could be something different to different people.

What I can say is that it will for sure help you out in achieving your goals and whether your a beginner or more advanced online marketer you will still find something to help you.

If You have any questions regarding Wealthy Affiliate feel free to ask in the comments section down below. If you or someone you know has seen success from using Wealthy Affiliate let me know and put it in the comments.

I look Forward to everyone’s feedback.

If you are thinking about joining up with Wealthy Affiliate, you can do so RIGHT HERE!!

To Your Success

– Spencer

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Ben Kuriger - May 6, 2019

So many people refuse to put the hard work and value patience to the point that they can see success on the internet. I believe that Wealthy Affiliate is the bane of that mentality. And that is why I love it so much.

Structured with a powerful and comprehensive training, they make it very easy to find your way and begin to churn out quality content early on, well on your way to getting indexed and ranked in the search engines.

Wealthy Affiliate is a blast, and one of my all time favorite ways to make money. Period.

    Spencer Broom - May 7, 2019

    I fully agree, thank you for your positive words and for reading and commenting on my post. 

Kelly Smith - May 6, 2019

This is a great post. I agree that WA is many things to many people.  It is a place to learn, to discuss ideas, to build your own website, and to find keywords. It is hard to imagine paying any more than the $49 a month for a service that does not offer as much as WA.   The community is amazing as well.  Everyone is working towards the same goal, so it is easy to ask questions or offer advice. Thanks for writing this!

    Spencer Broom - May 7, 2019

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my post. 

Salvatore V Jenkins Jr. - May 6, 2019

Wealthy Affiliate is definitely a one-stop shop, training, community and hosting all in one place. There are plenty of money-making schemes but there is something that seem different about wealthy affiliate and my interest is piqued. 

Do you have any suggestions or pointers to offer someone when they are just starting?Maybe some need to knows before starting their journey with Wealthy Affiliate!

    Spencer Broom - May 7, 2019

    I would honestly say to be willing to be patient. Work through everything and have patients. 

Dave Sweney - May 6, 2019

This review of Wealthy Affiliate laid out the benefits of membership in a way that was very convincing and I like that you presented it in terms that the average person can grasp and comprehend easily. It is an easy sell when you are offering quality, and you just can’t argue with what you get for your money with the platform.

When I see the main features (and you do not even mention all of them) that you get for the price against what you get with some other well-known platforms, there is no doubt that Wealthy Affiliate is the best choice by far. I have tried several other platforms over the past 4 years just to see for myself, and I have stuck with Wealthy Affiliate. 

It does not provide every need for every kind of online marketing you may want to get involved with as you establish your business, but I find that even as I have expanded my reach with the online business to other market segments, I still tap into some of the features regularly to augment what I get elsewhere.

Add to that the ability to take advantage of the Black Friday specials the owners run every year, and pay annually, and suddenly this platform becomes even more attractive. You can easily get one or two members that sign up under your affiliate link and then you are getting access at no cost or even making money every month.

You hit the highlights with this review and these are the main points that every online marketer is interested in and will use to evaluate such a platform as Wealthy Affiliate. The reason there are so many haters out there is that they know that they cannot compete. I find myself often trying to straighten people out that may have been misled by some review they have read about Wealthy Affiliate. You make it clear in this review why I can do this, and why I want to.

    Spencer Broom - May 7, 2019

    Can elaborate on the ones I missed?

Ashli - Digital Nomad Mom - May 7, 2019

This is a great review, Spencer. I’m so sick of “get-rich-quick” schemes that are everywhere online. Wealthy Affiliate is the exact opposite of that. Kyle and Carson are so above board, and don’t make any false promises. WORK is required if you want to build a profitable, sustainable business. And honestly, everything you need to know you can find inside Wealthy Affiliate. Great training, great community (can you tell I love it? haha)

Nuttanee - May 7, 2019

As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I can assure that it is not a scam. I love the honesty that Wealthy Affiliate promises to when I first signed up: It is not going to be easy. They are right. It takes time and self discipline to be your own boss. You need to learn a lot of strategies. It also takes time to build traffic to your website, thanks for tell me about Amazon, I had no idea that it takes them 14 years! I really enjoy the weekly live training with Jay at Wealthy Affiliate as well. Jay’s material is very up to date and I love it when he perform the lesson live so I can just follow him step by step. Sometimes when I have questions with anything affiliate marketing related, I can just simply write a post about my question and everytime someone stops by to answer it. I have to say that the people in Wealthy Affiliate is amazing. I think it is best if you try out yourself. It is free to join and does not require your credit card information πŸ™‚

    Spencer Broom - May 7, 2019

    100% agree, the fact that you can signup for free makes it even better. 

Tama - May 7, 2019

Thanks so much for posting this great review of Wealthy Affiliate! I think a lot of people think they can find a way to get rich quick on the internet, but that’s not sustainable. I love your comment about Amazon taking 14 years to make a profit and look at them now lol!!! We don’t need to set our goals THAT high, but think about what we can achieve using all the tools at Wealthy Affiliate! It’s exciting!!!

Derek Marshall - May 7, 2019

Success does take time, patience and one key element that you didn’t mention….courage!. The courage to keep going and believe in your dream.

Sure, it is tough to keep going, keep “hacking away” at the keyboard creating content…all the while getting little or no traffic (it takes time to rank a site about 6-9 months and 100 posts) and in probability little to no sales to show for it. Keep going, keep going, keep going! Because it gets easier, and you WILL get paid for all that effort and passively so. 2 years down the line wake up to $100 and $200 days regularly, and end up paying someone to do the work for you!.

Never give up!.

A Fine example of a lovely lady on WA made a whopping $500 in her first YEAR with a record month of $114 – a year and a bit (14 months) later very nearly a $5000 month totalled $20,000 in her second year? 3rd year…well, we will find out soon enough!.

Stanley Loper - May 7, 2019

I really liked this post. I think your explanation was spot-on as well as simple. The only promise I’ve seen is that if one does everything assigned in the course they will make money. They make no promises of getting rich quickly. To date I’ve seen nothing which says “scam” to me. So I am working the plan they teach and learning a ton in the process. You just went into my favorites and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Jon - May 7, 2019

I agree with you that while it is a legit place to start in your affiliate marketing journey you will need a lot of help to do so. There are many things that you need to learn that you may or may not learn going through the courses but everything is there on the website. Is wealthy affiliate your favorite place to learn affiliate marketing?

Gwendlyn J - May 7, 2019


I am giving WA another go after just barely getting started years ago. I am kicking myself for not sticking with it, but I am there now, and I am making progress.

I have looked at, bought and quit so many different affiliate programs. This is the first and only one that
1. I can afford
2. Offers ongoing support AND encouragement.

And even if all they did was offer training it would still be a phenomenal deal.

See you at WA πŸ™‚

Gwendolyn J - May 7, 2019


I am giving WA another go after just barely getting started years ago. I am kicking myself for not sticking with it, but I am there now, and I am making progress.

I have looked at, bought and quit so many different affiliate programs. This is the first and only one that
1. I can afford
2. Offers ongoing support AND encouragement.

And even if all they did was offer training it would still be a phenomenal deal.

See you at WA πŸ™‚

Kenise - May 7, 2019

Thanks for the article Spencer!
I just joined Wealthy Affiliate and I’m excited to see where it takes me!
To anyone reading this article I can honestly say that the training and support that you’ll get once you sign up will be WELL WORTH IT!!!
I was convinced that I was just going to check it out as a starter member until I made money off it.
But once I actually got started and saw how they LITERALLY help you build your own website step by step and give you all kinds of information on how to actually make your website successful, I was sold!
Almost a month later and I couldn’t be happier that I found Wealthy Affiliate.

stefan - May 7, 2019

It’s always great to read about this fantastic platform.

I’m a Wealthy Affiliate member my self and can say after a 2-year experience that I’ve never spend my money better.

Your review is written in an easy to understand manner covering the most important features and advantages.

I do a lot of research in the affiliate marketing training segment and so far I haven’t found a better or not even a close as a good offer as WA.

Paul - May 7, 2019

Dear Spencer,

Thanks a lot for the insightful and informative review post.

My dream is to work from home and be my own boss. Since 2008 I was trying to make money online, I tried different make money online products and programs. I lost nearly $4000 to scams and programs which under-delivers, it still hurts.

To be honest, I tried PTC, GPT, email reading, ad posting, captcha typing, data entry, transcription, virtual assistant, tele calling, content writing and the list goes on.

Finally in September 2016, I came across Wealthy Affiliate and because of my past bad experiences I did my research for one month. And decided to join WA on November 2016 but I was skeptical and afraid.

To cut the long story short…

I am still with WA and since December 2017 I am a full-time affiliate marketer working from home. Although I tried number of programs none of them helped me to achieve my dream. Only WA helped me to achieve it and I am always grateful to WA. There is no alternative for truth, the truth is WA WORKS.

Much Success!


Kenneth - May 7, 2019

This is a good example of what a review should display. You were very clear about this platform not being a get-rich-quick scheme and more of school teaching people how to make money with affiliate marketing. With wealthy affiliate or WA, being around for over 12 years says a lot about the legitimacy of their operation.

How many courses do they offer and can someone get help any time of day, or is their help by email only?

George - May 7, 2019

Hello Spencer. Certainly Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. You are already informed from the beginning that it’s going to take hard work and effort. If you rush and are impatient to make a sale, it won’t work.

You must treat it like a business and like a real business, it takes time to grow. I didn’t know the fact about Amazon either, thanks for sharing it.

From my perspective, you must keep a balance between following the training, don’t throw the towel too fast, engage with the community and try to have some fun too.

You can leverage the free premium time given to get a grasp of what you are getting, so having a lot of questions and not being shy asking about them will work for you a lot.

Ronald - May 7, 2019

Hi Spencer,

Really good job on the website and explaining the wealthy affiliate program process, those of us that have joined know what a great program it is. The community is always willing to give help and support when needed so there course layout gives you all the tools you need.

I agree wealthy affiliate is a lot of things and when people who are looking to get in the online business see the value offered they quickly realize this program is like no other.

Keep up the good work!

Boby - May 8, 2019

Great article!
I like how you take the time to explain that making money online takes time and hard work.
Most of the people try Wealthy Affiliate for a month and when they don’t see immediate results, they give up, disappointed.
When the truth is that there is no magic button to make you rich over-night!
Thanks for sharing.

    Spencer Broom - May 8, 2019

    Its so true, you got to put in the time and effort. The only way I know of that can guarantee an income is to go and get a job that you clock in at. Clock in and you can get paid, but unfortunately you have no company babysitting you when it comes to making money online.

Michael Granados - May 9, 2019

Hi Spencer,
I like your well though out and thorough review of Wealthy Affiliate. In the beginning I like that you mentioned how WA is not an over night thing, which is what I think should be the first thing covered. This right away helps people understand if the opportunity is for them or not. I love what you said man about how those that fail are impatient and cut corners…Unfortunately there are so many people that are that way and I’m sure it’s because of their false expectations. People want things now and if that’s the case, they need to go fill out a survey or do a one time thing to earn fast cash. You can’t compare that hosting to anything else, it doesn’t even come close. I like that you showed a visual representation about the different plans and cost, it made it easier for me. Encouraging discussions in the training are great, it shows how close the community can be, and that collaboration with others is of a high value and importance. Thanks for sharing your awesome post!


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