The most valuable benefits of Wealthy Affiliate University (in my opinion) are the step-by-step approach to building a business and the support from Kyle, Carson and many expert members. Most other online programs are lacking the support and the clear action plan. I have tested dozens of different programs over the past 7 years and nothing comes close to the quality of WA.
Thanks for your comment Kristof. I agree. Although there are other good programs out there, and I don’t mind recommending those either, I haven’t been able to find one that provides the level of education and tools that Wealthy Affiliate provides. Even more than that though is the community. It’s crazy how many people are there at WA and willing to help you with whatever you need.

Be sure to try a product before recommending it! Not doing so is one of the most common mistakes made by bloggers.  I have often seen bloggers recommending high-end products without even using them. Personally, I recommend that you do not do this. Your credibility as a reviewer would be adversely affected by this practice.  Giving an honest review on a product you have actually tried and used will increase your credibility and your reliability.  You can either sign up for a free-trial of the product if one is available, or ask the product owner to give you a review piece. Worst case scenario, you can buy and use the product in order to come up with an excellent review either pro or con.
Gerry knows what he’s doing when it comes to Facebook ads, even though I don’t do affiliate marketing with paid ads anymore I’ve taken what I learned from Gerry and have applied to running ads for my own lead generation business or to promote our own lead gen coaching program. From my experience, those do better with paid advertising because its your own product or service so you have much bigger profit margins to be able to afford the paid traffic, with affiliate its really tough because you’re still selling someone else’s product so your margins are slimmer.
Conversion rate optimization is all about testing. Many companies get too bogged down in design and what they think looks best and will convert. At the end of the day, you don’t know until you test. At IMI, we have the tools, technology, and expertise to not only build well-optimized web pages but to test them once they go live. Our conversion rate optimization can not only save our client’s money but generate millions in revenue.
Your social media strategy is more than just a Facebook profile or Twitter feed. When executed correctly, social media is a powerful customer engagement engine and web traffic driver. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype and create profiles on every single social site. This is the wrong approach. What you should do instead is to focus on a few key channels where your brand is most likely to reach key customers and prospects. This chapter will teach you how to make that judgment call.
Content marketing is more than just blogging. When executed correctly, content including articles, guides (like this one), webinars, and videos can be powerful growth drivers for your business. Focus on building trust and producing amazing quality. And most of all, make sure that you’re capturing the right metrics. Create content to generate ROI. Measure the right results. This chapter will teach you how.

In this example, a blogger might put this link on their blog to try to get their readers to click through to your “blue widget” page and hopefully buy something. If the visitor who clicks on this link actually buys something, affiliate tracking software will automatically (usually – depends on what system you are using) pay your affiliate a percentage of the sale.
Having said that, you probably came to this blog post because you are hesitant to part with your hard-earned cash. You’ve felt cheated before by overpriced online courses by bloggers just looking to get rich. I feel you. I would say to that: One, Michelle is a genuine person who knows her stuff and will go out of her way to help you. Two, she offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so that should lend you peace of mind. Here is her refund policy, taken from the course landing page:
Tradedoubler was founded in 1999 by two young Swedish entrepreneurs. They have offices in the UK and multiple countries throughout Europe, including Sweden, Germany, France, Poland and Spain. Their focus has always been to provide smarter results for both clients and affiliates through technology. In 18 years, they’ve amassed an army of 180,000 active publishers, connecting them to over 2,000 merchants in Europe and the UK. Many of these merchants are household names.

Absolute fraud. They will let you join community and have access “to all the knowledge in the world” they will provide some links that will actually not be any more helpful than any regular youtube video that you can get for free. And they will offer initial one month trial fee but after that automatically charge your credit card even if you don’t want to extend with them. Of course they will not tell you this. After that wealthy affiliate will bomb you with emails to join again pay again, extend your membership. All automatically pre made emails for every single holiday new emails will arrive with new offers, telling you they are sorry you left and that WA became so much better, just come back pay again and see for yourself 🙂 They also made through WA lot of “honest” WA review websites that will tell you how they are legit. I didnt understand all this before I gave them my money.

The better you learn and understand SEO and the more strides you take to learn this seemingly confusing and complex discipline, the more likely you'll be to appear organically in search results. And let's face it, organic search is important to marketing online. Considering that most people don't have massive advertising budgets and don't know the first thing about lead magnets, squeeze pages and sales funnels, appearing visible is critical towards long-term success.


Here is where it starts to get fun (and I won’t lie… a little frustrating at times too). Wealthy Affiliate takes a very easy approach to getting ranked in the search engines and bringing in targeted visitors. This is where I had most of my doubts, but following Kyle’s process and talking to him one-on-one I just did what he taught, and in time I started seeing my articles showing up in Google and Bing.
Publicity: Getting your business featured on media outlets can be a great way to reach new customers, but connecting with the right people to make it happen can sometimes be difficult. You can always submit and post press releases for news and announcements from your business through online press release distribution services. While press releases can work, they can also be time-consuming and are often ignored. Another option that often produces better results is to sign up for media requests through Help A Reporter Out. Once you sign up, you'll receive emails listing requests for professional sources from media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programs, blogs, and podcasts.
Finally, if you’re only planning on “dipping your toes in the water” to see what affiliate marketing is all about, do not sign up for the premium membership. The free membership is more than enough for you to see what it’s all about. Premium membership should be reserved for those who are actually serious about building a real business for themselves. If you aren’t in this for the long-haul, there is no reason to waste your money.
StudioPress is a WordPress hosting service and framework that is designed to make setting up and running a WordPress site much simpler and easier. StudioPress comes with its own unique themes and SEO tools, collectively known as the “Genesis framework.”. Their affiliate program is solely for referrals to pay for a StudioPress framework account or buying a StudioPress theme. Previously, the affiliate program also included web hosting, but this is now managed separately by StudioPress’s owner, WPEngine.
ShareASale – is a business site that caters to all products with different categories. These include organic/green products down to any type of business services. However, they charge sign-up fees as well as fees for each sale. This is because they already have a solid market of affiliate marketers and a wide selection of product categories which means they can cater to many all types of businesses.
Earning income via Target affiliates, however, requires a bit of work. Cookies expire in just seven days, and commissions can be as low as just one percent, so you’ll need to be operating a high-traffic website in order to make serious cash with this program. But with Target’s much-beloved brand reputation and vast catalog, relevant product links can be a big earner for established influencers.
The success of affiliate programs is determined by how committed the affiliates are to promoting the product or service. As we have discussed before in our Fundamentals to Running a Successful Affiliate Program article, there are numerous ways that you can help encourage affiliates to go above and beyond to help you sell more,  but one of the most effective methods you can use is to offer bonuses to affiliates that perform exceptionally well.
What this does mean, though, is that because you will learn whitehat techniques you have to do the work to see the results. This makes it harder to rank any of your websites on Google, but this is a good thing. This just points more to the fact that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. What they teach you are real SEO techniques that even professionals use. 

The author has developed a 6 stage course that’ll help you go from start to finish with building an affiliate site, ranking it, growing it, making bank and eventually selling the site for upwards of 6 figures – All backed up with real sites making real money. And these commissions are a very small sample size in comparison to the one’s from the live case studies, and showcase a real insight into the types of earnings all of these sites make. Especially the PayPal screenshot.
The easiest thing to do is to sign up for an affiliate marketing network like Commission Junction. They provide a marketplace where your affiliate program will be advertised to other affiliate marketers. They also provide the tracking software for your affiliates so you don’t have to build your own tracking system. In some ways this is better because it takes care of the trust issues. Affiliates are always suspicious of whether or not they’re getting credited for the sales they generate. By having an intermediary take care of transaction tracking and payments, the fear of being cheated is alleviated. 
Unlike traditional marketing, internet marketing is easy to start and quick to implement. You can easily set up a marketing campaign at any time that is convenient for you. In fact, you can set up email marketing for your business within only a matter of hours. Within the next few minutes, you can setup an autoresponder and create a marketing list for your business.
Gerry knows what he’s doing when it comes to Facebook ads, even though I don’t do affiliate marketing with paid ads anymore I’ve taken what I learned from Gerry and have applied to running ads for my own lead generation business or to promote our own lead gen coaching program. From my experience, those do better with paid advertising because its your own product or service so you have much bigger profit margins to be able to afford the paid traffic, with affiliate its really tough because you’re still selling someone else’s product so your margins are slimmer.
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By utilizing SEM, it provides you with a great avenue for getting the word out quickly and effectively. If you have the budget, then marketing on search engines for competitive keywords might be the right fit for you. But be prepared to pony up. Keywords can range anywhere from a few cents to upwards of $50 and more. The quality score for any term is reflective of what you can expect to pay for bidding on that keyword. The lower the competition, the lower the quality score and the lower the price.

One thing I don’t like is that Wealthy Affiliate mainly focuses on beginner to intermediate trainings. While this makes sense as the vast majority of Wealthy Affiliate members are brand new to the industry, I would also love to see some more advanced training provided for those of us with a decade of experience in the industry. Sometimes even the pros like to be challenged!


Hi Cathy, every niche is different. It depends on whether you’re marketing physical products, digital products, a service etc. And then you have different audiences. Some niches lend themselves to community type followings, where your business is built primarily on developing relationships, rather than a commerce type business with many single transactions from people you never meet.
The criteria and metrics can be classified according to its type and time span. Regarding the type, we can either evaluate these campaigns "Quantitatively" or "Qualitatively". Quantitative metrics may include "Sales Volume" and "Revenue Increase/Decrease". While qualitative metrics may include the enhanced "Brand awareness, image and health" as well as the "relationship with the customers".
If you have spent any considerable amount of time researching Wealthy Affiliate you might have realized there are virtually no bad reviews about WA online. Whenever you think of customer’s rant and feedback you realize that unhappy customers are a lot more tempted to leave a bad review online than the satisfied once. This is true for restaurants, dentists, car dealerships and of course online training programs. Well over 100,000 people have joined Wealthy Affiliate since 2005 and as you can see the vast majority is completely happy with Wealthy Affiliate and everything it has to offer. This is why it’s almost impossible to find any bad press about WA online.

This is what I meant when I said at the beginning, they teach you the skills you need to build your business "independently" of Wealthy Affiliate. In much the same way a university teaches you the skills to pursue a profession on your own, Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to create your own business in any niche, outside of (and independently) of Wealthy Affiliate.

VigLink is an intermediary platform, so it can serve as a backdoor for affiliates who have previously been banned/suspended from working with other affiliate programs like Amazon. And while you can choose specific merchants or offers, VigLink can be set up to work automatically by scanning your published content and dynamically generating affiliate links, making it a great choice for established content producers who are looking for a simpler way to generate revenue via an affiliate program.


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Our leadership philosophy is to both lead and be led. We derive guidance and strength from every team-member in the company no matter what rank or experience level. We invest a great deal of time and resources in recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry. Every team member at IMI is encouraged to be an emerging leader and take on responsibility outside of their normal role. That is what makes IMI great and why we continue to flourish.
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I just wanted to say thank you for writing such an in-depth review, this made me sign up for Wealthy affiliate. It really feels like a community that wants to help each other succeed and are getting such valuable insight wirhout spending 1000’s of dollars and it is your own thing. I resonated with your section about fear and regret and I have spent a good chunk of time working on my ‘roots’ and I know I have the foundation to succeed, you just need to actually start. Many thanks again.
For example, what are the quality and quantity of the links that have been created over time? Are they natural and organic links stemming from relevant and high quality content, or are they spammy links, unnatural links or coming from bad link neighborhoods? Are all the links coming from the same few websites over time or is there a healthy amount of global IP diversification in the links?

The Nielsen Global Connected Commerce Survey conducted interviews in 26 countries to observe how consumers are using the Internet to make shopping decisions in stores and online. Online shoppers are increasingly looking to purchase internationally, with over 50% in the study who purchased online in the last six months stating they bought from an overseas retailer.[23]
Affiliate Manager Paul Drakes Email: [email protected] AIM: affPaulDrakes Phone: 720-929-1988 Skype: N/A 1 Loren Zimmerman Email: [email protected] AIM: affLorenZimmerman Phone: 720-929-2493 Skype: N/A 1 Brian Chase Email: [email protected] AIM: affBrianChase Phone: 720-929-1987 Skype: N/A 1 Laura Nielsen Email: [email protected] AIM: affLauraNielsen Phone: 720-929-2491 Skype: N/A 1 Jazette Pester Email: [email protected] AIM: affJazettePester Phone: 720-929-1973 Skype: N/A 1 Melissa Gibson Email: [email protected] AIM: affMelissaGibson Phone: 720-929-1979 Skype: N/A 1 Melissa Gore Email: [email protected] AIM: affMelissaGore Phone: 303-468-2611 Skype: N/A 1 Jackie Parkinson Email: N/A AIM: tppJackieParkinson Phone: 720-929-1975 Skype: N/A 1 Julian Villavicencio Email: N/A AIM: tppJulianVillavicencio Phone: 303-920-7934 Skype: N/A 1 Gina Musso Email: N/A AIM: tppGinaMusso Phone: 720-929-2498 Skype: N/A
This broad overview of each piece of the Internet marketing world gives students a firm foundation in the field to help them decide where their interests and talents fit the best. All designers should have an understanding of content creation, while all content specialists should have respect for the design process (See also Content Marketing Specialist). At the more advanced levels of a marketing program, students will hone the skills that are most important to their areas of emerging expertise to create sharp minds and strong portfolios on their way to the workplace.
To build a successful business, the first step is to find out a profitable niche that’s best suited for your products. If you know all about it, it’s great but if not, then you can breathe easy as I am providing this package that lays down almost everything about niche marketing, starting from choosing a list, doing real market research, finding out best product ideas, selecting the best product idea etc.
The web became a place where people could find information, news, products, opinions, inspiration, data. Terms like e-commerce, website traffic and banner ads emerged. As the world increasingly decided to spend their time and money online, marketers began inventing ways to leverage this communication channel, and opportunities for website owners to partner began. Content creators conceptualized ways to monetize their sites – ways to get paid for the exposure they could give merchants to their site visitors. Merchants found ways to reach new audiences and pay only when they converted.
You can create a free account and get an overview of the dashboard and access some initial knowledge without any payment. However, live events, research features, and the level 2 - level 5 series of courses, walking you through the process of creating and growing a business within the niche that you want, are limited to premium members. Membership costs $19 a month, or is priced at an individual rate. But it’s absolutely worth it when you take it seriously and want to invest in yourself.
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