Hi, my name is Andrew, I’m an internet marketer and just 1 month ago I started a journey into building a new website called the Make Money Online Zone. If you don’t know me and you want to find out more you can check out my about me page. For those that don’t know, the idea of the make money online zone was to create a website that actually helped people to find a way to make money on the internet using genuine, ethical methods. I had heard about the Wealthy Affiliate program as I have worked online as an affiliate marketer and website builder for quite a number of years and after doing a bit of research I decided to base my new website on the Wealthy Affiliate system, using their methods and techniques. On doing my research prior to joining the Wealthy Affiliate membership, I discovered that apparently these guys also hate unethical, black-hat methods, so this seemed like a good place to base my new project.
The following is a totally genuine account of my first month within the Wealthy Affiliate membership. I have been an affiliate marketer and I have built multiple websites prior to joining WA, so yes, this will have given me an advantage over some people. The point of this article is not so much to show you what I have done in the space of a month, but more to show you what you can achieve and what you should expect if you are looking to join Wealthy Affiliate.
This is not exactly a wealthy affiliate review, more a log of my experiences as a Wealthy Affiliate member. My hope is that you will find this information more useful than just a list of benefits that WA can give you, like in a normal review. So… First things first…
The No.1 Question Answered – Is Wealthy Affiliate A Scam?
Firstly before we started with my experience within WA, I wanted to clear up the No.1 question that everyone is searching for. Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? No, it isn’t… Simple as that! Now this article may turn out to be quite long as there is a lot to get through, I have had quite an experience already in just one month, but I want to show you right here why its not a scam. If you have been searching Google looking for ways to make some money on the internet then I know the kind of thing that you are used to seeing, I read about it every day. The problem is, there are tons of shady scams and dodgy systems out there that make everything look and sound so easy. Wealthy Affiliate is not like that, so I would ask you to keep an open mind as I take you on a guided tour into the word of the Wealthy Affiliate members area.
Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate
Over the years, one thing thing that I have learned to be a good sign is when a system or membership offers a free trial. The Wealthy Affiliate free trial, is in fact a full free membership that you can use for as long as you want. Now I’m not one to rush into paying for something when I don’t need to, so I didn’t! The one thing that immediately hit me on the sales page for WA was the fact that unlike many other online business training memberships, this one was really under selling itself in terms of what we are used to. There are no bells and whistles with this sales page, just straight information on what WA is all about, not even a sales video, which is unusual in this day and age.
I started with the free WA membership so that I could take a look around and see the wealthy affiliate members area for myself. As a free member there are a lot of areas that are out of bounds and are understandably for premium members only. The free Wealthy Affiliate membership however is still very impressive, especially because it doesn’t cost anything! And unlike other online memberships, its not just a free trial for a set period, its really free forever and there is no payment, credit card details or anything like that required. This is a major thing for most people.
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Getting Started With Wealthy Affiliate
I think its fair to say that when you first look at the members area, it does look a little daunting and there looks to be a lot to get though. I think for a beginner it is essential that WA, put so much information into the system to cater for every need, but I have never seen a members area with so much information, and I have reviewed quite a few over the years! Last week I put together my first Wealthy Affiliate review for 2015 and in that I went over more of the details of what you can expect from the starter membership. Check it out. Update: Clicking the review link will now take you to a more up to date review.
So after checking out the members area, I was happy that WA was the real deal and after speaking with several members it seemed that there was a real “community” feel to the site. Once you have signed up for the free wealthy affiliate membership you are offered a trial of the WA premium membership for $19, so that seemed like a good option. So here is my experience of the members area in my first month…
Wealthy Affiliate Members Area – Day 1
Its only natural I think for most people to want to jump in and learn everything within the first day! This is totally impossible with WA, although I did try to cram as much in as possible! Right from day 1 it was my intention to build a new website based on my interests. I’m interested in internet marketing, affiliate marketing, making money online and building websites, so the Wealthy Affiliate membership is perfect for me. What I didn’t realize is that WA is also perfect for most people because the idea of it really is to make your own business based on your own interests. WA say that their concept is simple, and in fact it is one business model that has been used successfully for many years, all over the internet. The idea is simply to pick a subject that you are interested in, build a website based on those interests, monetize it using one of many methods and then send lots of potential customers to your site where you will then begin to make money. Simple right? Well yes and no! It’s not as simple as learning a few techniques, throwing up a quick website and hoping for the best, but it is pretty close!
I spent the first day, looking around the members area and trying to figure out where everything was. Very quickly It became quite obvious that there was a lot to see and do here, the members area not only contains training on how to build your online business but it is also home to what I can only describe as a social community for people that want to make online businesses. The community here on WA is massive and because it works on a ranking system where you are rewarded for being helpful and creating content, people actually care and want to help each other.
In the first day its fair to say that I didn’t do anything other than have a look around the members area and a lot of chatting to the other members! But I wanted to know the truth about Wealthy Affiliate and asking other members of course is the perfect way to do it.
I immediately found that the whole experience was very enjoyable. I was looking at other peoples projects and chatting about things that I was interested in, the community is huge but we all have one thing in common… We all want success!
I can genuinely say that after my first day within the WA members area, I was pleasantly surprised and had really had an enjoyable time, speaking with people. But it was in the back of my mind that perhaps this social network might just be a cover for a weak or shoddy training course. I had seen the entry level training that you get with the starter membership and was very impressed, but I find it hard not to be suspicious, especially after all the scams that I have seen. My intention was to start training the following day, and that is what I did.
Wealthy Affiliate Training – The First Week!
Again here I think its only human nature to have a browse at what lies ahead, so during the second day I started to look through the online training within WA.
With Wealthy affiliate, the main training that everyone needs to go through is sectioned off into two main groups. There is an online entrepreneur course section, consisting of 5 complete courses and an affiliate boot-camp, that you are introduced to during your free membership, of course there is much more information available for premium members. On top of those two main areas there are also a whole stack of other classrooms, live training events (with playback recordings) and even tutorials that the members themselves have made! It would take months to get through all the training on WA, but it is really useful to know that in general whenever you need help (with anything), there is usually some sort of tutorial that can guide you through.
Since I was already quite experienced in affiliate marketing I started with the Entrepreneur Certification Courses. Like everything on WA, these courses start out for the complete notice and guide you right through to the end.
The Certification Courses are set out on 5 levels:
- Level 1 – Getting Started
- Level 2 – Generating Traffic
- Level 3 – Making Money
- Level 4 – Mastering Social Media
- Level 5 – Maximizing Success
Online Entrepreneur – Level 1
In the getting started level there are 10 video lessons to start with. These guide you through the basics of how the site works and what you should aim for with Wealthy Affiliate.
Right at the very beginning you are encouraged to be quite socially interactive with other members. In the beginning you are told how the system works within WA and how we make money online, you are then asked to share your online goals together in the live chat area. I should point out that there are numerous chat areas running on WA, this one is simply designed for people to share their individual goals for the future. Personally, I thought that some people were being a little bit ridiculous with their goals, I know its good to aim high but a million in the first year is pushing it in my opinion!!
After getting through the basics, I began watching the video lessons on how to set up an online business and I have to say, it was quite clear at this point that the quality of the video training was very up to date and exceptionally good quality.
On lesson 3 the discussion is based on choosing a niche for your online business and this is where the members of WA, go their own separate ways. One thing that bothered me was that a lot of online business training courses just concentrate on telling people what to do and when to do it. With Wealthy Affiliate, you are told to base your business on something that you are really passionate about or that you are really interested in. And this is a great system because it means that whilst everyone is following a specific blueprint, the results from each person are completely different.
Before joining WA, I had already decided on the project that I wanted to build, so this wasn’t too much of a big choice for me. However I was about to come across my first big decision within WA and one that I would need some help with.
Choosing My Domain Name With Wealthy Affiliate
It was only day 2 and I had just found something that I wasn’t sure about. The WA training had gone through the set up process for starting a website but I hadn’t yet done it. I knew that it was best to work with my own domain name, although there is an option to build free websites with WA too.
Since I had already built a few websites of my own in the past I already owed a few domain names and had a domain name that I wanted to use for my new site. The training suggests that you use a domain name that covers certain criteria, for example it should be short, easy to remember, related to your niche and also be a dot com (.com) domain. The guidelines suggest that if you can’t find a dot com, then go with a dot org! However I didn’t want to go with either of those, I wanted to use a “Dot Zone” domain name, simply because www.MakeMoneyOnline.Zone says everything I need it to!
And so it was time to ask the opinion of the WA community and also to do a bit of research…
I have to say that I was very impressed by the response from the community and I received a response very quickly. Bob Barr was the first person to respond to my request for help – you can see the screenshot attached.
This was day 2 and already I had a good feeling about WA, because at that first point of not being 100% sure on what to do, I was able to ask for help and get the opinions of others. After Bob responded, I received responses from a few other people who also joined in the conversation.
My main concern was that the owners of WA, say that they have tested various URL’s and have had best success with dot com TDL’s (Top Level Domains) and I didn’t want a choice that I made right in the beginning to ruin my chances of success later on.
After speaking with several members of WA and taking some advice from the Google webmaster guidelines, it became apparent that if there was any advantage to having a dot com domain it was very tiny in terms of search engine optimization. The main reason why most people want to own a dot com domain is simply because its what people naturally think of first.
I was pleased to discover that choosing a dot zone domain wouldn’t effect my chances of success too much and if anything I think it helps me stand out from the crowd more. www.MakeMoneyOnline.Zone was born!
The Second Week With Wealthy Affiliate Premium
During the first week with WA I think I was still looking for that one hidden cost, or something shady that I wasn’t expecting. I’m so used to seeing systems that are sold cheaply and then once you are in they start to try and sell you other additions and extra training at extra costs. But there was nothing like that in WA and 1 month in, I’m still looking.
Over the first week of training, I had spoken with a few fellow members of WA and had gone through the first course before taking any action. I wanted the Make Money Online Zone to be the best site that I could make it be and the Wealthy Affiliate training was certainly geared towards that kind of thinking.
Since I have already been an affiliate marketer for several years I know a lot of the dodgy techniques that many training websites say are absolutely fine. I was revealed to find out that WA does things the right way and is right up to date with the latest ethical methods of building and ranking websites.
I was starting to build an image of how I would construct my website and WA appeared to have the solutions that I was looking for. By the beginning of the second week I was setting up my domain name within “Site Rubix”, the website building tool within Wealthy Affiliate.
Site Rubix allows you to set up either a free website or you can use your own domain name, like myself. The site Rubix platform is an essential part of Wealthy Affiliate as it not only allows you to set up your website in a matter of seconds but it also monitors your websites performance, provides security and also site health.
One more thing that is really impressive about using the Site Rubix system is that you can interact with other websites by offering them feedback and comments in return for them doing the same for you. This is a really valuable part of Wealthy Affiliate as Google now asses your website on user experience (among lots of other things) and so to get feedback from other users in this way is amazing and really beneficial.
Day 9 With Wealthy Affiliate – It All Starts Coming Together!
Wealthy Affiliate sites are based on WordPress blogs and the basic set up is no different. If you have ever build a WordPress site then you will be familiar with the layout. If you haven’t ever used WordPress or ever built any kind of website, then let let me tell you it doesn’t get any easier than this! A website can be set up within WA in under a minute (really!), obviously it will take you quite a lot longer to create your website content!
As you go through the training within the Wealthy Affiliate members area, there is a lot of initial setting up and preparation. I didn’t want to rush through the training and as a result it took me over a week to get my plan together, although I have spoken with people in the members area that are still planning their niche website after the first month. There are no rules as to how you fast you learn or how long it takes you to put it into practice. The key thing here is to get you plan together and start taking action.
One of the first things that you learn during the set up stages is how to install WordPress Plugins, which ones are recommended and some important tips on the amount of plugins that you use.
Wealthy Affiliate recommends that you keep your “plugins” to a minimum as using too many plugins can slow down the performance of your website, another factor that the mighty Google looks out for!
Installing plugins couldn’t be easier but WA makes it even easier by pre-installing some of the recommended plugins to get you started.
Day 10 – The First Post
The Wealthy affiliate training in the beginning takes you through stage by stage, creating an about me page, creating your first bits of content and adding images to your site. Since I have looked through some of the training prior to putting it into action I had already started to write a few rough versions of webpages on my computer. By day 10 I had written my about me page and created my first post on the site.
There wasn’t a huge amount of text on these pages, but I understood from the WA training why these pages were important, especially for my kind of website as I’m trying to show people that these kinds of “money making” sites aren’t all about hype and misleading information. The about me page had to be truthful so that people could see that I was a genuine person and that I know what I’m taking about! It also helps people to put a face to the site rather that it being just another page of plain “faceless” text.
The about me page is truly and simply about me and who I am and that’s really a picture of me! I hope between the about me page and my first post alone it shows that I am passionate about what I do and that I’m someone that can pass on my experience to help others to achieve their goals by creating an ethical online business.
Click here to read: The First Post & Why I’m Starting Again (The very first post on MMOZ).
Days – 14 to 20 Commenting & Site Feedback
During the third week I continued to try and produce some good first content pages fr my site, the aim here is to publish on a regular basis and gain Google trust. One thing that I mentioned earlier was the site feedback and commenting system that Wealthy Affiliate uses. Over the course of the training you are encouraged to give feedback and comments on other websites in order to receive it in return. For every 2 comments left, you get one in return. For every site that you leave feedback about, you get one back in return also. This is extremely valuable to any online business as it gives you and idea of what people really think about your site.
The commenting system also has another benefit when it comes to getting Google to trust your site. Google monitors the interaction and time spent on your site in order to gain an understanding of how good your content is (as well as many other things!). The problem is, without people coming to your website in the first place you can’t get any interaction. Wealthy Affiliate solves this with the comments and feedback section.
Whilst building my webpages, I actually found that helping others by leaving feedback on their websites was actually helping me build a better website for myself. During the third week I started to try and incorporate more content, reviews and scam warnings. I found that working on WA and helping others with your experience really does pay off. I have heard several times already in the members area that people who have not had the motivation to continue with their online ventures before are finally finding the inspiration with the support of the Wealthy Affiliate community.
What Did I Achieve With Wealthy Affiliate In One Month? And What Can YOU?
Its true to say that without rushing too much it took me a couple of days, spending 2 or 3 hours a day initially working out where everything was and how it all worked and getting started with the training. Within the first week I did spend quite a bit of time reading about other people success stories and learning what they had done to create an online business. Sometimes you learn things just by looking at other people websites and I spent quite a bit of time doing that during my thought process and planning stages of the site.
Within a couple of weeks the basic components were in place for developing a website using the Wealthy Affiliate method and I would imagine that if you really wanted to, you could get to that stage within a week or so, depending on the individual and how much time you can put into your project. As WA recommends, I have spent the last couple of weeks building quality content that is hopefully both human and Google friendly!
In total I have built 9 blog posts and 6 pages of content for the site, with the encouragement and guidance of the Wealthy Affiliate Community!
Most of my posts have had some kind of interaction within them, some posts have received what I consider to be a lot of comments, which is great! In the past I have build websites and have tried to encourage people into the conversation but its really difficult. With Wealthy Affiliate, you are guaranteed to
Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?
When someone asks “does Wealthy Affiliate Work” you need to consider what that means to the individual. Some people see all online money making systems as push button “get rich quick” methods that offer some loophole or quick solution to making fast cash. Wealthy Affiliate, is not like that! If that’s what you are looking for, then this is not for you. By the way, if you find a solution that works like that, please get in touch!
Wealthy Affiliate is more of a get rich slowly approach, the system takes you step by step to creating your own online business that produces real results. The idea is to keep building quality content that Google loves, it also involves building a social following and interacting with others, so that you can reap the rewards in return.
Does Wealthy Affiliate Work in terms of what it is designed for? After being with the membership for one month I can say that the results that I have achieved so far with my website have been excellent. Although WA cannot write your pages for you, it can however give you the tools that are necessary and the motivation of an amazing community. My site has pages and posts that are indexed within Google already and thanks to the way that WA works, my ranks within the search engines will continue to increase as I build more content and gain more trust within Google.
My First Month Summary With Wealthy Affiliate
To summarize my experience within the WA membership, I would say that this is the best online training that you could hope for if you are looking for a genuine way to build an online business in any niche. I have worked on something within WA every single day for one month to get this far, even if it was just a quick half hour giving someone feedback on their site. The rewards for doing these tiny little jobs every day is starting to pay off.
I think the problem with building websites and trying to start an online business by yourself is that you never know if you are doing it right or not when you work alone! Since there are no guarantees with the search engines, (unless to pay for advertising) you never even know if your content is going to make it into Google and get read. With WA, you know that people are actually going to look at your content and that only helps to further inspire you to become better at producing it.
Will You Join Me On My Wealthy Affiliate Journey?
Are you ready to start your online business? If so then you are in the right place at exactly the right time! Wealthy Affiliate’s information library is growing all the time and so is the community of entrepreneurs who are looking to build an online success, just like you! If you like this website, the sound of the Wealthy Affiliate membership, if your sick of all the usual rubbish that we see online regarding internet marketing and making money online, then do yourself a favor…
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