So you want to know more about Wealthy Affiliate’s free membership to see if Wealthy Affiliate is a great place for you to start learning how to build a successful online business or if it’s the same garbage you find all over the web that’s full of questionable methods and tricks to making a quick buck. You want to try before you buy.
That’s great, and I don’t blame you. No one wants to get suckered or scammed..(…again?)
You probably have a lot of questions:
- Is it free or is it a free trial?
- Will I be able to start learning anything actually useful with a free account?
- Do I need to know how to code and build a website from scratch?
- How long will it take to start making money?
- What do I get and what can I do as a free member?
- Will I be lost if I am completely new to the idea of affiliate marketing or earning money online?
- What happens if I get stuck or don’t understand something? Would I be screwed or will I be able to get help?
And the list goes on.
To start, lets look at what Wealthy Affiliate is and how it works, then I’ll show you some of what you get with a free account to help you make the decision to give it a go or try something else.
Overview of Wealthy Affiliate
Name: Wealthy Affiliate
Membership: Starter(Free. No credit card required.) / Premium($49/month or $359/year)
Owners: Kyle & Carson
Overall Rating: 98 out of 100 points
Wealthy Affiliate is both a service and a community. It provides beginner-friendly, step-by-step training that shows you how to build an online business from the ground up along with tools that will allow you to follow along and gain experience as you progress through the training.
They offer all you need to make running a successful online business a reality: your own domain and hosting, tools and training, help & support, plus coaching from experts.
Wealthy Affiliate has a large, active community of internet marketers, from absolute beginners to experts, who help, guide, and motivate each other to work towards living and maintaining financial freedom.
The owners, Kyle and Carson, are actively helping members, and they help keep the information and training current.
Pros & Cons of Free Membership
- Easy-to-follow lessons for anyone new and/or skeptical to the idea of making money online to “get it”
- Easy to get help fast
- 2 free (sub)domains
- Free and easy-to-use website builder(no need for knowledge on building websites)
- Free keyword tool(30 free searches)
- Ability to monetize your free websites
- access to only the first training course
- extremely limited with what you can do with themes and plugins
- You can only get help and support in your first 7 days as a free member
Who is Wealthy Affiliate’s Starter Membership For?
The starter membership is for anyone—especially beginners—interested in affiliate marketing, online business, or, basically, earning a living working from virtually anywhere with an internet connection and wants to get a good taste of what Wealthy Affiliate offers before diving in.
Tools and Training
As a free member, you only have access to the first course within training, Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1).
Here are some of the things in this course:
- understanding the process of making money online
- how to choose a profitable niche
- how to do keyword research
- how to create a fully functional website in under 30 seconds even if you have no knowledge of building websites
- how to setup your website and get it ready for SEO
- finding content ideas
At the start of your training, you are shown the basics of how making money online works along with how to make the most out your free membership at Wealthy Affiliate. The training consists of step-by-step videos and tutorials, and it includes free tools and services for you to use so you may gain some experience as you learn.
You will be able to create a fully functional website(just like this one) right from your member’s area within 30 seconds, and you don’t and won’t need to know how to code a website. This is made possible by Wealthy Affiliate’s website builder. You simply pick a domain name, name your website, choose a theme, and click the build my website button.
What You Might Not Like
If you want to change your theme, you won’t be able to choose from one of the 12 themes available in the 4-step process of building your website. You will only be able to choose between 3 default WordPress themes.
Do Free Members Get Access to Quality Support?
Help and support is exclusive for premium members of Wealthy Affiliate, however, free members have trial access for 7 days, 24 hours each day from the moment they create their account. While this is a trial, you are not given the full range of options as a premium member.
You will still have access to quality support from the experts—even the co-owners of Wealthy Affiliate themselves. They try to personally welcome every member.
There are several ways to get help and support within Wealthy Affiliate as a free member, and you will be shown how as part of your first lesson. The ways are:
- Type your question in the search bar at the top of any page
- Create a discussion
- Live chat
- Join the discussion at the bottom of the page of a lesson
The time it takes to get help varies. It can take just a few seconds to over an hour. You are helped by other members of the community, even fellow beginners who may have had the same problem as you.
What You Might Not Like
The live chat is not a one-on-one conversation between you and a random member of the support team. It is between you and every currently active member of WA who is there seeking or providing help, so there can be many different conversations going on at a time and that can sometimes make getting help difficult or confusing.
The Price: Any Upsells?
Starter membership: Free. No credit card required.
Premium membership: $49/month or $359/year
One of the things I really like about Wealthy Affiliate is their premium membership actually being premium. By that, I mean that there are no upsells—you get access to everthing.
The only difference between monthly and yearly premium membership is the price.
My Final Thoughts on Starter Membership
After following the training and experiencing what their community offers, I can confidently say that you will truly realize your potential and will see that a successful life is within your reach.
*At no point in the training you are told or hyped up to believing that you will be making tons of money fast or shown pictures and videos of people holding money or driving expensive cars.
I don’t think there is anything on the web that compares to Wealthy Affiliate, and I think you should join and see for yourself if it’s what you’ve always been searching for.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t be afraid to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your experience.