Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? Is that what you want to know?
I was a paying member of Wealthy Affiliate until recently. Since I am no longer a paying member I can speak freely whereas before I probably would have had my account shut down at WealthyAffiliate for speaking the entire truth about them. First of all I want to state that I learned so much as a member of Wealthy Affiliate and make great money as an online marketer. I was also a full time online marketer before I joined WA and already was making great money before joining. First off you need to watch out because Kyle one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate is a real jerk sometimes and will just cancel a persons account or limit their account access without even saying anything. Carson the second owner of Wealthy Affiliate on the other hand is a great guy and is always there to help if you need it. I have nothing but praise for Carson. I had a person email me in June 2013 and tell me they paid for their subscription for a year and that their account has been limited because he did something Kyle did not like and he said he was unaware what he was doing would get him into trouble with Kyle. The person now cannot participate in some of the site features and Kyle would not return his emails. This is something you need to be aware of. I would be reluctant to pay more than one months subscription at a time because if you pay for an entire year and your account becomes limited because Kyle feels like punishing you then you are bumming out. On November 13, 2013 I just got a message from a paying members of WealthyAffiliate.com and he said his write access was revoked and he can no longer participate in any of WealthyAffiliate forums or blogs. This is another reason not to join WealthyAffiliate. John is just another victim and example of how members pay for their service and are not allowed to fully participate in the site. If you can’t participate then you basically are screwed and wasted your money. What I think are the scammy / shady parts of the site is how the site trains new members to become affiliate marketers. All members of Wealthy Affiliate get 50% recurring commission for every person who signs up for WA using their affiliate link and only WA members can promote WA. This is why you see so much positive feedback about WAU online because every member wants your 50% recurring commission. Have you noticed the internet is loaded with positive things about WA? This is by no accident. The owners of WA are very smart. They know that the average person will spend only 3 months at WA as a paid member before dropping out of the site. Much of the training is aimed to promote WA. They real push people to become part of their super affiliate program in some of the training. They teach new members how to write articles about WA and publish them online, then those articles go into syndication and may bring in new members for years to come, long after the members who wrote them left the site. VERY CLEVER! I believe many members drop out because they are mainly taught how to promote WA and there is a lot of competition, so many members give up and quit the site because of it. After a member quits WA they no longer get commissions for all those articles they wrote. What this means is that many members paid WA to learn how to promote the site by example, and after they quit the site only WA benefits by getting a bunch or new members on the backs of old members work. On the other hand there are lots of tutorials that are produced by members themselves. As a matter a fact, when I was a member I would say that 80% or more of the sites tutorials and forum answers to questions came from members themselves so there is major participation on the site by members. I believe it is better to taking a simple approach to learning Internet marketing and as you become familiar with what you are doing you can learn more and add to your knowledge. If you don’t have time to commit thousands of hours to learn what they teach at WealthyAffiliate and just want to find a way to get started using a proven marketing method my #1 Choice for Internet Marketing Training is One Week Marketing