Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam? Is that what you want to know?
I was a paying member of Wealthy Affiliate for a while before quitting the site. 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 putting together this website.
First off you need to watch out because quite a few members have contacted this website and said their “write access” at Wealthy Affiliate had been revoked and they were never informed why. When your “write access” is revoked you cannot blog, post to forums, PM others on the site or even PM the owners of WA to find out why your write access was revoked. Basically from what others tell me they are left high and dry and can’t contact anyone from WA to help restore their “write access”. 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 he was unaware of that would cause him to lose his “write access privilege”. The person now cannot participate in most of the sites great features and he cannot contact any from the site because he can’t PM Kyle or Carson the owners of the site. I recommended he send a certified letter to their office in Canada because that is the only chance he has to regain “write access”. This is something you need to be very aware if you join. 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 then you won’t really have any fun or be able to meet new friends or even ask for help in the forums or blog.
On November 13, 2013 I just got a message from a paying members of WealthyAffiliate.com and he said his write access was revoked and he can no longer participate in any of WealthyAffiliate forums or blogs.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 Wealthy Affiliate except on a month to month basis. 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 because making friends and asking questions to get help or helping others in need is what WA is all about.
What I think are the scammy / shady parts of the site is how they try to push new members to become affiliate marketers of the WealthyAffiliate.com affiliate program. All members of Wealthy Affiliate get 50% recurring commission for every person who signs up for WealthyAffiliate using their affiliate link and only WA members can promote WA. This is why you see so much positive feedback about WA online because every member wants your 50% recurring commission if you join through their affiliate link. Of course they will not say something negative about the site if they expect you to click their link so they can set their cookie in your browser so if you join they get credit for the sale. 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. They really 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 leave 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, all those commissions go directly to the top of the pyramid and into the pockets of Niche Marketing, the company that owns WA. 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.
Wealthy Affiliate does have a lot of info on affiliate marketing and you can learn a lot there but I think most people get so overwhelmed and confused that they quit because of it. To even go through all the information provided on the site will take you thousands of hours of your time. If you are new to affiliate marketing it may really overwhelm you beyond belief. You may spend hundreds of hours of your time studying stuff just to find out it is outdated information and no longer works in today’s affiliate marketing world. I say this because much affiliate marketing is based upon how Google see things online and that is constantly changing. What I was taught at Wealthy Affiliate caused me grief and some of my websites were delisted on Google search for up to 6 months because of information I learned at Wealthy Affiliate. If you are looking for a simple approach to affiliate marketing using a solid marketing program that is less complex and easier to learn and implemnt and will not take you thousands upon thousands of hours to learn may I recommend One Week Marketing as an alternative to Wealthy Affiliate.
Another thing I did not like about Wealthy Affiliate is they used to use the word “University” in their site name and banners for their affiliate program and would falsely lead people to believe they were a university when they are not or even close to being a university, as a matter of fact theiy were not even registered business in the city they had an office according to the BB website. The Canadian government had to step in and made them remove the word “university” from their name as you will see below where I pulled some info from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) website.
Wealthy Affiliate has an F rating with the BBB – Better Business Bureau which is the worse rating any business can get. The BBB also has a warning about Niche Marketing / Wealthy Affiliate on their website that states the following. There is a government action involving this business.
Wealthy Affiliate / Niche Marketing Licensing statement taken from the BBB Website
On August 1,2012 BBB was informed by City of Victoria that the company does not have a business Licence.
On August 2, 2012 BBB was informed by the City of Langford that the company does not have a Business Licence.
On August 2, 2012 BBB was informed by District of North Saanich that the company does not have a Business Licence.
On August 16,2012 BBB was informed by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education that Niche Marketing Inc. does not have the authority to use the word “University” in any of ‘doing business as’ name.
The above facts from the BBB website should say a lot to you about Wealthy Affiliate. A gentleman contacted me from India today 2/26/2014 and said he paid to be a monthly member and immediately his write access was revoked. If this has happened to you like some many others then the best features of the website are disabled and you cannot use them. You can file a complaint at the BBB and they will most likely not answer it but it will go on their permanent record and will show other that you also experienced a problem with them.
Here is WealthyAffilliate Corporate contact info from BBB website but it is not guaranteed to be accurate.
4th floor, 888 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1HB
Check out One Week Marketing because it may be just what you are looking for because you won’t waste a lot of your time trying to wade through all the outdated info on Wealthy Affiliate that no longer works in today’s affiliate marketing.