Having an online business was never a thing in my mind. After all, I was raised to believe that college education was the ultimate path to success in life. I am guessing most of you think the same way too. But all that changes after I realized that the daily grind was killing my creativity, burying my dreams and most importantly, taking away my precious time and health.
Times that I could have spent with my loved ones, doing Yoga all day, walking my dog by the beach – all that was lost because I was working all the time in exchange for paychecks used to pay bills after bills. It became a vicious cycle and life sucks – really. I knew at some point, it needs to stop.
But how? To be able to do what I want in life, I knew I had to find an income source outside of the conventional workplace. I had to work smarter – not harder. That was when I turned to the internet for answers and on a fateful day in December 2013, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate in the most unlikely place.
When I realized what this site could offer for someone with zero experience like me, I was sold. The truth is, this isn’t a story about how I started my online business. Rather, it’s about how technology and real people come together to make dreams come true for everyone.
What Can You Gain From Wealthy Affiliate?
Making money online isn’t just a fad. It’s real stuff and there’re billions of transactions happening in the virtual space as we speak. If you’ve ever shopped online, which I believe you do, then you’re just one tiny figure contributing to this trillion-dollar economy.
The founders of WA – Kyle and Carson – are both experienced internet marketers who are passionate about helping others build long term successful online business. Of all the things they created, there are three core features that matter to you.
(1) Online Marketing Training
The concept is simple – to make money legitimately online, you need something and somewhere to sell, right? But for regular people like you and me, who don’t own any product or services, what can we do?
The answer lies in affiliate marketing and that’s essentially what WA teaches throughout their core training called the Online Entrepreneurship Course.
In these step-by-step lessons, WA helps to connect the dots between your interests and established brands to solve daily problems that people face every day. I recommend this course for anyone who may already have some ideas but are struggling to get it out there.
All lessons come with texts, videos and also tasks that you are expected to complete before moving onto the next one. And in case you got lost somewhere, there’s always a discussion area under each lesson for you to ask questions.
The other training is called Affiliate Bootcamp and it’s basically an intensive course that walks you through the process of creating a business niche that’s relevant to the promotion of WA itself. This is a great training to join if you are into the make-money-online niche or online marketing niche in general.
The other less formal training is the classroom section and it covers 13 topics that we often asked when building an online business. You can find discussions from everything WordPress to paid marketing strategies. There’s also a special classroom dedicated for local marketers so if you’re trying to take your small business online, this is the place to be.
What’s the best way to wind down a busy week? A live webinar every Friday. No joke – you can learn so much from these video training and Q&As especially after you’ve gained some foundation from the core training. And hey, if you are from a different time zone, no worries. These webinars are archived so you can access them at any time.
(2) WordPress Hosting
One of the biggest technical hurdle to start an online business is to set up a website. I know this from personal experience and it was an expensive lesson learned. With today’s level of technology, you don’t need coding or web skills to come up with a blog.
Thankfully, WA also doubles as a hosting site for WordPress and as far as convenience is concerned, they offer the fastest way to create a site in more or less a minute or so. Your brand new WordPress comes preinstalled with a plugin for SEO and for image optimization – two of which will make your blog more visible and load faster online.
Don’t take my word for it though. Use the building tool below to test it out yourself.
(3) Keyword Research Tool
Before joining affiliate marketing, I know nothing about keywords and their relation to search terms. But after being introduced to Jaaxy, WA in-house keyword tool, it opens up the floodgates for ideas and opportunities I never knew existed.
Knowing what keywords to use for your content becomes such a crucial strategy in positioning your online business because it can attract the right type of audience and get them to convert on your offers. In other words, using targeted keywords can give you positive results.
The good thing about Jaaxy is that you don’t need to be a web wizard to use it. It takes a bit of practice which you’ll learn in the training courses. Otherwise, it’s a pretty easy tool to interpret and operate. It also has features to show current ranking for your webpages and help you dig into more affiliate program opportunities.
Want to see what it looks like inside? Just enter a keyword below for a quick test drive.
The Cost of WA Membership
Now you are probably thinking – with all the training, hosting and keyword tool, it’s probably going to cost a bomb to join WA. Well, not really.
To be fair, everyone gets to join as a Starter member for zero dollars and you can stay that way for as long as you like. Yes, you read that right and no credit card information is required by the way.
The Premium membership is where you’ll get the most out of the features mentioned earlier. All the benefits are amplified when you join Premium. That means you get to learn more, build more websites and subsequently increase your earning capacity.
You can choose the monthly plan – $49/month – or sign up for the annual plan for the price of $359/year. That’s $200+ in savings and if you do the math, it only averages about $1/day to experience everything that WA has to offer. For me, that seems like a pretty reasonable investment to create a better future for yourself.
For more clarity, here’s the full breakdown between the two memberships.
Proof That WA Training Works
As a training platform, WA seems to be very well equipped, but how does that translate to the member’s success? It shouldn’t take you too long to find out because every now and then, people will be posting positive results from all over the world.
Arrington joined in November 2016 and got his blog indexed by Google that very same month.
Kev is an ex-police officer turned affiliate marketer. He made his first sales commission in just one week after launching his niche website.
Lynne, from South Africa, shared her affiliate success after earning her first Amazon sales.
Edy is a college student from Indonesia and 6 months into the training, he was able to achieve more than 3K visitors to his niche site.
Lori is a grandmother who isn’t afraid to learn about WordPress. Now, her web knowledge has given her some additional income to brag about.
Brook joined in 2013 and write reviews about products/services that help people make money online. This was one of his monthly income reports.
Wendy had a college degree but switched gears to affiliate marketing after she graduated. She became a super affiliate in 2016 and got the chance to finally meet Kyle and Carson in Las Vegas!
Evan spent his free time in the college building an online business. In less than a year, he finally became his own boss.
Veronica is from Sweden and she’s been with Wealthy Affiliate for 9 long years. Thanks to the training, she now owns a successful career working from home while spending time with her family.
These are the stories that inspired me to push forward in my earlier days and yours could be one of them too. Let’s be frank though – affiliate marketing isn’t a get-rich-quick tactic and trying to learn something that’s so unfamiliar to one’s knowledge boundaries can be challenging. But you know what, good things happen to those who persevere.
I still remember my first commission to this day. I know – $8 was nothing to shout about, but you see, I was convinced then that making money online was possible as long as I don’t give up. Today, I am earning hundreds of dollars in recurring income per month and it wouldn’t be long before I hit the targeted goal that will enable me to quit my job for good.
Time to Make Your Passion a Reality
I may not know where you are from, what your dreams are or what brought you to this blog, but if you’re still reading up to this point, something tells me you may have bigger plans in life, and for some reasons, money and time could be hindering you from achieving them. Well, I hope WA can be part of your solution, if not all of it.
Take a leap of faith and join me inside this platform. It won’t cost you anything to get started but hey, promise me you’d take action and make use of all the opportunities to achieve what you truly want in life, okay? If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment below. Hope to connect with you soon!