Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work? YES and Here is Proof

Last Update: May 29, 2017

Recently I had seen a WA blog post by a member labeling all members in the top 200 rankings as Fake Experts. Though I am most definitely within that targeted category of members, I did not bother to reply because I knew the post was written out of anger and frustration.

Some of what this member claimed is true. There are many members within the top 200 and even the top 25 that are not making any money from promoting WA. The WA ranking is not an indicator of monetary success. But this does not mean that they are not making money from other affiliate programs.

THE WA TRAINING WORKS!

We all have a choice when becoming members of WA. We can either create an affiliate marketing website in whatever niche we desire or we can take the Affiliate Bootcamp and promote WA. Personally for me I do not see the benefit in promoting WA without first knowing how WA can help me earn.

Though I do promote WA, I only did so after creating two websites in other niches. It was my feeling that I could not effectively promote WA until I had seen first-hand how the training works in other niches. Once I completed the Certification Courses and had two niche websites, only then did I do Bootcamp.

PROOF YOU CAN MAKE MONEY FROM WA

I have never been one to share here within WA the amount of money I make online from WA and my other affiliate programs. I am not going to start now but I will show you in the below screen shots of what I made within an 8 day period from April 17th through 24th from WA.

It is probably too difficult to read all of that because of the small print, so I have provided better screen shots below. NOTE, when other members claim that they are getting WA referrals you need to understand that not all referrals make you money. Only premium referrals generate recurring income.

To better understand what is in the screen shot above and below, in short I had 5 recurring WA premium commissions, 1 new WA premium commission, 3 $1.00 credits for domain referrals, 5 new referrals "Invitation Accepted", 1 $1.00 credit for account set up, and 6 cash credit payouts for WA training tutorials.

I did have one new affiliate sign up to ClixSense within that 8-day period as seen in above images.

AND THE CORRESPONDING DATES

HOW CAN YOU ACHIEVE THIS?

The above displayed results are not my most lucrative 8 days I have had since becoming a member, I made just $187.50 within these 8 days, but for the sake of demonstration I think they convey the message that YOU CAN make money at Wealthy Affiliate. You too can do this and more if you promote WA, but you first need to learn and work hard.

I do not make all of my money from the WA affiliate program, as I belong to 7 other affiliate programs too. But because of the training here at WA and my desire to not have all of my money making eggs in one basket, I can definitely prove that the WA Training Works!

For any newbie reading this, just because you see members ranking highly within WA does not mean they are making good money if at all. The WA ranking is solely based on activity within the community. That being said there are plenty of members who are making money and you can too!

All you need to do is follow Kyle’s training, step by step. Do not rush to make money because monetary success rarely comes quickly. It could take you a year or more to start making consistent income within your chosen niche. You just have to keep applying what you learn, have patience, and never quit.

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bosco50050 Premium
The rush to make money quickly seems to be a force that will eventually cause one to throw in the towel and join the negative bandwagon. As I went along I realized that I have to manage my expectations and also complete the required lessons.

Having said that it does not help when there are members who portray a picture that they made money so quickly without giving details of their background eg. they are from IT background or that they had been mucking around internet marketing outside this community and learned bits and pieces (and failed) which help them progress faster in WA. Those watching them will begin to feel inadequate and the notion of giving up sets in.

At the end of day, Robert has shown us all it is possible but there are lots of things to learn before we can make it. Let's help one another make it.
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boomergp08 Premium
If people who begin this journey realize the one fact, that financial success does not come quickly and depends solely on an individuals time and dedication, then there would be less people who will fail.

Anyone can go up on Google and do some simple research into how long it took online billionaires Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and others before they started to make money.

It took them more than a year of hard work every day.
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bosco50050 Premium
I wonder if WA could do an experiment by taking on someone who knows nothing and follow him/her go through the lessons and see how long it will take for him/her to make their first dollar.

It would be a good experiment to really gauge how effective the lessons are and the average time one needs if you don't anything to make a dollar. But then again - will it depend on the niche or other factors....Just thinking out loud.
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boomergp08 Premium
It would depend on the work effort of the individual too, making it very hard to test.
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DaveSw Premium
You are right, Robert...

Common sense tells you to never rely on one stream of income, and in my case experience tells me that hehe...

That experience started at a young age for me...I was 12 years old!

At that time, I was doing Summer and Winter yard work for other family members and the neighbors, delivering newspapers, and getting odd jobs (i.e. harvesting hay, working to harvest trees for paper and lumber) that all provided various streams of income...

So what did all that provide me? I got my first car (It cost me $50?!) at the age of 15 (and paid for 2 motorcycles prior to that car).

The motorcycles made more sense at the time, because I had no license, even though I was driving vehicles and a tractor on our property...

How does that relate to what we are here for you ask?

It is the same with online marketing. You have to look at all options and see what will work for you...

The training itself here works, there is plenty of evidence to include yours...

In my case, I took the lessons here and applied them to various online market segments, i.e. affiliate marketing, e-Commerce, Drop Shipping, creating and selling my own products, and building systems (this last is a work in progress, kinda like they all are)...

You too have had success and likely in some of the same areas I am attacking and some which I have not touched...

Bottom Line:

Any one of us can do the same...

It is more HOW you use what is provided here that determines your failure or success with an online marketing business...

You can't blame the system, you have to look inwards to see what corrective actions you need to make...

I call this Tough Love 101...Sometimes you just need to hear this (I include myself in this group)...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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boomergp08 Premium
Well said Dave...Well said.

There are plenty of online marketing tasks that those outside of WA will pay money to have done for them and their websites.

It is up to each of us to take the training we receive here and apply it in various ways, not just to the creation of our websites.
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AbieAJ Premium
Whomever acting as such is childish play, small people talk, you need grow up.

And you didn't need write a blog post justify / clarify unless you wanted to. I am not one of top 200, nor I am an Expert. nor I am a WA earner.. I became a Premium about a year ago, and If at any point / time, I became unhappy about something, I may speak to the Founders of WA or else I terminate my subscription and that's that.

Labeling is totally NOT cool. Whomever RANTING, please take it elsewhere. We're here to learn and develop, and NOT OBLIGED to read your rants.
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boomergp08 Premium
The member that posted the blog I referenced has since deleted it. I believe he realized that what he was complaining about was just brought on by his frustration or anger of an experience he had with another member.
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marjorieugot Premium
Thank you for sharing. I saw one comment which I would like to say a lot of things come into play. I would imagine that some niche catch on quicker than others. Some learn and understand faster than others. There are too many variables to address when asking when did you start making money. I came in because I too am a newbie and given the niche that am working it could take a year for it to take off. I read where some got traffic immediately so again too many variables.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, there are way too many variables to give a definitive answer to when and how much will a person make. Everyone and every niche will produce different results.

But the one constant for those who wish to make money online is to keep applying what you learn by never quitting.
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peterma Premium
That's a nice post and thanks for sharing..I saw the angry persons rant so this is a great response. When I started WA about a yr ago I couldn't decide on a niche, so I entered the affiliate boot camp. I have made 2 sites and working on a 3rd all part time, but haven't made money yet..Question..do you think that I should or should have continued in the starter courses along with the affiliate courses..thanks for everything that you do.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Pete. As I said above, I personally do not see the benefit of promoting WA unless I know first-hand how the WA training can help me earn money in other niches. Everyone is different, that is my outlook on the path I chose.

Are these 3 websites all in different niches? One mistake I made early in my WA membership was to build more than one website at the same time. A profitable website takes a lot of attention and spreading one's self too thin can hurt timely results.
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