The Elephant in the Room - The Cost of Wealthy Affiliate

Last Update: February 07, 2019

Well, sometimes I feel like it's an elephant in the room anyway.

I think I feel that way due to my time with an MLM. When you hear the words "How much does it cost?" from the person you're trying to convince to join you, and then you kind of just shrivel up.

"Eh, it's a real steal?"

Well, let's shrivel no more because I want to talk about how much Wealthy Affiliate costs. (By the way, WA costs waaaaayyyy less than that MLM cost me. Eek.)


$49 a Month

Yup. I know. It sounds like A LOT. When you just see it out there all by itself, that's a lot of money. And every month? No way. I can't afford it.

Hold up!

This is just a matter of shifting your perspective.

Bob Proctor helped me with this one. (He helps me with everything because he's basically my hero.)

I heard him talking in a seminar the other day and he said:

"Think about all the things you just spent money on recently. When you want something, you find a way to get it."

Isn't this the truth?

I went to the bookstore the other day. (I have a *slight* obsession with cookbooks. And by slight I mean huge.) The one I was looking at was $30. That's more than half of Wealthy Affiliate. I wouldn't have even batted an eye if I purchased that book.


How About You?

Do you just go to the store and get whatever you want? It doesn't seem like a lot at the time when you're buying it, and yet we freeze up when something is $49 a month.

How much do you spend on makeup, shoes, clothes, food, books, movies, your phone, online slots (OK, maybe that's just me), real slots (just me again?) other video games, beer and wine, dinners out and whatever else you enjoy buying.

Do you know I spend $22 on an eyeliner pencil? A freaking eyeliner pencil.

(Yea, you ladies know what I'm saying! lol)

I just spent $200 at the grocery store. I could have put away $49 worth of things that we really didn't need.

Maybe you guys are more frugal than I am, but my point is that we tend to look at something like paying for Wealthy Affiliate with the wrong perspective.

I'm not even saying you shouldn't spend your money on the things that you enjoy. What the heck? Life is too short!

What I'm saying is that when you spend money with Wealthy Affiliate, you can learn how to earn more money so that you can get even nicer things, help more people and truly enjoy your life.

(See the next section for more about this.)

$49 is NOTHING for what you get here.

Plus, this is an investment in YOU! Pretty much every successful person I've listened to or read about says that investing in yourself, in training and in education is a major factor for success.

You can make $49 back and SO. MUCH. MORE.



Give & Get

I highly recommend you guys read The Science of Getting Rich. You can read it here for free. Here's an important point in the book. (Although every point in this book is important.)

"In order to know more, do more, and be more we must have more; we must have things to use, for we learn, and do, and become, only by using things. We must get rich, so that we can live more.

The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment; every desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action. It is power seeking to manifest which causes desire. That which makes you want more money is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is Life, seeking fuller expression."

You are giving money to Wealthy Affiliate because you want to BE more. You want to grow and expand yourself. (Basically why we're here on this planet.)

You GET to use this service that will help you expand, grow and become more of yourself. In turn, the money that we pay helps Carson and Kyle grow and expand this service and help even more people.

Do you see it's all a beautiful cycle of growth and expansion?

Be grateful for this.

Seriously, we are so LUCKY to be living in this time and to have this opportunity.


Monthly Fees Are the Worst

To be honest, I actually hate monthly fees. lol I know I just talked them up, but really, I don't like worrying about paying a bill every month.

That's why I LOVE paying Yearly at Wealthy Affiliate.

And now they even have a 6-month option now. Woo hoo!

I try to convince everyone to go yearly because:

1. You don't have to worry about that monthly bill
2. You save a bunch of money
3. You are forced to commit to a longer period of time, which, let's face it, you really need

Are you a monthly-payer type person, semi-yearly, or yearly? Leave me a comment below and let me know which one and why.

I understand there are benefits to paying monthly, and if that's your thing, then hey, who am I to judge? Go for it!

Just make that commitment to give this your full energy for at least 6 months to 1 year. Think about where you'll be 1 year from now.

Google can be a real bear when it comes to trusting you and ranking your stuff (as I'm currently experiencing), so you need time to earn that trust.

Make sure you don't give up too quickly. (Um, or ever.)


Those "Other" Gurus

I've seen so many of those "make $1000 your first day in your sleep" sales videos by now that I can almost recite them in my sleep.

They always say they're different from "those other gurus", and yet they're all exactly the same.

And what they do is try to convince you that their product is worth $37. (Yup, they're all $37.)

And people buy into that because they want something that will make them an easy $1000 in their sleep.

But it just doesn't work that way.

And your $37 will be wasted.

Wealthy Affiliate doesn't make any such promises. You can make $1000 in your sleep - eventually. If you learn the skills, practice, practice, practice, fail, fail, practice, learn more, fail, practice and practice some more. (Growth and expansion again.)

That's what Wealthy Affiliate is all about. That's why they actually *are* different from those other gurus.

They teach you the skills, and then it's up to you to practice and fail until things start to work.

What's great is that you have a community of people here who will fully support you along the way.

And after your training is over? Well, there are all these secret gems hidden inside of Wealthy Affiliate. You will never stop learning here. Never.

And that's why $49 IS a real steal.

Don't be afraid to spend money on yourself. You are worth it.


Thanks for reading. Share your thoughts below. What's your preferred way to pay for WA? If you're not Premium, what's holding you back?

- Christina :)

P.S. I know I should use pictures. I'm just lazy. ;)

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caljones6750 Premium
Good stuff, Christina. After I convinced myself of the validity of the program, I was/am all in. I won't talk about some of the crazy things I spend $49 on, but rest assured, EVERY month I spend $49 that I get a whole lot less for than the $49 I pay for the life-changing opportunities I have access to at WA. It's a no-brainier, really.
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cld111 Premium
Great! This is really just perspective and realizing that there's plenty of money out there. I know it doesn't always feel like it and we can really feel strapped for cash, but I bet most of us have more than we realize... :)

- Christina
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caljones6750 Premium
Absolutely.
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Marley2016 Premium
Christina,

I know the value I have here because I have taken the time to
compare what WA costs per month against the other hosting
companies with their so called savings.

They save you nothing and in the end cost you more for ONE
let me repeat that ONE website and we have the option to
build 50 websites for that low price!

Too expensive NO WAY!

Thanks for sharing,
Susan
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cld111 Premium
I agree, Susan! I love that we get hosting here too. It's such an amazing benefit!

- Christina
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dkohara Premium
My suggestion - go Annual and put it on a credit card (0% if possible). That’ll knock $20 per month off of the subs. Then just pay off the credit card in 12 months.

Get onto the Black Friday price if possible, that’ll bring it down to less than $25/m

Then use the bootcamp training to learn how to use the affiliate program to cover that membership cost by introducing just one Premium person to WA.


OK, $23.50 doesn’t quite cover it, but it’s as near as dammit!

Dave
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cld111 Premium
I love the way you think! :)

- Christina
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bestleads Premium
I am bought the Black Friday year special. I wanted to not worry about the monthly payments.

I reality, I joined WA after several years of being a free member. I was looking at another program that a similar platform. Decided that WA was better.

I decided on WA looking for my websites' security.

I had been hacked on three occasions on three websites. Each had taken me almost five (5!!!) years to build. That's almost 15 years of work destroyed almost instantly.

I tried to get into website security, but it is a time consuming and expensive task. Time and money that I didn't have.

I was investing some about $30 per month without much website security and no training.

The year subscription turns to be about $30 per month. But I have WA website security assurance. And training.

Even at $49 per month, the relaxing feeling that your website's security is being taken care of by experts is a life saving feeling. It is a real bargain.

Having your years of work being destroyed in a snap is not something to laugh about and to worry about costs.

Best wishes to all.

Luis Antonio.
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cld111 Premium
Wow, Luis that's crazy and scary. You lost everything when your sites were hacked? No way to recover them?

I'm glad you found your way here and you're feeling more secure.

- Christina
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bestleads Premium
In one of the programs the programmer ran away with the system. On another, the owner ran away with the program. The third one I had a lot of security issues.

That's why I am website security obsessed.
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cld111 Premium
I don't blame you!!

- Christina
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RDulloo Premium
Love your analogies and your perspective!

I hate monthly fees as well, so I upgraded to Yearly during the Black Friday Sale and it's been the BEST decision ever. I made it back and MORE.

But even without the yearly or 6 month options, $49 a month IS really a steal. We find it hard now, but what's a $49 fee to run your business when you're making $3000 or even $5000 a month? It's NOTHING!

So thanks for bringing a fresh perspective. Loved your post!
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cld111 Premium
Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts. And I LOVE that you agree with me! lol

- Christina
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BobMargroff Premium
Christina, this is a great post! You make so many valid points. I just don’t understand how so many people just don’t get it and continue to ask “how much is it going to cost”. I hate that question, but like you, understand why they ask it. They don’t get it.

BTW, I went yearly with the Black Friday Deal this past November. It was so liberating to not have that monthly payment any longer.

I wish you the best!
Bob
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cld111 Premium
The Black Friday deal is the BEST! It's almost like Kyle and Carson are giving the store away! lol

Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your thoughts.

- Christina
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Hudson Premium
Great post, like the argument, well done.
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cld111 Premium
Thank you!

- Christina
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MiaL Premium
I spend more than that on coffee every month. It’s a no brainer for me - I pay yearly then it’s done. It’s a small financial investment in myself that gives me the skills and tools I need. It’s important that we invest in ourselves.
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cld111 Premium
You HAVE to invest in yourself in order to succeed and grow. I'm glad you understand that.

- Christina
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yarg Premium
I made the commitment to start out on the 1 year premium plan and still here slowly working towards my Dream.
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cld111 Premium
Good for you! You can do anything you put your mind to. :)

- Christina
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Tipqmon11 Premium
Great Post! I decided to pay yearly for actually the reason you presented in your post. I didn't want the monthly fees coming out. Also getting in on Black Friday was a deal!

I point out to people that I come across with reservations, that they can go out to a dinner and movie and spend well over $49. I also remind them that every successful business they can think of has a cost associated with it whether it's monthly or annually. So why not spend a little money up-front to gain knowledge and freedom from a JOB that they HATE!!
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cld111 Premium
I take my son and his friend to Five Guys now and again. (If you don't have that near you, it's a fast food burger place.).

For the two of them and my daughter, it's seriously $40. For burgers. They're really, really good burgers, but still. That's just about the cost of Wealthy Affiliate right there.

And yes, no matter what, if you're going to be successful at something, you'll have to invest. It's just how it is!

Wealthy Affiliate really doesn't cost a lot when you get so much value.

- Christina
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Tipqmon11 Premium
Yes, I used to go to Five Guys often....It cost for sure!! So True, the value of WA is priceless. A added bonus is the great people I get to connect with in the community like you Christina!! Keep up the Great Work! :-)
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GlenPalo Premium
Costs should be expressed in terms of value. What is it worth to you to work from home, for example?

I have a product priced at $37. It is worth far more than that. In fact, it should be priced higher. The product does not guarantee a person will make X amount. Just as WA doesn't either. But it offers more targeted traffic to your website or offers. How much would you value a 100% increase in your targeted, organic traffic?
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cld111 Premium
For sure! You have to think "Will this make me money eventually?" and if the answer is yes, then it's certainly worth it!

I hope you don't get offended that I called out $37 as "the" price. lol. I don't mean to say all products at that price are no good.

I'm just saying the products from the "other gurus who are different than everyone else because you can make thousands in your sleep and do no work at all" are no good.

If you give tons of value, then your product is worth it.

- Christina
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GlenPalo Premium
No, I am not offended about the $37 price.

It is actually a reference to internet marketing product prices that end in 7. For some reason based in IM history, marketers started pricing products ending with 7. Even WA was priced at $47 previously. Apparently, there was a marketer who was very successful pricing his products ending in 7. Success begets copycats. So 7 has stuck.

But...

Psychological pricing studies on "charm pricing" does not show that purchasers have an affinity for prices ending in 7 as they do for prices ending in .99 or .95.
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cld111 Premium
I remember hearing about why products ended with a 7 years ago.

Do you want to know something weird that I do? I set my alarm in 7s.

Instead of setting my alarm for 5:30, I set it for 5:27. My husband thinks I'm completely weird, but I like 7s too! lol

- Christina
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GlenPalo Premium
That's funny! I usually get up when my cat tells me.

If you are a baseball fan, Mickey Mantle's number was 7.

I wrote a WA blog post about the Rule of 7.
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cld111 Premium
Cats make great alarm clocks! (That's why we lock ours out of the room. lol )

- Christina
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GlenPalo Premium
We can't do that. Our cat will bang on the closed door until someone opens it (me). It's better for our cat to wake me up rather than my wife.
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keishalina9 Premium
Love our majestic brethren -- elephants are amazing!

keep well, keep happy, all the best, cheerio ... :)
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cld111 Premium
Elephants are fantastic creatures. :)

- Christina
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keishalina9 Premium
Agree -- once when i travelled to India -- there's was a wedding being held (like everywhere there) ... they had three majestic ones all decked out and as we passed by in the car going by -- one of the elephants had his trunk at my window as if in greeting and wanting to give a smooch! ...

soo-oo-o amazing they are -- absolutely! .. ⭐️🎈
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cld111 Premium
Wow! That's so neat!

- Christina
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CheriJ1 Premium
I always find your posts so much fun to read, Christina. I like your style and your outlook. And you share some really valid points here. WA was a stretch for me financially when I joined (I'm far more frugal than you...haha...but we were in the process of literally building our own cabin, and talk about something that sucks every penny from your life very, very quickly!), but I was determined. I didn't have a lot of the "extras" you describe to eliminate to "free up" the added expense, but I found a way to make it work anyway. And I saved a little bit each month knowing that during the Black Friday weekend, I would upgrade to annual. Which I did and also highly recommend. And I'm determined that, at the very least, I will earn enough from my site this year to cover my renewal when it comes around again. Oddly enough, even though coming up with the $49 each month was a stretch for me with all the unusual expenses of homestead-building we were incurring, I never saw that $49 as anything other than an AMAZING BARGAIN! Partly because I'd tried that "other" website building service that charges a little less each month but where I failed not once but TWICE because the training wasn't as easy to comprehend as at WA and, even more importantly, there was no supportive, enthusiastic community available to inform and encourage and keep me going when I felt ready to throw in the towel (which is what I did, twice!). Truly WA is a STEAL for all we get in exchange for our dollars. Personally I can't ever imagine not being part of this community now. And it's pretty obvious you feel the same. :) Thanks for a super article (and sorry for my novel of a reply...I just couldn't help but reiterate your wonderful point lol). Have a great WA day! ~Cheri
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cld111 Premium
I LOVE this Cheri, thanks so much for responding. I love this because you also just proved that point that Bob Proctor made.

--> When you want something bad enough, you figure out how to get it. <--

You obviously did that, and you were really smart about it by saving up for a yearly membership.

I have a feeling you will be very successful!

- Christina
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CheriJ1 Premium
Aww...thanks, Christina!

A little secret? Even though I'm not yet successful in Dollar Terms (have only just started seeing some income from my site)...I feel so very successful in Joyful Endeavor Terms.

Because I'm really having a blast "working" each and every day through my WA membership.

And that is totally PRICELESS! :)
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cld111 Premium
Yesss!

How great is that?

I wake up at 5am every morning (my alarm is set for 5:30) because I'm excited to do this.

You said it. PRICELESS!

- Christina
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AmyHD Premium
You have covered every aspect of the fact about WA.
I pay a yearly fee. It's the best investment I ever had. With only $25 a month? Sometimes we pay more than that just for a dine out.
Thank you so much for sharing this.
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cld111 Premium
Yes, this is the best investment in yourself and your skills. You made a great choice going yearly.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

- Christina
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adrianh25392 Premium
And with the cats and dog, it's not even like you have nothing to take photos of. LOL
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cld111 Premium
Haha, I know!

- Christina
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ECV82 Premium
Christina,

Actually, the annual cost of WA if you pay by the month is $588 ($59 x 12). The annual plan costs $353 ($29.42 per month), and the Black Friday deal is an annual cost of $299 ($24.92 per month) which is half what the $49 per month is paying. When I worked, I made approximately $40 per hour so a monthly payment of WA at the $49 rate is 1 hour and 15 minutes of my time whereas my current annual rate of $299 is a monthly expenditure of approximately 40 minutes of my time. It makes it a very worthy endeavor.

I also like to look at how much things cost in my time.
Ellen
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cld111 Premium
Oooh, you're so math-y! I'm not good with numbers at all. lol I just know - yes, it's WORTH it! :)

- Christina
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ECV82 Premium
I majored in technical theater and math in college. Never finished the math degree though.
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Hudson Premium
That’s a very interesting way of looking at things, thank you.
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