List of Countries Those are Banned from Starter Membership (Update 1st June 2020)
Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the most legitimate platform to learn the evergreen methods of affiliate marketing and host a corresponding business, the world knows it very well.
People from any country can join here and build up their own online foundation. Indeed, people from all over the world are applying for WA membership every day, learning new things and earning revenue.
Starter Account: Some Countries aren't Eligible
You know, Wealthy Affiliate offers a free trial that is known as Starter Membership, where anyone can start rolling for free of cost without sharing any credit card information. In fact, most of the members here started their journey as a FREE starter member and later upgraded to premium, once they realized the legitimacy and capability of the platform.
But, unfortunately, the Starter membership is restricted for some specific countries.
List of those restricted countries has been frequently changed several times in last 1.5 years, that's why all members are probably not well aware about the actual list of restricted countries.
Why should you know about the block list?
Recently, I received several free membership requests from those countries, and I couldn't afford the same. The situation is definitely very embarrassing when you offer something but can't provide the same to everyone. Indeed, this scenario put a negative effect on your foundation, more clearly, it may be a scam impression on your website.
That's why, I felt this is essential for every member to have a clear idea about the list of restricted countries, especially for those who are dealing with an affiliate Bootcamp project, because anybody can face the same issue anytime that I already faced.
I personally think, on your website it is better to highlight the list of countries that are not allowed for free membership in WA.
The List of Restricted Countries
Now let's come to the point.
Certain countries are blocked from accessing the Starter account based on the intensity of fraud membership.
Up to 2018, the list was pretty long; people from 10 countries were restricted to access free starter account in WA.
The following blog mentions about the old list (was valid up to 2018):
In early '19 the owners (Kyle and Carson) decided to unblocked all 9 countries except Nigeria, experimentally. They experienced 7 among those 9 countries did well, but fraud memberships were still coming from 2 countries.
Then they decided to block those 2 countries again.
As per the recent conversation with the co-founder of WA (Kyle) I uncovered the actual list of countries that are blocked to access FREE membership at this moment.
Presently, when I am writing this blog (June 2020), 8 countries are on partial block list. Those are,
However, 3 countries are fully blocked. People from those countries even can not join as premium member due to very high risk. Those are,
The information is confirmed by Kyle himself right on today.
So, you can include this information to your affiliate Bootcamp project. If anyone from these banned countries asks you to join as free starter member, you may let them know about the restriction. However, anyone from these restricted countries is allowed to join directly as a premium member; there is no restriction.
Hope this helps.