List of Countries Those are Banned from Starter Membership (Update 1st June 2020)
Last Update: Jun 1, 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):
Countries Banned From Wealthy Affiliate
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.
Very useful information.
Thanks for sharing!
All the best,
Good to know. Thanks.
frustrating that it keeps changing as i am sure there are plenty of reviews that are incorrect out there.
hopefully this will be the last, but i doubt it....
it would be really great if there was a resource page for affiliates to goto for all the rules and conditions relating to promoting wa - it appears to be a bit of a free for all.
but thanks for taking the time to update us
This report is based on Kyle's reply which I received just today. I was also facing the same issue because there is no official update here.
I requested Kyle to create a finalized blog post on this issue. I'm not sure whether he is gonna take an action or not.
But at this moment you can belive this report because Kyle just confirmed to me.
Hello, there are updates on this report. Please check Kyle's comment here. Even I'm puzzled now.
that's the official list as of june 2020- as you say updates are a bit confusing as to the changes - i didn't see turkey as a country where spam comes out of - russia maybe and china but turkey...
well they are the bosses and it is their rules....
so it is three where no accounts are allowed
and 8 premium only no starter membership
hopefully it will stay this way for a few months....
You are right. indeed, I am in a similar situation, you can say, a bit confused because I received a different reply today morning from the same person. Maybe the decision changed throughout the day.
I just updated as Kyle mentioned.
so i wonder who's in and out tomorrow.....lol
i am sure it is now fixed as kyle has answered you
at least for a while.....
You are right. Maybe it'll be changed again. I'll keep watching, if I get any further update later, I'll definitely update this post as well as a pin here in the comment box.
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The following countries are unable to join Starter, but they can join as Premium right away. So they are not in essence blocked, just from the starter membership.
The following countries are unable to join Premium, even as a paid Premium member. This is due to high fraud rates from those countries and after assessment of years of data.
I hope this clarifies for you here.
Thanks, Kyle, for confirming this.
If there are any changes in this list in future, please leave the updated news here in the comment box.
I'll update the block list accordingly in the above blog, which will help everyone to stay updated.
I have someone interested in joining Premium from Ghana, Do I just send them this link for the Premium Promo (see 1st screenshot)?
If not, what link do I send for them to enrol?
Thanks in advance
No need to send any special link as you highlighted in the attached image. You may simply ask him/her to proceed via the common the link/ button/ banner in your website and click of sign up option.
He/ she will not be able to join as free member but can sign up as premium from any link.
Ask him/her to select "join as premium" if the "Starter" option doesn't work.
Thank you, are you 100% sure of this?
1. Have you personally had someone from the partial block (restricted) list successfully create a premium account straight away? (e.g. Ghana)
2. Can you also confirm that given Nigeria is now on the "banned list" that people from there can still join if they keep using a VPN?
Thanks in advance
I didn't had someone from Ghana or Nigeria, but I had query from other banned countries.
VPN may work for Nigeria, but I'm really sure because during payment a problem may arise.
Wealthy Affiliate authority frequently changes the list of banned country, and they don't generally inform after banning a new country or withdraw ban
The list is based on the time when I posted the information.
Before I posted this information, I contacted Kyle for the actual list. Initially he provided a different list, and I requested to check the blog.
One day later he mentioned the detailed list as you can see his comment in the comment box.
If you need recent information about the banned countries please ask Kyle referring this post, because he already mentioned the list here in the comment box.
Hello, Kyle. I am currently enrolled in the Affiliate Marketing Bootcamp and I will include a note indicating that applicants from some countries may not be eligible for the free starter program.
I would also like to state which countries are fully blocked.
Do you let everyone know when this information changes? I want to update information on my websites as soon as possible.
I would like to know that the list of above 8 countries PayPal does not allow to create an account in some of the countries, if they earn affiliate commission how they will get paid?