Why Is Wealthy Affiliate So Damn Expensive?
So I wanted to address the common misconception that when you pay for a premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate, it's just a glorified "over priced" fee for your website, hosting and a domain.
I've had to break down the fallacy in this nonsensical thinking one too many times. So that picture above pretty much represents my frustration when I hear this question. lol Either way I've decided to create this article to enlighten these misguided folks. Maybe you were one of them, or maybe you run into them as well. Either way, feel free to share this article with them.
But let's really break down what about $.84 per day gets you at WA. And yes when you do the math a premium membership costs about $.84 per day when go yearly or take advantage of the Black Friday specials. But I digress.
What You're Missing!
First and foremost you're not paying for JUST hosting, building a website and/or a domain. It's so frustrating when people fail to account for all the features that a premium membership includes. It's because of these omissions that they will argue idiotic things like I can build and host a website on another hosting company for way less. Why does WA have to be so expensive?
SMH. It's always clear to me when people make these comments that they really haven't explored all the features of WA. This could be a function of the fact that starter members have limited access to certain features at WA. So maybe they don't realize everything else a premium membership provides. Or maybe they just don't realize the value of the other features.
Either way it's highly misguided. So let me break down all the other features that are included in addition to hosting and your website. I've handpicked the ones that I feel provide a tremendous monetary value that when considered actually make the premium fee under priced. However, there are many more features that I won't cover.
Expert One on One Coaching
WA members get to tap into the knowledge of successful millionaires like Kyle and Carson to learn how to build a business. Do you know how much millionaires charge for their time assuming you can even have access to them? Well just in case you don't know it's way more than what WA charges.
Networking with other successful members
Another huge aspect of WA is the community. When you're in a pickle chances are other members have been there. And you can ask them on live chat or post a blog and they will come to your rescue. Many of the members are successful business people that are making 6-7 figures with their own business. And they're willing to share their advice and tips.
Million Dollar Training
The training provided is exactly what others have used to build millionaire dollar businesses. It's not based on fads that don't work. The techniques are proven and it's why companies like Amazon and Google offer affiliate programs. The training helps you leverage a business model that makes companies millions of dollars every year.
WA provides various ways to get help. You have a technical question, you can contact site support here and they usually respond back in a few minutes. Or you can hop into live chat where there are members there 24/7 to get an answer. So as long as you know how to communicate your issues effectively, you can usually get an answer. The rare times people don't get an answer is because their questions aren't clear or their questions are in a form of a novel which requires more time to understand.
Weekly Live Classes
Aside from the basic training that teaches you how to build a business, there are 52 live classes every year. Because the internet changes so much these classes cover new topics, industry changes, etc. So you're always up to date.
So sure creating a website can easily be done in a number of places. But how do you know if your site is any good? Are you going to ask your family and friends? Or would you rather get the feedback from people that have built successful money making sites. Obviously it should be the latter if you want to be successful. Well, you have access to that here.
So one of the things you are trained to do is write content. Without content your site is dead in the water. Google won't rank it and you won't make money. Did you know that comments under your blog posts count towards content? And WA members provide hundreds of comments every day because WA has a system that rewards users for leaving comments on your blogs? So your site can bulk up your content length and thus rank better because of the comments. When you're a new site getting quality comments can take forever. But it doesn't have to as a premium member.
By the way, no you can actually earn cash giving site comments too!
And the list can go on. I'll just stop here because you're going to be hard-pressed to find any so called hosting site that will give you any of these benefits. The reality is there is even more that comes with your premium membership. I just don't feel like babbling on about it. lol
The MYTH: It's Just A Hosting Site
So fine, let's say you want to ignore all the other things I mentioned above that come with your premium membership. Why don't I just break down the difference between what WA offers just from a hosting and domain standpoint and how much you would pay if you purchased the equivalent elsewhere?
First thing that should be noted is that you're getting managed WordPress hosting here. You're not getting just some basic hosting where they would nickle and dime to get the equivalent features you receive by default as a premium member. So you need to compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges. Too often I see people doing that and that's like comparing a bicycle to a BMW.
So with that said, let's look at what other equivalent MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING providers offer vs Wealthy Affiliate.
As you can see if you try to compare WA to other hosting companies that provide most of the equivalent features that WA provides you'll quickly see they fall short in many key areas. To make matters worst, they charge way more.
So the next time you want to compare WA to other hosting options, make sure its an accurate and fair comparison.
The Math Doesn't Add Up!
So as you can see, the math doesn't really add up when you have the complete picture. That said, I understand that for some folks, their financial situation just doesn't allow for them to invest in a premium membership. So I can appreciate your situation and this article isn't directed at you. For those folks you may want to check this article out.
But for the folks that really think that they're saving themselves money and getting the same benefits of WA with another cheap hosting company, you are sadly mistaken. You're actually doing yourself a disservice long term. A lot of people come back to WA realizing the grass is actually not greener on the other side. They end up wasting a lot of time and resources elsewhere. Fortunately WA is a family and we always welcome people back with open arms.
However just save yourself the trouble and be sure you really understand what you lose when you leave here. It's not just a website and hosting! I can't say that enough.
Hopefully that is clear now. What do you guys think? Do you see your investment in a WA premium membership as just a hosting fee for a website or much more?
Chime in below.
Eddy with a y