Countries Excluded From Free Starter Member - Complete List

Last Update: July 29, 2018

For WA friends who are doing boot camp training,

If you have visitors to your site seeking your help because they are not able to join as FREE Starter Member like myself a few days ago, please note the following complete list of excluded countries below.

As of Jun 2015 (verified with Kyle),

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Egypt
  3. Ghana
  4. India
  5. Kenya
  6. Morocco
  7. Nigeria
  8. Pakistan
  9. Philippines
  10. Vietnam

According to Kyle, there are a lot of fraud and spam from these countries. To protect the community in WA, the above countries are excluded currently.

However, people from these countries are able to join WA as premium members directly (no discount on the first month) if they are really serious about learning from WA.

Update: Feb 2017

A visitor from Kenya visited my website and informed me that he was not able to join the free Starter Membership too. I have updated the list.

Update: Apr 2018

GaryHorton updated that a visitor from Ghana cannot join the free Starter Membership. Thanks Gary!

Update: Jul 2018

DianneH updated that someone from Morocco cannot join the free Starter Membership. Thanks Dianne!


I hope this will help you.

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MasumBMusa Premium
i'm Also From Bangladesh and i created my account from Hungary by My Big Brother He live in Hungary. But now i'm working on Bangladesh. and i have lots of people on my team they want to join in WA but the did not able to do that with 19$ for the first month. if they can able to do that with 19$ then they should continue after taking the training. so #Kyle can you do that for us. is there any way to start with 19$ from Bangladesh.
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GaryHorton Premium
I was contacted by someone in Ghana who could not join at the free level.
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edtay78 Premium
Thanks for the update!
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LouisaB Premium
This is a great question!!

Everyone here on the platform can really benefit

By knowing and being aware of the countries that can

Or cannot register for free!

Louisa B
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JooKwang Premium
I have someone from Ghana asking for free membership registration. Is Ghana excluded as well?
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edtay78 Premium
Perhaps you could PM Kyle regarding this? It'll be great if you could update us here. Thanks, Joo Kwang!
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JooKwang Premium
Hi Edmund, I did and Kyle replied me on it, indicating he will manually create the account for this application. I guess there are the occasional cases where only Kyle or Carson can support directly.

Hope this helps everyone in WA.

Thanks to Kyle too.

Jude
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MayleneM Premium
Thank you for this post. When I found out Egypt was on the list of excluded countries, I was a bit worried as there is a chance that I might be relocating to Egypt. (time frame unknown at this point)
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.

Since you are already a premium member, it is alright even if you are relocated to Egypt.

People from Egypt are not able to join as free starter members, that's all. :)
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Kambas Premium
Hi

Thank you kindly for this post.

I was just wondering about Morocco, can they join for free?
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome!

I haven't heard from members of WA that they have issues with people from Morocco joining the free starter account. You could PM Kyle and check with him directly. :)
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DianneH Premium
Just had someone from Morocco who can not join as a free starter member.
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Dolor Premium
Oh so sad to hear it. They could have been my possible referrals if they could get a chance to experience the environment here for free at first.
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accad Premium
When is the effectivity of this list?
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edtay78 Premium
Still effective currently.
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accad Premium
I don't wonder why my would be referral cannot sign up for free starter membership.
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Kanicy Premium
oh my God, my country is one of them. Am Kenyan and already WA premium member. Infact i never knew there were excluded countries but when i joined, i upgraded immediately because i really wanted the business. Its sand cos my friend tried signing up today and she could not. I had to ask in live chat and i was referred here. I will now be telling people that it isnt free because i dont want them to think am a liar. Thanks for the info
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snaaaz Premium
How is your WA journey so far Nancy?
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome, Nancy. :)
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PhilipC1 Premium
I just got a comment asking me this very question. Thank you!
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TheBuilder Premium
Thank you for the list. I just posted a question about it and somebody guided me here.
However, I came across members from India.
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KayL Premium
I think the list is for the free version of WA, not the premium. If i'm not mistaken, everyone can become a premium member.
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TheBuilder Premium
I was inquiring about African countries. Please share your experience in the thread. Thanking you in advance.
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KayL Premium
Thank you for this!
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Gerlinde Premium
Always good to have this list, thank you!
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SDane Premium
Thanks for this information. I was not aware of this.
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accad Premium
When did this start?
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kiliwia62 Premium
It's a couple years or so, there is too much fraud coming from these countries when using the Free membership tool, so Kyle and Carson put a stop on the free membership version.
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JerryHuang Premium
This is weird. One of my potential referral is a pair of brothers. Both are from Nigeria but one is able to join starter member while the other is not.
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edtay78 Premium
That's really strange. Perhaps you can PM Kyle about this. :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Ok thanks!
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JerryHuang Premium
Hey, I've found out that he was able to sign up because he changed his IP address.
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edtay78 Premium
I see. Perhaps he was using VPN. Thanks for sharing!
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Jerry.

The brother who didn't change his IP was able to join with a Premium account?

I ask because I'd read elsewhere on WA, that Nigerians weren't allowed to join at all. So, I wanted to make sure that isn't true.


Sharon
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JerryHuang Premium
I don't know about that Sharon. Both the brothers have joined the Free starter account by changing their IP address and they have not upgraded to Premium yet.
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NannaGoosey Premium
Oh - I see. Thanks for your prompt reply, Jerry!
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JerryHuang Premium
No problem!
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dominic16 Premium
Too bad I had to go Premium right away, lol :)
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jacob23 Premium
Thank you, will pass the info on to my friend living in Vietnam who were unable to join as FREE starter. Will just have to convince him to sign up for premium.
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Goson Premium
Thank you very much for this information.
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VMthimunye Premium
Thanks for the clarity Edtay
I had no clue
Thanks
Vusi
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johnwnewman Premium
Cheers :-)
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wealthmagic Premium
It didn't stop me from joining even though I learned that my country is excluded from Free Starter Member. It could be an advantage to me because if I refer someone from my country, those who will join are those really committed to succeed, not just a free seeker. :-)
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edtay78 Premium
That is a positive attitude and you are absolutely right! Wishing you the best!
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jacob23 Premium
Exactly! I live in the Philippines. Filipinos who will join will be those who are serious getting into business, and if they commit themselves and sign up for premium it means more commission in your pocket right? cheers
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DavePage Premium
This is really helpful ,thanks
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome!
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neilc Premium
I did wonder why I had earned $23.50 from a brand new member today, lol.
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edtay78 Premium
Congrats!
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Jenna7 Premium
That's great, congratulations! :)
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CoachGom Premium
Hey guys, Gomer Magtibay here a.k.a. Coach Gom, proudly from the Philippines! =)

At first, I was hurt when I learned this. But then, I realized it can also work great for me, as I know how aggressive Filipino marketers are when it comes to online marketing. They will add up to the competition! (LOL)
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jacob23 Premium
I agree! cheers
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Lilika84 Premium
Thank you for this
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Steve1958 Premium
Thanks very much for this info...
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edtay78 Premium
You are most welcome!
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samaro48 Premium
if I promote WA in Mexico can my site be translated to spanish?
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edtay78 Premium
You can use try using google translate features.
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viyee Premium
Thank you for the information, very helpful!
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edtay78 Premium
You are most welcome!
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JohnMomoh1 Premium
I have a feeling the countries excluded have some good candidates as well.We at WA should attempt to reach such people with adequate security measures in place and in the end can help to reduce the level of corruption in these countries.
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edtay78 Premium
If you have a visitor from these countries who is really serious about WA. You could try to PM Kyle to create a free account for them. :)
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Depaa Premium
I am a premium member from India
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trafficbiter Premium
Thank you for your answers!! Usually though on most sites there is always a "free" or a "free trial" and MANY will usually sign up and try that new system out (if it is free). However, IF someone sees a "new" site and they are asking for $47 a month???? I would think they would be a bit skeptical!!
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edtay78 Premium
You are right. It is better to be clear and transparent at websites promoting WA. In this way, we can avoid creating disappointment to our visitors.
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sherlock77 Premium
That's unfortunate. I get genuine visitors from India and the Philippines. My wife is Filipino and I have a lot of Filipino friends who might be interested in WA. But they will never join if they have to pay $47 US dollars right off the bat without being able to check it out free first.
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jacob23 Premium
Hi S. My wife is Filipino too. I agree with you in a way, but you and I know Filipinos, if they can afford it and are dedicated to business, they will make it work to retain the premium fee as quickly as possible. You just need to aim at the right target market. Don't you think so? cheers
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MKearns Premium
I would like to see a directory of members by countries. I realize it will be in flux, but it would be useful and could be easily collated. I am surprised that Russia is not excluded as a lot of spam has the.ru tag. I have not come across a member in any blog yet from that country. It appears that most members are from countries derived from British colonial heritage. One region that I have not encountered members from yet is South America??
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KatieMac Premium
it would be useful perhaps Kyle may do this , I have come across a member from South America , I do think this community is very diverse in not only skills, locations and different opinions one thing we all have in common is building a business
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Claudioj Premium
Hi I´m from Argentina now Im following you!
Claudio
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MKearns Premium
Buenos Dias Claudio! Como esta. Bienvenido a Wealthy Affiliate. Are you from Buenos Aires?
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Claudioj Premium
Yes Sir, I´m a Blueberry grower please see my blog here:
http://arandanoscultivo.com (Is in the Spanish Language)
I like this community, and you have a great profile please do not miss!
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Veanna Premium
Thanks for this information edtay78. We are using it in our Bing Ad to exclude these countries for our listing. Have a great day.
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.
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GabrielS Premium
What about a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to appear as if you're in a different country? Could that work for a Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, etc?
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edtay78 Premium
I am not so sure about this. You might want to check with Kyle or Carson directly. Hope you could update us here too. Thanks!
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jacob23 Premium
This is a good question indeed. I think it still won't be possible to do commission payments to these countries. What if you have a paypal account? cheers
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baarvian Premium
Very useful info. Thanks.
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome!
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mijareze Premium
Great info thanks!
Ed
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome Ed!
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ChrisTowers Premium
Good information this... i see a lot of people asking for answers after this question .. so good to have the knowledge .. much appreciated!!!

Chris
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome Chris!
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clue Premium
Thank you for this updated list. I had only 5 countries on my list. The fact That you verified it with Kyle stands out. Wealthy affiliate is a honest community and we want people to know exactly what is offered. I think Kyle and Carson should always keep us updated whenever changes are made to this list.

Thank you for this information
Clue
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edtay78 Premium
You are most welcome clue! :)
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MarikaN Premium
Thank you. This was a huge help
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome!
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
Well live and learn: I would have thought that both India and the Philipines would have been great growth territory for WA. Thank you for this information. DAN
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edtay78 Premium
You are most welcome Dan.
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JohnMks Premium
What about Maroco? I have a friend who wants to sign up from Maroco, he say he cannot sign up, he has to be a Premium member?
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
JohnMiguel: Obviously Moroco is not on the above list. I wonder if those that seek out WA from obscure locations (those locations where English is not that freely spoken) are automatically excluded from Free WA sign-up. DAN
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edtay78 Premium
Hi John, perhaps you could PM Kyle for his advice.
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JohnMks Premium
Thank you man! I already did and he is working on it :o)
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WriterLynn Premium
I am here on WA everyday and I did not know this. I found out accidentally on Google through some random search which led me to your outside blog which led me to this WA post.

I'm really scratching my head on how I missed this and am glad that I now know.
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edtay78 Premium
I am glad that you know now. It is good to be clear to your visitors of your website if you are doing WA bootcamp.

Wishing you the best!
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Yuko Premium
Do you know if people in Tanzania, Africa is excluded as well?
One of my Twitter followers contacted me saying he has difficulties to sign up.
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edtay78 Premium
Sorry for the late reply. I am not so sure about that country and you could contact Kyle on this.
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thanks a lot for this, does it mean the person has to wait till the discount period is over? or can they ask family in other countries to help them upgrade?
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.

The person from these excluded countries will have to pay the full $47 when they join. No discount period.
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Sherefashion Premium
Thank you for writing this I'll be looking out for that.
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fritz11 Premium
Thanks for the info. I hope this has helped you to join WA.
A good place to start learning internet marketing.
Welcome onboard. I will follow you.
Lora
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dickw Premium
Thank you for this list.
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kevinmj Premium
This is useful info. Thanks for sharing!
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DonDan Premium
Yeah! It's good to know that.
Thanks
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MaryESS Premium
Thank you for posting this list. I think it is too bad these countries are excluded, because I am sure there are honest people there. But I can see Kyle and Carson's point about protecting WA too; protecting all the sites here. There must have been some bad experiences for them to ban free memberships for these countries.
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome Mary.
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AffFranE82 Premium
Thanks! Good to know!
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DroGodina Premium
Important information. :-)
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copperdell Premium
Thank you for this information most helpful

Sherrie
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.
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Mark1957 Premium
Thanks for the information here, however the word should be "excluded", not "exempted"........different inference altogether!
Mark
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome, Mark! Made the changes too.
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Mark1957 Premium
I know it might seem pedantic to some, but if you wanted it to be correct then you've got it right now!
Mark
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Sherefashion Premium
This is wonderfully informative Thank you.
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Edmund thsnkyou for sharing .WA is such a robust system.
Alrxander
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.
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GARYPICK Premium
Very interesting!
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GarySkoglind Premium
Can you confirm that if these countries join for Premium, do they get the $19 discount, or do they have to pay the full $47/month fee, or go yearly? (Numbers adjusted by country accordingly)
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edtay78 Premium
Hi Gary, I believe if they join premium directly, they might not see the same offer of $19 discount first month. Just $47/month recurring. You may wish to clarify with Kyle in person?
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waleijl Premium
thank you very much...this means I lost the Philippines market significantly..well, that's part of online marketing..
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Jenna7 Premium
Thank you for this, very helpful!
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scorpio7 Premium
Thanks for that post! That will help!

Neil
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JewelCarol Premium
Great info, thank you Edmund!! :)
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Christabelle Premium
Thank you for this information Edmund! :)
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NemiraB Premium
Thanks for information.
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Geoff-n-Jane Premium
Interesting information. Thank you.
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AllynBeekman Premium
Excellent information to be aware of. Thanks much.
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lozza1234 Premium
thank you Edtay
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ferdie1259 Premium
In addition to the above, Egypt is also included.

Update 2 :- Wealthy Affiliate banned more countries to join as free members due to continuously hacking and cheating problem from those countries. Now members from seven countries (India, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Egypt) can't join as free member in WA. However, they can still join as premium member in WA.
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edtay78 Premium
Noted. Thanks Ferdie! Updated.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks, bookmarked
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AzmiJ Premium
Thanks for the info
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edtay78 Premium
You are welcome.
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