My Personal Wealthy Affiliate Review in 2017: A View from Inside

Last Update: May 02, 2017

Well it’s been 7 years since I started my online journey here and I figured it was about time to offer my personal Wealthy Affiliate review in 2017 for any of you just getting started in the crazy world of online marketing. This post is particularly geared towards anyone who has just signed up here (or thinking about the premium membership), and is not yet sure how affiliate marketing works or how Wealthy Affiliate can help you earn a full-time income.

It’s interesting, because I’ve been here so long that I actually remember the old Wealthy Affiliate University website, when forums used to be the primary means of getting help and the online courses were just getting started up. I had no idea what I was doing, and was honestly overwhelmed by the amount of information here (and that was 7 years ago!).

This site has come a long way, and I’m happy to see that that there are now powerful certification courses to take you step-by-step through the online marketing process, tons of user generated courses, and of course immediate help through the WA Live chat if you need it. Things are more streamlined now, more useful, and more powerful.

But will all this information help you succeed? After following all the training and taking action towards your goals, will you actually be able to generate good money?

The purpose of this Wealthy Affiliate University review is to relate my personal experiences with this program so that you can make an educated decision as to whether being here is the right choice for you.

My Personal Internet Marketing Journey

First, a little about me.

I started my online marketing journey back in 2010 when I was still a university student and looking for ways to earn money that didn’t require working some boring retail job. I can’t remember exactly how I came across Wealthy Affiliate, but I remember I didn’t sign up right away. I was short of cash, very skeptical, and wary of online scams.

But eventually I took the plunge and signed up for a full membership (there was no free option back then). And when I did, I committed to spending a full 6 months learning everything I could to start making money through affiliate marketing.

But where would I start?

Well I was super passionate about coffee. Not only did I love how it tasted (and how it kept me awake for all those early morning classes!), I was endlessly fascinated by how to make the best coffee and espresso-based drinks.

So I started a website about coffee.

My affiliate model was to write reviews about coffee and espresso machines and link back to amazon to get an affiliate commission.

Randomly, I also wrote a short article about cleaning espresso machines and even had a link to a $10 espresso machine cleaner. Now if you know anything about Amazon’s affiliate program, you will know that the commission on that would be tiny. I think it was about 40 cents.

What were my Wealthy Affiliate Results?

After several months of writing articles I did not see any results. I was starting to get frustrated. Was I doing something wrong. Does Wealthy Affiliate actually work?

I stopped working on my website for several months, feeling totally defeated. Then randomly around Christmas I checked my Amazon account. I saw a commission for $0.40! I guess someone had bought an espresso machine cleaner!

Now this may seem tiny to most of you. But to me, this was everything.

It was a sign that making money through this program could be possible. It just needed a bit more work, a bit more strategy, and a “not giving up” attitude.

I dedicated myself fully to my coffee website, more determined than ever. I wrote articles on other websites that linked back to mine (which by the way is not nearly as effective anymore, and possibly ill-advised). I wrote more reviews. And most of all, gave things a bit of time (or marinate, as Jay would say :)) to let the results begin to pour in.

My website was earning several hundred dollars a month after a year, and by Christmas the following year was up to around $1000. I began branching out to other niches, built more websites, and kept up with the latest training here.

Anyways, I won’t bore you with the details, but I was eventually earning about $5000 per month from affiliate marketing within about two years. I haven’t looked back since and have been working full-time since about 2012. Last year I sold one of my affiliate sites for $30,000.

How did Wealthy Affiliate Contribute to my Success?

After seven years, I can honestly say that the biggest key to my success was the community here at Wealthy Affiliate. Kyle and Carson are dedicated online marketers who have built an unbelievable resource here.

As many of you know, there are lots of scammy internet marketing products out there. Having gotten sucked into a few of them myself, I can honestly say that the owners of Wealthy Affiliate are some of the most genuine and dedicated people in the business. They are quick to advise us of things to watch out for in the internet marketing world and keep us up-to-speed on the latest methods for generating money online.

Just have a look at the 5 certification courses that they created. Where else can you find such a methodological and powerful process for getting your online campaigns up and generating money? They are here to personally assist you through your IM journey through the Live Chat. Just the other day I saw Kyle helping someone generate ideas for their affiliate marketing campaign. He has even been quick to respond to me whenever I have had questions – and yes even to this day I find I am still learning!

And that is something to keep in mind as well: no matter how successful you get using Wealthy Affiliate methods, it is always important to keep learning and adapting to the online landscape. Things change quickly and you have to keep pace with all the changes. Thankfully, Wealthy Affiliate always seems to be ahead of the curve.

Remember when all those websites got hit by Google penalties for using all those scammy backlinks? Well I also remember Kyle being the one warning everyone about these black-hat tactics even before the alarm bells were being sounded in the IM world. The methods being promoted here are Google safe and will help you generate long-lasting revenue, if you follow the training properly.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work? Key Resources and Training

I’m not necessarily going to go through this in detail, because there are already resources on getting started here at Wealthy Affiliate. However, I will highlight the resources that I think are the most important.

Certification Courses

The courses go through every step of the process from developing an online niche, to finding the right low-competition keywords, to monetizing your site, and also marketing it. These courses are the king of all IM training resources and the cornerstone of your training if you’re just starting out. If you haven’t gone through them yet, I highly recommend you do and take action on what you read.

(And further to that, don’t just keep reading everything. You have to TAKE ACTION! You can’t generate a full-time income from just reading training resources).

Thankfully, there are actionable steps to go with each of the courses.


Every Friday, Jay hosts a webinar on a new topic related to online marketing. These are some of the best resources for the latest information on generating money through IM. For example some of the webinars have covered:

  • The latest on mobile optimization for your website
  • Ranking youtube videos
  • The importance of using SLL certificates (i.e. using https://)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Remarketing Strategies

And the list goes on. I’m not sure exactly how many of these webinars there are (perhaps Jay can tell me?). But my guess would be at least 100+.

Not only that, but Jay has actually built several niche sites LIVE in front of everyone so you can actually see in real time how to build a profitable affiliate site. Talk about in-depth training!

Member Generated Courses

There isn’t just one way of making money online. And thankfully there is an opportunity for members to share their strategies and tips for developing successful affiliate marketing campaigns. For example, a few years ago, I developed an in-depth training resource on how to write a killer product review In it, I share all my tips for writing a powerful product review that delivers high quality information to the reader and generates affiliate sales.

But check out some of the other training here, as you never know what little bit of information you pick up from others that makes a serious difference in your affiliate marketing campaigns.

Site Rubix – The Easiest Site Builder Out There

If you don’t use site rubix for your wordpress affiliate sites, you are seriously missing out. Using a step-by-step process, it will guide you through the whole process of installing wordpress, setting up your site, and getting things optimized to start generating affiliate revenue. It even comes with free SLL certification, web monitoring, and the servers are super fast. And as we know (or should know) Google accounts for site speed a lot in its rankings algorithm.

My Final Thoughts: Is Wealthy Affiliate Legit?

Hopefully this review has been helpful for some of you. If you’re on the fence about this training or how to go about affiliate marketing, then I can’t recommend enough the need to stick with it. It takes time, hard-work, and perseverance. But if you follow the training here, ask questions when you have them, and (most importantly) take ACTION, then eventually you will be able to see the results from all your work.

There are lot of Wealthy Affiliate Success stories here. So this program does work. But it is not an overnight money making system - those don't exist.

The free membership is a good first step on your IM journey. It will help you get a feel for Wealthy Affiliate and determine whether running your own online business is right for you (and please note, it's not for everyone!). If you're considering the premium membership (which by the way, is an absolute STEAL for everything you get here) then I highly recommend it. You get access to the most powerful training resources, top-notch hosting for your affiliate websites, and help anytime you need it.

So is Wealthy Affiliate worth it? I would say yes, if you're willing to put in the time required.

After a long hiatus from Wealthy Affiliate, I’m happy to report that I’ll be back to engage more with the community here. This program has been so helpful to me over the years, that I thought it was time to give back. I don’t promise to have all the answers, but if I can help in some way just drop me a line and I’ll do my best.

Over the coming weeks, I'll be putting together some training here at Wealthy Affiliate on how I build affiliate websites in 2017, how to optimize your productivity, and a range of other topics (some of which I haven't seen covered here yet). So stay tuned!

Do you have any Wealthy Affiliate reviews of your own? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. I'd be also be interested in hearing about your experiences here.

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CLandi Premium
Hi Joseph
I came to this site because I responded to a question which was asked by a member who has not made any money after six months.

Another member - Triblu - put your site in her comments for the young person to read. So I decided to look at it. You have done very well for yourself.

Your advice is really motivating. I received a lot of good information from that, and I will pass it on to other members. Your legacy will outlive you, lol.

Socialbug766 Premium
Really like your review of WA. I haven’t even built my first website yet but after doing some of the trainings yesterday I was already sold. I’ve done several MLM businesses and got some trainings that were good but not really to the level I think WA has. I’m excited about this program.
NiteshMistry Premium
thank you for the review, I am hoping ot follow in the same path as you.I have given myself a goal of 6 months to make my website profiable as to how much I earn per month from my day job. The next 3 months I am going to knuckle down hard, spending min 1 hour each day working on my website (getting valuable content up). spendnig most of the weeknds working on my site.
DocDoug Premium
Nicely put -- thanks for taking the time to do this 7 year review. It takes the training and puts it into a timeframe perspective which is very helpful.
Awsome story!!! Really gives me something to look forward to one day hopefully ! Really helped in me making a great decision in the WA thanks so much !
dlum11 Premium
Nice to hear about your experience and successful journey in affiliate marketing.
nathaniell Premium
Haha. I always love reading about the secret success stories of WA. 7 years behind the scenes working hard, putting the training into action. For every ONE person that shares their successes, there are many more that are just too busy making money to post here in the community :)

Thanks for sharing your successes, as inspiration to all the newbies out there man.

PS. I'm a big coffee fan myself!
laurenjean Premium
Absolutely love YOUR review, Joseph! Do you mind if I share it on social media? Really awesome hearing it from someone who's 7 years down the line and who almost gave up. Thanks for your honesty and willingness to give back to the WA community.
josephthl Premium
Thanks very much! Sorry for the delay... thanks have been very busy on my end and I haven't had as much time to login to WA recently. And yes, feel free to share this post on social media :)
ThomasTay Premium
wow... 7 years with WA. This post is also very motivating for new WA members to inform them the training here work. Well done for the blog post here. This is timely for all members here.
Having just joined yesterday, I really appreciate you taking the the time to write this motivating and comforting review, I wish you the very best of luck going forward, and thanks again
viyee Premium
Good read for all newbies and a reminder for those struggling a bit.
maxxlife Premium
Very Inspiring and more newbies are recommended to read this. Happy working online.

Cheers and Can't wait for more resources from you.

Ongchannel Premium
Wonderful post on WA review. Hope to read more of your works in the AM/IM.
NemiraB Premium
Thank you for the honest review. I see the pattern here that most of the successful members have been here a few years already. Overall it is great because it shows again that success does not come overnight. It would be nice to hear from you more as you told in your review.
All the best, nice to meet you at WA:)
alrod1 Premium
awesome thank you... :)
CraigUKTV Premium
Hi Joseph,

Thanks for a great review and sharing your journey at Wealthy Affiliate with everyone.

To be here for 7 years is no mean feat and it's a testimony to the WA platform as well as your own effort and hard work.

It's always difficult to gauge one's progress so sharing your journey over the first couple of years gives me a better insight into my own objectives.

I have set myself a milestone of 1000 / month after 18 months for my website and I have just finished month #9 with a return of $364, best to date. So, I am hoping I can scale this up in the next 9 months or so to reach my target.

I enjoyed reading in your comment to DaveSw that AM is still the backbone of your business so I know I am going in the right direction at this moment in time.

I look forward to reading more of your blogs and I have started following you.

VinM Premium
Its great to hear a story from an experienced WA member and really instills confidence and motivation.
Heathers323 Premium
Thank you so much for posting your review! As a newbie it makes me feel inspired and through hard work I can achieve my goal. Awesome!
4evertrue Premium
Wow! what a testimony, what encouragement. Proof positive that although progress is often slow, its not a sprint - but a marathon.
Patience & persistence will get you there.
josephthl Premium
Absolutely! I think that is probably the biggest take-away. Rather than view affiliate marketing as a "get rich quick scheme" people should approach it as an online business. It is important to take advantage of any training and resources available to you, take regular action, and view every little step you take as a part of a longer-term journey.
Gunnertwist Premium
Great read and thanks for sharing,I found it to be very motivating. :) I wish u great success in all your future endeavors.

josephthl Premium
Thanks a lot Carl! Glad you found it motivating. Wish you great success as well. If you ever have any IM questions, feel free to reach out :)
Gunnertwist Premium
I appreciate the offer and I might just do that. I will follow u so that I an find u easily again. :)
botipton Premium
I enjoyed reading about your journey of how this worked for you. More people need to see post like this from people who are walking with what they learned here. Thanks for the blog post.
josephthl Premium
Glad you enjoyed the post! I'm hoping the biggest take-away is to stick with it. IM is not an instant journey and it takes time and hard work to see success!
DaveSw Premium
Hi, Joseph...

What a great testimonial on Wealthy Affiliate! Very thorough and backed up by your own experiences, ups and downs, and eventual success...Congratulations on that success by the way, certainly well-deserved...

I agree with you totally, although only having been here for a couple of years so far(OK in 2 months it will be 2 years!)...From what I have seen, this place is the real deal, no fluff or self-serving products that only enrich the owners of the platform...

I have seen people come and go, and some come again once they see that other sites or 'gurus' are really not as encompassing with what they offer versus what you find here. I have read many such posts and comments here...

There was a question that popped up in my head as I read through this...It appears that you have focussed solely on affiliate marketing over the course of the 7 years, but have you ventured into any other market segments such as drop-shipping, e-commerce, e-books, or offering training, etc.?

In a couple of years since starting, I can see so many opportunities, but you really can get overwhelmed and then too busy to keep everything moving forward.

My solution has been to add to the team...I am fortunate to have a partner, and we have people working for us in Germany and Thailand and are doing some outsourcing as well for some tasks...

Another thing we have taken advantage of are the automation tools that are available to everyone doing this business. There is so much hype, you really have to be careful what you consider using, too many overpromise and underdeliver...

When you have the right ones though, you can do a LOT more in the same time, or you can teach someone working for you to do it and free up time for other activities such as building the business...

In any case, I am sure you have an encyclopedia of knowledge to share based on your experiences, and I appreciate you sharing your journey, and I wish you continued success with your online marketing business.

I have followed you BTW, I look forward to your contributions here! Another BTW: Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone else who has made it kinda big online? Think facebook....

Dave : )
josephthl Premium
Thanks Dave! Very much appreciated :) And yes, I have heard that I look like a certain someone from Facebook fame haha.

I have looked at other online business models and I'm actually going to be looking more at e-commerce sites in the coming months (when I have time!). However, I would say most of my skills are based in SEO, so I have really been maximizing my potential earnings from that as best I can. I learned early in the game that spreading yourself too thin (and chasing after shiny objects) can really get in the way of success.

That being said, I do also build up local lead-gen websites (i.e. ranking websites in local search and selling the leads) and work with a few local clients providing them with SEO. But my bread and butter is affiliate marketing, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon!

Thanks again for the comment and all the best with your online campaigns!