Whew, what a journey it has been.

Precisely 9 years ago, we went “Live”. September 10, 2005 was the day Carson and I launched our little project, WealthyAffiliate.com. The publish button was clicked, and we were off.

A simple “keyword list” site, that is what wealthy affiliate was. Nothing more, nothing less. Carson and I had a good deal of success (primarily in the PPC world) and we know that all roads of success lead back to an understanding of keywords.

We decided that $29.99 per month ($359.98 per year) would be a fair price for our monthly membership site and we initially were going to offer it to a certain number of people depending on how many keyword lists we were producing.

So, our brilliant idea was to create quality lists of keywords and to show people how to use them to create a successful business online. With a little apprehension and a little excitement, we were off!

It all started with ONE member.

To grow a flourishing tree or a forest, you first need to have a single seed planted. Not only that, you need to nurture that seed.

WA had to start with this initial seed. We welcomed the very first member into the community on September 11th, a day after our launch. Although we had a lot of success independently (this was mine and Carson’s first project together), this was pretty exciting. $29.99. The very first sale of our business and the potential that this one member could potentially be with us for several months. This particular member stuck around as a member for 6 YEARS!

As new members started joining, they began to request things like personal support, a way to communicate with others, an affiliate program, keyword tools, writing tools, websites, hosting, more training, easier ways to learn...amongst literally 1,000’s of requests for improvement over the years.

We took that feedback and we built. We built WA not out of self interest or money, rather we built it based on what our users wanted. What our users demanded. And sometimes what we knew our users need without them having to request it at all.

**If you haven’t experienced any success yet, this should validate what YOU can achieve. We once had ZERO members here at WA and it was a good deal of effort to get people to trust us. But it happened, and it happened over time and with hard work.

It has NOT only been a smooth journey…

To those that think that a path to any sort of success is predictable, I am here to tell you that it isn’t. Creating something of significance is tough.

We have validated this many times over the years and discovered truly what work ethic is when you work for yourself. We grinded our way through difficult times in our lives, through the company structuring, through tough hiring processes, and a lot of personal growing up has happened over the years in terms of our ability to approach problems with effective solutions.

We thought we knew it all. BUT we were 24. Although we have remained humble about any successes and honest about any failures over the years, there is nothing more humbling than looking back at the journey of the last 9 years here at Wealthy Affiliate.

We have learned a lot, yet we are just getting started.

One thing that most folks don’t realize is that we are constantly making mistakes. Yes, we do get things “right” a lot of the time, but projects quite often go back and forth 100’s of times before they make it to you...and sometimes they get “canned” altogether.

Look at just a few of the "face" changes that WA has gone through over the years...

Our focus is to humanize the process of building a business online. We do this through technology, through communication, and through platforms of support. This is a huge learning process for us, one that has lead to many revelations over the years.

The most important thing has been our journey into learning what YOU need and this continues to evolve. This is an ongoing learning curve as your needs are always evolving as well. In order for us to provide you with an unbelievable experience, we need to believe that there is “always more” that we can achieve.

There is much more that we can do to offer a better service. A lot more. That is what excites us and motivates us to wake up every morning with the same excitement and passion we had on September 10th, 2005.

Nothing is ever perfect. If you strive for perfection, which is impossible, you will always have something to work towards. There is always room for improvement within every aspect of the Wealthy Affiliate community. We “get” that, and this drives us to learn more and become better with each day that passes.

We owe our success to you…

Without you, we don’t exist.

The only focus we have in the upcoming 18 months (which we have already slated our for some awesome projects) is YOU and how to make the WA experience a better one for you.

This means a focus on improving absolutely every aspect of the platform here at WA, from the way we communicate, the way we build websites, the way we learn, to the way that we are able to get help and help one another.

Some of the major focuses in the year ahead...

  1. More concise and interactive training.
  2. More timely, and more specific support.
  3. More powerful and intuitive website/hosting platform.
  4. More advanced, forward thinking and powerful technology.
  5. More ways for YOU to succeed.

These are not specific and there is a reason for this. There are going to be 100’s of updates coming your way in the next year.

Some very subtle and not obvious, yet very meaningful in their own right. Some are going to be worthy of a launch, the first major one coming in early November of this year.

Thank YOU!

Yes, thank you. Thank you for being part of this journey. Thank you for telling us when we are good, but more so, thank you for telling us how or where we can improve. The last 9 years have been an amazing ride and we can’t wait for the next 9.

Your experience as a user, as a respected member, and as a friend is our #1 priority. Please remember that because it is only going to be more apparent than ever this year.

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
pinkymarcon Premium
Love this community! Best decision I made ;-)
Reply
Just joined...WA is way better than facebook..everybody is willing to help..love the unity of the members...im happy i found this site...
Reply
whitsunday Premium
Hi Nay1111. Yes I think it is so much more productive than FB too. We are actually talking mostly about building business. It's good to have you here.
Go well from Janelle
Reply
dhicks35 Premium
Yes. You will learn so much more here and you will learn how to market on social media as well. Welcome to WA - You will be surprised a what you will learn here.
Reply
Torch21 Premium
Kyle and Carson. The big thing i have noticed about WA in my two days of being here is the fact that you give a free trial for 7 days. I am on day two like i said and i am sold. I am buying my premium membership. But the thing i like the most is the community. WA big advantage is the people. You are not some video trying to sell people on a quick gimmick. Ive bought a few i know what i am talking about. I just feel fortune to of found this site. I happen to stumble across Frank's website and read the review for WA. So glad i did thanks again.
Reply
Ken-Pringle Premium
Yes for sure this is one awsome community.
Reply
lindasea Premium
Hey again David,

You have focused here in the one thing that over and over again makes WA a remarkable opportunity. You are not going on your own because having access to so many resources plus the interactive community is going to ratchet up your progress and success.

Just don't hold back when you get stuck...ask your questions. And if for some reason someone doesn't respond, remember this is a business community and folks can be in their websites working and could have missed you question. Ask it again. Someone is going to know the answer and respond.

And remember to keep at this and network inside of the community, it will open up many other resources to you.

LInda
Reply
Affmarket Premium
I've gotta tell you, Kyle and Carson...you guys are amazing! I'm sure I have seen WA over the years I've been involved with internet marketing of one type or another. I've probably seen it many times, but was too busy to stop and really take a look. But, alas, I didn't pay much attention to what you were offering. That's sad for me, but I can't dwell on the past, and the opportunities that were right there under my nose. So, going forward, my belief is that all of us are exactly where we are supposed to be at any given moment in time. Specifically, I was not meant to discover Wealthy Affiliate and all it has to offer until the exact moment when it came up on my screen recently. Something told me to jump right in with both feet and give it my all. So here I am, and here I will stay!
Sorry for the length of this, but I just wanted to write down my thoughts before I lost them. (There are such things called "senior moments" and I have quite a few.) But, in ending I want to say God Bless all of the Members here and special Blessings to Kyle and Carson for creating this wonderful opportunity! All the Best to Everyone, and Holiday Wishes to you all. Sharon Sandstrom (Affmarket)
Reply
lindasea Premium
I appreciate your heartfelt comments. Yes is is onward and upward now, no looking back, right?

Linda
Reply
Affmarket Premium
Thanks so much for commenting Linda! I was hesitant at first to post such a long comment, but I felt that I needed to say all that I did. I've been in this Industry for many years but never had any formal training as I went in "cold" with no one to guide me. It sure has been a wild ride, but the ride got me here. I don't believe in coincidences, so I'm here for a reason. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with? I'm still learning my way around WA, but I have had some success earning from home. I can offer ways to get traffic if anyone just wants to promote WA as an affiliate to start off. It's a great way, as Kyle said to begin to monetize and start earning an income.Holiday Wishes to You and Yours.
Reply
lindasea Premium
Looking forward to following your progress. I may one day drop a PM your direction and ask a question or two. There is so much information in the lessons, for now I am trying to keep my nose to the grind stone and learn and grow with the remarkable coaching Kyle has created.d

Your kindness is most appreciated.

Linda
Reply
katkatskitchen Premium
Lucky you I am on senior decades occasionally
Reply
lindasea Premium
This is PRECISELY why, even in my doldrums working around and through family health issues, I have and continue to be a part of this remarkable learning experience.

Many, many kudos for ALL that you do and for bringing your hearts into what you are doing in your business here as co-founders.

;-) Linda
Reply
JohnCrosby Premium
I am truly glad to be part of this project and I will strive to contribute content and help others along the way. I hope people realize what a wonderful resource WA is. To me it is like a wormhole to success and a personal set of advisors to bounce ideas off and answer questions. Forge on!
Reply
dj-drea Premium
awesome news! So glad to be a part of it :)
Reply
zedo Premium
thank you Kyle and Carson for paying it forward, Cheers to WA for all the success it has provided for so so many
Reply
jojoleong Premium
congratulations to WA! This projects really help a lot of people achieve their dreams through your training program! Thanks to Kyle and Carson! And also all community leaders and members who make this happen! Cheers!
Reply
MayuriW Premium
Are there any one from Australia here. (Melbourne)?
Reply
LondonLeigh Premium
Hi Mayuri,
Not certain, but I think Jeremy West is from Australia, see link: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/jeremywest
All the best,
Brandon
Reply
LondonLeigh Premium
By shear chance I discovered that Marion comes from Australia too. The link is here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marionblack
Brandon
Reply
MayuriW Premium
Thanks Brandon. Good to know that.
Reply
selfrescue Premium
I am Australian... but living in Canada atm :) I miss Melbourne, but Vancouver if very similar so I dont get too homesick :)
Reply
MayuriW Premium
Hi ,

I recentley joined ACN business opportunity. Would this program be any help to me to build my business in Australia? I realy can't understand what all this is about. Will you be able to help me? Thanks
Reply
HoJo007 Premium
I'm not sure what the ACN business opportunity is exactly? Is it something that would require or benefit from you building your own website? Is it something you are confident you can write content about or at least conduct research in order to do content about?
Reply
MayuriW Premium
Hi HoJo007,
Thanks for your reply. 1. ACN is a business opportunity to earn an extra income via residual income by offering people services that they use everyday like phone services and gas and electricity. 2. They provide a generic website but would like to create another one to get traffic. 3. I do not think that I will be able to write content about them but definetly I will be able to do research. Thank you very much for your help.
Reply
leluka Premium
Thanks for sharing your story.I'm inspired and as well glad that I'm a member of WA under your(you and Carson) great support and help.Thanks for teaching us best skills of online marketing.God bless you!...
Reply
TyCriss2013 Premium
Well said. All the best to WA and this great community platform and training support.
Reply
You are talented and creative minds. WA has a positive effect on a life(it's not just about money,you feel some changes insides you) this helped community means a lot.
Reply
PIXIUS Premium
I am so excited to have found Wealthy Affiliate. I can honestly say that you guys are way ahead of the competition! There are other good trainers and coaches out there but as a total package (content,quality,leadership,community,price) tey cannot compete. Looking forward to cashing that first of many checks.
Reply
MagicMargie Premium
I am very happy for the two of you! Your success is truly to be admired. Working for ones self usually always means more work, longer hours, more ups and downs than punching the time clock. I think you do it all very well, and I am happy to be here.
Reply
MarineMom Premium
I look forward to coming to WA every single day. Thank you for everything!
Reply
HoJo007 Premium
I officially joined as a premium member in early July and I can confidently say it has already changed my life for the better. Simple as that and I am forever grateful. Success story to follow :)
Reply
catladymori Premium
Interesting to get an inside look at WA. Your continued enthusiasm is inspiring too.
Reply
Juvasta Premium
Congratulations, Kyle and Carson! You created an awesome community with lots of opportunities for everyone! Keep it up and let's all raise our glasses to the next 9 years! :)
Reply
JMayhead Premium
Wealthy Affiliate is so different to so many hypey programs out there! Here you definitely give more than I have ever seen elsewhere and you just keep adding more and more - fantastic!
Reply
rolland Premium
Life is learned , What we achieve is through knowledge, Thanks you Kyle and Carson for pulling Wa together for all of us looking for ways out of the (9_5 ) JOB .
Reply
AllynBeekman Premium
Very inspiring, Kyle. What the two of you have produced over the past 9 years is amazing. I can't wait to see what comes this next year. Thanks very much.
Reply
freedomforus Premium
You are loved! You are appreciated! You are successful!

Never forget what made you so successful! Never forget us and our needs! Never sell or even think about selling WAU! OK? Promise???
Thanks so much! Larry freedomforus
Reply
Pauric Premium
Hi Larry

I agree with what you say here. And I don't think we have anything to worry about re selling WA. Even though this has been a great journey so far not just for Kyle and Carson but for thousands of others too, I believe the best is yet to come.
Reply
freedomforus Premium
Thanks Pauric. How can we best help one another in this quest? Larry freedomforus
Reply
cotati4 Premium
What a story. This is the best program ever. You always over deliver. I am in the process of developing a membership site for seniors and their issues. I use WA as an inspiration and when I have a problem I come back to see what you have done. Even though my site is not about business I am following the same basic rules. Having been in internet marketing for many years I really appreciate the work that has gone into WA. Intend to be a member for a long time. Looking forward to whatever updates are coming.
Reply
HarmanG Premium
This is inspiring,as a new member I am standing exactly where you were 9 years ago, no cross that, I am in a far much better position in that I have you and WA community as mentor ! Great
Reply
edgie Premium
Up an onwards Kyle, You guys have done very well, here's to 9 years of victory! Do you know what it is I love about WA aside from the training?
Reply
Scorpio15 Premium
Hello Kyle thank you for your inspiring success story....what it says to me is that you both persevered and believed in the success of WA and look how it is just growing by leaps and bounds!Well done! well done!
Reply
drsusie Premium
I can't agree more. Well Done!!!!
Reply
Bethamy Premium
Hi Kyle, Big Thank you to yourself and Carson for all our hard work in creating and evolving WA! I truly believe that what you've both created is unique to anything else. Have you thought of some sort of certification process, I know of colleges and who are offering web related courses, but WA leaves them far behind in the dust. I know of two people who were so impressed by what WA had on offer, but because they didn't get that little it of paper called a Testamor or Transcript of Recognition settled for the inferior option. I'm sure I'm not mentioning anything you and Carson haven't already considered. I know that Course Recognition and Registration process varies from state-to-state and nation-to-nation, but you guys have already proved you are trail-blazing leaders setting the bar, not followers. Amore power to you both! Blessings Bethamy.
Reply
Luther Premium
I jumped into WA train 6years ago, I remember things like article writing, beating adwords squidoo, bum marketing etc, etc. Good memories Kyle, CHEERS
Reply
drsusie Premium
I have been around this IM market for about 8 years, I only wish I could have "grown up with it" with WA. I do also believe in karma so to speak, maybe this year was the time for me to find the right place. You guys have done an awesome job with this membership site.
Reply
maryhollis Premium
so how are you doing now
Reply
katkatskitchen Premium
That's a trip down memory lane for me too
Reply
IveTriedThat Premium
Nine years. Wow. In a business where programs pop up and close every month, nine years is an incredible feat and speaks volumes about the legitimacy of WA. Here's to another nine and many, many more!
Reply
NWTDennis Premium
Congratulations, Kyle ... and THANK YOU. You and Carson's commitment to continuous improvement is ambitious for you and exciting for the community. Your sincerity in planning to make WA the best it can be generates an overwhelming feeling of trust. That's what makes WA what it is.
Reply
KevinCR Premium
Congratulations you two! It's great to be part of the learning community you've created. Thank you!
Reply
BervinJ Premium
I'm impress with the history of WA. There's so much nose on the internet an it's so so easy to get caught up I was surfing through the nose when I surfed into your harbor an I must say what a landing.Keep it up Kyle an Carson
Reply
Bill67 Premium
I am glad your struggle will lead to my success. THANK YOU KYLE And CARSON FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE.
Reply
DennisM Premium
I was about ready to call it quits on the internet when I came across Wealthy Affiliate. I like the humility that you and Carson have and the respect you show towards your members. My website is not active yet due to time constraints but I am encouraged every minute I am checked in and training. Truly an amazing journey you guys are on and happy to have joine in.
Reply
atlanticus Premium
The seeds that you planted were certainly well nurtured, and you have grown a very special forest. Well done Kyle and Carson.
Reply
1David Premium
I didn't know the WA history; thanks for sharing it.
Reply
aa63604 Premium
Yall have done such a great job with this program. Keep up the good work. So many have and so many more will learn a great deal from this program.
Reply
VickiG Premium
Thank you Kyle and Carson for letting us learn and grow from your experience, for caring about people in general and for always trying to improve this wonderful platform Vicki
Reply
Shawn Martin Premium
Always interesting, that is for sure. thanks for keeping it real guys. :)
Reply
JanineKruger Premium
Awesome! I am so, so glad I found WA! Thank you & Happy Birthday!
Reply
Doninger Premium
Thanks Kyle It is so empowering to hear these words form both of you. I have never met anyone "online" who is more inspiring,& that is
what gives me the "juju" to keep going. Back to my basics. Thanks sooo much! Don Heninger
Reply
wendyk Premium
Happy Birthday WA!
Reply
wi11 Premium
Appreciate all the efforts put into WA, it's made the world of difference for me. Thank you.
Reply
zora2 Premium
Love it and Still Learning. Thanks for the Launch. Blessings
Reply
LondonLeigh Premium
It is a great place. I actually feel as though I know people here, which is not something I had anticipated when joining. People are so friendly. I had only considered WA as a training course when I joined.
Congratulations Kyle.
All the best,
Brandon.
Reply
DordPete Premium
Happy birthday and thanks for sharing this great story. Wealthy Affiliate is a wonderful place to be. Keep up the awesome work you and Carson are doing and good luck for the next 9 years,
Reply
lindasea Premium
So WONDERFUL to see your committment. I love what I am learning and thirst for more time to engage and be engaged in the WA community.

Keep up the good work you are doing as it is true indeed that there isn't anything that compares to what you and Carson have created. I for one, am humbly grateful that I found you.

Thank you to N. for his great site and introducing Wealthy Affiliate in such a remarkably clear and unassuming manner. It drew me in and has kept me here, even when life has thrown its curve balls and kept me out of the loop.

Gotta' love the loop of learning in the WA community!!!

Linda
Reply
Indi-Em Premium
Congratulations Kyle. Very inspiring.
Reply
BenORourke Premium
It really is the best learning platform on so many fronts. You have really set the bar high, and your respect for members is admirable.
Reply
boucherda Premium
Wow!!
Kyle - well done. This gives us much encouragement.
Reply
BERNARIUX Premium
Congrats¡
Reply
wa2583 Premium
Very inspiring and hoping the next 9 years are even better! Thank you both for helping me on this journey.
Ask-Believe-Receive
Reply
Traveller75 Premium
Congrats, All this is nice to know and reinforces my will to succeed. Again Thanks.
Reply
fairo Premium
Amazing - thanks for sharing Kyle - it puts things into perspective
Reply
iceskater20 Premium
Thank you for having the vision to create this site. I know that with persistence anyone can learn and be successful thanks to the training here!
Reply
Pio Premium
Congratulations on your achievements, Kyle and Carson! You both give all of us hope that earning online is possible, and you are giving us everything to make it happen in an easier simple way! Thank you guys. With best wishes....! Pio
Reply
Ingvild Premium
Happy Birthday!
Reply
Misspressy Premium
Congratulations Kyle and Carson on your success building up Wealthy Affiliate and sharing it with others including me. Happy anniversary and God bless both of you.
Reply
Harrysastar2 Premium
Happy birthday, and who needs mentors when we have Kyle and Carson at WA? You may get one-to-one personal training from a mentor, but at a price!
Here at WA we have a family of mentors helping solve any problems you may have, and a lot cheaper! Looking forward to the future.
Reply
ckepley Premium
Congrats on your successes, both of you. Very inspiring and it's stories like these that keep me in the game and not giving up!
Reply
Rochelle1 Premium
Happy Birthday both of you at WA! Thank you for doing all the hard work. I am excited awaiting the novelties you plan to unveil. For me, I am moving forward learning the basis!
Reply
Colorado1964 Premium
Yes, I didn't realized it's 9 year old business and am glad it's still running.
Reply
WebMaestros Premium
I'm curious if somebody hangs around for 6 years why would they ever want to leave wealthy affiliate when there is new advancements always coming out on a regular basis.
you would think they would want to stay for the length of their whole internet career
Reply
DomW Premium
they earned so much they now live on the moon. No wifi up there.
Reply
Rochelle1 Premium
Maybe he or she started their own company, or went in a different direction altogether. In life one thing is for sure, nothing stays the same, and that includes business relationships or otherwise.
Reply
WebMaestros Premium
You're probably right.But still if you learn how to make serious money in internet marketing you would think you would want to stay current with wealthy affiliate to keep abreast of all of the changes that is going on around you.
Unless there comes a time where you don't need their instruction or coaching anymore.
Reply
ELeslie Premium
Thank you Kyle and Carson for your vision, (the ability to SEE what was not physically present), and the motivation, determination and focus to make your vision a reality - now our OWN reality.
May your inspiration inspire each of us to reach for more and to give more. Happy 9th birthday to you both for Wealthy Affiliate!
Thanks to all those who have worked to make WA what it is today.

EJ
Reply
Ken-Pringle Premium
Kyle, I look forward to the upcoming years here with WA.
My only regret is that I did not find WA 9 years ago.
You have and are doing a fantastic job here and we thank you.
Be Blessed,
Ken Pringle
Reply
yourbrother Premium
Thanks Kyle and Carson, You are doing a fantastic job - the best online business community in the world!
Reply
SharonAllen1 Premium
Thank you for your hard work, I have had a lot of problems, I'm sure at some point, you wished I'd never signed up. But I did and though I am slow, I do completely understand the incredible amount work this has taken. Thank you.
Reply
azgorilla Premium
Kyle and Carson,
I personally have to thank you for putting together such a wonderful program like WA. I can only imagine how challenging it must have been in the beginning.
I am sure that the many here in WA are very thankful that the 2 of you did not quit along the way.
Well, with your kind and very candid words above, you both are a real "shot in the arm" for all of us.
Each of us are just as determined to succeed as you have done.

Again, words can not convey how thankful all of us here in WA truly are because of your hard work that we can benefit from.

:) Tom
Reply
Heroba Premium
thanks for sharing your story! as always, highly motivational.
Reply
modonnell Premium
It seems as though it was a very involved process, Thankyou, Michael
Reply
rob3 Premium
Well done to both of you - and to all those enthusiastic members who continue to make WA the go-to place for online learning.

Your enthusiasm feeds through to all of us, and thank you for that! Good luck for the next 9 years... and beyond!
Reply
Davidjardine Premium
Congratulations and hoping for many more years to look forward too
Reply
maryhollis Premium
i am still a newbie i hope i will have success and hope you have many years to come
Reply
emerald860 Premium
Congratulations, Kyle and Carson! You guys have created a wonderful training site! Thank you for your vision!
Reply
PhyllisE1 Premium
I thank God and both of you for giving me the opportunity to enrich my life through the world of internet marketing. God bless you both!!!
Reply
Loes Premium
You did a terrific job together, Kyle and Carson, for the first time in my life I love to go to school:) Tumb - up! Loes
Reply
tomtitty006 Premium
Your message is so encouraging Kyle and well done to you and Carson in producing such a wonderful company.We are all truly blessed being here and I hope everyone knows that,I like the analogy of the seed and then the tree and then the forest.It really is the same process with everything - "Out of small acorns big oaks grow" and boy have they grown for you guys and so well deserving.
It just goes to show you what can be achieved by putting your head down and getting on with it.
One down fall of mine is I have realised that I have been neglecting my site and blogging here more than I need to be so I am stopping answering so many emails and going work at my site and the training.

Finally the penny has dropped with me because one can get so bogged down keeping up contacts here that you forget what you came here for.I don,t mean to say I am going to ignore everybody but I am going to remain a big more low key and really only blog If I have decent content or something really constructive to say.

So it,s onwards and upwards from now and see what I can actually achieve by a bit more grafting and more time dedicated to my site.

Love WA - Its great.................Mark
Reply
drsusie Premium
I really needed to read this. Thank you for posting. I realized that I have gotten sidetracked the past couple of days with what you are talking about here. My commitment is to focus on promoting WA and not getting caught up in the blogging and/or chat here at WA. These things do not make me money. I will continue to be available to help anyone anytime via PM. I have technical experiences, I am learning marketing experience. PM me if you have any questions.
Reply
Marcus WFHW Premium
What a fantastic recap on what has grown to become one of, if not THE best online communities of its type during the last 9 years.

Having been here for a long time myself I have witnessed so many changes within the WA community and one thing I have learned to do is put my total trust in you and Carson and the decisions you make for the whole community.

Yes, there have been both highs and lows over the years, but you guys always use those experiences and build on them as you continue to evolve WA.

I am of course one of many, but I take great pleasure in being able to tell people that joining WA back in 2006 was the biggest turning point in my life. I was able to quit my job. Work from home. Never look back.

I know you guys are humble and will say it couldn't happen without my input, but without you guys and what YOU have provided, I would still be working the factory and burning my cash online. FACT.

So THANK YOU for having the vision...the dedication...the intelligence and ability to provide something that genuinely gives people the opportunity to change their lives.

Thank you for WA...thank you for EVERYTHING!

:-)
Reply
Kyle Premium
Has been wonderful working with you Marcus since 2006. It honestly feels like yesterday that we connected for the first time...appreciate you bud!
Reply
scottyb2good Premium
The comment is THANK YOU ! From all of us ! Scotty B ♪ ♫
Reply
kevinmj Premium
Thank you Kyle and Carson for creating WA. Feels like you are only getting started and there is so much more to come. Here's to more outstanding success over the next 9 years and beyond! :)
Reply
emmae Premium
Thank YOU!
Reply
darrellw Premium
Thank you for sharing this Kyle
Reply
Nick Bourg Premium
Thanks guys. I have been absolutely rubbish about getting things done, but this gives me yet another push in the right direction.
Immediate objective:finish course 3 and 4-off to work (and thanks again)

Nick
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
Thank you, Kyle and Carson, for creating Wealthy Affiliate and all the training and improvements you have made over the last nine years. Thank you in advance for all your continuing efforts to make WA even more awesome. Happy anniversary. ~Marion
Reply
KeithM2576 Premium
Happy Birthday WA and thank you Kyle and Carson.
Reply
nickohls Premium
Thanks for the creating the platform from which we can learn & get immersed in the internet marketing community.
Reply
tradercalif Premium
All of us here at WA appreciate of all the hard work you have put up with Carson. HAPPY Anniversary!
Reply
BarryW Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for the Blog. I have been with WA for less than 1 month and have yet to begin "Building my Website." SO, what can I say? Not too much, but I can say that I am excited to be part of this AMAZING community and THANKFULLY will be with you all when you celebrate your TENTH YEAR. Congratulations and Well Done to you both Kyle and Carson!!!
Reply
ores Premium
I am very happy for you and wish and pray that the next 9 will be double successful which of course will means good for us as well ...congratulations!
Reply
KatieMac Premium
I am sure I am one of many members who are grateful you and Carson created WA and I look forward to the future development here at WA you have both done a wonderful job and provided an opportunity for many people, here's to the next 9 years
Reply
rufat Premium
I am very happy to be a part of WA community. I am building my business day by day and believe success will come sooner or later. Thank you all.
Reply
scottdogg187 Premium
I feel honored to have been part of this in the last 2 years that I have been here at Wealthy Affiliate. Congrats on you guys 9th anniversary and I am looking forward to everything you guys have in store for us in the next year.

Keep up the awesome job that you and Carson have been doing here. If more people would TAKE ACTION on the training here they could live a much healthier and more productive lifestyle.
You Guys Rock!
Reply
Kyle Premium
Thanks Scott, it has been so wonderful to see your progress in the last couple of years here at WA. I only expect that the next few years are going to be some very exciting ones for you and I can only hope that we are sharing some amazing stories 9 years from now!
Reply
AliceC Premium
Congratulations Kyle and Carson. I just read a lot of the posts and I don't know if I can add anything, or just repeat what has been said. I feel good every time I sit down at my computer to connect with WA. I know the lessons will teach me in a way I can learn, and that I can act on. I know the community is incredibly positive. I am full of hope. And I am full of gratitude. Thank you for changing my life. Wow. That is what we are really saying here. The words seem inadequate to the task of expressing the impact WA has. Thank you.
Alice
Reply
Eagleone1 Premium
Maybe you haven't realised what you have achieved all these 9 years. You have given the chance to many people to change their lives for the better. We thank you, Kyle and Carson, and wish you Healthy and Wealthy Affiliate...
Reply
Jim-WMP Premium
Congrats to you both!
Time flies when you are having fun.
In my 4 months here I have learned so much, looking foreword to the 10th year anniversary.
Cheers,
Reply
skc Premium
It's your "human connection" that has made it for you and WA. (Unfortunately this is sorely lacking in today's virtual world) Thanks for the fascinating and encouraging history.
Reply
rasia1960 Premium
Thank you guys for having the vision and courage to build this awesome program for all of us Thanks allot
Reply
mrpeter Premium
Congratulations and thank you for this fantastic, inspiring post. Your achievement, with Carson, is immense and yes, you should write a book about it one day Kyle, if you ever find the time! All the very best.
Reply
Alan Hocking Premium
I've seen some amazing changes already in the almost 2 years that I've been here, I can't imagine what this place will be like next week let alone in another 9 years!

Kudos! :)
Reply
SLGEORGEDO Premium
Happy anniversary, Kyle and Carson!
Reply
nalin2511 Premium
Congrats on your achievement Kyle and Carson and helping others achieve their dreams! You've shown what hard work and self belief can help achieve in the Internet Marketing world.
Reply
benzburg Premium
Awesome blog and journey!
Understanding the roots and beginning is important for us to appreciate more on almost anything. The continuing journey into learning what WE need and the learning curve continues to evolve as we go on the journey.
More power to WA community. . . .
Reply
MizLiz Premium
Being new here, when I got my welcome from you,
Kyle, I didn't respond because I didn't think it was personal. I had no expeience like that before. I learned that you actually spend so much time connecting with each of us that it is mind boggling! I was overwhelmed and didn't get it. Thank you both for your heartfelt work and dedicated work. Love to know the whole story !

Happy Anniversary!
Reply
SLGEORGEDO Premium
Yes, Liz; it was personal! I could tell by reading everyone's responses and looking at their posts! There was Kyle, right in the middle of it all! Amazing.
Reply
MizLiz Premium
That was how I figured it out! I still had "cognitive dissonance" because it was not in my belief system that this was possible. How could they be everywhere? Working directly with so many people? Not possible. But somehow they ARE! How, I do not know! Yes, it is amazing. Thanks for your response!
Reply
RobertBurch Premium
Kyle great post - my journey so far has been challenging and rewarding in just this little time of what I have gain through WA I did not have before. I have only been a part of the community 15 days and have establish connection/communication with some remarkable folks here in WA.

I look at the creativity of these folks I am following and at what they have created and the intelligent post they provide each day and feel inspired by the connection!

I feel blessed to have found a community of intelligent folks with diverse passions that inspire me in their business pursuits.

Thanks to Nathaniell, You and Carson, I feel I have finally found a place where I can grow my business and be successful in that pursuit.

Sincerely,

~Robert
Reply
Kyle Premium
You are absolutely right Robert, there are some AMAZING folks here within WA. That is what makes the community, all of the wonderful people you are surrounded with here at WA and we are fortunate to have you as part of the community. :)
Reply
RobertBurch Premium
I am slowly learning that key words are my friend along with Google Webmaster Fetch. I thought I knew a lot about instansiating websites, but my research last night in Google webmaster tools proved otherwise.

I am fortunate I found WA as it has opened up a new world that I will be suceessful in with building my internet business.

I echo the sentiments here, thank you for such a positive place to be apart of in building my eCommerce!

Robert
Reply
jbwesele Premium
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary...Many, many, more returns of this day...and many more thousands of people to be added to WA to guided to success by you and this wonderful community.
Reply
MarcieM Premium
Wow, amazing. And just earlier today, i wanted to know of your story came about on building WA. This is so inspiring! I tell you, ever since i've WA, i have been waking up with a feeling of purpose, like my life is meaningful. I feel happy when i wake up and happy when i go to sleep. I am in love:) Thanks so much. You are an anchor to all of us!
Reply
tommydillard Premium
You guys are awesome thank you for all this fantastic training I love it.
Tommy
Reply
DomW Premium
Awesome stuff. I remember seeing the 7 year anniversary back in 2012 and thinking "wow". Just seeing the changes you've made between then and now...you guys don't sit still
Reply
hdyer Premium
Congrats! I am excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. I am a complete beginner to all of this. I am an extremely fast learner.....so if I can just find the time to sit and dedicate some hours to this I'm sure I'll get the hang of the basics to start a foundation to build on. I've done some research and I am confident I've made a wise choice with WA.
Reply
You have done a great job. Super fine job.
Reply
clyncar Premium
I am so thrilled to have been introduced to WA. I tried for years to figure out "internet" marketing, "affiliate" marketing, but could only get the bits and pieces. Here it's all in one place and I must take total responsibility because everything is here, I just have to do it. Thank you Kyle and Carson. I have total belief that the next years will bring only the best for you, for us, for WA!
Reply
weprofithere Premium
Thank you kyle for your honesty, I'm sure that many of us, I know myself included have seen a rough rd on this internet journey. You have given me a ray of hope that I can do this my vision is huge but unfortunately those around me including my wife have not shared my vision and seen only the 1000s of dollars I've spent with little to show for it but a lot of expensive knowledge that I know will pay off someday in the right invironment. I already feel that I have found a group individuals who still have dreams and vision and are willing to support each other, in the face of all the neh sayers. All I can say is I can't wait to say I told you so and teach them to never give up.

Oh kyle did I mention I may need your guidance??!!! Lol.

Thanks again
Wes
Reply
isoop Premium
Thank you! I feel very fortunate to have found WA.
Reply
KenA8308 Premium
There is no success without trial and error WA is totally prof of that. what if they gave up when things got hard. Congratulations on 9 years of striving for perfection guys, I hope to be with you for many years to come.

Cheers Ken
Reply
9 is a great number.
Reply
nathaniell Premium
Congrats on 9 years guys! Looking forward to the year ahead. You two are always ahead of the game and I enjoy seeing what you come up with to help everyone become a little more successful.
Reply
TexAl Premium
Very happy to have met you both here at WA. Thanks for helping us understand more about internet marketing and blogging.
Reply
Fortius54 Premium
It's great being a part of a community that is accessible on all levels. Thanks for getting this started.
Reply
joeg007 Premium
happy anniversary and thanks for accepting me into your community.Look forwaed to growing with you.
Reply
Colorado1964 Premium
Happy Anniversary 10 years of hard work!
Reply
ladyj4180 Premium
Thank you for providing all of this. Kyle and Carson you guys are great!
Reply
kleblanc13 Premium
Happy Anniversary and thank you for all that you do. I've only been here a month and I've learned a ton.
Reply
divadebbie Premium
Congrats on a very successful project! It was with dedication, persistence, inspiration and I am sure much frustration to get to this Anniversary. Thank you both for this valuable joint venture so we can all share in our success with like minded members!
Reply
JustBob Premium
Wow! Happy Anniversary!
Thanks for WA and thanks for your story.
Best
Reply
ECorey Premium
Excellent post! I am new here at wealthy affiliate but I can tell that this is a real opportunity to learn. I have been trying for a few years to make money online but I have been unable to find a real place to learn the skills that I know I need to learn. Until now! I am making progress and look forward to learning and growing.
Thanks Kyle & Carson. I appreciate everything you guys do.
Reply
SheilaL1 Premium
I am so glad to be a part of this I am a beginner I am ready to learn everything I need to know I agree communication is the way and one day may I have success like you
Reply
cookma54 Premium
Happy anniversary! It was a happy day when I landed here at WA. I had just spent 1.5 years and countless dollars trying to build a website for my business ... and I had just decided to get a JOB and pay someone to build it ... when I landed here.

Thanks to you and Carson ... and training that even I was able to "get" eventually ... with the help of all my community family members ... I actually have a website that I am proud of ... and I was so happy about that ... and I started boot camp and now am building my second site! Who would have dreamed that I could come so far in three months time!

Your vision is an absolute blessing for your members ... especially me ... and I am proud to say that I am a member of WA! Melody
Reply
whitsunday Premium
Happy Birthday WA.
Be proud of your achievements, they are awesome.
Reply
jazminf Premium
Congratulations on your 9 year anniversary Carson and Kyle. You've built a wonderful business, not only a business but a community that we call home. Cant wait to see whats next. You guys are awesome:)
Reply
Nice post man!

So excited to get stuck into all of this again. My traveling adventure has come to an end, we this part has anyway. Just down the road from you in Vancouver airport waiting for my flight back to London

It's been 16 months since I've done any hard work and I know I am in the right place to catch back up with everything that has changed in that time.

Great job, but you and Carson!
Reply
DomW Premium
Did you get that WA tattoo?
Reply
Kyle Premium
Thanks Luke and like Dom, I am wondering if you have gotten your WA tattoo yet? Wasn't this part of the deal?
Reply
Sui_generis Premium
Kyle and Carson, you guys are both the greatest. I have learned SO much and I have so much more to learn. I'm afraid my brain might explode though. :-) Aside from your training being the BEST, I like the way you both stay engaged with all of us. Keep up the GREAT work. Thank You for all you do.
Reply
wildcatblue2 Premium
Thank you, Kyle and Carson, once again, for what you are providing here for us all. While the peaks and valleys of our education flow in waves like the roiling oceans of this planet, you guy's provide the steadfast landmass that we cling to as we seek to survive, and even thrive, in this ever changing life we have chosen to pursue with you!

Jack :)
Reply
nina7131 Premium
Kyle, I say thank you, back to you and Carson. Excellent summary of what WA has been since 2005. I have mentioned in other postings that I have been member of several other IM groups. All promised a lot of training and "hold-your-hand" help with websites, videos, blogs, etc. Most were way more expensive than WA. Sadly, in each one of them I was left behind, lost in the jargon and processes that I wasn't familiar with and therefore never couldn't finish what I wanted to do. Here, so far, everything is step by step, simple words, sharing of great info among members, have made WA what is finally making my goal and dream of creating my online biz a true reality. I am very thankful and blessed for the moment I came across with WA.
Reply
CathyS Premium
You know what, Kyle? Sometimes there's nothing better that can sincerely be said other than a genuine "thank you". You are Carson have done what few people are able to achieve in a lifetime and that is a huge accomplishment. I appreciate how you are both focused on your customers and their success and am proud to be a new member of the WA team. Thank you for all you've done and all you continue to do. God Bless! ~Cathy
Reply
kholmes Premium
Thank you Kyle and Carson for your wonderful efforts and your own achievements. I am enjoying myself and having a great time creating my site, having discussions with members, and helping others with what I have learned so far. This was a dream come true for me and I appreciate all the blood and sweat you two have put into an amazing amount of training and useful information!
My number of visits and page views is moving up quite fast on Google and I am really excited about that as well as confident in future results!

Thank you again and have a wonderful evening and upcoming weekend!

Your extremely satisfied member,
Kim Holmes
Reply
Chris2005 Premium
Great big Thank You for your first 9 years. Very much appreciate the training program that you two have put together.
Reply
philsmkt62 Premium
Congrats for making it 9 years and I'm looking forward to many more with you all. Thanks for all the hard work you have put into giving us this great platform to learn and work with. You inspire us all. Again a big THANK YOU!!!
Reply
mama2karsten Premium
It's been a great journey for me… Have now enjoyed 2.9 years here and look forward to the next 2.9 years. :) Like technology, WA has continued to evolve and stay on top of critical changes and helped keep us in front of the ball instead of getting run over by it. It has been a pleasure getting to know so many here. You have everything in the world to be proud of… a great business built by 2 great friends that now have wonderful families. Doesn't get better than that. :)
Reply
VanessaN Premium
Happy Birthday to WA and Happy Anniversary Kyle and Carson! Looking forward to many, many more I'm sure. Thank you so much for sharing this and providing such a fantastic opportunity.
Reply
kevgeick57 Premium
No, THANK-YOU! You have given me a wonderful platform to learn from and grow in knowledge any business I choose. A great gift I`ll be forever grateful where I`m standing.
Reply
ASTPYMES Premium
Happy anniversary!
Reply
felgue549 Premium
Kyle, what an inspiring Post. Congratulations to both you and Carson for a great job well done, but primarily for developing the WA Platform all of us enjoy now.
Reply
Congrats on your success! You have NO idea how greatful we are for you two. You have made a website that is so helpful to people from all walks of life! I cant wait to become a premium member and see all the other wonderful help you've provided for us. You make the lessons so simple and easy to understand and accomplish! Thank you so much! I became a mom at a young age and I've been so upset that all I have is a high school diploma. With the economy there's no way to make it with just a high school diploma. Nothing more than minimum wage. My family is on every kind of government assistance you can think of and I HATE it! I dont want to rely on someone else so I can feed my daughter and buy her what she needs. I want do itbon my own! And you gave me a way! Thank you so so so much! I'm so excited for this opportunity! :D I can give my daughter the life she deserves!
Reply
AliceC Premium
I am a single Mom too, though older than you. Trying to earn a living and give our kids the attention they need/deserve is a juggling act; i think WA provides great solutions! I am following you now.
Alice
Reply
thenickyj Premium
Congrats and happy anniversary! You have accomplished what myself and probably millions of people are currently trying to achieve... creating and sustaining a reputable business that offers value to its customers and is also profitable. I'm very proud of you both!
Reply
EddySalomon Premium
You guys have come a long way and I feel blessed to see the evolution over the years. Here's to many more years!
Reply
mobile16 Premium
Sounds like you have a strategic plan, tactical plan and of course an operational plan. Military people are trained in that fashion, as a veteran I know it's a plan to achieve your goals. I'll be looking forward to November update launch ! Happy Anniversary !
Reply
JimintheWeb Premium
Hey Kyle & Carson et.al.:

Congratulations!

I'll be back with my "happy anniversary" card shortly.

Couldn't be more pertinent than here -Rock On!
Reply
eeohome Premium
Happy Anniversary!! Best wishes for many m