Changes to WA Hosting. Can it Really be a $15k Month Difference?

Last Update: March 12, 2020

So you've probably seen some of the changes going on at WA with their hosting. Here's some of my thoughts on what this really means.

First of all what is the change?...

Wealthy Affiliate is reducing the number of hosting websites you can access per account from 50 websites (25 own domains/ 25 free domains) to 10 websites (any type).


When will this happen?

This change is going to happen on Monday 16th March 2020.

If you are a premium member before 16th March then you will be "grandfathered" into the 50 websites instead of 10. So this doesn't affect you at all.

You can read Kyle's (the co-founder of WA) full explanation of this change here.

What is website hosting?

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows you to make your website accessible via the World Wide Web.​

It's basically like storing the "files" of your website for everyone else to see them.

You can get "free hosting" but this is super limited to space and speed and what you control... the bottom line is that you will find it almost impossible to get this website "found on Google". Anyone with a website like this....

website. com

has a "paid host" and anyone with a website like this...

website.siterubrix. com or website.wordpress. com

has a "free host".

Why the change?

Because WA have made their hosting servers far quicker and superior and to keep these changes up, they cannot manage this many hosted websites per user.

Here's what happened to the speed of my website when they made these changes to their hosting last week...

I literally have done nothing to my website in regards to plugins or speed recently, but you can see that whatever it was they did to the hosting has massively improved my website speed!

I thought I'd even check it out on webpagetest.org​...

My website is now loading at 1.083 seconds! I've done this before and it's been around 8 seconds or worse!

I've even spoken to an SEO expert on my podcast before who said to aim for website speeds of 2 seconds or better... and your hosting is by far the best way to improve your speed (I seriously looked into changing my hosting provider after this chat).

Basically, 1 second loading time is super fast!

And WA has invested millions of dollars into making this change possible.


Why is hosting so important?

The faster your website, the more people will stay on your website and the more chance you have of "solving their problems" aka making money (just think about it... when a website takes a few seconds to load what do you do? Yeah bounce and go look somewhere else!)​

Wealthy Affiliate's hosting mission is four-fold: Security. Speed. Reliability. Support.

To be totally honest the one thing that I wasn't entirely sold on before this update was their speed. But now look at it!

It's been super secure, reliable and the support is amazing with dozens of full time staff that handle any issues super quick through their support tickets...

What's the point in having more websites?

You don't NEED multiple websites at all.

Many people I know make a full time income from one.

However, when you are learning, chances are you will make some mistakes. It is 1,000 times easier to create a website on your second go and it only gets easier the more you do.

Most people that I have spoken to that have an online business either have failed with a few websites, sold websites or manage multiple websites in different niches.

Basically, the chances of you making ONE amazing website on your first attempt is not high!

Small businesses will pay you for a website

Once you learn these skills you can actually offer your services to other people who need a website for their business but have no desire to learn this.

Just to give you an example...

Imagine a friend has a paving company in Austin Texas. They have the team, the equipment and skills to make people's driveways amazing for an affordable price. But they find it hard to get jobs other than through word of mouth.

Now imagine you live in Austin and you need a new driveway.

What would you do?

Yeah Google it!

There are thousands of businesses just like this that will pay $1,000+ for a website that can rank on page one!

I know some people that even offer "SEO services" for $400-$1,500 PER month!

They pretty much get paid that amount of money every month to do nothing once it's set up. Every now and then they just make sure it's still on Google's first page e.g. keep their website on page one of Google for the keyword "Austin Paving"

You may have no interest in doing this from the start. But once you learn certain skills, more and more opportunities pop up!

There's even training inside WA on how to do this:

Building a local marketing business

Working with your first local marketing client

Ranking elements for Local SEO

Earning recurring revenue with local marketing

So having 25 websites instead of 10 can be the difference of making $10,000 a month to $25,000 every month!


Some comparisons

​You may be thinking... well surely I can just get this hosting elsewhere at another stage.

Of course you can, but here are some comparables with a "similar quality" of hosting and support...

Pagely (5 Websites) = $199 per month

WPEngine (10 Websites) = $115 per month

Kinsta (10 Websites) = $200 per month

Wealthy Affiliate (10 Websites if you join past 16th March) = $49 per month! Or $359 for a year aka less than $30 a month (included with Premium)

What to do then?

The choice is always yours but if you have been on the fence about giving Wealthy Affiliate a shot, starting before 16th March can be the difference of making an extra $15,000 a month in the future.

Will you do that instantly if you've never created a website before?

Absolutely not.

But Wealthy Affiliate holds your hand in getting a website set up and for you to create an online business to build life how you want it.

When I started, I just looked at it all like a game. Like I was trying to learn some skills.

It's crazy how much my brain knows now compared to 16 months ago and the opportunities are endless. But unless I took that first step I would never have even been aware of how much opportunity there is out there.

Keep changing for the better,

Mike

P.S. I still have NO IDEA how to code or do techie computer things. Building websites is so easy today with the right tools and training isn't it!

Is there anything else you would add to this about the changes? Or any other questions?

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JosonInc Premium
Higher speed will help keep people stay in our websites. BUT what is inside our websites definitely keeps them stay and keeps them coming back.

Now I keep thinking about the word viral... what makes sites go viral? What is it that make people keep coming back?

What makes people go back to certain youtube videos?

Is it content that are very entertaining, informative, new and unique and best of all stuff that people benefit from?

And it is easier said than done. Takes a lot of work, research, trial and error and some luck?

Great post Mike! Thanks for sharing!

Joe
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mikebeatty Premium
Too right Joe, content is always king! I would take consistent monthly traffic over viral spikes any day (aka getting ranked on Google for keywords)
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Babou3 Premium
Great post!
Thank you for this post which opened my eyes to certain information that I did not know.

Ingrid
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mikebeatty Premium
Glad it helped Ingrid!
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SAWalden Premium
What an outstanding post!

I'm especially glad you took the time to explain in more detail about hosting. This is an area where you definitely get what you pay for except here at WA...where you get way more than you pay for - even with only 10 websites!
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mikebeatty Premium
Thanks Susan, I'm glad it could help
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RozCohn1 Premium
Hi Mike, I'm getting overwhelmed with all of this. I want this as a very part time thing. I don't have the time for multiple websites but Kyle just suggested I may want to branch out from CoziestDogBeds to do so. I love dogs. I thought helping drive people to sites that have great dogs beds is all I need to do and now I'm confused. And I'm starting to feel discouraged in all honesty. Appreciate your take on it. Glad things are moving for you! Stay healthy w/this COVID-19 going around. Warm Regards, Roz
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mikebeatty Premium
Hey Roz, that's the beauty of WA. It can be anything you want it to be. It can certainly be a part-time thing related to your passion!

I've just answered your question about keywords and that will probably help.

Just always remember this Roz...
Keep it simple!

When in doubt, go back to the training and tick off the step by step tasks.

Stay safe too!
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RozCohn1 Premium
Thanks so much Mike! I will find your answer to the key word question. I may need to go back to the 1st chunk of training when Kyle lays out the initial aspect of key words. I really want to make this work:) Have a lovely weekend! Roz
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mikebeatty Premium
Thanks Roz have a great rest of the weekend
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JohaneG Premium
Excellent post.
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mikebeatty Premium
Thanks Johane
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