FREE Stuff At Wealthy Affiliate

Last Update: April 07, 2017

After Wealthy Affiliate added free SSL to the long list of things included with their membership, I removed all my domain names from Godaddy. I still have a few at Namecheap. They've been there a while and I did the whole SSL deal there so I'll just leave them for now.

But the process of moving domains and installing SSL on my websites made me realize how much WA offers for FREE, that you have to pay for in other places. If you've never hosted anywhere else or used another registrar, you might not realize that they are free in WA, but you have to pay for them with other services.

So I wanted to make a post outlining these freebies and how much they cost at other places.

Unlimited Email

You can create as many email addresses and forwards. You can check your email via the webmail app, or as, recommended, forward to a Gmail account and manage email from there.

Namecheap (Registrar)

  • 1 email address = $10 per year
  • 10 email addresses (1 inbox) $30 per year
  • 3-10 GB storage limit

Godaddy (Registrar)

  • unlimited email address = $5 per month ($60/year)
  • limited to 5GB Storage
  • 50GB Storage = $8 per month
  • Upsells for Encryption (+$5/mo), Archiving (+$5/mo)

Both of these services have a "forwarding" option if you don't want to pay for email. But that means you have to use their own DNS, meaning you have to host with them. You only get one forward per domain.

Wix (Host + Website Builder)

  • $5/month Hosting limited to 500MB Storage (insanely low) 1GB Bandwidth
  • "Recommended" plan = $14 per month
  • No Email Included!
  • 1 Email Address Through GSuite = $5-$10 per month

Note: Some other hosts do provide free email, but limit storage to a few gigabytes. If you're running 10 websites, it fills up quickly.

SSL Certificates


  • 1 domain = $9 - $60 per year
  • Must Install SSL By Yourself


  • 1 domain = $56 pear year
  • Must Install SSL By Yourself

I still think it's pretty crazy that WA offers free SSL certificates. I don't know of any other host that does that.

Multiple Hosting Package

Many hosts do offer "shared hosting" packages that are quite cheap, like $5-$10 per month. Keep in mind, those packages are often severely limited in bandwidth and storage space.

Sometimes, they may label them as "unlimited", but are often not truly unlimited. Though they may not limit the storage space, they will put other limitations on them. I ran into an "inode" limit, meaning the number of files I stored (not the size).

Back in 2010 I started paying Fatcow about $3 per month. Upon renewal, it was something like $15 per month. Out of frustration, I switched to Godaddy and was paying about $10 per month. When I hit the inode limit, I upgraded to about $20 per month. After 3 years of running into various issues with bandwidth and storage space, I was paying $60 per month!

Other, higher quality hosts cost way, way more, and you only get to host ONE website. Here are two examples.


  • 1 website: $47/month
  • 2-4 websites: $97/month
  • 5+ websites: $197/month


  • 1 website: $29/month
  • 10 websites: $99/month
  • 25 websites: $249/month

Note: The 10-website plan limits you do 100,000 visits per month, which is kind of crazy. Just 1000 visits per day is already 60k visits per month! If you have two websites that get 1k visits per month, you would automatically have to pay about $100 per month for hosting alone.

Note 2: These are very good hosts that specialize in WordPress hosting. They cost a lot of money, but are very good. However, Wealthy Affiliate also specializes in WordPress hosting and the hosting is completely free with your membership.

Spam Filter

There are many free spam filters out there. One of the most popular, Aksimet, recently stopped being free though. This is a risk for any spam filter that gets popular!


  • $5 per month, per website!!


Website security is included with any typical host, but WA goes above and beyond with their proprietary security features. The truth is, I don't really understand the inner workings of WA security. However, I do know that many people pay for added layers of security.

One such service is called Securi. I was hacked a few years ago while hosting on Hostgator, so I signed up for this service. It was great, but pricey.

  • Securi Basic: $200/year
  • Securit Pro: $300/year

Keyword Tool

You should be pretty familiar with the WA keyword tool! But many people have to pay for theirs!

  • Longtail Pro: $25/month
  • SEMRush: $99/month
  • Ahrefs: $99/month
  • Moz: $99/month

These tools all provide different data and perks, so the price is justified for many of them. They are not a direct comparison to the WA keyword tool! But I just wanted to show you how much other companies are charging for keyword research tools.

The Price Of Running Your Business

Right now, the total cost of running your online business is $49/month + $15/year (domain). If you're a Yearly, then the cost of your business per month is only about $30, including the domain.

If you were to use the tools I've listed on this page, that price would balloon to over $300 per month.

Once you factor in that you are essentially part of an online entrepreneur forum where you can learn how to run your business and get help with your business, Wealthy Affiliate seems even more valuable. Even if you were paying $300 per month for all those other services, you would still have to pay for online classes or even more to mentor you!

If a friend told you they learned how to run a business and were handed all the tools they needed under one roof for $30 per month there's no way you'd believe them, but that's exactly what you get with Wealthy Affiliate!

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DaveSw Premium Featured Comment
Agree with your analysis in general but take exception to one point regarding hosting...

I too have many websites hosted here...Not all, however...

The host we use for our e-commerce and drop-shipping sites is SiteGround...

We use the higher end shared hosting (GoGeek) and the cost is about $20 a month (we have an annual plan so get it cheaper, plus we went in on a sale) for the following:

- Full SSL
- Server hosted 3 level caching
- CDN (Cloudshare)
- PCL compliant software for secure transactions
- Solid state drives with the latest software to speed load times
- Dedicated IP address although a shared hosting account
- Unlimited sites
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited email accounts
- You set the size allowed per mail account - no limit that I know of...
- Works seamlessly with AWS S3 and buckets
- Excellent support - 24/7 plus live chat with support staff, they solve the issue while you are online
- cPanel
- Easy file/database/tool installation
- Great security from what we have experienced to now
- 100% uptime to now
- Web site building tool if you need as with WA
- More bells and whistles we do not use or need (but some do)...

This is the best hosting company I have worked with, and SiteRubix is the second best....

Telling for the company is that 96% of referrals come from current members...They do not have to have a large affiliate network to get new business, their reputation precedes them...

I am not an affiliate, and my point for mentioning this host here is that although SiteRubix is good, no doubt, they do have a way to go yet to get to number one...

Kyle and Carson are definitely working to take that position with the many moves they have made...

Looking forward to the day I CAN say they are number one!

I have worked with Hostgator - I was not happy, too limited as you mention, plus IM, Wix, and a few others...None compare or even come close to SiteRubix or SiteGround...

Why mention this?

For people looking to sell their own products online, some of the features that SiteGround offers are essential to help build trust with Google and the customers...

The most engaging experience for e-commerce clients is a must - a fast loading secure website and the best support for you as a seller is a must as well...

We have tested both hosts, and SiteGround beats SiteRubix every time...Every second delay in loading of your page costs immensely in people that bounce...

It is a matter of that for us (i.e. we use both - we are building a membership site now on SiteRubix and will move it over when tested and ready to go live)...

That $20 a month cost to us is little in the big picture...Just the plugins for the membership site is coming in at $1000, so it puts that cost into perspective...

On the whole what you are saying is correct, the many benefits here far outweigh the cost for membership, and is also why I will be hanging around here for many years!

Dave : )
DKretzman Premium
These two posts, yours and Nathaniel"s, have been the most informative posts that I have read besides the training , of course. I learn so much from the members when they post factual information and comparisons to other sites on the internet that they have had experience with. I know for a fact, that is how I learn and I remember every bit of it because of how you both compared notes. Fantastic post. Now I have an understanding of the differences in the different registrars., different things to look for that are included and that are not icluded, security, and everything else that both posts included. You have no clue how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and grateful that I actually understood everything that you both spoke about as a beginner. Thank you!........Donna
DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much Donna!

Nathaniel is a guy with a lot of experience with IM and he brings a lot to the table for us all...

He and many others here offer good advice for all members, and as we all go and grow through our own experiences, this place keeps getting better and better when we share these...

I believe that a good discussion is helpful for members that either chime in or follow. For my part, anything of value that I can add to the conversation, I will do so if I have time...

It is good to hear that you not only followed the conversation but understood what was being discussed. Over time, people that pay attention can really pick up a lot, as you are doing...

Using some of the tools here you can also keep track of the content that you may need later, i.e. the bookmark tags. There truly are many benefits to being a Wealthy Affiliate member...

In short: This place is wonderful!

One of the many reasons I will remain a member here for the foreseeable future is that like you, every day there is something to gain through posts and tutorials, etc. I appreciate that...

Carson and Kyle have built something special and it just keeps on getting better through their proactive stance and actions...

Anyway, have a great day and thanks again for your kind words!

Dave : )
jvranjes Premium
Great info Dave, never heard of SiteGround. Just entered their site and see they have live chat, phone, ticket support. This alone is already impressive.
DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Jovo...

We have been VERY impressed with them...Depending on your support problem, they have a desk of experts that will be assigned, i.e. Wordpress issue, etc.

The live chat has features where you can send screenshots of what is happening on your end, and of course, you can send files etc. as well, so this helps get the problem solved fast...

They do have sales and special offers and to keep costs down I would wait until one comes up...Then take the annual if you can swing it because the savings are substantial...

We could build our membership site there, but I am comfortable also with SiteRubix and since I bought the membership domain through them, it is just as easy to build it here and move it later when it is ready to go live...

Dave : )
Cindy624 Premium
Really appreciate the compare and contrast. Having a business requires tools that work and having a few is only going to be a positive.

Thanks for this.

DaveSw Premium
No problem Cindy at all... I like the discussion the post is generating and as I think Loes said, this page alone is a great testimonial as to the viability of Wealthy Affiliate...A great link to bring potential referrals to! Cheers! Dave : )
MozMary Premium
One other thing WA have to improve on is access to site support if someone gets locked out of WA - if someone accidentally breaks the spam rules or says something that someone doesn't like then they can lose write access and at that point lose access to site support for the business websites -that has happened to me twice already and as much as I like WA I'm extremely nervous about this aspect of things - that is a no brainer aspect of WA that just has to be changed imo.

Thanks for the honest review of siteground, competition can be a very healthy thing if it makes people up their game.
DaveSw Premium
I had no idea that this was the case (total lockout from support)...In such a situation, I tink the solution would be to drop an email directly to Kyle or Carson to get that issue solved ASAP...

You are definitely right that you cannot afford to lose access to your business websites at any time...Things do happen out of our control at times, like attacks etc. but for this, it seems there needs to be a demarcation line between what you can do here and when it comes to your websites...

Dave : )
jvranjes Premium
Good point both of you, Moz and Dave.
MozMary Premium
You think I didn't email them already about this?! Of course I did. A number of times over the last year. And Nathaniel. No response to this or resolution on this issue in over a year. It is a total deal breaker to be in a position of no site support and it's a big weakness that I think could be so easily resolved, but isn't yet.
nathaniell Premium
I agree! There are definitely services out there that can compete with WA's hosting in terms of speed, features, etc. Some may even do better if your site specializes in something like ecommerce.

There are good tools for every job, and sometimes you need a speciality (albeit expensive) tool to get the job done.

But for newbies looking to learn the ropes of online marketing (that focuses on content marketing), it's impossible to beat what WA offers.
DaveSw Premium
bestofluck Premium
Many web hosting companies let you have access to cPanel. This allows you to have more control of file manager and WP tweak settings. In order to use cPanel, you need to know file management and some HTML.

WA doesn't let you have access to cPanel. However, they take care of all technical things for you. I host some sites here because I don't want to worry about tech settings. Web servers and web operating systems are very hard to configure.

I know WA hosting is more expensive than other hosts. Being a part of a wonderful community is the reason why I'm here.

ShirleyAnne Premium
I just want to add my thanks to Donna's tho at day 6 I'm far less knowledgeable. I will go premium tomorrow and therefore I'd appreciate you telling me more about bookmark tags. Do you remember the training lesson so I can begin marking content right away. Or direct me how to do a search (perhaps just on search bar on top of page (task bar?) As a free member I can't use it to try yet. Looking forward to learning from posts such as yours and Nathaniells.
ShirleyAnne Premium
Thanks for all this information. As a newbie I appreciate hearing from an experienced WA member on how and why you are impressed with this site!!
learn2bgreat Premium
You're absolutely right, Nathaniell. I've been looking around for a good web host for a few years. When I found WA and actually learned how valuable a premium membership here is, even excluding the community, support, and training, I couldn't believe it.

This is literally the best web host for starting an online business, but people don't see it.
Marlene2 Premium
I am still in the learning stage so I am grateful for this lesson.
JohnMks Premium
This is why experienced internet marketers join WA also I guess and not only beginners.
ownonlboss Premium
Hi Nathaniell and Dave!

I agree fully to both of your posts.

What WA offers is fantastic and more. I really didn't do much research into WA before I joined them. I just read Nathaniell's site and recommendations. Normally I wouldn't quickly join something like that, but I tell you why I joined it.

I got loads of experience with webhosting. I used to have a business in webhosting myself. So I do know all the inns and outs of hosting and SSL. I also know all the inns and outs of security, backup and email.

It is an entire package of problems you can run into if you do everything by yourself. And it costs tremendously. I have still some VPS's running, but they are more meant for web development on a different level (coldfusion, php, databases etc).

So yeah.. when I joined WA I wasn't quite sure if it was scam or not. And I just jumped into the deal, for only one main reason: It would give me 25 hostings included and on top of the already fantastic course material. At the price that I got in here at WA, it was a no-brainer for the offered support, websites, free SSL, security AND backup.

And well Dave, that what you got there from SiteGround sounds also amazing and fantastic. Right now I will keep myself here at WA. If I would need more than 25 sites, I would probably get another WA account.

But if one of my sites would explode in visitors I would definitely consider going into another (unless WA makes an option for SuperPremium IM's). Because speed and visitors/bandthwidth is going up incrementally when you get a good and popular running website in the end.

And I believe WA is shared hosting and therefore can experience some form of load balancing issues at times, even though they are expert in managing it (way better than free hosts for that matter).

RoopeKiuttu Premium
Good perspective!

I have been trying to use Wealthy Affiliate email service but it doesn't seem to work during 1,5 years. I have also been in touch with WA-support regarding to this issue but it seems that it doesn't get fixed. Have you also faced the same issue?
Gerlinde Premium
I did not work for me, either... only for a short time, then I made a Gmail address (without forwarding) and it's fine...
Shalini1234 Premium
Very interesting and informative! Thank you Nathaniel.
kathyuk Premium
I'm brand new, so this is really good info - thank you.
leitah Premium
Excellent information. Thanks for providing this breakdown.
adreyna Premium
This is great to know - thanks!
Belden Premium
Totally agree. Wealthy Affiliate is the best.
CWhiteley Premium
This is a great blog post Nathaniell!
NemiraB Premium
Yes and yes, I feel it that WA is great because without anything to brag about I want to be here till the real success will show up:)
Chrissies Premium
I totally agree Nathaniell, WA is incomparable!! :)
Bimby Premium
Very informative. Thanks
Cindy624 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. This is very helpful.

mrbill6771 Premium
Sometimes we don't realize how much Kyle and Carson provide for us at no cost! Thanks, Nathaniel

dembler Premium
Thank you for listing this out!!! WA is the best all around
johnwnewman Premium
Awesome Nathaniell! Thanks :-)
EddySalomon Premium
I was just talking to Kyle about how we need to do a better job of showing all the benefits of having a WA membership provides outsider the training. Because I've run into a few members that think by moving their sites to these cheaper options they're actually doing themselves a favor. But you've done an an awesome job of laying out all the great things included in WA that folks will miss by trying to save a few bucks.

I'll be bookmarking and referring people to this anytime I hear folks doing this. Great job!!!
DaveSw Premium
Hi, Eddy...

Hosting your websites here is not a bad option at all, but there is one better that I have found if you are doing e-commerce...I added a comment below on the subject and an explanation...

Other than that, I think you are spot on - this post and discussion can be used as a testimonial to show potential referrals succinctly what they get in ADDITION to the training...

Dave : )
I-Pedro-I Premium
Great article Nathaniell.

Wealthy affiliate it's undoubtfully a great value for the money!

Cheers m8
Ivine Premium
Hi Nathaniell, thanks for the info. Irv.
Loes Premium
Wow, I didn't realize it cost that much, we sure are lucky to host at WA, thanks for your info Nathaniell. I think I am going to use a link to this on my WA review.
iscool78 Premium
Thanks for the breaking down this info for us, Nathaniel.

It really shows why WA is the most complete platform right now.

Thanks you have assisted me to learn more since I have never tried else where, I only know WA
DKretzman Premium
Awesome and very informing post. Thank you for posting. Donna
JMupanguri Premium
Thanks for sharing information.
mickeyb123 Premium
For all of those reasons and a few intangible ones, I figured out that WA was the answer!

AlexEvans Premium
The benefits of WA are many the thing that means the most for me is that they are under one roof it is such a time saver and the added advantage is that the platform just keeps evolving and introducing new aspects that just keep making our individual journeys so much easier, the big thing is to keep focused on our outcomes. Great post thank you for sharing your thoughts much appreciated.
RoyMolyneux Premium
Yes, we certainly have so many benefits for such a small monthly cost. Thanks Kyle and Carson.
Catwoman1459 Premium
This is some great information and would be good to add it to your WA niche site as another way to promote WA. This shows people how beneficial the membership is and how much they can actually save here.
ChrisGoralsk Premium
Thanks Nathaniel,

Premium membership at WA is a no brainer.

Thanks Kyle and Carson for building what we have here. There really isn't anything like it, anywhere. Keep up the great work!

MKearns Premium
I could sit down and write over 100 benefits and not so obvious benefits of WA Nathaniel!
petervcrisp Premium
Thanks for the information . Always great and informative
JuliaDee Premium
I knew WA is rocking!!!
PatsyC Premium
Interesting, thanks for sharing. We have it made here :)
MozMary Premium
Did you have to pay fees to move your domain names/websites to WA from godaddy?
DKretzman Premium
Good question? Did you get the answer on your question? Im curious also..... Donna
MozMary Premium
No answer, ...yet!
DKretzman Premium
I will try to find out the answer to that because I would like to know also for future reference. Donna
nathaniell Premium
Sorry, been gone for the weekend.

No fees to move the site to WA, but keep in mind that if you move your domain registrar you have to renew the domain for a year, even if your current year isn't up.

WA will move one website for free (support will help). There are various tutorials in WA to help you move the rest.
CrRat Premium
Good stuff Nathaniell.
minitrio Premium
Thanks for sharing :)