Why Am I Still A Wealthy Affiliate Member After 8 Years?

Last Update: October 17, 2018

I've been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2010 - a full eight years, and still counting. I make a full time income online, and have done so for quite some time.

So why am I still a premium member here?

Don't I know everything I need to know?

Nope.

As a newbie, I know that many of you are bootstrapping your business. Every dollar counts.

For someone running a profitable business though, Wealthy Affiliate is a business expense that I cannot do without.

Every month gain some kind of benefit from this community that makes the $30/month worth it. (WA is normally $49/month but if you upgrade to yearly for $359 it's 359/12=30).

I look at that $30/month fee, and ask myself, "Does this help me make more than $30?". In other words, I pay Price X for membership, but that action helps me make [(Price X) + $10], then I just profited $10.

Of course, we're talking about much more than $10.

The education here at Wealthy Affiliate can teach you how to make thousands per month. The ROI is insane.

But let's talk specifics.

There are three main reasons I stick around at WA and still participate in Wealthy Affiliate as a member, and not just as an affiliate or mentor to my referrals here.

1. Weekly Webinars

Sorry, but what?! A 1-hour webinar every week, included for free. I've attended $197/hour webinars before related to stock/real estate investing. The webinars here are FREE with your membership.

Aside from the insanity of not charging for these webinars, they are always topical, relevant, and helpful.

Even for an experienced member like myself, I need to keep up on trends and learn new things. For example, I learned AMP from Jay when Google launched that.

A few weeks ago I learned about how to create infographics, and I've been working on improving my funnels by following Jay's recent series about that. A funnel can always be optimized more!

2. Behind The Scenes Connections

Really, to make Wealthy Affiliate worth it for me I just need to make 1-2 important connections per year. I mean connections with other professional affilaite marketers.

There are tons of ways to make money online. I can't know everything. If one person can tell me one piece of advice or strategy that changes my campaigns that's useful. At $359 year, if a piece of advice can make me an extra $100/month that's $1200 per year gross profit on the transaction, and almost a thousand net profit.

JUST FROM MEETING ONE PERSON PER YEAR

Let's say that person helps me optimize a landing page, or tells me how increasinng line height can improve my RPM, or just confirms that they are converting at 40% when I'm converting at 5%, so I have a lot of room to improve.

Totally worth it.

These connections will grow, and may turn into collaboration projects, or other ways of making money online.

I've met so many cool, smart, helpful people here and hope to continue to do so in the future.

3. Getting Help When I Need It

Despite doing this stuff full time, I still get stuck. Actually, I'm not that smart when it comes to technical aspects of the business so I do have to reach out from time to time.

Just a couple weeks ago, a buddy of mine from Vegas taught me how to use Google Tag Manager.

The guy probably makes six figures online, and he spent probably an hour helping me via private messages. He probably could have charged me $300 for the transaction, but it was free because he wanted to help a friend.

Not everything is as clear-cut as "I need help doing X". Sometimes I just have a quick question about traffic or keywords, and I suspect I know the answer but want to confirm. Easy to do in live chat in 30 seconds or posting a question to classrooms then checking the answer the next day.

Where else can you do that?

Maybe blog moderaters over at all the big "niche marketing" blogs will get back to you within the week, and maybe they'll spend 30 seconds on responding to you. Maybe your Facebook group will have a competent person respond to your questions, or maybe it's just someone repeating what they read online a couple years ago.

4. Discovering New Ideas = More $$$

As your business grows, ideas become more and more valuable. When you're making $5 a month, 10% increase in revenue means just $0.50 more next month. When you're making $50k a month, a 10% jump in money is an extra $5,000.

That's a lot.

One new idea you didn't think of course mean A LOT of money do you.

A WA membership is a tiny $359 per year. One great idea that I see in a passing moment in live chat, or a success blog post from another member could help me bring in thousands of more dollars per year...or per month.

I just need to glean ONE great idea from this community per year to make it worth the cost.


Wealthy Affiliate is a great resource for both newbies and experiened members. Sticking around Wealthy Affiliate has some incredible benefits!

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scottyb2good Premium
I agree. I'm still here and at bat swinging. Been struck out many times. Still swinging that bat. Just think. At Jay's Webinars I don't absorb until that moment when BAMB ! There's that tip or idea that is worth a million ! Just have to keep one eye or ear glued. I write down Everything I find useful and alphabetized in my notebook. Here's to sticking with it.............Scotty B ♫
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Give It A Go Premium
Hi Nathaniel
I'm so glad you posted this. I feel the same way about continuing on with WA membership even after I am making money, for the same reasons you have stated here. The continual progress that Kyle, Carson, Jay and the staff bring to us is reason enough to stay on, so that we too can stay abreast of changes and adjust accordingly.
Great post,
Ange
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Defiant6 Premium
Wow, congratulations on being here at Wealthy Affiliate! Glad to hear that you are doing quite well for yourself. In regards to some of the things you mentioned above is that I could definitely improve on making connections here at WA as I think that is one of my biggest downfalls. I would like to connect with someone who is successful so that I can learn from them in addition to following the training here to reach the success that I desire. I definitely see the importance of networking and is something I need to work on.
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Zarina Premium
Ahhh, how did I miss this post?

Honestly, Nathaniell, the way you write/present your thoughts is amazing.

Your authenticity/honesty about both success and failures really helps us relate to you. (At least that's how I feel every time I read your post).

I am aware of the benefits of WA but it's still nice to have little reminders like these, and to keep pushing to succeed :) Thank you!

- Zarina
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katyjeanne Premium
I have not been here very long but have grown to love WA! I cannot wait to start profiting from what I have learned and been inspired to create.
It is great that you stuck around so long, very inspiring. I bet you can pay for your WA fees with the amount that you make from referals?
Best of everything. Thanks for this post!
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Great post Nathaniell. As a newbie I am encouraged to know that this can actually be a very lucrative business venture if one is willing to put in the time and effort. I joined 2 days and I am inspired by posts like yours. Everyone is so willing to share and encourage those that need some encouragement. This is a huge learning curve for me, however, I look forward to the challenge.
Thank you ALL!!
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MariaCD Premium
This is a great post, thank you for sharing. It keeps me motivated to keep working hard even though I've just got home from work, have to help my kids woth homework, feed my family and clean. Then when I have a few minutes here and there I continue training and writing.
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kmer6 Premium
I'm glad to hear that the longer you stay here as a member the more income you create. Its a gold mine full of valuable knowledge and to leave WA would be like turning off the electricity! Na, I don't think I'll be leaving any time soon. Thanks for sharing.
Ken
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HarveyBrown Premium
No doubt Nathaniell, this is the place to be whether you are a newbie or experienced. Just the upgrades implemented already and the tools that are free makes our investment worth the effort and I have not included the things you have already mentioned. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to writing something similar in another five years.
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BIGBRANDON Premium
Yea Nathan thank you for pointing this out! As a matter of fact, I just completed the 5 certifications and was curious where to go after this? Your gonna laugh at this, but you have a training on gathering Post Ideas from 2015. It's 2018 and this post helped me gather great Ideas. This place is full of information It can be overwhelming if you let it. Thank you for giving what time you have to us members who are getting into this!
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BIGBRANDON Premium
*Nathaniel lol my bad.
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PhilHudson Premium
I agree. I realized after just a few weeks that if I wanted to make this work. It would be a long-term commitment. At $30 a month, it is excellent value for money. I have a very long way to go. But now I have committed I can just concentrate on making it work. Hopefully, the day job will be a thing of the past:-)
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KayOSmith Premium
This is really good to know. I wasn’t actually thinking about leaving later on, but the way you put it it has put it my mind there’s no reason to even think of it :)
I’m still only in the third lessons and have really learned so much more than I have from trying to learn from the more expensive places that require fees for every single thing. WA has been so well worth it already. I’m paying a heck of a lot less than what I was starting out trying to learn this stuff with.
Thank you so much for the post!!!

Kelly’O
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CheriJ1 Premium
Well put, as usual, Nathaniel. WA is also an incredible value for its website hosting services. I don't know anywhere else you can have so many active websites for one low monthly price!

Btw, I "stumbled upon" one of your sites the other day while researching for one of my own, and it was just the coolest thing to "recognize" you and get the chance to look at your awesome work. And I'm sure you're pleased to know I landed there "organically" haha. It was like seeing a friend in an unexpected place. Very cool!

I'm personally still very new to all this and have a long way to go to reach the income goals I've set, but thanks to long-time members like you, I not only know it's possible, but I also know I'm in exactly the right place here at WA.

Best wishes!
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Mariion Premium
You are so right, for years now I have tried to get a blog up and running, no way I'd got any success at all. This fee here is a big stretch for me but I pay it happily. Not only from the many ways of teaching and learning but also for the newfound friends which one get's easily over here.
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neilc Premium
YES, why are you still here?! :P

You're almost a part of the WA furniture LOL.

But from what you've discussed, WA is a godsend, especially for staying on top of Internet Marketing changes.

I've been involved in "fly by night" type of platforms in the past. Something works for a short while, Google changes the way things work, and then the platform(s) fail to adapt and close = ZERO online biz.

It happened to my Squidoo business back in the days lol. It was doing so well until I lost everything overnight because of Google. All those hours, traffic and affiliate commissions LOST.

And the training platform? YUP, that shut down shortly afterward because the owner couldn't be bothered to update his training.

So we're EXTREMELY lucky to have WA in our corner. If something changes, Kyle and Carson get right on to it. :)
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nathaniell Premium
I'm lucky I just caught the end of Squidoo and didn't invest too much time in there. Lots of people lost a lot of money in that venture.
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neilc Premium
Squidoo was one of the easiest things to get off the ground. You could create a costume or Xmas gift lens, for example, which would get ranked in a few weeks and BOOM during the holidays.

It's a good job you didn't jump on that bandwagon lol.

But if Squidoo hadn't have disappeared, I probably wouldn't even be here at WA. So it was a blessing.
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Shweta10mg Premium
Yes definitely here to stay its a journey that began with a firm decision and That to continue with the best possible and complete package here at WA
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mbouteiller Premium
Yeaaaa, as Loes states, 'we are stuck with you!!

Thank you Nathaniell for being such a wonderful inspiration for me. I see no reason why I would leave.

Monica
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StefanoV Premium
Great motivated piece again :-)

Thanks

All the best
Stefano
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AlexEvans Premium
Happy birthday, and best wishes, I really enjoyed reading your take on things. WA is way more than creating that first website.
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lonatomx Premium
Nice post! I am newbie still considering if I should upgrade to premium. So far I think it would worth it for just the training, but it is good to know that there are things here that will be useful even later.
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JosieWales Premium
Yes, very worth it even just for the hosting - but you get so much more.
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kpercival55 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. It’s great for a new person to hear that kind of confirmation. Wish I had known about this 8 years ago!
All the best to you.
KyleAnn
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jlclayton1 Premium
As long as I have an online business--and I plan to have one a long time--I will stay with Wealthy Affiliate. My main reasoning along with everything else you mentioned is the hosting platform for my sites.

I know there's a lot of good platforms out there, but none that have the same quality security and support that I get here. So I'm here to stay! (Good for you, since I'm one of your referrals, lol!)

Janelle
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SamiWilliams Premium
Very well said!
Thanks,
Sami
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Loes Premium
Sensible, when you stop being a member, you can't downgrade to free, you don't get paid for your referrals anymore either. So I guess we are stuck with you;)))
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StefanoV Premium
If he keeps sharing this kind of info, then I do not mind that we are stuck with him ;-)
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Loes Premium
I am just teasing a bit, he's my mentor:))
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StefanoV Premium
I know .. i did the same. I am follow him for a long long time and i always like to read his stories.
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