Review of Wealthy Affiliate
My WA Story:
-When I was first introduced to Wealthy Affiliate I thought it was a scam. I made sure to get past the scam review sites that only had positive reviews, and actually find the bad testimonials too. (I would do this for anything I consider joining) The bad testimonials (Deep, deep, deep down in Google) didn't seem to be too convincing, and I weighed them out with the fact that anyone in business will unfortunately have some critics. I slowly but surely with lots of research learned that it wasn't a scam.
-Then I thought WA was a Pyramid Scheme, because some people promote the affiliate program in a way that feels like a MLM product. I learned though that it's an affiliate program that has no MLM incentives.
-After crossing those two off the list I felt better, but was still skeptical.
-I figured if it was free it couldn't hurt, and joined. Then the anonymity of users threw me into caution again, and I quickly made changed my username from my real name since I saw that was common. I moved past the anonymity although a little hesitant again, and decided to study on.
-I found that there really are some great resources here for beginners and people who truly want an engaging community for help. There really are some folks who are here to learn, grow, build up others, and give a helping hand while pursuing online business. I love this, and it's the reason why I am still here and writing this.
-On the other hand I've seen some shady business ethics by individual members (Not WA itself). Stuff that just seems a little slanted or just not fully pure with integrity. This personally is the biggest thing that has given me reservation to inviting others here.
-I believe in the opportunity Wealthy Affiliate gives others to learn, grow, and be an amazing community. I think it's what people are searching for. I see people finding that and other people giving that too, and because of that I am inspired and still trying to give the program a fair shake.
I hope we'll choose to think of our readers and future customers as real people and not dollar signs. Let's choose to treat people in business the way we'd want to be treated.
All in all I believe this is great place to start learning. Whether you find yourself here short or long term should be dependent on your business goals and the direction you find yourself pursuing.
My suggestion would be to learn all you can, and be dead set on being yourself. Try to avoid group think and do your best to be the creative you others in the world are looking for.
Here's what I really like:
That this a place full of resources for people to get started blogging and learning how to run an online business.
That there are actual real people from novice to veteran available to walk with you and help you on your own online expedition.
The affiliate program itself is a great way to make money while providing resources and help to others.
The perk on this program is that it has value and it is residual, which is a great way to make re-occuring income while sharing a product that will serve others.
What I don't love:
Like I said I've seen some shady business ethics, but I don't think they speak for the overall community itself.
The continuous not "Is it a scam" site and method. I just believe there is more opportunity and creativity hidden in folks that could be drawn out and displayed on their sites.
To Your Goals,