Earning Money to Cover Your Wealthy Affiliate Membership

Last Update: June 07, 2014

Wealthy Affiliate is one of the few memberships actually worth the cost. In today's economy, however, that $47 might as well be four figures for some people. In the interest of helping my fellow WA'ers, I thought I'd list a few ways to help in earning money to cover the WA membership.


It's an obvious way but one that isn't appropriate for everyone. Don't think it won't work for you just because you don't have physical items to sell. If you're good at writing, write some content articles and sell them via CD. If you're good at creating websites, create a siterubix site and sell it. If they don't already have the free siterubix sites, you can offer them free hosting to go with the site. All they have to do is buy their domain. Sell two $30 sites or one more expensive one and you've covered your WA fees for a month.

Pros: You get paid when your item sells.

Cons: Items may or may not sell

Ebay and Paypal take fees so figure them into the earning equation.


Fiverr can be a great place to earn when used carefully. Be aware of what your gig offers. You'll only earn $4 per gig. If you are writing articles, consider keeping the length to around 300 words. Offer extras (including the option for tips) to help increase your earnings. If you happen to have and use software that isn't readily available to others, you can use that software to earn $. (Linking software, spinning software, etc.) You get paid $4 to let the software do the job for you.

Note: Firefox occasionally has issues with this site. You might have to use a different browser to create a profile, etc.

The best money to be made is often via the add-ons. You can charge more than $5 for them.

Pros: You can earn steadily with Fiverr.

Cons: Payment is delayed.

You must be careful about pricing or you'll end up working for nothing.


You really are working for pennies when you take on an mturk job. Jobs here are more like tiny tasks that are outsourced to a huge group of people. There are some interesting (and amazingly easy) tasks here and you might find it fun to spend some of your spare time on the site. Since it has become more visible, there's obviously more competition.

You can see tasks before accepting them. You must earn the right to accept some tasks. Surveys and tests are often limited to one time but also tend to pay more at a time. You might find yourself tagging emotions (happy, sad, etc.), or copying grocery receipts (great for fast typists).

Should you take mturk for a spin, I suggest timing yourself on any tasks that you try. Multiply the results out to see how much per hour you are actually making. If you are simply using the site to pass away occasional free time, that's one thing. If you are seriously accepting tasks often, that's another. Be aware of the time/earning ratio.

Pros: There are easy tasks.

Cons: Tasks pay pennies.


There is a "looking to hire" thread on the warrior forum. Unfortunately, most of the posts there are people looking for free reviewers. In order to quality for the opportunity to test drive software, etc., you usually must have a certain number of posts. Occasionally there are actual positions available there.

If you are good at writing, graphics, etc., you can put together a package and offer it as a warrior special offer or WSO. Content, especially content that is sold on a limited basis, is gobbled up by warriors. The cost to list a WSO is $20 at the present time. (Note: Freelancer.com recently took over the forum. Time will reveal what changes they have in mind.)

Pros: You can make good money in a day or two with a good selling WSO.

Cons: You must have money to make that money (pay the fee)

There is no guarantee your WSO will result in sales.

The warrior forum is an easy place to get sucked in to only to come out hours later.

WSO's are usually well-written and, again, it's easy to lose money if you have it to

lose and click that buy button.

Paid Surveys

I have friends who make spending $ every month doing paid surveys. I haven't done them myself so cannot offer specific links or helpful hints. Do be careful and do diligent research before signing up. There are probably other people in the WA community who can offer more info on this earning option.

Pros: Easy to do.

Cons: Pay is often small.

Some companies take your signup money in exchange for links to sites that aren't

worth your time.


If you're good at writing, you can write articles and post them for sale at constant content. In order to post at the site, you must pass a short grammar test as well as a writing test and have social media in place. (FB, etc.)

Publishers are accustomed to paying more at this site so when you do sell an article, you'll get paid well. Should you consider this route, stick to topics that aren't applicable to your own site. Your own content should always take precedence.

Pros: Good Money when Writing Sells

If a publisher likes your work, you could end up writing often and find your writing

syndicated across the net.

Cons: Never Know When Sales Will Happen

Must pass eligibility tests before you can sell.


Bubblews has a great reputation as a place to write and earn. Unfortunately, it also has a reputation, these days, for a site that just doesn't work. If you can get logged in and can post, you can earn. I truly do not expect the site to continue as is - simply because every other site like this I have written for over the years transitioned to one where the site keeps most of the revenue and pays you pennies. I hope I'm wrong. Time will truly tell.

Pros: It's relatively easy money when it is working

Cons: The website has serious issues and is not always available.


Paid Forum Posting has been around for awhile. If you pass their writing test, you can earn. That said - the way the program works could drive you crazy. I'm sure that's the only reason there are always openings available. If you are obsessive compulsive about scheduling and can figure out their system, you can do well.

I loved the posting part. I could choose forums that covered topics I knew or were interested in. It was the posting schedule and the reporting your posting that left me wanting to pull my hair out.. I actually have some money in my account there but have no desire to return to the site.

Pros: Regular Pay

Cons: A VERY convoluted system that can be difficult to comprehend. They are lenient with beginners.


Don't be misled by the "earn up to $15" per article. It says "up to" and that's exactly what it means. There are writers who are writing for something like a $1 an article on this site. If you decide to join, do your research. I suggest that you do NOT pay to fast track to higher earnings. You don't have to. After all, you are seeking to earn, not to spend.

There are website owners who appreciate good content and will pay more than $1 for an article. Should you sign up here to write, you will need to be able to follow directions and maintain a delivery schedule.

Pros: You can Make Money

Cons: You must be vigilant regarding time spent writing vs $ earned.

Since I am primarily a writer, I have more experience about sites that are relevant to writing. Hence the abundance of writing related options.

These are just a few of the ways you can earn extra cash to pay for your wealthy affiliate membership. Keep in mind that if you buy a yearly membership, you save a lot of money. You might want to aim for the yearly amount once you are in the habit of earning.

Websites and programs evolve over time and I'm sure those I've covered here will do the same. I wrote for Associated Content back in the day when they actually paid for every article. They are now Yahoo Content. I wrote for Demand Studios back in the day when they paid well. The last time I was there, the articles to choose from were mostly about automobiles and hardware.

I'm sure there are websites I have missed - I haven't had my morning glass of iced tea yet. Fortunately other WA'ers will be sure to fill in anything I have missed. This is a great community and one it pays to be a member of. I encourage you to go Premium and follow the path laid out here if you are looking to build a website that makes money.

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GingerRatsep Premium
I signed up for Bubblews, not an easy process. Couldn't get my article posted. Their programers seem to be clueless. Wonder if they abandoned the project. Also wonder if the only people seeing the posts are Bubblews members. Thanks for all the great leads. I'm sure it took a lot of work and research to find these opportunities.
RaineyC Premium
I've worked a lot of places online. The best gigs I've had are those where I was part of a set writing group.
If Bubblews could get their act together, it would be a great place to post.
Sui_generis Premium
Nice list. Thanks for taking the time to do it.
RaineyC Premium
You are welcome. : )
KatieMac Premium
very informative post it appears there are quite a few choices but the downside is not as good as they would have you believe thanks for sharing
RaineyC Premium
You're welcome. Trying the different methods gives you a chance to find the one(s) that fit you and your current needs.
SowAndReap Premium
Thanks for sharing, If there's a will there's a way.
RaineyC Premium
Ain't that the truth!
coolcity Premium
Great post which I am sure will be useful for some people.

I think Elance.com is worth a mention too, where you can earn money freelancing and some jobs pay quite well as people are always looking for quality writers.

There are obviously opportunities for other talents too, programming skills etc.
RaineyC Premium
Elance, guru and such sites are good but I hear so many stories from beginners who find it hard to break in there that I didn't mention them.
coolcity Premium
True, but like anything else, if you don't try you don't succeed. I always think it's worth registering on sites like this if it doesn't cost anything, there is nothing to lose by making yourself available
RaineyC Premium
You could always go the portfolio route and maintain a presence there without losing a lot of time competing for jobs. Unless your skill is one of those where the competition is limited, price gouging is alive and active.