If You Don't pay, You Don't Pay Attention

Last Update: April 28, 2019

I have been a "freebie-seeker" before.

And I must admit that I still have a little bit tendency towards that because of my old nature...

However, nowadays I'm much happier to pay for the training and education than ever before.

I've learned that investing your own money into something, will also help you to commit yourself to actually go through the training and apply it in practice.

That's one of the MANY reasons why I recommend for everyone here to upgrade to the premium membership instead of just using the free starter account.

LynneHuy also wrote recently a great post here on why it's highly recommended for you to be a premium member here at Wealthy Affiliate. If you didn't read it yet, you can check it out by clicking the following link: 12 Epic Reasons To Go Premium With WA.

"If You Don't Pay, You Don't Pay Attention."

I learned this "wisdom" recently from a successful entrepreneur.

Just think about it: How many members who just use the free account are really COMMITTED to make a life-changing income online?

Not many.

Of course, people are not here just for the money that Wealthy Affiliate will help them to make. People are here also because they want to learn skills like:

  • Build websites
  • Get more influence online
  • Do social media marketing
  • Learn Internet marketing
  • Learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Network with other Internet marketers
  • Etc.

But if a person is not ready to invest even a measly $1 per day, how committed do you think he/she really is?

Personally, I've gone through lots of free and paid training courses, watched 100's of videos, webinars, etc.

I can say that on average I pay much more attention when I have needed to pay some money for that.

And based on my and other's observations, people who are willing to invest some money are much more committed on average and are going to take more action.

"The act of payment creates a sense of commitment."

Life is all about averages and probabilities.

You may study all the books and courses in the world and still not become a millionaire (for example). But your changes of becoming a millionaire are probably 100 times higher than for a person who never studies anything.

You may smoke for 40 years and not get a cancer but your probabilities for getting a lung cancer have gone much higher.

You may eat salads every day and your friend eats pizzas. The chances are that you have a much healthier body.

When you invest in a premium membrship in Wealthy Affiliate, your chances of succeeding online are at least 10 times better than just going with the free.

=> You IMMEDIATELY increase your probabilities of succeeding online when you Upgrade to Premium.

I say this from experience of being here a premium for 4 years, achieving some great results myself and seeing 1,000's of other members here coming and going.

Those who go premium, and especially use the yearly memberhsip, are MUCH more likely to achieve great things than those who are just looking for "freebies".

Therefore I have 2 friendly recommendations to you:

  1. Upgrade to Premium (if you still had a free membership when you are reading this)
  2. Upgrade to a Yearly Premium Membership (if you just had a monthly membership so far. You'll save tons of money and also increase your chances of success by being committed.)

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I hope you found this quick post interesting and valuable. if you did, smash the green Like this button below.

Feel free to share this with your friends and followers.

Now my questions to you:

Are you already a Yearly Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate?

Would you recommend it to others?

Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers

Roope "Upgrade to Yearly" Kiuttu

PS. Another thing that I've seen increasing person's chances to success here is asking questions in the community and taking action based on the advice. Read my post about it here: Ask Questions to TAKE ACTION: 2 Real-Life Stories

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JonlinePH Premium
this is by far my favorite post here! I am a freebie-seeker as well but this one is true. and the "The act of payment creates a sense of commitment" is now my favorite quote. Kinda a reminder as well.

I love your posts. I have read some. And I'll keep reading! I am a fan!

From the country code +63

Josephine :)
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RichBrennan Premium
Brilliant post. Roope, and I totally agree with you. We all like a 'bargain' but it's too tempting to overlook the true value of something. When something's worth having, it's worth paying for and when we make a financial commitment we're far more likely to follow through and actually do something with it.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers
Rich 😃
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EHardy Premium
Totally agree that people are more committed when they have to give something in return. I've just joined and don't currently have the funds for the premium membership but I do intend to join just as soon as I start earning. The free membership gives me the opportunity I need to get started so that I can earn enough to upgrade to premium asap. I'm living and volunteering at a dog rescue and have been looking for work that I can fit around volunteering. WA is exactly what I've been looking for. Just working through the training and am looking forward to getting my first website set up.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for checking out Emma! Seems that you've already upgraded to premium after leaving the comment :)
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roamy Premium
Well said, when I first found WA and read the free to get started and try I was like "who gives something for free online?" so I did not join, I`m glad I did.I`m never one to always look for free,I invest in my learning whenever I can.
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el-jefe-Kyle Premium
This is a good way of looking at it and is without a doubt true. Free food and things like that are great, but when it comes to an opportunity where you have to take action and be committed over an extended period of time--it's different.
Good post Roope.

I'm going to share this.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
True. Thanks for sharing Kyle!
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Dhind1 Premium
All of what you say about a premium membership is true. It is worthwhile and people do tend to be more committed when there is money on the line.

Also true that people will join simply to educate themselves about the internet and SEO. This is a valuable commodity to have these days, and you can get quite a bit from just being a free member. I became premium within 4 days of becoming a free member and I would encourage others to go premium.
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PeteWeaver Premium
Hi Roope,

Yes, I'm a yearly paid member but it took me two years to save it up because I couldn't afford the $47 dollars month.

I saved $23 dollars a month for two years to get this membership. I would've gotten the membership earlier if I had known about the 6 month membership package.

You get what you paid for in this life.

Great Post

Pete Weaver
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Wow, that's called dedication!
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RebeccaNixon Premium
Dear RoopeKiuttu,
I thought I would recommend WA ongoing, but it turns out I cannot understand some of the policies. Do you know you can get automatically suspended from making any comments or asking questions if those rights are taken without warning?
I have encountered this, but my main concern is the business practice, how this happens abruptly without telling a member who has been here for over 6 months.
I was suspended from making site comments when I first started. Finally, that was lifted after 3 months. But this time in my training I created there was an error with a screencast affiliate link, pasted by accident. I deleted it immediately. I have not tried to hustle members illegitimately.

That's how it makes me feel like I am being accused of unethical behavior.

It crushes me because putting down my character is the antithesis of my work as a registered nurse. We are the most trusted profession because we have integrity as a whole.
I always thought this of WA as a whole, it is filled with the kindest and ethical people because shady scams spams and other piracy is weeded out creating a positive learning environment and healthy business community.

Now it appears there are the WA police who want others to quit and look for a certain person to step afoot so they can throw that person under the proverbial bus. Instead of helping them develop their inner maverick marketer. This disturbs me, so other than that it is a great program.
Thank you & kind regards,
Nurse Becca
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ericcantu Premium
The policies here at WA are all pretty clear and completely meant to keep the content people post here fully in line with the rest of the training. That's all. There's no WA police out to get people, and temporary bans obviously have nothing to do with your character. Keep your head up and continue building your sites :) That's why you're here. Keep building! Keep moving forward! :)
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RebeccaNixon Premium
Thanks.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Just keep going. I don't believe there are "police" out there (at least I've never seen it), but even if there were, don't let others stand between you and your dream.

You can't control what others do, but you have absolute control over how you respond. Besides, behavior like that usually stems from jealousy. Here's how you beat 'em at their own game...

Acknowledge the situation, treat it as a "break" from WA stuff for the duration, and pour all of your focus and effort into your own site. That'll show 'em :-)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I don't believe here is some secret "WA Police". Just be in touch with Kyle and Carson or support.
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Talk2Ray Premium
l am a firm believer that nothing is truly free. It all comes with a cost, sometimes you just don't see the cost. If you really want to becomes successful you must be willing to invest. Love the yearly premium option, it takes even the thoughts of quitting off the table for a year. But even the monetary investment is not enough - you must be willing to invest your time regularly or your just wasting your money... Just thinking.
Ray
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Good thoughts Raymond!
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lynnsam61 Premium
I'm never one to turn down a freebie either but I never feel regret at having to pay for something if it's worth it. The annual membership, for those who can afford it obviously, maybe isn't free but it's definitely worth it. If gaining knowledge and eventually making money is the goal then it's a no-brainer.

Erica
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, WA membership makes usually much more in return that it costs.
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AkshaySaxena Premium
Exactly. In fact, I'm not in favor of 7-Day free trial of WA.
It has to be $1 at least.
But anyways, it's true, when we pay money only then we give some value.

I've been procrastinating to watch some WAbinars, as they are free. If I'd have paid $100 for them, I might have watched them all within a week, lol😄
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, that's a good point! It would be interesting to see how would the WA conversions turn out if there wouldn't be a free starter membership.
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AkshaySaxena Premium
Yes, most people don't want to pay $49 per month to something they have joined for free. 🙂
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Edplomos Premium
Yes i agree with you. INVEST to ourself is the best investment we can do. It pays to gain knowledge.

Cheers to our success!

Ed
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
That's so true!
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sdawson Premium
So true, WA's Premium Membership is so worth it. Speaking of worth, you can take advantage of annual discounts and get the monthly fee down to $30/month and perhaps even below if you take advantage of a Black Friday Special ($299/annual paid in advance). That's just $25/month - so affordable - just skip a dinner out once a month.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, premium membership is ridiculously cheap compared to a huge value it provides.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
I could not agree more. I had this exact discussion with my wife not two days ago and even considered writing a post on it. Well, you beat me to it. lol

Here is a perfect example: I get several requests a week from members asking my advice on what is wrong with their site. Being the good-natured, helpful guy that I am, I try and give them the time. And many of them do (I'm looking at you @Cherry21... you're crushing it!) :-)

But, I've had more than one that I spent several HOURS going over their site in painstaking detail, making notes, page by page, post by post. I send them my "report" and I get gushing replies of "thank-you", "you're the greatest", "I'm so excited I can't stop giggling", and "I'm on fire and about to take my business to the next level". And then...

Nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. They don't change a thing, don't take any advice I gave, and keep churning out crap post after crap post just like before.

And the icing on the cake is that a few months later, I see these same people asking the same questions, asking for the same advice, and griping about how they aren't having any success. It's mind-blowing to me.

And yet, do you know who does listen? Do you know who does make changes? Do you know who is on "fire" and taking their business to the next level? The non-WA people I charge hundreds of dollars to do the exact same thing with.

You hit the nail on the head.

If You Don't pay, You Don't Pay Attention

I'm tacking that up on my wall about the desk as we speak!

Thanks. :-)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, bigger payment often creates a bigger commitnent. That's one of the reasons why I think that WA should have more expensive membership options. The value of the premium is anyway 10 times more and many busjnesses charge so much more than WA does.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
I agree (just don't tell Kyle we feel that way... we're getting a real bargain right now, you and I.) lol

I remember Tony Robbins said in a seminar one time that is one of the reasons he charges so much for personal coaching. If you wanted a one-on-one with him, at the time he was charging $10,000 per hour and you had to be on a waiting list for up to 9 months.

He said it wasn't because he was greedy or didn't want to help. It was because if you paid that much money and waited that long to get in, you walked in the door with leverage and were massively motivated to change. His success rate with clients? 100%. :-)
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DianeScorpio Premium
Exactly! I have been asked to proofread articles "as a favour" that were so poorly written I practically rewrote them. If they pay attention and ask questions for future reference then I don't mind. But, as you say, to see them carry on making careless mistakes is very annoying.
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Cherry21 Premium
I am blushing over here. Thanks AJ Trimble.

Different perspective:

First thing, paying for something causes you to have a vested interest in what you've paid for. Your thinking how hard you had to work to get this money. So forth and so on.

But, sometimes old habits die hard. I think for the those who are committed,it really depends upon the person.

Meaning, you give advice to someone and they don't take it. Makes you wonder if they are being serious about this.

And of course, you don't want anyone wasting you time. I get it completely.

Having said that, it may not be their time. Meaning, wherever they are in their lives. The situation isn't bad enough to get them to focus and follow through.

Change only happens when you've reached your limit. I am definitely a testament to that.

When a person is ready for something hell nor high water will stop them.

Now you might say if you don't think your ready then why sign up? Unfortunately, some people are slower at things. You don't know until you know.

One or two things is going to happen:

1. These people will eventually get tired of paying and quit
or
2. Get focused and be serious about what they are doing

Either way you have done all you can do. If no one appreciate your help to bad for them. I appreciate your help.

This was a really good post. Extremely engaging.

Thank you Fellas

Be Blessed.
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Rubberbandman Premium
Totally agree...you cannot go downtown and think you are going to run a successful business without a plan and the right tools. If your not willing to invest in your business then you probably already feel like you are not going to make it.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
That's true! With the freebie we easily give ourselves a way out. But if we pay for something, then we want to "get all benefit out of it".
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CandP Premium
We upgraded to Premium in just a few days when we joined.
C & P
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Nice!
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LLettau1 Premium
You are spot on with this observation. I teach for an online university that charges the students no tuition. I also teach at other for profit universities that do charge tuition. The freebie students do not do nearly as well and the drop rate is much higher. They have no skin in the game.
Larry
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CandP Premium
Well said! If something is 'free' it is often perceived as having little value.
C & P
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing this valuable information Larry! It seems that so many people have made the same observation who are providing free and paid products.
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georkeis Premium
Well i agree with you for sure. Especially in my case when my sister "sponsors" me! How cool is not that?!
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MKearns Premium
I migrated immediately to yearly the week I came in Roope!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
That's great! You were even much faster than me Michael! :)
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Cav1966 Premium
Sound advice my friend
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks my friend!
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SondraM Premium
Well said Roope!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks Sondra!
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