My Wealthy Affiliate Review, 2019 Update

My Wealthy Affiliate Review, 2019 Update
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Wealthy Affiliate Changed During 2018

When I wrote my initial review of Wealthy Affiliate, I was a fairly new member of the website. Shortly after, the site was updated with a new and improved user experience, and several other changes. I’ll try to go over some of those changes in this post.

Before I do, here’s a 30-minute walk-through video of the new website experience you may want to watch. I couldn’t embed the video in this post, but this link will take you to the post that has the video, It’s near the beginning of Carson’s post.

Changes Since January, 2018

Here are some of the main changes to the Wealthy Affiliate website that have occurred in the past year (2018)

  • The video platform has been updated (January)
  • A new main menu was implemented along with full integration with the JAAXY keyword research tool (February)
  • A new and updated internal blogging platform for all WA members (March)
  • The navigation of the entire website was updated with a new user experience (UX) upgrade (May)
  • The homepage and website pages were updated (May)
  • The Ambassador program for WA members was updated. WA ambassadors earn the designation and have the responsibility of helping newer members (June)
  • SSL for all members (August)
  • Site Speed Extreme and caching improvements have been implemented (August)
  • Site Comments 2.0, an improved method of commenting on member’s posts (September)
  • A mobile friendly version of Wealthy Affiliate has been added (September)

How Do All These Changes Work?

The user experience has been simplified drastically. Carson, one of the founders of the Wealthy Affiliate website, explains in good detail in the same post that contains the walk-through video.

The streamlining of the menus and the improved site navigation have made moving around on the site much more intuitive. It’s more logical and easier to find what you’re looking for.

It’s great that the site is more user-friendly, but my question was about the training offered.

Has The Training Been Updated?

Yes it has. While the lessons are mostly the same, they have been updated to reflect changes in technology and the presentation has been updated. Here’s a screenshot of what’s offered at Starter level 1, the free training at Wealthy Affiliate.

Compare the above screenshot with the old level one menu below.

As you can see, the lessons follow the same order and are named the same. They are brought up to date with the changes in the internet and in marketing over the last dozen years or so. I wrote a post about what’s offered in the free Starter Program. Take a look if you’re interested.

The method of payment has been updated with more options.

Up until this year, there were only two options for paying for the advanced training at Wealthy Affiliate. You could pay monthly or yearly. If you wanted to pay monthly, the cost was $49 per month, and if you were sure you wanted to commit to your online business, yearly was $359 per year.

Those prices haven’t changed. What’s changed is a 6-month option, the membership fee being $234 for the 6 months. Take a look at the following graphic:

As you can see, both the 6-month and the yearly fees save money over the monthly cost. The 6-month option was instituted for those who wanted to commit for a longer time, but couldn’t afford the $359 annual membership fee.

The Annual Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference

Something that I didn’t mention in my initial Wealthy Affiliate review was the annual WA super affiliate conference in Las Vegas.

It’s a pretty BIG deal! Here’s what it’s about:

Wealthy Affiliate has an affiliate program, which is a no-brainer for an affiliate marketing training website. Members who want to promote WA and bring in new members can earn recurring commissions on the members who advance from the free training to the paid training, which all do who are serious about earning an income with affiliate marketing online.

Take a look at the above screenshot. It explains the commission structure for those who choose to market the Wealthy Affiliate experience. Even those in the free Starter Program can earn commissions, and the commissions recur as long as the referral continues to pay for his or her Wealthy Affiliate membership.

With 300 paid referrals in a year, your commissions would add up to over $50,000. And, once they join and begin to have success in affiliate marketing, many members continue for several years.d

As an incentive, those who are able to bring in 300 paying members in a year are accepted to the all-expense-paid conference, which is now in its 10th year.

It’s a great experience, lasts for three days, and is held in February for those who qualified for the previous year. My goal is to make it for the first time this year (2019). There are those who have attended several times, and they all rave about the experience. Here’s a link to the 2018 conference.

Each conference offers lots of perks, including gourmet meals, Las Vegas activities, and SWAG.

It’s a conference, though, not just a play date. Super affiliates meet and get to know each other, and discuss ways to improve Wealthy Affiliate and their own websites.

So there are some meetings amid all the fun.

I’ve chosen the MMO (Make Money Online) niche for one of my websites which is why I’m promoting Wealthy Affiliate. A nice side benefit is that it’s one of the BEST, if not THE best, websites teaching people how to become successful, income earning bloggers.

The FTC monitors the web, and they have mandated that anyone in affiliate marketing must disclose to a visitor who clicks on a link and ends up purchasing a product that the affiliate will earn a commission.

Thanks for reading my post. After almost 2 years I still think that Wealthy Affiliate is great!. I know that there are other websites that offer training on making money with a blog, many of them very good, but WA is my choice.

I hope you join me.

I’m Grant.

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Wow! Grant… these changes are great. I was familiar with the Wealthy Affiliate platform long ago, have seen quite a few reviews before and considered joining myself. 

However, it seems that they have updated a great deal of their site to catch up with the times. It seems they are far ahead of the competition in this field actually.

Would you recommend Wealthy Affiliate’s web hosting platform? I know it exists, but aside from the university and training I think I’m more interested in what the site hosting has to offer. GoDaddy and FastDomain have been pretty weak options in my opinion. I’m kind of sick of no help answering my questions, etc. 

It seems Wealthy Affiliate’s community from your last review would be a great place for bouncing ideas around, any perspective there?

Thanks!

-Dalton

Thanks for the comment, Dalton. Good to hear from you. In my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate has one of the best hosting platforms available. You can’t go wrong with it.

I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for almost six months now and it is really good to know about these changes that have been taken place since 2018. This article has listed all the changes and how it can be more useful for the users. Thank you so much for sharing this article. 

Wealthy affiliate keeps improving, it keeps getting robust and better everyday. The site owners are doing an amazing job to ensure that life is made easier for every user, whether you are a premium or free starter. That is the beauty, almost everything that you will need to succeed online is available on the platform. In summary, they have succeeded in lowering the entry barrier into online businesses.

Wealthy affiliate has been awesome and wished I had known this site earlier, it’s one of the best platform I have seen that sincerely gives it’s members chance to build their online empire and the same time earn lots of cash, ever since I joined wealthy affiliate I have had had financial freedom. So happy to be among this wonderful community.

Grant, excellent post on the Wealthy Affiliate platform and all the changes that occurred in 2018! I think all the changes were vast improvements and I am excited to see what is coming up in 2010! You mentioned your goal is to go to Vegas next year, how are you doing so far?

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