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.