What Is Wealthy Affiliate? A Scam?

I admire you for checking this company out before you take the leap. There really are two questions here…What is Wealthy Affiliate? A scam?

I did my homework extensively before I took a leap of faith and became a member of Wealthy Affiliate. I am an experienced business man and I have worked extensively in the corporate world and I have owned and operated my own businesses.

Disclosure: I may receive a commission when you join Wealthy Affiliate through my website but it does not cost you a penny more.

Online Business Scams

I have been around long enough to know what a scam looks like and Wealthy Affiliate is not one of them.

Let me tell you why.

There are certain symptoms that indicate a scam and if you see these, you know you are on to one. Conversely, there are indicators that you are looking at a legitimate opportunity.

Probably the biggest two scam indicators are promises that first, you can make a ton of money really fast and secondly, you not have to do much at all. You and I know that the world does not work this way.

With Wealthy Affiliate you are to keep your credit card in your wallet.  Secondly, there is a promise of a great opportunity to make a lot of money, but this does not happen without effort on your part.

Wealthy Affiliate Does Not Have To Cost You A Cent

You are invited to go into Wealthy Affiliate and get all the benefits for a full week and it will not cost you a penny. At the end of the week, you can still remain in the program and build a site and use many of the resources of Wealthy Affiliate for free. You can do this for as many weeks or years as you like. You can literally build your business and start making a healthy income and never pay a penny to Wealthy Affiliate or anybody else.

Make Money – No Money Needed

You have access to the full beginners training course, free hosting sites for your business, and free “keyword” searches. This is really all you need to build your business. It is comprehensive and well done.  Wealthy Affiliate has been in business for 15 years and has a refined product. You can make money – no money needed.

The training is not just casual…It is geared so that you will be able to build a strong business and be successful.

This is so indicative of the “Anti-Scam” that is gave me a huge level of comfort. I am guessing it will for you too.

So, here we are….No money required. Not only nothing upfront but not necessarily ever. And secondly, no outrageous promises of tremendous wealth falling in your lap the first month with no effort.

Really, the scam sites would be laughable except that they do hurt people pretty badly.

How can Wealthy Affiliate make you this offer?

What happened to me is that I realized that I could build my business faster if I became a “premium” member. This was not necessary but I made a good business decision and I signed up to pay a modest amount for access to more of what I felt would be a good investment.

Premium members do get benefits that I believe are worth paying for and most people end up signing up for the premium membership. The product and the support are so good that we can offer you all the free benefits and most will eventually sign up for premium. It is a demonstration of how confident we are that once you see what the total program is like, you will jump on board and be willing to pay for the extras.

The company is owned and operated by two experienced marketers, Kyle and Carson. They have been developing, running and improving this company for over a decade and a half.  Wealthy Affiliate is geared toward making you successful. The reputation of the company is based on your success.

Wealthy Affiliate Does It Work?

I trust I have set your mind at rest as to the legitimacy of Wealthy Affiliate. You can verify everything I have told you by going into the site by clicking the link above and seeing what is available there for you.  I want to be very clear that although I may get a commission when you join Wealthy Affiliate through this site, it does not cost you a penny more for anything you might purchase there. In fact, it is to your benefit to sign up here through this site because you then become eligible for extra assistance and support from me.

The next question you probably have is: Wealthy Affiliate Does it work?

Yes Wealthy Affiliate does work if you do. Part of what I pointed out above is that Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme.

Wealthy Affiliate is a work it now and get rich as a result. It is a vehicle to build a business and be successful with almost 100% certainty. If you have over a million dollars lying around and you want to start a McDonald’s franchise and you’re willing to work hard and put in long hours what are the chances of success? Pretty close to 100%. McDonald’s knows exactly what it takes for you to be successful and that is a pretty secure thing.

Keep your million dollars in your pocket and we will give you another, I believe more attractive map to essentially 100% guaranteed success. Also forget about having to hang out at your McDonald’s franchise and making sure everything is going smoothly.

This you can do at home, on vacation or on weekends and evenings. The 100% likelihood of success is there if you are willing to put consistent effort in to build your business. This includes getting educated on our site, following directions and being willing to put your time in to make your business a success.

That being said you probably would like to know how much can I make from Wealthy Affiliate?

It will, of course depend on how much time you are willing to put into your business, but if you can dedicate about 10 hours a week, here is what you can expect:

MONTH 1: Accomplishments

  1. Get your website set up
  2. Do a great job researching and writing about your product or service
  3. Get the site in condition to be ranked by google/yahoo/bing
  4. Be indexed by google/yahoo/bing
  5. Have 5 to 10 posts on your website
  6. Earning Potential...Don’t expect much yet. You are getting ready for the income to pour in later.

MONTH 3: Accomplishments

  1. You can expect to get ranked by google/bing/yahoo
  2. Your site will start to get searched more and more
  3. Sales are beginning!
  4. Your rank will continue to grow as you are more often searched
  5. You will now have written about 50 posts for your site
  6. You now know more than almost anyone else out there with a website due to the training you have received in Wealthy Affiliate
  7. Earning Potential…Now it is getting really exciting as you start to see some money coming in…maybe up to $500 in a month. This is just the beginning!

MONTH 6: Accomplishments

  1. Now we are rolling! You are starting to see up to 100 people per day on your site
  2. As a result, your sales are taking off with several per week.
  3. You are celebrating
  4. You are truly getting expertise on your product/service and you now know what it takes to make this site work for you
  5. Your ranking is getting better and better as you gain respect within google/bing/yahoo
  6. You continue to add posts to your website as you get more sophisticated every day
  7. You are getting more and more excited as you see your site taking off
  8. Earning Potential:… Maybe $500…Maybe up to $3000 is a fair estimate


  1. You think you were excited before? Hardly. You are seeing traffic on your site all day long. This is great. This is what you waited for.
  2. goggle/bing/yahoo are thinking very highly of you now.
  3. You are finding that other sites are reaching out to you to link which increases your traffic and credibility
  4. You are making sales daily
  5. You have continued to add posts to your site
  6. Earning Potential: You are now making decent money for just one year in…At a minimum $3,000 a month and potentially up to maybe $10,000…It can be more at this point! You have worked hard and you have surely earned it!


  1. It only is getting better.
  2. You are impressing google/bing/yahoo
  3. You know exactly what you are doing and things are getting easier and more lucrative for you
  4. You are making a great income on line now
  5. You have it made
  6. You have continued to add posts to your site and you are now one of the top performers in your area of expertise
  7. Earning Potential:...Celebrate BIG TIME. You are now in the $10,000 to $20,000 range per month and it just keeps getting better and better. You are celebrating the decision you made just 24 months ago.


  1. By now you are loving your new lifestyle.
  2. You are able to use your money to give to charities as you see fit, pay for your kid’s education, fund your retirement, travel. You have so many options now…Time and financial resources you have not had before
  3. You are an expert and you are enjoying your business more and more. You may have elected to hire help to enhance your business by now. Life if pretty cool.
  4. Earning Potential: $10,000-$50,000 per month. This is just a guess. you may well be way beyond this depending on how much you have put into it. 60 months and you are in great shape and having a blast doing it.

So these are pretty impressive numbers and will change your life..both because you are financially doing really well but also because now you have a lot of leisure time as well. Of course these are estimates and it may take you longer to really get going and I know of people who have income after 3 months so there is a lot of flexibility with these estimates.

The important thing to consider is that you are building a business that will provide you with income the rest of your life. Putting some effort in now is a small price to pay for a big payoff later on.

Is Wealthy Affiliate Legitimate?

I think I have shown you that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam and has value for you but you must wonder is developing a business based on Wealthy Affiliate legitimate as a business model?

Here is the model as I see it and from my own experience, and I critique the company from my own experience…

The Market: It is important to consider the efficacy of the market you are approaching when developing when you start a business. A lot of time and effort will go into building up your business and you want to make sure you have a long term product. Our world is in great flux right now and many businesses will lose their market over time.

Online marketing is just in its infancy and is growing like crazy.

Over 3 billion people are online buying and searching for products and services. Most are underserved and are in need of the help we can provide. This will change and by that I mean the need for us will continue to grow. More people are getting online every day and there is no where near enough support out there to serve them. There are huge needs that we can fulfill and get rewarded for. If I want to be anywhere developing a business right now, it is online.

Investment:  Almost any business you create will require a big investment of cash. This may be in the form of inventory, vehicles, having to give up an income from a job, advertising and so on.

Wealthy Affiliate is very low cost…No inventory, no vehicles, you can use your current computer and keep your current job. I can’t see any big costs involved. The McDonald’s example I used earlier on is a good example of heavy upfront costs.

Risk:  Almost any business you start is going to involve a very high level of risk. Most businesses fail and most of those failures are due to lack of money to cover cash flow.

With Wealthy Affiliate your business can be created with little or no money. You will be risking your time, but the chances of success are extremely high for those who are willing to put the time in.

Employees: Employees can be difficult to deal with and the wrong ones can drain a business quickly. They will take time and cost money.

With your online business you can pick and chose whether you want to have people helping you. Most don’t but if you want you can contract out to independent contractors who are not employees.

Government Regulations, licenses: Many businesses require certifications, licenses and regulations that have to be adhered to with substantial penalties if you inadvertently break the rules.

Your online business have a few rules that you must follow but they are easily spelled out and easy to conform to. They will not interfere with your business.


Time Flexibility: This is a huge one for you and a very big one for me. With any other business you will almost certainly be tied down to having to be somewhere doing something. There is not much flexibility with most businesses. You have to conform to your customer’s schedules and be available to serve them.

With your online business, you set your own hours. Want to work at 2 AM and sleep in? Want to put a few hours in this morning and spend the rest of the day relaxing with a good book? Take a hike or lie in the sun?  You put the hours in you want to put in and when you want to. As your site matures, it will require less and less time. Your challenge will be to find out how to spend your leisure time.

We could go on and on but you get the idea. This is a safe, very low risk business with a very very high likelihood of success.

So at this point, I have to ask you if you haven’t gone in yet to check us out…why not?  I believe this opportunity encompasses all you need to have the kind of retirement that you want.

You have no need for specialized training. You have little or no financial risk. You don’t have to quit your job or buy a bunch of equipment to do this.  Again, the downside is essentially nonexistent as far as I can see and the upside is financial security like you probably have never known.

Maybe it seems like you have worked so hard and here you are and why should it be any different in the future? It will be different because you have found a very lucrative opportunity and you have decided to go for it. It really is that simple. You will always have access to me for help along the way, not to mention the help that is available in Wealthy Affiliate.

It is your turn to have financial success in your life.


Take a risk and you will reap great rewards even in your sleep.

I am looking forward to working with you and making sure your dreams come true.

Any questions or comments…Please leave them below and I will respond











4 Replies to “What Is Wealthy Affiliate? A Scam?”

  1. As a WA user myself, I agree with you… it is not a scam. Instead it is a very supportive community, with lots of teaching resources. If you work with your site and have basic pc skills, I believe almost anybody can start making money through it. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Tom,

    thank you for putting together this information. BTW, I love the tagline of your blog saying “Affiliate Marketing explained” – it’s a great tagline! congrats! (I tried to come up with a nice tagline for my own blog and it took me ages. haha!)

    Thank you for preparing the monthly overview for the WA progress – it’s nicely done.

    I can say, with my experience on my first blog back in 2006 – it took me roughly 6 months to get the first sales. Key is to produce content on a regular basis. But then the curve of growth really is exponential. At first, one has to put in a bit of effort. But as Zig Ziglar says: If a million dollar awaits you at the target line, wouldn’t you start walking right away? ..or something like that 🙂

    But this quote is from him, I know for sure:
    “If you help enough other people get what they want, you can have everything in life you want.”

    WA is the place to get the necessary information to avoid wasting time. I did my first site without any help and I made many mistakes, that have cost me time and money. That’s why I’m taking their course and already it has helped me so much.

    The greatest value for me: The community.

    There are many groups out there – facebook, etc, but the positive & helpful spirit at WA is something else. It gives so much energy 🙂

    Thank you for posting the monthly overview in your article, Tom. It was inspiring to read!

    Have a lovely day,

    1. Thank you so much Benita for such a positive comment and those great quotes.
      I have to agree that the training and the community make Wealthy Affiliate a special place. It is truly a business incubator.
      We are very fortunate to have this opportunity.
      And yes, Zig Ziglar and the “get walking quote is ideal for what we do.
      Best to you on your journey Benita.

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