My online career began with the Wealthy Affiliate 10 part starter course and after a while I decided to upgrade and access the Premium tools and training at the cost of £30 ($47) a month. Here is my personal account of my Wealthy Affiliate experience, followed by the comments of others who are either on the Free course or have also upgraded to Premium:
How did you first hear about Wealthy Affiliate?
I was doing some research on another opportunity and was thinking about getting involved with it. When I was searching for reviews on Google about that opportunity, I came across a site run by Wealthy Affiliate member Marcus. He explained quite clearly how the opportunity I was looking at was basically a scam. It would have cost me hundreds if not thousands had I enrolled.
Marcus’s site also explained to me how he had been involved with Wealthy Affiliate and how the training and support that was offered there had allowed him to replace his full time job with his website business. That was exactly what I wanted to do, so I became interested.
The part of the offer that swung it for me was the fact that you could access the starter course for free. That allowed me to test Wealthy Affiliate and see that is was genuine.
What concerns, if any, did you have before starting the free course?
I was concerned that it was a scam! Like so many other people I have tried a number of business opportunities over the years and had found none of them to be any good. None of them taught me how to successfully make money and all they did was take my money from me!
That was why the free course was such a big hook for me. I could create an account at Wealthy Affiliate, logon, join in and see that the platform was real. I had the chance to meet others online who were just like me and ask any questions that I wanted. I even had the opportunity to talk directly with the 2 guys who had set the whole thing up. This was without paying anything and without even having to enter my credit card details at all.
I have never found a business opportunity that allowed me to do that upfront for nothing.
What sort of PC or website skills did you have prior to joining?
I had previously used Microsoft Office, sent emails and surfed the net but I had no experience of website building. I must admit that was a concern looking back, was I really going to be able to build a site that looked “professional” rather than “homemade”.
As it turned out I could. I had heard of WordPress, but hadn’t ever used it but it really is very simple to use. All of the technical stuff is done in the background for you. You only really need to type and do some basic formatting as the system handles everything else for you.
I’m definitely now a fully paid up WordPress fan!
Was the free 10 part course actually free?
Yes it was.
I could work through it whenever I wanted, which suited me since I was fitting it in around a full time job and at no time either before, during or after I had finished the course was I asked to pay for anything. I been on a lot of programs that ask for payment details up front and promise they won’t charge your card, but even that didn’t apply here.
You simply access the course with a valid email and your own password and that’s it.
Was the free 10 part course any good?
Very good in my opinion. By the end of the final part I had actually built a functioning website and I could find it on Google. Given that I had no prior website building experience I was quite proud of my achievement!
The best bit about the course was that it broke down what I needed to do into small chunks that I could complete. The video tutorials show you what you need to do and you simply copy the process. Each time you finish a lesson, the system ticks it off for you so you can see how well you are getting on.
Were you pressurised into accessing the Premium content?
No I wasn’t. I was told about how it could help me out, but I wasn’t put under pressure to join. I had the option, as does everyone, to stay as a free member and this would allow me to continue to work on my site without paying anything.
Why did you decide to go Premium?
The more I worked on my site, the more I could see the possibilities of where my website business could go and I decided that if I was serious about making a proper income from my business then I had to give myself the best chance which meant accessing the premium tuition.
Premium covers a wide range of topics that I had little knowledge about, such as Pay Per Click and Social Media and understanding how to make use of these tools really gave my business a boost.
Have you had any problems?
I did get stuck at times, either with understanding a piece of training or thinking about the direction I wanted to go with my site but I had amazing help. The members at Wealthy Affiliate really do help each other out. If you ask a question in the Activity Dashboard someone will answer it, normally very quickly.
There is also the Live chat option which is great for talking directly to others who are logged into the system and you can always direct message the founders of the business if you want to put your question to the top people!
How much time do you spend working on your website?
It’s now a full time job for me, but I really enjoy it. I make sure I do something on it on 5 days out of 7 a week, but I’m not tied down to a specific routine or time frame and I have edited my site at 3am before, just because it suited me!
Over the course of a normal week about 30 to 35 hours, but some weeks I do more, others less. The flexibility offered by this type of work is one of the greatest benefits of running a website business.
What has been the best part about your Wealthy Affiliate experience?
It has taught me how to build online businesses and now that I have that skill, I can build as many as I like.
It’s down to me whether I want to scale things up and work more hours or keep at my current level.
I have the freedom I had been looking for for all of my life.
What has been the worst part?
In the early days, things did seem a bit overwhelming. There was a lot to take in but there were two things that really helped with that.
Firstly the training being in small pieces that built up as I went along was brilliant. If the course had been structured differently and everything had been thrown at me at once, I would have been swamped.
Secondly the support and encouragement I received from others was amazing. Wealthy Affiliate really has a family feel to it. Everyone who has found WA has the same ambition of building something successful and for that reason they all want to learn and help others to learn. I’ve never been involved in something that ultimately has commercial aims at it’s heart but was so caring and helpful at the same time
What advice would you give others who are thinking of taking the free 10 part course?
It’s the first step on your journey to having your own business and you can start without taking any risk. But only you can take action and start the ball rolling:
Can you briefly sum up what Wealthy Affiliate means to you?
It really has changed my life for the better. I am much happier now than I ever have been and I am enjoying life and it’s all down to the path that Wealthy Affiliate opened up for me.
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