How Can I Make Money at Home – My Wealthy Affiliate Review

How Can I Make Money at HomeWealthy Affiliate – Overview & Rankings

Name: Wealthy Affiliate

Website URL:

Training: 4.9 out of 5.0

Support: 5.0 out of 5.0

Website Builder: 4.8 out of 5.0

WordPress Hosting: 4.8 out of 5.0

Research Tools: 4.8 out of 5.0

Success Stories: 4.5 out of 5.0

My Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0

Price: Starter Member (free), Premium Membership ($49/mth or $359/year)

How I came to Wealthy Affiliate

My story is probably not too different from yours. You’re actually probably reading this because you asked the same question I did…How can I make money at home? It’s really a common question that a lot of people are asking these days…whether it’s health, wanting to spend more time with family, tired of the rat race, or like me…laid off of your job and just don’t want to work for someone else anymore.

I had actually started looking for something to do online so I could quit my job. It got overwhelming though trying to decipher the legit opportunities from the scams. I found some jobs that were legit, but they didn’t really offer a lot of money and I’d still be answering to someone else and playing by their rules.

I happened upon Wealthy Affiliate and liked what I saw. Wealthy Affiliate trains and walks people through the process of becoming a successful affiliate marketer. If you’re not sure what affiliate marketing is, then click HERE to see my post on How to Start in Affiliate Marketing.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know everything there is to know about affiliate marketing, but there are a lot of people at Wealthy affiliate that do. Keep reading and you’ll see what drew me to Wealthy Affiliate and what I’ve gained from joining them.

Wealthy Affiliate, The Company

Wealthy Affiliate, founded in 2005, is a platform that supports affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs. WA currently has around 300,000 active members.

It is online training platform that walks you through the process of starting your own affiliate marketing website. The training guides you through all aspects of setting up a website and how to write content that will get you noticed by Google. Being ranked on Google is the key to traffic and traffic is the key to making referrals for commission. More on this later.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Help You Make Money

By building a website where you create content (blog) about the niche you choose (my website is about the best skincare over 50), you can add affiliate links to products you review or recommend. How Can I Make Money at Home

It’s like telling a friend where you got something from and they go and buy one for themselves. All you gain here is a compliment that the friend likes your taste.

The difference with WA is that when they click on the link you provide, the company gives you a percentage of that sale. Amazon Associates is the biggest affiliate program, but there are thousands…most online companies offer the same program.

Another way is to have a website like this one telling others about Wealthy Affiliate. With each person that signs up as a Premium member through clicking on your links, you receive a commission of $23.50 recurring monthly (month-to-month members) or $175.00 recurring annually (those that pay annually). That’s for every member that signs up through your link. Image over time that have 100 month-to-month members that have signed up through your link…that’s $2,350.00 per month of passive income. This is doable because there are members collecting these amounts and more.

For those that sign up as a free Starter Member and complete their profile you will receive a $1.00 credit that you can use to pay for things within the WA platform or cash out. Not bad, huh? I say every little bit add up!

Now’s probably a good time to tell you that if you click on any of these links I will receive a commission from Wealthy Affiliate if you sign up as a Premium Member.

The Support: You Won’t Find a Better Group

First of all, the co-founders, Kyle and Carson, are very active within the platform. They respond to comments multiple times a day and will respond to private messages you send them. Kyle is more visible in making comments while Carson is more on the tech side.

WA has staff that will assist with your website issues through their Site Support. They are quick to respond, so you don’t get stuck. They’ve helped me with a couple of issues that I didn’t know how to take care of myself. This is super important when you don’t have a background in website development.

The Training: What I’ve Learned

What I’ve learned? How to build a website from scratch and write content that has been indexed in Google.

There are multiple ways to learn:

  1. Follow the Online Entrepenuer Certification. There are 5 levels with 10 sessions each. That’s 50 sessions of videos, links, instructions, and tasks designed to built your website. These 5 levels include: Getting Started; Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website; Making Money!; Mastering Social Engagement; and Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation.
  2. Affiliate Bootcamp Training. There are 7 levels with10 sessions each. That’s 70 sessions of the same type structure as the Online Entrepenuer Certification. These 7 levels include: Getting Your Business Rolling; Content, Keywords and Conversions; Giving Your Site Social Value; Get Visual, Get Aesthetic, Get a Brand Through Media; Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals; Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC; and How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns.
  3. There is an entire library of training put together by members.
  4. Live Events offered through webinars every Friday evening. They are available as recordings if you can’t catch them live.
  5. Live Chat and Ask a Question. There are always members online that can answer your questions.


The Community: It Really Does Take a Village

The community is made up of the members of WA and a large part of achieving success. I’ve already mentioned that members will answer questions, but they will also make you feel welcome at the start and encourage you along the way. Participation is highly encouraged and rewarded through rankings among members. Wile there are no monetary benefits, there is the satisfaction of helping others and in my opinion that helps me as well.

Besides the wealth of knowledge gained from participation in the community there’s the encouragement one receives from the community through blogs within WA. These short posts are a collection of insight, lessons learned, accomplishments, and much more.

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see someone comment that everyone at WA is like family.

You can even earn credits to pay for your membership or other things within WA by giving feedback to other members on their websites.

Building Websites: Where Do I Start?

The thought of building a website can be overwhelming…I know it was for me. You can even begin your journey as a Starter Member for free and start building your website.

Unlike many “free” things you sign up for they are going to ask for your credit card information so they can charge you after so many days unless you cancel.

Well…that’s not the case with WA. Of course there are more benefits with Premium Membership (see below), but you can get started and see if this is really for you before you make that decision. You even get 7 days of full access for free. If you’ve not decided during that time then no big deal and no need to cancel before you’re charged. You only give your credit card information after you’ve decided you want to go Premium.

The Benefits: Free Versus Premium Membership

Here is a side-by-side comparison showing the difference between the Starter and Premium membership:

Who Should…and Shouldn’t Consider Joining Wealthy Affiliate

There’s a reason why you’re reading this and I’d say it’s a sure bet that you’re looking for a way to make good money working from home. Below are some types of people that fit the mold for joining WA, but it’s certainly not a complete list.

  • Want to work from home
  • Tired of the 9 to 5 rat race
  • Unemployed
  • Looking for extra money
  • Want to learn more about becoming an online entrepreneur
  • Disabled or taking care of someone disabled
  • Want to be at home with your children
  • Retirees

This business is NOT for you if you are looking to sit on your tush and get-rich-quick. This is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme, but a buildable business that requires time, effort, and patience. It is all about what you put into it. But that’s the beauty of it…you control when and how. Follow the training to learn how to build your site and you will make money. If you’re looking to earn money the week you put in the work then stay at your 9 to 5.

Pros and Cons: What It All Boils Down To

The Pros:

  • You get to work in your PJs
  • You are your own boss
  • You get to write about what interests you
  • You have time to take care of yourself and your family
  • You learn new things
  • You get excellent training and support
  • The can do this at minimal to no cost
  • You do not have to be an expert on a topic
  • You don’t have to be a professional writer


  • You do not earn money instantly
  • You have to self-motivate (even with the community)
  • It takes time to research your topics and build your site
  • The internet changes so quickly that some training instructions for some websites is outdated (Thus the need for some research).

My Final Opinion: Is Wealthy Affiliates for Real?

In my opinion Wealthy Affiliates if for real. I knew nothing about building a website before joining WA and becoming a Premium Member. Since joining I have built two websites (this one and another on the best skincare over 50). My sites are ranked in Google and I’m getting commissions from my affiliate links.

The support, training, and community have all exceeded my expectations. Why don’t you have a look for yourself!


Please drop me a line in the comments and I’ll be happy to get back with you.



Founder of How to Make Good Money From Home

14 thoughts on “How Can I Make Money at Home – My Wealthy Affiliate Review

  1. Thanks for sharing your idea. Wealthy Affiliate is the best option for making money from home or wherever you want. I’ve been researching the net to find at least one good program that can compare to WA, but it seems to me that these guys are alone. I’ve tried Internet Jetset, and a few others that seem to be legit, but what I’ve got at WA (training, tools, support) makes others look very small. Thanks again for sharing your article.

    1. Thank you for your comment Ivan. You’re so right about the training. WA makes is possible for people like me to have a change at being successful online. Otherwise, I’d be lost and would have already given up.

  2. Really nice review. I joined WA since last year, and I am really proud of what I have achieved for a very short amount of time.

    Wealthy Affiliate really provides great options for anyone interested in affiliate marketing. From 2 free websites to an amazing training and incredible support from its members.

    I did not regret it a single bit.

  3. Hi Karen,
    this affiliate marketing is really fascinating. I have only recently heard about it and was searching for valuable training online. The Review on Wealthy Affiliate you wrote is very helpful for the decision I have to make. The one thing that seems to be outstanding is the free member ship in the beginning, where I can already interact and learn. So that I can make a decision based on knowledge, not just gut feeling.
    Eventhough you might have to motivate yourself, being watched over by the owners and having the possibility to ask questions seems priceless to me.
    I guess I would have to motivate myself and do research where ever I go.

    The only thing that struck me as odd, they do not regularly update their training? With the internet changing so fast, they sure should. If I have to go and find out for myself anyway, why should I join?

    Just an honest question to be sure about it. But as you point out, I can also just join for free and find out.

    Hope you don’t mind my question, it just stood out in your Cons. At least to me.

    Thank you so much in advance,


    1. Hi Jan! Yes, it doesn’t take self motivation and research, but that’s the case in any business.

      As far as the updated training…there are so many trainings available that it is hard to keep up. I’ve even run into this on other websites. The beauty of Wealthy Affiliates is that at least it puts me on the right path. Without the training I wouldn’t even know what to look for or what sites to go to. Another plus is that members are constantly posting new training material in addition to the training provided by WA. I listed the training under cons just so my readers get the real picture, but the pros of training far outweigh the one con.

      I tried my hand at another type online business and ended up quitting it…and lost money by the way…because I had no clue what I was doing. I will not be quitting Wealthy Affiliate though. Between the trainings and asking questions from other members I have been able to build two websites to date. It all really goes back to that self-motivation. If I’m serious about something then I’m going to take the time to learn. We all need to be turned in the right direction though and WA does this for us.

      Thank you so much for your question. I hope my answer helps in making your decision. Please let me know is you want additional information.

      I just don’t think you, or anyone else, can go wrong with Wealthy Affiliate.

      I wish you much success, Karen

  4. Dear Karen,
    thank you so much for this encouraging and thourough answer.
    In fact, I hadn’t quite gotten the part with video training from members!
    That is awesome!!

    I guess it’s just my own laziness looking for excuses not to try.
    If on the platform of this Wealthy Affiliate people respond to questions so quickly and in a helpful way, I have to try it out.

    Thank you, I have no excuses now!!
    Let me know how to find you when I set up my account.
    I guess I could need your guidance.

    Best wishes,

    1. Glad I could give some insight and encouragement Jan! Questions can be asked through live chat, so an answer usually comes quickly. There are members from all over the world, so basically there is someone on the platform 24/7. This comes in handy if you decide to burn the midnight oil.

      You can click on any of the pictures or links or click here to set up your account. I would love for you to join and get all the guidance you need. Karen

  5. Great review Karen! I’ve been on Wealthy Affiliate for over a year so I can say that this is accurate. I had my doubts about it at first, but I jumped into it and I’m so glad I did! I started making money within the first few months and haven’t stopped since. It’s also such a great community of people that are super helpful. Affiliate marketing rocks and I highly recommend it to everyone I talk to! Thanks again. Always nice to read reviews of WA.

  6. Hi Karen,

    Great post. I, like you, came across WA when I was researching how to make a passive income from home and like you, found it overwhelming as there’s are a lot of scams out there. But I can honestly say hand on heart that WA is not only legit but a wonderful way to build your own business based off of what you’re passionate about and with an incredible community and wealth of knowledge behind it. I think your article lays out really nicely and concisely all that WA has to offer and if I hadn’t already been a member and had come across this post, I’m sure I would have clicked on your link without hesitation.

    Keep up the great work 🙂


  7. Wow! This is such an in-depth review. As a fellow member of the community of Wealthy Affiliate, I too can recommend the platform as a way of making money online. I have recently made my first sale. It took some time but I can now see that the potential is just phenomenal. Thank you for sharing.

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