Heads Up: I am no longer a fan of Wealthy Affiliate. I explain part of my reasoning here, here, here, here, here and here. There are alternatives. The content below may not fully reflect my current opinion of Wealthy Affiliate.

Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam?

Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam? No, they are not a scam.

No, they are not a scam.

However and this is important, they make it sound easy for people to succeed in an online affiliate marketing business. It’s not as easy as they make it sound. It requires time and effort to do the training, especially the real world practical tasks that they set. Learning and doing is a continuous process.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. They can give a scam like perception. Some of their not widely known business practises are questionable. They oversell. They teach some outdated & ineffective affiliate marketing tactics. Their keyword research tool is very basic. Their hosting & 24/7 hosting support is good.

The techniques explained in the online business training have worked. This increases the odds of those exact same techniques working for you. However and this is extremely important, you should know up front that some of these tactics are no longer as effective as they used to be. This is for various reasons, including Google changing their search engine algorithm on a regular basis.

The problem is that people doing their affiliate marketing training are not going to know upfront which techniques are no longer effective. That for me is very problematic. I am not interested in learning and doing approaches that worked years ago and which Wealthy Affiliate trainers should know no longer work now.

Other organisations in the affiliate marketing space are continuosly testing out new approaches and determing what works now. They are actually building new websites from scratch and building them up. The main trainers at Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Jay have not build new websites recently from scratch to confirm that their training still works. Or if they have, they do not share those websites with the membership.

Remember if you use highly competitive keywords used by many other highly successful highly ranked websites, and only write a few posts in comparison, you can’t truly expect the search engines to rank your content above them when your website is only up for a few months in comparison to the years that the competition has been.

I do recommend that you start this part time in your spare time. Learning and building an online affiliate marketing business does take time and effort.

Shame Some Other Organisations Do Not Offer Free Trials

Here are some well known scams. They are so common and so well established they are generally accepted and not considered as scams. These are examples of what I consider to be as scam practices. These are not considered as scams however are very scam like in my opinion.

Gyms Offering Yearly Membership Deals in January

It is a real shame that gyms in general do not offer a free membership package at the start of a new year. Many gyms worldwide usually have good yearly membership deals costing good money at the start of the year. They do this because they know that in a few months, many people who paid for a yearly gym membership package a year in advance will no longer be going to the gym.

Third Level Educational Institutions Making Students Pay in Advance

Third level educational institutions make students pay for their education for a period in advance. Yet if a student after paying this fee decides not to go ahead with that course forgoes the right to a refund. That course may have not been their first choice. Their first choice comes through a few days after paying for say their third choice.

How Often Have You Brought Something and Then Discover That You Rarely Use It?

What comes to my mind here is a joke I heard Dara O’Briain, a comedian say:

Bicycle in a shed

Dara was talking about his experiences with bicycles in mid-life. He explained that he brought a bicycle with additional bits and pieces. He said that he used it for a while and then stopped. It was implied that his bicycle is now in a shed and rarely used.

Turns Out Buying Bicycles in Mid-life That End up Not Being Used Happens Often

He then asked the audience, how many of them have done the same thing and many in the audience indicated that they did. Then he asked how many of you are married to someone who did this. Way more people in the audience indicated that their spouse did something similar.

It sounds that many sheds have rarely used bicycles stored in them. In other words, buying the bicycle and all the associate gear was a complete waste of money.

Bicycle Sellers Surely Know This

I would think that many people who sell these bicycles with the extra gear know that many of these bicycles will be hardly used if ever.

Many people may actually benefit from some sort of “free trial” offer with bicycles. 🙂

Only if they use the bicycles for a while, would they upgrade to actually buying the bicycle. After they have proved to themselves (and their spouses) that they will actually get value from the bicycle.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

The Wealthy Affiliate Free Trial Gives You the Opportunity to See If This Is a Good Fit for You

I used to think that the concept of the Wealthy Affiliate Free Trial was a no brainer. However I no longer think so.

Looking for Affiliate Marketing Training?

When looking for affiliate marketing training, look for people who are currently successful doing this who are teaching their current proven successful approaches and who are not teaching outdated or ineffective appoaches. Look for proof of this recent success from independent well-known trustworthy sources.

If you are looking for affiliate marketing training I do suggest that you look at a number of companies in the teaching affiliate marketing space. Funny enough all the ones I started following recently also have active YouTube channels.

Most of them also have courses which may hit the sweat spot for you. Some of these courses are not cheap so you do need to do a lot of due diligence yourself to be sure that they actually fulfill your needs.

For the moment anyway I am reading their blogs and following them on YouTube. I have already subsribed to their email newsletters. Of course, if you decide to buy anything from those emails be sure to do your own due diligence as well.

I am finding that this approach is working for me. It may also work for you.

Here is my current list as in September 2021.

These are not affiliate links. I do not earn anything if you purchase at these websites.

I think if you are interested in affiliate marketing, you should get an overall view provided by different people who are currently doing affiliate marketing today before spending money on affiliate marketing training if you ever do. If you ever go ahead and spend money with them, be sure to do your own due diligence as well.

Here’s my current list in no particular order as in September 2021:

Income School

Their website and YouTube channel are full of useful information. Their videos are entertaining and full of good information. Their information is based on their real world recent experiences doing affiliate marketing. Their approaches that I am aware off make sense to me.

They change their recommendations and approaches over time in response to the changing world. They do testing and experimentation on their own websites. They regularly start off new websites from scratch.

For instance, they used to recommend three different types of post along with recommended word counts. Since about May 2021 they now recommend two different types of posts along with recommended word counts. These recommendations are based on them doing different experiments on their own websites and what they recently found out. They do that on an ongoing basis. They also recently changed their keywork research process which they call search analyis.

Website: https://incomeschool.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/IncomeSchool

Backlinko

Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko provides a lot of actionable information mainly about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you are doing affiliate marketing, you need to know and do good Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you look around in his blog you will find a lot of affiliate marketing related resources.

Website: https://backlinko.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrianDean

Authority Hacker

Their website and YouTube channel are full of useful information. Their videos are entertaining and full of good information. Their information is based on their real world recent experiences in building authority websites.Their approaches that I am aware off make sense to me.

They are data driven and scientific driven. They recommend using a $99 a month keyword research tool in their approach. They don’t earn commissions from that recommendation. In their eyes, that happens to be the best tool for the job. Their idea is to be very smart about deciding what to do (or not do) based in part on figures that this tool provides.

They change their recommendations and approaches over time in response to the changing world. They do testing and experimentation on their own websites. They regularly start off new websites from scratch.

Website: https://www.authorityhacker.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AuthorityHacker

Diggity Marketing

Matt Diggity, the founder of Diggity Marketing provides a lot of actionable information mainly about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). His information is mainly based on tests he has done. He’s not into theory stuff.

Matt also usually blogs near the end of the month with a “News roundup of what is happening in the search engine world, in the google search world and in the SEO world in general”. That blog post usually contains useful timely information.

Website: https://diggitymarketing.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MattDiggity

My Affiliate Marketing Training Conclusion

These are the people and organisations I feel comfortable sharing with you at the present time. I have learned not to be totally dependent on one source of affiliate marketing / search engine optimization information.

Some of them on occasion disagree with others in approach. So knowing that and maybe knowing when they have their opinion and maybe knowing why they have different opinions leads me to form my own opinion.

I hope that you find the above information useful in your affiliate marketing adventures. If you ever go ahead and spend money with any of them or with anyone else on the internet, be sure to do your own very detailed due diligence as well.

Here Are Some Recommendations

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here are some recommendations that I hope you’ll also find helpful. Of course, I may earn commissions if you buy using my links.

Domain Registrations, Renewals and Transfers

I use Domain Cost Club for domain registrations, renewals and transfers. I been using them now for over six years. I find that they do the job and do it very cost effectively. You can read my review of them by clicking here.

WordPress Hosting

A good WordPress Hosting webhost is Bluehost. They have a good interface and they have 24/7 support. I wrote a short post outlining some of the packages Bluehost have available. Click here to read that post.

If you are more technical and already have practical cPanel Hosting expertise, you might find the cPanel Hosting solution I currently use hits the sweet spot for you. Just know this solution does not have 24/7 support.

I wrote a post explaining my definition of managed WordPress hosting which includes a pricing comparison at the bottom of that article. You can read that by clicking here.

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