What’s Wealthy Affiliate And How Does It Work? -Inside Look

If you have been searching for a way to learn affiliate marketing online, then you have likely heard about Wealthy Affiliate at some point. You have probably seen some mention of it during your research, and you would like to know more. If you want the full in depth explanation of the entire platform, please feel free to read my Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review.

If you are just looking to get a quick grasp on what Wealthy Affiliate is and how it works, then let’s get going, shall we.

What Exactly Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is an online training community for digital marketers, with over 100,000 active members. They focus on helping beginners create a niche website, provide quality content, and monetize traffic with affiliate marketing. The entire training series is based on the affiliate business model and creating long term success online with White Hat SEO practices.

Wealthy Affiliate Founders Kyle and Carson

Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim founded Wealthy Affiliate in 2005, and have since built the platform into a one stop shop for online affiliate entrepreneurs. They have spent the years helping beginners find success online, improving the WA platform for ease of use, and staying on top of changes in the industry. The platform is continuously updated with helpful content from the community and the founders themselves. Everyone is helping each other learn the ropes and stay ahead of the curve.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Work?

  1. Sign Up For Wealthy Affiliate And Start Your Training
  2. Create A Website UsingThe Site Builder
  3. Produce Quality Content Using The Site Content Feature
  4. Get Organic Traffic Using White Hat SEO
  5. Start Earning Revenue And Get Paid
  6. Scale Your Online Business And Grow Your Success

This is an oversimplified explanation, so please don’t think that I’m saying it is easy to create and grow a successful online business. It’s Not Easy. The process is simple, but the practice is difficult, and that’s why online marketing, is just not for everyone.

You will need to find the time, patience, and persistence to make it in the online world. It would be nice to get-rich-quick but that is not how Wealthy Affiliate works. They teach you to create a sustainable long term business that can generate revenue for years to come with organic search traffic. You must do it properly though, and the best way to ensure you are doing it right, is to follow the training.

Also consider that this will not happen overnight. It takes an average of around 6 months for new websites to start seeing steady traffic, but it can take considerably longer. To get a better idea of how long it may take you, check out my article on how long it takes to become a full time blogger. The same time frame applies to all new sites that are not using paid traffic methods.

Is Wealthy Affiliate Free?

Yes, Wealthy Affiliate does have a completely free membership, that doesn’t require any credit card info whatsoever. You can get access instantly with no obligations. The free membership will give you access to live help for the first 7 days, 2 free wordpress websites hosted on the SiteRubix servers, 2 separate training courses with 10 lessons each, 1-on-1 coaching and so much more. Check out the image below to see exactly what you get for the free vs premium membership at WA.

Wealthy Affiliate Membership Grid

The majority of training platforms similar to WA, will typically have a money back guarantee, but you never have to surrender your financial info to join Wealthy Affiliate, so you never need to worry about getting your money back. You can try before you buy, and this is a fact that all WA members are very proud of, especially the founders.

There are so many scams online that it can be stressful to invest your hard-earned money into something you know very little about, so I always suggest doing your research. Clearly by reading this, you are already ahead of my recommendation. If you need a more in depth explanation of everything Wealthy Affiliate, read my review to get the full inside look.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Make Money?

Wealthy Affiliate makes money through 2 methods.

  • The Premium Membership.

Many newcomers to WA will stay free members, but some will convert to the premium membership. Those who choose to upgrade within the first seven days will enjoy the added bonus of getting their first month for only $19. After the seven-day grace period or after the first month, members will pay $49 a month recurring for the remainder of their membership. There is also a yearly and half-year option to save even more.

For every person that signs up, WA will take a portion of the fees depending on the referring members status. If someone signs up to Wealthy Affiliate without going through an affiliate link, then WA takes full credit for the sale.

For instance:

  • Free starter members will receive up to $11.75 from referring new members to WA.
  • Premium members will receive $23.50 of the $49 monthly membership fees.

This only applies to members who refer others to Wealthy Affiliate, and this is not the only way for members to earn a profit for themselves. In fact, the training focuses on creating a niche site around your own interests, and promoting Wealthy Affiliate is an easy option for those who can’t decide on niche to pursue. They have a dedicated training just for promoting WA. You can learn more about this bootcamp by reading my full review.

  • Jaaxy: Their Keyword Research Tool

Jaaxy is a keyword research tool that was also developed by Kyle and Carson. They wanted a keyword tool that would deliver only the data that you truly need to find quality keywords, that are generating traffic, and have less competition. I have a very thorough review of the Jaaxy keyword tool that walks you through every aspect of finding quality keywords that you can rank for.

Free WA members will have access to 30 free searches a month using Jaaxy and premium members will have access to the exclusive Jaaxy Lite version.

Jaaxy Lite will give members unlimited searches, the ability to save up to 25 keyword lists with 200 keywords each, plus a few other great features that don’t cost you anything extra once you go premium with Wealthy Affiliate. Be sure to check out that review to get a full understanding of the entire tool and what is has to offer.

How Does Wealthy Affiliate Pay You?

Wealthy Affiliate pays you on the first of every month to the PayPal account matched to your email address. You can set up a minimum payment threshold that must be reached before receiving payment. This starts as low as $10, and goes as high as $5000, the choice is yours. There are options to receive payments via check, however the minimum threshold is higher and this method takes longer to receive payment, and is typically not used.

Wealthy Affiliate payout options

The only way to earn money directly from Wealthy Affiliate is to sign up for at least the free membership, and refer others to the premium membership. Free WA members can promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn commissions, but at half the rate as premium members. The image below represents what can be earned through the Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program, and these rates are per person.

Wealthy Affiliate commission structure

WA offers a huge directory of other affiliate networks that will allow you access to thousands of products with affiliate programs. While you can make money from utilizing this, these affiliate programs are payed by their respective owners and not by Wealthy Affiliate.

For Example: If you are promoting sporting goods from ShareASale, then your commissions will be earned through ShareASale, and paid by the product owners.

How Much Can You Earn With Wealthy Affiliate?

The limits are endless when we talk about how much you can earn with Wealthy Affiliate. The beauty of their affiliate program is, that when you make a referral to WA and they go premium, you will earn commissions for the lifetime of that customer. This means, that you earn a monthly commission as long as your referral remains a premium member.

How cool is that?

It is estimated, and frequently confirmed by other WA members, that the average conversion rate is around 12%. WA actually gives you a calculator so you can get some idea of what you could be earning from the amount of referrals you are receiving. The image below is of that calculator, and as you can see, you could be making a significant income if your site is converting high levels of traffic.

Wealthy Affiliate income calculator

Just remember, as nice as these numbers are, they do not come easy or fast. You will have to put in the work to see results such as this, and if you follow the training and put in the time and effort, then these figures and more are very possible.

Is Wealthy Affiliate Worth It?

Wealthy Affiliate is worth it for those who are looking to learn affiliate marketing, and aren’t afraid to put in the hard work. They are always up front and honest about the investment that you need in order to see success. Even if you don’t spend a dime, and just opt for the free membership, it is still worth your time to see if online marketing is for you. There are no gimmicks here.

The fact is, nothing else comes close to offering the same value you get from a premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate. If you think that you have found one, then I encourage you to prove me wrong on that bold statement. You just can’t find this much value, at such a low price, being offered anywhere else in this market.

I am not saying, that there are no other great programs out there with fair pricing, but I am saying beyond the shadow of a doubt, that nothing else will touch Wealthy Affiliate in the affiliate marketing training industry. They have the best value in that market hands down.

The only way that I can see Wealthy Affiliate, not being worth it, is if you are not ready to put in the time and effort to make your dreams of owning a real online business a reality. You must want it, because, it is not a cake walk and they will not do it all for you. WA is there to guide you along the path to success, not hand you the finished product.

Why You Should Do Something For Yourself.

Dream Big And Make It Happen

Remember that nothing great and lasting comes free. You will need to earn your way. You can choose to earn it at a typical 9-5 job, and there is no shame in that. That is what most people do and it is hard to break away from what feels like job security.

Let me ask you though. Are you really secure in that job? Is anybody really secure in their jobs working for an employer?

The short answer is No, and that’s because you have no say in whether you get to keep your job. Even if you have some influence, if you don’t own the company or organization, then you don’t have the final say.

If the market crashes, or that company decides to cut the overhead and fire some employees, you could be on the chopping block. This, to me, is the single largest downside to working for anyone but myself. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy what you do, by all means do it. If you need to pay the bills, don’t quit that day job until you are sure about your future path forward, and that you can cover the necessities.

However, if you have the time, desire, and commitment to pursue something that could set you free from the harsh reality of never being secure financially. If you want to work for yourself and be the only one who can fire you, and you are willing to give the online world a chance, then you need to check out Wealthy Affiliate.

Don’t leave your future in the hands of someone who couldn’t care less about your circumstances. Take control and make a difference for yourself. Build something that you can be proud to call your own, and carve out a space for yourself online. Read my review about Wealthy Affiliate and at least try the free membership to see if you like it.

I wish you the best whatever you choose.

To Your Success,

DarrenThe Affiliate Pathway Logo

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13 thoughts on “What’s Wealthy Affiliate And How Does It Work? -Inside Look”

  1. Hi Darren,

    It is really what the inside of Wealth Affiliate (WA)  is. It is crispy, clear and concise.

     I am not sure if I have missed it. You can earn through commenting on blogs as a certified commentator offering valuable and unique comments. Some people are paying for domains, monthly premiums taking advantage of this platform. This can make your life little easier if you are surfacing your problems in paying membership fees.

    Many people are building side business while working full time or part time. Eventually they can quit their jobs if they feel  income is enough and they don’t enjoy working for someone. 

    WA is a robust and proven platform to feel comfortable building your websites.

    • Thanks for reading.

      You did not miss it and you are correct. We can earn income inside Wealthy Affiliate by achieving the certified commentator status. Thank you for pointing that out, and I have covered this in depth in another post. While it is possible to earn an income using this method, I do not recommend it for beginners unless they understand what makes a quality comment. There is already some great training inside WA that I mention in my review that covers this, and I would suggest checking it outchecking it out for anyone who wants to use this method. 

      I myself have been working a full time job while building my online business. I am generating income online, but I am not to the point where I would be happy to leave my job either. My goals before quitting, were to reach a level of income from online that will double my wife’s salary so she can leave her job first, and then double my salary and leave my job as well. I am well on my way to the first half of that goal and it will only continue to grow as I utilize all I have learned from Wealthy Affiliate.

      I wish others to see the same success online and understand that it is possible to make money from home, while you sleep. 

      To Your Success,


  2. Thanks for this informative post,  wealthy affiliate does happen to be one of the most popular and trusted website I have invested a lot of time and has yield to profitable achievements, although i have spent just a month in this amazing community it’s appears to be everything I’ve always wanted to learn.  I’m looking forward to more knowledge and experience.

    • Thanks for reading and I’m glad that you are enjoying the platform. It is indeed an amazing community and I’m sure that you will find all you need to be successful online.

      To Your Success,


  3. I think it is great to note that affiliate marketing is not a bed of roses and a free swim in a stack of cash. Wealthy affiliate gives a good training that makes it easy but hardwork and persistence as you have mentioned is key. Making money in wealthy affiliate isn’t so much of a tough deal. You need a niche that is fuelled by passion and a a drive for consistency. With that, it’s easy. The support in wealthy affiliate is also great and I have person enjoyed it from the community. Kyle and Carson have really put in so much and it’s a really awesome opportunity. Great review by the way.

    • Thanks for reading.

      I often like to explain to anyone who may be interested making money online, that it is not a quick and easy process. It is simple but complicated. Everyone should know ahead of time what they are getting into. I hate to see other online marketers telling people how easy it is to make quick cash online, and they never explain that it took them years of trial and error to get to where they are or explain that they are just making it look easy. If your lucky, they may give you the “results not typical” line and that’s about it for many of the so called “gurus”.

      It doesn’t have to be overly complicated and everyone who pursues this will get better as they go. I can speak from experience on that one. The trick is to keep going and it will eventually get easier but that still doesn’t make it a breeze.

      Kyle and Carson have put a lot into Wealthy Affiliate, and I couldn’t thank these guys enough for the value and support I have received from WA. I would not be where I am today without them, and I will keep pushing forward creating my own success online.

      To Your Success,


  4. Thank you. I like your graphics on the website in the top banner and also the big picture with the eye. Yeah I am doing wealthy affiliate now and I’m in my second week on the premium membership. I’ve gotten a lot of value out of it so far doing the things that you just said. Using the site content platform and making content. And then adding my affiliate links. Wealthy affiliate helped me go through the process of setting up my website step by step and I’m sure that if I would have tried to do that on my own I would have missed certain things. 

    There’s still some things I don’t understand like meta descriptions. Actually do you think you could write something about meta descriptions? I have like 10 articles but I didn’t do any meta descriptions. I’m curious about whatever goes into those columns on WordPress where it says SEO description SEO keywords SEO title on my browser it’s on the far right. I wonder if other people have the same question. Thanks a lot for your article and take care.

    • Thanks for reading. I’m glad that you enjoyed the graphics, I really enjoy putting them together myself.

      Congrats on going premium inside Wealthy Affiliate. If you are only two weeks in, then you are just getting started, and if you stick with the training, you will surely see success. WA makes it easy to follow along and keep track of your progress. I’m sure that you will find the entire platform as helpful as I have.

      I understand the confusion about meta descriptions, as I was in the same boat myself. Learning and understanding the technical terms associated with running an online business is just part of the process. While this will be covered in the training at WA, I would be happy to write some articles focused around this to help you, and anyone else with the same question.

      To give you a short answer in this reply. Meta titles, descriptions, etc. are how you will communicate with the search engines, so they understand what your content is about. This is what potential visitors will see when they do a search for any keywords that you are ranked for. If your listing shows up in the search results, they will see your meta title (the title of your post – should be less than 60 characters), and the meta description (quick exerpt of what your post is about – should be less than 160 characters).

      I have used the SEO keywords on some posts and excluded them on others. I can personally say that I have not noticed a difference in the ability to rank. In fact, more articles without the meta keywords, are ranked on the first page, than those that do have them. I am still learning as well, so I can’t say that the meta keywords will not have an impact for sure, but there are none that I have noticed as of yet.

      I hope this helps you out some. Just keep plugging away at the training and Kyle will explain it with video and a more in depth description. I’ll get to work on those articles for you and perhaps surpass the training from WA. Lol

      To Your Success,


  5. Wow! I have heard a lot about this wealthy Affiliate but I always thought it was just hyping and that it is one of the dubious schemes but reading through this post and getting to know about various lucrative offers that this platform offers, I feel like I’ve been mussing out on a very great opportunity that can actually change my financial situation. Another thing that I found amusing is the fact that I can be a free member and still make money through this? Wow! This is possibly the best website I have ever heard of. I’m going to get myself registered ASAP. Thanks

    • Thanks for reading.

      I can completely understand you being hesitant to join any make money online platform like this. There are so many scams out there, that it is often hard to tell what’s legit anymore. I was in the same mindset whenever I first started my research. After I found Wealthy Affiliate, I was still hesitant myself because, what seems to good to be true, usually is. So far, they have delivered on everything that I expected and so much more.

      WA is a great opportunity, and it can change your financial situation if you put in the work and follow the training. While free members can make money promoting Wealthy Affiliate, they will not earn as much as premium. Also remember, that this is not the only way to make money on the platform. The main focus is creating a niche website that align with your own interests.

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the review, and your making a smart move by signing up. The worst that could happen is you decide you don’t like it, but you won’t be losing anything but the time it takes to find out. 

      To Your Success,


  6. Wealthy Affiliate will definitely show you the best way to not just build a website and web content, but will also show you how to drive traffic to your niche sites. In my opinion, it’s a nice little shortcut or cheat sheet to making money online without spending years on end to figure things out. The Premium cost is very affordable as well, which is another huge plus. How long does it take the typical individual before they start seeing some income?

    • Thanks for reading, and you are absolutely correct, Wealthy Affiliate is the best way to learn everything you need to start an online business and make money from home. They do make things easier to learn and shave untold time off of the learning curve. I feel that the premium membership is a small price to pay to gain access to so much information and guidance.

      To answer you question, typically, new website owners will not start seeing income until the 6 month mark. It is entirely possible to see a ROI faster, but it’s a rare occasion in this industry. There are many factors that could speed up or slow down the process. If you would like to learn more, I would recommend  my article on how long it takes to become a full time blogger, the same time frame applies for all new website owners.

      To Your Success,



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