Wealthy Affiliate Negative Review
Have you read a Wealthy Affiliate negative review and wondered how accurate it is?
Why write a negative review?
I believe there are two basic reasons people leave negative reviews.
- Many people will write a negative review to promote their own alternative at the end. (bait and switch)
- Some people find the product is not what they expected and this is often because they didn’t understand what the website is all about or failed to understand the rules.
Understanding why people write negative reviews
I have found some of these reviews as I have looked around
I believe that, with the exception of the first group of people, many have joined Wealthy Affiliate but they didn’t find the hidden depths let alone worked through the treasure chest of information within it.
Wealthy Affiliate is a website designed to educate and help you to build a website. The training is based on WordPress as the building platform. One such negative review complained that the website encouraged you to build a WordPress website. Well hello.
Are you looking for Marketing Strategies?
One reviewer already had a website and was looking at marketing strategies to continue to build.
As he only looked at the basic build a website training, he could not see that the same principles of research, SEO, PPC, social media marketing, email marketing, utilizing YouTube, and getting traffic generally could possibly apply to his current website.
Extra marketing information is also contained in the weekly webinars and member training rather than in basic training.
He obviously did not work through the basic training then look around the other training within the system or he would have found webinars and blogs offering ideas on many marketing strategies.
There are lots of training in many marketing topics.
He could have asked questions and members may have given him some ideas to work with. The community is a great resource as well. Sure some people are also learning, but they can advise where they have found good ideas and strategies within Wealthy Affiliate and outside of it.
By having a negative outlook, he could not see beyond the basic training and uncover the rest of the training available within.
Is Wealthy Affiliate is all about WordPress?
It most certainly is. The Site.Rubix hosting system is based around the WordPress system – Not Shopify or Wix or some other system.
One negative review I read complained that Wealthy Affiliate concentrated on WordPress training. As part of the membership fee, Wealthy Affiliate hosts websites for its members. The training, therefore, concentrates on WordPress. This was obviously someone who completely misunderstood what they should expect from Wealthy Affiliate.
WordPress is a basic website software system – it is just the template. Around 40% of websites use this format. It is especially wonderful for blogs, however, you can also use it for informational websites, e-commerce stores, forums,
Some basic features of WordPress include themes and plugins.
WordPress uses Themes- which are designs of how the finished product will look. Each design will have a slightly different layout. There are hundreds of them and they can be customized.
Depending upon the theme, different features apply. These features affect the basic layout of the page design and may include banner size on the home page, headers, footers, colours, and more.
WordPress also uses plugins. These are mini-programs to create options within a website.
You may wish to add social media buttons, there are many different plugin choices to add these.
It is advisable to check for broken links, there is a plugin for that.
Do you wish to add videos to your website, there is a plugin for that.
In fact, there are thousands of plugins that do many jobs within your website. This is what makes WordPress such a wonderful template.
Will every website look the same?
As everyone will decide on different themes, different layouts, different colours and different plugins you get a wide variety of different end results.
Just as we are all individuals even though we have similar body parts – so the websites are different.
Is Wealthy Affiliate about Affiliate Marketing?
I read a Wealthy Affiliate negative review that complained that the website promoted affiliate marketing.
When you build a website to make money online, you need to find ways to monetize it. If you wish to turn it into an income-producing website, then affiliate marketing is one way to do this and yes, Wealthy Affiliate does promote it.
You can promote products from a range of affiliate providers including Amazon, Clickbank, Share A Sale and even local businesses. Wealthy Affiliate shows you how to find products to promote and how to set your website up so that you have a helping environment together with promoting a product or products.
There is even a separate Affiliate section showcasing many product available from the major affiliate networks such as Clickbank. Members can view details, comment and share experiences of each affiliate product.
However, this is not the only way to promote your website and basic training teaches PPC, social media promoting, and onsite advertising. There is member training on other monetization methods including email marketing, social media marketing, Pinterest, and YouTube.
What about the negative review that states ‘Wealthy Affiliate is all about promoting Wealthy Affiliate’?
There is a training course sort of centered around promoting Wealthy Affiliate as a product. Yes, there are people who make their entire blog around promoting Wealthy Affiliate as the business model.
I guess the training uses Wealthy Affiliate an example to give accurate content rather than compare another program as part of the training. That would be a little unfair in my opinion.
Can this be used only to promote Wealthy Affiliate? Heck no. This course is primarily about promoting a product as an affiliate. The lessons can be applied to any product or website that you wish to promote.
There is no training that says you must say “this” about Wealthy Affiliate and something bad about another website or program. The training actually promotes that you research properly and write an honest review.
What is the difference between Training and the community?
Some people make the point that the community members are not experts who have made millions of dollars online and therefore should not give advice. Why not? Do you have to have made it big to have an opinion?
Just because a person made money online in the past, it does not mean that they can teach some else – or even that their tactics will work today.
What most negative reviewers do not realize is that the Community is one resource that is a part of Wealthy Affiliate. It is where people can direct you to answers within Wealthy Affiliate and outside. What works for one person in a niche may not work for others.
The community, or membership, is a group of people all helping each other build an online business. We will be writing content on our blogs that mainly target beginners, and getting feedback from both beginners and experts can help us understand our audience.
Members blog in the community about things they are doing and the results they are getting. Surely this can be said of most of the blogs online whether Wealthy Affiliate members or not.
Many blogs within Wealthy Affiliate are simply training in ways to build your website and traffic to make money online. These blogs can help you with content ideas as well as strategies.
Members can and do make videos showing training that enhances the formal training and
There are weekly seminars by a member who discusses many related topics. Some of these include topics such as email marketing, goals, social media, Google Search Console, building funnels and even such topics as YouTube live streaming. So much more than just building a website, or even just affiliate marketing.
This is a screenshot of just a few of the many webinars that are available within the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership.
As you can see, many topics are covered.
These may be attended live, or viewed at your leisure.
What if I need help?
Help is always given, you just need to ask.
When you need help then you ask, and the membership will chip in with ideas and let you know where to find research, training or information to solve your problem. One does not have to be an expert in any field to have an opinion.
I believe most blogs cater to helping people solve a problem and this is not necessarily about knowing it all. It is about research. You do not need to be a chef to have tips and ideas on how to create meals and pass on your own recipes!!!
The community shares your successes and failures. They help you pick yourself up and encourage you every step of the way.
Too many people who cancel their membership have not participated in the community and fail to see the hidden depths of this wonderful community.
Free membership is available. No credit card required.
Wealthy Affiliate has a starter membership which is free. Some Wealthy Affiliate negative reviews claim that this only lets you get some information. Well hello, Wealthy Affiliate is a business,
As a (free) Starter Member, you have access to level 1 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification training as well as level 1of the Affiliate Bootcamp. For full details of all the features available within Wealthy Affiliate as a starter member and as a paid member you can see my Wealthy Affiliate review.
You can set up one sub-domain website which is hosted for 6 months. Provided that you log in regularly and work through the training you can stay a starter member for life (as long as you do not upgrade to premium and access the full training)- however, your website will only be hosted for 6 months.
You do not get the full training or have access to the webinars and cannot comment on blogs. There must be some limitations with a free membership.
The idea of the starter membership is to give people time to decide whether they wish to build an online business. Only then, and if and when the budget allows should people upgrade.
Too many emails?
One Wealthy Affiliate negative review I read stated that you got spammed with emails and comments from other members. Well, yes this is true.
However, you can select which emails you wish to receive, if any.
You are encouraged every step of the way to do the basic training and encouraged to join the paid (premium level). This is because there is so much more for you to learn if you upgrade.
You are also congratulated every step along the way. Wealthy Affiliate is a community.
Wealthy Affiliate is not a website that takes your money and leaves you on your own to try and make sense of it all.
Ever watched a child learning to take their first steps.
Do you say “come on you can do it”, “keep trying.”
Wealthy Affiliate members encourage each other all the time as achievements are made. It is a pay it forward community, all helping and encouraging each other to succeed.
If you don’t wish to receive emails you simply turn off this feature. Simple. Again most people do not actually investigate the features of the website before they make complaints.
You cannot cancel premium and go back to starter membership.
This is quite correct. Once you have access to all the extra benefits of membership you cannot go back. Some people think they can gain membership, use the system then take that knowledge and continue to learn free of charge! Amazing.
You can find more information on Wealthy Affiliate membership in my review. I hope you will open your mind and come to have a look. If you know anyone that you think may benefit from this review, please share it on social media through the share buttons.
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