I’m sure if you google the term ‘wealthy affiliate‘ or WA there are number of reviews out there to look through.
However, it is an organisation that is aimed at internet marketeers so there might be specific questions that you may have as a writer.
Below I have offered a review of its services and training as it applies to writers who are seeking to establish their own writing platform.
WA is the platform that I use for this blog and I would have started on their web domain siterubix before moving to my own ‘howtowriteandgetpaid.com‘ which is still hosted by WA.
Overall Ranking: 90-100
Price: 0$ starter- (premium $47 per month or $359 per annum)
Owners: Kyle and Carson
Wealthy Affiliate is usually marketed as an affiliate marketing business support tool. However it has a much broader scope than that.
In this post I want to outline the product and give you a sense of what it can and cannot do to support your writer’s platform, and as with most software and products covered here don’t just take my word for it, give it a try (for free in this case).
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is a website hosting and training organisation, that has an online support community. If you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate you have the option of setting up a free account or paying for a premium monthly or annual account. As a free member you have access to the following.
- two free websites hosted on the web platform siterubix.com
- 7 free days access to online community support and direct personal messaging support.
- free access to introductory module one – setting up a website
- free access to module one of the affiliate bootcamp (or how to build a website promoting wealthy affiliate)
By upgrading to Premium membership you have full access to all the other resources on the site.
This is different to many other companies that usually have a series of upgrades, so that you rarely get full access to the site until you’re at the very top of the (expense) ladder. There is only one upgrade level at WA to premium where you get the following;
- Full training course (4 levels each with 10 or so sessions)
- Full access to Affiliate Bootcamp (7 phases which useful to see a sample of a website and marketing product being developed)
- Access to live chat feature – useful for instant question and answers
- Access to live webinar training sessions
- 1:1 support sessions with the founders.
- Access to a full online library of all the training material developed by WA
- Access to all the blogs and training materials produced by other members (like yourself) on WA.
As with many programmes there are advantages and disadvantages to it. However it is a programme that I am currently a member of and therefore I feel the pros do indeed outrank the cons.
- It has an online supportive community which is great for when things go wrong and when does technology ever not go wrong?.
- The response rate for answering questions is fast, (average time is 1.8 minutes) because of the community element. You are not waiting for the site owners to get back to after they have answered the other 1,000 plus requests.
- The ongoing dialogue also means that other people may ask the questions you were thinking of, saving you more time.
- The range of training material is vast and covers every aspect of using WordPress, managing an online business, writing posts and all the other questions that you may or may not want to ask on these topics.
- It is focused on affiliate marketing not writing, so you will need support from other groups for that aspect of your blog.
- To get the best services from WA and to access to all their training you will probably need to sign up to the yearly rate (as the cheapest premium option), which is another outgoing expense.
- There are still other software companies on top of hosting that you will need, depending on how you choose to use your web or blog site especially if you want to develop email lists, or subscribers to your blog.
As I mentioned there are a number of training tools that WA provides such as video support for setting up a website.
Other tools include short punchy lessons that can be completed in less than an hour and which take you through processes such as;
- building content
- understanding keyword use
- search engine information
- working with plugins
In the meantime you also get the opportunity to share your work with other members of the community and ask for feedback.
It’s a great resource for freelance writers who are writing blogs for other people because of the keyword tool and the SEO tool on WordPress.
SUPPORT FOR WRITERS
Every member of WA is a blogger or website content writer in one shape or another. It might not be how they view themselves but that is what they do.
So there is plenty of support in producing content and there are plenty of opportunities to meet people with similar interests.
If you want additional support and decide to join WA you can connect to me (all WA members connect and have followers and follow others).
I think it is a great tool for writers who are interested in using a blog site or website to promote their business or even try and supplement their income in some other related niche.
There is everything you need to learn about the business side of things and yet your content is your own to be written and shared with whoever you like.
There is also a community element and the chance to share your site with others which is a great way to build up a potential new readership for your material. I would certainly recommend giving it a try and from the video you will see there is no real time involved in building a website, it is the content development that is the time consuming element – and that is writing – pure and simple.
If you are interested in wanting more details and information on Wealthy Affiliate and some of the programs it offers, then these articles might be useful.
- Digital Marketing at Wealthy Affiliate University
- SiteRubix Free Website Builder and Hosting Platform
- Raising the Bar in Digital Marketing Training
If you have ay further questions or queries please feel free to add them into the comments section below, and good luck with your own writing.