How to make money with Wealthy Affiliate

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The objective of this article is how to make money with Wealthy Affiliate. Read on to find out all you need to know about this subject.

This website you happen to be on, Affiliate Marketing For Leaders, is focused on guiding visitors about using affiliate marketing to create a lucrative online business. The beauty of this approach lies in creating an online asset that will pay you over and over again once you are able to drive the right mix of traffic to your website.

You can build such a website all on your own and use places like YouTube to learn the ropes. However, in so doing you risk being unfocused, led astray and are subject to so many varied ideas it is possible to get into the trap of paralysis by analysis. Not to mention the danger of getting roped into excessively high priced programs, or worse yet, scams.

Time is your most valuable asset and it should not be wasted in failed starts. The only way around this is to get the most optimum training possible to greatly increase your odds of success.

I say odds, as you know that in all things worthwhile, success is not automatic. It requires dedication to learn what you need, to create your business as well as the correct way to put that into action. Your odds of success are much higher if you truly take advantage of everything Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.

You may be wondering what is this going to cost you. Hold tight as I will share that later. You will be pleasantly surprised to find it is much less than you think. By a long shot.

Wealthy Affiliate is the only organization I know that provides this level of training, at any price. I wrote two reviews about Wealthy Affiliate worth checking out. The first one is a short review. And the second goes into much more depth by opening the curtains and taking you inside. Here they are:

Wealthy Affiliate – Is it Legit?

The Best Training In Affiliate Marketing That Turns Beginners Into Pros

Does Wealthy Affiliate Have Its Own Affiliate Program?

This is truly a good question in many ways. After teaching over two million people about how to be successful in affiliate marketing don’t you think it makes sense that Wealthy Affiliate has its own affiliate program? To show that it practices what it preaches!


The main purpose of this article it to tell you about it and how great an income source this can be. No matter what niche you base your affiliate marketing website on, you can always promote Wealthy Affiliate to make a side income. And this could very well overtake the income you generate through your selected niche.

You will also discover by mastering the skills to be an expert in affiliate marketing there are at least three ways you can leverage Wealthy Affiliate as an income generator.

I will discuss these other two ways first and keep the Wealthy Affiliate, affiliate program to the last.

Read on to find out why and how!

First Approach – Affiliate Marketing

This is a no brainer. You decided to get into affiliate marketing to make money by promoting a product or service you are most passionate about through a website. Want to know what Wikipedia has to say about Website Building? And that is precisely what you learn through the lessons and various training programs in the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

The three critical actions that are necessary to become successful are:

  1. Select a narrow enough NICHE that is perfect for you
  2. Create a COMPELLING WEBSITE that you fill up with a lot of valuable content
  3. Fill this website with a LOT OF VALUABLE CONTENT to drive traffic and generate sales

When you execute the above actions exceedingly well, in time you will have your money making website. How much? The sky is the limit. When you are looking for a product and enter a phrase into Google, read carefully what crops up.

The first few entries will have got there by virtue of those website owners paying for ads. Following that are websites owned by affiliate marketers who are killing it financially, Some of these people earn five and six figures A MONTH!

I have added links that go to specific articles to provide more information on these key topics. In the process of developing the skills to succeed you acquire a wealth of valuable and marketable skills. Do you know that you can leverage these skills for profit?

Second Approach – Leveraging The Skills You Learn For Profit

Going through the Wealthy Affiliate Program is akin to taking a university degree course in online marketing. Here are some skills you acquire:

  • Website Development
  • How To Write Content – Copywriting
  • How to title your articles to rank high in the search engines
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • How to drive the right kind of traffic to your blog posts

Let me ask you this question. Who do you think would pay you good money to help them create a marketing website for their company? I am not talking about big corporations. They already have and can afford a dedicated team to do that for them.

Do local businesses come to mind? Like mom-and-pop shops operating in the following areas:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Used car stores
  • Specialty retail stores
  • One off a kind restaurants
  • Fashion stores
  • Computer repair shops
  • Dry cleaners
  • General contractors
  • Insurance offices
  • Law firms
  • Dog and cat groomers
  • Pet motels

These are just a small sample of small businesses that you can find wherever you live. I suggest joining the local chamber of commerce to get to know local businesses firsthand. This will also allow you to promote your own.

Do you know what the going rate to create a professional looking website is these days? How about STARTING at $2000! And once you create a website for a business they will need someone to manage it and keep it up to date. Guess what monthly fee you can charge to provide that service? How about a minimum of $200!

Chalk up a few local business clients and you could be earning money while your are waiting for your own affiliate marketing website to get into high gear. Bear in mind that by providing website services for local businesses you’re exchanging your hours for dollars. However, you will be your own boss and can take on as much or as little side work that can fit within your schedule.

Wealthy Affiliate had a series of webinars on this topic. Below are the affiliate links to these webinars:

Building A Local Marketing Business

Working With Your First Local Client

Ranking Elements of Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Earning Revenue With Local Marketing

When you click these links you will be asked to register with Wealthy Affiliate to have access. These are just a few of numerous recorded webinars on all kinds of topics to help you succeed in the online sphere. They are all included in the low subscription to Wealthy Affiliate. How cool is that?

Other companies charge thousands of dollars for courses like this.

Third Approach – Promoting Wealthy Affiliate For Profit

Finally, Wealthy Affiliate has created a separate system to promote their platform and earn serious money. This is open to all members. Including free members. The difference is that Premium members (paid members) earn double.

Does it come as a surprise that Wealthy Affiliate has a free member option? Being free, as you would expect, there are limitations. .

The following section is devoted to this topic.

Bootcamp Affiliate Training

There are two training courses in the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. The first is called the Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) training and is dedicated to affiliate marketing for any niche. The fundamentals of this training are also applicable to promoting the Wealthy Affiliate program.

Bootcamp Affiliate Training is dedicated to learning and applying the skills to promote Wealthy Affiliate as an affiliate. Here is a summary of the training:

What Do You Earn Per Paid Referral?

Wealthy Affiliate provides several tools to help their members to attract and sign up referrals. Such as affiliate links and banners. As a member acquires free referrals through their promotions, Wealthy Affiliate has an autoresponder system to regularly communicate with your referrals to keep in touch and to show them the value of upgrading to a Premium member. In addition to your personal autoresponder, the co founder Kyle. also communicates with your referrals regularly.

How Much Can You Earn Based On Referrals Per Day?

Wealthy Affiliate has an earnings calculator in their affiliate section as shown below. It provides a couple of examples and has a place where you can enter your own numbers to see what they can generate in earnings:

The referrals per day represent free sign ups. The conversion rate to paid Premium members is a very conservative 12%. And you can add in how long that paid member will remain a member.

You can see what I entered in the first column. I added 1 member a day. Let’s say you sign up 365 members a year and only 12% become paid members. And they remain a paid member for 12 months before leaving. In reality some may stay on for years and others may leave in one month. Hence, the 12 months is an estimate.

If you have 1 free member sign up each day you will have 43 paid members a year at the 12% conversion rate. Your monthly income will be just under $800.

For 5 free referrals a day and on average the 12% who become paid members,(219) stay on for 4 months, your monthly income will be $1,458.

Let’s assume that in a few years your website is going gang busters and you attract 50 referrals per day. Now you’re looking at a monthly income of $22,398!!

Although these numbers are guaranteed, what you earn will depend on the results of your effort. Nevertheless, it is important to know in advance what the possibilities are. That is why I decided to show a modest result in the first column to contrast it with the others.

Residual Income

Here is where the Wealthy Affiliate Program shines. Unlike the conventional affiliate program, where you only receive a commission when a purchase is made, at Wealthy Affiliate your earnings are based on a recurring subscription. As a member makes there regular payment, you get paid your commission as shown in the second graphic above.

Your Cost To Join Wealthy Affiliate As A Paid Member

At the start I promised to tell you what your cost will be to join Wealthy Affiliate as a paid member. So here it is.

Your first option is to sign up for free, no credit card necessary, You can become a paid member within a week at a charge of $19 for the following month.

After that month is over, the monthly subscription becomes $49. And that never changes. For that LOW FEE you get EVERYTHING on the platform. There are NO UP SELLS! I found that hard to believe. But that is completely true.

You do have an alternative to pay annually. This investment is $359 a year, renewable each year. This is LESS THAN $1 A DAY! You can change to the annual subscription at any time. If you happen to be in the middle of the $49 monthly plan, the annual amount will be prorated down accordingly.

I showed you a link earlier, to my article showing what the Wealthy Affiliate Platform provides you. However, you can see a summary in the matrix below. The free membership is compared with a paid one. At the end there is a link provided for you to join for free.

Why not do that and get inside the platform to kick the tires as it were? You have no risk whatsoever. No credit cards necessary.

Closing Thoughts

I have shown you three methods on how to make money with Wealthy Affiliate. You only need to do one really well to succeed. Isn’t it reassuring to know you have multiple ways to earn money through Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate has been in business for almost 15 years. It has over 2 MILLION members. And countless successful members in the Affiliate Marketing business.

Please tell me what you think? Better yet, why don’t you join for free!

I’ll see you on the other side.

Edwin Bernard

16 thoughts on “How to make money with Wealthy Affiliate”

  1. Success Business Online

    A well written article on how to use the power of affiliate marketing to make money.

    As there are so many different ways to make money on the internet, what one can really do is narrow his focus on one tool that works for him.

    While it is great to leverage your skill on one that works for you, having a proper system that helps you to achieve what you want is still important for this online journey of making money.

    Wealthy Affiliate is one good program one can always use to promote as an affiliate as the system is well organised and up to date.  It always give the marketer more confidence to promote a good product .

    1. Thanks for your validation. Wealthy Affiliate has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals over the years to create their affiliate marketing business that I am proud to be a part of it. Its training is laser focused and it teaches us to be laser focused too. 

      Just this Friday it held a live webinar called The 4 Core Traffic Strategies for Affiliate Marketing that taught us how to use WordPress to maximize SEO for our posts. I learned a lot from it. Since I had already written this article I will be reviewing what I did to the webinar’s check list and will be filling in what I missed.

      One of the beauties of affiliate marketing is we can return to old posts and make improvements to help them rank on page 1 of the search engines if they are not already,

      All the best to you.


  2. Thanks for this thorough explanation of how to make money with Wealthy Affiliate. I now understand the program and there’s just only one thing that I’d like to ask. I heard from someone that Wealthy Affiliate now pays its members cash for commenting on blog posts done by members in their WordPress sites. If I join as a free member, will I be allowed to participate in that feature so I can save money in my account that can be used for upgrading to the premium membership?

    1. Hi Gomer,

      Good question. I think you missed the matrix at the end of my article that answered your question. Only Premium members have access to the Site Feedback and Site Comments sections where you can earn cash credits for giving comments and feedback. However, that same matrix shows that a free member can actively become an affiliate of the program and get paid for referrals at 50% of the Premium membership.

      It is possible for Premium members to accumulate sufficient cash credits each month to pay for their subscription fee. 

      Hope this answers your question.


  3. Hey Edwin!

    Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to make money on the Internet, if we are committed to making it happen. Either we have a niche website that is gradually growing or if we promote WA by the means of the Affiliate Bootcamp, or even by commenting on other users’ sites and thus earning credits! It is not a quick success happening overnight, we need to sacrifice time and energy, then things go well.

    Best regards, Peter

    1. Hi Peter,

      I feel you have the right attitude to succeed in affiliate marketing. It takes hard work, consistency and patience to succeed. And you have that in mind. But isn’t that required for anything worthwhile? If you can make affiliate marketing a success that shows you can be successful in almost anything else.

      I wish you all the success in the world.


  4. I always wanted to make money online and the fact that you give so many reasons to go for Wealthy Affiliate makes me want to think about this opportunity and how it can help me grow a passive income online.

    I checked out the website and realized that is is free to check out the trial membership and I would try it out and see if it works for me or not!

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. Hi Shrey,

      Affiliate marketing is not for everyone. That is one of the reasons Wealthy Affiliate has the free starter member option for precisely that reason. If Wealthy Affiliate will not work for you then you can save your time and money by not checking out other higher priced affiliate marketing programs. 

      My feeling is it will work for you if you are willing to learn new things, work hard and have patience. 

      Thanks for your comments. I wish you all the best.


  5. Hi Edwin, 

    Interesting article, I remember joining wealthy affiliate close to 10 years back (I guess it was pretty new at the time). I was interested in promoting wealthy affiliate at the time; but I just couldn’t dedicate the time back then. 

    Happy to say I’m now in a position where I can dedicate to it. In your experience is promoting wealthy affiliate the best way to go or promoting products in a different niche altogether?

    1. Hi Nate,

      My advice is to select a less competitive niche that you really like and pursue that. However, while doing that you can also inform your customers that they can also become affiliate marketers like you and earn money like a side hustle. If they like that idea then you can plant the seeds that having the most effective training can give them a big edge towards success. Then mention Wealthy Affiliate.

      Wealthy Affiliate has a choice of great banners that you can use to promote it at the side of your post. 

      I wish you all the best.


  6. Hi, I must say what an excellent and detailed article, makes me rethink my previous post about Affiliate Marketing and Wealthy Affiliate as well, I’m only a couple of weeks old in this whole business and really enjoyed how clearly you put it an easy manner within one article. I guess I’ll have to rethink all of my strategies, thanks for shining a light on this whole program.

    I wish you success!


    1. Hi Manuel,

      Glad that you are rethinking how to do affiliate marketing in a more effective way now that you have read my article. I wish you all the best in the world.


  7. If you ask someone if they want to make money through affiliate marketing, they will say yes. The problem comes when you tell them they need to have a website to accomplish this. Building a website sounds so complicated but finding a good platform that helps you build one is a plus.

    It is great to know that Wealthy Affiliate helps one build up a website from scratch, provides lessons on how to create content as well as earning as an affiliate from people who join this great program. You win on all sides and keep your income growing as you learn more about the online world.

    From the explanation given, I think Wealthy Affiliate is a good and valuable investment for anyone who wants to make a breakthrough in the online world.

    1. Hi Anita, 

      I like how you zeroed in on the need to have an effective website and that Wealthy Affiliate helps each member create this effectively. Every Premium member can build 25 free websites based on the SiteRubix domain as well as 25 more websites that are personal choice. They are all hosted at not additional charge as part of the low subscription fee.

      I wish you much success in creating your online business.


  8. Hi Edwin,

    It’s hard to imagine that I can only spend less than $1 to get access to Wealthy Affiliate platform, and it seems an excellent and legitimate platform from your introductions.

    The best part is that everyone could join and go for a trial without providing the credit card information! It is stress-free for everyone who likes to do either affiliate marketing/leverage your skills/promoting WA.

    I just started my affiliate marketing journey for about one year, and I am still learning every single day. My firsthand experience told me that I should find mentors or helpers to share my feelings or questions if I have faced some for my online business, so I care much about the community. Is there a friendly community inside WA or even better features that could support me?

    Looking forward to your feedback on this,

    1. Hello Matt,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. The community within Wealthy Affiliate is like nothing else I have experienced. There are several levels of help available within the community.

      When you are going through the training, if you have any questions or get stuck, there is a discussion section below the lesson where you can ask your question. Often Kyle who is a co-owner of WA will respond. Also, other members will see your question and respond too. IN fact you can engage with anyone who responds in a discussion until you have your issue resolved.

      Another place where you can pose questions is in the Help Center. The Dashboard as a section called Questions where everybody’s questions are shown. You can be sure that another member who has the answer will respond. Most often several.

      One of the neat features within WA is that any member who has been there over three months qualifies to create training on any specific area of online marketing they are experienced in. When they publish their training, it is posted in the New Training section of the Dashboard for all to see.

      Every lesson, blog post and training is recorded in the WA platform. Anther way to get help is to enter your question in a window at the top specifically for this purpose. As you type your question drop down topics will appear until you usually find one or more that addresses your question. It could be in any of the areas I mentioned above.

      There are more places where you can get help, but I’ll stop here. I think this should give you a very good idea how the community can help you develop your skills in affiliate marketing.

      Thanks once again for asking. I wish you all the best in your affiliate marketing journey.



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