Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or What? – Our personal experience

Wealthy Affiliates Review – Let’s Dive into It

There are many online Affiliate Marketing programmes and courses out there that claim to “make you big bucks” online. But to tell you the truth, not all o

f them are what they claim to be (so please be careful of them).

Personally, we (myself and my wife) went through a number of them (read our story here) and all of them resulted in 0% income and instead we lost a lot of our money. Then we came across Wealthy Affiliates.

We did our comprehensive research and read many reviews, but came across nothing substantially that was negative, which itself was a surprise to us. But, still we joined with caution (because of our past experiences with other scamming Affiliate Marketing programmes) and signed up to the Starter Membership, which was totally risk free as it did not cost anything (totally FREE for life). The rest is history – read our journey to Wealthy Affiliate.

What is Wealthy Affiliates?

Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform, where you can learn and build your  online business for FREE. They have all the latest tools, technolo

gy and software, such as WordPress, SiteRubix, Jaaxy etc to help you learn, build, manage and grow your online businesses centrally from one place (which is your wealthy affiliate account). They even host your websites and provide you with two FREE Domains/URLs.

Since 2005, Wealthy Affiliate has helped over 1 million people

like you and me to become successful online entrepreneurs (that’s quite an achievement, wouldn’t you say) and many of us in this community are making a six figure or more income in the online industry at the moment.

So, is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or What?

If you have any reservation or thoughts, whether Wealthy Affiliate is a Scam or not, hey, we wouldn’t blame you (as the Internet is crawling with many scams) because it’s difficult sometimes to separate the Good from the Bad.

If you were asking us or anybody else as a matter of fact we think you’ll always get the answer to be a big fat NO! They are one of the best Affiliate Marketing sites we’ve worked with since January 2018 to date, and to be honest they have made us to be SUCCESSFUL, and no other Affiliate programme has been able to do that!

Also, the fact they give their Starter Membership as free for life to anyone, very strongly answers the question and is evident enough.

Who is Wealthy Affiliates For?

Wealthy Affiliate is suitable for beginners to the advanced users, it really doesn’t matter as you will get to LEARN EVERYTHING. If you don’t have a business or website you will get to build one, on the other hand if you are someone who already has successful businesses running then you can take your businesses to the next level, which you thought was not possible. The possibilities are endless really.

To put it into one word, it is for EVERYONE, any level of experience (you don’t have to be tech savvy), any age or gender. You can use your smartphone, tablet, PC and laptop to work from. We personally use our laptop and tablets mostly as we love traveling, hence we can work on our business from anywhere around the world, just need Internet connection and we’re in business. IT IS OUR LAPTOP LIFESTYLE and we LOVE IT.

This shows our profile on the Wealthy Affiliate platform

Is Wealthy Affiliate really WORTH it?

The answer in short is YES! 🙂

The whole Affiliate Marketing programme in Wealthy Affiliate is very comprehensive, even as a Starter Member and it helps you set up your online business from the very beginning to the end where you are actually generating an income. The unique thing about their membership is that you can remain a Starter Member for life without having to pay a penny, but get all the benefits that comes with it.

One of the greatest benefit is, you get not one but 2 FREE Domains/URLs (to start building your websites).

However, if you want extra learning, support and many other benefits, which will all lead to more bigger bucks, then we highly recommend the premium membership, which is $49 per month or $495 per year.

But do remember, you do NOT have to upgrade, the choice is yours. It is way cheaper than many other companies and it is the most effective company we have ever come across, as Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t only make ’empty promises’ for success, but it actually helps you get there every stop of the way by teaching and supporting you with the right tools and methods.

Here is the comparison of the two types of membership at Wealthy Affiliate:

The FREE Lessons from Wealthy Affiliate

Through all the super effective and easy to follow lessons, which comes in the form of video and text tutorials (pick your preference) and hands on support from the community, we have made it a SUCCESS, and we genuinely believe you can too.

The picture below gives an overview of the contents of the FREE lessons, which you can start on straightway after signing up to the FREE Starter Membership.

What else do you get from Wealthy Affiliate?

The community is like a FAMILY!

The community within Wealthy Affiliate is amazingly helpful – you never have to struggle with any

thing because all you got to do is ask other members (that’s including the two big BOSSES) and your questions will be answered within seconds. We feel we’re part of a very big family and the mum and dad (well, only dads) are Kyle and Carson (the two owners), as they genuinely help you on a practical basis.

What we also love about Wealthy Affiliate is that there is no hierarchy of roles here, everybody is there to help/support each other to succeed, even the daddies (Kyle and Carson)!

Does Wealthy Affiliate Live Up To The HYPE?

Yes, we are living proof, along with its current 1.7 million or more current members whom are learning, creating, managing and growing our businesses with Wealthy Affiliate. It can work for you too if you’re willing to commit yourself to consistent learning and applying the knowledge to your website practically to move forward in your business.

The courses and lessons are designed to learn at your own pace, no one will pressure you to complete a lesson by a particular date. At Wealthy Affiliate they understand everybody is different and have various other commitments, hence it has been beautifully designed to accommodate all individuals from all walks of life. You can learn in the morning, afternoon, evening or if you want even during the night for as long as you want.

Four Simple Steps, but SMART Success

Are There Any Upsells After Joining?

One of the best positives about Wealthy Affiliate is how transparent they are with everything, there is no hidden agenda or charges (like many other companies we experienced with had).

Once you join and get a taste of your starter membership, and you are truly serious about taking your business to the next height, then the ONLY upsell is to upgrade your account to a premium membership (but like we said, the choice is yours, you can stay on the starter membership for life should you choose to).

Other than that there is NO MORE UPSELLS FOR ANYTHING. This is one of the reasons we love Wealthy Affiliate so much, they are honest and transparent in all means (they are as it says on the tin).

First Month Premium Membership Bonus Discount

When you feel you want to taste the Premium Membership, you can do so for a very reduced fee of ONLY $19 instead of the regular fee of $49. Within that month if you don’t like the taste of the Premium Membership, you can downgrade to the FREE Starter Membership and pay no fees. It’s a WIN/WIN situation.

Our Final Take

The software and tools such as WordPress, Jaaxy, SiteRubix, as well as the lessons and the amazing family of community that provide the support is effective enough to enable you to become successful in the online world. But like we said before, the commitment and determination is all down to you (that is the reality of life), and you know it!

Personally, we will highly recommend checking the Wealthy Affiliates free contents out by signing up FREE HERE, before committing yourself to the premium membership. That’s how we became premium members. We made the decision and we don’t regret one bit of it. Every penny of our premium membership is well spent here.

If you have a burning desire to make BIG MONEY online, then in our honest and humble opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is the NUMBER ONE choice. But of course the decision is yours. We hope we’ve given you a good insight in making an informed decision and would love to see you on the other side (the better side 🙂 ). We wish you all the best.

Please feel free to write a comment, query or question you may have (that we didn’t cover) in the comments box below, and we’ll get back to you. Have a pleasant day 🙂 .

Habib and Rani

120 thoughts on “Is the Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or What? – Our personal experience”

  1. Having been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since April of 2020, I can say from experience that it is most definitely not a scam. There is a tremendous amount of information that is provided, the help that other members give is amazing, and the free trial membership is a great offer.

    When I look back to where I started (no experience and no knowledge of website building or affiliate marketing) to what I have created five months later, I am very proud and excited. And this is all thanks to Wealthy Affiliate and the great community there.

    Thank you for this honest and informative review.


    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for sharing your first hand experience as a Wealthy Affiliate member for 5 months. I think that’s enough amount of time to say if the platform is a scam or not. I am really glad to hear that you feel the Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing place to learn to start an online business and all for FREE!
      What more could somebody want, eh?

      Best wishes

  2. Hi Habib and Rani, I can back you up on your enthusiasm for Wealthy Affiliate. I became a member not long ago, but even in such a short time I have made so much progress in affiliate marketing, that I too consider it one of the best decisions of late.
    I didn’t try as many programs as you did. I stumbled on my own. In the end that costs money as well of course. And I was lucky to accidently roll into this community of amazing people.
    Good luck on your continued journey!

    • Hi Hannie,

      Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your experience of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s amazing to hear how well you think of Wealthy Affiliate and how it can teach you and support you to make money online.

      Wishing you much more success.

  3. One of the many things I truly appreciate about Wealthy Affiliate is that there are no upsells. I have checked many websites and programs and nearly all have upsells, which were always an immediate turn off for me. Wealthy Affiliate definitely is the real deal and it is known as the best affiliate marketing training platform online.
    The community is indeed like family, everyone is incredibly supportive and eager to see you succeed.
    Thanks for this great and honest review about Wealthy Affiliate!

  4. Dear Habib,
    This is a very helpful review . You carefully highlighted that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam but a legit online business.
    From your article, I can see that Wealthy Affiliate isn’t like most other platforms online.

    What I find very endearing is the fact that, Wealthy Affiliate allows you to have free a level 1 course which can help you set up your online immediately.

    Your post outlines the benefit of each membership plan,without pressuring people into joining the business. I guess, your success will speak louder than your words.
    In a very simple and clear format, you have given your readers a comprehensive introduction to Wealthy Affiliate.

    Thank you for this highly informative piece.


  5. Hi Habib and Rani,
    Thanks, this is one of the few best reviews that I have ever seen. You pretty much clearly explained what Wealthy Affiliate is , the benefits, mostly the transparency involved. You absolutely right because my experience so far with wealthy Affiliate has been nothing short of excellent. I started having no clue about building website, the support is amazing, and the fact that nobody pushes you to upgrade your free membership to me is the peak of integrity compare to the many online platforms out there.
    Great review and thanks for helping preventing people from been scam by showing them the right platform to kick off their online business for free.


    • Hi Benson,

      Thank you so much for this amazing feedback. I’m so glad to know that this review has been useful for you. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best platform to start an online business, and all for free.

      Wishing you all the success

  6. Hi Habib,

    your review is very accurate and leaves me no question marks.
    I’ve already bookmarked your website waiting for other interesting reviews. This is definitively an amazing post.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day,

    • Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. 🙂

      We want everyone to benefit from the amazing platform of Wealthy Affiliate.

      WE wish you all the best
      Rani & Habib

  7. Hi there and thank you for sharing this amazing review.

    This is a great post, as many individuals are unclear about the right program/platform. It does put it into perspective and hopefully it does help out the many individuals that are hesitant. The comparison between the starter and premium packages is good to have.

  8. Hi Rani,
    I appreciate this honest review. You do a great job explaining some top benefits.

    After struggling to try to start my own business online, I was thrilled to find Wealthy Affiliate. WordPress was very difficult for me to try to figure out when I first started so I appreciate the “bridge” and training that Wealthy Affiliate provided. Never doubted a second of joining.

    Warm regards,

    • Hi Sonia,

      Thank you for taking the time to read our review and to give us your feedback. We feel the same about Wealthy Affiliate! It’s one of the best platform to provide training to even absolute beginners who can then successfully start their own online business.

      All the very best to you.

  9. Hi!

    Very true, Wealthy Affiliate is a wonderful platform that gives you all the tools and training you need to set up your own online business. The knowledge I have gained only from Wealthy Affiliate’s first lessons is incredible! They are definitely worth the money. I am a Premium member and to me it is worth it, every month when I pay my membership. Wealthy Affiliate has opened doors for me that I may not have known about if I had not joined them.
    Excellent review!

  10. Great review and very detailed. Well done and can’t agree enough. I did a lot of research before joining Wealthy Affiliate and I’m totally satisfied and truly recommend it. It is so difficult to find one programme you can truly trust and Wealthy Affiliate is one of them. It said, it is important to say that there is no magic though but a lot of work. The results will come.

    • You are absolutely right. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best platforms to start a successful business online.
      I am truly grateful to be part of this amazing community who help you succeed.

      All the very best to you

  11. Hi Rani,

    I joined Wealthy Affiliate around three years ago, and can honestly say that it is definitely not a scam. If you work hard, and follow the training everything is there for you to succeed, and give yourself a great opportunity in having your own online business for years to come.

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Great review on wealthy affiliate, I can testify the truth in this statement as I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate too.
    I have been a member for almost two years now, and the training here is an incredible fit for everyone, the support from the community is fantastic, I believe that Wealthy Affiliate is the place to be.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Lyn,
      Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated.

      We are so grateful to be part of this amazing community of Wealthy Affiliate which helps you succeed in your financial goals and dreams.

      We wish you all the best

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your feedback. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely a platform that has all the tools to make you successful online, BUT you have to put the hard work in yourself.

      All the very best to you

  13. I’ve been a member for a year now and best decision I ever made. I have much such substantial progress in my online journey with them, far better than any other affiliate marketing training I’ve tried elsewhere.
    All the best!

  14. Your covering of the product was very thorough. With the training programs, how well would they work for a newbie out there to work through?

  15. Hi Rani,

    That was a nice and informative post about Wealthy Affiliate. I followed myself the first phase of the Wealthy Affiliate, thus I am bit familiar with how things are. I am pretty sure that this is an ideal platform for someone that wishes to enter to affiliate marketing.



  16. Hi guys, thanks for sharing an amazing review. I personally joined Wealthy Affiliate a few years ago, and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about it. However, I joined, started my training, and today I earn an income from my websites, all thanks to these guys, their training, tools, and support. Needles to say, I’m not skeptical about it anymore. The platform and the community are truly awesome. Like your review very much. Keep it up and best of luck!

    • Hi Ivan,
      Thank you so much for your first hand feedback about the Wealthy Affiliate. We can definitely say the same about Wealthy Affiliate -it is truly an amazing platform to support you to make your money freedom dreams into reality.

      All the best to you

  17. Hi Habib and Rani,

    I must say I have to completely agree with your assessment of Wealthy Affiliate.

    I’ve actually spent a fair amount of time searching for reviews online, just as a way to show my own readers that the overall consensus is much the same throughout the industry (this is how I came across your review).

    I will say that the training is second to none, the support and willingness of other members to help out is unparalleled , and there’s a real community feel to the website.

    If you’re looking for success online, then there’s no better place than Wealthy Affiliate in my humble opinion.


    • Hi Partha,

      Thank you so much for sharing your first hand experience of Wealthy Affiliate with us, and to reconfirm our opinion about this amazing platform. We are truly humbled and grateful for this amazing community where you can get support within seconds and each member of the Wealthy Affiliate is genuinely willing to support you to succeed.

      Thank you
      All the very best in your successful future
      Best Regards

  18. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely not a scam. Been a member since 2016. Had a great experience learning and building sites that generate passive income from the training there.

    Great review.


    • Hi Kenny,

      I am so glad to hear that it is not only us who truly benefit from the amazing training and support at Wealthy Affiliate platform.

      Its a practical and honest way to build your business online and make money.

      Thanks for your honest comments.

  19. Great article. It’s not been long since I joined the Wealthy Affiliate and everything you say is completely correct.

    Take it from me as a newbie. The training is second to none and the support is exceptional.

    Thank you

    • Hi Russ,

      Welcome to the family of Wealthy Affiliate! 🙂

      You are definitely on the right platform where the support is available within seconds. Everyone here at Wealthy Affiliate is so willing to help wherever possible, as well as Kyle and Carson (the 2 big bosses) offer first hand support and engage with the members on a regular basis.

      All the very best. Wishing you all the success in your online venture.


  20. Thanks for sharing such an informative article about WA
    I’ve been a member for 3 months and I have learnt so much through the simple step by step training. I truly recommend it.

  21. Thank you for the review

    I have been with wealthy affiliate for some years now and can vouch for your statements, especially when you say it is worth it.

    It has worked for me and continues to do so.

  22. Hi, Very well placed with all the required information. It took me over three years to discover a genuine affiliate program like WA. The community is true and it’s very helpful.
    Keep up good work and best wishes

  23. I joined Wealthy Affiliate a little more than a month ago and I couldn’t be more glad I did. I am learning a ton and the support is fantastic.

  24. Hi Habib,
    This is a very interesting article. I really enjoyed reading it. I believe as you that Wealthy Affiliate is the best company to begin a business. By the way, I started an internet business and building websites about three years ago. I am happy that I found Wealthy Affiliate

  25. You are right on about Wealthy Affiliate. I have just recently joined and am a Premium member now. It is an amazing opportunity to build an online business. All you said is true. I am looking forward to helping people meet their needs and then making much money.
    The online internet business is the only way to go.
    Thanks for confirming everything about Wealthy Affiliate.
    You really do not have to be tech savvy to achieve success in this platform.
    I wish you all the best in your journey in Wealthy Affiliate.


    • Welcome on board Bob – you have made the right choice. Come back here and tell us about your success story. Looking forward to that. Thanks

  26. Hi Habib
    You make a very compelling case for Wealthy Affiliate. As you say there are no upsells from Wealthy Affiliate itself – but there are plenty of upsells on many of the sites you might get directed to. I guess that is inevitable. You say that Wealthy Affiliate is for affiliate marketers or all skill and experience levels and niches. In your experience are there any niches that are particularly well represented on Wealthy Affiliate? I wonder to some extent whether it would not be also more beneficial if marketers in similar niches couldn’t group together – or maybe not. I can see pluses and minuses of that approach. Anyway, just sharing a thought.
    Thanks again
    Best regards

    • Hi Andy, they are not really upsells if its a third party service other than Wealthy Affiliates. Life is full of upsells, but they are all optional, you wouldn’t have to go for them.
      Any niche can be selected to be successful at Wealthy Affiliate, the choice is yours. Thanks for sharing your question and thought. Regards

  27. Great review Habib. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely a great place for anyone to start their online journey. You have highlighted the benefits very well. For me personally, the most valuable thing is the community. I do not have to go anywhere else to get answers for the issues I face.

  28. Hi. I didn’t know there is actually a genuine platform like the Wealthy Affiliate out there which delivers what it promises to deliver. It’s hard to trust what’s real these days. Thank you for helping many people like myself to inform of the Wealthy Affiliate programme where you can actually make money online.

    • Hi Amy, you will be surprised how many people have yet to come across a legit and affordable provider to help you make money, like the Wealthy Affiliate. Even we had to go through many other awful and expensive programs before someone introduced the Wealthy Affiliate to us. We hope you enjoy learning and making money online. All the best

      Habib and Rani

  29. Can I ask how motivating are the lessons at wealthy Affiliate platform. Are they user friendly? I believe the information has to be motivating itself for a entrepreneur to keep going. I am very much interested in joining the Wealthy Affiliate and found your article interesting and genuine to read. Thank you. Hanah

    • Dear Hanah. We can totally assure you and we know many members from the Wealthy Affiliate would agree to this that the lessons and learning tools are motivating enough to keep you going and achieving your financial goals. Welcome on board. Please ask if you need further assistance. All members at WA including the bosses are there to ensure your success. But you got to take the first step. Best of luck. Kind regards

      Habib and Rani

  30. Very genuine and interesting read. It shows that there is still good and genuine platform like the Wealthy Affiliate out there if you are serious about affiliate marketing and making money online.

  31. It’s always hard to know who to trust online and who not to. I have read quite a few contents of yours here on your website, and feel like you are giving genuine advice. As I just read about the Wealthy Affiliate that it is free to join and that you can be a free member for life without having the pressure of up-sells. I feel I have come to the right platform and be part of amazing people like yourselves. I cannot begin to imagine how amazing the Wealthy Affiliate community will be as you mentioned in your post. You also gained success which shows it’s not a scam after all. Many many thanks for directing many of us to the right platform who are serious about setting up a successful business online and make 6 figure and more online. I need to sit down and make up a plan about what business I am going to do and steps of achieving it. I am truly grateful to you both.

    • Many thanks for visiting our website and reading our posts with much intetest. We give genuine advice here at
      We believe being successful and healthier is a choice and anyone making that choice and achieve their goals as long as you are 100% committed and give all that it takes to achieve money and life freedom.
      If we can do it, anyone can.

      You can join by clicking here.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask any further questions you may have.
      Best of luck
      Kind regards

    • We truly believe there is a ‘right time’ for everything. You can still be a billionaire, it’s in your hands only. Keep following the lessons and moving forward with your affiliate marketing business. Good luck

      Habib and Rani

  32. Thank you so much for this post. I have learnt a lot about wealthy affiliate from you. I heard of them in the past but wasn’t sure if there were legit or not. You’ve given me that peace of mind. I’m going to join via this post. Thanks alot.


  33. Hi, you have given me excellent ideas of how to make money online. I want to learn about how to make money online, can you please give me more ideas? You have given me alot of knowledge from this post. Thank you


    • Dear Sofia,

      Thank you for liking our post ‘Is Wealthy Affiliate a Scam or What?”. We have shared our personal and genuine online affiliate marketing experience here. You can JOIN Wealthy Affiliate HERE, where not only us but many many other like minded members will support you to make money online successfully. You will not regret your decision if you are serious about earning millions through affiliate marketing , as many members at Wealthy Affiliate are earning currently.

      We look forward to meeting you on the other side and very much interested in reading your success story. Best of luck.

      Habib and Rani

  34. Hi Habib and Rani,

    I must say, I came to your site wanting to read a post on acne, but this one caught my eye. I agree with you guys on this one completely, and am proud to be a part of Wealthy Affiliate.

    My favorite part is that you can learn at your own pace. It’s all up to you, really.

    All the best wishes to you both. 🙂

    Your Barista

    • Hi Barista,

      Wealthy Affiliate is something amazing to catch ones eye straightaway. We appreciate you having a read and agreeing with us completely. You are right in saying, with Wealthy Affiliate you can learn at your onw pace, but also for FREE as a starter member.

      All the best

      Habib and Rani

  35. My personal experience with Wealthy Affiliate has been pretty positive. It really helped me stick with affiliate marketing until I started to see some earnings, which was really helpful!

  36. Hi,
    I’m glad that info about wealthy affiliate is spread out to all people because it is great! I can say that I’ve joined them a couple of months and I learned a lot of knowledge.
    I think that I will bookmark your page for more info, as it is very informative.

    • Hi Stefan,

      Like we mentioned in the post, we feel we’ve come to the right platform after trying many other so called “quick get rich” companies. I genuinely feel humbled by the sincerity and willingness to support each other within the Wealthy Affiliate community, and there is so much to learn here as you said. Many Thanks

      Habib and Rani

    • Thank you Sharon, you are absolutely spot on there. The learning culture at Wealthy Affiliate is fantastic. Then again if the bosses (Kyle and Carson) are so humble and welcoming then we are bound to be in a place we are at. Like they say “likes attract likes!” I feel we just continue to support each other to the massive success that is surely and truly our way in the affiliate marketing at Wealthy Affiliate.

      Habib and Rani

    • Thank you Marcela, and you are very welcome. We hope our visitors get help from our post, as our intention is to provide honest information to help you and everyone else, so you can make your own decision.

      Rani and Habib

  37. I like how Wealthy Affiliate is not promoting “fast money”! Seems like they simply show you ways how money is made in the internet but like every other job, this involves work!

    Honesty, that´s why it´s so great I guess.


    • Hi Manny, If anyone is advertising “fast money”, then one should assume straightaway that it’s not legit or it’s misleading. Wealthy Affiliate teaches you everything, I totally agree with you. All the best to you.

      Rani and Habib

  38. Dear Habib,
    I have heard so lot about the wealthy Affiliate but just being skeptical as not to make a wrong decision. With the little time I have known you and having read through your testimonies , I will say I am giving it a Go. Thank you for introducing this to me.
    Regards to Rani.