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Writing a review of Wealthy Affiliate University is no simple task. Wealthy Affiliate (WA from now on) is not a single product, tool, or technique. WA consists of many parts each of which has massive value in its own respect. Because of this, WA is a tremendously undervalued resource for what it offers. Here is an overview of some of the different aspects of WA and my experience with them. I should also mention that everything I describe below is included with the platinum membership – there are no hidden or extra charges for anything.
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Most people who join WA do so because they are looking to get started in internet marketing or are looking to increase their skills and knowledge. To meet these needs there is a huge library of training resources available. In fact, there are well over 500 (572 at the time of writing this, to be exact) different training resources available and more are added regularly. Here is an overview of the different training categories:
- Article marketing
- Email marketing
- Pay per click
- Search engine optimization
- WA affiliate program
- WA system tutorials
- Website development
- Web hosting
- Accreditation courses
I have spent hours reading through these training resources. Some are very focused and provide a lot of detail about one thing (like how to write a Squidoo lens). Others are multi-part broad manuals that take you step by step through an entire process (like how to set up a website and promote it with an article marketing campaign). I have found that if there is something I need to know I can almost always find a training resource to help me. If not, there is always community support.
When the training resources are not enough, or you need some one-on-one coaching there are forums which practically everyone participates in. You can ask questions on any of the training resource, any problems or issues you are facing, or you can just share a recent success or insight you have had. The members of WA are extremely supportive. They understand that some people are coming in with absolutely no knowledge or experience with internet marketing at all. Personally, I’ve received very helpful feedback on any questions I’ve asked.
In addition to the forums you can also talk directly to any member in the WA community – including the top income earners, and the creators of WA themselves – Kyle and Carson. This level of support ensures that you will always get an answer to your question no matter how basic, advanced, obscure, or technical.
When implementing an online marketing campaign you need access to tools and WA has them all. There are tools for doing keyword research, website creation, clickbank research, spying on your competition, writing and spinning articles, and more.
I use the keyword research tools on an almost daily basis and it has helped tremendously in my marketing efforts.
Here are some (but not all) of the services you will find at WA:
Hosting – Included with your WA membership is unlimited hosting (at least at the time of writing this). There are tools that you can use to set up a website with the click of a button and have it hosted by WA. It could not be any easier to start affiliate marketing with these kinds of services.
WA spaces – this is a place where people can create a profile, create a personal blog, and connect with other WA members. It is WA’s own social networking area.
WA jobs – the job posting area inside WA lets you farm out work that you don’t like such as technical work, article writing, or anything else. You can also find jobs here for things you are good at if you want to earn some extra cash.
All this would be meaningless unless people got results – and people do! There is an area in the forum dedicated to success stories where you can find posts on a daily basis by people who have made their first sale to people who have had their first $1000 day. WA is full of success stories by real people just like you who are looking to earn money online.
Despite my extremely positive experience with WA there are some problems that people run into when they join. Since there is so much information people get lost, flounder around, and waste time that would be better spent implementing the things they learn and earning money. This is why it is so important that when you join you follow the Step by Step Action Plan. This plan gives you a solid foundation in internet marketing on which you can further build and refine your knowledge. And don’t be afraid to ask questions in the forums – that’s what they are there for!