image of the wealthy affiliate logo with scam review in red stamped diagonally across it. What is the wealthy affiliate scam? With all the online opportunities out there, it can be hard to decipher which ones are scams and which ones are legit.

There are countless online “systems” that promise to train you on how to make money online. Many claim to be “full proof”, with spokespeople telling you how they went from coffee shop to mansion. And with their “full proof” system usually comes a very hefty price tag.

And then there is Wealthy Affiliate. No glitz, no glamour. And a free “test drive” of their platform which promises to be the best training platform and mentoring community for anyone looking to build a successful online business.

But what do you get with your Wealthy Affiliate free test drive? Are there upsells? Does it ultimately deliver? What is the Wealthy Affiliate Scam?

This Wealthy Affiliate Scam Review is going to cover the following:

  • Is the Wealthy Affiliate test drive really free?
  • What do you get with Wealthy Affiliate’s free training versus premium?
  • Is there a scam going on? If so, we’ll find it.
  • If not, just how much bang for your buck do you get? Is it worth it?

Is the Wealthy Affiliate Test Drive Really Free?

screenshot taken from the Wealthy Affiliate enrollment page showing a badge that says "Zero Risk, the Most Trusted Platform"

That’s a screenshot from the Wealthy Affiliate enrollment page. To get started all you enter is your email address. There is no payment information required. It’s really free.

This stands out to me. With most “freemium” trials you enter payment information. This isn’t the case at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s free to start and you can stay free as long as you like.

The catch is… of course you don’t get 100% of Wealthy Affiliate’s training with the free starter account. It is, after all, called a “starter account”. It wouldn’t make sense to give it all away free from a business standpoint, so there’s no real surprise here.

  • So how much do you get with the free training?
  • Is it a “look but don’t touch” kind of trial, or can you start building?

The picture below is a screenshot of the training tab inside the Wealthy Affiliate members’ area. The two main training curriculums inside WA are the Online Entrepreneur Certification (50 lessons) & the Affiliate Bootcamp (70 lessons).

screenshot of the Wealthy Affiliate members area showing the Online Entrepreneur Certification training courses

With the free starter account you get access to Level 1 of the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course & Phase 1 of the Affiliate Bootcamp. You’ll be able to build up to 2 websites on free Siterubix domains with your starter account. You’ll also be able to access the 24/7 live chat for 7 days.

These course lessons are all about teaching you how to build an affiliate marketing business in any niche you choose. Affiliate marketing is all about connecting the largest possible audience online with what they’re searching for. Don’t confuse it with network marketing. Thankfully Wealthy Affiliate has nothing to do with downlines, recruiting, or a pyramid scheme.

Through affiliate marketing and tools they provide, Wealthy Affiliate promises to guide you from start to finish in building your own successful online business through its 4 core steps:

these are the 4 basic steps to affiliate marketing: choose a niche, build a website, attract visitors, and earn revenue

The lessons you have access to with your starter account get you started building your website. Here are the first 10 lessons you have access to in the OEC (Online Entrepreneur Certification).

screenshot showing the first 10 lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Certification course you have access to as a Wealthy Affiliate free starter member

These lessons, each with video tutorials and tasks to complete before continuing to the next lesson, are much more thorough than I thought they would be for a free account. You’re not going to complete all these in a day or two. These are in depth course lessons. The first ones explain how WA works, how affiliate marketing works, and then you actually start building out your website.

I was quite impressed with this.

image of a man at his desk taking notes with a pen and notepad.As you can also see, Lesson 3 is about choosing a niche. This means you have full creative control over what your online business is going to be about. Most platforms I’ve reviewed are 100% about promoting their content and don’t give you that choice.

Particularly eye opening is Lesson 9 on keywords. Even with your free account you’re get access to understanding how to target the largest audiences possible for your niche and start using the integrated keyword research tool.

When it comes to building your website, you’ll have it live in less than a minute. It’s built on a free siterubix domain, meaning your url will have “” at the end of it. Should you choose to go premium and buy your own domain, you’ll be able to move the website and its contents over to your own .com, .net, or .org domain with the touch of a button.

Did I mention I was impressed with this?

I’ve never built a website before and I left these lessons not only happy with the ease of doing so, but I also felt like I completely understood how I was going to scale this business for the future.

With your starter account you also get access to the first 10 lessons of the Affiliate Bootcamp. These are closely related to the OEC training, but are for those who are maybe having trouble choosing an interest or niche they would like to pursue. With the Bootcamp course, you get a preselected niche to build in: the “make money online” niche.

screenshot of the first 10 lessons you have access to in the Affiliate Bootcamp as a free starter member

So What’s the Catch With the Free Starter Account? Are There Upsells?

image of a three dimensional stick figure walking with a red wheelbarrow filled with 3 green cubes with white dollar signs on themYes, from the free starter account there is the upsell to a premium account. However, unlike other training platforms I’ve reviewed, Wealthy Affiliate takes a completely different approach to this.

I thought the upsell would get me access to the next 10 lessons, with more expensive upsells to follow as I got deeper into the training. Instead, the upsell to premium actually gives you access to ALL of Wealthy Affiliate’s training available.

After going premium, there wasn’t one area inside the platform I couldn’t get into. Going premium also unlocks Wealthy Affiliate’s weekly live webinar training. These occur weekly on Friday nights, and if you miss the live class you get access to the replay starting the next day. I checked this catalog of replays and there’s easily over 300 hours of training covering a wide array of topics.

I checked every corner of this platform looking for upsells and the only additional costs I could find in the platform are for registering your own paid domain and another for unlocking additional features in their free integrated keyword research tool called Jaaxy.

The domain upsell is actually a really good deal. Your own .com, .net, or .org domain will cost you only $13.99-$15.99 per year with Wealthy Affiliate. There are enough features included with their hosting package that the same type of hosting could easily cost $150-200/month elsewhere.

How Much Does It Cost When You Upgrade to Premium?

This is the real kicker. This premium upsell is all of $19.

A normal upsell for a training platform like this is somewhere in the ballpark of $99-$299 with several training modules to follow anywhere from 2x to 10x the cost of the original buy in. This can literally lead to someone paying tens of thousands of dollars for training. Wealthy Affiliate’s upsell is $19 for your first month of premium. After that your monthly premiums would be $49/month, with a yearly membership upgrade option that actually cuts your dues in half to around $29/month.

And you get 100% of the training.

To be 100% honest with you, in my time reviewing online scams this is the most affordable all inclusive deal I’ve come across.

Wealthy Affiliate Scam Review Summary

image of a three dimensional stick figure sitting back relaxing on a green checkmark

Ladies and gentlemen, in my humble opinion you are getting quite a lot of training for your buck with Wealthy Affiliate. As the training progresses you go from the basics all the way to expert level strategies. Email marketing, social media marketing, traffic building, conversions, landing pages, squeeze pages, email autoresponders, Pay Per Click Campaigns, and much, much more are covered.

Not only are the main training curriculums thorough, but you also get member training, hundreds of forums with training available, and a global community to help you when you need it. Members regularly message you, welcome you, congratulate you on your accomplishments, check in just to see how you’re doing, etc.

image showing monthly commissions from Wealthy Affiliate totaling $4014What started as something I was skeptical about turned into a real business in a number of months. Don’t get me wrong. There’s work involved. Google doesn’t just take you to the top after you choose an audience to target and come up with a cool domain name. You have to be consistent, build quality content, create a positive user experience, and more. But you’re trained on exactly how to do it every step of the way.

I’d say that $19 first month investment turned out very well.

My Recommendation

My recommendation would be to create your free starter account and try out a couple of the lessons. Check out a couple of the video tutorials and see if it’s all your speed. Then, take full advantage of the $19 first month. Take that full month to learn as much as you can and see how far our progress.

If you fall in love with the community and training, either stay with the monthly membership or upgrade to the yearly membership and save. It’ll cut your membership dues almost in half down to an average of $29/month. And if you feel after a month that it’s not for you, you can always walk.

It will have only cost you $19 and for as much as you got for your buck, I can’t see anyone being upset at that.


Have any questions for me? Feel free to ask away in the comments section below. I always reply and I’d love to hear your story. What brought you here? Have you tried out other platforms with no success? Have you been taken for a ride by one of those other platforms looking to slowly empty your bank account? Let me know and I’ll be happy to offer my help in every way I can.

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