Day 5 is finally here!
Today, as promised, I want to highlight some of the differences between free and premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate.
The starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate is totally, 100%, absolutely, unconditionally, FREE. There is no “automatic billing” at the end of the month. There is no pressure to buy any products. There are no conditions of any kind or even a time limit on the free-ness.
It's Free, Free, Free.
You can use the free membership to build a basic niche website on Siterubix. You can host it at WA, blog on it, and even use it to promote products and services. This is a one-of-a-kind setup, that no other company offers.
Then, there is an option to upgrade to a premium membership that gives you access to some pretty awesome stuff.
Lets look at what a premium membership offers.
Wealthy Affiliate Certification Courses
So as a starter member you get access to the Level 1 Online Entrepreneur Certification course. We talked about that in Day 4. As a premium member you get access to Level 2-4. Level 1 covers the basics of how to set up your website and how making money online works. Level 2-4 teach you how to get traffic to your site, how to make through affiliate marketing, and how to leverage social media for traffic & earnings.
It's practical, step by step instructions on how to build an online business from ground zero.
And it really works. I've personally seen it done more than once in my 3 years as a WA member (including myself). Need proof? See how Ryan did it in 6 months. Below are just a few of the members I know that quit their day jobs are are doing this full time now thanks to the training in WA.
A starter member can access 3 classrooms. As a premium member, you'll also get access to 10 more Wealthy Affiliate Classrooms. If you're just starting out, it may be difficult to see the value in this, so let me explain.
A “Classroom” is basically like a specialized forum, where other internet marketers hang out and exchange ideas or answer questions. This is where you get specific answers to your questions.
They are separated into categories so you can get specialized, specific answers to your questions.
For example: Let's say you've crashed your website and you don't know how to restore your backup files. No problem! Open a discussion in the WordPress Classroom, and see if you can find someone to take you through the website restoration process.
It's that easy to get the answers you need.
Starter members get access to 3 classrooms. Premium access will unlock all 13. This also means you'll be able to see what other people are asking and discussing, and you can learn from other marketers questions and mistakes.
Here is a list of all Classroom Topics
- Getting Started
- WA Affiliate Program
- The Wealthy Affiliate Platform
- Keyword, Niche and Market Research
- Everything WordPress
- Authoring & Writing Content
- Search Engine Optimization
- Pay Per Click Marketing
- Social Engagement & Marketing
- Website Development & Programming
- Local Marketing
- Video Marketing
- Email Marketing
- More Training
The Best Affiliate Training in The World
As a premium member you'll also get access to more training. Lots more training. WA's training is the best in the world. Seriously.
Some of the training videos and tutorials have been locked for premium access. These are going to be the highest quality trainings of course, exclusive for premium members.
Actually, you'll get 5x more training as a premium member. There's so much available, that I haven't seen all of it, and I've been a member for several years! More training is being added every month, and is continually updated.
Remember that this is the same training I took to start my first website, and it's the very same training I followed to turn that website into a full time business.
Live Webinar Training
Once per week there's also a live Webinar hosted by a professional internet marker. He's got extensive experience all of the business models we featured in Day 4 of my course, and is great at explaining difficult concepts in a step by step manner.
Every week, as a premium member, you can register for FREE access to these live trainings.
Most places charge $50-$100 PER webinar session. These are included for free in your premium membership cost.
Live training covers a wide variety of topics.
Some of the stuff we've done in the past includes how to leverage social media, changes to Google's algorithms, how to start a local marketing company, how to flip websites for a profit, case studies for building and ranking websites, analyzation of other member's websites, new ranking techniques, and more!
So that means you get 4 live training sessions per month. Plus, you can access all recordings of previous training, which is quite a few hours. Starter members do not get access to live or recorded webinar training.
This is one of the features that most WA members love because you can sit in and listen to a LIVE person, and actually ask questions. It's a much more interactive feeling that sitting at your desk reading or watching instructional videos.
Premium members get unlimited searches using the WA keyword tool. This data can be used to give you suggestions on what to write about on your website. You can see things like how much traffic you can expect, and how tough the competition is. Remember that more traffic = more sales! Other keyword tools charge a monthly fee of $20-$50 per month, or one time fees ranging from $27-$97!
The WA keyword tool is included in your premium membership.
Premium Domains & Hosting
As a starter member you get two free websites. These will look like this: yourwebsite.siterubix.com. This is a great way to start, and you can still make money from these types of sites.
But as a premium member, you can work a domain that you OWN, ie yourwebsite.com (.org, .net, etc). These types of websites rank better in Google, and get you more trust with your visitors. Plus, how cool is it to own your own .com website business?!
Wealthy Affiliate hosts all of your websites (if you want), so you don't have to pay for any hosting costs. They have a pretty awesome hosting service, and even check your websites for malware or other security problems. Hosting outside WA would cost about $10 per month, or $100 per year.
And because everything is “in house”, fixing issues is as simple as contacting tech support or the owners! They are aware that WA has a lot of newbie marketers, so instructions are simple and easy to follow.
As a starter member, you can interact with the community for 7 days. You can comment on blogs, talk in live chat, as questions about training, and even talk to the owners of WA.
But being a premium member opens up a few doors for you.
One, other members within the community will see your level of commitment, and are more willing to put in the time to help you. I know, because I help out quite a bit in the community. I really do care about the people in the WA community, and when I see a paying member of the community struggling with something, I do my best to help them out.
Plus, you'll now be able to send private messages to other members, which means you can get PRIVATE help from mentors within the community.
We help everyone in WA, even starter members! The premium support offered in the upgraded level of WA membership is one of the main selling points, and it's something that's unique to WA. No other service out there offers anything close to the level of support offered at Wealthy Affiliate.
The Price & Value of Wealthy Affiliate
A premium membership costs $49 per month or $359 per year ($29 per month)
What is $49 to you? Can you remember the last $49 you spent?
A half-way decent meal for two at a restaurant these days will cost you almost $50.
A couple of drinks at an upscale bar (including tip, transportation, etc) will definitely cost you more than $40 dollars.
How much do you spend on gas each month? $100? $200?
I took ONE online course last month on real estate. It cost me $95. My motorcycle course cost me $250.
A pair of denim jeans can easily cost you $80.
My gym membership cost $39 per month.
The point I'm trying to make is that we spend money to invest in our health, happiness, hobbies, and entertainment.
Why wouldn't we invest some into our financial freedom?
Let's stop for a second and consider what WA is.
Wealthy Affiliate is EDUCATION
It's not a get rich quick scheme. It's not a scam. It's not even a single product.
It's access to training resources you need to learn how to build an online business.
To get a bachelors degree in anything these days will cost you at least $20,000 dollars MINIMUM. My brother took out $200,000 in student loans to go to college!
Did you know that the average US salary for college graduates is $46,000?
Many internet marketers make over $60k, or even over $100k per year. This is not an ‘anomaly' or skewed statistic. Remember, the harder you work on your websites, the more money you make.
So doesn't it make sense to spend $359 per year to make $100,000?
By investing in your internet marketing education now, you can learn the skills you need to be financially free, forever.
Let's talk about this discount timer that's ticking. As I said before, when the timer runs out, you will still have access to all starter membership areas, training, and tools. You will also still be able to upgrade to a premium account at any time you like.
BUT, during these next few days, you will have a chance to get premium access for $19. That's a 59% discount on your first month.
We talked about the $49 dollar price tag above. Now think about what you spend your last $19 on? These days, a large pizza can cost you $19!
Imagine that. All you need to do is give up one pizza or a couple cups of Starbucks coffees and you could be taking the first step to starting your own business.
Thanks for Taking My Course!
I really hope you learned something during the past week. You now know how I started out in online business, and have the exact tools I used to quit my job and work at home full time.
I wish you the best of luck in your business endeavors, and hope you are able to achieve all of the personal goals you have set for yourself.
Tasks For Today:
1. Sign up for a premium membership and lock in your 59% discount
2. Open your special bonuses from me (delivered by private message to new premium members)
3. Finish Level 1 of your Online Entrepreneur Certification Course over the next couple of days. The beginner course is designed to get you started. Level 2 and beyond is designed to get into the nuts and bolts of your business.
You'll be signing for affiliate programs, writing content for your site, doing keyword research, and setting up your social media campaigns. There's A LOT to do, and WA teaches everything you need to know.
You'll never have to buy another “how to make money” product ever again!
PS. I think if you watch you inbox in the next couple days, you might be receiving something extra from me…