Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing education site. It provides a large amount of training and support for people who want to make money online using affiliate marketing. I’ve found success with it and many others have as well. You don’t have to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself either. The training can be used with many different affiliate programs.
Many people are concerned about the cost. The information at Wealthy Affiliate is worth the price, but it’s still expensive when you first get started. If you pay month-by-month, you’re looking at $49 per month. To many folks on a budget, it can be hard to justify fifty bucks a month. However, in comparison to any other type of education or business, that's a crazy-low price.
For example, to start a restaurant, you're looking at at least $200k in loans just to get started, and then you might not even break even for more than two years. A boutique fashion store? $50 to $150k. A brewery? Over a million bucks due to alcohol regulations and good luck finding a spot in a high traffic area. Your online business will cost you $14/year for a domain name, plus hosting costs (which are included for free with your Wealthy Affiliate membership).
Education? We've all heard about the insane levels of student loan debt. For a BA in business, a non-profit school will cost you over $30,000 per year. An education in online business will cost you $359.00 at Wealthy Affiliate. The comparison is not even fair. You can absolutely make six figures or even millions per year in affiliate marketing, and you can learn how to do it for less than $500.
You’ll be able to pay this with the profits from your affiliate marketing efforts eventually, though it can take six months to a year before you really start earning (assuming you put in the work). It's very easy to be in the black at the 12 month mark.
However, I realize a lot of people are skeptical about this whole “make money online” concept, and are concerned they are throwing money down the drain by investing in training. So, how else can you pay for your Wealthy Affiliate membership while your website isn't earning money?
Method #1: Make More Money!
Look For A Part-Time Job Or Extra Hours
The traditional job industry is always a good way to earn. If you already have a job, think about ways that you could increase your income. There may be some overtime that you can pick up, especially around the holidays. You might even be able to ask for a raise. If you take that approach, spend some time figuring out why you deserve a raise. Being able to argue your point increase the chances that you will be successful.
If you don't deserve one, start behaving like you do (i.e. do better at your job).
A part-time job can be another way to go. I know, I know – you’re interested in affiliate marketing because you want to get out of the rat race. While the approach isn’t ideal, a part-time job is a reliable source of income. Just make sure you have enough time to work on your affiliate marketing business too.
Do Odd Jobs
Odd jobs are often a fast way to earn and there’s always demand. Look around your neighborhood for what needs doing. Mowing lawns, shoveling snow and cleaning out gutters are common choices, depending on the time of year. Promoting yourself is easy too. You could put up flyers, knock on doors in your neighborhood or advertise on Craigslist.
Speaking of Craigslist, you can also sell stuff online through apps like Leto. Get rid of clothes one month. Trinkets the next month. Old electronics the third month. Even if you can't rummage up $50 extra in selling stuff each month, you might get $20 or $30, and then your membership only costs you about twenty bucks a month instead of fifty. Otherwise, you could just save up the $359 (cost of yearly), pay in one go, then you're set for the next 12 months.
The great thing is that these jobs often pay in cash. You might be getting $10 to $30 per task, depending on what you do and how much you charge. Nobody wants to pay a plumber $80 per hour. Just do favors for your friends and neighbors and charge a reasonable price.
Building websites for customers is a surprisingly powerful way to make money. This works because many businesses and individuals need a website, but don’t have enough knowledge to even know where to begin.
Reach out to local businesses and people that you know. Pitch them a proposal, including what you can do and how much you would charge. Building a basic website can earn you $500-$2500 depending on your skills. The free training inside Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to build a basic website, so you can use that knowledge to start a business! That's FREE education!
The idea sounds harder than it actually is. It has become very easy to create websites that look good and are functional, even for people with no experience in the field. While I always recommend WordPress for your own website, you might turn to a tool like Squarespace when building a website for someone else.
Squarespace is a particularly good tool as it has plenty of flexibility and an easy learning curve. It doesn’t have all the power you would want for affiliate marketing, but it’s perfect for local businesses who simply need an online presence. You could easily pay for a 12-month Wealthy Affiliate subscription with just one client.
Teach People Stuff
This is another idea that is always in demand. The most well-known approach would be to teach music lessons. Even just teaching a single person each week could get you enough income to pay for your Wealthy Affiliate membership.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the skills to teach music. Education is always in high demand. People often want to learn more. Many will be interested in unusual skills or knowledge. For example, painting classes are often popular. Yoga, physical training, car mechanics, writing – these are things people want to learn (or have to, if you're a kid), and you can make money teaching!
You don’t have to be an expert either, you only need to be better than the people you’re planning to teach.
Tutoring works in the same way. You can earn money by helping people to learn. This doesn’t just apply to kids either. High school and college students often find that they need tutoring as well. College students might also need related services, such as someone proofreading their paper or offering advice.
Be A Freelance Writer
You can be a freelancer in many different fields, but freelance writing is one of the most popular ideas. With this style, you’re making money by writing for clients. This normally means that you’re being told what to write. There are various ways to get into the field, including article writing sites, freelancing sites like Upwork and doing your own advertising.
Finding decent clients and earning significant income does take time, but just earning some income isn’t too difficult. In fact, article writing sites frequently take on new members. While the pay is shockingly bad, it does still add up.
Even if freelance writing doesn't work out right away, you can spend six months building out freelance clients, get some online income flowing, then start your Wealthy Affiliate education. No one said that making money online would be fast and easy, right?
There are two reasons for recommending freelance writing. First, there are few startup costs. You just need a computer, which you probably already have.
Second, freelance writing naturally complements affiliate marketing. The process can help you learn good writing skills and get a sense of what business owners are doing to their own websites. If affiliate marketing is your main goal, you'll also get practice while your work for clients, and maybe pick up some SEO tips along the way.
Method #1: Use Wealthy Affiliate Creatively
If you can, I highly recommend being an ongoing premier member of Wealthy Affiliate. This means you have all the information that you need in one place, along with plenty of support.
This may not be an option in some situations. If the techniques discussed so far aren’t viable for you, you could get a little creative in how you use Wealthy Affiliate. Doing so may decrease your costs or help you to earn money faster. Either angle makes Wealthy Affiliate easier to pay for.
Save Money And Look For A Deal
Month-to-month is the most expensive way to pay for Wealthy Affiliate. It’s much better to pay for a year at a time. At regular price, the yearly subscription calculates out to around $30 per month. That’s a considerable saving.
You take this further still. Wealthy Affiliate periodically does membership discounts, particularly on Black Friday. This is the best possible time to join. This might mean waiting to start your affiliate journey, but you can use the time to get your finances prepared. At $299/year, that's $25/month (paid in lump sum). If you can't save $25/month, then you need to re-evaluate your financial situation and make some changes before you start an online business.
Take Advantage of The Free Trial
Wealthy Affiliate offers a free membership, which is the best place to get started. With this, you can scope out the program and see whether it is likely to work for you. The free version is limited and you’re missing out on some of the best features that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. Still, you could use it and information you find online until you’re able to afford the monthly fee.
Give Comments & Feedback
Within Wealthy Affiliate, there's a system in place where you can get your website and content reviewed by peers. You can also receive “comments” on your blog posts, which add to the discussion, helping your SEO over the life of the website.
These are both methods of earning money within the community. You earn $0.50 per approved comment or feedback, and you can cash these out for actual money, or to pay for your membership directly. You have to be a Premium member to take advantage of these tools, so you'll need to find that $19 for the first month, and maybe $49 for the second month (to build your comment history), but after that, you can have a sustainable source of income coming from Wealthy Affiliate and use that to fund your membership and training.
Create Training Inside The Community
You don't know how to make money with affiliate marketing – that's why you want to be a Wealthy Affiliate member, right? That doesn't mean you don't have any useful skills though. If you can do things like create graphics, code CSS/HTML, or use WordPress, you can create training modules within the community. If enough people like and share these, you get paid credits. They are distributed monthly in $10 increments (I think), and you can make up to $30 per training (or something similar to that).
Dip In And Out
Being a long-term Wealthy Affiliate member isn’t the only option. If you’re not planning to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself, you don’t have to stay a member. For example, you could sign up for the yearly membership and use those 12 months to learn everything you can from the program. You would be able to learn a lot in those 12 months, while getting considerable support and direction.
Once the 12 months were completed, you could simply choose not to continue your membership. This would involve switching any websites to external hosting, but that’s not too difficult to do. You could then continue your business without Wealthy Affiliate, coming back to it once you’re earning enough to easily pay for the membership.
Talking about monthly members, you can host your website at somewhere like Bluehost, then just pay for your Wealthy Affiliate membership when you need help. Learn intensely for four weeks, then leave for 3 months. Collect questions and ideas in those months (write them down), then come back for a month, get all your questions answered. Instead of paying $49/month you can just pay for a month a couple times a year. Then your cost for training is just $150/year instead of $359.
However, that does highlight the cheapness of the Black Friday cost, which is $299/year, equivalent to just 6 months of regular price membership.
Time for tough love. If you can't find a way to pay for your Wealthy Affiliate membership, you probably don't want to make money online that bad. There are lots of options out there. You can scrape together extra cash, take on side work, save for yearly pricing, create your own services, or bootstrap your way to minimal income using the free Starter membership.
The options are there.
If you just say, I don't have time. I don't have money. I don't have energy. I'm not good at writing. I don't know how this works. I need help.
Those don't sound like things successful people say. They sound like excuses. Entrepreneurship is full of ups and downs. There are benefits and downsides to starting a business, and creativity and tenacity are two common qualities of entrepreneurs.
Do you have those traits? Can you find them within yourself?
I think most people can. If you are motivated enough to start your online business, you WILL find a way. I listed some ideas on this page, but what's your plan? Anything you can share to help someone else in your situation?