A Wealthy Affiliate Review – My #1 Recommendation

Wealthy Affiliate

Name: Wealthy Affiliate

Website: http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com

Price: Free Starter Membership

Owners: Kyle and Carson

Why is Wealthy Affiliate My #1 Recommendation?

I try every product before I review it. The reason that Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 recommended program is that after I tried it, I kept it. This is because not only does Wealthy Affiliate provide all of the education you need to succeed, it frequently updates it.

You have to stay up to date with Internet Marketing information, or your website (your future business) will fizzle out. Wealthy Affiliate has provided this updated information to me for years. The education and community, that I have access to at Wealthy Affiliate, are what sustain all of my sites.

It is more of a community than a product. The large community of knowledgeable contributors can answer any questions you may have. This is why it’s perfect for people who are just starting out with affiliate marketing. It is also ideal for experts in Internet Marketing because another criterion for success online, is to continue learning and growing.

It is easy to learn at Wealthy Affiliate because there are over ONE THOUSAND training modules.

The best part is: It is completely FREE to start. This satisfies my strict “try before you buy” mentality and proves that this isn’t another program that is just out for your money.

The Training (What can WA Teach You?)

WA is the industry leader in training. The majority of the affiliate education programs, that I’ve come across, focus on teaching you how to market THEIR sites. This is not the case at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to create an online marketing career in ANY niche! Whatever your interests or hobbies may be, you can learn to monetize them and market them to others.

The Four Steps to Success:

How Wealthy Affiliate Works

The training is centered around 4 basic parts. Every part includes step-by-step lessons that you will need to follow and apply to your own website. Each of these parts contribute to your business. The more diligently you work, the more successful your business will be. Here is how it works:

1. Choose a Niche – Your niche is the subject of your website. It’s your market, and to generate money, it needs to be very specific. “Skin Care Products” is an example of a large market, whereas “Acne Treatment for Teens” is a niche. By narrowing down a large market, you are more likely to drive targeted traffic to your website. More traffic = more money.

Your niche needs to be something that you are genuinely interested in. This will make the work more fun, and it will no longer feel like you are working. Don’t choose something that will bore you after a few days. The training will show you how to take an interest and make a business out of it.

What do you dream of blogging about? What do you know that can benefit others, and make you money at the same time?

2. Build a Website – You don’t need ANY experience building websites with WA. They will provide you with 2 free websites to do with as you please. You will retain ownership of all the material that you create for your site (not the case with most programs).

The 2 websites that you are provided with are pre-built and coded. All you’ll need to do is name them and decide how you want them to look. The process takes less than 30 seconds.

Note: If you want to be successful, you should apply what you learn in the training to your websites.

3. Get Traffic – To make money online your website needs visitors (traffic). The more traffic you have, the more money you can make. WA will teach you how to acquire traffic, organically, through the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

4. Start Earning Money – You’ll use your website to promote products that are relevant to your niche. When your website’s visitors purchase something, you will collect commission.

Example (utilizing the niche I mentioned above):

  • Step 1: I chose “Acne Treatment for Teens” as my niche/interest.
  • Step 2: I’d create a website based on that specific niche.
  • Step 3: I’d get visitors to my website that are interested in learning more about Acne Treatment for Teens.
  • Step 4: I’d promote skin care products that are being sold by other places, like Amazon, and each time one of my visitors purchased something, I’d collect commission.

There are millions of different niches that you can capitalize on, and there are over 3 Billion people on the Internet. Do you think you can make a sale to 1 person out of 3 billion? I think you can! It’s like opening a lemonade stand in the middle of the desert, you’ve just got to direct the traffic your way. The best part is your information is helping people (just like lemonade in the desert). You aren’t taking advantage, you are providing a service and getting paid for it. In fact, you won’t succeed if you set out to deceive. WA teaches you how to leverage your niche to make the most money possible, while helping others in the process.

My Results After Applying the Four Steps to This Website:

My Personal Results Utilizing Wealthy Affiliate

I built Pajamas and Tie back in December of 2014. Before that I was working on other niches, but I was learning so much I decided to build this website to teach others (if you want to succeed online you need to learn how to help others. In business you identify a problem, and supply a solution). As you can see, it took me 3 months of hard work before I started bringing in serious traffic. Now, on my best days I have over 500 visitors and this website makes me money on a daily basis. The more traffic your website has, the more money you stand to make.

Important: This is work and it takes time, there is no such thing as “overnight success.” You will need to work hard to match these results. WA will teach you, as it taught me, but it is not a “get rich quick scheme.” If a program tells you that you can make X amount of money overnight, they are lying. Your success is in your hands, you just need to know where, and when, to apply your efforts.

The Getting Started Course: 

The “Getting Started” course has everything you need to create your website and start generating income (completely free of charge).

Getting Started Course

This 10 lesson course gives you website themes, hosting, and website development. You will also receive training in writing quality content, search engine optimization, keyword research, and how to choose a niche.

The getting started course is designed for people with ZERO experience in Internet Marketing. However, there is also training for members with more experience. You can locate training in areas such as: WordPress, website development/programming, pay-per-click campaigns, social media campaigns, video and email marketing.

The Internet is a fickle beast. Google is constantly adjusting it’s algorithm so that it may deliver the best results possible to users of the search feature. This means that as Internet Marketers, we have to stay up to date on what it takes to rank on the search engines.

Most programs fail to frequently update the information that they present to their members. At Wealthy Affiliate, members and staff are adding new training EVERYDAY. This consistent flow of updated information will allow you to stay ahead of the curve.

Access the Getting Started Course Here

Website Building Tool:

When I first started with Wealthy Affiliate, the thought of building my own website terrified me. I pictured tons of coding and procedures that were alien to me. I was way off base. The fact is, building a website is easier than it has ever been. Wealthy Affiliate streamlines the process.

The “Building a Website in Under 30 Seconds” tutorial totally set my mind at ease. It is the real deal!

The Free Starter Membership grants you TWO websites to get your business going. These are websites that only take a moment to create and they are completely FREE.

The Sites You Create at Wealthy Affiliate are:

2 Free Sites

You have complete control over the content that you add to these sites. You don’t have to jump through hoops. All you have to do is create a free Starter Membership.

Access Your Free Websites Now

Support and Community (What Truly Sets This Program Apart):

The members at Wealthy Affiliate operate on a pay-it-forward mentality. They turn the community vibe up to 11. Your questions will receive IMMEDIATE answers. You can work comfortably knowing that somebody always has your back.

The community sports over 100,000 KNOWLEDGEABLE users that are active in the forums and ready to answer any questions you may have. Trust me you are going to want to ask a lot of questions, especially if you are just starting out.

On top of the this, the owner’s of the site (Kyle and Carson) are actively engaged in the forums. They will answer questions directly. This is because Wealthy Affiliate is their primary focus. This is seldom seen within the industry.

Starter Membership (100% Free!):

The starter membership is free and you can continue with it indefinitely. This membership grants you access to:

  • The entire Wealthy Affiliate community
  • Live chat
  • Over 500 training modules
  • Three classrooms
  • Networking
  • Commenting
  • Two free websites
  • Keyword Tool

I advise that you continue working on your sites and finish the getting started/bootcamp lessons before you think about upgrading to premium. Chat privileges will be turned off, after seven days, but you can still come to Pajamas and Tie to ask me any questions you may have about developing your site. Eventually, you will want to upgrade but take your time and utilize me as a resource until then.

Gain Free Access to WA Here

Wealthy Affiliate Premium:

At no point is there any pressure to purchase premium and I would advise you stick with the starter membership until you are good and ready to upgrade.

Wealthy Affiliate Premium is the complete package. There are no hosting fees, keyword research fees, or website builder fees. You will not need to pay for hired help, search the web for answers to questions, and you will have access to the RIGHT training.

Starter vs Premium

Pros and Cons


  • Free to start.
  • Step by step video training.
  • State of the art hosting.
  • Live, weekly training webinars.
  • You have access to a large network of fellow entrepreneurs.
  • You are granted two free siterubix.com domains.
  • A completely spam free environment.


  • Overwhelming amount of information.
  • It is very easy to get wrapped up in the forums which will slow your productivity down.

 The Final Word…


My mama raised me right! She instilled in me a moral code that does not allow me to promote any program that I would not use myself. Wealthy Affiliate is the ONLY program that I actively use, because it is the best there is, plain and simple.

The education, the community, and the price (for premium) are all unparalleled within the industry. I have reviewed some other sites that I trust, but nothing else comes close to the service that you will get at Wealthy Affiliate.

I recommend you start out with the Free Starter Membership. The first thing you are going to want to do, upon joining, is to set up your account. This is a simple process that you will be walked through. WA is a spam free community. By setting up your profile (adding a picture, and a description of yourself) you prove to them that you aren’t a robot. You also open yourself up to start networking with fellow members, myself included.

If you sign-up through Pajamas and Tie you will get a 59% discount on your first month of Premium membership. You will also receive one-on-one support from me. I’m active on WA every day. I will contact you within your first hour of joining. Look for my comment and send me a reply! I look forward to working with you.

If you have any further questions or feedback on Wealthy Affiliate, leave it in a comment below and I will add it to the page! Thanks!

Derek Rees

I am the owner of Pajamas and Tie. After years of being scammed, I've taken it upon myself to expose these schemes and let the legitimate programs shine through. You can find me on my site or hanging out over at Wealthy Affiliate.


  1. Hey Derek,

    Wealthy Affiliate is everything that I was looking for. This gives me hope to carry on despite all of the scams I have seen. But one thing is kind of unclear to me. Can I earn money even if I’m just a free member or do I have to be a premium member to earn money?

    The plan is to eventually become a premium member, but my problem is cash flow right now. So can I earn as a free member and upgrade later once I’ve earned enough money?



    • Hello Julie!

      I always suggest starting with the free starter membership. Through that you can build your website, choose your niche, and develop your website framework. At that point you will have a strong foundation to build a business online.

      You can earn money with the free membership. You should focus on your website structure and generating traffic (which is taught as you move through the training). Once the traffic is there, you can promote products.

      Obviously the Premium membership is better (more training, additional classes, additional mentoring, access to more tools, etc) but upgrade at your own pace.

  2. Cheers Derek for the great review on WA…as a member myself I can vouch for everything you have stated, it truly is the best affiliate program on the market!
    You’re also right about the cons as I find myself so wrapped up in this fantastic community and it does tend to slow down my production, but it’s so much fun and full of great people who really do their best to help with every facet of building my website 🙂

  3. Those this program require alot of time, is it a full time job or can a working person with kids able to make extra income with this.

    • Hello Shayne,

      Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to build your own online business. Building a business does take time. There is no such thing as “get rich quick.” Having said that, an online business is perfect for a parent. Granted, it will take a lot of upfront work before your website starts to generate income, but once it does you will have a lot of free time. After your website starts generating income, all you have to do is maintain it by adding content regularly.

      You don’t have to work on your website 8 hours a day if you have a “regular” job. Working on it an hour or two (depending on how long it takes you to write a post) a night would be plenty. The more work you put into it in the beginning, the quicker your site will start to generate income. If you can only dedicate a couple hours a night, it will be slower to produce results. However, it WILL produce results if you stick with it. I’d suggest keeping your job, treating your website like a hobby and working on it a couple hours a night, and eventually your “hobby” will replace your full-time income. Then you will have a whole lot of time for your kids!

      I hope that this has answered your question and I encourage you to check out Wealthy Affiliate on your own time. After-all, it is completely free to start.


  4. What exactly am I promoting on my site to make money? What is my online business?

    • Hello Debbie,

      The beauty of affiliate marketing, is the fact that you get to promote whatever you want. Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to narrow down an interest, of yours, into a profitable niche. For example: if you’re interested in healthy living, you can build a niche website regarding the best fitness equipment. (Although this is a very competitive niche. Perhaps not the best example).

      There is an affiliate program for nearly every product you can think of. When you are writing on a subject that interests you, it won’t feel like work. That’s what Wealthy Affiliate will teach you to do. Essentially, your business is whatever you want it to be.

      I hope that helps!


    • Hello Lorraine,

      I would love to help you out. Determining a niche is a very personal thing. If this is your first website, it’s best to just take immediate action on any idea you have. Anything involving food is going to be incredibly competitive, you have to consider that. I want you to come up with a list of ALL of your hobbies and interests. Email this list to me: derek@pajamasandtie.com

      We’ll try to narrow this list down to the most promising niche. I’ll be watching for your email!


  5. Hi, nice explanation about how this affiliate program works.
    Would it work for any language or is it mainly for english based websites?

    • Hello Richard,

      At the moment, all of Wealthy Affiliate’s training is in english. However, what you learn within can be leveraged for any language. Creating content in languages other than english is brilliant. English sites have the most competition, so you would struggle less than most beginners (I assume). Having said that, my sites are in english, so I’m not aware of ALL of the problems that may arise from building a site with another language.

      I’d be very curious to see how this works out for you. Stay in touch and keep me informed!


  6. Hi Derek 🙂

    Thanks for a great review! This looks like something I was looking for. Just one question (at this time of course hehe).

    You said “I will contact you within your first hour of joining…” So my questions is: how do you know I joined? It sparked my interest 🙂

    Thanks in advance for your time 🙂

    • Hey Karolina!

      That’s a great question! I’m actually affiliated with Wealthy Affiliate. When you sign up through me, I’m notified on their end. This makes it easier for me to help out the people that I’ve referred. Don’t worry, it is completely free to join Wealthy Affiliate. I only collect commission if you decide to upgrade to premium. You’ll never be pressured by me, or anyone at Wealthy Affiliate, to upgrade. The free starter membership provides much more than the industry standard and I think you’ll find that will be more than enough to hold you over for awhile. Feel free to join (pun intended), and upgrade at your own pace.

      I hope that satisfies your sparked interest!


  7. Hi Derek,

    Thank you for getting back to me.

    Yes, it does satisfy my sparked interest!
    And kuddos for a great review. As proven by me reading it all the way to the last sentence 🙂

    I am definitely very interested in WA but the only issue I have at this point is having an “idea” (interest) that I would use for my website 🙁

    Cheers 🙂


    • Thank you for the kind words. Deciding on a niche is one of the most difficult things for beginners. The niche you choose is going to be something that you work on everyday, it’s your future business. That can be a lot of pressure. The truth is, most people don’t stick with their first niche. As you learn more you will think of new ideas and often times the original idea is abandoned for something better. While you should choose something that you are genuinely interested in, don’t let the pressure get to you this first time. Just think of something that you like, and take action on it! This is the best way to learn. How do you make an omelette? By cracking a few eggs!

      I can help you out with your first niche. Write out a list of your hobbies and interests. I can help you determine which will be the easiest to monetize. If you are interested, email this list to me: derek@pajamasandtie.com

      Take your time! Building a business isn’t something that you should rush!


  8. Hi Derek,
    Thanks so much for the heads up. Am so going to join the Wealthy Affiliate for sure. Once again thanks!

    • I’m glad to hear that Amarachi!

      I’ve been reviewing different MMO programs for a long time now, and it gets pretty depressing seeing all of the scams out there. Wealthy Affiliate has been an absolute blessing for me. It’s taught me so much, and continues to teach me new things everyday (it is really important to stay ahead of the information curve when it comes to this industry). That’s why I promote it. There is really nothing that comes close to what it offers.

      If you follow along with the courses, work hard and remain dedicated to your business (which is what WA teaches you to build); I know you will get as much out of it as I have. I hope to connect with you over there!

      Thank YOU for the feedback!


  9. Hi Derek,

    I’m working since 8 years but now I just fed up from the bosses and employment so every day I’m trying to find a way to earn money at home or like without any employment but I can invest some money if I believe that my money will give me profitable business not just once but continuously. While searching of internet I just found your website and read your article about scam website takesurveysforcash and after that I check your trusted website. Every night I used internet 2 to 3 hours for trying to earn money from the last 2 years but I have lost a lot of my time and money till yet so now you please personally help me with your experience and knowledge how can I achieve my target???
    You can also check my website which will show you my interests
    Thanking in anticipation,

    • Hello Shah,

      I took a look at your website and it looks pretty good! I see that you give credit to other people with the few posts that you have. This is a good thing to do, but you’re not copy and pasting the blogs are you? Duplicated content will not rank in the SERPs, so you won’t be able to pull in traffic organically. Keep creating your own unique content. Your authority within your niche will grow and you will begin to rank for your keywords.

      Here is a post regarding monetization options (affiliate programs).

      I hope this helps! If you have any more questions feel free to email me directly: derek@pajamasandtie.com


  10. Great Information, thanks!

    Just a quick question, you are not trying to sell anything on your website, so how do you make money out of it for getting 500 visitors a day?

    • Hello John,

      This is a fair question. I make money through a process called affiliate marketing. When I try MMOs that I deem completely trustworthy and worthy of an investment, I will promote them via posts that I create. I don’t promote programs that are unethical.

      I also make a portion of my income from sending exclusive offers to my email list and from mentoring beginners to Internet marketing (with the help of WA). I can teach you to do all of these things if you’re interested!


  11. I’m interested. My concern is am I just promoting products or am I to sell and ship these product i am marketting

    • Hey Jaime,

      As an affiliate marketer you will just promote products. That’s one of the reasons this career path manages to be so lucrative without high overhead costs. You will not be responsible for shipping and you will never have to worry about going under water on inventory. You’re paid to market the products, bring consumers to the sales page, but you won’t be the one ACTUALLY selling these products.

      Of course, you can market and sell your OWN products. At that point you would be responsible for shipping. WA teaches you how to do this as well.

      Cheers to your future success!


  12. Hi Derek. I tried to register to WA but it said I’m already in their database. Though I am certain that I haven’t registered yet, I still tried to login using my email and as I expected, it said I was not yet a member. Do you have any idea why? And do you have any advice on how can I join the program successfully? By the way, i’m from the Philippines. Is it possible that it was because of demographics? I will really appreciate replies from you or from your readers who do know what to do about this. Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Pete,

      WA prides itself on remaining a spam free environment. There was an influx of spam originating from members in certain countries. To combat this spam, a rule was implemented that disallowed free members from these countries. Unfortunately, the Philippines are on the list of countries that cannot register as free members. It’s an unfortunate case of a “rotten apple spoiling the bunch.” As of now, this “exempted countries list” is the best way the powers that be have found to eliminate the spam and keep the community within WA strong.

      You can still join as a premium member, but why don’t you try my free affiliate marketing course first. While I utilize WA’s free tools within my course, we can find ways around that for you. You’ll just have to email me regularly and I can help you find ways to build your business.

      I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I hope that you continue to research ways to make money online and I hope to see you in my course.


  13. is it still impossible to register on the free starter membership in the Philippines?

    • Hello Geneowen,

      Unfortunately it is still not possible. The premium membership is available in the Philippines. I recommend you check out my email course. I do utilize WA free tools within my course, but if you email me directly, we can find other ways for you to get started. Whatever you do, just don’t give up!


  14. Hello Derek’
    Thank you for taking it on yourself to help others. I read your review and I feel satisfied about the site and I want to involve in it with you. what I want to know is if you encourage me to choose promoting the 3D Printing or interior design goods. Those are my top interesting areas now and I hope i wont getting bored of them soon. So, I look forward to hear your opinion before I register in WA.
    Good Luck & Thanks again.

    • Hello Aziz,

      I sincerely apologize for this delayed response. I received your email and sent you a reply. I think your 3d printing idea is brilliant and if you do it right, you stand to be in a very good position as more and more people begin purchasing the new technology. I hope to hear back from you soon!


  15. Hi Derek, do I have to be an expert in the subject matter for my chosen niche? I am considering about makeup or baby sleep training as a niche, but not sure which is a better choice. Looking forward to your suggestions, thanks

    • Hello Kimberly,

      No, you do NOT have to be an expert in your chosen niche. However, it needs to be something that you are going to be passionate about. Choose something that interests you and will continue to interest you. Learning about the subject as you go (if it is a subject that you are passionate about) can make the work process much more entertaining.

      Having said that, you obviously don’t want to publish content that is underdeveloped. Make sure that you fully understand what you are writing about BEFORE you write it. You will only become successful in this industry by genuinely helping people and you will not be helping people if you don’t fully understand your own content. In other words, you can learn as you go, but DO NOT publish anything that you do not fully understand yourself.

      Regarding your niche choices, write up a list of your hobbies/interests and email it to me at: derek@pajamasandtie.com

      From there I will be able to help you find your most profitable niche option.

      Hope to hear from you soon,


    • Certainly Jozen! Wealthy Affiliate has helped thousands of students just like yourself! You can sign up through this page, or you can participate in my free email course. My course utilizes Wealthy Affiliate, and it further explains the details that WA brings up.

      Good luck to you!


  16. THANKS for your help through this great opportunity to earn extra income. May the LORD bless you for your genuine desire to help the many, most of whom fall prey to scammers.

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