The online business just like the retail business is set to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. Finance experts are suggesting that the retail business online will grow to about 53% by 2028.
We have all experienced changes throughout the period of Covid-19 where most of us have turned to online shopping more than ever. This trend is set to continue especially with active Facebook users currently accounting for 2.6 billion monthly population.
Like many of us faced with changes in our working life I decided that I wanted to take my business online. I have started a health business named health-huddle which I am so passionate about so that I can help others. I have also decided to join Wealthy Affiliate alongside this to help generate an income for myself.
There are so many reviews out there on Wealthy Affiliate that I decided to share my own experience to help others who are either looking to supplement their income or change direction in their work life.
I came to a crossroads in my life May last year when I closed my own fitness business which I had for four years. In a dilemma of what to do next I did some research into Wealthy Affiliate and decided to join on their free starter membership. I was relatively busy closing my business down and wondering what I do next that I was offered an opportunity back into the corporate world. My intention was to continue with Wealthy Affiliate, but it never really happened as I could not get my work life balance right.
Lock down then hit us at the end of March and after a break of 2 weeks I decided to really think about what I wanted to do with my life. I then went back to Wealthy Affiliate in April 2020 and decided to take the plunge. I started my first month on their introductory 30-Day period currently at $19 to see what I thought. I plunged right in setting a work schedule 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and off weekends. This working life was a privileged for me as most of the time I left the house at 5.30am and never returned until 9pm or 10pm 5 days per week and worked weekends. However, it was my own business and I could lead it now, how I wanted. Whilst I know that initially I am going to need to put the hours in until I am established having a work life balance is enormously important for me.
I get up at 7am and have my workout, shower then get down to work. Alongside this I try to help people get fit and healthy which is my way of doing my bit following Covid-19, and the belief I have of everyone taking control back of their own health to stay out of hospital. I help people exercise, eat well, sleep better and generally look after themselves which can be a little about mindfulness and relaxation too. This is all free and if you are interested you can find this information on my Imelda’s Fitness Club Facebook Page.
In May, I decided to take the plunge to take my business completely online and stop my full-time employment.
In my first 3 months I have learnt so much through the training with Wealthy Affiliates. I created my website which was an incredible achievement based around my passion and continue helping others through a healthy lifestyle. The best part of Wealthy Affiliate for me is from the community of like-minded individuals all around to help. The ethos is about helping others and they certainly do. There has been around 1.7 million people who have been helped by Wealthy Affiliate. If you have any questions or just want to rant, then there are always plenty of people around to help.
One of the biggest aspects for me is that it is real and there is no expectation for you to earn millions. It is about your business and where you want to go with it. Part time or Full Time you will have available to you plenty of training about how you can develop your business and then in time make money online through product recommendations. Everyone here has their own business that they want to develop with their own niche in their own way.
I am now working on another business where I can hopefully help others choose a business that is right for them depending on their own lifestyle. I am a Wealthy Affiliate Member and I will receive a small compensation if you were to click onto any of my links and join the programme. I will also review many online businesses as I believe it is all about your choice and what suits you as an individual.
So many questions I get asked is about whether Wealthy Affiliate is a scam or legitimate. Hopefully, my review will help you investigate the company in a lot more detail and find out more for yourself.
Topics I Cover
Who Owns Wealthy Affiliate?
How It Works
Creating Your Website
What Is A Niche and Why It Is Important?
Community Of Caring Experts
How You Earn Money
Who Wants To Go To Las Vegas?
Who Owns Wealthy Affiliate?
The two co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate are Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim who are Canadian Born and started this company on September 10th, 2005. They both met one another at University studying for a degree in Computer Science.
In 2002, they decided to start learning how to earn money online through affiliate marketing. After lots of trial and errors they started to earn a lot of money in commissions and from that decided that they wanted to help others do the same hence Wealthy Affiliate was launched.
Within a few months they grew their membership to 50 people and today there are over 1.5 million users in over 15 countries who have joined.
2007 – SiteRubix was launched – Website Platform Provider
2009 – Launched Virtual Training Center and WA Premium
2010 – WA Blog was relaunched and price increased to $97 per month
2011 – Live chat was launched where members could liaise with one another
2012 – The Wealthy Affiliate Group released The Jaxxy Research Toolbox
2012 – Wealthy Affiliate start $0 Starter Month Membership followed by $47 per month
Wealthy Affiliate continues to grow and improve its technology to help its members earn money online.
The Team (photos)
KC – Is one of the originating members of the team and is The Programming Chief
Aaron – Joined in 2009 and is the Technology Chief
Jay – Training Chief offering Online Training and can answer all your questions.
Every member of the team and their supporting employees are always hands on to help within the community.
How It Works
It is basically a platform where it enables people to earn money online through a method known as affiliate marketing.
Simply put, you promote products through companies of your choice such as Amazon, Under Armour, Shopify, EBay and much more, and get paid commission based on any sales you generate through your affiliate links.
The products that I promote are based on my business within health and fitness and I only promote those products that I use myself, through reputable companies. I sign up to their affiliate programme and get paid commission directly from them.
Wealthy Affiliate provide you with all the necessary training to help you through this process. If you suffer with overwhelm or you have any questions, then there are plenty of people around to help you instantly.
Creating Your Website
To get started you first choose your business niche and create a domain name linked to your passion. This is created in SiteRubix which is your platform used by Wealthy Affiliate. You will get plenty of tools that help you for website analysis, management, ranking and security. It is super easy to use and fun to create and if you get stuck there is the live chat group to ask questions 24/7.
Website theme from the many 100’s available through Word Press is your next step and this is where your fun and creativity starts! The aim is to go from setting up your website which literally takes 30 seconds as it is basically done for you once your domain is chosen. Then you create your website based on your niche and your business.
To be honest choosing my niche and the line I wanted my business to go in was easy as Health and Fitness is my passion and something that I want to continue to provide. My belief is if you stay true to yourself and use this platform to help others and help your business then you will enjoy this experience.
I was a true beginner and I had never created a website before. I went through the training step by step and made sure that I actioned everything along the way. I was quite strict with managing my time and found that I started asking questions more as I went along. I also joined the Word Press Beginners Group on Facebook which was also a big help to me.
Some days I was successful and then I had those days when I was so frustrated, I could quite easily pack it all in or at least throw my computer at someone!
However, I persevered and through the help of the community had a website that I was immensely proud of and continue to work on still to this day.
There is a big emphasis on Google Ranking which is the way to get your website noticed by your audience. There is so much training on this and google can help along the way too. Obviously, you also want traffic through Bing and Yahoo who are the other major players and you are taught how to do this too.
What Is A Niche & Why Is It So Important?
So, the first thing that you need to decide is what your business is about and choose your niche.
An example of this would be Health & Fitness is my business and my niche is specifically for the over 50’s.
It is important as I mentioned previously that you choose your niche based on your experience and knowledge. The only way that you can help others is to understand peoples needs and problems and be able to come up answers for them that is going to help them. If you are not genuine and unable to understand what these issues are then you can never help them. If you niche is too broad, then it will get lost within the world of Google so you will find it difficult to get the right traffic for your business.
The best way to accomplish this is through brainstorming your ideas by throwing words out there onto a piece of blank paper. Set yourself a time limit of 1 minute and then let your brain do the work. Hopefully, you will then be able to come up with several ideas and names for your business to get you started.
As part of your membership you will be able to use Jaxxy Research which is a tool that can help you choose the best keywords to help you both for the website and your continued content. Training in how to do this is provided along the way so you will have all the guidance that you require.
This is now where you really start to get into your business and become your brand. This can only happen if you are true to who you are and passionate about your business. Writing content is easy if you know your niche market as I know my posts are all about real life situations that I have either come across personally or that I have helped others to overcome. I always try to practice what I preach but I believe in people having choices based around good education and fact-based evidence. My expertise that I have trained in is fitness and nutrition which I work to develop every day.
The beauty about writing is that it comes from your own experience and understanding which is why you want to share it with others. There are lots of templates for you to choose from for your website together with grammar and spell check, so you do not have to be an English literate to write successfully. There is even help to set goals for yourself together with how to put your form your posts in a comprehensive manner.
Please feel free to have a look at my website to find out more https://health-huddle.com and to see for yourself.
Once you have posted your content then you can ask the rest of the community to have a look at it and give you feedback. If you need to change anything or make something better, then you will get other people’s opinions which can help you.
As an Affiliate Marketer the opportunity of earning commission comes from your product reviews.
I was hugely surprised at the number of great companies that participate in affiliate programmes. It is so easy to find companies that are within your niche and offer products that you would use or have knowledge about.
I have linked myself to 3 companies that I personally know about as they are within my Health & Fitness niche.
I try to make my reviews unbiased but much easy to be honest with products that you use yourself and they are more likely to appear to people who have similar interests to yourself. If I would recommend to my friends and family then they will get good ratings from me. If I believe that the products are not fit for purpose, then the rating I give would not be good ones.
As soon as you start to research a product as I normal do then the majority of the goods available are through a link and someone who is an affiliate marketer.
I have a separate section on my website for reviews and I also have a disclaimer notifying people that I can make commission on these products if you choose to buy through my link. I also research the cheapest place to buy this product from and that is what I link too.
It is important to ensure that your reviews are honest ones especially as you grow your brand as it is this association with you that people buy from.
To be able to review your products you need to have a marketing plan to drive traffic to your website.
The best way of communication and marketing these days is through social media and as your business is now online this is where that traffic lies. Remember earlier I mentioned that by 2028 over 53% of the Worldwide Population will be buying online. 2.6 billion users are on Facebook let alone other social avenues.
The world is changing and many of us coming through the Covid-19 period have seen the changes with people going online to do their shopping. If you think about your own habits, I am sure you are doing so much more online. I know that I am now so familiar with returning goods that do not fit, that it is super easy as opposed to the chore that it used to be. Well you are not alone…………
As an Affiliate Marketer and having a business which is online the best way to market yourself is through social media and this has been the trend that is increasing over the last 10 years.
I usually plan what I do on the various social media platforms on a monthly and weekly basis. I do not use all of them but stick with my preferences. Again, I try to be true to myself as an individual which is my brand. I only want to attract those who like who I am and what I can give them. All my content is genuine and based around my beliefs and hopefully that is how I come across.
My advice again is to ensure that you plan your time and more importantly how you interact otherwise you will just be consumed with social media when you have other work that needs to be done. After all, this is your business!
I am a complete beginner and I want to do well for myself and my family. I have faced the training in the same way I have done everything else. I plan what I am going to do and set goals.
There is so much information available it is brilliant, although sometimes it does become quite overwhelming. It is at this time that I take a step back, breathe and ask for help if required.
It has been so exciting for me to learn new things which I love to do. I then ensure that I action as I go along which makes everything a little more real.
I initially started with the Entrepreneur Online Certificate which enabled me to work on my niche website https://health-huddle.com and develop the content and product reviews as I developed my skills. I am proud of what I have done and have so much more experience and control of my own website.
I am now doing the boot camp training which is helping me develop another website which is my online business https://businessaholic.com
to help others who want to work like myself.
Together with this step by step training there is live Video training on a range of topics which occurs regularly throughout the month. Plus, within the membership are a host of smaller video training sessions on topics that you might find useful pertaining to areas you feel you need more help with.
Moreover, you have the live chat section where you can speak directly with the community who are willing to help in any way. You are also assigned a member of Wealthy Affiliate who is your direct contact if you ever need and they help you along your journey. Then there is Hosting Support Team who are 24/7 for anyone who might be stuck with technical issues. They are so good at getting straight back to you to help at any time.
All in all, there is so much training and help you really cannot go wrong, and it has certainly helped me so much.
Community Of Caring Experts
This arena is such a huge bonus to joining Wealthy Affiliate and has been a real-life saver for me.
Firstly, as anyone who might be skeptical about joining this programme as I was then everyone here makes it real. Here you can talk to people who are making a substantial amount of money and also, to those who are starting out on their journey. I have had so many new ideas come from people I have been communicating with. Talking to those people who have had issues you are stuck with gives you a great understanding of how to solve that problem.
My one piece of advice which is no different then planning your business in general is to not get too caught up in the blog posts as this could turn into a full-time job on its own. Remember, helping others is important but your concentration needs to be on your own business for it to be a success. Therefore, plan your time and what you do daily, weekly, and monthly.
There are 3 options as part of the membership which you can try at any time and if you feel it is not right for you can leave simply by canceling online.
Gives you a FREE 30 days to try Wealthy Affiliate out and to see whether this is a good option for your online business. You have an opportunity to try before you buy although will not give you all the options as a premium member.
I did this for 1 year as initially I did not think that it was right for me and I did not believe that I could give it the commitment that it deserved.
Currently is $19 for 1 month only to again just give you an opportunity to see what you can achieve for your business. It allows you all the options of a full member so you can really ascertain how it all works and what training and tools that you have available.
This was where I got the greatest insight and I was also at that place in my life where I wanted to do something for myself. I knew it would be hard work and with that I would reap the rewards.
The cost for this if you were paying a monthly fee is $49 and again can be stopped at any time.
There is so much now available for you to truly make your business a success and get all the training you need to do this.
This is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme but an option to make money and live the lifestyle that you want by working smart and ensuring that you learn all that you can.
I am like a sponge with the amount of learning and training that I am doing. The biggest thing is that you MUST action otherwise all your efforts will not be fulfilled.
How You Earn Money
There are a few different ways to make money with Wealthy Affiliate.
This is where you choose your niche and create your website accordingly. The next step is to link your affiliate profile to those brands that you wish to promote their products. You are given a unique affiliate link where anyone chooses to purchase that product via your chosen company to ensure that you are given commission for the introduction.
Promoting Wealthy Affiliate
The other option is to promote Wealthy Affiliate as I am doing here to those people who are interested in being part of this opportunity as their own online business.
There is also an opportunity to earn through training sessions that are promoted directly within the membership.
The great thing about this is that it gives you the opportunity to help other members earn money through your own knowledge and experience.
My personal advice is to try different avenues, so you are open to more opportunities for your business to be a success. The more variety that you have the better I believe your options become. Remember, this is your business and nobody else’s!
Who Wants To Go To Las Vegas?
As a bonus there is an opportunity for anyone who is part of the membership to go to Las Vegas with an all expenses trip if you get 300 referrals to the Wealthy Affiliate programme within 1 year.
This is a great opportunity and whilst it is not the reason to join it is always good to have an extra incentive with anything you are doing in life.
This online business is only for those of you who are really serious about making money and have the ability to put in the hard work.
You can definitely do this part-time as an option to make extra money on top of what you are already doing. I know a number of fitness entrepreneurs where this is a great opportunity to help increase their own income on top of what they already do and can still continue to help others.
There is also the opportunity for you to develop your business online as a full-time proposition which is the route that I have personally decided to take. I am learning so much and the monthly payment for me is a cheap way to get all that training which is worth it.
I am prepared to put in the time and the hard work which is why I am happy to promote it to others. This is NOT a get-rich-quick way of earning income I am afraid so please DO NOT start if that is what you feel. However, if you resonate with my journey and you are like me then there is no harm in giving it a try.
If you have any further question or you want to know more then please leave in the comments below.