If you read, “My Return to Wealthy Affiliate“, then you already know I recently decided to return to Wealthy Affiliate (WA) as a Premium Plus member after an 11-year sabbatical from affiliate marketing. This decision was not made lightly, and I’m excited to be focused on this again as part of my “early retirement” plan.

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This post was going to be an initial review of my experience so far after re-joining Wealthy Affiliate on 3/7/2024. Instead, I decided to react and respond to a fairly negative Wealthy Affiliate review (and video) that has been online for several years.

The negative review I’m referring to is, “The Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review“, by Niall Doherty of eBizFact.com. I actually have a great deal of respect for Niall and have been following him for a number of years. I enjoy the content he puts out and mostly agree with his advice and information. I also love his videos because he has such a great accent! 😊

But in this case, I think he is incorrect and off-base about many things regarding Wealthy Affiliate today.

Had I read his original review 4+ years ago, I may have agreed with him on almost every point. But today, things are very different. As of the date of this post (3/17/2024), Niall’s Wealthy Affiliate review claims to have been updated on February 13, 2024, and the first line of his review states, “This is the definitive Wealthy Affiliate review for 2024.

Screenshot from Wealthy Affiliate review

(screenshot from Niall’s review)

And yet, many of the negative claims in his review are outdated and inaccurate. So, I have to wonder if he really joined Wealthy Affiliate several times just to review the program. Clearly, he hasn’t checked it out since late 2023 because the entire program has undergone massive changes, with many more improvements coming in 2024!

Anyway, let’s dive into it. I’m going to call out several specific points from Niall’s review and then share my thoughts on each.

Early in his review, he mentions there are two main tracks to the core training at Wealthy Affiliate:

  1. Affiliate Bootcamp
  2. Online Entrepreneur Certification.

While he’s partially accurate about the affiliate “bootcamp” training, it does still exist, it has been completely revamped, revised, and updated.

And the OEC (Online Entrepreneur Certification) no longer exists at all. Since December 4, 2023, with the release of Hubs and the new Core training, the outdated legacy training has been completely revamped and modernized.

One of WA’s founders, Kyle, mentions in a recent blog post:

“This update isn’t just about replacing old videos with new ones; it’s about elevating the entire educational environment here at WA. The efforts to replace outdated content with modern, targeted training are central to WA’s ethos, and moving forward we are going to ensure that every member has access to the tools and information crucial for thriving business in today’s fast evolving landscape.”

So, the founders recognized the need for vast improvements, and they are doing something about it.

I can attest that the new Hubs feature is awesome and greatly simplifies the entire process of going through the core training. You check off key tasks as you progress through the process of building your first niche website and online affiliate marketing business. All the training classes I’ve taken so far have been top-tier and extremely easy to understand and follow.

Moving on in Niall’s review, he states:

Wealthy Affiliate sells itself as a platform for anyone interested in affiliate marketing…
However, I would say it is mainly a platform for people with no experience with online business or affiliate marketing, who are looking to grasp the basics before quickly moving on to more advanced training.

Well… Yes, I agree, but it’s for folks with all levels of experience. As any affiliate marketing training platform should, it starts with the very basics, then progresses and advances from there. Anyone with a lot of experience could skip right past all the initial “core” training and jump right into any or all of the more advanced classes available on the platform.

Here’s a screen snip showing all the training categories and number of classes for each. They are constantly adding new classes and live events.

Wealthy Affiliate training classes menu

My experience so far in the past couple weeks, is that the new training is top-notch and very valuable. I’m pretty tech-savvy and have a fair bit of experience with online business & affiliate marketing, but I have already learned quite a bit going through the new training.

Moving on to Point #4 in Niall’s review, he calls the reputation of Wealthy Affiliate, and its founders, into question. Unfortunately, he offers up no facts or logical reasoning to substantiate his claim that they do not have a good reputation.

Screenshot from Wealthy Affiliate review

Quotes by Niall following the above claim:

Kyle and Carson have been in business since 2005 under the corporation name Niche Marketing, Inc.

Wealthy Affiliate claims to have helped more than 1.4 million students over the years, making it the most popular affiliate marketing course in the world.

However, I’m hesitant to recommend anyone sign up for Wealthy Affiliate.

OK, and?? It says nothing about why he feels they do not have a good reputation. 🤔 We’ll just leave that one alone for now and move on to the final few points.

For this next section, it’s probably easier if I just drop in a screenshot from Niall’s review and address each of his complaints:

Screenshot from Wealthy Affiliate review

OK, regarding his first 4 complaints about outdated, bad/misleading, and poorly organized training, this is no longer accurate. As mentioned above, WA has already completely revamped the training and released a new Hubs feature to better organize everything. And there are many more improvements on the horizon for 2024 and beyond.

Wealthy Affiliate is REALLY stepping up their game lately!

As far as the complaint about Kyle & Jay “appearing” to have had little success with their own affiliate sites. How does he know this for a fact? He doesn’t. From what I’ve seen, Kyle has dozens and dozens of sites he has built over the years, and many he uses for training and demos. I’m sure some are successfully earning income, and some are not. Same goes for Jay.

Regarding refunds, per the terms & conditions, this is true for annual/paid-in-full memberships. However, I’ve seen many posts in the community where people have contacted WA and received a prorated refund anyway. Probably just depends on the situation. For monthly subscribers, you can cancel your billing and/or downgrade to a lower-level membership anytime. No questions asked.

For the last two complaints about members being “explicitly encouraged” to recruit other paying members to WA, and the claim that most successful students of WA seem to earn most of their money referring others to WA. To those points I say — 1) Not true, and 2) How do you know this?

I never felt pressured one bit to promote Wealthy Affiliate and recruit other members. I believe the initial training for free members does focus mostly on promoting Wealthy Affiliate, but that actually makes sense to me. It’s the easiest and most obvious thing for new/free members to promote and could make them some fairly quick money to cover their own paid membership.

Success breeds more success!

Besides, most people are impressed and excited by what they find within the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and naturally want to tell others about it. Hey, wait a minute! I think that is called, “Affiliate Marketing”. 😉

Here’s another quote from Niall’s review:

It’s no surprise to find so many WA students actively promoting Wealthy Affiliate itself, since 60% of the core training is devoted to showing them how to do exactly that.

This one is just patently FALSE! I’ve been through all of the core training so far, and almost NONE of it was devoted to showing me how to promote WA. Now, had I created a new Hub and specifically selected “Promote Wealthy Affiliate” as my desired niche, then I would expect the training to be geared 100% to promoting Wealthy Affiliate. But even then, it is not.

Thanks for reading this far, I know this is a long article. But stick with me, we’re almost done.

Niall goes on in his Wealthy Affiliate review:

The free training in Wealthy Affiliate is a decent introduction to affiliate marketing, and the content is mostly up to date.

But be warned!

The free membership is nowhere near enough to help you build a successful affiliate site and make money online – everything in there is geared towards converting you to a paid account.

To that, I respond… Well, DUH! I love that he admits the free training is a decent introduction and the content is mostly up to date.😊 And, of course everything is geared toward converting to a paid membership.

Wealthy Affiliate would not survive long as a company if they let everyone join for free and then gave away 100% of the training and platform features for free as well.

Offering a free membership and a taste of the training for free is, quite honestly, genius. It’s how they have survived and thrived all these years. Their system works for converting free members to paid members, as it should.

Niall goes on in his review to callout several other complaints about the Wealthy Affiliate program. Most of them were already addressed earlier, or they are things I feel don’t really warrant a response.

Nowhere in his entire review, updated Feb 2024 mind you, did he mention the new Hubs feature, the revamped & updated training, or the new AI Article Designer and AI Author tools.

For me, his failure to mention all the new AI integration at Wealthy Affiliate is proof-positive that he has NOT reviewed WA as recently as Feb 2024. If he had, he definitely would have mentioned it because these are HUGE GAME CHANGERS for anyone joining Wealthy Affiliate today!

The first time I used the new AI Article Designer to write the “About Me” page for my niche website, I was absolutely stunned & amazed by the results! I gave it a couple short paragraphs about myself as prompts, and then let ‘er rip.

Within less than two minutes, the AI “Conversational Blogger” author produced an absolutely STUNNING article that included very relevant details about me, and it actually read like it was written in my own voice!

When I read the article to my wife, she was in a state of complete disbelief that it was AI-generated. In fact, I almost got a little teary-eyed as I read it to her because it was so spot-on! I made a few very minor tweaks to the article and then posted it to my site. All in all, I spent about 10 minutes producing that keyword-rich quality post for my site.

My final point, and then I’m going to wrap this up…

I really feel that Niall’s Wealthy Affiliate review, while it does make a few decent points, is really just a thinly disguised tool for promoting other affiliate programs for which he gets paid if you sign up. Seems a bit ironic considering the subject matter of his review, doesn’t it?

OK, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and take away something valuable from it. If you find other negative WA reviews online, my hope is they won’t deter you from checking out Wealthy Affiliate and giving it a fair shake.

Do your own research, come to your own conclusions. Don’t just assume other people know what they are talking about — including me! 😊

If any of this sounds intriguing, I invite you to create a free account over at Wealthy Affiliate today and join me as we turn our passions, hobbies, and interests into an amazing success story!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below with any questions you might have.

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