Experience With Wealthy Affiliate

After just recently passing the 6 months mark as a paying member with this educational and service providing platform, I feel I am now more qualified to share a more detailed experience with wealthy affiliate.

As my vision to build a brand where transparency and integrity are at the top of the pile, I will leave nothing out for my own benefit and hope to be as detailed as possible, so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not this platform is for you.

I stumbled across this platform after engaging with an Instagram post which caught my attention at the beginning of the year. I was drawn in by the word “university” as at the time I was really keen to expand my knowledge of the online world in the hope it could lead to me realising a dream, of living life on my terms, whilst providing value to others. 

Ever the sceptic, as someone who has had run-ins with some very shady characters online, I proceeded with caution at first and didn’t even set up my free account for a week or so. During this time I scoured the net for feedback and reviews on this platform and it didn’t take too long to have full confidence that the platform was legit and I had a green light to try it out for free. 

Free Account Set up

Firstly I want to stress that to use this platform you do not require any experience with affiliate marketing as the courses teach you everything you need to see results. Sure, you will need access to a laptop or computer and a basic knowledge of how to use it will help, however, this platform is newbie friendly and if you do get stuck there’s always someone to ask for help. 

Setting up the free account does not require any bank/credit card details whatsoever and I had full access to my starter account instantly. At first, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to start as there is a lot of information on the platform to sink your teeth into. I decided to take my time and have a good look around the site and took advantage of the live chat facility and engaged with other users.

What is Wealthy Affiliate All About?

Wealthy affiliate provides you with an abundance of tools, training and support, to walk you through, the building of your very own online business.

As a member for 6 months, I have barely touched the surface with the training available to me. I admit I could have achieved more in the last 6 months if I didn’t allow my head to be turned by other programs and methods to try and accelerate my success. 

As the day’s tick by it becomes more and more clear that if you are serious about building a business online you need to be patient and be prepared to learn – reading, watching video tutorials, listening to advice from experienced affiliate marketers should be embraced if you are to see success from this platform.  

There are a number of directions you can choose when it comes to affiliate marketing and wealthy affiliate can support you on whichever path you choose to take.

Maybe you already have an idea for a website but don’t know where to start, or you are just desperate to live life on your own terms creating your own personal brand, sharing your ideas, vision and providing value to the online world

Affiliate Marketing Explained For Newbies

Ok, so what exactly is affiliate marketing and how can it make you money?

Affiliate marketing gives anyone the opportunity to get a slice of the online pie, by essentially pointing online users in the direction of a product or service they are interested in purchasing. 

Most companies these days have an affiliate program which essentially gives you your own tools to sell their products and be paid commissions on everything you sell via you affiliate link. 

This can be physical products or digital products such as computer software and educational training modules.  

Now, its important to understand that its not a simple case of plastering your affiliate links all over Facebook and hoping for the sales to start rolling in. 

The idea behind affiliate marketing is to create engaging, helpful content online, worthy of your audience attention which results in them buying through you. 

How Do I Create “Content”? 

In 2018 there are more ways than ever you can showcase yourself and develop a personal brand you can use to generate passive income. 


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  • Blogging – Setting up a blog, like the one you are reading now can be an engaging, entertaining way to captivate an audience and gain trust in your market space. 
  • Vlogging – Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself to be a writer. Although this is something you can develop and get better at over time, you may be more confident in front of the camera, creating videos and setting up a youtube channel to build a following. 
  • Write an Ebook – You may have the knowledge in your chosen niche to write a book which educates or entertains your audience, again, potentially resulting in healthy commisions hitting your account on a monthly basis. 

This day and age there is so much opportunity to build a personal brand and showcase yourself to a worldwide audience.

The training and support needed to learn how to do this is all at your disposal within wealthy affiliate. 

Don’t Bother If You Are Not Prepared To Learn 

On speaking to a few people outside of the wealthy affiliate platform, who were once members and quit after a few months, it soon became clear they simply weren’t prepared to put in the work and learn, continuing to search for that (non-existent) get rich quick method. 

This platform provides you with the training, support and tools to develop and grow your own online business, the only catch is – you need patience and a desire to take action on your learnings.

we live in an era of massive opportunity but nothing will ever be handed to you on a plate. If you are moaning about your job and detest living in a 9-5 world then you need to be willing to take advantage of the education available to you, which you can embrace from the comfort of your own home. The question is, are you committed enough to see it through?

Have I Seen A Return On My Investment yet?

Not yet. I was talking to someone online recently who was asking questions about wealthy affiliate and the first thing she asked was “have you seen a return on your investment?” In truth, I decided to stop thinking about money months ago simply because I still consider myself to be on a learning journey. 

Sure, I hold my hands up, I could have made more progress if I had worked harder and created more content. There are many members who are making A substantial monthly income months into their membership, then there are others who have been members for years and make very little.

The bottom line is, it all comes down to you. How fast you start to see results all depends on the work you are prepared to put in and the desire you have to shape your own future.

If someone offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later

Richard Branson 

Everything In One Place

Something which stands out for me with this platform is the fact I have everything I need to learn and build my online business in one place. When first starting out as a newbie, I was surprised how quickly into the journey I was actually building my own website – all of which is done right within wealthy affiliate.

Even if you are unsure which direction/niche you choose to pursue, setting up the initial framework of any website is a great place to start and will give you the momentum and drive to keep moving forward and progress with your vision. 

The video tutorials literally walk you through the courses and you can pause and rewind as many times as you wish, should something not sink in straight away. 

For me, after about 3 months as a member I did find myself straying away from the teachings in wealthy affiliate, however, looking back all this did was to derail my progress and I always found myself back on track within wealthy affiliate.

Sure, I have made connections outside of the platform which has helped me on my way, but I see wealthy affiliate as my base to continue learning and as the main hub for my online journey.  

Is Premium Really Worth It?

Being a member for 6 months, of course i’am going to say I believe its money well spent, however, depending on how you choose to approach this and what your expectations are, the question is do you think you can afford not to have access to unlimited training and support?

If you have read this far then I’m assuming you are not looking to “get rich quick” as hopefully, I have been clear that using this platform – even in the correct way, will not provide over-night success. 

In reality, to further your education and achieve any qualifications you must be prepared to face costs along the way. In my honest opinion, I believe that the premium option to this platform is worth more than the $49 per month I continue to pay. Saying that it’s not for everyone and being able to try the platform for free gives you the chance to make an informed decision on where you go with your journey. 

I Need To Lose Weight Badly

Let’s face it. The chances are if you are reading this post you are one of the many who at least, several times a week mutters to yourself “I need to lose weight badly.” 

The burning question is where do you start and can you sustain a new healthier lifestyle?

Before I go any further I NEED to stress: I am not part of the fitness/weight loss marketing world. I am simply a 37-year-old bloke who has always struggled to maintain a “healthy” weight.

I have made a decision to document an attempt to start living a healthier lifestyle and essentially, to look better naked. 

In the last 5 years, I have gained around 4 stone in weight. No excuses, I have simply over indulged and not taken proper care of myself.

I’ve always struggled with my weight. Back in school and into my early adult years I was always a fat lad. My appetite was, and still is quite sizable and for as long as I can remember I have always taken pleasure from food and drink.

Don’t get me wrong – I am not yet at a weight which causes me massive problems, however, I believe if I keep going on the same path, it won’t take long for me to be in a really bad state.

My relationship with food has always been an issue for me. 

  • portion size 
  • fatty processed rubbish
  • finishing the kid’s meals (not liking to see waste)
  • not realizing when I am full  
  • My love of a few too many pints of lager. 
  • not being able to say no if offered something tasty.

Can you relate to any of the above?

My decision to try and document my journey to a better me is something I have thought of before but never had the nerve to get started.

  • What if I fail?
  • What will my friends and family think?
  • Will I look stupid?
  • whats the point?

The more I thought about it the more it made sense to just take the plunge and try a different approach to losing some podge. Whats the worst that can happen? 

  • People may not find my journey interesting.
  • I might get some “nasty” comments
  • I may not lose any weight.

Then there is the positives to look at –

  • It will motivate me to keep going 
  • I will enjoy the journey 
  • I will inspire others to get healthier
  • I may find inspiration from others to keep going.
  • I will be able to look back in months to come and see how far I have come.
  • I will end up feeling and looking, better than I have for years.

It’s safe to say that for me the positives in trying this far outweigh the negatives and I am looking forward to seeing what happens.

As I have stated in my vlog, I am not going along with any fad diets, fitness plans or magic pills. My intention is to simply be more mindful of what I consume on a daily basis and to be more active. 

As a man who is nearly at the 20 stone mark, I will be starting off with some fast-paced walking and simply be building on that. I haven’t ruled out joining a gym as before I was married and had kids I really enjoyed the gym and managed to get down to a decent weight and felt pretty good, however, in the early days of this attempt to get healthier I’m going to stick to the streets. 

Why Have I Always Struggled To Stay Trim?

Looking back as far as i can remember Its safe to say I haven’t been eating well. I struggle to stomach most vegetables and although I quite enjoy lots of different fruits i simply don’t eat enough. 

For me, I believe that portion control has been a key factor in my chunky frame and my enjoyment of what I am consuming has overshadowed the fact I have had enough. Some people may call this being a greedy fucker, I wouldn’t disagree. 

One key target I am setting myself is to avoid the feeling of being bloated after a meal. That feeling which makes me say “I am never eating again” has to stop. Eating so much that you feel you are going to burst has been a common trend for me all my life and I now believe I have confused that feeling with a sense of satisfaction.  

In my opinion losing weight and keeping it off is all down to your mindset. We are all wired differently and some people will be more prone than others to gaining weight. 

Don’t get me wrong – I am not getting into genetics here as I am in no way qualified to start down that path. I simply believe that some people are wired to approach eating and exercise a lot different to others, however, this doesn’t mean you can’t “re-wire” your thinking and change your habits for the better. 

If That’s What I Believe Then Why Am I Still Fat?

In short, I HAVE BEEN KIDDING MYSELF!

Over the last few years, I just haven’t cared enough to make a change and have convinced myself that I enjoy eating rubbish food and don’t care how I look… BULLSHIT.

I have a wardrobe full of clothes that would probably cut off my circulation if I tried to get into them. I avoid shopping for new clothes as I don’t want to spend money on XXXL sizes as deep down I don’t want to accept that this is my default body shape and weight.  

Keeping It Simple

So whats my plan? 

My full intention is to not restrict myself and be simply more mindful of what i consume and the amount of activity I partake in. The key changes I have already started to make moving forward are as follows:

  • Water intake. – my first drink when I wake up on a morning is a pint of water, and during the course of the day, I will repeat this 4-5 times. Your pee should be clear and not smell strong. If it does you are dehydrated and this will make you feel rubbish and not help in losing weight.
  • Exercise at least every other day for at least 45 minutes. – How much exercise you can manage will depend on the individual. For me, I intend to get the earphones in, select my chosen motivational playlist and hit the streets walking as fast as I can. I’m confident that, as my fitness improves my pace will increase.  
  • Stop eating BEFORE I feel bloated and uncomfortable – This will be all down to portion size. I intend to eat slower and be more mindful of when I’ve had enough. Finishing the kid’s dinner or going back for seconds will become a thing of the past 
  • Reduce alcohol intake – I believe that my overindulgence with beer over the last few years has contributed massively to my weight gain. I’m not alcohol dependent and can go a week without having a drink, but when I do get going its safe to say I can sink more than I should. 

For now these are the 4 main lifestyle changes I will be making and I am more than curious to see how i get on. 

Please feel free to follow my journey here and via my youtube channel and reach out for a chat. Hopefully, we can help each other.

All the best with your journey and I hope you have taken something from this. 

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