Start Here

If you have not yet signed up with a free Starter Member account to Wealthy Affiliate and you are interested in finding out more information on how you can build your own successful online business, please start here. The process takes less than a minute and then you will have the opportunity to see the four simple steps on how Wealthy Affiliate works. After you sign up, you will be directed to the Wealthy Affiliate home page to see what kind of training will be available to you to help you begin your own online business!

So what’s next? It’s all about the training. You will NOT succeed here without following the training sessions. There is so much training available that if you don´t start right from the beginning there is a good chance that you will get frustrated and be overwhelmed with all the information.

Wealthy Affiliate provides a step-by-step approach to learning how to be successful in creating your online business. As was mentioned above, when you click on the green “Get Started Here” button in the left-hand corner of the homepage you will see the following screen which is where you will begin your training.

This is a 10-lesson course that is part of the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Certification. It will guide you through the steps of creating a successful online business that generates revenue. This getting started course (level 1) is your first step to realizing your potential as an online business owner. Here is a list of the lessons offered in level 1.

Start With The Online Certification Course

Here’s Your Next Decision to Make

Once you’ve completed this set of training lessons, you will have a better appreciation of what Wealthy Affiliate is all about. So you need to make a decision whether or not you feel that Wealthy Affiliate is for you and whether you’ve enjoyed the training lessons and more importantly, what you think Wealthy Affiliate can do for you.

You will get out of Wealthy Affiliate exactly what you put into it, and you’ve got the perfect environment to learn in. The free starter membership is perfect for starting up your business and you can make money from the free starter membership, but the more you start to grow and improve the more you are going to want to upgrade to the premium membership to get more advanced training which includes the Affiliate Bootcamp training. It is of course up to you.

If you’re still unsure about joining up as a premium member here is a list of the differences between the two types of memberships to allow you to be better informed before making a decision.

Wealthy Affiliate Membership Grid

As you can see above, the monthly cost of becoming a premium member is $49/month. But right now if you join and upgrade to the premium package within 7 days, I am pleased to offer you a discount of over 50% off your first month’s membership. That works out to only $19 for your first month, and it still includes all the fantastic features above.

One other option you may want to consider is this. You can join up as an annual premium member. This annual fee is $359 which equates to roughly $29/month. There is more of an upfront cost but it is cheaper in the long run. But you get so much more with the premium membership.

As you see in the chart above, you get unlimited websites, unlimited training which includes the Affiliate Bootcamp training, unlimited keyword searches and probably best of all, unlimited coaching from the top achievers at Wealthy Affiliate.

All of us at Wealthy Affiliate are here to help you succeed online, we don’t get compensated for that. We have a vested interest in helping each other succeed, and that’s the bottom line. Why don’t you sign up today and see what Wealthy Affiliate is all about.


  1. hi Shawn,
    this is a really great website! You’re writing is so good and natual and you have gone into much more detail, I think than I did on mine. Maybe I need more detail or can add it later but those could also be subject matter for posts. But I just wanted to say that you have really great information on your website and I wish you much success with your supplemental retirement income!


  2. Hi there,
    This is a very good review of Wealthy Affiliate. What do you think of the free membership? Do you think it is good enough for free or do you really need to upgrade to the premium membership to gain the maximum membership potential?
    Thanks very much for the information. Kris

    • Hi Kris!
      Thank you for your comments. I think the free membership is an excellent way for people to see what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer, in terms of training and support and how everything works. But I think if people are really serious in building a success online business for themselves, they would want to sign up as a premium member to take full advantage of the additional training and all the extra benefits. As well, they lose the support and help from the WA community after the free membership expires. The WA community was one of the main reasons why I joined as an annual premium member.

  3. Well done on a very informative page about Wealthy Affiliate. When I joined, it didn’t take me long to realise I wanted to upgrade to premium. The features and benefits available after upgrading are second to none. You immediately feel part of the community that is there waiting and willing to give you a helping hand through the process of starting an online business. Good luck with your journey!

    • Hi Andrew!
      Thanks very much for the comments. I felt the same way when I joined Wealthy Affiliate. The WA community is amazing and very helpful. That is one of the main reasons that I upgraded to an annual premium member. It’s not often that you find a group of like-minded individuals that offer help to people in order to help them succeed.
      Best regards,

  4. Hi Shawn! Your site looks great! Very Clean and well put together. I’m new to Wealthy Affiliate but the info is spot on. I became a Premium member within the same week of joining ! I wanted access to all of what the Program has to offer. Great Job!

    • Hi Lesley,
      Thank you for your comments! I joined WA as a premium member within the same week of joining as well. I was so impressed with the WA community and the fact that everyone wanted to help you with any questions really impressed me! That’s one of the main reasons I joined as an annual premium member. It’s not often that you get to deal with like-minded people who all want to succeed with online businesses.

  5. Very well put together and thought out. I have been a member of WA for a couple months now and can’t say enough about the community here and how much everyone is willing to help you succeed. I never thought I could create a website but the step by step training is easy to follow and the help from the community puts it over the top!

    • Hi Matt!,
      I couldn’t agree more with your comments. The WA community is amazing and it’s hard to believe that people you don’t even know are willing to help you out with a question. That’s one of the main reasons I became an annual premium member. The training is also incredible and there is do much to help you boost your retirement income!

  6. I always wanted to build an online business and for years didn’t. Each time I came across something online, like getting a free website or creating one or something about keywords and all the stuff to do with being online, there was always something missing. Whilst I had no money to pay professionals to do it for me, this was however not my biggest problem. My problem was how to know the whole process of what is involved from A – Z of building a business online and succeeding at it.

    You have outlined the process here and provided the information of where to start and that is extremely helpful.

    Thank you


    • I was in the same position as you Danielle. I had been looking for ways to build a successful business to supplement my current income. Unfortunately, the training that was provided by these firms was for MLM businesses and didn’t focus on helping you build an online business, incorporating websites and how to use keywords to generate traffic to your site, and everything else you needed to be successful. Thankfully I came across Wealthy Affiliate and they have provided me with all that training. I hope that the information on my site will help people to do the same thing for themselves.

      Thank you for your comments Danielle!


  7. Love your website Shawn. So professional and clean looking among other beautiful traits. The detailing is truly superb. This is really lovely what more can I say. Thank you for guiding me here is fantastic and very helpful too being as new as I am to WA. It’s nice to look at other members websites. Give us newbies great ideas and awww an excellent guideline.

    • Thank you very much Llani! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my site. I find the theme you select can really help to make the site look professional and I discovered this one by looking at other members’ websites. Best of luck to you with the training and please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
      Best regards,

  8. Shawn…I was just taking another look at your beautiful website. It is so full of good information, there is no wonder that anyone who looks at this site would sign up to WA.


    • Thanks again for looking at my site Norma! My intention is to provide people with enough information so that they can make an informed decision about Wealthy Affiliate and see the benefits of joining to build a successful online business.
      Best regards,

    • Hi Greg,
      I appreciate your comments, thanks! Hopefully it provides enough information for people to see the benefits of signing up to WA and starting their own online business.

  9. Hi Shawn,

    Straight to the point! Yes, Your Starting Point on Wealthy Affiliate is so straight to the point – easy to read and understand.

    I am not retiring soon or any time in the near future. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want a passive income.

    Wealthy Affiliate is the place to learn and grow! With patience and hard work that is TIME invested, surely income will follow.

    Wish you all the best!

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for your commments! I think that Wealthy Affiliate is the place to be if you are looking to build yourself a passive income, whether you are close to retirement or not. I think as long as everyone understands that the “get rich quick” schemes don’t work. It does take time, hard work and patience to build a successful online business.
      Best regards,

  10. Hi Shawn,

    Great job on your article on Wealthy Affiliate. I like how you suggest people start with the free account. I agree with you that way they can get the just about the company to see if it will work for them. Another thing that is great that you mentioned is staying focused on the training you start so one doesn’t get over whelmed. Then you mention to go premium if the company is for you. I agree $49 a month is bad $29 is even better. Keep up the great work.

    • Hi Tim,
      I think that’s one of the great things about Wealthy Affiliate as opposed to other companies. They let you try out things out to see if you think it might be you, before paying the premium or annual premium fees. I think that’s just good business, a “try before you buy” mentality. I think a company has to be pretty confident in their product if they are going to offer something like that. Besides the Wealthy Affiliate training, which is second to none, I also think the Wealthy Affiliate community is amazing, and one of the main reasons I joined as an annual premium member. The annual premium membership is also pretty sweet as well, especially the “Black Friday” special that they had. That made it very affordable, compared to the $49/month rate.
      Thank you for your comments Tim!

  11. Hi Shawn,
    This is a great site. You really capture the value of Wealthy Affiliate. It has so much information, but it is easy to read. Graphics are very helpful. As a new WA member, this is a good example of what our sites should provide. Thank you. Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,
      I appreciate your comments and I’m glad that you found my site useful. I hope that it gives you some ideas for your site. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

    • Thank you for your kind words Adriana! It was my intention for people to understand the benefits of what Wealthy Affiliate can offer them.
      Best regards,

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