Are there any legitimate ways to start an online business with no money?
Surely most of these internet marketing training courses are after one thing – your money!
That was certainly the mindset I had way back in 2012 when I was looking for internet marketing training to boost my blogging skills, and get some sort of regular traffic to my first ever website.
Okay, looking back…it probably wasn’t the best website in the world…far from it really!
But I was looking for a place where I could learn EVERYTHING I needed to know about building out a successful website – I didn’t want the regurgitated internet marketing training that 99.9% of the so-called gurus were offering…I wanted something safe, a place where I could learn at my own pace.
After months of searching, I discovered the Wealthy Affiliate community…
(Okay – so the ‘Hallelujah’ and the bright lights, might have been a little over the top…)
I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in the summer of 2013, mostly to just see what it was all about. At the time they didn’t offer a free starter account so I had to bite the bullet and pay a month’s fee to get my foot in through the door (and I had VERY little money at the time!).
So I’ve been a member there now for over five years…and I’ve decided it’s time to write this Wealthy Affiliate article with my (experienced) findings, on whether this is a good program to sign up with or not.
Don’t worry – this isn’t going to be yet another digital sales pitch that disguises itself as a Wealthy Affiliate review – there’s enough of those out there, and most of them are very one-sided…even biased to a point!
No, this article is simply introducing you to the (now FREE) option I took as a newbie to build a successful online career – you can do with it what you want! 🙂
DISCLOSURE – I AIN’T A SAINT!!!
The entire reason I created this site is because I was sick and tired of the sheer amount of sh#t I encountered from day to day, in the work online world.
Seriously – I’d go as far as saying that over 80% of the work online options out there…are carefully crafted scams – the landscape is a complete minefield!
But I make money from this site – it’s very successful…and it’s not the ONLY successful website I own…
Seriously, I’m a geek at heart – check them out for yourself…
So I’m in it for the money – like everyone else out there that has built a website (regardless of what they say!).
With that said, I want to fully disclose that I am indeed an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If you click on any of my affiliate links, like this one, I get credit in the event you sign up for a paid membership option – simple.
But wait a minute here – doesn’t being an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate make me no better than one of those slimy marketers who is being biased…and just trying to make some cash out of you?
Yeah it does…but at least I’m not trying to blow smoke up your ass – I’m up front about it!
WHY I CHOSE WEALTHY AFFILIATE
At the time, I had spotted the Wealthy Affiliate brand popping up in numerous search results – I was desperate to find a solid education and I was doing A LOT of research!
Truth be told – I overlooked them for a few weeks.
Well…I didn’t like their name!
Seriously – their name sounded a little dubious to me, and to be brutally honest with you…it still does!
But as soon as I got my foot through the door, it was very apparent that Wealthy Affiliate does things differently. The community, recorded training, live ongoing weekly training sessions, live chat and support options, and business-like approach for beginners to pros alike really blew my mind.
I felt like I had HELP straight away – not once did I feel like I’d be stumbling around in the dark, trying to learn topics that were way above my head.
Well, I certainly made use of this community of help…to be honest…I probably pissed a few people off with my consistent questioning…but everyone was polite…and they got me over the finish line (and for that I’m eternally grateful!).
DOES FREE REALLY MEAN FREE?
I know that most of you reading this, have your heads screwed on the right way…so what does FREE mean when it comes to the Wealthy Affiliate?
Well, the best way to answer that, is to list what you get with the ‘freemium’ (I love that word!) version of the WA…
- Live Help – First 7 Days
- 2 Websites
- Website Backup
- Beginner Training Course
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Affiliate Bootcamp Training – Phase 1 Only
- Video Walk-Throughs
- Keyword Research Tool – 30 Searches
- Training Classrooms – 2
- Affiliate Program
- 1-on-1 Coaching – First 7 Days
Now, I’ll be brutally honest with you here – A LOT of people sign up for the free account and learn all that they can, as fast as they can…
Then they disappear into the sunset and start setting up their online businesses.
Do I frown upon that?
Not everybody has the money to pay a monthly subscription to these sorts of things.
Do the Wealthy Affiliate frown upon that?
Probably…but what can they do about it?
What I’m trying to say here, is that you have nothing to lose – the worst that could happen by opening a free account, is you eventually leaving with a solid internet marketing education under your belt!
WHAT ABOUT THE ‘BIG BOY’ PREMIUM PACKAGE?
I know, I know, the title of this article reads ‘Ways to Start an Online Business With NO Money’ – why am I including the premium setup?
Well, to be blunt – this would be a pretty crap article if I didn’t at least touch upon the paid membership…wouldn’t it?
So I’m not going to bang on about it – let’s just cover some of the things that are included with the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership…
- Live Help – Unlimited
- Private Messaging – Unlimited
- 50 Websites
- Website Security Package
- Website Backup
- Beginner Training Course – Full Access
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- Affiliate Bootcamp Training – All Phases (7)
- Live Video Classes
- Video Walk-Throughs
- Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
- Training Classrooms
- Affiliate Program – 2x Higher Payout
- Earn While You Learn
- 1-on-1 Coaching – Unlimited
- Private Access to Webinars
- 24/7/365 Website Support
- Website Feedback Platform
- Website Comment Platform
- Website Analysis
In a nutshell – it’s EVERYTHING you will need to build a lucrative online business…and keep it evolving!
I realize my bias is already showing through, so it’s best I get to the dark side of this article (no Star Wars pun intended!).
What are the things I DON’T like about the Wealthy Affiliate community?
Well, first off the bat is the Live Chat area of the community – an EXCELLENT resource for newcomers to internet marketing and blogging…but a grind to someone like me!
Well, 99.9% of the members on this Live Chat are VERY ‘clued up’ in the internet marketing world – you ask them a question and you will get a brilliant answer every time…but…
There is always going to be the tiny percentage of members who like to chat…and also like appear as if they are successful in their field…when they are not!
Maybe it’s just me – maybe I’m a miserable personality? (I know how my girlfriend would answer that question!)
I just can’t be done with these chatty types who spread misinformation.
Please don’t be put off – they are few and far between (but they are there!).
Seriously, that’s the only gripe I have with the setup at the Wealthy Affiliate.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The bottom line is, the Wealthy Affiliate is the absolute best place I have ever seen to get the training and all the tools you’ll ever need in one place.
At the very least, you should consider signing up for the FREE membership first just to see what you think. If you’re serious about growing an online business, my guess is you’ll be more than satisfied.
If you have any questions on this subject – please feel free to ask them in the comment section below (or contact me directly from this website’s Contact Page).