I’m a Born Skeptic
Let me start by saying that I am a very skeptical person. I don’t believe in Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and although I do believe there is life on other planets, I don’t believe that alien ships are swooping down every day and abducting people for experiments.
I’ve always been the kind of person who needs some evidence to believe in something. Having said that, when I was young I was pulled into a couple of risky scams including a pyramid scheme in which I handed over a large sum of cash thinking I could bring people under me to give me their cash.
Being in my early 20’s I was very gullible. Since that time, I have had many people come to me with multi-level marketing programs, cosmetic sales, jewelry sales, etc. and I’ve never found anything that I felt was really worthy of my time.
What changed my mind?
Recently, I was searching around online for job postings. I have had my own lighting business since 1992, but technology is changing and LED bulbs are taking over the market. Since LED bulbs last for 5 years or more, I’m literally selling myself out of a job.
I needed to find a way to supplement my income, and have something to transition into when this business can no longer support me. I was specifically looking for online businesses that are not scams when I stumbled upon this site called Wealthy Affiliate.
My first reaction because of my skepticism was to just “X” out and leave the site. But, the more I looked, the more I was intrigued by what they were offering.
How Do You Know if Something is a Scam?
First off, it’s COMPLETELY FREE to sign up so there’s no risk to look further. In my opinion, something is a scam if it asks for money up front, without being able to try it first. Secondly, there’s a whole training level under the free membership that allowed me to create a website, and it led me through setting it up step by step. Third, any questions I had while setting up my website were quickly answered by just doing a simple search in the “Need Help?” search box.
Whenever I got stuck on something, either I found the answer by searching or there was someone in the community who was happy to help me. I’m not going to say that it was simple, but I will say that if you follow the training by each level, that it was easy enough for anyone to set up a website.
I like to think of WA as an “Affiliate University”. This is a sample of what it looks like when I log in and click on the activity dashboard:
It’s kind of like Facebook. There are users posting questions and blogs and at the right there is a feed of the live chat where people can ask for help. All of the training and tools are easily accessible on the left, so you always know where you’re going. It makes it very easy to use.
Is WordPress Hard to Use?
Wealthy Affiliate gives you access to WordPress, which is a software program that allows you to build a website. I have found that it’s pretty easy to use and I was able to quickly get a website setup in a matter of a couple of days. They give you access to a few themes which have nice colors, graphics, and fonts.
You could go to a site like GoDaddy.com, set up an account, and create a simple website, but the thing is…there is no one there to train or help you when you get stuck. There is no one there to help you learn how to set up an affiliate program. Sure, they have some support, but will they have a community of people who are in the same boat you’re in who are willing to help you steer your ship? I don’t think so.
The step by step training by Kyle, one of the Wealthy Affiliate creators, is invaluable. I have never seen an online training program like it anywhere. It’s like an online college. He will walk you through the most basic of steps like setting up your WA profile, picking out a niche for your website, understanding how to make money with your website, and much more.
I do have one suggestion if you are really thinking about setting up a website: If you already have a good domain name, go to NameCheap.com and lock in that name because it’s less than $15.00 per year.
Try it, it’s FREE!
I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that Wealthy Affiliate is NOT A SCAM. I am someone who likes to sleep at night, and I would not feel right referring something that isn’t legitimate. If you still don’t believe me, then you will just have to see for yourself. Click on the link below and take a chance. IT’S COMPLETELY FREE TO TRY IT! You have NOTHING TO LOSE!