7 Reasons Why You Should Not Join Wealthy Affiliate

I am one of many Wealthy Affiliate members working online full-time, and so I know just how good this opportunity is for the right person. However, there are also a lot of people who shouldn’t join up because they will just be wasting their time.

I am not going to beat around the bush here, so if your ears start burning reading some of this information, have a think about what you need to do to improve your character, and then decide whether or not you really want to find the freedom that comes with working online, or choose to play it safe and get a 9-5 job with a guaranteed pay cheque each week.

I also need to be careful writing this, because although some people may not be well suited to joining Wealthy Affiliate today, with a bit of work they can become the person they need to be to make money online.

I don’t want you to waste your time

I have been working online since 2013. I can literally work from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection, and on a typical day, I finish work at noon. This has given me incredible freedom such as allowing me to move onto a 600-acre farm in the mountains, and my son only goes to kindergarten two mornings a week.

Having tried out dozens of marketing products over the years, I know a lot about the risks of signing up to a membership, and I also know why most people fail.

People Who Shouldn’t Join Wealthy Affiliate

1. You want to get rich quick

Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal, which means it will teach you how to make money online by building your own website and making money by converting traffic into sales with an affiliate partner. Building a website takes time, as does generating traffic.

To even get started, I would suggest having 20 blog posts of at least 1000 words each would be enough to get indexed on Google. If you write one blog post a day, you could possibly have a website up and running in a month. That is assuming you know what you are doing.

If you are just starting out, I would say you could learn enough to get started in a month if you have at least a couple hours a day to learn, if not a bit more. If you have a full-time job and a young family, and your plan is to do a couple of hours a week, perhaps you will need 2-3 months before you know enough to get started.

There is nothing wrong with being time poor, many of us started out that way. It just means you will need to be smart with your time and leverage other resources such as money. For example, when I first started out I would often buy 1000 word blog posts for $25.

So for many people, it will take up to 3 months just to get started. From there you will need to learn and then implement the techniques that improve your website’s authority with Google. The higher up the rankings you are, the more free traffic you will get flowing to your website and the more you will start to succeed.

You can then spend a couple more months learning how to convert this traffic into $$$, such as strengthening your brand, creating A/B split tests, developing a social media presence and on, and on, and on.

Hopefully, it should become clear that what we are talking about here is a fully fledged online business. You might not have any products to sell (which I love!), but you still have a lot of work to do if you want to succeed.

I know many people who have set themselves up for life within 1-2 years. To me, that is getting rich quick. But I see so many people in Wealthy Affiliate giving up after a month or two because they aren’t making any money. Come on! You hardly know what you are doing yet. Keep going, keep learning, keep implementing your new knowledge. Good things come to those who keep at it.

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2. You want to find success without working hard for it

When I saw other people making money online and the quality of life they were experiencing I made a promise to myself. NO MATTER WHAT. I WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL I MAKE IT. For some reason, a lot of people have a strange attitude of expecting success online without working hard.

It doesn’t matter if you want to be successful at; sport, music, dance, your career, your family life or making money online, you have to work hard. Some people love what they do so much they don’t call it work. They use passion and drive as fuel. The professional athlete trains in the rain. The high-flying businessman is the first one into the office and the last to leave. The up-and-coming digital marketer makes time around a busy schedule and works on his business.

I have a motto when I work: “fall in love with the process and forget about the result.” For me, the most important thing I can be doing with my time is creating content. My goal is to write 2000 words a day and to have 4 blog posts published a week. I might finish work at noon on most days, but I am often up well before 5 am and I work hard. If you are not prepared to do the work, don’t bother learning how to become an internet marketer or anything for that matter! You probably won’t be successful.

In the early days, I was building websites in my free time around a full-time job and family commitments. My mentor Robin Sharma taught me a valuable lesson that I still use today, it can help you supercharge your results and blow away the competition: spend the first 90 minutes of every day working on the #1 most important task you have in your business. Set up your goals so that if you do this for 90 days, you will hit your goal.

At first, I wrote 1000 words a day, but as I became more productive I easily doubled my goal. It’s amazing how the distractions such as social media, TV, and busyness all seem to quietly melt away when you work on something with passion. I ended up throwing out my TV and I can now do my 90 minutes of writing without switching tabs to check the latest posts on Facebook. I’ll even do back-to-back sessions if I’m on a role.

Are you prepared to do this? If you’d rather just surf the internet or watch TV, don’t try to make money online. Just go enjoy yourself and be happy where you are at in life.

3. You are already making $5000 a month online

Wealthy Affiliate starts from the start. It is a comprehensive training program that is perfect if you are new to affiliate marketing. If you are already making good money online, say around $5000 a month or so, don’t join Wealthy Affiliate. There are better programs for advanced marketers that cost more but will be more targeted to your skill set.

I came to WA as a marketing manager of a multi-million dollar renewable energy company, so I knew a lot about marketing but not as much about affiliate marketing. Because of that, I found the Certification Program filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge and it also brought me up to the current year on a number of topics where I what I knew turned out to be out-of-date.

4. You have no motivation or drive to create something yourself

There are very few people in the world who are able to make money anywhere in the world, but who also have the discipline and strength of character to keep working hard while doing it.

If you want to become your own boss, start acting like a leader. Take personal responsibility for the way your life is today, and do what needs to be done so that you can achieve your dreams.

If you don’t have the drive to achieve things by yourself, you will almost certainly give up on building a website. No one is going to be looking over your shoulder, encouraging you, telling you off when you show up late. It’s all up to you.

Personally, I’d think you were crazy if you turned down an opportunity simply because you can’t be bothered to give it a go. Snap out of it. Life is too precious to waste it on the couch. Perhaps working online doesn’t turn out to be the thing that sets you free, but follow your passion. Set big goals and go get them.

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5. You are not resourceful

This is a big one. Becoming an internet marketer involves working for yourself, often in a home office or a cafe somewhere in the world. Unlike when you have a 9-5 job you can’t pick up a phone or walk down the corridor to ask your boss for help when you get stuck.

Working for yourself means you are going to have to be resourceful, as in if you have a question, or you don’t know how to do something you are going to have to figure it out for yourself. Don’t get me wrong, Wealthy Affiliate has a fantastic community and almost any question you have has probably already been answered in one of the support classrooms. But I see people asking for help with setting up a new email, and I just think to myself, if you can’t figure out how to do the most basic of tasks, how could you possibly run a fully fledged online business.

So if you are a really slow learner, you are going to have to be prepared to work hard for months, if not years before you get yourself up and running, in which case starting your own business may not be the best place for you.

6. You are a poor writer

You don’t need to be brilliant, but you need to be a decent writer if you want people to trust you and connect with your brand. If you suck at writing you have two options, you either get better or you pay for someone else to write for you.

You can buy blog posts for around $25 a pop, probably a bit more if you want a good one. I typically spend $25 because I will edit what I buy to suit my style, hence it doesn’t matter if it is filled with mistakes. I think writing is an important life skill to learn, so if your writing needs improving why not start a blog as practice? Write for fun rather than for money, in which case Wealthy Affiliate may be a good place for you after all! 🙂

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7. You are not prepared to spend a little bit of money to make a lot of money

When I start a new website, I assign it a budget of $100 a month. In my first month, I normally buy a $20 logo, a $30 premium WordPress theme and $50 for help implementing things I can’t do in 10 minutes. I am not a developer and I hate code, so I will always pay for help as soon as something doesn’t work.

Having a budget of $100 opens the mind to the idea of jumping over roadblocks by paying for help. It also gives you a natural first monetary goal of $100 a month that you can aim for so that the website pays for itself.

Once you get going, I think a Wealthy Affiliate membership of $29.90 a month paid yearly is nothing compared to the value you can get out of it.

Interested in more information? Check out my full Wealthy Affiliate Review for 2019