In this Wealthy Affiliate overview, I will embark upon an incredible example of how members have taken so much to the initial training of an online school and, with the influence of two visionaries who work closely with these members, how this culminated into a phenomenal community. No other online Internet marketing business training platform can rival the success of that known as the Wealthy Affiliate Membership.
A Historical Overview of the Member Community
[Note that “Community” and “Membership” will be used in this article interchangeably.]
It is likely a fact that the Wealthy Affiliate community actually predates the opening of the first stand-alone forum. This forum is said to have been started because over 50 members have already become members. This scenario seems to garner support insofar as the course of events found in another of Kyle and Carson’s websites, Beating Adwords.
This website featured a “pre-sale” page before the product was officially launched on or around January 1, 2006. This may have, and probably was the case for Wealthy Affiliate itself as the duo may have taken in members during the first week of September 2005 and possibly earlier, before the official launch date.
Though the source where I got the over 50 members information is incorrect about the Forum starting in December 2005, it is probably correct that there was a need for a better communications venue and that the very first post indicates that there were already members present, possibly the 50 or more eluded to by the source.
Several times in the first three pages of the Introduce Yourself board on that forum, Kyle, Carson or some other member refers to the Forum (probably other boards) as a valuable source of support and instruction. From the very beginning, it is evident that the owners saw the need to help members with issues of not understanding Internet marketing processes. It came to a point where a forum was needed, and unlike most of these just starting out, the WA Forum quickly populated with posts and comments. By the end of October, advice was being given, not only to go into the “Resources section” but to the forum itself.
Historically-speaking, the character of the Wealthy Community was set and established from the very beginning.
The Community a Bonding Agent for Wealthy Affiliate
The same character can be seen in the community today with little difference to what it was in the beginning with many tens of thousands members which now exists. Yet another aspect of the community began with Kyle and Carson’s desire to make each and every member successful.
Of all Internet forums and communities I’ve ever experienced, once again, Kyle and Carson take the prize for having created a community of closely knit members following after the examples and teaching found in the courses, videos and other media. A community in high standing and excellence, being composed of almost every nation and culture on the earth once again, becomes a legacy of our time.
The original stance to pay it forward and be helpful without cost has created a kind of bonding agent not found practially anywhere else within the Internet marketing industry, even within the Warrior Forum, which does show some elements of a close-knit community but lacks the family-friendly environment found at Wealthy Affiliate.
What once were two owners reaching out to the 50 or so members that comprised the Wealthy Affiliate Platform as it was before the addition of the forum software turned into the massive army doing the same today which leads into the next point…
The Incredible Support Power of a Community
The Forum was the initial step towards a powerhouse that helps Wealthy Affiliate run today. The overall theme of the community is to help one another, which in simple terms, many hands make work light!
Kyle and Carson, visionaries as they are, enacted upon getting members to help with the support. Today there are a number of venues that together, make Wealthy Affiliate one of the most effective support systems ever contrived on the Internet with:
- Each member having their own Profile area complete with a forum-like commenting area (the former WA Spaces)
- Each member additionally-having their own blogging platform intended for use of business-related and progress topics
- Each member given their own writing platform especially designed for creating training modules and even entire courses
- Classroom areas (essentially 13 categorized main topics) for discussion and learning)
- Weekly webinars hosted by a highly-experienced Internet marketer since 2010, complete with its own chat engine
- The main, onboard chat engine which today is constantly filled with extremely helpful discussions going on
- Personal Messaging (PM) for members to interact back and forth in private, which is often used for tutoring
- Question and answer queue which is directly connected to the classrooms, for member feedback and support
- A library of media so large that the Platform contains its own search engine to search for appropriate media
- We can’t forget Kyle, Carson, and other high-standing members who interact with members on a daily basis
- An onboard ranking system that encourages members to take part in the helping
- An Ambassador system with the highest ranking members placed in this special position to represent the Community
- Just about everything listed above comes with its own forum-style writing platform!
The list doesn’t even include the regular support to various teams within the physical plant, such as SiteSupport, problems with payments, subscription issues, statistics, rules, the platform and just about every other conceivable issue that may arise.
Nothing comes even remotely close to the way this Community contributes to an already healthy environment, and to be sure, Wealthy Affiliate would not be where it is now without first, Kyle and Carson and how they built this community of members, generally like-minded, close-knit, pushing forward and growing together. No other Internet marketing community sports the effectiveness and humanity found in Wealthy Affiliate’s community – not even by a longshot!
Paying It Forward, Helping, Friendships & Networking
Many times, Kyle and Carson has expressed their motives for creating Wealthy Affiliate and turning it into what it is today, and I quote one of these instances from a course created about the time WordPress was becoming popular,
“Back in September 2005 we got together and created Wealthy Affiliate, an online school to help train people how to succeed online in the same way we did. We knew that if we could teach people what worked for us and what didn’t, people could create success online […] We don’t even want to attempt to GUESS what members of WA have earned over the years, but figure it is probably in the $100’s of millions. […] There is nothing more gratifying to us than to see others succeed! To this day, we have had 1,000’s of success stories posted at Wealthy Affiliate!” Source: http://internetwealthcrashcourse.com/
This course appeared not long after I became a Wealthy Affiliate member New Year’s Day, 2010. I estimate it appeared between late 2010 and early 2011. Imagine what the above figures quoted by Kyle above would be today?
Beginning with Kyle and Carson, paying it forward and jumping right in there with the members to guide and instruct them is way beyond what anybody else was doing. Today, to find this sort of thing going on in a training site is virtually unheard of.
Kyle and Carson are two of the most down-to-earth, coolest dudes you could ever find. Such success these two have made for themselves and many others has not ruined their temperment like it would most people. Wealthy Affiliate is a place where like-minded people looking for a great education can come, and in their learning, pick up on the valuable lessons of paying it forward, being helpful, not just providing a service, establishing lifelong friendships and networking with each other in the same ways Kyle and Carson have done from the beginning…
We are going to delve into the training at this point, taking in however many installments this may take to do so in a comfortable manner. As has been the format here, we will look first at the historical aspect of the training found at Wealthy Affiliate and then jump right into what’s on the Platform at the time of this writing. If you would like more information about Wealthy Affiliate, feel free to check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review – As I Experience WA.
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