Wealthy Affiliate has been one of the most life-changing episodes I’ve ever had, and continue to have to this day. What is my experience with Wealthy Affiiate? Read on…
My Experiences Prior to Finding Wealthy Affiliate
2008 was an extremely explosive time for me, having a bad outlook on life due to my circumstances of the time.
Living in Florida, the summer months feature the well-known rainy season with daily lightning storms. In those days, I was working in the University of South Florida’s (USF) new student center, in the food court, servicing the rubbish containers and doing other mundane service and cleaning work. Making minimum wage and not getting anymore than about five hours per day, my income rarely made it past $600/month. I was living in a broken, leaky camper in a doctor’s back yard.
This scenario followed almost a decade of dealing with stomach ulcers which refused to heal and almost took me down, even close to death. This issue was so debilitating that I wound up homeless before acquiring the camper and a place to put it.
I had to ride a bicycle to and from work, some four miles away from the camper, often in the rain. It was not fun. The work was absolutely monotonous and I watched the clock every day. My Journal is filled with complaints about this, the camper, my place in life, my failures…
The timing was right for what was to come. By late 2008, I was severely losing my patience with working at the food court.
I Think Wealthy Affiliate Is Unique Because…
Suddenly, during the month, in October, the Journal shows a heightened round of entries showing my bitterness towards the food court job. On November 22, 2008, a sudden spree of telling some of the Internet marketers whom I was subscribed to what I thought of them and their shady promotional methods and then unsubscribing from their lists. This is very likely around the time I followed a link from one of many Internet marketers I was subscribed to. I believe this was Ryan Moran but at this point, the original email lost, there’s no way of knowing however, the link took me to Wealthy Affiliate, to its sales website, and I was absolutely shocked at what I found there.
What I found on Wealthy Affiliate’s website was nothing like I have been seeing since 2004, when I first began delving into trying to market on the Internet. It was almost surreal for me to see sales pages without the normal hype, fantastic dollar amounts purported and guaranteed by a few mouse clicks and less than believable lies. It just was not there!
This was impressive. The day I followed that link, I was spellbound by what was there and spent a long time, reading every word on every page, and then more! My next course of action was to check this place out. I could not find a single negative review or any other kind of reference about this place anywhere. It just did not exist, not even on the complaint boards!
It offered onboard web hosting free to all members, keyword lists, website building software, all kinds of tools, a forum, not to mention one-on-one support and help from the owners, Kyle & Carson themselves.
I sent an email on November 28th, to Wealthy Affiliate’s Support, asking about the onboard hosting amongst other things. I was careful to tell them that I was impressed about not finding any bad reports about them anywhere. I received a response, filling me in about what affiliate marketing is all about. That week was a shocker to me and I knew I finally found what I was looking for! What I found back then, still characterizes Wealthy Affiliate today!
Could Not Join Wealthy Affiliate Yet
Unfortunately, with the income I was getting, I could not join right then. By this time, I befriended another Internet marketer, Ross Goldberg. I joined a seminar he hosted with top-name Internet marketers, some of whom I was subscribed to already. It cost $1 to get in. I went for it. This episode was the pivoting point in my life for what was to come.
The Masters Seminar lasted about five or six days. I had my first successful go at communicating on a chat engine and lots of instruction from the speakers at the event. However, near the end, I offered to create an ebook featuring the chat as they occurred. Ross took me up on the offer but in my inexperience, I got too fancy with it and overshot long overshot the window when the thing should have been finished. This was my first lesson on perfectionism. I had colour-coded every member’s name in that ebook. This took an incredible amount of time to do! Ross was very angry with me.
When I came up with an idea about the ebook, I contacted Ross about this. When I came home from work that day, I was met with a very short, angry response, telling me he was in the middle of a launch and that he didn’t have time for this. I contacted one of the other members of the seminar, who was a business coach. He told me Ross was done with me, to leave the guy alone. I had filled them in with too much negativity about my circumstances. His email was long and intended to show me comparisons, and that Internet marketers shut out negative people.
I had one more person from that seminar whom I had befriended, named Deborah. Losing contact with everybody else I knew there, our communications lasted into the 2010s. On April 23, 2009, she sent me an email showing me something she was getting. It was a broadcast email to her from Wealthy Affiliate. She was not too impressed with the email, but when I read it, again, it was Kyle, straight to the point and putting it all out on the table! This was the last time I would see anything from Wealthy Affiliate, but the impression of it stayed in my mind…
This Internet Marketing Training Platform Changed My Life!
Wow! I jumped right in. However, Wealthy Affiliate wasn’t free, I still subscribed to his list. He had a publication available for download, “Wealthy Affiliate Unplugged.” He also provided keyword lists to me and generally, told me about wealthy Affiliate. Everything I had come to expect was truly real. Finally, after preparing my income tax, found I had a refund coming and this became my portal into Wealthy Affiliate. In January 1, 2010, I joined Wealthy Affiliate…
What happened in Ross Goldberg’s seminar and right after, was a taste of things to come. I found I was not ready to be in a membership like Wealthy Affiliate nonetheless, this is where I grew up and matured as an Internet marketer even with the issues I brought on board. Once inside, I was totally satisfied with what I saw on the sales website. There has never been anything that could even come close to this astounding Internet marketing busness training platform! I truly found where I belonged! There is simply way too many things to list here that makes Wealthy Affiliate so unique, but one thing starts it all off…
From the very beginning, when Kyle and Carson (founders) figured out how to do affiliate marketing, beginning in 2002, their outstanding ideal…”Lets show others exactly what we found, leaving no stone unturned, laying it all out on the table…”
No other membership or program of this kind could or would even dare try this. What makes Wealthy Affiliate so unique?
It’s Pay-It-Forward approach to Internet marketing, and this concept not only begins with them, but permeates the entire community, the entire products and services on the Platform and throughout all of the training media. Nothing like this exists!