How Long Does It Take To Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?


wealthy-affiliate-reviewIf you're thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate, before you do it's probably a good idea to get the facts before you dive in head first.

So let's take a look at what the program teaches you about making money online and find out exactly how long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate doesn't claim to be a get rich quick scheme

Is Wealthy Affiliate a guaranteed way to get rich quick at a click of a mouse?

No. They only teach real online business.

Can you make serious money with Wealthy Affiliate?

Absolutely yes.

In the next 5 minutes you'll know exactly how you can make money with Wealthy Affiliate and how long it'll take you.

Before before we get into the juicy stuff let me just say:

1. You can replace your full-time income with Wealthy Affiliate. There are 2.3 billion people using the internet daily, whichever direction you take online, there's a huge and growing potential customer base. Hundreds of Wealthy Affiliate community members have made enough money to quit their job. Myself includedit took me just 18 months to say goodbye to the call centre days forever.

2. You can be a complete newbie and still be very successful with Wealthy Affiliate. If you've got any previous experience with building an online business or blog, great, but everything you need to know to start earning a consistently growing online business will be revealed to you as soon as you become a community member.

3. Success is not a single giant leap. Instead, it's a series of small steps taken consistently in the right direction. This means that everything you do now, and every step you take will contribute towards your personal success in the future.

What do you learn about making money online at Wealthy Affiliate?

Let me start by saying it's not about ripping people off, it's not a dodgy pyramid scheme and it's not about harassing your family and friends to make a dollar.

It's more to do with guiding you through the steps to building an actual online business. I go into more depth about what WA is here in my 4,880 word full Wealthy Affiliate review.

Regular readers of The Make Money Online Blog will know Wealthy Affiliate is my top recommendation when it comes to earning passive income online. And for good reason: it's the exact place I started. 

Here's a video walk-through from the first lesson of WA's Online Entrepreneur Certification Course covering the process of making money online:


The Wealthy Affiliate training will guide you through how to start your first blog (Yes – building a website is required as the foundation you'll be building your online business on)

From there you'll learn how to drive traffic to your website, how to monetise your site and become a successful full-time blogger.

Here's the simple breakdown:

wealthy affiliate process for making money online

How long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

Two years after joining Wealthy Affiliate I receive at least $6,000 per month, whether or not I actually do any work.

How much and how fast you make money, will all depend on the efforts you put in at the beginning.

What you need to keep in mind as you fill out your website with helpful and useful content is that it takes time for Google to trust your site and start to seriously rank you in their search engines results.

Before you start making money, you're going to be building your website (all covered in the first few lessons) and learning how to put your site in front of readers using social and search. Without a website, without content, and without traffic, the fun making money part doesn't happen.

So how long, realistically, will it take you to make serious money with Wealthy Affiliate? It's an important question to ask before starting a new business venture.

But this is a tricky question to answer, I can't predict the future but I can share what happened to me, the results I got and offer my advice on how to fast track this process…

  • After three months I made a grand total of $5 after spending $100. Blown away yet? : )
  • After two weeks after becoming a member. I made an unimpressive $1.25 but I was ecstatic this thing actually worked.
  • After six months I earned approx. $200 and spent about $300. I worked my butt off too, but things were starting to go in the right direction, slowly but surely…
  • After celebrating my first year at Wealthy Affiliate I'd invested $600 into my online business and made (investment included domain and hosting and paying my Wealthy Affiliate membership fee at a monthly rate)
  • After 18 months I was making $4,000 a month and my income was growing consistently. I finally decided to quit my full time UK call centre job and make the permanent move to Thailand (a long-term dream of mine).

In the first year I learned so much about how to create and build successful blogs, build an email marketing list, how to use social media and build real and strong relationships with my readers.

If I had quit at the three month or six month mark I would not be where I am today. Simple.

How long before YOU make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

Who knows. It could be a month. It might be a year, maybe even longer.

How long before you see results? It's hard to say. But I know that people who stick around long enough start to see the results of their hard work manifest in rankings, traffic, and sales.

How serious are you about earning a full-time income online? How much time can you put into this thing? An hour a day in the evenings and on Saturdays?

What I can say is that even though working now to make money in the long-term might not be exciting, but it is real and life-changing. I can attest to that.

How much does the Premium Wealthy Affiliate membership cost?

There's two pricing options to choose from:

1. Monthly Premium – membership is $19 the first month (if you take the 59% Wealthy Affiliate Discount and decide to upgrade within the your 7 day FREE trial) and $47 a month thereafter with no minimum.

2. Yearly Premium – membership is $359. This represents a huge $205 discount! This works out at just about $29.92 per month; less than $1 a day!

Here's a Starter vs. Premium Membership comparison.

The really nice thing about Wealthy Affiliate is there's no pressure. You can do what I did and start with the free Starter account, test drive Wealthy Affiliate for yourself and make any decisions from there once you've started building your business.

After 12 months I decided to go for the cheaper yearly option because I knew I'd be a long-term member so it just made sense.

Further down the road, you might want to consider this option, especially because you should be making a steady monthly income at this point.

It's good because it's not only cheaper but instead of looking at the monthly withdraw from my Paypal account and wondering, “Do I really want this?”, I could focus on what mattered…working for the results I wanted.

Here's a really cool video from a guy who puts it better than I can about the mindset you should have going into this:

[alert-note]“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

― Earl Nightingale[/alert-note]

The best time to start is now

So please don't look at Wealthy Affiliate like a get rich quick nonsense scheme or a millionaire by midnight solution; it's an online business training centre and community of online entrepreneurs.

The amount of money you can make is limitless if you're willing to follow the training and complete the tasks assigned at the end of each lesson, reach out and ask for help when you need it and are committed enough to see it through.

Sound fair enough?

So if you're ready to start on your online business journey, create your FREE starter account here and head over to the Get Started Training.

Over the next few days you're going to be well on your way to learning how making money online works and building on a solid foundation – once you have these things in place, you are going to be able to create as much success as you want online.

20 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take To Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?”

  1. Hi Simon,

    Thanks for this inspiring story. I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate but still not there yet to where you are right now. I am on my 6th month but I hardly get to log into my Wealthy Affiliate account every day. You are correct that if you take action to what you learn, you will really succeed. If you also do the training given here in Wealthy Affiliate, you will become successful and your dream will soon come to reality.
    I am just happy that it is really is possible to reach your dreams and you are one of the many who can attest to that by working hard, doing what you need to do and I guess to be serious about it.
    With your story, I have come to realize that I need to go back in and do the training every day. I’m also working in a call center and I plan to quit if I am already earning a stable income that can support my family. This is a commitment that I will do and I pray that God will give me enough strength, courage, and passion in order to work on this every day.
    Thanks again and hope you will inspire more people.

  2. Hi Simon!

    Really agree with your point of view especially that online business do take some time to grow and earn money and a lot depends on your effort you are putting in!

    I also feel that Wealthy Affiliate is a really good community to be in because before joining WA, I couldn’t find anything as good or even close to Wealthy Affiliate and thus, i really thank Wealthy Affiliate a lot for helping me to grow and increase my knowledge as an affiliate marketer.

    Also, I was wondering if there is other ways of marketing other than affiliate and can you explain a little bit about them? Thanks!

    • Hey thanks for sharing your experience with Wealthy Affiliate and how you’re growing in your knowledge and skills – it raises a very good point – if you want results you’ve never had then you have to do things you’ve never done. And like learning an instrument or any new skill, it takes time to practice and hone your skills and with practice you get better over time and get more results.

      Affiliate marketing is by far my favourite way to monetise my sites and as you know, it’s at the heart of what Wealthy Affiliate teaches. I like it because I can start a niche website based on something that interests me or what I think will be the most profitable or in an ideal world – one that you like AND is proftable.

      Sure you could waste your time putting ads on your website, one-off sponsored posts blah blah blah… but that’s not for me.

      With affiliate marketing you don’t have to worry about customer service, organising shipping or taking payment. You don’t have to rent buildings to store stock with all the expenses that come with it. Affiliate programs can pay out up to 75% commissions (especially for digital products). My favourite type of commissions by the way are monthly recurring – get paid again and again for the same referral.

      So when people ask how long it will take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate, you need to keep in mind that if you follow the training (highly recommended) you’ll build a niche website, add great content to it and have your affiliate marketing all set.

      Depending on what niche (topic/subject) you’ve chosen, how competitive it is will determine how easy it is to get on the top spot of Google and starting getting traffic and sales. This is why it can vary so much. The more precise niche you pick the better, especially with obvious products to link to (like real leather belts for men, or best running shoes for overweight women for example).

      I hope this helps, I didn’t mean to type this much but I got on a roll! All the best to you 🙂

  3. Hey, great read! That’s awesome that you were able to quit your job and earn money whether or not you do any work. That is simply amazing! That is the life I think we all want. I, myself, am a member of Wealthy affiliate and I’m not where you are yet, but I’m making progress. It’s great to see how things worked for you. This is just more proof of what is possible when you join Wealthy Affiliate.

    • Hey Daniel, yeah I mean I can’t say “Join Wealthy Affiliate and you’ll make money without getting out of bed!” without lying because I worked hard, heck I still do but the difference is I get to work when and where I want to. It’s also my choice what I want to focus my efforts on.

      Wealthy Affiliate teach you how to become an online entrepreneur which means you’re your own boss and make your own decisions! I think this is pretty cool 🙂

      My best advice to you would be to stick with the Wealthy Affiliate training courses, complete every action step at the end of each lesson. This means you’ll be building out your site as you go along. Do this and it’s not a matter if ‘if you’ll make money with Wealthy Affiliate’ but ‘when’!

      All the best, if I can help you with anything just give me a shout!

  4. Hi Simon,
    You have a great success story to tell here.
    I joined Wealthy Affiliate recently ( I guess you can call me a freshman at this) and I have those frustrating moments in not seeing any profitable results yet. I enjoy what WA has to offer for people to succeed and you are point when you say this is not a “get rich quick scheme”.
    Your post has given me a positive perceptive to keep at it and to grow with it. Thanks for your honest review.

    • Hey thanks, I think you just made my day. If this post motivates you to keep chasing after your dreams until you make them a reality then my purpose is accomplished! 🙂

      All I can say is at Wealthy Affiliate you’re in the right place. You’ve got the tools you need, the right know-how provided through the training and a whole community of like-minded entrepreneurs all committed to helping one another succeed – it really is just a matter of time before you reach your online income goals.

      People say Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s true. Oftentimes we think success looks like one giant leap from where we are to where we want to be, but the truth is we become successful (have trafic coming to out sites, make sales and earn money) by completing a small series of daily, accumulative steps that take us a step closer to our goal.

      I’m happy to be a Wealthy Affiliate success story, but don’t let that fool you – I’m just like anyone else who stuck with and refused to quit! If I can do, really, anyone can do it!

  5. Hi

    Thank you for explaining about the time interval of making money in Wealthy Affiliate. It is of vital importance that we know the advantages that this site could give us especially if we apply ourselves to the different courses. It is some kind of an investment to us so it is important that we should do these things.

    Aside from answering the question, you also have provided us with the specificities of Wealthy Affiliate. There are sections for the membership fee, making money online, the simple breakdown, and many more.

    Again, thanks!

    • Hey Chanan, thanks for dropping by! I like what you said, “if we apply ourselves” – because it’s only by taking massive action that we’ll get to where we want to be.

      Direction, not intention, will determine our destination.

      This means it’s only by investing into our education and applying the things we’re learning first, will we see results.

      I’ve laid some of the basics in this post but for a full and detailed review of Wealthy Affiliate along with answers to frequently asked questions see:

      My Experience of Wealthy Affiliate 3 Years On: Successes & Failures, Challenges & Set-Backs

  6. Very cool you started earning a nice income in only two years, is this normal for most people who go through the Wealthy Affiliate program?

    I suppose it depends on how much time you to put into your new business and training how soon you see great results like you.

    • Yes I replaced my full-time income 12 months after I joined Wealthy Affiliate – but please don’t think this was automatic! You don’t make money just because you joined Wealthy Affiliate!

      The first website I built as I was going through the training was a church leadership niche site and I build that up to 120 great posts (talking 1,000 to 4,000 words). I’ll leave you to figure out the word count but just to say, I pretty much worked every hour God sent, staying up late, all weekend and I worked hard.

      I’ve heard of Wealthy Affiliate members making money a lot quicker – it all comes down to how much time you can put in to doing the effective things that will build your business and the training will show you this.

      I love the solid and sound business model Wealthy Affiliate teach. Course 1 is ideal for complete beginners (like I was). Kyle puts great video training tutorials together and the courses are intercatrive with actions steps at the end of each lesson.

      But it doesn’t matter how good the training is – it’s what you do with it that counts. As with anything in life, you get out what you put in, everything you need to be a success at this is at your fingertips – now it’s up to you to take that and use it to build a different life for yourself.

      Never give up Jeffrey, to your online success!

  7. Hello, Simon. It is great to read articles about real things such as in this case about earning money. I think you know about false promises on the Internet how to become rich overnight.
    You show the different picture, a real one. Perseverance, hard work, willingness to succeed brought you to the level, where you can do what you want to do.
    Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is a real company where everybody can learn how to succeed online.
    Thanks for the honesty and clear explanation how it works in reality.
    All the best, be healthy and wealthy, Nemira.

    • Hey thanks for commenting Nemira! Yes I spent years, I mean YEARS searching online for a way to make money.

      I could see the huge potential of the internet with 3.5 billion daily users and rising. I thought there MUST be a way to earn money online. I got burned a few times – some were just shitty half-baked products and other were just outright scamms that I’m embarassed I fell for.

      But those days are behind me now thanks to Wealthy Affiliate. (you can read my own personal experience and find out the truth in the review of Wealthy Affiliate here)

      I had the same mindset that many people do looking for ways to make money online – it has easy and I need it now! Deep inside I knew the world didn’t really work like that, but I sure wanted it to! 😉

      This ‘get rich quick’ mindset will destroy any chance you have of really making it online…

      So Wealthy Affiliate quickly taught me that success (and the money that comes with it) comes as a result of the action you take in response to the training. This is empowering to me, because it means it’s within my control. It’s a law – do the work, get the results.

      So give yourself time to learn new skills needed for online business and give your website time to grow and your future self will thank you.

  8. Like you I joined Wealthy Affiliate as a free stater member three years ago to prove if what they taught actually got results or not.

    For the first year it seemed like I was not pushing the boulder up the hill, not even holding it in place, rather simply trying to keep it from rolling back and crushing me. This year started with it staying put by itself, and just in the past few months it’s got energy of its own. Just like you said Simon about the timing, it takes time to rank in Google, to build a following and earn trust. But keep plodding and you will make it!

    Commitment is key. Mine was either succeed or have to get in my truck every day, leave my animals and farm, and go to a real job. I simply could not accept failing. It’ been a lonely, scary road, but failure was not an option.
    To your point too about businesses that are harder to start having lasting power, and that the more value you add the more money you can make: I wrote 100 posts in the first 6 months on my website within the antique niche – on average these posts were 3,500 words long.

    I’ll break $100K in revenue for the year. I’ve gone from being $40,000 in student debt (mistakes from when I was younger) to having money in the saving account, moved to a new home we own, and more family holidays, more time to spend with the little ones. A business is a long term project. Which is why it’s so incredibly rewarding. I’ve put every fiber of my being into it and after nearly three years I’m seeing the results.

    Business is the most thrilling theme park ride imaginable. If you buy a ticket, buckle in!
    Such an excellent post Simon. This should be mandatory reading for everyone before they’re even allowed to step foot inside the Wealthy Affiliate member’s area!


    • Commitment is key but it’s worth it! – it’s just another great example that if you don’t get impatient and quit too soon,you will have your ‘breakthrough moment’ and reap the rewards many times over.

      All this after 3 years at Wealthy Affiliate, imagine where you’ll be in 5 years from now? Ryan thanks for sharing your inspiring story as an example others can follow.

  9. Hey Simon,

    I have been interested in learning affiliate marketing and get to taste the fruits it bears. But the thing is, I have often been led to scams and have been ripped off a fair amount of times.

    Although this seems like legit program as I have seen with other members, I would like to ask you a question. How long did it take you to earn? (With the website that earned you the quickest)

    I am willing to do this full time but i have to make an estimate of how long it should take for me to know how to go about it.

    Waiting for your response,


    • Thanks Dave for your question and I’m afraid you’re not the only one to fall victim to the many work from home scams out there, myself included. But let me tell you openly and honestly, Wealthy Affiliate is worth it and it is the real deal.

      How long will it take you to replace your full-time income with Wealthy Affiliate? In short – as you’ll be learning how to set up a website based around an area of interest, the amount of time it’ll take you to earn will vary.

      How many competing websites are there for your chosen niche? How much time can you realistically put into your online business?

      The reason i don’t recommend beginners to affiliate marketing to dive straight into the ‘make money online’ niche is because it is so very competitive. It’s far easier to be a success within a narrower niche at first (here are 10 low-competition website niche ideas you can use for inspiration).

      To answer your question, I created my first website by following the Wealthy Affiliate training based on church leadership and church growth as this is an area I’m quite knowledgeable and passionate about. I made my first sale after 2 weeks and at the 12 month mark i was earning $1,000 a month. 3 years on that site alone earns me over $6,000 a month and growing.

      I worked hard, especially in the first 12 months but haven’t really updated it much since then.

      The training courses are top-notch and will teach you everything you need to know to be successful online. Just don’t give up, complete every action step that comes with every lesson, ask for help when you need it and it’s only a matter of time until you have a very profitable online business on your hands.

      And the great thing is, once you’re successful in one niche, you can start other blogs in other niches too, too diversify your income streams and build your website profolio.

      I hope this helps Dave, wishing you every success!

  10. Thanks for writing this post. You have answered the hard questions about what Wealthy Affiliate is all about. Many think this is a get rich quick kind of place but it is not and was never intended to be that,

    Anything worth having takes time and effort and hard work. You have expressed those required qualities in this article and I applaud you for doing so.

    I look forward to reading more of you content soon.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more Frank, for someone looking for a get rich quick scheme, I think perhaps Wealthy Affiliate is not for them.

      Like any real business, it does take hard work and determination to make money. Wealthy Affiliate are very upfront about that and though they will give you the right training and know-how it is up to you to take that and use it and build something with it.

      See you around the blog! : )


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