“Is Wealthy Affiliate for college students?
I'm still studying at college and I don't have any experience in blogging or making money online, can Wealthy Affiliate show me how?”
I get asked this question (or variants of it) A LOT.
Wealthy Affiliate is perfect for college students – yes it's possible for you to learn how to make real money online and yes, Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to do it!
In fact, Wealthy Affiliate was launched in 2005 by two Canadian college students called Kyle and Carson who set the ambitious goal of becoming internet millionaires (they've long-since made this goal a reality).
We're talking about Wealthy Affiliate, an online training centre and community teaching college students to retired pensioners how to succeed and profit from internet marketing and online business.
What we'll cover in this post:
- Why I wish I had started Wealthy Affiliate when I was at college
- 7 reasons why Wealthy Affiliate is perfect for college students
- What you'll learn at Wealthy Affiliate
- How you can get started for free
Why I wish I had started Wealthy Affiliate when I was at college
Hi I'm Simon and yes, I'm the dork on the sofa.
I've been making serious money online since 2014.
I started at Wealthy Affiliate when I was 29 and I wish I'd have found it earlier.
Who knows where I could be now if someone had told me there was a real way to earn money online sooner.
It would have stopped me falling for the many online scams out there. It would have saved me from 10 tedious years working in call centres.
I thank God I finally found Wealthy Affiliate at a time when I was willing to actually do something with it.
You see, there's no point in taking a training course in whatever subject if you're not willing to apply what you're learning.
Results only come after application.
You only reap the rewards after taking massive action.
You see, I grew up in the UK but dreamed about living and volunteering in Thailand ever since I was a teenager.
If I had the money I would have been out there at 18, but instead had to go out for 6 months, come back and work, go out for another 6 months, come back and work… not a fun way to go about it!
Finally, at 29 years old after discovering Wealthy Affiliate and building a passive online income, I moved out to Thailand permanently.
Today I work as a Christian missionary in the slums and housing projects around Thailand and south-east Asia and I love it. I've given up the call centre headset for the best job in the world – and it's all thanks to Wealthy Affiliate!
You can read about my personal journey and other Wealthy Affiliate success stories here.
And guess what? I started life out at Wealthy Affiliate as a complete newbie. I never made a website before.
I never made a single sale online before.
Heck, I didn't even know what affiliate marketing was or how the process of making money online worked.
The whole purpose of Wealthy Affiliate is to give every day people with no clue about online business all the training and right know-how, easy to use tools that do the job and community support so that we have everything we need to build a successful online business from the ground up.
Here's a quick video explaining what Wealthy Affiliate can do for you:
7 reasons why Wealthy Affiliate is perfect for college students
According to Entrepreneur.com, one of the best times to start an online company is when you're studying at college. I mean, that's how Facebook was started right?
In case you're still not convinced, here are my 7 reasons why Wealthy Affiliate is perfect for college students.
1. It's a great way to support yourself through college and university studies
When you're faced with outrageous tuition and expensive textbooks, setting up an online income stream for yourself will help you fund yourself through college and university.
While Wealthy Affiliate isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, (See: How long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate?) by starting now you could be making steady and growing commissions in the next couple of months.
Building an online is the smart way to fund yourself through college because after you put in the work upfront it's semi-passive and it just keeps on growing.
It's tons better than working a job at Pizza Hut like I did through college! It's setting yourself financially long-term and it's a smarter way to support yourself through college than riding a moped around delivery pizzas!
2. Very little investment required
With Wealthy Affiliate's Starter membership you can start for free – you can get access to the Online Entrepreneur Certfication Course (Level One) and build 2 free websites with free domains and hosting on their SiteRubix website builder platform without ever paying a dime.
If you've got that entrepreneurial flair, online business is the smart way to go.
Forget the conventional business model of the industrial age with the high employee costs, office rental expenses and expensive business loans before you even open up for business.
Setting up an online business not only means you're open 24/7, but you can reach a global marketplace.
Not only that, because the Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership includes everything you need to start earning commissions, you'll only need to invest $49 a month plus about $12 a year for a domain name.
(First month is $19, see: Wealthy Affiliate discounts)
This includes hosting for up to 50 websites, full and unlimited access to the online community, keyword research tools, endless support, advice and training.
Receive a world-class education and training, state of the art online business building tools and 24/7 support for about a $1 a day. That's phenomenal!
See: Differences between Starter and Premium memberships or read my full Wealthy Affiliate review for answers to FAQ's.
3. You've got an advantage of less-savvy older members
The fact you're a college student means I can safely assume you're a millennial; born on after the year 2000.
This means, unlike the older Wealthy Affiliates who had to learn from the ground up, you've already got a strong head start.
You already know how the different social media platforms work, you've probably already bought a product online through Amazon or some other online store.
This gives you a HUGE advantage, not only because you're more tech-savvy, but because you're starting earlier, you don't have to waste your time working for someone else.
[alert-note]Why climb the ladder when you can OWN the ladder?
– Robert Kiyosaki[/alert-note]
4. The skills and knowledge you acquire here will set you up for life.
Here's a quick look at the stats showing the number of people online since 1995. What will this graph look like in the next 20 years??
We've already talked about leaving the industrial age and the old way of doing business behind. We are well and truly in the information age and the sooner you start the better you'll be.
As strange as it sounds, most of your fellow students are still clinging onto the old way of doing things then they can't understand why they can't get a job after they graduate or why they can't put their trust in getting a pension. These are the hangovers of a bygone age.
Whether you're looking to build an online business for the future or to sell it, once you learn how to start your first affiliate website, you can repeat the process as many times as you like and build as many income streams for yourself as you like.
5. You can work anywhere, anytime
Thanks to the wonderful virtual world that's changing the way we buy and sell, interact and do business, if I want to work from home today or fancy taking a stroll down to my local coffee shop I can.
Heck, here in Thailand I could drive my motorcycle 10 minutes to the port and catch a 45 boat ride to the nearest Thai island if I wanted to.
OK I probably wouldn't because the WiFi is terrible and I don’t want to get sand in my keyboard, but the point is I could if I wanted to! 🙂
You could take this a step further and start a travel blog to fund your global adventures. Wealthy Affiliate will teach you the give you the skills and training you need to work remotely anywhere. The internet makes everything possible.
I started my first website in an upstairs bedroom at my mum’s house in a small village in the north of England. Now I’m writing this from my very own condo in Sriracha, Thailand. I’m no longer bound by geography.
6. You put the work in once and get paid time and time again
With a conventional 9-5 job when you work making other people rich. You work 8 hours a day and get paid for those 8 hours. That's it.
If you want to get paid more you'll have to work more.
Running an online business makes you time-rich. You invest the time in crafting a blog post or shooting YouTube video, publish it online to a global audience and you've got yourself a passive way to earn commissions time and time again from the work you did just once.
This has got to be my favourite thing about online business! It's the type of work – time ratio that I like. Your online business, once set up, works for you around the clock and you can earn commissions while you sit in class or enjoy yourself at the student bar.
[alert-note]“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.”
― Stephen Swid[/alert-note]
7. Share your expertise
You don't have to be a marketing major to benefit from the Wealthy Affiliate training.
Whether you're studying for a degree in biochemistry, French or virtually any other subject, by applying the affiliate marketing model Wealthy Affiliate teach you, you can start a website based around any topic of interest or expertise and make money.
By writing about what you're interested in, help your readers find solutions to questions they're asking and make recommendations on relevant products and/or services that will help them and make you a commission at the same time.
It's a complete win-win.
Inside Wealthy Affiliate are hundreds of college students already doing exactly this and you can do the same.
What you'll learn at Wealthy Affiliate
As soon as you complete account set up you'll start putting the building blocks of your online business in place.
Specifically put together for beginners, you'll find the courses are nothing like the long boring lectures you have to sit in week in and week out.
Every video lesson and tutorial is interactive and task based meaning you earn as you learn.
Here's a quick overview of what the Online Certification course covers:
There are also weekly classes every Friday with live Q & A, Live Chat areas and comment areas so you can get immediate answers from internet marketing experts who are more than happy to help you out.
Here's a walkthrough video showing you the different training classrooms and ways you can interact with the Wealthy Affiliate community:
How you can get started today for free
I hope I've given you a glimpse into why Wealthy Affiliate is perfect for college students. In fact, I think your time at college is the best time to start your awesome online adventure!
The best part?
You can join Wealthy Affiliate for free!
This gets your foot in the door so you can interact with the Wealthy Affiliate community, gives you time to go through the first training course and get your first website business up and running with only your name and email needed for instant access.
Need a step by step?
One last piece of advice
To maximise your online success really apply yourself to the training and don't skip a lesson before completing every actionable task.
Also, you'll find everyone inside the member's area super helpful and friendly so don't hesitate to reach out and ask if you're unsure about anything along the way.
Today marks the first step on your exciting online business journey! Great times ahead!
See you on the inside!
Have you got any questions about learning at Wealthy Affiliate? Ask in the comments below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Are you a college student already enrolled at Wealthy Affiliate? I'd love to hear from you. Share your experiences below! 🙂