7 Real & Inspiring Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories


Today I want to share with you just a few of the Wealthy Affiliate success stories I see every day inside the member's area.

Huge windfalls or small wins, they're all worth celebrating.


Because they're important milestones on the road to financial freedom.

You see, there are community members from all walks of life with difference experience levels and at different stages in their online entrepeneurship journey…

Some Wealthy Affiliate success stories are life-changing, while others represent a big breakthrough for someone just starting out.

The important thing is these are people taking MASSIVE action to make their dreams – and they're getting results.

There's 100's more Wealthy Affiliate success stories like these that didn't make this list (I had to draw the line somewhere!) but inside the member's area, people are quietly building their online businesses, smashing their income goals and creating new lives for themselves.

My hope is if you're thinking about whether or not you should join Wealthy Affiliate, that these real life-changing stories from regular people like you and me, will inspire and motivate you to start your own success story.


1. Ryan Moran Is Now A Famous Internet Millionaire

But he started out at Wealthy Affiliate as an 18 year old working in his mum's basement with a dial-up internet connection…

2. A Police Officer Leaves The Force & Becomes An Online Businessman

As a direct result of the Wealthy Affiliate online community and training, this guy waves goodbye to his 9-5.

3. Classic Success Story: Rachel Went From $500 A Month To $500 A Day

At 7 months pregnant with her husband making just $500 a month, they struggled to make ends meet. She joined Wealthy Affiliate and things started to turn around for her and her new family.

Hear how she couldn't sleep the first night she made $500:

4. Travis Tripled His Income Since Joining Wealthy Affiliate

He explains how he buld his online business on the evenings and weekends and quit his day job.

5. Kyle, Owner of Affiliate-101.com Shares How Wealthy Affiliate Helped Him

He always knew the internet had the potential to earn him a very substantial income, the problem was he just didn't know how to do it and had been scammed a few times in his search. That is until he found Wealthy Affiliate…

My Personal Wealthy Affiliate Success Story

My Wealthy Affiliate Success Story

I'm Simon and I'm the owner and founder of The Make Money Online Blog.

I've written over 300 posts on this blog in the last 12 months and normally I like to get right to it with the practical how-to stuff but here I want to open up a bit more and share my own personal journey with you.

Here's my backstory:

I joined Wealthy Affiliate in March, 2014. I remember it like it was just yesterday.

At 29 years old I was working a call centre job I hated and still living at my mum's house.

I've been scammed so many times…

It's embarassing to admit.

It's easy to see how stupid I was when I look back, but at the time I so desperately wanted to believe what the scammers told me, they knew how to press my buttons and I put the blinkers on.

One of the most expensive scams was a casino roulette scam. A ‘maths wizard‘ had a site telling people there was a way to beat online casinos by playing European Roulette on black or red and doubling up each time you lost.

I don't know how much money I lost… probably close to $2,000. 

It was addictive and I was stupid. I'm not even a gambler! I only did it because I was foolish enough to believe what someone told me. I later realised he was making money every time someone clicked on a link to a casino and placed bets – a total scam.

And to make things worse, I borrowed a family member's bank card “to try and get my money back”.

A $2 turned to $4, $8, $16, $32, $64, $128…

You click the button, hoping and praying you get the right result… and then you don't. I will never forget that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach feeling.

It's horrible, it really is the worst feeling ever.

The Night I Joined Wealthy Affiliate

So, going back to March 2014 – it was 2am on a dark and blustery night, typical British weather. Everyone in the house was sleeping but I was in my room desperately searching for a real way to make money online.

You know when thoughts run through your mind like “Is is even possible?“, “Maybe it's just a silly pipe dream.

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I came across a typical scammy video on YouTube of this guy showing off his Porsches and Lamborghinis parked in front of his massive house.

One minute into the video this arrogant rich guy is on a yacht surrounded by girls in bikinis bragging about how much money he makes online.

This guy really made me angry, I mean, who does he think he is? Apparantely he's found a making money online automated system that he's willing to share with me or the small fee of $499!

Wow, aren't I the lucky guy? (no sarcasm intended!)

This is why scammers exist though, because it would be great if there was an automatic, single-click-of-the-mouse way to make money online – who wouldn't want that?

Reality check: Back here in the real world –  There's no such thing as a money making system – online business is no different to a conventional offline business (ly a real business model.

I decided to do some research and find out what other people had to say about his automatic income generator. That's when I came across a review site pointing out all the flaws and confirming what I already thought – this was a total scam.

The reviewer did recommend a program called…can you guess?

Yep – Wealthy Affiliate.

I remember the only reason I signed was because they offered free training. Because of what I've just told you, I went into Wealthy Affiliate very cautious. My guards were up, there was no way I was going to get scammed again!

One thing I should mention is I was willing to do whatever it took to become successful at this and I promised myself if I found a real way to make money online that I would follow through and do it.

It really was no option for me. I'd been working in call centres for 10+ years and I hated every minute of it. I had this dream of living in Thailand since I was 14 years old.

In 2007 I went for 6 months then had to come back to work again, save so I could head out. In 2011 I headed out to Thailand again for another 6 months but had to come back again for the same reason.

Lack of money was holding me back and I knew if I wanted to move out there permanently then something drastic would have to happen.

I Knew Wealthy Affiliate Was Different…

I really liked it. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't completely convinced yet, but I found the understated training different to all of the hype and empty promises you find when you Google ‘how to make money online‘.

I loved the training – it was very down-to-earth and practical. It's very well thought through with each lesson building on the next.

And it's way more than just a sharing of theory or head knowledge; the assigned tasks at the end of each lesson means you're applying what you're learning straight awaythat by the time you've gone through the course, you already have an online business you can call your own.

In a nutshell:

The training takes you through how the process of making money online works and shows you how to build a thriving website around one of your interests, how to attract visitors and how you can make money from it.

wealthy affiliate process for making money online

I could go into more detail here about the courses but I've already done that here.

I love the feeling of building, it's a great feeling to connect with people, see your online income growing. It's a real and legit online business model that gets results.

Wealthy Affiliate is way more than just a training course, it's a real community of like-minded people all helping one another succeed.

I had to get a lot of support in the beginning and the members seemed more than happy to help. When I wanted to bounce my niche idea off of already experienced affiliate marketers I could, when I was struggling with a technical aspect of my site, I had an expert log into my website and change it for me.

This was impressive, I had never experienced anything like this before. I was definitely warming up, but I wouldn't be totally convinced until I got my first sale. I had only lost money with all of the other make money online programs, so if I could just get one sale, I would know I was on the right track.

When you first sign up to Wealthy Affiliate, in the first lesson you're asked what your money goals are. Here's what I wrote back in March 2014 on the day I joined:

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$1,500 would replace my monthly wage, $120 a day would equate to $3,600 a month which I knew would be life changing for me.

You'll see I wrote “I'm working day and night and negating sleep to make this happen!” and I did. I was passionate, determined to make this work. After 11 hour shifts at the call centre I came home and worked another 5-6 hours late into the night.

Then it happened!

I made my first sale just 2 weeks after joining Wealthy Affiliate.

You can see below I made a whopping $1.20 but I didn't care about the amount – it meant I just had to keep going. I shared my mini success story with the Wealthy Affiliate community:

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You never forget your first commission! It's such an awesome feeling!

Fast forward to the 3 month mark and I was already making between $200-$300 a month. Still not ready to quit the full-time job but getting closer…

My first website was all about helping church leaders take their churches to the next level. I made money on the site by promoting leadership training courses.

This worked really well because pastors and church leaders signed up to a 12 month subscription, meaning monthly, recurring commissions for me.

My website was getting bigger and I started making several sales a day:

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Why does this matter?

Because if I can get these results, starting out as a complete beginner – you can too!

I decided to wave goodbye to my boss and move to Thailand

After 12 months I was at the point where my affiliate websites were earning me more money than my 9-5 day job. Totally awesome right?

So I decided it was way past due time to make the dream I had since I was a 14 year old boy a reality. I booked a one-way ticket to Thailand and I've never looked back.


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I'm the happy white guy at the back! : )
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I run Kids Club 4 times a week in slums and basketball courts around Sriracha, Thailand
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Organising activities in the local Thai schools.
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Playing the nutty professor in the compounds and slums of Manila, Philippines.

I now have half a dozen blog in my online portfolio in a variety of niches that make me $6,000+ a month.

When I first started I did everything myself: the researching, writing, editing. Now I have started to scale my online business through outsourcing to take my online income to the next level.

Remember my online money goals?

I've already smashed my $100 a day goal and I'm working towards my first $1000 a day. I know it will happen, it's just a matter of time.

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I have the best job in the world!

Here's the deal:

I learned how to start and build successful blogs based around different niches and I'm very successful at it. But it's only as a result of following the steps I can teach you.

Since I joined Wealthy Affiliate has radically changed. I've moved continents: from a quiet English village to the bustling city of Sriracha in Thailand.

I've gone from sitting in a call centre talking about loft insulation all day to working full-time as a missionary, travelling around south easy Asia helping to give slum children a brighter future.

And the biggest change of all – I've become financially independent. No more struggling month to month, no more being a slave to the monthly paycheck. I now have complete control over the direction of my life and the freedom to make my own choices.

Why Do I Do It?

The difference between a dream and a goal is you take action on it to make it happen. I dont want to be a dreamer; I want to be a doer.

My online business enable me to do what I do. So i don't just do it for me, I do it for those slum kids in Manila, in Sriracha. I push ahead and grow my online businesses so I can reach one more child, one more family and help break the cycle of poverty.

The simple truth is, the more profitable my websites are, the more lives I can impact for the better. So it's way bigger than me. This is what drives me and motivates me.

What Is YOUR Dream?

Do you love travelling?

Do you feel like you're rotting away in a pointless dead-end job?

Do you want to give your family the financial security they deserve?

The truth is you are in control of how quickly you can start making money with Wealthy Affiliate. You get out what you put in.

You can do it! I promise you, if you focus in on the Wealthy Affiliate training and take every action step along the way, you will earn an online income for yourself and your life will totally change.

You've read 7 Wealthy Affiliate success stories here, it's time to start your own. I’ll be available every step of the way but the most important things is to take action.

Do it now. You won't regret it. Take it from me, your future self will thank you!

Take my 10day Make Money Blogging Email Course, follow the exact steps I took to start making money online. 

The end result is a website that earns $300 day.

17 thoughts on “7 Real & Inspiring Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories”

    • I’d probably want to ask more about what it is that doesn’t appeal as there are 1,000 different ways to go about it and I don’t know what you think it’s like?

  1. I really like this site, I love the testimonies, I’ve just seen this opportunity and started blogging. I joined WA for the hosting because It was much cheaper and safer. But as I’ve been enjoying the hosting I came across the training videos I have to say the best in the business and reasonable pricing for premier. I would encourage anyone to consider WA.

  2. Hi Simon, this article make me so motivated to get back to work. I am on Wealthy Affiliate the last seven months but I have not heard these stories. I should have look for them earlier. I will share with you, my small success. Last week I got ranked on the first page of Google for two targeted keywords. I hope that I will have even better results soon.

    I wish you good luck with your websites. Keep it up!

    • Hey Ilias, that’s a great achievement! Now you’re on the first page it’s time to get to the top 3 as they get 40% of all the traffic! 🙂

      It just goes to show the training works! Here’s to higher Google rankings and more website traffic! All the best to you!

  3. OK, I absolutely love the personal testimonials! When looking for other people’s experiences at Wealthy Affiliate, I did not really expect the reaction that one of them gave me.

    I found humor in them, real trials in life, real people, but one of them…one gave me goose bumps and literally brought tears to my eyes. You could not see her face, but when she was describing her life changing moment, you could hear the complete excitement, and as a struggling mom in a household of 6, that one really spoke to me.

    When I first came across the site, I expected to only read reviews. I think the idea of having their personal videos here, rather than just reading words, is absolutely powerful! I have recently joined Wealthy Affiliate and each video that I watched along with seeing your personal story, I am 100% convinced that I have found the needle in the haystack.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put these reviews together in such an amazing way!!

    • Thank you so much for sharing Miranda!

      I have to agree with you – Rachel’s story is one Wealthy Affiliate success story I had to share because as you say, you can hear the real emotion and how Wealthy Affiliate has literally changed her life.

      It’s horrible dreading the mailman and I’ve been in a position before where I was in massive amounts of debt and worrying about money – it stops you sleeping and is a huge weight on your shoulders.

      One think she said very specifically was “It was $222 and I refreshed the page and it was $445”, you can just picture her refreshing the page with hope against hope.

      It just makes me think – how many people are struggling financially out there and putting their hope in the latest scam and get rich quick system – when they refresh the page it doesn’t change, theres never going to be any money coming in – but thank God for Wealthy Affiliate… it gets RESULTS!

      You really are in the best place Miranda, I can’t wait to hear your success story very soon!

  4. If anyone needs online training, the wealthy affiliate boot camp is the place to get everything you need to learn online especially as a newbie.
    This review is appropriate, everyone should know about this amazing online program. I am glad I am one of its students.
    The testimonies in your article is inspiring and enough to get people on theis amazing platform.

    • Thank Jimmy, after years of getting scammed myself I hope I’ve shown people that IT IS POSSIBLE to get out of the rat race and make money online in an honest and legitimate way.

      I’m glad you like the training as much as I do, I love the fact it’s systematic and step-by-step with action steps with each lesson which means you earn as you learn. I know I’ve never seen anything that even comes close to it anywhere online.

  5. All I can say is WOW! This article is structured in such a great way from beginning to end and the content is excellent. The real life examples are truly motivating. There is solace in knowing that there are ordinary people out there making it happen! Your story is also very moving. You are doing it for all the right reasons and are being rewarded in your life not just in terms of money, but in the fact that you are helping less fortunate families break the cycle of poverty. Amazing story!

    • Thanks so much Johel! Honestly I still wake up every morning, look out of my balcony and see the rice stalls setting up for the day’s trading, the Honda motorbikes zooming past and I’m so grateful for the life I have.
      I really do have the best job in the world and after years of thinking it might not ever become a reality, it finally did and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get my head around that! 🙂

      I wish you all the best on your online income goals, stick with the Wealthy Affiliate training, ask for help when you need it and you’ll do well!

  6. Thank you for letting others know about these great success stories. But for most of all I was impressed by your own story. I have actually started quite similarly trying to make money online. The first thing I did was the casinos and roulettes. Luckily before I ended up losing big amounts of money I did a calculation about how much money I should have on my casino account to be able to keep winning after a series of same colour… Too much and I gave up in time before losing a lot.

    Your story is so inspiring that I will keep it in my mind to get help in the moments of despair. I have being with Wealthy Affiliate more than two years now and the biggest challenge has been taking action. It was kind of a fear that if I will do everything I can to succeed but won’t what happens then?

    So, I guess it was easier to do little and think that when I start to work REALLY hard, I can make it! But that doesn’t make you any money unfortunately. So three months ago I decided to take real action and just few weeks ago I made my first 2 dollars. It’s not much but it is a sign that I can make it.

    I am aware that at the beginning it takes a lot of effort to be successful. But working night and day makes me very stressed and I end up getting sick very fast. What was your secret to stay healthy and sane when doing two jobs?

    Thank you and all the best!


    • Hi Maria, it sounds like you were smarter than I was…!

      The thing about people who tell you you can beat the online casinos is they come up with all of these mathematical formulas that look impressive but the fact is with roulette: every time the wheel spins you have 49.75% chance of losing. AND the ball has no memory! So the chances of it landing on say, red, are the same the first time round than they are on the tenth. As soon as I saw this, I stopped immediately.
      It sounds like you’re making real progress Maria, I totally get what you’re saying, our mindset can sometimes be the thing that holds us back the most.
      We torment ourselves with thoughts like “I don’t deserve to be wealthy”, most of the time not even consciously but we do!
      So you’ve made your first sale – that’s a major milestone!! And as I say, one you’ll never forget!
      Honestly, for me, I made this my number one priority and I cut out most social things for 3 months while I built my site up. I was single with no family so it was maybe a little easier, plus I had a lot of reasons to make it happen – it really was a make or break time for me.
      For your situation I would say, don’t set unrealistic goals or put too much pressure on yourself. Schedule the time, write it in your calendar and tell your family not to disturb you in your ‘working time’. This could mean getting up early and working 6-8 on a Saturday morning or something like that. Only you know your timetable and responsibilties so be realistic and be content with the small, daily or weekly taks that get you one step closer to your dreams.
      I hope this helps. Wish you all the best, please let me know if there’s any way I can help.

  7. What a fine series of truly inspiring stories. The interesting thing for me is that I found Wealthy Affiliate in exactly the same way as you Simon.

    I was doing scam research on a young man who promised me 5,000 dollars a day if I would give him 47 dollars up front for his automated income method. I wondered why he wanted my pocket change if he had a system that would net him $5k a day.

    I was impressed by the scam site reviewer, and when he recommended Wealthy Affiliate, I had to try it out. Just the day before I had found myself on the WA website, and I was impressed with the sell, but I did not join. Then when the reviewer recommended it I joined immediately, and have not looked back since.

    Great story, Simon!

    • Wow that’s fantastic to hear thanks so much for sharing your story.

      You raise a great point and honestly the same though crossed my mind – if these so-called internet gurus are making so much money each day, why are they selling their make money online profit busting system? UNLESS of course they’re making money by finding people gullable enough to believe their scam?

      Like you, when I found Wealthy Affiliate, although I didn’t want to get my hopes up too quickly, I knew it was the real deal. I saw people posting about making their first commissions every time I logged in and as you can see from the post, I was ecstatic to be able to share mine after 2 weeks!

      My hope is these stories will encourage people to start their own Wealthy Affiliate success stories, or even if they’re still not sure, to make the decision to take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate free Starter account and test drive it for themselves.

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate you sharing! 🙂

  8. Hi Simon

    I love reading inspiring success stories like your own.

    And I really like this post because each success story is true and without all the hype of new cars and fake ClickBank statements.

    Just learning what has to be done, and then putting in the hard work to get it done.

    I like this line “The difference between a dream and a goal is you take action on it to make it happen.”


    • Glad they inspired you Mike, I hope they propel you forward in chasing after your online income goals.

      Another saying I like is: “Direction, not intention, determines your destination.” because it’s the actions you take that get results.


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