You see, links are losing their grip on the algorithm and as time passes, this will accelerate. But they still have a good decade or so in them, so it isn’t wise to ignore them completely.
To truly scale your business and outgrow your competition, you will need to learn at least basic link building.
And that’s where Wealthy Affiliate’s teachings fall flat on their face, because they don’t teach link building at all.
Their rational is all that you need is good content to rank in Google and that good content picks up links naturally.
GREAT content creation is the white hat approach to link building, and in some sense they are right.
Wealthy Affiliate university does teach you how to write awesome posts and articles, content that naturally ranks high in Google and is highly resistant to most Google updates.
And if you publish a decent number of articles, some of those are going to start attracting links naturally, which will then push that PageRank throughout your site giving you a slew of new keywords you’re suddenly ranking for.
It works, but it’s slow and that’s why I think it’s missed opportune for Wealthy Affiliate to become even better.
Note: I know how to build links. It’s my favorite part of SEO, and if you decide to join through my affiliate link I can help you personally to get to the top faster.
#2- No Email Marketing Training
Besides not teaching you how to get links, they also miss the target with email marketing. It’s barely mentioned in the official training and Wealthy Affiliate is supposed to be THE marketing training center.
However, the saving grace here is that many members have created their own training modules/tutorials inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and you’re welcome to use those.
Since writing this post, WA has been ramping up with their teachings on email marketing and how to earn money with your list. They quickly banged out 6 webinars that cover pretty much the whole process of email marketing.
From signing up to an auto-responder and collecting emails; writing compelling copy; sending promotions and making sales with your emails.
I’m impressed and I highly suggest you watch those when you have the time.
#3- Support Can Be Lackluster at Times
This rarely happens and it has NEVER happened to me!
But some people have reported that when they had site issues, and after having reported it to customer service… they waited for hours, sometimes days even.
Admittedly, this rarely happens, but it sure is annoying when it does. We’re building an online business where- we need our sites functioning well!
#4- Being a “Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador” is Pointless
“Ambassador” is this lofty title you get by participating in the community and by being a helpful member.
Because when you intermingle:
you get shares;
And those quickly propel you to the upper echelons of WA memberships.
You keep it up and you’ll end up in the top 25 members rank, i.e., you’ll become an Ambassador.
But you don’t get anything out of it. And that’s my whole point. It’s just a vanity metric and nothing else.
Here, my rank is 240388, and that’s not an error on my part. Do you think I care (hint: I don’t)?
I only care about my business and about my referrals– only they can send me private messages and only they can have unrestricted access to me and my time.
#5- Rookies, Greenhorns, and Some Plain Bad Advice
I already mentioned the live chat feature, haven’t I?
It’s a great tool that helps you get quick feedback and never get stuck with your business development. When you have a problem, instead of turning to support or doing research on your own, you simply join the chat and ask.
And 9 out of 10 times you’ll get an answer in the first 2m or so.
And that’s awesome!
So, where’s the problem?
Oftentimes, the people giving advice are those in need of one themselves.
There isn’t anything wrong with being a newbie since we all got to start somewhere. But ideally, you’d want an answer from experienced members who know what they’re talking about
#5- “Unbiased” and “Honest” Wealthy Affiliate Reviews Are Affiliate Marketers Looking for Commissions
What did you expect?
Marketers put in their time and effort and want to be compensated for it with affiliate commissions in their PayPal account. That’s quite normal and that, in essence, is affiliate marketing.
However, my tip for you is to look for reviews affiliate pros , and not just from Wealthy Affiliate, but successful in general. Because you can learn a lot from them; and because they’re likely to give you the most honest, unbiased and legit take on Wealthy Affiliate.
If for nothing else, it’s because they’re expert marketers and they know that reviews that cover both good and bad of any product/service convert much better than those that seem overly enthusiastic and list out the positives only.
That’s why I promised you at the start to be real with my Wealthy Affiliate review.
and that’s why flowery reviews of Wealthy Affiliate are a total waste of time for you the reader; and for webmaster who writes such crap.
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