Every direct marketing campaign should feature a specific call to action. Often this is for an immediate purchase (“Pick up the phone and call right now to order”), but it doesn’t have to be—it could be a preliminary step leading to a sale. A direct marketing effort might acquire stronger leads for a particular sales force, perhaps calling customers to schedule appointments for consultations. Other calls to action might involve a “sale” that isn’t a financial one, such as when a non-profit organization uses direct marketing to recruit volunteers.
I joined at the beginning of WA started. then, it promoted as today a free platform, (also has a premium subscription which has more features). After a long time, they started to ban countries one after another. as you mention that those countries are cheating and haking their platform, It is the most laughable excuse. WA is a business, and they give the free account so that in future those people will become paid members. but they find out, members of those poor countries will never become a paid member. So the claim that those countries are cheaters and hackers. It is a dishonest move of them.
Hi! I would like to ask, since there are some outsourcing sites or free agents out there whom we could hire to do the research and create an article/blog for the niche selected for an affordable fee only, would this be acceptable for a WA member who doesn't have the knack for writing/blogging to hire a free agent and do the job (blogging) for him/her? And is there a way to find out and make sure that what the freelancer writes is not a duplicate of another article/blog?
This is a very good question, but it may be better answered if I used it as a new post topic. I need to get back into some sort of routine here anyway, and I am not going to renew my WA membership when it expires tomorrow. I still it can a decent value, but if anyone is really serious about trying to do something in IM, I feel there are better options.

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Yes, service must be available to everyone. However, WA didn't ban those countries from starting. But when it faced lots of hacking and spamming problems especially from those countries, then WA unwillingly banned those countries to secure its website. After all, every business owners will think about the security of their business. But, WA still trying to find other ways to make its website secure so that it can unban those countries once again.
Hi Craig – Correct me if I am wrong, but your information about not being able to access your website after going Premium is also misleading. Your domain name is your own and you can move it to any other hosting company. When you quit your hosting from any company — including Wealthy Affiliate — of course you can no longer access your site from there. You make it sound like your site is “lost” or somehow WA makes it “disappear” when in fact all you need to do is pay someone else to host it and move your domain. You will pay for hosting no matter what, it is often $25+ per month for not even as many features as are offered by Wealthy Affiliate. This means that for an additional $25 you can access on-going training on SEO updates, social media, and other necessary services. This seems like a deal to me. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate makes it sound easier than it is to get to the money, but I would rather that people figure out that they are not willing to do the work for a $49 loss than for a $300-$1000+ loss as is the cost of other programs.
Advertisers often refine direct mail practices into targeted mailing, in which mail is sent out following database analysis to select recipients considered most likely to respond positively. For example, a person who has demonstrated an interest in golf may receive direct mail for golf-related products or perhaps for goods and services that are appropriate for golfers. This use of database analysis is a type of database marketing. The United States Postal Service calls this form of mail "advertising mail" (admail for short).
Direct marketing occurs when businesses address customers through a multitude of channels, including mail, e-mail, phone, and in person. Direct marketing messages involve a specific “call to action,” such as “Call this toll-free-number” or “Click this link to subscribe.” The results of such campaigns are immediately measurable, as a business can track how many customers have responded through a message’s call to action. (See also Reply Marketing)
With that being said, I think that anyone who joins WA with the expectation they will make it big overnight is destined to fail. But, can we hang all of that on WA? Maybe, you don’t recall, but within the early training, the co-founder explains that your success will depend on you completing the training and putting forth the needed effort. I have seen many fall be the wayside because they do not put forth the effort and don’t complete the training. The want to move forward doing things ‘their way’ and they hardly put in any time working to build their business.
You have completely got the wrong idea about Wealthy Affiliate and from your comment, we can be sure that you have never tried working with Wealthy Affiliate. First of all, WA never teaches you to promote WA only. You can find out that its main courses only focus to make a website in any subject of your interest and make a money from that website either by applying with affiliate companies like Amazon, Booking.com and so on or if you don't want to sell anything or recruit anyone, then it will teach you the best-proven way to drive traffic to your website so that you can simply earn by displaying the advertisement of services like Google AdSense, Media.net and so on without promoting anything or recruiting anyone. It also provides a weekly webinar to support the members. It provides 24 hours of help where you can ask anything to clear your confusion. Even it separates the courses about promoting WA. Those who want to promote WA, they need to take separate courses known as Affiliate Bootcamp, not the main courses of WA and even that Affiliate Bootcamp course not only teaches to promote WA but also teaches to promote any companies to get the affiliate commission. So, it's better you first try it by yourself before making lots of guesses. And our other websites are de-reviews and de-traveltips. If you join WA, you can find plenty of members with whom you can talk openly and ask them about their websites from where they are making money. You can find more than 90% of websites which are making money but not promoting WA.
Tom, I think they’re business model is based upon luring in the non-internet-savvy desperate unemployed worker and the retiree. It is a shame that they’ve been able to continue extorting money from folks, but in time they’re pump and dump scheme will eventually be exhausted. More social proof of their racket will emerge on blogs and social media, and they’re ownership over the search results for ‘wealthy affiliate review’, ‘wealthy affiliate scam’, etc, etc…will begin to slip. As Google and search continues to mature and evolve, their dying business model will continue to erode.
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Free Training Across The Web – Believe it or not, most of the training I’ve received over the years are sources I’ve found for free all over the web. I’ve shared a LOT of that info with you on this very website through my nearly 500 blog posts (to date). However, you should also check out sources such as YouTube. It’s true, places such as YouTube are filled with scammers and spammers, but mixed within those are some gems. For example, you can look up keynote speeches on affiliate marketing from various conferences, such as Affiliate Summit speakers. Using free content from around the web is hard to sort out and make sense of, so it’s best to use a service like Wealthy Affiliate because you are able to learn the things you need to learn, in the order you need to learn them, without all the distractions. However, as you progress, you may need to learn something specific, at which point you can go to free sources across the web to learn as you need it.
In case of your wife, that happens because you use the same internet and device to register her account. In WA, one internet, one email address, one payment account and one device is allowed to open only one account unless you contact the owners of WA (Kyle or Carson) to help you to open two accounts from same internet (IP), device and so on. So, in that case either you have to contact Kyle or Carson or simply register your wife's account using different internet, different device, different payment processors and different email address.
That type of earth-shattering failure and pain really does a number on a person. Getting clean and overcoming those demons isn't as simple as people make it out to be. You need to have some serious deep-down reasons on why you must succeed at all costs. You have to be able to extricate yourself from the shackles of bad habits that have consumed you during your entire life. And that's precisely what Sharpe did.
Most people need to take a step back and understand where money is even coming from on the web. Sharpe says that, when asked, most individuals don't actually even know how money is being made on a high level. How does Facebook generate its revenues? How about Google? How do high-trafficked blogs become so popular and how do they generate money from all of that traffic? Is there one way or many?

Hi Kathy, I thought to read this article first before going to premium and I thought that they will help all their members when they go premium but having read all your comments here I’ve changed my mind already. So sad that you haven’t got back to your followers, that’s must have been very upsetting for you when all you’re hard work just went down to nothing.
Like we have said before, you can choose any option, means you can earn money by selling products of companies like Amazon, eBay or without selling anything as well, from services like Google Adsense, Media.net and so on. So, your exact job role is not a job, but with Wealthy Affiliate you can create your own online business. So, you will be not a job holder there, but will be an online business person.

In most blogs I usually skip the post to the end. But your post is one in a million, so I read it from start to finish. I was a member of Wealthy Aff (2007 – 2010, then 2013 -2014). 110% agree with you. It seems that not just the sales letter but thousands of WA members are over praising WA all over the internet, like it will make people money 100% guarantee, while in most cases that just isn’t true. The main method is SEO and thanks to G Panda and Penguin getting ranking takes months and even more time to produce first sale. While it is a good place for beginners, since they walk you through steps like WordPress and important SEO techniques, but it will take time, perhaps years to see result. Which is a problem since WA charges monthly for their training. New members could spend over $500 on WA membership before seeing their first check. Also, I agree with you with the WA Bootcamp part. It misled newbies to promoting back WA while they still fail to make the money. I tried promoting WA myself and it was very hard to make even one sale and even worse, that referral only stayed for 3 months and then cancel his membership. That time I already have experience and made money in other niches. Despite all that, over 100,000++ websites on the internet a promoting WA, especially review sites like onemorecupof-coffee. Those review sites kept bashing other legitimate products like Bring The Fresh and recommending the readers to go for WA instead.
Wow what a lot of information - loved the wee video by the way. I've been looking at Wealthy Affiliates on and off for a while now and the closer I get to retiring the more I need to make the leap. I've been put off by lots of the hype around some of the work from home / affiliate offerings but this review and other feedback from Wealthy Affiliates puts my mind at rest a bit. I'm also worried about internet security so, although disappointing that they have to do it, it's quite encouraging to know that the owners are across potential hacker and scammers even if it does mean banning whole countries.
Many direct marketing companies belong to self-policing associations which actively discourage fraudulent or invasive use of their databases. Legitimate direct marketing firms also typically offer methods through which individuals can “opt out” of advertising lists by request. In the United States, the national “do not call list” is one example of successful industry regulation. That list, which is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, allows individuals to permanently opt out of targeted phone solicitations.

So, it is possible to make loads of money online, but not how most people are being led to believe. The best way to get rich online is to own a website like Wealthy Affiliate and get lots of people to join and then get a good percentage of those to pay you for the previlege of doing your marketing for you by trashing other websites. Failing that, the 2nd best way is to launch products that promise to show people how to make money online but don’t quite live up to that promise. Failing that, the 3rd way is to promote those products as an affiliate.
Affiliate programs are arrangements where an online merchant that’s selling products pays an affiliate website a commission for any sales generated from their referral traffic. The affiliate website places affiliate links pointing to the merchant’s site to track transactions. Each agreement between an affiliate and a merchant features the commission structure and payout information.
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And I’m not the only one. More people than ever are succeeding with Wealthy Affiliate. Most people who join don’t even promote Wealthy Affiliate at all. Instead, Wealthy Affiliate teaches you how to promote any number of products or services across the web in just about any niche. If you do want to promote Wealthy Affiliate, by all means, it’s a great affiliate program that can easily earn you a full-time living! Here’s the last paycheck I received from Wealthy Affiliate. The amount is actually higher than what is posted in the chart above due to some yearly subscriptions and a few other things that I got paid extra for.
Affiliate Network is the process where publishers/affiliates can generate income by promoting products or services of companies which offer affiliate programs like eBay, Amazon, JVzoo, Jimdo and so on. In other words, the Affiliate Network is a business that acts an intermediary between publishers/affiliates and affiliate programs (programs which offer people the opportunity to earn commission by selling their products and services). Affiliate Network helps affiliates/publishers find and participate more easily in affiliate programs which are suitable according to their website niche so that they can generate good income just by promoting products or services of other companies for which they don't need to have their own products or services and don't need to bother with shipment or delivery of products. Everything will be done by affiliate programs. The publishers/affiliates just need to promote those products and provide the unique affiliate link of those programs within their website to promote them so that when someone click those links from those publisher's website and buy the products in that affiliate programs, publishers/affiliates can earn commission completely in passive way. Affiliate Network is the best legit and passive way to generate good income online on regular basis.
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Companies often use email marketing to re-engage past customers, but a “Where’d You Go? Want To Buy This?” message can come across as aggressive, and you want to be careful with your wording to cultivate a long-term email subscriber. This is why JetBlue’s one year re-engagement email works so well -- it uses humor to convey a sense of friendliness and fun, while simultaneously reminding an old email subscriber they might want to check out some of JetBlue’s new flight deals.
Hi Craig, I’ve recently signed up for wealthy affiliate and have upgraded my account to premium (I have been a premium member for 5 days now). I am now beginning to think that Wealthy Affiliate really isn’t what it is set out to be. It is very shady of them and unethical to gradually persuade people into promoting their own platform and having control over their domains and websites.
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He didn't want me to write, but I just felt the need. So, here I am. No, I wasn't dumb enough to pay for it, but it seems that, unless you want to be a Wealthy Affiliate robot you are not welcome, and will be coaxed VERY tenderly into paying for it. In fact, I was told that the core of what I wanted to learn was in fact in the premium membership, lucky me! If I was some poor beginning I would've fallen, green money hard.  
I’ve been spending over 2 hours reading most of the comments. Great content really although it didn’t really get me any further. I got a yearly paid membership and at least I’ll finish it. Craig, you’ve said since 2015 up to this year you’d write an article about “the alternatives” of WA and sure, you seem like a great guy, but when will i get to read this article? duhh. Some disgusting practices of WA are a huge turn off now but I’m kind of a slow learner and having a community and a step by step way to learn to start an affiliate website is bringing me “from nowhere to finally somewhere” and if you know any platform with a community that can do that better than them then I’d be glad to know which one. Of course thanks to you and other comments I now lower my expectations and know that the faster i’ll be done with the basic there and then feel more self-confident the quicker I’ll leave and go for something more authentic and efficient but what exactly would that be?

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