Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium And Starter Memberships Compared

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Updated: Feb 13, 2019

If you are still on the fence about which Wealthy Affiliate membership to go with, then I have all the FAQs you need to know about Premium & Starter memberships.

I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate since 2016 and there’s no other way I would go about doing affiliate marketing.

Their training has proven to work as I will show you in this post below with my own proof as well as others, so you don’t have to worry about that.

What you want to know here is whether to go for Starter first or jump right into the Premium membership and I can give you my thoughts on both.

Plus I will give you tips so that you are better equipped to make it in this affiliate marketing business so let’s check out these sections:



If You Want To Get Coached By A Super Affiliate:

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Wealthy Affiliate sure has an awesome FREE membership called Starter!  There’s no better way to show what you’ve got than offering a free membership for all to try first.

This is how confident Wealthy Affiliate is about their affiliate marketing training platform, and they should be, because they are simply in a league of their own.

Let me go over the FAQs of the Starter Membership:


1. Is The Starter Membership A Free Trial?

The Starter membership is not a free trial as it’s a free membership for life if you don’t ever want to upgrade.

The cost is absolutely $0 for as long as you want.

The only thing trial about it are the Premium features you get to test out in your first week, then you’ll still everything else that a Starter membership is eligible for.


2. Who Is The Starter Membership For?

It’s for anyone who wants to get started with affiliate marketing and building their own business.  This is for those who want to make sure it’s what they are looking for first before they put down money.


3. What’s Included In The Starter Membership?

  • First 10 lessons in their main course for any niche
  • First 10 lessons in their affiliate program course if you want to promote Wealthy Affiliate
  • 2 out of 12 Classrooms to learn from
  • 2 free websites
  • Web hosting for your free websites
  • SiteBuilder
  • Keyword research tool – limited searches
  • SiteContent with templates to use
  • Live Chat for instant support – limited use


4. Could I Make Money With The Starter Membership?

You can make money with your free websites if you know what you’re doing already.

If you’re brand new to affiliate marketing, then I would have to say no from my experience of what I have learned and how you will build this business.

Even if you have tried affiliate marketing before without proper training, then I would still have to say you probably won’t make money without the training at Wealthy Affiliate.

This is because there is so much to learn, it’s not just create a blog and start writing some stuff.

There are many aspects to learn about SEO, how to write, how to speak to your audience and how to do all the little things that will eventually get your website to start attracting its own free organic traffic.

Unless you know all this stuff already, then you wouldn’t even be looking at Wealthy Affiliate.


5. How Do I Close My Account If I Don’t Want to Upgrade To Premium?

You really don’t have to “close” your account because you didn’t buy anything so there’s nothing to cancel or close.

You simply just logout and never go back again.


6. Could I Get Coached As A Starter Member?

It depends on who you sign up with.

If you sign up with me, of course I will answer all your questions and help you every step of the way.

But some affiliates just do just that, get sales.

I actually enjoy helping others start their new online businesses because I’ve been there and I know how scary it could be, especially those who’s been scammed online before so I help as much as I can to ease people’s mind.

Here is some proof of my willingness to help: Some product owner has been bribing me thousands of dollars to take down one of my honest reviews about them.

Their scheme is really awful and literally will steal thousands of dollars from people.  I have not taken their money and will never take such money so I can leave my review up and help more people from getting scammed.  Here are the details of this bribe.

Rest assure you will be helped every step of your journey if you stick with me, “littlemama” (my userID on Wealthy Affiliate).


7. What’s The Purpose Of The Starter Account If I Can’t Make Money With It?

The Starter membership was never meant for you to make money with because you’re a beginner so how are you going to make money with your free websites if you don’t know what you’re doing?

The purpose of the Starter membership is so you can test out the platform, especially testing out the Premium features like Live Chat and Live Weekly Webinars.

You’re able to test things out, check out I’m real on the platform, and actually get started with your very own website, all without pulling out your wallet.

I think that’s pretty cool.


8. Is It Really FREE For Everyone?

Unfortunately, no, the Starter membership is not everyone.

Starter membership is not available in 10 countries and this is because these are countries that have more cases of fraud and scams happening and to protect the community in Wealthy Affiliate, they are not eligible to have the free Starter membership.

The countries that are not eligible for the Starter Membership are:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Egypt
  3. Ghana
  4. India
  5. Kenya
  6. Morocco
  7. Nigeria
  8. Pakistan
  9. Philippines
  10. Vietnam

However, they are eligible for the Premium membership at $49/month, $234/6-months, or $359/year, so if you’re in one of those countries, please sign up here now.




I’m making that bold statement because it’s true.

I see people come and go all the time, this is because they don’t use their Premium membership to its fullest potential.

It’s the reason my website is where it’s at and why I’m earning a 4 digit online income without a boss from the comfort of my own home.

Let me now go through the FAQs of the Premium Membership:


1. How Much Does The Premium Membership Cost?

It costs just $49/month, $234/6-month, or $359/year.

If you are eligible to sign up for free Starter account first, I can offer you a discount for your first month that is over 61% off.

Sorry, people who are not eligible for the free account will not get the discount for their first month unfortunately.


2. Who Is The Premium Membership For?

Premium membership is for anyone who’s serious about learning how to build this business and ready to get really learning the core of what will make your website get traffic (visitors) and making money.

It’s also for people who are willing to work hard for their successes and diligent enough to work hard even when they are not earning money yet.

This is for those who are willing to go the long distance to make it to the other side of that SEO train when Google will just give you tons of ranking love.


3. Who’s Eligible For The Premium Membership?

Everyone is eligible for the Premium membership. Yay!


4. What’s Included In Premium?

Everything! Lol

  • All 50 lessons in their main course for any niche
  • All 70 lessons in their affiliate program course if you want to promote Wealthy Affiliate
  • 12 out of 12 Classrooms to learn from
  • 25 free and 25 custom domain websites = 50 sites!
  • Super fast and secured web hosting for your websites, fastest in the industry
  • SiteBuilder
  • Keyword research tool – unlimited searches
  • SiteContent with more templates to use
  • Live Chat for instant support – unlimited use
  • Private Message for 1-on-1 Coaching
  • Weekly Live Webinars
  • SiteComment – get comments and engagement on your website
  • SiteFeedback – get feedback on how your work is thus far
  • SiteSpeed – makes your websites super fast to load, a ranking factor
  • SiteProtect – amazing spam protection
  • SSL Certificates
  • Thousands of free tutorials to learn from created by other members
  • Wealthy Affiliate profile blog
  • Make money on Wealthy Affiliate by creating your own training
  • Help from the community that I depended on so much for my journey
  • Access to founders Kyle & Carson! (Who I’ve met in January, 2019 because I achieved Super Affiliate Status!)


5. When Do I Upgrade To Premium?

You can upgrade to Premium anytime, the earlier that you do, the earlier you’ll start your journey to making money online!


6. When Do I Change To 6-Month or Yearly Premium?

You can change to 6-month or Yearly Premium anytime as well because your 6-month or yearly rate will always be prorated if you still have some days left in your current Premium monthly plan so you’re never going to over pay at any time.


7. Does Wealthy Affiliate Have Sales On Their Premium Membership?

They only have one sale a year during Black Friday weekend and it’s for their Yearly Premium membership which drops down to $299.

It’s not a guarantee they will have this sales every year on Black Friday but so far, it’s been that way the last few years and that’s the rate I’m on.

Once you lock in to this low $299 rate, you can renew every year at this rate!


8. What If I Need To Take A Pause Or Break In My Premium Membership?

That is no problem at all, you just have to remember your login info which is your email and password you signed up with.

Once you have that info, you can cancel your Wealthy Affiliate subscription under your Account Settings in your profile menu.

When you’re ready to come back, you just resubscribe at that point.

If you don’t want to resubscribe, then you have 30 days after you cancel your subscription to move your website out of Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting to your own hosting like I have at HostGator, use my coupon code “WORKANYWHERENOW” for 60% off.


9. Are There Any Refunds?

No, there are no refunds because all the information on the platform is digital and once you get on, everything is opened and available to you.


10. How Long Does It Take To Make Money Once Premium?

I can ask you right back, how long does it take for you to make money with any business you build?

The honest answer is that I have no idea how long it will take YOU to make money once you go Premium.

I have no idea if you’re going to work or not once you go Premium, I have no idea how well you will absorb the training.

There are basically too many variables to tell you how long it will take to make money online with Wealthy Affiliate.

What I can tell you is what typically happens if you are diligent in your training, do all the training as organized, do all the tasks in the training, and then continue building your online business after you’re done with the training.

If you do all that, you could expect to start making your first dollar in the 3 – 6 month period.  I made my first dollar with my website just in my second month but that’s because I hustled on Twitter in the beginning.

This business is not like any other.  This business will really take off once your website catches the SEO love from Google.

When my site did that, it was just after a year old, and then I started making a 4 digit online income at a year and half of sheer hard work.

This graph will show you how this business really works if you put in CONSISTENT work effort in the beginning before you start making good money:


Sep 2016 - Dec 2018 Wealthy Affiliate results by month


Now that I’ve done it, I’m able to maintain such an income with less work but still publishing at about 5 posts a week.

When you’ll make money depends on your niche (mine is VERY competitive), your work ethics, your determination, your willingness to learn, your consistency and persistency.

Many variables affect when you start earning, but the training is there and you’ll have to work the training to have the training work for you.

Success is entirely up to you, no one else’s and nothing else is responsible for that but you.

Let’s take a look at success stories next.




Here is a summary of the features for both Starter and Premium memberships so you can see the difference in a side by side comparison:




Here is my 2 year results (Sep/16 – Aug/18, the above chart was through Dec/18) using Wealthy Affiliate’s training and should answer your question about whether the training works:

Income vs New Posts Graph


The red line represents my work effort and the blue line is the money I made each month. The period of this chart covers September, 2016 (when I joined Wealthy Affiliate) to August 2018.

You see how slowly my online business grew in the first year even though my work effort was massive?

This is the essence of who a blog works and why most will quit during their first 12 months.

Most people will quit just before they hit that SEO love from Google and miss out on what could have been.

Look at the nice exponential growth of my monthly income in the last half of my 2nd year, I think that’s pretty amazing.

And look at my work effort, I was slowing down towards the end of my second year as well but my income kept growing!

That’s the beauty of this business and how it works.  See my income proof on my “littlemama” profile!


Let’s look at some others:


Zarina's Success Post


Zarina’s website was just making $500 a MONTH in September, 2018 and a week ago, her October is already making $500 in 2 DAYS.

Her site is now catching on that SEO love and she will break 4 digits in 12 months, not 19 months like I did because her niche is less competitive.

Check out her story here!


At the beginning of each month, there are tons of success stories being posted and it’s always so fun to see:

First Dollar Earned On Wealthy Affiliate

Swangirl making money on Amazon

more successes on Wealthy Affiliate

Even More Successes At Wealthy Affiliate




If you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate with the links and buttons on this page, you will have my coaching services for free!

This is a gift I want to offer to all my readers so go ahead and make your online journey easier with my help, sign up using this big green button here:

Wealthy Affiliate_create-your-free-account-here


After you sign up, I will send you a welcome message with all the information on it and you’ll be connected with me on the platform so don’t worry, you will be able to find me, look for a “littlemama” on there.

You’ll learn on my profile that I am indeed a Super Affiliate and an Ambassador of Wealthy Affiliate, which just means I’m a very helpful person. LOL

So, if you’re really wanting to do this affiliate marketing business, then do it RIGHT with Wealthy Affiliate and my help!



If you have any questions or thoughts regarding Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium and Starter memberships compared or anything else, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I always reply to my readers! 🙂


Let’s make money online!

Grace @ Work Anywhere Now



14 thoughts on “Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium And Starter Memberships Compared”

  1. Hello Grace, thank you for sharing this wealth of information. A friend of mine from the Philippines was able to sign up for free membership, though its included in your list of countries that are not eligible for free membership. Anyway, his question is, if he signed up for Premium for a month, can he go back to Starter membership so account remains active? We’ve seen screenshots where one was locked out of his account because he cancelled his Premium membership. I will eagerly await for your reply. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Ethel, Thanks for your comment here. Once you upgrade to Premium, you do not go back to Starter. If you cancel Premium, you have 30 days to transfer your site onto your own hosting plan and then you can continue on your own.

      As a Starter, you just stay free as long as you want, but you don’t get to revert back to a Starter account. However, if you know how to do affiliate marketing, this is a good way to get started with their affiliate program if that’s something you want to promote. You earn half of what Premiums get in commissions.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions! Wish you guys best of luck!

      • Thank you for the prompt reply Grace. Now I know why you’re very successful in this business. You do make time for this. I’m actually a premium member (just this January), however I don’t intend to continue as premium as I may not have yet the time to fully commit (working full time & a mom of 3). I have 2 referrals though who’ve recently completed their profiles (1 of whom is my friend from the Philippines, who is also thinking of going Premium but was concerned about not being able to go back to Starter, which also now my concern as I did not realize I can’t revert back to Starter). What will happen to my referrals if can’t continue premium? Your reply is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

        • Hi Ethel, You’re very welcome! I love my readers on my website, of course I will reply. 🙂

          That’s cool mama, you can stay as a Starter until you have more time to commit to it. Yes, it will be a lot of work, so it’s best to upgrade when you have more time dedicated to it.

          As for your referrals, they are fine as they are. As long as you have your login information, your referrals will always be attached to that Starter account you created.

          If your referrals decided to Upgrade, you will earn commissions with your free Starter account, as I mentioned, it will be half of what Premiums get. You can see the amounts on the https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/share page.

          Make sure your PayPal account is setup to where you want money to be deposited into in case your referrals do upgrade. Wealthy Affiliate pays on the 1st of every month, without fail.

          I wish you much luck in the future and I hope I can help you more then!

          • Thanks again Grace, you’ve been very helpful. You deserve all the success you have ‘cause I can tell you’re really working hard to get where you are. You’re our inspiration to be successful in this business too. Wishing you more success this year and in the years to come! I’ll be in touch.

  2. Hello LittleMama

    I was just puzzled, are you really Little? anyway, I finally found your website. Your my Idle here at WA. Congratulations on this, very informative. and wonderful website.

    Thanks a lot


  3. Hello little mama, ive watched your youtube videos and already have a starter account before I saw you on Youtube. I’m quite confused and a little undecided bec of the fear of wasting money if I enroll my account to Premium. Since you mentioned if we (readers) already know what we’re going to do we’re in good path, but how about other who have no idea at all like me? Anyways, I’ve created a free website on my account already and posted 4 personal articles. And i really want to earn here in WA, i’m willing to learn the step by step process but am also quite nervous that I might fail. I’m still a student that why i’m really holding on my pocket.

    What’s your advise to me? How will I know doing affiliate marketing just like what you said. I hoping and claiming I would be like you, but i just don’t know how.

    Thank you so much.xx

    • Hi Alaine,

      Sorry for my delayed response. I had said in my videos that you can be successful with the Starter free membership if you know what you’re doing but most people don’t so that means you need to upgrade to Premium so you can unlock the training and LEARN.

      Without learning, you will NEVER know if you can do it or not.

      If you’re able to read English and have understood my posts and can understand my videos, then I don’t understand why you can’t learn from the training on WA.

      Will you succeed like me? Why not?

      Why do you assume you fail first? SO WHAT IF YOU DO FAIL? YOU WILL probably fail many times before you hit success, that’s what success means, failing and failing until you make it.

      This is why most people won’t build any type of business because they just think they will fail, but that is part of the success path. If you don’t make mistakes and fail here and there, how else will you learn?

      You’ve been able to learn how to read and write English, you can use the internet as you know how to do some research, how did you know all this? YOU LEARNED IT.

      So why can’t you learn from the training at WA and build your own online business as they show you what to do.

      If you don’t understand something, you ask.

      Why I succeed and others don’t is because I don’t give up. I don’t let bumps in the road stop me. I don’t throw my hands up and say this is a scam cuz I didn’t want to keep trying.

      I never gave up while others did, that’s why I succeed.

      Will you succeed? Who knows? That’s for you to decide. It really is just a decision to be able to succeed. You can decide you’ll succeed or decide you’ll fail.

      It’s up to you how you want to travel on your online path. I chose the success path and stuck with it.


      • Hi LittleMama, I reviewed and followed the training from the top. I don’t mind the late response, and I appreciate the reply. Would just like to let you know, after many researches, just a couple of hours ago I’ve decided to go Premium and learn more. I read you blogs all over again, and thank you for really squeezing to the point. I’m now working on my first blog, and I’m excited to attend and finish more training of WA. I can’t wait to put a check on my list of posts. Again, thank you for the inspiration and motivation.

  4. Hi Grace!

    I just realized that you used my story to inspire your readers on this blog. Appreciate the shout out! Indeed, WA is a great place to start your affiliate marketing journey, and I’m blessed to make a lot more than $500 a month now! (Even during these crazy coronavirus times)

    Once again appreciate you mentioning me.

    Hope to see you in Vegas Conference next year! 😉

    • Hi Zarina,

      Yeah you had a great post for me to feature for others to see so I featured it here! 🙂

      I’m glad to hear you’re doing even better since then and I encouraged you on the platform to write an update! 😉

      Thanks for visiting and hope you’re doing well!!



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