Like most people who are into online marketing, I have spent my share of money being jerked around from one “next great idea” to the next one. I have found two sites, Wealthy Affiliate and the Four Percent Challenge that I want to give you a comprehensive review of.
Can we get real for a moment. You have been working online for some time, and you haven’t made a single dime compared to the money you have spent.
I know this because research says that 96% of us in internet marketing never make money or make less than $1000.00 per month online. Be honest with yourself! Are you part of the 96% club.
I was. Notice “was” is past tense, until I found two sites that changed this for me. I want to share them with you so you can make an informed decision.
I want to look at Wealthy Affiliate first because this was the first site I found where I could reach a level of success. This site offers so many vauable things that it will take lots of time to explain.
First, you can sign up for a week FREE. I built a WordPress website in under 5 minutes–less if you know what you want to use as your niche. Click the link below to see an instructional video how to build a website in under 30 seconds!
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Never before could I achieve the goal of creating my own website. I had one built once, and it didn’t work. Couldn’t access it online. This proved to be one of those expensive adventures that gave no return on investment (ROI).
Let me give you a list of the many things they offer their premium members–cost $19.00 per month.
An Honest Wealthy Affiliate Review (WealthyAffiliate.com)
I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in June of 2016 mostly to just see what it was all about. I signed up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate but upgraded to their paid Premium membership the very next day. Now that I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for about 7 months, I decided it’s finally time to write a Wealthy Affiliate review with my findings on whether this is a good program to sign up with or not.
My intent isn’t to make this Wealthy Affiliate review yet another digital sales pitch. As I searched for Wealthy Affiliate reviews, I noticed the vast majority of them are very one sided, don’t offer any other options, and are simply biased sales pitches from affiliate marketers trying to make a buck. So, in MY Wealthy Affiliate review, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Here are some of the topics I’d like to cover…
- My full honesty promise to you
- How I found Wealthy Affiliate and why I personally signed up
- What you get with the PREMIUM Wealthy Affiliate membership option
- Things I LIKE about Wealthly Affiliate
- Things I DON’T LIKE about Wealthy Affiliate
- Who should sign up for Wealthy Affiliate
- Who should NOT sign up for Wealthy Affiliate
- An alternative training program to consider besides Wealthy Affiliate
- You can receive my personal help
- I will provide a writing course to premium memebers–free
My Honesty Promise To You
I actually stumbled onto Wealthy Affiliate by sheer luck. I have no idea what search I was doing on the internet when I found an advertisement. The one thing that caught my attention was, “sign up for free. no credit card needed.”
I thought, Yes, how many times have I seen that before.
I can’t tell you why I clicked on the link, but sure enough when I arrived at the site, the site did not ask for my credit card. That surely was different.There were no:
- try for 30 days
- get a refund if not satisfied
- it only costs $5.00
- you can get all the help your need
- it will be just like me looking over your shoulder.
- you can’t fail if you stick with our course.
How many times have you seen all this before?
I went inside Wealthy Affiliate and begin to watch the video training. In less than five minutes, I had my first ever website built by ME. I’m old, and this has never happened to me.
I think I tried every offer JV Zoo sent my way, but I could never be successful building a website.
Something else WA never promised me. Not once did they say it would be easy. There’s nothing easy about building a successful, online business.
Yes, it’s easy to build a business online, but it isn’t easy building a SUCCESSFUL, online business. No startup business is easy. I’ve done several in my lifetime. You’re not looking for just an online business! You’re looking to make your living through your online business.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!
So after my introduction to Wealthy Affiliate that first night, I am now a full-time, online entrepreneur and a member of WA. I work with the ones who follow me. I give one-to-one coaching sessions with the ones who follow me.
You may have guessed by now that I am an affilite who wants to make a dollor or so from your efforts. That is true. However, I only receive a small commission when your sign up for Wealthy Affiliate. After that, your business is yours. I get absolutely nothing from you as you succeed online. However, I will help you succeed if at all possible.
Yes, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased towards WA. However, I have reasons to be. By using this site and their business model and training, I have been able to do something I have never been able to accomplish online ever–personal success!
Not For Everyone
If I am to be honest with you, Wealthy Affiliate isn’t for everyone. Those who want to get rich quick should look elsewhere. You will spend some time to go through the training and bootcamp at Wealthy Affiliate. If you fail to follow the training, you could likely fail at online marketing.
Their plan for online success can be used as a model for other online businesses, too.
Also, you will spend major time writing blog posts and training and giving advice to others as you grow professionally at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you aren’t willing to pay the price for success, then chase after those sites that promise you will get rich over night. It will not happen at Wealthy Affiliate.
However, if you want to become successful online, and you are willing to work hard to make it, then Wealthy Affiliate is the place for you.
I really look forward to work with you here.
If you want the full story, you can check out my meet Howard page (not a bad read if you’d like). The short version is that I got started with affiliate marketing a long time ago. I’m retired, so I can work full time in my online business.
I’ve developed several sites in different niches that have proven to be winners for me. All these because of Wealthy Affiliate.
Can I tell you that I have gone through nearly every training program on the internet. Always, the training became too difficult for me before it was over. I simply didn’t have the technological skills to succeed with the limited training I received. Paid good money for this, too. I’m not going to mention by name the programs I have tried because it may not be fair to them that I didn’t have the skills to succeed in their programs.
However, at Wealthy Affiliate and one other site, I found the training I needed to be successful. I can promise you that if you follow the training at both of these sites, you will succeed.
Why Did I Choose Wealthy Affiliate
After all my negative experiences at other sites, I had nearly given up of ever seeing my dream of owning a successful, online business come true. I spent two days in Wealthy Affiliate’s free program, training, building my first website and seeing that this was a site I could become successful.
I took out my credit card and signed up for the “premium” membership, and I made someone happy whom I have never met nor heard from.
I promise that won’t happen to you. I will always be here if you need me.
The community offeres special training sessions on things from building funnels and landing pages to how to get your site located in the Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.
Needless to say, I was blown away pretty quickly. Even by signing up for their free membership option, it was very apparent that Wealthy Affiliate does things differently. The community, recorded training, live ongoing weekly training sessions, live chat and support options, and business-like approach for beginners to pros alike really blew my mind.
So anyway, I had a unique reason for signing up at Wealthy Affiliate. Instead of wanting to learn from Wealthy Affiliate, I wanted to see if it was something worth promoting on this website. Little did I know how much I would learn anyway!
Now for the other site I mentioned earlier.
My altime favorite motivator, Zig Ziglar puts it this way. “The best way to get what you want in life is to help others get what they want in life.”
The Four Percent Success Challenge is designed to do this! The cost right now for this site is $49.00 per month, and if you follow the instructions, which by the way are super, you can make that amount and more the first 30 days.
The program was a challenge to me. I had to change my paradigm considerably because I have never made money at anything I’ve done online before.
Four Percent Success Challenge (for Affiliate Marketers) Review
1. Brief Summary
2. My Experience With The Challenge
3. The What Why How and How Much Stuff
The Four Percent Success Challenge is a video training program that teaches people how to build their own UNIQUE business based on selling other people’s products.
The training is delivered in ‘daily’ sessions. Though the emphasis should NOT be on completing the training in any time frame but to focus on completeness and quality.
This training is about LEARNING how to achieve extraordinary RESULTS.
Delivered by Vick Strizheus this training program is gaining a reputation because of its UNIQUE FORMAT and students reporting great results.
The focus of this training is about building YOU a highly profitable, UNIQUE long-term affiliate business that is never dependant on any one product or company.
This isn’t ‘ordinary’ affiliate training. This is going to push you beyond your comfort zone.
If you join the program Vick is going to show you how you can outperform 96% of other Affiliates.
The challenge is for people who want to become the best they can be.
For those in a hurry the challenge costs $49 /mo or $495 lifetime, offers a 30 day full money back guarantee…
My recommendation would be if your a committed, ambitious affiliate marketer, you should test the challenge to see if you resonate with Vick. If you do you’re in for a treat, if not claim a full refund. Simple.
Check it out at fourpercentsuccesschallenge.com.
My Experience With The Challenge…
As I’m writing this review update I’m on session 17 of The Four Percent Success Challenge. So just over half way in the first phase.
There are 3 phases to the Challenge based on earning objectives of $10,000, $100,000 and $1 Million in sales.
Meaning I’ve learned a lot but have mastered nothing yet. I’m just upping my experience points by finally doing the right things lol.
Here’s what I’ve learned…
- Success is 80% MINDSET over strategy & tactics.
- A Minimum of 1/2 hour per day should be devoted to your self development. It’s CRITICAL.
- Affiliates MUST stand out from the crowd. We MUST build our unique BRAND.
- As affiliates we should HELP our audience to the MAX of our ABILITY.
- It’ll save you a lot of time if you find a MENTOR you TRUST and do what they tell you (even the stuff you don’t want to).
- Affiliates should NEVER rely on one company or product for their income.
- Similarly affiliates should also never rely on one TRAFFIC SOURCE.
- Combing the promotion of an ‘Ultimate’ affiliate program with a smart promotion system can lead to extraordinary results.
- I can do this, YOU Can do this, WE can do this!
Here’s what I’ve implemented so far…
- Updated my existing website to reflect my UNIQUE BRAND.
- Created what I call an Advertising & Prospect Acquisition Funnel
- Decided upon my core content MESSAGES that REALLY HELP people.
- Set up basic TRACKING & a/b split testing.
- Created an email list and email follow up sequence.
- Have run my fist TRAFFIC Sources to test everything.
- Am building a Retargeting list so that ‘no click is ever wasted’ meaning I can advertise at lower cost to people that have shown an interest in my content.
I’ve posted by early results here, which have served to increase my confidence and inspiration to share this approach.
Going forward I’ll be learning a lot more as I add new traffic sources into my ‘funnel’, as well as through the ongoing training as I follow Vick’s success challenge.
These new experiences will be reflected in my core messaging content as I continuously strive to help my visitors to the max of my ability.
In summary for me the Four Percent Success Challenge is as Vick promised proving life changing in terms of my improved attitude and marketing skills gained from Vick’s mentoring.
Check out the Four Percent Challenge for your self.
Remembering that if Vick doesn’t resonate with you you’re covered by the 30 day money back guarantee.
What Why How & How Much
The Deet’s About Vicks
Four Percent Success Challenge
What is the Four Percent Success Challenge for Affiliate Marketers?
Step by step video training from Vick Strizheus teaching AFFILIATE MARKETERS how to build their own UNIQUELY branded extremely successful (top 4% is the goal) affiliate business.
For me there are 2 unique elements about vicks training sessions.
Firstly the continuous yet precisely sequenced mindset & self development exercises that are integrated.
Looking back from session 17 I feel this element is responsible for improving me as a person and marketer. Vick states that success is 80% mindset, and now I can see that he’s right.
Secondly the detail that each step is covered. Vick explains and show not only what has to be done, but also the reasoning behind each. I’ve never seen better and easier explanation of what is in reality an advanced marketing strategy.
Below are screenshots to show the layout of one session. Though a session could be completed in one day I would advise taking your time to complete the session focussing on quality not speed. Also follow the sequence Vick sets out it’s there for a reason.
Each session starts with an introduction video that explains the outcome objective for the session in the example below Four Percent Success Challenge Level 1 session 4 .
The rest of the video’s are under clickable headings as shown below…
Below is the screenshot from Session 17 where you can see there are a few more tasks. For me some of these sessions take me a few days…
And when you click on a heading the video appears in a content tab…
At Session 17 Vick now has ‘success’ stories from members he can interview. These are about sharing what’s working for others.
Seeing how other people implement Vicks training is both helpful and INSPIRING.
Knowing this Vick also does video reviews of members (that give permission) websites and landing pages so that Vick can help them directly and us through seeing Vicks critique.
Why does The Four Percent Challenge work as a training program?
For me this is the blending of the strategy, tactics and mindset work. If you believe mindset and attitude have any bearing on results you’ll love this training.
As Tony Robbins says if you want to achieve something you’ll save yourself a lot of time by getting yourself a mentor.
Vick is a great mentor in my opinion. My only advice would be if for any reason Vick doesn’t resonate with you don’t join the challenge you’ll be wasting your time and money.
Why does Vick’s marketing strategy work?
Vick teaches affiliates to always promote themselves before any product or service they may be affiliated with. The reason for this is that products come and go and you don’t want your income to be seriously affected by matters that are out of your control.
So if you follow Vick you’re going to build a long-term affiliate business that’s based on proven solid business principles.
Whilst building and branding your own business your key objective should be to REALLY HELP your audience towards the objective the products and services you promote as an affiliate promise.
Value Led Marketing as it’s known is a highly effective marketing technique because is sells without selling. Meaning you never try and sell just concentrate on helping people through your core content.
The content can be delivered by any medium you want, email, blog posts, video, social media etc.
For example I promote the Four Percent Success Challenge from this site here, but my main messaging promotes the idea of building a ‘Passive Affiliate Income Funnel’ by combining an ‘Ultimate Affiliate Program’ with a ‘Smart Promotion System’.
This enables me to advertise MY UNIQUE OFFER and will allow me the option of promoting ANY AFFILIATE PRODUCTS I feel will help my audience going forward.
Vick also teaches that any viable affiliate business must build MULTIPLE STREAMS of AFFILIATE INCOMEfrom different companies so that we’re never reliant on any one.
So all this is HELPFUL Sell without selling content is ideally sequenced into what’s known as a ‘funnel’.
A funnel enables the testing of all the elements. Offer ideas, hooks and headlines, main copy, video and imagery. By using simple a/b split testing we can over time improve our funnel conversions and with it our profitability.
Once we’ve tested and optimised our marketing funnel we have a real ASSET that’ll pay us for years!
From here we can scale profits by simply testing and stacking new traffic sources.
What do you need to build a Four Percent Challenge Affiliate Business?
The main components are you and your branding which includes your lead capture and follow-up messaging. To be specific this means…
- Lead capture funnel building software or WordPress Plugin
- WordPress Website that BRANDS YOU and hosts your core messaging content
- Email Service Provider for building your list & managing your follow up
- Hosting & Domain Name (All this can be had at Wealthy Affiliate for $19.00 per month)
- Tracking Software for running split tests and conversion tracking
How do you succeed following Vicks Four Percent Success Challenge?
Simply do as Vick shows you. Simple.
How much does it cost to Build A Four Percent Success Challenge Business?
You’ll need the following:-
Four Percent Success Training $49 /mo or $495 one-time
Domain Name approx $15 per year
Hosting from about $4 /mo
Funnel Building / Lead Capture solution from about $67 up to $97 /mo for Clickfunnels
Email Service Provider from approx $15 /mo
Tracking software $19 /mo
Premium WordPress Theme from $30 up to $495 for Four Percents Estage premium theme
Estage Academy for people that bought Estage and don’t know anything about WordPress
Other expenses to consider:-
Advertising Budget to drive targeted traffic into your funnel
Design fees if you want logos etc
Internet Traffic Mastery Four Percent Traffic Training
Four Percent Success Challenge FAQ’s
How Much Does The Four Percent Success Challenge Cost?Is There A Guarantee And Refund Period?Are There Any Upsells With The Four Percent Challenge?Are There Any Other Costs Associated With Setting Up A Business As Vick Demonstrates In The Challenge?Does The Four Percent Group / Four Percent Challenge Have A Support Function?Is The Four Percent Challenge An MLM / Network Marketing Company?Can You Join The Four Percent Challenge From ANY Country In The World?Is The 4% Challenge Suitable For Beginners?
For me the Four Percent Challenge has been a life-changer.
If you’re ambitious and interested in building a solid affiliate business I’d recommend taking the Four Percent Success Challenge.
Here’s the caveat… if you don’t resonate with Vick Strizheus simply claim a refund within the 30 day timeframe.
I recomment that you become involved in both Wealthy Affiliate and the Four Percent Challenge. Multiple streams of income can be had with either, but with both you really get plugged in.
Remember, I’ll work with you at Wealthy Affiliate. Just ask!