If you're doing research on Wealthy Affiliate or making money online I imagine it's because it has peaked your interest but you're still not sure. Yet like all things Internet Marking (or Affiliate Marketing) related – the real (true) information is just so hard to find.

Sure, you can find 10 million pages about making money online, online marketing, online marketing reviews, affiliate programs etc. and I'm sure most of you have sifted through half of them by the time you found this. The problem is, it's the people reviewing them that are the same people trying to sell them!

Every time you find a forum post or a website review it's almost always some variation of, "I found this and tried it", "here are the pros:", and "here are the cons:". More often than not those are posted or provided on a template where 8 thousand people changed the title/keywords and maybe a few colors, re-posted it and called it good.

After seeing 10 of them, they all just start to look and sound the same. So, let's start with honesty. I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and I would love to sell you something, but – that's not what I'm going to do here. The reason I'm not going to do that is because I've been where you are. Desperately wanting "real" information and horribly frustrated that something that should be so simple has turned out to be so horribly difficult.

The information's all the same. The information has holes or doesn't explain everything completely – important steps appear to be missing. The information says what to do, but not HOW to do it. I have to pay to get any information. I have to sign up to get any information. Any of this sounds familiar?

Though I imagine many of you have pieced this together, I'm going to let you in on the first secret affiliate marketers aren't going to outright tell you – if *I* had to pay to get the "real" information, what makes you think I'm going to give it to you for free?

Internet Marketing 101 is to build a contact/email list with which to market to asap. Why? Statistically email sales convert a lot better than website conversions (that's the short answer anyway). THAT is why anything that is free is outdated, incomplete, and intentionally obscure or requires you to sign up in order to get information.

Everyone wants to make money online and do Internet or Affiliate Marketing for free but become quickly frustrated when they can't find information of solid value. Now you know why. Is it possible to do the work for free? Yes. It will frustrate you a thousand times more, easily take you 10 times longer and probably get you banned from a few sites along the way for doing things wrong – but yep, you can do it for free if that's your only choice.

For some of you, I know that's the case. You lost your job, times are tight, insert your excuse here – paying for training and memberships are simply not an option. For you I recommend a regimen of patience and persistence. You will get there eventually, but honestly – if you make it you'll be among a select few (1-2%). The rest will fall away at the roadside brought to a halt by anger, disappointment and frustration.

For those of you who have the money but would simply rather pinch your pennies and do it the "hard" way – go back and re-read the last paragraph above – this will be you. 1-2% of you will make it, the other 98% will quit.

For those of you who have spent the money and been burned by shady marketers and misleading sales techniques – what can I say? It happens to the best of us – that doesn't mean there aren't good programs out there. Sadly, you just haven't found it yet. So therein lies the million dollar question – is Wealthy Affiliate one of the good ones?

The short answer is – yes, for me it is. As with all things in life, there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution so I'm sure there are those out there that would disagree. That being said, I think you'll find many more positive comments about making money online with Wealthy Affiliate than negative.

So what makes Wealthy Affiliate a worthwhile program? First, as stated above – it has a huge good review over bad review ratio. Let's be honest, you'll never find anything that will make 100% of the population happy and I'm sure WA has its detractors but opinions aside it's a FACT WA has way more good press and good reviews than bad and ranks at the top of almost everyone's list. That many people just can't be wrong.

As a make money online tool – Wealthy Affiliate compiles the vast majority of an internet marketers needed tools into one location. Need an article writer-keyword density checker? It's there. Need a link cloaker? It's there. Want a competition spy? It's there. Need web templates designed for marketing? It's there. Want feeder sites you just need to reference with your affiliate ID? It's there. Need hosting? It's included in membership. Need a keyword research tool? Not only do they have that – but theirs searches Google, Yahoo, Ezine, GoArticles, Hubpages, Squidoo and USFeeds all in a SINGLE search. Need a clickbank research tool? Yep, got that too. Like WordPress? They have WordPress Express – you can build a (base) WordPress site in about 60 seconds without knowing a single thing about WordPress.

They have an entire online University with mountains of educational materials that aren't out of date, written in an obscure fashion or incomplete (why would they be? You paid for it). It's all there, complete and laid out step by step. Speaking of step by step, all new members are taken through a 12 week step by step training program designed to hold you by the hand and walk you through your first campaign from start to finish.

Personal blogging, the ability to market to other marketers who are willing to give you credit for work well done and last but certainly not least – the forums. How many of you have asked a question on public internet marketing forums and got flamed repeatedly with, "go do your own work" or "research the answer yourself, that's what we did!" responses?

I can't tell you the number of people I've met on the WA forums that were so gun shy about asking the simplest questions because they were publicly berated or humiliated just for asking. That won't happen at WA and God forbid if it should (anything's possible), the owners Kyle and Carson would exact swift and harsh justice against anyone who infringed upon another member.

They make it very clear the WA site is a place of learning and camaraderie. The answers are more often than not very helpful and many members are willing to hold your hand and help you get through your problems and issues. If you're willing to work for it, there's very little they won't help you with there. But, make no mistake – there are not going to do it for you and they aren't going to help you if you don't help yourself.

Is it perfect? No, it's not. Will it solve all your problems and will all your questions be answered with divine clarity? Nope. Even with all those tools, education and co-marketers expertise at hand it will still be hard work. Why?

Because it's a job – pure and simple. It's work, hard work and anyone that's selling you a get rich quick, make money quick scheme is selling just that – a scheme that will only benefit one person. Take a wild guess whom that will be?

I can tell you this, Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal – but even with everything it has to offer it won't meet everyone's needs. Like everything else you should do your research, perform your due diligence and come to an informed decision as to whether it will suit YOUR personal needs. If you can sympathize with a lot of what I've said in this article – then you're probably in the right place.

For those of you that can't afford a Wealthy Affiliate membership, I understand. I started out there too. As I said before, patience and persistence and more importantly don't give up! It will be harder, but it can be done. You CAN be part of the successful 1-2%.

For those of you who are willing and able to pay for education, tools, memberships, etc. I can't think of a better place to go than Wealthy Affiliate. For me anyway, it's worth every penny.