Wealthy Affiliate vs. WordPress
Both these services provide awesome tools for new bloggers and experienced marketers alike.
But which comes out on top?
There’s no clear cut answer to this but there are definitely loads of factors to take into account when making your decision. Today I’ll be taking an in depth look at the pros and cons of each system, so you can decide which is right for you!
PLUS, stick around until the end to hear about how you can make the most of your site by using ONE free tool…
First of all, let’s clear up what we actually mean when we talk about WordPress.
There are TWO ways to use WordPress; one for beginners and one for people looking to scale up.
The ‘easy’ version is WordPress.com. You’ll get a neat little site up and running pretty quick and if all you want is to run a personal blog and don’t care about getting ‘traffic’ to the site, this is a great pick at great prices.
The ‘harder’ version is WordPress.org. The difference here is that all the tough, gritty, technical jobs need to be sorted by you instead of having WordPress sort them for you.
Why on earth would you go for the option that takes more work?
Because the potential of a site built on this option has UNLIMITED potential for earning; it’s the go-to pick for marketers, small business owners, and anyone looking to create some real income.
But if you’re looking to build a website for the first time, using the simpler version is always going to be a solid choice. They’ve been the go to name in the industry for years, and that’s for good reason!
When you create a website through WordPress.com, you are GUARANTEED:
– Secure and safe sites with solid hosting (think of hosting as where your website ‘lives’ on the web) with all the technical stuff done and dusted for you.
But, you do have to sacrifice something for this, and that is:
– Your influence and control over your site.
So how do you keep the awesome safety and reliability of WordPress without giving up the amount of control you have over your site?
The answer is in the SiteRubix website building platform, provided by Wealthy Affiliate.
SiteRubix vs. WordPress
Are SiteRubix and WordPress different things?
Yes and no. While SiteRubix is (obviously) a different company to WordPress, the websites you build using the SiteRubix platform are actually run on the WordPress.org system, giving you the power of a WordPress site without the limitations.
Don’t worry, it took me a little while to understand this part too.
The keyword to note here is WordPress.org. There are two different types of sites you can build using WordPress; a WordPress.com site and a WordPress.org site. We talked briefly about this earlier, but let’s go into more detail about what that actually means…
What’s the difference?
Well, simply put: a site built on WordPress.com gives you less control.
Sure, all the hosting and technical stuff is done for you, but you’re much more restricted in the different plugins you add to your site (plugins are just extra ‘fancy’ stuff for sites; for example, the social icons I have on the left are powered by a plugin) and less able to edit your site design.
If you’re completely new to the website game and want everything done for you, than this is fine.
But later down the line, you might want to start thinking about how you can make some money through it. This is where you’ll find yourself running into a problem.
Well, if you used the .com version of WordPress to build your site, you’ll be able to show ads.
But ads are great, right? You can earn lots of money from ads, but the problem is that the ads shown are picked by WORDPRESS and the revenue from them goes to…you guessed it, WORDPRESS.
So all that income that could be going your way as a result of all your hard work will go to WordPress instead of you.
See why that might be an issue?
In regards to affiliate marketing, there’s not much more good news. WordPress.com will also have limitations on the amount of affiliate links you can post.
What’s an affiliate link?
An affiliate link is simply a link to a site that will earn you a commission if a visitor buys something as a result of them clicking on it; for example, a link to Amazon using the Amazon Affiliate Program.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you can’t post affiliate links. You 100% can.
But you don’t have CONTROL over this. WordPress will restrict the amount and the type of links you can post.
So if you’re looking to EARN from your site, you should use a WordPress.org site (I know, the whole .com / .org thing is as confusing for me as it is for you…).
WordPress.org means your site is SELF-hosted.
You don’t need to worry too much about what that means (the heavy lifting hosting work is all done by SiteRubix for you) but the main point is that a self-hosted site gives you WAY more independence and influence over your site.
For example, you could implement ads on your site straight away if you wanted to (although I wouldn’t recommend doing this) and affiliate links to sites are controlled by you.
Basically, if you want to earn, you need a site built on WordPress.org. And that is what SiteRubix does for you!
Still confused about the difference between the two versions of WordPress? Watch this great overview by ODI Productions.
What’s the catch?
Of course, the SiteRubix platform within Wealthy Affiliate isn’t perfect either- here are a couple of things to bear in mind:
– You need a Wealthy Affiliate account. This isn’t a massive deal, but you need to sign up to Wealthy Affiliate (which is free) in order to use the SiteRubix tool. Should only take you a minute or so to do!
On the plus side, creating an account with Wealthy Affiliate in order to set up your website means that you get some really awesome training (for free) that gives you around 10 lessons on getting your site going.
But more on this later…
– Limited themes. As a free member of Wealthy Affiliate, you get a decent selection of themes (a theme is how your website LOOKS) but not nearly as many as if you were a paying member. That’s not a huge deal; when you’re starting out it’s more important to get your initial set up right and learn how to write good content before you start worrying about the aesthetics.
In my opinion, there are three different ways of looking at this:
– A website for personal or leisure use. Maybe created so you can create a weekly blog for family to read. In this scenario, just use the simple WordPress option to avoid headaches and be guaranteed a high quality site.
– A website for personal use…but with the intention of scaling up to an online business. I’m talking individuals (could be college students, people about to go in to retirement, middle-aged parents looking to escape the 9-5, etc) who aren’t necessarily part of a business but want to be able to create their own online.
For these kinds of people, a website hosted through SiteRubix would be ideal. They can get started for free, get to know the ropes and feel out whether online based business is the way forward for them.
If it isn’t, they can cancel for no cost, but if it is they have the option to become a paying member of the Wealthy Affiliate community and receive even more training.
– A website built for business owners looking to increase their revenue through local marketing. This can also be accomplished with a SiteRubix site.
PLUS, as a member of Wealthy Affiliate, that business owner will be able to watch a whole host of prerecorded webinars on the very topic they are interested in; local marketing and local lead generation.
So, they get top class hosting, a site, and relevant training in one package. Win-win!
These are three of the most common reasons someone will be wanting to create a site, so I hope you can see how the different platforms might work based on the needs of the individuals.
What about domains??
I’m glad you asked! Domains are a huge aspect of your site.
You can actually register your domains inside Wealthy Affiliate, which for me makes everything simpler. But if you would prefer to buy from somewhere like GoDaddy, OR you already have an existing domain, Wealthy Affiliate has you covered.
There’s an option within the website builder to transfer your domain; it’s super simple to do so rest assured that you are covered even if you registered your domain with a different service.
SSL: Let’s talk security!
Worried your sites won’t be secure? Don’t be!
The SiteRubix website builder also comes with SSL for your site, which is awesome. Google LOVES sites that are secure.
Google is becoming more and more focused on something referred to as ‘user experience’. This is basically how good/bad of an experience someone has at your site.
For example, if they are on your site for 20 seconds it tells Google you aren’t providing them with a good experience, but if they’re on your site for 20 minutes that tells Google they LOVE your content.
As a result, you receive better rankings.
How does SSL benefit my site?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is basically a way of saying to Google: this website is safe! It isn’t going to try to steal personal information from visitors.
Guess what that means? You’re providing a better experience to users so once again your rankings will be better as a result.
But using a WordPress.org built site means I don’t get technical issues fixed for me! I can’t do them myself!
That’s a valid concern, but don’t worry.
Once your site is set up within Wealthy Affiliate you have the option to upgrade to a paid member. This is more than worth the investment, if only for the fact that you get access to a 24/7 SiteSupport team who are on standby to help you with any technical issues you can’t figure out.
I personally have a couple of sites setup through the Wealthy Affilaite SiteRubix tool and I use these guys almost every day! It’s awesome; anything I don’t understand I just ping over to them in a message and they will usually have it fixed within minutes.
For me, although both services will provide you with top-notch websites, I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate.
This is mainly because just creating a website isn’t enough! You need access to the right training, and all of that is provided at Wealthy Affiliate as part of your account. PLUS, (as promised) here’s the secret tool that will boost your site:
Jaaxy! This is a modern keyword research tool that you get access to as part of your Wealthy Affiliate membership.
So, I hope that answers all your questions on the topic of WordPress vs Wealthy Affiliate! If you still have any questions, feedback or comments feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will be sure to get back to you within 24 hours! If you enjoyed this post, please do share it using the icons to the left.