Month: September 2018

Wealthy Affiliate Review -( No Sugar Coating Here)

This Wealthy Affiliate Review is my opinion as a satisfied participant in the program. If you already are an experienced internet marketer this detailed review is not for you.You already know that this training works.However, if you are a beginner, please read on.

Program Overview – What to expect

First let me start by telling you that this program can be overwhelming. For the beginner there is too much information, too many resources, very easy to get side-tracked jumping from creating a website, to finding affiliate programs, to establishing a presence in social media, etc.

But if you are focused on your goals, this program is invaluable and a bargain. The learning is structured and easy to follow. Lessons are presented in logical sequence, in courses that lead step by step to success. Stay the course!

Wealthy Affiliate – What is in the Program ?

There are two separate programs for beginners to choose.

A – Online Entrepreneur Certification 

This is the best choice for beginners. It includes 5 courses and 50 lessons, that address all the subjects necessary to be successful in internet marketing. These 5 basic courses are :

1. Getting Started

2. Building Your Own Traffic Producing Website

3. Making Money

4. Mastering Social Engagement

5. Achieve Maximum Success Through Content Creation

Please note that you can not just view the courses or ready the material. It is most important that you complete the assignments step by step. As a rule for every 1 hour of learning, you should spend 3 hours implementing what you have learned. It may take you 3 to 6 months to complete this program, depending on how much time you are able to devote.

However, you will see results as you proceed with the lessons, before you complete the course. You will have a website and you will see it grow as you add posts, affiliate links and start to get traffic. With each milestone reached your confidence will grow and you will be so much closer to success.

B – Affiliate Bootcamp

This is a program designed to teach you how to create a website for promoting Wealthy Affiliate. The program will allow you to earn commissions by recruiting new members and possibly also earn money by providing training within the community after you have reached expertise in a subject.

The program includes 7 courses and 70 lessons. It is more detailed and with more information than the Entrepreneur Certification program. If you just want to promote Wealthy Affiliate then this course is all you need. However, this course is also important if you plan to promote other products or your own website in a different niche. It is important because although the first few lessons are duplicate of the Entrepreneur Certification program, it has important additional information. The 7 courses included in the Affiliate Bootcamp are:

1. Getting Your Business Rolling

2. Content, Keywords and Conversions

3. Giving Your Site Social Value

4. Get Visual, Get Aesthetic, Get a Brand through Media

5. Knowing Your Audiences – Catapulting Your Referrals

6. Bing,Yahoo & the Power of PPC

7. How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns.

Completing the Affiliate Bootcamp program should take you another 3 to 6 months. As you can see Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme. Your success will depend on your talent for marketing and your hard work.

The Wealthy Affiliate Community – Your Fellow Members

One of the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate is that it allows you to learn from those fellow members who are more advanced and more successful. You can ask questions and you will get answers. Many of the more advanced members offer tutorials and courses on a myriad of subjects

All of this training is found in a Training Headquarters where you will find videos, tutorials and courses organized by subject. All of this training is free !


Wealthy Affiliate encourages this exchange of information by applying to each member a ranking within the community. This ranking is based on your participation as measured by your posts, your questions and answers. Basically the ranking is a measure of how helpful you are to others. Rankings range from 1 and 2 for the founders of Wealthy Affiliate to approximately 200,000 for a new member who just joins.

Members ranked in the top 100 get special benefits from Wealthy Affiliate. They are also assigned to answer your questions on the lessons you are learning. However, all the answers are public, for everyone to see, and you can add your comments to the tread. In addition to making money as an affiliate by referring new members, you may also qualify for payments for providing training to your fellow members.

The Wealthy Affiliate Community – What to watch out for

There are very interesting people from all over the world that have joined Wealthy Affiliate, and you will want to meet them and chat. However, their knowledge of Internet Marketing at the beginning may be non-existent. If your goal is to succeed in this business you must remember that you are here for business. Chatting is for Facebook. So you have to budget your time and be selective in who you follow. At this early stage I want to focus on learning. So I only follow members who are ranked 1000 or lower. These are the members likely with the most knowledge and I can trust their training.

Wealthy Affiliate Tools – What is Provided

In addition to the training provided in the programs, and the courses presented in the Training Headquarters, you have access to all the tools in the platform. These tools include:

1. Website Builder

2. Domain Research

3. Website Performance Measuring Tools

4. Hosting Platform

5. Site Content ( Writing Platform )

6. Keyword Research Tools

7. Support ( Live Chat, Site Technical Support, Q&A )

And of course the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Money – How much Wealthy Affiliate Costs



You can start for free using some of the research available and create a website. However, if you are serious you will soon want to become a Premium Member at $49.00/ month or for a $495.00  annual payment. This price is a bargain since your premium membership includes the hosting of up to 50 websites. I recently transferred to Wealthy Affiliate another website of mine for which I was paying $107.00 for yearly hosting. Just the cost of hosting a few websites elsewhere will exceed the price you pay Wealthy Affiliate for everything.

My Conclusion and Recommendation

If you are serious in becoming a successful affiliate marketer and make money on the Internet working from home, the training and tools provided by Wealthy Affiliate are invaluable. However Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick scheme. You can expect to work diligently from 6 months to a year before you make any significant amount of money.

Your success is up to you.GO FOR IT !

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When we started, a few years back, this adventure called retirement or golden years, we knew that one of the things we wanted to do with our new-found free time was to learn new subjects.

How to learn now what we should have learned earlier in life.

We wanted to learn but without the stress of homework, exams or deadlines. In my case, my higher education was in Engineering and Business, but I was pretty much ignorant in DNA, Genes or Biology. I knew I needed more balance in my knowledge. That is when we stumbled on the Great Courses. Pretty soon we found that with the Great Courses learning was made addictive.

The Great Courses – what are they ?

Each course is a series of typically 24 lectures on topics related to the subject area. Available topics are many. Academic subjects such as Science, Religion, History, Philosophy or more practical subjects such as photography, creative writing, languages, even weight loss. Lectures range from “How to stay Fit as you age” to “The Theory of Everything”. I am pretty sure that you will find your favorite subject in one of the courses.

What are the prerequisites for taking a course ?

You do not need previous knowledge to benefit from the courses. The lectures are delivered by gifted professors and by world-class experts in the subject area. The lectures are college level in content and thoroughness, but delivered in an entertaining and engaging manner. I found the learning very enjoyable.


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Who is supporting the Great Courses

What I found impressive was that the Great Courses have partnered with top-notch organizations such as National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and the Mayo Clinic. These organizations provide their expert guidance in the development of the courses. The lecturers are top college professors who are also great communicators. They know how to engage the audience.

What are the drawbacks ? There must be some.

The drawback is that the courses are very addictive. When you finish one course and can discuss the subject intelligently with your friends you will want to buy another course right away. In my case my favorite courses were:

– Earth’s Changing Climate ( a very timely topic )

– Introduction to Nanotechnology: The new Science of Small

– The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology ( especially the lecture on Coal )

– Understanding Genetics


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I really learned these subjects in depth without much effort. It was great! But then I got carried away and ordered Latin 101:Learning a Classical Language. My wife and I also speak Portuguese and Spanish respectively, and are learning Italian so ordering Latin 101 seemed like a good idea. Well.. Latin 101 is a very thorough and excellent course, but this course requires time, dedication and lots of homework . Too much for me to handle at this time. So we never finished the course.

Vita brevis ( Life is short )

So watch out for your impulse buying !

Check out one of the Great Courses here

A different course (not from great courses)

If you are interested in learning internet marketing, maybe to start your own business, there is a free course I recommend.

To learn about this free course click here


I would like to hear your comments.


Welcome to our Site

Thank you for visiting In this website we will share our retirement goals.As the name implies we want more. More experiences, more learning, more friends while we develop a business that will help to finance our expanded lifestyle. If these are also your goals we look forward to sharing this adventure with you.


My name is Carlos. I am a retired Industrial Engineer with broad experience in International Sales and in Management of Manufacturing companies. By nature, I am more inclined to business and making money. Fortunately my wife Heide, the love of my life, keeps me balanced. Her interests are music, reading,learning new languages, and more reading. So we share this adventure of getting old while still remaining active and engaged in life. We live in the USA and have been citizens for close to 50 years. We are originally from Argentina and Brasil respectively and have friends worldwide. It is our goal to reach people in all countries.


We want to connect with people with similar goals to ours. As individuals, we all have different backgrounds, experiences and goals. But as we reach retirement age we all contemplate our past lives, take pride in our accomplishments and enjoy our families. But we also realize that there is still more living to do. Now we have the freedom of time. We can pursue our hobbies, our interests, help our causes or charities, learn new subjects and make new friends. In this website we will present new ideas and help people to connect with places and people that will be helpful in this adventure of staying engaged with life. We aim to appeal to those who are interested in making money and those who search for more knowledge in all areas.

We would like to hear from you

Carlos and Heide



P.S. We are interested in all life aspects that will improve our well being.This includes the indoor air quality in our homes.

We have a separate website on the subject.

We invite you to also visit us there.