Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador, Is it Worth It? (from a Long-Time WA Ambassador)
Is becoming a Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador really worth it?
Recently I’ve seen more and more new and intermediate members expressing discontent about what their expectations were coming to WA compared to their results.
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There have been posts by newbie's I read briefly that got me thinking as to what could be an indirect contributing factor to such a newbie member's frustration.
This led me to write my post based on my own personal observations, which comes from what I have witnessed here in my almost 2.5 years with Wealthy Affiliate.
Despite this honest critique post about the current WA Ambassador program, I remain that Wealthy Affiliate is still my #1 Recommended program.
Indeed, I am certainly a person uniquely qualified to speak here, I have been a Wealthy Affiliate Ambassador for 525+ Days, and I am currently ranked #9 Ambassador (out of 1.5 million members).
You can also see I've written 396 blog posts and have over 4K followers in Wealthy Affiliate.
That's is the vast majority of time I've been a member of Wealthy Affiliate.
I never used to feel this way, but I honestly now believe that much of this disconnect is indirectly related to the Ambassador program that is currently in place.
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The WA Ambassador Program is a Double-Edged Sword
Stay Focused on Your Business, BUT…….
In order for success to happen for each of us over time, we all need to stay here, complete ALL the Wealthy Affiliate training, and STAY laser focused on our businesses.
And above it, that focus needs to always remain consistent.
I truly love the fact that we here at Wealthy Affiliate are a “pay-it-forward” community that helps each other. It should always remain this way.
Wealthy Affiliate is STILL my #1 Recommended Program to learn how to build a money-making business online.
WA encourages the community to “pay-it-forward” by providing recognition to its members who are the most active here within the community.But with the good news, comes some bad news.
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In other words, those who “do it the most’ and “do it the best.”
This kind of recognition is incentivized through a virtual numerical “leaderboard” based on the weighted average of 3 Criteria: Helper, Creator, and Activity to score the Top 25 Ambassadors of WA.
The Ambassador program has many great attributes. It has a wonderful effect on keeping members active within the community, and to get newbies engaged in the community by:
- Giving them incentive to create their very 1st blogs
- To practice developing their writing by more publishing more WA blog posts
- Give comments on other WA blogs
- Helping them respond to other people’s comments
- Motivating them to create WA Training (after 3 months)
This is all good news.
I Hate To Say It…..The WA Ambassador Program is a Distraction
As fun, exciting, and challenging as the Ambassador program is, especially for newbies, it is a distraction away from building a business.
Now I have heard experienced members give much well-intended advice ad nauseum to newbies for a long time (and even other experienced members very correctly might I add).
Here’s what they would say,
“Focus on your business, don’t worry about your rank.”
“Being active on the platform isn’t earning you income.”
“The people making the real money are the ones who are not active here.”
And they are not wrong.
The truth is however, as much as a person is TRYING to focus on their businesses, that ambassador “buzz” is always buzzing somewhere in the background tempting them with a distraction.
There is always the "show and tell" factor looming in the background.
From what I have seen over and over again the past 2.5 years here, it is simply easier said than done to maximize one’s efficiency when there is always something buzzing “in the background.”
Here’s an example.
Maybe we just finished spending several hours writing a great 2000 word post on our website. Great work and we are proud of what we accomplished.
Time to take a deserved break, right?
So what do we do?
We go on the WA platform, only intending to make a few comments for a max. 10-15 minutes – but that doesn’t happen.
The person gets caught up reading (and being entertained) by other member’s posts, making spirited comments on various posts (leading only to more comments)…..
Then after reading some posts, and making these comments, they are suddenly inspired to write their own WA post.
And so on…and so on….
Don’t deny it.
See what was only intended to be a short break for 10-15 minutes making a few comments has suddenly turned into 3 hours of unproductivity!
The WA Community: Incomparable
It’s the WA Community.
Sharing, engaging, and helping others by paying-it-forward within the WA community is the most amazing hallmark of WA.
It is something that should never change.
This to me IS the single greatest attribute that differentiates Wealthy Affiliate from other affiliate marketing education platforms.
I also believe this.
The members who give others the most help within the WA community and “pay-it-forward” the most will always give the most help and pay-it-forward the most.
Whether there is an Ambassador program in place or not.
It is in their DNA.
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Here’s the problem: whenever a company makes a leader board public is when this brings out a less attractive competitive spirit and ego that ends up detracting from someone’s business.
The truth is a few can ignore it.
However most cannot.
Sure there is a fun factor to the Ambassador system that we all love.
However, we all know the reason we came here for: to learn how to create a successful online business for ourselves.
The question is are we employing a “fun” ranking system at what cost to creating a greater number of successful entrepreneurs coming from WA?
Given this premise, here are my 2 Big Questions:
- Can we do away with the current WA Ambassador ranking system and create a higher business success rate for WA entrepreneurs who are trying hard to start their own 1st time profitable online businesses?
- Can we eliminate the Ambassador system and yet still maintain a “pay-it-forward” culture?
I firmly believe the answer to both is “Yes.”
But what are the alternatives?
A Replacement for the WA Ambassador System?
Here are some alternatives I might suggest that could increase an even greater number of WA success stories and business productivity on a whole:
- Do away with a public virtual leaderboard that encourages time away from our businesses
- Replace the Ambassador system with incentive-based credits for offering help by “paying-it-forward” to the community
The key is to eliminate any such public ranking system (an Ambassador system) that creates a distraction from “real” work, which promotes competitive activity on the platform, and to a lesser extent gaming of the system.
What are your thoughts here?
Could any such replacement incentive-based system be put in place that would be superior to the Ambassador program to nurture greater “real” productivity and thus creating more WA Success Stories?
You be the judge!
Let me know what you think in the comment section below. .