Lurn Review. The Good, The Bad And Better Alternatives?

As a whole, there’s an overwhelming amount of positive things to say about the Lurn website, but there are also a few cons I personally think are around and in this review, I want to give you both sides from an objective perspective.

And just as well I want to share an alternative to Lurn in this review as well that I honestly think offers more value for less, but we’ll get to all of that in a bit.

Here’s a video review of Lurn Nation (and everything you need to know):

Here’s more info on Wealthy Affiliate (more success stories and how it works).

If you’d like to know more, no problem! Here is the rest of the review:

Here is some basic info about Lurn:

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Who created Lurn?

Anik Singal.

How much does Lurn cost?

  1. The site is free.
  2. There’s many free courses and eBooks to get as well (known as Free Digital Entrepreneurship)
  3. But there are programs whose prices range from $7 to $1,000’s depending on the subject, the expert and the program’s value (known as Premium Digital Entrepreneurship/Marketing).

What is Lurn? It’s also known as Lurn Nation and Lurn Academy:

For the most part, its a website geared towards online business education. Specifically:

1) Lurn Nation/Academy features experts (or teachers) which create courses on the website and share the content in either free eBooks or content and/or more premium level courses and trainings. Some of these are known as the Lurn Bootcamp.

There are numerous experts in the Lurn program teaching what works for them in the online business world, in their respective fields, everything from: Email marketing, online course creation, eCommerce, Amazon selling, Pinterest success and a lot more.

2) Then people (students) interested in whatever subject of online business can browse the Lurn website, find the online business subject they want to learn, can opt in to read a free course eBook on the subject and choose then to upgrade to get more out of that or not.

My rating for Lurn: 3.2 out of 5 stars

Is Lurn a scam?

No. This platform isn’t for everyone, but it is legitimate and gives you the knowledge to create a business online.

Do I recommend it? Yes (but):

Although I do think Wealthy Affiliate is a much better choice like I mentioned above, Lurn has become a very valuable source of internet marketing education for people of all levels and I do believe this platform can provide you with the knowledge necessary to build a successful online business of your own.

The main issue though is that a lot of it’s main/premium training is highly expensive in my opinion, making it tough to get the best out of Lurn unless you pay a lot to do it.


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My history with Lurn explained:

Lurn was created by Anik Singal, and I have read numerous books of his (such as Inbox Inc, Commission Blueprint and more)and reviewed multiple programs he has released as well (the Email Startup Incubator program was the most recent).

Just as well, since Lurn is an area with experts other than Anik who provide great content on online business topics, I have also reviewed some of their programs too, the most recent program being Printable Profits, a good program on becoming a mugprenuer.

There are also other recent ones called Birthday Marketing Formula and Freelancing Genius, which are also good.

In truth, this is my second review and look at Lurn:

The first time I reviewed Lurn was here 2 years ago when it was still a fresh program.

Back then, I had more cons to list about it, but I still thought it was a good program and many of those cons I saw back then are no longer an issue and overall, the Lurn program has come a long way.

3 areas where Lurn has made improvements since the last time I reviewed it:

1) When Lurn first came out, I questioned some of their expert’s credibility.

Today, there are many more experts and quality courses available in Lurn. In short, their experts are legit to my knowledge.

2) When I reviewed Lurn for the first time, I felt Anik was pushing most of the other content on the site towards his programs.

Today, I feel like there’s much more balance and options for people to take one or more courses at Lurn, beyond just Anik’s programs.

3) Before, Lurn limited options for courses, and many of them were quite expensive.

Today, there are still expenses courses and programs there, but there are also a lot more choices, and a lot of free content has also been put on the Lurn platform allowing people to get a “taste” of the more Premium Digital Marketing programs Lurn has to offer.

Who is Lurn for?

  • Total beginners to online business would benefit from Lurn.
  • People who know some sort of online business, but want to learn new branches of it.
  • People seeking legitimate options to learn online business materials.
  • People who are ready to pay a lot of money to learn some of the Premium Lurn content.

Who is Lurn not for?

  • People who can’t really afford large sums of money for online business courses.
  • People who are confused on what kind of online business to start (Lurn has many choices, it might confuse people).

Other final questions addressed about Lurn:

Who created LURN?

Anik Singal created the Lurn program.

When was LURN founded?

Anik Singal founded Lurn in 2004.

Is Lurn a legit company?

Yes Lurn is a legitimate company and offers good programs to learn online business, but many of them are very expensive.

How much does it cost to join Lurn?

You can become a member of Lurn for free and even get a lot of content for free too, but the best courses in the program do cost anywhere from a few dollars to thousands.

Does LURN have an affiliate program?

Yes Lurn does have an affiliate program which pays decent commissions.

Conclusions on Lurn:

It has made a lot of improvements and being able to connect through this platform to real experts in online business who have tested what they teach in the real online business world can provide first time users entering this same world with the confidence to know they are following the right people to succeed in their journey through this world too.

But at the same time, I can say this same exact thing about Wealthy Affiliate too (and much more) which is why I actually recommend it more than Lurn.

Let me explain everything you need to know:

Wealthy Affiliate vs Lurn (5 areas where they are similar):

  1. Both Wealthy Affiliate and Lurn are a platform to learn the same material: Online business education.
  2. Both programs provide access to true experts in different fields of online business (including me).
  3. Both programs have a large amount of students (WA actually has over 2 million, Lurn has 400,000+).
  4. Both programs has a lot of free content you can explore before going into their paid services.
  5. Both programs consistently evolve and add more content/training to their platform (however, Wealthy Affiliate does it at a much faster pace).

6 areas where Wealthy Affiliate is superior to Lurn in my opinion:

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1) You potentially save much more money with WA vs Lurn. Here’s why:

With Wealthy Affiliate, you have 3 membership levels.

The lowest one, Starter is free to try (so you can test this yourself).

Then there’s Premium which is $49 a month. I happen to think this membership is more than enough for most people to build a successful online business with and it offers a TON of stuff.

But there is one more membership which is called Premium Plus. This level offers you access to everything WA provides, including it’s most premium content, courses, expert classes, training and tools. The cost of this membership is $99 a month at most (all included).

With Lurn, you have separate products, a mix of free and premium content, all with prices ranging in different fields, which can cost $1,000’s or more if you want to buy more than one course.

2) You can see Wealthy Affiliate’s best content for way less than what you’d pay in Lurn:

When it comes to free content, both programs offer a lot of stuff, but I’d say Wealthy Affiliate has more action based training. In Lurn, a lot of the free content I’ve seen is more about the general idea.

However, in my opinion, the Premium content in Wealthy Affiliate ($49/month) already exceeds what Lurn teaches as a whole.

But Premium Plus ($99 a month) is where you get access to the top expert’s training in WA, which is essentially what you’d get in Lurn (for much more if you pay program by program).

The point is that both Wealthy Affiliate and Lurn have experts and success stories in online marketing, but you get access to the top expert’s classes in WA for way less overall.

3) You get all the tools you need to build your online business with WA. With Lurn, you likely have to purchase that stuff separately:

Again, money savings play a big part here.

WA provides people with websites, hosting, security and other major tools an online business requires to operate. In Lurn, I do believe you may have to purchase that stuff outside the Lurn realm to operate it, and this can add extra costs to start up.

4) In WA, you get the best support out there, period.

I know that Lurn has a community and I know their support is good, but frankly, Wealthy Affiliate is better in every way in this realm. It provides people with access to live chat, a large community and 24-7 help so you can get expedited help anytime you need it.

5) Much more training in WA is available (1,000’s of lessons) vs Lurn (100’s):

Lurn has a lot of content to check out yes, but Wealthy Affiliate has been around longer and just has a lot more authority in the training it provides. There is beginner level training on succeeding at online business in this course made by some of the top experts in the business. I happen to be one of them.

6) Lurn may have a lot of choices on what type of online business to start. In Wealthy Affiliate, there’s a central course beginners can take:

It’s the build your online business in your niche course (called Online Entrepreneur Certification) and you can start there.

It also builds on top of that course and adds in more layers such as YouTube, pay per click ads, social media marketing and much more, many things which Lurn does teach too, but the sequence in WA makes it more comfortable for beginners in my opinion.

Bottom line: I like Lurn, but Wealthy Affiliate just has more, for less.

It’s not just because I’ve been there for a long time and that I have gotten results, but because I’ve had more than several cases of seeing what else is out there and while Lurn certainly is in a top tier position, especially with it’s recent evolution, Wealthy Affiliate has also been evolving and at a much faster pace, putting itself ahead of Lurn and any other program out there.

My biased opinion is that for online business, Lurn is good, but Wealthy Affiliate is the best and you can learn more here to test this out if you don’t believe me.

12 thoughts on “Lurn Review. The Good, The Bad And Better Alternatives?”

  1. Thank you for sharing your review on Lurn, Vitaliy!

    I have heard of this program before and I’ve known of Anik Singal for years now. He’s truly one of the best in this industry at what he does, but I do agree with you that Wealthy Affiliate is a better education platform. I haven’t bought the course, but for the price, I’ve seen many programs range in the high numbers, but don’t provide the same amount of value from something you could just find on youtube. But otherwise, thanks for sharing in depth!

    • Yeah Anik is highly successful, but I have found many of his teachings to be very expensive. I generally have favorable views on Lurn and him overall, but pricing is a major thing to consider in all of this and Lurn’s courses can get very expensive for people.

  2. Hi there, This is the first time I come across the Lurn platform and the business education courses they offer. You mention that Lurn has made improvements to the credibility of their experts, but is there a way in which you can check that for a specific course? 

    I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for just over 2 years, and learning is ongoing. So it is interesting to see the comparison between Wealthy Affiliate and Lurn. It has proved to me that Wealthy Affiliate is the best platform on which to learn and earn. 

    • Hi Line, yes there is. You can individually do research on whatever Lurn product you are interested in and find an unbiased review. That is not always easy, but you can try to look up complaints, cons and see what the negative reviews are saying in comparison to the positive ones.

      I’ve done a few Lurn product reviews on this website, including:

      Email Startup Incubator.

      Printable Profits.

      I’ve also done reviews on the free eBooks they give out and there’s some pretty good ones. Still my opinion is that in Wealthy Affiliate, you get a far better deal and way more training.

  3. Thanks for a good in-depth review about Lurn. I had never heard of them before and for me, it sounds a bit expensive. 

    As a newcomer to the affiliate marketing world, I did join Wealthy Affiliate and can’t be happier. I joined about 8-9 months ago and spent the first 2-3 months looking at what they had to offer. 

    I was blown away by the depth and detail of the training and support of the community. So I took the plunge and went as a premium member. Now 6 months in and just starting to get results. It came in a different way than I expected, but all due to my work with WA. 

    If anyone is reading my comment, I wholeheartedly agree that WA is second to none. It does take effort and hours but so does any business.


    • Yeah any online business takes work and time Steve but WA is one of those programs where you’d learn that from correctly. I do like Lurn, but some of their stuff is a bit too hyped in the marketing department in my opinion.

  4. Hi Vitaliy,

    Thank you, for providing the detailed review on Lurn. I don’t know Wealthy Affiliate, although the name sounds familiar.

    I am looking at the Printable Profits program by Dave Kettner. Have you done this course, or know anyone that has had success with it? I do like the model it’s based on and can see the potential to expand it, but would like to know more.

    1. Do you recommend Printable Profits on Lurn?

    2. Is there anything course like this on Wealthy Affiliates?


    • Hi Adrian, I have reviewed Printable Profits. I think it’s a legitimate program and can work for you, but there are also other mug related business programs you may want to consider like Low Hanging System by Rachel Rofe. She runs a similar business.

      In any case, I have personally not created an online business the way Printable Profits teaches, but I do have a lot of other experiences with what Lurn teaches overall. I personally think you can get more out of Wealthy Affiliate (it doesn’t teach stuff related to mugs like Printable Profits, but it does teach a lot of other stuff you may find interesting like blogging, local marketing and much more).

      Either way, see my review of Printable Profits here for details and it’ll help you decide if the program is for you.

      • Hi Vitaliy,

        Thanks for this. I read your review and take a closer look.

        Do you think I can utilize what I learn with Wealthy Affiliate to grow the Printable Profits business?

        I signed up for the free trial for Wealthy Affiliates using your link earlier today, so just about starting to go through the free content now and will upgrade afterwards.

        Its so refreshing to have your comments answered, let alone so quickly, as you have.

        So many people with a comments facility on their website do not even respond.

        • Hi Adrian, glad you joined! So to answer your question, the main WA training is not really applicable to what Printable Profits teaches. Here’s how this works:

          Printable Profits teaches you to sell mugs within Amazon and Etsy and it’s all done through third party sites where you make the mugs.

          Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to make money with networks like Amazon, but through being an affiliate in selling their products for a commission. You also learn to build your own site/blog with Wealthy Affiliate that is your business.

          I personally like this more than the mug idea, but you should choose what you’re more comfortable with. Keep in mind that ANY good online business takes time and hard work to achieve results with.

  5. Vitaliy, I just watched your video from Lurn last evening and they are $1500 up front. But I had till now nothing to compare it to, thus I’m glad I found your video. I have a couple of questions:

    1– Lurn advocates NO website. WA does? Help me understand as Lurn indicated it’s all about email conversion that is much higher for email then websites.

    2– What’s in it for you or WA?

    Please shed some light on this. Now you have my email. I don’t exactly know enough and don’t want to be bombarded with email offers. If I make a go at it, I will provide the work equity to make it happen



    • Hi Randy, so here are the answers to your 2 questions:

      1) The Lurn program you’ve talking about (based on what you said) sounds like Email Startup Incubator, which is one of the many programs in Lurn. With that program, you would need a website and a single page on it to set up an opt in to collect people’s emails, so yes you do need a website. While it sounds easy to use, it really does take a lot of skill and practice and people like Anik are experts at this. Beginners in my opinion might find this method to be hard to master “quickly”, which is why I don’t recommend it for them.

      Wealthy Affiliate’s approach to business is a little bit different and much more beginner oriented in my opinion because you will set up a website on a topic you really like, and then drive free traffic to it by blogging about it (in a way that gets you the right visitors). Then you can sell people stuff on your website. Later on, you can also use this exact same formula to collect emails, but WA will teach you either option and give you more open ended options overall.

      2) I promote WA obviously, and I do get compensated if you upgrade your membership. However, like I said in the review above, you can join it for free (I get nothing for that), and you can decide if it’s for you, and honestly, I would recommend you at least try that. Click on any of the Wealthy Affiliate links above, and join the program there to get me as your coach (no extra cost).

      Try the program, see if the education vibes with you and you can also talk to me in that program too if you have questions.

      Also, I didn’t collect your email, I don’t even do that on this page, so your email is confidential and won’t be shared with anyone and you won’t be getting spam emails from me either (I don’t do that crap).

      As for Wealthy Affiliate, if you do join, they will ask your email and you will get some offers here and there, BUT overall, you’re also going to get access to valuable free content too and the good news is that if you want, you can choose to opt out of receiving the emails, but stay in WA as well.

      Let me know if I’ve answered all your questions and if you have any further ones.


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