Introducing the next evolution of Wealthy Affiliate...

Wealthy Affiliate - The Open Education Project!

First off, I want to explain what the Open Education Project (OEP) is and how it will impact you and how you can benefit from it.

Over the years we have been working towards a community of sharing and engagement. We have accomplished that in many senses, however our training has lacked for many reasons.

One, people that have very little incentive to share are unlikely to share. They are going to focus on improving their existing business, not offer training to others. Incentive comes in many forms, and with OEP you are going to get credited and rewarded for creating training.

We are a community, we are not two people!

As a community we all have something to offer, share, and contribute to help others. As a community, collectively we can learn independently at a much greater scale by contributing, interacting, creating, and networking as a group.

You are now going to have the ability to interact within other people's training, offer feedback and get help. Instant notifications and the delivery of new training via your friends and on a global scale is going to lead to much more efficient education, as well as in personal growth.

If you are not interested in creating training, that is fine. You are not required to. However, if you do create training you will have the ability to become a controlling factor within the Wealthy Affiliate system by earning ambassador status, which will we get into more detail later.

So, here we are! Wealthy Affiliate - The Open Education Project.

This is "iteration 1" of many and over the coming days, weeks, months and years, you are going to see OEP shape into the best education platform anywhere!

In this training, I am going to walk you through the MUST KNOW components of Wealthy Affiliate, OEP. This should help you acquire a solid understanding of how to use the system, interact within it, get support, make the best use of it, as well as earn revenue from it.

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marcus92 Premium
I found this training to be very well explained. Great job Kyle.
catlady13 Premium Top 100
Is there a forum? Or is this just dated and it doesn't exist anymore.
Labman Premium Top 100
WA used to have a forum instead of the Blog posting on your profile page.

This is an old dated post.
catlady13 Premium Top 100
Thanks Labman
Juneyo Premium Top 100
Regarding the no 9 rule, if we give external links to WP, GA or GWT help info, does that even consider as spamming?
The key point in Rule 9 is "required to go".

Sometimes an external link is useful to provide wider context or understanding, but the main objective of the post must be contained in the post without someone being "required to go" there in order to understand the post.
Juneyo Premium Top 100
Understood. Thanks for the clarification =)
DIAB Premium Top 200
Hi Kyle,
I would like to ask where can we post our site address if we need technical help with our website and someone is ready to help?
wreed Premium
so all blogs or post belong to w/a with the website whats the external website?whats the difference ?
I think what you're asking is related to domain ownership.

WA owns your SiteRubix websites.
If you own your own domain, you can take it with you, if you ever leave.
wreed Premium
i am referring to the rules for blogs in w/a. i can't use it on my website or the domain i'm sorry i am not understanding the rules clearly .thanks stay healthy wealthy and wise
wreed Premium
thanks i think i got this one. have a beauty full wonder full wondrous day
Okay, you're welcome!
The-Fran Premium
I've enjoyed a number of trainings created by members, including yours, Kyle. Even one nugget of new information, or a different perspective is worth the time spent to read all the way through.

I've created many tutorials—not here, yet. But it makes me appreciate the time, effort, dedication, and followup of contributors, to pass it on. Thank you!

Rubyparker Premium
This was quite enlightening. I enjoyed it.
GregAyers Premium
Nice WA affiliate program!!! With so much unemployment out there I know a lot of people are looking online to find financial relief,going to work on this after i get my first site ,you guys are Great!!
valhowell29 Premium
Love the idea of OEP. Seems like there are lots of great ways for people to earn money.
Nayro Premium
This is awesome!
Nayro Premium
I am looking at rule 6
Does it mean I cannot post a YouTube video on my site for visitors to learn from? Thanks
Most hosting sites won't allow posting videos - they burn bandwidth like a forest fire.

This is why all YouTube vids have a "share" link which enables you to embed the video in your web page while it remains hosted on YouTube.

YT vids are perfect teaching tools for your site, and there are thousands of them.
Nayro Premium
Thanks a lot. Does that mean I can use you tube videos
Using the "share" link, absolutely. My sites have dozens of them.
Nayro Premium
Thank you so much Chris. I feel more comfortable. I do look for the vides with high views and great comments. Is that what you do too? Thamks
I look for vids that project what I want to get across.
catlady13 Premium Top 100
Question: #3 says we can't copy and post our own blog material on our website. Do you mean on an external website? What if my blog is relevant to my niche? I'm not trying to question the rules, just clarifying. If I write something on my page that is content I could use on my niche website, can I use it there? I know not to copy and post blogs that tell about my experience here, that would be unethical and I would never do it. Just wondering about the other case of niche related blog. Thanks!!!
MHainsworth Premium Top 200
I think it refers to all blog material being original, so you (or WA) don't get affected by Google's duplicate content penalties.

You can blog here about anything relevant to marketing but you would have to change the content if you wanted to make a post to place on your own website about the same topic.
If it takes, say, 10 points to get onto Google page #1, and your blog gets 10 points, then your blog gets onto page #1.

If you copy the blog to another of your sites, then the 10 points will be shared between them. They will get 5 points each.

So NONE of your sites will get on page #1, and any site with 6 points will be ahead of BOTH of yours.
catlady13 Premium Top 100
Oh, I understand. That makes sense. I wasn't thinking of it in that way. Thank you!!!
p.s. I'm now following you!!! Makes me sound like a stalker, huh?
catlady13 Premium Top 100
thanks for the clarification!!!!
Nayro Premium
Thanks I have learnt something new here.
northpole Premium
Hi wonderful people her in WA,
I am a Pilipino, My country Philippines is composed of 7,200 islands. And those islands that have a story and beautiful places to see. I want to know the opinion of members here if I am allowed to post a blog, making story on how the inhabitant and culture of my countrymen is this site, WA?
JackTomon Premium
In my personal view, sure in you blog space under you profile, about you, your county. This is your space personal space. Thanks. Jack
jeffvelmonte Premium
kabayan :)
theresroth Premium Top 50
Northpole, I think your idea is just fine. You don't have to write the same way as in your profile, you would be providing valuable geographic or travel information. If each islend has a unique story, you will have loads and loads of content to show people!
If I were you, I'd go for it!
Best Wishes
Bannermarie Premium
I, and like many others, might have gone through the tutorials several years, or even months ago, which is likely that some people genuinely have forgotten the rules. People who have recently signed up have the fresh guides/rule in memory.

My point, regardless of the wrongs "rules" broken here at WA the tone of our feedback should be kept in check. I don't like the tone of some.

If someone makes you miserable, don't make them miserable back!

Hey, have you ever believed that you sure you were driving the speed limit only to realized in a split second you went from 60 to 70?

So many WA might have slipped up on some rules, however this is not the time to change the tone of who we truly are.

We can't be a great community because we always do the right things. WA will only be the great community we proclaimed not when things are done right only, but also how we handle the the ones who might have even done the wrong. Yes, the the tone in judgement should always be kept in check!

So be kind, always forgiving one another! Treat everyone here at WA the same way you would respond or react to Kyle & Carson.
truered Premium
I agree, we not only learn by being educated but we learn through our mistakes as well.
theresroth Premium Top 50
Excellent! This is how to make the whole thing work, even in the long run. Because we all occasionally have a bad day....
halinphilly Premium Top 200
I don't quite understand the part of #3 that says, "This includes copying your own blog content and putting it on your website"

If I write something in my WA blog deemed worthwhile for everyone, both inside and outside of WA, and can't use it on my own website, then you're asking me to choose who to share it with. So, if I choose to use it as content on my website, the WA community will miss out on some of my best essays and vice versa.

I completely get not using affiliate links or links to outside sites. But some content would be helpful without being spammy. And I'd prefer not to be told that my writing is exclusive. Why would you censor the good stuff?
vic62 Premium Top 200
Hi, it's not a question of censoring what you put on your WA Blogs. The reason you shouldn't copy (word for word) what you post on yur website and what you add to your blogs within WA is due to the fact that Google may look at it as though you have simply copied someone else's content, which in turn will not help your search engine rank. What you could do is to put the post on your website and perhaps write a blog on WA briefly stating what you have discussed in your post and if any member wishes to read the full post they can request a link from you.
pribs Premium Top 100
It's not a matter of censorship. It's a matter of damaging your website by recycling content. Google has a a very harsh bias against duplicate content, so the advice to not copy/paste things from your blog is less about exclusivity and more about keeping you successful as an internet marketer by not incurring a duplicate content penalty.
halinphilly Premium Top 200
Thank you Victoria ( and you too, Ian). Makes sense. I'll take your replies under advisement
vic62 Premium Top 200
You're welcome - glad to be of some help. Best wishes
Fashion17 Premium
Hi Hal,
That was a really good question, I learned from it; I was also trying to figure out "why", thanks!
Is there a tool somewhere, to "measure" what is likely to be deemed as "too similar"?

I ask because one of my projects (a personal development site) is about describing some core concepts and then possibly branching the application of them into different areas (niches if you will). E.g. people- and networking skills can be applied both in one's professional job or in one's social-/dating life.

I'm not sure if I wanted to mix it up on same site or not. But one idea has been to split it on several blogs, and structure the articles to have a core concept / summary that can be reused, and then a section with examples that apply towards the context of that blog / niche.

This would mean that half of a post would in that case be "duplicate" with one (maybe even more) other posts elsewhere (same domain or different domains) and half would be unique.
Unless I fiddle a bit with the wording and so on. But that can also be cumbersome esp. if updating the shared text (then it's no longer just a copy/paste to several places).
halinphilly Premium Top 200
Sounds like a lot of extra work. But the way I understand it, you may very well have to put in the time to keep from appearing to plagiarize content from another site - even YOUR OWN. It sucks, but over the years, hackers have been gaming the system so severely and so often, Google keeps changing their algorithms to keep up and even people who try to do the right thing end up getting penalized as colateral damage. They don't necessarily write you a letter to let warn you. You just search for yourself one day do find you're not appearing in the search results anywhere.
There are tools to check for plagiarism and duplicate content. Just search the question area right here at WA. I've recently looked into this myself because some of the replies on this page got me curious enough to look into it.
theresroth Premium Top 50
That about links to outside sites has me a bit worried.
In my niche, it is an important aspect to point people to sources that represent authority on the subject, and it would all be only on one page....
Does this fall into that category?
It doesn't sound to me that the content you link to would be closely similar. The references tend to be more elaborate than what is being included in your "story". Or...?
theresroth Premium Top 50
Yes, that's what I mean. They are charity organizations and I will be wanting affiliate activity with others selling such things as beds, walkers, and other help aids.
Is there a conflict if both are on my website although they don't have commerce together?
As far as I understood, the problem/topic here is that if there is a lot of identical text on several sites, Google can think it is someone placating or making junk sites just to twist SEO and ranking and so on.
It doesn't sound like you have a lot of duplicate text on yours vs. their sites.
theresroth Premium Top 50
Thanks for this feedback!
Actually my question does need to be asked on another blog or classroom because it deals with conflict of interest issues rather than duplicating of content.
Sorry for the mix-up!
AvertScams Premium
Try a free plagiarism checker on a website called 'small seo tools'. It will show you duplicate content and when you click on the flagged content, most of the time it will show you where the information was copied from. l hope this helps. You can also Google 'free plagiarism checkers'.
theresroth Premium Top 50
Thanks for this great info!
Nayro Premium
Thank you. Will check it out.
theresroth Premium Top 50
Thank you for this clarifying answer!