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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Tbarlow1 Premium
I finally got to go through all of this explaining the rules of WA. Stil a little confused on what is considered ok to include in your emails, website, posts, in the way of if they are WA links, affiliate links, and outside links....??? I have no idea what a backlink is yet. Some of this confuses me, but this information was great and taught me quite a bit. Lots of info, and specifics. I feel I know how to navigate around the WA system, and I now know where everything is located, and where to find what I need.

Thanks so much!!
Tracy
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mrronnie Premium
Yeah it can be super confusing in the start - but hang in there and follow the training and it will all start making sense ;)

Backlink = an incoming link from an external website to your site ;)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Wow, I have been here a year and have never seen this. I'm confused with number 9. Do not post content where your readers are required to go to an external website to "read more". All of the content must be self-contained within the post itself.
I see posts every day here with links to others sites. They are not referral links to join another program but they are links to other sites. Most of the post will write something like "for further information" with a link next to it or to learn more about Amazons rules click here. Is this considered spam?
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SuzetteH Premium
I was confused about this rule as well. Here is how Marion explained it to me in a PM. I hope this clarifies things up for you. I know it helped me.

The issue with external links are the ones that say something like "I've written a post on my website, go have a look" and put the link to their site or a YouTube video. If their original post is not complete in itself without the link then it's going against the rules.

I often link to external sources. Sometimes it's because I've written something in a way that everyone can understand and link back to the original techie article for my fellow geeks (I'm a geek too). Here's a recent example
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MozMary Premium
Kyle, I just saw this and find it is very confusing as this post suggests blogs can be absolutely any whim whereas the spam rules say don't waste your niche content on here, and even superaffiliates talk about it like it isn't for every whim - whims definitely need filtered off because some of us didn't come here for that, whereas some did

- that said, some of the personal stuff appearing is embarassing....someone's blog on friendship get 92 immediate comments and sits top of the leaderboard whereas someone's 'first $100 day' gets 11 likes in 24 hours and is lost among the hugs and emotional meltdowns

the spam is a no no and this post imo conflict
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Pamela111 Premium
What an awesome opportunity! I have followed Pot Pie Girl for years. She is one of the main reasons I am here. I hopped around so much on the web before I signed up looking at peoples reviews, I just hope she gets the commission. Speaking of, does anyone about how long the affiliate cookie lasts? I guess I could look that up. Thanks!
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Abundanze Premium
Sounds fair enough, in short, this is a forum for talking WA, nothing else. More like our closed doors think tank about WA. Besides, the external websites have unlimited coverage. I am working on my blog about my experiences, I hope to start a discussion and learn from my high ranking seniors.
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AdrianaC1 Premium
Very hard to understand what I can not to do. Looks like everything is wrong. I am a true person and I hope to do right things. About religious post I am Christian and my talk is Christian talk it is who I am. I will not ask sorry for being who I am.
The tutorial is great and I hope to understand it more because right now I don't understand much.
Thank you.
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LunaVC Premium
Hi AdrianaC1,
Just take the time to view the videos. You have them at your convenient so you can always go back and look at them. We have all been where you are and we have learned.

It looks quite strange not but that will pass. I wish you all the best going forward.
Many Blessings!
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des1963 Premium
I had a situation yesterday in chat where someone asked for info on GIM so I googled it and sent a reply that it stands for Generating Income Machine and added from what I was reading it was a scam--provided an excerpt and I think, a link to the information--Was that an error? If so I apologize I initially thought it was for research
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Barryw1 Premium
It you place a link some where in the spirit of helping someone else with no chance to better yourself I think you are fine.
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des1963 Premium
Thank you for the feedback as I wasn't promoting anything so I wasn't sure
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Barryw1 Premium
Don't be nervous about helping people. In my experience honest mistakes are readily forgiven by the people that run this joint.

They also have an honest desire to help others.
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des1963 Premium
Thanks again that's nice to know--it's just my nature to try and help if I can--I'm still learning how to do things here like blog--never did it before here--and I'm also playing around with twitter. Thank you so much for the feedback--it's greatly appreciated!!
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lumfan Premium
Do I get this right, if I post a link to google maps on my niche website to see more detailed, I do something wrong? Or I send visitors to Wikipedia to read more info about something I write about in my niche is not allowed?
And I understand my private messages are not really private? You read them?
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CJDodaro Premium
You can certainly do that, but sending someone away from your website, runs the risk that they may not be back. You would be better off creating another post to provide the information within your own site, or offer that information in your current post.
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Labman Premium
You would only use Google Maps for a local brick and mortar business.

External links such as Wikipedia (high authority) will help your site to rank better but may cause people to leave your site. Make sure to open the link in a new window so that people have a way back to your site.

Private messages are only between the two people involved in the messages.
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botipton Premium
If you do what you mentioned that is okay. You are trying to help someone and not trying to make a sale.

You send someone where with the purpose of selling them something or getting them to signup to something that is not okay.
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pamelarose Premium
Hi ! I tried so hard yesterday to understand my 2ND lesson and even watched it over and over. Today I am going to watch it again, I am determined to learn now that I have finally found a teaching , step by step boot camp. Not a run around scam. Thank you guys!
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EricWinslow Premium
There is a lot to learn but I am finding it deeply rewarding it is a skill you can use your whole life after I learn everything I am going to design websites for people.
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EricWinslow Premium
I always wanted to go to school for this now this is my school.
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AfqmBiz Premium
Damn, I knew it and still knew it! Knew that a Great Leader as humbled and success as Kyle, still existed!

I made the right decision on taking the promotional offer on becoming yearly paid Premium Members! How the last few hours of holding my nerve for resources and made it at the 11th hours still one of the best moment and decision I've ever made!

The prospect to be selected and on the plane to Vegas meeting all top brass relaxing ur way and to be involved in business overview could only one of the best life turnaround so far in my whole 36 years of existence! Terrific and terrific and terrific!

But if it is not me one of the huge parties there, at least we did some effort that better than nothing. I will still feel the blessed of those Members that could make the trip. At the end of the day, being just here on W.A platform is already something blessing.

All the best folks!
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pamelarose Premium
I am excited to be included in such a group of willing participants to help teach people the steps of website affiliates. I have been through a lot of run around of learning nothing and paying for getting help I didn't get. So I am feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time.
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xanfo Premium
Wow! This is my first time coming across this spam stuff. I seriously never knew of this rules even though I know there are rules in every serious like WA in other to bring sanity to their platforms.
I hope this will be available to the new members for the to know before hand before they flout the rules unknowingly.
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It-Is-John Premium
This was very helpful Kyle. It caused me to consider and revise a recent Press Release related post in which I included external links to one of my websites. It may not have violated any of the above rules, exactly, but I think we need to be mindful of the spirit and valuable purpose for which the spam rules exist.

To your success Wealthy Affiliates!
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CraigW315 Premium
I'd like some clarification on a few points in this list:

7) No adding affiliate links to any blog, training, discussion or private message

I may be misunderstanding this, but if I make a blog about things that people should avoid doing and I link to this page, am I breaking this rule? It sounds that way. Further, some of the training here specifically mentions linking to pages here at WA in order to make use of the thousands of posts and the training that is available here, but this list seems to say we shouldn't do that.


16) No signatures at the end of your posts (posting your website URL, image, etc)

This one confuses me, as I see a number of members with signatures, including some ambassadors...
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Labman Premium
Yup, those people that are using signatures are definitely in violation of rule 16.

You can link in from your wordpress blog but trying to get WA members to click onto your site to promote your products is frowned upon. We are here to learn not to promote to the membership.

Pulling in new people from outside WA is encouraged.
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CraigW315 Premium
I'd never try to sell to people here. I was just a bit confused as it seemed to imply that we couldn't use links on our sites, which I thought was the whole point of the Affiliate button on each page here.
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WACONSULTANT Premium
Thank you for asking that last question Craig,
I questioned if writing first name only is considered a signature.?
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CraigW315 Premium
I don't believe so, but to be perfectly honest, I am still not 100% clear on what is permitted. :(
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BCarlos1 Premium
This is my first time involving in an online business and I know its not an easy to become an Internet Marketer,specially when you dont have any background in it.But i believe through the training session that I need to watch and learn my desires to become a sucessful Intrepreneurwill become a reality with the the help of every one here in our community ...more power and God bless us all.......
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CMayers1 Premium
Every one that said that this is a good thing, is telling the whole truth. I'm trying my best to get started by taking all the lessons I can through Affiliate Boot camp. I want to get my Web site up and running so badly that I don't know what to do!!! I'm not very Computer Savvy as one will say, so guys I think I'm going to need some assistance along the way, However this is to let you know that all that can be of assistance will be welcome to give it to me.
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RoriO Premium
C, I wasn't computer savvy when I started here in September, and altho I'm much better, it will be a long time before I can say I'm savvy. I, too, was in a big hurry to get things set up, and often didn't know what was the next priority. I hope this addresses your "don't know what to do" dilemma, with which I am familiar.

I came to find that Patience is the name of the game. You can only figure out one thing at a time, which makes you uncover all kinds of related things you need to do. That was putting me into overwhelm. I had notes and lists all over the place!

I came to a point where I had to review and combine all my lists. Then I started picking it off based on what made sense to do next. One thing led to another and it was like reverse engineering. Suddenly, I had cleaned up a bunch of long-standing as well as new issues.

Chances are, you'll get stuck at times. For me, things are finally starting to gel and get smoother. I attribute it to developing my patience alongside developing my website.

Just ask your questions at the top of any WA page and a drop-down menu will help you find an answer if your topic has been answered. If it hasn't, then type your question and description phrase into the fields that come up at the bottom of the page. And if Open Ed doesn't help you, click on the blue Site Rubix button on the left, click on Support, and they will help you out.

Sometimes I head for Google with my question before I ask Support.

Best wishes for good results,

Rori
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CMayers1 Premium
Thanks a million Rori. I do think that you are absolutely correct!! I have notes everywhere as well and sometimes don 't know where to start reading them.I was trying to get things up and running before I end up paying out more than I earn in a couple of months. You know I've been had so many times that I feel like I have to hurry and see if this is really true.
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RoriO Premium
Me too!!! I have spent down my savings thinking I found the real deal! Too bad we wasted so much time and money on scammers.

WA is definitely the real deal. We are just beginning our watch of each other garnering great success!
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DennisD1 Premium
I am certainly not a "Post Police" but I would like clarification on the following rules.

#3. I thought that was the whole purpose. Get our posts and blogs "out there".

#9. This seems to be a fairly common practice. I thought that was how I get around plagiarism, giving credit of authorship to the original creator.



#3. Do not copy content from WA and post it somewhere else on the Internet. This includes copying your own blog content and putting it on your website.

#9. Do not post content where your readers are required to go to an external website to "read more". All of the content must be self contained within the post itself.

Thanks
DennisD
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Numerous Premium
I'm not an official representative of WA. Just a community member like you, but I'll see if I can answer your questions.

#3 Your blog here on WA and the content on your site are two different things. Your blog here on WA is for sharing with the community. Your blog on your site is for building your business. Not copying content between the two actually protects both you and WA, because doing so would cause a duplicate content penalty, and would probably hurt you more than WA unless everyone started doing it.

#9 OK you got me. I want to say that there was some clarification on this at some point, but I can't remember where so I can't refer you to it. As far as I know what you're asking is allowed. I believe what is actually being referenced there is posting a teaser on your blog here on WA and then linking to a full post on your site. If I'm wrong about this hopefully someone will come by and correct me.

Does that help any?
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DennisD1 Premium
Thank you
Dennis
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Bibian2 Premium
I had the mistakes you are talking about, but my honourable community is friendly and I was being resuscitated. I am like waking from sleep step by step. So I tell you wealthy affiliate is an honest site where you have to work before you eat. Just like our manager Kyle adviced us. Though we are here to make money but we have to go about it step by step. Following the lessons, ask questions and join charts with the community. As it is said that knowledge is power. So be well informed you will be successful. If you are stuck do ask questions to the community or even to me I will answer to this the best of My knowledge. Good luck
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scorpwealth Premium
Good morning Kyle, or at least it is here in Montreal Eastern Standard Time. I'm not stirring up any trouble here but I am simply asking for further clarification. I joined WA because as you can see I'm totally lost with the online world and it will soon be a year that I've joined. Having said that I have not done much and no excuses its due to my very busy life work schedule ( which I understand I don't need to explain to anyone, but I like to elaborate some times) My concern is this. I'm slowly diving in taking the courses and picking up on many external subjects also and I find that if someone honest and smart working like myself is trying things out and possibly makes a mistake I'm basically dead. What I mean is ( and I'm not acting dumb, I'm very serious) if I blog or write something here in our community then I cannot even put that on my own website if I'm understanding correctly. Now take a newbie like myself for example and I'm very serious if I honestly make a mistake or cross some guideline I'm penalized and deleted, is that correct? I know you must get some smart manipulators in here at times, but if someone seriously like myself makes a mistake or has some oversight were punished. Isn't that the whole purpose of why I joined? Please I'm only asking, I'm not complaining or creating drama, I'm truly and genuinely concerned because I do care. I'll give you an example and I don't want to get anyone into trouble here, but over the holidays I was invited to take a look at an opportunity because this person saw I had experience in the financial services sector, now I declined but truly what is wrong with someone letting us know whats out there? I guess what I'm getting at is we obviously need rules just like we need them in life but can it not be so confusing. Take someone like myself who is no where near your caliber ( I mean I barely understand spamming, Seriously) I would like to know that once I'm up and running I can I use all my knowledge and transfer it to my blogs, websites etc etc etc. I thank you for reading this and your response would be deeply appreciated. Again for the last time I'll say this, I have no malicious intent I'm just truly overwhelmed and scared about what and what not to do. I really intend to build a nice business out of this and my niche is something I struggle with because I have several talents so I want to focus and target in on one not several. Have yourself a great day and I'll wait for your response. Have a great day and a fantastic year ahead. Cheers!!!
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Numerous Premium
So I'm sure Kyle will get to giving you an official answer, but until then here's my unofficial answer. :)

I actually had a similar response when I first got here and I've actually been doing IM for years. If you scroll down a little bit you'll see my on comment on it. For the most part what I've seen is if you make an honest mistake, someone will correct you and as long as you fix it it's not a big deal.

As far as the reposting content to your site though, that's actually to protect you and WA. WA gets indexed by Google. The consequence of this is that if you post something here and on your own site, you'll get flagged for duplicate content. So you really don't want to do this.
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scorpwealth Premium
Thanks, makes sense.
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Numerous Premium
Happy to help.
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mlvnjk Premium
'Ok", great Kyle...trained by Professionals to
be Professionals...nothing wrong with that
my friend !!
I was hired by a company one time who told me that
what ever experience I had from working with other businesses,
they didn`t want to hear about it !!
They said that they were going to teach me in their own way,
that I would be trained by professionals, to be a professional !!
And that they did, with all my focus on their business. Just taught
I would drop that by you.
Let us not bring any outside luggage into WA.
You are all doing such a great job !!
Bravo !!
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RoriO Premium
Hi, in the first lesson, Page 1 of "Wealthy Affiliate -- The Open Education Project," Kyle talks about
The Dashboard - Global, Personal Feed, Notification
However, I find this perplexing because his images don't show those; ergo, I am not sure what he's talking about. Help, please?

Page 2, my Dashboard looks nothing like portrayed. Mine looks like this
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Numerous Premium
If you click on Activity Dashboard, That is where the Dashboard is now. The site has been redesigned, but everything is still there.
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RoriO Premium
Okay, I'll assume things have different names, different look. I assumed since it was updated Dec 4 it would look the same.
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Numerous Premium
I think that date is actually for all eight pages, and I know one of the other ones was just updated. If you're looking for something in particular that you can't find just ask.
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RoriO Premium
So if Global Feed is now the Globe, Personal Feed now the Envelope for Private Messages, Is Global Feed just another name for Notifications?
Thanks!
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Numerous Premium
If you go to the Activity Dashboard and then go to the Activity tab, there are settings to customize your feed. You can set it to Everyone which would be the global feed or Friends which would be the personal feed.

To the left of that are settings to pick which items come up, All, Unanswered questions, success, etc.
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RoriO Premium
Just trying to use WA optimally.
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Kismet12 Premium
Is this the reason when I was having so much trouble with my website, no one would help me was because it would be promoting WordPress? That's just crazy, most of us start out here knowing nothing and if no one can help with problems on our themes, I can see a lot of people walking away.
I have extensive knowledge of web design, but these weren't my designs, so I felt helpless because I didn't know how to make the darn thing work, but because of my background I kept with it, but it came close to where I didn't.
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Barryw1 Premium
Kismet,

WA members are available to help you in any area you need help.

Wordpress or otherwise. However when it's a matter of personal preference only the individual can decide that.
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ChrisGooden Premium
Plenty of people here willing and able to help. I don't recall seeing your query. What was it?
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Numerous Premium
So a couple of questions, and I'm not trying to be nit picky, but I spend a ridiculous amount of time around lawyers and dealing with legal documents. I've kind of developed a need for precise language, and those rules seem to be more representing a spirit of the intent than a literal intent.

Rule 18, what's considered a product? Taken literally with the emphasis on "ANY", I would consider this a really broad term, but in the maybe three hours I've been here I've seen posts about YouTube, specific video software, and a whole classroom dedicated to Wordpress. To me these are all products. So is the key in the word "promoting"? But when combined with rules 5 and 6, it seems like saying anything good about any product is promotion of that product.

So for example Wordpress seems to be the CMS of choice. Any training on a plugin is out? I do web design for a living. All my clients use WP, and one of them got hacked. It was a mess to clean up, and I think WP security is one of the most important things that people ignore with WP and I would be happy to do training on it. I use one specific plugin though. I'm not saying you can't use others, this is just the one I use, and there are certain things you either need a plugin to do or you need to know how to code. So is the line a general blog post saying here's what you need to do, but you'll have to figure it out for yourself? Because than we come to my next question and it seems like I can't even say, "and here's where yo go to figure it out."

Rules 2 and 9 seem to be contradictory. You can't copy anything in and you can't reference anything outside. 9 says "required to go to an external website" though. So the spirit seems to be don't gratuitously be linking to outside resources, but assuming you give a thorough answer is it OK to add a reference to an outside resource for more information if desired? I tend not to expect people to accept my word for things and prefer to send them to the source so they can decide for themselves, so I want to know if I should really not be doing that.

I guess my problem is I have 20 years of programming and marketing experience, and I came here because I was looking for a community to share some of that with. I was kind of skeptical about coming here for my own reasons, but I got pulled in by the Black Friday Deal and decided to give it try. At first I thought it was going to be way better than I hoped. But after reading this I feel like I'm going to be walking on egg shells not to say the wrong thing anywhere.
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Labman Premium
So, if I recall correctly, rule 18 is referring to promoting products to other members of WA. We are a community where people are learning. Selling to the membership isn't allowed. That is what your website is for.

You can certainly provide training to help other members understand a particular product. Just don't use your affiliate link to sell to them.

If it is a helpful reference and you are not getting compensated for sending people there, then you can include external references.

Hope this helps clarify.
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ChrisGooden Premium
WA is an education resource. A school. A college.

We are all here to learn, from WA and from each other.

WA is not a flea market for peddling stuff to classmates. If you read the rules in that context you will understand them correctly. They do not apply to the websites that you create and market to the outside world.
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Numerous Premium
So didn't realize when I posted that I was posting to 8 different things and not just the Spam is a No No post. Sorry about that. Direct link for reference.
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Numerous Premium
Chris and Labman, thanks for your answers. I'll keep those in mind and those do seem like a good way to look at it, but if you read the rules from a completely new person's perspective that's really not how they read.

However, based on conversations I've had elsewhere your perspective may be too lax, because I definitely could see how people would use that as a way to "sneak" things in. It kind of goes back to what I said about the spirit vs the letter.
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Rion Premium
I wonder why posts sometimes get removed?
I clicked the link, and here's what it says:
×Oops! The blog that you are looking for does not exist.
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ChrisGooden Premium
Hopefully @Onmyownterms will give his own response soon. Or you could PM him and ask.

I once had a post "blacklisted" 'cos it referenced something that WA would rather keep at a good distance, and rightly so. It got straightened out with a few PM's.
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Numerous Premium
Thanks. I updated my comment. Mel took it down on his own. He didn't like his tone in it.
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Numerous Premium
I've talked to Mel about it. Unless he says something different, I'm pretty positive he took it down on his own, and since Kyle basically commented in support of what he said I don't know of any reason to believe differently.
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seconds2work Premium
You can count me in on The Open Education Project. I'm for teaching others what I've learned here at WA. I'm glad I found this information.

I was just saying the other day how I wish I had someone to push me, give me so feedback that will help me help my business and all along I had a system that I was not using.

I'm learning a lot here at WA, but I think I'm lacking some social skills. The Open Education Project looks like it may be something that may help me readjust my comfort zone.

Thank you again Kyle
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Lindadz89 Premium
I still don't understand why I had t ok remover my link from my blog here on WA? There is nothing on this list that applies to it. It wasn't selling anything simply sharing work thus far as Course 2-Lesson 10 suggests? Please explain further, My blog is on my profile if you read it, there is nothing in it that pertains to any Spam, I removed the link, but feel that there was no wrong downing? Please explain further. Because sharing my websitr link neither takes away from nor adds too my blog content. So it's not a big deal. Just need some clarification because it appears to be unjust.
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LouisaB Premium
I am so glad to read this post by Kyle. I am 4 months new and had no idea what spam consist of. So I am to keep a bookmark on this lesson and watch what I comment about and what I post on my site. Now I have learn a great lesson. So now I must review my sites and see if they are in compliance with WA rules.
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theresroth Premium
It's good to occasionally read this tutorial again!

It can be easy to get sidetracked about certain endeavors that are unrelated to what WA is all about, and it's great to be able to access this reminder when we are not sure if something's ok or not.

Thanks again, Kyle!
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MOHUNLALL Premium
I have just joined the PREMIUM member. I got a hint of the benefits. I will encouraged every body to join. I see that there are a lots of items to read and grasp. But I am not discouraged. I want to see how far can I go to get some money. Every thing is done for money. Please, don't accuse me of being greedy. If I get money , I can fund for my future payment. This must be understood by every one. At last I must wish GOOD LUCK to every member of the WA, including myself. Thanks for reading my blog and sending some kind of encouragement and help to me personally..
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CateR Premium
Well done!
And we'll never call you greedy - just lucky.
:-))
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ruthrobinson Premium
you are here like the rest of us who desire to earn from home without the pressure of a boss or time clock. Of course you want to make money SO do we. There are many successful people here doing it already. No one here will call you greedy just smart. Best of success to you! Ruth
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thezoulster Premium
Thanks Kyle for laying down all the rules and regs to all of us in the WA community. After what I have read, I am confident that this is a true and legit online business that will help you and not hurt you. Spam free is definitely the way to go.
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Lilika84 Premium
Thanks :)
I'm only a bit confused since I don't have idea for half of those things what are they.
I guess I will learn by the time. I hope not by making mistake.

However what will happen if I do some of those but as a mistake? Until I learn everything, it could happen :(
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SuzetteH Premium
We will help you along the way. Just ask if there is something you are not sure about but try to be as specific as possible.
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Lilika84 Premium
Ok that sounds good.
Thanks :)
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PaddyWang Premium
Good to know these rules. I love to follow rules in my real life too. I need your help to understand rule #7 - No adding affiliate links to any blog, training, discussion or private message. Why? If so how can I introduce WA to my friends or my audiences? Please advise.
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upsgirl Premium
You cannot insert any urls or promote products HERE. Just don't ask any WA associates to purchase and/or read any other materials, in hopes of generating sales.
Make sense?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Inside Wealthy Affiliate it's a no so that we can keep the community spam free and high quality. You can add WA affiliate links to the blogs you create outside of Wealthy Affiliate like on your Site Rubix powered website where your real audience is.
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PaddyWang Premium
Thanks Jay now I got it
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ruthrobinson Premium
Kyle, Thank you so much. I thought many times I was not able to be a trainer but when I read this it dawned on me...People need training on how to be an Encourager! Lots of people just don't know how. I can teach them. For some it seems as hard as it is for me to remember all the points about web building which is why I have to go over and over again the information. BUT...encouraging words flow so easy out of me and touching people is really easy too when you know how. So I think for the first time I - Ruth - the one who is learning how to build sites is going to teach people how to build up people! Yeah - I got it. Like you said -everyone has something to contribute and if I can do it Anyone CAN! Thanks again for developing the best site in the WORLD!
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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?
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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
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jeffvelmonte Premium
kabayan :)
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theresroth Premium
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
Therese
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That gives me idea about my most beautiful island Jamaica, thanks whole lots.
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halinphilly Premium
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?
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vic62 Premium
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.
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pribs Premium
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.
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halinphilly Premium
Thank you Victoria ( and you too, Ian). Makes sense. I'll take your replies under advisement
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vic62 Premium
You're welcome - glad to be of some help. Best wishes
Victoria
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Fashion17 Premium
Hi Hal,
That was a really good question, I learned from it; I was also trying to figure out "why", thanks!
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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).
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halinphilly Premium
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.
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theresroth Premium
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?
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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...?
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theresroth Premium
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?
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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.
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theresroth Premium
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!
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onlinegeek 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'.
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theresroth Premium
Thanks for this great info!
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Nayro Premium
Thank you. Will check it out.
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theresroth Premium
Thank you for this clarifying answer!
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AllanC Premium
Like Halinphilly, and I feel sure many others as well, that was the exact impression I took away from #3: Censorship.
There was no sense of there being a benefit to us by not copying due to Google's treatment of duplicate content.
So might I suggest the rule be amended by giving the "WHY" re Google's metrics. This would dramatically change the tone and put members more at ease. Thank you.
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