Knowing how to communicate within The Open Education Project system can truly make the difference between educational success and failure. Knowing when and how to reach out for help, how to properly communicate with others, and how to maximize your networking potential within Wealthy Affiliate will help speed up learning efficiency.

I am going to discuss the different "communicative" aspects within WA and show you how to best use these.

Live Chat - Need help in real time? Live Chat allows you to interact with Carson and myself along with other members at Wealthy Affiliate in live manner, discussing pretty much any topic that you are interested in talking about. This is the first place you should go if you need help "NOW" as someone there will likely be in chat and have the knowledge to answer your questions. You will find the Live Chat within the main "Dashboard" here at WA.

Don't be afraid to ask questions or join in on conversations. Chances are if you have the question, someone else had it at some point and was able to figure it out. That is what the chat is there for, there is no such thing as a stupid question! It is all part of the learn process.

Profile Communication - Within many areas of Wealthy Affiliate, you can either click someone's image, their name, or "view profile" button (depending on where you are at) to view their profile. Once on a fellow members profile, you can communicate with this individual directly via the profile feed.

This is a great way to interact with people right within their profile in a personal and direct way. You can learn a lot about someone and their activities by visiting their profile, follow them, and get more information about the person via their bio.

If you want to leave a message, you simply use the comment box (as shown above) and leave a direct comment, message, question, etc. This is a great way to get in touch with someone personally, without having to send them a private message (which others cannot see and benefit from).

Follow People - This is not as obvious as some of the other ways in which you can communicate within the OEP system, however it is one of the most powerful. That is, FOLLOWING people that interest you, that you like, that help you, or that you find engaging.

The reason this is so powerful is because you have a "Personal Feed" within your Dashboard where you can see what the people you are following are doing. This includes there activities within WA, what they are blogging/writing about, the training they have created, the interactions they are having, etc.

Also, by following and networking with others, you will build up your following yourself. There are a few different ways to follow people..

  • Within their profile - There are many links to someones profile within the system, whether it be within a chat, within a blog post, within dashboard activity or a can visit someones profile from many places and "follow" them once you get to their profile.
  • Within training or blog posts they create - Within every training resource, you will see a member bio with a Follow button within it. If you like the training, I suggest you follow that particular member as they likely will have lots of awesome stuff to share in the future. To follow, you simply click the "Follow" button.

    Note that you will not see the Follow button with a member bio (inside of the training) if you are already following the creator of that particular content.

To see your following, you can go to your profile:

Interacting within Training - To understand something, you need to educate yourself in that particular area. Being active and engaging in the training within WA OEP will act as a very significant boost in your productivity, your knowledge base, and ultimately lead to much more efficiency within your business.

If you don't understand a particular topic, the first thing you should do is search within the training search bar to see if training is available. If something similar is available, you will want to read through it. As you are reading, if you have any questions on that particular training, you will want to leave it within the training.

Engage in Blog Posts/Stories - People have a lot to share and sometimes some of your best ideas will come from the most obscure content. I personally read blog posts daily and get a ton of insight and value out of just reading them, regardless of their nature. Sometimes someones story about how they are frustrated or how the just had the most exciting day will give me an idea or inspire me to create something.

Sometimes a blog post will help you resolve your existing issues. Sometimes you will see a blog post on a "news item" and it will allow you to engage and learn about a brand new topic related to Internet business. Follow people that write quality posts on their blog. Also, interact within people's blogs, it can lead to a much better network of friends along with some of the best ideas and education you will get!

Also, this includes your own blog posts. If you have an idea, topic or just a story of yours that you would like to get out there and discuss, create a blog post of your own. You want to learn more about a topic, a great way to get help is through a blog post that articulates it.

How to Contact Us (Kyle & Carson)

Need help with something and you feel as though you have reached your last resort? Have something that is a bit more private about your business that you would like to discuss with either Carson or myself? We are here to help!

First and foremost, if you are trying to get in touch with us with a question that can be discussed in an open medium, I would suggest you post it in a Live Chat. Carson and I frequent live chat and are in there hanging out and helping people on a daily basis. If you want to catch us, look there first.

If you cannot reach us there or you have something that you would like to discuss in Private, you can send Carson or myself a private message (PREMIUM Members Only). If you go to either one of our profiles, you will see the Private Message button (shown below).

To find us and other members, you can do a search from anywhere within WA using the search bar.


This will take you directly to our profiles.

Lastly, you can post your question or message on your profile feeds. We regularly check these as well and would be more than happy to help you out there. You will see the feed on our respective profile pages.

Be Active, Be Engaging, See Results

The best students in school are typically the ones that study the hardest. The MOST SUCCESSFUL ones are the ones that take action, engage regularly with others and get involved in discussions, ask questions when they need help, and teach others when they can.

The more you communicate within the Open Education Project and interact within the system, the more success you are going to see (in business and personally). Don't be afraid to ask for help...there really is no excuse for you to get stuck! We are here and there are 1,000's of other members with the knowledge you need that are willing to share it!

Many avenues of communication and relationship building are at your fingertips!

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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.
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,

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.
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!
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.

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?
DennisD1 Premium
Thank you
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
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!!!
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.
scorpwealth Premium
Thanks, makes sense.
Numerous Premium
Happy to help.
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 !!