There are several components of the training at Wealthy Affiliate and I am going to explain these in detail. It is important that you understand where to go when you need training, how to find training, how to get help when you need it, and the components of social engagement.

Anyone can create training and it is incentivized. Meaning, yes, you will get paid for your training and there will be huge opportunity within the Open Education Project system.

The Search Box Explained

You can now find anything with a quick search using the latest search technology within Wealthy Affiliate. There are a vast number of training modules within Wealthy Affiliate, including videos, training, and courses that are easily accessible the Open Education Training platform.
Finding training on topics that of interest to you is easy. Simply enter what you are looking for in the search bar and it will search our training database live as you are typing. It will search right down to the specific page that is most relevant.

How to Perform a Proper Search

Be specific within your search.

If you are looking for information on "customer service", type this into your search. You will notice that as you are typing, search results will start to appear automatically that are relevant to the content that you are typing into the search bar! Here is an example of this search.

If you are looking for information on how to create and ad group, type in:

how to create an ad group

If you don't find what you are looking for, you can then start to go a bit more broad. In these type examples, you may want to try "ad group" and "customers" respectively.

You can also search for fellow members within WA by adding an "@" symbol. For example, if you want to search for me and my activities within WA, your search would look like this...

You will notice that as you are typing in letters for a name search it will give you names related in context of the characters that you are typing in. If you type in "ky" you are going to get a list of fellow members at Wealthy Affiliate with the letters "ky" in their username.

But what if you do a search and don't find what you are looking for?

If you don't find what you are looking for, click the "Can't Find What You Are Looking For"� and you will be able to submit a request for training. The awesome part about this is that many contributors to Wealthy Affiliate will then see this training and will likely create it if they have that particular knowledge set.

You can request any training at any time. If you have done a few searches and cannot find what you are looking for, make a training request. The more specific you are within your training request, the better. Then someone with the appropriate skills and knowledge will see what you are looking for and build that specific request.

When a request is created you will be notified! Now how awesome is that?!!

Tag Based Training

This means a much more diverse set of training. Online business is vast and moving to a tagging based system will allow training on any topic, whether it is pinterest, ebay, etsy, backlinking, Facebook, article marketing, writing content or Google Adwords (the list goes on)...everything in the Internet Business niche will be covered within the Open Educaton Project training.

You can get ideas that you may not have thought of by referring to the tag cloud with the main Training page. It will look like the following:

You can play a big role in this training and be rewarded from it as we are going to explain later.

Getting Started

As mentioned earlier, the Getting Started course is the starting point for all members. Even if you "think" you know everything there is to know already or have created success online in the past, you should still walk through this training. It covers the current fundamentals you need to know to succeed online TODAY, not YESTERDAY.

This course evolves as the Internet does and is always kept up to date. Chances are you may have some bad habits (if you have experience already) and this will help you get rid of them. From niche selection, to website creation, to traffic to monetization, this training has it all.

I always recommend this course to anyone that is:

  • New to Wealthy Affiliate
  • Is stuck and frustrated with their current niche
  • Has years of experience, but is still not achieving success
  • Wants to start fresh in a brand new niche
  • Wants to learn the fundamentals of online business

It really is the ONE course I recommend to everyone that is getting started or needs a kick in the butt. It walks you through current principles that work in this day and age and will show you how to fully benefit from the tools and training here at WA for maximal efficiency.

The Benefits of the Open Education Project

Education should be open, it should be current, and it should engaging for not only the people getting the training but for the educators/contributors. The Open Education Project encourages this engagement, but ultimately you will get out of it what you put in.

If you just browse on the peripheral you will learn by all means, but you may not get the same sort of education as you would if you are actively involved in discussions, within the social aspects of training (comments/chat), and become involved in helping others.

If you have ever learned something in the greatest detail you will realize that this is either because you "practiced" or implemented what you learned, or taught someone else on the subject matter (or both).

As a contributor of The Open Education Project you will earn incentive within the system, which I am going to be covering in much greater detail later on.

Our efforts going forward will be to continue building the best open educational platform in the world, one with the most comprehensive and diverse training in the Internet business niche. If you want to understand any aspect of the world of Internet business, there should be no reason to look outside of WA.

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate, The Open Education Project...your learning and communication platform that evolves EVERY SINGLE DAY!

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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 !!
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
RoriO Premium
Just trying to use WA optimally.
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.
Barryw1 Premium

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.
ChrisGooden Premium
Plenty of people here willing and able to help. I don't recall seeing your query. What was it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Numerous Premium
Thanks. I updated my comment. Mel took it down on his own. He didn't like his tone in it.
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.
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