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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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 !!