If you have knowledge to share (and everyone reading this does), there are huge benefits to becoming a contributor of the Open Eduation Project moving.

Benefit #1: Get Paid.

First and foremost, there is now financial incentive to create training. Although this should not be the key motivator for helping others, there is a financial model in place to reward you for creating "quality" training within Wealthy Affiliate.

After you create a training tutorial or video within Wealthy Affiliate, you will be able to track the progress and success of a resource within your "My Resources" page at Wealthy Affiliate (showed below).

There is a leveled payout system with a minimum payout of 5 credits, each credit having a value of $1. The first level is always 5 credits and once you reach this level with any resource, the credit will be released to your affiliate account.

Upon achieving Level 1 success, you will move on to subsequent levels. The levels DO NOT end, therefore a single resource could earn you money for years and years. Many members will create training that continues to pay them (key to this is keeping your training updated ;)).

Criteria for your training to achieve success!

So what exactly does it take to achieve the next "level" success with your training. The most important aspect of any training you create is the quality of that training. If the intended purpose of your training is not to help someone, rather just to try to earn money, then you are not going to experience much success. Many of the indicators that move your progress bar within your training are related to the user experience and user interaction within your training. Some of these fundamental components include:

  • Someone following through your entire training
  • # of views you training receive (this is why QUALITY matters)
  • How engaging it is (comments and feedback)
  • Behavior of visitors within the training (usage metrics)
  • How much people "Like" your training
If you can effectively accomplish these items, your training is going to be a success. Think value to the reader, the rest will take care of itself. If you do, all your training within WA will be earning you a very consistent stream of income and will lead you much closer to "ambassadorship"

Benefit #2: Obtain a Following

When you create training that people like, guess what happens naturally? They follow you...and they follow you in large numbers. When you have a following within the OEP, everything training video or tutorial that you create will turn to gold. It will be worth something almost instantly and people will be interacting within it. Remember, when someone follows you all your training and blog posts will instantly go to their personal feed, therefore a following leads to a lot of reach and clout! Becoming a top contributor within Wealthy Affiliate will inevitably create a very large following. When you have a following, you have also created yourself a nice brand in that categories in which your training is geared towards.

Benefit #3: Pay it Forward.

This may not be an obvious benefit for many, but Carson and I personally know how rewarding and beneficial it can be to pay your success and knowledge forward. There is enough room for millions of people in the online space, so by sharing what you know not only will you gain a better understanding of your own formula and process, you attain a feeling of gratitude from paying it forward. Pay your knowledge and skills forward. It will lead to much greater success than you could ever imagine!

Benefit #4: Become an Ambassador (HUGE INCENTIVE)

The "A" word. You are going to hear a lot about Ambassadors, they are huge stakeholders within the Wealthy Affiliate system. An Ambassador is someone who:

  • Creates Training Regularly (tutorial or video)

  • Is Active Within the Open Education Project Community

  • Helps others regularly

  • Blogs regularly within their Wealthy Affiliate blog

  • Is responsive to questions or comments

  • Builds training from the training "requests"

  • Has a following within WA

Basically, if you become a super user of the Wealthy Affiliate community, you will be well on your way to becoming an Ambassador. We are not limiting the number of Ambassadors within Wealthy Affiliate, so anyone (YES, YOU!) can become one. Everyone has something to share and by no means do you have to be an expert. The training within the Open Education Project is related to online business which is vast, so any topic is up for grabs. If you need some ideas, check out the training requests.

How do you know when you become an Ambassador? We have set out specific criteria that you need to meet (within the system) to become an Ambassador. By no means is it impossible, but you do need to be exactly what the title indicates, someone whom is an Ambassador to the community. Someone who cares, someone who helps, and someone whom succeeds because of this. We are going to take care of Ambassadors and there is going to be a A LOT of opportunity for these individuals as the Open Education Project evolves. It is quite exciting and I know anyone who achieves this status is going to be astounded by what we are going to be revealing to them this year in Las Vegas (see more details below).

Benefit #5: Ambassadors Come to VEGAS!

Every year we take a selective group to Las Vegas and this year we are going to be taking all of the Ambassadors of The Open Education Project for an all expenses paid trip. Initially this is the biggest perk to becoming an ambassador, however as time goes on and when we meet with the Ambassadors in Vegas this year, we are going to have some very exciting announcements (exclusive to them).

The trip is going to be full paid and it is going to offer you a lot of insight into new opportunities, new systems, and ultimately to further your success in a huge way. It is our way of thanking you for your contributions and will lead to many interesting and developmental discussions that will leave you in awe of your own potential. Plus you will get to hang out with some really awesome people, relax, catch a show, play a few hands on the tables, and get to discuss business with us in person!

The first Ambassador trip is slated for early 2013! :) Anyone and everyone is able to achieve Ambassador status, but you have to contribute regularly and offer "value" to the OEP community! Hope to see you there!

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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.
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
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.
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.