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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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 !!
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?