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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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 !!