Where do you find what you are looking for? I want to make this as simple as possible, but be as thorough as possible at the same time. There is a lot going on here within Wealthy Affiliate, so I am going to chop the community up and explain the different functional components.

Main Menu

Let's start with the main menu, your home base. Within this menu you will find pretty much everything you need to get around Wealthy Affiliate. I am going to break down each of these items for you and elaborate of each one of them.

Dashboard - This is your homebase. This is where where you will find out what is going on within Wealthy Affiliate University. This includes global activity (the entire community) and your personal feed (the people you are following and conversations you are active in).

The dashboard is where you will be able to get all the notifications for your activity, including comments, replies, and actions related to activities you were involved in. This will allow you to track and keep on top of everything happening.

In addition, you will see a live chat going on at all times down the right hand side of your dashboard. This is a general chat where you can ask questions, help others, hang out, and learn from other conversations that are taking place LIVE.

Certification - The Online Entrepreneur Certification will serve as the keystone to developing you into a skilled Internet Entrepreneur. This is a 60 lesson certification course that includes 6 different Levels of training, each focusing on a different aspect of the online business world.

Training - This is where you go to learn, teach, and discuss pretty much any topic that related to online business. The training platform uses a unique OEP tagging system that allows training to be found quickly with a simple search. Have something that you are looking for...type it into the search bar.

Open Chat - This is a full window version of the live chat on the dashboard. This will allow you to keep a chat window active while you are browsing through other pages, training, writing a blog post...whatever the task. It is always good to multi-task!

Forum - This is the "famous" Wealthy Affiliate forum. This another medium that you can use to discuss topics, ask questions, get help, and offer your services to other. The Wealthy Affiliate forum has been one of the most active forums in the industry since it's inception since 2005. There are a lot of powerful posts and golden nuggests within the forum if you look through some of the historic posts. Access to the forum is exclusive for Premium members only.

My Profile - This is your space, your existence within Wealthy Affiliate. Here you will be able to tell people a little bit about yourself, communicate with others, post links to your website, follow others, and upload any professional or silly picture that you want to share. This is where you will set your default picture. I recommend you spend some time setting up your profile. If your profile lacks personality, other people will be less likely to engage in your content and follow you...both very important.

My Blog - Have a thought you want to share? Have an epiphany the other day that you would like to let others know about? Have a piece of advice? Have a story to share? Are you in the know of a new technique or industry news? Frustrated? Moving in the right direction? Want to track your progress via daily updates? Post it on your blog. Your blog is powerful in the sense that the more you engage here, the more often people will come to know you as a contributor and socialize within your content. A blog can lead to credibility and increase your ability to write/communicate your ideas. Aim to utilize your blog on a regular basis!

My Network - This is where can find and manage your following at Wealthy Affiliate. You are limited to the number of people you can follow (2,000), but you can accrue as large of a following as possible. Following people that share valuable information will keep you "in the know"�, attain a following through helping others, engaging regularly, creating training, and most of all, being real.

Rapid Writer - This is a writing tool. Have an idea for an article or content for your website. Write it within Rapid writer. It allows you to complete your content development from right within Wealthy Affiliate. If you are an article marketer, you can submit your articles directly from Rapid Writer to StreetArticles.com with a click of the button.

Share Wealthy Affiliate - Want to earn revenue simply by sharing this awesome community with others. We have one of the highest paying referral programs in the world, paying out over $1,000,000 every single year to people who share the community. If you know of anyone else that would be interested in becoming part of this awesome community, simply share WA with them via your unique referral link.

Premium Services

We offer members premium services that you are accustomed to paying for separately outside of Wealthy Affiliate University. These premium tools simplify many processes such as building website, market and keyword research, and hosting, providing you with a very interactive and hands on experience.

Our Premium Services Include:

Build Websites - Our website creator (Wordpress Express) allows you to install websites in just a few clicks on our state-of-the-art hosting set-up. Included in all Premium memberships is unlimited domains and installs on your hosting account. You do not need to understand technology to build a website with ease as we have removed all cumbersome processes from the website and web hosting process.

Go see for yourself.

Find Keywords - Find, create, manage and save lists of keywords with Wealthy Affiliate Universities proprietary keyword tool. Using data from all search engines, we have sophisticated technology that allows you to capture realistic data including traffic, competition, quality scores, and estimated traffic. Complete all your research tasks within the Find Keywords section and as a Premium member you will have access to unlimited monthly searches.

Watch Webinars (PREMIUM Only) - Each an every week there are interactive Webinars that you can participate in LIVE. These typically take place on Friday evenings but are scheduled at other times depending on the week. The webinars cover a wide range of topics relating to business on the Internet (almost anything imaginable). Make sure you register for these each week and take a look at the archives of past webinars. Hours of awesome video training!

Keyword Lists (PREMIUM Only)- Keyword lists are delivered to you weekly within Wealthy Affiliate. Every keyword list will contain at least 100 carefully selected keywords that are LOW competition HIGH traffic keywords. These are very powerful lists that will not only give you instant access to valuable keywords, but give you many brand new niche ideas.

The Header

The header is composed of a number of components which provide an overview of your status within Wealthy Affiliate.

Invited - This is the number of people that you have successfully referred to Wealthy Affiliate through your affiliate link or through "sharing" something here at WA. Each invite acts as your referral and you earn $1 credit for each successful invite along with any referral revenue if the person goes on to join WA as a Premium member!

Forum (PREMIUM Only)- This is the number of Private Messages that you have within the Forum. In this case, I have 1 private message. This means that someone has directly contacted me (personally). Note that only Premium members here at Wealthy Affiliate have access to the Private messaging system.

Followers - This is the number of people that are following you within WA. As a member you can follow others. As you offer value and gain crediblity within the community you can create quite the following. I strongly recommend that you follow people on a regular basis who have common interests, who help you out, or who you find interesting or knowledgeable. Creating a following is powerful within WA as it gives you instant reach when you blog or create any form of training.

Quick Action Shortcut Menu - This menu allows you to quickly get at the main action items within Wealthy Affiliate include creating a New training resource, a new blog post, or build a website. This menu is visible on ever page so if you need quick access to any of these items, simply click the arrow within this menu to select your options.

Rank - Your WA rank is based on several metrics including social activity, your training contributions, how active you are within the community, and your following. The best way to improve your rank is to remain active within Wealthy Affiliate, interact, ask questions, help others, create training (when you have something to share), and work towards creating a larger following.

Recommended Training

We also have a menu section dedicated to training that we recommend. This menu will evolve and change over time based on important system updates and training requirements that we believe you should enrol in. However, the main Training page is where you should go if you are searching for topic based training as this is where you will have access to all of the training within The Open Education Project.

Here is the breakdown of the current "Recommended Training":

Getting Started- This is a task based "action plan" that is going to get you fully immersed here at Wealthy Affiliate and completing tasks that will ultimately lead to your success. This is Level 1 the Online Entrepreneur Certification, our keystone foundation building course here at Wealthy Affiliate. We highly recommend that EVERYONE follow through this lesson and task based training!

Warm Welcome - This is the message that you received when you joined Wealthy Affiliate, welcoming you to the community. If you want to revisit this post at any time simply click on it within the menu.

Learn How WA Works - You are viewing this training right now! This is a course that will evolve as The Open Education Project introduces new features and updates. This course is always kept current so if you ever need a brush up at any time going forward or you don't understand something within Wealthy Affiliate University, make sure you check back to this tutorial.

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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