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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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 !!