Success in any form of education is a derivative of being social and being able to interact with others. Not only learning from others, but teaching. The Open Education Project platform encourages connectivity, communications, commenting, networking, sharing, learning, and teaching all at once.

To clarify these components, I am going to break down the social engagement points within Wealthy Affiliate and show the benefits of socializing within each of these.

The Dashboard - Global, Personal Feed, Notification

The dashboard is your home base within Wealthy Affiliate and is where you are going to be able to become in the know of activity going on within the network. There are four different aspects to the dashboard that I will explain in detail:

Global Activity - The global feed includes all activity within the Open Education Project. This is a good place to reveal new and trending content as it is pulled from all aspects of Wealthy Affiliate and all members.

Personal Feed - This your personalized feed, or friend feed. This is controlled by you, meaning that your feed is only going to include conversations that you actively participate in and things that the people you are "following" are doing. It is important that you follow people within the open education project that you are interested in and are friends with.

Notifications - This is where you will be notified when someone responds to your comments, comments on a training resource you create, someone engages in a conversation, someone comments on your blog. Basically any action that is related to you within the system. This allows you engage within the system and track conversations that you are having.

Chat - This is an open discussion where you can discuss anything you like. Please behave [in British accent] or you will lose privileges. This is a medium to help, get help, discuss topics, and interact with fellow members at Wealthy Affiliate University.

If you are the owner of the training you should make your best effort to get back to people as quick as possible. The more prompt you are with your responses, the greater your following and the more people will engage, share, and read your training (a good thing).

Blogs - Discussing different topics on your blog. This could include pretty much anything that you want, the same way you as you would externally of WA. Blogs are an awesome way to get your message out.

My Profile - This is your personal page. This is where you can provide people with some information about yourself, provide funny or silly pictures, add your websites, and interact with people on a personal level. This is where a lot of people will come to follow you.

Forum (PREMIUM Only) - The forum is another place that you can interact and ask questions. We typically recommend the forum as a place for people to view other people's questions (to get help from other people's past questions) and to ask questions that you need to elaborate on. It is another great way to communicate within the system as all forum activity is sent to the dashboard feeds.



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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.
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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,

Rori
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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.
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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!
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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.

Thanks
DennisD
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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?
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DennisD1 Premium
Thank you
Dennis
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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
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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!!!
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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.
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scorpwealth Premium
Thanks, makes sense.
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Numerous Premium
Happy to help.
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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 !!
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