A Newbie's Guide to Gaia Online

Welcome to Gaia Online! We're a large site, so we're sure you have a lot of questions about how to get started! In this brief guide we'll attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions from new users like you!

What is there to do on Gaia Online?

The short answer: lots! Here are some of our favorite things to do on Gaia.

1. Go shopping for items, and then dress up your avatar!
2. Post on the forums and meet people with common interests!
3. Win prizes playing awesome games like Smashblox!
4. Hang out in our virtual environments like Towns 2!
5. Earn achievements for exploring the site!

How do I get more gold?

There are a lot of ways to earn gold on Gaia Online!

One of the fastest, easiest ways to get gold is actually by buying items from the cash shop and selling them on the marketplace! You can purchase Gaia Cash here. Once you have the item you want to sell, you will need to get your trading pass from the first page of the marketplace. Then simply to go the marketplace, hover over the marketplace tab, and click sell item. Here is a direct link to the page where you can sell items. One of the most profitable items to sell is the Chance Item, which for this month is Return to Valefor!

Another way is simply by playing some of our games! You might want to try Zomg, one of our most popular ones!

If you'd like to ask older members to give you some gold to help you get started, visit the Charity Forum!

You also get a small amount of gold just for browsing, posting, and taking polls on our site. If you decide to spam the forums for gold, please do so in the Chatterbox!

How do I get awesome clothing for my avatar?

After you accumulate some gold, you can go shopping in Gaia's shopping district! Or, if you want to go after discounts and rare items, try the marketplace!

If you want to see the many different items and try them on all in one place, we recommend taking a peek at tektek.org, a fan created website that lets you create 'dream avatars' or avatars that you would one day like to create on Gaia online for everyone to see!

Where should I post?

First, if you haven't already, try posting in the Welcome to Gaia forum! This is a great place to introduce yourself and meet other new Gaians!

After that, it's up to you! Here's a list of some common interests and the best places you can discuss them!

Just Want to Chat: Chatterbox
Making Friends: Friends Chat
Games & Gaming: Gaming Discussion
Roleplaying: Barton Town
Anime & Manga: Anime, Manga & Comics
TV Shows: Entertainment Discussion
Music: Music
Dressing Up Your Avatar: Avatar Talk
Art: Art Discussion or Art Shops (artists selling their art for Gaia Gold)
Meaningful Conversations: Extended Discussion

How do I make friends on this site?

Just talk to people! Here are a few good ways to strike up a conversation with another Gaian:

1. Search for people with your same interests, and send them a private message! Just type in one of your interests and see who pops up in the search!
2. Visit the Friends Chat forum! There are plenty of people there looking to make some new friends!
3. Start talking to people in our virtual flash spaces like Towns 2, Rally, or Virtual Hollywood!

Who can I go to for help getting started?

The Gaia Guides and Resources forum contains a lot of user-compiled information about the site!

You can also visit The Newbie Supporting and Training Guild!

If you're looking for gold donations, try the Charity Forum!

The Questions and Assistance forum is a great place to ask other Gaians any questions you may have!