The starting point to any SEO activities is your domain choice. Ideally, you want to target some really good, highly relevant keywords within your domain name. Reason for this is that it is really easy to get ranked under your domain name keywords.

For example, owning the domain name WealthyAffiliate.com makes it very easy to get listed under the search terms "wealthy affiliate" and "wealthyaffiliate". Google naturally looks at a domain first when choosing a site that is relevant. Many times you can beat out other relevant content pages simply with a domain name and no content.

Let's say you wanted to start a website for dog training, you may want to seek out high search volume keywords within that industry like "how to train my dog". After a quick search for "howtotrainmydog.com" in Godaddy, I found that the .com and .net domains were taken, but you could pick-up another relevant extension or continue on with your search.

One cool thing here. I checked the results in Google under the broad term "how to train my dog" and lo and behold, the #5 listing was the .net domain name.

This search term gets 4,400 searches per month. At $7 per year for that domain, you are getting access to a potential of 50,000 clicks alone in Google. This is a cheap way to get a good amount of traffic before you even do anything! Say you get just 1,000 of these clicks to your site, you are getting your traffic for under a penny a click!

Choose your domains wisely...or own a lot of them as the name alone can lead to great search engine rankings.



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hello Kyle, ''So, make your more important articles PAGES, and your regular updates POSTS. That way when you do update your articles (the important pages), you can simply update your page and then make a post about it and link back to it.'' how can I do this, can you explain in case. list an example with screenshot, thanks
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Kyle I have a small question cause I'm wondering I already bought a site (it was first a rubix site) and then purchased my own domain now wondering can I use this too for the WORDPRESS EXPESS? And thank you for the huge tip about how important a domain name is, you are awesome
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Some years ago I wrote an article, taking considerable care about it, submitted it to one of the article directories and was informed that my article wasn't quite up to their standards.
Nevertheless, if I dare to submit my substandard (sic!) article to any other article directory, they would visit me with all the ten plagues of Egypt!
That was such an encouragement to my writing efforts!
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Shelley1960 Premium
Hey y'all!! Just getting started here after dropping out a few months ago. I am computer iliterate so please bear with me. I was wondering where do we get the WordPress Traffic Training listed at the end of Lesson 5? I'm quite lost in the training here. That's why I quit the last time BUT I'm not quitting this time. Can anyone help me?
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Triblu Premium
Not to worry Shelley, we were all new here once upon a time. The following tutorial may offer you the help in finding things you want here at WA: Hope this helps you.
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MozMary Premium
were you in level 2 lesson 5, I see a video there
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musicdoc20 Premium
Hello everyone! New member here. I am going through the training and would like to start building my website. I do not have a previous domain hosted on godaddy.com but apparently I need to buy one from there to be able to use the WordPress Express? Would you guys recommend doing this or just building a website through rubix first? Thanks for the help!
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Triblu Premium
Hey Troy,

Building your site here on SiteRubix is waaaaay better than paying out even more money. That is the advantage of Wealthy Affiliate (WA) ... everything is included here. Even registering domain names (only once you're ready to do that) too!

The training, help from the entire community, all sorts of great tutorials can be found here (once you've completed Kyle's lessons), PLUS SiteSupport if you have ANY issues with your website(s) hosted by WA.

Literally EVERYTHING is right here at WA ... even SiteContent - the ultimate writing platform!

Hope this helps you.
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Thankyou.
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Triblu Premium
You're very welcome Keith!
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musicdoc20 Premium
Thank you for your help!
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drjec Premium
Either way will work, but I suggest you build your siterubix for free until you get it where you want it and then transfer it to the .com or whatever. Since you are premium, it won't cost you anything to start over if you really don't like the site. When you are ready just upgrade the siterubix site.
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SophiaMia Premium
In re: to the the note at the bottom, what if I am a premium member and can make 50 websites, do I still need to go to godaddy and buy a domain there? And is there a tutorial somewhere on how to change DNS settings to a WA hosting? I have no clue where my DNS settings are.
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MBond Premium
You do not need to buy a domain from Godaddy, you can purchase that here from WA. Here is the tutorial to transfer a domain from GoDaddy:
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ericcantu Premium
You don’t need go daddy at all if you’re here building websites at WA. You can register a paid domain right here with WA :)
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SophiaMia Premium
thank you for that !
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SophiaMia Premium
thank you ! I get it now :)
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Vansino Premium
Very informative; however I would like to suggest that you remember who your audience is.
Some of us are (Novices/Newbies) not fully conversant with all the "Acronyms" used in this sphere of marketing. It would be helpful if you stated in (...) the long form of the abbreviation not necessarily on every use of the Acronym but on the initial use within the article/lesson etc.
Hope this "Constructive Criticism" is viewed in the light of being helpful and making these tutorials beneficial to all.

Regards
Granville
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DarlaC1 Premium
I think I am going to go through theses lessons once before I start trying to set anything up. Reading the posts can be confusing and it seems at least once or twice the answer in these discussions comes up as continue to read and you will have a better understanding. Comments?
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Darla, I followed you :)

In my own personal experience, I believe taking action is KEY at wealthy affiliate and simply reading through the lessons will help, but actually putting them into practice as you go will aid much better in learning.

I really do believe one should follow the training and implement everything the training says to do as you go. Otherwise you'll just have to go back and do the training again because I guarantee you won't remember much of what was covered.

Hope this helps!
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Labman Premium
I you want to commit the lesson to memory then you should go through each 3 times.

I usually will scan the lesson and see what questions I have, then I will read through it and identify the answers to the questions I had in the first go as well as follow any links in the lesson.

Finally I will go through and implement the lessons and check off the tasks as I complete them.
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I am not a techie at all. I have been working on an online business for a couple of weeks and have got a domain name and hosting and working on Wordpress web site now(for free). It wasn't very easy for me but I got a lot out of the experience. Not sure if I should use the same name or even bring it here or just start anew here. Has anybody been in the same situation I am in now and what advice/steps would you recommend! It is part of a proof of concept for myself and will continue it just not sure what will be best going forward.
Thank you Boydy
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Callieman Premium
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I just joined and I am not so tech savvy. I understand that one must purchase a domain before creating a website. When I click on GoDaddy a bunch of information comes up on the different packages. I am a bit confused. Which one do I pick? Can someone clarify for me???
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DaleMaz Premium
My friend what you need to do is go to the green certification button and start your lessons. The time to buy a domain will come in time. it will all be done right in here and it is quite easy as well
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PatrickM1 Premium
You can purchase a domain at Wealthy Affiliate and host it here. Just click on SiteRubix--Site Domain and start searching for one. Here is a screen capture of it.
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@RICH. Premium
I recommend you transfer any domains you purchased from GoDaddy to another registrar before renewal, they are likely to sting you for anything from $40+ a domain.
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FlorDiaz Premium
Hi guys! I am on lesson 7 and suddenly overwhelmed. Ok do I get a domain name first? (I have q couple of ideas) Do I get a blog first? Do I get a website? Do I get all 3? Do I have to link my domain to WA and if so HOW? I admit I am a total newbie but I want to give it all. Any help is appreciated!! Please bear in mind I have 5mo old twins that demand my attention 24/7. Right now I am getting ready to sleep (7:30 pm ET yikes!!!) because I go to bed with them and wake up every 3 hours to feed them. So it is a huge sacrifice I am willing to make. If you write and I don't reply, I am probably sleeping or feeding them. I will get back to you as soon as I have a chance. It is extremely exciting and hard, especially being a single mom of twins, but I will get there
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MozMary Premium
Hi there, you have two free .http://siterubix.com websites as a Starter member, you can choose whatever name you like for them and as you follow along in the training Kyle will show you how to set up a website and create 3 pages and build out content - these your blog

make sure to start at lesson one and do each step without missing anything

you have the option to buy your own domain name at any time, whenever you are ready and know your niche and have a name that you like, but you can follow along the lessons on the free sites and start building and writing. Things built on those free sites can be moved to your own domain at any time
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FlorDiaz Premium
Good morning, MozMary! And than you so very much for the advise. I am at work already!! But I wanted to check out the emails. (of course, I am not allowed, but I am tired of following rules anyway. This is why I want to do this. I want to break free from the corporate world that pays very little and never appreciates our sacrifices.) So I will go through all the lessons and I will then create my two websites. Got it! As soon as I find my niches I will get the domain name and from there I count with all you guys help to move on. I have Kyle and he is an encyclopedia of knowledge, so I know I will be good. Thanks again and I will continue reading. Have a wonderful Tuesday
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I have the same questions. Also, is it expensive to get domains? Also a complete newbie with a very fixed income, so need all the help anyone can give me. Thanks in advance
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You definitely will get there
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No sure if WA is promoting Godaddy but I suggest shopping around for domain name providers before just going to Godaddy. Godaddy is becoming a bit pricey. Once I was looking for a domain name, priced it on Godaddy and I found the same domain name significantly cheaper with another provider.
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flaviagray Premium
I agree. The one thing that drives me insane about Go Daddy is once you purchase a domain, you get inundated with calls and emails for web developers. If you want to keep your details private, you have to pay extra.
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dlibreros Premium
I used to use GoDaddy, but like you said they got pricey. Not only that, but my info was not kept private. Now I use Namecheap. You can also give SiteDomains a try.
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Mazzi856 Premium
I recently had this problem, I had to change my ( Name Servers )
To Wealthy Affiliate of the blog site, I wanted to be hosted here.
and redirect my other domain to my blog site. as for a subdomain, you can just make one in GoDaddy, and redirect your sub to the other site. hope that didn't confuse you.
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pathtosucces Premium
Ok, please tell me how this works in my situation: I currently own a domain through GoDaddy that is forwarded to a replicated site selling healthcare products I market. I would like to set up a blog site that provides information about health care with internal links back to my replicated site for ordering. Can I use same domain name for my blog site? Do I leave that domain forwarded to my replicated site through GoDaddy? Not sure what it means to "change DNS Settings to WA Hosting".
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@RICH. Premium
You would set the DNS of the domain you own to point to the hosting here, set up an entirely new website, and then link back from that to your replicated site for ordering.
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pathtosucces Premium
So I could use the same domain name, remove the forwarding at GoDaddy, change the DNS hosting to WA hosting (which I assume I will learn about in training) and then through my blog posts insert links to my replicated site for ordering--right?
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@RICH. Premium
I believe it would work but obviously I can't offer any guarantees.

Certainly you can cancel the forwarding at GoDaddy, change the DNS to point to the hosting here and then create links to the replicated site, but the replicated site would no longer appear under your own domain name. so does that matter? If does, you'll need to two domains, one for here and one for the replicated site.

You can find out more about setting DNS here I'd also consider moving your domains from GoDaddy, either to here at WA or somewhere like Namecheap, as GoDaddy tend to sting you at renewal.
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KC1953 Premium
Don't know if it's just my machine but several of the links in this article are dead. Here's one example. www*internetmarketingstartup dot net (had to modify link cuz non-premiees like myself can't post links. This is what I get when clicking it. Error establishing a database connection

A few of the CPA links are decorative but not functional too. :-}
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PaulaSpring Premium
I think WordPress is an excellent place to build a site. I also, just began putting together my site content. I want to get all of that organised before I build my site. I know this is good, but how soon can you start building your site before your site is seen by other people?
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billyghawaii Premium
Your site will be minimally public until you verify with search engines and are indexed. You can share your site via direct links to your pages though.
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amyr2017 Premium
You can start building your site right away -- step by step, post by post, and as you get it indexed and as you get the word out, it will start to be seen, and ranked...
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EddySalomon Premium
No one is going to see your site in most cases. It takes time for Google to rank your website. So don't worry about going live.
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PaulaSpring Premium
Okay! Thank you!
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PaulaSpring Premium
Thank you!
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PaulaSpring Premium
Thanks, Amy!
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TLawson1 Premium
What do u mean by indexed?
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flyinghigh Premium
I desperately need your assistance RE Lesson 1, under this Topic: Make Money With WordPress - Traffic Getting/Revenue Driving Forces

For the past 2 days or so, I've been battling with my new website.
I am struggling to proceed beyond the All In One SEO Plug in, terms of the Lesson, I suspect the version that is used within the lesson is an older version of app. So with my newer version, the page that follows after clicking "activate" is not the same as the one in the lesson, and as such it takes me to a different direction/page.

I hope you understand my frustration. Please help.
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tanktopguy Premium
This is the first part of the training so far that I am totally confused about. I do not understand the Permalink thing, or what the options page is. "Your blog is now set up to create links and meta tags," this is also not something currently in my wheelhouse of knowledge or brain-bank.
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YinkaO1 Premium
I need a help here, how can i use WordPress to build my site, i have bought my domain name through WA few days ago but i have not done anything really on the site. Is there any video that teaches one what to do? Please i need your urgent response. Thank you!
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ADias Premium
Hi Yinka,
You have to do the lessons in the green left button "Certification".
Kyle teaches everything you need to build your website, just do the lessons.
Alex
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YinkaO1 Premium
Thanks Alex for your response. I have to go through the tutorial again to fully comprehend it.
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Susan11 Premium
I need to find the Monthly numbers through google, which is always sending me to Myway. com search.com.. Where do I find the Monthly Numbers for my genre of let's say the Paranormal? Can someone please help me? I need an address or wording that is not going to be misunderstood.
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Labman Premium
go to Google search. It seems that your ISP is sending you to myway.com.

Google.com
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RDunkinson Premium
I went into the website I am trying to create but the name at the top is not what I want. I know I mentioned this name in a note to someone, but have decided on another name which does show up but when I go to the website it does not. How can this be fixed?

Baby Accessories Plus is my domain name and Future Fortunes is my Website.
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ADias Premium
Hi RDunkinson,
Your domain name is your website, so, it is the same.
Alex
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VitaliyG Premium
Hi Ruth, I am not sure I understand your question. I went to your website and it said it's ready to have a site installed to it which you can do here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/build

Within that link you should see your domain be listed. After you pick it, you should be able to build the site as you want it.
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MandyMolly Premium
the http://internetmarketingstartup.net link doesn't go through, and the link on previous pages where it said 'click here to join Strip that Fat' . . . or is it my PC.

Loads of lovely information though. Thank you for all of this.

Me overwhelmed? Nooooo .......
Oh, alright then, may be a tincy lot.
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CalebChoo Premium
Just for the admin to correct spelling mistake here in bracket.. Cheers

(8) Reader Involvement (comments)

Comments are very powerful. They allow you to get feedback on your site, have people tell you how special you are, and ultimately have other people creating content for you that may get picked up by the serach (miss spell word) engines.
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CalebChoo Premium
Sorry should be misspell word
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Julie8 Premium
I was viewing the question about the different kinds of membership and it said there was the free one and premium membership only but in the lesson about WordPress it says Platinum members of WA get access to install unlimited WordPress sites using WP Express. So my question is - Is Premium membership and Platinum membership the same thing?
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onmyownterms Premium
Yes, Premium and Platinum are the same thing.
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So if we stay with the free membership , we can't use wordpress?
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JackieParker Premium
Also, i'm so confused on backlinks now. I just had an email exchange w/Kyle recently and i thought i understood him to advise me NOT to worry about backlinks. Also, I was trying to understand article directories and googled it and found many articles saying that it's no longer relevant.

Can someone please clarify for me? Thanks so much in advance!
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Janessa-7074 Premium
I played around with the Word Press Expression. or Rubix for a bit. Being familiar with Dream Weaver and Sublime Text I'm not as familiar with Word Press as I'd like to be I took some time and went though the Admin. Just fiddled around and testing some features. I'd recommend newbies pick up a book on how to use Word Press and watch Youtube videos unless Wealthy Affiliates provide training for Word Press in the premium membership area. I can see how Word Press would assist a new person or none technical person. My critic with this is the limitation of design options and layout options, anyone familiar with Dream Weaver or Sublime Text will know what I mean here.
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trufflesmd Premium
I got an email invitation for a class on All-in-one SEO for Friday at 5pm but when I tried to register it said I had to be a premium member. Since I just joined I thought I a had access to these classes for my first 7 days. Is this not the case?
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FHagstrom Premium
As a starter member, you get access to certain premium features for the first 7 days such as being able to ask questions in the community, in blogs here and in chat but the live video classes are a premium only feature, good luck to you here
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stephhill Premium
You will have access to the first ten lessons in the Get Started Here section as a "free member". Also, you will have to training created by other WA members who marked their training available to all members, premium or not. For example, when I created my WA training, I did not detect it to be just for premium members, but for ALL members, free and premium. For Jay's training, because his training is SUPERB, you do need to be a premium (paying) member. It would not be fair to grant access to everything regardless of whether or not you are a paying member, because you want the premium members to have benefits from their monthly or yearly payments.

I hope that clarifies somethings.

Steph
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What could this mean on choosing a domain for SEO: "Choose your domains wisely...or own a lot of them as the name alone can lead to great search engine rankings."

Is this refering to doorway domains (microsites or pages that have been created to direct traffic to the actual usable or relevant part of the website(s))?, because I just read an article that Google tightened their quality guidelines for doorway pages, since it lengthens the process for the user to actually get to their target page, thus leading to a lower rank.
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Tw1 Premium
I believe I must have read the same article .
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RoyDale Premium
When you choose your domain name it would be easy to remember, have 15 characters or less, be brandable, a com .org or .net You can make it with keywords but not important as long as it is relevant to your niche.

All google wants you to do is have good content that is writen for the reader and not optimized to please the search engine. I think what you read is a black hat sort of thing and you should stay away from it. Yes Google has tightened it's ssecurity on these kind of sites. That includes pack keyords on a page and then changing the font color to match the color of the background. Stuffing keywords on a page that means nothing to the reader.

I hope this helps
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Thanks RoyDale that was indeed helpful! But this black hat sort of thing that I read was in this lesson! Page 3 of 21 specifically, last line.. Does that mean this tutorial sometimes teaches black hat techniques we shouldn't follow?
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ColleenD Premium
I Love all this information I've been going through all the additional training on the site here I've been looking for a way to put my store website on one of my domains from Go Daddy that I had transferred to WA and was wondering if I need to transfer the domain back to Go Daddy cause I don't know how to put the DNS in
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clickrmark Premium
Hi Coleen,

You need to get the name server numbers from your hosting account company and then go to Go Daddy, log in and go to Domains, choose the Domain, click it then Manage domains and in settings go to name servers then click manage and add name servers and then click on the blue circle with a x inside to remove the the prior name servers. Once that's done click on save and it should be up and running from approximately 15 minutes to 1 hour. Any questions call Go Daddy direct at Support (480) 505-8877 available 24/7. Hope that helps!
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gbpack Premium
Yes I did and I just tried it again and it doesn't seem to be working still. SO, I just happen to think that I didn't upgrade to the newest version of wordpress yet so I did that and low and behold, it worked. How about that hey? lol

I messed around with it for two to three days before I even thought of this, pretty dumb! thank you for always willing to help here at WA. I love this place.
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onmyownterms Premium
This is still showing as unanswered, if you need assistance still, please shoot me a PM.
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