OK, awesome. You now have your niche, in other words, the direction for your brand & business. That is great and don't worry about this not being "perfectly clear" at this point, as you move forward the pieces of the puzzle are going to come together.

Starting with a big piece today, your website. We are going to be taking our niche idea and turning it into a tangible business starting with your website.

Building a Website Ain't Scary, It's FUN!

Building a website sounds like a "scary" process, but fortunately you have access to the most advanced, yet simplistic website platform in the world here at Wealthy Affiliate. We pride ourselves as a technology company here at Wealthy Affiliate and we are the industry leaders in the website development space.

I am not going to toot our horn any longer, I would rather you experience the website builder and platform for itself. The first step today is going to be building your website, which will literally take you less than 30 seconds.

Click the SiteBuilder link

within the menu, and you are going to be ready to rock here (and complete the next task).

Below I have included a "Building Your Website in Under 30 Seconds" video walking you through the Website Platform (also knwn as SiteRubix) here at WA and showing you how quickly and efficiently you can build a website here at Wealthy Affiliate.

 

Task 1: Build Your Website

Your website is your foundation of your business. It is where all of your traffic is ultimately going to come to, where you are going to build brand and trust within the industry, and where you can promote products/services and generate $$$!

The SiteBuilder platform here at WA is the most simplistic, yet advanced in the industry. It is going to take less than 30 seconds to get a fully operational, profit ready Wordpress website up and running online.

There are 4 steps in the website build process, that I am going to walk you through here. To access the SiteBuilder and EVERYTHING related to your website, you will simply click the light blue "SiteRubix" button in the main menu.

Step 1: Choose the Kind of Website

There are really TWO options here, on a FREE website or on your OWN domain. Ideally, you will have your own domain, but that can come with time.

You can "register" your very own domains right within Wealthy Affiliate using our state of the art SiteDomains platform, which will allow you to instantly set-up your own domain for your own use.

If you are just starting out as a Starter member, you will be building a website on the .siterubix.com domain, which is a completely free website. You can build and host up to 2 FREE websites as a Starter.

As a Premium member, you can build and host up to 25 free websites and the ability to create 25 sites on your own domains (total 50 websites). That is more than adequate to drive many multi-million dollar businesses over time.

For the sake of this training, we are going to be choosing "On a free domain".

Do know that within the Premium membership, you can easily MOVE a free .siterubix.com button to a registered domain (one you may own) using the "Premium Only" MOVE feature. So by all means start off with a free website and then down the road you can move it to your own domain.

Step 2: Choose a Domain

Remember last lesson when I chose my "niche". In this step, I am going to be choosing a name for my website and placing it in the "domain name" field. This is because this will be my website URL and my brand moving forward.

As you can see below, I have added my brand "how to lose belly fat today" into the domain field.


When you type in your domain, it will let you know if it is available or not. In my case it was, but if your first choice is not available simply do another search until you find a domain name that works for you.

You cannot put spaces in your domain name, hence why my domain is "howtolosebellyfattoday".

Step 3: Choose a Website Name

The name of your website should match your domain, but it just needs to be grammatically correct (with proper spacing). You can see below my example of this:

Domain: basketballskillsanddrills.stierubix.com

Title: Basketball Skills and Drills

It is as simple as that. Don't overthink this step, your title will be the same as your domain.

Step 4: Choose a Design

The last step is choosing a "look" for your theme. As a Starter member you will have access to 12, hand picked quality designs.

As a Premium Member though you will have access to over 2,464 designs (as shown below) or your website and there are always new designs being added to this daily. These are referred to as "Themes".

Choose a design that you like.

Click on the design you like, and then you will be able to build your site.

SiteRubix, a Next Level Website and Hosting Platform.

You are going to notice that there are many other website features allocated within the SiteRubix menu. I don't want to eat up too much of your time here, but it is important that you understand the incredible benefits of the SiteRubix platform.

The powerful hosting you have access you here is unparalleled in the Managed Wordpress hosting industry. We truly specialize here in providing a secure, robust and FAST platform for you to run your website.

We know that your website IS your business, and it is important that you have the most advanced technology to keep your business operating at 100% at all times of the day.

The following are just some of the powerful features included within the SiteRubix platform here at WA.

  • SiteManager (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteContent (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteBuilder (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteDomains (Starter & Premium)

To make your sites secure and fast, we have some SiteRubix EXCLUSIVE technologies to make sure your websites are operating at lightening speeds, but also in a very secure way that protects you from hackers, spammers, and all forms of erroneous attacks.

There you have it, the low down of the SiteRubix platform and you have your website officially up and running online. Exciting stuff!

As we move forward within the training we are going to be building out your website content, and working to get indexed and ranked in Google, Bing & Yahoo (and do so for free).

Have questions about this lesson? Leave them below in the comments area and we will be more than happy to help you out. :)

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valbord Premium
Hi, I have some ideas concerning the niche. But to get started, I'd like to do one of these 2 options:
1- health and weight loss for moms and women over 40
2- Parenting: practical tips for busy moms to help them organize their family life
What do you think? is it too general?

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - health is one of the top three niches, and therefore very competitive. You would really need to have a very narrow niche to be seen as an authority in this subject, and preferably a related professional qualification.

Organizing for busy families is a great idea, particularly if you have experience in this, and the readers can relate to you.
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allancurtis Premium
These are both good niches, although very competitive ... are there specific topics within these you could focus on?

Rather than Health and Weight Loss you might consider ... 'Weight Loss for Mom's over 40' or 'Weight Loss for Diabetics over 40' ... something like that.

Parenting is a huge topic ... narrow it down ... Parenting of ADHD, Parenting Preschoolers, Teenagers, etc.

The most important thing to think of ... what would people type into Google search to access what I am offering ...

If they type parenting ... Google will return 388 Million sites (try it ... the number of sites appears at the top of the browser under the search bar) If you search Parenting ADHD Kids it returns 37 million (1//10 the number) ... this is your competition!
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Palatia Premium
Those are both good. I'm not sure which would be better honestly. You could do some searches in Google and play around with Jaaxy for keywords and see what the competition looks like. But more than that, which one is something you could write about for months or years? Which are you passionate about?
Paula
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valbord Premium
Thank you Paula, I could write about both honestly because this has been my life for the past years.
I gained between 50 and 60 pounds for each of my 4 pregnancies and managed to lose them all after each so yes I can write about it.
with 4 kids, different ages, I had to improve my personal organization, so this one could help other Moms as well.
maybe I could combine both?
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valbord Premium
wow... I get it Allan Curtis.... research, research, research this is the key.
Thank you, I'll proceed as you said and try to refine better.
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valbord Premium
DianeScorpio, you're totally right. health& weight loss is really huge. I'll do more research. thank you
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nahlinder Premium
Hi,
I'm trying to choose my niche but I get about a thousand ideas and can't decide what to go for.
Is there any way I can search for a few different ideas and get a bit of insight on what might be more popular than the other?

I was thinking about choosing camera bags, do you think this would be a good choice?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the most popular niches are health, love/romance and money. However, that makes them more competitive. Any niche can be successful if you apply enough time and effort to it. Remember, you will be writing a lot of content on your chosen niche, so it should be something you are genuinely interested in.
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ManojV1 Premium
Camera bags may be a bit narrow for a niche. But first, let me explain the main criteria that I look for in a niche:

1. It must not be too narrow but should be broad enough to enable the creation of enough content, at least a hundred posts before scaling up further.
2. The niche should be such that there are enough products to promote, preferably with prices above $50. Commissions are usually in percentages, as an example a %5 commission will give you $2.50 as commission per item sold. So it makes sense for product prices to be high but not so high that there are only a few sales.
3. Must not be extremely competitive. A general niche like finance will put your site up for stiff competition from the big authoritative sites.

Instead of only writing about camera bags, you could create a site about camera accessories. This will give you enough leverage to write about other topics when you have written enough about camera bags.

Not saying that you have to write only about camera bags, you can also write about lenses, filters, tripod stands...there will be so many interesting things to write about then and your readers will also enjoy visiting your site.

Hope that makes sense. If you have any more doubts please feel free to ask. :-)
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johnheath727 Premium
I have no wisdom to give ,because I am in the same boat, Good Luck with your search and God help me with mine lol
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AnnaKu Premium
Hi, I have a question regarding free domain- I was told that using .com domains is the best in terms of SEO. I always thought that any free domains with unusual suffixes (like siterubix.com, .coach, .zoom etc.) would automatically loose with .com, .net and .org domains in Google searches.
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feigner Premium
there is a little advantage using a com but it is more about relevancy nowadays for google and getting the most relevant search results in front of the searcher.
so if your content is very relevant then you will still beat a com.
start your journey here with a siterubix ( you can move all of your cotent to a domain you host here at any time with the move button) and upgrade whenever you are ready.
FYI a siterubix is a subdomain rather than a domain.
and i have subdomains ranking on page 1 of google so again there are no problems with that - it is down to the content.
have fun Anna
phil
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AnnaKu Premium
Thank you! That's very useful.
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DCW2000S Premium
Anna, if you have the option to get your own domain then do it.
If you want to build a siterubix.com blog for simply practicing your writing or working on your website creation skills then fine, but why build a website and have to move it.

I have been doing this for a number of years and one thing I know for certain. Problems can arise at a moments notice. Why even give trouble an invitation? If you don't have to do it then don't

Great content or not, a real domain name is most likely going to do better in the long run, maybe you can get traffic to a siterubix domain? I won't say that's not possible, but what site would you rather go to yourself?

mywebsite.com or siterubix.com Your website is your brand and the first thing that customers will see and make a mental impression of. Like the old saying, "First Impressions are lastiing"

Make a good first impression!
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AnnaKu Premium
Hi, so I have ideas for two niches but not sure which one to start with as I'm equally passionate about both. The first one is about creating a passive income stream for working mums e.g. through affiliate marketing. The second is about healing your autoimmune condition with food. In both cases I was thinking of including a blog recording my journey to health/wealth (it rhymes!). I would also include affiliate links to programmes, courses, websites etc which I've used and which helped andd people I found inspirational. What do you think?
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JKulk1 Premium
Both sound great, but the second one sounds like it might be your passion. Jim
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Anna & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

Super question and all questions are good ones here!

Any niche can be a successful, it just depends upon you as the on-line biz owner of how you work with it to scale ... both topics sound fine and it's truly up to you as you're the one who would need to write in-depth about it extensively to get to success.

A suggestion might be to consider your intended audience and look at it from their points of view in terms of what they would find the most helpful ....

All the very best to you for every Success, cheerio ... :)
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Someone be completely honest with me, is this just a huge waste of my time?
I'm not being rude, I just want an honest answer and proof its legitimate and I'm not taking time from my family for nothing or just a few cents!
Proof as in screen shots of your progress or something along that lines. I'm not going to continue this if it's not going to help me take care of my family financially!
Not anyone that works for or is just commenting to get people to go through this....thanks, Cris 😁
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Woodsie1 Premium
I'll be completely honest with you! I haven't made any money yet! Mind you, I've only been here a week!
I reckon it's going to take: time, dedication, a lot of work, a lot of learning, tons of patience, a warrior spirit and complete belief that we can do it!
But I totally believe we can. I'm personally EXTREMELY excited to have found WA. The training is such high quality and the people are all LOVELY! There are just so many helpful people here, all wanting to assist in our success! How can you not be excited by that?!
I reckon we're extremely fortunate to be here, and I'm definitely going to do the training, stay involved with this amazing community, and see what happens. And I bet what happens will be awesome!
Wishing you the greatest happiness!

Woodsie
🌈
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Hey, I have been here one month and three days. This is not a get rich quick scheme so if you are not in for the long run you will not see the rewards. You will not start making money instantly.....you have to follow the training exactly and build your website, learn to monetize it and give it at least six months to see some results. see my blog from yesterday on some of my accomplishments so far: Also the following is the website I am still in the process of building. It is by no means completed but so far I have made 4 sales on Amazon as the blog says:

https://besthumanhairweavesandwigs.com

I understand that you have concerns, I did too but at this point I know that I am in the best place to make money online.

I hope you stay, finish your training and get started at a real chance to make an income online. My long-term goal here is to buy or build a house for my family. If you have any other concerns do not hesitate to let me know.

Claudia
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, this is a legitimate program, but it is not a get rich quick scheme and takes months of hard work. If you intend staying as a starter member, you will only have access to the first 10 lessons. This is enough to teach you to build a website but does not go in-depth into how to drive traffic or join affiliate programs.

Even if you were to upgrade to premium, you would be unlikely to see any income for at least 3 months, and more realistically 6 months. There is a lot of writing involved, which is the reason you are encouraged to pick a topic for your website you are genuinely interested in.

Having said that, if you take the attitude of realising this is a long-term commitment to building a genuine online business, then there is money to be made. I have added a link to some success stories for you to read, but do be aware that most people prefer to keep details to themselves. After all, would you announce to complete strangers what your earnings are?
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allancurtis Premium
Your success will be directly linked to your effort ... this is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes time, patience, perseverance to be successful.

Affiliate marketing is not a scam ... once you have your membership paid for, you are free to use the vast resources on Wealthy Affiliate to learn and implement your online business.

All the tools are provided along with rich educational materials and a community of thousands of members willing to help.

The beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that it runs in the background for you 24/7 and can generate revenues for years with little or no effort.

Selecting a niche and developing your website will take you weeks ... gaining traffic on Google and Yahoo etcl will take weeks to months ... revenue may not be generated for a month or so ... it really depends on so many factors.

Other people's success or lack of success has no bearing on your potential ... there are far too many variables to be comparative!

This is a business ... only you can make it successful!

Allan
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
I should also tell you that your website is not the only way through which you can make money here. If you promote WA and get referrals you will also be paid by WA
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AJTrimble1 Premium
You're not being rude. This is a common question. And, yes, this is legit. There are many members who are successful here; just do a search for success stories. But... there are also many who are not successful. And that's to be expected. It's normal.

You must remember that this is a business like any other. It's going to take time, effort, and even some financial investment. It is most certainly not a scam, but it is definitely not Get-Rich-Quick either. It's straight-up hard work, plain and simple.

The only real difference between an online business and starting a traditional brick and mortar store on the streetcorner is the overhead involved. For example, I run my entire business out of an office in my home. I don't have to pay for a building, and my morning "commute" is basically from the bedroom to the bottom of the stairs. But how you run a business is pretty much the same.

At the end of the day, the question isn't does it work. Many of us are living proof that it does. The real question is, will it work... for you. And only you can answer that.
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allancurtis Premium
Just to clarify, Ambassador's do not receive payment for their efforts ... they are volunteers just like all other members. There are opportunities for Site Reviews that may generate some credits but there is no payment for being an ambassador.
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Ok... thanks very much for the clarification! I edited it
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Lokhi Premium
If you're willing to put in the time and energy to do the work, then yes it's worth it. This isn't a get rich quick deal, and it's going to take time.

As for my proof, I work slowly and I didn't start with affiliate bootcamp (I put mine affiliate site up about 2 weeks ago and only have a WA review on it w/ the legal pages). I have my main site that I work on, and I'm not in a rush - which breaks down to, I haven't made anything w/ it bc I haven't made the effort to full on promote it.
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EjmMissouri Premium
No need to take time away from family to do this. Make it a family project. It will be more fun that way.
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Hi Cris. Nothing is a waste of time here and this process definitely takes time. Noting worthy comes without the time, effort, and dedication, and passion. Trust yourself, trust all the wonderful people here who are proving you every day that they can be trusted , as they are proving it to all of us.
You can trust them. You can trust the process. You can take the action to achieve all that you want to achieve. And I hope that this makes sense. Have a nice day/night!
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AndreiB Premium
Hi! I just joined yesterday. :) I think that like many businesses you don't really see returns until after a year. I've been in business before and attracting customers is one of the key considerations. I think it will take some time. I have family and friends that shop regularly online through places like Walmart and Amazon. I think through word of mouth, blogs and searches we may be get some kind of ROI.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - do be aware that you cannot purchase anything through your own links, or ask friends or family to do so. This will get you banned from Amazon's program.
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How do you go about promoting WA?
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How long have you been a member?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I have been here for 10 months. Have you chosen your niche yet?
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