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 known 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 your own FREE website as a Starter.

As a Premium member, you can build and host up to 10 websites (including websites on your own domain). That is more than adequate to drive many multi-million dollar businesses over time and our hosting platform is industry leading in terms of speed, security, and reliability...all critical factors to running a successful online business.

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 own) using the "Premium Only" MOVE feature. So by all means start off with a free website and then down the road you can easily 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 ONE theme that has been hand picked for quality, speed, security, and overall theme design.

As a Premium Member though you will have access to over 4,134 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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JVessey Premium
Hi folks. In building a new website/ domain for a niche, it appears I might be foolish to not just buy in to the premium program for better everything right out of the gate. Thoughts? Can I make a decent money making online site with only the simplest free options? Or, do I really need to invest more?
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ScottHolden Premium
Hi Jim. That's really up to you. Only you can decide if it is worth spending the extra money. But for me, when I saw what PREMIUM gave me, it was a no brainer and has been well worth the extra money. With that said, you do not need to upgrade to PREMIUM, the starter package is enough to "Get Started"... no pun intended.

Hope that helps and good luck!
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JVessey Premium
It helps! Thanks Scott! I need a little push to get my feet wet now and then!
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CheungIsaac Premium
Hi Jim, you can build your website on the free siterubix.com domain if you're testing things out. But if you are serious about your business and want to rank your website well on Google for driving traffic, you're recommended to get a private domain. It's more difficult to rank for the free siterubix domain and does not look professional to visitors. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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JVessey Premium
Your like a God! Dead on target for my question! Wow! Thank you, sincerely!
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michaelw777 Premium
I'm just going to suggest this; and I hope no one gets mad at me; I am just trying to help a Fellow Member. What I suggest you do; start with the $49.00 Plus Tax a Month Membership. Eventually a discount deal will come around. When that comes around; take it. And in the meantime; you can save up money for that discount deal. Hope this helps? No Offense to other Members; just trying to help a Member out.
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JariusE Premium
Hello Team - I have a very sketchy idea for a niche that I think, given a lot of work, could be profitable. Which direction would benefit me the most: Online Entrepreneur Certification or the Affiliate Bootcamp? From what I understand, unless I have a well-defined niche, I should take the Affiliate Bootcamp?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi - Welcome to WA.

If you are following the Bootcamp Training (Make Money Online Niche), then realistically, it will take about 400 posts to really make a serious amount of income from it. If you are publishing 2-3 posts per week, then you can expect to start appearing on Page 1 of Google around months 3-6. This can vary of course based on your keyword research and your content quality etc.

The MMO niche is very competitive so you may want to choose the OEC training, your choice. It will generally take 3-6 months before you see any real ranking/income though. It takes a lot of continuous hard work to get there either way.

I would just quote Kyle's words, you can actually be successful in any niche. The niche you choose should be something you are most knowledgable about, something that you are most passionate to talk about and write.

It is not about which niche can get you the most traffic or benefit you the most. It is about how you build your website, produce quality content that will bring value to your readers, and how you can show Google and other search engines that you can be an authority (expert) in your niche.

So, what are the things you are most passionate about? Narrow down those interest into one thing that you sure you can write tons of articles with.

All the best,
Ferra
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kbiel4 Premium
Well put, Ferra. I couldn't agree more.

Kent
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JariusE Premium
Wow - This is some of the best and most realistic advice I have ever received about working a niche with good content online. I truly appreciate you taking the time to give me such valuable guidance. I'm going to take this and run with it!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Glad we could help. That's what WA community all about. Sharing is caring. :)
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EmakAmelia Premium
Thank you, Kent. :)
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kenkirsten Premium
aff bootcamp if uou learn and take your time will be very good for you
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How do I know if I've picked a good niche or if I'm on the right track? I understand that can change at any given time, but I want to make sure I'm coming at it with all my best. It also seems it might be best to begin developing content (posts and articles) prior to even building a site. Thoughts?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

I think that is normal. Choosing a niche is a big step.

A Niche should be specific, evergreen, profitable, a solution to a problem, and most importantly a passion you can live for.

What is it you are so passionate about? Something that you can turn into a lot of content that will fill your website with and attract visitors to your site. Something that you can use to answer your readers questions or solve their problems with.

Specific: Who is your targeted segment? Who will benefit from your site? Gender, age, occupation, etc.

Evergreen: it has an everlasting appeal to your audience/target market.

Profitable: this one is pretty self-explanatory.

A solution to a problem: You'd like to make sure your site can help your audience to address their problems.

Lastly, yes passion. Why? Because we will write a lot of content. It should be much easier when it starts with passion.

I would say, do your research on the target audience you would like to help to solve their problems. What kinds of products you would recommend or review on your website?

Also, check out the competitions. How do they serve their audiences?

Try Kyle's trick in finding affiliate programs within the niche you choose by Googling: "your niche+affiliate programs."
For example: Weight loss + affiliate programs

Here is the link to Kyle’s post about Target audience where you can find ideas for great niches. All the best,
Ferra
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Ferra,

Thank you! I can definitely say 'Yes' to all of those items you described and even found a wealth of affiliate programs for said niche. I even jotted out 50 ideas within the niche for different posts/articles. Guess that means it's time to develop content before finding a home for it all.

Thanks,
Shannon
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Any niche is good if you produce the goods!
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skmorrow Premium
Here are some resources to help you narrow down your niche if you need some help in that area. These are big picture overview, not necessarily that you are picking one the niches listed I think it is important in the beginning to have an interest in your niche, for sure. But over time, I think earning money will drive the passion.

Hope this helps. If you are not in the MMO niche, you can also use Dylan's training A lot of the concepts in here can be used for different niches. Amazon is a great resource for finding products around a particular niche.
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megawinner Premium
Hi Shannon! There are criterias.:
1. If you are creating relevant content about your niche regularly
2. It is your passion and interest
3. It is something you can really earn money - because some niches have no sizable monetary possibilities.
4. Your skills in writing product reviews matter.
5. You get audience and it is on the upward trajectory.
Note: Sometimes it takes time to get audience, traffic and monetization. The best part is your perseverance and continuous improvement. Success is the only option. Do not quit.
Best regards,
Florentino
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Probityduke Premium
Hello SOFreddie, follow you interst in choosing good niche
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Ivan88 Premium
Hey there, any niche you choose is good as long as you have a genuine passion for it and would like to help people out there with your knowledge and information. And when it comes to profits, there are tons of products and affiliate programs for every niche that you can join to montize you site.

If you're still in doubt, I would recommend reading this post. Can I ask, what it is that you would like you niche to be?
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TedRod Premium
Please need help. I rememenber doing the first starter website I selected from those series of themes not realizing it was wrong, then i decided to change it but refused to dissapear. I could`nt delete it, so decided to do a second one from there it became more complicated. I would be very grateful if anyone could solve it for me so i could move forward. Thanks
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MisterWailor Premium
can you log in to the website. what is the domain name?
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TedRod Premium
First one is bestgadget.com. the second one is trcellphoneslaptops.com. There is still added letters built in the system for only starter. I think things are now mixed up I do remember I purchased the website. So please I myself is confused.
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TedRod Premium
I log in just now it's my gadget. com
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TedRod Premium
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MisterWailor Premium
This domain name listed for sell. Does it belong to you?
Can you log in to the website?
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MisterWailor Premium
I checked, you website should be trcellphoneslaptops.com
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TedRod Premium
That's the one I bought as my permanent domain can I leave the starter domain what can you suggest. Or do you see anything that might affect to the succeeding task.
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TedRod Premium
Yes it's mine also
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TedRod Premium
Yes just now I login
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TedRod Premium
That one not for sell right
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TedRod Premium
The one I bought is trcellphoneslaptop.com
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TedRod Premium
Yes you are seeing my mistakes what do we do anything wrong that needs correction but it seems could not be undone.
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MisterWailor Premium
click on "Help Center" on the left-hand-side near the bottom to contact support. They can help you.
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zeta3 Premium
domains expire after a year if not renewed. focus on the one you opened recently.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you will have started with a free SiteRubix site. Possibly this one - https://bestgadget.siterubix.com/ ?

As you have now bought your own .com domain, you can either delete your free site, or just use it for practice when you are trying something new.
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TedRod Premium
OK I agree that's the best we can do and lesson that must not happen again thanks Diane for putting time and see more these coming days.
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TedRod Premium
Mr Wailor only now ive seen this area i was doing at my own reading without following discussion area. Its the result of speeding not knowing that things can be done by the help of all members. this is where I should hang around. For now Im ok, Kyle responded right away and he himself fix it. Of course again im avoiding mistakes slowly I go. Thanks Mr. Wailor expect me to ask you next as a rescuer.
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MisterWailor Premium
If you ask questions and other members will help you as long as you give a clear description of your problem.
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LeslieB3 Premium
I have posted a number of questions at the top but ive not seen any replys, which means i guess that I dont know where to look for answers.

Im having terrible trouble in finalysing the website ive built, I think short term memory must be making a hit as Ive set up many sites 15 years ago But sure am having extreme problems here.
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