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 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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alexander81 Premium
Affiliate links question!

If I would have an affiliate link on my website too, let's say an amazon product, will I only get paid if the customer buys the product the first time he goes to that affiliate page? Or could the customer log off and then come back to the affiliate page weeks later and buy and I would still get the money?
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Jeffreybs Premium
Most affiliate programs have a period that your cookies that tell them the visitor came from your site, but every affiliate program usually is a little different.

Another thing you are going to like even if they don't buy the product on your site but use your link to get to the affiliate site and purchase a completely different product you will get credit so if you get lucky and they spend a big chunk of money from your link you will earn more money

Choosing affiliate programs that pay 15% commission and higher is what I recommend if you are serious about earning as much money as you possibly can, so don't join the first program until you shop around for the highest paying programs within the niche you choose

I hope this helps
Jeff
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boomergp08 Premium
It doesn't matter when that person buys the product. As long as they go to the Amazon website through your affiliate link and complete the purchase within 24 hours of entering via your link, you will get the commission.
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AussieJeff Premium
Good to see your hard at work there, Alexander.
Amazon has a 24-hour cookie system and the person can buy other items as well and you get the commissions.
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alexander81 Premium
Ok! Does anybody know if it is always 24 hours? I want to be affiliate for a product that takes months of planning for the buyer... They will not buy that within 24 hours...The link has to be valid for at least three months...
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Good question, been wondering about this myself.
To the Wealthy Affiliate community all the best over the festive season and the new year as well.
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Jeffreybs Premium
Good question but you will find it difficult to find many of the small paying affiliate programs such as Amazon to ever give you months from someone using your link but what you can do is insert more of your past posts to get more people to see past product links.

Jeff
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DValentine Premium
Hi Alexander - one way you could get round this would be to get your visitors onto a mailing list.
Have you bought this product yourself? Do you know how to plan to get it - is there a way you can smooth the process for your visitors?
If there is then you could supply that info in an emailing series that would end up with you supplying the Amazon link at the end of each email.
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Jeffreybs Premium
I am promoting programs that pay 15% and higher in commissions and the longest cookie duration in any of my programs is 30 days and not many of them will go that long

You might want to check into dropshipping instead of affiliate marketing for what you are wanting, you can open an online store on your website to promote drop shipping products as well

Jeff
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DValentine Premium
Alexander - just found out that Amazon does have a 90 day cookie (sort of). You can find more info if you search for 'Amazon Affiliate 90 Day Cookie' on your favourite search engine.
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Jeffreybs Premium
That is great news, what do you mean sort of
Jeff
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DValentine Premium
From what I've seen Jeff, if the shopper gets onto Amazon through you link and places a product into their shopping cart, the link lasts until the shopping cart expires (usually 90 days) - so it's not really a cookie but kinda acts like a cookie.
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alexander81 Premium
yes and it is strange cause it has to be the same for other affiliates that have links to these products today, products that cost around 200000$, I wonder who buys that within 24 hours...
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DValentine Premium
That depends on where in the customer buying cycle you connect with them.
If someone types in 'Maserati' into a search engine, they are unlikely to be in a position to buy the car but if someone types in 'maserati Ghibli Granturismo price' they are closer to buying the thing.
If they're typing in 'where can I buy a Maserati Ghibli Granturismo near me' they are very close to buying one.
So, you need to discover the search terms being used by folks who are close to buying the product and use those search terms in your content.
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If I build a free domain website and later want to move it to a domain I own, do the followers I have on the free domain move as well? Will they still be able to find it the same as they did before? Does the Google rating/locator start over?
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psalisbury1 Premium
Hi Chelsea, well that would be a Yes, Yes, No

everything is transferred safely and securely when you buy a domain name. Google will not punish you, in fact, when you buy a .com domain you will rank higher in Google

Phil
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feigner Premium
the rankings will drop for a bit as with any major change, but redirection is setup to allow your previous visitors to find your new site - this is one reason for leaving your old site up for a month after moving.
if you go into sitemanager and click on details you wil lsee what you are getting with your site as a starter member
your site will be https - all wa sites are now - or have the ability to be secure.
good luck chelsea
phil
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Hey Phil, thank you so much for this information! I appreciate your response.
Blessings,
Chelsea
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Jeffreybs Premium
You can move your website any place or any time, and it will not affect you with search engines or your readers
Jeff
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Excellent!! Thank you Jeff!

Chelsea
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Jeffreybs Premium
Do you have plans for the holidays, I do hope if you do they work out well for you
Jeff
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somebody please help me out. I have chosen "baby clothing" as my niche, so i have a question here, since i will be making a collection of baby fashion how do I get all the clothing infos and display them on my website and since I might be choosing amazon, ebay or walmart. and since my affiliation would directly to them so, do I have to get their clothing images from their websites or is it the other way around. do I have to get my own images and still be able to match their fashion stores and direct traffic to them.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - all the images on your site have to be copyright-free. They will be difficult to find, if you want to promote branded products. You can't just copy and paste the images from Google or other websites.

Once you have applied to join affiliate programs such as Amazon, if you are approved, then they will supply you with images that you are allowed to use.

By the way, is baby clothing a subject you are genuinely interested in? You will be expected to write lots of articles on your chosen niche, as that is how you attract visitors to your website.
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Jeffreybs Premium
why did you choose baby clothing, I just am not sure if this is the right niche for you.

Maybe you should take more time to think about your niche, you don't want to jump into a niche unless you really have an interest in the topic and the products

Just trying to help
Jeff
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So you have to apply to your chosen affiliate?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, they will inspect your website to see if it is suitable.
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Jeffreybs Premium
You will find some affiliate programs accept you right away, but some like Amazon make you wait until they are ready to approve you

Whichever affiliate programs you choose I wish you the best
Jeff
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Jeffreybs Premium
Hi Diane
I see you are very busy again helping everyone, you do have a heart of gold
Jeff
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thank you for the tips, i really appreciate the help. and about baby clothing niche nahh I'm not genuinely interested in but its just for the time being I have other ideas though.
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yeahh I should probably take more time to think about it, but i was just thinking about this idea for the time being.
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Hello! I'm wondering if anyone else has experience setting up their website on another platform. I am familiar with creating websites with the Wordpress platform, and I would like to stay within that format. If I create with WA, will I still have the ability to modify the website's code, access my website database? I'm doing this while also following a web development course, so I want this to all make sense together.
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psalisbury1 Premium
Hi Dari, and Welcome, Yes you can still edit your WordPress themes here, just be careful when you are adding and deleting code that you do not break your website
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Thank you @Psalisbury!
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psalisbury1 Premium
You are quite Welcome Dari, :)

Phil
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feigner Premium
Dari - you get a very secure environment here for your hosting
with the siterubix sites you don't get ftp access - but one work around is to use the filemanager plugin - but only when you are premium.
with your own domain hosted here you get ftp access, but no cpanel. or limited cpanel.
with the theme you can easily create a child theme for you to experiment on - i would recommend the one by elementor - hello as it has the absolute minimum required and then you can style it as you wish.
you can always create your own theme and upload it and go on to create your own plugins as well.
good luck with your course and with your development wherever you continue it.
phil
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Could you establish an affiliate program your online store that you have or is planning to launch, in order to drive traffic and sales. I it is so what would I need to do to make this possible. For e.g. do I need to register an affiliate company to do so.
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Jeffreybs Premium
I am not sure what you are asking, but if you are planning to promote an online store you would need products. You can join an affiliate program, digital products such as Clickbank, or you could add a dropshipping store which you sign up with a supplier but you do need to sign up with a company unless you have your own products to sell
Jeff

Feel free to contact me if this does not answer your question
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DValentine Premium
Hey Jermaine - if you're thinking of having affiliates selling your own products for a commission - I think that's a little out of the scope of WA - WA teaches you how to be an affiliate marketer for someone else - if that's the route you want to go and I applaud you for doing so - then you should contact your personal coach (top left of your dashboard screen) for further help - or reach out to Kyle and/or Carson for more help.
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