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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MartineB Premium
Right here I go! I am a newbie. I have two questions and a comment :)

Q1 Can I run a website outside of the WA platform i.e. SiteRubix? I am not yet sure what it is exactly I have entered into here. More training required....lol

Q2 Do I have to obtain a domain through WA?

Comment: Years ago I purchased a wordpress site. It was a nightmare to work with (however, it was a while ago and perhaps things have changed and perhaps I have become much more techy too, nevertheless..........)
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ariesight Premium
You don't have to get a domain through WA. You can apply the training to another site if you have one.
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MartineB Premium
Thank you
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Martine

Welcome to WA - great questions, let me see if I can answer them for you:

A1 Siterubix and WA work hand in hand. Your 2 free SiteRubix sites come as part of your free membership with WA. Once you go Premium with WA you have access to 25 free SiteRubix websites - this is great for starting a new site, testing themes and niches etc..

A2 You can purchase your domain anywhere and redirect it to WA for hosting, or host elsewhere if you choose. I have kept everything in one place (within WA) because everything I need is here. I bought my domains through WA and host my sites here - the support is amazing.

In response to your comment: I am not techy at all and am finding the WordPress sites to be great to work with :-) You can make your site as simple or as techy as you choose :-)

WA is an awesome platform which is why everything I do online is kept within the platform.

Blessings
Louise
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JKulk1 Premium
The WordPress sites with WA are simple.
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MartineB Premium
Can you purchase a domain through someone else but apply it to your website via WA? (Appreciate your patience - I am somewhat clueless when it comes to this side of things)
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MartineB Premium
Thanks Louise, that's helpful.
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MartineB Premium
Great! Thank you:)
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ariesight Premium
Ask EVERY question you have. If you stick around, you'll see that the community here is great.
That's the #1 reason I love this platform. Most people love answering questions, so don't worry about that.

What exactly do you mean by "apply your domain to your website via WA"?
You can have a completely separate site. You can host it somewhere else without any connection to WA. And you can apply everything you learn here to your site.
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MartineB Premium
Hmmm...not sure I know what I mean...haha.
Yes, I'm finding out how helpful people are on here and I think I might have even helped others already which is nice.
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ariesight Premium
Yes, it's nice. :)
If you're not sure you want to go Premium, just stay on the Starter for now. Finish the level 1 training and then focus on writing.
In a couple of months, if you want to keep going, go to Premium then. It's better than going now and feeling like you made a bad choice.
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MartineB Premium
Yes, thank you
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Swangirl Premium
You can only use a SiteRubix site if you are a free member. Most members who pay for a premium account also want their own domain. You can buy one here at WA (which is often just 2 or 3 dollars more but it is much, much easier since you don't have to transfer it over), or you can buy one anywhere else. If you buy it here you get the hosting included however and there are no upsells unlike Go Daddy and other places.
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi lovely :-)
We can use SiteRubix sites as Premium members too. I see long-standing members here doing test sites that way before buying domains.
Great to see your gorgeous face again.
Blessings
Louise
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ariesight Premium
That's what I believed she was saying in the beginning. :P
But she means that if you're a free member, you can only use a Siterubix site, you can't host your own domain.
Kind of confusing when you read it, huh? I had to read it a couple of times before I realise it.
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PJooste Premium
Thanks Louise you have answered I question I also had but hadn't mentioned yet. My husband and I have a website we working on purchased through another domain (I'm a newbie here) so we can move it across and continue with it here. Great!
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Pamela
That's awesome - glad to help, even unintentionally, lol!
Blessings
Louise
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lrsnmlss Premium
Two ideas for my niche:
- Helping patients and families become more informed about their choices/options approaching hospital discharge before the day of discharge. The questions they should be asking and the questions they may want to consider before day of discharge. Thoughts? I am not sure how to simplify?

- Promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Thoughts? Too simple?
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MartineB Premium
I think you have simplified re your hospital discharge idea.
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lrsnmlss Premium
I think I can narrow down the “wordy” concept. Thanks for your positive feedback and look forward to supporting each other along the way!

Melissa
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MartineB Premium
Oh ok, I think I get you now. I thought your concept had been simplified, but you were talking more about the fact that the idea requires words i.e. asking questions upon discharge. If I'm correct in this assumption, my advice is to write it and then edit. It's amazing how much one can cull through repeated edits.
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lrsnmlss Premium
Regardless of my intent, your response is insightful and reflective.

Thanks,

Martine
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MartineB Premium
Thanks, you might also look at mp3, video and the written word to provide your advice. I should get back to my newbie training...lol
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waian Premium
I like the hospital discharge one. I don't see a need to simplify it; I would go all in and write everything there is to know on the topic. Make it the go-to resource for your target audience.

The eco-friendly lifestyle niche could definitely work as well, I'm just worried the competition is so stiff you might not have success for quite awhile. This is just a guess, I could be totally wrong.

If you need any more clarification/thoughts, just let me know!
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Hello, guys, I need your help which will need a creative way of thinking. I think one of the good ways to find your niche is a knowing on what you believe and with what you had actions. I mean not only interests, because it can be a fiction in our minds :) so I understood that I like adrenaline, its a skydive, diving, fast speed. But I don't have any idea how to connect all these things in some logical aspect. If you agree or also finding your niche, let's discuss:)
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I feel you on this. How about model airplanes, model cars both gas/electric. Also model airplanes and drones. Big this time of year in this last quarter till Christmas!!! For the skydiver in you add skydiving equipment for the true adrenaline junkie.
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Thank you, Joseph, actually its good idea, about drones:) but immediately is a new question about competitors. Do you find a niche for yourself?
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KayDeeBee Premium
I'm working on my first site and the material.
First question: Does anyone have any advice on how to maintain your personal privacy while still being personal and relatable in your blogs? I'm drawing from my experiences with my family, but keeping their privacy is definitely a priority.

Second Question: Does anyone know of a good reputable source for great stock photos (free or reasonable priced)?

Many Thanks!!!!
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Kyle Premium
That is something that you are in full control of, and you can do what you are comfortable with. Many of the most successful bloggers out there have used aliases (pen names) and that is completely fine, or you could just use your first name, or a nickname.

And when you engage people with your content, you want to be relatable.
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Kim,

I too have often wondered about my family and relatives' privacy. As you become more comfortable behind the keyboard you will naturally find ways of not mentioning names or releasing too much information to the public.

The last thing I want is my uncle breathing down the back of my neck, making sure I don't share one of the embarrassing moments of his life (and believe me he has a bunch I could share)

LOL

I have found that having someone proofread my more personal articles prior to posting them helps me quite a bit, a second opinion is always more keen than the original author, and can also make sure privacy is maintained to its utmost.

Hope this helps, Calvin
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PoppaJoe Premium
You will find that when you are writing your blog, there is a media button located at the top that allows you to access over a million photos that you can use. You will develop more sources as time goes one and if you want to explore, try the following:

https://pixabay.com/
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Kim,

sorry I forgot you asked a second question there about images remember it is up to you to make sure any images you use on your site are royalty-free. Here is a list that I have made of the man site that offers images to use:

The Library of Congress
https://www.loc.gov/
123RF
https://www.123rf.com/
BarnImages
https://barnimages.com/
Burst (by SHopify)
https://burst.shopify.com/
Creative Commons
https://creativecommons.org/
Death to the Stock Photo
https://deathtothestockphoto.com/
Epicantus
https://epicantus.tumblr.com/
Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/
Foodies Feed
https://www.foodiesfeed.com/
Freerange Stock
https://freerangestock.com/
FreeImages
https://www.freeimages.com/
Freestocks.org
https://freestocks.org/
Gratisography
https://gratisography.com/
Good Free Photos
https://www.goodfreephotos.com/
KaboomPics
https://kaboompics.com/
Jay Mantri
https://jaymantri.com/
Libreshot
https://libreshot.com/
Life of Pix
https://www.lifeofpix.com/
Little Visuals
http://littlevisuals.co/
NegativeSpace
https://negativespace.co/
New Old Stock
https://nos.twnsnd.co/
Magdeleine
https://magdeleine.co/
MMT Stock
https://mmtstock.com/
Morguefile.com
https://morguefile.com/
One Million Free Pictures
http://www.1millionfreepictures.com/
Pexels
https://www.pexels.com/
Photo Stock Editor
https://photostockeditor.com/
Picjumbo
https://picjumbo.com/
Pick-up Image
http://pickupimage.com/photo-sharing/top
Pictography
https://picography.co/
Pixaby
https://pixabay.com/
Public Domain Archive
https://www.publicdomainarchive.com/
Reshot
https://www.reshot.com/
RGBStock
https://www.rgbstock.com/
Scx.hu
https://www.scx.hu/
ShotStash
https://isorepublic.com/
Skitterphoto
https://skitterphoto.com/
Snapwire Snaps
https://snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com/
StockSnap
https://stocksnap.io/
Stockvault
https://www.stockvault.net/
StyledStock
https://styledstock.co/
Upsplash
https://unsplash.com/
Wikimedia.org.

I think that there might also be a couple that I missed

:-D

But I think you will find what you are looking for with the list provided!

Hope this helps,

living Life Large, Calvin
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maryaffgirl Premium
Thanks!
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Having lots of trouble with a niche I mainly just enjoy gaming and playing fortnite and other popular games so I'm not entirely sure about how to pick something within that category and I'm not opposed to doing something completely different either I just have no idea where to start
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steeph Premium
You’d be surprised with how many things you can come up with regarding video games!
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