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 domains). As a Premium Plus+ member, you can build and host up to 50 websites (including websites on your own domains). 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.siterubix.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 & Premium Plus+)
  • SiteContent (Starter, Premium & Premium Plus+)
  • SiteBuilder (Starter, Premium & Premium Plus+)
  • SiteDomains (Starter, Premium & Premium Plus+)

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. :)


==> Go Premium or Premium+ & Get Instant Access to Over 4,100+ Themes, and Over 60,000 Plugins!

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johnwcs1313 Premium
when upgrade at lesson 10 how much more is there until your first web site is all done and ready to go making money i made one website doing the lesson up to 10 lession and now got to buy member shit i well but how long more after lesson 10 is there to go befor my fistrt web site is all done and out there moaking money hopefully can some one till me plz thanks john clarke.
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jayivey0218 Premium
this stuff takes time man.. you may not get your first sale until months down the road, sometimes even a year
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TabathaT1 Premium
You gotta be a dealer online with the product think pot idk sorry if that was inappropriate however it may be a strategy for some
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - once you are premium, there are a further 40 lessons. A website is never finished, you have to maintain it by writing 2 or 3 articles for it every week. It will be at least 3 months before you make any income at all, and more realistically it will be 6 months. This is a long term commitment, not a quick fix.
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HLeguillow Premium
It's all about the hustle. Message received.
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Crepuscular Premium
I appreciate the WA community and their honesty. I will echo them as well. This can take some time. You might not make money right away. Some people take up to 6 months or longer to make money... some maybe less. But, that's to be expected with any business (online or in person). This place isn't a scam, so it takes some work and dedication to make something of it. Once you get the ball rolling, you won't regret it.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
It's never finished you will be adding to it for ever.
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Rameet1 Premium
I am new to this, I created a website here at free domain and after completing all steps it gave me a message that site already exists and to install a new website on this domain, you will need to delete the existing website first, i just don't want to delete somebody else's work as I am beginning to make my website, I can restart and delete the one I made.
Also is it wise to make website under my own domain or free domain is good for the beginners as I am new to all this.
Please help
Thanks
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YvonneBray Premium
Hello Rameet
Did you follow the steps in Level 1? You may have to restart your new site that may be vacant in Jaaxy and deleted the old one. But first see if you can create a new one.
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Rameet1 Premium
Hi Yvonne
Thanks for replying I went thru all the steps not sure why it gave me that message. and how to check if i can create a new one.
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YvonneBray Premium
If you have any further problems you may have to inform Tech support. All the Best.
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Rameet1 Premium
Thanks a lot
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lapr007 Premium
After clicked free domain, did you check the name on the siterubix,com box? (Step2) If the response is that "site already exists", it can be yours or other person. The response also said that you need to delete the other site only if it's really yours.

Option 1: The easiest is to add or remove a letter or character (#$%^, etc.). Change SportsResults to Sports-Results.

Option2: Add or remove (edit) a word. SportResults to SportsAnd Scores

We cannot used .com because it is already in siterubix.com. Your final site name could be sportsandscores.siterubix.com
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Rameet1 Premium
thanks a lot,i will check
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michaelw777 Premium
Well; I am just going to say; go over the training again; do that first; go over the training again. And if that does not help? Try going a little forward; and if that doesn't help? Go back again. No Offense meant; just saying; try going over the training you did for this. And if that doesn't help? Go a little or more than a little ahead. Hope this helps? No Offense meant.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
You must have tried to set it up twice.
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cmallinson Premium
After viewing the Setting up your Niche Website video, I went to the back office Dashboard to continue work.

However, there was more there than the video showed.

The top line on the Dashboard said to upgrade to WordPress 5-5-1. But before upgrading, there is an instruction to do a backup of the website information. Is the backup something WA does for us continually/automatically, or does the website owner have to do a backup before actually doing the upgrade?

If you go to the WordPress instruction link that is on the Dashboard on how to back things up, you see a quagmire of impossible to follow information. Am I missing or misreading something?

What should I do? Thanks in advance to anyone who can some guidance.
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JosephRebisz Premium
Site Support automatically backs up every 24 hours, not to worry.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, back-ups are handled automatically. That is just language that Wordpress uses for, and many hosting companies don't provide back-ups or stable hosting, so that is a requirement.

Here at WA you have regular snapshots taken of your website, so if something were to happen you could always contact SiteSupport and they could get you back up and running.
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cmallinson Premium
Thanks Kyle. I had to leave for a few hours. When I returned, it was nice to see such a quick response to my question. You and WA are top drawer
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cmallinson Premium
Thanks Joseph. It's nice to have guys like you in the WA community.
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JosephRebisz Premium
Awww shucks. Thank you though. Anytime I can help, let me know :)
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AndyTiller Premium
Hi, just a couple of questions on the plugins. When i activated the All In One SEO Pack, it says Upgrade to Pro. Do i need to do this, as this is an extra cost?
Also, the theme i've chosen recommends the following plugins: One Click Demo Import, TP Education, WP Google Maps and WooCommerce. Should i install these as well?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - no, you don't need to upgrade the All In One SEO, the free version is fine. As for the others, you don't need to install them at this stage. You should avoid having unnecessary plugins as it slows down your site.
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AndyTiller Premium
Thanks for clearing that up Diane, and the speedy response!
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amjadjudeh Premium
Hi Andy,

Forget about the pro plan of the SEO plugin, we all use the free plan as it is more than enough.
Almost all free plugins and themes offer paid plans that has extra features, but you don't really need any of them for an affiliate site.

I use many plugins and I have never used the paid plan for any of theme.

And for the theme, you don't need any of these recommended plugins.
I think the theme you have chosen was mainly designed for selling courses or products by creating an online store on WordPress, and that's why they recommend WooCommerce and TP Education, which is something you don't need for affiliate marketing.

Regarding plugins in general, the training will tell you whenever you need to install a plugin, don't install anything extra as there are ten's of thousands of plugins for different features, and many plugins might cause slowness in the website and security issues.

For the themes, there's a free theme called GeneratePress that you can install, it is the same one I'm using for the most of my sites, including the one you visited before joining WA.
It is a decent and cleaned theme, and although they have a paid plan also, but the free plan I'm using is really great and better than most of the free themes out there, and it gets updated regularly for no cost on you.

Even Kyle and Jay (The Live Webinars coach) are using this theme on their sites.

Don't stress over the look of the site, as for now no one will be really finding it on Google, and anyway, the GeneratePress theme can be customized later as for the main appearance.

In general, the cleaner the theme looks the better it is for readership and conversions (commissions).

I hope that helps. Please, let me know if you have more questions!
Amjad
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johnwcs1313 Premium
its say two free web sites but now at lesson 10 it say to buy the member shit to do the rest of the web site right so there is not no free web site i was going to do the two free ones then buy the member shit and do 10 more web sites so i hasve 12 in all but you could only do 10 because there is not free site are there is it at all
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That seems fair to be totally honest because they are going to help you make money in return
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jbguitar Premium
Are you in a country that doesn't allow the 2 free siterubix sites?

A lot of people here started on those free sites, got experience, and were able to eventually upgrade.

You get a lot for free that no other site in the world would give you. You can stay as a free member as long as you want. This is a great way to get your writing skills and creative juices working.

That being said-Wealthy Affiliate is a business. They aren't going to be giving you Premium dot com sites for nothing, free hosting of them, or the higher level training. They would go under really fast doing that.

I wish the best for you
Jason
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feigner Premium
the structure of the platform changed this year and the training has not kept up - it is supposed to be updated later this year...
so starter members get one free site and premium member now have 10 sites total
one site is enough for you to make money - but it is picking the right niche
as a starter you do have one free siterubix site and access to both level ones and two classrooms under the training along with a lot of the training the members have created....
so have a look at the structure of the course and type it into the search bar - you may find members have created training about it .....
good luck
phil
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jbguitar Premium
I didn't realize they changed the two free sites to one free one so sorry for the mistake. One thing to do here is to focus on a well-defined niche and put all of your focus into one site.
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That's totally fine and yes I'm still just going through the lessons and the great thing is that I can stop and come back later to continue learning and going through the lessons, that's something I've not seen on anything else
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as the others have said, you only get one free website, the rules changed in March. And as a premium member, the maximum is now 10.

According to your profile, you have already built your free website, so I am not sure what you are saying. You now need to write lots of articles for it on your chosen niche subject, and when you have enough content you can apply to join affiliate programs and promote products to earn a commission.

Do be aware that this is not a get rich quick scheme and requires months of consistent work before you make any money.
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TabathaT1 Premium
This is true I bought mine as soon as I could and if you made it that far in you should be able to come off with a few bucks my friend. I know it seems like I'm speaking harshly however it's the getting the gandor.
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TabathaT1 Premium
Getting of the gandor. Goodness having writting issues today.
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JohnDenekar Premium
You should have been to build a site at the end of lesson 4
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Kyle Premium
Yes, it was changed back to one in May. I have new training coming to reflect that, but we have an entirely new UX coming in the week ahead so that is why it is delayed here.
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