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. :)


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Cmil Premium
Hi guys,
I'm struggeling with my niche. I'm looking for a way to make money while travelling. I had a (private) blog on Polarsteps for friends and family for more than a year and received some really positive feedback on my writing, so I would like to take that to a next level. The video really focuses on advertising products. Sure enough, I bought a backpack and some outdoor clothing, but the focus is much more on my stories, photos and my experiences. How would you guys deal with this? Do I simply have to accept that the way I had it in my mind isn't how this works or are there other ways to deal with this?

Many thanks!
Camille
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, it may be generalized and need breaking down to a specific audience for starters, by time your site start to gain traction and authority you would then scale.

Have a look at below link You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

https://my.jaaxy.com/search/keywords
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DValentine Premium
Hey Camille
The 'experiences' part of your Polarsteps blog sounds like something other readers would like to check out. They almost sound like reviews you've done on the places you've been to.

I suggest you create content and publish to your blog on a regular basis - 1-2 times a week seems to be the 'norm'.

Now, Google automatically puts new websites into what is called a 'sandbox' - while you're in here, you will get very little traffic to your site as Google runs through its ranking algorithm. This sandbox treatment last anywhere between 3-9 months and you'll start to see your visitor numbers rise as Google starts to trust your content.

Is there a way around this - no, not really; social posting and video publishing may help but it's really a right-of-passage thing - if you can stick it out then you get rewarded by the search engines in traffic flows.
I hope that helps
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Villageist Premium Plus
Interesting niche and focus, I do exploration vlogging and my passion is travel and visiting villages and small towns. May be you'd like connect, would love getting to know you guys.

I am also starting out one month in and learning the ropes.
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Cmil Premium
Thanks Abie, that's an useful post. I'll give my idea some more though and will try to narrow it down. For example to only focus on the best ways (and products) to travel as lightweight as possible as my focus is on backpacking and travelling by bike. This narrows down the audience to starters already.
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Cmil Premium
I'll take a look at the opportunities my reviews provide for linking to the activities or experiences I'm writing about. That could be interesting.

Luckily my motivation comes from sharing my experiences and not from reaching as many people as possible or earning money, so I'm not worried about that commitment. It's good to know that it can take a while though :)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
I commend you on your input, I really like your focus and you'll do great. Kindly let us know if needing anything else, more than happy to assist.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
The only other way besides affiliate marketing is selling your own products or making money off of displaying ads on your website. You usially can’t make money displaying ads on your website until you are getting a lot of traffic to your website.

If you don’t want to do full on product reviews, then maybe you can just casually link to Amazon when you mention your back pack or other item that you use? Or maybe have a link to a page that talks about your bike which in turn has a link to Amazon. This might be a little less intrusive than full on product reviews ob your website.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
You can definitely do what you want to do, if you just make one mindset shift IMO.

=> Everything you want to blog about, probably has a related search term which someone is typing into Google.

Worried about traveling to a cold country and feel underprepared? People are probably searching things related to best cold weather jackets

Got caught in the rain while camping and the water soaked through your tent? People are searching for the best rainproof tents or best foul weather tents

Took a photo of a mountain? What camera? What are the pros and cons? Would you recommend it? How do you process and edit the photos? What's the best place to print them? Can you put them on a Canvas and hang it in your living room?

All of these things you're doing related to things people search for. Some have a commercial product element, some do not. The key is to write in such a way that you can get found by people using search engines.
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Villageist Premium Plus
I love it, thanks Nathaniel. Really great info and would help me. Do you mind if I ask you sometimes some questions, you seem to know your stuff. Thanks in advance.
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I tried to upgrade to premium but I get a message that says the transaction cannot be processed. Please enter a valid credit card verication number. I already entered all I was asked to enter there is nothing else to enter not sure how to address this issue

Jeanm2
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Hackerist Premium
Where do you live? If your country is not banned, you may want to contact Billing through
https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/contact/
choosing the Billing category.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - WA is based in Canada, and some banks see this as a foreign transaction and won't process it. Take Tom's advice first, to see if support can help. If not, you may need to contact your own bank and confirm you want the payment to go through.
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Is it mandatory for the site to have a mention concerning the commission that the owner of the site will receive?
I notice that the influencers on youtube for example must mention that they receive a commission through the links they share under their videos. Is it the same for this kind of site?
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Amykaza79 Premium
Yes
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JegadeeshD Premium
Yes. We have to mention.
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ChrisJayyy Premium
Read the affiliate disclosure template found in site content templates
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Marvin05 Premium
Yes
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Thank you all for your responses.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, yes you must display an affiliate disclosure visible in primary menu and you also need a shorter disclosure as close as possible to the first affiliate link in a post, either above or below the link.

However, if it's an Amazon link, you have to say "as an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualify purchases" and this has to be directly above your first Amazon link in the post.

Please review below resource An affiliate disclosure template is also included in your site content

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/content/templates

Anything else you'd need help with, kindly let us know. More than happy to assist anytime.
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Aparna155 Premium
Yes absolutely. It is called an Affiliate Disclaimer
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Dianesmith2 Premium
I have created a navigational menu. I now want to add drop now menu . I know i move the category to the right to create the drop down. i hope i don't confuse you. do i have to create a whole new menu and add new pages to this drop down menu.

my website looks questionable . Please help. Thank you
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Warly10 Premium
Hi, normally the drop down menu is supposed to be your categories.

For instance if you have in your menu "Blog", you can then have as drop down "Learn", "my tips" etc.

Hope you get it. It depends on your categories.

I guess you created categories for your posts
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Dianesmith2 Premium
I need to check that. Thank you.
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Warly10 Premium
No prob
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JoseCarlos6 Premium
I had two questions...

1. I set up my first website through siterubix before purchasing a domain. Because I don't want to purchase a domain and have a name I don't think works for the content of my page. Can I switch my page over to a domain name later if I decide on one?

2. I know that a name doesn't need hours of reflection but I still like feedback on whether others think it will work. My page title is "Why Movies Are Cool". Is this an attractive name? My aim is mostly to argue against negative arguments people may have for movies or against particular titles...
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, first question is yes.

You can use GoDaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name for your site. May I add domain names nowadays are not effected by SEO.

If you believe the above suffices with your niche and what you are trying to convey and is available why not register - thou I wouldn't go over 16 characters. (norm is 6 - 14 characters)

You can also use namemesh.com to find a name, look out for the SEO & MIX columns. Or you may like try "Lean Domain Search" instead.

Just ran a search, it is available however not memorable.
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