Search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo are after ONE thing. The most relevant content.

If you can build out your website in a way that is ready for SEO (as discussed in the last lesson) and create quality, relevant content, you are going to have a bright journey ahead of you within the online world.

The thing that most people stress about is being a "writer", you DO NOT have to be a writer to be successful online.

You simply need to communicate with your audience, the same way that you would with a friend or a family member. And if you put the emphasis on helping people, you are going to be able to build trust, which is going to lead to long term and sustainable success online.

SiteContent, a Writer's Dream Platform

As both a Starter/Premium member, you have access to the SiteContent platform here at Wealthy Affiliate. This platform offers you some incredible features as a writer that will lead to more efficiency, accuracy, and speed with your content creation.

You can access the SiteContent platform through the Websites menu.

SiteContent offers you some unbelievable features that are going to make your life as a "blogger" much more efficient.

  • 100's of critical grammar and spelling checks
  • Duplicate content checker
  • Automated publishing directly to your website
  • Writing goals and accomplishments
  • SEO analysis and checks
  • Content structure analysis
  • Ability to template content
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions

This is where you are going to be creating all of your content moving forward. You will be setting writing goals and leveraging the "feature rich" platform for writing. If you are worried about your writing skills, the SiteContent interface is going to help you understand where you are making writing errors and help you correct them in a very efficient manner.

It is going to be your go to writing tool moving forward and it is exclusive to Wealthy Affiliate members only!

I have created a little walk-through video called "Creating Your Initial Website Content (Framework), showing you around the platform and how to best benefit from it. Watch the video below.

 

Task 1: Creating Your "About Me" POST

To establish a brand online in any niche, you need to build trust with your audience. The best way to initially do this is through an "about me" style page. Every successful website will have some information about their brand, who they are and why they want to help people.

Your first task today is going to be to create your About Me page and you are going to be doing this directly within the SiteContent platform.

Within your Templates tab, you are going to see that you already have the framework for your About Me page already outlined.


Simply click on the About Me template and it will take you into the SiteContent editor. This is where you will be creating your content for your About Me page.

The first thing you are going to want to do is choose a title that is appropriate for your about me page. There are several options that I suggest you choose from in terms of your naming convention.

  • About Me
  • About NAME (ex. About Kyle)
  • About SITE (ex. About Real Deal Affiliate, About RDA)
  • About Us

The most natural and the option that I have always used because I feel it resonates and creates the most trust is "About Me" or "About Kyle", because it is the most direct. It feels like I am here for you and I am here to help (which is the case with every site I create).

Then you will want to populate the content. Do know that this is just a guideline, as you edit this post you can add new headings and of course you are in full control of the content and your story.

This is not a rigid exercise here, you are YOUR OWN brand and you can build out your content in any way you like, but this will give you a good guideline here.

After your are done doing this you will be click the Publish button in the right corner, just above your editor. This is going to allow you to publish directly to your website (see below).

Upon clicking Publish, you will get a pop-up that will allow you to choose how you want to publish the content. This is a 4 step process.

Step 1: You will want to choose your website that you want to Publish to, in this case it will be my "basketballskillsanddrills.siterubix.com" website.

Step 2: Choose "Post", not a "Page". The reason is all POSTS allow for comments on them and this is a page on my website where I am going to want to allow people to leave comments and feedback. Pretty much every article you publish moving forward will be done so as a "Post".

Step 3: Choose the user. If this is a new site, you will likely only have an Admin user. That is fine, choose that as your user.

Step 4: Choose the URL plug. Leave it "as is". You shouldn't need to change your URL plug, this is something that you can leave.

The Click Publish. Upon doing so, SiteContent is going to run a duplicate content check, and then publish the content to your website. Since you wrote your About Me page it will be 100% unique.

Task 2: Adding Your "Privacy Policy" PAGE

All major affiliate programs and all advertising platforms require that you have a "Privacy Policy" on your website. This is a formality more than anything and it is very much a standardized document.

You are going to want to load up the Privacy Policy Template from your templates.


Upon doing so, you will get a standardized Privacy Policy page. You are just going to need to make a few edits within the content to update this Privacy Policy and make it relevant to your website.

Change YOURDOMAIN.com => Your Website URL

In the case of my website, I changed it to basketballskillsanddrills.siterubix.com. There about 10-11 instances of this that you will need to update within the Privacy Policy.

Then you will want to change:

Change YOUREMAIL@YOUREMAIL.com => Your Email Address

This could be any email you want, you could even create a free gmail account for the purpose of this. Or if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email at the moment, this can be something that you provide to people at a later date.

Upon updating the YOURDOMAIN.com and YOUREMAIL@YOUREMAIL.com to your website details, you will want to Publish the Privacy Policy to your website.

Publish as a Page.

The reason you want to create this as a Page, not a Post is because Pages don't allow for comments. You don't want people commenting on your Privacy Policy, whereas you are going to want to allow for comments and engagement on the rest of your website (as it is good for rankings).

NOTE: If you do publish as a page and there are comments there, not to worry. That is just how your "theme" you chose was designed and it will not present any issues moving forward.

You are all set with your first few pages of content on your website. If you have any questions about the creation of your "about me" or "privacy policy" pages, leave them below.

Kudos to you for your hard work thus far, in the next lesson we are going to be covering navigation on your website and how to create custom menus. ;)

Tasks 0/3 completed
1. Watch the "Creating Your Initial Website Framework" Walk-through Video
2. Create & Publish Your "About Me" POST
3. Create & Publish Your Privacy Policy PAGE


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nahlinder Premium
Hi,
I'm trying to choose my niche but I get about a thousand ideas and can't decide what to go for.
Is there any way I can search for a few different ideas and get a bit of insight on what might be more popular than the other?

I was thinking about choosing camera bags, do you think this would be a good choice?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the most popular niches are health, love/romance and money. However, that makes them more competitive. Any niche can be successful if you apply enough time and effort to it. Remember, you will be writing a lot of content on your chosen niche, so it should be something you are genuinely interested in.
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ManojV1 Premium
Camera bags may be a bit narrow for a niche. But first, let me explain the main criteria that I look for in a niche:

1. It must not be too narrow but should be broad enough to enable the creation of enough content, at least a hundred posts before scaling up further.
2. The niche should be such that there are enough products to promote, preferably with prices above $50. Commissions are usually in percentages, as an example a %5 commission will give you $2.50 as commission per item sold. So it makes sense for product prices to be high but not so high that there are only a few sales.
3. Must not be extremely competitive. A general niche like finance will put your site up for stiff competition from the big authoritative sites.

Instead of only writing about camera bags, you could create a site about camera accessories. This will give you enough leverage to write about other topics when you have written enough about camera bags.

Not saying that you have to write only about camera bags, you can also write about lenses, filters, tripod stands...there will be so many interesting things to write about then and your readers will also enjoy visiting your site.

Hope that makes sense. If you have any more doubts please feel free to ask. :-)
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johnheath727 Premium
I have no wisdom to give ,because I am in the same boat, Good Luck with your search and God help me with mine lol
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AnnaKu Premium
Hi, I have a question regarding free domain- I was told that using .com domains is the best in terms of SEO. I always thought that any free domains with unusual suffixes (like siterubix.com, .coach, .zoom etc.) would automatically loose with .com, .net and .org domains in Google searches.
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feigner Premium
there is a little advantage using a com but it is more about relevancy nowadays for google and getting the most relevant search results in front of the searcher.
so if your content is very relevant then you will still beat a com.
start your journey here with a siterubix ( you can move all of your cotent to a domain you host here at any time with the move button) and upgrade whenever you are ready.
FYI a siterubix is a subdomain rather than a domain.
and i have subdomains ranking on page 1 of google so again there are no problems with that - it is down to the content.
have fun Anna
phil
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AnnaKu Premium
Thank you! That's very useful.
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DCW2000S Premium
Anna, if you have the option to get your own domain then do it.
If you want to build a siterubix.com blog for simply practicing your writing or working on your website creation skills then fine, but why build a website and have to move it.

I have been doing this for a number of years and one thing I know for certain. Problems can arise at a moments notice. Why even give trouble an invitation? If you don't have to do it then don't

Great content or not, a real domain name is most likely going to do better in the long run, maybe you can get traffic to a siterubix domain? I won't say that's not possible, but what site would you rather go to yourself?

mywebsite.com or siterubix.com Your website is your brand and the first thing that customers will see and make a mental impression of. Like the old saying, "First Impressions are lastiing"

Make a good first impression!
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AnnaKu Premium
Hi, so I have ideas for two niches but not sure which one to start with as I'm equally passionate about both. The first one is about creating a passive income stream for working mums e.g. through affiliate marketing. The second is about healing your autoimmune condition with food. In both cases I was thinking of including a blog recording my journey to health/wealth (it rhymes!). I would also include affiliate links to programmes, courses, websites etc which I've used and which helped andd people I found inspirational. What do you think?
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JKulk1 Premium
Both sound great, but the second one sounds like it might be your passion. Jim
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Anna & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

Super question and all questions are good ones here!

Any niche can be a successful, it just depends upon you as the on-line biz owner of how you work with it to scale ... both topics sound fine and it's truly up to you as you're the one who would need to write in-depth about it extensively to get to success.

A suggestion might be to consider your intended audience and look at it from their points of view in terms of what they would find the most helpful ....

All the very best to you for every Success, cheerio ... :)
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Someone be completely honest with me, is this just a huge waste of my time?
I'm not being rude, I just want an honest answer and proof its legitimate and I'm not taking time from my family for nothing or just a few cents!
Proof as in screen shots of your progress or something along that lines. I'm not going to continue this if it's not going to help me take care of my family financially!
Not anyone that works for or is just commenting to get people to go through this....thanks, Cris 😁
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Woodsie1 Premium
I'll be completely honest with you! I haven't made any money yet! Mind you, I've only been here a week!
I reckon it's going to take: time, dedication, a lot of work, a lot of learning, tons of patience, a warrior spirit and complete belief that we can do it!
But I totally believe we can. I'm personally EXTREMELY excited to have found WA. The training is such high quality and the people are all LOVELY! There are just so many helpful people here, all wanting to assist in our success! How can you not be excited by that?!
I reckon we're extremely fortunate to be here, and I'm definitely going to do the training, stay involved with this amazing community, and see what happens. And I bet what happens will be awesome!
Wishing you the greatest happiness!

Woodsie
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Hey, I have been here one month and three days. This is not a get rich quick scheme so if you are not in for the long run you will not see the rewards. You will not start making money instantly.....you have to follow the training exactly and build your website, learn to monetize it and give it at least six months to see some results. see my blog from yesterday on some of my accomplishments so far: Also the following is the website I am still in the process of building. It is by no means completed but so far I have made 4 sales on Amazon as the blog says:

https://besthumanhairweavesandwigs.com

I understand that you have concerns, I did too but at this point I know that I am in the best place to make money online.

I hope you stay, finish your training and get started at a real chance to make an income online. My long-term goal here is to buy or build a house for my family. If you have any other concerns do not hesitate to let me know.

Claudia
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, this is a legitimate program, but it is not a get rich quick scheme and takes months of hard work. If you intend staying as a starter member, you will only have access to the first 10 lessons. This is enough to teach you to build a website but does not go in-depth into how to drive traffic or join affiliate programs.

Even if you were to upgrade to premium, you would be unlikely to see any income for at least 3 months, and more realistically 6 months. There is a lot of writing involved, which is the reason you are encouraged to pick a topic for your website you are genuinely interested in.

Having said that, if you take the attitude of realising this is a long-term commitment to building a genuine online business, then there is money to be made. I have added a link to some success stories for you to read, but do be aware that most people prefer to keep details to themselves. After all, would you announce to complete strangers what your earnings are?
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allancurtis Premium
Your success will be directly linked to your effort ... this is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes time, patience, perseverance to be successful.

Affiliate marketing is not a scam ... once you have your membership paid for, you are free to use the vast resources on Wealthy Affiliate to learn and implement your online business.

All the tools are provided along with rich educational materials and a community of thousands of members willing to help.

The beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that it runs in the background for you 24/7 and can generate revenues for years with little or no effort.

Selecting a niche and developing your website will take you weeks ... gaining traffic on Google and Yahoo etcl will take weeks to months ... revenue may not be generated for a month or so ... it really depends on so many factors.

Other people's success or lack of success has no bearing on your potential ... there are far too many variables to be comparative!

This is a business ... only you can make it successful!

Allan
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
I should also tell you that your website is not the only way through which you can make money here. If you promote WA and get referrals you will also be paid by WA
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AJTrimble1 Premium
You're not being rude. This is a common question. And, yes, this is legit. There are many members who are successful here; just do a search for success stories. But... there are also many who are not successful. And that's to be expected. It's normal.

You must remember that this is a business like any other. It's going to take time, effort, and even some financial investment. It is most certainly not a scam, but it is definitely not Get-Rich-Quick either. It's straight-up hard work, plain and simple.

The only real difference between an online business and starting a traditional brick and mortar store on the streetcorner is the overhead involved. For example, I run my entire business out of an office in my home. I don't have to pay for a building, and my morning "commute" is basically from the bedroom to the bottom of the stairs. But how you run a business is pretty much the same.

At the end of the day, the question isn't does it work. Many of us are living proof that it does. The real question is, will it work... for you. And only you can answer that.
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allancurtis Premium
Just to clarify, Ambassador's do not receive payment for their efforts ... they are volunteers just like all other members. There are opportunities for Site Reviews that may generate some credits but there is no payment for being an ambassador.
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Ok... thanks very much for the clarification! I edited it
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Lokhi Premium
If you're willing to put in the time and energy to do the work, then yes it's worth it. This isn't a get rich quick deal, and it's going to take time.

As for my proof, I work slowly and I didn't start with affiliate bootcamp (I put mine affiliate site up about 2 weeks ago and only have a WA review on it w/ the legal pages). I have my main site that I work on, and I'm not in a rush - which breaks down to, I haven't made anything w/ it bc I haven't made the effort to full on promote it.
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EjmMissouri Premium
No need to take time away from family to do this. Make it a family project. It will be more fun that way.
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Hi Cris. Nothing is a waste of time here and this process definitely takes time. Noting worthy comes without the time, effort, and dedication, and passion. Trust yourself, trust all the wonderful people here who are proving you every day that they can be trusted , as they are proving it to all of us.
You can trust them. You can trust the process. You can take the action to achieve all that you want to achieve. And I hope that this makes sense. Have a nice day/night!
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AndreiB Premium
Hi! I just joined yesterday. :) I think that like many businesses you don't really see returns until after a year. I've been in business before and attracting customers is one of the key considerations. I think it will take some time. I have family and friends that shop regularly online through places like Walmart and Amazon. I think through word of mouth, blogs and searches we may be get some kind of ROI.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - do be aware that you cannot purchase anything through your own links, or ask friends or family to do so. This will get you banned from Amazon's program.
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How do you go about promoting WA?
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How long have you been a member?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I have been here for 10 months. Have you chosen your niche yet?
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MichaelMars3 Premium
SITE this page I believe was made over a week ago. Any ideas?

when I click on my url from the website building page I get this: I also get the same when I click in "Log in now" for class lesson 5.

Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

We can’t connect to the server at howtospeakenglishconfidentlyandeffectivelyinthecareeryouhavechosen.siterubix.com.

If that address is correct, here are three other things you can try:

Try again later.
Check your network connection.
If you are connected but behind a firewall, check that Firefox has permission to

When I enter my url into google, I get:
Your search - howtospeakenglishconfidentlyandeffectivelyinthecareeryouhavechosen.siterubix.com - did not match any documents.
Suggestions:
· Make sure that all words are spelled correctly.
· Try different keywords.
· Try more general keywords.


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Choose a domain name for your website
I entered "Ardvarksareuswhackado" and also the above url, neither one showed up with "Awesome it's available"

Any help would be appreciated

Thank you

Mike
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Kyle Premium
You will be able to find your websites within the Websites menu under "SiteManager".

Here is the direct link:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Hope this helps you out! :)

And if you are having issues with your website loading, contact SiteSupport.

I suggest creating a hosting support ticket here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support

You can also find this within the Websites menu under the "SiteSupport"(to the left). This is where you should go if you ever have loading issues with your website, email issues, plugin/theme issues, or if you accidentally do something that adversely impacts your website.

This support is 24/7 and upon submitting your ticket we will look into it right away Kyle!
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