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. ;)

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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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JVessey Premium
Hi folks. In building a new website/ domain for a niche, it appears I might be foolish to not just buy in to the premium program for better everything right out of the gate. Thoughts? Can I make a decent money making online site with only the simplest free options? Or, do I really need to invest more?
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ScottHolden Premium
Hi Jim. That's really up to you. Only you can decide if it is worth spending the extra money. But for me, when I saw what PREMIUM gave me, it was a no brainer and has been well worth the extra money. With that said, you do not need to upgrade to PREMIUM, the starter package is enough to "Get Started"... no pun intended.

Hope that helps and good luck!
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It helps! Thanks Scott! I need a little push to get my feet wet now and then!
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CheungIsaac Premium
Hi Jim, you can build your website on the free siterubix.com domain if you're testing things out. But if you are serious about your business and want to rank your website well on Google for driving traffic, you're recommended to get a private domain. It's more difficult to rank for the free siterubix domain and does not look professional to visitors. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Your like a God! Dead on target for my question! Wow! Thank you, sincerely!
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I'm just going to suggest this; and I hope no one gets mad at me; I am just trying to help a Fellow Member. What I suggest you do; start with the $49.00 Plus Tax a Month Membership. Eventually a discount deal will come around. When that comes around; take it. And in the meantime; you can save up money for that discount deal. Hope this helps? No Offense to other Members; just trying to help a Member out.
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JariusE Premium
Hello Team - I have a very sketchy idea for a niche that I think, given a lot of work, could be profitable. Which direction would benefit me the most: Online Entrepreneur Certification or the Affiliate Bootcamp? From what I understand, unless I have a well-defined niche, I should take the Affiliate Bootcamp?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi - Welcome to WA.

If you are following the Bootcamp Training (Make Money Online Niche), then realistically, it will take about 400 posts to really make a serious amount of income from it. If you are publishing 2-3 posts per week, then you can expect to start appearing on Page 1 of Google around months 3-6. This can vary of course based on your keyword research and your content quality etc.

The MMO niche is very competitive so you may want to choose the OEC training, your choice. It will generally take 3-6 months before you see any real ranking/income though. It takes a lot of continuous hard work to get there either way.

I would just quote Kyle's words, you can actually be successful in any niche. The niche you choose should be something you are most knowledgable about, something that you are most passionate to talk about and write.

It is not about which niche can get you the most traffic or benefit you the most. It is about how you build your website, produce quality content that will bring value to your readers, and how you can show Google and other search engines that you can be an authority (expert) in your niche.

So, what are the things you are most passionate about? Narrow down those interest into one thing that you sure you can write tons of articles with.

All the best,
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kbiel4 Premium
Well put, Ferra. I couldn't agree more.

Kent
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JariusE Premium
Wow - This is some of the best and most realistic advice I have ever received about working a niche with good content online. I truly appreciate you taking the time to give me such valuable guidance. I'm going to take this and run with it!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Glad we could help. That's what WA community all about. Sharing is caring. :)
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EmakAmelia Premium
Thank you, Kent. :)
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kenkirsten Premium
aff bootcamp if uou learn and take your time will be very good for you
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How do I know if I've picked a good niche or if I'm on the right track? I understand that can change at any given time, but I want to make sure I'm coming at it with all my best. It also seems it might be best to begin developing content (posts and articles) prior to even building a site. Thoughts?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

I think that is normal. Choosing a niche is a big step.

A Niche should be specific, evergreen, profitable, a solution to a problem, and most importantly a passion you can live for.

What is it you are so passionate about? Something that you can turn into a lot of content that will fill your website with and attract visitors to your site. Something that you can use to answer your readers questions or solve their problems with.

Specific: Who is your targeted segment? Who will benefit from your site? Gender, age, occupation, etc.

Evergreen: it has an everlasting appeal to your audience/target market.

Profitable: this one is pretty self-explanatory.

A solution to a problem: You'd like to make sure your site can help your audience to address their problems.

Lastly, yes passion. Why? Because we will write a lot of content. It should be much easier when it starts with passion.

I would say, do your research on the target audience you would like to help to solve their problems. What kinds of products you would recommend or review on your website?

Also, check out the competitions. How do they serve their audiences?

Try Kyle's trick in finding affiliate programs within the niche you choose by Googling: "your niche+affiliate programs."
For example: Weight loss + affiliate programs

Here is the link to Kyle’s post about Target audience where you can find ideas for great niches. All the best,
Ferra
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Ferra,

Thank you! I can definitely say 'Yes' to all of those items you described and even found a wealth of affiliate programs for said niche. I even jotted out 50 ideas within the niche for different posts/articles. Guess that means it's time to develop content before finding a home for it all.

Thanks,
Shannon
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Any niche is good if you produce the goods!
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skmorrow Premium
Here are some resources to help you narrow down your niche if you need some help in that area. These are big picture overview, not necessarily that you are picking one the niches listed I think it is important in the beginning to have an interest in your niche, for sure. But over time, I think earning money will drive the passion.

Hope this helps. If you are not in the MMO niche, you can also use Dylan's training A lot of the concepts in here can be used for different niches. Amazon is a great resource for finding products around a particular niche.
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megawinner Premium
Hi Shannon! There are criterias.:
1. If you are creating relevant content about your niche regularly
2. It is your passion and interest
3. It is something you can really earn money - because some niches have no sizable monetary possibilities.
4. Your skills in writing product reviews matter.
5. You get audience and it is on the upward trajectory.
Note: Sometimes it takes time to get audience, traffic and monetization. The best part is your perseverance and continuous improvement. Success is the only option. Do not quit.
Best regards,
Florentino
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Probityduke Premium
Hello SOFreddie, follow you interst in choosing good niche
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Ivan88 Premium
Hey there, any niche you choose is good as long as you have a genuine passion for it and would like to help people out there with your knowledge and information. And when it comes to profits, there are tons of products and affiliate programs for every niche that you can join to montize you site.

If you're still in doubt, I would recommend reading this post. Can I ask, what it is that you would like you niche to be?
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TedRod Premium
Please need help. I rememenber doing the first starter website I selected from those series of themes not realizing it was wrong, then i decided to change it but refused to dissapear. I could`nt delete it, so decided to do a second one from there it became more complicated. I would be very grateful if anyone could solve it for me so i could move forward. Thanks
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MisterWailor Premium
can you log in to the website. what is the domain name?
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TedRod Premium
First one is bestgadget.com. the second one is trcellphoneslaptops.com. There is still added letters built in the system for only starter. I think things are now mixed up I do remember I purchased the website. So please I myself is confused.
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TedRod Premium
I log in just now it's my gadget. com
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MisterWailor Premium
This domain name listed for sell. Does it belong to you?
Can you log in to the website?
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MisterWailor Premium
I checked, you website should be trcellphoneslaptops.com
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TedRod Premium
That's the one I bought as my permanent domain can I leave the starter domain what can you suggest. Or do you see anything that might affect to the succeeding task.
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TedRod Premium
Yes it's mine also
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TedRod Premium
Yes just now I login
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TedRod Premium
That one not for sell right
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TedRod Premium
The one I bought is trcellphoneslaptop.com
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TedRod Premium
Yes you are seeing my mistakes what do we do anything wrong that needs correction but it seems could not be undone.
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MisterWailor Premium
click on "Help Center" on the left-hand-side near the bottom to contact support. They can help you.
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zeta3 Premium
domains expire after a year if not renewed. focus on the one you opened recently.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you will have started with a free SiteRubix site. Possibly this one - https://bestgadget.siterubix.com/ ?

As you have now bought your own .com domain, you can either delete your free site, or just use it for practice when you are trying something new.
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TedRod Premium
OK I agree that's the best we can do and lesson that must not happen again thanks Diane for putting time and see more these coming days.
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TedRod Premium
Mr Wailor only now ive seen this area i was doing at my own reading without following discussion area. Its the result of speeding not knowing that things can be done by the help of all members. this is where I should hang around. For now Im ok, Kyle responded right away and he himself fix it. Of course again im avoiding mistakes slowly I go. Thanks Mr. Wailor expect me to ask you next as a rescuer.
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MisterWailor Premium
If you ask questions and other members will help you as long as you give a clear description of your problem.
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I have posted a number of questions at the top but ive not seen any replys, which means i guess that I dont know where to look for answers.

Im having terrible trouble in finalysing the website ive built, I think short term memory must be making a hit as Ive set up many sites 15 years ago But sure am having extreme problems here.
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