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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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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lmunro Premium
In the video I just watched you said that you don't recommend that I do both the OEC training and the affiliate boot camp training one after the other. Is that just in the beginning? If I choose one now and get going with it, in the future can I do the other training too?
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Edilberto1 Premium
Yes. In the premium membership, you will have full access all the training.

Edilberto
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Of course.

The reason that it's not recommended that you do both at the same time is not that it's "forbidden" or because you're new. It primarily has to do with the fact that building even one site is very time-consuming.

You will be writing dozens -- or even hundreds -- of articles to get your site off the ground. And unless you are an extremely prolific writer who has the time and ability to crank out 3000-10,000 words per day, it would be near impossible to build two sites at the same time successfully. Focus is critical.

Thus, instead, think of it as either/or. If you have a topic (niche) that you are truly passionate about, go with the OEC and build a site around that. On the other hand, if you already have a lot of online business experience, or are passionate about affiliate marketing, then do the Bootcamp.

I must warn you, however. The make-money-online niche (i.e. what is covered in the Bootcamp) is EXTREMELY competitive, so unless you really know your stuff and/or have a ton of experience, I would suggest sticking with the OEC and choosing another niche. You'll have a better chance of success. Then you can always go through the Bootcamp later, build a business site, and share your successes.

Hope this helps :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You can do Affiliate Bootcamp after OEC, but it is recommended that you do not do so right afterward for the simple fact that it will take months before you start earning consistent money from a niche website.

Affiliate Bootcamp is solely for the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate. It has nothing to do with creating an affiliate marketing website in a niche built around a hobby, interest or passion of yours. The tutorial below explains why you should do OEC first.
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katcam Premium
thanks for asking the question Imunro that was on my mind too. As I am a complete Newbie i will start with the OEC training thanks
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kgesch Premium
After going on Amazon and thinking a lot about what I am interested in and passionate about, I came up with three ideas:

1) Natural baby food and recipes (I am a stay at home mom and make my own! We are a vegan family :) )
2) School Supplies and Props for ESL teachers (since I am currently an ESL teacher)
3) Natural Skin Care for Women with Skin Issues due to Inflammation, Microbiome Disturbance, Hormonal Imbalances, Oxidative Damage, Blood Sugar Issues, and Nutritional Deficiencies (I have gone through this personally and have a wealth of knowledge in the subject)

Which do you feel would be a good niche to build a website on that would be lucrative?
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Labman Premium
ESL has a huge opportunity
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boomergp08 Premium
All are great, but I fully agree with Craig (Labman). ESL has the greatest potential and is a huge opportunity.
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Eskazzie Premium
Household appliances
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Eskazzie Premium
I agree
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J-KWest Premium
I would agree that ESL would be a good choice, in part because you have an existing business in this niche and it allows you to create and/or promote digital products and courses in addition to physical products (and digital products have significantly higher margins than physical products).
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kgesch Premium
thank you everyone for your advice! My current position is with ESL but eventually I would love to do (1) or (3). They are both big passions of mine :)
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kgesch Premium
how would I create digital products and courses?
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kgesch Premium
what is the huge opportunity with it?
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kgesch Premium
how is it a huge opportunity?
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boomergp08 Premium
Millions if not billions of people all over the world would like to learn English as a second language.
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kgesch Premium
my challenge is distinguishing myself from the many thousands who teach ESL and who also coach and who may have websites as well :) I am not sure what kind of niche to go with ESL. I could go with school supplies and props but I really love to teach and coach.
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boomergp08 Premium
Supplies and props are great and you could even incorporate some teaching into it by explaining how the supplies enhance the teaching. How you approach it will have to be determined by you through research of the competition.
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J-KWest Premium
Hi Kimberly, my apologies for the delayed response. An example of a digital product or course can be video lessons you create and publish on a site like Udemy or Teachable for example. You can also be an affiliate for existing digital products like Lingoda or Rosetta Stone.
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kgesch Premium
cool! I didn't even know I could do that and profit from that! I have made personally over 1,000 videos and just didn't know how to publish them. What is the benefit of being an affiliate for Lingoda or Rosetta Stone?
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kgesch Premium
I was curious watching the video on how we are taxed when making commissions. For example I have my own ESL business and I am taxed at a certain rate. Having an online business, how does that affect us around tax time and when should we make our accountant aware? Do we receive any tax documentation?
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Hackerist Premium
If you make $600 or more, you need to file a form 1099. WA will not send anything since you build relationships with the affiliate products companies, so such companies should issue a Form 1099 to you if your earnings meet or exceed that threshold.
Anyway, at the end of the day, the affiliates are responsible to pay their taxes to the IRS.
Tom
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kgesch Premium
got it! so going through an accountant would be the best way to go? Any commissions I make the affiliate program would just send me in the mail or I would need to file with the accountant? this is all new to me since I just started my first business this year :)
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kgesch Premium
I had a question regarding the first video for understanding how to make money online regarding the process for affiliate marketing. I am aware of the Amazon Affiliate Program but I thought with these affiliate programs you have to have a certain amount of traffic going to your website, a certain number of subscribers, and a track record?
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webcash2us Premium
Some programs require certain stats, but not all of them. There's many that you could still join and promote products from that can earn income from your site. I created a training on affiliate marketing program types that might be of interest to check out. Hope it helps.
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kgesch Premium
thank you!
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