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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I am trying to get my website taken offline as I no longer want to use it I was signed up to do a program with amazon marketing by another man and I want to have my website at Savings4shoppers deleted off the internet and i do not know how to do it
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Good Day, I am just starting and am 'stuck' on adding a description......
Do I input my professional profile .... as in my full time line-of-work ?
or do I discuss "the decisions" that lead me here ?

- I did look at "other member profiles' ....but just wanted to ask what would be adequate ?

thank you
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kerrylee58 Premium
Hi Charles and welcome to WA! To start you should just talk about yourself, something you are an expert at, lol I just put a little history about myself, my family and what I did before the Virus. I have been home for 7 wks now and at first I was scared with all the people dying. Then I turned off the news and thought about what I could do to keep myself busy and learn how to make money at home. That's what got me here. I am here 19 days and already thinking about changing my profile. Nothing is set in stone and you can always change, delete or add in the future, the important thing is to just get started and write about yourself.

The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step. Best wishes for your success here!

Warm regards,
Kerry Lee
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I think that it would be better to include it in your line of work just because it looks more professional and interesting, it will definitely stand out.
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Kerry Lee,

Thank you so much for taking the time...
it means so much....
have a SUPER 2020 !!
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Joseph,
Good Day,
I appreciate your response....
The very best wishes for you Sir
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Hugo69 Premium
Hi guys.
I'm having trouble understanding the choosing between the free domain and my own domain part. Firstly, I would assume I would pay for my own domain and not the other one. Is that correct? If so, how much? Secondly, why is it ideal to own a domain? Why not just continue on a free domain?
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JosephRebisz Premium
Hello Hugo, Joe here. Yes, you do have to pay for your own domain, but generally they run about $13-$14/year. Owning you own .com domain will get ranked faster with Google as it shows more authority. You have to build up a lot of content before you start getting ranked in Google, but it's worth the time and effort, in my opinion.
Good luck and best wishes on your success. We're here to help in any way you need, just ask.
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feigner Premium
your assumptions are correct about paying
the free one is the siterubix one which are owned by wa - ll the content on your site is yours ...but you cannot move it to another hosting company - so if you decide to part company and want to move your site...tough.
now if you purchase a domain, it is yours for as long as you pay the yearly fee for it - you can now move it to a new hosting company and it stays yours....
the cost - well here you will pay about $14 per year.... elsewhere you might see them for $0.99, but look at the next year and you will be charged $25.00 or so....
then you have the hassle of changing te nameservers to have it hosted here and then transferring the registrar so next year you pay wa....or just buy from sitedomains and it is already in your portfolio of sites - you can then use the one click move button to move all the content from your siterubix to your domain - they handle all the redirections and you get to work on your site again.....
but you can continue on a free siterubix site for as long as you want, but some affilaite programs won't accept subdomains, and google apparently doesn't rank subdomains as highly ( although i really have never found this to be a problem...)
good uck
phil
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a premium member, you are given up to 10 free domains to use. They are actually subdomains, so they will end with the words siterubix.com, rather than .com.

If you wish to buy your own .com domain, it will cost $13.99 per year.

People are more likely to trust a .com domain, as they may not be familiar with seeing a siterubix website.

The siterubix domains are not your property, and if you ever leave WA, you can't take them with you, at some point they will be deleted. If you purchase a .com domain, it is yours to keep, even if you leave.

With a free domain, you can't have an email address associated with it. Some affiliate programs won't accept it, and Google AdSense definitely won't.

Most people start with a free domain, until they are confident they have chosen the right niche, because once you have bought a domain, its name can't be changed. Once you are ready to buy, it is a simple process to transfer all the content over from your free domain to the purchased one. You don't lose any of your work.
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Hugo69 Premium
Hi Diane, thank you for the reply. You really answered all my questions and more.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Phil.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Joseph.
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mikebeatty Premium
I think all the info you need is there Hugo! Glad you worked out how to ask questions, as you can see it really helps to get answers quickly from the community here (you can also use the live chat on the left if you have a quick question too)
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Hello WA. Please am just new here I have a problem. I just finished creating my new website and my plugins are all activated but when I search on Google I can't fine my website on Google. Please what could be the problem? Or do I have to be ranked first ?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

Unfortunately, yes. You have to wait until Google found you. You'll be notified and you'll also get a G badge here at WA.

Have you posted your About Me and Privacy Policy page yet?
You'd probably want to post your first article too so your website can get indexed by Google.
Follow the training and you'll get there.

All the best,

Ferra
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Yes Amelia I have done so both the about me post and my privacy page. It was very wonderful.

Thanks for replying.
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Hey guys I've decided to let my niche go in the direction of football/soccer. Not only because i love the sport but because not long ago i realised how big a part of the economy football is and that is genuinely one of the most sought after things in our time. Any tips on how to move forward from here?..
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Warly10 Premium
hey, first of all welcome to wealthy affiliate.
Soccer is a great niche. This is what my second website will be about...
You need to narrow it down into a specific targeted audience. Who is your targeted audience ? How do you want to help ? is it by giving information on latter news, players biography etc.

Answer those questions will help you define your sub niche.

Also, what products do you want to promote after etc ?

Once you have figured out this, then keep going with the training.

I hope this help.

Warren
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