Search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo are after ONE thing. The most relevant, useful 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 Calorie Method)
  • 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 "caloriemethod.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 YOURSITE.com => Your Website URL

In the case of my website, I changed it to caloriemethod.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 [EMAIL ADDRESS] => 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 [YOURSITE.com] and [YOUR FIRST NAME] at [EMAIL ADDRESS] 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, is that you don't want your privacy policy being published to your "blog roll" which is on your homepage.



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 haven't chose my niche yet because my interest is too broad. I am very interested in products for seniors like... products for hormones, bifocal sunglasses, makeup for senior ladies and senior exercise, even products for women with thin, fine hair. How do I choose? I think the hair thinning products and hormone products would be my top two. Are any of these doable?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Those are the products you would promote on your site vs a niche subject you would address to a qualified target audience (group of people)

You need aim for ONE focused niche with a specific group of people, I'd go with what's best resonates with me.

A niche is a subject vs a product.

In the first instance, I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer.
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Okay. So your have products here and it seems you want to help seniors. So let's say you choose hair thinning. You will be writing content to help seniors with a thinning hair problem. You will start out by wanting to help them understand why it happens and if there is something safe that can be done. There may be other solutions for thinning hair too. And you would want to include those.
So to answer Kyles question we could say.
I want to help seniors with thinning hair solve that problem.
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Thank you! What about hair loss for any age women? There are many products to help with that like shampoos and supplements, but there are also many products and technics that should never be used on thin/fine hair because it visually accentuates the problem. I have had to find products and technics for myself that help and even have learned what cuts work best. Many hairdressers do not know how to deal with thin, fine hair when styling. They have used the same technics and products on me that they use on everyone, even the same styles. I have walked out of salons so many times so frustrated and angry. I feel very passionate about getting the info and advice out there about the subject. Most hair dressers don't give any suggestions except hair loss shampoos. They make simple blunders like using a blow dryer on high when that is never recommended for thin, fine hair. Is this still too broad?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Awesome, and looks like you know lots about what you have chosen. To this effect I ask myself if I can produce lots of succinct original content worthy my visitors attention. And if so, I encourage you to got for it - however I would try to define more my target audience. Starting out the more focused your niche website is, the better chance it has to be successful.

Essentially you are writing more informational posts so that you do not sound so salesy to Google and if there’s a solution, a detailed analysis review post for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.
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jghwebbrand Premium
It may be hard to narrow it down more. So maybe you can group your thoughts (topics) and start with one and cover it well and then tackle the next one. The idea here is to be an authority with something so that people with that kind of problem will find all they need on your site and not have to search for another one.

It is so terrific to see the knowledge you have. What a great opportunity and people will be so grateful for the information you provide. When you have your dot com website, let me know because I would like to learn how I can keep my hair from thinning too. Thank you.
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You're very welcome!

Kindly let us know when needing help or have further questions.
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Youar e so very welcome.
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Am I on the right path?
All we can do is continue to acquire the necessary tools, skills and training that we need to become the "best us" that we can be. Seems reasonable enough to believe that we're all here seeking the same thing- a better life for ourselves- and that the search for that has ultimately led us all to the same place, right? WA!
What an ideal utopian community..........a place where everybody is helping everybody achieve!
Whoever you are, wherever you are, know this- you're so needed in this community. If you joined this morning or you joined in the beginning, it's all the same......we need you!
I really hope that this community is everything it sounds to be; a place where everybody is seeking to succeed and a place where everybody is helping other's to succeed.
In conclusion, I say, the value of each of us is hidden deep within our hearts. Be encouraged and be persistent at pursuing and achieving your goal's. Truly "hard work" has to pay off and "every seed planted" (in good soil that is) has to bring a harvest.
Have Faith in God and do yourself a favor, too........believe in yourself, you really are unique and are full of potential
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Thank you for your notes; a great path, however is there anything we can help you with.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thank you here for your thoughts. Yes we are all seeking to be
successful online, help others with our chosen niche and i turn find those who trust our help and buy from our affiliate links.

The WA training, tools and support make it possible for us all to achieve. and we are each responsible to implement so we succeed.

We are so excited your are here and that you found WA.
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I'm also wondering why people would want to create their own website and try and get an Amazon affiliate account. Don't most people just go right to Amazon and order. That's what I do when I'm looking for a product, I go right to my Amazon account to the search bar to find what I want.
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They may do yes, however some people are looking to do research before purchasing items, they seek focused websites who have covered extensive research on the products they wish to purchase and make an informed decision. If yours stand out from the crowd and delivers, as a token of appreciation they click your link go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.
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Some shoppers are like you because they know what they want. But there are many shoppers who want to learn about what is best for ?. And they want to get an inside view. There are others who have a problem and don't know what product will solve it much less which is the best to buy. Plus websites go into much more detail about a product. So that's why affiliate marketers choose a niche and really help people so they know what the products are. Sites also explain techniques and many other things that people are searching for.
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As you choose a niche for your website what will be important for you is to choose a niche that people nee help with and need help solving problems. The website you create will be more than a online store with products. In fact you will start by creating informational posts about your niche.

So what will be a great help to you is that you have a real passion for your niche. And the more you know about it the better you can help people who have questions. If you know how to solve problems related you your niche that is even better because guidance needs to be provided that is not found by just going to an online store.

We do hope this helps you to understand the need for niche websites to help people.
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Had wondered about the same but this answers the question.
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Great! .
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HGrobler Premium
I have set up my website. Is there going to be a part of the course that is going to show me how to customize my website - pictures, fonts, etc - or should I just play around with it? Or should I not worry about that for now?

I am a little bit lost with everything I can do there.
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Good question HGrobler, and yes, this education is one step at a time so the process is easy and you can learn at your own pace.

Here are some things to keep in mind:
Your profile:
Share your profile with your business friends, as you progress through the training add your updates on your profile.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/hgrobler

*Training is on the top menu
*Don't skip anything
*Connect with the community

Looking forward to seeing your online business success,

RitaAnn~
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You can head to Appearance > Customize and look up your options.

Starting out it is better to concentrate on building content vs customizations, as it takes time for your site and posts to get indexed and ranked. Therefore my priority would always be content first

As and when site starts developing, gaining traction and traffic you can then move to customizing | beautifying your website.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You may also would like to check out Jay's program below resource Also if you input your keywords in the magnifying glass top menu, you will find ample resources.

For example, "design magistudios" or another keyword. it give another set of resources try it out.

Tutorial
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jghwebbrand Premium
Great question.
Yes there is a lot that can be done with the design.
But the best thing to do is wait on the design and focus on the training and tasks. So don't worry about the font,.etc fpr now.
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feigner Premium
keep it plain to start with ...nice and simple...especially if you are not a graphics designer...
so as Kyle says ..logo and name at the top and content...content and more content...
once you have around 50 posts then you can come back and style your site...
two reasons...
one google will have taken notice of you and be starting to index and rank your articles and
two ...you have lots of info for your visitors...
and you can see where your site is going

and all of this without a sales article...just useful info...
then once your visitors get to know, like, and mainly trust you, then you can start recommending products to solve problems...
it does take time to set this type of business up, but once running then you just tickle it and the wave keeps rolling...

you can style your site whenever you wish, but doing it sooner that above means you spend time that could be writing content...

good luck
phil
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imbella Premium
Hi!

I think right now, you should focus more on content rather than design. 😄 There's plenty of tutorials for designing your site, but finishing and following the lessons would help you a lot especially if you are totally new to affiliate marketing. Please don't rush everything and burn yourself out. This process takes time and a lot of people quit before they even earn a dime. Learning takes time so take it at a good unrushed pace.

I hope this helps,

💎Kimmy
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HGrobler Premium
@imbella
Thank you for your sound advice. I am sometimes worried I might miss something. 😄

But I will follow your advice and make sure to not rush it, but rather do it properly. I am determined to make it a success, and if others can do it, so can I.
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Ckrasher Premium
Happy Saturday everyone! I am trying to create a custom menu, but I'm just not having an easy time with it lol. My first Problem was with the menu tab not showing up. I was told to change my theme. I did that and my menu tab showed up. But now, when I click on menu, I cant do anything else. On my dashboard I noticed that I have one item on my site health screen. It says "one or more modules are missing". How do i fix this? And does one have to do with the other?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You need create a new menu first and save it. Then it will allow you to add items to it.

Of course updating changes.

You may need to empty the browser cache, refresh and try again. Try URL in a different browser or mobile device.

You can also empty servers cache.
Websites > Site Manager > Details > Sitespeed > Empty site cache However, if issue persists I would reach out to site support

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support
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jghwebbrand Premium
As for you website menu. here's what we follow.
How to do menu
Go to Wordpress backoffice -> appearance -> menus
When in menus on right hand side do you see a menu you have created. If not create menu and save it.
Then on left hand side click page caret see your privacy policy -> add to menu. click on posts caret see your about me post.
> add to menu. Save menu on right hand side. refresh your browser and refresh your website.
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Ckrasher Premium
Thank you so much!!
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Ckrasher Premium
Ok! Thank you. I don't know why this is such a struggle lol. Oh because I'm a rookie 😆 I really appreciate your help!
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Not a problem, it happens to the best of us.

It is definitely worth submitting a ticket to site support have them check your website.

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

Kindly let us know how you get on.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Youa re so very welcome.
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