Lesson 1, Getting Rolling!

First off, we would like to personally welcome you to Wealthy Affiliate. I am Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I am going to be the one walking you through the training and the process of building a successful business online.

Carson, the other co-founder works more with the technical team (close to 30 full-time employees) so you will see a bit less of him, although he is still very much active here within the community every day.

Here is a photo of us and our families below (me and my family on LEFT, Carson and family on RIGHT). :)



Our goal in the early stages here is EARN your trust and help you get moving in the right direction with your business. We realize that the industry is full of companies that are not all that trustworthy and it has been our mission over the past 15 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 15 year period we have helped close to 2.3 MILLION people during this time!

The community here is full of amazing people, with a lot of expertise. I know you are going to quickly realize that. In fact, you are going to be able to tap into this knowledge an expertise at any point as you move forward in the training.

I assure you that you have definitely made the right choice in joining the community here at Wealthy Affiliate, you are going to love it here and you are going to quickly realize we care about YOU and your success online!

In the coming days and weeks we are going to be showing you how online success works and we will help you realize your own potential within the Internet space to earn revenue and leverage the internet to grow a business.

Before we continue, we want to point out a few important things:

(1) Anyone Can Accomplish Success Online. There are now over 4.75 BILLION people using the Internet, regardless of the direction you head online there is a very large number of people there that you can connect with and leverage to create a business online. Members here at WA succeed at the highest rate out of any platform online!

(2) Anything NEW Can "Appear" to be Overwhelming at First. Like riding a bike, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and even "fall" a few times when getting rolling. Don't worry, you will quickly get the hang of things! Stick with Wealthy Affiliate and you will achieve, and far exceed your goals. We teach what works.

(3) No Technical or Prior Online Business Experience Required. If you have experience that is great, but it is definitely not a requirement here at Wealthy Affiliate. Everything related to online business can be learned here within your membership and you definitely do not need to be a "techie".

(4) Success is a Journey. Success is very cumulative by design. This means that everything you do now, and every step you take will contribute towards your personal success in the future. An exciting journey does lie ahead and the effort you put forth now will pay off later and often times forever!

A Quick Look at How YOU Will Be Creating Success.

Success online is very simple at it's core. There is a 4-step business building process that you are going to be learning here at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is a quick diagram breaking down the process.

Broken, down, the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose an Interest. This can be anything at all, any interest, passion or even something you have no personal experience with.

Step 2: Build a Website. Your website is your foundation and we have the most sophisticated and feature rich website and hosting platform here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Step 3: Attract Visitors. You are going to be learning all about how to get traffic and visitors to your website. The first focus is FREE traffic and there is A LOT of it out there.

Step 4: Earn Revenue. Once you have people on your site and traffic, you can earn revenue. There are over 50 ways you can monetize traffic online, and over 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.

As you go through the training, this is going to be covered in detail. As mentioned, absolutely EVERYTHING you need is here at WA to facilitate this process! It is a true "earn while you learn" environment.

Before we go any further...

We want to give you two simple pieces of advice within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Piece of Advice #1: Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are 100,000's of people here within WA at any given moment and many, MANY experts. If you need help, please ask! Go to the dashboard and leave a question, or you can contact me directly here.

PS. Carson and I (Kyle) help people all day, don't be afraid to reach out to me even if it is to say "hi".

Piece of Advice #2: Take action on what you learn! Action leads to success. You could read and watch the training until you are blue in the face, but if you never take action on it you won't achieve any success.

We don’t want to put any pressure on you and definitely do not want to overwhelm you as you get started, so we are going to give you three simple tasks to perform (as noted below). Spend a few minutes today and complete these tasks! :)

You are currently reading lesson 1 of a 10 lesson Getting Started course. This course is going to step you through the process of getting started. It will answer all of the questions that you have about earning money on the Internet, and will reveal exactly how to do it.

If you ever need to get back to your training, simply click the Training tab in the upper menu. This "smart" button will always take you back to your last completed task and you will also see your progress through the training.

Click the "Continue Here" to get back into your training at any time.

Your Current Tasks :)

In this Lesson you will become involved and immersed within the awesome community here at Wealthy Affiliate. We are a community that cares about your success, and one where you will create wonderful relationships within the industry. You will soon learn that you can SUPERCHARGE your learning and ultimately, your success by being active in the community, and immersing yourself.

This starts with uploading a picture, adding a few words about yourself in your profile description, and getting involved in a live chat with others. These tiny steps are referred to as your "Account Setup" tasks which we will discuss below in a little more detail.

Right now, there is no reason to delay your training, let's get started with your Tasks for today.

Task 1: Watch The Walk Through Video Below

Your first task today is to watch the "Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough - How YOU Can Benefit From WA" video. This video will walk you through Wealthy Affiliate, show you how to find your way around, show you how to get help, and ultimately show you how WA will help you succeed within the online world.

Click the video below to start watching.

 

At any time if you have questions as you are watching the Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough video, simply leave them in the comments section below the video and we will be more than happy to help you out. Remember, there is a TON of help available whenever you need it.

Task 2: Complete Your Account Set-up

Your next task is to set-up your Wealthy Affiliate account. Here is video walking you through the process it. It is fairly straightforward and only requires a few steps.

 


Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes three items:

1. Adding a profile image (can be anything you want, including one of the default options)

2. Add a profile description. Again, you are in control. Share something about yourself, your interests, and perhaps why you are here at WA (and your goals online)

3. Set Goals. Set some "money" goals for yourself here at WA. This is going to be great for motivation moving forward, but also will naturally lead to much more achievement.

You can also edit your profile at any time, by going directly to your profile page.

This may seem very simple (and it is), but there are definite reasons that you are going to want to complete the account set-up process. Here are some benefits to setting up your account:

  • Leads to better networking within the community
  • Your “followers” within the community will go up at least 5x (in some cases)
  • People are more willing to help you if you have a profile
  • Adds a level of credibility within the community
  • Shows others that you are serious about SUCCESS

Immerse yourself within Wealthy Affiliate and you are going to experience a lot more success. It is a rare day within WA when you don’t get to brush shoulders with millionaire marketers hanging out within the community, so take this serious and make your profile (people’s first impression of you) a good one.

Goals are important for achievement and success, so we recommend that you set these early on. And don't worry, as time goes on you can and likely will be setting new goals as you make progress!

One More Thing...

We want you to make us a promise today. We want you to give Wealthy Affiliate a chance first and foremost. We know that you may have had bad experiences online in the past and we want you to allow us to prove ourselves to you.

We care about YOU and we care about YOUR personal success more than you think.

Do we have a deal? :)

Again, we want to personally welcome you to the community and we look forward to helping you achieve success online, and far exceeding your expectations :)

Your friends,

Kyle & Carson

PS. When you are done your tasks, simply check them off below and then move onto the next lesson. And if you have any questions at all, please leave them in the comments below.

In the next lesson we are going to be talking all about Making Money! :)

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1. Watch the Walk-through Video of Wealthy Affiliate
2. Complete the Account Set-up Process on your profile (image, description, goals)
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DylnMandy Premium
Should I bring my old website/blog over instead of making a new website?

And should I name my website whatever niche I’m in? Right now my website I made a year ago is in my husbands and my name. dylanamandawagoner But maybe I should make it more themed what do y’all think?
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jghwebbrand Premium
These days you can go either way. Search engines do not use your domain name to rank your content. It is the actual content itself that gives rank.

Personally we like domain names with at least one word of your niche in it.
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DylnMandy Premium
Ok Thank you! That helps!
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are welcome.
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jghwebbrand Premium
I checked your existing website. It looks like you are probably not get much traffic. I checked it using checkpagerank.net.

Do you have a local business? Or just your website?
If you do not have a local business then using your name is not significant. And I would probably buy a new domain if you are serious about earning online. But as you go through the training you may think of some great niche names.

Even if you build a free siterubix.com website you can MOVE what you create to a .com domain name later loosing none of your content, images, etc.
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jghwebbrand Premium
We were talking about a completely different topic. Thank you.
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DCaribbeanQ Premium
Hi Amanda,

Using your own name can actually have benefits once you establish yourself as an authority in the affiliate marketing space.

So there is no need to change it.

All the best.
Candy Benn
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

That's totally up to you if wanting carry on with existing or starting new, however if your current site has content, you may want to write to support for further instructions how to migrate site to WA if that's the intention.

And if no content, you may transfer or point to WA servers (if transferring domain has to end in .com, .net or .org.

To update your domain DNS settings to point to WA. Here are the DNS settings.

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

These settings will be updated within your domain registrar (where you purchased your domain) after the transfer has taken place. To transfer your domain here you need login current registrar and fetch the EPP code, there's a one year charge of $14, privacy included. One year more will get added to your domain.

Also it has to have passed the grace period of 60 days.

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The name of your domain can be related to your niche and cannot for example Apple dot com does not sell apples vs tech gear.

However nowadays domains are not so affected by SEO vs writing quality rich content with good choice of keywords, latter of which would rank you in the search engines.

Again dependent your focused niche how you pursue with a plan for your site. You are wanting start off with a subcategory, otherwise you will find it very hard to get noticed by the search engines and to compete with big authority sites. Target audience is important too, who would you be writing to, once you are able to identify them, you are closer to finding a focused niche.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

Looking up your site, you may want to review below resource

https://blog.feedspot.com/homesteading_blogs/

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

Possible programs

https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/best-homesteading-affiliate-programs/
https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/best-farming-affiliate-programs/

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.

Or

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.
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RobinSlater2 Premium
Hi
I am in lesson 8 Creating custom menus on your website and have reached "placing custom menus in widgets" when I come to Kyle's video position 9:24 it is totally different to the one on my training which I am changing as I go along?
I am at a stop!!
I think Kyle's video version is 2019 and the Wordpress version available to me could be 2021?
Thanks
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, WordPress did a major update recently to 5.8 and has totally changed the location of widgets. The trend for location for widgets is now at the bottom of post content. This si the way things will be going.

If you want to see widgets on the right side you will need to install the following Wordpress plugins.
Classic Editor
Classic Widget
Custom Sidebars -Dynamic Sidebar Widget Area Manager
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

You may install the classic widgets plugin and with the classic editor.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-sidebars/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-widgets/

Initially you may download to your PC and then upload .zip files to your WordPress sites back office.

Or go to Plugins > Add new, input classic widgets, install and activate.

However in the standard view you may click the plus to add something or the three dots and choose to remove a block from the drop down menu.
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RobinSlater2 Premium
Hi
Thank you for getting back to me
I am away from my computer until Monday but your information sounds great for solving my problem and your solution confirms it not just me
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RobinSlater2 Premium
Hi Abie
Thank you so much for a solution
It’s good to know it’s not always me that comes across with these difficulties
Well done
Robin
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jghwebbrand Premium
Glad to hear from you.
Let us know if you need more help on Monday when you are at a your computer.

Cheers!
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misterDi Premium
I have a couple different and unrelated niches that I could see myself pursuing, but for now I think I want to start off within a men's health niche.

I'm having trouble thinking of the kind of content I would create because I don't buy many supplements, I don't purchase exercise equipment... how can I do this without product or experience?

I might test the waters by going in the direction of sexual health, but am not sure how to narrow it down further than that, or create content for it. Can you help?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Those are great niches to be in however broad you may want to narrow one or the other down to a subcategory starting out, otherwise you will find it very hard to get noticed by the search engines and to compete with big authority sites. Target audience is important too, who would you be writing to, once you are able to identify them, you are closer to finding a focused niche.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

You may like view below resource for more ideas

https://blog.feedspot.com/mens_health_blogs/

When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience. 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.

You don't have to have the products you may read other peoples work and research however all content must be original written in your own words.

Possible programs

https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/best-mens-health-affiliate-programs/

Or

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.
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jghwebbrand Premium
One thing you may want to think about first is - what do you know a lot about (other interests, sports, hobbies?) It is fine to go the direction of men's health but it will probably take a lot of research time.

Here are some websites they may help you narrow your niche idea.

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.
https://www.usetopic.com/people-also-ask
Use tools like the following to see questions you can address for your niche.
https://soolve.com https://answersocrates.com https://usetopic.com/people-also-ask and Google search scroll down and find "People also ask section" or use Quora.com

How to Become An Expert in Any Niche
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J-KWest Premium Plus
Hi Israel, just touching base to see how you're doing with your niche. There's a lot of good information here being shared. It really is about narrowing it down to an area that hasn't been given as much attention online.

It's common to think of product categories when narrowing down your niche but that's not your only option. You can narrow it down by focusing on a specific group of people, a specific problem you're helping people solve, a specific location or region, specific activity, or a combination of all of those. An example might be something like 'beach runners'... which targets a specific group of people doing a specific activity in a specific type of location and the specific problems associated with (THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE. I haven't researched it to see if it's a viable niche, the audience is probably too small but it gives you an idea).

The other thing I'll mention is to be careful when it comes to health-related niches. Google considers this a YMYL (your money your life) niche and they hold it to a higher standard, meaning they prioritize content that comes from an expert authority.

It is difficult to rank content that drifts into topics that might suggest anything medical-related as sites with higher medical authority will always be difficult to compete with. These sites have content written by health professionals with related sites (like hospitals, clinics, and other experts in that field) that link out to them and indicate to Google they are a trusted authority. It's not impossible to go into these niches, especially if you're a medical professional yourself, but it's not recommended. Your content will have to be that much better with exceptional research and even then, it will take much longer to rank as your site builds authority over the years.
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misterDi Premium
Thank you for the resources!
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misterDi Premium
Thanks a lot, I will check out the links!
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misterDi Premium
Thank you Jay! I hadn't even thought about that, and you raise some very good points. I'm going to have to rethink this idea a bit.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.

Would be nice to hear how you are getting along. Much obliged and best wishes.
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jghwebbrand Premium
If you need more help with choosing a niche here are some thoughts.
A niche is something you feel super excited to write about, a skill you have attained, something that resonates with you. You will want to be focused on one niche. What is it that you want to help a group of people with or what problem do you want to help them solve (group could be age, gender, location, experience level, degree or type of need, etc.)

A niche is not a product, it's a subject that you can help a target audience with. Remember, you are not setting up a shop (store), you will be writing lots of articles about your niche to help your targeted audience.

Kyles asks us to complete this statement.
'i want to help ____(group) with ______(problem)'

For example. I like camping and what to help campers buy the right equipment to make their camping experience more pleasant and safe.

Camping is a very broad topic with a lot of competition so to eliminate some competition in the beginning so the website has a chance to grow, the focus needs to be a smaller scope. For example essential camping equipment for beginners. Once the website is established and has a good volume, its scope can be expanded to include other things camping related. This is just an example.

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.
https://www.usetopic.com/people-also-ask
Use tools like the following to see questions you can address for your niche.
https://soolve.com https://answersocrates.com https://usetopic.com/people-also-ask and Google search scroll down and find "People also ask section" or use Quora.com
Why should you narrow your niche when first starting?
The key to getting started fast is to narrow your niche down to a specific topic. This way, you will eliminate a lot of competition and get results much faster. Once your site is established and you are getting traffic you can expand your niche scope.

Here are a couple of blogs on narrowing and expanding a niche.
How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later
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BuildingB33 Premium Plus
Enjoyed the read and videos. I forgot how thorough Wealthy Affiliate training is!

I agree setting up your profile is essential to building trust. It's a basic form of branding really. Every business has a brand, and if you're serious about building a business then you'll take the time to complete your profile.

Imagine what Fortune 100 and 500 companies had to do to build their brand....

3 steps to a complete profile is a cake-walk.

Let's get it done!
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

That's awesome, we are glad you are enjoying the training here.

Kindly let us know when needing help or having further questions.

Welcome to WA and our community.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks so much for sharing here. You are absolutely right, Every online business has a brand. That's the exciting part, each of us can create our own online brand.

We wish you much success here as you create your online brand.
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Jennyroo2u Premium
Hi all, I haven't got a lot confidence in my niche for one reason or another, think it's too broad for starters. I have already set up a website and put on post about it. Done a lot of the training and gone back over most of it! Bit of a slow learner here.... Old age syndrome.

So I've decided to leave it there for now till I can get my head around it and try another niche. Any one got any thoughts on hoovers as a niche? May seem a bit strange, but being a cleaner for 15 years and cleaned hundreds of different houses, I know a lot about them, including repairing and servicing them. I could do reviews, tutorials, product comparisons......

Am I barking up the wrong tree?

Jenny
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YvonneBray Premium
Hi Jenny Hoover’s sound great. Also, some places refer to them as vacuum cleaners, your skills as a cleaner would gives you plenty of posts.

You could add cleaning products your your carpet, how to remove red wine for example. Hope this helps.
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Jennyroo2u Premium
Fantastic! Thanks. Think I was over thinking my other niche. Yes I was going to search in keywords about vacuum and hoover, to see which is the best word to use. Already discovered organize is more popularly searched than organise! Learn something everyday....

Great idea about cleaning products too. I have an abundance of knowledge there too.

Thanks.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - one thing to remember, is that Hoover is a brand name, it is not the name of the product. It has become common usage for everyone to call a vacuum cleaner a Hoover, but strictly speaking, that's not correct.

So, you couldn't use the name Hoover, in the domain name of your website.
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Jennyroo2u Premium
Good point. Thanks
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Yah Jenny, I guess it's one of those habits that we need to work on them. Like calling all toothpaste brands Colgate. Thanx for reminding us.
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jghwebbrand Premium
This is an excellent niche idea. And you have a great asset - your knowledge and experience. You will be able really help people. The websites that do best as those that help people solve problems. The fact that you also fix vacuums is wonderful. We are so excited for you. On top of that it is hard to get along without one. So you have a big market.

Yes, you can do I can do reviews, tutorials, product comparisons. You can also do trouble shooting. WoW what a golden opportunity.

Here are some sites that may help you with your niche.

Learn Questions People Ask About Your Niche.
https://www.usetopic.com/people-also-ask
Use tools like the following to see questions you can address for your niche.
https://soolve.com https://answersocrates.com https://usetopic.com/people-also-ask and Google search scroll down and find "People also ask section" or use http://Quora.com

http://ahrefs.com/keyword-generator also has a questions tab. Their tool is free to use. No need to sign up for the Trial period.

You may get overwhelmed because your niche is so broad. It would be a good idea to narrow it down by starting with a specific audience with a problem such as vacuum cleaners for pet owners. That's just an idea.

Why should you narrow your niche when first starting?
The key to getting started fast is to narrow your niche down to a specific topic. This way, you will eliminate a lot of competition and get results much faster. Once your site is established and you are getting traffic you can expand your niche scope.

How to narrow a niche down How To Expand Your niche later
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Jennyroo2u Premium
Thanks. I can't believe it's taken my over a week to realize this idea!! Don't think I've ever been in a house that hasn't got one.

Really excited about all this now.

I'll check out the links later.

Thanks again... Your all bloody marvelous.
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jghwebbrand Premium
We are so glad we could help you with your niche. It's such a great feeling when you know your direction and you have such a great one. We expect great things to happen for you.

From this point on the training will help you to learn the concepts of building your website, writing content, getting it ranked, joining affiliate programs, adding links and then getting sales.

Really a bright future for you. Glad you are here.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Vacuums are the products you would be promoting on your site vs a niche subject however it may need narrowed down to a subcategory starting out, otherwise you will find it very hard to get noticed by the search engines and to compete with big authority sites. Target audience is important too, who would you be writing to, once you are able to identify them, you are closer to finding a focused niche.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in vacuum cleaning

https://vacuumspecialists.com/blog/





When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience. 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.

Possible programs

https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/best-cleaning-products-affiliate-programs/

Or

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.
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YvonneBray Premium
I think you got the wrong person, and I'm Yvonne, not Jenny. Mind you, and I like that name, Jenny. Yes, Hoover is a brand so is Colgate.
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YvonneBray Premium
Cleaning things is a great way to help someone who is having trouble. I often search on the internet when I need to clean something or get a stain out of something.
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Jennyroo2u Premium
Thanks for your input. Did a lot of brain storming and google searching last night. Came up with a domain name. It's the title I'm now trying to figure out., so I went onto Jaaxy for help. Would 'top rated vacuum cleaners' be suitable? Would this be too broad?
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