Today is going to your first introduction to proper organization on your website. One thing that we always need to remember is that we are building our websites for PEOPLE, and our visitors and how someone would view our content and our navigation is what should dictate how we present our content.

In other words, if your website is difficult to navigate, people simply won't. The may read your content, and then just move onto another website. You can increase your website "page views" and overall website revenue if you understand proper navigiation

Introducing "Custom" Menus in Wordpress.

The default Wordpress menus work in very strange ways and can be quite awkward. Typically when you add a page, it automatically goes to the main menu. A post, will go to the homepage blog roll (not the main menu).

As a website owner, you want FULL control of your navigation as your theme by default won't do a very good job of this. Fortunately, it is quite straightforward to create Custom Menus.

Navigation is going to be a critical element to your user experience moving forward and will impact your rankings (as Google ranks sites with proper navigation better), so this is an important step here.

I have created a"Creating Custom Menus, Navigation, & Widgets" video walking you through the process of creating custom menus. You can check it out below.

 

Task 1: Create a Menu

There are a few simple steps to creating a custom menu. The first thing you need to understand is where to find the Menu management section within your Wordpress admin area.

Under the Appearance, click the Menus sub heading.

This will take you to the custom menu creator.

Under the left tab, you are going to see a Posts section. Posts are not added to your navigation by default, so you are going to need to click the Posts tab and it will show a list of your Posts.

In this case, we have only create the About Me post. Click the check box associated with that, and then click the Add to Menu.

**Note: Most themes by default will add Pages to the top menu, but if you don't see your Privacy Policy within the Menu Structure section, you will need to add that.

Your About Me page has now been added to your menu structure (as shown below).

Once added to your Menu Structure, you can reorganize your menu in any way you like by dragging and dropping them. In this case, I am going to add my About Kyle post above the Privacy Policy, which is going to put it to the "left" of this within the live menu on my website. So in essence, I am ordering my pages here.

Upon completing my menu order, click the "Create Menu" button and you will establish your new menu.

After you have done this, you are going to want to add your newly created menu to your website, to override the Main Menu on your site. You are going to see a new tab created after you have created your new menu called "Manage Locations".


You will want to click this tab, and then under the "Main Menu" item you are going to choose the menu you just created, in this case it is called "Main Menu". After doing that click Save Changes. You are set!

For example purposes, here is what my live website looks like with my newly updated menu.

You can see the order of the menu items and that my "About Kyle" post comes before the "Privacy Policy" post.

And we are done. It is as simple as that and as we continue to build out our website, we are going to be reorganizing our websites regularly, managing this menu and likely creating "sub menus" which we will be getting into later as we have more content on our websites.

Nice work thus far!

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Thank you for another great video, Kyle.
In this video you are working with one keyword, but as for the "Home Page", up to how many keywords is accepted by the search engines? At present I got 10. Is that a total overkill or still acceptable? What is the maximum amount, you would use if you were to start on your first site?
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Labman Premium
One Post one keyword. Focus on a single keyword and let Google determine if others are appropriate.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you should use one keyword in each post. Use it in the title of the post, once in the first paragraph, and maybe once or twice more throughout the post if it looks natural and not forced.
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Thank you, Diane and Labman, your comments are very helpful! Perhaps, I misunderstood Kyle, when I added keywords for the "Home Page" as opposed to the "About Me" post. As for the "About Me" post, the keyword surely would not be "About Me". In this specific case, can I just add a keyword that relates to my niche and include it in the blurb?

I really appreciate your help :)
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Thank you, Diane and Labman, your comments are very helpful! Perhaps, I misunderstood Kyle, when I added keywords for the "Home Page" as opposed to the "About Me" post. As for the "About Me" post, the keyword surely would not be "About Me". In this specific case, can I just add a keyword that relates to my niche and include it in the blurb?

I really appreciate your help :)
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G44s56 Premium
My tech lack is showing through. Picking out a website. I get the idea that there is more to picking this out than meets my eye. I suppose you can format this about any way you want. But I am not familiar with the terms to say yeah that is it. The ones I have looked at are different but what I think I need is a multi-paged site but maybe a single page will do. Is there more training somewhere to get this sort of thing clearer?
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Kwaiden Premium
You can do something with multiple categories, if you want to. However, just health and wellness is too broad. You need to focus on something more specific within health and wellness.
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steeph Premium
Your website can have a lot of content. Content is what you need to get indexed in Google and also get traffic. But don’t worry! I was stuck in the same place as you’re right now. You just need to follow all of the trainings. The beginner course has over 30+ lessons. Make sure to follow each and every one of them. You can find them on your account dashboard under “trainings” click there and you will be learning everything you need to succeed.
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G44s56 Premium
At building a website now...
my niche is down in the health and wellness section. I did a google search on health and wellness and it returned over 1 billion links.
I was wondering would it be best or good to have a website with health and/or wellness in the name...and then have a page on the website that addresses one of the components of what wellness is. that would make the website have seven pages counting the welcome page or start page...
Should I figure out the niche and just use that as the name rather that take on the whole topic. And if that works out add lower down niches in the other components over time?
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dkohara Premium
I think Health and Wellness is too broad a niche now. Can you zone in? Have you a special area of H and W you can focus on ? That would be my advice.

Hope this helps,

Dave
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - health is one of the top three niches and is very competitive. You really need to narrow down your niche to be seen as an authority on a subject, particularly if you don't have any qualifications in that field.

The name of your website should be related to your niche but doesn't have to be an exact match. You don't need to have "health" or "wellness" in its name.
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G44s56 Premium
that was very fast...thanks...yeah the whole idea is so broad and goes down so many levels...I think I can get to what I want to address...just use that part of my outline. thank you.
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Muchlove Premium
Good morning, I seem to be stuck. I'm trying to installing a template in word press for my web site. I can't get pass the default web site. I've been trying to installing plugins, I hit the activate button but they not downloading? it say 0 % I been waiting for hours and nothing? I reset it? and that all I get it won't install? any advice you can share would be gladly appreciated. thanks.
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feigner Premium
so you are going to websites - sitemanager login and login now for the user you want
then to apperance themes and click on add new
click on popular and you have about 7000 to choose from
select one and click on install
you now have that in your sites themes storage.
then you can click on activate from your installed themes (left hand menu)
this is all done in your sites dashboard.
it should only take a few seconds to download hte theme to your site and install.
be aware that what you are installing is a template for you to setup- you will need to add all of the details.
so go into appearance - customize and start going through the menu - all changes here are not made to your live site till you click on publish at the top of the left panel, but you can see the effect of the change...so if you don't like it then don't publish it.
if you are still having difficulties please shout again
phil
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bonzo124 Premium
If you can't install any plugin, it can be a technical issue. Please contact support and describe the problem. They can find any errors on your website.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support
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davehayes Premium
Looks like Phil has your answer
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bonzo124 Premium
How do you know it?
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bonzo124 Premium
She asks why the "activate" button does not work and can't download the plugins. It is not a question on how to log in on the dashboard and click some options. If you don't have an answer, don't give one. Find another way to increase your rankings.
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davehayes Premium
Steady yourself my friend. Trying to be helpful and as far as rankings go, they bother me not in the slightest. Perhaps my answer was not the best but I replied as I saw it.

Having re read the question it may be a site support issue as they will be able to view.

In future don't be so rude to those trying to help and give good advice to people as there are plenty of newbies in here learning just as you did starting out who might be afraid to ask a simple question
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bonzo124 Premium
You were disrespectful and your first answer was spammy for ranking points without adding value. Now, I will go back to create content for my websites and clients.
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davehayes Premium
Like I said and will repeat, rankings do not bother me
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I have few questions
I am not a Premium member, Is there a possible way to make it? Even a slowly way?

And I went to my Blog to make a post, There is a place as "add tags " which tags I should add to be able to publish my first Post

Thank you
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TheCatherine Premium
you add relevant tags that means they are rather like headings. If you are talking about sugar possible tags would be brown sugar, white sugar, natural sugar, fruit sugar
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siamjerry Premium
Yes, you can sign up as a premium member. And if that is not what you meant, yes you can make money without becoming a premium member. This is on the condition that you know everything about writing content, SEO, using keywords and so on. Tags usually refer to the contents of your blogs and are used to find your information easier in the search machines. They are buzz words that refer to your text.
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bonzo124 Premium
Of course, you can make money without being a premium member. Use what you already have and work hard. You can create content and share it on social media or other platforms relevant to your niche.
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