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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So I finished up my website and I’m on lesson six. I just noticed on a Google search about two or three pages into the search results that there is a .com website with the same name as mine. Is there a way I can go about changing my name as I still have a good idea that’s close to the same?
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Once we have registered a domain name, the URL can't be changed. However, we can still change our website title. We can change it in the General Setting of our WP Dashboard.
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TimothyCulp Premium
Thanks for your help....again! You rock!
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megawinner Premium
Hi Timothy! Usually you will be informed if there is already an owner of the domain name you have applied or tried to register.

However, using a domain name or website with the same name or very similar to existing one/s, this may result in legal issues such as trademark infringement.

When it is already registered you need to deal with the person who has the same domain name if he is the one who have registered first.- maybe you can buy the same from him or you can sell to him yours.

By all means avoid getting embroiled in legal violations.

Be careful,
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Great advice and I agree. I think they have the .com domain and mine is through the siterubix but I still don't want the similarity. That's bad business to me.
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Here goes my first question!

I am trying to really narrow down my niche and I was wondering if anyone is able to help me out at all. When I think of what interests me these are the words I come up with.

Environmentally aware
Slow consumerism
beauty
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healthy
natural
travel
women entrepreneurs
animals
babies
motherhood
alternative therapies

I'm not sure how to narrow these down effectively. Any help is appreciated!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

Choosing a niche is a big step. You've got broad ones on your list.

A Niche should be specific, evergreen, profitable, a solution to a problem, and most importantly a passion you can live for.

What is it you are so passionate about? Something that you can turn into a lot of content that will fill your website with and attract visitors to your site.

Specific: Who is your targeted segment? Who will benefit from your site? Gender, age, occupation, etc.

Evergreen: it has an everlasting appeal to your audience/target market.

Profitable: this one is pretty self-explanatory.

A solution to a problem: You'd like to make sure your site can help your audience to address their problems.

Lastly, yes passion. Why? Because we will write a lot of content. It should be much easier when it starts with passion.

Say you choose for example, you choose the beauty category. This is a very wide category.
A beauty salon can offer a wide variety of services, including tanning, waxing, facials, massage, etc.
If, for example, we take one of these subcategories - let's say facials - this could be our niche. However, we could narrow it down even further by focusing on facials for business women 30 years old and over. That is a tightly defined niche.

When we target a specific target audience/target market, that means we'll have less competitions and can focus more of our efforts in building our business better. We won't waste time and energy rambling about so many stuff that will confuse our readers that visit our site.

I would say, do your research on the target audience you would like to help to solve their problems. What kinds of products you would recommend or review on your website?

Also, check out the competitions. How do they serve their audiences?

Here is the link to Kyle’s post about Target audience where you can find ideas for great niches. All the best,

Ferra
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What you can do is to give a score to how much you love the subject, and another score on how well you know the subject, also which one you can produce more content.
Pick the first 3 and go to Google Trends and see which subject is more popular, or you can just type in the keywords to see how many websites comes up.
After that, you need to narrow down your niche by using keyword tools.
You can start with one niche and do the other ones later when you have time.
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Jesseeley Premium
Hi Apenner, that's a great thing to do. You say you want to narrow down your niche, you mean narrow down your type of product. I know the boys have said this in their training but it's not correct. Niche is a segment of the market or of all people who buy products 😊
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hi everyone, I am a newbie here and have no idea or whatso ever WA is about but I am glad to be here. Went through the first lesson and I can see that WA is a whole new world and I cant wait to get my business up and running. Well since I am newbie, I will be glad if anyone could spare me some advice . much appreciate!
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You will have it up and running by the end of lesson 4. Any questions, just ask them. We're all here to help you:)
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I'm also a newbie. Just started today with WA. I'm currently on lesson 3 about choosing a niche. Learning some valuable information about affiliate marketing. Glad to be a part of the community.
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