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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Hi Friends! Please, with a free starter Membership, one has access to 10 free courses on level 1 OEC training and choose to build a Niche Website. And 10 lesson of the Bootcamp training when you choose to build a make Money Online Website. What is the difference between the two? Can both be obtained together?
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Hi Kingsley, you may like to check this resource
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Talking about niche, it is better to focus on one and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Think of it like being a big fish in a small pond.

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

We need to build trust with both Google and our readers. We want to make sure Google see us as an authority in the chosen niche by consistently publishing fresh content (2-3 posts every week) that are helpful to your readers.

If you are following the Bootcamp Training (MMO Niche), then realistically, it will take about 400 posts to really make a serious amount of income from it. If you are publishing 2-3 posts per week, then you can expect to start appearing on Page 1 of Google around months 3-6. This can vary of course based on your keyword research and your content quality etc.

The MMO niche is very competitive so you may want to choose the OEC training, your choice. It will generally take 3-6 months before you see any real ranking/income though. It takes a lot of continuous hard work to get there either way.
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The Bootcamp is more focused on promoting WA. But you can benefit from both.
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Thanks, you have made my day.
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I appreciate you Sir & thanks.
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Most welcome just keep following the training you have enjoy and keep moving forward.

Wishing you much success

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Hi everyone, I have completed lesson 9, which is Understanding Keywords but I have been asked to upgrade to premium membership in order to access the next step which I am unable to do for now, but will definitely do as soon as I can. So where do I go from here as far as my training is concerned? Please I will appreciate your kind advice on what to do next.
Thanks.
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Hi Kingsley, have you chosen a niche and choice of keywords

Perhaps you may like to continue building out your website and content, site will remain valid for six months.

You can also do Level One -- Affiliate Bootcamp Additionally, you may like to browse classrooms: Getting started, Affiliate Programs and the WA Affiliate Platform.

Please be aware after the seven days, your communication with the platform ceases to exist, so if you have other questions or something else on your mind, do ask.

We hope you'd be able to upgrade to Premium in the near future.
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Hi, yes I have chosen a Niche and a choice of Keywords. That is where I am now Sir.
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Blessed25 Premium
congrats bro ... i just started my training :)
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Thanks & welcome! I wish us the very best.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi there,

Great job for reaching Lesson 9.

You use the keywords you found in your posts. Keep publishing fresh content to your website consistently (2-3 posts a week). Then when you're ready, you can upgrade to Premium.

Assuming you find keywords in Jaaxy (under Research on left menu) with BOTH of this combination:
AVG > 100 (good amount of organic search per month)
QSR < 50 (fewer competitions)

For example "how to train a dog to sit"

Then you will incorporate that phrase in your title, first paragraph, and then once again near the end of your post.

Title: "3 Easy Steps: How To Train A Dog To Sit" - Always add to the title to make it enticing and reason why people should click on YOUR post on their results page.

First paragraph (within first 160 characters, this is called Meta Description):
"When first getting a new puppy, you will want to learn how to train a dog to sit when he or she is 2 - 4 months old.
I have 3 easy steps below that I'm going to go through with you so you can teach your new puppy...."

In the body of your post: anything you want.

Last section of post somewhere:
"If you have learned how to train your dog to sit, then please comment below and let me know of your results!" - or something else, anything that will bring that keyword back into your article.

When researching keywords you need to beware of Stop Words like "what is" "how to" and words like "in" "a" "on".

If you'd like to add pictures, the Site Content has integrated with sites like http://pixabay.com, http://pexels.com, http://unsplash.com where you can get royalty free images.
Once you're done writing in the Site Content, click on the ABC icon next to the Add Image icon to check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.

It is also a good practice before publishing a content to check for plagiarism. You can use a free online plagiarism checker that I listed in my blog post here: You should have less than 5% duplicate content (I'd rather have 100% original content). If Google found you have duplicate content, your post won't be ranked.

Hope this helps,

Ferra
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Congratulations,
I'm excited to get where you are! Good luck!
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Congrats too! Lets keep on pushing!! We shall get there.
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Hi ,Just joining and very new to this. My reason for doing so is to sell my handcrafts . I am retired and want to make money at home. I am looking for a way to sell it and get paid with out having to go to bazaars or have all the people in my home. Also when a person gets set up in here is it recommend to go to premium and pay a fee in order to sell or can you sell at the starter package?
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Hi Robin,

At the starter package, you get a siterubix subdomain which remains the property of WA, however if you upgrade to Premium you can purchase your own .com domain to sell your wares and hosted with WA with your premium membership or elsewhere.

It is advisable to go Premium, as the training here is second to none. However it is totally your choice.

Please ask as many questions as you'd like going forward.

Welcome to WA, wish you success in your endeavors.
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Is it suggested that you do all your profile, adding pictures etc prior to upgrading to premium ?
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Totally your choice to upload a selfie perhaps, edit bio, complete your money goals etc.
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You can get sales while you are a starter member, but it is much more difficult than when you are a premium one.
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you should be able to sell at the starter pkg, however you will learn much more on the premium pkg
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But not with .com, rather with siterubix.com
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ngooods06 Premium
Hello everyone,
I'm on lesson# 8 and my website is looking a bit messy. Somehow, I messed up and I don't know where or how to trace my steps back. I have the "title" of the website on the far left instead of it being in the center and the "Home, About Nikki, and Privacy Policy" on the far right next to each other instead of being one above the other. And under the title on the far left I have "About Nikki" which my first post. Under that I have "Admin and date". And right under that I have "About Niki" again which is a bit redundant.
Please help. How can I rearrange things in order?
Thankfully,
Nicole
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EmakAmelia Premium
Could you attach a screenshot so we understand what's happening with your site?
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ngooods06 Premium
Oops, I will have to do that later tomorrow, my website page won't display in my current location.
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Hi hi!

So I have a question. I am busy going through the initial training videos and am at the "Build Your Website" video. I just want to make sure I can do this before I go through all the videos and realise I should have been hunting for better options. I want to build an ecommerce store that sells my own products - at this stage it sounds like I can only sell other people's products. Can I build my site based on my own products? So people come to my site, go through my products, pay on my site for my products?
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Jaz333 Premium
You can certainly build a site for your own products. There are several here that have similar sites.
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MrsPh Premium
Thank you so much! I have spend weeks building my product and getting my team together - I am so excited :) The only problem I have had was getting an acceptable hosting site that can do what I need and is actually affordable. It seems like my search might be over.
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