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 you all.. I am just got certified as a personal trainer; After watching these training videos, I realized I will be able to do a lot better bringing traffic to my website; and actually writing about my fitness niche.. I want to do a youth fitness. Should this niche be narrowed down a bit more?
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Hey, so I have a candle business with a website up and running. Am I supposed to have my niche based around candles? I feel if I do that, I will be promoting the candles of another company. And if I picked a different niche to promote on my website like lets say nail polish... would that look weird to the customers shopping on my website. I feel like the niche and my business website have to go hand-and- hand, but there isn't a real way to do that without promoting some other companies candles.
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You are right, your business website is your niche. I truly hope this is what you wanted. You will be promoting candles from another company, but you should do so as an affiliate to that company. That is the basics of affiliate marketing.
Once you have chosen candles, stay away from promoting other products like nail polish, so as to not confuse your audience. The principle here is one website, one niche only.
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Thanks so much that helps me. In my candle business, I make and sell my candles on my website to customers. So this niche thing for me would pretty much have to be a whole new business and new website.
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Yes, if you have another niche different from you candle business, then it is best to start a new website for that niche.

However, on your candle website you can look for items to promote that go along with candles, like candle holders, or table runners that you set candles on, just think accessories, and promote those on your candle site, if you don't already.

Good luck.

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Kendra, you can also add a store and sell your own candles through the Affiliate website if it's separate. If it's the same site, then keep the Affiliate links to your blog portion and make sure to sprinkle your own products in there as well. Think of the Affiliate Revenue as bonus money or drop shipping.
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You may promote yours. However the challenge is how do you send the candles around the world. Whereas if it i another candles through Affliate program, you only have to write content on these candles and if your redersbuy from your site, you will get commissions. You do not to worry about shipping, and all that.
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Megawinner has a point. There are plugins that can show different content based on your location. I would use one of these and push your own products to the markets where you are able to ship.

I've used this one previously for a client. I recommend the pro version.

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Niche is a specific topic of your choice. You should think of a niche that would earn you money through commission not only about what you are most passionate about and most interested in.
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This is really a good niche! I like the idea. :)
Once you get your website going, you could add several wordpress plugins to set this up pretty fast.
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