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 Wealthy Affiliates!

Greetings from South Africa :-)

I would like to pick your brains if you'd allow me please.

I am in the process where I need to choose my niche and at the moment what I would like to specialize in, is self-development.
I believe that I can add value in other's lives by opening up the worldly possibilities unto them through self development and self up-skilling. This obviously involves growth in different areas of their lives.
Any ideas on how to structure such an offering?
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DianeK59 Premium
Are you targeting a specific age, gender, or group?
It just seems like it's a bit broad, as it stands.
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Thanks Diane, I thought that is it broad too.

Looking at my current situation and the impact that COVID 19 has had in my life and country as a whole, I would be targeting the recently retrenched, unemployed graduates and people that are looking for alternative options to generate income. Not certain if this is clear enough?
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DianeK59 Premium
That brings it more into focus. Young graduates who find themselves in need of new life direction. I'm not sure how to word the actual niche, but you can probably put that together. And it is a necessary focus, I believe. 🙂
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Thanks for the feedback, Diane. Much appreciated :-)
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DianeK59 Premium
Happy to help!
Have a wonderful day!
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A great day to you too :-)!!!
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Byates3 Premium
Is it my understanding that it is better to choose something more specific like "dog food" over something more broad like "dog products"? On the one hand I can see the something specific being more straight forward and easier for a customer to navigate while also being somewhat product limited...But on the other hand I can see something more broad having potential for more products but maybe that becomes too overwhelming. Thoughts?
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JosephRebisz Premium
Hi Brianna, dog food is a good niche and so is products, but perhaps a bit too broad. It could be narrowed down a little bit. You can take a look at my site if you'd like to. mydogshealthyfoods.com
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you need to be seen as an authority on your subject by Google. This is easier to achieve if you have a narrow niche. Fewer topics but more in-depth.

Once well- established, you could expand the niche to something broader. So, using your example, when you have 20 or so articles on feeding dogs, you could perhaps start adding articles on health supplements for dogs.
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Byates3 Premium
Thank you for your help Diane! This makes sense :)
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Byates3 Premium
Thank you for your help Joe! I really appreciate seeing your example!
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JosephRebisz Premium
Glad to help if I can.
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Interesting discussion. I hope when I reach this level I will be able to choose something meaningful that will attract heavy traffic.
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Tomoko1 Premium
My website is a blog-roll, so there is no content in Home Page.
Before I wrote any content, I filled out Home Title and Description. Since then, I have wrote two posts, the first one is "About me" and second one is "Work at Home Business, but I did not fill out title and description, because there is no instruction to do it.

However, according to Jay's video, "SEO 101 - The Basics" from April 17, 2020, whenever we write a post, we should fill out title and description on each post. Does it mean that I should fill out title and description on both posts besides Home Page Settings?
Thank you for your help.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Tomoko,

When we write on the Site Content, we should put our Title then later after we publish it, it will be shown in the AIO SEO as the Meta Title.
The first 100 words we write will be the Meta description.

Kyle did show how to do it in this training: See the attached picture:
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Tomoko1 Premium
I reviewed this lesson however, I don't see that Kyle shows anything about Meta Title and Description. Can you tell me where he says and where do you see the attachment in this lesson?
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Warly10 Premium
Hey there,
You're write, Kyle doesn't really show that... But Jay did as you mentioned above.

And yeah it's better to fill the meta title and description for all posts...

I do it on all my posts.
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Tomoko1 Premium
Thank you for your response.
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Tomoko1 Premium
Meta Description is the first 160, not 100.
Thank you.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi tomoko,

Yes, I know. In AIO SEO it's 160. I use different SEO.
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I'm into the Fine Arts, cooking, sewing, and crafting. Can I make money on these things? I teach piano as well. I work as a pianist at the local school district with high-schoolers and junior- highers as well. I travel with them to concerts and contests and general traveling to fun things.
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Johnnymb193 Premium
Of course, you can. In online marketing, the sky is the limit. Go through training videos and Kyle will explain to you how can you find anything in any niche.

I wish you the best of luck

Johnny
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Hey there. I am also into fine arts. I am currently working on pieces that I'm selling to clients.
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That's awesome!
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All of these subjects are common and enjoyable. As long as you have an audience I believe it's possible. And there's no shortage of an audience for any subject. Just reach out, I'm sure they will find whatever you put out.
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Thank you so much! I appreciate your words.
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Shirley51 Premium
Just started and need to say that i love your voice Kyle. It is so refreshing to listen to someone in this arena with a lovely calm voice, Great diction and pleasant tone as well as a down to earth KISS approach. I was in education for 35 years as a teacher and lecturer so i do know how rare it is to find this.
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