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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I joined WA a few years back and didn't see any success. Not so much because of the program but my health was an issue. I am new to affiliate marketing but not the concepts. I firmly believe that Clickfunnels can be an integral part of my success. Is that covered in this course? Thank you.
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Hi Crushingyou,

I've considered Clickfunnels, but it is quite expensive.

My research advised that it was for people with an already established list, i.e. lots of people to send to.

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I don't recommend worrying about an autoresponder or getting into email marketing until you have a source of traffic no less than 100 clicks per day.

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please i have problems in the Site content tour page and i could not make a progress with my site building because the site content could not bring out a clickable create a new template so as to give me the 3 options i.e About me, privacy policy and affiliates disclosure. please what can i do?
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Hi - when you are in Site Content, there is a tab at the top of the page where the templates are found.
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thank you i have searched several times for the tab but i could not find it
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Hi Yosorejorin,

Try and take it one step at a time and don't worry about the affiliate disclosure for now

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Hi Yoso,

1. Go into site content
2. Go to top on right you will see Templates
3. You will see About Me and Privacy page templates
4. those are the only two you need at this stage
5. You do not click on create a new template because those are there in template form for you already.

Hope this helps!
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sir, if i delete my current site and start all over again will it make a difference? because i can not find the template at the right top of the of the site content page, may be the page is corrupt
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Hi - you don't need to delete your site. Click on Site Content. At the top of the page, you will see your own photo. Above your photo are 3 tabs - My Content, Writing Stats and the third one is Templates.
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GordonMcQue Premium
On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

Gordon
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Hi Joan,

No-one could "tell" you what is right for you.

As a grandparent I would suggest breaking it down into stages and have your site titles reflect this, e.g.:-

0-3 mths

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6-9 mths

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18-24 mths

24 mths +

Fit the requirements and affiliate ops into each title.

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i clicked on the site content in order to bring out create a new template which will later bring out 3 options for me i.e About Me, Privacy Policy and Affiliate disclosure) instead, when i clicked on the create a new template it did not bring out any option for me so i could not proceed with my site content writing. so what can i do?
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You should be able to click on Websites > Site Content and then on Templates. There, you should see templates for various options including About Me, etc. Click on that to bring it up and start creating a post.
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Hi Detolajorin,

Don't worry about the affiliate disclosure for now

What stage are you at and have you done everything advised already?

Gordon
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On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

Gordon
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i am on lesson 7
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On the first Site Content page, can you see the Templates box (it is after the My Content and Writing Stats boxes)?

If you can't see the Templates box, what do you see?

Gordon
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I am working a niche idea, would like a little help. Would knives and blades meaning anything with a blade be a good niche or is that too saturated? I collect blades I think they are cool. Although I like them and use I don't know a lot about them so what kind of content would I be providing about my niche? If that doesn't work I also love everything about the outdoors and all the activities and equipment that goes with it, camping, hiking, mnt biking, longboarding, rock climbing, etc. I have lots of hobbies. Also, I love just designing and developing products in the materials stated in my profile.

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Any of those can be a great niche. The trick is to be able to produce quality content (articles, reviews, etc.) consistently and build a following of trust. I highly recommend something your both passionate and knowledgeable in. This will make it less like work and more like fun and won't have you doing a lot of research at the beginning, etc.
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