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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Hello WA. Please am just new here I have a problem. I just finished creating my new website and my plugins are all activated but when I search on Google I can't fine my website on Google. Please what could be the problem? Or do I have to be ranked first ?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

Unfortunately, yes. You have to wait until Google found you. You'll be notified and you'll also get a G badge here at WA.

Have you posted your About Me and Privacy Policy page yet?
You'd probably want to post your first article too so your website can get indexed by Google.
Follow the training and you'll get there.

All the best,

Ferra
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Yes Amelia I have done so both the about me post and my privacy page. It was very wonderful.

Thanks for replying.
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Hey guys I've decided to let my niche go in the direction of football/soccer. Not only because i love the sport but because not long ago i realised how big a part of the economy football is and that is genuinely one of the most sought after things in our time. Any tips on how to move forward from here?..
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hey, first of all welcome to wealthy affiliate.
Soccer is a great niche. This is what my second website will be about...
You need to narrow it down into a specific targeted audience. Who is your targeted audience ? How do you want to help ? is it by giving information on latter news, players biography etc.

Answer those questions will help you define your sub niche.

Also, what products do you want to promote after etc ?

Once you have figured out this, then keep going with the training.

I hope this help.

Warren
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Already I feel a lot of comfort and confidence in seeing so many people interacting and communicating so freely and in a friendly tone. I know I've come to the right place. I still regard myself as a newbie at online marketing so I will be dropping in now and then to our gret helpers for this lesson. Again, a big "Hello" and great to be here
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Jewelia Premium
Welcome to WA, Paul! It's a very friendly and supportive place. You'll be happy here. :)
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tassaace20 Premium
Thaks Jewelia
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Astich Premium
Hello! I hope things go well!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Paul and Welcome,
you will love it here. There is no judging just a lot of helpful hands and great people to bounce things off of and to double check work.
I accidentally stumbled across WA and I have to say, this is the best decision I have ever made.
If you have any questions, just shoot them out there, you will be surprised how many people are eager to assist.
I love the fact that this is a PAY IT FORWARD place.
Many Blessings in your success
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I am a newbie to online marketing, too. We can only go up from here. With a community such as WA, our chances of getting up when we fall and going over the hurdles look encouraging and doable as long as we are doing our part. Stay the course and take one step at a time!
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yes that's great
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SGlade Premium
I just added my about me page and the privacy policy to my page.
So excited.
I would love if I could get some feed back on it though. I am not a writer, and I have been told that I am a piece when it comes to writing lol, so if you have a second, I would be so honored to hear your feedback.
Thank you so much for your time
Sheryl
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MikeKurtis Premium
Love your about page. Keep it up.
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chantelle032 Premium
I read your page and I love the content. It is really touching and got a warm feeling in my heart when I read it. The only thing you need to change are the headlines of each paragraph to suit the content of each paragraph. You should not leave the headlines as they are.

Instead of leaving it as "your story", you can change it to 'my life story", and same with all the other headlines. Instead of "why you want to help people" just change it to something like "my passion to helping people" if it makes sense.

Great job so far
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Brichard7 Premium
Honestly the content of your writing is very good, The way i would go about improving your writing is with compound sentences. Sentence structure is something that is very easy to learn,and once you apply it to your writing it will become second nature in no time.

Some Basic Ideas that you could go into further research on are these.
Compound Sentence: A sentence that consist of 2 or more independent clauses.
Complex Sentence: A sentence that consist of one or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

A clause basically completes a thought in a sentence.
Subject+ a Verb
A dependent clause is not complete on its own but adds on to an independent clause.
There a couple others and honestly they are pretty easy concepts to grasp once you've seen a few examples.
Also you don't need to worry about having perfect grammar or writing skills. Most people are not Masters in the art of Grammar and writing. These are just a few simple tricks that can take your writing to the next level.

I wish you luck, and hope this helped.
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Mike,
it has been brought to my attention, that it is showing correctly. So I am going to have to look into this.
thank you for taking the time to look at this for me.
:)
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Hello Chantelle,
Thank you for taking the time to look at and offer some fixes.
I forgot that part of the training, and when I went back, there was no sound. lol
Thank you so much, I really appreciate any and all suggestions.
Many Blessings, and stay safe
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Yes, indeed. I will change some things in there.
I want to thank you for your time looking into and offering up such great suggestions and fixes.
Many Blessings, Stay safe
Sheryl
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Astich Premium
Nice content, it's authentic which is good. People are drawn to that. Keep it up!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Aaron,
Thank you for the kind words. I am a virgin here at blogging and creating a website. Not to mention, my writing skills leaves a lot to be desired, but I am a work in progress. :)
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I applaud you for the strength you have inspite of the physical challenges you have and your optimistic atittude about life as evidenced in your love of capturing the natural beauty around you through your eyes and the lens of your camera. Just a couple of thoughts/suggestions on your post...: Did you mean "Pain" instead of "Paine"? Some apostrophes are not needed as in "father's" and "son's". I would suggest that you use "inexpensive" instead of "cheap"! Keep capturing the beauty of nature! Much success to you!
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Naomi,
I will fix this as you are correct.
thank you for taking the time to read and offer suggestions.
Thank you again for your inspiration.
Have a Marvelous evening
Stay Safe
Sheryl
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You are very welcome. Looking forward to more from you!
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I'm a writer but at times get writer's block a lot lol
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Raghunathan Premium
So, I really passionate about photography and am still a novice but pretty good at few of the basics, then I love my kitchen knives and all things kitchen related, even though I dont own them, I love seeing innovation, quality, etc and movies and philosophy and life skills. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I could spend and do spend hours on these areas...Are these really niches? Something people would really want to know more about?
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bleumoon Premium
Yes..just figure out what you are more passionate about and then go for it.
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TheCatherine Premium
My advice would be follow the money. Following your passion alone does not necessarily mean that there is profit in it. Photography is a great niche but a lot of people want to feel photographic equipment before they buy it. So a site recommending useful equipment might not generate sales of lens or cameras but you mat sell camera cases. How many people buy camera cases. Personal development is not a niche but concentrate on one aspect such as memory development There are a lot of high end products there to make money from
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Raghunathan Premium
Thanks Catherine, I absolutely agree with you. And following passion in a lot of cases doesn't make money, that's why I want advise on niches. Ends up as hobbies or a diversion in a lot of cases.
But doesn't one need to experience the product or service before recommending them, for being authentic? Or at least believe in it? That's my conflict.
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Exactly
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Hi, great advice @TheCatherine. Thank you
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