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 all,

I just try out to register a new website and at the SEO at General setting, the screen pop up the AIOSEO request the license which is not taught in the training. And also a new tab upgrade to pro. What should i input next? Should i upgrade to pro? Can any of you help? Thanks.
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Hi, you may follow below tutorial
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You do not need a license key nor is it necessary to upgrade to the paid version.

Here is help for using the new version of AISEO plupgin.
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OTEKA Premium
Hello all,

I am COMPLETELY green to setting up websites! I know it's easy for most, but for me..not so much. BUT, like every other challenge in my life, I WILL GET IT DONE (with your help..please?)

One question, will I be able to upload video content to this website and if so, is there a layout that's better suited for this? There are so many layouts to choose from I'm a bit overwhelmed as to which one to choose.

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Hi - I would say that probably most of the members here had no experience in building a website when they first started, but the training takes you through everything step by step.

Yes, you will be able to add video to your website, no particular theme is necessary for this. Try not to add too many videos though, as they can slow your website down.
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Yes, you will be able to upload videos to any WordPress theme. (layout).

A great way to find answers to your questions is use the search bar at the top. Type in your search. Several suggestions will appear.
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You can add videos to your website, but you shouldn't upload them to your website - instead, you should leverage a platform like YouTube. You want to upload them to YouTube, then *embed* them into your website - that's the best practice :)
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I've been watching the video about Kyle but he doesn't really explain who he is going to use for the resources or for the content is it going to be amazon shoplifty click bank etc. etc. I would of like to know in the beginning so it can be a lesson to follow with my niche i am just going to go with amazon but hopefully he hits the topic soon but i like everything he is teaching I just am in the cloud i guess don't know if that was a great idea about letting us know who he is using but idk I'm just a beginner can't be judging Listening to others viewpoints may reveal the one thing needed to complete your goals
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that is covered further in the training lessons. Which affiliate program you plan to use will depend on the niche subject you have chosen as some will be more suitable than others.

As regards the content, you will be writing that yourself, everything original, nothing copied and pasted. When you apply to join an affiliate program, they will inspect your website first and expect to see lots of articles, to show that you are capable of attracting visitors.

Amazon will accept new websites, but they have the strictest rules and low commission rates. You will be expected to make 3 sales in the first 180 days, or you will be removed from their program. This is not easy to achieve until you are getting daily traffic which takes several months.
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where do we find the products to sale and where are you out of my debit card will not work for any place outside USA I also tried to upgrade with a credit card but it is not working either is there another way to up grade. I am wanting to build my website now but I dont want to have to do it over and over
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Warly10 Premium
Hi, for the products to promote there's so many platforms out there like Amazon, ClickBank, Sharesale...

I'm sorry you can't make the payment. Don't you have PayPal?

You can build your free website in the meantime if you don't want to wait.

You can also contact Kyle through his profile or private message. I don't know if you can send private message as a free member tho.
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Do you have a PayPal account? A PayPal Account will work for upgrading your membership.

Products are found through Affiliate programs which you sign up for without any charge to you. This whole process is explained later in the training.

We wish you much success..
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Cmil Premium
Hi guys,
I'm struggeling with my niche. I'm looking for a way to make money while travelling. I had a (private) blog on Polarsteps for friends and family for more than a year and received some really positive feedback on my writing, so I would like to take that to a next level. The video really focuses on advertising products. Sure enough, I bought a backpack and some outdoor clothing, but the focus is much more on my stories, photos and my experiences. How would you guys deal with this? Do I simply have to accept that the way I had it in my mind isn't how this works or are there other ways to deal with this?

Many thanks!
Camille
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Hi, it may be generalized and need breaking down to a specific audience for starters, by time your site start to gain traction and authority you would then scale.

Have a look at below link You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

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Hey Camille
The 'experiences' part of your Polarsteps blog sounds like something other readers would like to check out. They almost sound like reviews you've done on the places you've been to.

I suggest you create content and publish to your blog on a regular basis - 1-2 times a week seems to be the 'norm'.

Now, Google automatically puts new websites into what is called a 'sandbox' - while you're in here, you will get very little traffic to your site as Google runs through its ranking algorithm. This sandbox treatment last anywhere between 3-9 months and you'll start to see your visitor numbers rise as Google starts to trust your content.

Is there a way around this - no, not really; social posting and video publishing may help but it's really a right-of-passage thing - if you can stick it out then you get rewarded by the search engines in traffic flows.
I hope that helps
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Villageist Premium Plus
Interesting niche and focus, I do exploration vlogging and my passion is travel and visiting villages and small towns. May be you'd like connect, would love getting to know you guys.

I am also starting out one month in and learning the ropes.
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Cmil Premium
Thanks Abie, that's an useful post. I'll give my idea some more though and will try to narrow it down. For example to only focus on the best ways (and products) to travel as lightweight as possible as my focus is on backpacking and travelling by bike. This narrows down the audience to starters already.
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Cmil Premium
I'll take a look at the opportunities my reviews provide for linking to the activities or experiences I'm writing about. That could be interesting.

Luckily my motivation comes from sharing my experiences and not from reaching as many people as possible or earning money, so I'm not worried about that commitment. It's good to know that it can take a while though :)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
I commend you on your input, I really like your focus and you'll do great. Kindly let us know if needing anything else, more than happy to assist.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
The only other way besides affiliate marketing is selling your own products or making money off of displaying ads on your website. You usially can’t make money displaying ads on your website until you are getting a lot of traffic to your website.

If you don’t want to do full on product reviews, then maybe you can just casually link to Amazon when you mention your back pack or other item that you use? Or maybe have a link to a page that talks about your bike which in turn has a link to Amazon. This might be a little less intrusive than full on product reviews ob your website.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
You can definitely do what you want to do, if you just make one mindset shift IMO.

=> Everything you want to blog about, probably has a related search term which someone is typing into Google.

Worried about traveling to a cold country and feel underprepared? People are probably searching things related to best cold weather jackets

Got caught in the rain while camping and the water soaked through your tent? People are searching for the best rainproof tents or best foul weather tents

Took a photo of a mountain? What camera? What are the pros and cons? Would you recommend it? How do you process and edit the photos? What's the best place to print them? Can you put them on a Canvas and hang it in your living room?

All of these things you're doing related to things people search for. Some have a commercial product element, some do not. The key is to write in such a way that you can get found by people using search engines.
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Villageist Premium Plus
I love it, thanks Nathaniel. Really great info and would help me. Do you mind if I ask you sometimes some questions, you seem to know your stuff. Thanks in advance.
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