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 tabs, you are going to see a Pages 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 page. 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.

Once added to your Menu Structure, you can reorganize your menu in any way you like, i this case I am going to add my About Kyle pager above the Privacy Policy, which is going to put it to the "left" of this within the live menu on my website.

Under Menu Settings, I am also going to make the Display location, Primary Menu.

Check this box as this will put this menu as your main navigation at the top of your page. Upon doing this, click the "Save Menu" button and you are set.

For example purposes, here is what my live website looks like with my newly updated menu.

We are all set here. You have accomplished A LOT in this lesson alone. You have not only set up your initial content framework on your website, you also have your initial navigation set out.

Nice work!

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I have taken some time to come up with niche ideas. I have chosen 10 niches to explore, and tried to rank them in order of passion.
1. Amateur Radio equipment and accessories
2. Off-Grid living
3. Home Brewing: soda, beer, wine, mead
4. Self help/self improvement
5. Emergency Preparedness
6. DIY anything, but I am terrified with being on camera
7. Overcoming depression and anxiety
8. Modest clothing line
9. Health supplements and essential oils
10. Promoting Wealthy Affiliate

Please let me know what you think of my list of ideas.
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DennisM4 Premium
What are you most passionate about?,something you can write lots of content about. Niche is a audience a group of people searching for stuff you have. So you might have to focus down to a specific group that you want to attract to your site your trying to build confidence in your group, trust.Everyone everywhere is searching for something you have, which one of these you pick is something you know more about then anything else.
Once you grow trust with your group then they will trust you with other things you can add to your pages or posts and cool articles of facts. And then one day add affiliate links . I hope this helped you out...but as I know your question will be answered by many of us here at WA.im still in training my self. We do have a confident bunch of helpers here.hang in there and never give up.
Dennis
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You need aim for ONE focused niche with a specific group of people, I'd go with what's best resonates with me.

The recommendation is to focus on ONE site starting out as it takes lots of effort and work get it going, however once you know what you are doing, then the learning curve would be less steeper to scale up.

I'd ask myself

Am I passionate and genuinely interested in my chosen niche, as I I'd be expected to write lots of content, it would motivate me to update blog with succinct original content worthy my visitors week in week out.

Would I be writing about it in a years time or two or more

Who would be my target audience, who would benefit most from what I have to offer.
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Thanks, Dennis. This has been really good so far. One question about the website I build is, will it be just a blog post your of web page, or will there be more than just one page, where I can have affiliate links, blog posts, photos/videos, etc.? Or maybe tabs that one can click on to find what they are looking for, and then click a link within that tab?
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AbieOne Premium
What stands out for me 2, 3, 5, and 10. I am doing 10 I hope you can get to choose something you want to do. Good luck :)
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DennisM4 Premium
Stick to the training, it will show you what and how to apply your content. From your free siterubix.com site to a paid. Com domain . To how to install posts, how to add links it's all here. So far I've had to down grade my site because it was way overwhelming. dennisautosupply.com, I had to downsize this because what is autosupply.its not parts it's not accessories. Its everything in between.

So I focused my niche to auto detailing.from here I can add any new content I need to attract the specific group of people wanting to learn how to detail your autos painted surfaces. Then I added other content of how to detail the inside to how to detail the engine compartment . And learned all this by sticking with the training.
Now im learning what keywords are and how to incorporate them into my posts articles.low hanging fruit keywords,and many more cool things.but once you get indexed by Google, then it's only a matter of time till you get ranked once that happends the 3 major search engines will know who you are and take you to the top of the page.Its all in the training. I hope this helped.
You can go check out what I have so far with what I have, just to give you an idea of what you have to do.
But for me I dont have everyday to dedicate myself to this place like so many others because I do have a 9 to 5 or rather a 545 am to 4pm job that requires alot of my time even after I'm done.anyways.if you have further questions, you can click the live chat button,or ask @AbieAJ shes an ambassador here has great knowledge.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Your top 3 ideas have a lot of potential.
You can check trends (trends.google.com)
Do a search in google and see what auto suggests for each of them -
You will be writing posts for people to read on your website - who would be the audience you wish to write for and help? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic. If you don't know a lot about your niche and even if you do know something about it you will be doing a lot of research online so you can help people with their problems and related questions...
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LindaMetz Premium
I have a niche and domain name, now trying to decide on a theme. Are all of the themes mobile friendly? Is there one better than another? I'd love some advice on picking a theme. The 30 second setup is taking a lot longer if I can't decide on one! Thx for suggestions.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, all WP themes you can choose using your your wordpress backoffice will be mobile friendly. The default WA uses for starter is GeneratePress, More options are found in the paid version. We like to use the Free version of ASTRA because it has many more options in the free version and it is not necessary to buy the pro version.. Yu can check it out online doing a google search
Astra Demo to see if you like it. It has so very many options, is fast and very popular.
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LindaMetz Premium
Hey, thanks so much, this is just the kind of info I was hoping for, much apprec!!! I'll definitely check out ASTRA. Thanks again.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
I test it first before buying in, because that can be expensive.

You want to make sure they are responsive, extremely light, fast, well coded, SEO optimised, flexible, adaptable and customisable

You may try GeneratePress or Premium where you can extend the theme and can have many layout templates.

https://generatepress.com/
https://generatepress.com/premium/

https://generateblocks.com/
https://generateblocks.com/pro/

Kadence WP with Kadence blocks

https://www.kadencewp.com/
https://www.kadencewp.com/kadence-blocks/pro/

Blocksy

https://creativethemes.com/blocksy/


You can also review below resource about other options I hope this helps.
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LindaMetz Premium
Excellent, hugely helpful, thanks so much!
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Umario251 Premium
Hi! I'm making autism my niche but more specifically gift ideas or products for autistic people. Should I focus on one set of products for example only noise cancelling headphones or should I show a range of products as gift ideas to review and blog about like weighted blankets and stim toys etc?
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jghwebbrand Premium
you will be writing posts for people to read on your website - so what kind of post content would your write? You will be writing both informational posts and product reviews. What kind of questions would people be asking about your niche that you can help them with as well? Your informational posts are important to grow your traffic.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.
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Umario251 Premium
Thanks for the advice, I was intending to have content for both purely information to raise awareness as well as products that could benefit autistic people either to buy themselves or for as gifts for autistic people they know. My only question is then is my niche gifts/products for autistic people or would it be autism awareness?
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Hello! I needed help understanding something. I have chosen to niche down my niche, which is clinical depression, and niche it down to clinical depression + treatment; i.e giving people effective treatment methods for clinical depression.

A quick Google search of "Clinical Depression + Treatment" showed me "11 natural depression treatments". If I am writing blog posts, could I, for example, make one blog post for each treatment (of course going in-depth, and making it my original content" as opposed to me writing ONE blog post saying "11 treatments to help your depression". Does that make sense?

Essentially what I am saying is if I make 1 post about "11 treatments" I feel I won't have a lot left to write about with regards to depression treatments, whereas if I were to make 1 post about one treatment method, I feel I'd have more to write about, and I could also go more in-depth on each one.
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By the way, I am aware there are more than just 11 treatment methods, but that was just an example.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
First you need see this resource
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes, I would have a separate page for each treatment. So based on what you stated above that would be 11 posts. As you get deeper into writing your posts you may find more than one issue to deal with per treatment. So in that case your "pillar post" would be the first one and then you could link to another post on more questions related to the first treatment. But make your treatment post long and comprehensive.
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Thank you, this was a useful read! I am by no means an expert, but I have experience with clinical depression, having had it for years. With my posts I'll be sure to put a medical disclaimer.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
That's awesome and thank you for clarifying.
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Thank you for this great advice!
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Katie2021 Premium
I am unable to get the original content of '-Just another WordPress site' out of the Meta Title section. It is counting as characters, but is greyed out so I cannot remove it. Is there a setting I need to change for this? I appreciate your help!

Best regards,
Katie
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Katie2021 Premium
NVM! I figured it out! Have to go to Settings<General<Remove the tag line<save changes.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Tutorials If you are on mobile, adding one or two characters, then delete you are able to.

If title and tagline (Just another WordPress site), settings > general edit and save changes.

The SEO framework
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
No worries, and you're very welcome!
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