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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MrLynnB Premium
I set some high goals because I am thinking of a future where I can work for myself and my wife is able to focus on her interests. I am concerned about my ability to write posts that appeal to others. I have never been much of a writer and have always tried to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself. When I do say or write down what I am thinking, I hear or see critical comments and wish I had kept my thoughts to myself. Even now, as I write this comment, I am struggling to articulate what I want to say and not delete what I have written. Does anyone else ever feel like this?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - there is no problem with setting high goals as long as they are within a realistic time frame. For example, most people don't see any income at all for at least 3 months, but it is more likely to take 6 months. After that, you will see an increase in visitors to your website.

Don't worry about the writing. Here, you are taught to write in a conversational style, as though you were talking to a friend. It's not like writing an essay, it doesn't have to be perfect.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Think of it pretty much like you are explaining something to your best friend, how would you then manage it?

I start off with free writing anything that comes to mind, read up. proofread, have someone else read it.

And then bit by bit getting focused and more focused writing.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

With goals you can set however best suits you, however I keep it realistic.
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Apples64 Premium
It really doesnt matter how high you set your goals, what is important is making sure you set achievable time frames to hit them.

I was exactly the same as you about 5 weeks ago, thinking how am I going to write about things when I have never been a good writer, buts its funny if you pick a topic/niches you love the words easily build into sentences, the sentences into paragraphs and before you know it you have an article ready to publish.

Just articulate it as if you were talking to friends.

All the best with your goals and I am here if you ever get stuck.

Mark
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jghwebbrand Premium
We are delighted to meet you.
Fantastic goals here.
As for writing your thoughts in a post: you choose the topic of interest for your website. It can most certainly be something that does not reveal your personal thoughts. For example, let's say you are a camper. So you can have a website all about camping for beginners. So your site would be about what beginners need to know and do related to camping. A lot of the information would be about things you need to go camping. With such a topic there is no need to reveal your inner thoughts. That is just an example. The training teaches you about the different kinds of info you can write and an outline of style and content approach.

We wish you much success.
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Manjukesh Premium
You wrote this quite well. You can do well
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IsabeloJ3 Premium
I think we are the same because im also a newbie here but we try our best that we can handle this in Gods will.
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Alece Premium
I watched the video for lesson 4 on building my website. After I was able to build my website, I noticed that the number of domains and number of free websites I have says 10.

In the video, the number says 25 for both. I am just curious if this is something that has changed since Kyle made the video.
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JoeRebisz Premium
This was recently updated last year. As a premium member you get a total of 10 websites, combination of .com domains and siterubix subdomains.
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Alece Premium
Ok thank you. 10 is still a good amount of websites.
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You can always check what you get at this link.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/join/

We wish you much success.
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My experience, at my age with computers, is only very basic. I am understanding what I have learned so far, but applying it is something I may not be successful at. Is there someone at any level that would help me when I am ready to actually put my business up/live for results?
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hi I am like you ,I started just over a week ago ,just follow the training ,u will be ok ,i have learned lots in that short time good luck Edwina
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I'm just starting also and let's just say I'm no young whippersnapper! I'll assist you anytime I can.
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Hi Norman,
Welcome to WA.

I can understand your doubt due to lack of experience.

I can assure you the course is pretty straight forward and easy to follow.

However I would be most happy to help you along. May I suggest you do some research before choosing your niche? I did a small blog on market research recently. This will help you to decide on the type of business you wish to build. Since the primary purpose of starting a business is to make money it is important to choose well. You may also read here about niche vs market. When you need help moving on be sure to reach out to me. I will be happy to help.

Hope these help.

All the best.

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The training has images and videos and written text so you should be OK id doing this. When you have questions, just ask them in the comments section after each lesson.

Wishing you much success.
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; just follow the training; and you should be fine. If you have any questions after following the training? Please ask again?
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Thank you very much. I will need guidance.
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say; stick with the training; and after that; if you have questions? Please ask?
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DCaribbeanQ Premium Plus
Just drop a message under my profile when you are ready.

Or you can message right here on this string if you can't find your way around yet.

Take care.

Candy Benn
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After trolling around google, I noticed a website with a very similar name and theme to mine. I came up with "fishkeepersguide" and the already established site is "fishkeeperguide"
I love the title "The Fish Keepers Guide" but am concerned with the similarity to an already established website.
What is your advice? Should I push forward and try to beat their website, or delete my site and start over with a new name?

Thanks,
Nathan
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it's not necessarily a question of beating that site, but are you infringing on their copyright? They may consider that you are trying to cash in on their already established name. You could face legal action.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

We should never compare ourselves to others vs be unique and do our thing.

Check if the domain may be copyrighted, trademarked and ' or registered to an established business, then you need steer away, as you do not want to build your business and few years down the line end up with a law suit.

Here's some insight how to go about choosing an appropriate domain name, however please be aware hosting is provided with a premium subscription to the platform.

You can use Namemesh dot com - look in SEO & MIX columns

You can also use leandomainsearch dot com, you input a word and it gives you another

And godaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name.

Nowadays domains are not so affected by SEO vs writing quality rich content with good choice of keywords, latter of which would rank you in the search engines.

I would always go for a dot com domain name vs dot net or dot org as people's perceptions when they start typing they would typically assume it is a dot com. And make sure it is spelled correctly as it cannot be edited once purchased.

Also I would not include dashes, may be one dash permittable in some situations.
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Hello,
It is from my understanding that business names and domain names are not protected by the copyright law, but more so the intellectual property of the site itself (the blog posts themselves).
Again, from my understanding of copyright and trademark laws, I would only face legal action if their name was trademarked. I checked their site, and with the Trademark Electronic Search System, and it doesn't seem that "Fish Keeper Guide" is protected in any way.

Do you agree with me? I think I'm legally safe to use "The Fish Keepers Guide"

-Nathan
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jghwebbrand Premium
You may be safe, but since you are just starting your site I would choose another name. Your suggested name is too similar. You can get some additional ideas from namemesh.com
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michaelw777 Premium
I am just going to say here; if you get a following it won't really matter. No Offense meant; just saying; if you can get a big following. It won't really matter. I don't know if this helps? Sorry, if did Offend.
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Good evening or morning everyone!

I know a fair bit about using a website for cash flow, and I'm curious, are these websites set up to be monetized with advertisements?
It seems important to max out every cent possible from a site visitor.

-Nathan
(feel free to check out my first blog post too!)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

They can in due course, however a website needs traffic and for it to get traffic you need content.

To create content, you'd figure out a focused niche.

A niche subject is something you are passionate and genuinely interested in could be a hobby or an interest, and know so well you can write plenty original content about.

ONE niche, a website. Products and programs can be varied however all must be relevant to the niche.

You may consult with https://answersocrates.com/ for further research into finding a subcategory starting out. You can search what real people are asking as in Questions, Prepositions, Comparisons, in the past, letters and query. It is also great if someone wants to write a thorough research based article.

For example if you are in yoga
Yoga exercises for beginners


When deciding on a niche try narrow it down to a more specific niche, you can ask yourself the following question:

So I want to help people with ____________________ ?

Fill in the blank and you are going to get closer to a specific audience. Essentially you are writing more informational posts so that you do not sound so salesy to Google and if there’s a solution, a detailed analysis review post for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

Once a site starts gaining traction, traffic and authority you can then scale to cover another subcategory.

See example blog post below You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

Meanwhile I'd ask as many questions as I want to get clarifications,

Welcome to WA and our community.

Abie & AJ
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michaelw777 Premium
Yes, from what I remember; if you are talking about putting Ads on your site. It should come up in the training. Just keep following the training; and you should get to the point about putting up ads.

Other Members please confirm?

Hope this helps and encourages?
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Aparna155 Premium
Sure thing. monetize with ads if u want.

But the basic aim to build a website here is to make it RANK in Google or other search engines for KEYWORDS that people online usually search for.
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Benjamin89 Premium
It comes down to personal preference. I realized that it made sense to maximise all earning possibilities when I started out, including ads revenue. Wouldn't worry about it yet until you get some momentum with your content and visitor traction first.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Some experienced members do have advertisements in their sites.
Glad to hear you have a background in this already. I would suggest that you follow the WA training and learn its approach as well. You will pick up some very good tips.
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