At this stage of the course you should have your website created! Congratulations, this is a big accomplishment!

Looking back to 2002 when I started my career in Online Business it took me 30 days just to figure out how to build a website. There definitely weren't any platforms like the Website platform you have access to here. What takes 30 seconds now, took 30 days back then.

How things have changed!

In this lesson we are going to be walking you through the process of the initial website set-up. This includes the removal of "default" content that is installed with every website as well as a look around of the back office of your website.

Additionally, I am also going to be walking you through the activation of your "Plugins" and be walking you through the benefits of the plugins (feature extensions) that have been installed automatically with your website.

Below is a video walk-through showing you the process of setting up your website. Click play to watch the "Setting Up Your Niche Website - The Initial Steps" video below.

 

Task 1: Login Into Your Website Back Office

In order to do this, you need to log into your website. This is very easy to do and can be done using the "Log In!" button (as shown below).

This will automatically show you all your users you have associated with your website and from there you can log into your website.

No more need for manual logins and the passwords within your account are encrypted and secured using SiteRubix technology!

You can also find your website login details, username, and password within the Details link on your SiteManager dashboard.

Task 2: Activate and Update Your Plugins

After you login, you will see your Wordpress administration dashboard for your website (see below).

This may look completely foreign to you if you have never logged into a WordPress website before, but don't worry, you will get the hang of this and there is a ton of help here within the community to work you through any questions/issues you may run into.

Wordpress is the most powerful and widely used website platform in the world. It is used by over 30% of ALL websites (millions) and it also has a wide range of "add ons" known as plugins that you can use extend the functionality of your website.

When you install website here at WA we pre-install three of the most useful plugins with your website automatically and your first step is going to be activating these plugins.

You will see the All in One SEO plugin, which we will be setting up in the next lesson. This is a plugin that is going to help you get found and ranked by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

You will also see the Classic Editor plugin, which is already activated. This gives you access to the classic editor when you upgrade and create posts within your back office, which is preferrable (in particular when getting started) to the new and more modular editor. It is going to make your life a lot easier and it is already set up for you so you have to do nothing from you end.

Lastly, the Kraken Image Optimization plugin is going to compress and optimize all of the images on your website automatically. This is really sophisticated and advanced platform that is going to lead to better website speeds, a better user experience, and better search engine rankings. This is already set-up optimally for you.

Task 3: Delete Default Posts, Pages and Comments

Every new Wordpress website that you install will come with "default" or dummy content that is added with every website install. You want to get rid of this content before you can start creating content that is relevant to your niche.

The first thing you want to do is delete the default post that is added with each website.

Click on the Posts button, within the side menu.

This will take you to the posts page where you will go to see a list of all the posts on your website. A post is simply a content page on your site (we will be explaining them in more detail later).



Simply "mouse over" the post area and it will reveal the post management buttons. You will want to then click the "Trash" button. This will delete the default "Hello World!" post.

Do the same with the "Pages" link as well. There may be a few different Pages, including the Privacy Policy page. You can delete all of these pages as we are going to be starting fresh with our own content and starting the build out process of this in upcoming lessons.

**Do note that there may not be both default Pages and Posts. If that is the case, just move on.

That is it for this lesson, nice work! You now have a live website that is set-up and ready to go. This is your own Internet "real estate". You will use this website to connect with your niche and ultimately earn revenue through. This website is your foundation for building a successful online business!

The next lesson we are going to be showing you how to get your website ready to rank in Google and other search engines!

If you have any questions about the set up of your website, please scroll down and leave them within the comments below.
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2. Log into your website WordPress ADMIN area
3. Activate your All in One SEO (simply click Activate)
4. Delete the default Post, Pages and Comment (if they exist)


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I originally ended up here because I was planning on doing a personal blog and was hoping to monetize it. I planned on blogging about making changes in my life to make myself happier and just to journal and keep myself accountable then hopefully help others when I come across things that work. The changes I want to make however are far ranging - like from weightloss and fitness to becoming financially... mobile?,,, wanting to work from home essentially but travelling - oh yes and travel and learning how to put on makeup because it's sad how bad I am at that. This seems not very niche like, unless it will all fit into some kind of self help/improvement category - would that be doable or should I just forget this idea and pick a lane to stay in from all of those things mentioned.
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PaulWatson Premium
I think that is extremely doable - if you can discuss your own journey with tips and advice I think you can build a good following in no time.

I wish you all the best with it

Paul
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LoneWolf83 Premium
The good thing is, that if you want to divide those into individual niche sites, you have plenty of room to host them here without paying extra...
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J-KWest Premium
There's definitely a time and place for blogging that way, but it's not necessarily the easiest way to get traffic and monetize.

The reasons are because,

1. People are searching online for solutions to their own challenges, and...

2. People are most likely (and happy) to spend money when (and if) they find a solution to that challenge or problem... whatever that may be.

If you think of it like an "offline" business whether it's a grocery store, restaurant, hair salon, movie theater, car repair or whatever...

... they make money because they are providing a definitive value to their customers (in our case, it would be our audience).

They are solving the problem their customer wants solved.

For example, is someone needs an escape or a place to take their family or a date... a movie theater can provide that solution.

If someone's car breaks down, a repair shop is the solution.

There are certainly influencers who have become famous with social media, YouTube, or their blogs who have turned their own stories into financial success so I don't want to discourage you from going in that direction. And without question it can be a lot more fun and easier to write about our own lives.

But from a making money standpoint, like an "offline" business, it's a lot easier when we can identify a specific challenge or problem that a particular audience (online they are often referred to as your tribe) needs help with, and then help them solve it.
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thelungdoc Premium
I think this is a great niche! I would be interested in how you manage time, exercise, family.

Just think of some of the ways you could monetize - there are all kinds of YouTube videos of people even with much narrower focus like how to journal, time management, clutter in the house. Books have been written on each of these topics.

You could monetize with time planners, write an ebook about how hints to manage a household, what makes you happy, weight loss. The list is endless.

The hardest thing will be to get some good content into your site first. You have to have a good number of solid blogs to have some gravitas and show people you are an expert. It is hard to first figure out what really interests you and research and write.

I have found this to be a really great way to organize information. All your blogs will be searchable, and a good place to keep lots of information - like your favorite sites, sources, books, recipes, a source for help at home, etc.

Hope this helps.

Dave.
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Jeffreybs Premium
I started out with a personal blog many years ago, and as time went on companies started asking me to promote their products on my blog so follow your heart is what I recommend
Jeff
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avelinak Premium
Hello everyone,
In the video, as shown in the attached screenshot, on the homepage there is a space for a picture to the left of the About Kyle summary. However, on my website, as you can see in the second screenshot, there is no such space.
Can somebody explain why this is and how I should fix it?

Thanks.
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ronnytan Premium
the themes you choose (might be) not support the featured image..

If you want to have the same like Kyle, you can change your themes to Hiero.

Hope it helps
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avelinak Premium
Ok, thanks very much for your help!
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ronnytan Premium
Welcome! All the best!
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BvVugt Premium
Every theme has different layouts, or different ways to customize the layout. If you add a feature image, it might not be to the left like on Kyle's site, but above your post.

Try adding a feature image to your post and see where your theme shows it. You might even prefer it the way your current theme does it. If not, switch themes.
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avelinak Premium
OK thanks, I'll try that and see.
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Jeffreybs Premium
Very good avice
Jeff
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Jeffreybs Premium
Good Luck,
Play around with the theme and see if it works for your niche and your own taste
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Hey Essie, it looks like as a starter this rubix site has no value: you can'r add your favorite theme, you have no access to plugins, your site can't be indexed in search engines without a sitemap and you can't add that sitemap, the result is a starter member has a no value site! this is the reality! sorry for that. I just discover all this and I'm a starter member too.
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DValentine Premium
Hey Mourad - these days you don't need a sitemap to rank in search engine results - you just need your own, unique content that answers a searcher's question. Sitemaps were invented back in 2005 to fix a problem such as Flash, Javascript etc. - these days the search engines can handle that stuff.

About adding your favorite theme - these websites are designed to be a learning space - somewhere for you to discover what works and what doesn't and even to start collecting visitors - once you have the traffic and, perhaps, even a slight income then you can invest that income into a domain where you can put up your favorite theme and plug ins.

I hope that helps in some way
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Its helpful ..
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Jeffreybs Premium
I am not happy that free members had no choice of themes as well, but I have heard if you upgrade you have the choice of more than enough themes.

Jeff
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Debra300 Premium
Hello, my niche is people 40+, who have done a lot in their lives, are currently in relationship/career/and/OR pre-retirement transition, feeling lost, unfulfilled, looking for TRANSFORMATION, their authentic SELF, WILL, PATH and IMPLEMENTATION, substance, fulfilment and/or true love, via working with the un(seen) worlds. Is this niche too broad and if so, how should I narrow it down? Also, how could I offer my own services, in addition to the affiliate marketing? Thank you very much for your answers!!!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, that is quite broad because in all reality that could mean EVERYONE over 40 (which is obviously too broad).

I would target a specific audience. Perhaps you want to help people that are looking for a change in "career", or people are lacking fulfillment and looking for that.

I just wouldn't try to target all of the different elements of this broader category all at once. You can diversify down the road as you build out your website.
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Debra300 Premium
Thank you for your feedback, Kyle! Perhaps then to focus on pre-pensioners or those in relationship transition??? How could I find which would be more beneficial and lucrative?
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DValentine Premium
Hey Debra
I just looked on a site called Udemy dot com that handles online courses and there are over 118,000 people studying spiritual healing on that site - spread over 122 courses!
They offer an affiliate program or you can create and publish your own course
Hope that gives you some motivation and/or inspiration
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Debra300 Premium
Thank you for your input!
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RavensongMc Premium
I think I have chosen my niche, its eyewear/sunglasses. There are several reasons for this choice, I'm fairly familiar with most of the top brands. My personal favorite is Oakley, between ophthalmic and sun I have 14 pairs, ok I'm a freak for Oakley!
Admitting it is the first step right? LOL I can speak with some authority in this category as I am a licensed dispensing optician with 32 years of experience in manufacturing, sales and service of the top brands. What do you think? Good place to start?

Ken

PS Oakley has apparel too, just sayin. :-)
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Jeffreybs Premium
Sounds like you have a good plan and experience as well, I always tell people to follow your heart not your brain when choosing your niche
Jeff
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DrewGood Premium
Sounds like you are on the right path with a good foundation. Have you gotten into Jaaxy or WA to do the keyword searches for SEO? This will help you get a better understanding for domain names, titles and then your content posts.
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Sonny40 Premium
Sounds great. Be sure to mention that in your about me page
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it's a good choice, and your experience will gain you trust with your readers. However, do be aware, that you won't be able to just take images from Google or other websites until you are accepted by an affiliate program, who will supply the photos.

You can only use copyright-free images, which are difficult to find for branded products. Luckily, you have your own products, so you can use photos you take yourself.
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Sonny40 Premium
That's a great idea, Diane.
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Jeffreybs Premium
Great advice,
The last thing you want is to get into a legal battle over using images that are not roylaty-free
Jeff
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ronnytan Premium
Its an awesome niche! But, if i may give you suggestion. It would be better if you make it like "Sunglasses for ... (ex. beach, children, etc). So, your niche gonna be more focus. just my thought.
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Jeffreybs Premium
Good feedback
Jeff
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ronnytan Premium
thanks for your kindness word
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RavensongMc Premium
I have not yet and thank you for feed back and suggestion.
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Jeffreybs Premium
Wish you and your family a nice holiday
Jeff
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RavensongMc Premium
I wasn't aware you could do that! Thank you!!!
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RavensongMc Premium
I'm hoping to promote ophthalmic and sun both prescription and non
Is that too broad?
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Hi m8.
I'm a starter too. But reading your post, I can tell that you are a man with a vision. And sunglasses are one of the most popular things. Kids wear it so as adults. 32 years of experience. Man, you must rock this thing up. :)
Wish you much luck.
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I am new and trying to find an idea for a niche , reading through the comments I saw yours and believe that’s a practical and perfect idea*
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RavensongMc Premium
Thank you, for me it just made sense to fall back on what I know. I retired from optical about 3 years ago and went into trucking. Due to health reasons I've decided to leave trucking and am hopeful that this new adventure will be lucrative enough to sustain me. No longer trading time for money would definitely be a blessing in itself. Good luck to you in your journey with WA! I hope it exceeds your wildest dreams.

Ken McHan-Ravensong
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