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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mgsurfer Premium
Planning to create a site that shows places to go kayaking/canoeing in Orlando, and then do posts on the different locations.

Question 1: Would it be better to have Affiliate programs related to purchasing Kayaks, or for Renting Kayaks?
Question 2: Are there Affiliate programs for Kayak Rentals, and how would you find those Affiliate programs for Kayak Rentals?
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TanyaMarie93 Premium
Personally, I think it would be cool to do both but I don't know anything about how rental affiliate program would work or even if there are any out there.
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michaelw777 Premium
Well, first things first; you might do both renting and buying Kayaks. But, not only that; you might include Affiliate Links for hotels in the different locations.

And there should be Affiliate Programs for that. You might want to ask Kyle and Carson about this; I am a bit rusty.

But I think it would go like this: Affiliate Program + Kayaks: In Google; if that is not it; please ask Kyle and Carson; if you want to? Just put their names in the search engine above separately. The Search Engine here on WA.
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mgsurfer Premium
Great idea with the hotels.

And will check with Kyle & Carson as well.
Thanks
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Danidowling Premium
How do I make a post appear under a certain page on my menu?

What is the best way to put affiliate links within your posts without getting google mad at you? is it best to do some keyword directed blogs that have no affiliate links and then have some that do have them or??? what do you reccomend?
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karenbh924 Premium
Hi!

First the post. Go to Appearance then Menus. Select you post then Add to Menu. You can then drag the post on top of the page you want it in. You’ll know it’s under the right page because it’ll be indented under the page name.

Now for the affiliate links. Just following the training on how to add links. About 5 links are good. I alternate between post with and without links and this has worked well. So far all my posts are being indexed by Google. I usually do 2/1 ratio (without/with), but some do 3/1 ratio.
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Danidowling Premium
This comment was extremely helpful. Thanks so much
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Tobyt Premium
another Question.. so building a web site would be your niche?? and then whatever you promote would just be the content?? so how many different products can we promote are just promoting Amazon would be enough?? are can you put multiable web sites on just your own web page?? sorry for asking probably not the best questions just a little confused..
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - your niche is the subject of your website - fishing, gardening, electronics etc. The content is the articles you write about your niche. You can promote any products related to your chosen subject. You can use Amazon or other programs.
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I've managed a lot of different wordpress platforms, as well as other content management systems. I have to say, you guys have done a great job of assembling a solid set of tools and lessons. Kudos for making it easy to get started and keeping people encouraged.

All the details of getting started with a new site is often its own hurdle. Its easy to get discouraged, but once you cross that line it becomes much simpler. These lesson series literally walk you through what most developers have to do on every project. Very professional.
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G44s56 Premium
working through the keyword searches for niches and sorting out the exact url and name of the website. I have what looks like a good keyword but it is mostly a sentence without the prepositions. Jaaxy shows it has these values: avg - 242, traffic - 42, QSR - 0, SEQ - 97....I did a google search of these terms and the results showed the first 7 on the list had no meta description or meta keywords...the 8th showed up with a couple of each...but mostly on the first page there wasn't a website that had that information. How does that figure in with ranking. The 7th site had the words but they were arranged throughout the content and not arranged in a sentence.
I must be over complicating this process...and it is seeming to me that this set of words are too lofty for any small niche that I might be going for...the drill down, the individual person would get lost on the first page. Is that a proper assumption...
I should just make it point to something like miagraines or just splitting headaches...or nobody likes me fat...
This is challenging to not overthink everything.
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