OK, awesome. You now have your target audience, in other words, the direction for your brand chosen. That is great and don't worry about this not being "perfect" at this point, as you move forward the pieces of the puzzle are going to come together.

Starting with a big PIECE today, your website. We are going to be taking our brand/audience idea and building out a website.

Building a Website Ain't Scary, It's FUN!

Building a website sounds like a "scary" process, but fortunately you have access to the most advanced, yet simplistic website platform in the world here at Wealthy Affiliate.

We pride ourselves as a technology company here at Wealthy Affiliate and we are the industry leaders in the website development space.

I am not going to toot our horn any longer, I would rather you experience the website builder and platform for itself. The first step today is going to be building your website, which will literally take you less than 30 seconds.

Click the SiteBuilder link within the menu, and you are going to be ready to build your website (and complete the next task).

Below I have included a video walking you through the SiteRubix platform here at WA and showing you how quickly and efficiently you can build a website here at Wealthy Affiliate.

 

DISCUSS VIDEO: Building Your Website in 30 Seconds, Literally

Task 1: Building Your Website

Your website is your foundation of your business. It is where all of your traffic is ultimately going to come to, where you are going to build brand and trust within the industry, and where you can promote products/services and generate revenue!

The SiteBuilder platform here at WA is the most simplistic, yet advanced in the industry. It is going to less than 30 seconds to get a full operational, profit ready Wordpress website up and running online.

There are 4 steps in the website build process, that I am going to walk you through here. To access the SiteBuilder and EVERYTHING related to your website, you will simply click the light blue "SiteRubix" button in the main menu.

Step 1: Choose the Kind of Website

There are really TWO options here, on a FREE website or on your OWN domain. Ideally, you will have your own domain, but that can come with time.

You can "register" your very own domains right within Wealthy Affiliate using our state of the art SiteDomains platform, which will allow you to instantly set-up your own domain for your own use.

If you are just starting out as a Starter member, you will be building a website on the .siterubix.com domain, which is a completely free website. You can build and host up to 2 FREE websites as a Starter.

As a Premium member, you can build and host up to 25 free websites and the ability to create 25 sites on your own domains (total 50 websites). That is more than adequate to drive many multi-million dollar businesses over time.

For the sake of this training, we are going to be choosing "On a free domain".

Do know that within the Premium membership, you can easily MOVE a free .siterubix.com button to a registered domain (one you may own) using the "Premium Only" MOVE feature. So by all means start off with a free website.

Step 2: Choose a Domain

Remember last lesson when I chose my "brand". In this step, I am going to be placing my brand name into the "domain name" field. This is because this will be my website URL and my brand moving forward.

As you can see below, I have added my brand "real deal affiliate" into the domain field.


When you type in your domain, it will let you know if it is available or not. In my case it was, but if your first choice is not available simply do another search until you find a domain name that works for you.

You cannot put spaces in your domain name, hence why my domain is "realdealaffiliate".

Step 3: Choose a Website Name

The name of your website should match your domain, but it just needs to be grammatically correct (with proper spacing). You can see below my example of this:

Domain: realdealaffiliate.siterubix.com
Title: Real Deal Affiliate

It is as simple as that. Don't overthink this step, your title will be the same as your domain.

Step 4: Choose a Design

The last step is choosing a "look" for your theme. As a Starter member you will have access to 12, hand picked quality designs.

As a Premium member, you will have access to over 2,464 designs (as shown below) on your website. These are referred to as "Themes".

Choose a design that you like.

Click on the design you like, and then you will be able to build your site.

SiteRubix, a Next Level Website and Hosting Platform.

You are going to notice that there are many other website features allocated within the SiteRubix menu. I don't want to eat up too much of your time here, but it is important that you understand the incredible benefits of the SiteRubix platform.

The powerful hosting you have access to here is unparalleled in the Managed Wordpress hosting industry. We truly specialize here in providing a secure, robust and FAST platform for you to run your website.

We know that your website IS your business, and it is important that you have the most advanced technology to keep your business operating at 100% at all times of the day.

The following are just some of the powerful features included within the SiteRubix platform here at WA.

  • SiteManager (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteContent (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteBuilder (Starter & Premium)
  • SiteDomains (Starter & Premium)

To make your sites secure and fast, we have some SiteRubix EXCLUSIVE technologies to make sure your websites are operating at lightening speeds, but also in a very secure way that protects you from hackers, spammers, and all forms of erroneous attacks.

There you have it, the low down of the SiteRubix platform and you have your website officially up and running online. Exciting stuff!

As we move forward within the training we are going to be building out your website content, and working to get indexed and ranked in Google (and do so for free).

Tasks 1/3 completed
2. Choose a Domain (either free or buy your own)
3. Build Your Website Using the SiteRubix SiteBuilder


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rbustamante Premium
Hi Guys! So here I am with a music brand "Acoustic Attack" (You can find on Youtube).

Now the problem I was finding while trying to figure out how to monetize it is I am not a musician. I don't play instruments and i don't sing. I don't want to be writing articles to become an authority about music because...well im not.

But what I have done is help musicians think of ways to build their brand and maximize more revenue streams by considering more ways to make money online. But the only thing I've helped them with was merchandise.

After starting this training now Im thinking that maybe I should figure out how to promote affiliate marketing to struggling musicians?

Any advice about how to evolve this idea?
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TysonE1 Premium
I'm not full of ideas at the moment, but I would say as someone with a lot of friends in the music industry: Musicians are often hurting for cash, so saving a buck always helps. Affiliate marketing has very low startup costs so I think it might be a good point worth mentioning.

Cheers
Tyson
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rbustamante Premium
Thanks for your feedback!
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AngelicaW11 Premium
Hi there, Ryan! Working with musicians can be tricky, especially if you aren't a musician. But luckily, I trust that you have enough experience in your industry to present your knowledge in many ways.

Since your expertise is in photography and videography, you can use Acoustic Attack as a case study example to showcase how you helped to build their brand leveraging eCommerce?

If you are going to focus on struggling musicians, what is the genre of music and how does your expertise (photography/videography)
help them to hone their craft?

After visiting your YouTube channel, I came up with this idea.
- Create a website dedicated to indie music fans teaching them how to leverage their online presence using professional, high-quality videography.

You can niche it down even further if you choose. You don't have to rely on wordy articles for all your blogs because videography is your expertise. Position yourself as an expert in teaching videography or photography to "struggling musicians" to increase their brand awareness online and offline.

Let me know if this helps you in your brainstorming.

- Angelica
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winnieyoong Premium
Hi Angelica, I love your idea, this gave me a better idea on how link my niche to promoting WA. I'm planning to do something on the lines of beauty, fashion, culture and self discovery.

One last thing that i'm still wondering is if i should use a personal branding or an entity branding?
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AngelicaW11 Premium
Hi Winnie! I'm glad that I helped bring some clarity to your niching process. Your positioning for your brand depends on the ideal audience that you want to attract. Knowingly, your personal identity isn't going to be completely separate from your business, especially if you are the face of the brand.

Since you've mentioned self-discovery, I assume that you want to build an online business as a personal brand. If that's the case, your audience must understand your story, your personal journey and how the beauty industry has influenced you as a person to build an online business on this topic.

Even if you decide to build an online business as a personal brand, your business goal and your personal journey must communicate the same story to your audience.

Example: Ellen Degeneres = Kindness | Oprah = Inspiration
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winnieyoong Premium
Hi Angelica, you seem to have a lot of knowledge in branding :) Thanks so much for your suggestion!
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AngelicaW11 Premium
You're welcome, Winnie and thanks for connecting :-D.
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I'm looking to create a brand for myself... The Internet guru. Online marketing guru. The way is attract students who want to make extra income or even a career. Mom's Dad's who want to work from home. Help everyone realize that the is a way to make money leveraging on the every click they make on the net... They just have to know about Wealthy Affiliate, the best Affiliate Marketing program. My brand's name would be something like 'Afline' 'On-turn' Or maybe 'FiliateBoss'
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Mathessa40 Premium
You have a lot of Ideas, make sure to choose wisely :)
that will bring you money (its sounds riming)
So anyway the only thing I can help you with is to think of the Brand or niche that you felt like it will give you a fortune and ideas to write a blog. First time I do this website thing, I have hard time writing, thinking but if you really set your goals you can do it.
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AngelicaW11 Premium
Hi there, Rebaone! There are A LOT of "internet marketing gurus" and "online marketing gurus" to go around. So please, focus on positioning yourself to be different from the pack. :-).

Regardless of what type of online business you are creating, you must remember that YOU are your brand. Your personal identity is never completely separate from your businesses. Yes, your business has an ideal person in mind that you are communicating your message to but it is YOU that your people connect with, not your logo or your fancy copy.

The most successful marketers in the world understand that tapping into emotions is what attracts and keeps attention online and offline. So if your ideal audience is "work from home parents" (I fit into this category), think about their daily lives and how can your expertise in affiliate marketing best serve them.

How can Wealthy Affiliate help work-from-home parents achieve their ideal lifestyle? What do you know to get them one step closer?

As for naming your brand/ business, check out Alexandra Watkins book, Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick.

I hope you found this information helpful.

- Angelica
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Jay-M Premium
I've been learning a lot of things about online marketing from WA, but I also have been working on educating myself on gaining the skills and experience required to be an entrepreneur or possibly a CEO of my own business in the future. My dream is to run a business that improves the lives of people and the ecosystem through advancements in technology, science, medicine, labor, social behavior, etc..

My business education will be completely self-taught, although I'm still contemplating taking online courses. I bought this book called "MBA: Mastering the Art of Business," which is a self-help guide on learning business without getting a college degree. I want people to follow my journey into becoming a great business leader and I want to somehow incorporate that into a niche that promotes Wealthy Affiliate.

I'm having a hard time deciding what niche or brand direction I should choose involving my business education plans. Does anyone have any ideas as to what direction I should take?
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Katbelle69 Premium
Self Taught Millionaire
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DValentine Premium
Good title Kathleen!
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DValentine Premium
Hey Jay - good to have you here man, I think you're going to go a long way. My mum had Motor Neurone Disease so I have an idea of the hell you're going through.

Right, you've got some ideas but you're not sure of the direction you want to go in.
You've given some clues: "advancements in technology, science, medicine, labor, social behavior etc." - let's say you were stuck in a hospital lift with one of the Shark Tank investors - which topic could/would you talk about in such a way that they would find interesting?
If you can choose one then that's the direction you'll be wanting to take - you know the subject (or you want to know more about it), you're confident enough to talk about it and you can talk about it in a way to keep complete strangers interested.

Hope that helps bud - give me a message if you want any more help
Have a great day
D
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Jay-M Premium
Thanks!
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IngeCousins Premium
My idea is to focus on the Millennial age group.
Naming my site Affiliate Alliance (AA / A+ Affiliate) - Standing together to build financial freedom.
You don't have to be a graduate to become an A+ student in financial freedom.
Align yourself with the A+ Affiliate program
Yay or Nay??
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TheNeuroNerd Premium
That's awesome. The Millennial's need someone like you! A lot of them are thinking they should get a hand "out", but you're going to offer them a hand "up". So empowering. Stay strong, you can do it!
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TysonE1 Premium
I like it, and Millenials need the education and freedom just as bad as anyone here. Lets work hard to help build the community.

Tyson
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Sam-Oa Premium
That's so cool.
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IngeCousins Premium
I have not decided what my niche should be, I find myself thinking of something, then all of a sudden I feel my niche became to broad. I do not want to create another Amazon site :)
I have thus decided to narrow down my options and use all my energy and focus into making WA my niche. Learn as I go along, start creating an income while I source my perfect niche.....and off course working towards Las Vegas.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you definitely don't want to create Amazon, you want to be much more narrow with your niche.

If you want to promote WA and work within the "make money niche", go through the Affiliate Bootcamp training. If you want to build a business within another niche, head through the Get Started Here training.

Focus on just one though. You are going to be much more successful if you focus on one business/website versus trying to do too many things at once. You can always diversify down the road.

Hope this helps you out here Inge!
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IngeCousins Premium
That is the roadmap I will be following😁
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