Search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo are interested in ONE thing. The most relevant content.

If you can build out your website in a way that is ready for SEO (as discussed in the last lesson) and create quality, relevant content, you are going to have a bright journey ahead of you within the online world.

The thing that most people stress about is being a "writer", you DO NOT have to be a writer to be successful online.

You simply need to communicate with your audience, the same way that you would with a friend or a family member. And if you put the emphasis on helping people, you are going to be able to build trust, which is going to lead to long term and sustainable success online.

SiteContent, a Writer's Dream Platform

As both a Starter/Premium member, you have access to the SiteContent platform here at Wealthy Affiliate. This platform offers you some incredible features as a writer that will lead to more efficiency, accuracy, and speed with your content creation.

You can access the SiteContent platform through the Websites menu.


SiteContent offers you some unbelievable features that are going to make your life as a "blogger" much more efficient.
  • 100's of critical grammar and spelling checks
  • Duplicate content checker
  • Automated publishing directly to your website
  • Writing goals and accomplishments
  • SEO analysis and checks
  • Content structure analysis
  • Ability to template content
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions

This is where you are going to be creating all of your content moving forward. You will be setting writing goals and leveraging the "feature rich" platform for writing. If you are worried about your writing skills, the SiteContent interface is going to help you understand where you are making writing errors and help you correct them in a very efficient manner.

It is going to be your go to writing tool moving forward and it is exclusive to Wealthy Affiliate members only!

I have created a little walk-through of SiteContent, showing you around the platform and how to best benefit from it.

 

DISCUSS VIDEO: Creating Your Initial Framework of Content

Task 1: Creating Your "About Me" POST

To establish a brand online in any niche, you need to build trust with your audience. The best way to initially do this is through an "about me" style page. Every successful website will have some information about their brand, who they are and why they want to help people.

Your first task today is going to be to create your About Me page and you are going to be doing this directly within the SiteContent platform.

Within your Templates tab, you are going to see that you already have the framework for your About Me page already outlined.


Simply click on the About Me template and it will take you into the SiteContent editor. This is where you will be creating your content for your About Me page.

The first thing you are going to want to do is choose a title that is appropriate for your about me page. There are several options that I suggest you choose from in terms of your naming convention.

  • About Me
  • About NAME (ex. About Kyle)
  • About SITE (ex. About Real Deal Affiliate, About RDA)
  • About Us

The most natural and the option that I have always used because I feel it resonates and creates the most trust is "About Me" or "About Kyle", because it is the most direct. It feels like I am here for you and I am here to help (which is the case with every site I create).

Then you will want to populate the content. Do know that this is just a guideline, as you edit this post you can add new headings and of course you are in full control of the content and your story.

This is not a rigid exercise here, you are YOUR OWN brand and you can build out your content in any way you like, but this will give you a good guideline here.

After your are done doing this you will be click the Publish button in the right corner, just above your editor. This is going to allow you to publish directly to your website (see below).


Upon clicking Publish, you will get a pop-up that will allow you to choose how you want to publish the content. This is a 4 step process.

Step 1:Choose your website to Publish to. In this case it will be my "realdealaffiliate.siterubix.com" website.

Step 2: Choose "Post", not a "Page". The reason is all POSTS allow for comments on them and this is a page on my website where I am going to want to allow people to leave comments and feedback. Pretty much every article you publish moving forward will be done so as a "Post".

Step 3: Choose the user. If this is a new site, you will likely only have an Admin user. That is fine, choose that as your user.

Step 4: Choose the URL plug. Leave it "as is". You shouldn't need to change your URL plug, this is something that you can leave.

The Click Publish. Upon doing so, SiteContent is going to run a duplicate content check, and then publish the content to your website. Since you wrote your About Me page it will be 100% unique.


Task 2: Adding Your "Privacy Policy" PAGE

All major affiliate programs and all advertising platforms require that you have a "Privacy Policy" on your website. This is a formality more than anything and it is very much a standardized document.

You are going to want to load up the Privacy Policy Template from your templates.

Upon doing so, you will get a standardized Privacy Policy page. You are just going to need to make a few edits within the content to update this Privacy Policy and make it relevant to your website.

Change YOURDOMAIN.com => Your Website URL

In the case of my website, I changed it to basketballskillsanddrills.siterubix.com. There about 10-11 instances of this that you will need to update within the Privacy Policy.

Then you will want to change:

Change YOUREMAIL@YOUREMAIL.com => Your Email Address

This could be any email you want, you could even create a free gmail account for the purpose of this. Or if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email at the moment, this can be something that you provide to people at a later date.

Upon updating the YOURDOMAIN.com and YOUREMAIL@YOUREMAIL.com to your website details, you will want to Publish the Privacy Policy to your website.

Publish as a Page.

The reason you want to create this as a Page, not a Post is because Pages don't allow for comments. You don't want people commenting on your Privacy Policy, whereas you are going to want to allow for comments and engagement on the rest of your website (as it is good for rankings).

**Note: Your Privacy Policy is duplicate content because it is a stand document. SiteContent is going to warn you about this when you attempt to publish, and that is completely fine. Publish anyways, we are going to be blocking the search engines from seeing this.

After you publish your Privacy Policy, you are going to want to log into the back office of your website (Wordpress Admin area) through the SiteManager or through SiteContent. When you are within the editor for this page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the following settings.

Check off the Robots Meta NOINDEX and the Robots Meta NOFOLLOW. These will make sure this page (which is all duplicate content) does not get indexed in Google. The Privacy Policy is the ONLY page you want to do this for as it is duplicate content.

Task 3: Create a Menu

Your next task is going to be setting up your initial navigation on your website. The default Wordpress menus work in very strange ways and can be quite awkward, which is why we want you to create a Custom Menu and understand how to use them right from the outset of your business.

Navigation is going to be a critical element to your user experience moving forward and ultimately your rankings (as Google ranks sites with proper navigation better), so this is an important step here.

I have created a video walking you through the process of creating custom menus. You can check it out below.

 

DISCUSS VIDEO: Creating Custom Menus and Navigation

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, Main 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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2. Create Your About Me POST
3. Create Your Privacy Policy PAGE
4. Create Your Initial Menu Structure


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Hi!!! community. I've created a free domain website. I am willing to start making money. The problem is that it seems like I have to pay $50 to affliate with google ads. May you please help me. I am unemployed and I currently have $0.00 in my account.I want to start a blog so that I can start making income but it seems like I need to have money to start earning. It seems like lack money is blocking my success. Whenever I want to start earning through blogging I end up failing because I don't have money to make payment. May you please pay for me then I'll return your money immidiately when I start earning. Thanks in advance
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Kyle Premium
You don't want to use Google Ads if you don't have the budget to do so. You are going to be learning how to rank your website using FREE techniques, SEO in the early stages.

Head through the training and take action, you will be well on your way. ;)
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LawrenceHill Premium
Apologies for the long post .. but think my thoughts need explaining

My family an I are both massive Harry Potter fans ... and Only Fools and Horses fans (uk comedy).

A while ago .. we came up with the name Potters Independent Traders... a take off of the Trotters Independent Traders from the comedy show.

We have decided to use this as the umbrella for all of websites that we will create.

i.e. my wife's part-time balloon business .. (Dream Balloons) will be re-branded to be Potters Party Balloons.. and then expanded (with additional sites) to include Potters Party Gifts etc.

To promote WA ... I am thinking of Potters Magical Money... The individual blog pages within this website would aim at the specific niches and demographics...

i.e. (
work at home mums - earn part-time income - WA based
recently retired - earn part-time income - WA Based
etc
and also include blogs on other money making/saving ideas - linking to other affiliate programs (i.e. insurance compare sites)

Am I being too broad?

Opinions please
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lucbizz Premium
Although I like your ideas, I am not sure if it is against trademark rules , as I am sure Harry Potter is a trademark. I am not an expert on trademarks but is something you need to look into before going that road.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, when you choose your domain you just have to be careful about using trademarked words in your actual domain.

I would recommend that you avoid using trademarks or franchises within your domain names. While many allow this sort of thing (ex. Apple), many are much more controlling with their trademarks (ebay, amazon, etc).

You could test a search in Google to see if other domains out there run by affiliates are allowed as this will be a good sign. Ultimately though, you cannot truly brand yourself if you are using someone else's trademark in a domain so I do recommend avoiding it.

When you choose a domain, you are going to want to choose something that is "brandable" versus something that has keywords within it. The reason this is the case is because as you build out your website, you can target as many keywords as you like within the content (that is how you will rank).

I have created a discussion here outlining the process and what to look for when choosing a domain name: This should help you out here and if you ever want to run any domains by me, simply let me know and I will give you some feedback.
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gsonline Premium
I have chosen my direction and brand for my business. I have to build my website next.

I have the option of choosing a free domain or a paid domain.

What will be the difference in terms of ranking my website in google. Will a purchased domain have some advantage. If so I would like to go with a purchased domain.

Regards
Srinivasan
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Kyle Premium
Ideally at some point you will want a paid domain, but you can certainly start off with a free website. Down the road you can use the MOVE feature to move you .siterubix.com domain.

I typically recommend that someone use their own domain when they have decided on their niche and their brand. :)
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gsonline Premium
The direction I am going to be choosing for my business is

"Helping People Retire Early"

I want to help people who want to retire early for the following reasons.
- To be able to spend more time with the family
- To be able to have more vacations with family in their prime time
- To be able to provide for the best for the family including the best education for their children
- To create wealth which can take care of their life after retirement

The name of my Brand would be

Creating Online Assets

Looking forward to suggestions and comments if my direction for my business to promote Wealthy Affiliate is in line.

Regards
Govindasamy Srinivasan
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Kyle Premium
Sure, that could most definitely work. ;)
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AdrianKiter Premium
Awesome range of possibilities.
I did the basic WA training and have created a website based on my passion - kite boarding. I know for a fact that every kitesurfer in the world dreams of being free to go where they want (sunny, windy beaches), when they want (always - when the wind blows). And the same has to be true for climbers, surfers.....the list is endless!

So can I link my original niche website to my Bootcamp Brand?
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Kyle Premium
Sure, you can head in that direction but you are in the wrong spot here within Bootcamp. If you want to build a business around the "kitesurfing" niche, head through the Online Entrepreneur Certification direction.

You will find this within the "training" menu. If you want to build a business in the make money space, bootcamp is for that. ;)
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AdrianKiter Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for getting back to me.
I've already completed the online entrepreneur course and built my first website. I'm looking to make my second one in the make money space.

It was more whether to have a link from my kitesurfing site to the make money site. Something like, if you want to be free to kitesurf anywhere in the world...make money on-line.
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