Building Your Website – Content
Today you are going to be taking your first leap towards creating content. Content is going to be the “meat” of your site. Content will be the difference between getting lots of traffic becoming an authoritative site, and you not seeing much in the way of results.
Plain and simple, content leads to rankings in search engines and rankings are going to lead to your website traffic and revenue!
As the person in charge of a website, we need to understand one critical element. We are creating our website for PEOPLE.
People are going to be navigating on our website, they are going to be reading our content, and they are going to be buying from us based on our recommendations. They are going to be engaging in discussions, they are going to be sharing our content on social networks, and they are going to be trusting us and our brand.
Don’t lose sight of this, I see it all the time where people get so lost in the process of what they are doing that they dehumanize their website to the point where no visitor would get any value. It has to be all about the EXPERIENCE you create.
And this experience all starts with the website framework, which in simple terms, simply means the core pages on your website and your navigation which we are going to be starting the creation of today.
Today we are going to be building out your initial website framework with the focus and emphasis on user experience. We’re going to be creating the first couple of pages on our website.
Before I get started, I want to explain that Content is the core of your business and I don’t want you to be worried about the words content and writing at this point because those are just a means of connecting via your website or on your platform.
You don’t have to be an expert writer to be very, very successful on-line, you just have to be able to communicate in the same way you communicate with others at Wealthy Affiliate and the same way you communicate with a friend.
- First and foremost we are going to be creating content and building out our website with our niche or audience in mind, Again, we don’t have to be excellent writers to be very successful on line. So I just want to emphasize that. And now we are going to be moving forward and creating our first couple of pages here on our website starting with:
- a “theme” page that’s going to be relevant to our overall website content.
- an “about me” page, to introduce yourself to the audience or the traffic that is coming to your website. And this is going to create trust and relevance to you and to your website.
So I’m going to show you how to research some ideas for your initial theme page:
RESEARCHING THE PLAN
One thing I don’t want you to think about your website page creation is, as a one-way robotic sort of process. It’s simply not that way. Your way is going to likely be the right way for building out your website, because:
THE FOCUS ON THE CREATION OF CONTENT ON YOUR WEBSITE AND THE BUILDING OUT OF THE PAGES AND THE NAVIGATION OF YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS TO BE CENTRALIZED ON THE FOCUS OF YOUR AUDIENCE, YOUR EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR NICHE AND PROVIDING A QUALITY EXPERIENCE THERE.
Google, BING, & Yahoo LOVE Content!
These are the top 3 search engines and make up over 98% of searches online. Want to know how you can leverage these search engines and get mad traffic to your site?
The answer is: Quality content.
The most important aspect of any content, whether it is text or video is that it is created with the reader in mind. Real people are reading this content so you want to deliver something that is relevant and interesting. When writing content you want to keep in mind that you are writing it for people, not just for Search Engines :). Search engines help you find out what people are interested in learning more about, but the content you write must come from your own experience or your experience and feelings while learning about the content you are sharing.
Being original, candid, and building your personal brand is the best way to succeed within any niche, so please make sure you do put some effort into creating your own content. As I’ve said before, there is nothing wrong with getting some concepts or ideas from elsewhere to incorporate in your page as this will save you time. Refrain however, from copying and pasting other people’s work as you will lose ANY chance of ranking if you have a majority of duplicate content on your site.
So, one thing I do before getting too far into writing for any one particular niche, is that I do some research on some other websites in my niche. I kind of like seeing what other more established websites are doing.
We can leverage this as influence on the design of our website. We’re not going to copy them exactly, but we are absolutely going to research this for influence on our site so:
Typically what I do is head over to Google.com and I’m just going to do a search in Google and see what websites I can come up with that are basically in the same niche or category that I’m in, in this case, ‘writing quality content.’
I’m going to do a quick search and show you how I come up with some good ideas. So the most obvious and most natural way to research other websites that are in your same respective niche is to simply type into the Google Search Window some search terms that are relevant to the theme you are researching and in my case, ‘wiriting quality content’, would be one of the more relevant search terms. And as I go down the list, what I’m looking for are websites that are more affiliate style sites (sites that have products you can advertise and get compensated for for a sale that comes through your efforts), not the help.coms, more the independent sites of people ie ‘writingqualitycontent.info’.
So, choosing one site among the many that are turned up in the search, I can imagine that one of them is an affiliate site with lots of ads on it. Now what I’m looking at right here is the initial structure of the website that we can use for an influence. In this case I can check out what they include on their page by looking at their menu items. We can then use ad-content-writing as a menu item, fiction, non-fiction, inspiration- galleries or testimonials, info, book reviews and resources as possible topics for pages in my own blog. We aren’t talking about copying anyone.
In fact if you want to be ranked on Google you can’t write anything that makes the bots think you’ve copied other people’s information. You are being forced to be original. And though a little stressful wondering if you have the talent, your originality is your greatest talent when it comes to being ranked on Google. So, DON’T COPY anyone. Make the content your own. However, menu items are the exception. Certain niches have only a limited number of possible categories and so the search engines do not consider the menu data as important as the content data.
Gathering Your Ideas
So what you might start doing now is recording ideas from pages you might want to have on your website, ideas for posts, that sort of thing. Now I want you to feel that you have control over your site and that you’re not bound to any one career path in terms of building out your content and your menus. As I said before with copying info, here also, you don’t have to emulate anyone. You should truly be yourself and truly create your website in a way that you think is truly going to be best for your audience. After all, who knows your audience better than you?
That is always the best way, not what someone else is doing out there, but what is your audience looking for and wanting to experience. So spend a few minutes looking around and seeing what other websites are doing in your respective niche.
And it’s going to give you a lot of ideas as to how you can build out your site. And again don’t copy them but you can get influenced by and ideas from them. So, what I would do is spend a few minutes, writing down on a piece of paper or within a Google document or some on-line document creator, a bunch of ideas you could incorporate into your site at some point, and what your menu structure might look like. And then you can leverage that as you move forward and start building out your website.
And I wanted to mention that. And again the internet is a great resource and the more resourceful you are, the more you’re going to be able to come up with ideas. Obviously we’re not going to be copying anyone here, but what we’re going to be doing here is purely being influenced.
What Program To Use For Building A Website?
I have had the pleasure of experiencing and working with two really great Affiliate Program Blogging Sites that have helped me to learn how to become the best blogger I can be to choose, advertise and sell the affiliate products that I am having so much success in promoting.
Both sites teach you how to promote. advertise and market your products. One provides you with a real-time critique of your blogging posts from other members of this affiliates only website. Go to Wealthy Affiliates for one of the best peer to peer critiquing experience you have ever had on a website. This site helps you find your niche, learn how to build your website around it. get it ranked on the Wealthy Affiliates affiliate site (this is where all that critiquing comes in really handy), and then market your site to the rest of the world.
The other site helps you find the products that are new, trending and cutting edge, mentors you one on one to build your site, get it marketed then to get the targeted customers that are interested in what you are marketing and therefore increases your sales. Go here to join the Rory Ricard family of bloggers.
So, go research and find your favorite affiliate blogging site, sign up and then, since both of these sites use WordPress as a blogging platform, come back here and finish reading this lesson.
Creating Web Pages In WordPress
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I’m going to be getting into the creation of our first three pages of our website, and my next segment is going to be showing you how to go about doing that.
CREATING THE FIRST THREE PAGES OF YOUR WEBSITE 🙂
So, as you can see your site is completely empty now. You have no pages. You have no posts. In order to create your initial framework we are going to be creating your first three pages. Obviously we are going to be elaborating on your site as we move forward and build it out with more content, more pages, more categories and that sort of thing.
But the very first three pages in the creation of content on your website we are going to be creating is an ‘about me’ page, a ‘privacy and policy’ page and a page that is relevant to the ‘overall theme’ of the site. In my case, ‘how to lose belly fat today.’
So, what we’re going to do is head over to the dashboard. You can access it if you’re already logged in. If you need to log in go over to the build my website area. Remember that if you change your password you will no longer be able to log in through the build my website area. So just be aware of that.
Your next task is simply to create an About Me page. This page can evolve over time so please do not try to perfect it now. You ideally want this page to accomplish the following:
(1) Connect with your audience by offering a relevant story
(2) Have a personal image of you or at the very least, something relevant
(3) Tell them why you are interested in helping them in your respective niche
(4) Offer them help if they have any questions or comments
You are likely seeing a theme here. Relevance! Although your page is about you, it is really about your audience and how you can connect with them.
It is like walking into a discussion with someone you have never met and having something in common with them. You are much more likely to hit it off. If you can create this connection of similarities, they will like and you trust your opinions and recommendations much more.
So in order to create an ‘about me’ page in your website you need to click on pages in the dashboard. So this is going to be a page in which I discuss, as I said above, myself, my relevance to the niche and basically give people a reason to trust me and the advice I will be giving them by telling them that there is a real person behind the content that I’m putting on the site, by giving people an understanding of what perspective I am coming from in giving that advice, and any credentials, awards or special training I may have had about the subject matter I will be commenting or advising about, but we’re going to be getting into that in a lot more detail in another lesson.
For now I can just go ahead and publish my ‘about me’ (mine isn’t empty) page even though it maybe empty. We can hold a place for the ‘about me’ information by creating the ‘about me page’. And if you need more support in writing your ‘about me’ page we can go into what we are going to put on the page in this lesson, go here.
So in essence, it tells your visitors how you are going to use their data. Although people will likely never read this, it is a requirement to have on your website for many affiliate programs, many PPC networks, and advertising programs like Google Adsense.
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After your create this page, Publish it. Make sure you make it so that it is not visible within Google and does not get indexed and you can manage this within the page settings below the editor.
And the last page we are going to create a page about your website. I would say go ahead and make the title of the page the name of your website. So whatever the niche of your website is, you can call it that. It’s basically going to be the very first page of actual content that’s relevant to your respective niche.
So when we have our initial three pages published or we have the structure set up for the eventual content input, if we go back to all pages on the WP dashboard, you’re going to see the three pages we have just created. If you click on ‘about me’ you’ll see the structure and content there, or structure but no content in it yet, if you are still researching your content. Again, if you need to, we will help you do that in the next section.
Now, this is the initial framework and just so that you understand how it’s going to work, your posts are going to go to your home page, naturally. And you can see the page says that it is ready to publish its first post.
As soon as you publish your first post, it’s going to come streaming through your dashboard here or to your home page and the pages you add naturally go to your menu up here. And where your menu populates on the home page is going to depend on which theme you chose.
Depending on which them you use, the menu might be situated below the header. But basically the pages are going to the menu and the posts will go to the blog stream or the blog roll by default. Now, we can manipulate that and other things as we get into and start understanding how to create our own custom menues and how to change around the navigation of our site. But that’s basically how the construction of your site goes. The pages go to the menu and the posts go to our blog stream.
If you do have any questions about your content from this video, please let me know and the next thing we will be doing is actually building out the actual content of the site in the next lesson so here we go.