Top 5 Basic Setup & Design Tips for Newbies
OK, big changes happened in WA this year, and now it's super easy to set up your domain and website. Everything is “in house”, meaning that you don't have to do anything technical to set up your first online business inside Wealthy Affiliate.
You can buy your domain, build your website, and host your website all in one place.
If you have any trouble though, be sure to let me or someone else know!
Two main sticking points for people are
- Choosing a niche
- Choosing a domain name
How To Choose a Good Domain Name: https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/how-to-choose-a-good-domain-name-bnmg-vol-1/
Want feedback on your domain? https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/website-development-programming/how-to-choose-a-proper-domain-name
About Niches (the topic of your website)
Many of you have already chosen a niche. But if you haven't, or you feel stuck, here's my advice:
Finding a good niche seems like a tough task, but it's actually pretty easy. Actually, ANY niche can make money, so you definitely should not worry if your niche is profitable or not.
As far as competition goes, that's also something to not worry about. If there's competition, it just means people are making money. That means you can make some too! As time progresses, new products come out, new technology is introduced, new ideas formed, and each change is an opportunity for “the new kid” to get a foothold and overtake established websites.
So the big question is not “what” is going to make money, but “what do you want to make money with?”
In other words, what are your own interests?
What do you think would be interesting to research and write about?
What do you want to help people with?
A good sentence to help you decide your niche is “I want to help people _____”
Helping people is the best way to make money in any business. Everyone wins. Short of that, pick something that you just find interesting.
Newbie Advice #1: Ads
Don't start your site out with ads. This is the #1 mistake I want to correct on all newbie sites. Putting ads like Adsense or infolinks on a fresh site serves no purpose for you. Maybe you can sneak in a few pennies from random clicks, but you will NOT make good money from these. Your time, effort, and use of space on the website not worth it at this point.
You need TRAFFIC first!
Wait until the WA training asks you to put ads on your site. It comes in Level 3 for a reason! A website without traffic and ads will make you $0. A website with traffic and no ads is pure potential.
Newbie Advice #2:
There are thousands of themes to choose from in WordPress, both free and paid. Lots of folks when they start out tend to want an “ecommerce” theme, something like a storefront or virtual shopping mall. Stay away from themes like that. Your website is not a mall for browsing. It's a blog, and CONTENT will be the focus of your website.
Content will be what drives people to your site, and it's through writing helpful content that you will make sales.
More Training on Themes: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wordpress-dashboard-tutorial-themes
Newbies also gravitate to themes with lots of pictures, especially ones with ‘sliders” or moving pictures on the front page. This stuff is going to make setting up your website difficult, and will not help with traffic or sales. Keep it simple!
Oh, and don't get a theme with crazy colors or a bunch of graphics! Simple theme works better. A plain website with awesome content can make sales…lots of sales. A “busy” theme with a bunch of moving parts is pretty, but can hurt conversions. Think: white background, black text.
Newbie Advice #3
Custom menus tend to stump people, but they are an essential part of your website navigation. Creating them is pretty easy if you know where to look. Here's a great training to get you started.
Oh, and don't waste a bunch of time making a perfect menu with a bunch of blank pages! I see newbies making a lot of blank pages because they want a full-looking website navigation menu, but this will not help your website, and may actually hurt it! Only put pages in your menu if they have content.
Newbie Advice #4: Pages VS Posts
Lots of people are confused about the difference between pages and posts. Here's a training that should explain everything: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/the-differences-between-posts-pages
Many times, pages do now allow comments. That's OK, and nothing to worry about. You will be creating lots of posts in the future, and will have plenty of chances to get comments on your blog posts as you create new content!
Newbie Tip #5: SEO + Meta Descriptions
The All in One SEO Pack is a plugin that will come pre-installed on your website. The basic WA training will teach you how to set this up properly in the main settings for the plugin. Activating the plugin will create a section for a meta title, meta description, and meta keywords on each post.
You do not have to mess with this stuff. In fact, you should probably leave it alone at this point. There is a reason it's there, and a way to use it properly, but it's not vital to your website, ranking, or making money. Let's keep it simple for now ladies and gents!
So, my advice is just to not even look at it. Go to the top of your screen to Screen Settings, and uncheck the All in One SEO pack. The plugin will still be active, but you no longer have to look at it!
This is an important video to follow regarding images. You only have to do it once, but it will save you time down the road. Please do this training here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/set-wordpress-image-default-as-link-to-none after you get your website set up.
It's not a “requirement”, but it's something that I do to all my sites now, and recommend you do the same.