Traffic, regardless of the nature of your online business is the root of all success. If you can learn how to effectively get traffic to your website, you can accomplish an extraordinary amount of success.
In this phase of the training we are going to be covering many topics, but the core of our focus is going to be building content, getting indexed into search engines, and getting traffic to our websites.
Once we have traffic, guess what we have on our hands? A BUSINESS!
With traffic you can make money in a number of ways (which I will be covering within the next lesson).
This is why we always make the “traffic” component the first goal. People tend to be so eager to promote stuff that they end up creating a site full of promotional content (which won’t rank and won’t convert).
Our focus is going to be on the user experience and making people want to come to our website. If we can do this, traffic is going to be quite easy to capture, Google is going to love your website, and THEN you will be able to earn revenue through your traffic.
Today we are going to be taking the first step towards getting a significant amount of traffic and that requires you to have your own domain and transferring the content from our current SiteRubix.com (if you are using a free website) to your OWN domain.
Task 1: Choose a Domain Name For Your Website
So what is the difference between having a website on a Siterubix.com domain or having domain that you own. There are actually several benefits to having your own domain.
Benefit #1: You own the website. This is your very own asset. It will grow in value and you can be proud of your very own space on the Internet that you OWN.
Benefit #2: You are in full control. There are no limitations to what you can do when you own your website. You own the content and everything associated with it. You can also do whatever you like from a technology side.
Benefit #3: They tend to rank better than subdomains in search engines. If you have a .com or a .org domain you can expect better rankings within the search engines than you would running a free website on a subdoman like siterubix (although these can rank really well too).
Benefit #4: You can create a brand/authority. Your website is your brand. You can become an expert within the industry and like some of the most famous brands you see online, it all starts with the purchase of the domain. You have all the potential in the world to brand yourself and to grow your authority with your own website.
Benefit #5: They grow in value. If you start a domain today and work at this for a year, your website is going to be worth a good deal of money. Like real estate, as you build out your asset it will go up in value.
There are actually some very significant advantages to owning your own domain.
Your first task today is going to be choose a domain name for your website.
Transferring your SiteRubix Website to Your Own Domain (3 steps)
The task for today is going to take you a few steps.
Step 1: Buy a domain. You are going to be buying your domain name that you have chosen from the SiteDomains platform here at Wealthy Affiliate. Do know that you cannot change a domain name after you have purchased it.
Step 2: Within SiteManager Select “Move” Under Actions. Make sure you select Move under your .siterubix.com site that you will be moving to your own domain.
Step 3: Go through the Move Process. You will be moving your existing .siterubix.com site that you have been working on to your very own domain name (see below).
The Move feature within Wealthy Affiliate will automatically take care of the “redirects” pointing your old website to your new website. This will make sure that your new website is not viewed as duplicate content (which would be bad) and will transfer the search engine optimization to your new website.
Alright, we have our own domain, now it is time to really get moving on the traffic aspect. We officially have an entity now that we are going to be able to build out into a very successful and profitable asset. The fun has begun!
Also, your Google Analytics will need to be updated now that you have in essence changed your URL, so that will need to be set-up with a new domain profile in Analytics. Just something to consider.