I wanna show you how to create an affiliate marketing website. I’m gonna show you everything that you need to know from start to finish. But before we do that, I wanna tell you a little story, a story about AWP EagleViewer, just like you. His name is Carl. And back in 2017, he watched one of my videos, a video just like this one really.
Cause I try and create videos like this every single year, sometimes twice a year. But yeah, he watched the one I created back in January 2017. He watched the entire video from start to finish and he ended up creating an affiliate marketing website. And it was at that point that his life changed forever. You see, Carl used to work at a supermarket, nothing wrong with that.
Of course, he had a really good job at the supermarket, but he knew that something needed to change that his life wasn’t quite going in the direction that he wanted it to. The first site that Carl created, wasn’t his best site. He’s honest about that. But it got him going down a different road. And, well, let me cut this long story short, Carl now earns around $7,000 a month from his projects online.
He recently sold one of his affiliate marketing websites for around $26,000. And, well, he now documents all this and talks about it and shares his ideas on his very own YouTube channel. And that all started from watching a video just like this one you’re about to watch right now. So, if you’re looking to change your life like Carl, then this might be the video that does it.
I suggest you watch the video all the way to the end. It is quite a long video. So, you might have to do it in a couple of sessions. You might wanna set it up on a separate screen so that you can work on your computer. Maybe watch it on your phone or an iPad or something like that. If you need to jump back and forth through the video, there are timestamps below in the description. So, just click on them and you can get straight to the part that you want.
So, let me introduce myself properly to those of you that are new here. My name is Alex. This is WP Eagle, and I’ve been doing youtube for a good few years. And my approach has always been one of honesty and openness. I don’t have a course to sell. I don’t have anything to sell. I just wanna share good, honest information that helps people achieve their goals and change their life.
So, let me give you an example of this. I created a video just like this one. I said I create one every single year. I did one back in 2019when I created this site, it’s called bestroofbox.com. And of course, you can watch the video right now. It’s still up there. And after I put the video up and I launched the site, I then created videos like every month, sometimes more frequently than that, sharing everything that I did to the site, all the work that I did on the site or the changes, all the content,
I also shared all the traffic the site was getting, all the analytics numbers. And of course, I shared all the earnings, and yeah, you can watch all of those videos. In fact, I’ve put them all into a YouTube playlist to make it really easy for you to follow my journey.
But basically, that site is now generating healthy four-figures every single month. So, there’s some proof for you that the websites that I create in my tutorial videos, in tutorial videos just like this one that you’re watching right now. Those websites can generate a pretty substantial income and they do work. And in fact, Best Roof Box is not the only case study that I’m sharing on YouTube.
I’ve also got wheelalong.co.uk, which is all about things with wheels like trolleys and wheelbarrows and that kind of stuff. Well, yeah, I’ve got a playlist on that site as well. It’s only about six months old or so that one, but it’s already starting to bring in a bit of revenue from Amazon. As far as Best Roof Box goes as a project, I’m still working on it.
And I’m actually confident that 2021 is gonna be a fantastic year for that site. Our figures are up on last year, traffic is up, revenue is up and we’re in winter. (chuckles) And that site does best in the summer. So, really looking forward to this summer, I also think that due to travel restrictions and things like that, that it could do really well as people kind of have to stay in their country and maybe go camping, that kind of thing. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing how that does in the summer.
Then I’m probably gonna sell it in the winter and I’m hoping to get between %40,000 to $50,000 for that site. And of course, I’ll share all that with you. I’ll document the entire process and you can come along with me on that journey and see how it ends.
But yeah, I’m confident that I’m gonna get a good price for it. So, if you’re ready to start that side hustle, if you’re ready to start making some money online, if you’re ready to become an affiliate marketeer, marketer, marketeer, I never know how to say that, but if you wanna be an affiliate and earn some money online, well, I think we should get started.
Roll the intro. (soft music) Okay. So before we go too much further, I think I need to be very clear on what an affiliate marketeer actually is and what affiliate marketing is. So as an affiliate, you are there to help people make a purchase.
There are people out there on the internet, they’re searching for information to help them. They are looking to buy something or they have an idea that they need to buy something, maybe to fix a problem. And we there as affiliates to help them, to provide information so that they’re then able to make a purchase.
So, let me give you a real-world example of this. I’m gonna use the site that I mentioned, bestroofbox.com There are people out there in America that have a Subaru Outback car. It’s the only car I’m familiar with cause I’m in the UK, but I know that there are people in America that have that car. It’s a very popular car. And they run out of space.
The boot is full as we’d say in the UK or the trunk is full as they’d say in America. And they need some more room. So, they head over to Google and they type in roof box for Subaru Outback, or what’s the best roof box for a Subaru Outback? And they do that in Google. My site appears. And my article on that very thing appears, they click through and they can very clearly see which roof boxes are the best for the Subaru Outback. They then click through to Amazon using one of my special tracking links.
And I’m gonna show you exactly how to set all those up in this video. They click through on one of those special links, they make the purchase and I earn a commission. And the great thing about Amazon is, I earn a commission on everything they buy. So, if they add the roof box along with a large TV, some hiking boots and a jacket, and maybe a fishing hat, I’ll get a commission on all of that.
So, that’s basically all there is to it. We’re just there to help people buy by providing some good information through the content on our websites. Now, you might be thinking, how enough do I come up with an idea for a site? What niche should I go in? Or what niche should I go in depending on how you like to say it. Well, I’m also getting a few… I’ve got a full video on exactly how to choose a niche or a niche. So, if you’re not at that point yet and you’re still kind of tryna to think about stuff that you wanna promote, do check out that video.
All the videos and everything I talk about is all in the description and where I can, I’ll put cards up there so you can just give them a click. So yeah, if you’re not sure on the niche that you’re gonna wanna create a site around, you go check out that video. You might also be thinking, well, how on earth can I come up with content, ideas?
How can I write content? How can I get content created? I’ve got you covered. I’ve got a video on that too. Again, you’ll find links to it in the description. I’ll talk about content a little bit later in this video too. Now, affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Many gurus and people on the internet that often have courses to sell might imply that it’s something that works quite quickly and that you can start making money online overnight.
And before you know it, by the end of the week, you’ll be driving a Lamborghini. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that. Affiliate marketing is a long-term project. Let’s say long term, 12months, maybe 24 months. And you’re gonna put the effort in now and do a lot of work now, and then you’re gonna get paid in the future. So, it’s different from working a job where you do a day’s work and then you get paid at the end of the day or at the end of the week.
With affiliate marketing, you’re gonna put a lot of work in now and then you’re gonna get paid in the future over and over again. It’s a bit like being a farmer. You got to put the work in in the spring and in the summer, and then by the autumn or by the fall, that’s when you get paid. I’m not quite sure when actually farmers do their harvest and stuff, but I think it works like that.
Basically what I’m saying is, you gotta plant the seeds now, you’ve gotta tend the seeds, you’ve gotta water them. You’ve gotta look after your plants and they will grow. And you put the work in, they will grow big and strong and healthy and then you will get paid handsomely in the future. So yeah, you gotta approach affiliate marketing as a long-term project.
And you’ve also gotta keep in mind that there is gonna be some work involved, maybe quite a bit of work because you’ve got to create the site which I’m gonna help you with within this video. You’ve then also got to create some content.
Even though there is quite a bit of work involved, the good thing is, is that once you’ve created a site and you know what you’re doing and you’ve created some content and you know what you’re doing on that front, you will be able to outsource a lot of it. So for example, now I get all of my content written by writers. I just give them a brief and they create the content for me. I get the content added to my sites by my editor. So, I’m kinda hands-off.
So, once you get to a point where you’ve got some income coming in and you know what you’re doing, you will be able to scale this up and outsource a lot of the tasks. Now, I absolutely love affiliate marketing and I always choose it over things like dropshipping and e-commerce, which are other ways of making money online.
And the reason why I love affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to worry about customers or customer service, because you’re just referring people to companies like Amazon. And I will say there are lots of affiliate programs out there, not just Amazon although Amazon is a great place to start. So yeah, you don’t have to worry about customers.
You don’t have to worry about stock or inventory. You don’t have to worry about shipping, all that kind of stuff. That’s a bit of a headache. With affiliate marketing, you’re basically just doing the marketing part of a business. And that’s why I love it because I like to have plenty of time. I like to spend time with my family. And once you start bringing in like customers and stock, that’s gonna just eat away at your time.
So, that is why affiliate marketing is always my number one choice when it comes to making money online. Of course, you can monetize your sites in other ways. So for example, on bestroofbox.com, the main source of income is from Amazon and is from affiliate marketing. But I’ve also got some ads on there too, and they generate a reasonable income too.
So, you can diversify, you can have multiple income streams all of the one website. So, let me just explain exactly what we’re gonna be covering in this video. We’re gonna be covering how to get a domain name and your hosting, hosting is how you set up a website on the internet. You need to go with a hosting company and they basically get you up and running and look after your website. And I’m also gonna be giving you some tips and ideas on how to choose a domain name.
A domain name is your dotcom or your dot-net or your dot-biz, or yeah, your dot whatever. I’m gonna show you how to create the site. And we’re gonna be using WordPress and a fantastic drag and drop builder, which is called Thrive. It’s my new favorite WordPress theme and plugin, which allows you to create some fantastic-looking sites. It’s got some fantastic templates.
It’s really easy to use. It’s drag and drop, as I said. And yeah, I absolutely love it. Let me show you how to add content to your site. And I’m gonna show you how to make that content look amazing. We’re gonna be using tables and adding images and buttons, and it’s just gonna look absolutely beautiful.
And this is a great way to track all the visitors on your site, see where they’re coming from, how long they spend on the site, how many of them there are, and allow you to make some really insightful decisions about the way that you manage your website.
Finally, I’m gonna show you how to make your website run really fast, because it’s really important that your site loads quickly, you don’t want people coming through to your site and then having to wait for pages to load. And from a Google and from an SEO point of view, and in terms of getting ranked on the search engines, speed is quite important.
So yeah. Find a part of the video I’m gonna show you how to make sure the site runs super fast. So that’s the bulk of it. There are loads of other bits and bobs within the video. Like I’m gonna show you how to create a logo for your site using a fantastic free graphics package. I’m gonna show you how to create lovely featured images for your blog posts so they really stand out.
And yeah, I’m basically gonna cover everything. And I’m here for you. I run a live stream twice a week now, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where you can drop by, you can ask me questions. I do try and answer all the questions that I get on the live stream, and we can talk about your site.
But if you’d rather not do it in public, you can also email me. I’ll put my email address down there and also in the description, just drop me an email with your questions and your queries and I will try to reply to as many as I can.
There’s also the comments section below this video. I do read all the comments that I get and I try to apply to as many as I can. So yeah, if you’ve got any questions or you need some help, I will be there for you. I will try and help as best I can.
Now, we’re about ready to jump on the computer and get started. The first thing we’re gonna do is to get a domain name and get our hosts set up. And you’re gonna need to spend a little bit of money to get these things. I’m afraid that hosting and domain names, they’re not free. And if they are free, they’re probably not very good and should be avoided.
So yeah, you are gonna need to spend a little bit of money. Like all good businesses, you do need to invest a little bit to get it started. But I’ve managed to secure a fantastic offer with one of my favorite hosting companies, HostArmada. I’ve got a coupon code which I’m gonna share with you in a few moments. So hopefully, it won’t break the bank. You need to budget around $5a month or so for your hosting and your domain name.
And that should be enough to get you started. Obviously, when you start, it starts to get a bit busier and you’re getting all that traffic coming in and you need a really fast, super performance kind of site because you’ve got so much traffic, then you might wanna upgrade, but to start with $5 a month should be about right.
We’re also gonna be using thrive themes, as I mentioned, and there is a cost for that, that comes in around at $19 a month. So think, as a ballpark figure, if you budget around $25a month to $30 a month, then that should cover all your initial costs to get the site set up.
So, let’s jump on the computer, let’s get started. I wish you the best of luck. I’m sure you can do this. I really hope that this video is the video that you watch, that changes the direction of your life. As I said, I’m here for you. If you need help, leave a comment below and I will try and help you out.
But with all that said, let’s get on the computer and let’s create an affiliate marketing website. (soft music) The first thing we need to do is set up our hosting and our domain name. A domain name is basically what people type into their web browser to access your website.
The most common one is dotcom. But you can get lots of other different extensions now like .beer and, .net, .org, dot whatever. There really are quite a few to choose from. Your hosting is basically where you hire a little bit of a server from a hosting company, and they make sure that your website’s online and that person can access it.
You’re gonna need both of these things in order to get your website up and running. The hosting company that I’m gonna recommend to you today is this one, it’s HostArmada. They did well in a recent test that I did where I tried out a few different hosting companies, checked out their speed and their support, and all that kind of stuff. And yeah, HostArmada did really well.
I’m gonna put a link up toHostArmada now in my account, you’ll also find a link in the description to this video. It is an affiliate link. So, if you click through and buy your hosting from HostArmada, I will earn a commission.
So, there’s no extra cost for you. In fact, I’ve got a discount voucher that I’m gonna share with you in a moment that will give you a fantastic 75% off your hosting and they offer free domain names as well. So, if you haven’t got a domain name, you can get one for free right now. If you have got a domain name, that’s fine as well.
We can use that and I’ll show you how to set that up in a moment. So, click on the link and come through here, which is HostArmada. They will have different discounts and offers on the home page depending on the time of year at the moment, I’m looking at the Christmas one. But I’d say I’ve got a code that I’m gonna share with you in a moment that will give you a better discount than what you see here.
Let’s take a look at their plans and pricing and click on that plans and pricing button there. And then again, we’re gonna go for the shared hosting, which is perfect if you’re just starting out. And they’ve got three different levels, got Start Dock, they’ve got the Web Warp and they’ve got the Speed Reaper.
I think the Web Warp is probably the best value for money. You get unlimited websites, you get loads of storage, you get a faster server, but it’s really up to you. If money is tight, then maybe the Start Dock might be the best one for you, but you can only have one website on that.
So, it depends on your ambitions and how many websites you’re thinking of creating. You can, of course, change your plan later if you need to go up or down. All of the plans include that free domain name. So anyway, let’s go for Web Warp. I’m gonna click order now.
And then it’s gonna ask us about our domain name. So, if you want a brand new domain name, just simply type it in here. So, Alexis brands a new domain name and then clicks check, and it will tell you if it’s available or not, it is available. Perfect. And then you click continue.
I’m not actually gonna register a domain name right now because I’ve got one that I’m gonna be using today. Type in the domain name that you want here and then you can change the extension by clicking here. As I said, there are loads of different extensions to choose from.
I’m kind of old-fashioned and I like a .com, but you can go for whatever you like. There are ones from different countries, different extensions here for different types of things. So, you choose one that you’d like. Just a few tips on choosing a domain name.
You’re gonna wanna think about how big your site is gonna get. And the domain names that I’ve been using in the past, things like best roof box command bestpressurewasher.com, which is what we’re gonna be using in this video.
They’re kind of restrictive. With, I can really only talk about pressure washers, which is fine because I’ve got lots of content ideas for pressure washers. But if you’re thinking of going kind of broader, you wanna have a big site with lots of content, then maybe go for something a little bit more generic, like Alex cleaning tips howtocleanstuff.com.
That’s probably already gone that one, but you get the idea. So, have a think about the domain name you want, whether you wanna go kind of broadened with a more brand-able domain name or whether you wanna go more specific with a domain name, with the actual keywords of the products within the domain name.
Now, as I said, I’ve already got a domain name registered. So, I’m gonna come down here and click, I’ll use my existing domain and update my name servers type in my domain name, which is the best pressure washer, and then over here, it’s.com, type com in there. Click-use domain. I’ve chosen the existing domain. Let’s go. On this page, we get to choose our billing cycle.
So, have a think about this, because the thing with hosting, and this is the same regardless of the company that you choose to go with, it’s gonna go up on the renewal. It’s just the way it works. They are always kind of get you in at a low price.
So then when it comes to renewal, the price always goes up. So, my advice to you is, you need to choose a term that’s as long as you can afford because of that way, you’ll kind of lock-in that really low monthly charge, for me at the moment it’s 469 a month. But that last should be the lessons I put my discount code in.
So yeah, here, I mean, if you can only go for annually, if you can only afford annually, that’s fine. Just go for annually. But if you can afford right now a little bit more to get the best value, pay for as long as possible. Next, we get to choose your data center.
So, you’re gonna wanna choose a data center that says as near to the audience that you’re targeting as possible. So, if you’re gonna be going for the U.S. market, choose one of these North America servers, my site is gonna begone for North America. So, I’m gonna choose New York. I guess it doesn’t really matter where in North America it is. Yeah, New York sounds fine.
That’s near New York, isn’t it? But obviously, if you’re gonna be targeting Europe, you may wanna choose London or Frankfurt, and then there are some other options here, Australia and Asia. So, let’s click preview order. So, here’s the final page in the shopping cart where I can confirm my order. This is for three years worth of hosting.
If you’re gonna be registering that free domain name, that will also appear here for free. I think when it comes to domain names, they offer a privacy service for a few dollars which you may want to take. When you register a domain name, your information like your name and address is publicly available on the internet. So, you might wanna hide that.
And that’s what that privacy service is for. I use a private service on all my domains, and I think for the few dollars that it is worth it just to keep your details hidden. But of course, that’s entirely up to you. Hey, we’ve got our discount code. It’s already applied this festive December code, but I’ve got a code that will give you even more off.
So, whatever offer you got in here, you’re gonna want to click remove. And then in this box type in WPEAGLE75, can you guess what discount you’re gonna get? That’s it, it’s 75% off. I should just say that that’s an affiliate coupon.
So, if you use it, I will earn a commission. Thank you very much. If you do, I really appreciate it. It helps me to create these videos. So, the total due today for free years of hosting is $140, which for three years actually a bargain. It’s a really good price.
So, let’s click checkout. Now, we’ve got a big form to fill in here. So, you’re gonna wanna put in all the usual stuff, your name, address, email, all that kind of thing. And then down here, you can decide how you wanna pay, whether it be a credit card or with PayPal. And just gonna want to click this box here to agree on the terms of service and then click checkout.
I’m not gonna fill in all this form right now cause that’ll just be boring. So yeah, that’s what you gotta do. Click checkout, and you should be all done. Once you are, you’ll get an email and that’ll have all the information that you need to set up your website. So, let me fill in this form and then we’ll continue. So, I finished ordering my hosting.
I’ve just had the confirmation email come in and here it is. It’s got all the details that need to get up and running. Now, if you’ve just registered a domain name with HostArmada, that might take a little while just to go through for it to be registered and for that change to go around the world. So, you might need to just wait a few hours for that to happen.
If you’ve got a domain name already registered, I’m gonna show you right now how to point that domain name at your new HostArmada hosting. I’m gonna do it as well on my domain name. So, let’s just have a look at this email. So, we’ve got our login details for the control panel.
That’s where we can basically manage all our hosting. We’ve got some server information here, which we’re gonna need your FTP details here and your email settings. And that’s it. So, let me set up my domain name. As I just said, if you just registered one with HostArmada, you don’t need to do this step.
And in fact, you can skip it. I’ll put a time up on the screen now that will jump you forward and you can carry on setting up your website. But if you’ve got a domain name registered with someone else, maybe with GoDaddy, maybe with Namecheap, maybe with NameStar, maybe with someone else, we’ll set that up.
Now, the process is the same for all of those different domain name registrars. So, let me get my domain name set up. And this is for all you guys that have already got a domain name registered. You need to head over to your domain registration company.
My domain name is registered with GoDaddy. So, I’m going to go into my GoDaddy account. I’m gonna get to my products. So, here are my domain names. I’m gonna find the one that I want, to go into here. The search box that will help the best pressure, there it is. So, you’re gonna wanna do the same. Maybe with GoDaddy, maybe you, or someone else, but basically just find the domain name that you’re using today.
The one that you typed intoHostArmada when you signed up and find it within your domain name registrar, and then go into the settings and look for the name servers or the DNS settings. Let’s scroll down this link here, manage DNS. Scroll down again. We’ve got the name servers. So, I’m gonna click change into my own name servers, and then I’m just gonna copy and paste them from the email. So, here’s the first one, paste that in there.
Here is the second one. Nice that it, click save. Yes, I consent. So, I need to verify my identity or something, but I’ll do that. I’m sure you won’t get that message. And there we go. That’s all done. Let me just refresh. Yeah, they’re there. So, now if I open a new tab and head over tobestpressurewasher.com, okay. It’s not quite working yet.
There’s nothing there. But once that DNS change has taken effect, then I should see something here rather than an error message, or possibly you’re getting your domain registrar’s holding page. So, just wait a few moments. DNS changes do take a little while. You might need to clear your cache in your web browser if you need to. If you don’t know how to do that, I’ll put a link to a video in the description where you can see how to clear your browser cache.
Hopefully, you won’t need to do that. Hopefully, within a few moments, you can just come to your website, type it in or click refresh and something should appear. So, I’m gonna wait and we’ll do a quick edit in the video and I’ll come back when it’s all ready. (soft music) So after a few hours, I refresh the page onbestpressurewasher.com and tarah, I see the HostArmada holding page.
So, that means that the domain is now pointing at our new HostArmada hosting. And we’re ready to start creating our website. If it hasn’t happened for you yet, maybe just wait a little while longer. If that hasn’t happened within 24 hours, then you might wanna reach out to HostArmada support, but I’m sure you’d be fine. One other point to note, I’ve got this padlock, which is great. This shows the connection is secure. That took a little while longer to kick in as well. So, when I first refreshed, it said the site was insecure or not secure. But the right word is there.
But yeah, wait a little while longer than it basically gets the SSL certificate and it’s all good to go. So, the next thing we need to do is install WordPress onto our hosting. To do that, I’m gonna go back into the email, all the details about my hosting.
I click on the control panel, URL, and log in. There we go. It’s logged in automatically because I’d saved the password in my password manager. So, let’s get WordPress installed, is really easy. Todo! That’d be overwhelmed by this rather techie-looking control panel. There’s a lot of stuff in here but you’re not gonna need any of it really.
You might wanna set up your email if you wanna use an email with your domain. But for WordPress, you just scroll down until you get to the software section, which is here. And then we can see WordPressmanager by Softaculuos, this thing here, the one with the big W that what you want, click that, then click install. Let’s just double-check this stuff here.
Choose version 5.5.3 is fine. That’s the latest version, I think. This is all good for the domain there. You don’t want anything in the directory box, give it a name.
You might change this later, but the .com, why not? Then a little description, I’m gonna put actually pressure washer buyers guides. This description isn’t really used much, but I think it’s worth filling it in. Next, we’ve got our admin account.
So, this is the account that you’re gonna be logging in to WordPress with, not the account that you log into HostArmada with. The username you use for WordPress is different. So, fill this in with something that you are gonna remember. I recommend that you donate a username of admin, but something else in there. So, I might do some wp eagle. Next, you need to put a password in. Obviously, give something secure. You can click this little key over here and it will generate one for you. So, I’m gonna do that. I’m obviously gonna blur it out.
It’s a lot. I don’t trust you. I’m sure it’ll be fine, but you can’t be too careful. I copy out to my clipboard. So, I’ve got it. I click hide actually thatI don’t need to blur. Do I? Then in here, we need to enter an admin email. So, put my email address. Now, you wanna use an email that obviously works because WordPress is gonna send you stuff.
That’s well done. Select language, English is perfect. Don’t wanna install any of these plugins and we don’t need any of this stuff. The themes, what’s advanced? Yeah. We don’t mess with that. And let’s leave that. And then let’s click install. You can stick your email address in here and it will send you an email with all the details which might be quite useful.
So, let’s click install. And now it’s doing its thing. So, that seems to have worked. You can find out by going over to the website, doing a refresh, a little bit of the cache there. So, that’s why it was showing the HostArmada page. But now, once I refresh, you can see WordPress. We’ll see a default WordPress. We’re gonna make it look a lot better. But yeah, it’s installed.
Just go back to this page or another link here, which is this one. This is basically our WordPress admin. This is where we’re gonna do all of the things that we need to do to WordPress. It’s very easy to remember. It’s basically your domain name/wp-admin. So, a couple of other things to do, and then we’re ready to install Thrive, which is gonna give us all our functionality and allow us to start creating the website and putting content and all that good stuff.
I think we should run these updates because it’s good to keep your WordPress up to date. It’s good to keep your plugins and everything up to date, mainly for security reasons. So, let’s click up here on this little spinny thing. It says an updated version of WordPress is available.
Let’s click update now. if you don’t have the update icon and the two little spinning arrows at the top of your WordPress, then that probably just means that you haven’t got any updates to do right now. So, that’s good. Lucky you. But I’d imagine that you will have it because most WordPress installations are a little bit out of date when you do them.
So yeah, you’re gonna need to run the updates. There we go. Nice. Well done. That was pretty quick. There are still three more updates and they’re just these themes down here, which we’re not actually gonna use. But again, I think it’s a good idea to keep them up to date. So, I’m just gonna select all of them and click update themes.
There we go. All done. So, back to the dashboard and we’re almost ready. Just one last step. I’m just gonna update my permalinks, which is basically the structure of the pages and the posts on the site, the structure of the URLs, I should say. So, that’s the thing that people type in obviously to access pages and posts and stuff on your website.
To do that, we go into settings down here and then permalinks and we go down to custom structure, scoop out this. The structure I like to use the category and then post name. So, just click on these two things here has added it in here, and then I’m gonna click save changes and that’s it. That’s gonna visit the site. There it is in all its glory.
The next step is to install Thrive and get this site looking really nice and then start working on it, but the home page together, add content, and all that good stuff. So, well done for getting this far. Let’s continue. (soft music) So, the next step is to install the fantastic Thrive themes. The reason why I’ve gone for Thrive themes is, well, because it’s fantastic.
And it’s my new favorite theme and plugin and website builder. I used to use elementor a lot. I still love elementor but Thrive Theme is just perfect for an affiliate marketing website. The reason why I say that is because what we know it’s got the usual stuff that you’d expect from a fantastic WordPress theme and plugin and page builder. You get the drag and drop functionality, is really easy to use.
Very intuitive. It’s got loads of built-in blocks and templates and widgets. So, you can get a website I’m running really quickly, which we’re gonna do in a few moments and you’ll see how quickly you can get stuff built.
But yeah, what makes this stand out from some of the others is that it’s got some very specific elements that you can add to your content that just worked really well in terms of affiliate marketing. So, it’s got like a pros and cons widget when you’re doing a product review or a product comparison.
And it’s got a whole load of content-based elements basically. And it makes your content stand out from everyone else’s because people tend to just add a bit of text, maybe add a few images to their content. But with Thrive, if you can, say, add loads of other things that make your content really rich and make it really good, make it stand out, make it different, make it pop. So, that’s why I love Thrive. I will, of course, be getting into a lot more detail on all of those things when we come to building a site and when we come to add content.
I’m gonna put a link up now in a card, you also find a link in the description. It is an affiliate link. So, I will earn a commission if you click that link and make a purchase, which I hope you do because you’re gonna need it in order to follow the rest of this tutorial. I really appreciate it if you use my affiliate links, it really does help me out. In terms of purchasing a drive, you got two options.
You can either become a Thrive themes member, which I highly recommend because you get access to all of their plugins and you can install them on up to 25 different websites, just click on this big button and I’ll show you exactly what you get.
You get all this stuff here, you get the Thrive Architect and the theme builder, which is what we’re gonna be using to create our site today. But then you get all these other bells and whistles that you can use in the future. If you want to like this Thrive Leads that help you collect email addresses when you want to build up your email list. Get a quiz builder if you happen to wanna add a quiz or you get an ultimatum plugin, which, like a countdown, and all this stuff as well, which is all really good.
Let me just click secure my membership. And we’re kind of looking at the cost. So, yes, $19 a month. So not a lot, hopefully within a few months, every six months, your site will be bringing in kind of revenue anyway. So, that will cover. That is built annually. It’s 228 for the annual payment. And as I said, you get access to all the plugins.
You get access to the Thrive theme-builder and you get to install it on up to 25 websites. So, now once you’ve got this website set up and running and it’s starting to take off and you’re starting to think about other websites, you won’t need to pay anything.
You’ll be ready to go. They do have a quarterly option as well. So yeah, I highly recommend the membership. But if you don’t fancy being on a subscription-type system, you can, just scroll back to the top. You can just purchase the products individually. So, you click on the little square thing. Well, I don’t know what you call that menu.
A little square thing. And here are the individual products. The two that we’re gonna be using, as I’ve said, are the Theme Builder and the Architect. And we won’t need any of these other ones, but these other ones are included in the membership.
So, you might want them later, like this membership plugin, for example. But yeah, so these two plugins are what you need or this theme and this plugin. If we click through, here’s the Thrive theme builder, click the yes button. So yeah, it’s 97 for the one license for one website. So, that’s the first thing you’re gonna need, the Thrive theme-builder.
And then the other thing you’re gonna need is the Thrive Architect, which is basically what you use to create your content. One is to create the theme and basically, the look and feel of the head of the footer, all that kind of stuff for your website.
Then the Architect is to make your content and add your content and making it really good. Is it just explained? And this one, the Architects 67 for the one license. So, 67 plus 97, a bit of quick maths, gives us a total of $164 if you wanna buy it as a one-off.
So, get yourself a license for Thrive Architect and Thrive theme-builder. And then once you’ve done that, we can install them both onto our hosting and onto our WordPress. So, if you purchase your Thrive Themes, either on membership as a one-off payment, when you do that, you get access to the member dashboard, which looks a bit like this. And what we need to do to install Thrive onto our website is download and install the thrive product manager plugin, which is right here.
So, I’m just gonna click on this link. It’s gonna save that to my computer, like that. And then we need to install it onto our website. So, let’s go back to the tab with the website in. I’m already logged into WordPress earlier. Let me go here and go to the dashboard. Let me go to plugins and add new ones. Then up here, there’s an upload plugin.
And then here is choose a file. And I’m gonna select the file I just downloaded. It’s called Thrive product manager, click open and click install now. Then activate. And that’s installed and activated. So, we’ve got a new option down here now called Product Manager. Let’s just click on that and we need to log in to our Thrive Themes account. I’ve already got that information to hand or in fact, I think if you’re already logged in like I am, it should just do it.
Oh, it has. Perfect. Obviously, depending on which option you went for, it’s gonna determine what you’ve got here so that we’re able to install whatever products we want. We need to install with Thrive Architect. And then if you scroll down, you’ll see the ThriveTheme builder themes, and we’ve got Shapeshift here. We need that too. So, tick that. And I think that’s everything. Yeah. So, let’s click install and license. And it’s gonna do that.
There we go. It didn’t take very long and it’s all done. So, if we click this button here, it’ll take us to the theme-builder dashboard. And now we’re ready to start creating our website. It’s got a wizard here to kind of helping us do that. But before we go through this wizard, I think we need a logo, and maybe you need a logo too. If you’ve already got one, that’s fine.
You can skip the next bit. But for those of you that don’t have a logo like me, I think we should design well right now. I’m gonna show you how you can do that in the next part of the video, really easily and really quickly. So, let’s get a logo designed. (soft music) To create our logo, we’re gonna be using this fantastic bit of online software. It’s called Canva.
I’ll put a link up now in a card. You’ll also find a link in the description. That is an affiliate link. So, if you click through and sign up, I will earn a commission. Now, Canva is free and you can do it a lot with the free version. They do have a pro version as well that gives you access to stock images and stock icons and a whole load of other stuff that you might find useful.
Although I was using canvas for free for ages, it does a lot of the free version. So, you may not need to upgrade to pro. But yeah, I appreciate it if you use that link, I will get a commission, say if you upgrade to pro. And yeah, really appreciate it.
We are gonna be using Canvas a few times in this video, we’re gonna be using it now to do our logo, but we’re also gonna be using it to design our featured images for our content and maybe for some Pinterest pins, that kind of stuff as well.
It’s a really best tool to have in your toolbox. And since I’ve started using Canva, I’ve basically not got any need for Photoshop. And I do use Photoshop a little bit, but generally, I can do everything I need to do with Canva. It’s got a whole load of different templates for all sorts of different things. As you can see, we’ve got logos, Instagram posts, presentations, posters, flyers, videos, all sorts of things.
And it’s really easy-to-use, this tool, really easy. But let’s do our logo. You gonna come up here and click create a design, and then I’m gonna go for custom dimensions. And size I’m gonna create my logo is gonna be 500 wide by 250 high. Click create a new design, there’s our blank Canva. So, what I want is a nice little pressure washer kind of icon sort of thing. And then the words, best pressure washer next to it.
So, let’s get our pressure washer icon. So, in Canva Eagle, all these things down this left-hand side, I’m gonna go to elements and I’m gonna type in, oh, you can see I’ve already done it. I did do a little bit of research before I started recording. I’m gonna type pressure washer in and it’s brought up all these really cool little icons.
Now, the ones that come up with the little pro and the crown, they’re pro. So, you need to be a process driver for them. But there are some free ones, that’s free. There are a few free ones. Okay. That one’s a free one. But it’s gonna depend on your niche or your niche. That’s gonna determine obviously which icons and things you need.
Of course, you could just grab an icon from another website. Maybe there are some free icon sites that you know, I mean, and most of these are pro, apart from that one, which would work, wouldn’t it? Now, which one do I like? I quite like this one.
I kind of like the one with the guy, but it looks like a pressure washer cleaning company sort of logo, don’t you think? I like this one. That one’s okay. Now, we are able to recover these. So, don’t worry too much about the color that’s showing up in here.
So many to choose from. So, I’m gonna go for that one at the top. I think I’m gonna go for this one here so that you can drag that over. Make it a bit bigger. Then I’m gonna add some texts here. Then we’ll do the coloring in a minute.
So, I’m gonna click text over here. Just choose something from here. Or you can just choose the text up here, and we can obviously customize it when we’ve added it. Loads of different fonts, styles, and ideas. I like this. I’ll put that one over there. Don’t need this Angelo Brewing. So, these two elements, they’re grouped together.
So, if I come up here and click ungroup, I can then just click on that, click on the trash can up here, get rid of that. See this pink line is coming out? Let’s just kind of show me that it’s lined up nicely with this. Let’s just change this text, just gonna highlight it and type in best. There we go. I’m guessing it should probably be a similar kind of height, so we can just drag the corn up.
Similar kind of height to the pressure washer. Let’s move them over a little bit there. We get a little bit big up. Here we go. Too bad. So, let’s do some colors. I think we need it blue. Well, I like that kind of blue. That’s good. And don’t think if we need to make these different colors, maybe if I do the whole thing, but would that be too blue?
Let’s have a look. Maybe if I make the best, a different color. So, of course, when you’re designing a logo, you just got to play around and try different things. Here we go. Look at that. So, (indistinct) in there. Now, for sure you can’t kind of recolor different areas in this icon.
So, if you want to date, you would need to find shops, something like that, but I’m happy with it being blue. I think this logo actually looks all right with the red and the blue. It looks quite professional. So, we’ll go with this. Now, I’m wondering if we should probably just fill the space a little more.
So, let’s just make this a bit bigger. It’s gonna have a lot of white space around it. Might this take us through it again, is it gonna fit? I think so. More space there. Perfect. So, here’s my logo all done. I’m gonna call this BestPressure Washer logo. And now this is gonna be the retina logo. So, things like Macs and other devices have retina screens, which are very, very high resolution.
Now, older computers and some other devices have low-resolution screens. And basically what I’m tryna get at is you need two versions of your logo, one for the high res screens and one for the lower-res screen. So, this is gonna before the high res screen, the 500 by 250.
So, I’m gonna name this logo at the top here Best Pressure Washer Logo. And then I’m gonna add @2X I don’t know why it’s @2X, but it’s kind of standard for the retina logo. So, that’s good. And then I’m gonna download it by clicking this download button.
Now, if you wanna have a transparent background for your logo, that’s fine. Just tick this button here and then save it as a PNG. I’m gonna save it as a JPEG, which doesn’t have a transparent background. But I’ve got a feeling, which I don’t know yet cause I haven’t done the website, but I’ve got a feeling that the top of my website will have a white background as well. So, it’ll be fine.
And the quality of 80 is fine. Click download, save to the computer. So, saving that. Perfect. So, now I’m gonna make the logo for the lower resolution screen. So, I’m gonna get back to the home of Canva. Scroll down. It’s this one here. It’s just generating the preview.
I’m gonna click on the free little dots here. I’m gonna go make a copy and rename this one to be Best Pressure WasherLogo without the @2X. Let’s go in here. There it is. So, up here is resize. Then in here, before I change the value, I’m gonna click the little padlock so that they’re locked together. I’m gonna have the size.
So I’m gonna change the 500 to 250 and it’s gonna automatically change the height there to 125. Then I click resize. There we go. Then I’m gonna download it again as a JPEG, download. Perfect. So, we’ve designed our logo. We’ve got two versions. We’ve got a high res one. We’ve got a normal one and we can now go back to our website, start working on it.
We’ve also kind of got a color scheme because you’re probably gonna wanna base the colors on your website on the colors that you’ve got on your logo. So, now actually might be a good idea. Oh, what have I done? I messed up my logo. Now might be a good idea to make a copy of these color codes or make a note of them. So, let’s do that now.
I’m gonna write them down. I put my pen in my hand now. So the blue is this, this code here is called a hex color code. Every color that’s used on a computer has its own unique color code. 004AAD and the red is bright red. That is FF1616. So, I’ll probably use those as the color scheme on my website. Perfect. And we’ll go back into WordPress and start running through the wizard. (soft music) So, I’m back on the theme builder wizard.
If you close this page or you lost it, whatever, you wanna get back here, just log into your WordPress at wp-admin or your domain name/wp-admin if you don’t have an admin That’ll take you to the WordPress dashboard, this page here.
Then if you get on a side through Thrive dashboard and then into Thrive theme-builder, you’re back on this wizard. Now, we’ve got our logo and our color scheme. We can work our way through this. Let’s click get started to get started.
First up is the logo. What about this recommended size? I’ve already given you a perfect size. Click on where it says your logo and then you can upload from your computer by clicking on select files here. I’m gonna upload the @2Xone, the nice high res one. Then you wanna come down to the bottom here, click select.
There it is. Let’s click choosing to continue. Next, we go brand color. So, to change that. Just click on the color. Now, I’ve got my color codes right here that I made a note off from Canva or consignment to this hex box. The blue was 004AAD. Click apply. There we go. There’s our blue. Choosing to continue. Here’s our header, which is looking good.
Now, Thrive has got a number of different headers. See them all in here. So, you can choose one of these, or you can actually just edit it, which we can do in a moment to make your own header. So, choose one of these if you like them, I mean, these are all good. But I’ll show you how to customize it in a minute. We’ll just customize this one. So, let’s go choose and continue.
Next is the footer. Again, up here, you got a load of different footers that you can select. Whoa, so many lovely photos to choose from. I do want one with a bit of column, a few columns, quite like this one actually. I’m not gonna have the address there. I’m gonna have my affiliate disclosure. Let’s go in like columns too. Perfect. So, we’ll customize it or edit it up a bit later.
Chrome always changed her mind. Like she was well, I for one as can you, so don’t worry too much at this point. Let’s go choose and continue. Now is asking you, “What do you wanna display on your homepage?” We’re gonna choose from a ready-made home page. I mean, you can just display your blog posts, which is kind of fine as well for an affiliate site.
But I think this one will give us a lot more flexibility. We can make it look really good. So let’s go with choose from ready-made home pages. So, it stuck this one, it was just a lovely home page, but it’s more for a business. So, let’s go up here again and choose one of the home pages. Of course, you can choose whichever you like.
And of course, we can customize these up as much as we like as well. I’m gonna go for this one, the content focus one, and we will change this all in a moment. That’s perfect. It’s gonna be fantastic.Let’s go choose and continue. So, this is our blog post. So, these are the actual content pages. Content is gonna be added to blog posts.
And then you also have pages which are for more static content, like your About Us, Contact Us, those kinds of pages. So, we’ve got a few options up here. I think I want one with a sidebar. Good to put your ads and stuff down the sidebar and other things. So again, just choose whichever one you like. I mean, Thrive has got so many fantastic templates. That one’s got a video. I don’t have any video content right now. I think I’m gonna go for this full-width featured image with a sidebar.
That one is looking good. Now, actually this one, this one. I’m not sure about having the text over the image cause it depends on what images I use. So, I’m gonna go with this one, featured image with a sidebar. Let’s take a look. I think it’s gonna be perfect. Perfect. Let’s go choose and continue. Now, here is our blog posts list, which is the kind of category pages.
Although I’m not gonna probably use these. I’m probably gonna create my own category style pages, which of course, I’ll show you in the video a little bit later. But yeah, you could choose one of these if you like, but I say I’m not gonna be using one of these. So for now, let’s just go with this one. That’s fine. And the next is page.
So, this is for your pages, as you set things like About Us, that kind of stuff. So, we’ve got a blank page here, the default page. I’m just gonna have a blank page and we’ll change it later. Choose and continue. Now it’s asking which menu do you want to use in the headers and footers? I don’t think we’ve got any menu set up.
So, I’m gonna just say I will choose later I need to add menus on my site. So, there we go. Let’s have a look at the site. Wow. Got a bit of work to do still, but it’s gonna be fine. So, really looking really nice. So, just to finish off this section, I’m gonna change this header. I mean, an (indistinct). I just need to change this button.
I wanna add a search instead of the button. So, to change it, I’m gonna click up here where it says edit with Thrive Architect and then click on the header. Let me click on the edit header. Then this is one big custom menu. So, I’m just gonna click on that like this.
And I’m gonna click on the trash can over here to get rid of it. We’ve got an empty column. Then on this right-hand panel, we can add our elements, click on the little plus. All these wonderful things that we can add. I’m gonna put the custom menu back and I’m gonna choose a different one.
I go for the simple dropdown or a standard dropdown, I should say. Loads of different menus to choose from. So, I’m gonna go for this first one, nice and clear and crisp and clean. Perfect. And what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add a search to the right of it.
So, I’m gonna come up here again to the little plus, type in a search, drag it over here. And you can see that little arrow that shows you where you can drop it, really easy, drag and drop into place and put it over here to the right, like that. It’s looking good. We can resize just by dragging that like that, with plenty of room for this navigation.
Though not gonna have too much in it, I don’t think. But that’s fine. This search box, we can change as well. All these options over here, click on this default template, you can choose which search you would like. That one, let’s have a look. That’s kind of round one, search 10 that is. We’re on this one. Search one, could have something like this.
That’s nice. Alas, I’m liking that. Make it a little bit bigger. Perfect. Just click on it again. Got a few other options that I can adjust. So, here we’ve got the button layout. You can have just the icon or just text. I quite like both I think. I like both. Here we can adjust on which content is gonna have come up in the search results.
Now, I just want posts to come up because the bulk of my content is gonna be posted. I don’t really want about Us pages and stuff coming up in here. So, I’m gonna click the little trashcan. I should say dustbin. In the UK, we don’t have trash cans. But yeah, let’s remove that page. Perfect. Here you got a few other options you can play around with, the width and stuff, the size, and that’s absolutely fine.
We’ll come and play with this menu a bit more when we’ve added a bit of content so that we can kind of see what we’re dealing with. There’s a whole host of other options if you want to play around with options like the margins and stuff, but I think it’s looking good.
Oh, now I can’t get this back on 20. Oh yeah, I can. Perfect. I think it is good. But yeah, there are tonnes of options in there. Should you wish to play around with the drop shadow on there, you can adjust it. What color is that?
Okay. It’s black, but it’s on a pasty of 18. Put that up to a hundred, then I got a serious shadow going on, but that’s too much shadow. I put on 15. Perfect. Apply. Well, maybe I could even add a blue shadow that we’ve got our theme colors here. Do you need to set my secondary red color, but I’ll do a little blue theme color.
How’s that looking? Let’s have a look. Quite like it. Quite like it. So yeah, that’s the header done. Well done for getting this far. Doing really well. Next up, I’m gonna actually add some content. I’m gonna add some articles to the site and then we’ll come back and do the homepage and change this menu and all that kind of stuff.
But yeah, next thing, it’s a good idea to add some content, just so that we’ve got an idea on what that looks like and it kind of help lay stuff out. So, in this part of the video, we’re gonna be adding some content to the site, as just said, it’s a really good thing to do quite early on when you’re developing your sites so that you can lay it all out nicely.
Now, before we get into the content, you’re gonna wanna sign up as an Amazon affiliate now probably if you haven’t done so already because you’re gonna need access to your affiliate links. So to do that, you obviously need to head over to Amazon. The Amazon that you gonna be promoting, for this site, is amazon.com.
The way you’re gonna wanna do is scroll all the way down to the bottom. And there is this link here, become an affiliate. Give that a click. And this is where you sign up. Basically, you click this button, you sign in with your Amazon account, and then you basically just go through and fill out this form. It’s pretty simple. You just got to add your name and address.
You need to list off your URLs. I think they gonna ask you a couple of questions about how you’re gonna promote the site. So, you’re gonna promote it with content and SEO and that kind of stuff. And then you’re done. And then you’ll be given access to the affiliate tools straight away that will generate links and all the rest of it.
It is only when you start sending traffic over to Amazon and when you start generating some sales, it’s at that point that Amazon will come and take a look at your site and then you’ll be officially kind of approved, good to go, or you’ll be rejected. But hopefully, if you’ve followed my guide and followed this tutorial, you’ll be fine.
Now, you might be thinking of promoting another company. I think Amazon’s a great place to start if you’re new, but if you’ve got another company in mind, where you don’t wanna promote amazon for whatever reason, that’s fine. The process is gonna be pretty much the same. It’s just about inserting affiliate links. Now, most companies do offer an affiliate program.
So, let me just think of one random, rei.com, which I know is a big seller in the States. They used to do roof boxes and things. If you scroll down to the bottom, looking at the footer, generally you will find a link to their affiliate program. So, here it is and you click that. And then you sign up, there’s a link there to apply.
But yeah, if you knew I’d recommend Amazon, Amazon is great because you get a high conversion rate, the commission rates aren’t great, but generally, people do buy from Amazon. They’ve got an account it’s very easy for them to buy. You get commissioned on everything, not just product promotion. I think Amazon’s a great place to start.
So, go and sign up as an amazon affiliate right now if you’ve not done so already and then we’ll carry on adding content to the site. Hopefully, you’ve got some ideas for content. I’ve got a few videos on my channel around how to come up with ideas for content and how to get content written. I’ll put links to those in the description of this video.
So, scroll down, you’ll find them. But basically, I’ll just summarise it now. The best way to find ideas for content is on Google. So, if you head over to Google, now, ideally the Google for whatever country it is you’re targeting. And you may need to use a VPN if you’re, for example, in the UK and you wanna look at Google, a VPN is the best way to do that.
Again, I’ll put some links in the description too. I’ll put a link in the description to the VPN I use. It’s a free one. It’s pretty handy. But this example, I won’t bother. I’ll just show you how it works. It’s the same regardless of the Google that you’re on. So, basically, you just wanna start typing stuff in that’s connected to your niche or niche. And I’m gonna type in a pressure washer.
And then scroll down and the section you’re looking for is this, the people also ask, it’s got some great questions in here. And what we’re gonna try and do is answer these questions in a concise and useful way. It’s basically an affiliate marketing website that is just there to help people make a purchase. So, we’ve got this one here.
Is it okay to wash your car with a pressure washer? Is it worth getting a pressure washer? So, these all look pretty good. Is pressure washing bad for concrete? And you’ll notice that a lot of these articles, don’t actually answer the question that well, so this one is, is pressure washing bad for concrete?
And there’s kind of, Google’s found this kind of a bit of content within this larger article. Let’s have a look at it, which is all on pressure washing tips. But we might do better if we write an article that’s specifically around, is pressure washing bad for concrete?
Or if we just create a washing concrete guide and then have a section that’s got a subheading of this pressure washing bath concrete. There’s a good chance we can outrank this. This article is already coming up. And the great thing with this question section is the more you click, the more questionsGoogle’s gonna give to you.
Another place you can get some ideas is down the bottom of Google, where you’ve got the searches related to, give you some ideas. And the other thing I like to do is what’s called the alphabet method where you type in some words related to your niche and then you just start putting in letters and see what comes up.
So, pressure washer, accessories, attachments, attachment for hose, adjustable pressure accessories. So, there are some ideas there. There’s some there. But then yeah, just make a note of these, put them in your spreadsheet. I always like to go for the best sort of terms. So, best pressure, I’m gonna type pressure.
There are a few suggestions coming up here. You can see that I’ve done a bit of research before I recorded. But yeah, best pressure washer for, and then again, use the alphabet method A. These are all fantastic ideas for content. Best pressure washer for a woman to use. Hmm. I’m sure women can use any pressure washer.
I don’t think there are any specific ones for them. So yeah, these are all ideas for content. And yeah, to check the competition, just do a search. Is that your best pressure washer for domestic use? And then if we just scroll down, so the first article coming up here is the best pressure washers to buy. Again, there’s no mention there of domestic use.
These are just kind of generic articles. So, if we write a specific article around the best pressure washer for domestic use or for homes, I mean, the two are pretty quite interchangeable and Google is smart enough to know that domestic use is the same as home use. So, use a combination of both of those words within an article pretty, quite well.
It is a good chance that we will outrank these articles because we are more specific. And that’s really what the plan is with content, fill in the gaps, be more specific when it comes to answering the questions people are typing into Google.
And then even without any link-building, we should be able to rank for those terms. Just one last tip or bit of advice. If you wanna find out the kind of keyword volumes or a rough indication, I should say of the keyword volume. So, that’s the number of people that are actually searching for a particular thing every month. There’s a cool little tool called Keywords Everywhere.
I’ve got it installed in Chrome here. You can look up data from different countries. And if I turned that on, you have to pay for these kinds of credits, which aren’t very expensive to use. It used to be free. It’s not anymore. But just refresh this page with it on, it will give me the volume.
It says zero a month, which I don’t believe actually. I don’t actually believe that because if it was zero a month, then Google probably wouldn’t have had it as a suggestion. So, don’t worry about the zero per month. You can still write content. But down here, it’ll give us some related keywords, some other stuff.
And these do have a little bit of volume. So, take these numbers with a very big pinch of salt and just use them as an idea in terms of what kind of volume it is. It might be a way of prioritizing which articles you published first possibly. It says the best pressure under a hundred, under a hundred what? I guess dollars.
Has a 70 per month volume. But here we can see, and I bet this is an affiliate site. They have actually answered it very specifically, look best pressure washers under a hundred. They’ve basically answered to their ranking where you wanna have a quick look at this affiliate site. Hi, did I take my color scheme? Gone for the red and blue as well? Nevermind. Yes. And affiliate site. But we’re gonna do way better than this one.
Don’t worry about that. The eight is half a better method 4G, got to cleaning. Look at that again. There is no article coming up. Amazon is the first two links here. Google would much rather serve up an article that’s full of useful information about the best pressure washers for gutter cleaning for sure. So, what I do is I get these ideas. I’m gonna tell you that gutter cleaning one. That’s a good idea. Then I’ve got that one.
You use your cursor keys, you can kind of add them to this search box and it makes it easier to copy and paste. You can’t copy and paste from this dropdown. So, I’m gonna stick that in here. Guess what? Not pasting out. You’ll notice that I don’t over-edit my videos. Anything that doesn’t quite go to plan I tend to leave it in.
I think it’s useful. By the way, if you’d like a copy of this spreadsheet, you’ll find a link in the description of this video. It’s a Google Doc. I’ll give you read-only access to my template. If you wanna then start editing it, what you need to do is to file and then make a copy. And then you can add it to your Google Docs.
And then you can play around with it as you like. Now, in terms of getting articles written, I use writers. I pay for writers to create the content for me because I’m not a very good writer and I just don’t seem to have the time or inclination to write my content. Now, generally, if you get a good writer, they will do a lot of the work for you in terms of research and all that kind of stuff. You just need to give them a bit of a guide.
And all I do is give them this spreadsheet to be fair. I say, here’s what I want written on. I put their names over here in this column and tell them what the title is gonna be. So for this one, it would be best pressure washers. I don’t think the plural is a big deal. There’s not a lot of difference between the best pressure washer and the best pressure washers for gutter cleaning APICS. So, like that. Could even do it mixed up this way.
So, like that. As long as we’ve still got that search term in the title, even though I’ve changed it to a plural, I think that’s fine. That what we’re looking for. And then what I also do is I give them an idea in terms of the products that I want them to insert. So, I’ll do my own little bit of research on Amazon. And then I’ll put them in here so that they know which products to talk about within the article, but you don’t always have to do that.
It depends on the writer. Sometimes if you get a writer that’s up for going on Amazon and doing the research themselves, that’s fine too. And you can even give people access to your Amazon affiliate account so that they can generate their own links or links for you, I should say.
So, all these links in the spreadsheet here. They’re all my affiliate links so they can just drop them straight into the article when they’re writing it. You’ll find some links to a couple of videos below this video in the description to some videos I’ve done on creating content and hiring writers and that kind of thing. Also some links to some sites where you can find writers. Upwork is a good one.
You can try Fiverr. I’ve used Chemical Texting. They’re really good. BKA Content, also good. And what I’ve found is that once you start working with writers, you’ll start to learn which ones you have a good relationship with, which ones deliver good quality content, and then you can start to negotiate rates and that kind of thing based on your volumes.
Now, I’ve had some of these articles already written and ready to go. So, let’s add one to the site, insert this one here, the Aluminium siding pressure washer guide. But before we do that, we’re gonna need to add some categories. So, let’s go back to the site. Looking good. And you’ve got to carefully think about your categories.
So, categories are where you put your posts. It’s kind of a nice way of organizing your posts and hopefully, it should be fairly logical when you look at your niche where content should sit. So, for this site, I’ve got a couple of ideas for categories and you can have subcategories, which I’ll show you in a second.
So, to create your categories, you’d go into posts and then categories. And then I’m gonna have two main categories. I’d have buyer’s guides, but you’re gonna be the kind of affiliate content, commercial content may be one way of saying it, buyer intent content, I don’t know. These are gonna be the ones that really have to sell stuff.
So, the best pressure washer for cleaning guttering would be a buyer’s guide. And then the other main category I’m gonna add, let’s just add this. So, you just type in the name and click add a new category. And then the next I’m gonna add is beginner’s guides. And this is gonna have more informational content. So, how to clean aluminum siding with a pressure washer.
What is a good PSI for a pressure washer, those kinds of informational articles that may be don’t have a link to Amazon in them? That’s gonna be beginner’s guides. Oh, I’ve just noticed I haven’t put the S on the end there. I can do a quick edit then just click quick edit on the S. Perfect.
So, now I’m gonna add some subcategories below these ones. I only need a couple, just to kind of organize all the content in a logical way. So again, into add category up here, it’s gonna go pressure washers. It’s gonna go onto the buyer’s guides, that one. There we go. Then next we’re gonna go for pressure washer accessories, of course, you can add new categories.
You can change them and all that kind of stuff. Later on, as you kind of creating content, you may need to add new categories. I wouldn’t mess with them too much once you’ve added a lot of content, that would just be a bit of a nightmare because these categories do have an effect on the URLs, which are the links to your content. So, you wanna try and get it right clear in your mind, how your structure is gonna be before you add too much content. But yeah, again, this one gonna go into buyer’s guides.
That’s at that. Then underneath beginner’s guides, I’m gonna have a cleaning guide. I need the word guides. Again, I think I’m just gonna have a cleaning, change that to beginner’s guides. Then next one I’m gonna have just for pressure washers.
That’s fine. Perfect. So, now we’ve got some categories to add some content too, so, I think we should add some content. So, I brought up this article here, which was written a little while back by one of my writers, it’s the Aluminium SidingPressure Washer Guide. So, we’re gonna add this. I’m just gonna check it, oh, well, I have checked it.
I’m just thinking I might rename it actually so that it fits in with our cleaning guides a little better. So, I’m gonna change it to How to Clean Aluminium Siding with a Pressure Washer Guide. Although is an informational guide, I have got a few little links to a few of the pressure washers here. I’ve noticed that my writer hasn’t actually inserted my affiliate links. Nevermind.
It will be useful to show you anyway. So, before we add the article, I’m just wanna get hold of the image for the featured image which is the big image that goes at the top of the content. So again, I’m gonna jump into Canva, create a new design, custom dimensions, and the size for the featured image.
Well, it can be whatever you like really, but I’m gonna go for50500, create a new design. And then what I’m gonna do is try and find a photo, got this kind of stock photo library within Canva.
I think you will need the pro version to access these photos. You may have a photo already that you can use, which is great. You can just drag and drop photos from your computer into Canva or you can use it to upload an area over here.
Other stock photo services I recommend, iStock photos, are really good. Adobe Stock is also good, you’ll find links to all of those in the description. But let’s type in the pressure washer. Let’s see what we get.Oh, some good ones here. Now, I need someone cleaning some aluminum. I don’t know how to spell it. Is that it? Yeah, it is.
Well, should I say aluminum for my American friends? Not quite what I’m after, but maybe that’s a bit specific. Oh, what’s this guy doing here? That looks like aluminum siding, do you think? We might get away with that. Let’s just have a quick look at iStock. There might be something better. Aluminum siding pressure washer.
I spelled my aluminum wrong. Didn’t I? No. Okay. What kind of siding is that? Okay, so there’s not much better on iStock, let’s get back to Canva. Let me just put sidings here again. Same stuff. This guy is aluminum. Think, oh, I like this one. That looks perfect. That guy up on the roof. Let’s go with that. So, we’ll get rid of this one and drag it out.
We’ll make it nice and big. I think it would add a little bit of text. Why not? So, let’s get a text, probably keep it in line with our logo. So, let’s use this one again. Let’s put in how to clean, I’m gonna have to reduce the size. That’s fine. Aluminum siding. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add a pressure washer guide here.
That’d be good. Pressure washer guide. Perfect. It is a little bit. So, I think if I just drop this number here down a little. Perfect. Thinking they might need to go to the right, let’s click on these little dots, justification over there. I knew, that one there, that can go over as well. It’s looking good. Now, you can do some other funky stuff. So, if I click on that image that got these effects, and we can make that pop. That looks nice.
Do you think that looks nice? Colour you wanna go for. Mustard, blush, lavender. That’s too much now. Cherry. Should I use an effect? I don’t know. I kinda like it because it makes it less stock photo-wy. That makes sense. But the guy kind of disappears our way. He’s not as clear as I thought. Love these effects. I could sit here all day just clicking on these effects.
What the heck? We’ll go for something bright and funky. Let’s be funky. Let’s go for mustard. Click apply. Now, we’ve got a lovely featured image for our post. There are also effects and things on the text I should show you as well. You can lift it and show what I did, but it’s useful sometimes. Anyway, let’s go with that. Looking nice. Though I’m thinking that maybe that should be on one line, like that a little bit bigger. That looks better.
Download JPEG. That’s all fine. Download to the computer. I’m gonna name it the same as the article. I can just copy it. It’s good for SEO and stuff. There we go. So, now we get back to our website and add the content. So, I’m back on the website.
Let’s add our content. I’m gonna go up to new and then post. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add the title here. Copy and paste. I don’t even know if I need the word guide. I’ll take that off. Come down here to categories.
I’m gonna add it to the beginner’s guide cleaning category, that. And down here, I’m gonna add the featured image. So, I’m gonna click set featured images, upload files, select files, select the file or the image I just created in Canva. Why are those Grammarly things that I was gonna… And then click set featured image.
Then I’m gonna click publish. And now I’m gonna jump into the Thrive Architect. This is the WordPress kind of default editor, which is fine, but to do all the cool stuff, we need to use Thrive. So, click this big green button at the top.
There we go. So, it’s kinda showing me the squashed-up version because I’ve got this article over here, but that’s fine. That’s fine. Down here, we can see what it’s gonna look like on things like tablets and phones. Ah, so what a phone, it’s kind of cutting off my image a little bit.
We can edit this template easily to come over here to this and switch to the Thrive Theme builder. Just adjust it now before we get too much further. It looks good on that one. I mean, that looks good. It looks good on a tablet, just on the phone. It’s cutting it off.
So, I’m gonna click on this content box. Then I’m gonna bring out this menu again. We’re gonna need that. And we’ve got some options here. And so, this is all around this top bit here, this featured image content box, and I’ll show you how to edit the other elements as well. It’s pretty simple. You just click on them. But yeah, let’s get this look okay on mobile so it’s not cutting off the text there.
So, I’m gonna go into background style. Let me click on here, which is the image. And let’s play around with this image display. Let’s try and contain. Ah, there we go. That looks better. Not quite as high, but at least we all the texts. So, that’s fine. Let’s click apply.
That’s done. And that would apply to all of the blog posts going forward. Now, you can’t edit these other elements. So, you’ve got this stuff here. I don’t want this author’s image and all that stuff. I don’t want that. And Let’s get rid of that. And there’s a column, I don’t want that. I don’t want the author.
Now, the date, I don’t know. We’ve got to up here and get rid of it. Tags, I might use tags. I’ll leave tags there. Social sharing. That’s fine. So, this element here is the content area, which is gonna pull in the content from the WordPress editor, the editor I just showed you before we click through to Thrive. You can’t remove it, but it won’t show because I Haven’t got any content added to that editor.
And we’re gonna be adding all the content with Thrive. So, don’t worry about that. Let’s go past it. Here’s an about the author box. I don’t want that. Comment section. That’s fine. Here is the sidebar. And I think we’ll do the sidebar a bit later on. So, let’s click save work. I wanna see what it looks like on the desktop, looks good.
Tablet is fine. Mobile is fine. So, let’s add this content. Now we’ve got the template all ready to go. So, I’m gonna switch back to the Thrive Architect. So, I click on this little icon up here. And here we go. So, let’s start by adding these pros and cons.
We’ve got these pros and cons at the top of this article. Bring that across a little bit. We’ve got a bit more room. So, if we come up here, we start adding different elements, click on the little plus, I’m gonna go into the block and we can filter the blocks as it’s saying here.
So, I want content blocks because we’re adding content, all these cool things. There’s a whole load of pros and cons elements that we can use. Just choose whichever one we like. I like this blue one, or that one’s good too. But as you got the pressure washer, blue vibe going on, let’s go with the blue.
Now, they’re stacked on top of each other because of the size of the browser here, but to make it a little bit wider, they sit next to each other. That looks good. So, now we can just copy and paste. So, it’s gonna come over here, highlight that, click on here, paste it in.
And this one and this one, don’t need this one so I can just click it and then click on the trashcan. This one, don’t need that one. Don’t need that one. Just This one, copy and paste. There are pros and cons. Now this conclusion section, I do quite like it.
I’m wondering if I could maybe drop this, this kind of opening a couple of paragraphs in, change it to summary rather than a conclusion. I think that will read better. And I’m gonna scoop up this, copy and paste. Very nice. So, next, we’ve got some texts and some bullet points.
So, let’s do that. So, I need an H2A, with a header. So, I’m gonna pop open the elements. I’m gonna grab the text block and drag that in here. Copy this, paste it in. That brought over some styling from Word, which probably isn’t a pro. I think it’s just bolded it. Yeah, it’s fine.
I don’t want to bold it cause I’m gonna make it a heading. So up here, we’ve got our text options. I’m gonna dropdown where it says paragraph, I’m gonna select H2 or heading two. Nice, big heading. Then the thing I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add another text just below it. I’m gonna put this stuff in, paste that in. Then we need a bullet point or numbered points.
So, come over here to add a new element. Let’s move this out the way. Then up here where it says search and a typing list, there are a few different list options. There’s a numbered list, drop that in. Here’s our numbered list. It’s got a little bit too much space at the top.
It’s gonna kind of stick out a little bit from that paragraph. So I’m just gonna adjust that. And by coming down here, going to layout and position this margin at the top, I think I’m gonna bring that down to zero.
So, I’ll just hold on to my left mouse button and then just move up and down to adjust that. I think that will be better. And again, at the bottom, I’m gonna take that 20 off. We adjust it later if it looks a bit weird. Then I need to do some copying and pasting. So let’s copy number one in. Number two, three. I need a new element.
I think if I just press enter, I’ll get a new one. There we go. Copy that, paste it in. So, there we go. Those are our bullet points. Let’s add this last bit of text. So again, I’m gonna grab a text with Git or text element. I think I’m gonna make this bold as we’re talking about the pressure washers.
Now, before we get to this bit, what I wanna do is add a table showing off these pressure washers. I think that’d be nice to have a table right here. And we can do tables with Thrive, I’m gonna show you how to do that. And then afterward, I’ll also quickly recommend another plugin that I like to use for Amazon tables.
So yeah, let’s do a table. Now, before you start putting your table together, you’re gonna wanna make sure that you’ve got some data about the products that you’re gonna be talking about, that you can put into the table. So, if I just scroll down, I’ve got that I did earlier for the free products featured in this article. So, I’ve just gone over to Amazon.
I made a note of the pressure, gallons per minute, tank size, length of hose power kind of thing. So, you’re gonna wanna look for some useful information about the products that you’re promoting, and yeah. Put together a table. Now to add the table, come up to the elements again, and just do a search for the table. Here we go.
Drag that here. Some lovely templates to choose from. Of course, they’re all completely customizable. So, choose whatever you like. I think something like this might work well. Let’s try that. So, I just clicked it. Perfect. You can just click to start editing.
By the way, this table here is actually been put together with the plugin AAWP, which as I said, I was gonna tell you about after I’ve done this table, but hey, I’ll talk to you about it. Now, you find a link to it in the description. It’s a premium plugin that you can install in. It allows you to create tables using Amazon products.
I mean, you still have to populate a lot of the data yourself. It can pull down the image though, pricing, a couple of other things using the Amazon API in order to get access to the Amazon API, which is basically, I say, just a way of pulling stuff down dynamically from Amazon intrasite. To gain access to the API, you need to have made at least free qualifying sales through Amazon for your affiliate account. So, if you’re just starting out, don’t worry about it.
If you’ve already got some sales and you don’t have a site API, you might wanna go check it out. There’s also a link to a video that I did a little while back where I showed you how to create tables with it. The tables do look really good.
They look like this one. I’ll put it in my Word document here. But we can make good-looking tables with Thrive anyway. So, just think about it. Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent. Let’s get this table done. So, here let’s type in an image. I don’t even need an image in there.
We know what an image is. Then I’m not gonna product one, product two, product three, or maybe I could. Let’s put an image. Let’s put the images in so that we can (indistinct) within search. And so, to put these images in, I’m gonna use the Amazon site Stripe.
I’m gonna head over to amazon.com because I’m obviously targeting the U.S. market. So, I need to purchase from amazon.com rather than Amazon credit UK. Now, make sure you add an address. It can be a fake address, of course, but a real address for someone else maybe if it’s not yours in the country that you’re searching for products around.
So, I’ve got an address here in New York, only because if you’ve got your UK or some other country addressing here, then you might not see all the products cause Amazon will kind of tailor it to the ones that are shipping to your location.
So, let’s type in Sun Joe SPX3000. There it is. That one. Definitely the one. So, we have this bar across the top because we’re affiliated. It gives us access to the links and everything we need. So, I’m gonna take the image or click on the image.
I’m gonna for large. I’m just gonna copy this bit of code. In fact, you wanna make sure that you’ve got the right tracking ID selected as well.
And to copy the bit of code, get back to the website, then what we’re gonna do, I’m gonna add, again, let’s move this texting another way, gonna add some HTML or custom HTML. So, there’s this little element here called custom HTML
Stick that above that. Then I’m gonna paste that site Stripe code in here. This has got the image and this got a link for Amazon for the product with all my affiliate tracking stuff in it. So, it’s good to go. Click Save. There’s the image. But I can change this text here just by going in and highlighting and typing Sun Joe SPX3000. Perfect.
Okay. We need to actually do these then we just type in the product. Now, this column isn’t actually quite wide enough, so let’s adjust that. So, I need to edit the table. So again, easy to collect stuff by going across the top here, I’m gonna click the table. I’m gonna click manage cells, click on this one, click manage cells again.
Then we’ve got this column width here. So, let’s make this a bit wider so we can get our stuff in. A hundred pixels probably about right. Here are some of the options here. If you want to edit tables, insert columns, that kind of stuff. Let’s click close.
That’s fine. Let’s do the next one which is pressure. Still not quite wide enough. Maybe what I’ll do is I’ll just decrease the font on these a little bit and get that down to 16. It’s better. Gallon, gallons per minute. That’s already on 16. They’re all 16. That’s good.
Tank size. Thinking I need to make this column a little bit wider. Just let’s do that again. Go to the table, manage cells, click here. Manage cells again. What do you think? I think I’m gonna go for 150. 150 is good. Perfect. Now, we are gonna need to add a few more rows. Two more, three more in fact. Let’s go for three more.
So, I’m gonna make sure I’m clicked down on this bottom one then I’m gonna insert row after row, there we go. And again and again. Perfect. Okay. So, that’s all done. Let’s click close. We can just edit these sales by clicking. What’s the next one?
Length of hose power. This one, I don’t actually wanna put anything cause it’s gonna be an Amazon Link on the bottom here. So, let’s just fill in this data. I’ll do a quick edit. You Don’t have to watch me do that. Okay, there we go. I’ve copied and pasted everything. I’ve removed that product name. And now I’ve realized I’ve got the print name in this column.
So, these things that really am just clicking on them and deleting. So finally, let’s add the link to Amazon. To do that, I’m gonna add a button here. So, I’m gonna come up with elements, to search for a button, put that in there, put a check price on Amazon, a little bit big the button. So, let’s adjust the size of it. Decrease the font. 10, the line height is too much, and bring that down to one. Letter spacing is.
Let’s put that down to zero. I can increase the font again I think now. We have 16. Let’s click on hands just to edit the button. We’ll show about the blue for the button. Let’s click here. I think I’m gonna go for the green. Green is always good for a button. Something like that. Wanna add a little icon. I wanna add the little shopping cart. I click on the icon.
I can change it. Search for a cart. Okay, with that one. Perfect. So, I’m gonna click back on the button again. I think this button is a little bit too big, so let’s adjust it to the layout and position. We can reduce some of this padding.
So, it’s currently all on 18, click on that button again. I’m gonna do is Gonna click this padlock so I can adjust them all together. Then bring it down to eight. I think that’s better. So, let’s add the link. Let me go back to the main options. (indistinct) this target URL.
We want it as a no-follow and as an open in a new tab, then back to Amazon, click on the text for the site Stripe, go to the full link. It’s very important to use the full link. Otherwise, it can be difficult to update your links in the future if you need to, for example, if you sold your site.
Copy that to the clipboard and paste that in and let’s save them previously. Let’s take a look at how it’s coming together. Then I am gonna take the tags out. In fact, let me add some tags. So, then we’ll do that a second. But anyway, look, pros and cons looking nice.
The summary looking nice. Heading, good. I don’t know if that might be better bolder, this table. Starting to come together very nicely indeed. So, let me just show you how to add some tags just so that this bit doesn’t look a bit stupid. I’m gonna edit posts. You basically add tags within the WordPress editor, not the Thrive.
So, click edit posts there, and then down this right-hand side, we’ve got tags. I’m gonna give a tag of siding aluminum and cleaning guide. Tags that you use to group stuff together and you can use them for filters and for searching in the future.
So, use relevant tags, but not too many. Click update. Take a look. Looks better. So, what I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna populate the rest of this table, do a quick edit and then we’ll carry on and add some more stuff. Okay, So the table is all done.
Looking good. I just wanna show you a quick thing that I’ve done with these buttons because this button doesn’t look that great on mobile. Let me just show you. Actually, it looks okay there because of the little trick I’ve done, I’m gonna show you. So, what I’ve actually done is I’ve created a separate button for mobiles, I’ll show you how I’ve done that.
You go into this responsive section when you’re editing an element, like a button. Yeah. These options here, where you can decide whether it’s visible on a desktop, on a tablet, or on mobile. Remember, it’s set to mobile-only, this button. Just slide that across.
I can show you the other buttons. So, this is the desktop button and it’s set to be just visible on a desktop and on a tablet. You can see that down here. So, all I did was I duplicated the button, now using this little button here that it would duplicate the button. Duplicated it.
I reduced the font size on the copied button and removed the icon and set this top one, this desktop one just to show on desktops and tablets, and then this bottom one, just to show on mobiles. And that’s it. So, if you’re wondering why your button looks a bit weird on a mobile, excuse, you need to do this little step and turn that off now and then we can see that.
It looks perfect on both. So, let’s carry on with this fantastic article. Next, I’ve got some information about the individual products. So, let’s add that right now. I just got out there. I don’t know why I did that, but I’m just checking if everything was still there.
It still is. So, I’m gonna insert the image, the site Stripe image from Amazon for each of these products. I’m gonna show you how I’m gonna do that right now. What I’ll do is I’m gonna add some text just here. I’m gonna add the title. Copy that. Okay. Let’s paste that in.
I’m gonna do a paste to match style, just cause I don’t wanna bring anything over from Word, any formatting. Okay. There it is. I’m gonna make this an H3 maybe. Let me just check what other headings we’re running here. Got an H2 there.
That’s perfect. So yeah, these are H3. Then what I’m gonna do rather than paste this text into here, I’m gonna add another text widget and it’ll all become clear in a second as to why I’m doing that. And then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put the first couple of paragraphs into this one. There we meet, will become clear, like that.
Because what I wanna do is stick to the image. Maybe another cool little button here too. So, to do that, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add an HTML block called, I shouldn’t say block, HTML element because we’re gonna be copying and pasting some HTML from Amazon.
I’m gonna drop that over here to the right of the text like that. Then let’s go into Amazon. So yeah, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna get the image by coming up, here again, image large, and grab this code here. Copy that into the clipboard. I’m gonna stick that in here.
Paste it in. Beautiful, slightly over to the left, you could come over here, you’ve got this alignment here. You can pop it over to the middle or even put it over to the right. That might be better. And then I can adjust the column by just dragging. I’m gonna put it.
And I think it’s probably good. 65-ish, 66-ish, 6634. Perfect. And then I’m gonna stick another little button here. Just gonna duplicate it is the right product, yeah, Sun Joe. Just drag that down here. There we go. Perfect.
So, you see why I added these paragraphs here is because I want to add some more. That’s gonna kind of wrap around that. I may have added too many texts. I think that’s fine. Yeah, that’s fine. What did I end up with? 7030. 7030 we’ll go with.
Of course, you can just drag stuff around, play around with it as you like, get it looking as sweet as you want. (indistinct) the rest of this content. They’re gonna add another text, just under here. See? So, that’s gonna go all the way across. That’s good.
Slightly more space there though between this paragraph, that paragraph in there. So, I don’t think I should mess with that too much. Could just reduce this margin here, putting it down to zero. That looks about right. We’ll review it in a minute. So, there we go. That’s that text. We’ve got this here. I think there’s a fantastic block to that.
So, let’s have a look. Go into blocks. Can use a pros and cons block again. I think this will be perfect. This one here. Here we go. So, I don’t want this bit of text here. Get rid of that. We’ll change this to things we like and these things we don’t like.
And then a little bit of copy and pasting. We’ve got in here, like that. Perfect. I need this one. Yep. That’s it. Don’t need these, just delete them. I’m just selecting and pressing backspace. Get rid of it. Perfect. It’s looking good. I don’t think we need this conclusion. Get rid of that. So, that’s our first product, the pressure Joe.
Perfect. So, I’ve got a few others to add. Bring that over. Few others got three other products. We’ve got a bit of blurb and we’ve got the frequently asked questions. So, let me just quickly add these other products. (indistinct) exactly the same process that I’ve just been through.
Adding the text, adding the image, adding the button. Yeah, let me add them and then we’ll carry on. Okay. So, I’ve added all the products to the article. I actually realized that there was a product missing from the table. Thought of that as well.
The Simpson, a gas-powered, let’s say petrol for those of you in the UK, yeah. Gas-powered pressure washer. So, I’ve added that. And then here are all the products with the lovely things we like and things we don’t like and the images and the buttons and yeah, it’s looking really good.
So, we got left to do this bit of blurb here. So, I wanna make this look really nice. So, we need to add a header. So, let’s edit. We’re gonna edit with Thrive Architect There’s gonna be some copying and pasting. So, let’s scroll down here. I’m gonna add text.
By the way, a little tip here, you can pin the little elements that you use all the time. I’ve pinned the custom HTML one up here. That’s what I use for site Stripe images, that kind of thing. But yeah, the ones that you’ve find that you’re using a lot, pin them up on top for easy access. Let’s copy this in. It’s gonna highlight that. I’m gonna paste and match style. Then I’m gonna make it an H2.
I’m just gonna scoop all this up. I think all this can probably actually go in the same one cause there is a lot to it. There we go. I’m gonna make these H3 or heading three. Now, of course, I could probably add some extra images. Maybe jazz is up, but I don’t have any (indistinct). So, we’ll leave it for now. Frequently asked questions.
There we go. Like this H3, there should be an H. Oh no, that is H3. Perfect final verdict, H2. So that’s about done, I think. Okay. There’s one final thing that I wanna add to this bit of content and that is a table of contents. It’s a good thing to have.
We’ll slot it in here underneath this lovely summary. So, up to the elements and let’s search for a table. There it is. Table of contents. Let’s drag it down here. Go to a different table. Oh, lovely. Wow. So many tables of content.
I’m gonna go for this simple-looking one. It looks fine. There we go. I think I’d like it a bit wider. And I think I’d like it to collapse as a default state. So last down here, let’s adjust the width. To do that, we go into this button, edit the table of contents, go to allow and position this width. I’m just gonna click on this little cross to change it to auto.
That makes it the full width. Let’s click done. Let’s click save. And I think this article is all done. I’m gonna click save and preview. Actually, that’d be better. Let’s take a look. Okay. Featured image, got sites, we’ve got the pros and cons.
We’ve got the summary. We’ve got the table of contents. We’ve got to drop that down there. Looks good. There’s a table. There are our products. There’s the things we like and the things we don’t like, then there’s the rest of the blurb down there. So yeah, it’s done. I think it’s as good as done. Of course, you can always revisit it in the future, make it even better.
So, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add some more content, I’ve got about three or four other articles that I’m gonna add. To make it easy to add those, I’m gonna save a couple of these elements as templates so I can just drop them into future articles and just quickly edit them, just the content within them rather than all the styling.
I’m thinking about the table mainly, but maybe there are pros and cons as well. So, to save an element as a template for future use, you need to go back into Thrive Architect, and then you just select the element. I want the whole thing here.
So, it’s this whole, ah, yeah. Summary and pros and cons block together. There’s a little picture of a floppy disc here which I think is a weird icon to use in 2020 because most people probably don’t know what a floppy disc is. Anyone probably under the age of 30 doesn’t. But anyway, let’s click on that flip. Then we can save the pros and cons.
You can have a category if you want, that’s great. Category (indistinct) content templates. Perfect. Then we’ll click save a new template. Here we go. I’m gonna do the same on the tables. I’ve got this ready to go. Of course, when I insert it into other posts, I will have to change the products, but the layout and everything are done for me.
By the way, on the table, I Should probably mention this. I noticed when I was adding this Simpson that I forgot these colored lines on this particular template, you might be wondering how on earth do I change them. Well, you have to go into managing cells, select the one you wanna change. And then you click manage cells again, and then you go to the shadow, and then in a shadow, there is the color there. So, if you’re wondering, yeah, sorry I digress.
But yeah, again, I’ll just save this as a product comparison table. Again, we’ll put it in the content templates and save it. So, I’ve got templates now. I’m gonna go off and add some more content. I’ll see you in a moment. I’ve added five pieces of content to the website. Look, best pressure washer for boats. We’ve got the best pressure washers for $100, $200, best pressure washers from $100, $300.
Electric pressure washers and how to clean aluminum siding. Of course, which was the one I added originally. So, now what we’re gonna do is just finish off these posts. We’re gonna make an edit to the actual post template so that it will make a change to all of these posts and subsequent posts that we add in the future.
Before we do that, I just wanna quickly show you this post. And these ones, I’ve used AAWP, which I think I mentioned earlier, it’s a fantastic plugin and you can use it to create tables like this, and it creates them using the Amazon API. So, these images and these buttons, and a few other bits and bobs. We’ll pull down using the Amazon API, which is basically just a way of getting data from Amazon and putting it into your website.
Now, I’m not gonna do a full tutorial right now on this plugin, but you’ll find a link in the description to a video that I did a while back all about AAWP and how to use it and all that kind of stuff. So, go check it out. You’ll also find a link to AARP down there as well.
So, what we need to do is we need to edit this sidebar, put something down here, but my picture, a little blurb, that kind of thing. I’m also gonna put an affiliate disclosure or disclaimer, a very important thing to have. So, we’ll do that now.
So, what we need to do is edit the post template. So, if you wanna edit with Thrive rather than going into the Thrive Architect, which is for the content, the actual article. If we go to this one, the theme template, we can change those things.
So, let’s start by adding an affiliate disclaimer and affiliate disclosure. Amazon Says you need one of these. You just gotta make it clear that you’re gonna earn some money if someone clicks one of your affiliate links and makes a purchase.
So, we should add it just above this post title. So, I’m gonna come over here, got a plus at an element, and within our building bugs down the bottom here, we’ve got this styled box and that’s what I’m gonna go for. I’m gonna drop that there.
I mean, you can put it where you want, but it has to be obvious, people can’t miss it. You can’t hide it somewhere. You can’t have it at the bottom of the post, it needs to be somewhere there at the top. So, I’m gonna put it right at the top to make sure no one misses it.
Okay. We’ve got loads of lovely designs in here. Oh, one just looks like a note, green one there’s all right. That’s all right there. Ooh, that’s perfect. Look at that. It’s like a post-it note, but yeah, you can choose whichever one you’d like. I’m gonna go for the post-it note.
Now, I’ve got some texts that you can use. You can copy it off my website. I’ve got it in my clipboard. So, I’m just gonna paste it in.
This bit actually is going to be a title. Let’s get that. Put that through to copy-paste. There we go. That’s it. So, this will appear on all of the posts as part of the template. Then that’s fine. You can’t miss that. So, let’s have a look at this sidebar.
I mean, you probably change the sidebar as you work on the site, you might wanna add ads or whatever you like. I like a lot of the elements. I like the search. I think it’s good to have a search. I’m gonna move that to the top. Let’s go up and I’ll put that right at the top. Oh, there we go. I know we have a search here, but don’t miss that once they’ve scrolled down, actually, I’m gonna put it below the button in here.
Hey, we can have something up About Us. Hello. My name is Alex and I have been trolling the internet to find you the best pressure washers. So you can put whatever you like. So next, let’s change this image. Let’s gonna click on it.
I’ve got an image, a square image of me on my computer. So, I’m gonna come over here, click on this, which is the image. It’s already that there. So, let’s click it again, and then we can upload it from our computer. There I am. Can reposition if need be, that’s fine. Let me click apply. I’m not gonna use this email box just yet.
So, just delete that. Don’t have any social media profiles, but if you do, you can just click on here and you can edit these so you can add different links. But yeah, I don’t have any social profiles for this site just yet. So, let’s get rid of that. Now, in this latest post, we can adjust that if you click here, get it to edit a design, or you can choose a new template up here.
So, I wanna go for something which has got the featured image. We can always edit anyway and create it our own. Let’s just go for this supine, click replace. Okay. Needs a little bit of design work on it. Let’s reduce the number of columns down to one over here. That’s looking better already. So, the image is a little bit blurry in the… I’m not sure about all this text and stuff.
So, let’s see what we can do and come over here, click edit design, click on the featured image first. I want the image size to be full-size, which makes it look a bit crisper and cleaner. That’s good. Category, do we need a category? I don’t think so. I just want the featured images really. Don’t wanna post content. I guess we could have the text for screen readers and stuff.
They can’t read images. So, maybe the text is a good idea, but let’s make it a bit smaller. Just click on it there. And we got the line spacing there, which is a little bit too high. Put that down to zero. Oh, he’s got another line height here. I think let’s just take that down.
There we go. That’s 0.5. We go. Maybe the font does need to be a little bit bigger. Let’s have a look. Let’s drag that up. Okay. That’s not an (indistinct)band. I wanna be on 16. Perfect. Let’s get rid of this read more. We don’t need that. All right, that’s looking good.
Now, let’s just click done. Let’s just do a save and preview. Let’s have a look at it. So, here we go. Here is our post. There’s our affiliate message. I like that. I don’t think it’s too big. It’s too big? I don’t know. We’ll leave it for now. Here’s our sidebar. Looking good. Here’s the latest post edit. Really nice. And click on the image to go through to the post. And featured images.
Looking good on there. Let’s just got this last bit here, which is the categories, which I don’t think we need right now. I wanna keep the sidebar nice and clear because I’m gonna be adding some ads and things later on. I don’t think we need that.
So, let’s just get rid of that. Let’s get back into the theme template for the post, scroll down. Let’s get rid of this dynamic style list. That’s perfect. Of course, we can increase the number of posts that show here, you just click on it, it’s set to show six at the moment, you can increase that. Of course, you’ve got five bits of content on here.
So the five, one, two, three, four, five. Yeah. When I add some more, obviously for now. Let’s just save work, very important, and maybe save and preview. There we go. So, that’s our content all done, looking real nice. Isn’t it beautiful? So next up, we’re gonna do the category pages, basically, the pages that we’re gonna add to this navigation.
So, they’re gonna be based on the categories that I’ve added the content to. So, I’ve got buyer guides, got cleaning guides. I’m gonna create some lovely pages that show off the content. Well done if you’ve got this far, you’re doing really well. But yeah, let’s carry on. (soft music) So, earlier in the video we created some categories.
Do you remember some categories for our posts? So, what I wanna do now is create some pages that represent these categories. So, we can take a look at them. They don’t look that great. I mean, they’re not bad. They’re not bad, but I think we could do better with a page. Talking about it, this one is gonna look very similar.
I mean, they’re kind of fine, but the images get cut off and stuff, then they need a little bit of work. So, what we do is I’m Gonna create some pages that are gonna kind of be these categories that then I’m gonna redirect these categories to the pages. I know that sounded a little bit technical, but don’t worry, it’s gonna be fine.
So, let’s create our pages first. We’re gonna create pages for the main category. So, that’s the buyer’s guide and the beginner’s guide. So, let’s go to a new page, buyer’s guides. Let’s publish that. Now, let’s jump into Thrive Architect. We’re gonna go for a prebuilt landing page company for the Shapeshift theme.
And, oh, we can choose from any of these. So, I like this first one, but of course, you can choose whichever one you like. So, just click that. And here we go, we can now start editing. So, I need to put some blurb in here, like that blight like this blue text here. And it’s just changed that to pressure… Oh, it’s not really what I want.
Pressure buyer’s guides. I wanna make it blue. I’m Just gonna highlight it. Come up here, click the blue, apply. Perfect. Let’s just change these pressure washer buyer guides to find the perfect washer for you. Well, we used the word washer too many times.
Then this text can be a bit more blurb. Think of something. We have researched hundreds of products, hundreds maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but now the more content I add might make it that number. Hundreds of products, let’s say pressure washers. So, you don’t have to. Ah, I wanna get the keyword in again, expertly written.
I mean, it’s kind of fluffy, isn’t it? But it’s alright for now. Let’s make this blue. Now, I’m not sure I want this button. So, I think we’ll get rid of the button. Now here, we need a lovely image, we have a lovely image. So, if I click over here, go to background style.
This image is I needed something kind of square that jumped into Canva, created a design, a custom dimension. I recognize 600 by 600should probably be fine. That’s square. Then let’s go to photos, search for pressure washers. And we just got to find something nice. These are all kinds of decking-related. I must do an article on decking soon.
The mud on the roof is quite good. That’s kind of cool. I have that one. They’re All good. Aren’t they? Well, that’s kind of stylish with the sun in the background. That one’s pretty good as well with him doing the car. Let’s go for the one with the sun in the background. Looks classy. There it is. I like it. So, let’s download it. JPEG, (indistinct) the quality down a little bit.
The smaller the images are and file size the faster your website will load. So, it’s quite important to get your images as small as they can be without compromising quality too much. This is the best pressure washer buyer’s guide.
Try and use keywords where you can and images that are relevant to the page, you’re gonna be adding the image to. Let’s go back to Thrive. Let’s come over here, click on the current image, click on it again, go to upload, and find the file. I did it. And here it is. Perfect. Insert.
Can reposition if need be. But I think that’s about good. There are some other options here. You can do (indistinct). Nope. That’s not right. Actually. It’s not quite square. Is it? I guess that doesn’t matter. The cover looks fine. Apply. Let’s save. We should always save on a regular basis, just in case.
Perfect. So, here we’re gonna have our two categories and then we’ll probably get rid of some of this down and if we need all of it, but let’s have a look. So here, let’s set this post list first to be the right one, we click on it, go to post list, go to filter posts.
So, we wanna display posts. We wanna add some filtering. I want to filter by category and I want it to just show the buyer’s guides, not quite sure which ones, which hasn’t shown them tome in a hierarchical way. Easy for me to say. Well, I know it’s the one that’s got, I think four posts in it.
So, let’s see what happens when we go for this one, save and close. There we go. We’re gonna need to edit this design a little bit so that the image looks good.
I think also wanna probably drop that date or not. It’s really up to you. Depends on how often you’re gonna be adding content. If you’re not gonna be adding content that often or maybe you’ve got evergreen sort of content.
You’re probably gonna lose the date, but anyway, let’s click edit design. Well, I’m gonna ditch the date. So, I’m just gonna click on that and then click on the little trash can, get rid of that. So, now we want to adjust the kind of fill of this, whatever it’s called.
So, let’s just click on the background image here. Then it should be able to just change this. Nope, let’s cancel. Click it again. Then contain. There we go. That’s the default. Nope. We won’t be sure. You can click here to kind of adjust the position if you want a top or bottom.
I’m gonna reduce this bit of space that we’ve got here. I’ll leave it in the middle and we’ll reduce the space around it. Let’s click apply. To adjust that space, we go to layout and position this here, which is a bit of padding. So, gonna click on that and then hold down my left click and just move up and down to adjust that.
Then here, we’ve got this height that sets a minimum of 200 pixels. If we get rid of that and click on the cross, it will just be automatic. And then it will be okay. Be far too small. So, I guess we all gonna need to set a high senate, so we just bring that up again. And it looks like it’s fitting exactly. 132, is it 131? 132, I think is about right. There we go.
Let’s click done. I think we should just have a quick preview actually. Let’s go save and preview. Wow. Looking nice. Then if we click to load more, we get more. I need to add a bit more content really. I’m happy with that. We need to just change this text and then we need to work on the rest of the page.
So, let’s go back in, edit with Thrive Architect. Okay. Let’s scroll down and we need to change here. We have that, it’s just put buyer’s guide. And then here, then here, let’s just change this text, pressure washer buyer’s guides, regardless, let me just put some blurb.
I’ll fast forward the video. Their guide has been a blurb. So, this one is going to be basically the same, but it’s gonna be full of the Other subcategory, which is pressure washer accessories, which I don’t think I’ve actually got content for at the moment, but not to worry.
So, let me just quickly do that. I’m gonna just do exactly what I just did. So, I’ve added the second category. There were no posts to display yet because I haven’t got any accessories buyer’s guides written. So, can I get them created as soon as possible and get those added just a quick note on content and how much content you need before you launch your site.
I recommend you add at least 20, maybe 30 posts before you make the site live, just so they can launch. And it’s fairly well populated, quite well filled out and Google has got some content to get its teeth into. Anyway, let’s carry on and finish off this fantastic category page.
So, I don’t need any more of these category or subcategory sections cause you might… It depends on your content and structure of your site, but I don’t need them. So, let’s go back into the Thrive Architect. Let’s get rid of them. Take a look at the other elements on the page.
So, on those two, I don’t want this one. So, I’m gonna come up here, click the trash can, dust bin, I should say, or we say in the UK. And then we’ve got this section here, now with this one, I’m gonna link through to the beginner’s guides.
The other page, which I haven’t yet created. So, we’ll have to do a comeback and update the link, but let’s put some blurb here. New pressure washing. No, no, no, no, no. New to pressure washing. I didn’t think pressure washing should actually have capital letters here, but I’m not very good at writing English.
Don’t panic. Our beginner’s guide will teach you everything you need to know to get to start cleaning. Maybe I don’t need any more words. Let’s just get rid of that. Then this, I’m gonna change it to browse beginner’s guide and so on. That looks perfect. And we need a lovely image here. I’ll close Canva. Do you know how the Canvas thing works? Let me just do a quick edit and I’ll look up an image.
There we go. That’s perfect. Have downloaded it. Let’s add it. So, click on this column, go to background style, click on this, which is the image that’s already there. Click on this and then upload files and then find the file on your computer. Here it is. Just a pressure washer doing its stuff. Beautiful. I need to reposition.
I think that’s perfect. Let’s click apply. There we go. Then here, we just got this final thing, which is gonna show all the articles in the category and then we’ve got the latest articles. So, let’s get it all finished. So, let’s do this first.
I mean, this is not too bad, but we need to get these images looking good. They’re being cut off at the moment. A little bit of text here that needs adding. Let’s change this text first. Browse all our pressure washer buyer’s guide. That we’ll do. I can maybe fill it out another time.
I need to do it now. So, let’s get this look a little bit better. What we need to do is adjust the images here, trying to click on that. Come here to post a list. I’m gonna go to edit the design. I’m gonna click on the image here where it says the content box. Scroll down. I’m gonna go to a background style.
Here’s the image here. It’s currently set for an image display of cover, I’m gonna change that to contain. There we go. Now it’s not cutting off the edges. Click apply. But this box now is a little bit too big. So, I’m gonna go with two main options. Well, this minimum height here, I’m gonna adjust this, slide it down. I wanna get it so that it’s just right.
So, I’m just moving it around just so that it kind of fits exactly on the width and the height. Seems to be around 50. Have to just gonna use my arrow keys or just type it. Let’s type it. Not seven, 58. 58 is perfect. That’s fine. Let’s click done. Now, you might be thinking this is a little bit too small.
I think they’re okay. But you can adjust if you wanted them to be bigger, you could just reduce this column’s number. You would then have to adjust the height and thing again, but I’m happy with five. I’m happy with five. I think that looks fine. Okay. And then down here, we’ve got the latest articles.
This is just pulling in the latest articles. Let me just see where it’s pulling them in from. We’re gonna go to filter posts. Okay. It’s bringing in all of the latest posts. I’m gonna add a filter so that it just adds posts from this category, which is, of course, the buyer’s guide. So, let’s go add a rule, category, display results that bring for at least one of these categories, add, and its buyer’s guides.
So, we close. And we need to just change this image. I guess I kinda need to know what size it is. I can’t find it, let me just… A handy little tool within Chrome. If you right-click and go inspect, you can then hover over things and it will tell you the size of them. Like that one is 518 by 428.
Okay. So, let’s go to Canva. Let’s close that. Start a new one. And when you create a design, create a design, let me kick that again. So, it was… What was it? 518, 428. My memory is terrible. 518, 428. Perfect. And then into photos, let’s look for some pressure washer stuff. This one’s pretty good. We’ll Use that one before this. It looks familiar.
Maybe we’ll have some of these. Aren’t we? I like the fence one there. That’s good. We’ll go with that. Fill that like that. Yeah. Fine. Download it as a JPEG. Just bring the quality down a little bit. Cause I want the file size to be small, click download. I’m gonna call it buyer’s guides’ latest articles. Just so it matches with the section I’m adding it to. That’s fine. Okay. Let’s go back to the site and close the space.
Now I just click on this little crossover here. So, I’m gonna click on the image. Go to background style, click on the image here. Click on the image here. Click upload, select files. And here it is here. Global of images, (laughs) just like a muzzle and some clean word, but I guess that’s fine. And then insert, can reposition this, but it needs because it fits exactly.
Click apply and click save work. Now, she looks a little bit grainy. I think maybe I might’ve turned down the quality a little bit too much on here. I’m wondering if it needs to be just a little bit bigger, just so that it kind of has a bit of room to play with.
So, let’s go for 600 by 450. There we go. That’s all good. I’m gonna download it a little bit high quality, we’ll go over 70. I do wanna replace it. Thank you. There we go. Let’s try again. Still looks a little bit grainy, kind of reposition it. Yeah, fine. We’ll go with that.
So, that is the slippage or the category page or whatever you wanna call it done for the pressure washer buyer’s guides. I think we should have a quick look at it. Let’s go down here and go save and preview. Yeah. I’d used the kid one before. So, you need some content for the accessories.
Perfect. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna save this as a template so that I can easily create category pages going forward. Cause I need to create one now for my beginner’s guides.
So, let’s jump back in, so, edit with Thrive Architect. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna come over to the little cog over here, go to the save landing page, then call it category page or call it whatever you like. Of course, you can have tags if you want. I don’t wanna a tag, click save the template.
Perfect. So, we’ve got it saved as a template. Let’s go and create our beginner’s guide page. So to do that, let me just close this. Don’t need this. Go back here. Oh, this is already on a new page, but let me just take you back to the dashboard so you know what we’re doing. So up here, we’ve got new, I’m gonna go new page, call it beginner’s guides.
I’m gonna click publish. Perfect. I’m gonna go to launch Thrive Architect. Okay. I’m gonna for the prebuilt landing page then down here, we’ve got my save landing page templates or whatever. There it is. Looking nice. Give that a click and then apply a template.
Doesn’t have a header or footer at the moment. So, we’ll need to do that when it can come up here, click on the page with a little cog, and just kind of click on the eyeball there to get that header. And then down the bottom, I think we want the footer here then if we want that bottom bit, let me, I’m gonna think of that yet.
So, let’s not worry about that. So, perfect. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m Just gonna work through this. Just change it to be beginner guides and then we’ll crack on with the rest of the site. So, you all I’m gonna be doing if you’re changing this so that it filters from the right category.
So this one, it might be, let’s get rid of this. I haven’t got much content on at the moment obviously to play with, do have a cleaning guide. So, let me just add that, save and close. You get the idea. I’ll Do a quick edit and yeah, as I say the (indistinct). So, there we go. Got this page all done.
Does needs a bit more content in order to fill it out. So, I’m gonna get that content written and published as soon as I can. But yeah, I’ve noticed one little thing that we need to fix. And that is this. So, widgets like this recent post one, they’re pulling through a little kind of snippet of the article. And because I’ve got the pros and cons thing at the top of the article, it just looks a bit weird. So, we need to kind of write our own little excerpts as they’re called for these articles just so this makes sense.
Let me show you how to do that. Pretty worth doing actually when you add the content, I should have done it earlier maybe, but hey, hopefully, we’ll be fine. So, I’m just gonna click through and I’m gonna edit the post, so, edit with Thrive Architect. Then I click up here on the post to the little cog, then in here, where it’s got post content, I’m going to go in.
And from here, I’m not gonna actually click on edit with Thrive. I’m gonna click on it, just to edit a post, take it into the WordPress default editor and down the right-hand side here, I’ve got this bit here that says exit. So here we can write what we like.
So, something that looks nice. Nothing too long just a few words. And that’s what’s gonna appear on that kind of list of posts. Say something like learns how to clean aluminum, aluminum? Aluminum. I don’t why I’ve given it capital. Does it need capital? I don’t think it needs to.
why is it saying it’s spelled wrong? That’s definitely how you spell it out. Aluminum. Like this. It’s like that. This means it’s spelled wrong here as well. Isn’t it? Well, anyone tells me this. Aluminum. Aluminum. That’s better. I might have to just adjust the link of the post as well, which would be yeah, permalink. Get that right.
Perfect. Okay. So, let’s back to this expert. Learn how to clean Aluminium, Sorry, I’m gonna give it a capital. Aluminum looks like a word that deserves capital. Something like that. I think we find. Click update. Perfect. So, let me just go straight back to the beginner’s guides. So now when we look at the list, oh, let me just refresh.
It’s still not showing it. Let me just edit and check that this has got the right setting. Click there. Click edit design. This needs to be set to exit look. Perfect. Perfect. So, that’s that done. Let’s just go save and preview. Let’s go down. That looks good. So, I’m gonna need to do the same for the buyer’s guides. Let’s just take a look at these.
Yeah, none of these are making sense either. Oh, why is it not letting me click through? Okay. Let’s just see what’s going on here. So, editing the page with Thrive Architect. Let’s click on this. I think it could be this link’s entire item content.
Let’s just turn that off and then all that means is that you have to just click on the title I think, doesn’t make much difference, but hopefully, it fixes it. And the other thing we need to do is just edit the design and change this to exit. And these are actually making sense.
Now, did I set of exit on these? Maybe. Maybe I’ve already done it. Perfect. Let’s click done. Let’s click save and preview. There we go. There we’re good. Now we have it. Let me just see if I have that. So, it might be it’s pulling it in. Automatically, I can’t remember.
I added these articles. Oh, there we go. Yeah, the expert is set. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. So, what we need to do now is this menu. Let me start adding some things to this menu like the two pages that we just set up. So to do that, we’re gonna come up here, click customize, go to menus, gonna create a new menu. I’m gonna call it the main menu.
I’m gonna set the location as primary, gonna click next. I’m gonna click add items and then I’m gonna add the beginner’s guides and the buyer’s guides. Perfect. Then I’m gonna click publish. That should have done it. Let’s click the cross and have a look.
Okay. It’s not paid. So, we may just need to edit this header. Let’s go to edit with Thrive Architect. I’m gonna click on the header up here. I’m gonna click the edit header over here. Click on this menu, custom menu. It was currently set to menu sources custom.
Let’s just set it to the main menu. There we go. Perfect. Save. Pretty well add a few other things along here. Maybe a Contact Us or something like that, but that’s fine for now. So, let’s just save and preview. Refresh, and there we go. Is there. We can click through. So good. So, I think the next thing we should move on to is the home page.
So yeah, let’s do that next. (soft music) So, let’s get this home page all done. Once we’ve done that, we’ll start to fill up. We’re making some real progress with the site. So, we’ve got this that we bought earlier, which is fine, is fine. I mean, these would need adjusting or whatever. Too keen on this big thing that makes my image look a bit weird. I like this.
I’m bringing this out with this. But yeah, let’s work through it and I’ll show you how you can bring in more blocks and just kind of make it your own. So, let’s go with this thing up here, edit with Thrive Architect. So, I’m gonna get rid of this topic first cause I’m not gonna be collecting email addresses just yet.
I mean, I could of course, just get rid of this and add a button or something, but I wanna try something different. So, I’m just gonna remove this. Come over here, click on the little trash can. I’m gonna click on this plus to add a block. I’m gonna go and look at the hero areas. Cause I think that’s what you call the (indistinct).
That’s up to the hero area. Got quite a few nice ones. Now I like this, this one here with the gradient. It’s got a nice blue to it. I guess it’s the same blue as this. It should be. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add a nice image here. So, let’s do that now. Let’s do that with Canva. So in Canva, I’m gonna create a new design. I’m gonna do custom dimensions.
I’m gonna go for 1400 by 800, seems to be a pretty good size for that unit. Here we go. And then I’m gonna go into photos. I’m gonna use this one here. I looked earlier for a good photo that I like and went for this one. It’s part of the canvas pro Stock photography library, lined that up. That’s about right. Let’s go download JPEG and download. Call it pressure washer hero.
Go back here. Make sure that I’ve selected this area. I think I have. Then down the left-hand side here, I’m gonna go to background style. This photo here is what we wanna change. I’m just gonna click on that. Click on it again here, goto upload, select files.
Find the image on my computer right there. Pressure washer hero, give it a click, and then click Insert into post. There it is. Beautiful. Come over here. Click apply. You can reposition a little dragon around like that if you want to. Click apply. And that is good.
And I mean, of course, we can change this text, expert guides. Expert pressure washer guides, and articles, something like that. Best pressure washer for your needs and learn how to clean anything with it safely and easily, something like that. And then here, I wanna have two buttons really.
Cause I wanna have one link it to beginner’s guide one linked to buyer’s guides. So, I can do this one. Buyer’s guides. Just click on the texts to edit them. I’m gonna click here to adjust the link. Let’s go to the main options, target URL. I started typing in buyer’s guides.
It should come up. There it is. I like that. Perfect. And I said I want a copy of this button because I want to have to. I want it to the side by side. So, what I’m gonna do actually is I’m gonna add some columns. To do that, I’m gonna come over here to the little plus on the top right. And select columns. Drag that over, drop that in below the text, say I want two columns.
I’ll put you there. And then I’m gonna duplicate you by clicking on that. Take your copy and put it inside the column, change this to beginner’s guides, the IDs, can’t spell guides. And then we can grab hold of this little line here and just adjust that. I think something like that might be okay, 60, 40 but we’ll have a look in a second.
Let’s click preview and then see what that looks like. Why is it? Oh, hang on. Maybe I need to just click save. Let’s save. And now let’s refresh the preview. Let me close that. Try again. Preview. Okay. It’s gone right over there, which I don’t want that really. So, what I’m gonna dois click on the block, and then we untick this and tick this.
We can adjust some things probably about 1,024 is about right actually, maybe a little bit more. Let’s go for 1145, save work. Let’s just click preview again. Refresh. That’s better. That’ll do it. I mean, I can play around with that all day, but let’s move on.
Okay. Close the preview. Let’s scroll down. So, this recent posting, I’m not a big fan of this big thing, so yeah, I’m gonna get rid of that. In fact, I might just ditch this entire section by clicking on the trash. I like this. Don’t know where to start, but I’m gonna move that down I think a little bit, move it down out of the way. I want it down at the bottom of the page.
I’m just gonna drag it down here somewhere. So, to add a minute there, let’s go back to the top. I like this. I do like this, so I can change this to something like the latest pressure washer articles. It’s about the latest… Find out about pressure washers and how to use them.
Perfect. So, I like this, this post thing. Let’s just see what it’s bringing in. Like it’s on filter posts. It’s bringing in all of the posts, which is, that’s absolutely fine. Got Lily’s shoe with the size of the thumbnails again. So, let’s fix that. So, I’m gonna go to edit the design and scroll down. I’m gonna background style. I feel I need to click on the actual image.
There we go. Background style is there. I’m gonna click on where it says featured image. I’m gonna adjust the image display to be contained. Better. Click apply. Then I got what I need to doon the hover state as well. So at the top here, we’ve got this state normal. If we change it to hover, so it’s like when someone hovers on it.
Click on this again, click on the featured image, switch it to contain, click apply. It was already uncontained. That’s weird. And while it seems to fix it, (laughs) so yeah, you’ve got this thing where you can adjust it for the different states. There we go. That’s fine. Now I just wanna adjust the height. So, I’m gonna go to the main options.
Adjust this minimum height. Bring that down to where it’s just fitting nicely, I think. Is it 198? Is it 200? I think it’s 198. That’s perfect. Okay. Let’s click done. That’s nice. This but here’s where it says category one. I mean, if I had a lot of content, I’d probably break it down by categories, but at the moment, I haven’t.
So, for now, I’m just gonna have it all in one. So, let’s just change this to buyer’s guides and beginner’s guides. Still, the icon is a pie chart. Not really relevant. Let’s click on it and click the change icon. Just wanna kind of document an article sort of thing. That was a pressure washer.
Is there… Let’s have a look. No. Is there a water droplet? That’d be cool. Yeah, that. I like that. Perfect. So, that’s section done? Yeah. All the rest of this stuff, I mean, the different layouts for again, showing off your latest concept, which is fine.
I mean, you choose whichever one you like, but I’m gonna get rid of them. And let’s say if I had a lot of content, I might do this. And in the future when I’ve got low content, I may kind of break this down and have lots of sections for the different bits of content.
But for now, I’m gonna put it all in the trash. Bye-bye. Get out of here. See you later. Okay. About the author, is good. I like that. I’m gonna change it to About Us. And then hi, I’m Alex.
And then, of course, I need to put some blurb here, but I’m not gonna make you watch me struggle to come up with some text there. I’ll think of that in a minute. This image I’ve already got an image on of me so I can just click here, find me, insert, and then I can adjust this shape, grabbing this and putting that up there.
Make that a bit bigger like that. There we go. Social media, I might leave that other, I do need to set up the social media, but for now, I can leave it. Testimonials. I mean, I don’t have any, but you could maybe make some up. Maybe you probably shouldn’t do that. Let’s get rid of this.
I haven’t got the email signup. Again, in the future, I might think about collecting email addresses though I’m quite sure what I Could offer people just yet. If I had a fantastic 20-page guide on pressure washers, I could maybe offer that for free in return for an email address, but I don’t right now. So, let’s drop this.
Of course, I can always add any of these elements back again. You just click on the block then they’re all in here. You just click on one and it will put it back in for you. So, let’s send that to the trash, and then I’ll keep this. Don’t know where to start.
Explore our most popular articles, browse articles. Then I would link that off to one of the sections. Maybe link it off to the buyer’s guides. The ones where the money is. There we go. Okay, let’s change this image. Can we go to Canva? And let’s create a design.
I think I’m gonna go for something quite big. Let’s go for 900, 600. I think the bigger, the better, I mean, can we just resize it later? Create a new design. Let’s find a nice photo of a pressure washer that we haven’t used before. So many pressure washer photos.
Ooh, that one’s a bit different. Isn’t it? It’s got a cleaner. Let’s put that on something a little bit different. Mix it up a bit. Download it as a JPEG. I’m gonna call it a pressure washer home page bottom area. (laughs) Something like that. Call it whenever you like, then come back to the site, click on it.
Then go to background style, click on the image here, click on it here, go to upload. Select the file. This one here, insert into post. Perfect. Click apply, click save. And I think that’s the home base done for now. I mean, of course, it’s gonna be an ever-evolving and improving page as I continue to work on the site even after launch.
Let’s just have a quick look, let’s have a preview. There we go. Top’s looking good. Our latest articles like water droplets. Fantastic. And there’s me. I need to do this Latin. I’ll do that later on. And there’s that. Wow, there we go. That’s the homepage. Well done. (soft music) In this part of the video, we’re gonna be adding a few more pages.
So, to add a new page, if you wanna add any new pages, just come up to new and then go to the page. So, let’s start with About Us. Put About Us, then publish. There we go. Now, I’m gonna switch to Thrive. Let’s spend too much time on this so you can go in as deep as you like. Now, there aren’t any pre-built pages, I don’t think for About Us, but there are some blocks and that’s what we’re gonna use.
So, I’m gonna go to the normal page. I’m gonna come up here, choose a block. I’m gonna go for theme blocks and then I’m going to, well, you can search up there or you can come to hear about, or this team bit here. They’re all really good.
So, you maybe have a combination like that one, which is sort of like the one we got on the home page, then down here. Yeah, down here. We’ll have another one. So, up, here again, block. Then let’s add team one. This is quite nice. This is quite nice too with the blue. Go here. There we go. Then obviously, you’d feel it all out with information.
Now, I don’t have a team as such for this website, but I do have some writers that I use and I do have an editor. So, I’ll put that information here and anyone else that happens to help me on the site, I’ll get a picture and stick them in here as well if they’re okay with that, which I’m sure they will be up here.
You obviously write about yourself and you might need to elaborate on a few bits and just kind of say that you’re into whatever it is you’re writing about and that you do lots of research and all the rest of it. You may, of course, of assuming a pen name and that’s fine too.
So use a different name and just have a stock picture of someone. And that way, you can kind of keep your identity private. So, I will update this page later. Of course, it’s very easy to edit. Just use your Thrive.
I’ll just come here and edit all the things as usual, and replace the images. But I’m gonna go away now and get some pictures of my team and fill it all out. Okay. So on the About Us pages, we’ll populate it with some words.
I’ve also put these words on the homepage. Remember I had that batter’s box, so I’d not populated this one. Let me show you. So yeah, I’ve added the words here. And I did a link through to the About Us. Yeah, I’d done some blurb and I did.
My team members took out one of the columns cause there were four columns. Just wanted the three. These are actually people that work with me. So, it’s all good that you were helping me with this site. So, I wanna quickly show you how the column thing works.
So yeah, there were four here. All I did has come over here. You can select the different elements across the top. Very useful to remember that, of course, top. But if you take out the content box, you can then take out the column like that. Pretty simple. Of course, you got undo here if you need to put anything back. There we go. So, that’s the About Us all done.
So, next time we’ll do a Contact Us page. Just want a very simple form and you could add your phone number, all that kind of stuff, but I’m not gonna on this affiliate site, just a form just in case people wanna send me a message.
So again, I’m gonna go to a new page, go to Contact Us, then publish. Then I’m gonna go launch Thrive Architect, then normal page again, then up to the blocks. And there are some blocks around a contact. So, I’m gonna go to a theme and scroll down and then there’s a whole contact section and you can just drop these blocks in, whichever ones you like.
This one’s quite nice, but I just want a form. So, I’m just gonna go with this. Love to talk to you about pressure washers. Perfect. In fact, I want this to be a little bit wider, just a little bit. So, I’m gonna go into layout and position then put this max width of 30. I’m just gonna put that up a bit 50. That looks better. I’m gonna edit the actual form bit. Just click on it and you can add different fields here.
Say, for example, you wanted to add a website or a phone number box, just click add new and you can choose the field type. A phone is fine. And then just put an example for them. Apply and you can drag them around. I shouldn’t put a label line.
Did I? Show label. That’s what we need. Perfect. So, that’s the form. You can connect it through to something. So, it could just send it straight through to your email by selecting email. you can set who it goes to and all the stuff that gets sent, or you can have some other connection.
If you go to the API dashboard, you can connect it to all sorts of things, these apps here, but you probably just don’t wanna send it to your email. So, that’s that. That’s basically all I’m gonna do on the contact page. Of course, you can drop in any blocks or any elements you like if you wanna put more information, but for me, the form is fine.
Pretty sure it covers you for legal stuff, covers you better than anything else. So, what I’m talking about it’s called ear benders. I don’t know even how to say it, but you’ll find a link to it in the description. It’s an affiliate link. Thank You very much if you use it, there is a small fee for using the service.
Click generate now. It’s just thinking about it. There we go. So, what we need to do is just add all the services that we’re gonna be using on the website. So, it’s really easy, just click add service.
So, we’ve got the most frequent services here. We’ve got all of these services here, so pretty much anything you’re running on the website you can include. So contact form, we’ve definitely got contact form. We’ve set it up a minute ago.
And you can add the personal data you’re collecting. And I think it’s just a first name, last name. What else did we get? Email address. Was it a phone number?Maybe. I’ll cover myself. I think it was. And well, and a message. Do you need to put that in various types of data?
No, I don’t think so. Then click Save. Perfect. The other thing we’re gonna be using, which we’re gonna be added shortly is Google Analytics. So, let’s add that. My analytics I think in Ireland. That’s fun. What is specified? Could kill off time. I’ve got no idea how long it takes or lost. What else we got? We got Amazon, of course, Amazon affiliate.
So, I’m gonna type in Amazon, Amazon affiliation, there we go. By the way, are you going to offer a free service? Should have probably said that, but I don’t think it includes things like Amazon affiliate. So, not gonna work for you. So there’s that? What else have we got? We’ve got the analytics, we’ve got the contact form. We got Amazon affiliation.
I think that’s it for now. (indistinct) is actually pretty good cause it will scan your site on a regular basis and let you know if you’re missing anything. We’ll go with those free for now. There they are. Can adjust this stuff if you need, all users, I think is fine.
And then we’ll see if… I dunno what that is that I need to have something about California people. So, now I need to put in my details. What? Doesn’t remember this from before. That’s my email address.I’ll put that in here. Let me just populate this. There we go. Got my name and address in there. And that’s my company address by the way.
Let’s go back to Embedder. That’s that done. Now, what I wanna do is add the cookie solution now, which is the annoying pop-up that you get whenever you visit a site nowadays, click generate now. Choose the colors you like. Quite like the light one actually. Then I think the rest is okay. I mean, you can adjust the position like the bottom like that, like that.
I think that at the bottom is perfect. I like that. Click next. So to add it, we just need to copy this code. I’m gonna click copy. There we go. And we need to add that to the head, the head of the site. Very easy to do that with Thrive.Let’s go back to the site.
Let’s go to the dashboard. Then we’re gonna go to the Thrive dashboard. Then if we scroll down, we’ve got analytics and scripts here. We can click manage scripts. STEM, all we need to do is to add new. And then it’s got a box for the script here. We paste that in, give it a label so we know what it is. The embedder cookie except for placement. We want it before the head. We’ll take it in all these like that. Then that should be done. And check it. If we visit the site, there it is. Look at that beautiful.
I’ve got it on my sites. I’m a lawyer or anything, but yeah, that seems like a good thing to have. I get them from this company here .kyla.net. I think they’re better than the blender ones. Cause this is specific for affiliate websites, is 36 pounds, probably about $40. Something like that. I’ve already got this one ordered. Once you’ve ordered it, you can come in and click edit. And then you basically just go through and add your company name or whatever.
And all this other stuff, turn on the stuff that you want to do with basically the use of the website and covering if people try to hack your site and all that kind of thing. As I said before, I think the main reason for having these documents is because it makes your site look legit, both to visitors and to Google. And that’s obviously a good thing. Once you’ve done everything, you click save changes, then you can download it as a Word doc like that.
Then if we open it, there it is. Just gonna copy this into my clipboard. And I’m gonna head back to the site here, create a new page, call it terms and conditions. Then I’m just gonna paste it in. Don’t really need to use Thrive for it. You could do, but I Don’t think we need to. This should look fine. Let’s have a look. There we go. I might make that a heading. That would look nicer. Wouldn’t it. Let’s just edit the page again. This gonna make this H1 server click here.
I’m transforming to a heading and go for H1, update. So, H1 is basically a header. It’s good to have headers within your content. It helps visitors and Google know what the document is about. So, H1 is the main title of the document and then your subheadings would be H2, H3, etc. Anyway, let’s have a look at this. Click over here and here we go. Perfect. So, that’s the terms and conditions done. (soft music) So, now we’ve created those pages,
we should probably link to them from the menu zone and whatever. So, we’ve got a couple of options. We can add them to this menu across the top. Although I wanna keep this kind of nice and clean, we can add a couple of things to that. And then we’ve also got this footer area with these links. So, we could mess around with these and add links here.
When in fact we need to do the footer anyway. So, let’s do that. But first off, I’ll show you how to adjust this menu. I mean, we did it earliest.
Hopefully, you remember. You come into here and you can go to menus. Alternatively, you can go into the dashboard and go to appearance and menus. I like it this way. This way is fine. So, here’s our menu. We’re just the beginner’s guide and buyer’s guides. And we could add the contact or the About Us. Maybe the About Us.
Let’s add the About Us? There we go. And I think I’m also gonna add a link to the homepage. So, where is the home page? Is not that test time was when I was playing around with it. It must be this one, generated homepage. What a catchy name that is. So I can drop that down or I can rename it so that it says something a little bit more friendly.
Of course, you can drag them around to reorder. But I’m gonna put the buyer’s guides first cause I’ve got more of them at the moment. So, let’s save. Let’s go take a look. Beautiful. Of course, we can adjust this menu if we need to with Thrive Architect. If you wanna make it different sides or just the spacing, maybe you want to add a few more items and need a bit more room. So, here we are. Let’s click on the header, then click edit header.
Then if you click here on the custom menu, you’ve got some options here. So, you’ve got the horizontal spacing here. You can adjust that if you want it a little bit closer together, that’d be a good thing. We set to six. You got some other options in here. You’ve got the lamb position. So, here we got Blake margins and I can get it exactly where you want it all, left-right center line,
whatever, there are those options. If you want to adjust the font, I think you need to just click on the individual items and then we’ve got topography and then we can adjust like this. Think about 16, might be about right. 14, a little bit too small.
That’s quite nice. Let me go with 16. Perfect.The tick has done and clicks save. So, there’s the top menu. Let’s take a look at the footer now. Scroll down, got to the footer here. So, these links are automatically generated. What I’m gonna do is just create a list with some icons and just add them manually, click on the footer, click edit footer.
And so over here, and by the way, these are automatically generated or automatically populated. I should say, I’ll show you where we can do that in a second. But let’s have a look over here. Yeah. I don’t want these elements. I’m gonna take these off the trash.
And what I’m gonna add is the lovely stylist, that. So on this site, I’m gonna have links to the kind of normal pages. And then in this column here, I’m gonna add links to the legal stuff, the privacy, and all that business. So, let’s start by adding on main category pages, the buyer’s guides, and the beginner’s guides. Buyer’s guides, like that. And then to add a link, it’s gonna highlight.
To come up here, click on that chain, type in buyer’s guides. You should find it. There it is. Don’t open in a new tab. Insert. Perfect. Then the big beginner’s guides. Again, let’s highlight, click the chains, start typing it in. Perfect. Then we’ll add the About Us. We need capital U. I always (indistinct)looks a little weird, but I guess I’ve done a capital G there and I probably should.
So, let’s link that through. Then finally, we should add the context. I’m just gonna duplicate this one, clicking on this, Contact Us and then highlight it all. Click up here. Take that out and then type contact. Perfect. So, there we go. I wanna change this icon. So, let’s click that. What have we got? Let’s click the change icon. 7,856 eye constitution.
That’s quite a lot. I guess a bullet will be fine. We’ve got any bullets? We’ve got a classic thought around, but I know what we need. We need the droplet theme, of course, we do. The water drop. Perfect. Beautiful. But we need to be a different color. Oh, I like these. Look at these. No, that’s too much, too much. It’s too much. Cancel that. I want the color.
So, let’s go for the lovely blue. There we go. That’s perfect. I think there’s a little bit too much space between them. That’s what I’m thinking. So, let me just check the layout here. We’ve got this bit of margin here within the list item layer and position area. So, bring that down. I think zero is actually fine.We don’t need any margin.
There we go. A little bit low down. Isn’t it? Actually, when I look at it, it’s not lined up with the logo there. So, let me just adjust that. So, let’s click on the style list. It was going on. It’s this bit of margin at the top. So, it’s a bit of padding there.
We’re gonna just both of these. Let’s bring this down to zero. That looks nearly about right. Let’s take out the padding to zero right? There we go. That looks much better. Perfect. Let’s do this other column as well. What I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna duplicate this list, style list like. It’s Slated up at the top. Cause it’s hard to kind of grab hold of it down here.
Click on the chain. Perfect. I think that’s it. Isn’t It for the legal stuff? I think so. So, I’m just gonna take these off by clicking on the trash. There we go. Beautiful. So, let’s click done then save. I’m gonna do the rest of the photos. I’m just gonna basically add an Amazon disclosure, a disclaimer. Put there in a second. Before I do, I just wanna show you where you add this information so that it kind of automatically populates it.
So, let’s come out and go back to the post editor. Then I click up here, go back into the WordPress dashboard. Now, we’re gonna come into the Thrive dashboard, scroll down through this smart site section. Let’s go into there. Then here we can add some information for the global fields. So, it allows you to populate things like your name, address, phone number, email address, can also link through to these things which are handy, and your social media, just makes it a lot easier because then when you add social media button on a page or whatever, it would automatically be pointing to the right place.
So, just come in here, click on the pencil and then you type in, take their bestpressurewasher.com, like that. I’m gonna have an address on here. Maybe set up an email address. You set up your email addresses within your hosting account.
That’s the problem. When that one was created, nevermind. Let’s get rid of it. So trash. And then all to use that URL again, I need to empty the trash, and let’s just get rid of that. So, now I should be able to go in and change that URL. Let’s go back in. Do a quick edit. Get that out of that. There we go. I’m just gonna have to update that filtering on.
Yeah, let’s do it two on it. Look, let’s get rid of that. Perfect. But you can see it’s populating these things now with the stuff that I’ve already filled in. Perfect. Do you want me to take a look? So, here we go. Let’s copy this. Just gonna highlight and copy. There we go. I have a disclaimer as such but terms and conditions will certainly do. That’s not right. I need to copy the right link. Oh, and also, I’ve noticed that the footer is not right on here.
We’ll fix that in a second. So, you got the right-footer on the homepage. So, terms and conditions. Perfect. I haven’t got any of this stuff set up yet, but obviously, when I do, I’ll add it here. So, let’s go back to the homepage and close that tab. So, the home page is looking good, but we need to just edit these few things. So, I’ve got a disclaimer, I’m gonna add here. So, let’s do that. Now let’s edit with Thrive. Scroll down. Let’s click on the footer.
Let’s click the edit footer. So, let me just check this image first off. It’s got this link here which is not really what we want. Let’s go through to Thrive. Let’s go to that. And I’m just gonna put a little slash there. Cause that’s where I’m gonna link back to the homepage. I don’t want this here and I don’t want this. I’m just gonna add some text here and it’s going to be an affiliate disclosure, which I’m just gonna quickly go and copy into my clipboard from one of my other sites.
Okay? I’m gonna put a title, bold it up. And then I’ve got the text in my clipboard, just paste it in. It’s a big space there. Let’s, have a look at what’s going on. Is that the line-height? Well, it could be. That’s fine. Of course, you can add whatever you like to the footer, but keep it simple. Go with that. Let’s click done and save. So, that’s the foot is done.
We just need to make sure now that it’s applied to every page and post on the site. So, I’m gonna jump back into the WordPress dashboard. I’m gonna go to the Thrive dashboard and then I’m gonna go into the feed options. I’m gonna go to the footer, and up here, I’m gonna select my new photo, which is here. That’s it. And click choose. That’s done. Let’s just check.
Everything Is looking alright. Yep. Let’s have a look at some of these random pages. Yup. Yup. I don’t know. I’ve just noticed that… Why is it two buyer’s guides there? We’ll fix that in a second. Oh, beginner’s guides are not the right ones. Is that it? Change footer. There we go. Maybe I manually set it early or something. I’m not stretching it to full width.
I think it looks better when it’s not full width. It’s got a width of 1080 pixels. Can also quickly edit I guess while I’m here. Get rid of that one. Let’s click save. So, let’s just check the other pages very quickly. About Us looking good, Contact Us, perfect. And I suppose you should look at a piece of content as well. Let’s have a look at this one. Beautiful. So, it’s all done. (soft music) So, we’ve basically finished. The site is looking good. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations.
You’ve done better than most people that watch my videos. They don’t often get this far. And hopefully, you’ve got a site that you’re pleased with, that’s looking good and that is ready to launch and ready to work on. Oh, there are a couple of little things that you might wanna do before you do that and we’re gonna do them right now.
The first thing is we’re gonna check what the site looks like on a mobile phone, on an iPhone, that kind of thing. We’re also gonna check what it is like on a tablet because people are gonna be visiting your site from those devices. And you’re gonna wanna make sure that it looks good on those just as good as it looks on the desktop.
The second thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna install an SEO plugin and we’re gonna submit a sitemap to Google. This will help Google crawl the site and also give us some information about how well we’re doing on the search engines. Alongside that, we’re gonna install Google Analytics, which is a way of tracking all the visitors that come to your site and see how many people are you getting and where they’re coming from and as well, they’re really useful information. And the final thing is we’re gonna check how fast this site is loading.
Faster the site loads, the better. You’ll do better on your search and your rankings if you’ve got a fast site. And also just for visitor experience, it’s better to have a really fast site. So, we’re gonna try and speed up the site. And I’ve got a plugin that I’m gonna use to do that. But anyway, let’s check what it looks like on mobile and on a tablet.
You might call them cell phones in the states. Let’s click edit with Thrive. Down to the bottom, you’ve got these free little buttons that allow you to change how the site looks. And it also allows you to edit based on the screen size, which is really cool.
So, the menu has got into a burger, which is good. It looks good. These buttons aren’t quite right though. Are they? And up here, the search, I mean, it’s not a big deal, but you can’t see the words. So, let’s make a few adjustments. Let’s adjust the search box now.
I’m gonna click the edit header. I’m gonna make that a little bit bigger on tablets. Let’s click done. Let’s click save. That’s better. Let’s adjust these buttons. Was thinking I just need to make that a little bit wider on the tablets. Let’s say these changes should only apply to tablets. No other screen sizes. I think that’s about right. Looking good. Let’s scroll down.
This all looks fine. Looking really nice. Looks good. Looks good. What has happened here? The footer has gone a bit weird. Let’s have a look at that. Click on that. Click edit footer. What is it? Is that…? Cause the line height’s zero. Okay. That’s let’s do that. That looks better. Very good. So, let’s click done. Let me get back to the top now. Let’s just save actually. Always save regularly, is a good tip. Let’s have a look at the mobile. Otherwise, scroll down to the footer.
So, we’ll start at the top. Okay. Here we are. This is the mobile view. Looks good. Got the burger menu, got the big search box. Though it looks like it is not quite centered. I think I’d like them centered. Let’s click on it, let’s click edit header, click on the search. It’s a layout. Go to the alignment and go center. That looks better.
And here, I mean, that’s fine, the burger menu. So, in terms of these buttons, let’s click done on editing the header. So, in terms of the buttons, I think again, I’d like them the same width and I’d like them centered. Oh, I’m just showing someone the column.
I need to actually click on the button. There we go. Button. Perfect. And then we got main options and then we go size and I’m gonna center that. The width is on auto, but I actually wanna know what we think? 90% looks good. Same with this one, center 90.
You see if we flick to the desktop, the desktop still as it was, the tablet still as it was, the mobile is as it is. Perfect. Looking good. Okay. So looking at it, I’ve just noticed though that the image here is not the right one. Is the mountain. What’s that all about?
Let’s see what’s going on in the background style. Click on here again. I mean, this is the right one. This one, there we go. That’s wider. I don’t know why that wasn’t being applied. Was it right on the…? It’s okay on the tablet. Strange. Let’s have a look at the rest.
Well, this is fine. Looking good. Perfect. So, you might wanna go through your other pages during this process, just checking that everything looks good on mobile and on a tablet, and on a desktop. So yeah, that’s all done. So, the next thing I’m gonna do is set up Google Analytics and our SEO stuff.
We’ll do analytics first cause it’s a useful thing to do first because it enables you to authenticate your site a lot easier. It’ll make sense in a minute. (soft music) So, I’m gonna head over to Google Analytics. I’m just gonna search, right? Google Analytics. Give that a click.
Now, it’s taking me straight in. If you haven’t got anything set up, you’ll be prompted to start creating it. I’ll show you what that looks like. I’ll create a new one right now. I’ve got into my admin. Then what I’m gonna dois create a property. Give it a name.
Bestpressurewasher.com. Time is fine, the currency is fine. Let’s click next, industry thing. I don’t know others. That one, don’t wanna tick them boxes. It’s the web. Let’s click web, enter the URL. Of course, it’s bestpressurewasher.com. Bestpressurewasher.com Just type it again, but with capital letters.
And how it’s the measurement? Sounds good. Let’s go for it. Perfect. Create stream. So, we’re ready to go. We Just need to do the tagging. So, we’ve got some tagging stuff here. I’m gonna use the global site tag. Just need to copy this, like that. Then we’ll go back to the site, go into the dashboard, Thrive dashboard, scroll down, analytics and scripts.
The same place that we put the Bender thing in earlier. Add new. Place it in, give it a label. Hey, you already know what it is. Before the head, search into everything. Continue. I’m gonna move Analytics 1 to the top. I think that’ll work better.So, there we go. That’s done. We can check it’s working. If we go to Google analytics and go to the home, this user’s in the last 30 minutes. If we click view real-time, then if we visit the site, like this should happen here.
Oh, something’s happening already. I think that might’ve been me just a minute ago. How quickly this comes through actually. Let’s click About Us and see what happens. About Us. It appears to be tracking because some stuff is happening here. Oh, here we got it. There’s some stuff happening. So, the a slight delay, but we can see some data coming through now. Perfect. So, that’s Google Analytics. (soft music) Let’s move on to setting up the Google webmaster console and our SEO plugin. Close down these tabs over here. Let me go into plugins.I’m gonna go to add new.
Go to RankMath SEO, which is my favorite SEO plugin. So, I’m just gonna type that into the keyword books. There it is. Click install now. Activate. So, we need to connect through to our RankMath account. I already have one. You need to register. I’ll log in. There we go. Could decide what you’d like here. I like to go for advanced, but you might wanna go for easy. Go through the wizard. So, let’s gonna be to import from the only one that’s here, which I wasn’t sure we had installed. Anyway, let’s click skip (indistinct). Not important now. Bestpressurewasher.com is another business website. Cool. There are lots of things in here. Is there another? No. So, what can we go for here?
Remember this option previously?It’s none of these things. No, none of these things. Okay. I’m just gonna leave that as an organization. It’s gonna go. Company namedbestpressurewasher.com, add a logo. We got a logo in here. That’s the logo. Perfect. Default social share image. I’m not gonna worry about that. So, now we can connect to google. Let’s click on that. Need to sign in. You’ll need your Google account again. Then need to give them access, already done it. Then the site is here. Not gonna do analytics as we’ve already done that. And we haven’t got Ad Sense right now. That’s fine. Save and continue. Site maps and all these images, we don’t wanna include Thrive Symbols or Thrive lightboxes. Just our posts and pages can include categories.
That’s fine. So, as I said earlier, the XML sitemap is a way that we can tell Google all about the posts and pages on our site and help them index them. No, follow external links. That’s a pretty good thing to turn on, open external in a new tab.We know that’s good as well. Save and continue. Your site is ready. You can go into the advanced options if you like. Need role manager. For a full monitor, that’s a good thing. And redirections, want that on as well. So, I’ll continue. Schema type for posts is an article, article type is the article. Because they’re gonna be lots of useful articles on-site, of course.
And for pages, it’s not an article, it’s non, there we go. So, Schema is a way of telling Google what a particular piece of content is, whether it’s an article, a recipe, whatever. There we go. That’s RankMath SEO set up. I’ve got some other videos on RankMath on the channel. I’ll put links to those in the description, go into more detail on all this stuff. That should have set up our webmaster console. We can check that if we head over to that, I think it’s actually called a search console.
I don’t know why I call it a webmaster console. They changed. The name is going to, but nevermind. Let’s get in. So, over here, I should be able to find the best pressure washer. There it is. Already got some data coming in. We check the site maps. It’s there. Perfect. It says it couldn’t fetch, but I’m pretty sure it cannot. It’s pretty just a bit of a delay so it could not be read. Well, let’s check it ourselves. If we come back to our site, and what’s the URL? Here.
This one. I can type that in. Sitemap_index.xml. It’s there. That’s there. That’s fine. That’s the posts. That’s the pages. That’s the categories. Don’t know why that’s there. I thought I turned that off. Okay. That’s not working. So, then I turned that off within the RankMath. Let’s just double-check that. So, if you wanna get back into math, it’s right here. Got sitemap settings. Thrive symbols. Yeah. Definitely off. Attachments are off. Pages on. Oh, gonna be fine. Just a little delay. Let’s just save changes. That’s the SEO done in the site map and the analytics.
The final thing is the speed of the site. (soft music) So, let’s check the speed of the site. I mean, it feels pretty fast. I don’t notice it loading slowly or anything like that, which is what I’d expect from HostArmada. They’re a really good, fast host. That’s why I recommend them. But let’s actually put a number on in and see how fast the site actually is. And there’s a couple of tools that I use. There’s a Google tool, which is called Google page speed. Just search Google page speed. I would, of course, put links in the description.
And here, you just kind of enter your URL. It’s gonna copy it. You know me, I’m lazy. Then Click analyze and it goes away and it gives you a score out of 100 for both the mobile version and the desktop version, and the closer to a hundred URL, the better. That was notoriously hard to get a good score on this tool. I will say that it’s actually 43 even though it’s red, is not actually too bad. I’ve seen a lot lower than that. Desktop, we’re up to 84, which is actually pretty good. And these things are green. It gives you some tips here in terms of how you can improve the speed.
And I’m gonna share with you a plug-in in a minute that I use that will help improve these scores. The other tool that I like to test sites on is Gtmetrix. Let’s Google it. So, this one here. This gives you some different information. I don’t know. I’m copying that again.It’s one in a couple of dozen. It gives you some different information like how long it takes your site to load, that kind of thing. So… Can take a few moments for it to run. And here we go. So, the largest content, full paint, which is a kind of Metricon how fast the site loaded. 2.2 seconds. Performance, 17%, grade C. So I mean, we could do better than that for sure. So, I’m gonna install the plugin and the plugin I’m gonna install is WP Rocket. I’ll put a link up on the screen. Now, you’ll also find a link in the description. It’s an affiliate link.
Thank You very much if you use it. I really recommend this plugin. I use it on pretty much all of my sites and it will make a big difference to the performance of your site. It’s really easy to use. And it doesn’t cost too much. It is a premium plugin, but yeah, $49 for one year. There are some free ones available. I’ll put links to those in the description as well. Like WP fastest cache. They can help as well. But yeah, I’m gonna just download it. I’ll go into my account.
Download, save and go back to the website, go into the dashboard, close a few tabs. Let’s keep it tidy. Go to plug, add new. And that I’m gonna go upload a plugin, choose a file. Select the file, which is in here, there is WP Rocket. Then install. It’s gonna upload it now. Then activate. Then we’re in. So, if we come down here, we’ve gone to WP Rocket, let’s click on settings. Okay. So, that’s done. So, let’s just check out the options. For cache, I wanna enable it for mobile devices.
I don’t want to cache for logged-in users. That’s fine. Let’s click save changes. Next, we got file optimization. I want to minify CSS. It does warn me that it could break things, but I’ll take my chances. I wanna combine. Again, I’ll take my chances. Once I optimize, I’m basically gonna take all of these and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, save changes. Again, basically turning everything on. And then if something breaks,
I’ll go back and turn them off on my own and see what it is. For the media, I want to enable lazy load, and that one, I don’t wanna replace YouTube. I-frame with a preview image, that can really help speed your site. Add missing image, dimensions, not running any WP, also web piece stuff.
Next is preload. I want it to preload. So, that means it will create the cache. The cache is basically a stored version of your site so it can load a lot quicker. Think of WordPress as it creates the page. every time someone looks at it, pulling information from the database, all that kind of thing. If you have a cache, it cuts all that out. We can tickle these things. Preload links here. I guess we can have that. Save changes. And I think that’s about it. Don’t really need to mess with the advanced rules. The database is fine. Can use that if you wanna clean stuff up in the future, but it’s fine. So, I think we should test the speed. So you remember on Google page speed,
we had 84 for the desktop,43 for the mobile. Let’s run it again. Okay. So, we’ve hit 55 now on the mobile and 92 on the desktop. That’s good. A lot of green here. Perfect. I’m sure this will actually improve over a little bit of time. Let’s just run it one more time to see if we get a different figure, you often get a different figure every time you run it. And let’s run GTmetrix as well. That was a great seed. You remember it loaded in about two seconds? Well, let’s do another. See what Google always drops. Now 49 is here. I told you it changes. Stila really good desktop speed. We do it one more time. Do not get obsessed with the Google page speed score. It’s really hard to get a really high score. Dropping every time I do it. I don’t think I run it again.
Okay. And then we move up to B and we’re loading in less than two seconds. Now, if I went through and optimized some images, that kind of thing, I’d probably get the highest speed. I’m pretty sure the image that I uploaded to the homepage or, the pressure is bigger than it needs to be. But for now, I’m happy. I’m happy with that. So, that’s about it. We have created a fantastic site. I will, of course, be working on the site as we go forward. I’ll be doing updates on the channel, but yeah, well done if you got this far, you’ve done amazingly. I hope your site is good.
If you’ve got any questions, just leave them in the comments below this video and I’ll help you. But in fact, let me do a quick transition over to me looking at the camera and we’ll do an outro and I’ll talk about all that stuff there. But yeah, well done. Congratulations. You made it to the end of the video. I hope you’ve been able to create a fantastic-looking site and you’re now ready to continue working on it. Continue adding content. And Hopefully within a few months, some of those affiliate commissions will start to come in. Now, I’ve got loads more videos on my channel around things that I think you’re gonna find interesting around creating content, around SEO, around getting traffic, all that stuff.
I’ll put links to everything that I think will be useful for you in the descriptions. So, do check those out or just have a browse around the channel. I’m sure you’ll find something useful. Remember, I go live twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’d be great to see you there. Come and join us. I do things like site reviews, where I’ll take a look at your site and give you my honest opinion. You can also email me. My email address is down there. Drop me an email, share your site with me. I’d love to see what you’ve created or if you got any questions, I’ll try and answer them as well. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of that stuff and also to get notified when I do go live, for sure to be subscribed, you know where the button is, it’s down there somewhere.
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