How to Create a Website for Free – Video Tutorial and Step By Step Guide

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Learning how to build a free website is one thing, but how to increase traffic on your website is another. The key to getting a lot of traffic to your website is to build it in a way that it can be found by search engines, a process that is referred to Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. I want to show you how to create a website for free, and also show you how you can use SEO to generate traffic to your free website.

how to create a free website

Through the years I’ve found the fastest and easiest way to build a website that will be indexed and ranked in Google, Bing, and Yahoo, is to use the siterubix platform from Wealthy Affiliate. If you are interested in how to create a website in WordPress, this is the easiest way that I have found to learn.

To help you navigate through the easy process, I have outlined a step by step guide to how to build a free website. Take your time, and do this at your own pace. If you need any help at all, please just leave me a comment at the bottom of the page, and I will be happy to help you out. I hope you find this helpful.


Step 1 – Start With a Free Website

The video below will open in a new window and will show you how t set up your account. It is pretty easy and only requires you to enter your name, email address, and pick a password.

build a website free

You should start with the starter (free) membership, which is more than what you need to get up and running with your free website. With the starter program you get a lot of really good benefits including

  • 2 Free websites
  • Website backup
  • Beginner Training Course
  • Your personal affiliate blog at Wealthy Affiliate
  • Phase 1 Affiliate Bootcamp training
  • Keyword research tool
  • Wealthy Affiliates own affiliate program
  • 2 Training Classrooms
  • Live help for the first 7 days
  • One on one coaching for 7 days
  • All for FREE

You just need to enter your name, your email address, and pick a password. It is a straightforward process, that doesn’t require much time.


Step 2 – How to Blog For Money

This video below goes over the general process of how to make money online. You will see that it really isn’t that hard, and doesn’t require you to do much other than work on your website. You don’t have to buy or sell the things yourself, you just refer the audience to the companies that sell the product. You don’t maintain inventory, ship products, or call customers.


how to make money online

It is a very simple process, creating successful businesses online, which is why so many people do it The best online business to start, and it doesn’t’t require a lot of upfront investment costs.


Step 3 – How to Choose a Profitable Niche

What is a niche website? You have may have heard this term, and wondered what all the fuss is about.

Simply put, a niche is the target audience for your website. It is just a group of people that look to buy stuff online. Think about some searches you have performed in Google, Bing, or Yahoo recently. Those are all examples of niches.

The video below is to help you find what niches you are interested in, how to pick one for your website, and how to get your online business up and running.

Buy the end of this video you will gain:

  • An understanding of what a niche is
  • How to find your own niche for your website
  • Finding the direction you want to go in with your niche
  • How to find and join affiliate programs for your niche
  • Uncover new niches
  • An understanding of Affiliate Bootcamp at Wealthy Affiliate


what is a niche website

Your online business shouldn’t feel like a job or work at all. It should be something you enjoy researching and talking to others about. It can be absolutely anything at all. Whatever interests you.


Step 4 – Create A Free Website in 30 Seconds

This video shows how you can use the SiteRubix SiteBuilder to make a website in 30 seconds. Yep you read that correctly, building a website in just 30 seconds. A lot of people think it is a hard process, but it really is not if you have the correct tools, and SiteRubix is the best way to build a website.

build a website for freeOne of the features that sets SiteRubix apart from the others is that you have the ability to choose your own domain name inside the siterubix platform. This domain is yours to keep, and if you decide, you can change it to its own Dot.com later on, but you sure don’t have to.


Step 5 – How to Set Up Your Free Website

This video shows you how to set up your SEO website. It covers how to get ready to add content that will get ranked on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

The main topics of this video are

  • How to get into the admin area of WordPress
  • What are the different areas of WordPress
  • How to benefit from plugins on your website
  • How to add and activate WordPress plugins
  • How to get rid of default content on WordPress
  • How to remove “Just Another WordPress Website” from your website
  • What does “Not Found” mean on your website

set up your website for seo

After this lesson, you will really see your web page coming together. Keep moving forward, though, the best is yet to come. What lies ahead is what really separates the top pages from the ones that just get lost on the web.


Step 6 – How to Get Your Website On the Search Engines

The goal of search engine optimization is to get your website indexed on the most used search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Google is responsible for over 65% of all search traffic, and even over 95% of the searches done on mobile devices.


get your website on google


Getting Indexed == > Getting Traffic ==> Making Money

Don’t wait on following through with the videos. Far too often people stop once they have the most basic websites up. But the faster you finish these last few steps, the faster you start getting traffic, and also some revenue.

The video below explains

  • What search engine optimization is, and how SEO works
  • Why SEO is an important part of any business, especially online business
  • How to install and activate SEO plugins
  • How to use the All in One SEO plugin for WordPress
  • How does Google look at SEO
  • How to use home titles and descriptions on your web page

getting your website ready for seo


Step 7 – Create Your Website Content

You will now learn how to use the Wealthy Affiliate tool SiteContent to write more efficiently and accurately to ensure your content is more enjoyable from the reader’s perspective.

To get to the SiteContent tool go to the Websites menu.

You can access the SiteContent platform through the Websites menu.


Wealthy Affiliates SiteContent gives you the tools to make you a more efficient blogger. It makes writing a lot easier, so even if you have no writing experience, you will have better content on your page. Some of the features that SiteContent has includes :

  • Grammar and Spell check
  • Checks for duplicated content, to ensure your content is original
  • Integrated publishing directly to your own website
  • Pre defined writing goals
  • Full search engine optimization checking and analyzing
  • Structure tools
  • Make your own template from scratch or from other posts/pages
  • Language enhancing suggestions

creating your initial content

What makes or breaks any successful website is content. Without content, there really is no reason for people to visit your site. Far too often, I see people just put up links to other websites, hoping some random visitor will click on it and generate a commission for you. It won’t work that way.


Step 8 – Create Menus For Your Website

Once you have visitors on your website, it is important that they are able to get around, and find information that they are looking for. A poorly organized website will frustrate readers, and they will quickly close the window, or use the back button to find a more easy to understand website.

You must establish a good menu in the early stages of your website, because as you add more pages, posts, and content, the complexity of your website will grow.

This video teaches you:

  • Where your pages and posts will show up on your website as you publish them
  • How to use the custom menu editor to make your own menu structure
  • Add a “Main” menu to your website
  • How to use widgets w/ in your menu
  • Why you need to use custom menus instead of the default

how to create website menus


Step 9 – How to Find Keywords For SEO

If you want to know how to increase traffic on your website, you need to know how to find keywords for SEO. The best way is to use a keyword search tool, like Jaaxy.

What is a keyword? A keyword is just any type of search that someone would put into Google to find information. It is the cornerstone of SEO. If you use good keywords in your content, then you will be successful in your online business.

Included in your Wealthy Affiliate Starter account is access to Jaaxy. The following video shows your how to access your free Jaaxy account at Wealthy Affiliate.

how to increase traffic to your website

From now on, every page or post you publish should focus on a keyword. As your website grows, you should have a long list of keywords, each driving more traffic to your website.


Step 10 – Congratulations, You Made A Free SEO Website

Congratulations, you have come a long way in a very short time. I hope you found this information useful. Imagine what you will accomplish in the next few months, or even years!

Looking ahead, here is what your next steps are.

how to build a website for free

What did you think about this? Do you have any questions, comments, concerns?

I’d love to hear from you, good or bad.


  1. Oh, I joined this a couple of months ago! 

    It’s a great platform and I love the community. Every time I have a question about something, someone will answer me or at least give me some advice on how to find the answer. And how awesome is that we have access to the company owners?

    • Yeah I got a little starstruck the first time I chatted online with the founders of Wealthy Affiiliate. You learn quickly that they are just regular people, trying to help other regular people.  

      It is like other successful people just want to boost you up.  There are many wealthy people, just trying to spread the word.

  2. I started building my website with the siterubix platform about a month ago and I have been very satisfied with the results! I quickly transitioned from a free website to my very own domain name. I love the training that I have received as well. It’s made it so simple for me to go from a complete beginner to have a really nice looking website with several posts and pages of content quicker than I ever could have imagined!

    It continues to be so exciting for me as I write posts, and publish them and continue to develop my website. I can definitely vouch for everything you have written in your article!

  3. Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to get a site up and running in seconds.  The rest is up to us.

    This is a great post that reminds me of things I had to do or may have forgotten.  I went through the videos you put up and saw a couple of things I missed for some reason and went back to correct them.

  4. This is such a great layout of how to become part of a team and importantly how to earn income. I became a member at WA a couple of months ago and I have learned so much going through the training. I love how you present all these videos and tutorials to show what it is all about. All the support offered is what makes me feel the most comfortable since I am not computer savvy at all! Hey, if I created a website, anyone can. The best part is the passive income you can earn. Thank you for presenting this business to show how it is possible for anyone that wants to learn and earn, has that opportunity.

  5. I started with a FREE SITERUBIX WEBSITE and it was incredibly simple to set up. I think that anyone who is serious about affiliate marketing should definitely check out Wealthy Affiliate. I have been at Wealthy Affiliate for a while, and there have not been any surprise up-sells or things like that.

    They are honest and straight with you. Making an income on line is possible but you must be patient and build up your site properly to set yourself up for success. Creating something of your own is truly a rewarding experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

    • I think most Wealthy Affiliate members start with the free siterubix website, its a great way to test the waters.

  6. This is a great post and good information.

    I’m using Wealthy Affiliate quite a time now, and I have to say it is the best one to create sites with, it has an amazing training, which is free for some part.

    The way you explained everything is very nice for people who are new to it, and I can only agree with you.

    People, join this site because it is the best one to start your site/business!

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. This as a great article on how to create a website. I use the platform you are breaking down, and it has changed my world in so many positive ways! Prior to joining Wealthy Affiliate, I had no idea how to create a website or what it entails, but this step by step process you have is the perfect break down for beginners. Step 6 is the breaking point for me, as search engine optimization is what changed my life- I have two sites and through this training I have been able to get a decent amount of income without having to spend much out of pocket. Great post!

  8. I built my first website with Wealthy Affiliate 2 years ago, and I’ve been a member all this time because they have very good website building tools and support. Every time I have had problems with technicalities of my website, the support helped me within minutes.

    The training itself is second to none, you can find training on just about anything related to websites and making money with it. But as great as the training is, it is not a done-for-you system, you are the one building your own website and business and nobody will be responsible for making you money, it is all up to you.

  9. You demonstrate excellent technique of making things easy to understand. I shared this on linked in and Facebook to try to boost some traffic for you! I think red button links looks dangerous, so it might make paranoid people afraid to click. This is just an idea to try out because universally, red is a caution color. Thank you very much for setting this up so nicely, and I will think more about improvement but right now I’m too impressed.

  10. Interesting – after all my research this is the first time I’ve come across a blogging education that isnt going to burn my wallet!

    I’m really impressed that the one-on-one support lasts up to week – just long enough to help you get your own website off the ground. I am however a little worried about the learning curve that comes along with this education – how confusing and jargon filled is the training?

    • Chris, I didn’t come to Wealthy Affiliate with a lot of knowledge, and that is a good thing. Sometimes I think it is hard to unlearn bad habits, so anybody coming with a clean slate will benefit.

  11. This is a very comprehensive article outlining how to get started online by building a free website via Wealthy Affiliate. 

    I joined Wealthy Affiliate myself and I have to say I have learned so much through the progressive lessons on the site. 

    You have outlined it all very well so that anyone looking to start an online business would be crazy to go past Wealthy Affiliate. 

    You have emphasized the need for getting traffic to the website and explained how to do that.  This was a well explained outline of WA and you provided ample opportunity for readers to join or find out more.  Great work

  12. HI There, 

    I just read your article on How to create a website for free. Your article is really cool and all the data is available with the video tutorial that is really helpful. You have also told about the importance of search engine Optimization SEO. Lessons are available with step to step guide. There are also lots of other thing. The Wealthy Affiliates is really amazing.


  13. Hello Jim,

    This is a great resource for all things free and websitey!  I agree that WA is an excellent platform, with all the tutorials you can think of, and many you thought you didn’t need to know.

    I like the detail on your site, all nicely laid out to make it easier to get started for anyone.

    Well done!


  14. Hello,
    Thank you for posting this. I stumbled upon this site a few weeks ago, and just signed up last week for a free Starter Account at Wealthy Affiliate. I am surprised how easy it is to start a website with them, and the fact that it is free is amazing.

    Everyone there is so supportive and helpful, I am excited to start my own online business in my spare time.
    My niche is weight loss.

  15. You put together all essential training modules to get started with website creation. That’s a great guide for newbies and a compact training blog post. The first steps are indeed easy, because you’re instructed so well that even if you don’t have any clue about the internet, you will make fast progress.

  16. I love how you lay everything out, in the steps to take.  This is a great way for beginners to really see how to create a free website.  I joined Wealthy Affiliate a few months ago, and I was a complete beginner who knew nothing about  creating a website or affiliate marketing.  In just a few months I have learned so much, and I also started with a free website and then later purchased my own domain.  Without Wealthy Affiliate, and the great community here I really would not know where to start or what I was doing.  I am so glad to have found Wealthy Affiliate, and I hope anyone reading your post decides to give it a try. 

  17. Hi

    I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for a few months now and can truly say that it WORKS.  I am a total newbie to this online world and thought I would find it really hard to get started.

    But with the step by step training I had my first website within an hour.  I know that I could not have done this without the training.

    Using Site Content is a real time saver and the tools within it are amazing.  I can a professional looking article with pictures and everything. Every time i write now I am still amazed.

    The Live Training is an added bonus.

    Oh and the keyword research tool, well this really needs to be experienced.

    And to top it off the community at Wealthy Affiliate are second to none.  Everyone wants everyone else to succeed and this really helps when I need help.

    Thank you for sharing this informative and accurate article.


  18. wealthy affiliate is a complete platform that has been designed to not only develope a website but also a comprehensive  training centre. 

    The thing I like about Wealthy Affiliate is the community support. If I have any problems with my websites I can almost certainly get the answers from  other members.

    i now have 4 websites up and running, last year when I joined I didn’t know anything about websites, SEO. Keywords or how to write content properly.

    This is a great and thorough review of this platform well done! 

  19. This is a great post, everything is explained and laid out so well.  I have been wanting to build my own website for some time now and am very happy to have come across your post.  I found it to be very informative and easy to understand.  This wealthy affiliate program sounds like a really good thing, sounds to me that everything I need for success is right there.  Thanks for explaining this so well, I think I’m going to have to join.

  20. Way to show the way bro! U have been a member of WA for 10 yrs now, and It’s most likely I will never leave the place. It is by far the most reliable source of all round information with learning how to build a website from scratch to making money online. I really love what you have done here.

    Best Regards Rob

  21. I have been struggling for years trying to make a website and getting all the dots together.  With Wealthy Affiliate, I have the feeling I finally will get somewhere. It is a platform that truly gives you practical tutorials and above all a good support. The training can easily be done, step by step and all the time you have support whenever you have a question. Thank you so much.

  22. Wow this is a very detailed training on how to create a great website from scratch using SEO. this to me is the best way of affiliate marketing because you target your audience directly instead of wasting money and time buying traffic that never works in the long run. Its also great to know you can get all the training you need to generate as much traffic as you want on your website for free using Wealthy Affiliate 

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us really appreciate it!!

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