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3 Web Hosting Companies to Consider

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OK.

So you finally gave in and decided to purchase a domain and hosting, to blog effectively.

Smart move.

I was clear enough to begin my blogging career by buying a domain and hosting through Host Monster nearly 9 years ago.

Peep the image up top. That is my home office today in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Choosing the right host (for me) gave me peace of mind and played a role in helping me build a professional blogging, island hopping career.

Unless blogging a cyber diary – for no audience save you – one must purchase a domain and hosting to:

  • own your online real estate
  • brand yourself effectively
  • convey a professional image to your readers

I wanted to review 3 potential hosting companies to help you make an informed decision for your hosting solution.

Do your due diligence and ultimately, follow your intuition nudge to choose the proper solution for you.

1: Host Monster

Host Monster is a well-known big box host I used for years.

Solid, dependable and offering you a rich selection of hosting solutions, HM gets checks across the board.

Support is strong and timely and you will score some sweet introductory deals from the hosting company.

One thing to be aware of: although customer service is solid, you lose a bit of the 1-to-1, intimate support and friendships you may develop with representatives at a company like Krystal (see below) as this is a huge entity.

Just something to note for your due diligence.

Benefits

  • big box, respected, well-known company
  • solid reliability and uptimes depending on the hosting package your purchase (go premium for greater reliability)
  • strong support and big support staff to help you
  • cheap web hosting if you’re a new blogger dipping your toes into the blogging game

Sign up for Host Monster here.

2: Krystal

I have been with Krystal since 2014.

This UK based company stores its servers in a military bunker.

That’s secure hosting for you. Unless hackers have access to bunker busting bombs.

Anyway, I have been beyond delighted with Krystal as a host so even though attractive options abound I am staying with my British buddies.

Among the chief benefits of going with Krystal is that it’s a small but growing company with a loyal customer base. So Krystal employees are loyal, responsive and go above and beyond to offer 1 to 1, caring support to clients.

If you have a pressing emergency you can get tech on the horn 24-7. For less time-sensitive issues, customer support returns my emails within 24 hours.

My blog is up virtually all the time. Site speed is stupid fast.

Yes, the Holy Trinity of web hosting – reliability, speed, support – is satiated so I give Krystal thumbs up across the board.

Benefits

  • excellent reliability, site speed and uptime
  • super support from a loving, caring staff whom you can build personal friendships with (this is big to me)
  • premium hosting solutions for prospective professional bloggers who want to do hosting *right* and affordable web hosting for new bloggers
  • affiliate program to earn credits which can be applied to your hosting package

Sign up for Krystal Hosting Here.

To get 5 pounds – aka $6.24 USD as of this writing – credit toward your Krystal order, use the coupon code: bloggingfromparadise

3: A2 Hosting

Since I shared 2 companies I have experience with it’s time to diversify options a little bit.

After researching different hosting packages the speed and uptime of A2 Hosting caught my eye.

I want to hand the mic over to my friend Jerry at Web Hosting Secret Revealed.

He wrote a comprehensive, fair and balanced, helpful review of A2 Hosting service based on his personal experience.

Jerry went above and beyond to include speed tests, uptime reveals, a sweet discount for signing up through his coupon code and he delves into the various hosting packages to see which one fits you and your blog like a glove.

Click here to read his stellar review so you can get the full 411 on A2 Hosting:

A2 Hosting Review

The Verdict

All companies are potential solutions for beginning, intermediate or veteran bloggers.

Do your homework guys. Get comfortable and clear with 1 company. Pay for your domain and hosting.

Begin to create value, make friends and reap the benefits of owning your self-hosted WordPress blog.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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