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7 Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Web Hosting Solution

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Web hosting… it’s something every blogger and site owner needs to have, but not something people are thrilled to spend a lot of time on. The good news is, most of the time, after your web hosting is set up and in place, you really don’t need to touch it again.

However, there are times when you might need to focus on the benefits of individual hosting plans — such as when you are setting up your first website or blog. Another reason for doing this, is that your currently hosting provider isn’t doing their part on their end and you are looking for someone new.

No matter the reason, today we have a nice list of seven helpful tips to help you remember what to look for when choosing a new hosting solution.

Don’t worry if you are struggling through this process… once you are all done and settled with your new host, you can get back to the fun stuff like creating content, promoting your site, and monetizing your traffic.

Let’s get started!

1 – Have an idea of what you need before getting started

Whether you are creating your first site or your hundredth, you should have a good idea on what you are looking for in reference to your hosting needs.

Such questions and answers to consider are:

  • Do you have a ton of traffic flowing through your site?
  • Is your current site speed slow from your existing host?
  • Will you need to expand in size in the coming months?
  • Are you looking for a WordPress hosting solution?
  • How much money are you putting aside just for hosting?
  • Where do you see your site or business in the next 18-24 months?

All of these questions and many more are important talking points at the time of signing up with a new hosting solution. Be sure to have a decent understanding of each so you can make the best decision possible.

2 – Go with a trusted name brand

With literally thousands of hosting solutions available, how are you supposed to find the best one for you?

In most cases, the heavily funded and commonly used hosting companies are often a good option. These are the WPEngine, Web.com, BlueHost, WPX Hosting names in the world of hosting. These are also the companies that can afford to not charge a huge premium on their hosting plans as well.

These players are great to go with because they are already hosting millions of sites and have the solutions in place to grow any website or business over time.

3 – Find a cheap, but reliable hosting plan

When it comes to web hosting prices, you can go super low, or super expensive.

For the most part, shared hosting plans are going to be more than enough for anyone looking to start a website or blog.

It’s also important to know there are plenty of hosting coupons out there each month for any of the top brands we mentioned earlier. Since this is such a competitive space, new companies are offering super discounts and deals all the time to bring in new customers.

If you are going to run an e-commerce site or push thousands of visitors through your site daily, you will need a higher end solution. Even if this is the case, you will still probably find a bunch of hosting coupons for these plans as well.

Again, knowing the answers to the questions about will help with this pricing process as well.

4 – Read through trusted web hosting reviews and ratings

There are many reviews and ratings sites online to help with your decision process for pretty much anything. The same holds true for hosting as well.

To get the most trusted and solid reviews online, see if your favorite bloggers are posting reviews and stories on their own hosting experiences.

Also, be sure to visit Google and search for “hosting brand name + reviews”. This will give you a much more direct set of sites and reviews to look through, versus just “hosting reviews”.

5 – Shared hosting is usually a great place to start

Again, shared hosting is great from a pricing perspective, but it’s also great across the board as well.

If you are just starting out, many shared hosting plans offer free WordPress installation, and some even include SSL as well.

6 – Save money with a long-term hosting plan

To save the most money with web hosting, you will want to sign up for a 12, 24, or 36 month hosting plan.

This mostly applies to shared hosting, and some of these plans can go down to just a few dollars per month when paying in advance.

When you are at the checkout process, make sure to check off any up-sell offers, as these are usually bundled in.

7 – Customer support and web hosting is a big focus

We’ve covered a lot of points here in reference to what you need to know when choosing a new hosting solution, but as important as they are, this last one is a biggie!

It’s very important to choose a host that is always online, but it’s even more important to make sure you go with a host that has great customer support. You will also want to choose from one that has a reliable web builder that you can use.

Nothing is worse than having a question or problem, and not being able to get in touch with anyone!

Make sure you new host has customer support available through online chat, email, and phone.

Follow these 7 Tips to Find the Best Web Host for Your Site

As we all know… web hosting makes the internet world go round. It’s the silent brains behind the operation that powers everything from the smallest websites and blogs on the internet, to massive social platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Choosing a web host for your site doesn’t have to be tough. Just walk through each of the tips and questions laid out above, then eliminate a few different hosting solutions along the way.

The ones that you are left with are likely going to be your best option.

The last step in this process is to look up a few customer reviews, finding a coupon, and then going live with your new hosting.

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Avoid this Blogging Wake Up Call to Enjoy the Journey

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Blogging need not be a lesson in harsh wake up calls. You can and will largely enjoy the journey by knowing this: success finds generous bloggers. Let that idea firmly impress onto your mind. Be with it. Allow the idea to worm its way into your consciousness until being generous becomes part of your being. Helping people for free boosts your skills and increases your exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure become successful.

But one wake up call seems to find most bloggers who refuse to learn this lesson. Bloggers need to struggle, fail and suffer because they try to get money and traffic by focusing solely on receiving methods, versus giving generously of their time and talents. Imagine this scenario; a blogger writes and publishes one blog post weekly. Cool. But the blogger sits around and does nothing else blogging-wise for the remainder of the week. Hmmmm…this is not being generous, guys. This is being stingy. Bad move. At week’s end, the blogger did not make a penny of profits. Panicking, the blogger immediately analyzes their various income streams. How can they maximize profits through the streams? What is wrong with their income streams? Did they pick the right streams? Or did they pick the wrong streams? What gives?

Struggling bloggers then spend 2, 3 or 5 hours analyzing their income streams, focusing all of their attention and energy on the GETTING aspect of their blogging campaign. Terrible idea. Why? The reason why you struggle to get is because you refuse to give generously of your time, energy and talents. The income streams? Nope; not a problem. Your lack of generosity is the problem. The wake up call is most bloggers focus heavily on getting when struggling to drive traffic and profits when they should be focused heavily on giving generously. Giving generously leads to greater blogging profits. Instead of writing and publishing one blog post weekly, how about writing and publishing 2-3 posts weekly, weaving some stories into your blog posts?  How about you spend 4-8 hours daily generously reading blog posts, commenting genuinely on blog posts, promoting other bloggers and yes, promoting yourself, too?

Put in the giving time to make getting easier and easier. No need to slam into the cold, hard wake up call of focusing selfishly inward, trying to pin your struggles on inanimate, lifeless income streams. You have a giving problem, buddy. Time to be generous. Time to step it up. Write a guest post daily or perhaps, every 2-3 days. Go ahead. Do it. Begin video marketing. Build bonds with bloggers. Help them out. Practice writing. Gain invites to guest post on blogs from your niche. Blogging becomes more fun, more enjoyable and flat out easier if you put in the time, generously helping folks.

Focus heavily on giving. Your star will shine if you generously serve people. On the contrary, blogging and life become so much harder if you obsess over your income streams, analyzing, over analyzing, focusing, wasting precious time and energy on getting, when you should be giving more freely. Blogging feels more fun, too, when you focus heavily on giving, because we were designed to give, to be generous and to serve folks. Doesn’t it feel amazing to help people? Of course, it does. Enjoy the blogging journey and avoid this painful wake up call….plus….you get to sleep in, hehehe 😉

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The Importance of Digital Marketing Research for Brands in 2020

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One of the key aspects of launching successful marketing campaigns is to conduct market research beforehand. This is no different when marketing on the internet. Digital marketing research is crucial to successful digital marketing, and without it, one can quickly blow through their budget without seeing any type of ROI at all.

A perfect example of this can be seen in social media marketing, where billions of ad impressions are served hourly. The same is also true with paid media marketing and pay per click marketing within Google. There is simply way too much information and user views out there, and if you aren’t careful and are using paid advertising–you could blow through a large budget in a short period of time.

If you have been neglecting digital marketing research prior to launching your campaigns, read on to learn the importance of digital marketing research and why you need to get on the bandwagon!

Digital Marketing Research

Market research helps the marketer understand the market and the trends. The information received can be used to develop a sound marketing strategy. Having an understanding of your audience and how to communicate with them is key to growing your business.

But, how do you go about implementing digital marketing research?

Here’s how:

Eyes on the Audience

First, you must know who your audience is. Your business should have a niche target demographic to reach out to. Once you have established who this target audience is, you will have a better idea of how to communicate with them directly.

After you have identified your audience, you will need to get to know them better. You want to know their behavior patterns: how often they shop, what they shop for, what their preferred products are. Using a survey is a great option to ask your target audience questions to garner information about them.

And even better, if you do plan on collecting any type of data from your audience, you should definitely consider your options with remarketing afterward. By this, you can start running Google Ads or Facebook Ads campaigns that target only the audiences that you’ve selected (whether that be through pixel or email data).

Social Media Marketing and Other Digital Platforms

Once you have established your audience, you want to use social media and other digital platforms to market to them. Note: in your survey, it is best to ask them which platforms they prefer.

Essentially, you will be adopting a multi-channel marketing approach to reach your target audience. This means that you will be using different digital platforms to reach your audience, be it through content, social media, or messaging systems such as email, chat, or text messages.

Your market research will tell you which is the best platform to reach your demographic. For example, if your audience are teenagers and young adults – you may opt to use Snapchat and Instagram for marketing campaigns.

An older audience would prefer Facebook or even traditional platforms such as email for newsletters. And of course, if targeting professionals then LinkedIn is your platform of choice.

Who Can Help You and Who Can Challenge You

The importance of digital marketing research extends to knowing who can help grow your brand and who your competitors are.

A prominent aspect of digital marketing is the use of influencers. Use your marketing research to seek out these influencers and ask them if they can help promote your brand. For example, if you ran a company that sold protein powder, you would want to find fitness models who could endorse your products.

Similarly, use your marketing research to learn who your competition is. You can also look at their marketing campaigns to get an idea of what you are up against.

Get The Ball Rolling

Now that you have learned about digital marketing research, it is time to get the ball rolling. By following each of the recommended steps and methods above, there is no reason why you shouldn’t see improved numbers across the board. Digital marketing is changing all of the time, and so are the ways in which you can target and reach new audiences.

Research your target audience and ask them what their needs are. Determine your platforms of choice. Utilize influencers and keep a watchful eye on your competition.

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Do You Honor the Law of Lag?

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The law of lag is always in effect. How it works; you generously, patiently and persistently help folks, trust in the process and yeah, make sure you promote yourself freely, too, OK? Be patient and persistent. Relax. A lag exists between you working generously, and, actually seeing traffic and profits increases. I refer to this as the law of lag. Lag times exist between you doing what works blogging-wise and seeing specific traffic and profits increases. Relax. Take a chill pill. Do not panic. Never believe that 0 traffic and 0 profits over the first few weeks of your successful blogging campaign indicates being generous, patient, persistent and trusting is NOT working, guys. Far and away, this is hands down the biggest mistake I see in blogging. Bloggers do not honor the law of lag. Bloggers panic and bail because they see minimal or no traffic and profits increases, during weeks or months, after they follow the successful blogging route.

See the journey through guys. Honor the law of lag. Know how it takes time and practice to become skilled enough and to yield enough exposure to actually boost your blog traffic. Boosting your blogging profits takes a bit longer, usually. Honor this lag time between work and results to become a highly successful, prospering blogger. Imagine being a doctor. During your first 3 months in pre-med, do you panic and bail because you have not made a cent through being a doctor? Nope; of course not. Do you panic and bail during your 6th year of medical studies because you have not made a penny from being a doctor? Nope; of course not. Do not panic and bail if you have not made a penny during your first 6 months of generously creating and connecting. Be patient. Good things take time. You need to become more clear and skilled in order to gain credibility in the eyes of readers. Plus you need to gain greater exposure by generously posting to your blog and by guest posting.

What happens when business slowly, steadily begins to grow?  Now it’s time to learn how to better serve your customers.  Nobody knows how to serve customers and clients fully until serving customers and clients in real world circumstances, gaining critical experience without a mentor or coach looking over your shoulder. I learned priceless lessons by boosting my traffic, by meeting more folks, by coaching clients and by interacting with customers. I had to put in the time and be patient during seeming lulls, or lags, to be a full time blogger. Being patient, persistent and generous made me the blogger I am today. You never grow until you go through testing periods where nothing appears to be happening but where everything is happening more quickly than you could ever see, in the background. All grows exponentially under the surface but only slowly and steadily bubbles up as profits and traffic stats. Envision the slow burn, bubbling up as a lag that cultivates your generosity, patience and persistent, and, your trust in self, as well as your trust in the blogging process.

I believe in you. See the journey through. Honor the law of blogging lag.

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