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.
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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.
Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?
Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?
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But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.
Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.
This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.
Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.
2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.
For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.
Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.
All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.
What About You?
Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?
Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?
Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.
May be time for a big shift guys.
Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson
Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.
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Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.
He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.
I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.
All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.
Bloggers Need Thick Skin
I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.
I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.
Do Not Care What People Think
Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.
Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.
As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.
Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.
Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.
Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?
This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.
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I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.
As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.
I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.
I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.
Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.
Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.
Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.
Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.
Trust in the process plays a big role too.
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