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.
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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Why Do People Still Sleep on Blog Commenting?
Chapters 2 and 3 of my eBook:
dissect both my commenting success stories and why to comment on blogs from your niche. I lead in with a clear primer prepping you for the blogging journey, commenting-wise.
Why do bloggers still ignore the immense power of commenting? A few reasons reveal themselves but at the core, bloggers fear nobody will read their blog comments. Seriously; do you genuinely believe folks read all blog comments? Of course not because folks sometimes skip over comments. But a percentage of bloggers and readers do scan comments or take apart comments word by word, getting to know fellow bloggers. At the core though, fear rings strong, guys. Bloggers fear wasting time. I get it. I too have to catch myself, to remind myself of these sweet blog commenting benefits.
Benefits of Blog Commenting
- bond with top bloggers through an underused vehicle, often ignored, but totally free of gatekeepers, unlike trying to reach someone through email or phone
- anybody can comment on a blog; new blogger, struggling veteran blogger, etc
- anybody can impress with comments at any stage of your career; any human being can share their thoughts in genuine fashion
- blog comments are forever; evergreen content
- blog comments serve as branding and bonding vehicles
- blog commenting is a free method for connecting with bloggers
- blog commenting on blogs with raving communities ejects you into the blogger’s tribe
- people who buy your stuff often need to see you are legit, active and social online; enter blog commenting
Those are but a few reasons why you want to comment on top blogs from your niche. Do your best to dwell on these reasons if you want to mail it in, skipping on blog commenting because you feel like commenting on a top blog wastes your time.
I just find it weird that years into me discussing blog commenting as a viable means to bond and grow business, bloggers scoff at it. I do have an idea why, though. Bloggers focus on things over people. Bloggers want links and do not put in the time and energy to develop connections with other human beings. Put in the time, and you will be golden. But if you want to deal with things to manipulate people you will have a terrible time getting traction online because business may flow through things, but business originates in humans. Think that one through for just a moment.
Commenting works if you comment genuinely on blogs from your niche. Nobody likes someone who wants to publish a link, and to leave. We call these guys comment drive-bys. Stick around. Write a few sentences. Be genuine. Be helpful. Be warm. The more you give to blog commenting, the more you get from blog commenting. Do you see how it works? The process is quite simple but you need to be onboard, fully, to be a generous, genuine blog commentor.
Be present. Imagine yourself speaking to another human being, in person. How should that feel? Good, methinks. Bask in that feeling as you publish a few sentences or paragraphs via a blog comment. Feel the fun in connecting with humans. Blogging is 100% in the connections. Never forget that.
Clients, customers, business and traffic find you through genuine, generous, frequent comments. I am living proof. Peep my example if you want to comment but believe commenting will be a waste of your time. Trust me; it won’t.
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
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