Are Web-Based Free Hosts Good For Business?
Small Business Mavericks
MAY 14, 2011
You might have used one in the past. I’m talking about the free web-based website hosts. And all those people who had websites hosted by Geocities had to move their sites, or lose them. Some of these web-based hosts provide services like analytics, a blog platform, forum add-ons, and their sites even show up in the search engine rankings so the SEO is good. Still, even if you use a web-based host that provides all the services that you need and some SEO, you’ll still run the risk of losing your website if the host shuts down. So sad.
Why This Blog is Hosted with Tubu
AUGUST 17, 2011
Every website must be hosted for you to see it. After migrating this blog from Google’s free platform to a self-hosted WordPress platform in the fall of 2008, I followed Chris Brogan’s blogging advice and contacted Tubu Internet Solutions (affiliate link) to host my blog for $10 a year. Related articles you may enjoy: How to Manage an Enterprise Hosting Solution.
WordPress Blog Hosting: WordPress.com or Self-Hosted?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Given that WordPress hosts 59,914,568 as of 09/25/2011 and that over 301 million people view more than 2.5 billion pages each month on WordPress.com-hosted blogs (data from WordPress Stats ), it is not a surprise that many users around the world have chosen WordPress as their CMS of choice. Here is an analysis of key details that will guide your WordPress hosting decision.
Produce, Promote, and Host a Webinar to Generate Qualified Leads
JULY 1, 2015
couple of weeks ago, I did a webinar for Content Marketing Institute and ON24 on How to Host a Successful Webinar Every Time. It was a take-off of Host a Successful Webinar with These 16 Steps that I’ve written about both here and in Spin Sucks , the book. Host a Webinar that Generates Qualified Leads. Your host may get sick. Is it cost-effective, long-term ? Yes.
The Complete Bloggers’ Guide to Web Hosting
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Blog hosting can be a confusing thing to navigate , particularly if you’re new to the blogging game or just striking out with your own domain. If you look at WordPress’ previous official web hosting company recommendations, there are three hosting companies suggested – DreamHost, Laughing Squid , and BlueHost. What makes a good web host? Do hosting reviews matter?
Google Calls New gTLDs Domain Endings, Offers Web Hosting
JUNE 23, 2014
Google is getting ready to launch Google Domains , where you can get a website, web hosting, and a website editor like Wix.com (which is very SEO-unfriendly, by the way). The domain names will cost $12 per year, which isn’t that expensive, but more than what GoDaddy charges (with a coupon). – No additional cost for private registration. – Branded emails.
The Social Cost of Unpaid Tweetup Teams
Bare Feet Studios
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Looking at this strictly as business, we are providing our services for below market value in most cases based on the dollar cost of the service/product being given. Since this represents a significant change for how we have been doing things here in Hawaii, I would really like to host a chat IRL to talk about these ideas and how we might go about implementing them.
26 Blogging Mistakes That Are Costing You Time, Money, and Credibility
JANUARY 24, 2016
And even if your post is accepted and will potentially result in leads for your business, you don’t know how long it will take before it gets to your turn on the host blog’s content schedule. You pay for hosting, you pay for email marketing services, you pay for plugins, you pay for software, you pay for custom design. Those costs add up. You’re working hard.
Cloud Web Hosting: Benefits and Drawbacks
AUGUST 13, 2010
Web hosting in the cloud. When you examine the advantages offered by cloud hosting against its drawbacks, does the equation favor cloud web hosting, or are most websites served just as well by virtual private servers or even shared hosting? First, a bit about cloud web hosting. Beyond the hype, what is cloud hosting? The term itself just sounds cool.
Host yourself: Don’t leave your digital space in someone else’s hands
SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
When it comes to running a small business or blogging about your recent travel adventures to Spain, anyone who works online understands the need for speedy and effective Internet hosting service. While the quality of various hosting companies can vary widely, having 100% up-time is very important for the business or individual to stay productive. So, about web hosting services?
On Making Your Own Cost Efficient Business WordPress Websites
MAY 8, 2013
Years ago, that statement may have been true…but in recent years technology has advanced to the point that you can now setup your website with very little start-up costs and in about 30 minutes time. As simple as it is today, your first step will be acquiring web hosting and a domain name. Web hosting is immensely cheaper now than it was a couple of decades ago.
5 Fatal Mistakes Your Paid Content Marketers *Are* Making (and How Much it’s Costing You)
NOVEMBER 24, 2012
How much do I think this probably cost their client? So if you’ve paid an agency to carefully research your keywords, and craft the posts, and maybe even had your lawyer approve the posts themselves (which many businesses do), and the host blog has rejected those posts, you’ve wasted some serious money. They target host sites on the basis of PR, not audience or topic.
Is Shared or Dedicated Hosting Best for You?
JULY 10, 2011
One of the questions to which blog owners rarely give enough thought is what kind of web hosting solution they’ll use. Shared hosting. Shared web hosting is the lowest cost hosting option available. With this type of hosting, your server is basically one of many server programs run on a single piece of hardware. Dedicated hosting. Jesse L.
Why Your Self-Hosted Blog is More Valuable than Your Facebook Page
APRIL 21, 2011
Even though Facebook offer relationships, fun, and exposure, following are five reasons why I think your self-hosted blog is more valuable than your Facebook Page. 1. Thus, your self-hosted site is definitely a better option for media creation. 2. Because you control the site, you determine the type of ads you want, how long you are going to let them run and how much they should cost. 4. Even if your self-hosted site appears below your Facebook page in the search results, at least you own the site. 5. This guest post is by Marcie Hill of The Write Design Company.
Why Become a Web Hosting Reseller?
NOVEMBER 4, 2010
Web hosting reselling entails renting a server from another web hosting company and leasing out bandwidth, hard disk space, and processing power to other customers at a lower rate. As a business, the idea is to make a profit by leasing out the entire server to multiple clients until the cost is exceeded by the income. Hosting Reselling Can Be Difficult. Tweet This!
Online Ad Metrics & the Google Activate Initiative
APRIL 19, 2012
The advertiser that only pays if they get a customer uses the CPA (cost per action / acquisition) model and is popular for affiliate marketing where publishers are willing to drive traffic to high quality brands and only expect payment when an action is completed. On the opposite side of the spectrum is the CPM (cost per impression / view) model.
An Open Letter to WordPress Experts
DECEMBER 15, 2011
Dear WordPress Expert, Thank you for helping me migrate my blog from WordPress.com to my own self-hosted site. Helpful reminders cost you nothing and can make you look like a hero. Blog Social Media jay pinkert self-hosted blogs wordpress experts wordpress migrationToday’s guest post is written by Jay Pinkert. Be ready to suggest plugins, widgets, and especially themes.
Why Cloud Computing Makes So Much Sense for Small Businesses
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
It’s also costly and complicated and very difficult to upgrade. Cloud also means less upfront business costs, which for a small business, are extremely important to keep low. Tech & Gadgets cloud computing cloud hosting small business Before the Internet, everything was legacy hardware and software. Cloud computing is nearly a $20 billion industry today. What about it?
Website & Blog Hosting
The Way of the Web
APRIL 11, 2013
Over the years we’ve found it helped our clients if we could take care of hosting their website, setting up their blog or redirecting there domains. So we’ve slowly and steadily built up a fair bit of hosting knowledge, particularly when it comes to WordPress, and we are now ready to offer that to a wider range of clients. The fact that we control your hosting means we can ensure your website is located somewhere which is beneficial for SEO, and if something goes wrong, we can help you fix it quickly and directly in most cases. Hosting Services: Annual Hosting.
Network Defense: Why Visibility Is Key To Rooting Out Ransomware
The Realtime Report
JUNE 21, 2016
Most organizations work hard to invest in reducing operating costs and improving the overall efficiency of their networks. But often there are unforeseen risks and costs that are associated with the infrastructure of connecting servers and hosts internally and out to third parties and devices. Network Defense: Why Visibility Is Key To Rooting Out Ransomware By Wendy Moore.
Do You Understand The Basics Of Server Side SEO
Small Business Mavericks
MARCH 9, 2012
Server side refers to the servers that your website sits on, much of which is controlled by your web hosting company. If you have a low cost web hosting company, then the issue can be even more important. For those on low cost shared servers, you should check regularly to see if you are hosting alongside malware sites, or sites that are consider to lower a neighborhood. Some web hosting companies simply move your website to another sever that has the upgraded software on it. SEO for Small Business search engines web hosting
Cool Web Hosting company
The Marketing Blog
JULY 30, 2007
July 30, 2007.5:45 pm Web Hosting demystified – I Jump to Comments I’ve been running my blog on wordpress.com which offcourse is a free account currently. The other day I was doing a bit of search (organic search) for a cheap, reliable, quality (wow i.e. quite a bit) web-hosting provider. After some brain-storming I discovered a kool webhosting company called Velnetweb which seems to be one stop shop for all web hosting needs. Velnet shows a lot of promise and is best-fit solution if you are looking for a cost-effective domain hosting solution.
How to Back Up and Move a WordPress Blog
JUNE 22, 2012
Sometimes you’ll need to move your blog from one host to another. Before trying the DIY method, it’s worth checking to see whether your new hosting company offers a site transfer service for new customers. Many do—but check whether there’s a cost involved. I’ve seen free services for this, but I’ve also seen prices around $300! Making the move.
6 Reasons a Blog Should be the Center of Any Social Content Strategy
JUNE 4, 2012
And presuming that blog is hosted on your company domain (e.g. Many will cite the ongoing cost and effort required. But using figures from Mack Collier on the cost of blogging, a typical setup cost is $3,000 or less, and common ongoing cost is $3,000 or less per month for 1-2 blog posts per week. Recent research shows that only 37% of the Inc. Fresh content.
Seven Things I Learned from Tony Hsieh | Spin Sucks
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
As for hiring and turn over the $2,500 is nothing compared to the cost of a bad (or just the wrong) hire. Daniel Hindin and I went to hear him speak and to see if we could learn something we hadn’t already considered about building Arment Dietrich and Spin Sucks. have to say, I was a tiny bit disappointed. Tony is not a great speaker. He’s not charismatic or charming. billion.
Seven Marketing Mistakes That Are Waaaaaay Too Common
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
When it comes to starting your own thing online, building a niche site is one of those go-to beginner-level ideas that everyone can grasp, and everyone can do with relatively low cost. Mistake #1: Not Realizing the Influence of Your Web Host. It won’t cost you your shirt. In general, don’t get a hosting plan that’s below $5/month. By Karol Krol.
[Case Study] Why Nonprofits Should Save Some Marketing Budget for Facebook Advertising
MARCH 5, 2014
Minimal Costs. When comparing Facebook ad costs to other forms of online paid media, it tends to come at a very low cost-per-click (how much you pay every time someone clicks on your ad), contributing to low costs-per-conversion as well. Cost-per-conversion was reduced by 64%. Cost-per-click decreased by 20%. Guest post by Amanda Sides. Granular Targeting.
3 New Social Media Features to Consider for Your Brand
Ignite Social Media
MAY 23, 2016
How much will this cost? Hosting an exclusive event, contest, or giveaway. Hosting or attending an event. Implementing new features on social media can be an intimidating task to take on. The moment you see that buzzworthy headline about a new feature on social media during your morning coffee, you’re likely asking yourself the following questions. Could this work for my brand?
How to Solve Your Biggest WordPress Page Speed Problems
JUNE 29, 2016
Switch to a More Reliable Web Host. If your plugins aren’t the culprit of your slow WordPress site, then another likely suspect is your web host. Your page speed relies on how fast your web host’s servers respond to user requests. That’s because each of your web visitors has to contact your host’s servers to load your site. A2 Hosting. InMotion Hosting.
Top Tools for Mobile Marketing
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
very economical choice with zero cost to host up one app and $15/month for 50 apps or more if needed. Cost Estimator. Kinvey mBaaS Savings Calculator will provide you with an estimate of how much your app should cost based on the information you provide. And that includes nonprofits, membership associations and organizations. And, with 1.5 Convinced yet? Texting Apps.
GoDaddy: Good Marketing Or Reputation Problem? | Small Business.
Small Business Mavericks
APRIL 3, 2011
Their Super Bowl commercials with scantily clad women have upset some people despite the Web hosts increasing business as a result of the advertising. The lesson to learn from all this is this: If you are going to step into controversy deliberately, be sure to count the cost. About Us What’s a Maverick? » GoDaddy: Good Marketing Or Reputation Problem? Was that a good move?
Why Podcasts Work: Five Reasons to Start One
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Reception is questionable and as more and more radio hosts move to other formats such as Sirius and podcasts, my options have become limited. Podcasts allow for the hosts to be personable and themselves. Podcasts are some of the lowest cost advertising you can do. Not only is it low cost for you to produce but podcasts are low cost for the users as well.
101 Vital Social Media and Digital Marketing Statistics for (the Rest of) 2013
AUGUST 5, 2013
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Three Words That Will Speed Up Your WordPress Blog
JANUARY 20, 2013
Maintaining multiple server farms is not a cheap undertaking, so using a CDN for your blog could have cost hundreds or thousands of dollars each month, depending on your traffic. But as server and infrastructure costs have dropped, so has the cost of hosting on a CDN. Images…we all love them. So, therein lies the challenge. Through WordPress plugins, of course!
Transfer Your Blog From WordPress.com to WordPress.org Part 1
AUGUST 3, 2012
Next, Google for recommendations on a web host where you can host your site. If you plan on writing lots of posts and including many media files, it is best to find a host with unlimited space. It won’t necessarily cost you more. Another aspect to consider is that some hosts will allow you to use a large or unlimited number of domains. Choose Import. Wrong.
If Net Neutrality is dead, what does it mean for associations?
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Increased Web Hosting Costs – If the ISPs are going to start charging content providers a premium for bandwidth, what if they start charging hosting providers for the same. At Vanguard Technology we use Rackspace for our hosting and large providers like Rackspace might be able to pool resources and minimize costs, but what about organizations doing their own web hosting or using smaller providers.
12 Steps to Producing a Podcast
Convince & Convert
DECEMBER 28, 2015
Our show hosts (me for Social Pros; Amber Naslund and Chris Moody for Content Pros) pick and schedule their own guests. Once guests are arranged, our Producer, Jess Ostroff, sends a GoToMeeting invite to guests and hosts. We’ll send at least 75 of those headsets in 2015, so the annual cost for this piece of our podcast production checklist is nearly $2,000. Sure it does.
8 Ways to Stop Your Blog Crashing as Soon as it Gets Popular
JUNE 2, 2015
In this guest post, Andrew Maybin, managing director of web hosting and digital infrastructure company Tibus , gives tips on how to avoid the hosting pitfalls associated with high-traffic blogs. If you’re yet to find out the hard way, your web hosting and server setup can play a hugely important role in making your blog a success. Choose the right hosting package.
3 Tips for Getting Your Online Video Act Together for 2016
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
The Crayon report also indicates a high percentage of brands go directly to YouTube for video hosting needs. Account for costs related to audio, video-related equipment, editing, creative services, hosting and distribution — for starters. Online video marketing stats abound! hours watching videos every day on average ( eMarketer ). To autoplay or NOT to autoplay.
Video Marketing For Your Business
OCTOBER 18, 2015
It’s easier than ever to create a fun video at little to no cost. Pinterest (Videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo are pinnable and playable on Pinterest ) and Pinterest Promoted Pins, Cinematic Pins. In this second half of 2015, Facebook is poised to overtake YouTube and become the leading video viewing and online hosting platform. This year has been called “The Year of Video Marketing” as businesses find new ways to reach customers. Videos stand out on social media, giving customers a quick overview of a product without overwhelming them with text. Vimeo. Vine (6-seconds).
Calculate Your Blogging ROI in 9 Steps
Convince & Convert
JULY 26, 2011
Thus, blogging presents a serious opportunity cost to the company. What do those hours cost the company in salary? What do those hours cost the company in overhead and benefits? Take your monthly salary costs figure ($1405) and multiply it by your company’s standard overhead calculation. The total labor cost for your blog per month is $2037 ($1405 + $632). D.
Marketing: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
No longer are you limited to costly television commercials or billboards. Host contests on your social media that require providing a name and email address for entry. The proliferation of electronics and personal devices has opened up a whole new world for marketing. The possibilities for getting your brand in front of your customers are nearly endless. Drive Website Traffic.
Social Media Takes Gold at the London 2012 Olympics
JULY 31, 2012
That has changed with London hosting the games and embracing it by creating an account for every event. INFOGRAPHIC #4 – Econolympics: The Economic Impact of Hosting the Olympic Games (Infographic) Although it’s not directly related to marketing, I thought I’d share this interesting infographic by Credit Season. They’re a UK financial solutions provider Credit Season and they put together an infographic showing the rising cost and economic growth resulting from hosting the games. Named appropriately, the website is HUB.OLYMPIC.ORG.