If you've got a WordPress website, we're willing to bet online advertisements from generic hosting services like BlueHost and HostGator have targeted you before.
How do we know?
These companies have massive advertising budgets and capture large swaths of uninformed and unsuspecting customers as a result. To ensure you won't be one of them, we're not going to waste your time reviewing such big name brands and their dollar store hosting plans.
Instead, we're going to discuss a new breed of hosting companies that have been gaining ground in the past few years with two qualities we think are crucial:
If you’re just getting started and don’t have significant traffic yet, the generic hosting options might be good enough for you right now. But once your site starts to perk up, you'll want to dump them for something better.
In this overview, we're going to show you the current landscape of WordPress specialized hosting services, what they have to offer and which ones deliver the best bang for your hard earned buck.Continue reading
This post is based on a question that was sent in by a reader and on the surface, it's about whether solo ads are a viable traffic source or not.
However, in answering this question, we inevitably dig deeper and end up uncovering something you need to know about how online businesses survive and thrive. Without this, you'll never know how to answer the question: "where can I get more traffic?"Continue reading
The end of the year approaches and as has become a tradition on this blog, I want to take a look back and tell you about the most valuable lessons I learnt in the last 12 months.
The year 2014 has been the craziest year I’ve experienced in business so far. By any number you could care to measure, it has been a very successful year and it has been a wild ride. Never before have I experienced so much change and so many things happening, all crammed into such a short time span.
Listen to the audio below to extract as much of the insights Paul and myself absorbed this year and make use of it for your own business:
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’ve handed out your business cards, you’ve talked to many people about your new business and everyone seems really enthusiastic and interested… but you aren’t getting customers and clients.
It seems like you’re making all the right moves and you’re trying your best to get the word out about your business, but the results are discouraging to say the least. What should you do in a case like this?
A reader contacted me with a question about this and here’s my 4-step strategy that you can apply to your business to bring in more customers and clients, starting right now:
Today’s post is an answer to a question sent by Paula in this recent post. If you know me, you know that I’ve never invested time into growing my social media following or improving my social media marketing skills. Plus, a few years ago, I dropped any and all search engine optimization work and now I don’t do any of that either, for any of my businesses.
If you’ve ever wondered why that is and how it actually turns into an advantage for my business, here’s the answer:
Google Analytics is a very popular tool for tracking website visitors, but it’s not the only solution and certainly not the perfect solution for everyone.
Depending on your business model and your needs, an alternative analytics solution might serve you far better and be a lot more useful to your business. Whether you’re looking for something supplemental or something to completely replace GA, this post has got you covered.
Read on to discover the best Google Analytics alternatives for your website.Continue reading
In this podcast episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Ana Hoffman from the Traffic Generation Cafe.
Ana, who was also featured in our recent expert roundup, started blogging about three years ago and she quickly went from zero to getting thousands of visitors to her site and building a large and active community.
In this interview, she talks about the importance of having a unique voice as a blogger, the methods she used (and still uses) to get ever increasing numbers of visitors to her site, her experience with scammy network marketing companies (and what happens when she calls them out on their scamminess) and much more.