Tag: business building

What is The Cost of Running a Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

Blogging is like building a business and unlike any other businesses, it needs some regular cash flow to keep it going. Running a blog needs more than monetary commitments. It needs time, research, technical support and most of all, your special attention.

In this article I will outline how much does it costs to run a blog. I will also share how much money I am spending to maintain this blog.

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How to Setup E-Commerce for Your Online Business

ecommerceWant to sell a single product, or run a full featured web store? You need to implement e-commerce on your website. Thanks to the technology, you can have your own store running on your website within few clicks.

Let me share all the ways you can implement the e-commerce function to your online business:

Read on!

Embedding a Third Party Store on Your Website

Say you are an affiliate of some sort of company which gives you your very own e-store in a separate web address. All you have to do is to send the visitor to that link and hope they purchase something.

One of my clients had her own website of cosmetic products and virtual makeovers. However her store page was simply linking to an external URL to check out the products. What I did was to embed that whole e-store experience to this store page. [Continue reading…]

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How Do I Get My First Few Customers?

So you just started your first business and you need a paying customer. How do you find one? If you have a point of sale, then getting your first few customers is easy, they just have to spot you. However when you are running a consultancy business, how will you get your first customer on board?

I am going to give you some practical advice that will help you get customers. When I started my first web design business, I used the exact same principles to attract clients.

Let Your Network Know that You Are Open for Business

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Are you open for business?

How does a shop find its first customer? Simply because people can see that this shop is open. So what you have to do is to let your existing network know that you are taking clients. Have a facebook account? Entitle yourself as the CEO/Consultant or what you like better on the work field.

Are you on linkedin? Then do the same and entitle yourself to this new business of yours. This is a small trick but it simply works. A lot of people and their friends are constantly checking you out and when they see you are offering these services, they may be interested in being your customer.

Post an update to your twitter/facebook profile that you are taking clients. If you have a blog already, then post about this on your blog and let your readers know that you are expecting business.

Sanjida did it cleverly by sharing about her work on facebook & also sharing updates regarding her coaching career. She also went one step further by creating a separate facebook page for her coaching services. [Continue reading…]

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Why You Need to Be Aggressive in Pursuing Your Goals

shark attackBy default we all like to play it safe and be defensive. It is something that most people are doing, I was doing it for years and chances are that you are doing it still now. But it is time you should level up and show some aggression.

We are the masters of our own selves. You will be treated the way you want others to treat you. You can barely make a living or choose to be in the elite’s league. The choice is yours.

I realized this while playing some video games. I like to play some action games and in one mission I was stuck. I tried to play defensive, I tried to go stealth but I was failing every time.

It was taking me forever just to go from one room to another. Time was running out. I was afraid of my enemy, I was afraid to get shot and most of all I was afraid of failing the mission.

Then my brother asked me to play rough, to play aggressively. [Continue reading…]

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Free Website Hosting Vs. Paid Hosting –Things to Consider

Free hosting vs paid hostingIn this article I would like to discuss all about free and paid web hosting services. I have used both free and paid hosting services for my blog and website projects.

When it comes to hosting your website on the internet there are just too many ways and too many solutions to go for. It is really very hard to decide since now days you can host a website on the internet for free.

If I can host my internet site for free, then why should I even pay for it? What is the point for paying a monthly fee?

When you are going to host online, these are the things you should give priority:

Your Own Domain Name

Does this web hosting service allows you to use your own domain name, or you have to use a sub domain name like freewebs.com/your-website? It is such an embarrassment when you don’t yet have a DOT COM domain name for your website. Only a few of the free hosting services allow you to use your own domain name while most of them allow it when you do a paid upgrade. Your own domain name is professional and brandable.

Website Uptime

Let me explain, you are in a meeting and you want to show your work to a potential business lead. All of your work samples are stored online on your website. You typed your web URL but the site is not loading. It is showing an error like this one “Server is busy, please try again later” –you hit refresh again, but still you see an error. This happens only with a free web hosting provider. The paid ones offer 99% uptime and they guarantee it.

Web Storage

Right now internet websites and blogs don’t need much space to host. But when it comes to digital photography and videos, you will need tons of storage. If you are a photographer, you will need a web host that offers plenty of storage for your photos. If you are a movie maker or a video producer, you need terabytes of disk space on the web server. This you can get only from a premium web host.

Forced Advertisement

Some of the popular free web hosting companies put ads on pages to cover up their costs mentioned in this article. While it is okay at this point that they are hosting it for free, but it is not okay for you and your website. Let me bring that example again, you show your website to your client and they get distracted with ads. With free hosting you can’t control those ads, let alone removing them. These companies will charge you a fee to go ad free.  Instead of paying them extortion money, you can just go for a premium hosting provider.

Security & Backups

Free web hosts are not secure enough. They can also delete your website anytime they want. All of your hard work will simply go down to the toilet in an instant. With free web hosts it is hard or even impossible to take backups. On the other hand, premium providers keep regular backups and their servers are checked for hackers and viruses. They won’t delete your website without any strong reasons.

There is a saying “You get what you pay for”

This statement is absolutely correct when it comes to web hosting services. When you decide to go online, you have to make sure your website is live 24/7, is secure and professionally hosted on its own domain name.

So the conclusion is you should stay out of free hosts when using your website for business. But which web host to use?

I recommend you get HostGator or FatCow web hosting. I have used both of the premium hosting providers. Read my hostgator review –it is the service that hosts my blog. You can also read this guide to setup fatcow hosting for less.

Free Web Hosting Services That I Recommend

I didn’t say that all of the free providers suck. If you are going online for fun and don’t want to pay any money at all then here are 2 of my recommended providers,

  1. Blogger –Allows you to have your own domain name
  2. Webs –Free website platform but puts ad on your pages

Also do you know with blogger you can use your own domain name without paying extra money for web hosting? Read about it here.

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How to Start a Blog That Matters To Your Readers

Starting a blog is very easy now days. You can start a blog within 5 minutes with just a click of a few buttons. But just starting a blog is not all; it’s about building a blog that matters.

How to Start a Blog That Matters To Your Readers

Ask a few questions to yourself,

Will starting a blog help people who will be reading your blog?

The people who will read your blog, will they link back and share your articles?

Will you be able to make any money from your blog?

Will you be proud of your blog?

Will you be able to continue writing for years?

You can have a blog that really matters to your readers if all or most of the answers above were positive. Let’s find out how you can start a blog that really matters to your readers, [Continue reading…]

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How to Build Up a Big Content Rich Blog

Most people ask me how I made a blog from scratch such as BlogKori? What it takes to be a pro blogger and how I managed to write so much interesting content? Now this is a question which doesn’t have a simple answer and I can’t give you the right tip to build your big blog next week! It’s a sort of thing that takes time and effort.

How to build up a big content rich blog?

When I first started this blog, I never thought I would write so many articles for it. I had another blog that I had to focus completely on that. I had 15-20 post ideas for BlogKori and after that I would close the blog. But soon people started to read my new blog and I had to close my first blog and put the spotlight on this blog.

Blogging is Like Digging!

my money making blog!Here I mean by dig, not the social bookmarking site digg. When you start digging a hole, you had a plan what it would be? Some wants to plant a tree, some wants to make a moat and some of them will tell you are building a canal. When you tell your friends that you’re building a channel  and they quickly appears on your place to find out it’s just a 2 feet deep hole in your backyard; it just turns them away!

Most people who desperately wants to make money with it will fill up the 2 feet hole into water and put fishes (ads) and place a board next to it “it’s a money making blog!” They will even create 10’s of holes in their backyard and do the same thing.

When you decide you are going to do this, you should start digging and should do it regularly.. within few months it will become a huge in size.

It Takes Less Effort If You’re Doing It Regularly

Most people spend a whole lot of time into their blogs, writing, promoting and then tracking their visitors.. in the first few weeks of your blog it’s natural but on the upcoming months you should provide a continuous effort to it. If you decide to publish 3 posts a week, then try to stick with that.

It’s so much easy like this math: if you write one post each day, you will be producing an average of 250-300 articles a year. That means on the next year your blog will have 300 posts and they will generate search engine traffic. When a new visitor will land on your blog, they will have enough content to spend his next 2-3 months discovering and reading them. They will also share the content with their friends and more traffic will be generated. On the second year, you will be having another 300 articles and that means double the exposure.

In this time the first set of 300 articles will generate you the most search traffic because they have already developed a good search rankings.

The Journey is Different for Each Blogger

You will be surprised to hear that a lot of bloggers who started blogging after you started blogging, are making a good income and getting tons of traffic! That’s not all, there must be a lot of bloggers who started blogging last month but made a large list of visitors. This is a thing when most bloggers feels they are not doing it right or it’s not going to work.

Some people learn fast and some people gets the right information in the right time. Please don’t get upset if another new blogger is acheiving something before you did. It doesn’t matters what you did in short time, it matters what impact you put in the long term. In the end, the one who survived is the winner. In some niches 200 RSS readers are much more valuable than 10,000 RSS readers in another niche. It depends on how you see your blog and this is the way others will see it too.

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How to Find Ideas for Your Next Posts

Lately, a lot of my friends are asking me on how to get new blog post ideas? Now I can’t explain this on one single email or a tweet, so I decided to dedicate a new post about it.

How to find extremely hot ideas for your next posts? blogkori

1st approach

Take a heavy tool (a hammer would be nice) and then HIT your head with it. All of your frustrations will be gone and there will be new post ideas. -Nah! I’m just kidding.

Instead of forcing your brain for new and innovative blog ideas, let’s see how you can bring new ideas naturally,

You’re not feeling creative

The reason why you’re not finding anything to write is because you’re not feeling creative. A person can’t blog everytime and it depends on your mood. Take some rest and do something else; play video games, outdoor activities, visit a friend and watch TV.

You have a blog phobia!

You have worked hard on your blog and have built a commitment that you’ll post regularly. Sometimes this commitment builds a pressure in you to update regularly. In most cases, bloggers create low quality posts in the sack of updating the blog. Don’t worry for your readers, they’re not going away. I’ve stopped updating my last blog for a long time but still there are people who are reading this blog.

New post ideas

Ideas are in your head and you can write when there’s a blog title. So let’s see some of the useful ways that worked for me to generate new post ideas,

1. Read other blogs

Subscribe to some blogs and read them regularly. You’ll definitely find some new ideas to blog about.

2. Write some headlines

Instead of writing posts, write some headlines for the next week or month. Create a notepad and write those headlines in it. Start writing when you feel creative.

3. Search keywords

Take a look at your google analytics data or any other stats tool and take a look at the keywords. See what keywords visitors are using to find your blog. You can use those keywords to create a brand new post.

4. Ask your readers

You can ask your readers what to write next? You can also take questions from twitter, email and any other way you can. Adding a poll can also help you know what others are expecting, “What else you want to read from my blog?

5. Post with your posts

You can create a post with your older post links mentioned on it. I have wrote many posts that are a collection of links. You can also create a second part of a popular post from your blog.

6. Guest posts

Ask your blogger friends to write a guest post on your blog. Sometimes it’ll help you a lot to lose some pressure.

7. Other Media to Get New Ideas

Read books, watch TV shows, radio or even billboards to find brand new ideas for your blog. You can use stumble upon to discover new blog posts and can also read BBC or CNN updates.

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