Blogging

Don’t Be Fooled By This Common Blogging Advice

August 29, 2016

Firstly, I don’t use BlueHost, I’m currently with Site5 and I would currently recommend a2Hosting.

There are a million guides online about how to start your own blog and it seem than most of them recommend Blue Host for those starting a blog. Why? Is it because Blue Host out performs other hosts? Is it the cheapest? Is it the easiest to use? Lets take a look…

Performance tests on similar hosting plans rank Blue Host quite low, as little as 10 viewers on your site at once can see significant page load time increase. This is a significant factor in good SEO that shouldn’t be ignored. A few years ago BlueHost page load speeds were much better but while BH has been successful in it’s marketing in recent years customer service ratings and page load has gone backwards badly. This is critical in comparing hosting reviews, most are out of date, even more are strongly biased.

As far as pricing goes Blue Host is cheap, in the way way budget airlines are cheap. They charge for other services that are often free with other hosts, like migration. Most new blogs fail, or at least they are abandoned so the less your hosting costs the lower the financial loss there. Then again maybe paying for decent hosting will have that motivating factor of more financial loss associated.

In ease of use it is a fairly null argument, if you are learning to blog using WordPress for the first time it’s no more difficult learn to use any other hosting package you can point a stick at. Basic hosting is pretty similar among all hosts at this level. Also, just like there are a million guides online for how to setup wordpress on BlueHost you will have no trouble finding a guide for any other host.

So why do bloggers teaching how to blog/MMO recommend it so often? There are two main motivating reasons.

  1. The main source of income for most how to blog bloggers is hosting affiliate sales.
  2. Per signup Blue Host pays an excellent commision for them sending you their way. $65

Interestingly there are many other affiliate hosting programs that can result in bigger payments, like Host Gator $50-$125 tiered program. But is seems bloggers prefer the lower fixed price now, rather than working for higher payments later. Surprise, surprise.

The sad fact is that probably the easiest way to make money blogging is by “teaching” others how to blog. All you really have to do is follow their instructions to set up a blog and then write content on how the next person should follow your instructions to set up a blog. Of course you need to put your own spin on it, and truthfully that is probably the hardest part for most people.

Yes there are other ways to make money from a blog, and most likely that is where you can create the most value for your readers. The effort to profit ratio though maybe isn’t as appealing as the cookie cutter way.

SmartPassiveIncome is famous, it earns over $100k a month, and Blue Host consistently provides around 50% of that income, some sites have Blue Host accounting for 80%, thats crazy. And it just proves that is where the easy money is.

Check out this list of sites that publish income reports and look at where their income comes from.
http://www.cashflowdiaries.com/blog-income-reports/

Also why do so many make money sites publish these reports? Transparency? No it’s Marketing all marketing, these reports are extremely shareable, they provide social proof, they validate the author’s “expertise” and they fill readers minds with the idea they can do this too.

EDC

My EDC

November 25, 2014

EDC

 

A couple of years ago while I was looking for some EDC items I stumbled into the whole EDC culture. Since then I’ve upgraded a few items but I still missed the mark on a few. So in this case I’ve linked to the items I should have purchased although the items in the images are the ones I actually have.

  1. LG G3 in SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle
  2. Filson 72 Hour Tin Briefcase
  3. Atelier Pall Double Snap Wallet
  4. Kershaw Cryo
  5. Jawbone UP24
  6. Retro 51 Tornado Lincoln

I’m a fan of all of these items but I have to single one out, the wallet. I love this thing, great quality in design, materials and construction and it’s personalised with my initials on the back. I highly recommend it. While it’s not the slimmest of slim wallets I’ve found it to be perfectly reasonable and the vertical orientation I find to be much easier for access than horizontal.

If I had my time again with the Filson I would have gone up to the 72 Hour Briefcase and switched to the Tan colour. The extra organisation and protection would be well worth it.

Technology

Apple is frustrating its users

October 24, 2014

I’ve had and iPhone since the 3GS, updated to the 4S and I put off upgrading despite the 4S battery ending up near useless until the 6 arrived. I’d already decided to consider an Android phone but depending on the 6 I might have stayed with Apple.

Turns out it wasn’t just the specs on the 6 that made me leave, it was iOS 8 as well with apple insisting on not updating their base model capacities from 16Gb to 32Gb. Instead on all their latest updates including the new iPads they have stuck with 16Gb and completely done away with 32Gb. Any iOS 8 user with a 16Gb device will tell you how infuriating it is. Having to delete apps and media off your device is not ideal. Combined with baiting customers into their higher end/capacity models with higher profit margins.

UPDATE: 2 Years on and Apple is still duping users with the 16 vs 64 GB Model

So although I was first looking at the HTC One M8, I’ve ended up going with the LG G3. This phone and Android are fantastic, and at half the price of the 6+. Android is all I’m looking at in the future, I’m even considering selling my iPad mini to buy an Android tablet.

One thing I can say against the LG G3 is like Samsung the plastic construction needs to go. So for new users to Android I would suggest the HTC for sure. I might even say that if I had the choice again I would go with the HTC but I would find it hard to give up that .5″ of screen. 5.5″ just hits the sweet spot for me.