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Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For Your Blog – Blogging 101

Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For You

Once you have chosen your niche your next most important decision when creating an affiliate marketing income is your blogging platform. There are many free and paid opportunities out there, each one of them having their own pro’s and con’s, which I want to highlight for you today.

Free Hosting Platforms

The following platforms are completely free and do not include the free versions of premium hosting services and platforms available.

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This platform is not to be confused with wordpress.org, which needs a web host such as Siterubix, or Hostgator.  Wordpress.com offers responsive, yet basic free themes, as well as potential upgrades you can purchase – such as a  domain name, and premium themes. The downside is, that you can not add any plug-ins that are essential to monetizing your blog or site. This limits your ability to use this platform as a money making business and is therefore not a platform I suggest you should use.

Blogger is similar to WordPress.com, as it is free, and allows you to upgrade your site for money. It is however, a little less restricted when it comes to making money. I don’t like the free themes available for Blogger as much as WordPress. They have a little bit of an “old school” feel to it, but you can change that with a little bit of coding knowledge. It is a decent place for a blog, but can not keep up with the more professional WordPress self-hosted sites, Shopify or even Wix

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Paid Hosting Platform

If you are looking to create an eCommerce site, Shopify is the best way to go. This platform is easy to turn into a responsive online shop and has visually pretty themes, that are easy to work with. You do not need to know anything about programming in order to set up your site, and the support is friendly and fast.

While this website makes beautiful sites, it is not as effective in creating a responsive eCommerce site as Shopify. Yet, it is easy to use, with plenty of design options that make designing an individual unique site easy. No need to know anything about coding, unlike WordPress.org sites, you do not have to worry about installing your site, and the support is also very good, and always willing to help.

One of my two favorite hosts for WordPress.org sites. Competitively priced, with great service, and plenty of potential add-ons, as well as the opportunity to buy domain names, domain emails, and other premium services. HostGator is the cheapest way to start building an effective WordPress.org site out there.

SiteRubix is an all-inclusive webhosting service for WordPress.org sites. You can host up to 25 sites at a time, for one price, which also includes domain email, 24-hour site support and monitoring, free themes, and most importantly it  includes access to the Wealthy Affiliate Universities business building lessons. I host all of my sites there, simply because it makes economical sense, because I don’t have to purchase seperate services for each of my five websites. Not everyone needs this type of support, but I highly recommend this option for someone new to online marketing, or monetizing a blog.

Question: Which platform are you using currently for your blog/website? What are your favorite aspects of the platform you are using? Share your answers with the community below!

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Cultivating A Growth Mindset – A Wealthy Affiliate Insider Review


Cultivating A Growth Mindset – A Wealthy Affiliate Insider Review

Do you have a growth mindset? What exactly is a growth mindset, and what does the wealthy affiliate platform have to do with any of it?
Wealthy Affiliate, the largest marketing and affiliate learning platform I have ever come across, fosters a mindset of learning and exploration. It nurtures exactly that growth mindset within its members, via lessons, peer-support and by the individual who take their time to check up on the members progress. Wealthy Affiliate creates a warm, expandable space for growth while at the same time delivering real world value and dedicated training that is open to anyone who is willing to work hard for their success.

As a Wealthy Affiliate member, you might think I am biased about my opinion. But, when it comes to internet courses learning platforms and those who promise results, I am rather a skeptic. There are too many scams out there and while I have, luckily not fallen for any of them, I am reminded to be wary and careful.

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I was wary and careful when I approached Wealthy Affiliate, signing up at first for only the free membership, making sure I did not give anything away, mentally shielding myself from anyone trying to upsell me, or push me into directions I did not want to go.

But none of that occurred.

Instead, I was astonished by the amount of free support I received from the moment I signed up. I was elated to find answers to questions that I have been meaning to ask, and that easily, while I had not even scratched the surface of the learning potential.

It answered questions like:

Ways to make money with a WordPress blog
How to find a niche
How to define a target audience

It also took away my apprehension of switching to a hosted WordPress website, because I all of a sudden had support, who was willing and able to talk me through every step – and still does.

So What Exactly Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a learning platform and online community that offers a free membership, teaching its members
how to run a successful online business. It allows its members also to host two free websites on their web-hosting
platform SiteRubix, which comes connected with the Wealthy Affiliate membership, making it a comprehensive
and thorough community that allows its members to grow from within.

What Wealthy Affiliate Is Not

It is not a get rich quick scheme. No one is promising you to make money right away. There are no upsells, pressures, or hidden costs, within the program.

Does It Cost Anything?

As I mentioned above, it is free to sign up, and the membership comes with 2 free websites. There is, however, a premium membership, available, which gives you access to even more lessons, and Webhosting


The free membership includes the following:

Two FREE websites
Limited selection of WordPress templates
FREE hosting
Over 500 training modules
Access to 3 classrooms
Live support for 7 days
Support from the WA community
30 keyword searches per month
Phase 1 of the affiliate Bootcamp course

The premium membership includes:

Unlimited FREE websites – domain names are not included but can be purchased on-site
Unlimited WordPress templates to choose from
Unlimited FREE premium hosting
Website Security package
Website backup
Access to all 12 classrooms
Live Video classes
Unlimited live support
Unlimited keyword searches using the keyword tool
All phases of the affiliate Bootcamp course
Double commission on WA referrals
much, much more


However you choose to join the Wealthy Affiliate network today, I will be available as your guide through this large and expansive learning program. You will have peer support from the beginning, with many members and ambassadors eager to help you with any questions you might have.


Still not sure if you should join?

Simply click here, and check out the premium features of Wealthy Affiliate free for 7 Days. If you decide to stay and become a premium member, your first-month membership will be only 19 Dollars a month. If you do not, you can stay on as a standard member and take advantage of the many free learning
opportunities that are a part of this program with no pressure to sign anything else.

What are you waiting for? You have nothing to loose.

I am glad I did.

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