What To Watch For When Picking Your Next Web Host

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Is your site running too slow? Does it go down all the time? One of the biggest mistakes that any small business makes is that they choose the wrong web hosting company.

The main reason for this is that too many companies make their decisions on what web host to use based on price.

But like the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”.

While the up-front cost for a cheap web hosting plan might seem appealing, you will actually end up paying more in the future due to lost business and lost time.

And you might pull your hair out with frustration.

Avoid Shared Hosting

The first thing I would do when looking for a good web host is to avoid any shared web hosting plans. These are the web hosting plans that are promoted the most on the web. They seem cheap from the look of things, and you can find plans for less than $5 a month.

The reason why they are so popular with web hosting companies is that they can pack a lot of users on a single server. That means everyone on that server has to share memory, CPU, and disk space resources with everyone else. The more customers that they can pack on a single server, the more money that web hosting company can make.

So what happens when you have a site that’s hogging up all the resources on that server? It slows that server down to a crawl, or even worse, brings the server down.

That’s why if you are a serious company, you should never put your site up on a shared hosting server.

Avoid the Hype

There are a lot of web hosting companies that get hyped up for artificial reasons. The most common of these reasons is because of the affiliate commissions they offer their affiliates. Some companies offer such high commissions that affiliates will promote these web hosts no matter whether they are good or not. So you really need to be on the watch for this.

One example of this is WP Engine. They offer WordPress Hosting and you see a lot of sites dedicated to promoting this web host. But as you can read from this WP Engine review post by Matthew Woodward, some web hosts are not as good as they are hyped up to be.

Go With a Virtual Private Server (VPS)

At a minimum, your business should run on a VPS. It’s more affordable then a dedicated server, but much more reliable then a shared hosting plan.

With a VPS, you’re basically running a virtual machine on a single server. A single physical server can host multiple virtual servers. But unlike shared hosting, every VPS is isolated from the rest.

As a customer, you have complete control over your VPS in terms of what operating system you are running and what software you can install on it.

One choice you need to make when picking a VPS is whether to go with a Managed or Unmanaged VPS. With a Managed VPS, your web host will install everything you need for your VPS for you. This includes the OS and any control panel (like cPanel) you might want to use. They will also apply any security fixes and patches when necessary.

With an Unmanaged VPS, you will have to do all this yourself. While Unmanaged VPS are usually cheaper, I would go for a Managed VPS unless you are extremely technically savvy.

Which VPS To Go With

So now that I’ve convinced you that a VPS is a way to go, which VPS should you go with? Our current favorite VPS is WiredTree. They offer some excellent VPS packages for an affordable price and their uptime is excellent.

What makes WiredTree stand out is their awesome technical support. You will get a response from them in under 10 minutes and they use highly qualified (non-outsourced) technicians.

But whatever web host you end up going with, make sure you don’t make the decision lightly. Choosing a good web host is one of the most important decisions you are going to make for your company, so make it a good one.

How to promote a product as an affiliate

Building your own product is a lot of work. Not only do you have to come up with a great idea and develop it, but it’s also a challenge to market it properly. There’s a lot of steps involved in launching a successful product, and if you fail to execute any of these steps properly, you’re not probably not going to succeed.

That’s why, instead of building their own products, many people get into affiliate marketing. By doing so you can purely focus on the marketing aspect of a product. It’s an extremely lucrative income source if you promote the right product.

The problem is choosing the right products to promote. There are literally thousands upon thousands of potential affiliate products to try and sell. And the majority of these are really not worth the effort to promote. Ideally, what you want to do is identify affiliate products that can provide you with a legitimate long term recurring income stream.

Here are some tips for picking good affiliate products to sell and how to promote them by writing affiliate product reviews. Sugarrae also wrote a great post on the same topic, which I would encourage you to check out as well.

Promote products you have tried yourself

This is a key. Too many people write reviews of affiliate products where it’s obvious that they have never used the product in question. Instead, they base their writeup on the product’s sales page or other people’s reviews.

The problem with this, is that it is super easy to spot by your readers. Superficial reviews offer no value, and are a waste in time for you and your visitors. To get people to click on your affiliate links, you need to establish your credibility. And not actually using the product you are promoting is a huge red flag to this.

Make sure the product is reputable

There are a lot of affiliate products on the market that are based pure hype. The problem with promoting these types of products is that you will typically only be able to earn money of from them for a short period of time. And if these products are scams and fail to live up to the hype, then that makes you look bad as well. Remember, your reputation is everything in the affiliate marketing space and once you ruin it, it’s hard to get back.

Instead, look at products with a proven track record. Research how longs it’s been on the market and who’s behind it. For example, autoresponders are great products to promote because they provide recurring affiliate commissions and they are back by actual real companies. Take a look at Aweber (coupon code), GetResponse, and Mailchimp and you can see what I mean.

Make sure the product offers good support

Support is often an underrated aspect of any product. But it is super important especially when things go wrong. A product that offers good support will provide you with answers to your questions in a timely manner. Whether it’s a bug you found or a feature you would like them to add.

Products that offer good support is a good indicator about the quality of the product itself. So when reviewing a product test this aspect out by submitting some tickets and seeing how fast they respond and the quality of answers they give.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you find these tips for choosing and affiliate product useful. Affiliate marketing can be an extremely lucrative business to get into, but only if your approach it in the right way.

Have you had success with affiliate marketing? Let us know in the comments.

4 Awesome Elegant Themes

Elegant themes has become one of the premier WordPress theme clubs online. At the time of this post, it includes 87 different themes for the low price of $69 a year.

If you take a look at each of the themes available, you can see that each one is beautifully designed, and fully functional for it’s stated purpose. All in all, it’s a very good deal for someone looking to get access to a wide variety of beautifully designed themes.

With so many different themes in the ElegantThemes collection though, which ones should you take a look at first. Well, let me try and help you out and provide you with my 3 favorite ElegantThemes.

Divi Theme

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Divi is the newest theme in available. It’s also the most powerful and customizable theme that ElegantThemes offers. That’s mainly because of the awesome Divi Page Builder which provides drag and drop functionality to create some truly flexible layouts. Coupled with an extensive set of modules, you can create a really impressive set of product pages using this theme. SlickWP has a great review of Divi on it’s site if you want to learn more.

Nexus Theme

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Nexus is a really nice magazine styled theme. It contains lots of widget areas so it’s very flexible in creating the designs that you want. It does a great job of presenting your content in a stylish way that your readers will enjoy. Reminds me a lot of TheVerge. For a more thorough look at Nexus, check out their review on WPBuildingBlocks.com.

Vertex Theme

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Vertex is the perfect theme for showcasing a product or service that you are trying to sell. You can create some amazing sales pages using it that will really highlight your product. You can easily add galleries, sliders, testimonials and other components to your site that will really make things pop. It’s definitely a theme to consider for sales page type sites. There’s a really nice review of Vertex over at WP Reviews.

Foxy Theme

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If you are looking to create an e-commerce store, Foxy may be the theme for you to choose. It’s a slick looking theme that’s fully functional as well. Add a full width slider to your front page to
really highlight a specific product that you want to showcase. You can also use Foxy as a blog theme as well and I really like how it highlights the feature post image. WPHub has the full review on Foxy theme.

Final Thoughts

Don’t these themes look great? And that’s just 4 out of the extensive Elegant Themes collection. Each theme is beautifully designed and will work well with a wide variety of projects. The great thing about being part of a theme club though, is that all the themes are available for you. So you don’t really have to worry about picking and choosing your favorite theme and worrying about purchasing the wrong theme.

With ElegantThemes, all of it’s themes are at your fingertips. This allows you to the design the website that you really want.

5 Great Looking WordPress Themes

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform on the web. There are certainly millions of bloggers using wordpress right now, and thousands creating new wordpress blog each day.

One of the reasons for the popularity of WordPress is the theme community. There are tons of free and premium wordpress themes out there that you can install on your own site. Each wordpress theme is different, and it allows you to create a unique look and feel for your site.

Like I said, there are tons of wordpress themes out there. In fact, there are so many that it can be certainly overwhelming trying to decide which theme to pick. That’s why I set out to create a list of some of the best WordPress themes that I’ve found.

DevDmBootStrap3

DevDmBootstrap3

DevDmBootStrap3 is a wordpress theme that takes advantage of the excellent Twitter Bootstrap library. What’s great about it is that it’s mobile responsive out the box.

The7

The7

The7 is one of the more popular themes on Themeforest. It’s a multi purpose theme with a highly customizable UI. You can choose between 6 different theme templates and 4 different header layouts.

Neutro

Neutro is another mobile responsive theme that has a flat design style that’s so popular these days. Plus it includes a touch ready content slider which works great for visitors on mobile devices.

Breakpoint

Breakpoint is a free Genesis child theme from Brad Potter. This means that it only works with sites that are using the Genesis theme framework from Studiopress. It has a really nice clean functional design that makes it perfect for any blog.

Clearly

Clearly is an excellent wordpress theme if you are looking for a minimalist theme. It’s very lightweight and attractive and it really puts the focus of the writing on your site.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this list of best wordpress themes. There are lots of wordpress themes out there, so I tried my best to select some of my favorites. Try installing them on your site today and let me know what you think.

Genesis Themes For WordPress

Genesis themes allow you to build websites using WordPress. WordPress is a favorite of many internet entrepreneurs as it enables you build websites easily and quickly. It is also very cost effective. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars anymore to build a website that looks good and functions effectively. In fact many Fortune 500 companies now use WordPress, such as Pepsi Cola, the Wall Street Journal, UPS, Ford and even CNN.

While there are literally thousands of WordPress themes that you can use for free, some themes actually cost money – even though it is just a little. Genesis themes are very popular and can be the very foundation of a smart WordPress design. The Genesis framework includes security, turnkey designs, widgets and layout options and search engine optimization. These themes are a breeze to customize and include instant updates and you get unlimited support.

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Genesis themes

You can buy the whole of the genesis theme framework for just $59.95 which gives you unlimited updates, support and unlimited websites – they like to say ‘unlimited everything’. They also give you access to very detailed tutorials so you will be up and running in no time at all.

The Genesis themes enable your sites to have one to three columns, right or left sidebars, fixed width and custom background header and menu. They also have full-width template as well as theme options.

Satisfied customers range from blogger moms to real estate websites. Virtually everything is possible with Genesis. They have a whole wealth of turnkey designs which will give you lovely frames for your content. Their designs are specifically made to make your life easier, regardless if you want one or hundreds of websites. Also, because of the up to date code and the great designs, search engines are able to hone into your content with no problem at all.

If you are a newbie to making websites or an advanced developer the Genesis framework provides a secure foundation for your sites and they are automatically search engine optimized. It is definitely worth checking out!

What Are Genesis Child Themes?

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Genesis is “the” hot wordpress theme framework these days. The recently launched Genesis 2.0 by Studiopress is chock full of awesome new features like HTML5 support, schema.org support, and much more.

What makes the Genesis theme framework unique, is the number of child themes that go along with it.

What is a Genesis Child Theme?

Well, basically they are extensions to the main Genesis Theme framework. Each child theme has a screen shot, it’s own theme files, stylesheets, functions file and images folder. All these are grouped together into their own child themes folder. And you can activate a child theme like any other WordPress theme you are familiar with.

With this core concept of child themes, this makes Genesis extremely flexible. Instead of a theme that only bloggers would be interested in for example, Genesis has child themes that can support websites of all types.

If you want to design a site that shows off all your latest and greatest photos, then you can pick from one of the many portfolio style child themes. If you want to build a site that will be the front page for your business, then you can select from one of the several corporate child themes.

Each child themes is professionally designed, so it looks great out of the box. Plus, most of them are customizable so you can easily change things like colors, layouts, fonts and more.

So which child theme should you choose? Well, if you are a blogger, then SlickWP just posted a new article titled Best Genesis Child Themes For Bloggers which is excellent. For other niches, I would head over to Google and see what other people are saying.

Final Thoughts

If you are using WordPress for your blog, then I would highly recommend checking out the Genesis theme framework. I think you will find something you like.