It’s no a brainer that having good, reliable web hosting is one of the most crucial aspects of any growing or established blog. One of the most daunting tasks that you will face with your blog is choosing the right web hosting company. There are many great options available, especially when you have a small or medium-sized WordPress blog. Budget hosting like Bluehost is sufficient for a smaller blog, but the task gets tedious when your WordPress blog starts growing exponentially and greater server resources are required to handle your increasing traffic. In the past, I have tried various hosting companies such as Linode, KnownHost, and a few others. But due to the complex nature of my WordPress configuration (40+ plugins & many custom scripts), I decided to move away from these hosts and find a solution that would give me complete peace of mind. My goal with the new host was to be able to forget about hosting headaches in order to focus on what I’m good at: Blogging. … [Read more...] about WordPress Engine You Should Never Drive
Running a self hosted WordPress blog is fun, as we need to take care of everything. Moment you start a self hosted blog, you are almost running a business. That means, you need to take care of everything around your blog. One of the major concern with self hosted blogger is web-hosting. Till the time your current hosting is not giving any issues, you don’t need to worry about anything, but moment your WordPress blog gets old, or some buggy plugin or codes starts playing hide & seek, webhosting company can give nightmare. In last 4 years of blogging, I had many sleepless night because of hosting woes, and it’s always fun to fix the problem and learn something new. This is one reason, I often recommend new bloggers to opt for quality webhosting, which can easily host your WordPress blog, and you can focus more on thing you are best at; i.e. writing. In my earlier guide (Webhosting packages for beginners), I explained different type of hosting packages, and explained why … [Read more...] about Is it Worth the Upgrade?
In today’s interview series, We have Harsh Agrawal, a ProBlogger and Entrepreneur from India. Harsh is the guy behind famous blog ShoutMeLoud.com. On ShoutMeLoud.com, Harsh covers topics related to blogging, seo, making money, web hosting, affiliate marketing and social media marketing. Apart from ShoutMeLoud, Harsh owns some niche specific blogs. I would also suggest checking his personal blog at DenHarsh.com. Harsh has been able to earn thousands of dollars every month from his online blogs. Harsh has given good amount of time in answering my interview questions. This interview is 3000 words plus long. So I would suggest you have a cup of coffee with you while going through the interview. I’m really thankful to Harsh for accepting my interview request and for his time in answering my interview questions. Without any delay, lets start the conversation I had with Harsh Agrawal. Harsh: Hey Anil, Thanks for having me on your prestigious blog and here is a little intro for … [Read more...] about Interview With Inspirational Indian Blogger
We have talked a lot about WordPress plugins and themes in the past and individual posts, I have covered many WordPress tools and software’s which you will need to run a blog. Here I’m creating a roundup of such tools for every WordPress bloggers to maintain their WordPress blogs. There are many 3rd party tools and software’s available in the market, which you can try and manage your blog more effectively. List of WordPress tools for Every blogger: Most of the tools I listed here are free, and some of them are free to try and later on, you need to buy it. Though, all these are professional tools, and you might be surprised to know many things you can do with these new software’s which you are going to discover now. FTP Client: To manage a self-hosted blog, you need a desktop FTP client. This will help you in many ways like uploading files for Alexa verification, Google verification, changing file permission to harden WordPress security or in the case of a … [Read more...] about Useful WordPress Tools For Every Blogger
I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business. We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business. In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary. However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money. A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible. This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my … [Read more...] about Where To Spend Money For Your Blog Growth