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5 Reasons You Should Switch Hosting Companies

In the past, I spent a lot of time investigating hosting companies.   I used Lunarpages for many years and was fairly happy with their hosting.  I even got some of my family and friends to use them.  Then my needs changed and Lunarpages could not support the type of sites I was developing, so I opened an account with Eapps.com.

Eapps.com is a good hosting company for my java web applications, but recently I found myself building more WordPress site.  Their service left some things to be desired when it comes to WordPress sites.  So I decided to look for a good hosting company to host my WordPress sites.

There were five main criteria that I was looking to meet; good uptime, one click WordPress install, unlimited domains and storage, good email software, and good customer support.  I initially tried to go back to Lunarpages, but I found two problems with them.  First, their customer support seems to have deteriorated some.  The second, they dropped support for one click installs of WordPress.

So I went out looking for another host.  My hunt led me to Bluehost.com.  I first notice them because there were a lot of people talking about how happy they with the service.  What I found amazed me.  Every time I contacted them they responded quickly and intelligently.  Many of the other companies I talked to gave me the runaround or could not really answer my questions.  I don’t mean this to say that there are no other good companies out there.  I believe there are, but not in the price range that Bluehost offers.

Here are the top 5 reasons I switched:

1.    One click WordPress install.  All I have to do is fill out a simple form and click install.  The rest is done for me.  Before this I would have to spend well over two hours to get a WordPress site up, and I am a software developer.
2.    Really good up time.  One thing you don’t want to worry about is your site being down in the middle of a traffic surge.
3.    Unlimited domains and storage.  I own a bunch of sites and I plan on creating a bunch more.  I like being able to put all of them is the same spot.
4.    Good email software.  I have had some problems in the past with my emails being delivered and being able to access the emails through the hosting companies website.  Bluehost gives three different options and has several different spam check services that you can subscribe to.
5.    Good customer service.  Although I have not had any down time with Bluehost, I have made a few errors that I needed support to help me with.  They were very prompt and helped me resolve my issues fast.
6.    Bonus:  Bluehost offers the first year of domain name registration for free.

What others are saying
“Price is good, service is stellar” – Christine

“This is without a doubt the best hosting provider out there” – Jeff

I don’t know what your needs for web hosting, but I recommend you at least check Bluehost out.  If you follow a link on this page to Bluehost and purchase, I will receive an affiliate commission.  If you don’t want to follow my link, I still recommend you go to their site and check them out.

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27 Bloggers To Follow If You Want To Be Self Employed

The list I have compiled in this post are of people that are living the dream that I want to live in some way.  They are all self-employed and control their own time.   They all have their own stories and have tailored their lives according to how they want to live it.  And I believe that is the key theme that runs through all of the sites; own your life.

Jonathan Fields – is a former lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.
http://www.jonathanfields.com/blog/quit-or-build-on-side/

Pat Flynn – was laid off of his job as a senior drafter for an architecture firm and has been making a full time living online ever since.
http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-first-online-business/

Tom Ewer – seven months after deciding to quit his job, he did.  He now makes his living as a freelance writer and developing niche websites.
http://www.leavingworkbehind.com

Pam Slim – she left the corporate world in 1996 to work for herself.  She now helps others do the same.
http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com

Justin Wright – a blogger, WordPress consultant, and digital nomad whose main goals are to be happy, spend time outdoors, and help as many people as he can.
http://www.lifeofjustin.com

Chris Guillebeau – has been to self-employed his entire life.  He helps others realize their dreams of working for themselves.
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/overnight-success/ – his free book on creating your own success.

Glen Allsop – started creating websites when he was 15.  He is has tons of free content on how to market online.
http://www.viperchill.com

Michael Dunlop – started making money online when he was very young.  Had an epiphany on how to convert visitor that has totally changed the way he markets.
http://www.incomediary.com/

Maren Kate – founder of Zirtual.com, I think the name of her blog says it all.
http://www.escapingthe9to5.com

Dirk De Bruin – I really liked this side-by-side comparison he has on the benefits and drawbacks of working for yourself.
http://www.upgradereality.com/fire-your-boss/

Corbett Barr – says you should not just useinfo from a person’s about page to write about them in a list like this, so, I didn’t do that for him.  He has some great insights into making your own destiny.  He runs thinktraffic.net and corbettbarr.com (formerly freepursuits.com
http://www.corbettbarr.com/18-months-2-blogs-six-figures – free ebook about his journey.

Christine Gilbert – quit her corporate job in 2009, sold everything, and is making a living while she travels the world.  She is working on a documentary about people who work online and travel the world.
http://almostfearless.com/travelbooks/book/the-wireless-generation/

Sunil – an immigrant who moved to the USA when he was 15 and makes a living working online.
http://www.extramoneyblog.com/

Cody McKibben – quit his job in 2007 and has been self-employed ever since.  He travels Southeast Asia and works from his laptop.
http://www.thrillingheroics.com

Lea Woodward – lives a location independent lifestyle with her husband and daughter.
http://www.locationindependent.com

Barbara Weibel – left her 70 hour a week job to pursue a 6 month backpacking trip on her own.  She has some really beautiful photos on her site of her travels.
http://www.holeinthedonut.com/

Theodora Sutcliffe – started out on a one year journey with her nine year old to travel Asia.  Decide they liked it so much, they didn’t stop.
http://www.travelswithanineyearold.com/

Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney – sold everything in 2010 and left the UK to travel the world.
http://www.neverendingvoyage.com

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott – left the Czech Republic in 2006 to travel and take photographs.  They have been to over 70 countries.
http://www.uncorneredmarket.com

Christy and Kali – decided to travel after college.  They work online to make a living while they travel.
http://www.technosyncratic.com

Colin and Tracy Burns – working remotely and traveling the world with their two small children
http://www.ourtravellifestyle.com/

Katherine and Michael Tyson – an artist and software developer who are traveling Europe while they work.
http://www.technomadics.net

Michael Tieso – sold everything he had in 2009 to travel and make his living on the internet.
http://www.artofbackpacking.com

Cori Padgett – a ghostwriter and internet marketer who love to help others realize their dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
http://www.biggirlbranding.com

Ross Dawson – a successful entrepreneur,  I thought the post below were some compelling reasons to be self employed.
http://www.rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2012/02/7-compelling-reasons-to-become-self-employed.html

Carole Seawert – a marketing copywriter who has been writing twice as long as she was an employee.
http://www.freelancefactfile.com/benefits-of-being-self-employed/

David Airey – a self employed graphic designer and design author.
http://www.davidairey.com/self-employed-graphic-designer/

All of the blogger in this post are living the lives they want to live.  They have taken control.  They are their own boss.  If you desire to be your own boss, I hope you find the strength to get there and take the steps necessary.  I know it will be the greatest adventure of your life.

It took me 12 years to make my first $100 and then…

The headline of this post is a title I used for a Warrior Forum thread.  The thread has been deleted because I got temporary banned; not really sure why that happened, but before it got deleted it had over 800 views and 49 comments.  The interesting thing to me was the responses I got to my simple post.

The post went something like this

“It took me 12 years to make my first $100  and then I started making money by building things that other people wanted.  Previously I had been building large data driven websites, believing that if I threw more pages at the search engines, I would make more money.  Then I realized that was not the right way.

Now I build things that people want and need and I make money.  So, are you building things that people want?”

The point I was trying to make was that we will continue to fail if we don’t identify a customer with a need that wants to solve that need with a solution that we can offer them.  First, yes it really did take me 12 years to make $100 on my own website, but I did not only make $100 in 12 years.

Many  people in the forum were sympathetic toward me and thankful that I had finally broken past the failure.  Some suggested that I should have stopped trying and gotten a real job at McDonald’s.  They even did some kind of calculation showing how I could have made over $200,000 at McDonald’s instead of letting all that time slip away.

I guess it was partly my fault that many people felt that I had only made $100 in 12 years.  The truth is that I had jobs and owned businesses during those 12 years and even had a little bit of success with Ebay.  I agree with them that if I had only made $100 and not done anything else, then I would have wasted a lot of time.

The other type of comment I saw in the thread often, was the “at a boy” and “way to persevere” comment.  These comments had a tone of “we are behind you” and “thank you for carrying the torch.”  I felt like people connected with my struggle; like it gave them hope to continue on.  Some of these commenters mentioned that they took a year to make money and couldn’t imagine how I would work for so long to get to my first $100.

Lessons learned

What I learned from the discussion thread is people are looking for a story.  They want to either offer advice, help, or identify their own struggles in other’s stories.  We all are this way.  It gives us a sense of belonging and of being needed.  I suppose that this is one of the underlying concepts that makes social networks so appealing.

Guide To A Profitable Website

I put together this little guide on starting a profitable website.  It is free for anyone who would like it.  Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment below to let me know what you think about the guide.  Also, if you don’t mind tweet it or share it on Facebook with your fans.

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