No Fuss Included
Do you have (or want) a blog?
If you have your own domain, a good hosting provider, and you use the powerful WordPress web software, congratulations, you’re already doing great, and this offer is not for you… unless you’re not really satisfied, especially with the quality of customer support you’re getting for your money.
If you are a newbie and still hesitate about starting a blog, or you’re currently using a free blogging service (like Blogger, for example), then you should seriously consider my offer – it includes the rare opportunity of getting help and support from a peer.
Before paying for domains and hosting, I dabbled in free blogging services for a while. The experiences were mixed, and never completely satisfactory. After all, it’s there in their Terms of Service – you have to settle for what they offer for free, or, if you want more, you have to pay. That usually draws the line between blogging as a hobby and professional blogging. Serious bloggers (interested in a revenue generating blog, a blog which supports a business, or one which does both) need to make sure they keep control (and rights) over their content. It’s too risky not to. If you don’t depend on your blog for income (even partial income), there isn’t too much at stake. You get mad, and then you get over it. However, things are different when your blog influences your revenue. With a free blogging service, there is always the risk of waking up one day to a deleted blog. Unfortunately, there are people just like you, who worked hard to produce valuable content for their free blog, and, one day, saw it all… just vanish. All content gone, no more blog. Why? Because when you are not the owner of your site, this can happen; you agree to this when you sign up for an account. Simply put, you are not the highest authority in relation to your blog. I’m neither joking, nor am I trying to scare you. I know people who found themselves in this situation without any warning or reasonable explanation.
Most bloggers start on Blogger or WordPress.com. It’s quick, simple, and free. Of course, there are other possibilities for free blogging (eg. Tumblr, Blog.com, etc.), but Blogger and WordPress.com are the most popular, and, to a certain limit, viable solutions. I tried them both, and here are my succinct conclusions on each.
Blogger works best for casual bloggers who don’t take blogging seriously.
I won’t hide the fact that I didn’t like Blogger at all. The platform has limitations that interfere with the structure of a productive blog. For example, you don’t have tags and categories on Blogger, only labels, which work more as tags, leaving you with little room for organizing your content effectively. It doesn’t have clean simple coding for posts, nor does it have integrated SEO settings you can make. Everything considered, you are very constricted on Blogger.
WordPress.com, on the other hand, is superior for a number of reasons, but most importantly because it introduces you to the best blogging software available today. It’s not just my opinion, but a widely recognized fact. WordPress is the standard in serious blogging. But there’s a catch, a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a free service. Yes, you can use the platform, but there are still limitations, you risk having your blog shut down, and you cannot use it for commercial purposes. At WordPress.org you can find the real deal. WordPress.com is more like a showcase for this wonderful software.
When I decided to take blogging seriously (and got frustrated enough with all the limitations of free blogging platforms) I opted for my own domain, with paid web hosting, WordPress web software, and the Genesis framework by Studiopress. This combo was all I needed for creating not only a blog, but a whole website. I can tell you, the blogging experience was nothing like before.
WordPress is simple, highly customizable, and it has many open-source plugins that can assist you in developing your WordPress-based site any way you want. Genesis is a solid WordPress framework by Studiopress, and is used by prestigious sites and people such as Chris Brogan, Darren Rowse of Problogger.net, even WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. Add to this the excellent customizable ready-made themes, and you have the best tools to build yourself a professional website.
Registrars, hosting providers – there are plenty to choose from. A hosting program costs between $7.95 and $9.95 per Month, if you choose a yearly professional package. This adds up to a single payment of $95.4-$119.4. The domain will cost you another $15 per year. Genesis is aprox. $60 by itself, with a Premium “child theme” it’s aprox. $80, separate child themes are $25-35 each, with one exception – a theme for real estate – which costs $50; in the end, the costs of starting a decent website can add up to around $300.
After this, you’re on your own – usually meaning you’ll have to figure out how to implement the framework, themes, plugins, and handle a good amount of frustration, before you even start posting. This scares people off, especially non-tech ones who simply need a blog/website. It doesn’t have to be this way.
I have an alternative for you.
For a total of $199.95, I offer you the chance to think solely about what you’re going to post on your new website. I will take care of everything for you. I will purchase a domain for you, hosting for one year, I’ll implement the genesis framework on your site, offer you three child themes at no additional cost, you’ll get custom e-mail, and my support. You don’t have to worry about technical issues, or indexing your new site to Google – your webmaster will help you with that
If you’d like a premium child theme, we’ll choose it together, and this will cost you $19.95 more, altogether making only $219.90.
I encourage you to check prices and options for yourself, so that you make an informed decision. I’m offering you the professional tools I tested, love, recommend and use myself. Taking into account the fact that I’ve been in the position you are now, I know what is available and the value of my offer. Hosting packages are readily available, unlike the experience of a friend.
So, let’s talk more about it! Contact me, ask whatever you need to know, use offer or domain or hosting as the subject of your email, and we can start building you a solid and safe website.
To wrap it up, here is my offer at a glance:
Your own domain
+ hosting for one year
+ the Genesis framework
+ three child themes (at no additional cost)
+ custom e-mail
+ my personal experience and support
+ priceless peace of mind
For $199.95 you can have a fully functional website in less than three days (usually within 24 hours), with no fuss at all.
[Every next year of hosting, will be just $119.95 (domain renewal included)]
[For only $19.95 more, you'll have your Premium Child Theme]