Michael Hyatt: Answers to your top blog-hosting questions

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Michael Hyatt
(michael@michaelhyatt.com)

Yesterday, I mentioned the super-low monthly price Bluehost has authorized me to give you on web hosting.

 It’s the last day of the special $2.95/month rate, so I have gotten a lot of questions about it.

 I thought I’d take a few minutes and answer them all at once, in case you’ve been wondering some of the same things.

 Question #1: My blog is hosted by Blogger. That means it’s not self-hosted, right? Why does that matter so much?

 That’s right. If your blog’s URL is something like yourblog.blogger.com, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. When your blog is self-hosted, you can:

 

  • Use a custom domain name, which is essential for your credibility

  • Have access to more themes, so your blog can look incredibly professional out of the box

  • Install third-party plugins, which makes it easy to add features

  • Tweak the code — so you (or someone you hire) can customize your blog to your needs

  • Run your own ads, which can be a great source of passive income

  • Set up a web store and sell your products easily

  • Own and control your home base — you wouldn’t build a house on a rented lot, would you?

Question #2: What’s involved with switching to a self-hosted WordPress blog? I’m frustrated with my current blog, but moving seems like such a hassle.

 For all the reasons I listed above, it’s worth it. My video tutorial will show you how to set up your self-hosted blog and lock in Bluehost’s fantastic monthly hosting rate.

 It’s just $2.95/month for 12 months of the Basic plan, but that special rate expires today. That means you pay around $35 for a year of hosting — usually it’s nearly $100.

 From there, you can export your content from your existing blog platform and then import it into your new blog. The process varies depending on where your blog is currently hosted, but a quick Google search should help you find a good tutorial.

 Take it from Jer M., one of my readers:

 “I’ve been putting off moving to a self-hosted blog because I assumed it would be frustratingly complex and cost prohibitive. I see I was wrong! Thanks again for the great info and convenient breakdown.”

The first step is setting up a self-hosted blog, which I’ll walk you through in 20 minutes with this screencast.

Question #3: Why do you recommend Bluehost?

 I enthusiastically recommend Bluehost for the vast majority of people. Here’s why:

  • Support. Bluehost has great 24–7 support via phone, email, or chat. I have personally used it several times and found the support staff to be quick, courteous, and knowledgeable.

  • Reliability. Bluehost is super reliable. It boasts an uptime average of 99.9%.

  • WordPress. Bluehost is WordPress’ #1 official recommendation for hosting. They host over a million WordPress blogs.

  • Affordability. Your monthly rate for the Basic Plan is $2.95 when you join today with a 12-month term. (It’s usually $7.99/month, so this really is a steal.)

To get that rate, you’ll need to sign up using this special link:

 http://michaelhyatt.com/bluehost

 By the way, I am a proud Bluehost affiliate, so I earn a commission if you sign up using that link. However, I would recommend and promote them if I didn’t — they’re just that good.

 

Question #4: Didn’t you say something about a bonus if I sign up?

 Yes! After you get your blog set up, then the real fun begins — creating great content. To help with that, I have a bonus for anyone who gets this special Bluehost offer today.

 Forward your Bluehost registration email to bluehost@michaelhyatt.com, and I’ll send you Blogging Made Easy, my paint-by-numbers content template that will help you create winning blog posts every time.

 This will save you a TON of time as you write your posts.

Question #5: When does this rate expire?

 You need to sign up TODAY, Thursday, June 22, in order to get 12 months of the Basic plan for $2.95/month rate.

 Get started now!

Warmly,

Michael Hyatt

P.S. If you still feel overwhelmed, that’s okay. I hear it a lot. Just take the first step and watch the video setup tutorial. It will boost your confidence, just like it did for Brooke, who said this:

 “I honestly can’t thank you enough! I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all the information about a self-hosted website! Thank you for this post and for giving step-by-step instructions. It’s what I needed!”

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