Black Friday Web Hosting Deals

Black Friday Web Hosting Deals

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Guess what day it is? That's right, it's Black Friday! That means that you're probably gearing up to spend some cash on certain items, and that you're looking for some serious deals. Well, the cheap web hosting world wants in on Black Friday too. In fact, there are lots of hosting deals out there this Black Friday.

Black Friday  Deals like these:

BlueHost: we love BlueHost around these parts because this company really has everything in order. You can check out plenty of BlueHost reviews and updates on this site too. In addition to being a great company, BlueHost is also offering a great Black Friday deals to new users: a 44% discount when you sign up for a shared web hosting plan. You can also get 50% off of any hosting feature add-on – so make sure to check out the BlueHost site today before you buy.

A2 Hosting: ready for another great deal? Get 25% off of hosting with this company today. That's a really good deal if you are going to sign up with A2 hosting already, but this deal ends on December 2nd, so make sure to jump on it while you can.

Arvixe: you can snag a $2 per month hosting deals right now from Arvixe (another company we love here at ananova.com).

GoDaddy: what? you didn't didn't think GoDaddy would miss out, did you? Not a chance! Get 35% off of new products with GoDaddy this month!

If You Own a Hosting Company…

You seriously can't afford not to jump on the Black Friday bandwagon. It might be the day of the sales, but it's never too late to let your valued customers get something at a discount. If you own a cheap hosting site, now's the time to make sure that you offer anyone searching for what you sell a deal.

If you can't do the Black Friday thing, at least you can offer some kind of a holiday discount – that would be a good idea too, right? So, there you have it – here are the best Black Friday web hosting deals online. Which one will you choose?

How to Design Site Buttons

Design Site Buttons

Design Site ButtonsWhen you're working on designing your hosting website, you may be tempted to play around with buttons. Buttons are a great thing, and they are also one of the only things that will get readers to convert into buyers. You can't have a site without buttons, but it's not quite that simple either.

When it comes to button, there are some rules that you should live by. What are those rules? Let's take a look.

Why Are You Hiding?

I never understand why some designers want to hide buttons. If a button is the one thing on your site that will get a user to buy your product, why would you hide it? Sometimes, designers create buttons that look like photographs or other designs. Don't do that. Just create a regular button that, you know, looks like a button.

Why Don't Words Matter?

How many different ways can you possibly ask someone to click on a button? All of those popular phrases (like ‘click here') have already been used a thousand times. So, I'm going to recommend something different: don't use the same words. Use different words that stick out. You'll find that people are far more likely to click on a button that stands out. Why? Because it's unique.

Answer A Question or Solve a Problem

What do people that visit your blog want? They want information, or they want to know how to buy a product right? So, try to create a call to action that answers that problem. Try ‘learn how to become a great marketer' instead of ‘click here.' It stands out, it's helpful, and it will please the person actually learning how to be a better marketer.

Don't Make It Confusing

It's really frustrating when a site is filled with so many different fonts, letters, lines, and buttons that you don't know where to click. Make sure that your buttons are surrounded by white space, and that any CTA you create is easy to understand. Why mess with people's eyes when they visit your site? When you create a clean site that's simple, conversions will happen quickly.

Design Site Buttons: Promise Something

The number one thing that people want to see when visit a website is a site that they can trust. Put some kind of trigger underneath your button or next to it. What are triggers? Something like a client testimonials, a kind of rating, or something else that inspires confidence in your product. It's kind of like pushing people to click on your button, in a trusting and kind way.

Buttons shouldn't be overlooked, but every web hosting site design needs a button. If you're working on how to design site buttons, keep these tips in mind – and, hey, why not show us your handiwork?

SEO Permalink Tips

SEO Permalink Tips

SEO Permalink TipsLet's talk about WordPress permalinks. These links are essential when it comes to getting any recognition from search engines, but it's also one of the most overlooked areas on any given WordPress blog.

Make Sure Those Links Are Right

You'll have to spend some time brushing up on your SEO tactics to understand the exact importance of the right link, but WordPress also makes this simple enough. At the top of your WordPress dashboard, you'll see an option to create a customized URL.

It's a good idea to add a keyword or two to that URL. You can do this really quickly before you publish any post. Don't stuff your links full of keywords, but adding one or two is a really great way to attract the attention of search engines.

SEO Permalink Tips: Why Mess With Links?

Links to blog posts tell searchers what that post contains. More importantly, though, these links tell search engines what your post contains. If you create a link that states: ‘permalink tips' at some point in the link, a search engine will pick up on those tips. Thus, the next time that someone searches for permalink tips, your blog entry will show up.

It's all related and it all matters – just make sure not to change a permalink after it has been published. Why? Because removing that link will result in a 404 error, and that means that you'll have to redirect all of those links using a redirect plugin tool. It is possible to manually redirect all of these links, but why bother? You could just set it up correctly as you move forward, and work on other page details to clean up those older posts.

SEO Permalink Tips: The Shorter The Better

Permalinks should be short and sweet. Try not to make your links too long. Even if your blog title is on the long side, be sure that your permalinks are much shorter. This way, search engines won't have a hard time finding the information needed to send people to your site – and that's what it's all about.

In addition, social media networks pick up on those links. So it's really important, then, that your links make a ton of sense to anyone search for the content you're providing. Since we're on the topic of what people are searching for, let's jump into that page description for a moment, shall we?

SEO Permalink Tips: Your Page Description

People will be reading your page description, so there's no real point in making this keyword-friendly. You can add a keyword or two to your page description, but it's better if you just go with a straight paragraph that people are bound to read and understand.

What should you write? Just be honest. Tell people what your post is about. That's simple enough, right? This way, humans searching for content like yours will see what your post synopsis is. If they like what they see, they'll click on that link – and you'll make both search engines and people happy.

6 Great New WordPress Plugins

new wordpress pluginsIf you're working with WordPress, you should really take advantage of all that this platform has to offer – and that means lots and lots of plugins. New WordPress Plugins are created nearly every day by anxious developers. Some of those plugins are useless, but some are just great.

Here are six of the best new WordPress plugins.

  1. Re-slug : if you've been around the SEO world for a while, you know that creating a new permalink once you already have one is a bad idea. Re-slug lets you safely create a new permalink if you decide to change it – useful and simple.
  2. Content Look : need a closer look at your content strategy? This plugin is for you. Content Look will audit your blog to let you know what areas of your content marketing need immediate attention and improvement.
  3. Birthdays Widget : here's one way to make your clients feel special! This plugin wishes your clients a happy birthday whenever a client logs into your site. It's a simple gesture, but it's one that's bound to get you a lot of attention and some very happy clients.
  4. Simply Snow : maybe this one just seems like a great idea because it's wintertime, but Simply Snow creates the appearance of snow on your site. Why would you want to do this? I have no idea, but you could have fun with it.
  5. Accessible Video File : got a lot of videos on your site? This plugin lets your users find all of your videos simply, and you can even ad tags and other bits to videos that you create.
  6. Google Apps Login : finally! This plugin lets your users log into their account through Google. Most of the time, it's a quick Facebook login that's added, but this one makes it possible to use Google instead – and that's a great thing for Google users!

Any Additional New WordPress Plugins?

It's hard to keep track of the many WordPress plugins available, so let me know if I've missed a few here. There are bound to be some great plugins out there that aren't part of this list. And, if you have developed one of these plugins, feel free to let us know more details about your creation.

WordPress plugins do make things simpler when you're using WordPress – just make sure that all of your plugins are useful, working, and won't slow down your page. Otherwise, have fun with the many things that WordPress has to offer. If you want to check out any of these plugins, head to the main WordPress website to see what's new – and don't forget to check out the reviews.

5 Ways to Create Original Content Posts

Create Original Content Posts

5 Ways to Create Original Content PostsIt's tough to find great content topics to write about, isn't it? It can seem like everything has already been written about. It can also seem like nobody is reading or caring what you write about! But, that's not true

If you're getting readers to your site, people are viewing your content. The trick is to make sure that your content shines, so that people will like what they read – and want to share what they read on Facebook and on other social networks. Here are five ways to come up with great content ideas.

  1. Go with a list : People love list posts – like the one you're reading right now. But, don't just fill those posts full of fluff. Make sure that your lists have a value, meaning and purpose. Google likes lists too, so do keep that in mind when it's time to create.
  2. Provide a useful guide : Most people searching for something on Google want help. If you can provide that kind of specific help, your blog is more apt to be read. When you create a guide, fill it full of great steps and details that people can understand (examples are great too). Are you an expert at something? There's no better way to stand out than by writing a guide.
  3. Grab what's hot : Is a topic related to your industry trending right now? Do you have something that perfectly coincides with what's happening in the world? Why not try to wrap that information into a blog post? You can take advantage of popular tags and social media to really get your point out.
  4. Go for a niche : If you have a really great idea or truth that you want to explore, let people know about this thing. Even if that idea seems really strange or odd to you, it will pay off for those people that are looking for what you're selling. Never underestimate the power of a niche market.
  5. Be honest : I absolutely hate it when blog posts aren't honest, don't you? Why lie to your audience? If you are having doubts, questions, or fears, let people know. The more human you are in a post, the more people will trust you – and trust is always a good thing.

Create Original Content Posts: What Not to Do

Some people might recommend looking at what your competitors are doing, and then copy that technique exactly. I'm going to caution you against doing this. Why? Because it has been done. It's doubtful that you will reinvent the wheel or do something that nobody else has ever done, but you should try – at all costs – to be original.

Need help creating some really informative web hosting content? Or, looking for ways to add some cheap web hosting content to your site? Ask us, we'll be glad to help you round out that content once and for all.