July Roundup: Branding, Hostpapa Interview, and Membership Sites

July has been a very hot month this year. Some places are seeing dangerous temperatures. Since you’re likely spending more time indoors in the air conditioning, it’s a good time to read through articles and grow your blog. We have the perfect features this month to help you make more money, find a better web hosting company, and add new features to your site.

Web Hosting News

If you’re looking for a better hosting company, you’ll definitely want to check out WHSR’S Web Hosting Survey 2016: Results, Highlights, and Hosting Advice. This in-depth survey looks at many different factors that determine our ranking of a web hosting company, such as which websites users are most satisfied with and which ones they most plan to move away from.

You’ll also want to check out Jerry Low’s interview with HostPapa CEO, Jamie Opalchuk. Learn how this Canadian company got started, what they have to offer small businesses, and where they’re heading in the near future.

Branding

Establishing a strong brand presence is a vital part of seeing consistent growth in your business year after year. We have several articles that will help you establish your brand. Luana Spinetti’s article titled How to Be Memorable and Make Money. A Guide to Smart Branding will tell you everything you need to know about branding, including when your focus needs to be on your target audience and when you need to pursue brand image.

You can also establish yourself as a brand by becoming a recognized authority. Gina Badalaty writes about 44 Ways to Come an Authority in Your Niche.

Improve Your Blog

There are many ways you can improve your blog, from new ways to monetize your blog to adding plugins. Lori Soard writes The Inside Scoop on Membership Sites and shares the best ways to add membership elements to your blog without losing your current readership.

Luana Spinetti talks about 6 Indicators that Your Blog Post Idea Might Go Viral. She gives some useful ways to write a blog post that other people will want to share.

Luana also shares 11 Free WordPress Plugins to Increase Opt-Ins, Shares and Conversions. This can increase your overall popularity and newsletter subscriber base.

Even if you only implement a few of these ideas this month, you’ll improve your website, conversion rates, and subscriber base. Until next month, happy reading!