January Roundup: A New Year of Advice, Reviews, and Discounts

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  • Updated: Dec 10, 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! As we headed into 2016, we filled the month of January with a daily blog post each weekday. While it is impossible to highlight everything we’ve covered this month, there were a few articles we want to draw your attention to.

Reaching More Customers

Have you ever wondered how best to reach your local customers? KeriLynn Engel shares her tips for building The Perfect Local Business Website by offering 5 key ingredients. She shares tips such as the importance of a mobile friendly design, local SEO, and using maps and contact info.

Then, Gina Baldaty has some great advice on How to Manage a Group Giveaway Project. Hosting group giveaways can drive traffic to your site and result in new leads and even sales conversions. If you’re simply looking for more newsletter subscribers, you’ll find that this is a great way to reach new readers.

If you want to really reach out to the readers you already have, be sure to check out Luana Spinetti’s post on 7 Storytelling Techniques to Conquer Your Blog Readership. She shares a 30,000-year-old trick that still works today and tips such as using images or videos to tell part of the story.

Running Your Business

Do you watch the show Shark Tank? Lori Soard shares info on How to Run Your Blog Like One of the Sharks from Shark Tank. She takes a look at failures with monetization and how to avoid them and what you can learn from the smart entrepreneurs on the show.

Adding amazing images to your blog posts is an essential part of keeping site visitors from bouncing off your website. In her article, Having a Hard Time Finding Free Images for Your Blog? Check Out These Sites, Lori Soard shares a huge selection of places to find free images for your blog.

If you find yourself locked out of your WP-Admin panel, you can recover from that setback. Check out Vishnu Supreet’s post on how to get back into your dashboard so you can keep growing your site.

Reviews and Savings

As always, we have new reviews and coupons for you. Jerry Low, WHSR owner, took a look at One.com, which is based out of Denmark. Jerry looked at everything from how long the company has been in business to signup costs. He also looks at uptime stats for one.com and compares their price with several other hosting providers.

If you’re looking for a great deal on website hosting, WHSR also has added a coupon for Bulwark Host. Starter Plans are as low as $4.46/month.

Have you read WHSR’s guide on How to Build a Successful Blog? Even if you’ve already read this eBook, take a minute to download our updated copy for 2016.

As we move into the second month of 2016, we continue to work toward educating and informing you so that you can be successful with your online businesses. Until next month…

Article by Lori Soard

Lori Soard has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 1996. She has a bachelor's in English Education and a PhD in Journalism. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, online and she's had several books published. Since 1997, she has worked as a web designer and promoter for authors and small businesses. She even worked for a short time ranking websites for a popular search engine and studying in-depth SEO tactics for a number of clients. She enjoys hearing from her readers.