October Roundup: Best Website Builders and In-Depth Review of Constant Contact

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  • Updated: Nov 08, 2017

Dear Readers,

Can you believe October is already over? I don't know how the month passed so quickly, but it was a busy month. Here in southern Indiana, the leaves are changing to beautiful, bright yellows, reds, and oranges. Soon they will fall away and winter will approach, but for the moment we have some gorgeous and vivid scenery.

October was a busy month here at WHSR. As always, we've added a number of resources that we hope will be helpful to you as a blogger/business owner. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our hosting reviews, so you can find the perfect and affordable hosting solution for your business needs.

Best Website Builders

If you're interested in using a website builder to create a simple website, you are probably wondering which one out there works best. There is no need for you to spend untold hours searching for the answer to this question, because we've already done all the research for you in our Find Best Website Builders guide.

In this handy guide, we take an in-depth look at some of the more popular website builders today, and then we give it a rating and explain why we chose that rating. Some of the builders we looked at include:

  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • BigCommerce
  • Shopify
  • Firedrop.ai
  • Website Builder
  • SiteBuilder

We also dig into who this type of builder works best for and what you can and can't do with these services.

Constant Contact Review

If you run a website, you've likely at least considered starting a mailing list. A mailing list is one of the best things you can do to grow your business over time, because it gives you a direct line of communication with those who are interested in your site already. With a mailing list, you aren't reliant on Google or anyone else for your traffic, because you can reach a highly targeted audience directly.

One service that allows you to build a mailing list and create beautiful HTML-based emails is Constant Contact. Timothy Shim took the time to really dig into some of the details of using Constant Contact in his Constant Contact Review (2017): Pricing, Templates, and MailChimp Comparison. You can quickly see just what maintaining a list on this mailing platform giant might cost and if Constant Contact is the right choice for your business needs.

Influencer Diversity, Montetizing YouTube & WP Security

We also covered quite a number of topics related to marketing your website and driving more traffic. You've likely heard of influencer marketing, but Azreen Azmi takes it a step further and discusses The Need for Diversity in Influencer Marketing, pointing out that influencers yeild as much as 906% ROI figures. Still, it is important to diversify and reach out to influencers from all walks of life and even from different geographic areas.

You're likely already on YouTube as part of your overall online marketing strategy, but you can also monetize your YouTube channel and make a little extra money on the side. Azmi also looked at Monetizing YouTube: How YouTubers Make Their Money. You'll get facts, such as how much top earners are making on YouTube (hint: as much as $12 million/year), details on how monetization works, and creating opportunities for product placement.

WordPress sites are notorious for attracting hackers. Site owners are constantly installing firewall plugins, changing security settings, and trying to beef up protections. Christopher Jan Benitez takes a look at How to Use Two-Factor Authentication with WordPress. This is a great way to verify users' identities, which can throw hackers out of the running.

What You'll See in November

We are putting the finishing touches on a couple of interviews and guest posts, so check back in the next week for those. We like to offer some Black Friday deals as well, so be sure to come back and grab some codes for deeply discounted web hosting offers.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our US-based friends and anyone else who celebrates a holiday in November. Until next month…

About 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.