Making the Move from Paid WordPress to Self-Hosted

Welcome to my first of a four-part post series on my move from Paid Wordpress to Self-Hosted! These posts will discuss my lessons learned and tips you can use (even on Free Wordpress!) to improve your website.

Paid WP vs. Self-Hosted | How I Went Self-Hosted | Proper Use of Headers | SEO for Book Bloggers

At the end of June I made the scary leap to self-hosted for my blog, and I was surprised how easy moving to self-hosted from paid Wordpress was! I’d heard horror stories from friends who broke their site and spent weekends fixing it, which was the main reason I didn’t go self-hosted last year when I decided to buy a domain.

If you are a blogger considering making the move to self-hosted from Wordpress (either free or paid), this guide is for you! I will go over the actual steps I took, how long of a process it is, and a couple of things I’ve learned since. This is a long post, but it should answer all of your questions!

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Paid WordPress versus Self Hosted: What I wish the guides told me

Welcome to my first of a four-part post series on my move from Paid Wordpress to Self-Hosted! These posts will discuss my lessons learned and tips you can use (even on Free Wordpress!) to improve your website.

Paid WP vs. Self-Hosted | How I Went Self-Hosted | Proper Use of Headers | SEO for Book Bloggers

I made the jump from Paid Wordpress to Self-Hosted a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve learned a lot since that process. My lessons began about eleven months ago: I wanted to add Google Analytics to my website and found I couldn’t unless I was on the Business plan ($20/month). If I wanted to pay that much I could have gone with managed Wordpress. This paid wordpress versus self-hosted guide aims to assist bloggers considering moving from free wordpress to having their own domain.

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What the New CMA Guidelines Mean for Book Bloggers & How to Properly Disclose ARCs

Greetings friends, and welcome to another guide here on Reader Voracious! This one has been percolating in the back of my mind for a few weeks awhile now, and while it isn’t the most ~attractive~ topic out there I think it is incredibly important to talk about: how to properly disclose as book bloggers.

Have you ever taken a moment to think about the power that we have as book bloggers? No, this is not an ego trip on my part, I am genuinely asking for you to think about it. We all have our platform(s) and have followers that turn to us for our honest opinions on the books that we read; I can’t count on my hands the number of books that I bought as a result of my friends talking about them. I know the term makes me rather uncomfortable, but we are all truly influencers in the book space!

An influencer is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of their authority, knowledge, position or relationship with their audience. An individual who has a following in a particular niche, which they actively engage with.

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2019 Book Blogger Spreadsheet Template

We all know that I live by my lists as a very Type A personality. My book blogging experience drastically changed for the better in July when I put together a spreadsheet to keep track of all of my ARCs, and I made the FREE 2018 Book Blogger Spreadsheet Template available for anyone to use. And I am here with the exciting news that the NEW & IMPROVED spreadsheet template for 2019 is now available!

I don’t know about you, but as 2018 draws to a close I have started to look towards 2019. Setting goals. Planning content. Scheduling buddy reads. For those of you that like to schedules and data, the promise of a new year is exciting. But who wants to create a new spreadsheet to keep track of everything? Ya gal here spent the past several weeks improving the spreadsheet. There are a lot more tabs and the spreadsheet does a lot more than it did before, so this post will break it down for you with lots of screenshots. Let’s get into it!

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The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Bloggers

Welcome voracious readers to the Ultimate Social Media Guide for Book Bloggers (that can also be tweaked for other niches because this information is useful for anyone)! If you are interested in learning how to take your blog’s social media marketing to the next level, then buckle up and grab your bullet journals because this post is jam packed of information to help you raise awareness and increase traffic to your blog!

This guide is one month in the making and the culmination of countless trainings, conferences, and projects over five years of professional experience working in digital communications and fundraising. My experience has been in non-profit communications as it pertains to fundraising, and I currently run university-branded social media accounts on behalf of my department. In May 2018 I applied this knowledge to my own social media accounts and since then experienced rapid growth (just passed 500 Wordpress followers, thank you so much!) and increased monthly traffic. And you can do it too, without slaving away for hours! Continue reading

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