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Domain Name and Hosting
Blue Host $3.95/month
Paid for one year in advance. Pro-rated refunds available if you quit at any time.
(The Word Press.com site is for free website creation. You do not own the website. This is used primarily for people wishing to have diary type blogs and who do not plan to sell anything as sales are not permitted on this site. The mechanics of each are different, so if you do plan to eventually sell something it is better to start learning the website builder that you will use.)When you use Bluehost they have a link and you can have the website set up free.
Auto-Responder for email
Convert Kit $29/month
- This site is extremely helpful and has full capability of letting you set up automated emails,
- sequential emails and
- opt-ins that you wish readers to get with an email.
Site Maintenance and Security Check
The Blog Mechanic $49/month at onset
Kerry checks the site to make sure everything is working the way it should be including the site security. I get a monthly report of site conditions.
I recently upped my service from Kerry to the $99/month program so now she also does many of the technical things like advising me and getting plug-ins to work, as well as all the security features. Having someone who knows how the technical aspects affect the site became very important to me after I made some big mistakes that had me sending a group of subscribers into never-never land. Thankfully she came to the rescue and saved them all.
Artwork and designs
Canva $12.95/month + $1.00 each for some of the designs but many are free.
I use this site to find pictures, illustrations, and photos to use in posts. It’s also good for doing worksheets that need more tweaking than I can do in Microsoft Office. They have templates to use for advertising and posting on social media sites. The cover for my e-book will be designed here. In addition, when I make a poster for Facebook or Twitter they can shoot them right to my site.
Ongoing education and support
The Laptop Academy $49/month
The Academy is hosted by Yaro Starck and has multiple forums as well as educational material to help with both technical and content issues. There is much support and encouragement from the members to one another. There is also the opportunity to have your site reviewed by others and to sit in the ‘Hot Seat’ for an evaluation and coaching session with Yaro.
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