One of the best ways to start a blog is to use WordPress because it’s current and versatile. I like it when someone takes the trouble to show you how to set things up because WordPress can be a bit challenging for beginners. Today, we’ll check out a program to find out what BlogPress is all about and see if it meets your blogging goals.
What Can You Get With BlogPress
Created by a husband and wife team, BlogPress is a hosting and training platform that helps newbies start a WordPress blog and monetize from it later on. There are step-by-step modules to follow, weekly article updates that shares blogging tips and a portal for you to access your WordPress dashboard.
There are 3 types of hosting packages to choose from.
- Monthly – $14.95
- Yearly – $97 (get 5 months for free)
- Lifetime – $147 (one time payment)
Each comes with 14 days free trial so you can actually test them out before committing to any of the plans.
I am a big believer when it comes to blogging for business so there are a few things that I like about BlogPress from the very beginning.
1) The first part of the training is a 90 day plan where the process of blogging is broken down into bite-size topics that are easy to follow. Nothing too exaggerated and straight to the point. They have also included video explanations to support the tutorials, making it easier to understand. Besides, the training comes with a lot of resources and blogging ideas so I find that to be pretty helpful.
2) Another thing that I am impressed is how they go into the details about setting up a WordPress site. Each feature is explained in such a manner that it makes technical stuff less intimidating for newbies.
Within the WordPress core training, you’ll learn how to optimize for SEO using Yoast (a good plugin), how to create an email campaign through Mailchimp (another good autoresponder company) and building an audience through social media. All of these are viable techniques that can grow the presence and traffic to your blog.
3) The tutors paint a realistic picture from the beginning, emphasizing on content creation over designs. This is important because a lot of newbies tend to be obsessed with how their blogs look like and totally miss the point of blogging which is to provide information for the readers. By publishing at least 10 articles/month, you can make your blog more engaging and get better rankings on Google.
4) The second part of the training is about WordPress themes and what I like about BlogPress hosting is that they come with premium themes from Genesis. In case you don’t know, Genesis is a reputable web developing company that makes well-coded and professional looking templates for WordPress websites. They make sure that your site is fast loading and compatible with any web changes.
A typical premium theme would cost you about $130, but as a BlogPress member, you are getting access to 150 templates without any additional cost. That’s a pretty good deal and they even show how to set up each of these themes for your blog.
Despite the comprehensive offerings, I found that BlogPress falls short in some very crucial area.
1) For example, in the 90 day blogging plan, they didn’t teach you about niche selection. It is assumed that you already have one in mind OR you just write whatever that’s on your mind and figure one out later on. Maybe some people are good at it, but for most of us who are just starting out, the lack of this concept can lead to a blog that has no direction, no targeted audience and will not excel in sales conversion.
Understanding what a niche is all about is as important as why you write a blog in the first place, so that’s one topic I hope to see included in their future training.
2) Another technique that’s not within their radar of training is keyword research. While you are taught to publish frequently, you are not shown how to search for topics to write about. Targeted keywords keep your blog topics relevant and in the long term, they contribute immensely to your blog ranking and organic traffic from the search engines. Going into blogging without understanding keyword research is a huge waste of time, so this is one skill to master sooner rather than later.
3) The monetization technique taught in the training focuses on promoting digital products through Clickbank and using Google Adsense. There are caveats to these methods, though.
Firstly, promoting eBooks/softwares/membership sites may not be every blogger’s cup of tea. Some people are more comfortable doing physical products and the way this is done can be very different from digital products.
Secondly, earning from ads is a viable option when you have a ton of traffic – we are talking about thousands of visitors per day here. If you are just starting out and already placing ads on your blog, you actually risk losing customers to paltry ad commissions over bigger ones that you can profit from merchant companies.
4) BlogPress offers a convenient in-house service that connects a new domain to a WordPress site, but they are super pricey. If you want to include privacy protection and a business email, the fee could come up to be $59/year.
Honestly, other places can offer you the same thing at ⅓ of the price so before you purchase one, read my domain fee comparison on this page to know what you are getting.
5) People use WordPress because it’s a flexible blogging platform, but that’s unlikely the case when it comes to BlogPress hosting. In reality, you are only getting 5000 MB (5GB) of storage space. If you are planning to monetize long term, you are going to need more than that.
Even with the most basic provision by other hosting companies, you can get up to 30GB per plan – that’s 6x more than BlogPress.
The other downside is that you can’t add plugins on your own. This feature is fully controlled by the team and if you want to add something, you’ll need to contact their support to get things done for you. That is a bit cumbersome if you asked me.
So Is BlogPress Worthy of Your Time
In all honesty, I think they have some really great training and resources when it comes to blogging. Their support is prompt and they are a decent company. But I can’t say the same for the WordPress hosting. The limited storage and inaccessibility to plugins are a major turn off and it’s not something I would recommend for people who are serious about using blogging as an online business.
If you want a more superior hosting, I would encourage you to check out the Wealthy Affiliate platform instead. It comes with step-by-step tutorials, live video training and also a huge community of like-minded people who are all aspiring bloggers and entrepreneurs.
Keen to try it out? Connect with me from inside the training and I’ll be more than happy to show you around.
Do you have any thoughts or questions about this review? Feel free to leave your comments below.
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