By Cheval John
May 24th, 2017
You might be wondering if it’s worth it to have a blog after seeing these stats
There are over a billion websites in the world- Internet Live Stats
About 2.7 million blog posts are published everyday-Hosting Facts.com
The answer is yes because your blog is the home base for your website
Here are more stats about blogs:
Websites with a blog have tend to have 434% more indexed pages-Impact
43% of marketers who work for business to business tells everyone that blogging is very important for their companies-Social Media Examiner
81% of businesses consider their blogs to be an important asset to their businesses.-Search Engine Journal
Out of the millions and millions of blogs, the top hosting sites for blogs are Tumblir and WordPress (WP).
Though Tumblir host 175 million blogs, I am honestly not a fan of the platform.
WP hosts 75.8 million blogs in the world.
You might not know that WordPress has two different platforms for blogs.
Before we get into the details of WordPress.com and WordPress.org, I want to chat about another hosting site that emerged over the last few years: Medium.
Medium was created in 2012 by Evan Williams, one of the co-founders of Twitter.
The vision for Medium was to create long form content in the manner people could express themselves more since Twitter has a 140 character limit.
People who creates an account on Medium via Twitter or Facebook will automatically increase their audience depending on the number of followers on either platform.
For example, Rachel Rofe, who is the author of 50 plus books, created her Twitter account in 2007 and built a strong community.
When Rachel started using Medium in 2014, almost 1/3 of her Twitter audience “followed” her to the blogging platform
This is an advantage for those who are looking to start blogging for the first time.
And you also keep the blog content according to the people at Medium.
With the above being said, here are the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Pros of WordPress.com:
It is free
You can interact with fellow bloggers on the platform and build a community
Your blog could be discovered
Cons of WordPress.com:
You have limited features which can hinder you from expanding your blog
Pros of WordPress.org
You have access to the plugins which can improve your website
You can design the website which fits your business
The website is yours forever
Cons of WordPress.org
You have to pay a hosting company to run your website
In reality, it is not a con because they are hosting companies which are compatible with WordPress.org and are very affordable for small businesses.
(Disclaimer: I use host gator for my business blog and I am not getting a commission at all.)
If you have to choose between wordpress.com and wordpress.org if you are planning to start a blog, I would select the latter.
When you built an audience over the years using wordpress.com and you want to switch to a self-hosted site using wordpress.org, you will end up “losing” the total number of views for your blog.
It will also cost you between $129-$200 to transfer your content from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.
I started this blog on wordpress.com in 2011 while simultaneously blogging for the collegiate newspaper and myself during my time in graduate school.
When I was placed on probation from graduate school, I decided to buy the domain name and upgrade the blog to vallanomedia.com using wordpress.com in January of 2012.
A couple days later, I formed the company as an llc and continued to blog about sports, travel and current events.
After looking at articles from experts like Nathalie Lussier regarding blogging platforms, I knew I had to switch my site over to wordpress.org.
So on October 1, 2012, I paid around $140 to switch my blog over to wordpress.org.
I had no idea at the time I was going to “lose” over 3,900 total viewership I built before switching from wordpress.com.
In conclusion, I want to add having a blog is important because it is your main real estate.
The social media platforms are just rented land.
If you want to build your business via blogging, you must do your research on which platform is right for you.
“A blog is an opportunity to shake hands and introduce yourself. You can gain a reader’s trust through quality content.”
Are you planning on starting a blog? You can leave your comments below.
By Cheval John, September 3rd, 2016
The #HTownTakeover has officially been recognized by the USA.
It should be called the University of Houston potentially crashing the College Football Playoff party.
The reason is that Houston dismantled the defending Big 12 Champion University of Oklahoma 33-23 in front of a sellout 71,016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
UH students, faculty, alumni and even the city of Houston are celebrating this epic win against a top-ten opponent.
The Cougars solidified the hype of possibly being the first team from a non-power 5 conference to make the four-team playoff.
It also makes a case for UH to be included in the Big 12 Conference.
Here is Elissa Rivas, a reporter and anchor of ABC 13 Houston responding to this tweet about the Big 12 proposal by UH
— Elissa Rivas (@ElissaRivasTV) September 3, 2016
And the Houston Astros was watching the matchup during batting practice in preparation for their second game against the Texas Rangers
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 3, 2016
And UH President and Chancellor of the UH System, Dr. Renu Khator, echos the statement about the win against OU as a statement matchup.
— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) September 3, 2016
So why is it that UH is all of a sudden the talk of the town
It has to do with their head coach Tom Herman.
Before Coach Herman arrived, UH was an above average football program under the previous head coach Tony Levine.
Coach Herman set a winning culture in the football team and even implored the college students to attend their home matchups.
And the #HTownTakeOver took root on the UH Campus and later in the city of Houston after they won the American Athletic Conference title, then the Peach Bowl against Florida State.
I can argue that former UH softball coach Kyla Holas built the program from the ground up and made them a powerhouse in collegiate sports.
Since UH softball or any other women’s sports does not garner the attention like football and basketball, they are left in the shadows of the money-revenue sports of collegiate athletics.
With the above being told, they are a few lessons that anyone can learn from the recent success of the UH Football Team.
1. You Must Have A Winning Mindset
Though the UH Football Team did not have any top recruits like their counterparts in the Power Five Conferences, they developed the mindset that they could beat any collegiate football team in the country.
They understood that to develop that winning mindset, they had to work as a team
Dave Sanderson explained on my show, What’s The Word, that the passengers of the US Airways Flight 1549 survived the plane crash because they worked together to escape the sinking plane
In the same way, we must have the mindset that we can succeed in our business and careers because sooner or later, the success will come to past.
2. You Must Be Laser-Focused on Your Goals
In the midst of the noise that UH could go to the Big 12 Conference, the coaching staff reminded the team of their goal of winning the AAC championship this season.
They understood that they had to beat OU if they wanted the collegiate football world to take them seriously as a football team.
As business owners, we hear all the noise of the rise of a new social media platforms that can revolutionize our business and that we need to be on there.
We need to stay laser focused on our goals that will eventually lead to the success of our business.
3. You Must Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
The UH Football Program would not have achieved their success had it not been for the administration under Dr. Khator.
Dr. Khator invested money into the athletic department that allowed them to improve the stadiums around the UH campus.
And since UH Football is the main draw for the university, they are determined to keep Coach Herman at the university as long as Dr. Khator continues to believe in the athletic programs.
You must surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams of a successful career or business because they will lift you up to the next level.
The places to find like-minded people is at conferences and networking events.
And you can jump-start the friendships on social media in group chats because you will be able to build trust with your potential customer or business partner.
As I conclude this blost post for better, here are a few group chats on Twitter to consider joining:
Twitter Smarter hosted by Madalyn Sklar
Biz Heroes hosted by Paper.Li
ChatSnap hosted by Kristy Gillentine
Viral Chat hosted by Post Planner
HootChat, hosted by Hootsuite
VC Buzz, hosted by Ann Smarty
Media Chat, hosted by Aaron Kilby
Millennial Talk, hosted by Chelsea Krost
Dare To Be, Hosted by Andrea Sanchez
Blog Chat, hosted by Mack Collier
Lets Live Stream, hosted by Rachel Moore