I’m supposed to tell you that I use affiliate links. I don’t want to be carted off to jail so I suppose I should tell you.
What Are Affiliate Links?
You can make money with a website in a couple ways.
- You can sell your stuff or
- you can sell someone else’s stuff and earn a commission.
Affiliate links have a unique ID that is assigned to the affiliate (in this case, me). When that link is clicked and a product or service is purchased, the affiliate (me) makes a commission.
I’m required by law to tell everyone visiting this site that I use affiliate links.
So here’s me telling everyone. I use affiliate links.
Why Should You Trust Me?
That’s the question you should be asking.
Affiliate marketers have been known to to sell or promote pretty much anything, good or bad. And they’ll often say anything to make a sale, accurate or not. So being careful is a good thing.
Here’s my own sales pitch.
I’m different than your average affiliate marketer in a number of ways.
I help you by providing a killer service (free WordPress installation, help assigning nameservers, free WordPress video tutorials, ongoing advice) if you purchase your web hosting using my link.
I only promote three companies (not 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or more) that I use myself. And I’ve used these three companies for years. I’ve given them a very thorough test run after trying a variety of others. I’ve been online since 1998, and it took me a while to find companies that really met my expectations.
Many affiliate marketers don’t provide anything once you use their link to make a purchase. They’ve made their commission so why should they?
And many affiliate marketers don’t use the products or services they’re selling. They don’t know if the products or services are good or not. And sometimes, they do know that what they’re selling is junk and they sell it to you anyway. And it doesn’t matter to them. Once the sale is made, their part is done.
I like to think that I’m not like that. But know this — all affiliate marketers are done once the product or service is purchased. When you need customer service or technical support, you’re going to deal with the company who actually sold the product.
It Benefits Us Both
You help me by purchasing hosting and domain name registrations from reputable companies at a discounted price.
I help you by teaching you how to make a website. I’ll also provide as much support as I’m able to provide.
What Companies Do I Promote?
At this time there are four companies that I promote on this website.
I promote Inmotion, Namecheap and WordPress.com because I use them, exclusively, for all my sites. I’ve been online since 1998 and tried different hosts and registrars. I’ve found that these companies meet my varied needs (and I’m picky!) quite nicely.
Inmotion provides the best balance between price and quality; they offer responsive, 24/7 technical support, a 90-day money-back guarantee (the best in the business) and they have the largest, most comprehensive knowledgebase in the industry.
Namecheap offers great deals on domain names, has very cheap privacy protection (an absolute must) and offers responsive customer service.
WordPress.com provides 100% free, professional websites. If you don’t like the limitations of their free plan, you can use one of their upgraded plans. Every WordPress.com plan is worth the money.
There is quite a difference in building a website with WordPress.com or building a website and using a web host (like Inmotion) and a domain name registrar (like Namecheap). Find out all the differences between the two on this page.