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Are You Looking For Webhosting? – Get 2 Months Free!

newadvert-270x104Are you looking for webhosting? I’m not sure it’s talked about around the dinner table, but at some point, if you’re a blogger, a business owner, or a web designer…the list goes on, you will want a website, and you have to find a hosting company to put that website. I started a webhosting company in July 2007 called Billyhost.com, mostly because I was frustrated with the BIG hosting companies. I won’t go into details; just to say…even the big boys have downtime, and stuff breaks, but I haven’t had downtime with my current Data Center here in Canada.

Having said that, most problems come from growing that kind of business much too fast, when it grows faster than the support team can keep up with, or worst yet, when the system administrators can fix problems fast enough, service eventually suffers. You can ask friends and neighbours, even better….other business owners who they use, and what their experience has been like with company XYZ.

I’ve kept my hosting company small, mostly friends and clients, that to has it’s drawbacks, but mostly it’s an awesome experience serving and supporting good people. I’m grateful, the clients I have to date have been with my company called Billyhost since the beginning. I love solving the webhosting problem for the little guy, even the big guy…there is great reward in providing the best service possible, that one can offer on a personal level.

A Billyhost March Promotion – GET 2 Months FREE

If you’re looking for webhosting, I urge you to go to Billyhost.com – now and then, a special takes place, March is going to be a fun promotional month. Billyhost is offering 2 Months FREE Webhosting for new customers – there are three hosting plans to choose from, and they all qualify for the 2 Month Promotion. You need the Promotion Code….here it is 2MTHSFREE – it’s a 12 month commitment, no refunds, you must use all 12 months. Those are the conditions of the promotion, so make sure you read them when you are ordering, just before you CHECKOUT, there is a link to see them.

Billyhost offers cPanel for website management, there is basically one click WordPress Installation, and there are many, many cool tools and software programs in Fantastico 3 – over 600 of them, FREE!!!!!! Yep, it’s included in your hosting plan. Billyhost also offers a

WordPress Support Service

Billyhost will make sure all things WordPress go well for you! Billyhost will install WordPress if it is not already installed. Every month, Billyhost will ensure all updates and security patches for WordPress are installed. We will backup your WordPress content, and will ensure all plugins are patched and up to date when they are released. This service / rate is on a per WordPress install. ($25.00 USD Monthly)

The above is optional, so you don’t have to buy the service. But it’s nice to know if you find you don’t have the time, or know how to do it.

Yes this is a self-serving Blog Post, but I want to make sure you have a positive experience with webhosting.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and the team at Billyhost: admin@billyhost.com

 

Do you prefer Blogs Or Social Networks?

Today I ask the question:

“Do you prefer comments on a Blog, or conversations on FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Social Networks?”

I prefer Blogs, I like to keep the conversations here, not spread over multiple Social networks, at least here everything is self-contained. It’s easier to pull together smart thinking when all the comments and thinking are in one site when a question is posed. Now, having said that, you’ll notice this Blog doesn’t get many comments, maybe my content just isn’t interesting, or people just don’t agree and don’t take the time to let me know. It matters not, this is my space, it’s also a space for people who are interested, like-minded if you will, in my research, my point of view, my perspective, my foresight…it gets cataloged here on this Blog.

Now, I can’t control where you want to talk about my ideas, my blog posts, I just go where you are….when I have the time. The easiest way to get my writing…sign-up for my updates, then it hits the Inbox, that’s where we can have real in-depth conversations.

I understand it’s easier to comment on a Social Network, I publish to Social Networks with the hopes you will come here, at least then you might look around, read more and get exposed to more of my ideas and thoughts.

So if you aren’t commenting here, you may have already answered my question, or maybe…you never thought about it before. Never the less, feel free to comment here, I would love to get your view on the topic.

Do you prefer Blogs Or Social Networks?

My Predictions On Blogging 5 Years Ago – Was I Wrong?

Five years ago, March 1st, 2010, I wrote about what Blogs might look like in 5 years, I also threw out some numbers that I predicted would happen. Let’s go back and see how close I was back then.

Here is my opening paragraph:

“I can’t help but wonder what blogging will look like in 5 years, blogs for the most part are static and becoming integrated with Social Media Tools. There’s only 1.7 Billion people on the net and over 235 Million Blogs out there. Projections clearly show that over the next 3 – 5 years 5 Billion people will be on the Internet. Will Blogging be the primary platform? I don’t think so, everything is going more and more mobile, on the go.”

At that time only 1.7 Billion people were using the Internet. There were ONLY 235 Million Blogs, and data also suggested that in the next 3 -5 years there would be 5 Billion people using the Internet.

Today, over 3 Billion people are using the Internet, that’s 2 Billion short of projections, but that’s mostly due to the speed in which Internet access could be provided. Google & 3BNetworks are making the Internet available to all the 3rd world countries, but not as quickly as they had hoped.

The number of blogs on the Internet today is, well….seemingly impossible to track, there is no accurate count that I’m aware of.

Let’s look at paragraph #2:

“Will there be a place for blogs? Will there be a need to for content to be new and fresh multiple times a day? The money won’t be the content, it will be in the filtering and curation of content produced. More products or systems will be invented to manage all this data, data will be connected to data, there will be a huge need for filtering.”

There was a time, recently…that blogging was considered dead. But ask the question, will there be a place for blogs? Obviously blogging is not dead, and there is still a place & need for blogging. The money in blogging is actually the content, original content…there is bigger money in the curation, and the delivering of that filtering and curating. It’s kind of like the retail market, the channel of distribution, more information, curated, and lower prices. Whoever has curated a large amount of data, and has figured out how to deliver it to the masses at a low price, and even free, is making large piles of money. Not much has changed here, the old way, or the old attitude still prevails here, in terms of how we think about business, and how it is being done. One thing still rings true, it’s impossible to read every blog on the Internet, so those who filter and curate have a leg up.

And the last paragraph:

“There is much to do, and it will be interesting to see how things scale as the rise in Internet users climbs to 5 Billion. How will it impact your business? How will it impact your blog? How will we rise above the noise we can’t rise above now? The answers are forth coming, but we haven’t figured them out yet. We better hurry, time is running short. Will this blog even show up on the radar screen, it barely does now! So many questions and so many unanswered. We spend hours a day working on our blogs thinking it will look and feel the same years down the road. But I can help but wonder, what will blogs look like in 5 years?”

All these questions are still valid today, why? It boils down to one thing….we still haven’t made the paradigm shift. We are still hanging on to the old ways of doing business, organizing business, and we are still trying force feed an Industrial Age to the masses. We just can’t seem to embrace the change required, it’s too hard I guess.

In some circles, change is happening just for the sake of change, and in others, it’s moving to fast to accept as a new way of life. No matter how difficult it might be to make this paradigm shift, the blog doesn’t appear to be going away, everything is just more mobile. Mobility is here to stay, and is also changing, technology is being embedded into everything these days, including our clothes.

So, was I wrong? Sure, but not because I should have been, I was wrong because most of what I saw, and see today, is just taking longer, but it’s still going to happen. Is blogging dead, not by a long shot…you’re reading it now : ) And yes, there is still much to be done. To be honest, I’m disappointed in where blogging is today, but that to is changing. I am concerned as well, technology is fooling us, we are allowing it to control our lives. Texting and driving is all the proof I need.

The Shameless Plug Or Sharing

We really do like to promote ourselves, oh sure we say we don’t like to talk about ourselves, or pump what we do and who we might be in the pecking order. We do want people to know what we do and how well we’ve done it, we merely disguise it as a shameless plug, well we jest that at it. If you ask a person what they do, they’ll most likely tell you their job title, not what they actually do, we want to know some of the tasks, to give us an idea of how complicated your work may be. How important you might be in the hierarchy.

But if I were to ask you what you hated or didn’t like about your job, you could probably go on forever. I can assess you faster by hearing how passionate you are about who you work with or what you like and don’t like about the work you are paid to do.

When you venture to self-employment, you can no longer tell that story, you have to speak about how great your product or service is, how it will solve a particular problem. You have to plug your business all the time, sometimes we give a shameless plug, its an opportunist thing. I might say, have you read the most popular posts on my blog, hoping you might come and check the most popular blog posts I have in a list. That list makes it easy for you to see the most popular, and then the next…you should check it out, it’s on the right side bar. While you’re at it, sign up for my updates, they’ll be delivered to your inbox, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

It’s subtle, it’s effective, and it’s easy. The shameless plug is far better than sending, or spamming every social network, or inbox of people you have never had a connection with, they never opted-in. The shameless plug is no longer called that by name, today it’s called sharing right?

 

 

The Future Of Business – Be Useful

I’m not sure when he said it, but he said it…Chris Brogan made a statement that has stuck with me since I heard him say it, and he said it. He said, and I quote, ” People comeback to things that are useful to them”. Does that resonate with you?

I think Chris even coined the term, “Grow Bigger Ears”. Listen to what people are asking for, that your product or service might solve that problem”. It’s all part of being a Human Business.

I meet with a great many people almost everyday, smart people, and they seem to overlook simple observations, like being useful. Most of us, when we have a problem, tend to complicate things by trying to figure that problem out on our own. But if you were to ASK instead of tell, you might be surprised how quickly the problem goes away. You will notice, if you’re paying attention, you almost always go back to the place or person that was useful in solving past problems. You tend to draw on past experiences and go back to resources you found useful.

Talk about being creatures of habit, a gravity of human behaviour by the way!

Are you, is your business, is what you do, useful? And to whom? Therein Lies the secret sauce, who finds you useful. How can you tell, to be sarcastic, check your bank balance, if it’s healthy, you’ve probably been useful. If you get gobs of website traffic, and a low bounce rate, your site is probably useful. People tend to want two things, a problem solved, or they want to learn something, sometimes both.

Another gravity of human behaviour, almost everyone is an authority on something, we are very, very smart : )

So be useful, and change the world, make it a better place.

If you could help make owengreaves.com more useful, what would that be, what would you recommend? How could I be more useful to you? Go ahead, I can take it, but be respectful and sincere.

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