WordPress: Which Version?

WordPress: Which Version?

WordPress For Absolute Beginners Which version should you choose

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WordPress.org or WordPress.com. Which version should you choose? If you have just started your Quest to build an online presence for any reason, you have probably come across quite a few recommendations for WordPress for beginners. It is described as the easiest blogging platform. A quick search on Google, however, can cause some confusion for beginners. There are a .org and a .com version. How do you know which one is better, easier or more robust for long-term use?

Both platforms are free and you can customise both to create your unique website.  They are also user-friendly and dependable for blogging and other purposes. I’ll describe the differences below, to help you to choose which one is right for your needs and goals.

WordPress.com Pros and Cons.

When it comes to ease of use for beginners who know very little about websites, hosting and the online world, the .com version of this popular content management system (CMS) may be the best choice. It is much closer to ‘click and go’ than the .org version ie there is less to do with the setup. It does, however, have certain limitations.

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For personal sites or online profiles, the .com version offers quick and easy setup. You can launch your site a lot more quickly than with the .org setup. Simply sign up on the web page,  fill out the necessary information, and bingo, there is your blog site!

Many unique site themes or templates are ready for installation, with a simple click.  You can have an attractive looking site in just minutes. The hosting is 100% free and reliable which means your site will display at all times to anyone you share the link with.

WordPress: Disadvantages

Although there is a good selection of templates, you cannot customise your website further without paying an upgrade fee. Themes from other sources may not be installed and the code is locked up so you cannot change anything.

If you intend to run a small business or other freelance services, the. com version has more limitations. Instead of a neat and easy to remember SiteName.com URL, it will always be SiteName.com.wordpress.com. This looks cheap to potential customers and clients.It is also more difficult to fit onto business cards and advertising.

Added to this, the service does not allow you to post third-party ads at all. This is because WP hosts its own ads on your website. These ads may get in the way of your information or entice site visitors elsewhere. Something highly damaging to your success online. The .com setup means monetising the site through contextual advertising like Google Adsense and similar programs is strictly forbidden.

WordPress.org Pros and Cons

The wordpress.org version of this website building program does require more learning about the online world before you can launch a site. However, the benefits of going this way from the beginning of your blogging or site ownership adventure, far outweigh the negatives for most people.

WordPress.org: Advantages

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Since you must install the .org WP program on your own hosting account, you have complete control over every aspect of the site. Your domain will not have the unprofessional extension leaving it as SiteName.com. This makes it more marketable to potential customers and clients.

Design options abound with a vast collection of free and bespoke themes. Installation takes a few clicks, but the customisation options are almost unlimited for many. Learn how or hire someone to change the design or other code to get unique possibilities.

Third-party plugins and other additions work perfectly and can greatly increase the capability and interest of your website or blog. These include everything from a contact form creator to a video gallery add-in to a fully featured and secure e-commerce shopping platform.

There are no ads on your website unless you put them there. With this in mind if you want to monetise your site, .org is a must.

WordPress.org Disadvantages.

There is quite a learning curve when it comes to buying domain names, finding a quality hosting account, installing the program and filling your site with great content. All of which does cost money as well.

To get the professional .com website address for your site, you need to register a domain name. This costs about $10 to $15(US) per year. You also need a web host account. This is essentially the internet ‘real estate’ where your web pages will sit. This can cost anywhere from less than $5(US) per month to $20 and more. Hosting larger sites and those with more traffic, generally cost more.

Recommending WordPress for beginners and more experienced website owners makes sense. It is the easiest blogging platform but never compromises on capability or power. So choose .org or .com and begin to build your online platform. Be it for fun, business pleasure.

If you need hosting for your website, check out the all in one place hosting service that is The digital business lounge on my next blog.

I wish all the best in your endeavours.

Kath Walker

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What Is Affiliate Marketing

What Is Affiliate Marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a great way to begin your online career. No experience necessary. As an affiliate marketer, your job is to send traffic to a company’s website. You simply write articles on your blog site and promote these articles to Social Media. Throw in some research and security and you are off and running. Of course, there is a bit more to it than that, but when all is said and done, your job is to write and promote. The company does the rest. Sound good? Read on to find out how it works and how you can benefit.

Blogging tools plus extra.

The tools of the Affiliate marketing trade.

Affiliate Marketing: where to begin.

A good Affiliate Marketing Program will provide you with guidance education and support. Including how to get started and what you need to do to progress and succeed. For this reason, it’s a great place to start an online career. Needless to say, you should research the company of your choice thoroughly before you decide to go ahead and apply. Of course, information about the affiliate program will be on the Company’s website.

Once you decide which company you would like to promote, You fill in their application form online.

Affiliate Marketing: the next step.

When the company accepts you into the program, they will supply you with an affiliate link. This link will contain code which is unique to you. You will use this link in your promotions of the company online. Somebody will click on your link. Once they click, they go to the company website. Here, the company website also promotes the items you have promoted. They also promote other items on their website. Meaning there is a chance the customer will buy more than what you have promoted.

You will get the credit for anything the customer buys. Just for sending the customer to the company website. As you get better at writing and publishing, this becomes a full-time income, working part-time hours. Who wouldn’t want that?

Benefits Of Affiliate Marketing

The company will benefit from your promotions because you send traffic to their website which normally wouldn’t find their way to the company website. They also benefit because they don’t pay you unless you make a sale. In a way, they get free advertising. Cheap advertising anyway.

You benefit as an affiliate for many reasons. Firstly you don’t have to deal with inventory. The company manages ordering and delivery. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about customer support. Returns and complaints will be managed by the company also. Thirdly, you don’t need to decide on a good product which sells. The product is already there.

Most exciting of all, in my opinion, is that you get to pick the hours you work and you run things around your own lifestyle! Of course, if you want to make this into a business, you do need to treat it like a business and not a hobby.

Things to be aware of.

As with anything in life, there are things to be aware of in affiliate marketing. The first thing to consider is the security of your website. You should invest in good security on your website. It’s probably one of your most important jobs to do for your website. If anybody hacks your website they can ruin all of your hard work building your business. Not to mention the hard work you put into your blogs.

Hackers can also ‘hijack’ your affiliate links. If your affiliate links are hijacked, the ‘hijacker’ will be paid for your sales. Many people use link cloaking to hide the affiliate links from hackers. Make sure you use affiliate link cloaking properly or it could lead to google black banning your site in the search listings. See my article in the coming weeks for further information.

Look for companies with a good reputation. Dodgy companies do hijack affiliate links themselves. They are probably the same companies who don’t pay on time or what the first quoted. Do your research.

Even though there are things to be aware of, Affiliate marketing is a wonderful way to make money and potentially replace your income. Resulting in a much-improved lifestyle for many.

The final word on affiliate marketing

When all is said and done, your job as an affiliate is to write compelling blogs and publish them to social media and other places on the internet. Use your affiliate links in your blogs. Somebody is certain to click on one of your links, and once your client is on the company website, the company takes over.This way, you can spend your time learning and be improving your writing skills. The more you write the more you will improve.  Make sure you do your research. You don’t want to get caught out by the dodgy brothers. It would spoil what would otherwise have been a fun new thing for you to do. A fun thing which will pay well in the long run.


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