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Avishai Sam Bitton

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Hi, my name is Avishai. I am the Founder of Oribi. I love Internet Startups, PC gaming, Star Wars, Blogging, Photography, LinkedIn and Chess. Feel free to drop me a message and connect with me on all the socials, you will be surprised by the amount of free advice I giveaway.

Shared Hosting, VPS and Dedicated Servers

There is quite a number of web hosting available these days, and it’s just a matter of choosing the right hosting type that can potentially determine the failure or success of your website.

Although there are several hosting options when it comes to how a server should be hosted these choices are cut down into three: Shared hosting, Dedicated Server and VPS hosting or Virtual Private Hosting. If you need the simplest explanation to what web hosting is I would recommend to think about web hosting as the home of your websites domain and content.

What are the most important factors you need to consider in choosing a hosting plan?

Hosting a New Website

If you are in the market for a hosting type that is appropriate for your new website, bandwidth and space are not  big issues at the moment. For a new website, it is best to stick to a plan that is not too small for future expansion of services or too big for your target coverage.

Operating System

Next, you will have to decide which operating system to use. Windows or Linux has many benefits when it comes to the type of programming language your website is built on. For dynamic websites that use Windows, databases are usually built with SQL whereas MySQL is used for Linux. Linux is most preferred by many since it has a lot of capabilities and is built from open source program. If you are choosing shared hosting for a simple landing page, don’t worry yourself too much with these details.

Web Hosting Server

Server Plan

The most popular server plan would be Cpanel or Plesk depending on which type of operating system you use, unless of course you buy a dedicated web hosting server. Cpanel and Plesk are control panels that integrate several programs to accomplish tasks on the server such as setting up email accounts, add-on domain creation, and ftp access other hosting programs. Dedicated servers allow you some freedom to install your own application so you will have different a control panel. Dedicated server works best for large companies, while Cpanel and Plesk are more suited for a small website owners or individuals. Today most web hosting companies pre-install many 3rd party services on their Cpanel, in other words this means that you will always have an advertisement on you dashboard.

Three Types of Hosting

As mentioned earlier, there are three types of hosting, which include Shared Hosting, Dedicated Server and VPS. Understanding how each of these three works will help you decide which one to host your website. Remember that there are other types of hosting such as cloud hosting and collocation but let’s focus on the three mentioned ahead.

Shared Hosting

Perhaps the most popular hosting type is shared hosting since it is relatively inexpensive compared to the other two. However, it is also the most limited type of hosting you can find on the market today. It offers ample functionality for start-up websites, which makes this type of hosting a good option to consider if you’re starting to build a company. Shared hosting uses only a single server but has the ability to host hundreds of websites making it the most cost-effective type of hosting available. I would strongly recommend this type of hosting for small mom and pop shops and beginner bloggers with less than 3000 website visits a month.

Take a look at the Pros and Cons of Shared Hosting:

Pros

  • Ability to handle hundreds of hosting websites using one server.
  • Cost effective with enough functionality for start-up websites.
  • Great for beginners that are not tech savvy

Cons

  • The most limited type of hosting.
  • Loading speed is relatively slow since processor is widely shared. This is noticeable for a large company websites with heavy traffic inference.
  • Your server is shared with other unknown websites, and when you don’t know your neighbors you might have issues with the load your servers cpu experiences.

VPS Hosting

If bandwidth, space and customization, are extremely important to you but can’t afford the cost of buying a dedicated server, Virtual Private Hosting or VPS is your best option. VPS is also shared hosting, but the difference is the sharing happens among very few people. However, this type of hosting is set up in a manner that each account works autonomously from the others so each will not be affected by other account holders. Take note that some accounts could use up more resources than the others.

Take a look at the Pros and Cons of VPS Hosting:

Pros

  • Allows multiple facilities similar to dedicated hosting but is a lot cheaper. You have root access and enables adding custom developed programs.
  • VPS is a more secure solution because your site is isolated. It has scalable packages that allow more bandwidth, more hosting space and more resources. Your site will not suffer because of other sites’ performances.

Cons

  • The leading disadvantage to VPS plan is the maintenance system including security, maintenance uptime and updates.
  • Difficult to manage virtual servers during unexpected large traffic and server failure is a big issue as one server affects the activity of the other.
  • Learning curve might make first-time host users feel frustrated.

Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is an expensive option with some similar aspects to VPS. The only difference is that you actually own hardware, you may have it physically in your office or rent one from a hosting company. It is the “big daddy” in a single server hosting and is recommended for a large company with large traffic expectations and exponential resources and requirements to boot.

Take a look at the Pros and Cons of a Dedicated Server:

Pros

  • You can own the hardware and have it physically near you.
  • Allows freedom to install your own applications and manage different control panels.
  • Can deal with very high volumes of traffic

Cons

  • Very expensive and is ideal only for larger business and big online publishers.
  • Maintenance and upgrade are a lot more complicated than VPS.
  • Not many customers are sharing their experience with dedicated server web hosting services

Whichever type of hosting plan you choose, always remember that nothing is set in stone.  It might be difficult to gauge what you need exactly when you start-up but you can always upgrade and downgrade your hosting account anytime you want.

Here are some hosting companies I recommend, keep in mind that some companies do shared hosting better than other while a there could be a company that really excels in VPS hosting but does a very poor job when it comes to giving support to shared hosting customers.

For shared hosting I recommend two main host websites Arvixe and HostGator. Both companies received very good reviews and they have a solid service, I recommend buying 6 months deals to get a great value, don’t commit to yearlong programs if you are not sure.

 Avixe: I recommend choosing the PersonalClass Pro, you pay under $10 for Unlimited Disk Space, Data Transfer,  A Free Domain Name For Life, Unlimited Domains and the best part choose where you want your server, you can choose from the US or Europe. The company offers great service and online reviews about their service availability are very positive. I mostly recommend using their service if you are going to host a WordPress website. If you want to go over and order their service just click the banner link bellow and get started off with a friendly price.

Shard Hosting With Arvix

HostGator: They have a large set of tools that hosting beginners will find very useful. Their prices are a bit higher from Avixe although they pretty much offer the same basic setup. I recommend HostGator to website owners that need a lot of functionality and extra features. If the price turns to be an issue for you, Startup Bloggers has you covered, just copy our HostGator coupon code on the bottom and you will receive a hefty discount that can may make HostGator a slightly better web hosting price than Arvix.

HostGator 25% Discount Coupon Code: startupbloggers25off

Just to be fare and honest upfront, if you click of the two hosting links with the discounts, we get a small profit.

Now that you have my recommendation on two shared hosting services it is time to recommend a good VPS hosting service. If the name Synthesis doesn’t ring a bell, write it down.

Synthesis: With a 30-day money-back guarantee and a Starter $27 per month price this VPS hosting plan is a pretty sweet deal for those that need to house a daily traffic of 1,000 people and up. The company is known for its high quality service and excellent support. Synthesis were even recommended by the famous Yoast. If you need something stronger than shared hosting, this is the company for you.

Now when it comes to a dedicated server I must be honest I do not have any experience with dedicated server web hosting besides the ones you can get through AWS (which is more of a cloud based solution). I invite the more experienced webmasters to leave their suggestions for a good Dedicated Server service in the comment section.

The bonus tip for startup founders

If you are developing a product, application, software or service I recommend checking out two services that can fit your needs, Windows Azure Vs. AWS Cloud. I won’t go into to too much detail but I can assure you that if you want to develop anything you will want to work under the support of these two services. I promise in a future post to explain more about these two, but for now I leave you with this, a bit outdated, but still very interesting article, which proves that Microsoft and Amazon are the creators of the most popular cloud development services in the world.

I hope you found what you where looking for, if not you can always try out WP Engine which is a whole different kind of web hosting for WordPress websites

 

I hope you found this post informative and useful. If you have any questions regarding web hosting or anything else, please feel free to drop me a line in the comment section or through the contact form.

Blog monetization is a hot topic in the blogging world, and it seems as though the overcrowded blog scene has created a stage for many internet entrepreneurs.

A lot of new internet startups are trying to create new diverse ways for publishers to monetize their website. The new publishers that are sometimes categorized as blogging or online magazine startups are looking for unconventional ways in order to catch up with the more established competition.

The majority of bloggers and online publishers are running ads by Google. The Google AdSense network turned 10 this year, and many publishers have been thanking Google for a worthwhile relationship that has benefited them throughout the years. While many bloggers are satisfied running their blogs according to the 10 year old status quo, there is a large community of bloggers who are looking for a change. Google ads are still a very viable monetization strategy, but today Google is not the only service that is able to recognize your content and provide ads that relate to your audience.Blogs Look How To Monetize

Google AdSense Is A Safe Bet

While Google AdSense is still the most common method used to monetize a blog there are cons like in every product in the world, nothing is perfect. Selling your precious web page real estate could be profitable, but that doesn’t always make it the best solution. Banners are a popular way to monetize your pages if you are the owner of a successful blog. The banners may take up more valuable locations on your website, but they will earn you significantly higher profits. Acquiring banners are easy and you don’t need to sink too much money into finding a few good ones for your website. Although using banners to monetize your pages is simple, you never really know how effective the banners will be.

A lot of bloggers consult with me regarding sponsored reviews, and I always remind them that monetizing through sponsored reviews is not as easy as it seems. You need to be really interested in checking products, and you can’t charge too much upfront. In fact, until the post is published I often recommend not taking an initial fee. Once you become a pro then you will have the credibility to really start making a profit for the time you invest. Also keep in mind that the review must be favorable without being bias. Some people might tell you that focusing on reviews is a waste of time, I think it is really up to you and your strategy.

In Image Advertising to monetize your blog

In Image Advertising

So aside from Google Ads, sponsored reviews and banners is there anything else? The answer can be found in a small number of innovative companies that have developed new techniques, some of which are actual web apps and others are new affiliation strategies. One example that I really like and I have advocated in the past is imonomy. This unique company specializes in in-image advertising. They offer a sophisticated monetization strategy in which their technology allows publishers to monetize images on their website. Along with the monetization technology, the imonomy tips widget that recommends more related content allows publishers to increase page views and improve bounce rates. In short, you make money and improve your overall website performance.

Another trend that has been around for some time is in-text advertising, one of the companies you might heard of is Infolinks. The company allows publishers to monetize the text from their website. If you are looking for a moderate monetization strategy I would recommend combining this tool with imonomy’s in-image advertising seeing as these two tools use a “hovering ad tactic”. This innovative strategy is sure to please the majority of your users, the ads don’t appear if you leave your computer mouse alone and this results in keeping your readers screen as clean as possible. Just remember that you are going to have to pay a hefty price with your readers if you overuse this strategy. People press text links in order to discover new information that will then constantly leading your visitors to advertisements against their will, which can hurt your chances of building a following.

If you know how to write useful content or if you are an expert in your field, I would suggest trying out eBooks. Most people would like to receive e-books for free but if you have proved yourself within your community it is safe to say that you may have another monetization strategy that is waiting to be tapped.

All the monetizing tactics I gave until now require hard work. Picking ads, finding images, creating content and writing a book are all time consuming options. A monetization alternative is to ask users for donations.

No Magic

To conclude, there is no magic setup in blog monetization that will work for you straight out of the gates. Some bloggers you might encounter will introduce you to different methods that I didn’t talk about here. One thing is for sure, in order to find success when trying to monetize your blog you must adapt your website to the preference of your audience, because without your audience any monetization strategy you choose becomes useless.
If you use different methods to monetize your blog, share your comments with us.

Looking for a seed investment for your startup? Here is the difference between an Angel Investor and Venture Capital.

Starting up a business is expected to raise great challenges for newbie entrepreneurs and first time startup founders with regards to the factors needed to be considered in building one. One major part essential for a small tech company or for startups when looking forward to being developed in the future is the kind of Capital it must secure.

A lot of businesses these days failed to make it to the top due to lack of capital and growing financial problems. In this case, even if a startup is potentially capable to succeed, struggling to supply finances without exceeding expenditures remains the greatest test for most entrepreneurs. If you really want to expand your small business, you need to have a large amount of seed investment, fixed source of capital or a strong financial support to offer more than what you’re capable of.

At this point, you need to choose which among the many kinds of investors in the business world is worthy to be dealt with. Let us begin with defining and differentiating the two most common types of investors; Angel Investor and Venture Capital.

Angels Are Real

Angel Investors are individual investors devoting in the business at an early stage which means they prefer supporting startups. They are more interested to take the risk of seed funding newly built businesses than those that are already huge, expanded, and have stood on their own. They support potentially successful startups using their own money as long as they receive a profit in return. Angel Investors look for business relationships, applying personal taste, and more involved with business decisions through offering advice base on their own experiences. They will urge you to earn more money from your business in exchange for their seed. Although startups have a good chance to grow through associating with Angel Investors, there are two things you must think about. First is the difficulty of looking for an Angel Investor interested in seed investments the type of business you have. Secondly, the amount of money they invest for startups is typically less. Angel Investor

Before choosing your Angel, ask yourself

  1. Does the Angel have any experience as an Angel?
  2. Can give any added value to the company besides the capital he is willing to invest?
  3. Does your Angel Investor have a good reputation?
  4. Is he willing to share his connections and resources?
  5. How patient is he regarding his return on investment

Venture what?

Venture Capitalists, on the other hand, are a group of people (business or companies) usually more interested on a business already running for a longer length of time. Some wait until the angel investor stage is over before they engage on seed funding a business. They are highly motivated in receiving a large amount of returns; usually execute contracts, seats among the Board of Directors, and expects superior performance from the business. Unlike Angel Investors, Venture Capitalist seed investments is huge, and they are easily found. Under some circumstances, they invest on startups as well, but chances are less. If you are still a newbie, it is recommended not to include too many Venture Capitalist on your list of possible investors.

Before choosing a VC, ask yourself

  1. How much of involvement are you willing to experience in your day-to-day decisions?
  2. Do you really need a large amount of money for your seed funding?
  3. Are you giving up on too many of your shares when asking for a seed investment?

Pro tip: Find a venture capital that specialize in seed stage funding

The hybrid option is also a viable option, it has become common in certain areas to see a group of Angel investors create a small budget VC. In this sort of VC each Angel takes an active role inside one or more company as a part-time employee or full-time adviser. Just remember that choosing this route can be a real boost to your startups productivity but in the same time it can feel like “big brother is always watching”.

Seed Investment

Is it hard to find investors?

Without going into too much details you can probably imagine that no one is handing out money for free, you must have a product or service that really has potential. You have to work out a detailed plan how you are going to make your investor smile. Remember that every Venture Capital and Angel Investor are different and they may want to hear different things when you pitch them. Do not in any circumstance create one pitch version, customize your pitch according to the people you are going to meet each time, and yes this means you are going to have conduct extensive research before entering any room of investors.

You must bear in mind that whatever you choose among these three investors, they will be given the right to control and run the business too. Since businesses have always been involved with risk, eventually this is just one among the many risks you must be willing to take. At the end of the day you need to choose what fits your startup best, your seed round is an important milestone at the beginning of your journey. Whatever you choose Angel or Venture Capital, you can always pick one now and pick a different one later for your next round of investment.

Bonus tip: If none of the three options stir your interest I recommend looking up “Crowd Funding”. There are Crowd Funding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo that are very popular which have a track record of helping companies secure an investment in order to create or develop their product. The way it works is very simple: You offer to the world wide web community to fund your project, you set a goal of cash you need in order to make a dream become a reality, and you promise your micro-investors to get the product before everyone or at a discount price if that cash goal is reached. Just keep in mind that if you don’t reach your cash goal you don’t get to keep the money and your project will probably suffer from very bad public relations.

If you are interested in getting to know in more detail some famous Angel Investors and Venture Capitals names, you should visit CrunchBase and look up your role model company or favorite entrepreneurs. There are many companies that where featured on TechCrunch only because the successfully secured a seed investment so I recommend reading some articles as well.

Are you a startup founder looking to secure a seed investment or a founder that already had success with a Angels or Venture Capitals? Please share with us your questions, stories and tips in the comment sections bellow.

Two years ago I ran into Fiverr, the idea behind it really astonished me at the beginning, now it is one my favorite places to visit on the internet.

Fiverr is a new kind of marketplace that has sellers who offer services for sums that run between $5 and $40. You might be asking yourself what you can get for five dollars, and if you haven’t heard of Fiverr then there is a chance that you are in for a surprise.

While browsing in Fiverr I found some real bargains for my marketing efforts and personal needs, once I purchased a gig from a guy who singed for my girlfriend happy birthday with garbage bags on his head. Occasionally I buy something more serious like a logo design or a 500 SEO optimized article.

The website opened its gates to the world in the year 2009, bringing a very cool never seen before concept, you can pay $5 and get something that usually would cost you much more somewhere else, and I like to think that it is similar to Elance or oDesk, but with elements of fun and community followed by a semi-professional feeling.

So what can startups find on Fiverr?

The short answer is everything, here is an example: If you can find a professional logo design on the web for your startup for $40 you are a lucky founder, go on Fiverr and you might find what you need for only $5, there are extra gigs that can give you unlimited revisions and a PSD file, it is really up to you and your needs. I used to buy all my logos through 99 Designs but now I think twice before making a final decision, Fiverr is a more than valid option for any work you need.

Fiverr can save cash for startups
I found many cost-efficient gigs there

Fiverr is excellent if you are in need of a banner advertisement on a fashion website or a product review on a small blog to get things going. The  website has an easy to understand rating system, which can give you the necessary information to make a well-chosen purchase.

One of the reasons people on Fiverr will work hard is the rating system, if a seller has a 100% positive feedback on his gig he is likely to succeed in closing a new gig each day (depending on the gig group and popularity). Some gigs can’t be complete before two weeks time because those gigs are so popular, top rated sellers have days that they must pause their gig due to a very high rate of demand. One thing that you should always keep in mind while shopping on Fiverr, is that you are about to get what you pay for, here is an example: If you look at our logo here at Startup Bloggers, as you can see that it is a fairly good-looking logo that is semi-professional. We bought our logo on Fiverr, it cost $15 with extra gigs, and I am proud to say that it was one of the best investments I made for our website.

How to know what gig to buy?

The first thing you need to look for in a gig is the reviews, although I said before that you can see that some gig have 100% positive reviews I can’t necessarily say that these gigs are safe to buy. Usually I use this check list and it work for me very well:

  • Are all the positive reviews different?
  • Is the provider and experienced Fiverr user?
  • Is there a money back guarantee?
  • Can I see a work sample?

Here is an example of my gig, you can see clearly that all the positive reviews are by different people and they all have different comments:

Fiverr Positive ReviewsFiverr Gig By Avishai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the images to get a closer look

 

Your list will probably look very different from my list, in the end it is all about your personal concerns, in general I highly recommend using Fiverr, it is a cheap but good solution for many startups I know, and it might be a great tool for your startup.

Would you use Fiverr for any of your startup tasks?

Welcome to Startup Bloggers a blog for startup lovers that’s managed by real startup teams and founders.

Startup Bloggers Vision

We want to blog about the best guides and tools for entrepreneurs and their startup, our mission is to give our readers with the best tips, tutorials, hacks, discounts and stories from startup founders and their teams.

What will you find here?

Advice for startups, technology news, introductions to new startups, useful tools for entrepreneurs, product reviews, life stories from startup founders, employees and more. Expect to learn something new every day you visit our blog, prepare to meet a passionate community of startups that love to blog about startups and innovation.

 

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In case you didn’t know

 

What are we looking for?

Contributors

Startup Bloggers is looking for professionals of all fields to contribute to our community, to see how you can guest post please see our guest post guidelines. If you want to intern for us part-time please send us your CV, we may not have much money to offer but we do have many connections.

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If your startup has a press release or you want to share news about what is going on feel free to send it over, we can’t promise that every press release we receive will get published, but we can give you some tips on how you can increase your chances, visit our news and press release requirements for more.

Apps, Tools, Tutorials, Stories.

All sorts of programs, tools, advice, and tutorials that can help entrepreneurs from all industries. Helpful or insightful stories, about you as an entrepreneur or your startup. We want to help others learn from your lessons, teach newbie startups how to save time and money by sharing your personal experiences.

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We want to promote startups but not in a bias way, if you want your product or service reviewed by us please send us a detailed email explaining everything you think we need to know. The more information you give us the easier it is for us, don’t forget to send in the story behind your product and company.

What are we not looking for?

We don’t accept sponsored reviews, which means that all products will be objectively reviewed, only after a service or product gets a high rating from us we will look into the possibility of becoming an affiliate. We are not looking to create any income so please do not offer us ways to monetize our website, we are a community and not a business. The website will keep a minimum amount of ads and will only do so in order to pay for its maintenance costs.

 

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Who founded this blog?

My name is Avishai Sam Bitton and I am the founder of this blog. I work as a marketing manager at a young Israeli technological startup from Tel Aviv, the second best place in the world  to build a startup. If you want to know more about me and my experience you can check out my LinkedIn profile.

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