How to register a Domain Name UK & Easy Steps to create a UK WordPress Blog Site

How to register a Domain Name UK & Easy Steps to create a UK WordPress Blog Site

Increasingly more people search online for information about how to register a domain name UK and create a UK WordPress blog site.

But before you go ahead and register a domain name in the UK, you should consider certain important factors that can affect the success of your domain and website.

According to Wikipedia the .uk domain extension also known as the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United Kingdom was among the first to be registered in 1985, just a few months after the original generic top-level domain .com and the first country code after .us. This makes the .uk domain one of the oldest and most popular domains worldwide with millions of registrations.

Such ccTLDs are popular among Brits as they will immediately brand your website and business as 100% British. And even for international visitors to your .uk website it will be reassuring to know where your business is based.

But the .com domain remains the most popular worldwide with over 50% of all websites on the Internet using it as their extension. Other domain extensions that are just as popular as .uk are .net or .org.

So, no matter which domain you end up going for in the UK, whether it is .uk, .co.uk or .com or .net, you can find a domain name with all of these TLDs with SeekaHost easily and fast. You can get a .com domain for only $5.99, which means that in Britain you will only have to invest about £4. This makes SeekaHost’s offer one of the most budget-friendly prices that you will come across in the UK.

In this guide, you will learn about the important steps to search for the ideal domain name and buy it very easily at affordable rates. You will learn not only how to find and get a domain but also how to turn it into a successful blog with WordPress and the SeekaPanel.

Blogging is one of the best ways anyone in Great Britain can get started online with very little investment. The world is shifting online and knowing how to build an online platform helps in many ways for more prosperity, especially in difficult economic times.

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Why do you need a Domain Name UK?

Starting a blog or any online journey starts with a domain name. It is your virtual property on which you can build any type of business you want. In the UK you will find a more competitive web property market with 11,918,249 .uk domains registered in 2020 according to Nominet UK. However, it will still be easier and more affordable to find a .uk domain compared to a .com domain.

So, let’s take a closer look at which domain names and extensions offer better career and work prospects online that you can utilize in Britain.

What Domain Name should you buy as a Brit?

  1. Are you looking to create a blog?
  2. Do you want worldwide traffic from other countries?
  3. Are you going to build a local business website?
  4. Are you planning to go global in the future even if you are starting a local business website in the UK?

If the answer is yes for the 1st and 2nd points, get a .com domain name that you can buy at the cheapest price at https://www.seekahost.app/cheap-com-domain-registration/. Dot com domains are the most trusted domain extensions globally for commercial websites and are therefore recommended for international business websites. You may however have to compromise on your ideal domain name as often strong, poignant and simple domain names will be taken with a .com extension, unless you have come up with a unique brand name like “ebay” or “google”. Try your luck by entering your domain name in the domain search tool inside the SeekaPanel to find out if it is available, how much it will cost, or which alternatives are available at which price.

If the answer is yes for the 3rd point, get a .uk domain at SeekaHost and search for the best domain name options available. By entering your preferred domain name in our search bar inside the SeekaPanel, you will find various domain name options delivered by our domain search tool with different TLDs, so you can make the best choice. You will very likely get a .co.uk domain name for commercial purposes.

If the answer is yes for the 4th point, get a .com or .net domain name as they are the best to rank in any country in Google search results.

If you want more help with how to register a domain name in the UK, get in touch with me or with one of SeekaHost’s domain name registration experts so that you can find the best domain options for you.

Bear in mind a few other factors before buying your domain:

  1. Review the structure of your domain name. A domain consists of a prefix (https), a subdomain (www), the main name (website), and an extension (.com, .org., .net). Ensure it sounds and looks good.
  2. The ideal domain name is short, easy to spell and memorable like “Apple”.
  3. Try to include keywords in your brand and domain name to rank it better on search engines.
  4. Avoid adding unusual symbols or hyphens as difficult to remember/spell domain names are less likely to be searched on search engines.
  5. Think carefully about the extension of your domain name as explained above. Determining factors are location, purpose/function, and type of business.

Once you find and purchase the domain name of your choice, you can easily use the 1-Click WordPress installer to host it and get online fast.

Now let’s look at the 5 steps to register a domain name in the UK:

  1. Visit https://www.seekahost.app/buy-domain-name/
  2. Search for the domain name and you will land on https://www.seekahost.app/domain-name-search/
  3. Choose the domain name and add it to the cart.
  4. Proceed to sign in or sign up if you are new to SeekaHost.app at https://portal.seekahost.app/
  5. Enter your details and purchase the domain name.

Once purchased, you can see the domain name inside the portal under the domains tab.

SeekaPanel is the world’s easiest to use WordPress hosting manager tool, built with the focus to help anyone buy domains and web hosting easily and fast. It’s not just easy but also offers cheaper options than most domain registrars and hosting services providers in the UK market.

How can the SeekaHost WP Hosting Manager help you register your UK Domain?

  • You can register most domains including .uk and co.uk
  • You can install WordPress on your domains with one click
  • You can buy affordable unique multiple class IP hosting for blogs or websites
  • You can get the DNS records
  • You can check website analytics data for better SEO and marketing strategies
  • You can install or delete your sites or upgrade/downgrade hosting plans
  • You can migrate your website from one host to another for free with tech support in the panel or tutorials how to do it yourself in the knowledgebase.
  • You can manage and access all your websites in a single interface.
  • You can change or cancel plans, register and add more domains, speak to customer support in the live chat and find resources in the knowledgebase.
  • You can access resources to help with website creation, blogging or even SEO and online marketing.

Now let’s look at the steps to use the SeekaPanel to register and host a domain name in the UK.

Follow the below steps to host your domain name and create a Blog site in Britain.

1. Get started by heading to https://www.seekahost.app/ where can already search for your UK domain name in the search bar to check for availability.

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2. To go ahead with the domain registration, you need to sign up and create a new account at https://portal.seekahost.app/register, if you’re a new customer. If you’re already registered then simply login to your account to continue with your domain search or purchase.

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3. Then login to your account at https://portal.seekahost.app/login to access the dashboard of the SeekaPanel.

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4. Search for your ideal domain name in the search bar. Just enter the main name and click on “search”. You will then see the search results with all domain names and extensions (TLDs) available for registration, including their prices. If you’re happy with one of the displayed results, click on it and it will be added to your cart. Alternatively, you can continue to search until you find the best domain name.

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5. Purchase your domain name by heading to your cart. You are now asked to enter all your payment details and confirm that you want to order this domain. Once you confirm, your order will be processed and you will receive a notification email. You should then see your domain in your SeekaPanel dashboard (there are a few further steps you need to take to set up your domain correctly with the adequate configurations and you can learn more about this here.)

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6. Now that you own your domain, you need to host it so that it is accessible on the internet. Head to the tap “Hosting Plans” where you can select a WordPress Blog hosting plan:

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or a Private Blog hosting plan at https://portal.seekahost.app/pbn-hosting with multiple IP class hosting to create a private blog network (you can learn more about the different features of these plans in the SeekaHost Tutorials section):

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6. You are all set to host your domain by installing WordPress to your domain name with the 1-Click WordPress installer.

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7. Once WordPress is installed, change the name servers if you have the domain registered at another registry.

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8. Activate the SSL Certificate for free and your domain will be secured and SEO friendly.

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9. Visit your WordPress site login page by clicking on the login link to the site in your email notification.

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10. Use your sent username and password to access the WordPress dashboard.

11. Start building your blog site and keep blogging. You can learn it all by watching the below video by James at SeekaHost. The video will show you everything about how to create a blog step by step as I explained above.


If you require more guidance on how to start a website or blog with WordPress, you can find plenty of tutorials in the SeekaPanel knowledgebase or on the SeekaHost YouTube channel.

We have also created extensive guides with our experts:

How to Create a Website From Scratch: Ultimate Guide To Build A Website

 

Create A Blog On WordPress & Get Online Fast

And if you’re interested in learning more about blog monetization techniques and online marketing as well as SEO, which is vital to make your website or blog profitable, then head to our SeekaHost University and sign up for free online courses.

For further reading on different ways to earn a living on the Internet with a website or blog through blogging, affiliate marketing, sponsorships and much more, you can head to some of my other guides:

9 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in the UK

How To Make Money Online In Germany (9 Best Ways)

In these you will see that blogging is always listed, because it is such a versatile money-making method in the digital world we live in.

Good luck with your online ventures in the UK!

10 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in the UK

10 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in the UK

Are you looking for creative ideas how to make money online in the UK doing work that you enjoy without having to invest much?

In this article I will be revealing the most in-demand money making ways for creatives in Great Britain to inject some extra cash into your bank account. Because as a copywriter I know that creative content creation is booming on the web.

No matter whether you’re in full-time or part-time employment, a student, or a pensioner, with these flexible work from home ideas that are a legit inspiration worth testing.

If you are a stay-at-home mum or dad or a student looking for a side hustle, then you may also find the online money-making methods useful.

You’ll be pleased to know that these work at home jobs can be quite lucrative too and easy to discover via online job search engines.

They may not make much money to start with, but with time you can generate a decent income from them that can pay some bills.

No need for expensive equipment, all you need to get started is a laptop and good internet connection and you’re off to start earning online.

It takes minimal funds to start making money online and the return can be huge.

1. eBooks Publishing

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Are you a book worm? Or do you simply just enjoy creating something that people can read, colour in, or use to tickle their brains? Then designing, authoring, and publishing eBooks is a great way to make some extra money.

You could create a guide about any topic such as nutrition, beauty, or business as anything goes. With at least 100,000 self-published books on Kindle alone and numbers constantly rising, this is becoming a lucrative option for many.

Self-publishing is not difficult these days and once you get the hang of it, you can also offer it as a service to earn extra cash.

Choose a type of book first of all to understand the format of the book. A novel is completely different from a travel guide. The book topic then follows, and you should do a bit of research beforehand about what people are interested in or want to know about your topic.

💰 It is difficult to say how much money you can make with eBook publications as this can greatly vary, but some Amazon Kindle authors make thousands to millions with their eBooks that they produce, publish and market. You can learn more about eBook publication and marketing here.

2. Graphic Designing

Graphic Designing

Graphic designers are high in demand by businesses, organisations and even private people looking for business cards, logos, brochures, or websites, blogs, social media posts and the likes to be designed professionally.

As a graphic designer you can also support book publishers, with book illustrations and designs or marketers and agencies with designing marketing materials.

You can easily get your first gigs from online job platforms like Upwork or PeoplePerHour. 

You should begin to build a website or WordPress Blog so that prospective clients can gather as much about your experience and skills as possible online. To market yourself more effectively your own website can help you approach prospective clients via email or social media marketing. A website certainly offers many benefits to showcase your work by displaying case studies, client reviews and much more. After you’ve set up your own website, you can also run Google Ads or Facebook Ads to target certain groups more effectively.

💰 Graphic designers hired in the UK get paid per hour or based on the project at hand. Usually, their hourly rates range from £11-£25*.

3. Scriptwriting

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Are you a Hollywood fan writing your own movie scripts? Or do you stream Netflix all day? The media and TV industries are always on the lookout for creative scriptwriters with fresh and trending TV show formats or film narratives.

Even music videos or YouTube channel productions require written scripts these days so, if you have a passion for drama, literature, and storytelling, you can start to promote your services online.

However, this is a tough business to get your foot into the door and networking is key. Build your online presence with a simple online portfolio and share your case studies via social media to gain more attention. As a scriptwriter, you must be prepared to give up the copyrights to all scripts you’ve been paid for; you can’t use the same content for different clients.

If you’re new to this industry you can take free screenwriting courses to get started without any investment.

💰 Financially you might struggle in the beginning only earning £18,000* a year, but once you’ve made it you can take home up to £80,000* p.a. or more in the UK.

4. Videographing

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If you’re into filming short clips, screen recording your online activities or creating promotional or tutorial videos you can get into videography or video editing for companies and freelancers. Most clients will want to see past experience with video production or editing, so you could begin by filming smaller events or videos to build up your portfolio and hone your skills, which include computer literacy, animation, creativity & imagination, use of different cameras and familiarity with graphic and editing software.

The video editing can be done in the comfort of your home, but you will need good equipment, which you can rent to start with to keep your cost according to your budget. Use a high-quality video camera and microphone and lighting equipment.

As a video editor you can make use of freelance websites to get gigs and promote your own website.

💰 You can earn anything from $38,520 (£18,000) a year to $115,960 (£36,000+)* a year with videography work

5. Music Teaching

Music Teaching

If you’re a talented musician or simply enjoy playing a music instrument, you can teach students how to play it, sing vocals, compose, and write songs, etc. You can make money from home offering music lessons online. You can create a YouTube channel and post your video lessons. Link it to your tutor website so that anyone looking to learn can find and contact you directly.

Additionally, you can advertise your services or get hired on music tutor platforms. Different platforms offer different tutoring rates so ensure you compare them first.

💰 You can earn an annual income of £19,000 to £42,000* in the UK depending on hourly rates, qualifications and expertise.

 

6. Social Media Consulting

Social Media Consulting

Having a social media presence is almost as important as having a mobile number these days. However, to manage multiple social media accounts can be extremely time-consuming and once are more proficient, you can offer additional online marketing services like Facebook Ad or Instagram Ad campaigns where you can plan and maintain a social media content calendar and engage on behalf of the business on social media. 

No specific qualification is required, but many employers expect to see proof of your social media skills. They will also ask for experience with social media management tools and creating and running paid ads.

Creating visually engaging and attractive media posts can require an eye for trends, data analysis and ad copy skills.  So, if you’d like to set up social media accounts, design and plan a regular number of posts with relevant keywords, you would have to investigate how much this will cost and plan according to the budget provided.

💰 Starting out in social media consulting may earn you around £20,000* p.a. in the UK, but there’s no limit to what you can earn at the top as big companies will pay very well for top-notch social media marketing.

7. Web Designing

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As more people have a blog or website, more web designers are required. You can learn to code online for free and start offering your web design services such as designing web pages for clients, adding e-commerce functions, animations etc. Basic SEO skills and frontend and backend database management skills are equally important to become a top online address for web design.

Initially, you can build a portfolio with case studies you’ve worked on via various blogging platforms. Experiment and learn while you work on web designing projects.

💰 A web designer in the UK can earn up to £41,000* a year in employment. You could first do a few web design gigs or work for a company part-time to have a regular income while you develop your skills.

8. Blogging

Blogging

Blogging has become a lucrative avenue to earn money online. If you enjoy writing regularly and posting content on trending topics, you’re passionate about then you can easily set up a blog. But it’s not enough to just publish blog articles as a successful blogger, you must strive to build a robust following and have your blogs read or shared as much as possible in order to earn money from blogging through affiliate marketing, product promotions, guest posting, and so on.

You might ask yourself how to start a blog and it’s far less complicated than you might think. You can begin by choosing a niche for your blog such as travel, fitness, health, finance, technology, cooking, you name it. Don’t worry if you have no prior experience in blogging, you can find plenty of expert tutorials on YouTube or the SeekaHost University.

If you use WordPress for your blog, you can set it up in less than 5 minutes with the SeekaPanel. Watch this video to discover how quick and easy it is:

💰 Bloggers earn in different ways like as an Amazon Affiliate you can earn 4-8% commissions for every sale through your website and there are many other ways you can monetize a website, which you can learn more about here.

9. Domaining

Domaining

There are billions of websites out there and every day some are being registered and some are being dropped.

Domains can become very valuable, depending on their backlink profile and domain history and authority. People search for good, branded domains that are keyword rich with catchy domain names.

If you can find good, expired domains via domain auction platforms, you may be able to purchase them at a bargain price and sell them again for a much higher price after you have built it to a level that attracts a good amount of traffic.

When purchasing a domain, you need to establish its possible value and you should also consider a dot com domain for international sales rather than a country-specific extension like .co.uk. However, if you would like to focus on a website that is attractive to the UK market, then this extension is more suitable.

💰 The so-called domaining business is growing and can be very lucrative. You can learn more about how domain auctions and domain sales work in this domaining guide.

10. Exclusive Community Content Creation

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The Internet is seeing the rise of online platforms that offer exclusive membership only content where payable fees apply to access the content created by its authors or owners.

Creative minds can establish an inner-circle community on platforms like Patreon and OnlyFans, subscription-based websites that allow the account user to monetize their exclusive content they only share with their subscribers that have paid access. 

Such platforms have seen a big surge throughout the pandemic going from 7.5 million users to 85 million in March 2020. Content creators can share anything via their channels ranging from online classes to live streams about any topic under the sun. 

So, how do you earn money with your exclusive content?

Content creators determine a subscription cost for their channel which ranges from $3 to $100 per month on average. As their community and content grows so increases their subscription fee and subscribers can give a tip of up to $100 per day. The platforms don’t really set any limitations on the creator’s fee policies. Creators can charge additional fees of up to $50 per day for so-called “exclusive” or “bonus” content to existing subscribers. 

The most popular ways to make money on these platforms is to create and post content like photos, videos and live streams. Depending on the platform’s policies, content creators take away 80-95% of their account revenue and the platform keeps 5-20% (this will depend on the type of account creators choose). 

It is important to bear in mind that a high revenue can only be achieved with a big organic following, which often relies on already having a successfully built online and social media presence to entice those followers to pay for the exclusive content. However, if you do manage to achieve that, then you can become a millionaire with exclusive content. 

💰 The top earners on these content platforms made around $20 million every month in early 2021 according to OnlyFans and Patreon, which includes celebrities and influencers.

Summing Up

Hopefully you will now be inspired to test some creative online money-making methods in the UK to discover how much extra cash you can earn via your laptop or smartphone without having to step out of your house. Utilize the opportunities and options the internet provides you with and use your talent and creativity wisely. Because only if you pick one that is suitable and beneficial for you, will you be able to earn from it in the long term. Don’t go for quick solutions like paid surveys, but rather learn additional digital skills and build something for the future.

*all salary/income estimations are based on information retrieved in April 2020 from https://www.payscale.com/.

How a WordPress Blog Can Empower & Enrich a Woman’s Life?

How a WordPress Blog Can Empower & Enrich a Woman’s Life?

Reading and writing has always been empowerment for me. I remember how, as a 5-year-old, I couldn’t wait to finally read the TV newspaper to be able to plan what I was watching and when.

In primary school, we wrote poetry albums of friends and I started keeping a diary. When I look at these written testimonies many years later, I feel proud. Proud of the young woman I was then and proud of the woman I am today who still has some of these friends in her life. The diary and the albums documented this journey with images, colourings, photos, comments from friends, teachers and relatives and any other memories such as tickets to unforgettable events, for example.

A blog can do this and much more in a flexible online format.

A Blog – an Online Presence for Self-Presentation and Realization

In the 21st century, the Internet allows us to use new media or implement old methods in new ways. In my opinion, a blog is a kind of online diary, but it offers much more than a traditional diary. A blog offers versatile design options such as

  • written design through websites with text, articles with text, images with text
  • visual design through images, graphics, any artistic illustration, video
  • auditory design through videos, podcasts, music clips, musical accompaniment, etc.
  • Links to other media, posts, channels, etc.

Due to this incredible wealth of design options, it is essential to define the purpose and motivation behind a blog in advance. There are now millions of blogs and basically you can divide them all into 2 main categories:

  1. Niche blogs – A niche blog focuses on a specific topic. Usually, the blog articles and content are aimed at a specific target group, such as families, professionals in different professional groups, sports fans, etc. Blog topics can thus cover everything from the minimalist blog to the financial blog. Niche blogs are therefore also mostly represented in the business world and companies use blogs to inform and entertain about their products or services.
  2. Personal blogs – A personal blog focuses on a person and their topics. Bloggers can document their lives from different angles such as the information aspect or the entertainment aspect. Many bloggers share with their readers where and how they travel, what they eat and cook, what they do for a living or how they live out and realize their hobbies. A personal blog can be designed relatively freely, as long as no generally applicable laws are violated.

In this article, I will focus mainly on a personal blog, but show ways in which it can also be used professionally as a CV or portfolio for example, with the main goal of presenting the potential of a blog.

What can a WordPress Blog do for a Superwoman?

superwoman-blog-to-fulfil-potentialIn the digital age, most people search for information via the Internet, more precisely, through search engines such as Google or Bing. In 2020, 81% of global internet users have searched online for products or services, according to SmartInsights.com. Whether this is done with the smartphone, the tablet or the computer, it is the fastest, easiest and often cheapest way to get information and answers fast.

If you want to reach people as a private or public person, a blog offers an ideal platform to make your voice heard, since a blog:

  • is easy to create and manage (I explain this step by step in my article “How To Start A Blog” and at the SeekaHost University, which I co-manage and where you can find  blogging online courses with short tutorials).
  • can be created and used cost-effectively.
  • offers endless design possibilities.
  • is a relatively independent mouthpiece that can be built up and designed creatively and on your own.

WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) among all blog platforms, as it is open-source and freely available to everyone, offering the greatest freedom of design. Compared to other blogging platforms like SquareSpace or Wix, which are used by about 1% of all bloggers, WordPress is used by about 35% of all bloggers worldwide in 2020, according to W3Techs.com.

For my personal blog, manuelawillbold.com, I use WordPress, as well as for all the other blogs I manage like the UK Education Blog or the Green Living Blog. To show how differently I have built and designed these 3 blogs, I share the homepage of each one here:

My personal blog manuelawillbold.com:

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My UK Education Blog:

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WordPress blog about UK educations and edtech

 My Green Living Blog:

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I think one thing becomes clear here: A blog can convey at first glance what it is about through its presentation and content – the message is loud, powerful, and clear visually.

And in my opinion, this is the great potential for every female blogger and their empowerment.

Self-presentation of many Aspects of a Superwoman through Blogging

Based on my three blog examples, it will hopefully be clear that a strong woman blogger is not only one-dimensional, and therefore should not present herself only one-sided online.

With my blogs I present my passions: writing/blogging, education, and the environment.

Through my personal blog under my own name, I present myself as a private and professional person, blogger and digital nomad. The blog offers me the opportunity:

  • to present myself as a person and my personality through photos, videos and articles
  • to present and convey my interests and skills creatively
  • to share my knowledge, talents, tips and experiences and thus help others
  • to position myself with regards to trending topics and current affairs that are relevant

Through my UK Education Blog, I share my professional expertise and present myself as an education expert. The blog offers me the opportunity:

  • to present and share my experience of many years in early childhood and school education
  • to share my knowledge, expertise, emerging scientific facts, news and developments in education
  • to share advice, insights and tips in education on relevant topics

Through my Green Living blog, I share my private passion for environmental protection. Here I have the opportunity:

  • to convey my own findings and concerns on the subject of environmental protection
  • to make my contribution to environmental protection through information and education
  • To educate myself through writing and researching

What hopefully meets the eye is that I represent parts of myself as a woman through all three online presences. I expand my own awareness, knowledge, know-how and competence and at the same time realize my hobbies, passions, and main interests.

This is incredibly fulfilling. And when you receive encouragement from acquaintances and strangers and see how the blog grows in popularity, then this is an almost indescribable feeling of satisfaction and happiness. In the following video I explain this in more detail and show how my life has changed based on my blogs:

What is the Potential of a Blog for a Superwoman?

Blogging is often seen as a purely technical or writing process. However, blogging can be an extremely creative, challenging, and fun process. The prerequisite is, of course, a certain level of digital knowledge and skills, such as being able to use Microsoft programs, as well as being familiar with Internet browsers, computer systems and web applications like the web hosting control panel.

For me, running a blog as a strong woman has the following advantages and benefits that can empower every woman:

  • You can teach yourself and others a lot, such as digital skills, research results in specific subject areas, new and innovative concepts, etc.blogging-and-remote-working-for-healthy-work-life-balance
  • You can give free rein to your creativity and write articles and content according to your own ideas and wishes with the use of various media such as images, videos, text, podcasts, etc.
  • You can boost your self-confidence by highlighting and sharing your strengths and talents, using them to help or inspire other people. And by presenting and positioning yourself in a way you feel comfortable.
  • You can establish yourself as a person and combine pleasure with work through your online presence. When a blog is successful and attracts hundreds to thousands of readers monthly, new paths to success open up and a blogger can become a powerful woman influencer.
  • Women who pause their professional careers due to their role as mothers can use a blog as a “break filler” and thus continue to be active in their field of expertise during parental leave. The blog can then also be used as a portfolio or online CV for future applications or as a figurehead for independent work projects.
  • You can network with others and work on collaborations through the blog and through new, exciting projects that arise from the blogging.
  • You can enjoy more freedom and self-governance while working remotely under your own terms.

A skill that is essential if you want to make your blog successful is SEO (search engine optimization). It is learnable via SEO online courses and brings the important visibility via search engines that you need to expand your readership.  SEO content and many guest posts and infographics have allowed me to place the UK Education Blog at the top of Google (snapshot taken on 04/10/20):

How did I do that? In my reader friendly writing article I share tips and tricks and in my SEO copywriting online course as well.

Admittedly, it’s not easy to build a blog for success and it took me almost 3 years to rank my blogs on Google and Bing among certain keywords on the top rankings and thus reach the milestone of almost 1000 monthly visitors after over a year:

BUT I did this on the side while working 40 hours a week as an early years educator at a private school in London’s Notting Hill. This should encourage every powerful woman and at the end I would like to give all women the following message:

If the motivation is big enough and you are on fire for your blog project, then it will be a success, because where there is a will, there is a way!

I would like to help every woman to build an online presence via blogs and answer any questions about blogging and digital marketing at any time via my email: manuela@seekahost.org.

 

 

How to Create a Blog Post Google Will Send Many Readers to?

How to Create a Blog Post Google Will Send Many Readers to?

In today’s digital world, it has become challenging to write blog articles that make it to the top on search engines.

Blogging consistently and writing an engaging post that not only ranks on search engines but attracts huge traffic is a hard nut to crack.

According to research, blogs where posts are consistently going up, are 13% more likely to rank higher in the search results than the websites that update blogs once or twice a month. And you can find 100 prime examples of famous UK bloggers that have managed to reach the top with not just one but many articles.

So, how can you become a Top Blogger ranking at the Top of Google?

How to Write a Blog PostWhat are some exclusive blog writing techniques that can help you take your site to the top of the search engines?

If you are searching for the answers, you have come to the right place! In this post, we’ll discuss the ways you can boost your organic traffic and search engine rankings by writing a compelling and exceptional blog. Read on.

  • Optimize your Site for Search Engines

This is no longer an era where you can write a blog post on any topic, insert keywords, upload images, and expect your content to get great exposure. If you want your blog to get ranked on the first page of search engines, you need to do some hard work.

Today, people often employ two major strategies for blogging

  1. On-page Site Optimization
  2. Off-page Optimization

On-page SEO involves:

  • keyword research with reliable SEO tools,
  • meta-description containing rankable keywords,
  • image ALT text containing keyword variations,
  • headers & sub headers containing keyword variations,
  • bullet points/clear paragraphs,
  • and everything that makes your article unique and engaging and relevant for what your potential readers are looking for.

Watch this recording of how the #1 SEO consultant Fernando Raymond and I published a comprehensive guide of nearly 2000 words on the WordPress blog university.seekahost.com, applying all the listed on-page SEO strategies and tips step by step:

This is the most popular yet common way of allowing the search engine’s spiders to crawl your website and index it.

Off-page SEO involves:seo-strategies-and-techniques-for-bloggers-to-reach-top-in-serps

With billions of active blogs on the internet, it gets quite difficult for new bloggers to get their content on top of the search results. Therefore, they start blogging, sweet pitching, guest posting, and cross-promotion techniques to generate quality backlinks from other authority sites. However, you cannot expect Google to rank your blog in the first ten search results unless you write a compelling and well-written blog post to start with. Content quality and comprehensiveness as well as relevancy are key indicators Google uses to rank websites according to their latest search quality evaluator updates and guidelines.

  • Use the right SEO Writing Strategies

Sure, people use paid advertising techniques to drive more traffic to their pages. But the problem is paid methods don’t encourage organic traffic generation through organic search results.

Research suggests that roughly 70 to 80 percent of bloggers don’t use paid search services at all. They totally rely on the on-page SEO tactics to drive traffic to their website. Fortunately, these strategies work for them. You don’t need any paid ads if you manage to master the on-site SEO optimization. SEO content writing is the only possible way of generating organic traffic and genuine leads. The question is what on-page actually includes?

  • Optimizing your blog for search engines using keywords, meta-data, and multimedia content (such as videos, images, infographics, charts, and etc.).seo-content-writing-for-high-google-ranks
  • Writing a detailed blog on the given topic.
  • Answering as many questions of the audience as possible through your blog post, adding most searched for keywords.
  • Providing your audience with an accurate solution to their problems.
  • Keeping the engagement of your visitors by structuring your content effectively.

That’s it! You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get organic traffic. Instead, a compelling blog post that solves customer’s problems is enough to get your website on the first page of the search results, if you can also get some good backlinks for it with related anchor texts. It is worth to note that SEO friendly web content focuses on visitors rather than search engines.

Write a detailed and well-structured Blog Post

how to structure a blog

A compelling blog post is something that everyone loves to read.

You create a blog, select a theme, add content to it, upload images, and carry out the necessary SEO strategies. But you still don’t get the search results you want? The reason can be a boring post that seems way too complicated to be understood.

By well-structured and compelling blogs, we don’t mean a post that is 100% grammatically correct or sounds professional. But it should be written in a way that your users find it interesting and informative. It should be so engaging that visitors don’t think twice before checking out other blogs.

Here’s how you can achieve a well-structured Blog Post

  • Write an eye-catching title

    Write a title that makes users more curious to click on your blog’s URL and read the full article. It should be between 50 and 60 characters. Make sure that you don’t stuff keywords unnecessarily in the title. Use it wisely i.e., only if it fits naturally.

  • Write an attractive introduction

    The intro should be short and tell your users what exactly they will find in your post. Try to add some questions in your intro to make your visitors more likely to read the full blog and find answers to their problems. For example, “Do you want to increase traffic and leads? We’ll walk you through some interesting and effortless ideas of gaining more visitors to your website”.

  • Include examples and illustrations

    People love to know how they can relate to your blog. For example, if your blog is about dieting tips for weight loss, give an example of your customers who lost their extra pounds using your strategies.

  • Make your content engaging

    Include bullet points, sub-headings, images, videos, infographics, tables, statistics, and other content that makes your blog easy on the eye. Don’t write long paragraphs or hard-to-read content.

  • Draw a conclusion

Write a conclusion that explains how your blog post can offer solutions to the problem of your visitors.

Your visitors search for a query on Google and other search engines so this is where they will find your articles first.

They want relevant answers to their problems so you must write a post in a conversational tone since it attracts more visitors.

The idea is to keep your visitors engaged, and what’s a better way of doing that than communicating with them through your blog effectively.

These were some blog writing strategies that can help you draw the attention of your audience and generate more traffic. Follow these tips to become an expert content writer.

You can find out more about how I ranked my “how to make money online in Germany” article on top of over 20 search terms on Google in this blog post:

 

The best Blogging Platform for Writers to Rank and Make Money Online

Or by watching this video:

5 Best cPanel Alternatives for Bloggers to host WordPress Websites (including cPanel)

5 Best cPanel Alternatives for Bloggers to host WordPress Websites (including cPanel)

Are you lost in the world of web hosting control panels?

I feel your pain! When I started out as a blogger and digital nomad, I had no clue about what a hosting control panel is and how it works or what it can/should do. 

So, I thought I will do you a favour and present a selection of the most highly rated domain hosting control panels for bloggers by bloggers that have emerged since the first ever control panel, cPanel, was launched in 1996 and changed web hosting for its users significantly with its interface and automation tools to manage website hosting more easily. 

I have used cPanel before and many web hosts, including SeekaHost where I host my websites, still offer web hosting with cPanel as it remains a market leader. However, many innovative control panels have been developed since 1996 and they offer features that cPanel doesn’t, which is why it is advisable to compare them first before choosing one. 

So, without much further ado, let’s get into the matter. 

What exactly is a Web Hosting Control Panel? 

A web hosting control panel is a web-based graphical user interface tool used by online providers to manage their website and hosting account and their hosting servers. 

Hosting control panels are one of the most effective methods to monitor all hosting services via a web browser or through a particular app based on availability. 

Every hosting company offers different hosting control panels to their clients along with web hosting plans and various other features. The user experience with a domain hosting control panel differs from one brand to another. 

Some control panel tasks include account administration, domain management, email management, server installation, FTP, database management, file management, and schedule back-ups, but each panel may only provide a selection of such features.

Why you need a Web Hosting Control Panel & how it works? 

To host domains and create websites as well as connect your website with web servers you will need to use a hosting control panel, especially if you’re not into coding. 

Web hosting control panels are the platforms that provide you with an interface and tools to interact with your website’s server and they usually come with the hosting you purchase from your hosting provider.

Domain hosting control panels make the website and server management much easier for people without much technological know-how and therefore everyone should use one. There are certain features that all control panels offer and some that are unique, and you should compare them first before choosing one. 

Each control panel should offer at least these 3 variations:

  • Different interface
  • Different design
  • Different tasks management methods

Most web hosting control panels will equip you with the following features which is why you need one:

  • Manage your website and domain 
  • Create and use branded email addresses
  • Access important website and hosting metrics
  • Manage security features like SSL certificates
  • Set up your database and blogging platform
  • Install additional software and apps

Differences in the layout and navigation can impact the user experience significantly and you should therefore test a control panel first or read reviews about it before purchasing it with your web hosting.  

Your choice of choosing the best control panel may be based on the operating system and the features offered by the hosting company. Typically, Linux-based plans and Windows hosting plans are the main OS types available. 

Bloggers will certainly require their chosen hosting control panel to offer the following features for the best blog hosting experience:

  • One-Click CMS Installations supporting WordPress, Joomla! etc.
  • DNS (domain name server) Management
  • One-Click SSL Integration
  • Email Hosting

Because I only use WordPress for my blogs, I will list the top 5 web hosting control panels for WordPress Hosting along with their stand-out features that are a great alternative to cPanel and at the end you will also find cPanel so you can see the difference.

Top 5 most highly rated Web Hosting Control Panels by Bloggers for WordPress (plus cPanel at the end)

1. SeekaPanel

Website: https://www.seekahost.app/

Innovative web hosting control panel designed specifically to host WordPress websites in a few seconds – the fastest performance out there. You can host your PBNs with the best private blog network control panel on multiple IP addresses of class A, B, C. Learn more here about PBNs and PBN hosting to understand the difference between WordPress Hosting. 

SeekaPanel is easy to handle, even beginners can host their sites without facing any technical difficulty with the SeekaHost App’s interface. Host your private blog networks more securely on Class C IP addresses with the SeekaPanel. 

🔎 SeekaPanel is highly recommended by WordPress developers and bloggers, check the reviews below:

Vashishtha Kapoor SeekaPanel Review

Tech Story SeekaPanel Review

Bloggers Ideas SeekaPanel Review

OS: CentOS (Linux)

Top Features of SeekaPanel:

  • Unlimited access to all hosted domains with a single click
  • Easy to monitor website’s performance data in the account
  • Integration of Analytics tools features
  • DNS Management 
  • 1-click SSL certificate, WordPress installation and upgrade or downgrade option for WP and PBN hosting plans
  • One free email hosting account included
  • Free access to WP tutorials and SEO courses offered by SeekaHost University. 
  • Live chat support and ticket support

💰 WP Hosting from $1 and PBN Hosting from $0.95 per month – no additional/hidden fees like set up fees or registration fees, can start with 1 domain. 

2. Plesk

 

Website: https://www.plesk.com/

Plesk is a popular user-friendly web hosting control panel designed for Windows and Linux operating systems. The Plesk administrator model is flexible for dedicated and shared hosting and its focus is on providing strong security for modern website hosting. Plesk is scalable, and secure, and it is suitable for more complex WordPress business websites and e-commerce sites with its features, hence why web developers like to use it. SeekaHost also offers WordPress Hosting with Plesk. 

🔎 Not many bloggers have reviewed Plesk as it appears to be mainly used by web developers and software engineers. They share the benefits of the complex features:

Software Suggest Plesk Review

Website Planet Plesk Review

OS: Windows, Linux

Features of Plesk: 

  • Easily host and manage multiple websites in one single dashboard.
  • One platform to install, remove and manage the plugins, themes, and backup features for websites. 
  • Provides high server security. 
  • Manage several email accounts for all hosted domains. 
  • DNS Management
  • SSL Integration
  • Dedicated customer support

💰 Dedicated Hosting and VPS Hosting from $9 per month – minimum 10 domains to host and fees may change after trial period.  However, many web hosts will offer more affordable hosting options with Plesk such as SeekaHost’s WordPress Hosting starting at $3 for one site. 

3. DirectAdmin

Website: https://directadmin.com/

Direct Admin is an established web hosting control panel offering advanced GUI features and administration tools for DNS and email management, backups, integrated file management and multi-server setup, including advanced features like custom web server configuration.

Due to the feature of a multilingual interface, you can easily manage it in all languages. Its graphical web-based interface makes the administration process easier.

🔎 Reviews in comparison with other control panels can be found by experts and writers highlighting the pros and cons:

Web Master Directadmin review

EuropVPS Directadmin review

OS: Linux, FreeBSD, Ubuntu

Features of DirectAdmin:

  • Provides effective email administration 
  • Softaculous allows to auto-install web applications with a single click
  • Password protection for directories
  • Manage all users by using an integrated administrative token system
  • Resellers can provide customized nameservers for their clients
  • SSL activation featured

💰 DirectAdmin offers a free trial version for one account and a licence to manage 10 domains costs $2 per month. You should check for web hosts offering hosting with DirectAdmin, like Flaunt 7, if you want to test this panel. But check the hosting plans carefully as often they will be free initially and then go up. 

4. Virtualmin

Website: https://www.virtualmin.com/

Virtualmin is an effective and flexible hosting control panel to host and manage multiple domains with a complex interface and it is integrated with Webmin, another control panel. Virtualmin is the most popular alternative to cPanel and Plesk, probably because the professional version (paid option) allows users to set up or update some of the most popular content management systems like WordPress, Joomla and Magento. The Virtualmin panel is designed to manage websites, mailbox users, databases, and web applications at both the user and admin end.

🔎 Not many independent reviews can be found but here are some emphasising the free version and features:

Make Tech Easier Virtualmin Review

G2 Virtualmin Review

OS: Linux, open-source version. 

Features of Virtualmin: 

  • Powerful and flexible hosting control panel
  • Good alternative to cPanel and Plesk
  • Single web interface to manage multiple systems
  • Options for spam and virus filtering 
  • Improved UI and enabled mobile access
  • Email hosting included with paid version
  • Dedicated customer support with paid version

💰 Free GPL open-source version is available, but not easy to use/install for beginners. Paid version starts from $6/month or $60/year for up to 10 websites. Other web hosts offer Virtualmin like Logic Web – they offer the Webmin integration, which is linked with Virtualmin and the hosting starts at $15 per month for one site. 

5. Interworx

Website: https://www.interworx.com/

Interworx is a secure web hosting control panel for hosting providers, resellers, and website owners. It runs on a VPS system and is also a dedicated server, which allows to expand from a single server into a complete, load-balanced cluster. It supports mobile devices and is classified into two modules: Nodeworx for managing the servers and Siteworx for managing the websites and domains.

🔎 Software developer reviews are available for your reference but are a few years old and it appears that the reviews highlight the complexity of the panel:

Liquid Web Interworx Review

VPS Board Interworx Review

OS: RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS

Features of Interworx: 

  • Simple and centralized hosting management
  • 1-click installations through Softaculous
  • Clustering multiple servers 
  • Having advanced features of domain key signing, remote email delivery system, and domain management
  • Easy to schedule backups
  • Email hosting included
  • SSL activation available

💰 Licences start at $20 per month for unlimited domains and bulk licences for $5, but it is not clear if it is monthly or per licence. They also offer a free test version. Web host Monovm offer VPS hosting with Interworx starting at $30 per month.  

Now that you are familiar with the cPanel alternatives, you should also check what cPanel offers so you can compare them. 

6. cPanel

Website: https://cpanel.net/

It provides a Linux-based graphical interface and automation tools to make the website hosting process straightforward. cPanel is a third-party web-based application, and it allows you to publish your websites, manage domains, web files, email accounts, and so on. cPanel is recommended mainly for developers & IT experts, corporations with IT departments and web designers. 

🔎 cPanel reviews can also mainly be found by web developers and IT experts, emphasising the specifications and cost:

Tom’s cPanel Hosting Panel Review

Software Advice cPanel Review

OS: Linux 

Features of cPanel:

  • cPanel supports virtual machines like VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, and VirtualBox. 
  • Simple mail configuration and provides spam detection features in mail communication.
  • cPanel comes with built-in security mechanisms including high-end password protection, SSL/TLS, and firewall protection. 
  • Efficient file manager to monitor the storage space for creating backups. 
  • DNS Management
  • 1-click WordPress installation

💰 Web hosting for one account from $15 per month, but for bulk accounts per-month pricing for partners is $0.175 each. However, many web hosts will offer more affordable hosting options with Plesk such as SeekaHost’s WordPress Hosting starting at $3 for one site. 

Final Verdict for the best cPanel Alternatives

All the above-mentioned hosting control panels have different and similar advanced features as you may have noticed. Hence why it is advisable to chose one that suits your preferences most. 

The listed control panels will mostly affect the individual user experience and organization and as you saw, not all web hosts offer all control panels. It is therefore important to choose the best web hosting in combination with the most suitable control panel for your requirements. 

So, whether you are an IT expert, web developers or designers looking for more technically advanced configurations in a control panel for optimal website management or you are a blogging beginner looking for a simple and basic web hosting and management experience, your needs will determine your ultimate choice. 

Go for…

    • A complex but comprehensive control panel like cPanel, if you’re after specific customizations such as tools for managing several servers, branding opportunities for resellers and if you can afford to pay a much higher price. 
    • A control panel with various features like Plesk that allows the clients to be more in control, reducing the administrator’s workload by structuring its databases better for customers, if you’re a reseller.
    • An extremely affordable and sleek control panel like the SeekaHost’s SeekaPanel offering an easy interface for digital novices that have never used web hosting or a control panel before, if you’re looking for a simple yet professional solution. SeekaHost also offers web hosting plans with cPanel and Plesk too so you can compare each. See my video about the advantages of the SeekaPanel below:

cPanel is the most famous control panel as it was the first one in the market and a market leader for years, but many other control panels have emerged ever since that offer website owners a wide variety of options that cPanel does not.

Choose the web hosting control panel that will give you the best long-term experience with your ideal web hosting service so that you will be happy to host and manage all your websites with it also in terms of your budget. 

Moving or transferring domains is not easy and you should make sure that the control panel and web hosting of your choice offers you easily accessible customer support. 

But the most important factor is that you like the look and feel of it and that you enjoy using it. So, get online with the best web host and web hosting control panel to ensure that your online presence is in the best of hands.