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This question comes from Diana T. at Strahbarys Fields
Question: I am looking at moving to another blogging platform much like you have to be able to make some money off of my blog and have been doing research on what to do. I basically want to do what you did. Do you have any referrals for companies to help with this?
Great question! I would be happy to recommend the service I used, as I was very happy with my transition. I contacted Ashley at Creative Whim and she talked me through the process. I moved from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress on Ashley’s Book Host network. I purchased my new domain name (which will cost $11 a year) and I pay a monthly fee (currently $8.99) to have my blog on her server. Ashley also offers the service of migrating the existing blog posts to the new blog, so I also decided to use that service.
After completing my migration, I was so incredibly impressed! Ashley responds so quickly to service tickets and I haven’t had any problems on the new site. Her Tweak Me theme was included on the Book Host server, so I can completely customize much of my blog (I’m actually paying for a custom design this month, too). The best part was that the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin came free with Book Host, which has made my life so much easier! I can’t recommend Book Host and Ashley’s services enough. I was just really happy, as a book blogger, to spend my money with another book blogger who understands and knows the book blogging community’s needs, rather than some faceless company.
As for making money off my blog, I’ve been using ads from LitBreaker. I like that the ads are attractive and book-focused, so I suggest looking into their services. I’m not making enough for an early retirement or anything, but enough to pay my hosting fees and such. If any of my readers have experience with other ad services, certainly leave your thoughts in the comments to help Diana do her research!
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