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Is it bad timing right now in terms of trying to get a new site started?

My new project was related to sports betting, which has naturally taken a back seat now.
 

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Is it bad timing right now in terms of trying to get a new site started?

My new project was related to sports betting, which has naturally taken a back seat now.
No harm in putting the content out and submitting to google search console so start the Ranking process!

probably a good time to approach sports blogs and offer to guest post as they are probably starved of content at the moment
 
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Good ideas. Probably got 2 weeks free to put some stuff together. There's only so many InstGC videos and surveys I can handle right now!
 
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I'm getting to the point where I need to think about hosting. There are so many companies out there, all offering different things. I have looked at Guru and Hostpresto but there are others that are cheaper. Does anyone have any experience with Hostinger? Or any others that anyone would recommend for a beginner? If the cheaper ones just aren't as good (slow speeds, difficult to use etc) then I would prefer to pay a bit more.

Also, a lot of the hosting companies offer great introductory offers then whack the prices up. If I were to take out a deal for a year, assuming I'm not tied into a contract after the year, how easy would it be to change providers once the year is up? I'm thinking if I can easily change then it's not too important which company I pick now.
 

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I'm getting to the point where I need to think about hosting. There are so many companies out there, all offering different things. I have looked at Guru and Hostpresto but there are others that are cheaper. Does anyone have any experience with Hostinger? Or any others that anyone would recommend for a beginner? If the cheaper ones just aren't as good (slow speeds, difficult to use etc) then I would prefer to pay a bit more.

Also, a lot of the hosting companies offer great introductory offers then whack the prices up. If I were to take out a deal for a year, assuming I'm not tied into a contract after the year, how easy would it be to change providers once the year is up? I'm thinking if I can easily change then it's not too important which company I pick now.
you are NEVER tied into a contract unless you take up a '2 year, 3 year' type offer

If you took hostpresto for 1 year and then when the renewal came and the 50% discount fell off and you wanted to swap you could do

If you took the Guru hosting offer because you only pay every 30 days you could effectively move whenever you want after the first 30 days ;)

The days of GOOD cheap hosting are sadly over and if you go too cheap you will end up with your site being sat on a server with 1000 other sites all pulling at the same resources so if one of those site gets great traffic it will pull the resources from others. So the overcrowding can be a problem
 
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Agree with Jon here. Some shared hosts can be poor.
When I was researching Web hosts, Guru looked good and well priced.
 

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Do you have an idea of how much you want to spend a month / year on hosting? Does that include buying the domain(s)?
 

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Do you have an idea of how much you want to spend a month / year on hosting? Does that include buying the domain(s)?
I think I’m going to go with Hostpresto for a year, then review it. A lot of the others seem cheap but by the time you get to checkout and add on your SSL, domain name, hosting privacy thingy etc, and reduce the contract to 1 year they aren’t so cheap...

Next question... do I have to write my own privacy policy and affiliate disclosure statement or is there anywhere you would recommend for templates? I can’t see any details on your guide (but I could have missed them).
 

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I think I’m going to go with Hostpresto for a year, then review it. A lot of the others seem cheap but by the time you get to checkout and add on your SSL, domain name, hosting privacy thingy etc, and reduce the contract to 1 year they aren’t so cheap...

Next question... do I have to write my own privacy policy and affiliate disclosure statement or is there anywhere you would recommend for templates? I can’t see any details on your guide (but I could have missed them).
There are WordPress plugins you can use for your GDPR stuff or you could use a website like this to generate one

 
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I'm getting there slowly. I need to sort out my categories, tags, and social media accounts next. I went with Hostpresto using the TMS discount code. I'm very pleased with them and would recommend.

Next question to bloggers - do you always get your Yoast traffic lights green? My SEO traffic lights are all green but I'm struggling with some of the readability ones. Most are green, but some are amber. Is it bad if I leave them amber? Will this affect SEO? I want them all to be green but don't want my posts to sound unnatural (which they will if I make the recommended changes).
 

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I'm getting there slowly. I need to sort out my categories, tags, and social media accounts next. I went with Hostpresto using the TMS discount code. I'm very pleased with them and would recommend.

Next question to bloggers - do you always get your Yoast traffic lights green? My SEO traffic lights are all green but I'm struggling with some of the readability ones. Most are green, but some are amber. Is it bad if I leave them amber? Will this affect SEO? I want them all to be green but don't want my posts to sound unnatural (which they will if I make the recommended changes).
I know plenty of bloggers who don’t even bother about getting the lights green and just churn out content

though it’s no harm in getting as many as you can that colour. I personally never worry about the readability one
 
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I changed to Rank Math because I'd heard that Yoast contains lots of extra code that might slow my site. When I previously used yoast, it gave some really weird suggestions, although the readability section was ace. However, Grammarly is also useful to help with readability issues.
 
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I changed to Rank Math because I'd heard that Yoast contains lots of extra code that might slow my site. When I previously used yoast, it gave some really weird suggestions, although the readability section was ace. However, Grammarly is also useful to help with readability issues.
Grammarly is a total game changer when it comes to blogging!
 
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I changed to Rank Math because I'd heard that Yoast contains lots of extra code that might slow my site. When I previously used yoast, it gave some really weird suggestions, although the readability section was ace. However, Grammarly is also useful to help with readability issues.
Ooh I'll have a look at Rank Math, thanks. I do like the readability section on Yoast (except for my amber traffic lights!).

Grammarly is a total game changer when it comes to blogging!
I thought my grammar was pretty good. Then I installed Grammarly. Lucky I did!
 
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I know plenty of bloggers who don’t even bother about getting the lights green and just churn out content

though it’s no harm in getting as many as you can that colour. I personally never worry about the readability one
I'm with @Jon on the readability - don't worry too much about it.
 

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I'm with @Jon on the readability - don't worry too much about it.
I just started writing content and Yoast keeps telling me it is very readable, but I don't have nearly enough transition words... I have decided to ignore that as when I look at my writing that seems a stupid suggestion.
 

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I just started writing content and Yoast keeps telling me it is very readable, but I don't have nearly enough transition words... I have decided to ignore that as when I look at my writing that seems a stupid suggestion.
Transition words.... that was one of the things it said to me. That and passive voice. I'm in the process of installing Rank Math as we speak so I'll see what that says.
 

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Transition words.... that was one of the things it said to me. That and passive voice. I'm in the process of installing Rank Math as we speak so I'll see what that says.
I only have that as the transition words as the problem and the face is still green so I will ignore. I'll be interested to hear if Rank Math gives different responses though. To be honest I found the SEO bit more useful than the readability... I'll be the judge of that!
 
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