Siteground Review: 10 Reasons Why I Left Godaddy for Siteground Hosting

Web Hosting is one of the most important aspects of your online business. There are many reasons why choosing the right web host is crucial to your success.

Back in 2008, I experienced my first lesson in choosing the proper hosting. I was using Bluehost at the time and lost over $1,500 in revenue when the Bluehost web server went down for over 48 hours.

It showed me the importance of not owning finding a good web host, but picking a host that has 99.9% uptime and provides 24/7/365 customer support. Quality is more important than price because you want help when sometimes goes wrong (and eventually something will).

Before I switched to Siteground, I owned a Godaddy VPS server for a little over a year. Godaddy is great for managing your domain names but really lacks in the web hosting department.

I suffered many problems including sites being down, javascript errors in my WordPress database, corrupted WordPress installations, and too much spam to deal with.

So far, I’m using the Gogeek plan for Siteground and I’m very pleased with it.

Also, Siteground has the best customer support I’ve ever seen. You get a customer support agent within seconds and I always get my problem solved.

There are more reasons why I switched to Siteground and I’ll share them blow.

#1 – Free Website Migration from Your Old Host

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Let’s be honest: moving your website to another web host is annoying and often dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.

For complete beginners, you could end up breaking something on your site or losing all of your data. I think fear of messing up your site is one of the biggest reasons why most people never switch hosting (even if they are unsatisfied).

Another reason is not knowing how to migrate a website to another host. It’s tricky and complicated. However, Siteground provides this service for FREE to all new web hosting accounts.

Give them your Cpanel username/password or hosting account informaton and they will migrate ALL your sites at no cost. Your Cpanel username must be 8 characters or less for them to migrate your sites.

Most hosts charge a fee for this service so I appreciate Siteground understanding that most people want to make money with their sites, not worrying about all the technical stuff.

#2 – Your Website Loads Really Fast

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Godaddy, in all its arrogance, blamed my slow loading web sites on my WordPress installation. My sites were so slow. I used a caching plugin like WP Super Cache, but nothing really worked.

When I asked Godaddy about my VPS server, they mentioned it was a shared hosting environment. That’s when I realized that Godaddy simply puts too many sites on 1 server. They are extremely greedy with all their upsells and don’t really care about your site performance (they offered me another upsell to speed up my site).

Once I moved my sites to Siteground, I noticed a HUGE improvement in site speed. My pages loaded faster. Things that used to hang over like Adsense ads appeared within seconds.

My Google Pagespeed test showed significant improvement. Web hosting affects your site  speed a lot. If you want to speed up your website, then I suggest choosing a better web host.

Siteground has 4 major datacenters all over the world, and they don’t put so many sites on 1 server. Your site will load much faster, especially if you are using a much better web host like HostGator, Bluehost, or Godaddy.

#3 – SuperCacher Speeds Up Your WordPress site without needing a plugin

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This is another benefit for WordPress users because you are probably familiar with caching plugins like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache or WP Fastest Cache.

I’ve used all 3 plugins and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. If you aren’t using a caching plugin, then I recommend WP Fastest Cache because it’s the easiest for complete beginners to set up.

The question is: Why use a caching plugin if my web host understands the importance of site speed?

Siteground offers ALL hosting plans a cool feature called SuperCacher. SuperCacher is a built-in caching plugin exclusive to Siteground users. It works for all types of websites: static HTML, WordPress, Drupal or Magenta.

Best of all, you can activate it using 1 click and you don’t need to install a 3rd party plugin.

It’s a nice benefit for me because I need 1 less plugin and can manage my caching for all my sites under my Siteground dashboard.

#4 – Free WordPress Staging Saves You Time & Embarassment

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Staging is a feature that allows you to clone a WordPress site and move it to another location with 1 click of the mouse. This feature came in handy when I accidentally installed WordPress in the wrong domain.

I built a new WordPress site and began adding content to it. It was early in the morning and I wasn’t paying attention when I selected the domain in Siteground 1 click WordPress installation.

Anyway, I added 5 posts then started sharing them on Facebook. That’ when I noticed something odd. I installed WordPress on the wrong domain!

I panicked and prepared to move everything over manually from the wrong domain to the new one. But it’s not easy. You have to change everything in your wp-config.php file and other stuff. It’s a pain in the you know what.

Bingo! I remembered the Staging feature and Siteground moved the entire WordPress site to the correct domain without breaking anything. This saved me at least 30 minutes of unnecessary work.

It’s also a great feature if you want to test a theme or plugins on your WordPress site. Clone your WordPress site then move it to a fresh location. You can make all your theme changes, etc. When you are ready to update your site, just move the updated WordPress site to your domain!

Now you have an updated site that’s working properly! It’s mostly useful for developers or people who manage a lot of sites like me. I love this feature and thank Siteground for adding it.

Staging is only available to GoGeek plan users so be sure to purchase the GoGeek plan if you want this feature.

#5 – No CDN Needed! Store Your Site in Chicago (USA), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), or Singapore (Asia)

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Do you know where your site server is located? I asked Godaddy where their server was located and they refused to tell me. Shocking, right!

I’m paying you monthly yet you won’t tell me where my server is located. I suspected Scottsdale, Arizona but wasn’t 100% sure.

Storing your site at a datacenter that’s close to your visitors is a great way to make your site load faster to your most important customers.

Let’s say you are a luxury real estate agent who serves mostly wealthy investors from China. Most of your visitors access your site from China looking for real estate to invest in. I recommend choosing the Singapore data center because your site will be closer to your visitors.

If you operate a Yoga studio in New York City, then choose the Chicago data center. It’s a small feature, but really helps you save money on a CDN (Content Delivery Network).

A CDN is a 3rd party service that stores your site on their server then loads your site as close to your visitor as possible. If you operate a major site with visitors all over the world, then maybe it will work for you.

I know most of my readers operate niche websites and get the majority of their traffic from a few countries. Siteground will save you money by storing your site as close as possible to your target market!

#6 – Customer Support Answers Your Question Quickly and With Instruction!

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After using many web hosts, I think Siteground offers the best customer support I’ve ever experienced.

They have a few advantages over much bigger web hosting companies that allow them to offer the best customer support in the business.

  • They are a smaller company headquartered in Bulgaria
  • They only sell web hosting (unlike Godaddy who offers 1 million services)
  • They use Live Chat to answer simple questions much faster
  • Phone Support is fast and has zero long wait times

As an Ex-Godaddy user, I spent a lot of time waiting for a customer support again. Last year, Godaddy experienced a hosting outage and I waited over 30 minutes for customer support until I finally gave up!

Siteground offers both Phone & Live Chat to answer any question you have. You will talk to someone in less than 1 minute plus they teach you how to do stuff as well.

I needed to fix my WordPress installation and a Siteground customer support agent sent me a screenshot with instructions. Incredible!

Another customer support agent showed me how to change my Cpanel password even though it’s the easiest thing to do if you know where to look.

I also like Live Chat because I see the following things:

  • Their Picture
  • Their Full Name
  • # of requests they have answered
  • Their 5 star ratings

Siteground offers a personal touch that many web hosting companies lack. Every other host is like a faceless corporation that’s only interested in getting more of your money.

Siteground only answers my questions and NEVER asks me to purchase additional services. I wish I had switched to them years ago. My online business would be running much smoother but it’s never too late to do the right thing!

#7 – Access All Your WordPress Sites in 1 Location

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Another cool feature that saves time is Siteground’s dashboard setup. They show all your WordPress installations in 1 place so you can go straight to your WP Admin Dashboard with 1 click.

There are entire 3rd party services like ManageWP that offer this same feature for a monthly fee. Siteground offers it to all accounts at no additional charge.

If you manage multiple WP sites, then this feature is a huge time saver.

Need an additional WP site? It’s easy to add it with just one click. Most of you won’t need this feature, but if you’re a pro blogger with many sites, you will LOVE Siteground because they save you time and money. No 3rd party assistance needed!

#8 – Feel Safe and Secure with Free Daily Site Backups

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Backing up your website is the most important technical task that most people ignore. I learned my lesson the hard way when I lost one of my first WordPress sites.

I spent years building up the site & traffic until my web host cancelled my dedicated server without notifying me. I had a backup of my site but it was an older copy.

I lost so much data that I closed down the site permanently. It was in the video game niche, but I don’t play video games as much anymore. I would’ve outgrowned the site eventually but I wish I backed it up so I could either keep the archives online or sell the site for a profit.

Godaddy offered me daily backups for a $5 monthly charge. Are you serious, Godaddy? How greedy can you be? Daily backups should be FREE!

Make sure you have daily backups for your website because you never know when something could go wrong.

Never worry again about losing data or accidental problems. Gain a peace of mind as a Siteground customer.

Siteground offers FREE daily backups no matter which plan you sign up for. This is a must for any website owner. Backups not only keep your site safe, but give you the option to resell your site if you lose interest. Don’t let your site get deleted if it gets traffic.

You can sell it on Flippa for a nice profit. If you site gets traffic, then it’s worth something to the right person. Always keep backups so you don’t lose everything you worked so hard for.

#9 – My Site is Always Online! Finally, A Truthful 99.9% Uptime Claim!

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If you’re looking for a new web host, you will see 99.9% uptime claims everywhere. Let’s be honest: Most of these claims are complete lies.

You probably don’t monitor your uptime so you have no idea how much you’re getting screwed over.

If you want to know the truth about your website’s uptime, then sign up for Uptime Robot. It’s a free service that emails you whenever your website goes down.

My Godaddy server used to go offline a lot. In fact, I had to reboot my website all the time. There was a period when I rebooted my server at least once per week.

Uptime Robot showed me that my sites were down too many times. I’ve added many client’s site to their tool and their sites were down a lot.

Here’s the truth: There are lots of shady web hosts looking for your money. In fact, many of these hosts don’t own any servers and act as middlemen.

You need to be careful because your online reputation is at stake and nobody likes a down website.

Not one of my Siteground sites have been down so far. Finally, a 99% uptime claim that rings true!

#10 – I Finally Like my Web Host After Years of Disapointment

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I spent years being unhappy with my web hosting. I was too lazy and scared to leave Godaddy because they manage all my domains. I chose the easy path instead of the correct path.

You should be happy with your web host. Don’t suffer like I did staying up early in the morning to fix issues that should have never happened.

Siteground is the perfect web hosting for me and my online business. They make things easy for me and solve my problems with ease.

They don’t upsell me on extra features or blame me for my website problems. Instead, Siteground fixes my problems then shows me how to do it in the future. They treat me with respect and not like a customer number (I’m talking to you, Godaddy!).

I know my customer support rep by Name and see their faces online. My sites load faster and my traffic is up. Facebook likes are up, shares are up, comments are up. Everything is going up!

I wish I switched much sooner!

Signing Up is Easy

Here’s how you sign up:

Choose Your Hosting Plan

Siteground offers 3 plans to choose from:

  • Startup – Perfect for you if you have 1 website
  • GrowBig – Perfect for you if you have multiple sites and get more traffic
  • GoGeek – Perfect for Ecommerce, Affiliate Marketers, Developers and people with larger sites. Offers more benefits like Staging and places your site on a server with fewer sites
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Choose Your Domain

Siteground offers free domain registration (Saves you $15 per year) or you can use an existing domain.

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Review and Complete

Siteground offers a 50% discount if you purchase hosting anually. You save a lot of money if you purchase 1, 2 or 3 years in advance. The discount applies to all billing levels as well, not just a long term plan.

HackMonitor is optional if you want to prevent hackers from installing spam scripts on your site. I use Sucuri to protect my sites so I leave it unchecked.

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Now, click Submit Order and your account will be setup!

You will receive a confirmation email along with your login information to access your Siteground dashboard. Siteground provides tutorials and documentation (text + video) to help you navigate their Admin panel.

If you already have an existing website, don’t forget to use their free migration service.

Go to My Account -> Support -> Transfer My Website

Send them your Cpanel or Hosting username and password to get your site moved from your old hosting to Siteground. It should take between 1 to 6 hours depending on the size of your Cpanel account.

That’s it! I hope this article helped you understand the benefits of using Siteground and why I switched to Siteground from Godaddy.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments. I’d love to help you succeed and spread your mission online.
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Banned from Adsense? How to Get Your Adsense Account Back

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Introduction to the Google Adsense Disabled Accounts

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Google Adsense is responsible for bringing freedom and pleasure to millions of families across the globe. You probably use Google Adsense to earn money and for some of you, Adsense accounts for 100% of your online income.

Adsense is a great product that allows you to monetize their websites without worrying about advertisers, budgets, etc. It is very easy to copy and paste their javascript code onto your website/blog.

However, in recent days, it has brought a ton of pain.

The Darkside of Google Adsense

I am absolutely horrified as I read countless forums, blogs and stories about innocent Adsense publishers who lost their accounts for no apparent reason.

There are a lot of people who have been “banned by adsense” and are completely lost on what to do next. This is mainly because their entire income revolves only around Google adsense.

If you’ve been an AdSense publisher for a while, you must have surely encountered people who complain about being kicked out of the AdSense program for no good reason.

Nothing is worth than spending months and sometimes years building a sustainable flow of visitors & earnings then watching your entire dreams blow up in a few hours.

Worse of all, Google will take any unpaid earnings from you no matter how big or small. Some unlucky publishers have over $20,000 dollars when their Adsense accounts was terminated.

You send an e-mail desperately asking for an explanation, yet often will receive none. Your hard work and earnings vanish without a trace unless you take careful action.

If you do not protect yourself, you may experience pain, frustration, anger and extreme financial loss. You must pay attention for the sake of your income and your family’s wellbeing.

The Dreaded Google Adsense Banned E-mail

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Now, one of the darkest nightmare for anyone who is using Google Adsense (and which generates hundred percent of their online income), is to receive a notice from Google stating that their “Google Adsense account has been banned” or disabled.

Here’s the sample copy of the dreaded noticed:

This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does not accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.

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Hello,

After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find more information by visiting http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

Quite a few popular yet innocent bloggers have received the dreaded automated e-mail in the past few months including:

These are high quality bloggers who most likely followed Adsense terms of service, so do not feel alone if your Adsense account was disabled too. Google is run by humans and is never perfect.

How to Get Your Adsense Account Back in 5 Steps

Remember, most bans come from an automated machine. Something went wrong and it caused a Red flag to pop up at G Headquarters. Your goal now is to to have a human review it.

1. Try and determine why your account was banned. 

This is important because you need to know what happened before you can gather evidence. Google will not always tell you and many times they’ll tell you it’s because of “Invalid Clicks” which can mean anything under the moon.

2. Contact the Google Adsense team and be nice about it. 

If you’re email starts with “You Jerks at Google Banned My Account For No Good Reason,” then you’ll not likely get it unbanned. Your emails should be very nice and non-judgemental. Assume it was an honest mistake by Google, because it may very well have been.

3. Provide Proof Of Your Innocence.

If you have a good idea of why your Adsense was banned, offer to give it to Google. This could be everything from server logs, a letter from the webhost or a WhoIs file. Be nice and politely show Google where they went wrong.

4. Have some patience.

The folks at Adsense won’t be tripping over their self to get to your case. I’d be sending follow up emails every other day or so and checking on the status of the human review. Remember to keep them nice and polite. You may also want to keep offering to give them evidence. Try and show you really want to help in the investigation.

5. Persistence pays off. 

If you give up only after an email or two, then chances are you may never hear from them again. Stay with the follow up emails! Eventually they’ll get tired of you and either give you a Yea or Nay. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil!

There is no guarantee that these tips will help. But if you’re going to fight to get your account reinstated, this is the way to begin.

I can’t stress this enough, read the Adsense TOS before you cry about getting banned. You may have accidentally broken the rules so be careful with this method.

Is it Easy to Get Your Adsense Account Back?

In most cases, no. You can appeal the decision, but chances are the Adsense team will say no. If you fail to get a response, learn how to apply for a new account (I will explain this later).

If you’re not sure whether your website was banned, use this tool to check your domain name.

Why is Google so strict on its publishers?

It is understandable that Google are very strict when it comes to fraud. People who click on their own online ads aren’t stealing from Google, they’re stealing from the advertiser who has placed the AdWords Ads with Google. Google is protecting their advertisers’ interests because Adwords makes up the bulk of Google’s annual revenue.

Google has millions of Adsense publishers and will not hesitate to disable your account. Not only does the account become disabled, but also existing click-through earnings are refunded back to the advertisers. So play safe and try and report any suspicious matter to Google.

In other words, if you notice any of the below activities, report it.

  • suspicious clicks
  • accidentally click your own ads (it happens)
  • your site is suddenly featured on Slashdot, Digg, or some other high-traffic site
  • you know something (press release, review, etc.) is going to send a lot of traffic your way
  • you’re in doubt about anything

Please note that Google always takes the “guilty until proven innocent” approach in its dealings with publishers unless you show a pattern of co-operative behavior.

11 Most Common Google Adsense Mistakes Publishers Make

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Ever visit a forum or blog and read something along the lines of this….

“Help! My adsense account got banned today…….“

It makes me wonder what the person did to get banned. It must have been probably one of the following items. Here are the top ways (in no particular order) to get “banned from AdSense”:

Generating Suspicious Clicks

It is against Google AdSense TOS to click on your own AdSense advertisements or to get others to click on your advertisements. Note that it is also illegal to solicit clicks from your visitors either verbally, or through your writing.

Accidents may sometimes occur, however, and according to the Google AdSense Team, infrequent accidents will not get you into trouble. Here is a list of common suspicious clicks questions and answers by Google.

Sometimes, you may also be sabotaged. A third party may decide to do a series of illegal clicks on your advertisements for the purpose of getting you banned. If you notice any suspicious clicks of this nature, Google encourages you to report it to them.

Use Google Analytics or other website statistics tracking software to obtain as much information as you can about the suspicious clicks. This will get them banned instead of you.

Instead of reporting the incident to Google, some people suggest that it is better to stay under Google’s notice and to just temporarily remove Google AdSense advertisements from the locations where there is suspicious activity.

Here is a useful post on the Google AdSense forum on how to deal with click-bombing. In addition, check out Google’s blog entry on invalid click activity and their Ad Traffic Quality Resource Center.

If your Google AdSense account gets banned because of invalid activity, you can appeal to Google using this form.

Publicizing your Google AdSense earnings information.

Opinions vary on this. Some people say that you are only not supposed to publish your Google AdSense CTR and eCPM figures publicly. Others say that you are not supposed to publish all exact earnings figures – including CTR, eCPM, number of clicks, and exact earnings numbers.

It is best to not publish a screenshot of your Google AdSense report page under any circumstances.

If you do screenshots of your other Google AdSense pages or of other Google tools (e.g., Google Analytics) make sure that none of your account information shows up in these screenshots – including your earnings numbers, your e-mail, and your Google AdSense ID.

This is important for your own privacy protection, as well as to stay on the good side of Google AdSense.

Clicking On Your Own Adverts (Click Fraud)

Never click on your own Adsense ads because Google can track clicks via IP addresses. Go to WhatIsMyIP to find out your IP address and use a proxy server if you are worried about accidentally clicking your own ads.

Not Following The AdSense Terms and Conditions (TOS)

Many people never fully read the AdSense terms and conditions, often referred to as the TOS (terms of service). Though the TOS can be vague at times, it is very explicit about various things you can’t do.

Not Following The Google AdSense Program Policies

The AdSense program policies are technically part of the AdSense terms and conditions, even though they’re listed on a separate page. This is where you’ll find the information about how many link or ad units you can use on a page, what kind of sites are acceptable, etc.

Opening Multiple Google AdSense Accounts

This has become much harder to do since Google has added algorithms to detect multiple accounts belonging to the same person or entity. Each person or entity can ONLY have one account.

If you have a legitimate need for two or more accounts, you must create a separate legal entity (like a corporation) for each additional account, and that entity must separately apply and be approved for a new account.

Ignoring Warnings And Questions From Google

Although certain events cause Google to automatically terminate your account, in most cases, terminations are preceded by a warning note from the AdSense team. This is your chance to defend yourself and to change.

If you’re not responsive, they’ll just go ahead and ban you. (If you’re going away for an extended period of time, you should check your mail every day or two and keep an eye on your AdSense earnings as well. Be sure to report any suspicious activity as soon as you see it.)

Showing pornographic material or linking to pornographic sites.

Google AdSense does not allow advertisements to be placed with certain types of content including adult, violent, and racist content. Content relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and gambling are also not allowed. For a full list of unacceptable content topics, refer to the Google AdSense Program Policies.

For this reason, do not distribute content, including website templates or blog themes that contain your Google AdSense advertisement capsules. Since you have no control over what others publish in their website using your themes or templates, you may end up getting banned because of what others are publishing.

For even better protection, you can go to AdSense Setup >> Allowed Sites on your Google AdSense page to restrict your Google AdSense-ID to only trusted websites.

Some sites that support pornographic or other unacceptable content may point to your online site or articles. There is nothing you can do about that, so you will not be penalized for incoming links, just for outgoing ones. Be careful not to show pornographic material, use pornographic related text, or link to any pornographic sites.

Not Having a Privacy Policy

Google requires all AdSense sites to put a cookie disclosure notice in their privacy policy.

AdSense publishers must have and abide by a privacy policy that discloses that third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your users’ browsers, or using web beacons to collect information as a result of ad serving on your website.

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This only applies to AdSense publishers that run their own site, such as apersonal website or a personal blog. Publicly hosted sites such as HubPages, Blogger, and others have their own privacy policies, that will likely meet all the requirements of Google AdSense.

If you maintain your own website or your own blog, then it is important to include a similar privacy policy for every page that contains Google AdSense advertisements. It is easiest to include a ‘Privacy Policy’ link near to your website’s copyright message as is done in most professional sites. Refer to the Google AdSense Program Policies to determine what you should put in your website’s privacy policy.

Showing Ads on Non-Content Pages

Make sure you only display ads on contact rich pages like how to articles, blog posts and informative guides. Never show ads on the following pages:

  • welcome pages
  • error pages
  • thank you pages

A rule of thumb is at least 200 words (400 words is better) or the Adsense team may disable your account.

Show Ads on Language Supported Pages

Google Adsense supports the following languages: Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Danish, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, English, Polish, Finnish, Portuguese, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Swedish, Italian and Turkish”.

In addition, Adsense for search is available in Czech, Slovak, and Traditional Chinese. If your web pages language is not supported, do not use the code on such pages.

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Your Adsense Account Disabled

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Now that we covered the most common Adsense mistakes, you need to know 5 key tips to avoid getting banned and also increase your overall Adsense earnings.

Tip #1 – Write original content for your website

Google hates duplicate content, especially when you show Adsense ads on the same pages as your “shared content.”

Many webmasters struggle to find high quality, original content for their websites. So instead, you may be tempted to grab articles from article databases, PLR, other blogs, etc.

Luckily, there are a few ways to get high quality content for very low prices:

  1. iWriter.com
  2. Fiverr.com
  3. Textbroker.com

These websites give you access to hundreds of thousands of writers for as little as $5 per article. Remember, you are writing content for visitors, not Google adsense.

Good content will increase your Adsense earnings naturally because you benefit from word of mouth marketing, unique backlinks, and search engine visitors who are looking for a specific answer to their problems.

Tip #2 – Only show Adsense Ads to Search Engine Visitors

A quick way to increase your CTR and decrease the chance of click fraud is to only show your Adsense ads to search engine visitors.

One of the most common reasons for click fraud is due to accidental clicking from your friends and co-workers. If you only show ads to search engines visitors, your friends can browse your site without being tempted to click your ads.

Also, search engines visitors are more likely to click your ads because they are actively searching for a solution. On the other hand, direct and referral visitors are more likely to be returning visitors who have no interest in your Adsense ads.

Tip #3 – Show certains ads to certain countries

Most of the western world has access to credit cards, which means countries like USA, England, Australia & Canada will make up the bulk of any profitable leads.

If your website gets visitors from many countries, you can simply show ads to specific countries.

Remember, Google cares a lot about their advertisers because Google Adwords, the advertising network, makes up around 97% of Google’s annual revenue. Because of this, Google spends more time protecting their advertisers than they do their publishers.

In order to protect advertisers, Google recently banned all publishers in Pakistan due to click fraud allegations.

Only show ads in highly developed countries where browsers are more likely to take an action after clicking the ads.

Tip #4 – Block Unrelated Sites in Adsense

Another reason your account could be banned is due to underperforming ROI. In simple terms, an advertiser gets lots of traffic from your website but very few people perform the desired call to action (sign up for newsletter or buy something).

You can block any poorly and/or unrelated advertisers in the Google Adsense section. More information on how to do this here.

Tip #5 – Use Copyscape on high earning pages

The truth is 20% of your pages generate 80% of your web traffic. If you have any high earning pages, make sure that nobody else steals your content or Google Adsense may think your content is “duplicate” therefore making your account eligible to a ban.

Copyscape is a great tool for checking for duplicate and/or stolen content.

Tip #6 – Your sites cannot look MFA (Made for Adsense)

This seems blatantly obvious, but you’d be surprised what people consider not “MFA.” What Google thinks is MFA and what you think is MFA might be two different things. Your site cannot have only a couple articles, and it certainly cannot be spun content.

Remember, all it takes is for Google to manually review one site of yours. The rest is history. Each one of your sites should have a minimum of 5 articles, and each article needs to have a purpose. If all of them are similar, that’s not a good look.

Tip #7 – Authority Sites Win

The more time you spend on one site to actually make it a worthwhile site in a particular niche, the more you will be rewarded.

Google loves authority sites, sites with tons of content that is not spun but unique and helpful to the user. With proper adsense placement and strong content, your site can potentially earn much more than your 5-10 MNS sites you have left for months without updates.

Google does not ban people with authority sites, if they pass manual review, you’d be surprised the stuff you will be saved from. (click bombs result in bans ONLY when Google sniffs out your MNS or MFA sites under a manual review – authority sites just get the money subtracted)

Tip #8 – Update Your Content

Update your website at least once a month is the bare minimum. I know people like to set up a MNS site and leave it running, but you have to add at least 1 article per month. 2 a month would be great.

This is not a lot of work, especially when you can buy a good quality article for cheap prices on here or anywhere else (if you can’t write it yourself). Again, make sure the article has a purpose. KW stuffing and random baseless paragraphs aren’t an article.

Tip #9 – No Ads Above Fold 

If a user loads your website and the first thing they see is ads, you’re screwed. You should guide your user to ads with proper placement in prominent places. Avoid too many above the fold ads.

Use the sidebar, a leaderboard, and ads in the middle or end of your content. Don’t try to throw adds at the user, because you will be throwing ads at Google’s team when they come check out your website.

Tip #10 – Avoid using Autoblogging bots

Lots of webmasters use autoblogging scripts to automatically update their websites. While this may be convenient, you are breaking the TOS by monetizing scraped content with Adsense ads. Google doesn’t want to be associated with stolen content that adds little value to the visitor. Aim to write high quality, original content or outsource your content using Textbroker or iWriter.

How to Apply for a New Google Adsense Account

Luckily, Google only bans people on the account level, not the actual website. This means you can show ads on your website again if you apply for a new Adsense account and/or use a friend’s account.

Here’s the quoted method from Zac Johnson on how to get a new Adsense account:

If you NEED to run Google Adsense, simply create a new business identity and re-apply. Then only use it on your best sites and with legitimate and real traffic they shouldn’t have any problems with. Their terms and conditions even state that “other” Google Adsense accounts can run their ads on your site.

I recommend signing up with a family member’s name, address, social security number, etc when creating a new account.

Clear your computer’s cookies as well or Google associate your banned account with the new one and shut down your attempt. Beat Adsense Ban shows you set by step how to do this without getting caught by Google.

How long does it take to get your account application approved?

Google says it takes up to 4 business days, but it can actually take much longer than that. Be patient. Check out this article here for more details on the Adsense application process.

Important Google Adsense Contacts

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The default way to contact Google Adsense is recommended by Google, however you are competing with thousands of other request every day. In some cases, it can take the Adsense Team up to 3 months just to review your message. Often, they will never respond to you.

Smart publishers can use social networking websites to build a relationship with important Google Adsense team members to regain their accounts and receive special insider information on their Google Adsense earnings.

You can contact these people on Linkedin since many business professionals use Linkedin to stay in touch with friends & business associates.

Mateas Cosmin (Linkedin)

AdSense – Content Reviewer at Google

Evan Blaser (Linkedin)

Content Network Specialist at Google

Stephen Kliff (Linkedin)

Product Marketing Manager at Google

Steve Stukenborg (Linkedin)

Product Manager at Google

Alejo G. (Linkedin)

Product Specialist & Account Manager at Google

Christopher S. (Linkedin)

Adsense Associate at Google

David J. (Linkedin)

Adsense Strategist at Google

Noel Williams (Linkedin)

AdSense Policy Team Lead at Google

Conclusion: Share This Report With Your Friends

I hope this free report gives you valuable insight on how to prevent your account from being banned and recover your account if you lost it.

Please share this report on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter,

Recommended Websites

The following websites provide more information on disabled Adsense accounts:

Recommended Google Adsense Resources

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Untold Adsense Secrets

  • Cost: Free
  • Author: Lisa Irby
  • Website: Click Here

Lisa irby is a highly successful website owner who makes over $5,000 per month with Google Adsense. She is a great teacher and show you everything you need to know in order to succeed with the program! Yes, the money can be great, but if you don’t learn how to build a site that attracts targeted traffic then you won’t make much from AdSense.

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Beat Adsense Ban

  • Cost: $17
  • Author: Peter Bregmann
  • Website: Click Here

This guide is a short report that shows you step by step how to apply for a new Adsense account without getting rejected by Google.

It includes screenshots and tips on registering a new Google account, using a different mailing address, applying for a new credit card, and finally getting your Adsense account back.

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Adsense Secrets 5

Joel Comm is the “King” when it comes to making money with Adsense. He wrote The Adsense Code which became a New York Times bestseller.

In the newly updated guide, you will learn the latest techniques for making money with your website. It is jammed packed with strategies, tips and tricks that will increase your Adsense income and save you time.

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CTR Theme for WordPress

  • Cost: $67
  • Author: Hummingbird Web Solutions
  • Website: Click Here

One of the most difficult aspect of making money with Adsense is optimizing the ad locations. Your goal should be to increase CTR without breaking the Adsense TOS. CTR Theme helps you easily create high quality websites using WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging software. You purchase just 1 license and can use it for all your websites. Very cool!

How to Create a Blog in 10 Easy Steps

In this guide, you will learn how to create a blog for personal or business use. Blogging is a great way to share your ideas with the world and interact with like minded people in almost every topic imaginable.

Step 1 – Choose a Topic

Your first step is to choose a topic to start your blog on. There are several ways to find the perfect topic for your blog. You could try your:

  • Hobbies and Passions
  • Favorite Sports teams
  • Work related news & information
  • Things you love to discuss with friends
  • Politics
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • etc

When selecting a topic, I recommend choosing a broader topic that you can expand upon in the future. For example, if you start a blog about women’s handbags, then you may quickly run out of things to discuss. On the other hand, if you start a blog about women’s fashion, then you can discuss handbags, shoes, dresses, makeup, etc.

Give yourself room to grow as your audience gets bigger and you discover their biggest problems and concerns.

Choosing a broader topic gives you flexibility in the long term.

Step 2 – Get a Professional Domain Name and Hosting

Once you found a topic to blog about, then you need to purchase a good domain name and web hosting.

Your domain name is your web address in the digital world. Many people make the mistake of using free blogging websites in the beginning, but I think it’s a terrible idea.

You want a professional blog that has the ability to turn into something bigger in the future. Many bloggers turn their simple blog into full time income businesses that give them more time and freedom. That’s only possible with a domain name.

Web hosting is another component that should always be paid for. Beware of free web hosting sites that provide hosting for free. These sites fill your blog with annoying ads and make money from your hard work.

For blogging beginners, I recommend Host Gator as a wonderful web hosting package. They offer powerful reliable hosting for complete beginners at a very low cost.

Step 3 – Install WordPress

Next step is to install WordPress on your domain. There are several blogging softwares out there, but I recommend WordPress for several reasons.

I like WordPress because:

  • It’s very easy to use
  • Over 25% of the internet uses WordPress
  • It’s highly secure and always updated regularly
  • It’s Free
  • There are thousands of Free themes and plugins to use from tons of brilliant developers around the world.

My suggestion is to go with WordPress and spend your time creating awesome content and connecting with your community.

Video: How to Install WordPress on Hostgator

The video above shows you how to install WordPress onto your new Host Gator hosting account. Here’s a written tutorial showing you how to install WordPress on your Host Gator Account.

Step 4 – Choose a WordPress Theme

WordPress comes with many different themes to give your blog its own unique design. You can either choose a Free WordPress theme for your blog or purchase a premium theme for a more professional look.

Free WordPress Themes

Go to the WordPress Theme Directory to find a free theme for your site.

Premium WordPress Themes

Check out Theme Forest for the best premium WordPress Themes.

Step 5 – Install WordPress Plugins

Plugins add features to WordPress without editing your blog’s files. There are thousands of plugins to choose from in the WordPress plugin repository.

Here’s a list of recommended plugins to install for your blog:

AntiSpam

Blocks spammers from leaving comments on your blog.

BackupWordpress

Simple automated backups of your WordPress-powered website.

External Links

Lets you open external links in a new window. Good for reducing bounce rate.

Jetpack

Amazing plugin that offers tons of social sharing and publishing features in 1 plugin

Permalink Finder

Prevents 404 errors by finding the right post. Great for eliminating 404 not found errors.

Pretty Link Lite

Turns ugly affiliate links into short, easy to read links. Great for affiliate marketers.

Simple Sitemap

Adds a HTML sitemap to your blog. Good for SEO and usability.

Sucuri Security

The ultimate WordPress security plugin. Stops the bad guys from hacking your blog.

WP Copycat Protect

Protect your content from being copied. See more info on my article about protecting your content from being copied.

WP Fastest Cache

A simple way to make your blog faster. Turns WordPress PHP dynamic files into static HTML files.

WP Smush

Reduce the file size of your images to make your blog faster.

WP Optimize

Helps you to keep your database clean by removing post revisions and spams in a blaze.

Yoast SEO

The best WordPress SEO plugin. Helps you rank higher in Google and optimize your blog for organic search queries.

Step 6 – Setup Your Email Subscription Method

This is an important but often forgotten step. When someone reads your blog and wants to receive updates, you should make it easy for them to subscribe.

RSS is commonly used but the most preferred method of subscription is email.

Use an email subscription service to capture your reader’s email address so you can contact them whenever you publish a new post.

For a basic Free email subscription option, I recommend Jetpack Subscriptions. Install Jetpack then activate the subscpriptions widget and add it to your sidebar.

If you want to follow up with your subscribers, then I recommend Aweber or Mailchimp.

I also recommend Optinmonster as an easy way to add subscrption forms to your blog without touching any code.

Step 6 – Write Your First Post

Writing your first post is a big step towards getting traffic, subscribers and making money. Without traffic, you will struggle to keep your blog active and updated. The key is to blog about the biggest problems/concerns in your niche to keep your readers engaged and informed.

Many bloggers write a short little post as their first blog post. I think that’s a mistake. You want to start blogging with a BANG!

Write an Amazingly Helpful First Post to Set the Tone

Write down the most commonly asked question in your niche and turn it into a blog post.

For example, if you started a travel blog, then a good 1st post is: Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World.

The key is to write something that draws in as many people as possible to give your blog traction. You don’t need to know what to write about at first.

Listen to your readers and create content based on their need/wants. I used that same strategy for this blog. At first, I mainly blogged about SEO tips but I wasn’t standing out from my competition.

A reader asked me how to build a website like WorldstarHipHop so I wrote a blog post sharing everything I knew about building WordPress video sites. That post is one of the most viewed blog posts on this site and still gets thousands of visits every month.

Your blog will evolve as you learn more about your audience. Put a lot of time into your 1st post then listen to your niche and go from there.

Step 7 – Edit Your Post

Editing is another important aspect of blogging that’s often overlooked. I still make mistakes even though I’ve been blogging for 10 years.

Proofread and skim your blog post once you are finished. I like to save my post then take a break by leaving the computer. This helps me come back to my post with a fresh mind and it helps any errors stand out.

I recommend reading “25 of the most common grammatical errors” to help you avoid silly spelling mistakes.

Consider Taking an English Writing Course

If English is not your first language, then I recommend you take a online course on English writing. When you don’t sound like a native English speaker, it really turns off people living in English speaking countries like United States, UK, Canada, etc.

Don’t let people judge you based on your English skills. There are many free English wrting courses available online. Here’s a few of them:

Step 8 – Publish Your Post

Awesome! You wrote your first post and edited it. It’s time to publish your masterpiece and share it with the world.

WordPress makes it very simple to publish your content. Before you hit publish, I recommend clicking the “Preview” button to see what your post will look like on your website.

This helps fix formatting errors that make it difficult to read your blog post. Sometimes, you will notice spelling and grammatical errors easier on the preview screen than inside your WordPress editor.

Step 9 – Share Your Post on Social Networks

When you publish a blog post, you want social networks to pick it up and share it with their massive audience. In order to acheive this, you need to create social networking accounts on the following sites:

WordPress lets you share your posts automatically on your social networking accounts when you hit the publish button. Jetpack has a Publicize setting that shares all your posts automatically.

Step 10 – Track Your Blog Stats Using Google Analytics

The last step in starting your blog is setting up Google Analytics to track your blog performance. Google Analytics is a world class web analytics platform that gives data about your blog and its visitors.

Google Analytics by Yoast lets you setup your tracking codes without touching your theme files. For more information on getting started with Analytics, check out “Get Started with Google Analytics.”

Speed Up WordPress: WP Fastest Cache Setup Tutorial

Everybody hates a slow WordPress blog, right? Of course!

When I talk with my clients, I hear the same common complaint over and over again. People really hate slow websites, especially when they feel it’s hurting their SEO rankings and revenue.

How to Fix Slow WordPress Websites

First off, you need to have solid hosting because slow hosting is one of the biggest problems with slow websites. If you are frustrated with your current web hosting, then I recommend Siteground. Check out why I love Siteground hosting so much in my comprehensive Siteground Hosting Review.

If your hosting is top notch, then the next step is using a caching plugin.

Cache plugins speed up your WordPress site by saving your website files for later use. When a new visitor comes along, the cache plugin shows the saved files instead of reloading your WordPress database all over again.

This results in a much faster website. There are lots of caching plugins available, but I recommend a simple one for most of my clients.

It’s called WP Fastest Cache. I made a tutorial video to show you how to set it up below.

WP Fastest Cache Setup Tutorial Video

How to Install WP Fastest Cache

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New 
  2. Search for “Wp Fastest Cache”
  3. Click “Install”
  4. Click “Activate Now” to get the plugin working.
  5. Go to your WP Admin Sidebar and Click “WP Fastest Cache”

Once you are in the WP Fastest Cache Dasboard, check the following boxes:

  • Cache System (Enable): Yes
  • Logged-In Users: No
  • Mobile Users: No
  • New Post: Yes
  • Minify HTML: Yes
  • Minify CSS: Yes
  • Combine CSS: Yes
  • Combine JS: Yes
  • GZip: Yes
  • Browser Caching: Yes

Select your Language and hit the “Submit” Button. That’s it!

Verify The Footer Code

To check if the plugin is working, you need to log out of WordPress and visit any page of your website. Refresh the page 2 times and look for code that looks something like this:

<!– WP Fastest Cache file was created in 3.89601898193 seconds, on 08-01-16 16:44:07 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/47.0.2526.106 Safari/537.36–>

Your website should load much faster as people visit your website and cache all the pages.

How to Create a Website like Yelp

In this article, you will learn how to create a website like Yelp and turn it into a successful local business directory portal.

1. Market Research

Yelp is a local business directory portal with reviews & information on millions of business around the world. “Yelpers” create profiles and submit personal reviews on dining, hotels, transportation and any other service they used in specific cities.

When you start a website like Yelp, it’s important to understand who the average “Yelper” is. Here’s a screenshot of Yelp.com’s demographics:

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From this data, you know that the average Yelp visitor is:

  • Mostly female
  • College educated
  • Browsing from work and/or school

I use Yelp and I know the website is around 66% female, if not more. Think about building a website that caters to the female audience because they will be your average visitor. Females use social networking sites more than average so remember this when you think about your domain name and brand logo.

2. Get a Domain Name

You will need to acquire a short yet brandable domain name for your new website. Brainstorm a bunch of domains then try to select a domain that is:

  • Short
  • Easy to Remember
  • Brandable
  • Avoids any trademarks
  • .COM extension (or a country level domain if you want to target a certain country)

Domain Name: $9.95 per year

gd_logo1I use Godaddy for all my domain needs. Every website needs a good domain name from a reliable company. I’ve registered my domains with Godaddy ever since I got started back in 2006. They offer the best pricing and deals for repeat customers. You can also get private domain registration for an extra $3 per year. It’s the best investment if you want to keep your identity secret to the public.

What if my domain name is unavailable?

Type your desired domain in your web browser to see if it’s available. If you land on a blank internet service page, then the domain is available.

If not, then you can either choose another domain or buy the domain name from someone else.

Get a custom logo

Every website needs a custom logo to establish their brand. If you are on a limited budget, get a cheap logo from Fiverr for $5. If you have a bigger budget, I recommend 99designs.

3. Get Dedicated Hosting

Web hosting allows your users to access your website on the internet. Most people don’t have web servers in their homes, but many companies provide access to their servers for a monthly fee. Your website is 100% dependent on good reliable web hosting. If your web hosting goes down, then nobody can visit your website.

Managed dedicated hosting will handle 100% of your server’s tasks without you having to lift a finger. Good managed dedicated hosting costs between $100 to $500 per month.

Dedicated Server Hosting: $279 per month
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LiquidWeb is my recommended dedicated server hosting company. Their clients include: MTV, ESPN, Michigan State University, Audi and Home Depot. LiquidWeb’s Intel Dual Process Dedicated server is the best web hosting for websites. The Intel Dual Xeon E5-2603 v2 comes with:

  • 8 Cores Total @ 1.8 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM (DDR3)
  • 250 GB SSD MLC, RAID 1 (Primary Drive)
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA (Backup Drive)
  • 5 TB Outbound & FREE Incoming Bandwidth

The server is fully managed. LiquidWeb takes care of everything so you don’t need a degree in Computer Science to get started. Don’t worry about server administration because they have 24/7 phone customer support and will even help you install your website script on your server.

4. Purchase a Business Directory Script

There are several options available when you build a website like Yelp. Many people choose a Yelp clone script or business directory portal script.

You can purchase a ready-made website script or hire a developer to build a custom solution.

Yelp PHP Scripts

Hire a Developer

If you want a custom solution, then hire a freelance developer to make a website like Yelp. Here’s a few recommend websites to find a developer:

5. Add Local Businesses

In the beginning, nobody will visit your website. Creating content is the most important thing you must do yourself or outsource.

Gather a list of local businesses then begin adding them to your website. You should add at least 1,000 businesses (if possible depending on your niche/location) before you think about driving traffic.

Yelp is popular because people can leave reviews about millions of businesses. Don’t wait for people to add business. It’s your job to add them.

Use this list of local business directories to find many local businesses. These websites are your competitors as well.

6. Drive Traffic to Your Website

Once you populate your website with lots of business, then your next goal is to drive traffic to your website.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) should be your main focus for traffic generation. When people want information about local businesses, they search on Google. Here’s a few SEO tips to help your website attract organic search traffic.

SEO Tips

  • Create clean static URLs – Don’t use dynamic URLS with ? in them
  • Use the footer of your website to link to your most popular cities (New York, Mumbai, Bangkok)
  • Use Breadcrumb navigation to help users get around your website
  • Setup Google Markup to show star reviews on your website and Google SERP listings.
  • Add as many business images as you can find. If you are building a local directory, visit each business and take a picture yourself.
  • Contact local businesses and ask them to link back to your website.
  • Search for “local business directory list” and ask the author to add your website to the list.
  • Build social signals to your homepage. Buy a $5 Fiverr campaign or use DripRevolution.

7. Make Money with Your Website

When your traffic increases, you can think about generating revenue with your website. Yelp makes money with advertising campaigns that drive traffic for local businesses.

Another potential revenue source is Google Adsense. If you earn a $5 CPM, then you can make some decent income if you have lots of traffic.