As well as creating content for Feast Glorious Feast and connecting with my lovely readers and subscribers over on social media, I now offer virtual services and accountability coaching to other bloggers too. Got to keep busy right?!
Virtual Feast Services is the name for the services of my business. If you or someone you know needs any help with any aspect of their blogging business, be sure to contact me or head over to my dedicated Facebook Page for more information.
I only have limited time and sessions available to book so don’t delay to make sure you secure a slot.
I am often asked for recommendations for various blogging tools, ans especially hosting. I only recommend companies/products/plugins that I’ve used myself or have experience in. Some of the below links are affiliate links and may earn me a commission.
I can 100% guarantee that I have recommended all of these without the affiliate schemes being in place and indeed I’ve almost certainly lost out on a whole bunch of income over the last year or so!
This is the big one. I read everything I see about hosting including other peoples experience. I no longer use or recommend Siteground as their product and customer service are both in decline. I also do not recommend my current host 34SP as they refuse to turn off auto updates for WordPress which is against all sane advice.
My current recommendation is BigScoots. I have set up several clients with them after hearing great things and I have so far been very impressed with their customer service. They are not the cheapest but at the end of the day, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
This is another biggie. I have experience using Mailchimp, Flodesk, Madmimi and Mailerlite. My recommendation is for Mailerlite because I think that it is easy to use, intuitive and provides the most comprehensive product for up to 1,000 subscribers. This is what I use and what I have set multiple clients up with.
This includes being able to set up multiple automation which are a must for delivering content freebies/optins. This isn’t available on Mailchimp despite their free plan being available for up to 2,000 subscribers which seems better on the face of it.
Madmini is very basic and not much cheaper than Mailerlite. Flodesk is a new kid on the block and very good value for those with large lists. But the usability, analytics and functions are years from being fully rounded. They say it is in beta mode but I’m not convinced it should be a launched product at all yet.
ConvertKit is another popular product. I don’t have any experience using it but have generally only heard people being happy with it. For larger lists it could be worth considering. But for sub 1,000 lists, their “free” offering is extremely limited and I cannot see any benefits of paying for that product over using the free version of Mailerlite.
By clicking any of my links to Mailerlite, you will receive a $20 dollar credit on your account (and I receive the same).