**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**
Most of us bloggers have been there at one time or another.
At least the cheapskates have.
Or, the former cheapskates.
I learned a painful but valuable lesson many moons ago. Because I clung to a bad hosting package like a baby clings to its rattle. For way too long.
Things only started to take off with my old and new blog after I ditched my old hosting solution to upgrade to a premium, reliable hosting company.
I never looked back.
If you are having severe problems with your blog up time and speed see if you are clinging to any of these common objections to upgrading your web hosting.
1: I Can’t Afford to Switch Hosts
What an idiot.
I was basically a guy who was trying to rent out a haha shack on the wrong side of the tracks for $50,000 a month. Except I was doing it with my blog.
Or, as I’m sitting here on a house sit on Manhattan’s gorgeous Upper West Side, with its $50,000,000 penthouses, I was like a guy trying to rent out a hobo’s cardboard box in Central Park itself for prices asked on Central Park West, which is literally a 2 minute walk from the apartment where we are living now.
I wanted to make money online and build my blog into something successful but feared spending more than $3 a month on hosting. Even though I could easily spend more than $3 a month on hosting.
I saw, finally, that I couldn’t afford *NOT* to upgrade to a different, reputable, reliable web hosting company because to play up – aka, moving up in blogging circles to cyber hob nob with successful bloggers – ya gotta pay up.
Do you think Matthew would invite me to guest post on this rocking blog if he saw my blog loaded as slowly as molasses crawling down a tree in the dead of winter or was online as frequently as when Haley’s comet blows through?
You can’t afford not to pay up to switch from a low quality to high-quality web hosting company.
2: I Can’t Do the Switch Myself
Something strange happened when I pondered leaving my crappy hosting situation behind.
I reasoned that I could not do the file transfer between hosting companies myself so I simply would not leave my old hosting company.
The weird aspect of the situation: I am friends with a skilled web developer. He could do the backend stuff with his eyes closed, walking backwards, enjoying afternoon tea during the process.
But I stubbornly refused any help – at first – and simply avoided the issue.
Eventually, I conquered this devilish demon by outsourcing the work to my developer. As you will need to do if you don’t have any tech bones in your body.
Outsource through sites like Fiverr or perhaps a higher end freelancer site if you feel more confident paying a premium to work with individuals.
Never ever make any excuse online based on your inability to do something. Because you can either pay or enter into a bartering agreement or ask good friends to get the job done, and the candidate pool for any online job like this hosting change bit is only, like, millions of human beings.
3: I’m Comfortable with My Present Hosting Company
I was comfortable with my web hosting solution. For years.
Everything *seemed* okay.
Of course, at various times of my life I was comfortable:
- working up to 80 hours a week as a security guard for a minimal wage
- working the 9-5 gig for years
- being tossed around in life on the sea of circumstance
All growth and success occur outside of your comfort zone. Often times, light years outside of your comfort zone.
All stagnation and mediocrity occurs in your comfort zone.
Of cours, I felt comfortable with my old web hosting company. I was a loser! Not a loser in the derogatory sense, not some bum, broke, Little Debby gobbling, ex-fired-security guard drowning his sorrows in high fructose corn syrup based snacks.
I was a lose-r. Meaning I did virtually everything online – and offline – from a place of loss. I feared losing money, time, pretty much everything, so I made comfortable, stagnating, failing decisions to ensure, at least, I would not have not to spend/lose money or lose time, or lose anything, by making uncomfortable, terrifying decisions.
I was so warped that I actually felt fine seeing my blog loading over a 45 second span. I felt OK with my blog crashing 6 to 10 times a day. Insane!
Finally I made the decision ya gotta make sometime during your blogging career: I chose scary and uncomfortable over boring and comfortable. I realized I was comfortable like a pig sitting in slop. Only my life was cyber slop and financial slop.
So I spent money. Upgraded to a rocking hosting company. Reaped the sweet benefits of paying up, to play up, even though the initial decision to pay up was as about as comfortable as laying on a bed of fire ants.
4: My Site Will Be Down for X Hours or Days During the Transfer
This one makes me laugh.
As with most of the dingbatish mistakes I made during my blogging career I distinctly, clearly recall clinging to this limiting belief. I was afraid my blog would go offline for a few hours or even days during the transfer process.
Mind you; my blog had collectively been down for days during my prior few years of poor hosting service. Those minute or hour-long outages add up, ya know?
Toss in the super-duper slow load times and you can see how silly willy it was for me to bemoan my blog being offline when it already *was* offline many hours, due to cruddy hosting, already.
Factor in the frequent outages I’d have experienced in the future with the hosting company. It took not Nostradamus to see that the few hours or days of blog down time during the transfer was nothing compared to past and future blog down time.
Make the jump!
Who cares if your blog is down for a bit. Considering how much it had been down and will be down if you cling to a crappy hosting situation, those transfer/maintenance down hours are a blip on the blogging radar.
Do you have hosting horror stories to tell? Are you maybe clinging to a host you have outgrown? Or how did you let go an old host to make room for a new, reliable web hosting company?
Ryan Biddulph owns the website . He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.