Frequently Asked Questions about hosting, SEO, and service

What is SEO-Powered Hosting for Bloggers?

If you’re like most bloggers, SEO is your least favorite part of the job! Most professional bloggers get into the field because they love to create and they dread the technical aspects of blogging.

Add in Google’s ever changing algorithms and you practically need to be an SEO expert to stay at the top of the search results. That’s where professional SEO hosting from House of Ideas can help.  

Why do bloggers need SEO hosting?

Traditional blog hosting is just that – a place for your site that comes with basic technical support. But with SEO hosting from House of Ideas, you’ll get a dedicated team that’s committed to helping your site appear in the search engines. 

We bake all things technical SEO into your hosting package, such as speed optimization, top posts discovery & optimization, expert SEO plugin configuration, and more. You also get cheat sheets, keyword calendars, and tutorials so you can focus all your energy on the creative side.

We eliminate the guesswork, the stress, and the risks of doing something technical wrong.

You’ll receive weekly performance reports, ensuring that you always know how your site is performing, how your traffic’s doing, and what new content opportunities arise.

Multiple pricing tiers mean that you receive the support you want, without paying for services you don’t need.

What benefits and perks do I receive as a client?

We make your blog robust, fast, user-friendly, and more magnetic to visitors from the major platforms on the web.

PRO Hosting

Access premium hosting and custom plugin configuration tailored for your blog needs and goals.

Speed

You can’t just fire up a plugin, site speed is complicated. Let our experts take care of it for you.

Security

Our tech team has enterprise-level experience. We protect your site from hacks, viruses, and other 2019 cyber spam.

Bugs

We fix your site quickly whenever it goes down. We also help fix the biggest site issues that are costing you traffic or income.

Backups

Your site gets backed up daily.

Mobile Audit

We identify major problems and solutions to improve user and search engine experience on your mobile site.

Traffic & Influence Benefits

How we help you get you more traffic and visitors from giants like Google, Pinterest, and Youtube, as well as your brand and influence on major social networks like Youtube and Instagram. 

Your Blog

The most important place we focus on to grow your audience and earnings. We optimize your site for SEO, for social sharing, for email list building, for your printables shop, etc. Your traffic and business goals decide how we improve your site.

Google

We put you in a position to get lots of search traffic from Google, Bing, and Youtube without doing any harmful SEO work that hurts your traffic or personal reputation.

Youtube

We’re deeply studying and sharing insights on Youtube Analytics (Creator Studio), Youtube SEO, and building an audience. Get better at video creation, promotion, and channel subscribers.

The Numbers

We measure and share key performance numbers with you on a monthly basis. The good and the bad, so you’re always aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and areas of opportunities.

Smart Calendars

Build out editorial calendars backed by keyword data, and in alignment with your personal brand / expertise.

Other Questions

Here are the most popular questions and concerns most bloggers ask about.

WILL I GET A DISCOUNT IF I PAY THE YEAR UPFRONT?

Yes, if you pay in full in the first 90 days, you get 20% off for the year.

WHO WILL I BE DIRECTLY WORKING WITH?

Anum Shah leads business development and partner support, Raj Shah guides technical and digital marketing, and Katie Dixon does a little bit of everything.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Everything you see above, and any small, big, or random issue we come across. You also get enterprise tools and data not mentioned above to inform everything we do together.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

We don’t provide any graphic or web design work. We don’t fix ad-network related issues. We don’t do any paid advertising for you on Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc. We don’t provide any photography or copy-writing services for your blog. We don’t manage your social media accounts. We don’t do any SEO link building outreach for your blog.

We can make recommendations to get you to the right place, but we don’t perform any of these for you.

CAN I HAVE MY OWN HOSTING OR DO I HAVE TO USE YOURS? 

You can keep your current host, but keep in mind, you could miss out on full website optimization.

With our PRO Hosting, we provide you the tech support, fast site speed, robust security, and daily backups, and whatever else we need to do to foolproof and future-proof your site from harm.

WHAT WILL MY ROI LOOK LIKE? 

Strong. In more ways than one.

If you measure and define ROI by improvement in traffic, in earnings, in blogger collaboration, in data-driven content creation and promotion, in quality tech support, in strategy and execution of your business goals, in tinkering with (and actually making money from) new, additional income opportunities, and in other important blogging matters, then you should see a strong ROI, year after year.

Bloggers who measure ROI only in the form of increased ad earnings will probably not be a good fit for HOI, and will not see a strong ROI.

If we don’t think we can prove you a strong ROI, we’ll let you know upfront.

IF I WANT TO LEAVE, HOW MUCH TIME NOTICE WILL I HAVE TO GIVE?

90 days.

CAN I LEAVE HOI IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR?

We partner with people with whom we can form excellent long-term partnerships with. If you decide HOI isn’t for you, we’ll respect your decision, and help you transition. If you’re paying monthly, you have to pay for the remaining months in full.

Once we start the work, we can’t offer refunds.

IF I DON’T SEE ANY TRAFFIC INCREASE, WILL I GET MY MONEY BACK?

Sorry, but we don’t honor refund requests. Our promise is to do all the things we’ve mentioned here that we’ll help you with.

Website / Hosting

Your URLs will be configured to use proper HTTPS, or to fix other 404, and redirect issues.

WILL I GET ONGOING HELP / SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?

100% yes. There’s simply just too much opportunity to take advantage of that can make a dent on your traffic, influence, and earnings.

HOW MANY HOURS OF SERVICE SHOULD I EXPECT EACH MONTH?

10 or more most months. Sometimes 20 or 30 hours for complicated matters.

Professional work takes time, which makes it very expensive or daunting for most bloggers to want to invest. We believe we’ve come up with a more realistic, effective, and affordable way.

WILL YOU MIGRATE OUR SITE TO NEW HOSTING?

Yes, but only if we’re hosting your site.

WHAT IS A SITE MIGRATION?

Moving a site completely off of one hosting provider, and onto another.

WILL MY SITE GO DOWN DURING MIGRATION?

Yes, for a very short period of time, you may notice the site down while DNS settings update.

WILL I LOSE INCOME DURING MIGRATION?

No, we only migrate during off-peak hours, so income loss is virtually unnoticeable.

IF I DON’T SEE ANY TRAFFIC INCREASE, WILL I GET MY MONEY BACK?

Sorry, but we don’t honor refund requests. Our promise is to do all the things we’ve mentioned here that we’ll help you with.

WHAT ARE THE KINDS EXPECTATIONS I SHOULD HAVE FROM THE FIRST YEAR?

Expect technical and business audits. Expect new plugins configured for you. Expect improvement in traffic and earnings. Expect to collaborate more. Expect to do things just a little bit differently when publishing new or updating old posts. Expect to more confident about your business.

WILL YOU GUYS DO THE WORK OR WILL IT BE LIKE AN AUDIT?

We start with audits, and then do most of the work. We’ll need your help with some things too.

WHAT WILL I (BLOGGER/CLIENT) HAVE TO DO?

Follow some guidelines. Avoid others. Keep us informed of big changes in your industry or your own business goals. Whatever it takes to reciprocate and build a strong partnership.

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE?

$250/hr