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How to host a website without getting ripped off

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Website hosting isn’t the most interesting topic of discussion for most people and we agree, it can be quite nerdy. However, it is a pretty important thing to understand  if you have a website that you’d like the world to know about. So, read on to learn how to host a website without getting ripped off.


What the heck is hosting anyway?


First, let us share some insight on what hosting actually is and how it works.


Your website is “hosted” (essentially meaning it lives) on a server.
If you want your website to run really well, you need awesome servers to host it on.
Awesome servers are not cheap to run and therefore, hosting companies charge to host your website.


That’s the quick and dirty explanation. We could go on and on about all the ins and outs of hosting in detail, but like I said before – nerd talk is boring for most people. Keep reading so you know how to host a website without getting ripped off.


So, what makes a good hosting company or service?


Most of the popular companies try to sell you a bunch of up-sells that you generally don’t need, like ‘5 year registration protection’ or a ‘bundle of domain names’.  THESE ARE UP-SELLS, and you most likely don’t need them, or are paying too much. Don’t let these companies rip you off. Take a second to either do some research or ask someone in the industry to help you discover what you really need – Like us!


How much should hosting a website cost you?


For the large majority of websites, simple plans are sufficient. If your using a CMS like WordPress, we suggest that you host on web servers that are optimised for that type of website. These days having a fast loading website is not only good for your customers, but also good for your Google search ranking. Many popular web hosts have comparable hosting and WordPress optimised hosting plans… to a degree. Just be sure to not buy all the extras that they try to add on once the sales process starts. If they are trying to scare you into buying every up-sell, is this really a company you want to work with?


That’s why we offer an audit service to let you know what you’re really paying for. We’ve done it for numerous clients and we’re happy to move you over to our hosting account at no additional cost to the yearly fee. More often than not, you will have and upgraded server option for cheaper than your existing plan.


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How to write sales copy that sells and doesn’t make you feel sleazy

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Even just writing the words ‘sales copy’ makes my stomach start to turn. I’ve taken classes, read many books and completed a science degree, but I am not one to follow conventional rules when it comes to writing. Knowing how to write sales copy is something that many people struggle with, so it’s no big deal if it freaks you out too. My grammar and spelling are not great and I know it, but overall I’m confident that readers know what I’m trying to say. If not, well I tried.


I remember one of my first freelance jobs as a Project Manager I was asked to write a newsletter for a company I had just started with and I didn’t really understand their message (to be fair it was quite spiritually loaded). I read through all of the content they provided, did a bunch of research and I went for it. The owner was impressed and I was happy they liked it, but it took me twice the quoted time to complete because I had no clear framework to go off.


Those two little words ‘sales copy’ are probably the most essential and freakishly powerful ones for business owners to grasp, but I am continually amazed how many don’t think it matters, or are too scared to write to their audience.


So, if you’re like me and you start to sweat at the thought of writing sales copy (yep, still do) don’t worry, there is a framework!


Here’s how to write sales copy that sells. Remember these few key points when writing to your audience:


It is not about you, it’s about what you can do for them. They don’t care how great you are, they want to be great, so how will you help them be great?
Talk to your audience like you’re a real person and they’re real people. Create a conversation and try to engage with them.
Nobody likes being sold to, so don’t peak too early and let your CTA (call to action) flow naturally.
Keep it brief, to the point and relatable. No one has time to read a novel.
Proofread, but don’t freak out if you spell something wrong or have a typo, it happens to everyone.


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How to Make More Money without Spending a Fortune on Facebook Ads

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Facebook advertising is a VERY powerful tool for business owners. It helps us reach specific and targeted audiences much better than conventional advertising methods. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up wasting money on expensive clicks that don’t actually get you sales. So, if you’re considering running some ads for your business, read our list of Do’s and Don’ts so you can make more money without spending a fortune on Facebook Ads.


Make More Money – With This List of Do’s 

  • Do, Do it! – Yep, that’s right, Facebook ads WORK! They’re a snazzy little tool that a TONNE of businesses have been dropping dollars into and getting results from. So, why not benefit from Facebook ads too?


  • Know Your Objective – If you don’t know what result you want from your hard earned bills, then you aren’t going to know how to measure your ad’s success rate. Facebook ad objectives are separated into three categories:

Facebook Ads Campaign Objectives

  • Set Your Budget – Facebook allows you to set up your ads with different budget types like – lifetime (the total amount your willing to spend on your ad set) or daily (a limit on how much you’ll spend per day). There is even a campaign limit that you can set and when it you reach it, your ads will automatically switch off.


  • Know Your Audiences – Using awesome tools like audience insights, you can target some pretty in depth (and kinda creepy) characteristics about your target audience. You can target people based on:


  1. Demographics – like age, gender, location, education, generation, politics, relationship, work
  2. Interests – entertainment, family & relationships, fitness & wellness, hobbies & activities, shopping & fashion, etc.
  3. Behaviours – consumer classification, digital activities, purchase behaviour, seasonal & events, travel
  • Optimise & edit  – You likely won’t have amazing advertising success over night, so keep on top of your ads and edit them if they don’t perform the way you need. Make sure you give them time to work too. Usually it is good to wait a few days to a week to see if they work and take it from there. **Know how to calculate your ROI and conversions if you want to know your actual success rate!


  • Split Test – This is basically a way to compare your ads’ performance against each other. You can split test a variety of things, but try to only have one or two variations if you’re split testing.


  • Analyse Results – This is CRITICAL! If you don’t know how to understand your ad results, you won’t know what to compare or how they are actually performing. If terms like – Reach, Impressions and CTR are foreign to you, look them up. Data analysis isn’t everyone’s forte, so if you’re confused, ask someone that knows how to understand the results.


  • Use Re-targeting – If a person watches your video or visits your website, but doesn’t opt in to your offer, you can run a re-targeting campaign to just those people. Facebook’s re-targeting options are pretty much endless. You really don’t know much about your audience until you analyse how they are reacting to your ads and a re-targeting campaign is the best way to take advantage of that knowledge.


Don’t Spend a Fortune – By Following This List of Don’ts 

  • Boost Posts – they are super enticing, especially when Facebook constantly sends you messages about how many people you can “reach” by boosting, but don’t waste your money on these. At the time of writing this, there is no way accurate way to measure conversions for boosted posts, so you just can’t accurately tell what you’re ROI is. If you have already boosted some posts, you can create an ad from any post.


  • Target Broad Audiences – Facebook actually has a little gauge that will tell you if you’re audience is too broad or too narrow. Depending on the population size of the location you are targeting, a good audience size is generally somewhere between 1 – 3 million people. Some small really specific audiences can do well too though, so test out a variety.

Facebook Audience Gauge

  • Mismatch Ad & Offer – Make sure your ad and your offer match up and make sense. The design of the ad should match your landing page on your website and you should make it easy for people to read, understand and opt in to your offer.


  • Forget Custom Audiences  – If you have a Facebook following or email list, you have the ability to create a custom audience. If you don’t want this audience to get annoyed with your ads and potentially unfollow you, then remember to exclude them from your target audience.


  • Have Text Heavy Ads – Facebook doesn’t allow you to have ads that contain too much text (over 20% generally). They will show your ad to less people if you don’t abide by their guidelines.

Text rating for Facebook ads


  • Forget to Exclude Existing Subscribers – If you’ve got a subscriber list for your offer already, remember to exclude those people from your target audience.


  • Freak Out – Yes, this is a BIG don’t. Investing in paid advertising is a scary thing for most small business owners, but keep your cool amigo. This will likely be a successful ride for you if you do it right. So, trust the process and enjoy learning as much as you can from it.


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What You Need to Know About Digital Marketing

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If this article caught your eye, then we’re guessing you want to take your business to the next level with a little help from the amazing online tools out there. However, you’re not sure how the heck to go about it? Well, here’s what you need to know about digital marketing.

Digital marketing is a very slippery and often scary forefront for business owners, and it is understandable if you haven’t jumped into it. However, if you want to generate a buzz around your business, you need to step up your game. That’s why we have put together some info below that will help you do just that.

First things first – Do you have the below framework in place?

  1. A logo
  2. A responsive website
  3. Social media channels
  4. Email marketing software 

No? Well, you’re going to need them, so get busy, or get in touch and we’ll help you out. 

Once 1-4 are ready, it’s time for a little strategy…

You have likely heard terms like sales funnel, drip funnel or sequence marketing, all of which basically mean that you have a source pushing traffic to a destination, with a goal of making money at that destination. Still with me? Well, let’s break it down for you anyway.

Here’s what you need to know about digital marketing

  • Step one – Post an ad on social media with an enticing offer – Make it good, so you can draw them in.
  • Step two – Link the post to a landing page on your website – Make the page stylish and relevant to your offer.
  • Step three – Put an opt in on your website – Make sure that visitors can see it and it’s easy to put in their details.
  • Step four – Deliver the offer to the visitor – either right away on your website, or via an email.

Sounds easy right? Well, it’s not always. What happens after you have someone opt in to your offer? Why not keep in touch with them and see if they want more products or services? This is where most businesses drop the ball. They leave their ad running, the contact page or opt in available, but they don’t follow through and leave their precious audience hanging. Don’t do this!

Keep your audience engaged and interested by listening to what they want. If you don’t know what they want, ask them. The digital world is at your finger tips and if you don’t have time to get it done, invest in someone that can help you.

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Help! I’m Sick of the 9-5 Work Week

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Has the work week got you down in the dumps? Are you overwhelmed and underpaid? Do you wish you had more time and energy to put into something you’re passionate about?

Surprise! You’re not alone! We often get emails from people stating that they’re sick of the 9-5 and want to take the leap out of the conventional work week. We feel for these people, because we’ve been there. But, we took the leap and now reap the benefits of doing so now. We have more time, energy and we get to work on projects we enjoy (well mostly). Sure, it hasn’t always been easy, but if you want it bad enough, IT IS POSSIBLE! 

What can you do if you are sick of the 9-5 work week?

We live in an age where technology moves at a pace more rapid than ever before and almost everyone, including most elderly people, use digital services. The options to make money from the digital world are the best they have ever been and are predicted to keep escalating. Tools like mobile and desktop apps, ecommerce platforms and the world wide web itself provide almost anyone with the opportunity to take a leap away from the conventional lifestyle. All you need to do is look.

Searching for work options on the internet can be frustrating. This is where a lot of people get overwhelmed and caught up in the junk of the internet and fall into some risky territory, where they are often taken advantage of by marketing creeps promising them millions overnight. Yes, there are numerous great things out there for you to use and make money from, but there are also great risks in the faceless ether of the digital universe. Don’t worry though, we have been there, and we are here to help.

Where to look and how to come up with an idea?

King Tide Media have been operating for over 10 years working in the digital marketing, graphic design and web development. Over this time we have learned some tricks and secrets that we want to share so you don’t get lost out there in the unknown.

Here are some questions to start asking yourself:

  1. What skills (digital or otherwise) do you have now? Jot these skills down and start researching and brainstorming how you could use them to break into a digital space. Include everything: Are you good at math? Do you write well? Do you have experience using computer software and programs? Can you knit? Seriously, put it all down on paper, so you can see them all.
  2. What topics do people you already know ask your advice on? Do you have good fashion sense? Are you good at finding great restaurants or special deals?  Are you a great writer or researcher?
  3. How much time do you have? Are you unemployed? Do you have full time job? How much time can you spare each week for your new venture?
  4. Do you have money set aside for a new project? Once you find your idea, do you have funds to get it off the ground? Do you need to start saving now? Perhaps you can work out a monthly budget that you are happy with.
  5. Do you know where to find help and do you have support?  You will never have all the answers, so make sure you know where to find them when you need to.

What to Do Once You Have An Idea

So, you’ve done your brainstorming and you have come up with the best idea ever thought of. Before you go telling everyone and sinking all your time and money into it, take a beat to do your homework. Ask yourself: who is my competition? Yes, there is almost always someone that is doing what you thought of, so deal with it and figure out how you can do it better or different. Write down a list of your competitors and spend some serious time looking at what they are doing well and what you think they could improve on.

Once you’re researched your competition it will become more clear how you can start planning your next move. There is a lot that goes into getting a digital business off the ground and if you are still a little lost, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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4 Tools Anyone With A Website Should Be Using

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Does this sound familiar? – You’ve had your business running for some time now, set up your website and verbally spread the word to your friends and customers to check it out. You wait and wait, but it seems that your site just sits there, lost in the abyss.

Now what?

Don’t worry, almost 90% of our clients start out just like you. They’ve done some basic leg work to get their online presence going, but they don’t know where to go from there. In this article we’ve outlined some of the tools you can use to promote your business online.

Social Media

Billions of people have active social media accounts. If you aren’t using social media pages like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your business, you absolutely need to get your accounts up and running NOW. If you’re not comfortable using social media or you don’t understand it, hire someone that does to help get your accounts set up and ask them to teach you. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have access to those billions of potential customers, and the best part about it? – It’s FREE!

Take advantage of social groups. Facebook groups have taken off in particular and are highly beneficial for sharing your ideas, expertise and networking with others. Just be careful that you read the group rules before sharing anything.

Social Media Apps

Email marketing

For most businesses, email campaigns are often more effective than social media at generating cold hard cash. Usually, this tool is where you have the opportunity to convert subscribers into purchasers. You may be thinking – how do I get people’s emails in the first place? Well, there is a bit of a process involved, but it’s not entirely difficult to set up. You just need a way to entice people to share their contact information with you. In digital marketing, this little attraction is called a “lead magnet”. A lead magnet is something that you’re willing to give someone in exchange for their email address. If you’re still confused, get in touch with someone that knows this space and ask them to set up the infrastructure you need. Most email marketing services are free for a limited number of subscribers.

Here are few to check out – Mailchimp  , Kaviyo and Active Campaign.


Online Advertising

Remember back before the internet arrived and took over? Businesses needed to use prehistoric print advertising methods to grow awareness of their businesses. Billboards, newspapers, magazines and community boards are popular for print options, and are still definitely used. Similarly, with online marketing, if you want your business to be found online, you need to set up some ads.

There are numerous online paid advertising options, but here are a few of the most popular: 

Facebook Advertising graphic


Yes, it is true, blogging is one of the things you need to do if you want to grow your online presence. It should fit into your marketing plan and is a great tool to use to develop trust with your audience. Although it can be time consuming, blogging is a free tool that you should be using. People like to get to know businesses and hear from them regularly before buying services or products, so blogging about things relevant to your company will show people that you know what you’re talking about. Blogging isn’t something that everyone is comfortable doing, but you can always find someone willing to help.

Create easy to read blog article with these tips:

  • 300 – 500 words.
  • Use bullet points
  • Use Images – because let’s face it, people often scan an article first to see if their interested in giving up their time to hear what you have to say. See what we did there? 

Keep in mind that these are just a few online tools you can use to generate more attention and respect for your business. There are other great strategies you can tap into once you’ve got your digital marketing groove on.

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Exposed: 6 Social Media Tools for Businesses

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Social Media is one of the most beneficial tools a business owner can use. With billions of people using social media, it is so powerful, it’s actually a bit crazy. There are a bunch of awesome tactics you as a business owner can use if you have social media accounts. We’ve outlined our top recommendations below.

Contests – Contests expose your business to millions of users that are willing to give you something, or are willing to do something for your business, with the incentive of getting something for free. Contests are great for almost any business and if you aren’t able to provide a freebie yourself, you can team up with other like-minded businesses to run a contest together.

Enter to win on chalkboard

Link sharing to gated content – This basically means you’ll offer something to people for free if they join your email list or community. For example: a fitness trainer could offer a guide on how to lose 5 pounds in 30 days, but they only give you their guide after you give them your email address.

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Social Media Advertising – It is truly incredible how much you can do now with social media ads. With tools like Facebook insights, you can build custom targeted audiences based on interests, behaviours, demographics and location. If you do it right, your business will see a huge benefit after using social media ads effectively. If you don’t know how to create ads or campaigns, hire someone with the expertise and watch your profits rise. Like anything in business, it may take a little time to get your audience and ads on point, so be patient and appreciate the process.

Facebook Ads Examples

Videos – Video is a powerful tool to promote anything online. Internet users are 60% more likely to trust your company if you use videos in your marketing strategy and it is easy to understand why when YouTube receives the highest number (over a billion people per day) of unique viewers than any other online platform. If you don’t know how to make videos – find someone who does, or simply use your mobile to film and edit content relevant to your business. You can also use other interactive options like google hangouts, webinars or live streaming to your advantage.

Social Media Management Platforms – If you aren’t into social media or you don’t really want to spend hours posting on each platform separately, you’re in luck – there are very useful tools available to save you time; Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social and Crowdfire.

Hootsuite logo

Social Media Groups – Social media groups allow you to connect with cold leads with ease. Most groups have lengthy rules about solicitation, but some will allow you to post about your business or services at least a few times per day and you can get around the rules by commenting about your services in other members posts. This is a method that we use often implement and it has proven to be quite worthwhile.

If your not sure which platforms are most appropriate for your business, at minimum we suggest using: Facebook (1.8 billion +users), Twitter (300 million+ users), Instagram (600 million users) and if you have videos – Youtube (1 billion+ users).

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