A fast, easy-to-use, SEO-optimized website is one of the best marketing tools a writer can have. If you’re in any of my Facebook marketing groups, you know I like to harp on that point.
Has getting a site has been languishing on your to-do list? Well, now’s a good time to take action. Today I was on AppSumo and saw that they’ve partnered with Verst, an all-inclusive website and blogging platform,
to offer a lifetime subscription for just $49 with a 60-day money back guarantee. That lifetime subscription includes hosting. Most hosts charge at least $80/year for one site, so basically this deal pays for itself in 7 months. This deal is no longer available, but you can try it free for 14 days. As of September 2017, Verst charges $144 for its cheapest plan, which is comparable to hosting fees plus theme and plug-in costs for a small WordPress site.
Verst makes designing your site easy. You can make a beautiful, modern site in just a few hours. If you have blogs that you’ve hosted on other platforms, like WordPress or Blogger, they’ll help you move them over.
Plus Verst offers lots of cool features like easy blogging for all those book tours you like to host, email address collection so your readers can sign up for your newsletter, SEO (search engine optimization—the thing that makes it easy for Google to find your website) that you don’t have to think about, and subscription-based content.
If you’ve been thinking about earning money by serializing your work or offering a short story each week/month on a platform like Patreon, you can do it right on your own website with Verst. You can mark certain posts as subscriber-only content, so that they are visible only to people who chip in a monthly fee—for example, the price of a coffee each month.
You can also make little boxes under your blog posts to remind people about your latest book:
I wish I’d had access to this a year ago when I started building my website.
Here’s a link to find out more:
If you use this link to buy the lifetime subscription, AppSumo will send me a few dollars that I can use to pay for my own web hosting. If you’d rather that not happen, just google “appsumo” and “verst” to find the deal. Either way, check it out. Next to actually writing, building yourself a home on the web is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a writer.
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