LOOKING FOR NEW POSTS?: 3 Reasons I Moved to a Self-Hosted Website.

I’ve noticed some may have missed that I am no longer posting on this website. That’s okay if you have, I’ve not forgotten about you. But, if you want to continue receiving updates you’ll want to make the move with me.

jbsisma.com did not go away. It’s still there. I have made the choice to moving from WordPress.COM to a self-hosted WordPress.ORG website. It was a tough decision, as WordPress is completely free to use. But I have some issues with that.

1. WordPress.COM, while free, does not allow you to monetize. This is a huge issue for me. While I love WordPress.COM I wanted to take my website to the next level and get affiliates to help pay for the cost of the website. Now not everyone loves advertisements, and right now I don’t have any. But I wanted the window open for that.

2. Hosting is cheaper elsewhere. One of the biggest frustrations I’ve had is I was being charged over $60 a year in hosting. What did I get with that amount of money?

  • A domain name: jbsisam.com instead of jbsisam.wordpress.com. One is much easier to remember, the other is difficult and looks unprofessional.
  • They charged for a subdomain. I purchased from WordPress.COM blog.jbsisam.com. Where through Bluehost is free.
  • They charged me to remove ads from the website. I’m not a big fan of ads I cannot control. In-fact, I would not be paid by WordPress to have the ads on my website. So, I chose to remove them altogether.

3. I wanted control and offer more features to my community. I began blogging on the WordPress system in late 2009. It was great. In-fact, the community here is outstanding. But, I knew if I wanted to take my business to the next level, I needed to maintain control of every aspect of my website. So what do you get in my new website?

I wanted to create a great user experience. And, if you’ve not subscribed to my enewsletter, I encourage you to do so today. You’ll get updates to each new blog post and I’ll give you a free ebook as my way of saying thank you.

So, what are you waiting for… check out the new J. B. Sisam website. Make sure to bookmark the new site because I will not be updating this site any longer – however, all the archive content is still available here.

CHECK OUT THE NEW…  JBSISAM.COM

041: 7 Powerful Steps to Improving Your Public Speaking

We all have a voice. It doesn’t matter if you’re a quiet person or someone who commands attention. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. We all have something to say.

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040: Why Publishing is Easier and Cheaper than Ever Before

Everyone has a story to tell. Most desire to publish a book but the reality only 1% will ever publish their story. I want to demystify the world of publishing and the hurdles most have to endure to get their book into print.

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039- How to Get Blessed by Setting Goals.

Goals. It’s what drives people in the new year. We make resolutions and by the time February rolls around, we’ve neglected those resolutions. But how do we stay motivated?
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In today’s episode, we’re going to do things a little different. I want to walk you through the spiritual blessings God has given us, while focusing on our goals for 2016 and how we accomplish those goals. I also have some exciting news to share with you regarding this podcast and how things are going to change. Continue reading

7 Powerful habits of great bloggers!

Have you ever found yourself connected to people on the blogs you read? As bloggers, we are in the relationship business. This is the power of blogging, we have the ability to impact someone’s life. But what does it take to be a great blogger. I’ve been asked by people what it takes to run a blog and I want to give you my advice – now some might disagree with me, and that’s okay.

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When I began blogging in 2009, I really had no idea what I was doing. In-fact, my blog was mainly a devotional blog for the young adult ministry I led. As I began taking my blogging to the next level, I began noticing more and more success. Continue reading

Quick Poll: What is your #1 struggle with blogging/writing?

As we begin 2016, I want to know your struggles when it comes to writing. I believe we all have a voice, and that voice needs to be heard. But we all struggle with getting our voice out there for others to hear.

This is not the official 2016 poll, this is just a quick poll – but I would love your help. Take two seconds to answer the poll below and share it with someone.

Thank you for participating.

4 Reasons we Celebrate Christmas!

It’s Christmas Morning! The gifts are ready to be opened. The turkey is in the oven. Despite all of the festivities, don’t forget the reason we celebrate this season.

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Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. In my freshman year of college, I made it a goal to sing I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, every day until the following Christmas. Continue reading

FACEBOOK GROUPS VS PAGES: WHICH IS BETTER?

There is a war happening between Facebook users. Should one have a Fan page or a Group page for their business? It seems a silly question, however the debate is ever real.

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I have been a part of several group pages and have liked even more fan pages. The groups I’m a part of and the connections I’ve made have made the experience of social media all the more fun. But personally I prefer using fan pages for business. Continue reading

038: Writing for an Online Audience

What do we have to do to understand who our online audience is? When it comes to writing for the web, there are good mechanics and bad mechanics. In today’s episode we’re looking at the difference between reading online vs reading print.

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