Hey everyone, Steve Kaycee here.
As you those of you reading this page have seen throughout this site, I’ve worked relentlessly to get to this point of my life and will continue to do so because I’m far from done. Matter of fact, I might be doing something work related at this very moment. And of course, that’s not bragging talking. Instead, it’s dedication talking.
Okay, so let me know tell those of you reading this page what led to me deciding to launch this particular page.
Well during the April/May 2016 timeframe, I had aspirations of launching a brick-and-mortar branch of this Art Infliction tree, with that branch being a facility where I teach people what it takes to make it in the world of one betting on himself or herself. I was going name it “Kaycee Of The Mondays”, as it was going to be a Monday program.
However, that aspiration was a little too ambitious, as the Art Infliction website itself was far from becoming a business conglomerate. Matter of fact, it’s mostly remained that way.
But despite dealing with a grieving process a few months after that aspiration began and moving to a different state a couple years later, my emphasis on the pay it forward concept remained, as I felt (and still feel) that awesome people deserve to have the feeling of having their dedication pay off, thus this page.
Of course in parts 1 and 2 of Artist Vs. (Con) Artists, I made no secret about what I think of those so-called internet gurus who “promise” you tons of instant money in a short amount of time. And if any of you think that this page reminds you of those types of people, well then I owe it to you to be up front about my role here at Art Infliction.
For starters, I’m a tattooed individual with many stories to tell about the tattoos, thus becoming a tattoo blogger. I’m also a fan of art, whether I get it on my body, make it via some kind of handmade item or know someone else who’s an artist, with the last of those three categories leading to our two wings of the Artists Community. Plus, the combination of the all pictures of the tattoos and all the pictures of handmade art are the two biggest reasons in how Art Infliction got its name.
And of course, blogging about tattoos and making art aren’t the only things I do because in addition, I’m an individual who’s living his dream of having his own product line, which is something that I got inspiration from both the fourth wall joke of the movie “Space Balls” and the various clothing manufacturers (Phat Farm, Sean John, Rocawear) that were popular during my high school days.
Of course, I will touch on those three things again in a bit, as well as additional things, with how Art Infliction can play to your strengths.
But before we get to all of those things, I first want to mention that relying solely on sales in the online working world will make very little to no progress for you. I mean you can still be involved in that aspect of the online working world, but you’ll need way more than that in order to succeed. Matter of fact, add selling something online to what you’re doing along the way, because writing about the product that you’re selling and/or promoting still isn’t a guarantee for success in the online working world. So with that being said, focus solely on writing content, whether it’s an entry/article about tattoos, sports, movies, cosmetology, etc. And not only focus solely on writing about something because in addition, write your content with a sincere authenticity because that can give any members of your online audience an emotional boost.
Alright, so now you might be wondering, “How can I build up the audience?” Well, there are two ways actually, with one being have your friends and family check out your written content and two being social networking, with the latter presenting many possibilities. And as to what those possibilities are, well there are live casting apps i.e. as Live.me to promote your content, powerful social medias i.e. Instagram (I need to be way more active with that app again), and paid gig sites i.e. Fiverr a.k.a. the site that I’m eternally thankful for. Heck, even online chat sites can work as well, as I’ve had some pleasantly surprising results via that mode.
Okay, so when it comes to monetizing site content based on the video tutorials that I (and most likely others) have seen, it’s the four-step process of having content, giving your content a platform, getting CPM (Cost Per Mille) banner ads on your platform and building the audience to monetize that content. But what you didn’t see up to this point was/is how you can get A) The platform and B) The CPM banner ads on the platform. However, that’s by design because up next, I have a long chart about domain and web package providers that I’ve used throughout my career, in the hopes that I can point you in the right direction. And of course, a part of pointing all of you in the right direction is to include prices in the chart below because A) I don’t do that hidden fee garbage like those so-called internet gurus do in their videos and B) It’s to present all of you with a lot to think about, in the event that any of you are looking to get into the online working world.
Okay everyone, check out the options below and head on over to The Continued Portal page when you’re done. Happy decision making!
**Note: Due to inflation, all the prices listed in the chart below have or could have increased
|Provider||Purchase Options||Pricing||My Experience|
|HostMetro||They offer two different website packages, Mega Max Hosting & Super Max Hosting, to go along with the domain name of your choice.||The Mega Max Hosting Package is $106.20 over a three-year period, $94.80 over a two-year period and $59.40 on a year-to-year basis, whereas the Super Max Hosting Package is $250.20 for three years, $190.80 for two years and $107.40 on a year-to-year basis. And of course, those hosting packages and their respective period lengths don’t include how much that you have to pay for a domain name itself, which is an additional annual cost of $21.76.||Given my unfamiliarity with HostMetro at the time (late-April 2016) that I had signed up with them, I took the least expensive route (one-year Mega Max Hosting Package) possible, as I had modest expectations about them. And as it’s turned out, my choice has been low-risk, high-reward reward, since I still use the Mega Max Hosting Package on a year-to-year basis. And of course, that’s not all that HostMetro offers me because in addition, it offers me the WordPress platform, which I’ve had experience with since 2015, along with the option to both purchase and park additional domain names to my domain name, which is Art Infliction. And yes, I’ve exercised the purchase and park option for additional domain names, to the tune of paying only $21.76 apiece for (three) additional websites during the span of May 2016 through March 2017. Of course, I didn’t get far with those three other websites, as A) I couldn’t get any of them to have a complete look to them and B) I had monetization issues with one of them. And while I have no plans to park a domain for myself to Art Infliction, any of you reading this can work something out with me to get your own platform via just a domain name.|
|WebStarts||They offer both the Pro Plus Package and the Business Package. And unlike HostMetro, they offer the Free Package.||The Pro Plus Package is $85.92 and the Business Package is $239.88. And of course, those prices are on an annual basis.||WebStarts was the first ever website platform that I used when this Art Infliction thing began all the way back in 2014. And while I’m grateful for that platform being my introduction to building websites, I didn’t like the weird spacing between a menu page and a subpage after toggling the cursor on the drop-down arrow along the site menu back in the days of the artinflicton.com era. Plus, I didn’t like the feature of how much space was between the content and the website footer on each and every page during the aforementioned artinfliction.com era. Granted, I haven’t used WebStarts since 2016, so a lot has probably changed for them between then and now. But I’m not exactly in any hurry to go back to them.|
|HostGator||They offer the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan and the Business Plan.||The Hatchling Plan is $33, the Baby Plan is $47.40 and the Business Plan is $71.40, with all those prices being annually. And of course, that doesn’t include the cost of a domain, which varies from suffix to suffix, along with the fact that the renewal of a domain name via HostGator is significantly more expensive than the purchase of it. I can provide you the HostGator domain pricing list to you upon request.||I started to give HostGator a spin back in April 2015, as I wanted to have a site to syndicate Art Infliction blog entries, along with re-creating an artist community section for that site, which was Creating Camaraderie. However, I got in way over my head, by paying $430 and change up front for a three-year deal to get both the domain name and package from HostGator, despite the fact that they offered a WordPress platform that gave me my first true experience with that platform, so I guess that money spent came in handy for something. I kept Creating Camaraderie during most of the three-year deal, as I didn’t have to renew the aforementioned domain name and package until April 2018. But given that I decided to consolidate pretty much everything to one website during January 2018, along with the fact that I didn’t want to pay both a HostMetro bill and HostGator bill in the same month, I called HostGator to cancel the aforementioned Creating Camaraderie domain name and package three days before my vacation (I lived in New Hampshire at the time) in Texas. And as for whether I’ll use HostGator again or not, well the name “Hatchling Plan” sounds clever, given that the provider’s name is HostGator, so I could use them again on that basis, while also deciding if the domain name renewal cost is really worth it or not.|
|Weebly||They offer the Personal Website Package, the Professional Website Package and the Performance Website Package. And just like WebStarts, they offer the Free Package.||Weebly offers annual rates of $72 for the Personal Website Package, $144 for the Professional Website Package and $312 for the Performance Website Package. And of course annual rates aren’t the only rates that they offer because in addition, they offer month-to-month rates of $9 for the Personal Website Package, $16 for the Professional Website Package and $29 for the Performance Website Package.||I used Weebly briefly in 2017 back when I did movie reviews via video, and had a totally good experience in both updating that site (Flick Wit It) and uploading content to it. But the upkeep became way too time consuming, thus the month-to-month fee ($18 at the time for me) not being worth it. Plus, I didn’t like how the menu was structured on that particular site, as it had an over-emphasis on subpages. But I might expand my creative aspirations to Weebly again someday. Especially if I can get an ROI (Return on Investment) while using the month-to-month plan.|
|Wix||They offer the Combo Website Plan, the Unlimited Website Plan, the Pro Website Plan and the VIP Website Plan.||They offer the Combo Website Plan for $13 a month, the Unlimited Website Plan for $17 a month, the Pro Website Plan for $22 a month and the VIP Website Plan for $39 a month. And of course, that doesn’t include the $14.95 cost of getting a domain name from them.||I used Wix back in early 2017. And while I don’t remember which plan that I had used, I remember the site that I had built via that platform being just like Weebly, in terms of an over-emphasis on subpages. The jury is still out on whether I’ll go back to Wix at some point for an additional project or not go back to them at all.|
|Namecheap||They offer the Stellar Package, the Stellar Plus Package and the Stellar Business Package.||The Stellar Package is $2 a month, the Stellar Plus Package is $3.40 a month and the Stellar Business Package is $6.18. And that doesn’t include the varying costs of suffixes nor does it include their renewal costs, which all cost more than the initial domain name purchase. I can provide you the Namecheap domain pricing list to you upon request.||I learned about Namecheap during the time that I was studying affiliate marketing in early/mid-April of 2015, as the instructors of that particular program, Wealthy Affiliate, encouraged me to promote a product that I was passionate about via my own niche website, which for me was a website called colorpencilstate.com since I really enjoy coloring with color pencils. Of course, I purchased the domain name and a web package (I don’t exactly remember which one) to both blog about and promote color pencils. I then followed that up with using the WordPress platform for colorpencilstate.com, as that platform was the one that they had suggested. And of course, I did the colorpencilstate.com thing a little under two weeks before my experience with HostGator, thus the aforementioned HostGator experience not being the very first time that I had used WordPress. Ultimately, I didn’t stick with colorpencilstate.com, as I felt that the Wealthy Affiliate program wasn’t right for me. But I did find the Namecheap experience enjoyable to the point that almost two years after colorpencilstate.com, I purchased a domain name and a package to launch a book review website, which I dubbed thee Weekly Worm. And yes, I used the WordPress platform for that site as well. And honestly, I really enjoyed having that site for the cozy look and feel that it gave, as well as the placement of the site menu. However, I also didn’t have enough books to review on a weekly basis, so that worm went into its cocoon. But still, I’d give Namecheap another chance, and that’s even with the difference between initial domain purchase cost and renewal cost.|
|Webnode||They offer the Limited Package, the Mini Package, the Standard Package and the Profi Package.||The Limited Package is an annual fee of $3.95, the Mini Package is an annual fee of $5.95 plus a yearly renewal fee of $18.95, the Standard Package is an annual fee of $11.95 and the Profi Package is an annual fee of $19.95.||I’ve never used any of the paid plans with Webnode, as I’ve monetized my various Webnode content by embedding those various Webnode content links into my AdFly account. And upon the research that I did for Webnode’s purchase options, I noticed that they don’t accept American Express, so have a different method of pay handy should you decide to purchase your domain name and package from them. Oh yes, and research will have to be done to find out what the renewal fees are for the Limited Package, Stand Package and Profi Package, which is something that I can do for you if you want. And just like the information on this page, the research that I will do for you will be free.|