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How to Monetize a Blog and Make Money in 2021! Ultimate Guide

A few years ago, the thought of having a blog or making money through your blog seemed like a dream. The few who were lucky to have one had to pay thousands of dollars to set it up and maintain.

Today, setting up a blog is as easy as setting up an email account. All you have to do is get a domain, subscribe to a good web hosting service, download and install WordPress, create content, and you’re ready to go.

But what’s your intention of creating a blog?

Is it to showcase your writing prowess, inspire your audience, express your passion for a particular subject, learn new skills, meet new people, build your online brand, or generate income?

Well, there are numerous reasons why people choose to start blogging. But the truth of the matter is that, for your blog to be successful, you must know what and why you are blogging.

In this article, we will look at the different ways you can leverage blogging as a means of generating income online, either as a side hassle or as a full-time career.

So, whether you want to make an extra $500, $1,000, $10,000 or $1,000,000 per month, this post is for you.

Don’t believe it yet?

Lookup for bloggers such as Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, Neil Patel of neilpatel.com and Kissmetrics co-founder, and Jon Morrow of Smart Blogger, just to name a few. These bloggers have one thing in common. They make over $1 million per year.

With that in mind, now let’s look at the different ways you can monetize your blog on WordPress and make a living blogging.

Why You Need To Start a Blog and Monetize It?

There are many reasons for starting a blog. For those who have not yet joined the bandwagon, here are some of the reasons.

  • Blogging as a hobby
  • To build your online brand
  • To generate income
  • Blogging as an avenue to meet new people
  • Share your life experiences
  • To inspire and showcase your writing skills to your audience

Well, the reasons are endless. But the most important thing is to know why and what you want to blog about, especially if you want to make money.

Primarily because there’s more to blogging than creating content and publishing it on WordPress. You’ll need to market it, add some graphics, handle SEO, handle technical aspects, and more.

However, none of these skills is rocket science and with some little effort and hard work, your journey to blogging and making money online can turn out to be amazingly fruitful.

So, what do you need to start a WordPress blog?

To set up a blog on WordPress, there are two basic things that you’ll require:

  • A domain name: This is the name of your website that people will type on their browser to get to your website, for example, www.mywebsitename.com. There are several domain registrars to choose from, such as Namecheap, GoDaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator, and many more. Typically a domain name costs anywhere between $10 per year to $15 per year.
  • Web hosting serviceThis is where your live blog will be “stored.” Web hosting makes it possible for your visitors to access your blog on the World Wide Web (www). Web hosting typically costs between $3 per month to $10 per month.

We recommend Bluehost for self-hosted WordPress sites. However, you can choose a hosting plan from other providers based on your budget.

Note that when we talk about WordPress, we are referring to wordpress.org and not wordpress.com. The reason we chose wordpress.org is that it’s free. You can also do the setup yourself, hosting, install plugins, and, most importantly monetize it.

Furthermore, the platform is used by nearly all successful blogs on the internet. We are talking about 34% of all websites on the internet.

Setting up Your WordPress Blog: Quick Steps

You are probably wondering, now that I have a domain name and hosting, what’s next?

The process is very simple and it shouldn’t take more than an 20-30 minutes to have your blog up and running. All you have to do is follow the following steps.

Step 1: Download and install WordPress on the hosting server.

Step 2: Select your preferred WordPress theme to control your blog’s visual appearance. There are thousands of both free and premium themes that you can install on your blog. Choose one that is simple in design so as to keep things clean and clear as well as enhance your user experience.

Step 4: Create your first post and publish it. WordPress uses the block-based editor to assist you in creating stunning layouts for your content.

Step 5: Install plugins and customize your blog. Once you’ve published your first post, you’ll need to add some crucial elements. These include newsletter subscriptions, contact forms, sliders, galleries, and many more. Note that elements such contact forms are very crucial when setting up a blog as they help users email you directly

To add these elements, you’ll need to install a plugin. One thing about WordPress is that it has a huge plugin directory. So regardless of what you want to accomplish, there is a plugin for the specific task.

Step 5: Set up Google analytics. Google Analytics enables you to see the number of visitors visiting your blog as well as where they are coming from. It is thus crucial to set up Google Analytics during the early stages.

Step 6: Optimize your blog for SEO. It’s common for most beginners to overlook SEO optimization when beginning to blog. SEO is important as it helps boost your rank in search engines. To get started, install the RankMath SEO plugin.

Step 7: Monetize your blog. Now that your blog is already set, you are most likely thinking of how you’ll make money from it. Well, there are many ways to monetize your site. But truth be told, it is not as easy as it sounds. You’ll need to put in some genuine work.

Here are some legit ways you can use to monetize your blog content.

[num 1] Google AdSense

If you are looking to make money with your blog, the simplest and easiest way is through Google AdSense. To get started on AdSense, all you need to do is add a Google script on your blog that will allow you to display ads.

Google AdSense uses the cost-per-click (CPC) approach where you get paid a set fee every time a user clicks on the ad. The set fee is set by the advertiser.

While Google AdSense can make you a significant amount of income, it’s important to note that Google AdSense depends on the quality of your content you publish on your blog and the amount of traffic it attracts. Basically, the higher the traffic, the better the returns.

Keep in mind that your blog must belong to the AdSense network before you can start displaying ads. This means that your blog must be approved by Google AdSense. You can also try media.net, which is a better AdSense alternative. They have pretty good payouts too.

[num 2] Affiliate Marketing

We cannot talk about blog monetization without talking about affiliate marketing. But what is affiliate marketing and why is it so popular among digital marketers all across the globe?

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a marketing strategy where you, as a blogger, recommend a particular product or service to your audience through your blog using special tracking links. You are then paid a commission by the retailer (mainly e-commerce sites) for the sales and traffic generated from the referrals.

A good example of affiliate marketing is when you create a post about a company you are affiliated with, for example, a clothing line. So, you’ll need to write something that relates to the quality, celebrities who wear their clothing lines, caring for the product, the cost, offers, and more.

Then include a link, button, or banner ads that the reader will use to go directly to the e-commerce site where the item can be purchased and order it based on your recommendations.

The same approach applies when you are recommending services. The best way to getting started with affiliate marketing is to begin recommending products that you have already used or ones that you already use to your readers.

For example, if you use Bluehost to host your site, you can recommend them by signing up for their affiliate program. Other popular places where you can find products to promote and earn a commission include Amazon, Walmart, e-bay, BestBuy, among others.

Once you have chosen the products to promote on your WordPress blog, you can use a plugin like PrettyLinks to manage your affiliate links easily.

[num 3] Become a Freelance Blogger

Another strategy that you can implement to monetize your blog is by offering professional freelance services through your blog. One thing about freelancing is that you do not need to make any upfront investment in terms of money.

Freelance blogging

All you have to do is offer your skills and expertise in your niche area. And if your audience likes what you do, they can hire you to do some tasks for them.

For example, if you are good at baking or coffee making, you can blog about baking or coffee machines and businesses can hire you to create content to help fuel their marketing.

Statistical data indicates that an average freelancer in the US makes an average of $40,000 per annum. This means that the rates may be higher or lower for some freelancers, especially beginners.

However, if your content is pure gold, your audience may be willing to pay higher prices in order to keep you motivated and also, so that you do not dispose of them off for better ones.

Note, however, that as a freelancer, you have to position yourself in the right market or niche in order for you to be able to make money. Some niches, such as the tech niche, need to create fresh content constantly.

This means that they will need to hire writers regularly in order to stay ahead of the game. So as a freelancing blogger, the best thing is to perfect your skills in a specific niche and position yourself in it. Remember, you do not need too much traffic; all you need to showcase is your prowess.

[num 4] Sell EBooks

EBooks are a low-maintenance means of making money online. They are relatively easy to create since mostly what you have to invest is your time and then price them adequately.

sell ebooks

One aspect about EBooks is that you can use them to test how much people are interested in your content and whether they are willing to pay for it.

They are a low-risk strategy of testing whether your visitors are getting value from your content. You also don’t need higher traffic to sell your EBooks. All you need is a perfect marketing strategy and an email list, and you are good to go.

There are a number of ways you can choose to sell your EBook. The simplest and most profitable way is to sell it through your own blog. Through this method, you will get to keep all your profits.

All you need to do is design a good-looking cover and convert it to PDF. You can use a tool like Canva or Photoshop for your cover design and then use Easy Digital Downloads for digital downloads to create your EBook online store.

Another option is to sell your EBook via Amazon Kindle or Kobo. However, if you choose to sell via Amazon kindle, you’ll only keep 70% of the profits.

[num 5] Create and Sell Online Courses

Another lucrative way of monetizing your blog is by selling online courses. Online courses usually sell at a better price tag compared to EBooks since you are selling your expertise.

sell online courses

However, you do not need to be a master in that area. What you need to teach an online course is to know more than your audience and have the skills to represent the information in a manner that exudes value.

For example, you do not have to be a certified pastry cook for you to be able to teach people how to bake. If you can bake better than most people, you can create your own online course.

You can sell your courses online on WordPress, but you’ll need to invest in materials such as templates, downloads, checklists, slides, quizzes, and more. You’ll also have to decide on how many tiers you’ll offer — most sites eCommerce a basic version and premium version.

The reason for offering the course in different tiers is for you to be able to offer personalized support. Some common WordPress plugins that you can use to create your courses include LearnDash, WP Courseware, LearnPress, and LifterLMS.

[num 6] Host a Paid Webinar

Another way that you can leverage to monetize your blog is by hosting a webinar. Webinars, just like online courses, can be used to grow your business, share ideas, and build an audience.

create webinars

The only difference between online courses and webinars is that webinars are live and normally consist of a question and answer section. WordPress allows you to advertise your webinar, host a paid webinar, and register participants.

You can make your webinar more persuasive and enticing by offering a bonus at the end. This will act as an added incentive that will make your prospects to stay until the end.

For example, if your webinar is about “How to customize your WordPress site.” You can position your email like this, “I’ve been getting questions about how to customize a WordPress website. So, by the end of the webinar, I will throw in a free how-to guide that will later be sold for $67. Act now and get it for free.”

Your intention is to persuade your prospects to register, show up, and stay until the end of the webinar. This way, you’ll be able to convert them by offering something of value at no added cost.

[num 7] Launch a Virtual Summit in Your Niche

Virtual summits or virtual conferences are much more like webinars. The major difference is that, unlike webinars, virtual summits are more engaging and interactive.

Virtual Summit Expo

They are essentially online conferences where you engage with your readers about certain subjects that interest them. You can even invite a host, a number of speakers as well as have a question and answer session.

Virtual summits are normally free. However, you’ll have to sell an “all-access pass” for you to make money. All-access passes allow your attendees to access the conference material after the summit whenever they want.

You can also make money by selling courses related to the topic discussed at the summit or sell membership plans. What makes virtual summits a great monetization option for bloggers is the fact that you do not need to be a famous blogger to host one.

You can choose to partner with other influential bloggers in your niche. This will help you earn some credibility. You can use a tool like Buzzsumo to find influencers that you can connect with. All you need to do is go to their home page, type your niche keyword, then click on the Influencers tab.

[num 8] Sponsored Posts

Sometimes displaying ads on your blog can distract your website content. Although ads are a good way of earning some extra revenue, they can annoy your readers, causing them to install ad blockers in their browsers, which impacts the amount of money you make.

sponsored posts

A great alternative is to use a sponsored blog post. A sponsored blog post is an article that you especially draft to promote the services of a particular company to your readers.

For example, if you run a successful sports blog, a sports equipment company may approach you to do sponsored posts about their services and what you think about it. Usually, sponsored posts are intended for the sole purpose of promoting that particular service.

These posts do not have a standard fee. The amount of money you get from this kind of job is typically negotiated between the blogger and the company.

However, if you run an authoritative blog with loads of traffic and a huge social media following, you stand a better chance of landing a good deal with the advertiser.

[num 9] Get Paid To Review Products

Just like sponsored blog posts, you can monetize your blog by writing paid reviews. The strategy is distinct from that of monetizing your blog via affiliate links.

With paid reviews, you can approach the company, or the company can approach you. What normally happens is that the company gives you a product related to your niche for free to try it out and then write a detailed review.

For example, if you run a successful tech blog, a smartphone manufacturing company may approach you to do a review post about their product and what you think about it.

You have to give an honest opinion to your readers to avoid losing their trust. Besides, you do not want to lose them because of just a few bucks.

[num 10] Offer a Paid Membership site 

membership site

Paid membership sites are becoming increasingly popular such that they have now been christened “subscription economy.” Some good examples of paid membership websites include Netflix and websites that offer hosting services.

With membership sites, readers have to subscribe and pay a fee for a given period of time in order for them to be able to access your work. Some of this work may be exclusive videos, in-depth blog posts, audio, downloads and more.

For you to be able to make some good cash with membership plans, you must always be willing to continually create premium content so that your readers can keep coming back for more.

Using a plugin such as MemberPress, you can create a WordPress membership site for just about anything.

[num 11] Create a Restricted Members Only Forum

A private forum is another option that you can use to monetize your website. With private forums, members must pay in order to access or get personalized assistance from you or from other members.

One challenge about private forums is that you’ll need to put in some work to ensure that it’s moderated. Apart from that, it’s a great strategy that you can implement to monetize your blog and earn recurring revenue.

[num 12] Create Question and Answer Community

Quora is one of the hugest question and answer community. Via such a website, you can create a sizeable online community in no time. A website comprised of engaged, motivated, and self-driven individuals.

Q and A community

After that, you can use affiliate ads, advertisements, or other strategies and start monetizing user-generated content. It’s very easy to land on sponsorship deals from advertisers or get direct advertisements with Q & A websites. This makes it easy to negotiate better rates.

[num 13] Become a Consultant

Another way that you can make money with your blog is to become a consultant. Just like freelancing, you do not need to invest anything to get started.

All you need is your existing blog, then create a page with a form, which your visitors can use to request information about your services. While sales, marketing, and finance are the most commonly consulted topics, it’s good to stick to your area of expertise.

For example, you can offer consultancy services in health, law, or fitness, based on your work experience and educational background. However, before your blog starts to earn revenue, you’ll need to promote your services.

The best way to promote yourself is to curate content that relates to the services you want to offer. This will help establish your expertise in that area and also build up a reputation. You’ll also be able to build a list of potential clients.

[num 14]Become a Coach

If consulting is not your thing, then you can opt into becoming a coach. Some people prefer one-on-one coaching and personalized instructions as opposed to reading a book or going through a course.

coaching

Coaching is one blog monetization strategy that’s being used by most bloggers to assist clients in solving their problems conveniently. For example, a blog coach offers guidance on how to improve the traffic of your blog, create quality content, and monetize the content. Other coaches include a life coach, a writing coach, and more.

We know you are already wondering about traffic. Well, for your coaching blog to be successful, you do not need too much traffic, what you need is the right kind of traffic. By this we mean, visitors who are willing to pay for your services.

This implies creating content that is specifically targeted for your clients. For your client’s convenience, it’s vital to set up a booking form on your WordPress site so that your readers can schedule a coaching session right from your blog.

Another strategy is to attend events where you can have a one-on-one encounter with them so they can get to know about you.

[num 15] Sell Ads Using a WordPress Management Plugin

As aforementioned, Google AdSense is one of the most popular and simplest ways of monetizing your blog. However, one limitation with AdSense is the limited earning potential.

But there is another strategy that you can use to boost your revenue, and that is selling banner ad space directly on your site. This strategy is more profitable, given that you negotiate the terms and the price.

Just like AdSense, you can choose to use the CPM or CPC strategy to sell your banner ads. Remember, with the CPM approach, you get paid per thousand views and with CPC, you get paid per click.

Most bloggers prefer a flat rate or CPM approach. This is because, with CPM, you do not have to keep track of clicks and views. You can, however, choose a strategy that you are comfortable with.

We recommend using an ad management plugin to assist you in managing AdSense as well as your own ads. AdSanity is a good choice.

[num 16] Buying and selling of websites (Flipping)

If you keep up with internet trends, then you’ve probably heard of website market places where people sell and buy sites.

buy and sell websites

If you are good at building websites, you can leverage your skills to make extra online income. You can decide to either build, then sell the website or flip an existing one.

Website flipping is when you buy an existing website that is not living up to its potential, spruce it so that it starts making money, and then sell it. One popular marketplace for buying and selling websites is Empire Flippers.

While website flipping can sound simple in writing, it requires some serious work over a period of time. You’ll need to conduct proper keyword research, link building (PBN), and monetize your blog.

If you think this is an ideal way to make extra revenue, then it’s paramount that you prepare yourself adequately. In addition, you need to proper niche research and how to price your sites and build them.

[num 17] Get public speaking gigs as an influencer

Promoting your personal brand as well as your blog can help you build a massive following over time, which can establish you as an influencer in your niche.

You can use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to let people know about you. Many bloggers have gained their first taste of exposure via these platforms and even landed speaking gigs in major conferences.

Whether you get paid or not, speaking gigs help you promote your blog and can land you new opportunities. For instance, you can become a brand ambassador, get paid to appear at events, or even add affiliate links to your bio.

However, for you to get paid as an influencer, there are some important things that you need to keep in mind. For starters, you need to be an expert in your field. If your skill level is still below par, start learning right away.

In addition to this, you need to be consistent when it comes to promoting your brand through your blog and social platforms. Also, do not forget to let people know that you are available.

Lastly, do not expect to land on speaking gigs right away. Even the highest-paid public speakers started their careers casually through meetups and free community events.

[num 18] Create paid business directories

The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about web directories is the good old days before the advent of automatic indexing bots. Well, web directories are not completely obsolete.

Yes, you can make money from online directory sites. But what’s an online directory site, and what value does it offer to users? By definition, an online directory is a type of a business model whose value is created by exchanging and promoting interaction between consumers and producers.

Simply put, an online directory website lists organizations or individuals with information such as telephone numbers, names, and addresses. This means that you have to take control of the information exchanged between the parties involved.

To monetize your online directory website, you have to charge for the services you create for your users. For example, if business owners or companies want to be listed on your directory site, you’ll have to request them to pay to get a place on your site.

The best way is for you to offer different pricing plans. Each plan should offer different benefits. Apart from that, you should be clear about why customers should buy listings on your site.

You can also earn revenue through featured listings and special listings. All you need is for your site to attract traffic.

[num 19] Create a Job Board

Creating a job board is another technique that you can use to monetize your blog. Companies or people looking to hire someone can advertise a job on your board for your readers to apply.

job board

This strategy is mostly used by authority sites where you get paid to submit a listing. The strategy is highly competitive, and you need to narrow down your niche in order to create a successful job board.

This way, you can minimize the competition and become the go-to site whenever a company is looking to hire or when someone is looking for a job in your niche.

An example of a successful job board is ProBlogger. Creating a job board is easy with WordPress, thanks to the numerous add-ons. For job post submissions, we recommend the WooCommerce Paid Listings add-on.

[num 20] Create an Event Calendar with Paid Submissions

You can opt for an event calendar if you don’t like the job board idea. An event calendar allows people to advertise their events on your website, and you get paid in return.

If your audience is already established, you’ll have an added advantage. This is because most of them will be willing to pay a better price tag to reach your audience.

An event calendar is a good monetization option if you run a niche-specific website and also want to promote events in your local city. WordPress offers numerous calendar plugins that you can use.

[num 21] Create a Dropshipping Store

Another way you can make money through your site is by creating a WordPress dropshipping store. One thing about dropshipping is that you do not have to ship the items yourself or handle inventory.

All you have to do is create an eCommerce store, manage the customers, and your website. Another invincible third-party will take your orders and then ship them out to your customers.

WordPress offers the WooCommerce Dropshipping plugin that you can use to create a dropshipping store.

[num 22] Develop WordPress Plugins

Do you ever wonder why WordPress is the most flexible platform? The simple answer is because its open-source, and anybody can create or alter the source code.

That’s why there is a plugin for nearly anything on WordPress. Let’s imagine plugins as apps that allow you to customize, modify, and extend the features of your website. This makes it the most powerful website building platform.

Plugins, just like apps, come in different varieties. There are those that require simple code modifications to those that require complex modifications. But creating a WordPress plugin is not rocket science. All you need is a basic grasp of PHP language, and you are good to go.

Once you develop your plugin and have followed the WordPress plugin guidelines, you can submit your plugin to the WordPress plugin directory for free. You can also choose to sell your premium plugins through your site or via market places like MOJO.

Alternatively, you can choose to develop premium themes or graphics, such as logos. Note that, for you to create themes or plugins, you’ll need to develop your skills as well as know-how to code.

[num 23] Accept Donations

You can also monetize your blog by accepting donations. This works if you are a non-profit website.

There are different ways that you can accept donations to your site. You can use PayPal, Stripe, or any other payment gateway buttons to accept payments. You can also use WPForms to create professional-looking forms as well as enable email integration.

Well, donations are not as effective as other blog monetization techniques but you can raise some revenue based on the generosity of your readers. The best thing is to offer something else to lure your readers.

 Wrapping Up

When it comes to looking for ways to monetize your blog, the best thing is to identify different methods. However, you need to identify what works for your niche. As such every blog needs to be treated differently. Note that for your blog to start making money you need to put in some work.

There you have it, the 24 proven ways on how to monetize your blog. Do share your views about this post in the comments section below. Also, a quick share with your blogger friends would help them ideate and brainstorm better ideas to monetize their website.

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How to Fix Facebook Comments Not Loading? – Step by Step

Facebook is a popular social media network, which attracts more than 2.45 billion users per month. Still, the application sometimes becomes buggy as many users have reported issues like “Facebook comments not loading”.

We thought of researching the same and bring you some solutions to the above-stated issue. To be honest, it is quite irritating when you cannot view the comments, as it hampers the platform’s sole purpose, i.e., networking with people.

There could be many reasons for Facebook comments not loading properly. Listing a few of them as below:

  • The admin has disabled the comments on the post.
  • You have an internet issue due to which the comments aren’t loading
  • Caching issues in your browser
  • Facebook app is not updated

Facebook Comments Not Loading – Solutions

Time to discuss the solutions in detail. We will start from the very basic solutions which you can try and see if that solves the Facebook comments not loading issue.

[num 1] Refresh The Facebook App

In many cases, refreshing the Facebook app solves the issue as sometimes the native app gets stuck. You can try refreshing the app by swiping down on your smartphone.

This will refresh your feed, comments, and posts, after which you can try accessing the comments. Though, if you are still stuck with the problem, try the next solution.

[num 2] Clear Cache from Browser

We have a detailed guide on how to clear cache in the Google Chrome browser. You can try clearing the browser cache as sometimes it could be the culprit.

As you know that your browser saves the cached version of the website.

Clearing your cache and then loading the website will most probably help you fix the Facebook comments not loading issue. If not, don’t worry. Try the next set of solutions.

[num 3] Check your Internet Connection

Though it isn’t common, if you are facing the problem of Facebook comments not loading as they should, make sure to check your internet connectivity and see if you are on a proper bandwidth to access the website.

It could happen that due to bad cellular connectivity or lower bandwidth Wi-Fi, the Facebook website/app isn’t loading fully.

[num 4] Update the App

Okay, we got it that you are lazy and do not pay attention to all those app updates that you get on your iOS or Android smartphone.

Though, now since you have landed up into this FB issue, do check if you are getting any notification to update Facebook app on your phone.

If there is any new version for the app, do update your app, sign in again and then try loading the comments. Hopefully, this will help you solve your issue.

[num 5] Force Quit/Restart the App

We know that Facebook is worth billions of Dollars and has thousands of employees. Still, the platform could sometimes have a glitch.

The best way to act on it is to force quit the Facebook app and restart it again. Sign in again, refresh your feed and check if the comments are loading fine now.

[num 6] Uninstall and Reinstall the App

Coming to the last resort, you should uninstall and reinstall the app. Sign in again and check if the comments are now loading properly.

This should solve your problem.

Why Are My Facebook Pages Not Loading?

Sometimes it may so happen that Facebook pages do not load at all. Sometimes, a simple update to the Facebook app can help. But if the update does not work, what should you do next?

Many factors may affect the working of the Facebook Page. Here are some potential solutions that can help with FB pages and other related questions:

  • If you are using a mobile device, make sure it is connected to a reliable data network or Wi-Fi. If this is not the case, try again when you find a more stable connection.
  • If you are using the Facebook app on mobile, close it, and open it again.
  • If you are using a computer, refresh the page and try again. Alternatively, try closing and reopening your web browser.

The problem again may be connected to the version of the Facebook app. To prevent the page loading problem, you can try to update Facebook. The Help Center is a useful place to turn to for all the questions related to the FB and its features.

Also, a problem may occur if your page includes restrictions by country or by age. To see a page without logging into your Facebook account, remove all restrictions by country and age. For this:

  • Log in to your account and go to the page.
  • Click Settings at the top of the Pages.
  • In the General section, click Country Restrictions, then X next to any specified countries and Save Changes.
  • Click Age Restrictions, select All (13+), and click Save Changes.

Why Can’t I See All the Comments on a Facebook Post?

If you do not see any comments on a Facebook post, it might not be an error but a policy measure. Sometimes, Facebook administration itself may temporarily block specific actions like writing comments on it if:

  • Their security systems considered any of the publications suspicious or inappropriate.
  • People have flagged messages.
  • Account violated their Community Standards.

The duration of the block depends on the seriousness of the violation. The Help Center is a good place to better understand the Community Standards. You can check the related questions in the Facebook help center to find the appropriate solution.

How Do I See All My Comments on Facebook?

The comments functionality is present in almost all social networks, and Facebook is no exception in this matter. If you wish to, you can leave your thoughts as comments under the post, either using the web version or the Facebook app.

In fact, comments form the backbone of Facebook as a social network. In the absence of comments, the platform will lose its sole purpose to be honest.

All comments are recorded in a separate user log. Let’s understand how we can view all the comments on a Facebook post.

Case 1: Web Version

In the new Facebook web version, click on the down arrow icon in the rightmost section -> Click on Settings & Privacy -> Activity Log

You can check all your activity log there and determine the posts where you’ve commented recently.

Case 2: Mobile App

In the mobile version, click on the hamburger button -> Settings -> Activity

Log in to view your recent activity log, including comments on the recent posts done by you.

Conclusion

At last, we would suggest you to stay calm and not panic if you encounter any issue on the Facebook app. It is a common problem that includes some easy solutions that we have already discussed in this post.

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How to Replace a Video on YouTube? Easy Steps for Beginners

YouTube comes with a very comprehensive Creator Studio that gives you some fantastic features using which you can upload, manage your content and check your channel statistics. This helps you manage your content as well as improvise it from time to time.

Though, the primary question for which you’ve landed up on this article is to know how to replace a video on YouTube.

Well, we don’t want to break your heart since once you upload a video on your channel, it can’t be replaced, as that’s not how the platform works.

Any video that you upload to your YouTube channel can be deleted if desired. You cannot truly replace your video with another new video because each video is assigned a unique new URL or a dedicated link upon uploading.

The closest thing that you can do is by editing your uploaded video. The platform lets you trim and update your video information for the videos that are already uploaded on the platform.

There are multiple ways to edit your video.

You can use one of the following devices:

  • A desktop or laptop
  • An Android smartphone
  • An iOS device

Managing YouTube Videos from a Computer/Laptop

As mentioned, you cannot replace an existing video because each uploaded video will get its unique new URL. Instead, you can do the following:

  • Trim Video: On YouTube, you can cut out any fragment from the video which you think isn’t needed. To do this, you need to go to the Editor in your YouTube Studio. The Editor will display the area highlighted in blue. Then drag the borders of this area so that the desired fragment is selected. Everything that remains outside it will be deleted.
  • Insert Cards: You can add cards inside your videos. This could be links to your other videos or external websites where you might want to redirect the user.
  • Change Title and Description of your Video: This is pretty easy to accomplish. Just go to your YouTube Studio, click on “Options” for the particular video for which you want to change the title and description. You’ll get an option to edit the same.

On an Android Device

Again, you cannot replace an existing video with a new one, but instead, you can help yourself by using the following methods:

  • Change the title and description of the video: Login to your account and go to YouTube Studio. Select the video and click on the edit icon. Make the necessary changes, and click “Save.” You can change the Name, Description, Tags, Playlists, etc.
  • Edit the Video: When editing, you can trim the video, put music to the video, and apply filters. Note that you can undertake such edits to a video only if its total number of views is less than 100,000. This requirement does not apply to clips where you want to blur the particular section in the video. This you can accomplish anytime irrespective of the views your video has got.
  • Add Cards: You can add cards to your videos to redirect users to a specific webpage or your other YouTube videos.

On an iOS Device

As explained in the previous steps, you can’t replace a video on an iOS device. You can only do the following:

  • Change the title and description of the video, as well as the access settings (public, private, unlisted).
  • Trim the video
  • Add cards

Summary

To sum it up, you can follow the listed steps to edit your video on your channel. Since you cannot upload a new video over your current one, trimming, editing the title, description, meta tags, and adding cards is the best possible solution that could help you achieve your goal.

If there are any major changes that you need in an already uploaded video, you need to delete that video and upload a new video that would give you a new URL link.

Also, you will lose all your engagement, comments, likes, and dislikes on the video that you deleted. Though there isn’t any better way to help you in a situation where replacing a video is the only option that you have.

Do share your views in the comments section below. We would be happy to revert to your queries.

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How to Fix the NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID Error?

Privacy is the biggest concern while browsing over the Internet. This is the major reason why all the transaction-oriented websites that deal with online selling as well, which stores your data in terms of cookies have an SSL certificate.

You might encounter situations when while visiting a website, your page doesn’t load and instead, you get an error message stating that hackers might be trying to steal your data.

Sometimes it could be a genuine error, but many times, you know that you are visiting a credible website, but it would still show you this error. This majorly happens in the chrome browser.

In this post, we are going to tell you how to resolve the error, popularly known as the net::err_cert_invalid error.

This is also presented as a browser notification, which says: “Your connection is not secure.” There are no boundations on the devices as it can occur on any including- desktop, mobile and tablet.

Let’s first try to understand what an SSL certificate is. An SSL certificate is, as you know, designed to verify the authenticity of a website.

The certificate authority guarantees that all communication is encrypted between your browser and the web server of the host website. It is necessary because, without SSL encryption, all operations that you perform on the web page may be intercepted and used by a third party and even misused by the hackers.

[num 1] What Does net:: Err_cert_authority_invalid Mean?

The NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error means that your network connection is not private. It is worth noting that there are no prerequisites for this error and you can encounter it all of a sudden.

It is a network error caused by an invalid certificate publisher. Google Chrome, i.e., your browser is suspicious of the site’s security certificate that you tried to visit.

This net err cert invalid error prevents many users from even visiting credible websites on the Internet. Most often, they encounter it in Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

A mistake, as a rule, blocks the transition to one specific site, and rarely to all internet resources. In addition to the specified code, the user also sees the message “Your connection is not secure.”

[num 3] What Does Net :: Err_cert_common_name_invalid mean?

What if the web browser, such as Google Chrome, displays the message “ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID” when we attempt to visit a particular website? In this case, it is impossible to visit the resource, because this particular error is associated with failures of the SSL/TSL certificate itself. The most common causes of “err cert invalid error” (common_name) are:

  • The security certificate is not configured on the server-side. For example, the subject alternative name (SAN) extension is not tied to the certificate.
  • Incorrect network settings in the user’s device like- time, date, time zone.
  • Some extension of Chrome interferes with SSL / TSL certificate.

[num 3] How do I Fix Certificate Errors in Google Chrome?

Change your Internet Network:

You have a high possibility of encountering the net err cert common name invalid and related errors if you are using a public Wi-Fi network.

Use a different internet connection and create a personal network where only you and your known ones can access the same Internet.

Update Date and Time Settings:

A network error could occur as a result of an incorrect date and time on your computer. Did you recently change the date and time on your PC? If the answer is yes, then you need to go back to the date and time settings, and set the correct values as per your time zone and location.

Sometimes, setting an incorrect date and time can confuse the browser and let it assume that the SSL certificate of the host website has expired.

For eg: Let’s say you have set the year in your computer to 2030. When you visit a website, the browser will use the same year and compare with the hosts SSL certificate validity. If the SSL certificate of the host website is not valid till 2030, there is a probability that you can get the net err cert invalid error.

Changing the Date and Time on Windows is pretty easy, and you can follow the below steps.

  1. Press Windows key > Select Settings > Select Time and Language.
  2. Toggle the option Set Time Automatically to ensure it is turned on.
  3. Close the window and restart your PC.
  4. After booting up your PC, launch Google Chrome and attempt to launch the website again.

Update Google Chrome

If the previous steps did not help, try updating your Chrome browser.

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your PC/laptop.
  2. Type “chrome://help/” in the address bar and hit “Enter”.
  3. Wait for Google Chrome browser to check for the latest updates. Click on “Relaunch”.
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Reset Google Chrome Settings

  • Open the Google Chrome browser.
  • In the top right corner, find the three dots and click on it.
  • Now, scroll down and select “Advanced”.
  • Hence, scroll down and click on the Reset Settings tab.
  • You will get a pop-up, as shown below. Click on “Reset Settings”.
  • Restart your computer.

Ideally, it should now help you to resolve the net err cert invalid error since now you have updated your system to the original settings.

Reset Anti-Virus Settings

If the previous steps doesn’t work, check the settings of your antivirus or firewall. Turn off the antivirus or firewall and refresh the page.

If now you are able to open the required website on your web browser, that means your antivirus was fiddling with the same.

Though, in order to not reduce the security of your browsing session, you should enable the HTTPS scan option in the antivirus or firewall.

Clear Cache and History

We have created a detailed article on how to clear cache and history from Google Chrome. You can read it in this detailed post.

However, just to run you through the quick steps:

  • Click on the three dots situated in the top right corner of your Chrome browser.
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  • Click on Settings.
  • Go to Privacy and security; click on “Clear browsing data”. Clear data and then restart the browser.

There is another method which is a bit more radical since you have to force the browser to load the desired site. This method is recommended only if you are confident about the safety of the website.

If you encounter the net err cert invalid next time:

  • Scroll down the page and click on “Advanced”.
  • Next, click on “Proceed to ***** (unsafe).”

These are some of the most common solutions when it comes to dealing with “err cert invalid” error.

[num 4] How do I Fix Invalid Certificate Error in Google Chrome and Firefox?

The net err cert invalid error does not always imply a security issue. Most often, it occurs for completely “genuine” reasons. These may include:

  • Proactive antivirus software or a firewall that believes a trusted key is incorrect.
  • Erroneously set system date and time, not necessarily on the user’s computer, but also on the server where the required site is located. Since each security key is valid for a strictly defined time, such a temporary mismatch can naturally cause a security error.
  • The site has a trusted, but no longer relevant certificate. This may also cause an err cert invalid or a net err cert invalid issue.

We hope that the steps discussed above would have helped you resolve the net err cert invalid error. In most of the cases, it is a Chrome error which can be fixed by using the above-listed methods on your Google Chrome browser.

It is not an actual issue if you know for a fact that the target website is credible. Though, for new/unknown websites, you need to take care as visiting a site without proper SSL certificates may keep your Privacy at risk.

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Top 10 Cheapest VPNs of 2020 | Detailed Review

People often misunderstand that expensive things ensure quality. A good VPN doesn’t need to be expensive. You might be surprised to know that some of the best VPNs are actually quite affordable and cost you less than a cup of coffee for a monthly subscription.

With their unquestionable performance and great features, you surely wouldn’t mind getting a subscription and testing them out.

If you are one of those individuals who like to keep their online life private and would want nothing but top-grade performance without paying a fortune, we have come up with a list just for you – the top ten cheapest VPNs that offer you great value for money.

What can you expect from top VPNs?

To set it straight, a cheap VPN doesn’t mean you settle for something less in terms of performance and quality. Tight security and assured privacy with a good speed are a must.

Of course, the cross-browser and device compatibility add to the user-friendly quotient and the overall value offered. But with all that, you need to make sure that it does solve the purpose you chose it for – unblocking your favorite video streaming websites or even the torrent portals if required by not risking your security and privacy.

Also, if you like to use your VPN on mobile too often, do ensure that they have dedicated Android and iOS apps as well. 

10 Best Cheapest VPN Services

[num 1] Cyberghost

6000+ servers in over 110 countries – that’s what you get from Cyberghost’s arsenal. Better than any other cheap VPNs that we have used, it does make it quite simple for you to log in and get the ball rolling.

With access to a huge range of servers, you will get to choose just the right one needed to unblock your favorite streaming or torrent websites.

Yes, we did find that it could not provide us with consistently high speeds, but it compensates well in all other domains, including the ease of browsing, support, technical strength, cross-browser stability, and more.

But don’t just believe us. Discover their features and check the performance by subscribing to their free trial of 45 days – undoubtedly one of the longest trial packs among all top VPN services. This also makes it a best VPN service provider in the segment.

Key Features:

  • Great value for money
  • Brilliant smart features
  • Longest trial offering among VPNs
  • Maximum number of devices supported – 7

Price – You can subscribe to the 1-year plan at $2.75 per month, whereas plans for the lesser duration will cost you more – $7.99 per month for 6 months or $12.99 for one month.

[num 2] NORD VPN

Nord is one of the most popular VPNs out there which provides you with an unmatched level of security and privacy.

With a huge variety of features as well as top-grade performance, Nord offers you unmatched value for money and thus it is the best VPN service you can use without burning your pocket.

With a number of servers that offer double protection (your data being routed through two different servers for an added layer of protection), Nord is indeed one of the most preferred choices among virtual private network users.

If you are someone who loves to be secure and avoid even the slightest chance of your data being recorded, you will definitely love Nord for its DNS leak protection, double 2048 bit encryption, and the automatic kill switch.

Nord has an easy to use client. We also found the ‘no-logs’ policy quite impressive, but that being said, it is not one of the cheapest VPNs out there, which did motivate us to look beyond.

Key Features

  • Impressive for both mobile and desktop
  • Unmatched performance
  • Double encryption for added protection
  • A bit complex as compared to other VPNs 
  • It’s a reliable and trusted VPN service provider

Price – You can test out Nord for a free 30-day trial after which the subscription plans are going to cost you as follows –

  1. $89.04 for 12 months subscription
  2. $54 for 6 months subscription
  3. $11.95 for one month

[num 3] Surfshark

Its position on the list is debatable as Surfshark happens to be the most ‘value for money’, yet one of the best cheap VPN services out there in the market.

When you say affordable, Surfshark happens to be one of the top two recommendations from experts. It has a peculiar name, and honestly, that price subscription trumps every other feature that its competitors have to offer.

It does have an impressive array of security features – Open VPN UDP and VPN, private DNS, IKEv2 protocols, and AES256 encrypted double-hop VPNs.

When we say it costs less and that compensates well, we do not mean that Surfshank is any less in its performance. It offers a decent speed from its 100+ servers spread across 110 locations all over the world.

What really made it our favorite pick is its ability to provide simultaneous protection to unlimited devices. No, there is no limitation there, and you might just be able to protect all your home devices for less than $2 per month.

So now, perhaps you wouldn’t be surprised when you find Surfshark name on the list of best cheap VPN services in the market.

Key Features

  • Incredibly attractive low price
  • Top grade performance
  • Fast connections
  • Unlimited device bandwidth
  • Too basic in features and interface

Price – For a 2-year subscription, Surfshark is available for as low as $1.99 per month, whereas its 12 months and 1-month package cost $5.99 per month and $11.95 per month, respectively.

[num 4] Private Internet Access

Another top choice among experienced users and experts, the PIA or the Private Internet Access, is at the top of our mobile Virtual Private Networks list!

The VPN supports torrenting with its 2700+ servers in 47 countries. Cross-device compatible without any glitch in performance, the VPN comes with a 10-device limit, which means that you can have your mobile phones and desktop connected and going without any hindrances.

Excellent cheap VPN that offers a huge variety of servers to choose from, PIA does fall a bit short on its desktop version, even though its impressive browser extensions are quite popular among VPN users. That also happens to be the reason why you might not find PIA in the top 3 picks in any list.

We really liked the fact that PIA has the ability to use advanced features like SOCK5 Port forwarding along with an option to set up applications to provide you with automatic protection when browsing through an unsecured network or WiFi connection.

Key Features

  • Covers upto ten devices
  • Brilliant extension and app support
  • It’s a powerful cheap VPN service
  • Commendable speed and performance

Price – The full 12-month plan will cost you $3.33/mo, whereas the 6-month plan will cost you $5.99 a month.

[num 5] Hotspot Shield 

One of the most popular but cheap VPNs in the market, Hotspot Shield, happens to be a great VPN service that offers great value for money.

Available for a price as low as $2.99 a month, Hotspot Shield provides you access to their proprietary encryption algorithm, which happens to be amongst the fastest servers clocking top-grade performance. 

Even though some people might not be happy with its free to access server being limited to one, you do get a 45-day money-back guarantee with Hotspot Shield, giving you ample time to test out its features and performance.

One impressive feature that had us applauding the VPN was Hotspot Shield’s stability and compatibility with different Operating systems and devices – something which is really hard to find even amongst the best cheap VPNs. 

Key Features

  • Cheap VPN with a freemium subscription
  • Uses a proprietary algorithm
  • Highly stable and compatible
  • Above-average speed and performance
  • A limited number of servers and locations

Price – For the 3-year plan, you can get a premium subscription at $2.99 a month, whereas the 12 months plan is going to cost you around $7.99 a month. If you’d like to go for the month on month plan, that would cost you $12.99 a month.

[num 6] Express VPN

Over 3000 servers in 94 countries and a limit of 5 devices in one plan that come along with the brand name that has stood synonymous with top-notch performance and service for the past few years – that is what Express has to offer its subscribers.

The VPN’s Perfect Forward Secrecy is what caught our eye initially, as it happens to be quite the powerful feature in itself.

Not only does it guarantee your secrecy, but it also connects with a different key every time and changes the key every hour that your connection stays active.

Another impressive feature is Express’s support – which actually happens to be, hands down, the best support service by any VPN.

The live chats have a negligible wait time, and the operator is able to help out with almost all the issues. In all, yes, it might cost more, but its features, supports, and the complete experience make it worth the extra money you pay.

Key Features

  • Great support
  • Enhanced security with Perfect Forward Secrecy
  • Covers all types of devices
  • Has a great selection of mobile apps

Price – The annual subscription for Express will cost you $6.67 a month with three extra months (pay for 12, get 15!), whereas the 6 months and monthly plans will cost you $9.99 a month and $12.95, respectively.

[num 7] Zenmate

Another popular brand amongst VPN users, Zenmate is best known for its excellent support across all devices while allowing you to connect upto 5 devices at the same time.

Zenmate made a name for itself with its free VPN service, but the German brand is now offering access to 3600+ servers across 74 countries for as low as $2.22 a month. The robust IKEv2 and OpenVPN encryption ensure that all your connections are secured beyond measure.

So if you are looking for a powerful VPN that can offer you great features, a premium support service, and an excellent overall package at a pocket-friendly price, Zenmate has got to be on your list of choices to explore.

Key Features

  • Uses IKEv2 and OpenVPN encryption
  • Allows five devices at a time
  • Excellent user support
  • Freemium subscriptions
  • Access to over 3600 servers in 74 countries

Price – The annual subscription will cost you $2.22 a month, and with that, you get free 6 months as well! However, $5.39 a month and $10.99 a month for the half-yearly and monthly plans.

[num 8] Ivacy

If you are ready to compromise a bit on the features, Ivacy might be the best cheap VPN for you. That being said, Ivacy is no less in terms of securing the privacy of its users as it secures its connections with OpenVPN encryption. However, it does not have thousands of servers to offer you and has limited coverage.

Even though the speed is pretty impressive with the resources at hand and they are unable to unblock most of the libraries and websites, you can try it out for yourself as the VPN offers you the service with a 30 day money-back guarantee.

Key Features

  • Military-grade encryption
  • Cheapest we have come across
  • Limited server offering
  • 30 day money-back guarantee

Price – Take the 5-year plan and get the subscription for $1.16 a month. The annual plan will cost you $3.95/mo, whereas the monthly subscription will cost $9.95. 

[num 9] Private VPN

Having won several awards for offering value for money, the Private VPN still does find its way to our top picks. Great encryption, good connection speeds, stability, 60 server locations, and decent customer support make it a powerful and user-friendly VPN tool that you would love to have.

This cheap VPN offers you the ability to connect six devices simultaneously, without breaking down on performance.

Goes without saying, it can unblock various Netflix libraries and several other streaming sites as well.

Key Features

  • Offers 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Easy to use cheap VPN service
  • 60 server locations
  • Decent support and performance

Price – The 24 months subscription of the Private VPN will cost you $1.89 a month, whereas the 3-month plan will cost you $4.20/mo against the monthly subscription cost of $7.12. 

[num 10] SaferVPN

Built-in kill switch and DNS leak protection along with high-end encryption and several other impressive features – now you might think it will cost more like other reliable brands, but SaferVPN is the name that offers you top-notch service and features at the cheapest possible rate.

Often overlooked and underestimated, this is a game-changing VPN tool that packs several powerful features into one bundle.

The only drawback we saw was that SaferVPN still struggles with some popular streaming sites and players like BBCiPlayer. Otherwise, its 24/7 live chat support and no-log policy do make it quite user and privacy-friendly.

Key Features

  • Good customer support
  • Apps available for all devices
  • Build-in leak protection and kill switch
  • 30 day money-back guarantee

Price – SaferVPN has different subscription plans to offer –

  1. 3 years plan – $2.50/mo
  2. 2 years plan – $3.29/mo
  3. 1 year plan – $5.49/month
  4. 1 month – $12.49

Finally, which VPN did you choose to go with? Do tell us in the comments section below.

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10 Best PayPal Alternatives for 2020

PayPal is a well-known platform that allows users to conduct online payment and bank transfers. Using it, you can easily send and receive money across the globe.

Moreover, PayPal does not ask you for more than just your email address and an existing debit card (or credit cards) to register.

After its full takeover by eBay in 2002, it has had tremendous growth in expanding its userbase and the transactions occurring on the platform. To give you an idea, in 2019 alone, Paypal saw a payment volume of $712 billion as compared to just $150 billion in 2012.

The platform is used by digital agencies, freelancers, bloggers, and business owners for sending and receiving payments.

Since many people still prefer to use it to make online payments, there are many other platforms in the game that have come up. Some of them offer a lot more features and services when it comes to secure online transactions.

If you are looking for the best Paypal alternatives, you may want:

  • Seller protection for your digital goods
  • Chargebacks should incur a lower fee
  • Better support (Since PayPal can take up to four business days to respond back to your query)
  • Better features in terms of doing seamless transactions with more control over the UX

There could be many other reasons, such as having more control over your transaction cycle, the user experience of your application, etc. due to which you could be searching for an alternative solution of Paypal.

In many cases, the transaction charges and the time taken for received money to reflect in your bank account (which could take many days) could be a major reason for finding a better solution.

In this detailed post, we have covered the ten best PayPal alternatives which you can use for doing online transactions and digital payments.

10 Best PayPal Alternatives

[num 1] Skrill

Skrill is widely used in the USA, Europe, and the CIS countries, and it is a great PayPal alternative.

You just need an email address and password to create a sign-up. Once done, you can add your credit card/debit card and bank account to seamlessly transfer and receive payments across the globe.

The best part about Skrill is that it charges relatively low transaction fees for bank transfers and withdrawing funds that range from 1.9% -4.9%.

It allows you to look back accounts, store cards, send and receive money. If you are a Skrill Wallet holder, you just need to pay 1.45% commission, which lets you save a big pile if there is huge money involved in the transaction.

It also has a dedicated support library where you can find answers to the most common queries related to the platform.

You can also join the Skrill loyalty program known as Knect, where you will earn reward points for every transaction you do on the platform. Later once you have enough points, you can exchange them for cash rewards and other bonuses as well.

There is only one concern where the platform charges its private users for inactivity fees. If you haven’t used your account for 12 months, Skrill will charge $5 for the same.

Skrill is mainly good for private users and small businesses as it offers you zero deposit fees, zero fees for sending and receiving money, and for withdrawals.

[num 2] TransferWise

TransferWise is another platform that is a great PayPal alternative as it is one of the leading operators for international transactions and money transfers.

It started its operation in 2011, and today, TransferWise provides the ability to send money from over 43 countries, receive transfers in more than 70 countries, and support more than 49 currencies.

The motto of the company is to make international transfers more accessible. The best away to analyze the same is by checking out some of the feedback from the regular customers on Trustpilot, which gives the platform a 4.6 rating out of 5 which is very good in the segment.

The principle of the service – the transfer can be sent and received only to your bank account/card in national currency.

To manage the cost, Transferwise uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology. This helps them manage the funds in a way that they incur minimum charges to the end user.

When paying, for most transactions, a classic bank transfer is used; for some currencies, payment is available directly from a bank card or SOFORT payments.

When using the TransferWise mobile application for iOS and Android, payment via Apple Pay or Android Pay is possible

In terms of the transaction fees, there are three ways you can send money – Fast Transfer, Advanced Transfer and Low Cost Transfer.

You can check their fee calculator to calculate the total fee on your transaction.

TransferWise is an ideal solution for sending money not only between countries of Europe and the USA but also from such corners of the world as – New Zealand – Singapore – Australia – Brazil – Turkey – Switzerland – Sweden – Denmark – Canada – China – Norway, and Japan.

Without any doubt, Transferwise is one of the best Paypal alternatives.

[num 3] Payoneer

Regardless of whether you are a business owner, freelancer, or a professional, Payoneer can help you quickly and securely accept payments from international customers and clients.

The platform specializes in various markets and industries, so it does not matter if your company is focused on e-commerce, online advertising, or rental housing. It offers a great alternative to PayPal.

But there is another side to this platform; you may encounter an even higher commission than in PayPal because each service will add its own commission costs. The commission for bank transfers or withdrawing funds to your bank account is 2% + 0.5% for currency conversion.

Amazon, the Internet giant, has called Payoneer, the US payment service provider, the “Preferred Method of Receiving Payments,” for merchants and partners. This is, at least, a worthy statement to have a fair idea about the platform.

Payoneer was founded in 2005 and made receiving payments from the United States, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, and China quick and simple.

Payoneer payment cards are used by millions of customers around the world.

Though, you need to use Payoneer wisely to withdraw funds from ATMs at the lowest cost and withdraw to a bank account. Nevertheless, it is one of the best alternatives of Paypal.

The platform is quite popular in Asian countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as it helps freelancers to receive a payment from the US and other countries.

One can use the same for receiving their affiliate income as Payoneer offers the best in the industry currency conversion rates from Dollar to other national currency.

[num 4] Stripe

Stripe is a well-known payment system created by two brothers from Ireland, John and Patrick Collison in 2010. Now it is one of the main competitors of PayPal.

It is one company that came up with the idea: “Something is wrong with the market where PayPal dominates but still does not satisfy the consumers.”

Stripe is aimed at sellers and entrepreneurs as they are the main users of the platform. The platform is aimed to become the perfect intermediary on the Internet between the customer’s cards and seller accounts.

If you compare PayPal and Stripe tariffs, you can see that they are very similar, but the second one is cheaper, which means lesser transaction fees, especially for international payments.

However, if you delve into a detailed comparison of the two payment systems, the advantages of Stripe become less obvious.

Based on the experience of many companies operating in the foreign market, we can confidently say that Stripe is one of the best gateways for receiving payments from anywhere in the world.

If you are engaged in online business and do not want to face problems such as registering an IP or legal entity, freezing funds, long payments, then Stripe is the most suitable option for you and one of the best PayPal alternatives.

[num 5] 2CheckOut

2CheckOut is a payment platform that supports transactions on a global scale. It supports 100 currencies and more than 33 languages, which makes it a preferred platform for doing transactions across most of the countries.

It is trusted by more than 17000 industry leaders and businesses for making digital sales and certainly adds to the category of being one of the best PayPal alternatives.

Regarding the commission fee, it mostly depends on which country you are in. For eg, in the US, the commission will be 3.5% + $0.35 per transaction.

You can use the platform to enable payments from your customers on your website. You just need to connect 2Checkout’s Avangate, and you are good to go.

It is a great platform for SaaS businesses as you can sign up customers for recurring payments as well.

It also helps you to drive maximum lifetime value from your customers by offering you a solid infrastructure to manage online payments.

2CheckOut also offers you detailed documentation to use their platform easily.

In terms of security, every transaction on the platforms is checked by applying more than 300 fraud rules so that your transactions are always secure.

[num 6] Authorize.Net

Authorize.net is not very popular, though, it is another PayPal alternative that you can check for doing online transfers.

It is a subsidiary of Visa and offers the best support amongst all the payment platforms that we have discussed so far.

They did their cohort in 1996 by doing a pilot with small businesses, now, Authorize.Net has more than 45,000 merchants and the platforms itself handles more than $149 billion in payments on an average per year.

If you are someone who would want to send or accept electronic transactions in person, Authorize.Net is the platform for you.

You can send/receive payments in person, online, or even over your smartphone using this payment gateway.

The platform has been repeatedly praised for its reliability and security.

They also integrate with Apple Pay, PayPal, and Visa Checkout and allows you to accept payments from your customers across the globe. Though, for this, your business should be based in – Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Europe, or Australia.

Regarding the pricing, you can sign up on the platforms with zero setup fee. You will be charged 2.9% + 0.30 cents per transaction.

[num 7] Amazon Pay

You can use Amazon Pay on your online store, and it would act as a great payment platform if your users are already aware about Amazon.

Amazon Pay enables your customers to make payments using their own Amazon account credentials. This makes the transaction process fast without much friction.

Don’t be amazed if you get better conversion rates on your store because Amazon pay lets your customers make the payment process so seamless that your customers do not have to think much about how to do the transaction.

Moreover, you are enjoying the trust your customers have on Amazon for your own benefit.

Regarding the security, you can be assured of that as Amazon makes sure that all your online payments and transactions are secure. The transaction includes fraud protections and offers you the same level of security as Paypal.

Regarding the commission charges and pricing, it is similar to Paypal. You will be charged 2.9% + $0.30 for domestic US transactions and 3.9% + $0.30 for non US transactions.

The benefit of using Amazon pay is that it can be used on any device, smartphone, or desktop, which makes it a great option to receive payments on your online store.

[num 8] Venmo

Venmo is a widely popular payment platform amongst the millennials. It is a simple digital wallet that you can use to send money to your contacts.

The best part, it is free to do transactions from your bank account. Though, if you pay using credit cards, there will be a 3% charge. In short, you can enjoy commission free transactions if you are using your account or debit card for the transaction.

It is a platform catered towards sending money to your known contacts. For eg, you can use Venmo to split the money amongst your friends during a trip or any other common outings. The only condition is that you and your friend’s account should be connected to Venmo.

It could be used for accepting payments in a physical store. For e.g., Let’s say you run a salon, you can take payments from your regular customers through Venmo and make the process seamless.

Venmo could be a really useful application to manage payments during the times of COVID-19 as it promotes cashless payments with a few clicks.

Moreover, you are using it for sending or receiving payments from your trusted network, which is good.

[num 9] Google Pay

Google Pay – formerly known as Android Pay – is a service that allows you to pay for purchases from physical stores, websites, and online shopping apps.

It can be used in any store and other places where terminals for contactless payment are installed. You have probably already seen similar devices at the box office and grocery stores.

To pay via Google Pay, just bring your smartphone to such a terminal instead of a card. This is more convenient during Covid-19 since you do not need to carry a lot of currency with you.

As for online shopping: sites and applications that accept money through Google Pay, display a button with the logo of the same. You just need to click on the same to process your transaction with the help of your smartphone.

This method eliminates the need to enter card details each time and thereby significantly speeds up the process.

Google says payment through Google Pay is secure. All financial data is encrypted and stored on secure servers. In addition, when paying, the seller does not even receive your card number: instead, he sees only the virtual account number that is assigned to each card.

[num 10] WePay

WePay is another great PayPal alternative and offers a great payment solution for your e-commerce business.

It is a JPMorgan Chase company that provides integrated payment platforms for SaaS and crowdfunding sites. You can easily get started by creating a merchant account and integrating the payment system into your online store.

You can get your account up and running on the platform pretty quickly. It supports a diverse range of online payment options. Along with that, the best part is, there isn’t any monthly fee for the same. You only pay when you do certain transactions.

It offers three services – Link, Clear, and Core.

The Link offers the merchants to conduct online transactions through the integrated payment. The earnings feed is automatically deposited into Chase accounts. As a merchant, you’ll have to pay 2.9% + $0.25 per transaction.

Clear is a white label payment where merchants can set their own pricing. It gives the merchants dynamic control over their applications and how they want to integrate the same. It also lets you control the user’s experience.

Finally, Core is for companies that do a lot of transactions and aspire to become complete payment facilitators. Core lets merchants integrate fully with Chase’s infrastructure that includes both – payment processing + cash management. This gives merchants the flexibility and control over their apps. They can control the UX, including the transaction life cycle.

The only glitch is that it does not accept funds from Paypal. Nevertheless, it is also one of the best PayPal alternatives.

Conclusion

We hope that you were able to find the right PayPal alternative for your online payments. Most of these platforms need just your email address and password to create an account on their platform.

You could use these Paypal Alternatives to do money transactions for your online/offline business. These would also be great platforms for bloggers, freelancers, and minimalists to receive money from different parts of the globe.

You might also look at using the above platforms, which suits the most in your country. For e.g., Transferwise is highly used in the UK, and you will find the majority of the merchants and users on the platform as compared to Paypal.

Finally, to conclude, PayPal is still the largest shareholder when it comes to doing online payments and money transfers from one country to another.

Though at many times, one would want features like seller protection, less transaction fees, and better one-to-one support where PayPal might not fit right for everyone. In such a case, you can choose one of the above platforms as all of them are highly trusted.

Finally, which platform did you find as a good PayPal alternative? Also, what is the major reason for you to switch from Paypal? Don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below.

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How to Duplicate a Page in Microsoft Word?

Microsoft Word is without any doubt the best word processor using which you can create, manage and share documents like a pro.

Since its initial launch in 1983 by Microsoft, the software has gone a ton of changes and a lot more features have been updated in it making it a widely popular word software for the masses.

There are a wide array of features and functionalities which you can use on Word. If you are looking for a quick solution on how to duplicate a page in Word, we will discuss the same in this detailed article.

[num 1] How do I Duplicate a Single Page in Word?

Duplicating a single page in the Word is quite simple. You just need to follow some quick steps to do so.

Step 1: We will first start by selecting the text which you want to copy in a new Word file. Take your cursor to the first text in your document, left click and hold, then scroll down selecting all the text in your single page document and take the cursor to the end of the last word mentioned on your page.

duplicate a page in word step by step

Pro Tip: You can use the following shortcuts to select all text.

  • If you are using a Windows PC -> Press CTRL + A to select all the text in the document.
  • If you are using a Macbook/iOS -> Press command + A to select all the text in the document.

Step 2: Once you select the text which you want to copy, right click using your mouse and you’ll get an option to Copy. Select “Copy” to copy your text.

Pro Tip: You can use the following shortcuts to copy the text.

  • If you are using a Windows PC -> Press CTRL + C
  • If you are using a Macbook/iOS -> Press command + C

Step 3: By copying the contents of the page, you can paste it onto another page or into a new word document.

  • Place the cursor at the bottom of the page that is before the copied one.
  • Click Insert -> Blank Page to add a new page.

Pro Tip: To jump from the current page to the next, you can also add a page break using keyboard shortcuts

  • If you are using a Windows PC -> Press CTRL + Enter
  • If you are using a Macbook/iOS -> Press command + Enter

Now, Place the cursor in the place of the new page where the text should be. Press CTRL + V to paste the copied text.

Note: In doing so, you can save the previous formatting as well. In Paste Options, click on Keep Source Formatting button.

[num 2] How do you Duplicate a Page in a Multiple Pages Word Document?

If your Word document contains multiple pages, we recommend that you select the desired text manually and copy it (that may only work for a Word document that contains only words and no graphics or tables).

  • Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to copy.
  • Click and drag down the page.
  • Press CTRL + C (in Windows) or command + C (in iOS)

Tip: Another way to copy the selected text is to click the Copy button on the Home tab.

Again if you want to paste it place the cursor in the place of the new page where you want to place the text. Press CTRL + V or command + V to paste the copied text.

[num 3] How do I Copy a Template Page in Word?

There could be instances where you would want to create multiple copies of the same template. Let’s learn how to do so by keeping the same format of the original template.

  • Position the cursor at the very beginning of the page that you want to copy.
  • On the “Home” tab in the “Editing” group, click on the drop down next to the “Find” button.
  • In the drop-down menu, select “Go To…
  • In the “Enter page number” section, enter “\ page” without quotation marks.
  • Click the Go button and close the window.
  • The entire contents of the page will be selected; now, it can be copied “CTRL + C” or cut out “CTRL + X.”
  • Open the Word document into which you want to paste the copied page or go to the page of the current file where you want to paste the one you just copied.
  • Insert the copied page by pressing “CTRL + V.”

[num 4] How do I Duplicate a Page in Microsoft Word 2007?

In Microsoft Word 2007, highlighting text is no different if you want to duplicate content or simply delete a page in a document.

Follow the below steps:

  • Place the cursor anywhere on the page that you want to copy or delete.
  • In the “Home” tab of the top menu, click on the arrow on the “Find” button;
  • In the drop-down menu, select “Go to …“;
  • In the dialog box that opens, specify “\ page” as the page number and click “Go.”

After these steps, you can simply copy and insert, or duplicate the contents on the new page.

We hope now you can easily duplicate a page in Microsoft Word and create a new duplicate copy of the original document.

Don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below. We would be happy to help resolve your queries.

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Tutorials

How to Fix “The Page isn’t Redirecting Properly” Message?

Firefox is an open-source web browser made by a not for profit organization – Mozilla. It is used by more than 250 million users worldwide.

Being such a well-known browser, it also has its own set of issues. For eg: there’s a long list of users who have faced “the page isn’t redirecting properly issue” on their web browser. It is often followed by the message – “Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete”.

In today’s detailed post, we will be discussing this error in detail, as well, we’ll provide you with some common fixes for the problem which would help you seamlessly open different websites on your browser including Gmail and YouTube.

Since Firefox comes for all sorts of devices like desktop, mobile, tablet and it also works on Windows, Linux and iOS, there are a lot of people who have faced and seen the error message – “This page has a redirect loop”.

The error comes when one is using Gmail or trying to access their YouTube account on the Firefox browser.

Finally, you may ask, what is the fix for the same? Well, we are about to discuss the same with a step by step procedure in this article. Though, before discussing that, let us first learn a little more about this issue and what does it mean.

[num 1] The Page isn’t redirecting properly – What’s the issue?

If you encounter the problem “Too many redirects” (ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS) in your web browser, then something went wrong. This error is also accompanied by the message “This page has a redirect loop,” and it blocks your intended website from loading.

The error actually means that the site continues to be redirected cyclically between different addresses and may have entered into an infinite loop which hinders you from opening the website that you intended to open.

Understand it this way, the URL 1 points to URL 2 and URL 2 points to URL 1, the way that will never let you open the target website. Most of the users have faced this issue while accessing their Gmail and YouTube account, though, the error could occur for other websites as well.

Actually, your browser protects you by allowing only a certain number of redirects (often around ten) before it “gets tired” of it and shows you the error message – the Page isn’t redirecting properly.

Both Chrome and Firefox give you the same reason, though, on Chrome, the message that pops up is – ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS.

On Firefox, it shows the below:

Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies.

On Google Chrome:

This web page has a redirect loop The web page at has resulted in too many redirects. Clearing your cookies for this site or allowing third-party cookies may fix the problem. If not, it is possibly a server configuration issue and not a problem with your computer.

Very often, this is the result of conflicting redirects, one of which attempts to force an HTTPS (SSL) connection, and the other backward HTTP (non-SSL), or between URLs with www and without www.

[num 2] The Page isn’t Redirecting Properly – How to fix?

Since the problem persists due to cookies, you can resolve the issue by clearing your cookies and history in both Chrome and Firefox.

In this article, we would be discussing the steps for Firefox since we already have a detailed article on clearing cookies in Chrome which you can read and implement if you are facing the error message in your Google Chrome browser.

Time to get into the troubleshooting mode.

Method 1: Clear your Browser Cookies

Step 1: Open Mozilla Firefox. You will get three horizontal bars on the upper right corner of the browser screen. Click on the same and then click on “Preferences”.

page isn't redirecting

Step 2: Next, click on the Privacy & Security options, which is mentioned on the left side of the screen. Scroll down and you will get the option under “Cookies and Site Data” to clear your data. Click on the same as shown below.

Step 3: You will get a pop up, as shown below. Check the boxes for Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content. Click on the clear button now.

This will clear all your cookies and cached web content. Next, close the firefox application and restart it again. In the majority of the cases, it will resolve the “the page isn’t redirecting properly” issue.

Though, if the problem still persists, follow the second method.

Method 2: Using the Firefox Options

Step 1: Open the Mozilla Firefox browser. You will get three horizontal bars on the upper right corner of the browser screen. Click on the same -> click on “Preferences”.

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Step 2: Next, click on the Privacy & Security option mentioned on the left side of the screen. Scroll down until you reach the “History”. Under history, click on the drop-down menu and select “Use custom settings for history”.

Step 3: Click on all the four checkboxes – Always use private browsing mode, Remember browsing and download history, Remember search and form history and Clear history when Firefox closes.

Step 4: You will be shown a pop-up to restart Firefox as shown below. Click on “Restart Firefox now”.

On restarting the Firefox browser, you won’t see any error while opening your Gmail, YouTube account or any other website.

[num 3] Final Thought

Since the problem mainly lies with the website server or when your browser is refusing to accept cookies, it could be easily fixed by following the two methods discussed above.

It is a common issue which could occur with any browser or in fact, even with CMS like WordPress where redirecting the request for a particular address goes into an infinite loop that leads to disabling or refusing to reach the destination address.

We hope you must have resolved the issue by now. Make sure you share your views about this post in the comments section below. We would be happy to revert on your queries if you still have any left.

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Vimeo vs YouTube – Which one is better?

As a content creator, selecting the right platform to host your videos is very important. Though most of you would anyway host your videos on YouTube, Vimeo is also an equally good option if you know what you are doing.

In this post, we’ll do a detailed comparison of Vimeo vs YouTube and find out the exact details, features and specifications of both the platforms. By the end of this post, you will be able to figure out which platform is better for you.

[num 1] Introduction

Before getting started with the detailed comparison, let’s also have a brief understanding of both the platforms, when were they started etc.

YouTube

It is currently, worlds largest video platform which was started in Feb 2005 by three former PayPal employees-Chad HurleySteve Chen, and Jawed Karim.

By January 2012, the daily number of video views on YouTube reached 4 billion. The website features films, music videos, trailers, news, educational programs, as well as amateur videos, including video blogs, slide shows, humorous videos, and more.

Vimeo

We were pretty surprised to see that many of you don’t know what is Vimeo. For your knowledge, it is an American video content hosting and sharing company headquartered in New York. Launched in 2004, today, it comes as mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.

It draws users from over 150 countries and gets more than 800 million views a month.

[num 2] What’s the Difference between YouTube vs Vimeo?

This article is relevant to anyone who wants to capitalize on the opportunity to drive more sales, followers and subscriptions by utilizing the power of videos. We will tell you the exact reason why you should choose one of the mentioned websites and what are the specifications and features of each video platform.

Both YouTube and Vimeo are great platforms to host and share videos on the web. They come with a lot of different features which you must know before making any choice.

[num 2.1] Audience & Community

Winner: YouTube

There is no doubt that YouTube is the biggest platform when it comes to numbers. YouTube has more than 2 billion users worldwide. Adding to the fact, 79% of the online users have a YouTube account which is pretty huge if you consider other platforms in the segment.

Compared to YouTube, Vimeo has an audience of just 240 million people who use their platform worldwide. The good part is, approximately 30% of the total users are from the US. This gives you a little edge if you are making content, especially for the US-based crowd.

[num 2.2] Search Engine Rankings

Winner: Vimeo

Since Vimeo has less crowd, it gives you the opportunity of being found reasonably easily as compared to YouTube.

On YouTube, it takes time to get found. Also, if you are making videos in a niche which is already overcrowded, going with simple SEO optimization would not help you to gain instant views on the platform.

Since the userbase is so large on YouTube, it becomes difficult for you to be found on the YouTube search results if you are just starting out without any fan following or zero branding.

[num 2.3] Search Optimization

Winner: YouTube

YouTube is the second largest search engine on the planet after Google. Also, since Google owns it, the platform is highly favoured and you also have a chance of coming up in the Google search results as well for your search query.

Let’s say you are in the food recipe niche and you make videos like “How to make a vegan Pizza at home?”. In this case, you deserve to be on YouTube as you will gain traction from both the search engines – Google and YouTube.

[num 2.4] Membership

Winner: YouTube

YouTube is an entirely free platform to get started and host unlimited videos. Though, there is an option to get a subscription of YouTube premium for $11.99/month in which you can have an ad-free experience on the platform. It also gives you other features like – downloading content and playing it for 30 days without connecting to the internet, and playing music in the background while you are exploring other apps. Though anyone can watch YouTube videos for free.

Vimeo offers you four different subscription options – Plus, Pro, Business and Premium. The price for the same could be seen in the screenshot below:

[num 2.5] Mobile Users

Winner: YouTube

This had to be pretty obvious since YouTube has 30X more users than Vimeo. Approximately 70% of the watch time comes from mobile users on YouTube.

It could significantly help you if you want to target people on mobile.

Though both Vimeo and YouTube optimize a video as per mobile, tablet and desktop. In terms of reach, YouTube provides you with a better option to reach more people.

[num 2.6] Support

Winner: Vimeo

Vimeo offers you different layers of support which usually starts from their basic plan itself. For it’s paid customers, Vimeo is a good option as you will get faster replies and guidance as compared to YouTube.

When it comes to business, Vimeo could be an excellent platform for you if you hardly have any expertise in video making.

If we compare YouTube vs Vimeo, YouTube offers you a lot of free documentation and tutorials to resolve common issues on the platform. Though, if you have a specific query, it could be quite daunting to get a reply from their support team.

[num 2.7] Storage

Winner: YouTube

YouTube offers you unlimited storage for your videos. This is one of the biggest reasons why the platform has seen an exponential rise in the number of content creators. You can upload unlimited videos per week.

You have the same privilege as Beyonce to show your talent without paying a single penny. This makes it a perfect platform and lets you focus on your content rather than worrying about the subscription charges.

One thing to notice, YouTube offers you to upload videos up to 15 minutes long. If you want to upload a video which is longer than 15 minutes, you can do so by verifying your account.

Compared to YouTube, the free Vimeo account gives you 500MB of storage per week. You could go till 7TB max storage with no boundation on per week storage if you choose to go with the $75/month premium plan which is also the maximum subscription fee you are being charged on the platform.

[num 2.8] Pre-Roll Ads

Winner: Vimeo

As a content creator, you would want to make sure that your viewers enjoy your video without any interruption.

Though, this also depends from niche to niche. On Vimeo, there are no pre-roll, post-roll ads and overlays to tarnish your video. You have the freedom to showcase your work the same way you want without any interruption to your viewers.

Well, on YouTube, you can expect ads pretty much on all videos. Thus, especially for businesses, it might not be the perfect platform to host videos if you have a particular niche audience.

[num 2.9] Running Advertisement Campaigns

Winner: YouTube

Since it is the second-largest search engine on the web, it gives you the power to reach a humongous crowd and promote your videos and products.

YouTube is a compelling platform to do your branding as you will reach a wider audience. Also, it is somewhat cheaper than search ads on Google.

Typically every big platform, be it Amazon, Walmart, etc., use YouTube to reach a wider audience.

Vimeo is an ad-free platform and thus you can’t run paid advertisements on the platform.

[num 2.10] Privacy Options

Winner: Vimeo

Though both the platforms give you the option to make your videos private or public, Vimeo is slightly better in the game as it gives you specific privacy options based on your interest.

For instance, on Vimeo, you can add password-protected videos, share them only with people who follow you and can even hide it from the Vimeo Community.

It could be a good option for you, especially during Covid-19 times, when most of us are working from home. If you have a lot of video-related stuff to share in the meetings, Vimeo is a great option.

[num 2.11] Customizable Player

Winner: Vimeo

If we compare YouTube vs Vimeo, Vimeo’s player comes with a bunch of useful customization options that unfortunately are not present on YouTube.

On Vimeo, you can include a custom player log, hex colour customizations etc. This would also update your previously embedded videos and will reflect the changes automatically without using any code.

[num 2.12] Analytics

Winner: YouTube

It is pretty surprising that being a free platform, YouTube shows you precise analytics for your videos.

You can view statistics like watch time, retention time, realtime video views, subscriber change, estimated revenue, comments, average view duration, likes vs dislikes, your top published videos and whatnot.

Vimeo also offers you a robust analytics platform for which you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to access the same.

[num 3] Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does YouTube Own Vimeo?

No, both YouTube and Vimeo are different platforms. InterActiveCorp has the majority ownership in Vimeo which they acquired in 2006. On the other hand, YouTube is owned by Google.

Is Vimeo free?

Vimeo is free to join. Though, to explore its actual features, you would have to subscribe to a paid version which begins from $7/month.

Does Vimeo pay you like YouTube?

Vimeo is an ad-free platform. Thus, one cannot generate ad revenue out of the same. On the other hand, you can make money by doing brand deals or so once you become a known creator in a particular space.

How to make an account on YouTube?

You can use your email address to create an account. The same email address will be used to recover password in case you forget it. However, you can watch a YouTube video for free.

[num 4] Final Thought

Both YouTube and Vimeo are great platforms for content creators across the world. Vimeo has a large part of the users from the US, which is a great thing for someone targeting the American audience, as we mentioned earlier.

Overall, if you’re looking for a creative community where you can chat with other video creators and stand out in a specific niche, Vimeo is the best place to start sharing your content.

If your business goals pretty much revolve around search engine optimization, advertising or video hosting, YouTube is the best choice.

Which one is your favourite platform amongst YouTube vs Vimeo? Do share with us in the comments section below.

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WordPress

15 Best WordPress Themes for Writers and Authors

WordPress has really been a game-changer for creating websites for not so tech-savvy people like authors, writers, fashion bloggers, etc. If you’d ask someone in the early ’20s to create a website for you, it would probably cost you a few thousand dollars to do so.

Thankfully, WordPress came in 2013 and literally changed the game. It is the most preferred platform for blogging, and you can literally get started on the platform by spending less than 30 mins.

If you are an avid blogger, author, writer, or someone who really wants to showcase their creativity on a user friendly, feature-rich online platform, WordPress would be the right choice for you.

In this post, we have thoroughly researched and jotted down 15 best WordPress themes for writers and authors. If you are a budding writer, we bet this post will definitely satisfy your design acumen.

Before starting with the detailed reviews, we would want you to keep certain parameters in your mind while choosing your next WordPress theme, especially if you are a beginner or a newbie.

Points to Remember:

  • Optimized and Clean Typography: A theme with powerful typography ensures your content is always readable no matter what device your visitor uses.
  • Responsive Theme: Avoid flashy design elements (unless you are writing on topics that demand flashy and chic design ). Its always better to go for a minimalist design for better readability.
  • Portfolio/Gallery Support: If you want to attract new customers, make sure that the theme supports the same.
  • WooCommerce Support: If creating a store is your goal, you need to make sure that the WordPress theme supports WooCommerce.

15 Best WordPress Themes for Writers and Authors

Time to get into details and see the best themes for writers. We have focused a lot on themes that have a minimalist but good design, load fast, and are SEO ready so that you can get maximum visibility from the search engines.

Make sure you check the required demos before choosing any theme. It would give you a fair idea of how your website would look post theme installation.

[num 1] Writer

Writer-Theme

Starting with the beast, Writer is our highly acknowledged theme which is being used on thousands of websites by bloggers and writers all across the globe. Rest said it is one of the best WordPress themes for Writers.

We literally had to do a lot of homework while creating a theme that would be perfect for writers and authors to pen down their ideas in an efficient manner on the web.

The themes user interface is so easy to navigate and use that even a newbie could get started with the same in less than 5 minutes.

The best part about the theme is that it helps the readers largely focus on the content rather than too many visuals and imagery. This makes it one of the best WordPress themes for writers.

Rest said we insist you check the Demo and also read a ton of customer reviews so that you are assured about the theme and the awesome features it comes loaded with.

Key Features:

  1. It is a fully responsive WordPress theme for freelancers, authors, and journalists.
  2. It comes with three predefined layouts that you can use with just one click installation.
  3. It is an Adsense optimized theme so that you squeeze maximum revenue out of your blog.
  4. WooCommerce optimized for creating clean and easy to navigate online stores.

Price:  The single site license starts from $35.

[num 2] Noteblog

Noteblog

Noteblog is a well-optimized and one of the best free WordPress themes for writers and journalists. It has got a simple to use interface which is pretty decent for beginners.

The layout is pretty modern and you can use it for journals, news websites, and blogging.

It is a good option if you are looking for a free theme for your website. You can even create well-designed landing pages with pixel-perfect images for your business which would help you maximize your revenue through ads or affiliate marketing.

Key Features:

  1. It is a simple but responsive WordPress theme.
  2. It is an SEO optimized theme.
  3. Supports dark and white layouts for emphasizing on the content.
  4. Includes features like header image, widgets to create a premium blog with no expense.

Price: It is a free WordPress theme.

[num 3] WordPress for Writers – Author Theme

WordPress For Writers

Coming from the house of Themeforest, the name itself of the theme is ‘WordPress for Writers’. There is no doubt that the theme is specially crafted for writers, authors, and bloggers.

If you are a fan of large article images wrapped in beautiful design structure, this is the theme for you. One can really curate a beautiful website by using this premium WordPress theme.

We checked the demo of the theme it looked pretty clean and easy to skim. Though it is a pretty old theme, one can still use it today to share their ideas and thoughts through beautifully crafted articles.

Key Features: 

  1. It has a responsive design which means it would work well on different screen sizes.
  2. You will get all the future updates of the themes once you purchase it from the official website.
  3. It comes with features like citation support, author images etc. Also, customize the theme easily using the WordPress customizer.
  4. No need to download a contact form plugin as it comes equipped with it.

Price: The regular license starts from $34.

[num 4] Astra WordPress Theme

Astra-free-theme

Astra is a beautiful, clean coded WordPress theme that could be used for different types of websites. It is literally a well-decorated and one of the best WordPress themes for writers that comes with a ton of important features that you can use if you have a WordPress blog.

The best part, it is a freemium theme which means you can download the free version of the theme and later subscribe to the premium version if you want to expand the functionality and theme features on your website.

For newbies, they can easily use the free version without burning their pockets. Also, don’t assume that the free version is created just for formality, it is a highly curated theme which comes with ample features even in its free version.

Key Features:

  1. Use ready-made starter templates by easily installing them, after which you just need to edit the content as per your need.
  2. It is an SEO ready, WooCommerce supported, load speed optimized theme.
  3. You need zero coding skills to use this theme. Just use the WordPress customizer and use a simple drag and drop option to create a stunning website.
  4. You have a lot of design freedom as you can create full-width pages or include sidebar widgets as per your need.

Price: It is free to download. The premium version starts from $47/year and ranges till $249/year.

[num 5] Publisher

Publisher-Theme

Join the MTS family by purchasing our latest theme which is exceptionally curated for bloggers, authors, writers, and publishers.

This next-gen theme would help you stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Publisher is our premium WordPress theme that will enhance your digital presence and give a premium outlook to your website.

If you know about MyThemeShop, you know that all of our themes go through rigorous testing where we do a beta test and try to implement all the major functionalities in the theme that would make it highly customizable for the user.

The theme comes with an advanced theme options panel where you get to do a lot of customization and edits. Adding to the convenience, it is an Elementor page builder compatible using which you can use the simple drag and drops to create a highly personalized website on the go.

Like our other themes, Publisher is an SEO friendly theme using which you can literally drive a ton of organic traffic on your website if you implement the right steps.

Key Features: 

  1. In the world where one has the freedom to access data on different devices having different screen sizes, we had to make the theme fluid responsive so that it appears beautiful across all devices.
  2. The theme comes with two predefined header layouts which you can use according to your need.
  3. We know what a WordPress writer theme would need to make it stand out from the crowd. For this, the theme comes with three different blog layouts, featured slider, and a ton of customization options to create a visually appealing website. It gives you a lot of freedom to use images differently on your website.
  4. It is Schema optimized, AdSense optimized, and translation ready.

Price: The single site license starts from $45.

[num 6] Elegant

Elegant

As the name suggests, Elegant is a really powerful theme that could be used by fashion bloggers primarily to showcase their content on a really powerful retina ready design.

In simple words, you can create designs that would really leave your readers awestruck at the moment.

It is a multipurpose theme that doesn’t include any fancy animations or high-end graphic effects that would make your site lag and increase its load time.

Key Features: 

  1. The theme promotes attention to typography so that the readers stay glued on your website.
  2. Comes with a bonus Portfolio and Team post type. Also includes features like new image filter, grid layouts, left or center-aligned layouts.
  3. It is a highly customizable theme where you can style each post with a different font, color, and header background.
  4. It is a WooCommerce ready theme. You can create stunning conversion-optimized stores using the same.

Price: The standard license will cost you $59.

[num 7] Monochrome

Monochrome-Pro-Theme

Coming from the house of StudioPress, Monochrome is the theme for Writers. It works on the Genesis framework and comes with an easy one-click setup using which you can get started on your website in minutes.

This theme is designed for the new Gutenberg editor on WordPress.

We highly recommend Monochrome if you are really looking to expand your digital image and want yourself to distinguish from the rest.

With this theme, you can create stunning landing pages in a few clicks. The good part about is that it is SEO optimized and supports WooCommerce which means you can create an online store along with a separate section of your blog for your avid readers. This is the best way to monetize your website and generate a passive income using organic traffic.

Key Feature: 

  1. It is mobile responsive and perfectly optimized for different screen sizes.
  2. It supports different content layouts.
  3. You’ll get to download the Atomic Blocks plugin automatically. Adding to the same, plugins like Simple Social Icons and WPForms Lite will also be activated and automatically installed along with the theme.
  4. Supports your own brand logo as well as text-based site names.

Price: The license starts from $129.95 in which you’ll get to download the genesis framework along with the Monochrome Theme Package.

[num 8] Author Pro

Author-Pro

Author Pro is another theme that works on the Genesis framework, like the Monochrome theme. This theme particularly is curated for writers.

So, if you are looking to create a library of books online and want to have a really intuitive design for the same with powerful features, Author Pro would help you with the same.

Talking about the design, it supports a very clean interface and visuals that are not loud and gives a subtle outlook to your website.

Using the theme customizer, you can preview all your edits before taking them live. You can edit the content, colors, widgets according to your need and test different styles which would help your readers to stay for more time on your website.

Key Features:

  1. Use five different widget areas to customize your website the way you like.
  2. It works well with WooCommerce and BigCommerce.
  3. Customizable header supports uploading your logo with a click of a button.
  4. It is mobile responsive, SEO ready and coded according to best practices.

Price: The license starts from $99.95 where you get to download the latest Genesis framework along with the Author Pro theme package.

[num 9] Tionos

Tinos

If you are not a typical geek who knows coding and stuff but still wants to design a beautiful website, you should definitely check Tinos.

Tinos supports different page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder and Divi, using which you can create a marvelous website using simple drag and drop options.

Also, the theme is regularly updated by the developer, which increases the trust of the webmaster as well because you need to stay updated with the latest features, customization, and security updates when you are purchasing a premium theme.

Key Features:

  1. Enables you to do one-click demo import from the designs given on the website. Just edit the content according to your need, and you have a stunning website ready.
  2. Offers premium support with a revert within 24hrs. Don’t believe it? They have been keeping this promise since 2012.
  3. Easy documentation and knowledgebase to edit the themes and use its different functionalities on the go.
  4. It is SEO ready, load speed optimized and supports more than 50,000 popular WordPress plugins.

Price: The license will cost you $34.30 in which you will get all the updates for 1year.

[num 10] Divi

Divi

Divi is one of the most popular WordPress themes and the ultimate WordPress page builder. In simple words, it is more than just a WordPress theme. It’s a website creation platform that replaces the standard WordPress post editor with a significantly superior visual editor.

Divi can serve everyone from freelancers to large agencies. It makes website development easy, fast, and enjoyable.

Key Features:

  1. Drag & Drop Building. Add, delete, and move items easily.
  2. Create and customize your pages with intuitive visual controls.
  3. Developers can easily combine Divi visual design elements with custom CSS. The Divi interface is simple, but it does not limit your possibilities.
  4. It is responsive and also gives you full control over how your site looks on mobile devices.
  5. It comes with a humongous library of 880+ different layouts.

Price: You can try it for free. The yearly access starts from $89.

[num 11] Izzy

Izzy

Izzy is a unique WordPress theme that brings a new and fresh feel to your website. It comes with two main layouts (stone or classic) along with a fully responsive design.

You will get many additional theme features, such as the main slider, landing section, unlimited color schemes, Google fonts, custom widgets, and so on. Functions are based on Redux’s robust back-end infrastructure.

While choosing any Premium WordPress theme, you would probably want to know how many existing websites or customers are using the same. You’d be amazed to know that Izzy is being used by more than 22,000 users all across the globe.

Key Features:

  1. It comes with a powerful admin panel where you can customize everything from typography to color schemes.
  2. To enhance your content, images and design, you can use Google fonts or Font Awesome designs.
  3. Transform your website into an online store as it comes with the WooCommerce plugin support.
  4. The theme has a well-optimized clean code. You will also get premium support once you purchase the license of this theme.

Price: The regular license starts from $49.

[num 12] Somerville

Somerville

If you want to stand out from the crowd and create a really premium looking website, Somerville might be the perfect theme for you.

The theme comes with a modern flavor and brings along full support for all the native WordPress features and functionalities.

It is Gutenberg compatible, a must-have option if you are going with a premium theme nowadays. This also packs a wide variety of features using which you can do a lot of customization on your website.

The theme could be best used for personal websites where one would publish highly curated articles for their readers.

Key Features:

  1. Comes with three main layouts – right sidebar, left sidebar, without sidebar.
  2. You will get a detailed knowledgebase to squeeze the maximum output from the theme.
  3. Use custom widgets to design your website.
  4. Google fonts make it translation ready. Use different typography options to showcase your content creativity.
  5. The functions are based on the Redux framework.

Price: The regular license starts from $49.

[num 13] Corner

Corner

If you are an avid writer or an author, for you, having a minimalist design would be the first priority. Since you know that there are a gazillion WordPress themes that boast of being the best in the segment, picking the right one is a very difficult task, especially if you are just starting on the platform.

Corner is certainly one of the best WordPress themes for writers and it caught our attention due to its ample features, which makes creating a great looking website seamlessly.

First of all, it is a fully responsive WordPress theme that comes with decent customization options for the budding writers and bloggers.

Why we found it to be one of the best themes for writers is due to the reasons discussed below.

Key Features: 

  1. It is an SEO friendly theme using which you would probably not need to care much about the On-Page efforts on your website. For better support, don’t forget to install our RankMath SEO plugin on your site.
  2. It comes with a ton of theme options that lets you customize the design, look and feel of the website by giving it a personalized texture.
  3. It is easy to use and has a simple UI. You can choose from multiple elegant typography options to customize the text.
  4. It is a WooCommerce ready WordPress theme for writers. You can create an online store and utilize it for selling your courses, eBooks, and physical products as well.

Price: The license starts from $34.30 which includes one-year premium support and updates.

[num 14] Parallax Pro

Parallax Pro Theme

Talking about another premium WordPress theme for writers, the Parallax Pro is a theme that works on the Genesis framework.

People want to access the information on the go, and thus, more than 60% of the searches happen on mobile and smartphones.

Responsiveness is the primary feature that you must check while choosing any WordPress theme. The theme should be fully responsive because more than 50% of the traffic is through mobile and tablets.

Using Parallax Pro, one can literally transform a website into telling a story. The design is very ambient and feature-rich. It keeps your page narrative in proper presentable order so that your website is easy to skim for your readers. This allows the readers to read it like a story without any pause and breaks.

Key Features:

  1. Choose from a ton of elegant typography options to customize the text on your website.
  2. Easy to use theme options help you create your own design with a lot of different colors and widget options.
  3. It has a minimalist design that is easy to skim and read for a user. It also has a customizable header.
  4. It is a WooCommerce ready WordPress theme.

Price: It will cost you $99.95 to download the latest Genesis framework along with the Parallax Pro WordPress theme package.

[num 15] Heron

Heron

Discussing the last but one of the best WordPress themes for writers, Heron will truly leave you awestruck with its features and customization options.

It comes with a retina-ready, fully responsive design so that your website appears stunning, be it on any device.

The different theme options let you customize your website according to your imagination.

Key Features:

  1. Easy to use responsive design for a WordPress website.
  2. Highlight content using different custom templates and blog layouts.
  3. Powerful theme options for easy customizations.
  4. It is a great theme for writers, has a clean design.
  5. You can easily scale featured images like a pro.

Price: The single domain license starts from $49.