photo of an old record This guy has been blogging for quite some time now and based on the valuable information he shares on his blog, he deserves to be showcased.

As an example, in his post titled Blogging For Money, What’s The Best Way To Make A Profit” he shares,

The first thing you need to do if you want to generate any real kind of income from blogging is figure out who your target customer will be. Then you may want to consider writing a business plan.

Often bloggers throw ads on their sites with no idea who will be reading their work. If we don’t take time to assess who our readers will be, by placing ads on our sites we may be wasting not only our time, but valuable blog “real estate”.

This blogger is quickly becoming a “go to” person for blog security.

Although he does it for a living, on his blog, he freely shares some on his knowledge. For example, when he wrote Two Easy Ways To Set Up A WordPress Firewall, he starts off by saying,

Question: Is your blog’s security a top priority for you? I bet the majority of you will say, “Yes, it is.” However, I bet 90% of you have taken very little steps to actually secure your blog against intruders.

He then goes on to share some tips to make our blogs more secure.

Too often we become lackadaisical with blogging. We think, “who would want to hack my site.”. Unfortunately, often it’s not that someone wants to hack YOUR site, they just want to challenge themselves to see if they can. Your blog could just be the one they pick.

This site even has a link to a “WordPress” school where you can see tutorials of such things as,

How to Upload/Align an Image to Your WordPress Blog

WordPress Widgets: What They Are & How to Use Them

How to Create a Static Home Page on Your WordPress Blog

How to back up your WordPress database

As I was reviewing the tutorials, I found a few I want to view, as well.

The author of this blog is not only a writer, but a genuinely nice person.

His blog is used in conjunction with his business and his business is web hosting and blog security.

Some of you may know him and some of you may have even used his services.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my blogging friend, John Hoff, author, owner and creator of WPBlogHost

Welcome John.

It’s always a pleasure to have you here.

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  1. Wow Barbara, what a pleasant surprise this is – I am honored.

    I began my blogging career shortly after you and have been following your blog since. It’s been my pleasure to be part of your community and you and the bloggers here are wonderful people.

    Blog security should definitely be on the top of everyone’s list. It’s funny because I had a conversation just yesterday with a friend who asked, “Why would someone want to hack your website?”

    Of course there are lots of answers, but my answer to her was, “Why do people steal? Why do people break the law? They just do.”

    I’ll be away from the computer this morning but will return later in the afternoon. Thank you again for the spotlight. And I’m always here or on my blog to help whenever someone needs it.
    .-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s last blog ..Where’s John Been? =-.

  2. The thought of my blog being hacked strikes a scream in my heart — were my house ever to burn down and / or my blog go missing, I think I’d miss my blog most. Stepping up my blog security is something I need to get on the band wagon about. Thank you!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..i winned! i winned!! =-.

  3. janiceNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara. I love coming over here to learn all kinds of useful stuff and widen my blogging world. I like that you showcase the people you think are inspiring and genuine as well as informative.

    Blog hacking? I’m surprised you didn’t hear my panicky gasp all the way over there where you live. I’ve never even heard of it. Time to visit John, I think!
    .-= janice´s last blog ..Birds, Bees and Blogging =-.

  4. Learning about blogs seems to have no end. It’s wonderful having access to all this information.
    .-= Paisley (Paisley Thoughts)´s last blog ..Carrying Flowers =-.

  5. Jim GaudetNo Gravatar says:

    Great write up on John, I have been subscribed to his blog for about a 2 months and although he has been absent for the past 3 weeks his posts are informative and well written
    .-= Jim Gaudet´s last blog ..New Google Webmaster Tools | What’s Up? =-.

  6. Welcome John. Nice to see you here. :)
    .-= Vered – MomGrind´s last blog ..Frosted Cupcakes =-.

  7. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome John and beautiful intro Barbara!

    > Then you may want to consider writing a business plan.
    Nice … my question of course was whether there was an example, and when I followed the post there was. Sweet.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..What’s a Frame? =-.

  8. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Thanks for choosing John. He’s a great blogger and his hosting service is awesome. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about their blog.

  9. There are so many little things we need to do to stay on top of our blogs. I’m as guilty as anyone. This post is a great reminder for me to back up all my stuff, just in case.

    Now time to visit John’s blog.
    .-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog ..Keep a Good Things Notebook at Your Desk =-.

  10. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Barbara…this is a blog I have not heard of. Maybe because my blogs are ad free. Still the idea of being hacked scares the pants off me. I am excited to check out this blog, as I am sure it’s filled with lot’s of really good information.
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..WOW…I said that? =-.

  11. @Everyone – Thanks :) It’s nice to see my fellow bloggers giving me a warm welcome. I really appreciate that.

    @Jannie Funster – That’s pretty funny . . . I think LOL. We put a lot of time blood sweat and tears into our blogs and the thought that some kid with a simple script could crack our site and do all sorts of bad things just because they “think it’s cool”, well just sucks. It does happen. It happened to my wife’s e-commerce site, and trust me it wasn’t fun fixing everything.

    @Janice – It’s everywhere. Just go to the WP forums and you’ll see post after post of people asking for help because their site got hacked.

    @Jim G – I really appreciate you coming around. I know, you subscribed right when I was feeling I needed a break hehe. I’m back, though. You’re a cool guy, Jim.

    @MomGrind – The pleasure is all mine :)

    @Karl Staib – I am backup crazy, let me tell you. I wrote a post on how I do my backups. There’s a really neat program called SyncBackSE which makes things easy.

    @Caroline – Nice to meet you. I’ll head over to your blog and say hi. After reading your comment my eyes moved down to the title of your last post. That cracked me up! hehe
    .-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s last blog ..Where’s John Been? =-.

  12. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats John.

    I’ve seen you in some of the comment circles – headed over to check out the site right now.

    Welcome!

    George
    .-= Tumblemoose´s last blog ..Google Alerts: I Seeee you! =-.

  13. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I have seen John’s comments but not visited his site yet…and I am working on security this week with my IT too. (Still haven’t got the twitter stuff up and running – aargh!)

    Beautiful intro Barbara and another interesting introduction. Thank you

    Off to check on John’s good site Congratulations.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Healthy Reading: The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite ~Dr. David Kessler =-.

  14. @Tumblemoose – I love that nickname! Same here, seen you around blogosphere. Heading over to your blog now to see what the mystery is behind “Tumblemoose”. 😉

    @Patricia – Hi Patricia. I highly recommend blog security upgrades. A good host is a start, then do your own customization from there. WordPress is way too cookie cutter.
    .-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s last blog ..Where’s John Been? =-.

  15. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara… and John. John was a huge help to me a few months back and I”m still grateful for your referral Barbara.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Captivated By a Metaphor =-.

  16. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome John! I need to bookmark your site because my forum members often ask me how to go about self hosting wordpress, etc and your service might be just the ticket for them.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Money Money Money, MONEY! =-.

  17. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Everyone,

    How did I get so lucky to have such a wonderful group of people in this community? I feel so honored.

    I want to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support as I bring new and old bloggers to your attention. It warms my heart when I see your comments on their blogs, too.

    As much as we’re all busy, I love the fact you all find a little more space in your RSS feed and follow my picks. I am forever grateful.

    Hi John,

    It’s been a real pleasure to showcase you, your blog and your business. You do what other web hosts don’t, and I wish you nothing but the greatest of success.

    Maybe someday soon, you’ll find time in your busy schedule to bless us with a guest post and teach all of us a little more about how we can make our blogs more secure.

    Enjoy your reign. :)

  18. @Davina – The pleasure when working with you was all mine :) You even checked in after the project just to say hi. I thought that was cool.

    @Tracy – I’m always hovering around on our website replying to blogging and WordPress questions, especially from our customers. We have phone and email support for technical hosting questions as well, but I don’t deal much with that. I like and have adapted the model Criag Newman does for Craigslist. He’s very involved with his customers and site users.

    @Barbara – I’m honored to be highlighted on your blog. Thank you so much for all your support. You are nothing but class! I’ll be working on a guest post in the next couple weeks for sure.
    .-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s last blog ..Where’s John Been? =-.

  19. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! Hi John — Welcome!

    I looked at your tutorials, John, and said, “Where have you been?” I just sent your link to my husband, who had to search for a good number of those tips in the last 4 months. Outstanding resource! Thank you.
    .-= Lori Hoeck´s last blog ..The Blame Game of emotional predators =-.

  20. @Lori – Hi there :) I’ve seen you around but we haven’t chatted much. Some of those tutorials are my voice, the one with the accent is an associate of mine. I’ve done a few other vids in my blog as well.

    I also just purchased a new condenser microphone from Amazon, so hopefully everything will sound a lot better, too.
    .-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s last blog ..Where’s John Been? =-.

  21. Petra NorrisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never given any real thought to blogging for money outside of my Lakeland Real Estate business. There just doesn’t seem to be any more time during the day for me to focus on this.

    I have considered putting adsense on my blog, but worry that this might in some way give me a negative perception among my regular readers. Have you heard of this happening?
    .-= Check out Petra Norris´s awesome post: Lakeland Florida – A Great Place to Live =-.

  22. Petra
    That is a common worry – that AdSense could some how negatively impact a blogger’s blog.

    For example, on my blog, I wouldn’t even consider adding AdSense because our company offers web hosting and domain services. Often times, I blog about such things and the last thing I want to do is have other hosting companies ad’s showing on my blog.

    That being said, unless you’re worried about your competition possibly showing up in one of the ads, it probably won’t matter much to your readers if there’s some Google AdWords links as long as it doesn’t interrupt them too much.

    A better way might be to go the affiliate route to generate some income on your blog. Are there products you’ve tried that you stand behind which your readers might be interested in? Is there an affiliate program for it? That might be a good route to go.

    Maybe some Amazon books – Amazon.com has a great affiliate program.
    .-= Check out John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s awesome post: New Regulations For USA Bloggers May Be Around The Corner =-.