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Income Store 75 Million Ponzi Scheme? – What will this mean for the industry?

It has been a whirlwind over the last month when it comes to Income Store! I am going to go over what has happened and how it seems investors have been ripped off. Is it an old fashioned pyramid or ponzi scheme? was the moratorium on payments just a stall tactic?

UPDATE JAN 15, 2020 – The SEC has issued a press release alleging that Income Store operated as a PonziScheme with investor funds coming in used to pay off investor returns and personal expenses including mortgage and private school tuition.

UPDATE Jan 10, 2020 – A website for IncomeStore investors has been setup to share up to date information. It is not 100% clear who is behind the website but seems to have the most up to date information.

As it stands right now Income Store assets have been seized by the SEC and employees have been told not to come in. 

First – If you have been ripped off by this – as I know some of you have, I feel for you!  Very sorry to hear!

Second – I am not a lawyer, if you are involved in Income Store, I recommend discussing with one. 

If you are new to the industry and trying to make sense of the potential scam with Income Store, here is a buying and selling websites guide covers the industry and process in great detail!

In this post I will go over…

  1. What is (was) Income Store
  2. What has happened and how did we get here
  3. Share the information (mostly links) that people who have been involved with Income Store should be aware of. 
  4. What does this mean for the industry?
  5. My personal regret and 2 similar ticking time bombs in our industry. I don’t want to Monday Morning quarterback and not also provide some similar warnings.  

The situation is scary for many and as some write “This is the kind of money that ruins a retirement or changes life plans significantly.”

The best place to go right now for breaking news is the forums and Emilia Garner’s YouTube channel who is a lawyer and a website site owner/operator. 

Her combined legal and site experience along with some internet sleuthing is providing really great coverage! Thanks Emilia. 

I am going to aim to provide reference links and my thoughts on what this will mean to the industry over the next 1-3 yrs.

What is (was) Income Store?

Income Store would solicit an investment from a “Site Partner” with a minimum of $100k investment, buy a website and split the proceeds 50/50 with a guaranteed return of 15%.  

Their website is now offline but here is a recent video which is still live on their Vimeo page that summarizes their offering and the image below shows some of their stats:

From their Brag Sheet below they were a well established player with a lot of history of operating sites.

What Has Happened?

In the middle of December an email went out saying that no site partners would receive any money and contractors reported on forums they were not getting paid. 

Here is a video from Ken (the founder, CEO) communicating that they needed to seek a moratorium on payments to site partners. 

See this video

Since then, the SEC has seized the company’s assets and employees were told not to come in according to posts in this forum. Below is the breaking news from Jan 6, 2020

Re: Securities and Exchange Commission v. Today’s Growth Consultant, Inc (dba “The Income Store”) and Kenneth D. Courtright, III, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Civil Action No. 1:19-CV-08454

Date: January 6, 2020

Attached is a Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets and Imposing Other Emergency Relief and Order Appointing Receiver that have been entered in the above referenced matter.

The Court has determined that the appointment of a receiver is necessary and appropriate for the purposes of marshaling and preserving the books and records and all assets of Today’s Growth Consultant, Inc.

Within the next few days a website will be established that will provide court documents and other information regarding the case that will answer many of your questions. For additional information, you may contact the office of the Receiver at (305) 542-4410 or

Temporary Restraining Order (01792605x9E1D6).pdf

Order Appointing Receiver (01792604x9E1D6).pdf

How Did We Get Here?

Reading between the lines, it seems the business model imploded and attempts to save it failed.

This is all educated speculation but it seems like this was the most likely way that things played out…

It would appear that it all started out well with great profits from the content sites – but doubling down on whatever strategy was working resulted in exposure to Google penalties- which enacted their toll in 2016. 

This is a common death nail for portfolio managers when they have one set of strategies that they double down on across their entire portfolio. Leading people think they have diversified their risk but the reality is they have a single point of failure exposure with the same strategy used across all their properties. 

In 2017/2018 they went full throttle on ECommerce sites (specifically Shopify) building up 422 of them and at the start of the year Facebook paid traffic changes resulted in a significant negative impact on that business.

It is not clear in the end if they were still buying sites or taking peoples investment and then “building” a site and using that difference to continue the 15% guaranteed payments. 

Ultimately as the number of investments where they had to dip into the profits of other recently acquired businesses grew, they needed to keep raising money at a faster rate to bring on more sites/capital. Although based on the number of employees and knowing they were active in buying sites I may not go as far as calling it a ponzi scheme (although I am not convinced)- it had a similar failure mechanism. Once the money flowing in to acquire new sites was not enough to cover operating costs and payback investors their guaranteed 15% the model collapsed. 

Again the majority of the section above is pieced together speculation.


Reference and Resource Information

Here are other links sourced from Emilia’s YouTube videos (seriously make sure you subscribe to get some really great coverage!)

What Does this Mean for the Industry?

Income Store is just a single operator in the wider online business world but a failure of this size in the industry is going to cast a long shadow! 

The impact will be tough to identify on its own- but there are a couple of predictions to take away…

  1. Investors will be more cautious of any passive operator model
  2. Additional fear may reduce the risk people are willing to take when it comes to debt financing and reduce multiples on businesses especially in the $200k+ range

My Personal Regret:

Although I never endorsed Income Store, I would privately share my reservations about a guaranteed 15%. The business model would look like a graph with the limit converging to zero as it scaled, but I was hesitant to share it more publicly or strongly. I regret this now and apologize to anyone who might have read a post on my thoughts and made a different decision. 

To that end I will be sharing a few thoughts I have been sharing with people more privately but not being outspoken enough on them. 

First though how will this impact the industry for buying and selling websites.

Operators (similar but smaller to Income Store):

The current operator model has some similar but smaller risks. Although there aren’t players as big as Income Store there are some risks I have shared privately but will do so here as well.

First let me show you what a typical website operator agreement looks like…

Typical Operator Agreement:

  • Give an operator $50k-$1,000k+ (for the purposes of this example lets say $100k)
  • They buy a $100k website making $2.8k/month in profit
  • They manage the website taking $1,000/month in management fees and 50% of any upside 
  • If the business stays flat and operating costs in growth efforts are lean at $800/month you receive $1k/month (or a 12% return)

Problems with This Model: (can’t let the losers be losers) 

Internet businesses are volatile, some will go down! When an operator has a portfolio of businesses all with different owners they are unable to cut their losses on the losers. 

This hurts both the losers and the winning sites. 

How does this hurt you if you have a loser?

If you have a site that is down- then the operator is a long way from seeing a return on their upside. So their incentive(whether they act on it or not) is to operate as efficiently as possible, ensuring they do just enough to not get fired. As a result, the squeaky wheel gets the grease analogy becomes applicable and time/resources are allocated to appeasing the site owners who have assets that are down and complain the most.  

How does this hurt you if you have a winner?

If you have a winner the operator will be distracted by dealing with the portion of the portfolio that is down which will reduce the total upside you would otherwise be able to capitalize on with your winner.

Either way the operator is limited in their ability to maximize the value of the sites they are managing. This is a problem that will only get worse with both time and the number of sites limiting the total scale that any operator is able to achieve without resorting to tactics that allowed Income Store to grow as big as it did and fail as dramatically as it has. 

SBA Loans or any other Personally Guaranteed debt is almost always mistake:

Taking on debt to finance the purchase of an online business can generate some phenomenal returns! Borrowing at 8% and generating a 30% return works out to some very incredible numbers. 

The appeal is very strong! If you have that same $100k mentioned above, you get an SBA loan to cover 80% of the purchase price you can end up buying an asset with earnings of $160k/yr! (before covering the interest costs). 

If this works out, the results are amazing, for $100k you can have an income replacing, financial freedom achieving online business! 

However, online businesses are volatile and SBA loans are personally guaranteed. This risk is real and the dangers of SBA loans to buy online businesses is only now starting to be felt. With the increase in SBA loans over the last 1-2 years the first people who have bought an online that had a decline are only now getting impacted. 

There are already some stories of people who have had a site decline and as a result lost their house/financial security for their family. 

I am fiscally conservative- so others will have a different view- but I do not see a scenario where I would take on debt that was personally guaranteed and risk my families financial security in a high risk attempt to achieve financial freedom. 

Talking with others in this space who also manage a portfolio or a single successful income producing website they agreed. 100% of the 5 people I asked all making over 10k/month from their portfolio and have been doing so for years(they know what they are doing) would not take on personally secured debt to buy a site if it meant risking their families financial security. 

Final Thoughts

Many people will wonder why I would write this article throwing some shade at the industry I am heavily involved in with among other projects like etc. 

Part of the reason is guilt that I didn’t speak up more publicly about my reservations with Income Store.

But more importantly, is the realization that I will certainly be in this industry for the next decade and ensuring an efficient marketplace with minimal booms/busts by trying to be a voice that brings euphoria or fear back to reality- seems like it won’t be a waste of time. 

Hopefully the largest implosion of the decade in this industry is now behind us only 0.19% of the way into it.

If you have any other thoughts on anything I shared please leave a comment below.

Best Autoptimize WordPress Plugin Configuration Tutorial for 2020

Since you have already searched for a WordPress Autoptimize tutorial on Google, you are certain you want to know how to configure an Autoptimize WordPress Plugin to make your website faster.

Hence in this post, there is no beating around the bush. I will go straight through to the important actions you should perform to configure an Autoptimize plugin because I value your time.

Remember that I will explain only about the optimal configuration for an Autoptimize plugin. It is a configuration I have achieved after several tests and I believe you will get an amazing site performance with that particular Autoptimize configuration.

If, at any point in time, while reading this tutorial, you will feel lost or confused, please send me your feedback via the contact form or comment down below. I will happily reply to your genuine feedback into this blog post, so future readers will have an even better website creating experience on their end.

Before we proceed to the proper and most effective configuration and optimizing for these plugins, let me introduce you to some reviews about it from real people who are currently using these kinds of plugins.

If you have noticed that your WordPress site has begun to experience much higher bounce rates or your Metrix reports have begun to minify HTML, CSS, and JSL files, then you may also find a slower-moving website and as a result, you are looking for the option to enable better performance and speed by optimizing the plugins you are using.

A WP optimize plugin is one of the best WordPress plugins to get if you are looking for effective ways to speed up your website and improve its performance with optimization. 

In addition to combining all of the CSS and JS files, this WordPress plugin loads them into proper order and helps with minify HTML codes and cache different files. 

Results of Autoptimize Plugins

When the Autoptimize plugin is run correctly, you will find a reduction in the number of requests being made to the server, a reduction in the page size and file size of the website and decreased initial load times for the website. 

To optimize the HTML code on your website, you want to remove all of the white space that is between the HTML code. This will go a long way in helping to reduce the file size of your site. This is just one of two HTML code options. You can also enable it so that all HTML code comments remain on the page.

How to Optimize a WordPress Site

A good way to optimize your WordPress site, as you may already know, is to monitor your plugins. The plugins used on a WordPress site are one of the biggest reasons the site begins to slow down. If you continue to install these plugins without doing any research, you will also find a ton of performance issues you will need to address as well.

Bad coding and calls to external servers can both be reasons a site can slow down, so only use plugins that will help you. P3 Profiler is a good tool to use to see how much load time the plugins you are adding to your site are taking. This is one of the more effective ways of pinpointing which plugins are affecting the performance of your site.

You should also optimize any images you use for the web as well. Optimize the images before you post them using a photo application like Photoshop that allows you to choose a save for the web option. There are other plugins you can use to optimize images that have already been uploaded as well.


These are some examples that some people love to use that autoptimize plugin as they find it works better than other plugins specifically on their website. But one or two reviews can’t prove that Autoptimize will always work well with you. Some people even find it difficult to run/open/load their site after installing the optimization plugin.

For example, This is the reason why you should be very careful while setting up the plugin with WordPress. After reading this guide, I hope you can complete the setup easily and be able to achieve a faster site speed as well as better performance in many types of networks.

How Do I Set Up Autoptimize?

Install the Autoptimize WordPress Plugin

Either install the plugin from WordPress admin panel > plugins >add new > Autoptimize or download the plugin from WordPress repository and upload it to your WordPress.

When the installation is done, activate the plugin and proceed to settings > Autoptimize. On the main tab, find “Show Advanced Settings” on the top right corner and active it.



Configure HTML Options



*** You can enable and disable the HTML comments and check if it does affect your website or not? If not required, you can disable it, but I recommend to keep it enabled.***

Configure JavaScript Options


Autoptimize WordPress-JavaScript-Options

  1. If you detect render-blocking on tools like Gtmetrix or Pingdom, then enable the Aggregate JS-files.
  2. For faster page loading, activate the aggregate inline js but practice clearing your cache regularly.
  3. JavaScript in the head can lead to a slower loading page due to rendering blocking.
  4. Enabling the catch-wrapping can fix the JavaScript problem of your website.

Configure CSS Options



Should You Inline All CSS?

  1. Back in the day, CSS optimization was easy; put all CSS in your head, aggregating everything in one CSS-file per media-type.
  1. Inlining all CSS has one clear advantage (better PageSpeed score) and one big disadvantage; your base HTML-page gets significantly bigger, and if the amount of CSS is big, Pagespeed Insights will complain of “roundtrip times.”

Configure CDN Setting


MISC Configuration


Extra Settings Configuration



Important: If you notice a huge drop in performance score due to multiple content delivery networks, then disable the ShortPixel Optimize Image.

*** Autoptimize 2.4 beta 3 includes image optimization ***. So, keep that enabled.

You can also read our previously published guide on: How to reduce server response time.

Install Async JavaScript Plugin

When Autoptimize is all set up, then install another plugin to extend the java-script control. This plugin is developed by the same producer of Autoptimize, so it will totally work with the main plugin.

Go to the WordPress repository and download the plugin and install it. When the installation is done, activate it and follow the given configuration.




When done , click on save and test your website. Power-Up

There’s one more plugin you can add for a more optimized performance. The Autoptimize Power-up is available in the WordPress plugin repository. This plugin integrates with and extends Autoptimize. It integrates with, a premium service that uses a “headless” browser to extract real critical CSS.

It charges $2/month to provide the service. CriticalCSS fully automates the extraction of high-quality critical CSS and the creation of rules for that critical CSS. It can work 100% automated, but also allows semi-automated jobs and manual rules.

When activated, it will appear inside the Autoptimize settings and gives you the following features.


Critical CSS Alternative:

In case you don’t want to go with a premium critical CSS add on, you can use “Speed Up – Optimize CSS Delivery” plugin. This is an automated plugin, and the purpose of using this plugin is to load your vital stylesheets synchronously and non-vital CSS files asynchronously.

Non-vital CSS-files can be, for example, fonts, icons, before the fold template-specific CSS, etc. Additionally, you can choose which files to load synchronously with a filter in your function.php files. To do that just modify(add) the function.php files with the code below.

// exclude main and child stylesheets from delivery optimization function exclude_from_delivery_optimization($handle){ return in_array($handle, array(‘main-stylesheet’, ‘child-stylesheet’)); } add_filter(‘speed-up-optimize-CSS-delivery’, ‘exclude_from_delivery_optimization’);

One Last Step: Keep Your Database Optimized

Removing all the unnecessary data is precious. A junky database takes more time to respond to any queries. So, it’s better to keep your database clean, compact, and de-fragmented. To shape your data tables clean, install WP-optimize.

When activated, you will get a WP-optimized link on the bottom of your WordPress left-bar. Once you click on there a dashboard will appear with all the cleaning options with priority. It’s better for you to follow their recommendation.


*Consider installing WP-draft to back up your site before cleaning your database. It will keep you safe from losing precious records. When you are done with these settings, go to GTmetrix and check your domain name. (you can consider checking any other pages too).

For this website, I have really good performance ratings. Look at the test result screenshot below.



So, these are the settings I have found useful for performance improvement as well as providing a better user experience overall. Feel free to try these settings if you are using the Autoptimize WordPress plugin and see the output and the results for yourself. Also, keep testing your page speed and performance to make sure your site is not losing user impact due to bad performance and slower load speeds.

If you find this article helpful, send me your feedback & don’t forget to share your experience with other readers. Have any questions about any of the info we have included above? Get in touch with us.  Also, send me a review so that I can work more on my crafting and come up with more resources to help you in the future.

12 Best Website Checker Tools 2020

After building a site, you need to analyze the performance and speed. The full insight of the site will give you a performance report so that you can monitor it easily.

However, the website checker tool will detail performance and page speed at the same time. Monitoring and optimization are always key after building a site.

Moreover, you can even check the performance score of the AMP version and desktop version. Usually, after installing any optimization or security tools, you should check the performance score.

So, after checking the score, you will have a better idea about the page load time, YSlow score, and other analysis options are well or not. YSlow is a tool that analyzes the page and tells you exactly why it is slow. This can help you when deciding to reduce the page loading times and improving the user experience. 

You can base these changes off the check-list style suggestions this website checker tool provides. What’s even better? This tool is free and open-source!

Let’s check the best website checker tools

To give the best experience to your page visitors, you will need the best website checker tool to monitor the site.


GTmetrix is an efficient website checker tool that will give you a full insight report of performance.

The bottlenecks can be detected easily if you will have detailed information on the performance score. The tool will also give you a recommendation on how to optimize.


The details include page speed, YSlow score, waterfall, video, and history with other recommendations. You can check the individual load time of the page.

The data of recommendation consist of grade, type of data, and priority of data. The summary report will indicate the total page size and total requests.

You can easily compare the performance of the website relative to the average of all websites checked by this tool. The tracking of performance by interactive visual graphs showing the detail information is easy.

You can monitor the page by scheduling the time, whether monthly, weekly or daily, to ensure the optimal performance.

Pro users will get some advanced features such as simulate a device, change the screen resolution, add a custom DNS and create presets etc. In videos, you can slow the playbacks and view the page load in a filmstrip view.

Moreover, the plus users will also get advanced features such as HTTP authentication, connection throttling, URL whitelist/backlist, and AdBlock plus for security.


Related resource: How to Fix Image Optimization Issues in Gtmetrix

2. Pingdom

Pingdom is another one of the best choices when you are looking for the website checker tools. Monitoring website performance is easy to accomplish with this analyzer tool.

The key features consist of uptime monitoring, real user monitoring, synthetic interaction testing, page speed monitoring, and many more. The tool will alert you whenever there are real faults that occur along with poor performance.


There are four different sections, which include waterfall breakdown, performance grade, page analysis and history.

The page analysis will display the information such as size analysis, size per domain, the number of requests per domain, and what type of subject matter had most requests.

It will also outline where bottlenecks are and where to make the improvements.

Pingdom Tool

3. Google Page Speed Insight

Google PageSpeed Insight is an effective analyzer and optimizer tool for website performance. It will instantly give you the results of the performance score.

There will be two scores for the mobile version and for the desktop version. It will display the optimization, which will speed up the page load.


In this report, you will find other valuable data, as you can see above. It includes the speed index, time to interactive, first CPU Idle, and the first meaningful paint, etc. It also suggests areas in which other improvements may be needed.

The lab data can also be used for debugging performance issues. Field data is used to capture the true and real-world user experience.

However, a lab data score is only considered good if it is more than 90. Diagnostics provide additional information about how the page adheres to the best practices for web development.

Page Insight

4. Website Grader

Website grader is also one of the instant website checker tools. However, the performance report has four different sections: performance, mobile, SEO, and security.

In the performance section, you will see page size, page speed, a page request, browser caching, and page redirects.


In the mobile section, you will see the score out of 30. It shows how effectively your website is optimized in the mobile version for mobile applications.

In the SEO section, it has also score out of 30. That indicates how much your website is easy to reach out to your audience. It includes the check of the page meta description, headings, site map, and more.

In the security section, it indicates a secured website score out of 10.

Website Grader

5. Web Page Test


WebPageTest is an easy to use website checker tool that helps you monitor performance levels. You can run simple tests with some advanced settings options.

The test this website checker tool uses includes multi-step transactions, video capture, content blocking and much more. The advance setting option provides advance, chromium, auth, script and custom options while testing.

The visual comparison also can be made via various test configurations by entering multiple URLs. It has a unique feature of showing the first view and repeat view.

That indicates the first time DNS lookup delay, which was mentioned earlier. The grade is assigned from F to A depending on different performance tests such as compress transfer, compress images, and effective use of CDN.

The report is divided into various sections, including summary detail, performance review, a breakdown of subject matter, and screenshots.

Web Page Test

Additional resourcesWordPress Maintenance Mode Plugins

6. Uptrends

Uptrends is also a tracking tool to check the performance report. You can monitor various things by using this tool, such as website monitoring,  web application monitoring, and server monitoring.


The report has two sections: waterfall and domain groups. The domain group is further categorized into different sources such as CDN, statistical, first party and third party overall.

This website checker tool provides you with a location-based report created by measuring minute details. The tool supports many useful protocols for your website, including, but not limited to, HTTP/HTTPs, Ping, DNS, and SQL.

You can easily share the report by sending it through email in a PDF or excel export. The Uptrends downtime double check ensures the bug before sending an alert message.

Up Trend

7. Semrush

Semrush is the multitask tool for both tracking and performance. You can check multiple things such as your analytics report, visual charts, and have access to a content analyzer.


You can easily compare your competitor’s position changes with your position. The analysis will be created by gathering all the data in One elegant with drag-drop.

Moreover, you can easily customize the reports online by inserting a logo, branding, and commenting features. You can even schedule your report time daily, weekly and monthly.

The content analyzer will access the website content online and measure it externally.

The content audit feature is also provided, which compares the performance of different content pieces.


8. Dotcom-Monitor

Dotcom-monitor is an instant website checker tool. This particular tool offers 23 different locations and 7 browsers to run the performance test.


The geographical tests can be run simultaneously, which will consume less time. You can even check the individual report of the waterfall breakdown.

The analysis is separated into five sections. These sections include summary, performance, waterfall chart, and errors. It will show the performance of the fastest and slowest elements.

To diagnose the connectivity of the network and error, the ping test tool is provided. This website checker tool is a cloud-based load testing platform and can provide you with fully managed and scaled load testing results.

Additional resource: How to Configure the Cookie-Free Domain in WordPress


9. YSlow

YSlow is also a webpage analyzer tool which will be based on the yahoo’s rules for high performance. Remember, we touched on this website checker tool a bit in the introduction. This tool offers valuable suggestions and bottlenecks for improvement.


It also provides other tools for performance analysis, such as Smush.itJSLint. YSlow will first crawl the domain to find all the components and gather the information of the components.

After gathering the information, it generates the grade for each rule and then turns each of those grades into the overall grade. It has 23 different rules for checking the performance including CDN and CDN, reducing DNS insight.


10. Bitcatcha

Bitcatcha is another one of the best website performance checker tools you can utilize for performance and improvement. It checks server speed as delivered by the web host. It also checks the overall performance of the website as well.


Bitcatcha checks your overall web design, the cleanliness of the code, cache, plugins, and visual media. The tool will give a speed rating in grades, so it is easy to understand and follow.

The ideal speed rating for your server should be B+; however, it gives the grade from A to E. It will also give the recommendations for improvement of page speed score.



IONOS is a website optimizer tool that shows you the overall performance of the website. The report is divided into four sections: BE PRESENT ONLINE, GET FOUND, BE SECURE and BE FAST.


In the Be Present Online section of the report, it will show if the site is optimized or not. It also shows if a favicon and touch icon is present or not.

It will also let you know if the page title is easily found by visitors or not. The ideal domain length is also displayed with character.

In the Get Found section, it shows how the website is displayed on the search engine. The page description improvements and other recommendations will also be listed under this section of the report.

In the Be Secure section, it shows secure cookies, server version, and apache status for the site.


12. Free Analysis Tools – Neil Patel

This free analyzer tool by Neil Patel will give you almost the full insight performance of the website.

The analysis includes website analyzer, competitor analyzer, and keywords. You will instantly get the page speed test and recommendations that are required.


The analysis includes load time analysis, size analysis, and request analysis. Web performance is displayed with a grade and scores.

However, you will find each and every element of the website with the grade. Moreover, this tool also checks the SEO analysis.

Neil Patel SEO analyzer

Honorable Mentions

To have a well-rounded breakdown of the best website checker tools currently available, we can’t forget some honorable mentions you may want to consider as well. 


To increase your digital marketing success and for another great SEO checker to have under your belt, you can use Ryte software for single page analysis, innovative technology, and technical optimization. The three top features of Ryte that can help you boost the overall performance of your page include Website Success, Search Success and Content Success

Website Success is a good tool to help you create an almost technically perfect site and page that search engines will favor. Search Success is how you can monitor and analyze your real-time rankings using real data from Google. Finally, Content Success shows you different ways to create more valuable and relevant content while also providing suggestions on how to improve what you currently have.



If you are looking for one platform to monitor and manage your sites more effectively, then you will definitely want to check out everything that Silktide has to offer you for performance monitoring and so much more.

With this tool, you will get an analysis that provides you with a clear overview of everything you need to change to improve your page and your site. From ranking the overall quality of the site to filling you in on the effectiveness of your website marketing, you will find that this is a valuable tool to have.

With this tool, you can check and fix any misspellings you have, add a privacy policy, check and fix broken links, link pages, and even review any potentially offensive language there may be. 



The above-mentioned website checker tools will provide you with detailed insights and valuable checkpoints to watch regarding the overall performance levels of your webpage for more business success. The performance statements will be location-based as well as based on the options of various browsers.

It will be easy for you to choose any website checker tool for monitoring the performance of your webpage after reading through everything each of the 12 best website checker tools, and the two honorable mentions have to offer you in 2020.

10 Best Cloud Storage for Photos 2020

If you went on an amazing trip with your friends, you probably captured all those memorable images on your hard drive. Is there enough space to store all those great images? Or do you have any backup of all those captures just to make sure that you won’t lose them because of a hardware problem?

Well, if you have faced these kinds of problems previously, you should probably change your mind and start using online cloud storage. Do you have any idea what kind of cloud storage would be great for you?

Using Cloud Storage for Data

With technology moving steadily in a forward direction, we are putting more distance between local storage and remote storage and turning to more server-based storage processing, otherwise known as the Cloud.

With the Cloud, you will find fewer local storage requirements and a multitude of other benefits. From Word docs and spreadsheets to PDFs, photos, and other digital assets, you will have seamless access when you use Cloud storage. 

10 Best Cloud Storage for Photos In 2020

This list of top ten best cloud image storage contains the best place to keep your high resolution photos, encrypted security, including more advanced editing options. Also, you can easily access your images from anywhere and anytime you want.

#. Cloudinary: The Leading Image Cloud Storage

Cloudinary is one of the best cloud storage for photos with a large community. It works on image management as well as video management. It directly uploads your images from the browser to the cloud with secure API. You can also manually upload the images and resize them, optimize them, and a lot of other options are there.

See how to scale your page images with the help of GTmetrix and Cloudinary.

Cloudinary manages from Organizing to monitoring all the operations and manipulation as well. Image optimization can also be done with URL based API and SDK for easy integration. It delivers all kinds of image resolution and pixel density to the user.

It also efficiently maintains synchronization across different networks. There are some plugins available for WordPress. But I would like to suggest you not to use those plugins but do it manually with the help of media link.

Special Features:

  • Automatic Optimization
  • AI-based image moderation
  • Video transcription add-on
  • OCR text detection add-on


#. PCloud – Best Secure Online Cloud Storage

PCloud is another best cloud storage for photos that are available since 2013. PCloud provides high storage at a low cost with the highest encrypted security. Every online cloud storage provides free trial for their subscribers so that the user can get an experience of utilization before buying any subscription.


PCloud is also one of those best cloud storage, which provides a free trial to the user. With PCloud, you will get up to 20GB free space and 1GB for every friend if you refer any. After a free trial, you can go for annual and life plans. If you go for a lifetime, then it will give you discounts for using services for a long period of time.

If you don’t like their service, they also have a money-back guarantee plan for 10 days. The clients are also available from Linux, macOS, and Windows if you are setting up on a desktop. You can able to access and sync the images from any device you like to use.

For web clients, you will get to enjoy various tools of Pcloud such as image viewer, editing in just one place. If you are a WordPress user, then you can use the Pcloud plugin to backup the image files as well as edit them, format them. 

You can also get backup service from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, One Drive and Google drive. You can also easily generate a link and share it via Email.

Special Features:

  • Accessibility and multi-device usability
  • Collaboration businesses
  • Unbreakable security
  • Online Backup


#. Sync – Free Image Cloud Storage

Sync is also one of the best cloud storage which provides easy access, store, and shares files and images with the end to end encryption securely. You can also send files to anyone who doesn’t have an account on Sync.


The other features are the same such as file request, password, protection, notification, and permission, etc. It is available for 30 days free trial before moving to the premium plans.

There is an app that is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Androids, and Web as well. To use your images with WordPress, you can create an image link there and send/link it to the WordPress media gallery. Use this guide to know the procedure.

However, on Sync, you don’t have to pay for Zero-knowledge encryption like Pcloud. For those who always look for high security on images, they will go for But there is a disadvantage of Sync that you cannot preview the images through browsers.

Sync Features:

  • End to end encryption
  • Data protection and versioning
  • Sync Vault cloud and Backups


#. Google Photos – Google’s Online Image Cloud Storage

Well, almost all of you have used Google photos for storing your images. It gives unlimited image cloud storage for free, and you can access them from any device. If your mobile device is correctly configured with Google photos, then all the images will be stored there as well as the videos automatically.

However, if we talk about privacy, then Google photos will keep your images private until you share with others. You can even see images offline when network services are not available with you.

One amazing feature of Google Photos is that they can recognize the objects in your image. Whenever you type any keyword that matches your files or images, it will show those images on the top.

It automatically organizes your images according to date so that later you can search for any date you want. Well, there are no other features such as zero-knowledge encryption and client-side encryption like PCloud and have.

Like other web-based image servers, you can serve images from Google Drive to your website. If you have a WordPress site, you can use the Google Photos Gallery with Shortcodes plugin to fetch and show your images on the website.

Special Features:

  • Power of search enhancement such as Google Al, ML-based, Quick Access
  • Third-party apps such as CloudLock
  • Migration tools and services

Google Photos

#. Egnyte Connect: Best Cloud Storage

It may be possible that individual users do not prefer this online cloud storage because they don’t give personal plans. The main advantage is that Egnyte Connect gives higher serving speed because it uses a Block-level file copying method in which only the changed/modified part of files are synced.

Their plans require a minimum of 5 users if you want to buy a Business plan or Team plans. As it has effective features for working on photos, you can easily preview and sort the photos from your gallery. It also uses machine algorithms for recognition features similar to Google photos.

From Egnyte connect, you can open the photos in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and also in Adobe In-design. So far, if you have a business website related to the image or your business faster serving of images, then Egnyte Connect is one of the best options for you. Visit their website and ask for a free trial before getting into the premium plans.

Special Features:

  • Easy access and share with any business productivity app.
  • GDPR Compliances
  • Hybrid deployments
  • Partnership program (Reseller)


#. DropBox: Best Cloud Storage For Photos

We all want proper Synchronization and affordable plans with excellent features that allow us maximum operations with higher encryption security. Dropbox service is one we would like to choose, which is established after the mailbox and drop Carousel.


The features are combined and implemented in service. Along with another file format, you can store your images and share them anywhere you want. like Egnyte connects when users make any changes in files, it will only sync the piece of the file, which is changed and update it automatically.

Deleted files can be recovered in between 30 days, but if you are a Dropbox plus users, recovery time is extended. It has LAN sync features and an increased Synchronization speed. The service is expensive, but it provides pretty good features than other image cloud storage.

The drawback is, it only gives 2 GB free storage space for free trials, which is a little low if you don’t have plans to buy a premium plan. Plus plans offer 1 TB of storage for $10 per month. There are plenty of plugins to share Dropbox files with your WordPress but Dropbox Folder Share is one specific plugin that allows users to show images and thumbnails for preview images.

Special Features:

  • LAN sync features
  • Remote wipe
  • Third-party integration
  • Advanced Encryption Standard
  • Increase Your Free Plan Space Up to 15 GB Using affiliate Program


#. Amazon Photos: Amazon Online Cloud Storage

Amazon Photos is free online photo storage to Amazon Prime members, who can save and share unlimited photos on the desktop, mobile, and Fire devices. The Prime members get unlimited photo storage + 5 GB of storage for videos, documents, and other files in Amazon’s cloud.


The prime member can also invite up to five friends or family members to receive unlimited photo storage and collect photos together in the Family Vault. Amazon Photos is accessible through the following devices:

Desktop Web Browser

  1. Windows or Mac desktop
  2. Fire devices
  3. iOS and Android mobile devices

You can create a shared album with groups, organize them by people, place, and thing. Even you can share your images with bigger screen devices like Amazon Fire TV and so on. If someone wants to print any images on a gift card or personalized gifts, then it can be easily done with Amazon Photos.

For WordPress users, there is another option to serve your images from Amazon S3. You can also move all the images from your WordPress account to the cloud with Amazon S3.

Amazon Photos

#. Onedrive: Microsoft File Hosting Service

OneDrive is published by Microsoft. The application is already built-in with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. The user can store and recover deleted files or images until they are purged from OneDrive. It uses Geo locations data for photo services.


You can tag location from the map and people as well when the photo is uploaded.

However, it also uses PhotoDNA scanning tool, which keeps the users in control and identifies similar images, videos etc. It has concordance with other web services such as, Windows live groups. From which you can easily store directly to OneDrive and share it with your friends.

The drawback is that the folder should be located on NTFS. The service offers 5 GB of free cloud storage for new users. You can access OneDrive on Windows, Mac, Xbox, iOS, and Androids.

WP Media folders plugin allows you to access your OneDrive files directly from WordPress, and add, edit or remove media.

Special Features:

  • Advanced Sync Technology
  • API access
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • Edit & annotate files

One Drive

#. 500px: Photography Community + Online Image Cloud Storage

If you are a photo enthusiast or want to make your photography the best, then 500px is the best option for you. As the service uses algorithm so that views, likes, comments are allowed and if you get more plus then your page will get one of the popular pages.


This makes the application more engaging. 500px is one of the best cloud storage that gives direct communication between photographers and clients by putting marketplace feature.

You can also add a watermark and license to your photos. You can also preview your photos in various categories, such as portraits, landscapes, etc. The encryption password can be used for security propose also.

To use 500px with WordPress, you can use these three plugins. All of them are great, so choose one of them considering your requirements. Here are the WordPress plugins Media Manager Plus500px WidgetWP 500px, jsGallery.

Special Features:

  • Marketplace
  • Various category options
  • Encryptions Password Protection for security


#. Flickr: Image Hosting Service

Flickr is another popular cloud image storage size of 1 TB, which offers free plans to the user. It also offers monthly plans of $5.99, and annual will be of $49.99 with amazing features added to it.


You can easily upload the photo by clicking on the upload icon, and then you can also make a tag on the photo. As like 500px, Flickr is also not accepting RAW files. You can also use Flickr in Android and iOS.

You can easily share your entire photostream folder. You can also generate a link and share them via Email. There are lots of plugins available to use flicker photos with WordPress. Install any one you like the most.



As we have mentioned the 10 best cloud storage for WordPress, you can easily choose which cloud storage will be best for you. We have also included the variously available plugins for each in the list of the best cloud storage.

You can add any of your choices. It is difficult to find all the functionality into one such as ease of use, speed, security, and best value, but here I have optimized the options for you from which you can choose what you want for storing your precious moment captured.

Do share if you have more information about any other good image cloud-based storage for WordPress. Also, I will definitely look for more updates, and if I manage to find one, I will update here on this list.

Cloud Storage FAQ

How do you choose the most secure cloud storage for photos on a budget?

When finding the best cloud storage for photos, you need to take into consideration why you need cloud photo storage. Do you need to make sure there is file sharing as well as storage options? Different models provide users with different benefits. Dropbox is probably the best cloud service for photos if you are a photographer looking for a more cost-effective storage solution.

What is the best cloud storage for photos?

Any of the cloud storage options for photos we have listed above are good. Amazon Photos provides you with unlimited storage, automatic photo uploading, a photo printing service and more. Apple iCloud offer free but limited storage services and automatic photo uploading. 

Is Amazon Prime Photo Storage really unlimited?

Each Amazon customer gets 5 GB of free storage to save, share, and access their photos on their desktop, mobile device, or tablet. Prime members, on the other hand, do receive unlimited photo storage services. In addition, they also receive 5 GB of storage for their videos, documents, and other files.

How secure are your photos in the cloud?

Using a cloud storage solution actually makes it much easier to safeguard your photos. However, there is no one size fits all option either. To really understand how secure your photos will be in the cloud, you need to look at which storage services you are using. Always read the privacy and data policies for whatever service you are going to use. This can help ensure that your images aren’t going to be used in any way you don’t want them to be used. Sometimes you can even create your own cloud storage options.

What can cloud storage do for you?

When you choose the cloud for photo storage, you can save on costs. You will not need to purchase hard disks, pay for the electricity to power storage devices, and there is no software that you will need to manage. It also offers you more in the way of protection because everything is going to be well protected.

Income Report Roundup – Nov 2019

November is an interesting month for online business! It can be great if you can take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But besides that, it can be a rather slow month for web traffic, as people are so busy getting prepared for the Holidays. 

The team internally has been pushing hard to finish up Q4 and get ready for a big year in 2020! 

There are a few growth opportunities the team is busy working away on and I am very excited about! More on these will be revealed over the coming months. 

#1 Takeaway – Diversify – Several of the sites covered here have invested money in various areas to grow their businesses. Diversifying your online businesses is a great strategy so that you do not become too dependent on one form of online income, and are able to ride out rough patches. Here are some ways that some of these online entrepreneurs have diversified: 

  • Multiple Sites – One way to diversify as an online entrepreneur is to run multiple websites. This is a time intensive task, but you can minimize the work by contracting out certain tasks. This is a cyclical business by nature, but you can help to smooth this out by focusing on different websites within different niches – such as blogging, affiliate marketing, e-commerce, and more. 
  • Income – Successful online entrepreneurs also attempt to diversify their income sources. If you have money coming from different sources, you can withstand the occasional slow down. Try to generate multiple income methods – such as through advertising, affiliate marketing, freelance work, or selling your expertise. 
  • Single Failure Point (Traffic or Revenue) – It is hard to not have a single failure point with an online business, either Amazon or Google often hold the a LARGE amount of control. Finding ways to own the land you build your business on and become as insulated from the whims of some of the largest companies in the world is always a great goal!

Quick October Update on my End:

  • Big posts at (more to come!)
  • ContentRefined is working towards a January launch of a new service
  • The growth rate for has continued to go crazy – see dashboard
  • MotionInvest has continued to demonstrate that there is an underserved need in buying/selling content sites efficiently!
  • Ski Hills opened the earliest they ever have! 

My Reason for This Round Up:

When I started my online entrepreneurship journey I took a lot of inspiration from others that were sharing everything they did online. Seeing that people like me were making REAL money and that the opportunity to replace my day job was possible. 

It has been 3 years since I left my day job –

The more transparent the report the more I appreciated and was motivated by it. 

Over the years I have tried to be as transparent as possible sharing along the way my goals, business successes/failures and the ultimate results(profits). 

After years of sharing monthly income posts I decided that it made sense to stop these… a decision I actually regret as I wish I had found a way to keep sharing some of what I was doing. My reason was as my online world and “real” worlds became more tangled.  

Looking at many of the people that originally had an income round up they have also stopped. Namely the most famous in the space Pat Flynn no longer does income round ups. 

I will cover…

  1. List of inspiring income report posts and how they earned their profits
  2. Recognize motivating people showing not just telling people the results they are achieving
  3. Learn from others – What the key learning is from the people

Last Month Profit – $17,387.76

Name – Ron Stefanski

Website –

Business Model – Authority Affiliate Site      

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • November was the second best month Ron ever had!
  • Although revenues were down slightly from October, Ron is very happy with the results. 
  • The reason for the profit decrease is Ron has been investing heavily in YouTube and other forms of advertising. His numbers have been a bit deflated because of it. 
  • Much of the growth is attributed to Google Auto Ads. However, Ron also wonders whether the auto ads have negatively influenced some of his site’s rankings. 
  • The overall growth rate has been great! (look at the graph below)


Checkout the video I did with Ron and be sure to read his gripping story here!

Last Month Profit – $5,834

Name – Lidiya

Website –

Business Model – Blogging

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • Lidiya’s profits continue to grow, now into the high $5000 range.
  • Lidiya started a new side hustle this month. She is selling “printables” for bloggers through an Etsy page. 
  • For the first time in a few months, Lidiya saw her traffic decrease below 100K monthly page views. She is fine with this however, as during the holiday season people tend to spend more time online shopping. 
  • She took an SEO course and made some big changes to her content – including deleting off-topic posts, replacing broken links, and updating internal links. 

Last Month Profit – no update this month

Name – Spencer Haws

Website –

Business Model – Authority Affiliate Site

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • No income report published this month.

Last Month Profit – $5,338.71

Name – Johnny FD

Website –

Business Model – Mixed – Dropshipping & Investing

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • Johnny did a lot of travelling this month to some tropical destinations. 
  • Most of Johnny’s income for the month was passive, including a few one-off marketing projects, and collecting on past invoices. 
  • Johnny is okay with passive projects for now, but feels he will have to rethink his approach if he doesn’t start making more money soon. 
  • He knows he can start more successful online businesses when he needs to, but he will see how the next few months go before making a decision. 

Last Month Profit – $38,158

Name – Jon Dykstra

Website –

Business Model – Authority Website (display ads)

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • Jon had a 15% drop in traffic, and is bracing for an even bigger drop in December, as is the norm. 
  • Jon is planning to order higher quality content for his sites, as well as diversify so he isn’t so dependant on a few sources. 
  • Jon tried a paid traffic strategy, which unfortunately was not successful. 
  • On the plus side, Jon saw his ad revenue go way up this month, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  

Ryan Robinson

Last Month Profit – $24,616.56

Name – Ryan Robinson

Website –

Business Model – Authority Website (affiliate earnings)

Income Report –

Key Lesson(s):

  • Traffic went down slightly but it was still a good month for Ryan. 
  • Ryan focused on generating fresh content, publishing 4 long-form articles and updating some old articles. 
  • Ryan continues to work on his website redesign project, and is almost finished. 
  • Ryan saw income from his blog, from affiliate links, and from selling his comprehensive blogging course. 

Honourable Mentions:

Although they don’t do exactly income reports, there are a few reports that are worth mentioning and when they publish new reports I will be sure to include.

  • No honorable mentions this month

Am I missing any I should include? Please drop a message in the comment section below with anyone I should include next month!

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