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Some Tips for Hosting Resellers

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Some Tips for Hosting Resellers


Are you, or do you want to become a reseller of web hosting services? A web hosting reseller is an online services provider that gives clients web hosting services, by reselling server space from another hosting company. While for some, this can become a very profitable business, many web hosting resellers are actually small companies where the owner operates the host as a “side business” making a few hundred dollars per month, to complement their other online activities.

 

If you would like to succeed as a reseller of web hosting services, then you will find the following tips quite useful:

 

  • Resell From a Quality Host

 

Obviously, all of the actual web hosting will be taking place on another company’s server, therefore you will be dependent on them to provide the service to your customers. This means you are essentially going to be creating a business partnership with them. Research the host in question and get some unbiased reviews, especially concerning their reliability. Do take note, that as web hosting is a very competitive industry, the internet is full of fake “reviews” that are left by affiliates that are paid a commission every time someone signs up for service through their site. This is why you should avoid “Top Ten Host” sites, where all the reviews are actually created by the webmaster and not the user. Look for some hosting review sites which let users post their opinions and look up the host’s name on webmaster or online business forums. This will truly get you a better picture of their quality.

 

  • Get An Unlimited Plan if You Can

 

If you want your hosting offer to be as attractive as possible to your users, then you must give them a generous allotment of disk space and bandwidth. Obviously, this will not be possible if you just go with the cheapest reseller plan that has the least web space. You should instead go for a web host that offers you a reseller package which is unlimited. Therefore, you can create unlimited accounts for your customers, host unlimited domains and also you will have unlimited web space for your users. Unlimited hosting reseller plans typically cost around $100, but they are very well worth it.

 

  • Provide Good Support

 

While you may not be able to provide 24 hour a day phone support, do strive to be available to your users as much as possible. If you just have a few dozen users, this will not really be difficult. Be available on live chat whenever you are on the computer. Respond to support tickets and email inquiries promptly. You can do this simply by having your business email forwarded to your smart phone. Many people have social media updates on their phone anyways, so as an entrepreneur, you should get notifications when your customers contact you and respond to them quickly on your phone, even if you are not in front of a PC. Responding to emails within a few hours maximum is considered a good business practice.

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Web Hosting Choices For Online Business: Which Kinds of Hosting to Avoid

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Web Hosting Choices For Online Business: Which Kinds of Hosting to Avoid


Anyone that is putting up a website needs to have quality web hosting for it. The type of web hosting that you would select would vary depending on your needs and objectives online. However, if you want to start an e-commerce site that would be the main source of income for your business, or if you are an internet marketer, you need hosting that is of the highest quality. Here are some types of web hosting that are better avoided:

  • Free web hosting

There are hundreds of free web hosting services. There are also various types of business models in the free hosting industry. Some put up text ads on your site. Others put in banners or popup ads. Some do not put ads on your site at all. While certain people think that free hosting with no ads may be sufficient for a serious business, this is quite a mistake to make. Free web hosts often are not as reliable as some of the better (and not free) web hosting companies out there. Just read some of the comments on message board. You will find plenty of complaints of people’s accounts getting deleted for nebulous reasons, slow or unreliable servers, etc. Some of these hosts will also pressure you to buy their “premium” hosting if you find their free option to be not suitable for you. It is just not worth the trouble, as by saving $10 a month, you might be losing thousands in sales if your site goes down.

  • Very cheap hosts

These hosting companies are small web hosts that charge maybe $1 or $2 a month for hosting. This may seem all good, except that they often suffer from the same problems than free web hosts: lack of reliability. Many of these small, “bargain basement” hosts often oversell, which means that they overload their servers in an effort to make money. This can cause downtime and your site to load very slowly, especially at periods of peak traffic. Their support could also be severely lacking, and often consists of just one or two people who answer emails or occasionally appear on the live chat on their website.

  • Local hosting companies

Let’s clarify one thing: not all smaller, local web hosting firms are bad. In fact, some of them may have world class data centers and provide top notch service to their webmasters. The issue here is that many of these hosting companies have not established their reputation yet in the industry and as such you may have a hard time finding independent reviews of them. Furthermore, a lot of smaller local hosting firms have smaller budgets. Thus they may not be able to afford to have the latest hardware and the fastest connections to the internet. They may also not have the staff necessary to offer you around the clock tech support, which is a necessity if you are running an e-commerce site.

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Free Web Hosting Services – Are They Any Good?

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Free Web Hosting Services – Are They Any Good?


When looking for a web host, you may have come across so called “bannerless free webhosting providers” or hosting providers which let you host your site for a very low price, such as $2 per month. Many internet marketers or online entrepreneurs who are on a limited budget may like the prospect of getting webhosting that is free or that is extremely cheap. These hosting providers often advertise in internet marketing forums and some get the bulk of their customers there. However, there are a few pitfalls from using such a type of host.

Unlike established web hosting companies, free or very cheap web hosts are often run by just one person or a few people which often have little experience in the field of webhosting. As such, you may encounter the following problems:

Reliability problems.

No one really knows whether their servers are going to stay up at all times. Sure, they may boast a 99.999999999% uptime guarantee… but can they really back it up? These hosts could be running on cheap servers sometimes located offshore in places where connectivity is not the most reliable.

Poor or nonexistent support.

The bigger webhosting companies have customer service and tech support teams that are available 24 hours a day and can be reached by using many different methods such as live chat, phone or email. Bargain basement hosts usually only offer support through email or a ticket system. Maybe live chat, but only when the operator is available, which will not be 24 hours a day.

Stealing traffic or other gimmicks.

Even if a free webhost says that they don’t put banner ads on your site, they could still do other things to try to earn revenue from sites hosted on their server, such as redirecting some of your traffic to another site and hoping that you won’t notice, making popup ads appear when loading your site, or worse, such as inserting malicious code in your site in order to infect visitors with malware. Of course, not all hosts do this, but some have been observed engaging in such practices.

This is not to say that all free or “dollar” webhosts are bad. Some may provide good service which would rival that of the best paid hosts out there. But, as a general rule, they are to be avoided if you are hosting an important website that you absolutely need to be up at all times. If you really want to use such a host, at least read some independent reviews left by other users to see what they have to say about a particular host, that way, you will at least be aware of which places to avoid.

If you are looking for better webhosting, you will find that plenty of professional web hosting companies exist which can offer you a plan for around $5 a month with no commitment or contract. You will be sure that you are dealing with a professional company in the webhosting industry.

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Selling Websites To Small Businesses? Here Are Some Quick Tips

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Selling Websites To Small Businesses? Here Are Some Quick Tips


Do you market web site creation to small business owners? If you do you may have come across some business owners who are reluctant to get an online presence. Here are some of the most common objections and their responses.

I don’t want to sell anything online so I don’t need a website.

Even though you don’t plan on selling your products or services on the internet directly, customers who are interested in a type of product or service that you offer will search online for someone that can provide it to them. According to recent statistics, people of all ages are increasingly turning to the internet when shopping. You may have the best quality and the best prices, but if they can’t find you online, chances are they won’t even know your business exists and you may lose many customers that way. A website with just a list of your products and your prices can go a long way.

It is too complicated to maintain, I’m not good with computers.

Having a website doesn’t require much in terms of computer skills these days. There are simple tools that you can use to update your site with new information or products. It is very easy to figure out once you get the hang of it.

I don’t want to spend money on a website, it’s too expensive.

Web design, as well as web hosting services have gotten much more affordable in the past few years, mainly due to increased competition from various service providers and an increase in the number of customers that these providers get. As your website is a business tool, it will help you get more clients and thus get more sales.

If you run a small business that only provides one main service, such as a moving company, you don’t need a complicated website. A simple site with a description of your services, your rates, some background about your company and your contact information will be enough to inform your customers. You don’t have to get a site with fancy graphics, videos or multimedia content if it won’t be useful for you.

I’ve heard all of these stories about hackers attacking business websites. I’m scared this will happen to me.

Most of the news coverage surrounding these incidents is overblown by the media. The majority of recent attacks are not actually security breaches where private information was stolen, but rather denial of service attacks designed to flood a web server with data to bring it offline. These types of attacks are mostly targeted against large companies and governments by people who have a grudge against these entities for whatever reason. As a small business owner, your website is unlikely to become the target of such an attack.

I already advertise in the newspaper or distribute fliers with info about my products. These methods have been effective for me so far, what’s the use of changing?

Setting up your website and promoting your business in the online world doesn’t mean that you will have to stop other marketing methods that you use. Internet marketing is designed to complement, rather than replace other marketing activities. Don’t forget, some people don’t read newspapers (they get all their news online) and throw any advertising fliers that they get in their mailbox straight in the trash can. By having an online presence, you will be able to get in touch with a larger segment of the population.

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How To Get Started With Little Or No Money

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How To Get Started With Little Or No Money


If you are starting out an online business, you have probably heard that you need money to make money. While this may be true in most other types of businesses, in the online world you can get started for little or no money at all. There are many opportunities for you to take advantage of and once your business grows, you will be able to reinvest the profits that you have made.

What you will need to begin will usually be limited to a web site and advertising. Today, web hosting has gotten very cheap. In fact, it is possible to get a website up for $5 a month of less, without needing to pay in advance for a period of time. Two webhosts who provide both affordable and reliable web hosting services are GoDaddy and Hostgator. They also have inexpensive domain registration which usually costs around $8 for a .com domain. In order to save even more, you can Google “hostgator coupon” or “godaddy coupon” to see if you can find any coupon codes that could further reduce the cost of getting a website or domain name.

There are also free web hosting providers, such as ByetHost, which provide you with a basic web hosting package for free without showing any banners or popup ads on your site. You can find them by simply googling “bannerless web host.” Note that although the service will be free, there are no guarantees of reliability.

There are many places where you can advertise your own products or affiliate products without having to pay anything. You can make use of techniques that do not require you to use paid advertising services in order to get some traffic to your site. Some examples include uploading videos to video sharing sites like YouTube, writing articles and submitting them to various article directories like Ezinearticles and GoArticles, and posting on free classifieds sites such as Craigslist and Gumtree.

Even many PPC advertising services can be used for free if you know how to do it. For example, Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, Miva, Adcenter and many other advertising providers often provide coupon codes that can get you anywhere from $25 to $150 or more in ad credit when you open up a new account. Those coupons are often given when you sign up with a web hosting services and can also be found posted on certain websites as well. It is also possible to buy many of these coupons on internet marketing forums such as Digital Point. That way, you can get a lot of traffic and test out campaigns and various strategies without you having to spend a dime on advertising.

Remember, in the online world there are always plenty of opportunities to earn some cash without having to put up a significant amount of your own money. All you have to do is use some creativity and you are bound to have success.

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Some Ideas On What to Do Online – Providing Services

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Some Ideas On What to Do Online – Providing Services


In the online world, there are a lot of different ways to earn some cash. So if you are seeking to start an online business, you will find that there are many opportunities which await you. And since you are effectively your own boss, your earning potential is actually unlimited. So whether you are trying to build a six figure income or just get a few dollars a day in revenue, there will always be something to do on the internet.

Providing services

We had previously talked about using affiliate offers and CPA programs to earn some cash online. Of course, these are fine ways to earn money, but they do come at a certain disadvantage. It is mostly the delay before you get paid. Many affiliate programs pay on a NET 30 basis, meaning that you get paid 30 days after the end of the month. But there is something that you can do in addition to, or instead of using affiliate or CPA programs. You can provide your services to those who do.

To put it simply, those who sell or promote products online need to spend a lot of time and resources on their marketing work. This includes setting up web pages, putting up advertisements, writing content, designing good templates and graphics for their site, etc. Those who are making the big bucks out there seldom do all of this work by themselves: they hire external consultants to do it for them. This is where you could come in.

There are many examples of services that you could provide to those who are either selling their own products or running affiliate offers, for example:

  • Reselling web hosting services
  • Building backlinks
  • Designing web pages
  • Writing sales copies
  • Posting ads on classifieds ads sites or business directories
  • Driving traffic to websites through various means
  • Doing SEO work to improve someone’s web site rankings
  • Creating advertising campaigns on social media
  • Creating, editing and uploading promotional videos
  • Etc

These are just some of the examples of what you can do for other marketers. Now how much will you earn? This will largely depend on what you are doing, and how skilled you are at it. So this is where you will put your online skills to the task. For example, if you are good with Photoshop, you could go into creating web page graphics. If you are skilled at creating videos and animations, someone could use you to create a promotional video for their product.

There are many places where you can find work, but the best place to go to would be an internet marketing forum, like the Warrior Forum or Digital Point. There you will find a section where members can offers to buy or sell various types of services. As your reputation increases, you will soon start getting a lot more customers as well.

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Choose The Right Hosting To Suit Your Needs

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Choose The Right Hosting To Suit Your Needs


Web hosting services provide space on their servers for your website in exchange for a monthly fee. That space is essential for getting your website up and running. There are a lot of different companies you can choose from, but there are only two different types of hosting. Picking the right type of hosting depends on a few different factors.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a type of hosting where your site (or sites) shares a server with a other sites. The server is divided up between all the customers paying for space on it. With shared hosting, you’ll usually get unlimited bandwidth, but limited system resources. If you tax the processor, or the RAM too hard, you will likely incur additional charges from your hosting provider. Since you get unlimited bandwidth, you can get as much traffic as you’d like, as long as your site doesn’t tax the server’s hardware. There are a lot of ways you can avoid that. If you are running a site built on WordPress, you can install a caching plugin that will keep your usage well within reasonable limits, no matter how much traffic you get. Most people won’t need to move off of shared hosting.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is a type of hosting where you get access to your own server to host your website (or websites) on. Dedicated hosting accounts often come with limited bandwidth, but unlimited server resources. If you plan to launch a site that runs some complex software, you’re going to want to get dedicated hosting. Alternately, if you plan to run multiple high traffic websites, you’re probably going to want to use dedicated hosting. The additional system resources are necessary to handle the additional load put on the server by the additional traffic.

If you only run one website, and you don’t have any plans of running others, you can probably use shared hosting for the entire life of your website. By being mindful of the system resources your site is using, you can be sure that you’ll never outgrow your shared hosting plan. If, on the other hand, you plan to run multiple websites, or if you plan to implement features that will tax the server, you’ll want to go with dedicated hosting. If you know your needs, you can pick the right hosting program to suit your needs. Once you know which type you’ll need, just shop around for a company that suits your needs in terms of pricing and other features.

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