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Re-Seller Hosting or Hostgator?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Sprouts, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Sprouts

    Sprouts Regular Member

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    Hey Guys.

    I'm thinking of starting up my own "offline business" where I make sites for people (simple blogs) for free and explain they need a domain and hosting and refer them to godaddy/namecheap and then send them my affiliate coupon code to hostgator.
    (Basically this method: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...g-people-free-websites-offline-marketing.html)

    Then I heard some people haven't been paid by hostgator after making $8k etc but that was about a year ago as the thread is quite old.
    So what I want to know is whether or not hostgator are legit when making that many sales or whether they won't pay me if people don't stay on.

    So my questions are:

    What have you're experiences been with the hostgator affiliate program?
    Should I go for a reselling package instead, and sell people hosting from there?
    (If you say re-seller please recommend a good reseller as so far I have found hostgator and these three:
    http://www.greenresellerwebhosting.com/
    http://www.eleven2.com/reseller-web-hosting/
    http://www.site5.com/)

    Thanks
     
  2. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Use Hostgator reseller - highly recommended from me. Advantage with doing this is that you build up hosting clients and then have a business you can flip further down the line.
     
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  3. Sprouts

    Sprouts Regular Member

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    Ah ok thanks for the suggestion. I guess I should start off with the worst re-seller and then work myself up (50GB diskspace/500GB bandwidth)?

    How much of that diskspace should I allocate to each user and how much should I charge?

    Sorry for being a right noob but i've never done this stuff...
     
  4. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Yeh - start with the smallest package. Make sure you get a professional looking site done if it is client facing (hostgator have white label support vids you can use which are great) and get WHMCS setup properly ($200 for the lot MAX).

    Tough to say unless I know exactly what you are doing and who your clients are. For the offline crowd you can charge a little more ($10-20 a month). Average site hardly uses any disk space so wouldn't worry too much about that. Give them 5GB of each which is more than enough for most people. Don't forget to upsell them other services such as SEO etc.
     
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  5. Dadelius

    Dadelius Regular Member

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    I agree with meathead, I've always had a good experience with my reseller acct at hostgator.

    The uptime is almost perfect, and if ever I have a problem they are pretty quick to deal with it. Needed a dedicated ip, had it within 6 minutes literally with them.
     
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  6. Sprouts

    Sprouts Regular Member

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    Alright, thanks guys.