If you’re looking for an easy way to make money online, why not consider becoming a web host reseller? All you basically need is a website and hosting plan, and with a little promotion you’re in business. And most important, it’s a product with an ready-made market – anyone who wants to set up a website or blog needs web hosting. Here’s how to make money online by becoming a web host reseller.
The first thing you’ll need to do is set up a reseller account with one of the major hosting companies. You’ll want to choose one that has key features like unlimited domains, unlimited sub-domains, unlimited bandwidth, etc. I recommend two – either BlueHost or GoDaddy. The only major difference is that GoDaddy offers you a selection of website templates but I’ll go into that more in a minute.
Why You Should Sell Web Hosting
The big question is – why would someone want to buy hosting from you when they can easily buy it from the major suppliers themselves? The answer is pricing.
Your resellers package will cost you approximately $25 per month, depending on the provider and the package you choose. But you’ll have the capability to install an unlimited number of domains. The average webmaster will buy a smaller package. He may pay $8 per month and be limited to one domain or he might also opt for the resellers package so he can create an unlimited number of domains.
But here’s the problem. Most webmasters are going to create more than one site, so that one-domain limit will be an obstacle. On the other hand, most webmasters also don’t need an unlimited number of domains, they’d be happy with 5 or 6. (For a while, anyway.) So they really don’t want to pay $25 a month for something they’re not going to use.
As a reseller, you’re paying $25 per month for an unlimited number of domains and you can create your own packages and pricing. For example, you might sell a package that allows the buyer to install 5 different domains for $10 a month. You’ve saved the buyer a good deal of money. He’d either have to pay $40 for 5 different single hosting packages or $25 for the unlimited package.
How to Sell Web Hosting
The first thing you’ll need to do is set up your own selling site with a professional appearance. Use a design that allows you to highlight your packages, including the features and benefits, as well as your pricing. Both providers offer a wide range of services and support, including search engine visibility and shopping cart integration, but if you’re worried about your site design, then you should consider going with GoDaddy.com. Their reseller package includes a pre-built website and you can customize the design for your own business.
Once you’ve created your site then it’s simply a matter of promoting your service, just like you’d promote any other website. And, just like any other niche, you’re going to have some competition. If you really want to build a long-term business, get creative.
Let’s face it, you’ll see 154 million results when you search for web hosting, so it’s not a new concept. You can, however, rise above the competition if you think outside the box a little. Don’t just sell your visitors web hosting. Sell them a complete package.
There’s a huge market for ready-made niche sites. A lot of webmasters love competing in the niche marketplace, they just don’t have the time or the skills to create the sites.
One of the drawbacks of buying pre-made sites, though, is that you have to buy a domain name and then move them over to your own hosting, something that a lot of webmasters can’t do. So they have to pay someone to do it for them and that can get expensive. Now they’ve paid for the pre-made site, they’ve paid for a domain name, and they’ve paid someone to move the site over – plus, they’re paying for hosting.
If you’re good at setting up niche sites this would be a great way to sell hosting packages. You buy the domain name and build the site on your reseller account. You sell it to the buyer and included in the price is one year of hosting, plus the cost of the domain name. Give the buyer the log-in information and let him take over running and promoting the site and you’re done. And because you have unlimited domain space, you can build and sell as many sites as you want.
It’s easy to make money online by becoming a web host reseller. And the great thing about it is it’s almost worry free. You’re just a reseller. The provider takes care of all the customer service. Use your imagination to create a package that stands out from the crowd and start promoting.