5 Ways to Make Money from Web Hosting

by admin on October 20, 2010

If you’re involved in web design or related fields at all, you’ve probably made lots of recommendations to clients regarding which sites they should use for their web hosting needs. What you may not have considered, though, is that by throwing out free advice, you’re throwing money out of the window.

There are many ways you can use your knowledge of Internet marketing and web hosting to your advantage. Here are five ways you can make money with web hosting:

  1. Reselling. You’re going to pay a bit more for your web hosting needs if you choose to do this, but it’s an excellent option. When you resell web hosting, you basically set up accounts for your clients within your own service. Your clients will pay you directly. Of course, you need to deal with support issues yourself, which can become a bit trying if web hosting isn’t your primary business concern.
  2. Resell from Multiple Accounts. The difference here is that you’re actually obtaining and reselling a separate account for each client (at a profit, of course). You can often take advantage of discounts from multiple web hosting companies this way. This is often a good option if you are also handling web design for the client, as you can put the whole package together for a single price.
  3. Affiliating. If you affiliate with an existing web hosting company, you basically act as a sales agent for their services. It’s the simplest way to handle things, and it doesn’t cost you any money out of pocket. When a client decides to go with the web hosting company you are promoting, you basically sign them up and receive a commission, much as a salesperson would.
  4. Do it yourself. If you’re going to set up a web server yourself, you need to know what you’re doing. If you’re questioning whether or not you can do this, you probably can’t (at least, not yet). If you do know what you’re doing, however, you can make a lot more money this way than with other options, even if it does mean occasionally shelling out money to manage a growing client base.
  5. Use a third party server. This is a bit more costly than other options, but it saves you the need of purchasing hardware and handling the IT end of web hosting, as you will be outsourcing most of the actual web hosting functions.

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