Affordable web site hosting services are everywhere on the internet today it seems. I really can’t believe how much the cost of web hosting has gone down over the past few years. It used to cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars to host a web site. Now if you visit a site like HostGator, you will see they offer amazing plans for as little as $8 dollars a month.
I have a few tips to share in regards to affordable hosting service. The first criteria is obviously that it meets your budget. A good price range for reliable hosting is between $6 – $12 dollars a month. Once you start paying more than $12 a month you either have to ask yourself am I getting ripped off or do I really need all of the features I am paying for?
As a marketing professional, I only require a small handful of features so it makes me wonder why the “newbie” if you will, wants so many things with his or her web hosting plan. A great hosting service only needs to have customer support 24/7, have an uptime of 99% (that is the amount of time your site is live on the web), have a money back guarantee, and also have the ability to backup files. Most webhosts do this automatically for you on a daily basis.
All of the other stuff is great, but consider them extra additions. You may also want to look for a hosting plan that gives you a good number of MySQL databases. These are being used more and more every year by the average webmaster, so it would be a good idea to have this on hand if need be. The reason I like HostGator is because they provide all of these things for one low price. We all know that price is what matters the most to us as consumers. Well at least the price matters to me.
Consider this for a moment. Your web host really acts like the property around your business don’t they? If the property around your physical business was always grungy or shut down for repairs, you would have little to no business. That would mean little to no revenue for you. The same principle applies to that of the digital world. If your website is always down or if your web host is just plain awful, you are going to be the one who suffers.
Another reason I really like www.hostgator.com is because they offer you over 4,400 templates to choose from. A template is simply a design that you can pick to use for your website. This is great because most people have no idea how to design a website and even if they do, it would look crummy. Think about it, how many websites on the internet have you thought looked sort of ugly? A fair few I would imagine. So with all this, I hope you can see what a good host should provide. No matter who you choose, remember to keep these things in mind.
There are a few things you can do to organize the steps to start a small internet business. First of all, you have to decide what kind of business you are looking to start. Do you wish to sell a product you own or created? Perhaps you are more interested in starting off by selling someone else’s products. There are so many different ways to go about getting started that it may seem difficult or hard to know which path is the best path.
If you would like to see an example of a how a proper business is run on the internet, then become a free member of my online marketing classes. There is no hype or gimmick here – just straight solid information on running an internet business. If you want to work from home you are going to need a plan to follow. You can’t just wing-it and expect to come out on top.
Over the years I have seen people fall into a few different categories when it comes to selling online. Many, like myself, have chosen to sell other people’s products in order to make a living. Eventually though we all want to sell our own product. The first steps to start a small internet business require research and planning. We can’t get to the point of self sufficiency unless we know how to effectively market the goods.
Having other people sell the product for you is undoubtedly the biggest advantage of being a merchant if that is what you want to go after. All you have to do is provide customer support and you can have thousands of people selling your service. That’s pretty cool isn’t it? Now keep in mind you are going to have to get the word out and recruit these people to sell for you, but once you get going, you really get going. You could even offer a paid membership product where you receive recurring commissions. Must be nice to get paid more than once no? Sell to the customer once and get paid for a lifetime, that is the secret.
Would you like to know where you can have your product sold, be shown to over 100,000 people ready to sell your product, and not even have to worry about taking credit card payments because it is all automatic? Only members have access to that information so sign up for my marketing lessons today. The reason average people make $300,000 a year online is not because of tricks and secret tactics. People earn this much because of hard work and sticking to the basics. I think the biggest trap to newcomers is the fact that there are so many new products coming out all the time. Stick with me and you’ll be just fine.
Advertising options available to you include paid advertising, free visitor traffic, getting the word out by mouth, and a bunch of other tactics. I would suggest that you have a clear idea of what you want to sell first, before you begin any marketing. The worst thing that you could do to yourself is try to start selling online, without knowing what you want to do. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before the race has started.