Web hosting is something we all need if we want to get our own website or blog online, but have you ever thought about selling web hosting to someone else?
The chances are that you haven’t ever considered it because you didn’t even know it was a possibility, but in actual fact it’s one of the easiest ways to make a significant monthly income that keeps on coming. After all, once people have their own web hosting they are unlikely to go elsewhere.
So if you know how to provide a good service at a good price, you could soon be racking up the customers – and the cash – every month.
So how on earth do you become a web host reseller anyway? And what exactly does it involve?
In simple terms, it is an easy way to get involved with selling web space without the hassle of having to have your own servers installed. What happens is that you buy web space from an established web host and then sell it in smaller portions to your customers.
You won’t necessarily be able to make the profits that the actual web hosts make, but having said that you won’t have the overheads they do so it’s a good deal if you are looking to set up an online business where the services or goods you provide are virtual and you don’t need any storage space to benefit from them! The web hosts also have thousands of customers, whereas you might start with just a few and build up. Once you know you enjoy it however – the sky is the limit.
So where do you start?
The first step is to hop online and search for web hosts that offer reseller hosting. You can easily find these on any major search engine once you type in that term. It’s worth spending a while comparing prices and services since you will need a fair amount of web space to be able to divide it up among your forthcoming clients.
There are two main things you need to be sure of before you sign up to any particular plan. Firstly make sure you can upgrade it at any point if you need to. This may well be necessary if you find you can get enough customers to use up all the space your original plan offers. Secondly you should also ensure the company you go with offers all the help and support you need, especially if your knowledge of web hosting is limited. You’ll learn a lot as you go along but a basic knowledge at the very least is necessary to start with.
Once you have decided what service you want to use, you’ll need to create a website to attract the attention of potential customers. You should clearly display the benefits and pricing for your hosting packages and it can be a good idea to provide some useful articles as well on all aspects of web hosting. Not only will these be helpful to potential customers (and probably help to win more clients as well) they will also help to get your website ranked more highly in the search engines, as they will naturally contain all the keywords that a person looking for web hosting will type into a search engine to find your kind of service.
Do your research to find out what prices to charge for your services. It depends on what you are offering in each package and the kind of people you want to attract; you could set up different packages to appeal to individuals, small businesses and blog owners, for example.
While it might seem as if there is a lot to learn you’ll soon get the hang of it, as you’re basically just repackaging and reselling what your web host provider is giving to you. Once you’re all set up and ready to go, all you need to think about is getting more traffic.
Sounds appealing? Before you go and do some more research and think about what to call your brand new online business, why don’t you leave us a comment in the box below? Then you can go and join the many others who are making a monthly income from this idea!