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Inasmuch as real-world communities are comprised of houses and buildings, the internet is comprised of websites and webpages. In order for these digital domiciles to exist, they need some sort of “virtual space” where they can reside. This is where web hosting companies come in – they provide digital real estate for websites owned by various internet businesses.
Just like its lucrativeness in the real world, the business of real estate in the digital realm is a very profitable one. This is because there seems to be a never-ending birth of websites as each day passes.
According to a statistical survey published by internetlivestats.com, There are over 1.5 billion websites that are already published on the internet. Though only 200 million of these sites are considered to be active, it is still clear that there are many people out there who are willing to pay for a certain storage area where their websites can be situated.
If you invest in a web hosting business, you could be on your way to making a huge pile of income since the number of websites and web businesses will surely continue to grow in the next years.
Before you decide on investing in it, you have to know the basics first. Here are the most common kinds of hosting services:
Shared hosting – is a kind of hosting where many websites reside on a single server. By far, this is the most economical among web hosting services because the cost or maintenance is shared by many paying clients. A shared server will be responsible for storing and disseminating various types of files into various workstations that access them from various places.
Reseller hosting – is when a client “resells” a particular access to a certain server. By being a reseller of a particular web hosting service, you are given a virtual area in which you will administer services to website owners. Such services include technical support and customer care.
Virtual private server – is a set of server spaces unified in a virtual manner so that they may function as one. If you render this type of service, you will be dependent on a number of providers as they are the ones responsible for the storage areas needed by the clients. VPS owners often handle admin tasks and are responsible for site maintenance activities.
Dedicated servers – are servers rented by a single client and have full control over them. In this scenario, the client may or may not own the server. By using a dedicated server, security, performance, stability, and control are of a high level.
To make it truly simple, there are 2 basic ways in which you can start a web hosting business. You can either buy a web server and find some clients to rent it, or you can buy some storage area from existing web servers and resell it to clients.
Since the second option is a lot less expensive and not to mention a whole lot easier to do, let’s focus on it first. If we are to ask around, internet experts would certainly recommend reseller hosting as the best option for anyone who wishes to have some passive income in the field of web hosting.
How much can you possibly earn as a web host reseller? Experts on the field say that typical hosting plans range from $10 – $50 per year. So for instance, you are able to sell in that range to 300 website owners, you could around $3000 - $15000 per year.
Choosing to be a web host reseller has the following advantages:
You don’t need to worry about the “physical aspects” of the service you’re offering to web clients, the server owner will do the worrying for you.
You only need to think about attracting clients and negotiating with them.
So what are the things that you will most likely do?
What are the steps to be taken?
What are the expected responsibilities?
Here they are in the most simple iteration:
1. Apply as a reseller for known web hosting platforms. They will be the ones who will provide the digital spaces that you’ll be selling and renting to people. The most popular platforms include:
2. Decide on the details about your hosting plans and options. In order for your potential clients to invest in whatever it is your selling, you have to be very clear about what they can get with your service.
Most likely, web businesses will be asking you about 3 major factors:
How much storage they can get
what bandwidth range they will have (so they will know how fast their website can be loaded)
How available technical support will be.
3. For the 3rd and final step, you will need to let people know that your business exists. Creating a social media page to announce your existence would be the best course of action for this. Create a post, share it with your friends, or pay a small amount for its promotion. If you have done the second step reasonably and clearly, clients will come to you and will tell others about the goodness (or badness) of your newly-established business.
There, I’ve just given you the basics of being a web host reseller. That should be enough to give you a decent stream of income.