Building a stable income by running your own hosting business from home
Building an income for yourself
Thousands of people from all over the world has built a solid, steady monthly income for themselves by taking advantage of the latest web technologies, selling products and services online to clients and creating a monthly revenue, sometimes even better than their salary from a nine to five day job.
a Very profitable online business to start and generate a good income for yourself is an online web hosting business. Building your own online web hosting company will give you the opportunity to offer domain registration, website hosting, email hosting and security certificates to businesses all over the world, since everything are done instantly online.
Setting up your own web hosting company
Whether you have years of experience in building an online income, or you are only starting out now and looking for a good way to build an income for yourself through the internet, setting up your own web hosting company can offer you various benefits and opportunities, as well as the ability to constantly expand and offer new products and services as they are released.
Do you have what it takes to build your own web hosting company?
Let's start by having a look at what you need to have, and the abilities and skills required to start and run a successful online web hosting company. Understanding what your responsibilities will be, and what you need in order to build your web hosting company, will help you determine whether or not you will be able to build a web hosting company that will be able to generate a good monthly income for yourself, and if this is something you want to spend time and effort on.
Time and Effort
Before jumping in and starting a web hosting company, you need to know it's not going to be a walk in the park. In order to build and run a successful web hosting company from home you will need to do proper research, and have the time and effort to put into your company to start out, build a high quality client database, provide proper help & support, as well as constantly expanding and adding better features, new products and services, and improving your business generally.
Upfront capital is only optional...
One of the wonderful things about building your own web hosting company, and operating your web hosting company from home, is the fact that upfront capital is only optional. Although this might be very hard to believe, it is true - when you have the right tools, a good collection of resources and proper knowledge, you will be able to build a successful web hosting company without having to invest any upfront capital when starting out.
If you do have some capital to invest in the startup of your web hosting company, you will be able to give yourself a kickstart through several higher quality, paid and premium services.
Experience and existing knowledge
To run a successful business, you need a good understanding of how a business work, how to start out, how to grow and how to make a good revenue in order to call the business "successful".
"Practice makes perfect" is a statement that you can use to encourage yourself if you do not have any previous experience. If you do not have any experience to put you ahead of the game, remember the statement "practice makes perfect", as you will only gain the experience you need to be successful by actually implementing, or practising, what you learn and expanding your skillset with practical experiences.
With upfront capital only being an optional requirement, you can start building your own web hosting company, even with no previous experience, and still have nothing to lose - if you only invest a little time and effort, and choose to not invest any upfront capital, you will only have experience and knowledge to gain through the process, even if you do not succeed in building a web hosting company.
Apart from the need for time and effort, and deciding whether you would like to start your hosting business by using methods that doesn't require any capital, or would like to invest money to get a kickstart by using premium services, there's some extra physical requirements you need to have in order to make this kind of business work for you.
- You will need to have access to a device that's connected to the internet. This can be a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or even a computer at your local internet cafe. This device, or devices, will be used to start and run your hosting business, including managing your invoices and offering support to your clients.
- Material to do your planning on. Although some people find pen and paper to be absolute, I still prefer doing my initial planning on paper - it's quick and easy to take down notes and you can scratch down bad ideas, and go through several processes until you have a solid foundation and business plan ready to put into action. You can also use a note-taking or task manager on the device you will be using to run your hosting business from, or even a PDA or cellphone - you simply need to be able to take down notes and create a powerful plan.
- a Word processor, which will help you compile your notes into a solid business plan that you will be using to help you start out your business. Your notes and business plan will also offer you the ability to track your progress by setting certain goals for your hosting business.
- a Task manager is optional, but highly recommended. By using a task manager to keep track of everything you need to do, you will find it's easier to stay on track and reach those goals you set for your hosting business.
Steps to a successful home-based hosting business
When building your own hosting company and running it from home, you will need to go through several stages in order to be successful. From the initial planning stage, to the launching of your hosting business, and, even after launching, you need to go through several expanding stages to make sure you offer your clients the latest features, and you need to stand out from your competition by offering something unique and creative to your clients.
Let's have a look at the several stages involved when building and running your own hosting business in the form of easy-to-follow steps.
Step 1: Proper, thorough planning
The first step to building a successful hosting business, and operating your business from home, involves taking down notes, and setting up a proper business plan to motivate you and help you build your hosting business.
1. Take down notes
In order to be successful, you will need a good plan to build your hosting business off. Unfortunately it can be hard at times to come up with good, creative ideas for a business plan - that's why I recommend taking down notes.
Get yourself some sticky notes and carry them with you. When you get an idea, even if it doesn't seem very good at the moment, write it down - you never know if it might be handy. Ideas can include anything that can help you build the business and set up a good business plan - a catchy name for your hosting business, creative ways to get your new business "out there" and different ideas for your website are all great notes to take down. These notes will come in handy while you draft up a business plan.
2. Compile your notes
After you have taken down a couple of useful notes, it's time to move on and compile your notes and give it some structure to make the planning process a little easier. Be sure to keep on taking notes even after you've compiled them, adding new notes to your compiled list whenever you can will only help you create a better business plan.
During this process, you'll also have to consider every note before adding it to your compilation of notes. Throw out notes that holds no value, but don't throw them away - you might be able to find some of your "worthless" notes turn into really useful notes along the way. You can also sort your notes according to the importance of each note, adding the best, most creative notes at the top of your list and the ones that's not as important at the bottom.
In order to complete this section, you might want to try out an online note taking application or task manager. If you do not have access to this type of software, you can find some free ones all over the internet.
I personally use and recommend Trello, an excellent online application you can use from anywhere on the internet. Trello allows you to create boards, take down notes, add attachments such as images, add tasks and even share your Trello board with other people involved in your project. It's free to start out with Trello - find more information at www.trello.com.
Alternatively, you can also get yourself a book at your local stationery store and stick your notes in the book, or even rewrite them in a more structured way. The important thing is to keep your notes structured and organized in a way that you can easily find what you are looking for without having to spend hours searching through piles of paper.
3. The Business Plan
After taking down notes and compiling them in an organized way, it's time to move on to the business plan. Your business plan will hold valuable information about your hosting business, including the functions, name, pricing and much more, and will be your inspiration through the whole process. With a properly written business plan, you can constantly come back to the business plan to track the progress of the goals you've set for your hosting business.
To write a proper business plan, you will need to follow some basic guidelines. While every person is unique and will have their own creative ideas for starting a hosting company, there's some functions and elements that will be shared among these types of companies - thus using a proven method for setting up a business plan will help you set up your business plan in a more structured way that works.
You can write your business plan and put it into a word processor once you are happy with the plan, or you can jump right into typing your business plan into a word processor.
If you do not have a word processor, you can find some amazing free office suites that include a free word processor all over the internet. I personally prefer WPS Office (Kingston Office Suite) as it includes all the vital office applications you need, including a word processor, spreadsheet program and a presentation application. WPS Office also includes a large variety of templates you can download from the internet, directly from the software - downloaded templates can even be opened automatically after they have been downloaded.
WPS Office is available on various platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
For more information about WPS Office, please see www.wps.com
There's also alternatives available if you do not like WPS Office, or find the size of the application too large to download at the moment.
- Apache OpenOffice includes a variety of software in the suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet creator and presentation builder. Read more about Apache OpenOffice at www.openoffice.org
- LibreOffice is another free office software suite that offers all the standard application you would expect an office suite to include, as well as some additional programs. Read more about LibreOffice at www.libreoffice.org
- SoftMaker Free Office offers a free office suite that includes TextMaker, their word processor, PlanMaker, an excellent worksheet program to create spreadsheets, as well as Presentations, a spreadsheet builder. Read more about SoftMaker's Free Office at www.freeoffice.com
Which method do you prefer to use when compiling notes?
Structure of a good business plan
a Successful business starts with a good business plan with that's properly formatted and organized to be easy to read and understand. Let's have a quick look at the structure of a good business plan.
The first part of your business plan should include a summary of your business. Describe the functions involved, what you will be offering and what your role in the business will be. The summary should be well written, easy to understand and non-confusing.
You should have some objectives you want to accomplish with your hosting business. This can include short-term or long-term objectives, and should be realistic - you won't be able to make the cover of People Magazine when you run a web hosting business, but you might be able to buy your own servers once you have a steady stream of income coming in every month.
The mission of your business is what you will be striving for - offering worldclass support, or maybe offering affordable hosting solutions to people from all over the world. Your mission should be clear, and describe what you are striving for in short.
By building and operating your own web hosting company from home, you will be the owner of your business. In this section, simply specify your details.
In this section of your business plan, you will need to identify the requirements for starting up your web hosting business. We already went through the most important requirements for starting a web hosting business.
Specifying your start-up requirements is an important part of your business plan, as it will set out everything you need and you can use this section as a check list to the requirements for starting your hosting business.
Remember to include any start-up costs that would be involved, should you choose to spend some money on your web hosting business. If you choose to use the free methods available, you still need to specify the time required to get set up, what you need to do to get everything running and any additional requirements that will help your web hosting business be more successful.
Products and Services
To run a successful business, even from home, you need to offer your customers some kind of product and/or service in order to make money - imagine walking into a grocery store with empty shelves.
Running a web hosting business gives you the opportunity to offer a variety of products and services to your clients, including web hosting, email hosting, domain registrations and security certificates.
For a business to be successful, you need to know your competition. Your competition includes any other company offering the services you will be offering your clients.
Doing proper research to see what your competition offers can help you get into the lead. By having an idea of the pricing of your competition, and what makes them special and different, you will be able to determine how you need to price your products and services, and what you can offer to make your business stand out from the crowd.
Determining your target market will help you customize your business to attract the people you are targeting, and the customers you want to sign up for your services.
Running a web hosting business will mostly involve people looking for web hosting, email hosting, domain registration and security certificates. This can also easily be extended with services as a web builder, targeting a wider audience that includes people to build their own website without having to pay thousands of dollars - and the best part of this is that some hosting companies already include a web builder in their control panel without any extra cost.
a Proper research strategy will help you reveal what your target market needs, and will help you execute a more accurate marketing strategy by giving you the ability to market different products to different groups in your target market, and you will know what to promote, who to promote what to and what you need to offer your target market to make them happy.
You will need some resources to get started with a web hosting business, and your requirements for this section will constantly expand as your web hosting business starts to grow. In order to start your own web hosting company, you will need to have access to a device that's connected to the internet. You will also need to implement some kind of structure for your web hosting business, and might need additional software to fulfil these requirements - examples include an accounting suite like QuickBooks Pro (Free Alternative: Wave Accounting from WaveApps), a solution for composing and sending invoices, usually integrated with your accounting suite, as well as a professional office suite like Microsoft Office (Free Alternative: WPS / Kingston Office).
Other physical resources might include a telephone or cellphone to be used for communication, a laptop or tablet for working on the go and a good internet connection - these can also be marked as a "goal" to work towards, expanding your web hosting business as it starts to grow and gain customers.
When a business starts drawing the attention of thousands of customers, the business will start doing better and better. At some point, it will be time for the business to grow and start expanding.
a Web hosting business will usually start growing with larger servers, or even upgrading to better hosting solutions like a cloud hosting server or dedicated server. Offering new domain extensions (TLDs) frequently can always help your web hosting business grow.
In this section, you need to decide how you would like your web hosting company to grow, where you would like to start expanding first, as well as whether or not you are planning on expanding to physical locations in the furture - this can also be decided later on after your web hosting business is up and running, giving you time to determine whether or not this type of home-based business is profitable and right for you.
All business owners will face some problems at some time - servers can fail, payments can bounce and clients can become frustrated and stubborn. You need a solid strategy to implement as your support system, including a newsletter or mailing solution to keep your customers up to date on developments, new features and possible failures or problems.
In this section of your business plan, you need to specify what type of strategy you will be using to solve problems, complaints and support requests. Implementing a support center for your clients to create tickets, or even have a live chat with you, will help you solve problems faster and display your customer's messages in a more organized way. You can also sign up for a service like MailChimp or ReachMail to manage subscriptions to your newsletter - this will help you communicate with your customers with powerful, attractive newsletters.
**Please Note: This is only a guide to setting up a business plan and need to be more detailed should you decide to seek financing for your web hosting business. The structure above will help you set up a quick business plan to work from when starting, and running your web hosting business.
Step 2: Research
The next step involves doing market research, setting up a good marketing plan and to determine the best resources you can use to start your web hosting business.
Let's jump right in and get started!
Suppliers and Reselling
To determine which suppliers will be most suited to your web hosting business, you need to compare a few and see which will offer you the best value. To get started with a web hosting business, you will need suppliers for:
- Reseller Web Hosting / Cloud Server / Dedicated Server
- Domain reseller account
- SSL reseller account (You can also use an affiliate link for SSL Certificates)
You can also add more services like pre-designed website templates, or even sell cloud servers and dedicated servers yourself - either by purchasing a Reseller Cloud Server / Reseller Dedicated Server account, or you can use affiliate links to "sell" Cloud Servers and Reseller Servers.
One of the most important requirements is for you to also have a website. In order to offer a web hosting service to customers on the internet, you will need to have a website where customers can view your services, pricing and sign up for your services. If you would like to start your web hosting business without investing any money, you can sign up for a free domain name and a free web hosting account - once activated, install Wordpress or another script here (BoxBilling offers affordable integration with your reseller web hosting account)
To accept payments and get paid by customers for your services, you will need at least one payment gateway configured on the website you are selling the services from. Popular payment gateways include PayPal, Google Wallet, WePay and 2Checkout.
Target Market Research
Determining what your target market wants will help you tailor your services to be more attractive to your target market. With proper research, you'll be able to easily find out what your target market is searching for, and determine if you can offer them what they want.
By focussing on what your target market is searching for, you can also adjust your website's SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to rank higher and get a better page rank, which will result in better organic search performance.
an Excellent online service offered by Google, the Google Keyword Planner, is a powerful tool you can use to help you find what your clients are searching for.
a Keyword planner lets you enter a specific keyword, and then returns a list of related and similar keyword searches. The keyword planner will also show you the amount of searches executed on a monthly basis per keyword, as well as the competition there is for each keyword and the average value per click of each keyword.
If you decide to add a blog to your website in order to increase your website's traffic, Google Trends can be of aid as well - Google Trends shows lists of the top trends over certain periods of time.
Once your web hosting business is up and running, building a mailing list and implementing a survey program can help you enhance your services, and find out more about your customers. a Survey program like SurveyMonkey lets you design surveys, which you can ask your customers to complete - the result of the surveys will help you understand what your customers expect from your business, and if there's anything they are unsatisfied about.
General Marketing Research
Once you have the required setup and you are comfortable with your planning so far, and you have completed research steps mentioned above, you can start determining how you will be promoting your website and how you will be driving quality traffic to your website that can be converted to leads, or even customers.
If you decided not to spend any money during the startup process of your web hosting business, you will find different types of free advertising opportunities all over the internet. These advertising opportunities include search engine submission programs, directory submission applications, traffic exchange networks, ad blasters, classified directories and more.
You can also join several websites that offer you free advertising credits when you surf other member's ads. Although this usually won't drive high quality traffic to your website, it's a great way to build your mailing list - give something away for free, get a lead and eventually you might be able to sell the product to the subscriber.
Which method of advertising do you prefer when starting out a new online business?
Step 3: Getting ready
Step three will help you prepare for the launch of your web hosting business. In this step, you'll organize all of your ideas, get your systems up and running and prepare yourself for a launch.
1. Put your business plan to action
By this time, you should already have a basic business plan setup and ready to execute. The business plan should contain all vital information needed to get your web hosting business up and running, including possible names for your web hosting business, how you will be operating your business and what devices you will be using to operate your business from.
You now need to start implementing and executing your business plan and get everything set up so your business can get ready for launch.
The first part of executing your business plan is to decide on a good name for your web hosting business. Be sure to choose something catchy, and something that will be easy to remember. Your business name also needs to clearly state what you will be offering - opening a web hosting business and simply naming it "Online Services" won't tell your customers what you are offering, but naming your web hosting business "Cheap Web Hosting" will tell your customers they can get web hosting at cheap prices from you.
After deciding on the best suited name for your web hosting business, you need to consider elements such as a domain name for your business. Your domain name should preferably include your business name, and can also include the main keyword you would like to use to target traffic. You'll also need a web hosting account in order to host your website and make it available to the public.
If you have chosen not to invest any upfront capital, then you might want to try out these companies for free domain registration and free web hosting.
FreeNom offers free domain name registration for the domain extensions (TLDs): .cf, .ga, .gq, .ml, .tk.
You can register a free FreeNom account and register all your domain names under one FreeNom account. These domains can be redirected to another domain, or you can use a third-party hosting service to point the domain's DNS servers to.
More information @ www.freenom.com
FreeHosting.com offers 100% free website hosting with no setup fee and no monthly fees. They offer ad-free web hosting and their hosting plans include access to the cPanel for your account - which gives you access to custom email accounts, sub domains and even software installers!
More information @ www.freehosting.com
Claiming their free website hosting is the best free hosting service available, 5gb Free gives you a free web hosting account with an easy 1-click application installer - instantly install Wordpress, OpenCart and a variety of other scripts with a simple click.
More information @ www.5gbfree.com
Webs offer a free website builder that lets you build your own website online without the need for coding skills. They offer a variety of themes to choose from, and you can get started for free to try out their services. Once you need more features, they offer paid plans from as little as $5 per month.
More information @ www.webs.com
2. You need a website
As mentioned previously, you will need a website to run your business from. Since you will be selling web hosting, domain registration and similar services, you will need to give your customers the ability to pay their bills monthly through a variety of gateways.
One of the easiest ways to get your website up and running is by using a CMS (Content Management System) like Wordpress or Joomla. a CMS will give you everything you need to create your own website, without the need for any coding skills.
After registering a domain and signing up for a web hosting service, you should be able to install a CMS like Wordpress (recommended) through a 1-click software installer, which you can access from your cPanel (cPanel details will be given to you after you signed up for web hosting).
To easily manage your users, invoices, servers and customer hosting accounts, you can also use BoxBilling, a free billing solution created for web hosting resellers. BoxBilling offers a wide range of features to help you get going, and you can even upgrade to a paid BoxBilling license to remove the BoxBilling branding from your website and invoices when you start making money.
For more information about BoxBilling, please see www.boxbilling.com
3. Sort out your suppliers
To sell or resell web hosting services and domain registration services, as well as SSL Certificates, you will need enroll in a reseller program at a company providing you the opportunity to resell their services, either by reselling their web hosting services directly or by offering you a WHM Reseller Control Panel where you can create accounts under your reseller account and manage your client's accounts yourself.
After applying and being approved for reseller programs, you can get API keys from your reseller host to connect BoxBilling to your control panel, adding automatic account creation features to BoxBilling.
If you prefer to use free methods for starting your web hosting business, be sure to check out these companies offering free reseller web hosting accounts:
YouHosting provides all the tools and services you need to start selling web hosting and domain registration to your customers. They offer a great free plan, which gives you access to unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, up to 25000 MySQL requests per hour (per domain) and much more - features that will definitely help you sell your services faster.
By signing up for a free YouHosting account, you will also get access to a domain reseller program that allows you to start selling domains instantly.
To read more about what YouHosting can offer you for free, go to www.youhosting.com
OnHosti offers free unlimited reseller hosting that includes unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited cPanel accounts. By signing up for a free OnHosti reseller account, you also get access to the latest version of cPanel, website statistics, 24/7 server monitoring, unlimited MySQL databases, POP3 and IMAP supported email server and more - an all-in-one solution that will also help you sell faster, and smarter.
To read more about what OnHosti can offer you, go to www.onhosti.com
MyOwnFreeHost offers a unique and different kind of free reseller hosting plans. With MyOwnFreeHost.net, you can sign up for a free reseller hosting plan and offer free hosting plans to your clients. You will then earn revenue by placing adverts on their free websites, hosted on your free reseller hosting account.
If you would like to find out more about what MyOwnFreeHost has to offer you, how their system works and if this might work for you, go to www.myownfreehost.net
4. Customer support and engagement
To build good business relationships with your customers, you will need to be actively involved, replying to support requests and engaging with clients. This can help you build trust, and expand your business through word of mouth advertising - a happy client are much more likely to recommend your service to their friends than an unhappy client!
Your first priority is to offer fast and effective support, and to answer customer queries. To help you manage messages you receive from customers, you can install a customer support application, or even a simple ticket support plugin if you are using Wordpress. Note that some solutions, such as BoxBilling, already includes a support system.
Hesk can be downloaded and installed directly to your server for free. With Hesk, your customer support requests will be organized and easier to manage with a centralized support system that lets you organize, track and prioritize support tickets.
Apart from offering a high quality customer support system, Hesk also provides a knowledgebase feature that gives you the opportunity to create a "knowledgebase" with answers to the most common problems and questions your customers have. This feature can reduce your workload by offering solutions to common problems before a customer opens a new support ticket.
For more information about what Hesk can offer you, go to www.hesk.com
osTicket is a free, open source help desk solution which you can download and install on your server for free. Most 1-click software installers, found on the cPanel of your web hosting account, already includes osTicket so you can install osTicket to your server with the click of a button.
Features include the ability to add custom fields to ticket requests, HTML rich text editing, filters, different help topics, assign and transfer ability, as well as an auto-responder - a great combination to help you organize and manage support tickets faster.
For more information about how osTicket can help you improve customer support, go to www.osticket.com
You also need to be able to send emails and newsletters to your clients in order to notify them of new and upcoming changes, features and services. This is also a great marketing tool to engage with your customers, and to provide them with important information.
MailChimp offers a large variety of themes and templates, delivering beautiful emails to your clients that will impress them.
For more information about how MailChimp can help you engage with your customers, go to www.mailchimp.com
MailPoet is a free plugin for Wordpress, adding newsletters, push notifications and an autoresponder to your wordpress website. With MailPoet, it's easy to set up a mailing list and send good looking email newsletters to your customers and subscribers.
For more information about how MailPoet can help you improve customer engagement, go to www.mailpoet.com
Step 4: Time to launch
After completing the first three steps and having a website that's properly configured to accept new clients and to manage your server (or send you requests if you prefer to manage the server yourself), you can get ready to launch your web hosting business.
** Note: Some countries/states might require you to register your new business with your local government, but usually you only need to register after you are making more than a certain amount of revenue per annum. You can find out more about business registrations by contacting your local government.
Now that it's time to launch your web hosting business, you will need to spend some time everyday promoting your new business, processing orders and responding to customer queries.
You've come a far way - planning your web hosting business, researching to create a solid marketing plan, setting up a website and support system. By now, everything should be set up and ready for launch.
To launch your web hosting business, simply "launch". You already configured your website and billing solution, and you have a support system ready to capture client support tickets, so the next step is to simply launch and get clients!
If you're ready to get started - then congratulations, you now have a web hosting business and can start accepting clients.
Step 5: Traffic to your website
To drive traffic to your website, you will need to advertise your website and service, get high quality backlinks and increase your website's ranking in search engines.
Blogging for traffic
a Blog is a great way to drive quality traffic to your website by writing articles related to the services you are offering. If you are using Wordpress as a website, you can easily add a menu item for a blog and start blogging directly on your Wordpress website - be sure to write high quality, search friendly articles. You can also use a Wordpress plugin like "All in one SEO" to make sure your articles are of high quality and search engine friendly. If you are not using Wordpress, you can always install a blogging software suite on a subdomain or subdirectory on your web server.
Submit your website to search engines
To drive organic traffic to your website from search engines, you will need to submit your website to these search engines to get your website and webpages indexed as soon as possible.
To submit your website to search engines, you can make use of several free online services. These services will submit your website to search engines so the search engines can start indexing your website.
Google "Submit your content"
To get your website indexed by Google, you can simply submit your website's URL to Google and Google will start indexing your website. To submit your website to Google directly, and to read more about how this can help your website, go to http://www.google.com/submityourcontent/
By submitting your website through Entireweb's free search engine submission service, your website will be submitted to and indexed by several search engines, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Aol, Altavista, infospace and many more. You can submit your website for free with Entireweb by going to http://www.entireweb.com/free_submission/
Free Web Submission
Free Web Submission will submit your website to 50 of the top search engines world wide to get your website indexed and available on these popular search engines. Submit your website for free by going to http://www.freewebsubmission.com/
Submit your website to online directories
Another way to drive traffic to your website involves submitting your website's URL to different online directories. This will not only add your website to these directories, but usually also create a backlink to your website. The more backlinks there are to your website, the better your website's ranking will be on search engines.
With SubmitterBot, you can submit your website to 500 online directories for free. Simply add your url and related details and hit submit - your website will instantly be submitted to 500 directories. To submit your website to 500 free online directories with SubmitterBot, simply go to http://www.submitterbot.com/
SoMuch is a free online directory where you can easily add your link. This will add your link in their online directory, and create a backlink to your website! More information at www.somuch.com
Submit your website to multiple search engines and online directories for free with Official.my by going to http://www.official.my/addurl.php
Backlinks are simply links on other websites that points to your website. This includes links in articles about your business, and even links found on directories and advertisements.
The more backlinks you have to your website, the better your website will rank in search engines. There's a lot of websites offering free backlinks to your website, let's take a look at a few.
Apart from offering free submission to search engines and online directories, Official.my also offers a free backlink service. Simply submit your website to their free backlink service web page and they will generate some free backlinks for you. For more information, and to submit your website, go to http://www.official.my/freebacklinks.php
IMT Website Submitter
This is a great tool to create automatic backlinks to your website for free. IMT Website Submitter can submit your website and create 1814 backlinks for you without any cost - simply enter your website's URL, your main keyword and hit "submit". The submission will take some time, so you might want to submit and go grab a coffee while waiting.
More information can be found at http://www.imtalk.org/cmps_index.php?pageid=IMT-Website-Submitter
More ways to drive traffic to your website
These are not all the ways you can drive traffic to your website, but it's a very good starting point. You will need to use smart SEO strategies to increase your page rank, increase traffic and convert your traffic into customers.
- Post advertisements on classified websites like Craigslist, Locanto, US Net Ads, Vivastreet and MyAdMonster.
- Submit your site to websites that contains a link directory or similar feature like Digg.
- If you use a blogging platform, you can submit your blog to different blogging directories like BlogFlux, Globe of Blogs and Technorati.
- If you use a blogging platform, you can also submit your RSS feed to different websites like Ont Oplist, FeedShark and Google's Blog Search Ping Service
You can also do a quick Google search on "Drive traffic to my website for free" or "submit your blog" to find more ways to drive traffic to your website.
Step 5: Taking things a step further
When your website starts receiving streams of traffic, and you start converting your traffic to customers, you should start to see an increasing monthly revenue. If you're not making money yet, it's time to go back to your business plan and see what you can do to improve your services and conversion rate.
As your income starts to grow, you should consider expanding your services and products, and you can even consider getting some help. Great examples include hiring someone to write high quality articles on your blog, hiring an assistant to help you manage your daily tasks, and even purchasing your own servers.
When the time comes, and the income is good enough, you might even consider opening a physical branch for your web hosting company where people can come in for instant activations of their services. You can also hire one or two graphic designers to work in your branch, and offer graphic and web design services to your clients as well. The more high quality services you can offer the public, the more clients will start using your services and buying your products.
Note: Although it's a good idea to constantly expand, you should always ensure you have the appropriate capacity to deal with the increasing number of customer, support requests and sales. If you take on too much and cannot handle everything, you might be damaging your brand instead.
In conclusion, remember that building your own business and operating your own business from home can be challenging and scary, but by doing things right the first time you will open up a new opportunity for yourself that could turn into a huge success.
The most important things to remember with your own home-based business is to spend time and effort on your business, and don't give up if it looks like you're getting nowhere - it takes time to build up trust and good business relationships with your customers.
Some final tips to help you:
- Be professional, friendly and polite when having a conversation with your customers, even when they are wrong. a Happy customer are more likely to spread the name of your business in a positive way.
- You are the expert here - if you cannot answer a customer's question, it can build a bad reputation for your web hosting business. Make sure you do proper research and know the terms - you can take down notes if you worry about forgetting about everything.
- Offer friendly and fast support! Reply to support tickets as quickly as possible, offer them proper support, answer all of the questions and be friendly.
- If you are good at writing, consider doing some guest posts on other blogs in your niche.
- a Press release can help create a buzz around your company. Consider submitting a professional press release to multiple press release submission websites.