How To Make Money With Web Hosting
As complicated as it may seem when looking at it from the outside, setting up a website is not really that difficult. The era of easy, quick bucks online may be over but there are still lots of opportunities as long as you are willing to put in the effort.
You too can make tons of money online
The process of setting up, a blog, a corporate website, forum, social network or anything else is basically same and starts with these fundamental 5 steps:
- a domain name
- a place to host the domain
- installation of the application you want to use
- configuration and designing the website itself
- optimizing it for search, usability and compliance with legal requirements
But first, what is a domain name? This short overview below will help us understand what a domain name is.
A domain name system is the most recognized system for assigning addresses to Internet web servers. Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system helps to give every Internet server a memorable and easy-to-spell address.
They are used to identify one or more IP addresses and basically used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. It's worth bearing in mind that the Internet as it is today is an IP-based system.
Uh .... sounds too techie, huh! Let's make it easier to digest.
Let's start with the basic difference between a domain vs website hosting.
Visitors to your website can only find you when they type in your domain name into their browsers and press "enter". When this happens, the domain (what they typed in) is then translated into your server IP address which the server, in turn, sends your site files to the user which his, her, its browser renders as web-pages.
Domain Name Explained In Simple Terms.
The Internet is a huge place and domain names are unique addresses that the machines use to find your website. These often take the form of your name or your organization’s name and a standard Internet suffix, such as hostragon.com, google.com or awesome.me. It’s what you see in the address bar after the “www.” in your web browser and it’s what comes after the @ sign in an email address. There are more such as the identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control on the Internet. Once it is associated with your website, users can reach it by typing the domain name into their browser’s address bar.
The most common domains are the generic top-level domains (for an example; .com), country-specifics domains (.asia, .eu, .us, .ca, .de, .es, .jp. me) country-level codes domains (e.g; .ac, .cc or .fm, .tv, .ws), and sometimes profession-specifics ones, e.g; law.pro for legal, acct.pro for accounting, med.pro for medicine, eng.pro for engineering).
You can tell which type a domain name is by its extension. There is also the internationalized country code top-level domain (IDN ccTLD) which are top-level domain with a specially encoded domain name that is displayed in an end user application, such as a web browser, in its language-native script or alphabet, such as the Arabic alphabet, or a non-alphabetic writing system, such as Chinese characters. IDN ccTLDs are an application of the internationalized domain name (IDN) system to top-level Internet domains assigned to countries, or independent geographic regions.
In June 13, 2012, ICANN made the list of applicants for new gTLDs publicly available and in 2013, the next big thing in the evolution of the Net was initiated: new top-level domains such as .sexy,.sfo .berlin .nyc .web .eco .shop .gay .med .hotel .film .radio .green .site .secure .sport and .music and many of these new gTLDs are already available for usages on the internet.
There are also different domain levels. For example; top-level domains such as .com and .net and .org are the highest level of domain names of the Internet. For example, in the domain name www.example.com, the top-level domain is .com. A top-level domain is also called a TLD. Top-level domains form the DNS root zone of the hierarchical Domain Name System. Every domain name ends in a top-level or first-level domain label.
Then there are the ones known as second-level and lower level domains. These are the names directly to the left of .com, .net, and the other top-level domains. As an example, in the domain yourname.co.nz, co is the second-level domain.
Next are third-level domains, which are written immediately to the left of a second-level domain. There can be fourth- and fifth-level domains, and so on, with virtually no limitation. An example of an operational domain name with four levels of domain labels is www.sos.state.oh.us. The “www” preceding the domains is the hostname of the World-Wide Web server.
Often, you may find out that the .com version of the name you want is unavailable given the huge and growing number of people on or coming to the Net. In that case, another top-level domain could be available. These are seen as different domain names. For example, mycompany.com and mycompany.org are two different domain names – as a company or an individual, you can register the .com and another could register the .org version. What will make the difference is how you optimize your site to make sure that users find you before your competitor. The same applies for company specific domain names. Some countries have further criteria that you need to satisfy before they will allow you to register a domain name with that country’s suffix/domain extension.
Remember that a domain name is not the name as your URL. To be technically correct, a domain name is commonly part of a larger Internet address called a “URL”. A URL goes into much more detail than the domain name, providing much more information, including the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.
How Important Is It To Have A Domain Name?There are a number of good reasons for having your own domain name:
If you ever change your web host, your domain name goes with you. Your regular visitors or customers who knew your site name as www.thesitewizard.com (for example) would not have to be informed about a change of web address (also known as “URL”). They would simply type your domain name and they’d be brought to your new site. If you are a business, a domain name gives you credibility. Few people will be willing to do business with a company that does not have its own domain name. If you get a domain name that describes your company’s business or name, people can remember the name easily and can return to your site without having to consult their documents. In fact, if you get a good name that describes your product or service, you might even get people who were trying their luck by typing “www.yourproductname.com” in their browser.
If you want good sponsors (advertisers) for your website, a domain name is usually helpful. It tends to give your website an aura of respectability.
What Are The Requirements For Having A Domain Name?
The process of registering a domain name and maintaining authority over the new name demands that a registrar use several key pieces of information connected with a domain:
- Administrative Contact: A registrant usually designates an administrative contact to manage the domain name. The administrative contact usually has the highest level of control over a domain. Management functions delegated to the administrative contacts may include management of all business information, such as the name of a record, postal address, and contact information of the official registrant of the domain and the obligation to conform to the requirements of the domain registry in order to retain the right to use a domain name. Furthermore, the administrative contact installs additional contact information for technical and billing functions.
- Technical Contact: The technical contact manages the name servers of a domain name. The functions of a technical contact include assuring conformance of the configurations of the domain name with the requirements of the domain registry, maintaining the domain zone records, and providing continuous functionality of the name servers (that leads to the accessibility of the domain name).
- Billing Contact The party responsible for receiving billing invoices from the domain name registrar and paying applicable fees.
Name-servers: Most registrars provide two or more name servers as part of the registration service. For an example, our's are:
However, a registrant may specify its own authoritative name servers to host a domain’s resource records. The registrar’s policies govern the number of servers and the type of server information required. But based on traditional requirements (RFC 1034 ), typically a minimum of two servers are required.
How Do I Choose A Domain Name Now That All Good Ones Have Been Taken?
Domain names are often seen in analogy to real estate in that domain names are foundations on which a website (like a house or commercial building) can be built and the highest “quality” domain names, like sought-after real estate, tend to carry significant value, usually due to their online brand-building potential, use in advertising, search engine optimization, and many other criteria.
While it may true that most of the .com domains have been registered, remember that a domain name is just a proxy; what often counts are things like the reliability of your web host, the contents of your site, the marketing and optimization of the site.
Here are some things to keep in mind when using our domain checker:The best domains have the following characteristics: Short – People don’t like to type! A short domain name is easier to type, read, and remember. Meaningful – A short domain is nothing without meaning, 34i4nh.com is not easy to enter or to remember. Select a domain that relates to your site in a way that people will understand. Clear – Clarity is important when selecting a domain name. Avoid a name that is difficult to spell or pronounce. Exposure – Names that are short and easy to remember are an asset.
In addition to visitors, also consider search engines. Search engines index your site and rank it for relevance against terms people search for. In order to maximize your sites exposure, consider including a relevant search term in your domain. Of course, only consider this if it still maintains a short, clear and meaningful domain name.
Choosing a domain name is like choosing a life-partner. It must reflect and match your ambition, desire, and need. Keeping it short, concise and easily memorable is one of the key things to consider.Go to this page to learn how to create and bring to life a good domain name. Customers normally searches for other acceptable names, using our Domain Name Finder to search for a name.
With All Information Required, How Do I Protect My Privacy?
When you register a domain name, your details, such as name and address, are recorded in the database along with the domain name. The date and time that you registered the name are also recorded. These data are publicly available for anyone via the WHOIS lookup service provided by us. Also once your domain name has been registered, the location of your website and email service are recorded so that they can be found when someone types in your domain name in a web browser or send emails.
For privacy reasons and if you choose, Hostragon™ offers ID Protection. We assume the role of covering and protecting you so that those that want to use your information for a malicious purpose can only see the details of the ID Protector when they search for you.
Check our Domain Privacy page.
What I Do With With My Domain Name After The Registration?
Now let’s see what you can do with your domain name once it is yours. Besides setting up a website, there are a cool number of things you can do with it.
Sell It When It Is Time:
Domain names can be a great investment. If there is a domain name that you are not using or presently, it may be of a huge interest to someone who wants to use it. Remember that just like a real estate business, name visibility and reputation are pretty very important. There are thousands of domain names that have sold for several millions of dollars. These were bought just like the one you are about to buy; barely $15.00. With time, it became something that can command a huge amount of interest and cash.
You too can become a domain investor. With a very little amount of money, we have made it possible for you to make your domain name available on the Net that when someone types a name similar to yours, yours will show up. The more people connect to it, the more its value appreciate. The more valuable it becomes, the more its worths climb too. It takes minutes to set up a “For Sale” parked page to let visitors know that it’s available — and don’t forget to include your contact information.
Protect Your Brand Online:
Your domain name is an investment in more than just your company’s website. In fact, not only will buy one for your company, business, organization or hobby but having different variations of that domain name is good for protecting your online image and reputation.
It is easy for someone to steal business away from you or to ruin your reputation by misrepresenting a domain name associated with your business. With the cost of registration and basic web hosting being fairly cheap, anyone can set up shop using a variation of your domain name or company name. So the more variations of your domain name you register, the better.
If your domain is made of more than one word, consider registering it with hyphens; for example, chicken-racing.com, racingchicken.com, chickenrace.com, chickenrace.org and so on. Consider also registering the singular and plural versions of your domain, such as product.com and products.com. Similar domain names under the control of those with criminal intent may confuse your customers or even steal their identity them. Once this is done, point these domains to your website so that when users type these in, they will be re-directed to your website bringing you more traffic and makes you and your business safer.
Hold on to it:
Usually, when you need to set up a website, you pay us a very small amount of annual fee to register a domain name. There are reasons why you may want to hold on to your domain name until you are ready to use it. For example, if you were buying many domain names because you think you might want to reserve them for future use, or because you can’t decide between the different permutations of names and want to take precautions against those names being “stolen”, then it’s likely that you will need to park those domains temporarily till you either decide what to do with those names or till you actually get a website ready for those domains. This domain name when it is yours (as mentioned above) can then be “pointed” to a website containing the web pages that you want to set up. When visitors type that web address into their browser, they will be brought to the website.
Monetize It:There are at least two ways in which sites can make money:
- advertising revenue
- selling goods and services
We will be looking at earning some revenue from advertisers. Often we think that dealing with advertisers is a one-way street because they cause you to keep spending even when you don’t want to but the truth is that you can also get your pound of flesh from them too.
When you go to most websites, you will see that there are banner advertisements and links placed on some pages with interesting offers. Sometimes it might be the company pointing you to the other sites they own or it may be that they are serving as affiliates to an advertising entity such as Google; yes that Google you know.
Anyone with a website can get advertisers and you can easily become do this and become Google Affiliate Partner via our Control Panel. Once you succeed in bringing a certain amount of daily visitors to your site, advertising companies will definitely contact and offer to place a link on your site, pointing a whatever they are selling. You may not believe the huge amount of revenue you can generate from this alone.
Before joining any program, you should probably be aware of the different payment schemes available.
Pay Per Impression (CPM)
Here, you are paid according to the number of times the advertiser’s banner is displayed on your site. The amount you earn is typically calculated based on the number of thousand impressions of the banner (impressions = number of times the banner is displayed), often abbreviated CPM (cost per thousand, with the M being the Latin numeral for thousand). That is, $5 CPM means that you get paid $5 for 1,000 displays of the banner. In general, the amount paid is usually small, but it is easy to earn since every-time a visitor loads the page, you earn. This is known as a “high conversion rate”. Needless to say, this method will allow you to automatically earn more if your site attracts a lot of visitors.
Pay Per Click (PPC)
When you are paid per click, you are only paid when visitors click the advertiser’s banner on your site. The amount paid is usually higher than the pay per impression scheme. Whether you get a high conversion rate here depends on the banner (whether it attracts people to click it), although in general, it has a higher conversion rate than the pay per sale method. A high traffic site will probably enjoy a higher click rate than a lower traffic site, although you will probably get better results if your banners are carefully selected to suit the target audience of your site.
Pay Per Sale or Lead
While you will probably get the highest payment rates with this method, it has the lowest conversion rate of the three schemes. You will only earn if your visitors click on the banner and either purchase an item from the advertiser or take some other prescribed action (e.g., sign up for a service). Like the Pay Per Click method, you get much better results if you carefully select your advertisers to suit the target audience of your site.
Where to Find Affiliate Programs
We have a well-paying affiliate program. If you have a website, you could be missing out on potential revenue. Hostragon Affiliate Referral Program is designed to reward customers willing to help us promote our hosting business. As a publisher, individual or company, you can promote your product or service in exchange for earning a good commission.
Our affiliate marketing is based largely on Cost Per Action (CPA), a performance-based pricing model, where advertisers are paid when a specified action has been completed. When someone sees the ad, or got referred by you and then buy our product, we call it a conversion.
To join our popular and successful affiliate program as a partner, please visit: Hostragon Affiliates
There are also other affiliate programs and affiliate networks that you could be part of:
To join, simply go to the site and complete their online application form. Some programs will give you instant approval while others require a human to check out your application before it is approved. Once it is approved, you’ll be given some HTML code which you can cut and paste into your web page. Note that some affiliate networks and programs will not accept you unless you have your own domain name. If you are planning to earn from your site, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name.
How Do I Host My Domain Name?
You may not be able to do much with your domain name if it is not on the web where people will find it. To make your website visible to the world, it has to be hosted on a web server.
There are a couple of things to consider when choosing a web hosting package or service.
Disk Space According to W3C, a small or medium web site will need between 10 and 100MB of disk space. If you look at the size of HTML pages, you will see that the average size is very small. But if you look at the size of the images used inside these pages, you will often find the images larger than the page. Expect each HTML page to take up between 5 and 50KB of disk space on your web server, depending on the use of images or other space-consuming elements. If you use a lot of images or graphic elements (or sound files or movies), you might need much more disk space. Hostragon though offers unlimited disk space for every hosting account you have with us.
A small or medium web site will consume between 1GB and 5GB of data transfer per month. Calculate the following: average page size * expected page views per month.
Example: If your average page size is 30KB and you expect 50,000 page views per month, you will need 0.03MB * 50,000 = 1.5GB. Larger, commercial sites often consume more than 100GB of monthly traffic. Some of our hosting packages come with the unlimited bandwidth monthly transfer so this is one aspect of the service you really don't need to worry about.
We offer one of the fastest online connection in this market no matter where you are in the world. This is made possible by our Global CDN Network.
Most of our hosting solutions come with the freedom to create unlimited e-mail accounts for each person in your hosting account. These emails will look something like this: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
One of the things that set us apart from the competition is the emphasis and priority we place on security. Security or lack of it is probably the greater part of any web hosting service and equally important to everyone no matter what you want to do online.
Here at Hostragon, security includes multiple levels of data center security, network security, personnel security and other security layers. The proactive security steps start with protecting the integrity of your data and guarding against service interruptions to ensuring that you adhere strictly to stipulated rules designed to safeguard you and your assets. Remember that being truly secure means far more than safeguarding data and preventing interruptions; it means been in control of the situation one-step ahead.
- We enforce strong Password Policy.
- We offer you SFTP which allows you to upload and download files to your web server without the risk of interception and modification by others.
- We offer you unique security tools for your business and website to complement our own effort. Among them are SSL Certificates, Anti-Malware Scanners, and Protections, CloudFlare and more.
- We perform regular backups mirrored in 3 different locations with weekly retention to our users. However, you may choose to backup and retain this daily.
- Our servers are adequately maintained to ensure your data are safe and well secure by well-trained security professionals.
Experience our technology and award-winning 24/7 support, start by getting a domain name using our Domain Checker.
Once you have done that, we will embark on the next process of installing, configuration and designing of your website.
Our marketing team can help you find more resources and even help you configure your website to make money online.
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