CAn you really earn good money as a reseller?

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Just wondering about this cuz there are so many web hosting resellers about. are you guys actually earning $$? how long did it take??
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It's possible to make money reselling anything, it's all about how you market it.
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simple math really...

pay $50/mo, host 5 people @ $10/mo you made
your money back already. ;)
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the key to everything is marketing and persistance.

dont expect to break even immedietely - imo a successful business begins to turn a profit after six months. smaller reseller accounts are generally easier to make a profit with.

next is marketing, and your niche. What service can you provide that is unique and that will be attractive especially to a certain group. having a niche lowers the amount of potential customers but increases the turnover rate dramatically.
expect to spend atleast $20 per month on advertising to break even soon (your budget is also dependant on how much profit you could stand to make).
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My friend owns reseller, but he hasn't made any money. I'm helping him turn it around and make some money, since he hosts my sites. :P
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It is possible. It is a lot easier if you're a web designer and can host your clients.
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it sounds easy enough. :-)
Was thinking of starting on being a reseller.

preferably In australia, but server space is pretty expensive too...

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whats really nice about reseller is if you set it up right and get a good host your basicly selling there space + alot of profit, all my packages are worth the dollar amount of there mb, so the bronze cost me 1.50 bucks a month to support ^^ i love it!

now most ppl do reseller cuse they dont want to spend 60 bucks month on a server so they do 10 or 20 to get them selfs started up.

// sorry if this is consider spamming for my site just wanted to explain how nice resellers are ^^

//mod edit - sorry, but that was definitely spam. you can
provide great info and reasons to the advantages of being a reseller
without promoting your own programs.
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sorry , spoof. I had to edit your post.
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no problem, now how would i show that with out spamming? cuse its really good info sorta ^^ lol
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thanks for the feedback guys. does the reseller have to bother about the server aspects of web hosting?
Ie. if customers complain cuz of downtime, it comes right at me.., is that right?
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It rather depends how you want to do the reseller stuff - you can get a bulk bunch of space, email boxes and all that stuff which you can then seperate out to your customers and you charge your customers whatever you want, the main company just charges you a set amount each month regardless of how many sites they hosted (up to their maximum allowance).

On the other hand, you can have a case by case reseller account. The main company sets up the control panel account (and give you the username/password etc) and after that its up to you what they do under that site. You can delegate control to your customer, or not, depending on your choice. The main company bills you and all contact for the site is through you, not direct to the main company... Usually at least, if an ongoing problem means that it makes more sense for the main company to speak direct to the customer.

I'd tend to say the second option is the better idea for people who are only interested in putting a couple of casual sites up for other people occasionally as the up front payment would be nothing, whereas the first option they'd have to start paying straight away.

Well at least thats how my business operates. I am pretty sure others do to.
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alot of host hate when you send your customers to them, there not paying for the service.
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I am set up as an affiliate of startlogic.com. When I design a website, I make them host through startlogic and I get $80 of the $90 they pay for a full year of hosting. Sometimes I charge them the full $90 for hosting, and other times I will host it for like $50. It depends on the client and their demands. I guess this isn't really being a reseller, but I make money off of selling their space!
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you are not a reseller in that example, you are
simply their affilliate. That's not the same thing...
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80 dollars is quite good! isnt it better to be an affliate, rather than a reseller.?

sorry for all the dumb questions so far guys..
heh. need more insight to all these...
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madmonk wrote:
80 dollars is quite good! isnt it better to be an affliate, rather than a reseller.?

sorry for all the dumb questions so far guys..
heh. need more insight to all these...
It's dependent really. If you feel that you're going to want to maintain that site for a while, then it's probably easier as a reseller, but if you just wnat to design and be done with it, it's easier to be an affiliate, although that woudl require communication between you and the host, rather then a 2 minute setup.
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I think that most important thing when choosing a host for reselling is to choose one with High reputation.

Because what happens when you have 20 clients and your host just decides to close the business down.
You are stuck with 20 pissed of customers.

From reading differend boards I found out to be one of the biggest problems resellers experience.

As far as the money making I do not think that you can get rich with reselling hosting but if you are a web designer its a nice way to earn extra money and keep it simple for your web design clients.
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Can anyone show me an example of a reseller hosting service that have been shotdown after generating some sales? Because i can not report an issue like that about for the last 3 years. I do not agree about it!

But i notice that some hosting services have been sold to another hosting services with their customers.

I do not give their name but last month one of the biggest reseller hosting service sold to the their biggest competitor including their workers&customers :lol:

I only report some small scams about web hosting at the Ebay which are really does not worth to count.

The real scam turn around the domain registeration not at the web hosting services.

Maybe old ones can remember the DotUsa scammers from the Uk. whom are collected over 2million$ from the pre-registerations of .usa, .casino , TLDs sales at the year of 2000.
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I have seen quite a few posts on webhostingtalk forum about resellers that are looking for a new reseller hosting providers because their old hosting closed down or is having major problems.

I am sure that there is a lot of Good reseller hosting providers but just make sure you do your homework before choosing one.

You have more at stake then with just getting 1 hosting account for your personal site :)
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openbluhost wrote:
I have seen quite a few posts on webhostingtalk forum about resellers that are looking for a new reseller hosting providers because their old hosting closed down or is having major problems.

I am sure that there is a lot of Good reseller hosting providers but just make sure you do your homework before choosing one.

You have more at stake then with just getting 1 hosting account for your personal site :)

I know whats really going on WHT very well !
But the case is Can you show me an example ? The name of the scammer hosting service ? or the name of the services that have been lost after generating some sales?

I've never seen for the last three years but as i said some personal scam have turned onthe Ebay only but they were not a service they were some unworthable personal actions.

You know why i am claiming very strictly that any web hosting services could not lost after generating some sales?
Because there are alot of other services that will jump for buying your customers, so why a service have to be shutdown while they were able to sell their customers to them?
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I am sure if i spent few hours going thru all of the posts i could find something. But I do not have time for that.

So for sake of the argument I will accept your theory and say that all the bad hosting companies do endup being bought.

So would you really want to put your trust into company that is about to be bought because they could barely survive.

All I am saying is to double check every Reseller provider since you have more at stake then just loosing you own personal website :)
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Yep I agree, if you are going to be dealing with a any company, large or small - find out something about them first - seach the internet for any user reviews (good or bad). Also get recomendations from people already doing the same thing - because if they do go bust - like someone said, its you that has to cough up the money to pay to get your customers hosted elsewhere, and that can cost a lot if you are reselling a lot of accounts.
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openbluhost wrote:
As far as the money making I do not think that you can get rich with reselling hosting but if you are a web designer its a nice way to earn extra money and keep it simple for your web design clients.


you wont get rich from this alone, like he siad, but it is a good way to pick up some xtra cash, while maintaining another business, like designing websites, and then offering hosting(as a reseller) to go with the site.

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Extra cash is always good :D I think alot of the success with reselling is finding the right niche for the visitors you are already getting.
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Reseller better than affiliate program. At reseller, you'll have your own customers but at affiliate you can't have your own customer.
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Agreed. For years we gave this revenue stream away. Plus I had to spend countless hours researching the right host for each site. Then our host pissed me off with a crash course in overselling and voila a new star was born.

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It is possible. It is a lot easier if you're a web designer and can host your clients.

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