Is Reseller Hosting the Right Option for Making Profits?
Everyone wants to earn profit and make money, and the reseller hosting program lets users be a client of a third-party hosting provider, and resell the hosting solutions under their own brand name. Essentially, the concept is about buying from one hand reselling a chunk of the service to users, and generating sound revenue out of it. Reseller Plans are designed for you to earn money by Reselling. And is the easiest way to start your own hosting business at the most affordable prices. By using only one control panel, Indian Reseller hosting lets you set up, manage, and operate the back-end of websites. Get SSD Powered Indian Reseller hosting with us
For instance, the parent company provides large storage space and bandwidth to a particular client. The customer then proceeds to split the package into small portions in order to sell it to other consumers.
Benefits of reseller hosting program?
The reseller service provider sells the services as their own, so they don't have to invest in expensive web servers. Besides, there is a host of advantages associated with reseller hosting that consists of unlimited data transfer, maximum uptime guarantee, considerable profit margin, free database, economies of scale, and more.
I have mentioned economies of scale because reseller hosts purchase services in bulk that they often get at discounted rates, which allows them to deliver it further at competitive rates. This business proves beneficial for both parties.
Virtual Private Server hosting is more economical than dedicated servers, but the choice is yours, as you'll be earning either way.
The best thing is that even an individual with little technical knowledge can become a reseller host and promote their business. Some basic marketing understanding and tactics would be sufficient to do the work.
The reseller platforms available:
There are two: '
- Linux reseller hosting
- Windows reseller hosting
Is the reseller market growing?
After observing the current market scenario, web hosting products such as VPS and dedicated servers have become quite inexpensive. Now you can easily afford VPS with improved specifications for considerably lower rates, in addition to benefits, a host can reap such as assigning SSH access, creating resellers, and more.
With that said, there's still some scope for reseller hosting, but not as powerful as it was a couple of years ago. For example, a host could sell 20GB of disk space for around $30/m, but now customers expect 200GB hard disk space for $5/m. Despite this, reseller hosts are still drawing profit from this particular business. It's all about investing low and gaining high.
how to spot the reliable providers
Too few resellers do a good job when searching for hosting. Too few realize that finding hosting companies that sell hosting reseller accounts is not the hard part. There are literally thousands of hosting companies that offer such accounts! But What is really hard is to find a reliable hosting company with reseller plans that give you the highest degree of flexibility while keeping costs as low as reasonably possible. If read with care this article should be able to put thoughts in order even for the most experienced reseller.
Now, as you may or may not know reseller accounts are great especially for web designers who want to hosts their clients' sites, for anyone that owns many websites, and for those who want to start a web hosting business.
Changing hosts when you're a reseller is not easy and is not something that you'd want to do. Ideally, you should never have to change hosts. At least not until you need a dedicated server!
Here are a few points you must notice in every hosting provider while choosing your reseller hosting: -
One thing everyone should check is Downtime! Because the number 1 reason for which resellers are not satisfied with their providers must be downtime. Prolonged, repeated downtime often combines with slow performance during uptime and lack of timely support and makes resellers look for a new "home".
Occasional downtime is unavoidable in the long term for any host though. 100% uptime is impossible even in theory. Hard drives fail from time to time, DDOS attacks happen and all a host can do is react and minimize their effect and then there are scripts that run out of control and bring the whole server to a crawl. Any one of these things and many others can and will happen to any host.
The important thing is how the company deals with such problems, how fast and efficient they respond to such urgent calls. The only way to find out about these things before you sign up for the service is from reviews freely posted by their customers on the Internet. At Averthost with our own data centers, we always provide great uptime and performance 24/7/365.
Support is a very important part of a hosting package at any level: shared, reseller, VPS dedicated, and so on. However, if for a small website on shared account support rarely has to be lightning-fast, for a reseller that has perhaps tens of clients in his own care, support must be available at all times and be very fast, right? So, 27/4 support is of utmost importance. At Averthost our technical and customer support team is always there to help you 24/7/365 via chat/call/mail.
You need them to get back to you within minutes. Live conversations via various means should make this whole problem disappear. Phone, live chat, instant messaging are things that should be available to ensure top-notch support.
Not only that, but support has too actually been helpful. Your questions deserve clear, to-the-point answers. Anything less is just a waste of time. Your time and your clients' time! Don't sign up blindly, contact the host first and ask to presell questions, see what they sound like.
Major differences between reseller hosting accounts
Of course, reseller accounts differ in both size (space and/or bandwidth) and other features. Price is also a difference, but in my book, price should come last in priorities. Only when all other things are equal selection based on price is reasonable.
Now, because differences like space/bandwidth very are easy to spot I will not bother you with them. I will bring into focus the other most important differences between reseller accounts.
Enabling overselling for resellers
Basically, there are hosts that allow the resellers to oversell their accounts (bandwidth and space) and others that don't. The prices of those that don't allow overselling are usually lower, so from this point of view, there's a trade-off. You could either go with a host that will allow you to oversell and pay more or go with a host that doesn't and pay somewhat less.
These are all reasons why, for the medium and long term, it's best to choose a host that doesn't allow overselling at the reseller level. You need reliability as much as you need air to make it in this business. Customers understand occasional downtime, but frequent downtime caused by server overload will not be tolerated for long by any of your customers. Changing hosts every two months is not how things are supposed to work. Ideally, you shouldn't have to change hosts, at least not until you'll need a dedicated server and maybe not even then.
Some of their resellers were taking overselling to new extremes and if this would've become a trend the company couldn't've survived in the long run. A limit on the number of domains basically limits overselling. Not directly, but it does limit it quite effectively. This is why, if you're a reseller, it's best to be able to divide the space and the bandwidth that you have in any way you want: in as many slices as you want and in the sizes of your choice. This gives you maximum flexibility, of adaptability which is essential in any competitive environment.
As a reseller, you basically buy space and bandwidth at a price and sell them at higher prices. It makes perfect sense not to make it very easy for your customers to find out who's your provider because they might think about going directly to your provider, which, obviously, is not a good thing for you.
Reseller anonymity however can be more or less strict. There are certain things that a reseller host can do to protect its resellers' anonymity. Private nameservers for example provide the highest level of anonymity and also project an image of professionalism.
Imagine you send the nameserver information to your clients. Which one of these variants looks more professional to you? ns1.yourownhost.com, ns1.nonsensename.com, or ns1.yourdomain.com? I believe the answer is obvious: ns1.yourdomain.com, which is a private name server.
Note that in most cases if someone really wants to find out who's behind you (who's the real provider) it's almost sure that he'll find this info. So don't brag about "your servers" or even worse, "your datacenter", when you're just a reseller. If someone asks "Are you a reseller?" it's better, to tell the truth, and admit it.
Tips to be successful with reseller hosting
All successful hosts underline the importance of a good business plan. A plan has to include goals and the means to reach those goals. Sure, real-life doesn't go exactly as planned, but sticking to a good plan really helps to keep the focus on what's important and not get distracted by fluff.
Knowledge is also particularly important. No customer will stick with a host that doesn't provide an answer when one is needed. Yes, you might be a reseller, but you'll be a host in your own right, and you'll have to act like one! Not knowing the answer is not an excuse. That's exactly what the client doesn't want to happen. You must be knowledgeable.
Sure, your own host will help you, but any host will frown if you're asking stupid questions when you're a reseller. You have to be able to guide your customers with things like how to set up a POP email account in Outlook or how to create an email account in their control panel or other common tasks. Also, you must keep on learning new stuff every day. One day a moment will come when a dedicated server will be more than feasible for your business. You have to prepare yourself for that day, for the day when you'll have to be able to administer your own server. To be a successful hosting reseller you have to prepare yourself to be a serious host.
Most people who run a serious and successful hosting business know quite a few things in a lot of fields. They know about software and hardware. They know how the Internet works, they know about computer networks, they know some web design and some programming, they know about internet marketing and most of them excel in one or more of these fields. This should tell you what it takes to be a successful host.
Unfortunately like in any kind of business, flair is also needed. And a little bit of luck too!