Starting Online – What Options Are Available For Me?

When most people think of generating business online, the first thing that comes to mind is grabbing a .com and building a website; however, depending on a business’s specific needs, there are other options available.

Aside from buying web hosting, there are also email marketing services. Then there the free content hosting services which include social network profiles, article depositories, and free blogging accounts. Check out a comprehensive list of free and paid web services.

While the ideal online campaign will have a business strategically using all available avenues, if your need is to simply drive traffic to a certain third-party landing/sales page (i.e affiliate marketing), then the need to pay for web hosting is arbitrary.

If your main goal is to drive users to opt into an email list, then consider setting up a landing page with a free WordPress.com account and simply buy your own .com to mask the yourpage.wordpress.com given to you.

With All these Options, Why Do I Need to Pay for Hosting?

With so many free solutions out there, you are probably right to justify the need to even shell out money for any web hosting; however, there are many pros in favor of paid web hosting: Read the Web Hosting Roadmap.

1. You have full control – While free services may get the job done, at the end of the day, users really never have full ownership of the creative. When you pay for hosting, everything is installed on your web host and it will be there as long as you want it up there. You are not subject to the bandwidth or any other limitations being placed on you by the free service’s hosting.

2. Establishes professionalism – In most cases web hosting won’t cost but more than $100 per year. If you don’t think your business is capable of generating enough revenue to offset those costs, then are you truly ready to enter the world of making money online?

3. Better support system – The saying “You get what you paid for” often holds true in the online world. When you pay for hosting, you generally have access to a knowledgeable support staff that is on call 24/7 and who can answer your question pretty responsively. The same does not hold true for free services. Many times you might have to wait 2 to 3 days before you even hear a response and even then you may not get the answer you need.

Whatever option you decide to follow, Webtolerant does not recommend the plan of starting with free hosting with the plan to upgrade to paid later down the road. Not only does this become a time-consuming task, but you also risk losing content and users during this transition.

Found your option? -> Step 3: Affiliate Marketing.