The Importance Of A Good Web Host 13 Comments
The Importance Of A Good Web Host

Let’s face it, the affiliate marketing game can be tough.  I first came to this realization about four years ago, before I even knew about affiliate marketing.

I was just starting to enter Internet marketing, and obviously one of the first steps is to pick up a hosting package. So just like everyone else, I went to Google to search for things like “web hosting reviews” and “top hosting companies”. The results on all of the sites seemed to be consistent with the top companies. The same companies were always coming up on top, and so the choice seemed obvious.

Three months later, I was dealing with terrible servers that were almost always down, and I had borderline useless support. How could the top hosting company on these sites have so many issues? All hosting companies must be terrible, right?

I was duped. And this is so obvious to anyone with any affiliate marketing experience at all. These web hosting review sites are naming the “top hosting companies” based on who gives the highest commission. Well this makes sense, if a company is giving out a $150 commission, they must be the best company. Give me a break! These review sites don’t care about you, they’re after the money.

So I’ve decided to clean things up, and I’ve created a site, Reviewpon.com. I’ve gone around and reviewed eighteen different hosting companies so far. Obviously, as an Internet marketer, I’m looking to earn a living, but the reason behind this site was far from that reason. I have a core belief about being ethical, and I just think if you focus on doing things the right way, long term, you’ll be able to create a much more powerful brand, and you’ll feel a lot better knowing you’re doing things the right way.

Okay, great. Why are you telling us this?

Well, there are two things that I wanted to get across with this article. Firstly, evaluate how you’re doing things in your own business or site. Do you really believe in what you’re doing? Do you believe in something? Why does your business exist? If you answer with: “to make money”, you need to reevaluate your situation.

Secondly, I wanted to talk about the importance of getting the right hosting company for your sites. So let’s get to it.

You need a fast site, and this should seem obvious, but check out this staggering graph:

Drop Off Graph

(credit: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/loading-time/)

Obviously, there are certain WordPress plugins that can help your site speed, but hosting plays a huge roll in your site speed. If you’re hosting your site with a garbage shared hosting company, there’s a good chance they’re overselling their server space, causing your site to slow down. With these systems your site becomes way too reliant on other people’s sites that are on your same server. Do you really want to risk your reputation?

Because of the constant struggle to get traffic to your site, you cannot afford to have your visitors leaving because your site’s down, or just plain slow.

If you’re stuck with a host that you’re not satisfied with, that’s not an issue. Please, don’t use the excuse that it’s too much trouble to change hosting companies. Almost all of the good hosting companies are willing to transfer your sites for free, when you sign up.

If you’re trying to build a serious business online or even just some affiliate sites, don’t think you can get away with $1 a month hosting. It just doesn’t work that way, you’re going to have issues, and I’m willing to guarantee that.

I’d love to get a discussion going. Tell me what you think about web hosting in general or just some of your experiences.

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6 Comments to The Importance Of A Good Web Host

  1. February 12, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the post.

    Well mate so far I have been with the one company for 10 years and to date have had no issues.
    I totally agree with you how essential it is to have hosting that is reliable,fast and user friendly.
    Having said that I am now finding that I would benefit if I could have multiple IP addresses without having to go through multiple hosting companies, is that possible?
    regards Jeff

    Cam Secore Reply:

    I actually wrote this article, and to answer your question, yes you can get hosting multiple IPs all through the same hosting company. They’ll actually put them all inside on cPanel for you.

    It’s called “SEO Hosting”, but I don’t recommend it because I think you’d be better off just spending your time on other areas of Inbound Marketing.

    But if you do decide to go in that direction I recommend: seowebhosting.net

  2. February 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I couldn’t agree with more when it comes to hosting don’t try always go for the really cheap companies. I made that mistake once when I bought a hosting package from fiverr. After one more the server went down and when I tried to contact the seller he didn’t even reply. I then went onto signing up for Hostgator and have now been a customer with them for over a year now. They aren’t the cheapest, but you can’t fault them on their customer service.

    Cam Secore Reply:

    Thanks, Stephen.

    HostGator’s been great for years, but I’m a little worried about the direction the company’s going in with EIG purchasing them last summer.

    Glenn Reply:

    Are you able to elaborate?

    Cam Secore Reply:

    Well, HostGator was owned by Brent Oxley, but he sold the company to Endurance International Group (EIG) in July of 2012.

    EIG owns company’s like iPage, FatCow, HostMonster, Bluehost, and many, many more. EIG is known for terrible customer service, and overselling their servers (which leads to heavy downtimes).

    I’m not saying bad things are going to happen with HostGator, I’m just going solely based off of track record. And to be honest, since the EIG purchase, ticket times have definitely increased.

    As of now, I still have HostGator ranked number one, but I’m leaning towards bumping A Small Orange to the top spot.

    Glenn Reply:

    Thanks for that. Valuable insights into the industry.

  3. Glenn's Gravatar Glenn
    February 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious about this trend I see of names/links in comments sections being striked through. Any reason for it? Thanks in advance.

    Cam Secore Reply:

    On this site? I’m not sure, you’ll have to ask Matt about that, this is my only post on this site.

  4. February 14, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Nice job bringing an issue to light, Cam. I think it’s important to note that, when you’re just starting out, the shared hosting plans are perfectly fine. As traffic and readership grows, it may be a smart investment to look elsewhere for hosting.

    Cam Secore Reply:

    Great point!

  5. February 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi Cam You wrote very useful article and i totally agrred with you that it is very important to fing a top web hosting service provider that will provide you fast and reliable hosting to your website. Your post is very valuable.

  6. February 23, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Cam,
    We would love to show you what we can do here at HostDime. Thank you for digging deeper into the review industry, it can often be misleading.

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