When it comes to making money online, you have an ample amount of opportunities. You just need to pick one which suits your skills. I have shared various techniques here at ShoutMeLoud to help you earn money while staying online. Today, I will be talking about one other method that I’m using from last 3 years, and it will help you to start a serious business online. I’m talking about starting your own Domain and Web hosting business. Specially if you are a web developer or a company who offers services like Web development, you should consider selling domain and hosting under your own brand. More over, if you are looking for a new online business option, Web hosting and domain business is a way to go. You could set your own price for the product, and earn from it.
3 Years back I started my domain selling business under brand ShoutMyDomain, and it was mostly targeted for Indian users who had issues making payment via PayPal or any other method. My reason for starting my domain business was to ensure better services for my client, as I could easily manage their domains, hosting and help them to make things done.
When we talk about webhosting business: an easy way to start is by becoming a white label reseller. There are many services like Resellerclub, Godaddy which let you create your own white label hosting business, and in the backend you get all the support from the main reseller company. When I was researching, I found Resellerclub to be the cheapest, as I could start with 0 investment. They require you to invest 4500 INR ($99), and all the money can be use to buy domain & hosting packages later. In this article, I will guide you on step by step to start your own Domain and hosting reseller business. In upcoming tutorials, I will share how you can promote your business. For me, it was just a side-business, so I have done very limited marketing, but one could easily make it his full-time business.
Features of Reseller club:
Let me mention few of the features of Reseller club, which will help you to understand about their program, and what all options you will be getting:
- Sell domains under your brand
- Sell hosting under your brand ( U.S. servers, U.K. Servers, India Servers)
- Set your own pricing
- Add Sub-resellers
- Access to special promotions. (Ex: $1.99 .in domain names)
- No Setup fees
- Their pricing works on slab basis. So more domains you would sell, you have chance to earn more. You can learn about their pricing model here.
- Complete White label branding
- Easy to use Interface, along with documentation.
And many more features. Since they have their pages optimized for all the countries, you don’t have to worry about your geo location. Their support is excellent, and after using them for 3 years, it’s a service I could recommend for you.
This guide will help you to setup your reseller account, use your domain name as your hosting business, and few more tips which will help you to get started. So let’s get start with another method, which could help you to earn online.
Step by step guide to Set up your Hosting Reseller business:
I will add video below, which will help you to understand how to use your domain name for white label branding, and rest images will help you to understand the procedure. They have landing page for every country, so you don’t have to worry about localized language or payment option. To get started with your own webhosting company, click on this link and on Reseller club home page, click on Sign up.
Once you are on sign-up page, simply fill up the form. Here is one thing which you would like to keep in mind:
- Selling currency: Set it according to your target audience. If you’re targeting global audience, you could set US dollar as selling currency, and if you targeting any specific country for example India, you could set INR as your selling currency.
- Accounting currency: This one you can set according to location you are in. For example, if you are in Europe, you could select EURO as your accounting currency.
After filing up the form, click on sign-up and next page will be the payment page. All you need to do is add funds into your account to activate your reseller account. Minimum amount to be added is $99, and you can use this money later to sell domains, and hosting. In short, this money is added just to start your webhosting company, and is completely usable. They have various payment options as mentioned below.
- Pay.pw: INR Credit Card Payments via Visa/MasterCard
- Skrill (earlier Moneybookers)
- Paypal [Amex/Discover Credit Cards/ Paypal account]
On this page you could see the payment options based on your country. Since, I’m in India, I used the bank transfer to avoid any kind of transaction fees. So, once money is added in your account, you will be able to login to your reseller control panel (Super site control panel). First thing you would be doing is branding your reseller account. That includes, adding your logo, adding domain name which you would be using to sell hosting and domain. For ex: ShoutMydomain.com.
Branding your Reseller hosting account:
So, till now you have purchased your Reseller hosting account, and now it’s time to do the branding. From above panel, you could do all the things like change the look, add your logo and configure rest of it. In this guide, let me help you setting up your reseller account on your white label domain name.
Once you are inside your Reseller panel, Click on Products > Domain registration > Check availability. Now, search for the domain name which you want to use. I used bustaname to brainstorm the domain name, and come up with a domain name Bustadomain.com.
Note: I used this domain name for this tutorial sake, and if you wish to see how final product will look like, head over to ShoutMydomain.
So check for the availability of the domain name, and buy it. You need to create a customer account from the same page under your name, which will take hardly 10 seconds. At the final payment option, you will get a page like this, and select “Execute the request, but cancel the invoice. And click on “Execute the requests without receiving the payment”.
So you have also purchased the domain name which you will be using for your hosting business. Now all need to make the changes under settings > Branding settings > Super site and partner site > Fully branded name. And also update the A record of the domain name, which is quite easy. I have explained this in below video.
Once you have added the A Record, it will take 1-24 hours for the propagation. Along with this, all you need to do is update the Name server for the domain. Go to Settings > Branded settings > Name servers and here you will find the name servers that you need to use for your domain. Go to domain settings, and change the name servers to the one listed in name servers page.
Once done you will be able to access your domain and hosting reseller account, under your branded domain name. In between, you can again go back to settings > Branding settings and add various other things like change your logo, add tracking and stats scripts like Google analytics and so on. Even if you have 0 technical knowledge, with easy to use control panel, you will be able to do all the things. If you have skills like CSS or you have a designer in your team, you could change the complete default look, and brand it according to your need. You could also consider hiring people from Freelancer.com to do the customisation work for you.
You can integrate any payment gateway, including PayPal. I prefer Paypal for taking payments from foreign client, and for Indian users, I take payment directly in my bank account. They have a knowledgebase, which will help you to learn everything you need to do. I hardly recommend to make SEO changes, to add separate meta-tile, description for your selling pages.
When I started with them, my first purpose was to manage my own 20+ domain names under my own brand. Later on, I expanded the idea by selling domains to my client. Since it’s not my main business, I never bothered about selling hosting, but I still have one blog cydiaguide.com running on reseller club hosting, and performance is good. So you sell hosting without worrying about the quality. Over all, this is a good business potential, and with a solid plan, you could use it to earn a handsome money for yourself.
I will be talking more about promotion techniques for your domain and hosting business in upcoming articles, but if you have any query for now, feel free to ask me via comments. If you find this tutorial informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook & Google plus. It might help your friend to start an online business of his own.