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    How to Start your Domain And Webhosting Company

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    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.

    Sign up for Reseller account How to Start your Domain And Webhosting Company

    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.

    Hosting Form How to Start your Domain And Webhosting Company

    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.

    Payment options:

    • Pay.pw: INR Credit Card Payments via Visa/MasterCard
    • WebMoney
    • Skrill (earlier Moneybookers)
    • Paypal [Amex/Discover Credit Cards/ Paypal account]
    • ALiPay
    • WebMoney

    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”.

    White label domain name How to Start your Domain And Webhosting Company

    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.

    Name server settings How to Start your Domain And Webhosting Company

    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.

    Start your own Hosting business

    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.

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    Ayush Jain

    Great to Know that You’re also using Reseller Club’s Services I am using their Hosting from almost an year and I should must say their services and server’s uptime is much better than other reseller hosting providers .. Thanks for sharing this valuable article !!

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    Kaxil

    Can we start affiliate program after we create Our hosting ?

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Kaxil
    They do have an option for coupons, which you can use to market your hosting business. They don’t have an affiliate program for resellers…but you can always have a sub-reseller under you. Let me know if you have any other queries.

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    Ralph Kobby

    Ayush, am thinking of signing up anytime soon to Reseller Club

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    Anmol Makkar

    Thanks a lot harsh. Was just looking to start for it. :)

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    sukhdeep singh

    Thank u very much Harsh for this post, but i have a question about ‘Do the costumers have the option for SEO while purchasing hosting package through my reseller club hosting website ‘, and other widgets to use in there control panel? otherwise godaddy consumers have many options to make there website fully working.

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    Karan

    Hey Harsh,

    Well…I was just planning to launch website-setup services for people from different professions, I went through your shoutmydomain service and I liked how it worked.

    This tutorial was just what I wanted, now I just need to automate the wordpress installation process for em and I’m good to go. :)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @karan
    I couldn’t find anything concrete for auto WordPress installation, but you might like to take a look at Softaculous http://www.softaculous.com/docs/WHMCS_Auto_Install_Module
    You can create a reseller (WHMCS) account for your clients, and integrate this to auto install WordPress.
    Note: I have not tried or used this script, but it looks promising.

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    Shakil

    It is one of the best way to earn good money online without worrying anything. Thanks Harsh for providing best tips to earn good money from Web Hosting as well as Domain names.

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    Harsh

    Can’t we simply do affiliate marketing for Godaddy or Hostgator or Reseller for that matter? I mean doing all this makes economically a great difference? I haven’t done it so curious. Would be glad if you could share the percentage increase in revenue as compared to affiliate marketing.

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    Sasikumar Krishnan

    hi harsh,
    thanks for your article. I tried signing up in resellerclub.com, but netbanking payment method is not there. well,i don’t have credit card, is there any other way i can make payment using cards !!.

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    Wali

    Hi Harsh,
    I really like your efforts, and I also want to start a web hosting company soon, this post helped me a lot for my own web hosting company.

    thanks man for sharing this.

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    Prem

    Lovely article. Such articles help to change my mind, to move from job life to opening-a-company-life. Hope some day, I’ll reach my goal. Thank you. :)

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    Sangitha

    Hey Harsh , really an excellent article . One year ago , i also tried to start my own Hosting Business using Reseller Club but due to lack of knowledge regarding the same i could`nt start.

    But many thanks to this article as it explains everything regarding how to start working with them.

    Thanks A Lot Dear and hope to see articles regarding the same in future from you.

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    Sumeet Gupta

    Harsh its a good idea to start a web hosting company but its really difficult to manage a reseller plan , you can earn a good amount but you have to face many problems in starting or in middle level like server issues, customer requirement and many other , If you have some tips how to solve this problems easily then let me know i will definitely try this.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Sumeet
    Customer services would be a little issue, but if you making it a full-time business, it will not be. Resellerclub support is very fast and responsive, and as a reseller you can always get in touch via phone support.
    When you start running the business, in a while, you will be able to solve majority of common issues yourself.

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    devrawat

    Nice post.. I was searching for few options go into this business. Resellerclub could be one of my option. Few questions
    How is thier customer support?
    Who will support resller’s customer?

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    Prasanna

    Thanks for the very detailed article Harsh. I was looking for similar info. I am planning to consider other options along with ResellerClub before taking the final call. Will look fwd for the next article in this series for further information.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Prasanna
    I will surely come up with next article in this series..Meanwhile what are the other alternatives you are considering?
    Your answer will be helpful in my research…

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    Chintak

    Do they also give webhosting for resellers for 4500rs? or is it just domain reselling?

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Chintak
    This also include Webhosting…

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    Nizam Khan

    Awesome and yet another great way for earning opportunities. This is really a detailed and clear guide on setting up hosting reseller business using resellerclub. Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

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    Matt

    This…is totally fascinating. It made me realize that…I think I actually am a reseller’s customer and didn’t even realize it! I believe I clicked on someone’s affiliate link and they got me to be a customer underneath them. I should do the same!!

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    Stephen Malan

    Harsh,

    Went to your ShoutMyDomain.com and saw on support pages you list some phone numbers. Do you or your company provide the phone support for your reseller customers or does your reseller handle that? Same for the submit a ticket, does that go to the support desk of the outfit your reselling from?

    Thanks!

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    Rahul Nair

    As a reseller with the same company, let me try helping you with this Stephen. Your Customers don’t get to connect with the upstream provider, in this case ResellerClub. You provide support to the Customer directly. However, if you’re facing an issue, you can raise a ticket or go on chat with these guys and they work towards resolution.

    These guys follow a wholesale based business model, which is why they only speak with the Reseller

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    Punit

    Hey Harsh, Thanks for sharing the info about this business.
    Actually i have a question that Godaddy is providing a similar reseller plan with starting price @just 42/month. Can you please tell me if this is same as resellerclub reselling plans.

    link: http://www.godaddy.com/reseller/domain-reseller.aspx

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    Rahul Nair

    That’s an annual recurring deposit Punit. The amount is unusable. Post the annual deposit, you need to invest a separate amount inorder to start buying/selling web products & services

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    Shyam Sundar Roy

    Hello Harsh Nice Post

    One Quarry … Suppose I start business with Reseller Club what about TAX
    or I can just start business without worry on Tax.
    Please help

    Thanks

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    Rahul Nair

    Hey Shyam,

    Since I am a ResellerClub Reseller myself let me try helping you with your query.

    As per Indian Tax Rules, an end customer purchasing Web Services from an Indian Web Service Provider is liable to pay service tax on his purchase. In this case, since ResellerClub is registered outside India, as a Reseller you wouldn’t have to bear any additional charge. However, if your customer is from India, he/she will have to also pay an additional charge (service tax) on the purchase which in the end you need to declare to the government

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    Luis

    Sounds interesting. I am also planning to start my own web hosting service but they say that the competition is very fierce. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make a profit knowing that so many providers cut their prices so low. Maybe I’ll start with the local market first.

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    Thangaraju

    Hi harsh, Thanks for sharing your experience at ResellerClub. Since 2011, i am looking to start hosting company like your shoutmydomain.

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    vijaykumar

    hi harsh good guide about own domain registration business but tell me we should add it to the word press or the reseller will provide the theme i dont understand about the theme.

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    Rohit Agarwal

    Hi harsh, I’m now selling web hosting with my server. but problem is for domain I have buy from 3rd party sites for clients. This post will help me lot.

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    Arup Ghosh

    I found their reseller plans affordable but on webhostingtalk I found some negative reviews.

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    Ashok

    Nice Guide. But if you post about how much we can earn or maximum earning statistics like that, through this program, so that in business angle we can boost many to start this service.

    Thanks
    Ashok

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Ashok
    Earning depends upon kind of promotion you are doing. Domain business is booming in India, and this is the right time to ride the wave.

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