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Web Hosting Affiliate Program PDF Print E-mail
Webmaster Articles - Web Hosting
Written by Danny Collins   

When deciding on an affiliate product to promote, you just can't go wrong with a web hosting affiliate program. More and more people are building web sites with every passing day, and there is one thing they all need - web hosting. Of course, many will opt for the free options, but they learn their lessons soon enough - and every time that happens, it means a new web hosting company in the world.

Not only that, but you would be surprised at how many people are unhappy with their current hosting. It was not very long ago that I was doing sales for a hosting company, and 90% of my customers were people who were unhappy with their existing service. I didn't seek these people out, but they came nonetheless.

Not only that, but the recurring nature of web hosting makes it very profitable. Therefore, hosting companies can offer respectable payouts for new customers. If you don't believe me, take a look at what the top web hosting companies are paying for Adsense terms. It's astronomical!

The trick is to find a good web hosting affiliate program. There are a few ways you can go about it:

  1. Check with your own hosting company. Ask your sales rep if they offer an affiliate program of any sort. If you don’t yet have hosting, then consider signing up for some affiliate programs first, as some companies will let you sign up under your own affiliate account, thereby giving you some of your money back. The Planet is an example of a company that allows this.
  2. Adwords. Search Google for hosting-related terms and see what comes up in the Adwords on the right. As these companies are purchasing traffic, there's a good chance they may also run independent affiliate programs.
  3. Affiliate Networks. Many web hosting affiliate programs run through large affiliate networks, such as ShareaSale.com and CJ.com. All you have to do is sign up for the affiliate network, search for "web hosting" or something similar, and parse through the results.
  4. Find reseller programs. This is a different route altogether, but instead of signing up for an affiliate program, you might want to sign up for a reseller hosting account. Many affiliate programs offer reseller programs, in which you would create the front end and sales page, and the automation takes most of it from there.

If you're going to market your pages using SEO tactics, I do highly recommend finding some good long tail keyword combos to go after - promoting web hosting is profitable when you have the traffic, but it’s also very highly competitive. Without some good long tail keywords, you'll have a very hard time ever breaking through to the first page of Google.

 
301 Redirect: The Proper Way to Redirect Pages PDF Print E-mail
Webmaster Articles - System Administration
Written by Danny Collins   

URL redirection is a common and unfortunate necessity of running web sites. Sometimes sites go through renovation, and sometimes the entire infrastructure needs to be changed. Perhaps you're moving to more SEO-friendly URL's, or perhaps you just need to shuffle some files around for organizational reasons. Now if someone has an interior page of your site bookmarked, that person will get a "Page Not Found" error (also called a 404 error). New visitors can also become confused if they've reached your site from a deep link on another site, or from a search engine which now has an outdated index of your site. And that raises another problem - Google doesn't like it.

The Solution: 301 Redirect

Create a 301 redirect. This will allow you to redirect all of your old file locations to their new, proper locations. When the Google spider comes along, it'll also follow your 301 redirects, and this will let Google know that your pages have been moved, and the Google index will be updated with the new file locations.

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Linux Hosting: The Advantages PDF Print E-mail
Webmaster Articles - Web Hosting
Written by Danny Collins   

One thing that tends to confound many people when purchasing web hosting is the difference between Linux hosting and other platforms such as Windows. Linux hosting is currently the most popular operating system among web hosts, for a variety of reasons. In most cases, if you're unsure which OS would be best, choose Linux.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Linux comes in many flavors: Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, SuSE, Debian, and more. The truth is that, for most people, any of these distributions will do just fine, and all but Red Hat are free.

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Understanding Rewrite Rules, Part 3 of 3: Advanced Rewrites PDF Print E-mail
Webmaster Articles - System Administration
Written by Jeff Dunn   

Conveniences in this tutorial:
Yourdomain.com – replace with your domain
Console.html – page where the user is sent (we send our hotlinkers to a console hell page)

As explained in part 1, rewrite rules can help stop hot-linkers to your site and cut down on your bandwidth usage. The simple example explained in the part 1 is all most webmasters need, but the functionality of rewrite rules allows webmasters to have far more control over their websites.

In Part 2, I explained how the RewriteCond statement functions and gave more uses for it.

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Understanding Rewrite Rules, Part 2 of 3: Redirecting Referrers PDF Print E-mail
Webmaster Articles - System Administration
Written by Jeff Dunn   

Conveniences in this tutorial:
Yourdomain.com – replace with your domain
Console.html – page where the user is sent (we send our hotlinkers to a console hell page)

As explained in Part 1, rewrite rules can help stop hot-linkers to your site and cut down on your bandwidth usage. The simple example explained in Part 1 is all most webmasters need, but the functionality of rewrite rules allows a webmaster to have far more control over a website.

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