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  Post #16 (permalink)   11-17-2019, 10:32 AM
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Having worked with many a media company I can tell you that people are more than five times more likely to share negatives with their peers.

People are always aware that once they give companies a positive review that they have it "forever" so they will rarely offer one for nothing in return, at which point it becomes a paid-for review which is pretty worthless in terms of honesty.

Which is why review at places like this are so worthwhile, rather than those "Testimonials" on hosts sites or comparison sites.
this also go for all those ' top ten' sites, no matter what it is ' top ten hosting providers' 'top ten vacuum cleaners' etc. these are all marketing tools, the more a company pays the site then the higher up the top 10 list they go.
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  Post #17 (permalink)   11-17-2019, 02:05 PM
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Are you after a little side income or out to 'beat most providers'? A little side income, sure. Beating most providers? I can guarantee you that won't happen. Simply your model is not scalable. It has been tried before, a module existed enabling customers to get points the longer they stay which offsets their hosting bill.



This won't happen. As above, it has been tried before. Cheap and extremely low cost offers. Price sensitive customers would generally jump to the next best deal they can find come renewal and ideally you'd be wanting sticky customers as that is how your business will keep growing. No company will feel any knock from what you're trying to do.

I genuinely wish you the best with your venture. I think the best approach if you are dead set on this approach is to use it to gain your initial customers. Focus on providing an awesome service to those clients and gain reviews/testimonials which you can then use to gain more customers paying much more realistic prices. Your time is worth more than $10-$20/year I'm sure.
Can other hosts beat free and the owner of the company answers all sales and support requests?

I've already got all that figured out. I have more that is not opened to my customers yet.

I'm developing an affiliate program that will allow clients to have the opportunity to earn their hosting bill.

Do you remember the retort Captain John Paul Jones proclaimed as he engaged in a desperate battle with a British frigate off the northern coast of England during the American Revolution? If not, allow me to remind you, "I have not yet begun to fight!" This is also my thinking.

Do you remember Elvis? After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

Madonna ropped out of college, moved to new york, and took a job at Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square, where she apparently didn’t last a day. What sealed the deal was when she squirted jelly filling all over a customer.

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

The list goes on.
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  Post #18 (permalink)   11-17-2019, 04:55 PM
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I'm developing an affiliate program that will allow clients to have the opportunity to earn their hosting bill.
I hate to break bad news to you but these already exist
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  Post #19 (permalink)   11-18-2019, 04:20 AM
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Just remember that pyramid schemes don't work.
If free hosting worked, paid hosting wouldn't exist.
Cheap hosting is almost the same.

It's not the cost of the service, but the support that ends up being a problem.
There's only one of you, and you need to eat, drink and sleep.

Madonna and Elvis are exceptions.
Elvis wasn't a country singer, but the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and plenty of people have been fired from Dunkin' Donuts, who didn't go on to be an International PopStar.
These are silly arguments.

People here are trying to help you using their years of experience.
Don't be so quick to dismiss them.

For every Google product that we know and love today, many didn't make it, and many got cancelled (Google have got the money, why cancel?. Because an unsuccessful business that produces no revenue is a millstone around the neck of the company)
What Google can do is afford to haemorrhage cash a little longer than you or I to see if it does become successful given time.

Plus, and I'm sure that people will agree with me, at least on this point.
CHEAP HOSTING ATTRACTS BAD ACTORS!
When I offered ridiculously cheap hosting, the people it attracted caused no end of problems.
But miscreants appear to avoid more expensive hosts, probably because they charge more they can keep the costly control panels and supported operating systems and security tooling.

We've been in business since 1999, that's 20 years, so we've seen all the gimmicks.

Still good luck on your business!
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But we all know that the ratio of positive reviews/testimonials against negative reviews/testimonials is very little.

If you look at most hosting review sites you will see that 95% if not more reviews are negative as people tend to only post bad experiences
You need a review strategy to get those positives out .
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Can other hosts beat free and the owner of the company answers all sales and support requests?
Yes, simply by providing support 24/7. I think you'll find customers don't really care who they are talking to as long as their issue or question is addressed in a timely manner. I can guarantee you a customer would prefer to deal with a support rep then and there instead of having to wait for the owner to wake up and see their message.

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I'm developing an affiliate program that will allow clients to have the opportunity to earn their hosting bill.
We do as well. It is a great way to gain new customers. Quick tip, there are platforms that can do this for you already. Your time is probably worth more than the time to build and maintain your own application. Good luck!
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You need a review strategy to get those positives out .
Got some tips for a good review strategy ? Testimonials help but more definitely needs to be done to combat bad reviews.
 
 
 


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  Post #23 (permalink)   11-19-2019, 06:50 PM
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Always but always a happy customer will bring more customers to you. Second, almost all reviews on Internet are like politics, fake news. Never in my life I saw a honest politician. So again, always think that your customers are like your boss, they are paying you not you...
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  Post #24 (permalink)   11-20-2019, 03:12 AM
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From what I can gather, it's similar to what Allstate Insurance offers in that if you remain accident free, your premium goes down.

From a web hosting perspective, the longer you are with the company, the lower you would pay. It's an interesting reward system, but it's entirely built on the idea that your new customers will be able to foot the bill for the older customers.

Keep in mind, an older customer should generally be growing the traffic to their website, so in essence, they SHOULD cost you more in bandwidth and CPU resources - how much will depend on how you're measuring.

My big concern with this approach is that it's a "house of cards" scenario. If one part fails, the entire fails. Should the datacenter you're rending from raise their rates beyond what you projected, and the inflow of new customers dies off a little, you're left with a promise on the table that you can't deliver.

As I said, if I read the idea right, then I like the idea behind it, but the practice may lead to bigger issues in future years. Fingers crossed for you!
My structure is different than what you and others think. That's all I'll say about it right now.
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  Post #25 (permalink)   11-25-2019, 11:06 AM
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I like your confidence man. Keep it up if you are working as hard as you are talking then no doubt you'll be get big success one day. What is your company name?
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@webling, a post like yours is against the rules of our community, and for that I have issued you an infraction. You focused too much on promoting yourself rather than explaining your business model enough to make it a focal point.

However, since the thread eventually went off to discuss the actual business model, with valid points shared, I'm leaning towards letting it continue to run. However, the original post is getting edited and your future posts must be mindful of promotional tone.
 
 
 
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