Originally Posted by Alex - A2 Hosting
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.