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Four Building Blocks for a Web Hosting Business
By: Terri Wells
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    2006-03-01

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  • Four Building Blocks for a Web Hosting Business
  • Be More than Just a Web Host
  • Don’t Ignore the Search Engines
  • Find a Niche and Fill it

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    There are many things to consider when you begin building your web hosting business. One of the most important concerns how to attract customers. This article discusses four areas you need to pay attention to if you want to get visitors who need web hosting to your site...and turn those visitors into clients.

    There are a million things to consider when you decide to start your own web hosting business. You need to think about what company to buy your package from (if you’re a reseller), make sure you have the technical skills, create a business plan, deal with the bookkeeping, and so on. Some of these points are the sorts of things you would need to think about no matter what kind of business you decided to get into. But some challenges are a bit more peculiar to web hosting, especially as an online business. In this article, I will discuss four key areas that deeply affect how well you attract customers to your fledging business.

    Let’s start with the design of your website. This is the first thing that any prospective customer sees. As you’ve heard before, first impressions last. On the Internet, that’s even more important; if you make a bad first impression, you won’t get a second chance.

    So how do you want to be seen? Your website should be easy to navigate, of course, because nobody is going to take the time to learn how to maneuver around a confusing site, especially since there are a million other places a web surfer can check out for the same services (just enter the phrase “web hosting” into Google to see what I mean). It also shouldn’t look like the thousands of other web hosting sites out there, which seem to have been built with generic templates. How will you ever develop a professional corporate identity if you look like everyone else?

    Someone who is looking for web hosting for their website wants to feel as if they’re dealing with a professional. If you come off looking like an amateur, you will lose their business. That’s true whether the site they want hosted is a small hobby-style site, an educational not-for-profit information center, or a large commercial e-tailer.

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