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Dealer Dan, pictured here with WWE Superstar Mick Foley, has been in internet marketing since 1996. He likes hugs, long walks on the beach, and making money while wearing his jammy jams. For more information, you can read all about Dealer Dan. » Posts » Step by Step Affiliate Marketing Guide » Website Hosting & Domain Name Purchase

Website Hosting & Domain Name Purchase

We already covered picking out a domain name, but if you skipped that step or haven’t yet purchased one, then I recommend going through GoDaddy or Namecheap.

When it comes to website hosting – I’ve been building websites since 1996, and I’ve used over 30 web hosts during that period of time.  I’ve had great stories and I’ve had horror stories, but at the end of the day I know exactly what makes a good web host.

My #1 choice is Liquid Web.

However they are expensive. I believe the lowest plan is $50 a month. If you don’t want to invest a lot, I’d recommend HostGator who I used to be hosted with. You can get started for just $3.95 per month. I’d recommend doing that – then if you are getting traffic start to look at upgrading to Liquid Web.

Liquid Web are my #1 choice by far. They host some absolutely massive websites and their servers are amazing. I’ve had no issues with the servers and the few times I’ve contacted customer support, I’ve had responses within 5 minutes.

They’ve also went above and beyond what a normal web host would do to fix things and that’s been appreciated big time.

(And yes, they do accept gambling affiliate sites!)

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  • Gareth


    just for information, Hostgator don’t accept gambling affiliate sites, as stated in the last line of this article. It’s in their ToS that they don’t touch gambling related sites.

    I signed up with them for my poker affiliate site and they quickly suspended it (they went purely off the name as the word ‘poker’ was in the domain name, I hadn’t even had chance to upload my site). After 2 days of waiting for them to let me know whether a poker affiliate site was acceptable to them or not, they final said that it is not. I have now requested a cancellation of my hosting package, so I just hope I get a full refund.

  • DealerDan

    I’ve heard of this before – but usually it’s because you’re dealing with an idiot CSR who doesn’t understand it’s an affiliate site, and there’s no gambling actually going on with the site. There’s still thousands of gambling affiliate websites going up on HG every day.

  • dan

    What is the difference between GoDaddy and LiquidWeb? Can’t I do everything with GoDaddy? or they are two different things, i.e. GoDaddy and LiquidWeb – sorry, I am just starting out in this website setting thing

  • DealerDan

    To use a real world example….

    GoDaddy is like registering your business name. So you register the business “McDonalds” or – but you still don’t have a location for your McDonalds. You need a location.

    That’s where hosting comes in – just like renting a space to put your McDonalds, you’re renting a space to put your domain name and website.

    GoDaddy do website hosting as well but I wouldn’t recommend it I’ve heard a lot of bad things.

  • dan

    Thank you, how much should I expect to pay for these two things (registration and “rent”) a month or a year?

  • DealerDan

    A domain you can probably get for $0.99 for the first year with a coupon code then approx $12.99 thereafter depending on what extension it is.

    For web hosting – well you can get cheap at somewhere like Hostgator for $8 a month but usually you get any amount of traffic at all they disable your site and force you to move to a higher plan. So it’s your call – you may wish to do that and not risk a lot till you get some traffic and then expand. At Liquid Web I think the cheapest option may be $50 a month VPS Hosting.

  • dan

    Yeah, I think so. Investing $50 a month initially seems a little excessive.

  • dan

    What do you think about Bluehost? according to this link it comes with a free domain and costs only $5.95/month for unlimited hosting space and bandwidth

  • DealerDan

    They’ve closed down websites before for linking to online gambling sites. I would advise against using Bluehost if you’re doing gambling affiliation.

  • dan

    Ok, what about non-gambling sites? I plan to do something in other niches. I am not acquainted with gambling

  • DealerDan

    That would be fine. They’re owned by the same company that owns Hostgator so you’d get the exact same experience at Bluehost as you would at HG so it’d just depend if one is cheaper than the other.

  • dan

    Is the web hosting service something that an be changed a anytime. For instance, let’s say Ive been three months with Hostgator, can I change it to another one the next month?

  • DealerDan

    Yep you can change it anytime. You just go to your domain registrar basically and change the nameservers – which is saying “hey my site isnt there anymore it’s here now”.