Affiliate or Reseller? Please suggest.

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Hi,

Thank you for checking this thread.

I have a question related to reseller hosting. Is is it better to become a reseller and sell hosting or to be an affiliate and refer?

Please suggest/share your ideas and experience.

Thanks
#affiliate #reseller #suggest
  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    It all depends on what you have and can do.

    You may want to test run both and see which one works for you or your kind of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Long-term: reseller.
    Short-term: Affiliate.

    There's a reason you can earn $50 to $120 as a hosting affiliate. Both models work well short or long-term, but you'll make more money as a reseller, long-term.
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  • Profile picture of the author egoldzone
    Reseller is better then just as affiliate
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    If you have a membership site or promoting a product that requires hosting, then I would go with being a reseller. But. Otherwise..Why waste your time becoming a reseller unless the hosting program that you want to promote does not offer recurring monthly commissions.
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  • Profile picture of the author NK
    It's actually incredibly hard to run a hosting business as a reseller, and there are other things to consider such as payment processor and handling support. There is also the issue of competition - you can't exactly offer something better than your own host and make a profit afterwards, especially not after factoring in your marketing costs.

    Unless you have an existing business which you can leverage to cross promote as a hosting provider, I would be an affiliate instead. You only need to promote and collect your commissions at the end of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Unless you have an existing business which you can leverage to cross promote as a hosting provider, I would be an affiliate instead
    Me too. Especially if you are just starting out. Learn the business as an affiliate where you have little to lose.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    Affiliate marketers can make good amount of cash when they succeed.
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  • I do both. If you have got a custom sales funnel with great value for building list and a solution for your clients, then your affiliate links will work and you can have reseller products at the back end once they build trust with you

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  • Profile picture of the author shani99
    I personally think affiliate marketing is better for your first year. You can get started quickly.
    And i know affiliates who make alot of money .

    Once you have experience then you can be a reseller
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    You can earn a very easy $3,000 a month+ as a hosting affiliate. Check out the host gator affiliate program. That being said, I do better as a reseller. Am even considering setting up my own hosting company, since I feel I've outgrown reselling, and can see more profit as the primary host. Long-term, as I've said, reselling is the way to go. Think of it this way. Let's say you get paid $100 as an affiliate; one shot deal. Now let's say you sign up an ecommerce store for $20 a month. That's $240 for the first year. $2,400 if he stays with you for 10 years. I won't go into specifics, but it can be a very lucrative business if you know how to get hosting clients and how to keep them.
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  • Profile picture of the author zakclayton
    I guess the two main differences are:

    Reseller - you are the shop front for the customer, you have to deal with support ( to an extent ) and setup. They are buying from you.

    Affiliate - you are generating leads and sales for the hosting company, but that's as far as it goes. They deal with the customer from then on .
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    • Profile picture of the author Vid Yo
      Originally Posted by zakclayton View Post

      Affiliate - you are generating leads and sales for the hosting company, but that's as far as it goes. They deal with the customer from then on .
      Well...I wouldn't say you can completely forget about customer service on your part because you are using some sort of platform to promote, aren't you? But for the most part, yes, you're correct.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    If you really have time to pursue this then I would suggest resellership. The good thing about reseller is that you can earn a monthly income.
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  • Profile picture of the author online only
    I've been debating about it for long time.

    Try to get your CPA to $150-$200 and just remain affiliated, I guess. Less hassle, more money faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author designerALEE
      Originally Posted by online only View Post

      I've been debating about it for long time.

      Try to get your CPA to $150-$200 and just remain affiliated, I guess. Less hassle, more money faster.
      I agree with you 100% and this can be the end of the discussion as it got your answer. Taking the CPA to $150-200 is bit difficult for a newbie but at the same time if you are an affiliate you must have to be a master with a long list of subscribers and/or hundreds and thousands of unique visits daily at your blog/website.

      Thanks,
      designerALEE
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  • Profile picture of the author novalj30
    If you're providing website for a friend or customer and have a website of your own, better to have a reseller account and bundle the hosting to your package.
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  • Profile picture of the author ignmmulia
    If you can do both, it's better. But I think it will take much time and effort. So please do affiliate in short term and reseller in long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angshuman Dutta
    Originally Posted by bob33229 View Post

    Hi,

    Thank you for checking this thread.

    I have a question related to reseller hosting. Is is it better to become a reseller and sell hosting or to be an affiliate and refer?

    Please suggest/share your ideas and experience.

    Thanks
    Did you try any of those yet? If yes, I'm sure you are aware of the fact that NOT all sales lead to a $150 affiliate comission (lead scraping is one of the reasons). You need to do a LOT to make such comissions every day as an hosting affiliate.

    However, resller guarantees you money everytime you make a sale, no matter how small. So, IMO that's always better if you can afford it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Its really Depends on your interest. While both are Good Ways to generate some generous income. While Reseller needs some investment, manpower.
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  • Profile picture of the author zcrafts
    I would personally prefer reseller hosting and earn with my own customers as I grow rather than affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Mozie
    I think as an affiliate, there is less risk and less work overall. As a reseller you have to get hands on but if you do not mind doing this and and have the time, it's a nice option. For me personally, doing so many different things at once, working as an affiliate make a lot more sense. I also prefer letting the company handle support.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob33229
    Hi All,

    Thank you very much for your suggestions. It seems both have their pros and cons. However, reseller looks more promising.

    Thank you again for your time and tips.
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