One of the biggest problems in starting off with an internet marketing business is the initial investment involved in the business.. If you are wondering about the contradiction in this statement, then let me clarify it for you.
It is true that internet marketing is a business where the primary investment is your time. At the same time it is also true that there is some amount of monetary investment in starting off with an online business. These costs are primarily towards buying the following -
- Domain Names
- Some basic Courses
While these are the only costs that are involved, people who start off with internet marketing go on a buying spree. They buy any and every product that is released, with the expectation that they will be able to learn some new shortcut to making money. This is one of the biggest reasons for people to quit internet marketing.
While I do not have a solution for you if you are somebody like the one I described above, I do have a solution for you if your problem is the investment involved in the first 3 points – hosting, domain names and autoresponder, that I spoke about a little while ago.
The All in One Solution – Vendorlock Hosting
I run quite a lot of websites and my biggest problem was always hosting. I tried multiple solutions, at times even burnt my fingers. Hostgator, 2ip, Brainhost, Bluehost etc. were some of my experiments. Host1plus is my recommended solution when it comes to running cloud based virtual servers, because they are the most affordable, yet robust hosting servers that I found until now.
Hostgator and Bluehost are two hosting providers, who I have been using for shared hosting. They have reliable servers and uptime guarantees along with a good technical support team. Though there were times when I faced problems with Hostgator, I still liked their services.
But almost all of these hosts would charge you about $7.00 per month for an unlimited hosting plan. Add that to a basic Autoresponder account cost of about $19.00 per month and you are spending a minimum of about $26.00 for your hosting and AR together. These are fixed costs that you incur every month in your business irrespective of you making money or, not.
It is this cost that I was always bothered about. I am sure a lot of you out there who are just starting off with their business will find it difficult to manage these costs.
In my quest to find a solution to minimizing these costs, I came across Vendorlock hosting. Vendor lock hosting is an all in one solution. They offer shared hosting, autoresponders and some basic internet marketing courses.. all integrated into one account.
Vendorlock Hosting Review – Why I preferred them?
Autoresponders are one of the biggest cost factors today. Since email marketing is an essential part of your internet marketing strategies, this cost is inevitable. If your autoresponder is not reliable, then you are wasting a little too much of money in terms of lost customers.
Add to it the fact that most of the 3rd party autoresponders like Aweber and Get Response are becoming more and more prone to malware attacks and you have a serious problem on hand.
It is through one of my friends that I got introduced to Vendorlock Hosting. I was a little skeptical in going in for it primarily because of the fact that the name was known and hence had no reliable reviews. But since the overall cost was about $39.00 for a year, it was not too much of a risk to try them out.
About 45 days into using them and I have a full review for you.
Hosting – You get an unlimited hosting account where you can host unlimited domains with a full-feldged cPanel access. There is a list of free applications that you can install and the best part of all this is that your cPanel is FREE of ads, unlike Hostgator’s cPanel where every now and then an ad keeps popping up.
Autoresponder - It takes about 2-3 days for Jeff to install the autoresponder software on your server. But once that is done, you have a powerful, full featured autoresponder at your disposal, where there is no limitations on the number of lists you can maintain or, the number of subscribers. You can even import any list into your AR without going in for a double-optin.
The interface is easy to manage and has everything that any other autoresponder service offers you.
FREE Domain – You get a free domain for a year when you order the hosting account.
There are numerous other things that you get with the hosting plans. Free internet marketing trainings targeting all kind of users from basic to advanced and a host of other free scripts and software as well.
And all this for only $39.00.. You cannot ask for more. But WAIT…
A Big Drawback with Vendorlock Hosting
While Vendorlock hosting offered you a range of features, one of the biggest problems I faced with them was their support. They are about 2 in the team and support is hence a little too delayed and sloppy.
My initial experience with the entire service was fine, until the day my server crashed. Jeff and his support was quick to respond with an update on the crash and restored everything as it was, but it took almost 4-5 days for the entire process and that was a little too much of a wait time.
I faced another set of support issues as well, after the server crash and everytime, I found my support tickets getting lost in the traffic and a resolution requiring multiple follow-ups.
The Warrior Forum thread where Jeff was selling the service was also flooded with complaints about the support response.
While problems seem to have gotten addressed as of now by Jeff and his teammate, the support is still a big risk that you might want to take.
The Service is worth a try, if you are okay to deal with a slower response (not that I am saying that it will persist) or, even if you are ready to take that risk and also considering the fact that you will otherwise be spending about $20.00 only on your autoresponder.
My server seems to be running fine as of now and I am getting a response from Jeff in under 24 hours. Hope that continues..
You can check out Vendorlock Hosting here.
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