FEATURED ARTICLE ON AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
Your Affiliate Web Site Is Built – Now What?
By Vickie J. Scanlon
When I first got my web site built, I thought I finally I had
a presence on-line. Wrong! I soon found out that I needed someone
to host my site, and I needed a domain name.
This, I found, was my moment of utter confusion. And my first
thought was – “What have I gotten myself into!?”
I realized I needed the following questions answered before
I could even begin my on-line journey. What do I need in a web
host, what is a web host, what is a domain name and –
you mean, I have to pay for a domain name as well?
What is a Domain?
A domain name is a unique name that identifies an Internet site.
Thus, if you want to do any on-line marketing you need a unique
name to identify your business – and definitely a name
that identifies or relates to that of your on-line presence.
Do I really need a domain name? Yes. Why? There are several
1.It projects a professional image
2.It’s mobile – you can change web hosts and your
domain name goes with you.
3.It takes time and hard work to build your affiliate business
– if you don’t have your own name and you want to
move to a different web host – all is lost because the
domain name is not mobile.
There are many sites that offer a domain name service at a reasonable
price. You can go to my site at www.myaffiliateplace.biz and
look under Affiliate Information – here you can get an
idea how much a domain name costs.
What is A Web Host?
A web host is an ISP that offers space in which to store your
own personal Web pages. They utilize a web server, which is
a computer that is permanently connected to the Internet and
can send out your web pages on request.
If you want a professional presence, I would suggest that you
do not go with a free site. Why? With your free site, you are
required to include advertisements of their choosing on your
There are many web hosting sites and prices to choose from –
and all can be very confusing and intimidating when you are
first looking at putting up a site of your own. So, what should
you consider when choosing a web host?
What to Consider When You Choose a Web Host?
When choosing a Web Host you should consider the following:
1.Does it have customer support available 24/7?
2.How often are backups done? (You should also do your own backups
3.How much bandwidth do they give you? Bandwidth is the amount
of activity on your site (traffic). The more
visitors you have, the more bandwidth is used. I recommend at
least 2 gigs, with an option to upgrade.
4.How many email accounts do they have? At least 3, preferably
5.Does it have traffic stats – to monitor your hits, page
views, and actual visitors?
6.Does it have FrontPage extensions? (If you are planning to
7.Does it offer autoresponders?
8.Does it offer FTP?
9.Does it allow for upgrades? As your business grows, so will
your need for more bandwidth.
10.Does it offer SiteBuilder? (If you have no HTML experience/don’t
have FrontPage, or no programming knowledge – SiteBuilder
can get you up and running.
To conclude, remember your web site is your business, your domain
is your name, and your web host is your home – all are
important factors to your success. And to think, you only getting
About the Author
Vickie J Scanlon has a BBA degree in Administrative Management
and Marketing. She left the corporate world as a Reports Programmer,
to begin her journey as an Internet marketer. Visit her site
at: http://www.myaffiliateplace.biz for free tools, articles,
ebooks, Web-hosting opportunities and how to info. And if you
want to be notified of updates to her web site you can sign
her guest book.
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