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  • NegBox 6:19 am on July 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cpanel, DNS, Hosting, Plesk, VPS, WHM   

    Five Hosting Tips for Newish Affiliates 

    Tip 1 – Get Dedicated Servers or a Virtual Private servers. I just spent the last two days migrating and consolidating hosting accounts. Total waste of time, but had to be done. Be smart, not like me.

    Tip 2 – Use the Domain Registrar’s DNS service, not your server’s. The main reason is because if you have a dedicated server and all your domains are being served by a single domain name server, which is highly likely, or by different domain name servers that share the same IP addresss, once a competing affiliate develops an interest on one of your campaigns, figuring out the entire portfolio of sites on your server is trivial. If you are using your registrar’ DNS, the same lookup will return thousands of other unrelated sites, essentially cloaking yours even if you have them on the same registrar.

    Tip 3 – Don’t skimp on IP addresses – Get one for each domain name. Same reason as for the DNS servers above. You could share some betweena few campaigns… Its not the best of ideas, though.

    Tip 4 – Parallel’s Plesk control panel is more user-friendly, but less feature rich. WHM from Cpanel is chock-full of features, but really unfriendly (check out a screenshot of WHM here).

    Tip 5 – You NEED a “Managed” server or VPS. Whatever you get make sure it says its “Managed” or get the “Managed” add-on option. This way when it turns out you need a newer version of MySQL to run Prosper, you can just pick up the phone or open a ticket and get it upgraded instead of messing everything up yourself.

    Got any other affiliate hosting tips? Share with a comment!

     
    • Joseph 2:55 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a vps where my lps and prosper is setup, do you think i should move over to dedicated or storm on demand?, really appreciate it. I am really worried that the redirects are a bit slow plus lp load times are a bit high

      • Slave Rat 5:08 pm on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Joseph, as long as you can control how much CPU you get and how much bandwidth I don’t see a reason to move. I tried DreamHost’s VPS offering and you could not control the CPU (they would only tell you the amount of RAM) and were not terribly helpful when I needed MySQL to support partitioning, so I cancelled that. The amount of CPU is an estimate (1 Gigahertz is just a measure of frequency, not of compute power or I/O power).
        I’d stick with brands you’ve seen before. My suggestion of Rackspace is solid, a bit on the expensive side, though. You can also check out vps.net – amazing offering but its not managed from what I remember.

        Best suggestion is to test it. Almost all the companies will give you your money back if it doesn’t work out. Another thing you should could into is using Amazon’s CloudFront to store your landing pages, or at least any graphics in them. The graphics on this blog, are all coming from CloudFront. I talked about how I’m using CloudFront on the post titled “How to Accelerate your Site to Warp Factor 9.9 without paying $99 a month” here: http://negbox.com/how-to-accelerate-your-site-to-

    • joseph 9:28 pm on August 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks man, i currently use a wiredtree vps storing my lp images on amazon s3 . It helps. I tried vps.net, but it isnt managed, and it has a fifficult interface.

      • Slave Rat 3:20 am on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, hang on to your hat – I’m going to post a little script I had developed to pre-load landing pages from CloudFront while all the redirects happen in the background – The script is already up inside the Affiliate Twins’ Internet University message board. I should have it up today/Friday soon for everyone. It works well.

  • NegBox 7:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hosting, , Offshore   

    How to Find a Good International / Offshore Hosting Company 

    After much searching I found a good host. I was exploring the maze trying to do a bee-line to the answer (Why do they call it a Bee line when bees do not fly straight at all?). In the end the way I managed to find them was by going into a hosting directory like hostsearch and NOT going with the companies they list. The process is simple:

    1) Go to HostSearch

    2) Pick your country and scroll to the middle/bottom of the list (avoiding the sponsored listings)

    3) Pick a random host

    4) Go here: Who Is Hosting This and figure out who hosts the hosting company. You’ll get their company name and IP. Check out the company and the IP on a geolocation tool. If the parent company is where you want it to be – geographically speaking – Go forth, young man!

    5) If not, repeat with next hosting company on the list

    This little process gets though the barrier of Crapellers – My new term for Crap Resellers. Sometimes the parent company offers only high-end stuff, but sometimes it offers the usual fare. You can go for a reseller account yourself!

    Have fun!

     
    • Mike Chiasson 8:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ld still like to know what diabolical deed you are up to in the oversees market.
      My recent post Dear Facebook, Fuck You

    • negbox 3:06 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its not THAT diabolical. It isn't porn – I get too carried away to do that – it isn't warez or virii. Its just grey area and I prefer to stay on this side of trouble..

      There are just too many jerks with too much time on their hands and not enough Viagra hand cream… So it makes sense to take a little caution.

      Plus the folks I'm hoping to take over on SEO might not like it. But hey, its all fun and games… 🙂

      BTW, I finally found a host… I'm paying about 5x what I would be paying stateside – so this shit better work. Now! LOL!

  • NegBox 5:31 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hosting,   

    Will Mein Fuehrer Host Mein Blitzkrieg Website? 

    There you go, that’s the extent of my German.

    I’ve spent around five solid hours combined searching for good international hosting. Good as in: More than 15GB, more than 10x the bandwidth, a reasonable price tag for an experiment and dealing with a hosting company and not a reseller.

    Challenge #1) Try typing Hosting anything in your favorite search engine and its a zoo. Mostly resellers. And msotly totally GARBAAAAGE.

    Challenge #2) You find a company – Do the plans match what you need or do they have 250MB for $50?

    Challenge 3#) Are they REALLY located where they say they are? – The company may be, but check their customers and their datacenter if you can. I’ve used Discover Who Hosts Any Website | Who Is Hosting This to successfully sniff out companies in India reselling a server around the corner from me – all you need to do is nab the name of one of their clients and put them though that site. That and nice IP geolocation tool like http://www.ip2location.com

    Challenge #4) Are they for real? Or is it fly-by-night hosting on Grandma’s PC? This is a combination between a judgment call and the info you’re able to gather.

    This doesn’t sound like much of a challenge until you try. The US market is dead simple – Great offers and easy to tell apart the good from the crap. The international market – not so easy my friend.

    I tried the Warrior Forum, Digital point and some others – People are not talking much about this so came up really empty.

    The single most useful resource I found in this hunt was Hostsearch.com – The decision isn’t final on where I’m plunking this stuff down but I’m taking the plunge in the next few minutes… I’m just going to spin the wheel of fortune here. If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

     
  • NegBox 4:38 am on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hosting,   

    Offshore Hosting – Shore being ‘US’ Shores 

    Now that was stupid. I spent the past 60 minutes trying to find a good recommendation for international hosting. Panama, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, UK… Nothing was fitting the bill (ie: the bill was huge) Then it hit me like a brick: India. Doh!

     
  • NegBox 2:17 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Grey Hat, Hostgator, Hosting, Hot Chicks, Seo Hosting   

    Hostgator into SEO Hosting 

    Wow. I didn’t know Hostgator was into SEO hosting – I read the description of SEO hosting just a few days back – It means hosting multiple websites on a bunch of IP addresses of different networks so that search engines see them as really separate sites and not a link farm. Search engines got smart a while back and realized that if links coming to a site are all from the same network, its likely a site trying to game the search engine.

    SEO gamers counter-move is SEO Hosting – A hosting service which provides you IP addresses across many networks.

    I considered this a really gray area and didn’t expect to find Hostgator offering it on a dedicated site. And yes, its them – its not an impostor, I got the link from a support tech thread I was reading. This site is hosted on Hostgator.

    By the way… What the heck does a hot chick have to do with hosting?

    Don’t answer that… Sex sells. Why don’t they bundle a “porn network” subscription with it? Might sell hosting like hot cakes!

    I remember there is a blogger in this internet marketing space that puts hot chicks in between his posts – I can’t for the life of me recall the site’s name – And believe me I’ve looked. If you know who I’m talking about – send me a link!

    I’ll get back to this hot chick situation sometime. I’ve noticed something in the affiliate network manager pictures… You know where I’m going.

    Take a look at Pepperjam network’s front-page picture:

    I joined this network quite a while back.. I thought these guys put random hot chicks on the site cover to attract testosterone-ladden lads. I’m slowly discovering this isn’t the case… Seems to the untrained eye networks have a bias when it comes time to hire affiliate managers. Why can’t they look like:

    Am I really going to complain? Um… No, not really. Just point it out.

     
    • negbox 9:35 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Holy shit, now there's a thought! Why don't *I* use hot babes in this blog… Great excuse for everyone to look at some massive mammaries. Hmmm…
      My recent post New Site: Countdown Initiated

    • andre 6:27 am on July 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,

      You’ve got a nice blog. In fact, when hosting many websites, you will need to be careful to host them on numerous ip addresses. This tends to be great in link building. I personally use http://www.multipleiphosting.com for hosting numerous websites. You could check them too. This brand new process is called SEO Hosting and it really is regarded to be current and best web site promoting strategy.

  • NegBox 1:53 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gandi.net, Hosting, Jdownloader, , Teleport Pro, UltraEdit   

    An opportunity in a parallel niche presented itself on Friday… I think I may go for it – Looks like a very low hanging fruit. I managed to rip all the content I need in a nice structured way with a combination of Teleport Pro VLX and Jdownloader, with URL massaging courtesy of UltraEdit 32 and ‘column mode’ as well as a few command lines.

    I would need hosting somewhere like the Netherlands for this one, though – and probably use either an NL registrar or my old and trusted French registrar Gandi.net http://www.gandi.net/ – Not that this is very shady, but sometimes you just want to err on the safe side of things.

     
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