Are you interested in saving up to 50% on your annual Website expenses? Are you just getting started with your online business but are on a tight budget? As a fellow internet entrepreneur, I am always on the look out for the best deals and greatest value for products and services I use. Over the years I have had a great deal of experience purchasing domains, hosting and other valued services such as autoresponders, shopping carts, plugins and software for my personal sites and client websites. I went from spending over $120 for domain registration and hosting for practically inactive websites, to around $50-60 today for both my domain and hosting for an “active” website. In fact I will show you how you can get your domain names for free or nearly 50% off the regular price.
I went ahead and wrote a guide so you too can save money and lower your online business expenses. After being broke and in debt myself, (More about that here) I know how every penny counts, especially when you are just getting started online.
Getting A Domain:
Free: When you register for web hosting for the first time, many hosting companies such as HostGator actually offer a free domain for the first year.
Best current Deal
Best Recurring pricing
Google Search Techniques – clicking on specific ads to save as well.
Domain Transfer: I don’t recommend you do this every year because of the hassles associated with transferring your domains, but you can easily save a lot of money on your domains if you continuously transfer them year after year to a different domain registrar.
For example, if you are currently with Godaddy or Register.com or 1&1, you can transfer your domain to Namecheap for only $4.99 for the first year. To save even more, right now you can use coupon code BYEBYEGD to transfer up to 10 domain names for just $3.99 per domain. After the first year the rate will only increase to $10.69 and it still includes free WHOIS privacy protection which Godaddy charges an extra $11.99 a year for per each domain! Not only that, Namecheap offers even lower prices if you have a domain that ends with .co.uk, .in or .us. 1&1 currently is offering a special price of $.099 to register your domain for the first year as of November 2nd, 2012 and it’s only $10.99 a year thereafter.
Godaddy and Register.com offer 1 year plus an additional year free of charge, the pricing is$7.99 and $11.99 respectively for 2 years of domain registration.
Read The Fine Print- The 1st year of domain registration may be very cheap only to find that the price triples the 2nd year. Make sure to read the domain registrar policies and fine print before making an order.
Get Alerts on Deal Forums. - Set up a deal alert for keywords such as “domain” or “hosting” at popular deal websites slickdeals.net and fatwallet.com.
Get Cashback: Get up to 30% cashback using popular websites such as Bigcrumbs.com, Mrrebates, Ebates and Shopathome. Not only can you get cashback on domains and hosting, you can also save on nearly any purchase made on the internet!
I always look out for the best deals and value for the money but as some have said, using promo codes for domains at Godaddy is a good idea to save a couple bucks (sometimes they have domains for $1!). I would not recommend hosts like FatCow or iPage because of the fact that they reel you in for cheap and then charge triple or double for every year of hosting after the first. I personally use Hostgator and Stablehost for my domains and I can recommend Bluehost as well. For domains, I also use Namecheap and several of my friends and clients do as well because of the free WHOIS privacy protection and the fact that it’s around the same price as Godaddy. Always read the fine print and policies to make sure the deal isn’t “too good to be true”.
I Forgot to mention my costs usually start around $50 a year per domain including hosting (you can add extra domains to your hosting for free as add-on domains) but it depends on the traffic you get, once your site gets popular hosting definitely increases. You add plugins and software such as autoresponders, social media management tools, etc the cost easily goes up to more like $50 a month depending on which services you choose. Domain and Hosting should be under $100 a year, never over unless your site gets lots of traffic and you then would need a VPS server or a more expensive hosting plan (some do offer unlimited bandwidth and hard drive space for cheap but normally with a cap on usage so it’s not really unlimited). An autoresponder might be around $150-300 a year to start depending on how fast your list grows and which service provider you choose. Hopefully this helps you understand the costs to having your business set up online. If you have any questions feel free to let me know.
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