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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2002

    Question A question for hosts...

    After browing the requests forum, I noticed that many hosts sponsor people (either asked by the host, or by a user looking to get sponsored).

    Why do hosts offer and/or accept sponsoring? Is it the free advertising (minus reasonable BW), additions to your clients list?

    Curious minds want to know.

    Not that I have anything against these hosts, or sponsoring itself, I'm just curious why *you* (hosts) do it?

    I thought about making this a poll, but I'd only have 4 options.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    "the islands & bays are for sportsmen"
    I don't sponsor anyone yet, but when I do, it will be for the "free" advertising. The right client can bring a lot of positive attention to your hosting business. By the same token, the wrong client can really hurt your business.

    But if people can see that you've taken good care of a client, and the client is open about your good quality service, it's really a better advertisement than any "bought" advertising. At least IMHO.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Tacoma, Washington
    We don't do it for the advertising.

    Every once in a while we notice someone come into that forum looking for hosting they can't afford. We take a look, and if it's a good cause then we'll offer them free hosting. The leading paragraph from one site we host for free states:

    This website is dedicated to my daughter Charlotte. She has a rare kidney defect, Bartter's Syndrome that causes her to lose potassium and magnesium. If you are looking for more information on Bartter's or Gitelman's Syndrome, you will find it here.
    I'd never heard of Bartter's or Gitelman's Syndrome and apparently neither have a lot of people. The site was built as a resource center for others and there's a small community of people who's children suffer this syndrome. They meet and talk online. I'm the father of a very healthy 2 year old, and reading this website made me appreciate just how lucky I am. When there was a need for this site to stay online, we stepped up and offered them free hosting and support.

    Since then, two more sites were added to our servers that are related (one is paid for per month). As far as I can tell we're hosting the most information on this condition on the internet today - it's rarely known even amongst medical circles.

    There's a link to us on both sites, but it's never been required, and I can't think of more than a handful of signups that may have eventuated from those sites. However, the off chance that come other parents may discover what their child has, and find ways to help them is reward enough for the small amount of resources the site uses. We host a few sites for free, but all are well worth the time and effort - which is minimal.

    So why do we do it? As I said, it's not really for the free ads. We have the resources to be able to do it, and some people are trying very hard to keep their sites online when they can't afford monthly fees. Sometimes the right thing to do is reason enough
    Former Webhost... now, just a guy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    New Orleans, LA

    Thumbs up

    I commend you for that, akashik

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