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    Popular?

    What types of things are getting more and more popular? I am thinking of starting a web business, but don't know what I should do.
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    It seems like reseller accounts are getting more and more popular. You may want to consider starting a business based around selling reseller accounts, ala Voxtreme, MCHost, etc.
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    I disagree. A year ago digging into the reseller niche was a great idea, but now its been very very done. Not to mention you really have to be on the ball to be a host strong enough to support other hosts.

    I would find a serious niche - and man I mean a niche - like Hosting for Painters, or Hosting for real Estate (although been very done too) - and package your brand / service all around your tight little niche.

    Sure, your overall marketshare potential might seem smaller, but you will find yourself establishing a brand among that niche a whole lot easier.

    There's no difference really in the services being offered to do this - just package your offerings differently - again all around serving your little niche.

    There's some neat articles about this type o stuff at www.hostbuzz.com as well. (not to take anything from this great site )

    Good luck.

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    Hmm, where are those articles you speak of?
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    I am a big believer in the Niche theory as well. Some of my friends work for well funded software companies that target Fortune 500 companies and they say nobody big is wanting to buy software right now (obviously, bad economy). So, go after a small niche, even if it is really small, and then maybe find another niche that you can tackle using what you've learned.

    Based on this post,

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showth...threadid=72050

    .....maybe starting a 3rd party tech support (a la bobcares.com) for porno sites is a good business

    Anyone think so? What about the bobcares business itself? I think if you have good contacts in India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, etc., it sounds pretty intriguing (sp?)
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    Originally posted by bjseiler
    Based on this post,

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showth...threadid=72050

    .....maybe starting a 3rd party tech support (a la bobcares.com) for porno sites is a good business

    Anyone think so? What about the bobcares business itself? I think if you have good contacts in India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, etc., it sounds pretty intriguing (sp?)
    If there is enough interest in a 3rd party tech support company, I might consider starting one..
    Last edited by Chicken; 09-05-2002 at 09:05 AM.

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    Bram - do you have connections or live in India or elsewhere?? If not, I don't think it will be that easy for you. I think there are a lot of people out there who would be willing to pay a couple bucks a month to have their unmanaged $99 dedicated servers kept up to date with patches, firewalls, etc. That seems like the open market to me. OR, if you can get in with an unmanaged company so they direct questions to you, that would be another way.

    I have had offshore people working for me for 3 years. If I had the experience and money (which I don't yet), I would hire Americans and pay well, but it is a heck of a lot easier to get through the lean months when your employees are only making a couple hundred a month instead of a couple thousand.
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    Personally I think i can see the market for more expensive, high quality hosts opening up again.
    If you look around the boards at the number of people getting burnt by these cheap hosts, it's increasing rapidly.
    Personally i would now rather use a more expensive host with good support and uptime and I am prepared to pay for it.
    I am sure other people feel the same at times, it all depends who you market to, local businesses etc will pay more because they trust you to look after their site and their business.

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    That's what I was kind of saying in one point. If you mix an unmanaged provider that has good hardware and data connections with a service provider who can handle all of the security, glitches, bugs, hacker headaches, etc., the end result is a pretty good package. I think the end user would pay less for this model than paying for one company to host and manage. As long as it is fairly transparent to the end user, I think it would work well.
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    Originally posted by lpguitars
    I disagree. A year ago digging into the reseller niche was a great idea, but now its been very very done. Not to mention you really have to be on the ball to be a host strong enough to support other hosts.

    I would find a serious niche - and man I mean a niche - like Hosting for Painters, or Hosting for real Estate (although been very done too) - and package your brand / service all around your tight little niche.
    You have to be on the ball regardless of what type of hosting you offer

    Sure it's been done. Its all been done. But if you can do it better than the competition, you can still be a success.

    I guess finding a tight niche might work, but personally I would never want to limit myself to such a small group of people.
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    Domain registration is big now. More and more hosts are now offering domain registration with all hosting plans.

    I recommend it as a 'must' if you plan to set up.

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