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    How has business been for you as a hosting company?

    I just want your honest opinions. No bragging.

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    Slower than it used to be.

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    in our first 2-3 years it was ok but was moving kind of slow, I guess it was our fault since we only had local offers and did not care about the international market.
    Now everything works great, sales are up and we seem to be happy
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    Unfortunately. Sales have been very slow lately.

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    Sales was a little slow in the past few months but it is picking back up now. Currently we are doing very well and we have recorded the highest turnover for the year in this month.

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    I've noticed that sales have been slower than usual in the past few months, but it seems to be getting better this August.

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    Great! Highest sales months the past few months.
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    At least I know somebody is doing good.

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    Sales are increasing each month so we couldn't be happier here.

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    The sales have been much slower this year! I am hoping it will pick up in September and in the new year!

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    One man's loss is another's gain....

    We have been in the acquisition mode for a few month now picking up a few hundred solid accounts. Generally, though, new signups are slow.
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    A tad slow, working on some ways to get about 100 clients before the end of the year.
    Not sure what to put here :-P

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    It's been *okay* for us, not a ton of new signups. With our clients, we build up in a small group I guess you could say. 50% of our customers have several services/domains with us, and keep coming back for more. I would say about 20% of our customers are direct referrals from existing clients.

    All in all, not bad.
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    It's been an unusual year, because business seemed to start picking up in August. Since then, it's been on a slow (but steady!) uphill climb. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps going.
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    I hope I can get a series of new sign ups going soon, shouldn't be too hard if I can put my evil plan into effect!
    Not sure what to put here :-P

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    Sales is down by 80% for new clients compared to 2-3 years ago, hosting market is over saturated today.

    You need to offer something NEW or IMPROVED to make it moving.

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    Pretty good, at least good enough to open up new locations. At which is the tough part, deciding where to go next too many good choices out there lol.
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    We had the most sales in this year's August, than any other month. Monthly sales are still fewer than we'd like, but as months pass by, they gradually increase.

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    we concentrating on local market, it's as usual..
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    It is interesting to deal with different customers. We know hosting business is like "Feeding a Tree" it will grow slowly.
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    Actually, it's been great. Just purchased three hosting providers and will be posting press releases soon.
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    very slow it could be better

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    Sales are up for me from last month.

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    We added $20K in sales last month so it looks like things are on the rise.

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    Things are a fair bit slower than back in the early HTTPme days, around 2002 - 2003. Those were crazy months. I remember one mth racking 6 shared servers. That's a lot for a "little" host like me.

    But we're moving forwards never the less. There's more inventory around these days and I don't think hosting demand has kept up with inventory available from hosting suppliers. Pricing has gone through the floor and what's on offer now is bordering on unlimited anyways.

    The low entry barrier for new hosts and the ability for a host to have a snazzy website, and look like an established player, makes it tougher on the existing suppliers too. Then you've got the bigger players throwing a lot of money into advertising and customer acquisition, desperate to offset their churn.

    Word of mouth seems to be the major driving force these days, and if you can find a good avenue of advertising, this can only make your word of mouth more powerful.

    I still think hosting is a great business and one that has been good to me over the years. I'd like to think there's at least 5 to 10 years left in this industry.
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    We've had a very good year. We have doubled our number of servers this year, with plans to continue steady growth over the coming months.

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    we are new to this,sales has been low for past 3months hope so it will increase soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by yajur View Post
    we are new to this,sales has been low for past 3months hope so it will increase soon
    keep at it! try new methods of marketing and promotion, and look to see how you can improve your products and service too
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    It has been slow!! Lost of people looking for something for nothing. Not that that is a bad thing but not good for business.

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    needs a year and more in order to say that you will do something in this kind of business.
    For advertisement exept from google adwords which other way you will suggest?

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    Slow , but then again im still starting up

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    Aussie bob

    I know we have not really talked directly yet but still we are sort of intact indirectly...

    Regarding your post, I think you always over estimated the power of organics and under estimated the power of commercialism.

    Business is always attached to commercialism no matter how prudent you are in terms of business ethics the plague of capitalism always jumps in. You are an old player who likes to play the old rules of the game....lots has changed in the recent years mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    Things are a fair bit slower than back in the early HTTPme days, around 2002 - 2003. Those were crazy months. I remember one mth racking 6 shared servers. That's a lot for a "little" host like me.
    Is that partly due to the advancement of technology though? The servers then do not compare at all to the ones now. The use of Perl, PHP or another language is more popular now still the potential capacity is much higher now. It's not just the CPU's even it's the amount of ram, hard drives ect. Even for people renting machines the cost of doing raid has gone down a lot. No longer do you see people doing one drive space other drive backup. You see lots of hosts doing 4 drive raid-10 or raid-5 and renting backup space from their datacenter or someone else. This is all making capacity numbers go up or at least that's what we're seeing.

    Come to think of it that fits will with your other point about cost of entry. We're not a big host by any means but we've been doing raid-10 for a long time. Once I remember it being advertised as some sort of advantage. Not just by us but a lot of hosts who ran it. Now it seems like everyone has 4 drive systems running some sort of raid. The guys not running it are truly budget and most of them do not have backups at all. Really though anyone can afford to do what was once an expensive thing to do.


    As for the topic at hand how as business been for us. Well it's been great. Every month we're getting more new customers than the previous one. Our margins are improving due to the increased number of users as well.

    Sure we're taking customers from other companies but based on our research it's not all that either. A lot of the signups are new domains coming from a godaddy park page, namecheap or whatever. The market really hasn't capped at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForumsAddict View Post
    Aussie bob

    I know we have not really talked directly yet but still we are sort of intact indirectly...

    Regarding your post, I think you always over estimated the power of organics and under estimated the power of commercialism.

    Business is always attached to commercialism no matter how prudent you are in terms of business ethics the plague of capitalism always jumps in. You are an old player who likes to play the old rules of the game....lots has changed in the recent years mate.
    I do like to take things slow and steady, using organic word of mouth as the primary commercial growth driver. That's just me and how I want to play the business game. As far as business is concerned, I play by my own rules, so I'm not worried about playing by someone else's rules. I'll just keep chugging along and doing my thing, offering a good product for a value price proposition. There's no right or wrong way here. There's the way that works for you and you roll with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    Is that partly due to the advancement of technology though? The servers then do not compare at all to the ones now. The use of Perl, PHP or another language is more popular now still the potential capacity is much higher now.
    Not following you here. I was talking about growth was faster back then, as compared to now.

    But heaps of sites back then were dynamically driven, using php/mysql etc. Servers have come some way, but we were using Dual core Dual XEONs with 4GB RAM back then, so those specs aren't exactly ancient.
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    We first established on April this year and so far I would say business is getting better but slowly. Can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    Not following you here. I was talking about growth was faster back then, as compared to now.

    But heaps of sites back then were dynamically driven, using php/mysql etc. Servers have come some way, but we were using Dual core Dual XEONs with 4GB RAM back then, so those specs aren't exactly ancient.
    Well having to add less servers does not necessarily mean growth has slowed down that's what I was getting at. I could see a lot of cases as those systems are now twice as powerful or three times as powerful so it's not necessary to have as many machines. Along with of course upgrades to the fleet of machines to add capacity that way.

    I can see your point though having to add so many machines to keep up with things.
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    Growth has slowed for me. My business caters mostly to the mortgage business. I used to get several leads a week through the website and closed more than 50% of them. I saw leads decrease slowly over the last year. Then the cancellations started coming. Some went belly up, others were just trying to save money or flat out couldn't afford my services anymore.

    Stangly enough, I had 2 come back this week. I guess it's a sign our service was good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    . . . I can see your point though having to add so many machines to keep up with things.
    It was a bit of a crazy mth, jan/feb 2003. I remember it well and so does my sysadmin back then too. I don't think he was all that impressed. *waves to Steve.
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