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Are You Paying Too Much For Your Domain?

Like any other business an online business does come with certain expenses and one of those is the constant renewal of your domain name. This may not be necessary if you use BlueHost or Green Geeks as your web host because they both give you a free domain for life when hosting with them. Unfortunately not everyone hosts with them, I know I didn’t at the beginning, and even if you do you only get one free domain. The question is are you paying too much for your domain? I think it’s a safe bet to say that a lot of you are. I know I was.

If you are paying more than is necessary this post will show you how to reduce that cost thereby increasing the profitability of your online business.

How Much Does A Domain Cost?

What surprises me is not that there is a way to minimize your domain cost but that it’s taken so long for me to share it with you. I’ve known about it for awhile but it wasn’t until I got notification that my theelusivepotofgold domain was about to expire and that it was going to cost me $59 to renew it for two years that it dawned on my to tell you aboutDynadot my domain registrar of choice.

Ever since finding out about them I’ve been slowly transferring my domains over to them one at a time. Truth be told they’re a lot more than a simple Domain Registra, but I’ll let Dr. Domain show you what they’re all about.

Dynadot ServicesCost/Value    Features
Domain Registration

$9.50

Free forwarding, Free                         stealth, Free email     forwarding, Free parking.

 

Domain Renewal

$9.25

Watch out for high renewal rates at other companies.

 

Domain Transfer

$9.50

Includes one year domain renewal.

 

Domain Privacy

$2.00

Protect your privacy, reduce spam and fraud.

 

Domain Change Account

Free

Move a domain to another account for free.

 

Web Hosting

$1.00

30 MB disk, 3 GB transfer, Ftp and browser upload. Free setup.

 

So, what you need to remember is that Dynadot is an ICANN accredited registrar, not a reseller. This is why they are able to offer some of the lowest prices on the internet, speaking of which, all prices listed here are in US Dollars and yes, Paypal is accepted.

Anyway, transferring my domain from my old registrar to Dynadot only cost me $9.50 and because it also included a year of domain renewal I saved myself $40 over two years. This means that I have another $40 up my sleeve and I’m going to use that to purchase some more nifty plugins from JVZoo. Which ones? Well I reckon you’re going to have to wait for that information in one of my future posts. :wink_ee:

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I don’t have many guest posters, one because not many ask and two a lot of those who do just don’t submit a post that I think is worth of my readers. Today however I’m more than happy to present to you this guest post by Charles Mburugu who more than fulfilled all the requirements for submitting a guest post. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy his tips for choosing the best business website builder.

Many business owners don’t have the time to look through the many website building programs to identify the one which is appropriate for their style of business. Even for business owners with technological know-how, this can be a very confusing and complicated area of technology. The vital thing to remember when you are looking for the best business website builder is to be aware of what you expect your website to accomplish.

Financial Impact

This is a vital detail that should be studied when beginning your program research. The budget for small business websites is usually low, while more established companies may pay more to have glamorous websites. Whatever the case, the internet offers several programs at no cost. Though such free software may not be rich in features, you can still use them to build a decent, comprehensive site.

Knowledge of User

After looking at the financial aspect, you need to consider how hard or easy the program will be to use. There are a wide range of business site builder programs available which cater to various levels of technical competency. Do not overestimate your technological know-how. Find a program which fits your present skill level and operate within the limits of your knowledge.

Integration

Many companies pay for the hosting of their websites in the World Wide Web. However, it is vital to ensure that the site you are building is compatible with the program being used to build that site. You do not want to find yourself starting from scratch later because your website can’t be integrated into your host’s server. Some research of the different programs will enable you to run a check to ensure that equipment being used is compatible with the program being utilized.

Features

“How many and what type of features does the program offer?” is a question that many people ask when looking for website building software. If you are putting up an online store, you will want a program which will allow you to integrate a shopping cart in the website. A site which deals with the current/news events will probably need a blogging section. Photographers who want to showcase their work on their site will need access to a photo gallery. The availability of such features will play a vital role in determining which software package you will end up choosing.

When you are considering which business site builder is right for you, think through these different aspects. A little research when starting the project can potentially save you many headaches once the finished product is launched into cyberspace.

Try Before You Buy

With every software company claiming that their site builders have the best features and are easy to use, it is vital to download the free evaluation copy. This will enable you to test different software and see the pros and cons of each.

Technical Support

Customer service is very vital for the ‘pre-sale’ and ‘after-sale’ stages. When browsing the website offering the site builder, check to see if the company offers email support, telephone helpline or live chat. Explain an imaginary problem and see if they can provide professional and timely support. If you experience a problem with the software, lacking support can make the site a real nightmare.

 

Author Bio

Charles Mburugu is a professional content developer and an entrepreneur. He often writes about real estate, finance, business start-ups and internet marketing. Unfortunately I had to remove the links in his Bio as explained in this post.

Saving Money So You Can Host Your Own Blog

One of my most popular posts, Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs, talks about a couple of reasons why people persist with Blogger blogs and the main reason has to be that it’s free. Although there may be a few bloggers using this platform who are doing quite well with it, I put to you that they could be doing so much better if they hosted their own blog with their very own domain.

To all those people out there who are sitting on the fence wondering if they should take the leap to hosting their own blog but are being held back because of the cost factor I would like to list my top ten ways of saving money. If you were to follow these tips you could easily invest the money saved into starting your very own self hosted blog.

So, how much do you have to save? Well, for a measly $6.95 per month you could use BlueHost, which is the host I use for this blog. I’ve used several hosts and I’ve found them to be the best and their CPU Throttling feature is an added bonus, not to mention that you also get a free domain for life as part of your membership and your own domain is a great way to build your brand.

OK, enough of that, here’s the top 10 ways for saving money.

  1. Give up smoking: Honestly, health risks aside giving up smoking could save you a fortune. If you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day at a cost of $11.50 a pack you would have spent $4,197.50 in a year. When you consider your hosting package for the same year would have cost you $83.40 you would have $4114.10 up your sleeve.
  2. Electricity Costs: Changing your normal light bulbs for the newer fluorescent lamps could save you up to $10-$50 per year.
  3. Heating / Cooling costs: Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in winter and a few degree higher in summer can also save you a fair bit of money. Having your home insulated,closing curtains and plugging up leaks will also add to your savings.
  4. Water Costs: Having shorter showers, installing water saving shower heads and reducing the thermostat on your water heater will also save you a nice wad of money.
  5. Eating Out: Cutting back on the amount of times you eat out can save you heaps. If you’re in the habit of buying your lunch consider taking a home made lunch and watch your savings grow. Not only that but you will probably eat a lot healthier.
  6. Consolidate Your Loans: If you have more than one loan then I suggest you consolidate them all into one loan with the cheapest rate you can find. This includes your credit card debts which normally have a very high interest rate. If you find it difficult to control your credit card expenditure then I suggest cutting them up and relying only on cash.
  7. Minimize Car Usage: Try walking to the local shops instead of using your car, not only will you save money but your health and fitness will improve. When you do use your car drive economically to minimize the amount of fuel you would use.
  8. Buy only what you can consume: I know some people go crazy when they see certain items on special and so they buy up not realizing that they’ve bought more than they can consume meaning they have to throw the excess away. This is a dreadful waste so make sure you check expiry dates and don’t buy more than you need. You don’t need to worry about things like toilet paper and stuff so you can buy up on these items.
  9. Shop around: I save heaps of money by just shopping around for the best deal and this is so much easier now that we have the Internet.
  10. Always use a shopping list: This can be used in conjunction with #9 and is important because you will save heaps by not buying impulse lines and things you don’t need if you stick to a shopping list.
  11. Take coffee from home: Coffee is a huge industry and rightfully so as there is a huge markup on a cup of coffee and every time you buy a cup you’re lining someone’s pocket. Taking coffee from home can be a huge money saver, and if you’re a big coffee drinker bring a thermos full to work.

Yeah, I know I said I would only give 10 ways to save money but seeing as how not everyone smokes I thought I would stick in an extra one. :cheese1_ee: As you can see, buy following these simple steps you can easily afford to use BlueHost to host your own blog, and if you consistently provide good content and use services such as adsense you will soon find that your blog will earn enough to pay it’s own way and usually enough for a little extra and so you can use all the extra money that you’ve saved to help paying off your loans thereby saving even more money.

OK, that was enough stressful reading for one day. You may want to read something a little more lighthearted like my post on Taking Off Your Clothes For The Greater Good where I show you how going naked can solve all the world’s problems. There were a few comments about being too cold and I wonder if there are any thermal paints that could be used which could give body art a whole new meaning. Just to put you in the mood here is a photo of a pretty gal wearing nothing but body paint, yep she is totally naked and the remarkable artist is Mark Reid.

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