Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Monetize your web presence - part 2

Domains & Hosting

Typically the cost of a domain will run between $8.00 and $10.00 for registration.
I have used Microsoft’s Office Live where you can get a single domain and the hosting for that domain for free. Of course you have limited capabilities but can upgrade your account to include some of the capabilities for a monthly fee.

My second foray into domain ownership was with Google. You can either look at it that I am paying $10.00 per year for the domain and get the hosting for free or the domain was free and the hosting is $10.00 per year. Once again I have limited control over the web site. However I like the controls much better.

My third domain purchase was from GoDaddy. I paid $8.95 per domain. I’m hosting and for free at leadhost. is hosted at home using my existing ISP. Right now the home site is not accessible because of my ISP’s port blocking. I have quite a bit of control with the leadhost sites and have absolute control of the site at home, which I love.
The fourth web presence management move is with Blogger. I have two Blogger subdomains that I manage. I have a fair amount of control with these two sites…much better than what I was expecting going in.

So do your research and choose the solution that works best for you. I hope these ideas give you a good start.

Coming up: Part 3 Producing content and advertising.

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