I was asked this in an email recently and I felt it would be a great blog post. The training steps in CTP don’t talk about hosting, although we’ve discussed doing so. So the question was, do you even need it?
Yes. Well, no. I mean yes?
Here’s the deal: Hosting will give you lots of benefits, but it’s not required to make money online. So it’s one of those how serious do you want to be type of things. Do you want to make an OK amount, or do you want to make the most you possibly can?
Benefits of Hosting:
- You can give people your own URL. It’s almost like “proof” you are really committed. If you say my site is myname.com for instance, people know they can go back there anytime to see what’s going on.
- You can start a blog. I’m soo 100% on blogs. I get tons of free traffic from search engines because of my blog. It’s like a free bonus that keeps coming back. Some will argue that the traffic doesn’t increase profits, but I argue it’s free traffic for doing nothing but posting to a blog vs posting to an email list. Why wouldn’t you?
- You can have custom splash pages. With AdKreator you are limited in how much you can do. I love AdKreator, but if you hire someone to make a design for you most likely it won’t be able to just be stuck onto an AdKreator splash. So by having hosting you’re allowing yourself the ability to go crazy.
So why wouldn’t you host?
- The cost. This is usually the first reason to not jump into hosting. If you are limited on budget there are better things you can be doing right now. Like building a list. You can have the best blog in the world, but if nobody knows when you post something new, have fun with that content nobody sees!
- The learning curve would be next. Just because you have hosting, doesn’t mean you will be able to make fabulous splash pages or get the blog setup. If you aren’t there, don’t sweat it.
So what do you do? I would focus on list building and tracking. You can be an affiliate marketer without owning a website, ever. Once you are on top of your game and feel you know how to do it effectively, then you should start hosting and go from there. Don’t try to do too much too fast or you’ll get burnt out, confused, and frustrated!