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Never put all your eggs in one basket. With Google’s current anti-spam frenzy, that statement could never be truer. Google is rapidly catching folks who want to game their algorithm and you simply do not want them to easily identify the websites you own.
So you’ve got a lot of expired domains purchased already – the next thing you need to think about is where to host all of them. There are free WordPress web hosting out there (e.g. 000webhost.com) – but you do not want to fall at their mercy when they decide to close shop or delete your website any time. You can now choose between VPS hosting, cloud hosting, reseller hosting or shared hosting.
VPS vs Shared Hosting for your blogs
If you’re looking to host lots of different money sites, I highly recommend VPS hosting as switching up your IPs is much less important. My cost of hosting a websites is pennies, as a single VPS that costs $80/mo can easily host 1000 sites (8 cents per sites, per month). Here are some quick VPS Hosting Tips for hosting hundreds of sites however:
Get amazing support – This is the most important thing. The best host I am currently using is Gigatux, their support is wonderful. I’d suggest getting a few different VPS and testing out their support early on by asking them to implement some of the tips here.
Get enough RAM – All these virtual servers can take up a lot of space, if you’re looking at hosting hundreds of websites then make sure you have at least 2gb of RAM on the VPS.
Get a solid state partition for MySQL – The biggest bottleneck in hosting these sites is MySQL and hard-drive speed. Simply get a solid state drive for your mySQL partition to solve this.
Make sure you monitor up-time
Ban the bots! Aside from major search engine bots, and other bots you need of course. I have used up terrabytes of data in a single day because of bots.
If you’re looking to host private blog networks however, having a varied amount of IPs is important. It makes a lot of sense since a website with backlinks coming from geographically diverse IP addresses would generally vouch that these came from “natural” linkbuilding. If you compare that to another website supported by backlinks that have suspiciously identical IP addresses, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that these websites are managed by the same owner. I’ve tested this many times and there is definitely diminishing returns on links from sites with the same IP addresses.
It is incredibly difficult to obtain a large number of IPs on a VPS – you have to buy and setup SSL certificates. And if you say you will set them up and never do, they won’t give you any more IPs. Because of this, it’s best to get cheap and reliable shared hosting.
Now, here’s a thing about getting shared hosting. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNLIMITED EVERYTHING! Give them a break – for your websites to run smoothly on shared hosting, you need to limit it to 5 to 10 domains per shared host account. WordPress takes up a lot of system resources – so you need to stay away from there if you plan to build a big WordPress site (like 5,000 pages up) or a busy site (like 50,000 visitors per day). Below are some of the good ones we have tried:
- Zyma – Priced at £4.95 per year (roughly less than US$8), this seems affordable for people who are short of cash. Allows you to host 5 domains. There are quite a few negative reviews about their service when you search Google, but our experience with them has been great. So far.
- Lacehost – It will cost you $1.99 per month for one domain. You can even select 9 server locations where your hosting will be installed.
- iPage – Costs $2.95 a month when you pay for a longer subscription period.
- Fatcow – Costs $3.15 a month when you choose to pay for a longer subscription.
- StableHost and Hawkhost have great support team to help you transfer hosting. Both have starter shared hosting plans at $3.95 a month.
- Arvixe – We paid $60 per year for this hosting for one website. There are new packages available for $4 a month for more than a year subscriptions.
Justhost and Bluehost are reliable and easy to install and IXWebHosting are also giving us good service so far. IXWebhosting is particularly good since it gives you 15 IPs for the same price as most hosts will give 1 IP, you just have to stagger the launch of your sites. Update November 15: IXWebHosting is still going great for us over a year later. Their affiliate manager emailed me and I negotiated a 15% discount code on our affiliate link. Just follow this affiliate link and type in the coupon code “nohat”.
If you’ve got cash for reseller hosting at Hostnine ($24.95 a month), better grab it because they will give you more bang for your buck. You can select different geographical server locations for each account you make, which means you can diversify the IP addresses of your websites (up to about 33 C-blocks if you’re clever). Just do not mention that you want unique C-Blocks when you sign up! They don’t want to know what you’re doing :)
You may have your own list of better shared hosting options. Please share it here, since we’re constantly expanding our own blog network.