Setup Domain, Hosting, and Affiliate Redirection

IN Life Purpose & Income

Domain Name

Now that you’ve done your domain searches… (don’t panic if you are still looking, it’s hard to get a good domain these days!)

… it’s time to register your domain!

It took me a few days to find mine, because I stuffed around with keyword searches and different name combinations until I finally signed up with that expired domains company to do the search for me `cos everything I tried was "already taken"

*weep!*

I used Bluehost.com to register my domains, primarily because that’s where I host my domains and it was convenient. I host a lot of domains and sites with them and have been really happy with my experience with them. They are $10 each to register at Bluehost and your first domain with them is free if you signup to them for hosting as well.

Other places you might like to try:
Australians http://www.crazydomains.com.au/ ($12 AUD)

A lot of people use GoDaddy: Pfft GoDaddy! I find it one of hardest sites on the planet to navigate, trying to change any of your settings, transfer it to another host, even try and find things on the site.. meh! It is confusing.. ugh.. enough of my whinging ;) if nothing else, GoDaddy is super cheap.. and have a special on right now where you can get domains for like $2.. tempting isnt it.. but I still think they are crap :)

If you really can’t afford to get your own domain name, at least get a site setup at http://pages.google.com/ and your blogs (which you’ll learn about tomorrow) but it will be a lot harder to get people to go to your website without a domain.

Web Host

I use BlueHost and am moving all of my domains over to them.

I’ve never been happier, and I don’t think I’d ever move away from them. I pay $6.95 per month, which is paid up-front. I wish I could recommend others to be less biased, but I really like them and I can’t think of any others to recommend :

Plus if you need me to help you with anything, I’m more familiar with Bluehost. (ie, setting up redirects, affiliate links, blogs, email, etc)

Bluehost offers:

  • UNLIMITED Hosting Space
  • UNLIMITED File Transfer
  • UNLIMITED Domains!!!
  • 2,500 POP/Imap Email Accounts
  • SSH (Secure Shell), SSL, FTP, Stats
  • CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
  • 2000/2002 Front Page Extensions
  • Free Domain included with 12 and 24 months Subscription
  • Free Site Builder
  • 24/7 Support
  • Fantastico, etc..

Basically, they keep on top of everything that someone might need and make sure their servers have it.

If you already have a hosting company that you’re happy to recommend to all of us, please let the group know as I honestly do not know who else to recommend! I’ve never been happy with any of the other hosts I’ve had.

A friend of mine likes JaguarPC.com

Another SGR affiliate is using HostGator.com

If you don’t want to go on Bluehost.. make sure that the host you choose has a Control Panel & Fantastico! Essential!

Bluehost Pricing:
24 Month Account $6.95 a month
1 FREE Domain Registration
No set up fees [$30 Savings]
Less than $0.23 cents a day!
$166.80 due at sign-up; [24 month account x $6.95 mo.]

12 Month Account: $7.95 a month
1 FREE Domain Registration
No set up fee [$30 Savings]
Less than $0.27 cents a day!
$95.40 due at sign-up; [12 month account x $7.95 mo.]

6 Month Account: $8.95 A Month
$30 One Time Set Up Fee
$10 Annual Domain Registration Fee
$93.70 Total due at sign-up
[6 mo. x $8.95 mo.($53.70) + $30 Setup + $10 Registration]

3 Month Account: $9.95 A Month
$30 One Time Set Up Fee
$10 Annual Domain Registration Fee
$69.85 Total due at sign-up
[3 mo. x $9.95 mo.($29.85) + $30 Setup + $10 Registration]

 

Redirect your Domain to your Affiliate URL

Once you have your domain registered and a webhost, redirect your domain to your SGR Affiliate ID.

If you went with Bluehost.. login to cpanel.
Scroll down to "Domains"
Click on "Redirects"
Type in your affiliate URL (without the http://) in the box,
choose "Permanent" not "Temporary"

And you’re done.

When you go to www.yourdomain.com, you should now see your SGR Affiliate site.

For example:
When you go to http://thesecretuniversity.com
You get my SGR affiliate site.

Note: Your site will show the full affiliate url ie: http://thesgrprogram.com/?a_aid=b7efd724 when someone goes to www.yourdomain.com I’ll explain how to get rid of that on day 4.

Redirecting it to the ugly "?affiliate" url will at least get you going if you happen to be "talking or typing" about it with someone, or adding your website url somewhere, email sig’s, etc.

Penny (PennyButler.com)
Penny (PennyButler.com)

Who are we? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life? Penny is a truth-seeker, ever-questioning, ever-learning, ever-researching, ever delving further and deeper down the rabbit hole. This site is a legacy of sorts, a place to collect thoughts, notes, book summaries, whilst providing a searchable archive to easily lookup and reference.

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