UPDATE: For the latest guidance to get started – check the 40 day guide
You could get started without a domain & hosting but I recommend you get at least 1 domain setup & hosted.
Even if all your doing is direct linking, you should have a site hosted because:
- It will help with getting into the affiliate networks (see next chapter)
- Tracking & optimizing your campaigns is a lot easier if you use your own tracking solution
- The best performing campaigns use Landing pages
Check the tools chapter for recommendations on where to get your domains & hosting.
If you dont know anything about domains…watch this: What is a Domain Name!
So go and get a domain.
If your starting out I recommend you get a generic, cheap, domain you can use for a blog, multiple campaigns. Ie something like hotoffer.info, dailydeals.net, reviewedforyou.info etc etc.
Make sure it is relevant to the campaigns you will be running.
I use namecheap for managing all my domains because it comes with free privacy protection (your details are not visible when someone does a whois on your domain), and has the cheapest domains around.
When you get your domains, make sure you add the Who Is Privacy Protection.
Without this protection, anyone can lookup your name and address, and grab you email to spam you.
You dont want that.
Now you might think…"I’ll just put a fake address on".
Its against the domain providers T&Cs. More importantly, someone might need to contact you cause they want to buy your domain for loads of $$$…
…or worse, sue you for trademark infringement.
Here is a great explanation of different hosting options. Put your sunglasses on though…that shirt will hurt your eyes:
- If your looking to host a blog go for good shared hosting
- If you just want to do facebook, go for shared hosting
- If your going to drive considerable traffic, or need very fast response time, go for a VPS solution or A dedicated server
- If your going to do PPV go for a VPS or a Dedicated solution
Now in all cases you want to supplement this with hosting files in the "cloud". The best known here is Amazon Web Services S3.
The great thing about cloud hosting is that you pay for what you use and that you are not constrained by the size of your server. If you suddenly get a spike of traffic, the ‘cloud’ will in most cases deal with it.
If you want to understand more about this, or want some indepth tutorials on a variety of hosting & domain topics, check these two video archives:
And if you loved the guys shirt and want to see more of their videos -> here is their youtube channel
I’m wondering if there is a tutorial somewhere on how to set up a server on Storm on Demand? Need a little help here! Can you guys explain what I need to do? What options should I choose, etc?
Do you got a managed one with cpanel?
No, it’s the first one! Coremanaged with Mysql and PHP. I guess I have to select option 2? cPanel + Fantastico. I’m I right?
I got the Storm 2GB with CentOS and cPanel, saves some hassles and time Barely monthly costs above $80
Are you talking about ‘CentOS 5.4 64bit + cPanel + Fantastico’?
Yep that’s what I got and works great so far
Its a while ago that I setup my server on Storm but I can see if I can pull together a tutorial.
Ive got it setup with Ubuntu, Nginx, And various caching and memory handling functions – lighting fast
These are some of the posts that I used as a basis for doing it:
you could also check:
Let me know if you are interested in a step by step tutorial on this.
It’s hard when you have to do it for the first time, if you know what I mean! Anyway, thanks for your replies!
Wow you guys make it sound difficult. I use the Storm on Demand fully-managed w/cpanel and the support is awesome ($50+20). This is a must. No way would I be able to install my stuff without the manged and cpanel account. Also have extra IPs, ya may need sl cert to use pixel tracking with some networks.
You are 100% right – if you can afford $50 a month and your not experienced with setting up servers the extra $20 is worth it.
Zensix.com is reaaaaaaally cheap ($18/month!) and I’ve had almost zero downtime. Best host ever!
I’m sure it would be beneficial not just to me, but to other forum members as well.
ok. Once I have the remaining getting started sections done in the next couple of days Ill do a tutorial on how to setup hosting & cpvlab on Storm.
any update on this tijn? I’m ready to go now
not much progress im afraid. getting distracted launching new campaigns. Must focus and deliver though on this commitment so thanks for the reminder.
I have Storm On Demand as well. Are there things that can be done to optimize the server for best performance or does it just run the way it does when you buy it?
Damn…I’m thinking of downgrading my dedicated which is $290/months to Storm VPS…seems like a good reduction in cost without sacrificing too much on speed/reliability.
Anyone have any experiences with both a dedicated and a VPS?
Maybe real world experiences with either one can sway people’s decisions in here for choosing the right solution for them.
I had 2 dedicated servers for a couple years when i ran larger websites before affiliate marketing. When i sold my final large site i kept 1 dedicated for aff but realized i didn’t need it. At the time i was with RealityCheckNetwork and downgraded to a VPS which easily held 15,000 unique’s a day just fine. I don’t think a dedicated is needed unless your running very large media buys.
I’m trying to install the cpvlab software. At step 4, when I navigate to the ‘install.php’ file, all I get to see is a blank page. Maybe someone knows what the problem can be? I reinstalled the software several times, using different folder names, but the problem remains. It’s just a blank page. Nothing there.
For those with Storm on Demand, were you able to install an SSL cert to enable pixel tracking?? If so, do you have a fully managed plan or self managed?
Any update on this? Thanks!
ioncube loader probably.
Any update on this? Thanks!
He man sorry havent had any time to do this. And to be honest, i would recommend anyone taking out managed hosting so you can focus your time on building campaigns rather then building servers.
Thats what I try and do now – focus on what matters and let people that are specialists deal with the other stuff like managing my servers.
I’ve got a dedicated server with ngnix. It’s fully optimized for ppv and ppc traffic. So it’s quite fast if anyone needs hosting for free.. There’s no way I can max out this server and specs. Well just thought offer, any questions just let me know.
Any suggestion on the company I could use?
storm or beyond
Any opinions on this from Beyond: http://beyondhosting.net/CPVLab-Hosting/
Good deal for hosting and optimized CPVLab all in one or is it better to keep your CPVLab server completely separate?
I just signed up with beyond and they have amazing support… For now I’m leaving cpvlab alone on a different domain and using MediaTemple for hosting LPs/other stuff…
here’s what I’m using
Low traffic – hostgator, mid level traffic – liquidweb VPS, high level – amazon cloud hosting
which one is better wiredtree or beyond? i need to work out one company just to settle with and have minimal issues with as possible
If you are relatively new to marketing and/or have little experience with managing server-related things then definitely go with BH. Raw server performance aside you are likely going to get better support from a company that caters to the needs of internet marketers and know what goes on in that world. The 24/7 support is worth much more than the monthly cost you incur.
Agreed. Unless you’re confident with both Affiliate Marketing basics and hosting, I’d definitely go with BH.
Let’s put it this way: I’ve been running web servers since 1996, and when I started doing affiliate stuff, I STILL went with BH.
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