Become a Domain and Hosting Reseller
The window of opportunity to build a successful Domain and Hosting business is wide open. More and businesses, organizations, and people are registering they domain names and creating their own web site daily. Add to that more and more domain names are coming up for renewal, and people are sick of the poor service and high cost from the original “Old School” registrars. They’re charging as much as 4 times the price they could be paying — betting on people their customers will just do it. Many do, but more and more are transferring to a registrar offering a better price. Now is the time for entrepreneurs to jump in and take advantage of these prospective customers.
Old Hippie Domains is authorized to sign up resellers of Go Daddy products in the reseller’s own name. Go Daddy’s reseller group provides the back office (servers, billing, support, credit card processing, renewals, reports, …) to the reseller, in the name of the reseller. The reseller’s customers only know of the reseller — and not Go Daddy actually handling the entire back office. The majority of resellers you see advertising Domain Registration, transfers, and web hosting are doing so under this arrangement. The only thing the reseller really needs to do is to create a web site with good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and to do as little or as much marketing as they wish.
The most profitable of the Old Hippie Domains resellers is Southern Star Hosting. It became a reseller about 5 years ago, and its current marketing strategy is limited to banners on web sites — although it will be greatly expanding on that in the coming weeks. You can visit them (and I suggest you do if you are interested in becoming a reseller) at www.SouthernStarHosting.com a to get an idea of what a professional reseller site through Old Hippie Domains looks like, the product pricing that they use, and the products they offer.
While is it not that difficult to become an Old Hippie Domains reseller, and set up your web site on your own – many potential resellers have indicated that they would prefer a turn key business set up for them including all of the web work. Then all that they need concern themselves with is to market the products and sit back to collect the commissions. Reseller’s out of pocket expenses are limited to an annual licensing fee (which is less than $100 for a Standard resellers, and less than $200 for Pro resellers), cost of their web site (free if you do it yourself), and what you want to spend on Marketing.
The major difference between Pro and Standard is the buy rates of the products.
What you spend in marketing is up to you. Some are good with the traffic the search engines bring them. Others might use Google Adsense or some other linking banner advertisement, while others have big budgets for TV and radio advertising. Many start small and reinvest profits to grow — yet some others come into it with an initially big advertising budget. As a reseller, one of the benefits is a 185 page book written by a very successful reseller. In it he outlines various strategies and it is in the reseller’s best interest to read the book. Likewise the reseller sets his own pricing of products by individual product. He can go with the strategy of the bare minimum and go for volume of renewing customers, go with the suggested (which is what Southern Star Hosting does) pricing, or set the pricing to the maximum and have fewer customers but higher margin. Again, the reseller’s book discusses these various strategies and it is left to the reseller.
How successful a person is in the Reseller’s business is directly related to their effort. The most profitable, put in the most effort.
For those entrepreneurs interested in becoming a Domain/Hosting reseller but want someone who understands the business to give them a head start with a good web site, the below have been set up and are for sale. As they are sold, other catchy reseller domain names are registered and web sites developed to replace the sold business.
There are two parts to a reseller’s web site. The first is the front site that both catches the interest of the prospective customer — yet has better SEO to bring more visitors to your site. The second part is the back end site — which gives the product detail and signs your customers up for the products you sell. One big mistake that most of the less experienced resellers make is to only have the back end site (because it is easiest to setup and hosted on Go Daddy servers) but not the front end site. This is one of the many secrets the book gives those who take the time (too few) to read it. We’ve created our front end sites from highly modified Word Press templates, which we put together for our own use. There are many benefits from the this, but the two most important is SEO, and ease of use. The first is because we’ve installed an addon that routinely creates the exact type of site map that the major search engines look for — then notifies them to come crawl the site. In time this (and other tricks learned from the book) causes your site to receive higher and higher display ratings for the same key words. The second is that Word Press is incredibly stabile and easy to use. When there are updates — one-click gets them installed for you. If you can post to Facebook — then you can maintain a Word Press web site.
Currently the above resellers sites are completely operational and garnering points with the search engines. However, the products they sell are using Southern Star Hosting’s back end site, and Southern Star Hosting is receiving the sales/Commissions. When someone buys the reseller site and executes a reseller agreement, they will have us assemble their back end site and change the links to theirs. We will also relinquish the ownership of the domain name to them via a transfer.
We only want $2000 for the domain name we registered and the web site we created for the above reseller businesses. You might be asking yourself why we’re doing this so cheap? The answer is that Old Hippie Domains has a vested interest in your success. Frankly (and few others who sign up resellers will admit to this — but we all do) Old Hippie Domains makes a very small commission on every product you as a reseller sell. This doesn’t affect your commissions at all as it is paid to us directly, and the amount is so small that we need a lot of resellers with a lot of sales to be substantial enough to brag about. However, it is enough for us to want to see our sellers to become successful, and these prepackaged reseller businesses are part of our strategy to make our resellers more successful than other resellers.
You have two other options with Old Hippie’s Domains to become a reseller.
Save the $2000 and become a reseller for as little as $79. Read the book and do the work putting together a professional web site with good SEO yourself. That’s what Southern Star Hosting did, and it worked for them.
Register a domain name you prefer from the ones we offered above — and we create your site with the same function as the above with your registered domain name and the “Look and Feel” you wish.
If you are ready to start your own domain/hosting reseller business — email me your questions and concerns.
Advertising Special. For a limited time, buyers of the above reseller businesses will receive one year’s worth of rotating advertising banners linking to their site on their choice of a web site selected from the 23 DDS Enterprises, Inc. offers banners on.
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Thirty years ago we didn’t listen to a very wise man, and today we still aren’t listening to facts and common sense.
The World’s Best Speech
Money Is Evil?
The follow in a speech given by a fictional character by the name of Francisco D’Ancondia in a novel written in 1957 by Ayn Rand — titled “Atlas Shrugged”
As I write this, I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book — which is the best book I’ve ever read. Some who read the book will understand the message the author intended to give — but most today, as in 1957, will have the message race over their head — as they are living in that warning given over 50 years ago. To them, it will just be a great novel of fictitious people in a fictitious land.
I encourage those worried with what “Hope and Change” has put the United States to please read this book. It is a big and heavy book — better read in the electronic version. I believe that many, like me, will find it near impossible to put it down.
The below except is a speech Franciso gave at a wedding of an anti-business “Progressive”, that was attended but Socialists and Government Cronies. It was his response to someone telling him that his money was evil.
Francisco d’Anconia’s Speech on Money from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)
“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?
“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?
“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions–and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.
“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made–before it can be looted or mooched–made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.’
“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss–the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery–that you must offer them values, not wounds–that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity,
but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade–with reason, not force, as their final arbiter–it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability–and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?
“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality–the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.
“Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered: that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil?
“Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth–the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. But you look on and you cry that money corrupted him. Did it? Or did he corrupt his money? Do not envy a worthless heir; his wealth is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?
“Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money?
“Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money
will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?
“Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money–and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.
“Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.
“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.
“But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage, pride or self-esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich–will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt–and of his life, as he deserves.
“Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard–the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money–the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law–men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims–then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
“Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns
and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked, ‘Account overdrawn.’
“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, ‘Who is destroying the world? You are.
“You stand in the midst of the greatest achievements of the greatest productive civilization and you wonder why it’s crumbling around you, while you’re damning its life-blood–money. You look upon money as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edge of your cities. Throughout men’s history, money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor. That phrase about the evil of money, which you mouth with such righteous recklessness, comes from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves–slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody’s mind and left unimproved for centuries. So long as production was ruled by force, and wealth was obtained by conquest, there was little to conquer, Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, as aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers–as industrialists.
“To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money–and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man’s mind and money were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being–the self-made man–the American industrialist.
“If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose–because it contains all the others–the fact that they were the people who created the phrase ‘to make money.’ No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity–to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.
“Yet these were the words for which Americans were denounced by the rotted cultures of the looters’ continents. Now the looters’ credo has brought you to regard your proudest achievements as a hallmark of shame, your prosperity as guilt, your greatest men, the industrialists, as blackguards, and your magnificent factories as the product and property of muscular labor, the labor of whip-driven slaves, like the pyramids of Egypt. The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide– as, I think, he will.
“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other–and your time is running out.”
I believe I understand Rand’s message because of personally experiencing the comments and attitudes and people around me for so many years. I believe the Novel was written about 40 years into the 100-year plan, and we’re better than 90 years into that plan. People need to wake up — and reading Atlas Shrugged will make many of those who read it.
My middle daughter bought me Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand last week, to read as I recover at home from an illness. Last night I read the Introduction (which was based on excerpts from the author’s journal planning the story and characters) and the first three chapters (93 pages) tonight. Very hard to put down.
Originally the book was going to be called “Strike”, but Rand’s husband suggested she change the name to Atlas Shrugged. She started work on the book after finishing Fountainhead in the early 40s — and the book was finally finished and published it in 1957.
The first I’d heard of the book was in 1998. People kept telling me I was like John Galt in Atlas Shrugged — I mean a lot of people told me this after I abruptly and unexpectedly retired in my early 40s. I was tired of being an unappreciated Giver that was being penalized in favor of the lazy Takers. I found that my being compared to Galt very strange, mainly because I’d never heard of Galt or the book before.
In 1998, I owned three good size businesses, employed a couple hundred people, spent over $500,000 a month in expenses to local vendors, and earned about $400,000 a month profit for myself and a silent partner who had invested in me back in 1990. I was paying millions in taxes. However, despite my personally risking everything I had to get started, and working from 6AM to 11PM seven days a week — I was paying extortion fees of about $60,000 a month for nuisance valve settlements of frivolous lawsuits, fighting unreasonable government obstacles at levels, and the world appeared hated me for no reason more than the envy of success from my ambition, risk and long hours. I bent over backwards to be charitable — which while expected of me because I had more than average — was never appreciated by the recipients of my charity.
I finally got fed up and decided I was sick of beating me head against the wall just because it was expected Givers (those who contribute to the system more than they take from it), decided I was tired of being penalized for being productive, and I threw in the towel and retired from being a productive producer 30 years earlier than I should have. I had become sick of a Socialist political climate where the Takers are rewarded, and the Giver’s penalized.
People were shocked when I decided to retire and saw me adjust my lifestyle to live on a small fraction of what of what I was spending — after throwing away a $2,000,000 a year personal revenue stream. Family and friends thought I was crazy to give it all up to go drag racing — and some feel I am evil for not doing my part of employing people and spending money in the local economy. When I started being compared to John Galt — who I knew nothing of — I said I would someday read the book to find out why I’m being compared to him.
My understanding is that John Galt won’t be introduced in the book until after page 1000 — but in the first 100+ pages that I’ve read so far, the question “Who is John Galt” has been asked many times.
While this book was published in 1957 — it is all about what’s going on in America today. You have the Givers (like Bill Gates) who are some of the ambitious and charitable people who have taken risks and work their asses off to employ many in growing business — but are hated mostly out of envy (though other lame excuses are used); the book has the Takers who feel entitled to receive more than they give and are subsidized by the Givers they hate out of envy; the book has the worthless progressives who inherited money screwing up big the companies (like Jeff Imelt at GE) they run; the book has the Progressive Main Stream Media; the book has the equivalents of Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, and George Soros; and the book has cronyism, government bailout loans, and nationalization of business. You can kinda see where this book is going — and why the original title was “Strike”.
The book is so big and heavy (was wearing me out holding it up to read) with a small type font — that I sprung the $18 to get the iBook version that I’m now reading on my iPad. This is the first electronic book I’ve read — and I’ve got to tell you I’m digging it — although I never thought I would. I did it mainly because of the weight of a book and the small type — but I now finding that I read much faster on the iPad.
Man I’m telling you — this is so far the best novel I’ve ever read because we’re living it right now!
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Customer Service in India or Pakistan
I want to ask each of you to consider doing the following when you are talking on the phone to any US customer service representative that is based in a foreign country (like India ).
Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health insurance, insurance, you name it) and you are transferred to a representative (like in India ), please consider doing the following:
After you connect and you realize that the customer service representatives not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please very politely (very politely – this is not about trashing other cultures) say, “I’d like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America.” The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, “Thank you, but I’d like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA.” YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED to a rep in the USA. It only takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA.
Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure – and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale.
Imagine if tomorrow, every US citizen who has to make such a call and then requests a US rep, imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP. Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.
If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider doing this – see what I mean…it becomes an exercise in viral marketing 101.
Remember – the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home – not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep. If you agree, please tell 10 people you know and tell them to tell 10 people they know….etc…etc.
I don’t know how well this will work — but what do you have to lose?