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Reselling Hosting & Other Services or Products … Plus Some Jokes

 

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Since one of the relationships that we offer at Superb Internet is our reseller program, I thought it might make sense to take a look at reselling Internet-wide. By Internet-wide, I mean the part of the Web commonly considered its business side: I will skip over popular reseller programs such as Justin Bieber fan pages, which resell the awesomeness of the pop star.

First, let’s take a look at reselling as a point of focus and how to prepare for it. What does it take to establish a plan, figure out what your needs are, and conduct appropriate research? Well, for one, it takes forethought, which we will elaborate. The other thing it takes, though, is gumption: talk to your grandparents if you don’t know what that is. They have some, and they might be willing to let you borrow some to start your business.

Second, though reselling for us and many companies can certainly be one piece of a larger business, let’s take a look at how an entire business can be focused on reselling. We will go through how to establish a business that sells products through wholesalers and distributors. Of course, you can also sell services virtually, but it’s good to get a sense of that broad picture.

Finally, we will look at a couple of excerpts from my forthcoming book Kids Resell the Darndest Things, because they really, really do.

Reselling Preparations

Here is a step-to-step guide for preparing to resell:

  1. The Plan – Do you want reselling to be the entire focus of your business (or your income, if your website is entrepreneurial), or do you want it to be a side project? Figure out how much time will need to be devoted. Knowing what the outlook is on time will give you a better sense of how to choose resellers that fit your time needs. Make sure you account for “me time” as well, which should never go over 2 minutes and 15 seconds per day. Finally, determine the investment – how much financing you need to put in to get the site operative and successful. Strong reseller programs like ours make the process simple and fast.
  2. The Needs – Figure out exactly what you’re going to need to get the reseller program up and running. Will you need to buy new software, for instance, to make the process more efficient? Reselling obviously get significantly more complicated when you are dealing in products, because then you’ll need a scale, packing supplies, and a large stuffed moose to watch over you and keep you motivated.
  3. The Research – Determine the demand: you want a product or service that sells well so you know income will be coming in. Researching the market can give you a sense of what is ideal to sell. As we know, Internet hosting is a massive industry, so you could do that with us. You can also sell gumballs one at a time – very popular, because no one ever wants more than one. They’re just too sweet.

Kids Resell the Darndest Things – Excerpt #1

Four-year-old Russell Mills of Bismarck, North Dakota, started a reseller program selling sticks. His only sale so far has been to his mommy, who bought four. Please don’t tell him.

Using Wholesalers & Distributors

Let’s now look at what it specifically takes to get a reseller business started buying products from wholesalers and distributors:

  1. The Niche – When you’re looking at reselling, it is often wise to choose a specific niche. Rather than selling many different types of items on your site, you may want to focus on one specific type of product or service. Furthermore, you want to make sure that the market is not oversaturated, or it will get your hands wet when you touch it, and you’ll ruin your computer.
  2. The Application – Go straight to the company you are considering and ask them about wholesale pricing, because this information is generally not posted online. You will typically be able to find contact information and a form or application to get started. For wholesale, expect about a 40 percent reduction from retail price and an infinity percent reduction from pricelessness.
  3. The Shipping – Find out about drop shipping, which will mean you don’t need to store the products. Drop shipping also means that you only have to pay once the customer has paid you, a process typically conducted at a distance but that you can also conduct on a street corner, while wearing a disguise.
  4. The Content – Consider informational articles that you’ll want to have on the site. This content will vastly increase your likelihood of making sales. The search engines like information. So does the CIA. Kill two birds with one stone, and make everybody like you for your information.

Kids Resell the Darndest Things – Excerpt #2

Three-year-old Nancy Jones of Providence, Rhode Island, started a reseller program selling ice cubes. No one has bought any of Nancy’s ice cubes yet, because she is an orphan. Please don’t tell her.

Conclusion

That’s a quick look at reselling. Obviously it’s a much broader subject than this. If you think you might want to resell with us, check out our program, and let us know if you have any questions.

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

Protect Yourself From Domain Tasting

I’d never actually heard of the term domain tasting until recently; a Slashdot article was forwarded to me about domains disappearing after individuals had done some searching for them. There’s a bit of a dispute between those who practice the art of domain tasting and those that are against it, with questions surrounding the legitimacy of domain tasting as a business. For the average user, myself included, if I do a search for a domain I would expect that search to remain (for the most part) confidential; that information shouldn’t be available to be exploited, at least in my opinion.

Ultimately, this is a part of the dark side of the Internet. Technically, I’m sure that no one is doing anything illegal. Instead they are simply exploiting the unsuspecting. By sticking with larger, reputable sites for your searches, you can probably help lower the chances that your domain search information will be exploited, but it’s definitely not a complete solution. While looking into the topic, I found an article that gives some useful advice for those searching and how to help protect their potential domains:

  • Delay searching for available domains until you’re actually prepared to follow through with the registration. Better still, search for and register new domain ideas immediately whenever inspiration strikes you.
  • If one of your domain searches is registered by a domain taster shortly after you checked availability of the domain, and you still want the domain, wait five days and it might become available again. Do not visit the domain during these five days, otherwise the domain taster will believe that the domain gets enough traffic to warrant adding it to his permanent portfolio!
  • If you’re thinking of several domains for a project and are undecided which one to use, register all of your domain ideas immediately. If you use a registrar like Moniker or Dynadot, you’ll have 4-5 days to decide if you actually want to keep a domain once you have registered it. This practically eliminates the danger of impulse registrations that you might regret later.
  • Taken from the following article: http://www.dailydomainer.com/200775-domain-tasting-monitoring-searches.html