Domaining Black Friday – Part I

November 24, 2011

It seems like you can’t open your e-mail box, without black friday offers, from just about every type of product.   Reviewed all the offers I’ve seen so far, and wanted to pass along some of the better ones which might be useful to domainers….

Hosting Coupons and Hosting Specials

1. Received an e-mail with advance notice of HostGator’s Black Friday sale. Right now they are offering 20% off, but as of midnight tonight, they will be offering 50% of all hosting services, including shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated servers and Windows hosting (but not including domain names).  The special will run for one day, and will not require a special coupon code.  Here are some of the pricing examples given in the message.

  • Shared hosting: As low as $4.95 Now only: $2.48/month (pre-paid)
  • Reseller Hosting: As low as $24.95 Now Only: $12.48/month (pre-paid)
  • VPS Hosting: As low as $19.95 Now Only: $9.98/month (First Month)
  • Dedicated Servers: As low as $174 Now Only $87/month (First Month)

If you’re like most domainers, you probably already have a hosting account which lets you host unlimited domain names. However there are a few reasons to have more than one ‘unlimited’ account….

  • For a few extra dollars a month, it’s nice to be able to spread sites across a different hosting accounts.  If you’re using shared hosting, you’re site’s probably been down a few times over the last year.  With multiple servers, even bad outages only affect a small percentage of sites.
  • Some domainers mirror all their sites on two different hosting accounts – that way they always have an online backup.  Also if a host is having an extended outage, they can just change the DNS for the sites to switch to the live server.
  • Multiple IP addresses – For SEO purposes, some domainers choose to link different sites to each other.  From a SEO standpoint, tread carefully.   Cross link everything and you run a good chance of being penalized, do it where relevant and you may get a nice SEO boost.  Since shared accounts typically use the same IP address or IP range, linking sites using two different hosting companies can carry more wait than linking sites on the same server since the sites are probably being hosted on a different IP range.

Not sure if I’ll pick up an extra account at midnight, have been thinking of getting trying out their VPS Hosting account, so I may give it a try.

2.  Not sure what Dreamhost’s Black Friday special will be yet, but noticed that they are running a Thanksgiving special (good till midnight tonight) offering a year of hosting for $9.24 cents. This one requires a coupon code – which is ‘777thanks11′ and is good until midnight tonight.

3. Fatcow Hosting is offering $3.15/month shared hosting including unlimited domains and bandwidth (65% off). This special is for the next 3 days and does not require a coupon.

I’ll live blog this post and keep adding to it, but wanted publish what I had so far, since the Dreamhost special ends in about 90 minutes.

In the meantime, if you come across a good special, please feel free to add it as a comment or e-mail me and I will post it here.

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