One way of spreading the word about Green web hosting is to join an affiliate
program of a Green Hosting company or to become a Green Hosting Reseller. Both options are explained below.
Reselling web hosting services is a huge
business and expected to grow rapidly for years. Almost all web hosting
companies offer affiliate or reseller accounts. Therefore reselling web
hosting accounts is also highly competitive and without a niche market it can
be difficult to make profit. Reselling green or wind powered web
hosting can provide this niche approach for web hosting business. As the
effects of climate change are becoming more and more apparent, people are
starting to demand greener web hosting services as well. There is not nearly
as much competition in the field of green web hosting and in addition people
are often willing to pay a little extra for wind powered hosting. If the commission
percentage and amount of sales are the same, this naturally translates into bigger
This is not to say that reselling wind powered
web hosting is easy. It certainly isn't. But there is much less
competition reselling climate friendly web hosting, compared to ordinary web
hosting, which will definitely give
you an advantage.
Affiliate or Reseller?
It is important to understand the difference
between affiliates and reseller accounts. As an affiliate, you will be paid
commission for every purchase made via your affiliate links. The web hosting
company takes care of everything and simply pays you a commission for every
customer you have referred to them.
As a hosting reseller, you will pay for a
special reseller account with multiple websites. You are then allowed
to resell these websites to your customers. Usually you can decide yourself what you
charge for these hosting accounts – it is between you and your customers. Many
web designers use reseller accounts to sell hosting services to their clients.
Most reseller accounts allow you to set up
separate control panels for each website. This way you can allow your
customers to make changes (to their email accounts for example) without
contacting you or the hosting provider. In fact, as far as they are concerned
you are the hosting provider.
Green web hosting
Residual income affiliate
Think Host has one of the highest affiliate commissions in the business. Thinkhost's
$100 per referral – the highest I have seen in
business affiliate program. The fact that Thinkhost is a green hosting provider
makes the deal even better and their EPC (earnings per hundred clicks) is also
Most web hosting affiliate programs offer you a set commission for every new
costumer. In other words you only get a single commission when the client signs
up for the hosting account. The customer can renew his account for years, but
you only get commission on the initial order and that's it.
Green Hosting Reseller accounts
If you prefer
residual income, there is an alternative...
affiliate program you can opt for recurring payments. You'll earn 10% of EVERY
payment that your referrals EVER make. In addition you'll earn 5% of every
payment that THEIR referrals make – for as long as they remain customers too!
This reminds me of yet another niche market – reselling hosting accounts which
allow you to host multiple web sites on a single hosting account. With Dream Host you can host an unlimited number
of web sites, all with their own domains if you like. You can get a ".com" domain from
for $8.95 per year (not month, but per year), so it's really
really cheap to set up new web sites even with separate domains (while sub
domains are completely free).
Unlimited websites is a great feature to
offer and a niche market in itself. Even though there are loads of hosting
providers offering unlimited domains, not many affiliates are marketing them as
You can learn more about having multiple web sites on single web hosting account
from: Hosting Multiple
For a green hosting reseller account, try Host Gator. Their reseller accounts start at $24.95/month with unlimited number of