Hosting and Auto-Responder. No Need To Pay Twice

testing your autoresponderI have been working with my son Russ to set up an additional income stream for him, working online, helping small businesses set up a blog on a combined hosting and auto-responder package.

Our site is SystemicsLtd.com – this is the bespoke software company I have run for over 30 years now, but as we no longer advertise the accounting software, it seemed reasonable to use the domain for a current purpose!

While starting up this service we have been introduced to “Host Then Profit” an excellent online hosting and marketing package that comes at an unbeatable price, so I mention it here in case it’s of interest to anyone.

Costing less than $10 a month the package includes:

  • Hosting for 4 domains
  • Auto-responder for 500 subscribers
  • Video Producer
  • Blog Builder
  • Conferencing Facilities
  • Training videos, plus fully staffed support desk

The feature that excites me most is the thought of combining an auto-responder and hosting at under $10 a month! For some of my older sites I was paying $19 a month to Aweber on top of my hosting costs with Hostgator.

I have moved this blog across from Hostgator to test the HostThenProfit (HTP) service, and all seems well so far. In fact HTP did the move for me, free of charge, which was another bonus. Obviously Russ’s site is also hosted with HTP.

When I have had support questions they have been answered promptly and – what’s most important to me – the answers come from humans, because they answer my actual questions. Nothing irritates me more than automated answers that have obviously just found a keyword in my question and guessed at an answer to send me away for another 24hrs. (Sorry, rant over!)

HostThenProfit is a start-up package added to the GVO / Joel Therien offerings, so the parent company is well-established, and their hosting service is used by many well-known Internet Marketers. They will have far more stringent requirements than I am likely to hit, and still seem happy to recommend the GVO brand. Although I hasten to add that they won’t be using the $10 service…. There are, obviously, upgrade paths to as your business expands.

However, if you know a small business looking to get on-line for a minimal cost, HTP seems to offer an extremely well-thought-out package.

If you already have a site, and are dissatisfied with your present hosting company – OR worried about expensive auto-responder costs as your list grows, HTP is well worth a look. Click here. Should you purchase hosting, you will also be qualified as an affiliate and can earn a commission for introducing other customers.

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After-thought….. if you don’t want to take the fairly drastic step of moving your hosting, I can see no reason why you shouldn’t just use the auto-responder to take advantage of the savings.  Have you checked how much your current auto-responder will cost when your list has grown? You can take a $1 trial of Host Then Profit by clicking here.

10 comments

  1. Tammy says:

    This sounds great! Right now, my hosting has been fine, and I’m not using Aweber, but if I ever need to switch, I’ll remember this!

  2. Bonnie Gean
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    I no longer use any of Joel’s hosting plans or services because I had the displeasure of finding out where they get their computers that run their hosting services.

    Trust me.. they’re worse than Hostgator UNLESS something has changed recently with how they acquire computer parts. :)

    So, I wish you well in this endeavor and hope it pans out for you with the hosting package.

    I stick with Aweber because my emails get through to clients. I don’t trust other autoresponder services because most of them get blacklisted. I don’t want to pay for autotresponder services unless I am guaranteed delivery of my items.

    I wish you well with this switch, too.

    • Joy Healey
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      says:

      Hi Bonnie

      Thanks for dropping by, I value your opinion and will watch how things go.

      At the moment I’m very much in cost-saving mode! The emails I have sent from Aweber haven’t been getting read, but I fully accept that’s probably because of the quality of people on my list rather than any fault of Aweber. As as user I actually like Aweber, it’s only the cost I find difficult to justify.

      UPDATE: Several months later – despite Bonnie’s misgivings I have been pleased with the service from GVO / HostThenProfit. My blog loads far faster than it was loading before, and I’m getting about the same deliverability from the GVO emails as I am with the remaining subscribers on my Aweber list. Also I understand Joel now gets his computers from a different supplier.
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  3. Ann Moore
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    Joy,

    I completely agree that money can be better spent when it comes to hosting and autoresponder services by combining the two.

    But the one problem most of us do not account for is when your list begins to grow beyond the capabilities that the servers allow when you self-host your autorespsonder.

    For example I ran my own script for a few months and had some lag time due to the hosting service provider limits and I only had a handful of subscribers.

    As I researched, I found hosting companies who cater to hosting your autoresponder script but when you made the calculations they were only a few dollars below Aweber but with more headaches.

    I honestly have not found a better service than Aweber at this point. Get Response is not bad either. I used Get Response years ago when they first came out. But I find Aweber is just one slight step ahead of them.

    I personally do not mind paying the extra overhead at this point for my business because I am quite a busy mom and although I love techie stuff they can be quite frustrating.

    I love your theme pic, exactly how tech stuff has made me feel.

    Have a great day,
    ~Ann Moore (Mom Internet)
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    • Joy Healey
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      Hi Ann

      Welcome to my blog. Ah, no, I didn’t mean a self-hosted auto-responder. Way beyond my capabilities and I guess the PC would be out of the window. LOL

      Host Then Profit has its own autoresponder AND hosting combined, but THEY run the auto-responder.
      For $9.97 a month you get 500 subscribers, or if you take the yearly package you get 1000.
      There are upgrade paths beyond that.

      Yes, I have am Aweber account too, and a GetResponse account (in a different market-place) and agree that both are very good.

      It was just the price list beyond the 500 that made me wary, whereas with HTP I have 1000 and my hosting for a little under $9.97 – because I took took the yearly package.

      Have a good weekend, Joy
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  4. Ann Moore
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    I see, I did misunderstand then. I took a closer look and they offer webinar and conference software. Now that would interest me very much.

    Have you used the webinar/conference software?

    If so what has your experienced been with it?

    Thanks,
    ~Ann Moore (Mom Interernet)
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    • Joy Healey
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      Hi Ann,

      No, to be honest I never got round to trying that out. It’s on the famous “to do” list and unfortunately not very high up it!!

      There’s always something else to learn about isn’t there? If you were interested there is a 7 day trial that would give you chance to investigate.

      Have a good weekend.

      Joy
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  5. Carol Amato says:

    Hi Joy,

    Very interesting article! :-)

    Here’s my take, it’s like not being able to see the forest for the trees, in my opinion…

    You can NOT afford to go cheap and cut corners with anything to do with the best and most valuable ASSET of your business (your subscriber list).

    So I definitely do not agree that combining hosting and autoresponder companies is a good idea – I think it can be detrimental to our business, if not short term, definitely long term.

    There are two very CRITICAL components to your online business, and keeping them separate is not only prudent, but smart.

    Why do I keep my domains registered with one company and my hosting with another?

    If something goes wrong like a hacker comes on the scene, or the hosting company is assaulted by some infiltration of virus that all of their safety nets didn’t catch, I don’t lose one dime of income because I can be up and running within 30 minutes…

    All I do is point my domain to a new hosting quickly and easily until the problem is resolved.

    I have the freedom to protect my business because I’ve kept the valuable core components isolated and separate.

    The same principle applies to professional autoresponders and hosting. It’s wise to keep these two separate.

    Yes, if emails are not getting OPENED it’s the marketer’s responsibility for not having an engaged list, not building a relationship, etc.

    Now, if they are not getting DELIVERED, that’s an entirely different story, and you can start by checking the professional autoresponder company.

    I would never in my life combine domain registration, professional autoresponders, or hosting.

    N.E.V.E.R.

    If you are having a tough time stretching the budget to pay for these core essentials of business, I would improve your marketing or ramp up affiliate marketing or something, or perhaps offer services…

    You can run an entire business on a shoestring budget of $29 per month (hosting and professional autoresponder).

    And that’s CHEAP.

    Many people are doing it.

    It’s a nightmare to switch professional autoresponder companies once a list is built because of the fact that you have to have them all confirm again with the new company, which causes you to lose a LOT of people.

    Start with the proven one, the one that’s stood the test of time, and you can’t go wrong.

    This is all my opinion, of course, based on my own business experience.

    If you need help with anything, Joy, please just ask because I would love to help.

    Take Care,
    – Carol :)
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    • Joy Healey
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      Hi Carol,

      Thanks very much for taking the time to give such a detailed comment. I appreciate and value your opinion.

      I keep my domain registration and hosting separate for exactly the reason you mention, so by the same logic I should be keeping my hosting and auto-responder separate!

      I know what you mean about switching and re-opting in, it’s a real pain. I already have an Aweber account AND a GetResponse account (in another niche) so must admit I’m a bit fed up of auto-responder bills. Half of my Internet Marketing “list” is with Aweber and half with Host Then Profit (GVO) so it’s already a nuisance. My next campaign I will build with Aweber because I have been getting other feedback along the lines you mention!

      I appreciate your offer of help, and will remember it. Thanks for your visit.

      Joy
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