Written by Sean Valant
Friday, March 30th, 2012
All hard drives will crash; there is no such thing as a crash-proof hard drive. When (not if) this happens, how much data will be lost is a flip of the coin. It could be 0%, or it could be 100%. World Backup Day is March 31st. and encourages you to maintain current backups of your data: financial information or other important documents, digital media collection (music/movies/ebooks), and perhaps most importantly your memories (pictures/home movies).
One in ten laptops will be stolen in their lifetime; one is stolen every 53 seconds. Fifty percent of all hard drives will crash within five years. Couple those statistics with the fact that 89.1% of PC users do not perform regular backups. This is essentially a recipe for massive data loss. A recent study found that 90 percent of companies that experience data loss go out of business within two years, with 70% of companies going out of business following a major data loss. These are significant numbers.
Are you able to place a dollar amount on your data? Exactly how much value does it have? For many people, their data is priceless. If the only pictures of your children that you have are on a hard drive that crashes, they’re gone. Forever. Unless you have a small fortune to pay in hopes of having the data professionally recovered. This situation though instantly becomes a non-issue the moment you have a safe backup of the data. Ideally, you’ll maintain current backups of all important data locally and at a remote location.
Texas, where the HostGator offices are, has been hit by both hurricanes and wildfires in recent years. If a computer and the external hard drive that contained the backups are both within a house that is destroyed, that data is gone. This is a catastrophic circumstance regardless, but there are many ways to ensure that even under similar conditions your data will remain safe. HostGator customers are encouraged to visit http://justcloud.com/hostgator for a free trial for cloud storage. Come what may, with cloud storage you can be confident that your data remains safe.
Please visit http://www.worldbackupday.com for more information and tips on backing up your data.
Written by Chad Bean
Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Many will remember “Billy the Human Billboard“, who we covered in our previous blog post after he received a HostGator tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy’s HostGator tattoo has sparked a range of responses from: people asking to get this done, outrage, and even proposed boycotts.
Someone even went as far as to compare HostGator with human traffickers as you can see in the video below:
Billy has gone on to receive additional tattoos from other companies (27 and counting), moving him closer to his goal of having the most tattoo advertisements in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Since then, Billy is no longer “Billy the Human Billboard”, as he has legally changed his name to “Hostgator Dotcom”.
Hostgator Dotcom’s driver license:
Hostgator Dotcom’s certificate of name change: …
Written by Chad Bean
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
It seems like no matter what business industry you’re looking at, there’s always room for shady activities. Web hosting and the domain industry are no exceptions. However, most people are totally unaware of one such practice known as domain tasting. Domain Tasting is essentially when a someone buys a domain name for the sole purpose of seeing whether or not it can generate ad income. The domain registrant puts ads on the domain, and if the ads don’t make any money, the registrant has five days to request a refund.
There have been many big companies involved with Domain Tasting, and since they can pull off the above example on a much larger scale, they have been able to reap insane amounts of profits. This had affected us and our clients because millions of domains were getting tied up by ‘tasters’ and would appear unavailable when someone actually went to register their domain name.
To help curb this problem, since April of this year, ICANN has made their $.20 domain transaction fee non-refundable. So if a company wants to sample 50,000 domain names, for instance, then they’ll have to shell out $10,000 in registration fees even if they get a refund for the domains within the five day grace period. This change hasn’t eliminated the problem altogether, but it’s certainly helped.
Obviously domain tasting wouldn’t have gotten as out of control as it did, had it not been for the huge profits that people were reaping in. At HostGator, we don’t have that many domain registrations, since we specialize in web hosting. However, it’s still evident that there are major profits to be earned with a decent domain portfolio. One such way to monetize domain names, that we’ve explored recently, is via domain parking.
When you first buy a domain, the domain will be using the default name servers of the registrar generally. The default page you see, usually with ads all over it, is a good example of a parked page. What most people don’t realize though, is that even if they aren’t going to develop the domain right away, they can still make money from the domain while it waits to be developed.
The company we’ve been using for domain parking is DomainSponsor. Basically we use their name servers on inactive domain names in our account, and all traffic gets pointed to a domain parking page where relevant ads are displayed, giving us a percentage of the revenue made from the ads.
So just how much money can you make with Domain Parking? We were pleasantly surprised with the results.
The above check was for the month of May. We’ve been using Domain Sponsor for the last 3 months, and are consistently getting over $25,000/monthly with the domains that we have. Now these results may be unique since we do have roughly 12,000 domain names in our DomainSponsor portfolio, but many domainers have much more domains than this and can stand to make much more money. …
Written by Brent Oxley
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
I’m going to share some quick facts about our business with you. HostGator currently spends:
- More than $30,000 per month advertising with Google Adwords
- More than $350,000 per month on affiliate commissions
- And $100,000′s more per year on random advertising.
When you spend as much as we do on advertising, you start to run out of places to advertise online. This has left us with no other choice but to become a lot more creative and a lot crazier with our choice of advertising venues and locations. I present to you Billy the Billboard.
Billy proudly wears the first ever permanent HostGator Tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy, an accomplished boxer and entrepreneur who is currently located in Anchorage, Alaska, sold the first chunk of his body to Goldenpalace.com. The funds were used to purchase a flight to San Diego, where he donated his kidney to a complete stranger that he met off of MatchingDonors.com. Billy has even tried to donate part of his liver to patients in need (he was denied due to having already donated a kidney). …