Also, if you don`t want to compete on pricing charge the same (or a little higher) than your competition, and provide some value-added services. (e.g. "Data Assurance", you guaruntee that the client`s data files will be recovered.)Pricing would also vary for residential vs corporate clients. You can charge more for corporate clients by giving their calls priority. You could also try working out tech-support contracts with companies in the area depending on your manpower.
I personally wouldn`t recommend Yahoo hosting as it`s a bit limiting, but if you want a no-frills setup Yahoo is good. I would recommend Hostgator.com. It`s what I use. Also keep in mind that building a forum is a long and arduous process. It`ll be better to start with links and articles (or a blog).
Yups, agree with Dale. You`ll barely make enough money for lunch from advertising on a new site. You need to get visitors to the site first with quality content and good marketing/seo. When you get as reasonable amount of daily visitors, then start launching the ads. The ad programs that dale mentions are some of the best around.
Hi Tim, The ticker on your site says you`ve got 37 visitors. At that rate you can survive on a $5/mth plan. Even when you get more traffic, you don`t have to spend $50 / mth on hosting. You can easily get it under $10. How exactly did your friend know your site was hacked by five people? Did you experience any difficulties with the site? As for being seen on search engines, that`s not a service webhost`s provide. It`s a specialized service that needs the help of experts in that field. Looking through your site, you have no text that says you are a `freelance production crew`, which is exactly why you`re not appearing in search engines. Your slogan reads `a person who tries to be the best and it shows`. This is of no value to search engines (or to your potential clients I presume). Something like `Dedicated production crew` would serve the purpose better. A key in writing for the web is to always keep your reader in mind. Since you`re serious about your website, you should ditch the DIY site builder stuff and get it professionally done. There`s probably nothing wrong with your host, just the site that needs working. PS> If you`re still looking for a new host hostgator has my vote as well.