Global Domains International (GDI) has been reviewed.

If you’ve spent any time looking at business opportunities on the internet, you’ll eventually come across someone promoting GDI. So the purpose of this article is to answer some of the most common GDI questions. Is this a phoney business opportunity? Do they offer a worthwhile product or service? What is this opportunity’s potential? I’ll try to be as objective as possible when answering these questions.

*Scam!?*

If you’ve arrived at this page, you’re probably already debating whether GDI is a legitimate business opportunity or a con! To determine whether GDI is a scam, the first question to ask is whether they are marketing a worthwhile product or service, or are they simply another MLM or pyramid scheme designed to take your money and promise you great rewards and riches. Yes, they offer a genuine product or service. In this case, it’s about web hosting.

*An Overview of the Service* They offer web hosting. True, you can get free website hosting on the internet; in fact, this article is an example of a free web host, and you can get good results from them, but you have to give up a few things.

To begin with, there is always a cost when using a free web host; typically, they require you to display free advertisements on your site. (The exception is web1000, but you can’t even put banners on it, and the editor is a pain to use.)

While having advertisements on your website may not appear to be a problem at first, keep in mind that if you want this site to be your main business portal and hub, you may end up advertising your biggest competitor, which is not a good idea. You do not have control over your website. You may own the intellectual property, but there is nothing you can do if the free web hoster changes their rules, goes out of business, or simply updates the way their system works. Even with Blogger, you must split your AdSense revenue 50/50 with them. That is why, if you are serious about starting an online business, I recommend that your primary site be one that you own and pay for.

For GDI, this translates to $10 per month. That’s in US Dollars, which isn’t ideal if you’re in Australia like me, but it’s ideal if you work in Euros or Pounds. You will receive a web site, 6 pages, 10 e-mail addresses, and a domain name, as well as a domain/site builder, domain and e-mail forwarding, the ability to use your own web builder, and parking service. My only criticism is that I believe 10 pages, rather than 6, would be preferable. However, each page can contain a large amount of information. The ten e-mail addresses mean that if you have ten different businesses, affiliate programmes, or whatever, you can give each one its own e-mail address and even have them forwarded to a single box using the forward feature.

Another significant benefit is the ability to select a domain name. Most of the good.com names have already been taken. Furthermore, many companies exist solely to buy up the best domain names and then sell them to someone else at exorbitant prices in the case of many other endings such as.au,.us,.uk, and so on. By ensuring that the domain name is not sold separately from the web hosting service, GDI with the.ws avoids this pitfall. This puts an end to domain name hoarding..ws is still relatively new, so now is the best time to get the domain name you want. There is no additional $20 yearly fee for just registering a domain name.

Western Samoa was given the.ws extension as their country code. However, as a small country with little need for a computer country code but in desperate need of hard currency, they reached an agreement with the founders of GDI to take the.ws ending to the rest of the world (rebranded as .ws for website).

*The Business Possibility*

The truth is that not everyone requires a web host. Let’s take a look at why someone might have a website. A website is usually created for one of two reasons: business or personal.

Many people want their own personal e-mail addresses and websites for a variety of reasons, including keeping in touch with family via open letters, expressing their beliefs or opinions on a global stage, satisfying their own ego and sense of importance, creating photo albums, joining a community, and so on. Some people are willing to pay $10 per month for a website. As more people become web aware and want to have their own address/place on the web, I believe this will become more common. With the highly transitive nature of the human population and more movement than ever before in world history, the internet will be one of the best ways for people to stay in touch with friends. Consider how many people you remember from high school twenty years later. Have you relocated to a new city, state, or country? If so, you’ve most likely lost contact with them. How would you track them down if you needed to? I’m sure I’d do it over the internet. As more people have personal web pages, this will become easier.

In the case of a business website, most companies have one for furthering their advertising, some have direct sales over the internet, and some are solely internet-based businesses, such as Ebay. In the case of a business website, I believe that what GDI offers is insufficient to meet their requirements. GDI is aimed at the small internet business user, with the exception of a landing page, redirect page, or just the domain name. That isn’t always a bad thing, but it is a fact that affects the business opportunity. If GDI wants to expand even further, it will have to consider offering reasonable upgrade packages to the larger players.

If a small first-time business wants their own website with six pages, GDI is a good option because it also provides them with a secondary source of income.

It has the potential to be a lucrative business because each person you recruit earns you $1 per month. It’s not a huge sum; you’d need ten people to cover your hosting costs, but the winner here is that you get $1 for each person they refer down five levels; the ability to leverage the work of those below you is what appeals here. This has the potential to yield some good results. You won’t become a millionaire overnight, but you will have a steady stream of income.

You may believe that you were too late and missed the GDI wave. No, I don’t believe so, at least not at the time this article is being written. The number of GDI members is now in the tens of thousands, and the wave will not stop until it reaches the hundreds of millions. I don’t think new customers will ever run out, because each year, more and more tech-savvy students graduate from high school, and they’ve been raised to believe they all need their own modern gadgets, such as cell phones, e-mail, and even their own personal website. For kids who already spend $50 or more per month on their phones, $10 per month for their own website is a bargain. I’m looking forward to the day when you don’t have to send a resume to a potential employer and instead give them your web address so they can look you up on their own. As a result, I believe GDI’s potential is long-term; yes, there will be a slowing after the initial wave – there is no such thing as an infinite possibility – there are 6 billion people on the planet; once the majority of them becomes a customer, you’ve reached the finite limit. Unless a company has plans to expand a service or introduce new products, it is well understood that a market will reach saturation and growth will slow. Customers are also business partners, which is not good for an MLM company. Any MLM that wants to be successful must either sell a product that requires replacement over time, such as tupperware (where did I put that lid, oh well, time to go to another party and order another), or provide new services or products to the same downlines.

There are a variety of ways to promote GDI on the internet. I’m not a natural salesperson. Cold calling, door knocking, and feeling like I’m invading someone’s personal space or coming across as pushy are all things I despise. That is why I am a big fan of internet advertising. The buyer has complete control; there are no pushy salespeople, and if you don’t like the sales pitch, you can go to another website. There are several programmes set up to promote GDI for you, such as turbo GDI and Hits2U, both of which are inexpensive.

In conclusion, GDI is a viable option if you require a web host, particularly in relation to domain names; however, if you do not require a web host and do not know anyone who does, it is probably not for you.

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