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    Free VPS's?

    Hello guys,

    It happens more and more on FWS that I see people asking for free VPS's.
    Now I am working on a new website/forum at the moment and I am wondering if I should offer some sponsored VPS's to promote my website.

    Not compleetly sponsored as I want posts in exchange for it.

    What do you think of this:

    10GB Disk Space
    100GB Bandwidth
    128MB Memory
    256MB BURSTABLE
    SolusVM Control Panel

    I will pay for them for a year in advance. How many (one time) posts should I ask for? I am thinking of 500 or something like that.

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    There's nothing wrong with giving out free VPS servers. It can be beneficial to both you and the party that you're sponsoring. The only advise I can give you is to make sure you giving them away to worthy causes. Don't hand them out like trick-or-treat candy because it'll serve no useful purpose at all.

    Examples:
    GOOD - I gave a VPS to theraptor so they can use it as a sandbox to continue development of The Hosting Tool.
    BAD - Giving out a VPS to mtwiscool so he can attempt to develop a Win95 hosting platform.

    See what I'm saying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeplist View Post
    There's nothing wrong with giving out free VPS servers. It can be beneficial to both you and the party that you're sponsoring. The only advise I can give you is to make sure you giving them away to worthy causes. Don't hand them out like trick-or-treat candy because it'll serve no useful purpose at all.

    Examples:
    GOOD - I gave a VPS to theraptor so they can use it as a sandbox to continue development of The Hosting Tool.
    BAD - Giving out a VPS to mtwiscool so he can attempt to develop a Win95 hosting platform.

    See what I'm saying?
    im talking to sander k

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeplist View Post
    There's nothing wrong with giving out free VPS servers. It can be beneficial to both you and the party that you're sponsoring. The only advise I can give you is to make sure you giving them away to worthy causes. Don't hand them out like trick-or-treat candy because it'll serve no useful purpose at all.

    Examples:
    GOOD - I gave a VPS to theraptor so they can use it as a sandbox to continue development of The Hosting Tool.
    BAD - Giving out a VPS to mtwiscool so he can attempt to develop a Win95 hosting platform.

    See what I'm saying?
    I do understand what you say. And I am not going to give him one. The one he wants is to expensive.
    I will hire some very cheap ones via lowendstock.com and I will not show my hosts name on that site

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    Quote Originally Posted by sander k View Post
    I do understand what you say. And I am not going to give him one. The one he wants is to expensive.
    I will hire some very cheap ones via lowendstock.com and I will not show my hosts name on that site
    i seid i will accept any one

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtwiscool View Post
    i seid i will accept any one
    You claim your school gave you one, you dont need another.
    Too many websites I have made/changed to list lol. One of these days I will make one and stick with it

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    dmmcintyre3 how many dedicated servers and VPS's do you have now?

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    Here is what I have learned about the free VPS market:

    Make sure it's post2host, not just order one and you get it. Those fail/get abused and shut down by the datacenter.
    Ask hosts for volume discounts
    People don't really trust new providers, and asking for 500 posts first is going to be tough until a few people get them. 2 years ago it might have worked.
    If you manage it right, it is profitable
    Don't buy a dedicated server right away, it's cheaper to resell at first.
    If there is anything questionable about a user, ask him/her lots of questions.
    Don't be afraid to accept sponsorships yourself.
    Last edited by dmmcintyre3; September 12th, 2011 at 19:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmmcintyre3 View Post
    Here is what I have learned about the free VPS market:

    Make sure it's post2host, not just order one and you get it. Those fail/get abused and shut down by the datacenter.
    Ask hosts for volume discounts
    People don't really trust new providers, and asking for 500 posts first is going to be tough until a few people get them. 2 years ago it might have worked.
    If you manage it right, it is profitable
    Don't buy a dedicated server right away, it's cheaper to resell at first.
    If there is anything questionable about a user, ask him/her lots of questions.
    Don't be afraid to accept sponsorships yourself.
    How do you go through every VPS and make sure they aren't abusive? Perhaps your advice regarding this matter will help other potential free VPS hosts.

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    I don't, but all of the abusive users so far have been filtered out before they got a VPS. Most spammers are not going to make a decent amount of forum posts and then wait around for me to release a VPS and hope they have more points/posts/etc than the other users requesting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmmcintyre3 View Post
    Most spammers are not going to make a decent amount of forum posts and then wait around for me to release a VPS and hope they have more points/posts/etc than the other users requesting one.
    You'd be surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmmcintyre3 View Post
    I don't, but all of the abusive users so far have been filtered out before they got a VPS. Most spammers are not going to make a decent amount of forum posts and then wait around for me to release a VPS and hope they have more points/posts/etc than the other users requesting one.
    Have you ever hired a experienced Linux system administrator to check all of your VPS for abuse? I think you'd be surprised...

    Quote Originally Posted by deeplist View Post
    You'd be surprised.
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    Ninja'ed
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    Last month I checked the outgoing email count on each VPS and it was lower than my VPS. I found 1 VPS downloading a torrent and I asked for the client to stop and he did. He was only downloading a linux ISO that was only available via torrent and his ISP blocked torrents.

    Anyway, it's easier for them to buy a $2 VPS off of lowendbox.com than to spend a few hours posting on a forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmmcintyre3 View Post
    Last month I checked the outgoing email count on each VPS and it was lower than my VPS. I found 1 VPS downloading a torrent and I asked for the client to stop and he did. He was only downloading a linux ISO that was only available via torrent and his ISP blocked torrents.

    Anyway, it's easier for them to buy a $2 VPS off of lowendbox.com than to spend a few hours posting on a forum.
    Who's talking about email? I'm referring to child pornography and other crap that could land you in prison. If you're not monitoring any VPS (or you don't know how to) I strongly advise you to hire someone who can do it for you. I would go check the WHT jobs and offers section.

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