VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Cloudboss Pro Review
Welcome to Cloudboss Pro and in this video we are going to walk through all of the various functions and features inside Cloudboss so that you get a good, solid understanding of exactly how this software platform works and how to best use it for managing your SEO or PBN type hosting.
But before we jump into all of the different pages and features inside Cloudboss which we are looking at on the screen now, it`s important that we have a good kind of philosophical understanding of what`s going on and what makes Cloudboss Pro different when it comes to SEO hosting.
Typically when we think of the old fashioned, old school way of doing SEO hosting what we would do firstly is find an SEO hosting company like this one here: seohosting.com or this one seohosting.co.uk.
They all kind of work in a very, very similar way that unfortunately isn`t safe in my experience for hosting your valuable PBN domains, your SEO sites.
Typically we then create an account or accounts at these types of hosting companies, we install our websites one-by-one on this particular SEO hosting platform or they could be more than one and then we hope that Google doesn’t infiltrate that hosting company and deindex huge numbers of the sites on those IP addresses when they go in there and infiltrate and see exactly what sites are there.
It’s very, very easy to do.
And because our precious PBN type domains or sites are now hosted on IPs with lots of other SEO guys there is a very high deindexing risk from Google infiltrators and Google routinely takes down Private Blog Networks or Public Blog Networks.
Plus, SEO hosting is a part of that and also gets targeted pretty often and when you are on that same IP address as other SEO guys it’s extremely for Google just to sign up to that service, see what the IPs are, do a reverse IP lookup and basically just start deindexing anything that looks like an SEO site on that IP address.
However, with Cloudboss Pro the hosting of your SEO sites is handled in a very different way and in fact there are a few different ways which I will be going through in this video.
So if Google joins up Cloudboss tomorrow and they are obviously pretending to be a normal subscriber in Cloudboss but when they go and check those IPs they will probably fins that they are the only sites on there and therefore they can`t see what other Cloudboss users are doing on Openshift because the IPs are only theirs.
One good way to think of it with your Cloudboss Pro monthly subscription is that that does include hosting for up to 50 sits which is quite a lot but the only drawback as I said is the lack of data center variation and it`s nice to have some geo variation but we will come to that with some other options in a moment.
The best way that you can use Cloudboss after you have created your account is to create an Amazon AWS account and then through the tools inside Cloudboss as you will see you can host up to 50 HTML sites on one Amazon AWS account, S3 account more than EC2 which is also an option inside Cloudboss because S3 is extremely cheap and you can probably host these 50 sites for under $5 per month on S3 in 9 different locations around the world.
Now if you are addicted to WordPress which you shouldn`t be if you are building PBN type sites it`s really good to have variation and we do a lot with HTML sites here.
We do have a WordPress to HTML site converter inside Cloudboss as you will see shortly.
That way you can setup a WordPress site as you would like it with links and whatever content you would like there and then convert it to an HTML site and upload it to an Amazon S3 bucket for extremely cheap hosting.
It could be 10 to 15 cents a month if you are not getting much traffic to that site and obviously from there you can use your sites.
Now each Amazon AWS account comes with 100 bucket limit in S3 but we need those 50 extra buckets to divert or redirect the www or non www version of your domain for your PBN sites.
So even though theoretically you can have 100 buckets with an Amazon S3 account very cheap storage at Amazon.
You can only host up to 50 HTML sites there because we need those other 50 buckets to do the redirect. And we help with all that through the automation options inside Cloudboss.
The next option that you have with Cloudboss and this is much less cost effective. The previous two options were a lot cheaper and certainly free in the case of Openshift accounts.
So assuming you have your Cloudboss account you can then go and create other Cloud service accounts with these different services on your screen now including Linode, or Joyent, or Microsoft Azure.
They are very a lot in price but we do cover that information inside Cloudboss and each of those individual accounts means that you are not sharing those resources with other SEOs.
Their IP variation is huge and therefore the IPs that you own and we are yet to see IPs get shared with any other SEOs by a coincidence.
The IPs that you own mean that you are extremely unlikely to get a Google infiltrator going in there deindexing your sites.
Now of course the IPs are not the only way that Google can identify and deindex PBN type sites but it is a huge one.
It is one of the main methods for Google to go after big blog networks and SEO hosting type companies.
So once you have created your own account not shared with any other SEO on this other cloud services.
You then integrate it into Cloudboss and I will show you the page where you can do that shortly and then you can setup your sites and start using them.
And among all of the options below currently the cheapest is DigitalOcean at $5 per month per VPS and one way of thinking about Cloudboss even though it does a lot of different things very well is that it`s kind of a VPS creator and manager across all of these different platforms as well.
So if you are looking for IP diversity and geo diversity you are going to be spending about $5 a month minimum per VPS which is a little bit pricy and why you should also be looking at Amazon S3 as an option and also taking advantage of the 50 site OpenShift offer as well.
When you first go into Cloudboss Pro by default you will be taken to this Live Sites page and this is where you can see a bunch of information about the sites that have been successfully installed by Cloudboss on cloud hosting.
If we look closely at the various widgets and tables here typically you will see information icons that explain exactly what each table does and just ignore the not indexed count here because these are all test domains where we were testing IP variation on Amazon recently.
But you can see we have help videos there are little ‘I’ information icons.
You also have Live Chat down on the bottom right hand corner and on Live Sites here we have got a whole bunch of information about each of the sites that Cloudboss has successfully installed.
Now a quick caveat here, a quick warning is that even if Cloudboss has successfully installed the site like this one here – cloudboss-test-10.xyz – it doesn’t mean that it`s live on the web until the name servers have been changed at your domain registrar and we cover how to do that inside Cloudboss of course.
But this is basically where you can see all of the different sites that you have installed on each of the different platforms and you can monitor the health of those particular sites.
On the left navigation menu here if we click on the dropdown arrow for Live Sites we can go directly just to one particular platform, so if we are only using one we can just go directly there.
And it`s also good to know here a couple of things in Cloudboss that all of these menu items here are drag and droppable so it could be that you work in a particular way and you like to see the menu items re-arranged in a way that suits how you work and you can do that by dragging and dropping those menu items.
In the same way where we have multiple table areas inside Cloudboss you can actually drag and drop and resize each of these just as you would like to work so there is a lot of flexibility in the interface, we are always looking to add more and interested in adding more features and functions but when you begin using Cloudboss you can customize it to suit the way that you would like to work.
Now the next page we will have a look at here is Help Videos and these are the various help videos describing different functions and processes that you may will need in using Cloudboss but of course if you get stuck, please contact us through Live Chat or support(at)cloudboss.pro and we will help you very quickly.
Next up we have this Bulk Deployment page and this is where we can add multiple sites at once and we could install hundreds if we wanted to.
We have all the options here to do that and the way to use this page is well covered in the Help Videos area but basically you can install lots of different sites in different data centers on each of the platforms with different content management systems or HTML, we have got WordPress, Joomla, Drupal all those options there and that works very, very quickly.
However, it’s important to note that here we are creating multiple VPSs so if you see it taking a little bit longer there is a lot being done such as mail service being setup for each of those sites but you have a lot of flexibility here to bulk install sites on different platforms at the same time.
Earlier in the video I spoke about S3 hosting – this is the cheapest hosting you can find probably and we have got a couple of links here.
We have got the Explained page where I go into all of the details about how to use Amazon S3 – the good points about it, the bad points about it, what to keep in mind and how to change your name servers at your domain registrar so that your S3 hosted sites will work normally.
Now you probably saw on this S3 Hosting dropdown this WP-HTML link here and that`s a convertor that can take any WordPress site converted to HTML once you have got your links in place and then upload it, we ca see here on the right in this Action column, upload it to an S3 bucket which should have already been created.
Obviously you cannot upload to a bucket if it doesn’t exist yet, if you haven`t yet installed that site with Cloudboss but once you do that you can convert and upload here very quickly.
Then we have the Add New Site/VPS function here and you can see the various options that we have here including Mictosoft Azure, IMB Soflayer, Vultr, Joyent, Digital Ocean etc. and this is really for creating single sites, installing singe sites or VPSs through Cloudboss rather than bulk deployment.
It could well be that you only want to install one site so this is the place to do it, but if you want to do a whole batch obviously we will need to go back to that Bulk deployment page there.
Next up we have Domain Tools such as advice on how to take care of Nameserver Changes, Indexing Checks – you can control the frequency with which Cloudboss will check that your PBN type sites are indexed and you can also go and check Who Is to make sure that you or your team have not accidentally created an email tying together a bunch of domains and that is one way that Google can identify and deindex SEO sites as well.
Then we have got the Remove Sites page and that’s pretty self-explanatory.
You can just select sites you would like removed, come along and check those and then just choose the Delete option here over on the right drop down menu here.
That’s pretty straightforward.
Next up we have the Site Migrations page and this is an explanation of what you need to do in order to migrate sites over to Cloudboss.
Unfortunately we can’t offer that service at the moment because it is quite labor intensive to do on any sort of scale but it’s a pretty straight forward process and if you follow the steps here or contact us if you get stuck the migration should be pretty straight forward.
In our experience in most cases, Cloudboss users are setting up expired domains from scratch and not actually migrating them, but there could be situations where you do want to migrate an existing PBN site over for example to Amazon S3 and one of the reasons by the way that you wouldn’t directly do this with any of these big Cloud companies like Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure, or IBM SoftLayer is that there interfaces are incredibly complex and difficult to use.
They were never setup for hosting, let alone SEO hosting, and trying to get things working there for what we need is a really difficult and frustrating process to use.
The whole philosophy behind Cloudboss when I built it was to automate and simplify even though it might look a little bit complicated but with hosting we do need some technical details covered but the goal here with Cloudboss is to make working with those big cloud platforms like Amazon and IBM and even Open Shift a lot easier and a lot simpler through automation and software tools to make it all work a lot better for what we need rather than their more general cloud purposes that they were originally built for.
Next up on the Integrations page you can see here that this is where we add our details from our Amazon account, or OpenShift, or Joyent, or any of these in order for Cloudboss can work successfully with those through their API.
Next up we have Cloud Charges here and this covers the cost of the various Cloud platforms and remember that the best way to get the most out of Cloudboss in terms of value for money is to: a) use our 50 site free OpenShift offer and also b) is to use that Amazon S2 hosting which is extremely cheap.
You will be very hard pressed to find anything cheaper around when you are talking about something like 10 -15 cents per month per site for websites that have very little or no traffic, they really only exist for SEO purposes.
We also have an FTP Tool and File Manager inside Cloudboss which we can use for ordinary FTP as you can see here on the right, or we have a specializes FTP tool just for Amazon S3 because that has particular demands to it that don`t work with our conventional file manager or FTP client there.
Inside Cloudboss we also have 301 Manager which can handle different kinds of htaccess driven 301s and you can see the guide there for exactly how to use the 301 Manager and an htaccess redirect in my experience is about the best you can get for SEO impact particularly if you get your expired domain re-indexed first before you do the 301 redirect.
Moving on, inside Cloudboss we also have Virtualmin which is a very powerful VPS management tool for email and DNS zone management and hosting admin. Very, very powerful it`s a little bit more for advanced users but the option is there if you want to go in and deal with different extra functions for your SEO type sites.
Next up we have a free tool in here called KaywordTool.io Pro and this is a paid API account for us and basically this tool just comes along and scrapes the Google suggest, Google instant result, same for YouTube, Bing and the App Store to give you additional keyword ideas.
So for instance if we type in ‘diet’ assuming we are in the weight loss niche and we click on Search, we can see that we have a whole bunch of additional information like CPC, Search Volume and we get some other keywords suggestions here such as ‘diet plans’ and ‘dietary supplements’, ‘diet pills’ and on and on there are a lot that are in there as well – ‘diet water’, ‘diet doctor’, ‘diet recipes’ and so on.
It’s just going to help you with keyword research. It’s not directly related to what Cloudboss Pro does but we have it in our other software tools and I thought it would be nice to have it here as well.
Another option for getting more out of your SEO hosting is to use CloudFlare IPs and in fact we also offer 20 free CloudFlare IPs that we can setup for you with your Cloudboss Pro subscription and this page here just walks through the actual process of what is needed in order to use CloudFlare IPs as well if you want to go down at that part.
So you don`t have to but it`s just part of the flexibility in options that are built into Cloudboss for you to consider using.
Below that you can see a page that talks about whether or not you need Spyder Spanker and in fact there is a better way around it using an htaccess edit where you won’t need a Spyder Spanker WordPress plugin across all of your WordPress PBN sites which could will be an obvious footprint.
And the better way to do it is through an htaccess edit especially for using HTML where you don`t have that WordPress plugin option.
Next up we have a FAQ page which just talks through the process of how Cloudboss Pro works if you feel you need that it that could be worth visiting.
Then we also have the various options for getting in touch with us for support along with information about our private Facebook group where you need to apply and then we just go ahead and approve and enable your access to it.
It’s important to note though that if your Cloudboss user name that you have registered with is completely different to your Facebook name we won`t automatically grant access and in fact we won`t grant access unless we receive an email just explaining that your name in Facebook is different than your Cloudboss user name. And you can just send that through to support(at)cloudboss.pro and we can then enable your private Facebook Cloudboss group access.
Just rounding out the menu bar here you can see we have a page where we invite you to submit new feature requests for Cloudboss that we will definitely consider and we are always open to hearing more feedback and looking to develop and evolve the platform. And if you are interested in promoting Cloudboss as an affiliate which is a 50% recurring commission affiliate program so it’s very good one, you can see all of the relevant information on that affiliate program page.
And just to round out these couple of pages here, we have information about Bluechip Backlinks which is another software platform and kind of the sister software to Cloudboss for actually finding great expired domains that you can buy for just the cost of registration.
So it’s not like paying huge money on a domain auction or anything like that.
And also if you have got a very valuable money site and it`s on WordPress though doesn’t need to be necessarily there is also information about my WordPress hosting company as well which is all SSD and extremely fast loading there and 24/7 support as well on that hosting service.
So just to round up this introductory video just remember that most or all of the pages have information areas or videos, they have those little ‘i’ information icons or picture guides that will help you with specific functions to get the most out of Cloudboss pro and if you get stuck please don’t get frustrated, please just reach out to our support desk or live chat, or email support(at)cloudbosspro.pro and we will get back to you – it’s probably something that we have already seen and that we can resolve pretty quickly in most cases.
So once again welcome to Cloudboss pro and I really hope that you find it as useful as we do for managing a large portfolio of PBN or SEO type sites.