I am an affiliate marketer who owns several affiliate marketing websites that sell products to many niches.
Update 2014: CloudCache has now been taken over by Max CDN and is now an even better service for increasing website performance.
One of them is a horse products website, which does not really fit into the traditional niches very well. I have others like a site that reviews amusement parks and sells discounted tickets, as well as a site that acts as a blog/forum and has a community around it dedicated to video games.
It’s the video game website that I want to use to illustrate how Cloudcache helped me.
I was looking over the Internet and asking my friends to recommend a good cloud caching service . I ended up going with Cloudcache for their SSL (secure socket layer) since it is something that is very important to an affiliate marketing website, especially one that also sells first-party products such as eBooks.
When I handle transactions online, I end up getting the customer’s credit card number, billing address, legal name, expiration date, and that three-digit number on the back of the credit card. I need to keep this information safe and secure from prying eyes of thieves.
Identity thieves could use this information to take out credit cards in someone’s name and run up the bill, or use it to confirm plane tickets at the airport at ticket kiosks (though to board they would still need a fake I.D.).
The credit cards can be canceled before too much damage is done, but they can also access the person’s bank account and withdraw the money. This is much harder to undo. Thus, I need to encrypt transaction information and lead generation information (otherwise spammers would steal my leads’ email addresses), and Cloudcache uses SSL encryption so that their data is safe and secure.
My Load Speed Went Up Substantially
Before I used Cloudcache, I was told by many people who my site did not load fast enough. So, I moved my large files to Cloudcache’s super-fast servers that are located near where my readers and customers are geographically. The servers are fast to begin with so this helps, but also they are closer to where my customers are. This increased how many people were signing up as leads.
It also generated more sales for me because I was not having people bounce of my site anymore because they got frustrated over a slow load time. It also got me more initial potential leads by positively affecting my search engine rankings.
Google does not count content that is hosted on a different domain from the main site into how it calculates that site’s load time (and load time influences search rankings) so when I moved my large files to Cloudcache my site was suddenly showing up as much lighter-weight on Google. This also affected my Bing and Yahoo results, but I noticed the biggest change in Google.