Lee Odden

Thank You To Our Web Hosting Sponsor VISI

For the past 3 plus years, TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has been hosted by Minneapolis based website hosting provider, VISI.  When our past host shut us down without warning for getting too much traffic, VISI and Online Marketing Blog connected and worked out a sponsorship. VISI is the only company with an ongoing “ad” on this blog.

Uptime for Online Marketing Blog has been amazing since we moved to VISI and customer service has been exceptional. With web site hosting, the ideal situation is to forget about them, to not even know they are there because things are working so smoothly.

But when situations arise, and a site goes down, you remember pretty quickly who your hosting company is. VISI was good about working with us when we had a major problem earlier this year and get the right equipment to meet our needs. As our traffic has increased, there hasn’t been a blip of downtime.

Our relationship with VISI has gone well enough that when they launched a tier one cloud computing/cloud hosting service called ReliaCloud, they came to TopRank for Social SEO consulting services.

I’d like to thank Gary Elfert and the team at VISI for being “invisible” 99.99% of the time and being on the spot when we needed them.  If your company is in need of high availability website hosting, check out VISI.com.   If cloud computing or hosting is your thing, then check out their cloud hosting services.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. I like how you said “I’d like to thank Gary Elfert and the team at VISI for being “invisible” 99.99% of the time “. That's true! the less we have to deal with them, the better!


  2. Avatar Alison Kay says

    Thanks for the wonderful write-up! We appreciate it!

  3. People tend to get used to their host, and forget to look around for possibly better solutions. I know I'm using two, and prior to this I was with one for about a year that was just way too slow. I haven't heard of VISI prior to reading this post, but I'll wander over and take a look.

    • We've been happy with them and have hosted a corporate site with them for over 4 years.

      • They Say that the average person uses their telephone provider for about 7 years. I wonder what the retention rate is for hosting companies. I imagine that without any problems you'd never bother to leave. I know I for one hate transferring a bunch of website to a new host.

        • I would think hosting service longevity is somewhere between landline and cell phones. Depending on the web site, it can be fairly painful to move.

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  5. I don't have experience with VISI but i have learn about it on google.
    Now from your experience i think we should take advantage of VISI's services.
    Thanks for nice sharing.

  6. I would probably use another logotype for that services. It reminds Intel too much. But thank you for sharing anyway 🙂