How to pick the right Webhost for your Blog?

In my previous article, “How to choose the Right Domain for Your Blog“, I already told you not to use the free blog hosts because you’ll be having the hard time making money with your blog if it is hosted by those free hosts. If you really want to maximize your income from your blog, you need to buy your own domain and a hosting account.

To make it clear here’s the list of advantages and disadvantages of free webhosts:

Advantages of Free Webhost:

  1. Free Webhost is of course free. You don’t have to pay anything.
  2. Few free Webhosts offers unlimited bandwidth. Whether your blog will receive huge traffic or eat up huge bandwidth, your blog remains running.
  3. Blogs are networked. Most of the free webhost has their homepage where the blogs recently featured and recently created are being featured. Other Free Webhost offers a navigation bar which is placed at the top most area of the blogs and one of the links on this navigation bar is the “NEXT BLOG” wherein if it is clicked, it opens a blog from the network in a random.

Disadvantages of Free Webhost:

  1. Free Webhost offers limited features. Most of the webhosts offer limited bandwidth and limited space.
  2. There are Free Webhosts that requires its users to retain the company’s code at the users’ blogs. These codes often times are advertising scripts, or links to the company’s home page.
  3. There are Free Webhosts although they do not require you to do a thing as stated in number 3 however they do not allow you to make money from your blog.
  4. Some Free Webhosts has its own engine that monitors the activity of its users’ blogs. If this engine identifies your blog as spam, the system automatically suspends your blog, and after several days, you’ll find your blog deleted already.

Therefore, free webhost is good only if you want to create a blog but don’t have plans to make huge money from them.

Since our purpose of starting our own blog is to earn huge money from it, so we better get our own webhost. But first, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the paid host.

Advantages of Paid Hosting:

  1. You can freely take off all the restrictions if you want.
    • You can increase the bandwidth
    • You can increase the space
    • You can install features which you think useful to your blog
    • You can customize everything.
  2. You can have your own email using your own domain.
  3. Paid Hosting is not really that expensive.
  4. Paid Hosting has customer or tech support. If you experience problems with your site, you can call for a help from their support services.
  5. And of course, you can make money online from the blog hosted by paid host.
  6. One more thing: You can transfer from one host to other host without losing traffic.

Disadvantage of Paid Hosting:

  1. Actually I found only one problem with Paid Hosting and it is being a paid hosting. All the things you want for should be paid.

Actually, you don’t have to worry if you are spending money for your blog especially in getting a host.

Remember that blogging for money (making money online by blogging) is a kind of investment. The money you spent for your blog can be considered as your investment capital. However, it doesn’t end up with just spending money for your blog. If you do the right thing, then you’ll earn enough money which is enough for your blogging expenses including your own salary as professional blogger of your own blog. And if you continue to work hard for your blog, then time will come that you’ll earn huge money from your blog that is enough to buy your own house, own car, and finance your trip around the world.

So, how to pick the right web host?

Here’s the list of the things that you need to consider in picking a webhost that will host your blog:

  1. Uptime. Uptime is the percentage of time that your website or blog is viewable. So you need to know what the uptime of that webhost is. Best webhost has the lowest uptime of 99.5%.Servers of any webhosts are just made of human. So there is no perfect server. From time to time, the server hosting your website or blog will experience problem which causes your website or blog to be down or not viewable.
  2. Disk Space. Check the disk space that the webhost is offering in every package that it offers.
  3. Bandwidth. Bandwidth is the capacity of data being transferred from the server of your website or blog to computers of your blog’s or website’s visitors.
  4. Support. Good webhost has 24/7 support system. You really need support from your webhost because there will be times that you’ll be experiencing problems with their services.

Can you recommend us few best hosts?

From the review made by other bloggers who happened to transfer from one host to the other in search of better webhosting, I found that the following are better webhosts:

  1. DreamHost Webhosting (http://www.dreamhost.com/)
  2. Host Monster Webhosting (http://www.hostmonster.com/)
  3. BlueHost Web Hosting Provider (http://www.bluehost.com/)
  4. In Motion Hosting (http://www.inmotionhosting.com)

However, these webhosts are all based outside the Philippines, thus you need to pay them using Credit Cards.

Now what if you don’t have credit cards? Actually, there is no problem with it because there are good webhosts that are based in the Philippines. From several webhosts that I tried with, only two of them passed my preferences:

  1. PlogHost. Learn why I decided to remain my blog hosted by PlogHost by reading my article, “What Makes a Webhost Better than the Other?“.
  2. NokiaHost

And if you want to pay for your obligation to these local webhosts, you have to options to pay through bank to bank deposit, smart money or GCash.

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How to Choose the Right Domain for Your Blog?

After reading my article, “How to Choose the Right Topic for Your Blog”, maybe now you already have chosen the right topic that your blog will be talking about. So, your problem now is what should be the domain name of your blog.

Domain name is a unique name of a site. It is also an address of a website. For example, the domain name of Google Search is “GOOGLE.COM”, without quotes. If you want to visit the Google Search, you’ll just type its domain Google.Com with the “http://” in the browser’s URL bar.

Choosing a domain name is easy”. Some might tell you like that. And yes, it’s just easy to choose what domain your blog should use. You can even use your own name, just like what I did in mine. SELaplana is actually my personal name and when I used it for my blog, the name became SELAPLANA.COM.

However, if you want to earn huge money from your blog, you need to choose the right domain name for your blog. This is one of the secrets of those who became successful in making huge money online.

But of course, there are also online money maker who use their own personal name as the domain name of their blogs yet they still succeed. Few examples of these money makers are John Chow with his JOHNCHOW.COM, and Carl Ocab with his CARLOCAB.COM.

Here are few of the things you need to consider in choosing a domain name for your blog:

  1. Keep the domain short. Short domain name is easy to manage and is easy for the internet users to memorize.
  2. Do not include dash (hyphen) symbol or the underscore symbol. If your chosen domain name is composed of two or three words, then don’t separate them using any symbol. For example, if you want your domain name to carry the words Tips, Credit Card, and Use, then simply uses the domain name CREDITCARDUSETIPS.COM or CREDITCARDTIPS.COM.
  3. Do not include numbers or any other symbols.
  4. Do not use abbreviation or acronym if possible. However, this is not always true especially if the abbreviation or acronym you want to use is popular. For example, PRC for the Professional Regulation Commission is very much popular especially to those internet users who are looking for the licensure examination results released by the PRC. Besides, the name “Professional Regulation Commission” is a very long name.
  5. Make your domain original. Never use a domain that infringes any other people’s intellectual property.
  6. If possible, use the .COM extension for your domain name. You can of course use any extension name but .COM is the most recognized extension. When people type a URL of a website, they assume the .COM extension of any website they know.
  7. Your domain name should contain the important keywords that you want to rank high in the Search Engine Result Pages of any search engine especially in Google SERP. If your blog will be dealing with reviews on digital camera, then you can use the domain name that contains your most important keywords: Review, Digital and Camera. Your domain name can be DIGITALCAMERAREVIEW.COM or REVIEWDIGITALCAMERA.COM.Why are we trying to use important keywords in our domain name? It is because SEO or Search Engine Optimization is really part of blogging. Using an SEO friendly domain name for your blog is also one of the ways of optimizing your blog for the search engine.When we say “optimizing your blog for the search engine” it means you’ll make your blog a search engine friendly. In other words, your blog should be in accordance to the algorithm used by the search engines in ranking websites at their result pages. And one of the things considered by the search engine in ranking the websites is the keywords contained with its domain name.

    For example: If someone is searching for available pet store in the internet by using the keyword “dog”, “pet”, and “store” then those websites with their domain names containing “dog”, “pet”, and “store” keywords usually are ranked at the top. The websites listed on the top of the search engine result page are the ones that the searchers will find easily.

    Remember that we need traffic in to our blog for us to earn money from our blog. So the domain name shoud be a search engine friendly.

Free Domain vs Your Own Paid Domain

One of our subscribers asked me what he should do to earn money from his blog in the WordPress.Com.

Actually using a free domain from a free hosting services like KEYWORD.WORDPRESS.COM, a subdomain from WordPress.Com or KEYWORD.BLOGSPOT.COM from Blogspot.Com is a big No – No for me.

In the first place, the management of the WordPress.Com doesn’t allow their users to make money from the blogs that the WordPress.Com hosted with. Now, why should you use their services if your aim is to earn money from the blogs you have?

Secondly, Wordpres.Com, Blogspot.Com (Blogger.Com) and other free blog hosts have their own terms and condition that users should agree with. Violating the terms and conditions and policies will eventually result to termination of your account including your blog.

To let you know, I already have three (3) blogs that had been deleted by Blogger.Com because their engine detected that my three (3) blogs were looked like spam. I don’t know why my blogs were considered spam when in fact they were not. So, the efforts I made on those blogs were just wasted because those blogs were already deleted including, of course, my articles posted on them.

So, if you want to make money from your blog, you better register your own domain name and not just the domain provided by certain free blog hosts.

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How to Choose the Right Topic for Your Blog?

If you want to start a blog, one thing that you should do is to choose the right topic for your blog. Actually, you can create a blog of any topic just like what I did on this blog, but if you want to earn huge money from it, you should choose the right blog topic?

You might say: You are telling us to choose a particular blog topic, but your articles in your blog have a wide range of topics! It’s like you’re telling us to do a thing that you didn’t apply it to your blog?!?

It is true that this blog, “SELaplana“, has a wide range of topic from Personal things to technology, products, entertainment, religion, and other topics that my articles are talking about. This is actually my failure to follow the lessons that I already learned long before. And because of this failure, I also failed to earn huge money through my blog.

You know, those who successfully write blog- articles on the topic that they think is right for their blog successfully earn huge money through their blog. Some bloggers earn $1,000 up or even more than $100,000 a month through their blog.

Let’s take John Chow as an example. He started his blog like what I am doing with mine. He wrote articles about anything in a wide range of topic. But then when he focused his blog into one niche, “making money online through blogging“, John Chow started to earn huge money. And just this October 2008, he revealed that he earned $34,350.93.

You would ask me: You are telling us now that you are not really successful in blogging yet you are telling us before that you are already successful. What is really the truth about it?

The answer is that what I told you before and what I am telling you now are all true.

I started this blog without thinking that I would earn huge money from it. I was just aiming before of getting lots of traffic coming into this blog and that I would earn enough money to finance my blogging jobs and my needs.

It is true that I am in the process of getting huge traffic for this blog, but I am already successful in getting enough money from the blog.  And just like what I already told you a lot of times, I have no other sources of income but blogging alone. And from this income, I spend part of it for my daily blogging expenses, and the other parts are used for my family’s daily needs. So, with that, I can say that I am already successful.

However, I am again telling you now that I am not yet successful in blogging. And it is also true because after successfully getting my goal before, that is earning enough money from the blog, I am now again aiming to earn huge money from it. And the truth is I still failed to reach that goal.

Confusing, Isn’t it?

Actually, the very reason why I am telling you to choose the right topic for your blog is because I know that time will come, you will be aiming to earn huge money through your blogs. So, why should you start like how I started with my blogs when in fact there is a short cut way of reaching your goals.

You see, I started blogging on this blog last March 6, 2006. That is 2 days before my 29th birthday. I am already blogging here for more than 2 years now but then I haven’t yet earn huge money from it. If I only followed this tip, “choose the right topic for your blog”, when I started blogging here then maybe today, I am already rich, have my own cars, and my own house.

So, since you really want to start blogging, then go ahead on the short cut way. Choose now the right topic for your blog.

You would ask me: But how to choose the right topic for my blog?

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. List down the topic that you think you have passion to write about them. Maybe you have passion on Cellphones, Digital Camera, Cars, Credit Cards, etc.
  2. Now, you need to pick one topic first for your first blog. Consider the following tips in choosing a topic from the list of topics you have:
    • Do you have enough knowledge or experience about that topic?
    • Can you really write articles regularly about that topic?
    • Do you think people have passion in that topic?

    If your answer to these questions is YES, then pick and use that topic for your first blog.

Consider these advice of Yaro Starak. Yaro Starak is one of the successful bloggers who earn huge amount of money by just blogging.

  • Don’t pick a subject just because you see others make money writing about it
  • Avoid writing about something you are passionate about, but very few other people are
  • Don’t base a blog on a topic you know little about or have minimal practical experience in
  • Be careful not to write about too diverse a range of subjects, your blog must have a focus

Finale

I hope this article answers your query how to start blogging for money?

LET September 2008 Result, Released

The LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) September 2008 Result has been officially released last November 15, 2008 and was published on the next day, November 16, 2008. I failed to send you the announcement post about it because my site was down for several hours not because of server failure but because of the huge traffic that came in to the site.

Anyway, here’s the link to the list of the new professional Teachers (Elementary and Secondary):

Elementary New Professional Teachers:

  1. Aala – Añover – September 2008 Let Results
  2. Baac – Buñi – September 2008 LET Result
  3. Caabas – Cuñado – September 2008 LET Result
  4. Dabatos – Dynaque – September 2008 LET Result
  5. Ebajay – Eñola – September 2008 LET Result
  6. Fabaliña – Fuyonan – September 2008 LET Result
  7. Ga – Guzon – September 2008 LET Result
  8. H Amin – Hwang – September 2008 LET Result
  9. Ibaan – Iñigo – September 2008 LET Result
  10. Jabagaton – Juvida – September 2008 LET Result
  11. Ka-Amiño – Kuyong – September 2008 LET Result
  12. La Fahara – Luzorata – September 2008 LET Result
  13. Maalat – Myint – September 2008 LET Result
  14. Naag – Nuñez – September 2008 LET Result
  15. Oafallas – Oñot – September 2008 LET Result
  16. Paalan – Puzon – September 2008 LET Result
  17. Quebalayan – Quodala – September 2008 LET Result
  18. Raagas – Ruzol – September 2008 LET Result
  19. Saaban – Sytamco – September 2008 LET Result
  20. Ta-awan – Ty – September 2008 LET Result
  21. Uayan – Uypala – September 2008 LET Result
  22. Vacalares – Zurbito – September 2008 LET Result

Secondary New Professional Teachers:

  1. Aala – Añosa – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  2. Baa – Buñag – September 2008 LET Result
  3. Caay – Cuyahon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  4. Da – Dylim – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  5. Eata – Eyao – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  6. Faba – Guzman De – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  7. Habacon – Kwe – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  8. La Madrid – Luzon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  9. Maagad – Muñoa – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  10. Na-ayao – Oñedo – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  11. Pa-at – Puzon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  12. Qua – Rutor – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  13. Saab – Ty – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  14. Uaje – Vulcan – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  15. Wabe – Zuñiga – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result]

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You Ask by Talking, Google Answers in Screen

One of the celebrated news today about Technology is the “Voice Recognition” feature introduced by Google to Apple iPhone.

iPhone users like you can now search and request Google result by just placing the phone to your ear and then ask verbally, … speaking to the phone with any questions, like: “Who is the lone professional blogger in Southern Leyte?” Then the iPhone system will convert the voice to digital file and immediately sent to the Google servers. Google on the other hand, upon receiving the digital form of your request try to identify your request and then send the info to the search engine to search for possible answer on your question. Then after that, Google will send the result right into your iPhone screen. Since, Google system is smarter than those of its competitors, so Google will give you my website or other articles that mention me as the “first and lone professional blogger in Southern Leyte.:-)

Maybe, you already had heard the story or news or probably read articles about Voice Recognition system. Maybe you already had experienced interacting verbally with a device or probably a phone answering machine without pressing the keys of your phone. But I am sure that those devices were equipt with a Voice Recognition system that has limited functionality or limited responses.

Google’s Voice Recognition system is more advanced than those other Voice Recognition system. It tries to understand you even how you speak your queries. It’s like a human listening to what you are saying. It’s far way better than your favorite GMA7′s character, “ASERO” :-) (joke)

Have you tried using Google Search as calculator? If not, then you missed something in your life (just kidding).

Actually, Google Search can be used as calculator. You type “1000 + 1000″ without quote on the Google Search box and click the “Search button”, Google will give you the result which is “2000″. Now, if you have an iPhone which is equipt with the Voice Recognition system of Google, then you don’t have to type “1000 + 1000″ without qoute into your phone. What you need to do is just ask the iPhone verbally by this question: “out thousand plus one thousand”. I know, Google will answer you with “two thousand”.

But I am still wondering if Google could answer my question: “What will be the sex of my baby inside my wife’s womb?” Well, my baby is still a three month old fetus. Our ObGyne couldn’t determine yet the sex of our baby. And I’m sure Google is already ignorant about it, unless I will write article about the sex of my baby and publish it on the internet.

Other articles about Google’s Voice Recognition sytem via iPhone:

Update:

Apple seems hesitant to release new iPods with Voice Recognition feature that Google created for iPhone. These iPhones should be on the US stores’s shielves but Friday passed without the iPhone with Voice Recognition on them.

Talks about it:

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USA Election vs Philippine Election

Finally, the USA has her new President, Barack Obama. He’s the first American-African president of the USA and the first (just I thought) candidate for President of the USA who used the internet technology as part of his political campaign. And if I am not mistaken (correct me if I’m wrong), he’s the Presidentiable of the USA who has the highest collection of funds for his campaign. And some say (I don’t know if it’s right) that Barack Obama is the first President of the USA who lived his early lives outside the USA.

There’s a lot of things that people realized about the new President of the USA. But that’s not what my real really is my focus on this post. I really want to let you know the big difference between the election in the USA and the election here in the Philippines that I realized while following the election of the USA. Like:

  1. In the USA, the supporters of the Presidential candidate donate money for his expenses during the campaign. In the Philippines, the supporters of the candidate collect money from the candidate.
  2. In the USA, only two candidates run for President. In the Philippines, everybody run for President.
  3. In the USA, the Presidential candidates debate on their plans, and strategy on what to do for the good of their country. In the Philippines, Presidential candidates debate on the personality of each of the candidates.
  4. In the USA, the Presidential candidate who lost the election concedes. In the Philippines, the loser complains that he was cheated on the election.
  5. In the USA, the losers support the program of the elected candidates. In the Philippines, the losers pull down the elected candidates and grab their power.
  6. In the USA, the elected officials work hard for the good of the country. In the Philippines, the elected officials (including the appointed officials) work hard for the good of their own pockets.
  7. (Please send (by replying this email) or post at our comment section your thoughts if you have something to add to this list)

Update:

I was recently informed by my wife that her classmate told her that the final Presidential Candidate of the recent US Election (2008) were actually 13. I searched the internet about it and I found 6 candidates:

  1. John McCain – Republican Party
  2. Barack Obama – Democratic Party
  3. Bob Barr – Libertarian Party
  4. Chuck Baldwin – Constitution Party
  5. Cynthia McKinney – Green Party
  6. Ralph Nader – Independent

In other words, my number 2 statement is wrong (US Election vs Philippines Election).

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My Blogs in the Ratified’s Top 50 Blogs

My two blogs, “SELaplana” and “Naruto Shippuuden Fan“, are included on the list of the top Philippine Blogs tracked by the Ratified.Org.

I accidentally visited Pinoy Blogero’s announcement of the Ratified’s Top Philippine Blogs when I was searching for the information about the Fertilizer Fund Scam that would help me compose article that would answer a query sent to me by a subscriber of my “SELaplana” blog. And according to the list, My “SELaplana” blog is ranked 2nd and my “Naruto Shippuuden Fan” blog is ranked 21st among the Ratified’s Top 50 Blogs.

I also found out that the Ratified.Org management wrote letters to the owners of the blogs listed on the Top 50 through email “asking them to share the story behind their growth, and be featured” on the Ratified.Org Blog. However, as the blogger behind the two blogs listed on the Top 50, I haven’t received any letters from them. I don’t know if my email account really received those emails and I just missed them because I am actually receiving hundreds of emails everyday. I even wonder if I really read those emails but just forgot to answer them, and that I even forgot that I actually read them.

Anyway, almost all bloggers featured at the Ratified.Org whose blogs are included on the Ratified’s Top Blogs were asked the same questions:

  1. What have you done this year for your blog that contributed to its growth?
  2. What marketing strategy works best for your blog?
  3. How much % of your annual income do you attribute to your blog as the source?
  4. What tips can you give to bloggers who would like to achieve blog growth?

And here’s my answer:

Question: What have you done this year for your blog that contributed to its growth?
Answer: Actually, there’s no new thing that I did that contributed to the growth of my two blogs, “SELaplana” and “Naruto Shippuuden Fan” because I was already doing those things since 2005. I regularly posted new articles into my blogs although most of these posts do not show on the front page of the blogs. What I mean is, there are new posts that are shown on the front page of the blog, but most of the new posts are not shown on the front page, not even sent to the subscribers. I also regularly check the traffic statistics of the blogs and study how the visitors discovered my blogs and then think of ways that more visitors will discover the blogs.

Question: What marketing strategy works best for your blog?
Answer: I started what Jehzlau did on his blog, telling my friends to visit my blogs and subscribe from them. But, I found out that SEO or SEO experiment is more effective especially that I want to earn more from my blogs through ads displayed at them. And based on the data collected by the Google Analytics for the current year (2008): 99% of the visitors of the SELaplana blog are coming from Search Result Pages of the Search Engines and 1% of it are the combination of the repeat visitors and visitors coming from other websites and blogs. And regarding to the visitors of the Naruto Shippuuden Fan blog, 82% of the visitors are coming from Search Result Pages of search engines and the rest are repeat visitors and those coming from other websites and blogs.

Question: How much % of your annual income do you attribute to your blog as the source?
Answer: Well, I am a full-time blogger. This whole year, 2008, I don’t have other sources of income but my blogs alone. So, 100% of my income are income of my blogs. However, only 40% of my income is earned by my SELaplana blog, and more or less 15% of my income is earned by the Naruto Shippuuden Fan blog.

Question: What tips can you give to bloggers who would like to achieve blog growth?
Answer: (1) Blog on the topic that you are interested with and regularly write new articles for your blog. (2) Read….Read… Read… and Read…. Don’t stop reading books, ebooks, articles, blogs, news, etc… (3) Learn SEO and apply what you’ve learned into your daily blogging activities. (3) But don’t blog just because you want to earn money, it will only end up to nothing. Just blog for your passion, and you’ll end up earning money through your blogs.

So, congratulation to me :-) !!!

P.S.

By the way, the data collected and shown on the Ratified pages of my two blogs, SELaplana at Ratified and Naruto Shippuuden Fan at Ratified, for the Feedburner Subscribers is not already accurate. The blog’s feed address was changed already from Feedburner.Com to Feedburner.Google.Com. And the FeedBurner Subscriber’s data collected by the Ratified is still coming from the old Feedburner.Com feed. I already emailed the TSupport of the Ratified.Org about it, but there’s still no update made.

P.S..

Here’s the list of the Top 50 Philippine Blogs at the Ratified.Org:

  1. Jehzlau Concepts (http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com)
  2. Selaplana (http://www.selaplana.com)
  3. Pinoy R.N (http://filipinonurse.blogspot.com)
  4. Gio’s WeBlog (http://www.isulongseophil.com)
  5. Yugatech (http://www.yugatech.com/blog)
  6. Macuha (http://www.macuha.com)
  7. Our Awesome Planet (http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com)
  8. EntrePinoys Atbp. (http://www.mixph.com)
  9. PinoyBlogoSphere (http://www.pinoyblogosphere.com)
  10. Ellen Tordesillas (http://www.ellentordesillas.com)
  11. Blog ni Inday (http://www.blogniinday.com)
  12. Make Money Online with a 13 Year Old (http://www.carlocab.com)
  13. The Filipino Entrepreneur (http://www.thefilipinoentrepreneur.com)
  14. Tech At Hand (http://www.techathand.net)
  15. Philippine Travel Blog (http://www.pinoytravelblog.com)
  16. Julia Aquino (http://julia-aquino.blogspot.com)
  17. PinoyBlogero (http://www.pinoyblogero.com)
  18. Bakla Ako, May Reklamo? (http://www.baklaako.com)
  19. FruityOaty (http://www.fruityoaty.com)
  20. 5ThirthyOne (http://www.5thirtyone.com)
  21. Naruto Shippuuden Fan (http://www.narutoshippuudenfan.com)
  22. Vista Pinas (http://www.vistapinas.com)
  23. Touched By An Angel (http://www.aboutmyrecovery.com)
  24. Bryan Boy (http://www.bryanboy.com)
  25. Alleba Blog (http://www.alleba.com/blog)
  26. Evil Woobie (http://www.evilwoobie.com)
  27. Maiylah’s Snippets (http://www.lifesnippets.net)
  28. Shutter Box Philippines (http://shutter.box.com.ph)
  29. Kubiertos (http://www.kubiertos.com/blog)
  30. Aja Lapus (http://www.ajalapus.com)
  31. JoanJoyce (http://www.joanjoyce.com/blog)
  32. Ederic@cyberspace (http://ederic.tinig.com)
  33. Mindanao Bloggers (http://www.mindanaobloggers.com)
  34. The D Spot (http://dine.racoma.com.ph)
  35. TaintedSong v10 (http://www.taintedsong.com)
  36. Tops 2 Bottoms (http://www.tops2bottoms.com)
  37. Mar Roxas for President 2010 Blog (http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com)
  38. Jozzua (http://www.jozzua.com)
  39. BlogComics (http://www.blogcomics.net)
  40. Captain’s Log (http://jepoy.bengero.com)
  41. An Apple a Day (http://aileenapolo.blogspot.com)
  42. Me.Find.Home (http://www.mefindhome.org)
  43. Motorcycle Philippines (http://www.motorcyclephilippines.com)
  44. Belolats (http://www.belolats.com)
  45. NiervaDotCom (http://www.nierva.com)
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Philippines SSS (Social Security System) Website Registration

SSS Website Registration FAQs

Source: SSS Website Registration FAQS published by SSS (Social Security System)

What is the purpose of online registration in the SSS website?

The main purpose of online registration is to ensure information security and to prevent identity theft. This is in accordance with Section 24 (c) of the SS Law, which provides that the members’ records should be kept confidential by the SSS and Section 31 of the Electronic Commerce Act or Republic Act No. 8792. The said provisions are cited below:

Republic Act No. 8792 (Electronic Commerce Act)

“Section 31. Lawful Access – Access to an electronic file or an electronic signature of an electronic data message or electronic document shall only be authorized and enforced in favor of an individual or entity having legal right to the possession or the use of the plaintext, electronic signature or file and solely for the authorized purposes. The electronic key for identity or integrity shall not be made available to any person or party without consent of the individual or entity in lawful possession of the electronic key.”

Republic Act No. 8282 (Social Security Law)

“Section 24. Employment Records and Reports. – (c) The records and reports duly accomplished and submitted to the SSS by the employer or the member, as the case may be, shall be kept confidential by the SSS except in compliance with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the Courts, shall not be divulged without the consent of the SSS President or any official of the SSS duly authorized by him…”

When did the online registration start?

It started on June 12, 2008 when we launched the enhanced SSS website. All members, including employers, need to register online to be able to get a user ID and a password that will enable them to access their respective social security records from the SSS Online Inquiry System. This service is free of charge and is a more convenient and economical way for the members to download and print their SS records since it eliminates the need to visit and queue at our branches to request for print-outs. Now, you can access and print your SS records any time and at the comfort of your home or office.

What are the system requirements to access the SSS website?

The following are the minimum system requirements:

  • PC with internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows 95 and above operating system versions
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0 and 7.0

How do I register online?

Simply type http://www.sss.gov.ph, the SSS website address, in the address bar of your Internet Explorer and press the Enter key to display the SSS website. Then, mouse over on the My.SSS menu to pull down the sub-menu. Click on Register (found under the sub-menu) to commence with your online registration. Follow the system’s instructions and fill up the registration form accordingly. Then, click on the Submit button at the end of the page to send the information to SSS.

What are the information required in registration?

For Members

  • SS Number (composed of 10 digits)
  • First, Middle and Last Names
  • Date of Birth (click on the month, day and year)
  • Mother’s Maiden Name (indicate surname only)
  • Address
    Address 1: House number and street name
    Address 2: Barangay or village name
  • City/Province
  • Postal Code
  • Contact No.
  • E-mail Address (must be a valid and active e-mail)
    Note: If your e-mail address is other than yahoo.com, kindly inform your network administrator not to block mail from sss.gov.ph.
  • Preferred User ID – Length of 8-20 characters; no special character except underscore is allowed; first character must be alphabetic
  • If an employed member – Employer ID No. (composed of 10 digits; can be seen in the Employer’s Registration Plate displayed in the employer’s place of business or Employer SSS Registration Certificate)
  • If a pensioner – Savings Account No. where monthly pension is being deposited by SSS or Check No. of any pension received
    The check number can be seen in the check voucher, a sample of which is shown below:

sss-pension-voucher

Note: The Check Number entered in the system must have ten (10) digits only. For example, if the Check Number is D-0048283262-9, disregard the letter (D) at the beginning and the last number (9) and just encode 0048283262.

  • If a Self-Employed/Voluntary Member/Non-Working Spouse/ OFW/ House Help – Supply the following information in the field for SBR No./OTC:
    – If mode of payment is through the bank or over-the-counter (OTC) at an SSS Branch –
    … The Special Bank Receipt (SBR) No. or validation number found in the SSS Form RS-5 issued for contribution paid at least 6 months prior to the date of online registration

Sample Form RS-5 with Validation Number

sss-sbr-number

Note:  The SBR No. /OTC Validation No. entered in the system must have six (6) digits only. For example, if the validation number is T#14000096, disregard some of the zeros and just encode 140096.

  • – If mode of payment is through Bayad Center, SM Department Store, Ventaja Remittance Company, or I-Remit –
    … The Receipt No. found in the official receipt issued for contribution paid at least 6 months prior to the date of online registration- If mode of payment is through Auto-Debit Arrangement (ADA)
    … Just encode six zeros (000000) in the field for SBR No. /OTC.
  • Five-Character Variable Code – Enter the code as it is shown. The code must be entered to ensure that an individual, not a computer program, is registering in the SSS website.
  • Terms and Conditions – Accept the Terms and Conditions by clicking on the box. The text of the Terms and Conditions can be viewed by clicking the phrase “Terms and Conditions” found at the bottom of the page.

For Employers

Employer ID – Employer ID No. (composed of 10 digits; can be seen in the Registration Plate displayed in the employer’s place of business, in the SS Form R-1 (Employer Registration Form), or in the certificate of registration issued by SSS

  • Employer Branch Code – Put 000 (three zeros) if you have no branch office.
  • Date of Coverage (click on the month, day and year)
  • Address
    Address 1: Unit/Floor number, Building/Office name and street name
    Address 2: Barangay or village name
    City/Province 5
  • Postal Code
  • Employer Representative’s SS Number (composed of 10 digits)
  • Employer Representative’s First, Middle and Last Names
  • E-mail Address (must be a valid and active e-mail)
    Note: If your e-mail address is other than yahoo.com, kindly inform your network administrator not to block mail from sss.gov.ph.
  • Preferred User ID – Length of 8-20 characters; no special characters except underscore is allowed; first character must be alphabetic
  • Five-Character Variable Code – Enter the code as it is shown. The code must be entered to ensure that an individual, not a computer program, is registering in the SSS website.
  • Terms and Conditions – Accept the Terms and Conditions by clicking on the box.

What will I do if I could not supply particular information pertaining to my/my employer’s SS membership as required in the registration page?

We advise you to call the SSS Hotline at telephone nos. 920-6446 up to 55 for assistance. The SSS Hotline serves callers from Monday to Friday (except during holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If the registrant has no middle name, what will he/she encode in the field for middle name?

The registrant may leave the field for middle name unmarked or blank. This will not affect the outcome of his/her registration.

Can a person who has been issued an SS number but has not yet been reported by any employer for coverage, register in the SSS website?

Issuance of SS number does not automatically qualify a person for coverage. He/She must first be engaged in an occupation that is subject to SS coverage. In view of this, a person who has not yet been reported for coverage and has no contribution payment will not be able to register in the SSS website.

How will I receive my password?

If you successfully registered in the SSS website as a member, the system will send your password to your e-mail address. However, if you registered as an employer representative, you will receive an e-mail informing you of the SSS branch office where you will pick up the company’s password.

Upon receipt of my password, will I now be able to access my account?

Yes. Mouse over on the My.SSS menu which is found in our website to pull down the sub-menu and click on Log-in to enter the log-in page

What information will I enter when logging in to the SSS website for the first time?

You will be asked to encode your user ID and system-generated password. Afterwards, you will be prompted by the system to change the system-generated password with your preferred password (length of 8-20 characters; no special character except underscore is allowed; first character must be alphabetic) by entering the following information in the appropriate fields as shown below:

Enter old password: ___________ (Enter the system-generated password.)
Enter new password: ___________ (Enter your preferred password.)
Confirm password: _____________ (Enter again your preferred password.)

Will the system-generated password serve as my permanent password?

The password that you will create will be valid for a period of ninety (90) days only. After that period, the system will again prompt you to change your password.

Can I change my password earlier than its expiration?

Yes, you may do so by logging in at My.SSS to access your account and clicking on Change Password, which is found under the Main Menu at the left panel.

What will I do if I forgot my user ID or password?

Mouse over on My.SSS to pull down the sub-menu and click on Log-in to enter the log-in page. Click on the tab for Member or Employer as applicable then click on “Forgot User ID or Password? Click here“. To retrieve your password, you will be asked to enter your user ID. On the other hand, to retrieve your user ID, you will be asked to enter your e-mail address.
In case, however, that you forgot your user ID and/or e-mail address, please contact the SSS Hotline at telephone nos. 920-6446-55 for assistance.

What will I do if my password was blocked or the system-generated password I received was invalid?

In case of blocked access due to three (3) consecutive incorrect password entry or receipt of an invalid password, you may request for a password reset by calling our MAC Program Management Department at telephone no. 9206401, local no. 6201. The said department serves callers from Monday to Friday (except during holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What will I do if instead of receiving a password, I am informed through e-mail that my registration failed?

Online registration fails when the registrant enters information that does not match the information he/she submitted to SSS. Please call the SSS Hotline at telephone nos. 9206446-55 for assistance in case of a failed registration.

What information can be viewed from the SSS Online Inquiry System?

The members will be able to view their membership details, employment history, loan status, contribution payments and benefit availments online. On the other hand, employers will be able to view their membership details, contribution payments remitted for their employees and sickness and maternity claim reimbursements.

Is there a way by which I could update my records in the website in case of change of address, contact no. or e-mail address?

To update your records, log in to My.SSS and click on Update Profile (found under the Main Menu at the left panel) to access the Update Profile page and encode the correct information. Then, click the Update button to post the changed information in the system.

Can I still access the SSS Online Inquiry System after office hours? How about when I am abroad?

Yes, you can access the said system provided you have internet access and a compatible browser.

What other services can be availed from the SSS web?

SSS is planning to expand the services that the members can avail online. In the near future, the members can set an appointment with their respective servicing branches or file their salary loan applications through the SSS website. On the other hand, employers can submit their Form R-3 (Contribution Collection List) and R1-A (employment report) or request for copies of documents through our website.

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