Free and cheap websites, typically, end up costing a great deal more in the long run. Although, the free and cheap websites may have a low beginning monthly fee with (possibly) no upfront cost, the 'affordable' options can actually cost you so much more in lost revenues and not being able to be found as easily in the searches.
I am going to tell you something that most people don't understand or want to hear - and, every time I say it, I can see the eyes roll back in their heads and they instantly get this look like on their faces that tell me "You're just trying to get me to pay more for a website and I don't want to."
I can, honestly say ... if you choose to go with a free or low-cost "easy" set-up website, you can seriously be hurting your own business potential more than you will ever know. In the world of websites and hosting, what you don't know will hurt you!
The number one objection that I hear to getting a quality website, from the start, is ... "I can't afford to pay for a website right now - My business isn't big enough and I'm not making enough money." And, with THAT thinking ... all I can say is that your business will probably never be big enough to justify it if you are not willing to invest in the most important part of your online business marketing strategy.
Now, don't get me wrong ... I'm not trying to be mean or insulting here but when you start out with a free website or free web hosting, the truth is YOU do NOT own your website and you don't have full control over what happens to your website. In fact, it can be taken away and deleted permanently in a matter of seconds and you will have no recourse.
I know of a few different people who've tried using a free website or free web hosting. They invested all of their time and efforts into making their website very nice for their visitors. Then, one day, they woke up to the realization that their website had been deleted and all of their hard work was gone. It sounded like the place where they had gotten their 'free' websites had made some upgrades to their web hosting server - and didn't bother to backup the websites. Now, all of a sudden, this company wanted to start charging for those free websites - at the price of $29.95 per month.
Don't make the same mistake. Having your own website is so incredibly inexpensive that it just makes more sense to have your own website - on your own hosting account, especially if you are using your website for business purposes. By owning your own domain name and having your own web hosting account, you retain full rights to your website and noone can take that away from you. Isn't your peace of mind worth more than this small initial investment for your business ?!
And, if you're thinking about just starting a temporary website to get yourself started, I have another suggestion ... DON'T! It is so easy to keep putting it off that, before you know it, years have gone by and your website is too huge to move easily.
Besides, having to move an existing site, the search engines will consider your new website a brand new website - and rank it as such. You will lose ALL credibility that your existing website currently has. You may as well just start off and let the search engines see your website as the authority - from the very start!
Ok, so you're still not convinced and you are STILL thinking about getting a free or cheap website ... read on ...
If you have a free website, you will probably never be found near the top of the searches. Instead, you will probably end up being buried in the way back pages of the internet, never to be found unless someone actually knows your business name or your exact web address. Even then, I've seen 'free' websites that never come up in the searches. Some of our best clients are ones that had a free website, and then trusted us to get them found. When we started, most of them were not even in the top 100 pages of the search engine searches for their main keywords.
Simply put, free websites do NOT promote your business ... they count on you to add content and that content helps them promote THEIR websites company.
And, in the same respect, you will have advantages if you invest in your initial website marketing strategy by getting your business setup properly to start with your own website, domain, and hosting.
All things considered, when starting a website, I hope you make the smart decision ... free and cheap websites are not the best choice for any business. Your business will come out much further ahead, if you go ahead and bite the bullet with the small initial investment.
I do not know one single person who is successfully making money off of a free or cheap website ... and, I know A LOT of people with free and cheap websites.
However, I will say, if you've read this far and are just looking to get a personal website up for very little money, you might want to straight to our web hosting and use the auto install website software program to set up your own website and fiddle around with it.
The only thing I can say if you're still thinking that you don't want to make the initial investment for a proper business website that will help you, is ... If you don't want to invest in your business, how serious are you about actually making money and starting your new online venture ?