10 Benefits of using FREE Websites - Business or Blogging
Gone are the days where you had to pay hundreds of pounds or dollars for a new website. It’s useful for big businesses but for small businesses or bloggers, there is a FREE alternative. If you fall into the latter categories, are you taking advantage of this opportunity?
What’s in it for you?
1) Websites are already Designed
You can choose a design or format that suits you from a wide selection. For text, photo's and layout, you simply drag and drop. Very easy - Nothing Technical.
2) Increased Traffic with Social website buttons
These websites now come with Social Network buttons. So, at the click of a button your website page can be shared on Twitter, facebook or google1 – bringing you lots of visitors/readers.
Various Designs - Social Network buttons below...
3) Adsense Revenue / Amazon Commissions /Affiliate Commissions
Most websites Accept google ads so you can register at google.com/adsense to receive commission on Ads. Google Adsense will Generate the html code for you – all you need to do is copy and paste it into your website. They also accept Amazon codes. You can set up an Amazon store on any page. You can also advertise (be an Affiliate to other businesses) once you are signed up, you can post their ads on your pages.
4) Easy Publishing and Re-Publishing
You can edit your website anytime, anyday and the changes will come into effect immediately. Simply edit and click on Publish. The websites also have customer support, if you have any Technical problems.
5) Submission forms / Contact Forms
This gives people/customers the opportunity to contact you via website. You can use the ready-made form or design your own form to suit you.
6) Paypal Buttons
Paypal buttons can be inserted. Either for paying for goods, for subscription or for Donations. Follow the steps when you access your paypal account or read: Add a Paypal Donation Button to your website
My Business Website (Teaching related) gives clients the option to pay online or book lessons online. 95% of them pay cash but for those who don't have it handy, I ask them to pay on the website later.
A choice of Paypal buttons
You can submit the url (link) of your website to various search engines, such as google, yahoo, bing, aol and more - so that your website comes up in "searches". Also remember to put it on any business cards.
8) Accepts html codes
if you look at my website, it presently has a dancing santa. Click Here to see Santa dancing. This is animated. If you like any animated photo online, save it under photos, or if it has a html code, copy and paste it into your website.
9) Option to have your own Domain
This means the domain belongs to you. Example: one of my websites is called Inspiringtalk. Note free websites will not come as only .com. example if you sign up with Yola and your business name is XmasGifts your website name will be XmasGifts.yolasite.com or Xmasgifts.weebly.com if it’s with weebly. If you buy the domain like I did with inspiringtalk then it changes from .weebly.com to simply .com
I have 3 Free Websites but only chose to buy the domain for one of them – Inspiringtalk.com only £25.00 a year but note I didn’t have to. (If I didn’t buy the domain, it would be Inspiringtalk.yolasite.com)
10) Did I state it earlier? It’s FREE and includes FREE Hosting.
One of my FREE Websites - InspiringTalk.com
Feel free to check out all the features.
I recommend some FREE Websites below because I am familiar with all of them. Please feel free to share any you are familiar with too.
- Webs.com – excellent for blogging.
- Yola.com – business or personal.
- Weebly.com – business or personal.
- Wordpress.com – excellent for blogging (does not support Adsense).
- Google blogspots (comes with Google Accounts) – excellent for blogging.
- Using FREE Websites to make Money Online
Utilizing Free Websites. Using them to make extra money in various ways. November 2009