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Is Free Hosting Good For Business?

January 20, 2011

By Carol Amato

If you want free hosting for your new business site, have you considered the pros and cons of having a free hosting account?

I’ve used free hosting in the past, and I’ll share my experience and opinion. 

I would not even consider using a free web hosting service for my professional site.  If you don’t mind having another company’s advertisements all over your site, then go for it.  

With a free hosting service, your domain will have a messy and confusing appearance to it such as:  www.free-web-hosting-service/~accountname/yourdatafiles/ (etc - which does NOT give a good impression when someone visits your site.  Your objective should be to have a professional image. 

free hosting is not recommended

I could share horror stories about my pictures totally disappearing when the company went out of business – with no notice whatsoever!  I lost a lot of money due to my auctions being disrupted when all of a sudden there were no pictures of what I was selling!  

The first way to accomplish this is to register your domain, such as www.carolamato.com – something recognizable! Once you register your domain, you will need a hosting service to store your files.  I’ve used free hosting before when I was a power seller on ebay.uk.

Do not use free hosting if you are serious about increasing site traffic via search engine visibility – Search engines will many times eliminate content from free hosting services.

Why don’t you get off to a great start by hosting with one of the cheapest hosting for online business, Host With Carol?  

host with carolIn terms of pricing, reliability, user-friendliness and customer support, Host With Carol continues to be my first choice for affordable hosting company, for new and experienced entrepreneurs.

The only pro I can find to having a free hosting account would be that you’re completely destitute and cannot afford less than ten bucks per month. You could take your chances and risk signing up with a free hosting service, but I recommend waiting until you have the money to invest in your online business.

Take Care,
Carol Amato





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  • http://aacb8ys8vv0ncw37n1ufqdcx4h.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=BLOG Malory

    I was considering free hosting when I read this article. Reading this helped my outlook, and helped me decide whether or not I would go with it. Thank you.

  • http://e97c63m-ry4g5l3odotyxlqaps.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=BLOG Carol Amato

    Well, I am glad to be of help, Malory. Free hosting is nothing to fool around with if you are serious about building an business online.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Carol Amato

  • Ilka Flood

    Hi Carol,

    I totally agree with you. If you are presenting your business, do it in a professional manner. Free hosting is definitely a no no. It makes you look like an amateur. Really not a good thing. Also, like you said, there are horror stories out there of people losing their content and who wants other people’s advertising on their website … and not even get paid for it?

    Great article! People need to know this so I’m going to re-tweet it.

    Best wishes,
    Ilka Flood

    • Carol Amato

      I appreciate your comment, Ilka, and thank you for the retweet. I bookmarked your site and will check back often. I have a long way to go, but enjoy learning something new each day. :)

      Carol

  • Loretta Atha

    Hi Carol. Thanks for sharing all this info. I am just starting, reading Advertising Profits from Home, and appreciate the do’s and don’t that will help me make better decisions along the way.

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hello, Loretta,

      You’re welcome. I am glad I can help.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Carol Amato

  • Corinna

    I didn’t know free hosting was available! Thanks so much for all the advice.

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Corinna.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Carol Amato

  • Savannah Jacob

    I don’t have a website,domain name or hosting set up yet. I just don’t know what to do anymore. My spirt has been broken and I am trying to get it back. I enjoyed your article.Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Savannah,

      The most important thing is building a list. Did you watch my Golden Nuggets video?

      If not, sign up to receive the link thru email… http://www.CarolAmato.com/vip

      Hope to help.

      • Savannah Jacob

        I watched the Golden Nuggets video.

        • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

          Awesome, Sarah…those are the things needed to get started in this business. I hope you can find the encouragement that you need to decide whether you want to move forward or not. Did you see my latest post? http://www.carolamato.com/what-is-niche-marketing/

          The article before that is also very good. Use the Search feature on the right side of my blog, to type in any term that you are wondering about. For example, type in
          “squeeze page” and hit Enter on your keyboard. You will see all the posts on my blog about squeeze pages…

          Hope to help. :)
          Carol

  • timoteo uelese

    Hi, Carol I am trying to get a website a domain and start an online bussiness.
    I am trying to follow upe with your tutoring. I have spend so much money buying
    book and vedeos but too bad. I believe one of these days I get it.
    Thanks for your great help.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Timoteo!

      Did you get my free video training? I share my business model and how I am making money, then I give a challenge at the end. You can watch it by checking the emails I have sent you – should be a few links to the webinar training. I show my business model and how I am making money. You’re welcome for the help – I enjoy helping folks if I can. :)
      Have a great weekend. – Carol

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