Can I make money with a free blog

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I want to launch a new blog.I like to start a free blog,because i don't have the money to pay the hosting bill. But i'm so confused.because when I searched in internet I found that,starting a free blog is not a good way to earn money.sometimes the free blogging platforms like wordpress,blogger will shut down your blog.So share your opinion.Paid blog or free blog Which is better for a beginner?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by think more View Post

    Paid blog or free blog Which is better for a beginner?
    It's not about "free or paid".

    It's about the host's terms of service.

    Blogger and Wordpress.com, for anyone wanting a monetised blog, can be a nightmare and a disaster and you should avoid them like the plague because of their terms of service, NOT because they're free.

    Almost everyone will tell you "paid" rather than "free", because (wisely) they're aware that you shouldn't use places like Blogger and Wordpress.com. What some people don't realise is that you can have a self-hosted Wordpress blog with a host who doesn't charge, without spending a penny.

    And that way, you have none of the problems that you get with places like Blogger and Wordpress.com, but you still don't have to pay.

    I recommend byethost.com. It's completely free, reliable, professional hosting. They don't put any "advertising button" on your site, or anything cheap/nasty like that. Nobody can tell that you're using free hosting. You own and control the site, just like you do if you use HostGator or HostMonster or Blurstorm or any other paid hosting. But you don't have to pay. You can host your own Wordpress blogs there. (You do need a domain name, to do this, but you can use either a $1 .info domain-name from GoDaddy, or even a free one from .tk).

    Other good, free hosts are Weebly, Yola and Blinkweb, where you can have your own sites/blogs without paying, and without any of the dreadful Blogger/Wordpress.com problems ... but (a) you get a little ad placed on your pages by the host which looks a bit unprofessional, and (b) they have their own site-builder and you can't use Wordpress blogs there. But still not terrible options.

    If you don't have the money to invest in hosting, you don't have the money to invest in hosting: but you don't need to let that be an excuse for hosting monetised blogs at wordpress.com or at Blogger. There are plenty of other, better options.
  • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
    That's right about free blog platforms shutting you down. It really isn't worth starting a business on a free blog if there is a chance that you are going to lose all of your work. I only use free blogs to link to my owned sites.

    Best to go for paid hosting, it only costs a few dollars a month at Hostgator and domains don't cost much. Think of it as an investment in yourself and your new business. Maybe you could offer a service or do some fiverr gigs to pay for it.
  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    If you want to make money do a paid version. The hosted sites just have too many pitfalls.
  • Profile picture of the author adamj2
    Yeah, I would be paranoid about a free hosting site shutting down my blog! Especially if you have several of them under the same account, they could wipe them all out in one fell swoop!

    But sill might be a good way to test a new idea for free first and then transfer to paid hosting once you make an affiliate sale or 2.

    I setup a blogspot blog promoting hostgator as an affiliate a while back. Put affiliate links and banners in it. Have done nothing to it for ages and still noticed two $50 affiliate commisions coming in so might go back to that one!
  • Profile picture of the author rockyonfire
    If you play by the rules then Yes you can.
  • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
    You could, but would you really want to when your blog could be removed at any time?

    You can get hosting with Hostgator for just $7.96 per month for unlimited domains which is pretty cheap. There are even coupons to get the first month for just 1c so I'm sure getting hosting isn't impossible.
  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Originally Posted by rockyonfire View Post

    If you play by the rules then Yes you can.
    Really? Like the other posts above have said, you really can't. It's against their TOS to monetize. So except for Google Adwords on blogger, please tell us how this is possible without getting nuked eventually.
  • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
    Originally Posted by think more View Post

    I want to launch a new blog.I like to start a free blog,because i don't have the money to pay the hosting bill. But i'm so confused.because when I searched in internet I found that,starting a free blog is not a good way to earn money.sometimes the free blogging platforms like wordpress,blogger will shut down your blog.So share your opinion.Paid blog or free blog Which is better for a beginner?
    Learn from my bitter experience.

    First I'll answer the question in simple terms.
    Yes, you can make money with free blogging, such as Blogger or Wordpress.com.
    However, the only monetization you can use are Google AdSense and Amazon Associates. Nothing else is permitted, which is very restrictive. If you add an affiliate link - you will be shut down!

    How do I know? Because that's exactly what happened to me. I was terminated without warning or explanation. Four months of work down the bog, gone forever.

    Even when you are runing on vapours, to set up a meaningful, flexible business you will need your own base - website or blog. Unfortunately that does incur web hosting and it's associated costs.

    Search Google for 'Web Hosts on a Limited Budget'. On page one of Google, you will find a link to my free series "Internet Marketing on a Limited Budget".

    In part 7, there are tips for reducing these costs as much as possible, including how I got unlimited hosting for just $2.30 per month, including a free domain! Alternatively click here to go direct to the article.
    You will find many other cost saving tips for you here too, including many free alternatives to paid resources.

    Cheers

    Alan

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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    its fairly hard to make a ton of money with them, however its possible you just need to play by the rules.
  • Profile picture of the author mijagi
    You can definitely make money off free blog platforms (thats how I started), but once you start ranking and making money, your competitors (or the company owning the platform) can easily report you and take you down, and all your hard work will be gone.

    Get yourself self-hosted blog instead, even if tyou'll have to save for it for months..
  • Profile picture of the author magicthauma
    Yes, but you have to take 10 times more effort than a self-hosting wordpress. WP have different plugin that can help you quickly get better place in google.
  • Profile picture of the author Eddy19
    Yes you can do it, almost everyone start from it, but now its very tough but not impossible you have to accurate on your data and updated one.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by techlunatic View Post

    If you just don't have the money for the hosting then go for free otherwise premium hosting is always the way to go! it pays for itself and makes way too much money than the free blog in the end!
    You're saying, then, that a self-hosted Wordpress blog at HostGator (paid hosting) will make more money than exactly the same self-hosted Wordpress blog hosted at Byethost (free hosting) would make?

    What possible reason could there be for that?! :confused:

    There are certainly a few thousand professional marketers who've been hosting their blogs at Byethost for many years who clearly don't think that's true at all. And neither do I.

    Again, as explained in post #2 above, it's not about whether the hosting is free or paid for.

    It's about the host's terms of service, because that's what affects the security of your business.

    The fact that Blogger is an unsafe and very unwise host for any monetised or traffic-generating blog doesn't make all free website hosts unsafe and unwise.
  • Profile picture of the author michaelforsure
    Alexa -

    In regards to Byet, I noticed that they give you the choice of a sub domain. You can stick with yoursite.byethost.com, or you can pick from another 7 great names we have available.
    So is there anyway to work around the sub extension or would that require paid hosting by them?

    Thanks for your knowledge - Michael
  • Profile picture of the author CopyAcolyte
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    It's not about "free or paid".

    It's about the host's terms of service.

    Blogger and Wordpress.com, for anyone wanting a monetised blog, can be a nightmare and a disaster and you should avoid them like the plague because of their terms of service, NOT because they're free.

    Almost everyone will tell you "paid" rather than "free", because (wisely) they're aware that you shouldn't use places like Blogger and Wordpress.com. What some people don't realise is that you can have a self-hosted Wordpress blog with a host who doesn't charge, without spending a penny.

    And that way, you have none of the problems that you get with places like Blogger and Wordpress.com, but you still don't have to pay.

    I recommend byethost.com. It's completely free, reliable, professional hosting. They don't put any "advertising button" on your site, or anything cheap/nasty like that. Nobody can tell that you're using free hosting. You own and control the site, just like you do if you use HostGator or HostMonster or Blurstorm or any other paid hosting. But you don't have to pay. You can host your own Wordpress blogs there. (You do need a domain name, to do this, but you can use either a $1 .info domain-name from GoDaddy, or even a free one from .tk).

    Other good, free hosts are Weebly, Yola and Blinkweb, where you can have your own sites/blogs without paying, and without any of the dreadful Blogger/Wordpress.com problems ... but (a) you get a little ad placed on your pages by the host which looks a bit unprofessional, and (b) they have their own site-builder and you can't use Wordpress blogs there. But still not terrible options.

    If you don't have the money to invest in hosting, you don't have the money to invest in hosting: but you don't need to let that be an excuse for hosting monetised blogs at wordpress.com or at Blogger. There are plenty of other, better options.
    How come more people don't use those free hosting services then? I've never heard anyone mention those that you mentioned.
  • Profile picture of the author dudeontheweb
    Well I just took Alexa's advice and signed up for a byet hosting account and got a free co.cc domain. Going to give it a test drive.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by CopyAcolyte View Post

    How come more people don't use those free hosting services then? I've never heard anyone mention those that you mentioned.
    I know full-time, professional marketers who've been using Byethost successfully for many years. It was highly recommended to me here when I started, and that was nearly 3 years ago, now.

    It doesn't have "C-panel" (it has its own equivalent instead), which perhaps puts some people off. But I often see Weebly and Yola sites in people's sig-files here. They're all mentioned here - have a look with the forum's search function.

    But generally, threads like this tend to fill with people assuming, because Blogger and Wordpress.com are generally unsafe and unreliable for internet marketers (which they clearly are), that it's the fact that their hosting's free that causes the problem. I think quite a lot of popular internet marketing advice rests, one way or another, on what turn out on examination to be "arguments of false causality". It's fairly easy, if you see two or three hopelessly unsafe "free hosts", to imagine that "free hosting is no good". It's wrong, but it's understandable and fairly easy.

    Originally Posted by dudeontheweb View Post

    Well I just took Alexa's advice and signed up for a byet hosting account and got a free co.cc domain.
    Good luck, but you might want to think again about the domain-name, Dude? In a surprise move, .co.cc was actually deindexed by Google, the day before yesterday.

    You can buy a .info domain-name at GoDaddy for $1, though, and I think you can still get free ones at .tk.
  • Profile picture of the author dudeontheweb
    Oopps, thanks for the info in the domain name. Nothing lost though. hehe
  • Profile picture of the author apra
    Yes they can shut you down BUT there are many out there using them successfully without getting banned. So if you comply with there TOS you may use them besides if you don't have any money there is no other option but going after free ones. Blogger sites are indexed fast by google also you can rank well with weebly if you do good onpage seo. Once you start making money then you can have your own hosting and domain.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by apra View Post

    Once you start making money then you can have your own hosting and domain.
    As explained in such detail in the thread above, Apra, (which it really might help you to read?), you can have them now, without needing to spend a penny. It isn't about money.

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