Is Weebly.com okay for SEO?

Profile picture of the author livemusic by
Weebly.com seems to be very easy to use, as far as an easy to use WYSIWYG site goes. The free site means you have
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www.yoursite.weebly.com
You can point a domain name to your weebly site. Does that have any SEO ramifications? Would the visitor see www.yoursite.com in their browser or
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www.yoursite.weebly.com
You can also buy a domain from them and attach it to your free site, but the domain name is expensive... something like $39. They justify that by saying that their hosting is free.

Anyway, I like the ease of use, unlimited pages, etc. Any thoughts on Weebly?

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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Bauer
    For me, you shouldn't build your site on Web 2.0 services, if you are looking to make some money with it.

    Think about it, you work on a site for 1 year and suddenly you wake up and see that your site is gone. What happened? They removed your website just for you broke a TOS without knowing it maybe. You just waste your time.
  • Profile picture of the author JoelWong
    It is. Don't see why it isn't. It all depends on your backlinks/page creation that comes your ranking. It doesn't rank your webhost.
  • Profile picture of the author sparkRyder78j
    I rather have my own website. They may change their terms and conditions overnight.
  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by livemusic View Post

    You can also buy a domain from them and attach it to your free site, but the domain name is expensive... something like $39. They justify that by saying that their hosting is free.

    Anyway, I like the ease of use, unlimited pages, etc. Any thoughts on Weebly?

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    Tuscaloosa Marine Shale
    you can buy your domain name anywhere, it does not need to be purchased from weebly, ? whats with the false Sig ? or is that part of your post.
  • Profile picture of the author livemusic
    Originally Posted by Martin Bauer View Post

    For me, you shouldn't build your site on Web 2.0 services, if you are looking to make some money with it.

    Think about it, you work on a site for 1 year and suddenly you wake up and see that your site is gone. What happened? They removed your website just for you broke a TOS without knowing it maybe. You just waste your time.
    Why would they do that? Weebly doesn't seem to be like hubpages or other sites like that where they run Google ads all over. Weebly is just a WYSIWYG site, kind of like blogspot.com, just real easy to build a site. I like their interface. But SEO is important, wondering if there are drawbacks. I can build sites by hand-coding but I am no expert, I'd rather have an easy WYSIWYG interface. I have hand-coded sites, as well as Website Tonight by Godaddy.com, but the latter is relatively expensive if you want a lot of pages on your site, like, $150/yr with domain there. Weebly would be $39 with domain there.
  • Profile picture of the author indojobsearch
    In my opinion..weebly blog/site is good for backlink(link building)..I already prove it..But..I never think to use it as main site..
  • Profile picture of the author Martin Bauer
    Originally Posted by livemusic View Post

    Why would they do that? Weebly doesn't seem to be like hubpages or other sites like that where they run Google ads all over. Weebly is just a WYSIWYG site, kind of like blogspot.com, just real easy to build a site. I like their interface. But SEO is important, wondering if there are drawbacks. I can build sites by hand-coding but I am no expert, I'd rather have an easy WYSIWYG interface. I have hand-coded sites, as well as Website Tonight by Godaddy.com, but the latter is relatively expensive if you want a lot of pages on your site, like, $150/yr with domain there. Weebly would be $39 with domain there.
    You can't really know why would they do that. But, there is a possibility that they can do that.

    Honestly, yes they are easier to rank but it's like building a mansion on someone else's field and you can't really know if they come one day and tell you to go! This is a huge risk.
  • Profile picture of the author markfreedom
    I don't think so, I prefer hubpages and squidoo.
  • Profile picture of the author gtk29
    Instead get webhosting from hostgator and buy domain from namecheap and use Wordpress to start your blog. This way you will have full control over your site.
  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    Originally Posted by gtk29 View Post

    Instead get webhosting from hostgator and buy domain from namecheap and use Wordpress to start your blog. This way you will have full control over your site.
    this. You always want control, especially when your spending so much time and resources to rank it.
  • Profile picture of the author salmanbaig
    If you're serious about blogging, then you should opt for self hosted WP blog.... and BTW $39 for a domain is too expensive ...
  • Profile picture of the author rsmseo
    Weebly is just like wordpress, blogspot etc, no need of buy, you can get to free, it is web 2.0 website and help to your keyword ranking and traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author livemusic
    Originally Posted by Martin Bauer View Post

    You can't really know why would they do that. But, there is a possibility that they can do that.

    Honestly, yes they are easier to rank but it's like building a mansion on someone else's field and you can't really know if they come one day and tell you to go! This is a huge risk.
    I'm curious, have you ever heard of a hosting company doing such a thing? If they end up hosting x-million sites and then do something drastic, what would that do to their business model? Why would they do that? Any precedence for this? Thanks for your input.
  • Profile picture of the author talking
    You know aseohosting services can be used because their prices are modest and services are full-featured and gives many abilities to develop in many ways.
  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPR
    I used to use weebly when I first started out as it was very easy to set up, however now I would definitely be building sites that you own and control if you are using this site for a landing page etc.

    As for using Weebly for SEO and backlinks, by all means go ahead. It is a great web 2.0 property but remember to backlink this property as well to increase the value of the backlink.
  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    As others have mentioned, why deal with the potential of your site getting shut down by Weebly? You really never know these days and I've heard my fair share of horror stories.

    Since you are so familiar with building sites, why not simply use Wordpress and host your own site? Its cheaper. You'll learn even more about the process. Best of all you aren't attached to some third party that could go down, shut down your site, or a million of other things.
  • Profile picture of the author livemusic
    Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

    As others have mentioned, why deal with the potential of your site getting shut down by Weebly? You really never know these days and I've heard my fair share of horror stories.

    Since you are so familiar with building sites, why not simply use Wordpress and host your own site? Its cheaper. You'll learn even more about the process. Best of all you aren't attached to some third party that could go down, shut down your site, or a million of other things.
    Haha, bad news is about two hours ago, I bought hosting on Weebly. I got a discount offer, 1/3 off and got 10 sites for $48 for 2 years. What is that, $2.40/year/site? Sheesh, that is cheap. I am so busy, that is my problem, a one-man show with many offline duties. Weebly is easy and has some cool bells/whistles. I am a paying customer now, unless they fold, they won't boot me off. And I could say Hostgator could fold, too, and I have 9 sites there on one hosting package. Whaddya think?
  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    Best of luck! Just speaking from experience. Although the chances of Weebly folding are much greater than HG
  • Profile picture of the author Bryan
    I think Weebly is great secondary site that can link to main site as well as get ranked for additional traffic. It is much more flexible than Squidoo and Hubpages as far as marketing, anchored links, and design capabilities.

    I couldn't be bothered with Hubpages for they make you jump through too many hoops to get a dofollow backlink and you can only include 2 links(nofollow) per hub.
  • Profile picture of the author rgpowers
    Hi:
    I can say for the last year I've used Weebly's professional services after being with them about 6 months to try them out. It's worth it. Zero downtime, nobrainer GUI for webpage design. In the early days I had issue with their server speed for refreshing new object content when creating my pages. I'm on FIOS, so to wait for 30 seconds for a page to refresh was absurd when I have a 35 down 23 up connection (In 30 seconds i could have downloaded 90 megs of data!). It was their servers, and they've resolved it so now it's about maybe 3-5 seconds refresh. It was my only issue with them.

    Now, SEO;

    I use my own domain, Keywords an option for each page, image tagging option, nice blog interface. With Site Mapping, My site is finally mapped on Google. It does everything i need it to do. It may not for you. Try it, build a fun page, and check out all the stuff it has to offer. I believe the only two things you can't do w/o payment are remove their weebly signature, and add video content.

    $24 for six months brings me to $4 a month. not bad. If you don't believe me check out my site The Wrong Context, or even my site map typing that webpage into google. (They won't let me post a link here) I've used most of their objects on my site; video, html, blog, etc.

    Happy hunting.

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