Free Wordpress blogs (Do they rank?)

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Hi,

I wanted to know if creating a free wordpress blog for affiliate marketing (like the Amazon affiliate marketing program) is effective - can it rank with SEO? Or do I have to buy a domain?

Thanks
#blogs #free #rank #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author TeKn1qu3z
    Buy a domain and they will make money for lifetime. Never put eggs under someone basket. Wordpress is a great free blog service provider, but they can suspend at any stage, and we have to beg them for unsuspend..
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    • Profile picture of the author Slade556
      Originally Posted by TeKn1qu3z View Post

      Never put eggs under someone basket.
      Totally agree! I also love the way you put it!

      Wordpress blogs can rank, but you have to keep in mind they're not yours! Or at least, you don't have complete control over what happens to your blog. You can't even monetize it however you want, these free blogging platforms always have a set of strict rules, you either have to share your profits with them or you may even be banned for trying some money-making-method they don't approve of..

      Get a domain and hosting, be in control of your own website! it's cheap too
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    They can rank yes. But just like above poster said, take control of your content buy getting your own domain. In the end it will be up to you to put in the required work and consistent effort to get to where you want to go.

    Why take chances with a FREE Blog?

    If someone wanted to 'try' IM out, then a FREE Blog is a way to 'try'.

    But trying anything is deciding to fail right from the start.

    For you to get real substantial results that will reward you for the long term, you will have to put in the equal amount of energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author moarmoney
    If I wanted to create multiple sites, what is the cheapest way to do so? I currently have my own site through jimdo.com (costing around $90/year for hosting and domain) but it's for my own personal use.

    And is it easy to connect adsense to it?
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    • Profile picture of the author NeedBucksNow
      I would recommend starting off with one site and with hard work and dedication you should be making more than $90 in a year. I saw an article a few days ago that Google does alot of ranking based on the age of the domain and that it can take 6-7 months in order to get a decent ranking. This should make a difference in how much you make with adsense as well, as you'll probably not make much without at least 1000 people a day looking at your website. I would think that after this point you would start to see some kind of ROI and once you start making a profit, then I would look into starting a 2nd site and building it up from there. I know that the initial cost of beginning a blog is tough and it does take time in order to succeed but after you start to get some commission checks, it is all downhill from there
      Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

      If I wanted to create multiple sites, what is the cheapest way to do so? I currently have my own site through jimdo.com (costing around $90/year for hosting and domain) but it's for my own personal use.

      And is it easy to connect adsense to it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Any page can rank but it makes little sense to do the work to make it rank when the site is not yours. There are many free site services where you are in control. Several cloud services like Azure give free space for small sites.
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        • Profile picture of the author sophuk
          You're not in control of the site, if there's anything on there they don't like you can lose your site and rankings.
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    • Profile picture of the author Greaney
      Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

      If I wanted to create multiple sites, what is the cheapest way to do so? I currently have my own site through jimdo.com (costing around $90/year for hosting and domain) but it's for my own personal use.

      And is it easy to connect adsense to it?
      Hi Moarmoney,

      Do you know if a Jimdo blog will rank as is, or do you need to upgrade and utilize their seo tools?

      I've been looking at this platform for a bit but want to make sure their basic blog will list on Google as is.
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  • Profile picture of the author emmerson
    A free wordpress will rank with the right amount of effort put into offsite seo etc. But it will be more difficult to do so and can be closed down at any time. You are probably better off at least buying a domain an looking for a free webhosting service but ensure you backup your site locally.

    But ideally your own domain and hosting is the best thing to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author moarmoney
    How much does it cost for people to maintain their sites? I have my own site paying $90 a year and I was interested in making multiple sites, but don't want to pay hundreds a year.
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    • Profile picture of the author bizzly
      Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

      How much does it cost for people to maintain their sites? I have my own site paying $90 a year and I was interested in making multiple sites, but don't want to pay hundreds a year.
      You can host multiple sites with that kind of budget. To start, you can get shared hosting and if your sites take off and you have tons of traffic and hopefully make sales you can then move to VPS or any other business hosting plan.

      Yes free blogs can rank on google and you can add adsense to them. I once had a blogger blog that I started and pushed up to PR7. I stopped updating it and it lost ranked over the years. I made some money from the blog. Not a lot but that was my first adsense attempt. That was a while ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author emmerson
    If you are just starting and learning out you can look around for a cheaper shared hosting service that will still host several sites on one account and try using a CDN to help your sites to load quicker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Esteban Gomez
    Never use a free wordpress or blogspot blog, that's not viewed as an authority site by people and it will bring you bad karma for not inviting in a real domain and web hosting.

    This business can be started for less than $100 but doesn't mean is free.
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  • Profile picture of the author moarmoney
    Thanks for all of the information. How much are you guys paying for domain and hosting? Is there a way to pay for unlimited hosting for multiple domains? So you'd pay around $90 a year for hosting and then additional $8/ a year or so for each domain? If so where?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Get a reseller account. You don't need to pay for each domain you host.
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    • Profile picture of the author NeedBucksNow
      You should be able to get a plan from your hosting provider that will allow you to have unlimited domains and it shouldn't be that much more than having a single one. You would be better off to start making a profit with one site before you try to tackle multiple sites at once though
      Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

      Thanks for all of the information. How much are you guys paying for domain and hosting? Is there a way to pay for unlimited hosting for multiple domains? So you'd pay around $90 a year for hosting and then additional $8/ a year or so for each domain? If so where?
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  • Profile picture of the author moarmoney
    I guess I need to look for a new hosting provider...this is the pricing for jimdo! -> Pricing - Jimdo
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  • Profile picture of the author Shirley4ever
    WordPress.com is optimized for SEO and getting your site in front of searchers on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others. Free one can also rank..
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  • Profile picture of the author moarmoney
    Thanks everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
    If you're looking to create long term income then invest in a real blog. The problem with having a free blog is because it's free, then everything is limited and out of your control. Content can be taken down without you knowing anytime. Features are limited. At the same time, owning a free blog for your business is leaving a subconscious message telling yourself that you're not taking this seriously.

    Having your very own personal blog is like having your own brand.. If you take it seriously and invest in the necessities, then it will grow. It you want all out blogging where it's your world, your rules. Then I suggest you invest in a blogging platform. I personally use the Kalatu blogging platform. It's ran by Wordpress except it's created by experts for you for a very low price. Features are amazing and they freakin' rank like beasts on search engines!
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    • Profile picture of the author BeautyFanatics
      Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

      If you're looking to create long term income then invest in a real blog. The problem with having a free blog is because it's free, then everything is limited and out of your control. Content can be taken down without you knowing anytime. Features are limited. At the same time, owning a free blog for your business is leaving a subconscious message telling yourself that you're not taking this seriously.

      Having your very own personal blog is like having your own brand.. If you take it seriously and invest in the necessities, then it will grow. It you want all out blogging where it's your world, your rules. Then I suggest you invest in a blogging platform. I personally use the Kalatu blogging platform. It's ran by Wordpress except it's created by experts for you for a very low price. Features are amazing and they freakin' rank like beasts on search engines!
      Thank you for clearing this up. I am now starting out and I do not have much capital to pay for hosting sites monthly, so I was wondering what was so wrong with just using wordpress or blogger as my host, but from reading replies on here I can see that it would not be such a good idea, besides I have had a blogger blog that I have been paying for a domain for the longest while and blogspot was the host behind it, but I still had limitations
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by BeautyFanatics View Post

        Thank you for clearing this up. I am now starting out and I do not have much capital to pay for hosting sites monthly, so I was wondering what was so wrong with just using wordpress or blogger as my host, but from reading replies on here I can see that it would not be such a good idea, besides I have had a blogger blog that I have been paying for a domain for the longest while and blogspot was the host behind it, but I still had limitations
        Namecheap have a great deal on shared hosting. The 'Value' plan for up to 3 websites, which includes 20GB space is only $9.88 for the first year.
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  • Profile picture of the author James McAllister
    Sure they'll rank, but Amazon affiliate sites aren't allowed on WordPress.com.

    "Sites whose primary purpose is to drive traffic to affiliate storefronts, rather than creating original content, will be banned as spam." - WordPress.com.

    If you can't create an affiliate site that you know will end up covering the cost of its own hosting and domain name anyway, than you have bigger problems to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

    Hi,

    I wanted to know if creating a free wordpress blog for affiliate marketing (like the Amazon affiliate marketing program) is effective - can it rank with SEO? Or do I have to buy a domain?

    Thanks
    Probably. But they're lame.

    Just get a badass domain name and push that.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    A few years back getting a blog on wordpress.com was a good idea because it ranked easily and was good for building backlinks - ditto blogspot.com, hubpages etc.. Sadly, those days are gone and (as others have said) having WordPress on your own domain is the best way to go.

    $90 per year for domain and hosting a single website is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to much IMHO. You can get reseller hosting that enables you to host multiple sites for a lot less than that. Just do a search in Google for "cheap reseller hosting" or have a look on eBay (yes, really).

    BTW, I strongly recommend you get hosting and domain reg. from different companies as that will give you more flexibility. Use somewhere like Namecheap or look for a $1 domain coupon with GoDaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenCash
    Originally Posted by moarmoney View Post

    Hi,

    I wanted to know if creating a free wordpress blog for affiliate marketing (like the Amazon affiliate marketing program) is effective - can it rank with SEO? Or do I have to buy a domain?

    Thanks
    You know...I had 3 "free" wordpress blogs that were ranking fine on their own. BUT, when I changed them to forward to their own personal do com domains, the rankings for each of the 3 blogs jumped up Google each time.

    From what I gather, Wordpress.com has a fairly powerful page rank and can do ok on their own. But there are things you can do to make them better
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Puegher
    I think that free blogs are awesome, maybe they're not great if we think about long term, and there're some negative things as well.

    Some negative aspects about it is that you can't customize it as much as you want, maybe you can't even add plugins, but to start with it's great. While you learn everything you are not spending any money at all, when you feel better with your website you can buy a domain and a hosting service to move your blog there.

    They control your content, but even if the service go down, you have your own backups so there is no chance to lose anything, just go for it.

    Free blogs rank the same as any other blog, content is king and promotion is queen, no matter the blog or platform.

    Now, I will say it again, they are great to start with but as soon as you can, move it to your own control so you can do whatever you want, add tons of plugins, change anything you want and have full control of your business.

    On WealthyAffiliate you can build a free blog, the all in one SEO plugin is included, you can also create widgets with banners to promote things.
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  • Profile picture of the author hmnur32
    You can use wordpress blog with a domain. But don't use wordpress free blog or blogspot . You can hire a developer and make a website using wordpress and start your business.
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