Testing niche with free platforms

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I understand that self-hosted wordpress is the best for a successful site, but want to test a couple of niche ideas, and hope to make it easier on myself by using 2.0 properties at first.

Is blogger the best way to go? Has anyone here had experience with Yola? Or is Weebly the best? Is there any real difference between them as far as SEO is concerned? Does anyone have other suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author worksandworks
    Many people are using the blogger, wordpress & weebly. I had used these all sites. Actually the blogger is user friendly, one can use it easily. On the other hand the Wordpress is more customizable. so it depends on the use which site he wants to use. SEO can use in any site. there is no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author trobo
    I've never actually tested this, but I've heard some say that blogger is more favored by Google.

    As I said - haven't tested it myself, but I've heard some folks who have plenty of experience with the 2.0 sites say this. Anyway, it might make for an interesting experiment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    If I were just testing, I'd do it with paid traffic. It's the quickest way to see if something converts.

    I'd not bother with SEO as that can take some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    Weebly is great. Bravesites dot com is another good option.

    I have had many Blogger (blogspot) blogs deleted for no apparent reason, so I don`t recommend it.

    Free Wordpress blogs are only slightly less likely to be deleted, in my experience.

    You know you can publish articles and a link in the description box under YouTube videos, right ? YouTube and other video sharing sites like DailyMotion and Vimeo are free to use as well, and YouTube videos are easier to get in good position and have more eyeballs looking at them.
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    • Profile picture of the author buisao
      Originally Posted by greenowl123 View Post

      Weebly is great. Bravesites dot com is another good option.

      I have had many Blogger (blogspot) blogs deleted for no apparent reason, so I don`t recommend it.

      Free Wordpress blogs are only slightly less likely to be deleted, in my experience.

      You know you can publish articles and a link in the description box under YouTube videos, right ? YouTube and other video sharing sites like DailyMotion and Vimeo are free to use as well, and YouTube videos are easier to get in good position and have more eyeballs looking at them.
      Weebly is great. Bravesites dot com is another good option.
      It is not true. weebly free is not index by google. You must have money to buy domain and hosting on weebly
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by FayeAnne View Post

    I understand that self-hosted wordpress is the best for a successful site

    FayeAnne,

    If you understand this, then why would you ever want to use something that was less than "the best?" It doesn't make sense because your testing won't give you the results you could get on a better platform.

    You can register a domain at Godaddy for 99 cents. WordPress is free. Excellent WordPress themes are free. You can find decent hosting for $4 per month - probably even less. If these small expenses are too much, you shouldn't be considering starting a business.

    If you begin on one of the alternative platforms you mentioned, it will mean you'll be going to extra effort, work, and expense to change platforms later on.

    Of course, you'll do what you want - I'm just trying to suggest that you test niches under the best of circumstances, not the worst. If one of your tests really shows promise, you won't have to change a thing.

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just go all out with your marketing. Don't mess around with free hosting and sites that you don't own. If you want to make money online, treat it as a real business. It's very much just as real as a brick and mortar business. So is the failure rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Str8poopin
    Originally Posted by FayeAnne View Post

    I understand that self-hosted wordpress is the best for a successful site, but want to test a couple of niche ideas, and hope to make it easier on myself by using 2.0 properties at first.

    Is blogger the best way to go? Has anyone here had experience with Yola? Or is Weebly the best? Is there any real difference between them as far as SEO is concerned? Does anyone have other suggestions?
    I don't think you can use affiliate links on many 2.0s.

    I don't think it matters much for SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author xnice
      Originally Posted by Str8poopin View Post

      I don't think you can use affiliate links on many 2.0s.

      I don't think it matters much for SEO.
      Did you ever use web 2.0 for affiliate marketing?

      Originally Posted by FayeAnne View Post

      I understand that self-hosted wordpress is the best for a successful site, but want to test a couple of niche ideas, and hope to make it easier on myself by using 2.0 properties at first.

      Is blogger the best way to go? Has anyone here had experience with Yola? Or is Weebly the best? Is there any real difference between them as far as SEO is concerned? Does anyone have other suggestions?
      You can use Blogger, Weebly and Google sites. Google love Google sites and blogger so you can use it to get the best position in low competition keywords. You need to put the great content on your test site also, otherwise it will not rank on Search Engine.
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      • Profile picture of the author Str8poopin
        Originally Posted by xnice View Post

        Did you ever use web 2.0 for affiliate marketing?
        No, only for building links to the money site.

        You can get hosting super cheap. Many people actually use shared hosting accounts.

        Google "cheap web hosts" and I think PCmag has trustworthy reviews.
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        • Profile picture of the author xnice
          Originally Posted by Str8poopin View Post

          No, only for building links to the money site.

          You can get hosting super cheap. Many people actually use shared hosting accounts.

          Google "cheap web hosts" and I think PCmag has trustworthy reviews.
          The cost for domain .com : $10 ( I dont think .info domain is good for SEO)
          The cost for hosting : $4-$10 per month
          I had used more than 50 domains to test and I see it is not equal than web 2.0 with their existing domain authority. It is a waste of money to buy domain and test your niches.
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          • Profile picture of the author Str8poopin
            Originally Posted by xnice View Post

            The cost for domain .com : $10 ( I dont think .info domain is good for SEO)
            The cost for hosting : $4-$10 per month
            I had used more than 50 domains to test and I see it is not equal than web 2.0 with their existing domain authority. It is a waste of money to buy domain and test your niches.
            Very interesting. I will run some tests.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by FayeAnne View Post

    I understand that self-hosted wordpress is the best for a successful site, but want to test a couple of niche ideas, and hope to make it easier on myself by using 2.0 properties at first.

    Is blogger the best way to go? Has anyone here had experience with Yola? Or is Weebly the best? Is there any real difference between them as far as SEO is concerned? Does anyone have other suggestions?
    Faye Anne

    there are a few sites webs,wix & weebly are good just the throw up some site to test ! but if you have the budget best to go with what the other are mentioning and go paid so you don't want have any hassles.

    Also a good testing for free website is 000.webhost just look in google good for testing how a site looks before you go paid hosting.

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author Sempeneh
    following this journey ...please update your progress
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  • Profile picture of the author paknil
    how was the current status of this ?
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  • Profile picture of the author FayeAnne
    Thanks for all the input. On another forum, I read a very positive post about Yola, but no one has mentioned it here.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    Blogger = it means you depend by them

    if they delete your blog, you lose everything
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  • Profile picture of the author FayeAnne
    Well, by the responses blogger is obviously the most problematic, so I will eliminate that one. It looks like I should assume that the others are pretty much the same.
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