free websites are bad ?

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hello warriors,
i just heard that free hosting like blogger is bad, is that true ? if yes what are the cheapest hosting sites?
i have more that 10 domains but i don't have enough money to buy a hosting plan cause the cheapest hosting i know costs 47$ for 6 months.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    The reason free to host platforms like Blogger are not a good long term solution is because you are not in control. Your site can be taken down at any time for any reason.
    Getting your own domain and host is preferable because you are in control, you are building your business on a solid foundation...

    As far as hosting costs, Google is your friend, it's hard to believe that you can only find one option at $47 bi annually...

    If memory serves there are hosts that cost as little as $3 pm, if you can't manage that then i suggest you save up and start when you some money to invest...
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

      The reason free to host platforms like Blogger are not a good long term solution is because you are not in control. Your site can be taken down at any time for any reason.
      Whether a site is on Blogger or on a regular shared hosting provider, a site can be taken down at any time for any number of reasons.

      You'll be safe with blogger or a web host as long as you:

      1) Keep regular backups of your site

      2) Use your own domain and not one controlled by your blog or hosting provider

      You can do those things with Blogger or with regular hosting.

      Most people who don't operate in a way that isn't spammy will be fine on Blogger. In the event that a Blogger site gets taken down, Blogger backups are easily imported into a Wordpress site.

      If you don't think you have money for hosting, here is an excellent provider of free web hosting... http://serverhub.com/landing/freehosting/
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      • Profile picture of the author salegurus
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        Whether a site is on Blogger or on a regular shared hosting provider, a site can be taken down at any time for any number of reasons.
        That's complete nonsense...
        How many people have had their "Free Hosting" site taken down compared to self hosted sites?

        Self hosted sites can get taken down if there are complaints: spamming, copy wright infringement or similar and even then your host will probably contact you and ask you to fix whatever is wrong.

        If you have a Blogger blog or similar they can take it down without notice and for no reason...
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        • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          That's complete nonsense...
          It's not nonsense at all. Whether you pay for hosting, or if you get it for free, you should be prepared to lose your sites at any moment. For that reason, it's necessary for a site to have its own domain and to maintain regular backups.

          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          How many people have had their "Free Hosting" site taken down compared to self hosted sites?
          I've not taken a survey regarding that, but I and others have lost sites on both free and paid hosting. And if it were the case that more of one type of site were taken down than another, it wouldn't eliminate the need to be careful in either situation.

          Interesting though, is that I have a site that's been running uninterrupted on a free host for the last 11 years.


          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          Self hosted sites can get taken down if there are complaints: spamming, copy wright infringement or similar and even then your host will probably contact you and ask you to fix whatever is wrong.
          At least you'd hope that they'd contact you first. Never count on it though. Always be prepared to lose your sites at any moment.

          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          If you have a Blogger blog or similar they can take it down without notice and for no reason...
          Sure, they could. But do they? If Blogger takes down a site, or if a host takes down a site, it's usually because of a terms of service violation, and not due to the arbitrary whim of the provider. I'm certain that Blogger doesn't remove sites at random.

          People who get their sites taken down often complain that their site was taken down "for no reason", but I think further investigation would prove that such cases were the result of terms of service violation. Of course, nobody thinks that they are in violation of any rules.


          The truth is that no matter where you host your site, whether it's a web hosting provider, or a blogging provider, bad stuff can happen and you could lose your site. I've seen it happen with both types of providers. But if a person always keeps regular backups and never hosts a site on a domain belonging to someone else, then they'll be safe and will never lose their sites.
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      • Profile picture of the author rania090
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        Whether a site is on Blogger or on a regular shared hosting provider, a site can be taken down at any time for any number of reasons.

        You'll be safe with blogger or a web host as long as you:

        1) Keep regular backups of your site

        2) Use your own domain and not one controlled by your blog or hosting provider

        You can do those things with Blogger or with regular hosting.

        Most people who don't operate in a way that isn't spammy will be fine on Blogger. In the event that a Blogger site gets taken down, Blogger backups are easily imported into a Wordpress site.

        If you don't think you have money for hosting, here is an excellent provider of free web hosting... ServerHub | Dedicated Servers, Cloud Servers and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Built on the ServerHub Platform
        thank you
        but how i can be sure about my site,
        i mean this hosting site is not very known so they can close their site any time since they don't earn enough money.
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        • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
          Originally Posted by rania090 View Post

          thank you
          but how i can be sure about my site,
          What do you mean?

          Originally Posted by rania090 View Post

          i mean this hosting site is not very known so they can close their site any time since they don't earn enough money.
          Are you talking about the host that I mentioned - ServerHub? If that's the case, then I don't think that ServerHub is going out of business anytime soon. They're not some fly by night operation. The people who run SH have been doing hosting for about 14 years. I think they're doing fine as a company.

          Whatever the case, and no matter where you host, you will be okay as long as you host your site on a domain you own and you keep backups. There's always problems that can happen which can cause you to lose your site:
          • host goes out of business
          • host thinks you broke their TOS
          • acts of God
          • hardware failure
          • accidents caused by incompetent hosting company staff (e.g. cd /;rm -Rf *)
          • ...other reasons that will surprise you...

          Whatever may happen, your site will be fine as long as you have a recent backup of your site and you have your own domain name that you control. You'll be fine if you do those things.

          As far as going with hosts that are well known, consider that not all well known hosts are good hosts, and many of them are mediocre at best. And consider that there are some very excellent hosts that do not maintain a big marketing presence. It's a lot like restaurants. McDonalds is really well known, but there exist restaurants that you never heard of that make a hamburger much better than McDonalds can.

          "Well known" is relative. Well known to "who"? Well known to "the masses" who don't know a good host from a bad one?

          Much of the "well known" hosts on the WF are pretty much just mediocre EIG brands. They are like the McDonald's of hosting. Signing up is quick and easy to understand, but they're nothing spectacular in performance. Most people here don't know squat about hosting. You'd be better off going to webhostingtalk and learn about which hosts are well known over there.

          "Well known" isn't necessarily better. It is often an indication of how well a host markets its brand, and not a measure of how well a host performs.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Free hosting certainly has some limitations of its use. Since its free so, you will not get any kind of security or back up for your site as well as your hosted files. They (Blogger) will delete your whole site, if you break their single rule. Better go with paid hosting like hostgator, dreamhost, arivxe etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnbro
    You already have a good number of domain names - 10. You could host them for now at Byethost or 247zilla (not all countries accepted). This is only to get you started till you reach the stage where you can afford 'stronger' hosting.

    BTW, if you focus on all 10 sites at the same time you may be spreading yourself too thin. Focusing on one biz model and one site at a time usually turns out to be more fruitful in the long run. But it all depends on your goals and plan.

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  • Profile picture of the author lukeblower
    I think getting your own hosting is the way to go, hostgator has really great support.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Logan
    If you offer a great content and value for your visitors it is not bad. The problem with free website is that they appear a bit unprofessional. But really depends on your niche...
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Free hosting platforms like blogger and others are "bad" only because you don't have full control of what you can do. They can change their terms of service at any time and erase all your hard work with a simple mouse click. You can get reseller hosting with close to unlimited resources for $10 a month at dozens of hosting companies. Problem solved.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      I think if you are going to really be serious in this business (as I found out long ago myself)
      you should go with paid hosting. I think Hostgator is your best bet ,imho

      If you can't manage to do what you have to do to come with $4 a month( special packages they offer sometimes) then you might reconsider pursuing IM.

      The barrier to entry for IM is extremely low but there will be a few upfront costs that are negligible compared to opening up other types of businesses.

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      • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        I think if you are going to really be serious in this business (as I found out long ago myself)
        you should go with paid hosting. I think Hostgator is your best bet ,imho
        Hostgator is far from the best in hosting.



        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        If you can't manage to do what you have to do to come with $4 a month( special packages they offer sometimes) then you might reconsider pursuing IM.

        The barrier to entry for IM is extremely low but there will be a few upfront costs that are negligible compared to opening up other types of businesses.

        Robert
        Not everyone is from an affluent country like we are, where $4 a month is couch change. There are still others who are from the U.S. and countries of similar wealth where their situation may not allow for spending $4 a month.

        Regardless of what reasons people have for not paying for hosting at first, a person should not feel discouraged from pursuing IM because they don't have money to spend. I started out in IM as a poor college kid without a web site, marketing clickbank products with paper flyers. Then I started making sites on free hosting. I made a thousand dollars online before I ever paid anything for hosting.

        Anybody can get started earning money online for free today, and one should not think that they are not serious about IM because they don't have money to spend.

        As I mentioned before, a good host for someone who doesn't have any money is http://serverhub.com/landing/freehosting/ . Performance wise, at least in PHP execution speed, it's better than some paid hosts such as iPage, FatCow, and the like.

        Anyway, a person should not feel like they can't start earning online simply because they don't have money, or don't feel comfortable about spending money to start out.

        That's not to say I think that free hosting is better than paid hosting (but actually it is sometimes, depending on the host).
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  • Profile picture of the author Kasparas
    It depends, 'bad' in what way? If you consistently add content of the kind that is loved by search engine algos, you can rank a freely hosted blog/website just like you can a paid hosted one, especially since EMDs (exact match domains) have become a thing of the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketeranas
    In my point of view they work good if you get back ups properly . But one thing is sure that if you are looking on a larger perspective then free hosting is not a good way to do it. As you cannot scale up things for free and you always have risk to get down !

    But if you are thinking for a small start gather some leads and then go for scaling to paid it sounds good and personally i have tried as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author rania090
      Originally Posted by Marketeranas View Post

      In my point of view they work good if you get back ups properly . But one thing is sure that if you are looking on a larger perspective then free hosting is not a good way to do it. As you cannot scale up things for free and you always have risk to get down !

      But if you are thinking for a small start gather some leads and then go for scaling to paid it sounds good and personally i have tried as well.
      i found a keyword that have 165,000 monthly searches, and low competition.
      should i get paid hosting site for this keyword ?
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  • Profile picture of the author flyingdutch
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    If you cannot afford to spend 10$ a month on your business, you should choose something else which is less expensive to setup. If you want to setup an internet business, small or large, there are 3 things that you cannot avoid :

    1. a domainname
    2. Hosting
    3. An autoresponder

    FWIW

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  • Profile picture of the author karolhu
    Free hosting isn't always bad, it depends on what your trying to accomplish. For example it isn't very wise to promote a money making method on a free hosting website, considering people cannot trust the fact that you have money making experience if you can't even afford paid hosting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dani78
      Rania,

      it depends on what you're trying to accomplish.
      if you are building any long traffic, then you want it
      to a place you control.

      But congratulations on starting, if you have to use free
      then do it and change later. Keep backups o your pages
      ready.f

      Free ones have limitations but you know your goal
      better.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Honestly, EIG brands (Hostgator, Bluehost, etc) are actually worse than free hosts like x10.

    You don't have to settle for (A) free, or (B) "unlimited" EIG crap.
    There are many excellent hosts out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author caliphil007
    yes for making money. you need to have enough bandwith for users to visit your site. but just for blogging for your friends to see , free sites are fine.

    Originally Posted by rania090 View Post

    hello warriors,
    i just heard that free hosting like blogger is bad, is that true ? if yes what are the cheapest hosting sites?
    i have more that 10 domains but i don't have enough money to buy a hosting plan cause the cheapest hosting i know costs 47$ for 6 months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Omarkenawy
    Compared to starting your own blog from scratch, signing up with a free blogging web site will get you listed in search engines much easier. For example, Google, that runs the free blog hosting site Blogspot, crawls its pages very often to look for updates. As a result, if you have a Blogspot blog, you are almost guaranteed to be listed on Google's blog search engine. This way you can spend less time on promoting your blog, and you can gain a following with a minimum of marketing effort.

    If your blog attracts many readers, you may want to think about moving your site. Many people think that a blog that is hosted by a free blogging web site has a kind of amateur flavor, not appropriate for a high-profile blog. Your own domain name can help you make your blog feel professional, and finding a webhost is not difficult or expensive. Once your blog starts to attract a large readership, you will probably be able to sell enough advertising space to be able to afford to buy your own domain and pay for a hosting package, and still have money left over. Until you have a sizeable readership, there's really no need to invest in these luxuries.

    Using a free blogging website is a good idea when you want to build a following before you spend any money on your blog. Later, when you feel ready to take the next step and pay for your own domain, your readers will follow you to your new home.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Rania, it's not so much that they are bad, it's just that you lose control of your digital real estate going the free route. Google can shut you down any time on blogger. WP.org can do the same. Own your real estate online. Go with a self-hosted site.

    I like hostmonster; I've been happy with them for 4 years. Strong support, quick to respond, native English speakers and my sites stay up virtually all day long.

    All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Most people use free websites/free auto-responders.

    If you are serious about making money online LONG TERM, I would suggest that you invest money into your own website and business. This is a business and not a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    FREE.

    I've had dozens of websites over the years, shared hosting, dedicated hosting and many one page sales pages with it's own domain. BUT, before I buy a host, even a small tiny one like hostgator lowest priced one, I TEST.

    I've used a FREE site at Angelfire (Lycos) for over a decade and it has in fact made me tens of thousands of dollars from selling my little specialty reports.

    The problem other than control is they place ads on your site. Used to be a problem but now, ads are common place. Just like your computer files, you need to back things up, which is why clouds are so popular.

    I used my free sites to test the market, to find a niche, to discover what promotions would work.

    Today, I still use them, the link in my signatrue is to a FREE site.

    But I have used Dropbox to test and to SELL from. Not long ago we sold several thousand dollars worth of a 97 dollar product (on Headlight Cleaning) from Dropbox.

    So, I have no idea what you want to do, or what value a domain is if it isn't being used...but I do love me some FREE.

    Here is a link to a FREE report, on this very subject. NO opt in, feel free to read it and use it.

    If short on money to invest in your ideas, TEST them out first usiing the tools you'll find in this report.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fyhlexncc...HowTo4Free.pdf

    gjabiz
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  • Profile picture of the author IMProductReviews
    FREE websites like blogger, wordpress etc are bad because you don't have priority, these websites can shut down your blog if they don't think your content is appropriate that's why you should get hosting. I use bluehost and in my opinion they are the best hosting service around. Hope this helped
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  • The reason free websites are bad is because you don't want your blog making $1000 a month then all of a sudden google decides to delete it because they can do what they want with their platform. Talk about a scary scary situation right?
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  • Free websites cannot be customized. You cannot install any plugin or theme. With an hosting and your domain name you are the owner of all things.
    You can use free sites as first or second tier sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMGem
    Get your own hosting for peace of mind. It doesn't cost that much. Go with Hostgator, they have great support.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    Don`t ever pick free between free and cheap. In most cases it will be the bad choice
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  • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
    Blogger is not a bad option I think the chances of it getting taken down are somewhat slim unless your subject matter or tactics are shady. The real problem is that there are a few things that just can't be done on blogger such as:

    1. PHP Redirects

    Your site probably won't look too professional with a bunch of shortened links on it.

    2. Standalone Sales Pages

    There really isn't an easy way to host a standalone sales page on Blogger.

    If you understand the limitations and it doesn't bother you then Blogger isn't all that bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author CSmitty
    I would not use a free site hosting. If you want a real business then you want real hosting.
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