Start an Online Business – Make a Website For Free, Or Almost Free

Many people who are just beginning to think about ways to start an online business don’t have a lot of extra cash just laying around. After all, they want an online business to make money, not cost them money they may not be able to spare.

So they look for ways they can make a website for free.

There are many ways you can create a free website or blog, but be warned. Using free sites is a fast way to be save a few dollars a month and end up having it cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run. So instead of looking for ways to make a free website, look more closely at an inexpensive method that is powerful enough to support a thriving online business.

Get Your Site Online for Under $20 a Month

It is very possible to make a website and get it online for under $20 a month. While it might be easier and faster if you have more money to spend, you can do it for that small amount of money. Amazing, isn’t it, when you consider how much it costs to have a bricks and mortar business.

One of the best ways to do this is to use a blog, and we recommend WordPress. OK, I can hear you saying already, “Wait! I can have a free blog on WordPress.com and it won’t cost me a dime!” Yes, you can, but then you are risking your business on the whims and changes of someone else’s decisions. If you plan to start a real online business (and not a hobby site), then you simply have to host your own WordPress blog.

Steps to Getting Your Blog Online

The good news is that hosting your own blog is easy to do.

First, decide on a keyword-rich domain name for your blog, and if possible, you want the dot-com version of the name. Then purchase that domain name (that should cost you about $10 a year, with some price fluctuation depending upon the domain service you use).

Now you need to subscribe to a webhosting service. Typical hosting will cost you about $10 a month, if you carefully avoid any of the upsells in the setting-up process. Plan to get webhosting on a different service than you used for buying your domain name. Also look for a webhost that offers cPanel (the control panel for your webhost) and either Fantastico Deluxe or SimpleScripts. You don’t need to know what these are right now; you just need to be sure your webhost includes them.

Then you have to point your domain name servers (DNS) to your webhost, and install the free WordPress software. That installation (if you did what we recommend in the previous paragraph) will take you a few simple clicks.

Finally you’ll want to find a good theme to use to make your blog look a bit customized, and you are ready to start blogging. You now have your own website on which you can start an online business, for under $20 a month.

If you want to go further and build a list of prospective customers and sell your own products (and we recommend these if you are serious about making money), there are some additional steps you will need to take. Either way, we invite you to visit http://www.BBSTutorials.com and claim your free Bronze membership. You’ll get instant access to how-to videos that will save you time and frustration in your web-page creation efforts and in your online business in general.

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  1. Louis Paquette

    Good article. But there is more than just Word Press. What about all of those really ‘free’ sites – Blogspot blogs, Weebly, Yolasite, Ning. Blinkweb, etc.? Say goodbye to hosting charges and greedy egotistical web designers gouging you. But what are the disadvantages? And is it really that bad to not have your own domain?

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  2. Deb

    Hi Louis,

    Thanks for your question. We believe (along with most serious online business owners) that it is critical that you own your own blog. We have had too many people come to us for help when their blog – and their entire business – disappears overnight from these free sites. They tried to find out why, and sometimes they were told there was a complaint about it (always anonymous, and pretty much always without cause), sometimes offensive posts or overly-enthusiastic marketing, but most often they got no reply. And they were unable to get their blog, and their business, back.

    Plus, to have a competitive business that appears to be ‘real’ enough for people to spend money with you, it’s nice not to have your domain name include someone else’s site (blogspot, wordpress.com, etc.). We believe strongly in having your own domain for many reasons, including branding and SEO purposes.

    So while we believe these free sites might be OK for a personal blog or a hobby, we would never build our business on one, nor would we recommend it to anyone who is serious about making money online.

    We do recommend that you use these free sites to drive traffic to your real money-maker sites, though. They are powerful if used the correct way.

    Also, if you use WordPress.org the way we teach (and do ourselves), you have no need to be subject to any webdesigners.

    Thanks again for your thought-provoking comment! Much appreciated.

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