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All is well and good so far, because it's still on your computer.
So now you go to find a place that will 'host' your site. And, being money conscious person that you are, you look for some place free. Your internet service provider will give you probably 5 megs of space but will only let you put up a personal site.
So you decide to give another place a try. Bingo, you've found lots of places that will let you have space on their servers for free as long as they can put a banner ad on your web pages. A small price to pay you say and go ahead and sign up.
Great, now you have your own web site up and running, it's a little slow loading because of banner ad but you decide that is OK. Now, in order to get your site closer to top of your category in search engines you decide to start doing link exchanges. Very good, it shows you have been doing your homework.
Now it's 4 or 5 months later and your site is on page 5 of search results, people are joining your downline and signing up for your newsletter. What a wonderful thing this internet is.
One day you decide to log into your hosting account and change a few things on your site. But, what's up, you can't log in. You then decide to go to search engine and type in url of your site. Nothing! Error, page you are looking for is not available!!!
Just like that, it's all gone. All your hard work, your only means of getting affiliate signups and newsletter opt-ins has disappeared. What's up you ask your web host and they tell you that they have changed their policy and no longer offer free web space. You're back to square one.
Think it can't happen? Think again. It happened to me.
That's right, all my web pages, articles, newsletter archives, classified ads, everything gone. And, to make things worse, I have been making changes to site at control panel of web host and therefore didn't even have a recent copy of most of pages on my computer. We live and learn!
Had I known all along how inexpensive it is to get good web hosting service I would never have gone free route. To make a long story short, for less than $5.00 per month you can get excellent web hosting services.
I won't make that mistake again, will you?
Randy Justason is the Owner/Webmaster of MLM Wonders - http://www.mlmwonders.com - A website dedicated to opportunities, ideas and resources for starting a home based business on the internet. Subscribe to the MLM Wonders Newsletter at: firstname.lastname@example.org