Where can I find free web hosting? There are hundreds of free web hosting services on web. You can type “free web hosting” into any major search engine and get an expanded list. However, when you sign up for free hosting account, you are basically signing an expanded advertising agreement.
What exactly is free hosting? In exchange for free hosting, company can place ads your website. The ads can be placed on top of main page, top of every page, or on sides. The ads are usually not targeted. It is possible that they won’t match demographics of your web visitors. In addition, they are not customized to match content on your web page.
This is a very expensive exchange program if your goal is to build up an online business. The area above fold, everything that is visible without scrolling, is most effective advertising area on entire site. This is area you should use for your affiliate links, Google Adsense, paid links and expanded site navigation.
Some free web hosting contracts go a step further and ask for your participation in their email marketing campaigns. You will receive emails that require a click through to a merchant site, and/or fill out endless surveys. This can be very time consuming and annoying.
Before you sign any free hosting contract ask to see sample sites. You want to get a feel for types of ads that are being shown on other website. What do you want to look for? 1.Do you see pop-up ads? What about banners? 2.How large are ads? 3.Are they just off topic or are they inappropriate? 4.Where are ads? Are they on every single page or on selected pages?
Even if ads are not on every page, watch out. It could mean that hosting service has figured out which pages bring in most revenue and they can afford to ignore everything else. Guess what? If it brings in lots of revenue for them, it could probably bring in lots of revenue for you.
There’s free and then there’s FREE If space is free, what about domain name? If your new site will look like http://yoursite.freewebhost.com you’re getting a subdomain for your site. It’s not really your unique domain name. They are simply loaning you a space for your stuff.
This is not a unique domain name that you can use to brand your business. You can’t use it anywhere except with this particular web hosting company. Ditto if new domain names is http://www.freewebhost.com/yoursite/.
So what if they offer a truly unique domain name? How long will it take before you actually own domain name? Even cheap web hosting services will require that you stay with company for thirty to sixty days before you can keep a free domain name.